1838 - 1929 (91 years)
||Mary Elizabeth Cloud |
||Aug 16, 1834 
||Aug 16, 1838
||Austin county, Texas, USA 
- She stated in the August 1929 newspaper interview that she was born in 1838 and was 95 years old, which would require she be born in 1834.
||Jun 08, 1880
||Comanche county, Texas, USA 
||Sep 24, 1929
||Comanche, Comanche county, Texas, USA 
- Death certificate: Mary Elizabeth ROGERS; widowed; birth: Aug 16 1834, Washington county, TX; parents: Jerry CLOUD & unknown; informant: John Rogers.
||Mercers Gap Cemetery, Comanche, Texas, USA
Date of Publication.....Aug 2, 1929, Comanche, Texas
THE COMANCHE CHIEF
"Mrs. Mary Rogers, 95 years old, who not only enjoys the distinction of being the oldest person in Comanche, but belongs to the select few who were born in TX when it was still a Mexican Province. Her father John C. Cloud, came to TX with the Austin Colony and Mrs. Rogers was born in Austin Co Aug 16, 1838.
"Her grandfather, Jerry Cloud, who came to TX with the Austin Colony brought with him 30 slaves, and for everyone of those as well as for each child he was given land. According to Mrs. Rogers, who remembers him as one of the wealthiest men in Washington Co and a man of influence among the settlers.
"J W Griffin was her maternal grandfather, who also settled in the colony and had large land holdings, and Mrs. Rogers' memory of him is that he was a man of aristocratic bearing with plenty of slaves to do his work.
"Mrs. Rogers, when interviewed at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Edwards Monday afternoon, was in a reminiscent mood and talked with a remarkably clear mind for a woman of her age. Although she had been confined to her bed most of the time for the past two years, up to which time she says she never failed to do her work everyday, which she assigns as one reason for her long life.
"When Mrs. Rogers was twelve years old she remembers well her first visit to Houston which was the first time she had been to a village which contained more than a few scattering of houses.
"More, while visiting her cousin who was running a hotel, Mrs. Rogers saw her first matches, which were just then coming into use and according to her recollection cost as much as five cents a piece. It was several years before she had any in her own home. This was also her first time to see a cook stove, which was a novelty even then in Houston at that time, Mrs. Rogers said, and many boarders came for meals at her cousin's hotel to get bread cooked on a stove. It was not until several years after she married before Mrs. Rogers had a stove in her own home.
"We always raised plenty to eat when I was a child', said Mrs. Rogers, 'and very little of anything was bought from stores. Farming was quite different then. Most of it being done by slaves who plowed oxen hitched to Georgia stock. Although my father had slaves, I learned early to work and spent much of my childhood in the saddle riding after the cows and calves and this later proved valuable training for me."
"When the Civil War broke out, I had been married to Joe Rogers for several years and had four children. Joe had always been an expert at driving oxen and as soon as the war declared, he was called into service to handle teams and oxen and I never saw him for several years. Soon afterwards, a company of men claiming to be soldiers came into our community alleging that they were looking for deserters, but as it turned out, they were really after cattle and most of the neighbors had theirs stolen. I spent most of the time in the saddle armed with a pistol keeping guard over my own and grandfather Cloud's cattle and each night would drive them in a pen and take time about with my grandfather guarding them and we marked and branded everyone of them and we kept this up for over a year and when the war was over, although our slaves were gone, we still had our cattle and land.
"My brother went into service at the beginning of the war and that was the last time my family ever heard of him."
"In speaking of her child and girlhood, Mrs. Rogers says that they have all changed for the worse. "I never heard men swear until I was forty years old," she said, " and men vied with each to see who could be the most polite to women."
"When I was sixteen years old I went to Washington, which a few years before was the state capitol of Texas, to a dancing school being a place of refinement and everything was carried out with greatest dignity and save for the touch of the hand, boys never came nearer than two feet of the girls. Boys and girls from all over the country attended.
"People in those days took time off to enjoy and educate themselves and among the social features was always the race track where men with their families would go and spend a week, taking with them plenty of Negroes to do the work, food to eat and lots to drink, and tents in which to sleep. After this festival was over the Camp Meeting would begin and last for several weeks during which time all work was suspended and we thought of nothing except religion. Some of the services lasting as long as three hours. Religious services after the Camp Meeting was over was generally held in some home, although we had some Church Houses.
"Although Mrs. Rogers has spent more than half her long life in Comanche Co, having lived here for fifty years she says she is anxious to go back to Austin Co on a visit to see if that County had changed as much as this within the past few years, and while she admits that most of her old time friends have gone, somehow she thinks customs there may be just a little more like the olden times.
||Jun 9, 2018 |
||John Clark Cloud, b. 1815, Georgia, USA , d. Feb 1868, Texas, USA (Age 53 years) |
||Mary Polly "Polly" Griffin, b. 1818, Georgia, USA , d. Bef 1874 (Age < 55 years) |
||Jan 07, 1836
||Montgomery, Montgomery county, Alabama, USA
- On NOV 15 1999, Ellen Crawford emcraw-at-azstarnet.com> wrote:
"John C Sr and Mary Griffin were married the 7th of Jan 1836 in Montgomery Co AL. I believe that her father John Griffin came along with Jeremiah for he got a land grant dated the same as Jeremiah's and John's. They are dated 1839 and states they have been in TX since 1836. All of John and Mary's children were born in TX including my gr grandfather John Jr in 1845. They may not have moved at all.......Since the changing of the county boundaries... Ellen
The family is on the
- 1840 Texas Tax list
- 1850 TX, Austin, p 89, HH 18/18:
Cloud, John C., 35, M, farmer
Cloud, Mary, 32, F
Cloud, Mary Jane, 11, F
Cloud, Marion, 8, M
Cloud, John, 5, M
Cloud, Margurette, 2, F
- 1860 TX, Milam, Cameron, p 12, (M653, 1301)
Cloud, J.C., Farmer, 45, M, GA, Cameron, 110
Cloud, Polly, 35, F, GA, Cameron, 110
Cloud, Marion, Laborer, 16, M, Tex, Cameron, 110
Cloud, John, 14, M, Tex, Cameron, 110
Cloud, Margaret, 13, F, Tex, Cameron, 110
Cloud, Fanny, 10, F, Tex, Cameron, 110
Cloud, Melissa, 8, F, Tex, Cameron, 110
On October 19, 1998 Ellen (Williams) Crawford wrote regarding the following 1875 deed record:
"The children of J C Sr and Mary Griffin Cloud sold the land she had bought sometime earlier (I also have that deed). The deed mentions all the children except Marion and Melissa...so they were probably deceased by that time."
Dec 16, 1875
J C CLOUD ET AL TO L B RUTHERFORD
State of Texas
Know all men by these presents that we Margaret Carter and her husband T Carter, Francis Rutherford and her husband J H Rutherford, J C Cloud and Jerry Cloud, J D Rogers, his wife M E Rogers, all of the County of Milam for and in consideration of the sum of Five hundred dollars, one hundred and twenty two dollars and fifty cents have been received in cash and three hundred and seventy seven dollars and fifty cents to be paid in twelve months from this date, do by these presents, grant, bargain and sell and convey to the said L B Rutherford, his heirs and assigns, the half of the following described land situated in the county of Milam and state of Texas and more particularly described in metes and bounds as follows, to wit: Beginning on the N E corner of Stovall's survey, thence N 19 degrees West with the lines of John Griffin's tract 924 varas passes Griffin's corner 1323 varas to N E corner of this survey a black jack from which a post oak bears 87 degrees W 21 varas, thence S 71 degrees W 590 varas crossing a prong of a creek called Sand 1066 varas to the N W corner of the tract from which a post oak bears S 88 degrees W 8 varas and a black jack bears S 62 degrees W 4 varas, thence S 19 degrees E 1320 varas entering N line of Stovall's survey for the south west corner of this survey from which a post oak bears N 50 degrees E 4 varas, thence N --?-- E with Stovall's line 1066 varas to the place of beginning, two hundred and fifty acres off of the Jose Lead claim, to have and to hold the half of the above described land, one hundred and twenty five acres, with all the rights, members, herediments and appurtenances to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining unto the said L B Rutherford, his heirs, assigns forever. The said half of the said two hundred and fifty acres tract of land hereby conveyed to the said L B Rutherford to include the house and other improvements upon said land occupied by the said L B Rutherford, the division line to be run strait through said tract so as to have the greater part of all the improvements on said tract on the half conveyed to L B Rutherford and we hereby bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, and administrators and assigns forever, to warrant and defend the title to the said half of the said tract of land unto him the said L B Rutherford, his heirs and assigns against the claim of all persons or any claiming the same by through or under us. In testimony whereof we hereunto set our hands this the 6th day of December 1875.
(............ remnant not quoted here)
Filed for record at 6 o'clock PM Sept 22 1885
W Paden, clerk
Milam County Land Records, Book 14 pages 577, 578, 579, and 580 (LDS Film # 981410).
||Joseph Daniel Rogers, b. Aug 31, 1835, Alabama, USA , d. Oct 11, 1918, Harmony, Comanche county, Texas, USA (Age 83 years) |
||Austin county, Texas, USA
- They moved to Comanche county around 1880.
1880 census, TX, Comanche, p 11, ed 29, June 8, HH 86
ROGERS, J.D. W, M, 43, AL
ROGERS, Mary, W, F, 40, wife, TX
ROGERS, Barnet, 14, son, TX
ROGERS, Margaret, 12, dau, TX
ROGERS, Jodie, 8, TX
ROGERS, Jno, 1, son, TX
|+||1. William Albert Rogers, b. Nov 22, 1861, Comanche county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 09, 1929, Comanche, Comanche county, Texas, USA (Age 67 years)|
|+||2. James Clark Rogers, b. Oct 04, 1863, Texas, USA , d. Mar 09, 1949, Comanche, Comanche county, Texas, USA (Age 85 years)|
|+||3. Marion Barnet Rogers, b. Mar 1864, Texas, USA , d. Mar 14, 1947, Comanche, Comanche county, Texas, USA (Age ~ 82 years)|
|+||4. Margaret Elizabeth Rogers, b. Nov 16, 1866, d. Jan 18, 1939, Comanche, Comanche county, Texas, USA (Age 72 years)|
| ||5. Alice Elizabeth Rogers, b. Abt 1869, Texas, USA , d. Bef 1880 (Age ~ 10 years)|
|+||6. Joseph Jackson Rogers, b. Mar 10, 1871, Rockdale, Milam county, Texas, USA , d. Feb 06, 1954, Brownwood, Brown county, Texas, USA (Age 82 years)|
| ||7. Fanny Jodie Rogers, b. Abt 1872, Texas, USA , d. |
| ||8. John Thomas Rogers, b. Mar 26, 1879, d. Sep 25, 1944, Fort Worth, Tarrant county, Texas, USA (Age 65 years)|
- [S561] Death Certificate.
- [S4251] 1850 US federal census, Her age listed as 11.
- [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, TX, Comanche, p 11, ed 29, June 8, HH 86.
- [S30] Milam County Courthouse.