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James W.J. Cloud

Male 1845 - Abt 1886  (41 years)


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  • Name James W.J. Cloud 
    Born 1845  Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Oct 1850  Austin county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 10 Jun 1880  Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died Abt 17 Sep 1886  Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 Sep 1886  Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He was Justice of the Peace of Waller County, Hempstead, Texas in 1886 reference a citation by him (dated 6-22-1886) published in the Hempstead Ledger of June 25, 1886.  Census dates indicate his birth date between JUN 15 1845 and OCT 18 1845.
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      San Antonio Daily Light, Thursday, May 6, 1886, p. 3
      STATE NEWS
      "J.H. Farr, editor of the Hempstead Chronicle, was shot and killed on yesterday by James Cloud, a justice of the peace.  They were brothers-in-law, and the shooting grew out of an old family feud."
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      San Antonio Daily Express, Thursday, May 6, 1886, p. 4
      HEAMPSTEAD (Sic) TRAGEDY
      A Newspaper Man Killed by a Justice of the Peace.
      Mr. C.W. Newman, of the Express composing rooms, received a telegram yesterday from Hempstead informing him that his brother-in-law, J.H. Farr, editor of the Chronicle, had been shot and killed by James Cloud, a justice of the peace.  No further particulars were given of the unfortunate affair other than as above stated.  Mr. Newman will leave San Antonio for Hempstead to investigate the the killing today.  Farr was an old Confederate soldier, a member of Sibley's celebrate brigade when it made their famous march from New Mexico to San Antonio, almost naked and starved, and is said to have been a good man and brave.
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      HOMOCIDE IN HEMPSTEAD
      Editor Farr Shot and Killed by Justice of the Peace Cloud.
      Special to The News.
      HEMPSTEAD, M5. -- This afternoon about 1 o'clock, J.J. Cloud, justice of the peace of this precinct, shot and killed Joseph H. Farr, the editor of the Courier.  The apparent cause of the killing is said to be the publication of editorials in the Courier reflecting on the official record of county officers, and Cloud is said to have been found behind in his accounts about $1000 by the late finance committee.  The whole assembly of citizens and visiting firemen were thrown into great confusion by the tragedy.  Soeakers alluded to the act from the rostrum of the Pavilion, and the throng dispersed with sad faces and saddened hearts.  Major H. Boone was present and intended to address the citizens at 2 o'clock, but after the sad affair he declined to speak.  An inquest was held on the body of deceased at 3 o'clock.  Mr. Farr leaves a wife and three children.  The community is greatly excited over the affair.
      Galveston Daily News, Thursday, May 6, 1886, p. 9
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      The Janesville Daily Gazette, Thursday, May 6, 1886, p. 2.
      An Editor Shot Dead.
      GALVESTON, Tex., May 6. -- At Hempstead, Wednesday, Joseph H. Farr, editor of the Courier, was shot dead by J.J. Cloud, a justice of the peace.  Farr had published a statement that Cloud was $1,000 short in his accounts with the county.  Cloud was arrested.
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      Brenham Weekly Banner. (Brenham, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 29, Ed. 1, Thursday, July 29, 1886
      col. 6, 2nd article from bottom:
      " -- A Hempstead special to the Houston Post says, Judge McFarland, of Brenham came down yesterday (the 22d inst.) to hear evidence in the case of J. W. J. Cloud charged with the murder of Joe Farr, on habeas corpus.  After hearing the evidence as to Cloud's health only, he was admitted to bail in the sum of $10,000.  It was shown that he had the consumption and perhaps would not live but a little while."
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      The Galveston Daily News, Sunday, Sept. 19, 1886, p. 6.
      HEMPSTEAD, September 18. -- ....
      J.W.J. Cloud, the man who killed J.H. Farr at last mayday festival, died of consumption and was buried to-day.
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    Person ID I389  mykindred
    Last Modified Feb 8, 2014 

    Father Henry George Washington "H.G.W." "Wash" Cloud,   b. 14 Mar 1810, Twiggs county, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1897, Groesbeck, Limestone county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Mary T. Bateman,   b. Abt 1818, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.  
    Married 17 Mar 1839  Montgomery, Montgomery county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    •   Montgomery Co. Alabama - Marriages - 1817-1850:  "Cloud, Henry G.W. to Mary T. Bateman, 16 Mar. 1839; 17 Mar. by James H. Judkins, J.P.", Book E, page 13
        Montgy Gen society:  "Henry G. W. CLOUD & Mary T. BATEMAN  lic. 16 Mar 1839;  mar. 17 Mar 1839 by James H. JUDKINS"
    Notes 
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      1850 census, TX, Austin, (M432-908, 88), Oct 2, HH 14/14
      CLOUD, H.G.W., 40, M, farmer, GA, blind
      CLOUD, Mary, 32, F, GA
      CLOUD, Jerry, 19, M, laborer, AL
      CLOUD, Alexander, 17, M, laborer, AL
      CLOUD, George, 10, M, AL
      CLOUD, Noah, 7, M, AL
      CLOUD, James, 6, M, AL
      CLOUD, Jane, 14, F, AL
      CLOUD, Louisa, 2, F, AL
      (His second wife, Mary; Jerry, Alexander and Jane his children by his first marriage.)
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      1860 TX, Austin, Hempstead, June 14, p 1, HH 1/1
      (enumerator Jerry CLOUD)
      CLOUD, H.G.W. 50, M, farmer, GA, blind
      CLOUD, Mary T, wife, 42, F, GA
      CLOUD, Geo W., 20, M, AL
      CLOUD, Noah, 16, M, AL
      CLOUD, Jas W. J., 14, M, AL
      CLOUD, Louisa 12, F, TX
      CLOUD, Texania, 8, F, TX
      CLOUD, John, 4 M, TX
      CLOUD, Bettie, 2, F, TX
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      1870 Census, TX, Austin, Hempstead, Oct 19th
      -- HH 597
      CLOUD, Henry G, 59, M, W, farmer, GA, blind
      CLOUD, James W., 25, M, farmer, AL
      CLOUD, Texhannah, 18, F, TX
      CLOUD, John M., 15, M, TX
      CLOUD, Bettie, 13, F, TX
      -- HH 598
      CLOUD, Isaac, 35, M, Mulatto, farmer, AL
      CLOUD, Tillis, 40, F, Mulatto, LA
      CULER, Isabelie, 16, F, B, domestic servant, TX
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      1880 census, TX, Waller, pct 1, p 37, sd 4, ed 158, (T9-1331, 384)
      Jun 10, 1880, HH 399/439
      CLOUD, JWJ, W, M, 34, AL, GA, GA
      CLOUD, LF, W, F, 33, AL, NC, VA
      CLOUD, HL, 5, dau, TX, AL, AL
      CLOUD, WW, 2, son, TX, Al, AL
      CLOUD, HGW, W, M, 70, father, GA, GA, GA, blind
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      [4]
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet

    Family Laura Frances Burt,   b. 24 Jul 1846, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1923, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1871  Autauga county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
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      1880 census, TX, Waller, pct 1, p 37, sd 4, ed 158, (T9-1331, 384)
      Jun 10 1880, HH 399/439
      Cloud, JWJ, W, M, 34, AL, GA, GA
        "  , LF, W, F, 33, AL, NC, VA
        "  , HL, 5, dau, TX, AL, AL
        "  , WW, 2, son, TX, Al, AL
        "  , HGW, W, M, 70, father, GA, GA, GA, blind
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      Cecil Stokes, Jr. wrote:
      "J.W.J. Cloud died from gunfire, presumably from a murderer, in the Hempstead community known as "Six-Shooter Junction".  His widow, the 39-year-old Laura Frances, bundled up the three kids and moved back to her hometown, Prattville (Autauga County), Alabama. She established a boarding house on the Main Street so that she could be independent and feed her kids."
      "Laura's father, Martin BURT, was an early settler of Autauga County. He was famous for arriving by flatboat and building a home with bedroom(s) for his daughters upstairs and the only stairway ascending from the master bedroom. (That home is now owned and occupied by a retired Air Force colonel.)"
      "Howell MURPHREE of the Dothan/Troy, AL, area went to Prattville to take a good job with Continental Gin Company of Prattville. He stayed at Mrs. Cloud's boarding house and got acquainted with Mrs. Cloud's daughter, Willie, and they married. Then, Howell's little sister came visiting. She met and subsequently married Mrs. Cloud's son, James Ross Cloud (father of James William "J.W." Cloud and grandfather of Cecil Gaines Stokes Jr.). The two couples remained in Prattville and had a bunch of kids who grew up in houses facing one another across Main Street."
      "One of those kids was J.W. "Jim" Cloud, who settled in Huntsville after WWII. Cec's [my] mother was one of the others. Their brother, Burt, was the third. Unfortunately, neither Willie Cloud Murphree nor James Ross Cloud survived to see all of their children reach adulthood. Thus, the double-first cousins became even closer and the Cloud connection was lost if not discarded.  Only Jim Cloud has exhibited any interest in learning more about it, and he has influenced Cec [me] to be interested."
      "Cec [I] went to high school in Nashville (because that's where my father found opportunity in the shoe industry), graduated from Auburn University, and settled in Huntsville because this is where the high-tech challenges of "the missile gap" were being worked. My siblings and Cloud-related first cousins are currently in AL (Huntsville & Gulf Shores), GA (Atlanta & Griffen), TX (Houston), NC (Concord), and Argentina."
      "While Cloud kinship was apparently being forgotten in the 1886 to 1975 period, there was plenty of interaction with Murphree kin. The Murphrees had settled in the middle-Tennessee region (Murfreesboro, TN), gone to southeast Alabama with a herd of Tennessee horses, and found new homes. Cec [I] grew up with lot's of interaction with Murphree kinfolks; but my two uncles and their wives and kids were the only Clouds I ever knew until I joined CFA and the email "Cloud_list"."
    Children 
    +1. Hattie Lou Cloud,   b. 10 Nov 1874, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1931, Memphis, Shelby county, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    +2. Willie W. Cloud,   b. 15 Jun 1878, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1926, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    +3. James Ross Cloud,   b. 25 Sep 1883, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1935, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Photos
    Cloud, James & Laura Burt
    Cloud, James & Laura Burt
    Family ID F283  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Cloud, James W.J. (1845-1886)
    Cloud, James W.J. (1845-1886)
    Cloud, James W.J. (1845-1886)
    Cloud, James W.J. (1845-1886)
    Cloud, Laura Frances (Burt) (1846-1923)
    Cloud, James W.J. (1845-1886)
    James W.J. Cloud and wife Laura Frances Burt

  • Sources 
    1. [S4251] 1850 US federal census, 1850 census, TX, Austin, (M432-908, 88), Oct 2, 1850, HH 14/14.

    2. [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, TX, Waller, pct 1, p 37, sd 4, ed 158, (T9-1331, 384).

    3. [S210] Montgomery County Alabama records.
      Montgomery Co. Alabama - Marriages - 1817-1850:
      "Cloud, Henry G.W. to Mary T. Bateman, 16 Mar. 1839; 17 Mar. by James H. Judkins, J.P.", Book E, page 13

    4. [S4251] 1850 US federal census.



  
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