1845 - Abt 1886
||James W.J. Cloud |
||2 Oct 1850
||Austin county, Texas, USA 
||10 Jun 1880
||Waller county, Texas, USA 
||Abt 17 Sep 1886
||Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA
||18 Sep 1886
||Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA
- 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.
San Antonio Daily Light, Thursday, May 6, 1886, p. 3
"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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
||Feb 8, 2014 |
||Henry George Washington "H.G.W." "Wash" Cloud, b. 14 Mar 1810, Twiggs county, Georgia, USA , d. 5 Aug 1897, Groesbeck, Limestone county, Texas, USA |
||Mary T. Bateman, b. Abt 1818, Georgia, USA , d. |
||17 Mar 1839
||Montgomery, Montgomery county, Alabama, USA
||Laura Frances Burt, b. 24 Jul 1846, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA , d. 21 Sep 1923, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA |
||4 Jan 1871
||Autauga county, Alabama, USA
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
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"."
|>||1. Hattie Lou Cloud, b. 10 Nov 1874, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA , d. 23 Oct 1931, Memphis, Shelby county, Tennessee, USA |
|>||2. Willie W. Cloud, b. 15 Jun 1878, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA , d. 25 May 1926, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA |
|>||3. James Ross Cloud, b. 25 Sep 1883, Hempstead, Waller county, Texas, USA , d. 6 Nov 1935, Prattville, Autauga county, Alabama, USA |
||Cloud, James & Laura Burt|
- [S4251] 1850 US federal census, 1850 census, TX, Austin, (M432-908, 88), Oct 2, 1850, HH 14/14.
- [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, TX, Waller, pct 1, p 37, sd 4, ed 158, (T9-1331, 384).