|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1862|
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1934, USA|
James Edmund McGlaun was "Mr Mac" to his friends and "Jimmy" to his wife and kin. He was born on 19 September 1862 in Sparta, Louisiana, to Edmond "Ed" McGlaun Jr and his wife, Martha Evans Tullis.
The McGlaun family left Louisiana, 1872-73, moving to Robertson County, Texas, and establishing a cotton gin and gristmill at Wooten Wells. Later, the family moved to Nesbitt, Texas, where Jimmy's father owned and operated two cotton gins and 2000 acres of land. He received his education in Robertson County.
Jimmy married Laura Emma Thweatt, 1 June 1882, in Robertson County, where they resided for the first years of their married life. They had five children: Velma Paquita, Della Pearl, Cora Olive, Lila Mae, and Dr Carl Edmond McGlaun.
For a short while, Jimmy was employed by a railroad in San Antonio, Texas. He then farmed and operated a gin in Lavaca County, Texas, for several years. The Storm of 1900 played havoc with Jimmy's financial condition as all crops were a total loss with the exception of watermelons. The next two years the weather was not conducive to a good crop yield and he barely broke even, so it was decided that he would seek gainful employment at the boomtown Guffey, Texas (later known as Spindletop).
Jimmy arrived in Guffey in June 1903 and first worked as a roustabout and then as a roughneck. Laura and the children didn't join him until January of the next year. He became a fireman for the Yount-Lee Oil Company. He not only fired boilers at the derrick, but also fired six or eight at the boiler house to supply energy for the pump house. He worked twelve-hour shifts. There were only two shifts a day and he worked seven days a week. Laura operated a small boarding house, renting the upstairs of their home to men who came to work in the oilfield. The teenage daughters assisted their mother in the preparation and serving of meals when they were not attending school. The boarding house was operated until 1909.
Their daughters each met and married their husbands at Guffey, but they and their families had all moved away by 1911. Jimmy and Laura continued to live in Guffey until 1916 when they bought their home on the corner of Brandon and Essex in Beaumont Driving Park Addition (now South Park).
Jimmy McGlaun died, 20 February 1934, aged 71, and was buried with his wife at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont.
Edmond McGlaun (1826 - 1900)
Martha Evans Tullis McGlaun (1829 - 1908)
Laura Emma Thweatt McGlaun (1865 - 1936)*
Velma Paquita McGlaun Smith (1883 - 1969)*
Della Pearl McGlaun Baker (1885 - 1958)*
Cora Olive McGlaun Nesbitt (1888 - 1967)*
Lila Mae McGlaun Cutler (1891 - 1970)*
Carl Edmond McGlaun (1897 - 1935)*
William Moses McGlaun (1851 - 1910)*
Martha Jane Rebecca Frances McGlaun Griffin (1857 - 1919)*
James Edmund McGlaun (1862 - 1934)
Rathiel Elizabeth Nancy Saphrinia McGlaun Allen (1865 - 1933)*
Mary Amelia Adeline Angeline McGlaun McMahon (1870 - 1944)*
Note: double stone with LAURA E. McGLAUN
Plot: Section IV, Lot 86
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34079067