|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1838|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1940|
A. G. Dewees, better known to his many frends throughout this section as 'Major' and who would have been 103 years of age January 1, died in a local hospital at 5:45 o'clock Monday afternoon after a weeks serious illness. He was one of the oldest men in the state, and the oldest in this county.
Active and alert until two years ago, Major Dewees had since that time been confined to his home, and for the past six months, had been ill, being moved to the hospital the past week.
Major Dewees was born in North Carolina in January 1, 1838 and came to Texas in 1870 from Philadelphia, Mississippi. Shortly after moving to this state he came to Waller County, settling on a small farm in the vicinity of Waller, which he cultivated for two years, after which he opened a grocery store. Later this store was moved to Hempstead where it was operated sussessfully for years.
Major Dewees served in the Civil War under General Price in Company B, and hundreds of his friends have listened for hours to his thrilling experiences from that period, to the many modern changes to date. When he celebrated his 100th birthday, dozens of telegrams and letters came to him from all parts of the United States congratulating him and wishing him many more happy birthdays.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Methodist Church in New Hope, with burial being made at that cemetery. Service were conducted by Rev. Henry Jones, long time friend of the family.
Survivors include his widow: two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Sorsby and Mrs Virginia Wallingford; two sons Wade Dewees and Jim Dewees, also more than 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were grandchildren as follows: E.D. Sorsby, C. F. Sorsby, J. B. Sorsby, Homer Wallingford, Marvin Wallingford, Alfred Dewees, Jimmy Dewees, and Joe B. Dewees.
Taken from The Hempstead News, Aug 8, 1940
"In the second photo of the people setting on the porch, Alfred Gorrell Dewees (who would have been 99 at the time) is seated next to his son, James Fenton Dewees (1867-1943), his grandson Walter Edward Dewees (1891-1943), his great grandson Olen Edward Dewees (1913-1972), and his great-great granddaughter Betty Dewees Julian (born in 1936). A few years after this photo was taken, 1939 to be exact, a newspaper article in the Hempstead paper recognized Alfred Gorrell Dewees as the oldest living resident in Waller County at that time. He was 101 years of age. He would pass away in August 1940 at the age of 102 years and 7 months. The lady standing on the porch in the background is Alfred's second wife, Artie Phillips Armer, whom he married around 1918 ------ when he was 80 years old!"
Caleb Deweese (1799 - 1849)
Virginia Jane Gorrell Deweese (1802 - 1864)
Artie Phillips Dewees (1869 - 1951)
Nancy Ann Clair Dewees (1848 - 1918)*
Mattie Jane Dewees Sorsby (1866 - 1957)*
James Fenton Dewees (1867 - 1943)*
Alfred Griffin Dewees (1869 - 1938)*
Virginia Butts Dewees Wallingford (1872 - 1959)*
Eudora Love Dewees (1876 - 1889)*
Wade Hampton Dewees (1878 - 1961)*
Fenton Bell DeWees (1827 - 1893)*
Alfred Gorrell Dewees (1838 - 1940)
Fields Store Cemetery
Maintained by: Jr. McKay
Originally Created by: dee
Record added: Jun 10, 2003
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