Amanda "Mandy" Pounds was born to Roxanna Shelton and JMD Pounds in 1863. Her parents were married 25 Oct 1859 in Smith County, TX when her mother was only 15. While her father was fighting in the Civil War, Mandy's mother died; her burial place is unknown. Upon his return, JMD Pounds married Eliza Jane Wyatt. JMD & Eliza raised Mandy along with 12 children they had together. The family moved from Smith County, to Henderson County, eventually settling in the small community of Marysville in Cooke County, Texas.