Milton LaFayette Bolding
Milton passed from this life to his eternal life January 22, 1923 in Bartlett, Williamson Co, Texas. He was born September 19, 1848 in Luka, Tishomingo County, Mississippi; parents were John Porter Bolding and Lucretia Warnock. Early in life, he acquired the sobriquet "Mitt" which stayed with him for the rest of his life.
At some point before the outbreak of the Civil War, John Porter moved his family to the Stone Mountain area just north of Atlanta. Sherman's march to the sea left nothing but devastation and destruction. Everything was burned and nothing was left but pain and turmoil. Soon after the war, John Porter moved his family to Williamson County Texas.
Milton married Anna Bell Magee October 26,1876 and they had four sons; James Dewitt, Charles Martin, William Tarpley and Clifton LaFayette and two daughters Luella and Nola Mae.
Milton stayed in the area of Bartlett except when he made his trail drives. His own story is listed below.
Written by Great-Grandson Billy and wife.
George W. Sansers President and Organizer Old Time Trail Drivers' Association
THE TRAIL DRIVERS OF TEXAS
Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys and Their Experiences on the Range and on the Trail during the Days That Tried Men's Soulsó True Narratives Related by Real Cowpunchers and Men Who Fathered the Cattle Industry in Texas
RELATES OF A TRIP MADE IN 1872.
By M. L. Bolding, of Bartlett, Texas
I was born in Mississippi and there I spent my childhood and early manhood, coming to Texas in 1867 and settling in Williamson county.
My first experience on the trail was in the year 1871, which was followed by another trip in 1872, and concerning the latter I shall relate.
I was a member of the crew of W. T. Avery of Hutto, Texas, and after rounding up two thousand steers and with all the necessary paraphernalia consisting of chuck wagon, extra saddle horses and other things, we left Brushy Creek for Kansas on April 15, 1872. We crossed Little River west of Temple, Texas, which at that time.
I was a prairie; the Brazos at Waco, which was then a small town ; the Trinity at Forth Worth, which consisted of a blacksmith shop, and Red River west of Sherman, which was at that time a large country town. Upon entering the Indian Nation, now the state of Oklahoma, we encountered Indians, buffaloes and wild horses. We followed a trail known as the main western trail and, due to heavy rains and the cattle stampeding, together with trouble with the Indians, we experienced many hardships. We crossed the Arkansas River into Kansas and stopped at Baxter M. L. BOLDING Springs, spending one month resting and fattening the cattle. From there we moved to Ellsworth, located on Smoky River, the extreme frontier of Kansas, from which point we shipped the cattle by rail to Kansas City and sold them. On the return trip I had charge of a wagon and some extra saddle horses and after spending six weeks on the journey I arrived home in November..
I am now seventy years of age and live at Bartlett, Texas
Anna Bolding (1858 - 1936)
Clifton LaFayette Bolding (1889 - 1973)*
Bartlett City Cemetery
Plot: Section 1
Maintained by: Margie
Originally Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Feb 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24842422