|Birth: ||Jan. 6, 1823|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1926|
Mr. J. C. Skiles
On January 6, 1924, there was a gathering of thirty-four at the home of my mother, Mrs. Fannie Powell, three miles southwest of Covington, Hill County, Texas, to celebrate the hundredth birthday of my grandfather; with Rev. B. S. Perry making a very impressive talk.
J. C. Skiles was born January 6, 1823, in Boling Green, Warren County, Ky.; moved to Texas with his parents at age of eight, settling between Dallas and Richardson in Dallas County.
At the age of twenty-seven he was married to Miss Rachel Mann. To this union seven children were born, four of whom survive.
He has eighteen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren. He has always been extremely temperate in all things. He joined the Presbyterian Church in 1842, living a devoted member and official until 1903, when he joined Missionary Baptist Church to hold membership with his children and was ordained as deacon soon afterwards. Has served in that capacity continually since. Being a member for eighty-nine years, the greater part has been spent as an official of the church.
He moved from Dallas County to Denton County about 1877; then to Chalk Mt. in Somerville County in 1881. There his wife died in the fall of 1885. Since that time he has made his home with his children.
He hunted deer in the early days up and down the Trinity River, there being plenty during April and May. To him, Texas in those days was a beautiful flower garden.
From '52 to '60, he freighted from Dallas to Jefferson, with ten head of oxen. Dallas at that time was only a wide place in the road – one store owned by Smith & Patterson, one hotel by Crutchfield, one blacksmith shop by George Beard. The courthouse was built of logs. The hogs used it the greater part of the time for their sleeping place. There being plenty of wild hogs in Trinity Bottom.
He was at Glen Rose, for the first time, fighting the red skins on the trail from to Somerville County. He served four years in the Civil War and honorably discharged.
He has been in Texas ninety-two years; has never paid a find and was never sewed. Beginning childhood, he challenges the state for a better record. He wishes to thank his many friends for their many kind letters. Any cards or letters would highly appreciated by him. Address to J. C. Skiles, Rt. 1, Covington, Texas, care of Mrs. Fannie Powers.
Jacob Clemens Skiles (1802 - 1880)
Sarah Alice Moore Skiles (1809 - 1896)
Rachel Elizabeth Mann Skiles (1842 - 1890)
Sarah Elizabeth Skiles McCoy (1863 - 1900)*
William Mann Skiles (1866 - 1948)*
Charles William Skiles (1869 - 1941)*
Julia Skiles Shade (1874 - 1923)*
Fannie Mae Skiles Moore (1877 - 1965)*
Jacob Clemment Skiles (1878 - 1959)*
Jacob Clemens Skiles (1823 - 1926)
Joseph Henry Skiles (1826 - 1896)*
James Rumsey Skiles (1827 - 1899)*
Mary Jane Skiles Thomas (1829 - 1888)*
Charles William Skiles (1831 - 1880)*
Sarah Elizabeth Skiles Dye (1834 - 1878)*
Harriett Belle Skiles Thomas (1841 - 1907)*
Created by: Bonnie Skiles Rost
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
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