|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1837|
|Death: ||Jan. 4, 1915|
Palo Pinto County
Confederate veteran: Co A, Boland's Regiment, Texas Frontier Scouts.
A native of Tennessee, Mr. Ethridge was born in Carroll County, on the 2d day of August, 1837, and is a son of J.J. and Patience (Rochell) Ethridge, who removed from North Carolina to Tennessee in an early day. During the infancy of our subject his parents went to Gibson County, Tennessee, where he was reared on a farm. His educational advantages were limited, but his training at farm labor was not meager.
In 1853 the family removed to Missouri, locating in Newton County, and in 1855 W.S. Ethridge started out in life on his own responsibility, following various occupations until 1861, when he came to Texas, locating in Cooke County. Soon afterward he entered the Confederate Army as a member of General Henry McCullough's brigade and served principally on the frontier in Texas and Indian Territory. He was thus engaged until the close of the war, when he went to Gainesville, Texas. There he engaged in farming and, stock-raising for two years, when he returned to Missouri, spending the succeeding two years in that state and Tennessee. In the fall of 1870 he came to Hood County.
Upon his arrival in Paluxy Mr. Ethridge established a large general mercantile store and for twenty-five years has successfully conducted business here. He carries a stock valued at five thousand dollars, and his goods are well assorted to meet the popular demand. He is courteous in his treatment of his patrons, thoroughly reliable and honorable in all transactions and as a result has a large and constantly increasing trade. In connection with his mercantile pursuits he is also extensively engaged in farming. He owns a landed estate of four hundred and fifteen acres in Somervell County and two hundred acres in Hood County and two hundred and fifty acres of this property is under a high state of cultivation and yields to the owner a fair tribute.
Mr. Ethridge has been twice married. On the 9th of January, 1859, he was joined in wedlock with Emeline Rutledge, and to them were born two children: John H., who was born November 29, 1861, in the Chickasaw Nation, while his parents were on the way to Texas; and Laura, who was born in this state in 1863. He & his first wife were divorced. Mr. Ethridge was again married April 12, 1871, his second union being with Mrs. Maggie Day, a, daughter of John Meek, a most prominent and honored citizen. Four children grace this marriage, namely: Eula; Maud, wife of R.C. Mulky, of Hood County; Luther and Lillie.
Mr. Ethridge was first appointed postmaster under Grant's administration, becoming the first postmaster of the town, and with the exception of about five years has continuously held the office, discharging his duties with a commendable fidelity that has won him high commendation. He affiliates with the Democratic Party and his wife is a member of the Christian Church. He is a self-made man and his career is one of usefulness, of honor and success. Such a life is well worthy of perpetuation in the history of his adopted county and it is therefore with pleasure that we present his record to our readers.
SOURCE: History of Texas, 1896, Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Co.
(special thanks to Audrey Steffee for the following info) - William Spencer Ethridge died on 04 Jan 1915 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co., Texas. His probate record is on file there in the Palo Pinto County, Courthouse. I have a copy of that. I found no death record in the Courthouse but the state of Texas may have one.
Jared J. Ethridge (1815 - 1865)
Margaret J Ethridge (1841 - 1928)
Emeline Rutledge Lynn (1845 - 1913)*
John Harvey Ethridge (1861 - 1937)*
Nancy Laura Ethridge (Foster) Jones (1865 - 1941)*
Emerson M. Etheridge (1872 - 1881)*
Maud Eugenia Etheridge Mulkey (1876 - 1956)*
William W. Etheridge (1876 - 1877)*
William Spencer Ethridge (1837 - 1915)
Sarah Elizabeth Ethridge Colbert (1840 - 1924)*
Mary Withers (1841 - 1881)*
James Henry Ethridge (1844 - 1931)*
Palo Pinto County
Created by: Martha Reid 19 UDC
Record added: Jan 26, 2011
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