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Needham Ward Eason
Birth: 1811
Death: Oct. 8, 1858
Lavaca County
Texas, USA

Posted February 21, 2011 - Being researched by Weldon Lee Eason,, Waco, Texas, and Dr Jim Moshinskie, researcher, Waco, Texas, Information and assistance welcomed.

Needham Ward Eason Sr.
-Born: 1811 in North Carolina
-Marriage (1): Helen Ward on 3 Dec 1833 in Onslow Co, NC
-Marriage (2): Clarissa Ann Hancock
-Died: October 8, 1858, Lavaca County, Texas, according to his tombstone in Eason Cemetery in Lavaca County, top part of the white marble marker is missing which gives his exact birthday. His matching marble footstone was uncovered February 20, 2011 in the dirt over his grave, cleaned, and respositioned. His grave, surrounded on 2 sides by an ornate iron fence, is the only grave that remains at the site of this small cemetery. Giant oak trees cover the grave.

Needham married Helen Ward on 3 Dec 1833 in Onslow Co, NC. (Helen Ward was born in Onslow Co, NC.)

Needham next married Clarissa Ann Hancock. (Clarissa Ann Hancock was born in 1828 in Onslow Co, NC and died in Colorado County, TX.)

His Children:
1. By his first wife, Helen Ward
Dr. Needham Ward Eason Jr. (See his details below)
Nathan Eason, Born: 1858, Colorado County, TX

2. By his second wife, Clarissa Ann Hancock
Christian Eason (See her details below)


1. An old hand-written family letter we have in our possession states that: Needham W. Eason and his wife Clarissa Ann Hancock Eason are buried in the old burial ground in Lavaca County, not far from the Colorado County Line and about 4 or 5 miles from Oakland, Texas. The graves when papa visited it in 1946 were intact. He said, "It is surrounded by a substantial and solid iron fence, and the tombstone was in place and the inscriptions were clearly legible." My papa (This is W. L. Eason, Dec. 4, 1877 - Aug. 8, 1961) had two names of people to see in Halletsville (the county seat) who could give information: Mr. G. O. Little and Judge Paul H. Fertsch. This was in an inventory in his Will written on September 2, 1858 (A 554): 988 acres of land out of Breedlove League, principally in Lavaca Cunty and running over into Colorado county, 220 acres of the above in cultivation, 20 negroes, horses, cattle, etc.

2. Weldon Lee Eason and Dr. Jim Moshinskie originally found the tiny Eason Cemetery in 1994 with some help of nearby residents who knew of the Eason legacy. One of them still had an antique shotgun with the name EASON hand carved into the wooden stock. The cemetery was in a sad shape, due to time and to massive falling limbs from the surrounding giant oak trees. The cemetery was surrounded by grazing cattle. We returned in 2002 and barely found the Eason grave, the cemetery being so overgrown and damaged by fallen limbs. When we returned Feb 20, 2011, to our surprise, we found the area around the sole remaining Eason grave had been cleared nicely. We installed a new marker with Mr. Eason's name and year of birth (1811) and year of his death (Oct 8, 1858). We also noticed the original gate on the remaining ornate iron fence around 2 sides of is grave had been surprisingly changed from the one we photographed in 1994 to a different gate. We think that the original gate had been damaged by a falling limb and someone had replaced it with another old gate(?). Quite interesting.


Dr. Needham Ward Eason Jr.
, son of Needham Ward Eason, Sr.
-Born: 4 Jul 1841, Swansbouro, Onslow County, NC
-Marriage (1): Adalaid Wallace 2 Jul 1867 (1864?) in Pierpoint Place, TX
-Marriage (2): Julia Ann Hawkins
-Died: 9 Aug 1889, in Sublime, TX at age 48

Noted events in his life were:

Burial in the County Line (Shimek) Cemetery in Lavaca County, Texas

Obituary. Died, at his home in Sublime, Lavaca County, on the 9th Inst., Doctor Needham Eason, and was buried at County Line church, Elder Blackmore officiating. The doctor had lived in this neighborhood for over twenty years. He was a good, christian man, a scholar, and a fine writer. He left a wife and children. - Weimar Mercury, August 17, 1889 (newspaper)

Civil War. However, over and above the loss of the slaves, the end of the war had severe economic consequences for the county's richest men. Few people, it must be imagined, were prudent enough to invest their wealth in gold, silver, or foreign currencies. Those who relied on their own nation's money, that is, Confederate currency and bonds, found themselves without capital when the nation was dissolved. One such, Needham Eason, Jr., returned to Colorado County in 1865 to find that his widowed step-mother, Clarissa Ann Eason, had invested his inheritance in suddenly worthless Confederate bonds, bonds to which he had had no access when they had value.

Probate. Consider the Lily: The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas By Bill Stein Part 7 contains Lavaca County Probate Records, File No. 114: Needham W. Eason.


(1) Needham first married Adalaid Wallace, daughter of Dr. William Robert Wallace and Amanda Armstrong, 2 Jul 1867 (1864?) in Pierpoint Place, TX. (Adalaid Wallace was born on 6 Sep 1849 in Goliad, TX and died on 17 Aug 1930 in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX.

(2) Needham next married Julia Ann Hawkins.

Christian Eason
Born: 12 Jul 1852, Adonisville, Leon County, Florida,
Died: 22 Oct 1903, Gonzales Co. Texas at age 51

Noted events in her life were:

Hospital. Probate records indicate that she was commited, because of lunacy.

Info: Christaina (the 1880 census shows her as Christain) was born in Florida. The 1900 census shows her having 10 children. Only nine appear between the 1880 and 1900 census. She may have lost one.

Burial in the Waelder City Cemetery.

There are eight Easons buried in Waelder City Cemetery besides Christain Eason Simmons:
1. Bell
2. Frank D.
3. Warren Kilgore
4. Margery Bell
5. Warren K.
6. Nathan
7. Nathan W.
8. William Warren

Family links: 
  Clarissa Ann (Hancock) Eason (1828 - ____)
  Needham Ward Eason (1841 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Eason Cemetery
Lavaca County
Texas, USA
Created by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie,...
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
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Needham Ward Eason
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
Needham Ward Eason
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
Needham Ward Eason
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