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Martha Ann Whitlow Garrett
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Birth: Sep. 27, 1846
Cedar Grove
Walker County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jan. 29, 1929
Tarrant County
Texas, USA



Martha Ann Whitlow was born 27 Sept., 1846 in McLemore's Cove, Walker County, Ga., the fourth child of Miles Washington Whitlow and Emily Gholston.

Martha's mother, Emily Whitlow, died in childbirth with the next child, Allie, on 9 July, 1847 and the children were raised by their step-mother, Elizabeth Woods Whitlow, second wife of Miles W. Whitlow.

Martha Ann was known as "Mattie" or "Matt" among her friends and family. She was referred to as such in a letter of Oct, 1872 by sister Nancy Jane Whitlow Williamson. Mattie's sister, Allie Whitlow Powell, named her first dau. after her, Mattie Powell b. 1878, Clinch Co., GA.

Martha was raised to young womanhood under the loving care of her step-mother, Elizabeth Woods Whitlow, who adopted the Whitlow children as her own. She and husband, Miles, had four children of their own, with only one surviving to adulthood, Miles Marcellus Whitlow. The other three died within a month of each other in early 1862 of "the bloody flux."

The children's graves are found in the Whitlow Family plot at Old Antioch Cemetery buried among other family members, grandfather, Bolden Whitlow and great grandfather, Nicholas Whitlow, the later two in unmarked graves.

Martha was a teenager during the Civil War. She got a first hand experience, though, because she lived in an area where numerous battles were fought, to include the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. Her Cousin Eliza had the misfortune to have her cabin taken over by Union Gen. Rosecrans during this battle. Her Uncle Avery Camp was taken prisoner by the Yankees, sent to Chattanooga and never heard from again. Her brother, John Gholston Whitlow, joined a company of Confederates from Chattanooga and served with distinction throughout the War. Her father, Miles Whitlow, joined Co. E, 6th GA Cavalry as an old man and served his country, the Confederate States of America, throughout the war. He is mentioned in the Davis letters of 1864, "Mr. Whitlow slips in every once in a while" to bring food and supplies to Confederate families, this area being controlled by Yankees as Sherman marched through Georgia. The 6th GA Cavalry gained notoriety for lightning raids that disrupted the Yankee supply chain and lines of communication.

After the War, Martha Whitlow met a handsome, young Confederate Veteran named William Holden Garrett. They were married in 1869 at Old Antioch Church, in Walker Co., GA. Billy Garrett was born in Tenn. 14 May 1844, the son of Milton James Garrett and Scotia E. Holden. By 1871, Billy and Matt got a start on their family with the birth of their first son, Pheneas, the first of two children born in Walker Co., GA. The remaining children were born in Texas. Billy and Matt Garrett moved to Texas in Oct, 1872 in the company of several other Walker Co. GA families who did not wish to be "Reconstructed", to include brother and sister-in-law, John Gholston Whitlow and Mary Ann Hall Whitlow.

This fact is mentioned in a letter of 12 Nov 1872 written by Nancy Jane Whitlow Williamson, Mattie's sister, to their sister, Allie Whitlow Powell:

"We received a letter from William stating they got there, all were well and met with no accidents on the road. He said Matt seemed to be in good heart after they had moved up to John's. [Note: this is their brother, John Gholston Whitlow.] I read a letter from John while we were at Pa's. They were all well. He wrote to Billy and Matt to come to his house."

Billy and Matt Garrett had eight children total, spread out over almost twenty years:

1. Pheneas Garrett b. 21 Apr 1871, Walker Co., GA. Mar. 12 Aug 1923, Nolan Co., TX to Kate Cox. Lived Roscoe, Scurry and Mitchell Co., TX. Died 13 Dec 1942, Tarrant Co., TX. Buried next to Billy and Matt Garrett, Hudson Cem.

2. Miles Milton Garrett b. 12 Nov 1872, Walker Co., GA. Mar. Emma McMillan, Rockport, WA. She was the widow of John McMillian, pioneer hard rock miner and trapper in the North Cascades Range in Washington. (See article below.) Died 26 May 1954, Bellingham, WA. Buried in the Cascade Mountains, on Ruby Creek, Skagit Co., WA.

3. William Gholston Garrett, b. 1873, Tarrant Co., TX. Died as a young man, 1884. Bur. Hudson Cem., Tarrant Co., TX in an unmarked grave next to his parents.

4. Allie Agatha Garrett, b. 1874, Kennedale, TX, d. 14 Feb 1970, Delhi, Louisiana. Named for Aunt Allie Whitlow Powell. Mar. 1892 to William David Tweddle, who died 1914. Allie died Mer Rouge, Morehouse Parish in 1970 at the home of her daughter, Iola. Both Allie and David Tweddle are buried in the Delhi Masonic Cemetery, Delhi, Richland Parish, Louisiana.

5. Gertrude Garrett, b. 12 Mar 1880, Kennedale, TX. Mar. 14 Oct 1900, Tarrant Co., TX to Charlie Nicholas Youngblood. Died 13 May 1968, Alvarado, Johnson Co., TX and buried Rio Vista Cemetery.

6. Ernest Garrett, b. 12 May 1882, Tarrant Co., TX. Mar. 24 Jul 1905 to Emma Carroll, in Mansfield, TX. Died 1946 Tarrant Co., TX and bur. Hudson Cem.

7. Luther Garrett, b. 3 Sept 1884, Kennedale, TX. Mar. 24 Sept 1911 to Margaret Ethel Wilson, in Tarrant Co., TX. 6 children. Died 25 Feb 1975, Tarrant Co., TX.

8. Nellie Alma Garrett, b. 19 Oct 1887, Tarrant Co., TX. Mar. 1910 to Wm Elmore Clowdus. She died 19 Feb 1965, Johnson Co., TX and is buried next to her husband at Bethany Cemetery, Johnson Co., TX.

William H. Garrett died 10 Jan 1924 near Kennedale, Tarrant Co., TX and was buried at Hudson Cemetery. Mattie Whitlow Garrett died five years later, of influenza, 29 Jun 1929, and is bur. next to her husband in Hudson Cemetery, Tarrant Co., TX.

Thanks to Cliff Youngblood for information on the children of Wm H. & Martha (Whitlow) Garrett.

Miles Milton Garrett moved to the Pacific Northwest during the Gold Rush in the North Cascade Mountains. He is mentioned as a trapper in a historical document of the North Cascades National Park:

"A number of individuals trapped on the west side of the Cascades, along tributaries of the Skagit River. John McMillan, a miner who settled on Big Beaver Creek, was one of the first to run trap lines in the winter along that drainage and along the Skagit River in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. McMillan built a log cabin on Little Beaver Creek between today's Perry and Stillwell hiker camps. After McMillan died in 1922, friends continued to live on his ranch.

One was Miles Garrett, who attempted to box-trap marten there for two to three years; his venture proved unsuccessful. Frank Oakes was a homesteader along Bacon Creek who trapped for a living up that drainage. He too had a trapping cabin which was built farther up Bacon Creek. Other individuals known to be seasonal trappers in the early days included Jack Durand, who trapped Thunder Creek and the Cascade River; Gilbert Landre; Isaac La Rush, who trapped Thunder Creek extensively for several winters; and Milt Hickerson."

"The McMillan homestead on Big Beaver Creek, known as the McMillan Ranch, was located on the west side of the Skagit River, southwest of the creek. McMillan erected a cabin in a wooded area with a small natural meadow nearby. In this clearing McMillan raised hay for his three pack horses. At various times Frank and Glee Davis came to McMillan's specifically to purchase hay for use at their roadhouse at Cedar Bar, baling it by hand before packing it down on horses. McMillan also built a barn and root cellar and had a garden nearby. In an 1899 report on the Washington Forest Reserve, H.B. Ayres observed that McMillan's ranch was one of the most improved claims on the entire reserve. A later map depicts "McMillans Ranch"' as a complex of four or five structures, one marked "house," and a corral or fenced-in area (perhaps the pasture). For a time, McMillan was known to exchange homesteads periodically with fellow settler Tommy Rowland, who lived across the Skagit River to the east. Rowland had a fairly large hay field located along the river and McMillan often used this hay for his horses and roadhouse operation.

In his later years McMillan and his wife spent their winters in Marblemount, returning to the Big Beaver ranch each summer. When he died on July 29, 1922, he was on his ranch. Several friends gathered, including Ranger Elbert Thompson and fellow miner George Holmes. McMillan was buried two days later, near his cabin.

Three years after John's death, in 1925, Mrs. McMillan attempted to acquire homestead rights to the ranch, but the USFS rejected her application. The settlement case was closed and the old homestead was used as a guard station by USFS trail crews and packers for many years. Even into the 1930s a former USFS employee recalls picking McMillan's rhubarb which had grown wild. While the USFS utilized the ranch to a degree, several of McMillan's former acquaintances also resided there intermittently, including his partner Miles Garrett (who later married John's widow), miner George Holmes, and Bert Ferguson, a railroad conductor-turned-trapper who came to the upper Skagit ca. 1904 and settled farther up Big Beaver."

Miles Milton Garrett died in Bellingham, Washington in 1954.

Son of Wm H. and Martha Whitlow Garrett:

Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 21 Nov 1946:

"Man Killed in Fall Off Truck - Ernest Garrett, 64, of Fort Worth, died on the way to a hospital here Saturday afternoon after he fell from the running board of a pick-up truck at Mansfield. The driver of the truck was arrested by State Police Captain Browning and Constable Pierce of Mansfield at the scene of the accident. He was released from county jail after posting $500 bond on a complaint of driving while intoxicated.

Garrett's wife was killed here several years ago when struck by a car. Garrett's street address was not learned Saturday night.

Survivors include a brother, Luther Garrett of Kennedale, and a sister. The body was taken to Blessing Funeral Home at Mansfield."

Grandson of Wm H. and Martha Whitlow Garrett:

Hood County News, Dec. 31, 1997.

George Elbert "G.E" Youngblood of Granbury, a retired construction electrician, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997 at his residence. He was 91.

Mr. Youngblood was born Sept. 5, 1906 in Egan and was reared in Rio Vista. He married Catherine Jerrell on April 4, 1932 in Marietta, Okla. A former resident of Fort Worth and Alvarado, he had lived in Granbury for 23 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Granbury.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Youngblood of Granbury; three sons, Eldon Youngblood of Dallas, Clifford Youngblood of Houston and Bruce Youngblood of Austin; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Granbury with Rev. Gene Hadley officiating. Burial in Laurel Land Cemetery in Fort Worth. Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury directed.

Wife of George Elbert Youngblood:

Catherine (Kitty) Jarrell Youngblood

Catherine (Kitty) Jarrell Youngblood, 94, passed away on October 25th, 2006, at Park Bend Health Center in Austin, TX. She was born in Winnsboro, LA, but grew to adulthood in Fort Worth, TX. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Robert Jarrell and Irma Jarrell Maynor, and the widow of George Elbert (G. E.) Youngblood.

Her only brother, Sam R. Jarrell preceded her in death. From 1943 to 1969, Mrs. Youngblood resided in the Johnson County, Texas, communities of Barnesville and Alvarado. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alvarado, the Alvarado chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Home Demonstration Club. After several years at their home in the Arlington Heights section of Fort Worth, she and her husband moved to Granbury, Texas. From 1972 until after her husband's death she resided in Granbury, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Philathea Sunday School class. In Granbury, she was also a member of Eastern Star chapter #530.

In 1999, Mrs. Youngblood retired to Austin, Texas, to live at Duval Oaks Guest home and Park Bend Health Center.

She is survived by her three sons and their wives, Bruce Youngblood of Austin and his wife, Edna; Clifford Youngblood of Houston, and his wife Sarah; and Eldon Youngblood of Dallas, and his wife Sandra. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grand children.

Visitation in Austin will be from 3:00PM to 5:00PM on Saturday, October 28, 2006 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM on Monday, October 30, 2006 at First Baptist Church, 1851 Weatherford Highway, Granbury, TX. Interment will be held at Laurel Land Cemetery in Ft. Worth.

All her many friends and relatives are invited to join her children in celebrating her life.

Granddaughter of Wm H. and Martha Whitlow Garrett:

Jessie Lee Youngblood Levey, 92, a retired librarian and schoolteacher, died Wednesday in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson.

Burial: Rendon Cemetery in south Tarrant County.

Mrs. Levey was born Dec. 31, 1903, in Alvarado, to Charlie N. and Gertrude [Garrett] Youngblood. She grew up in Rio Vista and completed school there. She did her college work at what is now the University of North Texas. Mrs. Levey taught school several years in the Oak Grove school district, now a part of the Burleson school district. She met and married the late G.H. "Bill' Levey while teaching at Oak Grove. After living many years in Tarrant county, the family moved to Waxahachie, where she was assistant and later head librarian of Nicholas P. Sims library. She was a faithful member of Water Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie and taught a ladies' Sunday school class for many years.

Mrs. Levey was preceded in death by two daughters, an infant and Betty Ann Levey; two brothers; a sister; and four half brothers.

Survivors: Daughter, Naomi Levey Coontz and son-in-law Jimmie Coontz of Burleson; brother, G.E. Youngblood of Acton; sister, Thelma Johnston of Hurst; grandchildren, Greg and Donna Coonhtz of Fort Worth, and Ned and Cathy Coontz Frederick of Arlington; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey Coontz and Brooke and Hayden Frederick; several nieces and nephew; and many friends.

Family links: 
  Miles Washington Whitlow (1812 - 1885)
  Emaline Gholston Whitlow (1822 - 1847)
  William Holden Garrett (1844 - 1924)
  R. Pheneas Garrett (1871 - 1942)*
  Miles Milton Garrett (1872 - 1954)*
  William Gholston Garrett (1873 - 1884)*
  Allie Agatha Garrett Tweddle (1876 - 1970)*
  Gertrude Garrett Youngblood (1880 - 1968)*
  Ernest Garrett (1882 - 1946)*
  Luther Garrett (1884 - 1975)*
  Nellie Alma Garrett Clowdus (1887 - 1965)*
  John Gholston Whitlow (1842 - 1914)*
  Nancy Jane Whitlow Williamson (1843 - 1922)*
  Martha Ann Whitlow Garrett (1846 - 1929)
  Albina Tabitha Whitlow Powell (1847 - 1890)*
  Miles Marcellus Whitlow (1855 - 1933)**
  George Washington Whitlow (1859 - 1863)**
  Jefferson Davis Whitlow (1862 - 1863)**
*Calculated relationship
Note: no stone - info from TX death certificate
Hudson Cemetery
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
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Record added: May 23, 2009
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