Judge James Mann “Jim” Hurt, Jr

Judge James Mann “Jim” Hurt, Jr

Birth
Carroll County, Tennessee, USA
Death 19 Apr 1903 (aged 72)
Lisbon, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Block 24, Lot 33, Space 2
Memorial ID 24995970 · View Source
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James Mann Hurt, Jr., son of James Mann Hurt, Sr. (1797-1873) and Patsy Marshall (1799-1876) was born in Carroll County, Tennessee on December 15, 1830. He died in Lisborn, Texas ( Dallas County) on April 5, 1903, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

James (Jim), the seventh of twelve children, was raised on his father's farm in Carroll County, TN. On his farm, near McLemoresville, TN, James Mann Hurt Sr. raised tobacco, corn, wheat and hogs. Before the Civil War, he owned a number of servants. He ran a tan yard and a shoe shop and built the first ice house in the area. He was a pioneer Baptist preacher at McLemoresville and at Shady Grove in Gibson County, Tennessee. James, therefore, came from a religious family that was successful in many endeavors.

James was educated at Bethel College, Jackson, Tennessee and then completed a law course at Lebanon, Tennessee. While there, he met Matilda (Mattie) Louise Douglas (b. 6 April 1839, d. 20 April 1923) from Missouri who was the daughter of William D. Douglas. In 1857, they traveled to Missouri to marry. Upon their return, the steamer boat they were on sank. James caught his new bride by the hair telling her to keep her hands away from him or he would let her go. She complied and he swam to shore with her safely.
Jim and Mattie settled in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas where her family had moved and where Jim began his law practice.

He joined the Confederate army during the civil war (service record not available).

As recalled by a family member not long after his death, Jim Hurt was considered a man of fine mind, one who looked clear through a subject and could get to the bottom of things. He was remembered as a liberal hearted, kind man. Everybody was his friend. He was elected county District Attorney and then promoted to Texas State Attorney. By the 1880's James Hurt became a member of the Texas Court of Crminal Appeals and for a number of years before his death was the presiding justice of the court.

His obituary states, "Judge Hurt was regarded as one of the ablest jurists in America and his decisions were regarded as law in practically every court in the United States". About a year before he died, he bought a country home in Lisbon, TX (at the time about seven miles south of Dallas). It was here that he died.


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  • Created by: Kelli Smythe
  • Added: 2 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24995970
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge James Mann “Jim” Hurt, Jr (26 Nov 1830–19 Apr 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24995970, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Kelli Smythe (contributor 46488736) .