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 Joseph Jefferson Spikes

Joseph Jefferson Spikes

Death 26 Mar 1964 (aged 96)
Burial Ralls, Crosby County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 29663425 · View Source
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Joseph Jefferson Spikes can really lay claim to being a pioneer of Crosby County, having arrived there on the first day of August in 1890, after a month's trip from Kaufman County. He was barely twenty-two at this time, being born July 30 on Spikes Prairie, Kaufman County, near the present town of Kaufman. His father was Captain John Wesley Spikes of Parson's Brigade U.C.V. who sold out in Kaufman County, put the money in a belt and gave to Jeff. Jeff rode on horseback to East Texas, bought a small herd of cattle, and drove them to the Plains. "We settled near Emma and I helped vote county seat away from the Quaker Colony in Estacado in 1891", recalls Jeff. Jeff worked on the I. O. A. Ranch in Lubbock County, Texas.
On January 26, 1906, he married the love of his life, Nellie Witt. They had a four-day honeymoon …a covered wagon trip to the 640 acre ranch/farm that Joseph Jefferson owned in Crosby and Floyd counties.
When he died he was the last known cowboy of the I. O. A. Ranch.

Written by his granddaughter, Margaret Nell Laminack Lancaster

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