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 Louisiana Catherine “Aunt Bee” Small

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Louisiana Catherine “Aunt Bee” Small

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death
23 Aug 1894 (aged 78)
Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA
Burial
Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
52193927 View Source

Mentioned in "The Tracings", papers of Mary Kate Hunter, local historian for Palestine and the surrounding area.
Wife of John Small.

Daughter of Amos G. and Catherine Davis.
Married; John Small at the age of 17 on 5 Sept. 1833 in Lewis City, Ky.
Had three babies, two dying before they left in 1839 coming to Texas.
Was on the boat on the Red River traveling with John H. Reagan, on his way to Texas as well.
She, her husband and daughter Georgiana, along with her brothers H. Clay, and Dick Davis, mother Catherine.
Settled in San Augustine for a while, She joined the First Methodist Church ever organized in Texas. Her mother Catherine died while they were there.
They decided to go down the Neches River to Duty Settlement, Indians were so bad there they moved on to Fort Houston, where they stayed until the fort was abandoned in 1842.
In 1841 she helped organize the First Methodist Church in Fort Houston, then part of Houston County.
After the fort was abandoned, the church was moved to Palestine, Texas.
She and John eventually had nine children; Seven living to adulthood.
Georgiana, Richard H.
, David Reese, Mary Jones, John T., William Davis, and Pilgrim Clay.
Three served in the civil War. Richard H., David Reece and John T.
Jefferson Davis was a cousin of hers, so the Confederate Cause was near and dear to her.
She loved helping the community in any way she could.
Her husband died in 1852, and is buried here.
She acquired the name "Aunt Bee Small" at some point.
Se was a fine nurse and was always willing to go to any sick bed, to nurse.
She had a beautiful flower garden, and loved sharing her flowers. she would give them to the sick and put them on graves.
She loved books and read a lot.
She made bunches of Buckskin half gloves for the girls of Palestine, hoping that the gloves would bleach their hands white again. She loved for girls to have white hands. One pioneer lady said, she must have made 100 pair.
In 1862 she married; A. E. McClure. He and his family had arrived in Fort Houston in 1840. He later became a Judge.
Also, he became part owner and editor for The Trinity Advocate Newspaper.
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The soldiers that came into Palestine were from Granbury's Brigade~~~~~Pvt. Seaton and Pvt. Hurst in the 10 Texas Inf. Co H., Granberry's Brigade, had kept diaries and personal letters stating that these events had taken place and that the regiment had arrived in Palestine on 2 & 3 May, 1862.
~~~~~~~
This was written about "Aunt Bee" Small regarding 20 some odd CSA sick soldiers arriving in Palestine, Texas in 1862.
~~When they arrived in Palestine, they were put up at the Hunter Hotel largely due to "Aunt Bee" Small's effects.
She was instrumental in making sure they had room and board in the north side of the hotel. The town's people were very
helpful to the soldiers. It is believed they had Typhoid
fever when they arrived and 9-11 out of the 25 died as a result of the disease.
11 were interred in a single row. 2 others are interred in a different part of the cemetery.
She was as very religious person. She told her granddaughter, Mary Small, that when she joined the church she made a covenant with God and told the preacher that she would go into her closet every day and pray. She said she had faithfully kept that promise and had callous places on her knees to prove it.

Louisiana Catherine Davis Small McClure died on 23 August, 1895 at age 79. having lived in this county for 56 years.

I don't know why her tombstone does not reflect her married name of McClure.

Mentioned in "The Tracings", papers of Mary Kate Hunter, local historian for Palestine and the surrounding area.
Wife of John Small.

Daughter of Amos G. and Catherine Davis.
Married; John Small at the age of 17 on 5 Sept. 1833 in Lewis City, Ky.
Had three babies, two dying before they left in 1839 coming to Texas.
Was on the boat on the Red River traveling with John H. Reagan, on his way to Texas as well.
She, her husband and daughter Georgiana, along with her brothers H. Clay, and Dick Davis, mother Catherine.
Settled in San Augustine for a while, She joined the First Methodist Church ever organized in Texas. Her mother Catherine died while they were there.
They decided to go down the Neches River to Duty Settlement, Indians were so bad there they moved on to Fort Houston, where they stayed until the fort was abandoned in 1842.
In 1841 she helped organize the First Methodist Church in Fort Houston, then part of Houston County.
After the fort was abandoned, the church was moved to Palestine, Texas.
She and John eventually had nine children; Seven living to adulthood.
Georgiana, Richard H.
, David Reese, Mary Jones, John T., William Davis, and Pilgrim Clay.
Three served in the civil War. Richard H., David Reece and John T.
Jefferson Davis was a cousin of hers, so the Confederate Cause was near and dear to her.
She loved helping the community in any way she could.
Her husband died in 1852, and is buried here.
She acquired the name "Aunt Bee Small" at some point.
Se was a fine nurse and was always willing to go to any sick bed, to nurse.
She had a beautiful flower garden, and loved sharing her flowers. she would give them to the sick and put them on graves.
She loved books and read a lot.
She made bunches of Buckskin half gloves for the girls of Palestine, hoping that the gloves would bleach their hands white again. She loved for girls to have white hands. One pioneer lady said, she must have made 100 pair.
In 1862 she married; A. E. McClure. He and his family had arrived in Fort Houston in 1840. He later became a Judge.
Also, he became part owner and editor for The Trinity Advocate Newspaper.
~~~~~~~
The soldiers that came into Palestine were from Granbury's Brigade~~~~~Pvt. Seaton and Pvt. Hurst in the 10 Texas Inf. Co H., Granberry's Brigade, had kept diaries and personal letters stating that these events had taken place and that the regiment had arrived in Palestine on 2 & 3 May, 1862.
~~~~~~~
This was written about "Aunt Bee" Small regarding 20 some odd CSA sick soldiers arriving in Palestine, Texas in 1862.
~~When they arrived in Palestine, they were put up at the Hunter Hotel largely due to "Aunt Bee" Small's effects.
She was instrumental in making sure they had room and board in the north side of the hotel. The town's people were very
helpful to the soldiers. It is believed they had Typhoid
fever when they arrived and 9-11 out of the 25 died as a result of the disease.
11 were interred in a single row. 2 others are interred in a different part of the cemetery.
She was as very religious person. She told her granddaughter, Mary Small, that when she joined the church she made a covenant with God and told the preacher that she would go into her closet every day and pray. She said she had faithfully kept that promise and had callous places on her knees to prove it.

Louisiana Catherine Davis Small McClure died on 23 August, 1895 at age 79. having lived in this county for 56 years.

I don't know why her tombstone does not reflect her married name of McClure.


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