1LT Onslow Merle Airheart

1LT Onslow Merle Airheart

Rhea County, Tennessee, USA
Death 2 Nov 1883 (aged 49)
Trinidad, Henderson County, Texas, USA
Burial Trinidad, Henderson County, Texas, USA
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Son of Peter Airheart and Nancy Gullatt. Married Mary N. Ingram.
Served in the 11th TX Infantry, Co, B, CSA

Published in the Athens Review May 30, 1940 and transcribed by Mike Colman, an Airheart descendant, in October 2008 from the Athens daily review archives at the college in Athens Tx . Articles then submitted to the Txgenweb project by Mike Colman. Note: Onslow’s wife was not buried in old Wadeville cemetery but in her Ingram family cemetery in Rural Shade. Credit Navarro Co. Historical Society; Txgenweb project Navarro Co cemeteries.

A Confederate monument for the first grave in the large cemetery at Trinidad has arrived and is now being erected, J.W. Airheart of Trinidad informed County Clerk Jack Owen Friday. The county official assisted Mr. Airheart in getting the marker for the grave of the late O.M. Airheart, Henderson county pioneer, who was buried there following his death on December 22, 1883.
The Trinidad cemetery was started when the flooded Trinity river and muddy roads prevented relatives of O.M. Airheart from transporting his body across the stream into Navarro county. The deceased Confederate soldier had asked to be buried at old Wadeville in Navarro county where his wife was buried, but the flooded Trinity caused his relatives to open the burial ground at Trinidad.

Athens daily review 1940. I’ve posted this before but wanted to add corrections to this. I do not appreciate someone taking credit for my research. I transcribed the May 1940 paper article yrs ago in 2008 for the txgenweb project from the archives of the Athens daily review. I have made corrections to 1940 article and included more information about my 3rd Great Uncle Onslow Merle Airheart .

1st Lt. Onslow Merle Airheart (CSA), born 1834, Rhea Co. Tennessee, died 1883, age 49, Trinidad, Henderson’s Co., Texas, a son of Peter and Nancy Gullatt Airheart of Bradley Co. Tennessee. Brother to Matilda, Henry, John, Alexander, Moses, James and 1/2 brother to Charles Wesley, Nancy, Elizabeth, Lucinda, Malinda and Peter Airheart. Onslow was not a twin! The information on the Historical marker at the Trinidad city cemetery is incorrect. Onslow was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Naomi Ingram Airheart of Rural Shade, Navarro Co. Tx in 1874 at the age of 36. Onslow had migrated to Texas in 1857, and was a prison guard in Huntsville in 1860. He served in the Confederate Army for over three years as an officer and was highly respected by his men as a man of integrity. After the Civil War, Onslow moved to Milleville, Rusk Co., then to Trinidad, Henderson Co. and purchased a ferry from Enos Spivey. Onslow and Mr Spivey put their money together and bought over 2000 acres in Henderson and Navarro Counties. Onslow married Mary Naomi Ingram on 3 Dec 1871, Navarro Co. Onslow and Naomi did not have children and Onslow never remarried after his wife’s death. His brothers and sisters were heirs to his property. The Trinidad I.S.D. was built on property owned by Onslow but sold by his brother Moses for the school to be built. Onslow was the first burial on his land in which is called the Trinidad city cemetery. His ferry was only about 150 yards from the cemetery. He was to be buried in the Ingram family cemetery at old Rural Shade south of old Wadeville but the river was swollen preventing his burial there next to his wife.
Yrs ago I found that write up in the archives of the Athens paper from May 1940 and had added it to the txgenwebproject for Henderson Co., Tx. Onslow was my 3rd Great Uncle and I’ve been an family historian since I was a teenager. I corrected what John W. Airheart had put in the Athens paper for May 1940.
This extensive research by
Mike Colman, an Airheart descendant and Airheart family historian.

Correction to Michael Airheart transcribed information on 1st Lt Onslow Airheart.

The following paragraph is from the Memoirs of Tyre Hanson written February, 1910.
"Zack Sanders was another fine hustler and afraid of nothing. Zack and I went out one evening and came across a fine bunch of mutton peacefully grazing near a briar thicket, my gun brought down a fine fat one, and Zack had it in the thicket
quick and filled himself full of briars. The next day we had the finest baked quarter you ever saw. Joe Ware, our mess-mate, said he was going to ask Lt. O.M. Airhart to dinner. We tried hard to get him not to do so, as that particular
lieutenant was very tough on outside hustlers, but Joe went and told him that we had a fine beef roast and the boys all wanted him to take dinner with them. He came, and as we were all seated around the oven and viewing the find brown bake, he
said "Boys, those oar mighty small beef bones", and began to look rather ugly, but Joe Ware said, "Now Lieutenant, we asked you here to eat and not make remarks, and now you eat", and the Lieutenant did eat until we were almost sorry we had
invited him. Lt. Airhart was honest to the core, and was always in the front of the battle. He died a natural death a few years ago."
Note: An Act granting a charter to O. M. Airheart, to create, keep and run a Ferry-boat at the Spivey Crossing, on Trinity River, in Henderson County and Navarro County was granted on May 6th, 1873 by the Texas Legislature.
Transcribed from Tyre Hansons memoirs by Mike Colman 2006
Lynn Airheart Brandvold has spent years researching our Airheart and related families. Her work can be found on this link
Obit/ biography by Mike Colman

Bio by: Michael Airheart

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  • Maintained by: Mike Colman
  • Originally Created by: L Lane
  • Added: 9 Aug 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Onslow Merle Airheart (24 May 1834–2 Nov 1883), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56873502, citing Trinidad City Cemetery, Trinidad, Henderson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Mike Colman (contributor 48288051) .