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Pvt James “Jim” Conaway, Jr

Birth
Death 11 Oct 1898 (aged 68)
Burial Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 6914503 · View Source
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James "Jim' Conaway, Jr. was born to James and Mary Pickett
Conaway on 18 Aug, 1830 in Monroe County, Mississippi.
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James Conaway, Sr. was b. 4 Nov, 1788 in S.C..
Mary Pickett was born 14 Jan 1802 in Tenn.
Presumably, they were married about 1817 in Loundes County, Tenn.
Sometime in the fall of 1828, or the fall of 1830, they
moved to Mississippi, to Monroe County, and remained there until their trip to Anderson County, Texas between 1843-1850. It is not known how many children traveled with them
to Texas, but apparently quite a few, as they stayed here and married and had their own families.
They appear on the 1850 Census of Anderson Co, living in the household of John E. Palmer.
Jim Conaway is listed as 20 years old at the time.
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Jim enlisted in the Civil War for the Confederate Army of Texas. On a link for Civil war veterans, he is recorded to be Pvt. Jim Conaway, Co; A. Regiment; 20th Texas Cav.
After the was he became a slight political figure, becoming County Clerk for Anderson County Texas. A position he held for many years. (Most of the old papers you see in Anderson County, are signed by him)
Jim went on in life accumulating a lot of property in downtown Palestine and surounding areas, and a good amount of money for the time.
A will of Jim Conaway is recorded at Palestine, Anderson County Courthouse dated April 13, 1898.

James and Mary, his parents moved on to Freestone County around Buffalo, Texas. James Conaway died 1863 buried in Dew, Freestone County, had remarried. Do not know when or where Mary died.

I have a copy of the hand-written will of Jim Conaway, that was found in a folder of the Conaway Family, that was given to Palestine Public Library.
In this folder was also a picture of Jim Conaway and a note telling it was indeed him, also a picture of an attractive lady (picture wearing period clothes of 1910-1915, unidentified). Other family info also.

In his will be bestows property on family members and friends, and etc.

Item # 5. It is my will that my Exector and Exectrix shall buy a lot or lots in the East Hill Cemetery and have erected over my grave a monument, the finest that can be built with the money on hand, and in order to do this and raise the money for that purpose, it is my wish that they sell my brick storehouse on Main Street, Lot 14, Block 16 3.
Also sell my fruit farm house known as the Hitchcock Fruit farm, and form a monumental fund for the purpose of building this monument. Also use the money on hand for this purpose. After my Exector and Exectrix shall pay themselves for their trouble. It is further my wish
my exectors shall sell all of my office furniture including my iron safe and abstract book and apply the proceeds to the building of this monument.

Jim never married. He had a beloved niece, Jane B. Numsen.
She was also Exectrix of his will.
Two other people are buried in his plot. Jane B Numsen and maybe a nephew. Jane B. Vaughan Numsen was the daughter of his sister Louisa Conaway Vaughan and her husband Murphy Vaughan.

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He was my G-G-Uncle. His brother Alfred Conaway's second wife was Martha Jane Kennedy Watts. They were the parents of Emma Conaway, my G-Grandmother.



  • Maintained by: Paul Gunnels
  • Originally Created by: MB
  • Added: 9 Nov 2002
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt James “Jim” Conaway, Jr (18 Aug 1830–11 Oct 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6914503, citing Palestine City Cemetery, Palestine, Anderson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paul Gunnels (contributor 47394940) .