James Butler Hargrave 1856 -1921

a biography

James Butler HARGRAVE was born April 11 1856 to James Ratliff HARGRAVE and Mary Polly OVERALL about 18 miles northeast of Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas at Sulphur Bluff. In the 1860 census of Hopkins County, he is listed with the family. But by 1865 a measles epidemic took his mother and father and several family members. He was raised by Sam OVERALL , his mothers brother. He shared memories of an Aunt Kate and Sarah ( Sarah was the wife of Sam OVERALL) according to family in later years. By 1870 he was listed with Henry BARCLAY, a widower, and next door to a Georgia OVERALL.

His occupation was a land speculator and farmer. He followed his brother William Posey HARGRAVE to the Young County, Texas area where his cattle brand was listed in 1877 in the Southwestern Cattle Association book.

He married May 22 1884 to a Martha Ellen KELLY in Graham, Young County, Texas. She was a daughter of David KELLY, a Civil War Veteran who was from Wayne County, Indiana. His military papers record his height and weight to be 5 ft 11 inches tall and 145 pounds.

James and his wife moved to Indian Territory at Weatherford, Oklahoma and then back to Young county, Texas. Their children were Marvin David, Thomas Henry Jefferson, Mary Ellen "May" who married Pleasant Sloan, John William, Dennis Flynn, James Drayton, Martha Mattiebelle who married E B Gilmore and later W. Gardner.

They were living at Profitt, Texas when typhoid fever took James Drayton "Marion" in 1911.

His land records were 1886: 6 miles West of Graham 110 acres sold to his brother W P HARGRAVE. In 1898, 59 acres sold to WC SWAN 5 1/2 miles SW of Graham on the Brazos River. In 1902 he bought 160 acres and was located there in 1910 census on Cement Mountain Road near the Harmon land. In 1918 he renewed his cattle marks at the Young County Courthouse a + mark and H on Left hip. In 1920 he is listed on the Cement Mountain road land also.

He was a neighbor to Walter FIELDS family. He passed away from Chronic Brights Disease at age 63. His probate was Jan 5 1922 in Young county Texas. James Butler HARGRAVE is buried in the Medlan Chapel Cemetery, Young County, Texas. His children claimed that his favorite place was Emory Texas in Rains county.


  • 1860 Hopkins County, TX Federal Census, Beat 2, roll M653_1297, pg 152, Ancestry.com
  • 1870 Hopkins County, Texas Federal Census, Precinct 1, Roll M593_1592, pg 61b, Ancestry.com
  • 1880 Hopkins County, Texas Federal Census, Precinct 5, droll T9_1311, pg 197, Ancestry.com
  • 1920 Young County, TX Federal Census, Justice Precinct 1, Roll T625_1854, pg 6B, Ancestry.com
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts, Patent 344, vol 15a, 9 Nov 1922, Ancestry.com, www.ancestry.com. J B Hargrave to L H Kimbrel 172 acres, District: Fannin, Young County, TX
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts, Vol 28; file: 3156; patent: 409, 16 Mar 1896, Ancestry.com, www.ancestry.com. Fannin District, Young County, TX; 158.3 acres.

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