Interesting Family Stories
- Robert Taylor
Sr. favorite Uncle was Tommy Taylor who played in the 1924 World Series
for the Washington Senators. The 1924 World Champions!
- Cordelia McGehee is the daughter of William Henry McGehee and
Mintoria Lee. Mintoria Lee is the Great Granddaughter of Henry Lee,
born Apr 2, 1749 and died Aug 8,1839, Henry Lee was in Virginia Militia during
the Revolutionary War.
- My Grandmother Helen Polnack Harston was living in Scurry
County, Texas and sitting next her sister Caroline, Who was bitten by a
rattlesnake and died shortly there after. Mama was about 5 when this happened.
- Marie Wagner Polnack (My 2nd
great grandmother) was killed in a plowing accident at the Grove, Texas at the age of 66.
- Samuel W. Pitcock*, born January 07, 1849 in KY.; died
February 14, 1884. He was the son of 2. Henry
Patterson Pitcock and 3. Lewisa Jane Holland. He married (1) Kitty Ann
Harrison September 11, 1869 in
Barren Co., KY.. She was born April 16, 1848 in KY., and died March 11, 1929 in
Dallas Co., TX.. She was the
daughter of Seth Harrison and Amanda Bush. He met (2) Martha Maynard Aft.
1869. She died 1922.
Notes for Samuel W. Pitcock:
Sam was killed at an early age. From notes of Irene Pitcock Slocum's notes
she tells of some of the gossip
surrounding the incident. The accuracy of the tale cannot be verified. "Sam
Pitcock, Jim Fisher's brother, had
gotten involved with a young lady from Allen County, A Miss Maynard by name.
As all proper gossip must have
it, Miss Maynard was, by and by, in a "family way", or (as some have said),
she was "slightly" pregnant. Sam.
according to "Fish", was in love with the girl (or perhaps feared her father),
and was going to do the proper thing
by her. He raised what money he could, and started off to Allen County. Jim
Fisher gave him a ride in his farm
wagon for a part of the way. Jim Fisher said he recalled Sam talking about the
situation he was in, and, as they
neared the Barren River, they commented on the rising thunderstorm and what
bad weather Sam was to have on
the remainder of the trip. They parted, and Sam was never seen again.
They worried - - Julia Settles said her mother used to say when Julia was a
child, "Oh! Poor, Poor Sam" - - and
I presumed they searched, but to no avail. It's said that Miss Maynard had her
child - Sam Maynard. The local
folks called him "Little Sam Pitcock", and I suppose Sam was cursed bitterly
by those who must have surely
thought Sam had run out on his paternal obligations.
Years later (I've heard it was 44 years), a man named Hood (I think it was
Robert Hood) confessed on his
deathbed that he had killed Sam Pitcock in order to rob him. He took Sam's
money and a gold watch, and had
hidden his body in Wildcat cave, somewhere near where "Fish" had let Sam out
of his wagon.
A search was made, and sure enough, Sam's bones were there - - just where Hood
said he put them." The
above was recorded by John Ray Pitcock, son of Elzie Ray Pitcock, 1969."
Notes from my mother, Emma Church Stewart, also adds: Sam had $400 dollars &
gold watch that were
stolen. The man named Hood who killed him was hired by Mr. Maynard and was
given $500 for doing it. Sam
was going to pick up the Maynard woman and they were going to Texas to live.
The "Sam Maynard" lived in
Scottsville and owned & operated a lumber company there.
Notes from Martha Powell Reneau states that her grandfather, John Ephriam
Powell, lived in the Austin-Tracy
neighborhood at the time, and he told this: " Sam Pitcock left his wife and
was going to marry Hick Maynard's
daughter. Fish Pitcock set himself across the river. He had $2,600. He was
never seen again and people thought
that Hick Maynard killed him, but years later another man confessed on his
deathbed that he had done it. When a
new road was made later, the skeleton was found."
Other rumors say that they made it to TN. to live & spread the rumors of his
*. used by permission from Laura Stewart Civey,
William Wadlington Smith: The family was listed as a Confederate Indigent
Family in Falls County, Texas, W. W. Smith died in 1864
Andrew Alexander Tipton: Private, Co. B, 28th Regiment, Texas Calvary, CSA.
William Calloway Mayhew: Private, Co. B, 1st Regiment, Mississippi Calvary, CSA