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William M. Thedford Jane Satterfield Thedford
William M. THEDFORD, was born 15 Nov 1802 in Pendleton District,SC. About 1824 he married Amanda Jane SATTERFIELD, daughter of Thomas SATTERFIELD and Margeret, who was born 1806 in SC.

"He afterwards lived in Habersham county, Ga., thence moving to Walker county; in Northwest GA, of which county I believe, he was once sherif. After a residence there for a number of years, he moved to Texas in 1851, settling first in Cherokee county, but subsequently in 1853 settled on the Seven Leagues in this county, where he remained until his death. He was married in early life to Miss Jane Satterfield, and raised a family of fourteen children, 12 of which number being sons, 10 of which are now living, and are orderly and peaceful citizens He joined the Enon Baptist church in 1853, and was baptized by Rev. John S. Bledsoe, and was ordained as a deacon in 1855. Although rather small of stature, he was endowed with wonderful physical vigor and stamina, being strong and active and a hard worker to the day of his death."*

Children of William and Jane:

  1. Evan Pierson THEDFORD, born 23 Feb 1827, Habersham Co., GA; died 27 Apr 1882, Smith Co. TX; married 12 Jul 1855 Susan Malinda YOUNGBLOOD, born 27 Sep 1835; died 5 Dec 1916; both buried Seven Leagues Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas (Obituary) (Bible)
  2. Harrison P. THEDFORD, born 25 Dec 1830, Habersham Co., GA; died 15 Nov 1906, Leesburg, Camp Co, Texas married 26 Aug 1855 Elizabeth Ann BASS, born 1830
  3. Irus Henry THEDFORD, born born 1831, Habersham Co., GA; died 1881, Noonday, Smith Co. TX; buried Seven Leagues Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas
  4. James Lafayette THEDFORD, born 1834, Paven, Walker Co., GA; died 12 Feb 1920, Seagoville, Texas; married 29 Dec 1869 Mattie Elizabeth HAWTHORNE, born 1853; died 13 Jul 1923; both buried Lee Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
  5. Miles D. THEDFORD, born 1835, Walker Co., GA; died 29 Oct 1863, Camp Daniel During Civil War; married:
    1. 20 Sep 1855 Elizabeth C. TOWNSEND, daughter of William TOWNSEND and Mary, died about 1860
    2. 6 Sep 1861 S. E. FITZGERALD
  6. Benjamin Calloway THEDFORD, born about 1836, Walker Co., GA; died 3 Jun 1864, Civil War; buried in LA
  7. Wilson Satterfield THEDFORD, born 1838, Walker Co., GA; died after 1909, Young Co, Texas; married 21 Dec 1865 Mary A. CULBERSON, born about 1840, GA
  8. Andrew Jackson THEDFORD, Sr., born 15 Sep 1839, Cherokee, Walker Co.,GA; died 30 May 1909, Chandler, Texas married 15 Feb 1866 Catherine A. HUGHES, born 1 Aug 1845, died 7 Jun 1927; both buried Dean Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas - Obituary
  9. Elvira THEDFORD, born 15 Sep 1839, Walker Co., GA; died Smith Co. TX; married NUNNALLY
  10. Allen Harkins THEDFORD, born 14 May 1840, Georgia; died 27 Apr 1923, Smith Co, Texas; married 6 Jan 1870 Mariah INGLES, daughter of Peter INGLES and Narcissa HAMBRICK, born 29 Oct 1849; died 9 May 1921, Smith Co. TX; both buried Seven Leagues Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas
  11. Martin Van Buren THEDFORD, born 13 Mar 1842, Walker Co., GA, died 25 Jan 1912, Noonday, Smith Co. TX; married 12 Nov 1866 Amanda Jane INGLES, daughter of Peter INGLES and Narcissa HAMBRICK, born 15 Jan 1845; died 24 Aug 1913; both buried Noonday Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas - Family Picture - Obituary
  12. Mary Elizabeth THEDFORD, born 1846, Walker Co., GA; died 1921, Smith Co. TX; married 28 Dec 1871 William David SPIVEY, born 1850; died 1892; both buried Seven Leagues Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas
  13. Larkin E. THEDFORD, born 1847, Walker Co., GA; died 11 Dec 1904, Smith Co, Texas
  14. William Thornton THEDFORD, born 1847, Walker Co., GA; died 1891, buried Seven Leagues Cemetery, Smith Co. TX; married 18 Jan 1866 Amelia INGLES, daughter of Peter INGLES and Narcissa HAMBRICK, born 1848, TN; died 5 Feb 1927

"Seven Leagues, Oct. 30, '77 Edits Democrat and Reporter: Our community was startled and horrified on the 25th inst at the announcement of the sudden and violent death of our esteem and venerable neighbor, William Thedford. As stated in the Tyler paper of the week then current, he was killed by the stroke of the tusk of a large and vicious hog, that he was trying to drive home by the aid of a dog. He must have been struck while in the act of either rising or falling, this supposition being, from appearances, that he became entangled and fell in some vines. He was cut in the left breast the wound being about seven inches in length, reaching and exposing the heart and crushing the intervening bones."*

William died 25 Oct 1877, Noonday, Smith Co. TX. (*Obituary) Jane died in 1879. Both are buried in the Seven Leagues Cemetery, Smith Co, Texas.

William's inventory at his death:

713.5 acres Thomas Quevado Survey homestead
2 mules $270
40 hogs $80
64 cattle $320, etc.

File: none.

PMB:C3/90, 91. E/667. 1/99, 113.

William Thedford Tombstone

Sources of Information:

Rick & Janie Featherston

Marshall Thedford - Picture of Van Thedford's family

Wilma Thedford - Family notes & information, Pictures, E. P. Thedford Family Bible, Obituary of William Thedford, Obituary of Mrs. S. A. Thedford, Marriage Licence - E. P. Thedford & Susan Youngblood, Promissory Note, Thedford Brothers in the Civil War

Seven Leagues Baptist Church and It's People - Intro - Index - Minutes 1 - Minutes 2

Abstracts of the Smith County Probate Records, Smith Co, Texas, 1846-1880, Published by the Smith County Historical Society/Historical Commission, Tyler, Texas, 1984, Abstracted by Andy Leath, p 149

Cemetery Records Smith County, Texas, Volume III, Southwest Quarter; East Texas Genealogical Society, 1984

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1846-1899; East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926; East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999

Obituaries - 1800s, 1900s

Smith County TX US Federal Census

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