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The Family of Reverend Emer Hamvasy

Emir Bala Gyoila Garoin HAMVASY was born April 19, 1820 in Szikis Fahervar (Stuhl Walsonberg), Hungary. He was the son of Joseph HAMVASY and Anna Marie TRALKAY. He was an accomplished musician, well educated and served his country well. All this is chronicled in a biography written by his second wife, Laura.

When he was about 21 years old he married Pauline NAGY. They had one child:

  1. Tehamer

He left Hungary very hurriedly when his life was endangered and arrived in New York about 1850. After living there awhile he moved on to Kentucky where he divorced Pauline after she refused to come to the US. After a time of tutoring in Louisiana, he went to Austin where he became a Christian and began to study for the ministry. He was ordained in 1872 by the Episcopal Church and shortly thereafter went to Tyler, Texas where he founded the Christ Episcopal Church.

On the 3 March 1874, Smith Co, Texas, he married Laura A. PAULSON HADEN, the widow of Richard M. HADEN. She was born 15 September 1850 in Tennessee, the daughter of George PAULSON and Mary Lucinda ADAMS. Children of Emer and Laura:

  1. Emer Paulson, born at TX; died 4 November 1931; buried Memory Park, Longview, Gregg Co, Texas. He married 17 June 1903, Maria Antoinette (Nana) FLEWELLEN, daughter of Junius Jefferson FLEWELLEN and Philada (Ada) Virginia JOHNSON. They lived in Longview on Green St. in a little house near to her parents. The house was built on the same property. Emer Hamvasy had a drugstore in Longview. They had one daughter:
    • Virginia Victoria, born 11 September 1906, Gregg Co, Texas; died 5 December 1987, Jefferson Co, Texas; married 1. Pete Herman SMITH, 2. Joe BOGEL
  2. Anna Mary was born on 14 Sepember 1878; died 5 January 1952; buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, Smith Co, Texas. She married Chancey L. DEAN, 12 December 1897, Smith Co, Texas. Children of Anna Mary Hamvasy and Chancey L. Dean:
    • Agnes Hamvasy, born September 1897; married James CAWTHON, 23 October 1922

    Anna Mary married Edgar Nealy SHUFORD, 16 Apr 1902, Smith Co, Texas. Children of Anna Mary Hamvasy and Edgar Shuford:

    • Logan Hamvasy, born 18 December 1902, Texas; married Beth Marie SCALES, 15 July 1924
    • Emer Hamvasy, born 31 August 1904, Texas; married Thelma Elizabeth BEAM, 24 September 1927.

Emer was renowned as a preacher and served several parishes until 1885 when they moved back to Tyler because of Laura's ill health. His health failed and he died 17 January 1901. Laura died 24 July 1918. They are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, Smith Co, Texas.


Reverend Emir Hamvasy by his wife, Laura A Hamvasy (Thanks to Archie Colburn for sharing a copy of the original paper to put in the Smith County TXGenWeb Archives.)

"Tyler's Spiritual Debt to a Hungarian Refugee" - Chronicles of Smith Co, Texas, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall/1966, p 20

Cemetery Records of Smith Co, Texas, Vol 1, Oakwood and Rose Hill Cemeteries, East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981.

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1846-1988, East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979.

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

Smith County Federal Census Records - Online in the Smith County TXGenWeb Archives

WorldConnect Project, Rootsweb.com - Greaves Family - Gene Royall


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