I am looking for any information on William E. Cooper and Minerva May Cooper and family they had two sons both born in Bell county in 1909 & 1911 and they were married in Temple ,around 1908. Minerva May had two sisters Lula May and Cora May, I don't have any information on the three sisters except that they lived with Dr. Scott (founder of Scott & White) for a number of years. Also that Minerva was elected Miss Bell County shortly before 1908. The two sons were named William Emzy Jr. and Robert Lee both graduated from Temple High School thank you Robert Cooper Jr
During World War I the following men were found to have enlisted from Bell County
Milton V. May from Holland
Cecil May from Holland
Gus May from Hillsboro
During the Civil War the following men enlisted from Bell County:
Captain H.E. Bradford's Company Co. F 6th Texas Infantry enlisted September 1861
Private Dan May
Scattering List: Bell County men not included in Rolls of Bell County Companies for want of authentic information or who enlisted elsewhere:
John D. May
I searched the index of probate records in Bell County 1850-1930. Results below:
May, Clarence Boyd, et al January 1899
May, Frank E. July 1891
Mays, E.G. deceased December 1900
May, Joseph N. et al, minors March 1877
May, P.H. March 1874
Mays, Nora June 1907
Mayes, W.W. September 1923
Mays, Wm E. January 1924
Searching these probates may help you find the sisters.
Another great source is the newspapers on microfilm at the Temple Library. If you have death dates you could find the obituaries which sometimes list survivors and where they were from.
On page 250 of "Belton County Revisited" is a article about the small community of Little River. There is a picture of several men in front of the post office. One is E.M. May.
Little River is not far from Temple.
On page 158 of "The History of Bell County" by George Taylor is an article about new communities and settlers in Bell County in the 1850's. "From about 1852 to 1855, the country about Cedar Creek, Owl Creek, and on the Stempede Creek began to settle up. A number of families from other sectons of Texas and from other states located therer and made their homes. Among these were Stephen D. May, John D. Mayes, William Mayes etc.." This shows the May surname in Bell County very early.
Mayes family in Bell County
William Andrew Mayes and his wife, Mary Amanda White, were married in 1845 in Greene County, AL. They moved to Washington County, TX in 1849, and to Bell County by 1854 (he paid county taxes that year.) Four generations of Mayeses have lived in Bell County, ..three of those generations on Owl Creek. They had 13 children, ten living included Mary Adella Mayes, Christina Lilis Mayes, Charles Pierson Mayes, Andrew S. Mayes, Neanean Lafayette Mayes, Elizabeth Beatrice Mayes, Martha Jane Mayes, Sterling Price Mayes, Annie Lee Mayes, and William Walter Mayes. I am seeking information on all of this Mayes family, especially Mary Adella,Christina Lilis, Andrew S., and Elizabeth Beatrice. I will be glad to exchange information. I have absolutely no trace of Mary Adella Mayes or Christina Lilis.
MAYES & COLEMAN of Bell Co.
I am helping my uncle research his family. He is the g-grandson of William & Amanda (WHITE) MAYES of Bell County, as follows:
1 MAYES, William Andrew Abt 1821 - Aft. 1869
.+WHITE, Mary "Amanda" E. Abt 1829 - Aft. 1869
.....2 MAYES, Annie Lee 1864 - 1946
.........+COLEMAN, Robert I. Abt 1861 - 1897-1902
.............3 COLEMAN, James Hogg 1893 - 1965
................+SWANZY, Freddie "Ethel" 1894 - 1968
....................4 COLEMAN, Stanley Lee (Living)
.....*2nd Husband of Annie Lee Mayes:
.....WHITESIDE, Harvey L.
The COLEMAN, SWANZY, & WHITEHEAD families also lived in Bell Co. I would like to exchange info with anyone researching any of these families. I would like to know the birth & death dates/places for William & Amanda MAYES. I would also like to learn more about the BONEY family, as I have other BONEY connections by marriage and would like to find if they are connected to each other.
Janice Bullock Williams
Interested in Mayes & Tanner in Bell County in early 1850's,
have a Margaret Jane ? that married a Mayes/Mays. Do you have any info on a Zilla Ann Tanner, family possible moved to Erath Co.
Who are the members of your Balch family. Were they from Tennessee? Thanks.
Balch family from Tennessee
Malinda Balch b. MI and her father, Simon Balch b. TN are listed in the 1880 Bell County Census. She married Charlie Pierson Mayes and lived and died in Coryell County.
I have William Edwards Mayes as my gr,gr, grandfather. I also have a Boyd Mayes
Joe Cephas Mayes-1891
Jack C Mayes-1911
Are any of them your family?