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Zedock Hairson Daniel Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, January 16, 1992
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
Zedock Hairson Daniel married Mary Elizabeth Sweet (pronounced "sweat") in 1886. Her father was James E Sweet and her mother was Rachel Ann Tidwell. Rachel Ann Tidwell was the daughter of William Tidwell born 1808 who married Sarah D ___. I thought this William Tidwell was a son of Levi Tidwell and wrote that in my article about the Tidwell family. I have since been convinced that he was not the natural son of Levi. He was with that family in Mississippi and so he may be a nephew. Levi Tidwell had 13 brothers and sisters.
When James E Sweet was a young man in Bowie County there were hugh trees with no underbrush and tall grass. There were wild turkeys, herds of wild deer, bears, and lions or you might call them panthers. One day as he was walking through the woods he met a lion. It nearly frightened him to death and he did not have a gun. The only weapon he had was his pocket knife. He didn't date turn his back and run because there was no place for him to go and the lion would have caught him in a second. He stared right into the eyes of that lion and pulled out his pocket knife and started moving toward the lion. He didn't walk; he just kind of slid his feet and kept staring straight into the eyes of the lion. The lion just stood there waving his tail back and forth like a cat watching a mouse. Suddenly the lion walked around him and went on down the trail.
Zedock and Mary had 14 children. Two of the children married
into the same Johnson family and two of them married into the same
Sometime after Mary Elizabeth Sweet Daniel died in 1927, Zedock H married Maggie Parker who had a son, Roland Parker. This Daniel family lived and worked a 150 acre farm near Sand Hill. Their first car was a Model T Ford that was bought new and their second was a 1927 model which was closed in and a great improvement. Zedock H Daniel died December 31, 1940.
Update from Ye Olde Ancestors, Jan 30, 1992:
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