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Milledge Alfonso Hart Sr Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, December 19, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
One of the six children of James and Elizabeth Hart was Derryl Hart who moved to Cusseta, Chambers County, Alabama and married Jane Pitts in 1815. They raised one daughter and eight sons. Derryl Hart called all his children to his bed side a few days before he died in 1855 and instructed them on how to handle his estate and encouraged them to live Christian lives and he also exhorted his servants to do the same. The expenditures of the Darryl Hart family and the distribution of the extate worth $70,515.40 is extremely interesting. For instance each slave is listed by name with their value. Each family member has a bill of sale for their share of the estate. Any black American that tries to trace their family must rely on documents like this one.
One of the sons of Derryl Hart was Robert Johns Hart, 1834-1907, who married Martha Elizabeth Stanley in 1855. They were the parents of Milledge Alfonso Hart, 1859-1944, who moved to New Boston, Texas in 1884. Milledge A Hart married REbecca Lucinda Barrow, 1861-1932, in Summerfield, Louisiana in 1881 and they had four sons and two daughters. He was a cotton broker, farmer, merchant, and dealer in horses and mules.
We are interested in family members who came to Bowie County, Texas and so I should mention a sister of Milledge A Hart. Bobbie J Hart, 1875-1953, married John William Stanfield. They lived in Texarkana.
In 1905 the "Bowie County News" carried an article about
the golden wedding anniversary of Robert Johns Hart and Martha Elizabeth
Stanley who had a large party for family and friends. Three
sons and four daughters were living at that time. They had lost
one daughter. The children of their son Milledge A Hart Sr and
his wife REbecca Lucinda Barrow were:
Milledge Hart came to the community of New Boston the the new railroad to sell fruit trees to the settlers. His love of animals caused him to change to horse and mule trading. The reason for his success was that his word and his bond and his hand shake closed a solid deal. Anytime a customer bought an animal that was not satisfactory, he could bring it back to the sale barn and pick another in exchange.
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