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Sam Poole Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, June 12, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
Only six of Sam Poole's children have been found. All of these were born in Texas near the Red River north of Hooks at a community called Red Bank. Red Bank was formed when Warren Hooks gave his former slave, Forest Hooks two acres for a church and school. The school built there in 1866 was the first institution of higher learning for Blacks in Bowie County. It is located on a high bank and thus gets it name "Red Bank". Sam Poole's great grandchildren still live near Red Bank.
Looking for the family that brought Sam to Bowie County, there was just one family that came here in the 1830's named Poole and that may be the one. Orlando L Poole had a land grant just north of New Boston and his family was listed in the 1850 census showing one child born in Louisiana. This means that they were in Louisiana, which is where Sam Poole was born. The white Poole family was no longer here by 1870.
Sam Poole had at least two wives. The name of the mother of
the older children is not known. Only three of the first set
are listed and it is believed that there were more.
Sam Poole may have had one or two other wives named Sarah or Susan
by which the last three children were born. The older children
are buried at Cedar Springs Cemetery.
Even though the family of Sam Poole has lived here in Bowie County for many years, it is very difficult to find information about them. There are no cemetery markers for many of them. They were not sent to school in the early 1800's and did not leave any written records. It will be nearly impossible for them to go any further back unless they find a will among the white families that lists their names or perhaps an old letter in which they are mentioned. If anyone has any information about the people named here, please contact the New Boston Genealogy Society at the New Boston Public Library.
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