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Houston Co., TX - August 1939 - Georgiana Elizabeth Yarbrough Whitley
Note: Published in the Grapeland Nespaper

Newspaper Clipping

Mrs. G. E. Whitley, Oldest Houston County
Citizen Died Here Last Wednesday Night

Born While Texas Was Still a Republic

Mrs. Georgianah E. Whitley, 97, died in her home in this city, Wednesday night August 9, 1939.  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Methodist church conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. L. Ross.  Burial followed in the City Cemetery.

Five children survive, Mrs. S. M. Hodges, Tuscola; Mrs. L. H. DeBolt, Tyler; Mrs. W. D. DuMont, New York City; W. M. Whitley, Fort Worth; Dr. J. C. Whitley, Corpus Christi; All were present for the funeral except Mrs. DuMont.  Two sisters, Mrs. W. R. Morris and Mrs. Kittie Yarbrough of Grapeland, one brother, S. M. Yarbrough, Fort Worth, also survive.

So far as is known, Mrs. Whitley was the oldest native citizen of Houston County.  She was born near Grapeland, on January 31, 1842 and spent practically all her life in this community.  Up until a few months ago she enjoyed excellent health and was a regular attendant of church and Sunday school.

Her father, Joseph Randolph Yarbrough, came to Texas from Tennessee in 1832.  When the war for Texas' independence started he joined a company and was with Sam Houston's forces at the battle of San Jacinto when Texas gained her freedom.  Mrs. Whitley was born while Texas was a republic.

In 1860 she was married to G. (sic) Whitley.   At the conclussion of the civil war in 1865 he returned home and acquired large land holdings in Houston and Freestone Counties.  He died in April 1906.

Recieved from Dave More
Notes: Joseph Randolph Yarbrough came to Texas in 1832 from Arkansas with his father, not from Tennessee.  Mr. Whitley's name is James.

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