Mozel and James Oliver Price


    She was born in Alabama in 1849. Two years later Gideon Smith and a young ward, Joseph Deupree, will come to the “Cedar Break” tract (to Mulberry). She came also, at age six, “... settled in Mulberry....” Her mother was Elizabeth; her father, John T. Hart. By her mother’s first marriage to Henry C. Lightfoot, Mozel was half-sister to both Dr. William K. M. Lightfoot and Sarah Ann who will marry Dr. James Reid.

    In 1857 William’s land ownership in Lightfoot Bend of Red River was recognized. He had already advertised “plantation” and slaves for sale (1855); next year his will is probated, dividing property equally between his mother Elizabeth, sister Sarah, and brother Henry. “I wish her [my mother’s] share to descend to the heirs of her body by her second husband John T. Hart.”

    Mozel in Mulberry is now six. Two years later (1858), a letter to the editor of the Northern Standard describes a delightful visit to the home of Dr. Reid, concluding, “At noon his urbane and hospitable lady presided at the head of a table laden with a purely vegetable and fruit dinner which would have made old Epicurus smack his lips in ecstasy.”

    Four years later, during the Civil War, Mozel’s mother, half-sister Sarah, and three other members of Dr. Reid’s family die of smallpox in Mulberry. They were buried here.

    At age 16, four years after her mother’s death, Mozel marries James Oliver Price (1845-1886) of the Spies Switch community across Caney creek. He lived to be 42, she 83.

Her obituary appeared in the Bonham Herald on

August 17, 1933.


James Oliver Price

January 5, 1845 - June 24, 1886

    James Oliver was about one year old when he traveled with his parents in a covered wagon over the long rough country from Illinois to north Texas He was not a strong child in growing up. When his younger brother, John Paden, and his father Evan enlisted in the Confederate Army, Jim remained on the farm to help his mother and the younger children. When he and Mozel Hart were married, they built a small house on the family farm southwest of his parents’ homesite. [from family archives]

    Nine children were born to this family. Agnes, the oldest...Arthur, the first son...Alice...James...Henry remained on the family farm in the Spies Switch community... Virginia (Jennie) married W. J. Holt...Sammie died in infancy...Harry...Homer the youngest, left the family farm when a young man. He never returned to visit, nor did he get in touch with any of the family. James Oliver died when Homer was about one year old, leaving Mozel with eight young children.

“We only know ... the same restless tide, which bore her from us, still glides on....”

1913: November 18: (Bonham News) “Observations by the Way,” by J. K. Luton:

I am 4 miles north of Ravenna on the W. H. Price fruit farm. Mr. Price has seven acres of plumbs, six acres of apples and peaches and several acres of berries, also six acres of sweet potatoes. Cotton, wheat, corn, oats, etc.... Spies Switch. If there is a more lonesome place on the face of the earth than Spies Switch it would be a good place.... I soon gave it the grand bounce and drove twelve miles in a very short time [selling subscriptions]. The norther caught me in Caney Bottom and I soon came a stop at Ollie Bolin’s for the night....

    James Oliver’s father was Evan Price (1814-97); his mother, Mary Ann Duckworth (1824-97). This Evan died two days after his wife, on January 8 that year. Evan’s older brother John (1805-74) was “founder” too of a family line that descended through son John Samuel to Joe Price in Mulberry. These Price men, both Evan and John, married in Bond county, Illinois. John Paden Price (1846-1931) will be the first child of Evan to be born in Fannin county. A farm cross Caney Creek, near Spies Switch, will be recognized for ownership 100 years in the same family. Already told is how two Price sons married daughters of Samuel Johnson, “Texas Veteran,” whose grave near Caney creek lies midway between the Price burying ground at Fairview cemetery and Mulberry.

“This is the original home of Evan

and Mary Price. Lumber and logs

were freighted by oxen from Jefferson,

Texas.”  1st row. Jeanie Price

(granddaughter), Sopheronia Davis

(daughter), Mary & Evan Price

(founders), Otis Cope (nephew -

orphan reared by Prices) 2nd row.

J.A. [Jonathan Alexander “Bart”]

& F.M. [Francis Marion “Frank”]

Price (sons) Last person Daniel Cope,

father of Otis


Sons of Evan,

Brothers of James Oliver Price

Jonathan Alexander (Bart) ... the fourth

son...ten years old when Evan and older

brother, John left to join the Confederate

army, leaving Mary and seven young

children to fend...helped haul lumber by

oxen-drawn wagons from Jefferson...

never married. Except for the short time

he operated a chuck wagon for cowboys

in West Texas, he lived on the home place

...shared his love and affection with nieces

and nephews.... He liked to read, and

always subscribed for a daily paper...kept

up with government procedures...was a

dedicated Democrat...did all he could to

keep the good Democrats in office, and

the bad ones out.

    Bart  was a hard worker, never acquiring

a lot of material wealth, but was satisfied with

what he gained from the freedom of farm


    When an aunt died, the Price family took

her little boy, Otis Cope, to rear. Bart was especially fond of Otis, and helped to send him to school. When Mary and Evan Price died, Otis was given a child’s share in the Price estate. When he [Otis] and Anna Doggett married they built a small house and lived on his acreage near Bart and Frank.... Otis died during the flu epidemic of 1918. Bart never got over the loss of the young man he loved so dearly.... [died in 1930]

Francis “Frank” Marion Price  (1868-1953)

With a good formal education for that time,

Frank went to Ringold, Texas to work with Walt,

his brother, who owned a general store.

He soon came back to

Fannin County and operate his own general store

in the Fulp community.

After the death of his parents, he and Bart

bought the land belonging to some of the heirs, which,

with their shares of the original farm, gave them

plenty to do.... Frank and Bart began

producing cotton, peanuts,

sweet potatoes, and fruit from three orchards.

Frank married Eva Pearl Holt [pictured].

John Paden Price  (1846-1931)

and Miranda Ellen Hundley

    John Paden, bearing the name of two ancestors, John, son of the Welsh forefather, Evan, who settled in Pennsylvania Territory during the early 1700, and Alexander Paden Duckworth, Mary’s father, was the first child of Evan and Mary Price born in Fannin County, Texas. Being about nine years old before the settlers were made secure from Indian attacks, John would often recall some of the hair-raising things which happened when Indians would cross Red River and attack the settlers in the community.

    When just a lad, John was doing the work of a man. Evan, his father, returned home from the Confederate Army, April 1, 1862. John enlisted in 1862 at the age of sixteen, serving three years. He returned to the family farm. Five years later, in 1870, he married Nancy Stubbs. They established their home on an acreage joining Evan on the west. Two sons were born, Horace Lee, and Charles Era. Nancy died in 1881.

    In 1886 John and Miranda Ellen Hundley were married. They became the parents of two boys, James (Jim) Evan and John Douglas, and a daughter, Nora Alice.

    With the exception of the time spent in the Confederate Army, John lived on the land settled by his family about 1846. He was a farmer all his life, raising grains, cotton, fruit, a big vegetable garden, poultry, hogs and cattle.


Ruby Lynn, daughter of James Evan and Ruby Watts Price, with

Nancy M. Price (1929)

                In Mulberry Ruby Lynn’s father was “Jim Dad”.

Ruby Lynn Price married Eldon Donaldson of Ravenna in 1937.

They reared their daughters, Linda and Mary, in Mulberry, and are buried there.

above, right:

Joe and Sybil Price after Sunday school at Mulberry Methodist Church

with Ruby Lynn Donaldson

... across Caney Creek, near Spies Switch, in the other founder’s line ...

John Samuel Price (1838-1959) was Joe’s father; John Price (1805-1874), his grandfather.

Evan H. Price (born 1846) who married Malinda, daughter of Samuel and Malinda Kitchin Johnson, in 1861,

was Joe’s uncle.

Fathers, Sons and Brothers:

James Evan, son of John Paden and Ellen Hundley Price

Charles, son of John Douglas and Cecil Ellis Price

Charles Era, son of John Paden and Nancy Stubbs Price

John Douglas, son of John Paden and Ellen Hundley Price

Carter, son of James Evan and Ruby Watts Price

Rufus, son of John Doublas and Cecil Ellis Price

Albert, son of Horace Lee and Aretta Jane Lee Price