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Monday, March 09, 2015

William Henry Harrison Black and Sarah Adalia Brawley

William Henry Harrison Black is not related to me except by marriage to Sarah Adalia Brawley. Sarah Adalia Brawley was my first cousins 4 times removed so it's a pretty distant relationship but they lived an interesting life as I found out.

William Henry Harrison Black was born 10/2/1839 in Missouri to Samuel Stephen Black (DOB 3/2/1810 in VA; DOD 1853-1854 in Fannin County, TX) and Martha "Patsy" Foree (DOB 10/6/1817 in KY; DOD 5/18/1883 in Stephens County, TX). Henry Black was their oldest child out of seven children: William Henry Harrison Black, Melinda F. Black (married John William Holt and John David Bigbee), Amanda Black (married Amos Baker); George Black , Sr (married Stacy Frances Forbes), John H. Black (married Isabella Young), Mary Ellen Black and Sarah Elizabeth Black (married Amos A. Atkins and John Montgomery Dodds).

1850 U.S. Census of Precinct 7, Lamar County, Texas; Roll: M432_912; Page: 297B; Image: 177, Lines 25-31, "Stephen Black"
Stephen Black, 34 yrs old (DOB 1816), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, Owned $300 real estate value, Born in VA
Martha Black, 33 yrs old (DOB 1817), F, W, Born in KY
Henry Black, 11 yrs old (DOB 1839), M, W, Born in MO
Melinda F. Black, 10 yrs old (DOB 1840), F, W, Born in MO
Amanda Black, 8 yrs old (DOB 1842), F, W, Born in MO
George Black, 6 yrs old (DOB 1844), M, W, Born in MO
John Black, 4 yrs old (DOB 1846), M, W, Born in MO

Henry Black first married Elizabeth Jane Whitton (DOB 1/3/1839 in IL; DOD About 1862 in Fannin County, TX) on 1/12/1859 in Fannin County, TX. They had at least 3 children that I'm aware of:

1) Martha Frances Black (aka Fannie Black) (DOB 11/2/1861 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 1/13/1935 in Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX) who married James Monroe Martin (DOB 8/21/1852 in Dade County, MO; DOD 4/3/1914 in Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX).

2) Jane Elizabeth Black (aka Lizzie Black) (DOB 11/7/1859 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 10/7/1909 in Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX) married Andy Jack Dodds (DOB About 1848 in MO; DOD About 1894 in Fannin County, TX).

3) Infant Male Black (DOB Abt 1862 in Fannin County, TX; DOD Abt 1862 in Fannin County, TX)

1860 U.S. Census of Beat 6, Fannin County, Texas; Roll: M653_1293; Page: 250; Image: 509; Family History Library Film: 805293, Lines 25-30, "M. Block", Lines 31-32, "H. Block" (sic)
M. Block (sic, Margaret Black), 45 yrs old (DOB 1815), F(emale), W(hite), Head, Owns $0 real estate value, Owns $400 personal estate value, Born in KY
Amanda Block, 16 yrs old (DOB 1844), F, W, Born in MO
George Block, 15 yrs old (DOB 1845), M, W, Born in MO
John Block, 13 yrs old (DOB 1847), M, W, Born in MO
Mary E. Block, 7 yrs old (DOB 1853), F, W, Born in TX
Sarah Block, 6 yrs old (DOB 1854), F, W, Born in TX
H. Block (sic, Henry Black), 20 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Head, Farmer, Owned $0 real estate value, Owned $500 personal estate value, Born in MO
Jane Block, 19 yrs old (DOB 1841), F, W, Born in IL
Jane Block, 9/12 mos old (DOB 1859), F, W, Born in TX


Texas, Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900
Name and Rank: H. Black, 4th Sergt
Comm. Off: J.M. Bumpass, Capt
Organ: Militia Beat #1, Prec. 6, Fannin Co. 14th Brig. TM
Enlist: July, 1861 at Garnetts Bluffs
Disch:
Descrip: Age 21 (1839)
Remarks: R and F 77; W.B. Burton En. Off.; Co. Comm. 0 14-61
Throughout the Civil War, the Texas State legislature provided laws and appropriations to organize companies of men to provide frontier defense. These men were not part of the Confederate States Army but served under the command and control of officers in the employ of the State of Texas, although the organization of the troops was along military lines. The first of these groups was the Frontier Regiment, which existed from mid-1861 until December 1863 when the group was mustered into the CSA. They were replaced by the Frontier Organization,which was in existence until the end of the war in 1865. In the official State records these groups are often referred to as the Texas State Troops. Colonel James Bourland organized a regiment for border protection by placing his men up and down Red River. He was undoubtedly one of the most important figures in North Texas and Southern Indian Territory during the Civil War. Part of Bourland's sphere of influence extended from Fort Cobb to Fort Arbuckle to Fort Washita plus the area along the Red River, that was protected by the 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, and 20th, and 21st Texas Militia Brigades. Most of Bourland’s Border Regiment Cavalry was taken from and coordinated with the 21st Brigade until the summer of 1865.







Tshaonline.org
Henry Black began using the Muleshoe brand in Fannin County in 1856 and registered it on November 12, 1860. He then went to fight for the Confederate Army, leaving behind his wife and two daughters. He returned after the Civil War to find that his home had burned and his wife had died; his children, however, were still alive. On August 17, 1865, he married Sarah Adalia Braley, and subsequently he began fording herds across the Red River and selling clothing his wife made. Mostly they were paid in cattle and horses. By 1877 their herd had outgrown their property, so the family moved to Stephens County, taking with them 1,000 cattle and 500 horses. Black purchased land — which already had three houses on it — and established the Muleshoe Ranch. He also dug a well and built a large ranchhouse and a log schoolhouse. The children built a rock fence around the cemetery where their grandmother was buried in 1883; some of this fence still stood in 1978. Gradually Black purchased more land, and by the time of his death in 1906, the Muleshoe Ranch covered 10,000 acres. Black also owned another 20,000 acres, much of which was rented to tenant farmers. After his death the land was divided among his wife and children, and the Muleshoe Ranch was the inheritance for his sons William and Jack, who had been involved with its operations. They established on the ranch the first dipping vat in the county. William continued to buy land around the ranch; he raised cattle, horses, cotton, and grain. From 1940 to 1965 William's daughter Sybil and her husband, B.H. Trammell, operated William's portion of the Muleshoe Ranch. On July 20, 1944, the original brand was officially transferred to their daughter, Patricia (Trammell) Swanson. In 1978 the Muleshoe Ranch covered some 6,000 acres and was known as the Trammell-Swanson Muleshoe Ranch. At that time the water well dug in 1877 was still extant, and a barn built around the same time was still in use. (Bio from tshaonline.org)

Obituary of Henry Black, Dallas Morning News, May 3, 1906
Breckinridge, Tex., May 2 -- Henry Black, familiarly known as "Uncle Henry," died here at 6 o'clock this morning of heart failure. He was a Confederate veteran, and on his recent trip to the reunion at New Orleans contracted a heavy cold, from which he was confined to his bed on his return home...

On 9/12/1865 in Fannin County, TX, Henry Black married Sarah Adalia Brawley/Braley. Sarah Adalia Braley was the third child of Samuel "Sam" Sydney Brawley (DOB 9/23/1814 in Iredell County, NC; DOD 1/13/1873 in Dallas, Dallas County, TX) and Catherine Lehman Gouger (DOB 9/19/1821 in Rowan County, NC; DOD 1/13/1888 in Dallas, Dallas County, TX). Sam S. Brawley and Catherine Gouger Brawley had Nancy Brawley, William Henry Harrison Brawley (married Mary  "Mollie" Elizabeth Hatter), Sarah Adalia Brawley, Samuel M. Brawley, Mary Ella Brawley, Melborne Brawley.

1850 U.S. Census of Camden, Ouachita County, Arkansas; Roll: M432_28; Page: 86A; Image: 359, Lines 30-37, "J.L. Gongey" (sic, J.L. Gomez) and "S.S. Brawly"
J.L. Gomez, 35 yrs old (DOB 1815), M(ale), W(hite), Carpenter, Born in NC
S. S. Brawly, 36 yrs old (DOB 1814), M, W, Gunsmith, Born in NC
Katherine Brawly, 29 yrs old (DOB 1821), F, W, Born in NCNancy Brawly, 11 yrs old (DOB 1839), F, W, Born in NC
William H. H. Brawley, 9 yrs old (DOB 1841), M, W, Born in NC
Sarah H. Brawly, 7 yrs old (DOB 1843), F, W, Born in NC
Samuel M. Brawly, 2 yrs old (DOB 1848), M, W, Born in MS
Mary E. Brawly, 1 yr old (DOB 1849), F, W, Born in AR


1860 U.S. Census of Beat 6, Garnett Bluff, Fannin County, Texas; Roll: M653_1293; Page: 251; Image: 511; Family History Library Film: 805293, Lines 22-27, "S. S. Braley"
S.S. Braley, 45 yrs old (DOB 1815), M(ale), W(hite), Blacksmith, $160 Real Estate Value, $250 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC
C.L. Braley, 40 yrs old (DOB 1820), F, W, Born in NC
Harrison Braley, 19 yrs old (DOB 1841), M, W, Born in NC
Sarah Braley, 16 yrs old (DOB 1844), F, W, Born in NC
Saml M. Braley, 12 yrs old (DOB 1848), M, W, Born in MS
Melbom Braley, 9 yrs old (DOB 1851), M, W, Born in AR


Henry Black and Sarah Adalia Braley Black had 8 children:
1) Nancy Mary Catherine Black (DOB 7/3/1866 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 6/18/1942 in Abilene, Taylor County, TX) married William Henry Ackers (aka Wick Ackers) (DOB 4/9/1856 in IL; DOD 11/7/1931 in Abilene, Taylor County, TX). They had Lewis Ackers (married Sybil).

2) Amanda Belle Black (DOB 10/31/1869 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 11/26/1937 in Abilene, Taylor County, TX) married Robert Lee McFall (DOB 10/8/1863 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 11/15/1949 in Abilene, Taylor County, TX). They had Addie Nell McFall, Robert B. McFall, Ruby Ann McFall, Lottie McFall (married Kinion Neal Stoker), R.E. McFAll.

3) John Henry Samuel Black (DOB 1/14/1872 in Fannin County, TX; DOD ? in ? ) married Hattie T. Unknown (DOB ? in ? ; DOD ? in ? ). They had Vernon W. Black.

4) Jackson G. Black (aka Jack Black) (DOB 8/9/1873 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 5/13/1928 in Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA) married Eddie Lee Bush (DOB 7/26/1880 in Stephens County, TX; DOD 7/24/1948 in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, TX).

5) Lula Adalia Black (DOB 12/5/1874 in Fannin County, TX; DOD 1/8/1977 in Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX) married Judge Warren Cresswell Veale (aka W.C. Veale) (DOB 8/11/1870 in Palo Pinto County, TX; DOD 12/15/1956 in Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX). They had Sarah A. Veale.

6) William Black (aka Will Black) (DOB 8/28/1876 in TX; DOD 1/28/1956 in Stephens County, TX) married Etta D. Sayles (DOB 10/1/1878 in Walker County, TX; DOD 11/16/1952 in Stephens County, TX). They had Sybil Black, Katherine Black, Abbie Black, Sam Black.

7) Harrison Black (DOB 1882 in Stephens County, TX; DOD 1882 in Stephens County, TX)

8) Minnie Black (DOB 7/21/1883 in Stephens County, TX; DOD 3/21/1958 in Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA) married John Bunyan Stoker (DOB 11/12/1877 in AL; DOD 12/16/1977 in Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA). They had Henry Loren Stoker, Billie B. Stoker.

1870 U.S. Census of Precinct 5, Fannin County, Texas; Roll: M593_1584; Page: 212A; Image: 427; Family History Library Film: 553083, Lines 1-8, "Henry Black"
Henry Black, 30 yrs old (DOB 1840), M(ale), W(hite), Cattle trader, Real estate value $700, Personal estate value, $6,000, Born in MO, Can't read or write
Sarah Black, 26 yrs old (DOB 1844), F, W, Keeping house, Born in NC
Jane E. Black, 10 yrs old (DOB 1860), F, W, In school, Born in TX, Attends school
Margaret F. Black, 8 yrs old (DOB 1862), F, W, In school, Born in TX, Attends school
Mary C. Black, 4 yrs old (DOB 1866), F, W, At home, Born in TX
Amanda Black, 8/12 mos old (10/1869), F, W, At home, Born in TX
John Cagle, 20 yrs old, M, W, Stock driver, Born in AR
William Prince, 22 yrs old, M, W, Stock driver, Born in SC


1880 U.S. Census of Precinct 3, Stephens County, Texas; Roll: 1327; Family History Film: 1255327; Page: 475B; Enumeration District: 170, Lines 1-13, "W.H.H. Black", Lines 14-19, "John Black", Line 20, "Martha Black", Lines 32-39, "George Black"
W.H.H. Black, W(hite), M(ale), 40 yrs old (DOB 1840), Head, Married, Farmer and Stockraiser, Cannot read or write, Born in MO, Father born in VA, Mother born in KY
Sarah J. Black, W, F, 36 yrs old (DOB 1844), Wife, Married, Housekeeping, Been out of work 8 mos with neuralgia, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Nancy M. C. Black, W, F, 13 yrs old (DOB 1867), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Amanda B. Black, W, F, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
John H.S. Black, W, M, 8 yrs old (DOB 1872), Son, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Lula A. Black, W, F, 5 yrs old (DOB 1875), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Wm. Black, W, M, 3 yrs old (DOB 1877), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Jackson G. Black, W, M, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Wm Acres, W, M, 24 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in IL, Both parents born in IL
Australia Weclow, W, M, 23 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in AR, Both parents born in TN
Saml Moore, W, M, 25 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in IL, Father born in IN, Mother born in TN
Frank T. Gray, W, M, 25 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in IL, Both parents born in OH
James McGill, W, M, 25 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in TX, Father born in AR, Mother born in TN
John Black, W, M, 34 yrs old (DOB 1846), Head, Married, Herding stock, Cannot read or write, Born in MO, Father born in VA, Mother born in KY
Belle Black, W, F, 33 yrs old (DOB 1847), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Can read but cannot write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Henry Black, W, M, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Son, Single, At school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Robt Black, W, M, 4 yrs old (DOB 1876), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Fannie S. Black, W, F, 3 yrs old (DOB 1877), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Stacy Black, W, F, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Martha Black, W, F, 62 yrs old (DOB 1818), Head, Widowed, Keeping house, 4 mos out of work due to Typhus Fever, Born in KY, Both parents born in KY
Sarah E. Dodds and family
Celathial D. Cook (sic)
Van S. Doughty and Betty Doughty and family
George Black, W, M, 35 yrs old (DOB 1845), Head, Married, Herding stock, Cannot read or write, Born in MO, Father born in VA, Mother born in KY
Stacy F. Black, W, F, 34 yrs old (DOB 1846), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Out of work 8 mos due to heart disease, Can read but cannot write, Born in KY, Both parents born in KY
Emily J. Black, W, F, 13 yrs old (DOB 1867), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
John W. Black, W, M, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Son, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
Laura F. Black, W, F, 9 yrs old (DOB 1871), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
Wm H. Black, W, M, 8 yrs old (DOB 1872), Son, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
Mary B. Black, W, F, 4 yrs old (DOB 1876), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
George Black, W, M, 2 yrs old (DOB 1878), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY


1900 U.S. Census of Justice Precinct 1, Stephens County, Texas; Roll: 1670; Page: 5B; Enumeration District:0140; FHL microfilm: 1241670, Lines 80-84, "H. Black", Lines 92-96, "John Black", Lines 97-98, "Wm. Black", Lines 99-100 and next page Line 1, "W.C. Veale"
H. Black, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Oct, 1839, 60 yrs old, Married 35 yrs (DOM 1865), Born in MO, Both parents born in KY, Stockraiser and Farmer, Can read, Cannot write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Sarah A. Black, Wife, W, F, Born Dec, 1843, 56 yrs old, Married 35 yrs, 9 children with 7 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jack Black, Son, W, M, Born Aug, 1869, 20 yrs old, Single, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Stock raiser, Can read and write
Minnie Black, Daughter, W, F, Born July, 1883, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
J.F. Ham, Boarder, W, M, Born May, 1860, 40 yrs old, Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Day laborer, Can read and write
E.C. and S.A. Ward
Ira and Lillie Sloan and family
John Black, Head, W, M, Born Jan, 1872, 28 yrs old, Married 2 yrs (DOM 1898), Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Merchant D.G. (dry goods), Can read and write, Owns home free of mortgage
Hattie T. Black, Wife, W, F, Born Feb, 1876, 24 yrs old, Married 2 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in MS, Father born in MS, Mother born in AL, Can read and write
Vernon W. Black, Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1897, 2 yrs old, Born in TX, Father born in TX, Mother born in MS
Kate W. Sayle, Mother-in-law, W, F, Born Feb, 1850, 50 yrs old, Widowed, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in AL, Father born in VA, Mother born in AL, Cannot read or write
Annie Martin, Servant, W, F, Born Dec, 1885, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in TX, At school, Can read and write
Wm Black, Head, W, M, Born Aug, 1876, 23 yrs old, Married 2 yrs (DOM 1898), Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Stockraiser, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Etta D. Black, Wife, W, F, Born Oct, 1878, 21 yrs old, Married 2 yrs, Born in TX, Father born in MS, Mother born in AL, Can read and write
W.C. Veale, Head, W, M, Born Aug, 1870, 29 yrs old, Married 7 years (DOM 1893), Born in TX, Both parents born in TN, Attorney at law, Can read and write, Owns home free of mortgage
Lula B. Veale, Wife, W, F, Born Dec, 1874, Married 7 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Sarah A. Veale, Daughter, W, F, Born Aug, 1895, 4 yrs old Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX

Henry Black and Sarah Adalia Braley Black were members of First Christian Church, 101 East Williams Street, Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX.

Texas Cowboys: Memories of the Early Days, edited by Jim Lanning, Judy Lanning, James Lanning
"My Uncle Henry Black ran over two thousand head in the Upside Down Muleshoe shaped like this: n . My Dad, John Dobbs, ran over one thousand in the Right Sideways Muleshoe, made like this: . My Uncle George Black run around fifteen hundred in the Left Sideways Muleshoe, made like this: c . And later on there were other muleshoe brands, as others in the family got a few head. Oh there was a whole mess of them for awhile there..."

"My first stay away from home was when I was about 12, or maybe a little less. I stayed out on a regular roundup for three months. You know when there's a lot of cattle on a ranch, the critters will drift. We'd have to go in four or five counties to roundup the Muleshoe stock all around the ranch and on other ranches...."

"I always wanted to be around the gang when mealtime came, because they'd get to talking about old times and telling tales on one another. A lot of kidding would go on, too, and I always liked that. Many a time I've heard my uncles talk about Indian raids when they first came to Fannin County, and other tales about rustlers, and so on, but I'll have to skip that because I don't remember the important things about them. I'll just say that the old timers had an awful hard time when they first settled here and had to put up with things you and me wouldn't put up with atall..."

"...my Uncle Henry decided to drive five thousand head over into the Territory (now Oklahoma) on spring on account of the grass shortage. The grass was good over there, and we started. Well, I'd never seen any Indians to speak of, and just as we got over the line there, somewhere north of Vernon of is now, our herd ran right through an Indian village, and it was Quanah Parker's to boot. Well, the first thing I knowed about it was when I rode right up to an Indian tepee (you know they all lived in tepees in them days), and I saw about fifteen Indians in that bunch. I didn't know whether to run, shoot or just go straight up. They didn't say anything either, but just stared. I can't make you feel the way I felt then, and I just know that you couldn't have bent my hair anyway because it must have been straight up and stiff as a board. One of the Muleshoe old timers, old Bill Proctor (and he lives right here in Fort Worth now), he rode up behind me and said something to them in Indian. They never smiled but grunted, and everything seemed to be alright. I never did get over my scare though, and was ready to ride at the drop of a hat. Not towards them redskins either.

Then, to top it off, about thirty Indians, Quanah Parker in the bunch, came over to the chuck wagon and had dinner with us. The menfolks joked around, and after quite a bit of talk, we went our way...."

"Now, about the first barbed wire fence I ever saw: My Uncle Henry fenced a hoss pasture in Stephens County, and lots of people hollered about that because they didn't want any fence in the county. You know they kept the Campbell and Swenson fences for ten years out there before they could get one to stay up. The ranchers just didn't want any fence in the country and felt that fences would ruin every cattleman...."
-W.L. ("Bill") Dobbs         William Lince Dobbs nephew of Henry Black, son of his sister Sarah Elizabeth Black who married John Montgomery Dodds.
http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/bios/dobbs.txt


Henry Black died 5/2/1906 in Stephens County, TX. He is buried at Breckenridge Cemetery, 1301 East Elliott Street, Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX.


Obituary of Henry Black, Dallas Morning News, May 3, 1906.
Pioneer Citizen of Stephens County Dies of Heart Failure.
Breckinridge, Tex., May 2 -- Henry Black, familiarly known as "Uncle Henry," died here at 6 o'clock this morning of heart failure. He was a Confederate veteran, and on his recent trip to the reunion at New Orleans contracted a heavy cold, from which he was confined to his bed on his return home. He was a stockman, 67 years old, was born in Missouri, and came to Texas with his parents when but 10 years old, and lived in Fannin County until 1878, when he moved to this (Stephens) county. Mr. Black has raised a large family of sons and daughters, all of whom are married and live in this county. His wife survives him. He was the largest taxpayer in the county, and a man who was respected by all who knew him, especially the poor, whose friend he was in times of need. He was a devoted member of the Christian Church and a Royal Arch Mason. Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow by Elder Granville Jones, after which the remains will be interred under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, members of which will attend from Cisco, Albany, Caddo and Crystal Falls.

Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
Name: Henry Black
Death Date: 2 May 1906
Death County: Stephens
Certificate: 52506

Findagrave.com
William Henry Harrison Black
Birth: Oct. 2, 1839, Missouri, USA
Death: May 2, 1906, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
aka William Henry Harrison Black
Family links: Spouse: Sarah Adalia Brawley Black (1843 - 1924)
Children:
Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Jack Black (1873 - 1928)
Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Maintained by: BeNotForgot
Originally Created by: bhrfrd123
Record added: Sep 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58281212


1910 U.S. Census of N. Park Ave, Pomona Ward 1, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: T624_87; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0329; FHL microfilm: 1374100, Lines 99-100 next page Lines 1-2, "John B. Stoker"
John B. Stoker, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), 1st Marriage, Born in AL, Both parents born in GA, Farmer orange, Can read and write, Rents farm
Minnie Stoker, Wife, F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1884), 1st Marriage, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Can read and write
Henry L. Stoker, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Born in TX, Father born in AL, Mother born in TX
Sarrah A. Black (sic), Mother-in-law, F, W, 66 yrs old (DOB 1844), Widowed, 9 children with 7 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write


1920 U.S. Census of Jefferson Avenue, Pomona Ward 4, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: T625_118; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 596; Image: 996, Lines 28-30, "W. R. Ackers", Lines 31-35, "Lewis Ackers"
W.R. Ackers, Head, Owns home free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 63 yrs old (DOB 1857), Married, Can read and write, Born in IL, Both parents born in OH, No occupation
Nancy M. C. Ackers, Wife, F, W, 53 yrs old (DOB 1867), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in TX (sic ?), Mother born in NC
Sarah D. Black (sic), Mother-in-law, F, W, 76 yrs old (DOB 1844), Widowed, Born in NC, Father born in Ireland "Irish", Mother born in North Ireland, Native tongue Irish Dutch (sic)
Lewis Ackers, Head, M, W, 31 yrs old (DOB 1889), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in IL, Mother born in TX, No occupation
Sybil Ackers, Wife, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1893), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in AL, Mother born in TX
Christine Ackers, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX
Dale Ackers, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX
Florence Ackers, Daughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX



Sarah Adalia Braley Black died 4/21/1924 in Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA. She is buried with her husband at Breckenridge Cemetery, 1301 East Elliott Street, Breckenridge, Stephens County, TX.

Obituary of Sarah A. Brawley Black, Wednesday, April 23, 1924, The Breckenridge Daily American, Breckenridge, Texas, Transcribed by Dorman Holub

Funeral for Mrs. Sarah A. Black, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Ackers, in Pomona, California, on Monday 21 April 1924 at the Breckenridge First Christian church with the Rev. Randolph Clark officiating, assisted by Rev. S.J. Shettleworth, pastor of the church.

She was Miss Sarah A. Brawley, and was born in North Carolina on 15 December 1843. She moved with her family to Texas about 1850 and settled in Fannin County, where she was married to Henry Black in 1865. They moved to Stephens county in 1877, and settled on Bufford's Creek, where Mr. Black, known as Uncle Henry, established the Mule Shoe Ranch of 10,000 acres and which is still owned and operated by two of their sons, William and Jack Black. In about 1880, they moved to Breckenridge. Uncle Henry died in May 1906, and since that time Mrs. Black has made her home with different children.

Henry Black was a pioneer cattleman, and one of the largest tax payers in Stephens County. He was actively identified with numerous financial enterprises, and was an original stockholder in the First National Bank of Breckenridge, of which he was a director at the time of his death.

Mr. And Mrs. Black were charter members of the First Christian Church of Breckenridge. Rev. Randolph Clark, who will conduct the funeral services, came with his brother, Addison Clark, many miles across the country in a buggy to assist in the founding of the Church. Both Mr. And Mrs. Black were loyal and zealous workers in the church were generous with their hospitality raised many orphans and contributed generously to charity and benevolent enterprises.

Survive: Mrs. W.H. Ackers, Mrs. R.L. McFall, Mrs. J.R. Stoker, Jack Black of Pomona, California, William Black of Fort Worth, John Black and Mrs. W.C. Veal of Breckenridge.
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The Breckenridge Daily American, Breckenridge, Texas, Friday, April 25, 1924

Funeral held this afternoon in the First Christian Church for Mrs. Sarah Black, who died Monday in California.

One of the largest floral offerings ever seen at a funeral here was banked about the casket and altar of the church.

Deceased was of one of the most prominent citizens in this section of the state and was known far and wide. She was a charter member of the First Christian Church in Breckenridge and the services were conducted by Elder Randolph Clark and Rev. R.J. Shettlesworth, who eulogized the life and works of deceased in beautiful terms.

Burial was in East Side cemetery under direction of M.P. Kiker of the Thompson undertaking company.

California Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Sarah A Black
Birth Year: abt 1844
Death Date: 21 Apr 1924
Age at Death: 80
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sarah Adalia Brawley Black
Birth: Dec. 15, 1843, North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 1924, California, USA
Family links: Spouse: Henry Black (1839 - 1906)
Children:
Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Jack Black (1873 - 1928)
Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Sources for their children:

1) Nancy Mary Catherine Black and William Henry Ackers

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William Henry Ackers
Birth: Apr. 9, 1856, Illinois, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1931, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Name: William Henry Acker
Family links: Spouse: Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers
Birth: Jul. 3, 1866, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1942, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
The digital image of the Death certificate gives death location at Abilene, Taylor Co., TX. It also gives her birth as 3 Jul 1866 Fannin Co., TX.
Family links:
Parents:
Henry Black (1839 - 1906)
Sarah Adalia Brawley Black (1843 - 1924)
Spouse: William Henry Ackers (1856 - 1931)
Siblings:
Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Jack Black (1873 - 1928)
Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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TX Death Certificates
Name: William Henry Ackers
Death Date: 07 Nov 1931
Death Place: Abilene, Taylor, Texas
Gender: Male
Race: White
Death Age: 75 years 6 months 28 days
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 09 Apr 1856
Birthplace: Illinois
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Nancy M. C. Black Acker
Father's Name: David Acker
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Name: Catherine Henninger
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation:
Place of Residence: Abilene, Taylor, Texas
Cemetery:
Burial Place: Breckenridge, Tex.
Burial Date: 08 Nov 1931
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2135733
Digital Film Number: 4166746
Image Number: 3275
Reference Number: RN 53553
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976


Name: Nancy Mary Catherene Ackers
Death Date: 18 Jun 1942
Death Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas
Gender: Female
Race:
Death Age: 75 years 11 months 15 days
Estimated Birth Date: 1867
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Marital Status:
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name: W.H. Black
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Sarah A. Brokey
Mother's Birthplace:
Occupation:
Place of Residence:
Cemetery:
Burial Place:
Burial Date:
Additional Relatives:
Film Number: 2137103
Digital Film Number: 4168306
Image Number: 785
Reference Number: cn28747
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976


Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
Name: William Henry Acker
Death Date: 7 Nov 1931
Death County: Taylor
Certificate: 53553

Name: Nancy M. C. Ackers
Death Date: 18 Jun 1942
Death County: Taylor
Certificate: 2847

1920 U.S. Census of Jefferson Avenue, Pomona Ward 4, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: T625_118; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 596; Image: 996, Lines 28-30, "W. R. Ackers", Lines 31-35, "Lewis Ackers"
W.R. Ackers, Head, Owns home free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 63 yrs old (DOB 1857), Married, Can read and write, Born in IL, Both parents born in OH, No occupation
Nancy M. C. Ackers, Wife, F, W, 53 yrs old (DOB 1867), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in TX (sic ?), Mother born in NC
Sarah D. Black (sic), Mother-in-law, F, W, 76 yrs old (DOB 1844), Widowed, Born in NC, Father born in Ireland "Irish", Mother born in North Ireland, Native tongue Irish Dutch (sic)
Lewis Ackers, Head, M, W, 31 yrs old (DOB 1889), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in IL, Mother born in TX, No occupation
Sybil Ackers, Wife, F, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1893), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in AL, Mother born in TX
Christine Ackers, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX
Dale Ackers, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX
Florence Ackers, Daughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX


2) Amanda Belle Black and Robert Lee McFall

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Amanda Belle Black McFall
Birth: Oct. 31, 1869, Bonham, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 1937, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
daughter of H. Black - Sarah Brawley
Family links:
Parents:
Henry Black (1839 - 1906)
Sarah Adalia Brawley Black (1843 - 1924)
Spouse: Robert Lee McFall (1863 - 1949)
Children:
Lottie McFall Stoker (1887 - 1966)
Ruby Ann McFall (1889 - 1895)
Robert B. McFall (1898 - 1958)
Addie Nell McFall (1905 - 1963)
Siblings:
Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Jack Black (1873 - 1928)
Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Robert Lee McFall
Birth: Oct. 8, 1863, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1949, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
son of Luther W. McFall, KY - Ellen Turrentine, KY
Family links: Spouse: Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Children:
Lottie McFall Stoker (1887 - 1966)
Ruby Ann McFall (1889 - 1895)
Robert B. McFall (1898 - 1958)
Addie Nell McFall (1905 - 1963)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Record added: Jul 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73090274

Obituary of Amanda Belle Black McFall, informant was R.L. McFall of Abilene, Texas
Mrs. R.L. McFall, 68, of Abilene died at her home of a heart attack. Mrs. McFall was with her family at home for Thanksgiving and was feeling fine.
She moved with her family to Breckenridge when a small girl. She was the daughter of a prominent pioneer Breckenridge family.
She married R.L. McFall at Breckenridge on 15 July 1886 by Rev. Randolph Clark, co-founder of Texas Christian University. She had attended AddRan College, forerunner of T.C.U. before her marriage. Her wedding was one of the most talked about occasions of early Breckenridge. Over 500 people attended and ate dinner on the lawn of the Black home.
The McFalls lived in Breckenridge until 10 years ago when they moved to Pomona, California and from there to Abilene. Mrs. McFall was prominent in the First Christian Church at Breckenridge and Abilene. She was baptized into the Christian church at the age of 11 years.
Survived by her husband; four daughters - Mrs. Kenyon Stoker of Post, Miss Addie Nell McFall of Abilene, R.E. and R.B. McFall of Abilene; three sisters - Mrs. W.H. Ackers of Abilene, Mrs. W.C. Veale of Breckenridge, Mrs. J.B. Stoker of Hereford, two brothers - John Black of Breckenridge, Will Black of Breckenridge; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren including Mrs. Jack Robert, Mrs. Custer Russell, Mrs. B.H. Trammell, of Breckenridge, Mrs. Virgil Fowler of Fort Worth.
Services were held at the First Christian Church at Abilene with Rev. F.M. Warren. She was buried in the family plot before a daughter who died at the age of six years.


Obituary of Robert Lee McFall
Services for R.L. McFall, 86, former Breckenridge resident, was held at the First Christian Church at Abilene.

Mr. McFall died of a heart attack.

He moved to Breckenridge in 1885. He organized and operated the first telephone office at Breckenridge and was an early day automobile dealer. McFall operated a general merchandise store. He was a farmer and rancher.

Robert McFall married Amanda Belle Black on 26 November 1936 at Breckenridge, Texas. She preceded him in death.

In 1920, McFall retired from active business in Breckenridge and moved to Abilene. He had been an active member and elder of the Breckenridge and Abilene First Christian Churches. He was active in the Masonic Lodge in both places.

Survived by two daughters - Mrs. Lottie Stoker of Post, Miss Addie Nell McFall of Abilene; two sons - R.E. and R.B. McFall, both of Abilene; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister - Mrs. Anna Thompson of Breckenridge; one brother - R.L. McFall of Breckenridge.



3) John Henry Samuel Black and Hattie T. Unknown

1880 U.S. Census of Precinct 3, Stephens County, Texas; Roll: 1327; Family History Film: 1255327; Page: 475B; Enumeration District: 170, Lines 1-13, "W.H.H. Black", Lines 14-19, "John Black", Line 20, "Martha Black", Lines 32-39, "George Black"
W.H.H. Black, W(hite), M(ale), 40 yrs old (DOB 1840), Head, Married, Farmer and Stockraiser, Cannot read or write, Born in MO, Father born in VA, Mother born in KY
Sarah J. Black, W, F, 36 yrs old (DOB 1844), Wife, Married, Housekeeping, Been out of work 8 mos with neuralgia, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Nancy M. C. Black, W, F, 13 yrs old (DOB 1867), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Amanda B. Black, W, F, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
John H.S. Black, W, M, 8 yrs old (DOB 1872), Son, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Lula A. Black, W, F, 5 yrs old (DOB 1875), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Wm. Black, W, M, 3 yrs old (DOB 1877), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Jackson G. Black, W, M, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Wm Acres, W, M, 24 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in IL, Both parents born in IL
Australia Weclow, W, M, 23 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in AR, Both parents born in TN
Saml Moore, W, M, 25 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in IL, Father born in IN, Mother born in TN
Frank T. Gray, W, M, 25 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in IL, Both parents born in OH
James McGill, W, M, 25 yrs old, Boarder, Single, Herding stock, Born in TX, Father born in AR, Mother born in TN
John Black, W, M, 34 yrs old (DOB 1846), Head, Married, Herding stock, Cannot read or write, Born in MO, Father born in VA, Mother born in KY
Belle Black, W, F, 33 yrs old (DOB 1847), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Can read but cannot write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Henry Black, W, M, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Son, Single, At school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Robt Black, W, M, 4 yrs old (DOB 1876), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Fannie S. Black, W, F, 3 yrs old (DOB 1877), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Stacy Black, W, F, 1 yr old (DOB 1879), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in SC
Martha Black, W, F, 62 yrs old (DOB 1818), Head, Widowed, Keeping house, 4 mos out of work due to Typhus Fever, Born in KY, Both parents born in KY
Sarah E. Dodds and family
Celathial D. Cook (sic)
Van S. Doughty and Betty Doughty and family
George Black, W, M, 35 yrs old (DOB 1845), Head, Married, Herding stock, Cannot read or write, Born in MO, Father born in VA, Mother born in KY
Stacy F. Black, W, F, 34 yrs old (DOB 1846), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Out of work 8 mos due to heart disease, Can read but cannot write, Born in KY, Both parents born in KY
Emily J. Black, W, F, 13 yrs old (DOB 1867), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
John W. Black, W, M, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Son, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
Laura F. Black, W, F, 9 yrs old (DOB 1871), Daughter, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
Wm H. Black, W, M, 8 yrs old (DOB 1872), Son, Single, In school, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
Mary B. Black, W, F, 4 yrs old (DOB 1876), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY
George Black, W, M, 2 yrs old (DOB 1878), Son, Single, At home, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in KY


1900 U.S. Census of Justice Precinct 1, Stephens County, Texas; Roll: 1670; Page: 5B; Enumeration District:0140; FHL microfilm: 1241670, Lines 80-84, "H. Black", Lines 92-96, "John Black", Lines 97-98, "Wm. Black", Lines 99-100 and next page Line 1, "W.C. Veale"
H. Black, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Oct, 1839, 60 yrs old, Married 35 yrs (DOM 1865), Born in MO, Both parents born in KY, Stockraiser and Farmer, Can read, Cannot write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Sarah A. Black, Wife, W, F, Born Dec, 1843, 56 yrs old, Married 35 yrs, 9 children with 7 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Jack Black, Son, W, M, Born Aug, 1869, 20 yrs old, Single, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Stock raiser, Can read and write
Minnie Black, Daughter, W, F, Born July, 1883, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
J.F. Ham, Boarder, W, M, Born May, 1860, 40 yrs old, Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Day laborer, Can read and write
E.C. and S.A. Ward
Ira and Lillie Sloan and family
John Black, Head, W, M, Born Jan, 1872, 28 yrs old, Married 2 yrs (DOM 1898), Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Merchant D.G. (dry goods), Can read and write, Owns home free of mortgage
Hattie T. Black, Wife, W, F, Born Feb, 1876, 24 yrs old, Married 2 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in MS, Father born in MS, Mother born in AL, Can read and write
Vernon W. Black, Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1897, 2 yrs old, Born in TX, Father born in TX, Mother born in MS
Kate W. Sayle, Mother-in-law, W, F, Born Feb, 1850, 50 yrs old, Widowed, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in AL, Father born in VA, Mother born in AL, Cannot read or write
Annie Martin, Servant, W, F, Born Dec, 1885, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in TX, At school, Can read and write
Wm Black, Head, W, M, Born Aug, 1876, 23 yrs old, Married 2 yrs (DOM 1898), Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Stockraiser, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Etta D. Black, Wife, W, F, Born Oct, 1878, 21 yrs old, Married 2 yrs, Born in TX, Father born in MS, Mother born in AL, Can read and write
W.C. Veale, Head, W, M, Born Aug, 1870, 29 yrs old, Married 7 years (DOM 1893), Born in TX, Both parents born in TN, Attorney at law, Can read and write, Owns home free of mortgage
Lula B. Veale, Wife, W, F, Born Dec, 1874, Married 7 yrs, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC
Sarah A. Veale, Daughter, W, F, Born Aug, 1895, 4 yrs old Single, Born in TX, Both parents born in TX



4) Jackson G. Black and Eddie Lee Bush

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Jack Black
Birth: Aug. 9, 1873, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Death: May 13, 1928, Pomona, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Family links:
Parents:
Henry Black (1839 - 1906)
Sarah Adalia Brawley Black (1843 - 1924)
Spouse: Eddie Lee Bush Black (1880 - 1948)
Children:
Henry Jack Black (1918 - 1995)
William R. Black (1921 - 1989)
Siblings:
Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Obituary of Jack Black
Charter member of Breckenridge First Christian Church

Services were held at the First Christian Church. The body arrived here from Cisco by motor car. A number of relatives and old friends went to Cisco and accompanied the remains to Breckenridge.

Services for Jack Black, 48, son of Henry Black, pioneer cattleman and banker of Stephens County were held at the First Christian Church with Rev. Randolph Clark of Ranger officiating. Rev. Clark, former pastor, was very intimately associated with Mr. Black. He was assisted by Rev. A.D. Rodgers of San Marcos and Rev. S.J. Shettlesworth of Greenville.

Mr. Black had been ill for two months. He underwent an operation several weeks ago at his home in Pomona where he has lived since leaving Breckenridge in 1922. He never recovered from the operation.

Survived by his wife and children; four sisters - Mrs. W.H. Ackers and Mrs. R.L. McFall, of Abilene; Mrs. W.C. Veale and Mrs. Fannie Martin, of Breckenridge; Mrs. J.B. Stokes of Upland, California; two brothers - Will Black of Fort Worth and John Black of Breckenridge.

Obituary of Eddie Lee Bush Black
Services for Mrs. Jack Black, 67, were held in the First Christian Church officiated by Rev. A.J. Morgan and Amos Myers.

Mrs. Black died following a long illness.

Survived by her father - S. Bush of Breckenridge; two sons - Jack and Bill Black of Breckenridge; one daughter - Mrs. Mildred Johnson of Dallas.

Mrs. Black was a member of the Christian Church.

She and Mr. Jack Black were married 25 December 1900 and made their home in Stephens County where Mr. Black was engaged in ranching. Mr. Black was prominent in civic affairs and was associated with First National Bank in Breckenridge.

Mr. and Mrs. Black moved to Pomona, California in 1921 where Mr. Black assumed a responsible position with the American National Bank.

Mrs. Black continued her residence at Pomona after the death of her husband. She returned to Texas for medical attention.



5) Lula Adalia Black and Judge Warren Cresswell Veale

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Lula Black Veale
Birth: Dec. 5, 1874, Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1977, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Family links:
Parents:
Henry Black (1839 - 1906)
Sarah Adalia Brawley Black (1843 - 1924)
Spouse: Warren Cresswell Veale (1870 - 1956)
Children:
Sarah Adalia Veale Robert (1895 - 1970)
Henry B. Veale (1906 - 1906)
Siblings:
Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Jack Black (1873 - 1928)
William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Record added: Jan 21, 2012
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Warren Cresswell Veale "W.C."
Birth: Aug. 11, 1870, Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1956, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Family links:
Parents:
William C. Veale (1833 - 1899)
Maria Lavenia Cresswell Veale (1831 - 1904)
Spouse: Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
Children:
Sarah Adalia Veale Robert (1895 - 1970)
Henry B. Veale (1906 - 1906)
Siblings:
Cristopher Columbus Veale (1843 - 1923)
John Warren Veale (1857 - 1924)
Milton Veale (1859 - 1934)
Fannie Davis Veale Beck (1861 - 1956)
Annettie Lee Veale Crudgington (1864 - 1917)
Albert Sydney Veale (1868 - 1918)
Susie Veale McAlpine (1872 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridg
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Record added: Jan 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83808128

Obituary of Lula Black Veale
Lula Black Veale, 102, was among the first settlers to come to Stephens County and she and her family played an extensive role in the development of the area.

She came to Stephens County in a caravan of five wagons in 1877. Her father, Henry Black, bought 2560 acres of land and he and his two brothers, George and John, started the Muleshoe Ranch northeast of Breckenridge.

She married attorney and later Judge Warren Veale on 19 December 1893 at Breckenridge, Texas.

She attended Add-Ran College which later became Texas Christian University where she majored in art. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Breckenridge. Her husband preceded her in death after a long illness.

Survived by one daughter - Mrs. Custer Russell of Abilene; three grandchildren - Mrs. Frank J. King, Michael Veale Russell, James Warren Russell; eight great-grandchildren.

One daughter - Mrs. Jack Robert preceded her in death.

Obituary of Warren Cresswell Veale
Judge W.C. Veale, 86, pioneer resident of Breckenridge and active figure in the development of the town and Stephens County died following an illness of one year.

He moved to Breckenridge in 1878. He became a law partner of his father, William Veal to start his career.

After graduating from Breckenridge school, Judge Veale attended Add-Ran College at Thorp Springs College, which later became Texas Christian University in 1887 and was admitted to the bar in 1889, the law firm in Breckenridge known as William Veale and Son. He retired from public life in 1926.

Veale was a Mason for 65 years and received his 50 year pin in 1942. He was master of the Lodge for 10 years, member of the Commandery Knights Templar, held life membership in the Hella Temple of which he was a member since 1910.

Judge Veale was a charter member of the Stephens County ISD Board, serving on it many years. He was chair of the board of the First Christian Church over a long period of time, teacher of the Dynamo Bible class and instrumental in building the church building.

He married Miss Lulu Black on 19 December 1893 at Breckenridge, Texas.


7) William "Will" Black and Etta D. Sayles

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William Black
Birth: Aug. 28, 1876, Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1956, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Family links:
Parents:
Henry Black (1839 - 1906)
Sarah Adalia Brawley Black (1843 - 1924)
Spouse: Etta Sayle Black (1878 - 1952)
Siblings:
Nancy Mary Catherene Black Ackers (1866 - 1942)
Amanda Belle Black McFall (1869 - 1937)
Jack Black (1873 - 1928)
Lula Black Veale (1874 - 1977)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Record added: Sep 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58281342

Etta Sayle Black
Birth: Oct. 1, 1878, Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1952, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Family links: Spouse: William Black (1876 - 1956)
Burial: Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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Record added: Sep 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58281379

TX Death Certificate
Name: William Black
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 28 Jan 1956
Event Place: Muleshoe, Stephens, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 28 Aug 1876
Birthplace: , Texas
Father's Name: Henry Black
Mother's Name: Sarah Braley
Certificate Number: 4415
GS Film number: 2114627
Digital Folder Number: 005145293
Image Number: 00349
Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976

Texas Death Certificate
Name: Etta Black
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 16 Nov 1952
Event Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 01 Oct 1878
Birthplace: Hempstead, Texas
Father's Name: Green A Sayles
Mother's Name: Catherine Walker
Certificate Number: 56689
GS Film number: 2113702
Digital Folder Number: 005145654
Image Number: 00848
Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976



8) Minnie Black and John Bunyan Stoker

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
1951 Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA City Directory, Pg 322, John B. Stoker
John B. Stoker (Minnie B.), real estate, h 1382 N. Park Ave

1910 U.S. Census of N. Park Ave, Pomona Ward 1, Los Angeles County, California; Roll: T624_87; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0329; FHL microfilm: 1374100, Lines 99-100 next page Lines 1-2, "John B. Stoker"
John B. Stoker, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), 1st Marriage, Born in AL, Both parents born in GA, Farmer orange, Can read and write, Rents farm
Minnie Stoker, Wife, F, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1884), 1st Marriage, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in NC, Can read and write
Henry L. Stoker, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Born in TX, Father born in AL, Mother born in TX
Sarrah A. Black (sic), Mother-in-law, F, W, 66 yrs old (DOB 1844), Widowed, 9 children with 7 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Can read and write

1920 U.S. Census of Cummings and Farey, Pomona Ward 1, Los Angeles County, California; Roll:T625_118; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 588; Image: 763. Lines 94-98, "John B. Stoker"
John B. Stoker, Head, Owns farm, M(ale), W(hite), 42 yrs old (DOB 1878), Married, Can read and write, Born in AL, Both parents born in AL, Rancher of ranch
Minnie B. Stoker, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in TX, Father born in MO, Mother born in AR
H. Loren Stoker, Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Attends school, Born in TX, Father born in AL, Mother born in TX
Billie Stoker, Daughter, F, W, 8/12 mos old (DOB 1919), Single, Born in CA, Father born in AL, Mother born in TX
Jennie Kedy, Maid, F, W, 55 yrs old, Single, Can read and write, Born in Canada, Both parents born in Canada, Maid in private home


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Sunday, March 08, 2015

Do We Need A Savior?

"I'm a good person, aren't I? Why would I need Jesus? I try to live a good life and have helped others, so why do I need a savior? I've given money to charities and I take care of my family so I will go to heaven won't I? As long as I don't kill someone or do other terrible things, I'm OK. Why do I need Jesus? Everybody goes to heaven if they are good, don't they?"

Some people do actually ask these questions; they think this way. They have been told daily, by the media they watch, (TV, movies, music, etc), that everyone goes to heaven if they are good people. I've actually heard people say things like, "I'm no serial killer and I've tried to live right so surely I'm going to heaven? A good God wouldn't send good people to hell. If He's a God of love then he won't send people to hell."



"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" is a sermon written by British Colonial Christian theologian Jonathan Edwards, preached to his own congregation in Northampton, MA and again on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, CT. It is Edwards' most famous written work. It was representative of the Great Awakening revival. The Great Awakening, called by historians the First Great Awakening, was an evangelical revival movement that swept Protestant Europe and British America, and especially the American colonies between 1730-1750. Powerful preaching such as Edward's gave listeners a sense of deep personal revelation of their need of salvation by Jesus Christ. I think we could use a little of this revelation today.

First, there is a hell.  See this post to learn the background of satan.

Deuteronomy 32:20-22 (King James Version - KJV) And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. (21) They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. (22) For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Lets look at these verses again in different translations:
Deuteronomy 32:20-22 (Literal Translation of the Holy Bible - LITV) And He said, I will hide My face from them; I will see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, sons in whom is no faithfulness. (21) They made Me jealous with a not-a-god; they made Me angry by their vanities; and I shall make them jealous by a not-a-people; by a foolish nation I shall make them angry. (22) For a fire has been kindled in My anger, and it burns to the lowest Sheol, and consumes the earth and its produce; and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Deuteronomy 32:20-22 (Modern King James Version - MKJV) And He said, I will hide My face from them; I will see what their end shall be. For they are a very perverse generation, sons in whom is no faithfulness. (21) They have moved Me to jealousy with a no-god. They have provoked Me to anger with their vanities. And I will move them to jealousy with a no-people. I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. (22) For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with its increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Let's look at more scriptures that assure us that there is a HELL:
Numbers 16:31-34 (MKJV) And it happened, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. (32) And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who were for Korah, and all their goods. (33) They and all that they had went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed upon them. And they perished from among the congregation. (34) And all Israel around them fled at their cry. For they said, Lest the earth swallow us up.


Hell - before 900 AD; derived from the Saxon helan, to cover; Middle English, Old English hel (l); cognate with Old High German hell (i) a (German Hölle), Old Norse hel, Gothic halja; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, and to hull - the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus; the abode of the dead; Sheol or Hades.

Sheol - the invisible world of departed souls; the Abode of the Dead; Sheol is also translated as “pit,” “lowest pit,” “Sheol,” and “grave” in some versions. Sheol is described as deep (Job 11:8), dark (Job 10:21, Job 10:22), with bars (Job 17:16). The dead “go down” to it (Numbers 16:30, Numbers 16:33; Ezekiel 31:15, Ezekiel 31:16, Ezekiel 31:17). Sheol, occurring in the Old Testament sixty-five times.

Hades - the realm or state of the dead; the unseen world; ; abode of the dead; often used for hell. It is a prison (1 Peter 3:19), with gates and bars and locks (Matthew 16:18; Revelation 1:18), and it is downward (Matthew 11:23; Luke 10:15).

The righteous and the wicked are separated. The blessed dead are in that part of Hades called paradise (Luke 23:43). They are also said to be in Abraham's bosom (Luke 16:22). Matthew 8:11-12 (LITV) But I say to you that many will come from east and west, and will recline with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven, (12) but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.

Gehenna - “the valley of the sons of Hinnom”), a deep, narrow glen to the south of Jerusalem, where the idolatrous Jews offered their children in sacrifice to Molech (2 Chroncles 28:3; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Jeremiah 7:31; Jeremiah 19:2-6). This valley afterwards became the common receptacle for all the refuse of the city. Here the dead bodies of animals and of criminals, and all kinds of filth, were cast and consumed by fire kept always burning. It thus in process of time became the image of the place of everlasting destruction.


Tartarus - It is used only once in the Bible: 2 Peter 2:4 (LITV) "For if God did not spare sinning angels, but delivered them to chains of darkness, thrust down into Tartarus, having been kept to judgment;" we must look outside the Bible for the meaning of it's usage. Greek, it was a sunless abyss, below Hades, in which Zeus imprisoned the Titans in Greek mythology. It was a place in Hades for the punishment of the wicked.


1 Samuel 2:6 (MKJV) Jehovah kills and makes alive. He brings down to Sheol, and brings up.

Psalm 9:17 (MKJV) The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 86:12-13 (MKJV) I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore. (13) For great is Your mercy toward me; and You have delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Isaiah 5:14 (King James Version - KJV) Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Isaiah 28:14-15 (MKJV) Therefore hear the Word of Jehovah, scornful men who rule this people in Jerusalem. (15) Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and we have made a vision with hell; when the overwhelming rod shall pass through, it shall not come to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and we have hidden ourselves under falsehood,

Ezekiel 31:16 (MKJV) I made the nations shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with those who go down in the Pit. And all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the lower parts of the earth.

Matthew 5:21-22 (MKJV) You have heard that it was said to the ancients, "You shall not kill" --and, "Whoever shall kill shall be liable to the judgment." (22) But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be liable to the judgment. And whoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be liable to the sanhedrin; but whoever shall say, Fool! shall be liable to be thrown into the fire of hell.

Matthew 10:28 (MKJV) And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Luke_12: (5MKJV) But I will warn you of whom you shall fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear Him.

Revelation 1:18 (MKJV) and the Living One, and I became dead, and behold, I am alive for ever and ever, Amen. And I have the keys of hell and of death.

If we believe the Bible is God's Word then we must believe there is a place called Hell. Hell is that awful place where all who are unfit are cast down; a prey to the ever gnawing "worm" of conscience from within and the "unquenchable fire" of torments from without. Matthew Henry's Commentary: "A sinner's own conscience are the worm that dieth not; which will cleave to the damned soul as the worms do to the dead body, and prey upon it, and never leave it till it is quite devoured." I.e. an eternity of "what if's", regrets and frustrated wishes. "Why didn't I accept the plan of salvation that was freely offered by Jesus Christ?" Reliving, over and over again, the chances you had. The realization that your own choices resulted in this terrible eternity. Seeing your sins for what they really were with no justifications, no excuses, no denial, no cover ups.

Isaiah 66:24 (MKJV) And they shall go forth, and look upon the dead bodies of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Mark 9:42-50 (MKJV) And whoever shall offend one of these little ones who believe in Me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck and he were cast into the sea. (43) And if your hand offends you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than to have two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched (44) where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. (45) And if your foot offends you, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life lame than to have two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched (46) where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. (47) And if your eye offends you, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes to be cast into hell fire (48) where their worm dies not, and the fire is not quenched. (49) For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. (50) Salt is good; but if the salt becomes saltless, with what will you season? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 Easy To Read Version - ERV) He will come with burning fire to punish those who don't know God--those who refuse to accept the Good News about our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) They will be punished with a destruction that never ends. They will not be allowed to be with the Lord but will be kept away from his great power.

I believe in hell. I believe the Word of God teaches there is a place of eternal punishment for those who refuse Jesus Christ. I don't believe God wants to send people to hell! In fact, God did everything to provide a way of escape for us. He gave His only begotten Son to rescue us!

John 3:16 (MKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

No matter how good you are, you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Because of Adam and Eve, we have the seed of sin from birth. We are polluted with sin. We are born with an evil human nature. And we begin acting on that evil human nature as soon as we can. We are selfish, greedy, mean, etc. We cannot be sinless because we are human. There are NO sinless human beings. We have evil thoughts, bad motivations, selfish desires, bullying and manipulative ways to get what we want. We are all helpless to save ourselves and guilty of sin. God is holy, perfection, beautiful. No sin can be in His Presence. Therefore, by right, we should not be able to be in His Presence because we are sinners. But for Jesus, we all deserve eternal Hell and separation from Jehovah God!

Romans 3:22-24 (ERV) God makes people right through their faith in Jesus Christ. He does this for all who believe in Christ. Everyone is the same. (23) All have sinned and are not good enough to share God's divine greatness. (24) They are made right with God by his grace. This is a free gift. They are made right with God by being made free from sin through Jesus Christ.

Romans 2:1-11 (CEV) Some of you accuse others of doing wrong. But there is no excuse for what you do. When you judge others, you condemn yourselves, because you are guilty of doing the very same things. (2) We know that God is right to judge everyone who behaves in this way. (3) Do you really think God won't punish you, when you behave exactly like the people you accuse? (4) You surely don't think much of God's wonderful goodness or of his patience and willingness to put up with you. Don't you know that the reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him? (5) But you are stubborn and refuse to turn to God. So you are making things even worse for yourselves on that day when he will show how angry he is and will judge the world with fairness. (6) God will reward each of us for what we have done. (7) He will give eternal life to everyone who has patiently done what is good in the hope of receiving glory, honor, and life that lasts forever. (8) But he will show how angry and furious he can be with every selfish person who rejects the truth and wants to do evil. (9) All who are wicked will be punished with trouble and suffering. It doesn't matter if they are Jews or Gentiles. (10) But all who do right will be rewarded with glory, honor, and peace, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. (11) God doesn't have any favorites!

Romans 7:18 (New Living Translation - NLT) And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can't.

Galatians 3:22 (CEV) But the Scriptures say that sin controls everyone, so that God's promises will be for anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:5-10 (ERV) We heard the true teaching from God. Now we tell it to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness. (6) So if we say that we share in life with God, but we continue living in darkness, we are liars, who don't follow the truth. (7) We should live in the light, where God is. If we live in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood sacrifice of Jesus, God's Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean. (8) If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (9) But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done. (10) If we say that we have not sinned, we are saying that God is a liar and that we don't accept his true teaching.

We are equally guilty of sin and one sin is all it takes to condemn us. So never say you are sinless or you are a good person who doesn't need a Savior. You may live a fairly good life based on the values that our current society follows but that doesn't mean you are flawless and perfect. For instance, God says, "Thou shalt not commit adultery". But according to American values now, people commit adultery (sex outside of a married couple) and fornication (sex with unmarried partners) all the time and it's so prevalent that we have accepted it as normal. Virgins are made fun of and ostracized. But even if you remained a virgin until you got married, have you ever had sinful thoughts of sex? Of course you have! Let's see what Jesus had to say,

Matthew 5:27-28 (MKJV) You have heard that it was said to the ancients, "You shall not commit adultery." (28) But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

So we are guilty! We need a Savior! God and God alone is pure, holy, righteous, without sin, the source of all love and light, goodness and mercy. There is none like Him! To be with Him, we must also be pure and holy and none of us are. So we need a Savior! Jesus Christ was the perfect God and the perfect man, without sin. He paid the price for us and took our punishment upon His shoulders so we could be adopted as God's children and be His evermore!

Galatians 1:4 (CEV) Christ obeyed God our Father and gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins to rescue us from this evil world.

Ephesians 1:7 (CEV) Christ sacrificed his life's blood to set us free, which means that our sins are now forgiven. Christ did this because God was so kind to us. God has great wisdom and understanding

Ephesians 2:1-4 (CEV) In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. (2) You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn't obey God. (3) Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else. (4) But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God's wonderful kindness is what saves you.

1 Peter 2:24 (CEV) Christ carried the burden of our sins. He was nailed to the cross, so that we would stop sinning and start living right. By his cuts and bruises you are healed.

1 John 4:9-10 (CEV) God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. (10) Real love isn't our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven.


There is no other way to be saved except through Jesus Christ. You can't deny Jesus and expect to go to Heaven. He is the only way. If your religion doesn't teach Jesus Christ, and Him only, as the way to salvation, then it's wrong and you need to get out of it!

John 3:18 (CEV) No one who has faith in God's Son will be condemned. But everyone who doesn't have faith in him has already been condemned for not having faith in God's only Son.

John 10:9-11 (CEV) I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. (10) A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. (11) I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep.

John 14:6 (CEV) "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father.

With the certainty of hell and the knowledge we all are guilty and deserve eternal damnation we should be afraid. Why aren't we? Why aren't people afraid of hell? Because they've been taught it doesn't exist!

Or some may accept the idea of hell but think they are predestined to go there and there is no help for them. Some think they have committed sins that God cannot forgive. They may think they are too damaged to be forgiven. There is no unpardonable sin except the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ as Savior and Master! You may have done things that are only nightmares to most of us, but you can still be forgiven and saved if you believe in Jesus and ask His forgiveness. There is no limit to His Love and His power of forgiveness. You can begin a new life, where the Holy Spirit can change you from the inside out. You don't have to live in torment or eternal damnation! You cannot change yourself, but God can change you. It may take a lifetime but the Holy Spirit will work diligently in your life and, as you yield yourself to His Work, it can be done. No matter how good or bad you are, you are a work in progress with the Holy Spirit as the teacher and guide.

Is it fair to compare a "good person" with a "bad person" and see they can both have the same eternal end? Good and bad to hell, or good and bad to Heaven? You must see the only ones that go to Heaven are those saved through Jesus Christ. Because it is based on HIS WORK, not our good deeds. Because our good deeds are never truly good.

Isaiah 64:6 (CEV) We are unfit to worship you; each of our good deeds is merely a filthy rag. We dry up like leaves; our sins are storm winds sweeping us away.

Psalm 51:5 (MKJV) Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Ephesians 2:1-4 (CEV) In the past you were dead because you sinned and fought against God. (2) You followed the ways of this world and obeyed the devil. He rules the world, and his spirit has power over everyone who doesn't obey God. (3) Once we were also ruled by the selfish desires of our bodies and minds. We had made God angry, and we were going to be punished like everyone else. (4) But God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ, and God's wonderful kindness is what saves you.

God is sovereign. He is a supreme ruler, the ultimate monarch possessing all power. There is none like Him. He alone holds all wisdom and knowledge. He knows the beginning from the end. He knows what's coming and what's been. It is Him and Him alone who knows who His Children are. I cannot look at another person and say, "He will never be saved" or "He doesn't deserve to be saved." And it is not up to us to punish or withhold forgiveness in order to punish someone. God has provided salvation for everyone and it is a free gift to all. But there are those who will refuse that gift with their dying breath. They will go to hell no matter how good or bad they were. Then there are those who will go to Heaven for eternity because they accepted salvation through Jesus. It doesn't matter how bad or how good they were. It depends on if they have truly and sincerely chosen Jesus Christ as their Savior and asked for forgiveness.

Matthew 20:1-16 (CEV) As Jesus was telling what the kingdom of heaven would be like, he said: Early one morning a man went out to hire some workers for his vineyard. (2) After he had agreed to pay them the usual amount for a day's work, he sent them off to his vineyard. (3) About nine that morning, the man saw some other people standing in the market with nothing to do. (4) He said he would pay them what was fair, if they would work in his vineyard. (5) So they went. At noon and again about three in the afternoon he returned to the market. And each time he made the same agreement with others who were loafing around with nothing to do. (6) Finally, about five in the afternoon the man went back and found some others standing there. He asked them, "Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?" (7) "Because no one has hired us," they answered. Then he told them to go work in his vineyard. (8) That evening the owner of the vineyard told the man in charge of the workers to call them in and give them their money. He also told the man to begin with the ones who were hired last. (9) When the workers arrived, the ones who had been hired at five in the afternoon were given a full day's pay. (10) The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same, (11) they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard. (12) They said, "The ones who were hired last worked for only one hour. But you paid them the same that you did us. And we worked in the hot sun all day long!" (13) The owner answered one of them, "Friend, I didn't cheat you. I paid you exactly what we agreed on. (14) Take your money now and go! What business is it of yours if I want to pay them the same that I paid you? (15) Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Why should you be jealous, if I want to be generous?" (16) Jesus then said, "So it is. Everyone who is now first will be last, and everyone who is last will be first."

It is not up to you to look to the salvation or eternal punishment of anyone else. It is up to you to secure your own salvation through Jesus Christ. If you have read this far, you have the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ. You have presented with truth. What choice will you make?



Sinners In The Hand of An Angry God by Jonathon Edwards ((1703-1758) was based on this scripture:



Deuteronomy 32:4-5 (CEV) The LORD is a mighty rock, and he never does wrong. God can always be trusted to bring justice. (5) But you lie and cheat and are unfaithful to him. You have disgraced yourselves and are no longer worthy to be his children... 15-18 Israel, you grew fat and rebelled against God, your Creator; you rejected the Mighty Rock, your only place of safety. (16) You made God jealous and angry by worshiping disgusting idols and foreign gods. (17) You offered sacrifices to demons, those useless gods that never helped you, new gods that your ancestors never worshiped. (18) You turned away from God, your Creator; you forgot the Mighty Rock, the source of your life... 34-35 But the LORD has written a list of their sins and locked it in his vault. (35) Soon our enemies will get what they deserve -- suddenly they will slip, and total disaster will quickly follow.

Deuteronomy 32:34-35 (KJV) Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures? (35) To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.
There is nothing that keeps wicked Men at any one Moment, out of Hell, but the meer Pleasure of GOD.

Here are some quotes directly from this famous sermon that sent people, weeping, to the altar:
There is no Want of Power in God to cast wicked Men into Hell at any Moment. Mens Hands can’t be strong when God rises up: The strongest have no Power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his Hands...

They deserve to be cast into Hell; so that divine Justice never stands in the Way, it makes no Objection against God’s using his Power at any Moment to destroy them...

They are already under a Sentence of Condemnation to Hell...

the Reason why they don’t go down to Hell at each Moment, is not because God, in whose Power they are, is not then very angry with them; as angry as he is with many of those miserable Creatures that he is now tormenting in Hell, and do there feel and bear the fierceness of his Wrath...

The Devil stands ready to fall upon them and seize them as his own, at what Moment God shall permit him...

All wicked Men’s Pains and Contrivance they use to escape Hell, while they continue to reject Christ, and so remain wicked Men, don’t secure 'em from Hell one Moment...

But the foolish Children of Men do miserably delude themselves in their own Schemes, and in their Confidence in their own Strength and Wisdom; they trust to nothing but a Shadow...

Your Wickedness makes you as it were heavy as Lead, and to tend downwards with great Weight and Pressure towards Hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend & plunge into the bottomless Gulf, and your healthy Constitution, and your own Care and Prudence, and best Contrivance, and all your Righteousness, would have no more Influence to uphold you and keep you out of Hell, than a Spider’s Web would have to stop a falling Rock...

You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn Rebel did his Prince: and yet ‘tis nothing but his Hand that holds you from falling into the Fire every Moment..

O Sinner! Consider the fearful Danger you are in: 'Tis a great Furnace of Wrath, a wide and bottomless Pit, full of the Fire of Wrath, that you are held over in the Hand of that God, whose Wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you as against many of the Damned in Hell: You hang by a slender Thread, with the Flames of divine Wrath flashing about it, and ready every Moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no Interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the Flames of Wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one Moment...

And now you have an extraordinary Opportunity, a Day wherein Christ has flung the Door of Mercy wide open, and stands in the Door calling and crying with a loud Voice to poor Sinners; a Day wherein many are flocking to him, and pressing into the Kingdom of God; many are daily coming from the East, West, North and South; many that were very lately in the same miserable Condition that you are in, are in now an happy State, with their Hearts filled with Love to Him that has loved them and washed them for their Sins in his own Blood, and rejoycing in Hope of the Glory of God...

And let every one that is yet out of Christ, and hanging over the Pit of Hell, whether they be old Men and Women, or middle Aged, or young People, or little Children, now hearken to the loud Calls of God’s Word and Providence...

Therefore let every one that is out of Christ, now awake and fly from the Wrath to come...

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