Friday, January 17, 2014

Gainesville Texas Court Square ca 1885

This image was taken about 1885 in Gainesville Texas.  I was able to identify the place using some of the names on the shop signs.   John Moran's sister Martha and her husband Rufus Franklin Scott moved from Dresden to Gainesville in 1858 in a "rockaway carriage".  In a letter posted here, one of Kent's relatives writes with the story of how Martha and Rufus made their way in a wagon train "manned by their three slaves".  There's a picture of the Scott family on that page as well.

Robert D. Gillenwaters was a grocer and the only one I've been able to positively identify at this time.  He was the son of Rev. Edward Campbell Gillenwaters who also was a furniture dealer in Gainesville. Robert's mother was Eliza Jane Harris Gillenwaters.  He married Camilla "Mela" Manion Elliott.  Robert died in September 1900.  His wife Camilla appears on the 1900 Census census rolls as an inmate at the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin.  Camilla was the daughter of Camilla Jane Manion and Dr. M.A. Elliott.  He served as 1st Asst. Surgeon with Co. E 9th Cav. Texas.

J.L. Noth & Co. Saddles and harness

Rubey's Shoe Store, boots, shoes & hats

Bone Bros. Dry Goods

Atkinson & Bro. Boots, Shoes.  Hats & Gents Furnishing Goods

Cheatham & Haley Drugs.

To the far left you can see the iron fence of the courthouse.

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