|Anson William Halbert, born in 1774 in Essex County, Virginia, married
Elizabeth Hill in 1765. This couple had 10 children and many grandchildren,
one of whom was Lucius Nash Halbert, who married Rebecca Alford in Mississippi.
In 1849, this young couple and their baby son, Halkert Alford “H. A.” (1849-1927),
moved to Texas.
When Halkert was a young man, he moved to Corsicana to begin the practice
of law and to publish a newspaper, “The Corsicana Light.” He also
was the author of an almanac which gave weather forecasts gleaned from
the heart of an oak tree, and to which many people looked for guidance
in planting and growing crops. It was in Corsicana that Halkert met
a young widow, Mary Pauline Cravens Fortson (1854-1924), and they married
in 1884. When the young husband’s health began to fail, he sought
a more healthful climate in West Texas, which was being opened up by the
arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad. So, in 1886, Halkert with his wife,
her two children named Ben and Hallie Fortson, and one son of their own
by the name of Lucius Joshua (1895-1945) moved to Coleman.
After living in the town of Coleman a short time, Halkert purchased
350 acres of land 2½ miles east of Coleman on Hords Creek.
It was there that he built a two-story home which a short time later was
completely destroyed by fire. It was because of their losses in the
fire that Halkert and Mary found it necessary to return to live in the
town of Coleman, moving back to the country at intervals. During
that period three other children were born, Lilly Mary (1888-1976), Halkert
Alford (1890 - 1953), and Helen Rebecca (1894-1979). On the farm
which Halbert owned east of Coleman were many pecan trees, but there was
one among these which bore nuts that far excelled the others. It
was paper-shelled and full-kerneled with a delicious flavor. Too,
it was a prolific bearer, and for many years the buds from that tree were
used by Halkert on native trees all over the State of Texas. The
orchard is still in the hands of the Halbert heirs, and instead of this
one paper-shelled pecan tree, there are now some 400 trees budded to the
Halbert paper-shelled pecan.
The four children of Halkert and Mary Pauline Halbert lived to maturity,
but none is living today. Their son, Lucius Joshua, died in Plainview,
after having spent his adult life as a wheat farmer in the Panhandle; he
was the father of a son, Lucius, Jr., who preceded his father in death,
and a daughter, Eleanor (1914), who continues to make her home in Plainview.
The second son of Halkert Halbert was named Halkert A. Halbert, Jr., he
never married and was a veteran of World War I. Lilly Mary, daughter
of H. A. and Mary, married W. Wellington Gober (1880-1961) in Coleman,
where they lived throughout their married years; their only child is Forrest
Gober (1921), married to the former Margaret Johnson of Mississippi. to
this couple were born: Hal (1950), married Gwen; and Edward (and his wife)
are the parents of two boys, Gregory, and Thomas. The youngest child
of Halkert and Mary was Helen Rebecca; married Garland Woodward (1891-1949)
in Coleman, where he was a practicing attorney for many years, and where
Helen was a teacher with the Coleman Independent School District until
her retirement in the mid-1960’s (see Woodward). Helen and Garland
had three children: Halbert (1918), Warren (1923), and Sara Pauline (1928).
Halbert, also popularly called “Hal,” also was an attorney in Coleman prior
to his appointment as a Federal Judge in 1968. He is married to the
former Dawn Blair, and they have resided in Lubbock since 1968. Their
two children are Halbert (or Hobby) (1947), who in 1982 commenced his practice
of pediatrics in Brownwood, where he lives with his wife and sons; and
Garland Benton (1953) who is an attorney in San Angelo, where he makes
his home with his wife and daughter. Warren, the second son of Helen
and Garland, also is married and the father of two adult children, Tony
(1953) and Barbara (1959), all of whom make their homes in Dallas.
Sara Pauline is the youngest child of Helen and Garland. She lives
in Coleman, where he husband, Ray Barnett, is a land surveyor; they are
the parents of Ted (1953), who lives in Houston, and Helen Rebecca (1959),
who is a school teacher and resident of Stephenville, where she has lived
with her husband, Bill Merryman, also a former Colemanite, since 1977 (see