Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

by George Havens

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

John Randolph Havens, born March 1856, and Miss Mattie Elizabeth Hencley, born December 2, 1863, were married in Coleman, October 30, 1879, by Elder J. W. Holloway.  Their children were Maud (see James Thomas Smith), Claud, Gus, Guy, Bryan and Leonard (Bryan is my father).

They lived on a farm in the Silver Valley area at one time (when this picture was made), later moving to Coleman Junction.  John R. established himself as a leader in civic and church affairs, known by the old timers as Squire Havens.  A marker from the Stacy Bridge, now placed on the courthouse square, bears his name.  He was an early day Justice of the Peace.  In north Coleman, south of the park, where J. R. Havens lived in the 1930ís and at time of death, was known as the Havens addition.  Mattie Elizabeth Havens died June 23, 1902 (this picture made not long before her death) and John R. in 1935, both buried in Glen Cove.

The annual Cowboy Camp meeting on the Flying H. Acres, between Coleman and Santa Anna on Highway 84, was a portion of the Havens Estate.  It was purchased in the 1940ís by his grandson, George, who still owns it and there conducts the Cowboy Camp meeting each year in the month of June.  This has been an annual affair since 1966.

(Images to be added)

Gus, John R. Havens, Guy (front), Mrs. Mattie E. Havens, Claud Maud (back) and Bryan (baby)

George Havens and museum building


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