|Henry Hughes, second son of Martha and Rufus Hughes, married Francis
(Fannie) Morris who was born in Bethelem, Georgia. Their children:
Pleasant Omer “P. O.” (my father); Cora married Robert Derrinton; Dave
married Florence Gafford; Thirza married W. D. Morris; Pearl married Ramus
Henry and Fannie bought land in Coleman County. Henry died when
P. O. was fourteen years of age. As the oldest son, P.O. had full
responsibility for his mother and siblings. He farmed, traded horses
and did any kind of work to make a living. They were building a house
on the Coleman County farm when Henry died, P. O. finished it. Papa’s
grandmother, Martha S. (Allen) Hughes lived with them at the time.
Pleasant Omer Hughes, born January 17, 1885 in Bethehem, Georgia, married
Maggie Dell Ray December 14, 1904 in a buggy. She was born April
5, 1884 in Cross Plains, the daughter of John and Sarah Ann (Beach) Ray.
Soon after, they moved to West Texas to be near Maggie’s sister Emma and
husband Bill Brooks, who lived in Howard County. Their first child
- a son - Vennie Ray, was born November 19, 1906 near Big Spring.
They moved back to Cross Plains. Papa started a Wild West Show, trading
horses or any work to make a living. I, Ruby Marie, was born May
19, 1912, in Cross Plains, and was a little girl when my family moved to
Coleman County to live with my widowed grandmother, Fannie Hughes.
Vennie’s first school was at Echo.
Grandmother had people come by selling Lee Manufacturing articles and
dishes. I still have some of the carnival glass she bought from them.
I can remember smelling the coffee as it was ground each morning on the
old hand mill on the wall, and the Baptisms in the Jim Ned Creek - all
denominations used it. A well digger came through the country on
foot. He dug a well for Grandmother and she married him. His
name was Christian. Grandmother sold her farm and bought one in Hardeman
County, after he died.
I rode papa’s big Paint horse “Teddy” that he used in his Wild West
Show. He would buck with a man but carried me as if I were a basket
of eggs. I got an early start at riding and am fortunate at 70 years
of age and still ride. Papa worked in the oil boom towns, ran a meat
market, later did team contracting. Grandmother later lived with
her daughter, Thirza Morris in Lamesa. Papa bought ranch land in
Martin County in 1922 that we put into farm land, we raised dry land cotton.
Cecial Allred and I married July 25, 1934 and have one child, Joan Marie
who married Derwood Blagrave. They have two sons, Stan Arlyn and
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Henry Hughes Family
Pleasant Omer; Fannie (Morris), holding daughter, Fannie; Pearl
and Thirza (in white dresses); Henry; Martha (Henry’s mother); Dave; and
P. O. Hughes and horse, “Teddy”
Margie Dell Hughes and son, Vennie Ray - 1907