Bailey Laws Family by Bill Laws and Beatrice M.
A History of Coleman County and Its People,
by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates -
used by permission --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bailey Laws was born March 5, 1867 in
Winslow, Indiana, the son of James
Mattison, born September 20, 1809, and
Clarissa (Brenton) Laws, born February
10, 1832. He came to East Texas about
1883, where he attended Mayo College. It
was here he met and married Beatrice
Foster, born September 17, 1872, daughter
of Francis Marion, born July 5, 1851, and
Sarah Ann (Sinclair) Yates Foster,
born May 29, 1846, on July 27, 1890 in
Ladonia (see John Burkett). While in this
area, three children were born:
December 13, 1891 in Longview-February 16,
1894; John Jr., July 29, 1893 in
Cooper; and Frank, February 8, 1895 in
Wolf City. The J.B. Laws family came to
Coleman County sometime in the 1890’s and
settled near Burkett. While in the
Burkett area, Mr. Laws helped publish a
newspaper, the Searchlight. He also
farmed and taught school at Echo, Rae,
Buffalo (1901) and Live Oak. During the
following years, eight more children were
born: Maud, October 21, 1897; George
Dewey, February 4, 1899-February 27, 1899;
Charlie, May 24, 1900; William Bryan
(Bill), September 5, 1902; Hearst, June
27, 1904; Tom, April 9, 1906; Clarence,
April 5, 1908; and Lois, March 5,1910.
While living in the Burkett area, J.B.
Laws was Justice of the Peace, did some
practice as a lawyer and performed a
few marriage ceremonies.
he sold his farm to Dave Burkett and they
all went to New Mexico in two covered
wagons. After homesteading a claim, they
became dissatisfied and came back to
Coleman County. After renting some farm
land on the Henry Beck ranch, the Laws
family raised lots of cotton and the
children attended school at Brown Ranch.
After 1915, J.B. and family moved to a
farm near Glen Cove, which he had bought
from one of the Coleman banks. Here began
a long series of cotton crops, the
children growing up and getting married.
Jr. married Zada Kincaid, April 18, 1932
(see John Joseph Kincaid). He served
in WW II. They had one baby, but lived
only a short time. John Jr. died July
28, 1975, in Benecia, California, is
(2) Frank married
Gulley, January 1,1922. Kate died February
8, 1984, buried in Glen Cove. Frank
died December 11,1968, buried in Glen Cove
(see Gulley). They had six children: (2a)
November 29, 1922, married Charles Lee
Scott (see Fonie M.
Scott); (2b) Grady, December 10, 1925,
married Helen Cagle (see William Henry
Cagle); (2c) Carol,August 28, 1927,
married (1) Nalley, (2) Linn, four
children: (a) Anita (Nalley) Corley, her
children Sheri Denise, and James Leo,
live in Odessa; (b) Thomas Nalley and his
wife, Margara, have three children,
twins Jennifer and Jeannie and Katie, live
in El Paso; (c) Ralph Nalley and his
wife, Libby, have four children: Melissa,
Jodie, Haas and Laura. Ralph died
December 13, 1981; and (d) Grady Nalley
and his wife, Karen, have two children:
Patricia and Bennett, live in Corpus
Christi; (2d) Dorothy, December 23, 1929,
married Walton Kinsey, have three girls,
live in Sweetwater; (2e) Clinton Boyd,
August 10, 1935, married Joyce Pepper,
have four children, live in St. Louis,
Missouri; and (2f) James Larry, June
6,1942, lives in Ajo, Arizona.
married T. P. Story (see Tracy
(4) Charlie never
died April 15, 1978, buried in Glen Cove.
Charlie was a stockman and cowboy. He
was a colorful figure on his pinto pony
“Banjo” and always was known by the
broad brimmed hat he wore.
(5) Bill married (1)
Ruby Copeland in 1926, their
two children are: Billie Bob and J . B.,
married (2) Daphna Martin, one child,
Glen Ray, and in 1946, married (3) Vada
Meador (see E.L. Jennings). In 1971,
Bill began writing a series of historical
articles for the Coleman papers and
his column is still being read (1983).
(6) Hearst married
(1) Ola Strange,
August 5, 1926 (see Rufus H. Strange). Two
girls: Dolarice and Bebe, married
(2) Pat Crow, married (3) Wanda Watson,
two children: Tina Louise and Hearst,
Jr. Hearst was a law officer in Hudspeth
County for about 30 years. He died
March 19, 1980, buried in Dell City.
marriedJeanme Mae Beaver, October
31, 1927. He worked as a highway patrolman
for over 30 years. Three children
Tommy, Judy and Charline (see Rae family).
(8) Clarence married
Burgett, August 20, 1945. No children.
Clarence is an artist; his pictures are
displayed at Holiday Hill and other
places. Anna Fay has taught for 40 years.
(9) Lois married
Elton Troy Kemp, March 11, 1933, two
children: (9a) Laura
Beatrice (Betty), November 26, 1935,
married Louis Holguin, six children: Lois,
Carl, Mary, Nancy, Francis and John; and
(9b) Elton Jr., married in Germany,
two children: Carolyn and Curtiss. Elton
lives in Comanche. Elton Sr. died in
1979, buried in Glen Cove. He was a
bulldozer operator and ranch hand.
Bailey Laws died in 1932 and Beatrice in
1968, both buried in Glen Cove.
(Images to be added)
Beatrice (Foster) and John Bailey
Laws, John Jr., Frank, Maui.?, Charlie,