26. Samuel Robert Windham
was born on
10 Sep 1842 in Nacogdoches,Texas.(88)
He died on 10 Nov 1917. He has reference number 26. He was buried in Windham
Cemetery, Brown County, TX. Burial Information:
The "Rural Cemetery Inscriptions Brown County Texas" compiled by Hazel
Ellis Wetel shows (page 158) that Sam R. Windham, age 76, was buried in December
1917. There is no birth inscription. He is buried beside his wife Amazon (Baugh)
Windham. This survey was done on 2 July 1972 and the cemetery was very well kept.
It is located at Lake Brownwood at Byrds, Tx.
To go to the cemetery go out US 183 to FM 22733, then left to Byrds.
The following is the Biography of Samuel Robert Windham from
Samuel Robert Windham was born in Nacogdoches, TX September 10, 1842 and died
in Brown County, TX on December 1, 1927. He was the son of Dr. John Darby Windham
and Frances Monteith. Samuel R. Windham, age 19, enrolled in the Confederate
Army on October 22, 1861 in Crockett, near San Antonio, Texas. He served in Company
D, 7th Texas Calvary as a Private. He was listed as serving in Company I, of
the 4th Texas Calvary, Sibley's Brigade. The troop was also known as 4th Calvary
Mounted Volunteers. Records of the Confederate Soldiers who served in organizations
from the State of Texas remark that: ......on 29 September 1861, Sam's horse
was killed at Valverde, and Sam was left sick at a hospital in Sante Fe. Records
show he left the Sante Fe hospital nearly one year later, on September 17th,
1862. While hospitalized, he became a Prisoner of War when his Troops were captured
in New Mexico, and he was held from May 1862 through September 1862. Family tradition
recalls Sam Windham and Sam McInnis became friends during their service in the
Civil War. Census records of 1860 confirmed the Windhams lived in Angelina County
prior to their move to Brown County. Sam McInnis noted his place of residence
as Angelina County when he enlisted in the service. It is possible the two were
acquainted prior to the Civil War. Brown County Tax Roll for 1867, recorded Sam
R. Windham as owner of 2,093.5 acres of land. The value of his land was $4580;
approximately $2.18 per acre. He was assessed 0.15 for state tax and 0.15 for
county tax. In the early 1870's by the act of Congress, land grants of 160 acres
were given to men if they would settle in the western frontiers of Texas. Brown
County was included in what became known as pre-empted land grants. Settlers
were required to file their claim, live on the land for three years, and then
the property became theirs. The Windhams came to Brown County during this period.
It is said that J. D. Windham and his son, Sam Windham, had followed cattle thieves
through the north west part of Brown County. The story is told that the Windhams
caught the theives, hanged them, recovered their stolen stock, and decided to
stay. They became one of the largest land owners in the area. The 1870 Brown
County Census, recorded S. R. Windham, age 24, and single. He was living with
his parents in household #69-69; with a San Saba post office. Samuel reported
his occupation as raising cattle. His personal holdings were valued at $1000.
The 1880 Brown County, Texas Census, Byrds Store precinct, recorded household
#284-285 as S. R. Windham (age 37) with wife, A. S. [Amazon Savannah Baugh Cox
](age 33). Both adults were born in Texas. The children in the household included:
M. A., son (age 14); J. D., son (age 9); T. M., son (age 7); J. L., son (age
4); and A. J. Windham, son (age 1). The 1880 Brown County Agricultural Census,
Byrds Store precinct, reported Sam R. Windham as owner of 160 acres. He had 30
acres tilled, 20 acres were improved meadows or pastures, and the remaining 110
acres were reported as unimproved old fields. The value of his land was $1000,
with farm equipment valued at $50. He owned a variety of livestock valued at
$2000. His livestock included seven horses, two mules, forty swine, thirty milk
cows, and 25 calves were born during the year. Thirty cows died or strayed. He
owned two oxen used for plowing and hauling. Windham planted 17 acres of Indian
corn, yielding 250 bushels. Fifteen acres of wheat planted, with a yield of 65
bushels. He estimated income of farm products sold during 1880 to be $325. The
June of 1900 Brown County Census revealed additional information about the Windham
household. Listed as household #198-200 of Byrds Store precinct, Samuel R. Windham
was age 57. He had been married 28 years to Amazon, age 53. They have had 9 children
born, and 9 children were still living. Children listed in the household included:
Leven B. (age 20); Samuel H. (age 24); Mary M. (age 12); William O. (age 10);
Amazon E. (age 8). The adjacent household in the 1900 Census is household #199-201
belonged to Sam Windham's step-son, Marion McDonald Cox with wife, Ruth H. Cox.
Marion and Ruth Cox had been married 8 years. They had four children born, only
one living: George W. Cox, age 5/12, born in December 1899. The Windham family
became large land owners. They donated land for a school, church, and cemetery.
The Windham School was organized about 1877 to be one of the first schools in
the northern part of the county. The small school had one teacher assigned to
teach all levels. The Byrds school district was formed 1928 by consolidation
of the Windham, Paint Creek (Byrds), and Red River schools. Oil discoveries in
the area during 1928, resulted in increased revenue for the small country school
to build a new brick building and to provide bus service. By 1932, Byrds school
was merged with Williams, and eventually consolidated with the May school district
in 1954. Amazon S. Baugh Cox-Windham died at age 67 on 27 February 1914. She
preceeded her husband, Sam, by three years. Samuel R. Windham died December 1917,
at age 74. Both Sam and Amazon Windham are buried in the Windham Cemetery located
at Byrds, Brown County. ENDNOTES: The Baughs of Brown County, TX, a family history
written and published by Barbara Cox, Lafayette, CA. email@example.com. The Baugh
Families, unpublished manuscript by Winifred Baugh Strait, written 1938. Early
Communities of Lake Brownwood by Pattie Weedon; 1980. Cemetery Inscriptions of
Rural Brown Co.; 1980. Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray b y Mamie Yeary McGregor,
1912; pages 156-157. Northwest Brown County, by Lorene Bishop, article in the
Brownwood Bulletin. Something About Brown, by Dr. T. R. Havins; Banner Printing
Company, Brownwood, 1958 Submitted by Barbara Cox
Extracted from copy of Muster Roll
Dated Sept 16, 1861 S. Windham Pvt.
Co. of Angelina Troops Csv, Sibley's Brigade
Co. reported to Gen. J.L. Hogg, aid-de-camp 5th Dist. Tex & by him ordered
from Homer, Angelina Co., on or before S. 30 - 61 (Sept 30, 1861?) to march to
San Antonio & report to Gen. Sibley
Captain Cleaver's Company, 3rd Regiment, Sibley's Brigade Texas Mounted Volunteers
Company D, 7th Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers
Company D, 7th Regiment Texas Calvary He was married to Amazon Savannah Baugh
on 21 Jul 1872 in Probably Brown Co, TX.(89)
27. Amazon Savannah
was born on
15 May 1847 in Kaufman County, TX, USA.(93)
(94) She died on 25 Feb 1914 in
Brown Co, TX.(95) She has reference
number 27. She was also known as Amy. She was buried in Windham Cemetery, Brown
County, TX. Shirley Floyd Williams purchased the "Early Communities of
Lake Brownwood" revised 1980 edition. She purchased this from the Brown
County Historical society. Page 34 indicates that the 1870 census finds Amazon
Cox (female) 23 years old and having one son, Marion M. Cox, age three.
Amazon later married Sam Windham.
David Windham was born on 22 Apr 1873 in Brown county, TX, USA. He died
on 9 Mar 1916. He was buried on 10 Mar 1916 in Windham Cemetery, Brown County,
Thomas "Top" Morgan Windham was born on 12 Dec 1875 in Brown Co,
TX. group sheet from Julia Griffin He died on 19 Sep 1959 in Brown Co, TX.
group sheet from Julia Griffin Daughter Edna was raised by grandparents as
her mother died in childbirth. We have a picture of her with the three sisters
and with Samuel R. Windham.
Samuel Hillary Windham Dr. was born on 12 May 1876 in Brown Co, TX. He died
on 21 Apr 1924 in Family Ranch, Terry, Texas. He was buried in Tahoka, Lynn,
TX. Dr. S. H. Windham was murdered on April 21, 1924 at his ranch fifteen miles
south of Brownfield. Late that evening, a ranch hand found Dr. Windham's body
near his car at ranch headquarters. Seven .22 caliber bullets were later taken
from his body. A posse of Lynn and Terry county men formed to hunt the slayer,
who was found by Arthut Nettles hiding in a hog house. The slayer opened fire
on the men. Ben McCormack, another ranch employee, was slightly wounded. The
young man, Will Ward, was a peg-leg ranch employee thought to be deranged and
angry at Dr. Windham. In September he was tried in Lubbock County on a change
of venue and sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison.
p. 155 "Grass Roots Upside Down", a history of Lynn County
Amanda Jane Windham.
Windham was born on 8 Nov 1880 in Brown Co, TX. group sheet from Julia Griffin
He died on 13 Aug 1948 in Abilene, TX. group sheet from Julia Griffin He was
buried in Sep 1948 in Abilene, TX. McBee cemetery
group sheet from Julia Griffin Ran a store in Lawn, TX and lived in the store.
This information came from an interview between Shirley Floyd Williams and Ina
Floyd Slover on 11-4-1995.
Mary M. Windham was born on 29 Jan 1888 in Brown Co, TX. group sheet from
Julia Griffin She died on 19 Jul 1957. group sheet from Julia Griffin She
was buried in May, Tx cemetery.
William Oscar Windham was born on 15 Jan 1890 in Brown Co, TX. group sheet
from Julia Griffin He died on 15 Jan 1919 in Brown Co, TX. group sheet from
Julia Griffin He was buried in Windham Cemetery, Brown County, TX. group sheet
from Julia Griffin Middle name of Oscar per Samuel R. Windham handwritten list.
Amagon Eliza "Liza" Windham was born on 5 Aug 1891 in Calahan,
TX. She died on 21 Sep 1972. She was buried in Windham Cemetery, Brown County,
TX. Shirley Floyd Williams and Ina Floyd Slover had an interview on 11-4-1995
in Tahoka and asked about Ina's aunts and uncles on the Windham side.
Ina said that the Phillips have 2 children James and Amalee.
Amalee was unable to hear or speak because of being struck with measles.