The photographs below are those connected to the Young and Roxie Pierce Family of China Creek Texas.
Stephen “Pap” O’Neal
Confederate Veteran Reunions remained numerous even into the early 1900s. The caption at the bottom of this photo is “Confederate Veteran Pap O’Neal”. Aunt Gladys said she remembered Pap donning his Confederate garb as shown here preparing for one of the reunions. Uncle Earl described Pap O’Neal as a “prince of a man”. Both grandfathers O’Neal and Thomas Early Brown were Confederate veterans and both had been captured by the north. Both men had lost their wives by 1914 and both soon moved into the Young Pierce home. Gladys said there was some animosity between the two grandparents as Grandpa Brown had signed allegiance to the north after being captured. Incidentally almost all POWs of the north were required to sign those oaths. Pap O’Neal had been captured and returned to his unit in a rare prisoner exchange. Gladys said the two men costantly re-fought the civil war on their front porch. She said that when they came in from the fields the two would be seperated one on each end of the porch and the kids would say “Uh Oh. Pap and Grandpa have been fighting the war again”. Gladys believed that animosity was a result of Grandpa Brown getting a little better pension because he signed the allegiance. In any case the kids favored Pap because he always had some candy in his pocket. Gladys also thought father-in-law Brown was a bit hard on Young and she remembered in particular her father being scolded for leaving the front gate open. She remembered him saying a good farmer always keeps his gates closed.
Armelia’s Children and Pap O’Neal – David, Martha Matilda, Stephen (Pap) O’Neal, Mary Luritta O’Neal and Young Pierce Jr.
Standing are Martha Matilda and Mary Luritta O’Neal who were born after Pap O’Neal returned from the Civil War. On the bottom row sitting is David O’Neal who was born before Stephen left for the Civil War. He came home from the war in 1864. In 1863 his Company F was decimated in a battle in Arkansas and Stephen was captured but returned to duty about 6 months later in a rare prisoner exchange. Most of the men in Company F died in that battle but Stephen lived until 1926. Young Pierce is sitting on the right.
Armelia’s Children – David, Martha Matilda, Mary Luritta O’Neal and Young Pierce Jr.
These are the same people minus Papo O’Neal as in the photo above except several years later. Young Pierce Jr. (top right) was born in July 1859, four months after his father was killed by Comanches. In 1861 Armelia married Stephen (Pap) O’Neal and their first child David O’Neal was born in December. Stephen then went off to war. Matilda was born in 1866 and married our grandmother Roxie’s older brother William Early Brown. They had 11 children two of which were twins. Luritta was born in 1871 and our family called her Aunt Ritter. David O’Neal was the father of 13 children, three of which died in infancy. Young and Roxie were very close to these families, Young having been raised by Pap and Armelia alongside Armelia’s other three children.
Eldon Pierce Age 5 – Mr. Melton’s Bus
This is the bus for the Sundown Independent School District in Hockley County. This was the first school in West Texas that Ernest was hired for. He was the superintendant and Abia taught first grade. Mr. Melton was a farmer, school board member, and family friend. It was here that the Ernest Pierce family met the Glimps, also farmers, who were lifetime friends that later moved to Lampasas.
Joe and Roxie (Pierce) Wilcox – 1946
Joe was still in uniform in 1946 but about this time he resigned from the peace-time Navy in Washington and started a weekly newspaper called The Coulee City News. Roxie and Curt were living in Lubbock where they both were attending Texas Tech.
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