Seeking descendants of Louis Stoudenmire and Elizabeth Seger/Leger, who were in Macon Co. AL during census of 1850. Louis died, and Elizabeth m. Louis Gohlson, but the couple had no children. He died soon afterwards, as well, and she is alone in 1860 Pike Co. AL with her children.
By 1870, she and children came to Texas. She was in Fayette Co. 1870, which is near Colorado Co., where she met and married widower, Dillard Cooper. By 1880, the Coopers were just over the San Saba Co. line, near NW Llano County. Elizabeth's probate is recorded in Llano Co., and Dillard is buried in the city cemetery in Llano, but Elizabeth's burial place is not recorded.
Living with the Coopers in 1880 was her son, Samuel Stoudenmire, whose first name was Colonel (not a title). Sam was a deputy sheriff in Llano Co. by 1882. He also married Anna Brown, daughter of Dr. J. Duff Brown, Sr. in Llano. Sam and most of his family are also buried in Llano town, near members of his wife's Brown family.
Another son was the famous gunman/marshal of old El Paso--Dallas Stoudenmire, who was killed in a gunfight in 1881 in El Paso.
I am NOT a Stoudenmire descendant, but as a historian for Llano County with quite a few years of experience, I am interested in the family from both the standpoint of the Stoudenmires and the Coopers, as both are of historical interest to our county, especially as 2006 will be our county's sesquicentennial year. Cooper (of Colorado Co. TX pre 1850-1870) was a survivor of the Fannin Massacre, and Samuel Stoudenmire was a major player in halting the Carter-Coggin feud gunfight in downtown Llano in 1882, a feud between around 15 men that erupted leaving 2 men dead and several others wounded during downtime on the county's district court day!!!
The county would like to find descendants as we are also planning on putting up an historical marker on the grave of Dillard Cooper, as well as pay tribute to Samuel in some of our scheduled sesquicentennial programs. Besides that, descendants are desired TO FILL IN GAPS of UNKNOWN INFORMATION we have on these two families. Thanks.
Karylon A. Russell, 201 Live Oak, Llano, TX 78643 firstname.lastname@example.org
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