JAMES MONROE CONAWAY was the son of Patrick Henry Conaway who was in the Hardware and Tinsmithing business in Rome, Georgia. At the age of 9 after his father's business had been destroyed by flood, the family moved by train and covered wagon from Rome to Chattanooga to Whiteright, Grayson Co., Texas, where Patrick farmed. JAMES MONROE CONAWAY married SALLIE VALENCIA "LINNIE" BRYANT in 1902 in Tyler, Texas, where he was farming. They moved to Chandler, Texas, where they lived until 1910 when they moved to Brandon, Texas, in Hill County. JAMES was a rural mail carrier, serving Route 1out of Brandon for 25 years. He retired in 1934 after 31 years of service, and moved to Hillsboro.
From letters from daughter Alice Ruth Conaway Kendrick
"I talked to a lady this week who owned the house where we used to live in Brandon. They bought it from a Loan Company after we left Brandon. Apparently the people that Daddy sold it to could not pay for it. She said she wanted a door enlarged--so a carpenter found that the supporting joists or beams were 8x10 inches. Square nails were used in the building of the house. The supporting foundation on which the floors were laid were rail road cross ties. She said the lumber for the house was hauled by wagon from East Texas--before the rail road was built. Some people named Giles built the house in 1883."
"I checked out one of the Hill County books from the school library. The
following writeup was in the Brandon section. 'J. M. Conaway and J. C. Coates
were rural mail carriers out of the Brandon Post Office, J. M. Conaway for 30
years. He rode a horse at first when delivering the mail. Her name was 'Dolly.'
In the summer he would use 'Dolly' to plow the cemetery. Later he delivered mail
by motor cycle and still later by car.' Jack and Jill Conaway were listed as
members of a good baseball team from Brandon." (Jill was nick name for WENDELL.)
To any Regularly Licensed or Ordained Minister of the Gospel, Jewish Rabbi, Judge of the District or County Court, or any Justice of the Peace in and for any County--Greeting:
You are hereby authorized to Solemnize the Rites of Matrimony between Mr. JAMES CONAWAY and Miss LINNIE BRYANT and make due return to the Clerk of the County Court of said County, within sixty days thereafter, certifying your action under this License. Witness my official signature and seal of office, at office in Tyler, the 27" day of Dec 1902 Jno. A. Lott Clerk County Court, Smith Co.
I, W. C. Stallings hereby certify that on the 28" day of December 1902,
I united in Marriage Mr. JAMES CONAWAY and Miss LINNIE BRYANT the parties above
Returned and filed for record the 3" day of March 1903, and recorded the
8" day of April
Jno A. Lott County Clerk
1900 Henderson County, Texas Census
vol 57 ed 58 sh 5 ln 13 p 101A
80/80 #92 Patrick H.Conaway Head W M Apr1849 51 m24yrs Ga Ga Ga Farmer rent farm
1920 Brandon, Hill County, Texas Census vol 95 ed 60 sh 1 ln 22 5/5 CONAWAY,
JAMES Head M W 37 m Ga US US mail carrier rural route
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