James* Madison Court

James* Madison Court

Male 1829 - Aft 1899  (> 70 years)

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  • Name James* Madison Court 
    Born 1829  Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence Abt 1831  Lavaca Bay Region, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • according to Historical marker, his father arrived in Sabine Pass in 1832, arriving from the Lavaca Bay region.
    Sabine Pass Lions Park
    Sabine Pass Lions Park
    Historic Marker 10500 honoring Thomas Court
    7th and Broadway
    Sabine Pass, Texas
    Texas owned by Mexico 1821 - 21 Apr 1836
    Texas owned by Mexico 1821 - 21 Apr 1836
    Mexico: 1821 – April 21, 1836 – San Jacinto Day
    In 1821 Mexico gained independence from Spain and the region of Texas became part of Mexico. The Austin family received a grant to settle 300 US citizens in the new territory. These settlers were led by Stephen F. Austin. Many more soon followed. Santa Anna was elected governor of Mexico in 1832 and soon after sent troops into Texas to force martial law. The Texans first rebelled at Goliad in 1835. A troop of Mexican soldiers had come to get their cannon and the Texians refused – making a flag that said “Come and Take it!” The Texians then took over the city of San Antonio. On March 2, 1836 at the town of Washington on the Brazos, a group of 59 representatives voted to declare Texas independence. Just 4 days later, on March the 6th, Santa Anna led his army to the Alamo where he had all survivors executed. He marched on to Goliad and had everyone shot there as well. General Sam Houston and his army of Texians faced their final battle with Santa Anna along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. They fought and won independence for Texas at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836

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    Residence Between 1836 and 1845  Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Republic of Texas 
    The Republic of Texas 1836-1845
    The Republic of Texas 1836-1845
    The Republic of Texas: 1836 – 1845
    Sam Houston was elected the first president of the Republic of Texas. The small town of Waterloo was chosen to be the capitol and it was renamed Austin – in honor of Stepehen F. Austin. The last president of the Republic of Texas was elected in 1844 – Anson Jones. He ruled just 1 year before Texas joined the United States.

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    Residence Feb 1836  Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • his sister Sara Court said to be the first white child born in Aurora under the Mexican Flag
    Census 24 Oct 1850  Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 24 Oct 1850 Sabine Pass

      residence 215:
      Milton H Bloodworth 25 1825 Louisiana
      Nancy (Holt) Bloodworth 18 1832 Texas
      Benjamin P Bloodworth 2 1848 Louisiana
      William Bloodworth 1 1849 Louisiana
      Benjamin Holt 55 1795 Mississippi
      Thomas C Holt 50 1800 Mississippi
      Thomas D Holt 4 1846 Louisiana
      William Holt 53 1797 Mississippi
      Mary Ann Holt 17 1833 Texas
      Thomas R Holt 26 1824 Louisiana
      Charles Holt 28 1822 Louisiana
      William C Holt 15 1835 Louisiana
      Richard Holt 13 1837 Louisiana

      Residence 216
      Stockholm, Peter D. 31 1819 New York carpenter
      Mary 17 1833 Louisiana
      William 2 1848 Texas
      Elizabeth 0 1850 Texas

      Residence 217
      Brewer, William 23 1827 Louisiana
      Brewer, Caroline 22 1828 Louisiana

      Residence 218
      Solomon Sparks 30 1820 Tennessee
      Martha C Sparks 30 1829 South Carolina
      Lucy Ann Sparks 8 1842 Tennessee
      John L Sparks 6 1844 Tennessee
      James E Sparks 3 1847 Louisiana
      Mary Susan Sparks 1 1849 Texas
      Jacob Sparks 22 1828 Tennessee

      Residence 219
      John S. Sparks 39 1811 North Carolina
      Melinda Sparks 29 1821 Tennessee
      Albert Sparks 9 1841 Texas
      Eliza J. Sparks 7 1843 Texas
      John F. Sparks 4 1846 Texas
      Sarah C. Sparks 1 1849 Texas
      James Court 22 1828 Louisiana
      Julia Ann (Sparks) Courts 14 1836 Tennessee

    1850 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass, Census pg 249
    1850 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass, Census pg 249
    John Sparks and Melinda Jones Sparks, James Court and Julia Ann Sparks Court, Solomon Sparks and family, and Brewer, Stockholm, Holt, Bludworth families.
    Census 12 Jul 1860  Sabine Pass (Precinct 5), Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 12 Jul 1860 Precinct No. 5 Sabine Pass
      residence 378
      James Court 30 mail carrier 500 Louisiana
      Julia 24 TN 1856 Tennessee
      Mary E 8 1852 Texas
      Henry C 6 1854 Texas
      Julia A 4 1856 Texas
      William F 2 1858 Texas
      Elias M 6/12 1859 Texas

      residence 379
      John Sparks 49 1811 North Carolina farmer 320 2100
      Malinda Sparks 41 1819 Tennessee
      Albert Sparks 19 1841 Texas
      John F Sparks 14 1856 Texas
      Sarah C Sparks 11 1849 Texas
      Arabella H Sparks 8 1852 Texas
      James C Sparks 6 1854 Texas
      Worthey C Sparks 4 1856 Texas
      Henry E L Sparks 8/12 1859 Texas

      residence 380
      Samuel Lee 38 1822 Denmark stock raiser 4,000
      Eliza 16 1844 Texas
    1860 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass census
    1860 Texas, Jefferson County, Sabine Pass census
    James and Julia Sparks Court family; John and Melinda Jones Sparks family; and Samuel and Eliza Sparks Lee.
    Residence Between 1861 and 1865  Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Texas Confederate States 
    Texas - Confederate States 1861 - 1865
    Texas - Confederate States 1861 - 1865
    When the Civil War broke out in 1861, The State of Texas decided to join with the Southern Confederate states. Governor Sam Houston resigned and refused to swear allegiance with the Confederates. The news of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation did not reach Texas until June 19th, 1865. The last battle of the Civil War was fought at Brownsville on May 11, 1865 – a month after the formal surrender of General Lee at Appomattox. Texas was readmitted to the Union on March 30, 1870. Anson Jones was the last president of the Republic of Texas. In the changing of the flags ceremony he said, “The final act in this great drama is now performed, the Republic of Texas is no more.”

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    Military 28 May 1862  enlisted Company B (gunboat "Uncle Ben") Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: J M Courts
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Texas
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Texas 11th Cavalry Battalion.

      Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
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      Name: J M Courts
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Texas
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company I, Texas 13th Infantry Regiment.

      Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

    Sabine Pass in the Civil War
    Sabine Pass in the Civil War
    W.T. Block
    reprinted from East Texas Historical Journal, Vol. IX No. 2( October 1917), 129-136

    http://www.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/civilwar1.htm
    Census 23 Jun 1870  Sparks and River Settlement, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Residence 77
      Coats (Courts) J.M. 40 1830 Louisiana 400, 2,000 farmer
      Julia 34 1836 Tennessee
      Mary 18 1852 Texas
      Clifton 16 1854 Texas
      Nasthentha 14 1856 Texas
      William 12 1858 Texas
      Madison E. 10 1860 Texas
      ekner 8 1862 Texas
      James 5 1865 Texas
      Anna 3 1867 Texas
      Lisa 8 1862 Texas

      residence 78
      Sparks M (Melinda) 51 1819 at home Tennessee widow
      James 17 1853 Texas farm laborer
      Worthy 14 1856 Texas
      John 27 1843 Texas farmer

      residence 79
      Spark, C (Caroline) 50 1820 SC keeping house widow
      Edwin 23 1847 Louisiana
      Joseph 16 1854 Texas
      Oscar 14 Texas
      Court T.J. 27 1843 Texas (Thomas Jefferson - bro of James Court)

      residence 80
      Brewton W.P. 33 1837 Tennessee
      Sarah (Sparks) 22 1848 Texas (Dau of Melinda)
      Grace 5 1865 TX
      Silas F. 8/12 1869 TX

      residence 81
      Lee, Samuel 52 1818 farmer 1580 Denmark
      Jane E. 27 1843 Texas
      Emma 3 1867 Texas


      residence 82
      Smith. T.J. 34 farmer 500 Indiana (Later would marry Mary Ellen Courts
      Sarah 25 Texas
      Electra 3/12 Texas
    1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
    1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
    Census 12 Jun 1880  Beaumont (District 40), Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 12 Jun 1880 Beaumont (District 40), Jefferson Co, Texas

      210 Court, William 21 work at saw mill TX - TX
      Darinda, 22 wife Texas Georgia Texas
      Danie 3 dau TX
      Benton 1 son TX


      211
      J.M. COURT Self M Male W 50 LA Wagoning ENGLAND LA
      Julia A. COURT Wife M Female W 43 TN Keeping House NC AL
      Helma (Helmer) COURT Son S Male W 18 TX Wagoner LA TN
      James COURT Son S Male W 15 TX At Home LA TN
      Annie COURT Dau S Female W 12 TX At Home LA TN
      Lillian COURT Dau S Female W 8 TX At Home LA TN
      Fannie COURT Dau S Female W 5 TX At Home LA TN
      Emmet COURT Son S Male W 3 TX At Home LA TN
      Viola COURT Dau S Female W 11M TX At Home LA TN

      213
      Court, Clifton 25 1855 raftsman TX LA TN
      Fannie 26 1854 TX TN TN
      Ella M. 3 1877 TX


      (Peter Stockholm & Pierre Frugia in this community. No Sparks or Blocks or Burrrells. Must be Beaumont proper.)

    1880 Texas, Jefferson County, Beaumont (District 40) Census
    1880 Texas, Jefferson County, Beaumont (District 40) Census
    Courts, James Madison and Julia Sparks Courts, and Helmer, James, Annie, Lillian, Fannie, Emmett, Viola, also Clifton Courts and family and William Courts and family.
    Died Aft 15 Aug 1899  Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Other-Begin 30 Sep 1952  Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    court case: Smith graves 
    Court Cause No. 16187: 'W.P.H. McFaddin, Jr., et al, vs. Unknown Heirs of Caroline Sparks, et al'
    Court Cause No. 16187: "W.P.H. McFaddin, Jr., et al, vs. Unknown Heirs of Caroline Sparks, et al"
    30 Sep 1952
    named deceased persons to-wit:
    Caroline Sparks, Edward Sparks, John L. Sparks, William Sparks, Joseph Sparks, Susan Sparks Crawford, Phillip Crawford, James C. Sparks, Lura Sparks Spriggs, James M. Court, Julia A. Court, James F. Court, Lillian Court Smith, Irvin Smith, Francis Court Sparks, Viola Court Sparks, Madison Court, Sarah A. Court, Edna Court, Beulah Court, a Mrs. E. Bordeman and child...

    45.7 acres on T.F. Smith homestead tract; included in league bought by J.S. Johnson in 1924, who later conveyed the property to E.I. DuPont in 1952, at which time private cemetery was discovered. Court proceedings to have the remains relocated.

    The following family members not named in the suit but were included in cemetery records:
    in Grave 1 were:
    Tilda Courts, Homer Courts, Caudine (Claudie) Courts, Estie baby Courts, Carmel Courts, (unknown), Buff Courts, (unknown), James C Sparks Sr, Fred Frugia (unknown), Genevia Frugia), Florence Frugia (unknown), Brad Courts Sr.
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    1952 Article Beaumont Enterprise; "Early Burials Found on Neches"; "One of Area Private Cemeteries Uncovered on DuPont Tract"

    Other-Begin 10 Aug 1961  Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    court case: Smith graves 
    • Court Cause No. 16107
      W.P.H. McFaddin, Jr., et al
      vs
      Unknown Heirs of Caroline Sparks, et al

      Court Cause No. 18399
      W.P.H. McFaddin, Jr., et al
      vs
      Robert S. Frugia, et al


      Court Cause No. 20324
      W.P.H. McFaddin, Jr. et al
      vs.
      Coy V. Courts, et al (Sr.)

      On this 10th day of August 1961, came on to be heard the application of the plaintiffs in the above entitled and numbered cause for an order of the court showing that the plaintiffs have complied with the judgments previously entered in said cause and further showing that the plaintiffs or their successors in interest are entitled to the free and unrestricted use of the land hereinafter described, as set forth in plaintiff's petition in the above entitled and numbered causes...
      (pgs 10-13 of attached pdf)
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    Forest Lawn Index Card on occupants of graves.
    Buried McFaddin, TF Smith Homestead, Forest Lawn Cem, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    Grave 4
    COURTS, Madison Elias Madison "Matt" - s/o James & Julia m Sallie Gibson

    SMITH, Irving (or Ivy) son of Lillian Courts Smith

    SMITH, Lillian Courts d/o James & Julia - m Mr. Smith, prob Irving

    COURTS, James F. s/o James & Julia, died 1910 - m Matilda Gibson

    COURTS, Julia A. (our Julia)

    COURTS, James M. (our James)

    COURTS, Sarah A. - might be d/o Thomas and Ann, m Lewis King

    COURTS, Beulah - unknown

    COURTS, Brad - likely James Bradley s/o Elias "Matt - m Sallie Gibson, m Maggie Bumstead; however his d.c. says buried in Saratoga. No other Brad's known of. Perhaps erroneously included in this group.
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin Cemetery was located on property south of Beaumont, in Port Neches, Central Gardens at a location within the grounds of where DuPont is now. The cemetery was discovered in the Fifties, and due to the impending construction of the plant. (See attached newspaper coverage). There were about 30 people buried there whose remains were subsequently placed in four separate concrete boxes and relocated to Forest Lawn Cemetery where they were laid once again to rest in the Garden of Peace section. The headstones for the four graves are all identical, reading simply "TF Smith Homstead Tract Cemetery." The detailed list of occupants only exist on an index card in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park records (see copy attached). All of these people were either residents or descendants of the Sparks Settlement, also called Aurora, (what later became Port Arthur. The families were predominantly the Sparks, Courts and Gentz families and other family names who married into these families. Sparks Settlement was abandoned in late 1800s due to storms and disease; even the houses were moved. Most of them started another community in the Port Neches, Central Gardens area where they started a new cemetery - i.e. what was called the McFaddin Cemetery. Sparks Cemetery was also abandoned. The occupants of that cemetery, those who died while the community was active, were never moved; only recognized by a historical marker placed in a boulevard on DeQueen at Lakeshore (see photo). There is some false information on the Internet that the remains in Sparks Cemetery were removed to Forest Lawn. But what I have been able to discover is that is not the case. It is the later cemetery, McFaddin Cemetery, that was removed. There is also some belief that the cemetery was used even into the 1920s for burial needs; but that also seems to be mistaken information. The were fine and strong and brave pioneers who I am so proud to call my ancestors. They helped build our community here, and somehow, I hope to bring to mind the signifcance of those four plain little headstones marked simply "TF Smith Homestead Tract Cemetery."
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin Cemetery - TF Smith Homestead
    McFaddin, TF Smith Homestead, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Garden of Peace Section
    McFaddin, TF Smith Homestead, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Garden of Peace Section
    McFaddin, TF Smith Homestead, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Garden of Peace Section
    McFaddin, TF Smith Homestead, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Garden of Peace Section
    Notes 
    • 1865 listed in Confederate Indigent Families Lists of Texas 1863-1865 by Linda Mearse (avail thru Interlibrary loan)

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Tom Cloud"
      The book "The Story of Beaumont" is on-line in html (web page)format with an index and list of illustrations that were created for it (it had neither). Published in 1925/26, it is a valuable reference for early East Texas researchers. The index has the actual page numbers where the reference is found to make citations more precise.

      The table of contents can be found here:
      http://www.mykindred.com/wiess/st-o-b/index.htm

      It can be a lengthy download if on a dial-up connection, so it is also available without the graphics at:
      http://www.mykindred.com/wiess/st-o-b/toc-old.html

      There were numerous typographical errors and some grammatical errors. No corrections were made to the document. It is, so far as I can determine, true to the original.

      If you find an error or want to make a suggestion, please
      contact me at cloud@peaches.ph.utexas.edu.

      "G. W. Hargraves, who was captain of a little Beaumont company of militia in August, 1835, had sixty-two men under him, twenty of whom took part in the battle of the Alamo. He also was at the head of twenty-one volunteers who started to join ston to stop the advance of Santa Anna, but the battle of San Jacinto was fought before they reached that place, and they were ordered to rout some hostile Indians north of the town. Men Mr. Hargraves could remember years after who were in his company, were;

      William Clark, ____ Clark, John Coale, ____ Coale, Bill Ashworth, Aaron Ashworth, Tapler Ashworth, Luke Ashworth, Charles Cronier, Elisha Stephenson, Lige Stephenson, Tom Berwick, Batiste Pevito, Dave Harmon, George Medgar, William Beckham, d Garner, Isaac Garner, Jim McCall, John Allen, ____ Allen, Joe Linsicomb, Jake Hays, Jim Jett, ____ Jett, Clark Beach, ____ Powers, Archie Richie, Wash Tevis, Jack Tevis, ____ Williams, Tom Yoakum, Jim Foreman and Ben Johnson, and Jim Courts."

      http://www.mykindred.com/wiess/st-o-b/16-Beaumont-in-the-Wars.html#457030
      "The Story of Beaumont" on-line

      (note: Jim Courts was born 1829; so, he would have been 6 yrs old.
      _____________
      Lived with John Sparks right after marriage (1850 Census - census date 24 Oct; marriage date, Oct 15), but must not have stayed there very long. They are also listed in 1850 living with James Eaves, a laborer, and his wife Eliza (ages 37), with the Eaves' children, Rachel, 8; Lazil, 5; and Joseph, 2, all from Louisiana except Joseph who was born in Texas. Julia was only 14. Listed as a farmer.
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      The marriage of James Courts, son of Thomas and Ann Johnson Court, and Julia Ann Sparks, 13 year old daughter of John Sidney and Melinda Jones Sparks, brought together two of the founding families of lower East Texas. Thomas and Ann, with James as a baby, came to Sabine Pass about 1829/30. The historical marker in Sabine Pass Lion's Club Parks states that our Court Family and another family named McGaffey were here "as early" as 1832. Not only were they in Texas before it became a state, they were here during the time that it was part of Mexico, and in 1836, when it became a Republic in its own right. Our family can truly say we are mutli-generation Texans.

      The Sparks arrived in Texas, traveling by covered wagon from Tennessee, in 1838, when Julia Ann was just two. They settled on Pavel's Island first, then came ashore at Sabine Lake and became the first permanent anglo inhabitants of what was called "Aurora", and which eventually became Port Arthur.

      The Pioneer Spirit prevailed as both families withstood early life on the Gulf Coast. Yellow Fever, mosquitos, hurricanes and tropical storms, alligators and other wild creatues combined to make life harrowing and an adventure at the same time. Some of those stories will be included in other history items.

      James and Julia began their married life in Aurora, and eventually built their own cabin. Julia's brothers, sisters, and some cousins married and remained in the area of Aurora. James' siblings stayed in the area of Sabine Pass and Port Arthur as well, although several moved away after they reached adulthood.

      James and Julia had 13 children, most of who have descendents still living here in the Golden Triangle. We have located descendents of the other children as well.

      James and Julia are featured in the Museum of the Gulf Coast in the section on "Aurora." Pictures of both of them and several other family members (Sparks) are on display.

      _____________________________
      Transcript of a land transfer:
      James M Court : The State of Texas : 18 April 1856
      To Transfer : County of Jefferson : (vol A pg 113-114)
      Wm Burgett :

      Know All Men by these presents:
      That I, James Madison Court, eldest son of Thomas Court, deceased, of Orange County State of Texas for and in consideration of Seventy-Eight dollars paid to me by William Burgett of the County of Jefferson and State of Texas, have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain, sell, and convey unto the said William Burgett all the right, title, and interest which I have and hold in the headright League of Land Granted to Thomas Court, my Father now deceased whch Land is located on the waters of the Palo Pinto a tributary of the Brazos River, my interest being one seventh there being seven children of us of my Father's interest. The said William Burgett to have and to hold said interest in said land hereby conveyed to the said William Burgett his heirs and assigns forever for further description of said Land reference may be had to the field notes and Patent in testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal scrawl for seal this 18th day of April A.D. 1856.
      In the Presence of Otis McGaffy (Notary Public)
      _______________
      1869

      From: Debbie & Bryan Spurgeon
      Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 21:40:42
      To: Sherry
      Subject: Digging at the Orange Library


      Hey Sherry,
      I went digging at the Orange Library this evening. Actually came up with a book from the SE Texas Historical Society that showed some listings of civil cases filed in Beaumont in 1874/75.

      James Courts and other family members were listed in several of them.

      The files are in the Sam Houston Regional Library. They are:

      File 106 - Case #517
      Wesley Garner, administrator of Estate of Holland C.V. Edmondson vs. James Court - 1869

      File 107 -
      Wesley garner, administrator of Estate of Holland C.V. Edmondson vs. Lewis King (Lewis was Sarah Ann Court's husband) - 1869

      File 108
      same as above vs Sam Lee (Sam was married to Julia Ann's sister) -1869

      Box 6
      File #3 - Case 609
      James Courts, C.C. Gientze vs. Charles W. Winn - 1874 - Postal Service (this one has me intriqued)

      Case 610 has same infomration as Case 609

      File # 51
      Case #626
      William Allison vs. James M. Court - 1875
      ______________

      1865 listed in Confederate Indigent Families Lists of Texas 1863-1865 by Linda Mearse (avail thru Interlibrary loan)

      ______________

      Civil War vet....he was a marksman in Speight's batallion Company B who served on the war-converted cotton boat steamer "Uncle Ben" and was involved in at least one Sabine Pass battle. (Frank Courts)

      1870 Sparks and River Settlement:
      res 95/77 val of real estate val of personal estate
      Coats, Jim 40 Farmer, b. LA, 400, 2000
      Julia, 34 keeping house TN
      Mary, 18, at home TX
      Clifton 16, mail rider
      Nastebenthia 14 at home
      William, 12, laborer
      Madison 10, at home
      Helmer 8, at home
      Anne 3, at home
      Lisa 8 at home TX

      ______________

      1875 - listed in newspaper that he made a loan at a merchandise store in Beaumont so that he could farm that year and raise crops
      ______________

      1880 census lists himself as wagoning age 50, from LA, father from Eng, mother from Louisiana. Household 211/220, next door to Clifton Court, his son. The children listed still living at home are Helmer, James, Anna, Lillian, Fannie, Emmet, and Viola.
      ____________

      1890s, moved from Aurora upriver to around DuPont area. The family founded what became South Park ISD.
      ____________

      Texas Revolution Page 2 p 9
      listed: Courts, Jim Private, Captain Logans 3rd Company M.R. 43
      ____________

      (Note from Kirby Courts:)
      James "Jim" was one of the first Pony Express Riders in Texas. He carried mail from Sabine Pass to Harrisburg (Houston), Texas. He was also a farmer and cattleman. During the Texas Battle for Independence in 1836, James was on the muster Roll for Jefferson Co. George Hargraves organized the company. They were known as "Capt. Chessire's Company Volunteers." (Jefferson Co Historical Commission Veterans, Pt 1). The Book "Pioneer Remimscences of Jefferson County" by T.J. Russell, p 34, states in Sabine Pass "Thomas Courts and son, James Courts, were there with John McGaffey at an early day. Both are dead. Several children of James Courts are now in this county."
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      To: archinfo@tsl.state.tx.us
      8/19/98
      Court, James M. 02271
      Claimant: Court, James M.
      Pension Number: 02271
      County: Jefferson

      Application approved Oct 7, 1899
      Q. What is your name? Answer: James M. Courts
      Q. What is your age? Answer: 69
      Q. In what County do you reside? Answer: Jefferson
      Q. How long have you resided in said County and what is your post office address?
      Answer: 60 years, Beaumont.
      Q. Have you applied for a pension under the Confederate Pension law heretofore, and been rejected? If so, state when and where. Answer: No sir
      Q. What is your occupation if able to engage in one: Answer: Farmer when able
      Q. What is your physical condition: Answer: Bad
      Q. If your physical condition is such that you are unable by your own labor to earn a support, state what caused such disability. Answer: broken leg, rupture
      Q. State in what company and regiment you enlisted in the Confederate army, and the time of your service. Answer: Company "B" Speight's Battalion,
      first called Liberman Batal.
      Q. State whether or not you have received any pension or veteran donation land certificate under any previous law, and if you answer in the affirmative, state what pension or veteran donation land certificate you have received. Answer: No sir
      Q. What real and personal property do you now own, and what is the present value of such property? Give list of such property and value. Answer: Five horses, $50.00 value of
      them all, bring with on range.
      Q. What property, and what was the value thereof have you sold or conveyed within two years prior to the date of this application? Answer: none
      Q. What income, if any, do you receive? Answer: none
      Q. Are you in indigent circumstances; that is, are you in actual want, and destitute of property and means of substistence? Answer: Yes sir
      Q. Are you unable by your labor to earn a support? Answer: Yes sir
      Q. Have you transferred to others any property of value of any kind for the purpose of becoming a beneficiary under this law? Answer: No sir
      Q. Did you ever desert the Confederacy? Answer: No sir
      Q. Have you been continuously since the first day of January, 1880, a bona fide resident citizen of this State? Answer: Yes sir
      Wherefore your petitioner prays that his application be approved and that such other proceedings be had in the premises as are required by law.
      (Signature of Applicant) J.M. (X) Court
      Sworn to and subscribed before me this 28 day of July A.D. 1899.
      George O'Brien
      County Judge, Jefferson County, Texas
      (Signature of Witness) C. E. Hillebrandt
      (Signature of Witness) Pierce (X) Fuige

      Affidavit of Physician (abbreviated)
      Dr. J.W. Cruse, practicing physician of this County, duly sworn, examined James M. Court and finds him laboring under the following disabilities which render him unable to labor at any work or calling sufficient to earn a support for himself: Broken leg in the ankle, can't use his foot., inguinal hernia which is very severe. Sworn 15 day of Aug 1899

      Certificate of County Commissioners: signed 15 Aug 1899
      (commissioners signed: A. Jroard (?) Pnct #1; H.T. Bist 2nd Pnct; B.J. Johnson Pnct 3; S. Landrum 4th Pnct)
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      According to Ruth McVey, Pierre Fruge (Pierce Fuige) Confederate App was witnessed the day before James', on July 27, and was witnessed by Hillebrandt & James; also Judge O'Brien.
      ________________________________________
      From Frank Courts: I also checked the article on the removal of graves from the private cemetery where Dupont is now located on Port Arthur Road in the 60's. It states that James M. And Julia were both found there and moved to Forest Lawn. It also lists the other graves, 22 in all, including a James F. (as you stated) and a James C. Court as being moved from there. I dont know why your list is different. I have been to Forest Lawn and have seen the moved graves. The remains were grouped under four headstones which say "T. F. Smith Homestead Tract Cemetery" or something similar. Forest Lawn does have the names listed, and Carroll Wallace funeral home has other records of the move, which they coordinated. T. F. Smith was somehow connected with the Sparks, I believe.
      ________________________________________
      From: mac@lcc.net (Ruth A McVey)
      To: lumoto@aol.com (Sherry Sharp)
      Hi Sherry,
      I received this info from a friend who "lives" genealogy and has been very helpful to me. His name is James A. Johnson age 75 who lives in Bellaire but doesn't have a computer. He sent the following:

      1850 St. Landry #1996-2361 #455-455

      Vigel Frozia 45 Farmer $800 Pers. LA (1850 Fruge 40)
      Mary 46 (35) LA
      Artimese 14 LA (17 Pierre, 10 Louisa, Artimese 8)
      Susan 12 (6) LA
      Uzenie 10 (1) LA (Eugene)
      Useph 8 LA (Joseph?)
      Phitestine 5 LA (Celestine?)
      Alzemah 7/12 TX (Azema?)

      #456-456

      Pier Frozia 23 farm laborer LA (#1996-2361 1850 St Landry age 17)
      Elizabeth 17 H.K. LA (b. TX)

      Sherry I've written the above just as Mr. Johnson wrote it to me. Hope it's not to confusing. Artemeas/Artimese and Susan were sisters of Pierre but I don't find Denise. Could she have been born later?

      I know that my GGF Pierre Frugia (Fruge) married a second time and had a son Lyman Frugia and a dgt. named Goldie. Lyman Frugia, Jr. and his wife Doris Ann live in Vidor and I've written to her twice sending her my data in hopes she would share but she hasn't.

      From marriage books for Jefferson County I have Pier Fruge m. Julia Courta 14 Jul 1897 and Pierre Fruge m. Mrs. Lidia Cuniff 31 Aug 1891. I know that my GGF Pierre called his son Pierre "Peter" but I have nothing else. So I don't know who married whom.

      You can say I'm still a novice when it comes to genealogy but I'm learning. Do you know if copies of Successions from LA can be ordered by mail? I found several Fruge's listed in Imperial Calcasieu and St. Landry Parish. Also listed were some Hayes. There is a book written by Shirley Burwell of Lake Charles I presume listing all the successions.

      Any tips or suggestions are most welcome. Keep in touch.

      Ruth

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    Person ID I505  Roots
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 

    Father Thomas* Court, (immigrant),   b. Bef 5 Jan 1800, St Mary the Virgin, Blackburn, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef May 1850, Sabine Pass or Galveston, Texas (drowned) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 50 years) 
    Mother Ann* Johnson,   b. 1810, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, of, Calhoun Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 51 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1828  Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Court, Thomas of England (Thomas & Ellen Anesworth) m 19 Aug 1828 Ann Johnson (Opel Ct hse mar # 51)
    Thomas P Court and Ann Johnson marriage certificate
    Thomas P Court and Ann Johnson marriage certificate
    19 Aug 1828
    Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
    Notes 
    Family ID F236  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Julia* Ann Sparks,   b. 13 Oct 1836, Franklin Co, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1925, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 15 Oct 1850  Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Name: James Courts
      Marriage Date: 15 Oct 1850

      Spouse: Julia Ann Sparks

      Marriage County: Jefferson
      Marriage State: Texas

      Source: County Court Records - FHL microfilm # 1311466


      license 12th day of October 1850 by I.K. Robertsosn, county clerk
      marriage 15th day of October 1850 by William Chisholm, Justice of the Peace, Precinct No. 5.
    James Madison Court and Julia Sparks Marriage Certificate
    James Madison Court and Julia Sparks Marriage Certificate
    15 Oct 1850
    Beaumont, Texas
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ellen Courts,   b. 8 Sep 1852, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1935, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +2. Henry Clifton Courts, Sr,   b. 5 Jul 1854, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1938, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. Julia Nasebyntha "Norie" Courts,   b. 7 Jun 1856, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1936, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +4. William Thomas Courts,   b. 27 Feb 1858, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1943, Houston, Harris Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +5. Elias Madison "Matt" Courts,   b. 11 Dec 1859, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1919, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +6. Samuel* Helmer Courts,   b. 15 Mar 1862, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1954, Port Arthur, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     7. Liza Courts,   b. 1863, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1880, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 17 years)
    +8. James Franklin Courts,   b. 1865, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 09 Nov 1910, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
    +9. Annie Melinda Courts,   b. 18 Sep 1866, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1944, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     10. (daughter) Court,   b. Oct 1869, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1869, Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +11. Lillian Sarah "Lillie" Courts,   b. 1872, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1910, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 37 years)
    +12. Fannie Irene Courts,   b. 1875, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1910, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     13. Emmett Marion Courts,   b. Jul 1877, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jan 1936, Port Neches, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +14. Viola "Vee" Courts,   b. Jul 1879, Sparks Settlement, Aurora, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1912, Matagorda Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
    Documents
    Courts, James and Julia Ann Sparks
    Courts, James and Julia Ann Sparks
    Marriage certificate
    license 12 Dec 1850 recorded by I.K. Robertson, county clerk of Jefferson County, Texas
    marriage performed by Wm Chisholm, Justice of the Peace, Jefferson Co, Texas Precinct 5

    provided to me by Jaye Hendon on 10/13/2015
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F203  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1829 - Louisiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt 1831 - Lavaca Bay region, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Republic of Texas - Between 1836 and 1845 - Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Feb 1836 - Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Oct 1850 - Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 24 Oct 1850 - Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 12 Jul 1860 - Sabine Pass (Precinct 5), Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Texas Confederate States - Between 1861 and 1865 - Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 15 Aug 1899 - Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOther-Begin - court case: Smith graves - 30 Sep 1952 - Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOther-Begin - court case: Smith graves - 10 Aug 1961 - Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - McFaddin, TF Smith Homestead, Forest Lawn Cem, Beaumont, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Sparks Exhibit, Museum of the Gulf Coast - Court, James Madison
    Sparks Exhibit, Museum of the Gulf Coast - Court, James Madison
    700 Procter Street
    Port Arthur, Texas
    Court, James
    Court, James
    Courts, James and Julia Ann Sparks
    Courts, James and Julia Ann Sparks
    (mistakenly identified as Elder and Tercy Stewart Nobles) Explanation: This photograph was labeled to be Elder Nobles and Tercy Stewart Nobles who lived in Mississippi and was posted to Ancestry as such by Kermit Nobles, their great-grandson. There was a marital connection between the family of Elder Nobles' brother, John Franklin Nobles, who came to Beaumont, and the Gentz family who married into the Courts family. In comparing the photo to known pictures of James and Julia, they are clearly the same couple. Marguerite Courts Mudd, granddaughter of James and Julia, had the individual photo of James Court in a wall size which she gave to her great great nephew, John Sharp, my son. There was also a copy of the individual photographs on display at the Gulf Coast Museum in Port Arthur and were identified as James and Julia Sparks Courts. How the photograph of the two of them got to Mississippi and came to be identified as a photograph of Elder and his wife Tercy will remain a mystery, but this is clearly James and Julia.

    Documents
    War Department Response
    War Department Response
    Addressed to Julia Sparks Court, Widow of James, regarding his military service - 17 Feb 1906 (d)
    James Madison Courts Confederate Pension Application
    James Madison Courts Confederate Pension Application
    7 Oct 1899
    Beaumont, Texas (d)
    Court, James M - Request for James M Court Military Records
    Court, James M - Request for James M Court Military Records
    to Comptroller's Office, Sate of Texas, on behalf of
    Julia Sparks Court requesting military records of James M. Court
    12 Feb 1906 (d)
    Julia Sparks Court Confederate Pension Application
    Julia Sparks Court Confederate Pension Application
    Application for James Madison Court Pension,
    approved 5 Mar 1915, however Julia died 25 Jan 1925. (d)
    Family Brands (1 of 2)
    Family Brands (1 of 2)
    Family Brands
    Burrell, Burris, Court, Courts, Gentz

    (document obtained by Debbie Spurgeron, Jul 28, 2003) (d)
    Courts and Sparks Families in Southeast Texas (d)
    Courts and Sparks Families in Southeast Texas (d)
    Sparks and Aurora
    Sparks and Aurora
    Originally published in about 1940, and published on the Internet by "Old and Sold, Turn-of-the-Century wisdom for today." Tells of life among the Sparks and families who lived in the Sparks Settlement in the mid to late 1800s. (d)
    http://www.oldandsold.com/articles11/port-arthur-4.shtml

    Albums
    Aurora Remembered
    Aurora Remembered (11)
    In October 1837, two San Augustine men, H. M. Hanks and Colonel Almonzan Huston, former quartermaster general of the Texas army, teamed up to found the townsite of Aurora at present-day Port Arthur.34 One record indicates that the townsite contained 6,677 lots. Although Huston sold some lots to residents of San Augustine, no more than six transactions are recorded in Jefferson County, and the realty venture was soon abandoned. In time, the townsite’s name was transferred to nearby “Sparks’ Settlement,” at the mouth of Taylor’s Bayou, where John and Solomon Sparks settled in 1841 and operated a ferry.

    Chapter VI: A History of Jefferson County, Texas
    Early Town-Building and Government
    By W. T. Block



    Settlement on the Sabine Lake, first known as Sparks Settlement, and is now Port Arthur, where the Sparks, Courts, Gentz, Burrell, Johnson, Clark, Hayes, and other families lived from 1830s until late 1890s when disease, hurricanes, and mosquitos forced the families to abandon their settlement, moving further inland to Port Neches, Groves, and Beaumont.

  • Sources 
    1. [S77] 1850 US Jefferson Co Census.

    2. [S511] Southwest Lousiana Records, Vol 2.

    3. [S371] Marriage license.