Thomas Jefferson Court

Male 1843 - 1908  (~ 65 years)


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  • Name Thomas Jefferson Court  [1
    Born Jan 1843  Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 23 Jun 1870  Sparks and River Settlement, Jefferson Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • C. Spark 50 widow 1820 S.C. (Carolyn, wid of Solomon)
      Edwin Spark 23 Louisiana
      Joseph Spark 16 Texas
      Oscar Spark 14 Joseph
      J.B. Coat 27 Texas (poorly transcribed - T.J. Court)

      next door to James Courts and Melinda Sparks
    1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
    1870, Texas, Jefferson County, Sparks Settlement census
    Census 1880  San Saba Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Thomas J. Court 37 1843 Texas England England
      Sarah E. Court 24 1856 Texas TN MO
      Martha J. Court 6 1874
      Walter J. Court 4 1876
      Ida J. Court 2 1878
      Martin C. Court 1 1879
    Military Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Thomas J Court
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Texas
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Texas 11th Cavalry Battalion.

      Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

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      Name: T J Courts
      Rank at enlistment: Private
      State Served: Texas
      Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Texas 21st Infantry Regiment.

      Sources: Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records

    Spaights 11th Calvary & Infantry Battalion
    Spaights 11th Calvary & Infantry Battalion
    The 11th was a mixed command organized with 400 men in April 1862 and served in the Department of Texas, formerly known as the 6th Texas Infantry Battalion it can trace its origins to the “Sabine Pass Guards” Militia formed in 1861. Some of Colonel Ashley Spaight’s Texas Confederate volunteer companies were also known as the “Swamp Angels,” all of which served to defend the Texas gulf coast and Louisiana borders from Federal incursions.
    ~~ One of the 400 was my 3gr-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Court.(d)
    Died 25 Nov 1908  Comanche Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ted Court (son of Walter J, son of Thomas Jefferson) had in his records that Thomas Jefferson Court committed suicide in a grainary
      Committed suicide in a granary/barn. The family had lost their farm during the depression of the 90's so family story has it and he was depressed.
      (from Jann Webb)
    Notes 
    • The Confederate Veterans from Texas: He was in the 11th (Spaight's) Battalion Volunteers Company A. This company trained and camped at Spindletop Oil Field in the early part of the Civil War.

      1870 Census, Jefferson Co, Sparks & River Settlement,
      living w/ Caroline Sparks, 27 y.o., farmer, TX

      In 1880 San Saba Census (p 438), he indicates that both parents were born in England.
      (Precinct 9; June 4, 1880) Received Confederate pension.


      Martin Clifton Court told stories to his grandsons about his father, Thomas Jefferson Court, using an alias and hiding out from the law for a period of time. Thomas has been found on the 1880 Census in San Saba County, Texas. I thought the following excerpt about the history of that county was interesting.

      "During the 1880s lawlessness became a problem, and the county experienced a period of "mob rule." In response, citizens formed an anti-mob organization. However, factions developed within the organization, and by 1896 the competing groups wee conducting what amounted to open warfare. After a number of men were killed, the Texas Rangers were dispatched to the area, and order was eventually restored."

      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Alma Ward Hamrick, The Call of the San Saba: A History of San Saba County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1941; 2d ed., Austin: Jenkins, 1969). San Saba County History (San Saba, Texas: San Saba County Historical Commission, 1983).

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      C.S.A. Information:
      3 Aug 1915 - 15 Jun 1917 , Hesse, Comanche County, Texas

      Thomas J. served in the military Civil War, 1 Oct 1861 to 27 Mar 1865 in Texas. The records show that T. J. Court, private, Company A, 11th (Spaight's) Battalion Texas Volunteers, C.S.A. enlisted October 1, 1861. The battallion, except Company B, became a part of 212st (Spaight's) Texas Infantry, C.S.A. There were no rolls on file per the regiment. His name is listed on the archive muster roll.

      Per Sarah's application he was in the Captain Marshes Company

      Seth Davis, living in the County of Dallas wrote: I was in Company A, Marshes Cavalry and served with Tom Courts in that Company. He made a good soldier and served until the close of the war. I am not personally acquainted with Mrs. Courts.

      Sarah applied for his pension on 3 Aug 1915 and received it from1 Dec 1915 until her death in March of 1917. Sarah was living in Hesse, Texas, Comanche County at the time of the request and her death.

      Mary "Mollie", Tom and Sarah's youngest daughter, wrote a letter to the War Department asking that the last pension check be returned to her because it was needed to pay for "sickness and burial expenses". She said the post office returned it before she had an opportunity to collect it. She was denied.

      See File # 31804 - State of Texas - County of Comanche.

      (from Byrda)
    Person ID I8085  Roots
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2012 

    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 1 Sarah Ellen Caddell,   b. Jan 1854, Guadalupe Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1917, Hasse, Comanche Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 14 Jun 1867  Blanco, Blanco Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. (Child) Court,   b. Abt 1872,   d. Aft 1872  (Age ~ 1 years)
    +2. Martha J Court,   b. Jun 1873, San Saba, San Saba Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1905, Locker, San Saba Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
    +3. Walter Jackson "Bunk" Courts,   b. 16 Aug 1876, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1940, Proctor, Comanche Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. Ida Jane Court,   b. 10 Jan 1877, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1944, Gatesville, Coryell Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +5. Martin Clifton Court,   b. 18 May 1879, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1948, Childress, Childress Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +6. Sophia J Court,   b. 07 Feb 1882, San Saba Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1914, Bell Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +7. Birdie Katie Lee Court,   b. 16 Nov 1883, Comache Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Mar 1951, Muleshoe, Bailey Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +8. Thomas Jefferson Court, II,   b. 16 Sep 1886, San Saba Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1969, Childress, Childress Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     9. Molly Court,   b. Abt 1889,   d. Aft 1915  (Age ~ 27 years)
    +10. Sarah Ellen Court,   b. 05 Jan 1890, San Saba Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1929, Carey, Childress Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years)
     11. Maud H Mary Court,   b. Dec 1891, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1891  (Age ~ 0 years)
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F3314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Elizabeth Bludworth,   b. 1851, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1874, of, Calhoun Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Married 21 Feb 1873  Calhoun Co, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Thomas J. Court
      Gender: Male
      Marriage Date: 21 Feb 1873

      Spouse: Mary E. Erps

      Marriage City: Calhoun
      Marriage State: Texas

      Source: Texas Marriages, 1851-1900
    Children 
     1. Elmer Court,   b. 24 Feb 1880, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1945, of, Dade Co, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2011 
    Family ID F11678  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jan 1843 - Sabine Pass, Jefferson Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - San Saba Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Nov 1908 - Comanche Co, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S153] 1880 San Saba Co, Texas Census.

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