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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Houston, Harris County, Texas

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of the
31st Annual Convention of the Texas Division
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Wichita Falls, Texas
25-27 October 1927

Oran M. Roberts Chapter, No. 440, Houston

[p. 71]

In Memoriam

Mrs. Martha T. Morris

[Chapter Report - p. 161-162]


Mrs. A. J. Staples - President
Mrs. B. B. Knolle - 1st Vice President
Mrs. Hattie S. Hatch - 2nd Vice President
Mrs. Carrie B. Campbell - 3rd Vice President
Mrs. Annie M. Kennedy - 4th Vice President
Mrs. E. P. Krick - Secretary
Mrs. Viola Heiman - Historian
Mrs. Betty Kaufhold - Treasurer
Mrs. Mary E. Davis - Registrar
Mrs. F. I. Nevill - Custodian
Mrs. J. P. Rogers, Director of Children of the Confederacy

Honorary Members

Gen. J. C. Floster
Hon. Lon A. Smith
Hon. Daniel E. Garrett
Judge Edwin Boyd
P. J. Studdert
W. L. Dyer
H. Wilkins
J. W. Neal
Mrs. E. B. Bates
Mrs. A. Bruce
Miss Florence Thornton

Members changing names

Miss Merle E. Nevill to Mrs. James W. Howard
Miss Lucile Haning to Mrs. Haynes Binford

Members at last report, 97; new members, 4; honorary members, 12; present membership, 81; per capita tax paid state division, $16.20; per capta tax paid general U.D.C., $16.20; Texas museum tax, $1; Texas room tax $1; total tax sent state treasurer, $34.40; total contributions to all funds, $114.40.

Observed anniversaries and memorial days with appropriate exercises.

Gave the Confederate Veterans their regular birthday dinner, month; visited the sick, assisted the needy, placed the wreath of honor on graves of the deceased.

Assisted in the entertainment of the State Convention of the American Legion.

Have bestowed two Crosses of Honor, decorated 18 veterans with gold star coins through the efforts of Mrs. Herbert, Chairman, and her committee; and had the pleasure of bestowing a coin on the Commander-in-Chief, Gen. J. C. Foster, at the Tampa Reunion. Presented a picture of General John H. Reagan to the Confederate Widows' Home in Austin and to the John H. Reagan School in Houston.

Contributed to the flood sufferers. [1]

We have the unique distinction of three generations of one family in our Chapter Roster: Mrs. Nevill, her mother, Mrs. Erwin and her daughter, Mrs. James W. Howard and Miss Merle Nevill.

Death claimed a valuable member, Mrs. Martha T. Morris, the proud mother of six World War veterans.

Sent a baby quilt, to be placed in the Museum at Austin; which was used by Col. Phillip [(sic) Philemon]Thomas Herbert [2] and was made about the year 1843. Loaned by his great-niece, Mrs. T. B. Herbert.


Arnold, Margaret, Miss
Arnold, Vic, Mrs.
Backus, Edna, Mrs.
Barnett, Robbie, Mrs.
Bently, Ellen, Mrs.
Binford, Haynes, Mrs.
Birkman, C. H., Mrs.
Bono, Beulah, Mrs.
Bray, Gussie, Mrs.
Brooks, Beulah, Mrs.
Browning, Agnes, R., Mrs.
Burns, Emma, Mrs.
Bybee, Charles, Mrs.
Campbell, Carrie B., Mrs.
Chatman, W. L., Mrs.
Collier, Jennie, Mrs.
Davidson, Della, Mrs.
Davis, Eric, Mrs.
Davis, Mary E., Mrs.
Davis, Polly, Miss
Dirr, Leonora, Mrs.
Dortic, Katheryn, Miss
Erwin, M. S., Mrs.
Fox, Allie, Mrs.
Godboldt, L., Mrs.
Gordon, C. C., Mrs.
Hamblett, Dora, Mrs.
Harris, Glendon R., Mrs.
Hatch, Hattie S., Mrs.
Hedricks, Susan, Mrs.
Heiman, Viola, Mrs.
Hennesy, May, Mrs.
Herbert, T. M., Mrs.
Hill, Trixie, Mrs.
Howard, James W., Mrs.
Howard, T. M., Mrs.
Humphrey, May L., Mrs.
Hunter, Elizabeth, Mrs.
Hyndman, Annie, Mrs.
Jackson, Annie L., Mrs.
Jackson, Margaret, Mrs.
James, Edna, Mrs.
Jones, Beulah, Mrs.
Jones, Fannie, Mrs.
Kaufhold, Bettie, Mrs.
Kennedy, Annie, Mrs.
Kennedy, Kathryn, Miss
Kennedy, Lorna, Miss
Knolle, B. B., Mrs.
Krick, E. P., Mrs.
Long, Minnie H., Mrs.
Markley, Harriet, Mrs.
McCaine, Estelle, Mrs.
Meyers, F. W., Mrs.
Mullinix, Josephine, Mrs.
Nolen, F. C., Mrs.
Perry, Hettie, Mrs.
Powers, Ira T., Mrs.
Robinson, Josie, Miss
Rogers, Annie S., Mrs.
Rogers, Cassie B., Mrs.
Rogers, Jane. Mrs.
Schneider, John, Mrs.
Schultz, Bertie, Mrs.
Sherffius, Ada, Mrs.
Simon, L. T., Mrs.
Smith, Warren, Mrs.
Staples, A. J., Mrs.
Stevens, Bettie, Mrs.
Tarver, Nellie H., Mrs.
Tolbert, Willie Lee, Miss
Wallace, Amelia, Mrs.
West, Dorothy, Miss
Wilkinson, J. W., Mrs.
Williams, Annie, Mrs.
Wilson, Tom, Mrs.
Zumwal, M. A., Mrs.

[1] This is in reference to the "Great Mississippi Flood of 1927," which was the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States. The flood began when heavy rains pounded the central basin of the Mississippi in the Summer of 1926. By September 1926, the Mississippi's tributaries in Kansas and Iowa were swollen to capacity. On 1 Jan 1927, the Cumberland River at Nashville, TN, topped levees at 56.2 feet. The Mississippi River broke out of its levee system in 145 places and flooded 27,000 square miles or about 16,570,627 acres. The area was inundated up to a depth of 30 feet. The flood caused over $400 million in damages and killed 246 people in seven states. The flood affected Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. By May 1927, the Mississippi River below Memphis, TN, reached a width of 60 miles.

[2] In 2008, Barbara Gilbert, Chairman, UDC Museum confirmed the baby quilt is still in the collection currently housed at the Texas Civil War Museum located in White Settlement, Texas (near Fort Worth, Texas).

Lieutenant Colonel Herbert served in the 7th Regiment, Texas Cavalry (7th Mounted Volunteers). This unit, about 1,000 strong, was organized during the Summer of 1861 at Victoria, Texas. Many of the men were from San Antonio and Palestine, and Angelina County. After serving in the Army of New Mexico, the unit was assigned to Green's and Hardeman's Brigade in the Trans-Mississippi Department. It participated in various conflicts in Louisiana and reported six killed, 35 wounded, and 34 missing at Cox's Plantation, and two wounded at Bayou Bourbeau. The regiment was included in the surrender on 2 June 1865. Its commanders were Colonel Arthur P. Bagby and Colonel William Steele; Lieutenant Colonel P. T. Herbert, Lieutenant Colonel Powhatan Jordan, and Lieutenant Colonel J. S. Sutton; and, Major Gustave Hoffmann.

Lieutenant Colonel Herbert He was born in Pine Apple, Wilcox Co., AL on 1 Nov 1825 and was the son of John and Harriet (Waters) Herbert. He attended the common schools and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. After being indefinitely suspended from the University in June 1844 for stabbing a fellow student, he left Alabama and moved to Texas in 1845. In April 1847 he enlisted at San Antonio as a private for six months' service in the First Texas Mounted Volunteers. In about 1850, he moved to Mariposa, Mariposa Co., CA. He was a Democrat. He served as a Member of California State Assembly, 1853-55 (10th District 1853-54, 6th District 1854-55). He was elected as an At-Large Member from California to the U.S. House of Representatives, 34th Congress (4 March 1855-3 Mar 1857). In 1856, he was drunk at breakfast and shot and killed Thomas Keating, a waiter at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. He was charged with murder, twice tried, and eventually acquitted. In about 1859, he moved to El Paso and practiced law. During the War Between the States, he was wounded at the Battle of Mansfield on 8 April 1864, and died due to his wounds in Kingston, DeSoto Parish, LA on 23 July 1864. He was buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in that community.

For more information consult - Hall, Martin Hardwick. Handbook of Texas Online, " Philemon Thomas Herbert" http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fhe26.html

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