Clopton Family Genealogical Society
Benjamin Michaux Clopton, C.S.A.
Mary Hester “Mollie” (Clopton) Bartlett and her husband, Jesse Marshall “J. M.” Bartlett,
and some of their family: Roger Frost Bartlett [front row from left to right]; Jessie Bartlett;
Jessie Marshall Bartlett; Mary Hester “Mollie” (Clopton) Bartlett; and, Adelaide Laura Bartlett.
William D. Bartlett [back row from left to right]; Mary Amanda Bartlett; Hiram Callaway Bartlett;
Minnie Eudora (Queen) Bartlett; and, Benjamin Clopton Bartlett.
Walter Clopton + Mary Jarratt
Benjamin Clopton + Agnes Morgan
Walter Clopton, Sr., + Eleanor Randolph
Walter Clopton, Jr. + Martha Ann Duffer
Benjamin Michaux Clopton, C.S.A. + Mary Elizabeth McLin
1. Benjamin Michaux21 Clopton, C.S.A. (Walter20, Walter19, Benjamin18, Walter17, William16, William15, Walter14, William13, Richard12, William11, John10, William9, Thomas8, Walter7, William6, Walter5, William4, Walter3, William2, Guillaume1 Peche, Lord Of Cloptunna and Dalham)1 was born October 1, 1828 in Wilson County, Tennessee2, and died April 7, 1900 in Navarro County, Texas and buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro County3. He married (1) Mary Elizabeth McLin December 25, 1849 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. She was born 1827 in Tennessee, and died Abt. 1850 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. He married (2) Texanna Tennessee Lynn4 February 26, 1857 in Freestone County, Texas.
Sources disagree on the dates of Benjamin Michaux Clopton's birth and death. His grave marker shows the dates, 1828 to 1897. Several sources give the year as 1835, which is more likely. The 1850 census shows him living in Rutherford County, Tennessee and working as a tailor. He opened the first drug store in Rice. The U.S. War Department records show that he was a private in Company B, Nelson's Regiment, 10th Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army. He enlisted in late April or early May 1862 at Springfield, Texas and was captured January 11, 1863. He was hospitalized at Petersburg, Virginia and exchanged May 5, 1863. The 1870 census for Navarro County, Texas identified him as a merchant and values his real property at $4,000 and his personal property at $300. It indicates the family was living near Chatfield.
Child of Benjamin Clopton and Mary McLin is:
+ 2 i. Mary Hester "Mollie"22 Clopton, born November 28, 1850 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee; died January 26, 1928 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas and buried at Navaro County.
Children of Benjamin Clopton and Texanna Lynn are:
3 i. Walter W.22 Clopton, of Texas, born Abt. 1859 in Texas. He married Ellen Redden.
4 ii. Joseph Clopton, born Abt. 1862 in Texas; died in possibly Hope, Arkansas.
5 iii. John A. Clopton, born Abt. 1870 in Texas.
6 iv. Charley Clopton, born Abt. 1873 in Texas.
Generation No. 2
2. Mary Hester "Mollie"22 Clopton (Benjamin Michaux21, Walter20, Walter19, Benjamin18, Walter17, William16, William15, Walter14, William13, Richard12, William11, John10, William9, Thomas8, Walter7, William6, Walter5, William4, Walter3, William2, Guillaume1 Peche, Lord Of Cloptunna and Dalham)5 was born November 28, 1850 in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee6, and died January 26, 1928 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas and buried at Navaro County7. She married Jesse Marshall "J.M." Bartlett March 20, 1872 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas, son of Joseph Bartlett and Amanda Estes. He was born December 29, 1841.
Her uncle, John Anthony Clopton, had migrated to Chatfield, Texas, and "Mollie" had traveled by stage coach from Tennessee to live with him south of Rice. She met "J.M.," in Texas, married him and settled down to raise a family.
Children of Mary Clopton and Jesse Bartlett are:
7 i. Benjamin Clopton23 Bartlett, Sr., born July 8, 1873 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas; died December 12, 1947. He married Minnie Eudora Queen June 10, 1896; born January 18, 1878.
8 ii. William D. "Will" Bartlett, born September 10, 1875 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas; died August 12, 1956. He married Ola Corrinne Gibson March 5, 1899 in Navarro County, Texas.
9 iii. Mary Amanda Bartlett, born July 6, 1878 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas; died May 24, 1951. She married W. S. Parker January 2, 1898 in Navarro County, Texas.
10 iv. Hiram Callaway "Hi" Bartlett, born November 19, 1880 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas; died July 3, 1951. He married Piercy Jane Edmundson June 21, 1905 in Navarro County, Texas.
11 v. Adelaide Laura "Addie" Bartlett, born August 18, 1882 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas; died July 28, 1965. She married Walter Raleigh Smith December 17, 1902.
12 vi. Roger Frost "Rod" Bartlett, Sr.8, born February 7, 1886 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas; died November 10, 1942 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas. He married Anna Pauline Fortson December 25, 1907 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas.
The family Bible lists "Rod" Bartlett's date of birth as February 4, 1886, but his children were certain the correct date is February 7, 1886. He was born on the family farm south of Rice. After attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for perhaps a year, he returned to Rice to farm and operate various businesses, including a cotton yard. He was active in local Democratic Party politics and Mayor of Rice at the time of his death, from a brain tumor. In his later years he was also active in civil defense and Boy Scout work. He and his wife lived in Rice and were Methodists.
13 vii. Jessie Bartlett, of Texas, born July 13, 1891 in Rice, Navarro County, Texas. She married (1) Richard Clarke Norwood July 28, 1912 in Navarro County, Texas. She married (2) Jeff A. Pirtle July 18, 1961.
1. Roger Alan Bartlett, Esq. provided this information unless otherwise noted.
2. Navarro County Cemetery Records, (Courtesy The Navarro County Genealogical Society), Volume 9, p. 95, Gives only the year.
3. Clopton Bible Records, Vol. 12, issue 2 (May 1989), Navarro Leaves and Branches, Four pages are reproductions of a family record from an unidified Bible that probably was originally owned by Benjamin M. Clopton and his second wife, Texanna T. Lynn. Neither the contributor of the copies nor the owner of the bible is identified.
4. Texas State Archives, Texas Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, (Courtesy of Jenny Polzin), Texanna T. Clopton, Navarro, #19168, husband Benjamin Micheux Clopton.
5. Roger Alan Bartlett, Esq. provided this information unless otherwise noted.
6. In 1974 in the possession of ruby Lynn Shelton, Rice, Texas. Courtesy of Roger Alan Bartlette, Esq., Mary Hester Clopton & Jesse Marshall Bartlett Family Holy Bible.
7. Tombstone, loc. cit.
8. Roger Alan Bartlett, Esq. provided this information unless otherwise noted.