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William O’Hair

William O’HAIR was born 21 February, 1821, in Kentucky1, died 3 September, 1906, in Burnet County, Texas, and was buried in the Dolbyville Cemetery between Burnet and Lampasas. He apparently was raised in the vicinity of Paris, Illinois. He was first married on 1 March, 1842, in Nacogdoches County, Texas, to Nancy CARSON2, and after her early death, was married in Rusk County, Texas, on 9 October, 1850, to Annice WOLF3, who was born 6 May 1832 in Tennessee, and died 29 June, 1923 in Lampasas County, Texas. She was buried in the Dolbyville Cemetery. Annice WOLF was the daughter of Jacob WOLF (b. 25 December, 1812, TN, d. 14 September, 1874, Burnet Co, Texas) and Adeline FAULKNER (b. 14 February, 1814, Warren Co, TN, d. 21 May, 1870, Burnet Co, Texas). Jacob and Adeline were married in 1830 in Warren County, TN. Both were buried in the Dolbyville Cemetery. A Historical Marker was placed at the site of the graves of Jacob and Adeline WOLF by the Burnet County Historical Commission in 1967. The marker states:

WOLF, MR. AND MRS. JACOB - LOCATION: just west of Highway 281 about 12 miles north of Burnet. “Jacob Wolf (1812-1874) and wife Adeline Faulkner Wolf (1814-1870) came from Tennessee
to Texas about 1850. Obtaining land in Burnet County, they settled at Dobyville, and were pioneers, supplying their own provisions, buildings, medicine, and school. Menaced by Indian raids and aware of need for government, Wolf in 1854 helped organize Burnet County. Of their 8 children, 2 sons became sheriffs, one in Burnet, one in Lampasas County. (1967)”

William O’HAIR was the eldest son of Thomas O’HAIR and Rachel JANES. His grandfather was Michael Elsberry O’HAIR4.

It has been reported that Thomas O’HAIR later moved from Illinois to Texas and fought with Sam Houston during the Texas Revolution. We have not been able to verify this fact, and it should be noted that we have not been able to locate a Military Land Grant in the name of Thomas O’HAIR at the Texas General Land Office. In order to encourage individuals to fight in the Revolution, the Republic of Texas regularly issued Grants of Land to the Veterans of the Revolution, with acreage varying according to the number of months of military service by the individual, so the lack of this documentation is surprising. A “Conditional Certificate” #355, issued on 5 December, 1839, for a Class 3 Headright Land Grant has been located on file at the Texas General Land Office. It was issued by the Board of Land Commissioners of Nacogdoches County, and the Survey notes indicate that Thomas actually claimed 320 acres of land in Smith County, Texas. This claim was proved and the Land Patent (#401, Vol #5) was issued on 12 July, 1849. This documentation suggests that Thomas migrated to Texas prior to December, 1839, though probably without his family. Thomas received an “Augmentation” certificate (#435), issued by the Nacogdoches County Board of Land Commissioners, for an additional 320 acres on 3 November, 1845, and it was noted in the General Land Office files that “It appears to have been issued after he [Thomas] brought his family to Texas (1840) and was able to prove he was married.” The land represented by this certificate was surveyed 23 January, 1846, in Rusk County, Texas, and the Land Patent (#288, Volume 6) was issued 31 December, 1849.

According to land records in the Texas General Land Office Archives, William O’HAIR, at age 19, followed his father and came to Texas in September, 1840. At least one of his brothers, Jonathan, came to Texas at approximately the same time, thus suggesting the entire Thomas O’Hair family arrived in Texas. Documentation indicates that he originally settled in Nacognoches County, where he was married to his first wife, Nancy, and then later moved to Rusk County, Texas. William O’HAIR filed on a Class 3 Headright Land Grant from the Republic of Texas for 320 acres in Rusk County. Conditions for a Class 3 Headright Grant required that the land be surveyed and the Grantee had to establish his residence on the claimed land for three years prior to the actual patent for the land being issued. This Grant was proved 27 November, 1850, and William was issued the Patent for the land (#801, volume 5, File #115).

William was living in Burnet County, Texas, in the Dobyville community, by 1851. Dobyville was near U. S. Highway 281 twelve miles north of Burnet, in northern Burnet County. William’s Father-in-law and Mother-in-law (Jacob and Adeline WOLF) were among the first settlers in this area, soon after the county was established. The Dobyville community was a settlement of early pioneers in Burnet County. The first settlers were primarily from other states, lured by the promise of cheap farm land, and obtained their land by pre-emption or homesteading. No exact dates are obtainable of their arrival in the county, but it is known that they were settling in the area soon after the county was formed.

The early settlers immediately began building small homes, some log cabins and others two-room wooden structures. All homes had fireplaces where meals were cooked over wood fires. Fencing their land and clearing suitable spots for farming were primary tasks. The main crop was corn since it suited more needs and furnished food for the family as well as the stock.

Mail was delivered to the community as early as 1858 through a U. S. Post Office called O’HAIR’s Hill
6. Early Post Offices were always in the home of the appointee, with pigeon-holes set up to receive the mail. Mail was normally delivered twice a week from Lampasas by horse and buggy. When the O’HAIR’s Hill office was discontinued, the mail was routed through Naruna or Lampasas. The Dobyville Post Office was established in 1874 with Thomas S. Wolf, younger brother of Annice (nee WOLF) O’HAIR, as Postmaster. It closed in 1884 but reopened under the name Pomona in 1889 and operated until 1900, when it was permanently closed7

William O’HAIR served in numerous elected offices in Burnet Co, Texas, and has been noted as being very instrumental in the formation of Burnet County, even though he did not come to Burnet County until circa 1851, and was not one of the original signers of the Petition to the State Legislature in 1845. He served as Sheriff (1856-1860), Chief Justice (County Judge 1861-1864), Tax Assessor (1878-1884), and County Treasurer (1888-1898). William O’HAIR retired from public service at the age of 77. In The 1860 Census for Burnet County, Texas, William O’Hair is listed, along with his wife and six of his children. His occupation is listed as Merchant’s Clerk, so it may be assumed that at some point in time he worked as a clerk for one of the local merchants in the Dobyville community.

The birth of William’s third son, Thomas Rusk O’HAIR, in Bell County, Texas, suggests that William either purchased or leased additional land in Bell County, located just east of Burnet County. This is further substantiated by the fact that the William O’HAIR family was not enumerated in the 1870 US Census for Burnet County. The family was located at the time of the enumeration of the 1870 US Census in Bell County. It is known that William O’HAIR accumulated land in several neighboring counties during his lifetime.
8 To further substantiate this fact, it is noted that William was serving in no capacity of public service during the period of time from 1865-1877.

William was very active in the Masonic Lodge. The records of the Free Masonry Lodge in Burnet County indicate that one of the first Lodges to be constituted in the county was started in Hamilton (later to be named Burnet), Burnet County, Texas, on 9 June, 1855. After several months of meetings, it was constituted as Valley Lodge No. 175 on 9 February, 1856. William O’Hair is recorded as being one of the Charter Members. Twenty years later, the Robert E. Lee Lodge No. 431 was constituted on 5 June, 1875, in the town of Strickling, Burnet County. Both William and his grandson, Omar “Jack” O’Hair are recorded as Charter Members.

Up to the time that the war clouds of the Civil War erupted into armed conflict at Fort Sumpter, South Carolina, (April 12, 1961) the county of Burnet, Texas, was only nine years old, and no murders had been recorded in the county. However, the rising passions between Confederate and Union sentiment, the arousal of a lawless element, and the increasingly bold attacks by Indians soon brought a change to the peaceful development of the infant county. Companies of Special Ranger forces, called “Frontier Guards”, were created for the purpose of defending the settlers within the county. The work of these groups was largely confined to being ready to answer the alarms when Indian raids and crimes were committed, and the men often remained at their homes until called for service. William O’HAIR served as First Sergeant, under Captain William Harrison MAGILL and 1st Lieutenant Christian DORBANDT, with the Burnet Guards, organized June 8, 1861, and included over 100 men.
10 Included in the original roster of the Burnet Guards was private soldier John S. O’HAIR, William’s oldest son.

During the Civil War, many of the Pioneer Families in Burnet County were reluctant to fight on either side, North or South. It was noted in The Burnet County History, by Darrell Debo, that many of the families were direct descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots, and even more of them had campaigned vigorously to bring about Statehood for Texas, and could not bring themselves to fighting to destroy what they had recently fought so hard to create. There were not many slaves (only 150 negroes were listed in 1857 and no Free Blacks were listed in the 1850 US Census ) in Burnet County since most of the families were not to be considered wealthy, and had not been in the “new” county long enough to amass large land holdings. It was also noted that the soil and terrain in the Burnet County area was not suitable for “large scale” farming, thus the need for slaves was not great. Most of the Burnet County residents were not willing to take up arms against their neighbors and friends. It is a matter of historical record that Burnet County citizens voted not to secede in the secession election in 1861, by an overwhelming majority. That is not to say that Burnet County did not supply Civil War soldiers, but the proportion of those that did fight in the Civil War was very low in comparison to other sections of the South.

During the early years of the Civil War, the intensity of the Indian raids within Burnet County increased. Many accounts of Indian atrocities and massacres are on record for the surrounding area during this time period. Realizing the need for armed protection of the pioneer settlers, the Confederate States on 15 December, 1863, approved an act providing for protection of the frontier against the Indians and turning the frontier regiments (i.e., Home Guards) over to Confederate service. All able bodied men on the frontier, which included Burnet County, were organized into groups of 25 or more for the protection of the frontier. However, these men were never called upon to leave the county. Four companies of Frontier Troops were formed, and included several brothers of Annice (nee WOLF) O’HAIR.

Of special interest, William’s younger sister, Clarissa O’HAIR, married Thomas Hopkin WOLF on 29 September 1856, thus becoming both the aunt and sister-in-law of Annice WOLF O’HAIR.

William and his first wife, Nancy (nee CARSON) O’HAIR were the parents of the following children, all born in Texas:

1. John S. O’HAIR, born in 1842, in Nacognoches County, Texas. John served with his father in the Burnet Guard, formed 8 June, 1861.

2. Elizabeth O’HAIR, born in 1844, probably in Nacognoches County, Texas.

3. Martha E. O’HAIR, born 16 November, 1847, in Rusk County, Texas.
13 She died 17 January, 1884, at Dobyville, Burnet County, Texas, as a result of complications during the birth of a son, Edward, and was buried in the Dobyville Cemetery. She married Thomas STANDIFER, younger brother of William J. “Bill” STANDIFER14, 15 October, 1865. The 1860 US Census for Burnet County does not list the STANDIFER family, but the family does appear in the 1870 Census. Thomas STANDIFER was born 13 October, 1836, in Texas, died 14 June, 1909, and was buried in the Dobyville cemetery.15 Thomas STANDIFER bought land in Burnet County, and lived nearly all of his life in the Dobyville community.

Known children of Thomas and Martha E. (nee O’HAIR) STANDIFER include the following, all born in Burnet County, Texas:

1) Emma
16 STANDIFER, born circa 1867. She married James H. TUMLINSON, on 7 April, 1889, in Burnet County, Texas, and they lived, reared their family and died at Runge, Texas.

2) James STANDIFER, (twin), born 28 January, 1869, and died soon after birth.

3) James William STANDIFER, (twin), born 28 January, 1869. At birth he was given the name William, but after the death of his twin brother, he took on the name “James” William.
17 He was married 19 March, 1899, to India SHELBY, who was born 19 April, 1871, and died 18 March, 1961. James William died 19 October, 1945, and both are buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Burnet County, Texas. He bought land from Gene RAMSDELL and Raleigh GAINES in Burnet County. James William lived for a number of years at Hartley, Texas, where he worked on the old XIT Ranch in the Panhandle of Texas. At one time he served as the sheriff of Hartley County, Texas. James and India (nee SHELBY) STANDIFER were the parents of two children:

i. Walline STANDIFER, who lived in Lampasas, Texas.

ii. Gordon “Jake” STANDIFER, born 4 July, 1901, and died 7 May, 1969.

4) Rebecca STANDIFER, who married Jim DAWSON and reared their family at Snyder, Texas.

5) Josie STANDIFER, who married “Doc” HOWELL. They lived and died around Lamesa, Texas.

6) Thomas STANDIFER, Jr., born 4 November, 1878, died 23 January, 1899, and was buried at Dobyville. He died of pneumonia in early manhood (age 20) while working on the XIT Ranch at Hartley with his brothers.

7) C. M. “Hop” STANDIFER, born 29 August, 1880, and died 21 August, 1901. He worked on the XIT Ranch with his brothers, and was killed by a runaway team of horses. “Hop” was buried at Dobyville Cemetery.
8) Edward STANDIFER, born 17 January, 1884. His birth caused complications which cost his mother her life. He was reared by his aunt, Arinda (nee STANDIFER) WOLF
18, and later was married to Blanche LASTLY. They lived and died in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
William and Annice WOLF O’HAIR were the parents of the following children:

4. Joseph Y. O’HAIR, born 24 August 1851, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 2 January 1928, in Lampasas Co, Texas. J. Y. O’Hair filed a Scrip Certificate for 11 acres of land in Burnet County. The Texas General Land Office did not have a record that the claim had ever been proved.

5. Thomas Rusk O’HAIR, born 1 Oct 1853, in Bell County, Texas, and died 3 November 1921, in Burnet Co, Texas. Thomas Rusk O’HAIR filed a Scrip Certificate for 45 acres of land in Burnet County, Texas, and proved the claim, filing for his Patent on 11 December, 1883.
20 On 13 May, 1885, he filed and proved a claim for an additional 106.33 acres, also in Burnet County. This second claim was also a Scrip Certificate.21 He was married 26 Dec 1877, at Strickling in Burnet County, Texas, to Mary Elizabeth NICKS, who was born on 21 June 1863, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died on 14 November 1939, in Lampasas Co, Texas. Their children were:

1) Volly M. O’HAIR, born 20 February 1880, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 18 January 1957, in Mercedes, Texas. He was married in December 1900 in Burnet Co, Texas to Effie Cadie HUTTO, who was born 6 December, 1879, in Burnet Co, Texas., and died 5 January 1969, at Mercedes, Texas.

Volly O’HAIR was appointed as Postmaster of the Naruna Post Office on 30 April, 1903, and served for one year. He served as Pastor of two local Baptist Churches in Burnet County. The first, Providence Baptist Church, was organized in 1877. They held services in a small stone building until their new church building was built in 1897. This new building was dedicated in October, 1897. V. M. O’HAIR is recorded as serving as Pastor, but the dates could not be determined. The name of this church was later changed to Naruna Baptist Church. The second church in which he served as Pastor was the Lake Victor Baptist Church, organized in 1906.

A 1916 edition of the Bertram Enterprise, a local Burnet County newspaper, ran an advertisement for the Barbershop of V. M. O’HAIR

In 1918, citizens of Bertram, Burnet County, Texas, created the Farmers State Bank of Bertram, selling capital stock to finance the bank startup. Additional stock was offered in 1921, at a par value of $100.00 per share. Volly M. O’HAIR is recorded as purchasing two shares of this capital stock

2) Vonder H. O’HAIR, born 21 April 1885, in Burnet Co, Texas. He was married to Nettie Kathleen RAMSDELL, who died at Lake Victor. According to the Social Security Death Index, Vonder H. O’HAIR died in May 1963.

3) Omar “Jack” O’HAIR, born 9 August 1888, in Burnet County, Texas, and died 8 August 1953, in Burnet County, Texas. He was married in December 1910 to Winnie BROWN, who was born in July 1892 in Burnet County. According to the Social Security Death Index, Winnie BROWN O’HAIR died at Lampasas, Lampasas Co, Texas, in March, 1968.

4) Ola O’HAIR, born 12 June 1895, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 31 January 1951, in Lampasas Co, Texas. She was married 11 November 1918, in Burnet Co, Texas, to Charles RAMSDELL, who was born in 1896 in Burnet Co, Texas.

5) Winnie O’HAIR, born 26 June, 1898, in Burnet Co, Texas. She was married to George B. Hammond, who was born 5 March, 1898, in Burnet Co, Texas.

6) Cline O’HAIR, born 23 February 1901, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 21 Oct 1968, in Martinez, CA. He was married to Iva DODDS, who was born 14 February 1903, in Burnet Co, Texas.

7) Thomas Bedel O’HAIR, born 5 April 1903, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 10 January 1974. He was married 24 Dec 1933, in Valley Mills, Texas, to Faye NOWLIN, who was born 26 November 1907, at Valley Mills, Texas. According to the Social Security Death Index, Faye NOWLIN O’HAIR died in May 1973 at Lampasas, Lampasas Co, Texas.

8) William Romans O’HAIR, born 6 Mar, 1909, in Burnet Co, Texas, and was living [1979] in Lampasas, Texas
22. He died at Lampasas, Lampasas Co, Texas, on 2 May 1992.23 He was married 5 Mar 1955, in Burnet Co, Texas, to Henri Emma GUTHRIE, who was born 6 Dec 1913, the youngest of eight children, in Burnet Co, Texas. Her parents were Henry Sidney GUTHRIE, born 22 August, in Fayette County, Texas, died 7 June, 1897, and Emma STANFORD, born 25 September, 1874, died 3 December, 1965, in Burnet County, Texas. Both of her parents are buried in Post Mountain Cemetery. Henry Sidney GUTHRIE had come with his parents to Burnet County from Fayette County in the 1870's because of an outbreak of Malaria fever.

In 1977, at the request of Darrell Debo, William Romans O’HAIR gathered all of the available documentation from his family and authored a brief family history for the Burnet County Historical Commission.

6. Helen Sparks O’HAIR, born 18 August 1859, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died in March 1940 at Eldorado, Texas. She was married 20 Dec 1877, in Burnet Co, Texas, to Samuel Issac NICKS
24, who was born 22 February 1857, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died in 1943 at Eldorado, Texas. Their children were:

1) Nora NICKS, born in 1878 in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 1918 in Flagstaff, AZ, She was married in Christoval, Texas, to Ollie STRICKLAND.

2) Minnie Clyde NICKS, born circa 1882 in Burnet Co, Texas. She was married to Henry Herman DIEBITSCH, who was born in Washington and died in 1948 at Sonora, Texas.

3) William Raleigh NICKS, born in 1884, was married to Mattie _____.

4) Jim NICKS, born circa 1887, and died in Eldorado, Texas. He was never married.

5) Samuel Issac NICKS, Jr., born circa 1890 and died in 1917 at Eldorado, Texas.

6) Mike NICKS, born in 1892, and died in 1917 at Eldorado, Texas.

7) Lula Karnes NICKS, born in 1894 and died at Eldorado, Texas.

8) Bertie NICKS, born circa 1896 and died in 1930 at Eldorado Texas. She was married to Ben ELLIS.

9) Arthur Terrell NICKS, born 28 July 1898, in Eldorado, Texas. He died in August 1984 at Lampasas, Lampasas Co, Texas.
25 He was married 8 Dec 1919, in San Angelo, Texas, to Lucile HOLDEN, who was born 19 Dec 1898, in Mason Texas.

10) Oran Miller NICKS, born 16 September 1900 at Eldorado, Texas., and died 17 September 1989 at Fort Stockton, Pecos Co, Texas.
26 He married Salome STEWARTSON, who was born 29 Dec 1904 in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 12 Mar 1998 at Denton, Denton Co, Texas.27

7. W. R. (Rollie) O’HAIR, born 14 Mar 1856, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 10 February 1920. He was never married.

8. Minnie O’HAIR, born 7 October, 1865, in Burnet County, Texas, and died 17 March, 1955, in Lampasas, Texas. She was married 11 June, 1886 at Burnet County, Texas, to John H. H. BERRY, who was born 17 September 1859 in Birmingham, AL, and died 9 February 1930, at Lampasas, Texas.

Mr and Mrs John H. H. BERRY deeded two acres of land to Anderson FARQUHAR, C. S. WATSON, and Bailey TRAWEEK, Trustees of Elm Grove School, for school purposes on 10 February, 1888.
28 This school was listed in the County records as Elm Grove Common School District #14 and was located on the old Sunny Lane east (or northeast) of Lake Victor. The school was sometimes called Sunny Lane School.

The children of John and Minnie (nee O’HAIR) BERRY were:

1) Myrtle BERRY, born 21 October, 1887 in Burnet Co, Texas. She was married 10 April 1913, in Lampasas, Texas to _____ THOMAS.

2) Nell BERRY, born 16 February 1889 in Burnet. She was Married 12 January 1951 at Brownwood, Texas, to E. M. CARTER.

3) Will BERRY, born 17 September 1892 in Burnet County, Texas, and was married 5 November 1920 in Rawlins, WY, to _____ WISSENBACH.

4) Hansford BERRY, born 6 September 1896 in Lampasas, Texas. He was married 18 November, 1920, in Rogers, Texas.

5) Lula V. BERRY, born 27 May, 1900, in Lampasas, Texas.

9. Hopkins O’HAIR, who died in Coleman, Texas.

10. Jack P. O’HAIR, born 19 January, 1868, in Burnet, Texas, and died 5 March, 1876.

11. Michael O’HAIR, born 14 July, 1870, in Burnet Co, Texas, and died 1 January, 1876.

12. Mary Clarisa Adeline O’HAIR, born in 1880 in Lampasas, Texas, and died March, 1922, in Kerrville, Texas. She was married in 1899 in Eldorado, Texas, to John HUTTO, who was born 23 December, 1860, in Alabama, and died 24 December, 1920, in Alice, Texas. Their children were:

1) Annie Rita HUTTO, born 16 May, 1901, in Carta Valley, Texas, was married in 1921 in Aransas Pass, Texas, to James W. GRIMES.

2) William Charles “Bill” HUTTO, born 22 October, 1902, in Carta Valley, Texas, was married 12 August, 1932, at Morris Ranch, Texas, to Edna Lee FIELDS, who was born 12 January, 1913, at Brownwood, Texas.

3) Aron Young HUTTO, born 22 January, 1904, in Del Rio, Texas, was married in 1930 in San Antonio to Bobbie GOODGOING, who was born in 1908.
4) R. G. HUTTO, born 31 March, 1906, at Del Rio, Texas.

5) Myrtle Isabel HUTTO, born 16 May, 1911, in Aransas Pass, Texas. She was married in 1931 to A. J. GRIMES.

6) John Walter HUTTO, born 1 April, 1914, in Aransas Pass Texas. He was married in 1951 to Ellen McDONAGILL, who was born in Melvin, Texas.

NOTE: The above Family History of William O’HAIR was compiled from facts presented in The BURNET COUNTY HISTORY, 2 volumes, by Darrell Debo, published by the Burnet County Historical Commission. Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, Burnet, Texas, 1979. It also includes written first hand information from William Romans O’HAIR and Walline STANDIFER, and data from the Birth, Marriage and Death Records currently in the Burnet County Archives, located in the Herman Brown Free Library, Burnet, Texas, and the records of the Texas General Land Office Archives, in Austin, Texas. Additional recent Death Data was obtained from the Social Security Death Index, published by the Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland. Researched and Compiled by Richard T. Gearheart, Baltimore, MD (2000).

1 The above reference to William O’HAIR being born in Kentucky may be erroneous, as an unpublished genealogical paper entitled “Descendants of Michael O’Hair 1749-1813", by Dr. Melvin C. Hicks places his father, Thomas, near Paris, IL, in 1820. However, it should be noted that the 1860 US Census for Burnet County, Texas, places his birth in Kentucky. It is probable that Thomas went ahead of his family to Illinois, leaving his pregnant wife in Kentucky until he could get settled in the new territory. This discrepancy must be researched.

2 Marriage Records of Nacogdoches County, Texas. (25 Oct, 2000). Hicks lists William O’HAIR”s first wife, Nancy, as “____ KASEN”. Other On-Line Databases list her as Nancy CAISON. Therefore, further research is warranted to attempt to determine the correct spelling.

3 Marriage Records of Rusk County, Texas. (25 Oct, 2000)

4 His biological grandmother was probably Sarah CAMPBELL, of Virginia. It should be noted that the CAMPBELL name was very prominent in Augusta County, VA, during the years leading to the American Revolution. On-going research is centered on attempting to identify the first wife of Michael Elsberry O’HAIR

5 Texas Land Title Abstracts, Texas General Land Office Records, Austin, Texas.

6 The first Postmaster at the O’Hair’s Hill Post Office was William O’HAIR’s father-in-law, Jacob Wolf (Source: microfilmed records of the US Post Office, General Services Administration, Washington, DC).

7 “Dobyville, Texas,” The Handbook of Texas Online, www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/ articles/view/DD/hrd72.html) - [Accessed Thu Oct 12 9:37:56 US/Central 2000].

8 US Census, Bell County, Texas.

9 The listing of Omar “Jack” O’HAIR as a Charter Member of this Lodge is probably erroneous, as his birth has been established in August, 1888. Thus membership in the Masonic Lodge would probably be more properly circa 1908, at age 21.

10 Muster Rolls of the Frontier Guards from Burnet County, Confederate States of America, taken from original rolls presently located the the Texas State Archives, Austin, TX.

11 Darrell Debo, Burnet County History, Vol I, Published by the Burnet County Historical Commission, Burnet, TX: Eakin Press, 1979. p. 41.

12 The researcher believes Thomas Hopkin WOLF is the younger brother of Jacob WOLF, having been born in Warren Co, TN, on 24 Oct 1818. According to the 1860 US Census for Burnet County, Texas, they were on adjacent farms. In the Census schedules, Clarissa’s name was misspelled “Clauser”.

13 The above information would place the marriage of William to his first wife in March, 1842, and her death somewhere between November, 1847 and 1849. The LDS records in the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, states the birth of Martha O’HAIR was about 1846.

14 William J. “Bill” STANDIFER married Sarah M. WOLF (2nd wife), sister of Annice (nee WOLF) O’HAIR, on 22 December, 1859.

15 Debo, Op cit, Vol. II, p 302.

16 The 1870 US Census schedules lists Emma as “Minnie”.

17 Debo, Ibid, p 302.

18 We assume that this reference indicates that Arinder STANDIFER was a younger sister of William J “Bill” and Thomas STANDIFER. Further research will be required to establish this as fact.

19 Texas Land Title Abstracts, Texas General Land Office, Austin, Texas. Patent File #5080, Abstract #1555, page 215.

20 Ibid. Patent File #3131, Abstract #1321, Page 210.

21 Ibid. Patent File #3066, Abstract #1322, Page 210.

22 Darrell Debo, The Burnet County History, Vol I & II. Published by the Burnet County Histori-cal Commission. Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, 1979.

23 Social Security Death Index.

24 The NICKS family name was misspelled “NIX” in the schedules of the 1860 US Census for Burnet County, Texas.

25 Social Security Death Index.

26 Social Security Death Index.

27 Social Security Death Index.

28 Deed Records of Burnet County, Vol “T”, p 497, located in County Clerks Office, County Courthouse, Burnet County, Texas.

Family History: William O’HAIR