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Erasmus Keyes Fawcett

Erasmus Keyes Fawcett

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Biographical Material
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John Jay Johns Journal
Notes on Families:
Orrick Johns
Pen of John Jay Johns
Pioneer Families of MO
St. Charles, MO
Tax Records

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Wilhelm Ahrens Speech
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Erasmus Keyes Fawcett & wife, Frankie Eliza Baker
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    E. K. was born in Mississippi on June 15, 1865. He was the son of Erasmus Rigney and Ann Elizabeth Pride Hill, Erasmus Rigney's father was Joseph Fawcett.  His grandfather was Benjamine.   His great-grandfather came to America before the American Revolution.  E, Rigney, like his father, was a tanner by trade.  He left his home in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and went to Alabama. From there he went to the Scott Plantation near De. Calb, Kemper County, Mississippi, where he became a cobbler.  After the civil war he moved his family to Texas near Yorktown.  His children were Francis Scott, Brancie, Curtis, Robert and Keyes (a small child).  They were not there long when E. Rigney and Ann Pride became ill and died.  The children stayed together until Frank (Francis) married Emma Elder and settled near Cheapside, Texas.  Brancie married John Carson and they lived there until they died. Frank and Emma lived at Cheapside for 50 years or more, then moved to Johnson City.
     In 1883, E. K., with Eugene Buck, John Gray and George Ames, left Gonzales County with George Ames' sheep for the west.  On July 24, 1883, midnight, they stopped on Devil's River and Dolan Creek.  On November 26, 1902, he married Frankie Eliza Baker at Baker's Crossing, up the river from the cave.
     Frankie and E. K. had six children, Brancie Elizabeth married to O. D. Finegan, Horace Keyes married to Eika Mae (Dedo) York, Elmer James married to Carlos Du Bose, Walter Robert married to Jo Beth Palm, emma Frances married to Forrest Carl (Cotton) Whitehead and Lee Baker married to Bobbie Mae Halbert.  Horace and Lee are deceased.
     E. K. was a pioneer rancher and civic leader. He was president of West Texas and South Texas chambers of Commerce, the Sheep and goat Raisers Association, president of Southwest Texas Council of Boy Scouts.  Camp Fawcett Boy Scout Camp near Barksdale, Texas is named for him.

Source:  Photocopy contributed by Ruth Ratliff.  Transcribed to softcopy by Susan D. Chambless, October 9, 2000.



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