Sunday, August 15, 2010

Frank Pegoda

Frank Pegoda was born on 17 Mar 1873 in Walker County, Texas to John Pegoda and Nancy McGraw [1, 2, 3, 4, 11]. He married Lula Mae Burnett (daughter of Denton P. Burnett and Loretta Josephine Jones [14, 15]) on 22 Jun 1902 in Walker County, Texas [6, 7]. Frank and Lula had 12 children.

Frank's year of birth is a bit unclear as several years have been indicated by various records: 1870 (death certificate, funeral home records) [2, 3], 1871 (grave marker, a census record) [4, 8], 1872 (some census records) [9, 10], or 1873 (Pegoda Bible record, some census records) [1, 11, 12]. The year 1870 has been ruled out based on the birth dates of Frank's siblings (see the entry in this book for John Pegoda). I have assumed the year 1873 is correct based on the Bible record and the 1880 and 1930 census records. I would lean towards 1871 as the other likely option.

Frank worked as a prison guard in his youth. He is seen in the 1900 United States census in Fort Bend County, Texas working as a prison guard [8]. In all later census records he is listed as being a farmer [9, 10, 12].

There is a story told to me about Frank by his daughter Birdette Pegoda Alexander. Some prisoners had escaped from a prison in Huntsville where Frank and Lula were living at the Pegoda homestead on Possum Walk road. Apparently the men ended up hiding in the woods somewhere out near the homestead. Frank (and possible another man) went out after them. The children remember their daddy coming out of the woods on a horse with his gun out driving the prisoners in front of him. Prison guard training came in handy.

The Pegoda family suffered one of the profound tragedies found in our family. At the age of 28, their son Henry Eugene was struck by a train while driving a truck near Bremond, Robertson, Texas [13]. Nothing is known about the cause of the accident. Henry was not married and had no children. He was buried in Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery [4].

As related in a separate post, Frank and Lula owned a large Bible that has been passed down to their daughter Birdette. When I met with Birdette and her daughter Kay in 2006, the Bible was in very bad condition. But, Kay was opposed to restoring it for fear of it not turning out to not look the way the children and grandchildren remembered it. I was saddened because the Bible will likely soon be unsalvageable.

Frank died of prostate cancer at the old Huntsville Memorial Hospital on 15 Aug 1949 in Huntsville, Texas [2, 3, 4, 5]. He was buried on 16 Aug 1949 at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery, Walker County, Texas [2, 3, 4, 5].

Children of Frank Pegoda and Lula Mae Burnett:
1) Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda [1, 10, 16, 29] was born on 25 Jul 1903 in Walker County, Texas [1, 27, 28, 29]. She married Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. on 31 Dec 1923 in Walker County, Texas [27, 32, 33]. She died on 19 Aug 1970 in Houston, Harris, Texas and was buried at the Adickes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Walker, Texas on 21 Aug 1970 [28, 29, 31].
2) Searcy John Pegoda [1, 10, 12] was born on 28 Oct 1905 in Walker County, Texas [1, 4]. He married Carrie Herren on 14 Oct 1933 [33]. He died on 18 Apr 1997 and was buried at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [4]. As far as I know, Searcy suffered from mental disabilities for much of his life.
3) Inez Louise Pegoda [1, 10] was born on 08 Nov 1907 [1]. She married Earl E. Jenkins. She died in Elkhart, Anderson, Texas.
4) E. F. Pegoda [1, 10, 12] was born on 21 Mar 1910 in Walker County, Texas [1, 4]. He married Clara Elma Sandel on 20 Feb 1932 [33]. He died on 24 Jun 1996 and was buried at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [4]. He is believed to have been named after his granduncle Edmon Foster Jones, but he was always known as and is always seen in family records as E. F.
5) Henry Eugene Pegoda [1, 10, 13] was born on 15 Aug 1912 in Walker County, Texas [1, 4, 13]. He died after his car was hit by a train on 03 Aug 1940 in Bremond, Robertson, Texas and was buried at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [4, 13, 30].
6) Nola Loretta Pegoda [1, 10, 12] was born on 24 Oct 1914 in Walker County, Texas [1, 4]. She married 1st Howell Mayes, Jr. on 28 Mar 1936 [33] and 2nd Len Warner. She died on 24 Feb 1999 and was buried at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [4].
7) Fannie Alma Birdette Pegoda [1, 10, 12] married Leslie Earl Alexander, Sr. on 16 Sep 1934 [33].
8) Geraldine Pegoda [1, 10, 12] was born on 03 Apr 1919 in Walker County, Texas [1, 35]. She married 1st J. T. Webb on 08 Jan 1938 [33], 2nd John L. Roberts, Sr., and 3rd Thomas Albert Cauthen, Sr. She died on 20 Jun 1988 and was buried at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [35].
9) Lula Marie Pegoda [1, 12] was born on 21 Mar 1921 in Walker County, Texas [1, 36]. She married 1st R. H. Tolbert on 21 Feb 1942 [33] and 2nd William R. Griffith. She died on 25 Jul 1998 and was buried at Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [36].
10) Earie Cecil Pegoda [1, 12] married James M. Cotton on 16 Jun 1941 [33].
11) Frankie Charlene Pegoda [1, 12] married 1st William O. Nash on 21 Feb 1942 [33] and 2nd Edward Joseph Gorman.
12) Joe Winford Pegoda [1, 12] was born on 25 Jun 1926 in Walker County, Texas [1]. He married a woman named Joyce. He died on 16 Jul 2006.

References
[1] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). "Births" page (children).

[2] Death Records of Walker County, Texas. Death certificate for Frank P. Pegoda.

[3] Records of Huntsville Funeral Home, Inc., Volume 1, 1938-1949, Dickenson Research, Huntsville, Texas, 1992. Page 86.

[4] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 1, South Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2000. Page 4, Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery.

[5] The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, Texas. 18 Aug 1949; Page 1; Obituary for Frank P. Pegoda.

[6] Marriage Records of Walker County, Texas. Volume J, Page 231.

[7] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). Marriage Certificate for Frank Pegoda and Lula Mae Burnett.

[8] 1900 United States Census. Fort Bend County, Texas, Page 175 B.

[9] 1910 United States Census. Walker County, Texas, Page 132 B.

[10] 1920 United States Census. Walker County, Texas, Page 158 A.

[11] 1880 United States Census. Walker County, Texas, Page 347 A.

[12] 1930 United States Census. Walker County, Texas, Page 173 B.

[13] Death Records of Robertson County, Texas. Death certificate for Henry Eugene Pegoda.

[14] Death Records of Solana County, California. Death certificate for Lula Mae Burnett.

[15] 1900 United States Census. Walker County, Texas, Page 265 A.

[16] Minutes of the Probate Court of Walker County, Texas. Book 15, Pages 567, 568, 569, 570, and 571.

[17] The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, Texas. 06 Jan 1965; Page 3; Obituary for Lula Mae Burnett.

[18] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). Handwritten page with Bible records.

[19] Death Records of Harris County, Texas. Death certificate for John Edward Burnett.

[20] Death Records of Wheeler County, Texas. Death certificate for Minnie Lee Stovall.

[21] Death Records of Walker County, Texas. Death certificate for Myrtle Ferguson.

[22] Death Records of Walker County, Texas. Death certificate for Margurett Pearl Thigpen.

[23] Death Records of Tarrant County, Texas. Death certificate for Dee Beauchamp.

[24] 1910 United States Census. Walker County, Texas, Page 45 A.

[25] 1880 United States Census. Clay County, Tennessee, Page 253 B.

[26] Minutes of the Probate Court of Walker County, Texas. Book 15, Pages 572 and 573.

[27] Anders Family Bible. Owned by Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. and Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda. "Family Register" page.

[28] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 3, Walker County Genealogy Society, Huntsville, TX, 2007. Page 78, Adickes Addition to Oakwood Cemetery.

[29] Death Records of Harris County, Texas. Death certificate for Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda.

[30] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). "Deaths" page.

[31] Anders Family Bible. Owned by Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. and Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda. "Deaths" page.

[32] Marriage Records of Walker County, Texas. Volume N, Page 446.

[33] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). "Marriages" page.

[34] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 1, South Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2000. Page 3, Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery.

[35] Ibid. Page 6, Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery.

[36] Ibid. Page 8, Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery.

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