Updated for Heaton: The Northwest Corner: Houghton, Heaton, Smith, White

The HOUGHTONS

Theodore Mortimer “Ted” HOUGHTON was born in Sumter County, Georgia 11 March 1844, died in San Angelo, Tom Green County Texas 4 September 1916.  He married Annie Eliza RUTLEDGE on 23 June 1867.  Annie was the daughter of Captain William P. RUTLEDGE who is also buried in the Northwest corner of Pond Springs Cemetery.  Annie was born in Texas 20 March 1849, and died in San Angelo, Tom Green County Texas 3 October 1917.  Annie and Ted are buried in Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, Tom Green County Texas.

In the 1890s, this family lost five loved ones, in rapid succession, including WP RUTLEDGE.  All five are buried in Pond Springs Cemetery’s Northwest corner.  The family then moved from Williamson County Texas to Tom Green County Texas (San Angelo) sometime between 1900 and 1910.

Known children:

i.  William Mortimer HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas on his father’s birthday, 11 March 1868, died in Floyd County Texas 9 March 1941, 2 days before his 73rd birthday.  His first marriage was to Sarah CHAPMAN, born in Texas 12 Sept 1872, died 29 Dec 1899 in Williamson County Texas, possibly in childbirth with their son.  Sarah is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  William’s second marriage was to Howell CHAPMAN.  William became a physician.

ii.  Annie Dee HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas 15 March 1870, died in San Angelo Texas 12 November 1955.  Married James Wesley JOHNSON (1862-1934).  Annie and James are buried in Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas.

iii.  Louis Eugene HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas 29 May 1873, died Williamson County Texas 20 June 1894.  Louis is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, in front of his grandfather WP RUTLEDGE, and has a tall and very distinctive pink granite marker.

iv.  Theodore Franklin HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas on the 4th of July 1875, died in Floyd County Texas 19 March 1920.  Theodore became a lawyer, married Bertha Ann BARBER.

v.  Susan Irene HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas 24 September 1879, died10 October 1939 in Levelland, Hockley County Texas.  Married Cyrus Rasmus ROBINSON.

vi.  Edna HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas ca 1881, died in Williamson County Texas 1894.  Edna is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery next to her brother Louis who died that same year.

vii.  Jesse Toliver HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas ca 1883, died in Williamson County Texas 1895.  Jesse is buried next to his sister Edna who died the previous year.

viii.  Fred Camp HOUGHTON, born in Williamson County Texas 29 May 1888, died in San Angelo, Tom Green County Texas 2 March 1971.  Married Janie Elizabeth LUTRELL.

Louis HOUGHTON

Sarah Chapman HOUGHTON

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The HEATONs

William Sanford HEATON was born in Anderson County South Carolina 29 March 1844, died in Williamson County Texas  9 March 1896.  He Married Martha “Mattie”  Jane SMITH in Franklin County Georgia 16 November 1865.   She was born in Franklin County Georgia 10 July 1844 to James Leroy and Mary (SCALES)  SMITH.  Mattie died in Williamson County Texas 16 Feb 1917, and is buried  in Pond Springs Cemetery with her husband and her sister, Sallie E. SMITH (8 December 1841-9 February 1926).

Known children:

i.  Sarah Ansabel HEATON,  born in Williamson County Texas 17 February 1872, 29 February 1912 in Hunt County Texas.  Married John William EVANS 23 October 1889 in Williamson County Texas.

ii.  Cornelia Ann Elizabeth HEATON, born in Williamson County Texas 26 December 1873, died 17 April 1953.  Married Andrew Jackson EVANS.

iii.  William W. born in Texas December 1888

iv.  Theodore Houghton HEATON,  born in Williamson County Texas 13 July 1883, died Travis County Texas 28 October 1955.  He married Julia May LONG, daughter of William Franklin and Willia A. (OLIVER) LONG who are buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  It is interesting to note that in the 1900 census, the HEATONs and the WHITEs were neighbors; boarding with the WHITEs was Theodore HOUGHTON, a school teacher.  How the HEATONs came to name one of their sons after a HOUGHTON is unknown.

v.  Robert Pinkney HEATON, born in Williamson Texas 27 September 1887, died 30 June 1957 in Waco, McClennan County Texas.  Married Josephine MATHEWS.

Martha and WS HEATON, shared stone

Martha and WS HEATON, shared stone

After William’s death, Mattie applied for a Confederate pension.   Her first attempt was disapproved.  Her second attempt was approved.  Note that, on her second attempt, WH Thompson provided an attestation letter in the hopes of helping her receive her pension.

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_465183141 pocket cover which shows original disapproval of pension

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_465183141 pocket cover which shows original disapproval of pension

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183140 1899 p. 1

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183140 1899 p. 1

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183139 1899 p. 2

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183139 1899 p. 2

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183138 1899 p. 3

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183138 1899 p. 3

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183135 1900 reapplication p. 1

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183135 1900 reapplication p. 1

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183134 1900 reapplication p. 2

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183134 1900 reapplication p. 2

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183133 1900 reapplication letter from WH Thompson

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183133 1900 reapplication letter from WH Thompson

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183132 reapplication 1900 Notary

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183132 reapplication 1900 Notary

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183131 1900 reapplication Physician Affidavit

Heaton USConfederatePensions18841958_Texas_PensionFiles_465183131 1900 reapplication Physician Affidavit

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The WHITEs

Pinkney L. WHITE, born in to John T. and Lucinda WHITE in South Carolina 3 April 1850 (22 April 1852 per his death certificate), died Williamson County Texas 27 October 1933, seven months after his wife Mary.  Mary E. WHITE, born in Franklin County Georgia to James Leroy and Mary (SCALES)  SMITH on 7 September 1847, died in Williamson County Texas 24 March 1933.  Both are buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.

It does not appear that Pinkney and Mary WHITE had any children.

Martha (Smith) HEATON, Sallie SMITH, and Mary (SMITH) WHITE were sisters; all are buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  To date, three different headstones have been found for Sallie E. SMITH; one being found in piece at the base of a tree, mixed in with other pieces of other headstones from the cemetery.  It does not appear that Sallie ever married, however, in the 1920 Travis County Texas census, she is living with the WHITES and listed as a widow.  I have a hunch that Sally was engaged to someone who died in the Civil War, and she never married after his death.

– Suzanne

Sally E. SMITH

Sally SMITH

WHITE, SMITH, HEATON

Pinkney and Mary WHITE

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Houghton Obituaries; click for larger image

The  obituaries of 3 the children of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Houghton have been obtained. The Houghton family lived in Rutledge, which was near the area of Palmer Lane and FM 620. Pond Springs was located near the area of Hwy183 and FM 620. It seems most people used the names “Rutledge” and “Pond Springs” interchangeably. The obituaries give insight into the life and character of these young people.  The writers of the articles were flowery and eloquent, revealing how quickly lives and families were affected by disease and death.

The first obituary does not tell the cause of death for young Louis Houghton (May 29 1873- June 20 1894), but shows the kind of person he was, and his generous nature:

“Two years ago when the writer was superintending the dressing of a Christmas tree at Pond Springs this boy brought to me a number of articles which he had bought for the tree and said:  ‘I didn’t have much Christmas money this year, but I had a little, and these few things that I have brought I want you to take care of them.  Don’t label them, but there will be some poor little children here to-night whose names will not be called, I want you to give these articles to them.’ ”

Edna Houghton’s obituary(ca. 1881-October 6 1897) showed how at death’s bed she was still thinking of the fate of another.

The obituary on Jesse Tolivar “Tallie” (ca. 1883-February 1 1898) led one to believe that he was not the one that was expected to die.

The loss of these young people was a tragedy to the Houghton family and I believe to the Pond Springs community.

– Buster

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The Houghtons ca 1906-1907, courtesy of descendant Fred.

Many thanks to Fred for providing the photo and the following:

“Dr. Will Houghton is seated at the far right with the baby on his knee.  [Will’s] first wife, Sarah, is buried at Pond Springs Cemetery.  The lady behind him with the fancy hat is Howell Houghton, Sarah’s younger sister and Dr. Houghton’s second wife.”

“My grandfather Fred is #2 [in the photo].  He was living is West Texas at that time and I suspect that his picture may have been inserted here.”  [Fred, I agree — and they did a good job! — and I believe the young man on the far right was also inserted !/Stm]

“Directly below [Fred] is Theodore (or “Bess”) Houghton, his older brother.  Remember in Edna’s obit in the newspaper she is quoted as saying “I’m going to Heaven now.  Tell Willie and Bess to join the church and meet me there”  [Bess named his daughter Edna, as did his sister] so evidently, the name and the person and the memory of “Little Edna” and her last words had a long-term effect”

“The picture was apparently taken in Round Rock”

“In the middle of the picture are seated my great grandparents T. M. and Annie Houghton.  She does look a little sad, doesn’t she?  No wonder after losing three children”  [I agree; T. M. looks sad also/Stm]

What a handsome and accomplished family !

– Suzanne

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  1. Hello,
    I am a descendant of William Sanford Heaton and his wife Martha Smith, through their daughter Sarah Ansabel Heaton, who married John W. Evans. She (Sarah) died 28 February 1912 in Hunt County, Texas, of unknown causes. I have the probate records for her death, but I was unable to find the death certificate. If you would like them, please let me know and I can email them to you.

    • Hello and thank you very much ! I would love the records !

    • I am also descended from Sarah Ansabel. My great grandmother is Minnie Evans. I would like to know who you are and what all you know about Sarah please. I feel so in the dark about my ancestry. My name is Savannah Teel.

  2. Hello, I too am a descendent of Mattie and William Sandford Heaton, through Sarah Ansabel Heaton. Is there anyone who can tell me more about my ancestors? Sarah Ansabel and John Evans are my Great Great Grandparents, making William and Martha my Great Great Great grandparents. Please, if anyone can give me info on my ancestry. I want to know so much, just to get an idea of what I come from. I can trace Williams lineage back to Yorkshire England but I know literally nothing about Martha Smith.

    • Hello ! I am unsure if I replied, if not, I do apologize ! This is wonderful info and thank you for reaching out !
      – Suzanne


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