Culberson County, Texas Genealogy & History

Culberson County Pioneers

Pioneer Arrived Died More Information Reference
Anderson, Albert A.     Sheriff of Culberson Co., 1931-1946 sheriffs
Beach, James H.     Stock Raiser in Van Horn in 1900; born Jan 1849, pioneer settler; donated land for cemetery west of Van Horn; Beach family infant was first person to die in Van Horn 1900 census, info, info2
Bean, R. P. (Perry) 1883   From Lampasas County, established B Ranch on the site of  now the Figure Two Ranch; moved headquarters in 1885, pioneer settler info, info2
Bristow, George     Carpenter in Van Horn in 1900; born Mar 1860, pioneer settler 1900 census, info
Carter, J. F.     Postmaster of Tarver (aka Rustler Springs) from 1908-1910 info
Canon, Joseph Y.     General Merchant in Van Horn in 1900; born Sept 1874; married Mary M. Hall, daughter of Robert Hall 1900 census
Clark, Kathlyn    

Postmaster in Lobo, Texas, beginning 1921

info
Collins, T. J. 1900   Worked as an agent on the T.P. Railroad; married Elizabeth Wylie in 1901.  She died 10 Nov 1959. HVHCC, bio p116
Cox, A. A. "Gus"     pioneer settler info
Cox, C. M. Mrs.     Established the first school in Van Horn in 1887, taught seven students in her home six years before the first schoolhouse was built info
Cox, John E.     Contractor, built Cox Bldg which served as dance hall, opera house, community center, pool hall and saloon, and later court house before becoming the Clark Hotel in 1918; built first Methodist Church, Van Horn's second schoolhouse and the city's first electric plant and dug Van Horn's first water well, son of A. A. "Gus" Cox info
Cummings, C. N.     Sheriff of Culberson Co., 1921-1930 sheriffs
Daugherty, Dan   Dec 1955 Sheriff of Culberson Co, 1916-1920, brother of Matt, married Emma Wade, foreman of the Figure 2 Ranch HVHCC  p118-119, sheriffs
Daugherty, Dick 1905 8 Mar 1948 Foreman on the Figure 2 Ranch HVHCC  p118
Daugherty, Emma Wade     County treasurer, teacher in Van Horn School, wife of Dan Daugherty HVHCC  p 118-119
Daugherty, F. X     Cattle-breeder in Daugherty in 1914. info
Daugherty, James M.   2 Mar 1942 Son of James M. and Eleanor McGehee Daugherty, born on 27 Feb 1850, married Sara Elizabeth "Bettie" Middleton in 1875, she died in 1924; started the Figure 2 Ranch, the Black Mountain Cattle Company, and the community of Daugherty, postmaster of Daugherty in 1912, served as county commissioner, organizer of Van Horn State Bank and the Sierra Blanca State Bank bio, HVHCC bio p 118-119, info, marker
Daugherty, Matt     operated grocery store, father of: Josie, Lawrense, Lee, Mary Bell, Saleta, Dan & Dorothy.  Josie taught in Van Horn schools. HVHCC  p118
Davidson, Susie R.     Postmaster of Daugherty from Oct 1922 until the post office closed in 1927. info
De Anda, Sebastian "Ben"     pioneer settler info
Dianda, Ben 1886   came from Presidio, Texas; father of:  Sebastian, Juan, Romula, Reyes, Jesusita; Parker, Jose, Ancula, Manuel, and Grace HVHCC, bio p116
Dianda, Juan --- 1 Nov 1950 son of Ben Dianda, mail carrier on route from Van Horn to Salt Flat; was in mercantile business. HVHCC,  p116
Dixon, Ed 1934   Operated a barber shop, managed the Gateway Lodge for abt 3 yrs; bookkeeper at the Ken Holmes Oil Co; sang in Methodist Church choir; Mrs. Dixon was Sunday School teacher.  She died 30 Sept 1965 HVHCC, bio p116
Driggers, James O.     Owned General Store in Plateau, Texas, served as postmaster 1913-1916 info, info2
Espy, Robert     Set world record for roping and tying a goat (eleven seconds) in 1910 info
Espy, Rowena     Stock Raiser in Van Horn in 1900, widow, born Mar 1849 1900 census
Etheridge, Herbert F.     Worked as "teley operator" in Van Horn in 1900 when he was 17 yrs old; born May 1883 1900 census
Feely / Feeley, J.H.   9 Feb 1914 First sheriff of Van Horn, 1911-1914, killed in gunfight, owned grocery store in Plateau, infant son buried in Feely Cemetery info, HVHCC, p123 marker, sheriffs
Field, Samuel L.     Postmaster in Kent, Texas, starting 1923. info
Fitzsimmons, Charles S.     Postmaster in Plateau, Texas, Aug 1911 - Jul 1913 info
Gardiner, John F.     Postmaster in Lobo, Texas 1918-1920 info
Glover, Walter by 1907   Purchased land in Pine Springs, Built Pine Springs Cafe when US Hwy 62 opened.  Wife Bertha was postmaster in Pine Springs in 1942 and operated cafe until her death in 1982. info
Glenn, Mary E.     Postmaster of Boracho, Texas 1908-1912 info, info2
Goynes, A.S.     Rancher, supposedly suggested the motto, "This Town Is So Healthy We Had to Shoot a Man to Start a Cemetery," shot and first person to die in Van Horn, buried Van Horn Cemetery info
Hall, R.L. 1896 1900 owner of the Van Horn Trading Company,  postmaster in Van Horn in 1896, murdered by Red Sealy in 1900 info
Hall, Robert     Stock Raiser in Van Horn in 1900, born Jul 1854 1900 census
Halliday, M. S. Capt.     First county treasurer HVHCC, p14
Hamilton, Charles B.     Postmaster of Daugherty, Texas, from 1914-1920 info
Hamm, Ed     pioneer settler info
Hart, Leland P.     Only postmaster of Sulphuria, 20 Nov 1920 until the post office was discontinued in 20 Jun 1921  info
Hyler, Mr.     Built the first store in Van Horn in 1886 (with W. D. Johnson) info
Johnson, Raymond     Postmaster in Kent, Texas, 1914-1923 info
Johnson, W. D.     Built the first store in Van Horn in 1886 (with a Mr. Hyler) info
Jones, J. Curtis     Storekeeper and first postmaster in Lobo, Texas, 1909 info
Kindred, Annie     Postmaster in Plateau, Texas, Apr 1910 - Nov 1910 info
King, William A. 1892   Railroad Section Forman in Van Horn, born Feb 1845; served meals and took borders at the Section House (the largest bldg in Van Horn) before the town's first hotel opened. 1900 census, info
Langdon, G. M.     elected first mayor of Van Horn in 1945 info
Magee, Charles     Physician in Van Horn in 1900, born Jan 1858 1900 census
Manuss, P. H.     First postmaster of Van Horn, beginning in 1886 info
Marine / Morrin, John     Second sheriff of Van Horn, 1915-1916 info, sheriffs
Marley, Josiah     Stock Raiser in Van Horn in 1900, born Sept 1857 1900 census
Martinez, Ysacc Mrs. --- 3 Aug 1948 life-long resident of Van Horn, died at age 103 with 68 grandchildren; mother of Mrs. Alcadia Benevides HVHCC, bio p136
McDonald, Marcus L. Jr.     Postmaster in Plateau, Texas, July 1909 - Apr 1910 info
McMillan, Lucy early 1920s Mar 1960 School teacher, also taught school in Marfa; served as County Clerk for 14 yrs., sister of Mrs. C.N. Cummings & Mrs. Rebecca Espy HVHCC, bio p140
McVay, D. H. 1927 Oct 1956 Owned a filling station and Tourist Courts.  Served in WWII; Wife, Euraline Naron taught music HVHCC, bio p140
Means, Marion O. 1883 Aug 1961 From Lampasas; lived in and near Valentine.  Owned El Capitan Hotel and Van Horn Drug Store. HVHCC, bio p141
Mendez, Jose     Family longtime Van Horn residents; children:  Jesus, Elena, Cruz, Petra, Irene, Espedian & Valentine HVHCC, bio p136
Merritt, Will   1950 Worked as a mail carrier on the route from Salt Flat to Van Horn; owned and operated filling station HVHCC, bio p140
Millican, L. R. Rev.   18 Apr 1938 Baptist preacher; established many churches in the area; pastored at Sierra Blanca, Valentine, Van Horn & others; started the Paisano Camp, monument at Skillman Grove in his honor; Millican Memorial Baptist Church at Sierra Blanca named for him.   He and Mrs. Millican (who died in 1948) are buried on a hill overlooking the Paisano Camp Ground. HVHCC, bio p 136-137
Miller, Ottis     School teacher in Van Horn in 1900; born Jan 1873 1900 census
Mills, Jim 1892 11 Oct 1942 Worked in mining & surveying; lived in Kent & Van Horn; married Bessie Clark HVHCC, bio p136
Moore, J. H. 1921 29 Apr 1951 Worked as Section Foreman on T.P. Railroad, during which time he had a serious accident; purchased Commercial Hotel until it burned in 1933; Wife died 2 Mar 1934. HVHCC, bio p141
Monroe, Z. 1920 4 Jun 1949 Worked as agent on T.P. Railroad; bought drug store from Josh Barker in 1933; sold it to Hargis family. Wife died 1962 & is buried in Van Horn Cemetery HVHCC, bio p141
Morris, Berry A.   30 Mar 1967 Worked as bookkeeper and manager of the McWorter Store; Purchased the store in 1943 and then later sold it to his son, A. D. Another son, Jim died while serving in the Marines in 1957. HVHCC, bio p141
Owen / Owens, Thomas     discovered the Hazel Mine in 1856; Justice of the Peace in Van Horn info
Payne, Zachariah V.     Postmaster in Plateau, Texas when the Post Office was established in 1907 info
Rader Brothers 1876   In 1876 two brothers named Rader Built the first permanent ranchhouse in the Frijole area in 1876 info
Ramstein, Henry     Station keeper for the Butterfield Overland Mail stage station, called the Pinery, in Pine Springs 1858-1859. info
Richburg, Henry R.     Postmaster in Plateau, Texas Nov 1910 - Aug 1911 info
Rickli, John Charles     Postmaster in Kent, Texas in 1893 info
Smalley, J.W.     Photographer in Van Horn, 1895-96. info
Smith, Nella May     Postmaster in Frijole from 1916-1942 info, info2
Swartout, Mary     Postmaster in Lobo, Texas 1920-1921 info
Thompson, Harry E.     Postmaster of Daugherty, Texas, from 1920-1922 info
Veats, Jack     Railroad Agent, pioneer settler info
Welch, Lee     Mr. & Mrs. Welch managed the El Capitan Hotel after it was purchased by Marion O. Means in the late 1950s. HVHCC, p141
West, James Marion Sr.   1941 1871-1941, Bought the Figure 2 Ranch in 1933 marker
Wylie, Robert K.     pioneer settler info
Wylie, William     Stock Raiser in Van Horn in 1900, born May 1832 1900 census