Skip to main content

My Daddy and His Brothers and Sisters

Leon Fremont Richards

Born in the tiny community of Peaster, my daddy was the second child in a family of eleven children. The phrase "ecking out" a living by farming comes to mind when I think of the children and my grandparents on their rented place in Parker County. They were very poor, but that was not uncommon in those days here in Texas. Daddy was the oldest son. He had a sister who was born on March 22, 1915 and I'm sure she and Daddy had a grand time playing with one another. Iwanda died when she was but six years old. I do not know why she died, but there is a large photo of the two of them which hung in a guest bedroom of Daddy's house for years and it appears that she may have had Down's Syndrome. The photograph in it's original and unusual frame is still lovingly cared for by one of my sisters.

Leon Richards & Iwanda Richards
Circa 1918
My grandparents moved around from farm to farm and I'm sure as the children all came along they worked very hard to help put food on the table. I like to think that they were happy. My daddy's brothers and sisters were close down through the years and always got together for reunions and important family events. I am sharing the family page with you here. The names and birthdates were taken from my grandmother, Willie Laura Homsley Richards', handwritten page tucked inside her Bible. The only date of death recorded in her hand was Iwanda's. The others noted here died after my grandmother.
  • Iwanda Richards, born March 22, 1915 in Parker County, Texas; died January 13, 1921 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas.
  • Leon Fremont Richards, born August 26, 1916 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas; died April 8, 1985 in a Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas hospital.
  • Floyd Alvin Richards, born July 28, 1918 in Parker County, Texas; died March 10, 1979 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • Syble Maedean Richards, born February 22, 1922 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died April 7, 2004 in Modesto, Stanislaus County, California.
  • J. D. Richards, born December 28, 1924 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas.
  • Lloyd Frank Richards, born November 7, 1926 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died March 5, 2005 near Athens, Shelby County, Texas.
  • Bobbie Louise Richards, born January 11, 1929 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas; died October 2, 2001 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas.
  • Thurman Wayne Richards, born April 20, 1931 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas.
  • Mary Ella Richards, born June 1, 1933 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died October 1, 2004 in Paris, Lamar County, Texas.
  • John Robert Richards, Jr., born March 1, 1937 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died November 11, 2005 in Lingleville, Erath County, Texas.
  • Richard Edwin Richards, born October 27, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas; died December 2, 2000 in Athens, Shelby County, Texas.
Handwritten recording of names and birthdates of her children by Willie Homsley Richards. Copy given to Judith Richards Shubert by Mary Ella Richards Haws. Original belonging to Mary Haws.

Richards, Leon Fremont, Digital format 2009, Original owned by Judith Richards Shubert.
Richards, Leon Fremont and Richards, Iwanda, Digital Format 2005, Original owned by Leon Fremont Richards. 

Scrapbook Elements:


What beautiful family photos!
Thanks so much, Dorene! Glad you stopped by.

Popular posts from this blog

Crazy Sign over Bankhead Highway

Main Street Showing Crazy Sign
Mineral Wells, Texas
The most famous street marker in the south.
Showing the 80 foot neon sign of the world-famous Crazy Crystals.
Baker Hotel in background.

This most unique sign has been one of my most enduring childhood memories. I was born in 1943 and it was there at that time, I'm sure, because there are other postcards or photographs that have been dated 1940. I got married in 1964, moved to Tennessee with my husband of a year, visited my hometown several times during the 25 years I lived away from Texas, and sometime during that time the sign was removed. I was so sick when I discovered the sign gone. I suppose progress has a way of doing that to you!

There are many websites that tell the story of the healing mineral waters of my hometown of Mineral Wells and the many wells and spas that drew thousands of visitors seeking the rejuvenating powers of these waters. You will find the story of their discovery and the subsequent growth of the town very in…


The Floyer name enters the already ancient 300 years of Homersley genealogy with William Homersley 1st x 9 Cousin of Garnett Holmes; (15th great grandson of Ade de Rowenwal, our common ancestor, and his daughter by an unknown wife, Margaret Homerlsey (1548-1597) who married Richard Flyer (1546-?) Hints, Stafford, England about 1571.

UK, Extracted Probate Records, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 
NOTE: Margaret Homerlsey 1548-1597 is the 9th great grandaughter of Ade de Rowenwald.
They had a son, Ralph Flyor (3rd  x 5) 1572-1643, who resided at Oxford, England, married Margery Weston (1577-1609) England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906.

Ralph and Margery had four children; Richard, Francis, Mary, Lettice. 
Richard Flyor/Richard Floyer (29 Jul 1603 Hints, Stafford - 27 Aug 1679) married 21 Mar 1645 Manchester, Warwicke to Elizabeth Eleanor Babington (1618-1679) ; (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," databa…

Doc Gailey and His Sisters

Gailey Children James Dolphus Gailey Grace Amanda Gailey Nellie Mae Gailey
Children of James Newton Gailey and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock Brock Community, Parker County, Texas

My grandfather, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey, had two younger sisters whom he adored. Grace and Nell were doted on by him and his parents and they grew up so attached to one another, their sibling love and devotion was a thing to be admired. I feel it gave all of their children and grandchildren an example to learn from and a standard to strive for. It was always such fun when the aunts came to visit. Some of you may remember that Doc and Grandma raised me so I, more often than not, call my mother's aunts my aunts, when in reality they were my great-aunts. And my sisters and I would usually go with Doc and Grandma to the aunts' houses to visit, so I find myself remembering things about them that my 1st cousins do not.
All three of Jim and Elizabeth's children were born in the Brock community of Parker …