Sunday, February 28, 2010

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 County, Texas.
Their only son, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey was born on November 8, 1898 and died, probably of a broken heart, just five short weeks after my grandmother, Edna Alice, died from complications of multiple myeloma. She died in St. Joseph's hospital here in Fort Worth on August 30, 1976. Doc died in his easy chair reading a postcard from one of my sister's who lived in LaPorte at the time. He had been so despondent since Grandma passed away and all of our urging to have him visit one or the other of us fell on deaf ears. He died on his baby daughter's birthday, October 6, 1976. Irene had been born 53 years before on that very day.

Grace lived to the age of 83, dying just 2 months shy of her 84th birthday. She was born Grace Amanda Gailey on March 1, 1900 and outlived her brother and sister by several years. She met and married Dewey Excell Cornelius on October 18, 1918. Uncle Dewey was born in Ellis County, Texas on December 14, 1898 and died on May 5, 1941 in Fort Worth. He was a grocer and butcher and taught my father, Leon Richards, to be skillful in that trade which he worked at for many years. While Daddy was learning the trade we lived with Aunt Grace and Uncle Dewey in their neat white house on the north side of Fort Worth. I must have been just a tiny thing, because I don't remember living there, but I have been told by family members and their daughters that they remember our living with them for a while. What I do remember is visiting that house with Grandma and Doc, after I was ten years old. Three of their children still live in the metroplex and we visit when we can. Aunt Grace was such a sweet, sweet aunt and I remember how Doc enjoyed being there, retelling tales and reliving memories. Grace died January 31, 1984 in Grapevine, Texas.

Grace and Doc's baby sister was Nell. They sometimes called her Nellie Mae. I'm not sure what her birth certificate says, but I always just called her Aunt Nell. She had a large, booming laugh and eyes that sparkled when she talked. I absolutely loved having come from Lubbock to visit. We kids would hang around in the background, being seen and not heard, listening for a new story, waiting to hear the adults laugh or cry, and sometimes, even say a cuss word if the occasion warranted! Oh, how I now wish I had had a tape recorder in my pocket. But who would have thought of that at the age of ten or twelve?

Nellie Mae was born December 25, 1903. I wonder if the winter that year was like the one we had in 2009? Brrrr! Family notes from my mother's sister say that she was born on December 5th, but the Social Security Death Index says Christmas Day, so I will record it as that in my family tree. She was married the first time to Wesley Hodges, Sr. and they had one son, Wes, Jr. My mother and her sisters and the Cornelius siblings were all very close as kids and later as adults. There is a wonderful photo of them beside their Grandfather Jim's car. Don't you just adore those little haircuts?

Gailey Cousins
Wesley Hodges, Jr. with the Girls
L to R: Irene, Maedelle, and Vernelle Gailey
and Wilma Bernice Cornelius
(Irene and Wilma were both born in 1923 so the picture must be circa 1928.)

Aunt Nell and Wes ended their marriage with divorce and she married Robert Hatchett "R. H." Tudor. My uncle's handwritten family notes say that R. H. was born in 1882 and died in 1970. Even though I remember visiting their home in Lubbock when I was little, I really don't know anything about him. I thought as a child he must work in those huge granaries that we would see driving to Lubbock, but as an adult, I'm sure that was not the case. I don't know where he was born, but wonder if he was one of the Tudors that lived in Erath County that I have recently learned were connected to the Gaileys I wrote about in my recent post

 Robert Hatchett "R. H." Tudor, Nell Gailey Tudor
and Grace Gailey Cornelius
Lubbock, Texas

Aunt Nell and Uncle R. H. had two daughters, Sharon Gail and Bobbie Nell. Sharon was born with what I always assumed was Down's Syndrome, but could very well have been some other disorder. But I remember her vividly. She was sweet and innocent and everyone loved her. She only lived a few short years. Bobbie Nell was only one year older than me, so we got along great and we all enjoyed our visits with one another - whether it was in Lubbock or Mineral Wells. Bobbie Nell died suddenly in Lubbock when she was in her fifties.


Bobbie Nell Tudor, age 3
Sharon Gail Tudor, age 6 months
Children of R. H. Tudor and Nell Gailey Tudor

Sources:
Family Records
Photographs:
Digital Format, Originals belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, 2010

10 comments:

Angie Pruett said...

WOW, I really enjoyed this article, Judy. I don't remember hearing much about Doc's side of the family.(and for those who don't know, Im not being disrespectful calling him "Doc"....it's what he wanted) I never knew that Bobbie Nell had a sister and I also never knew that Uncle Dewey taught Daddy how to be a butcher....thank you so much for all the memories!!!

Greta Koehl said...

Love these family stories, and especially hearing about the strong love they all had for one another.

Kay Cox said...

Neat post, Judy. Always enjoy your tales about our past. Speaking of Sharon (Aunt Nell's daughter) I think she had muscular dystrophy. Don't you remember that she had to be carried everywhere, even as she got older? I think by looking at her that it was not Down's. Don't know for sure, but I think that' what Mother always said.

Keep posting. I'll keep reading.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Ann, I didn't realize you didn't know these things. But, it's understandable since you are 10 years my junior! I'm glad you are enjoying my posts.

Greta, you are always so sweet by reading and commenting on my posts. I appreciate it and you!

LK, I think you are right about Sharon not having Down's. Until I downloaded that photo I thought she did, but she doesn't look like she did. And I do remember she was disabled and had to be carried. She died when she was in her teens, I think. Oh, yes, and Ann, Bobbie also had an older brother. You read about him in the post. He was her half-brother, Wesley, Jr. He's the one Irene was always so close to.

Thank you all for reading!

Yaya' s Changing World said...

Oh, my! What a wonderful lot of information you have and have shared. I could go on reading forever.

Thought you might like to know that I have a visitor on my blog, today, who will be sharing her grampa's true-life adventures as a Rider on one of the Orphan Trains! There's room for everyone to gather in close and get to know Donna, while enjoying her wonderful story-telling talents. I look forward to seeing you there.

Yaya
Yaya's Changing World

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Thank you so much, Yaya! I just read your interview with Donna and it's amazing. The tapes of her grandfather's voice telling his story is a treasure and his story is even more so!

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