Hamilton Pollard came to Texas in 1853 from Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He clerked for Alexander & Company in Carthage and soon married Sarah Jane, daughter of Stephen Lacy Davis. He appears on 1856 Panola Tax roll with a poll and personal items; but after he married Jane, he owned a Negro boy. By 1860, he was a merchant, of Pollard and Darnall, and had a few cattle, twelve acres of the George Goodwn grant and a town lot. When war came, he enlisted (in 1863) under Capt. Spearman Holland, 4th Brigade, Texas State Troops, and (being 40) was assigned to the Commissary. He was then 5 feet 6 inches tall with fair complextion, blue eyes and black hair. At the Battle of Mansfield he was slightly wounded, and he also fought under Dick Taylor at Jenkins Ferry and in the Red River campaign. On discharge, he took up farming, gathering corn for pay of 1 bushel of corn a day. In 1866, he was elected county clerk and served 22 years except during the Reconstrutction. In 1870, he was district clerk with 6 children, 4 servants and his son-in-law Jerry Long in his household. Mrs. Pollard died in 1894 aged 57. Hamilton's obituary in the Watchman said he died of rheumatic heart in 1897, aged over 74, and "all Carthage wept" as the schools and businesses closed for his funeral at Old Carthage cemetery... "his life has been an example of honesty, integrity and useful citizenship." After he died, his 3 unmarried children, carl H., May and Claude, moved from the homeplace into the Harvey place near the school. In 37 years, "Hamp" and Sarah Jane had 13 children and lost 3. Caroline married Collin P. Holland, a farmer, and had 3 children. She died in Gregg County. Kate died as an infant in 1859. Annie Wood married Moses Alexander Wall, son of Dr. Alex S. Wall. Celestine married Judge Jerry H. Long, son of James Long and Elizabeth Riley. Stella lived 1863-1869. Bettie DeBerry Married George I.M. Barksdale, son of William E. and lived in Beckville, Waxahachie and Fort Worth. They had 7 children. Ora married Robert E.. son of Dr. William C. and Anna C. Trabue, and died in Dallas County. Her husband owned a sawmill and store in Carthage. Mary Ella married B.A. Barnes of Beckville. Carl H. of Beckville was unmarried in 1897. Claude married Julia Newton in December, 1897, in Fannin County and had children. He was county attorney of Panola and, in 1926, Texas attorney general. Susan M. lived 1876-1877. Pearl married Chappel Willie Rogers of DeBerry and Dilley, Texas. They had 9 children. May later married bookkeeper Robert Scott of Panola whose father Robert had come from Ireland. They had children. Most of the relatives are buried in Old Carthage and Oddfellows Cemetery. McKnight's, Chadwick's, Edwards and others all over the West were grandchildren of old Hamilton and Sarah Jane. by Jean Holder Walker (for Mrs. Roy Durst)
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