The following bio was taken from pages 408-409 of the book entitled "Rusk County History" compiled and edited and used with permission of the Rusk County Historical Commission.
Transcribed by Gloria Riley
Submitted by Gloria Briley Mayfield, Rusk County TX Coordinator
The first known ancestor of the Threadgill family was William, an Englishman, who lived for a time in France about 1657. The family returned to England, however, where their son, Deodatus, became a famous watchmaker. His home at Brancepath still stands and is occupied in 1982. William's grandson, John I, came to Virginia from Bermuda in 1732.
John Threadgill II was born in Virginia and married Mary Cob in 1776. He served in the Revolutionary War in Captain Meade's Company, Colonel Woodford's Regiment for Virginia. One of John and Mary's twelve children was Howell, who was born in Anson County, North Carolina and removed to Meriwether County, Georgia about 1832, with his large family of nine sons and three daughters. Howell's second son was Henderson, whose youngest son was Thomas Coke Threadgill. Thomas, born 1849, married Mattie Briley in Georgia and in 1876 they came by wagon train to Rusk County with their two young daughters. These were Luella (Fryman) and Nancy Lee Ora (Harrington). This history thus far is taken from THREADGILLS IN AMERICA, Library of Congress card # 78-137652.
After Mattie and a newborn son died, Thomas married her sister Martha and bought land in the Shiloh Community in 1882. Some of this land is being farmed by their descendants one hundred years later. Thomas C. and Martha had a son, James Arthur and a daughter, Salome (Griffin).
The land provided for most needs of the family, such as food, fuel, bedding, soap and even clothing. Martha made James' first suit from the wool of their lambs and it was spun and woven by her own hands. The men in the community helped each other to clear and tame the land. A big event was the "log rollings" where every able-bodied man would join forces to cut the timber and roll it away to burn, readying the land for planting. After preparing a large meal, the women would gather around the quilting frames, sewing coverlets for the cold winter nights ahead.
James was reared in the Shiloh Community and married Patrice Kyle, daughter of Joseph W. and Vernon Parker Kyle.
Although he was a graduate accountant, James was persuaded by Patrice to live and work on the land. The decision proved to be a rewarding one, and James and his large family served the land, their church, and their community well.
There were ten children in this family. James Carroll, of Ft. Worth, married Helen Queen, and their children are Monica (Crouch) and Morris Ray. Carrie, of Shiloh, married Sam Patrick, and their children are Janie (Price) and Shirley (Harvey). Martha Vernon, of Henderson, married Rudolph Patrick, and their children are James Clinton and Patsy (Price). J. Thomas has not married and lives on the family farm. Delmer Ray (1920-1950) married Adelia Jo Matlock and was killed in Korea. Their son, Del, lives in Dallas. Annabelle, of Henderson, married A. W. Webb, and their children are Cornelia (Harmon), Patrick Allen and Kathy Webb. A. Jackson (1923-1976) married Doris Edwards, and their children are John David, Andrew Lee, Chris Wayne, and Susan Grace. Edelle Norris married Margrette Owens, of Kilgore, and their children are Ronald Norris and Carrie Kay (Robey). William Luther, of Longview, married Lillie Fryman, and their children are Geneva (Massingill), William L. II, and Margaret Lynn. Travis Kyle, of Beaumont, married Cecile Boles, and their children are Camille, Phillip Kyle, Gregory Boles, and Brian Threadgill.
Stories about the families of Carrie, Martha, Tom, Jackson, Annabelle, and Travis are told elsewhere in the individual family histories.
Carroll and Helen's three grandchildren, Joseph, Nathan and Samantha, are the children of their daughter Monica and her husband, Joe Crouch. Morris is married and has a stepdaughter.
Edelle and Margrette's son, Ronald, married Kim George. They have no children. Their daughter, Carrie Kay married Charles Robey, Jr. and they have a young son, Charles N. (Chad).
Luther and Lillie's daughter, Geneva married Clifton Massingill and they have one son, Jonathan. Margaret Lynn and William Luther II are not married.
Delmer and Jo's son, Del, married Lane Freeman and they have two sons, Matlock and James Warren.
During WW II, the sons of James and Patrice served their country. Carroll and Jack (son) worked in aircraft plants; Tom, Delmer, and Luther were in the Army and Delmer gave his life in Korea. All were exceptional athletes with Jackson, Edelle, Luther and Travis being named All-State on Mt. Enterprise's championship basketball teams. Edelle, Luther, and Travis played on the same squad for Kilgore Junior College in 1948-1949.
Thomas Coke and Martha Threadgill are buried at Shiloh Cemetery near his first wife, Mattie. James and Patrice lie there also near their sons Delmer and Jackson. The family home is at Shiloh and at Thanksgiving each year is the scene of a gathering of descendants of James and Patrice.
Written by Doris Edwards Threadgill