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The purpose of this page is to show the genealogy for the James Meaders of Dallas who received warranty deeds from Ephraim Garonzik in 1911 for property located in Jefferson, Atascosa, Shelby, Panola, and Polk counties of Texas. All the information below is public record and can be located in Libraries, Court Records, Deed Records, Marriage Records, Death Certificates, City Directories, and the U. S. and State Census records, etc.
1849 - Marriage Records of Warren County, Kentucky show Jesse Meadows marrying Eliza G. Smith. This is James Meaders' parents.
1850 - Census records for Barry County, Missouri show Jesse W. Medows with Eliza, both listed from Kentucky. 1850 Census records for Missouri show Jesse W. Meadows.
04/05/1853 - James Meaders was born in Barry County, Missouri. Please be aware that during the research for James Meaders, the Meaders name shows up under various spellings. Some of those were Meadors, Meador, Meadows, Medows, Medders, etc. When researching older records, always look for names that sound like the name your researching. An example would be like the soundex (sounds like) records found in many libraries.
1860 - Census for Dallas County show J. W. Meadows 34, Eliza Ga. 31, John 9, James 7, William 5, and infant 9/12.
1970 - Census records of Dallas County, Texas shows Jesse Meaders 46 with his wife Eliza 42. Also listed are James 17 and Dori (Dora) 10.
1884 - James Meaders married Emma Harris on May 11, 1884 in Corsicana located in Navarro County, Texas.
03/09/1898 - A. F. Lucas paid $3,000.00 to the Executors of William McFaddin so that he could have exclusive mineral rights on lands belonging to the Estate of William McFaddin. This included the Pelham Humphries Survey, part of the Spindletop Oil Field. Viewing the agreement language, we find that Lucas was to receive an one fourth UNDIVIDED interest in those tracts and parcels of land of every description thereof in REFERENCE to the Wm. McFaddin ESTATE and for a better description to see the deed records (County Clerk) of Jefferson County, Tx. Source: Jefferson County Clerk's Office, Deed Records, Beaumont, Texas.
01/10/1901 - A. F. Lucas brings in the first gusher on the Spindletop Oil Field (Lucas Gusher). On this day, Lucas became a co-owner of the William McFaddin Estate. He was now the owner of an UNDIVIDED 1/4th interest in those tracts and parcels of land, of every description whatsoever in reference to the Estate of William McFaddin. Source: Numerous Newspaper Articles and books written about the Spindletop Oil Field. One article from the Beaumont Daily Enterprise, dated Jan. 10, 1901 shows: "About 10'oclock this morning while the men employed by Mr. A. F. Lucas, who has been prospecting for oil at Gladys City for the past year, were boring for oil, an explosion occurred that forced the tubing into the air like it was a mere plaything and then immediately followed a stream of black petroleum and it has been spouting an eight inch flow since that time. The stream could be seen very plainly from the courthouse this afternoon and the well is about four miles distant. To say that people were excited, especially owners of Gladys City lots, would be putting it mildly. There was nothing else talked of and men began to feel like millionaires who would not have paid taxes on the property a year ago."
1905 - The 1905 Dallas City Directory shows: Nora J. Smith (Miss) as Stenog for Gano, Gano, & Gano. See items listed under "12/14/1911".
01/12/1907 - A. F. Lucas conveys half of his interest (undivided 1/8th) he received from the Executors of William McFaddin's Estate, per his agreement, to Ephraim Garonzik. Garonzik received a Warranty Deed. Source: Jefferson County Clerk's Office, Deed Records, Beaumont, Texas.
1910 - City Directory for the City of Dallas only. This does not include the entire county of Dallas. See information under 12/14/1911. Listed we find:
Maurice D. Gano, atty (Gano, Gano & Gano) bds. 307 Ross Ave.
Fitzhugh, La Fayette, atty, 418 Trust Bldg. r 420 N. Fitzhugh av.
Smith, Nora Miss, Stenog, Gano, Gano & Gano, bds 363 Wood
James Meaders was not listed on the Dallas City directory because of living outside of the city limits. Deed records of Dallas County show him living in a town called "Meaders" in Dallas County. (see below for more information-1915)
12/14/1911 - Ephraim Garonzik conveys his interest he received from Lucas to James Meaders of Dallas. The register of instruments for Jefferson County, Texas shows that James Meader's son, John Meaders, filed this warranty deed in 1931 after his father's death and had the original mailed back to his employer's address - 5921 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas. Source: Jefferson County Clerk's Office, Deed Records, Beaumont, Texas. The notary was Nora Smith. See next listing for information on her.
12/14/1911 - Also, on the same day that James Meaders received his warranty deed from Ephraim Garonzik, another agreement was made between himself and others with Garonzik. Garonzik wanted to keep control and manage the timber located on the various lands deeded to James Meaders. James not only was deeded lands in Jefferson County, Texas, but also in Atascosa County, Shelby County, Panola County and Polk County, all in Texas. All on the same day, Dec. 14, 1911. The original of this Timber Agreement has also been filed of record in all counties and was found in various papers kept by the living family member of James Meaders. The other parties included in this Timber Agreement were M. D. Gano and Lafayette Fitzhugh. M. D. Gano was James Meaders' personal attorney who handled most of his legal affairs. (See deed records of Dallas Co., Texas) M. D. Gano was known as one of the best land law attorneys in Dallas. You will also find that the notary on all of the Warranty Deeds to James Meaders was Nora Smith who was an employee of M. D. Gano. You will also find Nora Smith as the notary on other records filed for James Meaders in Dallas County.
In the "Encyclopedia of Texas" written by Davis and Grabe titled "Men of Texas" we find Maurice Dudley Gano. The article states that the firm, Gano, Gano, & Gano, devoted its activities to land law exclusively and was the representative of a number of large companies, among which were the Edinburgh-America Land and Mortgage Company, Scottish-American Land and Mortgage Company, American-Scotch Mortgage Company and the Investors Mortgage Company. It was one of the best known firms of North Texas for a number of years and was dissolved at the death of W. B. Gano, senior member of the firm in 1914. Lee Gano having died in 1911. M. D. Gano has handled a large amount of church litigation throughout Texas and is well known as a corporation lawyer. Mr. Gano is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and is active in the circles of the Christian Church.
1911 - Dallas City Directory for 1911 shows the following:
Fitzhugh, La Fayette, attorney, 419 Trust Bldg h 1414 N. Fitzhugh
Garonzik, Ephraim, attorney, 211 N Texas bldg. h 1315 Wall
Gano, Maurice D. (Gano & Gano) rms 1911 Ross
Gano & Gano (William B. and Maurice D.) attorneys 302-303 N. Texas bldg. phone Main 2549
Smith, Nora Miss, stenog Gano & Gano. rms. 1801 St. Louis
1915 - In the deed records of Dallas County, Texas, you will find a deed of partition dated April 1, 1915. This is an instrument which distributes the land owned by James Meader's father, Jesse W. Meaders, dividing it among his two living children, James Meaders and Dora Meaders Reynolds. In this instrument you will find the following land description: Second Tract: All that certain lot, tract or parcel of land situated in Dallas, County, State of Texas, and more particulary described as follows: One certain lot situated in the town of MEADERS, about seven miles N. E. of the City of Dallas, on the St. Louis & Southwestern Railway, and being a part of the James Meaders 239 acre survey out of the W. C. Newton Survey; said Lot being 100 x 200 feet and described by metes and bounds as follows: Beginning at a stake in the South line of a 60 foot street leading from the depot at MEADERS STATION Eastwardly to and intersecting with the Preston Road (the center of said street being the center of the depot) said beginning stake being 175 feet East of the Center of said railroad and 939 1/2 feet....etc. This will show you that at one time a town existed in Dallas County called Meaders and also a railway station called Meaders Station. This deed of partition was written by Gano and Gano for James Meaders and Dora Meaders Reynolds. It also shows Nora Smith as the notary.
So why is M. D. Gano and Nora Smith so important? It proves that this James Meaders is the correct James who received all the warranty deeds from Ephraim Garonzik in 1911. James uses M. D. Gano as his attorney for all his legal affairs and M. D. Gano was a party of the Timber Agreement written the same day as all the other warranty deeds in 1911. Nora Smith is a notary who was a Stenographer for Gano, Gano & Gano and her signature can be found on all the 1911 warranty deeds as the notary and all most of the James Meaders instruments filed in Dallas County, Texas.
10/31/1925 - James Meaders dies in Dallas County, Dallas, Texas. Per the Dallas City Directory and his death certificate, James was living at 5500 Lindell Street in Dallas. The death certificate shows his father as J. W. Meaders of Kentucky and his mother, Eliza G. Smith, also from Ky. It shows that James was born in Missouri. His cause of death was pneumonia broncho.
In 1931, the Jefferson County Clerk's Registry of Instruments, a list of records filed, shows that John Meaders filed his father's warranty deed from Ephraim Garonzik. In the older days, the county clerks did not have copying machines and would transcribe the orignal document and this could take several days and longer. Because of this, John Meaders had the original deed mailed back to 5921 Preston Rd, Dallas, Texas. This address was his employer's address. (see below) John Meaders name also appears (Registry of Instruments) as the person filing the warranty deeds in the other counties when he filed his father's deeds in 1931. In Shelby County's register of instruments, you will find that it was filed by Jno Meadors of Dallas.
Dora Meaders (daughter of James Meaders) Registered Nurse - 5500 Lindell
Emma Meaders (wife of James Meaders) - 5500 Lindell
John Meaders (son of James Meaders) Manager of Avondale Cleaners - 5500 Lindell
Fred E. Richardson (Avondale Cleaners) 5921 Preston Road
Avondale Cleaners (F. E. Richardson) - 4123 Oak Lawn Ave
So why is Avondale Cleaners and F. E. Richardson so important? The register of instruments for Jefferson County, Texas show the deed was filed by John Meador (James Meader's son) and to be mailed back to 5921 Preston Road, Dallas, Tx. The Dallas City Directory (above) shows John Meaders as the manager of Avondale Cleaners. The owner of Avondale Cleaners was F. E. Richardson who lived at 5921 Preston Road. Bingo! The cleaners was located on Oak Lawn Ave. This is an extension of Preston Road into the City of Dallas.
Researching James Meaders and his family, we found that there was, at one time, a town called Meaders, named after James Meaders. This was located in Dallas County. Over the years, as the city of Dallas grew, this town became part of Dallas. Now you will find a street named Meaders Street which is located in the same area where the town of Meaders was located. This is a street off of Preston Road. This information was confirmed by the living family member and recorded records of Dallas County, Texas.
1934/1943? - On Feb 8, 1943, a letter was written to Mr. Wm. R. Meadors with the address of Pittsburgh, Pa. Be aware that this date could have been transposed and could be 1934 instead of 1943. By viewing the older style of typing, an older style letterhead for Gulf Oil Corporation and an older address of just Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it's very possible that this was mistyped as 1943 instead of 1934. There's no street address, no post office box which was all that was needed around the time period of the early 30's. In the 40's, a street or PO Box would have been necessary and a nice letterhead was normal for a company as large as Gulf Oil Corporation. This letter was from Gulf Oil Corporation written by William L. Mellon, Chairman. William Mellon was also one of the owners of the Mellon Bank of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This original copy was filed in Dearborn County, Indiana and later filed of record in Jefferson, Shelby, Panola, Atascosa and Polk Counties in Texas. In this letter we find: "This is to inform you, after receiving the necessary documents provided, arrangements were made consolidating Mr. James Meadors accounts. Effective March 11, those accumulating royalty interests will be forwarded to your account in care of the Mercantile Bank, Dallas, Texas. If this is satisfactory to you, please sign your acceptance to the carbon copy herein attached and return it to me for the completion of our files. Sorry for the delay, and as in the past if I can be of further assistance please advise." Signed by William L. Mellon.
November 1934 - In the Dallas County Deed Records you will find an affidavit filed by the wife of James Meaders and his children filed in November, 1934. In this affidavit, they state that they are the ONLY SURVIVING HEIRS of James Meaders, deceased. Those names are Emma H. Meaders, wife, John his son, Ethel his daughter, Jessee his daughter, and Dora his daughter and that there were no other children. They also state that James Meaders was only married one time and that to Emma H. Meaders, who is now his surviving widow. Also another affidavit by Emma Meaders, wife of James Meaders, deceased was filed in Dallas County. She states that James Meaders, deceased, was her husband and was the son of J. W. Meaders also known as Jesse Meaders or Jesse W. Meaders and that his mother was Eliza G. Meaders, first wife of J. W. Meaders.
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