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The following is from the "Southern Baptists of
Southeast Texas", the chapter on the formative years and
beyond, pages 24 & 25:
Old First, Orange, is the oldest congregation in Southeast
Texas Association that can claim a definite historical
peg for its birthright. It dates from October 1857, when
ten members "in the presence of Brother D. D. Forman,
as moderator" constituted the church in as much as the
city was then named Madison, the church bore that name
through 1861. In the same month as its creation, it was "
found orderly and orthodox" and received into the
Bethlehem Association, meeting with Beech Creek
Church in Tyler County on 12 October 1857.
A. Prewett was the only delegate listed in the first year
of Old First, Orange; there were nine members and a
$2.00 contribution was made. No pastor was specified
in its initial year, although Forman was the minister the
following year and may have served in that capacity
immediately following the organization.
Forman was another remarkable minister who served
God for many years. He was born in St. Landry Parish,
Louisiana, on 8 September, 1817. He married Mary
Simmons on 17 January, 1837, (this is incorrect, actual
copies of the court records show the date as January 9,
1837), and " embraced Christianity" through
faith in Christ in August 1841. Two years later, on 31
October 1843, Forman was ordained to the ministry in
the same church where he had experienced salvation at
Aimwell, Louisiana. The field in which he labored was,
for the most part, in far western and southern sections of
the state. He worked as moderator of the Louisiana
Baptist Association for five or six years, during which
time he assisted in organizing six churches and ordaining
three preachers. (Texas Historical and Biographical
Magazine, 2 vols.(Austin: J.B.Link, 1891-92)).
Forman must have worked in the Orange County area
before moving farther west, for in October 1866 he
settled in Liberty County, which was in Tryon
Association, and united with Oak Shade Church in
Tarkington's Prairie. He preached extensively for about
a year in these environs where the ministers were
commonly asked for about a year to make their donations
by preaching. He contributed $50.00 to the association,
which meant that he preached fifty days. Part of this time
was volunteered in the vicinity where the town of Willis
developed in Montgomery County. Forman was pastor of
several churches including Cedar Bayou and Willis.
D.D. Forman was said "to be a man of much ability and
leadership. He organized a wagon train and rescued it
from Indians. D.D. Forman and Mary moved with a
group Simmons families from Louisiana to East Texas,
in Tarkingtons Prairie. They later moved to Central West
Texas at Liberty Hill, where D.D. built a large store and
lumber yard. He also built an imposing building, by the
standards of the day. This was in Liberty Hill and was
one of the largest buildings of several towns nearby. It
was built to house the Liberty Normal and Business
College. It cost about $500.
The Coleman brothers were the first teachers and
managers. Later, the Hamilton brothers, David Luke and
Jeptha Erastus were brought there by their Uncle D.D.
Forman, to teach. Later on D.D. Forman deeded the
college building to the community and it was used as a
public school until it was destroyed by fire.
D.D. Forman and Polly had no children of their own, but
they acted as guardians and advisors to their nieces and
nephews, children of David Simmons and wife Amelia
(Millie) Forman. They had 12 children.
Here I am going to parlay information of D.D. Forman
and his wife, Mary Simmons Forman, as written by J.
Gordon Bryson "Pete Shady", in his book, "Culture of
the Shin Oak Ridge Folk". I am going to take a family
right to correct the spelling of the Forman name and will
note other corrections of family lineage.
Chapter 31. "Sometime long before I was born, a man
named Forman came to Liberty Hill from East Texas.
Apparently he was a man of considerable means, either a
sawmill operator or a lumberman. He put in a
lumberyard which was still doing business when I was a
medical student. He built the first unit of a big store,
which was perhaps just a front for the lumber yard. It
was this man Forman who financed the construction of
the old LN and BC College. Believe it or not, that was
the biggest structure between Georgetown and Burnet. It
had cost Mr. Forman $500.00, and later he presented it
to the community as public property. It was maintained
by a combination of district taxes (very small) and
tuition. The Coleman brothers were the first teachers and
Chapter 32-Bringing Up A Child In The Way He Should
Go- "Perhaps the most often misquoted short sentence of
the Scripture is "Bring up a child in the way he should
go, and he will not depart therefrom when he is old."
Omitting that last phrase has become the practice of the
mind that is always willing to underate the value of a
good man. He may be a layman, a lawyer, a doctor, or a
minister. However, the bad boys of the preacher area
favorite quotation of the cynics. Mr. Webster says that a
cynic is an atheist.
The following two personalities, their origins, and their
resultant ends are just two Shin Oak Ridge men which
we have been able to follow through. They are presented
to prove our contention that cultural advancement does
have its genesis in a good home.
Let's first take the man D.D. Forman, born in Louisiana
or East Texas on September 8, 1817. (I will intercede,
he was born in Opelousas, La.). He died in Liberty Hill,
October 6, 1892. His wife Mary (Cole) Forman, (again I
will intercede, Mary was a Simmons, the sister of David
Simmons, D.D. Forman's mother's maiden name was Sue
Anna Cole)., was born in 1818, in Opelousas, La. and
died at Liberty Hill in 1897. They had no children. They
were very devout members of the Baptist church. (I will
a add that he was an ordained Baptist minister). We will
soon see that it was very fortunate that his nephew,
David L. Simmons, fell in love with and married Mary's
niece, Polly Cole. Apparently the Formans became the
guardian angels of the young David Simmons.
The David L. Simmonses became the parents of three
sons and three daughters. It is evident that the
Forman-Cole genes flowed unhampered right into the
Simmons bloodstream, as we will see in a very
incomplete report upon the second and third
Rev. D.D. Forman pastored at the "Liberty Hill
Missionary Baptist Church of Christ" after 1876. Pg. 287
"Shin Oak Ridge"
David D. Forman is also credited with rescuing the
Alabama-Coushatta Indians by organizing a wagon train
and bringing them from East Texas to Tarkingon Prairie.
They were starving to death because of a severe drought
and they were dying of fever. They remained in
Tarkington Prairie until the US Gov't. put them on the
Reservation in East Texas some years later.
Here is additional information about the type of person
D.D. Forman was:
At Liberty Hill, Texas, he built a large store and lumber
yard by the railroad tracks and across from the depot. It
remained in use for a long time and was operated by
Julius Landrum and Jake Simmons.
D.D. Forman built an imposing building, by their
standards of yesterday. It was built in Liberty Hill and
was the largest building of several towns nearby. It was
built to house the Liberty Normal and Business College.
It cost about $500. If you could see the picture, you
would be amazed that such a large attractive building
could be built for that sum of money.
I have before me a picture of the Liberty Normal and
Business College. It is a reprint of an ad published in the
Williamson County Sun on Thursday, Aug. 12, 1886. The
ad presents "Reasons Why You Should Attend This
School" and another write-up describing the "Character
of Work Done Here" was written by the President, E. M.
Coleman, and Secretary P.T. Coleman. A catalogue
could be had by addressing the above. The write-ups
were on each side of a large picture of the college.
This reprint was published in Georgetown, Texas by the
"Williamson County Sun" on March 20, 1969 page 13.
Beginning with reason #14 as to why you should attend
the Liberty Normal and Business College we find:
"14. This school is better adapted to the wants of the
masses than any other school in the State.
#15. Its success is unparalleled in the West.
#16. It is the largest and most progressive Normal in the
#17. Board is only $10.00 per month.
I have known some of the graduates and they really did
excel in their chosen professions. The Coleman brothers
were the first teachers and managers. Later the Hamilton
brothers, David Luke and Jeptha Erastus, were brought
to Liberty Hill to teach in the Normal and Business
College by their Uncle D.D. Forman. Two of their
sisters came also. They taught and helped in managing
the school for some years. These two brothers were
Baptist Ministers, who went to South America as
Missionaries. They were sponsored by the First Baptist
Church of Georgetown, Texas, and the Baptist Church of
Liberty Hill, Texas.
D.D. Forman later deeded the College Building to the
Community and it was used as a public school until its
destruction by fire. The College building was destroyed
by fire around 1901. That same night the Baptist Church
was burned to the ground as a result of burning flying
debris. The wind was very strong and nor fire fighting
equipment was to be had. The story of the fire incidents
was told to me by David Reid Simmons, who lived at
Liberty Hill at the time and was present when it
happened. He had attended school in the building.
Rev. D.D. Forman and his wife, Mary (called Polly),
had no children but they acted as guardians and advisors
to their neices and nephews, children of David and
Amelia Simmons. This is evident by the many
experiences they shared together. It is also evident that
he had much concern for them by his sharing his worldly
possessions with them through his will.
Deeds-22page 228-Jan. 1892 Liberty, Texas Courthouse
Will of D. D. Forman who died Oct. 6, 1892 (whose
wife was Mary, called Polly).
1. To brother, E. M. Forman of Llano Co. $2,000
2. To sister Eliza Jane Cole of Williamson Co. $1,500
3. To Martha A. Denman of Houston$1,500
4. To Colbert J. Simmons of Williamson Co. $1,000
5. To D.L. Simmons of Williamson Co. $1,000
6. " Nancy A. Wright of Liberty Co. $ 500
7. " Elizabeth Morgan of Calcasieu Parish La. $ 500
8. " Susan Welch of Calcasieu Parish, La $1,000
9. " Lydia Hamilton $ 500
10. " H. S. Day, MD $ 500
11. " J. M. Archard of Indian Territory $ 500
12. " Peneo Archard of Indian Territory $ 500
13. " Malessie Simmons of Williamson Co. $ 500
14. " Buckner Orphans Home of Dallas $ 500
15. " Cuban Missions $ 500
16. " Calvin Simmons of Liberty County $ 400
17. " William Simmons of Liberty County $ 400
Executors E. M. Forman, D.S. Cole, D. L. Simmons.
Will progated Dec. 1892, Liberty County Judge D. S.
More About DAVID D. FORMAN:
Fact 1: August 1841, "Embraced Christianity" throught
fatih in Christ
Fact 2: October 31, 1843, Ordained as Baptist Minister,
Fact 3: October 1857, Old First, Orange, is the oldest
congregation in Southeast Texas, started by Dav
Fact 4: October 1866, Settled in Liberty County.
Fact 5: 1886, Built Liberty Normal and Business
College, Liberty Hill Texas