Monday, July 10, 2023

Fountain Piece

Odd names intrique me. In the sea of John and James and Mary's, it's a tickle and a comfort to see a Zephinah Cucumber or a Northwinn Polycarp. Why couldn't Tennesee Berrymaster or Euphrasia Coppledick have been my ancestors?  

Recently, while researching a family of Solomons who had migrated to Texas, I came across this family grouping:

From the 1870 census of Cherokee County, Texas, this shows 72 year old William Solmon, with 26 year old Robert D. Solmon, both farmers, Roberts wife, Mahaza, and their two small children, Paralee and David. Just above William is Thomas J. Solomon, 36, his wife, Catherine, 25 and 6 children, all his, but not all hers, and a 14 year old boarder. Below William is James M. Solomon, 36, his wife Amanda, 27, and their two young children.

Looking a little closer, I noticed that William Solomon had a 19 year old young man from Tennesee, employed by him, "working on farm", by the name of Fountain Piece. What kind of a name was Fountain Piece?

Couriousity killed the cat. Needing a break from the Solomons, I just had to know, who was Fountain Piece and what was his connection to the Solomons?

The first thing I discovered was that his name was not Fountain "Piece", but Fountain "Price".  Fountain Becom Price to be exact, and he was just a young man with an interesting name. His family's story is typically American and typical of the populating of the country from east to west.

It begins in West Virginia with a very 'frontiersman' looking character named Jacob W. Price. The "Preis" family were Germans out of New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who had first migrated into Frederick County, Virginia. The first, Peter Preis, would marry a "Frey" or "Freyin". His son, George Peter, would anglicize his name to "Price" and marry another ethnically German girl named Catharina Krebs.

George Peter and Catharina would have a son named George, just George, born around 1786, after which the family would removed to Maryland. George would grow up in Hagerstown, Maryland and in 1815, would marry a lady there named Catherine, daughter of  George Michael Hout and Christiana Strider. She was the widow of a John Humeldorf, so therefore, Catherine Hout Humeldorg.

Now, I've been looking for the surname of 'Foutain' and there were some, particularly in Virginia. Instead, I've been encountering all these "Pennsylvania Dutch", in my trailer of Fountains family.

George and Catherine H. H. Price would remove to Berkeley County, West Virginia, and they were the parents of the rustic looking Jacob, shown above, born in 1823.

On July 19, 1845, Jacob would marry Emeline Huntsburg in Berkeley County, which at the time, was just Virginia.

Now the father of Evaline Emaline Etta Huntsburg is unknown. 

However, in the 1850 census, we see Jacob and Evaline living next to his parents, George and Catherine Price and siblings, Michael and Christena. The young couple has a 4 year old son with the impressive name of George Isaac Newton Price and a 7 month old son named Jacob H., for Henry. Also living with them is a 72 year old woman named Barbara. She is probably the mother, or even grandmother, of Evaline, as she is not related to Jacob, and I would bet there might be a surname of Fountain, somewhere in her family tree, as she was born in Virginia.

Evalina would have been pregnant at the time of this record, despite having a 7 month old son. Cue Harpers Ferry. 

Harper's Ferry, West Virginia is a beautiful place with a significant history. It is also the place where Fountain B. Price was born on May 30, 1850. It was an event that would lead to the death of his mother, Evalina Emaline Huntsburg Price. 

Harpers Ferry was a very progressive and eventful place in the 1850's when the Price's ranked among the citizenry. Manufacturing innovations and operations were expanding there. The first successful American Railroad had been established in Harpers Ferry. It was also a volatile time, and the home of reknowned abolutionist John Brown. 

NameJacob Price
Birth Yearabt 1823
Birth PlaceVirginia
Home in 1860Meramec, Crawford, Missouri
Post OfficeSteelville
Dwelling Number137
Family Number137
Personal Estate Value165
Inferred SpouseWinney Price
Household members
Jacob Price37
Winney Price29
G I A R Price14
J H Price11
F B Price9
S L Price2

Jacob Price would not remain in Harper's Ferry with his young sons. He would find a second wife, named Winny, to help his raise his children, and would relocate, as many would, to Missouri. 

The 1860 census would find the young family in Merramic, Steeleville Township, Crawford County, Missouri and his first daughter and first child with Winny, had been born, a girl they named Sarah.

 Jacob was working as a carpenter in that tumultous state. Missouri was a hotbed of destruction and chaos during the 1860's and Jacob Price wisely led his family out of there as soon as possible and making his way across the Mississippi and south to Texas. 

NameJacob Price
Registry Date4 Sep 1867
Line Number1196
Archive Collection Title1867 Voter Registration Lists
Archive Reel Number2

He was in Brazoria, Texas by 1867. Jacob seemed to be a man specifically formed just for Texas. 

NameJacob Price
Age in 187047
Birth Dateabt 1823
Dwelling Number392
Home in 1870Etna Beat 3, Smith, Texas
Post OfficeEtna
Male Citizen Over 21Yes
Personal Estate Value100
Real Estate Value240
Inferred SpouseWinnie Price

Household members
Jacob Price47
Winnie Price35
Sarah Price12
Henrietta Price10
James Price5
Catherine Price2
Jacob Price

1870 finds the family in Etna, Smith County, Texas. Etna is now considered a ghost town.

Jacob Henry was the only one of Jacob Sr.'s three sons by his first marriage still living with him. Oldest son, George Isaac Newton Price had served in the Civil War and survived with agrivating, if not debilitating injuries. He started a family and had the wanderllust, like his father,  moving them all over Texas before he passed away in 1932 in Austin.

This was the year Fountain is found working as a farm hand for Mr. William Solomon. Two years after he is seen working for the Solomons, Fountain falls in love. On August 14, 1872, at the age of 22, he marries Miss Nannie Talley. 

NameNancy Sally
Birth Yearabt 1853
Birth PlaceAlabama
Home in 1860Tyler, Smith, Texas
Post OfficeTyler
Dwelling Number1314
Family Number1314
Attended SchoolY
Household members
David A Nelson27
Jane Nelson21
Mary Sally13
Nancy Sally7
James Nelson2
Josephus Nelson1/12

The Talley's were an Alabama family. Nancy Ann "Nannie" Talley's father died when she was very small, leaving her mother, Josephine, a young widow with two little daughters, Nannie and her sister, Mary. Josephine remarried a man named David A.  Nelson and they had moved to Tyler, Texas by 1860.

The home may not have been a pleasant one. Nancy's older sister, Mary, married a man named Henry Hinson (shown as Hynson) and Nancy went to live with them as a teenager, as is seen in 1870, still in Tyler, Texas.

NameNancy Tally
Age in 187016
Birth Dateabt 1854
Dwelling Number279
Home in 1870Tyler, Smith, Texas
Post OfficeTyler
OccupationAt Home
Household members
Henry Hynson74
Mary Hynson30
Nancy Tally16
Mary Hynson5
Florence Hynson2

This is probably where Fountan met Nannie. The couple move to Williamson County, Texas, which is still essentially East Texas, but most definately moving into the center. The topography changes in Williamson County from the rich, loamy, black soil of Eastern Texas  to the limestone hills of West Texas. It has a typically wild west history.  Fountain found work there as a Drayman.

In 1880, two of their five little girls had been born and his younger half-sister, Sarah, had  come to live with them. Their father had died in 1877. Three years later, Sarah Lovina Price would marry a man called Jack Dunham.

NameF. B. Price
Birth DateAbt 1851
Home in 1880Precinct 6, Williamson, Texas, USA
House Number27
Dwelling Number14
Relation to Head of HouseSelf (Head)
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse's NameNancy Price
Father's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
F. B. Price29
Nancy Price24
Sarah Price21
Lizzie Price6
Ida Lee Price10/12

Williamson was not where the Price family wanted to settle down for good. By becoming a drayman, Fountian became a quick study of the merchant class and wanted to become a businessman.  He decided to start a Bakery. 

NameFountain B Price
Birth DateMay 1851
BirthplaceVirginia, USA
Home in 1900Whitesboro, Grayson, Texas
Sheet Number11
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation226
Family Number233
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse's NameNancy A Price
Marriage Year1872
Years Married28
Father's BirthplaceVirginia, USA
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia, USA
OccupationBakery Merch
Months Not Employed0
Can ReadY
Can WriteY
Can Speak EnglishY
House Owned or RentedRent
Farm or HouseH
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
Fountain B Price49
Nancy A Price46
Mary R Price17
Fannie Price15
Pearl C Price11

Fountain was now almost 50 years old. He raised 5 daughters and two were married. He settled in Whitesboro, Grayson County, near Dallas. Grayson County is where he lost his beloved Nannie. She passed away there on June 29, 1908, at just 54 years old. 

In 1910, Fountain is still operating his Bakery and living with  his youngest daughter, Pearlie and her family.  Unmarried daughter, Fannie, is living with them as well. 

NameFountain B Price
Age in 191059
Birth Date1851
Home in 1910Whitesboro, Grayson, Texas, USA
Sheet Number11a
StreetWest Main Street
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusWidowed
Father's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia
Native TongueEnglish
Employer, Employee or OtherEmployer
Home Owned or RentedOwn
Home Free or MortgagedFree
Farm or HouseHouse
Able to readY
Able to WriteY
Enumeration District Number0103
Enumerated Year1910
NeighborsView others on page
Household members
Fountain B Price59
Fannie Price24
Porter Cooley24
Pearl Cooley21
Elizabeth Cooley3

Soon afterwards, Porter and Pearl would resettle their family in Oklahoma. Fountain was on the move again. With his daughter Fannie,  he now found in  the little town of Brady in McCulloch County, deep in the heart of Texas. 

Brady is exactly what comes to mind when most folks think of Texas; ranches scrub brush and and wide, flat rivers. 

Here is where he would lose his daughter, Fannie,  to pnuemonia,  in 1918. Fountain would remain in McCulloch for a time in the 1920's, but by 1930, he would retire  and move to Fort Worth, where his oldest daughter, Kurgie, lived. 

Fountain B. Price would spend his last few retirement years in Fort Worth. He passed away there on December 8, 1933, of heart failure. His body was returned to Whitesboro, in Grayson County, Texas, to be buried beside his wife, Nannie. 

Fountain and Nannie Price were the parents of 5 daughters.

A) Elizabeth LuKurgia Price ( 1873-1936) married Clarence Jackson and raised 4 children in Fort Worth.

 B) Ida Lee Price (1879 - Unknown).

C) Mary Rebecca Price (1883-1952) married Evander Irl Donaldson and raised 4 children in Houston, Texas.

D) Fannie Price ( (1885-1918) helped her father in the Bakery and Never Married. 

E) Pearlie Cecile Price (1888 - 1973) married Porter Alvin Cooley and raised 2 children in Ardmore, Oklahoma. 

Fountain Boon Price, a man with an unusual name, and typical of a Founding Texas family.

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