My goal for this evening is to continue to post on the document my sister brought out to me when she visited us in Chicago at the beginning of this month. This document pertains to my father’s side of the family. I know so little about his side. Or at least it feels like that sometimes. This document is a treasure trove of information about his family. Tonight, I am going to post the entries that I saw for Samual Roberts. Italics will be used to show the text that comes from the document.
SAMUEL ROBERTS BLIS**** was born July 28, 1886 in Lumpkin, Georgia, and died November 20, 1956. He married HATTIE TENNESSE LY***., daughter of HYRAM LY*** and NANNI UNKNOWN. She was born July 15, 1894 in Tennessee, and died February 1957 in Fort Worth, TX. on S. Main St. buried at Laurel Land near Crowley, TX.
Notes for SAMUEL ROBERTS BLIS***:
Sam died at 105 W. Mason in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is buried at Lauel Land Cemetary near Crowley , Texas. Gause Ware Funeral Home, facilities with casket $332.00. Current 1956 drivers license number was 136****, weight 115 lbs., height 5’11″, eyes brown, hair brown. It was in the late morning. Present at his death were his wife Hattie, sons Coleman Eugene and Jimmy Dale. He died quietly in bed after several years of declining health. He had tuberculosis and spent a few weeks in a sanitorium in Ft. Worth a few years before his death. Sam and Hattie raised all 6 of Catherine (his sister) and Theodore’s girls after their untimely deaths. They adopted Jimmy Dale Blis**** (a few months old) from Hazel Eunice Ethe***** his niece, (one of his sister Catherine’s daughters) when Sam was 53 years old and raised him as their own. Hazel Eunice was unmarried and Jimmy Dale’s natural father’s name was Audie Moore from somewhere around Alvarado, Tx. They never met. Sam took in all those kids and raised them plus his own. Sam was as good of a man as you could ever find. He had no money, but he gave what money can’t buy. Sam and Hattie are buried in a marked grave at Laurel Land Cemetary near Crowley, Tx south of Ft. Worth, Tx. Sam attended a public hanging when he was a young man. The man was hung from a scaffold that was built for the hanging. It was enclosed around the bottom with wooden planks. Just before the man was hung, he took out his pocket knife and with the end of it knocked out a knot in one of the planks so he could see in. The mans neck was stretched out about a foot long from being broken and his eyes were knocked out of their sockets and were hanging on his cheeks.
Jimmy Dale Blis****
Gause Ware Funeral Home. Facilities with casket $332.00.
My dad typed his name after this entry for Sam and then ended the section by entering in the information for the funeral home for Sam. There are a few stories that I remember my dad telling me about Sam. The story Dad typed above regarding the hanging is one of them. Dad’s entry on some of the details of Sam also contains information regarding Hattie. For this reason I will end this post by uploading a picture of Sam and Hattie.
Regards and happy posting folks.