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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Wortham, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Freestone County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Freestone County, TX (26) Anderson County, TX (27) Henderson County, TX (22) Leon County, TX (6) Limestone County, TX (38) Navarro County, TX (78)  FreestoneCounty(26) Freestone County (26)  AndersonCounty(27) Anderson County (27)  HendersonCounty(22) Henderson County (22)  LeonCounty(6) Leon County (6)  LimestoneCounty(38) Limestone County (38)  NavarroCounty(78) Navarro County (78)
Location of Wortham, Texas
    Freestone County (26)
    Anderson County (27)
    Henderson County (22)
    Leon County (6)
    Limestone County (38)
    Navarro County (78)
 
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1Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9886 — Blind Lemon Jefferson(1897 - 1929)
Born near Wortham. As a young street musician, played a guitar and sang spirituals and blues. Composed many of his songs, and had a distinctive vocal style. From Dallas' Deep Elm District went to Chicago in 1920's with a talent scout; made 79 . . . Map (db m158925) HM
2Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9914 — City of Wortham
Situated on grant given 1834 by Mexico to Robert B. Longbotham (1797-1883), a Texas colonist from England who settled here in 1839. Years later, in 1871, when Houston & Texas Central Railway was planned through the area, R. B. Longbotham sold . . . Map (db m145019) HM
3Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9889 — Mrs. Lucy Haggard Longbotham(1793 - 1873)
One of nine children of the Rev. Henry Haggard, Baptist Minister, and his wife Dorothy (Randolph), both natives of Virginia. Born in U.S. Territory south of the Ohio river (now Tennessee), Lucy Haggard moved to Alabama Territory about 1814. There, . . . Map (db m158951) HM
4Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9890 — Robert B. Longbotham(Dec. 29, 1797 - Aug. 6, 1883)
Born in Sunderland, England. Came to America as Carpenter's Apprentice on a ship. Married Lucy Haggard, 1820, in Alabama. Came to Texas, 1832. Obtained land grant from Mexico 1835. In 1836 fought in Texas Revolution and in 1839 in Indian Wars. In . . . Map (db m158950) HM
5Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9858 — The Rev. G.W. Bounds(January 25, 1854 - November 13, 1944)
Born in Hickory, Miss. Family came to Texas, 1864. Preached his first sermon in 1880. Was ordained in 1890. Helped organize and was charter member of the Wortham Methodist Church. Instrumental in organizing area churches and serving their people. . . . Map (db m158938) HM
6Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9915 — The Wortham Oil Boom
The city of Wortham rejected a well drilled by C. L. Witherspoon in 1912 when it produced gas, not water. However, oil and gas wells in 1919-23 gave prosperity to neighbors north and south, and petroleum exploration began here. Discovery well . . . Map (db m145020) HM
7Texas (Freestone County), Wortham — 9908 — United Methodist Churchof Wortham
Congregation organized in 1867 by the Rev. J. Hill Bounds, an immigrant from Mississippi who brought his family to Texas by ox-wagon in 1865. At frist this church, as well as others in Wortham, shared a two-story building with the local Masonic . . . Map (db m158930) HM
 
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