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    FAIRY, TEXAS

    Hamilton County, North Central Texas
    FM 219 and 1602
    10 miles S of Hico
    26 miles W of Meridian
    30 miles SE of Stephenville

    Population: 23 (2000) 31 (1990)

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    Fairy Texas road sign and street
    Fairy, Texas
    Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
    History in a Pecan shell

    Fairy was originally known as Martin's Gap. James Martin was a settler who took an oxcart through the mountain gap which (evidently) was a feat worthy of naming the place in his honor.

    Fairy Fort - the town's namesake

    It is somehow appropriate that there is little information available on Fairy Fort. Born the fifth child after four brothers - she was the daughter of Battle Fort - Mississippi native, lawyer, Confederate officer and Mississippi Governor.

    Little Fairy was one of the smallest Texans ever, although she enjoyed a relatively normal life. Her size didn't stop her from being married - and divorced. Twice. Her first husband was William Allen and husband number two was identified only as T. Phelps.

    Details of Fairy Fort's life are hard to locate, but her height was given by some to be 2' 7" and she weighed something like 28 pounds. We call on our readers to please correct these figures if possible.

    Photos or Daguerreotypes of Fairy certainly existed - but our research has yet to find any. Although Fairy's unusually small size might've made her famous in another time and place - to the folks in Hamilton County - Fairy's size was Fairy's business.

    Fairy didn't have children - but she lived into her 70s. She is buried in the Fairy cemetery.

    (For more on Fairy Fort, see forum below)

    Fairy the town

    Fairy had a post office established in 1884 and a cotton gin dating from 1900. It had the normal assortment of schools, churches, and businesses typical of regional farming communities. In 1947 Fairy had a population of 150.

    The post office closed in 1957, and the Fairy school consolidated with Hamilton schools in 1967. In both 1980 and 1990 the census was given as thirty-one.

    Fairy TX - Fairy Community Center
    Fairy Community Center, formerly Church of Christ
    Photo Courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
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    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.

  • Subject: Fairy, Texas
    I would love to see more pics of Fairy, TX if you have any....I live in Idaho and my name is Fairy Essex... I was named after Fairy Chisum, a Nazarene missionary to Africa...It would be cool to see pics of Fairy Fort, also, if at all possible. Thank you, Fairy Arta Essex, July 16, 2011

  • Subject: Fairy, Texas
    Dear TE, Thanks for making your information available to interested folks. The web is too often my only connection with Mother Texas, and I appreciate it.

    The James side of my family (my mother's side) had a connection with Fairy, Texas. Many of the younger children were born near Evant on the family farm, and attended elementary school there. When it came time for them to go to high school, they had a choice of Hamilton or Fairy. My mother, Ruth (James) Clemmer, chose Hamilton, for that's where my dad (Charley Wayne Clemmer) was born and lived. She graduated from Hamilton High School. My uncle A. E. James Jr. and my aunt Cleda James chose Fairy, and both graduated from Fairy High School. Mother was born in 1922, between A. E. and Cleda, so this must have been in the mid- to late 'thirties.

    I visit Texas too infrequently, as most of the family is now deceased, but I was in Kerrville (my birthplace) just last month. That prompted me to gather information for the monthly newsletter of a traditional music organization to which I belong, and it was during a little research for an article that I found Texas Escapes. I'll work Fairy into a piece one of these times, and perhaps I will visit next time I come. - Ken Clemmer, Phoenix, Arizona, February 14, 2007

  • Subject: Fairy, Texas
    Dear TE, I stumbled upon your site quite by accident and found it fascinating. My grandparents, Johnny and Valeria Jackson, lived on a farm just outside of Fairy and along with a few others founded the Church of Christ (shown in the picture as the now Community Center). I spent many summers on the farm in Fairy and have beautiful memories of that church house and rocky hill. The vast majority of my relatives are buried in the cemetery there and I expect that I will be too. My mother, Louise Jackson Vance, and her sisters, Mary and Gwen, and brother Vernon (all still living) still visit Fairy as often as they are able. Now 44 years old myself I think about Fairy Texas often. Thank you for keeping history and memories alive. - Jon Vance, Dallas, Tx, December 24, 2006

  • Subject: Fairy Fort - Fairy Texas
    I am Charles Allumbaugh. I currently live in Midlothian Texas. Fairy Fort was my Great Aunt. She was my mothers aunt. Fairy lived with my mother when she was a young girl. She still has a dress that her Aunt Fairy used to wear. She currently lives in Grand Prairie Texas and is 91 years old. She talks about her Aunt Fairy with great fondeness and can tell many stories about growing up with her. I also have a picture of Fairy in a scrapbook that I am putting together about the Fort family. - Charles Allumbaugh, May 16, 2006

  • Subject: Fairy Fort
    My name is Donnie Fort and Fairy would be my Great Aunt. My Dad and his brother are children of Hugh Fran Fort who was Fairy's brother. They still live in Sweetwater, Texas. W.W. Fort is listed there and my Dad lives at the Holiday Retirement Center. My Aunt Fay lives in the Dallas area. She is the sister of my Dad. - Donnie Fort, January 24, 2004

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