in a Pecan Shell|
Jeddo was granted a post office the year it was founded (1874). By 1890 there
was one store for the 20 residents and in 1892 two schools reported a combined
enrollement of 59 pupils. A mysterious population spike occured when 560 residents
were reported in 1896. It may have been explained as an error except it reoccured
in 1904 when 559 residents were reported. By 1914 it returned to a more likely
figure of 12. No record was kept until around 1933, when ten Jeddoans were present
for a headcount.
In 1919 a new school building was built and by 1930
there were thirty students with two instructors. Jeddo's post office closed in
1927. The favored figure for the years 1939 to 1990 was a population of 75.
Rev. Benjamin F.
Fry 1936 Texas Centennial Marker
Lost Graves of Jeddo
The well-maintained cemetery just north of the main intersection
contains the graves of several notable figures - including a veteran of the War
of 1812, and Reverend Benjamin F. Fry, who earned a 1936 Centennial grave
marker for his participation in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War.
Benjamin F. Fry Centennial Marker |
Photo courtesy Sarah
Rev. Benjamin F. Fry
Participated in the siege of Bexar, 1835
of San Jacinto, 1836
The Mexican War, 1846
Born in Georgia
Died in Texas October 3, 1872
Nancer Carter Fry
Died in 1867
community (St. Phillips Community) There
is a large African American community (St. Phillips Community) that is part of
Jeddo. That is probably the reason for the large numbers that seem strange. This
community was counted. Orginially St. Phillips Colony, the colored community
was "The Colony" to the whites in Jeddo. The school and churches were segregated
but the whites and blacks lived as neighbors on the same economic level. They
were all farmers. There were actual strong friendships between some of the whites
There are African Americans buried in the Jeddo Community.
Major Marshall Henry Short ( a white man) who fought in the Texas Revolution,
Mexican War and the Civil War is buried in an unmarked grave in the Jeddo Cemetery.
- Velma Fogle, December 15, 2004