Chapter 3 - The Doss Family
the decade which began in 1880 The community of Bend
continued to grow and more of my ancestors came into the picture.
Edward Doss and his wife Arabella and three Children, Ollie, Lycurgus
and Ella moved to Bend. Edward Doss' father was James Jefferson Doss
who was born October 21, 1829, in Gwinnett County, Georgia. He married
Rebecca Susan Tinney on October 26,1848, and later married Lodesky
Jane Taylor on May 26, 1862. James Jefferson Doss enlisted in the
Confederate Army on September 4, 1862. He was reported to have died
in the battle at Bean Station, Tennessee of November of 1862. (His
service record indicate that he was in Co. A, 42nd Infantry Regiment
of Georgia and that he died of disease on 20 November, 1862, while
stationed at Bean Station. The battle of Bean Station did not occur
until Dec. of 1863.) Edward Doss was 13 years old when his father
died in the war. His mother was already dead so his grandmother Saleta
Doss cared for him. He later went to Franklin County, Arkansas, to
live with Barnett and Lucinda Green. While here he met and married
Arabella Tomlinson. They had two children born in Franklin County,
Arkansas. They were Ollie Mae Doss, born September 11, 1873, and Lycurgus
E. Doss, born January 23, 1875. That family of four moved to Eastland
County, Texas, to a place that was named "Rising
Star" while they lived there. Here in Eastland County Ella Ann
Doss was born on October 2, 1877. Shortly after they moved to Bend
in 1878. There he soon began to practice medicine after he studied
and took exams at different places and obtained diplomas and license
to practice. He served this part of the country for about 40 years
before he retired and moved to Ralls
with one of his sons.
|Dr. Edward Doss,
his buggy, and his horse, Old Ross.
courtesy Harland Moore
|By 1880, three
different families of my ancestors had settled along the Colorado
River at a place named Bend, Texas. The
Alexander Family, the Doss Family and the Moore Family were the pioneer
settlers and citizens of that area. Seth Moore was the first postmaster
and he built and operated a ferry boat across the river. This helped
to unite the people on both sides of the river. Dr. Edward Doss practiced
medicine and made house calls on both sides of the river, crossing
on the ferry with his horse and buggy. We have a large picture of
Dr. Doss, his buggy, and his horse, Old Ross. It was said of Dr. Doss
that he was always available and ready to serve his fellow man. Some
of his house calls would take him many miles from home and he would
stay with his patients many hours or even days if needed. Some times
in the wee hours of the night he would start home. He would sit in
his buggy and sleep while he gave Old Ross free reign. That old horse
would bring him right up to his home where Grandma Doss would wake
him and help him unhitch and get into the house. The old country doctor
did not get much pay in the form of money but he served anyway. I
remember seeing one of his ledgers on one occasion. It had such notations
as: Delivered baby for _____ family -- Paid $2. and a half wagon bed
of corn. Set broken arm for _____. Paid one half side of bacon. Others
would pay little or nothing for his services but maybe furnish him
in fresh eggs or frying size chickens. These items came in handy as
they usually had some of their children or grandchildren living with
them. Census records show that they usually had a boarder or two living
with them. That was quite common at that time. The 1910 census listed
Edward Doss and his wife “Belle”. It also showed Lycurgus, 30, Robert,
26, Lawrence, 23, Gertrude (Aunt Zula), James M.,28, and his wife
Agnes and their daughter Virginia. Then the census report shows Henry
W. Alexander living there as a boarder. That was quite a house full.
My great grandfather, Dr. Edward Doss had several children that grew
up and reared families around Bend. Aunt Ollie married William O.
Alexander and their children were: Doss Alexander, Jessie who married
Dan Doyle, Florence who married Rex Parsons, John Alexander, Bill
Alexander and Ruth who married Bill Sargent. Grandpa Doss’ next child
was Lycurgus (We called him Uncle Curg). He married Lorena Yates and
they had seven children: (1) Clarence Truman “Jack” Doss, DOB 12-18-03.
(2) Glendon Eugene Doss, DOB 8-22-05. (3) Stanley Alexander Doss,
DOB 6-23-07. (4) Ella Mae Doss, DOB 6-3-09. (5) Norris Bell Doss,
DOB 12-5-15. (6) Gladyne Francis Doss, DOB 11-1-19. And Virginia Lee
Doss, DOB 12-30-24.
The third child of Dr. Edward Doss was my grandmother, Ella Ann Doss
and she was married to Silas Alfred Moore. They had eight children:
(1) Silas Jarrell, (2) Floyd Napoleon, (3) Vada, (4) Hettie, (5) Alma,
(6) Beatrice, (7) Seth and (8) Raymond. The fourth child of Dr. Doss
was Ethridge Doss who married Frances Gibson (Aunt Fan) and they had
one son, Worth Doss. Grandpa Doss’ fifth child was James M. Doss.
We called him Uncle Jim. He became a doctor and practiced medicine
for years in the Rio Grande Valley area and at San Antonio. The sixth
child was Robert E. Doss, born at Bend in July, 1884. We called him
Uncle Bob. The seventh and youngest child of Dr. Doss was Lawrence
F. Doss. He was born at Bend, Texas. in August of 1887. He married
Zula Cornelius and they operated a drug store and general store at
Bend until they moved to the Lubbock
Area, around Ralls
They had two children born at Bend: Truman , 2-18-17, and Cleo Eunice,
4-30-20. A third was born after they moved to west Texas. Marvin Doss
was born Oct. 11, 1928. He was married to Leona Redden and they had
Carla Shawn Doss who married a Quisenberry.
There was a Cornelius family that lived around Bend. I did not know
them as a family as they were all older than I. There was a Robert
Cornelius that later moved to Comanche
County. He had four sisters that I knew. (I think there were others
that I did not know) One of the sisters, as we have already stated,
was married to Uncle Lawrence Doss and known to us as Aunt Zula. One
of the sisters was Nannie and she was married to Pizarro Marley. They
had four sons: Glenn, the oldest; Luster Marley who married Margaret
Elizabeth Moore (She was my third cousin, the daughter of Autrey Moore
and the granddaughter of Will T. Moore.) The third Marley son was
was Thurman. He was a fine Christian man with a disability. He was
crippled with polio at about nineteen or twenty years old. The youngest
Marley was Milford. I went to school with him. He was an accomplished
athlete in high school.
Another one of the Cornelius girls was Nell who married Ed Hopper,
the son of Charlie and Rebecca Hopper. Nell and Ed had two boys, Wilton
and Delbert. Then there was Annie Cornelius who married Charley Anderson.
They had sons, Junior and Kenneth and maybe another that I can’t remember.
I went to school at Bend with most of the children of the Cornelius
girls except Aunt Zula’s kids. They moved away before I started to
school at Bend. Actually, I did not start there in the first grade.
I started in the first grade at Donna
then to Edingburg.
I went to Sloan School in the second through the fourth and then started
at Bend in the fifth grade in 1933.
4 - The Alexander Family