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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 • Posted May 25, 2011

Tammye Waldon ShippMemories, memories. Thanks for your article. It did bring back so many memories.I always enjoyed your father’s articles in the Mason County News. Betty Jean and I played together as children. The two of us, along with my sister, Joan, and Bernard and CW Capps would ride in a two wheel cart pulled by an old mare named Knee High. Willie Bell and my mother, Jewell Naomi Capps Zesch were first cousins. Their fathers, Bill and Silas Capps, were brothers.Their parents were Samuel Branson (Sam) Capps and Mary Francis Monk Capps. They moved with very little from San Antonio to Mason in 1875. Sam made nine trips up the Chisholm Trail. They eventually owned 20,000 acres in Mason County. Sam’s father, William Ransom Capps was in the Confederate Army and fought in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. Ransom’s grandfather, Joseph Preston Yadon, fought in the American Revolutionary War. I remember visiting Alec and Willie Bell when they lived in a log house. CW Capps was a pallbearer at Alec’s funeral. I have photos from the 1920s of Willie Bell and my mother at Hutchinson High School in Pontotoc. Willie Bell is on the left. My mother scratched her face. (Editor's Note: Photo not included)As you can see I like genealogy and history.

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