This is information about CORA LUCINDA McDERMETT ARENDELL and family members from the family book produced in 1984.
If anybody has a photo of Cora please send me a copy so I can post it.


Cora wouldn't cook on a cook stove, she used the wood burning fireplace.

She cooked biscuits and sweet potatoes on a "spider". Juel said they were the best biscuits in the country. * WINONA DAVIS BARKHOLTZ

The old Arendell log cabin is still standing (1984) on on the property belonging to Garvin D. Wood, Rt. 3 Box 86, Stephenville, Tx. Mr. Wood owns a dairy farm and moved the log cabin from its original location to the present location with the intentions of restoring it. It is in rather poor shape at the present time. He also has the rocks that were in the fireplace and a few other interesting things. The cabin originally set off of F.M. 913, North of the road, in what is now a pasture.

On the South side of F.M. 913 on top of a hill, across from a dairy is the location of a single grave. The grave is that of Cora's father-in-law Thomas J. Arendell, Died February 7, 1884 aged 69 years. It is marked by stones and has the inscription on the headstone.

Thomas J. Arendell was one of the first settlers in Erath Co. and bought the first town lot sold in Stephenville, Tx. His grave site no doubt would qualify for a Historical marker.


Lewis Publishing Co., 1896

Thomas Jackson Arendell, deceased, was numbered among the sturdy men who came to Texas to reclaim the virgin soil of the Lone Star State from the dominion of savage hordes and make it a habitable region, the home of a law-abiding, prosperous people who have established one of the foremost states in the union. He possessed in a large degree the qualities so essential in the successful frontiersman, who must meet all kinds of dangers and difficulties in his attempts to make a pleasant abode for himself and family. Of a hardy nature and brave to a fault, Mr. Arendell was eminently fitted for the role which he played in the theater of dramatic action that formed the history and characterized the lives of the pioneers of Texas.

Our subject was a native of Kentucky, born in 1819. In his native state his boyhood days were passed. He was married there, to Polly Williams, and a short time afterward started with his wife for Texas, and effected a settlement in Anderson county, being among the first to penetrate the wilds of that region. There he resided until 1854, which was the year of his arrival in Erath County. He located temporarily on the present site of Stephenville, building a house in town, on a lot given by John M. Stephen, the founder of the county seat. After a brief residence there he bought land near by and made his home thereon for several years. His next home was on Green's creek, near Alexander, Erath County, where he bought land and carried on agricultural pursuits for seven years. On the expiration of that period he removed to the Bosque River and later purchased a farm near Seldon, where his son Thomas now lives, this place becoming his permanent earthly home.

During the Indian troubles Mr. Arendell gallantly served in defense of the lives and property of the frontier settlers, and in every position in which he was placed he showed the bravery and spirit which is always a characteristic of the true soldier. He was fearless in times of danger, when it came to protecting his fellow men, and never stopped to count the cost to himself if he might serve others. In his labors he was industrious and energetic, and his life-work was crowned with success, as he accumulated a large and valuable property.

Mr. and Mrs. Arendell became the parents of twelve children, but only three are now living, John, who valiantly served in the late war, Daniel and Thomas. Six of the nine deceased children reached years of maturity; Samuel and Calvin, who were both in service in the late war, Lucinda, Nancy Jane, Alfred and David. During the Civil War Mr. Arendell and his two sons, David and Thomas, did service on the Texas frontier, and the family is noted for its loyalty to the principles in which they believe. The father, who was honored and respected by all who knew him, died in 1885, at the age of sixty-six years, and was buried at the old homestead. His wife departed this life in 1865, at the age of forty-eight, and was buried near Stephenville.

Thomas Arendell, who is a worthy representative of this prominent pioneer family, was born in Kentucky, in 1846, and during his early childhood accompanied his parents to Texas; consequently he has been a witness of the development of this great state through the most important period in its history. His early education was limited to the meager privileges afforded by the primitive schools of that day, but through his own efforts he has become a man of broad general information. His has been a prosperous life. His farm now comprises seven hundred and ninety acres of land, of which two hundred acres is under a high state of cultivation. His buildings are commodious and comfortable, and his well improved place indicates the taste and enterprise of the owner, who is accounted one of the leading farmers of Erath County.

Mr. Arendell was married in 1875 to Miss Cleone California Yoter, and they now have an interesting family of five children, Debby L., Amanda Lee, John E., Samuel M., and Ginnie B. The family is widely and favorably known in this locality, and Mr. Arendell and his estimable wife have many friends. In politics he is an unswerving adherent of the Democratic party, which he has supported since attaining his majority.

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