Jennie’s husband, Robert Alexander Story, was born in Texas on 22 Aug 1844, the son of Joseph James Story and Tenny Humphries. He was one of nine children. His parents came from Mississippi and settled in Panola and Shelby Counties, Texas where they can be found in the 1850 and 1860 census records. Robert Alexander Story’s grandfather, Ephraim Story, based on various census records, slave schedules and land claim records, was a well-to-do early settler of the Mississippi Territory.
Although Robert Alexander would have been the proper age and eligible to serve, I do not find any military records for Robert that would indicate that he served in the Civil War, nor are there any applications for pensions for him or his wife Jennie.
According to a Deed found in the records of McLennan County, Texas, Robert Alexander Story bought 97 acres of land on Williams Creek in the De La Vega Land Grant on 28 Nov. 1877 from J. C. League of Galveston, Texas. He paid a total of $388 for the 97 acres (with a payment due in two equal sums of $194 – one payment due in 1878 and one payment due in 1879). Based on the McLennan County Tax Rolls, it appears that Jennie and her husband spent their entire married lives living on that property in Axtell, Texas. Axtell is located about 10 miles east of Waco, Texas and about 5 miles from where the Branch Davidian – FBI standoff occurred.
Again, based on various tax rolls in McLennan County, it appears that Robert Alexander purchased an additional 200 acres some time between 1886 and 1887. In tax years 1895 and 1896 the couple owns a total of 456 acres in the La Vega Grant. The property is described as being “in Axtell near the railroad.” There is a home on the property which is valued at $500.
Robert died 28 Feb 1931 in Axtell, Texas.
The Waco-Times Herald – Published Saturday, February 28, 1931 – R.A. STORY – R. A. Story, 86, died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday at his home in Axtell, and funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Axtell Methodist Church. Rev. T. H. Yarbrough officiating. Burial, Compton in charge, will be in Axtell Cemetery. Pallbearers are C. A. Slaton, C. C. Barron, C. E. Bloodsworth, W. D. Thompson, Pat Morgan, Frank Willis. Mr. Story had lived at Axtell 70 years. He is survived by one son, F. E. Story of Axtell, a granddaughter, Miss Lowell Story; six nieces and one nephew.
I would be interested in connecting with other Story family researchers – particularly those from Texas.