JAMES SKELTON DANIEL
James Skelton Daniel, son of Sebron Hutson Daniel and Martha Virginia (Lowe) Daniel, was born August 22, 1866, near Gadsden, Alabama. Sebron Hutson Daniel was born January 5, 1842, married in Gadsden, Alabama, Martha Virginia Lowe who was born May 5, 1846, daughter of Jefferson and Louize Lowe or Dade County Georgia, and a sister of James Polk Lowe who came to Grapevine, Texas about 1869. Sebron Hutson Daniel was a Captain in the Confederate Army. He made a least two trips to Grapevine to visit his son and other relatives here; he died in October 1939, and is buried at Gadsden, Alabama, as is Martha Virginia. They had seven children: James S., Minnie, Hettie, Mollie, Maud, George, and John, all born near Gadsden.
James Skelton Daniel married Emily Frances Simmons (born April 4, 1865 in Georgia, August 17, 1885. They had eight children: Jesse Jackson, (July 26, 1886-August 26, 1955); Rose, born July 7, 1889, married Roy E. Dill; Robert Alton, (February 5, 1892-November 12, 1918), married Bessie Thomas; James G., (March 15, 1894-March 8, 1927); Stanley, (Mar 17, 1897-July 2, 1905); Burl, born November 4, 1900, married Pauline Paschal; Alice Lavinia, January 16, 1903-March 26, 1972) and George, born February 21, 1905, died December 28, 1906. The first five children were born in Alabama and the others were born in the Grapevine vicinity after they moved here by train in November 1897, first settling west of Grapevine on part of the land owned by James Skelton Daniel’s Uncle Jim Lowe, and in later years moved into Grapevine. From about 1923 to 1941, J. S. Daniel was City Marshal in Grapevine. He died June 22, 1943 and Emily Frances died September 8, 1936.
His oldest son, Jess, married March 22, 1908, Llora Elsie Lindsay (born February 2, 1884), a granddaughter of George E. Bushong’s sister, Sarah Catherine Bushong who married James Mi Hard. Jess farmed for many years on the Grapevine prairie and operated cotton gins in Grapevine and Minters Chapel, the Co-op Feed Mill. He served on the city council for several years. There were eight children: Thelma, J.B., Grady, Marshall, Berniece, Roy, James H., and George. Jesse Jackson Daniel died August 26, 1955, and Llora Daniel now resides with her daughter, Berniece Bailey in Chico, Texas, and with her daughter, Thelma Conine in Grapevine.
Nine of us had smallpox during an outbreak in the spring of 1930. J. B. had them first and Dad took him to the “pest house” thinking it might keep the rest of us from having them. We lived several years on the Lipscomb farm east of Grapevine, and lived on the Stewart farm from 1929 until 1941 where the airport is now. We rode to school in a buggy for several years during the depression.
Thelma and J. B. still reside in the Grapevine area, Grady lives in Dallas, Marshall in Sydney, Australia, Berniece in Chico, Roy in Arlington, Jim in Pasadena, Texas and George in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (GRAPEVINE AREA HISTORY, 1979. Submitted by Berniece Daniel Wells Bailey. Used by written permission, Grapevine Area Historical Society, Grapevine, Texas.)