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Family Group Record: Jacob Barnett Biffle and Sarah Ann Lusk

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Information supplied by: Janet M. Roseen
See also Colonel Jacob Biffle by Brent Cox
Col. Jacob Biffle - Second Only to Forrest by Jill K. Garrett

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   Jacob Barnett Biffle 
   Born: May 31, 1830 Place: Wayne County or Maury County, Tennessee
   Married: Place: Tennessee
   Died: January 2, 1877 Place: Cooke County, Texas; near Gainesville, Texas; he is buried in Reed Cemetery, Myra, Cooke County, Texas (Northeast 1/4)
   Parents: John Barnett Biffle and Mary M. Chambers
  • Jacob served in the military 1846-1848 in the Mexican American War. He fought at the battle of Matamoras and Monterey. In 1850, Jacob lived with his sister Mary and her family; he is listed as a merchant and may have worked for Mary's husband, Amos T. Hassell. He served as an officer in the military 1861-1865 in the Civil War. He helped form the 2nd Tennessee Cavalry Battalion in 1861. He was later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 9th (19th) Tennessee Cavalry Regiment.
  • He was shot on December 15, 1876, while on a cattle drive, by a man named Scott Waters, who served as his cook. He died two weeks later and is buried in Reed Cemetery, Myra, Texas. Fort Worth Daily Democrat, Wednesday, March 14, 1877, pg. 4, col. 2. See also the story of his son, James Wesley Biffle, that includes some history on Jacob Barnett Biffle. It states that he had gone to a ranch he owned in what became Wichita County, Oklahoma, and that is where he was shot.

   Sarah Ann Lusk  
   Born: December 28, 1839 Place: Tennessee
   Died: May 30, 1912 Place: Myra, Cooke County, Texas; buried in Reed Cemetery
  She may also have gone by the name of Maud.


1 John T. Biffle
Sex Born: July 21, 1857 Place: Tennessee
  M Married: December 19, 1880; Mary Jane Brown Place: Texas
   Died: August 15, 1936 Place: Cooke County, Texas; he is buried in Reeds Cemetery
  He was a stockman and farmer in Myra, Cooke County, Texas in 1916.

2 Mary Ann Biffle
Sex Born: ca. 1858 Place: Tennessee
  F Married: James Brewer Place:
   Died: Place:

3 Eliza Biffle
Sex Born: ca. March 1860 Place: Tennessee
  F Married: Place:
   Died: not found in 1870 census Place:

4 James Wesley Biffle
Sex Born: March 12, 1866 Place: Tuscaloosa, Alabama (according to his obituary; 1870 census shows Tennessee)
  M Married: January 30, 1887, Emma Mikel Place: Gainesville, Texas
   Died: May 24, 1940 Place: Jefferson County, Oklahoma

5 Ella Biffle
Sex Born: March 1868 Place: Mississippi
  F Married: ca. 1887, John N. Stout Place: Cooke County, Texas
   Died: Place:
  John Stout was a railroad engineer who resided in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas

6 Sarah Minnie Biffle
Sex Born: ca. 1870 Place: Mississippi
 F Married: Winfred Allred Place:
   Died: before 1916 Place:

7 William E. Biffle
Sex Born: ca. 1872 Place: Mississippi
M Married: Clara Hawkins Place: Cooke County, Texas
   Died: Place:
  He may be living in Kansas in 1916.

8 Edgar Biffle
Sex Born: June 16, 1874 Place:
M Married: Place:
   Died: October 14, 1875 Place: He is buried in Reed Cemetery, Myra, Texas

9 Fay Biffle
Sex Born: ca. 1878 Place: Texas
M Married: Elizabeth Schultz Place:
   Died: 1936 Place: He and his wife are buried in Reed Cemetery, Myra, Texas.

  • 1860 U.S. Census, Wayne County, Sorby PO, District #5, Tennessee, M653-1277, p. 242.
  • 1870 U.S. Census, Lee County, Mississippi, M593-736, p. 30
  • 1880 U.S. Census, Cooke County, Texas, Film T9-1298, pg. 314D; Sarah is head of household.
  • 1900 U.S. Census, Cooke County, Texas, T623-1623, p. 299; living with her son Fay, in household next to Nancy Louis Morris Biffle, Jacob, James, and Ida/Iva.
  • 1910 U.S. Census, Cooke County, Texas, T624-1542, p. 324; living with son Fay and an adopted daughter, Ira Vinson (who is she?)
  • 1 Jill Knight Garrett, Confederate Soldiers and Patriots, Maury County, Tennessee (Columbia, Tenn.: Capt. James Madison Sparkman Chapter, UDC, 1970, p.27; and Jill Knight Garrett, Obituaries from Tennessee Newspapers (Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1980), p. 28.
  • Mundie, James A., Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide. Hillsboro, Texas: Hill College Press, 2002, p. 25.

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