Van Zandt County, Texas

Morince Community

The following information and pictures were submitted by Betty Pickens Phillips

GPS Location of Morince, Texas
32N 39.976'
W. 095N 42.975'
Elev. 381 Ft.

From Hwy 80 at Edgewood, turn North on VZCR # 859, then travel 2 miles, turn left on VZCR 1395.
Go After 1 mile, turn right on VZCR 3710, Morence is about 1 mile down on 3710.
Pictures new & old at Morince
The old pond at Morince which was across the road from the Church of Christ.
Many of the members were baptized here. Photo taken March 3, 2011.
The old tree behind the road sign was in the church yard and the old school
was just beyond the church building & tree. The cemetery is behind the cedars.
Photo taken March 3, 2011.
Morince cemetery
Cemetery listings link
Building of the Gate
A couple of days before Christmas in 2001, Jerry Wade, grandson of the W. T. Wade
couple buried in this cemetery, and some of his friends, Melburn Persons & Robert Gaston,
who also had kin buried in this cemetery,installed the new gate that Jerry had built.
Jerry is the one on the right in the bottom picture.
Left to Right: Robert Gaston, Melburn Persons, Jerry Wade
History of the Morince Church of Christ is here.

End of old school building with Church of Christ building in background at right.
Pictured in the foreground are a young Celestine Wade (Celestine Schneider) and Jack Manery.
Morince (Stewarts Chapel) School -1918--1919.
The only one identified is Lydia Caroline Wade , top left.
Stewart's Chapel School Group of 1935- 1936
Bottom Row L-R: Eddy McEnturff; Benny Paul Woods; Billy Dedman; Bill Jordan; Bobby McEnturff; Horace Robinett; Bob Jones; Gerald Robinett.
Second Row L-R: Sylvia Jo Jackson; Rusty Woods; Roy Gene McEnturff; Calvin Gaston; Keith Wade; B. W. Wade; Revo Cotton; Jerry Wade; Billy Paul Pickens; James Charles Wade; Don Charles Jordan; R. C. Hindman.
Third Row L-R: Librarian who was Mrs. Ruby Johnson's sister, Clara Dyke; Cora Jackson; Louellia Mullins; Vernell Williams; Unknown; Unknown; Wynell Wade; Pan Jo Fisher; Dixie Wade; Janell Cotton; Vanetta Dedman; Wanda Wade; Rita Fisher; Lee Roy Leech.
Top Row L-R: Ruthdeen Cotton; Maybell Hindman; Annie Laura Wade; Wilma Jean McEnturff; Athene Campbell; Doris Rae Pickens; Daphine Cotton; Billy Paul Hindman; Jimmy Jackson; Doug Pickens; Mrs. Ruby Johnson (Mrs. Jim Johnson).
This picture is from the Lydia (Wade) Pickens collection. The identification of the children in this picture was made by the following former students: Doug Pickens; Doris (Pickens) Phillips; Don Pickens; Betty Jo (Jones) Sims and Eddy McEnturff. If you know the identity of the unknown children listed, please e-mail Betty Phillips and we will add their names.
Stewart's Chapel School Group of 1937-1938
Bottom row: Don Wayne Wade; Harold Couch; Don Pickens; Max McEnturff; & Robert Leech.
Second Row: Jimmy Jackson; Bob Jones; Gerald Robinett; David Couch; Billy Dedmond; Bobby McEnturff; & Doug Pickens.
Third Row: Virginia Cotton; Betty Jones; Frances Robinett; Doris Pickens; Daphine Cotton; Ruthdeen Cotton; Doris Jackson; Pattizo Martin; Sylvia Jo Jackson; & Gay Nell Carter.
Top Row: Teacher, Mrs. Ruby Johnson; Teacher, Lee Roy Leech; & Eddy McEnturff.
The identification of the children in this picture was made by the following former students: Doug Pickens; Doris (Pickens) Phillips; Don Pickens; and Betty Jo (Jones) Sims.
Old Morince (Stewarts Chapel) School (probably at the back) with unknown children.

Old Morince Families

Top row: William "Billy" Tinsley Wade; Matthew Harris Wade; David Edward Wade; Richard Jerome Wade; Melissa Jane Wade; Ella Rhea Wade.

Bottom row: Arizona "Zona" Wade; Quillie Wade; William Tinsley Wade; Leona Wade; Lydia Caroline (Brazeal) Wade; James Earnest Wade on her lap.

This picture was taken in 1898......not yet born were: Buck Winn Wade; Herman "Pete" Elliot Wade, and Lydia Caroline Wade. Two other children, George Willis Wade died in 1878 at nine months old and Annie Eliza Wade died in 1882 at three years old. Of the fifteen children, Lydia is the only survivor at age 96 in 2001.

This picture is from the collection of Lydia Caroline (Wade) Pickens. The picture was taken in 1898 at the home of her parents, William Tinsley & Lydia Caroline (Brazeal) Wade, in the Morence community. The Wades were the parents of fifteen children with Lydia being the youngest.

Caroline & Young Lydia soon after the death of W. T. (Bill) Wade

This is the Morince home of Michael Mack "Mike" Robinett. On the left, with the cane, is son,
John, who never married. In the middle is Michael Mack "Mike" and Mary Ann Morris Robinett.
On the left is son & wife, Dee and Alma May Simmons Robinett with their daughter,
Fannie Dee, who was born in 1898 and died in 1997.
This picture was taken about 1899 to 1900, just before Mike died.

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