Texas Family Group Sheet for the James Jarrell SENN Family

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Submitted by: Gina Heffernan
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Submitted: 2 Dec 2014

Husband: James Jarrell SENN (1)
         AKA: J J SENN, J J SINN, James Jarrell SINN
   Birthdate: 13 Jan 1910 - Holland, Bell, Texas, USA (2,3,4)
  Death date: 6 Jul 1952 - Austin, Travis, Texas, USA (5)
      Buried: 8 Jul 1952 - Austin, Travis, Texas, USA (5)
     Address: State Hospital Cemetery, Travis County, Texas
      Father: Frederick Doyle SENN (1875-1930) (2,6,7)
      Mother: Emma Beatrice WILLS (1878-1937) (2,8,9,10)
    Marriage: 20 May 1940                   Place: , Milam, Texas, USA (11)

      1. On 1 Jan 1941, he lived in Buckholts, Milam, Texas, USA.

      2. Circa 1945, he resided at 3513 Linder St in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA.

   Wife: Virginia MATCEK (12,13)
         AKA: Virginia Stewart CRAIN,(11) Jennie MATCEK (14)
   Birthdate: 15 Aug 1903 - , Washington, Texas, USA (13)
  Death date: 31 Dec 1940 - , Milam, Texas, USA (13)
      Buried: 1 Jan 1941 - Rockdale, Milam, Texas, USA
     Address: Oaklawn Cemetery, Milam County, Texas
      Father: Frank MATCEK (1863-          ) (15,16)
      Mother: Virginia ??? (1879-          ) (17,18) her mother's name was Bonner
1  M  Ed SENN (19,20)
   Birthdate: 30 Dec 1940 - , Milam, Texas, USA (21,22)
  Death date: 19 Dec 1973 - Rockdale, Milam, Texas, USA (23,24)
      Buried: 20 Dec 1973 - Rockdale, Milam, Texas, USA
     Address: I O O F Cemetery, Milam County, Rockdale, Texas
      Spouse: Irene Mildred BUCHANAN (1944-1962) (25)
  Marr. Date: 9 Oct 1960 - , Milam, Texas, USA (25)

General Notes: Husband - James Jarrell SENN

James died at 35 from Huntington's disease in Austin at the state hospital. He was
married and had one child. He always spelled his last name SINN.

Lived at Sharp until he got sick. They lost a baby, then JJ went to the hospital when she
was pregnant with the next baby. She died in childbirth. Her brother raised the baby. The
son died at age 32 of Huntington's. Her brother was injured in the war - lost a leg, had
one child of his own. [Ima Holder Senn]

General Notes: Wife - Virginia MATCEK

Her death certificate was signed by J G Senn. I think it's supposed to be J J - James
Jarrell (Gerald?) Ed's death certificate says her name was Virginia Browder.

63 Dead In Milam Co., S5,000,000 Damage Bailey Turner And H. C. Sullivan Drowned In
   Their House in the Forks of Brushy and San Gabriel Swept Away in Monster Flood of
Friday Night . . . Known Dead Now Totals Sixty-three
   The known dead in the floods of Milam County from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15, 1921, totaled
63 as follows:
   Bailey P. Turner, Rockdale; H. C. Sullivan, Rockdale (Body not recovered) Fred
Kennedy, Tutner's farm hand; Grandma Bonner, age 85, at Green Camp unknown white woman
found in San Gabriel River below Sheckels bridge Maynard Robinson and F. W. Leatherbury,
Santa Fe railway offcials, drowned at the Santa Fe bridge on Little River; Roy Cass,
white, son of Elijah Cass of the Liberty Hill community; Hardy Huff, Negro boy, on Bailey
Turner place; a Mexican at San Gabriel town; twenty-three Mexicans in Laneport community
five Mexicans at the Redville gin on Alligator, two miles from San Gabriel Mrs. M. L.
Brown and son, Lee, at the Redville gin, Mrs. Lee Brown rescued from a tree top; eleven
Mexicans at San Gabriel town; two white children at the Hogue crossing on Brushy; Negro
woman and two children at the Lawrence crossing on Brushy, southwest of Thorndale; five
Mexicans on the Minor farm; three Mexicans on the Watt farm....
   ...One of the most thrilling experiences and narrow escapes from death recorded in the
floods was that of "Comrade" Ed. A. Green and the two sons and one daughter of Mrs.
Minton Arledge, all of whom were caught at the Green sawmill camp in the San Gabriel
bottom below Sheckels bridge. A saddening feature of their experiences was found in the
death of the grandmother of the children, Mrs. Bonner, who at the advanced age of 85
years was forced to endure the sickening hardships incident to spending a night in a
tree, wet to the skin and so weakened by exposure and fright that it was necessary to
bind her to a tree, and who finally succumbed and dropped into the raging torrent, to be
swept away.
   Mr. Green in relating his experiences said that they were not anticipating any high
water, and that the water was two or three feet deep when they discovered it about 2
o'clock Friday night. The rise came so rapidly that there was no chance to get out, and
it was only an hour or two until they were forced to climb to the roof of the house.
About 3:30 a. m. the water reached its crest and they felt the house begin to give way. A
large whiteoak tree extended a convenient branch over the shack, and they all climbed
into its branches. Just as he lifted the old lady up to one of her grandsons the house
floated off about 60 or 70 feet and lodged against some trees. After daylight dawned
Saturday the waters fell and the house seemed to settle on the ground, and in settling
the current was so divided as to make swimming possible, so Mr. Green and the young
people swam to the house where a more comfortable perch was had on its roof. During
Saturday, however, another rise came and the house again became dangerous, so they again
took to the trees. Mr. Green swam back and forth to the old lady a number of times,
trying to make her more comfortable and cheer her up, but he observed that she was
getting much weaker and he bound her to the tree with a blanket. Night came on, and some
time during the night the grandmother became delirious, untied herself from the tree, and
exclaiming " I am gone," allowed herself to drop into the dark waters. The balance of the
party spent their time alternately on the roof and in the trees. Mr. Green climbed to the
top of the big whiteoak Saturday morning and attempted to signal for help, but could see
no help from any direction.
   Mr. Green said that during the early hours of Saturday morning before daylight he
heard shots and cries from the Bailey Turner place further on down the river, and he felt
sure both Turner and Sullivan, his partner, were drowned shortly after that hour.
   Sunday morning about 9 o'clock Buck Hillin and another man came to the Green camp in a
small boat. They could only carry two passengers so they took the girl and one of the
boys, coming back later for Mr. Green and the other boy. Green said that the relaxation
from the nervous strain and sleepless hours was so great that both he and the boy lay
down on the roof of the shack, which was two or three inches deep in slimy mud, and went
sound asleep, sleeping until Hillin came back. During their thirty-six hour vigil in the
trees the party had nothing to eat except a five pound can of sugar, and nothing to drink
except the muddy river water.
   Hillin carried the rescued party to high ground on the other side of the river and
went on looking for others who might be similarly marooned. Two or three hours later a
rescue party composed of E. V. (Gene) Marshall, Charley See, Martin Whiteley, Henry
Seelke and Harry Moody, in two boats, showed up, and brought the Green party across the
river, landing them on the hill this side of the Holtzclaw bridge.
   The young folks were named Matcek, the girl's first name being Virginia, and Mr. Green
said this girl showed unusual grit and vitality. She kept her brothers awake throughout
the long hours of the night, frequently slapping and pinching them into wakefulness when
to fall asleep meant death.

Cameron Herald, 15 Sep 1921, pg 7

More Than 100 Lives Lost In Valley Lands of Williamson and Milam Counties In Flood
   More than 100 bodies of flood and storm victims in the lowlands along the San Gabriel
river in and Milam counties have been recovered, according to the correspondent of the
San Antonio Express at Taylor, who telephoned a report. The correspondent telephoned the
following: "One hundred and nine bodies have been recovered from flooded lowlands along
the San Gabriel river in Williamson and Milam counties as the result of more than 20
inches of rain between last Friday anil Saturday mornings, which caused a rise of 40
feet. Most of the dead are Mexican farm laborers." Lists from different towns and
communities are as follows: Thorndale, 45 bodies recovered, Mexicans. Laneport, 23 bodies
recovered, Mexicans. San Gabriel, 8 Mexicans. Alligator Creek, 5 Mexicans. Roy Bland farm
near Taylor, 1 Mexicans. Elm Grove, 29 Mexicans on Jake Bowers' place seven miles
southeast of Taylor. Another dispatch to the Express from Rockdale, Milam county, says:
"More than twenty families in the Brazos bottoms between Gause and Valley Junction are
reported to have been lost. Five persons are known to have drowned on the Ed Green farm
in the San Gabriel bottoms. "More than twenty feet of water rose over the roads in the
Brazos bottoms and nothing has been heard from the twenty families living there.
"Virtually every bridge in Milam county, both railroad and highway, has been destroyed."
Property losses will exceed $1,000,000, the report said. Conditions along the Brazos
between Rockdale and Hearne are nil- known. Ed Green, the farmer on whose land several
were drowned, was rescued after being in a tree 36 hours. Two white boys and a girl were
rescued at the same time. The Taylor correspondent said that the rainfall from 3:30 a. m.
of Friday to 1 a. m. Saturday was 21.5 inches, the heaviest in the history of the weather
bureau, established at Taylor twenty years ago. All wagon and railroad bridges out of
Taylor in every direction are gone. Only one train has run since Saturday night. The
property loss in the town of Taylor is estimated at $450,000 to $750,000. No lives were
lost in Taylor. The two children drowned in Brushy creek clung to a tree for two days and
were drowned just as help was in sight. Their names are not known. W. D. Barfield of the
county road force was going to their aid when they became exhausted and fell into the
water. Six other children in the vicinity were rescued by Barfield. At Hutto, Williamson
county, a tornado, accompanied by heavy rains, struck the negro district. Fifteen
dwellings and the negro Baptist church were wrecked.

Last Modified: 2 Dec 2014


    1. Senn, Ima Holder. I had several telephone interviews with Ima from 2000-2002. We
         discussed her family and Wiley's family. She had an incredible memory and she
         had "notes" about things she was afraid she would forget. I don't know what
         happened to her notes and I wish I had recorded our conversations. She is my
    2. Senn, Ima Holder.
    3. 1910 Federal Census, Texas, Williamson, ED 131, pg 448.  age 4 mos, Texas.
    4. Death Certificate, Senn, James J #36052.  13 Jan 1910, Holland, Texas.
    5. Death Certificate, Senn, James J #36052.
    6. Death Certificate, Senn, Fred #41888.
    7. 1880 Federal Census, New York, Genesee, ED 16, pg 11-12 (661C-D).  Frederic Sinn.
    8. 1880 Federal Census, Texas, McCullough, ED 108, pg 14 (522B).  E B Wills.
    9. 1900 Federal Census, Texas, Bell, ED 20, pg 15A.  Beatrice Senn.
    10. Death Certificate, Senn, James J #36052.  Emma B Wills.
    11. Milam Co, Texas Marriage Book, bk 22 pg 552.
    12. Texas State Birth Index, Senn, Ed.  Virginia Matcek.
    13. Death Certificate, Senn, Virginia #56898.
    14. 1910 Federal Census, Texas, Milam, ED 51, pg 5A.  Jennie A Maceh.
    15. Death Certificate, Senn, Virginia #56898.  Frank Mateck.
    16. 1900 Federal Census, Texas, Washington, ED 115, pg 3B.  Frank Marzek.
    17. Death Certificate, Senn, Virginia #56898.  Virginia Arledge.
    18. 1900 Federal Census, Texas, Washington, ED 115, pg 3B.  Virginia Marzek.
    19. Senn, W William Jr. Personal interview
    20. Texas State Birth Index, Senn, Ed.
    21. Texas State Birth Index, Senn, Ed.  30 Dec 1940, Milam County.
    22. Death Certificate, Sinn, Ed #101654.  30 Dec 1940, Milam County.
    23. Texas Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch.org).
    24. Death Certificate, Sinn, Ed #101654.
    25. Milam Co, Texas Marriage Book, bk 25 pg 480.

My Notes

If there is no SOURCE, I have no PROOF! If the source is a PERSON, the information is HEARSAY!