John Bryant Mauldin

Male, #32411, (8 Jul 1838 - 16 Jun 1911)
Birth*8 Jul 1838 John was born at Hardeman Co., Tennessee, on 8 Jul 1838. 
Census*7 Nov 1850 He was in the on 7 Nov 1850 census at Caldwell Co., Texas
Marriage*3 Dec 1861 He married Sarah Matilda Culpepper at Lavaca Co., Texas, on 3 Dec 1861 at age 23. 
Photographed1871 He appeared as a husband in a family photograph in 1871 at Texas
left to right: Sarah Matilda (Culpepper) Mauldin, John Bryant Mauldin, Cynthia Jane (Culpepper) Knox Pendergrass.1
Matilda & John Mauldin with Cynthia Knox
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Census1880 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Lampasas Co., Texas, in 1880. 
Photographed*say 1892 He was photographed say 1892 at Texas.2
John B. & Sarah (Culpepper) Mauldin & son Mark
Death*16 Jun 1911 He died at Brownwood, Brown Co., Texas, on 16 Jun 1911 at age 72. 
Burial*say 18 Jun 1911 His body was interred say 18 Jun 1911 at Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown Co., Texas.
tombstone
Biography* John was listed as "John Bryant Mauldin" in the Texas Death Index and on his tombstone however his middle name was presumably the maiden name of his mother, Susan Jane Bryan. Mrs. George (Ruby Culpepper) Massey wrote 8 Jan 1979 that according to cemetery records, John B. Mauldin lived at Bangs, TX. Bangs is about 10 miles east of Brownwood, Brown Co., TX.

Mrs. Harvey W. (Glenna Harris) Mauldin preserved the following which was written by William Franklin Mauldin, 15 Jan 1940:

A Little History, The Great Pecan
A Fortune in a Nut Shell
A New Line of Life Insurance

Back in 1865, My Father John B. Mauldin & My Grand Father Dr. W. P. Mauldin known among his friends as Dr. Billy. In 1868 my Father improved a little three hundred & twenty acre ranch on Bear Creek Williamson County Texas consisting of an upland farm where the houses were & 40 acres farm in the valley on Bear Creek. In clearing this valley land they found in the center of the clearing a mammoth pecan tree which they left standing & which we observed never failed to yield a bountiful crop of nuts which we boys enjoyed very much. We would gather a large sack full each winter & leave a bountiful crop for the wild Turkies & hogs to feast upon for Months as the wind brought the nuts down few at a time for Nov. 1st & continued to fall till March & April the next year. [My father & grandfather?] lived on the frontier in Lampasas County Texas and were Indian scouts. I can remember hearing them talk of the big Pecan crop, saying the wild Turkeys & Hogs would be fine eating this winter as they would be very fat on the Pecans. & the Indians too would visit us often, most every light moon & kill our neighbors & drive away our stock. In those days the Indians used the Pecan most extensively for their food. The savage knew more of nature three hundred years ago that civilized nations know today, they used the Pecan as a food. More that Sixty percent of our people do not know that now. The crow & the squirrel have a fine time in the big Old Native Pecan trees that grew on the banks of the Colorado river but strange to say no man ever saw a crow west of the Colorado river. They would not cross. The Pecan tree grows along the banks of most every water course in Texas but strange to say, the largest trees were not on the bank of the streams, they were well back away from other trees where they could have room to spread. In 1878 my Father decided the little Ranch was too small. Being of a Pioneering Nature, he sold the little Ranch, bought 1476 acres of fine land in Lampasas County Thirty Miles from where we had fought the Indians a few years before. There was also plenty of open range here, and also plenty of Pecan trees on the River & we still gathered our usual supply of winter Pecans. By this time we had accumulated quite a little family, consisting of Eleven Boys & a sister for every brother. Now guess - we were all healthy. We ate lots of Pecan Nuts. As well as accumulating a large family we had also accumulated a nice herd of cattle, horses, sheep & hogs. We were stock farmers, had 150 acres in farm. We raised everything we consumed & consumed most all we raised. We raised wheat, corn, potatoes & great stacks of hay, had plenty of cows that we milked every day. We always had steers to sell but never sold any she cattle. Sold wool, Lambs & Mutton & always had horses for the horse buyer. In 1886 our herds had outgrown our range, so we decided to drive to Colorado territory and sell out. We gathered our herds with little hired help & on April 14th 1886 we put our herd on the trail routed through the pan handle of Texas to Colorado. My Father put me in charge as I was the oldest son. We were on the trail four & one half months encountering many, many hardships, but made a successful drive & a good sale & were back home safe in five months. On our way out, at Brownwood Texas, located on the west side of the Pecan Bayou or River. The Bayou or River was named for its great Number of Pecan trees. The town was located in 1848 by Uncle Jimmie Brown's trading post, later named "Brownwood." In the valley before crossing the Pecan Bayou was very thick Mesquite brush. We had a hard time getting our cattle through without a loss but we did it and went our way. Two years later, in 1888, I went through that same valley, with another herd of cattle, but where the mesquite brush was there were three hundred acres of young Pecan trees. In 1895 I saw A. L. Swindon sell his crop of nuts to J. R. Looney a Grocery Man for $6000.00. Those were the common seedling nut. That year I was converted to the Pecan industry and have never been "a backslider" or lost faith in the Queen of all trees, the Pecan. This man Swindon was the Son-in-law of J. I. Campbell one of the Lumber Kings of Texas. On my first trip through the Panhandle of Texas in 1886 I saw Pecan trees at Childress, near Amarillo that looked to be Seventy five years old & bearing heavy & not another tree in that country. But there are thousands of young trees in the Panhandle now. That altitude is about Thirty five hundred feet. I sold & transplanted my first Pecan trees at Brownwood Texas in 1895, those were seedling trees for shade. In 1898 I sold the first budded trees, propagated by Dr. W. R. Stuart Ocean Springs Mississippi. In 1902 I sold the first budded Pecan trees planted in San Angelo Texas. People said they would not grow away from the River bank. But I sold many trees & planted in yards & parks in San Angelo & today 85 % of the shade trees planted in San Angelo are Pecan trees. The streets are lined with beautiful tax paying Pecan trees. A Christmas Card 1940 from San Angelo Texas from a niece in part says, "Dearest Uncle Frank, would so love to see you. How are you? Wish you could see the Pecan Nuts we gathered from our trees this year. Texas yards certainly made a good crop." San Angelo Texas is recognized today as the largest inland Pecan shipping center in the World. In 1919 the state of Texas had 85 % of the seedling Pecan trees in the world. In 1917 I sold the first Pecan trees ever put in the El Paso Valley. I put El Paso on the map in the Pecan industry. I sold Dean Stockman's [sic, Stahmann's] Father Pecan trees in 1918 & his Son Dean is at Mesquite New Mexico now planting 4000 acres to Pecan trees - so you see how the industry grows. The largest Pecan tree in the world is in the El Paso valley Twenty miles below El Paso. One mile away from the Rio Grande River, this tree measures over eighteen feet around the trunk, is 108 feet spread looks to be one hundred feet high & is supposed to be one thousand to fifteen hundred years old. A Pecan tree never dies from age. Old timers there say this tree never fails to bear a good crop of nuts & is believed to bear fifteen hundred to two thousand pounds of Nuts in one year. It's on Mexican property & everyone gathers its nuts. This tree is growing in bad alkali ground, a water table of Ten feet. There is only one other Old Pecan tree in the El Paso Valley, this tree stands just one mile from the big tree & is about Seventy years old growing in the Sanddunes where no well water could be found - in the last few years Irrigation water has been run near this tree & the owner has seven acres in alfalfa & he told me in 1919 tht he gathered 750 pounds of Nuts from that tree that fall & sold them at 35 cents per pound, Making far more money than the Seven acres of alfalfa. During four years I spent in the El Paso valley I planted many Pecan trees which are proving my statement, the Pecan tree is the greatest money making tree knnown to mankind. In Jan[?] 1922 I went [to] Imperial Valley & sold Pecan trees & that winter shipped Two car loads from Monticello Fla. Out of that shipment I planted Ten acres in Jan. 1923 for J. M. Johnson in San Fernando Valley - Converting a walnut man to a Pecan man, [to] which he will testify. Trees in that grove last year produced as much as 165 pounds of Nuts each. Those trees are the paper-shell "Schley," The Variety we will grow in Pecan Park Estate. Pecan Park Estate is where you can plant your money & see your dollars grow. If you are sick it will make you well. If you are well it will make you happy just owing to how much you invest as to how rich you will be. Pecan Park Estate has the climate, the water & as good land as there is in the state to grow Pecan trees & ideal climate in which to grow good trees & a bountiful crop of Nuts. We expect to plant hundreds of acres in Pecan trees on this tract as my years of Experience tells me there is no better location & few as good as you will find in Pecan Park Estate for a sure investment. One would be surprised to know that there are hundreds of giant seedling Pecan trees Seventy five to one hundred years old that never fail to bear a crop every year in the state of Calif. and the result of those old giant trees & the constant pounding of the far sighted Pecan Nursery Man California is fast coming into her own in the production of the choice paper shell nut. Back to New Mexico, for a little talk. In 1929 I was in Roswell talking Pecan. The Monticello Fla. Pecan Nursery Company had me on the air twice a week for two months selling Schley & Mahan Pecan trees while talking there an old man said have you ever seen my Pecan trees. I said no, where are they. He said Ten miles West of here just off the highway & told me how to find the place. He says my folks came here from Texas 65 years ago when I was five years old. My Mother brought a little bag of Pecans & started planting. My father laughed & said you'll never have any Pecans. Today there are eleven trees in a little group. If I had a hundred trees like them I would not have to work, old as I am. I went to see those trees. They were in a very small space only Seventy five feet across. The largest tree measured 11 1/2 feet around, looked to be Eighty feet high. Those trees were right out [in] the open pasture. No protection. A few years ago I was talking with G. R. Crane three miles East of Escondido near San Diego. He has a large Pecan tree growing near the Center of a 12 acre Orange grove. He asked, what insect bothers a Pecan tree? I said you say you have owned this grove Twelve years why don't you tell me? He said there has never been an insect on that tree & every insect in Calif. has been here to see me. He said that tree makes more money than Thirty of the best trees in the Orange grove, no pruning no spraying & a crop every year. Last year I weighed 750 pounds from that tree.

On 7 Apr 2006, Kevin Ivey (e-mail address) wrote:
"I am a second generation Pecan Farmer in the El Paso Valley, but a fourth generation farmer in this valley (cotton). There are several things about this story that my 74 year old father couldn't make sense of: W.J. Stahmann and son "Dean Stahmann Sr." surely did plant tree's in Mesquite, New Mexico in the early 1930's. In 1918 W.J. Stahmann was a cotton farmer in Tornillo, Texas and sold his farm to a gentleman that owned the Hoover Cotton Company in 1926. Dean Stahmann Sr. continued his dream and planted 2900 acres at the Santo Tomas farm near Mesquite and 1100 acres on the Snow farm near Old Mesilla, New Mexico. Info on this is available at their web site (http://stahmanns.com). Also being very interested in pecans and the history of the pecan tree I would be very interested in trying to find the original locations of these old tree's sited in the story in El Paso, Tx., though they are probably non-existent anymore.' 

Family

Sarah Matilda Culpepper (17 Sep 1839 - 23 Jan 1912)
Marriage*3 Dec 1861 He married Sarah Matilda Culpepper at Lavaca Co., Texas, on 3 Dec 1861 at age 23. 
Last Edited28 Apr 2006

Citations

  1. E-mail written Apr 2009 to Lew Griffin from Kathy Knox Milller (Mrs. Ron Miller), Olympic View, WA, e-mail address.
  2. E-mail written 2004-2007 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Colleen Andrews Morris, Dripping Springs, TX, e-mail address.