Ozie Goodvin Rogers


Ozie Goodvin Rogers

"Ozie Goodvin Rogers, the youngest of six children born to Ozy Broyles and Savilla Welborn Rogers, was born March 1, 1864, in Greenville, Anderson County, South Carolina. Ozie Godvin's father was a member of the Confederate Army from South Carolina and died near the end of the Civil War after contracting measles. He was destined never to see his son who was born four months after his death. Within three years Ozie's mother, Savilla, married John Columbus Rogers, a cousin of her first husband. To this union was born six children.

About this time (1870), several Anderson County, South Carolina families were moving to the Brushy Creek area of Anderson County, Texas; among these was one of Ozie's older brothers, Thomas Millwee Rogers. Two years later when Ozie was eight years old (about 1872), he moved with his mother, step-father, brothers and sisters by was of the Port of Galveston to Anderson County, Texas, joining relatives and previous friends and neighbors.

Ozie Goodvin, in his younger days, was a cattle buyer. In these early days, it was necessary to drive cattle to the nearest railhead, which sometimes, for Ozie, was as far away as Oklahoma City.

At the age of twenty-one years on Chrismas Day, 1885, he was married to Annie Amelia Overton, daughter of David Ransom Overton and Martha Evelyn Gibson, in Anderson County. This marriage was blessed with ten children, all born in Anderson County, Texas....

Ozie Goodvin was noted for his wit. He often spoke of his children when gathered with friends; when asked by new acquaintances how many children he had, he often replied, "I have five sons and each has five sisters!"

Ozie and his brother, Tom, early joined neighbors and friends to built the arbor at Brushy Creek. Later when Ozie was married and had his family, they were attending a camp meeting when he and Tom actually got their baby boys switched; they traded back the next day!

Ozie Goodvin Rogers died November 29, 1952, and is buried in New Addition Cemetery in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas. Four years later, on April 11, 1956, Annie Amelia, who was 91 years, 4 months, and 23 days old, was laid to rest beside her husband."

O. Raymond Rogers, Jr., Pioneer Families of Anderson County (TX) Prior to 1900, ed. Anderson County Genealogical Society, 1984.p 318.


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