Many early Texas pioneers settled in Jackson County and their descendants remain in the area.
Jesse Pumphrey was such a settler. Pumphrey (b. 1827, d. 1909) is pictured here with his daughter, Lavonia Pumphrey Laughter (back, left), her daughter, Alma Laughter Manly (back, right), and Alma’s daughter, Marion Manley Kuntz. Jesse’s son, Murus Pumphrey, married Mattie Simons, thus bonding with another area pioneer family. Mattie Meade Pumphrey, “Miss Meadie,” beloved Edna school teacher, was a child of Murus and Mattie.
Mattie Simons Pumphrey was born to Milam Travis Simons, whose father was Capt. Thomas Simons. Captain Simons was born in 1794 in England, eventually settling in Texana, via Nova Scotia. He is described as a navigator, sea captain, and pioneer citizen.