Cothranville, Texas - A town now known as Tigertown

This village which is situated in the  northwest section of Lamar County, Texas, was named after the Cothran family and its been known by at least three names:  Cothran's Store,  Cothran's Station, and as Cothranville as written on an envelope by my great-great grandfather,  T.A. Moore.

During the time that T.A.'s father James U. Moore lived in or near this town, it was a rather wild place on the edge of the country where hog and cattle stealing was common and many a saloon flourished.  So unruly was the area that T.A. expressed his concern about traveling to this area with his wife and family.

The town seems to have been first called  Cothran's Store and was named after John J. Cothran who was an early settler who had built  a store and died in 1884. Near Cothran's store was a gin and blacksmith, but a post office had yet to be established so when anyone from the area  went to nearby Paris they would pick up the mail for those living near this  area and deposit it in a box kept at the gin for this purpose.  Each  man would then go through the box and take out his mail.

Some say the name changed from Cothran's Store when Henry Miller's father set up a saloon a few miles south of the store.  About this same time the circus had begun showing in Paris, and Henry got himself a fancy poster of a handsome tiger and pasted it above the rear door inside his saloon. When the the Masonic lodge or some other organization was gathering and wanted to take a snifter, they'd suggest that they "Go over and take a shot at the tiger."  Others claim the name Tigertown simply got the name because of of the drunks who rode into town when the store buildings were plastered with the pictures of the circus tigers and had gone down Main Street yelling "Tigertown!" Still others claim the name began on account of a rivalry at a dance when local boys had a fight with the boys from Bonham and that the Bonham boys had returned and  painted a tiger on the wall suggesting the fierceness of the  fight.

However it is that Cothran's Store, Cothran's Station or Cothranville came to be known as Tigertown, it took me nearly three years beginning in pre-internet days, to track down this particular little town.  As a genealogist attempting to piece together information the envelope written  by my great-great grandfather to his father with this address had given me every reason to believe a town or village by this name had indeed existed in Lamar county.

On the envelope T.A. Moore had written: "They laid him in the village church yard, and I can write to  him no more." This was the tiny shred of information which ultimately led me to  Roberta Woods, one of those who had recorded the Lamar County cemeteries.
The Tigertown Cemetery was recorded in November 1991 and is located on Highway 38 in the northwest quadrant of the county.  The oldest inscribed  grave is that of Rodie Cothran who died in 1862, but it also contains 568  graves including unknowns - one which might very well be the resting place  of James U. Moore.

I hope one day to confirm his resting place.  He was born to Eli Moore and Deborah Updegraph/Updegraff in what was then known as Beaver Dam, Pennsylvania on the 13th of September, 1816.  He was married to Rebecca Cook, the daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Firebaugh) Cook in Cadiz, Harrison County, Ohio on 07 Sep 1836.  They were the parents of my gg-grandfather Thomas Anderson Moore and his younger siblings: Isaac L. Moore, Cinthia "Amanda" Moore, and Joseph E. Moore.  Due to their opposing views of slavery, James and Rebecca parted ways and James went south to Texas where he married a woman we know only as "S.A.C." and had by her a son, John Ashley Moore in 1864.  They also adopted a daughter, Ada M. Cherry.

As noted on the envelope, James died in Cothranville in April of 1887.  His first wife Rebecca died in St. Louis on 18 Nov 1891 and rests in an unmarked grave in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

Note:  A marriage record for a James Moore married to a Sarah J. Creed on 05 Aug 1860 in Lamar Co., Texas was located in the Texas Marriages 1814-1909 database; but has not yet been proven to be the same J.U. Moore.

Also looking for the burial of his son Isaac L. Moore, born in Harrison Co., OH on 22 Jun 1842; married first to Abbie A. Malone in St. Louis on 22 Mar 1870; father of Lulu C., Ella C., Orville Clempson, and Chester I. Moore.  He married 2nd a woman named Emma and died in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA on 25 Jan 1933.


MARGARET PILCHER - Wife of Hiram Shaw, Lexington Hatter

Margaret "Peggy" Pilcher was born to Joshua and Nancy in Culpeper County, Virginia in about the year 1777.  In 1793 the family headed west, probably over Swift Run Gap in the Blue Ridge and down into the Shenandoah Valley making their way on foot or horseback along the Wilderness Road and then following Boone's old trail north into the town of Lexington, five hundred miles from Culpeper County.

The town, which was the trade, social, and intellectual nucleus of Kentucky, contained about three or four hundred homes which were clustered around the court-house.  Although not a major market place, it consisted of smiths, shoemakers, hatters, and a local brewer.  Land could be bought for seven shillings or $1.20 per acre, but in 1795 her father Joshua arranged to share crop a tract south of town below the road linking Lexington to Frankfort on the west  and to Clark Courthouse in Winchester on the east.

It was here that Margaret grew up and on 25 Dec 1800 and was united in marriage to Hiram Shaw in Lexington.  Hiram had been born in North Adams, Massachusetts and had come to Lexington sometime between 1785 and 1798 when he announced “the making of all kinds of furr and wool hats, at his factory on northeast corner of Main and Cross Streets."

Of the seven children known to have been born, their first, Sarah E. Shaw was born on 29 Mar 1802.  Their second and first son, Nathaniel, was born 31 Jan 1804 and would later work in the county clerk's office as a writer who was preparing to study law; but upon the death of his father, he became an apprentice under Thomas B. Megowan in the cabinet making trade where he worked for several years.  He then secured work as clerk on the Mississippi River on steamboats operated by the Hull and Marsh families at Madison, Indiana, and was Captain of the Brandywine at the time he married Emma, the daughter of Richard and Catherine (Milward) Marsh.  In about 1833 he engaged in hat making with James C. White of Woodford County.

In 1805 Hiram’s partner, John Lowry, turned over the hat making business to him and it was under Hiram's apprenticeship that Margaret’s youngest brother, Joshua Pilcher, the fur trader and Indian Agent (who later succeeded William Clark as Superintendent of Indian Affairs) learned the hatter trade.

The next children born to Margaret and Hiram were Ann T. Shaw, born 18 Apr 1806 and son Ammi Shaw born 18 Dec 1807.  Their fifth child, Hiram Shaw, was born on 13 Aug 1809.  At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Joseph Putman who manufactured wool carding machines and remained with him for about ten years.  Several years after his brother Nathaniel and James White had gone into business, Hiram purchased White's interest and the firm became known as N & H Shaw. He was married to Ann E. "Nancy" Marsh, daughter of Richard Marsh and Catherine (Milward) in 1838 and they were the parents of five children.  He was listed as a hatter in the 1850 census, and in the 1859 and 1860 Lexington Directories he was listed as a clerk boarding at south side of Short between Spring and Jefferson.

The following year, in the mid-summer of 1810 Margaret’s father died at the age of sixty-one.  The family's crops, stock, furniture, and utensils were sold off and her mother Nancy moved in with one of her married children.

Margaret named her sixth child and youngest daughter who was born 31 Jan 1812, after her mother.  This Nancy married her cousin Fielding “Lewis” Pilcher, son of Fielding Pilcher and Sarah (Collins) in 1830.  They were the parents of only three children as her husband died a month after the birth of their last child Nathaniel who had been born in September of 1839.  The last child to be born to Margaret and Hiram was John Pilcher Shaw who was born 29 Oct 1814.

In October of 1822 Margaret was widowed.  Sadly, Hiram’s firm had not prospered and Margaret and the children were said to have been left in near destitute circumstances.   By 1850 she was listed in the census records residing with their son Hiram and remained with him.  Fortunately, he had become a very successful hat manufacturer.

Margaret died on 24 Mar 1861 in Lexington and was laid to rest in the Lexington Cemetery in Section C, Lot 25, Part S½.  Son Hiram and daughter Nancy Pilcher were also laid to rest at this cemetery.

Note:  See also my Early St. Louis blog, "The Liggett and Myer Tobacco Company" successors to Hiram Shaw and Co.


  1. Kentucky Obituaries 1787-1854 compiled by G. Glenn Clift, index by Anita Comtois, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Frankfort, KY, 1977
  2. The Lexington Cemetery - Established in 1849
  3. Perrinn, William Henry, History of Fayette County, Kentucky, Southern Historical Press, 1882
  4. Peter, Robert, History of Fayette County, Kentucky, O.L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882
  5. Pilcher, Margaret Campbell, Historical Sketches of the Campbell, Pilcher and Kindred Families, Press of Marshall & Bruce Co., Nashville, TN, 1911.
  6. Shaw, Ralph M., Typescript of The Shaw Pilcher Families, Missouri History Museum
  7. Sunder, John E. Joshua Pilcher Fur Trader and Indian Agent, University of Oklahoma Press, 1968
  8. United States Census, 1850 index and images, FamilySearch: Margaret Shaw in household of Hiram Shaw, Fayette county, Fayette, Kentucky, United States; citing family 585, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. United States Census, 1860 index, FamilySearch: Margaret Shaw in household of Hiram Shaw, Ward No 1 City Of Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States, household ID 686, NARA microfilm publication M653, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803,365


Rosaline's Short Life and Worn Headstone

The Old Petersburg Cemetery in Monroe Co., Michigan is also known as the Petersburg Village Cemetery and more commonly as the Wing Cemetery.  It is the final resting place of my husband's  3rd great grandparents, Richard Peters and his wife Polly (Wilcox) who had migrated from Harpersfield, New York in 1824 and purchased about 600 acres from the US government in Summerfield Township, Monroe County, Michigan. Their children (Mary and Richard) were the first and last to be interred in the one-acre cemetery which is located on the north side of Center Street.

In 2009 a group of local volunteers began a restoration project to repair the old stones.  By November 2011 eighty-two graves, many of which had fallen over or were completely unreadable had been cleaned and repaired.  About the same time of the restoration, fellow researcher Steve Shaffer very kindly photographed and sent me several images of the headstones.  I was able to positively identify all but one: Rosaline.

Barely visible in row 6, this worn headstone is believed to be that of Rosaline or Rosalyn Trombley. The very brief information extracted from the Old Petersburg Cemetery Index compiled by Marjorie Kite in 1968 indicates she was born in 1851, died at the age of twenty on 21 Aug 1871, and was the wife of (_______) Trombley.

A search into the marriage records for a Rosaline, Rosalyn, or Rosalind married to a Trombley or Trombly turned up nothing. When I searched the census records, I realized that the Rosaline I found listed with an Eli Trombley could not be the same woman because although she was born about 1848, this couple had been enumerated in census records well after the date of Rosaline's death.  In fact, this Rosaline lived until 1926 and was buried in Whiteford Union Cemetery in Lambertville, not in the Old Petersburg Cemetery.

I searched further and found a Michigan death record for a Rosaline Trombley as the married daughter of Peter and Amelia Anteauh of LaSalle. She is listed as having died at Summerfield on 26 Aug 1876 of consumption at the age of 18 years, 1 month and 1 day. A calculation of her date of birth from age at death would indicate she had been born on 25 July 1858. However, birth and baptismal records listed in The Genealogy of French Families of the Detroit River Region, by Rev. Dennissen, state she had been born on the 28th of March, 1858 and baptized on the 18th of  April, 1858.

Although the dates are not a perfect match, I think it is worth considering for a moment that the date of the inscription was so worn on the old stone that the number sixes may have easily appeared to Ms. Kite as the numeral 1 and perhaps the worn 8 as a 6 when she walked the cemetery and indexed the headstones. For example, 21 Aug 1871 appearing as 26 Aug 1876 or 1856 vs 1858.  I offer this scenario because a "Roseline Trombly" was recorded in the online GENDIS records from the Michigan Dept. of Community Health, and also a hand-written record by the Monroe County Clerk at FamilySearch.org.  Both also list her as the married daughter of Peter and Amelia Anteauh of LaSalle who died at Summerfield on 26 Aug 1876 of Consumption at the age of 18 years, 1 month and 1 day.

Believing I had determined her parents, I searched for this family in the census records.  The parents appear in the 1850 census in Monroe Twp. with their two month-old daughter Mary - the older sister of Rosaline. The 1860 census lists a family which is most probably the same family.  Most of the entries match up except daughter Rosaline is not listed in the household. Instead, a Juley of the same age is listed. "Rosa" does, however, appear in their household in 1870, and a birth record for her sister Victory/Victoria who is listed in the household supports the data that they were the daughters of "Peter" and "Emily" Anteauh - as they appear in the census.

Headstone of Ed & Adda, children of
Moses & Edesse/Edith/Addie (Drouillard) Trombley
I suspect, but have not proven, that this may be the Rosaline or Rosalie who is buried near Edward Trombley - whose stone, I might add, is very similar to hers. Edward, or Edwin as he was also known, was the son of Moses and Edesse/Edith (Drouillard).  His death certificate confirms he had been widowed at the time of his death in December of 1879 when he was but twenty-eight years of age.

This, coupled with the fact that the surnames and given names of these early French families were so often interchanged with various spellings, adds to my speculation.  Rosaline's father was listed by Dennissen as Laurence, son of Augustin Antaya/Antailla and Isabella Bourdeau who resided on Otter Creek near Monroe and was married to Amelia/Emily in 1849.  His death certificate then lists him as Lorance Anteau or Auteau, farmer, born 1828 in Michigan, aged 72, first married at age 19 and father of 11 children, six who were living at the time of his death.  Still yet, his headstone at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Monroe, Michigan is inscribed as "Lawrence Antiau," but listed at Find A Grave as Laurence Antiau born 1829.

As so often is the case with family research, some "facts" are often contradicted by the very documents we typically use to confirm a date, place or event.  Rosaline's dates are conflicting to say the least. As a detailed researcher I personally would have enjoyed comparing the inscriptions with the available records so that these early settlers would be well documented, and had hoped the restoration committee might have joined up with the historical society to do so.

Perhaps someone who is like-minded or related to the Antaya/Anteau/Antiua or Trombley/Trombly families or is a resident of Petersburg, will one day walk the cemetery and be able to confirm my findings.  Until then, I must be satisfied that I've done my best to honor the very short life of Rosaline.

Special thanks to Steve Shaffer for his photographs and Dawn Pirolli, lifelong resident of Petersburg for her correspondence and restoration work at the Old Petersburg Cemetery.

For additional burials relative to the Antaya and Trombley families, see "Old Petersburg Cemetery" at my website, The Peters - Early Settlers of Monroe County, Michigan.

Additional Notes: Nancy Elder Peterson, Volunteer Host of the ELDER DNA project, has noted a similar problem which she reported the the Monroe Museum regarding Edith Druyor Trombley's stone in the same cemetery.  "Moses Trombley's stone is too damaged to read") Cemetery book mixed up their dates. Edith Trombley was born 2 Oct. 1827, (Edesse Drouillard from Denissen's book) married 26 Jan 1847 Moses Trombley, St. Antoine, she died March 23, 1885 at age 59."  The following link to Nancy's Trombley page also includes a photo of the headstone and house.

  1. Dennissen, Rev. Fr Christian. The Genealogy of French Families of the Detroit River Region. H F Powell, editor. 2. N.p 19: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1937,1987; also page 376
  2. Headstone of Lawrence Antiau, buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan with 2nd wife Caroline (Poupard) at Find A Grave
  3. Headstone of Rosalie at Old Petersburg Cemetery photographed by Steve Shaffer, presented at PDP's website, Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan
  4. Headstone of Ed Trombley at Old Petersburg Cemetery photographed by Steve Shaffer, presented at PDP's website, Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan.
  5. Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch: Rosaline M. Vesey Trombly, 1926; Burial, Lambertville, Monroe, Michigan, United States of America, Whiteford Union Cemetery; citing record ID 29333119
  6. Kite, Marjorie J., compiler, Old Petersburg Cemetery, Petersburg, Michigan, Monroe County, Doctor Manasseh Cutler Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1968
  7. Michigan, Births, 1867-1902," index and images, FamilySearch: Victory Anteau, daughter of Peter and Emily; 004206204 > image 268 of 760; citing Department of Vital Records, Lansing.
  8. Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897," index and images, FamilySearch: Edwin A. Trombley, 10 Dec 1879; citing p 238 rn 225, Summerfield, Monroe, Michigan, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2363667.; handwritten image
  9. Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897, index and images, FamilySearch: Rosaline Trombly, 26 Aug 1876, image 842 of 1418; citing Department of Vital Records, Lansing.
  10. Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, index, FamilySearch: Rosaline Trombly, 17 Mar 1926; citing Summerfield, Monroe, Michigan, United States, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing; FHL microfilm 001973024.
  11. Ryan, Carl, Volunteers Restoring Old Cemetery; news article published in the  Toledo Blade, 5 Oct 2011
  12. Seeking Michigan, death record of Larance Anteau, 11 Mar 1900, Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan
  13. Trombley - A family history compiled by Nancy Elder Petersen
  14. U.S. Census 1850, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI, extracted by P. Davidson-Peters; Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan website
  15. U.S. Census 1860, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI, extracted by P. Davidson-Peters; Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan website
  16. U.S. Census 1870, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI, extracted by P. Davidson-Peters; Early Settlers of Monroe Co., Michigan website
  17. U.S. Census, 1910, index and images, FamilySearch: Rosaline M Trombley in household of Eli Trombley, Summerfield, Monroe, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 108, sheet 1B, family 20, NARA microfilm publication T624, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1374677
  18. Wopshall, Al, Wiki, WikiTree of Laurence Peter Antaya (1829-1900)