by Frances Miers Muller–2007



Seated lft: Ella Beale Smith Hawkins; seated rt: Ella's father, Robert Terrill Beale; standing: Everal Smith Hawkins; baby is Everal's son, Will Carpenter Hawkins, b. 1897 and RTB died 1899. Everal m. a nephew of Ella's husband, Robert Hawkins.


Robert Terrill Beale & Nancy Edna McKinsey Beale arrived in the Little Elm Community area about 1857 as newly marrieds. Their children born were: Lucy “Ella’ in 1861, James (Jimmie) R. in 1866, and William Jefferson.

Ella married in 1877 to George Andrew Smith, son of Hannah King Smith & Chancy Smith. Hannah is the daughter of Delilah Cox King and John King who arrived in the Little Elm area in 1845. John died the next year. Chancy & Hannah/Hanna Smith and Andrew & Justin Smith (Chancy & Andrew were brothers and Hannah and Justin were sisters). Hannah and Justin were the daughters of John and Delilah King. They had stayed in Missouri with their husbands when John and Delilah came to Texas. Chancy, Hannah, Justin, and Andrew arrived about 1857/8. They probably were leaving Missouri because of the unrest in the area before the Civil War. George Andrew Smith was the son of Hannah and Chancy. My grandmother, George Ella Smith was the daughter of George and Ella. Other children of George & Ella were Granville who lived only a few days, Everal, and Lillian (who died at about age four). Her sister was Robert (Robbie) Hawkins Mitchell. Robbie was the daughter of Ella and her second husband, Robert Hawkins.

The George Hammond Shrader family arrived in Collin County in 1872. For the first four (estimated) year they lived in two different locations on the south side of the county. They moved up to Rock Hill where they remained. In 1874, their last child, Daniel Booker Shrader was born. They arrived in Collin County with eleven children. Booker, as he was called most of his live was the last and number twelve. The Shrader sons were active in the politics of the county.

Fount and Houston P ShraderFountain Pitt Shrader (#11 child), was the mayor of Frisco for four terms, according to the Frisco 10th Anniversary book. Daniel Booker was the Postmaster in Frisco for many years. At his death in 1937, Fount, as he was called volunterred and was appointed to take his brother’s place. They are buried in Bethel Cemetery. Houston Petway Shrader became a Methodist minister and was a circuit rider and eventually settled in Corsicana. He and his wife are buried in Restland Memorial Cemetery in Dallas.