Coll Lacey and Cloe Elizabeth Fairchild
Joshua Collins Coll Lacey was
born Mar. 5, 1842, in
St. Claire Co. IL. He was the next to the youngest of the eight children of
Elijah and Ruth McDonald Lacey.
The Laceys left Illinois for Texas in 1853 or 54. They went down the Mississippi to New Orleans then by Coastal Packet to Indianola. The Laceys were in Goliad for a while, then
they finally settled down in San Antonio and in Gillespie Co. The Lacey children spread
out; the oldest Jack Locke and a brother, Lewis Lacey settled at Locke Hill (12
mi. from downtown San Antonio) on the Fredericksburg Road and most of the rest
settled with relatives at the other end of the Fredericksburg Road (10 mi. past
Fredericksburg) at Spring Creek. Coll lived in both areas during the next 20 or 30 years.
Civil War came to the Texas
frontier and in Oct. 1862 Coll made his way to New Orleans and joined the 1st Texas Cavalry USA. When he
enlisted he gave his occupation as drover. He was promoted (elected) to 1st
Sergeant. He was wounded Oct. 1863 and
captured. He escaped from the Confederate Hospital in Alexandria and return to his unit Dec. 1863. He mustered out
Oct. 1865 in San
He married Cloe Elizabeth Fairchild
on Christmas Day 1867. His father, Rev.
Elijah Lacey, performed the ceremony; witnesses were William Alexander and
Joseph McDonald. They were married in
Irene Elizabeth Frances, was the oldest child of Amos
Fairchild and Lucretia Jane McDonald. Cloe was born Aug. 10, 1852 in Jefferson Co. IL. The Fairchilds
had moved to Texas as part of a larger group related to Ruth McDonald
Fairchild met an untimely end during the last stages of the Civil War, doing
his part to make the Texas
frontier safe. Cloe, at 13, was left to help her
mother care for five other sisters and brothers.
next younger sister was Louisa Curly Fairchild who married Jerry Hazelwood.
Curly and Jerry moved to Lincoln County about 1883. Curly was the mother of Charlie and Bill Hazelwood, sisters
Minda Hazelwood Frambrough
and Lou Ellen Hazelwood Dale of Lincoln County; Fannie Kid Hazelwood, John
Wesley Hazelwood and Susie Lucille Hazelwood lived their adult lives in
Douglas, Cochise Co. AZ. Curly and Jerry had moved to Douglas as well, they had
extended family there.
Coll and Cloe first made their
home in Spring Creek; it was a dangerous part of the world in the years after
the Civil War. On Apr. 18, 1872 Coll enlisted in
the Gillespie Co. Minute Men (Texas Ranger frontier defense) and was elected
Lieutenant, Commanding Co. F. Many of his kinsmen were in this outfit, Laceys, McDonalds, Taylors and others. The Minute Men were only called up for
emergencies. He was discharged Dec. 12, 1872 with more than 30days service.
An older brother, Asa Lacey, had
itchy feet and during the course of his life, he lived in various places on the
edge of the frontier. In about 1879 he moved with his family to White Oaks and
tried his hand at mining and had a ranch about 6 miles to the southeast of
town. With Asa was his son-in-law, J.W. Alexander,
married to daughter Ruth Jane; three of their children were born in White Oaks.
About 1885 the Laceys and Alexanders
moved back to Gillespie Co. but his tales of opportunity there must have fired
up J.C. for in 1887or early 1888 the family moved to Lincoln Co. The Lacey
family first settled 3 miles North of White Oaks on
the west side of the Jicarilla road. The family dugout is still visible from
the road today, up on the hillside beyond the metal cattle pens.
The Lacey children were born in Texas, except for the last one, who died as a baby and
is buried at the Cedarvale Cemetery in the family plot. They became an integral part of the life in Texas Park and White Oaks, they were mentioned in old-timers reminiscences and
the Lacey name adorns some geographical locations. His oldest sister, Mahala Lacey, lived in the area for a while coming in 1894.
She was with her son, Tobe, and his family, they
later moved to Douglas, Arizona. Sometime (possibly 1894 with Tobe)
Colls nephew, P.E, Doc Lacey joined the family in
White Oaks. At various times there were a lot of Laceys
living in the White Oaks/Texas Park area including P.E.s sister, Victoria Mae
Thompson and her children around 1915.
26, 1901 Coll died at his home in Texas Park, judging from his estate papers he was a well-respected and active
participant in local affairs. Cloe continued to live
in the community bolstered by her children until her death on January 19,