Silas Lodrick Boyett

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  • Name Silas Lodrick Boyett 
    Born 9 Mar 1847  Washington Parish, LA or St. Tammany Par. LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Feb 1924  Henderson Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Senility and toxemia 
    Buried Malakoff Cemetery, Malakoff, Henderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • An extract taken from the SOLDIER'S APPLICATION FOR A PENSION
      was also submitted by Luteen Carroll:

      #27998 S. L. BOYETT Henderson County Malakoff, Texas
      Filed: May 1914 Approved 1 June 1914 Pension allowed 1 Sep 1914 At bottom of cover card is note: Return parole

      FORM A

      I, Silas Lodrick BOYET do hereby make application to the
      Commissioner of Pensions for a pension to be granted... I was
      honorably discharged at Gainesville, Ala about May 5, 1865 at the
      close of war...
      Age? 67 years.
      Where born? In Washington Parish, La.
      Length of Residence in Texas? 45 years
      County of Residence? Henderson
      Length of Residence in County and P.O.? In Henderson co 43 years-Post-office Molokoff, Texas
      Rejected application previously? Have never applied
      Occupation? Electrician
      Physical condition? Fair
      From which state? In La
      Length of service? about 3 years
      Co., battalion, etc.? Co. A. 34 Louisiana Cavalry
      Transferred? Never transferred
      Cavalry, artillery, or navy? cavalry
      Rank? Private
      Special Service? Not detailed.
      Assessed value of home? Own none
      Transferred property? No
      Signature: S. L. BOYETT dated 1 June 1914
      Signed C. D. OWEN, County Judge Henderson County, Texas


      Signed before C. D. OWEN...C. N. COTTEN & M. D. LAMMONS witnessed the foregoing on 1 June 1914.

      On a separate page the following is noted:
      The foregoing application is hereby approved on the evidence
      of a prarole issued to applicant 8. L. BOYETT by U. S. Major
      General E. B. CANBY, at Gainsville Ala in May 1865
      This June 8th 1914
      Geo. W KYSER
      Commissioner of Pensions
      Below this is a CERTIFICATE OF STATE AND COUNTY ASSESSOR which states that D. F. HENRY, State and County Assessor for Henderson
      County, Texas, certifies that S. L. BOYETT...has homestead of no value and that his other property is valued at five Hundred Fifty-Five Dollars.
      This is dated 6 June 1914 and signed by D. F. HENRY.

      A typed letter is included in the file. This is dated 6 June 1914 and is addressed to Hon. Geo. W. KYSER, Austin, Texas. It reads in part:
      Enclosed herewith please find application of S.L. BOYETT for a pension. He searched diligently for some living witnesses of his service in the Confederate army, and found none. He therefore submits his parole as the best evidence he can produce, and I recommend that you accept this evidence for I know that he could get no other proof.
      Again, Mr. Boyett prizes his parole very highly, and desires that you return it to him if you can do so. If you must keep it on file there, please write me or him to that effect so that he will understand the matter.
      Yours very truly,
      C. D. OWEN

      Also included in the file is an APPLICATION FOR MORTUARY WARRANT. This is undated, but contains pertinent information:

      County of Henderson I, Mrs. S. L. BOYETT do hereby certify that I am the person to whom is entrusted the paying of the accounts and indebtedness of the late S. L. BOYETT, who was a pensioner of the State of Texas, and whose file number was 27998 and whose original county was Henderson. The said pensioner, S. L. BOYETT, died on the 17 day of Febry, 1924, in the town of Malakoff, County of Henderson, Texas.

      The pensioner died in the home of (His) Mr. & Mrs. S. L. BOYETT who was related to the pensioned as wife.
      That the warrant, which application is hereby made for, shall be applied to paying all or part of the expenses incurred by the said pensioner, 8. L. BOYETT...I am related to the pension as Wife that my postoffice address is Malakoff Texas. Signed Mrs. S. L. BOYETT It is witnessed by A. A. TRUDIVE/TRUDORE Notary Public in and for Henderson Co...
      The Undertaker was Dan Gentry...Malakoff...who states that he had charge of the body of S. L. BOYETT who died in the town of Malakoff...on the 16 day of Febry, 1924. That the said body was prepared for burial by me on the 18 day of Febry 1924...

      Physician's certificate is also attached and gives the cause of death as Senility and toxemia. The attending physician was D. B. OWEN, M.D., Malakoff, Texas. [1]
    • From The Malakoff News
      Friday, July 26, 1957

      A list of postmasters serving Malakoff’s post office patrons since its first beginning in July, 1855, more than a century ago, has been obtained by Postmaster Maynard Fowler from the Bureau of Operations Postmasters and Rural Appointments Division, Washington, D. C.

      According to the records of the Post Office Department, the Malakoff office was first established on July 26, 1855 and was discontinued on April 7, 1879 and then reestablished on July 17, 1879.

      That office is believed to have been just a small structure somewhere in the area, which is often referred to as “Old Malakoff,” in the area of the Malakoff Cemetery . That community in those early days was served by a star route out of Athens . The town of Malakoff did not exist at that time, but it was established here after the coming of the railroad. The early-day residents of this community accepted the name, Malakoff, which was suggested to them by the Post Office Department, that being the name of a town in Russia made famous during the Crimean War.

      Listed among the first appointments up until the discontinuation of that first office were the following postmasters, together with the dates of their appointments:

      James A. Mitcham, April 26, 1855
      Mrs. Tobitha A. Mitcham, April 10, 1866
      Peter C. Cotton, June 18, 1874
      William F. Mitcham, February 1, 1876

      With the reestablishment of the office in 1879 after the town had received its official name and located in its present area, the postmaster, together with their appointment dates, were listed as follows:

      Peter C. Catlen, July 17, 1879
      George J. Mitcham, December 1, 1879
      William J. Evans, March 21, 1881
      Oliver Scott, September 19, 1887
      Selas L. Boyett, September 16, 1893
      Benjamin F. Landreth, August 27, 1897
      George W. Urrey, January 4, 1907
      Jonathan W. Duncan, August 28, 1915
      Louis J. Scholl, April 10, 1922
      Mary C. Scholl (Acting) June 30, 1928
      Mrs. Beuna V. Evans, (Acting), July 14, 1928
      Mrs. Gladys Curtis, June 19, 1929
      Clyde McWilliams, July 31, 1933
      Robert C. Faulk, Sr., December 30, 1936
      Oscar A. Truelove, May 16, 1941
      Maynard D. Flowler, May 31, 1956
    • [3]
    • Malakoff's First Telephone Office

      Legend has it that the first telephone pole set anywhere in Henderson County was by S. L. Boyett, later to become a telephone company agent in Malakoff. This pole was on the south right-of-way line of the Cotton Belt Railroad and on the east bank of the Trinity River.

      Three sons of S. L. Boyett were later involved in telephone development in Henderson County - Doc (also County Surveyor) built lines between Athens and Tyler in the very early 1900s, while Lee Boyett operated the Malakoff exchange for many years, including the night-operating assignment.

      The first recorded date of telephone service in Malakoff is early 1907, when a 1-position magneto switchboard was placed in one room of the lower floor of the S. A. Hall Hotel. This switchboard had 5 drops for long-distance lines and 45 drops for local lines/with 5 cord circuits (or only 5 conversations at any one time). On December 1, 1908, the Malakoff exchange had grown to a total of 30 telephones in service - 13 business phones and 17 residence phones (no doubt the 5 cord circuits were more than ample!). Magneto telephone service was the "turn-the-crank" style, but was also a highly reliable system.

      In early 1911, all telephone properties in Texas were sold to Gulf States Telephone Company by Southern Telephone and Telegraph Company, and the operations became Texas-owned and Texas-operated from the Tyler headquarters with Judge Lindsey as President.

      Two other men, now both deceased, had considerable impact on Malakoff telephone service and merit mention for their contributions. First, Reagan B. Still (1882-1966) came from his home town at Kemp with the Dodge Mason operation in 1904, and continued for 26 years until 1930, when he left Texas with Telephone Bond and Share Company any serving another 26 years for a total of 52 years of in the telephone business.

      The other telephone executive was Oscar Burton (1882 - 1964) of Tyler who came from the Bell Telephone Company in 1907 "on loan," and stayed with Gulf States for 57 years for a grand total of 62 years in the telephone business. Both Still and Burton were honored by the telephone industry, as both were elected president of Texas Telephone Association, and both were elected to United States Independent Telephone Association - Still as a director and Burton as a director and president.

      In September, 1911, S. L. Boyett joined Gulf States as Malakoff manager, being the same telephone lineman who set the first telephone pole in Henderson County, and who continued as agent at Malakoff until 1932 when Mrs. Boyett became agent. For some 6 months from May to October, 1920, J. W. Alderson was agent and the telephone office was in the Alderson residence until he sold this residence located facing on the Cotton Belt Railroad tracks about 2 blocks east of the depot site. In 1914, Kinnebrew and Barton built their telephone line from Cross Roads into Malakoff as a private toll station.

      After S. L. Boyett bought this office site in late 1920, telephone switchboards were located there until the conversion to full dial automatic operations in 1954.

      from The History of Malakoff
      by Edna Hanson Evans
    Person ID I3522  Extended Families of Childress
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2020 

    Father John Jehu Boyett 
    Mother Nancy Elizabeth Cooper 
    Family ID F1272  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Emily E Hobgood 
    Married 18 Oct 1865  Washington Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F1271  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Mary Ann Terry,   b. 8 Apr 1870, Hale County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1942, Malakoff, Henderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 31 May 1905  Washington Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Lee Boyett
     2. Doc Boyett,   b. 25 Jan 1874,   d. 31 Jan 1929  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F1270  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Senility and toxemia - 17 Feb 1924 - Henderson Co, TX Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S128] Rootsweb .

    2. [S148] The Malakoff News , Friday, July 26, 1957.

    3. [S139]

    4. [S213] The History of Malakoff, Edna Hanson Evans.