The Caperton Family
by Sid Caperton
The Capertons moved to Russett from Mannsville about 1898. My father Roy, and two sisters, were already in the family at that time, having been born in Hamilton, TX. But the next two of my uncles were both born in Russett....George, in 1900, And Joe, in 1903. The family lived in a house which would now be in that big field NW of the Russett School House. They all moved to Ravia around 1904. Later on, (around 1919, or so) my mother taught school at Varner, which (I think) was down close to the River, North of the School House.
My Grandfather, Dr. Thomas Adam Caperton, was an early day dentist. He had a practice there in Russett, in partnership with a Dr. Mitchell, an M.D. He would load his dental equipment into a buggy and travel to different communities around the county to dispense his dental services.
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Grandfather was a member of the Russett Chapter (Camp #120) of the Woodsmen Of the World (WOW). The WOW are the ones who put up all the cemetery monuments that look like tree trunks. He was Clerk of that Chapter till he moved to Ravia in 1904. Grandfather also played guitar in a string band, made up mostly of Mannsvilleites. I don't know any names.
The Hacklers: My mother's family.
The Hacklers came from Texas, first to Mannsville and later to Russett, at about the same time the Capertons were there, and they too, eventually moved to Ravia. While they were in Russett, however, Grandfather, Andrew Jackson Hackler, a farmer, worked a farm north of the River that belonged to Silas Sharp. My Uncle Norby Hackler was born while they lived in Russett.
Not much to write! Since my sister, Norbie Jo Sharp (86), and my cousin Ruth Moore (89), and myself (73), are all that is left of the Capertons in Johnston County, we don't know very much about the family's stay in Russett. But I'll give you what little I do know. Sorry I don't know any more.
by Jadean Paschall Fackrell
Sid and I are 2nd cousins. My grandmother, Fleeta Caperton Kuykendall, and Sid's father, Roy Clark Caperton, were siblings. Sid's sister, Norbie Jo Caperton Sharp, still lives in Ravia (near the cemetery) and has done a lot of research on the Ravia area. Also, my aunt, Ruth Kuykendall Moore, still lives in Ravia and will be 90 years old on February 13th. She is sharp and has a great sense of humor.
The following photos were contributed by Jadean in addition to the wonderful student photos from 1902 and 1910 to found in the Student Section.