Wilks Family Texas Pictures

Some Homes of W. W. Wilks & Erie Catharine Taylor

where they and their children lived

When they married, 28 Aug 1905 at the Somervell Co. Court House in Glen Rose, TX, they lived with his parents the first eighteen months, then built a little house of their own at Oden, lived there three years. His mother Harriet Young Wilks died 29 Mar 1911. They sold their place at Oden and moved to Arkansas 28 Dec 1913, but had a hard time financially and moved back to Chalk Mountain early 1915 into the house with Father (B. C.) Wilks to take care of him for three years. After his death 15 Jan 1919, they moved 4 mi. NW of Chalk Mountain on the Hass Rogers place.

 They lived one year on the Mingus place, then loaded the wagons 13 Oct 1920 and started for Donley Co., TX, in the Panhandle


 The Oden - Chalk Mountain area was "Home" to the Wilkses, pictured here with their daughter Myrl Wilks McLean in 1966 at the Chalk Mtn. Ceme.




Daughter Reta areferred to this as the Hass Rogers place

 1920, W. W. Wilks, Reta standing, Dale & Myrl sitting, Vane, Karl in Scout uniform

Right: Erie Taylor Wilks, Myrl, and neighbor Mrs. Sally Rogers, at Duffau, Erath Co., TX, where they were enumerated in the 1920 census in hh 145-145 as William W. WILKS head 35 TX-AL-IL, Erie C. wife 38 TX-KY-IN, Carl G. 13 and all children TX-TX-TX, Vane M. 10, Reta V. 8, Dale T. 5, Myrl 3 1/2

1921 ~ Reta, Vane, Myrl, W. W. holding Voy, Erie, Dale Wilks, on the Rainey Smith place, Donley Co., TX





  1922, Wilks Family at half dugout home on the South Plains near Loop, Gaines Co., TX. Rear row left: W. W., Erie, Cora, Karl, Vane. Front row: Myrl, Voy, Reta, Dale

William Wesley Whiteside Wilks & wife Erie Catharine Taylor

They left Gaines Co. 6 Feb 1927 moving to Council Creek, Burnet Co., TX, took 21 days on the road, to a large log house they'd rented from Uncle Bill Fry (J. W. Fry). Karl, Cora, and Reta went ahead by car (it took three days, the roads muddy part of the way), and the rest of the family moved by covered wagon. They had two wagons, four cows; Vane rode Spook and drove the cows, and reached there 26 Feb 1928.


 Illustration from Council Creek Calling: (Burnet county Heritage), by William Peter Fry, compiled by Juanita Fry Ragsdale, ill. by John E. Carter. San Antonio, TX: Naylor, 1976.

Uncle Bill Fry Log House on Council Creek, Burnet Co., TX; the Family lived here 1928-1929



 Pictures taken 1980 by Blake McLean shows modernity

Well House



 Spring House


  •  Wilks Home in the Pebblemound Community, owned by Erie's brother Chas. Jenkins Taylor, known as the Lacefield Place, off the Old San Saba Hwy. north of Burnet, TX (roughly parallel to U.S. Hwy. 281), where they moved 31 Nov 1928.
  • There they were enumerated on the 1 Jun 1930 census on the Burnet-Lampasas Rd., Burnet Co., in hh 26-27 as William W. Wilks head 46 TX-AL-IL farmer, Erie C. 49 AR-KY-IN, Rita V. daughter 18, Dale T. son 15, Myrl daughter 13, Voy G. son 9, Kirby K. son 7, all b. TX except Erie in AR. Under "home owned or rented," William's was O.
  • They lived here until Dec 1938, when they moved to Erath Co. near Dublin. Voy was in his senior year at Lake Victor High School, but attended the second semester and graduated from Dublin High School. Kirby too graduated from Dublin High School and was drafted into the Army soon after graduation.
  • Kirby served in Europe, Dale enlisted in the Navy and stationed at San Diego between voyages, and Voy served in the Army in the Philippines.

 W. W. Wilks family farm home 4 mi. NW of Dublin, TX, from Dec 1938 until his death 26 Nov 1946 and her moving to Carbon beside Voy in 1951


Wilks Farm Home, 4 mi. from Dublin, Sep 1951, slide by Vane after his mother's death 30 Aug and burial 31 Aug in Chalk Mtn. Ceme. The house's only indoor plumbing was the kitchen tap and sink. It was torn down soon after this picture.

Life on the farm



The windmill ~ W. W. Wilks worked with mules and horses ~ Pigs were not usually loose on the creek, where grandchildren loved to play



 1941 ~ W. W. Wilks watering mule and horses beside windmill

 1941 ~ Erie Wilks, wearing poke bonnet to protect her face from the sun, helping with horses. The Model T behind horse is the car Voy left behind when entering the Army, which his father learned to drive.


 Jan 1943 ~ Monte Ross, Sheron McLean, Barbara McLean (ages 4, 3, 5) at their grandparents' farm near Dublin when Kirby was on leave from the Army

Voy and Erie's other children built a little house for her next to his at Carbon, where he ran a laundry. It was her last home -- complete with electricity, running water, and a clawfoot tub in the bathroom:


 Erie Catharine Taylor Wilks & her sister Levia Taylor Moore, visiting from Bandon, Oregon, in 1951

 Erie's granddaughters Doris Ross 16 (daughter of Reta & Charlie Ross) and Beth Wilks 3 (daughter of Voy & Myrtle)

Erie died 30 Aug 1951 in the Gorman Hospital following a stroke and coma. She was buried 31 Aug beside her late husband, next to his parents' graves in the Chalk Mtn. Cemetery.

  • B. C. Wilks Family Reunions 1947-1951, 1952, 1966-1973, 1985-1991, 1994, 1995-1998, 2004-2010
  • W. W. Wilks Family Reunions
  • B. C. Wilks Family Pictures
  • George C. Wilks Family Pictures
  • Claude Rivers Wilks Family Pictures
  • W. W. Wilks Children Pictures: Karl, Vane, Reta, Dale, Myrl, Voy, Kirby
  • Descendants of B. C. Wilks
  • Parents of B. C. Wilks
  • Wilks-Taylor Family, 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Taylor-Bartleson Family
  • Jewel & C. J. "Buck" Taylor
  • Descendants of F. S. Taylor, Pedigree-ancestry of F. S. Taylor

    Botkin-Smith Family, Knatzer/Knortzer/Canatser Family

    W. W. Wilks Family p. 1

    Karl Wilks, eldest son

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