Bumgarner Family Line (Adron Bumgarner paternal)

Created by Carol Bumgarner King   email:  kingcarol@msn.com

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Ancestor Name Birth / Death Married To Children - Direct line is in red.
Forebears Information-->

Much info on this page from 'History of Parker County' book

Forebears immigrated from the Lower Palatinate on the Rhine, Germany to Pennsylvania in the early 1700's, from Pennsylvania to Virginia, and in the 1750's migrated to North Carolina.  Records of deed transactions show the migration of this family.

Peter Baumgartner?

Per family tree printout found in my father's things:

Born probably in the Lower Palatinate on the Rhine, Germany

Peter Bumgarner Per family tree printout found in my father's things:

Born before 1712


Per Mike Bradley: 1. PETER1 BAUMGARNER was born 1700-1710 in Lebanon, PA, and died in Catawba Co., North Carolina. He married MARY.

Married Mary Child per family tree printout:
bullet*John Bumgarner*
John Bumgarner

Click this link for John Bumgarner's WILL.  It is a typewritten version typed by Brian Bumgardner from the original.  Brian is a descendent of John's son, Thomas.

Per family tree printout found in my father's things:

Born after 1742

Married before 1774

Date of will: Oct 5, 1819 in Lincoln Co., North Carolina so died after that  - see info

Married Nancy (Rockett? - see info)

b. 1755? - see info link above

d. 1835? - see info link above

Known Children:  see info, more info

John, Jr. - b. Abt. 1773; d. June 1809; m. Catherine (Katrine) Ward


Thomas G. - b. 1774, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1850 in Little Rock, Johnson Co., Arkansas; m. Sally Deal. 


Moses - b. 1776; d. 1836; m. Charity Ickard May 08, 1798, Lincoln Co., NC


Elizabeth - b. Abt. 1778 Lincoln Co., NC; m. Andrew Crisel, Jr. May 22, 1798


Melcher - b. 1780, Lincoln Co., NC.; m. Nancy Ann Troutman


Aron (Aaron?) - b. Abt. 1784 Lincoln Co., NC; d. 1836; m. Susannah Conrad


*Absalom Bumgarner*- b. Abt. 1788; d. 1862; m. Catherine


Nancy - b. Abt. 1792; m. Isaac Taylor, April 29, 1811, Lincoln Co., NC.


Andrew Rudolph - b. Abt. 1794, Catawba Co., North Carolina, m. Nancy Bandy Bumgarner (per descendent Wilma Bumgarner)


Michel - b. Abt. 1795; m. John Boyd, October 20, 1820, Lincoln Co., NC.

Absalom Bumgarner

Shortly after marriage to Catherine, bought land from his father in NC.  In 1820s, he and his brother, Melger, moved from NC to Georgia where they received land in the 1732 Cherokee Land Lottery.  Later followed his sons to Texas.

Birth in North Carolina, about 1788

Died in 1862, Erath Co., TX

Married Catherine Bumgarner

Birth Unknown

Died in 1856

Known Children (order unknown):
bullet*John Bumgarner*
bulletJoab Bumgarner
bulletAaron Bumgarner - served in Civil War
bulletPhilip Bumgarner - served in Civil War
bulletBarbara Malinda Bumgarner - husband John Latham

Speculation:  I'm wondering if Woodford Bumgarner born in 1819 in NC is also a son of Absalom, and brother to John.  Cannot find info on Woodford's parents.  Woodford is the Bumgarner line that James Garner, actor, apparently descends from.

John T. Bumgarner

See 'Texas Connections' info about John's log cabin and George W. McCleskey being killed by Comanche Indians there. (GW McCleskey headstone) Also, see info about McCleskey in this letter.

In 1852, John T. sold his 160 acres in Georgia to brother Joab, and moved to Hunt County, TX.  Was joined by brothers Aaron and Philip and later his parents.

Between 1857 and 1860, John and family moved to Parker Co., TX , while his parents and sis Barbara and husband moved to neighboring Erath Co.

Born 1813, Lincoln Co., NC

Died about 1888, no stones to mark their graves, but family tradition says that both John and Mary are buried at Ballew Springs Cemetery.


Married Mary ? from South Carolina in Georgia

Mary died in Parker Co. in about 1872

John later married Elizabeth Hopewell Keene Miller in 1876.  (she was mother of Mary Miller who married his son, John Hubbard).  After John T. died, grandson George Abb's letter says that "my grandmother Miller went crazy and died in an insane asylum".

Below is info contributed by Sandra Fuller Fisher about Elizabeth Miller.  Sandra is requesting any information on George Abb Bumgarner, son of John Hubbard and Mary Bumgarner.

Children: (a lot of info here from this> Letter from grandson George Abb Bumgarer to half sis)
bulletSarah Caroline Bumgarner - husband Edward Pinkney Folly ( is assumed both buried at Ballew Springs Cem.)
bullet7 Children:  five girls and two boys.  The girls were Ella, Mollie, Alice, Orpha and Nettie; the boys were John and Eddie.
bulletWilliam J. Bumgarner (not mentioned in letter by George Abb so may died when baby?)
bulletEliza C. Bumgarner - (info taken from letter)
bullet1st husband last name was Kaiser and he died.  They had 2 boys:  Jim and Andrew Kaiser
bullet2nd husband George McCluskey, killed by Comanche Indians in log cabin that father, John, inhabited at time mother Mary died (see reference in this letter from George Abb).  They had 2 children:  Mary (May) and Green McCluskey
bullet3rd husband last name was Houx.  They had 2 children:  Nellie and Odie Houx
bulletMilton Bumgarner ("killed in the war")
bullet*Absalom (or Abaslom) Bumgarner*
bulletSusan Rebecca Bumgarner - husband last name was Reed (referred to as 'no good').  Per letter, brother Ezra Bumgarner lived with them, then left for 3 years to war.  Rebecca died during the war.  When Ezra returned, he was killed by Rebecca's husband Reed with Ezra's own gun.  Brother John Hubbard Bumgarner later tracked Reed down and killed him and 2 other members of the 'Reed bunch'.
bulletEzra Bumgarner - killed after the war by Rebecca's husband Reed (see above)
bulletGeorge Matthew Bumgarner ("killed" according to letter by George Abb)
bulletJohn Hubbard Bumgarner  - died around 1897
bullet1st wife Mary E. Mollie Miller; m. May 5, 1875.  Mary was daughter of Elizabeth Miller that was John Hubbard's father's 2nd wife. Mary died when son George was a few months old, so in 1883 or 1884.
bulletThey had 4 children, but the 1st 3 died before they were six months old.  The 4th child was George Abb Bumgarner (1883-1957) who wrote letter used here.
bullet2nd wife - name unknown, m. around 1887
bulletAt least one daughter named Martha Elizabeth Bumgarner (later Wallen) (1897 - 1961)
Absalom Bumgarner (aka Abb)

Lived near where Garner, TX now is and the town was named in his honor between 1860 and 1865.

Since oldest living son, James, lived in Knox County, next son, Gus (our great) was appointed administrator of Abb and Martha estate as well as guardian of his younger brother Tom and sister Lula.  James sold his part of inherited land to Gus.

Born Feb 14, 1846 - Walker Co., GA

Died Feb 8, 1896 in Parker County, TX

Buried at Ballew Springs Cemetery, Parker Co.

Married Martha Alla Leflet Bumgarner - about 1866

Born Jan 10 or 30, 1845 - Shelby Co., Missouri

Died April 23, 1898, probably in Parker Co.

Absalom and Martha


Martha's Parents are:  Francis Leflet (b. March 13, 1814 in Va.) and America Leare Leflet (b. May 20, 1826 in Shelby Co., Missouri).

America's father was James Leare.

bulletWilliam M. Bumgarner - died age 12
bulletJames Monroe Bumgarner - wife Margaret Ann Lett
bulletMary Ida Bumgarner - b. 05/15/1872; d. 04/23/1951 - married Frank M. Green - both at Ballew Springs Cem. (headstone photo)
bullet*Christopher Gustafus ("Gus") Bumgarner*
bulletAlice Hubbard Bumgarner - husband W. Charlie Staggs
bulletThomas Edward Bumgarner - married twice
bulletLula Irene Bumgarner - married William Edgar Simmons
Christopher Gustafus ("Gus") Bumgarner

Click to see Gus and Erdean Slide Show

1927/28 - Gus with Great grandkids, Raymond and Adra Fay


1954ish-Gus, Raymond holding Carol, and Adrenne (4 generations)



Born:  Oct 19, 1875 - Garner, TX 

Died: Nov 20, 1971 - Pamona, Calif.

1933 - Gus and Erdean homestead 30 mi south of Animas, NM near Cloverdale


Married Lillian Erdean Smith Bumgarner July 18, 1896

Born:  Feb 16, 1875 In Alabama

Died:  1953

Above:  Gus and Erdeans' 50th Anniv


7 Children:

bulletIva Deane Bumgarner
bulletb. 11/7/1897 in Garner, Parker Co. Texas
bulletdied ?;
bulletMarried Ed Stoker 9/13/1919 in Garner, Parker Co. TX
bullet2 children:
bulletTerence Elwyn Stoker, b. 9/5/1920, m. Josephine Pileri
bulletLenore Stoker Chapman Heninger, b. 8/30/1921, d. Oct 2010; m. John William Chapman, deceased; later m. Bob Heninger, d. 2010
bulletMattie Jane Bumgarner
bulletb. 1898 in Parker Co., TX
bulletd. 8/29/1914 Parker Co., TX; buried in Ballew Springs cemetery (headstone)
bullet*Adrenne (Adron) Absalom Bumgarner*
bulletb. 6/15/1901, Parker Co., TX
bulletd. 10/2/1991, Las Cruces, NM
bulletMarried Gladys Coalson in Parker Co. 8/20/1922
bullet2 Children listed on next line

May and Mabel (Slide Show)


bulletTWIN: Una May Bumgarner (Slide Show); (Read info about May and family by daughter Virginia: Pg 1, Pg 2, Pg 3, Pg 4, Pg 5 )
bulletb. Jun 8, 1905, Parker Co., TX
bulletd. Jan 18, 1997, Prescott, AZ; buried at Chino Valley Cemetery in Chino Valley, AZ
bulletMarried Chester (Buck) Beasley on Oct. 29, 1923 in Las Cruces, NM (Chester b. 1902 Organ NM territory, d. 1994 Prescott AZ)
bullet3 children:
bulletVirginia May Beasley (slide show), Dec. 18, 1924, married Robert Shull
bulletWinston Beasley, b. 1930?, d. 1970 - married Elaine
bulletChester 'Garner' Beasley, b. 1938? - married Madonna
bulletTWIN: Mabel Bumgarner (Slide Show)
bulletb. Jun 8, 1905, Parker Co., TX
bulletd. 1934 in car wreck in Phoenix, AZ
bulletMarried Bill Steppe
bulletNo Children

Belva and Elwa (Slide Show)


bulletTWIN: Belva Eleanor Bumgarner (Slide Show)
bulletb. Jun 8, 1908, Parker Co., TX
bulletd. Aug 13, 2001 in Las Cruces, NM
bulletMarried Karl Bradd
bulletTWIN:  Elwa Estelle Bumgarner (Slide Show)
bulletb. Jun 8, 1908, Parker Co., TX
bulletd. Aug 12, 1989 in Silver City, NM while living in Glenwood, NM
bulletMarried Jim Estes

YES, the 2nd set of twins had same birthday as 1st set.  and I've heard they are in the Guinness Book of World Records because of that.


Adrenne (later Adron) Absalom Bumgarner ("A.A.")

Adron Bumgarner Slide Show

Moved from Texas to New Mexico around 1922.  As I understand it, they moved to NM due to stories of good irrigation farming in the Rio Grande Valley.


Sept 1918 - Adrenne Bumgarner draft card (contributed by Brian Bumgardner)

Born:  June 15, 1901, Parker Co., TX

Died:  October 2, 1991, Las Cruces, NM



Married Gladys Coalson Bumgarner Aug 20, 1922'

b. Jan 16, 1900, Bethesda Co., TX

d. April 14, 1967; living at Gila, NM, buried Las Cruces, NM

Adron and Gladys Houses and Decor



Adron and Gladys


Adron married Stella a year or so after Gladys' death.  Later divorced Stella.

bullet*Raymond Arthur Bumgarner*
bulletb. 12/22/1923, Chamberino, NM
bulletd. 11/14/2000, Las Cruces, NM
bulletAdra Fay Bumgarner
bulletb. 10/17/1925, Las Cruces, NM
bulletd. 6/30/80 - Albuquerque, NM, Buried Las Cruces, NM

Raymond Arthur Bumgarner

Photo Album Made By Ray - Slide Show

World War II - received Bronze Star

Raymond's World War II Memories


After moving around NM during childhood, spent his adult life in Las Cruces, NM where Raymond

was Electrical Engineer at Physical Science Laboratories (PSL) at New Mexico State University

b. 12/22/1923 in La Mesa, NM

d.  11/14/2000 in Las Cruces, NM

Married Annabelle Gray Bumgarner on Feb. 2, 1952 in Las Cruces, NM

b. 9/14/1925 in Kansas

d. 9/23/2003 in Las Cruces, NM

Raymond and Annabelle Children:


*Carol Arleen (Bumgarner) King* (b. 1952)


Steven Arthur Bumgarner (b. 1954)


Gladys Jean (Bumgarner) Van De Mark (b.1955)


Kay Evelyn (Bumgarner) Liebmann (b. 1958  d. 2005)


Raymond and Annabelle in front

Kids L>R: Gladys, Kay, Steve, Carol

Carol Bumgarner King

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Born:  12/15/1952 in Las Cruces, NM

Moved to San Antonio, TX in 1977.  Moved to Austin, TX in 1999.

Currently living in Austin, TX (2008)

Married Francis Frederick (Fred) King II on September 4, 1971 in Las Cruces, NM; Divorced in 1984; Fred born in 1947 in Kansas, grew up in Alamogordo, NM, and died in 2003 in San Antonio, TX

Carol later married David L. Duke in San Antonio, TX in 1988.  David died in 1993 in San Antonio.

Fred and Carol Child:
bulletTamara Renee King Safarik, b. 1975 - married Doug Safarik in Sept, 2004. They currently reside in Santa Fe, NM where Tamara works as an attorney and Doug is PhD chemical engineer at Los Alamos
bulletJackson Bryce Safarik - b. 06/14/2008