Judy Chapman Hall
Barcie Lee Motsenbocker
Daughter of Ollie Holt & John Motsenbocker
Wife of TF
Mother of Donald, Ed & Cathy Chapman
My Granny was the
best story teller & every night when I would crawl into bed I would ask her
to tell me a story, then afterwards- beg for just one more, then one more. Most
of the stories where about her life growing up. In June of 1985 I ask my dear
granny to please write some of her stories in a journal for me so that I might
pass them on to my children. What follows is from that journal
write about our families first then if any room is left, I will write some
things that happened thru the years.
I'll write first, about my self,
your granny, Barcie Lee Motsenbocker Chapman.
My mother, Ollie Holt lived
on the farm where Jimmy Garrett lives now. Her father Robert Holt owned that
My father, John Motsenbocker lived where the wolf family lives, a
little way down the road. It was called the valley. John & Ollie married in
the spring of 1912. John was 18 & Olllie was 17 years old. The lived in a
little house on grandpa Holts place. I was born there May 22,1913.
to a little place, Envil, near Marietta, Oklahoma. Joe was born Oct. 17,1915. We
moved back to Wise County then moved to Pindall Arkansas for 2 years,then to
Bridgeport in Wise County. Lavonne (Mrs. Ray Singleton) was born May
29,1921.Oleta (Mrs.Joe Nix was born April 14,1924.Ralph was born September
10,1926. My darling baby sister Doris (Mrs Truman Cocanougher) was born October
Joe,Lavonne and I went to school at Grub Hill. I went to school at
Paradise & finished High School at Bridgeport. I also went to North Texas
University and completed 45 term hours of collage work, which intitled me (at
that time) to teach elementary school, but I got Married!
Grandfather T.F.Chapman was born December 24,1913 to Ellie Cox and Will Chapman
they lived on a farm in Grub Hill Community,Bridgeport,Texas. His mother had
been married to Charlie Forster. She had T.F. ,half sister,Esther Forster. She
had one son C.F. Byers. he lives in Tucon Arizona, Where Esther died. Will &
Ellie had Ermal (Mrs Fyrl Morrison) & Willie which they called Duggie,
Duggie died as a young man.
Q.L. Chapman married Thelma Cupel
Chapman married Hazel Blackmon.
They went to Grub Hill school, they moved to
Shamrock Texas when T.F was 8 years old.
When T.F. was 18 years old, he came
back to Wise County. He lived with Ermal & Fyrl Morrison.
One day I
pointed my finger and winked at him and he fell in love with me. We got married
July 6,1933. Brother John Readell married us.
Ernest Baugh, T.F. Cousin,
& my half aunt Pearl Holt Baugh, went with us and witnessed the
We went out to Shamrock Texas and picked cotton,also over to
Slidell to pick cotton & gather corn. This is the way we go a little nest
egg to start our life together. Ermal & Fyrl Morrison lived on Mr. & Mrs
Chapmans farm & they gave us a 2 room apartment in their house and we lived
there. Donald was born on June 4, 1934. Moma & dad lived on the Jones place
and that is where Donald was born. When Donald was about three months old, T.F.
was laid off his job. So we packed up his model T ford, one seat with a bed on
the back like truck, and went to Shamrock. We had $7.00 to make the trip. It was
a good thing Doanld was not a bottle baby!
We finally rented a farm near
Leala & Shamrock. Here Barbara Lee was born December 7,1937. She &
Donald got the whooping cough somewhere. We lost Barbara. She died Febuary
4,1938. This was a very sad time.
We came back to Wise County. Farmed a
little then, T.F. got a job at the brick plant. Eddie was born December
27,1939.Then when Eddie was 12 1/2 years old and Donald was 18, just graduated
from high school. Cathy Lynne was born June 9,1952 .Donald said I was the only
pregnant mother at the graduating exercise!
more to come
Grandparents Effie Faye & Joseph Mosenbocker
Our Early Years