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Pate family coming to town for reunion, dedication of Bible to Genealogical Society

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Sulphur Springs will be the venue for a family reunion Thursday and Friday which will include a special presentation to the local genealogical society’s research library and an immersion in local history, which their ancestors helped forge.


At least 25 members of the Oscar “O.M.” and Amanda McDaniel Pate family are expected to arrive at a local hotel, enjoy a meal on Main Street while meeting relatives for the first time, then join Hopkins County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. to donate a family relic to the Research Library so it too can become part of local history.

Oscar M. Pate and wife Amanda McDaniel Pate were both early settlers of Hopkins County. O.M. Pate was born in Tennessee Sept. 22, 1855, and Amanda McDaniel Pate was born in San Augustine Oct. 23, 1856. Both families moved to Hopkins County when they were young. They were married in Sulphur Springs Feb. 10, 1876. They had 11 children, seven of which grew to adulthood in Sulphur Springs. They included: Bruce Pate, Bart C. Pate, Abel M. Pate, Zerva (Mrs. Henry W. Tapp), Sallie (Mrs. Lawson Junell), Ruth (Mrs. Pem Denton) and Mary (Mrs. Osborne K. Connor).

The group traveling Thursday to Sulphur Springs are descendants of O.M. and Amanda’s seven surviving children. Most of them eventually moved from the area and scattered all over the country. They are related to several families who have descendants living in Hopkins County including the Tapps, Worshams and Junells.

One of those descendants, Ed Junell of the Houston area, got in touch with HCGS and set up the reunion, if one can all it that consider it’ll be the first time most have ever met their Pate family members. Most will be descendants of Sallie Junell, Mary Connor and Abel Pate.

“The Pates were a very influential family in Sulphur Springs,” said Marynell Bryant with HCGS. “Mr. Pate was one of the foremost businessmen of Hopkins County. He owned several buildings on Main Street, including his hardware store, a feed and grain mill on North Jackson Street and a wholesale grocery on Magnolia Street, where the old Pratt Packing plant was later located. He served as a director of City National Bank.”

The family will be joining HCGS’s April meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Research Library at 212 Main St. In fact, the library was one of Pate’s Main Street properties; the building bears the family name on the front exterior.

The community is invited to join the Pate descendants and Genealogical Society members at the meeting for the Pate family Bible dedication and donation. The Bible will be stored in a special archive box in the area designated for such items at the library, preserving it for future generations to view. 

“We’ll have a little display of memorabilia from their family. We think it’ll be a lot of fun for them,” noted Bryant. 

John Sellers will open the Thursday HCGS meeting, sharing information about the Pate family and their lasting contributions to Hopkins County. A reception will follow the dedication.

On Friday, Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance is loaning their trolley so HCGS members can take the Pate descendants around town to tour the places and buildings important to their family — including the seven-bedroom house where the Pates raised their family, and which son Bart lived next door to. Several have expressed interest in seeing the original staircase in the family home. They will also make a stop at City Cemetery to locate family grave-markers. 

SSDBA and HCGS are partnering for the effort. They said this is one of several queries of this nature, which could become a service offered to bolster tourism. 

“We’ve gotten a lot of tourism invitations. If others are interested, this is something we can offer. People are welcome to attend the meeting Thursday for information,” Bryant said.




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