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James "Jim" Henry Dillinder was born to Andrew Jackson and Clarinda Stephens Dillinder onApril 11, 1870 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas.  A. J.'s first wife gave birth to a son, John Dillinder, in 1867. His first wife, Martha Nipp, past away in 1868. He married Clarinda Stephens in Tarrant County, Texas on June 1, 1869. Jim was the first child born to A.J. and Clarinda Stephens. His siblings are as follows: Martha Dillinder (1871-1882), Sarah Dillinder (1874-1955), Lucy Dillinder (1875-1948), Etta Dillinder (1877-1943), Minnie (1880-1882), Ida Dillinder (1881-1972), Charles Dillinder (1884-1909), Anna Belle Dillinder (1886-1972),  and Alice Dillinder (1888-1963). For a short period of time from 1875-1877 they moved to Arkansas and then came back to Palo Pinto County, Texas. Martha, Lucy and Etta were born in Arkansas. All the other children were born in Palo Pinto County, Texas.

1880 census - Palo Pinto County, Texas A.J. Dillinder

This is the first census James H Dillinder appears. An 1870 census for Andrew Jackson Dillinder has not been found.

On June 23, 1894, Jim married Kate Valentine Dillinder, daughter of Joseph and Julia Ann Randolph Lynn.

June 23, 1894 Marriage Certificate

June 1, 1900 census page 1 shows the Dillinder family living in Palo Pinto.

June 1, 1900 census page 2 shows the Dillinder family living in Palo Pinto.

The 1900 census shows James is now married with a month old son, Loyd.  It shows that they could read and write. It shows that they were married in 1894. James is a farmer and renting his place. He is a sharecropper which means he was tenant farmer who gave a part of each crop as rent. On July 20, 1896 their first child, Andrew Floyd Dillinder was born. They called him Little Floyd. He became ill and died on August 22, 1898. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas.

Little Floyd's headstone

1910 census shows the Dillinder family living in Palo Pinto County.

They lived in Palo Pinto County in the area that is now called Hell's Gate. A decade of so after they moved from Palo Pinto county a lake was built over where they lived. The lake is Possum Kingdom Lake and it covers Palo Pinto County, Stephens County, and Young County. Young County is a dry county so the more popular sites are in Palo Pinto and Stephens County. The Dillinder children were not allowed to say hell so they called it Devil's Doorway. This is a map of how it looks now:

This is a picture of the area before the lake was built. Possibly close to the time the Dillinders lived there. They told their descendants that arrow heads were all over their backyard. They didn't have to hunt for them. They could just go and pick one up. The theory was that it was possibly an area where they would make their arrow heads or teach the younger boys how to make them.

Hell's Gate before the Possum Kingdom lake was built.

Nice view of Hell's Gate with the water low.

1920 census for James Henry Dillinder family.

In 1917, the James Henry Dillinder family all moved to Young County not very far from where they had been living in Palo Pinto County. So the 1920 census shows all of them living together in the same house.

The children of James "Jim" Henry Dillinder and Katie Valentine Lynn Dillinder are listed below.

    1. Andrew FLOYD Dillinder was born July 20, 1896 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. Floyd died August 22, 1898 in Palo Pinto County, Texas.
    2. Loyd Dillinder was born April 11, 1900 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. He married Fatine Ribble on June 4, 1928 in Young County, Texas. Loyd's sister, Jimmie, married Fatine's brother, H.L. Ribble.
    3. *Jimmie Lorraine Dillinder was born August 18, 1905 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She married *H.L. Ribble, Jr. on October 22, 1922 in Young County, Texas. They 2 children *Billy Loyd Ribble (1926-1995) and Modene Ribble (1941).  Jimmie died February 9, 1998.
    4. Attie Lois Dillinder was born August 20, 1908 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She married Walter Jewel "Red"  Bullard. Red was a 1st cousin to Fatine and H.L. Ribble. Red and Lois had two children.
    5. Noebelle Dillinder was born May 7, 1911 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She was a talented artist. She married Granville Glen Southern July 31, 1933 in Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.
    6. Margaret "Monk" Dillinder was born October 11, 1915 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She married William Baxter Harley November 24, 1933. She had a baby girl, Jean Harley that was either stillborn or died soon after birth. She and William divorced. She then married Earl Reed. They adopted a baby, Larry Reed.

April 18, 1930 census for James Henry Dillinder Family - Young County, Texas

April 10, 1940 census page 1 for James Henry Dillinder Family - Young County, Texas

April 10, 1940 census page 2 for James Henry Dillinder Family - Young County, Texas

They moved into Graham, Young County, Texas to 900 Texas St.. The house is no longer there. According to the 1940 census they own the home in Graham on Texas St.. 

Their grandson, Billy Loyd Ribble, lived with his parents in rural Young County. He desired to play football when he started high school.

It is a short walk from 900 Texas to the high school.

He did not have a ride home because football practice was everyday after school and the school bus would leave right after school. He stayed with his grandparents during the week so he could play football. He would have a ball game on Friday nights. Then on Saturday morning he would walk home to do his weekend chores.

This 1944 picture shows (l to r) James Dillinder, Kate Lynn Dillinder, Fatine Ribble Dillinder,
Lois Dillinder Bullard, Jimmie Dillinder Ribble, Ross Bullard is
standing in front of Jimmie. Seating on the ground is
Monk Dillinder Reed. She is holding her neice,
Modene Ribble, Monk's husband, Earl Reed.

ca 1945 Siblings John William Dillinder, Etta Dillinder Casady, Jim Dillinder
ca 1945 Kate Valentine Lynn Dillinder and James Henry Dillinder

Jim and Kate's first born, Floyd Dillinder, died when he was 2 years old. They spoke fondly of this child the rest of their lives.

Bill Ribble was one of his grandsons. He had great memories of spending time with Grandpa Jim. He would stop whatever he was doing when Bill came over. Grandpa Jim would spend time doing fun things with Bill and not worrying about work.

Jim and Katie both had dementia starting years before they died. By the time they died they did not know their children. All 5 of their children had the same thing happen to them before they died. Below is a picture of the last time all their children were together in 1985.

From l to r Monk, Noebelle, Lois, Jimmie Lorraine, and Loyd -
1985 at Noebelle home in Seadrift. Some of Noebelle's paintings are on the wall behind them.
James's Death Certificate

James Henry Dillinder Obituary

Funeral rites for James Henry Dillinder were held Wednesday, August 13 at 4pm from the Morrison Funeral Chapel with Rev. Charlie Norris Gilbert, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Spur officiating, assisted by Rev. Robert Martin, pastor of the Morningside Baptist Church, Graham. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. Dillinder was born July 31, 1870, and passed away August 11, 1947, after a two months illness. He had been a patient in the Graham Hospital for the past month and was on his way home when he passed away several miles from his home. He was married to Miss Kate Lynn June 24, 1894 at Mineral Wells. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for over fifty years and was a member of the Morningside Baptist Church at the time of his death. He had lived in the vicinity for over 30 years and was well known by many in Young and Palo Pinto counties where he had spent most of his life

Survivors are the widow of Graham; one son, Loyd Dillinder of Gorman; and four daughters: Mrs. H. L. Ribble, Jr.(Jimmie Lorraine) of Graham, Mrs. W.J. Bullard(Lois) of Andrews, Mrs. G. G. Southern(Noebell), Seadrift and Mrs. Earl Reed (Margaret), Olney. Other survivors are 8 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and five sisters, Mrs. Lula Shewmake, Mineral Wells; Mrs. W. J. Foster(Anna Belle), Wichita Falls, Mrs. Ellen Davidson, Sarah Ellen Dillinder Davidson, Mineral Wells, Mrs. Walter Chedester, Covington, Ky., and Mrs. Ida Burnett, Chandler, Arizona.

Pallbearers were: Tige Phinney, Ward Spivey, Raymond Weldon, James Carter, Carl Worsham, Carl Carter. Honorary pallbearers were: J. Sewell, George Daves, H. L. Ribble, Sr., June Hamby, R. H. Young, Will Jarnagin, Ernest Stone, Paul Grady, H. J. Short, Harvey Gilmore, J. W. Ribble, and C. L. Ribble.

James and Katie Lynn Dillinder are buried in Oak Grove cemetery in Graham, Young County, Texas

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