Harrison Kye "Bud" Chaney & Cora Reed
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Harrison Kye Chaney

Bud and CoraHe was known as "Bud" probably after his father's younger brother Ninevah who was killed in 1863.   (That Ninevah was called "Bud" and appears as his name on his tombstone.)  Later generations often said that Harrison Kye was named for his father and, thus, was a junior. However, his father was definitely named Hezekiah and called "Kye."  His mother had a brother named General Harrison Goad thus it is probable that his name was derived from his father's nickname and an uncle's name.  Bud married Cora Reed in 1900 in Temple, Bell County, Texas.

Little is documented concerning Bud's parents.  His father, Kye, had at least three brothers and one sister.  His father was Hosea Chaney son of Hezekiah Chaney of Wythe County, Virginia.  Kye's mother appeared in the 1860 and 1870 census. She was Sarah A. Golden, born in North Carolina, about 1795.  No information on their deaths and burials has been discovered.

Bud's mother was Fanny Goad.  She first appeared in the 1850 census of Walker County, Georgia.  Her complete name is uncertain.  Her tombstone records her as L. P. Chaney wife of H. K. Chaney.  In various census records she is shown as Perlinia, Fanny or Frances.  Her name seems to best be recorded as L. Paulina Frances "Fanny" Goad. Her father was Ephraim Goad, a blacksmith, but the identities of his parent is uncertain.  Her mother was Susannah W. Jester whose Spencer lineage can be traced back to the settlement of Jamestown or soon thereafter.

Bud was known to be a rather rough character.  He was no stranger to alcohol. He farmed although he seems to have also have been usually involved with mules and mule-trading.  He and his buddies had a reputation in the 1930's of having a weekly drinking  "party" down by a river.

Railroads seem to have been an important aspect of his life as well.  Jake recalled when he was a boy that his father, along with other men in the area, were hired by the Santa Fe railroad to bring their mules and wagons to help clear up after a train wreck near Moody at Willow Grove.  At some time, Bud served as a "Bull" on a railroad.

In 1913, the family was living in southern McLennan County in the Willow Grove community near the Bell County line.  It was at this time that the family home burned.  "Bud" was out of town as he often was.

The fire started in the kitchen around five in the morning.  Cora had started the fire in the cook stove and gone to her bedroom for something.  When she returned, the kitchen was ablaze.  One wall, dividing the kitchen and the bedroom where Tommy slept, was about to collapse.

The family hurriedly attempted to save what they could. Cora grabbed a pair of Bud's shoes only to discover later that they were not mates.  Inez struggled with the sewing machine.  She valued it highly because her mother made her dresses on it.  Tommy wore only his long underwear as he ran across the field to his Uncle John's house.  (Jesse Gerald Chaney reported that the uncle was John Pinkston who lived nearby.  Although not an actual uncle, John was known as such by this family.  Both Bud and the Pinkston's lived on the "Yarborough farm.")

Neighbors came to help but the house and its contents were lost except for the few items initially rescued.  All of their clothes, furniture and bedding were all gone.  Some flatirons were found among the ruins and Cora used them for years after.  Just after the fire, someone stole all the meat, hams, bacon and sausages that had not been stored in the house.
The family stayed with relatives (not identified) and neighbors brought them clothes and food.  They received meat, potatoes, cakes, cookies, fruit, beans, sugar, and many other things. Someone brought a big comforter and others brought other bedding.  Bud and Cora went to Moody and spent what little money they had left on beds, dressers, chairs and other furniture at a secondhand furniture store.
Bud rented a house and had a job in Moody.  Somehow, Bud got cottonseed for the next year's crop and the family began to rebuild its life.  Everyone had to pitch in.

Most of the land was in cotton but they also grew corn and maize.  There was a garden for vegetables including several rows of popcorn.  The entire family had to help do the farm work including chopping and picking the cotton.  A pipe ran from a creek so that water could be pumped to fill the livestock troughs.

They had one milk cow for which Inez was responsible for feeding.  She helped with the dishes and did some of the ironing.  She had to trim the lamp wicks and clean the glass chimneys on the lamps.  While Cora was doing farm work, Inez tended the younger children.  She had to tend them even when she was picking cotton.  She would set them on the cotton sack or under the wagon where it was cooler.  Jake would bring them cool water during the day.

The children got paid for "scrappin'" which consisted of going over the fields after the cotton-pickers were done and picking any cotton that had been missed.  Tommy chopped the wood and kindling as well as other chores.  The children were not usually paid for the cotton picking although Bud would take them to town for "red soda water" and, once, to a carnival as reward.  They shelled corn that Bud took to the mill to be ground.  The family had cornmeal everyday during this difficult time.  The evening meal often was cornmeal and milk except when the one cow was dry.

The family had three beds:  one for Bud and Cora, one for the boys and one for the girls.  When the weather was cold, Cora would put a heated brick in the beds to keep the bed warm.  They did not go anywhere except to Moody to do the necessary shopping and to church.  Most of their life was home oriented.

One Christmas during this period, the children did not expect even a Christmas tree.  However, Bud hitched up two mules and loaded them all in the wagon and drove to Cedar Creek where they cut a little tree.  Back home, the little tree was set up and decorated with red and green paper that the children used at school.  They popped corn and strung it on the tree.  Mistletoe was hung over the doors.  The children were thrilled to have a tree since they knew that they couldn't afford presents.

Suddenly, Kye's cousin, Marvel Stone Chaney appeared with toys and peppermint stick candy for them that made it a memorable Christmas for them all.  Marvel had stored the goodies on top of his wife's wardrobe and wouldn't let his children touch them.

The fire had destroyed almost everything the family had, but, with the help of friends, family and neighbors, they slowly returned to normal.

There is a story that Bud led a lynch mob at one time. The story is that it involved a black man involved in the killing of an entire white family.  (Another source reported that the crime was the rape of a white woman.)  Tradition holds that Bud headed the mob carrying an axe.  The mob built a fire and burned the man alive.  While being dragged through the fire the Black man reportedly bit off one of Bud's earlobes.  Research indicates that this happened in 1915.  THE TEMPLE DAILY TELEGRAM reported that on "July 28, 1915, there was a murder of three children on the William Grimes farm outside of town.  Seven-month old twins Mary Francis Carter and William Nibling Grimes, 7, were killed and their parents badly beaten in the attack. A transient black man, Will Stanley, was arrested in Rogers some 36 hours after the murders were discovered."

"A mob of 10,000 took Will Stanley, a Fort Worth Negro, from the officers soon after midnight this morning and marching him to the public square through the principal [sic] business streets, proceeded to cremate him in full view of the populace, which included many women, some of the latter standing on Men's shoulders to witness the gruesome [sic] sight.

"All along the route the Negro fought savagely and was kicked and beaten by the mob.  Arriving on the square a pyre was constructed of dry good boxes, barrels and other inflammable stuff secured from the rear of business houses in nearby alleys.  Trace chains were used to shackle the negro."
---Forth Worth, Tex., Record, July 31, 1915.

The TELEGRAM reported that "Somebody shot Stanley before he was through telling his story. A hastily constructed pyre was set afire and Stanley’s body was dragged through it three times before his body was left in the fire where it burned to ashes."

This is probably the incident as nothing similar was found reported found for that era.  It is possible that Bud's involvement may have been "enhanced" through repeated tellings over the years.  Was he one of the leaders or simply a participant?  At any rate, it is a dark blot on our history but one that should not be ignored.

In 1916, the family lived north of Temple where Beatrice was born.  Bud was working for a Dr. Stevens then.  Then they moved into Temple to Nugent and Fifteenth Streets where James was born in 1918.  In 1921, when Jack was born, they were living in Pendleton.  By 1924, they were again living in Temple, on Bentley Hill, and Bud was working for R.V. Nichols who operated a mule barn.  Bud travelled to purchase mules.

While living in Pendleton, Bud had somehow obtained a racehorse.  Jake and Tommy decided to hitch the horse to a buggy and see how fast they could "race horse" to Temple, nine or ten miles distant, and back.  It must have been a rough trip on the gravel road as Bud made the boys take the wheels off the buggy and take them to a blacksmith to be tightened.

On 27 August 1924, Bud was in south Texas buying mules for Mr. Nichols.  Tommy worked nights with the Santa Fe railroad as a night supply man.  Jake worked for the city driving a dump truck.  Cora tended the family while Bud was out of town.

Cora and the younger children had been picking cotton that morning.  They came home for lunch.  Tommy was sleeping since he worked nights.  He awoke and borrowed some money from his mother since he was broke and wanted to go to the "show."  They ate lunch at a table that was located on a screened-in porch at the back of the house.

Cora returned to pick cotton, leaving Irene to wash the dishes, clean the kitchen and tend three-year-old Jack.  Tommy wrote a letter to his girlfriend and left on foot.  Many years later, Irene remembered that she had to go to the outhouse and, there, she had an overwhelmingly strange feeling that something was going to happen.

That night, Irene slept with Cora.  Jack usually slept with his mother.  They had trouble sleeping since their cow was bawling.  It was unusual for the cow to be so noisy.  They eventually got to sleep but at about four in the morning they heard a car pull into the lane to the house.

It was Mr. and Mrs. Nichols.  They told Cora that Tommy had been hurt and that they had come to take her to the hospital.  She went with the Nichols while the children helped Jake try to start the city dump-truck so they could go to the hospital too.  They were still attempting to get it started when the car returned.  They could hear there mother wailing.

Tommy had been struck by a switch engine as he walked across the tracks in the yards near the downtown Santa Fe passenger depot.  He was terribly injured and lived only a short time.  It was a large funeral after which a long caravan of cars drove to Moody where Tommy was buried next to his sister, Loraine, who had died as a child in 1911.

(Jesse Gerald Chaney added some interesting details to the story of Tom's death that did not appear in his newspaper obituary.  Tom and his father had been working for the railroad during a strike by the Unionized railroad workers!  They were actually "scabs" and it is not unlikely that Tom was deliberately run down by the engineer of the switch engine.  Gerry feelt that the incident might have occurred at one of the railroad yards north of town, but the obituary specifically states that it was near the downtown depot.)

Jesse Gerald Chaney recalls another story of his "Cousin Bud."  A brick building was being built between the two main streets in Moody.  A man was chasing Bud with a knife and Marvel was chasing the man chasing Bud!  Marvel snatched up a loose brick and hit the man causing him to drop the knife.  Gerry does not remember what the chasing was all about but it added to the lore of Bud Chaney.

During prohibition, Bud was not deprived of his alcohol.  He hid bottles all around the farm where they were living.  Jack recalls finding one of the bottles in a barrel of grain and drinking it.  He got very ill and was on the porch throwing-up.  Cora was very upset because she thought he was deathly ill.  Claude came home then and immediately realized that Jack wasn't sick but down right drunk.

One story tells of the time
Bud and his drinking buddies regularly spent time down by the Leon River drinking.  Of course, most of the men usually carried their rifles.  One of the men, a barber, expressed an interest in Bud's gun.  Bud told him if he touched it that he would shoot him.  The barber thought he was joking and reached for the gun.  Bud grabbed the rifle and shot him.  It evidently was not a serious wound since Bud continued to let the barber shave him afterwards.  These “down by the river” gatherings caused a rift between Cora and Jack’s in-laws.  Edith’s grandfather was one of Bud’s cohorts and his family blamed Bud for it.  Cora would hold a grudge for the Breeson’s and family until her death because she felt that Mr. Breeson was the cause.

Evidently, alcohol caused Bud to become unreasonable quite often.  More than once he became angry with Cora and took after her with a butcher knife.  He was known to use a wet rope from the well to "whip" his children when he had been drinking.

In 1936, while walking across the viaduct on Adams Street in Temple near their home on 19th Street he collapsed.  He was taken the short distance home where died.  He was buried in Moody Cemetery along side his son, Tommy, and daughter, Loraine.   Cora was buried there in 1968.

Birth:        10 Mar 1881    Carroll County, Arkansas.     
Marriage:    2  Jun 1900    Temple, Bell County, Texas.  Cora Reed.
Death:       14 Apr 1936    Temple, Bell County, Texas.   Obituary
Burial:      15 Apr 1936    Moody Cemetery, Moody, McLennan County, Texas.
Father:    Hezekiah Chaney (b. 25 Dec 1835, d. 20 May 1907)
Mother:   L. Paulina Frances Goad (b. 6 Mar 1845, d. 9 Jul 1904)

Cora Reed

Cora Reed
, called "Big Ma" or "Big Mama," was a fraternal twin.  Her twin sister, Ora, married Charles Breeding and lived near McGregor, McLennan Co., Texas.  Her father was Andrew Jackson Reed, son of Joseph Reed and Elvira Perkins.  Her mother was Dorcas Elizabeth Springfield, daughter of Aaron Springfield and Emmaline Rollins.

Birth:        12 Feb 1882    Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia (The Social Security Death Index lists the year as 1880 although all evidence indicates it was 1882).     
Marriage:    2 Jun 1900    Temple, Bell County, Texas.  Harrison Chaney.
Death:       13 Jan 1968    Temple, Bell County, Texas.  Obituary
Burial:       14 Jan 1968    Moody Cemetery, Moody, McLennan County, Texas.
Father:    Andrew Jackson Reed (b. 27 Dec 1840, d. 4 Jan 1896)
Mother:   Dorcas Elizabeth Springfield (b. 14 Feb 1848, d. 27 Mar 1894)


M    Morran Thomas "Tommy" Chaney
Birth:         25  Jul 1902    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Death:       28 Aug 1924    Temple, Bell County, Texas.  Obituary
Burial:       29 Aug 1924    Moody Cemetery, Moody, McLennan County, Texas.

F    Inez Chaney   
Name-Var:    __ ___ ____    Inez Lula Chaney   
Birth:          3 Nov 1903    Bell County, Texas.   
Marriage:   circa    1921    Raymond Lee Shearin (b. 7 Nov 1902, d. 13 Oct 1935), son of John Booker Shearin and Anna E. (--?--); Texas.
Son:    10 May 1922    John Booker Shearin; Pendleton, Bell County, Texas.
Dau:    10 Aug 1924    Raynez Shearin; Pendleton, Bell County, Texas.
Dau:     6  Feb 1927    Ada Jean Shearin; Bell County, Texas.
Marriage:   circa    1940    Claude Wesley Newman (b. 26 Jul 1906, d. 9 Apr 1949); Texas.
Dau:    25 May 1941    ______
Son:      4 Feb 1946    ______
Death:         21 Sep 1982    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Burial:        __ Sep 1982    Moody Cemetery, Moody, McLennan County, Texas.

M    Fred Harrison "Jake" Chaney    
Birth:            2 Oct 1905    Willow Grove, Bell County, Texas.   
Marriage:    17 Oct 1924    Zelma Cownover (b. 14 Mar 1907, d. 13 Nov 2003), daughter of William Cownover and Annie (--?--); Temple, Bell County, Texas.   
Dau:    21 Dec 1925    Mary Frances Chaney; Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Son:    28  Jan 1928    Billy Dean Chaney Sr.; Waco, McLennan County, Texas.
Son:    27 Mar 1934    ______
Son:    22   Jul 1941     ______
Son:    13 Mar 1952    ______
Death:          20 Jul 1998    Bell County, Texas (The Social Security Death Index shows the date to be 19 July 1998.)
Burial:         21 Jul 1998    Resthaven Cemetery, Belton, Bell County, Texas.

F    Loraine Chaney
Birth:           9 Aug 1910    McLennan County, Texas.
Death:        21 Dec 1911     
Burial:    __ ___ ____    Moody Cemetery, Moody, McLennan County, Texas.

F    Irene Chaney
Birth:          13 Jan 1913    Bell County, Texas.
Marriage:     3 Apr 1930    Ray Pyeatt (b. 30 Oct 1910, d. 8 Jan 1990), son of Samuel Marion Pyeatt and Sarah Trasdy Burton; Bell County, Texas.
Son:     9 Mar 1932    ______
Son:      6 Jan 1934    ______
Son:    17 Apr 1940    ______
Divorce:     after     1945    Ray Pyeatt (b. 30 Oct 1910, d. 8 Jan 1990)
Marriage:    after     1955    Russell Vaden Davis (b. 3 Jan 1909, d. Sep 1981)
Marriage:    after     1980    Dick Roy
Divorce:      __ ___ 1987    Dick Roy
Death:         24 Dec 1992    Temple, Bell County, Texas.

M    Claude "Big Man" Chaney   
Birth:          15 Apr 1914    Moody, McLennan County, Texas.    
Marriage:    10  Jun 1939    Maudie Alice Ruth Canady (b. 14 Jul 1911, d. 1 Mar 1999), daughter of
                                            William Jefferson Canady and Sallie Elizabeth Damron; Temple, Bell County, Texas.   

Son:       4  Jul 1940    Charles Claude Chaney; 1305 South 45th Street, Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Son:    10 Nov 1942    Robert Neale Chaney Sr.; Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas.
Son:    12  Oct 1945    _______
Divorce:      13  Jan 1977    Maudie Alice Ruth Canady (b. 14 Jul 1911, d. 1 Mar 1999)
Marriage:    11 Apr 1987    Meriam Lou Harper (b. 27 Feb 1924, d. 19 Nov 2003); Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Death:         24 Feb 1989    Scott & White Hospital, Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Burial:         27 Feb 1989    Moody Cemetery Moody, McLennan County, Texas.

F    Beatrice "Dook" Chaney
Birth:          16 Aug 1916    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Marriage:      5 Nov 1932    D. Clifford Williams (b. circa 1915); Bell County, Texas.
Son:    21 Aug 1936    Charles Wayne Williams; Bell County, Texas.
Divorce:      after     1940    D. Clifford Williams (b. circa 1915)
Marriage:    after     1950    Courtney Owen (b. 15 Jun 1913, d. 8 Jul 1989)
Death:         21 Jun 1988    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Burial:        23 Jun 1988    Moody Cemetery,, Moody, McLennan County, Texas.

M    James Edward "Manny" Chaney Sr.
Birth:          12 Jul 1918    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Marriage:      1 Jul 1939    Mary Alice Pyeatt (b. 1 Mar 1921, d. 24 Oct 1988), daughter of Martin Presston Pyeatt and
                                           Vera Gladys Buckley; Temple, Bell County, Texas.

Dau:    18 Jun 1941    Gladys Pauline Chaney; Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Son:    18 Jun 1947    ______
Dau:    23 Jul 1955    ______
Death:        20 Aug 1988    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Burial:        23 Aug 1988    Bellwood Memorial Cemetery, Temple, Bell County, Texas.

M    Jack Chaney
Birth:           2 Nov 1921    Pendleton, Bell County, Texas.
Marriage:    14  Jul 1940    Edith Merle Paulk (b. 20 Oct 1919, d. 13 Sep 1985), daughter of Joe Dan Paulk and
                                           Annie Elizabeth Breeson; Belton, Bell County, Texas.

Dau:    10 Sep 1942    Beverly JoAnn Chaney; Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Son:    31 Aug 1945    Jack Alton Chaney
Dau:    15 Nov 1948    Barbara Gayle Chaney
Son:     22 Feb 1950    Jack Dwayne Chaney; San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Son:      7  Jan 1955    James Riley Chaney
Marriage:      2 J un 1989    Lydia Gottschalk (b. 1921, d. 2 Apr 2008); Bell County, Texas.
Death:         22 Nov 2003    Temple, Bell County, Texas.
Burial:         24 Nov 2003    Bellwood Memorial Park, Temple, Bell County, Texas.

Charles Claude Chaney
Claude Chaney
Fred Harrison Chaney
Jack Chaney
Irene Chaney Pyeatt Davis
Jane Berry McAfee
Jesse Gerald Chaney
Inez Chaney Newman in "After The Fire" that was published in The Way it Was, Central Texas R.S.V.P. Bicentennial Scrapbook, volume one,
    published by Retired Senior Volunteer Program of the Central Texas Council of Governments, Belton, Texas.  1976.
Death Certificate of H. K. Chaney.  Texas State Department of Health.
    Bureau of Vital Statistics. Standard Certificate of Death.  #18398.
Obituary of H.K. "Bud" Chaney. Temple Daily Telegram. Temple, Bell County, Texas. 15 April 1936.
Obituary of  Morran Thomas " Chaney. Temple Daily Telegram.

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