Martha Campbell

b. 26 April 1853, d. 15 December 1932

Martha "Mattie" Campbell Wren, 1853-1932
  • Martha Campbell was born on 26 April 1853 in Louisiana.
  • She was known as Mattie.
  • Clark Calhoun Campbell and Lucy Caroline Goree appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Montgomery County, Texas. Other members of the household included Martha Campbell, J. Goree Campbell, John Wesley Campbell, Clark Calhoun Campbell Jr., Annie Campbell and Robert L. Wood. C. Campbell is listed in the 1860 Slave Schedule with 27 slaves (10 of whom were age 10 and younger) and 4 slave houses.
  • Clark Calhoun Campbell and Lucy Caroline Goree appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Galveston County, Texas, enumerated next to Clark's sister Eddie Williams. Clark also is enumerated at the Sisters of Charity Hospital. The family's out-of-town residence on Clear Creek in Galveston County was called "Rest Haven," according to daughter Lucie Campbell Lee.. Other members of the household included Martha Campbell, J. Goree Campbell, John Wesley Campbell, Clark Calhoun Campbell Jr., Annie Campbell and Lucie Frances Campbell.
  • She married Powhatan Sampson Wren, son of Joseph Wren and Julia Sampson, on 17 November 1874 in Galveston County, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 21 November 1874 in The Galveston Daily News: [Married] At the residence of the bride's parents, in Galveston county, Tuesday evening, November 17, 1874, Powhatan S. Wren, Esq., and Mattie, eldest daughter of Dr. Clark Campbell. No cards.
  • Clark Calhoun Campbell and Lucy Caroline Goree appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1880 in Galveston, Texas, at 5 East Broadway. Other members of the household included Martha Campbell, Clark Calhoun Campbell Jr., Lucie Frances Campbell, Powhatan Sampson Wren, Clark Campbell Wren, Powhatan Sampson Wren Jr., Mary Caroline Campbell and Ann W. Campbell. Boarders (nieces) Mary and Nannie Campbell are the sisters of Sam Campbell, found nearby in the household of Clark's brother Archibald, all children of Clark's brother Marcus.
  • The following appeared on 19 April 1883 in The Dallas Weekly Herald: Mrs. P. S. Wren, wife of the County Clerk of Galveston county, and sister of Mr. C. C. Campbell, agent of the G.C.& S.F. railroad at this point, is a guest at the Cleburne House.
  • Some Campbell cousin "girls" posed for a photograph about 1892.
  • The following appeared on 17 March 1898 in The St. Louis Republic: (Galveston, Texas, March 16) To-day P. S. Wren, chief clerk of the Custom-house, was arrested by F. Polk Johnson, special agent of the United States Treasury Department, for alleged forgery and embezzlement of $190. He was taken before United States Commissioner Dart, waived examination and was admitted to bond in the su of $500. He is charged with signing a shipmaster's name to a rebate check for $190 and appropriating the money to his own use. His case will be heard at the present term of the United States District Court. Mr. Wren is connected by marriage with one of the oldest and most respectable families of the city, and is quite prominent in a number of secret societies. He declares his innocense of the charge.
  • Powhatan Sampson Wren and Martha Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Galveston, Texas, at 2306 Avenue J living in some sort of boarding house with Claude & Frances Cochran.. Other members of the household included Powhatan Sampson Wren Jr., Julia Lee Wren, Lucie Caroline Wren and Francis Jefferson Wren.
  • The following appeared on 2 February 1908 in The Arizona Republic: (Wickenburg, Jan. 31) . . . P. S. Wren and wife of Constellation were in Wickenburg Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
  • The following appeared on 15 July 1908 in The Galveston Daily News: Mrs Mattie C. Wren has returned from Austin, where she spent several days with her brother Mr. Clark Campbell, whose illness is of a serious nature. Mr. Campbell spent his boyhood here, as he is a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Clark Campbell and is a nephew of Mr. Archibald Campbell of this city.
  • The following appeared on 4 April 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: A wedding of much interest, though solemnized out of the city, is the Wren-Prendergast nuptials, on April 15, in Waco. Mrs. M. C. Wren, mother of the groom will attend and will be joined by Mrs. Kleber Lee, Miss Carnie Wren, and Mr. Frank Wren, all from Fort Worth. Miss Carnie Wren will be one of the bride's attendants, and Mr. Garland Tobin will be Mr. Wren's best man. Mr. Wren will bring his bride here immediately after the ceremony, and on Saturday afternoon, April 17, from 4 to 6, Mrs. M. C. Wren will entertain with a tea in honor of this bride.
  • The following appeared on 11 April 1909 in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Mrs. Connelly Prendergast of 903 South Henderson street, is in Waco for the Wren-Prendergast wedding which
    takes place April 15. Mrs. C. M. Wren, mother of the groom, will attend and will be joined by Mrs. Kleber Lee, Miss Carnie Wren and Mr. Frank Wren from Fort Worth. Miss Carnie Wren will be one of the bride's attendants. The bride, Miss Stella Prendergast, is a well known society girl, having often contributed her bright, happy presence to various social functions in Fort Worth, where she has a large host of friends.
  • The following appeared on 18 April 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: Mrs. Mattie C. Wren was at home yesterday afternoon from 4 until 6 o'clock in honor of her two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Clark Campbell Wren and Mrs. Joseph Goree Wren, both of Houston. The former was married to Mr. Wren last February and was before marriage Miss Culpepper of Houston. Mrs. Joseph Wren was married this past Thursday in Waco and was Miss Stella Prendergast. Both weddings were events of fashionable interest because of the prominence of the families. Both young women are charming and attractive. Mrs. Clark Wren wore a gown of roue pink messaline satin, finished with pink fishnet and work Kilarney roses. Mrs. Joseph Wren wore her wedding robe of white mirror satin built directoire in pane effect, with buttons and pearl embroidery. The pink frock well became Mrs. Clark Wren's stately beauty, while the Easter bride in her wedding gown was a bewitching picture of Easter grace and beauty. The cards were taken at the door by little Misses Margaret Denison and Dorothy Girardequ. Each little girl wore a dainty frock of white mull and lace over blue silk. Mrs. Wren received her guests informally, wearing black silk with Irish lace, and was assisted by her sister, Mrs. Kleber Lee of Fort Worth, and by Miss Julia Lee Wren. Mrs. Lee wore a gown of white canton crepe satin, and Miss Wren was attired in light blue messaline with rose point lace yoke. The buffet table in the dining room had rose pink for the motif. The serviettes were of linen with surrounding f handsome Cluny laces. La France roses and pink carnations were the floral centerpiece. the candlesticks were shaded in rose silk. Many beautiful roses, lilies and carnations sent in by friends to the hostess and the brides. These flowers were arranged in the drawing room and library. Assisting in the dining room was the following house party: Miss Evelyn Campbell of Houston, Mrs. J. C. Ralston, Mrs. Max Levy, Mrs. Letchworth, Mrs. Felder, Miss Ethel Hilton, Miss Emma Lee, Miss Ann Kauffman and Miss Evelyn Cooper. A large number of ladies called. These were mostly the friends of the family, as Mrs. Wren gave the afternoon tea so that her friends and those of her sons might be introduced to the two charming young women, who are now members of the family. So delightfully were the hours spent that the guests lingered on after 6 o'clock. Shortly before this hour Mr. Clark Wren and his brother, Mr. Joseph Wren, joined the ladies in the drawing room. During the receiving hours salads and frozen punch were served. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wren and Mrs. Clark Wren will remain here for several days, the guests of Mrs. Wren.
  • The following appeared on 14 November 1909 in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Cards have been received in Fort Worth which read: Mrs. Martha Campbell Wren invites you to be present at the marriage of her daughter, Lucie Caroline, to Mr. Bryant Kittrell Goree, on Wednesday evening, Nov. 19, 1909, at 6 o'clock, at her residence, Galveston, Texas. At home after Dec. 15, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 23 December 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: Mrs. Mattie C. Wren has the following members of her family from out of the city with her for the holidays: Mr. and Mrs. Clark Campbell Wren of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Goree of Fort Worth and Mr. Frank Wren of Fort Worth.
  • The following appeared on 14 April 1910 in The Galveston Daily News: Mrs. Mattie C. Wren has returned from Houston, where she went to make the acquaintance of her little granddaughter, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clark C. Wren. Previous to the Houston sojourn, Mrs. Wren visited in Waco, where she was introduced to her first grandchild, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe G. Wren.
  • Martha Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Galveston, Texas, at 242? Avenue J. Other members of the household included Julia Lee Wren.
  • She was keeping boarders, according to the 1910 census.
  • The following appeared on 21 July 1910 in The Galveston Daily News: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wren of Waco with their son, Albert Prendergast Wren, are the guests of Mr. Wren's mother, Mrs Mattie C. Wren and will remain here until after the cotton carnival and will participate in the festivities of the homecoming day. Mr. and Mrs. Clark Campbell Wren, with their son, were from Houston for the week-end and will return for the carnival. Mrs. Bryan Goree has returned to her home in Fort Worth, after a visit of a few days here.
  • The following appeared on 31 July 1910 in the Galveston Daily News: Mrs. M. C. Wren has with her Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goree Wren and son, Albert Prendergast Wren of Waco, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark Wren and daughter from Houston.
  • The following appeared on 9 July 1914 in The Galveston Daily News: Mrs. M. C. Wren has as her guests Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wren of Fort Worth. Mr. and Mrs. Wren are en route home from New York.
  • The following appeared on 4 October 1914 in The Galveston Daily News: (Waco) Mrs. Wren of Galveston is the week's guest of Mrs. Joseph Wren.
  • Martha Campbell became a widow at the 19 July 1917 death of her husband Powhatan Sampson Wren.
  • Martha Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Galveston, Texas, at 242 Avenue I. Other members of the household included Julia Lee Wren and Ann Clarke Williams. Also in the household were six boarders.
  • She was keeping a boarding house, according to the 1920 census.
  • Martha Campbell appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 1932 Sixth Avenue. Other members of the household included Joseph Goree Wren, Julia Lee Wren and Joseph Goree Wren Jr.
  • Martha Campbell died on 15 December 1932 at age 79 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 1404 South Adams at her residence. . Her death was officially witnessed by Lucie Caroline Wren.
  • She was buried at Trinity Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 16 December 1932 in The Galveston Daily News: Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie C. Wren, a former resident of Galveston who died Wednesday at her home in Fort Worth, will be held this morning on the arrival of the train at 9:35 o'clock. The funeral cortege will move direct from the Union Station to the Episcopal Cemetery, where services will be held. Rev. E. H. Gibson will officiate.
         Active pallbearers will be: F. French, A. T. Barclay, A. L. Crow, E. C. Northen, B. Harris, Dr. E. E. Larkins, Robert Campbell, Dr. George Lee, George Ewalt and G. H. Wilder.
         Mrs. Wren is survived by two daughters, Mrs. B. K. Goree and Miss Julia Wren; three sons, P. S. Wren and Frank Wren of Fort Worth and Clark Wren of Washinton, D. C., and several grandchildren.
         Mrs. Wren lived in Galveston for a long number of years prior to her removal to Fort Worth.
  • A single grave marker identifies the graves of Clark Calhoun Campbell and Lucy Caroline Goree and Martha Wren, J. Goree Campbell.
  • Last Edited: 18 Jun 2016

Family: Powhatan Sampson Wren b. July 1842, d. 19 July 1917