Joseph Goree Wren
b. 6 December 1881, d. 23 June 1930
- Father: Powhatan Sampson Wren b. July 1842, d. 19 July 1917
- Mother: Martha Campbell b. 26 April 1853, d. 15 December 1932
- Joseph Goree Wren was born on 6 December 1881 in Texas.
- He was known as Joe.
- The following appeared on 27 June 1890 in the Galveston Daily News: Master Joseph Wren, though a child in appearance, rendered with a clear, manly voice an elegant valedictory [at the St Mary's University sixth annual commencement], in which, having enumerated the successes of the students in the study hall and the base-ball ground (where they have not once been vanquished), he made bade his audience a graceful farewell.
- Joseph Goree Wren appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Temple, Bell County, Texas, at 104 South 8th Street boarding in the household of railroad inspector Ed McCannan.
- The following appeared on 1 April 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: Cards for the Wren-Prendergast nuptIals were received here yesterday from Waco. Those read: "Mr. and Mrs. Albert Collins Prendergast invite you to be present at the marriage ceremony of their daughter, Stella, and Mr. Joseph Goree Wren, Thursday evening, April 16, 1909, at 8 o'clock, at the Central Presbyterian Church, Waco, Tex." This wedding has as much social interest here as in Waco, as the groom-elect, son of Mrs. Mattie Campbell Wren, is a resident 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.
- He married Stella Prendergast, daughter of Albert Collins Prendergast and Lillian Lula Conoly, on 15 April 1909 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas.
- The following appeared on 6 May 1909 in The Galveston Daily News: The Galveston Garten Verein Opened its thirty-fifth season last evening amost auspiciously. The garden was in fine condition last night. The roses and other blossoming plants were beautiful, and as the night was moonlight, the garden spot was everything in the soft glow. The fountain has been raised and adds greatly to that portion of the gardens. . . . The Crowd was an unusually large one for opening night, as the attendance does not generally grow its biggest until after school closes . . . Mrs. Joseph G. Wren of Houston, an Easter bride, was becomingly gowned in rose pink with pink flower hat. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Clark C. Wren are here from Houston for a few days' visit , and enjoyed the Garten Verein last night.
- The following appeared on 18 July 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goree Wren will leave shortly for Waco to reside. Mr. Wren brought his bride here in April and they have so many friends here that the change of residence is sincerely regretted.
- 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.
- Albert Collins Prendergast and Lillian Lula Conoly appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas, at 423 Columbus Street. Other members of the household included Joseph Goree Wren, Emma Prendergast, Stella Prendergast and Albert Prendergast Wren. Also in the household were two roomers (a money lender and a dentist), and one servant.
- He was a stenographer in a law office (likely working for his father-in-law), 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 26 October 1910 in The Galveston Daily News: Albert Prendergast Wren, aged eight months and seventeen days, son of Joseph G. and Stella P. Wren, died Tuesday at Waco. both Mr. and Mrs. Wren are well known in Galveston, Mr. Wren having been born in the city. His mother, Mrs. M. C. Wren, resides at 1426 Avenue I. He had only recently completed his course of study and had been admitted to the Texas bar.
- 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 2 August 1914 in The Galveston Daily News: (Waco) Mrs. Joseph Wren has returned from Galveston. . . . Mrs. Joseph Wren has returned from an extended trip through the East. . . .
- 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.
- The following appeared on 25 June 1915 in The Victoria Daily Advocate: (Society Notes, by the Babbler) Up in Waco Judge Joe G. Wren has ruled that a citizen is not guilty of malicious mischief for killing chickens which destroy flowers and gardens, which puts to rout an old maxim, to wit: "where wrens make prey and eagles dare not perch." When Wrens enter into league with the household to suppress the predatory (predacious) instincts of the hen, the civic beautifier is about to enter her coveted estate.
- The following appeared on 16 February 1916 in The San Antonio Light: To extend the interest in community music in the state, to arrange musical programs, to encourage artistic development, to work for music in all public schools, to reward scholarship, to organize musical clubs, and to do everything possible to stimulate interest in music will be the work of the standing committees of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs.
Mrs. John F. Lyons of Fort Worth, president of the new federation, feels that the outlook for good work this year is splendid and says interest in the affairs of the federation is being manifested in all parts of the state.
A full list of standing committees for the music club federation follows:
. . . Artists' bureau: Mrs. Gentry Waldo, Houston; Miss Louise Pace, Corsicana; Mrs. T. H. Wear, Fort Worth; Mrs. Robert Crosby, Austin; Mrs. Joseph Wren, Waco; Mrs. Harriet Bacon MacDonald, Dallas; Mrs. B. F. Smith, Texarkana; Mrs. Walter Pl Romberg, San Antonio. . . .
- The following appeared on 21 May 1916 in The Galveston Daily News: (Waco) Mrs. Joseph Wren has returned to Dallas.
- Joseph Goree Wren registered for the draft on 12 September 1918 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas, while living with his wife Stella in the Raleigh Hotel in Waco, and self-employed there as an attorney.
- Joseph Goree Wren and Stella Prendergast appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Manhattan, New York County, New York, at 144-148 West 57th Street.
- He was an exporter of merchandise, according to the 1920 census.
- He married Lucille Inge Hill, daughter of John Robert Hill and Maclin Alice Caldwell, on 2 May 1921 in Manhattan, New York.
- Joseph Goree Wren became a widower at the 4 January 1927 death of his wife Lucille Inge Hill.
- He officially witnessed the death of Lucille Inge Hill on 4 June 1927 at St. Joseph's Infirmary in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.
- He was mentioned in the obituary of Lucille Inge Hill that appeared on 5 June 1927 in the Galveston Daily News: Funeral services for Mrs. Lucille Wren, wife of Joseph G. Wren of Fort Worth, who died in Fort Worth yesterday, will be held this morning in Galveston on the arrival of the Santa Fe train at 9:15 o'clock. Interment will be in the Episcopal Cemetery, with Rev. Raimundo De Ovies, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating. The pallbearers are: Archibald R. Campbell, Dr. George T. Lee, Bryan K. Goree of Fort Worth, Asa L. Crow, Alexander T. Barclay and Frank B. French. Mr. Wren is a son of Mrs. Mattie C. Wren of Galveston.
- 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.
- He was a stenographer with the railroad, according to the 1930 census.
- Joseph Goree Wren died on 23 June 1930 at age 48 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, at 1932 Sixth Avenue at his residence.
- He was interred at Trinity Episcopal Cemetery, Galveston, Texas.
- The following appeared on 25 June 1930 in the Galveston Daily News: Funeral services for Joseph G. Wren, formerly of Galveston, who died Monday night at Fort Worth, will be at the Episcopal Cemetery here on the arrival of the body this morning. Rev. E. H. Gibson, rector of the Trinity Episcopal Church, will officiate. Member of a Galveston family, Mr. Wren spent the early part of his life here. At the time of his death he was connected with the Santa Fe Railroad at Fort Worth. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. P. S. Wren of Fort Worth; a son Joseph G. Wren Jr., and several brothers and sisters, Col. Clark Campbell Wren of Washington and Miss Julia Lee Wren, Frank G. Wren and Mrs. Bryan K. Goree, all of Fort Worth. Several members of the family are accompanying the body here. Pallbearers will be: George Townsend Lee, Asa Lee Crow, Frank French, Edward Clyde Northen, George DeLunch Flood and H. E. Everheart.
- Last Edited: 18 Jun 2016
Family 1: Stella Prendergast b. 17 July 1888, d. 11 December 1979
- Albert Prendergast Wren b. circa 8 February 1910, d. 25 October 1910