The Dallas Journal, Volume 56, 2010 Page: 71
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The Southwestern Advocate
Kelvin L. Meyers
Chairman, History and Archives FUMC Dallas, Texas
The Southwestern Advocate can trace its history to the church newspaper known as The Texas
Christian Advocate and Brenham Advertiser/The Texas Christian Advocate (1847) whose name
was changed to Texas Wesleyan Banner (1848). In 1854, the name was changed back to Texas
Christian Advocate. When Galveston was under blockade by Union troops during the Civil War,
the paper suspended publication until December 1864. In 1932 the paper merged with an out of
state paper and became known as The Southwestern Advocate and served Texas, Oklahoma,
Colorado and New Mexico.
In 1939 the Methodist Episcopal Church, Methodist Episcopal Church South and Methodist
Protestant Church, re-unified almost a hundred years after their split over slavery at an 1844
conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.
A copy of the 1939 edition of this paper is found in the archives of the First United Methodist
Church of Dallas, Texas. A big thank you to Paul Watson and Jane Farris for help with
abstracting these death notices.
January 5, 1939
Mrs. S. B. Ratliff, nee Cornelia Tate, was born in Goliad, Texas, February 17, 1858. She died
on August 17, 1938, aged 80.
Cornelia Tate married Mr. S.B Ratliff on January 3, 1876, in Giddings, Texas. They had eight
children. Mrs. Ratliff is survived by her husband of San Angelo, three sons and two daughters:
O.M. Ratliff of Robert Lee; A.J. Ratliff of Ranger; Horace W. Ratliff of San Diego, California;
Mrs. Shan M. Hulll of Edcouch; Miss Blanche Ratliff of San Antonio; three brothers, Judge Jno.
Tate and Will Tate, both of Giddings; Turner Tate of New-Castle; and four sisters, Mrs. J. M.
Hazelwood of Abilene, Mrs. J.W. Collier of Santa Anna, Mrs. N. J. Huggins of Wortham, and
Mrs. Mary Blagg of Sherman.
Funeral rites were held for her by her pastor, Rev. K.P. Barton of the First M.E. Church, South at
San Angelo, Texas.
Johnnie Roach was born June 7, 1870, and died November 29, 1938. He was married to Miss
Sallie Wilson on June 11, 1893. He is survived by his wife and mother-in-law, two brothers-in-
law, one brother, plus a host of relatives and many friends.
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