Tigner Family History

Hugh G. Pannell was one of 5 signers of the Charter for the City of Houston.

He married Sarah Talley whose parents were part of the original 300 families. He died in 1877, just two years after acquiring what was known as the Pannell Plantation. Hugh served as executor of the estate of the owner of the plantation and when no member of the owner's family who lived out of state wanted the property, he offerred to purchase the property out of the estate and completed the acquisition in 1875. Their son, Reid Flint Pannell, married a young woman named Fisher. Their daughter, Mary Virginia Pannell, was the mother of Herbert, Ed and Sam Tigner. Pannell, Tigner and Bingham were, no doubt, friends. Both Bingham and Tigner were from the plantation culture of Mississippi and knowledgeable of what it took to manage a farm profitably.

The Tally Land Grant refers to David and Elizabeth Tally, as opposed to the informal reference "Polly". Sarah Talley was born in 1829 in Texas. The correct spelling of Tally was Talley. The Mexican Land Grant misspelled "Bingham" as "Biggam". They also misspelled "Talley" as "Tally".


Mr. Pannell was the treasure of the HOLLAND LODGE. See Below.

Mr. Hugh G. Pannell is buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas

The property to the south of the Russel Brown place was the PannellPlantation and the adjoining property to the west of  the Pannell Plantion was the Tigner Plantation which ran to the BrazosRiver. Pannell's daughter Marie Virginia[Birdie] married W. N. Tigner Sr. after his wife Nannie P. Bingham Tigner died. This marriage created the Pannell/Tigner plantation later known as the Tigner Plantation which was between the Bingham Plantation to the south and the Juliff Plantation on the north. All three plantations had Brazos River frontage. All three plantations were originally in Fort Bend County, however the county line was moved from south of the McFarland survey to between the Tigner Plantation and the Bingham Plantation which is the boundry of the Bingham/Wm. Pettus surveys. This was at the request of Mr. Bingham. 

Here are two pictures of WN Tigner and one of Mary Virginia, his wife. I don't know the dates of the pictures, butjudging from the mules and the buggy, it was before the advent of the gasoline engine. It was probably around 1898-1905. The setting for the buggy picture could be anywhere on the property, but probably was in the big field near the entrance where their home stood.

I noticed mention of the Tigner name in the Juliff item regarding Mr.Tigner as a member of the school board. Warren Tigner indicates his grandmother, Mary Virginia Pannell, was a school teacher. That reference probably refers to his grandfather, W. N. Tigner, Jr. The old families with which I am acquainted through H.G. Tigner, my stepfather's family, were the Tigner, Pannell and Bingham. The Bingham family's land ownership was principally in Brazoria County. Pannell was principally in Fort Bend. The Tigners were in Fort Bend, Brazoria and Harris County. Hugh Pannell was one of the incorporators of the City of  Houston. He was also the sexton, whose responsibility was to ring the community bell in the event of fire, catastrophe, or indian raid. He was also the community undertaker. He was put in jail by a Union General following a heated exchange. He was let out because of a yellow fever epidemic and the need for his professional services. The Pannell place was at the east end of the 665 acres that the Tigner family currently owns. The Tigner place was about three hundred of those 665 acres bordering the river. I understand W.N. Tigner Sr. came to the area during the Reconstruction Period from Georgia.

By Nick Kelsey

Pannell Land Grant Voucher

Birth:  Oct. 24, 1829
Brazoria County
Texas, USA
Death:  Jun. 26, 1909
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Sarah Talley Pannell)
Saturday evening, June 26, at 5 p.m. Mrs. Sarah A. Pannell, widow of the late H. G. Pannell, breathed her last at the house of her eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary J. Wait of Fort Worth. She had been in feeble health for some time and her death was not unexpected. She was just rounding out her 80 years. Just three years ago, this month, she moved to the home of her eldest daughter in Fort Worth.

Mrs. Pannell was born in Brazoria county, Texas, October 24, 1829. Her parents, David Talley and Mary Elizabeth Talley, came to Texas from Kentucky with Stephen F. Austin, in 1827. They located on the beautiful plantation known today in Brazoria county as the Darlington plantation. It was called in the early days of Texas Horseshoe Lake, named for the lake that made a complete horseshoe. On this scene nature seemed to have lavished all her beauties to tempt man to make his abode with her. Spreading live oaks draped with bunches and streamers of moss. Rolling prairies stretching out from the calm liquid body of this clear spreading lake. The vast stretch of prairies before, the majestic old trees behind. It was amidst this beautiful scene that David Talley and his young bride, coming to Texas with hopeful hearts and beuyent spirit, erected their log home. The trials and vicissitudes of life in those days in Texas are nurtured such characters as the subject of our sketch, Mrs. S. A. Pannell. She was a character true from every viewpoint with a timidity and humility that makes women most beautiful, but true and courageous and strong in faith in God and man. Her absolute trust in God gave her an earnest hopeful spirit with which she faced all of life's duties. Her early training amidst the many dangers that surrounded lives in those early years in Texas, gave her a self-reliant and resolute spirit. Her mother died when she was 11 years old, leaving her care a brother several years her junior. While her father faced the sterner duties of life, this child was taking up the role of motherhood--a mission, looking at her life from its finish, that God seemed to have pecuilarly called her to fill.

July 16, 1844, she was united in marriage (in Harris Co., Texas) to Hugh George Pannell of Wheeling, W. Va. Houston the a mere village, was the home of this youthful couple. From this marriage 13 children were born, of whom only four survived. Mrs. Mary J. Wait of Fort Worth, Mrs. Bettie Buckner of San Antonio, Mrs. Alice V. Stroud of Alpine, Mrs. Sadie P. Hefiey of Cameron.

August 6, 1876, her husband, H. G. Pannell, died leaving her sole heir to his large estate. That she has been true to his trust and faithful in the discharge of her duty, her children and those who know her best, with one accord agree.

She lived all the years of her long and useful life in Texas, having watched her native state and Houston, the home of her mature life, grow from infancy to such glorious maturity. Her pride in her state and city was natural and right.

Her Texas history was from observation, and part of her life. She was born under the Mexican government and lived under five flags in Texas. The only time she was ever out of Texas was in April, 1836, when the news spread over South Texas of Santa Anna and his raid. The settlers left their homes in every conceivable way. Her father and uncles were with Sam Houston, making ready for the battle of San Jacinto. Her mother, with a younger brother, gathered her childen and what few household effects they were able to carry and left on a sleigh-- the wagon had been lent to a neighboring family and no time was to be lost. The sleigh proved to be a happy misfortune. The roads were heavy from recent rains and the sleigh went gliding on its way in places where wagons could not go. The went over into Louisiana. She loved to tell of her only trip out of Texas.

It was the needs of Texas in 1836 that was the magnet drawing to this Texas lassie the lover and husband, H. G. Pannell, then a young boy, reading of Texas and her struggles for independence,volunteered his services, and came to Texas as a soldier. He was one of the soldiers put guard Santa Anna. After the battle of San Jacinto he remained in Texas for several months. After returning to his Virginai home he felt the love of Texas so strong in his heart, and the faith in the future of Texas so staunch and sure, he came back to cast his lot with Texas.

Mrs. Pannell's life has been a mission of service. She was not only the mother of 13 children, but raised from early childhood two sets of orphan children, left in her merciful hands. She educated and started in a life of usefulness five grandchildren. At every turn in life the cry of duty seemed to sound its bugle horn, and at every cry she, in God's name, took up the work that seemed for her and went forward.

She leaves four children, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren to mourn her loss. Her life was full and fruitful and her passing out to sea was calm and peaceful. "Her trust was staid on Him." The passing of a life like Mrs. Pannell's is a benediction.

Her remains were interred at Glenwood cemetery, Monday, June 28, at 8:30 a.m. from St. Paul' Methodist Episcopal chruch, Rev. James Kilgore of Palistine officiating.

Sarah A. [Talley] Parnnell

Born; October 24, 1829 in Brazoria County, Texas

Died; June 26, 1909

Buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

The Tally Land Grant is located on the Darrington Plantation.

Sandy Point Cemetery in Brazoria County

J. B. Tigner  Heirship Affidavit

Filed for Record at 11:00o'clock April 18 1945  J. R. Womarch Clerk County Court, Brazoria County, Texas  By Alice Sanders Deputy



      J. B. Tigner of Houston, Texas, of legal age, being first duly sworn according to law, on oath says; The statements hereinafter set forth constitute a true, correct and complete statement of the family history of each of the persons herinafter named as "decendents" and of the estate of such decendent;

     Francis Bingham, decendent, died July 22,1851, on the Francis Bingham League in Brazoria Co.,[The 1890 map shows this league in Fort Bend Co] Texas, and his wife Maragret H. Bingham was appointed administratrix. In a decree  of partition, the Francis Bingham League was divided between the widow and her son, James P. Bingham. By deed and later by will of Margaret H. Bingham, her son, James P. Bingham aquired land in this league as a life tenant with remainder to his children and the decendants of his deceased children at his death. By the will of James P. Bingham, his estate was left to his surviving widow Bettie Bingham for her life or until she should remarry, with remainder to his children. There were only four children born to James P. and Betty Bingham, and they were as follows;

     I. Joe B. Bingham, who was married but one time and that to Mary Patterson. Their one and onlt child was Bettie Bingham, now the wife of  H. A. Munson of Angleton, Texas. The said Joe Bingham and Mary Bingham never adopted any child or children, and no child was ever born to either of them after April 1, 1935. Mary P Bingham, sometimes known as Mamie Bingham, has never remarried. Joe P. Bingham died at Chenango, Texas, In Brazoria County, on May 17, 1937, leaving a will in favor of his wife and daughter.

     II. John C. Bingham, decendent, was never married, and he never adopted any child or children.  He died in Februrary 1941, leaving a will in favor of  John H. Tigner, Dorthy Rogers, Dan Bradley, and Ray Bradley.  He named George H. Bingham executor, there were no outstanding debts against his estate, and the estate has been closed.

     III. George H. Bingham, a single man, living at Rosharon, Brazoria Co., Texas.

     IV. Nannie P Bingham, decendent, who married W. N. Tigner, Sr. She died July 16, 1902, leaving no will. No administration was ever had on her estate. There were only four children born to Nannie P. Bingham Tigner and W. N. Tigner, Sr., and they are;

     1. W. N. Tigner, Jr., who is a single man, and lives at Juliff, Brazoria-Ft. Bend County, Texas.

     2. Clark H. Tigner, decendent, who was never married, and who left a will. A contest of the will was made, but an agreement was reached by all of the relatives. The said Clark H. Tigner was entitled by Partition Deed dated Dec. 31, 1931, of record in volume 231, page 125, Deed records of Brazoria Co., Texas, to 1/4th interest in the James P. and Betty Bingham Estate title inherited by Nannie P. Bingham, his mother. There was not sufficient value to the estate of Clark H. Tigner to require payment of State Inheritance or Federal Taxes. There are no outstanding debts against the said Clark H. Tigner acquired through his mother, the following settlement was agreed upon by his father, brothers, and half-brothers: his three full brothers who are W. W. Tigner, Jr.,  J. B. Tigner and J. N. Tigner each aquired 1/6th of Clark's 1/16 {making 1/2 of 1/6}; his father, W. W. Tigner Sr., acquired 1/4 of Clark's 1/16 {making 1/64}; and the three half-brothers who are Herbert G. Tigner, Sam W. Tigner, and Edwin B. Tigner each acquired 1/12th of Clark's 1/16 {making 1/4 of 1/16}. Clark H. Tigner never adoptded any child or children. Died 2-11-43.

     3. J. B. Tigner, whose wife is Allie Mae Tigner, and they live in Houston, Texas.

     4. J. W. Tigner, whose wife is Marie W. Tigner, and they live in Angleton, Texas.

The said Nannie P. Bingham Tigner and W. N. Tigner Sr. never adopted any child or children. After the death of Nannie P. Bingham Tigner, the said W. N. Tigner Sr. married Mary Virginia Pannell. She was sometimes known as Birdie. W. H. Tigner and Mary Virginia Tigner never adopted any children. There were three and only three born to them, and they are as follows;

     1. Herbert G. Tigner, who is in the United States Army.

     2. Sam W. Tigner, who lives in Houston, Texas.

     3. Edwin B. Tigner, who is now in the United States Army.

Mary Virginia Pannell Tigner died Nov. 4, 1933 and did not leave a will. W. N. Tigner Sr. has never remarried.

The said Betty Bingham, widow of James P. Bingham, was later married to J. Davis. He died about three years  thereafter. No children were born to this second marriage of Betty Bingham, and no children were ever adopted by either of them. Betty Bingham Davis took the necessary legal steps and reaquired her name of Betty Bingham. She died June 30, 1930 on the Bingham Estate homestead in Brazoria Co., Texas. Betty Bingham and James P. Bingham never adopted any child or children.

                                                                                                                    J. B. Tigner                                                                                                                      October 14, 1944 

A 658-acre ranch in Fort Bend County south of Sienna has been sold for the first time in its 147-year history.

The property south of Johnson Development Corp.s master-planned community Sienna is located off Miller Road and is bordered by the Brazos River to the west. Compass said the property had been on and off the market for about six years before it took over the listing last December and specifically marketed it in the undeveloped ranch sales market.

The ranch sold for nearly $8.1 million to a group of Houston investors after being listed for just under $8.9 million.

The property is fully fenced for cattle and is used for hay production. There are no structures on the land, which qualifies for an agricultural exemption, meaning its property taxes are calculated based on its productive agricultural value, as opposed to the lands market value.

For an investment, it was a really good opportunity for this buyer. For the family, it was an opportunity to be able to sell it on their terms and it was the right time, Ham said. I guess the marketing worked out, and the buyer was a perfect buyer. So it all worked out, the stars aligned.

The first offer came eight weeks after the listing went live, he said. However, that deal did not work out, and that was actually for the better because the next offer (by the eventual buyer) we got was a better one, Ham said.

The closing process took several months in part because of how many different Tigner family members were involved, the representatives for both sides said. Old Republic Title was the title company.

The historic ranch has been owned by the Tigner family for generations. One member of the family, Hugh Pannell, was among the five signers of the original charter for the city of Houston.

When attorney Herbert Tigner died in 1984, he received a Texas Senate proclamation of mourning in recognition of his distinguished life. After leaving the U.S. Army in 1945, he returned to Houston, where he founded the Union Standard Life, Southern Life and National County Mutual insurance companies.

Herbert Tigner is buried at Sandy Point.

Tigner Ranch's buyers

Its not clear what the buyers will end up doing with the property. Jeb Brown, the Houston-based real estate attorney who represented the group of investors in the purchase, said they will leave the cattle and hay production in place for now.

Tigner Ranch is also home to wildlife, including deer, hogs and waterfowl. Its location includes about a half mile of Brazos River frontage, meaning it could serve as an ideal recreational hunting property, Compass said previously. Improvements to the ranch include electricity, a maintained road Tigner Road and one oil well site.San Antonio-based Ruple Ranch & Land, which is part of New York-based Compass Inc.s (NYSE: COMP) ranch and land division, closed the cash sale of the Tigner Ranch on Sep. 14, 2023, about nine months after it hit the market, according to listing agent Derek Ham.



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