Amanda George was born on 27 February 1882. On 30 April 1898, she married John Goins in Atascosa County, and they had three children, Emma, and twins, Earl Ray and Pearl Fay. When the twins were seven, she married Albert Padier on 19 January 1917. They were married in Bexar County by Lewis H. Morey. George P. and Hilma Morey were witnesses. Bexar County Clerk, Frank R. Newton, recorded Albert’s last name as Padilla. In 1943, Amanda corrected the spelling to Padier.
Albert and Amanda had two children, Wilton and Albert, Jr. In 1930, the family lived in Atascosa County, and Albert is working as a laborer in a sandpit. They live two doors down from her sister Lillie and family.
On her son Wilton’s World War II registration card, he is described as 6’1”, brown eyes, black hair, and dark complexed. Albert is described as 5’ 9”, hazel eyes, black hair, and dark complexed. On the 1940 census, both Wilton and Albert are farmhands on their father’s farm. The Padier family lives next door to the Hugo George family and Bertha George on 66 Hi-way.
Amanda’s grandson, Wilton, Jr, enlisted in the Army in 1968 when the United States was involved in the Vietnam conflict. His tour of duty began in December of 1968. In November 1969, the helicopter he was flying in was shot down by hostile ground fire. Wilton is buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Wilton was a graduate of Harlandale High School in San Antonio.
Amanda died on 5 August 1956. She is buried in the Jourdanton Cemetery in Atascosa County, Texas. She was 74 years old.
Hugo George, their second child, was born on 13 May 1885. Hugo married Olivia McGraw on 6 November 1907 in Bexar County. In 1910, Hugo and Olivia were living with her parents. Eight years later, he wrote on his WWI Registration card that he worked as a laborer with Wagner Sand Company. By 1920, he is farming, and they have four children. By 1930, they have a total of seven children.
Hugo is described as 56 years old and living on Highway 66 in San Antonio on his WWII Registration Card. He is 6’, 219 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair, with a light complexion.
His wife, Olivia, died in 1951 and was buried in the George Family Cemetery. Hugo died eight years later and was buried next to her.
Lillie Mary George was born in 31 January 1891. She married George McGraw 18 September 1906. In 1910 they lived in Precinct 4 of Bexar County, where George farmed for a living. They later moved to Wilson County, where George worked as a laborer. In 1920 the family lived in Atascosa County, where George works as a laborer in a sandpit. Lillie and George had twelve children. When she died in 1938, they were living in Bexar County on Route 7. She was 47 years old. Her youngest child was three.
In the San Antonio Light 25 April 1945 issue, George and Lillie’s son, August, was interviewed while home on leave. He enlisted as a private in the Army on 18 April 1941 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The Army sent August to the Southwest Pacific Theatre: Philippines Islands. He was captured in April 1942 in Bataan. He traveled by truck from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell, where he was on the burial detail to bury “prisoners of war who survived the death march but not the rigors of camp life.” He was moved three more times to other camps, but he said Camp O’Donnell was the worst. When he entered the first camp, he weighed 160 pounds, and when he was liberated on 4 February 1945, he weighed 115 pounds. August died in 1991 and is buried at the Fort Sam National Cemetery.
Lillie’s husband, George, died in 1962 and is buried at the George Family Cemetery.
Oscar George was born on 10 July 1896. On his WWI Registration card, he is described as having blue eyes and sandy color hair. His address was R.F.D. #D, Box 120, San Antonio, Texas. In 1942 when he registered for the Old Man’s Draft, his address was Route 7, Box 413. He is 45, 6’ tall, blue eyes, and gray hair. Oscar lived on the family farm until he died in 1987. He was buried in the George Family Cemetery.
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