Every Veteran Has a Story

Stephen Oates, known to his family and friends by his middle name Hulon, was the youngest child of ten born to Stephen Henry and Margaret Pierson Oates of Shelby County, Texas five days before Christmas in 1893.  His father was born in Alabama around 1844 and the Oates family was living in Paxton, Shelby County, Texas by the year 1854.  In the year 1862 with the Civil War raging Hulon’s father and his brother Jesse both enlisted in Company H, 11 Regiment, Texas Infantry.  Jesse would be kille