Friday, April 20, 2018

Edward Sweet

Edward Sweet was born 25 Feb 1904 in Applegate, Sunilac, MI to Amos Sweet 1870-1948 & Mary Ann Gallarno 1874-1948.

He married Jewell Estel "Billie" Hendryx on 12 Jun 1931. She was born 29 Mar 1914 in Floyd, Hunt, Texas and died 21 Dec 2005 in Fort Sumner, NM.

Her Obituary:

Jewel "Billie" Sweet, 91, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at her home.
She was born March 29, 1914, in Floyd, Texas, to Robert Hendryx and the former Nora Burkhalter. She married Edward Sweet on Jan. 12, 1931, in Santa Rosa. They farmed and made brooms for their living. The family moved to Puerto De Luna in the fall of 1936, where they farmed and made mattresses. They returned to Fort Sumner in August of 1939. They built and operated the "Billy the Kid" Museum in Fort Sumner in 1952.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She also taught the primary Sunday school Bible class for more than 20 years. Family members said she loved to paint and write poetry.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, Terry Lee Sweet; parents; sister, O'Dell Gibson; brothers, Preston Hendryx and Billy Wayne Hendryx; and niece, Mildred Liles.
Survivors include her son, Don Sweet (and wife, Lula) of Fort Sumner; grandson, Tim Sweet (Pam) of Clovis; great-grandsons, Kane Sweet (Keri) of Melissa, Texas, and Devin Sweet of Clovis; sister, Ratha Passafume (Phil); and brother, Alva Hendryx (Trudy), all of Las Cruces; and several nieces and nephews.
Rev. Coy Brewer is officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sweet family plot in Melrose Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include Kane Sweet, Devin Sweet, T.J. Walraven, Dick Haynes and Johnny McMillan.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of the First Baptist Church.
The family prefers memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 287, Fort Sumner, New Mexico 88119.

Edward Sweet was Inmate # 6896 in the New Mexico State Prison. He was received on 8 Apr 1931 for Larceny from an automobile and was sentenced 1 year 18 months and the cost of $72.40. He plead not guilty on 6 Apr 1931. He was 27 years old.

His previous convictions were Killing antelopes received 60 days in the Roosevelt County jail in New Mexico. Also as Inmate # 7874 Assault with a deadly weapon, sentenced 18 months and costs of $18.85 on 22 Feb 1934, plead not guilty. Was received to the New Mexico State Prison on 24 Feb 1934.

His occupation at the time of his prison sentence was a broom maker.

1931 conviction

1931 conviction

1934 Conviction
Part of his probation was he could not fire a gun. He was a hunter.

He died 5 Dec 1974 in Fort Sumner, NM

In 1952 he established the "Billy the Kid Museum" which is still owned and operated by his family.
Visit their website at the link below.

In the museum is some of Billy the Kid's artifacts and memorabilia, I am wondering how real these items are or if he was conning people into believing he had Billy's  things, after all he was a convict. Be interesting to know, I might have to plan a trip.

He and his wife had a son named Donald Sweet.