The Treadwell family was a leading Burke family throughout the 20th Century. The made their appearance in Burke in 1886 when S. J. and S. E. (probably Stephen and Sarah) Treadwell bought a lot from Harvey Belote. Previously they had lived at Renfro Prairie, arriving there in 1859. They are thus among those who moved to the newly thriving town of Burke to purse opportunities.
The Treadwells trace their ancestry to Oxfordshire England. The first Treadwell to come to America was Edward, who settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts (then part of the Plymouth Colony) before 1642. The family then migrated to Fairfield, Connecticut, and then a branch of the family led by John Treadwell moved to Onslow Co, North Carolina before 1654. Later generations of the family lived in Georgia and then Mississippi.
Stephen J. Treadwell was born in Georgia in 1811 and was married first to Faith C. Jordan in 1833 in Henry County, Georgia. They lived in Georgia until about 1836 when they moved to Alabama. They remained there until about 1849 when they moved to Leake County, Mississippi. They had the following children:
Faith died in Leake County in 1853, and in 1854 Stephen married Sarah (Sally) Williams, and they had the following Children:
About 1859 Stephen and Sally moved to Angelina County, Texas. In 1870 the Stephen Treadwell family lived at Renfro Prairie nine residences away from Moses Spivey, whose family also later moved to Burke. The Treadwells were among those who were attracted to Burke in the early 1880s by the opportunities created by the railroad.
By 1886 Stephen Treadwell owned and operated a country store in Burke described as having " an assortment of every thing usually found in a country store.".
In 1892 Stephen and son Thomas Treadwell started a sawmill that they called Burke Lumber company, and it operated into the 1920s. The sawmill was located at the intersection of Roads 63 and 63A very near the railroad track.
Stephen died in 1890 and Sarah in 1900, and both are buried at Treadwell Cemetery near Huntington.
Thomas J. and and wife Lucy J. Treadwell lived in a large Texas-style home (on blocks with a central dog trot (breezeway) and large front porch) just west of Burke School. Their son Ben Treadwell later lived in the same home. Tom and Lucy has the following children:
Stephen's brother James M. Treadwell and wife Mary Ann did not come to Angelina County, but their daughter Mary Ann married William B. Hall Carrell and moved to the Homer area. Their son Isaac had a daughter Sudie, who married Bill Burrous and lived at Burke.