Thomas Whitaker Brodnax was born on August 30, 1852 in Desoto Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of Thomas Whitaker and Caroline Elizabeth Bonneau Brodnax. While visiting his uncle in San Augustine, Texas, T. W. met a young lady, Missouri Lucinda Perkins, at a dance. They were soon married at the uncle’s home on July 28, 1873. Missouri Lucinda Perkins was born in 1856 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was the daughter of Hillard Washington and Lucinda Wilman Perkins.
After their marriage, T. W. and Lucinda soon traveled to the Honest Ridge community in Limestone County. They met Mr. D. Oliver and lived in his house for a while. They later bought a place at Honest Ridge where ten of their eleven children were born. The oldest, Annie Thomas (1874-1955), was born at Mr. Oliver’s place. Their other children were Lula Dixie (1876-1933), Bruce Bloom (1878-1959), Myrtle (1880-1900), Albert Whitaker (1883-1949), Cox William (1885-1961), Mary Olive (1888-1988), Lena Pearl (1890-1942), Bonneau (1893-1893), Ida (1895-?) and Rosa (1896-1989).
Lucinda died in Mexia on March 3, 1913, and T. W. died on August 28, 1935. They are buried in the Honest Ridge Cemetery.