Hood County Texas Genealogical Society

Biographical Note:

The following family biographical note was scanned from the 
Hood County Genealogical Society Newsletter No. 7;   August 1985
Editor: Merle McNeese

by Helen Henderson

My Grandmother, on my fathers side, vies a true southerner. She
had moved with her family to Texas when she was five, but the Civil
War and the old south were always honored.  A signed picture of
Lee and all his generals hung in her living room. The reason for
this loyalty was her father.

William Andrew Massie came to this part of Texas in the early 1870's.
He was born in Goochland County Virginia in 1839 His family had
already lived in Virginia almost a hundred years. He married Laura
Annie Fored in 1860 and this union had eight children.  My Grandmother
was their third child.

The Civil War greatly disrupted the family. Wiulliam had been a
Captain in the Cavalry, under Lee. His name is listed on the
Confederate Monument to Volunteers in Hanovcr, Virginia. The 1870
census shows him living with his family, a widowed father and his
brother, John, in Christian County, Kentucky.

These two brothers and their families, plus their father moved to
Texas in 1872.   They rented a farm three miles from Granbury on the
Brazos River. Later William bought a farm near the Long Creek
Community and brother, John, moved to Throckmorton. I had quiet
a time finding this farm. At last I found it as part of the Don
Martin farm, three miles into Parker County.

Laura Annie Ford Massie died in 1884 and is buried in the Long
Creek Cemetery. Wlillian remarried Clara IIenrietta Tankersley and
they had one child. She died in 1907 and is also buried in the
Massie plot at Long Creek Cenetery.

After the death of his second wife William and his two unmarried
daughters moved into Weatherford.  He died June 22, 1926 and is
buried in the Weatherford Cemetery.

I am including a family chart* of my Grandmother. Like her I am
proud to be Massie and true southerner.

* Not included here
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