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William Perry Davis

1839 - 1917

Source:  History of Lake Victor Lodge No. 1011, compiled by Maurice C. Shelby
community files at Herman Brown Free Library

Brother William Perry Davis was born near Asheboro in Randolph County, North Carolina, on July 10, 1839.  He moved to Texas at a very early age in life and settled near Waelder in Gonzales County.

Brother Davis was united in marriage the first time to Miss Biddie Ann Ray on Saturday, December 10, 1859, and to this union were born five children, all of which are now deceased.

On Thursday, February 22, 1872, Brother Davis was again united in marriage to Miss Margaret Ludley Turner, and to this union were born fifteen children, six of whom still survive.

When the Civil War broke out, Brother Davis volunteered his services for the South's cause, and he saw quite a bit of action, being in several battles, including the Battle of Gettysburg.

Brother Davis was initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason on March 18, 1865, was passed on to the degree of Fellowcraft on June 17, 1865, and was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason on July 15, 1865, in Hopkinsville Lodge No. 183 A. F. & A. M., located at Waelder, Texas, in Gonzales County.

In the early 1870s, Brother Davis and his family moved from Gonzales County to Williamson County and settled near Leander, Texas, where on April 6, 1872, he affiliated with Norton Moses Lodge No. 336, located at Leander.  He remained a member of Norton Moses Lodge for some twenty-five years.

On September 4, 1897, Brother Davis demitted from Norton Moses Lodge No. 336, and on May 9, 1906, he affiliated with Florence Lodge No 338 A. F. & A. M., located at Florence, Texas, which lodge he remained a member of until he demitted on June 13, 1908.

Brother Davis moved to Burnet County in 1906, and settled near Lake Victor, Texas, where he was engaged in farming.

When the Masonic Lodge at Lake Victor was being established, Brother Davis affiliated as a Charter Member of such, and was chosen to be the first Junior Warden of said Lodge.  He was duly and constitutionally installed as such on January 1, 1910.

On October 15, 1910, Brother Davis demitted from Lake Victor Lodge No. 1011, and on July 8, 1911, he affiliated with Mt. Horeb Lodge No. 137 A. F. & A. M., located at Mahomet, Texas, in Burnet County.  He demitted from Mt. Horeb Lodge No. 137 on September 9, 1916, and on December 9, 1916, he once again affiliated with Florence Lodge No. 338, which lodge he remained a member of until he died.

Brother Davis was a member of the Baptist Church, having become a Christian very early in life.  He was very active in Masonic circles and held many offices in such.  He was a gentleman in every respect, and was held in high esteem by everyone who ever knew him.  He died at Andice, Texas on November 16, 1917, and was buried in the Andice Cemetery.

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