WILLIAMSON BURTON SIMPSON was one of the early
pioneers of Grayson
County and contributed in a large measure to its progress and
development as it
emerged from pioneer conditions and took on all the evidences of an
civilization. The nineteenth century might properly be termed the age
utility, especially in the West. The vast regions beyond the
in that period opened up to civilization, and the honored pioneers who
homes in the fertile but undeveloped regions were men who had to
the trials and difficulties of pioneer life. Theirs were lives of toil.
were endeavoring to make homes, cultivate farms, and establish business
enterprises. Their importance to the community, however, cannot be
overestimated, and the comforts and luxuries which we today enjoy we
owe to the brave band of pioneer men and women who came to the
its primitive condition. It is also encouraging and interesting to note
many who came here empty-handed worked their way upward from a humble
position to one of affluence, and that as the years passed and the
improved, prosperity attended their efforts and wealth rewarded their
To this class of honored men belonged Williamson
Burt Simpson. He was
born in Boone County, Kentucky, March 18, 1833, and came to Texas with
parents, William and Rebecca (McPherson) Simpson. This was in the
year 1845, when the son, Williamson, was but twelve years of age. The
settled in Titus County, Texas, and afterward removed to Colorado
Mr. Simpson, of this review, aided the family in
the labors of pioneer
life and continued an active factor in business affairs until he
the Confederate Army. He served throughout the war in General Price’s
and was once wounded. At the close of hostilities he returned to Texas
1872 came to Denison, which was just being laid out and settled. It was
embryo city with as yet little done in the way of improvement, but Mr.
believed that it had a bright future before it and identified his
with the new town.
He engaged in business here and built the first
brick residence erected
in Denison. It is still standing at the foot of Gandy Street near the
the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad Company. As the years
passed by, Mr.
Simpson was connected with various business enterprises and contributed
large measure to the welfare of Denison through the promotion of its
and commercial activity. At length his labors brought to him a
competence, and being relieved of the necessity of further activity
with business life, he retired several years prior to his death and
evening of his days in the enjoyment of a well-earned rest.
On the 22nd of December, 1853, Mr. Simpson was
united in marriage to Miss
Lucy Matilda Bridges, who was born in DeKalb County, Alabama, and is a
daughter of Ephraim and Elizabeth (Newman) Bridges. On the 22nd
of December, 1903, they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in
city. During the fifty years of their married life, there had never
death in the family. Theirs was largely an ideal relation, their mutual
and confidence increasing as the years went by and they met together
and sorrows, the adversity and prosperity of life.
They became the parents of nine children, and the
family record is as
the eldest, born in Titus County, Texas, married Miss Ida Cleaver,
of Gainesville, Texas, where they now reside. They have two
and John, both of whom were born in Gainesville.
William E. Simpson,
whose birth occurred in Titus County, is now
living in St. Louis, Missouri.
also a native of Titus County, is the widow of Judge
Richard Maltby, of McKinney, Texas, and has two children, Grace and
both born in McKinney.
James N. [Newman],
who was born in Colorado County, Texas, married Lizzie
Toppin and lives in Dallas, Texas.
born in Colorado County, Texas, was married to Alice Morgeson
and had four children: Walter, Elizabeth, Georgia, and Burt, all
born in Gainesville; and for his second wife he chose Lillian Whiteman,
of Louisiana. They now reside in Ardmore, Indian Territory.
Sterling P. Simpson,
born in Colorado County, Texas, married Gertrude
Seasfeldt [Siesfeld], and they have three children, Gertrude, Jack,
and Richard, all born in Gainesville, where the family home is
Arthur O. Simpson,
also a native of Colorado County, is living in
born in Denison, is the wife of Henry C.
Ashley [Ashby], of this city, and has a son, Henry A., also born in
Lucy Simpson [Crumpton], a native of Denison, completes the family.
Williamson B. Simpson, the father, was a member of
Denison Camp, No.
885, United Confederate Veterans, and he gave his political allegiance
Democracy. He died October 17, 1904, at the age of seventy-one years.
regarded as a wise counselor in his political party, but he disliked
publicity of office and therefore always refused official preferment.
He was a
generous and benevolent man, ever ready to extend a helping hand to the
and needy and especially willing to assist those who were anxious to
business for themselves. He recognized the brotherhood of the race, but
always quiet and unassuming in his assistance to others. As a citizen
public spirited in an eminent degree, deeply interested in the welfare
country and the prosperity of his community. His death seemed a
bereavement to the majority of the citizens of Denison, for he was
esteemed alike by young and old, rich and poor.
Source: B. B. Paddock, History and
Biographical Record of North and
West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. I, pp.
Birth: 1833 March 18
says Williamson was born in Boone County,
Kentucky. Other sources say he was born in
Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky.
1876 Denison City:
B., cattle dealer, residence on north side of Gandy between Houston and
Avenues. Boarding with him were:
N., clerk at J. Nevins.
book keeper at J. Nevins.
1800 U.S. Census for Denison, Texas:
Williamson, age 46, cattle dealer, born in
Kentucky, head of household.
in the household:
Lucy M. Simpson, age 43, born in Alabama.
John L., age 25, bookkeeper. Born in Texas.
Elisabeth Simpson, age 21. Born in Texas.
James N., age 18, clerk in store. Born in Texas.
Burton A., age 15. Born in Texas.
Sterling P., age 10. Born in Texas.
Arthur A., age 6. Born in Texas.
Minnie E., age 5. Born in Texas.
Lucy, age 2. Born in Texas.
Annie, age 35. Divorced mulatto female domestic
servant, born in Texas of parents born in Virginia.
Star Livery, W. B. Simpson
1887 Denison City Directory
111 South Burnet Avenue, rear of Post Office
1887 Denison City Directory:
B., proprietor of Star Livery, sale and feed stable, 111 South Burnet
at 1031 West Morton Street at the corner of Tone Avenue.
M., traveling salesman for Leeper, Lingo & Co. Boards with Mrs.
1891 Denison City Directory:
B., residence at 1031 West Morton Street at the corner of Tone Avenue.
business is W. B. Simpson & Son, proprietors of Star livery,
sale and feed
stable, 111 South Burnet Avenue.
E. Partner in W. B. Simpson & Son, proprietors of Star livery
with William B. at 1031 West Morton Street.
N., clerk at Leeper Hardware Company. Residence at 510 West Morgan
living at home of W. B. Simpson.
Lewis Simpson and Ida Cleaves. She grew up in Gainesville, Cooke
and the couple would live there for the rest of their lives. John
prosperous banker there.
Sterling Price Simpson and Gertrude "Gertie" Siesfeld. They will live
in Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas; and later in Dallas.
Star Livery, W. B. Simpson
1896 Denison City Directory
111 South Burnet Avenue
1898-99 Denison City Directory:
B., proprietor of Star Stable. Residence at 1031 West Morton Street.
Furnished Rooms, 400-1/2 West Main Street. W. E. Bement, manager. [Note
that this address is on the corner of Main and Burnet
Avenue. It is adjacent to the Star Stable location at 111 South Burnet.]
1901 Denison City Directory:
Williamson B., proprietor, Star boarding stables and wagon yard. 111
Burnet Avenue. Residence 1031 West Morton. Phone 160–4.
L., traveling salesman. Lives at 1031 West Morton.
(European Plan), over 400-402 West Main. Joe M. Crumpton, manager.
1904 October 17
Williamson B. Simpson. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Denison.
1905 Denison City Directory:
Lucy (widow), residence at 1031 West Morton.
Lucy, residence at 1031 West Morton.
traveling salesman. Residence at 1031 West Morton.
Hotel, J. M. Crumpton proprietor, 400-2 West Main.
1906 December 10
Matilda Simpson to Joseph Martin Crumpton, in Denison.
1907 Denison City Directory:
Lucy (widow of William), residence at 1031 West Morton.
O. (J. M. Crumpton & Co.), residence in St. Louis, Mo.
E. (J. M. Crumpton & Co.), residence in St. Louis, Mo.
1909 Denison City Directory:
(widow of William), residence at 1031 West Morton.
O. (J. M. Crumpton & Co.), residence in St. Louis, Mo.
in Fairview Cemetery, Denison, Texas.
30 JUN 1878
29 MAR 1965
6 NOV 1920 13
FLOYD MAY 05, 1928 ---
FOSCUE E 22
MAY 1910 13 JUL 1987
I FLORENE JUN 10,
1919 --- *S/W-
JAMES W SIMPSON
JAMES M 9
APR 1877 26 APR 1943
JAMES W FEB 06,
1917 NOV 15, 1988
*S/W- I FLORENE SIMPSON
JUANITA L SEP 16,
1931 --- *S/W-
LUCY MATLIDA BRIDGES
MARGARET JO JUL 10,
VIOLA B 23
NOV 1914 21 DEC 1995
23 DEC 1911 3
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