Grayson County TXGenWeb
Grayson County
John Messenger
Deputy Sheriff

     Josh Messenger was born January 25, 1860 in Putnam County, Tennessee.
After he was grown, he moved to Sherman, Texas, where he served as a deputy sheriff for six years. An unusual thing about this sheriff was that he rode a bicycle to bring in his prisoners. His Hawthrone bicycle had a stand specially made for the prisoners to stand on. He would handcuff them and have them put their hands on his shoulders. In 1894 while he was deputy, two men were to be hanged. One of them was named Carlyle and the other was Lutrell. They had killed a blacksmith in Sherman. One of them owned some solid gold cuff-links. Because Josh had been kind to him while he was on death row, he gave him the cuff-links.
     In the year of 1930, Lacy Bell, a dentist, pulled all Josh's teeth and made him a set of dentures in exchange for the gold cuff-links.
     Viola Endora Hughes was born February 2, 1877. She and Josh Messenger were married in Sherman in January 1898. In April of 1900 they moved to what was called the Old Greer County, by way of covered wagon. With them they brought their first-born, William Hughes Messenger. The other nine children were born on the old home place which was four miles north, 2 miles east and one-half mile north of Gould, Oklahoma. The nine children born here were Earla, Mary Elizabeth, Rex Lee, Lawrence, Vestel, Alford Ex, Sam, Virginia, Carl Henry. 

They are Vestel, who lives in Dimmit, Texas, Earla Wade lives in Dunsmere, California, Virginia lives in Amarillo, Texas, and Sam in Hollis.
     Viola Endora Messenger passed away Mary 11, 1940 and Josh, August 8, 1942.


Elaine Nall Bay
Grayson County CC
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