GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS 1886-1930
Submitted by M. J. Lancaster <email@example.com>
Sexton R. Williams
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Sexton Reynoe Williams, the son of Elihu Williams and Lucinda Owens, was born in Walker County, Georgia on July 17, 1845. The family home place was placed in Whitfield County, Georgia when the county was formed in 1853.
Sexton served in Company A, 36th (Broyles?) Georgia Infantry from the 15th of January 1862 until the 22nd of July 1863 during the Civil War. One of the major battles in which he bought was the Battle of Champion?s Hill near Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was promoted to 3rd Corporal before December 1862. He became a prisoner of war in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was one of seven Williams?s brothers who served in the Civil War. He was released from prison on the 22nd of July 1863 and returned to Whitfield County, Georgia where he married Mrs. Susan Moore.
Sometime between 1886 and 1888, he moved his family to Dennison, Grayson County, Texas. He worked as a local engineer in Dennison and lived on Coffin Street.
On August 1st 1888, his twin brother Harris Pitsford Williams (my great grandfather---living in Chattooga County, Georgia) was on his way to find Sexton when he died on a train in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sexton Reynoe Williams and Susan Moore had seven children.
Only three of his children have been identified:
1. William Williams was born in February of 1881, in Georgia. He died between 1920-1922. We believe that his wife?s was Bertha ? and that he had a son named Clifford.
2. John R. Williams was born September 1883 in Georgia. He married Della (last name unknown) and they had two known daughters:
a. Juanita Eldora Williams, b. 30 January 1911; d. 8 April 1939, buried Fairview Cemetery, Grayson County, TX; m. Jessie Earl Noel. Their children were:
i. Lois Faye Noel, b: 12 July 1924, Grayson County, TX
ii. Jessie Earl Noel,
b. Evelyn Williams, abt. 1917, Grayson County, TX
3. Henry C. Williams (twin to John R.), born September 1883, Georgia. In 1920, he was married to a Jessie --- and they had one daughter:
a. Martha Williams, age 7.
Beatrice Williams, a granddaughter of Sexton and Susan Williams, was born May 12th 1905 and died September 17th 1964 in Dennison, Grayson County, Texas. She was living with her grandfather in 1910 & 1920. Beatrice?s parents have not been proven, but it is believed they were dead before 1910. Beatrice married Carl Shipley April 21, 1921. Their children include:
a. Emily M. Shipley, b. December 1, 1922; d. December 13 1997 in Grayson County, TX. She married T. H. Ruth December 25, 1941.
b. Leo Shipley, born about 1825, Grayson County, Texas
c. Neva Dell Shipley, b. June 27, 1927 in Grayson County, Texas
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