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Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

Civil War Veterans Obituaries

We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.



May 14, 1908

Maj. F. M. Ervay died at Terrell last Saturday morning about 5 o'clock terminating an illness of several months. A number of Wills Point citizens went to Terrell and accompanied the remains here on the 1:34 train, the funeral occurring from the residence of W. R. Howell Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment in White Rose cemetery with Masonic honors, the local commandry Knights Templar participating. Maj. and Mrs. Ervay have made their home for several years with the latter's daughter, Mrs. W. R. Howell and family.

Francis M. Ervay, son of Jacob and Sophia (Schley) Ervay, was born in Pennsylvania, Nov. 14, 1836. He volunteered in 1861 in Company I, fourth Penn. cavalry which was attached to the army of the Potomac. On Dec. 1, 1864, Maj. Evray led a daring but successful attack upon the fort at Stoney Creek, Va., and was twice wounded from the effect of which he never fully recovered. Mr. Ervay was married in 1872 to Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor, a member of one of the pioneer families of Dallas county. They had two children, both of which proceeded him to rest. He was a member of the Masonic order and a Knight Templar. He early joined the Christian church and lived a consistent Christian life. He had been president of the Dallas school board, was a zealous worker and ever attested the genuineness of his desire to see the coming generation well equipped mentally for the duties of American citizenship. As a citizen no man more fully enjoyed the confidence and esteem of those among who he lived.

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