Biographies and Obituaries
We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
Eland Polk Murrey
Eland Polk Murrey was born December 14, 1869 in Bell County, Texas. His father died a few days later and soon after that his uncle Jim Davidson moved the family in an ox wagon near Wills Point where his mother owned a little house on the prairie. When he was four years old, his mother, Nancy A. Murrey, married Charley Lee (T.D. Lee) on April 19, 1874. The family grew and so his Charley's gambling and drinking ways.
After Polk's mother died and the children were left alone, their cousin W.A.T Murrey, nine years older, kept in touch. Finally, they came back to Van Zandt County, under the care of their aunt, Sallie Davidson. He and his brother Ed were making a crop on the widow Seath farm four miles southeast of Wills Point close to a little Methodist church called Union Chapel. This is the first place he preached.
He met Hellon Cadenhead and they were married on February 20, 1895. In 1943, Polk wrote the story of his life. The last entry is on Monday, March 29, 1943. He died soon after on April 29, 1943. He was buried next to Hellon who was born March 4, 1879 and died April 5, 1912, at Myrtle Springs Cemetery.
(Polk's wonderful, rich journal has been transcribed and preserved by his grandson Robert L. (Chuck) Murrey)
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