Son of William Claybourne Andrews and Mary Ann Darnell born in Marshall County Tennessee Moved to Mckinney Texas about 1877 with five children from first wife Sarah Roach, who had died in Tennessee. Met and married Tobiatha E, Scott and married in 1879 in Mckinney Texas. They had ten children all born in Texas,except Thomas, who was born in the dugout east of Norman and died as an infant. They settled in McClain County and he was the first Justice of Peace after Oklahoma was made a state. He also served on the school Board.
WILLIAM CORNELIUS ANDREWS JR. by Kay Steenerson This early day citizen of McKinney, Texas, was born August 23, 1842 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He was a Confederate soldier and at the time his first child was born (Mattie Andrews who later married Frank Scott of McKinney) he was away at war. His wife marked around the baby's hand and baked a cookie to send him. He became so homesick that he ran away and came home to see his wife and baby. When he returned to the army his punishment was to hang by his thumbs for a period of time. The story often told is that he was born double jointed and could slip his thumbs loose whenever the guard was not looking.
By the time he moved to Collin County (1877) he had lost his wife and had 5 children to rear. Two years later he married Tobiathia Scott and nine children were born to them. In 1899 he moved to the Indian Territory with his 5 younger children, camping out along the way. His fifteenth child was born in a half dug-out near Norman. He was the first Justice of the Peace after Statehood in 1907, served as Supt. of School, and preached.
His five oldest children stayed in McKinney and their descendents are in the 7th generation of the Andrews family of McKinney, Texas. "Andrews, EARLY SETTLERS OF COLLIN COUNTY." Collin County, Texas History and Genealogy Webpage by Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. (bio by: Sherry)