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Margaret Benigna Polk Massey
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Birth: May 4, 1819
Maury County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1899
San Augustine
San Augustine County
Texas, USA

Margaret Benigna Polk married Dr.William Smith Massey on Dec 31, 1837 in TN. Her parents are John Polk(b.1785) and Elizabeth Ann Polk, both are buried in the Linn Flat Cemetery outside of Nacogdoches, TX.

Her siblings are:
(a)Charles Grandison Polk b: 12 MAR 1811; Married Mary Ann Massey(brother was William S.Massey).
(b)William Allen Polk b: 1813; married Martha Barret..
(c)Amanda M. Polk b: APR 1821; married Rev. Richard Overton Watkins. Rev R.O. Watkins was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1816. His education was received at Shannon, Mississippi, and in Lebanon, Tennessee, and he entered the ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. For many years he was prominent as a pastor in Texas, and was stationed at different times at Austin and Waco. Mrs. Watkins died at Kemp, TX in 1912 at the age of ninety-two, having survived her husband for many years
(d)Emily B. Polk b: 25 FEB 1827; married Josiah Taylor Childers
(e)Victoria Elizabeth Polk b: 1839 TX, d.1867;(1st)marriage, William Birdwell on 21 Jan 1857 TX, d. before 1865. (2nd) marriage, Lafayette F. Branch on Jun 7, 1866 ,Nacogdoches County, TX: b. 17 Jan 1843 TN
(f)Nancy Allen Polk b.20 Feb 1833, d. 22 Feb 1897, Nacogdoches, TX; married Norman Bowditch Branch on Oct 4, 1853, in Nacogdoches County, TX; b. Jan 15, 1828 TN, d. Jun 30 1886, Nacogdoches County, TX

Margaret and William had the following childen:
(1)John H. Massey b: 6 AUG 1839 TX, d.1864 - Joined up with the K "TEXAS INVINCIBLES" of San Augustine County, 1st Texas Infantry "Ragged Old First", Texas Brigade, Field's Division, 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A. Enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant Oct. 11, 1861, he was commissioned into "K" Co. TX 1st Infantry at Griffin's Springs, near Richmond, VA.
Elected 1st Lieutenant May 15, 1862.
Elected Captain June 27, 1862.
Wounded in the Battle of Antietam, Md. Sept. 17, 1862.
Killed In Action in the "Battle of The Wilderness," in May 1864, Va. Burial at: Confederate Cemetery, Fredericksburg
City, Virginia, USA
(2)Joel Vincent Massey b: 8 DEC 1841 TX d. Feb 1885 in Albany, TX , married first to Bettie Tucker in 1869, 2nd wife was Mary E. Tucker, married in 1880. Massey joined the First Texas Infantry, part of Hood's Texas Brigade, Company K. Promoted to 4th Sergeant. In 1873 he won election as a Representative for District 2, 14th Texas Legislature, which comprised of the following counties, Nacogdoches, Sabine, Panola, Shelby and San Augustine.
(3)Emily Massey b: 15 FEB 1844 TX, d. May 23, 1920; Married Jan 16,1865 to Peyton Irving. Peyton was a school teacher in Nacogdoches, TX. In 1871 he was the Principal at the Rusk Masonic Institute in Rusk co,TX. Among students enrolled was Thomas Mitchell Campbell, later the govenor of Texas. Peyton also taught for a short period in 1867, James Stephen Hogg, the first native governor of Texas. Emily and Prof.Peyton are both buried in Johnson county, TX. One of there daughters was Neria Irving, she married Jimmie W. Hockaday, the brother of Ela Hockaday, The founder of the Hockaday School for Girls in Dallas,TX. In the 33 years she was with the school, Hockaday earned national recognition as an excellent college preparatory school for girls. Ela Hockaday was instrumental in the founding of the Hockaday Alumnae Association which continues to carry on the Hockaday tradition.
(4)Charles Polk Massey b. Jan 27 1846, d.Dec 16, 1925; Married Eliza Jane Jones on Jan 7, 1868 in Cherokee county TX. He was in the civil war. He was a farmer.
(5)Cynthia Benigna Massey b: 25 AUG 1853, married George E. Gatling on Nov. 25, 1886 in San Augustine, TX. George was a lawyer in San Augustine, TX. The Gatling House,one mile south of San Augustine, TX was built for George and his wife Cynthia B. in 1890. The house was of the Classic greek revival style with native longleaf pine lumber and fireplaces were of handbrick brick. The house has been continuously occupied by 5 generations of the family. The house is a recorded Texas historic landmark, 1967. George E. Gatling was a first cousin of the inventor of the Gatling gun.

Family links: 
  John Polk (1785 - 1868)
  Elizabeth Allen Polk (1796 - 1855)
  William Smith Massey (1814 - 1889)*
  John H Massey (____ - 1864)*
  Joseph Vincent Massey (1841 - 1885)*
  Charles Polk Massey (1846 - 1925)*
  Cynthia B. Massey Gatling (1853 - 1930)*
  William A Polk (1812 - 1875)*
  Charles Grandison Polk (1817 - 1877)*
  Margaret Benigna Polk Massey (1819 - 1899)
  Amanda Polk Watkins (1821 - 1912)*
  Emily Blanche Polk Childers (1827 - 1875)*
  Nancy A. Polk Branch (1833 - 1897)*
*Calculated relationship
San Augustine City Cemetery
San Augustine
San Augustine County
Texas, USA
Created by: phil r johnson
Record added: Mar 27, 2010
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Margaret Benigna <i>Polk</i> Massey
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Margaret Benigna <i>Polk</i> Massey
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- phil r johnson
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- Kay Parker McCary
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