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Dr William Smith Massey
Birth: Aug. 11, 1814
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1889
San Augustine
San Augustine County
Texas, USA

Married to Margaret Benigna POLK on Dec 27 1837 TN. Daughter of John Polk(b.1785)and Elizabeth Ann Polk, both are buried in the Linn Flat cemetery outside of Nacogdoches, TX.

William was the son of Joel William Massey and Elizabeth Stitt.

William was assigned to Co. H, 17th Texas Cavalry(Moore's Regiment) during the Civil War. He was discharged May 1862.

Margaret and Dr William S. Smith 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.
(4)Charles Polk Massey b. Jan 27 1846, d.Dec 16, 1925; married Eliza Jane Jones.
(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: 
  Elizabeth T. Stitt Massey (1809 - 1826)
  Margaret Benigna Polk Massey (1819 - 1899)
  John H Massey (____ - 1864)*
  Joseph Vincent Massey (1841 - 1885)*
  Charles Polk Massey (1846 - 1925)*
  Cynthia B. Massey Gatling (1853 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
San Augustine City Cemetery
San Augustine
San Augustine County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Mar 27, 2010
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