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 William Filmore Murchison

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William Filmore Murchison

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death
3 Sep 1925 (aged 74–75)
Grapeland, Houston County, Texas, USA
Burial
Refuge, Houston County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID
43198970 View Source

William Filmore Murchison was the son of William and Mary Wilson Murchison who moved to Texas in covered wagons before the Civil War, from Tennessee and settled five miles east of Grapeland on Murchison creek where Mary planted the first cedar tree in that area. There were thirteen children in his family, eleven sisters and one other brother Christopher Columbus, who died of Typhoid Fever on the trip to Texas and was buried somewhere near Alto, Texas.
William Murchison died in 1866 and was buried at Refuge Cemetery which was deeded to the County of Houston by Jim and John M. Brown who first married Izziebella Murchison, sister of William Filmore. Refuge Cemetery was given its name by Mary Wilson Murchison.
William Filmore was twelve years old at the time of his father's death and was left as man of the family to manage the slaves and farm. They owned and operated a cotton gin also.
He was married at the age of 37 to Sallie Spencer Faris who was 18, on October 20. 1887 by her father,
Rev. John Perry Faris, a Presbyterian minister who owned and lived on a farm four miles east of Grapeland. J.H.
Richards was a witness at the wedding.
They were the parents of nine children;
William Alton, Carnie Lue, Mary Mada, Johnnie Franklin, Herman Chilton, Eva Gene, Mayo Filmore, and George Spencer. *I noticed this is only eight. do not know what happened to the ninth child).
William Filmore died Sept. 3, 1925 at the age of 84 and 11 mos. *The age at death does not add up. He was probably 74 and 11 mos. at time of death.
Sallie Spencer preceded him in death on May 24, 1923 at the age of 54 and 5 mos.
William Filmore served three terms as State Representative from this didtrict, his first term being in 1889.
He moved in 1890 to Precilla four miles from Murchison creek where they had lived. He was always active in all civic and religious work acting as trustee of schools and on church boards. he was an outstanding and well known speaker and song leader.
William Filmore moved his cotton gin to Precilla which he operated along with his farm until he moved with his family in 1909 to Grapeland. He purchased the George Hollingsworth home from M.B. (Dick) Murchison, who owned it at that time. This was a 25 acre tract of land with a eleven room, two story house which was inherited by one of their daughters. Made Murchison Davis and her husband Olan W. Davis. This home burned March 17, 1946 and they donated a portion of this site in memory of William Filmore and Sallie Spencer Murchison for the Community Memorial Hospital. Four of their children still reside on this property.
He was a charter director and stockholder of Farmers and Merchants State Bank and was in the General Mercantile business for several years on the corner where the First
State Bank is located.
William and his wife, Sallie Spencer were buried at Refuge CemeteWm.



Source; CROSSROADS TO PROGRESS II~"GRAPELAND"~Queen City of The Sand Flats 1872-1987.
Sumitter; Crossroads.































William Filmore Murchison was the son of William and Mary Wilson Murchison who moved to Texas in covered wagons before the Civil War, from Tennessee and settled five miles east of Grapeland on Murchison creek where Mary planted the first cedar tree in that area. There were thirteen children in his family, eleven sisters and one other brother Christopher Columbus, who died of Typhoid Fever on the trip to Texas and was buried somewhere near Alto, Texas.
William Murchison died in 1866 and was buried at Refuge Cemetery which was deeded to the County of Houston by Jim and John M. Brown who first married Izziebella Murchison, sister of William Filmore. Refuge Cemetery was given its name by Mary Wilson Murchison.
William Filmore was twelve years old at the time of his father's death and was left as man of the family to manage the slaves and farm. They owned and operated a cotton gin also.
He was married at the age of 37 to Sallie Spencer Faris who was 18, on October 20. 1887 by her father,
Rev. John Perry Faris, a Presbyterian minister who owned and lived on a farm four miles east of Grapeland. J.H.
Richards was a witness at the wedding.
They were the parents of nine children;
William Alton, Carnie Lue, Mary Mada, Johnnie Franklin, Herman Chilton, Eva Gene, Mayo Filmore, and George Spencer. *I noticed this is only eight. do not know what happened to the ninth child).
William Filmore died Sept. 3, 1925 at the age of 84 and 11 mos. *The age at death does not add up. He was probably 74 and 11 mos. at time of death.
Sallie Spencer preceded him in death on May 24, 1923 at the age of 54 and 5 mos.
William Filmore served three terms as State Representative from this didtrict, his first term being in 1889.
He moved in 1890 to Precilla four miles from Murchison creek where they had lived. He was always active in all civic and religious work acting as trustee of schools and on church boards. he was an outstanding and well known speaker and song leader.
William Filmore moved his cotton gin to Precilla which he operated along with his farm until he moved with his family in 1909 to Grapeland. He purchased the George Hollingsworth home from M.B. (Dick) Murchison, who owned it at that time. This was a 25 acre tract of land with a eleven room, two story house which was inherited by one of their daughters. Made Murchison Davis and her husband Olan W. Davis. This home burned March 17, 1946 and they donated a portion of this site in memory of William Filmore and Sallie Spencer Murchison for the Community Memorial Hospital. Four of their children still reside on this property.
He was a charter director and stockholder of Farmers and Merchants State Bank and was in the General Mercantile business for several years on the corner where the First
State Bank is located.
William and his wife, Sallie Spencer were buried at Refuge CemeteWm.



Source; CROSSROADS TO PROGRESS II~"GRAPELAND"~Queen City of The Sand Flats 1872-1987.
Sumitter; Crossroads.
































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