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William Henry Harrison Myers

Birth
Johnson County, Texas, USA
Death 23 Feb 1936 (aged 82)
Oklahoma, USA
Burial Murray County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 49445285 · View Source
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Printed in The Davis News on Feb. 27, 1936; Reprinted with permission

Uncle Billy Myers
Claimed by Death


W. H. H. (Uncle Billy) Myers, aged 82, one of the oldest settlers of this community, died early Sunday morning at his farm home eight miles west of Davis. He had been ill only a short time.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday by Rev. Harold Menges, Baptist pastor at Davis, followed by interment in the family cemetery.

Wm. Henry Harrison Myers was born Aug. 22, 1853, in Johnson county, Texas, and was said to have been the first white child born in that county. He was married to Miss Mary Brawley at Jacksboro, Texas, April 6, 1875. Last year they celebrated their 60th anniversary. To this union six children were born, all living except one son.

When the Santa Fe was being built through Indian Territory Uncle Billy joined a construction crew and worked with it until the line was completed into Purcell. He then bought land and located west of Davis, remaining in this vicinity the remainder of his life – about half a century. He formerly was a rancher and later operated a store at Arbuckle.

Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Will Slaughter and Mrs. Tom Anderson; three sons, Sam, Charlie and Billy Myers, all of near Davis; one brother, Geo. W. Myers, Gainesville, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. T. W. Gill, Gainesville, and Mrs. Malinda E. Freeman, Dallas; also, 24 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

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Monday Afternoon, February 24, 1936
Gainesville Texas Paper


WILLIAM MYERS, RELATIVE
LOCAL PEOPLE, IS DEAD

FIRST WHITE CHILD OF JOHNSON COUNTY, TEXAS, BURIED MONDAY


Funeral services for William Henry Harrison Myers, age 82, were held at the family home eight miles west of Davis, Oklahoma Monday afternoon, interment following in the Myers family burial plot.

Born on a farm three miles north of where Alvarado, Texas, now stands, Aug. 22, 1853, Mr. Myers is reputed to be the first white child born in Johnson county. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. David D. Myers among the earliest Texas pioneers, and grandson of Samuel Myers on whose land the first Johnson county school house was built. At the time of his birth, according to available records, less than a dozen families lived in the county. In recent years, he was one of the honored personages at old settlers' reunions at Alvarado, these having become annual events attracting thousands of people.

Married 62 Years

Surviving are his wife, Mollie Bralley Myers, to whom he had been married more than 62 years; two daughters, Mrs. Will Slaughter and Mrs. Tom Anderson, and three sons, Sam, Charley and Billie Myers, all residing in the vicinity of Davis; also numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, George W. Myers, Gainesville, and two sisters, Mrs. T. W. Gill, Gainesville and Mrs. Melinda E. Freeman, Dallas.

While Myers was a child, his parents moved to Cleburne and owned land now occupied by the Johnson county courthouse and square. Here, they operated a boarding house. Later they moved to Fort Worth, buying land not far from where the Fair Store, Worth Theater and other skyscrapers now stand, operating a boarding house when Fort Worth was but a dot on the Texas prairies.

Helped Build Railroad

In his early manhood, the Santa Fee railroad was being built north from Galveston to a connection with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe at Purcell, Indian Territory. Myers joined a construction crew and continued until the line was completed into Purcell. He then bought land and located near Davis where for nearly 50 years he farmed and raised livestock. In his later years, he operated a general merchandise store at Hoover, the community being named for a pioneer and prominent physician of the neighborhood. Advancing age prompted him to retire several years ago but he continued to do light chores about the farm home until stricken with his fatal illness, death coming peacefully at 2 o'clock Sunday morning.

His parents moved to Gainesville after their daughter, Mrs. Gill and their son, George Myers located here. The father, David D. Myers, succumbed 31 years ago and his mother died 18 years ago, Feb. 24. Both are buried in Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Myers was possessed of a joyful disposition, and the tireless energy of the early pioneers. He had the knack of making friends easily, and was widely known in his adopted state of Oklahoma. He had visited in Gainesville on numerous occasions.

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See picture of Mr & Mrs. Myers at:
http://www.okgenweb.org/~okmurray/
Murray/images/myers.htm


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49445285
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Harrison Myers (22 Aug 1853–23 Feb 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49445285, citing Myers Family Cemetery, Murray County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by J&G Sanders (contributor 46870497) .