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 William Lee “Bill” Moody

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William Lee “Bill” Moody

  • Birth 14 Aug 1858 Fentress County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 1922 Jack County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 55303471

My grandfather, William Lee Moody, known to family and friends as Bill, was born in Fentress County, Tennessee, to Michael and Mary "Polly" Scroggins Moody, on 14 August, 1858, but spent much of his childhood in Carroll County, Arkansas, and Wise County, Texas.

By 1880, Bill was living in the Indian Territory, as Oklahoma was then known. While there, he married, the bride's name seeming lost to history, and in 1887, a son, John Moody, was born to them.

By 1899, Bill was a widower, living with his son near Post Oak, Jack County, Texas, in a long-gone hamlet called Rogers Prairie. In May of that year, he wed Ada May Comstock. They had eight children, an infant son sadly living only 11 days, James Hayden, Essie May, William Ivin, Myrtie Leanore "Peggy", Ora Ila, Chesley Benton, and Jefferson Warren.

During the early years of the 20th Century, Bill was half owner of the Moody Brothers Drug Store in Post Oak, but mostly left that business to his brother Pete, and concentrated on raising cattle. In 1917, he moved his family to a place near Jermyn, Jack County, Texas. It was there where he passed away, of pneumonia, probably in December, 1922.

He was probably laid to rest at Graceland Cemetery in Jermyn, though no stone for him is there today. Those who have confused him with a William E. Moody, who died in 1929 and who say he is buried in Truscott Cemetery in Knox Co. TX, are Wrong!

Many thanks to Josey Wales for lightening Papaw Bill's picture!

Many thanks to P. David Eastburn for sponsoring Papaw Bill's memorial!

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  • Created by: Dorothy Varnell
  • Added: 22 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 55303471
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