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Rev William Daniel Busby

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Rev William Daniel Busby

  • Birth 9 Mar 1856 Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi, USA
  • Death 24 Apr 1946 Mangum, Greer County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Russell, Greer County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 99956756

William Daniel Busby Autobiography

William Daniel Busby was born March 9, 1950 on a farm near the little town of Meridian, Mississippi.

William was a little boy until the Civil War. His father was called to the front while William was still a small boy. He being the oldest of five children, was forced to begin working at an early age in order to help his mother provide food and clothes for the little family.

His father was wounded in the battle of Gettysburg, contracted measles and died in a few days. It was a sad little family when news of their father's and husband's death reached them. When the war
was over, William worked all the harder to help his mother. Although he was only twelve years old. he was hired to a doctor, who was also a farmer, and who stole him and his brother, Henry. In a covered
wagon they were taken to Texas where the boys were forced to work hard and little food and few clothes. Because of the poor communications of that time, their Mother was unable to find the boys
she loved and prayed for them day after day. As time went on the boys were sent from place to place. On one occassion William was beaten by a black man, and because of fear the boys ran away, going from
place to place doing far too heavy work for boys. Sometimes their employer would refuse to pay them their meager wages they had worked for and limit their food, causing them to go hungry. Living as they were forced to, they were denied the privilege of an education. For several years the boys drifted.

In 1876 William married Mary A Wilson. To them were born ten children. In 1880, William felt the call to the ministry and became one of the ablest ministers of his day.

In 1901 he, with his family moved Thackersville, Oklahoma to Mangum, Oklahoma where he filed on a claim living there until 1914, then moving to Altus, Oklahoma, living there one year. In 1915 He moved to Clayton, New Mexico, living there one year. Then to Clovis, New Mexico. Here he stayed until 1917. The next move took him to Mangum, Oklahoma again.

In December 1917, the death angel visited his home and claimed his faithful companion, leaving him a lonely old man.

On February 2, 1922, William received a telegram from his oldest son, who was also a Baptist minister and missionary of Robertson County, Texas, but living in Franklin, Texas stating that he had found William's long lost mother living with her oldest daughter in Morgue, Travis County, Texas. William hastened to his sons home where he found his gray haired mother waiting impatiently for him. Her prayers had been answered ater 58 years.

On April 28 1925, the death Angel again visited his home, this time claiming his grey haired mother. William then lived with his children. In this way his devoted christian life was a shining example to them and their children.

William passed away April 24, 1946 at the home of his daughter, Mrs W T Wall of Mangum, Oklahoma.

His spirit lines on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Created by: Rovella Wales
  • Added: 31 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99956756
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev William Daniel Busby (9 Mar 1856–24 Apr 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99956756, citing Russell Cemetery, Russell, Greer County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Rovella Wales (contributor 47958872) .