William Avery Massey

Brief Life History of William Avery

When William Avery Massey was born on 3 October 1831, in Alabama, United States, his father, Joseph Massey, was 23 and his mother, Catherine Dere Ray, was 20. He married Martha Bailey on 22 November 1852, in Attala, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 3, Hamilton, Texas, United States in 1880 and Fisher, Texas, United States in 1900. He died on 25 March 1909, in Odessa, Ector, Texas, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Ector County Cemetery, Odessa, Ector, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Avery Massey
Mary Caroline Elizabeth Meyers
Marriage: 1870
Martha Jane Massey
Leona Safronia Gray Massey
William T. Massey
Lillie Massey
Malinda Frances Massey
Zudie Missouri Massey
Callie Massey
Matilda Elizabeth Massey
James Monroe Massey
Aenola P. Massey
Mary Ann Lula Massey
John Henry Massey
Charley Bryson Massey

Sources (16)

  • William A Massey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William S. Massey, "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911"
  • William Avery Massey, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.


Historical Boundaries: 1858: Hamilton, Texas, United States

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Massy, a pet form of Matthew . Compare Mace .

English (of Norman origin): habitational name from one or more of several places in Normandy, such as Macey (Manche), Massy (Seine-Maritime), Macé-sur-Orne (Orne), and La Ferté Macé (Orne).

English: variant of Marsay (see Marcey ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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