Thursday, September 3, 2009

Massey - Climate Bill Protest

Massey Climate Bill Protest Draws Verizon, Ted Nugent (Update2)

By Christopher Martin

Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Massey Energy Co.’s planned protest of climate legislation won support from Verizon Wireless for a free Labor Day event that will feature singers Ted Nugent and Hank Williams Jr.

The “sold out” Sept. 7 rally at one of Massey’s former coal mines in Holden, West Virginia, will highlight job losses caused by restrictions on carbon-dioxide emissions that scientists blame for accelerating global warming, said Massey Chief Executive Officer Donald Blankenship.

The rest of the story is at

Sunday, August 23, 2009

James Massey

Dear Mr.. Massey,
Lena Maude Massey Mounger (my mother in law)  was born in 1903 in Altoga Collin, Texas to Louis Edward Massey b. 10 Apr 1871 Neosho, Bushy Knobb, Newton, Missouri d. 22 Apr 1948 Farmersville, Collin, Texas and Minnie Augusta Watkins, b. 01 Mar 1875, Cleveland, Bradley, TN, and d. 07 Feb 1906 , Altoga,  Collin, Texas.
Minnie Augusta and Louis Edward Massey are buried in the Altoga cem., Collin, Texas, as are Louis's mother and most of his siblings.   They were the children of James W. Massey b. ca 1828 TN, and d. ca. Bet. 07 Jul 1870 - Jun 1880, possibly in Okmulgee Co., or Muskogee, Oklahoma, as he died on the trail somewhere up in OK.  The family tried to find his body but had no luck in doing so.
James Massey married Sarah M. "Sally" Adams, in 1857 Clinton, Illinois.  They later mig to Newton, MO and than came to Texas.   They were in Illinois for the 1860 cen. and in Newton, MO for the 1870 cen.   According to the birth places of the children, their could have been some travel to Texas well before they came the last time, but you cannot always depend on the memories of children later in life as to where they were really born.  They were allied to a Richardson family from Illinois and they seemed to travel to Texas with that family a number of times. 
Despite my best research I cannot find out anything on the Massey names past James Massey.  I never found where he might have came from in TN.   I have had much better luck with the Adams family than the surname of Massey. 
And it could have been spelled a number of ways, and so you cannot go by just one spelling of the name.    The Massey surname is very much known in McKinney, Collin, Texas from the beginning of Collin county.  I have not been able to connect any of the other families to this family. 
Sorry to say I think that we are talking about two different Massey families that happened to be in Collin, Texas.  One in West Collin, from McKinney and the other in East Collin, out of McKinney. 
My mother in law only had one sib. and she is buried in Blue Ridge, Collin, Texas.  Her mother died from complications of child birth, so the two little ones never knew their mother.  They were strapped with a few bad step mothers during their lives, and most of them in their very young years were not very nice to them.  If it had not been for Louis's sisters I don't know what would have happened to them.    My mother in law was quite sad about their loss of their mother.  She was a very good person and did not like to see any child miss treated because of her treatment in her life time.
I hope this helps in some way.  Just sorry I could not give you a connection to your family line. 
Glenda Mounger

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shawn Massey - 2009

21-year-old man dies in Fort Worth motorcycle accident

12:24 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 21, 2009
By EMILY TSAO / The Dallas Morning News

A 21-year-old man died this morning after his motorcycle hit a curb and crashed into a street light, Fort Worth police said.

The accident happened about 2:20 a.m. in the 2900 block of West Normandale Street. The man was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene, police said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner's office identified the man as Shawn Massey of Fort Worth.

Funeral in Houston, Texas

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Google Timeline

A great feature for genealogy research is Google's Timeline.

When searching for a family name on Google, click on the options link and select timeline.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pickens District - CSA

These details are transcribed from the
Old Pendleton District Newsletter
Volume 19, No. 2, February 2005
Pages 16 -18

Benjamin G. Massey was born about 1844, a son of Thomas Massey (b. ca 1825) and Susan Massey (b. ca 1825). He served as a private in Co. C, 4th S. C. Infantry (Sloan's Regt.), and survived the U.S. Civil War.

Ezekiel Massey was born about 1840 in Greenville District, S. C. He was a son of James Massey, Sr. (1807-1880) and Sarah Hamby Massey (1800-1883). Ezekiel Massey served as a private in Co. G (Bonham's Rifles), 12th S. C. Infantry. This soldier was a brother of Stephen Massey, James Massey, Samuel Vardry Massey, and John Massey, all of whom also served in the Confederate States Army. Ezekiel Massey enlisted in the C.S.A. in 1862, and on August 13, 1862, he was detailed as a teamster by the Medical Examining Board. He remained in that position until December 31, 1864. He married Margaret Carolyn Maldin (Mauldin?), and the couple had at least three children. After the war, this Civil War veteran and his family moved to the Fork section of Hall County, Georgia.

James Massey, Jr. (1838-1928) and his father, James Massey, Sr., both served in the C.S.A., and they were members of Co. E, 1st S. C. Rifles (Orr's Reg.). They were residents of the western division of Pickens District. S. C. (now Oconee County). The younger Massey married Mary Fricks. After the war, this Civil War veteran moved to Georgia. In August 1916, he attended the *4th reunion of Orr's Reqiment at Seneca, S. C., and was then a resident of Tocoa,
Georgia. He died in 1928 and was buried at Tugaloo Baptist Church in Stephens Coung', Georgia.

James Massey, Sr. (1807 1880) enlisted with his son, James N,lassey', Jr., in Co. E, 1st S. C. rifles (Orr's Regr). He was fifty-five years of age at the time of enlistrnent and was discharged from t}te C. S. A. during the Civil War. Several of his sons also served in the C. S. A. James Massey, Sr. married Sarah Hamby (1800 1883),
and the couple had the fbilowing children: Hannah (b. ca 1824), who married J. Newt Hyde; Stephen (b. 1830); .James, Jr. (183I-1928), who married Mary Fricks; ]ohn William (b. ca 1832), who married Mahalda Duncan; David Massey (b. ca 1837); Warren Massey (b. ca 1838); Ezekiel Massey (b. ca 1840); Robert Massey; and Samuel Vardry Massey (30 Jun 1844 - Jul 1894). who married Jane (Duncan) Todd, widow of William Carlyle Todd, who died during the Civil War.

John Massey (1828 - d. ca 1864) died during the Civil War. He enlisted as a private January 13, 1862, and served in Co. H, 2nd S. C. Rifles (Moore's Regt.). He was a son of James Massey, Sr. (see above) who also served in the C. S. A. This soldier's wife was Mahulda Caroline (Duncan) Massey. John Massey was admitted to Episcopal Church Hospltal in Williamsburg, Virginia, with "contusion of cheek" September 8, 1863, and furloughed on the following September 22nd. He returned to Pickens District, S. C., and died there sometime before February 8, 1864, when his last pay ciaim was filed by his widow. John Massey was survlved by his widow and two children, James M. Massey (b. July 1857) and John William Massey (b. 5 Oct 1865). His widow moved to Franklin County, Georgia, after the Civil War.

Samuel Vardry M. Massey (1844-1894) was born June 30, 1844, a son of James Massey, Sr. (see above). He served in Co. l, 2nd S.C. Infantry and was paroled at Greensboro, N.C. on May 2, 1865. He married Jane (Duncan) Todd (17 Feb 1841-4 Mar 1906), widow of William Carlyle Todd who died during the Civil War. The wedding ceremony took place near Walhalia, S. C., October 25. 1866. The bride was a daughter of David Duncan (1809-1887) and Nancy (Trotter) Duncan (b. ca 1813 This Confederate soldier and his wif'e had eight children, including a son from the wife's first marriage. Samuel Vardry M. Massey died in 1894 and was buried at Bethel Presbyterian Church in northern Oconee County, S.C.

Silas N. Massey was born about 1827 and he served in Co. K, 1st S. C. Rifles (Orr's Regt.). In 1901 he resided in Central township of Pickens County, S.C. and was a recipient of a _________ pension. His age was recorded in _______ records as seventy-four years at that time.

Stephen Massey (b. ca 1834-d. 1864) was killed May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania, Virginia during the Civil War. He enlistcd in Co. I, 1st S.C. Rifles (Orr's Regt.) on March 19, 1864. He was a son of James Massey, Sr. (see above). Stephen Massey's last pay claim was filed by Sarah (Mauldin) Massey, his widow on August 16, 1864. Five of his brothers also serve in the Confederate States Army.

Warren Massey (b. ca 1832) served as a private in Co. E, 1st S.C. Rifles (Orr's Regt.). He resided in the western division of Pickens District S.C. (now Oconee County). He married Elizabeth Pilgrim (b. 1824 in Alabama), and the couple had the following offspring: Sarah A. (b. ca 1859), James S. (b. ca 1862), Mary and Martha (twins) (b. 1867), John S. (b. ca 1862) George W. S. (b. ca 1872), and William H. (b. ca 1877). Sometime between 1870 and 1880, this Confederate soldier moved to Hall County, Georga. He was a son of James Massey, Sr. (see above).

< Difficult to read from this point down. >

Major H. Massey was a son of Silas Massey (1776- 1876) and Nancy (Burris) Massey (1784-_____), and a brother of Thomas Massey who also served in the Confederate States Army. D.
Major H. Massey was a member of Co. C, 4th S. cavalry. In 1864 he was transferred to Fort _______r in Charleston harbor. This soldier Annie Luciada Hunt (b. 13 Nov 1844). Daughter of Jeremiah Jackson Hunt and Fran_______. < Can't be read. >
The couple never had children.

Monday, April 6, 2009

John Wilson Massey - TN

These details are from

In 1905, John Wilson Massey and his wife Etta Lavonia Stiles Massey purchased 217 acres of land near Fayetteville, Tenn., to found Massey Farm. John and Etta had 10 children and their home was a log dogtrot house built in 1830. The family raised hogs, goats, beef cattle and milk cows, as well as corn, wheat, and tobacco.

According to the CHP’s records, the family recalls that “Mother Etta” said she didn’t know how she reared the children without water in the house. In 1940, Con S. Massey, one of their 10 children, and his brother-in-law, Charles Bledsoe, along with farmhands and mules built a “1,500 foot gravity flow water line from a spring with a catch tank.” This system is still in use today and is the only water source for the house.

In 1947 electricity became available in Massey hollow. An electric washing machine, stove, refrigerator and iron, as well as lights, were some of the wonders brought to the Massey Farm and their neighbors with the Rural Electrification Act. Around this same time, when the farm was benefiting from this new technology, Con. S Massey came home to the farm to help with its operation. Having acquired a degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee Con farmed as well as taught World War II veterans vocational agriculture in the Flintville area and taught agriculture at the Flintville High School.

In January 1952, Con S. Massey and his wife Dorothy M. Massey bought the farm. They had three children and continued to raise some of the same livestock and crops with the addition of sheep and hay. Con also continued to teach agriculture at Flintville High School until his retirement in 1973.

Con and Dorothy’s son, John Porter Massey, and his wife Rebecca Price Massey bought the property on Jan. 23, 1980. Massey advises that the and his wife continue to live on the farm “managing a cow-calf program, bailing hay, fixing fences, bush hogging pasture and spoiling grandchildren, two dogs, and a cat!”

Photo: A barn on the John Massey Farm.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cravey - McCravey

These details tie into Edward Larls Massey's wife Lila Mae Thomas.
Lila was the daughter of William Marion Thomas and Lena Cravey.


From: Elizabeth Cravey Hughes
Date: 06 May 2000

Hi to all Cravey/McCravey researchers (and also those by any other name variant),

I checked the messages traffic at for names of those doing research on the Crave/McCravey family. That's how I came up with your address.

I wanted to let you know of the CRAVEY mailing list now operating on Rootsweb. We welcome queries on any of the variants of this surname, thinking that we all probably have a common ancestor.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to with a single word, Subscribe, in both the subject line and the body of the post. This will get you signed up for the :List" format of the mailing list, which simply sends you a message anytime one is posted.

If you prefer the "Digest" format of the mailing list, in which a number of messages are compiled as attachments to on e-mail, send you request to, again with the single word, Subscribe, in both the subject line and body of the message.

I hope no one is offended by my "harvesting" your names from the GenForum site. My only intent was to let you know of the existance of the Cravey family mailing list on Rootsweb. I assure you, you are not on any sort of "spam" list. If you aren't interested, just don't reply, and I promise to not bother you again.

If you are interested, please let your family correspondents know about the CRAVEY mailing list and how to sign up. If you have any problems, please contact me personally.

Elizabeth Cravey Hughes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Raymond Leveritt Massey (1922-2001) said that his middle name was the name of a school teacher that his parents knew.

Leveritt's father was born in Collin County, Texas and there are several "Leverett" family members in the county records deed index (Jan 1, 1846 to Dec 31, 1911). Could this be the connection?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

George W Massey

There is a small section on George W Massey at and a George W Massey is listed as a head-right owner in Collin County, Texas. Does anyone have any details on this branch of the family and are these the same George?

Elizabeth Ann Mitchusson [b: 13 Jan 1821] --m [1]: George S. Massey on 28 July 1842 in Caldwell Co., KY and m [2]: Col. James Chiles on 7 Oct 1874. The 1860 Grayson County, Texas census lists George and Eliza with their six children. According to An Illustrated History of Grayson County, Texas by Graham Landrum and Allan Smith [published 1967], George S. Massey was one of the wealthiest landowners near Preston Bend on the Red River--an area of Grayson County known for its large plantations before the Civil War. George Massey died sometime after the Civil War. The children of George and Elizabeth are said to have been:
---------------------Henry W. Massey [b: KY]
---------------------Mary E. Massey [b: KY]
---------------------George W. Massey [b: KY]
---------------------James W. Massey [b: TX]
---------------------Robert C. Massey [b: TX]
---------------------Margaret M. Massey [b: TX]

Monday, February 9, 2009

Gary Massey

ALICE -- Gary R. Massey, a storage facility manager, died May 13, 2007. He was 59.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; a son, Gary Massey Jr. of Houston; five daughters, Joycelyn Rodriguez of Alice, Debbie Fullerton of Mission, Amelia Galves of Austin, Gretchen Callaghan of Houston and Nicole Coronado of Pasadena; his mother, Melba Massey of Conroe; a sister, Debbie Nichols of Aransas Pass; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Prayer services will be at 7 p.m. May 15 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. May 16 at Stonegate Baptist Church.

Family connection unknown

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Edna Della Massey Hazelwood 1922-2008

Funeral services for Edna Della Hazelwood, 85, of Conroe, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2008, at the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Posey officiating. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Metcalf Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at Dry Creek Cemetery on FM 3083. Edna was born September 16, 1922, in Conroe, Texas and passed away June 26, 2008, in Conroe, Texas. Mrs. Hazelwood is preceded in death by son, Daniel J. Hazelwood, and his father, Daniel H. Hazelwood; her parents, John and Minnie Massey; siblings, Nora Hyatt, Robert Massey, A.E. “Coon” Massey, Jimmie Massey, Johnny Massey and Samuel Massey. She is survived by daughters, Edna Diana Laxson and husband, Patrick of Huffman, Texas, Mary Jane Oatis and husband, Homer Stanley of Conroe, Texas, Minnie Sue Kaatz and husband, Norman of Conroe, Texas; son, Thomas Hazelwood and wife, Jo Ann Hyman of Conroe, Texas; sister, Esther Norman of Santa Fe, Texas; numerous special grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and special nieces. Pallbearers are John Stobb, Pete Laxson, Devin Kaatz, Matt Laxson, Daniel Laxson, Adam Little and David Stobb. A special thanks to Aseracare Hospice for being with the family.

©Houston Community Newspapers Online 2008

Leveritt Massey - Advice

This is transcribed from a 1989 birthday card given by Leveritt Massey to his grandson, Larls.

In spite of all the high tech, I trust that you’ll have no trouble finding your niche. Possibly in the high tech. There will always have to be those that mow the grass, drive the nails, and do the little mundane task. Satisfaction in a job well done is most rewarding. Be a man of your word. It seems every one from the President on down likes to cover his tracks with half truths (a lie). If you say I will be there @ eight o’clock, you did not tell the truth if you ger there at 8:05.
To be your best will take effort, and only you can make the effort. Advise is really worthless. Observation of a truth in action is priceless.

Pa Pa

Leveritt Massey - Bougainville

    The island of Bougainville was a stepping stone on the way to Rubaul, the main Pacific military base of the Japanese navy.  The United States Marine Corp was assigned the job of taking just enough of the island from the Japanese to create an air-base south of Torokina at the Empress Augusta Bay.
    The invasion began with an air raid of Corsair F4U fighter aircraft lad by Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, future leader of the "Black Sheep" squadron.
    Three steel mat air strips were established at the beach near the Piva River.  One was long and used by the bombers and supply planes while the other two were used by the fighter aircraft.  The Japanese military on the island was so close that planes would have to turn hard upon take off to avoid flying into the enemy anti-aircraft gun positions.
    Effete was often the last stop before Bougainville.
   Although many men died from combat, Leveritt Massey said that more soldiers in his unit actually died from weather and accidents.  On several occasions storms would hit the island causing trees to fall on their tents.  This would often crush the soldiers to death as they slept.
    Aircraft would often come back with damage and on one occasion an aircraft had a loose bomb which accidentally dropped as the plane was landing.   Falling next to the mess tent, it killed the men waiting in line to eat.
   Leveritt came close to death on a few occasions.  During a small attack Leveritt left his bed for the safety of a fox hole.  Another soldier stayed in his bed and was going to sleep though the battle.  Leveritt returned to find that one enemy shell hit the tree next to their tent and exploded into hundreds of fragments.   His bed and the others were full of fragment holes and the other soldier was killed.
    With the American forces focused on Rabaul, they did not take time to clear the remaining portion of the island of Japanese forces.   Leveritt told stories of occasional snipers and other hazards but said that this ended when an Admiral threatened the base commander that if they could not remove the enemy, his ships would blast everyone off the island.  Not wanting to get shelled by his own side, the base commander ordered all anti-aircraft guns lowered and fired for over 24 hours.  When the firing stopped the enemy was dead and the jungle around the base was reduced to smoking tree stumps.
    Being far from home meant that fresh fruits and vegetables were not often received.  On one supply shipment, the base received onions.  With this being the best that they had received in some time, Leveritt said that they ate them like apples and did not care about the taste or bad breath.
    The men's health was important to the military and the soldiers often faced medical examinations and preventative treatments.  Leveritt said that the medical tent was small and on a wooden platform.  The men would form a line to enter the tent, receive their shot, and leave by the back door.  More than one man was so nervous about needles that they would hit the ground because of fainting or missing the step leaving the tent.
    "There were two air strips there, Piva north and Piva south, were with the scout bombers, Piva north, the fighters were on Piva south. While we're going in, they were going out. That's the saddest bunch of Marines I ever saw in my life. I don't know how long they'd been there, enough to build an airstrip and secure the perimeter, their expressions, nobody was grinning or anything like that." Barney Cummings has said that was the only time during the war that his eyes welled up with tears.

Leveritt Massey - School Days

Elementary school was at J H Giles Elementary just seven blocks from the house on 4075 Congress Ave.
W L Straughn, Charles Taylor, Pat Gowling, Walter Freeman, James Fulgrum were part of that 1st grade class that also finished the 11th grade with me.
In the second grade I was a part in a school play. Never again did I stand forth in school. But was the shy - timid kid. Ms Love was I believe my 2nd grade teacher.
Mr. Brown the janitor lived in a house on the back corner of the school ground. (about 2 city blocks). He built ___ stroke skiffs in his spare time that was real interesting to me. we had a cut down model A Ford lawn tractor with steel rear wheels (Made by the shop at High School) that pulled a gang of three 48” reel type mowers. High school boys were employed to keep all the crabgrass and other weeds out of the school lawn. The lawns were always clean and beautiful.
In high school (1 mile from home) with no plans to go to college I guess I specialized in shop. 1st year (8th grade) we had three months of wood shop, machine shop, auto shop and the the 2nd year we chose one for me it was auto shop, the senior year we were allowed to take 3 hours of shop for which we received 2 credits (no study hall). With a chance to go to Lamar Jr. College (which was integrated with the high school some classrooms and teachers were shared and buildings). I had to take Physic and Chemistry during the summer to get in. I graduated with 18 1/2 credits instead of the 16 required. Was guilty of taking a 5 gallon bucket with a charcoal fire up into the one cold football night drew a crowd when word got out, finally took it down to the track out of the stands.

Leveritt Massey - WWII

The picture is of the 99th Platoon of the United States Marine Corp Reserves in San Diego, California. Leveritt Massey is third from left in the second row from the bottom. The story below was transcribed from a note written by Leveritt.


School closed during the end of May 1941. I don’t remember any details concerning jobs, but did put an application in at the Magnolia Refinery where dad worked. Form me the school door had closed. Short courses – training sessions were it from this time on. Graduated from South Park High in Beaumont in May 1940. Lamar College was a part of the High School. Some buildings were shared, some teachers, the college was underwritten by the South Park School District which at that time had a little money.
The refinery, the oil fields, and the tank forms south of town were in our school district. The refinery paid a compromise tax. I think my tuition at Lamar college (year 1940-1941) was about $35.00 plus books, but when it cam time to sign up for 41-42 there was no money for college. Ray Hilton, the son of a painting contractor (oil field tanks), was in the same boat no money to resume school. I had thought about joining the navy, but Ray wanted to join the Marines, so with no hassles we joined the Marines. July 29, 1941 we entrained in Beaumont for Houston. In Houston we passed all the exams and put on the train for San Diego.
As I look back the entire passenger car must have been filled with recruits from Mississippi westward. It took two days for our car to reach San Diego. We were picked up and bussed to the Recruit Depot by those nice Sergeants, the likes of whom no one wanted to meet the second time. “FALL OUT” is the first command learned. We were billeted in a nice brick barracks till we were issued G.I. clothes, had a medical, and was given the standard haircut. Just about the time settled in Sgt. Klatt instructed us to put everything in the seabag were moving to the tent city. the balances of the seven weeks of boot camp was in tent city.
Times were tough lots of fellows were joining up many were coming to the Marines to skip the draft into the Army. At this time the draft only meant on year of service (I never signed up until I was discharged. Too young at the beginning and too many service points when I got out.
Sgt. Klatt was our DI [Drill Instructor] and platoon command (he had a Corp for an assistant, too dumb to make the grade). Klatt was sore at the world. He was recalled from 12 years in China where he lived like a king. He had an entire Chinese family hired to care for his home. They pulled him back to train recruits which really made him happy. Klatt was hard. He made good Marines out of boys. Hard but not overbearing. Some of the fellows complained one in their tend didn’t bathe. Sgt. told them each have a wash bucket, a scrub brush, laundry soap, there’s water at the end of the tent row and lots of sand out back... and I intended to be out of the area when we came in this afternoon till late tonight. Some orders are never voiced. That night the sun went down on a Red man. Duly scrubbed. Never again did anyone in the platoon miss a shower.
The hardest day in boot camp was a four hour march with full pack on the soft sand outback. (Bottom dredging from the Naval anchorage in the bay.)

Annie Mae Massey 1918-2006

Annie Mae Massey passed away on December 24, 2006 in Willis, Texas at the age of 88. She was born on June 21, 1918 in Houston, Texas.

Visitation for Annie will be Wednesday, December 27, 2006 between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006 in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Mr. Edward Hahn officiating. Interment will follow in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery on Porter Road.

Annie was preceded in death by A. E. (Coon) Massey, her husband of 58 years; son, Douglas Massey; two sons-in-law, Dalton Hyde and Danny Foley; granddaughter, Harriett Milliff; and two great granddaughters.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Wahren and Betty Massey of Riverside; daughters and husbands, Inez and Leonard McGee of Conroe, Louise and Clinton McGee of Conroe and Wynette Foley of Carthage.
She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren. Grandsons, Dennis Hyde, Terry McGee, Eddy McGee, Robert Walker, Kip Foley and Kie Foley will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Anderson and Roy Harris.

The family would like to thank the Lighthouse Hospice and the Willis Convalescent Home for all the loving care they have given.


Services Information 

Wed., Dec 27, 2006
5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Cashner Funeral Home
801 Teas Nursery Road
Conroe, TX 77303

Funeral Service 
Thu., Dec 28, 2006
10:00 am
Cashner Colonial Chapel
801 Teas Nursery Road
Conroe, TX 77303

Thu., Dec 28, 2006
Following Service
Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery
1600 FM 1314
Conroe, TX 77301

Arthur Edward Massey 1912-1994

  The information below is from the funeral handout provided at the funeral of Arthur E. “Coon” Massey. The picture above is of the street sign showing the street in Grangerland, Texas which is named after Coon.

In Memory Of
Arthur E. “Coon” Massey
Born: November 17, 1912 - Conroe, Texas
Passed Away: January 16, 1994 - Conroe, Texas

Funeral Services
Cashner Colonial Chapel
Tuesday, January 18, 1994 * 10:00 A.M.

Mr. Ralph Byers

Final Resting Place
Conroe Memorial Cemetery

Wife: Annie Mae Massey of Conroe, Daughters and sons-in-las: Inez and Leonard McGee of Conroe, Louise and Clinton McGee of Conroe, and Wynette and Danny Foley of Carthage. Son: Wahren E. Massey of Conroe. Sisters: Edna Hazelwood of Conroe and Ester Norman of Altaloma. Brothers: Sam Massey of Liberty and John Massey of Conroe. Twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Roy Harris, Henry Harrid, Jr., Jim Harris, Harry Murray, Travis Outlaw, and Billy Ray Clark.
Honorary Pallbearers: Henry Harris Sr., Jim Anderson, Alan Padon, T. G. Gilbert, and Jake Goodrum.

Lila Mae Thomas Massey 1900-1975

    Lila was born in Nacodoches County, Texas on 09Apr1900 and was the daughter of William Marion Thomas Jr (01Jan1875-22Aug1956) and Lena Cravey Thomas (06Sep1875-01Dec1947). William and Lena were married in San Jacinto County, Texas on 14Oct1896 and buried at in Shephard, Texas behind the Methodist Church.
    Lila achieved an eight grade education (they did not have twelve grades at that time).
    After World War One, Lila was introduced to Edward Larls Massey.
    They had two sons and six grandchildren.
    She worked as a book keeper in a furniture store during World War Two.
    Ten years after Edward’s death, Lila traveled to California to visit with her friends.  To the families surprise, she came home with a new husband.   Harry D. Overman and Lila were introduced to each other by a common missionary friend. 
    Harry and Lila loved to travel and traveled across the southern United States and Mexico.  Three weeks into a trip in California, Lila died of cardiogenic shock due to an acute myocardial infarction.  She died on October 2, 1975 at the Siskiyou General Hospital in Yreka, Siskiyou County, California.  Her body was sent back to Conroe, Texas by the Girdner Funeral Chapel where her body was buried next to Edward's at the Mims Cemetery in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas.
Funeral services were held at the Metcalf Chapel of the Pines on Monday, 06 Oct 1975 at 10 AM. The pallbearers were Louis Satterfield, Clayton Hughes, George Murphy, Jack Cooper, Russell Law, and W. F. Arnold.
Harry D. Overman
    Lila had the family refer to Harry as "Uncle Harry" so that it would not appear that he was replacing Edward in any way.
    Harry served in the United States Marine Corp between the World Wars.
    Later in life, he had heart problems, required dialysis for his kidneys and suffered from cataracts on his eyes.  The doctors would not operate on his eyes due to his heart problems so he eventually went blind.  When he could no longer read his bible, he gave up and died of depression and a heart attack.  He lived his last years in a private home in California.  His body was buried in a military cemetery in California.
• Lila and Edward's sons Raymond Leveritt Massey and Earl Conrad Massey
• Death Certificate of Lila Mae Massey

Additional Resources:
• Elizabeth Cravey Hughes -
• Mary Griswold of Conroe, Texas

Friday, January 30, 2009

Leveritt and Sally - 02June1946

Church Rites Unite Zelda Walters and R.L.Massey

The marriage of Miss Zelda (Sally) Walters, daughter of Mrs Ida Mae Walters, of Livingston to Raymond Leveritt Massey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Massey of Beaumont, was solemnized at 9:00 o’clock Sunday evening June 2, 1946 at the Magnolia Park Assembly of God in Houston with Rev. E. M. Yeats officiating.

The alter space was adorned with gladiolas and asters illuminated by burning white tapers in floor standards. Lawrence Warren rendered the solo, “I Love You Truly,” accompanied by Mrs. Warren at the piano who also played the wedding march.

The bride, given in marriage by her brother, Reuel, wore a bridal gown of slipper satin, styled with a fitted bodice, long tapering sleeves inserted with lace and a lace inserted train. An orange blossom, sweetheart style head gear capped her long veil of illusion and she carried a bouquet of white gladiolas.

Miss Inez Walters, who was the maid of honor, wore a blue colenese crepe. Bridesmaids were: Mrs Edith Floe Cobb and Miss Fannie Enloe of Houston and they were gowned alike in pink celense crepe with a matching veil headdress and each carried a bouquet of gladioliias.

Best man was Earl Massey, brother of the groom, and groomsmen were: John Thomas of Livingston, Uncle of the groom, and Jack Alford of Beaumont. Ushers were Hollis Walters, brother of the bride, and Billy Walters, cousin of the bride.

Mrs. Ida Mae Walters, mother of the bride, chose a black crape frock with matching accessories and Mrs. E. L. Massey, mother of the groom, wore a black pin-stripe suit with black and white accessories. both wore corsages of gerbera daisies.

The home of Mrs. Pat Morgan, where the sister of the bride reside, was the scene for he reception which followed the ceremony. The serving table was laid out with a lace table cloth over pink satin and held the brides bouquet and a four tier wedding cake, embossed with pink roses and topped with a miniature bride and groom. Assorted flowers were also placed at vantage points throughout the reception rooms. The house party included: Mrs. Pat Morgan and Mrs. Robert Welz of Houston and Mrs. John Thomas of Livingston.

The former Miss Walters graduated from the Livingston High School in 1944, attended the Durham’s Business College in Houston and is now employed in the office of the County superintendent.

The groom is a graduate of South Park High School of Beaumont, attended the Lamar College of Beaumont and was discharged from the U. S. Marine Corps in October 1945.

Following the return from the wedding trip the couple will make their home in Livingston.


This was transcribed from a newspaper clipping kept in Sally and Leveritt’s wedding memories book.

They were interviewed at 10:15 AM on June 8 1946 on the KPRC radio station’s “Bride of the Week” program. (This was before KPRC became an FM station.)

Their memory book also notes that Sally was sunburned while crabbing at Sabine, Texas. Not sure how many were caught or if they were eaten.

Massey Migration to Texas

Family legend states that Warren (Wahren) Massey came from South Carolina through Georgia and Alabama on his way to Texas.

Census records show that Warren, his wife Elizabeth, and both sets of their parents were all born in South Carolina.

It is not known when Elizabeth died or where Sallie E Osborn married Warren.


1840 Census - location unknown
Warren would have been about age 3, but we can’t find him on a census record.


1850 Census
Warren would have been about age 13, but we can’t find him on a census record. There are several Massy family members listed in the Greenville County census of South Carolina, but no one with the name Massey.


1860 Census of Pickens County, South Carolina
It does show a Warren and Elizabeth Massey, but the ages are wrong to have been our branch of the family tree.

Page/line LAST First Age Birth Place
19b/25 MASSEY James 21 So Ca
30a/11 MASSEY Major 32 SC
30a/12 MASSEY Louisa 27 SC
30a/13 MASSEY Ruth J. 5 SC
30a/14 MASSEY Warren T. 2 SC
30a/15 MASSEY William J. 8/12 SC
40b/25 MASSEY James 53 SC
40b/26 MASSEY Sarah 56 SC
40b/27 MASSEY James 19 SC
40b/28 MASSEY David 23 SC
40b/29 MASSEY Vardry 16 SC
47a/29 MASSEY Ezekiel 22 NC
47a/30 MASSEY Margaret 20 NC
47a/31 MASSEY James 3 NC
50b/17 MASSEY John 28 SC
180b/27 MASSEY Warren 22 Greenville SC
180b/28 MASSEY Elizabeth 17 Pickens SC
180b/29 MASSEY Sarah A. 1 Pickens SC
182b/3 MASSEY Stephen 30 Greenville SC
182b/4 MASSEY Sarah 24 Pickens SC


1870 - location unknown


1880 Census of Hall County, Georgia:
Warren Massey - age 44 - Wood Hauler - born SC
Elizabeth Massey - age 35 - Keeping House - born SC
James F Massey - age 19 - Farm Hand - born SC
Martha E J Massey - age 12 - At Home - born SC
Mary H S Massey - age 12 - At Home - born SC
John S M C Massey - age 10 - Laborer - born SC
George W S Massey - age 8 - - born GA
William Ham Massey - age 3 - - born GA


1890 Census of Collin County, Texas:
The records were destroyed by fire, but his children Edward (1890-1958) and Susie (1893-1976) were born in Collin County near the town of McKinney.


1900 Census of Montgomery County, Texas
Warren Massey is listed in “Conroe Town” as a widower with his children:
•Elizabeth Massey
•Mcfarland Massey
•Edward L Massey
•Susie Massey


Warren’s headstone shows that he died on August 08, 1900. His grandson Leveritt said that Warren lived near Caney Creek in Grangerland, Montgomery County, Texas.

Raymond Leveritt Massey 1922-2001

Leveritt was born in his parents home (1844 College Street, Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas) at 5:15AM Christmas morning in 1922 and was delivered by J. H. Reagan M.D. His parents, Edward Larls Massey and Lila Mae (Thomas) Massey, named Leveritt after a preacher who was named a small town in France.

According to the '1940 Spindletop,' his high school year book, Leveritt's senior year resolution was to "remember to get his History homework" and the phrase "Why worry? Life is too short." is typed next to his graduation picture.

Graduating from South Park High-school in Beaumont, Texas in 1940 , Leveritt decided to continue his education at the Lamar College. This only lasted for a semester or two due to a lack of funds.

Leveritt joined the United States Marine Corp Reserve (USMCR) on July 29, 1941 and specialized in the care of aircraft such as the Vought-Corsair F4U fighter; known as "Whistling Death" by the Japanese. His basic training (boot camp) was with the USMCR 99th Platoon in San Diego, California, but the remainder of his training was at the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois where he became an Aviation Mechanist Mate. There are only two known letters from his time on Bougainville, Island but there are several letters from his time in the States. He would often write home about his daily activities but never included details about the dangers that he and other soldiers faced.

When Leveritt returned from Bougainville Island, he was given a pass to visit his family and orders to report to Cherry Point, North Carolina. He met his future wife, Zelda "Sally" Walters, while visiting with his Uncle and Aunt.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the USMCR on October 03, 1945, T. SGT. Leveritt was to travel with a friend to New York where they could both get a job. Leveritt received his discharge first and traveled to the home his friends' parents. While waiting for his friend to arrive, Leveritt purchased a 1941 Plymouth car. When his friend did not arrive, Leveritt decided to go back to Texas. He needed two new tires so his Uncle John Thomas used a connection at the Ration Board to obtain the tires. It was later learned that the friend did not go directly home to New York because he met a girl on the way home and stopped to get married.

Leveritt and Sally were married on 02Jun1946 in Texas. Jack Alford was his best friend and Best Man while Sally's sister Inez was her Maid of Honor.

Leveritt and Sally's first home was an apartment for about six months but they soon rented a furnished house. A year later they purchased a home from a couple that was leaving town. Included in the sale was most of the couples furniture. A garage was later added and paid for by Sally's mother in exchange for property in Livingston owned by Leveritt and Sally. Leveritt also helped move a barbershop to the property and convert it into a house for Sally's mother.

Leveritt and Sally had three sons (all still living).

He and his wife owned the Grangerland Grocery store for a short period when they sold the store to Mrs. McDowell in exchange for cash and a house at 609 Garrett Street in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas. (Mrs. McDowell's son Monte married Elaine Dodd, the first cousin of Conan's first wife Susan. Conan and Monte were friends for many years)

He and his wife were member of the Conroe Assembly of God Church.

An active member of the Royal Rangers for many years, Leveritt achieved the position of District Commander for the South Texas area. He was active with the Royal Rangers for years and attended many functions with his youngest son, Dade. They even traveled to Australia for a Royal Ranger meeting.

Leveritt was asked by a member of the church to work for the City of Houston in their water department. He accepted and worked several years for the City of Houston.

He designed the original section of the Wigginsville Assembly of God church in Montgomery County, Texas. This church was built using steel and other materials remaining from decline of the"oil boom." Although the floor was level, Leveritt's original design called for a sloped floor and a raised pulpit to maximize the viewing area.

In 1980, Leveritt kept an appointment book where he listed details about himself; height 5'-7", weight 185 lbs.., color of eyes blue, color of hair gray. He also kept a fairly regular schedule... "When ever I worked with Grandfather, we always stopped at 3PM for a cola drink and cookies. He also would often have ice cream (sherbert) at 9PM", Leveritt's grandson, Larls Massey.

In his retirement years, Leveritt could often be found in his barn working on his latest project or driving his tractor. His grandson Larls would often enter the barn and shout "Hey Papaw" and hear Leveritt answer "Yo" to know where he was working at that point.

Having had open heart surgery in 1988, Leveritt knew what to expect when the dye injection test on 10 Oct 2000 showed three of four blocked arteries. The hope of using angioplasty (balloons to open the arteries) was soon lost and his second open heart surgery was on 8AM on 12/13 Oct 2000. Leveritt was also developing prostate cancer and suffered from little liver function. In February 2001, he signed up for a Hospice program and signed a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate order).

He died at home with his wife on Monday, 21 May 2001 at 4 A.M. Friends and family were received on May 23, 2001 at Cashner Funeral Home from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m and then the funeral was held on Thursday, May 24, 2001 at First Assembly of God Church.

Leveritt's body was laid to rest at the Menard Cemetery north of Livingston, Texas in Polk County. This cemetery is used by members of his wife's family and a few miles south of the Blue Water Cemetery that is used by members of his parent's family. For the first two years, Leveritt had a metal headstone that listed his birth date as 1923 but this headstone was replaced with a corrected headstone on Saturday, 10May2003 by his wife, and children.

• Leveritt Massey's Bible, returned to his second born son.
• Interviews with Leveritt and Sally Massey by his grandson, Conan Larls Massey Jr.
• Wedding License #43174, Volume 56, Page 396, Jefferson County, Texas.
• Professional and Conduct Records of Raymond Leveritt Massey from the National Archives and Records Administration, National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100

Dry Creek Cemetery

The Dry Creek Cemetery is a typical rural town cemetery with no perpetual care. It is located in Montgomery County, Texas on the East side of FM3083; 2.3 miles north of Grangerland (the intersection of FM 3083 and FM2090).

The family members listed below are all the descendants of Wahren Massey. His headstone list his name as Warren Massey. Nora Outlaw was the daughter of John Stevenson Massey and Minnie Elizabeth Culbertson Massey. The Outlaw family members listed below are the children of Nora and Otis Outlaw. Nora and Otis Outlaw’s daughter Joann Outlaw married Ellis Wiggins, so additional family members may be buried in this cemetery.

Family at Dry Creek:
• Wahren/Warren Massey - 26Dec1837 to 08Aug1900
• Susie Beatrice Massey - 23Feb1893 to 27Oct1976
• Robert S. Massey - Texas Pvt. US Army - 07Sep1931-08Aug1969
• Robert Emmett Massey 17Aug1907-05Jul1981
• Lue N. (Creasy) Massey - 22Mar1911-24May2001
• J. H. Massey - Died 19Nov1922
• Ana Bell Massey - 18Nov1917-18Mar1918
• John Massey - 15Mar1870-19Nov1952
• Minnie Elizabeth Massey - 25Feb1880-20Apr1970
• John and Minnie’s infant - 09Oct1900
• Connie Jean Cates/Massey - 22Jul1955-09Apr1997
• Nora Massey Outlaw Hyatt - 23Jan1905
• Charles Otis Outlaw - 09Jan1902-03Nov1956
• Joe Thomas Outlaw - 1942-1942 “Little Bud of Love”
• John Lewis Outlaw - 15Nov1930 to 24Jul1941
• Vernon Victor Outlaw - 14Feb1929 to 20Mar1929

• Genealogy research and cemetery visit by Conan Massey Jr.

Other Resources:
• Nora married John David Hyatt in 1960, per Ed Hyatt of Fresno, CA.
• Metcalf Funeral Home
• Betty Lang Walker -
• Jane Keppler -

Susie Beatrice Massey 1893-1976

Oranges in November - Miss S. B. Massey is show above picking ripe satsuma oranges from a tree in the backyard of her brother, Edward L. Massey, at 4075 Congress. The oranges in her left hand measure 11 1/2 inches in circumference. Miss Massey estimated that the two trees in her brother's yard will total a yield of three or four bushels. The trees are about 10 years old, she reported.


Susie Beatrice Massey

Known as "Aunt Susie," she never married and had no children of her own. She was born on 23Feb1893 in Sherman, Texas and was the daughter of Wahren Massey and his wife Sallie Oakley Culhbertson Massey. She died on 27Oct1976 and her body was buried at the Dry Creek Cemetery in Montgomery County, Texas. SSN 455-14-0807

She lived with Minnie Massey for several years.

• Susie's nephew, Leveritt Massey
• Susie's headstone at the Dry Creek Cemetery

Edward Larls Massey 1890-1958

"Ed" Massey was born near the town of Rhea Mills' in Collin County, Texas on 15 Aug 1890 and was the son of Wahren Massey (1837-1900) and Sallie Osburn. Ed was a small child when his mother died and about ten years old when his father died. Ed was raised in Montgomery County by his half-brother, John and only achieved a third-grade education.

Ed received 26 acres as payment for working at a local saw mill (currently owned by his son Earl). Before his retirement, he purchased the last two tracks of land that made up the Massey Farm. A house was on the new section of land, but the house was just a shell that was later finished out to become his retirement home.

Serving in the United States Army during World War One, he was originally assigned to a machine-gun squadron but asked to for a transfer because he recently gave his life to Christ and could not bring himself to kill another person. Little is known of his time in the Army and his great-grandson tried to get a copy of his records from the government, but the official records can not be found at this time. Ed's son's believed that he was assigned to the base hospital at Camp Mac Arthur in Waco, Texas and we do have several letters that he wrote home during this time that indicate he was in stationed in Waco. Ed's son Earl has a metal and several other pieces that were Ed's from his time in the U.S. Army.

After the war, a friend introduced Edward to Lila Mae Thomas (09Apr1900-02Oct1975). They were married on 03Apr1920 in San Jacinto County, Texas. Lila was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas and was the daughter of William Marion Thomas Jr. (01Jan1875-Aug1956) and Lena Cravey (06Sep1875-01Dec1947). William and Lena were married on 14Oct1896.

Edward did not have a birth certificate but needed one due to government requirements related to World War Two. He traveled to Collin County, Texas where his half-brother's wife, Minnie E. Massey swore to his birth date and place so that on Edward could receive his birth certificate on October 5, 1943.

Edward and Lila once lived at 4075 Congress Street in Beaumont, Texas.

Ed was one of the founding member of the Wigginsville Assembly of God Church in Wigginsville, Montgomery County, Texas (30°15'29"N at 95°20'13"W; next to Grangerland, Texas) and a Sunday School teacher for the adult class in the church for a period. There was even a portrait of him and a few other founders hanging in the entry of the church at one point, but no one can find the paintings anymore. A few remaining members of the church insist that the painting was of another founding member, but Ed's children, grandchildren, and great-grandson remember the painting.

He worked thirty-four years (ca1921-1955) at a Magnolia Petroleum Company oil refinery (now the Mobil Oil Company) and at one point was a pipe fitter. He also worked for the Criskoak Mfg. for a short time in Beaumont, Texas. He was a member of the United Workers Oil Company union.

According to his son Leveritt, Edward was "always about 200 pounds" and was a very strong man. His life was full of physical labor and he had large strong arms.

At the end of his life, he did not want Lila to have to sleep in the room where he may die. Ed had his bed moved to the parlor in their home and that is where he died on 03 Nov 1958.

Aunt Minnie wanted Edward to be buried at the Dry Creek Cemetery with their father, but Edward's wife and children buried his body at the Mims Cemetery in Conroe, Texas.

• 1920 Marriage Records in San Jacinto County, Book E, Page 199.
• Birth Records Volume 33, Page 214 in the Collin County, Texas.
• Massey Family Bible
• Interviews with Ed’s sons

Wahren Massey 1837-1900

Little is known of Wahren or where he came from. There is also some debate as to how many children he had, how many wives he had, and even on the spelling of his name. Although there are conflicting theories from a few of the family branch, Leveritt was told that his Grandfather Wahren lived near the Caney Creek, east of the current Massey Farm and that Wahren died from eating "green peaches."

It is believed that Wahren's first/second wife was Elizabeth O'Share, that she was part Cherokee, and that she died in Carolina from pneumonia. (Not sure why a Cherokee would have been in the Carolina area).

Wahren's last wife was Salie Osburn and she had three daughters from her marriage to Mr. Culhbertson; he died of pneumonia. Salie died near a river in the area of Waco, Texas and was buried next to a tree by or near the river.

Was said to have never shaved his beard by Coon Massey's wife Annie Mae. Per Maggie Massey Yocham (15Apr2000 interview), it is believed that Wahren had seven brothers and that they left Europe due to the Potato famine.

Since his son Edward Larls Massey was born in Collin County as the family entered Texas, we assume that they traveled south on the Shawnee and Preston Trails. These trails come through east Oklahoma from Illinois and Missouri, down through the present day Texas cities of Dallas, and Waco. With Wahren settling in Grangerland, he may have traveled toward Houston from Waco, crossing back over the Brazos river. Leveritt Massey's bible (25Dec1974) states "Edward was born near Ray's Mills, 12 miles west of McKinney, county seat of Collin County. Susie was born in Sherman." We believe that he was referring to Rhea Mills, Texas.
Family legend has it that Wahren's wife Salie Oakley died while they were near a river in the Waco area. The actual site has been lost over time but she was buried by a tree at the river and it is most likely to have been the Brazos river. If it was the Brazos, we still don't even know the general area since they would have crossed north of Waco and then again east of Waco on the way to Montgomery County.
Wahren's body is buried at the Dry Creek Cemetery north of Grangerland, Texas in Montgomery County.

“Warren Massey was born on 26 Dec 1835 in Greenville County, SC and he married Elizabeth Molly O'Shields - b 22 Sep 1844 in Pickens County, SC. "I show that she died in 1926. I do not have any other information on them. I do have their children if you need them. Warren and Elizabeth are my gggrandparents." "I am not even sure if Elizabeth's name is correct - I have not been able to find any information on her at all,” wrote Bonnie Baker.

“Warren Massey is on the 1870 Census, Pickens Co., SC. and is listed as being 35 years old. His wife, Elizabeth (M.V. O'Shields), is listed at 26 and his children, James S. (8), Mary (3), Martha (3), and John (4/12) were also listed. Warren is on the 1880 Census Hall Co., Georgia and "Elizabeth Georginia Massey" was John Terrell's Grandmother and Warren was his G Grandfather. John Terrell also noted that Warrens 1st wife was "Elizabeth Mary Victoria O'Shields" while his 2nd wife was a Miss Culbertson.. Warren "moved from SC to GA, then Louisiana (Leesville Area) then to Texas,” John Terrell.

There is much debate over the list of children, so we will cover that in future blog postings.

• Family tree information collected by Raymond Leveritt Massey.
• 15Apr2000 interview with Maggie Massey Yocham
• 21Apr2000 interview with Annie Mae Collier Massey, wife of "Coon" Massey
• Joanna Wiggins has the Massey Family Bible

Thank you Lindi

A super special thank you to Massey cousin Lindi of Virginia. Without her assistance, access to this blog would not have been possible.
It is my hope that this blog will help many distant branches of the Massey family regain their shared history. :)

Conan Massey