William Josiah Wasson
Navarro County, Texas


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William Josiah Wasson

Josiah Wasson was born to Samuel Davidson Wasson and wife Caroline R. (Simpson) on 23 August 1837 in Mt. Hope, Lawrence, Alabama. Siblings were Finish Pinckney m. Mary Jane Ponder, John Calvin m. Elizabeth Ponder, James Luster m. Nannie Elkins, Mary Jane m. Andrew George Weems and Thomas R m. Della Steenson.

Josiah married Martha Hart (McCord) daughter of Thomas Porter McCord and wife Mary Ann (Walker). Martha was born 15 December 1845 AL. Josiah and Martha married in Mt. Hope on 11 January 1866 and had 10 children; Samuel Walker m. Nannie Bell Harris, Thomas Luther m. Violet Dukineir, Mary Elizabeth m. Albert LeMay, Inez Caroline m. Sid Worthy, Willie & Emmett (Twins died in infancy), Josephine & Harriett (Twins / Josephine died in infancy, Harriett m. George Freemon), John Webster (died in infancy) and Lillie Porter m. John Shaw Finch.

Josiah served the CSA as a Lt. In Co. B with the 16th Alabama Infantry where he was shot in the left knee at the battle of Shiloh, shot through the left hand at Murfreesboro, and shot in the left shoulder at Lovejoy Station, GA.

Josiah who was a Farmer in Alabama, moved his family which included his elderly mother Caroline, to Leland in Ellis County Texas where he owned an operated a store in Alma and served as the Ellis County Texas Postmaster. http://www.rootsweb.com/~txellis/ghost-towns/hope.htm

Josiah buried his mother Caroline on 17 April 1893 and 3 short weeks later buried his beloved wife Martha on 9 May 1893 in the Old Chatfield Cemetery, Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas. Josiah died on 20 July 1904.


  • Submitted by Judy (Ware) Brown
  • Another Biography by John A. Sands Jr. is included in the Navarro County History, Volume II, pg 213





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