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.
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