I. Morris Joseph Williams
born January 19, 1915
died January 26, 1990
buried Maple Hill Cemetery, Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois
birth place Lampasas, Texas
He was also known as â€œAmosâ€ to many. Very few of his friends and acquaintances in Illinois knew him by any other name. To his mother, father, sisters, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins in Texas he was known as â€œSonâ€; he said because he was so bright. He lived in Texas until about 1936 at which time he moved to Illinois. He worked for H.H. Weinert until Mr. Weinert died and then for the H.H. Weinert Estate. He was also an independent oil producer. He was very successful and enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved bird dogs and hunting. He had championship field trial dogs and won a National Field Trial Championship with one of his dogs. He judged a lot of field trials. After his death he was elected to the National Field Trial Hall of Fame, located in Tennessee. He also fished a great deal. He was very proficient with a fly rod and popping bug, fishing for largemouth bass and pan fish in the lakes and ponds in Southern Illinois and Kentucky.
He married Eunice Isabel Musgrave, a Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois native on April 4, 1941. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He held the rank of corporal and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. He drove heavy machinery building airstrips and drilled water wells on islands only recently taken from the Japanese. He never spoke much about his wartime experiences.
He liked to play poker and was quite good at it. He played in high stakes poker games with as much as $10,000 won or lost on a single hand.
He and his wife, Eunice, had two children, David Morris Williams, date of birth December 7, 1948, in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois; and Mary Linda Monge, date of birth July 25, 1950, in Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois. (Momâ€™s genealogy is quite complete and there is a long book about it called the â€œSimpsonâ€ book).
Morris Joseph Williams was born to the union of Albert David Williams and Viola Rae Cravey. Their family trees follow: Other children: Fletcher Williams, died after 2000, buried Kingsbury Cemetery, Kingsbury, Guadalupe County, Texas; Oleta Inez Williams (Sis), living in Kingsbury, Texas; Lee Ray Williams (Chick), died in 1990's, buried Kingsbury Cemetery; two children died in infancy prior to the birth of Morris Joseph Williams.
Fletcher Williams (nickname â€œDickâ€ or â€œDeaconâ€) married Doris Smith, who lives between Kingsbury and Seguin, Texas. Their children were: Fletcher Richard Williams; Cecelia Williams; Katherine Elizabeth Williams; Cynthia Williams; Stanley Paul Williams; and Anne Marie Williams.
â€œSisâ€ Williams had three children: â€œTookieâ€, lives in Dallas/Ft.Worth area; other children live in California.
â€œChickâ€ Williams had one child, Nena, who lives in California.
Albert David Williams was born June 4, 1893 in Travis County, Texas, the son of David Riley Williams and Fannie Lee Reeves.
Viola Ray (Rae?) Cravey (nickname Zulie) was born in February 7, 1897 in Bandera County, Texas, the daughter of Fletcher Cravey and Eva Lena Stevens.
Viola Ray Cravey was the daughter of Fletcher Cravey, born May 23, 1874; and Eva Lena Stevens, born March 11, 1877.
Birth: 23 MAY 1874 in Comal Co., TX
Death: 9 SEP 1945 in Caldwell or Bandera Co., TX
Burial Pipe Creek Cem., Bandera County, Texas
Father: Charles Henry Cravey b: 15 JUL 1825 in Telfair Co, GA.
Mother:Mary Eleanor Holland b: 22 AUG 1835 in MS
Marriage 1 Eva Lena Stevens
b: 11 MAR 1877 Married: 20 NOV 1894
Death: 13 SEP 1907 in Bandera Co., TX
Burial: Mahala Jones Cemetery, Kerrville, TX
Notes for Fletcher Cravey:
Served in the Texas Rangers. Enlisted May 18, 1918 and was discharged on Oct. 21, 1926. He was a special agent for the I. &G.N. Railway at Laredo, TX. He was 5 ft. 11 inches tall with black hair, brown eyes and dark complexion. If you search the Texas Ranger website, you will find that Fletcher Cravey, as well as his brother while listed as a Texas Ranger, are NOT considered "real" or "regular" Texas Rangers by most historians. They were were issued Special Ranger commissions as a convenience to give them state authority and wide geographic jurisdiction. The majority were privately paid by cattlemen's associations, oil companies or railroads. They had no company assignments or place in the regular Texas Ranger chain-of-command.
Children of Fletcher Cravey and Eva Lena Stevens are:
1. Myrtle Forest Cravey, b. March 25, 1895, Bandera Co. TX, d. date unknown.
2. Viola Ray Cravey, b. February 07, 1897, Bandera Co. TX, d.1996, Kingsbury, Guadalupe County, Texas; buried in Kingsbury Cemetery
3. Maude Margaret Cravey, b. December 13, 1898, Bandera Co. TX, d. November 12, 1974, Catamut, MA.
4. Douglas Gus Cravey, b. April 08, 1900, Bandera Co. TX, d. December 07, 1941, Sonora, TX.
5. Louis Fletcher Cravey, b. July 04, 1902, Bandera Co. TX, d. June 20, 1972, Bandera Co. TX.
6. Katherine Loneta Cravey, b. May 08, 1904, Bandera Co. TX, d. April 24, 1965, Bandera Co. TX. buried in Pipe Creek Cemetery, Bandera Co. TX. **Aunt Katie was married to St. Matthew Williams the brother of Albert David Williams, the husband of Viola Ray Cravey.