William Bailey Standifer
Submitted by: Joan Pappa

William Bailey Standifer, born in Hickman County, Tennessee, February 10, 1812, was the second child of Anderson Standifer and Elizabeth James Standifer. They were living in the "American Bottoms" in Illinois when the last of their four children, a daughter, was born in 1820, the same year that Anderson died in Union County.

After Anderson's death, Elizabeth and her children started the trek southward. They were in Missouri for a short time and then moved on to Alabama. They had signed up with Stephen F. Austin for his "Little Colony" and stayed in Alabama long enough to prepare for their trip to Texas.

Elizabeth and her little family arrived in Old Caney, Texas, in what is now Fort Bend, in 1829. They lived there long enough for Elizabeth to receive a Spanish land grant of one league and one labor in what is now Bastrop County, Texas. The family she brought with her consisted of: James Williamson and his wife, Nancy King; William Bailey; Jacob Littleton and Sarah. The Standifers then moved up the Colorado River to Elizabeth's land grant in the "Little Colony".
William Bailey Standifer was seventeen years old when he arrived in Texas. He was twenty-four when he enlisted on February 23, 1836, in the Army commanded by General Sam Houston and he served until June 1, 1836. He received $24.00 pay for this period of service. As a private in the First Regiment, Texas Volunteers, Company "C" under Captain Jesse Billingsley, he fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. He received a Bounty land grant for his service in the Texian Army and a Donation land grant in Bastrop County for participating in the Battle of San Jacinto.

He married Alzada Harrell in Perryville, Texas, June 25, 1838, and they made their home in Bastrop County on his land grant. Four children were born before Alzada died October 4, 1846. Their children were: William Anderson (1840-1904); Jacob Lewis (1841-?); Arenda (1843-1923); and James Elias (1845-1879).

On September 30, 1847, William Bailey married Nancy Smith in Perryville and they had 13 children: Thomas Jefferson; Sarah Jane; Margaret Ellen; Martha Emily; Henry Taylor; Lemuel; Johnson; Albert; Edward; Walter; Joseph E.; Alice Corena; and Samuel Bailey.

William Bailey Standifer died at his home July 8, 1876. The Texas Centennial Commission honored him in 1936 by placing a Centennial marker at his gravesite on his old homestead south of Elgin in Bastrop County.

William Anderson Standifer
Submitted by: Joan Pappa (Elizabeth James Standifer was my ancestor who came to Texas in 1829.)

William Anderson Standifer was the first child of William Bailey Standifer and Alzada (Harrell) Standifer. He was born June 20, 1840, at Elgin, Texas. He was only six years old when his mother died on October 4, 1846. He had two brothers: Jacob Lewis Standifer, born November 11, 1841; and James Elias Standifer, born August 30, 1845. His only sister was Arenda Standifer, Born August 16, 1843. All were born in Elgin, Bastrop County, Texas. After his mother's death, his father married Nancy Smith and had thirteen more children.

William's education included completing all prescribed courses in bookkeeping and accounting at Ranck Mercantile College in San Antonio by 1860. He married Martha Elinor Armstrong, daughter of Lanty M. and Emily Armstrong, on December 18, 1860.
William enlisted in the Bastrop Volunteers Infantry and their services were offered to the Confederate States on May 3, 1861. Later, he was one of the original members of the "Terry's Texas Rangers". He was detached with artillery on the muster roll of July and August, 1862. He next appeared on the muster roll of Capt. B. F. White's Battery, Horse Artillery, Wharton Cavalry Brigade, July 17, 1962 to January 26, 1863. By December 31, 1864, he had been promoted to Sergeant-Major.

He came down with the measles while he was serving in Nashville, Tennessee. Due to the epidemic among the soldiers, there was no room in the Army hospitals and William had to find a private hospital and pay for his own care. He was later reimbursed by the Army. He was in Savannah, Georgia, when General Lee surrendered to General Grant. He was given parole and allowed to travel home on his own. He was given a Card of Parole from the Union Army and was to have it signed as he went through the different posts on his way back to Texas.

When he arrived home in Elgin, two little boys of approximately the same age were playing in his front yard. His wife asked him to pick the one he thought was his son. Poor William, having never seen his son, Charles Anderson, picked the wrong one! It must have been traumatic for Martha because the story still lives in the family after one hundred years. Their other children, born after his return, were: Louis Eugene, Florence Alma, and Velma Alzada.

William served two terms as treasurer of Bastrop County. He later moved to Crawford and, with his two sons, Charles Anderson and Louis E., was among the six men to sign the charter organizing the Christian Church of Crawford on May 10, 1888.

William Anderson Standifer died January 19, 1904, while living in Fort Worth, Texas. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery with the Robert E. Lee Camp of Confederate Veterans officiating in the Military Rites.

Martha Plummer Rash
Past President General, D.R.T.


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