Wednesday, August 4, 2010

William Ellison

My great-grandfather was William Ellison. Following the Civil War, in which he proudly served the CSA (24th Mississippi Infantry), he and his wife Burnetta moved to the town of Bazette, Texas. Bazette no longer exists, but it is now a rural area about 20 miles east of Corsicana.

After arriving at Bazette, William and Burnetta built a large family. He became a leader in the post-war community and was appointed their first postmaster. He later donated land to the local Baptist church, which still exists today. He and much of his family are buried in the lovely churchyard behind the church building.

This picture was taken a few years ago when my daughters, Diane & Debbie, came to visit. They are posed by a historical marker in front of the church. My grandfather and his donation of land are mentioned on the marker.

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