Here’s how we’re connected. My mother’s name is Bertha Mae Byrd Roberts (Mamaw to some of you.) She was born a Byrd. Her mother was Willie Mae Burns Byrd. She was born a Burns. Her mother was Annie Elizabeth Price. She went by “Bettie” and was born a Price. Her father’s name was William Henry Price. His father is the focus of this post.
William Brumley Price was born in Tennessee on March 27, 1819. He moved with his family to Missouri in 1834 and married Rhoda Brixie in 1843. They named their first child Francis M. “Frank” Price. Rhoda may have died giving birth to him or shortly thereafter. William married Rebecca Eggman in 1846. They migrated with their 7 children to Texas sometime after 1856 where they settle in Collin County and would go on to have 11 children.together. He served as a member of a cavalry regiment during the Civil War. It may have been the same unit in which Pleasant Wesley Byrd served. (researching) There is one piece of evidence that indicates he may have been a lawyer. (researching)
William Brumley Price died July 3, 1901 in the Blue Ridge Community in northeast Collin County. He is buried in the historic old Grounds Cemetery north of this community. He and Rebecca’s grave is surrounded by a chain link fence. Their beautiful engraved stone has been knocked off of its base and was too heavy for our crew to upright. (We need some big Roberts or Collins boys to make a trip to Collin County.) There appears to have been a storm through the cemetery. The engraving on the stone reads:
W. B. husband of Rebecca Price, Born Mar 27, 1819 Died July 8, 1901 Father let thy grace be much that we may meet in heaven Rebecca wife of W.B. Price Died Feb. 27, 1906 Aged 82 years old We trust our loss will be her gain, And that with Christ She’s gone to reign
Bertha Mae Byrd Roberts visits the grave site of her great great grandparents in March of 2015. Looks pretty good for 82!