Maternal Grandfather and Grandmother of Norris Chambers
THOMAS STEVENSON WILLIAMS
My Grandfather died
was born and I never knew him,
But I heard several stories about him and I have a big oval picture of
Him and my Grandmother hanging on the wall. I remember him every time
I get a little oil or gas royalty check!
Thomas Stevenson Williams ,
one of the most picturesque and colorful ranchers West
Texas ever knew, came to Texas from his former home near Fayetteville,
He was born on Dec. 25, 1841. He left his home at the age of 16 and started west on
horseback. His travels took him through several western states where he lived with
various Indian tribes and eventually wound up in
there in about l863, going by ship to Central America and across the continent to the
to him and wrote letters. She offered to teach him to read and write. He accepted the offer
and learned well. He also acquired a good working knowledge of mathematics. He con-
tinued his reading and studies and became very well self-educated.
He came to
and his new wife raised cattle on the open range, living in camps. They moved where the
grass was better. Their first two children, John and Martha Jane were born on the range.
My mother, Martha, was born Dec. 14, 1878.
Martha Jane (Williams) Chambers was born 14 Dec 1878 in Breckenridge,
Stephens Co., TX. Thomas Stevens Williams and Almeda Jones lived
there from 1875 to 1883.
It was not until the children reached school age that they decided to settle down. He came to
Brown County and purchased 80 acres on Lost Creek, in what later became known as the
Community. Six children
were born after they moved to
Virgie Harrell, Ida Mae Shults, Lou Belcher, and twins, George W. and Henry C. Williams.
The oldest son, John lived near Grosvenor and the oldest daughter, Martha Chambers, lived
in the May, Williams and Cross Cut communities. She died at the age of 98. All of the children
and raised families in
The eighty acres that he purchased
nucleus of a ranch empire that later aggregated
several thousand acres of fine grazing land. Mr. Williams was a grand character and is remem-
bered with affectionate interest by many of the old timers of
lived for many years. He had no particular hobbies, was a thrifty and industrious man, and an
enterprising and public spirited citizen.
Before he died he divided his land
children, leaving the mineral rights undivided.
He was buried in
Mr. Williams was a member of the