Family Histories of Coleman
WILLIAM ALFORD IRBY FAMILY
by G. E. Irby
A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985
by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission
|William Alford and his wife, Dicie (Easley) Irby brought their family
to Coleman County in the spring of 1920 and settled on the old Anse Seals
place at the corner of the Coleman - Comanche road and the Santa Anna -
Burkett road, about 1 mile south of the old Watts Creek School. Those
children still at home attended school here. The family had previously
lived on a farm in the Fairview Community, about 7 miles north of Comanche,
except for 3 months spent near Roswell, New Mexico, where they had intended
to preempt 640 acres of farmland. This short period immediately preceded
their move to Coleman County where the family remained for 10 years after
which they moved back to their farm in Comanche County. They farmed
all of their lives. William Alford, born December 19, 1875 in Collin
County, died September 4, 1963 in Dublin, the son of William Joshua Irby
and Arminda Jane Fagan, married Dicie Easley, born August 29, 1878, died
September 1, 1973 in Comanche, the daughter of Robert Burnett Easley and
Mary Ann McGuire, on August 9, 1894 in Comanche County. Both are
buried in Comanche. Their children were:
(1) Mollie Myrtle, born April 23, 1896, married James Ernest
Merritt and lives in Brownwood. Children: Fay, lives in Comanche;
Wayne, lives in Cross Plains; Audie Bob, lives in Lubbock; Bill, lives
in Colorado City; and Loy, lives in Brownwood.
Of these 8 children, Lillie (only recently moved to Longview), Otto and
Amtie have always lived in Coleman County. Otis, Elva, Otto and Artie
all married while they lived in the county and each one married a local
(2) Lillie Mae, born January 25, 1895, married James William Brinson
and now lives with her daughter, Letha, in Longview.
(3) William Otis, born September 22, 1899, married Margaret Pearl Pate
of Voss (see A. Z. Pate).
(4) Montie Ivy, born October 23, 1901, married John Allen Brinson, died
December 8, 1964, buried in Comanche. They were childless.
(5) Prentice Otto, born August 30, 1904, married Lena Fay Childs of
the Watts Creek community and lives in Coleman (see Henry L. Childs).
They have one daughter, Nyla Dell, who lives in San Angelo.
(6) Elva Burnett, born July 15, 1906, married Mary Elizabeth Long (see
Elva Burnett Irby).
(7) Artie Lee, born October 30, 1908, married Florence Seals of the
Watts Creek community and lives in Coleman. They had no children.
Florence is a cousin of Walter (Pat) Seals (see James M. Brown).
(8) Cyril Edwin, born November 18, 1912, married Erlean Hilley and lives
in Comanche County. One son, Rodney, who lives in Chile; and one
daughter, Nelda, who lives in Midland.