William Warren Alvis was the brother of my ancestor Thomas A. Alvis. They were the sons of William Carter Alvis who came to Texas during the time of the Republic. He got a grant of land from the Republic which was later taken up by William Warren. William served in the Civil War, enlisting March 12, 1862 at Rusk, Texas, under Captain Moss of Company A, 11th Texas Infantry ; and Company K of the Texas Infantry Volunteers.
1850 Census, Shelby County, Texas. Listed as laborer.
1860 Nacogdoches County, Cherino Post Office, Texas.
1870 Census, Shelby County, Center, Texas.
1880 Census, Shelby County, Justice Precinct #1, Texas.
1900 Census, Nacogdoches County, Precinct No. 4, Texas.
1920 Census, Nacogdoches County, Texas.
"Uncle Bill" Adopted Isom Alvis (Black).
He was a farmer.
Information from:Louise C. Patterson
414 10th St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
He served in the Civil War, enlisting March 12, 1862 at Rusk, Texas, under
Captian Moss of Company A, 11th Texas Infantry; and Company K of the Texas
"Texas CSA Pension Files" by Virgil White, page 9.
William W. Alvis, A-11061, Nacogdoches County.
Notes from Lou Jean Strickland Honeycutt - re William Warren Alvis
C.S.A. Company A, 11th Texas Infantry - Captain Ross was his captain.
He had foot trouble all of his life because they traveled so much with frozen
feet. He lost his right eye in the Civil War. He was wounded on the right
thigh. Later a cancer developed at the old wound. The leg was removed and he
had no more trouble. Stonewall Jackson was Scout Master and was captured with
the 100 with Alvis.
Pa had about 300 acres - owned only 83 when he died - had sold all but the
50 acres he gave Isham.
When her parents died (James Harvey Armstrong - James Elizabeth Armstrong)
the younger children came to live with Frances Catherine and William Warren til
they were grown.
Robert Elton died as a youth at Pa's and Ma's (1867 or 1868)
One boy called Wick
One boy called Bud
When William Warren's mother died, his 4 younger brothers and sisters came
to live with him and Frances Catherine (1866)
When Sarah Jane Louisa Moore (William Warren's older sister) died (or was
ill) her son James "Jim" Moore came to live with them. The father kept the
girl. Father remarried.
Pa also raised a Negro boy called Isum. He called Pa "Unky". His father was
ill and asked Pa to raise him when he died. Pa raised him from the age of 5
when his father died. The mother kept the four girls. He lived with the Alvis
family til he married at 24. Pa gave him 50 acres of land. They lived at Five
Mile Spring which was 5 miles from Nacogdoches. He named his children after
Pa's brothers and sisters (and children perhaps). Isum played with Molly, Emma,
Anna. They were all older than Lou.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE _ OCTOBER 2, 1929. Reprinted from the "Champion"
90 YEAR OLD VET VISITS BROTHER AFTER MANY YEARS
W.W. Alvis of Etoile, Nacogdoches county, was in Center last week, visiting
at the home of his brother, Tom Alvis, this being the first time the brothers
had seen one another in 12 years.
W.W. Alvis is 90 years old, hale and hearty and apparantly good for many
more useful years on earth. He was in the service of the Southern Confederacy
five years, 1860-65. In his early years he was a noted prize fighter and
engaged in several memorable battles about seventy years ago when boxing gloves
had not been thought of in this country. Men in those days fought with bare
fists, and Marquis of Queensberry rules had not then been adopted. The old war
horse is still a pretty good man. He weighs 200 pounds and gets about as spryly
as many men of fewer years.
Tom Alvis is the baby brother of the old prize fighter and is now in his
seventy-ninth year, not so vigorous, but still going strong. The meeting of the
aged brothers here was a joyous occasion.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - JANUARY 29, 1939.
W.W. ALVIS, 98, CIVIL WAR VETERAN AND PIONEER RESIDENT, PASSES INTO ETERNITY
William Warren Alvis, rugged Civil War veteran and lifelong resident of
Nacogdoches county, answered his final earthly call Sunday and departed into
eternity only three months short of his ninty-eighth birthday. There was
nothing dramatic about his death - he simply sank slowly and quietly into his
Valhalla where, like his great Commander, Andrew Jackson, he too, will "rest
under the shade of the trees across the River."
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Blue Springs cemetery
near Etoile with the Rev. C.G. Condrey, pastor of the Perritte Memorial Church
in Nacogdoches, officiating.
Mr. Alvis, who fought in the first battle of Bull Run, died Sunday morning
following an illness of several weeks. For the last three years, however, the
old gentleman had been bedridden because of a broken hip that physicians would
not attempt to set. He died at the home of his son, Taylor Alvis, with whom he
had lived for the last twelve years.
Born at Old Briley Town near Garrison April 15, 1841, Mr. Alvis lived all
his life in Nacogdoches county. When he was 21 years old he joined the company
of Captain Moss of Cherino and went off to war. Although he participated in
much of the actual battle of the Civil War, Mr. Alvis received only slight
wounds and was captured and held prisoner once for several months in a Kentucky
Just before the war ended, Mr. Alvis came home on a furlough and married his
sweetheart, Miss Frances Catherine Armstrong of Etoile. Four months later he
came home to stay. He and Mrs. Alvis had eight children and four of those are
still living. When his family was still young, Mr. Alvis supported them by
hunting, for game was pleantiful. Later, as land was cleared, he began farming
and maintained his own household until twelve years ago when he and Mrs. Alvis
came to live with Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Alvis. Mrs. Alvis died eleven years ago.
Mr. Alvis was a member of Masonic Lodge 118 and for 74 years was a member of
the Methodist church. Although for the last several years he had been unable to
read, he kept abreast of current happenings and had as much fun as anybody
during the governor's race last summer.
Survivors are a son, Taylor Alvis of Woden; three daughters, Mrs. Anna
Strickland of Cherino, Mrs. Lou Honeycutt of Camp Worth, and Mrs. Mollie Miley
of Etoile; and 21 grandchildren.
All funeral arrangements were under the direction of Cason, Monk funeral
Nacogdoches County Cemetery Records, Volume 4, page 85.
Texas State Archives:Death Certificate #4060.
I have a substantial data base on the Alvis surname. I have copies of William Warren's military records. I would be happy to share with you.