William Lemuel Horn Jr.

b. 20 June 1880, d. 25 May 1944
William Lemuel Horn Jr.|b. 20 Jun 1880\nd. 25 May 1944|p148.htm|William Lemuel Horn|b. 17 Dec 1829\nd. 11 Feb 1908|p1287.htm|Naomi Simmons|b. 18 Feb 1846\nd. 18 Apr 1901|p1288.htm|Elisha T. Horn|b. 1800\nd. a 1880|p2963.htm|Marilda Richardson|b. 1810\nd. Apr 1852|p3126.htm|Reverend William J. Simmons|b. 28 Feb 1819\nd. 30 Jun 1882|p6072.htm|Susannah Hahn|b. 13 Oct 1824\nd. 20 Apr 1867|p6073.htm|

Grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Horn and Allied Families
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Pedigree for William Lemuel Horn II
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Bill Horn, Jr.
     William Lemuel Horn Jr. was born on 20 June 1880 in Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas.2,3,1 He was the son of William Lemuel Horn and Naomi Simmons.1 He married second Ruth Minerva Fairfield, daughter of James Edmund Fairfield and Catharine Minerva Cordrey, on 11 March 1916 at Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.4,5 He and Ruth Minerva Fairfield were divorced on 5 July 1932 in Angleton.6 He died on 25 May 1944 in Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, Harris County, Texas, at age 63.2,7 He was buried on 30 May 1944 in Brookside Memorial Park, Houston.2
     Bill Horn grew up on the family farm on Tehuacana Creek in Freestone County near Fairfield. He was a veteran of the Spanish American War. It is unknown why he came to Brazoria County, or when he arrived. When he married Ruth Fairfield, he was 35, she 16. He had a store and gas station in Sandy Point, and was Postmaster. At that time, it was common for a store owner in a small community to also serve in that capacity. According to his daughter Ruth Anna and son Charles, he gave away groceries during the Great Depression rather than see people go hungry. They remember an old black man named Ike who came in the store one day and collapsed. When he was revived, he looked at Bill and said, "Mr. Hone, I's hungry!" Bill's generosity was admirable, but unwise. He went bankrupt and disappeared in about 1931 with Ruth's inheritance from her mother and from her grandfather Francis Cordrey. Ruth tried to find him, going so far as to hire a private detective, but to no avail. Some years later, Charles found him in Houston where he was running a boarding house for Spanish American War Veterans.

     Ruth Anna says she has heard talk from time to time that her father had been married before, and perhaps had other children. Naomi Yates, Bill Horn's niece, told the writer that she faintly remembered hearing the same thing. Also, the writer questioned some of the 'old timers' at the Horn Reunion at Carnegie, Oklahoma, in 1986, and some said they had heard the story but had no recollection of meeting any children of this supposed marriage. There is, however, probably at least some truth to the rumor because his age at the time of his first marriage was 23 according to the 1930 census. Assuming the census is correct, he married first in 1903 or 1904, but in the 1910 census he is found living as a single man in the household of his brother Bob in Vera, Texas. If he had living children, they were not with him in 1910, and no unidentified Horn children have been found living with any of Bill's siblings. Taking everything into consideration, the most likely scenario, provided there was issue, is that Bill and his first wife divorced. Although it would be interesting to discover the truth of the matter, it seems an impossible task. Bill Horn is nowhere to be found in the 1900 census, and without a clue as to his movements between then and 1910, the writer has no idea where to begin looking.

Additional Data
William L. Horn mustered in on 20 June 1898 at Coleman City, Texas, as a private in Company "D" Second Regiment, Texas Infantry, Volunteers, to serve a period of two years. He was honorably discharged by reason of muster out of the Company on 9 November 1898.8

W.L. Horn appeared on the 15 April 1910 Federal Census of Vera, Knox County, Texas, in the household of his brother and sister-in-law, Robert L. and Winnie L. Horn.9 Click to view image

William L. and Ruth M. Horn appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Sandy Point, Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 12 March 1920. Their children William C. and Ruth A. were listed as living with them.10 Click to view image

William L. and Ruth M. Horn appeared on the 1 April 1930 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 14 April 1930. Their children William C., Ruth A., Naomi P. and Charles W. were listed as living with them.11 Click to view image

William Lemuel Horn Jr. was Postmaster between 1 January 1932 and 18 April 1932 at Sandy Point, Brazoria County, Texas.12

Children of William Lemuel Horn Jr. and Ruth Minerva Fairfield


  1. [S637] Eleanor McAllister Hall, The Book of Jared, The Family Record of John Jared whose ancestors and descendants run the gamut of America's history (Salt Lake City: Publisher's Press, 1963), 325.
  2. [S1199] William Horn, death certificate 23237 (8 Jun 1944), Texas Department of Public Health, Austin.
  3. [S32] Interview with Ruth Anna (Horn) Munson (Mrs. Joe U. Munson; Angleton, Texas), by Laura Munson Cooper. Transcript held in 2003 by Cooper (1804 Holm Oak St.; Arlington, TX 76012-5608). his daughter.
  4. [S2] Brazoria County Marriage Book 8: 227, County Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  5. [S496] Family data, Asa Fairfield Bible, unknown bible title (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date); original owned in 1996 by Joe Ed Fairfield (Rosharon, TX).
  6. [S498] Ruth M. Horn v. William L. Horn, cause no. 26,358: 15574 et seq., District Clerk's Office, Angleton, Texas.
  7. [S1132] Texas Department of Health, Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000 (Austin: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, unknown publish date), William Horn entry citing Certificate 23237.
  8. [S499] "Discharge Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed", Company "D" Second Regiment, Texas Infantry, Volunteers; Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; Austin.
  9. [S528] Robert L. Horn household, 1910 U.S. Census, Knox County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 8, Vera, enumeration district (ED) 152, sheet 34A, dwelling 33, family 33; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1571.
  10. [S38] William L. Horn household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, J.P. 8, Sandy Point, enumeration district (ED) 11, sheet 4B, dwelling 86, family 92; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.
  11. [S37] William L. Horn household, 1930 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 8, enumeration district (ED) 20-21, sheet 3A/247, dwelling 68, family 71; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2301.
  12. [S500] Brazoria County, Texas, Postmasters, M841; Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832 - September 30, 1971 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives), roll 121.