Aragorn Storm Miller

MASSEY, JOSEPH VINCENT (1841–1885). Joseph (Joel) Vincent Massey, Confederate soldier and state representative, was born in Linn Flat, Nacogdoches County, Texas on December 8, 1841, the son of William S. and Margaret Benigna (Polk) Massey. Massey was raised in eastern Texas, and established himself in San Augustine County by the late 1850s. In October 1861 following the outbreak of the Civil War, Massey volunteered for service in the Confederate Army, joining the First Texas Infantry, part of Hood's Texas Brigade, as a private in Company K. In March 1862 he received promotion to fourth sergeant. Massey later saw action with this unit in Virginia. He was wounded there during the Suffolk Campaign on May 3, 1863. His wounds were severe enough to merit a medical furlough, and it is unclear whether he returned to service. At the cessation of hostilities, Massey resumed his residence in San Augustine County. He was married twice here; the first union, to Betty Tucker, occurred in 1869, and the second, to Mary E. Tucker, occurred in 1880. Massey was active in postwar state and local politics. In 1873 he won election as representative for District Two—comprised of Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Sabine, Shelby, and Panola counties—to the Fourteenth Texas Legislature. He died in Albany, Shackelford County, Texas, in February 1885.

Kathryn H. Davis, Linda E. Deveraux, and Carolyn R. Ericson, San Augustine County, Texas, in the Civil War (Nacogdoches: Ericson, 2002). IGI Individual Record, "Joel Vincent Massey" (, accessed August 15, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

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