Person:Euphemia Ashby (1)

Euphemia Texas Davis Ashby
m. 7 Jul 1850
Facts and Events
Name Euphemia Texas Davis Ashby
Gender Female
Birth[1] 6 Oct 1831 Gonzales, Texas, United States
Marriage 7 Jul 1850 Guadalupe, Texas, United Statesto William George King
Death[1] 15 Feb 1904 Seguin, Guadalupe, Texas, United States
Burial[1] 16 Feb 1904 Seguin, Guadalupe, Texas, United States


Seguin Enterprise, [Friday] 2/19/1904, Mrs. W.G.King

Under the quiet shade of a beautiful old live oak tree in the family cemetery there was laid to rest last Tuesday all that was mortal of a noble wife, a noble mother and a consistent Christian woman.

Mrs. W.G. King, up to her death the oldest living Texas-born inhabitant of the state, passed peacefully to her reward on Monday morning in the presence of her loved ones, and both city and country testified to the love and honor in which she was universally held by paying their last repsects in large numbers at the funeral.

Simple and impressive were the services performed by Revs. T.F.sions [sic] and T.J.Dodson. The pall bearers were Messrs. Chas. Duggan, John T. Campbell, Anthony Dibrel, John Moore, Morris Hodges and S. Caruthers, and at the grave a large concourse of friends gathered for the last sad rites. Many an old colored man and woman who had known her lovingly and well through her long life witnessed the interment and silently by their presence formed a link between the old days that have passed away, giving place to the new.

Mrs. King came of fine old Virginian stock. Her maiden name was Euphemia Ashby and her sisters were Mesdames Henry McCullock, Braches, and Smothers, all of whom are now dead, and Mrs. Gillhorn, who is yet living at Shiner, Texas, aged 79 years. She had two brothers, William and Ashby, also dead, and she leaves three children, Mrs. Annie Colville and Henry King of this city, and John King of Folsom, N.M. She was born on Oct. 6th, 1831, in Gonzales and has seen the State rise out of her babyhood as none living today have seen it. Honor and respect is justly paid her memory for daily we realize more and more that men and women of her day and age made the history which thrills the heart of every Texan to-day.

To those she leaves behind, we offer sincerely and easrnestly our deepest sympathy, to that hall of fame which should exist and does exist in the thought of those who enjoy the blessings of the present day, we leave her memory, and to the generations coming after we will tell the story of this last of the native born daughters of the State.

See Also

Chapter 1 of the historical novel True Women by Janice Woods Windle is based on Euphemia Texas (Ashby) King. It was also a made-for-TV movie.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Grace A. Kayser. King-Ranger Cemetery.

    Euphemia Texas Davis (Ashby) King, b. DeWitt's Colony [mostly in modern-day Gonzales County, TX] 6 Oct 1831, d. Seguin, TX 15 Feb 1904. [A funeral notice dated 15 Feb 1904 is cited here, describing a funeral tomorrow, i.e., Tuesday, 16 Feb 1904, as described in the obit.]