UNCLE BUCK KERBY PIONEER CITIZEN
Weekly Democrat Gazette, March 28, 1918
W. D. (Uncle Buck) Kerby of Forest Grove was in town Tuesday for the first time since November. Uncle Buck will be eighty years old on the 24th of March, he having been born in Jackson county, Mo., March 24th, 1838. His birth place is within seven miles of the present site of Kansas City. Uncle Buck was the oldest of a family of ten children, five boys and five girls, only three of whom are now living, himself, his brother George Kerby of McKinney and one sister, Mrs. Ack Scott of Forest Grove.
Uncle Buck is the son of the late J. Wesley Kerby and wife, Aunt Patsy Kerby, who came to Collin county from Jackson county, Mo., and settled in the Forest Grove community November 15, 1845. Thus Uncle Buck has been a resident of the same community in this county for more than 72 years. His father died a few years ago at the age of 85 and his mother died a year or two later at the age of 86. Uncle Buck enlisted in the Confederate army, joining the late Elder John M. McKinney’s company in Fitzhugh’s regiment and served during the war. He was three times married. His first marriage was in 1860 to Miss Julia Ann Estis, who only lived fourteen days after her marriage. Uncle Buck remained single for seven years and then married Miss Susie Simmons, who lived about six years and bore him three children, all girls and now all deceased. One of them, however, lived to be grown and married. The third marriage took place in 1873 to Miss Sidney Phelps, who at the age of 75, is still living. Seven children were born to him by the last marriage, five girls and two boys. One of the girls is dead. The sons are J. Wesley Kerby of Bellvue and Tom M. Kerby who lives on his father’s home farm. The four daughters are Mrs. C. M. Snider, Mrs. James Funderburg, Mrs. L. J. Smith, and Miss Nell Kerby, all of Forest Grove. The last one mentioned, Miss Nell, is a talented school teacher of our county. Uncle Buck has twenty-one grand-children and four great-grandchildren. He is a Primitive Baptist in religious belief, being a member of the old Orchard Gap church near Forest Grove, which communion his honored parents were adherents of. Uncle Buck is enjoying good health, notwithstanding his advanced years. His mind is active and he takes a lively interest in current affairs. He deeply regrets the necessity of the present war, but his Confederate blood boils in his wains when he gets to talking about the atrocities and savagery of the Huns under Kaiser Wilhelm. Some of his descendants are in the war and he is proud of them and the records they are making....
Mrs. W. D. Kerby
Mrs. W. D. Kerby, wife of Uncle Will Kerby, was born in Georgia 75 years ago. At the age of 13, she moved to Alabama with her parents who later moved to Texas and settled in Collin county soon after the war. In 1873 she was happily married to W. D. Kerby. She was the daughter of Quiller Phelps and is a sister of T. M. Phelps. She is a Primitive Baptist, a dear old mother and kind neighbor. She and her honored old husband have the abiding love of their children and great-grandchildren and all neighbors and acquaintances. [Note: also spelled Kirby]
KERBY, W. D.
Newspaper, April 4, 1918
PIONEER COUPLE OF COLLIN COUNTY
W. D. (Uncle Buck) Kerby was 80 years of age on March 24, and on that date he and his good wife enjoyed a birthday dinner and family gathering at the home in the Forest Grove community at which time all of the children except one, Miss Nell Kerby, who is a teacher in the schools at Fort Stockton, Texas, were present. There were also a great number of the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives present, as may be seen by the list below. Uncle Buck and his wife are pioneers of Collin county. His wife will be seventy-five years of age on Sept. 1.
Uncle Buck is a son of the late J. Wesley Kerby and wife who came to Collin county in 1845. Uncle Buck’s grandfather served in the Revolutionary war under Washington. There were five brothers of them and they all made it safely through the Revolutionary war. His great-grandfather was the second man to settle at Canehill, Arkansas. He was ninety-six years of age at the time of his death. Uncle Buck’s mother was a cousin to Stephen Lee and Gen. Fitzhugh Lee.
Another of Uncle Buck’s kinsmen was Gabriel Fitzhugh who was a great uncle. He was the first Primitive Baptist minister in Collin county, settling here in the year 1844.
Uncle Buck is now enjoying reasonably good health for a man of his advanced age. He has one brother, George Kerby, of McKinney and a sister, Mrs. Ack Scott, of Forest Grove. The children are as follows: J. Wesley Kerby of Bellvue; Tom Kerby of Forest Grove, Mrs. C. M. Snider of Lucas, Mrs. James Funderburg and Mrs. L. J. Smith of Forest Grove and Miss Nell Kerby of Fort Stockton, Texas. He has 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A more complete history of this honored old Collin county couple recently appeared in The Daily Courier-Gazette and The Weekly Democrat-Gazette. These Editors wish for both of them many more happy birthday gatherings.
List of Those Present.
Those present at the birthday dining were:
W. D. Kerby and wife, John Christian and wife, G. D. Kerby and wife, Mrs. J. C. Kerby and two sons, Gabe and Pascal, Mrs. B. A. Scott and grandson, Leonard Scott; T. M. Phelps and wife, A. C. Wetsel and wife of Bellvue, Mrs. Jane Smith, two sons, Sherman and Houston; Joe Dutton and wife and daughter, Ruby; T. M. Kerby and wife and two sons, Conan Doyle and Glenn Reagan; Jim Funderburg, wife and family, Donald, Alva, Lester, Maurine and J. M. Jr.; Chas. Snider, wife and family, Blythe, Truett, Marion B.; Mr. and Mrs. Woot Mallow and daughter, Marsella; John W. Kerby and wife and family, Francis, Coline, Johnnie, Ruth, J. D. and Virginia; Mrs. L. T. Garrett and son, Kerby; Manley Leak and wife and daughter, Virginia Genell; Mrs. Zoura Dickens, Merrell Kerby and wife, and three daughters, Marie, Iona Mae, Elizabeth; Arthur Hogge and wife, Clifford Erickson and wife, Clarence Gray and wife.