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William Owen Diffie

W.O. Diffie
Full Name: William Owen Diffie
Other surnames: Diffee, Duffie
Birth date: October 27, 1855
Death date: February 5, 1928

Terms of Service

  • House, 33rd (1) (2) (3) (4) Legislature
    1/14/1913 - 1/12/1915
(1) Clarksville became the county seat of Red River County upon its organization in 1835; a post office opened in 1846. Detroit is two miles from the Lamar county line in western Red River County. Handbook of Texas Online .
Handbook of Texas Online
(2) Detroit. House Journal .
(3) Detroit, Red River County. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(4) Series of letters in "Red River County, TX - Civil War Pension Application" identify W.O. Diffie, lawyer in Detroit, Texas. USGenWeb Project 1996.

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Judge W.O. Diffie, born circa 1855, died 2/5/1928. Includes transcribed obituaries from Clarksville Times, Obituaries of Early McCurtain County, OK, Deport [sic: Detroit?] Times (indicating he represented Red River County in the legislature and was "for many years a resident of Detroit"), and unnamed obit. Courtesy Red River County Public Library. Burial, Cemetery and Death Records for Red River County, Texas, Lawrence and Sue Dale, On-Line Edition (Blossom, TX) 2014.
  • Census of 1900 - William O. Diffie, Red River County, age 44, born October 1855 in Arkansas, farming, wife Mary L.
    Census of 1910 - W.O. Diffee, Red River County, age 54 (not 62), born in Arkansas, broker - real estate, wife Mary L.
    Census of 1920 - William O. Diffie, Red River County, age 65, born circa 1855 in Arkansas, boarder. FamilySearch . 1900 1920
  • 1910
  • Judge William Owen Diffie, birth date 10/29/1855, death date 2/5/1928, burial in Detroit Cemetery, Detroit, Red River County. No grave marker photo. Find a Grave .
  • Wm. O. Diffie, death date 2/5/1928 in McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State Vital Records Index 2016.
  • 33rd Legislature (1913) - W.O. Diffie, postoffice Clarksville, nativity Arkansas, lawyer, age 56 (born circa 1857), Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual .
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