William Massey [Massie] came to Texas in 1835 from parts unknown and enlisted in the Texas army on April 4, 1836 as a member of Captain Amasa Turner's Company, and fought with them at the Battle of San Jacinto. After the battle, Massey was stationed on Galveston Island as part of Captain John Smith's Company and discharged on October 25, 1837. He received his first land grant for his military service in March 1838 for a third of a league in Harrisburg, now Harris, County, and his second certificate in October 1838 for 1,280 acres of land in Montgomery County. Massey sold off his headright in Montgomery County and settled in Houston where he lived until his death . He was initially buried in the city's Episcopal Cemetery, but when the cemetery was scheduled to be razed for neglect in the 1950s, he was reinterred in Glenwood.