William Penn Bishop & Carey Ann LeGory

William Penn Bishop, RPh

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Carey Ann LeGory Bishop


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Descendants of William Penn Bishop & Carey Ann LeGory

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM PENN1 BISHOP was born 27 Nov 1885 in Denson Springs, Houston Co., TX, and died 02 Dec 1959.

He married CAREY ANN LEGORY, daughter of AUGUSTUS LEGORY and ELIZA WORTHAM. She was born 06 Oct 1887, and died 17 Aug 1950.


William Penn Bishop, born at Denson Springs, north Houston County, Thanksgiving Day. He was orphaned at three years when his parents died of yellow fever. He stayed with an uncle for awhile but was taken in and reared by a Palestine medical doctor. His formal schooling ended with fourth grade but he was a lifelong student. He yearned to become a medical doctor as was his benefactor under whom he studied and became an apprenticed pharmacist. Medical doctors prepared their own compounds and W.P. Bishop was recognized within the East Texas district as a pharmacist before his registration Certificate No. 261 was issued under date of Sept. 17, 1907. This was a replacement Certificate from the Texas Board of Pharmacy with signatures of W.H. Robert, Jr., president; R.H. Walker, secretary. The original had been burned in a fire.

That fall, Bishop answered a call for relief pharmacist in Crockett. A.M. Decuir and Will McLean who had a drug store on E. Houston Ave. sought his professional services. He met the high spirited, golden-haired Carey Ann LeGory during a skirmish with skiddish buggy horses she was driving for her mother. Carey Ann handled the horses; Eliza LeGory, her mother, managed the shy brown-eyed young man who dashed out to help. Mother LeGory liked the young man and invited him into their home on the north hill. The young man accepted and in time, Eliza and A. LeGory's younger daughter accepted him and became his wife on Dec. 21, 1909.

Their first home was shared with Viola and Austin Woodall in boarding house rooms, which ended with Eliza LeGory's death in February 1910. Carey and her new husband returned to her north hill home so she could manage for her father and brothers Gus and Lip. W.P. Bishop purchased land south of his wife's home which included part of the pecan orchard and built a house. Their first born William LeGory arrived that summer. Another son was born in 18 months to be christened Lipscomb Vaughn.

Bishop's drug store was now in operation on east corner of square (E. Houston intersection North Fifth) with four male employees, a porter, associate medical doctors officing upstairs and a female telegrapher. The United States had saved the world for democracy and here at the grass roots was peace and growth.

Following a family holiday to Hot Springs, Ark., in 1919, the oldest son was stricken with typhoid fever. A weary, worried mother also was stricken, developing pneumonia. The husband, an orphaned boy who had become a man and found a lifetime partner, closed his business to nurse his wife and son. He vowed that if God would spare their lives, he would work but six days in his drug store and the Sabbath would be kept. The mother and son lived. W.P. Bishop reopened his drug store in 1920 on the south center of the square. He kept his promise to God.

That summer, the couple, their two sons, Grandpa LeGory, Uncles Gus and Lip with new bride, the former Ella Temple, welcomed a baby girl. Named for two grandmothers, Eliza answered the billboard in the front yard: "Wanted at Bishop's -- A GIRL".

Home at 629 North Fourth was a happy one with three children's learning the disciplines of nature, that living and giving were synonymous and knowing that special joy of coming home bringing playmates where someone waited who cared. Carey Ann Bishop's head and heart worked her hands overtime in making a home for which W.P. Bishop lived and worked to provide.

Becoming a Scottish Rite Mason in 1917, W.P. Bishop studied and advanced to K.C.C.H. in 1927 and was coroneted 33 degree. He served as worshipful master, was a life member and secretary for 20 years of Lothrop Lodge No. 21, A.F.&A.M., past district deputy grand master, member of Trinity Chapter No. 4 Council No. 8, R.A.M., Crockett Commandery No. 91, K.T. He was selected for membership in the Order of Red Cross of Constantine in 1952 and was past sovereign of the San Jacinto Conclave No. 93. Carey Ann Bishop was a charter member and officer of O.E.S. Chapter 509. His community involvement included board member and president of Crockett School Board, Selective Service Board WWI, Chairman American Red Cross; Charter member and vice-president of Crockett Lions. Builder and leader in Presbyterian Church, he withdrew to share and serve with his daughter as members of All Saints Episcopal Church.

WWII in 1941 and involvement of both sons who had joined their father in the drug store, W.P. Bishop offered his store to a former employee whose store had burned. Bishop's Drug store closed in mid-August 1944. W.P. Bishop continued his professional service as relief pharmacist for area drugstores and was able to spend and enjoy more time with his wife. Carey Ann died August 17, 1950. Their daughter continued the home for her father who joined his beloved partner December 2, 1959. Ashes of Carey Bishop, who had requested cremation in 1950, were interred with her husband in Glenwood Cemetery. "Together in life; forever in death".


Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston Co., TX



Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston Co., TX


i. WILLIAM LEGORY2 BISHOP, b. 24 Jul 1910; d. 20 May 1980.


William LeGory "W.L." followed his father professionally -- pharmacist, and fraternally -- in Masonry. He was associated with his father, brother and sister in Bishop's Drug Store prior to WWII. He saw active service as a technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Medics, C.B.I. theater. After 1945, his residence was Denver, Colorado, where he was a pharmacist for 33 years. He later returned to Texas and rejoined his sister in Crockett. A graduate of Crockett High School, he attended Austin College, Sherman, Texas A&M University and completed Capitol College of Pharmacy, Denver.

W.L. Bishop wa a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner of El Jebel Temple, member of V.F.W., American Legion and Sons of the Republic of Texas.


Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston Co., TX

ii. JOHN VAUGHAN BISHOP, b. 15 Nov 1911; d. 30 Jan 1988; m. VICTORIA "VICKI" DOMINIC, 17 Jan 1952.


John Vaughan began life as Lipscomb Vaughan, making the change with residence in 1946. A lover of outdoors, he and his sister shared joy of home tasks in raising vegetables, fruits, pecans on the family acreage along with tending cows, pigs and rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks, pigeons, pheasants, quail. He and his brother enjoyed hunting and fishing and Vaughan remained an avid fisherman. Active in sports especially baseball and football in high school, which he finished at Crockett, he attended Texas A&M University and became associated with the Veterinary College at the University when he moved to Bryan in 1946. He was technician pharmacist at the TAMU Veterinary hospital when he retired in 1978.

Vaughan added the fourth family member when he married Victoria Dominic of Bryan January 17, 1952. Vicki, daughter of John Walter and Bettie Krokzyk Dominik of Bryan, is a graduate of A&M Consolidated High School and Tyler Commercial College. A legal secretary, she is former court reporter for 85th District court and first woman court reporter for the 85th Judicial District.


Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Crockett, Houston Co., TX

iii. ELIZA H. BISHOP, b. 18 Jun 1920.

Notes for ELIZA H. BISHOP:

Last and least is Eliza who still clings to 629 N. 4th home site. The Bishop's Friday-born child (the two brothers arrived on Monday and are 'fair of face') was reared to be 'loving and giving' and to take care of something--be it playthings, pets, family possessions, parents, people--responsibility came to her soon. Her parents provided her with books and encouraged her to read and to write; to inquire, explore and learn from and about the natural world around the fireside. She graduated from Crockett High School, Mary Hardin-Baylor College and had additional special courses at University of Indiana and Ohio State. Involved in new work since high school, she has some 45 years of printed communications through central, east and Houston area news media. Her vita would include employment by both City of Crockett and County of Houston plus growing up in a drug store and 15 years direct medical work through a tri-county health unit and a medical doctor specialist. She is past president of Texas Press Women, Inc., and holds lifetime memberships in both Texas and National Federation of Press Women Inc. She is also a member of Women in Communications, Inc. She has been Houston County Historical Commission Chairman for many years and is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and Daughters of Republic of Texas.

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