William Joel Nabers & Adrianna C. Leroy Nabers

The following information was given to me by Gustine’s Fran Gleaton McFarland, who is a descendant of the Nabers family. It can also be found in the 2-volume set of Comanche County families.


William Joel Nabers was born in Bell County, Texas on the Three Forks of Little River on March 2, 1848. He was a stonemason, a carpenter, a farmer, an Indian fighter, and one of the minutemen or rangers.


Joel lived in Coryell County as a small boy, while his father helped build Fort Gates. He started to school there, and he remembered that one of his friends had a little red pig that followed him to school everyday. During recess, the boys would try riding the pig and the teacher would catch them, bring them inside, and “give them a licking.”

Joel was the eldest son of Thomas Jefferson Nabers and Lucy Jane (Murriell) Nabers. He moved with his parents to Comanche County about 1857, locating first in the settlement of Cora and then moving the next year to what was soon to be the new town of Comanche. William Joel grew to manhood in Comanche and worked as a stonemason and carpenter until 1877, when he moved to a farm in the White Point Community of Comanche County.

Joel was thirteen years old when he fought alongside the other men in the Battle of Dove Creek. He later was also involved in the Battle of Hog Creek.

On September 15, 1872, William Joel Nabers was married to Adrianna C. Leroy in Comanche, Texas in the home of her uncle, Elisha Childress. Reverend Hugh M. Childress, a great-uncle, performed the ceremony. Adrianna was born in Bastrop County on May 30, 1854. She came to Comanche County from Bastrop in 1871 when she was seventeen years of age. She and Joel had eight children.

1. Thomas A. Jefferson
2. Le Roy
3. Mamie N. (1879; 1966) married Ed Franklin.
4. Bailey
5. Lucy Jane (9-15-1883; 3-31-1960, Evergreen Cemetery, Gustine, Comanche County, Texas) married L.A. Gleaton on January 7, 1903.
6. Roger V.
7. Eulalia (4-02-1882; 10-14-1971, Oakwood Cemetery, Comanche, Texas) married Ernest G. Wells.
8. William Talmage (7-31-1892) married Hazel Powell.

William Joel was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge and the Comanche Methodist Church. Adrianna was a member of the order of the Eastern Star and the Methodist Church for over forty years.

Adrianna C. (Leroy) Nabers died September 28, 1927, in Comanche, Texas. William Joel Nabers died April 21, 1929, also in Comanche. They are buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, Texas.

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