The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 347
THE SOUTHWESTERN HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
VOL. LIII APRIL, 1950 No. 4
Colodel William 11-. Dal: Grcas
JAMES T. PADGITT
HE Days were known around the Texas capital of Austin
as the "Week Boys." There were seven of them: William,
John, Dock, Perry, Joe, Addison, and Tony-all pioneer
cowmen, each a soldier in the Confederacy. Their range was
anywhere a Texas longhorn ate grass from Texas into Canada.
There were also three daughters: Jane, Emma, and Sarah Day.
The original Day in America was John, who was born of Scotch
parents at Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1742. During the
Revolution he served as an Indian Scout in Virginia.' John's
pioneering blood was evidently passed on to his grandson, Jesse,
because that younger Day kept pace with the fringes of western
civilization as it moved across the country. From his native
Tenneessee, he moved to North Georgia. There his son William
was born May 8, 1833. Two years later Jesse Day moved his family
on west to settle for twelve years in the southwest corner of
Missouri in Barry County. For more than a decade he freighted
quantities of goods and supplies into Texas and returned with
longhorn cattle to sell in Missouri.2
Bill Day went on several freighting trips to Texas with his
father before Jesse moved his family there in 1847. After living
at Bastrop and San Antonio for four years, Jesse bought a farm
and settled near Mountain City in Hays County between San
Antonio and Austin. He put his boys to work on the farm and
kept several wagons and teams busy hauling from the Gulf ports
'Daughters of the American Revolution Files (Washington, D. C.)
2John Henry Brown, Encyclopedia of the New West (Marshall, Texas, i881),
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