Wills Point, Texas
Information transcribed from The Southland Vol. XII. No 1
Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892

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Mr. Pilley is the accommodating and efficient postmaster at Wills Point. His family came from Massachusetts, his grandfather's name was W. J. Pilley, and was born in Ireland. He came to America, however, and lived and died in North Carolina; his vocation was that of a sailor; he was the father of J. R. Pilley, who in turn was the father of William; he was a farmer, but never came to Texas. He married a Miss Parkison of Tennessee. They were married in 1844 and were the parents of ten children. His mother died in 1867 and his father in 1901. William was born September 8, 1846 in Washington county, Arkansas. He was educated in the city of Fort Smith. He was postmaster from 1888 to 1892 and began again May 1, 1898, so that he has held his office altogether for ten years. In 1897 he married Mrs. S. J. Barker. They now have two children. He has lived in the county twenty-four years, coming from Kaufman county here, but he came from Arkansas to Texas in 1868. When he was asked if he thought Van Zandt county had a bright future he answered with emphasis: "I certainly di." He is a member of the Methodist church and a Mason. He served as a private in the civil war and is regarded as a good citizen and efficient officer. He has 200 acres of land and is well settled in life, enjoys himself in his hopes and aspirations probably as well as most men.


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