In a phone conversation from John Edd Long, Aunt Lola's son, in a phone conversation in Feb, 1993 to Edwina W.
W.J. Williams met and married Lily Simpson in Texas (married in Austin in
1884) either in Hutto or Georgetown. They had 13 children, with 11 living to
adults. He had a brother Zack. Zack's wife was Fannie and they had a dau.,
Winnie who married R.B. Jones.
The left Texas in a covered wagon around 1904 to go to OK (Indian Terr.) to
buy Indian land. They joined a wagon train in (Killeen?), TX. While camped in
Kaleen, they met a Scotsman named Gid Nichols, who started courting their
oldest daughter, Julia. W.J. "Uncle Bill" ran him off, so he went to Salina, TX, where
his sister lived knowing the wagon train would pass through there. He waited
and followed it on horseback to OK. The wagon train had to ford the Red
River as there was no bridge.
When they got to Madill, OK, Stark Washington told W.J. that if he went to
Tishamingo, the capital of the Chickasaw nation, the Indians would sell him
land. He went right away but it wasn't true. When he returned to Madill, an
Indian sold him land in Grantham for 25cents an acre.
Gid Nichols convinced Julia to run away with him to Salina, TX and get
married. She was 15 years old.
W.J. and Lily and 6 of their 13 children are buried in Madill, OK (I guess
that would be 7 of them now, with Uncle Haskell there.)
He (John Edd) also told me that Brack Simpson moved to Marshall Co., OK long
after W.J. and Lily. He was a foreman for the R.R.
Uncle Billy Williams Dies of Paralysis
For 34 years resident of County: home east of Madill
After a week's suffering with paralysis, "UncleBilly" Williams, a pioneer resident of the county, died about 2 o'clock Saturday morning at his home east of Madill in the Grantham community.
There are nine children surviving Williams and his wife, Mrs. Lillie Williams also survives. The children are Mrs. Julie Nichols, Mrs C. W. Guy, Jack Williams, Chester williams, Mrs Ada Myers, Mrs Edd Long, Mrs. J.B. McLaughlin, Mrs. Cecil Sessums, and Haskell Williams.
Two sisters, Mrs. Lena Huddleston of Jacksonville, Tex and Mrs Nancy Simpson who also lives in Texas: A brother Jack Williams of Madill also survives. Williams has 33 grand cvhildren and 3 great grandchildren.
The services were in charge of Rev. W. N. Denton, and he was assisted by Rev. J. H. Miller and by Rev. Ferrell Nichols. Burial was in the Madill Legion cemetery.
Flower girls were Misses Zola Young, Ruth Young, Myrtle Brown, May Riddle, Lorene Miller and Mrs. Minnie Denton.
Grandsons acted as pall bearers. They were W. J. Williams, Thornville Williams, Walter Nichols, C.W. Guy, Bob Ward, Ralph Spears, Harold Williams, Morris McLaughlin, Billie Max Guy and Leon Ward.
Honorary pall bearsers were B.O. Black, Mr. Brown, W.J. Haddock, E.E. Riddle, Elmer Ward, Mr. Young, Austin Brown, A.L. Ritchey: Rev. Austin Brown, A.L. Ritchey: Rev. J.H. Miller, Mr. Pruitt, Joe Porterfield, Audrey Underhill, Frank Black, Walter Nichols, Lee Black, Lee White, Joe E. Brown, Pete Winberry, Charlie Whisman, Bert Colby, Tom Alexander, Claud Allen, R.C. Jacksin, Biull Buster, L.W. Golden, J.Bl Heath, Bob Colby, John Jones, Tom Black and Baxter Burns.