SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 377-379.
W. M. GILL, County Clerk of Milam County. Men of intelligence and force of character and business capacity need no factitious introduction to public favor. They win that favor by their own merit, and b y their merit they hold it. The subject of this notice, although a resident of Milam County but little more than ten years, has passed the half of that time in one of the most responsible offices in the county, having been called to it and retained in it by the free choice of the people. MR. GILL is a native of Alabama, born in the county of Laurens, March 7, 1847. His parents moved during his infancy to Pontotoc (Now Lee) County, Mississippi, and I that county his earlier years were spent.
In January 1862, before he had reached his fifteenth year, he entered the Confederate army, enlisting in Company B, Forty-First Mississippi Regiment, Lindman's division, Hoods corps, army of Tennessee, and for three years following shared the varying fortunes of that command. He saw service in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia, taking part in several of the principal battles of the war. His initial engagement was Shiloh; after that he was in the battle of Perryville, Kentucky; was captured at Crab Orchard, Ky. In November, 1862 paroled a month later at Louisville; subsequently joined Van Doren's cavalry and served with it at Holly Springs, Mississippi, and Spring Hill, Tennessee; then rejoined his own command, with which he entered the fight at Chickamauga and was with it at Missionary Ridge and in all the other engagements of that Georgia campaign down to Jonesboro. At that place he was wounded by a severe gunshot through the knees on August 31, 1864 and was disabled from further service, spending the time from then until the close of the war in hospitals at Thomaston and Augusta, Georgia.
Returning to Mississippi in June 1865 he took up his residence at Tupelo, where February 7, 1870 he married MISS ELLA POOLE, daughter of WILLIAM POOLE, of Louisiana, and a native of Pontotoc county, La. In 1874 MR. GILL came to Texas locating in Johnson County, where he engaged in farming until 1882, at which date he moved to Milam County. From 1882 to 1888 he resided on a farm in the western part of this county engaged in agricultural pursuits. In November 1888 in a 'free for all' contest, he was elected County Clerk of Milam County. Two years later he was re-elected to the same office under the same conditions, going in each time by a safe majority, 287 in the first contest and 423 in the second out of a vote of 4,300. In the election of 1892 he was the regular nominee of the Democratic party, and as such was honored again with the office. This simple statement of the facts is probably the best evidence that can be given of his efficiency as a public officer and of the esteem in which he is held as a citizen. The office of county clerk, as everyone knows, is an important and fairly lucrative one, and for such offices aspirants are never wanting. MR. GILL so far has held it against all opposition and in doing so he has created no unnecessary enmities nor made promises, which he has not faithfully kept. He is a Democrat and a believer not only in the principles of the party, but a stickler for Democratic methods. He has therefore, never scratched the ticket nor given recognition to any man, whatever his claims or pretensions, unless he was the duly accredited representative of the party.
He is a member of the Knights of Honor, the Knights of Pythias and of the Masonic fraternity, to which of each orders he has, since joining them, accorded a generous support. He was made a Mason at Tupelo, Mississippi in 1869 and belongs now to San Andres Lodge Number 167, R.A, M. at Cameron, and to Little River Chapter of the same place. He was reared in the Presbyterian Church and continues a member of the same.
MR. GILL is one of eight children born to CHARLES E. and ELIZA (MILAM) GILL. His mother was a daughter of WILLIAM ALLEN MILAM. Both parents were born in Laurens District, South Carolina and were reared in Laurens County, Alabama to which their parents moved in pioneer days. CHARLES E. GILL accompanied by most of his family moved to Texas in 1869, and now lives in Newport, Clay County, that State. His wife died there in 1889 in the sixty-third year of her age. She was a life long member of the Presbyterian church as is also her surviving husband. Their eight children are: WILLIAM MONROE GILL the subject of this notice; ELIZABETH GILL now deceased; THOMAS SAMUEL GILL also deceased; CHARLES E. GILL; JOHN M. GILL; SUSAN GILL; ELIZA GILL now deceased; and REBECCA GILL. All these children reached maturity, were married and had families. Those living are residents of this State. The subject of this sketch was married, as noted in 1867. His wife died February 12, 1890 leaving six children: CLARENCE GILL; ROBERT EMMETT GILL; ALLIE GILL; SAM GILL; LIZZIE GILL and MARY GILL.
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