John W. Gilleylen

John W. Gilleylen, postmaster, and one of the leading merchants of Bills     
post office was born in Monroe County, Miss., July 17, 1849. His parents,    
James M. and Eliza (Feddis) Gilleylen, natives of Mississippi (the former    
born in 1818), had a family of four children, viz., Bedora C., John W.,      
Thomas B. and Nancy E. The father was engaged in agricultural pursuits       
until the breaking out of the late (Civil) war, when, in 1863, he enlisted   
in the Confederate service, under Gen. Samuel Gaston, and served until the   
close of the war, when he returned home and resumed farming, and died May 9, 
1866. Politically he was a staunch Democrat. His wife died May 9, 1857, a    
worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The immediate        
subject of this sketch was education in the common country schools of his    
native State. In 18__ he emigrated from Mississippi to Arkansas, settling in 
Pike County, where he took up land and began farming. In 1879 he married  
Miss Margaret Conatser, a native of Arkansas, and the fruits of this union   
have been these children, viz., Bessie E., Hueston P. (deceased), Annie,     
Hittie and Jesse O. Some time since Mr. Gilleylen entered the mercantile     
business, beginning with a capital of $500, and his capital has since        
increased to $1,000. In connection with this business he owns a fine farm    
of 250 acres, with forty acres under cultivation. He is a Master Mason,      
belonging to Pisgah Lodge No. 250, and both he and wife are members of the   
Methodist Episcopal Church, South.                                           
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 327.                                                                    
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