Willie W. Wilson

Willie W. Wilson, farmer, Wilson, Ark. This prominent agriculturist was      
born in Talladega County, Ala., February 14, 1859, and is the son of A.F.    
and Mary F. (Phillips) Wilson, natives of Jasper County, Ga., and Alabama,   
respectively. The parents were married in Alabama, but later moved to        
Arkansas, where the father filled many positions of trust. He was peace      
officer in Talladega County, (Ala.), for a numbers of years, also served as  
sheriff of Pike County one term, and served as magistrate of this township   
for some time. He is a members of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife    
are quite active in religious matters. Of the seven children born to their   
marriage al are living, and Willie W. is second in order of birth. The       
latter was principally reared in Arkansas, whither he had come with his      
parents in 1871, and he received a good English education, having attended   
the academy at Murfreesboro, also the Arkansas Industrial University at      
Fayetteville, Ark. He began for himself as deputy sheriff of Pike County, in 
which capacity he served for five years, and he afterward engaged in         
teaching school. He was married, in 1875, to Miss Laura Biggs, a native of   
Clark County, Ark., and the daughter of Dr. John F. Biggs, who is one of the 
prominent practitioners of the county, and a man well posted in political    
affairs of the State. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been born two children:    
Joseph Biggs and Forest W. Mr. Wilson is a Democrat, and is quite active in  
politics. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, which he joined   
in 1882 at Rock Creek, and takes a great deal of interest in Sabbath         
schools. He is a liberal supporter of all laudable enterprises, and a man    
much esteemed and respected throughout the county. Since his marriage Mr.    
Wilson has been engaged in farming, is the owner of 120 acres of land, with  
fifty acres under cultivation.                                               
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
County, pages 345-346.                                                       
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