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entered the service in the Trans-Mississippi
Department, serving in this department until
the close of hostilities.
The war over he began freighting between
Galveston and interior towns, and was profitably
engaged in this for about four years.
He then turned his attention to the stock
business, buying and driving to Alexandria,
Louisiana, then the great cattle market of the
Southwest. He followed this for about fifteen
years, when he bought his present farm,
situated five miles southwest of Caldwell,
which he stocked and at once engaged in agricultural
pursuits. Since that date he has actively
and energetically carried on these two
pursuits together. He has about 400 head
of cattle, 350 head of sheep and other stock
in proportion, and produces the average yield
of general farm products, of which cotton
and corn are the chief staples. Mr. Gilley's
farm is one of the best located places in
Burleson county, lying well with respect to
water, timber, drainage, market and other
conveniences, and is above the average in
point of general improvements. His residence,
occupying an eminence of more than a
hundred feet above the general surroundings,
commands a fine view of the farm as well as
of the country for several miles around. Mr.
Gilley is devoted strictly to his daily pursuits,
giving but little attention to public
matters. He interests himself in matters of
general concern to the farming community,
and lends a helping hand to all movements
calculated to stimulate industry or in any way
benefit the cause of husbandry. Improved
methods of agriculture, immigration of desirable
settlers, public schools supported by
State government, the observance of law, the
preservation of order, a fostering of a moral
and religious feeling, and the general interest
of society, find in him a ready advocate and
January 12, 1866, Mr. Gilley married Miss
N.. E. Brymer, a daughter of A. R. and
Ashtie Brymer and a sister of William Brymer,
in whose sketch, which appears in this
volume, will be found the facts in reference
to Mrs. Gilley's ancestry. Mr. and Mrs.
Gilley have had nine children, the two eldest
of whom were twins and died in infancy.
The others are: Henrietta, now deceased;
William Edward, John C., Emma, Harold,
Maggie and Annie.
The religious connection of the family is
with the Methodist Church. Mr. Gilley's
father, the Rev. Hays B. Gilley, was for
many years an active minister of this church,
and was widely known in central and southern
Texas. Reference to him will be found
in the sketch of Thomas F. Gilley, which appears
elsewhere in this volume.
n DEN J. WORLEY, of Rockdale,
Milam county, is a son of Aden and
Mary (Burden) Worley. The greatgrandfather
of our subject, William
Worley, came from Ireland to America, locating
in North Carolina. He took part in
the struggle for independence, and lived to
the age of ninety-five years. The grandfather
of our subject, William Worley, was a soldier
in the war of 1812, and raised his family
in North Carolina. Aden Worley, Sr., was
born in that State in 1801, after attaining
his manhood moved to Georgia, was there
married, and after the birth of his third child
removed to Randolph county, Alabama. In
1859 they came to the Lone Star State,
stopping for a short time in Panola county,
and then located in Upshur county, where
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