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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
tinued active operations throughout the entir
period of hostilities, met all its obligations an(
emerged from the almost chaotic condition of affair
sound and solvent. Upon the close of the grea
struggle Mr. Mcllheny went to Laredo, Mexico
and died there while a member of the firm, afte;
which the Willis brothers purchased his interes1
and continued the business under the firm nam<
of P. J. Willis
president of the Texas Guarantee but, withal, generous and
t confiding where such feelings were required.
On June 3d, 1847, at Montgomery, Texas, Mr.
Willis married Miss Narcissa Worsham, a native
iof Merengo County, Ala., born August 29, 1828,
and a daughter of Jeremiah and Catherine Worsham,
who emigrated to Texas in 1835, and settled
in what is now Montgomery County, three miles
from the present town of Montgomery. Jeremiah
Worsham was a well-to-do planter and a highly
respected citizen. One of his sons, Isvod Worsham,
represented Montgomery County in the State
Legislature and was a man of stirring business
ability. Mrs. Willis has a sister, Mrs. C. H.
Brooks, wife of Rev. C. H. Brooks, residing at
Chappel Hill, in Washington County, the remainder
of the family to which she belonged having passed
away. Mr. Willis died July 26, 1892.
Besides his surviving widow he left two sons and
two daughters: Short A. Willis, of Galveston;
Mrs. Kate Grigsby, of Louisville and Bardstown,
Ky.; Mrs. F. A. Walthew, and Richard M. Willis,
Galveston; a daughter, Laura (Mrs. James G.
Moody), and a son, Lee W. Willis, preceding the
father to the grave, the former dying in 1886, the
latter in 1888.
The widow of this pioneer merchant is herself
one of the oldest Texians now residing in the city
of Galveston, having lived on Texas soil continuously
for sixty years. Coming to the country
while it was yet Mexican territory, she has lived
to see many changes and has witnessed both the
peaceful and violent revolutions which have gone
on around her, having lived under five different
that of Mexico, Texas, the United
States, the Confederate States, and again that of
the United States. She has witnessed the gradual
expulsion of the red man and the steady advancement
of the white race. She saw the country
change from a dependency to an independent
republic and was not an uninterested spectator
when the new but vigorous republic asked for admission
to the American Union. She witnessed the
movement that made Texas free, and the peaceable
settlement by which it became one of the sisterhood
Mrs. Willis has led an eminently domestic life,
but since the death of her husband has given more
or less of her attention to business, with the result
of keeping his business in the same admirable condition
in which he left it.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/452/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .