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A Family History of Limestone County, TX 1836-1986
gives the following details:
William Lewis Allison
My father, William Lewis Allison, was born near Van Buren, Arkansas,
April 13, 1860. At the age of eighteen, he and his brother, Buchanan
Allison, walked to Texas. Before settling in Limestone County the two
boys drifted as far as Round Rock. They were there the day Sam Bass was
My father made his home at Ben Hur and purchased land at
approximately 25 cents an acre. By buying and clearing one acre, a
person was given another acre. By hard work, clearing mesquite land with
an ax and grubbing hoe, he accumulated a sizable farm where he raised
cotton, corn and other crops.
He married Mary Erwin of Ben Hur Community. They had two sons, Arthur
Cunningham and William Roger (Bill). Later she gave birth to another
son. Both mother and baby died.
My father was then married to Ella Thomas Archer, a widow with one
daughter., Lillie Parlee Archer. To this union was born Ruby, andrew,
Roy E. and Fred L. This wife also died in childbirth along with an
infant daughter. He then married Etha Pierce. Their children were two
daughters, Jimmie and Myrtus. Etha passed away January 26, 1917.
Before the death of his third wife, Etha, the family moved close to
Groesbeck to a tract of land at the north edge of the city limits. He
continued to farm here until his health forced him to retire. He
continued to live on his land. He died on August 10, 1941. The house is
now occupied by the Herschel Gibson family. He is buried by his three
wives and deceased infants in the Kirk cemetery. I started to school in
Ben Hur. To the best of my memory, Ben Hur had a three room school
house. Later I went to Nuz School.
In Groesbeck, my brother Drewey and I played football. My father was
so concerned about our getting hurt, he made us quit the team. At this
time I was taking Latin. I wanted to change to German, but the school
wouldn't let me. Being so unhappy about football and Latin, I quit
school and joined the Army Air Service.
I retired October 31, 1947 at Randolph Base, San antonio, with 28
years of service. I bought a home and 5 1/2 acres of land in Devine,
Texas area where I now live, but I visit Limestone County whenever
When I quit school in 1916, my brother, Drewey, also left schol and
joined the Coast Artillery.
There are only four of the William (P.?) Allison children living.
They are Ruby Allison, Martin, Myrtus Allison Schriver of Hobbs, New
Mexico, Jimmy Allison Todd of Longview and myself.
By, Roy E. Allison