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(July 20, 2017)

Federal Census Records:

1840 Tennessee, Overton county, page 44
John Williams - head of house
2 males aged 0-4(Allen age 1, George age 4)
2 males aged 5-9(John Henry age 6, Joseph age 7)
1 male aged 30-39(John Williams age 29)
1 female aged 0-4(Martha age 3)
1 female aged 20-29(Rebecca)
(This family is the only match in the 1840 TN census)

1840 Missouri, Jackson county, page 6, line 18
Walter Burris - head of house
1 male aged 0-4(Whitaker age 2)
1 male aged 15-19(unknown)
1 male aged 20-29(Isaac 25-30)
3 females aged 0-4(Mary Ann age 1, Lydia age 3, Rebecca age 4?)
1 female aged 20-29(Mary age 26)
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 7

1850 Missouri, Jasper county, Jackson Twp., Sept. 18th.
#       name:age:   occupation:   birthplace:  
224  John Williams   39farmerTN
Mary Williams35MO
Joseph Williams17TN
Henry Williams16TN
George Williams15TN
Martha Williams13TN
Allen Williams11TN
Thomas Williams9MO
Milton Williams7MO
Elizabeth Williams3MO
Sarah Williams1MO
Lydia Crabtree13MO
Whitteker A. Crabtree   12MO
Mary A. Crabtree11MO
Nancy Crabtree10MO
Reece Crabtree6MO

1860 Texas, Collin county, Precinct 2, post office: Highland, July 27th.
House / Family  Name:Age:   Occupation:   Birthplace:  
1009/1062   John Williams45farmerKY
Polly Williams45MO
Whitiker Crabtree21teamsterMO
Nancy J. Crabtree18MO
Reece Crabtree15MO
Milton W. Williams17MO
Elizabeth Williams12MO
Sarah Williams11MO
Jeston D. Williams10MO
Angeline Williams8TX
Prudy Williams5TX
Miles Williams4TX
Margaret E. Williams   1TX
1010/1063Henry Williams25TN
Nancy Williams22MO KY
1011/1064Thomas Williams18KY MO
Cintha Williams29KY

1870 Texas, Collin county, Precinct 1, Sept. 13th.
House / Family    Name:Age:   Occupation:   Birthplace:  
81/81  Pulaski Farley33teamsterKY
Martha Farley32TN
William Farley6TX
Mary Farley4TX
Loura Farley2TX
Margaret Farley1TX
84/84Leroy Broughton26chainmakerMS
Sarah Broughton20MO
Lourinia Broughton     2TX
85/85Francis Millican34farmerTN
Elizabeth Millican21MO
John Millican2TX
William Millican5/12TX
Noah Millican11TX
86/86John Williams59farmerKY
Polly Williams56MO
Angeline Williams17TX
Prudence Williams   15TX
Miles Williams14TX
Margaret Williams11TX
87/87Milton Williams27farmerMO
Louisa Williams23AR
Nancy Williams2TX
Belle Williams1TX
88/88Thomas Williams28farmerMO
Cynthia Williams39KY
Emily Williams8TX
Milton Williams9/12TX
Wiley Boyer21farmerMO
Justin Boyer20MO


Mary Williams

McKinney Democrat Gazette - June 30 1892.

Mrs. Mary Williams was born Sept 16, 1813, in the state of Missouri. She was married to Mr. Isaac Crabtree in that state and moved to Texas in 1851. She settled about 8 miles east of McKinney, near Stiff's Chapel, where she resided until her death, June 15th, 1892. She was married the second time to Mr. John Williams on January 2nd 1846. She is the mother of 7 children by her first husband and 7 by her last, also stepmother to 7 children, grandmother to 101 and great grandmother to 55 children.

She joined the Methodist church when quite young and remained a consistent member until her death.

On June the 16, 1892 the remains of "Mother" Williams were laid tenderly to rest in Stiffs cemetery, in the presence of a large assemblage of relatives and friends.

Some thirteen years ago the writer had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with "Mother" Williams and ever since she has held a warm place in our heart. Though aged and gray, contentment crowned her noble brow and as she entered the evening twilight of life her resignation to the inevitable was grand. We were not acquainted with any faults of her - it is not our business to pluck thorns - we only know that her virtues are sufficient to build a monument to her memory that will stand the storms of ages. If every loving friend were to lay a flower above her sacred dust today, she would repose beneath a wilderness of flowers.

Across the mystic river of death she awaits the coming of relatives and friends. We can only cross this turbulent stream by the bridge of love, which we believe is strong enough to bear the human race.

" The rose is fairest when its budding new And hope is brightest when it dawns from fear. The rose is sweetest washed with morning dew And love is loveliest when embalmed in tears."

[Listed in Cemetery Inscriptions as Mary, wife of John, 17 Sept 1814 - 16 June 1892.]

Mrs. J M Millican

McKinney Democrat Gazette - Feb 6 1890

Stiff's Chapel - Jan 24 1890 - Mrs. Doc Millican was buried at Stiff's graveyard to-day.

McKinney Democrat Gazette - Feb 20 1890

Mrs. J. M. Millican died at her home about 8 miles east of McKinney on January 24, 1890, at the age of thirty-six. She was the ninth daughter of John and Polly Williams, and mother of nine children. She was a good neighbor; a devoted wife and an affectionate mother, who presided over a cheerful home.

She made peace with her Savior at an early age and continued a consistent Christian until her death.

She leaves a husband, four little children, a mother, six sisters, six brothers and numerous friends to her departure.

But all must face the grim monster of death - all must soon cross the surging billows, while on the further shore we hope to meet her where parting is no more. - Janie Howard

[Listed in Cemetery Inscriptions as Prudence Milligan wife of J N, 20 July 1854 - 24 Jan 1889.]

John Williams

Nothing found John Williams, in newspaper index, however he is listed in Cem Inscriptions as: John Williams, 7 Feb 1811 - 13 Dec 1888.

Henry Williams

McKinney Democrat 20 Mar 1890 p3:


It is with extreme regret that we chronicle the death of Mr. Henry Williams which occurred at his home near Stiff's Chapel about eight miles northeast of McKinney on last Tuesday evening at 9 o'clock. Mr. Williams was an old and respected citizen of Collin County. He was the elder son of Uncle Johnny Williams who died a few years ago. He leaves no children while his second wife survives him. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved relatives and friends.

Francis M. Millican

Democrat 21 Nov 1907 and Courier 22 Nov 1907:


The death of Uncle Francis Millican, Tuesday night Nov 19, at his home at New Hope, is sincerely mourned by a large circle of acquaintances in McKinney, where he was extensively known and highly esteemed as well as in the eastern part of the country where he lived so long.

F. M. Millican was born in Tennessee just 72 years prior to his death, having died on his birthday. With his father he came to Collin county sixty years ago and was therefore one of the county's oldest pioneers at the time of his death. He married Miss Bettie Williams, daughter of John Williams and had ten children, seven of whom are living, as follows: John E., I. N., Marion and James and three daughters, Mrs. L.C. Counts, of Lebanon, Tenn.; Mrs. John T Ault, of Woodford, Ok. and Mrs. Eula Tarvin, a widow without children, who lived with her father. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church for many years and a regular attendant of Sunday school at New Hope. His remains were laid to rest by the side of his wife at Stiff Chapel cemetery. Dr. E. H. King, pastor of the First Baptist church at McKinney, conducted the funeral services. Uncle Francis Millican was a true man in every sense sturdy, honest, moral and a friend of right and righteousness throughout a long and useful life. The influence of his modest, unassuming but highly honorable life will long remain to bless his memory among those who among those who knew him best.

Mrs. Elizabeth Millican

Daily Courier Sept 24 1902:


After a Lingering Illness. Resided East of McKinney


Was One of a Family of Twenty-one Children, Three Only of Whom Survive Her

Mrs. Elizabeth Millican, wife of Frances M. Millican who lives four miles cast of McKinney, died yesterday morning at 9 o'clock after a lingering illness of over throe months. She was, first taken with typhoid fever, and has had a complication of disease. Mrs. Millican whose maiden name was Williams was fifty five years of ace. She was born in the state of Missouri and was one of a family of twenty-one children, three only of whom survive her, namely. Miles B. Williams of Ardath, Mrs. G. G. Millican and Miss Anna Williams of Altoga. Her parents, John and Polly Williams, emigrated to Collin county before the war and located in the Stiff chapel community, where they lived industrious, useful lives up to the time of their deaths several years ago. Mrs. Millican was married about thirty-six years ago and was the mother of twelve children as follows: John E., William W., Newton, Myriam E. who died at the age of four years, Hattie L. wife of John Ault, Elizabeth who died at the age of fourteen, Rosa M. wife L. C. Counts of Denton, Marion Francis, James T., Edgar, Eula wife of J. Tarvin who was married a short time ago. One child died in infancy. Eight of the above are living, five married and three boys at home. All were present at the time of their mother's death. Mrs. Millican had thirty-six grand children. She was a good Christian woman, unselfish and always thoughtful of her friends and neighbors, speaking kind words and ministering to their comfort and happiness. Truly she will be missed. The funeral took place today at 11 o'clock, Dr. E. E. King of this city conducting the services. The burial took place at Stiff's Chapel. The Courier joins the many friends of the family in offering

Wiley Boyer

Democrat Sept 25 1930:


W. F. Boyer, aged 81 years and 7 months, died at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Green Johnson, one and one half miles south of Altoga. He took down sick September 10th and steadily grew worse. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon at the Johnson home, where he died, by Rev. Sam King of Sherman and Rev. J R Hilger of Greenville. Burial followed in the Stiff Chapel cemetery under the direction of John K Wilson, Princeton undertaker.

Wiley F. Boyer was born February 19, 1849 in the state of Missouri. When he was a child of only twelve, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Boyer, moved to Texas and settled in North Collin. The deceased had, therefore, been a resident of this county for nearly seventy years. He married Miss Justin Williams of Altoga, who was a sister of the late Miles B. Williams, former deputy sheriff of Collin County. She died about twenty-eight years ago.

Mr. Boyer is survived by eight children as follows: Bud Boyer, Miles Boyer and Tom Boyer, all living on Rt. 1, Princeton; Leslie Boyer of Alba, Texas; Ballard Boyer of Kingsville, Texas; Mrs. T. Q. Streetman, Rt. 1, Princeton; Mrs. R. L. Poston, Rt. 1, Anna; and Mrs. Green H Johnson, of Altoga. He is also survived by seven or eight grandchildren. The deceased was a member of the Nazarene church.

During his active life, he engaged in the business of farming. He held the esteem of a wide circle of friends in the Altoga and Princeton communities who extent sympathy to the surviving children and grandchildren.

[Death certificates on file for: Miles B Boyer d. 5 Dec 1938, age 60; Thomas Benton d 16 Nov 1955, age 73; James Monroe d 28 Nov 1950, age 78.]

Mrs. Justin Boyer

Courier July 4 1902, Democrat June 19, 1902 and July 10, 1902:


Mrs. Justin Boyer died at her residence near Ardath last Tuesday at 2 o'clock. She has suffered from tuberculosis for eight years, and her death was not unexpected.

Mrs. Boyer was fifty-two years of age. She was born in the state of Missouri in 1850. Her parents Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Williams came to Texas when she was quite small. She was married to W F Boyer and has lived east of McKinney for many years. She was the mother of nine children. She was a faithful member of the Methodist church, and was buried Tuesday afternoon at Stiff Chapel burying ground at 5 o'clock with the services of that denomination. The Democrat extends sympathy to the bereaved family.


On June 17, 1902, the spirit of Mrs. Jeston Boyer winged it's flight to the farther shore, after a lingering illness of nine years duration.

Mrs. Boyer was the wife of W. F. Boyer of Ardath, they having married August 26, 1869. She was born at Joplin, Mo.. Dec 16, 1850. She emigrated to Collin county before the war in company with her parents, John and Polly Williams, who were honored citizens of the Stiff Chapel community until their deaths several years ago.

Three sisters survive her, viz. Mesdames F. M. and G. G. Millican and Miss Anna Williams, and one brother, M. B. Williams. A husband and nine children survive her; the latter are as follows: Mrs. C L Dunn, Mrs. T Q Streetman, Mrs. R L Poston, Miss Leney, James, Miles, Thomas, Lesly and Ballard. Three children preceded the mother over the river of death; Dollie, Letie, and Effie.

The deceased in 1867, during a protracted meeting conducted by Rev. George Gatewood at Stiff Chapel, made a profession of religion. She was baptised into the Cumberland Presbyterian church by Rev. Wilkins. She later became a member of the Methodist church, at which altar she was a devoted and constant attendant in the worship of the Master. She read her bible thoroughly, having read the old Bible through seven times and the New Testament fourteen times within the last ten years.

In the presence of the death angel she said "I am passing through the wilderness safe where all can follow, who love the Lord;" and sang " O Sing to Me of Heaven." Thus this good wife and mother, surrounded by husband and children and other loved ones, bid an affectionate farewell.

When the husband expressed his sorrow for the great loss, she tenderly insisted that all was well and that some sweet day all would meet her around the Heavenly Throne.

Dear patient woman, never murmuring in suffering, loving and devoted in death, your future is bright. On the further shore you will bask amid a wilderness of flowers, safe from toil and pain, resting by rippling streams of joy, lulled by angelic strains of music, with time unknown, except eternity!

Miles B. Williams

Daily Courier Gazette June 25 1910:


Miles B. Williams, a well known citizen of the Ardath community, died last night after a lingering illness with cancer of the stomach and liver. He had been to Galveston for treatment but surgeons there could do nothing for him.

Mr. Williams was fifty years of age and the greater part of his life had been spent in Collin county, where he had won the respect and friendship of all who knew him. He was a popular member of both the Odd Fellows and Woodmen of the World, also a devoted member of the Church of Christ for many years.

He leaves a widow and several children, all of whom have reached maturity.

The internment took place at Altoga at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. J M Bell, pastor of the First Christian church of this city.

To the family this office tenders the sincerest sympathy in their bereavement.

Margaret Williams Millican

[The Weekly Democrat-Gazette, Thursday Dec. 3, 1925]


Was a Native of Collin - Relatives From Here at Burial

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnson of Tioga and two sons, Clarence and Floyd came down to McKinney Saturday to visit their two married children living in McKinney, Joe Johnson and wife and Mr. and Mrs. Woody Rains.  Soon after arriving in McKinney they received by phone the sad news of the death of Mrs. Johnson's mother, Mrs. Granville G. Millican, which occurred early Saturday morning at Clarita, Oklahoma,  The burial took place at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon at Coleman, Oklahoma.  The deceased had been living at Clarita where she died since leaving this county about ten years ago.  Deceased was formerly Miss Margaret Williams, daughter of the late John Williams of the Stiff Chapel community, nine miles northeast of McKinney, where she was born, reared, and married.  She was a sister of the late Miles B. Williams of this county.  She was about seventy years old.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson attended the funeral at Coleman Sunday afternoon.  They made the trip from McKinney to that place and return by auto, and were accompanied by their sons, Clarence and Joe.  Also by their son-in-law, Woody Rains of this city, and by a nephew, Floyd Johnson and by two cousins, Lee and Bud Boyer.  The last three named all reside at Altoga.