Manuscripts/Mixed Material [James Bolivar Billingsley]
FOLKLORE - White Pioneer
Miss Effie Cowan, P. W.
McLennan County, Texas.
District No. 8
No. of words 1,250
File No. 240
Page No. 1 Reference
Interview with James Bolivar Billingsley, White Pioneer, Marlin, Texas.
“My father, James Bolivar Billingsley, was a son of Hezekiah Billingsley, and was born in Hinds County, Mississippi, March 27th, 1828. My grandfather, Hezekiah Billingsley, was a descendent of Scotch ancestry, who emigrated to Union County, North Carolina in the year 1755. My grandmother, Jerush Lang, was the daughter of William Lang, of Chesterfield district, South Carolina, who was one of the bold riders in Captain Francis Marions' famous cavalry command in the Revolutionary War.
“Grandmother was the sister of Willis, Stephen and William A. Lang of Wayne County, Mississippi, and lived for several years with the family of General illiam A. Lang, finally settling in the city of Jackson, Hinds County, where grandfather Billingsley died in 1842. He left two children, a daughter, Caroline, who was married to Samuel Cole and who moved to Cass County, Texas, and a son James Boliver, my father, who was thirteen years of age at the time of grandfathers death.
“Soon after the death of grandfather Billingsley, my uncle General William A. Lang moved my mother and my father to his house in Wayne County, where they became members of the family. My father was treated as a son and my uncle William gave him the same consideration as his own children. To my uncle and his wife my father and my grandmother was indebted for a home and all the care and kindness that could be showered upon them. My grandmother Billingsley died in 1847.