Hiram Barber 1860-1945 ancestors and descendants with several collateral and allied lines.

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  • ID: I15150
  • Name: William Merrill GILLEY
  • Given Name: William Merrill
  • Surname: Gilley
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 JUN 1888 in Washington, Daviess County, Indiana 1
  • Event: DraftReg 05 JUN 1917 Daviess County, Indiana
  • Note: Home address Washington, Indiana; brakeman, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; dependent wife; served two and one half years in Indiana National Guard; tall and slender; blue eyes; light hair 1
  • Death: 20 APR 1923 2
  • Burial: Aikman Creek Cemetery, Veale Township, Daviess County, Indiana 2
  • Event: PicGED01
  • Note:

    Aikman Creek Cemetery, Daviess county, Indiana.
    Photograph taken 2005 by John Clement.
  • Event: Note-Nar01
  • Note:
    Ku Klux Klan||

    Ku Klux Klan
    The Indiana General Assembly, by law, sanctioned the organization of groups for the purpose of arresting horse thiefs and other felons. Once their charter was approved by local commissioners in the county, members then had the powers of a constable. Klan funds were made available to these amateur policeman. Under Klan control, these associations functioned as vigilante units (Daviess County History-Myers, pp. 2:240-250).
    In the early 1920s, the Klan was present in Indiana and by 1922 it was a visible force in Daviess county. On 19 February 1923, the Washington (Daviess County) Detective Association applied for and was granted a charter. The first president of the association was one W.M. Gilley, 307 W. Oak, Washington, Indiana (ibid).
  • Event: Note-Nar02
  • Note:
    Klansman murdered||

    Klansman murdered
    In the 1920s, there was serious labor unrest and the United Mine Workers (UMW) was involved with strikes against the coal mining industry. The Ku Klux Klan was concerned about this problem and is said to have become involved (ibid).
    On 19 April 1923, a meeting was held by the Green Mound local, an affiliate of UMW. During the meeting a debate arose over whether a Klansman could properly be a member of the UMW; following which, William Merrill Gilley of 307 Oak Street was accused of being both a member of the Green Mound local and the KKK. Gilley admited to being a member of both (ibid).
    Gilley was suspected of spying on his fellow union members for the KKK. Gilley offered to resign from the Klan to satisfy his critics -- he wanted to keep his coal mining job which was his sole means of support. He stood at the speaker's platform to explain his position. There followed a heated discussion and then one Berry Hudson, from a distance of four to five feet, fatally wounded Gilley with a bullet through his brain. Gilley died at 1am (ibid).
    Gilley's family was away at their Uncle Charley Campbell's residence at 517 Dewey Avenue. It was there that that Maude Gilley was informed about the shooting (ibid).
    The funeral for William Merrill Gilley was held at Aikman Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, 22 April 1923. Eighty automobiles were in the funeral procession. A procession of 137 hooded men robed in white attended the services. More than fourteen hundred mourners were counted; the crowd was estimated to be the largest ever to have attended such a service in this part of Indiana (ibid).

    Berry Hudson was tried and found guilty of murder. On 15 September 1923 he was given a life sentence. In March 1843, he was paroled on condition he not return to Daviess county. He lived another twenty years and died in 1963, age one hundred three (ibid).

    Father: Alford GILLEY b: ABT 1859 in Indiana
    Mother: Laura BOYD b: MAR 1865 in Indiana

    Marriage 1 Maude CAMPBELL b: 1884
    • Married: 4
    1. Has No Children Gladys E. GILLEY b: 21 DEC 1917 in Daviess County, Indiana

    1. Title: World War I United States Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database online http:\\ancestry.com
      Page: accessed 13 Apr 2006
    2. Title: Cemeteries of Daviess County, Indiana, six volumes
      Author: Waggoner, Barbara Sims
      Publication: Waggoner, Elnora, Indiana, 1986-1993
      Page: 5:133
    3. Title: Daviess County,Indiana : history
      Author: Myers, L. Rex
      Publication: Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, Kentucky, 1988-1991, 2 volumes
    4. Title: Daviess County,Indiana : history
      Author: Myers, L. Rex
      Publication: Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, Kentucky, 1988-1991, 2 volumes
      Page: 2:243

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