An only child, Allie Delphia was born on July 26, 1860. Her father was Benjamin L. Harned, the son of Larkin Harned. He and Martha were married on February 2, 1859 (see highlighted details in the marriage register below). However, they reportedly went through a bitter divorce while Allie was in her teens. If the census record above is any indicator, there might have been problems even earlier. Benjamin is missing from the list.
At age 16, Allie convinced William Wesley Williams to marry her, and they were wedded on September 17, 1876 in Logan County . Prior to this, William had worked on his father's Kentucky farm. The 1870 federal census lists him at twenty-one years old and already in possession of an estate valued at $150.
Texas had returned to the Union by 1870, and its new constitution was in effect by 1876. It was at this time that Texas began to sell public lands to support the development of agricultural education at the college level. Texas A&M was established in 1876 as a result, and University of Texas followed just a few years later. Word of land opportunity must have come to the attention of William and Allie. It was just a matter of time before they packed their things and headed south, ultimately settling in Johnson County, Texas.
Together, they brought into the world nine sons and three daughters, all of whom were born in Rio Vista, Texas. Here's a list of their names in birth order:
Pearl Williams Graham (1879-1950)
Eugene Arthur Williams (1880-1918)
Lucien Elmo Williams (1882-1883)
William Roscoe Williams (1884-1904)
Christopher Franklin Williams (1885-1941)
John Wesley Williams (1887-1955)
Jerome Larkin Williams (1889-1945)
Beulah Ann Williams (1890-1891)
Eulah Peyton Williams White (1890-1973)
Robert Oddy Williams (1895-1970)
William's life was cut short when he passed away on February 13, 1897. He was forty-eight. Of course, this left Allie Delphia with the formidable task of raising a large family on her own. Thankfully, at least four of her children were either adults or in their teens and could help out. Eugene Arthur (E.A.) Williams was especially helpful in taking care of his mother during this difficult time.