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William Whitley Wheat
(Howe, Hall Cemetery)

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WILLIAM WHITLEY WHEAT (1 8201 890) WAS BORN IN ALABAMA TO SAMUEL AND CYNTHIA (STINSON) WHEAT.  HE MARRIED CYNTHIA ANN MAYNARD, AND THE COUPLE CAME TO TEXAS IN 1842 TO PETERS COLONY.  THEY MOVED THREE YEARS LATER TO WHAT IS NOW GRAYSON COUNTY, SETTLING AND RAISING TEN CHILDREN NEAR FARMINGTON.  WHEAT WAS AN EARLY CATTLE DROVER TO NORTHERN MARKETS, AND HE BECAME A RESPECTED AND SUCCESSFUL  FARMER.  HE SERVED FOR MANY YEARS AS GRAYSON COUNTY COMMISSIONER IN THE 1870s AND 1880s AND WAS FIRST PRESIDING PRESIDENT OF THE OLD SETTLERS ASSOCIATION OF NORTH TEXAS. AS SUCH, HE WORKED TO EASE LOCAL TENSIONS IN THE POST-CIVIL WAR YEARS.