WILLIAM MARS "BILL" LEMMONS
One of the outstanding men about town and a man well
known over the entire county is Mayor William
Lemmons. He is the son of a
Confederate veteran, one of the mounted volunteers who died for the
Mr. Lemmons was born in East Texas and early learned to
depend upon his own resources. With his mother he resided in Hill county
for some time and then moved to Hamilton 29 years ago. He was manager for
the Major Cotton ranch for 25 years and is still representing the Cotton
interest in this county and town.
After moving to town Mr. Lemmons was connected with the
Sheriff’s office for 15 years. He is now serving his second term as
mayor of this city and during that time the city has hard surfaced nearly
100 blocks and is still continuing the work. It has opened new streets and
rebuilt the bridge on Henry street, beside many other civic improvements.
The schedule for city improvement is still growing and, under the careful
supervision of Mayor Lemmons, the outlook is promising for Hamilton to be
one of the most modern and best kept small cities in the State.
The Hamilton County News, Vol. IV, Number
Historical and Trading Expansion Issue
W. F. Billingslea, Editor-Publisher
Subscription Price ONE YEAR ..$1.00
June 29, 1934
William M. Lemmons, father of William Mars
From the General Land Office in Austin, Texas Confederate Scrip Land Grant
-- doc. no. CSV 1327 (transcript follows)
The State of Texas | In Commissioners Court Coryell County | Nov. Term
This is to certify that Mrs. Sarah Lemmons, a bona fide resident citizen
of this county on the 14th day of November A.D. 1881, made satisfactory
proof that as the widow of Wm. M. Lemmons, who was a private in Captain W.
A. Parten's Co. D. 7th Regiment Texas Mounted Volunteers and who died
whilst engaged it the military service of the Confederate States at
Niblett's Bluff, Louisiana May 21, 1863 is entitled to receive a Land
Certificate from the State of Texas for 1280 acres under the act approved
April 5th 1881.
Given under our hands & the seal of our court this Nov. 15, 1881.
(commissioners signatures, end of transcript)
He (William M. Lemmons) likely died in a measles epidemic that
struck the camp. The victims were buried in a mass grave.