Marion county lost one of her native sons and honored pioneer settlers when William Gullion passed away in September,
1901. He was then in the fifty third year of his age, his birth having occurred in this county on the 23d of March,
1849. His parents were Eli and Mary (Whitlatch) Gullion, who were natives of Indiana and in the '4os came to Iowa,
here making their home until they were called to their final rest.
William Gullion was reared amid the scenes and environments of pioneer life and shared with the family in all of
the hardships and privations incident to settlement upon the frontier. He could remember back to the time when
much of the land was unclaimed and uncultivated. The broad prairies were starred with a million wildflowers in
June but in December were covered with a dazzling and unbroken sheet of snow. One could ride for miles without
coming to a fence to impede his progress. There were comparatively few roads laid out and only in slight measure
had the work of development and improvement been carried forward.
William Gullion aided in the arduous task of developing a new farm and remained upon the home place until he reached
the age of thirty one years. He then married and established a home of his own. The lady of his choice was Mrs.
Elizabeth A. (Davis) Nicholson, who was born in Jackson county, Missouri, a daughter of Hampton and Cynthia (Watkins)
Davis, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Kentucky. They became residents of Missouri, where
they lived for some time, and in 1849 removed to Marion county, Iowa, where both Mr. and Mrs. Davis spent their
remaining days. By her first marriage Mrs. Gullion had a daughter, Esther M. Nicholson, now the wife of I. J. Gullion.
Unto Mr. and Mrs. William Gullion were born two sons, Loren A. and Guy C. The family circle was broken by the hand
of death when, in September, 1901, Mr. Gullion passed away. There were many friends who mourned his loss and his
memory is yet cherished by those who knew him. His widow still owns the old homestead farm of one hundred and twenty
acres in Indiana and Washington townships and from this property derives a good annual income. She is a member
of the Methodist Protestant church and has lived a life in harmony with its teachings. She possesses marked business
capability and attends to all of her own interests in connection with the farm and the management of her property.
She is widely and favorably known and has a circle of warm friends in the section of the county in which she makes
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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