Biography of William Bills
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Bills, William, was born in Kent county, England, May 28, 1827, son of Richard and Mary Bills, natives of England who came to Palmyra in 1832 and thence to Penfield and finally to Walworth, where Mr. Bills died in 1879 and where Mrs. Bills still resides. The grandfather was Richard Bills of England, who came to Palmyra in 1833 and died in Walworth in 1858. His wife was Elizabeth Bills who died in Walworth in 1854. Father of our subject was a mason by trade, spent his last days as a farmer and owned a small farm in Walworth. Subject was educated in the common schools of Penfield, started in life as clerk in West Walworth, carried mail from here to Palmyra by East Walworth two years, and was there on a farm and also clerking for Mr. S. L. Miller, his father in law. He then purchased a small farm about 1850, follower farming for a number of years, and was also connected with the mercantile business. In 1892 he purchased the store, a two story building 24x30 ft, where he has since been in business. carrying a general stock. Mr. Bills has been constable, collector one term, commissioner of highways eighteen years, which office he still holds. He married in 1849 Caroline A. Miller a native of Walworth, and daughter of S. L., and Charlotte (Chase) Miller. Subject and wife have had four children: George W., W. J., Charles L. and and Banns H., all of whom live in Walworth, W. J. being in the store with his father and the other engaged in farming. Mr. Bills owns a farm of 140 acres, and follows general farming and fruit raising. He was postmaster from November 26, 1875, to April 16, 1887.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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