RICH BILLY WILLIAMS
By S. C. Turnbo
"I remember" said Mr. Joshua Baker "of a wealthy man coming into Washington County Arkansas in the year 1845 and entered 1000 acres of land. His name was Billy Williams and he was from North Carolina. He was a native stock man and brought an imported Jack and Jennie with him and raised Jacks and Jennies which he sold at exceedingly high prices. He also was the owner of a large herd of cattle and possessed about 30 negroes. He was also an excellent farmer and fruit man and put about 80 acres of land in apple and other fruit trees soon after his arrival. The man was so industrious and such a shrewed trader that he accumulated property so rapidly that his neighbors and others all over the country give him the name of rich Billy Williams."
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