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William Riley Basham
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1842
Mountainburg
Crawford County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1929
Ranger
Eastland County
Texas, USA

William Riley Basham was the son of Solomon Basham and Elizabeth Coffey Marlar. He married five times and had at least 21 children.
First wife: Rachel Evethe Williamson b. ca 1845. They married 6 Sep 1864 in Coryell Co., TX. They had six children: Eva Edna, Oliver, Eli Williamson, Aida, Mary Eva, William Riley. Rachel died in 1871 shortly after her sixth child,William Riley was born.
William married Nancy Virginia Smith-Ratcliffe 7 May 1871. Born 1850 in TX, she was a widow when they married. She and William Riley had 8 children: Saphronia Frances, Elizabeth Florence "Bets", Thomas Riley, John Peter, Burt Columbus, Charles B."Charlie B.", Gracy, and Snow. Nancy died 17 Oct 1894 in Eastland Co., TX.
William's third wife was Carria Stovall-Sutton. Born Jan 1859, they married between 1894 and 1897. She bore him 2 children: Dewey Yeager, b. 1898 and Cloyd Sutton, b.1901. After Carria's death (1902-1903), William married yet again.
His fourth wife was Exettie Williamson ca 1903. They had one daughter: Jewel Exettie Basham, born in 1904.
William's fifth wife was Ollie Hoffman. They married ca 1907 and had four children: Ross, Vernon Luther, Edna and Oddie.
According to two of his granddaughters, he suffered from near blindness in his later years and required a driver to get around. He was still active into his seventies. 
 
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 Children:
  Eli Williamson Basham (1867 - 1951)*
  Elizabeth Florence Basham Overbey (1875 - 1964)*
  Eva Edna Basham Grinstead (1885 - 1973)*
  Dewey Yeager Basham (1898 - 1978)*
  William Ross Basham (1906 - 1978)*
  Vernon Luther Basham (1908 - 1967)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Long Branch Cemetery
Carbon
Eastland County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Kloyece Irvin
Record added: Mar 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34790941
William Riley Basham
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William Riley Basham
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