|Birth: ||Jan. 10, 1834|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1919|
Largest Landowner Dies
Wealthy Man Steps In Front of On-coming Train At Catoosa
Tulsa, OK-J. S. Bilby, said to be the largest individual land owner in the United States, was instantly killed at Catoosa 15 miles east of here when he stepped from behind a box car directly in front of an oncoming Frisco passenger train. Bilby, who was 86 years old, was loading a car with hogs, and witnesses say he did not hear the approaching train, and was run down before he could step off the tracks. More than 1,000,000 acres of land were owned by Bilby in fifteen different states, while his holdings in Oklahoma alone amount to 45,000 acres, 30,000 acres of this is located in Tulsa and Wagoner counties, and 15,000 acres in Texas, much of which is near the Ranger oil field. Bilby, despite his age, was an active farmer, living on his place on the Veridgres River between Catoosa and Broken Arrow. His estate is estimated at $5,000,000. He leaves a wife, three sons and one daughter. One son, Nicholson Bilby, lives at Holdenville. He was a native of New Jersey.
(The Haileyville Herald, Thurs, Dec. 4, 1919)
John married twice, first to Margaret M. Applegate on Jan. 24, 1859 in Morris County, New Jersey and secondly to Eva Smith on Oct. 5, 1909 in Catoosa, OK.
John had at least two sons, Russell I.and Nicholas V. Bilby.
In addition, John S. Bilby had a daughter, Frances Ellen (1863-1880 and another son, John Edmund or Edward (1864-1933).
My husband is Robert Bilby Tucker. This is his 2g-grandfather.
John Bilby (1804 - 1858)
Delilah Sliker Bilby (1809 - 1900)
Margaret M Applegate Bilby (1833 - 1887)*
John E Bilby (1864 - 1933)*
Russell Irving Bilby (1869 - 1938)*
Nicholas V. Bilby (1870 - 1938)*
Aaron Bilby (1829 - 1908)*
Jonathan Bilby (1831 - 1900)*
Marilda Bilby Painter (1832 - 1903)*
John Sliker Bilby (1834 - 1919)
Nicholas L Bilby (1835 - 1865)*
George H Bilby (1837 - 1864)*
Jesse S Bilby (1838 - 1914)*
Renzilla Bilby Dick (1843 - 1908)*
Mehitable Bilby Seals (1845 - 1912)*
Elizabeth Bilby Gillinger (1847 - 1948)*
Mary A Bilby Young (1850 - 1903)*
Created by: MillieBelle
Record added: Mar 23, 2011
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