Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Stallingses in:
 • Beaird Cemetery
 • Tyler
 • Smith County
 • Texas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
William Crider Stallings
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Sep. 9, 1842
Death: Jan. 10, 1916

. . . . . . . . . .
William Crider Stallings, agricultural agent and preacher, was born near Covington in Newton County, Georgia, on September 9, 1842, one of the four children of Elisha and Emily Stallings. Although offered only limited educational opportunities, Stallings read widely.

With the coming of the Civil War he enlisted in Lt. Col. Duncan L. Clinch's Third Georgia Cavalry Battalion on November 17, 1861, and scouted and patrolled on the Georgia coast. In January 1863 the battalion merged into the Fourth (Clinch's) Georgia Cavalry regiment, which became a part of Gen. John Hunt Morgan's famous command.

Stallings moved to Texas in December 1877 and began farming in the Smith County community of Bascom. Before purchasing his own farm at Dixie, five miles west of Tyler, Stallings rented farms in Henderson, Decatur, and Alvord. At Alvord he also operated a blacksmith shop.

He had preached in Georgia, and in September 1899 he was licensed to preach by the Pleasant Retreat Methodist Church. Stallings read widely on methods of scientific farming and was a firm believer in crop diversification. He became especially well known for his high-yield seed corn, and "Stallings white corn" was later named in his honor. He also specialized in breeding Poland-China hogs.

On November 12, 1906, the Commercial Club of Tyler, with the cooperation of Seaman A. Knapp of the United States Department of Agriculture, appointed Stallings the first county agricultural agent in Texas and the first in the nation to serve a single county.

After serving Smith County for a year, during which he earned $150 per month, paid on equal shares by the Federal Bureau of Plant Industry of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Tyler business community, Stallings was appointed district agent; the district comprised Smith, Cherokee, and Angelina counties. Through his efforts, the cotton and corn yields of the district increased by over 50 percent.

Stallings married Modora A. Austin on June 7, 1864; Martha H. Driggers on July 1, 1866; and Ida R. Hurst on September 2, 1877. He was the father of five children by his second wife and of seven by his third. He died on January 10, 1916.

In November 1971 the Texas Historical Commission placed a historical marker on the courthouse square in Tyler to commemorate Stallings's services as a pioneer farm demonstration agent.
. . . . . . . . . .
Family links: 
  Emily Stallings (1804 - 1896)
  Ida R Hurst Stallings (1858 - 1927)
  John Nathan Stallings (1870 - 1962)*
  Tom H Stallings (1873 - 1937)*
  Vida Viola Stallings Love (1879 - 1931)*
  Ethel Genevia Stallings Shelton (1883 - 1968)*
  Verner V Stallings (1885 - 1957)*
  Alver Ross Stallings (1892 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Beaird Cemetery
Smith County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: sheltonx2
Originally Created by: BeNotForgot
Record added: Nov 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80297402
William Crider Stallings
Added by: sheltonx2
William Crider Stallings
Added by: Pam Slaughter
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Marguerite Rush
 Added: Apr. 22, 2014
Thank you for your service to our cause, may you rest in peace.
- James & Cheryl Graham
 Added: Nov. 9, 2012
Rest in peace, one of your gg grandsons.
- David Allen Shelton
 Added: Jun. 23, 2012
There is 1 more note not showing...
Click here to view all notes...

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service