|Birth: ||Oct. 14, 1818|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1888|
Willis C. Chandler was born to William and Elizabeth Chandler in Wilson County, Tennessee on March 11, 1811. He moved to Jefferson County, Missouri with his family during the 1830s; and it was there that he met and married Maranda Hildebrand on January 1, 1837.
Maranda, daughter of David and Hannah McCourtney Hildebrand, was born October 14, 1818 at House Springs, Jefferson Co, Missouri. Her grandfather, Peter Hildebrand, had brought his family to Missouri in 1783 from Fort Jefferson, Ohio.
Miranda was a cousin of the infamous "Missouri Bushwacker", Samuel S. Hildebrand, son of George and Rebecca McKee Hildebrand. George, and Miranda's father, David Hildebrand, were first cousins. Sam Hildebrand was a Confederate soldier and moved his wife and children near Crowley Ridge, Green County, Arkansas during the Civil War. During that war two of Sam's civilian brothers were murdered by Yankee troups. In revenge, Sam became a renegade in a state which had both Union and Confederate supporters. Some members of the Hildebrand family changed the spelling of their name to avoid claiming kinship to him.
In a general election held in August 1838, Willis Chandler was elected Constable for Meramec Township for a two year term. On August 3, 1840, Willis Chandler was elected Constable of Meramac Township for another term of two years. He was placed under $1000 bond by Duiguice [sp?] Pitzer and
John McGiver. [Marriage Records of Jefferson Co., MO, 1825-1838, Pg. 47 and Commissions and Marriages Book 1838-1849]. Willis was also elected County Tax Assessor on August 3, 1846.
About 1851 Willis and Maranda moved to Texas with their eight children: Purnett Ann, Missouri, Nancy Caroline, Melinda P., Martin A., Thomas A., Malissa A., and Julia. They purchased a farm near Blackjack Springs in Fayette County, situated between Buckner's Creek and the Colorado River. A gristmill was set into operation as the family business. On April 4,1866 an Occupational License was issued to Knight and Chandler for the operation of a ferry for one year.
Four more children were born: William D., Robert H., Sara Melata and Mary. It was during the winter of 1856 that sixteen year old Missouri and six year old Julia died within weeks of one another. In June of 1871 nine year old Mary died. [They may be buried in Byler Cemetery at the foot of their mother's grave. There are three small graves marked with worn, small markers at each head and foot.]
In November 1874 Willis sold their farm and mill in Fayette County, valued at over $2000, and bought 225 acres in Bastrop County and a 65 acre tract running along the Bastrop and Caldwell county line for $3000. [Bastrop County Deeds, Book 3, Pg. 165.] On December 22, 1884 Willis deeded one acre of his 225 acres to the Bastrop County Commissioners Court for $10. [Bastrop County Deeds, Book 6, Pg. 600.] This one acre was located in the New Union School District and was to be used for a free school and church building. On December 31, 1884 he sold his remaining 289 acres to the McCall brothers for $3000. [Bastrop County Deeds, Book 10, Pg. 416.]
However, this land had a lien against it filed on August 7, 1888 due to an unpaid bill for construction work on the Chandler home in 1876. No reason for non-payment was given in the suit. On November 10, 1888, three days after Mrs. Maranda Chandler's death, the District Court of Bastrop County awarded ownership of the 289 acres to H.T. Parr and ordered Willis Chandler and the McCall brothers to reimburse the indebtedness of $789.22, plus 10 per cent interest accumulated over a twelve year period, to H.T. Parr. [Bastrop County District Court Records, Book G, Pg. 381-388.]
Willis Chandler died July 3, 1899. The place of his burial is unknown; however, it may be in the area of Yoakum, Lavaca Co., TX since he was visiting his sister, Paralee Chandler Keeper, there in December 1898. His wife, Maranda Hildebrand Chandler, died November 7, 1888 and is buried in Byler Cemetery in Fayette County located near Muldoon. She is interred at the head of the gravesite of her aunt, Marguerite House Hildebrand Null.
Willis C. Chandler (1811 - 1899)*
Martin Alfred Chandler (1845 - 1921)*
Thomas Alonzo Chandler (1846 - 1916)*
Created by: Lisa Neal
Record added: Jun 02, 2007
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