Transcribed by B. Miller from Book 3 "Van Zandt County Cemeteries" by permission of Ruth McGee and Lavona Blackwell. This history was originally submitted by Peggy McLean Moore for publication in this book.
John Perry and Emma Verda Willis McLean were married December 16, 1880, in Bamesville, Georgia, where John Perry was employed on the staff of the Bamesville Gazette. Emma's family had lived in the same area many years, but was originally from Virginia. His parents were William Hall and Nancy Lee McLean; her parents were William Jasper and Minerva Stafford Willis.
In about 1895, they sold their interest in the newspaper and moved to Galveston Island, Texas. In September, 1900, when the awful hurricane hit there, Dad, John C., was 16 at the time.
They knew a flood was coming, so grandfather was on a horse trying to get the cattle in when the tidal wave hit. (6,000 people were drowned.) With the help of the horse, he was able to reach a tree where he spent a day and night. As soon as they could leave, they came to the Scott Community, where grandfather knew "Col." Meredith, Avnaline Province's father. Because the sanitary conditions were very bad on the island, he got pneumonia, died in mid October, and is buried at White Rose, as is grandmother. This is how my dad's family came to be in Wills Point! They had been in Texas about 3 years, having moved from Georgia.
The family lived in the Scott Community for several years. In her later years, Emma made her home with her children, died in 1930, and is interred beside her husband at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point, Texas
The children, in order of birth are: William Alvis, Idelia Naomi, John Cleveland, James Marquis, Nettie Odessa, Frances Mary Elizabeth, (Lizzie), Alice Sue, and Frnaklin (sic) Stafford.
William Alvis answered the call of the West before the family left Georgia, moved to Arizona, married Alice Harris, and died in Arizona in 1943. His children are Jessee, Perry, and Katherine, who married H. Glen King.
Idelia worked as a young woman for the (Richard) Herrin Telephone Company, serving the area southwest of Wills Point. [S]He married A. Leo Bass of Edgewood, and lived in Dallas for many years. He died in 1972, in Irving, Texas. Her children are Melton Leo, Annie and Blanche.
John Cleveland married Alice Barfield, who died in 1913, and is buried at White Rose Cemetery, and left two sons, Lewis Perry and John Edward, who died in 1979. In 1915, he married Effie Mae Briggs, of Wills Point, worked as a barber, insurance salesman, and as a foreman at Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft, in Fort Worth, Texas until retirement. He died in 1967, and is buried at White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, Texas. His and Effie Briggs McLean's children are: J. C. McLean, Jr. And (sic) Peggy Nell.
James Marquis married Willie McLeod of Wills Point in 1912. He first worked as a line chief on the Herrin Telephone Lines, was the first manager of the Southwestern Bell office in Wills Point, and worked the remainder of his life before retirement, for Western Electric Company in southeastern Texas. He died in 1971, and is buried at White Rose. His children are: James Robert, Verda Louise, William Shirley and Joe Willis.
Nettie Odessa married Andrew H. Paschal in 1910, they farmed near vernon, Texas for many years, then moved to Irving, where Andy was a home builder. She died in 1970, and is buried at Irving, Texas. Her children are McLean Andrew, Doris Idell, and Thomas Kenneth.
Frances Mary Elizabeth (known as Lizzie) also was an operator for Herrin Telephone Lines, a saleswoman for Mayfield Dry goods Company and Walter Johnson Dry Goods Company. She married William T. Piper in 1911, and a few years after his death in 1935, she moved to Dallas, and worked in the (Hats) milinery department for Sanger Brothers Dept. Stores. After retirement she lived in Irving and Grand Prairie, Texas. She died in 1981, leaving no children, but a great many nieces and nephews. She is buried beside her husband at White Rose Cemetery, Wills Point, Texas.
Alice Sue married Bryant Vinson of Smith County in 1912. They moved to Fort Worth, Texas shortly thereafter, and lived there the rest of their lives. She became a licensed vocational nurse and worked at several Fort Worth hospitals. She died in 1974, and is buried in Fort Worth. Her children are: Jo (daughter), Betty, Billy Bryant and James.
Franklin Stafford, the youngest, worked briefly at Rose Dry Goods Company, in Wills Point. He died in 1912, in a swimming accident in Wills Point, at the age of 17 years. He is buried at White Rose Cemetery beside his parents.