Worley, Willis (1818 - 1881)
HOUSE, 38th General Assembly, 1873-75; representing Giles County; Democrat. Born in Williamson County in 1818; son of Gabriel Worley; moved with parents to Giles county when quite young. Attended primary and secondary schools at Pisgah, Giles County. Married twice, date and
"For some years after arriving at the age of maturity devoted his time to teaching school and improving his own education"; engaged in farming in Bradshaw community, Giles County, devoting much attention to improvement of livestock. One acocunt states that "he bought $10.00 worth of lottery tickets in the Kenticky Lottery Association and in 1874 he drew a prize of $50,000.00"; moved that year to Pisgah. Justice of the peace for many years, both before and after Civil War; railroad tax collector for Giles County in 1859; named a delegate to Democratic state convention, 1880. Organized and made capt. Co. F., 32nd Tenn. infantry, C.S.A., Oct. 8, 1861; made prisoner of war at surrender of Fort Donelson
Sources: Nashville "Union and American", Nov. 27, 1872; Pulaski "Citizen", May 6 1880; "Giles County Record", Oct. 27, 1904; Goodspeed, "History of Giles County", 759; information supplied by granddaughter, Mrs. Donney Worley Jackson, Nashville, and by great-grandson, George W.
Submitted by: Jan Johnson