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Biography: William R. Waller born March 17, 1852 – photograph

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William R. Waller (1852)
William R. Waller




Montgomery County, Alabama


William R.Waller was the sheriff of Montgomery county from 1903 to 1906 and from 1915 to 1917.. He was born in that county March 17, 1852, the son of Charles R. and Emily (Norman) Waller natives of Montgomery county, Alabama.

Nathaniel Greene Waller, his grandfather, was a native of Georgia and moved to Montgomery county, Alabama about 1830. He was in the Indian war. Nathaniel Waller was a farmer and owned a large plantation.

Charles R. Waller was also a farmer. He was in the Mexican war (Curtis company). In the Civil war he belonged to Company E, Thirty-third Alabama infantry, and served in the Army of Tennessee. He was captain of Company E, with Gen. Bragg and was wounded at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky by a gunshot. After receiving his wound he was disabled for duty and was discharged. However, he lived some years, and took the census of Montgomery county in 1866. He died from his injury in 1880. William Waller’s mother died in 1867.


They had three sons and three daughters:

1.William R. Waller (1852-1928)

2.Irene Waller

3.Margaret Waller

4.Charles R. Waller, a farmer

5.Emily Waller

6.Nathaniel Waller.

William R. Waller received a limited education, mostly at home, studying under his father. He was brought up on the farm, living there until appointed deputy sheriff under W. D. Westcott. Four years later, he was elected to the office of sheriff in August, 1892, and held the office four years. In 1896, William was elected to the State legislature and served one term, and in 1900 was re-elected to the sheriff’s office.

William took an active interest in politics and was a popular and efficient officer. He was a member of Ancient Order United Workmen. He married to Mary Irene Norman by whom he had one child, Elizabeth. Elizabeth became the wife of James H. Milligan.

William married 2nd Carrie Waugh, and by her had three children:

1.Carrie Waller

2.Evaline Waller

3.William Riley Waller (1904-1910)

They were members of the Baptist and Episcopal churches. William Riley Waller passed away June 21, 1928 in Ramer, Montgomery, Alabama. He was seventy-six. He is buried in the Waller Cemetery in Ramer, Montgomery County, Alabama along with his 2nd wife Carrie (Waugh) Waller (b. 1859-1938) and many of his family.



1.Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881–1952.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records

2.Find A Grave Memorial# 74153373



This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume V

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