William Jeremiah and Martha Elizabeth "Purlieu" Marilda Alexander Harrison with daughter Lillie Maude. William was born on 12 October 1871 in Cureton, Henry County, Alabama. His wife Purlieu was born on 29 July 1877 in Henry County, Alabama. They were married 25 October 1898 in Henry County, Alabama, on 25 October 1898 and had five children. William provided lumber from his saw mill for home building, and operated a ferry boat across the bay. He was the gatekeeper on the new bridge near his home before he died on 1 April 1925 from a stroke. Purlieu died 21 October 1963. He and Purlieu are buried in the Dothan City Cemetery.

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