Submitted by Descendant: May Fair GOWDY
William Palmer Pillans was born 25 March 1823 in Charleston, South Carolina. He came to Madison County, Florida with his Father, John Christopher Pillans, in the mid-1830s. William Palmer married Mary Angelina Perry in Madison 25 October 1849.
William Palmer graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, and served as Captain in the Confederate Army, Madison Rangers, Company “L”, 2nd Florida Infantry.
In the early 1880s William Palmer and his family, along with his son, James Christopher Pillans and his wife, Mary Hoyt Beggs, moved to Marion County, Florida where they were farmers and citrus growers.
William Palmer died 2 May 1895 in Orlando, Florida and is buried in Electra Cemetery, Marion County, Florida.
William Palmer Pillans was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2000