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Settlers -- Early
Troost, Mary A
Charles P Deatherage
Nettie Thompson Grove
Ivan L Waite
Lawrence O Christensen
Annals of the City of Kansas: Embracing Full Details of the Trade and Commerce of the Great Western Plains
Illustration of the "residence of William Gillis, Esq."
Biography of William Gillis (circa 1797-1869), Indian Trader and Kansas City Town Founder
The first city market in Kansas City was built in 1858 on the site of the present city market. This property was donated to the city "for public use forever," by the Gillis family and became a public square...
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Short biography of William Gillis (Gilliss) (1788-1869) written by Lynn Morrow. Gillis was one of Kansas City's founders as well as an Indian trader, real estate investor, and businessman.
Fashionable Pearl Street
Description of the occupation by William Gillis and his niece, Mrs. Mary Troost, "at the northeast corner of Fourth and Locust Streets" in 1869, previously occupied by "Mr. Wheatley of Hubbell, Wheatley...
Frederick Mercier, Peter Mercier and Alfred T. Pedigo against the Missouri River, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad Company
Booklet covering the 1874 Missouri State Supreme Court case over the legal handling of the "moneys" of Maria Louisa Mercier, or Maria Mercier, by William Gillis in 1847, involving her heirs, Benoist Troost,...
History of Greene County, Missouri
Biographical description of William Gillis as an Indian trader with his Indian wife and fellow trader Joseph Phillabert in Greene County, Missouri, in the late 1820s to early 1830s.
Legacy of K. C. Pioneer Bachelor, William Gillis
Biographical article about William Gillis, "well known by historians as the owner and operator of the Gilliss House hotel on the riverfront of the River Market area" and "as the owner and operator of the...
Map of William Gillis Farm, 1846
Pictorial map showing the 1846 boundaries of the farm of William Gillis, an early settler and business leader in Kansas City. The farm totalled 600 acres, and the map shows the location of the Gillis farmhouse....
Portraits of William Gillis and Mary Troost
Portraits of William Gillis and his niece, Mary Troost, in 1847, and illustrated map of the location of his farm in 1846 in Kansas City between 27th, 28th, Holly, and Jarboe Streets, in relation to surrounding...
Richard Hardesty's Civil War Story: General Order No. 12
Article describing the effects of Order Number 12 on owners of homes, warehouses, and business buildings in the Kansas City area, including "William Gillis, Chick, McGee, Benoist Troost, John C. McCoy...
SC7 Missouri Valley Historical Society Records Finding Aid
The Missouri Valley Historical Society (1913-1940) was the successor to the Kansas City Historical Society (1906-1913) and the Early Settler's Society and Historical Association (1896-1906). All these...
Synopsis of the Litigation over the Estate of William Gilliss [sic]
Summary of the court cases over the estate of William Gillis (~1797-1869) in the late 1800s and concerning his heirs listed in his will, including three daughters of his by three different Indian women....
Tales of an Old-Timer: The Remembrances of John Calvin McCoy
An excerpt from McCoy's "Tales of an Old-Timer" in which he recalls various people who were important in the early history of Kansas City and Westport. Originally published in the February 15, 1879 Kansas...
The Contested Will of William Gillis: Insights into Life in the Early Kansas City Region
Biographical article about the life and legacy of William Gillis, early Kansas City trader and real estate owner, and the settlement of his will starting in 1870.
The Romantic Story of the Man Whose Fortune Built the Gilliss
Portraits and biographical article about William Gillis (1797-1869), an early settler of Kansas City in the 1830s building a mansion in 1842 at 2727 Holly Street, with much description of his early life,...
Trader William Gilliss [sic] and Delaware Migration in Southern Missouri
Article about the mirgration of Delaware Indians across the Ozarks of southern Missouri to Kansas and William Gillis's connection to them starting as early as the late 1810s in western Illinois and the...
One paragraph about four interments at Union Cemetery, all "members of the original Town-site Company [sic]," including John McCoy, Jacob Ragan, William Gillis, and William Chick.
Up and Away
Photo and caption about the interruption of a magic show "at the Gillis Home for Children, 8150 Wornall" Road, by the appearance of a man "dressed as the late William Gilliss [or William Gillis], for whom...
Biographical information about William Gillis (1797-1868), a soldier in Indian battles against Tecumseh later establishing Indian trading posts. Moved to Kansas City in 1830 with finest house in the area...
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