William Alton Talley

22 April 1918–12 August 2008 (Age 90)
Red Rock, Bastrop, Texas, United States

The Life of William Alton

When William Alton Talley was born on 22 April 1918, in Red Rock, Bastrop, Texas, United States, his father, William Wallace Tally, was 27 and his mother, Henrietta Harris, was 20. He married Mary Lee Petross on 21 December 1921, in New Mexico, United States. He lived in Election Precinct 49 Claunch, Socorro, New Mexico, United States in 1940 and Friona, Parmer, Texas, United States in 2006. He died on 12 August 2008, in Parmer, Texas, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Friona Cemetery, Friona, Parmer, Texas, United States.

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William Alton Talley
Mary Lee Petross
Marriage: 21 December 1921

Spouse and Children

21 December 1921
New Mexico, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Elmer Blunt Tally


    Bernice Marie Tally



    Doney Harris Tally


    Harris Tally


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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1923 · Oil is Discovered on the Navajo Reservation

Age 5

Oil was discovered on the Navajo Reservation in the 1920's. The Navajos did not want to lease any of the land towards the exploration for oil and gas. They were soon made a deal that they would be hired for all unskilled work if they would lease the land and, reluctantly, they gave in. Albert Fall, a Senator from New Mexico and was extremely hostile towards Indian rights.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 24

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Taithligh ‘descendant of Taithleach’, a byname or personal name meaning ‘peaceable’.2 Possibly an altered spelling of German Tallig, from a short form of a Germanic personal name similar to Dietrich .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alton Tally, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Elton Tally in household of Wallace Tally, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Alton Tally in household of W Wallace Tally, "United States Census, 1940"

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