William Gillett resides upon the southwest quarter of section 15, where he owns a farm of one hundred and sixty acres. This land he purchased in June, 1876, and it was then unimproved. He now has nearly the whole farm under cultivation. Mr. Gillett was born in Clayton county, Iowa, in 1859. His father, John W. Gillett, was one of the pioneers of that county. John W. Gillett was born in eastern Maryland and became an orphan at an early age. He came to Clayton county, Iowa, when a young man and afterwards removed to Atlantic where he died. His wife died in Clayton county. They had a family of four sons and two daughters, all of whom reside in this county. William Gillett was married to Alice Ferry, duaghter of Mark Ferry, a resident of Dakota. Mrs. Gillett died July 14, 1884.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pp. 632.