Williams, Clayton

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Williams, Clayton Gender: M
Clayton Wheat Williams
born on 15 April 1895 at 16:40 (= 4:40 PM )
Place Fort Stockton, Texas, 30n54, 102w53
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 25°41' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 14°15 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 22°10'


American engineer, geologist, oilman, World War I military officer, rancher, county commissioner and civic leader, historian, and philanthropist.

From 1919 to 1920, Williams worked as an engineer for the Oil Belt Power Company in Texas. For four years, he was a surveyor and an engineer for the Texas and New Mexico state highway departments. In 1924, he became the chief engineer for the Texon Oil and Land Company. He became one of the earliest licensed geologists in Texas, having taken the lead in the discovery of the Settles and Harding oilfields in Howard County near Big Spring and the first discovery well in the Ellenburger field. Upon Williams’ recommendation, Texon in 1926 drilled the deepest well in the United States until that time, the University 1-B well. In 1927, he established a water and ice works plant in Crane, Texas, which he operated until 1935, having resigned from Texon.

Active in community affairs, Williams served for eighteen years as an elected Pecos county commissioner, having been elected in 1936. He also achieved distinction as a historian of West Texas. His publications include several scholarly articles and five books: Never Again (3 vols., 1969), Animal Tales of the West (1974), and Texas' Last Frontier: Fort Stockton and the Trans-Pecos, 1861-1895 (1982).

On September 10, 1928, Williams married the Chicora Lee Graham. They had one son. In 1983, Williams was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He died on September 9, 1983.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Janet Williams Pollard and Louis Gwin, "Harsh Country, Hard Times: Clayton Wheat Williams and the Transformation of the Trans-Pecos" (Texas A&M University Press, 2011), p. 2: "Fort Stockton was a farm and ranch community when Clayton Wheat Williams entered the world on a Monday in April 1895. ... born to Oscar Waldo (O. W.) Williams and his wife Sallie Wheat, Clayton arrived at about forty minutes past 4 P.M."


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Engineer : Industrial
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office
  • Vocation : Science : Geology