William R Willis

Male6 January 1804–24 November 1881

Brief Life History of William R

When William R Willis was born on 6 January 1804, in Bayou Chicot, Evangeline, Louisiana, United States, his father, Rev Joseph Willis Sr, was 46 and his mother, Sarah Johnson, was 24. He married Rhoda G. Strother on 15 July 1834, in St. Helena, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 12 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Louisiana, United States in 1870 and Calcasieu, Rapides, Louisiana, United States in 1880. He died on 24 November 1881, in Allen, Louisiana, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Allen, Louisiana, United States.

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William R Willis
Rhoda G. Strother
Marriage: 15 July 1834
William Willis
Jackson Willis
Mary Willis
Daniel Willis
James Wise Willis
Elizabeth Willis
Joseph Willis
Sarah Willis
Lemuel S Willis
Joseph Willis
Jesse Willis
Mathew Alexander Willis
Alexander Willis
Martha Willis
Alexander Matthew Willis
William Willis

Sources (6)

  • William Willis, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William R. Willis, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Wm Willis in entry for L A Willis, "Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 July 1834St. Helena, Louisiana, United States
  • Children (16)

    +11 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1807 · Louisiana is Divided into 19 Parishes

    Age 3

    Louisiana was divided into 19 parishes (rather than counties or boroughs) on March 31, 1807. Currently, there are 64 parishes in Louisiana.


    Age 4

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 21

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    variant of Will with genitival -s. This surname represents a retention of the second syllable, introduced by the addition of the Middle English genitival suffix -es, which would have been pronounced in the Middle English period. Compare Wills . In some cases the name is a variant of Willey , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

    variant of Willows .


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

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