Richard Parsons Willett

Brief Life History of Richard Parsons

When Richard Parsons Willett was born on 10 February 1827, in McNairy, Tennessee, United States, his father, Andrew Willett, was 28 and his mother, Julia Benson Shropshire, was 19. He married Elisabeth Ann Barr on 26 December 1849, in Washington, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Brush Creek Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States in 1860 and Franklin Township, Bourbon, Kansas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 8 March 1905, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Richard Parsons Willett
Elisabeth Ann Barr
Marriage: 26 December 1849
Robert Thornberry Willett
Martha Ann Willett
John Franklin Willett
Sarah Benson Willett
Richard Consontine Willett
Elizabeth Clemantine Willett
Orlenia Belle "Lena" Willett
Levi Bird Willett
Andrew Norman Willett
Eliza Jane Willett
Silas Kirk Willett

Sources (19)

  • R P Willet, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Richard C Willett, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Richard Willett, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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Historical Boundaries 1828: Washington, Arkansas Territory, United States 1836: Washington, Arkansas, United States

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: Los Angeles, California, United States

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal names Wilot, Wilet, pet forms of Will , itself a short form of William .

English: sometimes a variant of Willard .

English: perhaps occasionally a habitational name from Willet, in Elworthy (Somerset). It is from an earlier name of Doniford Stream, which rises at Willet, and is probably a compound of Old English wiell, will ‘spring’ + an unrecorded gīete ‘stream’.

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

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