Richard Parsons Willett

10 February 1827–8 March 1905 (Age 78)
McNairy, Tennessee, United States

The Life 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. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Franklin Township, Bourbon, Kansas, United States in 1880. 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

Spouse and Children

26 December 1849


    Robert Thornberry Willett


    Martha Ann Willett



    Sarah Benson Willett


    Richard Consontine Willett


+6 More Children

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+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

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.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 8

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated

Age 23

Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.

Name Meaning

1 English: from a pet form of Will 1.2 Americanized form of French Ouellette .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Richard Willett, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Richard P. Willett in entry for Frank M. Hilton and Lena Willett Chapman, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Richard Willett in entry for L. B. Willett and Nellie Franklin, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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