When Charles Ferry Williston was born on 3 September 1891, in Braxton, West Virginia, United States, his father, Charles Willard Williston, was 48 and his mother, Agnes Melissa Conrad, was 34. He had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with Deborah Jane Lytles. He lived in Terra Alta, Preston, West Virginia, United States in 1930 and Portland District, Preston, West Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 8 August 1973, in Morgantown, Monongalia, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Terra Alta Cemetery, Terra Alta, Preston, West Virginia, United States.
English or Scottish: unexplained. This has the form of a habitational name, but no such place has been identified. It may be an altered form of Willison , or possibly a habitational name from Willesden, now part of North London.