William Willa Jett

12 August 1831–31 January 1894 (Age 62)
Franklin, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Willa

When William Willa Jett was born on 12 August 1831, in Franklin, Kentucky, United States, his father, Thomas Cole Jett, was 44 and his mother, Elizabeth Call Swetnam, was 35. He married Elizabeth Fannie Gaines about 1860, in Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Kentucky, United States in 1870 and Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky, United States in 1880. He died on 31 January 1894, in Jett, Franklin, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Frankfort, Franklin, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Willa Jett
Elizabeth Fannie Gaines
Marriage: about 1860
Thomas Keeling Jett
Leonna Jett
George Hiram Jett
Mariam Jett

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Fannie Gaines


about 1860
Kentucky, United States


    Thomas Keeling Jett


    Leonna Jett


    George Hiram Jett


    Mariam Jett


Parents and Siblings


    Elizabeth Call Swetnam




    George Hiram Jett


    Elvira Call Jett


    Mary R Jett


    Elizabeth Frances Jett


    Thomas Jefferson Jett


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 5

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1850 · 8th Most Populated State

Age 19

According to the 1850 census Kentucky was the 8th most populated state with 982,405 people.

Name Meaning

German: variant of Jette .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William H Jett in household of Thomas Jett, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm W Jett, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William W Jett, "United States Census, 1880"

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