Stillman Parker Willard

Male4 July 1836–25 September 1905

Brief Life History of Stillman Parker

When Stillman Parker Willard was born on 4 July 1836, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Daniel Willard, was 25 and his mother, Sarah Shackford Carr, was 24. He married Verona Emeline Ferson on 20 July 1863, in Nashua, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. He died on 25 September 1905, in Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Stillman Parker Willard
Verona Emeline Ferson
Marriage: 20 July 1863
Blanche Willard

Sources (21)

  • Stilman Willard in household of John N Webster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Stilman P. Willard, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Stillman P. Willard, "New Hampshire, Marriages, 1720-1920"

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  • Marriage
    20 July 1863Nashua, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
  • Children (1)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (7)


    Age 10

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 27

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 27

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    English (Sussex, Kent, and Surrey): from the Middle English personal name Willard, representing either Old English Wilheard or Old French Willard (ancient Germanic Willihard), the source of both of which consists of elements meaning ‘will, desire’ + ‘hardy, brave’. The name may also derive from the Middle English personal name Withelard, shortened to Willard (Old French, ancient Germanic Widelard).

    German: variant of Willhardt (see Willert ) and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.

    History: Simon Willard (1605–76) came from Horsmonden, Kent, England, to Boston, MA, in 1634. In that year he became one of the founders of Cambridge, MA, and the following year (1635) was a founder of Concord, MA. Twenty years later, in 1659, he was a founder of Lancaster, MA. Simon Willard was involved in numerous confrontations with the Native Americans, in particular in ‘King Philip's War’ of 1675–76. He had seventeen children and was the ancestor of many prominent Americans.

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

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