Ruth Esther Willard

6 August 1895–5 February 1986 (Age 90)
Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Ruth Esther

When Ruth Esther Willard was born on 6 August 1895, in Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Leonard Guenuari Willard, was 22 and her mother, Emeline Minerva Merriam, was 18. She lived in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1900. She died on 5 February 1986, in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 90.

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Leonard Guenuari Willard
Emeline Minerva Merriam
Ruth Esther Willard
Florence M. Willard
Leslie Merriam Willard
Fred Merideth Willard

Parents and Siblings

    Leonard Guenuari Willard


    Emeline Minerva Merriam




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 3

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 24

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

1 English: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’.2 Probably an Americanized form of the German cognate Willhardt ( see Willert ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Willard in household of Leonard Willard, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth E Willard in household of Leonard G Willard, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth E Willard in household of Leonard G Willard, "United States Census, 1900"

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