Alfred Napolean Wills

Brief Life History of Alfred Napolean

When Alfred Napolean Wills was born on 23 July 1860, his father, Jacob Wills, was 33 and his mother, Lorana Ellen Bozarth, was 31. He married Louise B. Rich on 8 November 1891. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in East Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States in 1870 and Grant, Oregon, United States in 1880. He died on 8 February 1930, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 69.

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Alfred Napolean Wills
Louise B. Rich
Marriage: 8 November 1891
Mary Lorraine Wills
Lawrence Alfred Wills

Sources (10)

  • Alfred Willis in household of Jacob Willis, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Alfred Napoleon Wills, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Death Records, 1864-1967"
  • A N Wills in entry for Wills, "Oregon, Center for Health Statistics, Birth Records, 1903-1918"

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Grant County was established on Oct. 14, 1864, and named for General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union Army during the Civil War. Early in his military career Grant was stationed at Fort Vancouver and assigned to protect the increasing number of emigrants on the Oregon Trail. Grant County is located in eastern Oregon and was created out of Wasco and Umatilla Counties. At that time Grant County was the largest county in the state. Its size was later reduced by the transfer of land to Lake County and the creation of Harney​ and Wheeler Counties. Grant County shares boundaries with 8 counties: Morrow, Umatilla, and Union to the north; Harney to the south; Malheur and Baker to the east; and Crook and Wheeler to the west. It has an area of 4,528 square miles.

1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  

Name Meaning

English and German: variant of Will with genitival -s.

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

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