Mary Ward Williams Hess

10 June 1902–4 January 1985 (Age 82)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

The Life of Mary Ward Williams

When Mary Ward Williams Hess was born on 10 June 1902, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, her father, Joseph Frederic Hess, was 22 and her mother, Sarah Ann Williams, was 24. She married Alfred Clifton Wilson II on 8 March 1918, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in California, United States in 1935 and Salt Lake City Ward 2, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1940. She died on 4 January 1985, in La Mirada, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 82.

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Family Time Line

Alfred Clifton Wilson II
Mary Ward Williams Hess
Marriage: 8 March 1918
Helen LaVon Wilson
Alfred Clifton Wilson III
Gordon Raymond Wilson

Spouse and Children

8 March 1918
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Joseph Frederic Hess


    Sarah Ann Williams




World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 4

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

Age 25

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

1 German, Dutch, Danish, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for someone from the territory of Hesse (German Hessen).2 South German: from a short form of the personal name Matthäus ( see Matthew ).3 German and Dutch: from the Germanic personal name Hesso.

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

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Story Highlight

Kind Stepfather

"Nana" (Mary Hess Wilson) always said that George had been a good stepfather and a kind husband to her mother. Nana’s father died when she was 2 the day before Thanksgiving. George and her mother Sara …

Sources (3)

  • Mary Wilson in household of Fred C Wilson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary R Wilson in entry for Gordon Raymond Wilson, "Utah, World War II Index to Army Veterans of Utah, 1939-1945"
  • Mary Hess in entry for William Kelperis and Helen Lavon Wilson, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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