William Alexander Follett

Male11 November 1825–21 October 1885

Brief Life History of William Alexander

When William Alexander Follett was born on 11 November 1825, in Shalersville, Portage, Ohio, United States, his father, King Follett, was 37 and his mother, Louisa Tanner, was 26. He married Nancy Mariah Fausett on 29 September 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839. He registered for military service in 1846. He died on 21 October 1885, in Pima, Graham, Arizona, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Pima Cemetery, Pima, Graham, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Alexander Follett
Nancy Mariah Fausett
Marriage: 29 September 1845
William King Follett
Warren King Follett
Isaac Alfred Follett
Louisa L Follett
Louinda Follett
William Lamoni Follett
John Follett
Joseph Edward Follett
Lyman Leander Follette
Nancy Ann Follett
Sarah Mariah Follett
Anna Eliza Follett
Hyram Follett

Sources (52)

  • Wm A Fowlett, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Alexander Follett, "United States Western States Marriage Index"
  • US Military pension file

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 September 1845Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Children (13)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 2

    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 5

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion

    Age 16

    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): nickname from Anglo-Norman French fol(l)et ‘fool, jester’.

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

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    William Alexander Follett Story

    From humble beginnings in Ohio and Tennessee, the lives of these two individuals parallel the early events in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints as their dedication to the church took them …

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