Willie Mae Ashley

18 January 1901–8 January 1980 (Age 79)
Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana, United States

The Life of Willie Mae

When Willie Mae Ashley was born on 18 January 1901, in Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana, United States, her father, Festus Benjamin Ashley, was 27 and her mother, Nannie Ophelia Hendon, was 25. She married John Carlton Wagley about 1917, in Caddo, Louisiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 8 January 1980, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

John Carlton Wagley
Willie Mae Ashley
Marriage: about 1917
Johnnie Mae Wagley
Naomi Gloria Wagley

Spouse and Children

about 1917
Caddo, Louisiana, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Festus Benjamin Ashley


    Nannie Ophelia Hendon




    Elbert Master Ashley



    Eugene Ashley


    Ed Lewis Ashley


    Fred Brooks Ashley


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 5

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.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 22

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in southern and central England named Ashley, from Old English æsc ‘ash’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Willie May Ashley in household of Festis Ashley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willie Mae Moore, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"
  • Ashley in entry for Johnnie Mae Miller, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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