Rock Willey

1 January 1863–7 February 1940 (Age 77)

The Life of Rock

When Rock Willey was born on 1 January 1863, in Italy, his father, William Moxley, was 38 and his mother, Huldah Griggs, was 32. He married Nancy Ann Butcher on 17 October 1887, in Lewis, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Freemansburg, Lewis, West Virginia, United States for about 20 years and Belpre, Washington, Ohio, United States in 1910. He died on 7 February 1940, in Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Belpre, Washington, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

Rock Willey
Nancy Ann Butcher
Marriage: 17 October 1887
Ova Lucinda Willey
Emery Mertz Willey
Clarence Wayne Willey
Jesse Earl Willey
Fay Henry Willey
Rosa Myrtle Willey
Burton Raymond Willey
Rella Gay Willey

Spouse and Children


    Nancy Ann Butcher


17 October 1887
Lewis, West Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 0

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 0

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."

Age 23

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from any of various places so named. Those in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Warwickshire are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old English lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; one in Devon probably has Old English wīðig ‘willow’ as the first element, while one in Surrey has Old English wēoh ‘(pre-Christian) temple’. 2. variant spelling of Willy 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rock Willie, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Rock Willey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Rock Wooly in household of William Morley, "United States Census, 1880"

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