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Willis, William, Jr.

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Willis, William, Jr.
March 12, 2007 10:09PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 2nd ed.,
1885, Butler Co.

WILLIAM WILLIS, Jr., was born in Rochester, Butler Co., Ky., on the
12th of October, 1847. His father, William Willis, Sr., is a
Kentuckian, born in Mercer County, March 2, 1818. His life has been
an active one; he was for many years a dealer in leaf tobacco, and
operated in Rochester, where he yet resides. He is hale and hearty for
his age, which is now nearly sixty-seven years. He was married in 1838
to Hannah E. Noell, with whom he lived happily until 1852, when she
died; she left six children, of which number William, Jr., is the
fourth. William Willis, Sr., is of Welch descent, his grandfather
being a native of Wales. William, Jr., at the age of eighteen years
began working for wages with his father in a tobacco warehouse, and
continued there for four years; then engaged as a clerk with Guest &
Evans for two years, after which, in 1871, he engaged in the grocery
trade for two years, and during that time dealt in timber and lumber,
which he has continued with unvarying success until the present time;
he has discontinued the grocery trade, and in connection with the
timber trade superintends his farm in Butler County. He was married
October 12, 1872, to Phoebe, daughter of Silas and Elizabeth (Downing)
Brewer of Muhlenburgh [sic] County, Ky. To this union have been born
four children: Ella P., F. May, Hannah E. and Jonelle. Mrs. Willis is
a member of the Christian Church, while Mrs. Willis holds to the faith
of the Methodist Church South. Mr. Willis takes a strong position on
the side of temperance and in politics is a Democrat.
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