Indiana McCaslins

William Ezra WillisAge: 65 years18751941

Name
William Ezra Willis
Birth August 26, 1875
Source: Find a Grave
Census 1910 (Age 34 years)
Census 1920 (Age 44 years)
Census 1930 (Age 54 years)
Census 1940 (Age 64 years)
Occupation
1920 Painter

Death August 10, 1941 (Age 65 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial August 12, 1941 (2 days after death)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Riverview Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 79625236)
Burial

Riverview Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 79625236)

Shared note

William Ezra Willis and Sarah Elizabeth Kear Lyon marry 4 Mar 1903 in Dana, LaSalle, Illinois. The groom's father is David Willis and his mother Annie Meredith. The bride's father is Isaac Kear and her mother Mary Gudgel.

In the 1910 US Federal Census for Osage, LaSalle, Illinois, 34-year old Kentucky-born W E [William Ezra] Willis and his 32-year-old Illinois-born wife Elizabeth [Kear Lyon] Willis have been married seven years. Elizabeth has born no children. They have a boarder in their household 20-year-old Illinois-born Joseph Markert [?]. This household is living in a house that William owns, but with a mortgage. Willis is a telegraph operator for the railroad and Joseph is a foreman for the railroad. Neither has had any months with no work in the past year. Everyone is literate and speaks English. William's parents were born in Kentucky. Elizabeth's father was born in England and her mother in Ohio. Joseph's parents were born in Germany.

In the 1920 US Federal Census for Streator, LaSalle, Illinois, 75-year-old Ohio-born widow Mary {Gudgel] Kear is head of a household which contains her 46-year-old Kentucky-born house painter son-in-law William Willis and her 42-year-old Illinois-born daughter Elizabeth [Kear Lyon] Willis. The family is living at 1008 West Bridge in a house that Mary owns, free of mortgage. Everyone is literate and speaks English. Mary's parents were born in Ohio. [sic] William's parents were born in Kentucky. Elizabeth's father was born in England and her mother in Ohio.

In the 1930 US Federal Census for Streator, LaSalle, Illinois, 54-year-old Kentucky-born William Willis was married for the first time when he was 28-years-old. His 52-year-old Illinois-born wife, Elizabeth [Kear Lyon] Willis was married for the first time when she was 17-years-old indicating that this is a second marriage for her [Her first marriage was to Roy Lyon]. They are living at 909 West Bridge in a house that William owns, worth $3,850. Both are literate and speak English. William is a truck driver for an oil company and has worked on the last regularly scheduled work day. He has not served in the military. William's parents were born in Kentucky. Elizabeth's father was born in England and her mother in Ohio.

In the 1940 US Federal Census for Streator, LaSalle, Illinois, 64-year-old Kentucky-born William E Willis and his 62-year-old Illinois-born wife Elizabeth [Kear Lyon] Willis and living at 1108 West Bridge in a rented house for which they pay $12 a month. They were living in the same town in 1935. William has completed the 8th grade. Elizabeth has conpleted two years of high school. They do not live on a farm. William is a painter with his own business and has worked 32 hours in the past week and has worked six weeks in the past year. Elizabeth is seeking work as she has been unemployed for four weeks. She previously worked as a seamtress for the WPA. William has income from sources other than wage or salary. Elizabeth does not.

William E Willis, painter, residence Streator, LaSalle, Illinois, born 26 Oct 1875 in Priceville, Kentucky, died 10 Aug 1941 in Streator, LaSalle, Illinois and was buried 12 Aug 1941 in Riverview Cemetery, Streator, LaSalle, Illinois. His parents were recorded as Letitia Meridith and David Willis, both born in Kentucky. His spouse was Elizabeth Willis.