Biography of William E. Willis
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





William E. Willis. Was born in Virginia, July 16, 1825. At the age of eighteen he went to Missouri, and followed farming till 1849, when he came to California across the plains, arriving August 9th. He followed mining for two years, and then opened a blacksmith shop in Sacramento. At the end of eighteen months he went to Colusa county, where he, in company with Hiram Willits, conducted a shop. At the end of a year he and Benjamin Knight opened a shop in Coleus, which he conducted two years. He then went to Lake county and engaged in stock raising, which he followed three years. In 1859 he came to Mendocino county and located at Little Lake, where he spent one year, then went to Calpella, and spent a year at blacksmithing; thence to Potter valley, and spent a year at ranching; thence to Redwood valley, where he bought a steam saw mill which he run one season; thence to Ukiah, where he condutted a livery stable for a short time, and then speculated in real estate for about five years; thence to Coyote valley, where he spent one season; thence to Round valley, where he bought a livery stable, which he still conducts. He also has a blacksmith shop and wagon shop, and is the owner of the Ukiah and Covelo stage line. He married, August 5, 1858, Miss Mary Parton, a native of Missouri. Their children are: Alazena, Napoleon, Lucien, and Lillie.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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