Biography of Anderson Willits
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ANDERSON WILLITS is a native of Iowa, born May 24, 1838 he was the son of Charles and Hannah (Kirlin) Willits, natives of Ohio and Virginia. His father was of Welsh descent, and was reared on a farm in Wayne County, Ind., and there married about 1835; he moved to Iowa, where he farmed until 1846, when he returned to Henry County, Ind., and in the fall of 1848 he entered 120 acres of land in Howard County, and erected a log cabin. In 1860, he entered the mercantile business in Greentown, handling a general stock of goods. Here he remained the rest of life, except one year he was selling goods at Medo, Ill. He died in April, 1872, and his wife followed in April, 1881. Mr. Willits was an enterprising citizen, and served as Township Trustee and Assessor. The subject of this sketch received a limited education in the common schools, and has always led a farmer's life. In 1872, he purchased his present place of 135 acres, moderately improved; besides he has good. village property in Greentown. He has been a hard working, industrious man, and has made a good home, and is a liberal supporter of all public enterprises. Mr. Willits was married March 11, 1857, to Miss Harriet J. Hazzard, of Howard County, Ind. The result of this marriage has been nine children, four now living; Dora E., Eva Leota, Charles O. and an infant. Mrs. Willits died March 30, 1883. She and her husband were both faithful members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. and Mr. Willits is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is an active politician in the Republican ranks.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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