Biography of R. G. Willis


Willis, R. G., Marilla, was born in Alden, October 4, 1820, son of Nathan and Betsey E. (Bissel) Willis. he of New Hampshire and she of Massachusetts. Nathan settled in Alden in 1810, and died there in January, 1866; his wife died in 1825. R. G. Willis was reared at farming and lumbering. In 1847 he married Elvira S., daughter of Captain Edward Nye. They had two children: Emma M., wife of R. W. Austin of Marilla, and Helen E., wife of Herbert Mason of Aurora. Mrs. Willis died in 1859, and he married, March 7, 1863, Elvira L. Pattengell; she was the daughter of Oliver Pattengell and widow of Jonathan S. Kerr. They have one daughter, Hattie G., wife of Charles E. Hall of Marilla. R. G. Willis has spent his life at milling, farming and hotel-keeping, and is now living retired with his daughter, Mrs. Hall, his wife having died in 1896. Mr. Willis held several town offices, and is a man highly esteemed.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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