Biography of Alva U. Willis

Willis, Alva U., was born in the village of Elba, October 4, 1819. His father was John Willis, a native of Connecticut. He came to Genesee county in 1808, and during his life was a miller, farmer and hotel keeper; he purchased his land of the Holland Company, and through his life maintained a prominent position in the county. His wife was Clarissa, daughter of John Underhill; they had three children: Alva U., George H., and Mary. Alva U. Willis was one of the extensive farmers of Genesee county, and though he retired many years before his death from the active duties of practical farming, he continued to devote his attention to the care of his farms and other investments. He was a prominent man in the town and county was supervisor for the years 1859-61 and 1876-71, and served as postmaster for three terms. He always sought to promote the highest interests of his town and its people. Mr. Willis was married in 1848 to Helen M:, daughter of Jarvis Pettibone. He died on February 11, 1899, and is survived by his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Frank Harris, and her six children, and the five children of his deceased son, Charles J., namely: Helen M., George J., John L., Mary L., and Alva U.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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