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John Willis Essex UK to Utah in 1867

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Re: John Willis Essex UK to Utah in 1867

Posted: 1257016931000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Willis, Bloomfield, Jacobson
Hello Brenda,

This is from "History of Tooele County" by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and published in 1961. In this book, various people (usually descendents) submitted brief biographies of many of the early pioneers to the area. This was submitted by "Adolphine S. Willis."

"John Willis was born at Stebbing, Essex, England January 22, 1828, the son of John Willis and Bridget Ann Chittock. He was baptized into the Church in England and immigrated to America in 1864 on the sailing vessel "The Hudson." He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley November 2, 1864 and later settled in Grantsville. He was a truck gardener, planted the first cherry trees and experimented with new plants. He was a candymaker by trade. Mary Ann Bloomfield, first wife of John Willis, was born August 14, 1814 at West Walton, England. Died May 18, 1894 at Grantsville. She had two sons, George and Joseph.
Anna Lena Jacobson, second wife of John, was born December 14, 1842 in Oster Plana, Sweden. She was a hard worker, both at home and in Church. She came to Utah in 1872, leaving a family of five children, bringing a five-month-old baby. She worked hard and sent for her children, by weaving carpets to get the money. Gave 25 yards of home-made carpet to the Salt Lake Temple. Died December 17, 1919 at Grantsville. She had one child, a son, Harry Gordon Willis. John Willis died March 6, 1915 at age 87 and was buried in Grantsville."

Hope that is of some interest to you.


Jerry Carbiener
Minden, Nevada

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