A Willis goes to Hollywood! 1904

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station for over sixty years from 1892 until 1954. On Saturday, 5 March 1904, Ingram Willis, aged 48, arrived on Ellis Island from the USS Lucania,  intent on settling in the United States. Ingram had been …

Alfred Willis receives a school beating, 1842

This concerns Alfred Willis, born in Barham in Kent in 1824, but whose family emigrated to the USA in 1835, settling in West Newbury, Massachusetts. from THE COMMON SCHOOL JOURNAL Court of Common Pleas, March Term, 1842 at Salem Judge Warren presiding COMMONWEALTH VS WILLIAM WEBSTER This was an appeal from decision of a magistrate, who had imposed a fine …