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 …

James Augustus Willis (1865-?) – went to Australia and was never heard of again!

James Augustus WILLIS (1865 – c1931) – According to family legend, James “went to Australia when he was about 20 years old and was never heard of after that!”  Passenger lists show a James A Willis left London on 21 September 1886 and disembarked in Mackay in Queensland, Australia on 17 November that year. He was 22 years old and …

Herbert Willis (1891-1956) & the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Herbert William WILLIS (1891-1956) – Herbert became an apprentice painter at age 13. He migrated to Australia in 1909 at the urging of his brother, Harry. Worked as a painter for the NSW Transport Department, becoming a Foreman Painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Herbert belonged to a Masonic Lodge and had homes in the Blackheath and Carlton suburbs of …

Able Seaman Edward Willis …at the Battle of Trafalgar?

Edward WILLIS (abt 1778 – 1854) – Possibly the same Edward Willis listed as being present at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, fighting under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson. Edward was aged 27 and an Able Seaman on board the HMS Dreadnought, although the records show he was born in Faversham. I have been unable to …