Willis Parker Dole


Born: 28 Oct 1859 in Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio, USA

Died: 5 Jun 1940 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA

Father: ?

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Martha Jane "Mattie" Spear (1867 – 1953)

Married: 1 May 1889 in Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA

Child: Walter T Dole (1890 – 1890)

Child: Mary Helen "Helen" Dole (1891 – 1990)

Child: Dolsy Hazel Dole (1893 – 1987)

Child: Walter Spear Dole (1894 – 1982)

Child: Viola Sophia Dole (1902 – 1930)


Willis' parents were both from Ohio.

In 1900, Willis was a farmer in Union Township (Rawlins County, KS).

An article in the Lincoln Daily Star reported than Mattie filed for divorce from Willis Dole about 27 May 1915. According to the article, he left her 16 Mar 1913. Only Viola was still at home at the time, and Martha sought custody.

In 1930, he was a night watchman for a hotel in Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz County, CA).

Change Date

This data was last changed on 23 Jun 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to notes]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to death, marriage]
Newspaper article (section "Here In Lincoln")
Lincoln Daily Star; Lincoln, Lancaster County, NB, USA; 27 May 1915; page 2 [applies to name, marriage, notes]
Web: Ancestry Database (California Death Index, 1940-1997)
ancestry.com. [Original data: "California Death Index, 1940-1997"; State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics; Sacramento, CA, USA. The original record can be requested from information in the index. (no document images)] [applies to name, birth, death]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

There exist multiple voter registration records for Willis P. Dole in Santa Cruz County between 1920 and 1938 (and Los Angeles County in 1924). He was a registered republican and identiifed as a fireman, laborer, or gardener, depending on the year. All have the same residence address from 1926, before that a couple of different addresses (one on the same street) are represented.