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George William Willett

Last updated 21 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 29 Apr 1889 in Tulare, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Died: Bef 26 Oct 2007

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes name (George W. Willett).

marriage-willett-spear-1921: Record of marriage for George W. Willett and Mary A. Spears (1921); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 16 Aug 2019) > “1921-1922” image 2625; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes name (George W. Willett).

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source includes name (George W. Willett).

military-draftreg-george-willett-1917: Draft registration card for George William Willett (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “South Dakota > Spink County > 4 > Draft Card W” image 1917; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes name (George William Willett).

obituary-david-willett-2017: Obituary for David William Willett (2017); Thelen-Hyke Funeral Home (https://www.hykefuneralhome.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), single location (Redfield, South Dakota), published after 13 Feb 2017

Comment: Source includes name (George Willett).

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birth

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes age (40) and location (South Dakota). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1889 to 1 Apr 1890.

marriage-willett-spear-1921: Record of marriage for George W. Willett and Mary A. Spears (1921); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 16 Aug 2019) > “1921-1922” image 2625; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes age (32). Using the marriage date of 31 Aug 1921 gives a birth date range from 1 Sep 1888 to 31 Aug 1889.

military-draftreg-george-willett-1917: Draft registration card for George William Willett (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “South Dakota > Spink County > 4 > Draft Card W” image 1917; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes date (April 29th 1889) and location (Tulare, S. Dak).

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death

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source notes George died before his daughter, Emilie (before 26 Oct 2007).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Mary A. Spear (1896 – 2007)

Married: 31 Aug 1921 in Draper, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

marriage-willett-spear-1921: Record of marriage for George W. Willett and Mary A. Spears (1921); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 16 Aug 2019) > “1921-1922” image 2625; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Draper, Jones County [, South Dakota]) and date (August 31, 1921).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 2,3, dwelling 22

Comment: Source identifies Mary A. Willett as the wife of Geroge W. Willett. It also implies this is the first marriage for each and that it took place when he was 32 and she was 25, or about 1921.

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Child: Leonard Ross Willett (1922 – 2009)

Child: Emilie Ruth Willett (1923 – 2007)

Child: <private>

Child: David William "Billy" Willett (1930 – 2017)

Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Occupation: (farmer) 5 Jun 1917

Residence: 5 Jun 1917 at Tulare Township, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 31 Aug 1921 at Tulare, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 20 Dec 1923 at Tulare Township, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Apr 1930

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Tulare Township, Spink County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

military-draftreg-george-willett-1917: Draft registration card for George William Willett (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “South Dakota > Spink County > 4 > Draft Card W” image 1917; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes date (5 Jun 1917) and occupation (farmer).

military-draftreg-george-willett-1917: Draft registration card for George William Willett (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “South Dakota > Spink County > 4 > Draft Card W” image 1917; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

Comment: Source includes date (5 Jun 1917) and location (Tulare Twp [, South Dakota]).

marriage-willett-spear-1921: Record of marriage for George W. Willett and Mary A. Spears (1921); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 16 Aug 2019) > “1921-1922” image 2625; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Tulare, Spink County [, South Dakota]) and marriage date (August 31, 1921).

memorialcard-emilie-price-2007: Memorial card (funeral program) for Emilie Ruth Price (2007); privately held

Comment: Source includes date (December 20 1923) and location (near Tulare, SD).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and occupation (Farmer).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 22

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Tulare Township, County: Spink, State: South Dakota).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Prior to his WWI draft registration in 1917, George served as a private for about a year in the Mitchell branch of the South Dakota National Guard. However, he did not claim an exemption from the draft, and is not listed as a veteran in the 1930 U.S. Census. [census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a, military-draftreg-george-willett-1917]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 22

military-draftreg-george-willett-1917: Draft registration card for George William Willett (1917); U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed before 2018) > “South Dakota > Spink County > 4 > Draft Card W” image 1917; citing “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, 4,582 rolls, imaged from Family History Library microfilm”

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

George's father was born in New York his mother in England. [census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a]

George's parents were probably William Willett and Marie Harrison. [research-a-spear-family-history]

He died 9 May 1978 in Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, and was buried in Tulare, Spink County, South Dakota. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1930-ps-sd-spink-45-2a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Spink County, Tulare Township, enumeration district 58-45, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 237A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Spink > Tulare > District 0045" image 3; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2230 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341964]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 22

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

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