The Ringgold Record, 1894
NOTICE of DEATH.
William Wright WILLEY, veteran of the Civil War, died at the age of 62, leaving a widow
and several children. Interment was at Centenary Cemetery near Knowlton.
NOTE: Merrells WILLEY was born in Hartford, Connecticut on
August 9, 1796, the son of Clements Bates and Candace (MERRELLS) WILLEY, and married
Charlotte M. BEACH on April 22, 1818 in Ashtabula County, Ohio. They were the parents of eleven
children: George Reed (1819-1878), of Cedar County, Iowa; Dr. Alanson Green WILLEY, Derwin Erastus
Wallace Wakefield WILLEY (1828-1907),
Ward W. WILLEY, Mary C., Arthur D., Omri, and
Clement M. WILLEY (1846-1929, of Cedar County, Iowa and Civil War Veteran of Company F of
the 46th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Merrells died in Cedar County, Iowa on April 9, 1874. Charlotte M. (BEACH) WILLEY, the
daughter of Luman and Mydia Mason (WRIGHT) BEACH, was born May 4, 1803, Genesee County,
New York, and died June 8, 1883, Cedar County, Iowa. Merrells and Charlotte were interred
at Inland Cemetery near Bennett, Cedar County, Iowa.
William Wright WILLEY was born in Ohio in 1832 and was a brickmaker. He married
Nancy P. McGRANAHAN, and they were the parents of five children:
Charlotte R.; Adelade F.; Birthy; Rosna M.; and Alanson L. WILLEY (1879-1966). Alanson
was the husband of Emma E. (1879-1945) and they were interred at Centenary Cemetery. Nancy
Palmer (McGRANAHAN) WILLEY, the daughter of John Franklin and Perusetta (BURGESS)
McGRANAHAN, was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1836, and died in 1925, Ringgold County,
Iowa, with interment at Centenary Cemetery.
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008
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