Our Dead Relatives

Willey Family

My Great Great Great Grandmother Mariamna was a Willey.

Mariamna's brother John Wesley Willey moved from Clark Co, Indiana to Kansas in 1857. He was licensed as a Methodist preacher. When he moved to Kansas in 1857, he took a combined saw and flour mill with him. He set the mill up next to the Wakarusa River about two miles southeast of Lawrence, Kansas near Blue Mound. He also established a farm and settled nearby on another hill known as Willey's Bald. He supplied flour and wood planks to local settlers and to persons traveling on the nearby Oregon and California trails. He served in the Civil War as chaplain of a Kansas regiment during Price's raid in 1864.

Mariamna's son William Lewis moved to Douglas County, Kansas in April 1866.