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Charles B. WILLIS
Frances Anna DAVIDSON
Minnie O. CUMMINGS
Husband:  Charles B. WILLIS
Birth:  23 Nov 1849, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN
Death:  31 Dec 1921, Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA
Disposition:  buried Long Beach, Los Angeles Co., CA
Occupation:  contractor (built the old Carlisle High School, torn down ca. 1985) 
Father:  John Robards WILLIS
Mother:  Sarah Elizabeth TRIMBLE
Marriage-1:  12 Jul 1871, Crawford Co., IL
Wife-1:  Frances Anna "Fanny" DAVIDSON
Birth:  7 Mar 1853, Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN
Death:  28 May 1884, Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN
Father:  Thomas Enochs DAVIDSON (1819-1895)
Mother:  Elizabeth GOBIN (1825-1911)
Marriage-2:  8 Dec 1885, Sullivan Co., IN
Wife-2:  Minnie O. CUMMINS / CUMMINGS
Birth:  21 Mar 1867 [not 1868], Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN
Death:  19 Nov 1941, Los Angeles Co., CA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Samuel Ballard CUMMINS / CUMINGS, b. 1821, VA
Mother:  Julia A. MILLER, b. 1821, KY
Children with Fanny DAVIDSON said to be:
  1.  Thomas F. WILLIS, b. Oct 1874, IN
  2.  French WILLIS, b. 8 Aug 1877, IN
  3.  Charles Alvin WILLIS, b. Feb 1880, IN
Children with Minnie CUMMINS born in the Town of Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN:
  4.  Melburn Claire WILLIS, b. Nov 1887
  5.  (Child) WILLIS; died young
  6.  (Child) WILLIS; died young
  7.  Clyde B. WILLIS, b. 6 Jun 1894; d. 26 Jan 1969, Inyo Co., CA
  8.  (Child) WILLIS; died young
  9.  Fred R. WILLIS, b. Aug 1898
10.  Charles [S. and/or C.] WILLIS, b. 1908/9

Did Charles really name two sons, "Charles"?

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, California, Illinois, Indiana

Sources (n.b., Sullivan Co., IN, is adjacent to Crawford Co., IL):

1a.  Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900:
Willis, Charles B Davidson, Fannie Crawford 07/12/1871 B/270

1b.  Marriage Index:  Indiana, 1851-1900 (Broderbund CD-243):
Willis, Charles B. Cummins, Minnie O. 8 Dec 1885 Sullivan Co.

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Samuel B. CUMMINS (æ 28, b. VA) & wife Julia (æ 28, b. KY) are living in Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN (p. 208A), with children and Samuel's presumed mother.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Fanny DAVIDSON (æ 7, b. IN) is living in Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN (p. 725), with her parents, Thomas DAVIDSON (æ 40, b. IN) and Elizabeth (æ 35, b. IN), plus siblings.  Ballard CUMINGS (æ 39, b. IN) & wife Julia (æ 40, b. KY) are living in Carlisle, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN (p. 763), with children.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Anna DAVIDSON (æ 17, b. IN) is living in Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN (p. 120A), with her parents, Thom. E. DAVIDSON (æ 50, b. IN) and wife Elizabeth (æ 45, b. IN), plus siblings.  Minnie CUMMINS (æ 3, b. IN) is living in the Town of Carlisle, Sullivan Co., IN (pp. 125A-125B), with her parents, Samuel B. CUMMINS (æ 49, b. VA) & Julia (æ 49, b. KY), plus siblings.

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Charles & Fanny or their children, and I really looked, including page-by-page checkes of Carlisle and Haddon Township.  Minnie CUMMINS (æ 13, b. IN) is living in Carlisle, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN (p. 600D), with her parents, S. B. CUMMINS (æ 58, b. VA) & Julia A. (æ 59, b. KY), plus siblings.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7a.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 40):  Carlisle Town, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll T623_404, p. 103A, SN 2, SD 2, ED 128, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 Willis Chas B Head W M Nov 1850 49 M 14     IN IN IN Carpenter 0   Y Y Y O M F 4
    ______ Minnie O Wife W F Mar 1867 33 M 14 6 3 IN VA KY Keeping House     Y Y Y        
    ______ Claire Dau W F Nov 1887 12 S       IN IN IN     8 Y Y Y        
    ______ Clyde Son W M Jun 1894  5 S       IN IN IN       N N Y        
    ______ Fred R Son W M Aug 1898  1 S       IN IN IN                    

7b.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 40):  Carlisle Town, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll T623_404, p. 104A, SN 3, SD 2, Ed 128, enumerated 2 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24
53 55 Willis Thos F Lodger W M Oct 1874 20 S IN IN IN Insurance Agt 0 Y Y Y
This appears to be our subject's son.  Living w/OGLE family.  I can't find this Thomas, with certainty, in later censuses.

8.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 53):  Carlisle Town, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN, Roll T624_380 (Part 3), p. 152A, SN 5A, SD 2, ED 168, enumerated 18 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
91 95 Willis Charles B Head M W 59 M2 24     IN IN IN Eng Contractor House Building Emp N 0 Y Y   O F H
    ______ Minnie O Wife F W 42 M1 24 7 4 IN VA KY Eng None         Y Y        
    ______ Melburn? C Dau F W 22 S       IN IN IN Eng Teacher Public Schools W N 0 Y Y        
    ______ Clyde B Son M W 15 S       IN IN IN Eng None         Y Y Y      
    ______ Fred R Son M W 11 S       IN IN IN Eng None         Y Y Y      
    ______ Charles S Son M W  1 S       IN IN IN   None                    
Son Charles's middle initial is definitely "S."

9.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #18 of 34):  444 Daisy Ave., Long Beach City (Ward 3), Long Beach Twp., Los Angeles Co., CA, Roll T625_104, p. 38A, SN 9A, SD 8, ED 74, enumerated 9 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* 444 197 319 Willis Charles B Head R M W 69 M N Y Y IN IN IN Y Contractor house builder OA
      ______ Minnie O Wife   F W 51 M N Y Y IN KY VA Y none    
      ______ Clyde B Son   M W 24 S N Y Y IN IN IN Y carpenter house W
      ______ Fred R Son   M W 21 S N Y Y IN IN IN Y carpenter house W
      ______ Charley C Son   M W 10 S Y Y Y IN IN IN Y none    
*Daisy Ave
Son Charley's middle initial is definitely "C."

10.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31 of 44):  922 [unreadable], Long Beach City, Long Beach Twps., Los Angeles Co., CA, Roll 130, p. 246A, SN 16A, ED 19-1125, SD 19, enumerated 18 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 28 30
* 922 382 524 Willis Minnie Head O 15000 N F W 62 Wd N Y CA VA KY Y None Y N
*[street name unreadable]

11.  CADI:  California Death Index, 1940-1997 (online at RootsWeb.com and Ancestry.com):
Last
Name
First
Name
Middle Birth Date Mother
Maiden
Father
Last
Sex Birth
Place
Death Place
(County)
Death Date SSN Age Post-em
Placed
WILLIS Minnie O 03/21/1868 MILLER CUMMINGS F IN Los Angeles (19) 11/19/1941   73 Yes
WILLIS Clyde B 06/06/1894 CUMMINS   M IN Inyo 01/26/1969 554-24-8115 74 Yes

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

13.  Email from Kerry Penn, Mary D. Pielemeier.

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