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Levi WILLIS
Cinderella CHILCOTE
Husband:  Levi "Lee" WILLIS
Birth:  May 1846, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN
Death:  aft. 1930 census
Occupation:  laborer, farmer, postmaster?
Military Service:  Civil War:  9 Dec 1863 - 19 Sep 1865, Pvt., Co. G, 11th Rgmt. Indiana Cavalry
Event:  1881, bought the Post Office, Aspen, Pitkin Co., CO
Father:  John Robards WILLIS
Mother:  Sarah Elizabeth TRIMBLE
Marriage:  29 Mar 1874
Wife:  Cinderella CHILCOTE
Birth:  20 Feb 1856, Tecumseh, Ozark Co., MO
Death:  18 Apr 1942, Los Angeles Co., CA
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  David G. CHILCOTE
Mother:  Abigail GREGG
Children born in MO, presumably in Chillicothe, Livingston Co., MO:
1.  Sarah A. "Sadie" WILLIS, b. 11 Sep 1878
2.  Charles B. WILLIS, b. Oct 1885
3.  Homer B. WILLIS, b. Aug 1887
4.  Nettie B. WILLIS, b. 4 Aug 1895
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, California, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri

Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1998.  Marriage Index: Missouri, 1851-1900.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-234; online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

2.  1880 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 18):  Chillicothe Twp., Livingston Co., MO, p. 103B, PN 10, SD 7, ED 166, enumerated 5/7 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  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 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
79 87 Willis Levi W M 34 Husband   / Laborer   IN IN IN
    ______ Cindarella W F 24 Wife   / Keeping House   OH OH OH
    ______ Sarah W F  1 Daughter /       MO IN OH
    Murphy Elizabeth W F 12 Boarder /   At home / NC NC NC
This film may rank as the most difficult film I've ever tried to read.  Listed two households from Levi's brother, William WILLIS, in one direction; and, in the other direction, listed next to Jonathan & Mary MURPHY of NC, who are four households from Levi's widowed father, John R. WILLIS

3a.  1890 Census:  the 1890 census population schedules were destroyed.

3b.  Veterans' Schedules:  U.S. Selected States, 1890 (Broderbund CD-131):  not found, but there are no MO records on CD.

4.  1900 Census Index/Microfilm (online at Genealogy.com):  Jackson Twp., Linn Co., MO, p. 146B, SD 2, ED 76, SN 4B, enumerated 11 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
81 81 Willis Levi Head W M May 1846 54 M 26     IN IN IN Farmer 0   Y Y Y O M F 86
    ______ Cinderella Wife W F Feb 1856 44 M 26 7 4 MO OH OH       Y Y Y        
    ______ Charles B Son W M Oct 1885 14 S       MO IN MO at school   6 Y Y Y        
    ______ Homer B Son W M Aug 1887 12 S       MO IN MO at school   9 Y Y Y        
    ______ Nettie B Dau W F Aug 1895 4 S       MO IN MO       Y Y Y        
Listed next to newly married daughter, Sarah (WILLIS) AUSTIN.

5.  1910 Census Index/Images (online at Genealogy.com; Image #5 of 28):  Jackson Twp., Linn Co., MO, p. 146A, SN 3A, SD 2, ED 78, enumerated 19 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 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
45 45 Willis Levi Head M W 63 M1 36 IN IN IN Eng Farmer General Farm OA Y Y   O M F 44
    ______ Cinderella Wife F W 54 M1 36 MO OH OH Eng None     Y Y          
    ______ Nettie B Daughter F W 14 S   MO IN MO Eng None     Y Y Y        

6.  1920 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 15 Levi is indexed "Leni" and "Sadie"):  Lebanon Twp., Laclede Co., MO, Roll T625_931, p. 73B, SN 2B, SD 14, ED 49, enumerated _ 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).
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28 29
Fm 37 37 Willis Levi Head O F M W 73 M Y Y IN IN IN Y Far Gen Farm Em 32
      ______ S Ella Wife     F W 63 M Y Y MO OH OH Y None      
      Gregory Nettie Dau     F W 24 M Y Y MO IN MO Y None      
      _______ Ernest S-in-law     M W 28 M Y Y MO TN MO Y Laborer Farm Work W  
      _______ Ernestine GDau     F W 2 5/12 S     MT MO MO   None      

7.  1930 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #35 of 77):  228 Madison Avenue, Lebanon City (Ward 4), Lebanon "Twp.," Laclede Co., MO, Roll 1207, p. 183A, SN 18A, ED 53-7, SD 13, 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 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 28 30 31
* 228 37 39 Willis Levi Head O 2000 N M W 83 M 28 N Y IN KY IN Y none Y Y Civ
      ______ Cinderella Wife       F W 74 M 18 N Y MO OH OH Y none      
*Madison Avenue

8.  CADI:  California Death Index, 1940-1997 (online at RootsWeb.com and Ancestry.com):
Last
Name
First
Name
Birth Date Father
Last
Sex Birth
Place
Death Place
(County)
Death Date Age Post-em
Placed
WILLIS Cinderella 02/20/1856 CHILCOTE F MO Los Angeles (19) 04/18/1942 86 Yes

9.  Anon.  1997-2000.  Military Records of Individual Civil War Soldiers.  Historical Data Systems, Provo, UT (online at Ancestry.com):
Name: Levi Willis
Residence: Carlisle, Indiana
Enlistment Date: 09 December 1863
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 481 481
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 9 Dec 1863.
Enlisted in Co. G, 11th Cavalry Rgmt. Indiana on 9 Dec 1863.
Mustered out Co. G, 11th Cavalry Rgmt. Indiana on 19 Sep 1865 in Fort Leavenworth, KS.

10.  Excerpt of a letter dated 27 Nov 1881 from Martha Abigail (HOPKINS) BROWN of Chillicothe, MO, mother-in-law of Levi's brother, William Murphy WILLIS, to Martha's son-in-law, Cyrus Wells KIRK in Colorado Springs, CO [original in the possession of Rhenda Green Cedars of Natchitoches, LA, who kindly provided a transcription]:
...Lee Willis has bought the Aspen post office and moved.  I am glad to hear that...
(Aspen is in Pitkin Co., CO.)

11.  Anon.  Saturday, 15 Nov 1902.  [society page] The Chillicothe Constitution (Chillicothe, MO), Vol. XV, No. 265, p. 10 (online at Ancestry.com):
Laredo Tribune:  Mrs. Sadie Austin and daughter of Chillicothe came up Tuesday and will spend a few days with the family of Levi Willis.

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

13.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

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