Oh, yes, the one you see in the census is him. In the next census it says
he was born in Wales, as well as his parents, but I feel certain that is
wrong from the bits and pieces my husband knows. Also, in a later census,
his son (William died in his early forties) says his father was born in
Germany. And yes, I do want to find not only when he came to Monroe county,
but of course, who his parents were and when he actually entered the U.S.
I wondered about a newspaper, so I will definitely follow up on that. Since
he died young, I wondered if it was some kind of accident, maybe even at the
I also wondered about naturalization records, so I will try to follow up on
I have sent off for his pension records from the Civil War, but I have no
idea if his widow ever filed for any, so I may get nothing or a goldmine!
At 06:19 AM 9/27/00 -0500, you wrote:
At 05:10 AM 9/26/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Wm Louis Willard , born Jan. 1, 1845 in Baden Germany, died May 10, 1888 in
>Monroe County, Stinesville area. He was in the United States (Floyd
>County, Indiana) by 1861. He does not show up in the 1860 census index
>for Indiana. I don't know his father's name. I used
>the set Germans to America, with its passenger lists. There were a few
>Willards, not many, between 1840 and 1861 (the dates of ship lists covered
>in the books I checked) but no one named William that was the right age.
It appears you are trying to find when Louis Willard came to Monroe County,
Indiana. Is that correct?
I found a William Willard, age 25, living in Monroe County, Bean Blossom
Township, in the 1870 Indiana Census Index by Family Quest
Archives. Germany is identified as his place of birth. The age and place
of residence certainly fits with the information you have about Louis
Willard and I would certainly be exploring the connection.
In 1888, an obit should be available in the newspaper. Contact ReAnn in
the Indiana Room at the Monroe County Public Library and ask her to search
for you. I also suggest you check land records pre-1870, some of which are
on line, and the remainder are located at the Monroe County Historical
Society. While there, you might also check the naturalization records
which has been compiled into an index but is not part of my personal library.
Laura E. Mitchell lmitch(a)iquest.net
2522 College Ave. lmitchell(a)vigo.lib.in.us
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Visit the Vigo County Public Library Webpage at: http://vax1.vigo.lib.in.us
Genealogists: Check the VCPL webpage for an index of obituaries in the
Terre Haute newspaper, 1903-1966, http://vax1.vigo.lib.in.us/~obits/index.htm
VCPL now has the 1820 census of Vigo County online: