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Col William Wells Hollister
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Birth: Jan. 12, 1818
Hanover (Licking County)
Licking County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1886
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Hollister is a direct descendant of Governor Thomas Welles, the Fourth Colonial Governor of Connecticut, and a descendant of Edmund Rice, an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hollister married Annie Hannah James on June 18, 1862, in San Francisco, California.
Hollister raised sheep and during the Civil War he became a millionaire due to the high price of wool. He purchased large amounts of land in Santa Barbara County. He also formed the world's largest almond groves called Glen Annie Ranch. Part of his wealth was to help back the construction of Lobero's Theatre and Stearn's Wharf. He also bought the 'Morning Press' newspaper. Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California is named for him.
Inductee in the 'Hall Fame of Great Westerners', of The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This museum opened in 1955 and Mr. Hollister was inducted in 1959. The city of Hollister, California is named for him.

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Hollister (1782 - 1839)
  Philena Hubbard Hollister (____ - 1824)
 
 Spouse:
  Hannah Annie Hollister (1841 - 1909)*
 
 Sibling:
  Gustavus A. Hollister (____ - 1844)*
  William Wells Hollister (1818 - 1886)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Santa Barbara Cemetery
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA
Plot: Summit sect, lot 600
 
Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: May 24, 2004
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Col William Wells Hollister
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Col William Wells Hollister
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