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 Willis Webb Polk

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Willis Webb Polk

Birth
Georgetown, Scott County, Kentucky, USA
Death
30 Nov 1907 (aged 69)
San Mateo, San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot
Plot 46
Memorial ID
171167329 View Source

An architect, Willis Webb Polk was born on his father's first farm in Scott County, Kentucky. He left home in 1856, driving a herd of cattle Sangamon County, Illinois and afterwards headed to Platte County, Missouri where his brother, David T. Polk, Sr. had relocated.

Willis Webb was twice married. First, to Parthenia Frances Dye, on 14 Oct 1858 in Platte County, Missouri. They were the parents of two children: Sarah Ann and William Chinn Polk, and are enumerated with their daughter in Platte County's Green Township on the 1860 census, just prior to the birth of son William.

Willis lost his wife in 1866, and daughter Sarah two years later.

He next married 'Endie' Burch in Knox County, Indiana on 01 Jan 1867. With her, he had additional children: Willis Jefferson and Daniel Polk, both of whom became architects; and daughter Daisy. Two other children, Endemial and Trusten, did not survive childhood.

From Indiana, we know he briefly moved his family to Illinois, as that was the birthplace of his son Willis J. By 1870, Willis W. had returned to Kentucky with his family, where they were enumerated on the 1870 census at Lexington, and where son Daniel was born.

They soon moved again, this time to St. Louis, Missouri where daughter Daisy was born in 1874, and where son Trusten followed two years later. The family appear there on the 1880 census.

In 1887 there were found at Kansas City, Missouri where that year's directory show Willis and son Daniel in partnership as architects while son Willis worked as a draftsman for Van Brunt & Howe. Willis owned, worked and resided in the Hotel Willard on the corner of 8th & May Streets; wife Endie was listed as its proprietor.

By 1900 they had moved again and Willis and Endie, along with Daniel and Daisy, were recorded on the census at San Francisco, living at 2121 Buchanan Street.

He and his wife soon purchased a home at 2907 Dwight Way in Berkeley, which is where Endie died in July, 1906.

Willis died later that same year at the home of his son Willis J. Polk in San Mateo, and was interred at this cemetery.

(Birth data from his 1899 US Passport application and census
records.)

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POLK—In San Mateo, Cal., November 29, 1906, Willis W. Polk, father of William C., Willis [J.], Dan and Daisy Polk, a native of Kentucky, aged 68 years 6 months and 17 days.
--The San Francisco (California) Call; Saturday, 01 Dec 1906; pg. 11, col. 5

An architect, Willis Webb Polk was born on his father's first farm in Scott County, Kentucky. He left home in 1856, driving a herd of cattle Sangamon County, Illinois and afterwards headed to Platte County, Missouri where his brother, David T. Polk, Sr. had relocated.

Willis Webb was twice married. First, to Parthenia Frances Dye, on 14 Oct 1858 in Platte County, Missouri. They were the parents of two children: Sarah Ann and William Chinn Polk, and are enumerated with their daughter in Platte County's Green Township on the 1860 census, just prior to the birth of son William.

Willis lost his wife in 1866, and daughter Sarah two years later.

He next married 'Endie' Burch in Knox County, Indiana on 01 Jan 1867. With her, he had additional children: Willis Jefferson and Daniel Polk, both of whom became architects; and daughter Daisy. Two other children, Endemial and Trusten, did not survive childhood.

From Indiana, we know he briefly moved his family to Illinois, as that was the birthplace of his son Willis J. By 1870, Willis W. had returned to Kentucky with his family, where they were enumerated on the 1870 census at Lexington, and where son Daniel was born.

They soon moved again, this time to St. Louis, Missouri where daughter Daisy was born in 1874, and where son Trusten followed two years later. The family appear there on the 1880 census.

In 1887 there were found at Kansas City, Missouri where that year's directory show Willis and son Daniel in partnership as architects while son Willis worked as a draftsman for Van Brunt & Howe. Willis owned, worked and resided in the Hotel Willard on the corner of 8th & May Streets; wife Endie was listed as its proprietor.

By 1900 they had moved again and Willis and Endie, along with Daniel and Daisy, were recorded on the census at San Francisco, living at 2121 Buchanan Street.

He and his wife soon purchased a home at 2907 Dwight Way in Berkeley, which is where Endie died in July, 1906.

Willis died later that same year at the home of his son Willis J. Polk in San Mateo, and was interred at this cemetery.

(Birth data from his 1899 US Passport application and census
records.)

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POLK—In San Mateo, Cal., November 29, 1906, Willis W. Polk, father of William C., Willis [J.], Dan and Daisy Polk, a native of Kentucky, aged 68 years 6 months and 17 days.
--The San Francisco (California) Call; Saturday, 01 Dec 1906; pg. 11, col. 5


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