Joshua Thomas Willis

Joshua Thomas Willis

Birth
McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois, USA
Death 1 May 1886 (aged 67)
Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
Burial Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 19728754 · View Source
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Willis-Joshua Thomas Willis, of kidney disease, on the first of May, 1886, he was the son of Merril and Margaret Willis, born December 21, 1818, in Gallatin County, Illinois; joined the Church in an early day; was driven out of Missouri in 1839, returned to Illinos and married Dosha Cherry in 1841; death deprived him of his wife and child in 1845. He then left his home and property and went to Nauvoo, from there to Winter Quarters on the Missouri River in 1846; in the Spring of 1847, left Winter Quarters for Salt Lake Valley as Captain in John Taylor's hundred; arrived in the fall of 1848, moved to Provo in the Spring of 1849, was one of the first settlers of that place, and chosen first counselor to Bishop Isaac Hughes, was also sheriff of Provo for several years.
He was called to Cedar, Iron County, in the fall of 1853 and lived there til 1858; moved to Toquerville, was one of the first settlers, was ordained Bishop, November 18, 1861, by Apostle Orson Pratt. In 1879 he emigrated to Arizona; took a trip in Old Mexico in 1885. In the fall of the same year he went to Utah, visiting some of his children and friends; same time went to the St. George Temple with some of his family and did a good work; returned to Arizona on the 14th of March, 1886; was taken sick on the 19th of April; after suffering intensely for 12 days, went to rest; leaving wives and children and many grandchildren to mourn his loss. He was a faithful laborer in the vineyard of the Lord, and the cause of Zion in this land.

Deseret News
2 June 1886
Contributor: For Get Me Not (46897116)



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 19728754
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joshua Thomas Willis (12 Dec 1818–1 May 1886), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19728754, citing Taylor Cemetery, Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by jsavgyll (contributor 46913855) .