Wells Family - Person Sheet
Wells Family - Person Sheet
NameWilliam A. English
Birth13 Oct 1861, Joliet, Will Co, IL
Census1880, Cairo, Alexander Co, IL
Census7 Jun 1900, Cairo, Alexander Co, IL
CensusApr 1910, San Francisco, CA
Census3 Jan 1920, San Francisco, CA
Death13 Jun 1923, San Francisco, CA
Burial16 Jun 1923, Holy Cross Catholic Cem, Colma, San Mateo Co, CA
FatherRichard English (1810-<1870)
MotherNancy “Ana” Carew (1822-)
Misc. Notes
Listed as a RR clerk age 19 with his mother in 1880.
Their marriage license for 2 Sept 1891 shows him as a carpenter, age 30, born in Joliet IL, and it is his first marriage. His parents are listed as Richard English and Ana Carew.
Listed with his wife, 2 sons and twin daughters in Cairo, IL in 1900. He is listed as age 38, born Oct 1861, a postal clerk married (almost) 9 years, with 4 of his 5 children still living. His father and mother are both listed as born in Ireland. He was renting his home at 526 Eleventh North in Cairo. They had a 15 yr old servant girl living with them, Grace Little.
After moving to California in 1904, they were renting at 93 Twelfth Street, San Francisco in 1910. He is listed as age 39, married 18 years. He is a carpenter working in the laundry business. Same info for his parents birthplace. Again they are listed with 4 of their 5 children living, but this time the oldest son, John is missing and has been replaced by a 17 year old daughter named Zelda G. English, who is working as a cashier in a Dept Store. One possible explanation I can think of is that John and Zelda may have been twins.
Will was with his brother, Richard when Richard fell off the roof of the Le Grands Laundry on 14 March 1915. He was giving a bid for a roof repair. Will found his brother when he fell.
It appears that his wife died the following year, and he is listed in the San Francisco 1920 census with his second wife Ada Emma Ford (49, CAN).
What appears to possibly be his death record is listed on microfilm, but is hard to read. It matches with family info that he died in the 1920’s. More research needed to confirm.
[Obituary] Gantner - Felder - Kenny funeral home records
ENGLISH - In this city, June 13, 1923, William A., dearly beloved husband of Emma English, loving father of Mrs. Zella Prager, Mrs. Edna O’Bannion of Alameda, Mrs. Marie Samuels and James English and step-father of George A. Lombard. A native of Joliet, IL, aged 62 years. A member of the Third Order of St. Francis of St. Boniface Church and the Holy Name Society of St. Joseph’s Church.
Friends are invited to attend funeral tomorrow, Saturday at 8:30 am from Gantner Bros, 424 Guerrero St; thence to St. Joseph Church, where a requiem high mass will be celebrated at 9 am. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery. The house office of the Third Order will be said Friday evening at 8:45 pm.
BirthAug 1869, Cairo, Alexander Co, IL
Death6 Sep 1916, San Francisco, CA
ReligionRoman Catholic
FatherJames Powers (1834-)
MotherJohana Manahan (1842-)
Marriage2 Sep 1891, Cairo, Alexander Co, IL
ChildrenZella Geraldine (1892-1983)
 James William (1894-1958)
 Marie Edna (Twin) (1897-1974)
 Edna Marie (Twin) (1897-1977)
Birth18 Jul 1872, Canada
Death22 Nov 1951, San Francisco, CA
Last Modified 13 Jul 2017Created 19 Oct 2019 using Reunion on a Mac