Bio: Willard Van R. (History - b 1842)

Poster: Crystal Wendt


Surnames: Willard, Perkins

---Transcribed from pages 438-450 "History of Northern Wisconsin" - Biographical Sketches

Van R. Willard, dealer in lands, proprietor of abstract office, real estate office and lawyer, Merrill. Settled in this place in the spring of 1874. He was elected Register of Deeds, at the organization of Lincoln County, in 1874, re-elected in 1876, 1878, and 1880. He was born in Buffalo, Tioga Co., Penn., June 8, 1842. He lived at Neenah, where he spent his school days, until the beginning of the Rebellion, when he enlisted in Co. G., 3rd Wis. V. I. He served three years, and was mustered out at Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., June 8, 1864. From there he returned to Neenah, Wis., and soon afterward attended Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial College, at Milwaukee; graduated the following winter. He afterward studied law, and was admitted to the Bar, at Green Bay, in March, 1873. He was married at Beaver Dam, May 24, 1867, to Cynthia E. Perkins, who was born in Owasco, Cayuga Co., N. Y., in 1849. They have one child, Lee M.



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