Willse, Catherine Elizabeth

Female 1806 - 1888  (81 years)


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  • Name Willse, Catherine Elizabeth   [1
    • In G.C. Tanner's book her surname is given as Willse (p. 425) and Wiltsie (p. 451); her son James' middle name is given as Wilsie and her grandson Byron Trask's middle name was given as Wiltsie.
    Born 22 Aug 1806  Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Relocation 1858  Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Her sons Alfred and James also moved to Little Falls. 
    Residence 1880  Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Living alone. 
    Will 4 Feb 1888  Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    A very simple one-page will that made bequests to her children Alfred, Euphemia, Caroline and James and to her grandchildren Nellie Tanner, Laura Tanner and George Trask. 
    Died 5 Feb 1888  Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Oakland Cemetery, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In 1860 she was living with her son Alfred. Her son James W. Tanner, his wife, and children were neighbors.

      Living in Little Falls 1870 US Census. Had a boarder; Juliaette Camp, a school teacher.

      Living alone in Little Falls in the 1875 Minnesota census and the 1880 US census.
    • A William Willsie is listed 2 names after John Tanner in the 1849 Minnesota Territorial Census. Could this have been a relative of Catherine's?
    Person ID I129  Martin-Bloom
    Last Modified 18 May 2016 

    Father Willse, James 
    Notes 
    • The identity of Catherine Willse's parents is a long-standing brick wall and much more research is required before I can conclude that this James Wilsey is actually Catherine's father.
      The possibility that James Wilsey is the father of Catherine Willse Tanner is based on a public family tree on ancestry.com. This James Wilsey (b. 1758) was the eldest son of Gerardus Wilsey and Sarah Pinkney. James married his third(?) wife in 1816 in Otsego County putting him in the right general area for his daughter Catherine to have met John Tanner.
      It is notable that John Tanner's sister Roxana married Blenis Willse, who was the son of John Wilsey and grandson of Gerardus Wilsey. If these relationships are correct, then Catherine and Blenis were cousins who married a brother and sister.
      The fact that one of Catherine's sons was named James Wilsie Tanner is consistent with the idea that Catherine's father was named James, but obviously could be a coincidence.
    • There was a James Wilsey living in Maryland, Otsego, New York US Census), but he appears to be too young to be Catherine's father.
    Family ID F574  Group Sheet

    Family Tanner, John,   b. 14 Dec 1802, Petersburgh, Rensselaer, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1873, Herseyville, Monroe, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 24 Jun 1828  Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Marriage place is assumed not documented.
    Separated circa 1855  St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Tanner, Caroline,   b. 7 Jan 1830, Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1904, Orangeville, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +2. Tanner, Sarah Augusta,   b. 2 Dec 1830, Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1852, San Francisco Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    +3. Tanner, Ulysses,   b. 2 Aug 1832, Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1914, Hennepin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +4. Tanner, Euphemia,   b. 15 Jun 1834, Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1910, Washington County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +5. Tanner, James Wilsie,   b. 2 Oct 1836, Oneonta, Otsego, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1921, Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +6. Tanner, Alfred,   b. 23 Aug 1840, Otsego , New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F45  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Aug 1806 - Otsego , New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Jun 1828 - Otsego , New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSeparated - circa 1855 - St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRelocation - Her sons Alfred and James also moved to Little Falls. - 1858 - Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Living alone. - 1880 - Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - A very simple one-page will that made bequests to her children Alfred, Euphemia, Caroline and James and to her grandchildren Nellie Tanner, Laura Tanner and George Trask. - 4 Feb 1888 - Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1888 - Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Oakland Cemetery, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Tanner, John: 1849 Minnesota Territorial Census for Stillwater, St. Croix (now Washington) County.
    Tanner, John: 1849 Minnesota Territorial Census for Stillwater, St. Croix (now Washington) County.
    John's name is marked with a red asterisk. His family comprised 4 males (John, Ulysses, James, Alfred) and 2 females (Catherine, Euphemia). Census date: 11 Jun 1849.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] William Tanner , Sr. of South Kingstown, Rhode Island and His Descendants, Rev George C. Tanner, D.D., (published by the author, 1910, Faribault, MN), p. 425.
      Middle name and place of death written in book by her granddaughter Lottie Lee Martin

    2. [S60] 1870 US Census, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, p 3, line 7.

    3. [S34] L. Frederick Martin's family records, L. Frederick Martin, MartinGenealogyLFM.pdf, p. 5.

    4. [S69] 1860 US Census, Little Falls Village, Morrison, Minnesota.

    5. [S61] 1880 US Census, Little Falls, Morrison, Minnesota, p. 14, line 34.


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