Guide to the Willis and Wayment Family Papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Averett, Sylvia Willis, 1905-
Title: The Willis and Wayment Family Papers
Dates: 1898-1940 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear foot)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 329
Summary: This collection consists of Willis and Wayment family history materials in the form of correspondence, diaries, family photos, family pedigrees and biographies.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Biographical Note

Samuel Willis was born on August 13, 1876 in Toquerville, Utah to Nancy Cedenia Bagley Willis and Merrill Erastus Willis.

Mary Jane Wayment was born on May 8, 1889 in Salt Creek (now Warren), Utah to English immigrants Joseph Wayment and Ann Reed Wayment.

Samuel Willis and Mary Jane Wayment Willis were married September 18, 1901 in Salt Lake City and had two children Nina Willis Kingston, born on January 29, 1904 and Sylvia Willis Averett, born on November 26, 1905.

Content Description

This collection consists of Willis and Wayment family history materials in the form of correspondence, diaries, family photos, family pedigrees and biographies (many of these materials were donated as photocopies). In most instances the donor has also provided a typed copy for each original letter. The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Willis and Wayment Family Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: The Willis and Wayment Family Papers USU_COLL MSS 329, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 329, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in chronological order.

Processing Note :  

Processed in February of 2008

Acquisition Information :  

This collection was donated by Walter R. Averett, son of Sylvia Willis Averett, on September 15, 1998.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory, 1898-1940
(15 folders)
1 1 Wayment and Willis family pedigrees Undated
1 2 Photocopy of photograph from Salt Lake Tribune of Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory Point, 1869 featuring Joseph and John Wayment 1947 June 20
1 3 Photocopies of family photos that include captions that identify each person 1898-1922
1 4 Ann Reed Wayment biography and newspaper clippings Undated
1 5 Joseph Wayment biography, typed and obituary, newspaper clipping Undated
1 6 Photocopy of “Life Sketch of Samuel B. Willis” and blessing 1882 November 7
1 7 Correspondence between Samuel Willis and Mary Jane Wayment Willis
Includes original letters and typed copy of each letter
1 8 Photocopy of handwritten notes about Samuel, Mary Jane and Sylvia Willis Undated
1 9 Photocopy of Samuel Willis’ obituary from the Morning Examiner
Includes two copies
1905 September 23
1 10 Typed copy of Sylvia’s diary
Includes two copies
1919 January 1 to 1922 June 11
1 11 Original copy of Sylvia Willis’ diary Undated
1 12 Photocopy of typed manuscript titled, “Life Story of Nancy Cedenia Bagley Willis As Written by Her” 1924 December 18
1 13 Correspondence from Ann Reed Wayment to Sylvia Willis and Mary Jane Waldram Willis
Includes original letters and typed copy of each letter.
1 14 Letter from Cedenia Willis to daughter-in-law Mary Waldram
Includes original letter and envelope as well as typed copy.
1940 December 19
1 15 Walter R. Averett (donor) biographical information. Mr. Averett is the son of Sylvia Willis Averett Undated

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    • Family Names :
    • Wayment family.
    • Willis family
    • Personal Names :
    • Averett, Sylvia Willis, 1905.
    • Kingston, Nina Willis, 1904.
    • Wayment, Ann Reed.
    • Wayment, Joseph.
    • Willis, Mary Jane Wayment.
    • Willis, Merrill Erastus.
    • Willis, Nancy Cedenia Bagley.
    • Willis, Samuel, 1876.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Railroads--Utah--History--Sources.

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