Joseph Clapp Willard (1820 - 1897)

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Birthplace: Westminster, Windham, VT, USA
Death: Died in Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Occupation: proprietors of Willard's Hotel, Washington, D. C.
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About Joseph Clapp Willard

Major Joseph Willard arrested Confederate spy, Antonia Ford, and married her one year later. -------------------- -------------------- Several sons of Joseph, jr. (Joseph C., Henry A. and Caleb C.), were proprietors of Willard's Hotel, Washington, D. C.

Managers of Caleb C. Willard,

I am writing you in regards to kindness done by Joseph Clapp Willard , August Willard and Caleb Willard towards my African-American Great -Great -Great Grandparents and their children. In 1862 Joseph and August intervened on my Great-Great- Great Grandmother Matilda Bowie's behalf by purchasing and then freeing her son Jack Bowie to prevent his being sold South.

In 1916 in a Washington Bee Newspaper article in regard's to my Great-Great Grandparents Nathaniel & Victoria Bowie's 50th Wedding Anniversary it mentions Nathaniel being given employment in 1871 by Caleb Clapp Willard.

It appears that much kindness and compassion to my family had been extended by the Willard Family and for that we are forever thankful.

Sincerely, James Louis Bacon

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Major Joseph Willard (USA)'s Timeline

November 11, 1820
Westminster, Windham, VT, USA
March 7, 1849
Age 28
New York, New York, United States
March 10, 1864
Age 43
May 1, 1865
Age 44
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
April 13, 1867
Age 46
February 9, 1871
Age 50
January 17, 1897
Age 76
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA