Willard, Peter H.

Born: 1805-10-05 Lancaster, Massachusetts

Died: 1886-04-02 Chicago, Illinois

Flourished: 1844-1856 Metamora, Illinois

After entering the wholesale grocery business in Massachusetts and St. Louis, Willard moved in 1844 to Woodford County, Illinois, where he opened several stores in different towns, including one in Metamora, where he settled. On April 4, 1844, he married Elizabeth Osgood Goodrich, with whom he had four children. In 1856, Willard moved to Chicago, where he prospered as a wholesale grocer and grain dealer.

The Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron Jr., 1878), 289, 512; Illinois Statewide Death Index, Cook County, 2 April 1886, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.