Friday, October 12, 2018

Willard Stephens - Delmar Blacksmith, Wheelwright and Broom Maker

above The Morning News (Wilmington DE) 19 Nov 1913

Willard Oliver Stephens (1861-1928) was a blacksmith and wheelwright who lived over on East Street.  As you can see in 1913 he started manufacturing brooms.  he was the son of Ruben Samuel Stephens and Amanda Andrews Stephens of Roxanna.  He married Mollie Ellen Esham (1862-1909) and they had for children; George W. Stephens, Lulu E Stephens (married Arthur Walton Ellis) , Sarah M Stephens (married Dallas Elliott) , Anna Catherine Stephens (married James Walter Griffin -Greenville, Miss) and Ira Walter Stephens.  Mollie would die in 1909 and Willard would remarry to Martilla A King (1860-1926.) 

By 1928 Willard's mind had wandered a bit and he was assigned a guardian to handle his affair by a sheriff's jury.

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