Wesley Case Will

Wesley Case Will (November 21, 1821-May 28, 1886) was born in Upper Canada a son of George Will & Hannah Horning. On May 10, 1846 in Cumminsville he married Catharine C. Doran (June 1828-June 26, 1907) a native of County Mayo, Ireland. On November 25, 1849 in partnership with brother-in-law, Titus G. Cummins, he took a mortgage for 30.5 acres in Lot 9 Concession 2 Nelson Township. In the 1861 census he was described as a labourer with his wife Catharine and their 3 children were in Cumminsville a few doors away from his nephew, John Will Cummins, the shingle manufacturer. About that time, he had an official plan of survey for Willbrook to the south of Cumminsville. The map of this survey appeared in the 1877 Illustrated Historical Atlas of Halton County. It is very difficult to determine how fully developed Willbrook ever became. By 1870 Wesley Case Will and his wife and 4 children were on a $5000 farm in Butler County, Nebraska. In 1880 he was disabled and living alone while working at a feed stable in Merrick County, Nebraska. In 1895 he was living alone in Masterson’s Hotel and working as a mail carrier in Boone County Nebraska.

Contributing Author: W. Raymond Cummins