Museum the New Llano Colony

Frances (Slaughter) Will 

Birth: She was born in 1876 at California.  

Family Information: She married John Will in 1901 at Angels Camp, California.

Mother of Oramil, Lois and Roberta Will.  


Pre-Colony History: In 1900 she was living in California with her mother, step-father and siblings.

In 1910 she was living in California with her husband, two children and mother-in-law.

The family joined the colony during the California years and made the move to Newllano, Louisiana with the body of colonists -- John rode in the auto caravan while Francis and the children rode the specially chartered train.  

Home in Colony: In 1920 she was living at Newllano, Louisiana with her husband and three children.  

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Post-Colony History: In 1930 she was again living in California with her husband and three children, plus a daughter-in-law (Anna May) and a lodger.

In 1930 she also attended a picnic of ex-colonists at Fullerton, California. Each brought a lunch, sufficient for his needs and the needs of several others. Long tables were arranged under the shade of the park trees. The coffee was furnished by Minnie Pickett and John Will saw to it that everyone was generously served. It was unanimously agreed to form an organization that would organize future semi-annual social gatherings for the group. Minnie Pickett was chosen secretary-treasurer and Dr. Robert K. Williams was appointed assistant secretary.

The picnic was attended by more than 65 ex-colonists including: Minnie Pickett, John and Frances Will and Dorothy, Lottie Brown, Professor Lowell H. Coates, Bert Engle, Victor and Alma Swanson and Elwin, Jess and Mildred Morris, Louis and Grace Petty, Louis and Jennie Conlin, Mrs. M.E. Babb, Norman and Ethel Johnson, Ernest and Pearl Wooster, H.L. and Guy Ward, Mrs. Clara Powers and son, George, Mrs. Ada Harper, Ethel Wright, E.E. Vaughn, J.H. Ryan, Val Brown and wife, Lottie Brown, Miss A.C. Austin, Walter Millsap, Jr. and his mother, Cara Millsap, Dr. Robert K. and Dr. Cecil C. Williams, E. Krause and family, John Van Nuland (who passed around a tub of Llano candy sent by Anton, and it was "great stuff" by all those who tasted it) Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Kilmer, Professor Lowell B. Coate, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Earl, Mr. and Mrs. Suhre, A.L Spann, Frederick R. Johnson, A. Hansig.

In 1940 she was still living in California with her husband, John.  

Death: She died in 1973 at San Bernardino, California and was buried at Vallecito Cemetery #1.  

Sources: US Census: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940; "Llano Colonist": May 10, 1930; California County Birth, Marriage and Death Records; California Death Index;  


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