Fanny Willes is my 1st cousins 4 times removed.
Fanny Willes was born June 22, 1832 in Bedford, Ohio. Her parents were Luther and Fanny (Willey) Willes. She died Sept. 23, 1905 and her final resting place is in Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin County, Ohio.
Fanny married Michael Lucas Sullivant in 1854. Michael was born Aug. 6, 1807, died Jan 29, 1879, and his grave is in Green Lawn Cemetery. Michael was a very interesting person. He owned and cultivated thousand acres of farmland. He was known as the Corn King, because he grew the most corn in the world.
Michael’s father, Lucas Sullivant, was from Virginia and was also a landowner. He sold his lands in Virginia and moved to Ohio in the early days. While in Ohio, he acquired huge tracts of land farming most of it. When he died, he willed his land to his children. This is how Michael started managing huge farms.
After a time, Michael sold his land in Ohio and moved to Illinois where he owned Ford County, Ill. His farm was so huge; it Sullivant arranged settlements in and among the fields.
Michael lost his land in a real estate scheme. He died a year later from the stress and failure. Fanny was able to bury her husband the “proper way,” because she had money from her family, the Willes.