Wills, Henry Overton

BORN 13 Jul 1800, Bristol - DIED 23 Nov 1871, Bristol: Hillside, Cotham
GRAVE LOCATION Bristol: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road

Henry Overton Wills was the son of another Henry Overton Wills (1761-1826). His father was a merchant and the owner of a successful tobacco shop. In 1815 Henry and his older brother William Day Wills joined his father's company and when their father died in 1826 they became co-owners. In 1930 they founded W.D. & H.O. Wills in Bristol that grew into a leading tobacco importer in Britain.

William and Henry supported the Congregationalist faith and they were involved in the fouding of the Hanham Chapel in 1841 and the Barton Hill chapel in 1843. In 1845 he became a city councillor for the St. Pauls district of Bristol In 1856 he was also Justice of the Peace. When his hearing started to fail he had to withdraw from his public duties.

He was married twice and had many children from both his wives. He died in 1867 in Bristol.


The grave of Henry Overton Wills at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol.
Picture by Androom (16 Aug 2017)


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Published: 13 Mar 2021
Last update: 27 Apr 2024