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Re: Origin of "Vilas County" Name
Posted by: Deanna (ID *****2623) Date: August 19, 2004 at 16:44:23
In Reply to: Re: Origin of "Vilas County" Name by Pamela Dollarhide of 45

This Vilas family originated in Lamoille County Vermont. Moses Vilas was one of the earlist settlers in the now defunct town of Sterling. He was the propieters clerk, and his home was the "outpost" for the town. Moses had a son Levi,born in Sterling about 1812, who became the 1st postmaster in the town of Morristown. He (Levi) married a lady named Esther Greene Similie and moved to Orange Vermont. There they had a son William. Eventually they moved west. William was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, studied law at the University of Albany (New York), and later became a member of President Grover Clevelands Cabinet. I understand the name Vilas is quite prominent in Wisconsin.If I can be of further help to anyone let me know. dlfrench@pshift.com


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