William Avery Rockefeller Sr.

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Person.png William Avery Rockefeller Sr.  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lumberman, salesman)
BornWilliam Avery Rockefeller
1810-11-13
Granger, New York, U.S.
Died1906-05-11 (Age 95)
Freeport, Illinois, U.S.
ParentsGodfrey Lewis Rockefeller Lucy Avery
Children • Lucy Rockefeller
• Clorinda Rockefeller
• John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
• Cornelia Rockefeller
• William Avery Rockefeller Jr.
• Mary Ann Rockefeller
• Franklin Rockefeller
• Frances Rockefeller
SpouseEliza Davison
A bigamist and travelling salesman of elixirs. Patriarch of the Rockefeller family

Bill once bragged, "I cheat my boys every chance I get. I want to make 'em sharp."[1] Although Bill abandoned the family while Lucy, John, and William Jr. were teenagers, he remained legally married to Eliza until her death. In 1856, having assumed the name Dr. William Levingston, he married Margaret Allen (1834–1910) in Norwich, Ontario, Canada.


References

  1. Segall 2001, pp. 15–16.


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