Daniels, Willard, J., was a native of Whiting, Addison county, Vt., and was born May 21, 1813. He as a young man settled at Toledo, Ohio, at the age of eighteen, where he was actively engaged in the real estate business, afterwards coming to Lockport in the fall of 1853 and continuing in the same business. In 1838 he married first, Caroline Walbridge; they had four daughters, all of whom are still living. Mrs. Daniels died in the fall of 1849. December 31, 1855, he married Isadore E., daughter of Otis Ransom Hopkins of Clarence, Erie county, N. Y. Mr. Daniels was one of Lockport's conservative business men, taking an active interest in the development of his city and ever ready to aid the best interests of religious and educational institutions. At the time of his death he was probably the largest property owner in Toledo. His death occurred November 20, 1877, and was a loss not only to his family, but to all who knew him. Politically Mr. Daniels was a Democrat. His brothers, W. P, and S. Rollin, were also actively identified in the development of the city of Lockport, where S. Rollin Daniels settled in 1825.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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