The actual story here is the relationship between Willa and William Strong. Willa's mother was Celia Temperance Bliss. Celia died in 1865 apparently leaving her two daughters, Willa and Celia, a large inheritance. In 1870 the girls are living with their father, William Butler.
|1870 census, Chicago, Illinois|
|1880 census, Chicago, Illinois|
While conducting a search on Willa Mena I came across the following:
|Marriage announcement from June 18, 1882 Chicago Daily Tribune.|
I have found no record of any surviving children from the marriage of William and Willa. William died in 1900 at the age of 67. He appears to have been a wealthy man, starting out in furniture manufacturing and then moving in to real estate. Every census I found with William included at least 2 servants. The ward did good, I suppose.