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Rev. James Willis Sr.

1. Information can be found with some variation in dates "The QuarterlyReview of the Easter n North Carolina Genealogical Society, Vol. IV, No.3 (summer, 1977 pages 139 & 140).

2. James Willis Will of 1798 Craven County, North Carolina.

3. James represented the Swift Creek Baptists at the 1774 Kuhukee
Association meeting. Then, on May 3rd, 1775, a rider brought word to the
inhabitants of New Bern of the outbreak of fighting at Lexington and
Concord on the nineteenth of the previous month.

4. With the creation of the Kehukee Association and the their early
membership, Joseph and his brother James, also later ordained as
minister to the Swift Creek branch, went into the history books as being
among the first ordained clergy in the United States. Indeed, both
Joseph and his brother James' status are recorded today in several
annals, including "The Colonial Clergy of Virginia, North Carolina, and
South Carolina", where the brothers are listed thus:
"JOSEPH WILLIS, sett. Swift Creek (Craven) N.C., 1756 - 1780; Bapt."
"JAMES WILLIS, sett. Swift Creek (Craven) N.C., 1774 - 1780; Bapt."

BIBLE PAGE
The Quarterly Review-Eastern North Carolina Genealogical Society Vol 1V, No. 3 Page 139 Year 1977

Rev.JAMES WILLIS BIBLE

James Willis, the son of Richard Willis and Marthy
was born February the 10 day 1717
Susannah Delamar was born December 6 1720
also deceased the 1st. day of October 1793
John Willis son of James Willis and Susanna His Wife was Born
February 2oth 1742
James Willis son of same parents
Was born August the 4th 1744
William Willis son of the same parents
Was born January the 13th 1746
Francis Willis son of the same parents
Was born September the 2nd 1747
Joshua Willis son of the same parents
Was born November y(r) 15th 1750
Also Deceased January the 27 day 1808
Joel Willis son of James Willis and Susanna His Wife
Was born May y8 11 1752
Jacob Willis son of the same parents
Was born October the 6th 1757
Deceased June 27 1779
Joseph Willis son of the same parents
Was born March the 21st 1759
Isaac Willis son of the same parents
Was born April 7 1761
Also deceased the 12 of November 1807

WILL:
James Willis Will (1798)

State of North Carolina, Craven County

WILL: In the name of God Amen I James Willis Sr. of the afd. State and County being infirm in Body but of Sound Memory and mind and not knowing the time of my death for the Better(?) Letting(?) of my worldly Estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I will order and Dispose of in the following manner and form:

WILL: Item -- I give and bequeath to my Son John Willis Ten Shillings -
Item -- I give and bequeath to my Son James Willis the Plantation whereon he now
Lives with all the Land I now own Lying in Hills Neck with all my Cattle he has now in Possession to him and his Heirs forever --
Item -- I give and bequeath to my Son Joshua Willis the Plantation and Land whereon He now Lives and one Hundred acres Lying in James Neck and my Negro man called Old Ceazer to him and his heirs for ever.
Item -- I give and bequeath to my Son Francis Willis One Dollar -
Item -- I give and bequeath to my Son Joseph Willis the Remainder part of the Land I bought of William Perdew which I have not Signed away also my manner Plantation with the Improvements containing Two Hundred acres also a tract of Land in Bospine(?) Neck patent by my Self also Two Hundred and thirty five acres Lyng on the Beaver Dam Swamp also Twenty Two acres of Land held by Deed patent by James Gatlin(?) also Thirty acres of Land I Bought of John Robertson and my Negro woman Jude also my Two Horses Two Saddles and Bridles with all my Cattle Except Two which I Shall Give to Sidney Hartly Likewise I Give to my Son Joseph all my Sheep and Hogs that are not aforementioned One bed and Bolster Two Pillows one Rug One Blanket Two Sheets and my high Bedstead Also my Desk and Bearfat and Gun(?) and my har-? Mill the fire Dogs Belonging to the Great House Two Pot Tramnils(?) One pair of Smoothing Irons One Case and Bottles Two One Gallon Bottles One Jug his choice of them One pot his choice. One frying Pan Two Grindstones to him and his Heirs forever.
Item -- I give and Bequeath to my Son Isaac Willis One Hundred and Sixty Nine acres of Land I Bought of Jacob Willis Patent by Lewis Bryant also my Negro man called Young Ceazer to him and his heirs forever --
Item -- I give and bequeath to my Grandson Robert Willis (son of John) all my working Tools of all Kinds to him and his heirs for ever --
Item __ I give and bequeath to my niece Sidney Hartly (?) One Featherbed mattress and Bedstead Two Cows and Calves and also my Little Trunk One Linen Sheet and all my cotton and wool chards with all my weaving Stays and Harness One Loom and Ten Pounds of Gind Cotton-
Item - My will is that the Rest of my Estate Be Equally Divided Amongst my Sons James Willis if he is in this State Joshua Willis Joel Willis Joseph Willis and Isaac Willis to them and their Heirs forever -- and Lastly I Do Constitute and appoint my Sons Joshua and Joseph Willis Exector to this my Last will and Testament and Do hereby Revoke and Disannull all former wills and Testaments by me in any wise made Rattefying and Confirming this and No other to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal -
Signed Sealed Published and Declared to be my Last Will and Testament. . . this 5th of Decembr 1798 --
his
James Willis
assign
Jarvis Fillingim
Ephraim Willis
her
Elizabeth Willis
assign
NOTE THE SPELLING IS EXACT FROM THE COPIED WILL. All ( ) have been added by this author.


James Willis Jr

Will of James Willis - Made 1 Aug. 1795 - Proved Nov., 1790
Chatham Co., Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 98
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001 - 1782-1799

In the name of God Amen:
I James Willis of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina, Being in a Low State of Health in body but my memory, sound and intire and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die Do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows. -First, that all my Just debts, be paid. Then I give & leave in the following manner
1. Item I give unto my Daughter Suckey Willis one feather Bed &
furniture also one Cow & Calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb & five pound
worth in pewter,
2. Item I give unto my Daughter Jemima Willis one feather Bed &
furniture, one cow & Calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb and five pounds
worth in pewter.
3. Item I give unto my son Willson Willis three Hundred acres of land
on White Oak Creek also one Horse saddle & Bridle.
4. Item I give unto my son Larkin Willis all the Land, I purchas'd of
John Caudle also one Horse saddle & Bridle.
5. Item I give unto Daughter Molly Willis one feather Bed & furniture
one cow & calf one sow & pigg one Ewe & Lamb & five pounds worth in
pewter.
6. Item I give unto my daughter Nancy Willis one feather Bed &
furniture one cow & calf one sow & pig one Ewe & Lamb and five pounds
worth laid out in pewter
7. Item I give unto my two young sons Elijah & Elisha Willis all the
remainder of my Lands to be Equally divided by my Exec'rs also one Horse
saddle & Bridle (Each)
Item, Now I lend unto my beloved Wife Elizibeth Willis all the remainder
of my Estate during Her natural Life or Widdow Hood and at her marriage
or Death I desire the remainder of my stock with all my working tools to
be Equally divided between my four mentioned sons then, all the
remainder of my Estate to be Equally divided By my Exe'rs. & such men as
they shall choose to assist? them, Between my six Daughters Rebeccah
Caudle, Sally Crow, Suckey Willis, Jemima Willis, Molly Willis, Nancy
Willis.
Now, hear I make an observation, all the part of my Estate following
(falling?) to my Daughter Rebeccah Caudle, my son Larkin Willis is to
take and keep in possession and keep untill her husband John Caudle doth
make a good and Lawfull Deed to the sd Lands I give to my son Larkin
Willis then the said Larkin is to give up the said part Belonging to sd
Rebeccah to be the said Rebeccah's with the Heirs of Her own Body only
forever-
Lastly Item I do hearby constitute appoint and Ordain my son Wilson
Willis with Thomas Bell, Executors of the my Last Will & Testament to
Divide or have divided at there own discretion without any order of
court agreeable to above mentioned and I do hearby disannul and Revoke
all former Wills and acknowledge this and this only to be my Last Will
and in Witness whereof I have & hearunto set my hand & seal this 1st day
of August 1795.
Signed James Willis {Seal}
Test
Michael Wilson, Jun'r
Samuel Willson
Proved at November Term 1796 by the oath of Samuel Wilson (x)

Also see will (dated 1799)of Moses Teague, Chatham County, N.C.

MILITARY: He is mentioned in the roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution compliled by DAR of NC page 290 item 2824. Having served 8 months in the service was paid 640 acres of land in Davidson Cty, TN. This was 1793 before TN became a state. He didnot live on the land.