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Ginny Willis Moore
e-mail:
mooretg@alaska.net
Locations: Kent, QA, Talbot, Caroline Counties of Maryland
Other Surnames: Arner, Bramble, Kendall, Legg

Polly Willis
e-mail:
marcadean@aol.com
3398 Southern Cay Drive
Jupiter, Fl. 33477
Locations: Georgia, North Carolina
Tradition: William Austin Willis, born 1808, NC; in Georgia by 1835. One of 7 brothers (or had 7 brothers) including a twin called "Warsh" (Washington?). Family reportedly from Augusta, GA area; others say Macon, GA. (probably both as they moved westward).

Pamela Willis Dickinson
e-mail:
pamelad@usit.net
301 Pennsylvania Ave.
Etowah, TN 37331
Locations: AL, AR,GA,LA,MS,NC,SC,TX,VA
Tradition: Oldest known in line is Agerton Willis...too many Willis people to list.

Rod Willis
e-mail:
bagdad34@comcast.net
5386 Back Forty Rd.
Tallahassee, Fl. 32303
Home page:
http://www.tdo.infi.net/~bagdad
Surnames: WILLIS, BEASLEY, COLLINSWORTH, JOHNS, ELVIDGE, CULPIN, COUBROUGH, HOWARD Locations: Al, GA

Glenda Willis Burwell
e-mail:
GBur103132@aol.com
3330 Cherry Ave
Birmingham, AL 35214
Surnames: WILLIS, RUTLEDGE, BELL, DODD, TITTLE, TIDWELL, GILLILAND, PHILLIPS, LOWRIMORE, EDWARDS
Location: AL
Tradition: Riley Willis is the oldest known ancestor in my Willis Family. He was probably born betwen 1810-1820 in AL. He was killed while turkey hunting between 1851-1860 in Winston/Walker/Morgan or Marshall Co., AL. He had red hair and blue eyes. Last known place of residence was Morgan Co., 1849. He was probably the son of the John Willis who was in Morgan County in the 1830-40s.

F. Taylor Barber
e-mail:
ahftb@aol.com
2704 Bowie Drive
Plano, TX 75025
Surnames: WILLIS, BARBER, BARNETT, ROEBUCK, SCOTT, PARKER
Location: VA, SC, GA, MS
Tradition: Richard Willis (1745, VA) and Drucilla Pearson Barnett (1755, VA) settled in Spartanburg Co., SC and raised a family of, at least, 9 children.
We have published a book "The Barbers & Allied Families", the 2nd Edition in February, 1999. We have not linked our Richard Willis, born 25 Feb 1745, to his Virginia ancestors- - any suggestions will be appreciated. We share our records freely and look forward to networking with others.

Giles W. Willis, Jr.
e-mail:
Giles_Willis@baylor.edu
webpage:
http://www.clis.com/g_willis
153 Down Home Lane
Gloucester, NC 18528
Phone: 252-729-3561
FAX: 254-710-3839
My ancestor was known in the early records as John Williston. His plantation is now a small community called Williston. By the mid-1700s, the name was always shown as Willis.
I'm willing to do look-ups from my Aunt Rebecca Sanders' books, "Kith and Kin of Eastern Carteret County, NC" (has a lot of Willis information), "Richard Whitehurst", "Early Wills", Census listings, land records, Court minutes up to 1825. I also have the "Heritage of Carteret County", Volumes 1 and 2. My webpage lists my current research on westward migrations.

Dr. Calvin Johnson Willis
e-mail:
jwbw@gcronline.com
Researching Austin and John Willis in Virginia and North Carolina, 1780-1880.

Betty Garner
e-mail:
garner@zianet.com
2711 Leslie Rd #8
Silver City, NM 88061
Locations: GA>AL>TX
I would like to contact any descendants or persons with knowledge of the family of William P. "Willie" Willis, born 1873, Tallapoosa Co., AL; died 1920 Haskell Co., TX. I'm seeking to find the Willis Family Bible, containing information of Carter Josiah/Isaiah Willis and Eveline Wilkerson who were married in 1830 in Wilkes Co., GA. They were Willie P. Willis' grandparents and where his father, William M. "Bill" Willis was born. The last known, this couple to have been in Cusetta, Chattahouchee Co., GA. I have a large descendancy file and some pictures including one of Eveline Wilkerson Willis. I wil share the information of this family. Please contact me at the above address.

Jane Evans
e-mail:
janemevans@aol.com
John Robert Willis born about 1853, Virginia, Kentucky or Tennessee, died 13 June 1940. He married Kate-Catherine Holmes about 1878. She died 14 Jan 1942. Their children were William Allan Willis born 1878 (my grandfather); Emeline Willis, born 1877, married FNU Lindsey; Oscar Willis, born ??, died 1978; Arnett Willis, born ??, died 1977. They raised their children in the area of Winona, Shannon Co., MO. Other lines I am looking for are: Hill, Evans, Shoemate, Bryan, Dial, Dawson, Posey, Davis. I am interested in hearing from
anyone who could possibly give me further information. I am very willing to share anything I have. Thank you for any help given.

Richard Douglass
e-mail:
dougnmarcy@mindspring.com
Rt 1 Box 185
Cortland NE 68331
800-233-5027 ext 251 with voice mail 24 hrs/day
Locations: Maryland, Ohio, Iowa, Nebraska
Tradition: THE ORIGINAL EMIGRANT. John Willis, Granted 5 A of land in
Barbados, he landed in St. Michaels, MD in 1680. He is later mentioned in
the famous "Quit Rents" of 1704 as being a "Planter" (On file in the
Library of Congress and the London Public Record Office. "Quit rents" were
an early form of taxation) [His son Andrew was born about 1682, less 20
years would put John's birth about 1655-1660]
Andrew Willis of New Town. b. calculated 1682 d. same area calculated
1738" "June-Sept 1730 Andrew Willis gives his age as c. 48 years in another
desposition concerning the boundary of "Littleworth" or "Nothingworth"
(Dor. Co. LR, Old Liber 9, Fol 135) NOTE he was the first "Bounder" of this
land (13 June 1730, Dor Co. Lands and Deeds, McAllister)
"24 May 1733 (Will) 23 Aug 1738 (Probate)
Willis, Andrew. To sons, Richard and George, and their heirs, "New Town"
divided equally. If either dies without issue, to pass to son John and
heirs; personal property. To sons John, William, Andrew and Thomas and
daughter Sarah, personal property. (Photostate of original will. Hall of
Records. Annapolis, MD)
Rich Douglass
voice phone 800-233-5027 Ext 251
Home Phone 402-798-7430
For my family history check at
http://www.genweb.net/gedcom/DOUGLAS/DOUGLAS.html

Jacque Pearce Reynolds
e-mail:
jpreynolds@hotmail.com
Vally View, Texas
Locations: Greene Co., TN; Benton Co., Ark., Adair Co., OK
Surnames: Willis, Bowles, Simmons, Stockstill, Trimble, Rogers, Allison, Dinsmore, Brooks, Proctor
In reading the history of my line of Willis, there is an interweaving of three families: Willis, Bowles and Simmons. Margrett Willis, daughter of Carson Willis, first married Thomas Bowles and upon his death, married Ed Simmons...who was a cousin to Thomas...Ed's parents were Powhattan Simmons and Lucy Bowles. Margrett's brother, Alfred Wester married Lucy Simmons (sister to Ed). William L. married Jennie J. Simmons, sister to Ed and Lucy Simmons. Mary A. Willis, sister of Margrett, married Joseph B. Bowles. Most of the older Willises, Bowles and Simmons are all buried together in Bell Cemetery, Adair Co., OK. Their graves are at the back of the cemetery under large trees that were planted by the families.

Steve Willis
e-mail:
stevenl@olynet.com (that's a small "L", not a one (1)
P.O. Box 390
McCleary, WA 98557-0390
Locations: Russell/Dickenson Co., VA
Surnames: Willis, Coder, McDowell, Childress, Kilgore, Anderson, Sifert
I descend from Abner (Absolom) Willis and Eve Sifert of Russell/Dickenson Co., VA. Their son, Amos, married Winnie Anderson. I'm interested in any headway concerning Ab and Eve, also the parents of Winnie Anderson, Andrew Anderson, born Russell Co., VA and Nancy LNU., b Maryland or Virginia.

Bob Willis
e-mail:
bwillis5@flash.net
1103 Dustin Drive
Edmond, Ok 73003
My GGGF was ROBERT WILLIS, born 1822 in Robeson Co., NC., married ELANDER MUSSLEWHITE, also of Robeson Co., NC. They had a son MILES HENRY WILLIS, born May 5, 1843 in Robeson Co., NC., then moved to Attala Co., MS. Robert died in 1862, but I do not know how he died, where he is buried, or the exact date. ELANDER moved in with a daughter and family, J.E. and MISSOURI DICKERSON, also of Attala Co., MS. MILES HENRY WILLIS moved to Cherokee Co., TX and married VICTORIA ELIZABETH MEGGS. He was a farmer and business man, but I do not know when he died. I am willing to share any information regarding the Willis Family and would love to find someone who knows of this line. Thank you.

Tommy Dean Willis
e-mail:
pawnman@tallassee.net
Tallassee, Alabama
I believe my ancestor, Thomas Willis came from Craven Co., NC (part of it became Jones Co.,NC) to Jones Co., GA; to Epson Co., GA; to Dale Co., AL; to Coffee Co., AL. My father was born in Coffee Co., AL in 1916. I have seen data that states Thomas was the son of Joel. From this I have been trying to find out which of the several Joel's I have found, is the correct one. At least, I think there are several Joel's. It may be that only one Joel fathered 30 or 40 children with several wives. It seems that all the Joel's or the one Stud Joel traveled on the same route from NC to GA to AL.

Jack Willis
e-mail:
jhwillis2@aol.com
My name is Jack Herbert Willis, born in Phenix City, Al. My father's name was Dewey Hubert Willis born Columbus, GA; Died and buried in McCall, SC, 1982. My Grandfather was Benjamin Holbrook Willis, born 1873; died 1949; buried in Columbus, GA. My Great Grandfather was John J. (middle name possibly Jack) born 1847; died 1902 in Columbus, GA, struck by lightening. He is buried in Columbus, GA. I'm looking for details on Great Grandfather John J. and other descendants. Thanks.

Jane Hardin
e-mail:
JAB_Hardin@mrmicro.net
9 So. Union St.
Aurora, Il 60505
I am researching a line of WILLISES that were in VA and moved west to Culpepper and Shelby Counties, KY. This family married into the MADDOX family, which then married into the GOTT family. The beginning of the proven and valid information is in Shelby Co., KY. From there, different members moved to Montgomery Co., IN and Linn Co., IA.
Related Surnames: WILLIS, MADDOX, GOTT, NICHOLS, WILSON
Residences: Virginia: Lunenburg County; Kentucky: Culpeepper, Shelby and Henry Counties; Indiana: Jennings and Mongomery Counties; Iowa: Linn County.

Marsha Willis Patterson
e-mail:
denmar68@swbell.net
My Willis family starts with Benjamin Willis - Davenshire, England and includes files from Pamela Willis Dickinson, Beatrice Evans, McDaniel/Willis, Sam West, Bob Willis, Jackie Nobles and Blansett, among others. Donald Willis was very helpful by sending me a lot of information, via snail mail, but I haven't heard from him in a while. So far, I have been able to connect about four files successfully and am still working (slowly). It progresses from Davenshsire, England to Virginia to North and South Carolina to Georgia to Mississippi to Louisianna to Arkansas and to Texas. My main file has some interesting tidbits added from various authors. All I'm doing now, is trying to trace some of the children. I freely share with anyone who is interested.

Dianna Harrison
75 Harrison Lane
Troy, Missouri 63379
e-mail:
rwh@nothnbut.net
Surnames: WILLIS, LITTON, GARDYNE, VANBIBBER, COLEMAN, BASS, SITTON, HARRISON, BROYLES, DOWNING, DIXON, GATENBY, YATES, LYDA, HUTCHISON, WALKER, JOHNSON.
We are very interested in knowing where NOAH WILLIS was born (1801-1858, Lincoln Co., MO) and who were his parents. What was his wife's full name? Where are they buried? Thanks.

Cheryl Willis Walker
e-mail:
walker@ecsis.net
I am researching a difficult name since it seems to be so common. All my family now lives in Dyer County, TN or in MO. My grandfather was John Frank Willis, born in Hardin Co., TN in 1870, but moved to Dyer County by 1898. His father was Francis Marion Willis, born in 1848, Perry Co., TN. Francis Marion's father was also names Francis M. Willis, born ca 1818 (or even a year or two later). He was born in Jackson Co., AL, but I can't be sure of the exact date. I would like information about the Francis M. Willis born in AL. His wife was Racheal LNU. After his death in 1873, she married S.P. Anderson. Thanks.

Bonnie Williams
bekaycee@earthlink.net
Location: Virginia and West Virginia area of Virginia. Some went further West.Surnames: BREWER, CLAIR, HIX, JOHNSTON, MEADOWS, PLUMLEY, RANNELS (RUNNELS, REYNOLDS), RICHMOND, ROACH, STEVENS, TADE, TICKLE, VANCE.
Amiel Willis who married Mary Polly Hix is the earliest that we, a group of us, have information on. It is just his projected birth date, 1770-1775. He married her in Greenbriar County, then they lived in Monroe County, both in the West Virginia area of then Virginia. They they moved on to Giles Co., VA and then some moved to Pulaski County. Some went on to Ohio. If your ancestors were in the Greenbriar/Monroe Counties of VA, WVA, then please contact me. There is a good possibility of some sort of connection. Their children were: James, 1800; John, 1802; Johnathan L., 1803; Stephen, 1804; Samuel, 1805; William 1806; Hannah, 1807; Jane, 1807; Mary L., 1809; Elizabeth, 1810; Ammill, 1811 and Margaret, 1818. I have spouses of most. If your family tends to repeat these children's names, let us know. Amiel is spelled many ways: Amil, Amel, Ammil, Ammiel, Amiel, Amarel, Arnell and Ambler are ones that come to mind. There could be more spellings.

Martha Willis Garcia
e-mail:
mwgindbks1@aol.com
Address: 5801 Medtree Place
Louisville,KY 40229
I have finished straight line to Roger Willis, born 1640 in Massachusetts; moved to Sudbury, MA; raised family and they all stayed there until my gr grandfather moved to Waltham, MA. I was raised in MA; am a Kentucky transplant.

Virginia Turley Willis
e-mail:
NUTNNEW@ckt.net
ICQ#26525011
Address: RR 1 Box 288
Amoret, MO
Surnames: WILLIS, CABLE, COCHRAN, CAMPBELL, SIMS, KANATZAR
I'm searching for Robert & Eliza Willis, both born in Ohio, 1820 & 1824. They were farmers, probably working for others. 1860 Census shows them living in Shelby Co. Vanburen Twp, Indiana with 5 children; John, born abt 1842, Mary, born abt 1844, Augustus (Gus) b 1848, Catharine, born abt 1856 & Jasper born 1859. I'd hoped at least one of these Willis children would have descendants searching too. Robert & Eliza very likely had more children. While living in Shelby Co., IND, Augustus married Belle Cable in 1867. They had 2 sons before she died. Gus then married, Lucinda Kanatzar in 1875. Gus & Lucinda lived in Hancock Co., IND before migrating to Boone Co., MO abt 1882.

Michele Witter Baird
E-mail:
mbaird@aol.com
Locations: Etowah and Benton Co., AL> TX
Other Surnames: May, Austin, Curry
Tradition: George Amos, Thoms B., Robert L. and Mary were four orphaned Willis children of Henry and Elizabeth Curry Willis. They can be found in Etowah Co., AL, 1870, living with Thomas A. Curry, their uncle.

Shirley Deem
9595 W. Mt. Carmel Rd.
Gosport, IN 47433
sadeem 36@yahoo.com
Thomas Willis, born 1734; died 1794, Rowan Co., NC. We are searching for his parents and his origin of birth. A clue, (I feel) is that his grandson, Jacob Wiseman Willis, named one of his sons, "Littleton" Williamson Willis. I noticed there was a Littleton Willis in Carteret Co., NC, but so far, have nothing to establish connection to this Willis family. "Littleton" is not a common name.
My Willis family migrated from NC into TN, KY and finally into Gallatin Co., IL where they settled and their descendants remained for several generations.
Other Surnames I am researching are: Evans, Johnson, Brown, Atkinson, Holt, and Allen - all of Gallatin Co., IL in the 1800s.
I will be updating my personal website to include more genealogy info this coming year. Also, as more is learned, I will be updating my FTM site also.
www.familytreemaker.com/users/d/e/e/Shirley-A-Deem
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Park/3660/index.html
http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=s_deem

John Longstreet Rhymes
e-mail:
john@longstreet.net
508 rue Dumaine, Apt. B
New Orleans, LA 70116-3312
Surnames: Willis, Rhymes, Scott, Barnes, Moore, Holden, Spurgeon
Tradition: GreatGrandfather Thomas Holden Willis was a surgeon in the Confederate Army, killed at the Battle of Shiloh. He was 27, left his young wife and 3 infant dughters.
Homepage:
http://john.rootsweb.com/willis.html

Mary Culver Blood
e-mail:
MMechelle@aol.com
P.O. Box 234
Hodge, LA 71247
Locations: GA, VA, LA, MS, NC
Surnames: Willis, Toms, Culver, Blood, Upshaw, Kirkham, Allison, McDavid, Launey
Two unrelated(?) Willis lines -
Thomas Willis married Jane Garvin Toms in Columbia Co., GA 1812
James Willis, died Craven Co., NC, 1798

Mary Ann Webber
e-mail:
McBrummett@aol.com
Surnames: Willis, Moreland, Little, McGehee, Pelham, Brummett, Viers
Rowan Co., NC and Gallatin Co., Illinois area

Kay Bauman
e-mail:
kaybauman@home.com
Webpage:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~kayz/
Locations: Spartanburg, SC; Fayette Co., AL
Other Surnames: Collins, McCarter, Loftis, Buckner, Welch
My search: Amy Collins (b. 1826 in SC) married a Willis (b. in SC) and had 1 child, James Franklin Willis (b. 1853 in AL). Amy's parents or grandparents were: John Collins and Edith McCarter who moved to Fayette Co., AL in 1839.
I believe that Amy's husband was William Willis who died in 1855. This William was born abt 1805 and had the following living with him in 1850 (their last name was spelled Wilas in this census): Amie (b. 1826 SC); Jabez (b. 1831 in SC); Martha (b. 1834 in AL); Sarah (b. 1836 in AL); Edy (b. 1840 in AL) and Anna (b. 1842 in AL). By 1855, a William Willis is found in probate with Jabez as the heir and executor. In this probate, there is no mention of any chilcren, wife, or parents.

Randy Willis
E-mail:
randy@randywillis.org
Homepage:
http://www.randywillis.org
Surname: Willis
Locations: NC, SC, MS, LA
Tradition: Research on Rev. Joseph Willis of Louisiana (1758-1854); the First Baptist Preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ west of the Mississippi River. Born: Bladen Co., NC; died Rapides Parish, LA.
His life reads as a history book and a dramatic play performed on the stage of life. He was born a Cherokee Indian slave to his own father. His family took him to court to deprive him of his inheritance - a battle that involved the governor of the state. He fought in the Revolutionary War under the most colorful of all the American Generals, Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox". He crossed the most hostile country and entered a land under a foreign govenrment while the dreaded "Black Code" was in effect. He preached a message there that put him in constant danger for his life. He fought racial and religious prejudice of the most dangerous kind. He lost three wives and several children in the wilderness but never wavered in his belief in God.

Cindy
E-mail:
bluangel@gassville.net
Searching for parents/siblings of Thomas S. Willis, born 9 Sept 1788; died 24 June 1874, locations unknown. He married Polly LNU. One known son, Lambert T. Willis, born ca 1817, Cooper, Maryland; died 29 Aug 1860, Rock Island, Illinois. Lambert married Mary Elizabeth King, 10 Jan 1844, Rock Island Co., IL. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

David Botting
botttayl@execulink.com
RR5 Waterford, Ont,
Canada NOE 1Y0
Locations: England, Canada
William Willis immigrated to Canada with his wife, Mary Simmonds in 1876. They settled on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Son, Frank, born 23 June 1872; married 5 Oct 1900 to Margaret Beaudin. Daughter, Edith Mary Willis, born 9 Aug 1901; died 11 Aug 1983; Edith married Samuel Roy Robinson. Any help on tracing my Willis roots will be appreciated. I also have more to share.

Gary
GaryH711@aol.com
Researching parents/siblings and descendants of Joseph Willis Jr., born 1789, NC; died 1829 Lincoln Co., NC. He is buried in Old Salem Church Cemetery (Grigg Latimore Cementery), Cleveland Co., NC. I need help with this line to: find any other children, if any and prove marriage of Joseph Willis, Jr. to Nancy Grigg. I am interested in the names: Willis, Grig, Grindstaff, Mashburn.

Douglas Willis McCammish
doug2@duo-county.com
Locations: Madison, Anderson, Woodford Counties, Kentucky
Tradition: A large Willis Family was in Madison Co., KY in the early 1800s, led by Drury Willis and his brother Sherod/Sherwood. Drury's son. James Willis and his family moved to Anderson Co., KY by 1850. James' son, Squire Turner Willis lived in Anderson and Woodford Counties, KY.
Drury and Sherod were probably sons of Richard Willis and his wife Ann, along with William, Richard, John, Edward, Sterling, Thomas, Nancy Ann (Hopewood), Sarah (Allgood), and Elizabeth (Daniel). Richard and Ann were residents of Brunswick and Mecklenburg Counties, Virginia.

Mark Willis Ballard
markballard@21stcentury.net
Locations: Virginia, especially Culpeper and Orange Counties and King George County. Other Surnames: Gordon, Garnett, Hiter, Byrne, Hale, Harris, Francis, Mount, Lockey, Herndon, Churchill, Goodwin, Blaydes, Hart, Crew, Twyman, Harrison, Hightower, Young, Coleman, Tulloch, Ballard, Collins, Plunkett, Armistead, Hawes, Dumas, Muscoe, Chapman, Cary, Ellyson, Flood, Spencer, Sturger, Mottrom, Croshaw, Beheathland, Claiborne, Gurganey.
My line traces thru my mother, Mary Katherine Willis, Edward Turpin Willis, Sr., Eugene Harrison Willis, (who fought in the 15th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, enlising on his 17th birthday in 1862), Larkin Willis, Captain Isaac Willis, William Willis (who spent time in Boone Co., KY), John Willis, William Willis, John Willis (who was born before 1648 in King George Co., VA).

Roma Davis McCormack
e-mail:
bmccor42@icon.net
Mustang, OK
Locations: AL, AR, MS, Indian Territory, OK
Surnames: Willis, Loper, Roberts, Bowles, Ellis, Davis, Cates
Tradition: Moved from AL to Indian Territory during the Trail of Tears according to great grandmother Sarah Jane Willis. Sarah was born about 1892, don't know where, but believe had connections to AR. Looking for her parents. Her mother FNU Willis had about 15 children by two or three different husbands. Sarah married J.S. Loper in 1906 in Bee, Indian Territory, (OK), Bryan County. Known names of Sarah's siblings are Bert, Cora, Grace, Willie. According to Sarah, there was a war hero in our line, don't know which war. Sarah is now deceased and is buried in the Colbert, OK Cemetery. There were two Willis brothers who came to OK during the Trail of Tears and I am told we are descended from one of them.

Michael T. Robbins
e-mail:
dessert1st@webtv.net
Locations: Goochland Co. VA., Caswell/Orange Cos. NC., Fayette Co. TN., Dallas Co. AR. Cass Co. TX.; Breckinridge Co. KY., Collin Co. TX.
Other Names: Robbins, Farrar, Watkins, Haddock, Galaspy, Turner, Kimbrough, Hutchins, Henning, Lovejoy, Duncan, Shelton, Cobb, Darden
Traditions: Although it's a hundred and four years old this tradition is really just beginning. In an effort to bond the enate branches of the family tree together my g-grandmother Ida Mae (Rives) Shelton
(1877-1942) gave a beautiful watch to her 1st born granddaughter, Martha Lee (Willis) Robbins who is passing it down to her 1st born granddaughter, Laura Adriane (Robbins) Antanesian. The watch originally belonged to Laura's ggg-grandmother Martha Mahala (Cobb) (ca.1852-1892)
she married 3 times, 1. Green C. B. Shelton (our line - he was shot in the back in Mcleod TX never saw his only child) 2. Mr. Carie 3. Richard Riley Cobb (no relationship to Martha's originals Cobbs is claimed {we'll see about that as research progresses}). Martha Mahala Cobb is my mothers namesake. I believe Martha Cobb obtained the watch from a younger brother William Boyd Cobb a merchant in Texarkana TX who did his shopping in Chicago IL. I understand the Cobb family from Germany
(Kopp)>NC>TN (Cobb)>TX has a very similar tradition in their family. We have traced our Willis lineage back to Rev. Henry Willis b. ca. 1732 in Goochland Co. VA., to Rev. Henry Willis b.1762 Caswell Co. NC., to Rev. NIcholas W. Willis b. 24 Dec 1786 Caswell Co. NC., to Ruffin Anderson
Willis b. 12 Feb 1821 Danville, Pittsylvania Co. VA., to Col. (CSA) Thomas Ruffin Anderson Willis b. 4 Feb 1848 Fayette Co. TN., to Ruffin Pelham Willis Sr. b. 14 Feb 1874 Cass Co. TX., to Ruffin
Pelham Willis Jr. b. 1903 Cass Co. TX. to Martha Lee Willis (living).

Linda Peters
Email:
Lindap1158@hotmail.com
Location: Upstate NY
Other surnames: Canute, Lawrence, Brainerd, Knapp
Tradition: Carrying on the Family Tree research
Previous Tradition: Family Letter, which stopped when my Grandmother (Elsie Jean Willis Hendrickson) died. Farthest back: Joseph Willis b. 11/04/1808 and his parents: Hezekiah Willis and Elizabeth Knapp

Tommie Willis Provost
2537 Etiwan Avenue
Charleston, SC 29414
twillis650@worldnet.att.net
My line seems to be connecting to Col. Henry Willis and his second wife through their John Willis of Fredericksburg, VA. The story goes that there were three brothers who came over to America - John, William and Francis. John Willis, born 1728, married Nanny Spotswood or Price. He sold his land in VA in 1749 and moved to SC with other families. He bought land in Congarees area. I have documents that say Craven Co., Granville Co., NC and Barnwell, Orangeburg District, and Edgefield County, SC. Some of the family moved to KY; others to Lexington and Aiken Co., SC. John Willis had a son named John Daniel Willis, born about 1755, others are Robert, Lewis and Price. They lived in Orangeburgh District, SC near the Ninety Six District. One document says it is like a "V" and they lived in the top of the V, turned upside down. John Daniel Willis married Margaret Williams whose family is Joseph and Lucy Burton Williams of Cloud Creek area. This is the same area that John Willis, was born in 1728. John Daniel and Margaret Willis' children were Daniel, Edenton "Ed", Darling and Sarah Willis Sawyer. My line is Daniel Willis, born 1812, married to Emaline Fox of Orangeburg District, SC. They lived in what is now Monetta, SC, part is in Saluda County and part in Aiken County, SC. If there is anyone who has different - or more - information, please share.

ame@alaska.net

Earliest known ancestor: Abner Willis, born before 1755, died about January 1805 in Cumberland County, PA. Also looking for information on Willis family in Lancaster County, PA, especially connections to William Willis who settled near Lancastr town c. 1717, who I believe are connected to Abner. Abner and one of his sons, James (my ancestor), were blacksmiths. Abner's wife is Margery LNU.
Other surnames: Bridges, Koons, Oyster, Kiesecker, Crawford, Crull, Meredith, mostly in PA, a few in MD.

Amy Gray
bailiwick@fuse.net,
Researching WILLIS and STEEL, in:
Adair County, Kentucky and Sangamon County, Illinois.
WILLIS, WILLIAM, was born Sept. 23, 1775, in North Carolina. His father, Jacob Willis, was born in Wales, but whether he was married before or after coming to America is not known to his descendants. He enlisted in the Revolutionary army and was killed in battle about 1780, leaving a widow and the son, whose name heads this sketch. His widow married James Phillips, and about the year 1783 moved to the vicinity of Crab Orchard, Kentucky, taking William with them. He grew to manhood there, and then went to Adair county, Kentucky, where he was married to Elizabeth Steel. They had eight children, and Mrs. Willis died October, 1822. Mr. Willis was married to Martha Morrison. They had three children, and moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, arriving in the fall of 1830 in what is now Gardner township. He brought all his children except the three eldest sons. (EARLY SETTLERS OF SANGAMON COUNTY By John Carroll Powell, 1876)

Leigh Moore
email: lmoore@reach.net
Surnames: MOORE, ROYCROFT, BRYAN, WOLFE, SKUCE, SALTER, CONNELL,
SWANTON, ATTRIDGE, BATEMAN, KINGSTON, FORD, NICHOLSON
Locations: County Cork, Ireland; Canada; USA
I'm looking for the Irish branch of the WILLIS family. John WILLIS was
born abt. 1745 in Derryconnell, Schull, Co. Cork, Ireland. He had at
least 3 children: (1) Philip (b. abt. 1780 at Kilbronoge, Schull, Co.
Cork) who married Esther WOLFE; (2) John (b. abt. 1780; d. 1873) who
married Frances 'Fanny' SKUCE in 1815; and (3) a third son who married
Mary CLARK. Most of the early families remained in County Cork, although
some descendants did emigrate to Canada and the US. All information
gratefully received and willingly shared.

George Willis Tate
9715 Limpkin Lane
Pensacola, FL 32507
850-492-8206
GTate9715@cs.com

Allied Lines: Lewis, Fielding, Warner, Reade, Martiau, Washington, Daingerfield, Ball, Byrd, Champe, Carter, Randolph, Cary, Hackley, Jacquelin, Ambler, Barkley, Murat.
I am especially seeking help with relating the Fredericksburg Branch of the Willis family to the Gloucester Branch.
I have information on the Willis family of England, before arrival in America, back to the mid 1500's. From a book on the history of Oxford, have information that one Francis Willis, antecedent of the first Francis Willis to come to America, was made President of St. John's College, Oxford University on 26 Nov 1577. I now want to strengthen and extend my records of the Willis family before they arrived in America. Through allied lines, the European ancestors of the Willis family trace to many royal house of Europe, to and including Charlemagne. I have these verified records for other Willis historians and genealogists. WILLIS = royalty!

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