Posted By:John Thomas
Subject:John Willis and Mildred Smith of Beddingfieldhall
Post Date:February 12, 2004 at 11:09:07
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Forum:Brunswick County, VA Genealogy Forum
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I need to confirm this line with correct data and documentation. I have the following: Francis Willis (1666-??) married M. Simmons and had the following children: Francis Willis (1690-1749) married Ann Rich (1695-6/10/1727) and they lived in Gloucester County Virginia. Her father was Edward Rich mother unknown and her grandfather was Elias Rich. They had John Willis (1719-1766) married Mildred Smith (??-1769), Francis Willis (1717-??) married Elizabeth Porter, and Mary Willis (1719-??) married Lewis Burwell. John Willis and Mildred Smith moved to Brunswick County Virginia. The will of Mildred lists the following children: Sarah Willis, Elizabeth Willis, John Willis, Augustine Willis, Francis Willis, Richard Willis, and Lewis Willis. They were of “Beddingfieldhall” in Brunswick County Virginia. I need proof that the John Willis listed is the same John Willis (1743-1816) who married 1.) Unknown and 2.) Mary Jane Lewis. He also served in the Revolutionary War in the following capacity: 1 St Lieut. 2 Virginia on September 29, 1775, Captain on June 15, 1776, taken prisoner at the Battle of Brandywine September 11, 1777, exchanged on November 8, 1780, promoted to Major in the 5 Th Virginia but did not join the Company. He was awarded 7,254 acres possibly in Surry County North Carolina. He died in 1816 in Surry County North Carolina. I have his children as Abel Willis (10/12/177-10/2/1873). He moved to Overton County Tennessee where he served in the War of 1812 and then to Madison County Tennessee where he died. He married Sarah “Sally” Fleming on 3/9/1798 in Surry County North Carolina. They had the following children: Nancy Willis (1798-) married William Hord, Jane Willis (1801-) married James B. Wood, Martha Willis (1805-) married Battle Robertson (12/18/1801-5/24/1848), Edward Willis married Mary Permila Strake, Fleming Willis died young, William Willis died young, Sarah Willis (3/12/1818-3/27/1889) married John Copender and then Hugh Armstrong Blevins and Elizabeth Willis married F. N. Burton and then Benjamin Davidson (1822-3/1881). The other children to John Willis and Mildred Smith are: Frances Willis (1/25/1744/45-4/3/1829) married Elizabeth Edwards, Augustine Willis (1747-??) married Mary Hayes Plummer, Rich Willis (1751-??), Sarah Willis (1753-??) married Hugh Hayes (1740-1814), Lewis Willis (1755-), and Elizabeth Willis (1757-??) married Thomas Cocke. The other children of John Willis and wife unknown (besides Abel) were John Willis and Lewis Wills whereabouts and information currently unknown.

I have most of the grandchildren of Abel Willis researched with several going to Arkansas, Mississippi and other counties in Tennessee. The marriages of his children were in Madison County Tennessee.

I need proof that John Willis from Brunswick County Virginia who served in the Revolutionary War is the son of John Willis and Mildred Smith as indicated in the will. I have found no records in Surry County North Carolina but I have found the Fleming line and have that tied into the Willis line. I have no will of John Willis or any land grants in that area. Any help, guidance or assistance would be appreciated. My email is Thanks John Thomas