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Posted by: Chandler Eavenson (ID *****8959) Date: September 28, 2008 at 10:58:27
In Reply to: WILLIS FAMILY, HART CO., GA by Phillip Drake of 347

In the book "Obituaries Abstracted from the Hartwell Sun: 1963-1922" by the Savannah River Valley Gen. Society, it is shown that one Will Herring died on 27 May 1922 at Mrs. Will Willis's home, that he lived in the New Prospect community, and that he was survived by spouse and daughters Mrs. Francis Willis and Mrs. Will Willis. Buried at Shoal Creek cemetery on 28 May 1922 [Items in King's Bench and New Prospect columns]. From those leads I looked at the 1900 census of Hart Co. and found William F. Herring, born Apr 1858, born in SC, parents born in SC, heading a household with the following: Manda [wife], born Jun 1858, born in GA, parents born in GA, with children Dora, born
Jun 1880, Charley, born Nov 1884, Emer, born Oct 1887, Grady, born Mar 1890, Lomie or Nomie, born Jan 1892, and Blanch, born Sep 1896. Living next to them was Will Willis, born Apr 1881, and Julie, born Jul 1882. So there you have the surnames of Dora and Julie, the wives of Francis and William Willis, plus Dora and Julie's parents. The 1910 census of Hart shows that William Herring had married again to a Nellie, age 35, born in GA, parents born in SC, and that her children were listed as step-children in William's household, i.e. Phinider(?) Wilson, Willie Lee Wilson and Sam Wilson, ages 12, 11 and 9 respectively. Also in William's household were two additional children by his first wife Manda, i. e. John, age 3, and Delton, age 1 1/2. Then in the 1920 census William Herring's household shows Nellie is still his wife and with stepsons James S. Wilson and Samuel Wilson in the household, along with a daughters Gladys, age 8, and Catherine, age 5, and sons John Henry, age 12 and Delton, age 10. The Hart Co. cemetery book shows William and Amanda Herring buried at Shoal Creek Baptist Church with no dates shown. My e-mail is should
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