Rev. Daniel Hubbard Willis, Sr.
(Rev. Joseph Willis' grandson and Agerton Willis' son)
Rev. Daniel Hubbard Willis, Sr. (b. Dec. 28,1817; d. Mar. 27, 1887) was my great-great-grandfather. He was the son of Agerton Willis and Sophie Story Willis and the grandson of Rev. Joseph Willis and Rachel Bradford Willis.
He was born on Bayou Boeuf, in Louisiana. He married Anna Slaughter (b. May 29, 1820 d. Mar. 24, 1876) on March 15, 1838 in La. Both are buried at the Amiable Baptist Church Cemetery near Glenmora, La. Their children were: Daniel Hubbard Willis, Jr. (1839-1900), Eliza Willis Flowers (1842-1901), Mary Jane Willis (b. circa 1845), David Willis (b. circa 1846), Martha Willis (b. circa 1847), Matthew Willis (1848-1925), Dempsey Willis (1854-1919), Calvin Willis (1855-1911), and Robert Willis (1858-1939).
He was the first of Rev. Joseph Willis' many descendants to follow him into the ministry. Daniel was called by W.E. Paxton's in "A History of the Baptist of Louisiana, from the Earliest Times to the Present" (1888) "…one of the most respected ministers in the Louisiana Association." He established many churches and was blind the last 22-years of his life. His daughter would read the scriptures and he would preach. He was pastor of Amiable and Spring Hill Baptist Churches for many years.
The Louisiana Association minutes record, in 1856, that: "Elder D.H. Willis was a missionary in the Western part of the Association at the rate of $400 per year. Although in ill health he 'traveled 1840 miles, preached 84 sermons, delivered 44 exhortations, visited 115 families, baptized 19, restored 2, settled one difficulty, started 3 prayer meetings, and one Sabbath School, preached at 21 different places...'"
He settled on Spring Creek near Long Leaf, La. at a community called Babb’s Bridge. His daughter-in-law, Julia Ann Graham Willis, said he was the best man she every knew.
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