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Re: WILLIS FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINA
Posted by: Sherry Johnson Date: September 07, 1999 at 20:27:40
In Reply to: Re: WILLIS FAMILIES OF NORTH CAROLINA by Betty Willis Hoard of 8483

Tim Willis was my grandfather's younger brother. The Willis's settled in the Latch community, near Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas. I do not remember Uncle Tim, but I remember Aunt Artie Bell well. She and my grandmother Mary Ollie (Pepper) Willis were friends and lived in the same retirement home in Gilmer until their deaths.

Jim Willis and his family moved to Texas about 1902, following his wife's family (and leaving some social problems behind). James Burcham had moved his family to Latch several years earlier. Jim Willis & Laura Burcham had already married and their first three children were born in Prentiss County. Their fourth child was born in Upshur County, TX in 1902. Laura's widowed sister Della Burcham Tye and her children came with them. Jim bought the family homeplace, now owned my parents, in 1903. I don't know whether the Carpenters settled in Upshur County, but I once visited with my grandfather's cousin Clarence Lambert, who lived near the Willis's. Some of the family stories that I have were related by Clarence. He referred me to Oscar Lambert of Booneville, MS, who was the unofficial (I guess) family historian. He was very elderly at the time I contacted him, but he verified the stories that Clarence had told me about Dan & Jim Willis. The story about Jim Willis walking home to Mississippi through East Texas came from Clarence.

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