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Re: Willis Family Essex England
Posted by: David R Willis (ID *****4429) Date: December 03, 2004 at 11:17:46
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Generation No. 1

1. SAMUEL1 WILLIS was born Abt. 1640 in England, and died Bef. 1696 in New Jersey. He married MARY "MARIE" GUEST Bef. 1682. She was born Abt. 1660, and died Aft. 1696.

Notes for SAMUEL WILLIS:
Samuel Willis is believed to be the father of Joseph Willis although it has not been proven.

1. Letters of Administration on his estate issued 20 July 1696 to his wife, Marie, inventory by William Looker and Samuel Carter; personal property valued at L 46.17.00. Names of his children not designated in proceeding. NJA, First Series, Vol 21: 247; Vol 23: 511
2. According to early NJ deeds and patents, Samuel Willis was issued a return of survey on 25 Oct 1680 for 100 acres located on Assiscunck Creek in Burlington Co, adjacent to Thomas Barton. Another deed dated 28 Dec 1680 records him as a landowner living near William Cooper, Thomas Budd and John Pancoast. NJA Vol 21: 347, 491.
3. On 15 Jan 1681/82, a return of survey for 150 acres was recorded for Samuel Willis southeast of Thomas Barton, with a marginal note that this parcel was sold to George Guest. And on 22 Dec 1682, Samuel Willis appears as owner of two houses near Assiscunck Creek with 100 acres adjoining the houses. NJA Vol 21:351, 400.
4. On Mar 5/6, 1682/83, Samuel Willis gave to George Guest and wife, Alice, a deed of trust for 1/2 of 1/32 of one share in the First Tenth (the area designated by original settlers as the Yorkshire division, located on the east side of High or, Main Street). This property, purchased in 1680 by Willis, was to be held in trust for the lifetime of the Guests and after their deaths, for their children: Mary, Elizabeth, George and John Guest. On 10 April 1683, the second half of the deed was negotiated. New Jersey Patents and Deeds, 1663-1703, (Baltimore, 1976), William Nelson, ed., p 401, (Burlington Deeds, Liber B, p 31).
5. Two months later, on 25 May 1683, George Guest of Assiscunck (Burlington) signed his deed in trust for 100 acres in one of the first 10 shares, to be a settlement out of his 1/2 of the 1/32 share, for the use of his sister, Mary, wife of Samuel Willis, and her children. By 3 Sept of that year, Guest (a whitesmith by trade) had moved to Philadelphia and he then sold outright the said 150 acres in the First Tenth, bought from Samuel Willis. New Jersey Patents and Deeds, 1663-1703, William Nelson, ed, (Baltimore, 1976) p 401.
6. In Sept 1683, a deed shows Samuel Willis to have owned property in Burlington next to John Pancoast, Thomas Barton and Michael Newbold. NJ Patents and Deeds, 1663-1703, William Nelson, ed, (Baltimore, 1976) p355.
7. Rev E F Hatfield, History of Elizabeth, NJ (NY, 1868) p 276, states that Samuel Willis owned property in Newark, in Essex Co, East Jersey, "as early as 1684," was a blacksmith and had a son, John.
8. On 25 Mar 1688, the Proprietors of NJ granted a patent to Samuel Willis of "New Arke," blacksmith, for 90 acres of upland plus 10 acres of meadow near Jabez Rogers and John Davies for a quit-rent of a half-penny per acre yearly. An early map shows the Davis property to have been directly on the Passaic River in Newark. On 6 June 1691, Willis sold the 90 acres in Newark, although in 1693 his name is yet recorded as a landholder there. He moved to the borough of Elizabethtown sometime between 1691 and 1696. Nelson, 118 (Essex County Deeds, Liber B, pp 378-80); NJ Historical Society, Records of the Town of Newark, 1666-1836 (1864), Vol 6.
9. Hatfield, p 276, 248, states that the Samuel Willis who died in Elizabethtown was the same Samuel Willis, Blacksmith, of Newark, and that the 1699 list of Elizabethtown Associates (those men who obtained land between 1685-1699) reflected his name. In the 1699-1700 Clinker Lot land division, a 100-acre lot was drawn in his name.


More About *SAMUEL WILLIS:
Will: NJA, First Series, Vol 21:247; Vol 23:511
       
Children of SAMUEL WILLIS and MARY GUEST are:
2.       i.       JOSEPH2 WILLIS, SR., b. Abt. 1680, New Jersey; d. Elizabeth, Essex Co., New Jersey.
3.       ii.       JOHN WILLIS, b. Abt. 1681, Burlington, NJ.


Generation No. 2

2. JOSEPH2 WILLIS, SR. (SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1680 in New Jersey, and died in Elizabeth, Essex Co., New Jersey. He married PATIENCE THOMPSON, daughter of JOHN THOMPSON and MARTHA PARKHURST. She was born Abt. 1690 in New Jersey, and died Bef. 1752.
       
Children of JOSEPH WILLIS and PATIENCE THOMPSON are:
4.       i.       ANNE3 WILLIS, b. Essex Co., NJ; d. Bef. 1752.
5.       ii.       MARY WILLIS, b. Essex Co., NJ.
6.       iii.       JOSEPH WILLIS, JR., b. 1734, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. January 12, 1777, New Jersey.
7.       iv.       BENJAMIN WILLIS, b. Abt. 1735, Essex Co., NJ; d. April 07, 1789, Essex Co., NJ.

3. JOHN2 WILLIS (SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1681 in Burlington, NJ. He married MARY.

Notes for JOHN WILLIS:
1. NJA 30:533. John died at his farm at Connecticut Farms, Essex Co, NJ. Executors were his son, Thomas Willis, and Timothy Whitehead. Witnesses: Thomas Squier, Charles Hole Sr, Charles Hole Jr. Inventory by Samuel Potter and Charles Hole, schoolmaster. Personal property valued at L90.05.05.
2. The name, John Willis, appeared on the 1700 list of men petitioning the King for assistance in maintaining their Elizabethtown properties. In 1699/1700, the Clinker Lot land division occurred wherein the communities of Westfield and Connecticut Farms were settled. John Willis may have been the son who drew Lot Number 114 in the name of his father, Samuel Willis, and elected to live at Connecticut Farms. Hatfield, 248.
3. In the 1706 will of a neighbor, Samuel Williams, John Willis served as a witness. In 1729, the only Willis surnames appearing on the list of Associates that year were John Willis and Joseph Willis. Essex Co Will Liber I, p 161; Hatfield, 312.
       
Children of JOHN WILLIS and MARY are:
       i.       JOHN3 WILLIS.
       ii.       SAMUEL WILLIS.
8.       iii.       ISAAC WILLIS.
       iv.       SUSAN WILLIS, m. SUTHERD.
9.       v.       THOMAS WILLIS, b. Abt. 1710; d. May 24, 1787, New Jersey.


Generation No. 3

4. ANNE3 WILLIS (JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born in Essex Co., NJ, and died Bef. 1752. She married BENJAMIN PEARCE Abt. 1745. He was born Abt. 1720 in New Jersey.
       
Children of ANNE WILLIS and BENJAMIN PEARCE are:
       i.       HANNAH4 PEARCE.
       ii.       ANNA PEARCE.
       iii.       MARY PEARCE.

5. MARY3 WILLIS (JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born in Essex Co., NJ. She married ROBERT FRENCH Abt. 1744. He was born in Rahway, New Jersey.
       
Children of MARY WILLIS and ROBERT FRENCH are:
       i.       DAVID4 FRENCH.
       ii.       JOHN FRENCH.
10.       iii.       ROBERT FRENCH JR, b. 1753, Essex Co., NJ; d. February 23, 1830, Essex Co., NJ.

6. JOSEPH3 WILLIS, JR. (JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1734 in Essex Co., New Jersey, and died January 12, 1777 in New Jersey. He married ABIGAIL. She was born Abt. 1735, and died Aft. 1782.

Notes for JOSEPH WILLIS, JR.:
1. Joseph Willis seems to be the only member of the family who might have been associated with the Society of Friends. On 22 July 1772, the Rahway Presbyterian Church held a lottery to raise funds for repair of the meeting house. Joseph Willis was one of the inspectors of the lottery, along with Lewis Brant and Amos Morse Jr, both of whom were members of old Quaker families of Rahway. Lewis Brand was the son of Samuel, blacksmith of Rahway, and was married to Ann Morse, sister to Amos Morse Jr. NJA 28: 571; Gen Mag of NJ 5: 34.
2. Rahway Monthly Meeting records reflect that one Joseph Willis was disowned from the meeting on 17 July 1776, having been disciplined earlier for buying a Negro and drinking to excess. Hinshaw, unpub, rec at Swarthmore College.
3. His will was dated 1 May 1773 but was not entered for probate until after the War, 27 Aug 1782. His wife, Abigail, was named as Administratrix and Abraham Clark and William Smith were designated Executors, both of whom renounced this duty in favor of Melyn Miller (who was Clark's son-in-law). Witnesses were Lewis Brant of Rahway, Samuel Roberson and Major Scudder. NJA 35:445: Gen Mag of NJ 7:90, 96.


More About JOSEPH WILLIS:
Burial: Old Rahway Presbyterian Cem, NY Gen & Bio Record 37:309
Will: NJA 35:445; Gen Mag of NJ 7:90, 96
       
Children of JOSEPH WILLIS and ABIGAIL are:
11.       i.       JOSEPH4 WILLIS III, b. 1759, Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ; d. January 03, 1842, Jefferson Co., Ohio.
       ii.       ANN WILLIS, b. 1761.
       iii.       ELIZABETH WILLIS, b. 1763.
       iv.       ISAAC WILLIS, b. 1765.

7. BENJAMIN3 WILLIS (JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1735 in Essex Co., NJ, and died April 07, 1789 in Essex Co., NJ. He married (1) ANNA. He married (2) ABIGAIL WINANS Abt. 1760, daughter of ISAAC WINANS and MARGARET. She was born 1736 in Essex Co., NJ, and died March 14, 1774 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ.

Notes for BENJAMIN WILLIS:
1. Benjamin was a taxpayer at Rahway, NJ, in 1778-80. Source--Stryker-Rodda, 236
2. Revolutionary records in the National Archives indicate: "Benjamin Willis, LT, prisoner, 19 July 1779". In the New Jersey Archives, Vol 3, p 491--"Last tuesday night a detachment from his Majesty's 37th Regiment with a party of Col Barton's and some refugees, went over from Staten Island to a place called Woodbridge-Rahway where they surprised a party of rebels in a tavern, killed their commanding officer, Capt Skinner of a troop of Light Horse and another man, and took the following prisoners, viz: Capt Samuel Meeker, Christopher Marsh, Joseph Stephens, Benjamin Willis, David Craig, Stephen Ball, Lewis Marsh, Jotham Moore, Jesse Whitehead, John Tharp, Thomas Bloomfield, Jeremiah Corey and David Hall." Essex Co, military records at the New Jersey State Library, Archives and History Bureau, reflect: "Benjamin Willis--received from Daniel Marsh, Quartermaster at Rahway, Certificate No. 212 dated 5 April 1781 for $826.60 for 12 days of service with a four-horse team."
3. Ben was probably about 54 years old when he drew his will, planning the disposition of his "worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to bless me with...". His wife, Anna, and his son, Abner, were executors, and witnesses were neighbors John Craig, William Coffen and James Shotwell. NJA 34: 254 (Essex County Will Liber 40, p 518) The two boys, David and Elias, were not yet age 21, and Ben asked that his property remain in the hands of his executors so that the boys would be well-clothed and put out to good trades, or, if the executors received a "good offer" for sale of the property before the lads reached majority, that it should be sold and the proceeds divided equally among the wife and four sons. He set aside ten pounds for his daughter, Jane, who was married and had removed to Northwest Territory some time earlier. The part of the movable estate not sold was to become the property of his wife, Anna, but he bequeathed a favorite hat to his son, Abner. There was no inventory attached to the record, and Ben Willis had signed his name with an "x", his mark. Abner wrote his signature to the affirmation, but the step-mother also signed by "X" her mark.

More About *BENJAMIN WILLIS:
Will: April 07, 1789, Proven April 22 1789

Notes for ABIGAIL WINANS:
1. Abigail was specifically named in Isaac Winans will, "Daughter, Abigail, wife of Benjamin Willis". New Jersey Archives 34: 590
       
Child of BENJAMIN WILLIS and ANNA is:
       i.       ELIAS4 WILLIS, b. September 28, 1775, Essex Co., NJ; d. August 21, 1832, New Jersey; m. ELIZA KENT.
       
Children of BENJAMIN WILLIS and ABIGAIL WINANS are:
       ii.       SARAH JANE4 WILLIS, b. November 09, 1761, Essex Co., NJ; d. January 10, 1832, Hamilton or Jefferson Co., Ohio; m. ICHABOD BENTON MILLER, Abt. 1785; b. 1764, New Jersey; d. 1839, Hamilton Co., Ohio.

Notes for SARAH JANE WILLIS:
1. Source for Burial--Robert D Craig, comp., Hamilton Co, OH Cemetery Inscriptions (1963). Vol 2, p3.
2 Sarah Jane, and her family were among the original settlers of Columbia, OH, in Nov 1788, with the Stites-Ludlow group. History of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (S B Nelson and Sons, 1894), p 55.
3. In the 1770 will of her grandfather, Isaac Winans, she as "Jane Willis, daughter of Benjamin" received a bequest of 20 pounds. In the 1789 will of her father, she is called "Jane Miller, wife of Ichabod Miller."

12.       iii.       BENJAMIN WILLIS, b. November 19, 1763, Essex Co., NJ; d. July 19, 1833, Alamo, Ripley Twp., Montgomery Co., Indiana.
       iv.       AMELIA WILLIS, b. November 1765, Essex Co., NJ; d. Bef. 1789.
       v.       ABNER WILLIS, b. April 15, 1770, Essex Co., NJ.
       vi.       ABRAHAM WILLIS, b. January 04, 1772, Essex Co., NJ; d. Bef. 1789.
       vii.       DAVID WILLIS, b. January 18, 1774, Essex Co., NJ; d. January 17, 1860, New Jersey.

8. ISAAC3 WILLIS (JOHN2, SAMUEL1) He married HANNAH POTTER.

Notes for ISAAC WILLIS:
1. In 1743 Isaac Willis served as one of the bondsmen in another estate at Connecticut Farms, along with James Hindes, Sr and Jr, and Joseph Willis. In 1752, Joseph Willis appointed Isaac Willis, "My beloved kinsman" to be an executor of his estate. On 5 Oct 1753, Isaac witnessed the will of one Henry Marsh Sr. NJA 30: 490; NJA 32: 360; NJA 32: 215
2. Isaac Willis died prior to 1 June 1756 when his wife, Hannah, was appointed administratrix of his estate, (BK F, p 358). Inventory occurred on 2 June 1756 by John Ogden and Daniel Potter. A witness was Thomas Bartow. NJA 32: 360
       
Child of ISAAC WILLIS and HANNAH POTTER is:
       i.       JONATHON4 WILLIS, d. Bef. March 25, 1800, Essex Co., NJ; m. SUSANNA RADDIN.

9. THOMAS3 WILLIS (JOHN2, SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1710, and died May 24, 1787 in New Jersey. He married HANNAH MITCHELL.
       
Child of THOMAS WILLIS and HANNAH MITCHELL is:
13.       i.       JAMES4 WILLIS, b. Abt. 1742; d. February 03, 1824.


Generation No. 4

10. ROBERT4 FRENCH JR (MARY3 WILLIS, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1753 in Essex Co., NJ, and died February 23, 1830 in Essex Co., NJ. He married RACHEL. She was born 1753, and died July 08, 1827.
       
Child of ROBERT FRENCH and RACHEL is:
       i.       ISAAC5 FRENCH, d. May 07, 1872.

11. JOSEPH4 WILLIS III (JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1759 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co., NJ, and died January 03, 1842 in Jefferson Co., Ohio. He married GRACE WINANS in New Jersey. She was born July 30, 1765, and died Bef. March 11, 1849.
       
Children of JOSEPH WILLIS and GRACE WINANS are:
       i.       JAMES5 WILLIS, d. January 10, 1881.
       ii.       JOHN WILLIS, b. New Jersey; d. 1825, Pennsylvania.
       iii.       ANN WILLIS, d. Bef. 1843, New Jersey.
       iv.       THOMAS WILLIS.
       v.       FRANCIS "FANNIE" WILLIS, b. New Jersey; m. LOT LEONARD; b. October 05, 1754, New Jersey; d. November 07, 1847, Greene Co., Pennsylvania.
       vi.       ROBERT T WILLIS, b. New Jersey.
14.       vii.       ISAAC WILLIS, b. 1781; d. 1850.
15.       viii.       JOSEPH WILLIS IV, b. July 31, 1782, Elizabeth, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. March 02, 1875, Paris Twp., Stark Co., Ohio.
16.       ix.       RICHARD T WILLIS, b. 1785, New Jersey; d. September 01, 1870, Greene Co., Pennsylvania.
       x.       SARAH "SALLY" WILLIS, b. 1790, New Jersey; d. November 23, 1889, West Twp, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
       xi.       ABIGAIL "ABBIE" WILLIS, b. September 13, 1792, New Jersey; d. June 03, 1875; m. JOHN SAPP, August 24, 1821, Jefferson Co., Ohio; b. August 16, 1767, Maryland; d. November 18, 1841.
       xii.       NANCY "NANNIE" WILLIS, b. 1803, New Jersey; m. JIM NEAL; b. 1797, Pennsylvania.

12. BENJAMIN4 WILLIS (BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born November 19, 1763 in Essex Co., NJ, and died July 19, 1833 in Alamo, Ripley Twp., Montgomery Co., Indiana. He married (1) SUSANNA DENMAN Abt. 1796 in Hamilton Co., Ohio, daughter of JOSEPH DENMAN and MARY. She was born Abt. 1776 in Westfield, Essex Co., New Jersey, and died Abt. 1820 in Washington Twp., Preble Co., Ohio. He married (2) JANE COAPSTICK November 01, 1821 in Preble Co., Ohio. She was born November 30, 1784 in Pennsylvania, and died July 31, 1866 in Carroll Co., Indiana.

Notes for BENJAMIN WILLIS:
1. Ben Willis was buried in the Willis Cemetery on his farm under his favorite tree. This grave was removed to Alamo City Cemetery during the Bicentenniel year. The stone at one time reflected his service in the new Jersey militia. The 1949 source of info was American Legion records. In 1976 only a portion of the stome was intact.
2. Ben was of slender stature, dark-complexioned with black hair and dark eyes, energetic, adventurous and high-spirited. He liked music and had a good singing voice.
3. Was a member of the Essex County Militia.
4. Ben purchased 100 acres , 7 July 1797, on the north side of Sec 17, Twp 4, First Range in the Miami Purchase. He paid the sum of $80.00 to his brother-in-law, Price Thompson, who had obtained the land from Judge Symmes. The instrument was received on 30 April 1808 and recorded on 3 May 1808. Source- Salt Lake City Gen. Library, printout of Willis families of Essex Co, NJ; John Littell, "First Settlers of Passaic Valley", 1852; reprint ed, Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Co, 1976, p 32.
5. Ben sold his farm in Sycamore Twp, Hamilton Co, OH, for $1000. The deed was received 6 Jan 1814 and was recorded 13 Jan 1814.
6. Ben bought land in Preble Co, Southwest 1/4 of Sec 12, Twp 7, Range 2 East, on July 21 1813. The sale was not recorded within the prescribed six months, so by judicial order, it was recorded on 15 May 1815. Bk 2, p 118.
7. About 1820 Ben signed an affidavit acknowledging that he was selling to his son, Benjamin Jr, of Montgomery Co, OH the 160 acres purchased in 1813, plus 10 acres. Bk 10, p 158. On 10 April 1830, Ben Jr, now of Preble Co, sold 50 acres of the 160 acres for $500.00, stipulating that it was to be held as a life estate for Jane Willis. Bk 11, p 89. On December 25, 1830, Ben Jr sold the rest of the land in Preble Co. for $600.00.
8. Five months after Ben Jr, sold the OH land, Ben Sr, and three sons patented land from the U S Government in Ripley Twp, Montgomery Co, IN, on 23 May 1831.
Ben Sr--W 1/2 Sec 15, Twp 18, Range 6 (#14152)
Joseph--E 1/2 Sec 15, Twp 18, Range 6 (#14153)
Ben Jr--NW 1/4 Sec 22, Twp 18, Range 6 (14151)
Abner--NE 1/4 Sec 27, Twp 18, Range 5 (a half-section south of Ben Jr)
On 30 July 1832, Ben Sr, deeded 21 acres of this land to his oldest son, David (Bk 3, p 251). Ben Sr, died in July of the next year and within six months, David deeded that 21 acres to 13 year old Nathaniel.
9. Ben Sr, apparently died intestate. Ben Jr, had a large family and decided to stay in IN, so in the early 1850's, he began purchasing the interest of the other children in the property which their father had patented. These Montgomery Co, quit-claim deeds reflect migration patterns:
Penina Bennett-Preble Co, OH (Bk 17:296)
David D Willis-Knox Co, IL (BK 20:241. 246)
Jacob R Willis-Johnson Co, IA (Bk 20:242)
Charlotte Davey-Linn Co, IA (Bk 20:242)
Joseph Willis-Tippecanoe Co, IN (Bk 20:245)
Phebe Freeman-Knox Co, IL (Bk 20:247)
In addition, David Willis sold to Ben Jr, the 21 acres which had been set aside for young Nathaniel (Bk 20:241), who had drowned in 1836.
10. According to American Legion Grave Registration Form No 1 filed prior to 1941 in Montgomery Co, IN, the grave of Benjamin Willis Sr, was located on the Fred McMurtrie farm in Section 15 and had Rev Soldier on the stone. Several girls in the Abner Willis family married into the McMurtrie family. The tombstone was intact in 1949 when Mrs Waters published her cemetery inscriptions, but sometime since, a part of the stone had been used to harrow nearby land and was lost. The remaining portion was transferred to the Alamo City Cemetery in 1976.

More About *BENJAMIN SR WILLIS:
Burial: Willis Cemetery on his farm
Census: 1810, Tax list for Sycamore Twp, Hamilton Co, OH
Fact 1 (2): Came to OH in 1794 from NJ
Residence: Bet. 1812 - 1831, Preble Co, OH

Notes for JANE COAPSTICK:
1. Jane had five children by her first husband, ? Sutton.
       
Children of BENJAMIN WILLIS and SUSANNA DENMAN are:
       i.       DAVID D5 WILLIS, b. February 16, 1797, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. August 08, 1866, Montgomery Co., Indiana.

Notes for DAVID D WILLIS:
1. On July 30, 1832, Benjamin Willis, Sr, deeded to his son, David Willis, 21 acres of the W1/2 of the SW1/4 of Sec 15-T18-R6 in Ripley Twp, Montgomery Co, IN. (Bk 3, p 251)
2. On Dec 31 1833, six months following the death of his father, David sold the above 21 acres to his youngest brother, Nathaniel Willis. (Bk 4, p 22)
3. Nathaniel died in 1836/37 and the parcel reverted back to David.
4. In 1854, David conveyed the land to his older brother, Benjamin Willis, Jr. (Bk 20, p 246)
5. On Sept 23, 1854, David Willis, then of Knox Co, IL, sold for $20.00 to Benjamin Willis, Jr, the above 21 acres in Montgomery County, IN, plus his interest in their father's land in that county. (BK 20, pp 241, 246)

More About DAVID D WILLIS:
Burial: 1866, Alamo, Ripley Twp, Montgomery Co, IN
Fact 1 (2): Never married
Will: 1880, Probate Box 101, Montgomery Co, IN

       ii.       MARY "POLLY" WILLIS, b. June 03, 1799, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. January 05, 1868, Harrison Twp., Pulaski Co., Indiana; m. JOHN SUTTON, April 28, 1825, Preble Co., Ohio; b. January 31, 1801, Pennsylvania; d. February 18, 1863, Harrison Twp., Pulaski Co., Indiana.
       iii.       ABNER WILLIS, b. Abt. 1801, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. 1879, Ripley Twp., Montgomery Co., Indiana; m. EVA BUTTS, November 14, 1821, Preble Co., Ohio; b. 1801, Ohio; d. 1883, Montgomery Co., Indiana.
       iv.       PHEBE WILLIS, b. March 11, 1804, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. April 21, 1890, Abington, Knox Co., Illinois; m. SAMUEL FREEMAN, 1823, Preble Co., Ohio; b. November 17, 1803, Rutland, Vermont; d. February 06, 1887, Abington, Knox Co., Illinois.
       v.       BENJAMIN WILLIS, b. July 17, 1805, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. May 05, 1888; m. (1) SUSANNAH BUTTS, January 16, 1831, Preble Co., Ohio; b. 1813, Ohio; d. June 15, 1860, Ripley Twp., Montgomery Co., Indiana; m. (2) ADELINE, Abt. 1865; b. Abt. 1829, Indiana.
       vi.       CHARLOTTE WILLIS, b. 1807, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. November 14, 1885, College Twp., Linn Co., Iowa; m. WILLIAM DAVEY.
       vii.       PENINA WILLIS, b. 1812, Sycamore Twp., Hamilton Co., Ohio; d. Aft. 1880, Preble Co., Ohio; m. JAMES MADISON BENNETT, September 21, 1834, Preble Co., Ohio.
17.       viii.       JOSEPH D. WILLIS, b. 1816, Washington Twp., Preble Co., Ohio; d. April 21, 1873, Tamaroa, Perry Co., Illinois.
       ix.       JACOB R WILLIS, b. July 03, 1818, Eaton, Preble Co., Ohio; d. June 13, 1893, Clear Creek Twp., Johnson Co., Iowa; m. REBECCA LANCASTER.
       x.       NATHANIEL WILLIS, b. Abt. 1820, Washington Twp., Preble Co., Ohio; d. Abt. 1836.

Notes for NATHANIEL WILLIS:
Drown in the Illinois River

13. JAMES4 WILLIS (THOMAS3, JOHN2, SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1742, and died February 03, 1824. He married PHOEBE PERINE.
       
Child of JAMES WILLIS and PHOEBE PERINE is:
18.       i.       DANIEL5 WILLIS, b. Abt. 1765; d. December 27, 1845.


Generation No. 5

14. ISAAC5 WILLIS (JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1781, and died 1850. He married (1) UNNAMED. He married (2) GRACE MOORE 1800 in Columbiana Co., Ohio. She died May 05, 1820.
       
Children of ISAAC WILLIS and UNNAMED are:
       i.       MARTHA6 WILLIS, b. 1831, Ohio.
       ii.       MARGARET WILLIS, b. 1833, Ohio.
       iii.       ISAAC WILLIS, b. 1834, Ohio; d. 1920; m. NANCY A. "NANNIE" HOUSEHOLDER, November 26, 1878, Jefferson Co., Ohio; b. 1844; d. 1899.
       iv.       BENJAMIN C. WILLIS, b. 1839; d. 1863.
       
Children of ISAAC WILLIS and GRACE MOORE are:
       v.       SARAH6 WILLIS, m. WILLIAM P. SCOTT; b. 1820.
       vi.       ELIZABETH "BESSIE" WILLIS, m. JOSEPH P. KNOWLES, March 07, 1839, Jefferson Co., Ohio.
       vii.       MARIAH WILLIS, b. 1818, Greene Co., Pennsylvania; d. 1904, Wheeling, Ohio Co., West Virginia.
       viii.       JOHN WILLIS, b. May 05, 1820, Greene Co., Pennsylvania; d. December 02, 1901, West Twp, Columbiana Co., Ohio; m. (1) CYNTHIA SHEPHERD, 1841; b. November 03, 1821; d. April 1843; m. (2) MARY CRAGO, June 12, 1843, Hanover Twp., Columbiana Co., Ohio; b. February 01, 1825, Greene Co., Pennsylvania; d. 1854; m. (3) ELIZABETH KELLY, October 05, 1854, Columbiana Co., Ohio; b. September 29, 1831, Hanover Twp., Columbiana Co., Ohio; d. February 17, 1897, West Twp, Columbiana Co., Ohio.

15. JOSEPH5 WILLIS IV (JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born July 31, 1782 in Elizabeth, Essex Co., New Jersey, and died March 02, 1875 in Paris Twp., Stark Co., Ohio. He married DEBORAH KELLEY April 29, 1812 in Greene Co., Pennsylvania. She was born August 07, 1789 in New Jersey, and died April 22, 1864.
       
Children of JOSEPH WILLIS and DEBORAH KELLEY are:
       i.       HENRY6 WILLIS, b. October 03, 1813, Columbiana Co., Ohio; d. January 24, 1870, Ballville Twp., Sandusky Co., Ohio; m. NANCY WILEY, September 10, 1835, Columbiana Co., Ohio; b. December 04, 1815; d. April 05, 1876, Ballville Twp., Sandusky Co., Ohio.
19.       ii.       MARY WILLIS, b. 1814; d. Bef. 1854.
20.       iii.       GRACE WILLIS, b. 1816; d. November 20, 1842.
       iv.       AMANDA WILLIS, b. 1818; m. JAMES NODINGS, December 12, 1840, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
21.       v.       DEBORAH WILLIS, b. 1819, Pennsylvania.
       vi.       JOSEPH WILLIS V, b. October 08, 1821, Greene Co., Pennsylvania; d. September 26, 1878, Ohio; m. MARGARET HAHN, October 24, 1844, Columbiana Co., Ohio; b. September 26, 1826, Paris Twp., Stark Co., Ohio; d. February 11, 1893, Minerva, Stark Co., Ohio.
       vii.       JAMES WILLIS, b. May 24, 1825, Virginia; d. August 05, 1873, Bayard, Columbiana Co., Ohio; m. MARY JENNINGS; b. 1831, Pennsylvania.
       viii.       DAVID WILLIS, b. September 14, 1827; m. ELIZABETH HINER, October 25, 1849, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
22.       ix.       HANNAH WILLIS, b. August 28, 1832, West Township, Columbiana, Ohio; d. June 03, 1907, West Twp, Columbiana Co., Ohio.

16. RICHARD T5 WILLIS (JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1785 in New Jersey, and died September 01, 1870 in Greene Co., Pennsylvania. He married MARY SWAN 1824. She was born June 04, 1806 in Pennsylvania, and died February 15, 1876.
       
Children of RICHARD WILLIS and MARY SWAN are:
       i.       SARAH6 WILLIS, b. April 05, 1832, Pennsylvania; d. May 30, 1874, Pennsylvania; m. WILLIAM NUTT; b. April 27, 1829, Pennsylvania; d. August 08, 1888, Pennsylvania.
       ii.       RICHARD WILLIS, b. August 10, 1834, Pennsylvania; d. July 31, 1905, Pennsylvania.
       iii.       WILLIAM D WILLIS, b. May 25, 1836, Pennsylvania; d. August 18, 1904, Pennsylvania; m. PRISCILLA REYNOLDS, February 02, 1858; b. August 22, 1843, Pennsylvania; d. May 20, 1919.
       iv.       RACHEL L. WILLIS, b. March 1838, Pennsylvania; d. 1930; m. ARTHUR MC CALVIE HILL; b. March 1831, Pennsylvania.
       v.       MARY WILLIS, b. August 22, 1841, Pennsylvania; d. January 03, 1926; m. ANDREW J. RICE, 1858; b. 1840, Pennsylvania; d. June 21, 1898.
       vi.       JOSEPH WILLIS, b. 1842, Pennsylvania.
       vii.       GRACE ANN WILLIS, b. 1846, Pennsylvania.
       viii.       ISAAC NEWTON WILLIS, b. 1851, Pennsylvania; m. ELIZABETH JANE MT. JOY.

17. JOSEPH D.5 WILLIS (BENJAMIN4, BENJAMIN3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1816 in Washington Twp., Preble Co., Ohio, and died April 21, 1873 in Tamaroa, Perry Co., Illinois. He married ANNA MARIA MCINTOSH.
       
Children of JOSEPH WILLIS and ANNA MCINTOSH are:
       i.       MARY JANE6 WILLIS.
       ii.       JOANNA BELLE WILLIS.
       iii.       NATHANIEL PURDUE WILLIS.

18. DANIEL5 WILLIS (JAMES4, THOMAS3, JOHN2, SAMUEL1) was born Abt. 1765, and died December 27, 1845. He married POLLY.
       
Child of DANIEL WILLIS and POLLY is:
       i.       SARAH6 WILLIS, b. February 02, 1793, New Jersey; d. June 15, 1861, Washtenaw Co., Michigan; m. JOHN GREEN.


Generation No. 6

19. MARY6 WILLIS (JOSEPH5, JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1814, and died Bef. 1854. She married HARVEY "ANDREW" SLENTZ January 29, 1843 in Columbiana Co., Ohio, son of FREDERIC SLENTZ and MARIE. He was born September 10, 1815 in Mt. Pleasant, Adams, Pennsylvania, and died January 25, 1897 in West Township, Columbiana, Ohio.
       
Children of MARY WILLIS and HARVEY SLENTZ are:
       i.       GRACE7 SLENTZ, b. April 25, 1845, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio.
       ii.       DEBORAH SLENTZ, b. June 22, 1847, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio.
       iii.       NANCY R. SLENTZ, b. April 12, 1850, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; m. CHARLES P. MOORE, October 03, 1871, Stark County, Ohio.

20. GRACE6 WILLIS (JOSEPH5, JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1816, and died November 20, 1842. She married HARVEY "ANDREW" SLENTZ March 19, 1835 in Columbiana County, Ohio, son of FREDERIC SLENTZ and MARIE. He was born September 10, 1815 in Mt. Pleasant, Adams, Pennsylvania, and died January 25, 1897 in West Township, Columbiana, Ohio.
       
Children of GRACE WILLIS and HARVEY SLENTZ are:
       i.       JESSE7 SLENTZ, b. April 22, 1836, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. June 10, 1914, Toronto, Jefferson Co., Ohio; m. LETITIA SCOTT, 1857; b. Pennsylvania.
       ii.       MARY SLENTZ, b. January 15, 1838, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio.
       iii.       HENRY SLENTZ, b. June 12, 1839, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. March 27, 1910, Springfield, Clark Co., Ohio; m. RUTH BENNETT, March 16, 1863; b. 1838, Ohio.
       iv.       JOSEPH W. SLENTZ, b. September 15, 1841, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. November 15, 1841, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio.

21. DEBORAH6 WILLIS (JOSEPH5, JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born 1819 in Pennsylvania. She married MICHAEL SLENTZ, SR. August 01, 1844 in Columbiana Co., Ohio, son of FREDERIC SLENTZ and MARIE. He was born March 12, 1819 in Gettysburgh, Adams, PA, and died December 11, 1895 in South Haven, MI.

Notes for MICHAEL SLENTZ, SR.:
If you go in the 1st drive turn down the first road to the left. Michaels grave will be near the sextons shed.
       
Children of DEBORAH WILLIS and MICHAEL SLENTZ are:
       i.       ELIZA A7 SLENTZ, b. June 06, 1845; m. MARTIN P MINER, November 11, 1874, Allegan, Michigan.
       ii.       ELIZABETH SLENTZ, b. March 17, 1848.
       iii.       MICHAEL SLENTZ, JR., b. June 08, 1850; m. NANCY JANE BAUGHMAN, October 06, 1874, Allegan, Michigan; b. 1858, Indiana.
       iv.       DEBORAH "DEBBIE" SLENTZ, b. June 15, 1853, Indiana; d. April 04, 1938.
       v.       CINDY SLENTZ, b. June 15, 1853.
       vi.       JOHN SLENTZ, b. July 03, 1857; d. July 11, 1895.
       vii.       MARTHA SLENTZ, b. February 10, 1859; d. 1921.

22. HANNAH6 WILLIS (JOSEPH5, JOSEPH4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, SAMUEL1) was born August 28, 1832 in West Township, Columbiana, Ohio, and died June 03, 1907 in West Twp, Columbiana Co., Ohio. She married HARVEY "ANDREW" SLENTZ July 31, 1854 in East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio, son of FREDERIC SLENTZ and MARIE. He was born September 10, 1815 in Mt. Pleasant, Adams, Pennsylvania, and died January 25, 1897 in West Township, Columbiana, Ohio.
       
Children of HANNAH WILLIS and HARVEY SLENTZ are:
       i.       LAFAYETTE7 SLENTZ, b. September 06, 1855, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
       ii.       JACOB SLENTZ, b. February 15, 1857, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. November 19, 1931, Jewett, Harrison Co., Ohio; m. MARY HENRY, November 20, 1878, Columbiana Co., Ohio; b. August 19, 1864, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. November 11, 1922, Jewett, Harrison Co., Ohio.
       iii.       HARVEY ANDREW SLENTZ II, b. January 18, 1860, Columbiana Co., Ohio; d. June 10, 1944, Marshfield, Webster Co., Missouri; m. EMMA SARAH JOLLY, June 26, 1884, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.
       iv.       WILLIAM ELLSWORTH SLENTZ, b. February 27, 1862, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
       v.       RESIN SLENTZ, b. March 19, 1864, Columbiana Co., Ohio; d. Bef. 1867, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
       vi.       CHARLES SLENTZ, b. August 24, 1866, Columbiana Co., Ohio.
       vii.       JASPER SLENTZ, b. October 16, 1868, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; m. ELIZABETH; b. 1872, Ohio.
       viii.       ABBEY JANE SLENTZ, b. May 09, 1871, West Township, Columbiana, Ohio; d. January 07, 1932, Minerva, Stark Co., Ohio; m. ISAAC D. NEWCOMER, July 13, 1892, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio; b. December 03, 1869, Minerva, Stark Co., Ohio; d. December 23, 1941, Minerva, Stark Co., Ohio.
       ix.       FRANKLIN SLENTZ, b. April 25, 1874, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. June 11, 1959, Waynesburg, Stark Co., Ohio; m. FLORENCE F. HAYNAM, September 26, 1900, Stark County, Ohio; b. October 19, 1869, New Franklin, Stark Co., Ohio; d. December 23, 1942, Canton, Stark Co., Ohio.
       x.       LAURA BERTHA SLENTZ, b. August 01, 1876, West Township, Columbiana, Ohio; d. July 19, 1937, Augusta Twp., Carroll Co., Ohio; m. GEORGE ALBERT GUTHRIE, March 07, 1894, Columbiana Co., Ohio; b. August 10, 1873, East Rochester, Columbiana, Ohio; d. May 07, 1962, Augusta Twp., Carroll Co., Ohio.




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