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Willis family of Yancey County, NC
Posted by: Unknown (ID *****6724) Date: September 17, 2009 at 18:56:02
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Willis family of Yancey County, NC
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Willis family of Yancey County, NC

Surnames: Willis
Thomas Willis b abt.1839 married Piety last name unk. b. 1843 in NC her father b. in Maryland mother b. in
N.C. their child Thomas Clingman Willis b.1/1/1863 d. 5/17/1943 married Victoria Melton b.12/1877
d. 1951their child David (Dave) Columbus Willis b.11/11/1896 d. 4/23/1966 married/divorced Ada Gillis
b. 2/20/1895 daughter of Joe and Ella Gillis - Ada died 6/15/1966 Marion, McDowell County, NC buried
Angelworth? Cemetary near Weaversville, NC after Dave she married a ? Rodgers and later a ? Lavender
Dave married Ada twice but I don't know dates.

It has been suggested that Thomas Willis is the son of James "Hoke" Willis and Martha "Patsy" Howell. son of
Benjamin and Ane Galis. Daughter of James A. Howell and Martha "Patty" "Patsy" Hill born 1790 daughter of Swinfield Hill of Ashe County, NC

Dave Columbus Willis
Birth: Nov. 11, 1896
Death April 23, 1966
Father: Thomas Clingman Willis
Mother: Victoria Melton
Cause: Cancer
Burial: Metcalf Cemetary, Horton Creek, Yancey County, NC

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Dave Columbus Willis :Children
Yancey County, NC - VITALS - Deaths in Prices Creek Township, 1913-1924


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1.WILLIS, Lillie Catholen
Birth: Age 6 days, Paint Gap
Death: February 8, 1916, Prices Creek
Father: David Willis, Prices Creek ,Yancey County, NC
Mother: Ada Gillis, Horton Creek
Cause: Bold Hives
Burial: Paint Gap book: 1-12/202

2.WILLIS, Male
Birth: March 17, 1917
Death: March 17, 1917, Prices Creek, Yancey County, NC
Father: David Willis, Prices Creek
Mother: Ada Gillis, Paint Gap
Burial: Paint Gap book: 1-12/213
Dave Willis, 21 m. Ada Gillis, 21 April 18, 1915

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3. WILLIS, Ray Watson, Sr.
Birth: March 6, 1933 Prices Creek, Yancey County, NC
Death: August 31,1982 Thomasville, Davidson County, NC
Father: David C. Willis
Mother: Ada Gillis
Cause: Heart Attack
Burial: Holly Hill Memorial Park, Thomasville, Davidson County, NC


4. WILLIS, William Jack b. 5/22/18 Yancey County, NC d. 12/31/93 Mississippi

5. WILLIS, Edward b. 10/12/24 Yancey County, NC d. 8/3/94 Arden, Buncombe County, NC -

6.WILLIS, James Paul b. 3/4/21 Yancey County, NC d. 3/84 Thomasville, Davidson County, NC

7.WILLIS, Annie b. 5/17/23 Yancey County, NC d. 5/96 Lexington, Davidson County, NC

8.WILLIS, Living Female

9.WILLIS, Living Female

10.WILLIS, Living Female

11.WILLIS, Living Female
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Think his parents are James & Martha Howell Willis.

Descendants of Thomas Willis -
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FIRST GENERATION

1. Thomas Willis was born about 1841 in Yancey County, North Carolina.
1860 Yancey census, # 1098, Thomas S. Willis is age 20.
1870 Yancey census, Cane River # 133, Thomas Willis is age 35.
1880 Yancey census, Cane River # 293, Thomas Willis is age 39, born in NC as
were his parents. He is a farmer and has a defective leg.


He was married to Piety (Willis) about 1860. Piety (Willis) was born about
1843 in North Carolina. 1860 Yancey census, Piety Willis is age 17.
1870 Yancey census, Piaty Willis is age 26.
1880 Yancey census, Piety, wife of Thomas Willis is age 37. She was born in
NC, her father in Maryland and her mother in NC. Thomas Willis and Piety
(WILLIS) had the following children:

+2 i. Garret Willis (born in September 1863).
3 ii. Martha L. WILLIS was born about 1864 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1870 Yancey census, Martha Willis is age 6.
1880 Yancey census, Martha L. Willis is age 16.
+4 iii. Thomas Clingman Willis (born on January 1, 1863).
5 iv. Charles P. WILLIS was born about 1870 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1870 Yancey census, Charles Willis is age 2.
1880 Yancey census, Charles P. Willis is age 10.

6 v. Nancy D. WILLIS was born about 1872 in Yancey County, North Carolina.
1880 Yancey census, Nancy D. Willis is age 8.
7 vi. Andrew J. WILLIS was born about 1873 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1880 Yancey census, Andrew J. Willis is age 7.
8 vii. James H. WILLIS was born about 1874 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1880 Yancey census, James H. Willis is age 6.
9 viii. Matilda L. WILLIS was born about 1875 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1880 Yancey census, Matilda L. Willis is age 5.
10 ix. Wilbern E. WILLIS was born about 1877 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1880 Yancey census, Wilbern E. Willis is age 3.
11 x. Dora M. WILLIS was born about 1879 in Yancey County, North Carolina.
1880 Yancey census, Dora M. Willis is age 1.



SECOND GENERATION

2. Garret Willis was born in September 1863 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1870 Yancey census, Garret D. Willis is age 8.
1880 Yancey census, Garret Willis is age 17.
Yancey County marriage index: Garrett Willis married Harriett Jones on Jan
12, 1884.
1900 Yancey census, Prices Creek # 151, Garrett Wilis is age 36, born Sept
1863. He is a farmer and rents his farm. Has been married to Harriett for
16 years.

He was married to Harriett Jones on January 12, 1884 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. Harriett Jones was born in August 1858 in North Carolina. 1900
Yancey census, Harriett Wilis is age 31, born Aug 1868. She has been
married to Garrett Willis for 16 years and has 6 children of which 4 are
living. Garret Willis and Harriett Jones had the following children:

12 i. Liddie Willis was born about 1885 in Yancey County, North Carolina.
1900 Yancey census, Liddie Wilis is age 1?, born Feb, 188?.
13 ii. Nellie Willis was born in October 1888 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1900 Yancey census, Nellie Wilis is age 11 born Oct 1888.
14 iii. Martha M. WILLIS was born about 1890 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1900 Yancey census, Martha M. Wilis is age 10, date unreadable.
15 iv. Thomas Willis was born in 1896 in Yancey County, North Carolina.
1900 Yancey census, Thomas Wilis is age 3 born in 1896.

4. Thomas Clingman Willis was born on January 1, 1863 in Yancey County,
North Carolina. He died on May 17, 1943. He was buried in Metcalf
Cemetery, Horton Creek, Yancey County, NC. 1870 Yancey census, Thomas C.
Willis is age 4.
1880 Yancey census, Thomas C. Willis is age 14.
Yancey County marriage index: Clingman Willis, 25 m. Victory Melton, 20 on
Nov. 21, 1893.
1900 Yancey census, Prices Creek # 152, Clingman Wilis is age 3?, born Jan.
186?. He has been married to Victory for 7 years.

He was married to Victoria Melton on November 21, 1893 in Yancey County,
North Carolina. Victoria Melton was born in December 1877 in Yancey County,
North Carolina. She died in 1951. She was buried in Metcalf Cemetery,
Horton Creek, Yancey County, NC. 1900 Yancey census, Victory Wilis is age
22 born Dec. 1877. She has been married to Clingman for 7 years and has 4
children.
Yancey County Cemetery listing, Metcalf Cemetery, Horton Creek, Victoria
Melton Willis, 1860-1951. Thomas Clingman Willis and Victoria Melton had
the following children:

16 i. Martha C Willis was born on September 27, 1895 in Yancey County,
North Carolina. She died on November 22, 1993. She was buried in Metcalf
Cemetery, Horton Creek, Yancey County, NC. 1900 Yancey census, Martha
Willis is age 5, born Sept 189?.
Yancey County cemetery listing; Martha C. Phillips born Sept 27, 1896,
died July 22, 1993. Daughter of Cling & Victoria Willis. Wife of Sam J.
Phillips.
17 ii. David C. WILLIS was born on November 11, 1896 in Yancey County,
North Carolina. He died on April 23, 1966. He was buried in Metcalf
Cemetery, Horton Creek, Yancey County, NC. 1900 Yancey census, David C.
Wilis is age 3, born Nov. 1896.
18 iii. Mary E. WILLIS was born in August 1898 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1900 Yancey census, Mary E. Wilis is age 1 born Aug. 1898.
19 iv. Michael Willis was born in May 1900 in Yancey County, North Carolinaina. 1900 Yancey census, Michel Wilis is age 0, born May 1900.



((This is not given by Ms Fender yet I met these two children of Thomas Clingman Willis and Victoria Melton Willis and are brothers to Dave C. Willis they are:
W. Braskey Willis, 06-09-1906 - 11-19-1986 and
Henry Willis 04-14-1912 - 11-20-1972 ))


Prepared by:
Sandra Allen Fender
105 Kela Drive
Morganton, NC 28655-9076
fender@hci.net <mailto:fender@hci.net>

The following information was given to me but I can't remember who:

**James "Hoke" (Jimmie) Willis b. June 15, 1813 Rutherford, NC d. December 4, 1890 Estatoe, Mitchell County, NC married ca. 1837 in Yancey County, NC to Martha "Patsy" "Patty" Howell b. July 6, 1821 died Jan 14, 1900 daughter of James A. Howell son of William Howell of Wales (?) and Martha "Patty" "Patsy" Hill born 1790 daughter of Swinfield Hill of Ashe County, NC
children:
1. Nancy Willis b. November 24,1838 in Yancey County, NC d. February 28,1920 Mitchell County, NC Married Wiliam tolley on October 22, 1852 in Yancey County, NC
2. Matilda Willis b. 1839 in Yancey County, NC married Stanley Rhodes
3. Thomas Willis b. 1839 Place Yancey, NC married Piety last name unk. her father b. in Maryland and her Mother in NC They are listed on census for Yancey County.
4. Elizabeth Willis b. 1842 in Yancey County, NC Married Henry L. Willis
6. Myra Elmira "Maria" Willis b. 1845 in Yancey County, NC d. December 30, 1914 Mitchell County, NC Buried: Grindstaff Cemetary Mitchell County, NC Married John Grindstaff on August 10, 1865
7. James, Jr. "Dick" Willis b. 1848 in NC d. December 5, 1912 Mitchell County, NC Buried: Lily Branch Cemetary, Mitchell County, NC Married Lockie last name unkn.
8. Martha Willis b. 1850 in NC
9. Locky Willis b. 1853 in NC
10. Jackson Willis b. 1855 in NC married Cinthia before 1873
11. Robert Willis b. 1857 in NC
12. Joicy Willis b. 1859 in NC
13. Henry John Willis b. 1861 in Mitchell County, NC d. 1930 Mitchell County, NC married Liza Jane Laury Bakersville, Mitchell County, NC
14. Lilly Matida Willis b. 1864 in NC






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