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Austin Willis of North Carolina was born about 1820 in North Carolina. He married Edney Cook on December 26, 1846. Austin was a blacksmith for the North Carolina railroad, in "Company Shop," North Carolina. He served as a private in the Civil War in Company K, 47th North Carolina Regiment (Alamance Minutemen). He died about 1880 in North Carolina. His son, John Willis, was born in 1850 and died about 1900 in Nottoway County, Virginia. (The Southern Group/20880)

Britton Willis was born in 1758 in North Carolina. He married Ann Gillespie. He died April 6, 1844 in Muhlenberg, Kentucky. Children were James, Winifred, Matthew G., Jane, Thomas, Ann G., David Gillespie, and Peggy. (The Southern Group/87203, 155223)

Daniel Campbell Willis was b. 29 Jul 1807 in VA, near Wash. D.C. according to family information. His father was believed to be Robert. He had a brother, Robert, and two sisters, Elizabeth (Betsey) and Catherine. In 1814, the family moved to southern KY near the TN border, according to family information. Daniel moved to Greene Co, IL ca 1826, where he m.1) Elizabeth Green 2 Feb 1832. He m.2) Frances Fears, b. 25 Dec 1813, Grainger Co. TN, on 17 Nov 1834 in Greene Co, IL. Their children were Robert, William, Susan, James (all b. Greene Co, IL), Catherine, John, Samuel, Frances, Sarah (all b. Des Moines Co, IA), Luther, and Alfred (both b. Adair Co, MO). Frances (Fears) Willis d. 22 Jul 1863, Adair Co, MO. Daniel m.3) Frances' sister Martha Ann (Fears) Butler, 11 Jul 1869, also in Greene Co, IL. Daniel was a Methodist. He d. 17 Jul 1882 in Adair Co, MO. (The Southern Group/54942)

Henry S. Willis of Scott County, Kentucky was born October 19, 1810 either in Virginia or in Kentucky. On April 7, 1836 he married Jane Parker Robinson. His son Richard Perry Willis was born January 16, 1837, married Keturah Ann Yates in Alabama on January 16, 1860, and had twelve children. Henry's other known children were Mary, Catharine, Henry, Jane, William, Robert, James E., and Nannie. (The Southern Group/136256)

Joseph Willis of Patrick County, Virginia married Sally Nowlin on June 4, 1794. Their children were Elizabeth, Greenville, Sarah, Delia, Charlotte, Ruth, John, Patsy, and James. Greenville's line stayed primarily in the Patrick/Floyd area. According to family oral tradition, some of Joseph's and Greenville's sons moved to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio. (The Southern Group/51081)

Peter Willis of Rutherford County, North Carolina and Coffee County, Tennessee was born ca. 1765 and first appears in the 1790 census of Rutherford Co. NC. Peter's parents are not known but we believe he is connected to another Peter Willis (Jr.), named in the 1781 will of his grandfather Daniel Fowler of Dinwiddie Co., VA. This other Peter was in Orange Co. NC in 1790. Our Peter married Frances, daughter of Jesse Tate of Rutherford Co.  In 1816 Peter Willis sold 650 acres on the Broad River and moved to Tennessee with his sons Joseph, Anderson F[owler?], David, William Bryson and George Willis, and his sons-in-law Saul Camp (wife Mary) and Jesse Reynolds (wife Frances). Daughter Lucinda married John Russey in 1819. Peter Willis and his family all settled near Hillsboro in Franklin County, which became Coffee Co. TN in 1836. Peter died in 1840 leaving a deed of gift which names his children. (The Southern Group/30700)

Robert Willis of Indiana was born about 1784 in Virginia according to the 1850 census, Randolph County, Indiana. According to family tradition Robert's family was from North Carolina. Robert married first Mary Blair, widow of Eli McVay, on May 17, 1806 and second Mary Mumpower on February 14, 1816, both  marriages in Grainger County, Tennessee. Robert died in Randolph County, Indiana, in 1857. Robert's sons were Eli (b. January 24, 1815), Benjamin A. (b. 1817), William Henry (b. January 31, 1828), and Thomas S. (b. May 9, 1829) and his daughters are believed to be Louisa J., Frances M., and Sarah. Robert's sons, except for Benjamin, moved to Van Buren County, Michigan, in 1864 or shortly after. (The Southern Group/99549)

William Willis of Brunswick County, Virginia was born between 1725 and 1730 in Brunswick County. The name of his father, or possibly a brother, was Richard. By 1782 William moved to Pittsylvania County, VA. He died before April 9, 1792 in Mecklenburg Co., VA. William's children were Richard (moved to Spartanburg Co., SC), Sterling (moved to Todd County, KY), Sherwood (moved to Jessamine Co., KY), John (also moved to Jessamine Co., KY; see below), Drury (moved to Madison County, KY), Thomas (lived in Lincoln County, TN in 1820), Edward (moved to Garrard County, KY), Sarah, and Nancy Anne. Tradition has William's first wife as Elizabeth Davis and the mother to all of his children. William's son John (b. 1756) had several sons. The first was Richard (b. 4 Sept 1795 Pittsylvania County, VA, d.1863, Sullivan County, IN) Richard had a son named William, born 1838. The second was John Augustine Willis (b. 12 April, 1800, Pittsylvania County, d. 27 Jan 1886, Sullivan County), who had a son named William, born 1839. Another son of John Willis of Jessamine County was James A. Willis, who married Mahala Walters. (The Southern Group/113965, 149433, 153009)

William Austin Willis was born in 1808 in North Carolina. In 1850 he was living in New Madrid County, Missouri, where he is listed in the 1850 census with wife Sarah (age 39, born in North Carolina), his four oldest children William Cicero Willis, Henry Thomas Willis, Eli Samuel Willis, and Elizabeth A. Willis, all born in Georgia between 1835 and 1843, and  his two youngest children Sarah (middle initial unknown) Willis and James Wesley Willis, born in Missouri after 1847. (The Southern Group/84019)

William Ira Willis of Iowa was born about 1835 in Iowa and died on August 6, 1907 in Louisville, Clay County, Illinois.  He married Elizabeth Curtis.  Their children were James Levi, Anderson, Laura Jane, Sarah Ellen, Joseph Oliver, and David William (AKA Wilbert). (The Southern Group/48626)