Frank Willis1

b. 1865
Father*Harvey Willis1 b. 15 Apr 1831, d. 27 Apr 1901
Mother*Eliza J. Webster1 b. 5 Jun 1834, d. 20 Mar 1905
Birth*1865Frank Willis was born about 1865 in Iowa.1
(Son) Census 187016 June 1870Frank appeared on the 1870 census taken on 16 June 1870 in the household of his parents in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. He was 5 years old.1
(Son) Census 188016 June 1880Frank appeared on the 1880 census in the household of his parents taken on 16 June 1880 in Perry, Dallas County, Iowa. He was 14 years old and had attended school within the last year.2

Citations

  1. [S37] 1870 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Harvey Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M593_385; Page: 589B; Image: 449; Family History Library Film: 545884. Hereinafter cited as 1870 US Federal Census.
  2. [S23] 1880 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of H. and E.J. Willis, Perry, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 335; Family History Film: 1254335; Page: 139A; Enumeration District: 046; Image: 0281. Hereinafter cited as 1880 US Federal Census.

Hannah Willis1

Relationship2nd great-grandmother of John Bolton
Father*Deacon John Willis1,2
Mother*Elizabeth Hodgkins1
Marriage*She married Nathaniel Hayward, son of Thomas Hayward.1,2,3

Family

Nathaniel Hayward
Children1.Elizabeth Hayward4,3 b. 1650, d. 1734
2.Nathaniel Hayward+1 b. 26 Apr 1664, d. 11 Jul 1734
3.John Hayward+1
4.Thomas Hayward Sr.+1 b. 1668, d. 18 May 1746
5.Samuel Hayward+1,5
6.Elisha Hayward+1 b. 1674
7.Patience Hayward+1
8.Benjamin Hayward+1 b. c 1677, d. 1733

Citations

  1. [S612] Paul Dillon Hayward, Thomas Hayward of Bridgewater (Denver, Colorado: P.D. Hayward, 1985), Author stated in his Preface that this book is his third compilation on the Haywards and that most of the data he obtained from previously published sources. He warned that there are undoubtedly many errors, some of which may invalidate entire sections, page 1. Hereinafter cited as Thomas Hayward of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-364. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  3. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Hayward, pages 181-190.
  4. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Edson, pages 153-160.
  5. [S1225] Frederick Odell Conant, A History and Genealogy of the Conant Family in England and America : Thirteen Generations, 1620-1887, downloaded from Google Books at www.google.com. (Portland, Maine: Frederick Odell Conant, 1887), page 173. Hereinafter cited as Conant Family in England and America, 1620-1887.

Hannah Willis1

b. 18 January 1829, d. 10 August 1841
Father*Isaac Willis1 b. 27 Mar 1787
Mother*Anna Macy1 b. 15 Sep 1793, d. 2 Aug 1841
Birth*18 January 1829Hannah Willis was born on 18 January 1829 near Springfield, Wayne County, Indiana,1
Death*10 August 1841 and died on 10 August 1841 near Springfield at age 12.1
Burial*She was buried in the West River Friends Cemetery, Dalton, Wayne County.1

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Membership, Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1806-1834 Marriages, 1806-1895; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.

Hannah Ellen Willis1,2,3

b. 1858
Father*Jonathan Willis1 b. 19 Oct 1826, d. 27 Jul 1903
Mother*Lucinda Beeson1 b. 4 Mar 1827, d. 21 Nov 1865
Birth*1858Hannah Ellen Willis was born about 1858 in Iowa.1
(Daughter) Census 186028 June 1860Hannah appeared on the 1860 census taken on 28 June 1860 in the household of her parents in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa. She was 2 years old.1
(Daughter) Census 18709 June 1870Hannah, who was enumerated as Ellen, appeared on the 1870 census taken on 9 June 1870 in the household of her father and stepmother in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. She was 12 years old and had attended school within the last year.2
(Daughter) Census 188028 June 1880Ellen appeared on the 1880 census in the household of her parents taken on 28 June 1880 in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. She was 22 years of age.3

Citations

  1. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Boone, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M653_317; Page: 577; Image: 65; Family History Library Film: 803317. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.
  2. [S37] 1870 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M593_385; Page: 584A; Image: 438; Family History Library Film: 545884. Hereinafter cited as 1870 US Federal Census.
  3. [S23] 1880 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 335; Family History Film: 1254335; Page: 155B; Enumeration District: 046; Image: 0314. Hereinafter cited as 1880 US Federal Census.

Harvey Willis1,2

b. 15 April 1831, d. 27 April 1901
Harvey Willis
Father*Isaac Willis2 b. 27 Mar 1787
Mother*Anna Macy2 b. 15 Sep 1793, d. 2 Aug 1841
Birth*15 April 1831Harvey Willis was born on 15 April 1831 near Springfield, Wayne County, Indiana.3,2,4
(Brother-in-Law) Census 185013 August 1850Harvey appeared on the 1850 census taken on 13 August 1850 in the household of his sister and brother-in-law Rachel and Henry Thornburgh in Dalton, Wayne County, Indiana. Harvey was 19 years of age, had attended school within the last year and worked as a laborer. His brother Lindsey, age 15, also lived in the Thornburgh household in 1850 and many members of their extended family lived in neighboring farms.5
(Brother) Census 185013 September 1850Harvey's brother, John, had moved to Clinton, La Porte County, Indiana, and appeared there with his new wife Hilah on the 1850 census taken on 13 September 1850.They were enumerated in the household next to the Calvin Webster family, whose daughter, Eliza Jane, Harvey would marry in two years.6
Marriage*7 June 1852He married Eliza J. Webster, daughter of Calvin F. Webster and Betsy Burrows, on 7 June 1852 in La Porte County, Indiana.1,7
Census 1860*6 June 1860Harvey and Eliza J. Willis appeared on the 1860 census taken on 6 June 1860 in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. Harvey was 29 years of age, and a farmer with real estate valued at $500 and a personal estate of $200. Eliza was 26 years of age. They lived with their children, Orlando 7, Lucinda 3 and Arthur, who was 1. Also living with the family was Lindsey Willis, a younger brother of Harvey's. Lindsey was 26 years of age, worked as a laborer and had a personal estate valued at $50.8
Census 1870*16 June 1870Eliza and Harvey Willis appeared on the 1870 census taken on 16 June 1870 in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. Harvey was 39 years of age and his occupation was recorded as "Joader". Eliza J. was 36 years of age and keeping house. They lived with their six children, Orlando who was 17 and worked as a clerk in a grocery, Lucinda S. was 13 and had attended school within the last year, Arthur, who was 11 and had also attended school within the last year, William 7, Frank 5 and Ella 2. Also living with the family in 1870 were two of the sons of Harvey's brother Henry, David and Washington Willis, aged 19 and 17, respectively.9
Census 1880*16 June 1880Eliza and Harvey Willis appeared on the 1880 census taken on 16 June 1880 in Perry, Dallas County, Iowa. Harvey was 49 years of age and worked as a stock dealer, and Eliza was 46 years of age and keeping house. They lived with the six youngest of their children. Arthur was 21 and worked as a drug clerk, William, who was enumerated as W.E., was 17 and worked as a grocer clerk, Frank and Ella, ages 14 and 12, respectively, had both attended school within the last year, Kittie was 4 years old, and Lena was 2.10
Census 1900*2 June 1900Eliza and Harvey Willis appeared on the 1900 census taken on 2 June 1900 in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. Harvey was 69 years of age and worked as a livestock shipper, and Eliza was 65. They had been married for 48 years and had a total of 12 children, 7 of whom were living, and three of whom resided with their parents in 1900. William was 36 years of age and, like his father, worked as a livestock shipper. He was enumerated as married for five years, although his wife was not enumerated in the Willis household. Ella was single, 32 years of age and worked as a stenographer and Lena was 21, single and also working as a stenographer.4
Death*27 April 1901He died on 27 April 1901 in Dallas County at age 7011
Burial* and was buried in the Mowrer Cemetery, Perry, Dallas County.11

Family

Eliza J. Webster b. 5 Jun 1834, d. 20 Mar 1905
Children1.Orlando C. Willis8 b. 1853
2.Lucinda Willis+1 b. 27 Aug 1856, d. 3 Mar 1945
3.Arthur Eugene Willis+8 b. 8 Oct 1858, d. 15 Apr 1944
4.William E. Willis9 b. Jun 1863
5.Frank Willis9 b. 1865
6.Ella Willis9 b. Mar 1868
7.Kittie Willis10 b. 1876
8.Lena W. Willis10 b. Oct 1878

Citations

  1. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 263. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  2. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Membership, Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1806-1834 Marriages, 1806-1895; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.
  3. [S23] 1880 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of William "M" Heaton, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: 360; Family History Film: 1254360; Page: 404B; Enumeration District: 165; Image: 0329. Hereinafter cited as 1880 US Federal Census.
  4. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Harvey Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 427; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0014; FHL microfilm: 1240427. Hereinafter cited as 1900 US Federal Census.
  5. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Henry Thornburgh, Dalton, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M432_180; Page: 87B; Image: 182. Hereinafter cited as 1850 US Federal Census.
  6. [S17] 1850 US Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of John H. Willis, Clinton, La Porte, Indiana; Roll: M432_157; Page: 160A; Image: 324, her name transcribed as "Hilah."
  7. [S1444] Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941, online at www.ancestry.com, Laporte County, Indiana; Index to Marriage Records Letters: S - Z Volume V, W. P. A. Compiled by Indiana Works Progress Admini; Book: R-C; Page: 140. Hereinafter cited as Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941.
  8. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Harvey Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M653_317; Page: 529; Image: 17; Family History Library Film: 803317. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.
  9. [S37] 1870 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Harvey Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M593_385; Page: 589B; Image: 449; Family History Library Film: 545884. Hereinafter cited as 1870 US Federal Census.
  10. [S23] 1880 US Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of H. and E.J. Willis, Perry, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 335; Family History Film: 1254335; Page: 139A; Enumeration District: 046; Image: 0281.
  11. [S748] Find a Grave website, including some cemetery and tombstone photos obtained from site, online at www.findagrave.com, Harvey Willis, Memorial# 15684417. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Henry Willis1

b. 29 May 1818
Father*Isaac Willis1 b. 27 Mar 1787
Mother*Anna Macy1 b. 15 Sep 1793, d. 2 Aug 1841
Birth*29 May 1818Henry Willis was born on 29 May 1818 near Springfield, Wayne County, Indiana.1
Marriage*He married Mary ______.2
Census 1860*6 July 1860Mary and Henry Willis appeared on the 1860 census taken on 6 July 1860 in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana. Henry was 42 years of age, and a farmer with a personal estate valued at $200. Mary was 36 years of age. The couple lived with their seven children, Liddian, who was 16, Armetta 15, John 13, David 10, Washington 8, Joseph 4, and Rachael 3. John and David had attended school within the last year.2

Family

Mary ______ b. 1824
Children1.Liddian Willis2 b. 1844
2.Armetta Willis2 b. 1845
3.John Willis2 b. 1847
4.David Willis2 b. 1850
5.Washington Willis2 b. 1852
6.Joseph Willis2 b. 1856
7.Rachael Willis2 b. 1857

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Membership, Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1806-1834 Marriages, 1806-1895; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.
  2. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Henry Willis, Perry, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M653_308; Page: 309; Image: 310; Family History Library Film: 803308. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.

Henry H. Willis1

b. 1851
Father*Jonathan Willis1 b. 19 Oct 1826, d. 27 Jul 1903
Mother*Lucinda Beeson1 b. 4 Mar 1827, d. 21 Nov 1865
Birth*1851Henry H. Willis was born about 1851 in Indiana.1
(Son) Census 186028 June 1860Henry appeared on the 1860 census taken on 28 June 1860 in the household of his parents in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa. He was 9 years old and had attended school within the last year.1

Citations

  1. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Boone, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M653_317; Page: 577; Image: 65; Family History Library Film: 803317. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.

Henry Williams Willis1

b. 10 November 1803
Relationship3rd cousin 1 time removed of John Bolton
Father*Jonah Willis1 b. 16 Feb 1764
Mother*Hannah Hayward1 b. 1778, d. 6 Jan 1816
Birth*10 November 1803Henry Williams Willis was born on 10 November 1803 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.1,2
Death*He died in New York.1

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-371. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Births, Volume I, page 352. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

Hezekiah Willis1

b. 1751
Relationships2nd cousin of John Bolton
2nd great-grandson of Nicholas Boulton
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Joab Willis1 b. 29 Sep 1715, d. 4 Jan 1805
Mother*Martha Bolton1 b. 23 Jul 1725, d. 16 Aug 1802
Birth*1751Hezekiah Willis was born in 1751 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2

Citations

  1. [S471] Anna Chesebrough Wildey, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts (New York, New York: Press of T.A. Wright, 1903), Part I, Descendants of Samuel, pages 18-301. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), pages 118, 367-368. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.

Isaac Willis1

b. 27 March 1787
Father*Jesse Willis2
Mother*Sarah ______2
Birth*27 March 1787Isaac Willis was born on 27 March 1787 in Pennsylvania.1,3,4
Religion*Isaac was a Quaker.2
Marriage Intention29 September 1810Isaac Willis and Anna Macy appeared at the Lost Creek Quarterly Meeting, Jefferson County, Tennessee, on 29 September 1810 and declared their intentions of marriage with each other.5
Marriage*31 October 1810He married, as his first wife, Anna Macy, daughter of Barachiah Macy and Lucinda ______, on 31 October 1810 at a public meeting of Friends at the Lost Creek Meeting House, Jefferson County, Tennessee.2
(Husband) Death2 August 1841Isaac became a widower when Anna (Macy) Willis died on 2 August 1841.1
Marriage*27 December 1842He married second, as her second husband, Ruth (__?__) Dennis on 27 December 1842 near Springfield, Wayne County.1
Census 1850*14 August 1850Ruth and Isaac Willis appeared on the 1850 census taken on 14 August 1850 in Dalton, Wayne County, Indiana. Isaac was 63 years of age and a farmer with real estate valued at $800. Ruth was 53 years of age. Three of Ruth's children from her previous marriage resided with the couple. Tilman was 20 and worked as a laborer, Asenath was 16 and Caroline was 15. All three had attended school within the last year.3

Family 1

Anna Macy b. 15 Sep 1793, d. 2 Aug 1841
Children1.David Willis1 b. 27 Jan 1812
2.Mary Willis1 b. 31 Mar 1814, d. 6 Jul 1814
3.Rachel Willis+1 b. 4 Aug 1815, d. 21 Sep 1886
4.Henry Willis+1 b. 29 May 1818
5.Lydia Willis1 b. 3 Apr 1821
6.John H. Willis+1 b. 7 Sep 1823, d. 11 May 1899
7.Jonathan Willis+1 b. 19 Oct 1826, d. 27 Jul 1903
8.Hannah Willis1 b. 18 Jan 1829, d. 10 Aug 1841
9.Harvey Willis+1 b. 15 Apr 1831, d. 27 Apr 1901
10.Lindsey Willis+1 b. 30 May 1834
11.Cynthia Ellen Willis1 b. 8 Mar 1839, d. 3 Aug 1841

Family 2

Ruth ______ b. 1797

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Membership, Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1806-1834 Marriages, 1806-1895; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.
  2. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Guilford College; Greensboro, North Carolina; Women's Minutes, 1733-1934; Collection: North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes.
  3. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Isaac Willis, Dalton, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M432_180; Page: 88A; Image: 183. Hereinafter cited as 1850 US Federal Census.
  4. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Harvey Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 427; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0014; FHL microfilm: 1240427, noting his father's place of birth as Tennessee. Hereinafter cited as 1900 US Federal Census.
  5. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Guilford College; Greensboro, North Carolina; Minutes, 1795-1831; Collection: North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes.

Isaac Willis Jr.1

Marriage*19 October 1759He married Rebecca Hayward, daughter of Thomas Hayward and Bethiah Waldo, on 19 October 1759 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2

Family

Rebecca Hayward b. 24 Aug 1727

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Hayward, pages 181-190. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Marriages, Volume II, page 175. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

Isaac N. Willis1

b. 12 January 1854, d. 14 April 1909
Father*Jonathan Willis2,1 b. 19 Oct 1826, d. 27 Jul 1903
Mother*Lucinda Beeson2,1 b. 4 Mar 1827, d. 21 Nov 1865
Birth*12 January 1854Isaac N. Willis was born on 12 January 1854 in Indiana.3,1
(Son) Census 186028 June 1860Isaac appeared on the 1860 census taken on 28 June 1860 in the household of his parents in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa. He was 6 years old and had attended school within the last year.1
(Son) Census 18709 June 1870Isaac appeared on the 1870 census taken on 9 June 1870 in the household of his father and stepmother in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. He was 16 years old and had attended school within the last year.4
Occupation*He was a school janitor.2
Death*14 April 1909He died on 14 April 1909 in Perry, Dallas County, Iowa, at age 552
Burial*16 April 1909 and was buried on 16 April 1909 in Violet Hill Cemetery, Perry.5

Citations

  1. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Boone, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M653_317; Page: 577; Image: 65; Family History Library Film: 803317. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.
  2. [S1503] Iowa Deaths and Burials Indexing Project, 1850-1990, online at www.familysearch.org, citing FHL Film# 1605320, Perry, Dallas County, Iowa, reference Page 36/11 Registration Number 124. Hereinafter cited as Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990.
  3. [S1503] Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990, online at www.familysearch.org.
  4. [S37] 1870 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M593_385; Page: 584A; Image: 438; Family History Library Film: 545884. Hereinafter cited as 1870 US Federal Census.
  5. [S748] Find a Grave website, including some cemetery and tombstone photos obtained from site, online at www.findagrave.com, Isaac N. Willis, Memorial# 16348223. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Jacob Willis1

Relationships2nd cousin of John Bolton
2nd great-grandson of Nicholas Boulton
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Joab Willis1 b. 29 Sep 1715, d. 4 Jan 1805
Mother*Martha Bolton1 b. 23 Jul 1725, d. 16 Aug 1802
Birth*Jacob Willis was born in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
Relocation* He was reported to have married and moved to Maine.1

Citations

  1. [S471] Anna Chesebrough Wildey, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts (New York, New York: Press of T.A. Wright, 1903), Part I, Descendants of Samuel, pages 18-301. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

James B. Willis1,2

b. 22 November 1879
Father*Jonathan Willis2 b. 19 Oct 1826, d. 27 Jul 1903
Mother*Sarah Ann Bonine2 b. 1834
Birth*22 November 1879James B. Willis was born on 22 November 1879 in Dallas County, Iowa.1,2
(Son) Census 188028 June 1880James appeared on the 1880 census in the household of his parents taken on 28 June 1880 in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. He was enumerated as J.B.W. Willis, and was 6 months old.2

Citations

  1. [S223] U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, online at www.ancestry.com, Registration County: Ventura; Roll: 1544441. Hereinafter cited as WWI Draft Registration, 1917-1918.
  2. [S23] 1880 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 335; Family History Film: 1254335; Page: 155B; Enumeration District: 046; Image: 0314. Hereinafter cited as 1880 US Federal Census.

Jane Willis1

b. December 1855
ChartsDescendants of John Heaton of Lincolnshire, including the Immigrant Nathaniel
Father*Jonathan Willis2 b. 19 Oct 1826, d. 27 Jul 1903
Mother*Lucinda Beeson3 b. 4 Mar 1827, d. 21 Nov 1865
Birth*December 1855Jane Willis was born in December 1855 in Indiana.4
(Daughter) Census 186028 June 1860Jane was enumerated as Peggy J. Willis on the 1860 census taken on 28 June 1860 in the household of her parents in Boone, Dallas County, Iowa. She was 4 years old.3
(Daughter) Census 18709 June 1870Jane appeared on the 1870 census taken on 9 June 1870 in the household of her father and stepmother in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. She was 14 years old and had attended school within the last year.2
Marriage*5 December 1876She married George Heaton, son of Weaver Heaton and Rebecca Naylor Sharp, on 5 December 1876 in Perry, Dallas County, Iowa.1,5,6
Census 1880*19 June 1880Jane and George Heaton appeared on the 1880 census taken on 19 June 1880 in Perry, Dallas County, Iowa. George was 29 years of age and his occupation was described as "buys grain." Jane was 24 years of age and her occupation was described as "keeps house." They lived with their 3 year old son Raymond, who was enumerated as R.W. Heaton.7
Census 1900*6 June 1900Jane and George Heaton appeared on the 1900 census taken on 6 June 1900 in Spring Valley, Dallas County, Iowa. George was 48 years of age and his occupation was recorded as "real estate." He and Jane, who was 44 years of age, had been married for 24 years and had had 4 children, 3 of whom were living. They owned their home, free of mortgage. In 1900, their children resided with them. Raymond was 23 years of age and, like his father, "real estate" was his occupation. Helene was 16, and Ralph was 13. Both Helene and Ralph attended school.8
(Participant) Family Photo19 January 1903 On 19 Jan 1903 several photos of the extended Heaton family were taken at a family gathering, probably at William and Lucy Heaton's home in Des Moines, Iowa. Multiple shots of primarily the same individuals in different groupings are spread across the country among the Heaton descendants.9
Census 1910*26 April 1910Jane and George Heaton appeared on the 1910 census taken on 25 and 26 April 1910 in Ward 7, St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. George was 57 years of age and worked as a real estate dealer, and Jane was 54 years of age. They had been married for 32 years and had had 4 children, 3 of whom were living. They owned their own home free of mortgage. The couple's daughter and son-in-law, Helene and John W. Marshall, also resided in the household. John was 34 years of age and worked as a real estate dealer and Helene was 25. They had been married for 3 years and had had no children. Also residing in the Heaton household in 1900 was 25-year-old Laura Horn, a servant.10
Census 1920*3 January 1920Jane and George Heaton appeared on the 1920 census taken on 02 and 3 January 1920 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. George was 68 years of age and worked as a real estate agent, and Jane was 65 years of age. The Heatons owned their home free of mortgage. Their son, Raymond, and his family resided with the couple in 1920. Raymond was 42 years of age and worked as a real estate agent, his wife Etta was 40 years of age and their two children, George W. and Philip R. were ages 10 and 7, respectively.11
(Wife) Death6 December 1927Jane became a widow when George Heaton died on 6 December 1927.12
(Stepdaughter) Census 193020 April 1930Jane appeared on the 1930 census in the household of her stepmother, Sarah A. Willis, taken on 20 April 1930 at 459 Foothills Road, Ventura, Ventura County, California. Jane was a widow, and 74 years of age.13

Family

George Heaton b. 16 Sep 1851, d. 6 Dec 1927
Children1.Raymond W. Heaton1 b. Mar 1877
2.Helene Heaton1 b. Nov 1883
3.Ralph D. Heaton1 b. May 1887

Citations

  1. [S44] Roy Henry Heaton, (Miles City, Montana). "Heaton Family Pedigree Chart - Eleven Generations", prepared by hand in 1941. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, some of the information and the dates, particularly, in this pedigree chart often prove to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented was a good place for us to start, and has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. Hereinafter cited as "Heaton Family Pedigree Chart - 1941."
  2. [S37] 1870 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M593_385; Page: 584A; Image: 438; Family History Library Film: 545884. Hereinafter cited as 1870 US Federal Census.
  3. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Jonathan Willis, Boone, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: M653_317; Page: 577; Image: 65; Family History Library Film: 803317. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.
  4. [S34] 1900 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Geo Heaton, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 427; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1240427, noting his date of birth as September 1852. Hereinafter cited as 1900 US Federal Census.
  5. [S45] Dean Heaton, Heaton Families II, in two volumes, with indexes in Volume II. Warning: In this researcher's opinion, the information in these volumes often proves to be inaccurate. At the same time, the information presented has provided us with valuable clues for pursuing future research strategies in our attempt to establish a factual history of our Heaton family. (Tempe, Arizona: published for the author by Graphics of Tempe, 1999), Volume I, Chapter 7, page 263. Hereinafter cited as Heaton Families II.
  6. [S148] Iowa Marriages, 1851 - 1900, online at www.ancestry.com, her name transcribed as "Jennie" Willis. Hereinafter cited as Iowa Marriages 1851 - 1900.
  7. [S23] 1880 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of George Heaton, Perry, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 335; Family History Film: 1254335; Page: 144D; Enumeration District: 046; Image: 0292. Hereinafter cited as 1880 US Federal Census.
  8. [S34] 1900 US Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Geo Heaton, Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa; Roll: 427; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1240427.
  9. [S1457] "Heaton Family Photograph Collection." (Old family photographs in the possession of LHB, Summerlin, Nevada, ). Hereinafter cited as "Heaton Family Photograph Collection."
  10. [S40] 1910 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of George Heaton, St Paul Ward 7, Ramsey, Minnesota; Roll: T624_720; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0102; FHL microfilm: 1374733. Hereinafter cited as 1910 US Federal Census.
  11. [S73] 1920 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of George Heaton, St Paul Ward 7, Ramsey, Minnesota; Roll: T625_854; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 86; Image: 377. Hereinafter cited as 1920 US Federal Census.
  12. [S963] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, online at www.ancestry.com, St Paul, Minnesota, City Directory, 1928, page 572. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.
  13. [S91] 1930 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Sarah A. Willis, Ventura, Ventura, California; Roll: 227; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 0031; Image: 1083.0; FHL microfilm: 2339962. Hereinafter cited as 1930 US Federal Census.

Jane Willis1

Marriage*18 October 1697She married Percival Hall, son of John Hall and Elizabeth Green, on 18 October 1697 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Family

Percival Hall b. 11 Feb 1672
Child1.Willis Hall+1 b. 7 Mar 1718/19

Citations

  1. [S1037] Charles Brooks and James M. Usher, History of the town of Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts: from its first settlement in 1630 to 1855, downloaded from the Boston Public Library EBooks and Texts Archive at www.archive.org. Sources are not provided, and some of the information may not be correct, especially if it was obtained from descendants recalling from family stories and aging memories. (Boston, Massachusetts: Rand, Avery, & Company, The Franklin Press, 1886), Hall, pages 538-549. Hereinafter cited as History of the town of Medford, 1630-1855.

Jeremiah Willis1

(Neighbor) Land Transfer13 March 1744/45Jeremiah was described as a neighbor when Elisha Bolton of Easton in the County of Bristol in his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, signed a deed agreement on 13 March 1744/45 to sell land in Stoughton, Suffolk County, to Joseph Gilbert, also of Easton, for the sum of Fifty pounds, two shillings. Elisha's signature was witnessed in Easton by Edward Hayward and Matthew Hayward. Edward, who was also a Justice of the Peace, verified that Elisha had personally appeared before him and acknowledged the instrument to be his act and deed. The document was recorded in Suffolk County on 18 February 1746. The land was described as a sixth part of the 11th and a sixth part of one 11 parts of a certain piece or tract of land situated, lying and being in the township of Stoughton by estimation 30 acres more or less and bounded southerly by the Colony line and westerly by the land of Jeremiah Willis in Stoughton, and easterly from Jeremiah Willis' dwelling house. Clarifying further, the deed stated, "that is to say 6 parts of 11 parts and 6 parts of one part of 11."1
(Neighbor) Land Transfer4 February 1748Jeremiah was described as a neighbor when John Bolton, gentleman, of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth in his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, signed a deed agreement on 4 February 1748 to sell land in Stoughton, Suffolk County, to Joseph Gilbert, yeoman, of Easton, Bristol County for the sum of twenty-four pounds, one shilling and five pence. John signed, sealed and delivered the document in the presence of Matthew Hayward and Abijah Manley in Boston, Suffolk County. Edward Hayward, Justice of the Peace, verified that John had personally appeared before him on 15 February 1748 and acknowledged the instrument to be his act and deed. The document was recorded in Suffolk County, also on 15 February 1748 by Ezekiel Goldthwait, Registrar. The land was described as a certain tract of land laid out previously to the right of John's grandfather Nicholas Bolton in the Twenty-Five Divisions of Land late in the township of Dorchester and now in the township of Stoughton. The original Bolton tract contained thirty-two acres and fifteen rods, bounded as follows: beginning at the North and South line then on the Colony line West 18 Degrees South 65 Rods and six feet to a heap of stones a corner thence North 27 Degrees West 76 Rods to a corner in Jeremiah Willis line thence East 27 Degrees North 64 rods to a square corner eighty-four rods to the first mentioned corner. The deed further stated that John's full right of the described tract was nine acres and a half and twenty rods and a half, be it more or less.

As part of the sale, John signed, sealed and confirmed that he was the true, sole and lawful owner of the described premises and was lawfully seized and possessed of them in his own proper right as a good, perfect and absolute Estate of Inheritance in Fee Simple.2

Citations

  1. [S633] Records of deeds, 1639-1885; indexes to deeds, 1639-1920 (Suffolk County, Massachusetts). Microfilm of original records in the Registry of Deeds, Boston, Massachusetts on 1128 microfilm reels. Includes indexes to grantors, 1639-1920; indexes to grantees, 1639-1920; and indexes to persons other than grantors and grantees, 1639-1799: Film# 494587, Volume 73 dated 1746-1747, pages 50-R, 51-L and 51-R, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Records of deeds 1639-1885, Suffolk County.
  2. [S633] Records of deeds 1639-1885, Suffolk County: Film# 494588, Volume 76 dated 1748-1749, pages 59-R, 60-L and 60-R.

Jesse Willis1

Marriage*He married Sarah ______.1

Family

Sarah ______
Child1.Isaac Willis+1 b. 27 Mar 1787

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Guilford College; Greensboro, North Carolina; Women's Minutes, 1733-1934; Collection: North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.

Joab Willis1

b. 29 September 1715, d. 4 January 1805
Relationship2nd cousin 2 times removed of John Bolton
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Joshua Willis1,2
Mother*Experience Barbour2
Birth*29 September 1715Joab Willis was born on 29 September 1715 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,3,4
Marriage*4 March 1744He married Martha Bolton, daughter of John Bolton and Ruth Hooper, on 4 March 1744 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,4,5,6,2
(Husband) Death16 August 1802Joab became a widower when Martha (Bolton) Willis died on 16 August 1802.1
Death*4 January 1805He died on 4 January 1805 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, in his 90th year.1,7
Burial*He was buried next to his wife, Martha (Bolton) Willis, in Section B, grave number 129 of the Old Graveyard, Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. His stone read "In memory of Mr. Joab Willis, who died Jan. 4th, 1805 in his 90th year."7,8

Family

Martha Bolton b. 23 Jul 1725, d. 16 Aug 1802
Children1.John Willis1 b. 17 Jun 1745
2.Joab Willis1 b. 1747
3.Martha Willis1 b. 1749
4.Hezekiah Willis1 b. 1751
5.Timothy Willis1 b. 1753
6.Caleb Willis1 b. 1755
7.Ruth Willis1 b. 1755
8.Joshua Willis1 b. 1760
9.Ezra Willis1 b. c 1766, d. 6 Nov 1813
10.Jacob Willis1

Citations

  1. [S471] Anna Chesebrough Wildey, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts (New York, New York: Press of T.A. Wright, 1903), Part I, Descendants of Samuel, pages 18-301. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-371. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  3. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, pages 118, 367-368.
  4. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  5. [S610] Charles Henry Pope and Thomas Hooper, compilers, downloaded from Google Books, Hooper Genealogy (Boston, Massachusetts: Charles H. Pope, 1908), Part I, The Reading Family, compiled by Thomas Hooper of Boston, Second Generation, pages 6-10. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Genealogy.
  6. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume II, Marriages, page 411. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  7. [S747] Williams Latham, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts: Illustrated with Plans and Views, downloaded from Google Books, (Bridgewater, Massachusetts: Henry T. Pratt, Printer, 1882), page 71. Hereinafter cited as Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater.
  8. [S748] Find a Grave website, including some cemetery and tombstone photos obtained from site, online at www.findagrave.com, Joab Willis, Memorial# 22158752. Hereinafter cited as Find a Grave website.

Joab Willis1

b. 1747
Relationships2nd cousin of John Bolton
2nd great-grandson of Nicholas Boulton
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Joab Willis1 b. 29 Sep 1715, d. 4 Jan 1805
Mother*Martha Bolton1 b. 23 Jul 1725, d. 16 Aug 1802
Birth*1747Joab Willis was born in 1747 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
Marriage*1772He married Anne Richard in 1772.1
Relocation*They moved to New York.1

Family

Anne Richard

Citations

  1. [S471] Anna Chesebrough Wildey, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts (New York, New York: Press of T.A. Wright, 1903), Part I, Descendants of Samuel, pages 18-301. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

John Willis1

b. 17 June 1745
Relationships2nd cousin of John Bolton
2nd great-grandson of Nicholas Boulton
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Joab Willis1 b. 29 Sep 1715, d. 4 Jan 1805
Mother*Martha Bolton1,2 b. 23 Jul 1725, d. 16 Aug 1802
Birth*17 June 1745John Willis was born on 17 June 1745 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,3
Marriage*22 June 1775He married Abihail Conant, daughter of John Conant and Abihail Pratt, on 22 June 1775 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress).1,4,5

Family

Abihail Conant b. 10 Dec 1746

Citations

  1. [S471] Anna Chesebrough Wildey, Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts (New York, New York: Press of T.A. Wright, 1903), Part I, Descendants of Samuel, pages 18-301. Hereinafter cited as Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-371. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Volume I, Births, page 352. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  4. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Conant, pages 139-143.
  5. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Marriages, page 411, he was called John 2nd.

John Willis

(Debtor) Inventory3 April 1832John Willis was listed as a debtor on the initial Inventory of the estate of John Bolton, late of West Bridgewater, which was filed with Justice Wilkes Wood on 3 April 1832 in East Bridgewater. It had been completed by appraisers Nathan Alger Jr., George W. Lathrop and Stillman Alger and sworn to by Administrator Jonas Hartwell. The initial inventory of the estate was valued at $239.89 and included personal and household items in addition to notes of loans, with interest, against three individuals: Willis Alger, Nathan Alger and John Willis owed the deceased $150.59, $29.75 and $25.32 respectively.1

Citations

  1. [S781] John Bolton of West Bridgewater, Probate file# 2218, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, found among "Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967", Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County) microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels. Includes Index. Papers on multiple films, LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 550911, Book 61, page 440; FHL Film# 555259, Book 68, page 253; FHL Film# 555261, Book 72, pages 146-147; FHL Film# 555262, Book 74, pages 107-108. Hereinafter cited as John Bolton Probate file# 2218.

John Willis1

Relationship2nd great-granduncle of John Bolton
Father*Deacon John Willis1
Mother*Elizabeth Hodgkins1
Marriage*He married Experience Byram, daughter of Nicholas Byram and Susanna Shaw.2

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-364. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Willis, pages 363-371.

John Willis1

b. 28 February 1691/92
Relationship1st cousin 3 times removed of John Bolton
Father*Nathaniel Willis1 d. 29 Nov 1716
Mother*Lydia ______1
Birth*28 February 1691/92John Willis was born on 28 February 1691/92 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,2
(Heir) Estate1729The estate of John's father was divided among his heirs in 1729.1

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-371. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Births, Volume I, page 352. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.

John Willis1

Relationship1st cousin 3 times removed of John Bolton
Father*John Willis1
Mother*Experience Byram1
Marriage*He married Mary Brett, daughter of Elihu Brett Esq. and Ann ______.1,2
Land Records*2 July 1720The bounds between the lands of John Bolton Jr. and his neighbor John Willis in Bridgewater were settled by the town's Purchasers Committee consisting of Josiah Edson, William Brett and Josiah Snell and recorded in the town's Purchasers Book on 2 July 1720. The settlement, approved by both parties, was described as beginning at a swamp white oak near the river and from there running northeast 30 degrees easterly to a red oak in John Bolton Jr.'s fence, and from there to a lopped red oak near John Bolton Jr.'s door.3

Family

Mary Brett
Children1.Mary Willis+4 b. 27 Nov 1699
2.John Willis Esq.+1 b. 24 Dec 1701, d. 17 Jul 1776

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-371. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Brett, pages 120-123.
  3. [S1154] Purchasers Books of Bridgewater (Massachusetts), earliest original records, Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room, 15 South Street, Bridgewater, Book 1, page 282.
  4. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Willis, pages 345-352.

John Willis1

b. 29 August 1673
Father*Experience Willis1 b. 1646, d. 1709
Mother*Elizabeth ______1
Birth*29 August 1673John Willis was born on 29 August 1673 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S1034] Boston MA: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, online at www.americanancestors.org, page 130. Hereinafter cited as Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, 1630-1699.

John Willis1

b. 4 September 1685
Relationships1st cousin 2 times removed of John Bolton
Grandson of Nicholas Boulton
ChartsDescendants of Nicholas Boulton, The Immigrant
Father*Experience Willis1 b. 1646, d. 1709
Mother*Elizabeth Bolton1 b. 18 Feb 1656
Birth*4 September 1685John Willis was born on 4 September 1685 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S1034] Boston MA: Births, Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths, 1630-1699, online at www.americanancestors.org, page 167. Hereinafter cited as Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, 1630-1699.

John Willis1

b. 1847
Father*Henry Willis1 b. 29 May 1818
Mother*Mary ______1 b. 1824
Birth*1847John Willis was born about 1847 in Indiana.1
(Son) Census 18606 July 1860John appeared on the 1860 census taken on 6 July 1860 in the household of his parents in Perry, Wayne County, Indiana. He was 13 years old and had attended school within the last year.1

Citations

  1. [S18] 1860 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Henry Willis, Perry, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M653_308; Page: 309; Image: 310; Family History Library Film: 803308. Hereinafter cited as 1860 US Federal Census.

Deacon John Willis1

Relationship3rd great-grandfather of John Bolton
Marriage*He married Elizabeth (Hodgkins) Palmer.1
Residence*1637Deacon John Willis was at Duxbury, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (Plymouth Colony), very early; he and his wife Elizabeth were recorded there in 1637.2
(Original Proprietor) Land Grant1656John Willis was among the fifty-four Duxbury men listed in 1645 as original proprietors for the development of the town that would become Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts (Plymouth Colony). Two others, Reverend James Keith and Samuel Edson, were added to the group later, and when the town of Bridgewater was actually incorporated in 1656 there were a total of fifty-six. Of these proprietors, only eighteen, about one-third, actually relocated and became residents of the new plantation. John Willis was one of the first proprietors to move his family from Duxbury and settle in Bridgewater.

The area known as the Bridgewaters was originally inhabited by Wampanoag who called it Saughtuchquett (Satucket). In 1642 when the township of Marshfield was separated from Duxbury and became its own distinct entity, Duxbury petitioned the court for additional land “to the westward” in compensation.

The General Court granted their petition in 1645 and six trustees, Captain Myles Standish, John Alden, George Soule, Constant Southworth, John Rogers, and William Brett were appointed to divide the land. The action by the General Court was primarily an authority to purchase land, and Captain Standish, Samuel Nash, and Constant Southworth were appointed to make the purchase. The deed was signed on 23 Mar 1649.

The Bridgewater lands were divided among the inhabitants “by an agreement among themselves”. Unfortunately, there is no record to tell us how the town proceeded to agree to their division, or how, by whom, or when it was determined what residence or other circumstance should entitle anyone to a share. To view the complete list of Bridgewater's Original Proprietors, click on the PDF icon; the photo icons lead to four early maps of the Bridgewater settlement.3,4,5,6,7
Biographical Info*He was Bridgewater's first Deacon and held many town offices, both at Duxbury and Bridgewater. He represented Bridgewater at the Old Colony Court for 25 years and was appointed to solemnize marriages and administer oaths to witnesses and others.2
Land Transfer*1657Deacon John Willis sold his estate in Duxbury to William Pabodie in 1657.2
(5th Neighbor) Land RecordsJohn Willis was identified as a neighboring land owner in transactions recorded in the original purchase record books of Bridgewater reflecting purchases made by John Bolton from Joseph Cary. The records were not dated, however all appear to have occurred around the same time Bolton settled in Bridgewater. Bolton purchased five acres of land joining to the five acre lot of John Willis, running in breadth to a small walnut tree marked on two sides and running in length to a heap of stones which was the corner bounds of the ten acre lots.8
Will*1692He left a will dated 1692 and proved in 1693. In it he mentioned his children John, Nathaniel, Joseph, Comfort, Benjamin, Hannah, the wife of Nathaniel Hayward, Elizabeth, who married a Harvey and Sarah, the wife of John Ames. His son Nathaniel was appointed Executor. He gave to Joseph "land at Farfield as we go to Taunton", "to Comfort, 15 acres at the Indian Field"; "to John, land his house stands on", "to Nathaniel, the homestead", and mentions the pond "that divides between me and Benjamin" and also "the Wolf Trap Gutter."2

Family 1

Elizabeth Hodgkins
Children1.Hannah Willis+1,2
2.John Willis+2
3.Nathaniel Willis+2 d. 29 Nov 1716
4.Comfort Willis+2
5.Benjamin Willis+2
6.Elizabeth Willis2
7.Joseph Willis+2 b. c 1645, d. 31 Jan 1704/5

Family 2

Child1.Sarah Willis+9,2

Citations

  1. [S612] Paul Dillon Hayward, Thomas Hayward of Bridgewater (Denver, Colorado: P.D. Hayward, 1985), Author stated in his Preface that this book is his third compilation on the Haywards and that most of the data he obtained from previously published sources. He warned that there are undoubtedly many errors, some of which may invalidate entire sections, page 1. Hereinafter cited as Thomas Hayward of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Willis, pages 363-364. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  3. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  4. [S913] Author unidentified, A map identifying the lands of the Original Proprietors of the Bridgewater Settlement, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, c1645-1656, Old Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts: (Hand drawn, not published, creation date unidentified). Hereinafter cited as Bridgewater Original Proprietors Map, c1645-1656.
  5. [S888] Author unidentified (although probably a descendant of David Perkins), A map of Old Bridgewater identifying the lands of the Perkins Family and their neighbors, 1680-1730, Old Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts: (Hand drawn, not published, creation date unidentified), size: 17.995 x 15.555 inches. Hereinafter cited as A map of Old Bridgewater, 1680-1730.
  6. [S889] Author unidentified, A map of the Second Precinct of Bridgewater incorporated June 1, 1716 and called the South Parish, indicating the early highways and paths and the dwelling places of the settlers, at the date of incorporation of the Precinct and before the Census of 1746, Second Precinct, South Parish, Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts: (Hand drawn, not published, creation date unidentified), size: 22.48 x 17.51 inches. Hereinafter cited as A map of the Second Precinct of Bridgewater, 1716-1746.
  7. [S890] Author unidentified, A map of the East Parish of Bridgewater founded from Old Bridgewater December 14, 1723, the Meeting House raised March 14, 1720 and officially incorporated in 1823; the map also includes West Bridgewater, first settled in 1651 from Old Bridgewater and officially incorporated in 1822. The dwelling houses of some of the landowners are identified, c1723, East & West Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts: (Hand drawn, not published, creation date unidentified), size: 22.215 x 17.12 inches. Hereinafter cited as A map of the East and West Parishes of Bridgewater, c1730.
  8. [S1154] Purchasers Books of Bridgewater (Massachusetts), earliest original records, Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room, 15 South Street, Bridgewater, Book 1, page 223.
  9. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Ames, pages 98-104.

John Willis Esq.1

b. 24 December 1701, d. 17 July 1776
Relationship2nd cousin 2 times removed of John Bolton
Father*John Willis2
Mother*Mary Brett2
Birth*24 December 1701John Willis was born on 24 December 1701 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).2,3
Marriage*9 December 1724He married his 2nd cousin Patience Hayward, daughter of Samuel Hayward and Elizabeth Barbour, on 9 December 1724 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1,4
(Neighbor) Land Transfer12 February 1732John Willis was a neighbor of Joseph Bolton of Bridgewater, in the County of Plymouth in New England, who signed a deed agreement on 12 February 1732 to sell a certain piece of land in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, to his brother-in-law Michael May and sister Elizabeth (Bolton) May, his Wife, also of Bridgewater, for the sum of One Hundred and Ten Pounds. The deed was witnessed by Samuel Bolton and Nathaniel Bolton, brothers of Joseph Bolton, on 5 Mar 1732 and recorded on 13 Dec 1732. The land was described as containing by estimation twelve acres, be there more or less, bounded as follows: Beginning at a Stake and Heap of Stones by the Highway which is the South Easterly corner and from there bounded Northerly as the fence now stands next to his brother Elisha Bolton's land to a Stake and Heap of Stones by the Side of the Swamp and then running North Easterly to the land of Joseph Alden, and then bounded by the land of Joseph Alden Westerly to the land of John Willis and then bounded by the land of John Willis Southerly to the Highway and then by the Highway to the bounds first mentioned.5
(Neighbor# 1) Land Grant17 August 1748John Willis and his purchase right was mentioned when ten acres of land within the eight mile grant of the township of Bridgewater were laid out to John Bolton on17 August 1748 by the town's Purchasers Committee which consisted of Josiah Snell Jr., Joshua Willis and Nathaniel Brett. The information entered in the Purchasers Book on 22 August 1748 described Bolton's land grant as beginning at a red oak tree marked on four sides, being the southwest corner of his 13 acres which joined to the Middleborough line, with the tree standing inside the line. Then running west 3 degrees south 92 rods in the range of his 13 acres to a stake standing in the range of his other land, and then south 34 degrees west 17 rods and a half to a marked black birch standing in the northeasterly range of his 15 acres that joined to his meadow at Robbins Pond. From the black birch, south 34 degrees east 19 rods to a maple tree marked on 4 sides, a corner of his 9 acres, and then south 49 degrees west 4 rods in the range of his 15 acres to a stake, and then east 22 degrees north 102 rods to the beginning first bounds. According to the Purchasers Book record, the ten acres grant of land was laid out with 4 acres and one quarter upon the purchase right of John Willis from the 10 acre division granted the 11th of April 1748 and 5 acres and three quarters of it upon Joseph Packard Sr.'s interest in the Packard purchase right from the four last 10 acre grants, all of which land John Bolton had purchased from Joseph Packard Jr.6
(Appraiser) Inventory28 July 1755William Hudson, Seth Alden and John Willis had already completed an Inventory and appraisal on 4 July 1755 of the real and personal estate that John Bolton had died seized of in Bridgewater. It was sworn to by Executor Joseph Thompson and filed with Judge John Cushing Esq. on 28 July 1755. The estate was valued at £1404,15,4 and was itemized along the same lines as his will.7,8
Death*17 July 1776He died on 17 July 1776 in Bridgewater at age 74.9

Family

Patience Hayward b. 1 Feb 1703/4
Child1.Daniel Willis+2 b. 3 Jun 1732

Citations

  1. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, including an extensive Family Register. Note: page numbers differ slightly between publications used in our research, including FHL copy, Google Books, Boston Public Library EBooks online and our personal library reprint published by Heritage Books. (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, Inc., original publication date was 1840; reprinted for the third and fourth times in 1970 and 1975; first reprinted in 1897 by Henry T. Pratt, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; originally printed in 1840 by Kidder and Wright, Boston, Massachusetts), Hayward, pages 181-190. Hereinafter cited as History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater.
  2. [S474] Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, Willis, pages 363-371.
  3. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, compiler, downloaded from Google Books, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850. In two Volumes: Volume I. Births and Volume II. Marriages and Deaths. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), Births, Volume I, page 352. Hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850.
  4. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Marriages, Volume II, page 175.
  5. [S625] Deed records, 1664-1900, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, microfilm of original manuscript on 462 microfilm reels. Includes Grantor and Grantee indexes: Film# 558823, Book 28, page 108, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Deed records, 1664-1900, Plymouth County.
  6. [S1154] Purchasers Books of Bridgewater (Massachusetts), earliest original records, Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room, 15 South Street, Bridgewater, Book 2, pages 214-215.
  7. [S624] Probate records, 1686-1903; with index and docket, 1685-1967, Massachusetts Probate Court (Plymouth County), microfilm of originals at Plymouth, Massachusetts on 157 microfilm reels filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968. Includes Index. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, FHL Film# 549782, Index and Docket Abe-Bur 1685-1881, Case number 2217; FHL Film# 550705, Index to probates 1686-1820; FHL Film# 551540, Probates 1751-1755, Volume 13, pages 545-547. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903. Hereinafter cited as Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate (Index) 1686-1903.
  8. [S1128] John Bolton, Probate (1755 Bridgewater, Plymouth County) Case number 2217, Box 107049 on FHL Film# 2426726. Probate file papers 1686-1881, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; microfilm of records at Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, on 246 microfilm reels. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. Hereinafter cited as Probate of John Bolton (1755 Bridgewater).
  9. [S836] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to 1850, Volume II, Deaths, page 582.