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William Morgan

1Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine - v. 25 (1943-1944) - v. 25, no. 4 Apr 1944, pg 276, 973 B2t 1967 v. 25 1943-1944. "In 1789 (Ibid., D. B. 10, p. 200) Simon Morgan, for love and affection, gave to his son Simon Jr. 332 acres on Pignut Ridge. In 1796 Simon, with consent of his wife Elizabeth, conveyed to George Pickett a tract granted said Simon by Gov. Isaac Shelby of Kentucky, in part of a military warrant for 1,000 acres surveyed Mar. 2, 1785, in the district set apart for officers and soldiers of the Continental line (Ibid., D. B. 13, p. 241). Simon Morgan was a Captain in the Revolution and an original member of the Cincinnati in Virginia (Va. Mag., vol. 6, p. 27). In 1794, he was Adjutant-General of Virginia, and a letter from him in this capacity, adIressed to the Generals of Division, regarding the number of men each district should furnish, is given in the Calendar of Virginia State Papers, vol. 7, p. 191. The letter has this postscript: "N. B. Your returns or any other business with me respecting the militia will be directed to me in Fauquier Co. or Mr. Samuel Coleman in Richmond." Simon died testate n Fauquier 1810. His will (Fauquier W. B. 5, p. 167) directs that his sons, Charles W. and Daniel, who are to be the exors, shall sell his lands in the states of Kentucky and Ohio and in the Virginia counties of Louisa, Hardy, Hampshire and Frederick; provision is made for wife Elizabeth and the estate is ordered equally divided between the children, Lucy P. Morgan, Charles W. Morgan, Daniel Morgan, Nancy T. Morgan, Eliza M. Morgan, Maria M. Morgan, George Morgan and William Morgan."


Charles William Morgan

1Tyler's quarterly historical and genealogical magazine - v. 25 (1943-1944) - v. 25, no. 4 Apr 1944, pg 276, 973 B2t 1967 v. 25 1943-1944. "In 1789 (Ibid., D. B. 10, p. 200) Simon Morgan, for love and affection, gave to his son Simon Jr. 332 acres on Pignut Ridge. In 1796 Simon, with consent of his wife Elizabeth, conveyed to George Pickett a tract granted said Simon by Gov. Isaac Shelby of Kentucky, in part of a military warrant for 1,000 acres surveyed Mar. 2, 1785, in the district set apart for officers and soldiers of the Continental line (Ibid., D. B. 13, p. 241). Simon Morgan was a Captain in the Revolution and an original member of the Cincinnati in Virginia (Va. Mag., vol. 6, p. 27). In 1794, he was Adjutant-General of Virginia, and a letter from him in this capacity, adIressed to the Generals of Division, regarding the number of men each district should furnish, is given in the Calendar of Virginia State Papers, vol. 7, p. 191. The letter has this postscript: "N. B. Your returns or any other business with me respecting the militia will be directed to me in Fauquier Co. or Mr. Samuel Coleman in Richmond." Simon died testate n Fauquier 1810. His will (Fauquier W. B. 5, p. 167) directs that his sons, Charles W. and Daniel, who are to be the exors, shall sell his lands in the states of Kentucky and Ohio and in the Virginia counties of Louisa, Hardy, Hampshire and Frederick; provision is made for wife Elizabeth and the estate is ordered equally divided between the children, Lucy P. Morgan, Charles W. Morgan, Daniel Morgan, Nancy T. Morgan, Eliza M. Morgan, Maria M. Morgan, George Morgan and William Morgan."


Dr. Simon Settle

1Reese, William Emmett. Edited and published by Fannie Lu Camp Fisher, Settle-Suttle family, The, Carrollton, Georgia : Fisher, c1974, No. 184, page 338, FHC 929.273 Se78a. "He was born in Fauquier Co., VA, ca 1780; he died testate in Barren Co., KY, 1837 (Will Book 3, page 127, Barren Co., KY).

He married in Barren Co., KY, 1850 (Marriage Bonds, File Box 1, Barren Co., KY), Sally Dodd, daughter of James Dodd. She was born in VA, 1787 (US 1850 Barren Co., KY census, page 690), and died in Barren Co., KY, 1863 (Estate administered 1863, Order Book, 1863, Barren Co., KY).

By profession he was a medical doctor. He apparently was the first member of the Settle family in America to bear the name Simon, having been named for his mother's uncle, Sergeant Simon Morgan of the French and Indian War, father of Capt. Simon Morgan of the Revolutionary War (National Archives, RG file 249, VA 9 Regt. Col. John Gibson 1778-1779 Capt. Simon Morgan's Company; RG file 364 (No. 11) - "List of Charges apparently on Account of Pay for the year 1782 on the Books of the Commissioner in VA". This list contains the name of "Simon Morgan Captain". Also, see Roster of Fauquier Co. Militia, 1761), whose name also appeared on a roster of the Fauquier Co. Militia in 1761. Sergeant Simon Morgan and William Morgan, father of Mary Morgan Settle, were sons of Charles Morgan, Sr. (See will probated 27 Sep 1766, Will Book 1, page 107, Fauquier Co., VA, listing children, Charles, Simon, William, Benjamin, James, Alice, Mary, and John; Will of Sgt. Simon Morgan, probated 25 Feb 1793, Will Book 2, page 260, Fauquier Co., VA, naming children, Joseph, Charles, Simon, Heremiah, Sucky Clark, Cathy Bradford, and Rosy Cocran).

Dr. Simon Settle came from Fauquier Co., VA, to Barren Co., KY, in 1802. He brought with him a power of attorney, dated 29 June 1802, from his father, George Settle, authorizing him to secure deeds and take possession of all of his land in KY, especially two tracts, one of 300 acres in Barren Co. and one of 2,000 acres in Fayette Co. This power of attorney was recorded in a Court held for Barren Co., KY, Aug 1802 (Deed Book B, page 22, Barren Co., KY). A few years later, his father, George Settle, deeded him a tract of land containing 390 acres at the mouth of Beaver Creek and on Skeggs Creek (Deed Book 16, page 524, Fauquier Co., VA -- Quitclaim deed from Isaac Settle to George Settle, dated 6 Oct 1806. Also, see deed from George Settle to Simon Settle, dated 17 Mar 1806, Deed Book C, page 54, Barren Co., KY). This land adjoined the land of his brother, William Settle. Here Dr. Settle built a very unique and attractive home in 1808. The walls were of brick that were burned on the place, the floors were of ash, and the rest of the woodwork was of yellow poplar. All of the lumber was hand-sawn and hand-dressed.

In the will of Dr. Simon Settle, probated 1837 (Will Book 3, page 127, Barren Co., KY), wife Sally and each of his fourteen children were named.

Name: Simon Settle
Date Written: 14 August 1837
Date Probated: October Term 1837
Wife: Salley Settle
Children: James D, George M, Susan Ann Lewis, Lucy, Isaac, John, Thomas, Joseph, Allen, Nathaniel, Hayden, Sarah and Simon Settle Jr.
Executors: Son James D and friend, George Carter
Witnesses: Joseph Renfro, John C Feland, George Carter
Source: Barren Co KY Will Book 3, p. 127."


Elizabeth Settle

1Reese, William Emmett. Edited and published by Fannie Lu Camp Fisher, Settle-Suttle family, The, Carrollton, Georgia : Fisher, c1974, Page 322, FHC 929.273 Se78a. "Elizabeth Settle, No. 179, daughter of George and Mary (Morgan) Settle, was born in Fauquier Co., VA, ca 1767, but the date and place of her death are unknown.

She married in Fauquier Co., VA, 23 Feb 1789 (Marriage Bonds, Vol. 1, page 253, Fauquier Co., VA) Nimrod Young. He apparently was born in VA, ca 1764, but the date and place of his death are unknown.

The date that Nimrod Young and family moved from Fauquier Co., VA, to KY is unknown, but it was prior to 1800 (1800 US census, Franklin Co., KY), for in the US census for that year he was living with his family in Franklin Co., KY. At a later date they moved to Mercer Co., KY, for in Oct 1822 (Deed Book 12, page 409, Mercer Co., KY), they were living in that county on a 285 acre farm adjoining the lands of William Davenport and A. Sharp."


Hannah Settle

1Reese, William Emmett. Edited and published by Fannie Lu Camp Fisher, Settle-Suttle family, The, Carrollton, Georgia : Fisher, c1974, Page 321, FHC 929.273 Se78a. "Hannah Settle (No. 178), daughter of George and Mary (Morgan) Settle, was born in Fauquier Co., VA, ca 1765; she died in Barren Co., KY, 1810-1820 (See will of George Settle, dated 20 May 1820, Will Book B, page 310, Warren Co., KY, in which reference is made to "... my daughter Hannah Willis, deceased ..."; 1810 United States Census, Barren Co., KY).

She married in Fauquier Co., VA, ca 1787, William Willis. He was born probably in Fauquier Co., VA, circa 1765, and died in Barren Co., KY.

About 1808, William and Hannah Willis with their family moved from Fauquier Co., VA, to Barren Co., KY, in company with her father, George Settle, and other members of his family. They established their home near the waters of Buck Creek in Barren Co. (Deed Book H, page 359, Barren Co., KY). Here they lived and died.

In the 1810 United States Barren Co., KY census, William Willis is shown as over 45 years of age, with two males 16 to 26, two 10 to 16, one under 10, and one female 26 to 45, two 16 to 26, two 10 to 16 and four under 10 years of age. This record indicates that in 1810 the family consisted of eight daughters and five sons." See the Willis Family History listed in the source information for their son George.


George Willis

1Harrison, Martha Powell Reneau , Willis Family History, of Barren Co., KY. "I began research on the Willis family knowing only that my great-great grandfather was George B. Willis who married Eliza J. Thompson. They were said to have lived on a large farm of about 400 acres near the Salem Church vicinity near Horse Cave, Ky. This looked as though George might have been one of the Hart County Willises.

Earlier, I had seen the will of George Settle, probated 1820 in Warren County, in which he had named "heirs of my daughter Hannah Willis, decd." This made me wonder and I began checking Barren County records. First, I checked tax lists, and in these I found George Willis closely associated with William and Lewis Willis.

William Willis had land in the southern area of Barren County, near where George Settle lived. I found a copy of the book "THE SETTLE-SUTTLE FAMILY", which said that George Willis was a son of William Willis and Hannah Settle, but nowhere could I find the conclusive proof that this was my George B. Willis.

Finally, after much searching of records in the Barren County courthouse, I discovered the settlement of the estate of William Willis, in which the paper was "executed on George B. Willis." From these scant and scattered records, I have been able to piece together the following on the Willis family in Barren Co., Ky. Warren Co. should also be searched, as the area in which the Settle and Willis families lived was much in dispute and was several times considered to be lying in either county.

Records of George Settle are to be found in Warren County. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that records of the Willis family are there also.

Among other papers I found was a note from the estate of William Settle, the rifle maker, deceased in 1808 in which William Willis swore to the truth of a note filed by George Willis " for two months work done from some time in August till some time in October at ten dollars per month." This was filed in 1808 [Sharon's note: Martha had written in the last digit, and it could have been 1805 or 1806] and sworn to by William in 1809 in Warren County (though I found it in Barren Co.), so things didn't move too fast in those days.

These records tell a story and we can follow some of the activities of our ancestors from them.
The Settle book gives 4 children of William and Hannah Willis.
1. George - Settle book gives birth date as ca 1792-Bible gives it as 1785)
2. Lewis
3. Francis
4. Joseph (I do not believe Joseph belongs to this family, unless he died young. There was a Joseph Willis in Barren County at this time, but I have positively identified him as another family.
To these four children, I have also added the following:
5. Elizabeth, who married Fielding Duff, Dec. 19, 1816
6. Hannah, named as heir in settlement of Joseph Holman, Admr of the estate of William Willis in 1846.
7. Mary, who married John Forester, Jan. 31,1822. She was proved 21 by the oath of Lewis Willis.
8. Nancy, who married John T. Tinsley on Jan. 19, 1826, and wrote her own consent.
9. Lucy, who was a buyer at the sale of George Settle, Aug. 31 - Sept. 1-2, and married George D. Read in Allen Co., Ky., Feb. 19, 1823. (It's possible that there were two by this name.)
10. Hester, who married Thomas Neale in Allen County, Ky., Jan. 21, 1830. (Allen County is quite close to the area where the Willises lived. Barren and Warren gave the area which formed the county of Allen in 1815.)

These last four could possibly be daughters of Lewis or Francis Willis, but for the time being, I am going under the assumption that they are Williams'. Also, there is in Allen County, the marriage of a Jarrett P. Willis to Harriet C. Brown, Dec. 6, 1829. I do not feel as though he was a son of William. However, there was a 1881. However, there was a James Willis who married in Warren County, Ky. September 7, 1811 or 1813 (the date is not clear) Mahaly Lovell, daughter. of James Lovell. I feel that he may have been the son of William, rather than the Joseph listed in the Settle book.

NOTE: Hannah Willis, age 45, born in Va. 1805 was living with the family of Addison Butler in 1850, Barren Co. 1810 Census, Barren Co., KY.
William Willis
Males: 1(under 10) 2(10-16) 2(16-26) 0(26-45) 1(45 up)
Wm. Jr. Joseph George William, Sr.
(or James) Lewis Francis

Females: 4(under 10) 2(10-16) 2(16-26) 1(26-45) Hannah Mary Betsy Hannah, Sr.
Lucy Nancy (?)
Hester
(?)

In 1806, William Willis first appears on Barren County tax books, one male over 21, one over 16
1807 - Same
1808 - Same
1809 - No William, possibly in Warren County.
1810 - Same
1811 - William Willis - 300 acres, 2 males over 21, no information on land entry. George Willis - entry next to William, hemseif & horse
1812 - William Willis - 200 acres on Cooks Creek
George Willis - no land
Lewis Willis - no land
1813 - William Willis, as above, entry following for 300 acres on Sinking Creek - in 45th Regt. Harris Co.; George Willis - in 45th Regt. Harris Co.; Lewis Willis - in Miller's Co.; Joseph Willis - in Williams Co. (possibly another Joseph as I did not note his location compared to others.)
1814 - William Willis - 300 acres on Cook's Creek; Lewis Willis - no land; George Willis - no land
1815 - William Willis - 300 acres, followed by George Willis - no land; Lewis Willis - no land
1816 - William Willis - 100 acres; Lewis Willis - 100 acres
1817 - tax records missing
1818 - William Willis - 100 acres; Lewis Willis - 100 acres
1819 - William Willis; George Willis; Lewis Willis (Deed- Lewis bought a tract on Beaver Creek adjoining William Willis, who was a witness, from Thomas Jones of Lincoln Co., Tenn. Lewis sold 100 a. in Barren Co. to James Cooney.)
1820 - William Willis - 100 acres on Beaver Creek; George B. Willis - 100 acres on Buck Creek; Lewis Willis; Francis M. Willis
1821 - William Willis - 104 A Skeggs Creek (Deed - William bought tract on Buck Creek from Thomas Jones of Lincoln Co., Tenn. George B. Willis and Francis B. Willis were witnesses. Who was Francis B. Willis? [Bill Thomas says this land is the eastern part, or house tract of the present Marshall Kinslow place - 1984]

Lewis Willis (Deed - Lewis bought a tract on Buck Creek from William Willis - both of Barren County)

George Willis - 100 acres Skeggs Creek (Deed- George Willis bought (Aug. 5,1820) a tract on Buck Creek from Thomas Jones of Lincoln Co., Tenn. Witnesses: Lewis Willis and Francis B. Willis. [This is the western part of the Marshall Kinslow tract - 1984]
1822 - William Willis - 100 acres Beaver Creek; Lewis Willis; Francis Willis; George Willis - 300 acres in the Barrens; 100 acres on Buck Creek
1823 - William Willis - 100 acres Skeggs Creek; Lewis Willis
1824 - William Willis (Note: In 1824, William Willis, Sr., gave Power of Attorney to Francis M. Willis, because he was moving. Mentions property of his son Lewis Willis, deceased [so Lewis was dead by 1824]. He evidently left but returned. Francis M. Willis was in McLean Co., Ill., by 1833. Could this have been where William went and did not stay, then Francis went later. Records there need to be checked. Order book information on orphans of Lewis Willis included later.; Francis Willis - 100 acres Allen County; Lewis Willis - 200 acres William Willis, (probably Jr.); George Willis - 300 acres in the Barrens 100 acres on Buck Creek
1825 - William Willis, Sr. - 100 acres (Deed- sold land of Lewis Willis, deceased, bought from Thomas Jones (Aug. 17, 1819,) and other real and personal property to Francis M. Willis). William Willis, Jr. - no land; George B. Willis - same as last year
1826 - William Willis - 100 acres Cooks Creek George B. Willis - same as last year (Deed - George bought 300 acres in the Barrens, part of the patent of David Walker, from William Savage. Sold 48 acres in Barren and Warren Co. to John Cosby. [Note: In 1826 George B. and Elizabeth Willis sold 48 acres to John Cosby - this was part of the Thomas Jones tract bought in 1820.]
1827 - William Willis Sr. - 100 acres Cooks Creek William Willis, Jr.
1828 - William Willis Sr. - 125 acres Beaver Creek William Willis (Jr?) 100 acres Barren Co.
1829 - William Willis Sr. - 103 acres on Beaver Creek; William Willis Jr. - no land
no tax lists available for 1830-31-32

Martha Powell Reneau Harrison copied these tax lists a long time ago, and I don't think I copied all the information, just anything new. They really should be checked again, as I may have not copied property taxed the year concerned if it was the same as the previous year. (mpr)

LEWIS WILLIS disappeared off tax lists after 1824. December Court, 1824, Order Book
John Willis, orphan of William (this must be Lewis, as order books have had incorrect entries before) Willis, deceased, (we know William was still living and that Lewis was not) over 14, came into court and made choice of Francis M. Willis as his guardian.
Esther Willis - same

William Willis died ca 1845. Joseph H. Holman was the administrator of his estate, indicating that he died without leaving a will. The settlement filed by Mr. Holman was very short, indicating that he did not have much property, or possibly I located only part of the settlement, as it was among loose papers in the files of the County Court Clerk. The settlement does not name heirs, but indicates that it was executed on Fielding Duff and Hanner Willis, in addition to George B. Willis. Debt to Thomas Johnson for making coffin ($2.50) is dated December 1845, indicating the date of death.

George B. Willis, born December 5, 1785, was in the militia during the War of 1812, serving as a private under Captain James Hall, 3rd Regiment, Ky. Detached Militia, from September 1, 1812 to December 25, 1812.

On April 4, 1822, he married Eliza J. Thompson, daughter of David Thompson. There is nothing to indicate that George B. was previously married, although he was slightly old to be married the first time, at age 37,and she aged only 15. Perhaps he just waited for the right girl to come along. Eliza J. Thompson was born August 5, 1807, and died March 31, 1890. George B. Willis died July 5, 1848. They were the parents of sixteen children.
1. Mary Jane Willis, born May 12, 1823, died 1858. She married July 16, 1840, Thomas H. Mustain, and had ten children.
2. Sarah (Sallie) B. Willis, born September 12, 1824, married July 11, 1840 Albert Hamilton.
3. Frances Willis, born January 25, 1826
4. Joseph T. Willis, born April 6, 1827, married Dec. 10, 1860 Taylor Co., Ky. Eliza H. Burress, dau of Wm. & Lucy Burress.
5. William H. Willis, born June 4, 1828,died June 16, 1899, md. Mary W. _______, born Oct. 9, 1830, died Aug. 18, 1900.
6. Charles M. Willis, born September 19, 1830, died October 3,
1900.
7. Martha Willis, born February 19, 1832
8. Emily Willis, born April 21, 1833, md. (1) Thomas L. Moss on 9 Sept.1848 (2) Thomas H. Mustain on Dec. 20, 1883
9. Lewis Willis, born September 14, 1834, died June 1, 1895, married 1859 Sallie Overstreet.
10. John Settle Willis, born February 24, 1837, died Dec. 3, 1891
11. Francis M. Willis, born August 12, 1839, died Oct. 22, 1912, married 1878 Laura Wilson Edmunds.
12. Louisa Willis, born December 27, 1840, md. Oct, 10,. 1858 John W. Allen
13. Ellen Willis, born Oct. 5, 1842, md. Oct. 21, 1858 Thomas Waggoner
14. Elizabeth George Willis, born September 26, 1844, died April 5, 1903, married Sept. 6, 1881, Willis L. Wilson
15. Lucy Catherine Willis, born March 3, 1846
16. George D. Willis, born June 29, 1848

George and Eliza Willis lived near Cave City (which is quite near Horse Cave) on a farm later known as the Sykes place. Still later, and presently, it is owned by J. D. Steenbergen. A few years ago, Laura Agnes Eubank and I went to this place. There was little indication of a house once standing there, although the 1879 homeowner's map clearly shows a house occupied by "Mrs. Willis." We found the remains of a cemetery, but most of the stones were gone. There was a lot of debris from bulldozing, piled up, and we were unable to locate but one stone, which read:
"William Emmett, oldest son of C. M. and M. Willis born Feb. 2, 1850, died Feb. 2, 1851."

Martha Powell Reneau Harrison has seen somewhere that Charles M. Willis married Mary Merry. Probably many of these children of whom I cannot find records of marriages were probably married in Hart County. Most early Hart County records were destroyed by fire, so unless I can locate them in private family records, we may never know more of there children. I do have a list of the children of Lewis Willis and Sallie Overstreet. Sallie Overstreet was the oldest child by the second wife, of Franklin Overstreet, born Nov. 9, 1842.
1. Henry E. Willis, born 1860, died 1886
2. Clarence Willis, born 1862, died 1942
3. Ed Willis, md. Hattie Garvin
4. Will Willis md. Clara Champion (has one dau. & 6 sons)
5. Ida Willis, md. Billy Renfro
6. Annie Willis, born 1878, died 1905
7. Nell Willis, born March 12, 1886, died 1967

In 1839 George and Elizabeth Willis sold to James G. Thompson, 170 acres on Little Barren River, and to John B. Thompson, 150 acres on Beaver Creek. This was land inherited by Elizabeth from the estate of her father, David Thompson.

George Willis died July 5, 1848. I do not know where he was buried but probably it was on what is now the J. D. Steenbergen farm in the old cemetery mentioned above.

On October 22, 1878 Elizabeth Willis gave to her son John S. Willis all her personal property, saying that he had managed affairs for her since about 1860, and had made everything she had accumulated since that time.

In 1887, the land owned by George B. Willis, bought from Thomas Jones in 1819, was surveyed by processioners to determine the correct lines. If I had had any doubt that George B. Willis, son of William and the George B. Willis who lived near the Hart County line were the same man, this would most certainly have erased them.

Frank M. Willis was born August 12, 1839. He was a singing teacher, violinist and musician. The Bible record which I used to list the children of George B. and Eliza Willis was copied from the Bible of Frank M. Willis several years ago by Annie Willis Edmunds. In this record "Lewis" was spelled "Louis" and I had often wondered why. Also, I had been told that Frank M. Willis was not given a middle name at birth, and later, when he became an admirer of Gen. Morgan (i presume John Hunt Morgan) he gave himself the middle name of "Morgan". I can only assume that he did not care for his given name "Francis" and shortened it to "Frank" in his own Bible. His name is listed as "Francis" on the 1850 census, at which time he was only 11.

Frank M. Willis and Laura Wilson Edmunds were married February 21, 1878 at the home of Charles Penn Edmunds, with E. P. Chamberlain and C. P. Edmunds as witnesses. I do not know where they spent their early years together, but they were living in Horse Cave, Ky. in 1885 (Lucy Bender book). Later, they moved to the Beckton neighborhood, on or adjoining the "Aunt Elizabeth Lee" farm. While living there, a great tragedy came into Frank Willis's life. His only son died at the age of two years. Evidently, Frank went insane from grief, as I have been told by more than one person who can remember, that he would not allow his son to be buried, but put his body in a dresser drawer and would not allow anyone near him. Finally, the neighbors banded together and forced him to allow them to bury the child.

Frank, his wife Laura, their son and possibly some other members of his family were buried near his home at Beckton. In the late 20's or early 30's their bodies were disinterred and removed to the cemetery at Beech Grove Baptist Church. Laura Eubank said that as a child she could remember this, and actually looked into the coffin of her grandmother.

Children of Frank M. Willis and Laura Wilson Edmunds
1. Minnie Lee Willis, born 1879, married Dec.27, 1896 George T. Duvall. They had two children:
a. Ruby Duvall, who married Joseph H. Lewis
b. Garnett Duvall, born May 15, 1900, never married.
Minnie Willis Duvall died May 17, 1900 of puerperal convulsions.
2. Hattie Willis, married Claude Amos. They lived in Tampa, Florida. In 1926, Laura Willis and Annie Willis were also living there. Children of Hattie and Claude Amos:
a. Louise Amos
b. Frank Amos
c. Charles Amos, killed by auto in 1925 in Tampa, Fla.
3. Kate Allen Willis, married James Buford Edmunds. For their children, see the Edmunds family history.
4. Lula Willis, born 1887, died 1890
5. Jessie Frances Willis, married Leonard Hildreth. Their children:
a. Hugh Willis Hildreth, born July 31, 1920, married
Children:
1. Van John Hildreth, born Jan. 30, 1946
2. James Leonard Hildreth, born Feb. 27, 1955
b. Frances Gee Hildreth, born April 25, 1930, married Wilson. Children:
1. Laura Elizabeth Wilson, born Aug. 22, 1948
2. Jane Lively Wilson, born March 30, 1950
3. Sara Hildreth Wilson, born Feb. 28, 1956
4. Ellen Skiles Wilson, born Dec. 4, 1958
6. Annie Lizzie Willis, married as his second wife, James Buford Edmunds. No children.
7. Frank S. Willis, born 1897, died 1899
8. Mayme Scott Willis, born Nov. 3D, 1890, married Nov. 22, 1911, William Thomas Lewis. She died Sept. 22, 1913. One child:
a. Frankie Elizabeth Lewis, born Jan. 6, 1913, married April 15, 1933, John Philip Powell. She died March 6, 1973. One child:
1. Martha Frances Powell, born Sept. 10, 1942, married July 8, 1961, David Isaac Reneau. Two children:
a. Davie Marie Reneau, born July 22, 1963
b. Maria Michelle Reneau, born August 3, 1966
(Martha Powell Reneau married Dane Harrison 4 July 1998.)
Frank M. Willis died October 22, 1913
Laura Edrnunds Willis died March 12, 1929.

Nothing definite or proven has been found about the ancestors of William Willis, father of George B. Willis. In 1982, I spent a couple of days in the Virginia State Library, at Richmond, Virginia, and there I found a deed which seems to involve a man I believe to be the William Willis who came to Barren Co. The Settle family was in King George and Fauquier Counties prior to coming to Ky., so it is reasonable to assume that William Willis was also from that area. Records in those two counties are scarce, and I have not yet been able to locate the marriage record of William Willis and Hannah Settle.

In Deed Book 7, page 36, King George County, Virginia, Dec. 4, 1784, is a deed from William Willis of the County of Fauquier and Hester Johnson (here the clerk wrote "his" and marked through it; evidently he had meant to write the relationship of Hester to William - I sure wish he had) to George Marshall of King George County, 178 acres in Hanover Parish "between the lands of Elizabeth Thornton, Murdock's estate, and George Marshall". William is referred to "as heir at law to his father Charles Willis decd. and his grandfather.

In King George Co., Va. Hester Willis asked to be appointed administratrix of the estate of Charles Willis. This would seem to indicate that the first Charles Willis had a son Charles who married Hester - and William of Fauquier was her stepson.

This last statement was from a book by Mrs. E. Willis DeHuff, of Georgia. The book is said to be in the D A R library in Washington, D. C. I have not seen this book, but it is often referred to by other Willis researchers. It seems that Hester was the second wife of Charles Willis, who was the father of William Willis by his first wife, whose name is not known. Hester then married Richard Johnson, having one son Robert Willis by Charles Willis. Hester and Richard Johnson moved to Edgefield Co., S.C.

This is the way the Willis lineage seems to go. However more proof is needed to definitely establish that it is the lineage of William Willis of Barren Co., Ky., although I do believe it is correct.
I. John Willis, born ca 1648, died ca July 1715, Richmond Co., Va., later King George Co. Md. (1) Unknown, but the mother of his children. Md. (2) 1693 Matilda Thacker, widow of Henry Thacker.
II. Charles Willis, born ca 1675, married his step-sister Matilda Thacker, daughter of Matilda and Henry Thacker
III. Charles Willis married (1) (2) Hester__________
IV. William Willis, born ca 1760, married ca 1784 Hannah Settle, daughter of George Settle
V. George B. Willis, born December 5, 1785, md. 1822 ElizaThompson. He died July 5, 1848
VI. Frank M. Willis, born Aug. 12, 1839, married Feb. 21, 1878, Laura Wilson Edmunds. He died October 22, 1913
VII. Mayme Scott Willis, born Nov. 30, 1890, married Nov. 22, 1911, William Thomas Lewis. She died Sept. 22, 1913.
VIII. Frankie Elizabeth Lewis, born Jan. 6, 1913, married April 15, 1933, John Philip Powell, died Mar. 6, 1973.
IX. Martha Frances Powell, born Sept. 10, 1942, married July 8, 1961 David Isaac Reneau; married Dane Harrison 4 July 1998.

SOURCES USED IN COMPILING THE WILLIS FAMILY HISTORY
1. Bible of Frank M. Willis
2. "The Settle-Suttle Family" by William Reese
3. Barren County, Ky. Tax Records
4. 1810 Census, Barren Co., Ky.
5. "Marriage Records of Barren Co., Ky., 1799-1849" by Martha P. Reneau, 1984
6. Allen County, , KY. Marriage Records, by Ona Willoughby
7. Barren County, Ky. Deed Books
8. Barren County, Ky. Court Order Books
9. Warren Co., Ky. Will Books
10. Warren Co., Ky. Marriages
11. Perrin's History of Ky., 1886 edition
12. Eubank & Allied Families by Lucy Bender
13. Personal knowledge of Laura A. Eubank and Jessie Willis Hildreth.
14. King George Co., Va. Deeds
15. Ancestry of the Willises of Locust Grove, Culpeper Co. Va. by George B. Loeffler, Sr."


Thomas Settle

1Reese, William Emmett. Edited and published by Fannie Lu Camp Fisher, Settle-Suttle family, The, Carrollton, Georgia : Fisher, c1974, Page 318, FHC 929.273 Se78a.