The Willis Family History
Worth/Colquitt County, Georgia

submitted by Lanette Hill

Generation No. 1

John Washington8 Willis (Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III) 6, Benjamin (II)5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel1) was born 1803 in Bladen (or Cumberland) Co. N. Carolina (see notes on him), and died Bet. 1884 - 1885, Salem Baptist Church Tift/ Worth Co., Ga. He married Charlotte Matilda Calloway, August 24, 1826 in Irwin Co, Ga., daughter of David Calloway and Judith Tillery. She was born 1807 in Baldwin Co. Georgia., and died Bet. 1885 - 1889, Salem Baptist Church in Worth Co., Ga.

Notes for John Washington Willis:

  1. The tax digest of Irwin County, Georgia, on page 62 lists John Willis as a contributor for the years 1820 - 1830. Old settlers in Irwin County.
  2. He was brought to Telfair Co., by his parents when they moved there. When he was grown up he went across the Ocmulgee River into Irwin Co., Ga. to live. He was married there. They had thirteen children.
  3. Mr. Willis served as Justice of the Peace in 867th District of Irwin Co., Ga. 1851-54. The portion of Irwin he lived in was put into the new county of Tift in 1905. He lived near present Hickory Springs Baptist Church, and died in 1885 and was buried at Salem Baptist Church in Worth Co., Ga.; his wife died a few years later 1885 and was buried beside him.
  4. All nine of Johns' boys served as Confederate Soldiers in the Civil War. ALL returned home unharmed at the end of the war. It is very unusual for so many to enter the war and all be returned unharmed.

Children of John Willis and Charlotte Calloway are:

  1. John Jackson9 Willis, b. December 12, 1827, Born Tift Co., Ga., Planter, read notes; d. January 24, 1918, Salem Baptist Church Tift/ Worth Co., Ga.; m. (1) Martha Porter; m. (2) Margaret Williams, August 23, 1849, lst wife.
  2. Cynthia Willis, b. March 17, 1828, born in Irwin Co. Omega, Ga.; d. February 14, 1908, Leila Methodist Church in Colquitt Co.
  3. William Henry Willis, b. April 25, 1829, Born Tift Co., Ga. 1860 Census Worth Co., Ga. 31 yrs Farmer; d. May 01, 1862, Salem Baptist Church Tift/ Worth Co., Ga.
  4. Benjamin Green Willis, b. 1830, Born Tift Co., Ga. 1860 Worth Co. Census 29 yrs old Farmer.
  5. David Calloway Willis, b. March 31, 1832, Born Tift Co., Ga. Confederate Soldier. See Notes.; d. March 28, 1907, Hickory Springs Ga.; m. (1) Melvina Jordan, lst wife.; m. (2) Rachel Taylor, June 12, 1856, 2nd Wife.
  6. Wilson D. Willis, b. November 02, 1833, Fiddle Player. Playe two at one time. Colquitt Co, Ga. 1850 Census; d. February 15, 1896, Buried at Salem,Tift Co., Ga. "Not dead but sleepeth".
  7. Elizabeth Willis, b. 1836; m. Richard Parmer Porter, January 09, 1860.
  8. Matilda Willis, b. 1840; d. Died Barwick Ga./Brooks Co.; m. James W. Thornhill, October 17, 1865; b. 1840, Lived in Barwick, Georgia; d. 1912.
  9. James J. Willis, b. July 27, 1841, born Irwin Co., Ga. (now Tift Co., Ga); d. Died Salem Ga; \ m. Francis "Fannie" J. Mauldin, July 07, 1867, Worth Co., Ga.
  10. Daniel M. Willis, b. 1843, Born Tift Co., Ga.; m. Nancy Williams, 4 unkn children.; b. 1845, Cook Co., Ga.
  11. Ambrose Perry Willis, b. February 06, 1845, Born in Tift Co., Ga.; d. April 05, 1886, Husband unknown.; m. CYNTHIA M.
  12. Mary Jane Willis, b. 1850, Born in Tift Co., Ga.; d. 1854, Died in girlhood and is buried in Salem, Georgia.
  13. George Washington Willis, b. February 10, 1847, Born Ty Ty, Ga. Civil War Soldier w/9 brotrs who lived after war.; d. February 25, 1932, Died Ty Ty Ga. and buried Hickory Springs Cemetery.
  14. Mary Ann Easton Willis, d. Died as a child.
  15. Florah Willis.

Notes for John Jackson Willis:

  1. 37 years old in 1864 Census of Worth Co., Ga. -Re-organization of Georgia Militia shows him 37 yrs old l month. a Planter, born in Georgia, Exemption: Militia Officer

Notes for David Calloway Willis:

  1. On Confederate Roster as; D. C. Willis (3/31/1832 - 3/28/1907). Company A, 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Enlisted. Worth County, Ga. Res. 1903 - Obe.
  2. CROSS OF HONOR Badge


Generation No. 2

Cynthia9 Willis (John Washington8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II)5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel1) was born March 17, 1828 in born in Irwin Co. Omega, Ga., and died February 14, 1908, Leila Methodist Church in Colquitt Co.. She married Flournoy Clark July 23, 1863, (2nd Wife). Worth County, Georgia Marriage 107-1W-Worth, son of John Clark and Ameila Sikes. He was born October 02, 1824 (See more notes on him). Born Laurens Co., Ga., and died May 23, 1880 in Leila Methodist Church in Colquitt Co.

Notes for Flournoy Clark:

  1. Flournoy Clark - 1824 - 1880 Colquitt Co., Georgia
  2. Flournoy Clark was born in Laurens Co., Ga. Oct. 2, 1824, a son of John and Amelia Clark. He came to Lowndes County in 1849 and was shortly afterwards married Dec. 27, 1849 to his cousin, Harriet Lindsey, daughter of John Lindsey. She was born Jan. 5, 1827, and died about 1859.
  3. Worth County Georgia Marriages transcribed by Alice Jeffery, Marriage Book 1854-1883
         CLARK, FLOURNOY -- WILLIS, JULIA, FEB 7, 1891, p. 107
         CLARK, MORGAN -- ABBOTT, MARY M., DEC 1, 1895, p. 80
         CLARK, R. C. -- OWENS, POLLEY ANN, JUL 28, 1881, p. 331
  4. Mr. Clark married again July 23, 1863, to Miss Cynthia Willis, born March 17, 1828 in Irwin Co., daughter of John W. and Matilda Calloway Willis. She died Feb. 14, 1908.
  5. Flourney Clark was baptized and united with the Clark Baptish Church in Montgomery Co., (now Wheeler Co.) on December 9, 1842. In October 1846, he converted to the Methodist faith and became very active in church work. He played an instrumental role in the incorporation of Weeks' Chapel and Leila Methodist Churches in Colquitt Co. He was a country preacher and suppplied pulpit appointments and preached at camp meetings.
  6. He owned lots of land 72 and 113 in 8th District which district was detached from Lowndes and placed in the new county of Colquitt in 1856. He served as Justice of Peace in 1020th district, 1856-1865, and in the 1184th district 1865-1869. He was one of the county's two delegates to the 1854 State Constitutional Convention. During the Civil War he served in the Georgia State Guards, a militia organization, enlisting Aug. 4, 1863, and became sergeant in Capt. Tillman's company, 11th Regiment. He represented Colquitt County in the 1865 State Constitutional Convention that voted to re-admit Georgia to the Union.
  7. In the 1864 State of Georgia Census - reorganizing the State of Georgia Militia - Colquitt Co., Ga. he is shown as 39 years old. He is shown as a Farmer who was born in Georgia; Exemption - Minister Justice of the Peace.
  8. Flourney died on May 23, 1880 at his home in what is now the Crosland District of Colquitt Co. Cynthia followed him to the grave on February 14, 1908. He and his two wives were buried in the Moultrie City Cemetery.

Children of Cynthia Willis and Flournoy Clark are:

  1. George Flournoy10 Clark, b. July 18, 1864, a "Rev."; d. April 10, 1940.
  2. Cynthia Elizabeth Clark, b. February 04, 1866.
  3. Roswell Gustavus Clark, b. April 03, 1868; d. January 19, 1923, Died single.
  4. Rachel Matilda Clark, b. May 17, 1870; m. John Frank Monk.

William Henry9 Willis (John Washington8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II)5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel1) was born April 25, 1829 in Tift Co., Ga. 1860 Census Worth Co., Ga. 31 yrs Farmer, and died May 01, 1862 in Salem Baptist Church Tift/ Worth Co., Ga. He married Elizabeth Hancock Bet. December 26, 1850 - 1860, daughter of Henry W. Hancock. She was born 1830 in 1860 Census Worth Co., Ga. 30 yrs.

Children of William Willis and Elizabeth Hancock are:

  1. Henry10 Willis, b. 1852.
  2. Matilda Willis, b. 1854.
  3. Mary Willis, b. 1856.
  4. Eliza Willis, b. 1858.
  5. James Willis, b. 1859.

Benjamin Green9 Willis (John Washington8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II)5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel1) was born 1830 in Born Tift Co., Ga. 1860 Worth Co. Census 29 yrs old Farmer. He married Mary Jane Porter, November 18, 1851, daughter of Isaac R. Porter. She was born 1832 in 28 yrs old in 1860 Worth Census.

Children of Benjamin Willis and Mary Porter are:

  1. Matilda10 Willis, b. 1852.
  2. John Willis, b. 1854.
  3. Sarah Willis, b. 1857.
  4. William Willis, b. 1859.

Wilson D.9 Willis(John Washington8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II)5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel1) was born November 02, 1833, Fiddle Player. Played two at one time. Colquitt Co, Ga. 1850 Census, and died February 15, 1896 in Buried at Salem,Tift Co., Ga. "Not dead but sleepeth". He married Georgia Alice Elizabeth McMillan. She was born December 15, 1846 in Miller(?) on obituary from Funeral Home Bowen Donalson, and died December 28, 1893, Buried Salem, Tift County, Ga. "Asleep in Jesus".

Notes for Wilson D. Willis:

  1. He had a nickname "Wilse" . Irwin/Tift/Jones County, Georgia

Children of Wilson Willis and Georgia McMillan are:

  1. Ameila Lola10 Willis, d. She survived him.
  2. "Bud" Oscar Willis, b. was a Red Head.; m. Maggie Pendley.
  3. Georgia Alice "Gae" McMillon Willis, b. May 13, 1869, "McMillon" per dau. Lula Gray Bryant.; d. February 14, 1920, Salem Cemetery betn. Norman Park & Meigs, Ga.
  4. William David Willis, b. April 15, 1870; d. May 12, 1957; m. Della "Katie" Thompson.
  5. Julia Willis, b. May 20, 1871; d. February 14, 1929; m. James Bennet Roberts; b. 1873; d. 1951.
  6. Daniel W. Willis, b. September 12, 1873; d. May 09, 1927; m. Samantha C. Roberts.
  7. Alfred Dent Willis, b. August 13, 1875; d. October 20, 1957; m. Mamie Stansell; b. 1884; d. 1965.
  8. Lorenzo Dow Willis, b. January 19, 1879; d. February 12, 1959; m. Minnie Lee Edwards; b. 1888; d. 1965.

George Washington9 Willis (John Washington8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II)5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel1) was born February 10, 1847 in Ty Ty, Ga. Civil War Soldier w/9 brotrs who lived after war., and died February 25, 1932 in Ty Ty, Ga. and buried Hickory Springs Cemetery. He married (1) Nancy Lovett, daughter of Joshua Lovett and Elizabeth. She was born December 28, 1845 in of Tift Co., Ga., and died August 06, 1899.

Notes for George Washington Willis:

  1. Served in Civil War as member of Co. A 8, Calvary, 1867
  2. 1864 Census of Worth Co., Ga. Re-organization of Georgia Militia shows: George W. Willis, age 16 years, 11 mos. Occupation not given; born in Georgia.
  3. Buried at hickory Springs Primitive Baptist Church/Tift County

Children of George Willis and Nancy Lovett are:

  1. Albert Reese (Sr)10 Willis, b. November 07, 1878, Tifton, Ga. (read his notes); d. February 16, 1920, Died in Flu Epidemic -- Glenmora, Louisiana.
  2. Novarrah Willis, b. 1868; d. February 03, 1903, Hickory Springs, Cem. Ty Ty Georgia.
  3. William Washington Willis, b. July 31, 1869, Worth Co., Ga.; d. May 12, 1948, Tift Co., Ga.
  4. John Preston Willis, b. March 10, 1872, Tift Co., Ga.; d. April 04, 1930, Salem Baptist Church, Tift Co., Ga.
  5. Hardy Holland Willis, b. August 30, 1875, Tift Co., Ga.; d. July 22, 1953, Salem Baptist Church, Tift/ Worth Co., Ga.
  6. Spencer C. Willis, b. April 21, 1881, Tift Co., Ga.; d. February 11, 1938; m. Lottie Lovett, July 09, 1908.
  7. Mary Samantha Willis, b. September 16, 1886, Tift Co., Ga.; d. July 13, 1920, Salem Baptist Church Tift/ Worth Co., Ga.; m. Fred Shiver, February 27, 1907.


Generation No. 3

George Flournoy10 Clark (Cynthia9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born July 18, 1864, a "Rev.", and died April 10, 1940. He married Sarah Ann Norman December 30, 1886, daughter of Jeremiah Bryant (Sr) Norman. She was born 1864, and died 1931.

Children of George Clark and Sarah Norman are:

  1. Amy Amarintha11 Flournoy, b. January 15, 1888; m. Olen E. Tyler.
  2. Bryant Flournoy, b. July 23, 1889; d. October 06, 1947; m. Lillie Mae Knight.

Cynthia Elizabeth10 Clark(Cynthia9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born February 04, 1866. She married Wiley Monk December 12, 1889, son of Miles (Sr) Monk.

Child of Cynthia Clark and Wiley Monk is:

  1. Cynthia11 Monk, m. Ed McClendon.

Amelia Lola10 Willis (Wilson D.9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1). She married James Isaac Gay in Polks Chapel Worth Co., Ga.. He was born April 13, 1883 in of Ty Ty, Worth County - Farmer, Memb. Bethel Bapt. Church, and died 1951 age 62 years. (See Obituary)- Paulk Chapel/ Cemetery.

Notes for James Isaac Gay:

  1. James I. Gay of Ty ty Passes ---- 1951: James I. Gay, 62 resident of Ty ty Route 1, passed away in a local hospital Monday morning after an illness of three weeks. Death occurred at 9:30 o'clock. Mr. Gay was a farmer by occupation, and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Worth County, Ga. He was Born April 13, 1883. Final rites were announced for 4 pm Tuesday at Paulk Chapel, with Interment to follow in Paulk Cemetery. Mr. Gay is survived by his wife, Mrs. Amelia Willis Gay; two sons, J. H. Gay of Ty Ty Route 1 and Conrad Gay of Sparks, Ga. four daughters, Mrs. A. J. Jeffcoat and Mrs. L. A. Jeffcoat both of Gainesville Florida; Mrs. C. C. Powell of Moultrie, and Mrs. F. W. Todd of Fitzgerald, Ga. a sister, Mrs.Martha Alexander of St. Petersburg, Florida and 25 grandchildren and six great grandchilden.

Children of Amelia Willis and James Gay are:

  1. Amelia J.11 Gay, b. (Lorene Bryant Epps met her) of Moultrie, Ga.
  2. Penny Gay, m. William Ed Brooks.
  3. Conrad Gay, b. of Sparks, Georgia; m. (?) Smith.
  4. Gladys Gay, m. Jeffcote.
  5. Mary Lee Gay, b. moved to Florida.
  6. J. H. Gay, b. of Ty Ty, Worth County, Georgia.

Georgia Alice "Gae" McMillon10 Willis (Wilson D.9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born May 13, 1869. "McMillon" per dau. Lula Gray Bryant., and died February 14, 1920 in Salem Cemetery betn. Norman Park & Meigs, Ga.. She married George Gray, March 12, 1896 in Colquitt County, Georgia (Pension Records), son of Joshua Gray and Elizabeth Roberts. He was born August 24, 1845 in Irwin County (now Berrein County) See More Confederate Soldier, Co. H - 4th Regi, and died January 19, 1917, Buried Rocky Creek Church Cemetery.

Notes for Georgia Alice "Gae" McMillon Willis:

  1. Miller(?) - per Wallace Willis instead of McMillon. because it was on an obituary notice.

Notes for George Gray:

  1. George Gray married three times.
         1st. Georgiann Harper Gray, Children: Bates, Tommy, Elam, Becky
         2nd. Lucy Harper Gray, Children: George, Wiley, Alvin, Kendrick, Lucious, Alice
         3rd. Alice Willis Gray, Children: Wilce, Glenn, Ballard, Callie, Maxie, Lula, Julia, Myrom
  2. ROCKY CREEK CHURCH - Burial site. This is an old church located a few miles north of Norman Park, Ga. It has old wooden benches and other wooden tables and all, it is a very unique church and one that reminds you of days past. The doors are always open and it makes you feel welcome as you enter its doors. The cemetery is close by and has quite a number of Grays and family members buried there.
  3. Served in the Confederate War 1862-1865. George told his father he wanted to volunteer for the war. His father gave him a horse, and he joined the Calvary, December 17, 1862 in Berrein County. He was in the 26t Reg. Co. H 4th. (Clinch's) Private in Georgia Infantry Calvary. He served until April 1865 and discharged in Scrims County, Ga. His company surrendered in 1865 in Scrinn county. George was present at the time. Union Officers paroled the ones who had already gone home when they found out the war was over. Therefore the reason for no parole or discharge papers for most of the men. George was wounded in the arm and shoulder in the war. After the war he moved to Colquitt County.
  4. George Gray died at home in the morning he had been ill for quite some time, had brights disease. Everyone who spoke of George Gray said he was a kind, tenderhearted, gentle man soft spoken. He was known as Uncle George to all, he was a good man to his family and to all who knew him.
  5. George drew a pension (applied for May 6, 1905) after the war of $60.00. He farmed all except for the time spent in the service. In 1892, he sold 100 acres of land for $400.00. He lived on this and his pension, he tried to farm but could earn very little in the later years because of illness, so he applied for the pension. On Jan. 19, 1917, at the time of his death a pension was due him of $70.00 from Colquitt County, and he was unpaid for 1917.
  6. After George's death, his third wife, Alice Willis, filed for his pension on February 24, 1917 and received it until her death in 1920. Alice couldn't write so she signed her application with an X. W. D. Willis was witness to her application for the pension and he was also present at her marriage to George Gray on March 5, 1896 in Colquitt County.

During the war if a man elected not to go in service he could pay a well bodied man to go in his place, if he could find one. Some of these men were paid as high as $500.00 back then.

George had a 12 acre farm and when the railroad wanted to go through his place he wouldn't give them the right of way, as he didn't want his children near the railroad tracks. One of the railroad owners gave him a place on further down the road of 250 acres in exchange for his place. One of the houses George Gray and his family lived in is still standing out on the Adel Highway, but it has been remodeled and added on to. The old place where he died was used as a storage place but has since been torn down.

Article in Moultrie Observer, Friday October 12, 1956, Section D, page 12; reads:
BELLED FOX CAUGHT BY Dr. Hitchcock.
A wild fox with a bell tied round its neck attracted a lot of attention around here in 1932. Dr. C. C. Hitchcock caught the animal, freed it of its neckband and turned it loose 22 miles from its habitat and caught it later near its home. The fox, when just a few months old, was a pet around the Gray farm in upper part of Brooks county. The Grays tied a bell around its neck and one day the animal ran away. It was caught several times and turned loose near its habitat of Brice's Pond before Dr. Hitchcock decided to bring it to Moultrie. The Dr. freed it of its Bell and let it rest for a few days before freeing it in the vicinity of Schley community. The fox took about a month to cover the some 20 miles to the swamps and fields where it was raised. When Dr. Hitchcock caught the animal again when he recognized it by the markings on its ears.

George Gray passed this poem on to Wiley Gray and then to me. Dad also tried to do as the poem said and as his father would have wanted him to do.

Sixty seconds in one minute,
How much good can I do in it.
Sixty minutes in one hour,
All the good that's in my power.
Twenty hours and four a day,
Time for work, sleep and play,
Days three hundred and sixty-five
makes a year in which to strive.
Every moment, hour or day
My Dear Master To Obey.

George W. Gray was 64 years old when Lula, was born. Georgia Alice Willis was 38 years old.

More About George Gray:

Children of Georgia Willis and George Gray are:

  1. Maxie11 Gray, m. (1) Eustice Peters; m. (2) Wesley Willisms; m. (3) Tom Williams.
  2. Wilce C. Gray, b. March 17, 1898; d. November 02, 1955, Hopewell Church Cemetery, Colquitt Co., Ga.
  3. Glenn Gray, b. March 31, 1901, Attended Stallings School 1908, 8 yrs. born in Worth Co., Ga.; d. June 03, 1977, Died in Sarasota, Fla. and is buried there.
  4. Ballard Mildred Gray, b. September 17, 1901, Colquitt County; d. November 22, 1931, Pneumonia-Sardis Cemetery.
  5. Callie Catherine Gray, b. March 07, 1902, Colquitt Co., Ga., Member of Daughters of American Revolution; d. September 07, 1992, Greenfield Baptist Church Cemetery, Moultrie, Ga.
  6. Lula Gray, b. February 14, 1907, Pinesboro, Worth Co., Georgia (see notes); d. August 10, 1984, 77 yrs old. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Berlin, Ga.
  7. Julia Gray, b. January 25, 1909; d. December 18, 1992; m. J. I. Jones.
  8. Myrom Gray, b. March 30, 1912; d. Deceased; m. Philip Allen Saunders, December 29, 1928, Sarasota, Fla.; b. April 26, 1902, Ashland, VA; d. February 11, 1988, Cremated; Marathon Shores, FL.

Albert Reece (Sr)10 Willis (George Washington9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born November 07, 1878 in Tifton, Ga. (read his notes), and died February 16, 1920 in Flu Epidemic -- Glenmora, Louisiana. He married Juanita Louise Deen, March 17, 1907, daughter of Andrew Deen and Melenda Anderson.

Notes for Albert Reece (Sr) Willis:

  1. Worked in Navel Stores in DeFuniak Springs Florida in the early 1900's. Moved to Glenmora, LA around 1919 to run a terpentine plantation. Died in a flu epademic in 1920.

Children of Albert Willis and Juanita Deen are:

  1. Albert Elmo11 Willis, b. August 28, 1909, DeFuniak Springs, Florida (read his notes); d. February 23, 1969, Brooklyn Naval Hospital, Brooklyn New York.
  2. Wylie Edward Willis, b. July 29, 1907, DeFuniak Springs, Florida; d. December 15, 1977, South Hill, Virginia.
  3. Juanita Louise Willis, b. 1911; d. 1911, Died as Infant.

Novarrah10 Willis (George Washington9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born 1868, and died February 03, 1903 in Hickory Springs, Cem. Ty Ty Georgia. She married Billy Gibbs, January 07, 1888, son of James Gibbs and Mary Warren.

Children of Novarrah Willis and Billy Gibbs are:

  1. Eirlin11 Gibbs, b. August 27, 1891, Born Worth Co., Ga.; d. July 25, 1964, Tift Co., Ga.; m. Sarah Canger, January 12, 1908, Tift Co., Ga.
  2. Elizabeth Ellen Gibbs, b. October 13, 1893, Worth Co., Ga.; m. Lyons Elliott, June 17, 1910.
  3. Ethel Frances Gibbs, b. July 13, 1895, Worth Co., Ga.; d. October 09, 1933.
  4. Norma Lee Gibbs, b. September 16, 1897, Worth Co., Ga.; d. Tift Co., Ga.; m. Ambrose Manning, October 30, 1921.
  5. Nancy Gibbs, b. January 25, 1900; d. February 06, 1900, Lived 1 month before dying.
  6. Mary Alice Gibbs, b. June 30, 1901.
  7. Nellie P. Gibbs, b. January 30, 1903, Tift Co., Ga.; d. August 20, 1903, Tift Co., Ga.
  8. William Carlton Gibbs, b. January 16, 1904; d. April 03, 1907, Tift Co., Ga.
  9. James Eric Gibbs, b. April 06, 1906; m. Dorris Roberts.
  10. Evelyn Gibbs, b. March 18, 1908; m. Emil Ellis.
  11. Georgia Gibbs, b. February 01, 1911.
  12. Jessie C. Gibbs, b. April 06, 1917.

William Washington10 Willis (George Washington9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born July 31, 1869 in Worth Co., Ga., and died May 12, 1948 in Tift Co., Ga. He married Lula Alice Warren January 03, 1897 in Worth Co. Georgia.

Children of William Willis and Lula Warren are:

  1. Garland M.11 Willis, b. April 05, 1898, Worth Co., Ga.; d. October 08, 1928, Pinellas, Florida; m. Inez Brittain, November 15, 1928.
  2. Lillian Marguerite Willis, b. October 14, 1900, Worth Co., Ga.; d. October 14, 1918, Tift Co., Ga. Salem Baptist Church Cem.
  3. Mildred Louise Willis, b. April 05, 1902, Worth Co., Ga.; d. September 18, 1918, Tift Co., Ga.
  4. William Wallace Willis, b. January 10, 1905, Worth Co., Ga.; d. December 31, 1966, Camerson Co., Texas; m. (1) Lillie Stevens, November 20, 1924, lst Wife.; m. (2) Susie Anderson, June 24, 1946.
  5. Warren Hobert Willis, b. December 28, 1906, Tift Co., Ga.; d. April 04, 1981, Tift Co., Ga.; m. (1) Flora Griffin, lst Wife.; m. (2) Christine Starley, August 15, 1929.
  6. Wendell Warren Willis, b. April 08, 1909, Tift Co., Ga.; d. November 15, 1972, Tift County, Ga.

John Preston10 Willis (George Washington9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born March 10, 1872 in Tift Co., Ga., and died April 04, 1930, Salem Baptist Church, Tift Co., Ga. He married Mahala Gibbs April 05, 1900 in Worth Co. Georgia, daughter of James Gibbs and Mary Warren.

Children of John Willis and Mahala Gibbs are:

  1. Iris Maurine11 Willis, b. January 22, 1901, Worth Co., Ga.; d. December 31, 1993, Leon County, Florida; m. (1) George Westbrook, October 26, 1919, lst Husband. Tift Co., Ga.; m. (2) Asa Joseph, April 21, 1942, 2nd Husband.
  2. Myrtice Blandine Willis, b. October 26, 1902, Worth Co., Ga.; d. October 17, 1924, Tift Co., Ga.; m. John Simmons, September 17, 1922, Tift Co., Ga.
  3. James Hansel Willis, b. January 25, 1905, Worth Co., Ga.; d. February 26, 1974, Tift Co., Ga.; m. (1) Ruby Canger, April 20, 1930, Tift Co., Ga. lst Wife; m. (2) Alice Wilder, February 12, 1935, Tift Co., Ga. 2nd Wife.
  4. Esta Lee Willis, b. March 02, 1907, Tift Co., Ga.; d. July 01, 1996, Brooks Co., Ga.; m. (1) Benny McCrea, March 19, 1927, Tift Co., Ga. lst Husb.; m. (2) Alvin Wilder, June 28, 1963, 2nd Husb.
  5. John Henery Willis, b. October 21, 1908, Tift Co., Ga.; d. March 16, 1913, Tift Co., Ga.
  6. Mary Naomi Willis, b. October 26, 1911, Tift Co., Ga.; m. George Sumner, December 14, 1931, Tift Co., Ga.
  7. Russell Parker Willis, b. August 05, 1914, Tift Co., Ga.; d. March 02, 1983, Tift Co., Ga.; m. Eddie Mae Molin, August 23, 1936, Tift Co., Ga.
  8. Volerah Willis, b. October 17, 1917, Tift Co., Ga.; m. Richard Blanchard, February 07, 1947, Tift Co., Ga.
  9. Ellen Elna Willis, b. April 01, 1920, Tift Co., Ga.; m. John Thornhill, September 05, 1947, Tift Co., Ga.
  10. Evelyn Elna Willis, b. April 01, 1920, Tift Co., Ga.; m. Lennon Willis, September 05, 1940, Cousins(?) possible Married Tift Co., Ga.

Hardy Holland10 Willis (George Washington9 Willis, John Washington 8, Benjamin S. (IV)7, Benjamin (III)6, Benjamin (II) 5, Benjamin (I)4, Benjamin3, John2, Nathaniel 1) was born August 30, 1875 in Tift Co., Ga., and died July 22, 1953, Salem Baptist Church Tift/ Worth Co., Ga. He married Saddie Addie Daniels, November 02, 1898 in Worth Co., Ga., daughter of Henry Daniels and Jane Chase.

Children of Hardy Willis and Saddie Daniels are:

  1. Otis Miles11 Willis, b. August 11, 1899, Worth Co., Ga.; d. November 02, 1916, Worth Co., Ga.
  2. Edgar Holland Willis, b. November 06, 1902, Worth Co., Ga.; d. August 02, 1992, Tift Co., Ga.; m. Nadine Wisham, January 07, 1927, Tift Co., Ga.
  3. George Hardy Willis, b. September 14, 1908, Worth Co., Ga.; d. June 10, 1918, Worth Co., Ga.
  4. Forest Dismuke Willis, b. November 27, 1909, Worth Co., Ga.; d. April 14, 1949, Tift Co., Ga.; m. Lizzie Mae Turner, August 26, 1938, Tift Co., Ga.
  5. Willie Mae Willis, b. April 05, 1911, Worth Co., Ga.; m. Elbert McCrary, January 26, 1933, Tift Co. Georgia.
  6. Alice Lucille Willis, b. May 08, 1913, Worth Co., Ga.
  7. Opal Louise Willis, b. August 09, 1916, Worth Co., Ga.; m. Horace Bennett, April 24, 1937, Tift Co. Georgia.


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