The Willis Family in Caswell County, North Carolina
The Willis family came to Caswell County in the
Mid-1700s from Goochland County Virginia. The patriarch of the Caswell
County Willis family was Henry Willis Sr. and his wife Mary
Watkins a descendant of the Farrar family of Colonial Virginia and
England. Mary Watkins was a daughter of Joseph Watkins and Mary Farrar.
The following is some interesting information on the Farrar Family.
From The Farrars, by William B. and Ethel Farrar,
In 1618 Nicholas Ferrar sent out his son, William, to Virginia, on the
An old account relates that Lord Delaware, who had been prevented by
continued illness from returning to Virginia, made preparations to go as
soon as possible. In April 1618, having "builded a faire ship, the
Neptune, for that purpose, he sailed in it with a hundred and sixty
emigrants, men and women. He also chartered, to follow him, the
Treasurer, in which the then Governor, as Capt. Argall, had many
interesting adventures. Contrary winds blew the Neptune about
mercilessly and in addition to seasickness its passengers were afflicted
with dysentery. During the long, dreadful voyage Lord Delaware and
thirty of his emigrants died, and most of the survivors arrived at
In those days the first son inherited the title and the estate. Few
people took notice of younger sons, especially when the elder ones
showed such promise. It was the custom for younger sons to be well
educated, given their inheritance, then put on their own, free to
adventure and seek their fortunes. It is pleasant to note that so many
well-known and distinguished families back in England saw their younger
sons win their spurs in the Colonies, to add new luster to the family
renown. Of such a group who made their home in Virginia and became at
once leaders, politically and socially, was "WILLIAM FARRAR, styled
The following passage is from Behold Virginia by George F. Wilson, 1951.
Altogether the Indians in the Massacre of 1622 slaughtered 347 men,
women, and children, including six members of the Royal Council. Capt.
Samuel Jordan fortified Beggar's Bush, known later as Jordan's Jorney,
and he lived there "despight the enemy." Jordan died a year later, and
there was a rush for the hand of his beautiful young wife, led by the
Revered Greville Pooley. Jordan had been in his grave only a day when
Pooley sent Captain Isaac Madison to plead his suit. Cecily replied that
she would as soon take Pooley as any other but, as she was pregnant, she
would not engage herself, she said, "until she was delivered."
But the amorous Reverend could not wait, and came a few days later with
Madison, telling her "he should contract himself to her," and spake
these words, "I, Greville Pooley, take thee, Sysley, to my wedded wife,
to have and to hold till death do us part and hereto I plight thee my
troth." Then, holding her by the hand, he spake these words, "I, Sysley,
take thee, Greville, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold till
death do us part."
Cecily said nothing, but they drank to each other and kissed. Then,
evincing some delicacy about her condition and the situation she found
herself in, she asked that it might not be revealed that she did so soon
bestow her love after her husband's death.
Pooley promised, but was soon boasting of his conquest, very foolishly,
for "Sysley" now engaged herself to William Farrar, one of the Deputy
Treasurer's younger brothers, and member of the Council.
Enraged, Pooley brought suit for breach of promise. The case was too
much for the authorities at Jamestown, who referred it to London.
The jilted Pooley soon found solace in a bride, it appears, but met a
tragic death in 1629, when Indians attacked his house, and slew him, his
wife and all his family.
The following passage is from Tidewater Virginia by Paul Wilstach, 1929.
Going up the James River you pass Harrison's Landing, Berkeley, the
Forest - - - The next projection of land round which the river bends is
Jordan's Point, where once lived the too fascinating widow, Cecily
Jordan, whose history recalls another instance of the striking
difficulty James River men had in holding their sweethearts to their
promises. This headstrong lady provided the unique instance of a woman
being sued by a man for breach of promise. When her husband died he left
her so comfortably provided with worldly goods that hereby, in addition
to her other charms, she became quite irresistible to Captain William
Farrar, kinsman to the Deputy Treasurer of the colony, and also the
Reverend Greville Pooley, minister of the Parish; and apparently they
were quite irresistible to her, for she engaged herself to both! The
Though he lost his case and had to sign a formal release to the Widow
Cecily binding himself in the sum of 500 pounds never to have any claim,
right or title to her, the Governor and Council of the Colony were so
stirred by the extraordinary incident that they issued a solemn
proclamation against a woman engaging herself to more than one man at a
time. And there is not in Virginia any known record that his edict has
ever been revoked.
The following passage is from The Farrars, by William B. and Ethel
The career of the fascinating Cecily as a heart breaker caused the
General Assembly to pass a law for the protection of Virginia bachelors,
and gave her a place in history.
When the Parson sued, June 14, 1623, Captain William Farrar, trained for
the law in England and how the attorney who administered her husband's
estate, successfully defended Mrs. Jordan in what was the first breach
of promise suit in America, winning not only the suit but his client in
The Governor and Council could not bring themselves to decide the
question and continued it until November 27, then referred the case to
the Council for Virginia in London, "desiring the resolution of the
civil lawyers thereon and a speedy return thereof." But they declined to
make a decision and returned it, saying they "knew not how to decide so
nice a difference."
After the Reverend Pooley signed the release, Cecily "contracted herself
before the Governor and Council to Captain William Farrar."
From Carter's Life of Nicholas Ferrar (Jr.), 1892:
Nicholas Ferrar, the elder, was a fair type of the great merchants of
London, well-born, loyal (he "was written Esquire by Queen Elizabeth" in
return for liberal assistance), hot-tempered, generous hearted, a man of
wide sympathies, gathering many of the notable men of the day round the
hospitable table of his fine house in the city; a zealous churchman,
repairing and seating at his own expense his parish church of St. Sythes,
and providing a morning preacher for the same. Mr. Ferrar's portrait, by
Janssen, is to be seen at Cambridge in the Master's Lodge at Magdalen
College, a fine open face with uprightness and honesty in every line.
His wife, Mary Woodenoth, of the ancient family of Woodenoths of
Shavington, was a remarkable woman, gifted with the same power of
impressing her personality on those round her which was one of the
marked characteristics of her son, Nicholas. Her portrait hangs beside
her husband's. The firm, delicate lines of finely cut features, the
exquisitely fair complexion, the noble and serious countenance suit well
with the description which is given of her in the memoir of her son.
The following is information on Henry Willis?s wife Mary Watkins
immigrant Watkins ancestors.
NOTES from Henry Watkins of Henrico County, by Jane Allen, 1985:
That Henry Watkins was the son of Henry, b. 1585 in Wales, remains to be
proved. However, in 1634/35 there was a deed in which John Cawsey of
Charles City County conveyed to Walter Aston acreage in Charles City
near Shirly Hundred "bordering south upon a Creeke called Henry Watkins,
his Creeke." A Henry Watkins, therefore, lived not more than a few miles
from the home in 1679 of Henry, b: 1637/8.
This early presence in Virginia of Henry I is further supported by "The
Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660" by Peter Wilson Coldham. On page
46, the text indicated that on 28 February 1624, a Henry Watkins signed
a report from the Governor and Council of Virginia at James City to the
king rebutting the accusations against the plantations made by Captain
Nathaniel Butler, Six thousand, not ten thousand, persons have been
transported to Virginia who, for the most part, were wasted by the
cruelty of Sir Thomas Smyth's government.
Henry Watkins of Henrico Co., Va, presumably the immigrant ancestor was
b. in 1638. He was a Quaker and member of the Society of Friends, a fact
that caused him at times to clash with the ruling authorities in
Virginia. Henry Watkins was a small but hard-working farmer. In 1660 the
Virginia Assembly had passed a strict law against Quakers. They were
described as "...an unreasonable and turbulent sort of people, who daily
gather together unlawful assemblies of people, teaching lies, miracles,
false visions, prophecies, and doctrines tending to disturb the peace,
disorganize Society and destroy all laws, and government, and religion."
In the list of heads of families in Henrico County, 1679, he is listed
as head of family with three tithables and shown as living in the
vicinity of Turkey Island. In 1679 he received a patent for 170 acres of
land on the north side of James River in Henrico County, adjoining land
of John Lewis, Mr. Cocke, and Mr. Beauchamp, and touching the 'three
runs' of Turkey Island Creek (patent book 7, p. 17).
In June, 1684, the Courts of Henrico refused his petition for a
remission of fines imposed upon him "he not appearing himself to
supplicate this Court but (as ye Court Conceives) continuing still in
In July 1690 he purchased of Lyonel Morris 360 acres of land in Varina
parish, Henrico County, on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, and in
October of the same year he patented 60 acres of land "adjoining his own
land and touching a run on Turkey Island Creek."
He was the father of at least seven children and in 1692 deeded his land
in Henrico to his five sons. To William, Joseph, and Edward he deeded
each 120 acres of land on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp, to Henry
the "track of land on which his father then lived", acreage not given,
and to Thomas 200 acres on the 'three runs'.
In 1699 he subscribed 500 pounds of tobacco towards building the Friends
meetinghouse at Curls. In 1703 he paid 50 pounds of tobacco towards
finishing the building.
1704 Quit Rents of Virginia list Henry Sr. with 100 acres in Henrico
In "Beginnings of the Families of Henrico", William Clayton Torrence
writes "One of the most interesting families in Virginia from the point
of view of economic, social, and political development is the
distinguished family of which Henry Watkins is the immigrant ancestor."
The following information concerns my Willis ancestors in America and
the speculation about the parents of Henry Willis Sr.?s parents were and
the time frame when he possibly removed to Caswell County as he sold his
property in Virginia in 1762.
The following submitted by GaryH117@aol.com
In the mid 1720s, William and Robert Willis appear in Goochland Co., VA
in the Tuckahoe Creek area. This county was formed in 1727 from Henrico
where they had previously resided. Brothers?, Father/Son? Lack of
necessary records make it difficult to sort the out the family. It does
appear they had connections with other families who had lived or were
living in King William, New Kent and Hanover Counties, VA. In that area,
Francis appears by 1681 and later an Edward. By 1705 are found William
and Stephen and eventually Robert. But the riddle of their genealogy has
not been resolved. Some seem to have been artisans engaged in carpentry,
shoemaking, coopering and the like. Our progenitor, Henry Willis, first
appears in Goochland County records in 1748. How long he had been a
resident or if he had been born there is unknown. Whether he had just
moved there or had just become a tithable is uncertain. If the latter
was the case, he would have been born 1731/32. Not much is known of
William except that he was a resident in 1731 and 1740 and had a son,
William, Jr. One of them was an overseer on the plantation of William
Mayo. More is known of Robert, (son of Robert(?)), who married Mary
Price and later Agnes, whose surname is unknown. He died about 1749. His
children were: Robert Willis married Hellender Nailine; Zene Willis
married A. Hix; Anne Price Willis; Betty Willis married Henry Hicks(?);
William Willis; Price Willlis; Williamson Willis. There may have been
others. He was a carpenter. David Willis appears in Goochland records in
1743; he died ca 1749. He had sons Edward and William and possibly a
daughter, Jemima who married John Woodall. He worked as a shoemaker. He
is believed to have been a kinsman of Edward (ca 1660-1735) of Hanover
County. Other Willises appear briefly in the records before moving on to
other parts. They were Richard, Thomas, Edward, Major. So the ancestry
of Henry Willis is questionable. Was it William? Was it Robert? David
does not seem likely. In 1762, when Henry sold his land on Tuckahoe
Creek, Edward Willis (probably son of David) witnessed. When he arrived
in Orange Co., NC, some children of Robert, residere there but they
didn't stay long, moving on to SC and GA.
Last Will of Henry Willis Jr.
Caswell County, North Carolina
Deed Book Page 405 1821
In the name of God Amen, I Henry Willis of the County of Caswell and
State of North Carolina being weak in body but of Sound mind do make
this my last will and Testament in manner and form following (Viz)
First it is my wish that my debts should be paid out of the money I have
on hand. The rest of the money on hand I wish to be laid out in
purchasing Two horses for the use of the plantation.
I wish my daughters Betsy Smith, Polly Heritage and Joice Chandler to
have Two hundred & fifty dollars in cash within twelve months after my
I wish the plantation on which I live to be kept up by my Two Sons Henry
Willis Jr. and Anderson Willis, Who are to have charge of my Negroes,
horses and stock during my Wife?s lifetime or Widowhood for her Support
and children now living with her, after her death or marriage I wish an
equal division to take place of my property between all my Children.
That portion of my estate which I I give to my daughter Polly Heritage I
wish to be placed in the hands of Mr. Francis Smith or some careful
person for the benefit of her and her children.
My small tract of Land over the Creek I wish to be Sold and such other
property as my Executors shall think best to enable them to make out my
Daughter?s legacy above mentioned.
I appoint my Sons Nicholas Willis, Henry Willis and Anderson Willis my
Executors to this my Last Will. Witness Whereof I do Set my hand and
Seal this 31st October 1820.
Henry x Willis
Jno. L . Graves
William Russell (Jurat)
Ro. P. Buchanan (Jurat)
State of North Carolina
Caswell County January Court 1821
The Execution of the foregoing Will of Henry Willis deceased was duly
proven I Open Court by the Oaths of William Russell and Robert P.
Buchanan Two of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto and on motion ordered
to be recorded. At the Same time Nicholas Willis, Henry Willis Jr. and
Anderson Willis the Executors therein mentioned, Came into Court and
duly qualified to Execute the Same and letters Testamentory issued
Alex Murphey Cl.
Transcribed By: Latham Mark Phelps -- 2004
The following is some information on the family of Mary Polly Haddock?s
family (wife) of Henry Willis Jr. Andrew Haddock Sr. came to Caswell
from Pitt County, N.C. This information was found on The Haddock Family
1 John Haddock, Sr. b: Abt. 1721 in Saint Mary's
County, Maryland d: May 18, 1809 in Haddock Plantation, Pitt Co., North
Carolina Burial: Haddock Plantation, Pitt Co., North Carolina [no stone]
+Liscomb Taylor b: 1721 in Norfolk Co., VA m: Abt. 1741 in Pitt County,
North Carolina d: Bet. May - December 1802 in Haddock Plantation, Pitt
Co., North Carolina Burial: Haddock Plantation, Pitt Co., North Carolina
Children of John Haddock Sr. and Liscomb Taylor:
2 Andrew Haddock, Sr. b: 1742 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: May 15,
1793 in Caswell Co., North Carolina +Elizabeth Hicks b: 1747 in
Goochland Co., Virginia m: Abt. 1761 in North Carolina d: May 05, 1808
in Caswell Co., North Carolina
2 John Haddock, Jr. b: 1744 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: 1822 in
Jones County, Georgia +Rhoda Taylor b: 1741 in Pitt County, North
Carolina m: May 04, 1766 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: Bet. 1811 -
1820 in Jones County, Georgia.
2 William Haddock b: Bet. 1745 - 1746 in Pitt County, North Carolina d:
September 11, 1821 in Pitt Co., North Carolina [Will Date] +Martha Jane
Taylor aka: Patsy b: Abt. 1754 in Pitt County, North Carolina m: Abt.
1774 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: Abt. 1824 in Pitt Co., North
2 Zachariah Haddock b: 1751 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: Bef. 1827
in Kings Ferry, Nassau Co., Florida +Amey Hardee b: Abt. 1756 in Pitt
County, North Carolina m: Abt. 1776 in Pitt County, North Carolina d:
Aft. 1801 in Kings Ferry, Nassau Co., Florida
2 Admiral Haddock b: 1753 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: Aft. 1830 in
Colleton County, South Carolina +Sarah b: Abt. 1760 in North Carolina m:
1773 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: Aft. 1830 in Colleton County,
2 Charles Haddock, Sr. b: 1755 in Pitt Co., North Carolina d: September
12, 1820 in Double Branch, Pulaski Co., Georgia [Will Date] Burial: Old
Cemetery, Double Branch, Pulaski Co., Georgia +Anna Walraven b: Abt.
1761 m: Abt. 1781 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: in Double Branch,
Pulaski Co., Georgia Burial: Old Cemetery, Double Branch, Pulaski Co.,
2 Richard W. Haddock aka: Hadock b: 1757 in Pitt Co., North Carolina d:
Aft. 1830 in Pitt Co., North Carolina +Nancy b: Abt. 1757 m: Abt. 1777
in Pitt Co., North Carolina d: Aft. 1824 in Pitt Co., North Carolina
2 Peter Haddock b: 1764 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: September 04,
1820 in Jefferson County, Mississippi + b: Abt. 1764 m: Abt. 1784 in
Pitt County, North Carolina d: Aft. 1820
2 Liscomb Haddock b: Abt. 1767 in Pitt Co., North Carolina d: December
26, 1845 in Wayne Co., GA +Archibald Campbell b: 1765 in Pitt County,
North Carolina m: Abt. 1785 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: 1830 in
Wayne Co., GA Go to South
Liscomb (Taylor) Haddock's parents were Liscomb (Jones) and William
Taylor, Sr. and they lived in the Piney Woods of Pitt Co., NC. Her
brother was William Taylor Jr. and he was married to Diana Deale. Their
daughter married Liscomb (Taylor) and John Haddock's son. [first cousins
married - Rhoda Taylor and John Haddock, Jr.]
Liscomb Taylor Haddock's, father's, obituary is most interesting, so it
has been included here as part of the Haddock family research project.
It reads: William Taylor, Sr., dies in 1794 in Pitt County at the Age of
114: Lately, in the Piney Woods of Pitt County, where he had resided for
40 years past with his youngest son, who is in the 63rd year of his age,
Mr. William Taylor, aged 114 years. He was born either in Virginia or
this state - enjoyed for many years past a perfect state of health, and
on the morning of his death had set off to walk two miles to get a pair
of shoes, but was seized with a fit shortly after he left home which
carried him off." [Ref: Reprinted in The Connector, Newsletter of the
Tar River Connections Genealogical Society, Vol. 2, No. 4 (Fall Issue of
1998), p. 18: "Halifax, dated Nov. 3, 1794].
Given below is one of the earliest deeds for John Haddock- taken from
the text of Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, pub 2003, by Donna Haddock
In 1757, a deed was located in North Carolina in Beaufort Co., NC, and,
in abstract, it reads:
Know Ye that I John Wain of Craven County for the contraction of eight
pounds to me in hand paid before the delivery of these sworn by John
Hadock, [sic] the rest. I hereby acknowledge have and do by these
presents freely and absolutely bargain Sell convey and confirm unto the
said Hadock [sic] his heirs and assigns a parcel of land containing one
hundred acres, being part of 300 acres as by patent dated July 10th,
1752 beginning at Edens branch and with the branch to the back line and
with the back line to Galling branch and down the branch to Swift Creek
and with the creek to the beginning. To have and hold the said land and
all woods waters timber trees and all other the appurtenance thereto
belonging to I John Wain for myself my heirs Exors and admis. as
covenant to agree to and with the said John Hadock his heirs and assigns
viz... That is that be lawful for the said John Hadock [sic] his heirs
and assigns at all times hereafter to have hold and enjoy the said land
and premises free and clear of all times hereafter to have hold and
enjoy the said land and premises free and clear of all encumbrances
lastly. I the said John Wain and my heirs at all times hereafter at the
cost of the said John Hadock [sic] his heirs assigns shall do and
execute other conveyances unto the said John Hadock his heirs and
assigns as by his or kin council in the law Shall be reasonably
required. With my hand and Seal this day in the year 1757.
John Wain [mark] Sealed and delivered in presence of George Sugg, John
Price [mark] Beaufort County, December Court 1757. Present his Majestic
Justices, This certifies that the within and was exhibited into Court
and proved by the Oat of John Price one of the Subscribing Witnesses,
ordered to be registered. Test: Walley Chancey C. Ct. [Ref: Judy Haddock
Swan, Microfilm] [Ref: Beaufort Co., NC, Deed Book 3, page 351]
Descendants of Andrew Haddock, Sr.
b: 1742 in Pitt County, North Carolina d: May 15, 1793 in Caswell Co.,
North Carolina +Elizabeth Hicks b: 1747 in Goochland Co., Virginia m:
Abt. 1761 in North Carolina d: May 05, 1808 in Caswell Co., North
2 David Haddock b: 1762 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d: Bef. 1850 in
Tennessee +Sally Roberts b: Abt. 1785 in Caswell Co., North Carolina m:
May 13, 1802 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d: Aft. 1860 in Carroll
2 Mary Haddock aka: Polly b: 1763 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d:
October 09, 1847 in Caswell Co., North Carolina +Henry Willis, Jr. aka:
Rev. b: 1762 in Caswell Co., North Carolina m: May 21, 1783 in Caswell
Co., North Carolina d: November 01, 1820 in Caswell Co., North Carolina
2 James Haddock, Sr. b: Bet. 1764 - 1765 in North Carolina d: Aft. 1810
in Union District, South Carolina +Elizabeth Lyles aka: Betsy b: Abt.
1765 in Maryland m: Abt. 1785 d: in Union District, South Carolina [Go
2 Nancy Haddock b: 1766 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d: 1854 in Knox
Co., Tennessee Burial: New Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Knox Co.,
TN +Luke Stansbury, Sr. b: March 06, 1758 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co.,
Maryland m: February 01, 1791 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d: October
13, 1848 in Knox Co., Tennessee Burial: New Hopewell Baptist Church
Cemetery, Kimberlin Heights, Knox Co., TN
2 Andrew Haddock, Jr. b: Abt. 1770 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d:
Aft. 1850 in Montgomery County, Tennessee +Peggy Green b: Abt. 1786 in
Caswell Co., North Carolina m: June 21, 1806 in Caswell Co., NC *2nd
Wife of Andrew Haddock, Jr.:
+Sarah J. b: Abt. 1778 in North Carolina m: Bef. 1850 in Montgomery
County, Tennessee d: Aft. 1850 in Montgomery County, Tennessee
2 Richard Haddock b: 1771 in Caswell Co., North Carolina d: April 19,
1818 in Caswell Co., North Carolina +Providence Wright b: Abt. 1776 in
Caswell Co., North Carolina m: July 29, 1796 in Caswell Co., North
Carolina d: Abt. 1832 in
Caswell Co., North Carolina
2 Elizabeth Haddock b: 1787 in Caswell County, North Carolina
Taken from the text of Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, pub 2003: In
abstract, in 1771, Andrew Haddock's deed was listed in Tryon Co., NC.
That area was later a part of Caswell County, but for a while may have
been a part of Lincoln Co., NC. [Ref: Land patent 1771: pages 552 -
553]: Andrew Haddock of Tryon County, to Michael Keller of same county.
Property was paid for with 20 pounds of proclamation money ... land on
north side of fork Catawba, adjacent Ramsour's property, 150 acres
granted to said Haddock on 4th May 1769 ... German signature [seal]
Witness: John Dickson, James Dickson, Rec. Jan Term 1772. The Ramsour
family was later listed as being in Lincoln County, NC, and lived near
what is known today as King's Mountain. They likely never moved - the
county lines changed.
Taken from the text of Haddock Heritage, Second Edition, pub 2003:
Andrew Haddock was the heir of his wife's father, Henry Hicks and from
his service obtained 640 acres. Henry served 84 months and listed A.
Haddock as heir to his land. [Ref: Pierce's Register, Volume X, page 254
- No.: 1072]. [Ref: Pierce's Register, Volume X, page 255 - No.: 1075].
To whom granted and rank: Andrew Haddock, Sergeant, 1,000, acres for
service in months of 84 months, signed: Cole Self. [Land Warrants] Henry
Hicks, North Carolina, a private, whose land was on 28th of May of 1784,
deeded was 640 acres to Andrew Haddock. [Ref: Revolutionary War Bounty
The following Land Deed was Granted to Andrew Haddock (father of Mary
Polly Haddock) for his service in the Revolutionary War. He assigned
this Grant to Thomas Brooks as Veterans were allowed to do. The Grant
was in the County of Davidson, North Carolina which included all land
from the eastern border of Davidson County to the West including the
future State of Tenneesee.
State of North Carolina To Andrew Haddock 1786
Caswell County, N.C. Deed Book F--Page 250
State of North Carolina No. 94
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting,
Know ye that Pursuant to an Act of our General Assembly, Entitled an Act
for Relief of the Officers and Soldiers in the Continental Line, and for
other purposes. And in consideration of the signial bravery and
perfevering zeal of Andrew Haddock, Seargent in the said Line, we have
given granted and by these presents do give grant unto Thomas Brooks,
Assignee of said Andrew Haddock, a trct of land containg four hundred
and twenty-nine acres, Lying and being in our County of Davidson.
Joining Nathaniel Dickerson on the south side of Cumberland River.
Beginning on two Beeches on the river bank seventy PChains above the
first Inland before Red River turning East twelve chains to a Stake,
then South eight chains to a Stake, the West forty-three chains to said
Nathaniel Dickerson's corner and with said Dickerson's line, in all
eighty-four chains to a Sycamore on the river bank at Dickerson's corner
thence up the Meanders of the River to the Beginning.
As by the Platt hereunto annexed doth appear together with all Woods,
Waters, Mines, Minerals and Heriditaments & Appurtenances, to the said
Land belonging or appertaining, to hold and belong to the said Thomas
Brooks his Admin. Heirs and Assigns forever.
Yielding and Paying to us such sum of money yearly or otherwise as our
General Assembly from time to time may direct. Provided always that the
said Thomas Brooks shall cause this Grant to be Enrolled in our
Secretary's Office, and Registered in the Register's Office of our
County of Davidson, within the time Limited by the Law. Otherwise
thesame shall be Void and of none Effect.
In Testimony whereof we have these our Letters to be made Patent and our
Great Seal to be hereunto affixed. Witness Richard Caswell Esq. our
Governor, Captain General and Commander in Chief at Kinston, the
fourteenth day of March in the tenth year of our Independence and in the
year of our Lord 1786.
R. C. Caswell
By His Excely. Com.
J. C. Glasgow --Secretary
TRANSCRIBED BY: Latham Mark Phelps 2005
The following is an abstract of Mary Polly Haddock Willis' Last Will,
wife of Henry Willis Jr.(son of Henry Willis Sr. and Mary Watkins) , her
parents were Andrew Haddock and Elizabeth Hicks. Andrew Haddock was an
early settler in Caswell County from Pitt County, N.C.
Mary Polly Haddock Willis Caswell Co., NC Record Book 1, p65 9 Feb 1822
recorded April Court 1822
Articles of Agreement Mary Willis, widow of Henry Willis, deceased
William, Nicholas, Benjamin, Henry and Anderson Willis, Francis Smith,
Wilkens Chandler, William Herritage and wife, Polly. Mary Willis conveys
to other legatees also to Kezziah Willis and Nancy Willis all her
interest and right to estate of Henry Willis except 1/3 part where she
resides. Divsion of estate to be by Barzilla Graves, Azariah Graves, and
William Graves. As legatee of Henry Willis, Jonathan Smith agrees to
The Wilkins Chandler, above, is married to Joicy Willis.
My Line of Descent from Henry Willis Sr. and Mary Watkins is as follows:
Henry Willis Sr. and Mary Watkins - 7th Great-Grandparents
Henry Willis Jr. and Mary Polly Haddock - 6th Great-Grandparents
Benjamin Willis and Susannah Chandler - 5th Great-Grandparents
Benjamin A. Willis and Lucinda Campbell - 4th Great-Grandparents
Elizabeth (Betty) Willis and Lillington L. Blackwell - 3rd
Cannie Elizabeth Blackwell and James Monroe Morton - Great-Grandparents
Hattie Belle Morton and William Perry Lunsford Grandparents
Reba Jean Lunsford and Wilford Latham Phelps Parents
Latham Mark Phelps - Myself