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Descendants of John Garnett

13. ELIZABETH "BETSY"4 GARNETT (ANTHONY3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born November 30, 1744 in Horseshoe Farm, Culpeper Co., Virginia, and died January 04, 1835 in Kentucky. She married WILLIAM WILLIS, SR. November 25, 1760 in Culpepper Co., Virginia, son of JOHN WILLIS and ELIZABETH PLUNKETT. He was born November 16, 1742 in St. Pauls Parrish, King George Co., Virginia, and died May 21, 1833 in Bullittsburg, Boone Co., Kentucky.

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From "The Genealogy and Story of the Family of Robert Kirtley Garnett", by Harriet Elizabeth (Garnett) Hobble and Charles Hunter Garnett, November 1955:

"William Willis, son of John and Elizabeth (Plunket) Willis, was born in 1743, married Elizabeth (Betsy) Garnett, born 1744, daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth Garnett on November 25, 1760. He served three years in the Continental Army. He is listed as a "Private in Continental Line" in a "Record of 1200 Officers and Men of Virginia who served on land and sea from the State of Virginia during the Revolutionary War" and who are entitled to Land Warrants for service, on file at the Land Office, Richmond, Virginia. Also see Virginia County Records, pages 303-338.
Later he emigrated to Kentucky. Apparently they settled in Boone County, as records in the Boone County Courthouse show that he was a witness in a land boundary dispute in 1828. He died on May 21, 1838. She died January 4, 1835, both aged 90 years.
1. William m. Ann Twyman
2. Isaac m. Ann Garnett
3. John m. Jane Dozen
4. Reuben
5. Benjamin
6. Robert.
7. Alexander
8. Joseph
9. Joshua
10. Elizabeth (Betsy)"
(Omitted from this list are Elizabeth Nancy, Edmund Terrill, and Sally, all who ended up in Adair County.)


The following record was provided by Crystal Dingler from the LDS Family Library, Microfilm #2024517, Culpeper County, Virginia: Personal Property Tax Lists (1782-1802).

****** From 1782 Personal Property Tax List of Culpeper County, Virginia: William Willis Sr. is listed with 1 white male over 21, 6 slaves (5 of them named Ag, Jude, Nat, Iba, and James), 7 horses, 19 cattle, and he paid taxes of 4 pounds, 8 shillings, and 9 pence.


From The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Vol. 164, pg. 225:

William Willis Served as a private in the Virginia Line. He was born and died in Culpeper County, Virginia. (The last part doesn't seem to be true, since he apparently died in Kentucky.)


More records from Crystal Dingler, the Culpeper Co, VA 1803-1823 PPTxL, LDS microfilm #2024518:

****** From September 17, 1802, William Willis Sr. and wife transferred land to Sandy Willis Culpeper Book X p. 226 (acknowledgement)

****** From 1803 Tax List Culpeper County, District of William Bird, Virginia, Tithables: Willis, Wm: 2 white males, 8 slaves over 16, 1 slaves under 16, 9 horses owned, Tithables 10, Tax: $5.04.

****** From October 18, 1804: Reuben Moore and P. Hansbrough certify that they have examined Elizabeth Willis and determined that she voluntarily relinquished her dower in the 400 acres William deeded to Sandy Willis in 1802. (Book X, p. 100 ) Culpeper Deed Book .

William Willis Sr. missing from 1804 Culpeper Co Personal Property Tax list and all subsequent lists, which with these other records would seem to indicate that he moved to Adair County in that year. This is about a year earlier than the large group of Waggener, Willis, and other families who seem to have made that same move.


From "The Kay-Pendleton-Neel Families" by George and Margaret Rose, 1969:

...At a court held for Culpeper County the 18th day of April 1803 this last will and Testament of James Waggener Dec., was exhibited to the Court and proved by the oaths of Robert Garnett and William Willis two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of Thomas Waggener...


Another Record from Crystal Dingler:

****** From Kentucky Court of Appeals Deed Books H-N, Volume 2 transcribed by Michael L. Cook and Bettie A. Cook, Cook Publications, Evansville, IN: 1985, p. 259: Dated December 8, 1808: William Willis of Adair County, KY, to Nancy Willis, now Nancy Waggoner, and Herbert Waggoner, her husband, of the same county, in consideration of the natural love and affection borne to his daughter Nancy, and for $1.00, a tract of land in Henderson County, Kentucky on the waters of Lost Creek, containing 528 1/2 acres. Said tract bounded by land of Reuben Graves, and by land reserved for Benjamin Willis. Witnessed by J. Blane, John Wolford, Edmund Willis and Benjamin G. Willis. Recorded by the Kentucky Court of Appeals, December 29, 1808.

This record is a bit perplexing, but seems to show a few things. First, it seems to show that William initially moved to Adair County, Kentucky, before he later moved to and ended up in, Boone County. Second, it seems to confirm that Elizabeth Nancy Willis, who married Herbert Green Waggener, was the daughter of William Willis. Henderson County, Kentucky, is in the western portion of the state, and not at all near to either Adair or Boone Counties. My guess is that these tracts of land are part of a grant of land given to William for his service in the Revolutionary War. Reuben Graves is the husband of William's daughter, and Benjamin and Edmund Willis are his sons. In the record from 1813, when Herbert and Nancy Waggener sell off this tract, it is also mentioned as being adjacent to the land of Jeremiah Ingram, who was the husband to William's daughter Sarah. Presumably, all of these tracts were owned by Willam and given to some of his descendants. This seems like a lot of land considering William was just a "Private." It also is not clear why he is dispersing this land at this time. He lived another 25 years after this. The 1813 record, which is listed in full in the notes of William's daughter Elizabeth Nancy Willis, shows that the tract was actually in Union County, Kentucky, which was formed out of Henderson County in 1811.


From a WILLIS/ GRANT FAMILY BIBLE found at a local Good Will in Florida by Lauren Sowa:

****** William Willis, born Nov. 16, 1742, Elizabeth (Garnett) Willis, b. Nov 30, 1744

****** Wiliam Willis and Elizabeth Garnett were married on Thursday Nov. 25th, 1760.

****** William Willis senr died May 21st, 1833.

Children of E
37. i.   WILLIAM5 WILLIS, JR., b. 1761, Madison Co., Virginia; d. 1830.
38. ii.   EDMUND TERRILL WILLIS, SR., b. Abt. 1764, Virginia; d. May 20, 1820, Adair Co., Kentucky.
  iii.   JOHN WILLIS, b. 1765, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. 1829, Boone Co., Kentucky; m. JANE DOGAN, October 25, 1784, Culpeper Co., Virginia; b. 1765; d. Bef. 1830.
  iv.   SARAH "SALLY" WILLIS, b. Bet. 1765 - 1775; d. 1828; m. JEREMIAH INGRAM, SR., March 30, 1828, Adair Co., Kentucky; b. 1759; d. 1844.
From Crystal Dingler:

******* Culpeper County Records, Deed Book AA, P. 250 (LDS microfilm #0030953). A deed dated October 18, 1804, Jeremiah and Sarah "Sally" (Willis) Ingram sell 3 parcels of land to Sally's uncle, Reuben Garnett for $5,304. The first parcel is 180 acres of land on which at the time they lived on and had originally purchased from Sally's grandfather Anthony Garnett. The second parcel of 245 acres, was originally purchased from Sally's uncle Reuben Willis. And the third parcel of 15 acres was originally purchased from Reuben Garnett.

There was a large group that seemed to have made the trip from Culpeper County to Adair County, Kentucky, including Sally's sister Elizabeth Nancy (Willis) Waggener, wife of Herbert Green Waggener. They also seemed to have taken considerable amount of money and property with them. Jeramiah is listed with 17 slaves and 5 horses.

****** 1805 Tax List for Adair Co, KY [none of the following had land listed after their names at this time]
                        white white black Total #     
                        >21 16-21 >16 blacks horses      Carriage
Ingram, Jeremiah       1       2 9 17 5

****** 1809 Adair County Ky Personal Property Tax List: Ingram, Jeremiah 839 acres of 3rd rate land in Henderson Co; 3 adult males>21; 8 blacks >16; 28 blacks total; 8 horses; plus 530 acres in Adair County

39. v.   ELIZABETH NANCY WILLIS, b. Abt. 1770, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. September 06, 1822, Adair Co., Kentucky.
40. vi.   ROBERT WILLIS, b. 1771; d. Abt. 1844.
  vii.   ALEXANDER WILLIS, b. 1773, Virginia; d. 1816; m. ELIZABETH TWYMAN, February 25, 1800, Madison Co., Virginia; b. 1782; d. 1844.
From Crystal Dingler:

******18 October 1804 Edmund Terrill Willis sells 476 acres of land for $5600 to his brother Alexander "Sandy" Willis. Culpeper Co Deed Book AA, p. 254.

41. viii.   CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIS, b. 1774, Culpepper Co., Virginia; d. 1867, Culpepper Co., Virginia.
42. ix.   ELIZABETH "BETSY" WILLIS, b. August 13, 1788, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. August 29, 1840.
43. x.   BENJAMIN GARNETT WILLIS, b. March 13, 1792; d. March 19, 1829, Bullitsburg, Boone Co., Kentucky.
  xi.   JOSEPH WILLIS, d. Unknown.
  xii.   JOSHUA WILLIS, d. Unknown.
  xiii.   REUBEN WILLIS, d. Unknown.

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