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Thomas Williss (son of Andrew Williss and Rebecca Goostree)3 was born 1746 in Maryland3, and died August 22, 1792 in CAROLINE CO, MD3. He married Sinai (Lena) Ricktts, daughter of Benjamin Ricketts and Elizabeth Lamee.

 Includes NotesNotes for Thomas Williss:
!In William Williss "The Historical Genealogy of.." by Bill Hunt "..Hisparents were Thomas (b. 1751) and Sinai (Ricketts) Williss, who weremembers of the Nicholite branch of the Society of Friends (Quakers) nearPreston, Maryland.
Tradition says that the family came from Wales and settled in Maryland;and that three boys of the family left there to make their fortunes onthe colonial frontier. Eli Willis went South, first, to Anson County,North Carolina, and, then, to Marlboro County in South Carolina. Asecond boy, whose name is lost, went to South America, quite probably theIsland of Barbados, where others with the same family surname werelocated. William, the third boy, went west to Ohio. [There were 8children]"

!Info from "Willis Family of Maryland 1680-1805 by William P Hunt 1975 pg5 "22 Aug 1792 (Will) 27 Nov 1792 (Probate) Willis, Thomas, to sons,Milby, Jessee, Joshua, Thomas and Elie, personal property. To daughter,Amelia, personal property. Wife, Sinai, extrx. (Photostat. Hall ofRecords. Annapolis, MD)

!Reva E. Bain shows birth as possibly 1746 AFN:92W9-W4

CLARA RUMBOLD WILLIS died 4 September 1882 in Preston, MD At theresidence of her Uncle, Dr. H.F. Willis, in Preston, of consumption, onthe 4th inst., Clara,
only daughter of F.A. and Sallie WILLIS, aged 17 years and seven months.Posted by Sandra L. Willis
Made 20 Oct 1689, Proved in Open Court 8 Jan 1689/90, Liber 4 1/2 OLD, Folio 1, Dorchester Co., MD.
Will of Richard Willis of Dorchester County, MD.
Son: Richard Willis - eldest - gets first choice of section of land.
Son: John Willis - land known as "Roadly" - to be equally divided with Richard.
Daughter: Francis - if brothers die without lawful issue then "Roadly" to Francis.
Wife: Francis

Recorded 10 March 1717, Liber 7-OLD, Folio 51, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Sharp of Dorchester County to John Willis of the same county, carpenter, part of a tract called "Sharp's Prosperity" begins at a marked red oak standing in the woods on the South side of the head of Marshy Creek Branch that comes out of the South side of Great Choptank River above Hunting Creek, containing 50 acres more or less. Witnesses: Thomas and Jane Noble. Note by Clara Mitchell of Preston, MD 1978 - John Willis comes to Preston area.

Recorded 26 July 1718, Liber 7-OLD, Folio 63, Dorchester Co., MD.
Francis Fisher of Dorchester County to Richard and John Willis of the same county, her sons: "Weston" containing 50 acres; "Addition to Fishers Landing" containing 53 acres; "Bartholomews" containing 200 acres; and "Fishers Landing" containing 50 acres. Said Richard and John Willis to convey to John Dawson a tract called "Roadley". Witnesses: Jn. Rider and Levin Hicks.

Made 8 August 1716, Liber 7-OLD, Folio 67, Dorchester Co., MD.
James Cannon and Rosanna his wife of Dorchester County, planter to John Willis of the same county, planter, 12 acres, part of "Haverell" on Goose Creek, adjacent "Doe Park". Acknowledged 12 August 1718 by G. Loockerman, Clk.

Made 1717, Recorded 19 August 1718, Liber 7-OLD, Folio 68, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Sharp of Dorchester County to Thomas Wallis of the same county, for the sum of 1000 pounds of tobacco, part of "Sharps Prosperity" at the head of Marshy Creek above Hunting Creek, (binding with the straight line of that part of the said tract of land that is sold unto John Willis) containing 50 acres by estimation. My note-throughout document John Willis' name spelled Wallis first with I printed over the a. Witnesses: William Thomas, G. Loockerman. Acknowledged 19 August 1718 before John Rider and Robert Sherwin, Justices.

Made 13 March 1732 - 14 Nov 1733, Liber 9-OLD, Folio 135, Dorchester Co., MD.
Deposition of Capt. James Woolford aged 53 concerning bounder of John Stevens land on Willis Dam shown to deponent about 23 years ago by John Willis. Deposition of Andrew Willis, age 43 years concerning bounder of "Littleworth" or "Nothingworth".

Recorded 30 July 1730, Liber 9-OLD, Folio 223, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Willis of Dorchester County, planter to Henry Ennalls of the same county, Gentleman, "Wantage" originally taken up by John Willis, deceased on Blackwater River, adjacent "Littleworth" and containing 50 acres.

Recorded 14 March 1746, Liber 14-OLD, Folio 130, Dorchester Co., MD.
Deposition of Thomas Pierson of Dochester County, planter, aged about 60 years states that John Willis now living in St. Marys White Chappel Parish near Hunting Creek was to the best of deponents knowedge the eldest son of John Willis who lived on Blackwater about 4 or 5 miles from Cambridge, and who was formerly Cryer of Dorchester County Court.

Made 11 Nov 1755 - 20 May 1756, Liber 16-OLD, Folio 76, Dorchester Co.,MD.
Deposition of Nehemiah Andrew, age 27 mentions...the dwelling house of John Willis. The affirmation of John Edmondson (a Quaker) of Dorchester County aged 56 years, concerning bounded tree of "Painters Range" shown to him by Peter Taylor about 28 or 29 years ago when affirmant was building a house for John Willis.

Recorded 13 Nov 1760, Liber 17-OLD, Folio 232, Dorchester Co., MD.
Isaac Lowe and Catherine his wife of Dorchester County to John Willis, Jr. "Lowes Lot" containing 40 acres more or less patented to said Lowe 4 August 1757.

Recorded 9 April 1767, Liber 22-OLD, Folio 45, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Willis of Dorchester County, planter to James Willis of the same County, "Lows Lott" containing 40 acres more or less patented to said John Willis 9 April 1767.

Made 13 Nov 1770 - 2 Aug 1771, Liber 25-OLD, Folio 26-44, Dorchester Co., MD.
p.30 Deposition of John Willis the Elder of Dorchester County, age 67 or thereabouts - past by "Painter's Range" many times with father John Willis.
(Note - John Willis died 1764, married twice, 1st to Mary LNU; 2nd to Elizabeth LNU. Had a son named John by both. I think that the words "the Elder" are referring to the older of the two sons.)
p.32 Deposition of Daniel Sulivane of Dorchester County, age 63 - recalls a commission about 22 years ago that a certain Rice Willis of Kent County, Delaware, now deceased, mentioned that a certain Rice Levenes of Dorchester County had showed him the bounder. 19 June 1771.

Made 10 Aug 1773 - 25 Feb 1774, Liber 27-OLD, Folio 267 - 275, Dorchester Co., MD.
Deposition of Rebecca Foster aged 45 years - about 22 or 23 years ago she in company of Richard Willis. And another time mentions John Willis father of said Richard Willis. p.275 mentions Rice Willis proved the second Bounded Tree.

Recorded 13 Oct 1784, Liber NH 2-3-4, Folio 546, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Willis of Dorchester County to Levin Hughs for sum of 7 pounds 10 shillings a tract on west side Blackwater on east side of Cattail Swamp called "Newtown" which was devised to him by last will and testament of Andrew Willis his father. Witness: Thomas Jones and Benjamin Keene.

Recorded 30 Nov 1795, Bill of Sale, Liber HD-9, Folio 35, Dorchester Co., MD.
Moses Barns to John Willis of Dorchester County for sum of 50 pounds, 1 negro girl called "Alley". Witness: Levin Johnson.

Recorded 19 Oct 1795, Liber HD-9, Folio 208, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Willice and Mary his wife of Dorchester County to Levin Johnson of Wm. For sum of 10 pounds land called "Addition to Wallaces Discovery" containing 25 acres more or less.

Recorded 19 Oct 1795, Liber HD-9, Folio 210, Dorchester Co., MD.
John Willice and Mary his wife to Levin Johnson of Wm. for sum of 20 pounds land called "Luck" located on the east side of northwest branch of Black Water River by side of a Beaverdam that issues out of Meekins Creek containing 50 acres more or less.

Recorded 16 Oct 1795, Liber HD-9, Folio 212, Dorchester Co., MD.
Elizabeth Wallace, Joshua Wallice and Mary Wallice of Dorchester County to Levin Johnson of Wm. for sum of 3 pounds a tract of land called "Addition to Wallice's Discovery" in Bull Point Neck and now occupied by John Willice. Elizabeth Wallice, Joshua Wallice and Mary Wallice are heirs of Richard Wallice, deceased.
State: MD Year: 1778
County: Caroline County Record Type: Fidelity Oath
Township: Choptank Hundred Page:
Database: MD Early Census Index
Thomas Willis
State: MD Year: 1790
County: Caroline Roll:
Township: Unknown Township Page: 40

Children of Thomas Williss and Sinai (Lena) Ricktts are:
  1. +William Williss, b. December 20, 1771, Maryland3, d. 18463.
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