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Ancestors of Frank Edward Willey, Jr.

Generation No. 12


      2048. Allen Willey23, born in Alford, Lincolnshire, England; died Unknown in Boston, Suffolk Co, MA. He was the son of 4096. Rycherd Wylley and 4097. Salley Freer. He married 2049. Alice Mason 15 May 1628 in Alford, Lincolnshire, England.

      2049. Alice Mason, born in Stothold, Wiltshire, England; died Unknown in Boston, Suffolk Co, MA.

Notes for Allen Willey:
[Willey Family Tree 16 Jan 2005.FTW]

Per Kenneth L. Wiilley, 3 Putnam Road, North Reading, MA. 01864 (email willey@mediaone1.net):
There has never been any documentation found that links this Allen WILLEY with Isaac or Thomas as his children. In his unpublished genealogy posted on Rootsweb, he has done this in an effort to offer a possible father for both Isaac and Thomas. In 1909 the Boston Transcript genealogical section had a researcher state that this Allen was the father of these children, however once again, no documented sources are available. Also note, there has never been documentation that links Isaac and Thomas as brothers......................No one knows on what boat or on what day, Isaac, Thomas or Allen arrived in New England

The Willey crest is: a rose bush vert., bearing roses argent
The Willey arms are: 3 griffs passant sable (Burke: General Armory 1884)

Willey is an old English "wilig (willow) + leah (wood or clearing). In England there are 5 parishes and 5 towns named Willey as well as one town named New Willey, a Willey Manor in Herefordshire dating from 1086, a Willey House in West Surrey, a Willey Moor in Cheshire, and a Willey River in Wiltshire. On the Severin River, there was a Willey Foundry from 1719-1776 at least, which even made artillery used against the Colonies during the Revolutionary Way.

Surnames were adopted in England between 1250 and 1450. The Willey name is widespread in England, but fairly rare amoung immigrants - only 4 male Willeys came to New England efore 1685; Richard Willey married Alicia Somersby, 10-3-1546 in Alford, Lincoln, England. Rycherd Wylley and Salley Freer married in Myumby, 7 miles east of Alford, England, 7-3-1603. Their son, Allen was born 11-3-1605 and married Alice Mason on 5-15-1628 in Alford, England
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Name: Allen Willey
Year: 1633
Place: Boston
Source Publication Code: 1936
Primary Immigrant: Willey, Allen
Annotation: Excellent directory of the first settlers of New England. Drake's additions and corrections (no. 1666) are found in the G.P.C. reprint and in no. 9151, Tepper, Passengers to America, pp. 468-470.
Source Bibliography: FARMER, JOHN, A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New-England; Containing an Alphabetical List of the Governours, Deputy-Governours, Assistants or Counsellors, and Ministers of the Gospel in the Several Colonies, from 1620 to 1692; Graduates of Harvard College to 1662; Members of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company to 1662; Freemen Admitted to the Massachusetts Colony from 1630 to 1662; With Many Other of the Early Inhabitants of New-England and Long-Island, N.Y. from 1620 to the Year 1675 .... Lancaster, Mass.: Carter, Andrews, & Co., 1829. 352p. Reprinted with additions and corrections by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1964. Repr. 1976, 1983.
Page: 319


More About Allen Willey:
Religion: 02 Nov 1634, Joined Boston Church
     
Children of Allen Willey and Alice Mason are:
  1024 i.   Thomas Willey, born 1617 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England; died Sep 1681 in Oyster River, Strafford, NH; married Margaret Geaffit.
  ii.   Isaac Willey, Sr.24,25, born 1614 in Wiltshire, Yorkshire Co, England; died 1685 in Haddam, Middlesex Co, MA; married (1) Anna Lester Bef. 1637; died Unknown; married (2) Joanna Lutten 1637; born Abt. 1618 in New London, New London Co, CT; died Abt. 1670 in New London, New London Co, CT; married (3) Hannah Brooks 1670; born Abt. 1620 in Concord, Middlesex Co, MA; died Unknown.
  Notes for Isaac Willey, Sr.:
[Willey Family Tree 16 Jan 2005.FTW]

Issac came to America to Boston in 1630 from England. He was said to have helped form and build the City of Boston. I have seen no proof of this fact; however the web site listed below offers confirmation of that fact.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003 4:52 PM Dear Ms. Willey, Many thanks for your detailed note about the problem of the identity of the father of Isaac Willey the immigrant. You show him as

Isaac WILLEY , Sr. b: 1614 in Wales/Wiltshire, Yorkshire Co., England

Also as a suggestion, I think a noteworthy fact of his life is (if it's true, as I've seen elsewhere) that he was one of the five original settlers of New London.
See: <http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1627636&id=I72635857>
With best regards, Steven Bushnell










  More About Isaac Willey, Sr.:
Court Action 1: May 1649, One of three certain individuals charged for resisting a constable and letting go an Indian in their charge
Court Action 2: 12 Mar 1671, Was among those arraigned in Hartford "for attempts by violence to drive Mr. Griswold & Lt. Waller off their land, & resistance to authority, & assult"
Individual Note 1: Isaac was one of the five original settlers of the Nameaug plantation at the mouth of the Pequot River, later became town of New London, CT on 5-6-1646
Individual Note 2: 1647, Selectman
Individual Note 3: Nov 1669, Isaac was one of 4 men to lay out the Kings Highway between New London and the Niantic River.
Inventories of Estate: 1657, 3 cows, 6 calves, a litter of swine, and a share in 2/3 sheep
Residence 1: 08 Aug 1640, Son Isaac baptized (Boston Records, p. 100
Residence 2: Built a farm at Mill Brook at the base of Post Hill
Residence 3: Moved to the head of the Niantic (Nahantic) River

  More About Joanna Lutten:
Individual Note 1: 23 Jul 1650, Letter from the First Church in Boston recommended Joanna
Individual Note 2: 1667, "Goodwife" Willey was presented before the court "for not attending public worship and bringing her children hither" & fined 5 shillings

  iii.   John Willey, born 1615; died Unknown.
  Notes for John Willey:
[Willey Family Tree 16 Jan 2005.FTW]

From: Kay or Darrell Groves <kdwgroves@yahoo.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 07:45:48 PM
To: David B. Demeaux; WheelerPat922@aol.com
Cc: Karen COPLANTZ; Margaret A. FINK; Darrell GROVES; Carol JONES; Marjorie KINKADE; Pat \(Willey\) PISCHEL; Robbie RICE; Marian UNK; Pat WHEELER; Charles D. WILLEY; Chester F. Jr. WILLEY; James A. WILLEY; Raymond WILLEY; Ron Sapp; Delores Willey
Subject: Re: Absalom Willey & Margaret Polk


"Delores Willey" <felinesmama@msn.com> has information in her file on MyFamily.com that I have never seen before. Delores would you mind sharing your source for the information? You have gone back a generation further than any other posting I have seen. You also have information about the descendants of Allen Willey that I have never seen before. Thanks Darrell Wiley Groves

Kay/Darrell Groves <kdwgroves@yahoo.com>

WVsite <http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvgenweb/index.htm>

LDS Search Site <http://familysearch.com/>

OK I got no reaction to my last two emails so I am going to try the full paper

I have to preface this paper with the statement that I do not believe that William Willey is from the line of William, Thomas, Abraham, Isaac, and Allen Willey of New England for several reasons not the least of which is that I can not find one primary source document that even seems to link them. Also in a family that often names children after relatives there is a noticeable lack of the names Thomas, Abraham, Isaac and Allen. To ignore the fact that there were Willeys in Virginia in the 1600’s [John and William Wile were transported to Va. in 1675],in Maryland before 1700 and that the most common migration pattern were from Virginia to Delaware seems to me to be foolish. Does this mean I can’t be convinced by documents -- absolutely not – I am open to any evidence. Here is my evidence to support the conclusion that they are not the children of either William or Abraham . . Please read this with a very critical eye – the more you question the more I learn:


The following is what I believe supports the connection between FRANCIS and JOHN WILLEY of Dorchester Maryland and WILLIAM WILLEY Sr. of Sussex De. and Monongalia Va - recognizing that there are some holes in the documentation and occasionally I have made some giant leaps of faith.

1] Names - Although we have often referred to the Rev. JOHN WILLEY[ eldest son of William and Ann Smith Willey] as JOHN ALEXANDER I have never seen any document [I have a copy of his will and 4 land documents that have his name used more than once] that refers to him in that way - his son is almost always referred to as JOHN ALEXANDER but never have I seen him referred to as JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY Jr. – whereas the WILLIAM WILLEYS are often referred to as Sr. and Jr. which leads me to think that the Rev.'s name is only JOHN WILLEY and his son’s name is JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY. Scottish traditional naming pattern are as follows 1st son =father’s fathers name, 2nd son=mother’s fathers name, 3rd son father’s name, 4th son = father’s brothers / 1st daughter = mother’s mother , 2nd daughter = father’s mother, 3rd daughter = mother, 4th daughter mother’s sister. ANN SMITH WILLEY’s father was JOHN SMITH. WILLIAM Sr’s first son is JOHN but perhaps WILLIAM Sr.’s father was also named JOHN. and so the name of Rev. JOHN WILLEY served two purposes [1st & 2nd son]. . I know that WAITMAN’s [William and Ann’s second son] name is not from ANN SMITH’s family [which I can trace back to about 1688 in Somerset Md.] so we need to look to WILLIAM’S family. Having fulfilled the tradition it appears that the remaining male children in our family were often named after parental siblings – so could this mean that WILLIAM Sr. probably had a brother or a father by the name of WAITMAN. By the way Waitman need not have been his mothers maiden name because it appears quite often in both England and the colonies as a first name. It appears that the Willeys also reversed the father/brother mother/sister order – William Jr. is the 3rd son and Elizabeth is the first daughter we think, but maybe Bridget is and the order would be fine except it seems that the girls are all named after Ann’s family.and not after William's mother.. Bridget is the name of Ann’s mother and Elizabeth is the name of her sister And is it also possible then that WILLIAM SR. had another brother named JOHN ALEXANDER. Maybe he was called that to separate him from other Johns in the extended family or perhaps his mother was an Alexander .There is a JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY in the Delmarva area in the 1730-60 period that I will talk about more later. I have a copy of the will of JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY [who is always referred to by his full name or as "alias John Alexander"] dated 1793 from Onslow County N.C. and in it he names the following children: JOHN WILLEY, ALEXANDER WILLEY dec., FRANCIS WILLEY dec. , SARAH HADNOT, CATEY FARNAL, PRISCILLA SILLS and grandchildren SARAH WILLEY daughter of Alexander, JOHN and ARRILLA FARR, CHARLOTTE WILLEY, WILLEY and EDWARD ST.GEORGE. with the names John, Alexander , Francis and Priscilla leads me to the connection with John Willey and Priscilla of Somerset which I will talk about in section 2 , 3 & 4




2] Now if you look at the families of FRANCIS and JOHN WILLEY of Dorchester [see Ralph Riggen's web site]. FRANCIS married DIANAH POPE and JOHN married CATHERINE POPE sisters, you will find that in FRANCIS’ will he mentions his son JOHN and his grandsons JOHN and ABSOLOM . On the other hand in JOHN WILLEY’s [CATHERINE] will he does not mention a son JOHN but there may be a reason for that since there is a JOHN WILLEY in Somerset Md. who died in 1742 and JOHN WILLEY [CATHERINE ] made his will in Nov 1743. Although I do question why he didn’t mention grandchildren or the daughter-in-law. Oh yes, the JOHN WILLEY[CATHERINE] of Dorchester had a son named WILLIAM, not ours but one who was born abt 1716 .Let's look first at JOHN - In April of 1700 an estate account for John Goute Jr. of Dorchester lists JOHN WILLE, JUNIOR. as the administrator. This would have to be JOHN the brother of FRANCIS which infers that their father was named JOHN. In June of 1728 JOHN WILLEY Sr. and his wife CATHERINE [POPE] of Dorchester conveyed to FRANCIS Willey part of WILLEYS Outlet. In 1730 JOHN WILLEY Sr. is listed as a creditor in John Griffin’s estate in Dorchester. In 1740 JOHN WILLEY Sr. and his wife CATHERINE of Dorchester conveyed part of WILLEYS Outlet to Marcus Andrews. All of this indicates that JOHN WILLEY brother to FRANCIS was the son of JOHN WILLEY and had a son JOHN WILLEY [probably born between 1701 and 1728]. JOHN WILLEY Sr. was listed as 74 years old in a deposition in1744 that means he was born about 1670 and was about 30 in 1701.If our ABSOLOM is the grandson of FRANCIS and our WILLIAM is the son of JOHN that would fit the family tradition that CORNELIA WILLEY [daughter of Rev John] and her husband JOHN WILLEY were distant cousins --- actually 3rd cousins once removed. I still have no proof they were related and no proof that his middle name was WAITMAN.

3] I have a copy of the estate records of JOHN WILLEY of Somerset - he died in testate in 1742.
There is no mention of children only the name of his wife PRISCILLA, and the next of kin JAMES POLLECK and FRANCIS WILLEY.
If JOHN in Somerset is the son of JOHN [CATHERINE] then he has a brother FRANCIS. And if he was the son of
JOHN and CATHERINE then he was only about 30-40 years old and more than likely his children were still young which would
fit the proposed ages of John Alexander, Waitman, and William. In the estate debts were owed to William Mullouough [probably Mullinuex],
James Smith, John Marine [?].JohnKnox, and William Draper. Listed in the inventory are 2 "negros" the first name begins
with a C but I can’t read it, the second is Daniel. By the time the estate is settled in 1747 PRISCILLA is married to
WARREN BURROUGHS – again it appears any children were minors as they are not mentioned. Also by the time the estate was
settled that part of Somerset had become Worcester county which would explain why in the Outten depositions WAITMAN’s father
was deputy sheriff of Somerset but JOHN ALEXANDER lives in Worcester.

4] Looking at the Tax List for Somerset Md./Naticoke Hundred we again see some of the same names:
1733-1735 JOHN WILLEY is listed with neighbors Francis Newbold, Owens, Polke
1736 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Collier, Messick, Hickman, Ingram, Alexander
1737 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Newbold, Polk and Alexander
1739 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Polk and Newbold and he has 2 slaves Danell and Coffie
1740 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Collier and Newbold and the slaves are Danell and Casaway



5] The area of Sussex where the WILLEYS lived [Cedar Creek] is the area that was claimed by Pa. Md., and Delaware in the early 1700’s . It is also the area that is contested in the OUTTEN/WILLEY case[ see the Maryland Archive's web site.] In that case depositions are taken from many citizens of the area including JOHN WILLEY, the accused murderer, JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY, and WAITMAN WILLEY. In JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY’s deposition [dated Aug.29 1759] he says he is about 28 years old [born in abt 1731], he lives in Worcester County . WAITMAN WILLEY’s deposition [dated May 23 1759] says he is about 27 years old [born in abt 1732] and that his father, who was named JOHN WILLEY, was Deputy Sheriff in Somerset, that he is now deceased, that his mother is still alive and that WAITMAN now lives in Cedar Creek in Sussex, Del. This fits with WARREN BURROUGHS and PRISCILLA WILLEY as you will see later. We believe that WILLIAM WILLEY SR. was born about 1733. There is also a warrant attached to the depositions showing the transferring land from Ephraim Polk to JOHN WILLEY [probably the accused murderer] dated Nov. 5 1755 that calls him JOHN WILLEY JUNIOR Planter of Dorchester County .Could this be the JOHN WILLEY the grandson of FRANCIS? In a deposition from Andrew Collins it says JOHN WILLEY [the accused murderer] had an Uncle named JOHN WILLEY. This seems a bit confusing unless you consider that the term Uncle might mean great uncle . The Outten case [1759] contained other depositions and names including those of Richard Coverdale [spelled several ways, age 75], WARREN BURROUGHS [age 46 born about 1713], Charles Polk, William Mullinuex, John Smith, Israel Coverdale, Francis Newbald…..

CHARLES POLK acted as PRISCILLA WILLEYS Attorney and she married WARREN BURROUGHS, RICHARD COVERDILL signed the inventory of JOHN WILLEY’s [Somerset] estate, FRANCIS NEWBOLD did the inventory along with Robt. Owens, debts were owed to WILLIAM MULLINUEX. ANN SMITH WILLEY’s [WILLIAM’S wife] brother was named JOHN SMITH. There are also several Polloks and Owens mentioned in the case and both those names appear in the estate. All these name appear in Sussex at a later date. WARREN BURROUGHS in his deposition says he is a near neighbor of that JOHN WILLEY and was born in Sussex.

6] On Thursday the 20 of December 1787 the State Council of Maryland met and "Ordered that the Western
shore Treasurer pay to JOHN WILLEY Ten pounds, WAITMAN WILLEY Ten pounds, WILLIAM WILLEY Ten pounds,
and Lolathiel Hart Ten pounds specie agreeably to the ‘Act to adjust the debts due from this State’ per
Accounts passed by the Auditor and Deputy Auditor due 1st September last" --- I will admit I have no clue
what this means but nor do I know who Lolathiel Hart is …but here are the three that I am suggesting are
brothers together on the same document.


So much for the "names the same" game and on to land documents.


7] The next step is to track land sales.. probably the most documented connection in the colonies. It is nice that they gave their claims names easier to track – so lets look at Bashen , Charles Adventure and Crooked Lane.

Bashan was first surveyed in 1684 it lies about 6 miles from the head of the northeast branch of the Nanticoke River [ which later makes it in Sussex] .

1724 John Newbold bought Bashan from Adam Muire

1728 Charles Adventure was surveyed for Charles Polk

1735 JOHN WILLEY bought Bashan from John Newbold and others,. "Francis Newbold (1698-Mar 1777) of Lewes, Sussex Co., Del., mariner, son of Thomas and Jane Newbold, inherited from father, along with bro. John, the tract Bashan, in Nanticoke Hd. Francis was probably living on his half of Bashan, as he was listed in Somerset Co. tax lists through 1740 as head of household in Nanticoke Hd., adjacent to JOHN WILLEY in most years beginning 1733"

1739 JOHN WILLEY bought Charles Adventure from Charles Polk and others [we know this can't be JOHN ALEXANDER because he would have been too young]

1761 Feb. 4 WARREN BURROUGHS [Burrous] of Sussex planter sold to John White a 500 acre tract of land in Cedar Cr forest and in the Great Neck called Bashan which tract was formerly surveyed for WARREN BURROUGHS.

1762 JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY and his wife Elizabeth sold Charles Adventure [50acres] along with part of Bashen [100 acre] to Samuel Jones.

1762 Nov JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY, sold 206 acres called Crooked Lane to Kirk Gunby

1762 Nov 17 JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY sold to Southy King balance 58 acres Crooked Lane [originally granted by patent to JOHN WILLEY by proprietary of Md.] Recorded in Worcester Co. Md. Liber E folio 381,382 .

1773 Feb Thomas LAVERTY bought 100 acres of Bashan from JOHN WHITE – witness ISRAEL COVERDALL and CHARLES POLK Jr.

1773 Feb.Joseph Lindal bought 100 acres of Bashan from John White .

1773 Feb JOHN White gave his son George White 100 Acres of Bashan [bounded by Thomas Laverty and Joseph Lindel].

1773 March Zadock Lindal bought from John White 200 acres of Bashan [borders on WILLIAM MULLINEX, EPHRAIM POLK, THOMAS LAVERTY, GEORGE WHITE]

1774 June 18. JACOB COVERDALE, Sussex Co. bought from WILLIAM WILLEY, Sussex Co., planter. For £20, a tract in Great
Neck of 300 acres, binding on the north side by a survey made by WARREN BURROUGHS and on the south by a survey made
by JOHN LOFTLAND containing 300 acres, being taken up by virtue of a located warrant in the name of WILLIAM WILLEY and
formerly sold to Andrew Dagg. Wit: ISRAEL COVERDALL, RICHD. COVERDALL. Within deed ackn. 7 May 1777.
1786 March 6 Zadock Sindal and Rebecka wife sold Bashan to John Willic blacksmith all of Sussex for £105: tract called Bashan in
Naticoke Hundred surveyed 1756 for WARREN BURROUGHS by virtue of Propretors warrant granted to John Padmore at Phila.
14 Dec 1740 assigned by Padmore 20 Nov 1749 to Charles Perry who on 12 Dec 1749 same to John Truitt who on 14 Jul 1751
assigned same to WARRING BURROUGHS. WARREN BURROUGHS sold to John White who sold 300 of the ne side to 3 of
his sons. On 3 March 1773 John White sold the remainder 230 acres to afsd Zadock Sindal Adj land Wm Talman, James Duglass,
THOMAS LAFFERTY & GEORGE WHITE
1784 William Burroughs bought land that had been sold at a sheriffs sale to recover a debt against Jonathan Burroughs late of
Sussex – 160 acres in Cedar Creek – left to him and to Warren Burroughs decd by their grandfather Edward Burroughs
1786 Nov 8 John Wingate buys from Peter Wright a tr in Broad Creek Hund. 58 ac. Pt /o a larger tr called Crooked Lane,
originally granted by patent from proprietary of Md. To JOHN WILLEY [alias JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY] who sold it to
Southy King now in the possession of Betty Gunby widow.
In 1793 SARAH NEWBOLD daughter to John, sister to PARNAL sold to a Cloudsbrought a piece of land in Great Neck in
Nanticoke on the County Rd. that leads from Johnstown to Deep Creek, land that belonged to her father but was taken by
Court Order on a complaint of CHARLES RICORDS Adm. of JOHN NEWBOLD to settle with WM. NEWBOLD Adm. of
THOMAS NEWBOLD – SARAH bid on and bought the land bounded by land formerly belonging to THOMAS NEWBOLD
called Bashan, land called Addition to Fruitful Plain. WM LOFLAND’S Fork Rd Survey, THOMAS LAVERTY New Survey
and LEVIN WILLEY . 92 acres – Witness GEO. POLK , CHARLES POLK

There is also a land sale recorded in Sussex in June 1740 George Clifton of Somerset to JOHN Clifton of Sussex .
It is witnessed by Edward Burroughs and "JOHN WILLEY of Somerset"

In Feb. 1763 Charles Rawlings recovered a judgment against John Willey "late of Sussex Co" a tr of land in Cedar Creek Hundred
on Gum Branch adj to Thomas Hemmons – the High Bidder was Samuel Owens who sold the land to Jonathan Vaughn & Co. This
appears to be the John Willey of the Outten case who was said to have gone north.
In Nov 164 Pennington Welch of Sussex Co Planter sold to Frances Murry a tr of land in the forest of Cedar Creek in Great Neck on
each side of Drapers Rd bounded by Warren Burrows , Ephraim Polk, John Coverdale Jr., Thomas Hemmons Sr and Jr. 195 acres called Jockey
As you can see by the land trail there is a connection between JOHN WILLEY, JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY and WARREN BURROUGHS
dealing with Bashan. It also looks like JOHN ALEXANDER is selling off his property in 1762 possibly because he is heading for
North Carolina where the name next appears. Sadly the land books I have end with 1789 and I can’t track the sale of Willey land after that date.
                  *****************************************
8] The following is taken from the first page of the estate of WAITMAN WILLEY dated 1771/2
and if this is the WAITMAN in the Outten case, as I think it is, then could this also be the brother of WILLIAM?
"Administraton Bond Leven Willy on the estate of Wateman Willy

"Lett [er] of Administration Gra [nted] in the Common forms to Leven Willy brother to Watemen Willy Dec. on 5 day of March 1771 Phillips Kollock Reg"

Sadly it appears the inventory for the estate has been lost and there is not other documentation

But [and there is always a but] there is also a WAITMAN WILLEY listed in Skinner’s Abstracts of the Orphan’s Court Sussex County – John Polk Sr. as administrator is petitioning to sell his land – this is dated 1765 and Polk is listed as being from Worcester Co. Either one of these could be the WAITMAN WILLEY of the Outten deposition. Which brings to mind the question of Margaret Willey's maiden name -- there are certainly enough Polks in all this to some how make a connection.

9] One of the questions I haven’t looked at and can't answer is - who is the THOMAS WILLEY who is listed as next of kin on CATHERINE POPE WILLEY’s will?

So there you are - my paper trail …I know there is a whole lot of conjecture in this but there is more documentation than I have seen to support the New England connection……what do you think ?

Carol
From: Kay or Darrell Groves <kdwgroves@yahoo.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 07:45:48 PM
To: David B. Demeaux; WheelerPat922@aol.com
Cc: Karen COPLANTZ; Margaret A. FINK; Darrell GROVES; Carol JONES; Marjorie KINKADE; Pat \(Willey\) PISCHEL; Robbie RICE; Marian UNK; Pat WHEELER; Charles D. WILLEY; Chester F. Jr. WILLEY; James A. WILLEY; Raymond WILLEY; Ron Sapp; Delores Willey
Subject: Re: Absalom Willey & Margaret Polk


"Delores Willey" <felinesmama@msn.com> has information in her file on MyFamily.com that I have never seen before. Delores would you mind sharing your source for the information? You have gone back a generation further than any other posting I have seen. You also have information about the descendants of Allen Willey that I have never seen before. Thanks Darrell Wiley Groves

Kay/Darrell Groves <kdwgroves@yahoo.com>

WVsite <http://www.rootsweb.com/~wvgenweb/index.htm>

LDS Search Site <http://familysearch.com/>

OK I got no reaction to my last two emails so I am going to try the full paper

I have to preface this paper with the statement that I do not believe that William Willey is from the line of William, Thomas, Abraham, Isaac, and Allen Willey of New England for several reasons not the least of which is that I can not find one primary source document that even seems to link them. Also in a family that often names children after relatives there is a noticeable lack of the names Thomas, Abraham, Isaac and Allen. To ignore the fact that there were Willeys in Virginia in the 1600’s [John and William Wile were transported to Va. in 1675],in Maryland before 1700 and that the most common migration pattern were from Virginia to Delaware seems to me to be foolish. Does this mean I can’t be convinced by documents -- absolutely not – I am open to any evidence. Here is my evidence to support the conclusion that they are not the children of either William or Abraham . . Please read this with a very critical eye – the more you question the more I learn:


The following is what I believe supports the connection between FRANCIS and JOHN WILLEY of Dorchester Maryland and WILLIAM WILLEY Sr. of Sussex De. and Monongalia Va - recognizing that there are some holes in the documentation and occasionally I have made some giant leaps of faith.

1] Names - Although we have often referred to the Rev. JOHN WILLEY[ eldest son of William and Ann Smith Willey] as JOHN ALEXANDER I have never seen any document [I have a copy of his will and 4 land documents that have his name used more than once] that refers to him in that way - his son is almost always referred to as JOHN ALEXANDER but never have I seen him referred to as JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY Jr. – whereas the WILLIAM WILLEYS are often referred to as Sr. and Jr. which leads me to think that the Rev.'s name is only JOHN WILLEY and his son’s name is JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY. Scottish traditional naming pattern are as follows 1st son =father’s fathers name, 2nd son=mother’s fathers name, 3rd son father’s name, 4th son = father’s brothers / 1st daughter = mother’s mother , 2nd daughter = father’s mother, 3rd daughter = mother, 4th daughter mother’s sister. ANN SMITH WILLEY’s father was JOHN SMITH. WILLIAM Sr’s first son is JOHN but perhaps WILLIAM Sr.’s father was also named JOHN. and so the name of Rev. JOHN WILLEY served two purposes [1st & 2nd son]. . I know that WAITMAN’s [William and Ann’s second son] name is not from ANN SMITH’s family [which I can trace back to about 1688 in Somerset Md.] so we need to look to WILLIAM’S family. Having fulfilled the tradition it appears that the remaining male children in our family were often named after parental siblings – so could this mean that WILLIAM Sr. probably had a brother or a father by the name of WAITMAN. By the way Waitman need not have been his mothers maiden name because it appears quite often in both England and the colonies as a first name. It appears that the Willeys also reversed the father/brother mother/sister order – William Jr. is the 3rd son and Elizabeth is the first daughter we think, but maybe Bridget is and the order would be fine except it seems that the girls are all named after Ann’s family.and not after William's mother.. Bridget is the name of Ann’s mother and Elizabeth is the name of her sister And is it also possible then that WILLIAM SR. had another brother named JOHN ALEXANDER. Maybe he was called that to separate him from other Johns in the extended family or perhaps his mother was an Alexander .There is a JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY in the Delmarva area in the 1730-60 period that I will talk about more later. I have a copy of the will of JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY [who is always referred to by his full name or as "alias John Alexander"] dated 1793 from Onslow County N.C. and in it he names the following children: JOHN WILLEY, ALEXANDER WILLEY dec., FRANCIS WILLEY dec. , SARAH HADNOT, CATEY FARNAL, PRISCILLA SILLS and grandchildren SARAH WILLEY daughter of Alexander, JOHN and ARRILLA FARR, CHARLOTTE WILLEY, WILLEY and EDWARD ST.GEORGE. with the names John, Alexander , Francis and Priscilla leads me to the connection with John Willey and Priscilla of Somerset which I will talk about in section 2 , 3 & 4




2] Now if you look at the families of FRANCIS and JOHN WILLEY of Dorchester [see Ralph Riggen's web site]. FRANCIS married DIANAH POPE and JOHN married CATHERINE POPE sisters, you will find that in FRANCIS’ will he mentions his son JOHN and his grandsons JOHN and ABSOLOM . On the other hand in JOHN WILLEY’s [CATHERINE] will he does not mention a son JOHN but there may be a reason for that since there is a JOHN WILLEY in Somerset Md. who died in 1742 and JOHN WILLEY [CATHERINE ] made his will in Nov 1743. Although I do question why he didn’t mention grandchildren or the daughter-in-law. Oh yes, the JOHN WILLEY[CATHERINE] of Dorchester had a son named WILLIAM, not ours but one who was born abt 1716 .Let's look first at JOHN - In April of 1700 an estate account for John Goute Jr. of Dorchester lists JOHN WILLE, JUNIOR. as the administrator. This would have to be JOHN the brother of FRANCIS which infers that their father was named JOHN. In June of 1728 JOHN WILLEY Sr. and his wife CATHERINE [POPE] of Dorchester conveyed to FRANCIS Willey part of WILLEYS Outlet. In 1730 JOHN WILLEY Sr. is listed as a creditor in John Griffin’s estate in Dorchester. In 1740 JOHN WILLEY Sr. and his wife CATHERINE of Dorchester conveyed part of WILLEYS Outlet to Marcus Andrews. All of this indicates that JOHN WILLEY brother to FRANCIS was the son of JOHN WILLEY and had a son JOHN WILLEY [probably born between 1701 and 1728]. JOHN WILLEY Sr. was listed as 74 years old in a deposition in1744 that means he was born about 1670 and was about 30 in 1701.If our ABSOLOM is the grandson of FRANCIS and our WILLIAM is the son of JOHN that would fit the family tradition that CORNELIA WILLEY [daughter of Rev John] and her husband JOHN WILLEY were distant cousins --- actually 3rd cousins once removed. I still have no proof they were related and no proof that his middle name was WAITMAN.

3] I have a copy of the estate records of JOHN WILLEY of Somerset - he died in testate in 1742.
There is no mention of children only the name of his wife PRISCILLA, and the next of kin JAMES POLLECK and FRANCIS WILLEY.
If JOHN in Somerset is the son of JOHN [CATHERINE] then he has a brother FRANCIS. And if he was the son of
JOHN and CATHERINE then he was only about 30-40 years old and more than likely his children were still young which would
fit the proposed ages of John Alexander, Waitman, and William. In the estate debts were owed to William Mullouough [probably Mullinuex],
James Smith, John Marine [?].JohnKnox, and William Draper. Listed in the inventory are 2 "negros" the first name begins
with a C but I can’t read it, the second is Daniel. By the time the estate is settled in 1747 PRISCILLA is married to
WARREN BURROUGHS – again it appears any children were minors as they are not mentioned. Also by the time the estate was
settled that part of Somerset had become Worcester county which would explain why in the Outten depositions WAITMAN’s father
was deputy sheriff of Somerset but JOHN ALEXANDER lives in Worcester.

4] Looking at the Tax List for Somerset Md./Naticoke Hundred we again see some of the same names:
1733-1735 JOHN WILLEY is listed with neighbors Francis Newbold, Owens, Polke
1736 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Collier, Messick, Hickman, Ingram, Alexander
1737 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Newbold, Polk and Alexander
1739 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Polk and Newbold and he has 2 slaves Danell and Coffie
1740 JOHN WILLEY’s neighbors are Collier and Newbold and the slaves are Danell and Casaway



5] The area of Sussex where the WILLEYS lived [Cedar Creek] is the area that was claimed by Pa. Md., and Delaware in the early 1700’s . It is also the area that is contested in the OUTTEN/WILLEY case[ see the Maryland Archive's web site.] In that case depositions are taken from many citizens of the area including JOHN WILLEY, the accused murderer, JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY, and WAITMAN WILLEY. In JOHN ALEXANDER WILLEY’s deposition [dated Aug.29 1759] he says he is about 28 years old [born in abt 1731], he lives in Worcester County . WAITMAN WILLEY’s deposition [dated May 23 1759] says he is about 27 years old [born in abt 1732] and that his father, who was named JOHN WILLEY, was Deputy Sheriff in Somerset, that he is now deceased, that his mother is still alive and that WAITMAN now lives in Cedar Creek in Sussex, Del. This fits with WARREN BURROUGHS and PRISCILLA WILLEY as you will see later. We believe that WILLIAM WILLEY SR. was born about 1733. There is also a warrant attached to the depositions showing the transferring land from Ephraim Polk to JOHN WILLEY [probably the accused murderer] dated Nov. 5 1755 that calls him JOHN WILLEY JUNIOR Planter of Dorchester County .Could this be the JOHN WILLEY the grandson of FRANCIS? In a deposition from Andrew Collins it says JOHN WILLEY [the accused murderer] had an Uncle named JOHN WILLEY. This seems a bit confusing unless you consider that the term Uncle might mean great uncle . The Outten case [1759] contained other depositions and names including those of Richard Coverdale [spelled several ways, age 75], WARREN BURROUGHS [age 46 born about 1713], Charles Polk, William Mullinuex, John Smith, Israel Coverdale, Francis Newbald…..

CHARLES POLK acted as PRISCILLA WILLEYS Attorney and she married WARREN BURROUGHS, RICHARD COVERDILL signed the inventory of JOHN WILLEY’s [Somerset] estate, FRANCIS NEWBOLD did the inventory along with Robt. Owens, debts were owed to WILLIAM MULLINUEX. ANN SMITH WILLEY’s [WILLIAM’S wife] brother was named JOHN SMITH. There are also several Polloks and Owens mentioned in the case and both those names appear in the estate. All these name appear in Sussex at a later date. WARREN BURROUGHS in his deposition says he is a near neighbor of that JOHN WILLEY and was born in Sussex.

6] On Thursday the 20 of Dece

  iv.   Allen Willey, born 1610; died Unknown.


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