Wilkes County, Georgia - Willis Family Cemetery
Transcription by Larry R. Butler and Janice B. Turner
|LAST||FIRST||Date of Birth||Date of Death||Remarks/Notes|
||12 Jan 1856
||24 Nov 185?
||?? Oct 1754
||19 Apr 1827
||24 Aug 1757
||30 Apr 1843
||06 Aug 1826
||30 Nov 1830
||02 Feb 1830
||26 Sep 1831
||11 May 1844
||02 May 1845
||21 Oct 1793
||18 Feb 1861?
||04 Dec 1799
||13 Aug 1868
||Mattie B. A.
||15 Apr 1855
||25 Mar 1857
||d/o T. R., and E. F. WILLIS
||30 Jul 1833
||25 Mar 1838
||04 Apr 1838
||09 Sep 1858
Copied and contributed by Mr. Homer C, Cooper, 145 Pendleton Drive, Athens,
This cemetery is NOT marked on the Georgia Highway Department's Wilkes County
map nor is it included in the publication of Newsorn, WILKES COUNTY
CEMETERIES. The only date on a stone that was difficult to read was the death
date for James Dabney Willis; someone felled a huge pine within the cemetery
enclosure which apparently fell on top of James' tomb. The marble slab was
broken directly across the line with his date of death.
The George Willis family cemetery is located in Georgia Militia District 168
in .Wilkes County. In addition to the following enumerated graves, there are
also 10 or 12 additional unmarked graves. The farm is known in 1972 as the
'The Sam Richardson place' and is owned by two of his sons. Mr. Richardson is
deceased; some of the land is leased to Mr. Dolph Callaway, son of Mr.
Richardson's sister, Mrs. John Allen Callaway.
The cemetery was discovered on a hunting trip by Dr. C. E. (Gene) Pollock, of
Washington, Ga., who guided the Coopers to he spot. The plot is enclosed in a
substantial stone wall which varied from 3 to 5 feet in height. A large oak
about 3 feet in diameter at the base serves as a landmark for anyone
searching for this cemetery in the surrounding pine forest.
10 or 12 additional graves, unmarked within the fence
GEORGE WILLIS (l754-1827) was a Revo1utionary War soldier who came from King
William County, Va, to Wilkes Co., Ga. in 1784.
SUSANNAH WILLIS (1757-1843) was Susannah BAKER before her marriage to George
Willis, names of her parents and her birthplace are not known. George and
Susannah were parents of the following seven children:
STEPHEN WILLIS (1778-1801) married MARY HARTSFJELD
GEORGE DABNEY WILLIS (1780- ) married 1807 SUSANNAH B. BARKWELL. He may
also have been the George D. Willis who married in 1811 CATHERINE FOSTER.
WILLIAM WILLIS (1784-1793)
JQHN CRUTCHFIELD WILLIS (1787- ) married REBECCA BARKWELL
RICHARD JEFFERSON WILLIS (1789-1866) married first 1812 CHRISTIANA (Kitty)
JOSSEY (1793-1847) daughter of HENRY ,JOSSEY and wife MARY HILL (1758-4831);
R.J. Willis married second 1848 SARAH ELIZABETH FOSTER. Richard had
plantations in Wilkes and Greene Counties, Ga. He was Sheriff of Wilkes Cc.
1818-19 and 1826-27, and represented the county in the General Assembly in
the House in 1828-31 and Senate 1832, 1834-36 of Georgia.
JAMES DABNEY WILLIS (1793-1861?) married first in 1822 SUSAN M. JOHNSON,
daughter of WILLIAM JOHNSON (died 1821) and wife NANCY HILL (1770-1839);
married second 1824 to NANCY TATE ANDERSON (1799-1868) daughter of THOMAS
ANDERSON (died 1860) James settled on the George Willis farm and he and many
of his family are buried near Susannah and George Willis. James represented
Wilkes County in the General Assembly as Senator in 1841.
ELIZABETH DABNEY WILLIS (1796-1855) married 1814 I~EV. JOHN HOLMES MILNER
(1792-1857), son of PITT MILNER (1769-1839) arid his wife APSILLA HOLMES
(l770-1854> John and Elizabeth Milner settled in Pike Co., Ga.
SUSAN JOHNSON WILLIS (1826-1830);
WILLiAM ANDERSON WILLIS (1830-1831);
WILSON LUMPKIN WILLIS (1833-1858);
JAMES ANDERSON WILLIS (1838-1858) and GEORGE WILLIS
(1844-1845) were children of James Dabney Willis and Nancy Hill.
MATTIE B.A. WILLIS (1855-1857) was a daughter of Thomas Richard Willis
(1827- ) and his wife Elizabeth F. Marsha11~ and granddaughter of James D.
Willis and Nancy Hill.
Who was MOLLEY WADE (1856-1857)? Where are the George Willis and James Dabney
Willis family Bibles today, asks Mr. Cooper. "Please let us know!"
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