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The Willis Family 





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Family of John Howard, Esq. 

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Harris and Macleod Families 

of Georgia 

Compiled In Thk Vkar 1916 





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Charles Ethelbert Willis 

Whitmore it Garrett, inc. 





CONTEXTS 1180139 


Explanatory 10 

Tntrodiu'tiou 13 

Some History 17 

Willis Family 3:^ 

Thomas Conipson Willis 48 

Deborah ( Farrand ) Willis 57 

Edwin EthellxMt Willis 60 

Major Henrv Farrand Willis 67 

Willis Arms* 68 

Some Further Willis History Relating- to the Howells 69 

Ancient Willis Pedigree 72 

Willis Ancestry 7:5 

Willis Genealogy 75 

Sanford Family 81 

Blount Genealogy 83 

Pequot War . . ." 86 

l*lume Family . 87 

Crane Family 91 

Colonial Notes 94 

Treat Family 99 

Cliarter Oak" 102 

The Regici.les 103 

War.l Family 108 

First Court Hold in Connecticut 110 

Newark Notes, l>y Cougar 116 

Smith Family . .' 120 

Smith Genealogy 122 

Marcia B. Smith (Kitchell) Willis and Family 123 

Farrand Family 125 

Lieut. Betliuel Farrand and Wife Rhoda 130 

Rhoda Farrand. ( Poem ) 133 

Farrand Items, ])y Homer A. Farrand 140 

Dr. Samuel Ashbel P\arrand 142 

Wilson Farrand 143 

Dr. Livingston Farrand 144 

r. Max Farrand 144 

eatrix Cadwalader ( Jones) Farrand 146 

Dudley Farrand 146 

Bethuel Farrand, Jr 149 

Jacob Shaw Farrand 150 

Olive M., Wife of Jacob Shaw Farrand 152 

Dr. David Osburn Farrand 155 

Mrs. David Osburn Farrand 160 

James Benjamin Farrand 161 

Farrand Genealogy 163 

Grandy, Bodwell and Eberbach Families 167 

Descendants of Samuel Farrand (6th) 169 

Robson Family 170 

Cardoza, Rahn and Page Families 171 

Bacon Family 173 

Children of Samuel Ashbel Farrand (7th) 175 

Line of Mulford Kitchell Farrand (7th) 176 

Reighard Family 177 

Houghton, Mills and Ewing Families 178 

Hunter Family ■ 182 

Quimby Family 182 

CONTENTS— ro;(/(/n/rr7 page 

Hayward raniily 18."> 

Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo 184 

Genealogy of Judge Bethuel Farraiid, Jr., and First Wife Marilla 

Shaw 185 

Genealogy of Judge Betluiel Farrand, Jr., and Second Wife Deliorali 

Osbiirn 192 

Sheaffe (or Sheafe) Family 195 

Pierson Family 1 97 

Bruen Family" 199 

John Bruen, of Bruen-Stapleford 205 

Obadiah Bruen 209 

Richard Lawrence 212 

Holford Family 21-'- 

Genealogy Showing Royal Ancestry 215 

Magna Charta Barons 219 

Descent from Charlemagne Through tlie Kings of England 220 

Kitchell Family 222 

Ancient Kitchell Pedigree 22.". 

Marriage Licenses, Marriages, Baptisms, Burials, Etc., of Avicient 

Kitchells 22:; 

Early Settlers of Morris County, N. J 2:{:5 

Hon. Aaron Kitchell 235 

Kitchell Genealogy 244 

Line of Joseph Kitchell (4th ) 246 

Line of John Kitchell (4th) 257 

Dr. Cornelius Ladd Kitchell 266 

Webster, Bass and Strong Families 269 

Dr. Obadiah Wilbur Kitchell 271 

Line of David Kitchell (4th ) 27:'. 

Sayre, Boorman and Moody Families 276 

Thompson Family 278 

Price Family 280 

Ely Family 281 

Ball Family 282 

Ball Genealogy 287 

Branford Notes 289 

Fairchild Family 291 

Fairchild Genealogy 294 

Cooper Family 297 

Ho-well Family 298 

Howell Family, of Morristown, N. J 299 

Moore Family 301 

Cook Family 302 

Rear Admiral Francis Augustus Cook 307 

Cook Genealogy 309 

A Roll of Honor of Revolutionary Heroes 315 


Howard Family 325 

William Allyne Howard 331 

Dr. William Travis Howard 333 

John Howard 334 

Howard Genealogy 337 

Dr. William Travis Howard (2nd) 338 

Harris and Maclcod Families 340 

Robert M. Hull Family 347 

Dun vegan Castle 348 

King Family 35I 



Robert Treat directing the landing of the founders of Newark, N. J., 
June, 1666, by kind permission of the Committee of 100, 250tli 
Anniversary Celebration, Newark, May-October, 1916. ... Frontispiece 

Willis Coat of Arms ?, 

Site of Old Boonton Iron Works 30 

Faesch House at Old Boonton 32 

Thomas Compson Willis (from amluotype) 4S 

Willis Home at Powerville, N. J 53 

Deborah (Farrand) Willis (from old portrait) 57 

Edwin E. Willis, aged 21, 1S48 (from ambrotype) 60 

Edwin E. and Electa C. Willis, 1852 (from ambrotype) 64 

Major Henry Farrand Willis 67 

Major-Geueral William Goffe 105 

Marcia B. Smith (Kitchell) Willis 12:! 

Dr. Samuel Ashltel Farrand 142 

Jacob Shaw Farrand 150 

Dr. David Osburn Farrand 155 

Mrs. David Osburn Farrand 160 

Monument to Hon. Aaron Kitchell 242 

Home of Caleb Fairchild (;ird) at Whippany, N. J 292 

Home of John Fairchild at Whippany, N. J 294 

James Harvey Cook '^*^6 

Mrs. James Harvey Cook 307 

Old Presbyterian Church at Hanover, N. J 314 

Rebecca E. T. (Anderson) Howard 332 

John Howard 33o 

Lt.-Col. Francis Henry Harris 341 

Dr. John Donald Macleod and Wife 345 

Dunvegan Castle (from painting by Whistler) 348 


This history is ^\"iitteii as of the sixteentli generation of the Willis family. 

The " before names indicate the direct line of ancestry of the Willis 
family. ^ 

Numbers preceding names indicate the number of the generation from 
the first of that line. 

The edition of this history is limited to loO copies. 


N. E. means NeT^• England 
N. H. means New Haven 
L. I. means Long Island 

b. means born 
d. means died or dead 
m. means married 
dau. means daughter 


Page 22, line 15, "188;r' shouhl be 1833. 

Page 37, line 25, ' ' first cousin ' ' should be second cousin. 

Page 41, line 33, "Prince of Holmes" shouhl be Prince and Holmes. 

Page 61, line 7, "he" should be they. 

Page 167, line 18, "8th" should be 6th. 

Page 187, line 27, "July 4, 1847," should be July 4, 1877. 

Page 188, line 3, "Company T" should lie Company F. 

Page 248, line 22, should read, 

7 Charity Ford, b. Jany. 21, 1798, d. Dec. 18, 1875; m. James Ford. 
By 2d wife Hannah Tuttle: 

7 Samuel, d. 1871. 
Page 256, 7th line should follow 9th line. 
Page 260, on first line, "5th" should be 6th. 
Page 260, line 18, "Francis" should be Frances. 
Page 262, line 24, "7th" should be 6th. 
Page 299, line 28, "May 9, 1825," shouhl be Nov. 9, 1825. 
Page 308, lines 6-7, "lieutenant 1868" should be lieutenant 1S67. 
Page 313, there sliould be a dash between lines 11 and 12. 
Page 319, in the Ball list of soldiers, Justus Ball, C. A., has been omitted. 
Page 337, line 20, "Francis" should be Frances. 

Part I 



One day the writer was most ai^reeably surprised to 
receive through the mail, a book written by his sister, 
Miss Frances C Willis, containing a genealogy of the 
Willis Family of New Jersey and their ancestors by 
marriage. This book had been prepared after many 
years of labor and research, on the part of Miss Willis 
in looking u]) old records of births, marriages and deaths, 
going back in instances for more than three hundred 
years, and was complete so far as she could trace the 
genealogy of the famih^ and connections, in this country. 

Miss Willis, after all these years of research, had labo- 
riously written out six separate books, one for each of 
her immediate family, thus furnishing a record that did 
not before exist, and a great labor it must have been 
for her, especially as she was in anything but ro1)ust 
health. It was a family record I had always desired 
to have, and have often regretted that ni}^ father or some 
other member of the family had not taken the pains to 
collect and record our genealogy for the benefit of their 
descendants, but it is (^uite true tJiat no one who has 
gone before has taken the trouble to do so, and I wish 
at the very beginning to give all the credit to my sister 
for this book, for without her labor it would lun-er have 
been published. 

On reading over the book she sent me, it occurred to 
the writer that the history could be greatly enlarged, 
as I discovered that many things of much interest could 
be added, as many of our ancestors were men of note 
and occu])ied the first place in the early history of 

14 A Histori/ of the WiUis Famili) 

New England, Long- Island and New Jersey, therefore, 
after consultation with some members of the farailv, I 
decided to continue my sister's work, adding consider- 
able data not easily available to her at first, but which 
she has since assisted me in collecting from historical 
societies, the Library of Congress, old English and 
French books, muster rolls of the Revolution, family 
tradition, etc., and we have carried the family records 
back in England as far as they can be traced. For the 
benefit of my sons and those who niaj' come after them, 
I have added the history of their mother's family, the 
Howards of Virginia, and their family connections, and 
trust the combined labor of Miss Willis and myself may 
prove of interest and value to those of the present gene 
ration as well as those who follow us. I wish to state 
that nmcli of the subject matter has been taken from 
works on biography and history, and every effort has 
been made by comparison and correction, to have the 
record correct; and, believe the history can be relied on 
as accurate. While the authorities are frequently not 
mentioned, the writer hopes the above statement will 
cover any charge of plagiarism. 

Plutarch says, "It is indeed a desirable thing to be well 
descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors." This 
is certainly true, and each individual has to make his, 
or her own history, but I believe with Burke, that "peo- 
])le will not look forward to posterity, who never look 
backward to their ancestors"; it is therefore with no 
spirit of boasting, but certainly with some ])ride, that 
Ave will show how our ancestors were among the 
founders of this great nation and had no small part in 
its settlement ; were men of large affairs and leaders 
from the very beginning of the colonies and helped to 
hew out of the vast wilderness, the present great States 

A Histonj of fJie Willis Family 15 

t>f Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jer- 
sey. It is we believe no small thing- to have had two 
ancestors, Robert Treat and Obadiah Bruen, who were 
among the nineteen applicants for and the grantees of the 
Charter of Connecticut ; and that the former of these 
should have been Governor of Connecticut and the one 
who saved the Charter, and had it hidden in the ''Charter 
Oak," when Andros demanded its surrender. Our 
ancestors were in fact among the founders of Weth- 
ersfield, Conn., the first English settlement west of 
Massachusetts, in 1635; of New Haven, Milford, Guil- 
ford, Branford and New London in Connecticut; of 
Southam])ton on Long Island and Sandwich, Mass.; 
while of the sixtv-four men who founded Newark, New 
Jersey, in 1666-67, thirteen were our direct ancestors. 

With but one exception, all our male ancestors were 
here by the year 1645, and that exception, Richard Smith, 
was here bv 1690. Surelv we mav claim to be Ameri- 

• • • 

cans, if any one has a right to bear such a title. 

The history will also show how our ancestors took no 
small part in wresting this country from the British 
Crown and fully "did their bit," as they say in England 
during this great war, for the families of our innnediate 
ancestors furnished to the armies of the Revolution, 
only counting those from Morris and Essex counties, 
in New Jersey, a total of 153 men, of whom thirty-one 
were officers. Our great-great-grandfather. Captain 
Samuel Ball, helped raise and was commander of, the 
iirst company of Minute ]\Ien organized in New Jersey, 
for the war of the Revolution, 1775; while our great- 
great-grandfather, Aaron Kitchell, was closely attached 
to General George Washington as a friend and advisor, 
and had charge of the war-chest while the army was at 

16 A History of the Willis Family 

All of our ancestors but one were of Puritan stock 
and all of them staunch members of the Presbyterian 
Church in 1776, which was surely a "church militant" 
in those days, and they were not "too proud to fight," 
as many seem to be in these degenerate times. 

The genealogy will, we trust, prove of interest to 
members of the famil}^, tracing back as it does in two 
instances, in unbroken lines, through some of the great- 
est families of England for over 1350 years, to Alfred 
the Great of Pjugland, the Emperor of Germany, Louis 
IV of France, Charlemagne and beyond, while several 
of the ancestors were coni])anions of William the Con- 
queror, and three of them signers of Magna Charta at 
Runnymede. For the benefit of my sons I will add, that 
their ancestor Ellis Cook (-Ith) who was at the battle 
of Oswego and was killed near Oswego, also their ances- 
tor Epajjhras Cook (5th) who was with his father in 
the Oswego battle, August J 4, 1756; also their ancestors 
of the Willis, Plume, Treat and Howard families, who 
participated in the Indian wars in Massachusetts, Con- 
necticut and Virginia, (read histories of these families) 
will entitle them to membership in the "Society of 
Colonial Wars," should tliev ever desire to join that 

It seems ap]»roi)riate that this history should be writ- 
ten in the year the citizens of Newark, New Jersey, are 
celebrating the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of 
the founding of their city, as our ancestors were those 
who formed the settlement. 

C. E. W. 

Richmond, Va. 


As many i)eoplo know but little of the early history 
of New Jersey, as the records of the first settlement are 
not readily available, and then only by research among- 
the libraries of the historical societies and elsewhere, 
we belieye a short sketch will be of interest to the mem 
bers of the family, as so many of our ancestors were 
amono- the founders of the City of Newark and the 
first settlers afterward, of Morris County. We will 
therefore giye an account of eyents that caused north- 
ern New Jersey to be placed on the map. 

Charles II, King- of England, granted wliat is now 
New Jersey, to his brother the Duke of York, who sold 
it to Lord John Berkeley, Baron of Stratton, and Sir 
George Carteret, on June 24, 1664. On the same day 
that this instrument was signed, Philip Carteret, cousin 
of Sir George, receiyed a commission as Goyernor of 
New Jersey. The ship ' ' Philip, ' ' haying on board about 
thirty people, some of them seryants, and laden with 
suitable commodities, sailed from England in the sum- 
mer, arriyed in safety at the place noAV known as Eliza- 
beth Port, in August of the same year. The place was 
named after the Lady of Sir George Carteret. 

In August, 1665, Goyernor Philip Carteret sent letters 
to Connecticut, offering to settlers eyery ciyil and relig- 
ious priyilege. He had probably heard of the discontent 
in the former New Hay en colony oyer the new Charter, 
which had forced the people Hying on the Sound into 
the Connecticut Colony, against their will. 

18 A Hlstonj of the Willis Family 

When the Charter was granted in 1662 by Charles II, 
an agreement had been entered into, between John Win- 
throj), Jr., who received the Charter from the King and 
Governor Leete of Connectient, tliat the people of the 
New Haven Colony should not be forced to join the Con- 
necticut (\ilony unless they so desired. The people of 
the New Haven Colony objected to the union, but in 
spite of their violent protests, being outnumbered and 
out-voted by the people of the sister colony, they were 
forced to become part of the Connecticut Colony. This 
caused a revolt, and led to what was undoubtedly the 
most momentous occurrence that took ])lace in any of 
the thirteen colonies previous to the Revolution, and it 
is significant of how intense this feeling must have been, 
when we point out that three of the grantees of the 
Charter, Robert Treat, Obadiah Bruen and Mathew Can- 
field, were leaders of the revolt and moved to Newark 
with the others. 

The emigration of practically an entire colony, giv- 
ing up homes and farms that had been won from the 
wilderness and the Indians; giving up the work of a 
generation, was certainly remarkable, and done for their 
faith. To continue; the letters received from Governor 
(Carteret found the people ripe for a move. Meetings 
were held innnediately and agents were appointed to 
examine the country on the Passaic river in New Jersey. 

These agents were Robert Treat and Jasper Crane, our 
ancestors, John Treat son of Robert, and John Curtis. 

They went to New Jersey in October, 1665, examined 
the land, found it suitable and purchased the area com- 
prising the ancient town of Newark, from the Indians, 
paying them £130, New England currency, twelve Indian 
blankets and twelve guns. On the return of the four 
agents to Connecticut, a meeting was held at Branford 

.1 Hisforij of fhr Willis Family 19 

and tile following *' Plantation Covenant" was adopted. 
This Covenant is also called the two "Fundamental 
Agreements" and is more generally known as such, by 
which latter name it is frequently referred to in this 
history ; it follows : 

Oct. 30th, IGtJf). 

"At a Meeting Touching the Intended design of many 
of the Inhabitants of Branford the following was 
subscribed : 

"1st. That ncme shall be ad- 
mitted freemen or free Bur- 
gesses within our town, upon 

Deuteronomy 1 :13 
Exodus XVIII: 21 
Deut. XVII: 15 

Jeremiah XXXVI : 21j Passaick River, in the Province 
of New Jersey, but such planters as are Members of 
some oi- other of the Congregational Churches; nor shall 
any but such l)e chosen to Magistracy oi- to Carry on 
any \yAvi of Civil Judicature, or as deputies or assist- 
ants to have power to vote in Establishing Laws — and 
making or repealing them, oi- to any Chief Military 
Trust or office. Nor shall any But such Church Mem- 
bers have a vote in any such Elections; Tho' all others 
admitted to Be Plantei's have Right to their proper 
Inheritances, and do and shall Enjoy all other Civil Lib- 
erties and privileges According to Laws, orders. Grants, 
which nre or Hereafter shall Be made for this Town. 

"P. 2nd. We shall with Care and Dilligence provide 
for the maintenance of the purity of Religion ])rofessed 
in the Congregational Churches, 

"Whereunto subscribed tho lnha])itants from Bran- 

Twenty-three men of Branford signed the above, of 
whom Jasjjer Crane, Rev. Abraham Pierson, Samuel 
Plum, Josiah Wai'd, John Warde, Edward Ball and Rich- 

20 A History of the Willis Family 

ard Lawrence, were our direct ancestors and Lawrence 
Ward, John Ward Senior Lieutenant, John Crane, Deliv- 
ered Crane and John Catlin were of their families. 
The fundamental agreements continue as follows: 
"And upon the Reception of their Letters and Sub- 
scriptions, the present Inhabitants in November follow- 
ing declare their Consents and readiness to do likewise 
and at a Meeting the 24th of the next June following 
in 1667 they also Subscribed with their own Hands unto 
the two fundamental Agreements expressed on the other 
side [of the page]. Their names as follows:" 

Here follow forty-one names of men from New Haven. 
Milford and Guilford, of whom Robert Treat, Obadiah 
Bruen, Robert Kitchell, Samuel Kitchell, Michael Tomp- 
kins and Azariah Crane, were our direct ancestors. Thus 
of the sixty-four men who signed the fundamental agree- 
ments, moved to and founded Newark, New Jersey^ 
thirteen were our ancestors, five others were of their 
immediate families and several others of the signers 
were sons-in-law of the ancestors. Most of the sixty- 
four men were probably heads of families, and in all the 
com])any but six Avere obliged to make their mark, which 
for those days, is proof of the very high class of the 
members of the party, as literacy at that time was almost 
a mark of gentility. 

It is a matter of much interest, we believe, that such 
a very large proportion of the founders of Newark should 
have been of our family. The five acknowledged lead- 
ers, Robert Treat, Rev. Abraham Pierson, Jasper Crane, 
Robert and Samuel Kitchell, being all ancestors. 

Early in the spring of 1666, a few of the old New 
Haven Colony of 1638, under the leadership of Robert 
Treat, sailed into the Passaic river and ])repared the 
ground for the coming of the larger number of settlers. 

A Histonj of the Willis Fa mill/ 21 

In June, 16(57, tlio remnant of the New Haven Colony, 
and others from Branford, Milford and Gnilford, led 
by the Rev. Abraham Pierson, gathered with the first 
few in their new abode, to which the name of Newark 
was applied in honor of Mr. Pierson 's English home. 

Under the several families will be found more fully 
written the causes which led to this noteworthv 

Newark sjirang from the wilderness into a large town 
within a year, for by the autumn of 1667 it had a popu- 
lation of some five hundred people. The town was laid 
off surrounding a public square now called "The Park" 
and the leading men of the new settlement had their 
homes facing this square. Our ancestors were the lead- 
ers in all public affairs of the new Colony, as the history 
of Newark clearly shows. They occupied the highest 
and most honorable positions within the gift of the 

On May 11, 1667, Obadiah Bruen, Michael Tompkins 
and Samuel Kitchell, our ancestors, together with John 
Brown and Robert Dennison, purchased a very large 
tract of land from the Indians, which is described under 
''Kitchell Family." This land probably extended from 
the Hackensack river to the Orange mountains. It was 
for the benefit of the settlers and divided up and sold 
among them. "Eleven years later, March 13, 1678, the 
western limits of the tract Avere extended to the top of 
the Mountain Watchung," by a deed from tAvo other 
Indians, for two guns, three coats and thirteen cans 
of rum. 

In marked contrast to the Indian troubles in the other 
Colonies, the settlers in New Jersey escayied such. The 
Indians belonged to the Lenni Lenape tribe, a branch 

22 A His fort/ of flie Willis Family 

of the Delawares, and were not less savage probably than 
other Indians, but it was the method of treatment by 
the colonists that won their respect. It is the proud 
boast of New Jersey, that every acre of land in the state, 
was obtained from the Indians by fair purchase. 

In October, 1832, BartliolonieAV S. Calvin, an aged and 
\^eneral)le chief, of the remnant of the Lenni Lenape 
tribe, located in the territory of Michigan, was deputed 
by his tribe to the Legislature of New Jersey, with a 
memorial and petition, stating that they had never ceded 
or relinquished their i-iglit of hunting and fishing in the 
waters of the state and uninclosed lands: praying the 
Legislature to grant some comjiensation therefor, and 
authorizing said chief to transfer the same. The Legis- 
lature passed an act on the 12tli of March, 1 883, gi-anting 
the old chief, for his tribe, two thousand dollars. One 
part of the act reads as follows: 

"And whereas, it is i-epresented, that the k'gal claims 
or title of said Indians, to said fisheries aforesaid, are 
barred by reason of their xoluntary abandonment of the 
use and occupancy of the same; but, that this Ijegisla- 
ture, shoukl grant a rennineration for the right to said 
fisheries, as an act of voluntary justice, as a memorial 
of kindness and compassion, to the renmant of a once 
powerful and friendly people, occupants and natives of 
this State, and as a consumation of a proud fact in the 
history of New Jersey, that every Indian's claim, 
right, and title, to her soil and its franchises, have been 
acquired by fair and voluntary transfer." 

It was but a short time after the founding of Newark, 
until the settlers began the exploration of the country 
to the west and northwest, most of it a hilly and moun- 
tainous region. Iron ore of the finest quality (a 
high grade magnetite), was soon discovered; this led to 

A Hist or II of the Willis Family 


a t'urthor migration by some of our ancestors and others, 
and the settlement of Morris County. 

Very few people are aware of the fact that iron mak- 
ing was a large, established and profitable industry in 
Massachusetts and Connecticut at the time of the migra 
tion to Newark, and that the emigrants from the New 
Haven Colony brought with them to New Jersey the 
knowledge of the making of iron, but so it was, and as 
our family have been so long and intimately connected 
with the iron industry, we will give an account of early 
iron making in the Colonies, 

"In 1619 The Virginia Company of London, sent to 
Virginia a number of persons who were skilled in the 
manufacture of iron to set up three iron works in the 
Colony." The enterprise was undertaken in that year 
on Falling Creek, a tributary to the James river, in 
Chesterfield County, about seven miles below Richmond 
"In July of 1()21 the company sent over Mr. John Berk- 
ley, formerly of Beverstone Castle, a gentleman of an 
honora))le family to take charge of the work. He was 
accompanied by his son Maurice and twenty experienced 
workmen." In March, 1622, in the Indian massacre, 
before the works were completed, Berkley and all his 
workmen were slain and no further attempt was made 
to smelt iron in Virginia until after the beginning of the 
eighteenth century. In Massachusetts, however, the busi- 
ness was more successful, as Mr. John Winthrop, Jr., 
returned from England in 1643 with workmen and stock 
to the amount of £1000 for commencing the iron works 
at Lynn. Winthrop had gone to England for this special 
purpose and interested eleven English gentlemen in the 
enterprise. A number of Colonists also became stock- 
holders, one of whom was Thomas Willis our ancestor, 
of Lvnn. 

24 A Hisfoifi of the Willis Family 

The works at first consisted of a blast-furnace and 
foundry. The first article made being a small iron pot, 
to hold about one quart. This pot is still in possession 
of the family of one of the builders of the iron -works. 
The works were a success from the start and ran until 
about 1688, when the deposit of ore was exhausted. In 
1647 Joseph Jenks built a forge at Lynn and made 

In 1646 iron works were built at Braintree, ten miles 
fi'om Boston. In 1652 two I^eonard Ijrothers built a 
forge and bloomery at Taunton. They were among those 
who built the first works at Ijynn, These works grew 
to large proportions and were operated by the Leonards 
and their descendants, continuously, till after 186."). 

Iron works quickly followed at Concord 1657, Rowley 
Village 1668, and at Topsfield, Ipswich, Boxford, Norton 
and many other places. There are records of seventeen 
forges having been built in the Plymouth Colony alone. 
John AVinthrop, Jr., and others built a blast-furnace, 
foundry and forge at New or East Haven, Conn., in 1658, 
and our ancestor Jasper Crane was one of the owners 
of same. Probably others of our ancestors were in- 
terested in the works. There were also forges and 
furnaces near Branford and other points near the Sound, 
in Connecticut. It will therefore be seen that the emi- 
grants to Newark were well accpiainted with the process 
of iron making. 

Swank says, 

"The first iron works established in New Jersey were 
at Shrewsbury, built previous to 1676, probably in 1674, 
by the Leonards, of Taunton, Mass." 

Iron making in the seventeenth century (as it has been 
since) was a most honorable business, as is witnessed 
l)v the fact that the men in the hiiiliest and most honor- 

A Historii of the Willis Famili/ 25 

able positions, botli in England and the Colonies were 
connected with the industry. 

A few years after the Leonards built the Shrewsbury 
works, but just what year, or by whom is not now known, 
l)ut probably about 1685, some men from Newark built a 
forge at AVhippany, in Morris County. This was fol- 
lowed quickly by other forges and soon led to the settle- 
ment of the entire region. By 1710 there were a sufficient 
number of ])eople living at Whippany to warrant the 
establishment of a church, and the first Presbyterian 
church was built. This church was the predecessor of 
the church at Hanover, a short distance away, to which 
place the church was removed in a few years. A cut 
of the Hanover church is given in the following pages. 

Probably the first mine opened in Morris County was 
what was afterward known as the Dickerson mine, at 
Mine Hill, near the present town of Dover. The ore 
was free to all comers who desired to mine it, for it was 
not until the vear 1713 that the land on which the great 
ore deposit was located was taken up as a mining tract 
by John Beading, from the Board of Proprietors This 
mine, worked continuously for about 200 years, was closed 
down in 1891, but is said to still contain much ore. (Jther 
forges soon followed those built at Wliippany. The ore 
was trans] )orted from the mines over rough mountain 
trails to the forges in the valleys, in leather pouches, 
on horse back. This would appear as rather crude 
transportation, but Swank says, speaking of the iron 
industry of England of a later date: **At this time (1750) 
the business of manufacturing pig iron in some parts of 
Great Britain was conducted upon such primitive princi- 
])les that both charcoal and iron ore were carried to the 
furnaces of Monmouthshire on the backs of horses." 

The iron made at the Morris County forges, bars, rods, 

26 A History of the Willis Family 

blooms and other shapes, was carried across the Orange 
mountains to Newark, on horseback. Of course each 
forge in those days was a small aftair, but iron was 
almost a j^recious metal to the colonists. The industry 
grew to large proportions in a few years, and iron blooms 
or blocks and hammered iron bars were exported to Eng- 
land. The process of iron making would be considered 
a peculiar one in these days. The forges were ''Catalan 
Forges of the German type," (open hearth furnaces) 
where the ore was reduced directly into w-rought iron, 
without limestone or other fiux. The fuel was charcoal, 
furnished in unlimited quantity from the mountains, then 
covered with a magnificent growth of oak, hickory and 
chestnut. After the ore was smelted into iron, the latter 
was placed under trip hammers, worked by water power, 
and hammered into the desired shapes. As the industry 
grew, every brook and river in the northern part of New- 
Jersey that could furnish water power was working a 

England needing crude iron encouraged this industry, 
but jealous of her manufacturers, absolutely forbade the 
use of rolling mills, slitting mills, and the manufacture 
of steel in the colonies, under a penalty of £1000. "In 
1750 Governor Clinton of the Colony of New York was 
ordered by Act of Parliament to rei:»ort on the iron busi- 
ness." His reply was as follows: 

"In obedience to an Act of Parliament, Entitled An 
Act to Encourage the Importation of Pig and Bar Iron 
from his Colony s in America, and to prevent the erec 
tion of any Mill or other Engine for Slitting or Rolling 
of Iron, or any plating Forge to work with a Felt Ham- 
mer, or any Furnace for making Steel in any of the said 
Colonys passed in the twenty-third year of His Majesty's 
Reign," etc. He reported, "there was only one plating 

A History of Hie WiUis FainUy 27 

Forge to work with a Tilt Hammer," and that not in 
operation and "no Hc^llin.^- Mill, or Engine for Sliting 
of Iron or Furnace for making Steel," in the Colony 
of New York. 

Jonathan Belcher, Governor of New Jersey, in the 
same year, i. e., 1750, mad{» the same kind of a report. 

As these Governors could not have been blind to 
what was going on about them, it is reasonable to sup- 
pose they winked at what was then the leading industry 
in northern New Jersey, and did what they could by 
non-interference to encourage and protect same, for 
by 1750 there were probably more than fifty iron-works 
in New Jersey, some of them of considerable size, espe- 
cially the works at Old Boonton. 

Our grandfather, Thomas C. Willis, used to tell how 
the Governor of New Jersey sent an ofKcer and company 
of soldiers, to go u]) the Rockaway river, find and destroy 
the iron works located thereon, by order of the British 
Parliament. The people of Old Boonton were duly 
informed of the coming of the troops; they were met 
and entertatined some distance below the iron works and 
then led by a path through the woods past the works. 
The soldiers went on to the source of the river, returned 
by a shorter way and reported to the Governor there 
were no iron works on the river, although there were 
several works, at different points on the river, at the time. 

As the people of the South talk cotton and tobacco, 
and the people of the AYest talk wheat and corn, so the 
people of northern New Jersey talked iron-making and 
iron-ore mining. For more than 225 years it has been 
the princi])al money making industry of that region, and 
it would be hard indeed to find an old Morris County 
familv, which had not been connected with it in one way 
or another. We know that of our relatives, the Ball, 
Farrand, Smith, Ward, Crane and Kitchell families, have 

28 A Histoiij of the Willis Family 

been interested in iron niakini;-. A Mr. Farrand built 
a forge at Split Rock, in 1790; and the Willis family has 
been connected with the making' of iron and minino- of 
iron ore, from the first Willis in this country (Thomas 
Willis, of Lynn, Mass.) doAvn to the present generation, 
an unbroken record of 273 years. 

A geological report of New Jersey, made in January, 
1916, states that seventeen of the old mines Avere in opera- 
ation, many of them on a larger scale than ever before. 
A number of these mines have been working for about 
200 years and have reached a great depth. The Hurd 
mine has been worked to a depth of more than 6000 feet. 

The Hibernia mine, of which Thomas C. Willis and 
George T. Cobb owned the section known as the *' Willis 
Mine," was first granted by the Board of Proprietors, 
in the year 1753, to Joshua Ball. Before that time the 
ore was free to anyone who chose to mine it. Forges 
are knoAvn to have been running on the ore previous to 
1722, at Rockaway. The Hibernia mine is the greatest 
in the state; in this year, 1916, after a history of 200 
years, it has reserves of ore in sight of many million 
tons. From this mine Thomas C. Willis obtained the 
ore for his iron works at Powerville. Tlie mine was 
sold to close his estate. 

During the RcAolution, Lord Stirling, a friend of 
Washington, operated at Hibernia blast-furnaces and 
foundries and manufactured ordnance and shot for the 
Continental Army, but iron works were located there 
many years before that. There are records of more 
than 550 iron mines Avhicli have been worked in north- 
ern New Jersey, and of 102 forges and 41 blast-furnaces, 
which used charcoal as fuel. 

During the Revolution these works were the main 
stay of the army, sup])lying cannon, shot and shell and 

A History of the WiUis Family 29 

other necessary articles. Many raids were attemi^ted 
by the British troops to destroy them, but none were 
successful. Steel was made at Andover, which was 
turned into bayonets at Old Boonton. To show the im- 
portance of the industry to the American army, the fol- 
lowing article, taken from the ''Journals of Cono-ress, " 
is of interest : 

''On the 4tli of July, 1776, the American Colonies 
declared themselves independent, and Congress while 
still in session "Resolved, That a letter be written by 
the Board of War to the Governor and Council of the 
State of New Jersey, setting- forth the peculiai'ity of the 
demand for their works, hcniy the only proper weans for 
procuring iron for steel, an article without which the ser- 
vice must irreparably suffer ; and that the said Governor 
and Council be desired to take such means as they shall 
think most proper for putting the said works in blast 
and obtaining a supply of iron without delay." 

The same Congress passed a law exempting all persons 
then engaged in the manufacture of iron, from perform- 
ing military duty. 


The iron works at Boonton, which place was named 
for Governor Boone of New" Jersey 1760-62, and before 
this time was known as the Falls, or Pequannock Falls, 
were established at an early date, as the first forge was 
built there probably between 1710 and 1715. The works 
grew to considerable proportions and in 1759 were bought 
by David Ogden who sold them again to his son Samuel 
Ogden in 1766-7. 

An Englishman, Thomas Compson, for wlioin our 
grandfather Thomas C. Willis, was named, was engaged 


A Histoty of the Willis Family 

to rebuild and enlarge the works. Thomas C'Ompson 
was at that time known as an architect, he would in 
these days be called an engineer. Forges, slitting mill 
and nail works were already established there, but a 
rolling mill was desired. The act of Parliament passed 

Old Boon rox Iron Works. 

in 1749, already alluded to, was intended to ]jrevent the 
construction of any slitting mill or rolling mill in the 
province and continued in force until the time of the 
Revolution. The process of rolling iron had been pat- 
ented in England in 1728. It was a secret process, and 
the doors of the rolling mills were kept locked. No 
rolling mill had been built in the Colonies and the Ogdens 
desired one in si)ite of the ])rohibition and ])enalty of 
£1000 foi- erecting one; they therefore sent Thomas 
Compson to Pllngland to get information as to rolling- 
mills. Compson secreted himself in a mill during the 
day and at night made drawings of the machinery. He 
returned to Boonton with his plans, and erected the first 

A flisfon/ of the Willis Family 31 

)-olling mill in America. The first pin factory in this 
country was also built here. When finished the iron 
works were undoubtedly the largest in the Colonies, and 
during- the Revolution furnished much of the camp equip- 
ment of the Continental Army, shot and shell, bayo- 
nets, bits and spurs, iron pots and things too numerous 
to mention. There were four dams across the river, 
''three below the ])resent road and one above." 

The works were built on both sides of the river. On 
the easterly bank were rolling mill, slitting mill, saw- 
mill and foundry. ( )n the westerly bank of the river 
near the bend, were a large potash works, a nail-cutting 
factory, a grist mill and blacksmith shop. On the same 
side, op])osite the slitting mill, stood a large bloomery, 
containing four fires and two trip hammers, a large build- 
ing containing eight refining furnaces, a factory for 
making tin ware, and many other buildings. 

These works are of })articular interest to the Willis 
family, as our great-giandfather Russel Willis, was 
appointed superintendent of the furnaces when a very 
young man and afterward manager of all the works; 
mentioned undei- Willis family. 

"It is said that (lovernor William Franklin (last 
(Jolonial Governor of New Jersey) visited this place^ 
having been informed that one of the prohibited mills 
was being carried on there by stealth. Colonel Ogden 
received the Governor and his suite with great hospitality 
and insisted on their dining innnediately on their arrival. 
This the Governor's party was not unwilling to do, as 
they had made a long and fatiguing journey. At the 
table, which was lavishly spread, choice liquors circu- 
lated freely; and the Governor was not only unable to 
find any slitting or rolling mill in Boonton, but indig- 
nant at the unfounded slander. It was reported that 


A Histonj of the Willis Fmnily 

Franklin had an interest in it himself, whicli niiglit 
account for his not seeing too much." 

Colonel Ogden's home was Faesch House, hereafter 
spoken of, and in plain view of and but a short distance 
from the works, which makes the joke not the less. 



The family of Willis from which wo are descended, 
was located previous to the year 1350, in Warwickshire, 
England. At that date they possessed much ])roperty, 
and in the succeeding centuries were the owners of 
several manors, that of Fenny Compton being the manor 
from which the family takes its name; '^ Willis, of Fenny 
Compton. ' ' 

The name Willis, also spelled Wyllys, Willes, Wyllis, 
Willys, W^ills and several other ways, often ])eing 
changed from one to the other in the same document, 
in ancient times (see copy of will given later on) is 
one of some two score names dei-ived from Will, alias 
Wille; it is a Welsh ])atronymic, answering to W^illson 
and Willison in P]ngland. Originally in the Welsh it 
was Fitz Wille, son of AVille, until the Welsh began to 
drop the pretix Fitz, in exchange for the final "s," The 
name graduallj^ settled down to Willis, although varia- 
tions of the name are still used b^y families having a 
common origin. 

There are records of about twenty innnigrants of the 
name of W^illis, to New England, in the 17th century, 
several families to Virginia, and one or two to Long- 

There have been many distinguished men of the name 
of Willis, in England; sixty-two bearing the name hav- 
ing received degrees from Oxford Universit}^, between 
the years 1500 and 1714; of whom more than a dozen 
were of the Fenny Compton family and nearly all of 
them became men of note. A lara-e number of the sixtv- 

34 A History of the Willis Family 

two graduates of Oxford, were divdnes, many of einhient 
distinction, note Richard, Bishop of Winchester. Sev- 
eral were medical men, and two or three were scientists. 
Of the Fenny Compton family, many of the Oxford 
graduates were vicars and rectors in the Established 
Church of England. 

The genealogy of the family has been found in the 
"Visitation of Warwick," 1619, Harleian Miscellany, 
and New England historical and colonial records The 
complete genealogy is given further on in this article; 
the dates of births and deaths of the early members of 
the family are nowhere given in the ancient records, 
but allowing thirty years to a generation, which is about 
what the pedigrees of several of the old families in this 
history comes to, the first Richard Willes was probably 
born about the year 1350, and the ancestry of Richard's 
wife Jona is carried back six generations further, to 
about 1180, or earlier. 

1 *Richard Willes of Napton, m. Jona, daughter and 

heir of John Jeames. 

2 * Thomas Willes of Napton, County Warwick. 

3 *Richard Willes of Napton, County Warwick. 

4 *Tli()mas W^illes of Priors Marston, County W^arwick. 

5 *Richard Willes of Fenni Compton, County War- 

wick, ]). about 1468, d. May 1532, m. Joane, daugh- 
ter of Grant of Norbrooke, County Warwick; 

his will follows: "I Richard Wyllys of hole mynde 
the xxiiii dav of Januavv in the vero of our lord 


Note. — "Visitation," wliicli we have ineutioiied in the Willis history, and 
shall use again as the history proceeds, means, ' ' Heraldic visitations 
or i)eraml)ulations made by a King-at-arms or other high heraldic 
officer, with a Commission under the Great Seal, to examine into 
pedigrees and claims to Itear aruis. The results of these visitations 
were entered in ' ' Visitation Books ' ' which are in the nature of 
official records. These heraldic visitations ceased about the vear 1686. " 

A History of the Witt is Fa wily 35 


God MCVCXXIX— proved 11 May 1532. My body 
to be buried in the church of Fenny Compton, before 
our Lady in the Chancell. To said church six shil- 
lings eight pense. To the three orders of freres 
within the shire of Warwick and the city of Coventry 
forty shillings, every of them to say for my soul 
one trentall of Masses. To the mother church of 
Coventry in recompense and satisfaction of my miss- 
tything, no tything, tythen forgotten, of all other 
trespasses, wrongs, and injuries that 1 have done 
to the house and mother church of Coventry and 
the prior and monks there, serving God at any time 
in my life twenty shillings. To the church of Nap- 
ton and parish of the same twenty shillings, in 
satisfaction of such trespasses as T have done with 
my cattle to them within the said parish. To the 
Church of Priors Marston &c ten shillings. To the 
church of Priors Hardwick &c six shillings eight 
pense. To the township and parishes of Nether 
Shuckburgh six shillings eight pense. To son Rich- 
ard Willys forty pounds which I owe him of his 
marriage money. To every one of my daugliters 
that is single unmarried the day of my decease 
twenty pounds. I will that Joane my wife, have 
all my lands in Lodbroke and three messuages in 
Napton, for term of her life ; and after her decease 
I will that my son William and his heirs have them. 
To Joane Shendon widow, in recompense of my 
offences to her done twenty shillings. The residue 
of all my lands and tenements I will that my son 
W^illiam have them to him and his heirs according 
to his inheritance in the same. To John Clyffe and 
his wife ten sheep. To John Kynge ten sheep. The 
residue of mv aoods &c. to Joane mv wife whom 

36 A History of the Willis Faniihj 

I make 1113^ sole executrix. And I make William 
Willys, Richard Willys, and Sir John Sowtham 
supervisors. ' ' 

The above will can be found in ''English AVills;" 
No. of Calendar 2; Date 1531-33; Name of Register. 

Richard Wyllys (5tli) had two sons, Richard, sec- 
ond son, and 

6 *William Willvs, as his father calls him in his will, 
was his eldest son and heir. We do not know the 
date of his birth or death, but have a record of his 
marriage to the niece of Sir John Clerke of North 
ampton. William had two sons, Ambrose, eldest 
son and heir, and Richard, second son, from whom 
we are descended. Ambrose m. Agnes, daughter 
of William Coles of Great Preston, in county Nor- 
thumberland, "Gent.," and had Richard Willes who 
d. 1597 ; he m. Hester, daughter of George Chanibre, 
of Williams Cot, county Oxford, and had George 
Willis, or Wyllys, b. 1590, d. 1645. George Wyllys, 
m. twice, first to Bridget, dau. of William and Mary 
(Bonner) Young, secondly to Mary, dau, of Francis 
and Alice Smith, of Stratford on Avon. 

In the year 1636, George Wyllys sent over from 
Fenny Compton (of which place he was the heir) his 
steward, William Gibbons, with twenty men, to pur- 
chase lands at Hartford, Conn., and erect a house, 
to which place Mr, Wyllys removed when his house 
was completed. His eldest son, George Wyllys, at 
that time living in London, did not accompany his 
father to Connecticut, but inherited the family es- 
tate at {""enny Compton. 
The house erected by William Gibbons, the steward, 

was a large one for those days and stood for more than 

A Ili^tortj of the Willis Family 37 

two centuries, "its last occupant of the Wyllys name and 
the last of this branch of this illustrious family in the 
male line, being Hesekiah Wyllys, who died in 1827." 

George Wyllys on his arrival in Connecticut, assumed 
the very first position in the colony, which he maintained 
until the time of his death in 1645, He was Governor 
of Connecticut 1642-48. The "Charter Oak" was on his 
estate ; it was said to have been of enormous size and 
when Gibbons the steward started his men clearing the 
land, an old Indian chief begged him to spare it, stating 
that the tree was sacred to his tribe. 

Sanmel, son of Governor George Wyllys, was one of 
the nineteen men who applied for and were granted the 
Charter of Connecticut by King Charles II., and was 
one of the twelve assistants to the Governor appointed 
by the King. He held verv nianv high oflices in the 
colony and was a man of large estate. All histories of 
Connecticut and New England will give accounts of this 
father and son. 

The National Cyclopedia (published in London) says, 
"The Willis family of Fenny Compton, was an ancient 
one, and was possessed of much property," it therefore 
seens surprising, that this rich and eminent man, should 
have left his ancient manor, for a home in the wilderness. 

George Wyllys was a first cousin of our ancestor Henry 
W^illis of Lvnn, to whose line w^e now return. 

7 *Richard Willis, second son of William (6th) and 

brother of Ambrose ; he m. a daughter of Sir George 
Blount, Knt., and had 

8 *Tliomas Willis, b. 1583. In the records of Oxford 

University, he is mentioned as follows: "Willis, 
Thomas, son of Richard of Fenny Compton county 
Warwick, matriculated, St. John's College, 11 June 
1602, aged 19 (as Willes), B. A. 2 June 1606, M. A. 

38 A His fori/ of the Willis Family 

21 June 1609 (as Willes), incorporated at Cambridge 
1619, schoolmaster at Thistleworth (Isleworth), 

Middlesex." He married Mary, daughter of 

Tomlins of Gloucestershire, a sister of the Rev. 
Samuel Tomlins and his brothers Edward and Tim- 
othy. The Rev. Samuel Tomlins was minister of 
Northaw, in county Hertford, made his will 23 July 
1661, which will was proved 11 October 1661. He 
bequeaths, "to my coasin Thomas Willus, I give all 
my sermon notes." (Note — Cousins in those days 
meant any near relationship, as well as the "cousin," 
as we now understand it.) The will also mentions, 
"to my cousin Martha Washbourne I give the sum 
of ten pounds," and mentions his brother Edward 
and Timothy Tomlins, The account of this will is 
given for the following reason : Mr. Henry F. Waters 
in an article printed in the New England Historical 
and Genealogical Register for the year 1892, Vol. 46, 
page 329, states that Edward and Timothy Tomlins, 
the two brothers named in Mr. Samuel Tomlin's will, 
came to Lynn, Mass., "where also settled Capt. 
Robert Bridges, whose wife Mary was a grand- 
daughter of Robert and Mary Washbourne, the 
parents of Sara, the wife of Rev. Samuel Tomlins," 

Mr. Thomas Willis (8th generation) had by his 

Note. — In the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 44, 
pages 325 to 329, can be found the will of Richard Willes (5th g.), 
of Fenni Conipton, which we have already quoted ; also the wills 
of Ambrose Willes, his son Richard Willes; Governor George 
Wyllys of Connecticut; and of Richard Wyllys the brother of 
George; followed by the will of the Rev. Samuel Tomlins, from 
which we have also quoted. The above article also contains an 
account of Mr. Thomas Willis, his arrival at Lynn, Mass., and 
part of the pedigree of the Fenny Compton family. 

A Hlstonj of the Willis Family 39 

wife Mary Toinliiis, four children (Tomlins, in an- 
cient records is also spelled Tomlyn and Tombyn). 
9 Thomas. 
9 *Henrv. 

9 Mary, no record. 

9 Elizabeth, married The Rev. John Knowles of Lin- 
colnshire, En;L>iand. 
Mr. Waters continues in his article in the N. E. Regis- 
ter, already referred to, "To Lynn also came Mr. Thomas 
Willis of Thistleworth, (Isleworth) schoolmaster, who 
married Mary, daughter of Tomlins, of Glouces- 
tershire." It was in the year 1630, when Mr. Willis 
arrived at Lynn, Mass., with his sons Thomas and Henry; 
it is probable his two daughters came with him, as the 
Rev. John Knowles wdth Elizabeth (Willis) his wife, 
settled at Watertown, Mass. Elizabeth inherited her 
father's estate at Lyim, which the records show "was 
sold to Isaac Hart, (500 acres) by the Rev. John Knowles 
(of Watertown) and his wife Elizabeth, the daughter 
of Mr. Willis." 

An old record at Lynn, states as follows: 
"Mr. Thomas Willis was of Lynn 1630, a member of 
the General Court, May 14, 1634, when delegates, instead 
of the whole body of commoners, first composed the 
Court; yet he is not recorded as having taken the free- 
man's oath before May 14, 1639. (The freeman's oath 
was taken at the same time by Mr. Edward Howell who 
founded Southampton L. I.) In June 1639, Mr. Willis 
was appointed by the General Court a member of Salem 
particular Court, to act with the Magistrates and was 
reappointed to the same office May 13, 1640 and June 2, 
1641." "He had a grant of land in 1638, in the town 
(Lynn), 500 acres, none of the inhabitants have more." 
In the year 1642, Mr. Willis with others received a 

40 A Hist on/ of the Willit; Family 


grant from the Plynioutli Colony and fonnded Sandwich, 
Mass. This hind, with other property, was inherited by 
his son Henry. 

About the year l()4(j. Mi-. Thomas Willis and his son, 
Thomas, Jr., returned to England. Thomas, Senior, 
resumed his teaching evidently, at Thistleworth, where 
he died in 1660. He was a writer of much note; two of 
his books, "Vestibulum Linguea Latinea" 1651, and 
"Phraseologia Anglo Latina" 1655, are of special inter- 
est. AVhile at Lynn, he became a shareholder in the 
original American iron-works, located in that town. 

The reason for Mr. Willis coming to Massachusetts 
is thought to have been his leaning to Puritanism and so 
driven from his home, by the persecution of that sect. 
When the activity against the Puritans became relaxed, 
he returned to England. He was a man of great learn- 
ing and probably had a considerable estate. 

His son Thomas Willis, Jr., who returned to England 
at, or about the time his father so returned, was taught 
by his father at Thistleworth and his studies so well 
continued while in New England under his father's 
tuition, that he was given the degree of M. A. by St. 
John's College, Oxford, 17 December, 1646, and D. D. 
20 December, 1670; "he was assistant to the commis- 
sioners of Middlesex and city of Westminster for the 
ejection of ignorant and scandalous ministers, etc. Vicar 
of Twickingham, Middlesex, 1646, ejected 1661." "In 
August 1660 the inhabitants of Twickingham petitioned 
Parliament for his removal. In the petition he is 
described as not having been of either of the universities 
(i. e., a graduate of Oxford and Cambridge), but bred in 
New England and not a lawfully ordained minister. In 
1661 he was deprived of the living at Twickingham, 
which was a very large cme and had but recently been 

A Hisfortj of the Willis Fiunily 41 

increased £100 a vear froin the tithes beloimiiiff to the 
deans and canons of Windsor, l)ut afterwards conform- 
ing, (at the time of the Restoration) he was instituted 
to the rectory of Dnnton in Bnckingliamshire on Feb- 
ruary 4-, 1663, hokling it in conjunction with the vicarage 
of Kingston — on Thames, to which he was instituted on 
21 August, 1671. At this time he was Chajjlain in ordi- 
nary to King Charles 11. He died October 8, 1692, and 
was buried at Kingston, Surrey. He was twice married, 
by his first wife Elizabeth, he had four sons and one 
daughter; and by his second wife Susanna, who survived 
him, three sons and one daughter." Calamy says that 
"he was a good scholar like his father, a grave divine, 
a solid preacher, of a very good presence, etc." "He 
was the author of five books celebrated in their day, one 
of which, 'God's Court,' was ]niblished in Greek." 

This last Thomas Willis also had a son, Thomas Willis, 
of Kingston, Surrey. He matriculated at Pembroke 
College, Oxford, July 1, 1676, aged 14; B. A. 1680; M. A. 
from Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1683; rector of St. Domi- 
nick, Cornwall, 1684 and of Bishopston, county Glamor- 
gan, 1685 ; vicar of Weston-upon-Avon, county Gloucester 

This last Thomas Willis, also had a son Thomas, who 

was a graduate of Oxford and was a distinguished divine. 

To again return to our direct line of descent. Mr. 

Thomas Willis (8th generation), of Thistleworth and 

Lynn, had son 

9 *Henry, who came with his father from Thistleworth, 

(Isleworth) Middlesex, to Lynn in 1630. He was 

born i^robably in the year 1618; at Thistleworth. 

In 1636-7 he was a volunteer in the expedition against 

the Pequot Indians under Prince of Holmes; Endi- 

cott was commander of the forces. He married 

42 A History of the Willis Family 

Elizabeth Otis of Boston, in the year 1642. The 
year of his death we have not determined nor the 
place of his burial. He inherited his father's prop- 
erty in Massachusetts, excepting the 500 acres at 
Lynn which went to Elizabeth (Willis) Knowles. 
He was a stockholder in several of the ancient iron- 
works in Massachusetts and probably had a comfort- 
able estate. 
In the year 1858, William Willis, Esq., the historian, 
of Portland, Maine, wrote the late Mr. James Otis, of 
Boston, in reply to an inquiry from the latter, regarding- 
the family of Thomas Willis of Lynn. This letter is 
among the the papers of Mr. Otis, and but part of it 
is quoted. 

"Regarding the marriage of Mr. Henry Willis, son 
of Mr. Thomas Willis of Lynn, my record shows he was 
married to Elizabeth, in the year 1642. As you say an 
Elizabeth Otis was married to a Henry Willis in that 
very year they were without question the same. Henry 
Willis had a large family; his son Thomas was sent to 
the Leonards at Taunton in December 1670, 'to learn 
the making and art of blooming iron. ' In the agreement 
made between Mr. Henry Willis and Mr. James Leonard, 
a copy of which I have in my collection, the latter states 
that 'Thomas is to live at my house as my (sonne), to 
receive six English shillings per mo. and necessaries until 
he is worth more.' The contract shows an intimacy 
between Leonard and Willis, and Henry was probably 
a shareholder in the Taunton iron-works, as he and his 

Note. — The Leonards had two iron-works near Taunton at the time Thomas 
Willis went there to learn the business; the original works were 
at Raynham, just out of Taunton, and the other, about two miles 
beyond Eaynhani, was called the ' ' Chartley Iron Works. ' ' From 
investigations by the authors it appears probable that Thomas 
Willis was first located at Chartley. 

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father are known to have been interested in several of 
the original iron companies. After learning the busi- 
ness at Taunton, Thomas became a 'Builder of Forges,' 
and it is probable that many of the ancient iron-works 
were designed and erected by him. He lived at Taun- 
ton and married Ruth Noyes; a Mr. Noyes was a share- 
holder in the Leonard iron-works at Taunton and per- 
haps she was his daughter. They had a son William 
Willis w^ho was assistant to his father, as old documents 

10 *Thomas Willis, m. Kuth Noyes of Taunton, Mass. 
He w^as "a builder of forges, i.e., iron-works and 
probably had money interest in the operation of 
same; he lived at or near Taunton; we know of but 
three of his children, William, Richard and Thomas, 
the latter is mentioned in an order and letter, which 
are recorded in one of the old Leonard books at 
Taunton; it is as follows 

''To Capt. Thomas Leonard in Taunton. 

Sr. I have got Thomas Willis to go to Bridgewater 
to fetch me some nails from Mr. Mitchells this night : 
& pray to let him have 200 of iron to carry with him 
to pay for them: of which 100 on acct. of Edward 
Richmond, 5s. worth on acct. of Thomas Linkon, son 
of John Linkon, by virtue of his note herewith sent 
you: for the remainder I may by yr leave be yr 
debtor for a while till I have another note from some 
other to balance against it : & remain yr obliged 

28-8 mo 1702 Saml. Danforth" 

The above w^as the Rev. Mr. Samuel Danforth, and the 
nails were to be used on his church, which his congrega- 
tion was building. 

44 ^4 History of the Willis Family 

11 ■William Willis, son of Thomas (lOtli), was assist- 

ant to his father in the construction of iron-works; 
he was born at Taunton, (or near Taunton) in 1685. 
He was later "a l)uilder of forges" on his own 
account. The only record we can find of his wife 
is on a deed, bearing date October 4, 1729, in a sale 
of land near Taunton, her name there appears as 
Ellen. It is known that about this time he removed 
to Salisbury, Litchfield County, Conn., as an old 
record there speaks of ''William Willis Iron Mas- 
ter." As the first forge in Litchfield county was 
built in the year 1730, at Salisbury, about five miles 
from the State line of Massachusetts, quickly fol- 
lowed by many others in that county and across the 
line in Berkshire County, Mass., it is quite obvious 
that William Willis sold out his property at Taun- 
ton and went to Salisbury to engage in this work. 
The date of his death we do not know, but he prob- 
ably lived the latter part of his life at or near South 
Lee, in Berkshire, as others of his family are known 
to have lived and are buried there. We know of 
but two of his sons, though it is probable he had 
several other children, who lived near South Lee; 
these sons were Bethuel and, 

12 'William Willis, who was our great-great-grand- 

father. He was born at Taunton, Mass., in the year 
1725; went to Connecticut and Berkshire County, 
Mass., with his father and there learned probably 
the building of forges also. At the time he w^as 
growing to manhood, iron-works were springing up 
like mushrooms in northern New Jersey and this 
must have led him to New Jersey, and Morris 
County, where he remained the rest of his life. He 
died October 9, 1777. He married Bathsheba Brum- 

A History of the Willis Family 45 

ley and had seven sons and two daughters ; William, 
Bethuel, Joseph, Russel, John, Lewis, Anthony, 
Wealthy and Nancy. The first four sons were in 
the Eevolution. AVilliani, was 21 years; Bethuel, 18 
years; Josej)!!, 14 years and our great-grandfather 
Russel, 13 years old, when the war started in 1775. 
William, lived and died in Morris County, N. J., 
as did his brother Bethuel. The latter had saw and 
grist mills, on the south side of the Rockaway river 
nearly opposite the site of the AVillis homestead. 

Traces of the raceway can still be found. He is 
buried in the little church-vard in Rockawav Vallev. 
Oi the other sons we have no record, with the ex- 
ception of Russel, which follows. 
13 *Russel Willis, fourth son of William and Bathsheba 
(Brumley) Willis, was born at or near Old Boon- 
ton, New^ Jersey, November 22, 1762. At the open- 
ing of the Revolution in 1775 he was but little past 
the age of twelve j^ears, but the records of the war 
show that he was a soldier for several years before 
the war closed in 1782, at w^hich time he was about 
twenty years old. 
At the closing of the war, Russel and his brother 
Joseph went to Berkshire County, Mass., to engage in 
the iron business. At that time there were many iron- 
works in Berkshire County, and the largest blast-furnace 
in the countrv was located at Lenox. It was built in 1765 

Note. — The authors have experienced great <lifticulty in obtaining accurate 
.lata in regard to Thomas Willis, lOtli, William Willis, 11th, 
and William Willis, 12th, so far as the Taunton records are con- 
cerned, as all the old records of Taunton were destroyed by fire, 
one of the few towns in New England where this has happened. 
However, by other old documents, letters, etc., we are able to 
follow the line, altliongli we have not been able as yet to establish 
some of the dates of marriages, births and deaths. What we 
give, however, is correct. 

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and had a stack 28 feet high. It was not torn down 
until 1881. 

There were also many forges and furnaces in Litch- 
field County, Conn., innnediately across the State line 
from Berkshire, many of which (as well as those in Berk- 
shire (bounty) were undou])tedl3^ built by the grand- 
father and father of Russel. After remaining in Berk- 
shire two or three years, Col. Ogden wrote to Russel 
Willis and his brother Joseph to come to Boonton. 

On their arrival Russel was made superintendent of 
the furnaces at the Boonton works, which consisted of 
;i large forge with four fires and two heavy trip ham- 
mers, M bloomery, eight refining furnaces and several 
lieating furnaces. The Boonton works are said to have 
been the largest in the country at that time. It is proof 
that Russel was a very capable man for his years. 

He was afterwards made superintendent of the entire 
plant and remained there till after 1805, Avhen the works 
were leased to John Jacob and Richard B. Faescli, sons 
of John Jacob Faesch, Sen'r. After 1805, the year not 

Note. — We eau Hud no record of the death or burial place of Heury Willia, 
(Otli) and it is thought by some historians, that he returned 
to England, as did his father and brother Thomas. There are 
records of liini however in Massachusetts as late as 1664 and the 
authors believe he may have lived at Taunton, with his sons, and 
died tliere. As before stated, most of the Taunton records were 
destroyed by fiie. and probably the full record will never be 

Tlie attention of our readers is called to the many times the names 
Thomas and William are found, through centuries of the Willis 

We have stated tluit Henry Willis, 9th, probal)ly had a son 
William, wo think this is so, as an old document at Taunton has 

the following: "William Willis had lands before 1678 at 

sold to Simon Lucas." The name of the place is obliterated, but 
it was probably near Taunton. 

From another record we find, ' ' Henry Willis was in King Philips 
war 1675 and recvd. a credit of £l-]6s-10d., " this could hardly 
have been Henrv Otli, and we believe he was a son of Thomas 
Willis, 10th. 

A History of the Willis Family 47 

known exactly, he removed with some of his family to 
Clyde, New York, where he afterward died. His brother 
Joseph returned to Berkshire County, Mass., and is 
buried at South Lee, not far from Lenox. 

Russel Willis married Mary, daughter of John and 
Hannah (Campbell) Sanford. They were our great- 
grandparents; they had eight children (see genealogy), 
the fifth of whom was, 

14 *Tliomas Compson Willis, who married Deborah Far- 

rand {7th) ; they were our grand-parents; they had 
five children (see genealogy), the second of whom 

15 *Edwin Ethelbert Willis, who married Electa Caro- 

line Cook (8th) ; they were our Father and Mother 

(14th Gexebatiox.) 

Tliomas Compsoii Willis, our gTtiiidt'atlier, was born 
at Old Boontoii, Now Jersey, April 29, 1791. He was 
a prominent figure in the affairs of the State during his 
long and vigorous life and specially so in the business 
activity and iron industry of Morris County. He was 
a man of the strictest integrity, great business capacity 
and universally respected by all who knew him. 

He continued his active business life until the time of 
his death, in his seventj^-fourth year. 

In the year 1812, at the age of twenty-one, he enlisted 
for the war with England, in Captain John Scott's com- 
pany, 15th U. S. Infantry, and was ap])onited Sergeant- 

A History of ilte Willis Family 49 

Major. When the loth Infantiy was enrolled with the 
army of General Zebulon Montgomery Pike, (who was 
from New Jersey,) Sergeant-Major Willis, being- a per- 
sonal friend of General Pike, was given a position on his 
Staff and served as a Staff* Officer. 

General Pike, who by the way was the discoverer of 
the source of the Mississippi river and also of Pike's 
Peak in Colorado, named after him, assaulted and cap- 
tured York, now Toronto, Canada, April 27, 1813. As 
the fight was about over and the English troops began 
their retreat, General Pike was sitting on a stump inter- 
viewing a huge captive p]nglisli Sergeant when the 
British set lire to their magazine, which exploded and 
killed more than forty English soldiers and between fifty 
and sixty Americans. Both General Pike and the Eng- 
lish Sergeant, received mortal wounds and the General 
died the following day. Mr. AVillis was deputized to 
convey the news to General Pike's widow, which duty 
he performed. Mr. Willis fought gallantly at the battle 
of Chi])])ewa, July 5, 1814, and at Lundy's Lane, July 25. 
1814, in which latter fight he received a bayonet wound 
in the knee, which caused him to be lame the remainder 
of his life. He took part as one of the garrison of Fort 
Erie, when that fortress was besieged by the British 
troops under General Drummond, from August 4th to 
September 17, 1814. On the latter date the Americans 
made a sortie and badly defeated and routed the enemy. 
At one time when my grandfather's regiment was cross- 
ing the Niagara river, bullets from the enemy struck the 
color bearer, throwing him into the water; the boat was 
upset and Sergeant-Major Willis seized the flag and 
swam with it to the shore, through a shower of bullets 
from the English, who were lined up on the shore, shoot- 
ing at the men in the water ; as Mr. W^illis stepped from 

50 A History of the Willis Family 

the water, a bullet tore off the heel of his boot. The flag 
he saved is preserved in the State House at Trenton, 
New Jersey. I was told when a youth, by an old gentle- 
man who knew my grandfather well, that * ' I would rather 
have had your grandfather's fighting record in the War 
of 1812 than a Colonel's commission." 

Between the close of the War of 1812 and the time of 
his marriage in 1824, his time was largely spent in the 
jniddle West, practicing his profession as civil engineer 
and surveyor. As a coincidence, at the time the rights 
of way for the Chicago and Atlantic Railway were being 
secured, about the year 1880, through the states of Ohio 
and Indiana, many old surveys, signed by Thomas C. 
Willis, were found. 

Mr. Willis lived for some time at Faesch House, at 
Old Boonton, a picture of which is given. This house 
was built about the year 1760, by either David Ogden, 
or his son, Colonel Samuel Ogden, both of whom were the 
owners of the iron works, and was called Faesch House, 
in honor of John Jacob Faesch who died there in 1799 
and was *'in his day one of the great men of Morris 
County, regarded as its greatest ironmaster, one of its 
richest men, and one of its most loyal citizens. ' ' Faesch 
House was one of the show places in early times, was 
long noted for its beautiful gardens, and fountains and 
statuary imported from Italy. As shown in the picture 
it is greatly changed from the original, as the veranda 
is a modern addition; formerly it had a stone platform 
and steps, with iron railing and a beautiful colonial door- 
way; it also had a long ell, or addition, in the rear. Du- 
ring the Revolution Faesch House was the meeting place 
of the officers of the army of New England and the 
armies of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, for councils of 
war; many of which were held there on account of its 

A History of the Willis Family 51 

being a safe meeting place and out of the way of the 
British troops, Washington was there many times, also 
Lafayette and others of like quality; Lady Washington 
accompanied the General to the house on at least two 
occasions and was entertained there. My father told me 
that when he was a boy and lived there, the garret of 
the house was filled with chests, which were packed full 
of papers relating to these meetings, quartermasters 
accounts and other papers relating to the Revolution, 
which would now be of priceless value, but at that time 
their value was not appreciated, the children used the 
books to scribble in, made soldier hats of the papers and 
when paper was needed to build fires it was used; so 
all these most valuable documents were entirely lost to 
posterity, for although most of them were still there when 
grandfather moved from the house, they had entirely 
disappeared when some years afterward the Government 
at Washington heard of them and sent an agent to secure 
them. Near Faesch House, on the banks of the Rock- 
away river, a beautiful turbulent mountain stream, 
which has a fall of over three hundred feet immediately 
above this place (and in a distance of a little more than 
a mile) were located the Old Boonton Iron- Works, a pic- 
ture of which, showing parts of the old works, is given. 

This picture and the one of Faesch House were taken in 
1900. A description of the works, will be found in the 
historical sketch and under Russel Willis. 

Faesch House, or rather where it once stood and the 
site of the iron-works, are now buried fifteen fathoms 
deep under the waters of the great Parsippany reser- 
voir, which supplies water to the cities of Newark and 
Jersey City. 

About these works Thomas C. Willis was brought up 
as a boy, as his father was superintendent as already 

52 A Histoyy of the Willis Family 

spoken of, and thus gained an insight into a business 
which afterward became his life work. 

On the hillside, overlooking Faesch House, once stood 
in an old burying-ground, a small Episcopal church and 
in this church Thomas C. Willis was christened. The 
church disappeared long ago and tradition has it that 
it was burned. When the reservoir was built, the remains 
in the old church yard were removed and the site is also 
now deep under the water. It is supposed that William 
Willis (12th) was buried there. 

Between the years 1824 and 1830, as engineer and con- 
tractor, Mr, Willis built two sections of the Morris Canal, 
one at Hacketstown, in the western part of the state and 
one at Montville, near Boonton. In the vear 1830 he 
became interested in the New Jersey Iron Co., which 
built the great iron-works at Boonton, about one mile 
above Old Boonton, on the river. I have been informed 
he "turned the first sod" for these works, which grew 
into the largest nail works in America and one of the 
largest iron-works in the United States. Mr. Willis con- 
tinued his connection with those works until 1844, when 
he bought from Elijah Scott, a half interest in the pro- 
perty at Powerville, on the Rockaway river, about one 
mile above Boonton, including a forge and bloomery, 
large gristmill and fine water power. Under the super- 
vision of Mr. AVillis, they built in addition a rolling mill, 
with machinery imported from England, machine shop, 
turning plant and also a stamp mill and magnetic con- 
centrator for dressing iron ore. Thomas C. Willis was 
the inventor of the magnetic process of ore dressing and 
the Powerville works were the first where such a process 
was used. It was highly successful from the start, 
and was adopted by many iron-works in that part of the 
country and elsewhere and was the germ from which 

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lias i>Town the enormous business of magnetic ore separa- 
tion in these later times. I believe Mr. Willis did not 
patent his discovery, but allowed his friends in the iron 
business to use it. The process consisted in first pulver- 
izing the magnetite ore in stamp mills. The ore was then 
washed through launders to remove the lighter material, 
and the heavy ore and gangue was passed to the con- 
centrator. This machine consisted of a wooden drum, 
about three feet in diameter, by four feet length. On 
the face of the drum, placed closely together, were rows 
of powerful horse-shoe magnets. The ore was fed 
against the face of the drum, which revolved slowly, the 
ore sticking to the magnets, was carried over the top of 
the drum to the other side, where it was removed by 
large revolving brushes ; the gangue not being magnetic. 

54 A Histoty of the Willis Family 

fell below the machine. The product was an ore of great 
purity and the iron produced in the forge, which had 
four furnaces, was equal to the finest Swedish iron. My 
father has told me that during the Civil war, they sold 
hammered blooms from this forge to the Government 
for as much as $180.00 per ton. The blooms weighed 
from 400 to 600 lbs. each, were taken to the Government 
arsenal at Springfield, Mass., and manufactured into 
rifled cannon. 

The Powerville works were operated solely under the 
management of Mr. Willis. In 1847, Elijah Scott died 
and left all his interest in the iron-works to Mr. Willis 
his partner, who continued their operation until the time 
of his death in 1864. 

He at one time purchased in partnership with Dr. 
Beach, of Beach Glen, part of the Beach property at 
Hibernia, and developed a valuable iron mine, which they 
afterward sold; it is known as the Lower Wood Mine, 
on the Hibernia vein. He also with Mr. George T. Cobb 
purchased part of the great Hibernia ore vein from Miss 
Araminta Scott, which has since been known as the 
"Willis" mine. It was from this mine that he obtained 
the ore for his Powerville plant. The Willis mine proved 
to be the '* heart" of this wonderful ore body. (See his- 
torical sketch.) 

Mr. Willis served in the State Legislature. He was 
an active Freemason from his early manhood. He was 
a member of the Presbyterian Church and when the First 
Presbyterian Church of Boonton was organized, on July 
1, 1832, Mr, Willis was requested to select and make a 
call for a pastor, which he did. This was the first church 
in the town of Boonton and Mr. Willis continued a mem- 
ber of same until some time in the fifties, when an aboli- 
tion movement started among some of the church mem- 

A History of the Willis Family 55 

bers ; to this Mr. Willis was bitterly opposed, and he left 
the church and I understand he did not again attend 
church service during his lifetime. 

He was ahvays fond of field sports and a good setter 
dog was his constant companion. He was a noted wing 
shot, which latter art was inherited by his three sons, 
who were said to have been the three best wing shots in 
the state. 

That he could unbend on occasion in a social way is 
brought to my mind, for I remember while a small boy 
seeing him on a Fourth of July, seated under an old 
cherry tree near his house; in front of him a large, new 
wooden wash tub, in which was a huge block of ice and 
a ''Punch," in which floated strawberries, cherries, rasp- 
berries, sliced oranges, lemons and pineapple. At his 
side a table on which were tumblers ; in his hand a ladle 
made of half a cocoanut shell, wdth a long wooden handle. 

Coming from far and near, were his friends; by car- 
riage, on horseback and on foot, to share his hospitality 
and wish him the compliments of the season. T remember" 
that the punch looked good to me and I begged for some, 
but the old gentleman said, "My boy, this is man's 
punch," and I expect it was, knowing as I now do the 
tastes and habits of that good old time. However, I did 
succeed in fishing out of the tub several choice pieces of 
the fruit, the memory of which lingers with me still. 

My grandfather rounded out an honorable life and died 
full of years ; he lies resting in the old cemetery at 

Dr. Tuttle, in his review of the iron manufacturers 
of the county in 1853, refers to the Powerville works 
as follows: ''Perhaps no mill in the county at that time 
paid better interest on the capital invested, which Mr. 
Willis estimated at $50,000. The profitableness of the 

56 A Hisfonj of the WiUis Family 

concern was owing to the careful management, and also 
to the kind of iron made, which was mostly hoop iron, 
then very profitable. It is estimated that the rolling- 
mill used about 500 tons of blooms a year, coal, (anthra- 
cite) 600 tons, which averaged at that time $100 per 
ton. Mr. Willis was a man deservedly popular with all 
who had dealings with him, and highly esteemed and 
respected throughout the county." 

The price of coal as mentioned by Dr. Tuttle is an 
error, as he meant the price of blooms, which were made 
in the Powerville forge ; and a much larger tonnage of 
blooms were sold. The rolling mill also used a verv 
large tonnage of scrap iron, which rolled into bars, 
both round, square and other shapes, and the works, 
beside the anthracite, used a great many thousand bushels 
of charcoal each year. 

The forge and bloomery had four Catalan furnaces 
and a powerful trip hammer; the iron was made under 
the Swedish process and when the writer was a boy the 
furnace men were Swedes and celebrated for the high 
quality of iron they produced. 


I will add a little event in the life of our grandmother 
Deborah (Farrand) Willis. One day grandmother^ 
after much solicitation, gathered some children about her, 
myself included, and related to us the following incident 
of her voung life : 

She had been invited to visit a relative at Burlington, 
Vermont, and took the opportunity of going as far as 
Albany, New York, under the escort of a gentleman and 
his wife, who were to drive to Albany in their carriage. 

At Albany, her relative was to meet her. Grandmother 
and a young girl companion, drove in a two-wheel gig 
from New York to Albany, following the carriage of 

58 A History of the Willis Family 

their escort. On reaching Albany, they found the rela- 
tive had not arrived and the town was full of troops 
rushing through to Lake Champlain to repel the British 
invasion from Canada. It was a serious matter for the 
young ladies, as their escort could go no further with 
them, but they found a champion in an officer they knew, 
who agreed to see them safely to Plattsburg, from which 
place they could cross the lake to Burlington. The night 
at Albany was spent at a ball given by the officers, and 
thereby made a milestone in their young lives. The fol- 
lowing morning the troops started at an early hour, the 
girls being given a covered army ambulance in which to 
make the journey, and the trip to Plattsburg was a won- 
derful experience for them. Grandmother told us of the 
armed camps at night, the tender care of the officers in 
their solicitations for their comfort on the march; of 
how the young officers rode alongside the ambulance and 
chatted and sang to them, and the forced march was more 
like going to a festival than to grim war. 

One morning, however, they neared Plattsburg, and 
were greeted by the rattle of muskets and the roar of 
cannon, and while the troops rushed off to take part in 
the fight, the two girls were left standing on a hill over- 
looking the town and lake, and from their position, in 
plain view, they witnessed the great battle of Lake Cham- 
plain, in which Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough captured 
the entire British squadron of sixteen ships, killing their 
chief connnander. Commodore Downie, with a loss of 
over two hundred men, w^hile the Americans lost one hun- 
dred and ten, and on the land they saw during the entire 
day the bloody battle of Plattsburg, where Sir George 
Prevost, Governor-General of Canada, with between five 
and six thousand British troops, most of them veterans 
of Waterloo, assaulted time and time again about thirty- 

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live hundred Americans, more than half of them raw 
country militia, under General Alexander Macomb, and 
at nightfall the retreat of the British, leaving over two 
thousand dead on the field, while the Americans lost less 
than one hundred and fifty. 

At the close of the day and of the battle, the young 
ladies, with a guard that had been left with them during 
the day, were taken into the town and cared for. This 
battle took place September 11, 1814. 

C. E. W. 

(15th Generation.) 

Edwin Ethelbert AVillis, our father, was born near 
Boonton, in New Jersey, April 7, 1827. He received a 
classical education and in 1849, at the time of the gold 
excitement in California, and at the age of twentv-two 
years, he joined a large i:)arty of young men from Morris 
County, N. J., and started for the Eldorado. Thev 
journeyed to Pittsburg, then by steamboat down the Ohio 
and up the Missouri rivers to Fort Leavenworth, Avhere 
the party fitted out with wagons and stores. They 
reached California after a journey covering seven 
months. He had two close friends with him, a Dr. Riggs, 
of Drakesville, and William De Camp, of Powerville. In 

A llistoiy of flic Willis Family .61 

the company was a youui;' man from Morristown named 
Condit, Avho said ho would shoot the first Indian he saw, 
which happened to be a Squaw. The Indians surrounded 
the camp and demanded that the one who shot the Squaw 
should be handed over to them. The i)arty at first 
refused to do so, but the Indians said if he was not turned 
over to them he would kill the entire party. A con- 
sultation was held; the Indians were in very larg-e num- 
bers, many times greater than the party of white men. 
They were armed with guns and well mounted on horse- 
back, and not to comply meant the death of the entire 
party, as there was no escape. Condit was clearly in 
the ^vrong' and had committed a deliberate murder, so 
reluctantly they delivered him to the tender mercies of 
the savages and sent out scouts to see w^hat the Indians 
did to him. They reported that the Indians took Condit 
to their camp and there literally flayed him alive and 
applied burning torches to his quivering body. It was 
a severe lesson to the party and they made everj^ effort 
after that to treat the Indians kindly and got through 
without further trouble from them. Father said that 
one night he used a sack of sugar for a ])illow and the 
next morning discovered a bear (probably a grizzly, 
as other kinds were too timid,) had ])ulled the bag from 
under his head during the night and devoured all the 
sugar it contained. Cholera struck the party and many 
died, but father and his two companions escaped. 

The Plains at that time were swarming with game, buf- 
falo, antelope, elk and deer, and the members of the party 
took turns in supplying fresh meat. Father has told 
us of the wonderful sport they had and of the game 
secured, of wild chases on horseback after the buffalo, 
of alluring the timid antelope with a red handkerchief 
tied on the end of a I'amrod and many a story of plain, 

62 A History of the Willis Family 

mountain and forest. He little suspected, of course, that 
several times during my boyhood, worked up to a state 
of mad desire to follow in his footsteps, I was on the 
point of trading my childhood treasures for a big gun, 
running away to go West to shoot Indians and buffalo, 
little dreaming, alas, that all the buffalo had disappeared 
and that all the Indians were then "good Indians." 

On reaching California, Mr. Willis and his two friends 
were fortunate in being among the first to secure claims 
•di Marysville, on Feather river. They had three claims 
together and worked in partnership. Marysville was 
])robably the richest of the California camps and their 
claims were good ones. Finding the need of an anvil 
to sharpen their tools, father and De Camp trudged 
down to Sacramento, bought an anvil and a few tools, 
swung the anvil on a pole between them and trudged 
back again over the rough mountains and terrible trail 
to their camp. It was the first and only anvil in camp 
for some time ; they burned charcoal for fuel to heat the 
drills and picks, and charged one dollar in gold dust for 
sharpening either and the owner of the tool had to do 
it himself. They were rapidly getting rich from this 
source, when the second anvil arrived and competition 
cut prices. In his camp, Mr. Willis established the 
''First National Bank of Marysville," for he had a half 
barrel containing pickles and thought it the most unlikely 
place for a robber to search for gold, in those days of 
constant robbery, so whenever he found a large nugget, 
and he found many, some of them of several ounces 
weight, he would deposit it in his bank by dropping it 
in the pickle barrel and stirring things up until it sank 
to the bottom. He discovered, however, as have many 
others, that all banks are not safe, for after having 
deposited what he estimated at three thousand dollars 

A His fori/ of the Willis Family 68 

in nuggets, lie took a short trip. On his return he learned 
to his horror that during his absence one of his partners 
had sold his bank, i. e., the pickle barrel, with its contents, 
to a man who kept a boarding tent and who had strenu- 
ously begged for the pickles, **as his boarders demanded 

Father rushed to the "hotel" and examined the barrel, 
but no gold was found, of course, and one of the dark 
mysteries in the Willis family has since been, "who got 
the nuggets." 

One morning as the partners went to work they 
found three huskv, heavily armed men, busily at 
work in their richest pit. They ordered them out, 
which the "jumpers" refused, saying the partners had 
only a right to one, instead of three claims, which they 
were working. Mr. Willis and his partners immediately 
aroused the camp, the pit was surrounded by armed men 
and one man was directed to tell the "jumpers" to come 
up out of the hole. When they ajjpeared, they looked 
into the muzzles of guns, pointed from all sides. They 
were disarmed and given three minutes to get out of 
camp and took full advantage of the reprieve. The part- 
ners probably lost a small amount of gold, but were 
recouped by the addition to their armament of two good 
rifles and three Colts revolvers. Their claims proving 
rich they were among the successful ones and father 
returned to New York, by way of Panama, to marry his 
sweetheart and take her out to California with him. He 
arrived in New York on Christmas day, 1852. He mar- 
ried Electa Caroline Cook on June 15, 1853, but her 
parents refused to allow her to go to California and he 
therefore abandoned all his possessions in that state to 
his partners and went into the iron business with his 
father, at Powerville. 


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Before leaving for California his father required him 
to join the Masonic order, as he had heard that many 
Indians had been given the first degree by men who had 


gone through Ijefore the gold rush and he thouglit it 
would be a safeguard perhaps if trouble arose with the 
Indians. Mr. Willis rose to be a 33d degree Mason and 
was a member of the Grand Lodge of the State of New 
Jersey. He continued in the iron business, as assistant 
to his father, until tlie latter died in 1864 and then 

A History of the Willis Family 65 

assumed the management, until the works were finally 
closed down and sold, in the seventies. From their loca- 
tion they could no longer compete with the works in 
Pennsylvania, on account of the high cost of fuel and 

In 1871, Mr. Willis was chairman of the committee that 
built the beautiful soldiers' monument, in memory of 
the soldiers and sailors of the Civil war, located in the 
Park at Morristown, and at the dedication of the monu- 
ment he made the address. It w^as one of the first monu- 
ments built after the Civil war. In 1872, he was elected 
Surrogate of Morris County and served five years. He 
was for many years a member of the Board of Free- 
holders and served as chairman of same. He was one 
of the commissioners who settled the rights of way of 
the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railway, when 
they built their main line across the State of New Jersey, 
a most difficult and important business, on account of 
the manv interests involved and the great value of the 
land in the country, towns and large cities through w^hich 
the road passed. In 1880, when the Chicago and Atlantic 
Railway was organized, he was elected its first treasurer. 

For some years the offices of the road were in New 
York, but on the removal of his office to Chicago he sold 
his home and removed to the western city. He remained 
treasurer of the road several years, until it was taken 
over by the Erie Railroad. He afterward engaged in 
other business in Chicago, until the time of his death. 

The tow^n of ''Willis," in Indiana, is named for Edwin 
E. Willis. 

Throughout his entire life he was a great lover of the 
**out of doors." He was a wonderful wing shot and an 
expert fly fisherman, and each year if possible, would 
take a trip in the spring to Maine, or the North, for 

66 A History of the Willis Family 

trout. All sports were enjoyed by him, he played a fine 
game of billiards, and at chess he was said to be very 
hard to beat. His great hobby, however, was flowers and 
gardening. His gardens were noted throughout the 
country as being the finest in that part of the state. He 
was a great student and omnivorous reader. His chil- 
dren often wondered when he slept, for none of them ever 
remained up late enough to see him without a book, or 
arose early enough not to find him working in his garden 
among his flowers and fruit, the weather permitting. 

From the time of his return from California he held 
a leading position in all the public affairs of the section 
in which he lived. His opinion was sought on all mat- 
ters of public interest, he was honored and looked 
up to and considered an authority on the questions of 
the day and was frequently called on to address public 

No children ever had a more kind or indulgent father. 
When we were youngsters he entered into our games and 
sports, taught his boys the use of a gun, how to manage 
a setter and how to cast a fly, and he never appeared 
happier than when his sons followed him on his hunting 
and fishing trips. It was his custom on Sunday after- 
noons in the springtime to lead his children into the 
woods and there teach them about the birds and their 
names and the ways of building their nests, and also 
would point out to them the wild flowers, which he seemed 
to know every one bj^ name, and in this gentle way taught 
his children botany and the habits of the wild things of 
the fields and forest. In return his children worshipped 
him and there was but one father for them in all the 
World. In 1866 he lost our mother, who left him with 
the care of five small children, whom he brought up under 
the eye of a maiden cousin. 

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In 1873 he married the second time, a widow, Marcia 
(Smith) Kitchell, by whom they had one son, Raymond 
S. Willis. 

Mr. Willis lived the life of a country gentleman, was 
for years a leading member of the Presbyterian Church 
and at the age of seventy-two he ended a useful and 
respected life. He is buried in the AVillis lot at Par- 

C. E. W. 


Major Henry Far rand Willis, second son of Thomas 
Compson and Deborah (Farrand) Willis, was a veteran 
of the Civil war. He entered the army with the rank 

68 A History of the Willis Family 

of Captain and was advanced to Major. Company L, 
27th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers; Christ's Bri- 
gade; Burn's Division; 9th Army Corps. (See Willis 
Genealogy, 15th generation.) 

Willis Arms. 

The arms given are those of the Fenny Compton 
family of Willis, and also the arms used by Governor 
George Wyllys and his descendants in Connecticut, an^ 
by Thomas Willis, of Thistleworth (Isleworth), Middle- 
sex, formerly of Fenny Compton, and of Lynn, Mass. 

A portrait of Samuel Wyllys, a grandson of Governor 
George Wyllys, which is now in Hartford, Conn., bears 
these arms, and many documents in the records of Con- 
necticut are marked with the seal of Samuel Wyllys, son 
of Governor George W^yllys, which show the same arms 
and crest. 

Arms — ** Argent, a chevron sa. between three mullets, 
gules. ' ' 

Crest — "A hawk with wings displayed proper. 



In the history of the Howell family of Southampton, 
Long Island (which was founded by Edward Howell 
and others in 1640), occurs the statement that Rachel 
Howell married the Rev. Thomas Willis, in the sixteenth 

Rachel Howell was the daughter of William Howell, 
Esq'r, and sister of Henry, who was the father of Edward 
of Southampton, L. I. This entry was of such interest 
to the authors, as so many of the Willis family were 
named Thomas and also were ministers, in ancient times, 
that some effort w^as made to trace this connection and 
descendants therefrom. This has been so happily accom- 
plished that we will give the result of our research, as 
it cannot but interest both the Howell and Willis fami- 
lies, showing a marraige of a Willis to a Howell in the 
sixteenth century, while our history shows the marriage 
of Benjamin F. Howell to Frances Helena AVillis, about 
the middle of the nineteenth century. 

We find reference to the marriage of Rachel Howell 
and Thomas Willis in two standard English authorities ; 
as they are slightly different, so far as the death of 
Thomas Willis is concerned, we will give them both. 

First, however, we wish to say that the Howell history 
contains rather a grave error, i. e., that Thomas Willis 
was a clergyman. 

That is a mistake, as no record so states. 

In "Alumni Oxoniences" there is this, "Thomas Willis, 
St. John's College, in and before 1566." 

70 A History of the Willis Family 

We will quote first from Burke : * ' John Willis, of the 
Warwickshire family; leased lands at Harborough in 
Lancanshire for 199 years in 1582, was grandfather of 
Thomas Willis of Hinxsey and Kennington, two sons 
Thomas and John. Thomas eldest son A. M. St. John's 
College Oxford, was killed while fighting under the royal 
banner at the siege of Gloucester in Aug. 1643. He m. 
1st Rachel, dau. of William Howel esq., m. 2d Miss Joane 

The following is from the National Cyclopedia of Biog- 
raphy, London, and we believe it more likely to be correct : 

''Thomas Willis A. M. was a retainer of St. John's Col- 
lege Oxford, (which in those days may have meant pro- 
fessor.) He was afterwards steward (i. e., manager) of 
the estates of Sir Walter Smith of Bedwyn; he retired 
in his old age to North Hinksey near Oxford, and lost 
his life in the siege of Oxford 1646. Rachel Howell his 
wife, was a native of Hinksey." They had a son, 

''Thomas Willis, born 1621, died 1675; matriculated 
Christ Church College, Oxford, March 3, 1636, B.A. June 
19, 1639 and M. A. June 18, 1642. Graduated M. B. 
Dec. 8, 1646. Began practicing medicine in a house oppo- 
site Merton College." "He was the greatest physician 
and surgeon of his time," wrote a great many books on 
medical subjects and was the discoverer of diabetes 
melitus and other diseases. All ancient biographies 
speak of him, and the current Encyclopedia Britannica 
has a very full account of his life. 

He was twice married, first to Mary, daughter of Dr. 
Samuel Fell and sister of Dr. John Fell ; she was buried 
in Westminster Abbey. He married secondly, Eliza- 
beth, eldest daughter of Sir Mathew Nicholas, Dean of 
St. Paul's Cathedral. They were married in West- 
minster Abbev. Elizabeth was the widow of Sir William 

A History of the Willis Family 71 

Galley of Burderop Park in Wiltshire. After Dr. Willis 
died she married as her third husband Sir Thomas Mom- 
pessor of Bathampton, Wiltshire. She is buried in 
Winchester Cathedral. 

Dr. Thomas Willis died in Saint Martins Lane, Lon- 
don, 11 Nov., 1675, and was buried in Westminster Abbey. 

The only surviving son of Dr. Thomas Willis was 
Thomas Willis, b. 1658, d. 1699; was also a graduate of 
Oxford and was the father of Browne Willis, the cele- 
brated English antiquary, one of the most distinguished 
and noted men of his day. 

It will be seen from the foregoing article that John 
Willis, of Harborough, was of the Warwickshire family 
of Willis, consequently his ancestry was the same as 
our own. 

The following pedigree of the Willis family is taken from the 
"Visitation of Warwickshire," 1619. It was there recorded in 
the direct line of descent to Georgius Willis fil. et heir, aet. 8, 
1619. In the line of the second son of William Willis de Priors 
Marston, Richard, by name, the "Visitation"' record ends with 
the marriage of Richard, to "filia Georgius Blount, Knt. " 
Richard was our ancestor and the genealogy from Richard down 
to the children of Thomas of Thistleworth, was added evidently 
by some one from family records. The entire pedigree as given 
below, is a copy of an old English document. 

Ric 'us Willis de Napton 
in com. Warr. 

— Jona filia et heir Joh 'is Jeames. 

Tho 'm Willis de Naptoii 
iu com. Warr. 


Ric 'us Willis de Naptou 
in com. Warr. 


Tho's. Willis de Priors 

Marston in com. Warr. 


Ric 'us Willis de Fenicompton = 

in com. Warr. | 

. . . filia Grante de 

Norbrooke in com. Warr. 

Willm 's Willis de Priors == Nepota Joh 'is Gierke 
Marston in com. Warr.j de com. Northampton 

Ricardus Willis = 

filius 2 Ml 

Amye=Ambrosius Willis=Agneta fil. Will 'uii Coles Ric 'us Willis= filia 

2 Wife 

de Fenui Compton 

de Preston Magna 
in com. Northampton 

Georgius Blount 

Ric 'us Willis de == Hester filia Georgius Tho's Willis de=Mary, filia. . 

Fenni Compton 
in com. Warr. 

Chambre de Williams- 
cot in com. Oxon. 

Thistleworth in 
com. Midd. 

Tomlins de 

Mary, fil. == Georgius Willis 

F. Smith de I de Fenni Compton 
Stratford on Aet. 29, 1619 

= Bridget fil Willi. William 

-.^ T T^. . (of London) 

Yoimg de Kingston ^.^^^^,^ 

Hall, m com. 

2 Wife 




Georgius Willis 
fil. et heir. 
Aet. 8, 1619 

wife of 


Thomas Elizabeth 
1st son wife of Rev. 
Henry John Knowles 
of Lincolnshire 



Shoiving maniayes between families, for easy reference. 

5 Richard Willes, m. dau. of Grant of Norbrooke. 

6 William Willes, m. niece of Sir John Gierke. 

7 Richard Willes, m. dau. of Sir George Blount, Knt. 

8 Thomas Willis, m. Mary Tomlins. 

9 Henry Willis, m. Elizabeth Otis. 

10 Thomas Willis, m. Ruth Noyes. 

11 William Willis, m. Ellen. 

12 William Willis, m. Bathsheba Brumley 

13 Russel Willis, m. Mary Sanford. 

14 Thomas C. Willis, m. Deborah Farrand, 7. 

15 Edwin E. Willis, m. Electa C. Cook, 8, first wife. 

15 Edwin E. Willis, m. Marcia Smith Kitchell, second 


16 Charles E. Willis, m. Emma Bradley Howard. 
John Plume, 6, m. Hannah, dau. of Azariah Crane 2nd. 

who m. Mary Treat, dau. of Robert Treat, Gov. of Conn., 
founder of Newark. 

John Plume, 7, m. Joanna Tompkins 3d. great-grand- 
daughter of Michael Tompkins of Milford, Conn., who 
concealed Generals Walley and Goffe in his house. 

Robert Plume, 8, m. Deborah Farrand, 5, dau. of Jo- 
seph Farrand, 4, son of Samuel Farrand, 3d. 

Deborah (Farrand) Plume, 5, widow, m. Captain 
(Deacon) Samuel Ball, 6. 

Phoebe Plume, 9, dau. of Robert Plume, 8, m. Daniel 
Farrand, 6. 

Ebenezer Farrand, 4, m. Rebecca Ward, 15, dau. of 
Bethuel Ward, 14. 

74 A History of the Willis Family 

Lt. Bethuel Farrand, 5, m. Rhoda Smith. 

Daniel Farrand, 6, m. Phoebe Plume, 9. 

Deborah Farrand, 7, m. Thomas C. Willis, 14. 

Robert Kitchell, 1, m. Margaret Sheaf e, 2d. dan. of 
Rev. Edward Sheafe, 1. 

Samuel Kitchell, 2d. m. Grace Pierson, 2d. dau. of Rev. 
Abraham Pierson, 1. 

Abraham Kitchell, 3d. m. Sarah Bruen, 17, dau. of 
John Bruen, 16. son of Hon. Obadiah Bruen, 15. 

Joseph Kitchell, 4, m. Rachel Bates. 

Hon. Aaron Kitchell, 5, m. Phoebe Farrand, 5, dau 
of Ebenezer Farrand, 4. 

Lucy Kitchell, 6, m. John Fairchild, 6. 

Captain (Deacon) Samuel Ball, 6, m. Deborah (Far- 
rand) (Plume) 5. 

Lydia Ball, 7, m. Peter Cook, 6. 

John Fairchild, 6, m. Lucy Kitchell, 6, dau. of Hon. 
Aaron Kitchell. 

Susan Caroline Fairchild, 7, m. James Harvey Cook, 7. 

Ellis Cook, 1, m. Martha Cooper, 2d. dau. of John 
Cooper, 1. 

Abiel Cook, 3, m. Sarah Moore, 3, dau. of Joseph 
Moore, 2, son of Rev. John Moore, 1, who m. Margaret 
Howell, 4, dau. of Edward Howell, 3, leader of the South- 
ampton, L. I., settlement. 

Peter Cook, 6, m. Lydia Ball, 7, dau. of Capt. (Deacon) 
Samuel Ball. 

James Harvey Cook, 7, m. Susan C. Fairchild, 7. 

Electa C. Cook, 8, m. Edwin E. Willis, 15. 

John Bruen, 16, m. Esther Lawrence, 2d dau. of Dea- 
con Richard Lawrence. 

Sarah Bruen, 17, m. Abraham Kitchell, 3d. 


From the "Visitation of Warwickshire," 1619, pedigree of 
Mr. Thomas Willis of Thistleworth, (Isleworth) Middlesex, 
England, and Lynn, Mass., 1630; pedigree of the Hon. George 
Wyllys or Willis, Governor of Connecticut, 1642-43; "Alumni 
Oxonienses;" colonial and family records. 

Robert Keverell, m. Clemence, daughter of Sir Adam of 

Naplin, as appeareth by deed. 
Austin Keverell, m. Agnes, dau. of William of Frankton. 
William Keverell, m. 
Thomas Jeames of Fisho, m. Jane, dau. and heir of William 

John Jeames, m. 

1 *Richard Willes of Napton, b. about 1350, m. Jona, dau. and 

heir of John Jeames. 

2 *Thomas Willes of Napton, county Warwick. 

3 *Richard Willes of Napton, county Warwick. 

4 *Thomas Willes of Priors Marston, county Warwick. 

5 *Richard Willes of Fenni Compton, county Warwick, b. 

about the year 1468, d. May 1532, m. dau. of Grant, 

of Norbrooke, county Warwick, and had two sons. 

6 *William Willes of Priors Marston, county Warwick son 

and heir, m. niece of Sir John Gierke of county North- 

6 Richard Willes. 

* William Willes (6th) had two sons. 

7 Ambrose Willes, of Fenny Compton, son and heir, d, Nov., 
1590, m. Agnes, dau. of William Coles of Great Preston 
in county of Northumberland, Gent. (Grandfather of Gov. 
George Wyllys of Conn.) 

76 A History of the Willis Family 

7 *Ilichard Willes, m. dan. of Sir George Blount, Knt and had, 

8 *Thomas Willis, of Thistleworth (Isleworth), Middlesex, 

"schoolmaster," b. at Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, 1582, 
marticnlated at St. John's College, Oxford, June 11, 1602, 
aged 19 ; B.A. June 2, 1606, M. A. June 21, 1609 ; m. Mary 
Tomlins of Gloucester; schoolmaster at Thistleworth, 
moved to Lymi, Mass., 1630; returned to Thistleworth about 
1646, d. at Thistleworth, Middlesex, England. 1660. He had, 

9 Thomas, a celebrated divine. Vicar, D.D , Chaplain in 
ordinary to King Charles II., came to Lynn with his father, 
afterwards returned to England, M.A. St. John's College, 
Oxford. Dee. 17. 1646, D.D. Dec. 20, 1670. 

9 Elizabeth, m. Kev. John Knowles of Lincolnshire, and 
moved to Watertown. Mass. 

9 Mary, no record. 

9 *Henry, b. at Thistleworth about 1618, moved to Lynn, 
Mass., with his father in 1630, volunteer in Pequot war un- 
der Endicott 1636-7. m. Elizabeth Otis in 1642, had, 

10 *Thomas, m. Kuth Noyes of Taunton, Mass., he was "a 
Builder of Forges." 

10 Richard. 

(Henry probably had a son William and several daugh- 
ters. ) 

Children of Thomas and Ruth (Noyes) Willis. 

11 Thomas. 
11 Richard. 
11 *William, also a builder of forges, i. e., iron-works, assistant 

to his father, was b. at Taunton, Mass., Mch. 18th, 1685, 

moved to Conn, about 1730, m. Ellen. 

(There was also probably a son named Henry, and other 


A History of the Willis Family 77 

Children of William and Ellen Willis. 

12 *William, b. at Taunton, Mass., 1725, moved to Conn, with his 
father in 1730; from Conn, moved to New Jersey, d. Oct. 
9, 1777, m. in Mass. Bathsheba Brumley, d. 1780, she re- 
turned to Mass., where she died. 

12 Bethuel. 

(William Willis 11th probably had several other children.) 

Children of William and Bathsheha (Brumley) Willis. 

13 William, b. Mch. 27, 1754, d. 1793. Revolutionary soldier. 

13 Bethuel, b. April 9, 1757. Revolutionary soldier. 

13 Joseph, b. Feby. 12, 1761, d. South Lee, Mass. Revolution- 
ary soldier. 

13 *Russel, b. Nov. 22, 1762. d. Clyde. New York. Revolution- 
ary soldier. 

13 John, b. Oct. 22, 1765. 

13 Lewis, b. Dec. 30, 1767. 

13 Anthony, b. May 15, 1769. 

13 Wealthy, b. Sept. 18, 1772. m. James Carroll in Mass., 
moved to New York State. 

13 Nancy, b. Sept. 9, 1774. m. Daniel Pixley in Mass., moved 
to New York State. 

Russel Willis, 13th, m. Mary, dau. of John and Hannah 
(Campbell) Sanford, and had, 

14 Rachel, m. Charles Lawson and lived in Michigan. 

14 Julia, m. Jonas Ward. 

14 Sarah, m. John Baxter, lived at Forrestville, New York. 

14 Hannah, unmarried. 

14 *Thomas Compson, b. April 29, 1791, d. Aug. 21, 1864, m. 
Deborah, dau. of Daniel and Phoebe (Plume) Farrand, at 
Parsippany, N. J., Dec. 14, 1824 ; she was b. Feby. 9, 1793, 
d. Oct. 20, 1885, aged 92 years and eight months. 

78 A History of the Willis Family 

14 William C, lived at Port Byron, New York, 

14 John S., lived in Cayuga County, New York, then Michigan. 

14 Edward S., went to Michigan. 

Children of Thomas Compson and Deborah (Farrand) Willis. 

15 *Frances Helena, b. Nev. 9, 1825, d. Mch. 2, 1912, m. on Nov. 

24, 1858, Benjamin Franklin Howell, b. Oct. 11, 1822, d. 

Nov. 8, 1908. 
15 *Edwin Ethelbert, b. April 7, 1827, d. Feby. 21, 1899, m. 

1st on June 15, 1853, Electa Caroline, dau. of James Harvey 

and Susan Caroline (Fairchild) Cook; she was b. Feby. 21, 

1827, d. April 21, 1866. 

Edwin Ethelbert, m. secondly, Marcia Burnham (Smith) 

Kitchell, a widow, on Jany. 11, 1873, she was b. Jany. 8, 

1836, d. Oct. 26, 1911. 
15 *Henry Farrand, b. Oct. 26, 1828, d. Aug. 25, 1916, m. on 

June 9, 1864, Mary Jane, dau. of Aaron Kitchell and Sarah 

Mariah (Odell) Fairchild; she was b. July 25, 1837, d. 

Sept. 30, 1911. 
15 John Scott, b. June 2, 1830, d. June 7, 1913, m. on Sept. 

15, 1863, Rhoda Munn, b. July, 1834, d. April 23, 1891, no 

15 Sidney Sprague. b. Nov. 30, 1831, d. Oct. 29, 1832. 

Children of Edwin Ethelbert and Electa Caroline (Cook) Willis. 

16 *Frances Caroline, b. Sept. 4, 1854. 

16 *Ida Julia, b. Jany. 8, 1856, m. Oct. 27, 1883, Theodore Far- 
rand Hunter; for further record see Hunter family. 

16 *Charles Ethelbert, b. Aug. 30, 1857, m. June 3, 1896, Em- 
ma Bradley Howard, b. Feby. 6, 1870, dau. of John and 
Mary Catherine (Macleod) Howard, of Richmond, Virginia. 

16 *Edward Hervey, b. June 21, 1860, d. Feby. 8, 1906. 

A History of the Willis Family 79 

16 *Henry Cook, b. Nov. 15, 1863, m. 1st. Alta C. Stearns, on 

June 8, 1883, m. 2nd. Jessie Robinson, Nov. 8, 1894. 
16 *Agnes Mary, b. June 23, 1863, d. Feby. 13, 1866. 
16 *Electa Caroline, b. April 21, 1866, d. April 25, 1866. 

Child of Edwin Ethelhert and {his 2d wife) Marcia (Smith) 

(Kitchell) Willis. 

16 *Raymond Smith, b. Aug. 7, 1874, m. Dec. 9, 1902, Wilhel- 
mine Bayless, b. Mch. 12, 1878. 
All the children of Edwin Ethelbert Willis were born at 
the Willis homestead, Powerville, near Boonton, New Jersey. 

*Children of Charles Ethelhert and Emma Bradley (Howard) 


17 *John Howard, b. Feby. 8, 1900, at Richmond, Va. 

17 *Charles Ethelbert, Jun'r, b. Dee. 10, 1904, at Richmond, Va. 

17 *Francis Macleod, b. June 16, 1907, at Richmond, Va. 

^Children of Henry Cook and Alta C. (Stearns) Willis. 

17 *Edwin Stearns, b. April 29, 1884, d. May 2, 1888. 

17 *Margurite Isabel, b. Nov. 1, 1888, m. Aggasis Louis Risser. 

Children of Henry Cook and (his 2d wife) Jessie (Robinson) 
Willis, she was h. Oct. 25, 1874. 

17 *Marion, b. Oct. 14, 1899. 

17 *Muriel, b. Dec. 1, 1900. 

17 *Henry Frederic, b. Sept. 27, 1902. 

*Children of Raymond Smith and Wilhelmine (Bayless) Willis. 

17 *Helen Cecelia, b. Sept. 11, 1903, in Mexico. 

17 *Raymond Smith Jun'r, b. Dec. 10, 1906, in Mexico. 

80 A History of the Willis Family 

* Children of Major Henry Farrand {15th) and Mary Jane 

(Pairchild) Willis. 

16 *Louis Cobb, b. April 17, 1865, at Powerville, N. J., d. June 
16, 1912, in Indiana, m. Feby. 18, 1893, Sarah Crall Hessin. 
16 •Ella Cook, b. at Powerville, N. J., Jany. 20, 1867. 

^Children of Louis Cobb and Sarah Crall {Hessin) Willis. 

17 •William Le Roy, b. Dec. 8, 1893. 
17 •Lisle Farrand, b. Feby. 10, 1896. 
17 •James Hall Hessin, b. Jany. 9, 1899. 


1 'Mr. and Hon. John Sanford, born in England in the year 

1600, came to Mass. in 1631, made freeman 1632, went to 
Providence in 1638. He was one of the founders of Po- 
casset (Portsmouth), Rhode Island, March 7, 1638. Chosen 
assistant Governor in 1647 and 1649. In May, 1653, he was 
chosen president of Aquidneck, Portsmouth and Newport; 
with the exception of one year, 1661-2, Mr. Sanford was 
General Treasurer from 1654 to 1664 ; was Atty. Genl. 1662- 
1664 and 1670-1 ; was Recorder, or Secretary of State, 1656- 
61-68-69-71-76-77 to 86. 

In 1665 was one of the commissioners appointed to adjust 
the eastern boundary of the colony of Plymouth. 

He occupied many other positions of trust in R. I. and 
was one of the leading men in the settlement and develop- 
ment of that State. He had a son, 

2 ♦John Sanford, who married Mary (Gorton) Green, a wid- 

ow, daughter of the celebrated Samuel Gorton, who by his 
peculiar religious beliefs and preachings worried the Ply- 
mouth fathers so dreadfully, and led to his persecution 
and imprisonment. Mary Gorton's first husband was Peter 
Green. John Sanford and Mary his wife, had, 

3 *John Sanford, had, 

4 *Samuel Sanford, who emigrated to New Jersey about 1710, 


5 *William Sanford, had, 

6 *John Sanford. m. Hannah Campbell, Feby. 19, 1760, they 


7 *Mary Sanford, m. Russel Willis, 13th generation, for fur- 

ther record see Willis genealogy ; they were our great-grand- 

82 A History of the Willis Family 

Hannah (Campbell) Sanford was granted administration of 
her husband 's estate March 24, 1767 ; she afterwards m. Thomas 
Compson, the engineer, or "architect," who rebuilt and en- 
larged the iron-works at Old Boonton, for the Ogdens. 

Thomas Compson Willis, our grandfather, was named for 

Mrs. Benjamin F. Howell, (Frances Helena Willis, 15th) 
used to tell, that Mary Sanford 7th, had a brother, who had a 
son, who was the father of General Sanford, of New York City, 
the latter was the father of two daughters, who were so im- 
pressed with their family importance, that as they grew up 
they became ''high and haughty," and much too good to asso- 
ciate with the common herd and could find no one "good enough 
to marry." In consequence, they lived to become ancient spins- 
ters, a warning to young ladies of like quality. 

John Sanford, 1st, was a lineal descendant of Thomas de 
Sanford, one of the companions in arms of William the Con- 


Arms: "Ermine, on a chief gu., two boars heads couped, or" 
Crest: "A demi — eagle, displayed." 

At Newport, Rhode Island, there is an ancient family burying 
ground of the Sanf ords ; in this ' ' God 's Acre ' ' are several tomb- 
stones marked with the Sanford arms as above noted. 


A daughter of Sir George Blount, Knt., m. Richard Willis of 
Penny Compton ; as she was the mother of Thomas Willis of 
Thistleworth, and Lynn, Mass., it is of interest to trace the pedi- 
gree of this illustrious family. One of the early seats of the 
Blounts was at Ockha, Warwickshire, not far from Fenny Comp- 
ton ; later their principal seat was at Sodington, in Worcester- 
shire, the adjoining county, but they maintained their seat in 
Warwickshire also. The Sodington Estate is the principal seat 
of the Blounts at the present time, showing an unbroken line 
for many centuries. The following is taken from "Burke's 
Peerage ' ' and is of course a Willis ancestry : 

* ' This ancient family has given birth to the Barons of Ixworth 
in Suffolk, as well as to the Barons Mountjoy, of Tliurveston, co. 

*The said Sir Robert Le Blount was the first feudal Baron 
of Ixworth, (the place of his residence) and lord of Orford 
Castle ; he m. Gundreda, youngest dau. of Henry Earl Fer- 
rers, and had son and heir. 

*Gilbert "Le Blount 2nd Baron of Ixworth, from whom we 
pass to 

* William Le Blount 6th Baron of Ixworth, who was stand- 
ard bearer to Simon de Montfort, and fell at the battle of 
Lewes, 14 May, 1264. He was attainted and the Barony of 
Ixworth forfeited. He left no issue, so that the representa- 
tion of the family devolved upon his uncle, 

*Sir Stephen Le Blount, who m. as stated, Maria Le Blount 
heiress of Saxliugham, and had two sons, 

*Sir Robert, his heir, 

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Sir John, who married Constance, one of the sisters and 
heirs of Sir Richard de Wortham, justice of the Common 

The eldest son, 

*Sir Robert Blount, m. Isabel, dau. and co-heir of the feudal 
Lord of Odinsels, by whom he acquired the manor of Belton, 
in Rutlandsliire, and had three sons. Sir Ralph Blount, 
(from whom derived the extinct Lords Blount of Belton; 
and Nicholas le Blount, who took the name of Croke, an- 
cestor of the Crokes of Studley Priory) and 

*Sir William Blount, who m. Lady Isabel de Beauchamp, 
dau. of William, 1st Earl of Warwick, and widow of Henry 
Lovett, of Emley Lovet, co. Worcester, and dying in the 9th 
or 10th of Edward II., left a son, 

*Sir Walter Le Blount, Knt., of Ockha, otherwise Rook, in 
the CO. Warwick ; who m. Johanna, 3rd sister and co-heir 
of Sir William de Sodington, and acquired the Estate of 
Sodington, which to this day, continues one of the princi- 
pal seats of the family. Sir Walter d. in 1332, and was 
succeeded by his eldest son, 

*Sir William Le Blount. This gentleman m. Margaret, dau. 
and co-heir of Theobald de Verdon, 2nd Baron de Verdon, 
but dying, s.p. left his property to his brother, 

*Sir John Blount, who m. 1st Isolda, dau. and heiress of Sir 
Thomas Mountjoy, by whom he had two sons. Sir John his 
heir; and Walter, d. s. p. Sir John m. secondly Eleanor, 
dau. of Jolin Beauchamp of Hatche, and widow of John 
Meriet, by whom he had a son, Sir Walter Blount, the fa- 
mous companion in arms of the Black Prince, ancestor of 
the Blounts, Lords Mountjoy and Earls of Devonshire. 
Burke says elsewhere. Barons Mountjoy, and Earls of Dev- 
onshire, derived from the heroic Sir Walter Blount, so cele- 
brated for his martial prowess in the reigns of Edw. III., 

A History of the Willis Family 85 

Richard II., and Heury IV. He was slain at Shrewsbury 

in 1403. 

•Sir John Blount was direct ancestor of 
*Sir George Blount, Knight, of Sodington and Warwickshire, 

who m. Eleanor, dau. of William Norwood, Esq, of Leek- 

hampton, Gloucestershire. 

This Sir George Blount was the father of Blount, 

who m. 
•Richard Willis, father of Thomas Willis of Lynn. 

Burke states in another publication, that the first Blount 

in England, was a companion of William the Conqueror. 
It will be noticed in the foregoing genealogy that Sir William 
Blount married Lady Isabel de Beauchamp, daughter of Wil 
liam de Beauchamp, who was 5th Baron de Beauchamp and 1st 
Earl of Warwick. The reader will see, by turning to the article 
headed "Genealogy, showing Royal ancestry from Alfred the 
Great," etc., that William de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Warwick, 
is 24th in this line ; it therefore follows that the Willis ancestry 
running back directly to William de Beauchamp, follows from 
there back through the preceding 23 generations as given; 
through Alfred the Great of England and Charlemagne of 
France. As the reader can follow the ancestry through the 
other genealogy, it is not given here to save repetition, but it is 
a singular coincidence, that these families, united in England 
by marriage so many centuries ago, should have been reunited 
again (through their branching descendants), in this country. 


Arms: "Barry nebulee of six or. and sa." ) ^, ^. ^ 

„ . , , V Soduigton. 

Crest : ' ' An armed foot in the sun proper, j 

Arms : ' ' Gu. a f esse between 6 martlets ar. ' ' Warwickshire. 
The arms show the common origin of Sodington & War- 
wickshire families. 

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"The General Court met in May 1637, at Wethersfield, Conn., 
to decide as to whether to declare war against the most warlike 
and powerful tribe of Indians in New England. The future 
safety of property and life in the Colony depended upon the 

' ' The Pequots had stolen not only the property of the English, 
and murdered some of the inhabitants, but had abducted from 
Wethersfield two young ladies and carried them among the In- 
dians by force. The settlements less than three yeai*s old, feeble 
as the inhabitants were in numbers, and deficient in means, 
trusted in God for the result, and boldly declared war against 
the Pequots. Ninety men were ordered to be raised — munitions 
of war were at once prepared. Rev. Samuel Stone was selected 
as Chaplain for the little but valorous army. They went down 
Connecticut River in three small vessels, with Captain Mason 
as commander (and to be brief) they met the enemy at the 
Mystic Fort; they left 20 men in reserve and seventy made the 
assault, and although the colonists lost two, with sixteen wound- 
ed, they fought like men who were fighting for the future wel- 
fare of the Colony — for the lives of their wives, children and 
their own lives and property. When all was closed nearly 600 
Indians lay dead upon the battle ground — about sixty or seventy 
wigwams burned to the ground and the Fort in ashes. So val- 
orous and complete was the victory that the Pequots became 
extinct as a nation. Sassicus fled with a few of his warriors to 
the Mohawks." 

From "Hinman's History." 

John Plume our ancestor and Andrew Ward were in the fight. 
A list of many of the soldiers in the famous battle can be found 
on pages 117-118; "Hartford in Olden Time." 


The Plume family is of Norman extraction and has been 
traced back to Normandy 1180, a)id England 1240. We find 
as far back as the year 1274, the name was spelled Plumbe. The 
first on record was Henry and among the first Walter. The 
next we know of was "honest" John Phimbe, yeoman, who also 
spelled his name in that way and up to three generations back 
of the beginning of the unbroken line, there was no change in 
the spelling. From the beginning of the sixtenth century, the 
line is unbroken, both in England and America, down to the 
present day. 

1 *John Plume, the earliest member of the family we can 

number of unbroken succession, died in Toppesfield, county 
Essex, England, Oct. 1st, 1586; he married Elizabeth and 
they had son, 

2 *Robert, who died at Essex, England, May 18, 1613. He 

owned much land in Great Yeldham, Little Yeldham, 
Toppesfield, Waller, Beauchamp, Bulmer, Castle Heding 
ham, Sible and Halsted, in county Essex, in Clare and 
other parishes of county Suffolk. He married first Elizabeth 
Purcas, or Purchas, who died June 25th, 1596 ; married 
second, a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller, who survived him, 
she died May, 1615. 

3 *Robert, Jr., son of Robert and his first wife Elizabeth Pur- 

chas, was born in Great Yeldham, county Essex, about 1558 
and died at Spaynes Hall, Great Yeldham, Aug. 14, 1628. 
He inherited Spajaies and Butlers manors from his father; 
he married Grace Crackbone who died July 22, 1615, they 

88 A History of the Willis Family 

4 *Johii, the first in this country; he was born at Spaynes 
Hall Great Yeldham. July 28, 1594 and died in Branford, 
Conn., July, 1648. From his father he inherited Ridgewell 
Hall. In 1635 he emigrated to "Wethersfield, Conn., from 
Watertown, Mass., where he first settled in 1630. He was a 
member of the court from 1637 to 1642 ; he is mentioned in 
the records as Mr. Pum. At a court held at Hartford in 
March. 1636, Mr. Plume being a member of the court, the 
business before it was the adopting of some measure to buy 
corn form the Indians, as the inhabitants were in a starving 
condition. They agreed to pay from four to six shillings a 
bushel for it and Mr. Plume was appointed to receive the 
corn for Wethersfield. He held various town offices and per- 
formed many public duties; he was also one of the men in 
Capt. John Mason's little army that wiped out the Pequot 
Indians in 1637, aiul for his services received a grant of 
land. He was also a ship owner. In 1644-5 he sold his lands 
in Wethersfield and removed to Branford, where in 1645 he 
is mentioned as ' ' keeper of the Town 's Book. ' ' He married 
Dorothy and she administered his estate. Only one of his 
children was born in this country and no record exists of 
any of his children but Samuel, who was with his father 
in Branford when he died. In September. 1637, before 
deputies were introduced into Conn., he was a sort of ruler. 
He was representative in 1641 ; his son 

5 *Samuel Plume, who was born at Ridgewell Hall, county 

Essex, England, Jany. 4, 1625-6, died in Newark. N. J., 
June 13th, 1703-4. On June 23, 1668, he sold his Branford 
lands and removed to Newark, where he was a prominent 
man in administering its afl'airs. All his children but the 
yongest were born at Branford, Conn. He had son 

6 *John Plume, who was born in Branford, Conn., Oct. 28th, 

1657, died in Newark, New Jersey, July 22, 1710; he went 
with his father to Newark in 1668. He married Hannah 

A History of the Willis Family 89 

Crane, daughter of Deacon Azariah and Mary (Treat) 
Crane; (see Treat and Crane families), they had 

7 *John Plume, born about 1696 and died after 1785, he was 

the youngest child and only son of John (6th), he married 
Joanna Tompkins, great-granl daughter of Michael Tomp- 
kins, of Milford, Conn. ; she was born in 1708 and died 
March 9, 1760, they had 

8 *Robert Plume, who with his brother John wrote his name 

without the final (e), he was born in Newark, N. J., 1729 
and died Sept. 26, 1769 ; he married first. Esther, born 1732 
and had a son Jonathan, who died in infancy. Robert, 
married second, Deborah Farrand, daughter of Joseph Far- 
rand 4th, and sister of Moses Farrand, 5th of Bloomfield, 
N. J., she was born 1744, died in Hanover, N. J., 1806, they 
were married in 1764 and had children 

9 David, born March 9, 1765, died Sept. 18, 1766. 
9 *Phoebe, born Dec. 1, 1766, died Sept. 26, 1851. 

9 David, born Dec. 5, 1767, died Aug. 27, 1835 ; he married a 
daughter of Col. Ellis Cook, of Hanover, N. J., Matilda by 
name, who was born in 1772 and died May 6, 1852, they 
had no children, (see Cook genealogy.) 

*Deborah (Farrand) Plume, wife of Robert (8th), married 
secondly, Capt. Samuel Ball, of Hanover in Feby, 1771, 
and became the mother of Lydia Ball, who married Peter 
Cook, our great-grandfather, (see Ball genealogy.) 
9 *Phoebe Plume, daughter of Robert and Deborah, married 
Daniel Farrand, Jany. 6, 1785, (see Farrand genealogy 6th 
generation for further record. ) Daniel Farrand and Phoebe, 
were our great-grandparents. 

The two marriages of Deborah Farrand are rather remarkable 
from our family standpoint. By her first marriage to Robert 

90 A History of the Willis Family 

Plume (8th), she become our great-great-grandmother through 
the Parrand line, as her daughter Phoebe Plume married our 
great-grandfather, *Daniel Farrand. Through the second mar- 
riage of Deborah (Farrand) Plume, then a widow, to Captain 
*( Deacon) Samuel Ball, she became our great-great-grand- 
mother through the Ball and Cook line, as her daughter by this 
second marriage, Lydia by name, married our great-grandfather, 
Peter Cook. As though this particular mixup was not sufficient, 
Deborah Farrand was the jBrst cousin of Bethuel Farrand, the 
father of Daniel, and we leave it to our readers to figure out the 
consanguinity for themselves. 

Plume Arms. 

Arms: "Ar. a bend vaire or. and gu. between two bendlets 

Crest : ' ' Out of a ducal coronet or, a plume of ostrich feathers 
argent. ' ' 


1 *Mr. Jasper Crane was one of the first and important set- 
tlers of the New Haven Colony and signed the "funda- 
mental agreement," at New Haven, June 4, 1639, at a gen- 
eral meeting of all the free planters, ''at the barn of Mr. 
Newman." Tradition has it that he held the stewardship 
and oversight of the property of the Rev. John Davenport, 
during the time Mr. Crane remained at New Haven. He 
is noticed at New Haven in 1643, with a family of three 
persons and an estate of £480. He was one of those at 
N. H. who attempted the settlement of lands on the Dela- 
ware and was repulsed by the Dutch, Swedes and Fins. 
He was a surveyor and laid out much of the town plot of 
New Haven ; was selectman and one of the civil managers 
of the new settlement, 1639. In March, 1641, he had a 
grant of 100 acres in the east meadow, was selectman, etc. 
"In 1644 Mr. Jasper Crane was freed from watching and 
trayning because of his weakness;" made freeman 1644; 
had more land granted him in 1644-5. "After some years 
residence in N. H. he became interested in that well-known 
bog-ore furnace of early days, of which Richard Post was 
founder, in East Haven, to which place he removed with 
his family" and here he lived and traded until he removed 
to Branford; this was in Sept. 1652; having sold out. at 
East Haven and purchased in Branford or Totoket, where 
he joined the settlers from Wethersfield under William 
Swain and about 20 others from Southampton, L. I., who 
emigrated to Totoket with Rev. Abraham Pierson. "Jasper 
Crane, Esq., and Mr. William Swayne were the first dep- 
uties to the General Court of Electors" from Branford, 

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May 1653 and for four years after; chosen magistrate in 
New Haven Colony in 1658, which he held until 1663. 

Chosen asst. (Senator) to the General Court of Hart- 
ford, Justice of the County Court at New Haven in 
1664-5. One of the magistrates convened at Hartford by the 
Governor in 1665 and one of the assistants and magistrates 
of Conn. 1665-6. He remained in Branford a few years, 
when with others of the colony, led by the Rev. Abraham 
Pierson, he removed to Newark, N. J., 1667, taking with 
him his sons, John, Deliverance and Azariah ; Mr. Jasper 
Crane became at once one of the leading men of the new 
settlement. Now called Hon. Jasper Crane, he and Robert 
Treat were the first magistrates in Newark, 1668-9. They 
represented Newark in the General Court same year and 
both chosen deputies 1669-70 ; were deputies and magistrates 
1671-2, and Mr. Crane was deputy and magistrate at New- 
ark in 1675. Mr. Crane was one of the purchasers of the 
Kingsland farm, a large tract of land located northerly of 
Newark, now Belville. Mr. Jasper Crane and his sons John, 
Deliverance and Azariah all signed the ' ' fundamental agree- 
ments" of the New Haven Colony, Newark migration, 

Mr. Crane was ranked as one of the strong-minded men of 
Conn, and N. J. and lived to a very advanced age. He held 
many important offices, both in Conn, and N. J., which 
cannot be noted here. He was lovingly called "That good 
old saint, Jasper Crane." He died at Newark about 1681, 
as his inventory was proved that year. He had children 

2 John, b. 1639, d. Newark 1694. 

2 Deliverance, b. Jany. 12, 1642, "baptized at N. H. 12-4th 
mo. 1642." 

2 Mercy, b. N. H. March 1, 1645. 

2 *Azariah, b. N. H. 1647, d. Newark, N. J., Nov. 5, 1730, aged 

2 Micah, b. N. H. Nov. 3, 1649. 

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2 Hannah, m. Thomas Huntington, who signed the "funda- 
mental agreement" at Branford, Conn. 
2 Belle. 
2 Jasper, b. N. H. April 2, 1651 and probably other children. 

2 *Azariah Crane, married Mary Treat, daughter of Robert 

Treat, leader of the Newark settlement and afterward Gov- 
ernor of Conn. "When Mr. Treat left New Jersey for 
Conn, he intrusted his property at Newark to 'his son,' 
Deacon Azariah Crane, who lived in the stone house at New- 
ark and was a man of integrity and standing." His chil- 
dren were, 

3 Nathaniel. 

3 Azariah, Jr. 
3 John. 

3 Robert, had sons, Timothy, Isaac, Josiah. 
3 Mary Baldwin. 
3 Jane Ball. 

3 *Hannah, married John Plume (6th) ; for further record see 
Plume Family, 6tli generation. 

Crane Arms. 

In Burke's "General Armory" there are seven Crane fami- 
lies bearing arms; just which one of these Mr. Jasper Crane be 
longed to, we have not decided, but that he was entitled to one of 
them is undoubted, as an inventory of his estate at Newark has 
"the various articles of plate marked with the family arms." 


* * Thomas Huntington m. Hannah Crane, dau. of Jasper Crane, 
as Crane in will calls Thomas Huntington his son. John Ward 
of Branford in 1654, had seven children before he removed to 
Newark; one son Nathaniel, (who probably died young, as there 
is no record of him) and six daughters. The marriages of the 
six daughters are all recorded in the history of early Newark. 
John Ward died about 1694, (as his will is dated 1694) ; his 
widow had been the widow of Thomas Huntington and her name 
was Hannah. She was probably younger than her first hus- 
band and though considerably younger than John Ward, he 
probably thought her a suitable companion, as some widowers 
even in these days prefer young ladies to old ones. Thomas 
Sen'r had a daughter Hannah, mentioned in the will of her 
grandfather Jasper Crane, as his grand-daughter Hannah 

Hinman, Col. Rec. 

In the year 1664, the Government of Conn, under the new 
Charter became alarmed at the disaffection of the people com- 
prising the old New Haven Colony; they therefore made an 
effort to force them to take the freeman's oath and declare them- 
selves. This had no effect, however, as the people remained ob- 
durate, and the following year decided to remove to New 
Jersey. The following is from an official record at Hartford : 
"At the October General Court 1664, Mr. Sherman and the 
Secretary (Mr. John Alljai) were appointed to go to New Hav- 
en, Milford, Branford, Guilford and Stamford to submit to the 
government established by His Magesties Gracious Grant, to the 
Colony of Conn., and receive an answer. Also to declare all the 

A History of the Willis Family 95 

(then) freemen of the towns above, who were qualified by law 
to become freemen of the Colony of Conn., so many as should 
accept and take the freeman's oath &c. Also to declare that 
the Court dothe invest Wm. Leete, Esq., Mr. Jones, Esq., Mr. 
Gilbert, Mr. Fenn, Mr. Crane, Mr. Treat and Mr. Lowes with 
the power of Magistrates to assist in the Government of the 
above plantations and according to the laws of the Conn. Cor- 
poration, or their own laws not contradictory to the Charter, 
until the next May. And if any of them refused to govern 
the people aforesaid, then Mr. Sherman and Secretary Allyn, 
were authorized to appoint others in their places and administer 
the oath for a faithful execution of the trust. Also to declare 
that all other civil and military officers were established in their 
places until the next May." Two of the above were Jasper 
Crane and Robert Treat. 

In the year 1669, a census of the towns in Conn, was taken 
and the record (still in Hartford) shows the names of but ten 
men living in Branford. As this was two years after the people 
left, in 1667, it shows how complete the evacuation must have 

Following is the original agreement entered into by the first 
settlers of New Haven, in 1639. 

"Whereas there was a foundamintall agreem't made 
in a generall meeting of all the ffree Planters of this 
towne, on the 4th of the fowerth month called June, 
namely, that church members onely, shall be ffree bur- 
gesses, and they only shall chuse among themselves, 
magistrates and officers, to have the power of transact- 
ing all publique civill affayres of this plantation, of 
making and repealing lawes, dividing inheritances, de- 
ciding all differences that may arise, and doing all 
things and businesses, of like nature. Itt is therefore 

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ordered by all the said ffree Planters, that all those 
that hereafter should be received as planters into this 
plantation should also submit to the said foundamintall 
agreem't, and testifie the same by subscribing their 
names under the names of the aforesa'd. " 

The above was signed by 62 men and among the names were 
Jasper Crane, George Warde and Laurence Warde; all of the 
62 wrote their names. It was followed afterward by 48 others, 
only five of whom had to make their marks. 

In ''America Heraldica" it states, speaking of the Davenport 
and Eaton expedition to, and settlement of New Haven, Conn. 
"It is well known that this colony was only composed at the 
start of men of high standing and respectable connections," 

"Mary Clark, of Farmington, Conn, was the daughter of the 
widow Joice Ward, and sister of Mr. John Ward, of Wethers- 
field, and Newark. She lived at Milford and removed to Farm- 
ington where she died. Her will is dated Farmington, Nov. 
28, 1677. Among numerous others mentioned in her will is her 
brother John Warde, of Newark, N. J., she evidently had a large 
estate. Nathaniel Farrand had leased her land in Milford, or 
a part of it, which she provided for in her will." 

"The planters of Conn, were among the illustrious characters 
who first settled New England and twice made settlements, 
first in Mass. and then in Conn, on bare creation. They have 
ever stood among the most illuminated, first and boldest defen- 
ders of the civil and religious rights of mankind." 

Seventen ships came out to Mass. in 1629-1630, bringing about 
2,000 planters who settled nine or ten towns, including Charles- 
town, Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Duxbury, Lynn and 

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"Mr. William Swain, Mr. Thurston Rayner, Mr. Henry 
Smith, Mr. Andrew Ward, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. John Deming 
were some of the chief men who settled the town of Wethers- 
field, Conn." 

"On the 30th March 1638, Mr. Davenport and people of their 
company sailed from Boston for Quinnipiack. In about a fort- 
night they arrived at their desired port and founded New Hav- 
en." It has been stated by some historians that the ship Ara- 
bella, on which was the Whitfield party, a member of same, being 
Robert Kitchell, was the first vessel to anchor in the harbor of 
Quinnipiack, or New Haven, late in the summer of 1639. This 
is an error, as the Davenport company sailed into the harbor 
more than a year earlier. The Davenport and Whitfield com- 
panies were really two parts of the same expedition and came 
from the same place, in England, the counties of Surry and 
Kent. The Davenport people leaving first, went to Boston and 
the party was composed of such wealthy and prominent men, 
that every effort was made at Boston to induce them to remain 
there, even an entire town being offered to them. Eaton, one 
of the party, was a very wealthy London merchant, had been 
governor of the East India Company and embassador to the 
Netherlands, and there were others of large wealth in the com- 
pany. It is stated that the people of New Haven never suffered 
for food or other supplies, as did most of the settlers of the 
other towns. 

"The principal men, or seven pillars of the church, chosen 
Aug. 22, 1639 for Menunkatuck, (Guilford) were Rev. Henry 
Whitfield, Robert Kitchell, William Leete, Samuel Desborough, 
William Chittenden, John Bishop and John Coffinge. " 

"The principal planters of Rippowans, (Stamford) were 
Rev. Mr. Richard Denton, Mr. Mathew Mitchell, Mr. Thurston 

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Rayner, Mr. Andrew Ward, Mr. Robert Coe and Mr. Richard 
Gildersleve, ' ' 

"Mr. Andrew Ward. Mr. Robert Coe, Capt Underbill and 
Mr. Mitchell, were appointed assistant judges to Mr. Rayner; 
these were the first judges of Stamford." 

"Mr. Swain was the principal planter at the settlement of 
Totoket, or Branford." His granddaughter Elizabeth, was the 
first of her sex to land at Newark, assisted by Josiah Ward, who 
she soon married. The pretty romance is related in the article 
on the Ward family. 


1 *Robert Treat, Colonial Governor of Conn., 1683-98, was 
born at Pitsminster, near Taunton, county Somerset, Eng- 
land, in 1622, son of Richard and Alice (Gaylord) Treat 
and descendant of John Trott, or Treat, of Staple Grove. 
1458. In 1635 the family came to Mass. settling first at 
Watertown ; but in 1637 removed to Wethersfield, Conn., of 
which Robt. Treat became a leading citizen. He was deputy 
in 1644-58, an assistant to the Governor, 1657-65 and with 
two sons-in-law was among the patentees named in the char- 
ter; granted by Charles II. to Conn. Robt. Treat removed 
to Milford in 1639 and notwithstanding his youth, was 
chosen to aid in laying out the town lands. By 1649, after 
living in Wethersfield again, he had settled permanently 
in Milford ; in 1654 was made lieutenant of its train band ; 
in 1660 was chosen by the Church to assist in the laying 
on of hands at the installation of Rev. Roger Sherman. 
Represented the town in the General Assembly of New 
Haven Colony 1653-57, and with one year excepted, he 
served in the Governor's Council, 1659-64. Was several 
times elected Magistrate of Milford, and "at the Restora 
tion, received orders to apprehend the regicides, who were 
secreted in the town, but seems to have delayed issuing the 
writ until Goffe and Whalley were out of his jurisdiction." 
In 1660-62 Treat was one of the commissioners to the Coun- 
cil of the united colonies. In 1664, was appointed to confer 
with commissioners from Mass. about differences between 
that colony and Conn. Was appointed Capt. of Milford 's 
train band, in view of expected attack by the Dutch 
from New York. In 1663 was again elected deputy. In 

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1666 he removed with other planters to Newark, New Jer- 
sey, his name heading the list of signers of "the fundamen- 
tal agreements;" he was the leader of the party which 
founded Newark and the acknowledged head of the new 
settlement, "as town clerk, deputy to the General Assembly 
for several years and as preserver of the peace, he was of 
great value to the new township." The First Presbyterian 
Church of Newark stands on his home lot. About 1671, he 
went back to Milford, leaving a son John, who was married 
to Abigail Tichenor and a daughter 

*Mary, (our ancestress) the wife of Deacon Azariah Crane, 
for further record, see Crane Family, which precedes this 
article. "Treat became a member of the council of war 
of Conn., having been appointed Major, and upon the final 
organization. Treat was made second in command." In 
Aug. 1675, King Philip's war being in progress, he was 
appointed commander-in-chief, and saved Springfield, 
Northfield and Hadley from the flames; at the last place 
routing 800 Indian warriors. In Nov. same year the New 
England colonies declared war against the Narragansetts 
and 1000 men were sent into the field under Gov. Winslow 
of Plymouth, with Major Treat second in command and 
Major Treat took part in the "fort fight," Deer. 19, 1675. 
In recognition of his services he was made deputy Governor, 
May 11, 1676, which he held until the death of Gov. Leete 
in 1683, when he was appointed Governor. 

When the notorious Andros arrived in Conn, in 1683, the 
Assembly was in session. Andros requested to see the 
Colonial Charter, which was brought in and after Andros 
had looked at it, the charter was returned to its box and 
placed on the table. According to tradition, after some 
heated words, Andros demanded the surrender of the char- 
ter to him at once, but Governor Treat, by argument and 
members of the Covmcil by long speeches, delayed the 

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surrender until it had become dark and candles were 
brought in and lighted. Suddenly the candles were 
blown out and the charter disappeared and was hidden in 
a hollow oak on the Wyllys estate, afterward known as the 
Charter Oak, and there it remained until Andros left the 
country in May, 1689, when Treat resumed his office and 
continued Governor until 1698, when he declined a re-elec- 
tion. He accepted the position of deputy Gov. however, 
and held it for ten years. 

He was twice married ; first to Jane, daughter of Judge 
Edward Tapp, of Milford, Conn., who bore him 4 sons, and 
5 daughters, and died 1703. He married the second time, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Elder Michael and Abigail Powell, 
of Boston, and widow of Richard Bryan of Milford. His 
daughter, by first marriage, 

*Mary Treat, married Azariah Crane 2d) ; for further rec- 
ord see Crane family. 

Of Governor Treat's children; Samuel, a clergyman was 
the grandfather of Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. 

Governor Treat was probably the most distinguished citizen 
of Connecticut during the sevententh century. A large volume 
would be required to record his activities, and those descended 
from him would do well to read the history of Conn, and New 
England, to learn the quality of this grand old Puritan ancestor. 

Robert Treat died at Milford, Conn., July 10, 1710. A beau- 
tiful bridge in the town commemorating the early settlers, has 
a stone marked with his name. 

Trumbull, in his history of Conn, written in the year 1818, 
pays the following tribute to him : 

"The honorable Robert Treat, Esq., being at this period (1708) 
eighty-three years of age, retired from the scene of public ac- 
tion. He had been three years a magistrate and thirty-two years 
governor or deputy governor of the colony. He died two years 

102 A History of the Willis Family 

after, July 12, 1710, in the eighty -fifth year of his age. Few 
have sustained a fairer character or rendered the public more 
important services. He was an excellent military officer; a 
man of singular courage and resolution, tempered with caution 
and prudence. His administration of government was with 
wisdom, firmness and integrity. He was esteemed courageous, 
wise and pious. He was exceedingly beloved and venerated 
by the people in general and especially by his neighbors at 
Mil ford, where he resided." 

Hartford, Conn., Aug. 22, 1856. 

"The venerable Charter Oak, which has defied the blasts of 
probably more than a thousand winters, has at last yielded to 
time and the elements, and now lies a huge ruin upon the 
ground. It was broken off about five feet from the ground, 
and when one looks upon the stump and sees what a mere shell 
the trunk was, he wonders that it has stood so long. The hoi 
low in the trunk has contained at one time 27 full grown men. 

"All of the bells of the city tolled at sunset last evening for 
an hour in token of the grief of our citizens for the loss of this 
relic of the olden time. It is in fame next to Plymouth Rock. ' ' 

"C. J. H." 


Search Warrant for the Apprehension of Major Generals 


''Hartford. June 14, 1664 

Whereas his Majestie hath sent over to the plantation of N. 
England spetial Ored and Coniand for the App'hending 
of Collonell Whalley and Coll. Goph who are declared to 
stand Convicted for the Execrable mnrther of the Royall 
father of or Grations Soveraigne and having app'r'hended the 
said persons, to send them over to England under strict care 
to receave according to their demerits; These are therefore to 
require you to make diligent search in your plantation for ye 
forenamed Gent: Coll: Whalley and Coll: Goffe and to ap- 
pr 'hend them being discovered and found out and to secure them 
in safe Custody and bring them before the Magistrates or Maj- 
istrate to receave further orders respecting the said p 'sons. 

By order from ye Governo'r 
and Magistrates 
To Robt Treat, Esq'r. John Allyn, secr'y-" 

at Milford. 

The above should be of much historical interest to the 
family, as Robert Treat, Esq., was our ancestor; he 
placed the warrant in the hands of Laurence Warde 
to make the search, the latter returning it "as not 
found, ' ' while at the time Goffe and Whalley were living 
at the house of our ancestor Michael Tompkins, near Mil- 
ford, Conn., where they had been for two years. Michael 

104 A History of the Willis Family 

Tompkins was the father of Seth Tompkins, who married 
Elizabeth, daughter of our ancestor Samuel Kitchell; 
while Laurence Warde was the brother of our ancestor 
George Warde. Michael Tompkins was also the great 
grandfather of Joanna Tompkins, who married our an- 
cestor John Plume (7th). 

The search, and "not found," was evidently a joke, 
much enjoyed by the Puritans of Conn., as they were all 
in thorough sympathy with the fugitives. 

An abbreviated account of the so-called regicides, co- 
pied from an article by Mr. Harry H. Edes, of Charles- 
town, Mass., follows: 

''Edward Whalley — One of the fifty-nine Judges of 
Charles I. who affixed their names to the warrant for the 
King's Execution, January 29, 1648-9. He was the sec- 
ond son of Richard Wlialley, Esq., by his second wife, 
Frances, daughter of Sir Henry Cromwell, Hinchin- 
brooke, Knight, the grandfather of the Protector, Oliver, 
and a grandson of Thomas, Esq. (by his wife Elizabeth), 
who was the eldest son and heir of Richard Whalley, 
Esq. of Kirkton, county of Nottingham, a man of great 
opulence and member of Parliament for Scarboro. 

''Edward Whalley distinguished himself in many bat- 
tles and sieges, and as a reward for his bravery at the 
battle of Naseby, in 1645, Parliament, Jan. 21, 1645-6, 
'voted him to be a Colonel of Horse,' &c. 

"Having great confidence in his cousin, the Protector 
committed the King's person to the charge of Colonel 
Wlialley, and afterwards entrusted him with the govern- 
ment of the counties of Lincoln, Nottingham, Derby, 
Warwick and Leicester, and Commissary General of 
Scotland. General Whalley married the sister of Sir 
George Middleton, Knight. 

A History of the Willis Family 105 

Major General Willl\m Goffe. 

''William Goffe— likewise a member of the 'High Court 
of Justice,' which pronounced judgment upon Charles 
I., and like AVlialley, one of the fifty-nine who signed the 
King's death warant. 

"He was the son of the Rev. Stephen Goffe, a Puritan 
Divine and Rector of Stanmer, in Sussex. 

"Wiliam Goffe entered the Parliamentary army on 
the breaking out of the war. He soon became Quarter 
Master, then a Colonel of foot, and was afterwards raised 
by Cromwell to the rank of Major General. 

"In 1654 he, with Col. William White and some 'Mus- 
queteers,' purged the Parliament of the ' Anababtistical 
Members,' for which and other services he was con- 
sidered 'the only fit man' to receive John Lambeth's 
post of Major General of foot. Was member of Parlia- 
ment 1654 to 1656. He married a daughter of General 
Whalley — his companion in exile — and corresponded 
with her, while at Hadley, over the signature of Walter 
Goldsmith, and received replies signed Frances Gold- 
smith. This corespondence was carried on as between 

106 A History of the Willis Family 

a mother and son. Goffe's last letter bears date April 
2, 1679. 

' * Goffe and Whalley were devout Congregational Puri- 
tans and in perfect accord with the New England fath- 
ers. As the Restoration drew near, they took passage 
in a ship bound for New England, and while yet in the 
Channel received tidings of the proclaiming of Charles 

' * They arrived in Boston July 27, 1660, where they were 
kindly received by Governor Endicott, and visited by 
the principal inhabitants. They afterwards took up 
their abode in Cambridge. 

*'The act of indemnity arrived in November the same 
year, and upon finding that Generals Goffe and Whalley 
were not excepted the Government of Mass. was alarm- 
ed, on account of the friendly reception which had been 
given these gentlemen on their arrival. Feby. 22, 1661, 
the Governor convened the Court of assistants to consult 
upon the propriety of securing them, and finding it un- 
safe to remain longer at Cambridge, they left on the 
26th and arrived at New Haven on the 7th of March. 

* * Here also they met with kind treatment and were con- 
cealed in the house of Rev. John Davenport, from whence 
they removed to the house of William Jones, Esq., after- 
wards Deputy Governor of Conn.; and at the time one 
of those most forward in their interests was William 
Leete, Esq., Deputy Governor of the Colony and soon to 
become Governor. 

''The news of the King's Proclamation arriving soon 
after, they were obliged to flee, first to a mill near the 
outlet of Beaver Ponds in the suburbs of New Haven, 
and on the 13th May were conducted by Mr. Jones first 
to a place called Hatchet Harbor, and on the 15th to a 
cave on top of a hill about two miles and a half north- 

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west of New Haven, which the Regicides named 'Provi- 
dence Hill.' " 

After this they were two years at the house of Michael 
Tompkins, near the Milford meeting house, and while at 
Tompkins the order for the search was made by the 
Governor, the execution of which was, of course, put 
in the friendly hands of Robert Treat and Laurence 

**0n the 13th of October, 1664, they started for Hadley, 
traveling only at night, where the minister of the place, 
the Rev. John Russell, had consented to receive them. 
Here they remained about sixteen j^ears, residing a part 
of the time at the house of Mr. Peter Tilton, who resided 
near Mr. Russell." 

General Goft'e died in Hadley about 1679 or 1680, but 
his burial place was kept secret. 

''General Whalley died at Hadley about 1676, and 
many places, including New Haven, have been claimed 
as his burial place ; however, when the south part of the 
house wherein Mr. Russell, the minister of Hadley, re- 
sided and where the two regicides were concealed for 
upwards of fifteen years, was taken down in 1795, and 
in removing the middle part of the front wall next the 
main street, the workmen discovered the bones of a 
large man, small pieces of wood and some flat stones 
which from their position were probably laid on top of 
the coffin. These bones must have been those of General 
Whalley, who was buried near 120 years before." 


Among the ''seven hundred and ten distinguished 
persons, each bearing but one name, who accompanied 
William the Conqueror from Normandy to England in 
1066," and in the still preserved record of their names 
is that of ' ' Ward, one of the Noble Captains, ' ' this being 
the earliest date in which the name is found in English 

One of the family in this country, a wealthy bachelor 
named Horatio Nelson Ward, went to Europe about 1850, 
and spent about fifteen years and from ten to twelve 
thousand pounds in seeking out the genealogy of his 
family. He succeeded in tracing them back to the year 
700 in Denmark, where the name is still found spelled 
Wart, and meaning, both in Danish and German, as in 
English, to guard. 

The name, it will be noticed, was first spelled Ward, 
as it is today. It became changed in later years to 
Warde, De La Varde, De Warde, Le Warde and other 
spelling, but Ward was always the proper way. 

The family were settled permanently at Capesthorne, 
county Cheshire, England, at a very early date, as 
there are records of them, deeds, etc., in 1173. The family 
increased in wealth and importance until, some eleven or 
twelve generations afterward, William Ward of Dudley 
Castle was created first Earl of Dudley. 

The ancestry of the Capesthorne Wards, of whom our 
ancestors were a branch, beginning when baptismal 

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names are first given, runs as follows, it is taken from 
an ancient Cheshire record (notice spelling of name) : 

1 * William Ward. 

2 *Johan Le Ward. 

3 *John Le Warde, d. 1386. 

4 *Randle Warde. 

5 *William Ward. 

6 *John Ward. 

7 *William Ward. 

8 * John Ward. 

A son of John Ward (8th) is supposed to be the 
founder of the Northamptonshire family. His 
name was 

9 *Robert Warde, of Houghton Parva, Northampton- 

shire. He m. Isabel Stapely, of Dunchurch, county 
Warwick, England; their son was 

10 *James Warde, m. Allice, or Anne Faukes, of Dun- 

church; they had three sons, 

11 Son (name not found) had Laurence, George and 

11 Son (name not found), had Andrew. 

11 Stephen, m. Joice Traford, of Leicestershire. They 
had at least five sons and one daughter, as is shown 
by the will of Joice, which is one of the earliest wills 
recorded in Conn. The names of the children were 

Edward, Anthony, William, John, Robert and Mary. 
After the death of Stephen Warde his widow, Joice, 
with two of her children, John and Mary, and probably 
other children of hers, took ship with her nephew An- 
drew Warde, who was probably the leader, and other 
nephews, Laurence and George Warde, and the latter 's 
sister Isabel. They left England and arrived in New 
England in the year 1630. An old record states that 
the widow and her children ''were convoyed to the col- 

110 A History of the Willis Family 

onies by Laurence and George." Having proved the 
fact beyond question that the children of the three fami- 
lies were first cousins, and all from Houghton Parva, 
it clears up much of the tangle as to the relationship of 
their descendants. 

The Wardes, on their arrival in New England, at first 
settled at Watertown. In the year 1635 the widow 
Joice, with her children John and Mary and accompa- 
nied by her nephew Andrew, removed with the first 
settlers to Wethersfield, Conn. Here Joice (Traford) 
Warde died in the year 1640. Andrew Ward was evi- 
dently among the leading men of the new Wethersfield 
settlement, and although not in direct line of ancestry 
he was a first cousin of our ancestor George ; so being of 
kin and a noted man, we will give a few notes regarding 

First Court Held in Connecticut. 

"On the 26th day of April, 1636, a court was organized 
by five of the best men in the Colony ; whether they con- 
stituted themselves a court or were elected by the people, 
the record gives no account. The Court consisted of 
Roger Ludlow, as chairman, John Steel, Mr. Westwood, 
Mr. (Andrew) Ward and William Phelps. The first act 
of the Court was to try Henry Stiles for the offence of 
trading a gun to Indians for corn. He was found guilty 
and ordered by the Court to regain the gun from the 
Indians in a fair and legal way, or the Court should 
take the case into further consideration." 

The court then enacted a law against trading any gun, 
pistol, shot, or powder to the Indians under severe 

''This was the first court, the first trial and the first 
law ever enacted or had in Connecticut." 

A History of the Willis Family 111 

We quote from another author: "The origin of the 
present General Assembly of the State of Conn, was 
the formation of a Court of five men, in 1636, to try- 
Henry Stiles criminally (without law) for selling a gun 
to an Indian. This Court was called 'The Corte,' in 
May, 1637, when it was continued, it is recorded Generall 
Corte, April 11, 1639, called 'General meeting of the 
Freemen' (The Court of Election) and the day the Char- 
ter was read publicly before the people of Conn,, to-wit 
Oct. 9, 1662, it is recorded the 'General Assembly' under 
the Charter." 

In 1640 the heads of thirty families of Wethersfield 
signed an agreement to move to and settle Stamford; 
among them was Andrew Ward. Twenty families moved, 
among them Andrew Ward and Robert Coe. In 1641 
thirty men of Stamford paid in 100 bushels of corn, 
which was afterwards allowed them. Andrew Ward 
paid 4.1 bu. and Robert Coe 4.1 bu. 

Nov. 2, 1641, Andrew Ward was chosen as one of six 
"to order the town." 

"The records of Stamford go back to the first settle- 
ment of the town ; but the first book is in a tattered and 
confused condition; the leaves separated, misplaced, 
torn and worn and much of it badly written at best, yet 
two leaves containing considerable of the first settlement 
of the town remain, and most of the names of the first 
settlers from Wethersfield to Stamford, at least twenty 
of them, about ten of the whole number having been cut 
off by a red line in the book and lost. ' ' 

In the year 1644, Andrew Ward removed to Hemp- 
stead, L. I., with others from Stamford, but returned 
to Conn, and lived at Fairfield. 

On May 21, 1653, a large committee was appointed by 
the General Court of Conn, with members in each town, 

112 A History of the Willis Family 

with whom the constables were to advise in pressing the 
men for the expedition against the Dutch. Among those 
for Fairfield appointed on the committee was Mr. An- 
drew Ward. He held many offices of trust in the colony 
and in the church, and died at Fairfield. 

John Ward, son of Joice, the widow, ' ' in Conn, records 
is variously entitled Sergeant, Lieutenant and Mr 
Ward." He was very prominent in colonial affairs and 
his name frequently appears in the records. He moved 
from Wethersfield to Branford, Conn., about 1648, and 
was with the first settlers in Newark in 1666, and signed 
with his son John W^ard, Jr., the "fundamental agree- 
ments." John Ward, Sr., m. secondly Hannah (Crane) 
Huntington, widow of Thomas Huntington and daughter 
of Mr. Jasper Crane. They had six daughters and three 
sons : Jonathan ; John, Jr. ; Nathaniel ; Hannah m. 
Jonathan Baldwin; Sarah m. Jabez Rogers; Phoebe m. 
Col. John Cooper; Mary m. Samuel Harrison; Dorcas 
m. Joseph Harrison; Deborah m. Eliphalet Johnson. 

John Ward, Sr., d. at Newark, N. J., in 1694. 

John Ward, Jr., was b. in Branford, Conn., April 10, 
1650, d. 1694. He m. secondly Abigail Kitchell, a half 
sister of our ancestor, Abraham Kitchell, who m. Sarah 
Bruen. ''John, Jr., was sixteen when they came to New- 
ark, and Abigail was a child of five. The Kitchell and 
Ward homes in Newark neighbored each other across 
the Park." 

Let us now return to our direct line of ancestry. 

When the Rev. John Davenport led the emigration 
from Massachusetts, and founded New Haven, in the 
year 1638, there went with him three men, two of whom, 
George Warde and Jasper Crane, were our ancestors, 
and the other. Deacon Laurence Warde, was a brother 
of George. The two Wardes were those before men- 

A History of the Willis Family 113 

tioned, and of the (11th) generation, nephews of the 
widow. The spelling of the name with and without the 
final (e) is common in all ancient records. 

On the arrival of the settlers at New Haven, they drew^ 
up an agreement, which they called ''a foundamintall 
agreemt made in a general meeting of all the ffree 
Planters of this town," etc. This agreement was signed 
by sixty-two men, all of whom wrote their names, show- 
ing a remarkably high degree of literacy for those days 
and the superior class of the settlers. Among the signers 
were Jasper Crane, Laurence Warde and George Warde. 

The Wardes moved from New Haven to Branford in 
1646, and Laurence signed the ^'fundamental agree- 
ments, ' ' on the removal of the colony to Newark, in 1666. 
Their names in this agreement are spelled Ward. John, 
son of George Ward, and John's son Josiah, signed with 
the others. We continue the genealogy, as follows: 

11 *George Warde, of Houghton Parva, England, Massa- 

chusetts, New Haven and Branford, Conn., d. at 
Branford April 7, 1653, had 

12 Josiah, m. Elizabeth Swaine. 

12 *John, m. Sarah (probably Lyman), and had 

13 Sarah, b. 1651, m. Tichnor. 
13 John, b. 1654. 

13 * Samuel, b. 1656. 
13 Abigail, b. 1658, ni. John Gardner. 
13 Josiah, b. 1661, m. Mary Kitchell, a sister of Abigail 
Kitchell, who m. John Ward, Jr., as heretofore given. 
13 Nathaniel, m. Sarah Harrison. 
13 Mary, m. Thomas Davis. 
13 Caleb, "The honest and pious." 

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*Sanmel Ward (13th), m. and had 

14 *Bethuel, will dated 1753, m. Rebecca, and had 

15 Zenas. 

15 *Rebecca, b. 1711, d. Jany. 30, 1777; buried in Par- 

sippany cemetery, m. Ebenezer Farrand. 
15 Esther. 
15 Mary. 

*Rebecca Ward (15th) married Ebenezer Farrand 
(4th). For further record see Farrand genealo.a;y, 4th 

It is a bit of curious family history, that Hannah 
Crane, daughter of our ancestor, Jasper Crane, m. John 
Ward, Sr., and that the grand-daughter of Jasper Crane, 
also Hannah, m. John Plume, grandfather of Robert 
Plume, our ancestor. (See Plume genealogy.) 

The following is from an old Newark record : ' ' Tradi- 
tion tells us that at the time Stephen Ward's widow 
( Joice Traford of Leicestershire) and children emigrated 
to New England, there came with her also a brother of 
Stephen and three of his first cousins, Laurence, George 
and Isabel Ward; this brother is said to have been 
Andrew Ward, who was at Waterto^\^i, Mass., in 1634, 
in Wethersfield the next year and finally settled in Stam- 
ford, Conn,, in 1641. 

"The father of the three first cousins just mentioned 
(brother of Stephen) is progenitor of that branch of 
the Newark Wards in which we are at present inter- 
ested," etc. 

The foregoing is probably incorrect in the statement 
that Andrew was a brother of Stephen, the husband of 
Joice; as other records, which are probably correct, 

A Historic of the Willis Family 115 

would show that AndreAV Ward was a nephew of Joice 
and not a brother-in-law. 

Laurence Ward, brother of George, was the Deacon 
Laurence Ward of Connecticut and Newark. He was a 
man of much note in both colonies and held many posi- 
tions of trust; he never married, and died a very old 
man, at Newark. It was this Deacon Laurence Ward 
who was employed by the Government at New Haven to 
search for the Regicides, Whalley and Goffe, at Milford, 
a sketch of which is given elsewhere. 

Much confusion has been caused and many glaring- 
errors have been written about the father, grandfather 
and great-grandfather of Rebecca Ward, w^ho married 
Ebenezer Farrand (4tli). This confusion has been caused 
by the repetition of names among the descendants of 
John Ward, Sr., and the descendants of George Ward, 
who were first cousins. The authors of this history were 
at first led into the same error as many others, to-wit: 
that Rebecca Ward, who married Ebenezer Farrand, was 
the great-granddaughter of Josiah Ward, b. 1661, who 
married Mary Kitchell. Our mistake is easily accounted 
for, as many genealogies so give it, and we took these to 
be correct. One day, however, it occurred to the authors 
that the time between the birth of Josiah, 1661, and that 
of Rebecca, 1711, was but fifty years, rather short for 
three generations, to say the least, as it allows but a 
little more than sixteen years as the age at which 
Rebecca's father, grandfather and great-grandfather 
were married. This was such an impossibility that we 
started a search to try to determine the correct line of 
descent. We know that Rebecca was born in 1711, and 
so it is stated on her tombstone in the old cemetery at 
Parsippany. The search has been a long and thorough 
one; every source of information has been investigated, 

116 A History of the Willis Family 

as so many people, especially the descendants of Ebenezer 
Farrand, are interested. We believe the genealogy, as we 
have given it, to be the correct one. Rebecca could not 
have descended from Josiah Ward, son of George, 
as he married Elizabeth Swaine; their line runs off in 
an entirely different direction. 

Again, the names, family names, which were so closely 
followed in old times, all go to prove that our line is the 
proper one. We refer to the names Rebecca, Bethuel, etc., 
which were common in this line of Wards, but not used in 
the other lines. 

Ward Arms. 

The crests show the common origin of the Ward fami- 
lies. Ward of Capesthorne, county of Cheshire . 

Arms — *'Az., a cross pattee or," for difference, a 

Crest — *'A wolf's head erased or." 

Ward of Houghton Parva 
Arms — **Erm. on two bars 
Crest — "A wolf's head or." 

Arms — **Erm. on two bars gu. three martlets or." 

Newark Notes, by Congar. 

The following, written by S. H. Congar, Esq., appeared 
in the New England Historical Register for 1857, Book 
XI, page 161. It evidently first appeared in a Newark 
paper. Part of the article is omitted on account of length : 

*' According to Trumbull's history, when a majority 
of the inhabitants and the church and pastor abandoned 
the place (Branford) to enjoy and maintain 'the true 
religion' in their new 'town on Passaic river,' they 

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took with them both the church and town records, the 
former containing the baptisms, the latter the births and 
deaths. If this was the case, one has been restored to its 
legitimate guardians, and may there be consulted; the 
other, remaining with the church and pastor, is to be 
numbered with the lost records of the past. In the 
former is to be seen the autograph of Jasper Crane, 
Laurence Ward and Abraham Pierson, their signatures 
to agreements or as witnesses ; and though the early- 
records of the church, in many respects valuable, are 
nowhere, yet Newark is singularly fortunate in still 
possessing two invaluable volumes, the loss of which to 
the historian and genealogist would be irreparable. 

"Among the names at Branford were the Wards, 
Lindsleys, Harrisons, Dods, Sargants and Plums, at its 
first settlement. In 1648, there were the Piersons, John 
Ward Sen'r, and 'goodman Rose.' In 1652, John Ward 
Jun'r, and in 1663, John Crane, Thomas Huntington, the 
son-in-law of Jasper Crane, and Josiah Ward. John 
Ward Sen'r, John Ward Jun'r, and Josiah Ward, are 
still represented in the threescore names in the Direc- 
tory. * * ^ 

*'The two John Wards both had sons of the same 
name — John and Nathaniel. John Ward, Jr. 's sons were 
John and Nathaniel, Samuel, Caleb and Josiah. His 
daughters were Abigail Gardner, and Sarah Tichenor. 
The sons of John Ward Sen'r, were John, who married 
first Mary Lyon, and subsequently Abigail Kitchell — 
and Nathaniel, the husband of Christiana Swaine. The 
sons-in-law of John Ward Sen'r, were Jabez Rogers, the 
husband of Sarah, Samuel Harrison of Mary, John 
Cooper of Phoebe, Joseph Harrison of Dorcas, and 
Eliphalet Johnson, whose wife was Deborah. 

' ' Of the venerable men who, not many years since, were 

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numbered with the living, and known through the length 
and breadth of this then quiet village (Newark), Abraham 
Ward was in the line of Nathaniel, and James Ward was 
in that of John, the two sons of John Ward Sen'r. The 
late Gen. Thomas Ward was of John Ward Jun'r in the 
line of Nathaniel. 

''The Wards seem to have been of one family, as there 
is a common tradition that a female relative was the first 
of her sex to leap on shore, when the good vessel which 
'transported' the Branford party found a convenient 
landing at 'Beef-point' on the Passaic. This 'lover's 
leap' would probably have been forgotten long since, but 
for the fact that in the playful strife for the honor of first 
entering the promised land, Josiah Ward, the young and 
loving, gallantly gave his hand to Elizabeth the daughter 
of 'Lef tenant Samuel Swaine,' soon to be Elizabeth 
Ward; and the shouts and merriment of the occasion 
were associated with the 'sun-bonnet and short gown' 
with which she was adorned, which, with other goodly 
apparel worn on that day, was treasured and exhibited 
for more than a century. That Elizabeth Ward, subse- 
quently the wife of David Ogden, the mother of John, 
David, Swaine, and Col. Josiah Ogden, was the success- 
ful young lady, is manifest from the light the old book 
at Branford sheds upon the tradition. Samuel Ward, the 
son of Josiah and Elizabeth, at the age of ninety, was laid 
with the Ogdens his brethren. * * * 

"The faith and hope of these 'men of old' may be 
learned from their wills. David Ogden, in 1691, says — 
'First, I bequeath my soul unto the hands of Almighty 
God, hoping for salvation from the riches of His grace, 
by the lone merits of Jesus Christ, and through faith in 
His blood. I commit my body to the earth, decently to 
be buried, and there to rest until the resurrection of the 

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just.' In 1694 John Ward, Sen'r, departed. Hear him! 
'Imprimis, I commit my soul immortal unto God who 
gave it, to glorify Him, and to be glorified by Him for 
evermore. I give my body to the dust, of which it was 
made, to be decently and honorably buried, in hope of a 
better resurrection by Jesus Christ, who shall change this 
vile, frail, and corruptible body of mine into the likeness 
of His OM^i glorious body, according to the working 
whereby He is able to subdue all things to Himself, that 
so I may be ever with the Lord, which is far best of all. ' 
As he and his, Colonel John Cooper and his second wife, 
mother of the Sergeants, Obadiah Bruen, Richard Har- 
rison, and the mother of the Condits, Young, Nesbit, and 
Clisbe, who fled from jjersecution in Scotland, with Pat- 
rick Falconer, were laid in the worthless spot through 
which the chief rulers, its legal guardians, consented to 
open a highway in consideration of an equivalent for 33 
by 45 feet of *the to\\Ti lot,' the knowledge of the origi- 
nal location of the primitive, 'I. W. 1688' (Joseph Wal- 
ters) was lost, with John Ward's and others' memen- 


In July, 1664, the Lord Mayor of London petitioned the 
King in regard to youths being kidnapped in London and 
carried to the colonies. (See history of Charles I., Vol. 
408, No. 117, page 187.) 

Kidnapping boys and young men at this time had be- 
come such an evil that rigorous laws were passed to pre- 
vent it, but that the practice continued we know, for 
"near the close of the seventeenth century, a lad was 
kidnapped in London, and taken on board a vessel lying 
in the River Thames, bound for and ready to sail to the 
British Colonies in America. It is understood that du- 
ring the voyage, which proved to be a long and boisterous 
one, the youth discharged the duties of cabin boy. His 
name was *Richard Smith. Not being accustomed to that 
kind of toil, or its associations, he became disgusted with 
the life of a sailor and on the arrival of the vessel in 
New York he immediately deserted and by hiding him- 
self succeeded in escaping from the custody and control 
of the captain. After a time he found his way across 
the river to East Jersey, as it was then called, where he 
probably remained as long as he lived." The record of 
his birth and marriage have been lost, but he died ''an 
old man," in 1763. His name appears in a deed bearing 
the date of 1738 and his will was dated Feb. 12, 1763. 

He had a son Benjamin, who was the ancestor from 
whom George B. Smith's and Marcia Smith's family, of 
Troy Hills, New Jersey, were descended. 

* Samuel, our ancestor, married and lived at Parsip- 
pany, Boonton and Morristown, in N. J. "In 1770 they 

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moved to Bridport, Vermont, but in 1773 there was 
so much political disturbance between the New York 
and Hampshire Grant men that many families left their 
homes and went to safer locations. 

' * Samuel and a few others, however, remained and lived 
in friendly and peaceful relations with the Indians, who 
frequently visited the settlement, till only a short time 
previous to Carlton's raid. At the time of the raid 
Samuel Smith and the other settlers selected such arti- 
cles as could best be carried in their arms and on their 
backs, left their homes and fled through the forest to 
the stockaded fort at Pittsford. Their house was burned 
by the Indians, but after six years Nathan, one of Sam- 
uel's sons, married and went back to the old place and 
rebuilt the home. Soon after he invited his parents to 
live with him, which they did and remained with him 
until they died. Samuel's wife, Hannah Allen, was a re- 
markable woman and a true helpmate in those troublous 
times to her husband, who was never of robust health." 
* Samuel and Hannah were the parents of Rhoda Smith 
Farrand, of Revolutionary fame, the latter being our 
great-great-grandmother, who was the wife of Lieutenant 
Bethuel Farrand. 

Nathan Smith, brother of Rhoda, was the second man 
behind Ethan Allen when he entered Fort Ticonderoga, 
and it was the Smith scow that ferried the Green Moun- 
tain Boys across the lake. 


1 *Richard Smith, b. in London, came to New Jersey about 

1690, d. 1763 ; m. and had five children, 

2 Richard. 

2 *Samnel, b. 1720, d. Nov. 11, 1798 ; m. Hannah Allen. 
2 Benjamin, b. May, 1725, d. July 20, 1767 ; m. Hannah Dodd 
Dec. 11, 1750. 

2 Hiram. 

2 Rachel, m. Pierson. 

*Samuel Smith, m. Hannah Allen, b. 1726, d. Dee. 22, 1800, 
and had nine children, 
8 Betsey, b. 1742. d. Morristown, N. J., 1791, at home of her 
daughter, Mrs. Thos. Cobb; m. first Baldwin, second Ed- 

3 Asher. 

3 *Rhoda, b. 1747, d. June 30, 1839 ; m. 1762 Bethuel Farrand. 

3 Chloe, b. 1749, d. 1842 ; m. Hiram Ward. 

3 Nathan, b. 1752, d. 1828; m. Mrs. Wait Trask, nee Allen, 
in 1784. 

3 Marshall, b. 1757, d. 1815 ; m. Polly Case. 

3 Salome, b. 1759, d. Mch. 4, 1834; m. Elijah Grandy, Feb. 

3 Jacob, b. 1765, d. Aug. 21, 1852 ; m. first Sally Pickett, sec- 
ond Polly Bond. 

3 Hannah, b. Oct. 1769, d. Aug. 29, 1847; m. David Doty 
May 1, 1787. 

*Rhoda Smith m. Bethuel Farrand in 1762. (For further 
record, see Farrand Genealogy, 6th generation.) 

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Marcia B. Smith (Kttchell) Willis. 

Marcia Burnliam Smith (Kitchell) Willis, whose first 
husband was Dr. William Kitchell, was second wife 
of Edwin Ethelbert Willis (15th generation). She was 
descended from Richard Smith (1st) and a daughter of 
Hiram and Mary (Osborne) Smith, of Troy, N. J., where 
she was born. She was one of a family of nine children, 


Thomas Osborne. 
John Condit. 
George W. 

Marcia Burnham. 
Mary L. 

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Eleanor m. Rev. Elihu Boty, a Presbyterian mission- 
ary to China, She went with her husband to that country 
and died there, leaving four children. Her husband 
started for home with the children, but died on ship- 
board before reaching New York. 

Samuel was a pioneer and lawyer in California in the 
early gold days, where he was a law partner of Stephen 
J. Field, who afterwards became a Justice of the United 
States Supreme Court. 

John Condit was a noted railway constructor and of- 
ficer; he was a Colonel in the Civil war, and by brevet 
Quartermaster General on the staff of General Sherman. 

Col. Smith's daughter Louise is the wife of Major 
General Leonard Wood, at this time the Senior Officer 
of the United States Army. 


The family from which the Farrands of this country 
have descended is one of the oldest and most distin- 
guished in France. The patronymical name was Dusson 
(d' Usson, or de Husson). They were connected through 
marriage with much of the ancient nobility of France 
and were counts of Mont de Ferrand, of Clermont Fer- 
rand, in southern France, for centuries. 

For a description of Clermont Ferrand we refer our 
readers to the Encyclopedia Britannica, which contains 
an interesting article on this old seat of the family. The 
origin of the family is so far back in the ages that it is 
covered with the mists of the past. 

The Clermont family also, with whom the Ferrands 
were intermarried, was of great antiquity. Both these 
families were leaders in the Huguenot or religious re 
form movement in France, and were great sufferers 
therefrom, many having met death in the most horrible 
manner on account of their faith. 

On account of the persecutions a number of the Fer- 
rands fled, some to Switzerland, others to Holland and 
a few of the family to England. In the latter country 
the name became changed to Farrand in some instances, 
although the original Ferrand is also common, and, both 
families using the same coat of arms, it shows a common 
origin, the '*e" being changed to "a" probably on ac- 
count of the English pronunciation of that letter. Mrs. 
William Alexander Ewing, of New York City, who was 
Maud (Matilda) Mills, and whose pedigree is given 
with that of the Farrands, has very kindly furnished 

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the authors, at their request, with translations from 
French books relating to this family, and we hereby ex- 
press to Mrs. Ewing our appreciation for the same, re- 
gretting that on account of space we have been able to 
use but a small part of her translations. 

The first of these articles relates to the Clermont 
family, from *'La France Protestante," by Eugene and 
Emiele Haag, Vol. IV, pp. 422 to 443. (See Antoine de 
Clermont and Antoine de Bussy, page 443.) 

''Clermont Tallard, house of Dauphine. Arms de 
gules with two silver keys passed crosswise, like Cler- 
mont Tonuerre." 

''This illustrious family (Haag, Vol. Ill, p. 502), 
which, like that of Coligny, had exercised in the 13th 
century rights of sovereignty, belongs by two of its mem- 
bers to Protestant France. Gabriel de Clermont, ap- 
pointed bishop of Gap in 1527, far from showing himself 
an enemy of the Reform like his predecessor, favored 
the propagation of the new opinions in his diocese; he 
was deposed in 1553 for having abandoned the religion 
of his fathers. This deposition, nevertheless, had no 
effect, an article quoted in Gallia Christiana proving that 
they did not give him a successor until 1572, Gabriel de 
Clermont was the second son of Bernardin, Vicount of 
Tallard, and Anne de Husson (otherwise Ferrand). 
One of his brothers, named Julien, seigneur de Thoury, 
also embraced protestantism. He died of the plague in 
Orleans, with one of his sons, leaving as his heir Gabriel 
de Clermont seigneur (lord) of Thoury, who was later 
gentleman of the bedchamber of Henry III." 

Haag, Vol. VI, p. 474: "A fine man named Ferrand, 
otherwise called le Seigneur Dusson (d'Usson, or de 
Husson), who some years before 1562, having been with- 
drawn toLausanne from Loudun, had been sent to the dis- 

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trict of risle Bouchard (in Touraine) to teach there and 
instruct a large number of simple people," etc., etc. "He 
was killed shortly afterward, in 1562, at the instigation 
of his own brother, an officer of the Duke of Mont- 
pensier. ' ' 

''La France Protestante" (Haag, Vol. II, p. 863): 

"Bon repos, written also Bon repous and Bonrepeaux, 
Seigneurial title of a family originally of the county of 
Foix, whose patronymical name is Dusson or d'Usson; 
they were Marquis of Bonac and Counts of Alsois." 
This was also the Ferrand family. 

"Bon repos is found the name of a refugee from 
Saintonge to New York about 1685." (Haag, Vol. IV, p. 
862.) "Bonrepos, pastor in America in Boston 1687;" 
probably the same. 

Daniel Ferrand was student in Geneva 1608. 

Jean Ferrand, minister of Herac, was preaching in 
Haarlem, Holland; he died Nov. 1, 1709, aged 79 years. 

Claude Sommaine Sieur de Clairville married first in 
1567 Genevieve Ferrand. 

Daniel Ferrand (mentioned above) was among those 
condemned to hard labor and the galley as slaves for 
their faith. 

Charles de Montferrand Seigneur de Langayrau, in 
1569, and Guy de Montferrand, called de Langayrau, 
same year, were condemned to death for their religion. 

Comte Antoine Francois Claude Ferrand was a man of 
great distinction at the time of Napoleon. 

The family is still active, as we noted but recently the 
arrival at Paris of Count de Ferrand. 

The name of Clermont Ferrand originated with the 
marriage of the Clermont and Ferrand families. 

There were in England, the latter part of the sixteenth 
century, three brothers, Charles Farrande (or Farrand), 

128 A History of the Willis Family 

B. A. Trinity College, Cambridge, 1578, incorporated 
M. A. Oxford 14 July, 1584, vicar of Blythe, Notting- 
hamshire, 1588, vicar of Gainford, county Durham, 1589, 
and rector of Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, 1594. 

Richard Farrand of London, in the year 1600. 

Dr. Daniel Farrand of London, living there in the year 
1600, whose wife's name was Mary (probably Watthorn). 

These three brothers are supposed to be sons of a 
French refugee named Daniel Ferrand, who arrived in 
England about the year 1560. 

Dr. Farrand and his brother Richard, as also Mary, 
the wife of Dr. Farrand, are mentioned in the will of 
William Watthorn, of London, Gent., May 19, 1600. 

Having established the above, and also that Dr. Daniel 
Farrand evidently had a numerous family, with sons 
named Nathaniel and Daniel, the authors felt they were 
in the way of finally establishing the full line of the an- 
cestry of the Farrands in this country. The great war 
now raging, however, has completely cut off all investi- 
gation of this nature, and not until the war is over will 
it be possible to take up the thread where now broken. 
We regret this, as so many of our friends and 
relatives have such great interest in the matter, and so 
far as we know we are the first to establish the above. 
Should our investigations (which will be continued when 
possible) throw further light on the subject we will send 
each of our subscribers a digest of our discoveries. 

From the name Nathaniel, son of Dr. Daniel Farrand, 
and the recurrence of the name Daniel through three 
generations of this family in England (family names 
in every generation to the present), we believe it is pretty 
safe to assume that Nathaniel Farrand 1st, of Milford, 
was the son of Dr. Daniel Farrand of London. We wish 
we could assert this as a positive fact at this time, but 

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do not feel quite authorized in so doing. As a large num- 
ber of the settlers of Milford and Guilford were from 
the immediate neighborhood of London, it is a further 
link in this chain. 

1 *Nathaniel Farrand came to New England and settled 

at Milford in the year 1645. He was prominent in 
the affairs of Milford and held considerable land 
there. He leased from Mary (Ward) Clark, sister 
of John Ward, of Wethersfield and Newark, her 
lands at Milford, Conn. We have not established 
the date of his birth, death or marriage, but there 
is no doubt he was the ancestor of all the Far rands 
in this country; he had 

2 *Nathaniel Farrand, m. Mary Cobb and had three 


3 Nathaniel, b. 1679, d. 1760. 

3 * Samuel, b. at Milford, Conn., April, 1681. 

3 Daniel, b. 1683, had a son, the Rev. Daniel Farrand, 
prominent Congregational minister, celebrated for 
his witty and bright sayings, which are still quoted. 
The Rev. Daniel had a son, also named Daniel, who 
became a noted and distinguished Judge in Vermont. 
* Samuel Farrand, Esq'r. (3rd), was our great-great- 
great-great-grandfather. He removed from Milford 
and purchased a lot in Newark, N. J., in 17 H, in 
which city many of his descendants are living at the 
present time. He was a distinguished jurist. Judge 
of the Pleas and Justice of the Peace of Essex 

Note. — Nathaniel Farrand 1st had other children, but we have not attempted 
to trace these lines ; however, the children of Nathaniel 1st and 
the children of his son, Nathaniel 2nd, were the ancestors of all the 
Farrands of Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. 

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County, N. J, He had five sons and three daughters. 
(See genealogy.) One of his sons was 

4 *Ebenezer Far rand. He married Rebecca Ward and 

had six chiklren, two of whom, 

5 *Phoebe, wife of Aaron Kitchell, was our great-great 

grandmother, and 
5 *Bethuel (Lt.), m. Rhoda Smith, was our great-great- 
grandfather, so the Willis family were supplied with 
two great-great-grandparents from the fifth genera- 
tion of the Farrands. 

Lieutenant Bethuel Farrand (5th) was enrolled among 
the New Jersey Provincials during the Revolutionary 
war, held a Lieutenant's commission and fought during 
the entire struggle. He was with Washington at Valley 
Forge and Morristown, and suffered with the others 
through those terrible winters. After having escaped 
the perils of battle through many years, he followed 
Washington to Yorktown, with his company, and there, 
in the final siege and battle, was desperately wounded 
and crippled, which laid him aside from all active busi- 
ness for the remainder of his life. He died in 1794 and 
was buried in Parsippany cemetery. He owned a farm 
at Pine Brook, in Morris County. 

During the war, while Washington had his army at 
Morristown, Lieutenant Farrand was there with his men. 
His wife, Rhoda, went to see him frequently, and on one 
occasion Washington talked to her and told her they 
needed cabbage to counteract the scurvey, which had in- 
vaded the camps, and from which the men were suffering 
and dying in large numbers. She told Washington she 
would do what she could. 

Allow us a slight digression. At this time all Northern 
New Jersey was on the verge of famine ; even Washing- 

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ton and his staff officers at Morristown frequently went 
hungry, and it is told how Mrs. Colonel Ford, Wash- 
ington's hostess at the Ford mansion, when her larder 
had become absolutely bare, made a raid on her neigh- 
bors and provided a fine dinner for the General ; and how 
Washington, knowing the condition of her scanty store, 
inquired as to the source of the supply, and upon learn- 
ing told Mrs. Ford that while he appreciated her dinner 
he must gently chide her for her extravagance, as so 
many worthy men in the army had no dinner at all. 

Northern New Jersey was the great battleground of 
the Revolution. Although many sections of the thirteen 
colonies claim they were the greatest sufferers, still it 
cannot be refuted that New Jersey was the greatest suf- 
ferer of them all. Located as it is between New York 
and Philadelphia, both places held by large bodies of 
British troops, and with the American army in between, 
it was a battleground and foraging ground for seven 
years. The British troops constantly raided every sec 
tion they could reach ; what they could not carry off they 
burned or otherwise destroyed. The American army had 
to be fed and requisitioned all the people could spare, 
leaving barely enough to keep the people alive. 

The country was naturally rich and the soil unusually 
fertile; the people, most of them descended from the 
very choicest Puritan stock, were religious, industrious 
and very prosperous when the war began, but what the 
British did not take the Americans requisitioned, and 
the people were "between the Devil and the deep sea." 

All live stock, and specially horses that could possibly 
be used, were taken by the forage-masters, and the lack 
of horses accounts for Rhoda Farrand's ride behind the 
"steers," told of in a poem later on. The pay given by 
the American foragers was largelv in orders on the 

132 A History of the Willis Family 

Continental Treasurer, and as the Treasury was usually 
only a name most of the orders were not cashed at that 
time and many of them remain unpaid to the present day. 

Washington with his army was at Morristown two 
winters, both of them terribly severe, the second the most 
severe of which there is any record in New Jersey before 
or since ; the snow lay on the ground from three to seyen 
feet deep for weeks. 

To make matters the harder, every man and boy who 
could bear arms had enlisted, and we of this generation 
were told by our old grandparents how it was considered 
a disgrace not to go into the army. It is certain no sec- 
tion of the colonies gaye more freely of their men than 
did New Jersey (witness our Honor Roll), and in the 
family of Lt. Bethuel Farrand (of whom we are now 
writing) the brothers furnished seven, and many fami- 
lies gave ten and more to the patriot army. Farm labor 
could not be had at any price, and the women had to 
manage the farms with the assistance of old men and 

We of this generation little realize the hardships and 
sacrifices through which our ancestors passed in winning 
our freedom from the British yoke, and it is but a just 
tribute to our noble forbears to perpetuate some of their 
deeds of self-sacrifice and assistance, on the farms and 
in the homes as well as in the army itself. We know of 
no monument that has been erected to commemorate the 
deeds and trials of the splendid women of the Revolu- 
tion ; let those of us who have descended from these con- 
sider our heritage in the literal meaning of the word, 
''the people of God." 

With this long digression we will proceed to say that 
Rhoda canyassed all the country she could reach from 
her home, and from the little store of each neighbor she 

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collected until she had large quantities of cabbage, which 
she sent to Morristown to a grateful army. 

Rhoda Farrand was a diminutive woman, little but 
full of grit, and she was the grandmother of all of us. 

When the army reached Morristown to go into camp 
there for the second winter the soldiers were in a dread- 
ful condition; half starved, ragged and with the germs 
of the most contagious diseases, such as smallpox and 
typhus, well established. 

Lieutenant Farrand wrote his wife that his men were 
absolutely without stockings and suffering frightfully 
for the lack of them during the terrible cold. The letter 
is a treasured heirloom of one of her descendants. On 
receipt of the letter Rhoda immediately went to work 
and aroused all her friends and neighbors to help her 
knit them. This is related in a little poem written by 
her great-great-granddaughter. Miss Eleanor Hunter. 

The poem has been very popular throughout the 
country; has been recited on Memorial Days and at D. 
A. R. meetings everywhere. 

Rhoda, of course, furnished the stockings, and it is 
one of the treasured traditions of the familv that Wash- 
ington personally thanked Rhoda before the army for 
what she had done. 

Rhoda Farrand. 

In the last of these Centennial days 

Let me sing a song to a woman 's praise ; 

How she proved herself, in that time of strife, 

Worthy of being a patriot's wife. 

A little woman she was — not young, 

But ready of wit and quiet of tongue ; 

One of the kind of which Solomon told, 

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Setting their price above rubies and gold. 

A memory brave clings around her name ; 

'Twas Rhoda Farrand, and worthy of fame, 

Though scarce she dreamed 'twould be woven in rhymes 

In these her granddaughter's daughter's times. 

Just out of the clamor of war's alarms 

Lay in tranquil quiet the Jersey farms; 

And all of the i)roduce in barn and shed 

By the lads and girls was harvested. 

For the winds of winter, with storm and chill, 

Swept bitterly over each field and hill. 

Her husband was with the army, and she 

Was left on the farm at Parsippany. 

When she heard the sound of a horse's feet 

And jNIarshal Doty rode up the street. 

He paused for a moment and handed down 

A letter for Rhoda from Morristown, 

In her husband's hand — how she seized the sheet; 

The children came running with eager feet; 

There were Nate and Betty, Hannah and Dan, 

To list to the letter, and thus it ran. 

After best greeting to children and wife: 

"Heart of his heart, and the life of his life," 

I read from the paper, wrinkled and brown: 

"We are here for the winter in Morristown, 

And a sorry plight are our men today, 

In tatters and rags with no sign of pay. 

As we marched to camp, if a man looked back 

By the dropping blood he could trace our track. 

For scarcely a man has a decent shoe. 

And there's not a stocking the army through; 

So send us stockings as quick as you can, 

My companj^ needs them, every man, 

And every man is a neighbor 's lad ; 

Tell this to their mothers; they need them had." 

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Then as never before beat Rhoda's heart, 

'Twas time to be doing- a woman's part; 

She turned to her daughters. Hannah and Bet, 

"Girls, each on your needles a stocking set, 

Get my cloak and hood ; as for yon, son Dan, 

Yoke up the steers jnst as quick as you car j 

Put a chair in the wagon, as you're alive 

I will sit and knit while you go and drive." 

They started at once on Whippany road, 

She knitting away while he held the goad. 

At Whippany village she stopped to call 

On the sisters Prudence and Mary Ball. 

She would not go in, she sat in her chair. 

And read to the girls her letter from there. 

That was enough, for their brothers three 

"Were in Lieutenant Farrand's company. 

Then on Rhoda went, stopping here and there 

To rouse the neighbors from her old chair. 

Still while she was riding her fingers flew. 

And minute by minute the stocking grew. 

Across the country, so withered and brown, 

They drove till they came to Hanover town. 

There, mellow and rich, lay the Smith's broad lands; 

"With them she took dinner and warmed her hands. 

Next toward Hanover Neck Dan turned the steers. 

Where her cousins, the Kitchells, had lived for years. 

"With the Kitchells she supped, then homeward turned, 

"While above her the stars like lanterns burned. 

And she stepped from her chair, helped by her son, 

"With her first day's work (nid her stockings done. 

On Rockawa,y river, so l)right and clear, 
The brown leaf skims in the fall of the year. 
Around through the hills it curves like an arm. 
And holds in its clasp more than one bright farm. 
Through Rockaway valley next day drove Dan, 
Boy though he was, yet he worked like a man. 

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His mother behind him sat in her chair, 
Still knitting, but knitting another pair. 

They roused the valley, then drove through the gorge, 
And stopped for a minute at Compton 's forge ; 
Then on to Boonton, and there they were fed, 
While the letter was passed around and read. 
"Knit," said Rhoda to all, "as fast as you can; 
Send the stockings to me, and my son Dan 
The first of next week will drive me down. 
And I'll take the stockings to Morristown." 
Then from Boonton home, and at set of sun 
She entered her house with her stockings done. 

On Thursday they knit from morning till night, 

She and the girls, with all their might. 

When the yarn gave out they carded, spun, 

And every day more stockings were done. 

When the wool was gone then they killed a sheep — 

A cosset — but nobody stopped to weep. 

They pulled the fleece and they carded away. 

And spun and knitted from night iTutil day. 

In all the country no woman could rest, 

But they knitted on like people ' ' possessed ; ' ' 

And Parson Condit expounded his views 

On the Sabbath Day unto empty pews. 

Except for a few stray lads who came 

And sat in the gallery, to save the name. 

On Monday morn at an early hour 

The stockings came in a perfect shower — 

A shower that lasted until the night ; 

Black, brown and gray ones and mixed blue and white; 

There were pairs one hundred and tliirty-three, 

Long ones, remember, up to the knee ; 

And the next day Rhoda carried them down 

In the old ox-wagon to Morristown. 

I hear like an echo the soldiers' cheers 

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For Rlioda and Dan, the wagon and steers ; 

Growing wilder yet for the chief in command, 

While lip at "salute" to the brow flies each hand 

As Washington passes, desiring then 

To thank Mistress Farrand in name of his men. 

But tlie words that her husband's lips let fall, 

' ' I knew you would do it ! ' " were best of all. 

And I think in these Centennial days 

That she should be given her meed of praise ; 

And while we are singing "Auld Lang Syne," 

Her name with the others deserves to shine. 

Eleanor A. Hunter. 

The Rhoda Farrand Chapter, Daughters' of the Ameri- 
can Revolution, of Adison, Vermont, on June 30, 1916, 
placed the regular D. A. R. Marker on the grave of Rhoda 
Farrand, at Bridport, Vt. Appropriate exercises were 
held on the occasion, as follows: 


Opening Service — U. A. R. Ritual. 

A Word of Greeting by the Regent. 

Communications — Mrs. W. W. Clark. 

A Sketch of Rhoda Farrand and Poem — Mrs. F. C. Smith. 

Memorial Song by the Sons and Daughters of "Daughters." 

The D. A. R. and What It Stands for— Read by Mrs. E. C. Ryder. 

The Occasion — Miss Cora Ellen Smith. 

Closing Song — America. 

Bethuel Farrand married Rhoda Smith when she was 
a mere child of fifteen years, but they were blessed with 
eleven children (see genealogy) and she outlived her hus- 
band by forty-nine years, reaching the ripe old age of 92. 

After the death of her husband, in 1794, Rhoda was 
taken to Vermont, with three of her children, by her 

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j^oungest brother, Jacob Smith. For many years she lived 
with her daughter Hamiah, the wife of Captain Newton 
Hay^vard. She died at Bridport June 30, 1839. ''For 
several years before her death she seemed to lose con- 
sciousness of passing events and forgot as they i^assed, 
but her memory was very tenacious of all that happened 
in the early part of her life. She would relate the scenes 
of those memorable days with an ardor and simplicity 
peculiar only to the actors of them. * * * Before her 
death she could number more than 150 descendants, and 
was contemporary with the fifth generation." 

One of the sons of Lt. Bethuel Farrand and Rhoda his 
wife was, 

6 *Daniel Farrand, our great-grandfather, who married 
Phoebe Plume June 6, 1785, the Rev. Jacob Green^ 
a noted divine, performing the ceremony at Hanover, 
N. J. Daniel Farrand lived at Pine Brook, N. J., 
when first married, and Deborah his daughter, our 
grandmother, was born there, as was also his eldest 
son and daughter. From Pine Brook Daniel removed 
to Parsippany, where the remainder of his children 
were born, 

Daniel Farrand was a soldier in the Revolution; 
he was but eleven years old when the war began in 
1775, but the records show that as soon as he became 
old enough to carry a musket he enlisted and saw 
much fighting during the last three years of the war. 

In the War of 1812 he was Captain and Adjutant 
Daniel Farrand of the Third Regiment, Morris 
County Militia. His regiment was mustered into the 
United States service, and on Septeml)er 17, 1812, 
he marched with it to Sandy Hook. 

Daniel Farrand 's wife, Phoebe Plume, came of a 
distinguished line of ancestors, which is recorded in 

A History of the Willis Family 139 

account of Plume family. They had twelve children, 
the fifth being, 

*Deborah Farrand, b. at Pine Brook, Feby. 9, 1793, 
died at the home of her son-in-law, B. F. Howell, at 
Morristown, N. J,, Oct. 20, 1885, in her ninety-third 

She was a very remarkable old lady, her hair 
scarcely turned grey, and she retained all her facul- 
ties to the end, reading each day the New York 
papers and interested in all the current events of 
the time and the doings of her innnediate family. 
She was loved and respected by every one who knew 
her. She married Thomas Compson Willis on Dec. 
14, 1824; they were our grandparents, and a further 
record will be found under Willis Family and 

Farraxd Arms. 

Arms — "Ar. on a chief gu. two crosses crosslet of the 

Crest — '*A cubit arm erect, vested vaire cuif ar. hold- 
ing in the hand ppr. a battleaxe of the second." 

Motto — ** Nulla pallescere culpa." 

Note. — When the Marquis de Moiiteahii captured Fort William Henry, on 
Lake George, in August, 1757, among the prisoners sent captive to 
Canada was Thomas Farrand, Jun 'r, son of Thomas, as old New 
England records sliow, but we cannot trace this father and son in 
the genealogy. They were probably from New Hampshire or 

140 A History of the Willis Family 

Farraxd Items. 

Mr. Homer A. Farrand, of Elgin, 111., furnishes the 
following items : 

''Nathaniel Farrand, Sen'r and Jun'r, are listed among 
the original 'Purchasers and Proprietors' of the Town- 
ship of New Milford, Conn., as recorded at New Milford 
under date of April, 1706-7. I think there may have been 
some change in boundaries, so that the land deeded by the 
Indians as above is now in the township of New Milford. 

''The deed in question is for the Shepang purchase 
from the Pootatuck Indians of a part of the site of Rox- 
bury. Conn., a township adjoining New Milford. There 
were nine Indian principals and one Indian witness, each 
using a distinguishing mark. John Banks, a white wit- 
ness, by 'his mark,' and Nathaniel ffarrand. Senior and 
Junior, by their signatures, the initial letter of the name 
evidently written so as to have the appearance of 'if' as 

"In 1738 Daniel Farrand was one of the twenty-five 
witnesses to a Quaker wedding at New Milford. In 1776 
Rev. Daniel Farrand, of Caanan, Conn., tutored his 
nephew, Daniel Boardman. In 1784 this Daniel Board- 
man toured Vermont with a Farrand, probably Daniel 
(son of the Rev.), w^ho settled at Newberry, Vt., and 
participated in the founding of the State, becoming judge 
of the Supreme Court of the State. It was he who made 
the address of welcome to President Monroe upon his 
visit to Burlington in 1825. 

"In giving a narrative of early New Milford, Davis 
Baldwin tells of attending school under Timothy Far- 
rand in 1787 and Doc. Samuel Farrand in 1784. 

"Andrew Farrand and Thomas Farrand were original 
Proprietors of The Elbow Tract, a plantation originat- 
ing the town of Palmer, Mass. They are listed as early 

A History of the Willis Family 141 

settlers of Palmer, 1716-45, but their names do not ap- 
pear until 1728-32-33-39. Encyclopedia Britannica states 
that Palmer was settled in 1716 and received a considera- 
ble accretion of settlers from a Scotch-Irish colony which 
came to Boston from Ulster in 1718, and that this accre- 
tion probably came in 1727 through direct immigration 
from Ireland. There was a reorganization of the Plan- 
tation about this time, but the records seem to indicate 
that these Farrands were members of the plantation 
prior to the reorganization. 

"There is no question that the Thomas Farrand cap- 
tured at Fort William Henry in 1756-7 is the son of the 
above Thomas. And as this captive was seen in Canada 
by those who returned to Palmer within the year and 
my great-great-grandfather Thomas located not far from 
the Canadian border, in Vermont, I think I have reason 
to believe that my ancestor Thomas was the son of the 
Indian captive. His first child was born in 1793 and the 
first child from his second marriage was Royce, born in 
1805, named for his mother, from whose family I get my 
name, from Homer Royce through my great-uncle, 
Homer Farrand. 

"This ancestor Thomas was a great deer hunter and 
was in the habit of going to Michigan to hunt, and died 
while on one of these deerhunting expeditions." 


A Histury of the Willis Family 

Dr. Samuel Ashbel Farrand. 

Samuel Ashbel Farrand, Ph. D., son of Samuel and 
Mary (Polly Kitchell) Farrand, was born at Newark, 
N. J., June 4, 1830, and for more than fifty years of his 
long and active life was noted as among the great edu- 
cationists of this country. Previous to July 9, 1859, 
he was Principal of the Trenton Academy, and on that 
date was appointed Principal of the celebrated Newark 
Academy, which has a history going back to 1774. 

"In 1865 Mr. Farrand resigned his position as princi- 
pal to establish a school in New York, leaving the 
Academy in a flourishing and prosperous condition." 

*'In 1870 Mr., now Dr., Farrand was again appointed 
Principal" (of the Newark Academy), which position 

A History of the Willis Family 143 

he retained until the time of his death in 1908, He re- 
ceived the degree of A. M. from Williams Coljege, New 
York University and Princeton^ and the degreej of Ph. D, 
from Princeton in 1879. 

Wilson Farband. 

Wilson Farrand, son of Dr. Samuel Ashbel and Louise 
(Wilson) Farrand, graduated from Princeton University 
in 1886 with the degree of A. B. and received the degree 
of A. M. from Princeton in 1889 and Columbia Honorary 
A. M. 1907. 

"In March, 1887, he was appointed Master in the 
Newark Academy. In 1889 he became Associate Head 
Master, and in 1901 Head Master, holding that office 
jointly with his father and gradually assuming full con- 
trol of the school," which position he holds in 1916. 

**Asst. editor Scribner's Magazine 1886-7; member of 
the National Conference on Uniform Entrance Require- 
ments in English 1894 (now secretary), College Entrance 
Examination Board; 1900, National Conference Com- 
mittee on Standards of College and Secondary Schools; 
President 1895-6 of the Schoolmasters Association of 
New York ; President 1902 of the Middle States Associa- 
tion of Colleges and Preparatory Schools; President 
Head Masters Association of the United States in 1911 ; 
President New England Society of Orange, N. J., 1906-08 ; 
President 1909-11 of the Princeton Alumni Federation 
of New Jersey ; Alumni Trustee of Princeton University ; 
Director of the State Charities Aid Association of New 
Jersey; Has written many papers and delivered many 
addresses on educational topics, especially college en- 
trance requirements and relation of school and college." 

144 A History of the Willis Family 

Dr. Livingston Fareand. 

Dr. Livingston Farrand, son of Dr. Samuel Aslibel and 
Louise (Wilson) Farrand, is a distinguished anthropolo- 
gist and bacteriologist. 

*' Educated at the Newark Academy, graduate of 
Princeton University with A, B. in 1888, he continued his 
studies at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, re- 
ceiving the degree of M. D. from Columbia University in 
1891. His studies were further continued at Cambridge, 
England, and Berlin, Germany. Returning to the United 
States he was instructor in physiology in Columbia Uni- 
versity 1893-1901, after which he was adjunct professor, 
and in 1903 became professor of anthropology. He is a 
member of the American Psychological Society, the 
Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society 
of Naturalists, the American Association for the Ad- 
vancement of Science, the American Folk-Lore Society, 
of which he was president in 1903, and the American 
Oriental Society and a fellow of the New York Academy 
of Sciences." 

Dr. Farrand is at this time the President of the Uni- 
versity of Colorado, which office he assumed January 1, 
1914; he received the degree of LL. D. from both the 
University of Colorado and the University of Denver in 
1914. Author Basis of American History, 1904; Edi- 
tor American Journal of Public Health, 1912-14. 

Dr. Max Farrand. 

Dr. Max Farrand was born at Newark, N. J., March 
29, 1869, son of Dr. Samuel Ashbel and Louise (Wilson) 
Farrand. He graduated from Princeton University with 
the degree of A. B. in 1892 and received the degree of 
Ph. D. from Princeton in 1896 : Graduate student of his- 

A Hist oil/ of the Willis Famihf 145 

tory Princeton, Leipzig and Heidelberg 1892-6; Hon. A.M. 
Yale 1908 ; Instructor, associate professor and professor 
of history Wesleyan University 1896-1901 ; professor and 
head of department of history Leland Stanford, Jr., 
University 1901-8 ; acting professor of American history 
Cornell University 1905-6; professor of history Yale 
September, 1908; Member of the American Historical 
Association ; American Antiquarj^ Society, etc. ; Au- 
thor of Legislation of Congress for the Government 
of the Organized Territories of the United States, 1789- 
1895; Translations of Jellineh's Declaration of the Rights 
of Man and of Citizens, 1901; Records of Federal Con- 
vention of 1787 (3 Vols.); Framing of the Constitution, 
1913; Contrihutor to American Historical Review, and 
other periodicals ; Editor M. V. H. Dwiglit, A Journey to 
Ohio in 1810, 1913. 

The class year book of Yale University, or, as it is 
called. The Yale Banner and Pot Pourri for 1915-1916, is 
dedicated to Max Farrand, which is a high tribute and 
shows the esteem in which Professor Farrand is held 
by the students of Yale. At the front of the book is a 
handsome picture of Max Farrand. On the second page 
is the following: 


Max Farrand, Ph. D., 

Professor of History, 

This Book Is Dedicated. 

On the next page is a dedication and tribute written 
by former President William H. Taft, as follows : 

''Max Farraxd. 

"The dedication of the Banner and Pot Pourri to 
Professor Farrand, of the History Department of Yale 

146 A History of the. Willis Family 

University, is a proper appreciation of the great work 
he has done in stimulating- the accurate studv of the his- 
tory of the greatest instrument of government in history, 
the Constitution of the United States. Every student of 
our national fundamental law should feel indebted to 
him for his laborious, accurate and most convenient com- 
pilation and arrangement of the reliable sources of infor- 
mation as to the parliamentary history and discussion 
in the Constitutional Convention, of every sentence and 
paragraph of the Constitution as framed and ratified. 
Though a Princeton graduate, we should feel proud as 
Yale men to have him in our Faculty Department of 
History and instilling in future Yale men clear and com- 
prehensive knowledge of the growth of our country. 

William H. Taft." 

Beatrix Cadwalader (Jones) Farrand, wife of Dr. 
Max Farrand, is a celebrated landscape gardener. She 
was born in New York June 10, 1872. Received a pro- 
fessional education under Charles Sprague Sargent, di- 
rector of Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. 
She has been the designer of the grounds of many promi- 
nent people. Supervising landscape gardener of Prince- 
ton University since 1915; Fellow of American Society 
of Landscape Architects (charter member) ; correspond- 
ing member Association Francaise des Architects de 
Jardins, etc. ; Lecturer on landscape gardening and allied 

Dudley Faerand. 


Mr. Farrand was born in Bloomfield, Essex County, 
New Jersey, Feb. 21, 1869, the son of Charles and Anna 
(Farrand) Farrand. He attended the Public Schools of 

A Historij of the Willis Family 147 

Bloomfield, and after graduating from the Newark 
Academy in 1887 he was admitted to Princeton Univer- 
sity, class 1891. He decided not to enter the college, 
however, and in 1887 accepted a clerical position with 
the Newark Electric Light and Power Company. Two 
years later he was made Assistant Secretary of the Com- 
pany and two years after that he was promoted to the 
position of Assistant Manager in charge of the operating 
department. In 1892 he was placed in charge of Design 
and Construction. In 1896 Mr. Farrand was made 
Assistant Manager of the Peoples Light and Power 
Company, of which he became General Manager one year 
later. In 1899 he was made General Manager of the 
United Electric Company of New Jersey, and in 1903 he 
was made General Manager of the Electric Department 
of the Public Service Corjjoration of New Jersey. The 
Public Service Electric Company was formed in 1910 to 
take over and operate all the electric properties of the 
lattter corporation, and Mr. Farrand was selected for 
General Manager. In April, 1915, he was elected Vice- 
President and General Manager, which position he now 

'*Mr. Farrand has done consulting engineering for a 
number of large interests in various parts of the country. 
He acted in an advisory capacity to the Board of Engi- 
neers compiling data for the National Conservation Com- 
mission appointed by President Roosevelt. He was 
invited by President Roosevelt to represent the electric 
interests in the first Conference of Governors held at the 
White House in May, 1908. 

"Mr. Farrand is a Fellow and Member of the American 
Institute of Electrical Engineers, a member of the Amer- 
ican Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Engineers 
Club of New York, the Essex Club of Newark, N. J., the 

148 A History of the Willis Family 

Essex Comity Country Club of Orange, N. J., the Rumson 
Country Club of Rumson, N. J. ; lie is a Past President of 
the National Electric Light Association and a retired 
member of the Essex Trooj) Cavalry, 1st Troop, N. G., 
N. J." 


Judge Betliuel Farrand, Jr., 6th generation, was the 
son of Lieutenant Bethuel and Rhoda (Smith) Farrand. 
He was born at Hanover, New Jersey, June 12, 1783, and 
died at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1852. After the death 
of his father, in 1794, he was educated by his uncle, the 
Hon. Aaron Kitchell, at that time a Congressman and 
shortly after United States Senator from New Jersey, 
whose home was at Hanover. When still a young man 
Bethuel, Jr., moved from New Jersey to Cayuga County, 
New York, where he remained until 1825, when, having 
obtained a contract to establish the first water works 
in Detroit, Michigan, he removed to the latter city. He 
remained in Detroit until late in 1825, when he sought a 
new home at Ann Arbor and removed there with his fam- 
ily. There was nothing but an Indian trail between the 
two places at the time, and but few families had settled 
at Ann Arbor. During the following winter Mr. Farrand 
and his eldest son, Lucius, opened the first road between 
Ann Arbor and Detroit. Mr. Farrand became one of the 
foremost and leading citizens of the new settlement and 
when "Washtenaw County was set off he became the first 
Probate Judge. In March, 1838, the State Legislature 
of Michigan loaned Mr. Farrand $800 to expend in ma- 
chinery for the manufacture of silk ; he was the first per- 
son in Michigan to plant the mulberry tree and engage 
in raising the silk-worm. He married first Marilla Shaw, 
second Deborah Osburn. 


A History of the Willis Family 

Jacob Shaw Farrand. 

Jacob Shaw Farrand, 7th generation, son of Bethuel 
and Marilla Shaw Farrand, was born at Mentz, Cayuga 
County, New York, May 7, 1815. 

''At the age of fifteen he left liome to make his own 
way in the world and obtained a clerkship with Rice & 
Bingham, of Detroit. At the age of twenty-one, Dr. Rice 
having retired, he became the partner of Mr. Bingham, 
devoted himself to the business, which was one of the 
largest drug concerns in Detroit, for five years. At the 
age of twenty-six, in 1841, he was appointed deputy col- 
lector for the port of Detroit and the entire lake district 
above that city and so severed his business connection. 
In 1842 he was appointed Military Secretary, with the 

A Histonj of the Willis Family 151 

rank of Major, by Gov. Gordon. Returning to private 

life in 1845, Mr. Farrand re-entered the drug business, 

in which he remained alone until 1859, when he formed a 
partnership with Ahmson Sheley, under the firm name of 
Farrand & Sheley. In 1860, William C. Williams being 
received as a partner, the firm name became Farrand, 
Sheley & Co. In 1871 the house ranked with the leading- 
establishments of the kind in the United States and Har- 
vey C. Clark became a partner, the firm name being 
changed to Farrand, Williams & Co. In 1880 Richard 
Williams came into the firm, and in 1885 Jacob S. Far- 
rand, Jr., and Alanson Sheley Brooks. In 1890 the firm 
was dissolved and Mr. Farrand organized the business 
of Farrand, Williams & Clark. In 1863 Mr. Farrand be- 
came a stockholder in the First National Bank of Detroit, 
and in 1868 was chosen its president, continuing in office 
until the charter expired in 1883. Under the new charter 
he was continued as a director. He was one of the or- 
ganizers of the Wayne County Savings Bank, served on 
its board of directors, and from 1885 to the time of his 
death was its Vice-President. As organizer, director, 
treasurer or president he was identified with the Detroit 
Fire and Marine Insurance Co., the Michigan Mutual 
Life Insurance Co., the Detroit Gas Co., and various other 
important local enterprises. From 1860 to 1864 he was 
a member of the city council, served one year as its 
president, and for a time was acting Mayor of Detroit. 
He left a most enviable record of conscientious and val- 
uable services performed. For eight years he was presi- 
dent of the board of police commissioners, a department 
he had been instrumental in organizing, and for more 
than twenty-five years he was a member of the board of 
water commissioners, being its president for many years. 
For several years he was president of the Harper Hos- 

152 A History of the Willis Family 

pital directorate, and from 1880 until his death he was 
a trustee of the Eastern Michigan Asylum for the Insane 
at Pontiac, being- appointed originally by Gov. Crosswell 
and being re-appointed by Governors Begole and Luce. 
For more than thirty years he was an elder of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Detroit, was a delegate to five 
general assemblies, represented the Presbyterian Church 
of the United States in the Canadian assembly at Hamil- 
ton in 1873, and in 1887 M^as sent as a delegate to the Pan- 
Presbyterian Alliance, held in Scotland. Mr. Farrand 
was simple in his habits, alert and accurate in forming 
estimates as to men and means ; cheerful and agreeable in 
manner, he was a delightful and inspiring associate. Mr. 
Farrand was married at Hudson, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1841, 
to Olive M., daughter of Rev Harvey and Deborah 
(Eddy) Coe; they had five children. Mr. Farrand died 
in Detroit, Mich., April 3, 1891." 


Olive M. Farrand. 

Olive M., wife of Jacob S. Farrand, was born at 
Vernon, Ohio, April 18, 1821. On her mother's side she 
was descended from Samuel Eddy, son of Rev. William 
Eddy, of Branbrook, Kent, England, the former being 
first of the line in this country. His descendants figure 
prominently in colonial history, and one of them, Law- 
rence by name, served through the Revolutionary war, 
and shared in the privations at Valley Forge. ' ' 

She was descended on her father's side also from 
Puritan stock, the first ancestor in this country being 
Hon. Robert Coe, b. in Suffolkshire, England, in 1591; 
his wife, Anna, b. 1596. They had three children, John, 
b. 1626, Robert, Jr., b. 1627, Benjamin, b. 1629. They 
sailed from England (Ipswich) with eighty-four others 
in the ship Francis, April 10, 1634, and arrived in Boston 

A History of the Wilt is F amity 153 

in June. They first settled in Watertown, Mass., moved 
to Wethersfield, Conn., in 1636, and in 1640 Hon. Robert 
Coe, with others, purchased Kippowams, now Stamford, 
Conn., and moved there. Hon. Robert Coe and his de- 
scendants fill a very important place in the history of 
Colonial Connecticut and Long Island. Robert Coe lived 
at Stamford until 1644, when he removed with his three 
sons to Hempstead, Long Island. 

*'Robt., Sen., left Heemstede after a few years resi- 
dence there; he became a pioneer in the settlement of 
Middleburg, L. I., about 1651." 

This part of Long Island, at that time, was under the 
jurisdiction of Connecticut ; both Robt., Sen., and his son 
John, held many im])ortant offices, were representatives, 

Col. Robert Coe, Jr., second son of Robt., Sen., removed 
from Long Island about 1650 to Stratford, Conn., where 
he was a farmer. 

He m. Susanna and by her had three children; from 
this branch are descended most of the Connecticut Coes. 
John Coe, only son of Robt. Coe, Jr., of Stratford, m. 
Mary Hawley, of Stratford, Dec. 20, 1682, and had ten 
children, one of whom, Ephraim, m. Hannah Miller, of 
Middletown, Conn., Nov. 28, 1723, and had six children, 
two of whom, Samuel, b. Aug. 5, 1726, and Aaron, b. Feb. 
16, 1730, removed from Durham, Conn., to Granville, 

One of these, either Samuel or Aaron, was the ancestor 
of Mrs. Jacob S. Farrand. 

** Among Mrs. Farrand 's more immediate forebears 
was her great-great-grandfather, Samuel Coe, who was a 
soldier in the 17th regiment, Connecticut line. He took 
part in the battles of Roxbury and Bunker Hill, being- 
promoted to a Sergeancy in Capt. Champion's company, 

154 A History of the Willis Family 

3rd regiment, Connecticut line; he j)ai'ticipated in the 
capture of West Point, in the battle of White Plains and 
the storming of Stony Point. After three years' service 
he was discharged Aug. 18, 1778, being pensioned as a 

"Rev. Harvey Coe, father of Mrs. Farrand, was a 
graduate of Williams College and was the second home 
Missionary sent to the Western Reserve from Connect- 
icut. He was one of the founders of the Western Reserve 
College (now University) and was one of the trustees 
as long as he lived. 

"Mrs. Farrand went to Detroit and to her new home 
admirably fitted for the responsibilities she was about to 
undertake. With her husband she united with the First 
Presbyterian Church and gave it the loving service of 
her best years. She was closely identified with all the 
many social, charitable and religious societies of the 
church and with the Presbyterian Orphan Asylum and 
other philanthropic institutions of the city, and holding 
a positive place as the central figure of an ideally happy 
home, she won and retained the admiration and confi- 
dence of every one who knew her." 

The biography of Jacob Shaw Farrand and part of 
the biography of his wife, Olive M. (Coe) Farrand, is 
from the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 
by kind permission of the publishers, James T. White & 
Co., New York. 


Dr. David Osburn Farrand was born at Ann Arbor 
April 23, 1838, and was the son of Judge Bethuel Far- 
rand, prominent in the early history of Michigan, and 
Deborah Osburn, a woman of culture and Christian prin- 
ciple, who came west in the early days from New York 
and established a home that was a center of beneficence 
to all who came within its influence. After leaving the 
literary department of the University of Michigan Dr. 
Farrand began his medical studies there. He then went 
to Europe and studied medicine in Germany. He was 
subsequently graduated at The College of Physicians and 

156 A History of the Willis Family 

Surgeons in New York city. Immediately after gradua- 
tion he entered the army as a volunteer during our Civil 
war and soon won an enviable reputation as a surgeon, 
beginning his career in Lawson General Hospital at St. 
Louis, where he was sent by Surgeon-General Charles S. 
Tripler, who was then stationed at Detroit. He was re- 
called to Detroit to serve under Lieutenant-Colonel J. R. 
Smith, at the barracks at the upper end of Clinton Street, 
to which the soldiers were transferred on their way to the 
front, and at St. Mary's Hospital, where all Michigan 
soldiers were obliged to report. 

The heart of every old Michigan soldier thrills at the 
name of St. Mary's, presided over by those loyal, unsel- 
fish women, the Sisters of Charity. St. Mary's was or- 
ganized as a Military Hospital in August, 1863, but the 
first soldiers admitted were sent in May, 1862. Dr. Far- 
rand's service continued here until 1864, when Harper 
Hospital was built and leased to the government and used 
as a resting place and distributing point for the wounded 
soldiers during the Civil war ; the amount of hospital re- 
lief thus furnished was very large, nearly five thousand 
soldiers passing under Dr. Farrand's care during this 
time of service. While at Harper Hospital he was com- 
missioned Assistant Surgeon in the regular army. He 
held this commission and also received the brevet of Cap- 
tain till July 1st, 1866, and also served as medical direc- 
tor of the post, succeeding Dr. E. F. Sanger, when he re- 
signed to enter private practice with Dr. Zina Pitcher in 
Detroit. The year previous to his resignation, at the 
request of General Cass, permission having been granted 

Note. — Dr. David O. Farrand was made brevet Cajjtain, U. S. Army, 13tli 
March, 1865, for faithful and meritorius service during the war. 

A History of the Willis Family 157 

by the Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, Dr. Far- 
rand remained with General Cass during his last illness. 

After the death of General Cass Dr. Farrand resigned his 
commission in the regular army and was appointed Con- 
tract Surgeon by request of the officers stationed at De- 
troit, and served as such at Department Headquarters 
on the staff of General Ord, of General Robinson and of 
General Pope till the winter of 1871, when, being ill, he 
was relieved by Assistant Surgeon Hartsuff, U. S. A, 
Through the dark days of the war Dr. Farrand never for 
a moment doubted the results of the contest and never 
for a moment faltered in his devotion to his country. At 
the close of the war he engaged in active practice in De- 
troit, and down to the close of his noble and useful life 
gave himself to the work of helping his fellowman. His 
activity was ceaseless, his energy and industry remarka- 
ble. He won the highest honors his profession has to 
bestow, and worked for them not for their ow^n sake, but 
because to win them was to make himself more useful. His 
great skill as a physician and surgeon brought him, un- 
solicited, many posts of trust and responsibility, and his 
influence was accordingly extended through every part 
of the social and business community. He was president 
of the Board of Health of the City of Detroit, Surgeon 
of the Detroit Police Force from its establishment until 
his death, Surgeon-in-Chief of the Michigan Central Rail- 
road, Surgeon of Harper Hospital, Chief Medical Ex- 
aminer of the Michigan Mutual Life Insurance Co., a 
member of the leading medical and surgical associations 
of the country, physician to the poor, and to the people. 
Notwithstanding his immense activity in the domain of 
his profession he found his relaxation in business and 
politics. He was an active, ardent and leading Republi- 
can. As Chairman of the Republican County and Con- 

158 A Hist oil/ of the Willis Famikj 

gressional Committees he conducted several hard-fought 
campaigns. He was Vice-President of one of Detroit's 
largest manufacturing institutions, The Griffin Car Wheel 
Co., and was also director of the Michigan Mutual Life 
Insurance Co. As a politician and business man he was 
a success. 

Dr. Farrand was always deeply interested in every- 
thing that pertained to the advancement of education 
and was always warmly attached to The University of 
Michigan and its interests. Dr. Farrand was married 
September 11, 1866, to Elizabeth Lewis, daughter of Hon. 
Royal Thaxter Twombly, of Maine, who came west in 
1836 and who became prominent in Michigan as a staunch 
American and Loyal Democrat, and Mary Parker Mc- 
Lellan of distinguished Scotch ancestry, whose repre- 
sentatives in America are among the earliest and ablest 
of the settlers of New England. Dr. Farrand died March 
18, 1883. The funeral was held at the First Presbyterian 
Church, of which he was a member. The Rev. Geo. D. 
Baker, the Rev. Arthur T. Pierson and President Angell, 
of the L^niversity, conducted the services. About five 
hundred people, including the faculty and medical stu- 
dents of the Univeristy, came from the city of his birth 
to pay their last tribute. The endowment of the Farrand 
Training School for Nurses, in connection with Harper 
Hospital, is a lasting and fitting monument to his mem- 
orv. The beautiful monolith at Elmwood, erected in 
grateful memory by his friends, the street and the public 
School which bear his name, all show the affectionate 
wish to keep him in remembrance. It is perhaps worthy 
of note that this was the first instance in which a general 
and unanimous contribution had been made for the erec- 
tion of a monument to a citizen of Detroit, and as such 

A History of the Willis Family 159 

it is no small testimonial to the esteem in which Dr. Far- 
rand was held. 

Dr. Farrand died at the comparatively early age of 
forty-five, yet when we speak of his life as prematurely 
ended let us not fail to remember that it is only so in re- 
gard to those who are left behind, for we can imagine none 
more full or complete in itself, whether we think of the 
name he achieved, the work he accomplished, the love that 
he won, or the countless acts of kindness and benevolence 
which have gone up as a memorial to the Master whom 
he served. 

The following verses appeared in a morning paper in 
Detroit the day after Dr. Farrand died: 


Draw low the flag, toll soft the bell 
Move slowly out to Elmwood's rest; 

He was the g^entlest one that fell — 
Of this his deeds tell best. 

'Tis g-reatiiess just to be a man. 

To think and feel and ever do 
By poor and rieli as best we can 

One whole life through. 

This was his daily, hourly task 

To heal the weak that they might live, 

Nor halting for rewards to ask 
Of such as had not fees to give. 


Life's wheels worn out too soon 
With such good work to do, 

'Tis sad to part before your noon- 
Doctor, we needed vou. 


A Tlistoyy of the Willis Family 

If all who loved you best 

Could cast a single rose 
Along the journey to your rest 

'Twoiild mark your sweet repose. 

Brave, patient friend, adieu ; 

Hearts, homes throughout the state 
Repeat so lovingly for you, 

"Our family doctor, good and great.'' 


Elizabeth L. (Twoaiblv) P\\rrand. 

Mrs. Elizabeth L. Farraiid, widow of Dr. David Osburn 
Farrand, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs, Wlieeler 
P. Bloodgood, in Milwaukee. 

A History of the WiUls Family 161 

Mrs. Farrand was an exceptionally capable and re- 
sourceful woman, was a broad philanthropist during her 
husband's lifetime and her residence in the city of 
Detroit, She seconded the ''Good Physician" in all his 
labors for humanity. Many a young life was saved 
through their loving kindness. Many a college boy owed 
his career to their moral support. 

James Benjamin Farrand. 

During the boyhood of James Benjamin Farrand he 
lived on his father's farm, just out of Ann Arbor, Mich., 
attending school in that city. After the death of his 
father, in 1852, and his brother Kitchell, in 1854, the 
family left the farm, moving into Ann Arbor. James be- 
came interested in engineering, and when the call for 
volunteers in the Civil war was sent out he enlisted in the 
Navy, going on the U. S. S. Michigan July 6, 1862, at 
Detroit, Mich. Ordered from the Michigan Oct. 12, 1862, 
to U. S. S. Southfield, at Norfolk, Va., as acting Third 
Assistant Engineer; was in a number of engagements 
on Pamlico Sound and during a blockade of nearly two 
years. On April 19, 1864, the Southfield was sunk by 
the Confederate Ram Albemarle, at Plymouth, N. C, 
and all the crew taken prisoners excepting two beside 
Mr. Farrand, who, rowing for their lives, reached the 
fleet. He was ordered. May 5, 1864, to U. S. Monitor 
Manhattan, at New York, going thence to Charleston and 
the Gulf and was with Farragut in the battle of Mobile 
Bay when they captured the Confederate Ram Tennes- 
see, Forts Morgan and Powell, and ironclads Aug. 5, 
1864; detached from Manhattan at Red River of the 
South April, 1865 ; was on Board of Construction of Mon- 
itors at Cincinnati. July 30, 1867, he was ordered to 

162 A History of the Willis Family 

U. S. S. Sliawmut, New York, as acting First Assistant 
Engineer in charge for a cruise to the West Indies and 
South America; returned from the cruise July 1, 1868, 
and granted leave of absence ; resigned and received dis- 
charge from the Navy Oct. 7, 1868. After leaving the 
Navy he spent several years in business at Port Huron, 
moving from there to Detroit in 1891, where he resided 
the remainder of his life. Mr. Farrand was the son of 
Judge Bethuel and Deborah (Osburn) Farrand and was 
born June 6, 1833, at Ann Arbor ; died Jan. 8, 1904. He 
married Helen N. Gray on Sept 30, 1868. 


1 *Nathaniel Farrand, b. in England, settled in Milford, Conn., 

in 1645 ; had, 

2 *Natlianiel Farrand, m. Mary Cobb, had, 

3 Nathaniel, b. 1679, d. 1760. 

3 *Samuel, b. Milford, Conn., April, 1681, d. Newark, N. J., 
Sept. 16, 1750; m. Hannah, dau. of Joseph and Dorcas 
Wheeler ; she was b. 1685, d. Oct. 18, 1748. 

3 Daniel, b. 1683. 

Children of Samuel and Hannah (Wheeler) Farrand. 

4 *Ebenezer, b. 1707 in Newark, N. J., d. Jany. 22, 1777; m. 

Rebecca Ward. 
4 Sarah. 

4 Samuel d. 1760. 
4 Phoebe. 
4 *Joseph, b. May 24, 1719, d. Aug. 8, 1760 ; m. Sarah Crissy, 

d. Jany 3, 1815. 
4 Elizabeth. 
4 Nathaniel. 
4 Daniel, M. D., b. 1726, d. 1764. 

Children of Ehenezer and Rebecca (Ward) Farrand. 

5 Ebenezer, b. 1740, d. 1783. 

5 *Bethuel, b. Oct. 4, 1741, d. May 27, 1794; m. Rhoda, dau. 
of Samuel and Hannah (Allen) Smith, b. Parsippany, 
N J., 1757, d. Bridport, Vermont, June 30, 1839. 

5 Samuel. 

5 Phineas, m. Jemima Kitchell. 

164 A History of the Willis Family 

5 *Phoebe, b. 1743, d. Mcli. 12, 1807 ; m. Hon. Aaron Kitchell. 
5 Anna. 

5 Rebecca, b. Feby. 5, 1750, d. Jany. 29, 1829; m. Abraham 

Bethuel Farrand, Lieutenant in Revolution, m. Rhoda 
Smith when she was but fifteen years old ; the marriage took 
place on Dec. 26, 1762. Their children were, 

6 *Daniel, b. Jany. 19, 1764, d. Feby. 16, 1829; m. Phoebe 

6 Nathan, m. Esther Baldwin. 

6 Betsey, m. Jonathan Gains. 

6 Moses. 

6 Hannah, b. Mch. 4, 1775, d. June 2, 1855; m. Newton Hay- 
ward Oct. 20, 1796. 

6 Bethuel, Jun 'r, m. 1st Marilla Shaw, m. 2d Deborah Osburn. 

6 Rebecca, b. Jany. 25, 1777, d. Feby. 22, 1844; m. Dec. 20, 
1798, Lyman Grandy, b. Aug. 1, 1775. 

6 Samuel, b. Sept. 6, 1781, d. 1848; m. Mary (Polly) Kitchell. 

6 Richard, m. Esther Fairchild. 

6 Eleanor, m. Truman Grandy. 

6 Nancy, m. Aaron Kitchell. 

Daniel Farrand m. Jany. 6, 1785, Phoebe Plume, b. Dec. 1, 

1766, d. Sept. 26, 1851 ; they had, 
7 Cornelia, b. Oct. 28, 1785, d. Sept. 24, 1786. 
7 Electa, b. July 16, 1787, d. Mch. 25, 1832; m. James H. 

Quimby on Dec. 31, 1805. 
7 Lydia, b. June 17, 1789, d. Oct. 19, 1791. 
7 David P., b. Feby. 28, 1791, m. Anne Kitchell in 1815. 
7 *Deborah, b. Feby. 9, 1793, d. Oct. 20, 1885, aged 92 years 

and 8 months ; m. Dec. 14, 1824, Thomas Compson "Willis. 
7 Eliza, b. July 4, 1795, d. Dec. 1869 ; m. A. 0. Houghton on 

May 4, 1815. 

A History of the Willis Family 165 

7 Henry D., b. Aug. 18, 1797, d. Jany., 1856; m. Julia A. 

Sturtevant Dec. 17, 1819. 
7 Israel C, b. April 22, 1800, d. Sept. 16, 1829. 
7 Sarah A., b. Jany. 16, 1803, d. Jany. 17, 1890. 
7 Robert P., b. Jany. 12, 1805, d. Dec. 5, 1879 ; m. Lst Elsie A. 

Noe and had nine children, m. 2d Sarah Blanchard and had 

seven children. 
7 Mary E., b. June 26, 1807, d. Feby. 15, 1889. 
7 Daniel Marshall, b. May 15, 1809; m. Elsie Chapman Oct. 

26, 1832. 
*Deborah Farrand m. Thomas Compson Willis; they were 

our grandparents. (For further record see Willis genealogy, 

14th generation.) 

^Children of Joseph {4ih generation) and Sarah 
(Crissy) Farrand. 
5 Moses. 
5 Enos. 

5 *Deborah. b. 1744, d. in Hanover, N. J., 1806; m. Robert 
Plume in 1764. They were our great-great-grandparents. 
(For further record see Plume genealogy, 8th generation.) 
Deborah m. 2d Captain Samuel Ball and became our 
great-great-grandmother through that line. (See Ball 

Phoebe Plume, dau. of Deborah and Robert Plume, m. 
Daniel Farrand 6th ; they were thus our grand-parents. 

Deborah Farrand 5th was also first cousin of Lieutenant 
Bethuel Farrand, the father of Daniel. 

Nathan and Esther (6th) (Baldwin) Farrand had 
twelve children, the youngest of whom was a posthumous 
child, named 

Nathan, moved to Fort Wayne. Indiana, and there married 
Ann Turner Hackley, daughter of an army officer named 

166 A History of the Willis Family 

Hackley, stationed at Fort Wayne. Nathan Farrand d. 
in 1845 at Fort Wayne. Ann Turner Hackley was b. in 
1818, d. June 10, 1858, in Kansas ; they had one son, 
8 Oliver M. Farrand, b. Nov. 27, 1838, m. first Ella Signa, d. 
Aug. 7, 1898, m. secondly Hattie Barbour Thompson, Dee. 5, 
1903. Oliver M. Farrand is a Diamond Importer of New 
York City. 

Children of Phineas (5) and Jemima (Kitchell) Farrayid; 
Jemima was a dan. of Joseph Kitchell 4th 

6 Joseph. 

6 Abby. 

6 Samuel, m. Elizabeth Thompson Kitchell, dau. of James and 

Hannah (Day) Kitchell 6th. 

6 Nancy. 

6 Electa. 

6 Betsey. 

6 Peggy. 

6 Maria. 

Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Thompson (Kitchell) Farrand. 

7 Mary, m. James Ball, of New Jersey and Maryland. 

7 Hannah. 

7 Elizabeth M., m. Abraham Ford Kitchell. 

7 Susan, m. Green. 

7 Nancy, m. James H. Quinby. 

7 Margaret, m. Charles Ogden. 

7 Phineas, m. 1st unknown, m. 2d Mary Darling, m. 3d Susan 

A History of the Willis Family 167 

Children of David P. (vth) and Ann {Kitchell) Farrand; Ann 
tvas a dan. of Josiah and Sarah (Ball) Kitchell, otJi genera- 
tion, line of John Kitchell. 

8 George Cook, b. Feby. 16, 1821, d. Nov. 11, 1842. 

8 Hiram T., b. Meh. 29. 1828, d. Dec. 10, 1862; m. Cornelia 

8 Albert Smith, b. Meh. 22. 1836. m. 1st Sarah E. Loekwood, 

m. 2d Lucy J. Philips. 

Children of Hiram Tihnan {8th) and Cornelia (Waters) Farrand. 

9 Ann Amelia. 

9 Sarah C, m. David Roland. 

Children of Albert Smith {8th) and Sarah {Loekwood) Farrand. 
9 Charles D., b. Dec. 23, 1865. 
9 Anna Clarissa, b. June 12, 1868. 

By second wife, Lucy Jane Philips. 
9 Albert William, b. June 9. 1873. 


Child of Rebecca Farrand {8th) and Lyman Grandy. 
7 Almira Grandy, b. June 19. 1810, at Panton, Vermont, d. 
Dec. 20, 1893, at Ann Arbor, Mich. ; m. at Panton, Vt., July 
23, 1838, Luke Whitker P.odwell, b. at Stanstead, Canada, 
Nov. 1, 1806, d. June 7, 1887, at Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Children of Luhe W. and Almira (Grandy) Bod well. 
8 Mary E., b. Nov. 8, 1841, at Bristol, Indiana, m. at Ann 

Arbor, Mich., July, 1865, Jared E. Bodwell, b. Oct. 8, 1839, 

d. Sept., 1914, at Grand Rapids, Mich. 
8 Mattie, b. J\Iay 1, 1849, m. Edward H. Eberbach Jany. 2, 


168 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of Edward H. and Mattie {Bodwell) Eherhach. 

9 Flora May, b. Sept. 9, 1867, d. Sept. 6. 1894, at Ann Arbor ; 

m. Will A. Zimmer Aug. 31, 1887. 
9 Fred E., b. June 18, 1869. 
9 Edythe N., b. Dee. 27, 1882, m. July 10, 1906, Frank C. 

Longman, b. Dec. 7, 1882. 

Line of Henry D. Farrand (7th). 

Daniel Farrand 6tli, m. Phoebe Plume; one of their sons 
7 Henry D. Farrand, b. Aug. 18, 1797, d. Feby. 4, 1856; m. 
Julia A. Sturtevant Dec. 17, 1819 ; she was b. Mch. 20, 1796, 
d. Aug. 28, 1876. 

Children of Henry D. and Julia A. (Sturtevant) Farrand. 

8 Camillus, m. 1st Maria A. Baldwin, m. 2d Mary J. Baker. 

8 Anna, m. Charles Farrand. 

8 Helen, m. Samuel Ashbel Farrand. 

Child of Camillus and Maria A. {Baldwin) Farrand. 
9 Edward F., m. Helen Lock wood. 

By second ivife, Mary J. Baker. 
9 William, m. Arlene Farrand. 

Charles Farrand was b. July 29, 1799, d. June 3, 1874; 
Anna Farrand, his wife, was b. Mch. 30, 1823, d. Aug. 8, 
1901; their children were, 

9 Sarah Louise. 

9 Charles Henry, m. Wilhelmina Terhuue. 

A History of the Willis Family 169 

9 Stanford, m. Helena Spear. 

9 Herbert Cook, m. Mary E. Hampson. 

9 Frank Willis. 

9 William Sherwood. 

9 Ida Julia. 

9 Walter Dickie. 

9 Edward Clinton. 

9 Anna Belle. 

9 Dudley, b. Feby. 21, 1869, m. Jane Champenois on Nov. 9, 

Children of Dudley and Jane (Champenois) Farrand. 

10 Dudley Champenois, b. May 3, 1901, d. July, 1901. 
10 Louise Champenois, b. May 2, 1903, d. Nov., 1905. 
10 Laura Jean, b. Feby. 10, 1907. 

Descendants op Samuel Farrand (6th generation). 

Lieutenant Bethuel Farrand, 5th generation, m. Rhoda 
Smith and had eleven children, one of whom was Samuel. 

6 Samuel Farrand, b. Sept. 6, 1781, d. 1848; m. Mary (known 
as Polly) Kitchell, b. June 14, 1789, d. 1856 ; her ancestry 
is given under Kitchell genealogy. They had twelve chil- 

7 Phineas, b. Nov. 27, 1807, d. Apr. 21, 1857; m. Harriet 

7 Esther, b. Mch. 1, 1810, d. Apr. 27, 1872 ; m. Samuel Thomas. 

7 Bethuel, b. May 27, 1812, d. May 7, 1866; m. Mary N. 

7 Elbridge Gerry, b. Bridport, Vt., Nov. 13, 1814; m. Eliza- 
beth Mc Williams, b. Scotch Ridge, Ohio, July 3, 1827, d. 
Jany. 21, 1903. 

170 A History of the Willis Family 

7 Rhoda Eleanor, b. Dec. 19, 1816, d. May 20, 1902 ; m. Theo- 
dore Hunter. 

7 Richard, b. Feb. 11, 1818, d. Feb. 28, 1818. 

7 Mulford K., b. April 7, 1820, m. first Martha Miller, m. sec- 
ond Catherine Drew; he d. Feby. 2, 1884. 

7 Hiram, b. July 18, 1822, m. Harriet P. Bacon. 

7 Mary, b. Aug. 15, 1824. 

7 Caroline Elizabeth, b. Sept. 6, 1826, m. James H. Bacon. 

7 Samuel Ashbel, b. June 4, 1830, d. 1908; m. first Helen 
Farrand, m. second Louise Wilson. 

7 Harriet Augusta, b. June 7, 1832, d. May 19, 1899. 

Children of Phineas {7th) and Harriet (Wheelock) Farrand. 

8 Charles Wheelock, b. July 2, 1841, m. Jane Griffeth, d. Dec, 

8 Julia Summer, b. July 29, 1843, m, John Robson Oct. 12, 

8 Henry Kitchell, b. June 2, 1845, d. Feby. 10, 1916. 
8 Theodore, b. Feb. 22, 1847, d. Aug. 4, 1868. • 

8 Hart Augustus, b. Dec. 10, 1850, m. Ann E. Shank. 

Children of John {8th) and Julia Summer {Farrand) Rohson. 

9 Harriette I. Robson, b. Nov. 6, 1876, d. Jany. 2, 1911. 
9 Mary Farrand Robson, b. Oct. 3, 1878. 
9 Helen Kitchell Robson, b. May 9, 1880. 
9 John Phineas Robson, b. April 20, 1883, d. April 29, 1883. 
9 Theodore Thomas Robson, b. Oct. 20, 1886, m. Edith M. 
Kelly Aug. 21, 1911. 

Child of Theodore Thomas {9th) and Edith {Kelly) Rohson. 
10 John Theodore Robson, b. May 18, 1912. 

A History of the Willis Family 171 

Children of Hart Augustus {8th) and Ann E. (Shank) Farrand. 

9 Frances Julia, b. Nov. 22, 1878, m. Arthur C. Dodge. 

9 Harriet Augusta, b. Sept. 9, 1880, m. George Nunez Car- 

9 Bell Shank, b. Meh. 18, 1883. m. Otto Rahn. 
9 Margaret, b. Sept. 1, 1885, ni. Arthur R. Page. 

Children of George Nunez {9th) and Harriet A. 
{Farrand) Car doze. 

10 Ann Nunez Cardozo, b. Mch. 25, 1912. 
10 Janette Cardozo, b. June 12, 1914. 

Children of Otto {9th) and Bell S. (Farrand) Rahn. 

10 Hermann Rahn, b. July 6, 1912. 
10 Marie Rahn, b. Nov. 21, 1914. 

Children of Arthur R. {9th) and Margaret (Farrand) Page. 

10 Joseph Farrand Page, b. Dec. 11, 1912. 
10 Hart Farrand Page, b. July 25, 1914. 

Children of Esther (Farrand) (7th) and Samuel Thomas. 

8 Harriet Augusta Thomas, b. Oct. 11, 1838. 

8 Samuel Ashbel Thomas, b. Aug. 7, 1840, d. June 16, 1847. 

8 Elizabeth Caroline Thomas, b. July 15, 1843. 

Children of Bethnel (7th) and Mary (Harris) Farrand. 

8 Martha Clayes, b. Oct. 31, 1844, d. May 18, 1876 ; m. Prof. 

C. L. Doolittle of Lehigh University. 
8 Ellen S., b. Nov. 25, 1847, m. A. F. Chase. 
8 Caroline Allen, b. Aug. 13, 1856. 

172 xi History of the Willis Family 

Children of Elhridge Gerry {7th) and Elizaheth 
{McWilliams) Farrand. 

8 James Alexander, b. Sept. 16, 1854, m. Annie Craven, b. 

Feby. 26, 1869. 
8 Mulford Kitchell, b. Dec. 28, 1856, m. Mary Esther Craven, 

b. Oct. 6, 1866. 
8 Harvey Latimer, b. Sept. 27, 1859. 
8 Frederick Heman, b. Apr. 24, 1861, m. Annabil Parker, 

b. Apr. 16, 1870. 

ChiM of James Alexander (8th) and Annie (Craven) Farrand. 
9 Henrietta Crowther, b. Feby. 10, 1905, at Griggsville, 111. 

Children of Mulford Kitchell {8th) and Mary Esther 

{Craven) Farrand. 

9 Harry Craven, b. Dec. 21, 1889, m. Lela S. Nelson, b Mch. 

8, 1893. 
9 George Elbridge, b. Sept. 8, 1892. (Both children b. at 

Griggsville. 111.) 

Children of Frederick Heman {8th) and Annabil 
{Parker) Farrand. 

9 Ralph Parker, b. Jany. 26, 1895, at Griggsville, 111. 
9 Elbridge Kitchell. b. Nov. 15, 1898, at Griggsville, 111. 
9 Emily Elizabeth, b. Dec. 31, 1900, at Griggsville, 111. 

Children of Rhoda Eleanor {Farrand) {7th) and 
Theodore Hunter. 

8 Ella Hunter, b. May 15, 1852, d. July 18, 1852. 

8 Theodore Farrand Hunter, b. July 30, 1853, m. Ida Julia 

8 Eleanor Augusta Hunter, b. Nov. 3, 1855, d. Mch. 8, 1915. 

A History of the Willis Family 173 

Children of Hiram {7th) and Harriet {Bacon) Farrand. 

8. Agnes Helen, b. Feb. 2, 1859, d. Sept. 11, 1859. 

8 Frances Louise, b. June 30, 1860, d. in infancy. 

8. Elbridge Bacon, b. Feby. 12, 1866, m. Emma J. Lewes. 

8 Hiram Augustus, b. Dec. 10, 1868, m. 1st Katherine 

Schlater, m. secondly Elizabeth Rice, m. third Elizabeth 

Allen in Sept., 1915. 
8 Harriet Eleanor, b. Mch. 6, 1874. 

Children of Elbridge Bacon {8th) and Emma J. 
{Lewes) Farrand. 
9 Inez, 
9 George. 
9 Augustus. 
9 Elbridge. 
9 Ruth Eleanor. 

Child of Hiram Augustus {8th) and Elizabeth {Rice) Farrand. 
9 Katherine Louise, b. April 14, 1909. 

Children of Caroline Elizabeth {Farrand) (7th) and 

James H. Bacon. 

8 Elbridge Farrand, b. May 3, 1850, m. Clarena Bailey May 

3, 1881. 
8 Hiram Augustus, b. Oct. 2, 1852, m. Alice Bird Sept. 10, 

8 Henry Kellogg, b. Nov. 5, 1 854, m. Anna E . Gallingar Jany . 

12, 1878. 
8 Mary Elizabeth, b. Jany. 3, 1857, m. Sheldon Covert Mch. 

27, 1883. 

174 A History of the Willis Family 

8 Helen Estelle, b. Sept. 2, 1860. 

8 Georgia Farrand, b. Mch. 18, 1863. 

8 Caroline, b. Oct. 12, 1866, m. John Hammer Nov. 26, 1902. 

Children of Elhridge Farrand {8th) and Clarena 
(Bailey) Bacon. 

9 Ruth, b. May 30, 1882, m Duncan Buchanan Aug. 5, 1914. 

9 Helen, b. July 12, 1887. 

9 Lucy, b. May 15, 1892. 

9 Elbridge Farrand, b. Sept. 18, 1898. 

9 Roger Orlando, b. Sept. 10, 1901. 

Children of Henry Kellogg {8th) and Anna {Gallingar) Bacon. 

9 Caroline Farrand, b. Feby. 7, 1880, m. Royal A. Abbott 

June 15, 1904. 
9 Anna May, b. Dee. 13, 1882, m. Ralzemond D. Parker July 

9, 1907. 
9 Georgia Henrietta, b. June 28, 1885, m. John Woolfinden 

April 14, 1913. 
9 Mabel Estelle, b. Aug. 5, 1888, d. April 12, 1891. 
9 John Henry, b. May 8, 1892, d. March 30, 1913. 
9 Francis Hiram, b. Aug. 30, 1895. 

Child of John {8th) and Caroline {Bacon) Hammer. 
9 John Edward Hammer, b. May 8, 1906. 

Children of Royal A. {9th) and Caroline Farrand 

{Bacon) Ahhott. 

10 Eleanor, b. Dec. 31, 1906. 

10 Katherine, b. Jany. 26, 1907. 

10 Coleman Baldwin, b. Feby. 13, 1912. 

10 Henry Bacon, b. April 15, 1914. 

A History of the Willis Family 175 

Children of Rahemond D. {9th) and Anna May 
(Bacon) Parker. 

10 Ralzemoiid Bacon, b. Meh. 28, 1909. 

10 Helen, b. Feby. 5, 1911. 

10 Farrand Drake, b. June 18, 1915. 

Child of John {9th) and Georgia Henrietta {Bacon) Woolfinden. 
10 John Henry, b. Mch. 11. 1915. 

Child of Samuel Ashbel Farrand {7th) and his first wife 

Helen Farrand. 

8 Helen, b. Sept. 22. 1856. d. Apr. 1858. 

Children of Samuel Ashhel {7th) and his second wife 
Louise {Wilson) Farrand. 

8 Wilson, b. Sept. 22, 1862, m. Margaret Washburn Walker. 

8 Raymond, b. Dee. 26, 1864, d. 

8 Livingston, b. June 14, 1867, m. Margaret K. Carlton. 
8 Max, b. Mch. 29, 1869, m. Beatrix Cadwalader Jones, b. 

June 19, 1872, daughter of Frederick Rhinelander and Mary 

Cadwalader (Rawle) Jones. 

Wilson Farrand (8th) m. Nov. 23, 1889, Margaret Wash- 
burn Walker ; they have three children, 

9 Margaret Louise, b. Dec. 3, 1891. 

9 Katherine, b. Apr. 19, 1893. 

9 Dorothy Wilson, b. June 1, 1897. 

176 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of Livingston {8th) and Margaret K. 
(Carleton) Farrand. 

They were m. Feb. 1, 1901. Mrs. Farrand was b. Jany. 
18, 1876. 
9 Margaret Propert, b. Nov. 30, 1901. 
9 Louisa Wilson, b. Dec. 10, 1902. 
9 John, b. May 5, 1904. 
9 Mary Dalton, b. June 9, 1907. 
9 Robert Kitchell, b. Aug. 3, 1908. 

Line op Mulford Kitchell FarRxVnd (7th), Son of SxVmuel 
AND Mary "Polly" (Kitchell) Farrand. 
Mulford Kitchell Farrand was born April 7, 1820, at Addison 
or Bridport, Vermont, and died Feby. 2, 1884, at La Porte, 
Indiana; he married first Martha Miller, married second Cath- 
erine M. Drew. He achieved especial distinction in criminal 
law, and his speeches before juries were pronounced masterpieces 
of eloquence and pathos. He held many offices, among them that 
of Judge. 

Children of Mulford Kitchell {7th) and Catherine 
M. {Brew) Farrand. 

8 Mulford Drew, b. Sept. 22. 1855, m. Mary Robbins Porter 

June 22, 1882. 
8 Samuel Gano, b. Jany. 14, 1859, d. Mch. 9, 1886. 
8 Katherine E., b. Aug. 14, 1860, m. July 1, 1887, Jacob 

Reighard, Professor in University of Michigan. 

Child of Mulford Drew {8th) and Mary Rohhins 
{Porter) Farrand. 

9 Porter, b. Sept., 1883. 

A History uf the Willis Family 177 

Children of Jacob and Katherine E. {8th) {Farrand) Beighard. 

9 Paul Roby, b. July 26, 1888. 

9 John Jacob, b. Aug. 16, 1890. 

9 Catherine, b. April 8, 1893. 

9 Farrand Kitchell, b. July 16, 1904. 


Daniel P^arraiid, 6th generation, ni. Phoebe Plume ; they had 
twelve children, one of whom was 

7 Eliza Farrand, b. July 4, 1795, d. Dec, 1869; m. Abijah 
Otis Houghton on May 4, 1815 ; Mr. Houghton was b. June 
4, 1792, at Sterling, Mass., d. Nov. 13, 1855, at Rahway, 
N. J. ; the marriage took place at Parsippany, N. J. ; they had 

S Carlos Palafox Houghton, b. at Goshen, N. Y., Feby. 4, 
1816, d. May, 1888 ; m. Nov. 30, 1836, Angelica M. Taylor, 
dau. of James Taylor, N. Y. City. 

8 Mary H. Houghton, b. at Goshen, N. Y., Aug. 13. 1817. d. 
at Washington, D. C. Oct. 2, 1894; m. 1853 to Godfrey 
Beck, of Washington, D. C. 

8 Daniel Farrand Houghton, b. Oct. 3, 1819, in N. Y. City, 
d. Mch. 15, 1896, at Racine, Wisconsin ; m. Emily Jacques. 

8 George Houghton, b. N. Y. City Sept. 26, 1821, d. Feb. 7, 

8 George Henry Houghton, b. N. Y. City Jany. 8, 1823, d. 
Feb. 7. 1825. 

8 Anna Eliza Houghton, b. N. Y. City Aug. 26, 1825, d. in 
San Francisco, Cal., about 1909 or 1910; m. Frederic L. 
Post, Mch., 1850. 

8 Sherman Otis Houghton, b. N. Y. City April 10, 1828, d. at 
Santa Clara Farm, Los Angeles Co., Cal., summer of 1914; 
m. first Mary Donner, m. secondly Eliza P. Donner, cousin 
of his first wife. 

8 Phoebe Josephine Houghton, b. in Derby, Vermont. Aug. 
25, 1830, d. N. Y. City Feb. 24, 1899 ; m. in Rahway, N. J., 
Nov. 14, 1855, to John P. Mills, of Powhatan, near Balti- 
more, Md., b. Aug. 5, 1829. d. N. Y. City Sept. 9. 1906. 

A History of the Willis Family 179 

8 Electa Houghton, b. Aug. 24, 1833, in Derby, Vermont, d. 

in Rah way, N. J., June 19, 1888 ; m. Alexander J. Mills at 

Rahwav, N. J., Nov. 4, 1852. 
8 Theopolis Lilly Houghton, b. April 21, 1837, N. Y. City ; m. 

Dec. 6, 1864, Fannie Jenkins, Richmond, Virginia. 

Children of John P. and Phoebe Josephine (Houghton) Mills. 

9 Maud (Matilda) Studwell, b. Jany. 13, 1857, at Rah way, 
N. J. ; m. at Rahway Oct. 11, 1882, William Alexander 
Ewing, M. D., son of Alexander Ewing, M. D., and Sophia 
Antoniette (Sears) Ewing; Mrs. Ewing was a lineal descend- 
ant of Richard Sears, of Plymouth, Mass., called "Richard 
the Pilgrim." The Ewings came from Ewing, Scotland. 

9 Marion Josephine, m. April 25, 1906, Charles Brackett 
Barkley, of New York City. 

9 Lilian Houghton, m. June 3, 1896, James Ward Warner, 
member of Chamber of Commerce of N. Y., Ex-President 
of the New York Produce Exchange. 

Children of Dr. William Alexander and Maud '^ Matilda" 
Studivell {Mills) Ewing. 

10 Edith Claire, b. at 205 W. 56th St., N. Y. City, Oct. 1, 1883, 
d. Dec. 1, 1890. 

10 Marion Maud, b. at 205 W. 56th St., N. Y. City, Feb. 6, 
1889 ; m. June 1, 1912, Harold Chaffee McCollom, b. Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1883, son of Dr. William and Marion 
Deering (Gilmore) McCollom. 

Children of Harold Chaffee and Marion M. (Ewing) McCollom. 
11 Alexander Ewing, b. at 134 W. 58th St., N. Y. City, Feb. 

27, 1913. 
11 Harold Chaffee, Jr., b. at 134 W. 58th St., N. Y. City, 

June 27, 1914. 
11 Malcolm Neil, b. at 134 W. 58th St., N. Y. City, Nov. 4, 1916. 

180 A History of the Willis Family 

From Obituary of Phoehe Josephine (Houghton) Mills, wife 

of John P. 31 ills. 

"She was a great-granddaughter of two Revolutionary 
officers, Col. Abijah Houghton and Lieut. Farrand. Her 
ancestors on both sides were among the earliest settlers and 
colonists and active participants in the Colonial and Indian 
wars. Her grandfather, Abijah Houghton, was one of the 
minute men of Lexington and Concord. He received a 
bullet wound at the battle of Bunker Hill. Mrs. Mills was 
a woman of unusual strength of character, of cheerful and 
unselfish disposition, fulfilling mentally and physically and 
spiritually the characteristics that one would expect from 
her double line of ancestors, and leaves the memory of a 
blessed and most beautiful life." 

Children of Alexander J. {8th) and Electa {Houghton) Mills. 

9 Sherman Otis Houghton, b. Jany. 6, 1853. 

9 William Alexander, b. Nov. 15, 1855. 

9 Emily Houghton, b. Nov. 4, 1857, d. Feb. 3, 1884. 

9 Clara Electa, b. Nov. 20, 1859, d. 

9 Mary Eleanor, b. Aug. 7, 1861. 

Sherman Otis Houghton (8th) m. first Mary Martha 
Donner Aug. 23, 1859 ; she was b. at Springfield, 111., Mch. 
18, 1839, d. June 21, 1860 ; they had one child, 

9 Mary Martha, b. June 7, 1861, d. — 

Sherman Otis Houghton (8th) m. secondly a cousin of 
his first wife, Eliza Poore Donner, Oct. 10, 1861 ; she was 
b. at Springfield, 111., Mch. 8, 1843, and had, 

9 Eliza Poore, b. Aug. 23, 1863. 

9 Sherman Otis, b. May 16, 1865. 

9 Clara Helen, b. April 1, 1867. 

A History of the Willis Family 181 

9 Charles Donner, b. Nov. 5, 1868. 
9 Francis Irving, b. Mch. 1, 1870, d.- 

9 Stanley Washington, b. Jauy. 15, 1872. 

9 Herbert Sutter, b. July 26. 1876, d. Mch. 18, 1878. 


1:6 Theodore Hunter, b. New York City Feby. 11, 1814, d. 
Brooklyn, New York, Jany. 27, 1893; m. Eleanor Rhoda 
Farrand, b. at Bridport, Vermont, Dec. 19, 1816, d. in 
Brooklyn, N. Y., May 20, 1902. 

Eleanor Rhoda Farrand was a daughter of Samuel and 
Mary (Polly) (Kitchell) Farrand, 6th in Farrand gene- 
alogy. They had, 

2 :7 Ella, b. May 15, 1852, d. July 18, 1852. 

2:7 Theodore Farrand, b. July 30, 1853, m. Oct. 27, 1883, Ida 
Julia Willis (16th in Willis genealogy), dau. of Edwin 
Ethelbert and Electa Caroline (Cook) Willis; she was b. 
Jany. 8, 1856. 

2 :7 Eleanor Augusta, b. Nov. 3, 1855, d. Mch. 8, 1915. 

Child of Theodore Farrand and Ida Julia {Willis) Hunter. 

3 :8 Marjorie, b. Feby. 3, 1887, m. on June 22, 1912, Walter F. 

Van Dien ; they have, 
4:9 Walter Farrand Van Dien, b. Sept. 16, 1913. 
4:9 Garrett Franklin Van Dien, b. Jany. 6, 1915. 


Lieutenant Bethuel (5th) and Rhoda (Smith) Farrand, 
had son 

6 Daniel Farrand, m. Phoebe Plume, had, 

7 Electa Farrand, m. James H. Quimby and had, 

8 D. Farrand, m. Harriet Munn. 
8 Adeline, 

A History of the Willis Family 183 

8 Smith. 

8 Albert, m. Amelia Bass. 
8 Elizabeth, m. Josiah Davis. 
8 Aiirelia. 

8 James H., m. Nancy Farrand (7th), dau. of Samuel and 
Elizabeth T. (Kitehell) Farrand. 


Newton Hayward, m. Hannah (6th), dau, of Lieutenant 
and Rhoda (Smith) Farrand on Oct. 20, 1796. Their chil- 
dren were, 

Betsey, b. April 19, 1798, d. 1821. 

Sarah, b. May 16, 1800, m. Zoroaster Culver, d. July 25, 

Harriet, b. July 24, 1802, m. Sumaier Strong, d. April 27, 

Amanda, b. Mch. 8, 1805, m. Addison Buck, d. Nov. 4, 1858. 
Eleanor, b. May 9, 1809, m. Austin Buck, d. Jany. 14, 1883. 
Daniel Farrand, b. Mch. 25, 1812, d. Sept. 12, 1812. 
Charles Newton, b. Mch. 25, 1817, m. Susan E. Rockwood 
on Jiuie 18, 1844, d. Oct. 16, 1874. 

Children of Charles Newton and Susan E. (Roekivood) Hayward. 

Susan Rockwood, b. Oct. 13, 1823, d. Oct. 8, 1898. 
Emma Cornelius, b. Nov. 30, 1845, m. Charles A. Eldredge 
on Jany. 2, 1867, b. Aug. 3, 1831, d. June 1, 1907. 
Julius A., b. June 8, 1848, d. Mch. 19, 1869. 
Willie Newton, b. April 7, 1855, d. Feby. 9, 1869. 
Hattie Eliza, b. Dec. 13, 1858, d. Mch. 3, 1859. 

Child of Charles A. and Emma Cornelia {Hayward) Eldredge. 
John Hammond, b. Feby. 10, 1868, d. Aug. 3, 1898. 

184 A History of the Willis Family 

Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo. 

Jacob Smith, of Vermont, brother of Rhoda Smith, who 
was the wife of Lt. Bethuel Farrand, married Sally Pickett 
and had three children — Betsey, Hannah and Luthur. 

Joseph C. Eldredge, m. Betsey and had daughter Eliza- 
beth, who married Henry Mayo. Henry Mayo was the 
father of Rear Admiral Henry T. Mayo. 

"Henry Thomas Mayo, rear admiral, b. Burlington, Vt,, 
Dec. 8, 1856, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Eldredge) Mayo; 
graduated U. S. Naval Academy June, 1876 ; was the young- 
est in his class of 127 ; married Carrie M. Wing, of Burling- 
ton, Vt." 



Bethuel Farrand, Jr., 6th generation, b. at Hanover, New 

Jersey, June 12, 1783, d. at Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1852 ; m. 

first Marilla Shaw and had five children 
7 Lucius S., m. Frances A. Shaw, d. 1854. 
7 Jacob Shaw, b. May 7. 1815, d. Apr. 3, 1891 ; m. Olive M. 

7 Caroline E., m. Deodatus Whitwood. 
7 Bethuel Clinton, b. Dec. 13, 1820, d. Dec. 28, 1910 ; m. first 

Laura Worthing Whitman, m. second Helen Marr Wheaton. 
7 Marilla Shaw, b. Dec. 13, 1820, d. 1904; m. first Charles 

Stuart, m. second Andrew Parsons; Bethuel and Marilla 

were twins. 

Jacob Shaw Farrand (7th), m. Aug. 12, 1841, Olive M. 

Coe, b. at Vernon, Ohio, Apr. 18, 1821, and had five children, 
8 Mary C. b. Aug. 16, 1842, d. Dec. 3, ]889, m. Rev. James 

Lewis, on Nov. 17, 1869. 
8 Martha E., b. Dec. 6, 1847, d. Sept. 11, 1850. 
8 William Raynolds, b. Sept. 9, 1853, m. Oct. 4, 1876, Cora 

Bell Wallace. 
8 Jacob Shaw, Jr., b. June 11, 1857, unmarried. 
8 Olive C, b. Mch. 11, 1862, m. Dec. 2, 1882, Richard P. 


Children of Mary C. {8th) (Farrand) and Rev. James Lewis. 

9 Jacob Farrand, b. Aug. 20, 1870, m. Emma Beyer, June 30, 

9 James Lang, b. June 13, 1873, m. Elizabeth Shaw Palmer. 

186 A History of the Willis Family 

9 Rev. Alexander, b. Sept. 19, 1874. 
9 Olive Farrand, b. Apr. 27, 1876, d. Sept. 29, 1877. 
9 William Mathew, b. Meh. 24, 1878, m. Dec. 20, 1906, Ruth 

Children of Jacob Farrand {9th) and, Emma (Beyer) Lewis. 

10 Mary Johanne, b. May 13, 1904. 
10 James Beyer, b. Feby. 13, 1907. 
10 Jane Leonore, b. July 30, 1911. 

Child of William Matheiv {9th) and Rnth {Durand) Lewis. 
10 Sarah Durand, b. Dee. 28, 1908. 

William Raynolds Farrand (8th) b. Detroit, Mich., Sept. 
9, 1853, m. Cora Bell Wallace in Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 4, 
1876, youngest child of Dr. Perkins Wallace and Rebekah 
(Raynolds) Wallace and had two children, 

9 Wallace Raynolds, b. June 3, 1878, d. June 13, 1886. 

9 Rebekah Olive, b. Oct. 29, 1887, m. George C. Keleher, U. 
S. Army, Oct. 24, 1912. 

Children of ReheJt-ah Olive {9th) {Farrand) and George 

C. Keleher. 

10 Catherine Wallace, b. in Detroit Nov. 24, 1913. 
10 Virginia Raynolds, b. in Detroit Nov. 12, 1915. 

Children of Olive Curtis {8th) {Farrand) and Richard 

P. Williams. 

9 Richard Farrand, b. Detroit Oct. 17, 1883, d. Feby. 1, 1907. 
9 Jacob Farrand, b. Dec. 12, 1885, m. George Mason Beckley 
Dec. 12, 1911, and have two children, 

A History of the Willis Family 187 

10 Richard Prydderch AVilliains (2iid). b. Dee. 15, 1912. 
10 Florence Colston Williams, b. Sept. 2, 1915. 

Bethuel Clinton Farrand (7th), b. at Auburn, now Aure- 
lius. New York, m. first Laura Worthing Whitman, a native 
of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, later of St. Clair, 
Michigan, where the marriage took place ; they had three 

8 Laura Caroline, b. at Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 1, 1846, 
educated in eastern schools and University of Michigan ; m. 
Silas L. Ballentine, of Port Huron, on Nov. 7, 1868; Mr. 
Ballentine d. Feb. 9, 1902. 

8 Mary Emma, b. at Port Huron, Mich., June 24, 1849 ; grad- 
uate of University of Michigan 1877, Master's Degree 1878; 
m. Joel C. Tyler, of Kalamazoo, Mich., 1883 ; moved to 
Knoxville, Tenn., in 1891. 

8 Sarah Whitman, b. Apr. 14, 1852, d. in infancy. 

Children of Laiirti Caroline {8th) (Farrand) and Silas 

L. Ballentine. 

9 Emma MacAllan Ballentine, b. Sept. 24, 1869 ; graduate of 

University of Michigan 1891 ; m. Theodore Henry Hinch- 

man, Jr., of Detroit, Mich., Oct. 24, 1895. 
9 Fanny Farrand Ballentine, b. Aug. 12, 1872, d. in infancy. 
9 Caroline Whitman Ballentine, b. Jany. 1, 1875; received 

musical education in Germany and France ; m. Walter R. 

Kneupfer, of Halle, Prussia, June 30, 1897 ; d. in Chicago, 

111., Feby. 16, 1900. 
9 Katharine Forrest Ballentine, b. July 4, 1847 ; graduate of 

University of Michigan 1903 ; m. Theodore F. Heavenrich. 

M. D., formerly of Detroit, at Port Huron April 18, 1906. 

188 A Histunj of the Willis Family 

9 Edward Farrand Ballentine, b. Aug. 24, 1880; educated in 
United States and Germany; m. Grace L. Mason Aug. 21, 
1906 ; served in Company T, 33d Regiment Michigan 
Troops, during Spanish-American war, 1898, 

Children of Mary Emma {8th) {Farrand) and Joel C. Tyler. 

9 Hugh Claverly Tyler and Laura MHiitman Tyler (twins), 

b. at Kalamazoo, Mich., May, 1884. 
9 Paula Farrand Tyler, b. at Knoxville, Tenn., 1893. 

Children of Emma MacAllan {9th) {Ballentine) and Theodore 

Henry Hinchman, Jr. 

10 Theodore Henry Hinchman, Jr. 
10 David Ballentine Hinchman. 
10 John Marshall Hinchman. 

Children of Caroline Whitman {9th ) {Ballentine) and 
Walter R. Kneupfer. 

10 Walter Richard Kneupfer, Jr., b. June 24, 1898. 
10 Carol Ballentine Kneupfer, b. Feby. 15, 1900. 

Child of Edward Farrand {9th) and Grace L. {Mason) 


10 Farrand Mason Ballentine, b. Aug. 1, 1897, m. Hazel I. 
Reid, of Yale, Mich., Nov. 26, 1913. 

Bethuel Clinton Farrand (7th generation), m. second 
Helen Marr Wheaton, a native of Branford, Conn., later 
of New Haven, Conn., a daughter of John Wheaton, and 
had three children. 

A History of the Willis Family 189 

Helen Maria, b. at New Haven, Conn., Sept. 7, 1855; a 
graduate of University of Michigan 1876; life greatly en- 
riched by foreign travel and study in European capitals; 
m. George T. Naumann in Berlin, Germany, July 18, 1892. 
Fanny Clinton, b. at Detroit, Mich., Jany. 6, 1858; graduate 
of University of Michigan ; deeply interested in educational 
lines; m. John Fairfield Boynton, a banker of Saginaw, 
Mich., July 28, 1886. 

Bethuel Clinton, Jr.. b. Dec. 11, 1860, at Port Huron, Mich., 
m. Anna M. Ballentine, of Bay City, Mich.. Dec. 27, 1888. 

ChildrcH of Fintnij Clinton {8th) (Farnind) and John 

Fairfield Boynton. 
9 Lilian Farrand Boynton, b. April 15, 1888, at Saginaw, 
Mich. ; studied at University of Michigan and Smith Col- 
lege, Northampton, Mass.; m. Eugene Smith, of Saginaw, 
Mich., May 9, 1914; resides at Cleveland. Ohio. 
9 Freida Farrand Boynton, b. Dec. 18, 1889, at Saginaw, 
Mich. ; a graduate of Vassar College ; m. Rev. Frederic B. 
Oxtoby, Professor of Hebrew History and Literature in 
Huron College, Huron, South Dakota; they have one child 
10 John Boynton Oxtoby. 

Children of Bethuel Clinton, Jr. {8th) and Anna M. 
{Ballentine) Farrand. 
9 Helen Lynette, b. Nov. 18, 1889; gradute of University of 

Michigan 1913. 
9 Sarah Elizabeth, b. Jany. 1, 1891 ; studied at University 

School of Music at Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Marilla Shaw Farrand, of the 7th generation, was a twin 
sister of Bethuel Clinton Farrand; she was born Dec. 13, 
1820, died 1904 ; she married first Charles Stewart and had 
three children, 

190 A History of the Willis Family 

8 Sarah Stewart, b. 18-H, d. 1865. 

8 Charles Stewart, b. 1844. 

8 Mary Stewart, b. 1847, d. 1869. 

Marilla Shaw (Farrand) (Stewart), in. secondly Andrew 
Parsons, at one time Governor of Michigan ; they had one 

8 Elvira Parsons, b. 1851; m. Charles Edgar Lyon in 1869 
and had six cliildren, 

9 Eva Lyon, b. 1870, d. 1913. 

9 Walter Lyon, b. 1871 ; m. Arabella Archbold in 1894. 

9 Edgar Lyon, b. 1878; m. Lucy N. Warren in 1903; no 

9 Raymond Lyon, b. 1876, d. 1882. 
9 Harold Lyon, b. 1879, d. 1908. 
9 Winifred Lyon, b. 1886; m. Edgar Lowell Anderson (2d) 

in 1912. 

Children of Walter {9th) and Arabella {Archbold) Lyon. 

10 Walter, b. 1895. 

10 Harold, b. 1897. 

10 Rhea, b. 1902. 

10 Edgar, b. 1906. 

Child of Winifred {9th) {Lyon) and Edgar Lowell Anderson. 
10 Edgar Lowell Anderson (3d), b. 1914. 

Lucius S. Farrand and Aaron Kitchell Farrand were 
half brothers. They were in business together and both 
contracted typhoid fever, from which they died within a 
short time of each other in 1854. 

A History of the Willis Family 191 

Bethuel Clinton Farrand was an Attorney at Law. He 
was a twin of Manila Shaw Farrand. Their mother, Mar- 
ilia (Shaw) Farrand. wife of Bethnel Farrand, Jr., died 
at their birth. 

The children of Bethuel Farrand, Jr., and his first wife, 
Marilla (Shaw) Farrand, were probably all born at Auburn, 
now called Aurelius. Cayuga County, New York, with the 
exception of Jacob Shaw Farrand, who was born at Mentz, 
near Aurelius. 

Deborah Osburn, second wife of Bethuel Farrand, Jr., is 
supposed to have also lived at Auburn, now Aurelius. 


And Second Wife, Deborah Osburn. 

Judge Bethuel Farrand, Jr. (6th), m. secondly, on May 
3, 1822, at Port Byron, New York, Deborah Osburn, who 
was born in New York State Aug. 27, 1794. She d. July 
13, 1881. She finished her education at the Young Ladies' 
Seminary in Troy, New York, probably the only young 
ladies' seminary at that time in the United States. They 
had four children, 

7 Aaron Kitchell, b. Mch. 30, 1824, d. Sept. 12, 1854. 

7 Sarah, d. in infancy. 

7 James B., b. June 6, 1833, d. Jany. 8, 1904; m. Helen N. 

7 David Osburn, b. at Ann Harbor, Mich., Apr. 23, 1838, 
d. Mch. 18, 1883; m. on Sept. 11, 1866, Elizabeth Lewis, 
daughter of Hon. Royal Thaxter and Mary Parker 
(McLellan) Twombly. Mrs. Farrand was b. at Niles, Mich., 
May 15, 1841 ; she d. May 20, 1914. 

James Benjamin Farrand (7th), m. Sept. 30, 1868, Helen 

Noble, dau. of Dr. Amos and Sally Janette (Noble) Gray, 

of Dexter, Michigan. They had four children, 
8 Janette Gray, b. at Port Huron, Mich., June 10, 1872; 

m. at Detroit, Mich., June 29, 1899, to Orin E. Watkins, of 

Salem, Ohio. 
8 Mabel Osburn, b. at Port Huron Aug. 3, 1874; m. Nov. 

30, 1898, to Norman Flowers, of Detroit, Mich. 
8 Cora Emily, b. July 22, 1876, d. Aug. 5, 1878, at Port 

8 Helen Noble, b. Oct. 12, 1878, d. Jany. 26, 1884, at Port 


A History of the Willis Family 193 

Children of Orin E. {8th) and Janeite Oraij {Farrand) Watki^is. 

9 Farrand Biickingham Watkins, b. at Pittsbiirg, Pa., May 
19, 1905. 

9 Sally Jaiiette Watkins. b. at La Grange, 111., 23, 1909. 

9 Jnlia Frances Watkins, b. at Pittsburg, Pa., Dec. 1, 1913. 

Children of Norman {8th) and Mahle Oshiirn {Farrand) Flowers. 

9 Helen de Normandie Flowers, d. at Detroit, Mich., June 

27, 1900. 
9 Farrand Flowers, b. at Detroit, Mich.. Dec. 27, 1906. 

Children of Dr. David Osbarn {7'th) and Elizabeth Lewis 

{Twomhly) Farrand. 

8 Royal Twombly, b. in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 8, 1867 ; m. Sept. 

22, 1896, at Calumet, Michigan, Jessie Douglas MacNaugh- 

ton, third daugliter of Archibald and Catherine MacNaugh- 

ton and sister of James MacNaughton, superintendent of 

the Calumet and Hecla Mines. 
8 Mary McLellan, b. in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 27, 1869, m. Dec. 

11, 1890, William Pegram Hamilton, b. in Owensboro, 

Kentucky, Dec. 17, 1863. 
8 Elizabeth Twombly, b. in Detroit, Mich., Jany. 6, 1871, 

m. Sept. 14, 1896, Wheeler Peckham Bloodgood. 

Children of Dr. Royal Twombly {8th) and Jessie Douglas 
{ MacNa ugh ton ) Farra n d. 

9 Isabel Douglas, b. in Detroit, Mich., April 2, 1898. 

9 David Osburn, b. in Niagara, Marinette County, Wisconsin, 

June 10, 1902. 
9 Katherine MacNaughton, b. in Niagara, Wisconsin, June 

2, 1905. 

194 A Histonj of the Willis Family 

Children of Mary McLellan {8th) {Farrand) and William 

Pegram Hamilton. 
9 Mary McLellan Hamilton, b. Oct. 7, 1891. 
9 David Osborne Hamilton, h. June 19, 1893; graduated 

from Yale University in 1916. 
9 Elizabeth Farrand Hamilton, b. Feby. 11, 1896. 

Children of Elizabeth Twomhhj {8th) {Farrand) and Wheeler 

Peckham Bloodgood. 
9 Francis Joseph Bloodgood, b. July 28, 1897. 
9 David Wheeler Bloodgood, b. Jany. 25, 1899. 
9 Mary Farrand Bloodgood, b. Jany. 8, 1901. 
9 Hugh McLellan Bloodgood, b. Aug. 14, 1909. 
9 Elizabeth Lewis Bloodgood, b. Aug. 13, 1914. 

SHEAFFE (or Sheafe) FAMILY. 

1 *Rev. Edward Slieaffe, D. D.. baptized at Cranbrooke, 

England, Mch. 17, 1559; by his first wife Elizabeth 
Taylor, m. May 30, 1586; had issue: 

2 Edmund, m. Elizabeth Cotton, dr. Sampson Cotton, 

2 *Margaret, ni. Robert Kitchell (at St. Mary Bredin, 

Canterbury, July 21, 1632). (For further record see 

Kitchell Genealogy, first generation.) 
By a second wife, Joanna, he had issue : 
2 Dorothy, m. Rev. Henry Whitfield (leader of the 

Guilford company). 
2 Joanna, m. William Chittenden (one of the Guilford 

2 Jacob, b. Aug. 4, 1616; m. Margaret Webb (one of 

the Guilford company). 

''Jacob Sheaffe was one of the Guilford settlers and 
one of the 'seven pillars' of their church. His widow 
married Rev. Thomas Thatcher, of Boston; so he and 
Robert Kitchell, Rev. Henry Whitfield, their first minis- 
ter, and William Chittenden, were brothers-in-law as well 
as co-emigrants. ' ' 

"Two graduates of Harvard College by the names of 
Sampson Sheaffe, and Hon. James Sheafe, U. S. Sena- 
tor from New Hampshire, w^ere descendants of Dr. Ed- 
ward Sheaffe. Joanna, the second wife, followed her 
children to America and died at Guilford in July, 1659. ' ' 

In the marriage license granted to Robert Kitchell and 
Margaret, also in the record of the marriage, the name 

196 A History of the Willis Family 

is spelled Slieafe ; in colonial records it is spelled Sheaffe 
and Slieafe. Rev. Edward Slieafe, of Craiibrooke, in his 
will dated 1 Nov., 1625, proved in the Archdeaconry Court 
at Canterbury 11 Dec, 1626, mentions among other rela- 
tives, ''Joanne my wife," "to my wife's five children, 
and to my three sons-in-law which married her daughters, 
to Joanne my wife, furniture, etc., at her discretion be- 
twixt her children and mine, my loving brother-in-law, 
Mr. Nicholas Jordan, Esq'r., for my wife's sake his sister, 
to be overseer, my loving kinsman and neighbour Small- 
hope Biggs of Craiibrooke, and Robert Kitchell, now of 
Craiibrooke, my wife's eldest son, also overseers." 

This shows that Robert Kitchell was living in Cran- 
brooke in 1625 and was a close friend of Rev. Edward 
Sheafe at that time, as he was aijpointed one of the over- 
seers of the latter 's estate. 

Seven years later, in the year 1632, Mr. Kitchell mar- 
ried Margaret, daughter of the Rev. Edward Sheafe. 


*Rev. Abraham Pierson was born in Yorkshire, Eng- 
land, in 1608 ; graduated B. A. from Trinity College, 
Cambridge, on January 2nd, 1632-3. He came to 
America as member of the church at Boston between 
1633 and 1640, In 1640 he and a party of emigrants 
from Lynn, Mass., formed a new township on Long 
Island, which they named Southampton. There Mr. 
Pierson remained four years. In 1644 this church 
became divided. A number of the inhabitants left 
and, uniting with a further body from Wether sfield, 
Conn , founded under Mr. Pierson a new church at 
Brauiord, within the jurisdiction of New Haven. In 
1667 Mr. Pierson migrated yet a fourth time. The 
cause of this last change is among the most significant 
incidents in the early history of New England. 
"Wlien by order of Charles II, a new charter was 
granted to Connecticut, incorporating New Haven 
with that colony, several of the townships of New 
Haven resisted. This resistance, based on the ex- 
clusive tenacity with which the New Englander re- 
garded the corporate life of his own community, was 
intensified by the peculiar conditions of the two colo- 
nies in question. New Haven, rigidly and severely 
ecclesiastical from the outset, had like Massachusetts 
made church membership a needful condition for the 
enjoyment of civil rights. No such restriction was 
imposed in Connecticut. The men of Branford, sup- 
ported by Mr. Pierson, opposed the union with Con- 
necticut. When this opposition proved fruitless, they 

198 A History of the Willis Family 

forsook their homes, leaving Branford almost de- 
populated and taking their civil and ecclesiastical 
records with them, followed by many from New 
Haven, Milford and Guilford, and led by Mr. Pierson 
they migrated to Newark, New Jersey, in the sum- 
mer of 1667 and there established a fresh church." 
Newark was named in honor of Mr. Pierson 's Eng- 
lish home and there he died on Aug. 9, 1678. As 
Mr. Pierson had been a leader in Massachusetts, on 
Long Island and in Connecticut, so he was one of the 
leading men in all the civil as well as religious affairs 
of the new settlement in New Jersey, and of course 
was the first minister there. In 1659 Mr. Pierson 
published a pamphlet entitled ''Some Helps for the 
Indians, showing them how to improve their natural 
reason, to know the true God and the true Christian 
Religion." It is a short statement of the fundamen- 
tal principles of Monotheism, with a linear trans- 
lation into the tongue of the Indians of New England. 
He preached to the Long Island Indians in their 
own language. He was a direct ancestor of ours, as 
his daughter, Grace, married Samuel Kitchell (2nd). 
He had ten children; we will note but two. 

2 Rev. Abraham Pierson, Jr., born in Lynn, Mass., in 
1641 ; graduated at Harvard College in 1668. He was 
ordained a colleague of his father at Newark in 
March, 1672. When Yale College was established, in 
1701, he was elected its first president and served 
until 1707. His bust adorns the campus at Yale. He 
died at Killingworth, Conn., March 7, 1707. 

2 * Grace Pierson, dau. of Rev. Abraham Pierson, Sen'r, 
was born at Branford, Conn., July 31, 1650, m. 
Samuel Kitchell. (For further record see Kitchell 
genealogy, 2d generation.) 



The following history of the Bruen family has been 
collected from various sources, including Ormerod's 
** County Palatine, Cheshire, and City of Chester," pub- 
lished in 1797, various works on John Bruen the Puritan, 
etc. Ormerod states his data has been gained "From 
original Deeds, the Inquisitions, the Visitations of 1566, 
1580, 1613, and the Registers of Tarvin." 

Bruen-Stapleford. — "At a very early period it became 
the property of one of the few families who did not adopt 
the local name, but contrary to the general practice in 
this part of England, communicated their name to the 

200 A History of the WillLs Family 

Robert le Brun, first of the family of which there is 
record, occurs in a grant of lands bearing date 1230, and 
in another deed dated 1260, mentioning his daughter Eva 
and her husband Philip de Stretton, and from other old 
deeds it appears that at that early period the township 
had received the name of Bruen-Staplef ord ; so it follows 
the family was a prominent one previous to 1230, 

1 *Robert Le Brun, of Stapleford, anno. 1230, his son 

2 *Robert Le Brun, of Stapleford, son and heir, living 

in 1262. 

3 *Roger Le Bruyn, of Stapleford, living 32 Edw. I., 

m. Emma, sole daughter and heiress, their son 

4 *Robert Le Bruyn, of Stapleford, his son 

5 *Roger Le Bruyn, of Stapleford, was living 11 Edw. 

II. He was appointed seneschal to Sir John de 
Orreby and surveyor of his Cheshire estates. He 
married Catherine, daughter of John de Leigh. Their 
daughter m. John de Holford in 1347. 

6 *Nicholas Le Bruyn, of Stapleford, son and heir, m. 

Elena, daughter of Roger de Praers and sister and 
sole heiress of Henry de Praers, of Duddon. She 
brought Nicholas one-quarter of Clotton, one-half 
of Duddon and other lands ; their son and heir 

7 *Roger Le Bruyn, of Stapleford, had lands in Clot- 

ton, Wymbalds, Traft'ord, Oscroft, Tarvin, Childer, 
Christleton, Guilden Sutton, Burton, Sutton, Huxley, 
Hargreave and Chester. He married Katherine, 
daughter of Sir John Norreys, Knight, ward of 
Geoffrey Osbaldeston; marriage covenant dated 6 
Ric. IL 

8 *Thomas Le Bruen, of Bruen-Stapleford, m. Alice, 

daughter of Thomas Greenway, of Biddulph, county 
Stafford, and had 

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9 *James Bruen, of Bruen-Stapleford, m. a daughter 
and co-heir of Thomas Dedwode, of Chester, in 1535. 

10 *John Bruyn, of Bruen-Stapleford, son and heir, m. 

Margaret, sister of Richard Done, of Utkinston, Esq. 
They evidently had no children, as John covenants 
with Sibilla, wife of Geoffrey Starkie, that James 
Bruyn his brother shall marry Anne, daughter of 
Geoffrey Starkie; and by another deed of the same 
year he enfeoff's his brother James, husband of Anne, 
with his lands in Bruen-Stapleford, Burton, A¥ym- 
balds, Trafford, etc. This was during 17 of Edw. IV. 
John Bruen (10th) was granted Feby. 21, 1 Ric. 
III., a royal pardon. He was then one of the bailiffs 
of Flint and late in arms against Richard the Third 
for all murders, rapes, rebellions, insurrections, felo- 
nies, conspiracies, confederacies, riots, routs, secret 
meetings, illicit embraceries, concealments, negli- 
gencies, extortions, misprisons, ignorances, con- 
tempts, forfeits and frauds practiced up to date. 

11 *James Bruyn, of Bruen-Stapleford, brother of John 

and heir, who m. Anne, daughter of Geoffrey Starkie 
by Sibilla his wife, had 

12 * John Bruyn, of Bruen-Stapleford, m. Mary, daughter 

of Otley, of Otley, county Salop, their son 

13 *John Bruyn, of Bruen-Stapleford, m. (2nd) Lady 

Dorothy, daughter of Sir Thomas Holford, of Hol- 
ford and Chester. John had a pardon under the seal 
of England, 1st Mary. 

14 *John Bruen, of Bruen-Stapleford, second son and 

by survivorship the heir of John Bruen, Esq., by his 
second wife. Lady Dorothy, daughter of Sir Thomas 
Holford, in the hundred of Bucklow. He was born 
in 1560, died 1625, buried at Tarvin. He was married 
three times and had nineteen children. His first wife 

202 A History of the Willis Family 

was Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Hardware, of 

Chester, Esq., *'a worthy and wise gentleman" who 

had been twice Mayor of Chester. Elizabeth was the 

widow of John Cooper, Alderman of Chester. She 

was born in 1562 and buried at Tarvin January 18, 

1596. They had eight children. 

John Bruen, m. secondly the "very amiable and 

beautiful Anne Fox," daughter of John Fox, and had 

nine children, 

Katherine, baptized Feb}^ 7, 1601. 

Abigal, baptized April 3, 1603. 

Jonathan, baptized Jany. 6, 1605; buried January 

13, 1605. 

15 *Obadiah, baptized Dec. 25, 1606; and five other 

John Bruen (14th), m. a third wife and had Mary and 
a son, who died young; this John Bruen, 14th in 
descent from Robert Le Brun, was the celebrated 
English Puritan of whom so much has been written. 
One of his sons by his second wife, Anne Fox, was 

15 *Obadiah Bruen, born at Bruen-Stapleton, baptized 

at St. Andrew's church, Tarvin, county Cheshire, 
England, 25th Dec, 1606; m. Sara, probably in 
Shrewsbury, and had five children, 

16 Mary, bapt. 12th June, 1634, at St. Julian's church, 
Shrewsbury, county Salop, England; m. John Bald- 
win, Sr., of Milford, Conn., 1653, as his 2nd wife; she 
d. Sept. 2nd, 1670. 

16 Sara, bapt. at Tarvin May 1, 1636; no other record. 
16 Rebecca, d. April 15, 1721, m. on Sept. 2, 1663, as 

2d wife, Thomas Post, of Norwich, Conn. ; he d. 1701. 
16 Hannah, b. July 9, 1643, at Gloucester, Mass.; m. 

Oct. 20, 1663, John Baldwin, Jr., of Milford, Conn., 

A History of the Willis FamiUj 203 

called John Baldwin, Sr., at Newark, N. J. ; he was 
b. 1640; will, 1700. 

16 *John, b. June 2, 1646, at Gloucester, Mass., d. at 

Newark, N. J., 1695 or 1696; m. Esther, dau. of Dea- 
con Richard Lawrence, of Branf ord. Conn. ; she was 
bapt. at New Haven in 1651 ; they had five children, 

17 Eleazer, b. 1674 or 75, d. 1711 ( ?) ; will proved Feb. 
12, 1712 ; he had Eleazer by 1st wife, and twin sons, 
Obadiah and Timothy, by his 2nd wife, Ruth Baldwin. 

17 Joseph, d. Feb. 1, 1753, in his 76th year ; m. and had 
David and Ruth. David was the direct ancestor of 
Mr. Frank Bruen, of Bristol, Conn. 

17 *Sarah, b. at Newark, N. J., in 1679, d. April 30, 1745, 
at Whippany, N. J. ; m. Abraham Kitchell, b. Newark, 
N. J., 1679, d. at Whippany Dec. 2, 1741; Abraham 
and Sarah his wife are buried beside each other in 
the old cemetery at Wliippany. 

17 Esther, m. Joseph Baldwin; she d. Sept. 20, 1776, 
aged 92 ; she is mentioned in will of Sarah Lawrence, 
her aunt. 

17 John, d. Sept. 8, 1767, in his 77th year; m. Mary 

(For further record of Abraham Kitchell 3rd and 
Sarah Bruen 17tli, see Kitchell Genealogy, third 

204 A History of the Willis Family 

Bruen Arms. 

Arms — ''Argent, an eagle displayed, sable." 
Crest — "On a wreath a fisherman, party per pale, 
argent and sable, each several articles of dress counter- 
changed; in the right hand a fisherman's staff, in the left 
hand a landing net thrown over the shoulder, or." 

Note. — Historians of Connecticut and New Jersey have been led into many 
errors owing to the tloiible marriages of the sisters Mary and 
Hannah Bruen, of the 16th generation, to the father and son, 
John Baldwin, Sr., and John Baldwin, Jr., of Milford, Conn., 
further complicated by the fact that John Baldwin, Jr., was called 
John Baldwin, Sr., after his removal to Newark, N. J., which many 
of the historians did not know or take into consideration. Mr. S. H. 
Congar, the Newark historian, as Mr. Frank Bruen, of Bristol, 
Conn., says, ' ' went up in the air over it, ' ' and yet even in this 
day it is not unknown, the authors knowing a case where father 
and son married sisters. 

Tliese liistorians, not liking the idea of a father and son marrying 
sisters, attempted to regulate these undoubted marriages by stating 
that Obadiali Bruen brought over with him from England a half 
sister, named Mary, of which there is absolutely no proof, and 
family records in England prove there could not have been a 
Mary to come over with Obadiali. Savage, Caulkins. Congar and 
others made this error, and Baldwin and Tuttle blindly followed 
them without further research. 

The children of Obadiah Bruen and the marriages as given are 
without question correct, having been verified by Mr. Frank Bruen, 
of Bristol, Conn., after research work covering twenty-five years. 



*Jolin Brueii, of Bruen-Stapleford, was born in 1560 
and died after a remarkable life in the year 1625 ; he was 
14th in descent from Robert Le Brnn, of Stapleford, 
anno. 1230. 

As he was our ancestor and father of Obadiah Bruen, 
the first of the family in this country, we believe a short 
history will prove of interest to his descendants. 

He has been called ''the greatest Puritan of them all" 
by one wi'iter; another author says, "though a Puritan, 
he was no slave to the narrow bigotry of a sect." 

Some of the books containing references to him are: 
"John Bruen, of Bruen-Stapleford;" "A Faithful Re- 
monstrance of the Holy Life and Happy Death of John 
Bruen," by William Hinde, London, 1641 ; "Of this scarce 
book, an abridgment by William Coddington was printed 
at Chester in 1799;" Ormerod's "County Palatine, 
Cheshire, and City of Chester," printed in 1797; "Mor- 
ton's Monuments of Fathers," printed in 1706; "Fuller's 
Worthies;" "Assheton's Journal" and Clark's "Marrow 
of Ecclesiastical History," London, 1675; the latter book 
contains the biography of Queen Elizabeth and several 
noblemen, and states; "John Bruen, Gentleman, is one 
of the few individuals whose private virtues alone, in 
the rank of a country gentleman, have obtained a place 
in the annals of biography." 

In Clark's history there appears a portrait of John 
Bruen, which has been re-engraved by Richardson. This 

206 A History of the Willis Family 

portrait represents him in close dress with a pointed 
beard, mustacios and ruff. Volumes have been written of 
him and but little can be quoted here ; our random notes 
are taken from the various authors mentioned without 
specially noting each. 

''John Bruen was sent in his tender years to his Uncle 
Dutton, of Button, where for three years he was taught 
by the schoolmaster James Roe. The Dutton family had 
by charter control of the minstrels of the county. Young 
Bruen became an expert dancer. At that time he said 
the holy Sabbaths of the Lord were wholly spent in all 
places about us in May-games and May-poles, pipings and 
dancings. " " When about seventeen, he and his brother 
Thomas were sent as Gentlemen-Commoners, to St. Al- 
ban's Hall, Oxford, where they remained about two years. 
He left the University in 1579 and in the following year 
was married by his parents to Elizabeth, a daughter of 
Henry Hardware, Esq., who had been twice Mayor of 
Chester. Elizabeth was a young widow, her first husband 
having been John Cooper, Alderman of Chester. Having 
married in 1580, he returned to his father's seat at 
Bruen-Stapleford and entered into all the amusements 
to which his youth and fortune prompted him. ' ' 

"He kept fourteen couple of great mouthed dogs." 

"Then being in the prime of his youth, he spent too 
much time in hunting, hawking and such carnal delights." 

"This career of pleasure terminated with the death of 
his father in 1587, who, together with his lands, left him 
charged with the portions of twelve children. To relieve 
himself from these incumbrances the park of Bruen- 
Stapleford, well furnished with deer, was dis-parked and 
the hawJ.s and hounds and every unnecessary expense 
were cut off and the whole mind of the new proprietor 
turned to the forming within his family a pattern of 

A History of the Willis Family 207 

religious economy, which was certainly eccentric, but ap- 
pears to have originated solely in the unaffected piety 
of its master." 

''The benevolence and piety of Mr. Bruen had rendered 
him such an object of respect in the county that many 
of the most distinguished families were among the con- 
stant inmates of his house and begged that their chil- 
dren might be brought up under his direction." 

"He lived very comfortably with his wife Elizabeth 
for seventeen years, seeing his eight sons and daughters 
as Olive plants round about his table." 

She died suddenly, and a short time thereafter he mar- 
ried the "beautiful and amiable Anne Fox" and had nine 
more children, the fourth of whom was Obadiah, born in 
1606, the first Bruen in this country and our ancestor. 

On the death of his second wife Mr. Bruen married a 
third time and lived in Chester until he had cleared the 
remaining debts from his estate, which had been handed 
down to him by his father; his third wife brought him 
two children, a son and daughter, so John Bruen was 
great in his family as in many things, having had three 
wives and nineteen children. 

"Inanno. 1590 he established a preacher in his Chapel. 
There resorted many to him, some to the Chapel to feed 
their souls and many into the Hall to feed their bellies, 
to his no small cost, but the Pipers, Fiddlers, Bearwards, 
Players and Gamesters he sent away with great fret- 
ting. ' ' 

* ' Fleeces from his flock were consumed in clothing the 
poor of his parish, to which purpose all the profits of two 
of his mills were appropriated." 

"His house was a common inn. Many that passed be- 
twixt Ireland and England and came to Chester would 
take up his house for their lodging place that they might 

208 A History of the Willis Family 

rejoice their hearts in seeing his face. His ordinary 
table was bountiful, and for the furtherance of it he had 
a great flight of pigeons, a warren of conies, delicate fish 
ponds, beside the ordinary provision about the house. 
His cellar was open and free to all within the bounds of 
moderation. ' ' 

'*He had a servant named Robert Passfield, a man 
utterly unlearned, who for the help of his memory in- 
vented and formed a girdle of leather long and large, 
which went twice about him ; this he divided into several 
parts, allotting every book in the Bible in order to one 
of these divisions ; then for the chapters he affixed points 
or thongc of leather to the several divisions, and made 
knots by fives or tens to distinguish the chapters of that 
book, and by other points divided the chapters into their 
particular contents, or verses, as occasion required. This 
he used instead of pen and ink in hearing sermons, and 
coming home he was able by it to repeat the sermon, quote 
the texts, etc., to his master, and thus save him from 
sitting through the long sermons, which girdle master 
Bruen kept after his death, hung it up in his study and 
would m'irrily call it the girdle of verity. ' ' 

Historians and others condemn Mr. Bruen for but one 
act; he removed all the ancient and beautiful painted 
windows in his oM^n chapel and the parish church at 
Tarvin and regiazed them with plain glass at his own 
expense, "because they savored too much of Popery." 

In the following extract Mr. Bruen speaks himself: 

' ' One that dwelt in my Farm in Wimble Stafford, see- 
ing two Godly persons going in the way, said to one 
with him, I will dance, and swagger, and swear to anger 
yonder two Puritans, and so he did to their great grief: 
But presently the revenging hand of God was upon him, 

A History of the Willis Family 209 

so that immediately he fell sick, was carried home in a 
cart and within three days died most fearfully. All 
glory to God." 

Obadiah Bruex, 

*Obadiah Bruen, Esq., also frequently mentioned in 
Connecticut and New Jersey colonial records as Hon. 
Obadiah Bruen, was the fourth child of John Bruen 
(14th g.), of Bruen-Stapleford, and his second wife, the 
** beautiful and amiable Anne Fox." 

Obadiah was born at Bruen-Stapleford and baptized 
at St. Andrew's church, Tarvin, county Cheshire, Eng- 
land, Dec. 25, 1606. He married Sara, probably in 
Shrewsbury, county Salop, England, as there is docu- 
mentary evidence from Shrewsbury that he was admitted 
to the Drapers Guild there and he was called the son of 
John of Stapleford, county Cheshire. This does not mean 
that Obadiah was a draper, as at that time the guilds, 
as at the present time, were close corporations in the 
nature of stock companies, and the members were often 
composed of the wealthiest and most important men. In 
1655 the Drapers voted him £10, saying he was then in 
New England. There is also documentary evidence that 
Obadiah Bruen bought the interest of Richard Percival, 
of Shrewsbury, a fellow Draper, in a plantation at what 
is now Portsmouth, New Hampshire; he sold this in 
1642 and is named as of Gloucester and Cape Ann. 

The eai'liest known record of Obadiah Bruen in New 
England is Mcli. 2, 1640-41, when he and others were 
propounded for freemen at Plymouth. "As this was 
earlier than any vessel would be apt to arrive, it is very 
probable that he was in N. E. the year before." His 
first child, Mary, was baptized at Shrewsbury; his second 

210 A History of the Willis Family 

child, Sara, was baptized at Tarvin; his third child, Re- 
becca, uncertain, but his fourth child, Hannah, and fifth 
child, John, were born at Gloucester, Mass., where he 
lived shortly after reaching- New Kngland. Was made 
freeman in 1642 and selectman and representative 1647 
to 1651. 

He then removed to Pequot, now New London, Conn., 
where as early as 1653 he was town Recorder. In April, 
1660, he was appointed commissioner to hold Court and 
was re-appointed in the years 1663-64-65-66. In May, 
1660, he was empowered by the General Court to ad- 
minister oaths. There is not a year, from his arrival 
in New England, about 1640, and in Connecticut about 
1651, that his name is not frequently mentioned in the 
records, and it is surprising the many positions of public 
trust that he filled. 

To prove his exalted standing in the Connecticut 
Colony we need but mention the fact that Obadiah Bruen 
was one of the nineteen important men of Connecticut 
who petitioned King Charles II. for the Charter of Con- 
necticut, and was one of the grantees to that instrument 
April 20, 1662. 

In May, 1663, the General Court appointed him one of 
the commissioners to settle the differences between the 
settlers and the Niantic Indians, the latter having com- 
mitted many outrages on the colonists. 

Notwithstanding the foregoing and a great many other 
honors which cannot be mentioned here, and in spite of 
the fact that he was one of the patentees of the Charter, 
when the Connecticut Colony forced the people on the 
Sound to join them, against their will, he with many 
others became so dissatisfied with the state of affairs 
that they signed the "fundamental agreements" and re- 
moved to Newark, N. J., with their families, 1666-67. 

A History of the Willis Family 211 

Mr. Brueii, like many others of the colonists who took 
this step, was approaching old age and the emigration 
is not less remarkable when we consider that these men, 
occupying the very first place in the Colony of Connecti- 
cut, after having established themselves in comfortable 
homes and spent the best years of their lives in building- 
up the community should voluntarily relinquish all they 
had accomplished, move to a new wilderness and in their 
old age begin life anew. 

At Newark Obadiah Bruen continued to occupy the 
high station he held in his former home. He w^as one of 
the purchasers of the site of Newark from the Indians 
(described under Samuel Kitchell) and was active in all 
the important affairs of the new town. 

The date of his death is uncertain, but he was living 
in Newark in the year 1680. 

The account of his children and the children of his son 
John will be found in the Bruen genealogy. 

Obadiah Bruen, Robert Kitchell and his son Samuel, 
Robert Treat and Jasper Crane were probably the five 
most important men in the Newark settlement ; we should 
include also the Rev. Abraham Pierson. These w^ere our 
ancestors and their children married among themselves ; 
it is not surprising, therefore, that the granddaughter 
of Obadiah Bruen, Sarah by name, should have married 
the grandson of Robert Kitchell, Abraham by name. 

Abraham Kitchell and his wife, Sarah Bruen, were 
among the early settlers at Wliippany; she survived her 
husband by a few years and was buried beside him in 
the old Wliippany cemetery, where their graves and 
tombstones can still be seen. She came of a very ancient 
and distinguished line of ancestors, and it is good for 
her manv descendants to know where she and her hus- 

212 A History of the Willis Family 

band Abraham lie, awaiting the last trumpet call, a 
sacred shrine which all their offspring should visit. 

Esther, John Bruen's wife, survived him, as the 
Newark records state: "Esther, widow of John Bruen, 
Planter, received a grant of Land from the Lords Pro- 
prietors of New Jersey in 1696." John Bruen was a 
large land owner, as the Newark records give accounts 
of several grants to him. 

Richard Lawrence. 

*Deacon Richard Lawrence was a man of the first 
position in the New Haven Colony. He was specially 
prominent in church affairs, but while a staunch church- 
man was appointed to many offices of trust in civil affairs. 
He signed the "fundamental agreements" and moved to 
Newark with the Rev. Abraham Pierson in 1667. His 
name is frequently mentioned in the early Newark 
records. His daughter Esther, b. in Branford, said to 
have been a young lady of unusual beauty, "both of mind 
and countenance," married John Bruen, as already 


As the Holford family are in the direct line of our 
ancestry and two marriages, one in very ancient times, 
were contracted with the Bruens, and more especially as 
it was through the Holford line that our ancestry runs 
back to Alfred the Great and CharlemagTie, it is thought 
proper to give the family genealogy, so that any one 
wishing to more fully investigate this line of descent 
can have an easy starting point. The Holfords were 
settled in county Cheshire, England, previous to 1234, as 
there are deeds to lands still on record dated in that year ; 
the first by name ^vas : 

1 *William Toft, younger son of Roger Toft, lord of 

Toft ; m. Joan, daughter of Richard de Lostock, and 

2 *Roger de Holford, living in 1337; m. Margery, 

daughter of Richard le Dispenser, but died without 

3 *Henry, was his brother and heir, and had 

4 *John, m. a daughter of Roger BrujTi, of Stapleford 

(see Bruen genealogj^) ; the marriage is recorded in 
the vear 1347. Thev had 

5 * Willi am, m. Margaret, daughter of Sir Richard Ven- 

ables, and had 

6 *Thomas, d. 1464; his son 

7 *Thomas, m. Maud, daughter of William Buckley, 

dcDutv Judge of Chester in 1444 ; their son 

8 *Sir George Holford, of Holford, sheriff of Chester in 

1524; their son 

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9 *Sir John Holford, of Holford, Knight, m. in 1507 
Margery, sole daughter and heir of Raufe Brereton, 
of Iscote, in Flintshire ; their son 

10 *Sir Thomas Holford, of Holford and Chester, m. first 

Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Butler. Sir 
Thomas Holford m, second Jane, widow of Hugh 
Button, of Button, daughter of Sir William Booth, 
of Bunham Massy. By the latter marriage Sir 
Thomas had 

11 *Lady Borothy Holford, who married John Bruen 

(13th) of Bruen-Stapleford. (See Bruen genealogy 
and genealogy to Alfred the Great, etc.) 

There Avere two Holford families in Cheshire, one 
of which sprang from Sir George Holford and should 
not be confused with the direct line of Holfords of 

Holford of Holford Arms. 

Arms — "A greyhound pass. sa. " 

Crest — "A greyhound's head sa., collared and ringed 


From Alfeed the Great, King of England, and Charle- 
magne (Charles the Great), King of France. 

The genealogy which follows can be traced by the curi- 
ous through "Burke's General Armory," "Burke's 
Peerage" and "Americans of Royal Descent." The 
ancestry being }3art of the family history, it is thought 
proper to give it here. 

As the genealogy of the Holford and Bruen families is 
recorded in this book, the line of descent can be followed 
through Sir William Booth, Sir Thomas Holford, Lady 
Dorothy Holford, John Bruen 13th, and so on down the 
line through the various families. It will be noticed we 
have carried the ancestry back to the grandfather of 
Alfred the Great and for five generations back of Charle- 
magne, giving an unbroken ancestry for 1356 years in 
the latter instance. Any good history of France and 
England can be consulted by the descendants. 

Egbert, son of Eahlmund, a 

King of Kent, d. 839; had 


Ethelwulf, d. 887, m. Os- 

burgh ; had 

Alfred the Great, King 

of England, b. at Wantage 

in 848, d. 900; m. Alswith, 

daughter of a Mercian No- 
bleman ; his son 
Edward (The Elder), d. 
925; had 

Edgina, m. first Charles 
III, King of France, and 
was the mother of Louis 
IV; she m. second Henry, 
Count of Vermandois, and 
had Lady Agnes de Ver- 
mandois, who m. Charles, 
Duke of Lorraine. 

1 Pepin (The Elder) also 
called ''Pepin of Landen," 
b. about 560, d. 639 ; he was 
the first of the family of 
note; he had daughter. 

2 Begga, m. Ansegishl, son of 
Arnulf ; had son 

3 Pepin of Heristal, d. 714; 

4 Charles Martel (The Ham- 
mer), d. Oct. 22, 714; had 

5 Pepin (The Short), d. Sept. 
24, 768; m. Bertha, daugh- 
ter of Charibert, Count of 
Laon ; had 

6 Charlemagne; Charles the 
Great, b. April 2, 742, d. 
Jany. 28, 814; m. Hilde- 
garde, daughter of Duke 
Godfrey of Suabia; had 

216 A History of the Willis Family 

7 Louis I. (The Pious or Le Debonaire), b. 778, d. 
840; m. Lady Judith (The fair maid of Bavaria), 
daughter of Count Welf ; had 

8 Charles IL (The Bald), b. 823, d. 877; had 

9 Louis IL (The Stammerer, or Le Begue), d. April 
10, 877 ; had 

10 Charles III. (The Simple), b. Sept. 17, 872, d. at 
Peronne Oct. 7, 927 ; m. Edgina, daughter of Edward 
(The Elder), son of Alfred the Great of England; 
Princess Edgina was thus the granddaughter of 
Alfred; had 

11 Louis IV., King of France 936-954; m. Princess Ger- 
berga, daughter of Henry I. (The Fowler), Emperor 
of Germany; had 

12 Charles, Duke of Lorraine; m. Lady Agnes de Ver- 
mandois, great-granddaughter of Alfred the Great 
of England ; had 

13 Charles, Duke of Lorraine, heir to the throne of 
France, usurped by Hugh Capet and was exiled to 
Germany; had 

14 Wigerius, Duke of Lorraine ; had 

15 Baldric-Teutonicus, m. a daughter of Fitz Gilbert de 
Tonebridge ; had 

16 Nicholas De Bashaville, or Bacqueville, Lord of 
Castle Martel in Germany; m. a daughter of Her- 
fastus the Dane and a neice of Gunnara, Duchess of 
Normandv; had 

17 William De Martel, Earl of Gaurrenna, or Warren, 
in Normandy; m. a daughter of Rafe de Torta, a 
noble Dane, Protector of Normandy during the 
nonage of Duke Richard I., and had, 

18 Rodger De Mortimer (brother of William de War- 
ren, first Earl of Surrey), both companions of Wil- 
liam the Conqueror; had, 

A Hist or If of the Willis Family 217 

19 Ralph De Mortimer, Lord of Wigmore Castle, who 
also accompanied the Conqueror ; m. Lady Millicent ; 

20 Hugh De Mortimer, 2nd Baron Mortimer of Wig- 
more, d. 1185; m. Lady Maud; had, 

21 Roger De Mortimer, 3rd Baron Mortimer of Wig- 
more, d. 1215; m. first Lady Millicent, daughter of 
Robert de Ferres, 4th Earl of Derby, and had, 

22 Lady Joan De Mortimer, m. Walcheline De Beau- 
champ, d. 1235, son of Walter, 4th Baron de Beau- 
champ ; had, 

23 William De Beauchamp, 5th Baron Beauchamp of 
Elmsley, d. 1268; m. Lady Isabel, daughter of Wil- 
liam, 6th Baron Mandit and 4th Baron Hanslape, 
Heritable Chamberlain of the Exchequer; had 

24 William De Beauchamp, 6th Baron Beauchamp, 
created Earl of Warwick, d. 1298; m. Lady Maud, 
daughter of John Fitz John, Chief Justice of Ire- 
land in 1258 and widow of Gerard de Furnival; had 

25 Guy De Beauchamp, 2nd Earl of Warwick, b. 1275, 
d. 1315; m. Lady Alice, daughter of Ralph de Toni 
and widow of Thomas de Layborne ; had 

26 Lady Matilda De Beauchamp, m. Geoffrey, 2nd 
Baron de Say, Admiral of the King's Fleet, d. 1359; 

27 Lady Idonis De Say, m. Sir John Clinton, Knight of 
Mantoch, 3rd Baron Clinton, governor of Warwick 
Castle, b. 1326, d. 1397 ; had 

28 Lady Margaret Clinton, m. Sir Baldwin de Mont- 
fort; had 

29 Sir William De Montf ort, d. 1453 ; m. Lady Margaret 
Peche; had 

30 Sir Baldwin De Montf ort, b. 1445, d. 1475 ; m. Lady 
Joanna Vernon; had 

218 A History of the Willis Family 

31 Robert Montfort of Bescote, Staffordshire; had 

32 Katherine Montfort, m. Sir George Booth, d. 1483, 
son of Sir William Booth, Sheriff of Chester ; had 

33 Sir William Booth, d. 1519 ; m. Lady Ellen, daughter 
of Sir John Montgomery; had 

34 Lady Jane Booth, m. secondly Sir Thomas Holford, 
son of Sir John Holford, of Holford, Knight; had 

35 Lady Dorothy Holford, m. John Bruen (13th) of 
Bruen-Stapleford, Cheshire; had 

36 John Bruen, of Bruen-Stapleford, 14th in Bruen 
genealogy, Puritan, philanthropist, b. 1560, d. 1625; 
m. secondly "the very amiable and beautiful" Anne 
Fox ; had 

37 Obadiah Bruen, baptized Dec. 25, 1606, b. at Bruen- 
Stapleford, county Cheshire, England; m. Sarah, 
moved to New England 1639, d. at Newark, New 
Jersey, after 1680; had 

38 John Bruen, b. at Gloucester, Mass., June 2, 1646, d. 
before 1697, at Newark, N. J. ; m. Esther, daughter 
of Deacon Richard Lawrence; had 

39 Sarah Bruen, b. 1679, at Newark, N. J., d. April 30, 
1745, at Whippany, N. J. ; m. Abraham Kitchell, b. 
Newark, N. J., 1679, d. 1741, son of Samuel Kitchell, 
one of the founders of Newark ; had 

40 Joseph Kitchell, b. 1710, d. Dec. 24, 1789; m. Rachel 
Bates; had 

41 Aaron Kitchell, b. 1744, d. June 25, 1820; m. Phoebe 
Farrand, b. 1743, d. Mch. 12, 1807. He was a member 
of the State Legislature of New Jersey, member of 
the United States Congress and United States Sen- 
ate, friend and confidential advisor of General 
George Washington and one of AVashington 's pall- 
bearers ; had 

A History of the Will is Family 219 

42 Lucy Kitchell, b. Mch. 15, 1779, d. May 7, 1863 ; m. 
John Fairchild, b. April 25, 1781, d. May 9, 1863; had 

43 Susan Caroline Fairchild, b. June 7, 1803, d. Oct. 5, 
1884; m. James Harvey Cook on Feby. 4, 1826; had 

44 Electa Caroline Cook, b. Feby. 21, 1827, d. April 21, 
1866; m. June 15, 1853, Edwin Ethelbert Willis, b. 
April 7, 1827, d. Feby. 21, 1899; their children were 

45 Frances Caroline Willis, b. Sept. 4, 1854. 

45 Ida Julia Willis, b. Jany. 8, 1856; m. Theodore F. 

45 Charles Ethelbert Willis, b. Aug. 30, 1857 ; m. Emma 

Bradley Howard. 
45 Edward Hervey Willis, b. June 21, 1860, d. Feby. 

8, 1906. 
45 Henry Cook Willis, b. Nov. 15, 1862; m. first Alta 

C. Stearns, m. second Jessie Robinson. 
45 Agnes Mary Willis, b. June 23,1863, d. Feby. 13,1866. 

45 Electa Caroline Willis, b. April 21, 1866, d. April 
23, 1866. 

Charles Ethelbert Willis (45), m. June 3, 1896, Emma 
Bradley Howard, b. Feby. 6, 1870, and have 

46 John Howard Willis, b. Feby. 8, 1900. 

46 Charles Ethelbert Willis, Jr., b. Dec. 10, 1904. 
46 Francis Macleod Willis, b. June 16, 1907. 

Magna Charta Barons. 
Through the above ancestry the Willis family is de- 
scended from three of the twenty-five Barons who forced 
Magna Charta from King John at Runnymede in 1215, 
and their names are among the "Magna Charta Sure- 
ties," or signers. They were Roger and Hugh Bigod, 
ancestors through the de Beauchamps, and Geoffrey de 
Say, ancestor of Geoffrey de Say. (See 26th generation, 
above. ) 

220 A Histonj of the Willis Family 

Descent From Chaelemagne Through the Kings 

OF England. 

1 Charlemagne, b. 742, d. 815 ; m. Hildegarde of Siiabia, 

2 Louis I. (Le Debonaire), b. 778, d. 840; m. Judith, 
dau. of Count Welf or Count Guelph-Otterf , ancestor 
of the Royal House of Great Britain, had 

3 Charles 11. (The Bald), b. 823, d. 873; m. Ermen- 
trude, dau. of Count of Orleans, had 

4 Princess Judith, widow of Athelwulf, King of Eng- 
land ; m. 2d Baldwin, Count of Flanders, had 

5 Baldwin II., Count of Flanders, m. 889, Elstrude, 
youngest dau. of Alfred the Great, King of England, 

6 Arnold, Count of Flanders, d. 965, aged 81, m. Alice, 
dau. of Count of Vermandois, had 

7 Baldwin III., Count of Flanders, d. 962, m. Matilda 
of Province, had 

8 Arnold II., Count of Flanders, d. 989, m. 956 Rosala, 
dau. of Beringarius II., King of Italy, had 

9 Baldwin IV. (Fairbeard), d. 1036, m. Eleanor, dau. 
of Richard, Duke of Normandy, had 

10 Baldwin V., Count of Flanders, d. 1067, m. Adele, 
dau. of Robert II., King of France, son of Hugh 
Capet, King of France, had 

11 Matilda, m. in 1052 to William The Conqueror, 
father of William Rufus, King of England 1087- 
1100 and 

12 Henry I., King of England 1100 to 1135, m. Maud, 
dau. of Malcolm III., King of Scotland, had 

13 Maud or Matilda, m. Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of 
Anjou, in 1127, had 

14 Henry II., King of England, 1154 to 1189, m. Eleanor, 
divorced wife of Louis VII., King of France, had 

A Histoyy of the Willis Family 221 

Richard (The Lionheart), King of England, 1189 to 
1199, also 

15 John, King of England, 1199 to 121 G, who signed 
Magna Charta, m. Ishol, dau. of Agmered Tailefer, 
10th count of Angouleme, had 

16 Henry III., King of England, 1216 to 1272, had 

17 Edward I., King of England, 1272 to 1307, m. Elea- 
nor, dau. of Ferdinand III., King of Castile, parents 
of Edward II., of England, also of 

18 Princess Elizabeth Plantagenet, who m. Humphrey 
Bohun, had 

19 William Bohun, Earl of Northampton, d. 1360, had 

20 Elizabeth Bohun, m. 1359, Richard Fitzallen, Earl 
of Arundel and Surry; beheaded 1398, had 

21 Lady Elizabeth Fitzallen, m. 2d Sir Robert Goushill, 

22 Lady Joan Goushill, m. Thomas, Lord of Stanley, 
1458, K. G., had 

23 Lady Elizabeth Stanley, m. Sir Richard IMolineaux, 
slain in Bloreheath, 1459, had 

24 Lady Margaret Molineaux, m. Sir AVilliam Bulkley, 
Justice of Chester, had 

25 William Bulkley of Eaton, had 

26 Maud Bulkley, m. Sir Thomas Holford of Holford, 

27 Sir George Holford, m. Isbel Leigh, had 

28 Sir John Holford, m. Margaret Brereton, had 

29 Sir Thomas Holford, m. Lady Jane Booth, had 

30 Lady Dorothy Holford, who m. John Bruen of 
Bruen-Stapleford, 13th Bruen generation. 



Our ancestors of the Kitchell family were gentlemen of 
the County of Kent, England. The following records are 
official : 

A History of the Willis Family 223 

From the "Visitation of Kent, 1663-8." 

Thomas Kitchell of Clifford 's Inn, London. 

Thomas Kitchell of New Inn, London, = Deborah, da. of Boles of Kent 
and clerk of Dover Castle. I 

Eliz., da. of Nicholas = William Kitchell of ye = Anne, da. of Francis 

Knight of Canterbury, City of Canterbury, 
1 Wife, S. P. Gent, 1663. 

Lovilace of Canterbury or 
2 Wife 

Francis, son and heir. Thomas William Kitchell. 

From "Alumni Oxonienses. " "Kitchell, Francis, son of William, of Can- 
terbury, Gent. Trinity Coll., matric. 14 Feby., 1678-9, aged 16. 
B. A. 1682." 

From the "Visitation of Middlesex, 1634 (C. 28, 5V>)." 

John Kitchell of Combe nere Greenwich. 

Thomas Kitchell, of Addington = Jane, da. of Eobt. Barnes of 

Wichlinge, in Kent. 

^ .. 

Thomas Kitchell, of New Inn = Debora, da. of Jo. Bolde of 

in com. Middx. 1634 

Wihorn in Kent 
Her grandmother was a Blechenden. 

I I I I 

Anne Thomas Edw. William 

"Extracted from the Visitation of Middlesex in 1634, 
now remaining in the Herald's College, London, this 21 
Aug., 1883. Stephen Tucker, Somerset Herald." 

With the exception of the Oxford record, the above is 
from the book by Mitchell and Hughes, London, 1883. 

Marriage Licenses Issued at Canterbury. 

1622, Sept. 18 — Thomas Kitchell, aged 26, gent., bachelor, 
of London, and Deborah Bowie, aged 20, maiden, 
da. of John Bowie, of Wareburn, gent. 

224 A History of the Willis Family 

1631, June 21 — Robert Kitcliell, yeoman, widower, of 
Rolvenden, and Margaret Sheafe, aged 30, maiden, 
of Tenterden. 

1631, Oct. 7— William Stratfold, 25, gent., bachelor, of 
Dover, and Mary Kitchell, aged 20, maiden, da. of 
Thomas Kitchell, of Dover, gent. 

1638, Mch. 12— Robert AVells, bachelor. Vicar of Holling- 
bourne, and Jane Kitchell, aged 26, maiden, da. of 
Thomas Kitchell, of Dover, gent. 

1660, Dec. 10 — William Kitchell, gent., widower, of Can- 
terbury, and Anne Lovilace, aged 26, maiden, da. of 
Francis Lovilace, of Canterbury, Esq'r. 


1596, May 17— John Kitchell and Johne Jordan, at Beck- 
enham, county Kent. 

1622, July 29— Simon Crowden and Eliz. Kitchell, at St. 
Nicholas, Depford. 

1632, July 21— Robert Kitchell and Margaret Sheafe, at 
St. Mary Bredin, Canterbury. The difference in 
year license was issued and marriage performed 
would be accounted for by old and new style, 1631-2, 
etc., probably the same year. 

1652, Jany. 9^Thomas Kitchell and Hannah Harflete, at 
St. Clement Danes, Middlesex. 

Baptisms at Rolvenden, County Kent. 

1623, Oct. 30— John Kitchell, son of Thomas, Gent. 

1634, April 27— Harman, son of Robert Kitchell and 
Margaret his wife. 

1635, Dec. 6— Samuel, son of Robert Kitchell and Mar- 
garet his wife. 

A History of the Willis Family 225 


1655, Mch. 29 — Thomas Kitcliell, gent., buried from the 

1656, Jany. 4 — Mr. Thomas Kitchell, one of the Anne. 
(Anncient?) gents, of New Inn. 

1657, July 15 — Edward Kitchell, gent. 

Barry's "Genealogy of Kent" says Deborah, da. of 
William Stratford and grandchild of Thomas Kitchell, 
died July, 1719, aged 81; buried in St. James church, 
Dover. Elizabeth, the only surviving child, married the 
second time Philip, Earl of Harwich, Lord High Chan- 
cellor of England. 

Robert Kitchell is put down in the marriage license as 
yeoman; the following is a definition of yeoman in 16th- 
17th century: 

"A class of holders of land." "Yeoman thus meant 
a countryman, a man of the district, in the special use 
of the word for a class of landholders." 

"Yeoman^ frequently a younger son, having left the 
ancestral manor and acquired land for the founding of 
a new branch of the ancient tree." 

Robert Kitchell was undoubtedly the son of John and 
Johne (Jordan) Kitchell, m. May 17, 1596. Investiga- 
tions by the authors at Canterbury lead them to believe 
this is correct, although he is not mentioned in the * ' Visi- 
tation of Middlesex, ' ' 1634, as the pedigree is only carried 
down through the eldest son and heir. 

1 *Mr. Robert Kitchell was born in the county of Kent, 
probably Combe, in 1604, and died in Newark, New 
Jersey, in 1672. He was married twice; his first 
wife we do not know, but he m. secondly, on June 21, 

226 A History of the Willis Family 

1632, Margaret Slieafe, dau. of the Rev. Edward 
Sheafe, of Cranbrooke, county Kent, England. 

Mr. Kitcliell obtained the marriage license at Can- 
terbury, The license mentions Margaret as "aged 
30, maiden, of Tenterden," and Robert as "of Rol- 
venden. " Rolvenden is about ten miles from Cran 
brooke ; the marriage took place at the church of St. 
Mary Bredin, Canterbury, the latter place being in 

"On April 26, 1639, the ship Arabella sailed from 
England with a party of Puritan refugees, led by 
the Rev. Henry Whitfield, and anchored in the harbor 
of Quinnipiac, now New Haven." At New Haven 
there was a small settlement, made the year before 
by a party from Massachusetts, which had been led 
to this place by the Rev. John Davenport. 

Note — We have followed the original spelling of tlie name Kitchell, which 
without question is the correct one; 1. e., Kitchell instead of Kitchel, 
as given by Mr. Harvey D. Kitchel in his book ' ' Robert Kitchel 
And His Descendants, ' ' and followed by other writers from this 

We can find no warrant whatever for spelling the name with 
but one 1. It is a matter of individual taste. 

All the ancient records of Canterbury Cathedral and county 
Kent, England (and there are a great many) spell the name Kitchell. 
These records are memorial tablets in Canterbury Cathedral, records 
of births, deaths, marriage licenses, marriages and baptisms. 

The first of the name in this country signed the ' ' Covenant ' ' on 
shipboard at New Haven as "Mr. Robert Kitchell." All the old 
Connecticut and Newark records so spell the name. Old tomb- 
stones in Hanover and Whippany use this spelling. The original 
tombstone of Hon. Aaron Kitchell so had it ; the records at Wash- 
ington, D. C, of Hon. Aaron Kitchell so spell it. 

' ' Miscellanea Genealogiea et Heraldica, ' ' containing much 
Kitchell data from Kent pertaining to this family, spells it Kitchell. 

Being natives of New Jersey and descendants of the old Kitchells, 
where no other spelling of the name was known, we trust that 
future historians will follow the ancient and correct version and 
spelling and so save confusion, which would tend in time to cause 
a serious split and develop two families where there should be 
but one. 

A Histonj of the Willis Family 227 

''While yet on shipboard this company (the Whit- 
field party) bound themselves in a Plantation Cove- 
nant to sit down and join themselves together in one 
certain plantation, and they soon after settled at 
Guilford, Conn., choosing the borders of the Sound 
for the special reason that they would be out of the 
jurisdiction of the Connecticut Colony, as from the 
first they suspected that colony of serious defection 
from Puritan principles and practice, and sought 
to maintain their purity and independence by put- 
ting this safe distance between them and the heresy. 

"The )Guilford settlers were generally men of 
character, culture and substance. Several of them 
were of University training, and he (Robert Kitchell) 
held a large place among them in all trusts and 

The "Plantation Covenant" was signed by all the 
men of the party before landing at New Haven; it 
reads as follows : 

"We whose names are hereunder written, intend- 
ing by God's gracious permission, to plant ourselves 
in New England, and, if it may be, in the southerly 
part, about Quinnipiac; We do faithfully promise, 
each to each, for ourselves and families, and those 
that belong to us, that we will, the Lord assisting 
us, sit down and join ourselves together in one 
intire plantation, and to be helpful each to the other 
in every common work, according to every man's 
ability, and as need shall require; and we promise 
not to desert or leave each other or the plantation, 
but with the consent of the rest, or the greater part 
of the company who have entered into this engage- 
ment. As for our gathering together in a church 

228 A History of the Willis Family 

way, we do refer ourselves until such time as it 
shall please God to settle us in our plantation. 

''In witness whereof, we subscribe our hands, the 
first day of June, 1639. ' ' 

Twenty-five members of the company signed this 
covenant, the first one being "Mr. Robert Kitchell." 

Mr. Kitchell was probably older than most of 
the settlers; was one of the administrators of the 
new settlement until the church was established. 

"Agreed that the Civil power for the administra- 
tion of justice and preservation of peace shall re- 
main in the hands of Robert Kitchell, William Chit- 
tenden, John Bishop and William Leete, formerly 
chosen for that work, until some may be chosen out 
of the church that shall be gathered here." 

"Sept. 29, 1639, Henry Whitfield, Robert Kitchell, 
William Leete, William Chittenden, John Bishop and 
John Cofifinge, as agents of the associate planters, 
purchased the tract which constitutes nearly all of 
the present town of Guilford, from Shaumpishuh, 
the Sachem-squaw of the Menunkatucks. The price 
paid was a dozen of each of the following articles: 
coats, shoes, stockings, mirrors, faddoms of wam- 
pum, hoes, hatchets, knives, hats, pooringers, spoons, 
four kettles and two English coats." "Dec. 17, 1641, 
they purchased what is called the Neck, eastward to 
Tuckishoag Pond. " " Jany. 13, 1664, Samuel Kitchell 
and William Leete purchased a strip of territory on 
the northern border of Guilford from Uncas, the 
Mohegan Sachem; and this they afterwards sold to 
the town." 

"During the twenty-seven years of his residence 
in Guilford, from 1639 to 1666, Robert Kitchell held 
a prominent place among the most active and trusted 

A History of the Willis Family 229 

of the planters. He occupied the corner of Broad 
and Fair streets, and the corner still carries the 
name. He was Deputy from Guilford in the General 
Court at New Haven in 1650, 1656, 1661, 1662 and 
1663, and Treasurer for the Plantation for many- 

^*By all the tokens Robert Kitchell stands out a 
stanch, tenacious character, intensely Puritan, a 
Pilgrim Father, even to the second degree. ' ' 

The Rev. Henry Whitfield remained in Guilford 
twelve vears and then returned to England. "His 
Stone House, built in 1639, is still standing, reputed 
to be the oldest dwelling in the United States, and 
certainly one of our most venerable antiquities." 

In the foregoing, we have quoted liberally from 
''Robert Kitchel And His Descendants," by H. D. 

In the year 1666, with Robert Treat and others, 
Mr. Kitchell removed by ship to Newark, New Jersey, 
and with him his son Samuel, and in the latter place 
they both at once took a leading position. 

"Mr. Robert Kitchell was a leading civil Magis- 
trate at Newark and was called at Newark the bene- 
factor of the settlement." 

After Mr. Kitchell 's death, in 1672, his widow 
Margaret removed to Greenwich, Conn., in 1678, 
where she died in 1682; their son 
* Samuel Kitchell, was baptized at Rolvenden, county 
Kent, England, Dec. 6, 1635, so he was but four years 
old when the family came to Connecticut. In the 
Guilford records he appears as having held the office 
of Town Clerk and some other minor offices ; became 
freeman at Guilford May 4, 1654. 

230 A History of the Willis Family 

Before leaving Connecticut both Samuel and his 
father, Robert, signed the "fundamental agree- 
ments. ' ' 

On the arrival of the settlers at Newark Samuel 
Kitchell became one of the leaders of the new colony 
and retained this position until the time of his death, 
in 1690, He was one of the commissioners to lay 
out the new township of Newark and one of the first, 
with his father, to accompany Robert Treat from 
Connecticut in 1666. "On May 21, 1666, Samuel 
Kitchell was chosen by the planters as one of a 
board of eleven to form the new township of Newark 
and provide rules for its government." 

On May 11, 1667, Obadiah Bruen, Michael Tomp- 
kins, Samuel Kitchell, John Brown and Robert Den- 
nison purchased for themselves and associates, from 
the Indians, a tract of land "bounded with the Bay 
eastward and the Great River Pesayak northward, 
the Great Creek or river in the meadow, to the head 
of the cove, then bearing a west line for the south 
bounds, etc. ; on the west line back into the country 
to the foot of the great mountain." The compen- 
sation given the Indians for this land was "fifty 
double hands of powder, one hundred bars of lead, 
twenty axes, twenty coats, ten guns, twenty pistols, 
ten kettles, ten swords, four blankets, four barrels of 
beer, ten pairs of breeches, fifty knives, eight hun- 
dred and fifty fathoms of Wampum, twenty ankers 
of liquor, twenty hoes and three troopers' coats." 
The Indians who received the above for their tribes 
were the three Sachems, Wekaprokikan, Wame- 
SAME and Mamistoxe, and i\\Qj signed the deed with 
the white settlers. The land evidentlv ran from the 
Hackensack river back to the Orange mountains. 

A Histori/ of the Willis Family 231 

That was certainly some Wampum, nearly a mile, 
and one can almost see the hilarious time those 
Savages had with "four barrels of beer and twenty 
ankers of liquor." 

"When the Rev. Abraham Pierson, Jr., was called 
to be helpful to his father" Samuel Kitchell was ap- 
pointed with the Deacons in making the rate for their 
maintenance. Samuel and Abraham, Jr., were 

In 1684 "Thos. Huntington, with Mr. Johnson, 
Mr. Ward, Mr. Kitchell, Mr. Curtiss, Deacon Lau- 
rence, Ephraim Burwell and others were appointed 
a committee to treat with the Governor" to maintain 
their town rights, etc. 

"No second rate men at that time were put upon 
a committee to contend for the rights of the town." 
— Hinman. 

Mr. Samuel Kitchell married twice, first Elizabeth 
Wakernan, at New Haven, in 1 651 ; secondly to Grace 
Piei'son, dau. of the Rev. Abraham Pierson and sis- 
ter to Rev. Abraham Pierson, Jr., first president of 
Yale College. Mr. Kitchell died in his fifty-eighth 
year; one of his sons by Grace Pierson was Abra- 
ham Kitchell. 

The records of the early period of the Town of 
Newark have been collected in a volume and are 
worthy the perusal of the descendants of our 
Puritan ancestors. The book can be found in the 
Newark Public Librarv, and clearlv demonstrates 
that the ancestors of whom we are writing were all 
worthy men and the most active and the leaders in 
both the church and civil government. We have been 
tempted to include many items of great interest to all 
of us, but "we must draw the line" for the present. 

232 A History of the Willis Family 

Ancient Newark was built on what are now Wash- 
ington, Mulberry, Broad and Market streets. Most 
of the town lots were at first of six acres each. They 
were drawn bv lot. Robert Kitchell drew lot number 
12 and Samuel Kitchell number 15. 

Robert Kitchell had adjoining him for neighbors 
Mr. Peck, John Rogers and Mr. Obadiah Bruen, and 
was located on the east side of the present Mulberry 
Street. Samuel Kitchell had for neighbors John 
Catling and Josiah Ward, and was on the west side 
of Mulberry Street. Each settler also received land 
outside the town for cultivation. Samuel Kitchell 
received in various lots 116 acres. 

*'The costs of purchase of land and 'transport of 
Mr. Pierson,' their minister, were met by general 
assessment. Each head of a family was rated at 
£50, with £10 additional for each child or servant, 
and for goods of all sorts a valuation by seven asses- 
sors; then of that whole amount each should pay 
two-thirds. Abraham Pierson 's two-thirds stood at 
£429; Jasper Crane and Thomas Lyon, £380 each; 
and so down. Robert and Samuel Kitchell were 
rated together £500. At money's worth of the time, 

it was a wealthv communitv 

? > 

'Deacon Abraham Kitchell was a member of the ju- 
diciary and one of the prominent men of Newark 
at an early age. In 1710, at the age of 31 years, he 
resigned his seat on the bench and removed to Han- 
over, or Wliippany, in what is now Morris County. 
Whippany, the name of an Indian tribe, was origi- 
nally "Whippanong;" the terminal ''ong," found 
on many of the Indian names of northern New Jer- 
sey, meaning water. 

A History of the Willis Family 233 

He 111. Sarah Brueii, dau. of John Brueii and 
grand-daughter of Hon. Obadiah Bruen (see Bruen 
Family). He was a large land owner; one purchase, 
made by him May 20, 1724, was for 1,075 acres. 

Deacon Abraham was a Lieutenant in Hanover 
1722; Justice of the Peace 1725 (consequently Esq'r) 
and Deacon in the church at Whippany. 

In the New England Historical and Genealogical 
Register for 1853, Book VII, p. 267, appears the fol- 
lowing article on 

"Early Settlers of Morris County, New Jersey." 

*'In the notice of the early settlement of Hanover in 
Morris, supposed to be the earliest within the limits of 
what is now Morris and Sussex Counties, given in Bar- 
ber and Howe's 'Collections,' it states that Timothy, 
Samuel and Joseph Tuttle, three brothers from the 
North of England, near the river Tweed, Joseph and 
Abraham Kitchell, brothers, and Francis Lindsley, all 
from England, were among the first emigrants. This is 
all a mistake, if documentary evidence is better than tra- 
dition, and not more true with respect to one than another 
of the persons named. 

''Deacon Abraham Kitchell, who was also one of the 
judiciary, died in 1741, aged 62, and with Joseph 
Lindsley, the son of Francis, who came from Branford, 
sleeps in 'God's acre,' in Whippany, together with Jo- 
seph and Timothy Tuttle. John Lindsley, the- brother 
of Joseph, lies in the old cemetery in Morristown, and 
Ebenezer's narrow-house is in the 'mountain society's' 
city of the dead. These were some of the little folks of 
Newark in its infancy. Samuel Kitchell, the father of 
Abraham, was one of those who for themselves and their 
associates purchased of the 'Indians belonging to Hack- 

234 A Hisfori/ of the Willis Family 

insack, the known acknowledged proprietors,' the terri- 
tory now occupied by the living and the dead in Orange, 
Bloomfield, Belleville and this city (Newark). He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Wakeman at New Haven in 1651, and with 
his father Robert, who was there a member of the Gen- 
eral Court in 1661, was prominent among the founders 
of Newark. He died in 1690. His sons were Samuel and 
Abraham, His daughters were Elizabeth Tompkins, 
wife of Seth, Abigal Ward, wife of John, Mary Ward, 
wife of Josiali, Susanna and Grace. 

"The second wife of Samuel Kitchell was Grace, a 
daughter of the Rev. Abraham Pierson, who, with the 
majority of his church and congregation, united with 
Milford brethren and friends in 1666, in the settlement 
of 'New-work,' or 'Pesayak-towne,' on 'the great river 
Pesavak' as it is called in the deed from the native 

"Mr. Pierson died Aug. 9, 1678. Though no rude me- 
morial marks the resting place of the first pastor of the 
mother of churches, enough is known to indicate its 
locality. In the course of the judicious improvements 
now in progress under the direction of the Committee 
on Public Grounds, the hitherto unknown repository of 
the mortal remains of 'Mr. Samuel Kitchell' has been 
discovered, as also that of 'John Gardner, Esq'r,' who 
died in 1719, the son-in-law of John Ward, Jun'r , he 
having married Abigal Ward. His sons were Gershom 
and Thomas. With a little attention on the part of those 
whose ancestry were the pioneers of Essex and Morris, 
much can be done to beautify the sacred enclosure, into 
which were gathered the successive generations that 
finished their course within the town-plot and its vicinity 

A History of the Willis Family 235 

until a I'ecent period — an ancestry of whom none should 
be ashamed, and of whom every one is entitled to decent 
sepulcher. ' ' 

One of the sons of Deacon Abraham Kitchell was, 

4 *Joseph Kitchell, m. Kachel Bates and had among 


5 *Hon, Aaron Kitchell, who m. 1st Phoebe Farrand; 

they were our great-great-grandparents. Aaron 
Kitchell was a noted man at the time of the Revolu- 
tionary war. His birthplace and home were at Han- 
over, N. J. Mr. H. D. Kitchel, in his book, ''Robert 
Kitchel And His Descendants," renders the follow- 
ing tribute: 


"This man deserves our honorable remembrance as 
one who rose by the singular force of his character, 
against every disadvantage, to fill a large place of influ- 
ence and render great public service in his time. He 
was one of the patriot leaders of New Jei'sey in all that 
period of doubt and strife that ])receded, attended and 
followed the War of the Revolution. The great conflict 
was nowhere more bitter and critical than in New Jersev : 
and the ardent patriotism and wise leadership of Aaron 
Kitchell did much to shape the action of that State during 
the w^ar, and the polity of the nation after its close. 

"The style and quality of the man very early appeared. 
Bred to a farmer's life, with onh^ the scanty education 
to be picked up at home, he craved some more active and 
enterprising field than on the farm. * * * In the open- 
ing scenes of the Revolution, he was foremost in the 
great debate, a zealous and sagacious champion of free- 
dom. He was among the very earliest volunteers in the 
army. But he was soon found capable of larger service 

236 A History of the Willis Family 

than in the ranks. Now Jersey was full of the King's 
men, open enemies or secret conspirators against liberty ; 
and then, as later, the 'fire in the rear' was to be watched 
and met. He was intrusted with much of this work, and 
the extreme delicacy and difficulty attending it tasked his 
utmost wisdom. He was put on the Commission of for- 
feited Estates and dealt with the Tories far and near. 

** After the close of the war, he was for some years in 
the State Legislature. In 1799, he was elected Repre- 
sentative in Congress, and held that position by suc- 
cessive re-elections 'till 1807. He was then chosen IT. S. 
Senator, and served four years in that capactiy, when 
continued ill health led him to resign. He is described 
as a tall, spare, athletic person, who pined in the uncon- 
genial life of Washington, and longed to return to his 
simple Hanover home. * * * 

''This Memorial is over his grave in Hanover church- 
'He was a man of sountl, vigorous, and discriminating; mind: 

Of affections warm, steady and charitable : 

Of genius bright, active and penetrating : 

Of industry vigorous and enterprising : 

Of temper mild and resohite : 

Of manner plain : 

Of religion, a firm believer in Christ, and died in 
full assurance of a happy reward. 

He was an active, faithful and zealous advocate 
of the freedom of his country, and for thirty- 
six years was a member in the State and 
National Councils. 

Thus sleeps the man whom bounteous Heaven 
Hath all the gifts of nature given ; 
Sound in judgment, with a religious mind. 
To his Saviour his breath resigned." 

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"And this testimony seems only true and just. He 
early displayed a cool sagacity in civil affairs which 
compelled him into public service. He was prompt, firm, 
clear-seeing and tenacious of his purpose. The people 
recognized his natural gift of leadership, and steadily 
honored him with public trusts, and held him fast in 
them, only releasing him when broken health obliged 
him to retire. In private life he was simple, genial, 
honored and loved bv his nei^'hbors. In Congress he 
was prized as a wise counsellor, with a rare genius for 
shaping difficult matters discretly. He was an earnest 
Republican in principle (which party was the predecessor 
of the Democratic party), a zealous adherent of Jef- 
ferson, for whose election he labored strenuously, and 
whom he supported against Burr in the long balloting 
of the two Houses of Congress that finally gave Jefferson 
the prize. An instance is given of his insight and deft 
handling of all matters, small or large. At a time when 
nearly all Morris County went crazed with an epidemic 
superstition, in the famous 'Morristown Ghost' aifair, 
he almost alone kept his head in the general panic. He 
came to the haunted spot with 'Old Hagar, his favorite 
five-foot-and-three-inch-barrel gun, and proposed as a 
test to try one shot at his ghostship, am-^vhere within ten 
rods. The bursted wreck of Old Hagar is all that re- 
mains ; but it shows how wisely the ghost declined the 
trial. The bare proposal shot him through with daylight 
and made an end of the wretched delusion." 

Aaron Kitchell was born of a fine ancestry, from those 
who had filled positions of great responsibility and in- 
fluence in the public atfairs of their times, but handi- 
capped by being one of a family of ten children and 
born in a new settlement, where rigid economy was nee- 

238 A Historij of the Willis Family 

essaiy, he rose by sheer grit to one of the highest offices 
in the Nation, the United States Senate. 

There being no opportunity of obtaining an education 
except at home, he was practically self-taught "pursued 
a course of reading and study, scarcely allowing himself 
necessary sleep." He is said to have borrowed and read 
every book in the neighborhood, and with the assistance 
of the Presbvterian minister and the local doctor to have 
acquired a fine classical education. 

At the breaking out of the Revolution he immediately 
enlisted as a private, but was soon selected to fill more 
important positions than that of a soldier. He was in 
the confidence of both the Continental Congress and Con- 
tinental Armv, and being selected to counteract the Torv 
influences in northern New Jersey he used all his wit and 
sagacity to countermine, foil and nip in the bud the 
many Tory plots which sprang up. He was with Wash- 
ington at Morristown, a friend of and confidential ad- 
visor, and in charge of the War-Chest. Mr. Kitchell 
continued his friendship with Washington, which had 
been formed at Morristown, until the death of the latter, 
and on Washington's death Aaron Kitchell was requested 
to and performed the service of pallbearer at his funeral. 

The story runs that while the British army was in 
the vicinity rumor went about that they were going to 
make a raid down through Hanover Neck, Aaron Kitchell 
lived there and had the money which he had brought 
from Philadelphia to pay the troops at MorristoAvn. He 
sent word to his wife Phoebe (Farrand) to take the 
money at midnight down to the Great Meadows and bury 
it under a tree which stood there and tell no one, which 
she did, and marked the tree that she might find it again. 
There has been a story that she could not find the money 
after burying it, and several times the field has been dug 

A Hist on/ of the WiUis Family 239 

over by treasure-hunters searcliing- for it. However, it 
was never lost, and Mr. Kitchell had the money when re- 
quired wherewith to pay the troops. 

Through Mr. Kitchell 's activity in suppressing Tory 
plots be became particularly obnoxious to them, and 
perhaps the more so as his brother Abraham, who had 
enlisted as a soldier at the outbreak of the war, had left 
the army to accept the position from the Continental 
Congress on "Inquisition," which meant to receive and 
sell or otherwise dispose of the property confiscated from 
the Tories. The consequence was that the Tories put a 
price on both Aaron's and Abraham's heads, and one 
night three Tories came to Aaron Kitchell 's home to take 
him. He was very cool and showed them he did not fear 
them; asked them to come in and be seated and treated 
them to cider. His wife and a little niece of eleven years 
were in the room, and while the Tories were drinking 
Mrs. Kitchell suddenly said to the child, "come, it is 
time you were in bed," and taking her from the room 
dropped her from a window and told her to run home 
quickly and get her father (Abraham Kitchell) to come 
with assistance. The little girl proved of ready wit and 
alarmed her father, who with some neighbors soon ar- 
rived and the three Tories were caught in their own 

To show further tlie loyalty and confidence of the 
women of those strenuous times, we will relate how Anna 
Kitchell, wife of Uzal Kitchell, who was a first cousin 
of Aaron, replied to a timid Deacon who urged her to 
procure British protection. Looking at him with scorn 
she said, ' ' Having a husband, father and five brothers in 
the American army, if the God of battles does not care 
for us we will fare with the rest. ' ' 

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Following- is a letter written by Aaron Kitchell to his 
wife Phoebe (Farrand) Kitchell, while he was at Wash- 
ington : 

Crrv OF Washington, January 17th, 1806. 
My Dear: 

Last evening' I Received your letter of the 2nd Instant and 
am glad to hear that you are in better health than when you 
wrote the last. I am sorry to be informed that Betsy is unwell. 
I have no prospect that I can be at home (let what will be the 
situation in the family) before late in the Spring, perhaps not 
before Summer. I wrote you some time ago, and gave you all 
information Respecting Business at home M'hich seemed nec- 
essary. I can only add that I wish Aaron to take particular 
care of the Cattle, such of the cows and heifers which are forward 
with calf must be fed with corn. 

I am Detained in this place and expect I probably shall be for 
a long time. We have an abundance of business and of im- 
portance before us. The House of Representatives have been 
for Ten days Engaged in Consultation iipon Business of a pri- 
vate nature. I expect Senate will be as long and this is but a 
small portion of the most important business, if so much time 
is to be consumed upon each ; and the Common business also 
done, I am of opinion that the year will not be long enough to 
Complete our Business. I find living is better than when I was 
in this place before, at least provision is better, but it is difficult 
to get it cooked. 

We have to eat our Beef and our Turkeys with the Blood fol- 
lowing the knife, however we cook it at the table occasionally 
after it is brought to the table, but if the provision is better, the 
people are not, at least in appearance. 

I believe that since the Days of Sodom there has not been a 
worse or more Dissipated set than those who call themselves 
Citizens. Take from the Inhabitants all officers of the Govern- 
ment, Members of Congress and their particular attendants 

A Historic of the Willis Famihi 241 

{and many of these by the way, are not too good), and four out 
of five of the remainder will be in the Rank of NegToes, Beggars, 
Thieves and Strumpets, however with these Government is 
afflicted; and such are the Citizens of this admired City; the 
Capitol of the United States. We have had very warm weather 
this Season, until New Year the ground was not froze. Since 
then the weather has been Variable. Last Tuesday was un- 
comfortable warm, with Rain in the morning, but towards Even- 
ing the wind turned to the North-East with some snow, in the 
Evening, since which the weather has been severely Cold. I have 
been in general, in health. Since I came to this place, but the 
late great change of Weather, I have taken cold but am able to 
go out. Wishing you all at home health and happiness, I am 

Yours, &e. 
Mrs. Phoehe KiteheU. Aaron Kitchell. 

The spelling and capitals are correct according to the 
usage of one hundred years ago. 

A fev>' years back, Smith Ely, Esq., great-grandson of 
Aaron Kitchell, had removed the stones over the graves 
of Aaron Kitchell and his wife and the graves of Aaron's 
father and mother, which are alongside, and erected a 
magnificent monument over and covering the four graves. 
It is of highly polished granite and built of huge blocks 
of stone, a lasting memorial to a grand old gentleman. 
The inscription on this monument is the same as that 
on his old tombstone and alreadv given. 

Aaron Kitchell had one unfortunate e])isode in his life. 
Some time after the death of his first wife he contem- 
plated a second marriage and rode forth to call on a lady 
he knew to ask her to marry him. There was a siren 
lurking in his path, in form an attractive widow, who 
had already been three times married and had two cliil- 


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Monument to Hon. Aaron Kitchell. 

clreii by lior first liiisband, her last venture having Tjeen 
with William Willis, a brother of our great-o-randfather 
Russel Willis. Her maiden name was AVilson. 

Well, this attractive widow suspected the errand of 
our cavalier ancestor, and as he was passing her house 
she intercepted him and invited him in. He, of course, 
could do no less than accept, and the dashing widow, hav- 
ing had much experience, Mr. Kitchell proposed and was 
at once accepted on this his first visit. 

"Marry in haste and repent at leisure" proved but 
too true in this instance, as the gay widow turned out 
to be a shrew with a terrible temper and he could not 
live with her. She was also a schemer, and when her hus- 
band died carried away for her two children and herself 
evervtliini^' she convenientlv could. About the onlv arti- 

A History of the Willis Family 243 

cle of silverware that escaped her notice was a pair of 
sugar-tongs, now a treasured possession of Miss Frances 
C. Willis, his great-great-granddaughter. 

Hon. Aaron Kitchell was born in 1744 and died 
June 25, 1820. One of his ten children was, 
6 *Lucy Kitchell; she married John Fairchild; they 
were our great-grandparents. (For further record 
see Fairchild Genealogy, 6th generation.) 

To quote once again from Rev. H. D. Kitchel: *'As 
early as in the Fifth Generation from Robert Kitchell, 
the Farrands appear with a special affinity between them 
and the Kitchells. 

"Abraham and Aaron, take wives of that name, and 
their sister Jemima goes wholly over to it ; and from that 
time the two names and families have been intertwisted 
continually, down to the present. In every well consti- 
tuted household on either side, there is found a Farrand 
Kitchell or a Kitchell Farrand, in token of the mingled 

"These earliest connections occurred in the line of 
Joseph; but a little later Samuel Farrand, of this line, 
crossed over to Mary Kitchell, of the line of John. And 
they did what in them lay to turn the main stream into 
this branch. ' ' 

Kitchell Arms. 

Arms. — On a field az. bor. or. a hawk with wings expand- 
ed, belled, or. 
Crest. — A hawk with wings expanded, couped or. 


In the following genealogy the authors have followed 
the lines as given in ''Robert Kitchel And His Descend- 
ants" beyond the 5th generation, up to which point we 
had, making corrections and additions in several in- 
stances and adding considerable new family data. We 
are disappointed in not being able to bring many more 
of the families down to date, but through indifference 
of manv to whom we have written we have not been able 
to obtain the necessary information : 

1 *Robert Kitchell, b. in Kent. Eiig-land, 1604, son of John 

and Johne (Jordan) Kitchell. of Combe, Kent, England. 
Robert d. in Newark, N. J., in 1672. He m. 1st unknown ; 
m. 2nd Margaret, dan. of Rev. Edward Sheafe, of Cran- 
brooke, Kent. England ; marriage took place at St. Mary 
Bredin church, Canterbury, on July 21, 1632. Margaret 
was b. ]602. d. Greenwich, Conn., 1682. They had, 

2 Harman, baptized at Rolvenden, Kent, April 27, 1634. 

2 *SamueI, baptized at Rolvenden, Kent, Dec. 6, 1635, d. April 

26, 1690 at Newark, N. J. 
2 Joanna, m. Rev. Jeremiah Peck. 

2 Sarah, d. May 10. 1651, at Guilford, Conn. 

Samuel Kitchell, m. 1st Elizabetli Wakeman, at New Haven, 
in 1651 ; she was a dau. of Mr. John Wakeman, magistrate 
and one of the important men of Connecticut; they had, 

3 Sarah, b. Dec. 9, 1657. 

3 Elizabeth, b. Feby. 1, 1659, m. Seth Tompkins, d. Milford, 

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3 Abigal, b. Aug. 10, 1661. in. Jolin Ward, d. Newark, N. J. 

3 Samuel. 

3 Mar3% m. Josiah Ward, d. Newark. 

3 Susauna, m. "Insign" Jonathan Baldwin, d. Milford, Conn. 

*Samuel Kitchell (2nd) m. secondly at Branford, Conn., in 
1666, Grace, dau. of Rev. Abraham Pierson and sister of 
Rev. Abraham Pierson, Jr., who was the first president of 
Yale College. Grace was b. July 31, 1650; they had, 

3 *Abraham Kitchell, b. Newark 1679, d. Dec. 12, 1741; m. 

Sarah Bruen, b. 1679, d. April 30, 1745, dau, of John and 
Esther (Lawrence) Bruen, and had, 

4 Samuel, b. 1704, d. Nov. 1732. 

4 * Joseph, b. 1710, d. Mch. 22, 1779 ; m. Rachel Bates, d. Dec. 

24, 1789. 
4 John, b. 1714, d. Jany. 9, 1777 ; m. 1st Maria Phoenice, m. 

2d not found, m. 3d Mercy Parkhurst. 
4 David, b. 1723, d. Dec. 26, 1753 ; m. Ruth Tuttle, b. 1713, 

d. April 4, 1780. 
4 Grace, m. Benjamin Lindsley. 

4 Mary Allis, b. 1725, d. Mch. 29, 1762 ; m. Paul Leonard. 
4 Abigal, m. Edmund Crane. 


(4th Generation.) 

•Joseph Kitchell (4tli) m. Rachel Bates, and had, 
5 Abraham, b. Aug. 26, 1736, d. Jany. 11, 1807 ; m. 1st Sarah 

Ford, in. 2d Rebecca Farrand. 
5 Moses, emigrated to Kentucky. 
5 *Aaron, b. 1744, d. June 25, 1820; m. 1st Phoebe Farrand, 

m. 2d a widow, Wealthy Willis, nee Wilson, but had no 

children by second marriage. 
5 Asa, b. Oct. 28, 1748. 

5 John, emigrated to Kentucky with Moses. 
5 Sarah, m. Benjamin Lindsley, 
5 Grace, m. Samuel Ford. 
5 Joanna, m. John Bridge. 

5 Phoebe, m. 1st Beach, m. 2d Randall. 

5 Jemima, m. Phineas Farrand. 

*Aaron Kitchell (5th) m. Phoebe Farrand, b. 1743, d. Mch. 
12, 1807, and had ten children ; Aaron was our great-great- 

6 Farrand, b. Mch. 9, 1769, d. June 4, 1818; m. Esther 

6 Joanna, b. Jany. 18, 1771 ; m. Philetas Miller. 

6 Jemima, b. Mch. 6, 1773, d. in infancy. 

6 Ambrose, b. Dec. 31, 1774, d. May 12, 1854 ; m. Betsy Mul- 
ford; he was the grandfather of Smith Ely, Esq., at one 
time Mayor of New York City. 

6 Susan B., b. Dec. 9, 1776 ; m. Timothy Mulford. 

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6 *Luey. b. Mch. 15. 1779, d. May 7. 1868; m. John Fairchild. 

6 Electa, b. April 6, 1782, m. Elias Carter. 

6 Aaron, Jr.. b. April 18, 1784, d. July 17, 1828; m. 1st 

Phoebe Smith, m. 2d Jane Jacobus. 
6 Betsey, b. Oct. 9, 1786, d. Feby. 5, 1854 ; m. Baxter Sayre. 
6 Mary, b. Oct. 4, 1788, m. Martin E. Thompson. 

*Lucy Kitchell t6th) and John Fairchild were our great- 
grandparents (for further record see Fairchild Genealogy, 
6th Generation.) 

Children of Abraham (ofh) and Sarah (Ford) Kitchell. 

6 James, b. Nov. 7, 1759, d. Oct. 1, 1842 ; m. 1st Hannah Day, 

b. Aug. 16, 1770, d. Sept. 8, 1805 ; m. 2d Hannah Tuttle, b. 

April 9, 1771. d. Feby. 9, 1854. 
6 Sarah, b. Dec. 8, 1761, d. 1833 ; m. Thomas Gardner. 
6 Elizabeth, b. Feby. 14, 1764, d. 1831 ; m. David Stiles. 
6 Eunice, b. Sept. 2, 1766, d. Feby. 8, 1863; m. Darius 

6 Ford, b. Jany. 28, 1770, d. Sept. 19, 1842; m. Elizabeth 

6 Demas, b. Mch. 4, 1772. 
6 Lewis, b. Feby. 6, 1775, d. Dec. 1, 1776. 

Children of Abraham {5th) and second wife, Rebecca 
(Farrand) Kitchell. 

6 Lewis, b. Mch. 1, 1778, m. Mary Compson. 

6 Joseph, b. Nov. 11, 1779, d. Nov. 26, 1847 ; m. Nancy Allen, 

dau. of Capt. Job Allen, of Rockaway, N. J. 
6 Abraham, b. Aug. 20, 1781. 
6 Charity, b. April 14, 1783, m. John Allen. 
6 Nancy, b. Feby. 25, 1785, d. May 27, 1867. 

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6 Cyrus, b. Jany. 26, 1787, m. Mary Fairchild. 

6 Ebeiiezer, 

6 Rebecca, 

6 Rebecca, b. Mch. 6, 1792, d. 1868 ; m. Demas Badgeley. 

6 Ebenezer, b. Dec. 11, 1794, m. Joanna Tuttle. 

er ^ 
' (. b. July, 1789, d. young. 

Children of Asa Kitchell {5th). 

6 Ai'ua, b. Aug. 9. 1771. 

6 Grace, b. June 10, 1773. d. Oct. 4, 1792. 

6 Abigail, b. Dec. 28, 1774. 

6 Benajah, b. Oct. 22, 1776. 

6 Jo5;eph, b. July 31, 1779. d. 1840, Palestine, 111. 

6 Tiii'othy, b. Nov. 30, 1781, d. Jany. 3, 1793. 

6 Tryphena, b. April 16, 1785. 

6 Wickliff, b. May 21, 1789, m. Elizabeth Ross; he d. Pana, 
111., Janv. 2, 1869. 

Children of James {6th) and Hannah {Day) Kitchell. 
7 Azei, b. July 11, 1790, d. Aug. 16, 1807. 
7 Matthias, b. Oct. 24, 1792, d. July 31, 1857; m. Caroline 

Beach, b. Nov. 14, 1808. 
7 Elizabeth Thompson, b. Aug. 11, 1795, d. Aug. 5, 1867 ; m. 

Samuel Farrand. 
7 Charity Ford, b. Jany. 21, 1798, d. Dec. 18, 1875 ; m. James 

Ford Kitchell, son of James 6th by 2d wife, Hannah Tuttle. 
7 Samuel, d. 1871. 

Children of Ford {6th) and Elizabeth {M'Carty) Kitchell. 

7 Electa, b. Jany. 8, 1802, d. Oct. 21, 1830. 

7 Sarah, b. May 1, 1807. 

7 Euphemia, b. Mch. 2, 1809, d. Aug. 4, 1874; m. Ludlow 

7 Emily, b. Sept. 25, 1811, m. Rev. Nelson Slater, Cal. 

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7 Elizabeth, b. Get. 7, 1813. 

7 Abraham Ford, b. May 24, 1815, d. Aug. 10, 1872; m. 

Elizabeth M. Farrand. 
7 Charity Ann, b. Feby. 11, 1817, d. Aug. 30, 1873. 
7 Jane Rebecca, b. Sept. 25, 1818, m. Michael Doland. 
7 Mary Seely, b. April 9, 1822. 

Children of Lewis {6th) and Mary {Compson) Kitchell. 

7 Nelson. 
7 Eliza. 

Children of Joseph (6th) and Nancy (Allen) Kitchell. 

7 Harriet, b. April 30, 1802, d. April 16, 1847; m. Oct. 26, 

1820, to Nehemiah Hayden, b. Oct. 27, 1789, d. April 

20, 1861. 
7 Julia, b. June 24, 1804, d. 1866 ; m. James McDougall. 
7 Rachel, b. May 5, 1806, d. 1891 ; m. Stephen Hinds in 1825, 

he d. 1869. 
7 Abraham, b. Jany. 2, 1808, probably died young. 
7 John, b. Jany. 1, 1809, in N. J., d. Mch. 3, 1860, at Palmyra, 

Iowa; m. April 4, 1833, Esther Peck, she d. Oct. 22, 1910, 

at Upland, Calif., aged 97 years. 
7 Agal, b. April 4, 1811, probably d. young. 
7 Elizabeth, b. April 3, 1813, d. in Cincinnati; m. John 

Han num. 
7 Mary Ann, b. April 16, 1817, m. Thomas Fry. 
7 Rebecca, b. Jany. 16, 1819, d. Sept. 24, 1894; m. Levi W. 

Norcross, who d. Mch. 4, 1904. 
7 Sarah, b. Oct. 11, 1820, d. in childhood. , 
7 Cyrus, b. Feby. 11, 1823, d. at Ormond, Florida. 
7 Nancy, b. May 6, 1825, m. Peter Snyder and left a large 


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Children of Ehenezer {6th) and Joanna (Tuttle) Kitchell. 
7 Rebecca Ann. 
7 Abraham. 
7 Jacob. 

By second wife: 
7 Lodi. 
7 Horace. 

7 Caroline, m. Marshall, Missouri. 
7 Mary, m. Everett Graff. 

Children of Farrand (6th) and Esther (Mulford) Kitchell. 

7 Nancy, b. April 7, 1794, d. Oct. 23, 1873. 
7 John, b. Aug. 31. 1796, m. Sarah Cook. 
7 Timothy, b. Aug. 19, 1799, m. Eliza Cook. 
7 Bethuel, b. Dec. 17, 1802, d. Oct. 11, 1813. 
7 Aaron, b. Oct. 11, 1805; graduate of Princeton College 1829 
and Theological Seminary; d. in Texas, 1864. 

Children of Ambrose {6th) and Betsey {Midford) Kitchell. 

7 Phoebe Farrand, b. July 8, 1798, d. Dec, 1876 ; m. Dr. Gains. 
7 Julia Ann, b. Nov. 9, 1800, d. Mch. 4, 1864 ; m. Epaphras C. 

Ely, b. April 15, 1795, d. July 17, 1864. 
7 Joseph, b. Mch. 26, 1803, m. Anna Maria Ely, d. Nov. 9, 

7 Esther Eliza, b. Dec. 20, 1805, m. Abram Bertholf. 
7 Ambrose Ward, b. Mch. 13, 1808, m. Ann Eliza Mulford. 

Children of Aaron, Jr. {6th) and Jane {Jacobus) Kitchell. 

7 Phebe Smith, b. May 18, 1817, m. Ezra Pruden. 
7 Farrand, b. Nov. 5, 1819, m. Eliza E. Ball. 

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Children of Benajah Kitchdl {6th). 

7 Margaret, b. 1805. m. Amos Miller. 

7 Aaron, b. Jany. 1, 1811, m. Liidicia H. Miinson. 

7 Benajah, d. 1824. 

7 Harriet, d. 1824. 

Children of Wickliff {6th) and Elizabeth {Ross) Kitchell. 

7 Rhoda, b. Feby. 10, 1813, d. Jany. 1, 1877. 

7 Jabez, b. Sept. 27. 1815, d. Jany. 27, 1820. 

7 Emily, b. April 16. 1818, d. Aug. 25, 1819. 

7 Alfred, b. Meh. 29. 1820. d. Galesburg, 111., Nov. 11, 1876; 
was a Judge at Galesburg. 

7 Lucretia, b. Aug. 28, 1822. 

7 Virginia, b. Sept. 15, 1824. 

7 William Ross, b. Mch. 5, 1827, d. Sept. 21, 1842. 

7 Edward, b. Dee. 21, 1829, d. July 11, 1869 ; lawyer in Olney, 
111., Lieut. Col. three years in Civil war and became Briga- 
dier General by brevet. 

7 Mary, b. Jany. 30, 1832. 

7 John Wickliff, b. May 30, 1835. 

Children of Jason {6th) and Abigail {Andress) Kitchell. 

7 Lucinda, b. Sept. 19, 1807, m. Marcus Harrison; children, 

William, Jane. 
7 Joseph Y., b. Mch. 10, 1809, d. Mch. 4, 1813. 
7 Amza, b. Jany. 29, 1811, d. July 16, 1837. 
7 David A., b. April 24, 1813, d. ; m. Rachel Beach ; one 

daughter, Mary. 
7 Lyman, b. June 18, 1815, d. Feby. 18, 1816. 
7 Joseph, b. Dec. 10. 1816, d. Dec. 1, 1898 ; m. Phoebe Maria 

7 Harvey, b. Dec. 21, 1818 ; m. Sara Elizabeth Young ; no 


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7 Alfred, b. Dec. 6, 1820, d. ; m. Katherine Wolfe ; one daugh- 
ter, Carrie W. 

7 Hannah Mariah, b. Jany. 7, 1822, d. Aug. 1, 1846. 

7 Jane, b. July 24, 1825, d. ; m. James Winans ; two daughters. 

7 Jason Sylvester, b. Nov. 6, 1827, d. 

7 Nancy Caroline, b. Nov. 7, 1832, d. ; m. Walter Shipnian ; 
two daughters and one son. 

Children of Joseph {7th) and Phoehe Maria (Odell) Kitchell. 

8 Sara Elizabeth, b. Mch. 2:i, 1843, m. J. Edward De Forest; 

no children. 
8 Leo Fish, b. July 3, 1846, m. Sara Budd ; one daughter, 

Cora Budd, m. Herbert Walker. 
8 Charles Lyman, b. -Jany. 3, 1849, d. Mch. 29, 1861. 
8 Joseph Franklin, b. April 18, 1851, d. Feby. 28, 1854. 
8 Joseph Franklin, Jr., b. Feby. 22, 1857, m. Mary Alice Dod, 

of Newark, N. J. 
8 Helen Maria, b. Jany. 5, 1859, d. Mch. 9, 1861. 

Child of Joseph Franklin (8th) and Mary Alice (Dod) Kitchell. 
9 William Dod Kitchell, b. Oct. 15, 1895. 

Children of Matthias {7th) and Caroline {Beach) Kitchell. 

8 Charles Henry, b. July 8, 1835; Atty., N. Y. ; m. Margaret 

A. S. Hazard. 

8 Caroline Beach, b. May 26, 1836 ; d. June 21, 1838. 

8 Matthias Day, b. Mch. 1838, m. Anna C. Doughty. 

8 Henrietta S., b. Oct. 16, 1839. m. Silas H. Cowles. 

8 James F., b. July 6, 1841, m. Irene A. Mathews. 

8 Horace B., b. Sept. 6, 1843. 

8 Frank Thompson, b. July 6, 1845, d. Mch. 21, 1847. 

8 Walter, b. June 2, 1849. 

A History of the WiUis Family 253 

Children of Abraham Ford (Tth) and Elizabeth M. 
(Farrand) Kitchell. 
8 Farraud. d. in Anderson ville prison in Civil war. 

Children of John {7th) and Esther {Peck) Kitchell. 

8 Lucy, b. Mch. 24, 1834, d. Jany. 28, 1905; m. Aug. 25, 
1854, Michael Laverty, son of Samuel and Elizabeth 
Laverty; he was b. Jany. 11, 1824, d. Dec. 11. 1901. 

8 Sarah, b. May 13, 1836, d. Dec. 1, 1839. 

8 Nancy, b. Mch. 2, 1838, d. April 13, 1887; m. 1st Robert 
Fink, b. Sept. 24, 1836, killed at Millikens Bend, near 
Vicksburg, June 7, 1863 ; Nancy m. 2d Rev. W. C. Martin, 
Nov. 5, 1874. 

8 Charles Wesley, b. Mch. 1, 1840, m. Sept. 29. 1867, Mary, 
dau. of John and Eliza Morris; he d. Dec, 1909. 

8 Aaron, b. April 23, 1842, d. Nov. 6, 1910 ; m. Mary, dau. of 
John P. and Louise Hart, on Sept. 29, 1868 ; she d. Dec. 

6, 1895. He m. 2d Mary Hamilton, Nov. 25, 1897, d. Sept. 

7, 1908. 

8 Harriet, b. Jany. 22, 1844, m. 1st Sidney A. Gaylor Dec. 

23, 1863 ; m. 2d Montgomery McCormick Sept. 4, 1871, sou 

of James and Jane McCormick, b. June 17, 1843. 
8 James, b. Jany. 28, 1846, m. Aleyzan Webster, dau. of 

Johnson and Mary Anu Cooper Webster; she was b. Jany. 

29, 1850, d. Jany. 9, 1899. 
8 Mary, b. Feby. 24, 1848, m. Herbert M. Lewis Oct. 15, 1868, 

who was b. April 17, 1843, d. Sept. 30, 1908. 
8 Esther Eliza, b. Dec. 19, 1849, m. Sept. 15, 1875, to William 

Atchison, b. Feby. 21, 1850, son of Walter W. and Margaret 

8 John Whitney, b. Mch. 20, 1852, d. Dec. 1, 1853. 

254 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of John {7th) and Sarah (Cook) Kitchell. 
8 John Cook, b. Nov. 24, 1836, d. young. 
8 Sarah Ann, b. Feby. 22, 1838. 
8 George Farrand, b. June 26, 1840. 

Children of Timothy {7th) and Eliza {Cook) Kitchell. 
8 Louisa. Lizzie, Franklin, Clifford. 

Children of Joseph {7th) and Anna Maria {Ely) Kitchell. 
8 Joseph Henry, b. Aug. 8. 1827, m. Fanny Gains. 
8 Edward Lewis, b. Aug. 3, 1831. 

8 Ambrose Ely, b. Aug. 12, 1834, m. Josephine Meeker. 
8 George Ring. b. Oct. 1. 1839, m. Sarah C. Squire. 

Children of Farrand {7th) and Eliza E. {Ball) Kitchell. 

8 Robert Ball, b. Nov. 18, 1844. 

8 Ezra Pruden, b. Jany. 9, 1847. 

8 Aaron, b. Dec. 30, 1848. 

8 Eleanor Farrand, b. Sept. 20, 1851. 

8 Frank Paxton, b. Oct. 19, 1854. 

8 Sarah Jane, b. Jany. 1, 1857. 

Children of Aaron {7th) and Ludicia H. {Munson) Kitchell. 

8 Susan, b. 1836, m. John T. Walton. 

8 William, b. 1839, m. Sarah Vincent. 

8 Ann M., b. 1842, m. C. B. Perrigo. 

8 Albert M., b. 1854, m. Ann Elizabeth Shaw. 

Child of Judge Alfred Kitchell {7th). 
8 Margaret Elizabeth, m. John E. Frost. 

A Histori/ of the Willis Family 255 

Children of Charles Henry (8th) and Margaret A. S. 

(Hazard) Kitchell. 

9 Irving J., b. Oct. 31, 1863, d. Nov. 2, 1872. 

9 Caroline, b. Sept. 30, 1866. 

9 Edith Holmes, b. April 8, 1869. 

9 Gertrude Hoff, b. Oct. 15, 1870. 

Children of Matthias Day (8th) and Anna C. 
(Doughty) Kitchel. 

9 Emma L., b. Aug. 2, 1868. 
9 Henrietta C, b. Oct. 17, 1871. 
9 Susan B., b. Dec. 5, 1873. 

9 Anna Millicent, b. Jany., 1876; m. Dr. Norton Cleveland 
Ricardo on July 3, 1916. 

Children of Joseph Henry (8th) and Fanny (Gains) Kitchell. 
9 Nellie, Edith. 

Children of Ambrose Ely (8th) and Josephine 
(Meeker) Kitchell. 

9 Daniel M., Maria Ely. 

Child of George Ring (8th) and Sarah C. (Squire) Kitchell. 
9 John Henry, b. Oct. 30, 1871. 

Children of Montgomery (8th) and Harriet 
(Kitchell) McCormick. 

9 George Chalmers, b. Oct. 20, 1872, m. June 22, 1897, Carrie, 
dau. of Samuel L. and Dora Greenman Sherman ; she was 
b. Feby. 5, 1873. Proprietor of the "Morning Express," 
Fort Collins, Colorado. 

256 A History of the Willis Family 

9 James Garfield, b. Feby. 24, 1874, m. June 24, 1905, Nina, 
dau, of Clark and Orplia Webster; she was b. 1881. Pro- 
prietor with his brother George of the "Morning Express," 
Fort Collins, Colorado. 

9 Jennie Esther, b. Oct. 24, 1877. m. April 26, 1900, Edw. 
S. Martin, son of Henry Martin. 

10 Ruth, b. Sept. 27, 1907. at Fort Collins, Colo. 

Children of George C. {9th) and Carrie {Sherman) McCormick. 

10 Paul Sherman, b. Aug. 12, 1901, at Albia, Iowa. 


(4th Generation.) 
"The children of John Kitchell (4th) are here given with 
some uncertainty as to the order of their birth and from which 
of his last two wives some of them came. There is no doubt as 
to Obadiah, David and Phineas, and the probable mothering was 
as follows:"— H. D. Kitchel. 

John Kitchell (4th) m. 1st Maria Phoenice and had, 

5 Obadiah. Captain in the Revolution, b. 1740, d. Oct. 3, 
1798; m. Sarah Reynolds, d. Jany. 26, 1822. 

By a second wife, name not found : 

5 Samuel.. 

5 Mathew, m. Sally. 

5 Joseph. 

5 Daniel. 

5 Joel. 

5 Anna, m. David Wood. 

5 Rhoda, m. Dr. Squire. 

By the third wife, Mercy (Parkhurst, probably) : 

5 David, b. July 6, 1754, d. Feby. 15, 1836 ; m. Rachel Bates, 

b. July 6, 1760, d. Aug. 12, 1802. 
5 Benjamin. 
5 Phineas, b. Aug. 14, 1763, d. July 29, 1853; m. Esther 

Mulford, b. June 2, 1762, d. Nov. 30, 1842. 
5 Bethuel. 
5 Josiah, b. April 9, 1796, d. May 5, 1825; m. Sarah Ball, 

d. Dec. 4, 1842. 

258 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of Capt. Ohadiah {5th) and Sarah (Reynolds) Kitchell. 

6 William, b. June 9, 1763, m. Margaret, dau. of Colonel Ellis 

6 John, b. Aug. 6, 1766. 
6 Jesse, b. Nov. 5, 1768, d. 1823 ; m. 1803 Mary Hopping, b. 

1773, d. 1836. 
6 Ellis, b. Feby. 16, 1770, d. Sept. 22, 1776. 
6 Jacob, b. April 4, 1773, m. Sarah E. Eagles. 
6 Betsey, b. Feby. 28, 1775, m. Stephen Baldwin. 

6 Moses, b. Jany. 7, 1778, m. Esther . 

6 Lydia, b. May 16, 1782, m. Moses Day. 
6 Sally, b. July 19, 1786, m. Baker. 
6 Daniel, twin of Sally, d. very young. 

Children of Samuel Kitchell (5th). 
6 Isaac. 

6 Betsey, m. Chadeayne. 

There were other daughters. 

Children of Mat hew (5th) and Sally Kitchell. 

6 Luzetta, m. Barbour. 

6 Betsey, m. Lyman Hurd. 

Children of David (5th) and, Rachel (Bates) Kitchell. 

6 William, b. Sept. 4, 1779, m. Mary Mulford. 

6 Harvey, b. Sept. 14, 1785, d. in Savannah, Ga. 

6 Phoebe, b. Nov. 11, 1787, m. Ezekiel Gould. 

6 Philemon, b. Sept. 8, 1789. 

6 Rosina, b. Mch. 31, 1797, m. Dr. Henry Christie, Texas. 

6 David, b. Feby. 10, 1799, m. Maria Kitchell (7th), dau. of 

Jacob and Sarah. 

6 John, b. Mch. 10, 1802. 

A History of the Willis Family 259 

Children of Phineas (oth) and Esther {Mulford) Kitchell. 

6 Mulford, b. 1783, d. Nov. 17, 1832; m. Lucy Goodrich, d. 
Nov. 15, 1856. 

6 Mary, b. June 14. 1789, d. 1856; m. Samuel Farrand (6th), 
b. Sept. 6, 1781, d. 1848. 

6 Jonathan, b. Nov. 17, 1785, d. July 4, 1863 ; m. Caroline 
Holley, b. Oct. 7, 1785, d. April 14, 1849. Rev. Jonathan 
Kitchell was born in Hanover. N. J., ordained 1810, minis- 
tered to churches in Whitehall, Peterboro, Bolton and 
Peru, N. Y., Ferrisburgh and Sandgate, Yt. ; m. in 1859 
Mrs. Huldah Hamblin, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and resided 
there till his death. 

6 Joseph, b. Aug. 7, 1794, d. Feby. 22, 1874 ; m. Mary Cottrell, 
b. Feby. 11, 1794, d. July 23, 1852. 

6 Sally, b. Aug. 11, 1800, m. William B. Hamblin, b. April 
9, 1801. 

Children of Josiah {5th) and Sarah (Ball) Kitchell. 

6 Ann, b. Oct. 16, 1794, m. David P. Farrand. 

6 Emily, b. Sept. 30, 1797, m. David Hammond, 

6 Samuel, b. Jany. 1, 1800, m. Harriet R. Williams. 

6 Electa Caroline, b. Aug. 12, 1806. 

6 Jane, b. Feby. 14, 1810, m. David W. Hoyt 1829 and Mosea 

Swazey 1838. 

6 Sarah, b. May 8, 1816, m. James E. Downie. 

6 Benjamin, b. June 3, 1818, m. Mary Ann Shaw. 

Children of William (6th) and Margaret (Cook) Kitchell. 

The authors are in some doubt as to whether the following is 
entirely correct as to names and positions of the several children ; 
we have added Nancy, whom we know was a child of William, 
and also Philetta, who is given by H. D. Kitchel as a daughter 
of William and Mary (Mulford) Kitchell, which is an error. 

260 A History of the Willis Family 

7 Mahlon, m. Betsey Kitchell, dau. of Isaac Kitchell (5th.) 

7 William Melvin, b. April 21, 1800. 

7 John Newton. 

7 George Whitfield. 

7 Ellis Cook. 

7 Catherine, m. Leonard. 

7 Matilda, ra. John Bedford. 

7 Lettie, m. Jenkins. 

7 Betsey, m. Jacob Hopping. 

7 Electa, m. Timothy Hopping. 

7 Mary, m. Jonas Cooper. 

7 Philetta. 

7 Nanej. 

Children of Jesse {6th) and Mary {Hopping) Kitchell. 

7 Obadiah, b. Nov. 24, 1803, d. April 19, 1874. 

7 Jane Eliza, b. 1805 (?) d. Feby., 1852. 

7 Silas Hopping, b. Jany. 26, 1808, d. Nov. 25, 1877 ; m. 1st 

Sarah Baldwin, 2nd Francis M. Seymour in 1844; she was 

b. 1818, d. 1892. 
7 Sarah Reynolds, b. 1811, d. Jany. 31, 1876; m. Jonathan 

7 Nancy Ailing, b. 1815, d. 1898. 

Children of Jacob {6th) and, Sarah E. {Eagles) Kitchell. 

7 Gteorge, Betsey, Harriet, John, Emeline, Edward ; Maria, 
m. David Kitchell ; Esther, Charlotte, William. 

Children of Moses {6th) and Esther Kitchell. 
7 Samuel, Harvey, Maria. 

A History of the Willis Family 261 

Children of Isaac Kitchell {6th). 

7 Betsey, m. Mahlon Kitchell (7th), son of William. 

7 Mary, m. Bodie. 

7 Sarah, m. Russell. 

Children of William {6th) and Mary {Mulford) Kitchell. 

7 Mary, Rachel, Jehiel, William; David Erastus, m. Hen- 
rietta M. 

Children of David {6th) and Maria {Kitchell) Kitchell. 

7 Phoebe, b. Sept. 1, 1821, m. James C. Ogden. 

7 Henry, b. Feby. 19, 1825. 

7 Charlotte, b. Ang. 25, 1826. 

7 Pamelia, b. April 19, 1829 ; m. John Doremus, b. August 

27, 1829, d. 1867. 
7 Sarah, b. Oct. 25, 1831, m. William Hopping. 

Children of Jonathan {6th) and Caroline {Holley) Kitchell. 

J Charlotte Holley, b. May 8, 1810, m. Rev. Daniel Ladd, b. 
Jany. 22, 1804, d. Oct. 11, 1872 ; Missionary in Cyprus and 

r Harvey Dennison, b. Feby. 3, 1812, d. Sept. 11, 1895, buried 
at Detroit, Mich. ; m. 1st Ann S. Sheldon, b. Dec. 4, 1815, 
d. June 1, 1858 ; m. 2d Mrs. Ophelia Sayre, b. Oct. 1, 1821, 
d. June 21, 1864 ; m. 3d Mrs. Harriet T. Smith, b. May 10, 
1815. Pastor Congregational Church, Thomaston, Conn., 
1838-1848; First Cong. Church, Detroit, Mich., 1848-1864; 
Plymouth Cong. Church, Chicago, 111., 1864-1866 ; President 
Middlebury College, Vt., 1866-73, of which he was a gradu- 
ate in 1835 and D. D. in 1858. 

J Lucy Caroline, b. Sept. 5, 1813 ; m. Stoddard H. Martin, b. 
Jany. 6, 1811, d. July 31, 1865. 

262 A History of the Willis Family 

7 Esther Childs, b. April 5, 1819; m. William R. Hoyt, b. 

April 25, 1816. 
7 Harriet Newell b. Aug. 27, 1820; m. Charles M. Minor, b. 

Dec 12, 1817. 
7 Celestia Ophelia, b. Sept. 29, 1823 ; m. James P. Bishop, b. 

June 6, 1818. 
7 Laura Asenath, b. Feby. 28, 1829, d. Sept. 4, 1831. 

Twin daughters, b. April 24, 1826, d. young nameless. 

Children of Joseph {6th) and Mary (Cottrell) Kitchell. 

7 Joseph Huntington, b. May 2, 1819, d. Oct. 28, 1872; m. 

Fanny MeCrady. 
7 Mary Ann, b. Jany. 26, 1820, m. Philip C. Searle. 
7 Ann Eliza, b. April 28, 1822, m. Frank C. Crane. 
7 Oscar Fitzalan, b. Oct. 25, 1824; m. Delia Ann Goodwin, 

d. May, 1878. 
7 Ann Jane, b. Jany. 8, 1828, d. Mch. 12, 1856; m. Joseph 

7 Harriet Elizabeth, b. Jany. 6, 1835, d. May 24, 1876. 

Children of Benjamin {6th) and Mary Ann {Shaiv) Kitchell. 

7 Mary Tirzah, b. Jany. 23, 1845, m. Juan Avolos, of Cuba. 
7 William Sweezy, b. Nov. 9, 1846. d. Feby. 2, 1848. 
7 William Shaw, b. June 6, 1851. 

Children of Mahlon {7th) and Betsey {Kitchell) Kitchell, 
Daughter of Isaac Kitchell {7th). 

8 Isaac, m. Mary F . 

8 Andrew. 

8 Mary. m. Henry W. Ferguson. 

8 AVilliam, m. Sophia . 

A History of the Willis Family 263 

Children of William Melvin Kitchell {7th). 

8 Marietta, m. Rev. Edward Griffith. 

8 Margaret, m. Muchmore. 

8 William, b. April 21, 1827, d. Dec. 29, 1861; Chemist and 
Geologist. Prof. Newark Institute. Geologist of the State of 
New Jersey; m. Marcia Burnham Smith, b. Jany, 8, 1836, 
d. Oct. 26, 1911, dan. of Hiram and Mary (Osborn) Smith, 
of Trov, N. J. 

Children of John Neivton Kitchell {7th). 
8 Duress, Hudson, Croton and others. 

Children of George Whitfield Kitchell {7th). 
8 Electa, Mary Ann, Margaret, Susan, George Whitfield. 

Children of Obadiah {7th) and Mary Catherine {Craig) Kitchell. 

8 Silas Manning. 

8 Mary Hopping, m. William Nichols. 

8 Elsie, m. Stephen Clark. 

8 Nancy Emma. 

8 Obadiah Wilbur. 

More complete details of this family given elsewhere. 

Children of Silas H. {7th) and Sarah {Baldwin) Kitchell. 

8 Jane Elizabeth, b. Nov. 11, 1832. 

8 Mary, d. young. 

8 Sarah Louise, b. July 13, 1837, m. H. C. Tillinghast. 

8 Charles Henry, b. July 25, 1840, m. Phoebe Smalley. 

8 Silas Hopping, d. young. 

264 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of Silas H. and 2d wife, Frances M. 
(Seymour) Kitchell. 

8 Albert Langdon, b. 1845, d. 1846. 

8 Henrietta Seymour, b. Jany. 4, 1847, d. Dec. 29, 1876; m. 

Leroy Salisbury. 
8 Frederick William, b. 1848. d. 1849. 
8 Emma Josephine, b. July 15. 1850. m. Towner K. Webster 

July 7, 1874. 
8 Alice Mary, b. Oct. 11. 1852, d. 1887. 
8 Laura Frances, b. Dec. 6, 1854. 
8 Francis James, b. April 7, 1858, m. Alice A. Webster on 

June 26, 1890; she was b. Oct. 14, 1868. 
8 Robert Walter, b. Oct. 30, 1860, m. Ora Howard. 
These children were all born in Newark, N. J. 

Children of David Erastus {7th) and Henrietta M. Kitchell. 
8 James D., Mary E.. George Wallace, Phoebe. 

Children of Harvey D. {7th) and Ann {Sheldon) Kitchel. 

8 Harvey Sheldon, b. Aug. 12, 1839; m. Elizabeth K. Reed, 

b. Jany. 7, 1849 ; Yale, 1861. 
8 Cornelius Ladd, b. July 5, ] 841 ; m. Alice Lloyd, b. Aug. 

20, 1847. 
8 Courtney Smith, b. June 19, 1843; ra. 1st Charlotte A. 

Sayre, b. Nov. 1, 1845, d. Nov. 26, 1868 ; 2d wife Virginia 

M. West, b. Aug. 23, 1851 ; Yale 1865. 
8 Luther Hart, b. Nov. 6, 1845 ; m. Mary H. Durkee, b. Mch. 

28, 1849 ; Yale 1867. 
8 Farrand Deforest, b. Nov. 4, 1849 ; m. Flora M. Porter, b. 

Dec. 11, 1850. 
8 Anna Sheldon, b. Dec. 4, 1852, d. Mch. 11, 1855. 
8 Stanley Rice, b. July 4, 1855 ; Williams College, 1876. 

A History of the Willis Family 265 

Child of Harvey D. {7th) and Ophelia (Sayre) Kitchell. 
8 Ophelia Sayre. b. June 2, 1864, d. Aug. 24, 1864. 

Children of Oscar F. {7th) and Delia Ann {Goodwin) Kitchell. 

8 Carrie Eugenia, b. May 5, 1855, m. Dr. George M. Beck- 

8 Charles Herbert, b. Dec. 20, 1864. 

Children of Isaac {8th) and Mary F. Kitchell. 
9 George Whitfield, Mary. 

Children of William {8th) and Sophia Kitchell. 
9 Mary. Isaac. Julia. 

Children of William {8th) and Marcia Burnham 
{Smith) Kitchell. 

9 Johu Smith, b. April 22, 1857, d. Nov. 24, 1915 ; m. Clifford, 
daughter of Monroe and Henrietta (Stevens) Howell, of 
Troy, New Jersey, on Oct. 6, 1896. 

9 Helen Matilda, b. Feby. 14, 1860, m. Feby. 9, 1899, Richard 
C. Lake, of Chicago, Banker. 

Child of Charles Henry {8th) and Phoebe {Smalley) Kitchell. 
9 Victor Theodore. 

Children of Francis J. {8th) and Alice A. {Webster) Kitchell. 

9 Howell Webster, b. June 14, 1891. 
9 Francis Robert, b. Mch. 1, 1893. 
9 Alice, Louise, twins, b. June 26, 1895. 
9 Grace Elizabeth, b. May 20, 1904. 

All of these were born in Chicago, 111. 

266 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of Harvey Sheldon {8th) and Elizaheth 
(Reed) Kitchel. 

9 Robert Reed, b. Sept. 9, 1871. 

9 Anna Sheldon, b. Aug. 23, 1873. 

9 Harvey Denison, b. Oct. 10, 1877. d. April 2, 1878. 

Child of Cornelius Ladd {8th) and Alice Lloyd Kitchel. 

) William Lloyd, b. Nov. 30, 1869 ; m. April 16, 1896, Grace, 
daughter of Edwin S. and Ella (Welch) Wheeler, of New 
Haven, Conn. 

Cornelius Ladd Kitchel was born July 5, 1841, at Ply- 
mouth Hollow (now Thomaston), Conn.; Bachelor of Arts 
Yale College 1862, Bachelor of Divinity Yale Theological 
School 1867. Tutor in Greek at Yale College 1865-67, Pastor 
of First Congregational Church at Guilford, Conn., 1870-73 ; 
thus in the eighth generation returning to the town and 
church of which Robert Kitchell (1st), his direct ancestor, 
was one of the founders and "seven pillars," Aug. 22, 
1639, two hundred and thirty-one years having elapsed, 
and Cornelius Ladd Kitchel was the twelfth pastor in descent 
of this church from the Rev. Henry Whitfield, the leader and 
spiritual head of the Guilford church and settlement. 

Cornelius Ladd Kitchel was pastor of the First Con- 
gregational Church of Salisbury, Conn., 1877-1883, Instruc- 
tor in Greek Yale College 1886-1900, head of "Bureau of 
Self -Help" Yale College 1900-1909, at which last mentioned 
date he retired. Married Aug. 1, 1867, Alice, daughter of 
William Moore and Jane (Lowrey) Lloyd, of Altoona, 
Penna. ; one child, William Lloyd Kitchel. Both Mr. and 
Mrs. Kitchel are still living in New Haven. 

William Lloyd Kitchel was born in New Haven, Conn., 
Nov. 30, 1869 ; Bachelor of Arts Yale College 1892, Bachelor 
of Law Yale Law School 1895; has practiced law in New 

A History of the Willis Family 267 

York City since date last mentioned, is at this time (1916) 
a member of the legal firm of Cadwalader. Wiekersham & 
Taft. 40 Wall Street. 

Child of Courtney {8th) and Charlotte {Sayre) Kitchell. 
9 Hart Savre, b. June, 1867. 

Children of Luther Hart {8th) and Mary {Durkee) Kitchell. 
9 Alice Cornelia, b. June 4, 1874, d. May 2, 1875. 
9 Marguerite Tyrrell, b. April 3, 1876. 
9 Harriet Harvey, b. Aug. 12, 1877, d. Aug. 6, 1878. 

Children of Farrand Deforest {8th) and Flora {Porter) Kitchel. 

9 Cornelius Porter, b. Oct. 7, 1875, m. Edith Ray, of Brooklyn, 

N. Y., on Oct. 17, 1907. 
9 Helen Blanche, b. Aug. 10, 1878. d. April 28, 1879. 
9 Ralph Tyrrell, b. Mch. 7, 1881, d. Oct. 21, 1889. 
9 Allan Farrand, b. Dec. 28, 1885, m. Helen Binney, of Sound 

Beach, Conn., on July 6, 1909. 
9 Gertrude Sheldon, b. Jany. 5, 1889, d. June 26, 1890. 

Child of Cornelius Porter {9th) and Edith {Ray) Kitchel. 
10 Elizabeth, b. Jany. 3, 1912. 

Children of Allen Farrand {9th) and Helen {Binney) Kitchel. 

10 Barbara, b. Oct. 18, 1910. 

10 Elnora, b. Feby. 7, 1912. 

10 Allan Farrand, Jr., b. July 9, 1913. 

10 Douglas Binney, b. Mch. 1, 1915. 

268 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of John Smith {9th) and Clifford (Howell) Kitchell. 

10 Marcia, b. Jany. 9, 1899. 

10 William, b. Oct. 29, 1901, d. April 15, 1902. 

10 John, b. Mch. 14, 1903. 

10 Irene, b. Aug. 10, 1904. 

Children of William Lloyd (9th) and Grace (Wheeler) Kitchel. 

10 Lloyd, b. New York City May 26, 1898. 

10 Saxton Wheeler, b. New Haven, Conn., June 23, 1901. 

10 Alice Lloyd, b. Bronxville, New York, Nov. 12, 1905. 

10 Denison, b. Bronxville, New York, Mch. 1, 1908. 


Emma Josephine Kitchell (8th), dau. of Silas H. and 

Frances M. (Seymour) Kitchell (7th), was b. in Newark, 

N. J., July 15, 1850; m. Towner Keeney Webster July 7, 

1874; their children, 
9 Henry Kitchell Webster, b. Sept. 7, 1875, m. Mary Ward 

Orth, Sept. 7, 1901. 
9 Henrietta Seymour Webster, b. Aug. 6, 1877, m. Arthur W. 

Bass, June 7, 1904. 
9 Anna Towner Webster, b. Dec. 13, 1879, d. June 26, 1880. 
9 Towner Keeney Webster 2d, b. May 28, 1881, m. Anne M. 

Fradd Sept. 10, 1907. 
9 Josephine Haviland Webster, b. June 12, 1883, m. Walter 

A. Strong April 16, 1913. 
9 Ronald F. Webster, b. Oct. 13, 1890, m. Elizabeth Storrs 

Fabian, Sept. 7, 1915. 
9 Maurice Willis Webster, b. Sept. 20, 1892. 

Children of Henry K. {9th) and Mary (Orth) Webster. 

10 Henry Kitchell 2d, b. Jany. 21, 1905. 
10 Stokely Orth, b. Aug. 23, 1912. 
10 Roderick Sheldon, b. Sept. 14, 1915. 

Chilren of Arthur W. {9th) and Henrietta Seymour 

{Webster) Bass. 

10 Elinor Kitchell Bass, b. June 6, 1905. 
10 Arthur William Bass 2d, b. Feby. 9, 1907. 
10 Barbara Bass, b. Jany. 5, 1912. 

270 A History of the Willis Family 

Children of Towner K. 2d {9th) and Anne M. (Fradd) Webster. 

10 Elizabeth Jane, b. July 22, 1908. 
10 Towner Keeney 3d, b. Dee. 21, 1910. 

Child of Walter A. {9th) and Josephine Haviland 
{Webster) Strong. 

10 Walter Ansel Strong 2ci b. Aug. 10, 1914. 

Child of Ronald F. {9th) and Elizabeth Storrs {Fabian) 


10 Elizabeth Fabian 2d, b. June 22, 1916. 


Captain Obadiah Kitchell, of the Revolution, 5th gene- 
ration, b. 1740, d. Oct. 3, 1798 ; m. Sarah Reynolds, d. Jany. 
26, 1822 ; they had ten children, one of whom was, 

6 Jesse, b. Nov. 5, 1768, m. Mary Hopping, had, 

7 Obadiah Kitchell, b. Hanover, N. J., Nov. 24, 1803, d. New- 
ark, N. J., April 19, 1874; m. Mary Catherine Craig, Dec. 
16, 1840, b. May 9, 1820, d. Oct. 21, 1914, dau. of Andrew 
and Elise (Manning) Craig and granddaughter of Captain 
James Craig and Lieutenant Isaac Manning, both of whom 
served with the New Jersey troops during the Revolution. 

Children of Ohadiah and Mary Catherine (Craig) Kitchell. 

8 Silas Manning, b. Springfield, N. J., Sept. 13, 1841, d. 
Newark, N. J., Aug. 25, 1871; m. Mary Gearhard, of New- 
ark, July 1. 1864, served in Beam's Battery, 1st (?) New 
Jersey Artillery, in Civil War. 

8 Mary Hopping, b. Springfield, N. J., July 19, 1844; m. 
William B. Nichols, of Newark, Dec. 30, 1863, who was b. 
in New York City Dec. 22, 1837, d. in Newark Dec. 12, 1912. 

8 Elsie Craig, b. Springfield, N. J., Aug. 20, 1847, d. Newark, 
N. J., Aug. 25, 1911 ; m. Stephen M. Clark Sept. 25, 1873, 
who was b. in New York State and d. in Newark Dec. 8, 

8 Emma Nancy, b. Newark, N. J., May 9, 1851, d. Newark 
May 12, 1895. 

8 Obadiah Wilbur, b. Newark, N. J., March 17, 1862. 

272 A History of the Willis Family 

Dr. Obadiah Wilbur Kitchell. 

Dr. Kitchell is a graduate of Columbia University, from which 
institution he received the degree of A. B., Ph. B. and A. M., 
and has been honored with the degree of D. Sc. from Bucknell 

For many years Dr. Kitchell has been head of the Department 
of Mathematics and Logic in the New York State Normal School 
at Plattsburg. 


(4th Generation.) 

Children of David {4th) and Ruth (Tuttle) Kitchell. 
5 Uzal, b. 1746, m. Anna Tuttle. 
5 Stephen, d. 1822, m. Hannah Darlingr. 
5 Zenas, d. young. 
5 Abigail, d. young. 

Children of Uzal {5th) and Anna {Tuttle) Kitchell. 

6 David, b. 1770, d. at sea. 

6 Abigail, b. 1772, m. Samuel Tuttle. 

6 Jabez, b. 1778, d. 1779. 

6 Julia, b. 1781, ra. Stephen Baker. 

6 Jared, b. 1785, m. Sarah Freeman. 

Children of Stephen {5th) and Hannah {Darling) Kitchell. 

6 Ezekiel, d. in Cuba 1848. m. Mary Bishop. 

6 Joseph, d. single. 

6 Zenas, b. Aug. 25, 1785, m. Mary Tuttle. 

6 Jemima, m. W. 0. Ford. 

6 Susan, m. Jonathan Richards. 

6 Timothy, M. D.. d. Aug., 1870. 

Children of Jared {(ith) and Sarah {Freeman) Kitchell. 
7 Anna, William H., Robert, John, Delia. 

Children of Ezekiel {6th) and Mary {Bishop) Kitchell. 
7 Charlotte, m. Calvin Howell. 
7 Albert, d. 1856. 
7 Alexander, d. in Cuba. 

274 A History of the Willis Family 

7 Joseph. 

7 Charles M., d. 1834 in lUiuois, m. Caroline Freeman. 

7 Susan Amanda, m. Silas Ford. 

7 Francis, d. 1835. 

Children of Zenas {6th) and Mary {T utile) Kitchell. 

7 Elizabeth, Stephen, Francis Wilmont; Isabella, m. Ezra 
Fairchild ; David F., Parkhurst. 

Children of William H. Kitchell {7th). 

8 Sarah, m. Kobert Halliday; Francis, Jared Ludlow, Wil- 
liam H., Jr., Charles, Kate. 

Children of Robert Kitchell {7th). 
8 J. Warren, Mary, Timothy, Ida. 

Children of Charles M. {7th) and Caroline {Freeman) Kitchell. 

8 Francis Wilbur. 

8 Henry C, m. Emma Pruden, 2d wife Mary Reynolds. 

8 Charles M. 

8 Tillie C, d. 1874, m. A. K. Fairchild. 

Children of Stephen Kitchell {7th] 
8 Frank, Mary, Clara, Nellie, Ned, Bessie. 

Children of Francis Wilmot Kitchell {7th). 
8 Agnes, Leroy, Harold Howell. 

Children of David F. Kitchell {7th). 
8 Lizzie, Edgar, Frank, Fred, May. 

A History of the Willis Family 275 

Children of Parkhurst Kitchell {7th). 
8 Lottie, Fred, Joseph. 

Children of Henry C. {8th) and Eynma {Pruden) Kitchell. 

9 Caroline, b. Aug. 15, 1855. 
9 Nettie. 
9 Charles. 

By second wife, Mary Reynolds : 
9 William. 


First in New Jersey, Deacon John Sayre, had son, 
Deacon Ephraim Sayre, b. Mch. 4, 1746, d. 1816; m. Han- 
nah Meeker; lived in Madison, N. J. 

Children of Ephraim and Hannah (Meeker) Sayre. 
Sarah, b. April 1, 1773, m. Thomas Richards. 
Mary, b. Sept. 1, 1774, m. Calvin Howell. 
Archibald, b. April 28, 1776, m. Martha Sayre. 
Rachel, b. Mch. 24, 1778. 
Daniel, b. Feby. 20, 1780. 

James C, b. Nov. 11, 1781, m. Betsey Hamilton. 
Hannah, b. Feb. 15, 1783, d. Dec. 1, 1805. 
Baxter, b. Mch. 16, 1786, d. Sept. 17, 1857; m. Betsey Kitch- 
ell, dau. of Hon. Aaron Kitchell (5th). 
Priscilla, b. July 8, 1790, d. Nov. 8, 1878 ; m. James Cromie. 
David A., b. Mch. 12, 1793, d. Sept. 11, 1870; m. Abby V. 

Children of Baxter and Betsey (Kitchell) Sayre. 

7 Emilius K., b. Mch. 20, 1810; Amherst College, 1828; m. 
Elizabeth Stanford Pierson. 

7 Phoebe A., b. Mch. 14, 1812, m. Milo Osborne, Lenox, Mass. 

7 Elizabeth Kitchell, b. July 22, 1814, m. James E. H. Wallin. 

7 Mary T., b. Sept. 13, 1817, m. Samuel M. Raymond, Darien, 

7 Ephraim F., b. Nov. 30, 1819, m. Catherine L. Ely, of Han- 
over, N. J. 

7 David Franklin, b. Jany. 14, 1822 ; University of New York, 
1844; m. Sarah E. Ely, of Hanover, N. J. 

A History of the Willis Family 277 

Emilius Kitchell Sayre, b. Mch. 20, 1810, Madison, N. J , d. 
at Monticello, Wis. Jaiiy. 13, 1899; m. Elizabeth Stanford 
Pierson on June 30, 1844; she was b. April 14, 1823, in 
New York City, d. June 14. 1896 ; they had 8 children, one 
of whom was 
8 Charlotte Johnson Sayre, b. April 24, 1845, Lexington, Ky. , 
m. Sept. 20, 1883, at Christ Church, N. Y., Thomas Hugh 
Boorman, b. Kent, England, May 31, 1851. 

Children of Thomas Hugh and Charlotte J. (Sayre) Boorman. 

9 Elizabeth Stanford Sayre Boorman, b. New York City Aug. 
3, 1884 ; m. on Jany. 17. 1906, Lieutenant Lucian Barclay 
Moody, U. S. A., b. Oct. 29. 1882. at Huron, S. D. 

9 Kitchell Monckton Boorman. b. June 30, 1887, at Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

Children of Lucian Barclay and Elizabeth S. 8. (Boorman) 


10 Elizabeth Boorman Moody, b. Nov. 19, 1906, at Watervliet 

Arsenal, N. Y. 
10 George Putman Moody, b. March 13, 1908, at Manilla, P. I. 

Children of David Franklin and Sarah (Ely) Sayre. 

8 Agnes E., b. May 11. 1852. 

8 David F., Jr., b. June 14, 1857. 

8 Elizabeth M., b. Mch. 31, 1859. 

8 Susan E., b. Aug. 7, 1862. 

8 James E., b. Nov. 4. 1864. 


Martin E. Tliompson, b. April 15, 1787, d. July 26, 1877; 

m. Mary, dan. of Hon. Aaron (5th) and Phoebe (Farrand) 

Kitchell; she was b. Oct. 5. 1788, d. Feb. 9, 1864. Their 

children were, 
6 Elizabeth Allen, b. Jany. 12, 1811, d. May 5, 1836; m. 

Henry Beach. 
6 Susan Louise, b. Oct. 3. 1812. m. George James Price. 
6 Matilda, b. Nov. 30. 1814, m. Eliab PI. Tompkins. 
6 Aaron Kitchell. b. Sept. 8, 1817, d. Feby. 16, 1873 ; m. Grace 

6 Charles Augustus, b. Oct. 11. 1819. d. Jany. 19, 1822. 
6 William Potter, b. Jany. 14, 1822, m. Priscilla Amoreaux. 
6 Mary Emma, b. July 22, 1824. m. Jabez E. Munsell. 
6 Charles Augustus, 2d b. Nov. 19, 1827, d. April 8, 1855. 
6 Jacob Martin, b. Feby. 13, 1829, d. Dec. 23, 1829. 
6 Edwin Belknap, b. Feby. 4, 1831; m. Helen E. Osborne, 

dau. Milo and Phoebe (Sayre) Osborne, and granddaughter 

of Betsey Kitchell (6th). 
6 Henrietta Elizabeth, b. Nov. 6, 1834. 

Child of Eliab H. (67/0 (Oid Matilda {Thompson) Tompkins. 
7 Louise, m. G. Gifford Stilwell. 

Children of Aaron Kitchell {6th) and Grace {Worthington) 

Thompson . 

7 Grace Worthington. 

7 Emma Munsell. 

7 Walter Ledyard, b. Nov. 8, 1862, m. Annie Blake on Aug. 

18, 1891 ; she was b. Sept. 6, 1865, dau. of Eli Judson and 

Eliza A. (Chapin) Blake. 

A History of the Willis Family 279 

Children of Walter Ledyard {7th) and Annie 
(Blal-e) Thompson. 

8 Margaret Blake, b. July 17. 1892. 

8 Frances Worthington, b. Aug. 23, 1896. 

8 Asa Worthington, b. July 10, 1900. 

Children of Jahez E. {6th) and Mary Emma 
{Thompson) Munsell. 
7 Mary Abby. 
7 Henry. 

7 Grace Worthington. 
7 Charles Edward. 
7 Emma Louise. 
7 Florence. 

Children of Edwin Belknap {6th) and Helen Elizabeth 
{Osborne) Thompson. 
7 Mary Helen. 
7 Annie Sayre. 
7 Susan Louise. 


George James Price (6th), b. Dee. 1, 1811, d. Dec. 11, 
1861; m. Meh 8, 1836, Susan Louise Thompson (6th), b. 
Oct. 3, 1812, d. July 2, 1908; they had, 

7 Mary Elizabeth, b. May 14, 1837, m. Herbert Vail. 

7 Margaret Matilda, b. Feby. 12, 1839. 

7 Martin Thompson, b. Sept. 19, 1840, m. Mary Latting. 

7 Harriet Louise, b. May 14, 1843. 

7 George James. ) b. Nov. 3, 1846, d. Feby. 1, 1848. 

7 Edward Munsell [ b. Nov. 3, 1846, d. Dec. 6, 1910. 

7 George James ) b. July 21, 1850, d. Sept. 4, 1854. 

7 William Thomp.son j b. July, 21, 1850 ; m. Oct. 21, 1880, 

Mary Ellen Weeks, b. May 1, 1854. 

7 Frank, b. May 4, 1852. 

7 George James, b. May 17, 1859. 

Children of William Thompson {7th) and Mary Ellen 

(Weeks) Price. 

8 Daniel Weeks, b. July 11, 1887, d. Mch. 8, 1889. 
8 Anne Onderdonk, b. Jany. 7, 1890. 


The Ely family became connected with the Kitchells by 
the double intermarriage of two of the children of Ambrose 
and Betsey (Mnlford) Kitchell, of the 7th generation, with 
the Ely's. They were, 

Julia Ann Kitchell, m. Epaphras C. Ely, b. April 15, 1795, 
d. July 17, 1864. 
Joseph Kitchell, m. Anna Maria Ely, who d. Nov. 9, 1875. 

Children of Epaphras C. (7th) and Julia Ann (Kitchell) Ely. 

8 Ambrose K., b. Jany. 31, 1823. 

8 Smith, b. April 17, 1825; Member of New York State Sen- 
ate 1858-9 ; member of 42d and 44th Congress ; Mayor of 
New York City in 1877 and 1878 ; Grandson of Hon. Aaron 
Kitchell, and had erected the beautiful monument over the 
grave of the latter in Hanover Churchyard, New Jersey; 
he died July 4, 1911. 

8 William H., b. May 14, 1829 ; m. Josephine Rogers. 

8 Edwin A., b. June 15, 1836. 

8 Maria Louise, b. June 2, 1844, m. George B. Vanderpoel, 


The family name of Ball is one of the oldest in Eng- 
land, having been brought in by the Roman invasion, 
and the name is of Roman origin. There have been 
many distinguished men of the name in England and 
Burke gives a list of several families bearing arms. 

The family of Ball from which our ancestors came has 
probably caused more dispute among historians and 
genealogists than any American family of note, involving 
as it does the ancestry of George Washington, whose 
mother was Mary Ball. One authority, writing of the 
Balls of Virginia, says: "It would appear there has been 
no one of the family with curiosity, enterprise or money 
sufficient to institute a Crown search, which would cost 
£5." The fact remains, however, that back of the grant- 
ing of arms to the Ball of Northamptonshire, in 1613, 
the ancestry of the Virginia and New England Balls has 
not been traced. Many books on genealogy, following 
the Dowman Manuscript, trace the ancestry of Col. Wil- 
liam Ball, of Virginia, back through seven generations to 
William Ball, Lord of the Manor of Barkham, in Berk- 
shire, thus : William Ball, of Barkham, 1480 ; Robert d. 
1543 ; William d. 1550 ; John d. 1599 ; John, William, Col. 
William, of Virginia. This is evidently an error, as the 
Barkham Coat of Arms is quite different from the arms 
of the Northamptonshire Balls, granted in the year 1613 
and borne by both Ailing Ball of New England and Col. 
William of Virginia. We do not know, however, that the 
following is correct : *William Ball, of Wiltshire, Eng- 
land, bearing the arms granted in 1613, had six sons, and 

A History of the WiUis Family 283 

all of these came out to the colonies. Two of these, 
Ailing and William, came from Kent, but the authors do 
not know the place of departure of the others. Their 
names and dates of arrival in this country are as follows : 
Ailing to New England before 1639, Francis to New Eng- 
land in 1644, Richard to New England in 1650, John to 
New England, Samuel to New England, and Col. William 
to Virginia in 1650. 

A short record of descent from these brothers is as 
follows : 




John Francis 

Samuel Col. William 

Edward Col. John 

John Samuel 

Col. Joseph 

Caleb John 

Samuel Ahigal 


John Eliphalet 


Geo. Washington 

Samuel Flamen 


Lydia Stephen 

All of these brothers bore the same arms, though the 
crests, as was the common usage among brothers, is dif- 
ferent in the cases of Ailing and William. (See end of 
article. ) 

Col. William Ball was the grandfather of George Wash- 
ington. He was a merchant and gained his military 
titles in this country, first Captain, then Colonel. He 
arrived in Virginia in 1650 and settled at the mouth of 
the Corotoman river, in Lancaster County; some years 
after his arrival, by purchase and grants, he acquired 
much land and at his death was a large landowner. He 
left two sons — William, who left eight sons and one 
daughter — and Col. Joseph Ball, who Avas the father of 
Mary the mother of Washington. 

2 *Alling Ball, our ancestor, settled first at Boston, be- 

fore 1639, and removed from there to New or East 
Haven before 1644; his wife's name was Dorothy 
and we know of two sons. 

3 *Edward. 

284 A History of the Willis Family 

3 Col. John, who had John, who had Rev. Eliphalet, a 
very distinguished graduate of Yale College and the 
founder of Balston, New York. In the vear 1783 
George Washington visited his cousin, Rev. Elipha- 
let Ball, at his home at Balston and they wrote and 
spoke of each other as cousins. 

*Edward Ball, son of Ailing, was a distinguished 
man. One of the first men of Branford, he held 
several offices of trust in Connecticut. AVhen the 
people were deciding to move to Newark he was one 
of the first twenty-three who made up their minds to 
make the change and signed the first agreement, 
with the twenty-two others, on October 2, 1665. It 
was signed at '*Brainford, " as written in the docu- 
ment. He also signed the "fundamental agree- 
ments" at Branford in 1666, when the people were 
about to move, and went on with the Rev. Abraham 
Pierson and others in the spring of 1667. There are 
many records at Newark showing his active life 
there. He was committeeman on boundaries, on set- 
tlement with the Indians, with the Lords Proprie- 
tors, etc. He was assigned six acres as his home lot, 
between Broad and Washington Streets, as they are 
at present, the site of or near Park Street. He was 
prosecuted for a rescue, with John Harrison, Feby. 
1672, but released from the fines by paying court 
charges. In 1683, Edward Ball, Azariah Crane and 
Jospeh Riggs were appointed "to lay out the bounds 
between us and Hockquecanung. " In 1686 Edward 
Ball was one of a large committee at Newark "to 
take notice of all lands that persons had appro- 
priated to themselves and order how a forth division 
of land should be laid out." He was also on another 
important committee for Newark in 1682. 

A Histori/ of the Willis Family 285 

"Edward Ball and Joseph Harrison, of Newark, 
were appointed Ally's for Newark, Oct. 1st, 1686, 
to see the town orders executed and prosecute offend- 
ers and have one half the sums recovered for their 
fees." In 1693 he was appointed High Sheriff of 
Essex, and Grand Juror in 1709. 

Edward Ball was b. in 1642, m. Abigal Blatchley. 
The date of their deaths are unknown, but he prob- 
ably died at his home place in Newark, and he w^as 
known to be alive in 1724, aged 81 or 82. His son 

4 * Caleb was born in Connecticut about 1663, and the 

last trace of him alive was in 1716, when he was 
witness to a deed. 

He owned the homestead at Newark, which his 
father had probably given him, but there is a record 
of his having returned it to his father on May 1, 
1704. He probably lived afterward with either his 
son Caleb or son John at Millbrook, and it is likely 
that he died there. 

The name of his wife, Sarah, appears only once 
and that on a deed dated Feby. 19, 1705. 

5 *John Ball, son of Caleb, born about 1700, lived first 

at Newark and moved to Hanover, N. J., about the 
year 1740; his son, 

6 * Samuel, known for many years as Deacon Ball, was 

our great-great-grandfather, and was a man for 
whom all his descendants should remove their hats 
when his name is mentioned, for he was indeed that 
Captain Samuel Ball who helped raise and was ap- 
pointed to the command of the very first company 
of minute men raised in New Jersey, in 1775, for 
operation against the British, then at New York, and 
the beginning of the Revolution. It is good to have 
been descended from such a patriot, so all honor to 

286 A History of the Willis Family 

our grand old ancestor. It was not long before these 
minute men tasted of war, as \\\ey were sent to the 
water-front to watch the British. The latter landed 
a greatly superior force and chased the Jerseymen 
through the streets of Newark and had a bloody run- 
ning fight with them for many miles. This fight will 
be reproduced in Newark this year (1916) during the 
two hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebration of 
the founding of that citv. Samuel Ball's daughter 
7 *Lydia, m. Peter Cook; they v.-ere our great-grand- 

It is through Lvdia Ball and her ancestors that we 
have relationship with George Washington. 

Ball Arms. 

The arms of Ailing Ball of New England and Col. Wil- 
liam Ball of Virginia are the same. 

** Argent a lion passant sable, on a chief of the second 
three mullets of the first." 

Crest of Allixg — "A stag trippant proper," 

Motto — * ' Semper Caveto. ' ' 

Crest or Col. William — "Out of the clouds proper, a 
demi-lion rampant sable, powdered with estoiles argent 
holding a globe or. ' ' 

Motto — "Coelumque tueri. " 


1 *Williain, of Wiltshire, England, had six sons, 

2 *Alling, New England before 1639 ; m. Dorothy Tuttle 
Francis, New England, 1644. 
John, New England. 
Samuel, New England. 

2 Richard, New England, 1650. 

2 Col. William, Virginia, 1650, great-grandfather of Wash- 

*Alling Ball, m. Dorothy Tuttle and had two sons, 
3 *Edward, b. 1642-3. 

3 Colonel John, who had 4th John, who had 5th Rev. Elip- 
halet, the founder of Balston, New York. 

*Edward Ball m. Abigail Blatchley, b. 1664 and had, 

4 *Caleb, b. 1663, m. Sarah Thompson and had two sons, 

5 Caleb. 

5 *John, b. 1700, d. 1776-7. 

*John Ball married and had, 

6 *Samuel (Deacon), b. 1734, d. Jany. 12, 1810; Captain of 

the first company of minute men in New Jersey in 1775. 
He m. first Miller and had five children, 

7 Ann, b. March 25, 1760. 

7 Elizabeth, b. Oct. 31, 1761. 
7 Cornelius, b. Dec. 8, 1763. 
7 Aaron, b. May 20, 1768, d. 1806. 
7 Samuel, b. May 26, 1770. 

288 A History of the Willis Family 

*Captam Samuel Ball (Deacon), m second Deborah (Far- 
rand) Plume, a widow; b. at Bloomfield, N. J., in 1744, d. 
1806 and had seven children, 

7 Electa, b. Aug. 25, 1772. 

7 *Lydia, b. Nov. 2, 1773, d. March 9. 1832, buried at Northfield, 
N. J. ; m. Peter Cook. 

7 Sarah, b. Feby. 24, 1775. 

7 John, b. Sept. 14, 1778. 

7 James Harvey, b. May 18, 1780. 

7 Amzi, b. Nov. 29, 1783. 

7 Deborah, b. Nov. 16, 1786. 

*Lydia Ball married Peter Cook ; they were our great-grand- 
parents. (For further record see Cook Genealogy, 6th gene- 


Before leaving Branford the following testimonial or 
agreement was drawn up and signed by those soon to 
leave for Newark, New Jersey ; it is recorded in Branford 
first book of records. 

"Jan. 20, 1667. 

"For as much as yt appears yt ye nndertakiug and ye set- 
tlement of this place of Branford was procured by and for men 
of Congregational principles as to Church Order according to 
ye platform of discipline agreed on by ye Synod in 48 or there- 
abouts, drawn from ye word of God, in yt which we yt yet re- 
main here can say we have found much good and quietness, to 
our great comfort, for ye which we desire for to bless God, and 
yt it may so remain unto such as do continue their abode in this 
place and to such as shall come to fill up ye rooms of those yt 
are removed and yt do intend for to remove from this place of 

First We all do see cause now for to agree yt an orthordox 
minister of yt judgment shall be called in and settled 
amongst us — 

21y The gathering of such a Church shall be Incouraged 

31y The upholdment of such church officers shall not want 
our proportionate supply of maintenance according to 

41y We will not in any wise Incroach upon tliem in Civil 
or Ecclesiastical respects and this we freely and volun- 
tarily engage ourselves unto — jointly and severally so 
long as we remain inhabitants in this place, and this 
we bind ourselves unto by our subscription unto this 



* * * 

290 A History of the WiUis Family 

61y It is also agreed yt whosoever shall come for purchase 
or be admitted a free planter here, shall so subscribe be- 
fore his admittance or his bargain vallid in Law amongst 

Signed by 48 men, among others Jasper Crane, Samuel 
Plum, John Ward, Daniel Swain, Samuel Ward and Ed- 
ward Ball. 


1 *Mr, Thomas Fayrechild, the first of the family in 

this country, was among the first settlers of Strat- 
ford, now Bridgeport, Conn., where he was a mer- 
chant. His first wife, Sarah, was a daughter of 
Robert Seabrooke, who came to Connecticut in 
1638-9; from this marriage we are descended. He 
married a second time Catherine Craigg. In the 
year 1668 the Government of Connecticut took a cen- 
sus of the inhabitants of the towns ; the original re- 
turn from Stratford is still among the records of 
Connecticut ; it reads : 

"A list of ye Inhabitants of Stratford drawn up by ye 
Townsmen and Recorder by Order from ye Governor and 
Mr. James the 27th day of March 1668, as foUoweth, and 
diligently recorded by order from ye present Townsmen 
this 28th day of March 1668." 

There follows a long list of the inhabitants of 
Stratford, the first four only of whom have *'Mr." 
before their names. "Mr. Thomas Fayrechild" is 
the third name on this list. 
Thomas Fayrechild 's son by his first marriage, was 

2 *Zachariah, and he had a son, 

3 * Caleb, now spelled Fairchild, who married Ann 

Troubridge, a widow who was born Sherwood. 

Caleb Fairchild 's name appears many times in 
colonial records ; his signature to deeds and as wit- 
ness to wills can still be plainly read. He was fre- 


^-1 History of the Willis Family 

quently appointed to administer and inventory es- 
tates, wliicli shows he was a man of importance in 
those davs. 

Home of Caleb Fairchild, Whippany, N. J., 
Built About 1735 or '36. 

Cak^b moved from Connecticut and settled at 
Whippany, X. J., May 1st, 1735; his wife died of 
smallpox the same year and Caleb died of the same 
disease on May 1st, 1777. His will was made Oct. 
4, 1773, and probated May 14, 1777. On the 25th 
Nov., 1749, he was appointed High Sheriff of Pe- 
quannock by Governor Belcher, of the Colony of 
New Jersey. He had two sons, 
* Samuel, our ancestor, and Abner, who was an officer 
in the Revolution and held the rank of Captain in the 
Continental army. Abner had seven sons — Abijah, 
Jonathan, Nathaniel, Peter, Stephen, Abiel and 
Abner, Jr., all of whom w^ere soldiers in the Revolu- 

A History of the Willis Family 29 


tion, so Abner and all his children were patriots. 
Samuel, our ancestor, had seven sons and one 

* Captain Abraham Fairchild, our great-great-grand- 
father, was an officer in the Revolution, one of his 
brothers was Lieutenant Winchell Fairchild in the 
same war, and three other brothers, Moses, Hesekiah 
and Benjamin, were soldiers. The two brothers, 
therefore, Abner and Samuel, furnished two Cap- 
tains, one Lieutenant and ten soldiers for the Revo- 
lutionary Avar, certainly a record to be proud of. 
Captain Abraham Fairchild 's commission was in the 
Continental Line. 

Captain Abraham lived in a house at Whippany, 
on the bank of Wliippany ri\'er near the dam, and 
carried on the business of woolen manufacturer; he 
also had saw and grist mills. He was a Justice of 
the Peace from 1792 until 1804. He died at Whip- 
pany July 4, 1843. His wife, Phoebe, died in 1846 
at the home of her son-in-law, William Sayre, at 
Madison, N. J., and husband and wife are buried be- 
side each other in Whippany churchyard. Their son, 

*John Fairchild, our great-grandfather, lived in the 
house, which is still standing, in 1916, at Whippany, 
near the end of the bridge which crosses Whippany 
river. The house is now owned and occupied by 
Mr. McEuan. In this house our grandmother, 

* Susan Caroline Fairchild, who married James Har- 
vey Cook, was born. 

John Fairchild moved from the Whippany home 
first to Little Falls, N. J., then to New York and 
then to Malapardis, N. J., where he died May 9th 

Home of Johx Fairchild, Whippaxy, N. J., 
Built ix 1800. 


1 *Thomas Fayrechild, first at Stratford, Conn., d. Dec. 14, 

1670; m. Sarah, dan. of Robert Seabrooke, and bad 

2 *Zachariab, b. Dec. 11, 1651, d. June 3, 1703; m. Hannah 

Beach, Nov. 3, 1681 ; she was b. Dec, 1665, and had 

3 *Caleb Fairchild, b. Sept. 10, 1693, d. May 1, 1777: m. Ann 

Troubridge, a widow who was b. Sherwood ; she d. 1735. 
Caleb moved from Connecticut and settled at Whippany, 
N. J., May 1, 1735 ; they had two sons 

4 *Samuel, d. before Jany. 16, 1778; m. Hannah Winehell, who 

d. before Jany. 24, 1805. 
4 Captain Abner Fairchild, officer in the Continental army, 
had seven sons who served as soldiers in the Revolution — 
Abijah, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Peter, Stephen, Abiel and 
Abner, Jr. 

A History of the Willis Family 295 

Samuel Fairchild (4th) m. Ilannali Wiiichell and had 
seven sons and one daughter, 

5 Moses, b. 1748, baptized Oct. 26, 1755, soldier in Eevolution. 

5 Benjamin, b. 1742, baptized Sept. 7, 1755, soldier in Revolu- 

5 *Abraham, Captain in Continental army, b. 1753, baptized 
Oct. 26, 1755, d. July 4, 1843. 

5 Hesekiah, b. Sept. 7, 1755, baptized Oct. 26, 1755, soldier in 

5 Solomon, b. 1757. 

5 Winchell, Lieutenant in Revolution, b. Nov. 1758. 

5 Isaac, b. 1760. 

5 Lucy, b. 1763. 

*Captain Abraham Fairchild (5t]i), m. Phoebe Russell on 
May 8, 1780, and liad 

6 * John Fairchild, b. April 25, 1781, d. May 9, 1863 ; m. Jany. 

14, 1802, Lucy, dau. of the Hon. Aaron Kitchell ; she was b. 
Mcli. 15, 1779, d. ]\Iay 7, 1863 ; they were our great-grand- 
parents. They had seven children 

7 *Susan Caroline, 1). June 7, 1803, d. Oct. 5, 1884. 

7 Jane Ogden, b. April 13, 1805, d. April 14, 1889; m. James 

7 Edmund K., b. April 23, 1807, d. Sept. 4, 1886 ; m. Nancy 

Beech on April 29, 1829. 
7 Aaron K., b. :May 13, 1809, d. Sept. 29, 1849; m. Sarah 

Maria Odell on :\lay 18, 1836. 
7 Lent W., b. July 19, 1811, d. Nov. 16, 1867 ; m. Abbie Crane 

on July 25, 1843. 
7 Abraham F., b. Aug. 9, 1818. 
7 Samuel A., 1). June 28, 1820. 

*Susan Caroline Fairchild (7th) m. James Harvey Cook on 

Feby. 4, 1826. They were our grandparents. (For further 

record see Cook Genealogy, 7th generation.) 

296 A History of the Willis Family 

Aaron K. Fairchild (7th), m. Sarah ]Maria Odell, and had 
8 Mary Jane Fairchild, b. July 25, 1837, d. Sept. 30, 1911; 

m. June 9, 1864, Major Henry Farrand Willis. 
8 Lucy Anna, b. Feby. 22, 1840, d. April 18, 1904. 
8 Sarah G., b. Jany. 3, 1846. d. Oct. 15, 1849. 

Mary Jane Fairchild m. Major Henry Farrand Willis. 
(For further record see Willis Genealogy, 15th generation.) 


1 *Mr. John Cooper was born at Olney, Buckingham- 

shire, p]ngland, in 1594. He came from England in 
1635, in the Hopewell, with his wife Widroe and four 

2 Mary, aged 13 years. 
2 John, aged 10 years. 

2 Thomas, aged 7 years. 
2 *Martha, aged 5 years. 

He was from his arrival a prominent figure in the 
affairs of Boston and Lynn, Mass. In 1636 he was 
made freeman at Boston, was one of the elders of 
the church when it was organized at Lynn, in 1638, 
and he is on record as o^vning one hundred acres in 
that town. He was one of the twenty heads of fami- 
lies who formed the settlement of Southampton, 
Long Island, in 1640. He was living in Southampton 
in 1655, and probably afterward, *' where he was a 
man of reputation." He moved to Connecticut and 
was "representative" May, 1659, and after that date. 
He was in the list of freeman at New Haven in Oct., 
*His daughter Martha married Ellis Cook 1st. (For 
further record, see Cook Genealogy, first genera- 


*" William Howell, of Wedon, in County of Bucks, 
England, purchased the manor of Westbury, in 
Marsh Gibbon, Buckinghamshire, in 1536. The old 
stone manor house is still standing, though the re- 
mains of a foundation near it shows that some por- 
tions of it have been taken down. It is two full 
stories and what is called a double house and is 
nearly covered with ivy. William Howell married 
first Maude, second Anne Hampton. His will of 
date Nov. 30, 1557, directs his body to be buried in 
the parish church of Wingrave, in the chancel before 
the high altar. Gives legacies to the poor of Ayles- 
bury, to the poor of Whitechurch and to the poor of 
Marsh. Gives his wife Anne his lands in Watton 
and Hamme for her life, and at her decease they are 
to go to his son Henry. Gives his eldest son John 
his lands in Marsh Gibbon and in default of issue to 
his son Henry and in default of issue to his son 
Jacob. To each of his daughters £20 and a legacy 
for bells for Hardwich Church. He died in 1557 and 
John the eldest son inherited the manor and himself 
died without issue in 1576, so Henry inherited the 
manor. ' ' 

*Henry, "Gent.," was the son of William and second 
wife Anne; he was buried the 20th July, 1625; his 

*Edward, "Gent.," baptized July 22, 1584, married 
first Frances; she was buried July 2, 1630. "Edward 
(3rd) was the first in this country; he came with his 

A Histoty of the Willis Family 299 

family to Boston, where in 1639, he was made free- 
man May 14, 1639-40. He soon removed to Lynn, 
where he had a grant of 500 acres. During- the 
w^inter of 1639-40, a new settlement was projected 
on Long Island of which he seems to have been the 
leader, as the agreement of terms of founding the 
plantation is in his handwriting, as well as the laws 
adopted by the first settlers, and to the last year of 
his life he was always a magistrate and member of 
the Colonial Legislature at Hartford, Conn. The 
manner in which his name is mentioned in the colo- 
nial records of New England and New York point 
to the conclusion that he was the leader and first 
man in the Southampton, Long Island settlement." 
His daughter by his first marriage with Frances 
1- *Margaret Howell, baptized Nov. 24, 1622, and mar- 
ried the Rev. John ]\[oore, of Southold, L. I. (For 
contiuation of this record, see Moore Family, which 
follows. ) 

Howell Aeims 

Arms. — "Gules three towers tripple turreted, argent." 
Crest. — "A steel helmet in profile. 
Motto. — ' ' Tenax propositi. ' ' 

Howell Family, of Morristowx, N. J. 

Benjamin Franklin Howell, of the 10th generation, b. Oct. 
11, 3 822, d. Nov. 8, 1908; m. Nov. 24, 1858, Frances Helena 
Willis, of the 15th generation; b. May 9, 1825, d. Mch. 2, 
1912, dau. of Thomas Compson and Deborah (Farrand) 
Willis; they had, 

Willis Kirkpatrick, b. Oct. 30, 1860 ; m. Oct. 24, 1893, Hester 
Washburn, b. Oct. 24, 1867. 

800 A History of the Willis Family 

Lilian H., b. Nov. 13, 1862. 

Helen, b. Nov. 13, 1862, d. Nov. 18, 1862. 

Children of Willis Kirkpnfrick and Hester (Washburn) Howell. 

"Willis Washburn, b. Mch. 7. 1895. 

Laurence Benjamin, b. Dec. 27, 1897. 

Catherine Frances, b. April 6, 1899. 

Thurlow Washburn, b. April 10, 1900, d. April 11, 1916. 

Sidney Kirkpatrick, b. Fehy. 8. 1907. 


*Rev. John Moore was a celebrated Puritan minister, 
was one of the early settlers of New England and 
lived at Lynn, Mass., previous to the migration from 
that place to Southampton, Long Island, in 1640. 
He married Margaret, the daughter of Mr. Edward 
Howell, leader of the new settlement at South- 
ampton ; they had, 

* Joseph Moore, b. Oct. 29, 1651; m. Sarah Halsey, 
b. June 1st, 1661 ; their daughter was 

*Sarah Moore, who married Abiel Cook 3rd. (For 
further record, see Cook Genealogy, 3rd generation. ) 


*Ellis Cook, the first of the family in this country, was 
born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1617. He came to 
America at the age of twenty, in 1637, and settled in 
Lynn, Mass. He was evidently a yomig man of means, 
as he bought propertj^ at Lynn and afterward on Long- 
Island. In 1644 he removed to Southampton, Long- 
Island. This settlement was made in 1640 by Edward 
Howell (one of our ancestors) and others, who formed a 
company for the settlement at Lynn, Mass. (For Edward 
Howell, see "Howell Family.") 

Our ancestor Ellis Cook's name first appears in the 
town records in 1653, when all the male inhabitants were 
formed into four "squadrons" for certain public service. 
Ellis' Cook's name appears as placed in the third squad- 
ron. His village lot was on the east side of Main Street, 
the second one south of the Meeting House. He after- 
ward lived near the water mill on the road to Bridge- 
hampton. He married Martha Cooper, daughter of Mr. 
John Cooper. (See "Cooper Family.") There is no 
record of Ellis Cook's age, death or burial, as none of 
the first settlers at Southampton had tombstones, there 
being no stone in the neighborhood, but the second genera - 

Note. — In ' ' Alumni Oxonienses ' ' appears the following : ' ' Ellis Cooke 
of Devon, matriculated Broadgates Hall, Oxford, 10 Nov., 1621, 
aged 19. B. A. 28 June, 1622. Vicar of Dawlish, Devon, 1627." 
As this name, Ellis, is a very unusual one in ancient times, and 
being also Ellis Cooke, the name of our ancestor of Southampton, 
L. I., and a common name in the Cook family through all the cen- 
turies to the present times, we feel certain that Ellis Cooke of 
Oxford, must have been a very near relative of our ancestor. 

A History of the Willis Family 303 

tion had, and his son Ellis Cook (2nd) was buried on the 
west side of Mecox, or Mecock's, Bay, where his grave is 
marked with a stone ; he died in 1706, aged 44 years. The 
will of Ellis Cook (1st) is on record in the Surrogate's 
office in New York City and is dated September 5th, 1663, 
and recorded July 17, 1669, so he probably died shortly 
before the latter date. From his will we learn he had 
five children: John, Martha, Ellis, Jr., Mary and our 
ancestor, Abiel, who was born after the death of his 
father in 1669. None of these children were of age when 
the will was written in 1663 and he appointed his wife 
executrix, and his brothers-in-law, John and Thomas 
Cooper, overseers of his property. He mentions various 
articles in his will and his property in the village and 
also on Mecox Bay, of which he appears to have had a 
large tract. In the will his name is spelled Cooke, but 
the name is spelled everywhere in the town records Cook. 
Ellis Cook moved to Mecox Bay in 1659, but retained his 
town house, which after his death was exchanged by his 
widow and son Abiel for property at Mill Neck^ now 

''It is said that nearly all of the original settlers of 
Southampton were titled men, but did not use their titles 
in this country." Nearly all their names are found in 
"Burke's General Armory" as entitled to coats of arms. 
Seven families of the name Cook are in Burke's and 
seventy-one of the name of Cooke. 

Ellis Cook (1st) had a son Abiel (2nd), who had a 
son Abiel (3rd), who married Sarah Moore, a great- 
granddaughter of Edward Howell, the leader of the 
Southampton colony. Ellis Cook (4tli), son of Abiel, 
moved to Hanover, New Jersey (Livingston now), and 
on June 22, 1744, bought of Cornelius Drake a farm of 
110 acres, lying on the south side of the road to the old 

304 A History of the Willis Family 

"Iron Works" and extending from the Passaic river 62 

chains westerly. When the second French and Indian 

war broke out, in 1756, Ellis Cook (4th) made his will; 
it is recorded in Book F, Wills, page 104, in office of 
the Secretary of State, at Trenton, New Jersey. It is 
dated March 11, 1756, and was proved Aug. 31, 1756. 
The reason for making his will at that time is said to 
be this : Col. Peter Schuvler recruited a regiment in 
New Jersey known as the "Jersey Blues." The home 
of the Colonel was near Newark. Enrolled in this regi- 
ment were the two young sons of Ellis (4th) — Epaphras, 
who was our great-great-grandfather and but nineteen 
years old at the time, and his brother John, who could 
not have been more than seventeen or eighteen years 
old. AMiether these two bovs enlisted or were drafted is 
not known, but the latter is suspected, and their father 
Ellis, rather than have his two boys go alone decided to 
accompany them, so he made his will and went along. 
In what capacity Ellis went is not known, but it is sup- 
posed he held a commission; the records, however, are 
so meagre that this has not been determined for a suretv, 
but as Ellis was fifty-three years old in 1756 it is 
reasonable to suppose such must have been the case. Col. 
Schuyler's regiment joined the army for the invasion of 
Canada and he was stationed with his regiment at 
Oswego when that place was assaulted by the Marquis 
de Montcalm, Avho gave the British and colonial troops 
a terrible beating, capturing the fortress with 1400 
prisoners, a large quantity of ammunition and provisions 
and other stores, 134 pieces of artillery and several ves- 
sels lying in the harbor. Col. Schuyler and half his 
Jersey Blues were captured; the Colonel was afterward 
exchanged. The two boys, Epaphras and John Cook, 
escaped and returned to their home in safety, but their 

A Histonj of the Willis Family 305 

father, *Ellis, was killed on the retreat and lies resting 
in an unknown grave. The battle of Oswego took place 
on Aug. 14th, 1756. Ellis Cook (4th) married twice. By 
his first wife he had no children, but by his second mar- 
riage to Mary Williams he had five sons — Williams, Ellis, 
Jonathan, Epaphras and John. The family evidently 

had ''good fighting blood," for all these five sons served 
in the Revolution. Ellis was a Colonel in both the New 
Jersey State Troops and after that in the Continental 
army. He saw nuich service and hard figthing ; was with 
General Philip Schuyler at Lake Champlain, the invasion 
of Canada and other hard fought fields. He served for 
a time on General Washington's Staft* and had a brilliant 
career as an officer. His four brothers served as soldiers 
and our great-great-grandfather, *Epaphras, and his 
brother John, the veterans of Oswego, as already noted, 
fought bravely throughout the war, a family for their 
descendants to be ]jroud of. Epaphras married Sarah 
Smith and one of his sons was Peter Cook, our great- 
grandfather, who married Lydia Ball. Their son, James 
Harvey Cook, our grandfather, was a gentleman well 
known in New York City. He was Alderman during the 
years 1838-39-40-50-51, and after that was Commissioner 
of Charities and Corrections and was noted for his kind- 
ness to the poor and charital^le undertakings. He was a 
close personal friend of the great philanthropist. Dr. 
Winterbottom, and they worked together for the poor 
of the city. They bought for their families, in common, 
a burial lot in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn. Dr. 
Winterbottom 's sister, Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, the writer, 
was a close personal friend of Mr. Cook during his life- 
time. James Harvey Cook's portrait hangs in the City 
Hall, New York. He was a staunch Democrat and a mem- 
ber of Tammany Hall in the days when the first men of 


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the city were its members and it was an honor to belong- 
to the organization. Late one night there was violent 
knocking at his door ; he put his head out of the window 

James Haevey Cook. 

and saw a party of men who said they were a delegation 
to notify him that he had been selected by Tammany for 
the Mayoralty. In those days, as today, such selection 
meant a certain election. INIr. Cook replied, "Wait a 
moment, gentlemen," withdrew his head, went to his 
wife and informed her of the honor. She said to him. 

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"Harvey, you remember you told me you would not 
again accept office ; go tell the gentlemen you cannot take 
it, ' ' which he did, and closed the window and the incident. 

Mks, James Harvey Cook. 

Rear Admiral Francis Augustus Cook. 
Colonel Ellis Cook (5th generation), married twice; 
his second wife's name was Perkins, her maiden name 
Ely. By this marriage he had a son, Dr. George W. 
Cook, of Hyde Park, New York, whose son was General 
Benjamin Ely Cook, married Elizabeth Griffin and lived 
at Northampton, Mass. Their son was Francis Augustus 
Cook ; he was born at Northampton May 10, 1843. 

308 A History of the Willis Family 

The following article, copied from "AMio's Wlio in 
America," will tell of him, though the article is somewhat 
abbreviated : 

" Rear- Admiral Francis Angnstus Cook, appointed from 
Massachusetts and graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy, 
1863. Promoted ensign Oct. 1, 1863; master 1866; lieutenant 
1868 ; lieutenant commander 1868; commander 1880; captain 
1896; rear admiral March 21, 1903; retired Sept. 5, 1903. 

"Admiral Cook, then Captain, commanded the cruiser Brook 
lyn at the bk)ckade of Santiago and was Chief of Staff for 
Admiral Schley. On July 3, 1898, at the battle of Santiago, 
with Admiral Cevera's Squadron, the Brooklyn pursued the 
Spanish ship Cristobal Colon until she ran ashore at Rio Tor- 
quino, fifty-five miles from Morro Castle, Santiago, and Captain 
Cook going on board received the surrender of the commander, 
Captain Moreau. " 

In Admiral Schley's report on the battle of Santiago, 
he says : 

"I deem it a high privilege to commend to you for such action 
as you may deem proper, the gallantry and dashing courage, the 
prompt decision and skillful handling of their respective ves- 
sels of Capt. Philip. Capt. Evans, Capt. Clark and especially 
of my chief of staff Capt. Cook, who was directly under my 
personal observation, and whose coolness, promptness and cour- 
age were of the highest order." 

Capt. Cook was advanced five numbers in rank "for 
eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle." 

Admiral Cook married Carrie Earle, of San Francisco, 
CaL, on Sept. 2, 1868; they had two sons, Frank and 
Earle, both in the navy and both served on the blockade 
of Cuba. Admiral Cook died at Northampton, Mass., 
Sept., 1916. 


1 *Ellis Cook. b. in Hertfordshire. Eiig-land, 1617, d. 1669, 

Southampton, Long Island ; ni. Martha Cooper, b. 1630, and 
had five children, 

2 John. 

2 Martha. 

2 Ellis. Jr.. b. 1662, d. 1706. 

2 Mary. 

2 *Abiel, b. 1669. 

*Abiel Cook, ni. and had two children. 
3 *Abiel, Jr.. d. April, 1740, at Southampton, L. I. 
3 Josiah. 

*Abiel Cook (3rd), m. Sarah, daughter of Joseph Moore, 
great-granddaughter of Edward Howell (see Howell family) 
and had, 

4 *Ellis. b. 1703, d. 1756. 

4 Phoebe. 

4 Susanna. 

4 Nathan. 

4 Abiel, Jr. 

4 Zebulon. 

4 Samuel. 

4 Lemuel. 

4 Abigail, b. 1725. d. 1759 ; m. Benjamin Howell, July 17, 1751. 

4 Anna. 

*Ellis Cook. m. first Temperance, b. 1705. d. Dec. 9, 1723, 
and had no children ; m. second Mary Williams, b. 1706, 
d. April 19, 1754; they were married in 1730 and had. 

310 A History of the Willis Family 

5 Williams, b. 1731, d. Troy, N. J. ; m. twice. 

5 Col. Ellis, b. 1732, d. April 17, 1797 ; m. 1st Margaret Gris- 

wold Cocker, m. 2d a widow named Perkins, whose maiden 

name was Ely. 
5 Jonathan. 

5 *Epaphras, b. Jany. 19, 1737. d. April 18, 1809. 
5 John. 

*Epaphras Cook m. at Livingston, N. J.. Sarah Smith, b. 
May 15, 1741, d. July 21, 1812, and had, 

6 Rebecca, b. Sept. 13, 1766, m. Moses Ely, grandfather of 
Smith Ely, Esq., at one time mayor of New York city. 

6 *Peter, b. Oct. 30, 1767, d. April 11, 1841 ; m. Lydia Ball. 

6 Epaphras, b. Jany. 25, 1771, d. April 18, 1809; m. Char- 

6 Mary, b. Aug. 5, 1774, d. Dec. 4, 1831 ; m. Jones. 

6 Abraham, b. Feby. 15, 1782, d. Mch. 11, 1825; m. Elizabeth 

6 Sarah, b. Sept. 11, 1784, d. June 19, 1827; m. James 

*Peter Cook m. in 1797, Lydia Ball, b. Nov. 2, 1773, d. March 
9, 1832, buried in Northfield, N. J. She was a daughter 
of Samuel Ball. Peter and Lydia were our great-grand- 
parents; they had, 

7 Ashbel, b. May 24, 1798, d. Sept. 25, 1799. 

7 *James Harvey, b. Oct. 13, 1799, d. Aug. 31, 1868 ; m. Susan 
C. Fairchild. 

7 Epaphras, b. Oct. 4, 1801, m. Abby Beckhorn. 

7 Electa C, b. May 19, 1803, d. April 24, 1825 ; m. Nov. 20, 
1824, Jonathan Force. 

7 John Ball, b. Dec. 18, 1804, d. Oct. 14, 1888; m. Oct. 21, 
1833, Susan Huntington. 

7 Sarah, b. Nov. 7, 1806, d. Nov. 23, 1843 ; m. May 9, 1834, 
John Kitchell. 

A Histonj of the Willis Family 311 

7 Phoebe Ann, b. Jany. 5, 1815, d. July 21, 1834. 
7 George, b. Jany. 80, 1817, d. Nov. 12, 1869; m. Sept. 30, 
1847, Mary Jane Bloomer. 

* James Harvey Cook (7th) m. Feby 4, 1826, Susan Caroline 

Fairchild, b. June 7, 1803, d. Oct. 5, 1884; they were our 

grandparents and had, 
8 *Electa Caroline, b. Feby. 21, 1827, d. April 21, 1866; m. 

June 15, 1853, Edwin Ethelbert Willis (15th). 
8 John Fairchild, b. Dec. 22, 1828, d. Jany. 8, 1893 ; m. first 

Frances Hatfield, m. second M. Agnes Schofield. 
8 James Harvey, Jr., b. Oct. 7. 1831, d. April 25, 1903; m. 

May 29, 1885. Helen Marsli ; they had no children. 

*Electa Caroline Cook and Edwin Ethelbert Willis were 
our father and mother. (For further record, see Willis 
Genealogy, 15th generation.) 

John Ball Cook (7th), b. Dec. 18, 1804, d. Oct. 14, 1888; 
m. Oct. 21, 1853, Susan C. Huntington and had two chil- 

8 Susan Kent, b. Jany. 31, 1836, d. April 2, 1836. 

8 Susan, b. Dec. 26, 1837, d. Jany. 10, 1911, at Duxbury, 

Sarah Cook (7th), b. Nov. 7, 1806, d. Nov. 23, 1843; m. at 
Hanover, N. J., May 9, 1834, John Kitchell, b. Aug. 31, 
1796, and had, 

8 John Cook Kitchell, b. Nov. 24, 1836, d. in infancy. 

8 Sarah A. Kitchell, b. Feby. 22, 1838, d. Feby., 1888. 

8 George Farrand Kitchell, b. June 26, 1840, d. May 9. 1894. 

312 A Hisiory of the Willis Family 

George Cook (7th), b. Jany. 30, 1817, d. Nov. 12. 1869; 

m. Sept. 30, 1847, Mary Jane Bloomer, b. Aug. 28, 1826, 

d. Oct. 26. 1877. and had, 
8 George Harvey, b. Sept. 9, 1848, d. Jany. 14, 1914; m. 

Addie M. Sillinian. 
8 Frances Bloomer, b. Jany. 9, 1853, d. Ang. 6, 1905. 
8 Jolni G., b. March 16. 1855. d. April 16, 1857. 

George Harvey Cook (8th) m. April 20. 1870, Addie M. Silli- 
nian. b. Oct. 2, 1847, and had, 

9 Herbert Bloomer, b. Nov. 5, 1870. d. Ang. 23, 1896. 

9 Bessie A., b. Aug. 20, 1872, m. Thomas Pendreigh. 

9 Nellie Gertrude, b. March 27, 1874, m. George M. Warner. 

Bessie A. Cook (9th) m. Feby. 27, 1900, Thomas Pendreigh 
and had one child, 
10 Helen Pendreigh, b. Sept. 5. 1906. 

Nellie Gertrude Cook (9th) m. Nov. 7, 1896, George M. 

Warner and had. 
10 Herbert Warner, b. Oct. 13. 1898. 
10 John Huntington Warner, b. May 22, 1900. 

John Fairchild Cook (8th), b. Dec. 22, 1828, d. Jany. 8. 
1893; m. first April 6. 1853, Frances Maria Hatfield, b 
May 3, 1829, d. Nov. 16, 1857, and had one child, James 
Harvey, b. July 10, 1854, d. Aug. 19, 1854. John F. Cook 
m. second. May 15, 1861. IVIargaret Agnes Schofield, b. 
May 21, 1834, d. April 29. 1908, and had, 

9 Emily Augusta, b. March 11, 1862. 

9 Caroline Louise, b. April 3, 1863. 

9 May Fairchild, b. May 18. 1864, d. Dec. 17, 1864. 

9 Allan Fairchild. b. Feby. 21, 1866, d. Sept. 13. 1909; m. 
H. Lilian Behrends. 

A History of the Willis Family 313 

9 Spencer Schofiekl, b. June 10, 1867. 

9 Myron Henry, b. Aug. 21, 1868, d. July 17, 1869. 

9 Fletcher Montgomery, b. Jany. 11, 1870, ni. Grace Catterall. 

9 Francis Clement, b. July lo, 1871, m. Frances N. Webber. 

9 Agnes Living.ston. b. July 28, 1878. 

Allan Fairchikl Cook (9th) m. Jany. 15, 1891, H. Lilian 
Behrends, b. July 17, 1871, and had one child, 
10 Allan Behrends Cook, b. Jany. 12, 1892. 

Fletcher Montgomery Cook (9th) m. March 2, 1904, Grace 

Catterall and has one child, 
10 Adam C. Cook, b. March 19, 1905. 

Francis Clement Cook (9th) m. Oct. 5, 1896, Frances N. 

Webber, b. Oct. 9, 1878, and has, 
10 Margaret A., b. May 9, 1902. 
10 Frank Clement, b. March 6, 1906. 
10 Albert Webber, b. May 26, 1908. 

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Comprising 153 Revolutioxaey Heroes. 

Xo list of the men of the families of our immediate an- 
cestors in New Jersey who took part in the Revolution 
has ever been compiled as a matter of family history, 
and we believe this story would be incomplete should we 
not here record their names. 

That the ten New Jersey families, which comprise 
the ancestry of the 16th generation of the Willis family, 
did their full share in the Avar for independence, the 
authors of this history believe the following imposing- 
list will fully demonstrate. There were, of course, others 
connected by marriage, but only the families of which 
this volume is a record will be given, and for the sake of 
absolute correctness only the names of those officers and 
soldiers who went from the two counties of Morris and 
Essex, in New Jersey, will be here used, except in one or 
two instances of well known relationship. The counties 
of Morris and Essex join at Hanover, often mentioned 
in this history, and the county line is less than one-half 
mile from the old Hanover church. The homes of our 
ancestors were on both sides of and in most instances very 
near this count}' line, which will explain why brothers 
were enrolled from different counties. All the families 
except one first lived in Newark, which is in Essex county, 
and then moved back into the county to the outskirts of 
Essex and over the line into Morris county. It is the more 
remarkable that nearly all the men whose names are 
given lived within a radius of five or six miles, taking 
Hanover or Whippany as a center, and many of them 

316 A Hist oil/ of the Will is Family 

are sleeping in the cliurcliyard which surrounds the old 
Presbyterian church at Hanover. 

There were many more officers and soldiers of the 
same family names in adjacent counties of the state, 
more distant in relationship, who should no doulit be 
included; and there were quite a large number probably 
who served in the Continental Line which we cannot dis- 
tinguish, as in the Continental lists no counties are given 
and it is difficult to be quite certain of the individuals. 
We can vouch for all the following names, however, as 
being near of kin, and the list is so impressive that it is 
surely large enough to show the intense loyalty of our 
ancestors to the cause of freedom. 

We doubt if many families in the thirteen colonies 
can produce a longer list of patriots, including as it does 
153 officers and soldiers. 

These names are all found in the lists of Revolutionary 
troops of New Jersey, compiled by General Stryker for 
the State of New Jersey; undoubtedly his lists are the 
most accurate ever gathered together; but all army lists 
of the Revolution are admittedly imperfect, in that many 
names of both officers and soldiers have been lost to 
])Osterity; we trust, therefore, if any of the families find 
a treasured name of an ancestor has been omitted they 
will forgive us, for we have done our best. 

It is but just that this Honor Roll should first mention 
our great-great-grandfather, Captain Samuel Ball, who 
helped raise and was Captain of the very first company 
of minute men raised in New Jersey in the early spring 
of 1775. 


M. C. means from Morris County. N. J. means New Jersey Troops. 
E. C. means from Essex County. C. A. means Continental Army. 

A Hiistoiii of the Willis Fauilljj 317 

The Willis family gave four soldiers — 

William N. J. Under 21 years when war broke out 

in 1775. 
Bethuel N. J. Tender 18 years when war broke out 

in 1775. 
Joseph N. J. Also C. A. Ujider 14 years when war broke out 

in 1775. 
Russel N. J. Under 12% years when war broke 

out in 1775. 
The above were brothers, sons of William Willis. Russel was our great- 
grandfather; all from M. C. 

The Farrand family gave three officers and four soldiers — 


Lieutenant Bethuel. .. .M. C. N. J. Our great-great-grandfather. 
Lieutenant Phineas . . .M. C. N. J. Brother of Bethuel. 
Lieutenant Moses . . . . E. C. N. J. 


Samuel M. C. N. J. ^ Brothers of Lieutenants Bethuel and 

Ebenezer M. C. N. J. f Phineas. 

Daniel M. C. N. J. Son of Lt. Bethuel; he was our 

great-grandfather and but eleven 
years old when the war begun. 

James E. C. N. J. 

The Ward family gave six offi,cers and thirty soldiers — 


Lt.-Col. Mathias E. C. N. J. 

Captain Jonas E. C. N. J. 

Captain Israel M. C. N. J. 

Captain Jonathan ....M. C. N. J. 

Lieutenant Timothy . . M. C. N. J. 

Corporal Caleb M. C. X. J. 


Bethuel E. C. N. J. Daniel ...M. C. N. J. 

Caleb, Sr. . . E. C. N. J. Enos M. C. N. J. 

Caleb, Jr. ..E. C. N. J. George ...M. C. N. J. 

Jabez E. C. N.J. Israel, Jr.. M. C. N. J. Son of 

Capt. Israel 


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Jacob . . . 

. .E. 







N. J. 

James . . . 

. .E. 







N. J. 

Jonas . . . 





also C. 


Edward . 



N. J. 


. .E. 





. , 

N. J 

Joseph . . 

. .E. 




Samuel C. 

N. J. 


. .E. 





C. A. 


. .E. 




Calvin . . 

C. A. 

Samuel . . 

. .E. 




Isaac . . . 

C. A. 

Stephen . 

. .E. 




John .... 

C. A. 

Timothy . 

. .E. 




John .... 

C. A.. 

William . 

. .E. 




also C. 



C. A. 

The Plume family gave two officers and three soldiers — 


Ensign Isaac E. C. N. J. The name is also spelled Plum and 

Corporal Stephen E. C. C. A. Plumb. 


David E. C. C. A. 

Abrani E. C. N. J. 

Isaac E. C. N. J. 

The Kitchell family gave two officers and fourteen soldiers — 


Captain Obadiah M. C. N. J. Moses Kitchell was a Forage Master 

Moses M. C. N. J. ami also a Purchasing Forage 


Aaron . . 
Asa . . . . 

Daniel . . 
David . . . 
Phineas . 

Isaac . . . 
James . . 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 

.M. C. 


N. J. 









Aaron was our great-great-grand- 
father, the others were his 
brothers, of the 5th Kitchell 

I All these were brothers, sons of 

1 John Kitchell, 4th generation, 

first cousins of Aaron ; they 

i were brothers of Capt. Obadiah. 

Son of David and first cousin of 


also C. A. 
Matross gunner. 

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The Ball family gave seven officers a)id twenty-three soldiers — 


Captain Samuel E. C. N. J. Captain of the first companj' of 

minute men raised in New Jersey 
for the War of Independence. 
Captain Samuel Ball was our 
great-great grandfather. 

Captain Joseph E. C. X. J. Capt. Joseph also served as quarter- 
Ensign John 

Surgeon's Mate 


Sergeant Edward 



N. J. 


N. J. Assistant Surgeon. 
C. A. 

X. J. Forage Master. 

X. J. Wagon Master. 





X. J. William 



X. J 

Abner . . 



X. J. Caleb 



X. J. 




X^. J. David 



N. J 

Daniel . 



N. J. Jacob 



X. J 

David . . 



N. J. John 



X. J 




X. J. Samuel 



X. J 

John . . . 



X. J. William 



N. J 

Joseph . 



X. J. Cornelius 

C. A 

Silas ... 



X'. J. Joshua 

C. A 





X. J. Valentine .... 

C. A 


N. J. 

Uzal ... 



N. J. 

The Fairchild family gave ttiree officers and ten soldiers- 

Captain and Adjutant 

Abraham M. C. C. A. Our great-great-grandfather. 

Captain Abner M. C. C. A. Uncle of Abraham. 

Lieutenant Winchell ..M. C. X". J. Brother of Abraham. 

Moses . . . 


M. C. X. J. 

.M. C. X. J. 
.M. C. X. J. 

Brothers of Captain Aln-aham 


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Peter . . . 
Stephen . 
Aldel . . . 
Abner, Jr. 





























Matross gunner, Capt. Neil 's Co. 

of Artillery. 
These were all brothers, sons of 

Captain Aimer Fairchild. 

The Cook family gave five officers and thirteen soldiers- 

Colonel Ellis 


.M. C. N. J. 

Also Continetal Army. Colonel Ellis 
Cook was with General Schuyler 
in the campaigns of Lake Cham- 
plain and the invasion of Canada ; 
he also took ]>art in many other 
battles and liad a splendid record 
as an oflScer; served for a time 
on General Washington 's Staff. 
He was a brother of our great- 
great-grandfather, Epaphras Cook. 

Second Major Daniel. .M. C. N. J. 

Quartermaster Zebedee M. C. N. J. 

Captain Stejjhen M. C. C. A. 

2nd Lieutenant George. M. C. C. A. 



. . E. C. 
. . E. C. 

.M. C. 

. M. C. 

Benjamin . .M. C. 

Ellis M. C. 

George .... M. C. 

Jabez M. C. 

James . . . .M. C. 

N. J. 
N. J. 
N. J. 
N. J. 

N. J. 
N. J. 

N. J. 
N. J. 
N. J. 

also C. A. 
also C. A. 

also C. A. 

Epaphras Cook was our great- 
great-grandfather and a vet- 
eran of the war of 1756; all 
of these were brothers of 
Colonel Ellis Cook. 


M. C. N. J. 

M. C. N. J. 

M. C. N. J. 

E. C. N. J. 

The Bruen famili/ gave two officers and seven soldiers- 

Captain and Major 

Jeremiah E. C. C. A, 

2ud Lieutenant Caleb. .E. C. N. J. 

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Elijah . 
Joshua . . 
Elias . . . 

....E. C. 





M. C. 

M. C. 

M. C. 


N. J. 
N. J. 
N. J. 
C. A. 
N. J. 
N. J. 
N. J. 

In Genl. Stryker 's book the last 
three are spellel Brewen, but are 
of same family. 

The Smith family gave one officer and fourteen soldiers — 


Hiram Smith, from M. C, was Ensign in N. J. troops and Lieutenant 
in the Continental Army. 


Anthony . 





also C. 



..M. C. 

N. J. 

also C. A, 

Asher . . . , 

. .M. 




James . . 

.M. C. 

X. J. 






.Jasper . . 

.M. C. 

N. J. 

Charles . 

. .AL 




Jesse . . . 

.M. C. 

N. J. 


. .M. 




John . . . 

.M. C. 

N. J. 

also C. A. 

Elijah . . 

. .M. 




Samuel . . 

.M. C. 

N. J. 

Elanthan , 

, .M. 




also C. 


William . 

.M. C. 

N. J. 

It will be observed from the above that the Willis 
familv of the 16th ^"eneration had the following' direct 
ancestors in the Revolution: Of our four great-grand- 
fathers there were Russel Willis, who was but twelve and 
one-half years old, and Daniel Farrand, who was but 
eleven years old when the war started in 1775, but both 
enlisted as soon as they were old enough and saw much 
service; our other two great-grandfathers were but in- 
fants. Of our great-great-grandfathers there were, of 
course, eight; of these William Willis was past military 
age and died in 1777; another, John Sanford, died in 
1767, and a third, Robert Plume, died in 1769. This left 
five available for service, three of whom were officers — 
Captain Samuel Ball, Captain and Adjutant Abraham 
Fairchild, and Lieutenant Bethuel Farrand; the other 

322 A Historif of tJie Willis Fautily 

two were soldiers, Epapliras Cook and Aaron Kitchell; 
the latter early in the war left the ranks to become confi- 
dential advisor and friend of Washington and in charge 
of the War-Chest at Morristown. 


' Heroes of old ! I humbly lay 

The laurel ou your graves again; 
Whatever men have done, men may — 
The deeds you wrought are not in vain. 

iFamiltj l&narli 

Jffamtlg ^ttuxli 

^Family ^^ttavh 

3Famtlg Sl^rorb 

IFamtlg ISitcavli 

IFamilg IS^rnrft 

Iffamtlg l&ttath 

iFamilg l^tcaxh 

Part II 



The first of the Howards of this line in Virginia was 
William, who appears in the old land books as having 
purchased 200 acres from Col. Richard Lee, Esqr., in 
October, 1653, the account of which can be found in a 
grant to William Howard in 1654 ; this grant is recorded 
in Land Book No. 3, page 7, of Gloucester County, Va. 
It was the eighth grant recorded in Gloucester county, 
six grants having been made in 1653 and the Howard 
grant was the second in 1654. 

Mr. Howard was, therefore, among the earliest settlers 
in Gloucester county. 

He arrived in Virginia in the year 1636, as we know 
from a petition to the King, which is hereafter noted. 

The wording of the grant is interesting and is given 
below as a matter of family record : 

' ' To all &c whereas &e now Know Yee, That I, ye said Richard 
Bennett Esqr. do Give and Grant unto William Howard foner 
hundred acres of land scitnated in Glocester County, Begin- 
ning att a great poplar mark*^ by a little branch of Bennets 
Creek, running up west by north to Mob jack path, thence by 
ye path and mark'^ trees to a white oake Corner tree mark*^ 
thence south west, and north west, by west three hundred and 
forty perches by fouer small springs, thence north by west to 
ye place where it began ; The said land being due unto ye said 
William Howard viz. Two hundred acres part hereof by pur- 
chase from Col. Richard Lee Esqr, as appears from under his 

326 A History of the Willis Family 

hand dated ye 25th of October 1653 and two hundred Acres of 
residue by and for ye transportation of fouer persons into this 
Colony &c. To have and to hold &c yielding and Paying unto &c 
such payment is to be made seaven yeares after ye first grant or 
sealing thereof, &c not before : Provided &c Dated ye 5th of 
June 1654 Anno Excell. Antho : Haines, Alex Kimrose, John 

In 1667 William Howard was granted 164 acres, "Be- 
ginning &c by the path that goes from sd Howards house 
to Mr. Forsith ' ' etc., etc. This is dated April 1, 1667. On 
August 14, 1671, William Howard was granted 108 acres, 
"Beginning &c at the pitch of the Oyster shell point," 

Mr. Howard had in these three grants 672 acres. 
Richard Bennet, Esqr., was the Governor General of Vir- 
ginia at that time. 

The Howard name appears in a list of prominent 
colonial families of Eastern Virginia compiled in later 
years by Mr. Francis Cabell, of Warminster, Va. 

In 1676 some of the planters of Gloucester county 
petitioned the Burgesses for relief and compensation for 
damages done by the King's troops during the Bacon 
rebellion. The Burgesses received the petition and it 
"was declared to savor so strongly of the (old leaven of 
rebellion) that it must be expunged from the records." 
Among others this petition was signed by William 
Howard, Sr., and William Howard, Jr. 

By a fortunate discovery, made recently by one of the 
authors of this history of a petition of William Howard 
made to the King in the year 1677, we learn the year he 
arrived in Virginia, that he had but one son and was of 
"great age" in 1677. This petition is recorded in the 
Colonial Office, London, England. A copy can be found 
in "Calendar of State Papers, Colonial Series, America 

A Histurij of the Willis Family 327 

and West Indies, 1677-80," page 180, article 489, edited 
by Noel Sainsbury, London, 1896. It reads : 

"Petition of William Howard, a loj^al subject of His Majesty, 
and a great sufferer by the late unhappy trouble there, now in 
England, to the King. Has lived 41 years quietly in Virginia, 
and served as a volunteer under Sir William Berkeley against 
the Great Indian Emperor Appochankonaugh, when he re- 
ceived several wounds. His great age prevented his serving 
in the time of the late rebellion, but he sent his only son well 
mounted and several of his ablest servants against the rebels. 
Some of Bacon's men were forcibly quartered at petitioners 
house when Major Robert Beverley, with a force of 30 armed 
men, took them prisoners and plundered petitioners house to 
the value of £500 sterling. Is now come to England, and prays 
that his servants and goods possessed by Beverly, may be re- 
stored to petitioner." Endorsed, "Read in Council Novr. 
23rd 1677." 

During the Civil war Mr. John HoAvard, of Richmond, 
Va., having many papers relating to the family history 
and the only full records known to exist, fearing that 
Richmond might be captured, placed these valuable docu- 
ments, with other papers, in a trunk and left them with 
relatives at Columbia, S. C. On the destruction of Colum- 
bia by fire, in the spring of 1865, the trunk and contents 
were burned. Both the courthouses of Gloucester and 
Buckingham counties, with all records, have also been 
burned, and it is in consequence most difficult to obtain 
the complete record of the present How^ard family. The 
authors of this history are therefore at some disadvan- 
tage ; however, from land office and other records, family 
tradition, etc., we arrive at a very conclusive genealogy. 
First, William Howard, Sr. His son, Wm. Howard, Jr., 
probably had three sons, John, Benjamin and Thomas, 
famil}" names to the present time. 

328 A History of the Willis Family 

John received a grant of land in Northumberland 
county in 1653. 

Benjamin received a grant in Kent county in 1658. 

Thomas, whom we know lived in Gloucester county, 
probably on the old Howard estate. 

In Land Book 7, page 643, we find a record of Thomas, 
and it is the only time we have found his name in the 
colonial records. It is a land grant to his daughters, 
and follows : 

"To all ye Whereas know ye yt I ye gov. Francis Lord 
Howard Gov. doe with ye advice and consent of ye Councill of 
State accordingly Give and Grant unto Mary, Elizabeth, and 
Anne Howard Daughters of ]\Ir. Thomas Howard one hundred 
and Eighty Acres of land in Petsoe parish Glost County," etc. etc. 

The above grant was made in the year 1685. 

"Petsoe parish" was undoubtedly intended for Pets- 
worth parish. 

Some years later, in the 17th century, another family 
of Howards settled in various counties in Virginia, from 
1683 till after the opening of the eighteenth century, but 
family tradition has it that they were not related to the 
Gloucester Howards, 

Many Howards were born, baptized, married and died 
in Abingdon parish, Gloucester county, as shown in the 
old Abingdon Church Register, and many Howards are 
buried in the old Abingdon churchyard, Gloucester 
county, Virginia. 

According to family tradition Allen Howard, who 
founded Howardsville, in what is now Albemarle county, 
came from Gloucester county and w^as descended from 
the first William Howard there, so his father w^as prob- 
ably Mr. Thomas Howard, though it is possible his 
father mav have been either John or Benjamin. This 

A History of the Willis Family ' 329 

is the only uncertainty in the genealogy, which some 
future historian may more fully determine. 

We first find Allen Howard's name in the land books 
in 1719, when 242 acres were granted to *' Allen Howard, 
gentleman," in Prince George county, and 338 acres were 
also granted to him in the same county in 1722. In 
1725 there was granted 445 acres in Isle of Wight county 
to ''Allen Howard, gentleman, of Henrico county," so 
he must have been living in the latter county at that time. 
He next appears in a grant of 56 acres January 10, 1730, 
in Goochland county, now Albemarle, at the site of 
Howards ville, which he founded, followed by grants of 
400 acres in 1735, 250 and 34 acres in 1739, 69, 2053 and 
2380 acres in 1741, a total of 5242 acres at Howardsville, 
on both sides of the Fluvanna river, now called the James 
river, and a large island in the river. The estate was in 
the present counties of Albemarle, Nelson and Bucking- 
ham, the larger part on the south side of the James river, 
in Buckingham. 

It may interest his descendants to know that the Colo- 
nial Government required, to hold the land so granted, 
that the grantee should cultivate three acres in every 
fifty within three years and pay to the colonial treasurer 
one shilling for each fifty acres, "to be paid upon the 
Feast of Saint Michael the Arch Angel." 

It is probable, taking the Land Office records as a 
guide, that Allen Howard was the first settler in that 
part of the State. In all the grants he is spoken of as 
"Allen Howard, gentleman," and in the last one as 
"Capt. Allen Howard, gentleman." 

A few years after Albemarle county was cut off from 
Goochland county Mr. Howard was elected to the House 
of Burgesses, being a member for the years 1752-3-4-5- 
8-9, 1760 and 1761. Most of these vears his colleas-ue 

330 A Histonj of the Willis Famihj 

from Albemarle was Peter Jefferson, the father of 
Thomas Jefferson. 

Allen Howard had three sons. One, Jolin Howard, 
born February 20, 1733, a revolutionary soldier, moved 
to Kentucky with his family and was one of the early 
settlers of Boonesboro. He is said to have been 108 years 
old when he died. John Howard's son, Benjamin, was a 
distinguished man. He was born at or near Howards- 
ville, Va., in 1760, and went with his father to Kentucky. 
He served in the Kentucky Legislature and in 1807 repre- 
sented Kentucky in Congress. He resigned his seat to 
become Governor of Upper Louisiana Territory. When 
the territory of Orleans became the State of Louisiana, 
in 1812, what had been the territorj^ of Louisiana became 
the territory of Missouri, with St. Louis its capital, and 
Governor Howard became the first Governor of Missouri 
Territory, He held the office until 1813 when he was 
appointed Brigadier General in the United States Army 
and resigned. General Howard was assigned to the com- 
mand of the 8tli military department, which included the 
territory west of the Mississippi river. He married Mary 
Thompson, daughter of Stephens Thompson, Esq. Gen- 
eral Howard died at St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 18, 1814. 

Benjamin Howard, son of Allen, lived on the estate in 
Buckingham county and was elected to the House of 
Burgesses in the years 1769-70-71-72, but died before the 
session of 1772 opened. 

William Howard, the remaining son of Allen Howard, 
probably lived on the estate in Albemarle county. He 
was born March 13, 1736, and died March 22, 1815, in 
his 80th year. His wife's name was Jane. She died 
June 9, 1817. 

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William Howard, Jr., son of William, grandson of 
Allen, was born Sept. 20, 1765. He married Elizabeth 
Harris, who was born April 11, 1767. They had five 
sons, William, James, Mathew, Francis and Thomas; 
also some daughters, not determined. The lands of 
Allen Howard, located in Albemarle county, in the next 
succeeding generation passed to William Howard Carter, 
descended through his mother from William Howard, Jr. 

All records of Buckingham county having been de- 
stroyed when the courthouse was burned, also the 
family records having been burned at Columbia, S. C, 
as heretofore noted, the records of Benjamin Howard, of 
Buckingham county (Burgess), as to his family are not 
at present available ; it is known, however, that William 
Alleyne Howard, his grandson, was born on the family 
estate in Buckingham county and from there moved to 
Newington, in Cumberland county, Va. 

WiT.LiAM Alleyne Howard. 

William Alleyne Howard was born in Buckingham 
county, Va., Aug. 18, 1787. From Buckingham he re- 
moved to Cumberland county, Va., where he had an 
estate called Newington. While living at Newington he 
was married twice, first to Frances Cochran Kincaid and 
had two children. He married secondly Rebecca Elizabeth 
Travis Anderson and had five children, two of whom 
were daughters, who died in infancy. 

From Cumberland county Mr. Howard removed with 
his three sons by his last marriage to Mecklenburg county 
and lived at Boydton. He was by profession an archi- 
tect of much renown. 

A few years before his death, which occurred on April 
5, 1859, Mr. Howard removed to North Carolina ; part 


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of an article wliicli appeared in the Warrenton (N. C.) 
News at the time of his death foHows : 

"Died, at his residence in this eonnty, on the 5th inst. Wm. 
A. Howard, in the 72nd year of Ins age. He was a native of 
Virginia, where lie resided until within tlie last few years of 
his hfe, when he moved to this state and county. He was much 

Kebecca E. T. (Axdersox) Howard. 

respected for his great intelligence and high character. Gifted 
with rare natural powers of mind, he had cultivated them to 
an extraordinary degree, and it was well said of him that his 
knowledge was as extensive and varied as it was accurate, and 
that it was always as accurate as the source from which it was 
derived. The unostentatious ease and readiness with which 

A History of tJic WiUis Family 333 

he used it, gave to his conversation the peculiar charm of united 
pleasure and instruction. He was a man of many noble vir- 
tues, and in doing good to others forgot himself; and whether 
in the bright days of prosperity, or in adverse fortune, his 
pure and high-souled integritj^ and honor. Ins straightforward 
and manly bearing, and his generous and lofty spirit, ever in- 
vested his life with an elevation of character which insured 
the homage of general respect and regard." 

Dr. William Travis Howard. 

Dr. William Travis Howard, LL. D., born in Cumber- 
land comity, Va., January 12, 1821, son of William A. 
and Rebecca Elizabeth Travis (Anderson) Howard. 

"He vras educated at Hampden-Sidney and Randolph- 
Macon colleges and studied medicine under Dr. John Peter 
Metaner, an eminent surgeon of Prince Edward county, Va., 
and at Jefferson Medical College, where he was graduated M. D. 
in 1844. He practiced first in Warren county, North Carolina, 
and removed to Baltimore, Md., in 1865, where he was at once 
appointed adjunct professor of physiology in the University 
of Maryland. 

"In 1867 he was elected to the newl,y created chair of gyne- 
cology and diseases of children, which he occupied for nearly 
thirty years. His classroom lectures were reported and printed 
in book form, but were revised and enlarged by him each year 
until they were made up almost exclusively of his own large 

"Dr. Howard was the author of many articles in the medical 
journals and invented many gynecological instruments of a 
useful and practical character. 

"In association with Dr. H. P. C. Wilson he founded the 
Hospital for the Women of ]\Iaryland in 1875. He was one of 
the founders of the Baltimore Gynecological and Obstetrical 

334 A History of the Willis Family 

Society in 1878, which he served as president in 1881, and of 
the American Gynecological Society, of which he was president 
in 1885. He was consulting gynecologist to the Union Protestant 
Infirmary, to the Hebrew Hospital and Asylum Association of 
Baltimore, and to the Johns Hopkins Hospital ; an honorary 
member of the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of Wash- 
ington, a corresponding member of the Gynecological Society of 
Boston, and an honorary member of the State Medical Society 
of North Carolina. 

* ' Dr. Howard was married three times : first to ]\Irs. Lucy 
M. Davis Fitts, of North Carolina ; second to ]\Iiss Anastasia 
Lafayette Waddill, of North Carolina ; third to ^liss Rebecca 
N. Williams, of Baltimore." 

He had no children by these marriages. Dr. Howard 
died July 31, 1907; he is buried in Hollywood, Richmond, 
Va. — From ''National Cyclopedia of American Bio- 
graphy," by permission of the Publishers, James T. 
White & Co., New York. 

John How^ard, 

John Howard was the second son of William Alleyne 
and Rebecca Elizabeth Travis (Anderson) Howard, He 
was born at Newington, Cumberland county, Va., May 
5, 1824. He afterwards removed with his parents and 
two brothers to Mecklenburg county, Va., and received 
his education at Randolph-Macon College, where, in 1844, 
he took the degree of Master of Arts. He then read law 
with the Hon. Edward J. Chambers, at Boydton, and 
afterwards taught a classical school in Nottowav county. 
Subsequently he attended the University of Virginia, 
where, in 1849, he took the degree of Bachelor of Law\ 

In the autumn of 1849 Mr. How^ard settled in the city 
of Richmond and entered upon the practice of his pro- 

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fession, and during his long life was ever prominent in 
the legal and social affairs of the city. 

"When he took up law as his profession he placed in subjec- 
tion to its pursuits every other wooing- tendency of his mind, 
and its study and research became the absorbing- devotion of 
his life. 

JoHx Howard 

"Looking back on his career with a single glance it is found 
that the highest and most responsible employment of our pro- 
fession came to him — important cases, involving new, intricate, 
and far-reaching principles— civil, political and international- 
many of which took hhn to the Supreme Court of his own state, 
others to the Supreme Court of other states, and some to the 

336 A History of the Willis Family 

Supreme Court of the United States. In all of these courts he 
displayed such ability and learning as to place him by the side 
of the leading lawyers of the country. The record of these 
cases and his briefs furnish enduring evidence of his right to 
the high position awarded to liim in his profession. He never 
lent his talents and industry to base ends. He never accepted 
employment or rendered service where another was to be deprived 
of his property or his rights. It was his boast that he never 
took a case in whose justice he did not believe. He recognized 
what every honorable lawyer recognizes, that his first duty was 
to himself. 

"One other quality must be noted which, as a lawyer, he had 
in an eminent degree — courage ; the courage to vindicate the 
truth at all hazards, regardless of popular feeling or popular 
clamor. Adverse circumstances only made keener his sense of 
duty and stouter his resistance to wrong. 

"He was a great reader, and kept himself well informed as 
to the leading thoughts and questions of the day. Philosophy, 
metaphysics and even theology had much fascination for him, 
and it may be assumed that if he had had more leisure he would 
have been a writer as well as a reader on these subjects. In early 
life he often contributed lyrics to the 'Southern Literary Mes- 
senger'; and a few years since, at the request of friends, he 
republished his poem, 'The Mystic Circle of Kate's Mountain,' 
an In ]\Iemoriam to INIiss Harrison, of Bi-andon, which is a poem 
of great merit, and deserves a place in the permanent literature 
of the country." 

On February 13, 1866, at Casa di Lago, near Talla- 
hassee, in Leon County, Florida, Mr. Howard married 
Marv C^atherine Macleod, a descendant of Dr. Donald 
Macleod, of Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland. 

Mr. Howard departed this life in Richmond, Va., at 
5 P. M. on Sunday, March 12, 1899. He is buried in 

A History of the Will is Family 337 

By the marriage of AVilliam Alleyne Howard to Re- 
becca Elizabeth Travis Anderson the Howard family can 
trace their ancestry back to George Anderson, who mar- 
ried Jane Tucker; bej^ond him to John Tucker, who m. 
R. E. Travis, next Ed. Travis, next Ed. Travis, next 
Ed. Travis. The Travis family, together with the 
Amblers, after the removal of the settlers from James- 
town Island to Williamsburg, were the o^^mers of the 
Island, the original Virginia settlement of 1607. 

The Amblers and Travises were Burgesses from 
Jamestown Island for many years. They elected them- 
selves, and it was known as ''the rotten, or pocket 
borough. ' ' 

Through John Tucker's daughter R. E. Travis, mar- 
ried to John Coles, the Howards are related to the Coles, 
Carters, Singletons, Rutherfords, etc., etc. 

*William Alleyne Howard, b. Aug. 18, 1787, d. April 
5, 1859; m. July 28, 1811, Frances Cochran Kincaid, 
d. Jany. 16, 1816 ; they had, 

Francis Elizabeth Cary HoAvard, b. July 16, 1812. 
Robert Kincaid Howard, b. Oct., 1813. 

William Allevne Howard, m. secondlv Rebecca 
Elizabeth Travis Anderson, b. Feby. 2, 1788, d. April 
25, 1871 ; buried in Hollywood ; they had five children, 
William Travis Howard, M. D., b. Jany. 12, 1821, d 
July 31, 1907 ; buried in Hollywood. 
Jane Tucker Howai'd, b. Oct. 17, , d. April 


*John (Tucker) Howard, b. May 5, 1821, d. March 12, 
1899; buried in Hollywood. 

George Howard, M. D., b. Jany. 29, 1826, d. at Balti- 

338 A History of the Willis Family 

Jane Tucker Howard, second dau. of name, b. Dec. 
23, 1827, d. Dec. 3, 1830. 

All the children of William A. Howard were b. in 
Cumberland county, Va. 

*John (Tucker) Howard, known as John Howard, m. 
Mary Catherine, dau. of Dr. John Donald and Eliza- 
beth Laing (Bradley) Macleod, on Feby. 13, 1866; 
she was b. May 16, 1842 ; they had five children, 
William Travis Howard, b. March 13, 1867, m. Mary 
Cushing Williams. 

*Emma Bradley Howard, b. Feby. 6, 1870, m. Charles 
Ethelbert Willis. 

Anastasia Howard, b. Jany. 10, 1873. 
Mary Macleod Howard, b. Nov. 26, 1874. 
John Howard, Jr., b. April 10, 1876. 

AVilliam Travis Howard, M. D., m. Mary Cushing 
Williams on Aug. 15, 1896 ; she was b. in Baltimore } 
they have three children, 
Mary Cushing Howard, b. June 24, 1900. 

Philip Williams Howard, b. , 1904. 

William Travis Howard, Jr., b. , 1908. 

'Emma Bradley Howard m. Charles E. Willis. (For 
further record, see Willis Genealogy, 16th genera- 

I i 

Dr. William Travis Howard, pathologist; b. 'Sans 
Souci,' Stateburg, S. C, Mch. 13, 1867. Student U. of Va., 
1885-7 ; M. D. University of Md. 1889, graduate student 
Johns Hopkins 1889-93; m. at Watch Hill, R. I., Alary 
Cushing Williams, of Baltimore, Aug. 15, 1896; engaged 
in teaching and research in pathology since 1892; pro- 

A Hisfonj of the Willis Faniilij 339 

fessor of pathology Western Reserve University, Cleve- 
land, 1894-1914 ; Assistant Commissioner of Health, Balti- 
more, since 1914; was Bacteriologist Cleveland Board of 
Health ; President American Association of Pathologists 
and Bacteriologists 1902 ; member Association American 
Physicians ; Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Md. ; 
Author of numerous papers on pathology and bacteri- 
ology." — From ''Who's Who in America." 


1 *Francis Harris, a native of London, Captain in the 

Cold Stream Guards, was born in August, 1710. He 
eloped with Mary Goodall, of Bushy Park, Andover, 
Hampshire, England, an heiress and ward in Chan- 
cery. Among other property in Hampshire she 
owned a farm called * ' Wild Horn. ' ' They emigrated 
to the Colony of Georgia shortly after Lord Ogle- 
thorpe had planted the colony in 1733. Having asso- 
ciated himself with James Habersham, under the 
firm name of Harris & Habersham, they opened up 
one of the first commercial and exporting houses in 
the colony. "VMien Mrs. Harris received the money 
from her English estate Mr. Harris took up lands 
on the Ogeeche river and became a planter. 

Mr. Harris was a member of the first General 
Assembly and was elected as Speaker at the first 
meeting held in Savannah January 15, 1751. After- 
wards, under Gov. John Reynolds, the first Royal 
Governor of the colony, he was a member of the 
Council, having been appointed August 6, 1754, and 
was at the first meeting held October 30, 1754. He 
was Lieutenant-Colonel of the First Regiment of 
Foot Militia, in 1757, and promoted to Colonel in 
1759. He had two children, 

2 Francis Henry Harris, d. 1782. 

2 *Elizabeth Harris, b. 1760, m. Dr. Donald Macleod 
in Savannah Dec. 23, 1782. 

The will of Francis Harris was dated at Savannah, Ga., 
July 15, 1771, and recorded Nov. 1, 1771. In his will he 

A History of the Wilt is Family 


gives his daughter Elizabeth "all those plantations or 
tracts of land Containing in the whole Eleven hundred 
and fifty acres, more or less, Situate at Great Ogeeche, 
in the province aforesaid, known by the names of Bushy 
Park & Mountventure," and one-half of all his negroes 
and live stock. 

To his son Francis Henry Harris he gives the other 
half of his negroes and live stock, his place in Savannah, 
"known by the number One, in Frederick Tything, Darby 
Ward;" his plantation at Little Ogeeche, "known by the 
name of Mear," containing 1300 acres, and 3400 acres 
situated at Little Ogeeche Neck, but provides that after 

Lt.-Col. Francis Henry Harris. 

the latter plantation is valued that Francis Henry shall 
pay his sister Elizabeth one-half of the appraised value 
"within two years." The balance of his estate he gives 
his son Francis. He directs his "Executors to maintain 
and educate my children in a genteel manner agreeable 

342 A Histonj of the Willis Family 

to their fortune until they reach the age of twenty-one 
years or day of marriage." 

Lieut. Col. Frances Henry Harris was sent to 
England when a boy to receive his education, and while 
he was prosecuting his studies at Magdalen College, 
Oxford, the disturbance between the mother country 
and the colonies commenced. His devotion to his native 
country would not permit him to remain in England, and 
accordingly he left college and arrived in Georgia prob- 
ably about the beginning of January, 1775, as on Janu- 
ary 23rd of that year he became a member of the Pro- 
vincial Congress of Savannah. In June, 1775, he became 
one of the Council of Safetv and was also a member of 
the Colonial Legislature. He was commissioned Captain 
of the First Georgia by the Continental Congress on 
January 7, 1776, advanced to Major July 5, 1776, and 
Lieutenant-Colonel on Sept. 17, 1776. 

"In the latter capacity he is mentioned as leading a detach- 
ment of troops, under Col. Ashe, to relieve Charleston, and 
while encamped at Briar Creek, forty miles below Augnsta, on 
the Georgia side of the Savannah river, Ashe was surprised in 
a night attack by General Prevost, who was marching up from 
Savannah. The Continental troops were utterly defeated and 
Ashe lost almost his entire army, by death, capture and dis- 
persion ; in fact, the Georgia Brigade was not again used as a 
unit during the war." 

Lieut. Col. Harris, after a gallant defence, was 
taken prisoner, but he must have been exchanged or 
escaped, as in the history of South Carolina he is men- 
tioned as being at the battle of Camden Aug. 16, 1780, 
''where he displayed great prowess," and at the battle 
of Eutaw Springs Sept. 8, 1781, "where he showed much 

A History of the Willis Family 343 

Lt. Col. Harris was never married though twice en- 

In 1782, having gone on a visit to General Sumpter at 
Stateburg, he became involved in an argument concern- 
ing a Miss Bohun and a duel followed; he was wounded 
and died from the effects. '*He was buried at the High 
Hills of Santee; but his relatives have never been able 
to discover his grave." 

A miniature of Col. Harris, painted while he was a stu- 
dent at Oxford, by Cosway, one of the most famous of 
English miniaturists, shows him to have been an un- 
usually handsome man. This miniature is now, in 1916, 
owned by Miss Fanny Goodall Macleod, of Tallahassee, 

The will of Lt, Col. Francis Henry Harris was dated 
''in the Parish of Christ Church, in the State of Georgia," 
April 27, 1777. In the will he bequeaths "unto James Clay, 
son of my much esteemed friend Joseph Clay, Esqr., the 
sum of Five Hundred pounds, good and lawful money of 
the state aforesaid. I give and bequeath unto my God- 
Daughter, Catherine Clay, Daughter of the said Joseph 
Clay, the sum of Five Hundred pounds." The balance 
of his estate he gave to his sister Elizabeth, as follows : 
"And all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate 
and Effects, both real and personal, situate and being in 
this, or in any other part of the world, I give devise and 
bequeath to my Dear Sister Elizabeth Harris," etc. 
1 *Dr. Donald Macleod, who married Elizabeth Harris, 
was born in 1755, at Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, 
Scotland. He was the son of Donald and Catherine 
Macleod. Dr. Donald Macleod was an officer in the 
Black Watch regiment, emigrated to the Colony of 
Georgia about the time of the Revolution, and mar- 
ried Elizabeth Harris on December 23, 1782. Dr. 

344 A Histoyy of the Willis Family 

Donald Macleod died in Savannah June 20, 1802; 
iLllizabeth, his widow, died in Savannah Feby. 16, 
1808. They had three children, 

2 *Francis Harris Macleod, b. Sept. 15, 1784, d. Jany. 
18, 1864. 

2 Catherine Macleod, b. Jany. 18, 1786, d. IVIarch 21, 
1807 ; m. George "VV. MacAlister in 1803 and died near 
Harrisburg, Pa., leaving one daughter, Catherine 
Amelia, b. in Pennsylvania in 1807, d. in Savannah 
on March 13, 1826, aged nineteen years. 

2 Mary Eliza Macleod, b. Sept. 9, 1795, d. July 27, 1814. 

* Francis Harris Macleod m. Mary Ann Millen, dau. of 
John and Sarah Millen, of Savannah, Dec. 31, 1807; 
their children, 

3 Sarah Elizabeth, b. Sept. 28, 1808, d. . 

3 Francis Harris, b. Jany. 16, 1810, d. Oct. 26, 1810. 

3 Ann Alethia, b. March 6, 1812, d. . 

3~ *John Donald, b. May 22, 1814, d. Oct. 4, 1887. 

3 Mary Catherine, b. July 25, 1815, d. June 8, 1837. 

3 William Harris, b. Oct. 27, 1817, d. Sept., 1872. 

3 Frances Goodall, b. Dec. 19, 1819, d. Sept. 13, 1857. 

3 Richard Habersham, b. June 28, 1828, d. March 24, 
1870; m. Julia Law. 

After the death of John Millen his widow, Sarah, 
married James Jones, who d. in Washington while 
a member of the Sixth Congress. She was the daugh- 
ter of John Eppinger. She d. in Savannah Feby. 
24, 1814. 










346 A History of the Willis Family 

Doctor John Donald Macleod (3d) m. Elizabeth 
Laing Bradley, of South Carolina, in 1836, He 
studied medicine at the Chai'leston College. "In 
1850 he became a citizen of Florida and resided 
thereafter in the counties of Leon or Madison, and d. 
at Tallahassee. He was one of the most successful 
. planters in that section and always the honorable, 
courteous and hospitable country gentleman of the 
olden time, and loved and appreciated by all who 
knew him well. He had a great fondness for field 
sports and a very active life was conducive to the 
good health which Dr. Macleod enjoyed for more 
than the allotted years of men. ' ' They had six chil- 

4 John Bradley, b. July 25, 1838, d. Sept. 12, 1907; 
was in the Confederate army. 

4 Francis Henry, b. April 19, 1840, d. Mch., 1864; was 
in the Confederate army, was wounded at Vicksburg, 
and died of his wounds at Nashville, Tenn. 

4 *Mary Catherine, b. May 16, 1842, m. John Howard, 
of Richmond, Va. 

4 Margaret Millen, b. June 9, 1846, m. Dr. Geo. W. 
Betton June 5, 1867. 

4 Elizabeth Bradley, b. Mch. 18, 1848, d. Dec. 17, 1898; 
m. Geo. W. Marshall March, 1868. 

4 Francis Goodall, b. Nov. 5, 1856. 

*Mary Catherine Macleod m. John Howard, of Eich- 
mond, Va., on Feby. 13, 1866. (For further record, 
see Howard Genealogy, 6th generation.) 

William Harris Macleod (3rd) m. Martha A. Salmon, 
of Greenville, S. C, who was fourteen years of age, 
and shortly afterwards emigrated to Missouri with 

A Hlsturij of the Willis Family 347 

a number of other families from that section of South 
Carolina. They were m. in Greenville Nov. 21, 1839. 
She died in Versailes, Mo., 1852. She was born July 
4, 1825. They had seven children, 

4 Sarah Elizabeth, b. Aug. 27, 1840. 

4 Francis Harris, b. Feby. 1, 1842, who was assassi- 
nated in a cowardly way by a company of Union 
troops at the beginning of the war. 

4 Annie C. Millen, b. Dec. 19, 1843, d. 1872. 

4 Julia Law, b. Oct. 27, 1845. 

4 George Butler, b. July 4, 1847. 

4 Laura Virginia, b. Jany. 6, 1849, d. . 

4 Nancy Thurston, b. June 3, 1850, d. . 

Richard Habersham Macleod (3rd) m. Julia, dau. 

of William and Alethia (Jones) Law, of Jjiberty 

County, Georgia. Julia Law was b. Feby. 8, 1832, 

d. March 7, 1904; their children, 

Richard Habersham, b. Feby 10, 1860. 

Mary Anna (Minnie), b. April 3, 1865, m. Robert 

Maxey Hull. 

Children of Robert Maxey and Minnie {Macleod) Hull. 
Robert Maxey, d. . 

Minnie and Julia, twins, d. in infancy. 





Birthplace of Doctor Doxald Macleod. 

Dr. Samuel Johnson, with Boswell, visited Dunvegan 
Castle in 1773, and the Dr. speaks of it in his ''Visit to 
the Hebrides." Another writer, A. R. Hope-Moncriffe, 

A History of the Witlis Family 349 

in his book, "The Highhuids and Islands," refers to 
the visit of Johnson and Boswell as follows : 

"Leaving tlie comparatively green promontory of Sleat, the 
party rode over moors and bogs to Carriechatcliin, near Broad- 
ford, where bad weather kept them for a couple of days, till 
?Iacleod of Rassay sent his carriage for them, ***** The car- 
riage turned out to be an open boat, in which four half-naked 
men, chorusing Galic songs, rowed them through the Sound of 
Scalpa, and across a rough open sea to the island of Rassay. 

"In the new mansion house, to which the Laird had removed 
from his tumble down castle, they found a whole troop of 
Macleods, who every night danced and sang in honor of their 
guests; but where they all slept was not so evident, some forty 
persons in eleven rooms. 

"Among the rest was the Macleod of Dunvegan, a young man 
fresh from Oxford, who invited the strangers to his castle, * * * *. 
Landed at the harbor of Portree, in the Isle of Skye, then not 
even a village, where an emigrant ship was lying as a hint of 
new times for the Highlands, they went round by Kingsburg, 
that Johnson might have the satisfaction of making Flora 
^racdonald's acquaintance, * * * *. Dunvegan, to Boswell's 
delight, was a real old castle, romantically placed on a rock, 
and his companion rejoiced to find that its Chatelaine, having 
lived in London, 'knew all the arts of southern elegance, and 
all the modes of English economy,' * * * *. At Dunvegan they 
remained a week, hearing the traditions of the castle, and seeing 
its relics, for one, that horn of Rorie ]\Iore, to hold two or three 
bottles of wine, which every Laird of ^lacleod must drink at a 
draught in proof of his manliood; in our degenerate days, it 
appears, this ceremony has to be performed by help of a false 
bottom. No doubt they also saw, though neither of them men- 
tions it, another more lordly drinking-cup bearing the date 
993, which seems to have been a clialice; also the 'fairy 
flag' of Dunvegan, a faded silk banner from the East, probably 

350 A Hist or ij of the Willis Family 

a relic of crusading, which may be displayed thrice, and thrice 
only, to save the house of Macleod from ruin, as it has done 
twice, and may do once more. Though the young chief was 
d<ep in debt, he let wine flow generously, there being indeed 
no custom house in Skye, and venison came to the table every 
day in its various forms." 


1 Captain John King, b. Northampton, England, 1629, 
d. Northfield, Mass., Dec. 5, 1703; m. Sarah Holton, 
of Massachusetts, on Nov. 18, 1656; she d. May 6, 
1683; they had, 

2 Thomas King, b. Massachusetts, July 14, 1662, d. 
Massachusetts Dec. 26, 1711; m. Mary Webster, b. 
Connecticut, d. Massachusetts Sept. 27, 1706. The 
marriage took place in Connecticut in Nov., 1690; 
they had, 

3 Thomas King, b. Connecticut, d. Connecticut; m. 
Sarah Mygart, b. Connecticut March 9, 1691, d. Con- 
necticut ; m. in Connecticut Nov. 6, 1712 ; they had, 

4 Captain Timothy King, b. Connecticut Oct. 20, 1727, 
d. Wintonbury, Conn., Jany. 18, 1812; m. Sarah 
Fitch, b. Connecticut May 5, 1736, d. Wintonbury 
May 20, 1785 ; married in Wintonbury April 19, 1753 ; 
they had, 

o Roswell King, b. Windsor, Conn., May 3, 1765, d. 
Roswell, Ga., Feby. 15, 1844; m. Catherine Barring- 
ton, b. San Savilla, Ga., Feby. 22, 1776; married 
on April 14, 1792 ; they had, 

6 Barrington King, b. Darien, Ga., March 9, 1798, d. 
Roswell, Ga., Jany. 17, 1866; m. Catherine M. 
Nephew, b. in Mcintosh County, Ga., Feby. 22, 1804, 
d. in Roswell, Ga., July 7, 1887; married in Darien, 
Ga., Jany. 30, 1822; they had, 

7 Barrington S. King, b. in Liberty County, Ga., Oct. 
17, 1833, d. Averasboro, N. C, March 10, 1865; m. 
Sarah Elizabeth Macleod, 4tli generation, b. in Ver- 

352 A Hist on/ of the Willis Family 

saillesj Mo., Aug. 27, 1840; married at Marietta, 
Ga., July 28, 1859; they had, 
8 Harris Macleod King", b. at Roswell, Ga., April 29, 

Captain Timothy King (J-th) was commander of the 
Brig. Defiance during the Revolution, with 12 guns and 
70 men, as shown in Connecticut records on page 604, 
*' Connecticut Men in the Revolution." The Defiance was 
a privateer. 

Captain John King (1st) was Military Commander 
of Northampton in 1692, Representative from Northamp- 
ton in 1679-89, also a grantee of Northfield, and one of 
the committee for settling that town; he was also in the 
King Philip's war. 

Barrington S. King was killed at the head of liis com- 
mand at the battle of Averasboro, N. C, March 10, 1865. 
His wife, Sarah Elizabeth Macleod, while b. in Missouri, 
was educated and partly raised in Georgia, her grand- 
father, Francis Harris Macleod, having brought her out 
from Missouri when she was a voumr 2-irl.