Doddridge County Roots

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James Edwin WILLIS

Male 1839 - 1909  (~ 69 years)


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  • Name James Edwin WILLIS 
    Born Apr 1839  [1, 2
    • Wording of obituary implies a birth date of Feb 1838, but 1900 Census gives age as 61 and birth date as Apr 1839. "Davis - The Settlers of Salem WV," p. 158, reports his birth date as Apr 12 1837.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 Feb 1909  Blandville, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Middle Island 7th Day Bapt Cem, Sugar Camp, New Milton, Doddridge Co WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I20212  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2019 

    Father William WILLIS,   d. Bef Aug 1850 
    Mother Elizabeth BUMGARDNER,   b. 28 Jun 1819,   d. 14 Mar 1905  (Age 85 years) 
    Family ID F8427  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Julia Ann DAVIS,   b. 18 Sep 1843,   d. 30 Jan 1903, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 5 Jan 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • James Edwin Willis and Julia Ann Davis raised a family of fourteen children, eleven sons and three daughters, eleven of whom survived them both, nine sons and two daughters.

      1870 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (New Milton District):
      James E. Willis, 31, farmer; Julia A, 27; William S, 9; Joseph, 8; Alfred W, 6; James G, 5; John K, 2; Robert L, 1.

      1880 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (New Milton District):
      James E. Willis, 41, farmer; wife Julia A, 37; son William S, 20; son Joseph J, 18; son Alfred W, 17; son James G, 15; son John K, 13; son Robert L, 11; son Lewis P, 7; son Francis E, 5; son Ora C, 1.

      1900 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (New Milton District):
      James E. Willis, 61, b. Apr 1839, married 40 yr; wife Julia A, 57, b. Sep 1843, mother of 5 children (all still living); son Ora C, 21, b. May 1879; dau Elizabeth I, 18, b. Dec 1881; dau Minnie J, 15, b. Oct 1884; dau Dollie G, 12, b. Aug 1887; son Lewis P, 26, married 2 yrs; dau-in-law Vertie, 26, b. Jan 1874, mother of 1 child (still living); grandson Miles M, 1, b. Nov 1898. [4, 6, 7, 8, 9]
    Children 
     1. William Stephen WILLIS,   b. 15 Nov 1860,   d. 21 Mar 1940, Catlettsburg, Boyd Co, KY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Joseph Jeffrey WILLIS,   b. 29 Dec 1861
    +3. Alfred Walter WILLIS,   b. 26 Oct 1863, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1954, Lick Run, New Milton (Blandville), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     4. James Granville WILLIS,   b. 29 May 1865, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. John Kenneth WILLIS,   b. 17 Jun 1867, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1958, Ellenboro, Ritchie Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +6. Robert Lee WILLIS,   b. 9 Apr 1869,   d. 25 Nov 1922, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     7. Thomas Franklin WILLIS,   b. 29 Nov 1871,   d. YOUNG
    +8. Lewis Preston WILLIS,   b. 5 Nov 1873, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1966, Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +9. Francis Edwin "Ed" WILLIS,   b. 9 Nov 1875,   d. 1 Dec 1967  (Age 92 years)
     10. Ora Clyde WILLIS,   b. May 1879,   d. 6 Jan 1957, Marion Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
    +11. Idell Elizabeth WILLIS,   b. 17 Dec 1881, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1974, New Milton, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     12. Minnie Jane WILLIS,   b. 25 Oct 1884,   d. 8 Apr 1901, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    +13. Dolly Grace WILLIS,   b. 16 Aug 1887, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1965, Wolf Summit, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Family ID F7437  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1909 - Blandville, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Middle Island 7th Day Bapt Cem, Sugar Camp, New Milton, Doddridge Co WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2077] 1900 Census, Doddridge County, WV (New Milton District).

    2. [S242] 1850 Census, Harrison County, (W)VA.

    3. [S14] Obituary, West Union Record, 2/12/1909.

    4. [S5] Headstone.

    5. [S1774] Doddridge County WV Marriages 1845-1937, (Wes Cochran, 156 Gihon Meadows, Apt 150, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (Jan 1993)).

    6. [S110] Obituary of husband, West Union Record, 2/12/1909.

    7. [S1564] Obituary of daughter.

    8. [S1590] Death record of daughter.

    9. [S1604] Death record of son.