From a book on the Willis Family I am preparing for publication:
Rychard Wyllys b. before 1599 (abt. 1602) Cambridge (Cambridgeshire), England Wife: Jane Henmarsh b. England (Daughter of William Henmarsh and Katherine (Honeywood) Fleete)
Richard b. abt. 1627?
Elizabeth c. abt. 1631?
William b. abt. 1629?
Thomas b. ? d. between Oct. 1, 1667 - Feb. 6, 1670 (married Mary - See Below) Working on the birth date and other information...
John b. Before 1636?
Next Generation (Richard's son):
Thomas / Mary Willis
Thomas was a Â“sidesmanÂ” of Lancaster Parish in 1657. There is also a deed dated October 1, 1667, from Â“Thomas Wyllys of Lancaster and Mary, his Â‘now wifeÂ’Â” to Abraham Weekes.
A marriage contract can be found dated February 6, 1670, between Mary, described now as the relict, or widow, of Thomas Wyllys, and Matthew Bentley, shoemaker, making provision in favor of her children, Richard, John, and Eleanor Willis. Mary's second husband, Mathew Bentley, was one of the leaders of the adherants of Nathaniel Bacon in Middlesex and vicinity. At Middlesex Court February 1677, Matthew Bentley was summoned to answer the charge that during the late rebellion, when in command of forty or fifty men-in-arms at Major LewisÂ’ plantation, in New Kent county, he killed three hogs and four sheep, used a great deal of corn, and took meal for the whole rebel army at Major PateÂ’s. In this case, Bentley took an appeal to the General Court. On July 23d, Colonel Christopher Wormeley, of Middlesex, sued Matthew Bentley and others for trespass and for taking from him in October 1676, twelve beeves, forty sheep, twelve bushels of salt, &c., &c. He obtained a judgement for Â£435. Matthew Bentley died January 8, 1685. In his will dated January 1685-6, proved Middlesex County, February 1685-6, he left Mary Allden, (Thomas Willis and Mary's daughter), a young mare, Robert Allden (Thomas Willis and Mary's daughter, Eleanor's husband) a Â“cloth serge suit I now have and my great cloth coat;Â”, John Willis (Thomas Willis and MaryÂ’s son) his "broadcloth suit with gold buttons on it", and Richard Willis (Thomas Willis and MaryÂ’s son), executor, and to have the remainder of his estate.
Family of Thomas Willis and Mary (later Mary Bentley):
Thomas Willis b.? England d.?
Wife: Mary b.? England d. Sept. 27, 1684
Mary married (2) February 6, 1670, to Matthew Bentley, Shoemaker, in Lancaster County.
Born: April 18, 1655
Married: (1) Robert Allden
Children: Robert Alden, b. 1683, and Eleanor Alden, b. 1685.
Married (2) ? Kemp.
There is in Middlesex a deed dated October 5, 1717, from Eleanor Kemp, of Essex, widow, to her daughters, Mary Nalle and Catherine Terbetts, and to a person named Allden. She speaks of the land where her brother Richard Willis, lived and died, and conveys a considerable amount of land in Essex and Middlesex.
Born: August 29, 1656
Married (1) Dorothy Gibson, (2) Ann, widow of Michael Griggs, of Lancaster, (3) Betty Landon, daughter of Thomas Landon of Middlesex.
Died: 1700, estate inventoried dated February 4, 1700.
Richard was appointed a justice of Middlesex, April, 1698. There is in Lancaster a deed dated April, 1683, from Richard Willis, of Middlesex, with consent of his wife, Â“DorothyÂ”. In it he mentions his Â“father-in-lawÂ”, John Gibson. Later a deed from Richard Willis and Â“Ann, his wifeÂ”, reciting that the said Willis, Â“now of LancasterÂ”, married Ann, widow of Michael Griggs, of Lancaster. Also there is a deed in Lancaster, July 1691, from Richard Willis, gent., of Lancaster, and his wife, Ann, late widow of Michael Griggs, gent. Thomas Landon, in his will dated November 9, 1700, names his son-in-law, Captain Richard Willis, and his wife, Betty. Richard died leaving a large estate. The inventory, Â“Inventory of Richard Willis, gent., deceasedÂ”, included goods at the store valued at Â£1,475.6, a well-furnished dwelling, and at the quarter 84 head of cattle, 6 horses, &c., amounting in all, total value of personal estate, Â£1,778.14.11. In addition, there were debts due the estate from persons in Virginia, New England, Dublin, Whitehaven, &c., &c., to the amount of 38,983 pounds tobacco, or Â£2,930.14. On February 3, 1700, Betty gave bond in the amount of Â£20,000.00 [?] sterling as executrix of her deceased husband, Richard Willis, with Sir William Skipwith and Gawin Corbin as securities. There is recorded in Lancaster a deed dated April 9, 1701, between Robert Carter, of Lancaster, &c., and Betty, widow of Richard Willis, in view of a marriage about to take place between them. On January 30, 1701-2, there is an entry which states that Robert Carter had married the widow and executrix of Richard Willis.
Born: November 24, 1658
Died: May 4, 1688
Qualified as executor of Anthony Barlow, June, 1685. John is listed on the Military Census of Middlesex County among those persons with Â“Sufficient abilitie to find a man, horse, & armer.Â” JohnÂ’s will, dated April, 1688, proved in Middlesex in July, 1688, included bequests to Elinor (his sister), John and Mary Allden (his sister and her husband), John Barlow, and brother Richard Willis.
Christened: February 23, 1660
Married: John Allden (deduced from the wills of her brother, John Willis, and her father-in-law, Matthew Bentley - see above references).
Born: September 8, 1660
Married twice, one wife named Susanna, had issue from both wives.