I have searched the DAR Patriot Index for your Joseph Willis. I am sad to say I did not find him listed. However, I did find the following Josephs listed
Birth: PA Circa 1755
Service Location: PA Rank: Pvt
Spouse: Mary Meldrum
Birth: NJ 1759
Service Location: NJ Rank: Pvt
Spouse: Grace X
Birth: Circa 1730-35
Service Location: VA Rank: Pvt
Spouse: Hannah X
Not being listed in the Patriot Index means no one has applied for membership using his service record. You could be the first and establish the line for future members!!
Have you searched for wills or probate records in Lincoln Co, North Caroline, remembering these counties were divided and re-divided many times. Have you made a thorough search of all the surrounding counties? Have you ordered a copy of his pension papers? It is surprising what we get from these files. Sometimes they are full of genealogical information and then again sometimes they are not.
Are you interested in joining DAR? If so, please send me your name, address and telephone number and I will forward it to the chapter located nearest to you. Each chapter has a Registrar and a Lineage Chairman. Usually, these two ladies are great genealogists and are willing to help prospective members in their research.
Please let me know if I can help you in any way.
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