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Henry Willis, Jr.

Male 1628 - 1714  (85 years)


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  • Name Henry Willis 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 14 Nov 1628  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Sep 1714  [3, 4
    Notes 
    • Hinshaw's Quaker Records: Henry Willis was born in England, came from London after 1667, lived in Jericho and Hempstead. [vol. 3, p. 358]

      A source whose author is unknown: "He resided at Devizes until 1667, then moved to London where he lived for several years. Owing to the persecution of the Quakers, he emigrated to America about 1675 and came to Oyster Bay where he temporarily remained. A year or two later, he purchased a piece of land in North Hempstead at a spot called Wood Edge, which is now known as Westbury where he lived until his death, July 11, 1714."
    Person ID I015  Haviland
    Last Modified 27 Dec 2010 

    Father Henry Willis,   d. Oct 1675, Wiltshire County, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Peace,   b. 12 Aug 1632,   d. 23 Jun 1714  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1654  Devizes, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Henry Willis m. Mary Peace. They resided in the town of Devizes until 1667, where their three elder children were born.
      The year after the great fire they removed to London, where they lived for seven or eight years and had several children born to them. It being soon after the rise of the religious sect called Quakers, of which they were members, they suffered, in common with their friends, imprisonment and persecution at the hands of the officials, and much abuse and annoyance from the rabble because of their peculiar views.
      About the year 1675 Henry and his family (except the eldest daughter Mary) emigrated to America and found a temporary home in the town of Oysterbay [sic], on Long Island. A year or two thereafter he purchased of Captain John Seaman a piece of land in the adjoining township of Hempstead (now North Hempstead), where he permanently settled, giving the place the name of Westbury, after a town in his native county in England, which it continues to bear to the present day. [It is claimed (and I believe with a good degree of probability) by the TITUS family that the name of Westbury was given by Edmund Titus, their emigrant ancestor, who was among the earliest settlers on Long Island, and who is supposed to have been a native of the town of Westbury, in the County of Wiltshire, England. He purchased the proprietary right of Timothy Wood, one of the original patentees of the town of Hempstead, and received as his portion, upon a division of the town lands, a lot at Westbury, where he soon after established his residence, and which is still (1884) owned and occupied by his descendants of the same name.]
      [Henry Willis] died [in Westbury] July 11, 1714, and his wife Mary on April 23, 1714.
      {from: Hicks, Benjamin D., Willis Family of Long Island, (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Oct. 1884 Vol. XV reprinted in Hoff, Henry B. Genealogies of Long Island Families [Baltimore :Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987]), p. 743.
    Children 
     1. William Willis,   b. 16 Dec 1663, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1736, Hempstead, Queens Co. [now Nassau Co.], NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Sarah Willis,   b. 6 Jul 1671, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1730  (Age 58 years)
    Family ID F014  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1816] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Hinshaw, William Wade, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1977), vol. 3, p. 358, 473.

    2. [S1830] Willis Family of Long Island, Hicks, Benjamin D., (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Oct. 1884 Vol. XV reprinted in Hoff, Henry B. Genealogies of Long Island Families [Baltimore :Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987]), 743.
      has birth month as September

    3. [S1816] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Hinshaw, William Wade, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1977), vol. 3, p. 473.

    4. [S1830] Willis Family of Long Island, Hicks, Benjamin D., (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Oct. 1884 Vol. XV reprinted in Hoff, Henry B. Genealogies of Long Island Families [Baltimore :Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987]), 743.
      has death month as July

    5. [S1830] Willis Family of Long Island, Hicks, Benjamin D., (New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Oct. 1884 Vol. XV reprinted in Hoff, Henry B. Genealogies of Long Island Families [Baltimore :Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987]), 743.


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