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Henry Willis

Male 1628 - 1714  (85 years)

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  • Name Henry Willis 
    Born 14 Nov 1628  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Sep 1714  [1
    • [10584.FTW]

      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,
    Person ID I12714  Wood
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2017 

    Father Henry Willis,   d. Oct 1675, Wiltshire County, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4028  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  [2
    • [10584.FTW]

      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.
     1. Rachel Willis,   b. 1680,   d. 31 Aug 1759, Westbury, Queens [Now Nassau] Co., Ny Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F4050  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S040745] Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Hinshaw, William Wade, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1977).

    2. [S041300] 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]).

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