Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Richard Willis

Male 1656 - 1701  (44 years)


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  • Name Richard Willis 
    Born 29 Aug 1656  Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jul 1701  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I043162  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 

    Father Thomas Willis,   b. 1592, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1668, Lancaster (Middlesex) County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Mary Anne Wild,   b. Abt 1633, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1684, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1650  Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F22385  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dorothy Gibson,   b. Bef 1667, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1689, Lancaster (Middlesex) County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 22 years) 
    Married Abt 1683  Lancaster (Middlesex) County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F15012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anne Scholfield,   b. Bef 1669, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1699, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 30 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1690/91  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F24126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Elizabeth Landon,   b. 11 May 1683, Credenhill, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1719, "Corotoman" Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Married Bef 9 Nov 1700  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F24127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1678-1680 Middlesex Co Va Order Book; Antient Press: (Page 115
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I MARY WILLIS of RAPPA. RIVER in ye County of Middx. Widdow, by and wth ye Consent of MATHEW BENTLEY of ye RIVER & County aforesd Shoemaker mine intended Husband doe now in ye time of my Widdowhood give & dispose of unto my three Children RICHARD, JOHN & ELLINOR WILLIS by these presents as followeth That is to say That if it please God that the said MARY WILLIS die before my said Three children come at Age that then Tenn Dicker of Tannd Leather to be made good by the said MATHEW BENTLEY and to be equally divided amongst my said Three Children when they come of Age or to ye Survivor or Survivors of them as likewise that ye Negro man if he live Soe long war ye Stock of Cattle equally to be devided amongst my said Three Children or ye Survivors of them Provided always) that if ye said MATHEW BENTLEY be ye Survivor of me the said MARY WILLIS that then he shall have ye use of ye said Leather Negro and Cattle as Gaurdian of ye said Children untill they come of Age and if it shall happen that all my said Children die before Age and that then ye said MATHEW BENTLEY enjoy ye said Estate Wholly unto him and his heires for ever. In Witness whereof Wee ye said MARY WILLIS and MATHEW BENTLEY have sett or; hands and Seales ye 6th day of February Ano, Dom 1670
      in ye presence of us JEREMIAH TAILER, MATHEW BENTLEY
      JOHN RISDON MARY WILLIS
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Order Book - 1689-1692; Antient Press: pg 235
      - Rappahannock County Court 9th of October 1691
      - Reff. intr. Mr. RICHD. WILLIS as Marrying the Ezecutrx. of Mr. RICHD. BRAY, & XPHER BLACKBURNE Deft. till next Court
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Order Book - 1689-1692; Antient Press: pg 241
      - Rappahannock County Court 3d of February 1691/2
      - Order is granted against the Sheriff to RICHD. WILLIS as Marrying the Executrx. of RICHD. BRAY for the non apperance of XPHER BLACKBURNE according to Declaracon
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      1687-1691 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 152
      Lancaster county Court 11th of February 1690/1691
      - Mr. RICHARD WILLIS as marrieing the Relicte of Mr. RICHARD BRAY and Mr. MICHAELL GRIGGS being arrested to this Court at the suite of Mr. MOTTROM WRIGHT and RUTH his Wife, Daughter and sole heire of Mr. ROBERT GRIGGS, (deced), for the deteyneing of two thirds of all the Landes, houses &c. which the saide MICHAELL GRIGGS died possessed off and not appeareing to answer the saide suite, and the Sheriffe not takeing security according to Acte, Order according to Acte is therefore granted against the saide Sheriffe upon whose peticon Attachmt. according to Acte is granted against the saide WILLIS
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      1687-1691 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 163
      Lancaster county Court 8th of April 1691
      - Mr. RICHARD WILLIS and ANN his Wife, the late Widdow and Relicte of Mr. MICHAELL GRIGGS, and Mr. RICHARD BRAY, late of this County, (deced). being cited to this Court by virtue of a summons from Capt. WILLIAM BALL, President, to p:duce to this Court the Last. Will and Testament of the saide MICHAEL GRIGGS, and not appeareing; It is therefore ordered upon the peticon of Mr. ROBERT SCOFEILD, a Legatee in the saide Last Will of the saide MICHAELL GRIGGS, that the saide WILLIS and his saide Wife bee by the Sheriffe of this County summoned to make their p:sonall appeareance at the next Court helde for this County then and thre to p:duce the saide Will of the saide GRIGGS that the same may bee duely proved
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      1687-1691 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 166
      Lancaster county Court 10th of June 1691
      - Whereas by an Order of the last Court helde for this County, Mr. RICHARD WILLIS and ANN his Wife, the late Widdowe and Relicte of Mr. MICHAELL GRIGGS and Mr. RICHARD BRAY was ordered upon the Peticon of Mr. ROBERT SCOFEILD to bee by the Sheriffe summoned to appeare at this Court to p:duce the Last Will & Testament of the saide GRIGGS. the Subsheriffe of this County by reason of his indisposicon being not able to come to Court and haveing made noe returne of the saide Order; It is therefore ordered that if it shall appeare by the returne of the saide Order that the saide WILLIS and his Wife was summoned to this Court that then if they shall not make their p:sonall appeareances at the next Court helde for this County, that then Attachmt, issue forth agt. the bodies of the sde, WILLIS & his Wife for their Contempt
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      1687-1691 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 168
      Lancaster county Court 8th of July 1691
      By vertue of an Order of this Court confirmed by the Genll: Court, Wee the Subscribers being summoned as a Jury to lay out with the Surveyor thereto appointed all the lande of Mr. ROBERT GRIGGS, late of this County, (deced), upon the fifth of this Instant met upon the saide Lande of Mr. ROBERT GRIGGS in the saide County and laide out and devided a part of the same and were pr:ceding to lay out that part of the saide Lande lyeing on the River on which the saide ROBERT GRIGG's Manor House (wherein hee both lived and died) and his cheife Orchard stands, which to the knowledge of the Neighbourhood to bee the saide GRIGGS and those whose right hee had all along had the quiet and peaceable possession of but Mr. RICHARD WILLIS menconed in the aforesde. Order came and in a violent manner obstructed us, stopping the Chaine and takeing away the Sight of the Compass by which meanes wee coulde not make any further pr:ceding therein and the said WILLIS did further in a very reproachfull manner abuse us, telling us that hee woulde make a p:cell of new Negroes soone understand as much as wee did and wee doe further reporte that Mr. EDWIN CONWAY, one of the appointed Surveyors in running the corse in wch: wee were stopt, refused his assistance and furiously takeing away the Compass and Chaine from Mr. HEALE and telling our Foreman that hee was more fitt to bee a Hangman then a Foreman of a Jury; As Witness
      our hands this 16 day of June 1691
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      1687-1691 Lancaster County Order Book 3: pg 169
      Lancaster county Court 8th of July 1691
      - Upon the reporte of the Jury made upon a Survey and Devision of certaine Landes houses and orchards accordinge to the tenor of an Order of this Court and confirmed by an Order of the last Genll. Court in a difference depending between Mr. MOTTROM WRIGHT and RUTH his Wife, Daughter and sole Heire of Mr. ROBERT GRIGGS, (deced), and Mr. RICHARD WILLIS as marrieing the Relict of Mr. MICHAELL GRIGGS, (deced), and it appeareing that pte. of the saide Lande & houses was surveyed and laide out and not the whole accordinge to the aforesaide Order; It is therefore ordered that the sde. Surveyor appointed by the sde. former Order together with the sde,- aforesde. Jury doe on the fifteenth Instant (if faire weather) if not the next faire day followeing, lay out the remaineing pte. out of the sde. Lande not surveyed and Dwelling House wehreon the saide ROBERT GRIGGS lived and died, being illegally stopt and that the saide WILLIS upon his ( ) not to obstructe the saide Surveyor and Jury and that they make reporte of their pr:cedings therein to the neat Court helde for this County
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      1695-1699 Lancaster County Order Book 4; {Antient Press}: pg 145
      Lancaster County Court - 10th of July 1701
      - The action brought to this Court by ROBERT CARTER, Esqr. and BETTY his Wife, Administrators of RICHARD WILLIS Gent. [deced], against ROBERT SCHOLFEILD for one hundred pounds sterling is granted against his Security, WILLIAM HEARD, unless he appeares att next Court to shew reason to ye contrary
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      1701-1703 Lancaster County Order Book 4: pg 146
      Lancaster County Court 10th of September 1701
      - CARTER &c. v SCHOLFIELD The action brought to this Court by Collo. ROBERT CARTER and BETTY his Wife, Administratrix of RICHARD WILLIS late of MIDDLESEX County, Gent., deced., against ROBERT SCHOLFIELD &c. is referred att ye prayer of ye Deft. he giving security to stand and abide ye finall award and determination of the Court, Mr. WILLIAM HEARD, Security
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      1701-1703 Lancaster County Order Book 4: pg 155
      Lancaster County Court 11th of December 1701
      - CARTER v SCHOLFIELD The action upon a reference depending at this Court between ROBERT CARTER Esqr. and BETTY his Wife, Administratrix of RICHARD WILLIS late of this County Gent., deced., and ROBERT SCHOLFIELD Deft. for ye unlawfull detaining of one Negroe woman named Doll of ye value of thirty pounds sterling and one Negroe man named Prince of ye value of thirty five pounds sterling, &c. as in the Declaration may more fully appear, upon all which they say they are damnified and damage have one hundred pounds sterling &c., thereupon the Deft. by DANIEL McCARTY, pleads that ye Plaintiffe in his Declaration hath sett forth charges aforesaid RICHARD WILLIS, deced., on ye 1st day of April 1699 was possessed of two Negroes named Prince and Doll as of his own proper goods and that ye Deft. on ye same day unlawfully dispossessed him, RICHARD WILLIS, of ye Negroes and possesst himselfe of ye same which ye Deft. denys and of this putts himselfe on his Country; DANIEL McCARTY for Deft. which Plea this Court conceiving to be insufficient for that the same contains only circumstances without substance; ordered ye Deft. to plead over; whereupon ye Deft. by his Attorey for farther Plea saith that ye Negroes [to witt] Prince and Doll, declared for by the Plaintiffe never was ye proper goods of RICHARD WILLIS deced., but ye right and title properly was in the Deft's Father, ROBERT SCHOLFIELD deced., by virtue of the Last Will and Testament of MICHAELL GRIGG, deced., and now ye right of one of them, [to witt] Doll lyeth and is in ye Deft. by virtue of his Father's Will which he is ready to aver and of this prays Judgment if the Plt. against him their action ought to have and maintaine and as to the other [to witt] Prince ye Deft saith he detaineth not and of this puts himselfe upon his Country; DANIEL MCCARTY for Deft. And ye Plt.'s Replication to the Deft. says &c., as by the Replication will appear upon ye hearing of which Replication ye Deft. by his Attorney paryed day over to put in his Rejoynder which is ordered to be ye next day of ye Court
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 7; Pg 282
      MR. RICHARD WILLIS, 1340 acs., Middlesex Co., 21 Oct. 1684, p. 406. Adj. land of Richard Lewis & John Welsh, dec'd; along the maine swamp; by the Mill damms; by Mr. Curtis' plantation, &c. Trans. of 27 pers: John James, John White, Wm. Bamton, Tho. Brulfe, Rich. Sike, Alex. Mackdonnell, Rich. Gill, Rich. Scrjeant, Owen Jones, Wm. Wildsmith, Kath, Wills, Susanna Wills, Dorothy Wills, Rachell Alder- bury, Sarah Lee, an English boy, Randall Smith, Henry Freeman, Geo. Wilhams, Jane Pullen; 7 Negroes: AbsoIon, Sampson, Nero, Hewson, Maria, Nan, Besse.
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      9 NOV 1700 Thomas Landon calls him son-in-law
      Note: Virginia Tax Records page 249--"Richard Willis died in 1700, leaving a large estate. His inventory, dated February 4, 1700, and recorded in Middlesex , included goods at store valued at 1,475.6 pounds; a well furnished dwelling, and at the quarter 84 head cattle, 6 horses, &c., amount in all, total value of personal estate 1,778.14.11 pounds. In addition, debts due the estate.. to the amount of 38,983 pounds tobacco, or 2,930.14 pounds

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      1694-1703 Middlesex Co Va Deed Book 2; Antient Press: (Page 273)
      (very little of this entry is readable - Bond from RICHARD WILLIS and GAWIN CORBIN of County of Middlesex bound unto Justices. Richard Willis is by said justices appoynted Gardian of WILLIAM CARTER and SAMUELL CARTER Orphans of WILLIAM CARTER deced as by Ordr of said County Court dated 14th day of November 1698 )
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      Virginia State Land Office Patent Book No. 7 Page 471: 20 April 1685 Mr. Richard Willis 300 acres in the Draggon Swamp adjacent to Thomas Kidd and the White Oak Swamp Granted to Thomas Willis, his father, 22 October 1661, & renewed last of Aug. 1664. Due for the transportation of 6 Person

      Middlesex County, Virginia Order Book No. 2 (1680-1694) Page 354: Court Held 4 July 1688 Mr. Richard Willis humbly praying that the Estate of his Brother John Willis might not be Inventoried, for the said Estate was but very inconsiderable indebted. And in Court promising and obligating himselfe, his heirs, Executors and Administrators to pay and Satisfie all such debts as shall be made appear to be due from the said Estate for any person or persons whatsoever And the said Willis further doth further oblidge himselfe his heirs

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      === Robert Carter was mentioned in earlier court records w/Richard Willis
      1694-1703 Middlesex Co Va Deed Book 2; Antient Press: (Page 488)
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that Wee ROBERT CARTER Esqr. of LANCASTER COUNTY and WILLIAM CHURCHHILL Gent. of County of Middlesex are bound unto MATHEW KEMP, HENRY THACKER, JOHN SMITH and HARRY BEVERLEY Gent Justices of the peace in sume of Four hundred pounds Sterling money of England this 2d day of November 1702
      The Condition of this obligation is such that Whereas Robert Carter Esqr. is appoynted gardian of WILLIAM CARTER and DANIELL CARTER ye orphans of WILLIAM CARTER deced by Order of Court Now if said Robert Carter Esqr. shall truely perform all things as the Law enjoynes and shall when they attain the full age pay unto the said Orphans all Estate being due to them when they come of Age without any trouble and that if Robert Carter Esqr. and William Churchhill keep the Justices from troubles that may happen concerning the Orphans Estate that then this obligation to be voyd or else to stand
      In presence of PAUL THILMAN, Robert Carter
      GEO. WORTHAM, EDWIN THACKER CiCur W : Churchhill
      Au. a Court held for the County of Middlesex the second day of November 1702
      Robert Carter and William Churchhill acknowledged this Bond to be their act and deed and was admitted to record
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      === Research Notes from Homer F Willis
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      I am doing research on Richard Willis who was imported by the a Richard Willis who was the son of Thomas Willis of Middlesex County, Va.

      The younger Richard Willis was imported by the older Richard Willis the son of Thomas Willis in May of 1699. The older Richard Willis died in the first part of 1700.

      The younger Richard and his wife Martha show up on the Christ Church Register and having children in 1707 and 1709.

      After that no more is recorded. Later the children of Richard and Martha show up on land records in Craven County, NC

      Would like to try to find Martha's single name. Some show it as Vines and were they married in Virginia or Maryland. There is no marriage record in the register of Christ Church of Middlesex County, VA.

      Let me know if you have any more information. on them.