Welcome to the Family!

The aim of The Willis Tree website is to gather together research and remembrances relating to the history of my family.

Most of that history is rooted in the English county of Kent, particularly around the coastal town of Dover. From these villages and towns the family has spread across the globe so that today there are descendants living in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

The information, images and memories presented on this site come from numerous sources, including a large number of cousins and fellow amateur genealogists whose own family trees interlink with mine. As a result, we have been able to share material and expand our collective knowledge.

I sincerely hope that the information on this site will help you discover your ancestral roots and rediscover your living relatives!

If you have a connection to an individual or family in my The Willis Tree I’d love to hear from you! You can use the Contact Form to get in touch!

My Dad’s Family

On my Dad’s side you’ll find the Willis, Greenland, Alefounder, Suters & Benefield families from Kent, and the Devon families of Nicholls, Pyne  and Mayne.

My Mum’s Family

On my Mum’s side there’s the Hopper and Collard families from East Kent, the Gurnsey, Harvey, Huggins, Hare and  Calloway families from North Kent, and the Robinson family from Ireland.

Meet my Grandparents!

Click an image to find out more about their lives

George Robert
(‘Grandad Willis’)

Dorothy Winifred
(‘Grandma Willis’)

Alfred George
(‘Grandad Hopper’)

(‘Granny Hopper’)

About Me

Hi, I’m Paul Willis and I was born and brought up in the Kent village of Hawkhurst.

I’ve been researching the history of my family since 2008 and have dedicated many hours to discovering my ancestors and their life stories.

You can read more about me on my Bio Page!

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The Roll of Honour commemorates those in my family tree who sacrificed their lives ‘for King and Country’ during the two World Wars.
Information is drawn from personal recollection, private archives and online sources and resources and combined to help build up as full a picture as possible of each serviceman.
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