Joseph Robert WILLIS

Joseph Robert WILLIS

Male 1827 - 1907  (80 years)Deceased

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  • Name Joseph Robert WILLIS 
    Born 1827  Barham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Mar 1827  St Mary Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Prison 15 Apr 1834  Barham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    'Richard Rouzel, Thomas Kennett, and Joseph Willis, for stealing three faggots, at Barham, 11 days imprisonment.'
    Kentish Weekly Post 
    Age: 7 
    Emigration 2 Jun 1836  New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1850  West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 20 
    Census 1865  West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation: Shoe Maker 
    Age: 39 
    Census 1900  West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation: Comb Maker 
    Age: 72 
    Died 13 Jan 1907  West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cause of Death: 'Phthisis Pulmonalisis' (Tuberculosis)
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Person ID I3761  WILLIS01
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2016 

    Father Ancestors Joseph Henry WILLIS,   b. 02 Mar 1797, Barham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1868, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth HOOD,   b. 31 Jan 1788, Lyminge, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1875, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 18 Aug 1822  Lyminge, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Church of St Mary St Ethelburga
    Children 8 children 
    Histories
    The Swing Riots of Kent and the Willis Emigration to the USA - 1836
    The Swing Riots of Kent and the Willis Emigration to the USA - 1836
    So often in the past it was the case that national, political events impacted directly on our ancestors. This is particularly the case in the Willis family in Barham in Kent. Between 1835 and 1850 four families had emigrated to the United States of America.
    Family ID F936  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner 1 Ancestors Ruth C COFFIN,   b. 1828, Newburyport, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1852, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Ruth C WILLIS,   b. 19 Sep 1852, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner 2 Ancestors Ellen WARREN,   b. 06 May 1834, County Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1885, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 1854  West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    Married: 1x1. Mary Elizabeth WILLIS,   b. 26 May 1856, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926  (Age 69 years)
    +2. Julia Ann WILLIS,   b. 30 Apr 1858, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1900  (Age 42 years)
    +3. Joseph Henry WILLIS,   b. 02 Oct 1860, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1918, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. Charles William WILLIS,   b. 01 Jun 1863, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Apr 1873, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)
     5. Daniel WILLIS,   b. 09 Aug 1865, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1904, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     6. Ellen Theresa WILLIS,   b. 16 Mar 1868, West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1913  (Age 45 years)
    Family ID F937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1827 - Barham, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPrison - 'Richard Rouzel, Thomas Kennett, and Joseph Willis, for stealing three faggots, at Barham, 11 days imprisonment.' Kentish Weekly Post - 15 Apr 1834 - Barham, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 20 - 1850 - West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1854 - West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Occupation: Shoe Maker - 1865 - West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Occupation: Comb Maker - 1900 - West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Jan 1907 - West Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The Willis Family of West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - c1896
    The Willis Family of West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - c1896
    Joseph R Willis and his grandchildren, c1905
    Joseph R Willis and his grandchildren, c1905
    Joseph Robert Willis, with his grandchildren Eugene M. Willis (b1902), and Edith Willis (b1896). This picture is circa 1905, assuming Eugene is about 3 years old . Joseph would be about 78 in this photo. The house in the picture is the family estate, which is still where it sits on Sullivan\'s Court in West Newbury, Massachusetts. The house was…

    Census Records
    1850 United States Census - WILLIS, Joseph and Elizabeth [nee Hood]
    1850 United States Census - WILLIS, Joseph and Elizabeth [nee Hood]
    1865 Massachusetts State Census [USA] - WILLIS, Joseph R and Ellen [nee Warren]
    1865 Massachusetts State Census - WILLIS, Joseph R and Ellen [nee Warren]
    1900 United States Census [USA]- WILLIS, Joseph H & Mary
    1900 United States Census - WILLIS, Joseph H & Mary

    BMD Records
    Death - 1907 - Joseph Robert WILLIS
    Death - 1907 - Joseph Robert WILLIS

    Newspapers
    Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - 15 April 1834
    Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - 15 April 1834
    'Richard Rouzel, Thomas Kennett, and Joseph Willis, for stealing three faggots, at Barham, 11 days imprisonment.'

    Portraits
    WILLIS, Joseph
    WILLIS, Joseph

  • Notes 
    • The following comes from a document my grandfather, Walter Daniel Willis, typed for Paul McIsaac (his great grandson) in 1982 for a genealogy project for school. He was 89 at the time, but still had a great memory. He was 14 when Joseph Robert died and was living in the same house with him at the time. He got a couple of things wrong (total number of siblings), particularly the fact that the family came over in 1833 rather than 1836. He has Joseph?s age at the time he came to the States correct, and an 1827 birthdate is validated by Joseph's death record.

      "Grandfather Willis

      Joseph Robert Willis was born in 1824 in County Kent, England.

      I cannot remember his father or mother's first names. Gramp had three brothers and one sister. In 1833 Gramp was 9 years old. Conditions were very hard to get a in England at that time.

      And his father decided to come to America. They sailed from England on a freight vessel. They were two months before landing in Boston, they went to Andover, MA.
      That town was their home where they got work in the textile mills and on th farms.

      When Gramps was 12 years old he left home and shipped on a freighter as cabin boy. He was gone two years before returning home. He stayed with his folks until he was 17 years old. He then went to New Bedford and signed on a whaling vessel and gone four years and again returned home.

      In them days there was always work on the farm. Farm work was done by men and horses. The pay in them days [was] from 15 to 25 dollars per month with board. About all the hay and grain was cut with a sythe or cradel. That was before horse-drawn mowing machines came out.

      In 1854 he was living in West Newbury, got married to Ellen Warren and lived on Main Street, West Newbury at the foot of Slipper Hill. They had two daughters Mary and Ann.

      He then bought a 1/2 acre of land where your great aunt Edith lives now. He bought a building 10'x 15'. It was used as the first Post Office in West Newbury and moved to where it stands now. As he got money he would build rooms on to it, as it stands today.

      They had four more children in this house. My father, a brother Charles, Daniel, sister Ellen.

      Gramp worked on farms and cut cord wood and finished his working days in the comb shop until 1903 the comb shop closed.

      Gramp was a very quiet spoken man and he will never be forgotten by me.

      He died 1907." [7]

  • Sources 
    1. [S250] FindMyPast.co.uk, Canterbury Cathedral Archives.
      http://www.findmypast.co.uk/records/parish-records/details/B/96598519?fY=1823&tY=1833&sn=WILLIS&iFnsV=false&fns=JOSEPH&cy=KEN&rC=1&locale=en

    2. [S250] FindMyPast.co.uk, Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - 15 April 1834.

    3. [S50] Ancestry.co.uk, Source: New York, Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1850 .

    4. [S168] *1850 US Census.

    5. [S170] *1865 Massachusetts State Census [US].

    6. [S173] *1900 US Census.

    7. [S27] >McISAAC, Paul (Reliability: 3).