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.
James Willis was born in Dover in 1875, only child of George and Mary Elizabeth Willis (nee Dennis). By the time of his early death in 1916, he had been publican of The Red Lion Inn in Carlton, Dover for nearly twenty years.
Eugene M. ‘Shike’ Willis Jr. of West Newbury, former West Newbury chief of police, died November 20, 2004 at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He was 71.
Archibald F Willis served in the 1st Life Guards in the Great War, his son, also called Archie, was a Gunner in the RAF and was killed in a tragic accident…