The Descendants of John WILLISTON

Fourth Generation


59. Simeon WILLIS (Seth WILLIS , Thomas Martin , John ) was born 1 BET. 1786 - 1795 in Davis Shore, Carteret County, North Carolina. He died AUG 8 1863 in Onslow County, North Carolina and was buried UNKNOWN in Onslow County, North Carolina.

Simeon was counted in a census 1790 in Carteret County, North Carolina. He was counted in a census 1810 in Onslow Co., North Carolina. He was counted in a census 1820 in Carteret County, North Carolina. He was counted in a census 2 1830 in Onslow Co., North Carolina, Page #219. He was counted in a census 3 1840 in Onslow Co., North Carolina, Page #155. He was counted in a census 4 1850 in Onslow Co., North Carolina, Page #129. He was counted in a census JUL 23 1860 in County/State: Onslow Co., NC, Page #295.

1 PROP
2 DATE 11 SEP 1835
2 PLAC Simeon buys 34 acres of land for $200 from Donald Russell, Book 21, page 169.
1 PROP
2 DATE 12 JAN 1842
2 PLAC Simeon buys 50 acres of land for $75 from D. L. Russell, Book 24, Pg. 169
1 PROP
2 DATE 29 NOV 1849
2 PLAC Simeon buys 90 acres land from Owens P. Owen, et al. for $75. Book 27, page 134
1 PROP
2 DATE 20 MAY 1853
2 PLAC Simeon buys 300 acres of land for $75 from Owens, et al. Book 27, pg 134
1 PROP
2 DATE 5 MAY 1854
2 PLAC Simeon sells 150 acres of land to Isaac A. Sanders


When Simeon died in 1863 he left the land on Bear Creek, Onslow County, NC to his son Marsden with the stipulation the $300 be paid to Benjamin. When Marsden died he left a life interest to his wife, Nancy, who lived on the land until her death. At some point Daniel L. Russell purchased some of the land from Marsden (or Nancy) without paying Benjamin the money that Marsden owed his brother. William Henry Willis (son of Marsden) wrote his uncle Benjamin in 1883, stating that a man by the name of Pittman claims he went to Tennessee and paid Benjamin the $300 that Marsden owed him in Confederate script after the war. William told his uncle Benjamin that he suspected misdoings. Also a lawyer, Richard W. Nixon, who had knowledge of the affair, wrote Benjamin in 1893 that the statutes of limitations had probably run out but, if Benjamin could establish a misdeed he might have a case for litigation. There probably was no litigation because Benjamin purchased 300 acres for $300 from his nephew William Henry Willis by Deed, dated January 10, 1894. From that date until WW II, there is no record of what happened to the land on Bear Creek. In November of 1941 a Lecete Willis McCullars wrote Walter G. Willis (her 1st cousin) from Garner, NC expressing her sadness that the Willis land on Bear Creek as well as her land and many others land had been taken by Condemnation by the U.S. Government in 1940 to build the Marine Base at Camp LeJune, NC (Notes:from Willis Springs on the Conasauga River, Old Fort, Tennessee by Joseph Morton Good III, 1992, original publication. The above note was taken from an addendum printed in October, (1994)

William Henry Willis could be the son of Leonidas Armeda Willis, a brother of Marsden. In the census of 1860 Marsden and Nancy are both 42 years old and do not have any children listed as their own. a Lizzie Simmons, 10 year old female was living with them.

Simeon's wife, Rebecca died Dec 12, 1851 and is buried on the Willis Plantation at Willis Landing in Swansboro, North Carolina
In the 1860 Census, Simeon lists a "domestic" Winnie Hill, 72 years old, as living at the house as well as a James S. Gurganons, a 16 year old male listed as a farm laborer.

According to Wilda Hancock Ward a Captain George Hazard started a town at Willis Landing and Simeon bought his land from him.
Wilda also relates a story her grandmother, Mary Eliza Willis told to her as a young girl. Willis Landing was a large, deep safe harbor and many ships would come there for protection from storms and to unload their goods. During the Civil War a Yankee military ship came to the landing. The Yankee soldiers went up the road to Simeon's plantation where they raided his smoke house of all the contents. Simeon offered no resistance because his wife and youngest child were in the house. After the soldiers started back for the ship Simeon came out of the house and stood in the middle of the road pounding his fist against his hand and yelling, "You Yankee S.O.B.s". The ship captain heard Simeon and ordered the men to load a cannon and fire at the house. The cannon ball was the type that did not explode an went clear through the house from one end to the other.

Simeon ran back into the house, fearing that his wife and daughter could be hurt. He found his wife unhurt and they began to hunt for the daughter. She had ran and hid in the cellar and came out unhurt.

Wilda said that as a young child she remembers rolling the cannon ball around the yard of the plantation. She said the ball later was in the possession of a Pauline Nelson who lived in Moorehead (only brick house on left on Ann St.). Wilda had tried to buy the ball but Pauline refused.

Simeon married Rebecca MORSE about 1814 in Carteret County, North Carolina. Rebecca was born 1 1790 in Carteret County, North Carolina. She died DEC 12 1851 in Swansboro, Onslow County, North Carolina and was buried after DEC 12 1851 in On Willis Plantation at Willis Landing in Swansboro, North Carolina.

GRAVE MARKER INSCRIPTION:
"In Memory of Rebecca Willis, Wife of Simeon Willis, Sr., Who died 12th December 1851. Aged 58 years, 8 months and 29 days.
This frail mounment of ____________ worth is placed over the dust of an affectionate Wife and loved Mother. Who lived a life of usefulness, by a death of tranquility."

They had the following children:

  66 M i Marsden C. WILLIS was born 1 BET. 1815 - 1818 in Carteret County, North Carolina. He died UNKNOWN in Unknown.

Marsden was counted in a census 2 1830 in North Carolina, Onslow County. He was counted in a census 1840 in North Carolina, Onslow County. He was counted in a census 1850 in North Carolina, Onslow County. He was counted in a census 1860 in North Carolina, Onslow County. He was counted in a census 1870 in North Carolina, Onslow County, Page 10.

1 PROP
2 DATE 31 JUL 1839
2 PLAC Marsden and Nancy sell 399 acres for $425 to James H. Monford, Page 218


[Brøderbund Family Archive #317, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1850, Date of Import: Mar 16, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.317.1.35289.13]

Individual: Willis, Marden
County/State: Onslow Co., NC
Location: Swansboro
Page #: 129
Year: 1850
[Brøderbund Family Archive #316, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1840, Date of Import: Mar 15, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.316.1.12647.165]

Individual: Willis, Marsden
County/State: Onslow Co., NC
Page #: 159
Year: 1840
[Brøderbund Family Archive #317, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1850, Date of Import: Mar 16, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.317.1.35289.13]

Individual: Willis, Marden
County/State: Onslow Co., NC
Location: Swansboro
Page #: 129
Year: 1850

See Notes on Simeon Willis concerning the family land on Bear Creek, Onslow County, NC
        Marsden married Nancy WARD on UNKNOWN in Onslow County, North Carolina. Nancy was born 1 1816 in North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
  67 F ii Urseline WILLIS was born about 1822 in Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.

Married her uncle Asa Willis's son, Simeon. They were first cousins.
        Urseline married Simeon WILLIS, son of Asa WILLIS and Elizabeth ROYAL, on 1854 in Unknown. Simeon was born about 1827 in Unknown. He died 1867 in Unknown.
+ 68 M iii Benjamin Gerard WILLIS was born JUN 22 1823 and died JAN 22 1901.
+ 69 M iv Armeda Leonidas WILLIS was born BET. 1824 - 1825 and died UNKNOWN.
+ 70 F v Mary Eliza WILLIS was born 1829 and died UNKNOWN.

60. Asa WILLIS (Seth WILLIS , Thomas Martin , John ) was born SEP 19 1792 in Carteret County, North Carolina. He died JUL 5 1884 in Carteret County, North Carolina and was buried JUL 1884 in Buried in Marshallberg, N.C. in the small cemetary north of Capt. Fred Gillikin's house..

Asa was counted in a census 1 1840 in North Carolina, Carteret County, pg. 093. He APR 8 1822 Marriage bond for 500 pounds for Elizabeth Royal signed by .

[Brøderbund Family Archive #316, Ed. 1, Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1840, Date of Import: Oct 31, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.316.1.12643.183]

Individual: Willis, Asa
County/State: Carteret Co., NC
Page #: 093
Year: 1840

Asa married Elizabeth ROYAL on APR 8 1822 in Carteret County, North Carolina. Elizabeth was born UNKNOWN in North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in North Carolina.

1 BIRT
2 DATE UNKNOWN

Asa and Elizabeth had the following children:

  71 M i Simeon WILLIS was born about 1827 in Unknown. He died 1867 in Unknown.
        Simeon married Urseline WILLIS, daughter of Simeon WILLIS and Rebecca MORSE, on 1854 in Unknown. Urseline was born about 1822 in Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.

Married her uncle Asa Willis's son, Simeon. They were first cousins.

65. Micajah WILLIS (Seth WILLIS , Thomas Martin , John ) was born 1807 in Carteret County, North Carolina. He died before JAN 17 1853 in Carteret County, North Carolina.

Micajah was counted in a census 1 1840 in North Carolina, Carteret County, pg. 089. He MAR 15 1826 Marriage bond for 500 pounds for Sally Arthur signed by Asa. He JAN 17 1843 Asa Willis, Adminstrator files estate completion papers.

Micajah married Sarah Sally ARTHUR on MAR 15 1826 in Carteret County, North Carolina. Sarah was born 1808 in Davis Shore, Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.

They had the following children:

  72 M i Amos WILLIS was born 1827 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. He died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
        Amos married Nancy LONGEST on UNKNOWN in Unknown. Nancy was born 1831 in Unknown. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
  73 M ii Elijah WILLIS was born 1830 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. He died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
        Elijah married Cordelia WADE on UNKNOWN in Unknown. Cordelia was born 1827 in Unknown. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
  74 F iii Nancy WILLIS was born 1838 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
  75 F iv Elizabeth Anne WILLIS was born 1840 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
        Elizabeth married Van Buren SALTER on UNKNOWN in Unknown. Van was born about 1848 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. He died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
  76 F v Catherine WILLIS was born 1844 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.
  77 F vi Sarah WILLIS was born 1849 in Hunting Quarters, Carteret County, North Carolina. She died UNKNOWN in Unknown.

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