(June 27, 1817- June 18, 1896)
and Elizabeth Willis
(Oct. 17, 1824 - Jan. 31, 1885)
Daughter of Jonathan Smith.
Daughter of John David Smith, son
of Allen Smith, who was the son of Jonathan Smith
(Per email from Larry Martin dated
Married to Benjamin on September 2, 1841.
Children: (They had
Both Daniel and Elizabeth are
buried in the Willis Cemetery.
Daniel was away from home when
the Indians killed his mother, sister and niece in Irwin County, Georgia.
He was one of the first
citizens in the part of the county below the A.C.L. railroad.
The Willis family first moved
into a one room log cabin until they could build, a few miles below Poulan,
a two room frame hose, to which two more rooms were later added. They built
a separate kitchen with a puncheon floor. The kitchen stood a distance from
the "big" house, and the family walked from the main building to the kitchen
by way of a covered walk. The "big" house was built in 1852, as verified by
a date marked into the chimney at the east end.
During the early years at this place, the Willis family used water from a
natural spring at the foot of the knoll that is now the Willis Cemetery.
This was also the spot where the family washing was done.
son of Daniel Willis, later owned this place.
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August 22, 2009
Per email from Larry Martin dated 11/2/1999