Benjamin Willis VI
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Benjamin Willis, VI (1810- May 4, 1882)

  • Wife: He was married twice

    • Sarah (Sallie) Sumner (Feb 27, 1816(3) - 1861)

      • Married December 5, 1833 in Irwin County, Georgia.

      • Sallie was the daughter of Joseph Sumner and Mahala Smith. She was their second child.

      • Born in Emanuel County, Georgia.

      • Sallie died at the age of 45 in Ty Ty, Worth County, Georgia

      • Marriage Note: 

        • Marraige: Evans, tadd, Irwin County Georgia Marraige records, 1820-1928, pub by Tadd Evans, Savannah, GA 1993, p 170, Sarah married to Willis, Benjamin 5. Dec 1833

    • Melissa Gooden (1837-??) After the death of Sarah (Sallie) Sumner Willis in 1861, Benjamin married 30 year old Melissa Gooden on December 19, 1867 in Worth County, Georgia.
       

  • Children of Benjamin and Sarah Sumner: (they had seven children)

    • Matilda Willis (1835-1847) 

      • Born in Irwin County, Georgia

      • married to James W. Thornhill (??-??), Oct 17, 1865, Worth County, GA
         

    • Daniel Willis (March 26, 1837 - Dec. 5, 1906)

      • Married to Rachel Narcissa Young (??-??)

      • born and died in Worth County, Georgia
         

    • John Willis (1839- April 13, 1863) Died in Macon Confederate Army Hospital

      • Died of disease in Macon, Georgia hospital while in Confederate Army, Company B, 10th Georgia Battalion.
         

    • William G. Willis (1840 - March 4, 1863) Died in Macon Confederate Army Hospital

      • Died of "chronic diarrhea" in Macon, Georgia hospital while in Confederate Army, Company B, 10th Georgia Battalion at rank of 4th Corporal
         

    • Elizabeth Willis (Dec. 4, 1841 - Oct. 25, 1914)

      • Married William Hobby (9/9/1941-12/8/??) on October 25, 1866 in Worth County, GA, [See Marriage Book 1 W Worth Co, GA pg 148]

      • born in Irwin County, Georgia

      • Died in Pine Forest, Worth County, Georgia
         

    • Mary Willis (Nov. 10, 1844 - Dec. 21, 1909)

      • married to John F. Brooks (??-??) in Worth County, Georgia on March 6, 1868.

      • born in Irwin County, Georgia

      • buried in Brooks Family Cemetery, Oklahoma
         

    • Joseph Willis (Dec. 2, 1846 - Oct. 14, 1921)

      • Married to Rachel Land (??-??)

      • born in Irwin County, Georgia

      • Died in Worth County, Georgia
         

    • Cynthia Willis (March 4, 1848 - July 9, 1909)

      • Married to Jim Trammell (??-??) and later to Walter Hannon (??-??)

      • Born in Irwin County, Georgia

      • Died in Tift County, Georgia.
         

    • George Willis (1851-??)

      • Born in Irwin County, Georgia
         

    • Martha Willis (August 27, 1854 - July 15, 1940)

      • Married to Luke Sapp Thompson (Feb 23, 1856-June 1, 1920)(3)

      • Born and died in Sumner, Worth County, Georgia
         

    • Franny Willis (1855-??)

      • Born in Irwin County, Georgia
         

    • Nancy Willis (1856-1858)

      • Born and died in Worth County, Georgia
         

    • Sarah Willis (1858 - 1885)

      • Married Richard Jefferson Davis (??-??) in 1876

      • Born and died in Worth County, Georgia
         

    • James Willis (1861-??)

      • Born in Worth County, Georgia
         

  • Children of Benjamin and Melissa Gooden: (they had one child?)

    • Francis Willis (1866-??)

      • Born in Irwin County, Georgia
         

  • History Notes

    • Irwin County was split to establish Worth County which explains why so many of the children show both counties. 

    • Benjamin Willis VI was born 1810 in Telfair County, Georgia, and died May 4, 1882 in Irwin County, Georgia.

    • Benjamin Willis enlisted as a Private in the Confederate Army on July 6, 1864 and was discharged that same year due to "Old Age" He was 54 years old.

    • Benjamin and Sallie had four sons who served in the Confederate Army:

      • Daniel Willis - Company B, 10th Georgia Battalion, enlisted May 13, 1862, surrendered at Appomatox, Va. Fought at Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg (short siege)

      • John Willis - Died of disease in Macon, Georgia hospital while in Confederate Army, Company B, 10th Georgia Battalion.

      • William G. Willis - Died of "chronic diarrhoea" in Macon, Georgia hospital while in Confederate Army, Company B, 10th Georgia Battalion at rank of 4th Corporal

      • Joseph Willis - Company F, 10th Georgia Militia
         

    • Notes from 1860 Census:

      • Benjamin Willis owned real estate valued at $3,500 and personal estate valued at $5,700

      • Neither Benjamin nor his wife, Sallie Sumner Willis could read or write.
         

    • Notes from 1870 Census:

      • Benjamin Willis owned real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $3,000

      • The 4 year old Francis Willis living in the household at the 1870 census is not the child of Benjamin & Melissa with ABSOLUTE certainty; if she is, she was obviously conceived prior to the Dec 19, 1867 marriage.

      • Also living in the household with Benjamin and Melissa at the 1870 census were Cynthia, George, Martha, Sarah, Franny and James from his marriage with Sallie (Sarah) Sumner.

     

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