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Henry Willis

  • Born: 14 Sep 1628, Warminster, St. Deny's, Wiltshire, England
  • Marriage: Mary Pease on 25 Mar 1655 in , , Wiltshire, England
  • Died: 11 Jul 1714, Westbury, Nassau, New York at age 85

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Notes. Henry was born the 14th day of the 9th month 1628 at Wiltshire, England.3 On 14 September 1628, Henry was christened at St. Denys Church, Warminster, Wiltshire, England.4 Henry married Mary Peace on 25 March 1655 at St. Denys Church, Warminster, Wiltshire, England. Her maiden name may have been Pearce.5 In 1666, Henry & Mary Willis, along with their family, moved from Devizes to London after the great fire & plaque there in the mid 1660's. It is in the public record that Henry went to visit his father and other friends in jail (they had been placed in jail because of being at a Quaker meeting). When Henry and his friends arrived at the prison, they were asked to take the Oath of Allegiance, which Quakers refuse to do, and upon their refusal, they were jailed as well. Their daughter, Elizabeth was born during the time that Henry was in prison. While in London, the family was living in the Quaker Center of Spitalfields, which is located less than a mile away from the Tower of London. In 1675, the family immigrated to the New World, where Henry made a purchase of 22 acres of land on 2 Ocrtober 1675. This was in Hempstead snf was called Wood Edge which is now known as Westbury. They purchased the land from Captain John Seaman.

31 August 1698, an unknown person and his wife, [ROF:Hempstead Town] were listed on the Hempstead Town Census. Enumerated in this household were Henry Willis, Mary, Hester Searing. Henry departed this life the 11th day of the 7th month 1714 at Westbury, Hempstead Town, Queens County, Long Island, New York.

Source: L.I. Benjamin D. Hicks of Old Westbury, Willis Family of Long Island, page 170 - In 1760 Samuel Willis, a grandson of Henry Willis, the emigrant ancestor of the American family, wrote "An account of kindred," in which he traced, with some care, many of the branches of his paternal and maternal ancestry from his own time back to that of his English great-grandfather. In 1801 Thomas Willis, grandson of the above Samuel, perfected some parts of the record left by his grandfather, and made a few additions of later generations. Since 1852 Samuel Hicks, who married a great-great granddaughter of Samuel Willis, has been interested in completing the record, and in bringing down the main line and its collateral brances to the present. [note: the references in this work to this source are mainly coming from the work done by the above Samuel Willis in 1760. - KLM]

Occupation. Henry was a Quaker minister


married Mary Pease, son of George Peace III and Elizabeth Richardson, on 25 Mar 1655 in , , Wiltshire, England. (Mary Pease was born on 12 Jun 1632 in Warminster, St. Deny's, Wiltshire, England, christened on 12 Aug 1632 in Warminster, St. Denys, Wiltshire, England 941 and died on 23 Apr 1714 in Westbury, Nassau, New York.)

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