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    1. [WILLIS] Happy Mother's Day to Rev. Joseph Willis's mother Mary Willis (aka Ahyoka Willis in my novels).
    2. Happy Mother's Day to Rev. Joseph Willis's mother Mary Willis (aka Ahyoka Willis in my novels). Rev. Joseph Willis's (1758-1854) half-Cherokee mother's name was Mary Willis. Not Sarah Willis. How do I know that? That's what Joseph Willis wrote in his diary/journal. But, if you search there are clues everywhere! ✯Joseph Willis married his first wife Rachel Bradford in 1784. ✯Their first child, a son, Agerton Willis, was born in 1785. He was named after Joseph's English father Agerton Willis. ✯Their second child, a daughter, Mary Willis, was born in 1787. She was named after Joseph's half-Cherokee mother Mary Willis. To honor Joseph Willis's parents, Joseph Willis and Rachel Bradford Willis waited to the birth of their third and fourth children to name an offspring after themselves. ✯Joseph Willis and Rachel Bradford Willis's third child, Joseph Willis Jr. was born in South Carolina in 1792. ✯Joseph Willis and Rachel Bradford Willis’s fourth child Rachel Willis was born in 1794. ✯Rachel Willis dies in childbirth, in 1794. She was 32-years-old. ✯✯✯✯✯ Rev. Joseph Willis's eldest child Agerton Willis (named after his Grandfather) named his daughter Mary Willis to honor his half-Cherokee Grandmother Mary Willis. He has no daughters named Sarah Willis since Rachel Bradford Willis was his mother, not Sarah. In 1795 Joseph Willis married his second wife Sarah. She was an Irish woman. She dies too. Joseph Willis's third wife was also named Sarah. Joseph Willis and his third wife Sarah Willis's son William Willis (1804) named his first daughter after his mother Sarah Willis and his second daughter after his half-Cherokee Grandmother Mary Willis. Joseph Willis and his third wife Sarah Willis's son Lemuel Willis (1812) changes the order. He named his first child Mary Willis to honor his half-Cherokee Grandmother Mary Willis and his fourth child Sarah Willis. It gives you an idea of how much respect they had for their half-Cherokee Grandmother Mary Willis. And, that respect continued into the next generation. Joseph Willis Jr's son Joseph P. Willis (1824) named a daughter Mary Willis. Agerton Willis's daughter and a granddaughter of Rev. Joseph Willis, Eliza Willis did the same thing. She married John A. Strother. They named one of their daughter's Mary Ann Strother (1852). And, the list goes on... ✯✯✯✯✯ How did the named Sarah Willis get confused with Joseph Willis's half-Cherokee mother's real name Mary Willis? Rev. Joseph Willis's uncle (Joseph Willis's father Agerton Willis's brother) Benjamin Willis also had a son named Joseph Willis. This Joseph Willis was thus a first-cousin to Rev. Joseph Willis and as might be expected the records of the two have been often confused. This Joseph Willis was a few years younger (1763-1767) than Rev. Joseph Willis (born 1758). This Joseph Willis's (not Rev. Joseph Willis) mother was named Sarah. Sarah was married to Benjamin Willis, not Rev. Joseph Willis's father Agerton Willis as some have supposed. This Joseph Willis's (not Rev. Joseph Willis) sold to his mother, Sarah Willis, half of "Joseph Willis's sawmill." This Joseph Willis (the son of Benjamin Willis) died later the same year (1788), without issue. He is listed on the 1788 tax list as "Willis, Joseph Estate" with 530 acres, 2 black polls. Now to complicate things further, this Joseph Willis (the son of Benjamin Willis) also had a brother named Agerton Willis. This Agerton was also a first-cousin to Rev. Joseph Willis. Rev. Joseph Willis's uncle George Willis also had a son named Agerton Willis, thus we see Rev. Joseph Willis's father was named Agerton Willis and Rev. Joseph Willis also had two first-cousins named Agerton and one first cousin named Joseph. These three Agerton Willises and the two Joseph Willises are often confused with each other. ~ Randy Willis Website: http://threewindsblowing.com Amazon author's page: http://amazon.com/author/randywillis Three Winds Blowing trailer https://youtu.be/L6libzCS9No Twice a Slave trailer: https://youtu.be/IuPAzCcRn3s Twice a Slave, the play trailer: https://youtu.be/L7iT-7CiKA0

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