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Ancestry listings for Henry WillisEdit
Francis Willis, the progenitor of the worthy and prominent Virginia family, the name Willis, was granted, July 3, 1642, 450 acres of land in that portion of York County from which Gloucester County was formed by Act of Assembly in the same year. [VA Land Registry, Book No. 2, p 199] He represented Gloucester County in the House of Burgesses in 1652, and later. Francis, [born 1685-90], son of Hugh Willis, the last presumably his brother, is said to have married "Lady" Ann Rich in England about the year 1716. She was interred near the chancel of Ware Church, Gloucester County. The fragments of the broken slab above her grave present the following inscription,
- Here lyeth the body of Mrs. Ann Willis, the wife of Col. Francis Willis, who departed this life the 10th of June 1727, in the 32nd year of her age;
- Also the body of A **, daughter of the above aged 7 days.