Henry Willis (c1740-aft1785)

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Henry Willis settled in Allisons Gap, near modern Saltville, Washington County, VA in 1769. He was one of the first settlers to establish a homesite after the area was open for settlement in that year. See Proclamation Line The location of his home may have been selected because it was near, or perhaps included, portions of the salt lick that would eventually give the town of Saltville its name.


DOB: c1740 Henry was an adult when he settled in Allison Gap in 1769. That suggests a DOB of no later than c1750. A slightly older DOB has been assumed, but may not be correct.
Spouse: Mary Cochran See Records; A present was made against Henry in 1773 for cohabiting with Mary Cochran; its presumed that she was the mother of his children.


Henry's parents are currently unknown. He may be the father of Abner Willis (c1775-aft1840), who appears in Washington County tax records beginning in the 1790's, and who settled first in Locust Cove east of Saltville, and later on Little Cedar Creek west of Lebanon.



Family historyEdit


A entries for a "Henry Willis" are found in the records for Augusta, Botetourt, Fincastle, Washington, and Montgomery Counties VA, and Green and Washington Counties TN. A compendium of such records is provided as Miscellaneous Records on a separate page. Some of these records are for the same person living in different locations at different times, and some are for what appears to be different individuals. A "best guess" is provided for the identity of the "Henry Willis" to whom each record probably belongs. Tjods data set is not comprehensive. For examplem, records for Montgomery county have not been systematically examined, and tax and other records for Washington County are not shown here (as yet).

Records for "Cochran"Edit

Name Immediate Source Page Location Year day-Month Entry
Margaret Cochran Summers, 1929 538 Botetourt Co, VA 1770 19-Oct Margaret Cochran, widow of Peter Cochran, to James McAfee. 20 pounds. Release of dower in 32 acres of land.
Mary Cochrain Summers, 1929 605 Fincastle Co, VA 1773 5-May Presentment against Henry Willis for cohabiting with Mary Cochran
William Cochran Summers, 1929 612 Fincastle Co, VA 1773 7-May On the motion of James Jarvis, administ5ation is granted him on the estate of William Cochran, Decd., he having entered into bond with Stephen Keewood his secuirty agreeble to Law.
William Cochran Summers, 1929 613 Fincastle Co, VA 1773 7-May George Adams, Jister Cox, and James Anderson being first sowrn are appointed to appraise the estate of William Cochran, Decd. And make their return according to law.
William Cochran Summers, 1929 618 Fincastle Co, VA 1773 2-Nov An inventroy and appraisement of the estate of William Cochran deceased treturned and ordered to be recorded
William Cochran Summers, 1929 623 Fincastle Co, VA 1773 3-May An inventroy appraisement of the estate of William Cochran deceased returned into court and ordered to be recorded
Mary Cochrain Summers, 1929 600 Fincastle Co, VA 1774 3-Mar Mary Cochrain and James Davis Plaintiffs, aainst Samuel Simpson and William Wilkins, Defendants: Court finds for the Plaintiffs, since the defendents didn't show at the trial. Plaintiffs given a judgement in the amount of one pound ten shillings, plus cost
Samuel Cochran Summers, 1929 1042 Washington Co, Va 1779 17-Aug Samuel Cochran came into court and acknowledged that he hath received 12 pounds of his fathrs estate from JamesGervis
Elizabeth Cochran Summers, 1929 1101 Washington Co, Va 1782 21-May Presentment against Elizabeth Cochran for a base born child.
Dennis Cochran Summers, 1929 942 Montgomery Co, VA 1800 17-Nov Dennis Cochran grantor to John Wyat Grantee, for 260 pounds, 500 ac at confluence of Madams C. with New River


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