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Records of southwest Virginia suggest that there were two "Henry WIllis'" living in the area. The first Person:Henry Willis (10) appears in records for Washington County and its precursors, as early as 1769. This Henry lived near Saltville, and dissappears from area records by1785. The second Henry Willis appears in Montomery County by 1779. It is possible that the two Henry's are the same person, though the fact that we have records for a Henry WIllis in both areas more or less simultaneously, suggests that they are separate persons.
Henry Willis settled 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. Some records suggest he settled on his Saltville property even before the area was open for settlement, perhas as early as 1767. 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.
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.
We have little information about Henry's immediate family. His wife is identified as "Mary Cochran" in court orders of the period, but the identity of their children (if any) is unknown. After Henry dissappears from local records circa 1785, an Amos Willis and a Abner Willis begin to appear in the local tax records, living in the general vicinity of Saltville. It is plausible that Amos and Abner were brothers, and the sons of Henry Willis,
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 at Records for Henry Willis in Southwest Virginia. 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).
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