William Wilson and Elizabeth Goodrich

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I having issues now with William Wilson being husband to Elizabeth Goodrich it states Elizabeth married Willis Wilson they have different birthdates ect. My research states William Wilson wife was Elizabeth Unknown. Unless these profiles should be merged. It looks impossible. Can anyone help????? I can’t take Goodrich out of both wives and get them merged. 


find that young Willis soon developed quite a fondness for the sea, and the adventures about which he had heard so much. He received instruction in the art of navigation and became a sea-captain, sailing his vessels between James River points and the West Indies. Sometimes, in order to secure a full cargo for a trip, it was necessary for him to operate a smaller vessel up the James River and its tributaries, to bring the freight down to the seagoing vessels anchored further down the river. On one such trip he was accompanied by his intimate friend Samuel Boush (for whom Boush Street in Norfolk, Virginia, was named). On this trip these young men met Misses Elizabeth and Frances Goodrich, the charming daughters of Mr. Benjamin Goodrich (the spelling of this name was verified by wills on file in the Norfolk County Court House), a prominent planter who lived at or near the mouth of the Chicahominy River. It is certain that these young men made many more such trips together, for I find that Miss Frances Goodrich and Samuel Boush were later mar¬ ried; and that Miss Elizabeth Goodrich and Willis Wilson were married in 1732 and settled in Norfolk County, Virginia. Willis Wilson was a prominent man in his time, and commanded the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens, for he was elected to represent Norfolk County in the famous House of Burgesses of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the “Assembly of 1748- 1749, Session of October 27th, 1748, Session of April 10th, 1749.” Stanard’s Colonial Virginia Register, also Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 25. There were born to Willis and Elizabeth Goodrich Wilson two sons (family Bible of Ben¬ jamin and Ann Seay Wilson). Willis died in 1794 at the age of 84, having served his country well.

Benjamin, the first child of Willis and Elizabeth Goodrich Wilson, was born December 26, 1733, at the home of his grand¬ father, Benjamin Goodrich, at or near the junction of the Chica¬ hominy and James Rivers. He married Miss Ann Seay and settled on the Willis River in Cumberland County, Virginia.

John P., the second child of Willis and Elizabeth Goodrich Wilson, was born in 1736. He married and settled in West Vir¬ ginia and became the father of one son, whom he named John P., Jr. This John P., Jr., married his second cousin, Maria Wilson (see page 33).

Benjamin Wilson, the first child of Willis and Elizabeth Good¬ rich Wilson, was born December 26, 1733, married Miss Ann Seay, a daughter of James Seay, a Huguenot family from the waters of the York River, in 1750, and established and settled the “Somerset” Plantation on the Willis River in Cumberland County, Virginia, where he and his faithful and devoted wife reared eight sons and five daughters, most of whom lived to be old people. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wilson both died in 1814, having lived together as man and wife for more than sixty years.





in Genealogy Help by Billie Keaffaber G2G6 Mach 3 (34.1k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith

Wilson-15748 Wife is given as Elizabeth Goodridge on form

Name: Elizabeth Wilson
SAR Membership: 33570
Role: Ancestor
Application Date: 5 May 1920
Spouse: Willis Wilson
Children: Benjamin Wilson

no reference of anyone from Maryland on application

Willis and William are different men

Willis has land records in Virginia, none in Maryland


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      Name: Eliza' Goodrich
      Spouse: Willis Wilson
      Marriage Date: 7 Jun 1728
      Marriage Location: Norfolk County, Virginia

      Source Information

      Dodd, Jordan. Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com

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      +1 vote

      Familysearch.org (FS) has the following information

      Captain Willis Wilson FS ID GMYY-T1S born 9 September 1710 Norfolk, Virginia, United States died 1794 Virginia, United States 

      1st Spouse Elizabeth Sealy FS ID GQPY-4F7 NO birth or death information available 

      2nd Spouse Elizabeth Eliza Goodrich FS ID L1C7-984 birth 17 January 1715 Richmond, King George, Virginia, USA died 3 March 1798 Madison, Madison, Virginia, USA

      Father was Samuel Wilson FS ID LCJG-KT6 born Somerset, Prince William, Virginia, British Colonial America died 12 January 1710 Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia, United States

      Mother was Dinah Mason FS ID LHBP-PYR born 1666 Virginia, British Colonial America death September 1713 Princess Anne, Virginia, British Colonial America

      Full details are available on Familysearch.org

      Cheers Ross Geissmann

      by Ross Geissmann G2G6 Mach 2 (25.0k points)

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