need help finding Willis ancestors from Indiana, in 1850?

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in Genealogy Help by Barbara Humphreys G2G Crew (610 points)
edited by Barbara Humphreys
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I am so glad to have found WikiTree!!  I was born Barbara Kay Willis in Condon, Oregon in 1936,  but never knew my Birth Father, Harold Dawson Willis.  After 50 years I discovered some info, and began my research.  Very interesting, infact my daughter is writing about it, and what I have found, would love to share or help others.  I am stuck in Harrison County, Indiana, in 1850.  My Father was Harold Dawson Willis, his Father was Joseph Willis, and his Father was Hopkins Dawson Willis, born in Indiana around 1850? His Father was George W Willis?  I can go no further, and any help would be greatly appreciated, andI am happy to share with others....


As I am not computer smart, I rely on the mail and phone, but will try in hopes you rec. this.  I have dome a great deal of work on the Willis Family, but am stuck in Harrison County, Indiana in 1850.  After years of research, money and time, I can go no further.  My email is or call me collect at 760-770-7160.  I live in Southern Ca.

I look forward to hearing.

Barbara Kay Willis (Humphreys)


2 Answers

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Hopkins D Willis

 in the 1860 United States Federal Census

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Name: Hopkins D Willis
[Hopkins D Kean] 
Age: 8
Birth Year: abt 1852
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Indiana
Home in 1860: Boone, Harrison, Indiana
Post Office: Laconia
Family Number: 789
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Margaret Willis 41
Hopkins D Willis 8
Middleton W Willis 15
by Betty Fox G2G6 Pilot (189k points)

George and wife

Margaret Keen

 in the Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941

    Name: Margaret Keen
    Spouse Name: George Willis
    Marriage Date: 20 Mar 1851
    Marriage County: Harrison

    Margaret started out as a Dawson

    Margaret Dawson

     in the Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993

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      Name: Margaret Dawson
      Gender: Female
      Marriage Date: 12 Jul 1843
      Marriage Place: Harrison, Indiana, United States
      Spouse: John Keen
      FHL Film Number: 549383
      Reference ID: p 161

      This could be her with parents

      Margaret Keen

       in the 1850 United States Federal Census

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      Name: Margaret Keen
      Age: 32
      Birth Year: abt 1818
      Birthplace: Kentucky
      Home in 1850: District 45, Harrison, Indiana, USA
      Race: White
      Gender: Female
      Family Number: 1215
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Middleton Pawson 54
      Theophilus Pawson 21
      Wm H Pawson 22
      Margaret Keen 32
      Manasreh Dawson 19
      Martha Dawson 17
      Evoline Dawson 13
      Ellen Dawson 11
      Middleton W Dawson 4

      Looks like she collected a pension from her first husband

      Jno Keen

       in the U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872

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        Name: Jno Keen
        Widow's Name: Margaret Willis
        Pension Office City/Town: Indianapolis
        Pension Office State: Indiana
        Year Range: 1858-1872
        So Hopkins was probably a child of John Keen.

        Here's one in Iowa

        John Keen

         in the U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872

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          Name: John Keen
          Widow's Name: Margaret Willis
          Pension Office State: Iowa
          Year Range: 1858-1872
          Probably a child of George WIllis.


          +1 vote
          Indiana marriages

          George W Willis marries Nancy Brown,May 13 1835,Harrison Indiana.

          George W Willis marries Margaret Keen March 20 1851.

          George W. Willis dies 1852 41 years old.Have not found burial record.
          by Wayne Morgan G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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