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Samuel Willett (1754 - 1793)

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Captain Samuel Willett
Born in Prince George's Co., MDmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Prince George's County, Marylandmap
Husband of — married in Nelson Co., KYmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Nelson Co., KYmap
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William and Mary's 13 children were: Elizabeth (1738-1760), Edward (1740-1815), William (1743-1814), Verlanda (1746-1820), Jemina (1748-1766), Griffith (1750-1840), Tabitha (1752-1824), Samuel (1754-1793), George E. (1757-1811), John (1759-1787), Rachel (1762-1848), Mary (1764-1819), and James (1768-1851).

Samuel Willett signed an oath of allegiance to the new United States in 1778. By 1782, he and most of his siblings (except Edward who inherited Bealington, the family plantation in Maryland) moved to Jefferson County, Kentucky (actually part of Virginia until 1792).

Samuel, his brother George, and other militiamen were given the task of building Fort Nelson at the Falls of the Ohio River (now downtown Louisville). It is not known if Samuel fought the Indians or British, but he became Captain in the militia of Nelson County by 1787 (Nelson was formed from Jefferson County in 1784) suggesting he was considered a dependable leader.

The Revolutionary War ended in 1783 but attacks by Indians attempting to regain their Kentucky hunting grounds continued sporadically for another 12 years.

Samuel Willett's first wife, Ann Orme, apparently died soon after marriage, and they had no children. On 8/12/1786, Sam married Anne C. "Nancy" Lee. She was daughter of Phillip Philomen Lee and Susannah (Thompson) Lee who were part of the Catholic community that migrated as a group from southern Maryland to Pottenger Creek, Kentucky in 1785.

They had four children before Samuel Willett died in 1793. They were: John (1787-1821); Mary (1788-1831), married Thomas Hayden; William Thomas (1790-1842), ordained a Dominican Priest; and Elizabeth, (1791-1819), married John Janes. Due to Nancy's influence, the succeeding generations of the Willett Family were Catholic.

Samuel's will left his farm to his wife Ann as well as two slave men, Peter and Jarrit. His son John was bequeathed a Negro boy named Toby. The will also states, "Also give my 3 children Mary, William, and Elizabeth, the Negro woman named Stella and all her increase to be equally divided between them when they come of age". [1]



1. Captain Sam Willett settled in Kentucky.

2. Donnelly, Mary Louise, "Edward Willett Colonial Maryland Pewterer, County Clerk, Plantation Owner; His Ancestors and Descendants", self-published 1999 Ennis, Texas; p. 39.

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On 21 Apr 2017 at 02:00 GMT Joseph T. Cash wrote:

Willett-117 and Willett-868 appear to represent the same person because: Same name and family

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