James Willis was born about 1806 in England He was the son of John Willis, a farmer,  Mother unknown.
On July 10, 1826, James married Edith Andrews in Bristol, Gloucester, England.  They lived in Alderton, Wiltshire, where they had (at least) 7 children, some of whom died in childhood. James worked as a baker.
Edith died in 1838. According to family lore, she "died suddenly while getting dinner" On the 1841 UK Census, James and his children are listed as living on HIgh Street in Potterne. For some unknown reason, the ages of James and his 5 living children (John, Louisa, William, Henry and Eliza) are all off by 5 years. . They are listed as James (30), John (7), Louisa (5), William (4), Henry (3), Eliza (2), whereas their actual ages would have been: James (35), John (12), Louisa (10), William (9), Henry (8), Eliza (7).
On June 15, 1841, James married Mary Ann Prictor In 1842, they emigrated to Prince Edward Island, where they had four more children. They settled in New Wiltshire, where they farmed.
John died on February 2, 1877 and was buried in the Clyde River cemetery.
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