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.
↑ 1.01.11.2 Vernon E. Hargrave, The Descendants of James Willis and Samuel M. Smith, 1980, pg 10.
↑ 2.02.1 "15 June 1841: James Willis, of age, widower, baker of Potterne, son of John Willis, farmer, married Mary Ann Prictor, of age, spinster, of Potterne, daughter of Robert Prictor, carpenter. Witnessed by Joseph Goulding and June Pearse." - from Potterne town records, as reported in Vernon E. Hargrave, The Descendants of James Willis and Samuel M. Smith, 1980, pg 8
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
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