Descendants of Absolam Willey
Part I

 
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Generation No. 1

1.  ABSOLAM1 WILLEY was born 6 May 1739 in England, and died 19 December 1791 in Sussex Co., DE. He married MARGARET 14 March 1763 in Sussex Co., DE. She was born 14 November 1741, and died 3 January 1816 in Monongalia Co., VA.

Notes for ABSOLAM WILLEY:
Served as a soldier in the Calvery lead by Captain James Pollock as part of the Delaware Militia Troop of Horse. This unit accompanied Captain Thomas Rodney's Dover Light Infantry Company which was assigned to General Cadwalader's Philadelphia Troops, joined i the expedition against Bordentown, marched to Trenton and assisted in the capture of Princeton. This information from the Delaware Archives Military and Naval Records Vol. II pages 773, 774, 775 and on record with the Daughters of the American Revolution.

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY:
Military: Revolutionary War - Delaware Militia Troop of Horse

Notes for MARGARET:
!Death: date range 3 Jan-Aug 1816.

!Reference: all information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY and MARGARET:
Marriage: 14 March 1763, Sussex Co., DE

Children of ABSOLAM WILLEY and MARGARET are:
2. i. JAMES2 WILLEY, b. Abt. 1764, Nanticoke Hundred, DE; d. Bet. 24 June - 5 July 1853, Wetzel Co., VA.
 ii. JOHN WILLEY.

Notes for JOHN WILLEY:
!Reference: all information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

 iii. MARGARET WILLEY.

Notes for MARGARET WILLEY:
!Reference: all information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

!Marriage: last name Davis

 iv. BOYD WILLEY.

Notes for BOYD WILLEY:
!Reference: all information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

 v. NANCY WILLEY, m. ? VEACH.

Notes for NANCY WILLEY:
!Reference: all information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

!Marriage: last name Veach.

3. vi. MAGDALINE WILLEY, b. 2 June 1771.
4. vii. ABSOLAM JR. WILLEY, b. 1777, Sussex Co., DE; d. 22 April 1856, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.
5. viii. WILLIAM POLK WILLEY, b. 6 January 1788, Sussex Co., DE; d. 6 April 1860, Noble Co., OH.

Generation No. 2

2.  JAMES2 WILLEY (ABSOLAM1)1 was born Abt. 1764 in Nanticoke Hundred, DE2, and died Bet. 24 June - 5 July 1853 in Wetzel Co., VA2.  He married RACHEL MURPHY?3 Abt. 1793 in Sussex Co., DE4, daughter of JOSEPH MURPHY and PRISCILLA ?.  She was born  in DE4, and died Abt. 18204.

Notes for JAMES WILLEY:
Some information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

The following is the last will and testament of James Willey Sr. as recorded in the Wetzel Co., WV records:
State of Virginia Wetzel County to wit: I James Willey Senr. knowing the uncertainty of this mortal Life and being at this time of sound mind and memory Thanks be to God for his mercys desiring to arange all my temporal of _____ after recommending my sole to God my Great Creator make this my Last will and testament revoking all other wills or dipositions of my real or personal estate I do hereby give to my two Daughers Sarah & Phebe Willey all my houshould and kitchn furneture together with all my goods and chattles inside my household also all my livestock farming utensils also in addition one hundred and forty five acres of land for which I have executed a deed of Conveyance to them I will and bequeath to them fifty five acres of Land of the lower end of a survey of land lying on the north side of the land deeded to my two daughters afor said & to join said land the Balance of my lands which I have3 not heretofore appropriated & not included in this will I reserve to be sidposed by my self but if not sold in my lifetime I appoint my son Absolam Willey as my Excutor to sell said land & after paying himself I defire the balance of the procedes to equally divided between my two daughters Sarah & Phebe & my two granddaughters jermima Willey Daughter of Absolam Willey and Rachael Willey Daughter of William Willey signed sealed and acknowledged this 24th day of Jun in the year of our Lord 1853.
James Willey
In presence of
 James G. west
Thomas Higginbotham
Lucretia Higginbotham

Wetzel county July Term July 5th 1853.  The Last will and testament of James Willey deceased was proved by the oaths of james G. West and Lucretia Higginbotham of the suscribing witnesses thereto and there upon the said will was ordered to be recorded.

In Tyler County, WV that shows James Willey marrying Rebecca Watson on November 27, 1825.  Is this James Sr.?  His son James only married once.

James is in the 1850 Wetzel Co., VA census Age 86

From tax and census records it appears that james, his mother and his brothers moved from Sussex Co., De to Monogalia Co., VA about 1798.  Then prior to 1820 James moved to Tyler Co., where he aquired approximately 1050 acres of land on Fishing Creek.  this area became part of Wetzel Co. in 1846.

More About JAMES WILLEY and RACHEL MURPHY?:
Marriage: Abt. 1793, Sussex Co., DE4

Children of JAMES WILLEY and RACHEL MURPHY? are:
6. i. ABSOLAM3 WILLEY, b. 23 October 1794, Sussex Co., DE; d. 14 September 1882, Wetzel Co., WV.
 ii. MARGARET WILLEY5.
 iii. JAMES WILLEY6, b. 12 September 1796, Sussex Co., DE7; d. 26 February 1880, Wetzel Co., VA8; m. MARY WYATT9, 22 October 1822, Tyler Co., VA10.

More About JAMES WILLEY and MARY WYATT:
Marriage: 22 October 1822, Tyler Co., VA10

 iv. PHEBE WILLEY10, b. Abt. 180310; d. 9 July 1874, Wetzel Co., WV11.
 v. HENRY WILLEY12, b. Bet. 1810 - 182012.
 vi. WILLIAM WILLEY12, b. Abt. 181212; m. CLARINDA ?12.
 vii. SARAH WILLEY12, b. Abt. 1820; d. 17 June 1857, Wetzel Co., VA13.

3.  MAGDALINE2 WILLEY (ABSOLAM1) was born 2 June 1771.  She married ANANIAS HUDSON14.

Notes for MAGDALINE WILLEY:
!Reference: all information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

!Marriage: Annias Hudson

Children of MAGDALINE WILLEY and ANANIAS HUDSON are:
 i. JAMES3 HUDSON14.
 ii. ANNIAS HUDSON14.

4.  ABSOLAM JR.2 WILLEY (ABSOLAM1)15,16,17 was born 1777 in Sussex Co., DE, and died 22 April 1856 in Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.  He married RACHEL LEMLEY18,19 Abt. 1800, daughter of GEORGE LEMLEY and EVA YOHO.  She was born 1781 in Washington Co., PA, and died 8 May 1856 in Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.

Notes for ABSOLAM JR. WILLEY:
!Census: 1810 Whitely Twp, Greene Co PA, 1820  Gioewekk Twp,
Muskingum Co, PA

Dick Henthorn lists his birth date as 1780.

All information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

Chronicles of Core by Earl Core page 36, moved to Muskingum
Co., OH.  They arrived in McDonough Co. in 1833 from Pennsylvania and
Ohio, with his sisters' families, Obid Griffin and Robert Frakes.  Is
Muskingum Co. in OH or PA?

Absolam Willey, Obadiah Griffin and Malon Shaw, all having large families, were squatters living in a small cabin on the southwest quarter of section twenty-one, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., in 1833

The Will of Absalom Willey is recorded in McDonough County, IL Will Book 1, 1834-1857 pages 166-167.  The will itself can be found In Will Box #1173 at the Courthouse.  It is dated April 7, 1838 and was probated June 16, 1856.  The will left Rachel her "dower rights", three daughters received $5.00 each, and the sons got the land.  At his death in 1856, Absalom had sixty-eight known grandchildren.  He was a substantial and respected man.  Both he and Rachel could read and write-no small accomplishment for their day.  The will reads:
     "IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN.  I ABSOLUM WILLEY of the County of McDonough and State of Illinois, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make ordain and establish this my Last will and tesament (sic) revoking all others and I do hereby appoint John Willey to be the executor of this my Last will and testament."
     "1st It is my will that all my Just debts be paid that sufficient of my personal property be sold to for that purpose."
     "2nd After the payment of all my Just debts and funeral expenses I do hereby devise and bequeath to my beloved wife the farm and improvements thereon on which I now Live.  Know as being the East half of the NorthEast quarter of section thirty five in Township four North of the base line in range Three West of the fourth principal, during her natural life to take the issues and profits thereof.  After her death I bequeath and divide all my right title and estate of and to said farm to my son Charles W. to have and to hold the same to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  I also bequeath and devise a certain other tract of land viz. the West half of the NorthEast quarter of the above mentioned section to my sons Charles W. and Samuel in equal parts, that is Charles W. is to have the East half and Samuel the West half of the last mentioned tract to have and to hold the same unto them and their heirs and assigns forever.  I also bequeath and devise to my son Samuel a certain other tract of land known as the East half of the SouthEast quarter of section twenty six in Township four North in range three West of the fourth principal meridian, to have and to hold the same to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  Also to my son George I also devise and bequeath a certain other tract of land situate in the County of McDonough and the State Aforesaid being the West half of the south West quarter of Section (?) twenty five in Township Four north of range______ three west of the fourth principal meridian and to my Sons John Willey and William Willey each the sum of Five Dollars in Money.  Also I bequeath and devise Five Dollars to each of my daughters Sally Griffin, Elizabeth Griffin and Catherine Shaw To Have and To Hold the same unto them and their heirs and assigns forever."
     "In Testimony whereof I have Hereunto Set my hand and affixed my Seal this Seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight."
     Witnessed by William G. Head and James M. Campbell

More About ABSOLAM JR. WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL
Residence 1: 1817, Moved to Licking Co., OH
Residence 2: 1833, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL20
Residence 3: Bef. 7 April 1838, McDonough Co., IL21

Notes for RACHEL LEMLEY:
!Birth: George Lemley and wife Catharine Yoho and their Descendants for
Two Centuries list her as the 9th child.  Also Dick Henthorn agrees,
although he has her birth date as 1783 and the book says 1778.  Baumli
says she was born 1781. 1781 date  by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen,
but 1783 according to the DAR papers of Sarah Jane Moore.  Chronicles of
Core by Earl Core pg 36, 1783

!Residence: Chronicles of Core by Earl Core pg 36, moved to Muskingum
Co., OH

More About RACHEL LEMLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL
Residence: 1833, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY and RACHEL LEMLEY:
Marriage: Abt. 1800

Children of ABSOLAM WILLEY and RACHEL LEMLEY are:
7. i. SARAH3 WILLEY, b. Bet. 1800 - 1802, PA.
8. ii. JOHN WILLEY, b. 6 July 1807, Green Co., PA; d. 30 May 1864, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.
 iii. ELIZABETH WILLEY21, b. 1811, OH; m. JOHN GRIFFIN.

Notes for ELIZABETH WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones says she is child #2

Notes for JOHN GRIFFIN:
!Notes: Information from Marvin P. Jones

9. iv. CATHERINE WILLEY, b. Abt. 1814.
10. v. GEORGE WILLEY, b. 1815, PA; d. 21 April 1880, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.
11. vi. WILLIAM M. WILLEY, b. 1817, PA; d. 12 June 1877.
12. vii. SAMUEL WILLEY, b. 1819, OH.
13. viii. CHARLES W. WILLEY, b. 1820, Muskingum Co., OH; d. 21 February 1890.

5.  WILLIAM POLK2 WILLEY (ABSOLAM1) was born 6 January 1788 in Sussex Co., DE, and died 6 April 1860 in Noble Co., OH.  He married SARAH DYE 1803 in Greene Co., PA, daughter of BENJAMIN DYE and SARAH LEMLEY.  She was born 1788 in Greene Co., PA, and died 15 August 1840 in Caldwell, Morgan Co., OH.

Notes for WILLIAM POLK WILLEY:
All information verified by DAR, for Renee Danielle Wilcoxen.

William was born in DE, but was considered a native of PA.  Around 1818 William and his 8 children moved to OH.  The first location in OH was a small tract of land that he bought from his brother-in-law George Dye.  William owned land in Morgan Co., OH.  He sold 80 acres to his son Absalom in 1838 for $300.   The record of this land sale showed that he could write, but Sarah could not.

More About WILLIAM POLK WILLEY:
Burial: Olive Cemetery, Noble Co., OH

Notes for SARAH DYE:
!Notes: this information taken from Jack Hook.  See E-mail message in
the Lemley file.  Appointed guardian to both George and Sarah on 14 Nov
1806.

More About SARAH DYE:
Burial: Olive Cemetery, Noble Co., OH22

More About WILLIAM WILLEY and SARAH DYE:
Marriage: 1803, Greene Co., PA

Children of WILLIAM WILLEY and SARAH DYE are:
 i. HARRIET3 WILLEY22, m. ROBERT PITT22, 27 May 184622.

More About ROBERT PITT and HARRIET WILLEY:
Marriage: 27 May 184622

 ii. SARAH WILLEY22, m. MAHLON BELFORD22, May 185122.

More About MAHLON BELFORD and SARAH WILLEY:
Marriage: May 185122

14. iii. GEORGE WILLEY, b. 1808, PA; d. 3 January 1858, Morgan Co., OH.
15. iv. MARGARET WILLEY, b. 1810, PA; d. 17 April 1900, OH.
16. v. ABSOLAM WILLEY, b. 8 April 1811, PA; d. 26 August 1896, Guthrie Co., IA.
17. vi. JOHN WILLEY, b. 4 October 1812, PA; d. 21 February 1866, NE.
 vii. LEVIN WILLEY22, b. 1814, PA22; m. JEMIMA CAIN, 21 January 185122.

More About LEVIN WILLEY:
Burial: Halley's Ridge Cemetery, Noble Co., OH22

More About LEVIN WILLEY and JEMIMA CAIN:
Marriage: 21 January 185122

 viii. ELIZABETH WILLEY22, b. 1817, VA22; d. 2 May 1877, Caldwell, Morgan Co., OH22; m. ROBERT MCKEE22, 1830.

More About ELIZABETH WILLEY:
Burial: Olive Cemetery, Noble Co., OH22

More About ROBERT MCKEE and ELIZABETH WILLEY:
Marriage: 1830

 ix. JAMES WILLEY, b. 10 March 181822; d. 10 July 1896, Noble Co., OH22; m. EMILY THORLA22, 18 November 1841, Morgan Co., OH22; b. 15 May 1819; d. 1910, Noble Co., OH.

More About JAMES WILLEY:
Burial: Halley's Ridge Cemetery, Noble Co., OH22

More About JAMES WILLEY and EMILY THORLA:
Marriage: 18 November 1841, Morgan Co., OH22

 x. II WILLIAM H. WILLEY22, b. 22 February 1822, OH22; d. 24 February 1897, Noble Co., OH22; m. RUTH BELFORD22, 184922.

More About II WILLIAM H. WILLEY:
Burial: Halley's Ridge Cemetery, Noble Co., OH22

More About WILLIAM WILLEY and RUTH BELFORD:
Marriage: 184922

 xi. REBECCA WILLEY22, b. 25 October 182522; m. NATHANIEL CAIN22, 13 May 184722.

More About REBECCA WILLEY:
Burial: Olive Cemetery, Noble Co., OH22

More About NATHANIEL CAIN and REBECCA WILLEY:
Marriage: 13 May 184722

 xii. DELIA WILLEY22, b. 1826, OH22; d. 1886, IA22; m. SAMUEL CAIN, JR.22, 17 June 185222.

More About SAMUEL CAIN and DELIA WILLEY:
Marriage: 17 June 185222

 xiii. LYDIA ANN WILLEY22, b. 1828, OH22; m. (1) HOMER BROTTEN; m. (2) MORDECIA COLE22, October 184522.

More About MORDECIA COLE and LYDIA WILLEY:
Marriage: October 184522

Generation No. 3

6.  ABSOLAM3 WILLEY (JAMES2, ABSOLAM1)23 was born 23 October 1794 in Sussex Co., DE24, and died 14 September 1882 in Wetzel Co., WV25.  He married ZELPHA HORNER26 Abt. 182027.  She was born Abt. 180228, and died Aft. September 188229.

Notes for ABSOLAM WILLEY:
Census Notes
1830 Tyler Co., VA page 186 Head Absalom Willey
1 Male under 5
1 Male of 5 & under 10
1 Male 30  under 40
2 Females under 5
1 Female of 5 & under 10
1 Female of 20 & under30

1840 Tyler Co., VA page 35 Head Absalom Willey
1 Male of 5 & under 10
1 Male of 10 & under 15
1 Male of 30 & under 40
1 Male of 40 & under 50
3 Females of 5 & under 10
2 Females of 10 & under 15
1 Female of 30 & under 40

1850 Wetzel Co., VA Printed page 16, 64th District, August 29, 1850
Absolam Willey age 55, Zelp;ha age 44 (Wetzel Co. was formed in 1846 from Tyler Co.)

1860 Wetzel Co., (West) VA page 28, Davenport, June 13, 1860
Absolam Willey age 67, Zelpha is not listed

1870 Wetzel Co., (West) VA page 174,Grant Twp., Pine Grove, Aguust 24, 1870
Absolam Willey age 70, Zelpha age 70

1880 Wetzel Co., (West) VA
Absolam Willey age 86, Zilpha age 80

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Wetzel Co., WV (The cemetery is located near where Big Run empties into Willey Fork in Wetzel Co.)30
Cause of Death: Dropsy

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY and ZELPHA HORNER:
Marriage: Abt. 182031

Children of ABSOLAM WILLEY and ZELPHA HORNER are:
 i. MARGARET4 WILLEY31, b. Abt. 182131; m. THOMAS DULANY31.
 ii. JAMES WILLEY31, b. 26 May 1823, Tyler Co., VA31; m. IRENE ODELL31, Abt. 1848, Greene Co., PA32.

More About JAMES WILLEY and IRENE ODELL:
Marriage: Abt. 1848, Greene Co., PA32

 iii. RACHAEL WILLEY33, b. 14 February 1824, Tyler Co., VA33; d. 3 July 190633; m. BENJAMIN SHREVE33, Abt. 184833.

More About BENJAMIN SHREVE and RACHAEL WILLEY:
Marriage: Abt. 184833

 iv. ISAAC WILLEY33, b. 9 October 1828, Tyler Co., VA33; d. 5 February 1895, Lowman, Wetzel Co., WV33; m. MATILDA HOLBERT33, 11 June 186533.

Notes for ISAAC WILLEY:
Isaac joined the Union Army during the Civil War.  he mustered into service on August 7, 1861 into Company C, 7th West Virginia Volunteers at Grafton, VA  He was discharged Feb. 12, 1863 on account of disability.

The following is an excerpt from a statement made by D. R. Meighen on how Isaac was hurt during the war: "...remained stout and healthy until in the latter part of July 1862 at Harrisons Landing while on fatique duty throwing up breastworks he received an injury by falling in a well we was marching out to go to work after dark when he fell in the well I was in the next rank behind him when he fell..."

The following are excerpts from a letter written Jan. 11, 1896 by special examiner E. H. Carver:  "During the time he was in the army they called him the 'Wild Boar' and those that I interviewed knew him better by that name then any other."

"The neighborhood where the claiment has lived both before the war and since is the roughest in the northern part of the state and the people are correspondingly rough, ignorant and poor yet though who ever testified in this case are the very best in that part of Wetzel co. ..."

According to the Certificate of Disability for Discharge, Isaac was 5'9" tall, blue eyes and light hair.

Source: Pension Records (National Archives)

More About ISAAC WILLEY:
Military: 7 August 1861, Civil War- Company C, 7th West Virginia Volunteers34

More About ISAAC WILLEY and MATILDA HOLBERT:
Marriage: 11 June 186535

 v. ZELPHA WILLEY35, b. June 1830, Tyler Co., VA35; d. 22 December 1916, Willeyville, Wetzel Co., WV35; m. JOHN DULANY35, Abt. 185135.

More About JOHN DULANY and ZELPHA WILLEY:
Marriage: Abt. 185135

 vi. MASSA WILLEY35, b. Abt. 1834, Tyler Co., VA35; m. JESSE SHUMAN35, 21 May 1857, Wetzel Co., VA35.

More About JESSE SHUMAN and MASSA WILLEY:
Marriage: 21 May 1857, Wetzel Co., VA35

 vii. JEMIMA WILLEY35, b. Abt. 1836, Tyler Co., VA35; m. ALBERT Y. DULANY35, 8 December 1861, Wetzel Co., VA35.

More About ALBERT DULANY and JEMIMA WILLEY:
Marriage: 8 December 1861, Wetzel Co., VA35

 viii. MELISSA WILLEY35, b. Abt. 183735.
 ix. ARDILLA WILLEY35, b. 11 November 1837, Tyler Co., VA35; d. 19 September 191035; m. REZIN HIGGINBOTHAM35, 9 November 1856, Wetzel Co., VA35.

More About REZIN HIGGINBOTHAM and ARDILLA WILLEY:
Marriage: 9 November 1856, Wetzel Co., VA35

 x. PHOEBE WILLEY35, b. Abt. 1843, Tyler Co., VA35; d. 19 September 191035; m. JOHN M. DULANY35, 9 November 1856, Wetzel Co., VA35.

More About JOHN DULANY and PHOEBE WILLEY:
Marriage: 9 November 1856, Wetzel Co., VA35

18. xi. SYDNEY A. WILLEY, b. January 1844, Tyler Co., VA; d. March 1911, Calhoun Co., WV.

7.  SARAH3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)36,37,38 was born Bet. 1800 - 1802 in PA39.  She married OBEDIAH GRIFFITH39,40 16 December 1819 in Muskingum Co., OH41.  He was born Bet. 1796 - 1797 in DE42.

Notes for SARAH WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones says she is child #1

More About SARAH WILLEY:
Residence: 1833, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL

Notes for OBEDIAH GRIFFITH:
!Notes: Information from Marvin P. Jones
Absolam Willey, Obadiah Griffin and Malon Saw, all having large families, were squatters living in a small cabin on the southwest quarter of section twenty-one, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., in 1833

Obadiah improved section 20 of Littleton Township, Schuyler Co, IL in 1832, according to The Combined History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, 1882

More About OBEDIAH GRIFFITH:
Residence: 1833, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL43

More About OBEDIAH GRIFFITH and SARAH WILLEY:
Marriage: 16 December 1819, Muskingum Co., OH44

Children of SARAH WILLEY and OBEDIAH GRIFFITH are:
19. i. WILLIAM4 GRIFFITH, b. 3 March 1836, Brooklyn Twp., Schuyler Co., IL; d. 27 December 1912, Linn Co., KS.
 ii. JAMES GRIFFITH45,46, b. Abt. 183647.

8.  JOHN3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)48,49,50,51 was born 6 July 1807 in Green Co., PA, and died 30 May 1864 in Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.  He married (1) MARY SHAW 13 May 1827 in Muskingum Co., OH.  She was born 1811, and died 26 August 1841 in Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.  He married (2) NANCY SMEDLEY52,53 23 September 1841 in Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL54.  She was born 1814 in TN.

Notes for JOHN WILLEY:
!Children: Came from 1840,50, & 60 census.

!Burial: Willey cemetery is located in Bethel Twp., NE1/4 section 35, ten
miles south of Macomb on county road 16, west one mile, south 1/4 mile.

!Birth:  1807 Information from Marvin P. Jones, 1808 according to
McDonough Co. History.

More About JOHN WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

Notes for MARY SHAW:
death: prior to 23 sep 1951, remarriage of John Willey.

More About MARY SHAW:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

More About JOHN WILLEY and MARY SHAW:
Marriage: 13 May 1827, Muskingum Co., OH

More About JOHN WILLEY and NANCY SMEDLEY:
Marriage: 23 September 1841, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL54

Children of JOHN WILLEY and MARY SHAW are:
20. i. ELIZABETH4 WILLEY, d. IA.
21. ii. HENRY ISSAC WILLEY, b. 16 May 1829, OH; d. 7 February 1866, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.
22. iii. MINERVA WILLEY, b. 5 October 1831, IL; d. 16 February 1900, Fulton Co., IL.
23. iv. RACHEL WILLEY, b. 31 March 1835, near Macomb, McDonough Co.,  IL; d. 18 April 1906, Waverly, Bremer Co., IA.
24. v. MARY MAE WILLEY, b. 3 November 1839, IL; d. 25 March 1894.
25. vi. MARIA WILLEY, b. 3 November 1839, IL; d. 1900.
26. vii. SARAH WILLEY, b. 31 May 1841; d. 7 January 1906.

Children of JOHN WILLEY and NANCY SMEDLEY are:
27. viii. JANE4 WILLEY, b. 1843, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.
 ix. NANCY WILLEY55,56, b. 1845, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL57; m. (1) JAMES ADKISSON; m. (2) DAVID ADKISSON.

Notes for JAMES ADKISSON:
!Reference: from Marvin K. Jones, who also says he is the son of Henry
and Mary.

Notes for DAVID ADKISSON:
!Reference: from Marvin K. Jones

 x. JR. JOHN WILLEY58,59, b. 1850, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL60; m. SARAH CREAMER; b. 1840, MD.

Notes for SARAH CREAMER:
!Reference: from Marvin K. Jones

28. xi. THOMAS EDWARD WILLEY, b. 1853, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.
 xii. WILLIAM WILLEY61, b. 1854, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL61.

Notes for WILLIAM WILLEY:
Birth:1860 census lists him as 8 which means he could have been born in
1854 or 1853

9.  CATHERINE3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)62,63,64,65 was born Abt. 1814.  She married MALON SHAW66,67,68 14 October 1835 in McDonough Co., IL69.  He was born Abt. 1812 in OH.

Notes for CATHERINE WILLEY:
!Marriage: from Marvin K. Jones
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones says that she is child #4

More About CATHERINE WILLEY:
Residence: 1833, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL

Notes for MALON SHAW:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
Absolam Willey, Obadiah Griffin and Malon Saw, all having large families, were squatters living in a small cabin on the southwest quarter of section twenty-one, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., in 1833

More About MALON SHAW:
Residence: 1833, Littleton Twp., Schuyler Co., IL70

More About MALON SHAW and CATHERINE WILLEY:
Marriage: 14 October 1835, McDonough Co., IL71

Children of CATHERINE WILLEY and MALON SHAW are:
 i. MATILDA4 SHAW72,73, b. Abt. 1834.
 ii. WILLIAM SHAW74,75, b. Abt. 1836.
 iii. MARY SHAW76,77, b. Abt. 1838.
 iv. CLARINDA SHAW78,79, b. Abt. 1839.
 v. ELIZABETH SHAW80,81, b. Abt. 184282.
 vi. HENRIETTA SHAW82,83, b. Abt. 184484.
 vii. JOHN SHAW84,85, b. Abt. 184586.
 viii. SARAH SHAW86,87, b. Abt. 184888.
 ix. LOUISE SHAW88, b. Abt. 185188.
 x. CHARLES SHAW88, b. Abt. 185688; m. LENORA S. STONEKING.

10.  GEORGE3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)89,90,91,92 was born 1815 in PA, and died 21 April 1880 in Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL.  He married CATHERINE FRAKES93,94,95 24 April 1836 in Schuyler Co., IL96.  She was born 1818 in PA97, and died 27 December 1885 in IL.

Notes for GEORGE WILLEY:
!Notes: information from Marvin K. Jones
!Death: verified by Willey Cemetery records

More About GEORGE WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

Notes for CATHERINE FRAKES:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
!Death: verified by Willey Cemetery records

More About CATHERINE FRAKES:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

More About GEORGE WILLEY and CATHERINE FRAKES:
Marriage: 24 April 1836, Schuyler Co., IL98

Children of GEORGE WILLEY and CATHERINE FRAKES are:
 i. BARBARA ELLEN4 WILLEY, m. ROBERT OWEN, 2 December 1883, Schuyler Co., IL99.

More About ROBERT OWEN and BARBARA WILLEY:
Marriage: 2 December 1883, Schuyler Co., IL99

29. ii. SARAH WILLEY, b. Abt. 1837.
30. iii. MARGARET WILLEY, b. 13 February 1839; d. 8 January 1860.
 iv. DENNIS HARRISON WILLEY100, b. Abt. 1841; d. 26 January 1860, IL.

Notes for DENNIS HARRISON WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

More About DENNIS HARRISON WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

 v. RICHARD WILLEY, b. 1849.

Notes for RICHARD WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
!Birth: from Marvin K. Jones a twin of Rachael

 vi. RACHAEL WILLEY100,101, b. 1849; d. 1865; m. JOHN W. DUVALL, 13 June 1865, McDonough Co., IL102.

Notes for RACHAEL WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
!Death: from Marvin K. Jones soon after marriage
!Birth: from Marvin K. Jones twin of Richard

Notes for JOHN W. DUVALL:
!Notes: information from Marvin K. Jones

More About JOHN DUVALL and RACHAEL WILLEY:
Marriage: 13 June 1865, McDonough Co., IL102

 vii. LUCINDA WILLEY103, b. Bet. 1857 - 1859104,105; m. NATHAN FRAKES106, 15 August 1880, Schuyler Co., IL106; b. Abt. 1847107.

Notes for LUCINDA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

Notes for NATHAN FRAKES:
!Notes: information from Marvin K. Jones

More About NATHAN FRAKES and LUCINDA WILLEY:
Marriage: 15 August 1880, Schuyler Co., IL108

11.  WILLIAM M.3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)109,110,111,112 was born 1817 in PA, and died 12 June 1877.  He married MARY FRAKES113,114,115 24 April 1836 in Schuyler Co., IL116, daughter of DAVID FRAKES and MARGERY.  She was born Abt. 1821 in OH117.

Notes for WILLIAM M. WILLEY:
!Burial:verified by Willey cemetery records.
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

More About WILLIAM M. WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

Notes for MARY FRAKES:
!Reference: from Marvin K. Jones, daughter of David and Margery

More About WILLIAM WILLEY and MARY FRAKES:
Marriage: 24 April 1836, Schuyler Co., IL118

Children of WILLIAM WILLEY and MARY FRAKES are:
31. i. ABSOLAM4 WILLEY, b. Abt. 1838, IL.
32. ii. LUCINDA WILLEY, b. Abt. 1840.
33. iii. LEWIS WILLEY, b. 1844.
 iv. CATHERINE WILLEY119,120, b. 1847.

Notes for CATHERINE WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 v. LYDIA WILLEY120, b. 1850.

Notes for LYDIA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 vi. SARAH WILLEY, b. 31 July 1855; d. 9 September 1858.

Notes for SARAH WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
!Death:verified by Willey cemetery records.
!Burial:verified by Willey cemetery records.

More About SARAH WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

 vii. GEORGE WILLEY120, b. 1858, IL120.

Notes for GEORGE WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

12.  SAMUEL3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)121,122,123,124 was born 1819 in OH.  He married MELINDA SHAW125,126 22 January 1837 in McDonough Co., IL127.  She was born Abt. 1825 in PA.

Notes for SAMUEL WILLEY:
!Birth: 1850 McDonough Co Census lists him as 36,

Notes for MELINDA SHAW:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones born OH? PA? VA?

More About SAMUEL WILLEY and MELINDA SHAW:
Marriage: 22 January 1837, McDonough Co., IL127

Children of SAMUEL WILLEY and MELINDA SHAW are:
 i. ?4 WILLEY128, b. Bet. 1837 - 1840.
 ii. SILAS WILLEY129,130, b. 1842.

Notes for SILAS WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 iii. ELIZABETH WILLEY, b. Abt. 1844.

Notes for ELIZABETH WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 iv. LORENA WILLEY131, b. Abt. 1849131; m. THOMAS PEARSON132, 27 November 1879, McDonough Co., IL132.

Notes for LORENA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
Lorena could be Lourany Willey.   that married Thomas J. Pearson in McDonough Co., IL 27 Nov 1870, page 544.  She gave birth to a daughter 20 Jan 1881 in Brooklyn Twp., Schuyler Co., IL. (Information from the Illinois marriage site and the Schuyler Co. Births site)

More About THOMAS PEARSON and LORENA WILLEY:
Marriage: 27 November 1879, McDonough Co., IL132

34. v. BRISON WILLEY, b. Abt. 1851.
 vi. LUCINDA WILLEY133, b. Abt. 1857; m. ROBERT FRAKES134, 20 March 1880, McDonough Co., IL135.

Notes for LUCINDA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones!
!Marriage: to Frakes

Notes for ROBERT FRAKES:
!Notes: information from Marvin K. Jones

More About ROBERT FRAKES and LUCINDA WILLEY:
Marriage: 20 March 1880, McDonough Co., IL135

 vii. HARDIN WILLEY136, b. Abt. 1862.

Notes for HARDIN WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 viii. AMANDA WILLEY136, b. Abt. 1865.

Notes for AMANDA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 ix. SAMUEL L. WILLEY136, b. Abt. 1868.

Notes for SAMUEL L. WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

13.  CHARLES W.3 WILLEY (ABSOLAM JR.2, ABSOLAM1)137,138,139,140 was born 1820 in Muskingum Co., OH, and died 21 February 1890.  He married SARAH FRAKES141,142 29 March 1840 in McDonough Co., IL143, daughter of DAVID FRAKES and MARGERY.  She was born Abt. 1819, and died 12 March 1903.

Notes for CHARLES W. WILLEY:
!children: information from Marvin K. Jones and verified by Willey
Cemetery Information.

Charles Willey, a farmer of Bethel township, is a native of Ohio, born in 1820, in  Muskingum county.  He is a son of Ablisum and Rachel (Lemby) Willey, both  natives of Pennsylvania. Charles may properly be classed among the early settlers of this county, as he came here with his parents in 1834 and settled on section 35,Bethel township, where he owns 120 acres of land and has always since lived upon the same. He was married in 1841 to Sarah Frakes. They have had 13 childrenóLiddie, Isaac, David, Andy, Stephen, Boyd, Leonard, Noah, Morris, Caroline, Mahala, Amanda, and Laurinda. Four of these children are now deceased.Mr. Willey politically, is a republican. History of McDonough County, Illinois, 1885, Continental Historical Co., Springfield, Illinois  Transcribed by Karl A. Petersen for McDonough County ILGenWeb

Notes for SARAH FRAKES:
!Reference: from Marvin K. Jones

More About CHARLES WILLEY and SARAH FRAKES:
Marriage: 29 March 1840, McDonough Co., IL143

Children of CHARLES WILLEY and SARAH FRAKES are:
 i. AMANDA4 WILLEY.

Notes for AMANDA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

35. ii. LYDIA CATHERINE WILLEY, b. 16 January 1841, McDonough Co., IL; d. 22 January 1911, Brooklyn Twp., Schuyler Co., IL.
36. iii. STEPHEN A. WILLEY, b. 1843, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL; d. 24 December 1924, Macomb, McDonough Co., IL.
 iv. ISSAC WILLEY, b. December 1843, IL; d. October 1846, IL.

Notes for ISSAC WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

More About ISSAC WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

 v. A. BOYD WILLEY144, b. 1 July 1844, Macomb, McDonough Co., IL; d. 9 September 1930.
 vi. DAVID WILLEY144, b. Abt. 1848, IL145.

Notes for DAVID WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 vii. LEONARD WILLEY, b. Abt. 1851, IL.

Notes for LEONARD WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 viii. LAURINDA WILLEY, b. Abt. 1853.
 ix. MAHALA WILLEY, b. Abt. 1855.

Notes for MAHALA WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 x. ANDREW WILLEY, b. Abt. 1856.

Notes for ANDREW WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones
!Burial:verified by Willey cemetery records.

More About ANDREW WILLEY:
Burial: Willey Cemetery, Bethel Twp., McDonough Co., IL

 xi. CAROLINE WILLEY, b. Abt. 1859.

Notes for CAROLINE WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

 xii. MORRIS WILLEY, b. 14 November 1859; d. 1928.

Notes for MORRIS WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

May have married Lucinda Stoneking in McDonough Co., IL Mar 14 1889, license number 3120

More About MORRIS WILLEY:
Burial: Stoneking Cemete

 xiii. NOAH WILLEY, b. 1 January 1870; d. 20 January 1926.

Notes for NOAH WILLEY:
!Notes: from Marvin K. Jones

14.  GEORGE3 WILLEY (WILLIAM POLK2, ABSOLAM1)146 was born 1808 in PA, and died 3 January 1858 in Morgan Co., OH.  He married NANCY WESTCOTT 5 February 1829 in Morgan Co., OH147.

More About GEORGE WILLEY:
Burial: Hoskinsville Cemetery, Morgan Co., OH147
Occupation: Carpenter and owned a mill near Belle Valley147

More About GEORGE WILLEY and NANCY WESTCOTT:
Marriage: 5 February 1829, Morgan Co., OH147

Children of GEORGE WILLEY and NANCY WESTCOTT are:
37. i. WILLIAM W.4 WILLEY, b. 13 April 1830, Morgan Co., OH.
 ii. HENRY WILLEY147, b. 1833, OH147; m. MARY M. HAINES147, 25 September 1851147.

Notes for HENRY WILLEY:
In 1889 he was minister of the Brethren Church.

More About HENRY WILLEY and MARY HAINES:
Marriage: 25 September 1851147

 iii. SYLVESTOR WILLEY147, b. 1835, OH147; m. (1) EVA P. WILLEY147, 24 May 1866147; m. (2) ELLEN MOORE147, 5 February 1870147.

More About SYLVESTOR WILLEY:
Military: Civil War- 2nd Battery Ohio Light Artillery, entered 24 Sep 1864

More About SYLVESTOR WILLEY and EVA WILLEY:
Marriage: 24 May 1866147

More About SYLVESTOR WILLEY and ELLEN MOORE:
Marriage: 5 February 1870147

 iv. ABBY WILLEY147, b. 1837, OH147; m. WILLIAM L. FULKERTH147, 10 February 1857147.

More About WILLIAM FULKERTH and ABBY WILLEY:
Marriage: 10 February 1857147

38. v. GEORGE E. WILLEY, b. 1839, OH.
 vi. SARAH WILLEY, b. 1841, OH; m. JOHN COYL.
 vii. AUSTIN WILLEY, b. 1843.

15.  MARGARET3 WILLEY (WILLIAM POLK2, ABSOLAM1)148 was born 1810 in PA149, and died 17 April 1900 in OH149.  She married WILLLIAM DYER149 6 May 1834149.

More About WILLLIAM DYER and MARGARET WILLEY:
Marriage: 6 May 1834149

Children of MARGARET WILLEY and WILLLIAM DYER are:
39. i. HEBRON4 DYER, b. 1842; d. 1899.
40. ii. CAUTIOUS COREY DYER.
41. iii. DELILAH DYER.
42. iv. SARAH MARY DYER, b. 1836; d. 12 February 1911.
43. v. JANE DYER, b. 17 January 1856; d. 6 May 1913.
 vi. ANANIAS DYER149, m. MARGARET NORRIS149.
 vii. ELVIRA DYER149, m. ABRAHAM ABEL CAIN149.
 viii. GEORGE DYER149, m. LOUISA COEN149.
 ix. MARY DYER149, m. ROBERT SLY149.

16.  ABSOLAM3 WILLEY (WILLIAM POLK2, ABSOLAM1)150 was born 8 April 1811 in PA151, and died 26 August 1896 in Guthrie Co., IA151.  He married ALICE THORLA151 3 September 1835 in Morgan Co., OH151, daughter of BENJAMIN THORLA and ELIZABETH ALLEN.  She was born 13 October 1812 in NY, and died 17 December 1899 in Guthrie Co., IA.

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY:
Burial: Monteith Cemetery, Guthrie Co., IA151

More About ALICE THORLA:
Date born 2: 30 October 1812, NY151
Burial: Monteith Cemetery, Guthrie Co., IA151

More About ABSOLAM WILLEY and ALICE THORLA:
Marriage: 3 September 1835, Morgan Co., OH151

Children of ABSOLAM WILLEY and ALICE THORLA are:
 i. IRENE4 WILLEY, b. 1836, Morgan Co., OH; d. 12 June 1851, Morgan Co., OH.

Notes for IRENE WILLEY:
Deid age 15yr 6 mo 19 days

More About IRENE WILLEY:
Burial: Olive Cemetery, Noble Co., OH151

44. ii. CURTIS WILLEY, b. 1839, Morgan Co., OH; d. 1927, Ringgold Co., IA.
45. iii. ELIZABETH WILLEY, b. 1841, Morgan Co., OH; d. 1928, Guthrie Co., IA.
46. iv. WESLEY WILLEY, b. 9 November 1843, Morgan Co., OH; d. 23 May 1929.
 v. LEONARD WILLEY151, b. 19 June 1847, Morgan Co., OH151; d. 30 November 1936, Montieth, Guthrie Co., IA151; m. MARGARET GINN151, 23 September 1869151.

More About LEONARD WILLEY:
Burial: Monteith Cemetery, Guthrie Co., IA151

More About LEONARD WILLEY and MARGARET GINN:
Marriage: 23 September 1869151

 vi. MALINDA CHESSY WILLEY151, b. 24 February 1849151; d. 4 January 1909, Menlo, Guthrie Co., IA; m. JAMES FINLEY BOND151, 22 October 1868151.

More About MALINDA CHESSY WILLEY:
Burial: Menlo, Guthrie Co., IA151

More About JAMES BOND and MALINDA WILLEY:
Marriage: 22 October 1868151

 vii. DELIA WILLEY151, b. 1 December 1852151; d. 4 March 1934, Ringgold Co., IA151; m. SAMUEL STEDMAN151, 6 February 1873151.

More About DELIA WILLEY:
Burial: Hickory Grove Cemetery, Ringgold Co., IA151

More About SAMUEL STEDMAN and DELIA WILLEY:
Marriage: 6 February 1873151

17.  JOHN3 WILLEY (WILLIAM POLK2, ABSOLAM1)152 was born 4 October 1812 in PA153, and died 21 February 1866 in NE153.  He married MELINDA THORLA153 in PA153, daughter of BENJAMIN THORLA and ELIZABETH ALLEN.  She was born 19 August 1815 in Belle Valley, Morgan Co., OH, and died 5 April 1896 in Guthrie Co., IA.

More About JOHN WILLEY and MELINDA THORLA:
Marriage: PA153

Children of JOHN WILLEY and MELINDA THORLA are:
 i. ASHER4 WILLEY153, b. 1836, OH153; m. REBECCA HARKINS153, 14 September 1859153.

More About ASHER WILLEY and REBECCA HARKINS:
Marriage: 14 September 1859153

 ii. MARSHALL WILLEY153, b. October 1837153; m. OLIVE FOWLER153.
 iii. MURTIN WILLEY153, b. 1838153.
 iv. WILLIAM WILLEY153, b. 1840153.
47. v. SARAH WILLEY, b. 1841, OH; d. 13 December 1933, Montieth,Guthrie Co.,  IA.
 vi. MILTON WILLEY153, b. 1844153.
 vii. HENRY WILLEY153, b. 1846153.
 viii. JOHN WILLEY153, b. 1847153.
 ix. MALINDA WILLEY153, b. 1851153.
 x. FORDICE WILLEY153, b. 18 January 1852153; d. 7 February 1852153.
 xi. SOPHRONA WILLEY153, b. 1853153.
 xii. THOMAS WILLEY153, b. 1856153.
 xiii. ELIZA WILLEY153, b. 1859153.

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