Willard & Related Families

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  • ID: I4588
  • _UID: 279E3A9060A94E07986ED02D7B49B0EB4FD1
  • Name: James "Jimmie" WILLARD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 MAY 1804 in Ky, prob Breckenridge Co.
  • Death: 8 AUG 1893 in Highland Twp, Oregon Co, Mo (near Rover)
  • Burial: Jolliff Cemetery, Oregon Co, MO
  • Note:

    See a picture at my webpage on him at:

    James married Rachel in Spencer Co, Ind, July 21, 1826
    Spencer Co, IN marriages:
    James Willan & Rachel Hoover, p20, July 21, 1826 (lic/marr same day)
    The index says Willan, but the actual record looks like ?willar_? the last letter could be o or d. ?Hoover? is hard to read, might be Herver or Howell
    married by Charles Harper

    Rev. Charles Harper had moved to Spencer Co, IN from Ky in 1820, and he pastored the Little Pigeon Creek Baptist Church, the same church where Abraham Lincoln?s parents attended. Charles Harper performed the marriage ceremony for Abe?s sister, Sarah Lincoln and Aaron Grigsby in 1826. Sarah died 2 years later and was buried in the church cemetery. Little Pigeon Creek church was established June 8, 1816, near Lincoln City, Ind. (in 1816 it was in Warrick co, IN. Spencer Co was formed in 1818.) Sarah Lincoln married 1 month after James Willard and their entries are next to each other in the Spencer County marriage book, p20.
    See this link for more about that church:

    James & his first wife, Rachel had 1 child in Spencer Co, Ind in 1827. It?s likely that Rachel was a friend of Sarah Lincoln Grigsby and mourned her death the following year from childbirth. Rachel herself died in 1834, probably from childbirth causes, too.

    James moved to Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., where they were in 1830, next to brother Martin Willard. Abe Lincoln also left Ind. in 1830 and moved to IL.
    1830 Cape Girardeau Co, Mo: (p449 )
    James Willard - 20-30
    wife - 15-20 (Rachel)
    boy - 0-5 (Henry, 2-3)
    girl - 0-5 (Elizabeth, less than 1)

    There is also a James Willard on p459, next door to William Lindsey.
    James Willard - 20-30
    woman 20-30
    boy - 0-5
    girl - 0-5

    Maybe he moved and was listed on the census twice.

    They moved to Jefferson Co., IL where Rachel died about 1834, possibly with the birth of her 4th child.
    The Elijah Jolliff family lived 2 houses away from them in Shiloh twp. Elijah had died in 1828 and left his wife Lucinda with 1 daughter Elizabeth, and 4 sons. Lucinda died in 1834 and the next year 31-year-old James Willard married her daugher, Elizabeth Jolliff who was 15.
    Illinois State Marriage index:
    James Willard & Elizabeth Jolliff - 10/30/1835, Washington Co.

    In 1840 they were in Jefferson Co., IL. Betsy was 20 years old and had 6 children to care for.
    Willard, James 1010010000000 1300100000000
    which means:
    1 male 0-5 (Isaac-0)
    1 male 10-15 (Henry-13)
    1 male 30-40 (James-36)
    1 female 0-5 (Lucinda-3)
    3 females 5-10 (Elizabeth-11, Catherine-7, Rachel-6)
    1 female 20-30 (Betsy-20)

    In 1850 they were in neighboring Washington Co., IL. In the next dwelling is his married son, Henry.

    His daughter Caroline told her children, "My old Daddy split rails with Abe Lincoln." Family stories from several sources relate that Jim and his brother Martin wrestled and split rails with Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and that they walked to West Plains, Mo. and back to Illinois (James' sons, Jim & Bill also walked back to Illinois to join the Union Army and thus were on opposite sides of their cousin, John Willard.) They must have known Abe Lincoln first in Spencer, Co, Ind. in the 1820?s.

    About 1856 James moved to Oregon Co., Mo. He bought 160 acres Oct 30, 1857 and 120 more acres in 1859.
    See - http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Results.asp?QryId=82587.44
    His brother Martin also moved there from western Missouri about the same time. Two of Elizabeth's brothers, Randolph and William Jolliff were also living in Oregon Co. Their last child Emma was born there.

    Three of James' children (Catherine, Bill & Mary Elizabeth) married members of the George family: James George, Matilda George & Johnnie George, respectively.

    1860 Oregon Co, Mo census - #473
    James Williard - 56, Ky
    Elizabeth - 39, IL
    James - 18, IL
    William - 14, IL
    Martha - 12, IL
    Mary - 9, IL
    Dinah - 5, IL
    Missouri - 3, IL [she was prob. born right after her parents moved to Missouri]

    1870 MO census: Oregon Co, Jobe twp, PO Alton, p 38:
    James Wilard - 65, Ky
    Elizabeth - 50, Ky
    Caroline - 17, IL
    Emiline - 15, Mo

    In June, 1880 James (age 70) and Elizabeth (age 60) were living with their son Bill. James died near Rover (age 91). Betsy continued to live with son Bill in Rover until she died 8 years later (age 83). They were both buried in the Jolliff Cemetery near Rover.

    He died 1893 or 1895. Buried Jolliff Cemetery, near Rover, Oregon Co, MO.

    *Find A Grave Memorial# 39501529
  • Change Date: 17 FEB 2016

    Father: Henry "Harry" WILLARD b: ABT 1760 in probably Virginia
    Mother: Elizabeth Malissa "Lissey" COUNTS b: ABT 1766

    Marriage 1 Rachel HOOVER b: ABT 1808
    • Married: ABT 1826 in Spencer Co, Ind
    1. Has Children Henry WILLARD b: ABT 1827 in Spencer Co, Ind
    2. Has Children Elizabeth WILLARD b: 4 SEP 1829 in Illinois
    3. Has Children Catherine WILLARD b: 7 MAR 1833 in Irvington, Washington Co, IL
    4. Has Children Rachel WILLARD b: ABT 1834

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth "Betsy" JOLLIFF b: 20 APR 1820 in Illinois
    • Married: 30 OCT 1835 in Nashville, Washington Co, IL
    1. Has Children Lucinda J. WILLARD b: 4 NOV 1837
    2. Has Children Isaac Green WILLARD b: 1840 in Irvington, Washington Co, IL
    3. Has Children James E. "Jickey Jim" WILLARD b: 14 MAR 1842 in Washington Co, IL
    4. Has Children William Randel "Bill" WILLARD b: 10 APR 1846 in Washington Co, IL
    5. Has No Children Martha F. WILLARD b: 1848 in Illinois
    6. Has Children Mary Elizabeth WILLARD b: ABT 1851 in Illinois
    7. Has Children Caroline "Cal" WILLARD b: 17 JAN 1854 in Illinois
    8. Has No Children Dinah WILLARD b: 1855 in Illinois
    9. Has Children Missouri Emaline "Emma" WILLARD b: 30 MAR 1857 in Illinois
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