Name: Henry WILLARD
Birth: 1801 in Glade Hollow, Russell Co, Va.
Death: AFT 1880 in maybe Jo Daviess Co IL or Dodge Co Nebr.
Change Date: 29 APR 2017
[Thanks to Linda Israel at lindai@@gci.net & others who helped me piece together this family. We are looking for descendants who can help us fill in the gaps.]
1810 Breckenridge Co, Ky. census
boy, b 1805-10 [son of Henry Willard]
The 1880 census has him born in 1801
July 26, 1826 Henry & Martin Willard (and Martin's in-laws William Lindsey & Solomon Greer) signed a petition in Adams Co., IL (along the Mississippi River, north of St. Louis).
In 1827 many of the Adams County residents went to work in the lead mines in Galena, Jo Daviess County, IL. Henry and others in his extended family did that also.
He was probably the Henry Willard who was in the Black Hawk War (1831-32), a private in M Maugh's Company, enlisted in Jo Daviess County (est 1827, in the NW corner of Illinois).
[Abe Lincoln was also in the Black Hawk War.]
1830 Census of the Lead Mine Region (Jo Daviess County, Illinois and Iowa and Crawford Counties, Michigan Territory)
Jo Daviess, page 317 - Henry Willard - 210 001 - 000 110
[legend: 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50]
This Henry was 30-40, wife 20-30, 2 boys 0-5, a boy 5-10, & girl 15-20.
This shows him with wife and 4 children. But the first child we have of his was born in 1834. So maybe these weren't his children. He probably married right after the Black Hawk War (about 30 years old) and settled down.
On page 314 of the 1830 Lead Mine Census was Peter Cartwright, maybe the famous pioneer preacher. This census included part of the SW corner of Wisc. down to Rock Island on the Mississippi River. Because of the mining, a large number of "households" were made up of one man.
Also in 1830 -
Iowa 245 - Willard, Alexander - 011 120 010 000 - 211 100 000 000
[probably not close relation]
A history of Jo Daviess County says that Henry settled in Guilford twp about 1832. Since he was in the 1830 census, maybe he married and "settled" in 1832. Since the first settlements in the township were in 1826, he was one of the earliest settlers. Lafayette County, Wisc. just north of Jo Daviess County was first settled in 1824. There were lead mines just across the borders of both counties and people moved back and forth across the state lines. For instance, Scott Kirkpatrick, a resident of Wisconsin who was in the Black Hawk war was listed on muster sheet dated 13 September 1832 at Galena (IL) with remarks for him, "absent with leave, retains gun and powder horn and rode Willard's horse." [But this may refer to the Alexander Willard in Wisc.]
1840 regional mining census:
WITLARD, Henry 111 100 1 - 300 001 1 [Jo Daviess Co, p 391]
[legend: 0-5, 5-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, etc.]
Henry 40-49, [Henry should have been 39] - district Scales Mound
woman 40-49, [Anna]
woman 30-39, [might be a younger sister Aurelia?? who m 4/24/1840]
boy 15-19, [?]
boy 10-14, [?]
boy 5-9, [Francis, age 6]
3 girls 0-5 [Minerva 7, Margaret 3, ?]
boy 0-5 [Wm - 0]
He is 8 people away from Solomon Greer [who was married to Ann Lindsey, sister of Martin Willard's wife Mary. Solomon's brother, Ephriam Greer married in Cape Girardeau, Mo. to Margaret Willard who was Henry Jr's sister]. The Greers, Willards and Lindseys inter-married. In 1850 Henry had a child of William Lindsey [brother of Ann and Mary] living with him. So evidently he remained close to the Lindsey and Greer families.
1840 census - Jo Daviess Co, IL, Scales Township p 390
Henry Willard, men 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 women 2 0 0 0 0 1
(Scales Mounds Township had some valuable mines)
This census data is similar to the above census except that the younger woman is gone (maybe she married by then) and there are only 2 small girls, which matches what Henry actually had (maybe the 3 is a mistake). Don't know who the 2 teenage boys were.
There was another Willard family (probably not related) in Iowa Co, Wisc.:
1840 Census Miners District (Jo Daviess Co, IL)
Willard, A.H. - Iowa Co., Wis, page 58
Willard, Alexander - Iowa Co., Wis, page 58
Willard, O.G. - Iowa Co., Wis, page 54
In 1849, April 27, he bought 160 acres or 1/4 section in section 13, twp 28N, Range 2E, meridian 4. This is in Guilford township of Jo Daviess County, IL, east of Galena.
In the 1878 History of Jo Daviess County, IL, p 535, there is a discussion of how the early settlers protected the claims of each other. It says that a board of arbitrators were appointed, "consisting of five persons, authorized to settle all disputes between conflicting claimants, on principles of equity and justice, their decisions to be final." On this board, appointed in 1847 were: H. Willard, George Troxell, David Matlack, H. Singer, and John Crumbellick.
1850 Jo Daviess Co, IL, p 322B lists Henry Willard
[In 1850 a Lindsey child is living with both Solomon Greer and Henry Willard]
Henry Willard age 50 born Kentucky, farmer
wife Anna 46 born in NC
(children all born in IL)
Mary A. Lindsey 11 (niece - daug of Wm. Lindsey & Christina Greer)
[Wm. Lindsey was brother of Henry's sister-in-law Polly Lindsey Willard. ]
[Christina was sister of Henry's sister Margaret's husband Ephriam Greer.]
1855 Personal Property Tax for Jo Daviess Co, IL:
at - http://www.rootsweb.com/~iljodavi/tax/1855PPVZ.htm
Willard, Henry, p 345, Guilford twp.
These Jo Daviess Co, IL marriages* are Henry's family:
Aurelia Willard & Stephen Peyton, Apr 24, 1840 [might have been Henry's younger sister. She was too old to be a daughter]
* Margaret J. Willard & William Montgomery, Apr 23, 1854 (daug)
* Minerva Willard & Samuel R. Goble, Oct 21, 1855 (daug)
Hiram Willard & Matilda Townsend May 22, 1856
? Susan D. Willard (Wealard) & Joseph Snyder, Nov 21, 1865 (daug)
* Sarah Willard & Benjamin F. Burton, Nov 14, 1867 (daug)
* Frank M. Willard & Mary Louisa Gabran, Apr 3, 1870 (son)
See Jo Daviess County marriage book 1 (1828-1840) at:
1860 Census Jo Daviess, IL
WILLARD, Emily 431
WILLARD, Henry 496
Guilford Township, p 812 (Sept 3, 1860) [another index says page 496]
Henry Willard 60 Farmer 200 300 Kentucky
Anna 53 NC
Francis 27 IL
William 20 IL
Elizabeth 19 IL
Caroline 13 IL
Susan 12 IL
1870 Guilford Township, Jo Daviess Co, IL:
Willard, Henry 69 KY
Anna 65 NC
Smith, Emma 24
1870 Jo Daviess Co, IL Census Index:
WILLIARD, Henry - page 206
WILLARD, Carrie - page 207
WILLART, John - page 81
In 1874, Fremont, Dodge Co, Nebr. his granddaughter Edna married. Her mother Susan Mann, and Henry Willard witnessed the wedding (not sure who this Henry was though. His son, Wm Henry should have been in LaCrosse, Wisc at this time.)
History of Jo Daviess County, 1878 -
Willard, Francis, farmer; Sec 13, PO Scales Mound
Willard, Henry, farmer, Sec 13, PO Scales Mound
Henry was still alive in 1880 and living in Jo Daviess Co, IL.
He gives his father's birthplace as Virginia, mothers' as Prussia, and birthdate 1801.
Census Place: Guilford, Jo Daviess, Illinois, Page 322B:
Henry WILLARD Self M M W 79 KY - Occ: Farmer Fa: VA, Mo: Prussia
Annie WILLARD Wife F M W 76 NC - Occ: Keeping House Fa: Holland, Mo: VA
Adna I. O'NEIL GDau F S W 8 IL - Occ: At School Fa: IL, Mo: Ireland
[Obviously, one of his daughters must have married an O'Neil]
Also on page 322B:
Francis WILLARD Self M M W 46 IL - Occ: Laborer Fa: KY, Mo: NC
Mary L. WILLARD Wife F M W 44 IL - Occ: Keeping House Fa: France, Mo: France
There was also
WILLARD, Jack on page 171A Apple River twp. (probably unrelated)
*Find A Grave Memorial# 159424700
Father: Henry "Harry" WILLARD b: ABT 1760 in probably Virginia
Mother: Elizabeth Malissa "Lissey" COUNTS b: ABT 1766
Anna\Annie ? b: 1804 in NC
in JoDaviess Co or maybe Alexander Co, IL
- Francis M. "Frank" WILLARD b: 1834 in Jo Daviess Co, IL
- Minerva Katherine WILLARD b: 1833 in Jo Daviess Co, IL
- William Henry Harrison "Harry" WILLARD b: 2 FEB 1840 in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, IL
- Elizabeth WILLARD b: 1842 in Jo Daviess Co, IL
- Emma Evaline WILLARD b: 1844 in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, IL
- Caroline "Carrie" WILLARD b: 1846 in Jo Daviess Co, Illinois
- Susan D. (Sarah?) WILLARD b: 1848 in Jo Daviess Co, IL