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Willis W. CHERRY

Male 1745 - 1801  (56 years)


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  • Name Willis W. CHERRY 
    Born 1745  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1801  Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • Willis W Cherry [C1a8p], son of Lemuel Cherry and Gatsey Ann Llewellyn, was born about 1748 in Beaufort Co NC. He was under age when his father died in 1754, and was bound to William Willis before January 1765; William Willis was one of the executors of his father's will. By the summer of 1774 Willis Cherry owned land in Duplin Co, next to the 200 acres Thomas Bennett was granted on 22 July 1774 from the Crown. This land was on the north side of Goshen Swamp, and between Dry Pond Branch & White Oak Branch. Other neighbors at the time were John Oates, James Smith, and Joseph Wade.

      Willis was in the Revolutionary War on the NC Continental Line in Wilmington District (Duplin Co area), and was granted 228 acres on Barton's Creek; this land was assigned (probably sold) to James Hicks on 12 December 1801 (warrant #3386, per thigpen). If so, the transfer was done by his heirs after Willis died in Duplin Co in September or October 1801. Willis was also in the NC Militia in Wilmington District. There are three warrant numbers associated with his service: #3356, #3675, and #3799. Willis witnessed two marriages in Duplin Co about 1780: the Sarah Bizzell - James Hurst marriage on 8 November 1779 and the James Bizzell - Mary Bowden marriage on 9 January 1781. This shows the close ties between Willis and the Bizzell families (Willis' son Lemuel married Sarah Bizzell).

      In the 1784 state census of Duplin Co, Willis was the third from the last listed in the district of Captain Bowden's Company. In his home were one male over age 21 and under age 60 (Willis), two boys under the age of 21 (Lemuel & William), four females (his wife and three daughters), and one slave. Also in the same county in 1784 were other names with ties to the Cherry families in the counties to the northeast around Martin and Edgecombe Counties: Thigpen, Ward, Harrell, Grimes, Williams, Gray, Outlaw, to name a few.

      In 1790 Willis' was the only Cherry family in the county (he was in the Wilmington District); in his home there were himself, three males under age 16 (born between1776 and 1790), and four females (Mary, the eldest daughter, married in 1788 and left her parents' home, and two more daughters were born to Willis and his wife since 1784). There were four slaves. In 1800 Willis was not found, but his wife Sarah ____ was; Willis was still alive, but since Sarah was the head of the household in the census, Willis must have been feeble, and perhaps bedridden. In her household in 1800 were two girls under age 10 (Nancy & Polly), two girls (Sarah & Rebecca) & one boy (George) age 10 to 15, two boys age 16 to 25 (William & Lemuel), Sarah, age 26 to 44, and seven slaves. The 1810 census shows Sarah living about midway between Lemuel and William, her two eldest sons (now married); she had one boy in her home, age 16 to 25 (George), one girl age 10 to 15 (Patience, Nancy now was probably married), herself age 45 or older, and six slaves. Sarah was also found in Duplin Co in 1820, living alone, age over 45. She was born between 1756 and 1765, according to the 1800 and 1810 census records, so was probably not the mother of Willis' eldest daughter.

      Duplin Co court records from April 1785 and July 1785 reveal that Willis Cherry was the overseer in charge of clearing the main channel of Goshen Swamp in District 14 during the dry season. The swamp was the waterway by which barges and flat-bottom boats carried supplies into and out of the northwest corner of the county. District 14 was approximately four miles southeast of the present-day town of Calypso, and four miles northwest of Beaufancus. The hands working under Willis in clearing the waterway were James Bizzell, William Stone, Arthur Bizzell, Hardy Bizzell and his negro, Thomas Bennett, William Bennett, Samuel Bennett, "& all others belonging to their families. "

      Willis left a will dated 12 October 1800 in Duplin Co, and he died in September or October the following year. His will named "beloved wife Sarah Cherry" (she received "one negro wench by the name of Juda" and a negro named Tess, plus household furniture and one-third of the plantation where Willis lived), his six daughters Mary Bennett, Elizabeth Millard, Rebecca Cherry, Nancy Cherry, Sally Cherry, Polly Cherry, and sons George Cherry, Lemuel Cherry, and son William Cherry (William received the plantation Willis bought from John Bradley on the north side of Pond Branch). Near the end of the will he named another daughter Patience Cherry, but also said he only had six daughters, and re-named them. Polly's position from the first list of daughters was replaced with Patience in the second listing. The two youngest sons, in addition to land, each received "one horse creater." Son George was under age 21 when the will was written. Witnesses were Hardy Bizzell, William Cherry, and Rebecca Cherry. Executors were Hardy Bizzell, and Willis' eldest son Lemuel; Lemuel was often called "Lamb" in the will. Willis could not sign his name, so made his "?" instead (he also made an "?" when he witnessed the two Bizzell marriages of about 1780). His nine children, all named in the will, were-

      1. Mary Cherry, b abt 1768
      2. Elizabeth Cherry, b abt 1775
      3. William Cherry, b 1776-1780
      4. Lemuel Cherry, b 1779
      5. Rebecca Cherry, b 1784
      6. Sarah Cherry, b abt 1785
      7. George Cherry, b 1785-1790
      8. Nancy Cherry, b 1790
      9. Patience Polly Cherry, b 1795-1800 (68,99, 108,WD,5p,35maehijnypz)

      Source: Cherry Biographies by John Young
    • lder: 1792 (second folder)
      Information: Arrest warrant for Soloman CHERRY, William CHERRY, andWillis CHERRY on a
      charge of riot, on which charge John WORSELY is prosecutor. (On side:Riot April 5 1790)
      (On back: Not found)
      Date:19 Sept 1791
      Date of: Warrant
      County: Pitt

      Folder: 1793
      Information: Warrant for Soloman CHERRY, William CHERRY, Willis CHERRYtoappear and
      answer an indictment for an assault on John WORSLEY April 25 1790
      Date:19 Sept 1792
      Date of: Summons
      County: Pitt
    Person ID I40941  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2014 

    Father Lemuel Samuel CHERRY,   b. 1685, Norfolk Cnty., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1754, Beaufort Cnty., North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Gatsey Ann LLEWELLYN,   b. 1689, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1754, Beaufort, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 1730  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14608  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah,   b. 1747, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1764  North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mary Bennett CHERRY,   b. 1768, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth CHERRY,   b. 1775,   d. 1840  (Age 65 years)
     3. William Samuel CHERRY,   b. 1778, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +4. Lemuel CHERRY,   b. 1779, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1859, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Rebecca CHERRY,   b. 1780, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1840, Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     6. Sarah Sally CHERRY,   b. 1785, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. George CHERRY,   b. 1787, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1829, Forkland, Greene, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     8. Nancy CHERRY,   b. 1790
     9. Patience CHERRY,   b. 1795, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F14607  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart