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From Ted Robinson Another Decendant Of Arthur And Elizabeth Bogacki Threw Their Son Culley Bogacki.


Note: He was a Polish refugee, refined and educated. He went to Barnwell Co., S. C. to teach school and Elizabeth was one of his pupils. He was popular and admired. Mary Ashley Willis had him appointed administrator of William Allen Willis's estate. At times he was homesick for Poland, so he named one of his sons after a Polish poem that sounded like: Cruel Yackyellow zebilsky zackie, Eben Crusus stay?bit stacky, Dolmo sousa mosen de buzza, croop-pie agla bitzen de mosa Bodgadski. He went through life as Culley Yacyellow (I do not know his spelling) Bogacki, and d in Alabama

Elizabeth Ann WILLIS
29 JAN 1836 in Williston, SC

Major John Turner WILLIS
20 AUG 1798 in Williston, SC
20 JAN 1844 in Williston, SC

The town of Williston, South Carolina, was named for John Turner Willis, known as "Turner" Willis, because he gave the land for building the railroad station, the Baptist Church and other important buildings of the town. His first house was torn down in 1882, according to a notice which appeared in the issue of the Barnwell, South Carolina, weekly newspaper, called "The Barnwell People," for Thursday August 31, 1882, which stated: "The oldest house in Williston torn down Monday. Built in 1832 of hewn logs and dovetailed at corners. About 20 feet square and first occupied as store and residence by Maj. Turner Willis. Original chimney was made of clay and plastered with lime on outside. When first completed, this house was the finest in all that country and many persons rode into town to see it."

Later, Turner Willis built a large two?storied, columned, frame house, which stood where the Baptist Church now stands (1954), but which was moved back to make way for the church building. His brother James G. Willis built a house nearby, which stands on a triangular lot by the railroad, in the heart of Williston, and is considered the most interesting home in the town.

Born August 20, 1798 (copied from his own family Bible now in the possession of Mrs. Alma Sanders, of Williston) (1954).

John Turner Willis bought from Mary Ann and Loren Moseley the "White Pond Tract" for $900 on June 16, 1838 and March 6, 1843.

As mentioned before, John Turner Willis gave the land for the town of Williston, S. C. to be built. According to the Barnwell Sentinel, "John Turner Willis was Postmaster of Williston from April 20, 1834 to June 26, 1837." On January 20, 1844, he was riding home from his fields on horseback when he was caught In a terrific storm, with high velocity winds. As he hurried through a strip of woods, a tree was blown down upon him, killing him instantly.

The children of John Turner and Ann Head Willis, were listed in their family Bible.

Much has been recorded of the early Willis family of Virginia in historical magazines, among these is the Willis Family and arms in Wm. & Mary Quarterly (1) Vol. v. pp 24?171 and Vol. 6 p. 27, 206; and while Byrd Charles Willis, a grandson of Henry Willis and Mildred Washington, was still alive, his grand-nephew Richard Henry Willis wrote down and published all that Byrd could remember of his family, in a small book entitled, "The Willis Family," which was published many years ago.

Major Robert Carter WILLIS Jr Father Of John Turner Willis

6 APR 1844 in Williston, SC

Robert Willis was the first of the family to settle in South Carolina. His house stood on an eminence about five miles from Williston on the road to Blackville. I am told that it was burned by a group of General Sherman's soldiers in 1865 and among the few things saved from the fire, were six badly worn and thinned silver teaspoons made, according to their hallmarks, by William Holmes, Goldsmith of Philadelphia, between 1776-1780. These belonged to Robert Willis, as a cherished possession; but the engraving on them has long since worn away.

In the center of a plowed field, near where the home once stood, and now grown into a miniature jungle of trees, bushes and vines, is the tiny graveyard, enclosed in a beautifully laid brick wall of bricks imported from England, which was intended only for Robert Willis and his wife Keziah; but which barely holds, instead, the two children, who preceded him in death as well as himself and Keziah. Upon his tombstone is inscribed: Robert Willis/died 6th April 1844/ in the/72nd year of his age. Upon that of his wife is chiseled: Keziah Willis/died 15th September 1845/65 years of age, The third grave is that of their daughter Cerena Willis Perry and the fourth bears the inscription: John Turner Willis/ died 20th January 1844/in the/46th year of his age. Because Turner Willis died before his father, his name does not appear in Robert Willis' will.

Family tradition among the descendants of Robert Willis states that the father of Robert Willis was named Robert; that Robert Willis, Jr, came to South Carolina from Virginia with his half-brother Moore Johnson -- these descended from the marriage of a son of Robert to a daughter of Moore, state this emphatically- that he was related to the Burwells; that Robert Willis married Keziah Watson daughter of Capt. Michael Watson; that Keziah was so proud and haughty that she did not consider anyone but her own relatives good enough to marry her children; and that she and her sisters refused to put a tombstone at her mother Martha's grave, because Martha had remarried and they would have to use the surname of her second husband Jacob Odom.

A search of records has proved that those traditions are only in error concerning the relationship of Robert Willis and Moore Johnson, whom records prove were not half-brothers. Although these boys were near the same age, Moore was the half-brother of Robert's mother. They were evidently inseparable, Robert having come to South Carolina as a boy with Moore and his parents. Moore died first, and in the bundle of papers with his will in Barnwell Court House is a signed statement by Robert Willis that he was at the bedside of Moore Johnson at the moment of Moore's death. Robert Willis did have three half-brothers, or step-brothers, named Swift, in Berkeley County, West Virginia, who went West. This may have caused the confusion, of relationship between Robert and Moore.

It is probable that Robert Carter Willis, Jr. left home before his mother remarried, for we find him in Edgefield Dist., S. C. witnessing a deed, for Richard Johnson, with Moore Johnson in 1790. Born 1772/73, he was 18 years old in 1790.

This bequest to Robert Willis (see mother's will) probably explains why the six worn and broken silver teaspoons, which have been kept until 1953, when I (E.W.DH) bought three of them, in an ancient iron-ware, small pitcher, and which have been considered a most cherished possession; for it was this son Robert Carter Willis, Jr., who was the Robert Willis of Barnwell County S. C., born in 1773 and died 1844.

The first South Carolina records of Robert Willis are in the office of the Judge Probate, Edgefield S. C., Book 7, p 91 of deeds: April 24, 1790, Robert Willis and Moor Johnson witness the deed, where Richard Johnson, Jr. sells 200 acres at head of Turkey Creek to Richard Johnson, Sr., "where Richard Johnson, Sr. now lives". In another place the name is spelled Johnston.

In same book, Robert Willis appeared before Richard Tutt to take an oath July 6, 1792.

Burrel (Burwell) Johnson and wife Dicey receive a grant of land on Horse's Creek of Sav. River, on Nov. 2, 1795 in Edgefield Dist. (Bk 13, p 378). Willis Johnson bought land on Stephen's Cr. from Henry Key, Jr. in 1795 (Deed Bk.12, p 581).

Richard Johnson, Sr, deeds to Robert Willis on April 13, 1796, surveyed April 11, 1795, 200 acres on Turkey Creek for L50 sterling in "presence of Moore Johnson and James Scott," It calls both Richard Johnson and Robert Willis "Planter". Plat is shown. (Deed Bk 13, p 171).

Robert Willis signed a deed of conveyance to Henry Anderson for the sale of 200 acres for 100 dollars, "on Turkey Creek of Savannah River." Dated Sept. 12, 1808, "land obtained from Richard Johnson and originally granted to Richard Johnson, Jr." (D. Bk 29 p 297).

These records show that Robert Willis sold his land in Berkeley County, Va., which he inherited from his father and bought land in Orangeburg Dist., Barnwell Co., South Carolina.

The 1790 Census for South Carolina, "Orangeburgh, South Part" lists Robert Willis with 1 male over 16 years and 2 females, which suggests that Robert Willis had left the home of his step?grandfather Richard Johnston and set up an establishment of his own with a housekeeper, who may have been a widow with a small daughter. After Robert's grandmother died, which might account for his leaving the home of Richard Johnston, Richard married as his third wife Charity Couch (Notes of Mrs. Hill, late genealogist of Edgefield, S. C.). The records also indicate many trips back and forth from Berkeley Co., Va. to Edgefield Co., S. C. for Robert. Tradition states that his grandmother died in 1785.

Robert Willis and his children were all devout Baptists, as are most of his descendants today; that is, all who remained around Williston.

Robert Willis's will in Barnwell Court House, Bk. D, p 48, was signed on Dec. 23rd "in the 68th year of Independence" and recorded April 17, 1844, In it he mentions "wife Keziah" and all of his children except John Turner and Serena Perry, both of whom preceded him in death. Exrs. Sons Elijah Willis and Robert M. Willis.

In the Office of the Judge Advocate, Barnwell, S. C., in Bundle 87, pkg. #2, are the administration papers "a/c with the Estate of Robert Willis deceased,'' recorded there by his son Robert Moore Willis. They read in part: "it appears that the testator left Twelve children entitled to a distributive interest in his Estate they will therefore take as follows:

John T. Willis will take 1/12 which is $3456.10."

(He names the others, each in turn as Robt. M.; Elijah; Williamson W.; Winny Lott; Martha Matthews; Sarah Boylston; Matilda Reed; P. V. Willis; Michael; Antonet and Ellen, each being given $3456.10 ….. "advancement made by Testator in his lifetime to John T. Willis $1000.00. Interest to March 1, 1849,
$228.43; balance $3137.70, am't to be distributed amongst the children of J. T. Willis… $3137.70. They will take as follows: William A. (Allen) Willis is entitled to 1/10 which is $313.77." (He names each of the other nine children and entitles each to the same amount.)

In Bundle 78, pkg 11, are the papers concerning the administration of the estate of "Maj. John T. Willis, Planter." On one is "Administration Bond on the Estate of John T. Willis. Took Mrs. Ann Willis Bond for $20,000, with I.G. Steadman & Wm, A. Meritt, Securities." "Amount of Estate $18,232.27."

Robert Carter WILLIS Sr.Father Of Robert Carter Willis Jr.

The will of Robert Carter Willis, proved in Berkeley County, West Virginia, October 21, 1782, directs his land to be divided between his sons; Lewis Burwell Willis and Robert Carter Willis, who were under age. His wife's name was Martha. If both sons were to die without issue his estate was to go to John McKain, my sister Elizabeth, John McKain's son and his sons forever. (Tyler's Quarterly, Volume 3, page 51).

Robert Carter Willis was appointed Surveyor to cut off Berkeley Co. (now West Va.) from Frederick Co. in 1772. He was Chief justice, among the "Gentlemen Justices" of Berkeley Co., Va., in 1776 and his signature appears on the records of their meetings in the Court House at Martinsburg, West Va. Other justices were: Godwin Swift, Robert Worthington and William Patterson.

McAllister's "Virginia Militia in the Revolution," p 190, Section 255, Berkeley, states "Willis, Robert Carter, gent., Lt. Col., Appointed by County Court, Feb, 15, 1777. vice P. Pentleton."

The will of Robert Carter Willis, copied by Elizabeth Willis DeHuff from Will Book 1, p 333, Berkeley Co. West Va follows:
In the name of God Amen I Robert Carter Willis of Berkeley County and State of Virginia being in good state of health and of sound mind and memory thanks be to God and knowing the uncertainty of this life and that it is appointed for all men to Die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form aforesaid that is to say Imprimis I leave my Soul in the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like and Decent manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereinafter mentioned. First I will that all my Just Debts be Satisfied but require my Horses and Sheep be sold first and two Beds with what furniture my wife Martha can spare Item I leave my land to be equally divided between my sons Lewis Burwell Willis and Robert Carter Willis my son Lewis Burwell Willis to have the first choice of my land my personal Estate to be equally Divided Likewise as negroes is looked on as real and Personal it is my intention that they should be divided Likewise my wife Martha Willis to have my Estate in her hands and so bring up her children till my son Lewis come of age and then the Estate to be divided and one third of his she is to have her life and then when my son Robert comes of age he is to have his part and his mother one third of that which give the third of the whole Estate her life and in case of my both sons Death then I leave my wife Martha Willis her and her Heirs forever to wit waggoner Jack, Eve, Mingo, Milly and Mary and at her Death my land and the rest of my Estate except my Chair and the choice of my Horses forever which I leave unto my wife Martha. This is supposing that both my (sons) should be Dead if not the living son to have the whole and his heirs forever if he should die without Heirs the other to have it and his Heirs forever and if both Should Die I leave unto John McKain my sister Elizabeth John McKain Son forever and his sons. I leave Martha Willis my wife my Executor. Proved Oct 21, 1783. No date. No witnesses.

See ("A sketch of the Willis Family of Virginia and their Kindred in other states," by Byrd Charles Willis and Richard Henry Willis, pub. by Whittet and Shepperson, Gen'l Printers, Richmond, Va.

Martha ALLEN Wife Of Robert Carter Willis

Robert Carter Willis, born 1745, married circa 1770 "Martha", according to Byrd Charles Willis in "The Willis Family." Martha, born in 1749, was named in the will of her father John Allen, merchant of Fredericksburg, on March 14, 1749, recorded in Spotsylvania county, Va. April 3, 1750. (Will Bk. B, p19).

Appraisement in Bk. 1, p 336, Will Krew Clk., by Thomas White, James Swearingen and Alex Lemen, Nov, 18, 1783. Securities for Martha Willis were Philip Pendleton and James Crane. Value: L 874, 18, 0.

In the Church Records of Moses Hoge, Martinsburg Ct. House, p7: under marriages, 1781-1854, Martha Willis -- Richard Swift, March 28, 1793.

Will of Martha Swift, Book 8. p 97, Berkeley County records, "Bequest that property be turned into money to pay all my debts...," will negro man Stephen and my negro woman Milly be free at my death
and if there be no law to free them I desire they may take protection under either of my heirs by their own free choice..". "To Lewis six silver spoons marked 'B.S'. .. large family Bible...." "to my second son Robert six teaspoons marked 'RCW'..." to third Elijah N. Swift" several pieces of silver and "works of Flavius Josephus in 4 volumes. ..fourth son Elisha M. Swift silver tablespoon marked 'FW', "youngest son Leroy W. O. Swift.... "Slaves to be free at the age of 35 years." Executors, friend John F. Cookus, and son Elisha M. Witnesses: James Mason, John Williamson and Richard C. Williams. Written August 4, 1824; recorded June 14, 1825

John Turner Willis;

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