Photos from the Private Willis Grave Dedication

Gene Willis (Great Grandson), Tom Taylor (Southern Brigade Commander) Ronnie Roach (NC Division Chief of Staff), W. S. Jackson (Commander Cumberland Plough Boys), and Mike Willis (2nd Great Grandson)

Gene Willis (Great Grandson), Tom Taylor (Southern Brigade Commander) Ronnie Roach (NC Division Chief of Staff), W. S. Jackson (Commander Cumberland Plough Boys), and Mike Willis (2nd Great Grandson)

 

Posting of the Colors by Mack Eason & Link Campbell

Posting of the Colors by Mack Eason & Link Campbell

 

Faye Willis Madden delivers message on the Willis family.  Commander Jackson stands nearby.

Faye Willis Madden delivers message on the Willis family. Commander Jackson stands nearby.

 

Honor Guard Stands Ready

Honor Guard Stands Ready

 

Ronnie Roach delivers the Inspirational Message with Link Campbell, Mack Eason, and Greg Maxwell in the background

Ronnie Roach delivers the Inspirational Message with Link Campbell, Mack Eason, and Greg Maxwell in the background

Unveiling of the Stone by Mack Eason and Link Campbell

Unveiling of the Stone by Mack Eason and Link Campbell

 

Gene Willis and Grandsons place the Wreath

Gene Willis and Grandsons place the Wreath

 

Grave Marker for Isaac Sims Willis with the Colors

Grave Marker for Isaac Sims Willis with the Colors

 

Honorary Volley fired by Honor Guard (includes Ploughboys Dwight Lovick, Ken Bell, and Mickey Broadwell)

Honorary Volley fired by Honor Guard (includes Ploughboys Dwight Lovick, Ken Bell, and Mickey Broadwell)

Link Campbell plays "Taps"

Link Campbell plays “Taps”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Isaac Sims Willis to be Honored

A grave dedication ceremony for Private Isaac Sims Willis will be held on October 13th at 2 p.m. at the Willis Family Cemetery. The Willis Family Cemetery is located in the northern part of Bladen County on Chickenfoot Road, just north of Pages Lake Road.

Isaac Sims Willis was born on May 11, 1815, the son of Jeremiah Willis (1798-1825) and Abigail Sims (1795-1872). He was a farmer in Bladen County until he enlist in the 8th North Carolina Senior Reserves on May 14, 1864. He originally served in Captain David Callihan’s Company, but transferred to Captain Neill McNeill’s Company on November 10, 1864. The 8th Senior Reserves main duty was to pursue conscripts.

Isaac Sims Willis married Flora Ann McArthur (1812-1905) on September 4, 1844. They had nine children: Francis Marion Willis (1844-1924), Susanna Willis (1847-1912), Thomas Jefferson Willis (1848-1907), Henrietta Willis (1849-1875), Isaac Newton Willis (1849-1851), Narcissa Willis (1851-1915), Mary Isabella Willis (1852-1927), and John Edwin Willis (1857-1916).

Great Grandson, Gene Willis and 2nd Great Grandson, Mike Willis have obtained and placed the marker.  The Willis Family cordially invites those who wish to honor this soldier and his family to attend the memorial service.

 

Francis Marion Willis

Francis Marion Willis
December 1844 – June 21, 1924

1860 Residence: Bladen County, North Carolina

Grand Uncle of Gene Willis
Great Grand Uncle of Mike Willis

Military Record
November 24, 1861 – Enlisted in Bladen County, NC
36th North Carolina Regiment, 3rd Company B
also known as 2nd North Carolina Artillery, 3rd Company B
Rank: Private
Promoted to Corporal about October, 1862
January 15, 1865 – Captured at Fort Fisher
Confined at Point Lookout, MD
June 21, 1865 – Released after taking Oath of Allegiance

Parents
Isaac Sims Willis 1815-1885
Flora Ann McArthur 1812-1905

Siblings
Susanna Willis 1847-1912
Thomas Jefferson Willis 1848-1907
Henrietta Willis 1849-1875
Isaac Newton Willis 1849-1851
Narcissa Willis 1851-1915
Mary Isabella Willis 1852-1927
John Edwin Willis 1857-1916
Estelle Gertrude Willis 1883-1961

Wife
Barbara McDonald 1847-1969

Child
Isadora Barbara Willis 1869-1938

Wife
Mary Mimms

Child
John Franklin Willis 1895-1896

Wife
Sophia Howard Strickland 1868-1957

Children
Marion Howard Willis 1892-1991
Gerald Tennyson Willis 1894-1962
Laurence Reginald Willis 1897-1967

Burial
Willis Cemetery, Bladen County
Near the intersection of Chicken Foot Road and Page’s Lake Road

Francis Marion Willis Grave

Francis Marion Willis Grave

Isaac Sims Willis

Isaac Sims Willis
May 11, 1815 – October 3, 1885

1860 Residence: Bladen County, North Carolina

Great Grandfather of Gene Willis
2nd Great Grandfather of Mike Willis

Military Record
May 14, 1864 – Enlisted at Elizabethtown, NC
8th North Carolina Senior Reserves, Callihan’s Company
Rank:  Private
November 10, 1864 – Transferred to
8th North Carolina Senior Reserves, McNeill’s Company

Parents
Jeremiah Willis 1798-1825
Abigail Sims 1795-1872

Sibling
John O. Willis 1818-1865

Wife
Flora Ann McArthur 1812-1905

Children
Francis Marion Willis 1844-1924
Susanna Willis 1847-1912
Thomas Jefferson Willis 1848-1907
Henrietta Willis 1849-1875
Isaac Newton Willis 1849-1851
Narcissa Willis 1851-1915
Mary Isabella Willis 1852-1927
John Edwin Willis 1857-1916
Estelle Gertrude Willis 1883-1961

Burial
Willis Cemetery, Bladen County
Near the intersection of Chicken Foot Road and Page’s Lake Road.

Isaac Sims Willis Grave

Isaac Sims Willis Grave