Joshua Thomas Willis



(early resident of Toquerville)


Joshua Thomas Willis was born December 12, 1818 in McLeansboro, Hamilton County, Illinois.

Peggy Willis helped her son and daughter in law in Toquerville. She was the first women in Toquerville to spin
Cotton. She was an amazing latter day Saint woman. She was a very loving and supportive wife, mother and

Joshua married Sophia Fryer Geary on June 15, 1867 after the death of her first husband, John Thomas Geary.

Joshua died on May 1, 1886 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona.
He is buried in the Taylor Cemetery.


Parents and Siblings:
    Merrill Erastus Willis
    Margaret "Peggy" Susan Cherry Willis  
        William Wesley Willis
        Joshua Thomas Willis

(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(8/16/1811-xx/xx/1872)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(12/12/1818-5/1/1886)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)

First Wife and Children:
    Dosha Cherry Willis
        Henry Newton Willis
        William Wesley Willis
        Thomas Tillman Willis

(xx/xx/1818-3/10/1846)   (married xx/xx/1839)

Second Wife and Children:
    Sarah Melissa Dodge Willis
        Joshua Thomas Willis
        Merril Erastus Willis
        Sarah Melissa Willis
        Mary Dosha Willis
        Margaret Frances Willis
        Henry Tillman Willis
        Joseph Smith Willis
        Martha Elizabeth Willis
        John Morgan Willis
        Lovina Lucinda Willis
        Maria Mocella Willis
        Mary Agnes Willis
        Irene Rebecca Willis
        Rosellah Willis
        Rosezilpha Willis
        George Albert Willis

(6/7/1827-4/1/1890)   (married 7/22/1848)
(11/3/1849-5/19/1930)   (married Mariah Duffin)
(1/28/1851-10/6/1932)   (married Nancy Cedenia Bagley)
(5/27/1852-4/10/1914)   (married Fred Mullins)
(10/21/1855-7/18/1918)   (married Kathleen Dykes)
(10/13/1857-11/13/1931)   (married Matthew Batty)
(5/18/1860-4/12/1903)   (married Joseph Heber Rogers)
(7/25/1861-11/18/1929   (married Rupert Wilton Westover)
(12/31/1862-3/12/1913)   (married Norman Andrew Brimhall)

Third Wife and Children:
    Ellen Aldridge Wiggins Willis
        Hyrum Alonzo Willis
        Richard Merril Willis
        Franklin Joshua Willis

(2/3/1830-4/3/1896)   (married xx/xx/1864)
(4/21/1865-7/22/1944)   (married Lola May Pierce)
(1/8/1867-5/25/1924)   (married Adelia Lucilla Buchanan)
(3/18/1869-3/4/1937)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxx)

Fourth Wife and Children:
    Sophia Fryer Geary Willis
        William Richard Willis
        Laura Adina Willis
        James Willis

(8/12/1829-5/27/1872)   (married 6/15/1867)
(5/22/1868-8/6/1954)   (married Harriett Rachel Thompson)
(2/17/1870-xx/xx/1938)   (married Samuel Larkum Lewis)




When You Know Your Past, You Understand Yourself: The Joshua Thomas Willis Story
by S. K. Rice
BYU Independent Study Department, December 2002

The Fryers of Yarmouth
Chapter XI of an unknown book

The Fate of the Fryers
Compiled by Bessie "Bess" Snow
Privately published

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