Joshua Thomas Willis

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

JOSHUA THOMAS WILLIS

(early resident of Toquerville)

BIOGRAPHY

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 grandmother.

Joshua married Sophia Fryer Geary sometime in 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.


FAMILY

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)
(4/5/1788-4/8/1870)
(8/16/1811-xx/xx/1872)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(12/12/1818-5/1/1886)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)

First Wife and Children:
    Sarah Melissa Dodge Willis
        Joshua Thomas Willis
        Merrill Erastus Willis
        Sarah Melissa Willis
        Joseph Smith Willis
        John Morgan Willis
        Mary Agnes Willis Brimhall
        Irene Rebecca Willis
        Rosellah Willis
        Rosezilpha Willis
        George Albert Willis


(6/7/1827-4/1/1891)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(xx/xx/1849-xx/xx/1930)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/1851-xx/xx/1922)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/1852-xx/xx/1914)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Mullins)
(xx/xx/1856-xx/xx/1872)
(xx/xx/1858-xx/xx/1859)
(xx/xx/1862-xx/xx/1913)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Brimhall)
(xx/xx/1864-xx/xx/1864)
(xx/xx/1865-xx/xx/1865)
(xx/xx/1867-xx/xx/1868)
(xx/xx/1870-xx/xx/1870)

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


(8/12/1829-5/27/1872)   (married xx/xx/1867)
(5/22/1868-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxx)
(2/17/1870-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Lewis)
(5/27/1872-5/27/1872)

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


(xx/xx/1830-xx/xx/1896)   (married 7/22/1848)
(4/21/1865-7/22/1924)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxx)
(1/8/1867-5/25/1924)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxx)
(3/18/1869-3/4/1937)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxx)

Fourth Wife and Children:
    Dosha Cherry Willis
        Henry Newton Willis


(xx/xx/1820-3/10/1846)   (married xx/xx/xxxx)
(xx/xx/1842-xx/xx/1848)


PHOTOS

TBD


REFERENCES

The Fryers of Yarmouth
Chapter XI of an unknown book

The Fate of the Fryers
Compiled by Bessie "Bess" Snow
1973
Privately published

Find-A-Grave enry for Joshua Thomas Willis

Find-A-Grave enry for Sarah Melissa Dodge Willis

Find-A-Grave enry for Sophia Geary Fryer Willis

Find-A-Grave enry for Margaret "Peggy" Cherry Willis