Lucy Jane Lamb Willis
John Joseph Willis
I do not know how long this kind of migration was. It probably lasted several months. Surely the families stopped in the states in between to visit relatives or friends. Migration routes had been pioneered by others, and were well traveled by families that wanted to move for many reasons, including the lure of better farm land that had not been “used up”.Moving across the southern states from east to west hopefully included more temperate weather. However, the families still had to deal with adverse weather conditions, water and food supplies, crossing rivers, transportation breakage and maintenance, and disease.
George Washington Willis Burial
May 7, 1910 U.S. Census lists the John P. and Lucy J.L. Willis as living in District 0074, Justice Precinct 5 (part of) All west of IGNBB and north of Grapeland and Daly Road to Daly, north of Daly and Lynwood Road to Trinity River, by way of Justice Precinct 5, Houston County, Texas. The family all had the Willis surname and were listed with the following ages: John P. 43, Lucy J. 41, John J. 21, Mary A. 18, William J. 17, Alice L. 16, Jesse L. 15, Ola J.13, C. Dewey 11, Ludie V. 9, Marvin R. 7, Purley G. 6, Guy C. 4, and Alton J. 2.
June 19, 1911, Lucy Jane Lamb Willis’s husband, John Pinckney Willis passed away in Houston County, Texas. Lucy was age 42. He was buried at Antrim Cemetery, NW of Grapeland where other family ancestors are buried. At that time, Lucy possibly had 3 children at home age 18 or older and 10 children at home under the age of 18, six boys and four girls.
Alice Lucinda Willis
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