past and present

Families of Note

The Willis family

Willis in Braithwell & Wickersley

Children of Nicholas Willis:


Joseph Willis m. ELIZABETH STARKEY 19 JUN 1757 at Whitwell, Derby. Children:


Richard Willis m. 24 MAY 1790 Braithwell to Sarah VARAH. Sarah was born 1768 Braithwell, daughter of Edward. Children:


Joseph Willis m. 28 MAR 1792 Braithwell to Mary VARAH, sister to Sarah (born 1768 Braithwell). Children:


Children of Joseph Willis and Mary:


Children of Josh Willis and Mary:


Children of John Willis (b.1792) and Ann (Nee GREAVES), born Braithwell:


Children of William Willis (b.1797) and Sarah (Nee BENNETT) :


Children of William Willis (b.1818) and Diana. Children born Braithwell:

In 1881 Frederick W. and Mary were living at Bramley, with daughter Emma E. Moorhouse (b.1867 Sheffield) and niece Elisa Willis(b.1878, Bramley)


In 1881 Richard Willis, Grocer And Provision Dealer and Sarah were living at Bramley Children born Bramley:


Child of Joseph Willis and Jane


Children of William Willis (b. 1842 Wickersley) (see photo) and Esther(Nee Gillottb.1848 Wickersley).

William Willis born 1842/3 served his apprenticeship with the Ellis family of Bramley (1861 Census).

The 1891 census shows: William Willis,Head of family, married aged 48, a Stone Quarry Mason,Employed, and born in Wickersley Yorkshire;
Esther Willis,wife aged 45
Albert Willis,Son, aged 16,General Labourer,
Annie Willis,Daughter,aged 14,General Servant,
Walter Willis,Son,aged 13,Scholar,
Jane Willis,Daughter ,aged 11,Scholar,
Mary Willis,Daughter,aged 9,Scholar,
Herbert Willis,Son,aged 7,Scholar,
Alice Willis,Daughter,aged 5,Scholar

White's directory of 1879 shows Richard Willis, Quarry Owner (Gillott and Willis)

William Willis
William Willis
Joseph Henry Willis
Joseph Henry Willis

The family lived at Quarryfields, Gillot Lane, Wickersley.

Charles William Willis who was killed in action in Italy during World War II. The photo on the left was taken in Mumbai when he was recovering from injury before being sent to Anzio. The headstone is in Anzio.

Charles William Willis   Charles William Willis

Charles William Willis
Charles William Willis

Esther (Nee Gillott), was born in 1847/8 and Emma Willis was born in 1874, and died in 1940.

Esther Willis   Emma Willis

Joseph and Emma had a son Harry, the father of Jennifer, and Hilda.

It is thought the quarry was sold when Joseph was alive.


Living at Bramley in 1881:Herbert Shaw (b.1861) stone Mason, wife Sarah SHAW (b.1856 Wickersley), sons:

Living in Bramley in 1881:
William Willis b. 1833 Head M Male, 48 Bramley Coal Loader
Caroline Willis b. 1834 Wife M Female, 47 Leeds, Yorks Coal Loader Wife
Arthur Hopwood Willis Son U Male, 20 Wickersley, Quarry Mason
Mary Ann Willis dau. U Female, 18 Wickersley, Domestic
George Herbert Willis Son Male, 14 Wickersley, Scholar

Richard Willis & Margaret Simpson, both of Wickersley m. Rotherham 21 June 1834. (Wickersley parish church was being rebuilt at the time). In 1881 Margaret Willis, born 1815, now a widow age 66 - Quarry Owner living at Aldams Cottages Pinch Mill Road Wickersley. Also living there, Mathew Gillott, Lodger, born 1825,age 56 - Quarry Owner

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