Benjamin W Willis I

1735–17 April 1789 (Age 54)
Essex, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Benjamin W

When Benjamin W Willis I was born in 1735, in Essex, New Jersey, United States, his father, Joseph Willis, was 55 and his mother, Ann Willis, was 30. He married Abigail Winans in 1760, in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 17 April 1789, in his hometown, at the age of 54.

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Benjamin W Willis I
Abigail Winans
Marriage: 1760
Sarah Jane Willis
Benjamin Willis
Amelia Willis
Abner Willis
Abraham Willis
David Willis

Spouse and Children

Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States


+1 More Child

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    Ann Willis




World Events (4)


Age 40

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 41

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 45

Sometimes referred to as the "forgotten victory", the Battle of Springfield was one of the last major battles fought in the north during the Revolutionary War. The British defeat effectively ended their ambitions to reclaim New Jersey. Washington praised the New Jersey Militia for their universal effort and great spirit

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Will .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Benjamin W. Willis - Published information: death: 17 April 1789; Essex, New Jersey, United States

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