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WILLIS ABSTRACTS FROM
CAROLINE COUNTY
LAND RECORDS


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Liber GFA



Recorded 24 March 1778
Folio 269
Robert Lloyd Nicols of Talbot County, merchant to Joshua Willis of Caroline County, planter for sum of 412 pounds 18 shillings 3 pence - all of a tract of land lying lately in Dorchester County but now in Caroline Co. containing 393 1/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 21 Aug. 1778
Folio 285
Thomas Willis of Great Choptank Hundred in the county of Caroline, planter to Andrew Willis for sum of 5 shillings part of a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated"containing 87 1/2 acres more or less.


Recorded 21 Aug. 1778
Folio 287
Thomas Willis of Great Choptank Hundred Caroline County to Joseph Willis for sum of 5 pounds part of a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated"containing 32 1/2 acres more or less.


Recorded 21 Aug. 1778
Folio 287
Thomas Willis of Great Choptank Hundred Caroline County to Ezekiel Willis for sum of 5 pounds part of a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated"containing 50 acres more or less.


Recorded 21 Aug. 1778
Folio 287
Thomas Willis of Great Choptank Hundred Caroline County to Isaac Collins for sum of 5 pounds part of a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated"containing 29 3/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 21 Aug. 1778
Liber GFA Folio 288
Isaac Collins of Great Choptank Hundred Caroline Co. to Thomas Willis for sum of 5 pounds part of a tract of land called "Addition to Davis's Venture" containing 4 1/4 acres and part of a tract called "Collins' Venture" containing 11 3/4 acres more or less.


Deed of Gift
Recorded 25 Feb. 1779
Thomas Willis to his loving son Elijah Willis a tract of land called "Timber Tree Neck" or "Addition to Timber Tree Neck" and all to the westward of a ditch in the middle now between myself and my son William Willis - has a life clause for he and wife Rebekah to use land.


Recorded 24 April 1780
Folio 476
Thomas Smith of Caroline County to Elijah Willis for sum of 82 pounds 10 shillings all parts of tract of land known as "Levins Folly Enlarged" containing 33 acres more or less.


Deed of Lease
Recorded 16 June 1780
Folio 487
A Deed of Lease between John Dawson and William Willis - rent a tract of land called "Addition to Miles Swamp" containing 6 acres for 75 years at a yearly rent of 6 pence.


Recorded 16 June 1783
Folio 650
Joseph Willis of Fork Hundred Caroline County, planter to Ezekiel Willis for sum of 12 pounds 6 shillings part of a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated containing 12 1/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 16 June 1783
Folio 659
Joseph Willis of Caroline County, planter to Thomas Jenkins for sum of 20 pounds 3 shillings and nine pence all part of "Friendship Regulated"containing 20 acres more or less.


Recorded 23 Oct. 1783
Folio 670
Thomas and William Willis of Caroline County to Elijah Willis for sum of 18 pounds 2 shillings and six pence a tract of land know as "Addition to Timber Tree Neck" containing 7 1/4 acres of land more or less.


Recorded 23 Oct. 1783
Folio 671
Elijah Willis of Caroline County, planter to William Willis, planter for sum of 33 pounds 2 shillings 6 pence part of a tract of land called "Levins Folly Enlarged" containing 13 1/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 7 April 1784
Folio 719
William and Rebekah Covey to Richard Willis for sum 115 pounds 10 shillings a tract of land called "Battle Hill" containing 77 acres more or less.


Recorded 16 June 1784
Folio 735
William Willis and Jean his wife of Caroline County to Elijah Willis for sum of 20 pounds all that part of a tract of land called "Addition to Timber Tree Neck" containing 59 1/4 acres more or less. Also all part of tract called "Addition to Miles Swamp" containing 18 3/4 more or less.


Recorded 17 Nov. 1784
Folio 777/78
Andrew Willis of Caroline County to George Hutton of Sussex County, Delaware for sum of 132 pounds 14 shillings a tract called "Friendship Regulated"containing 87 1/2 acres more or less. Signed by Andrew Willis and Sarah his wife.


Recorded 4 Oct. 1785
Folio 872
George Hutton and Thomas Willis of Great Choptank Hundred to Thomas Jenkins for sum of 39 pounds 19 shillings and 4 pence a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated"containing 28 1/2 acres more or less. Signed by George Hutton and Leah his wife and Thomas Willis.


Recorded 4 Oct. 1785
Folio 871
George and Leah Hutton of Great Choptank Hundred Caroline County to Thomas Willis for sum of 42 pounds one shilling and 5 pence a tract of land called "Friendship Regulated"containing 30 acres more or less.


Recorded 23 Nov. 1785
Folio 883
Thomas Smith of Caroline County to Elijah Willis for sum of 10 pounds part of a tract of land called "Levins Folly Inlarged" containing 2 1/2 acres more or less.

Liber WB-B



Recorded 12 Oct. 1785
Folio 14
William Willis of Caroline County, planter and Jean his wife to Levin Wright for sum of 169 pounds 6 shillings and 4 pence all part of a tract called "Addition to Timber Tree Neck" containing 69 1/4 acres more or less and part of "Levins Folly Enlarged" containing 13 1/4 acres also part of "Addition to Miles Swamp" containing 14 1/4 acres.


Recorded 30 Sept. 1786
Folio 116
Ezkiel Willis of Caroline County, farmer and Mary his wife to Abraham Collins for sum of 83 pounds "Friendship Regulated"next to "Grantom" containing 47 acres more or less. Signed (Ezekel Wilis) and Mary X Willis


Recorded 30 Sept 1786
Folio 118
Ezekiel Willis of Caroline County to Thomas Jenkins for sum of 12 pounds 6 shillings part of tract called "Friendship Regulated"containing 12 1/4 acres more or less.

Liber WR-C



Deed of Lease
Recorded 20 July 1791
Folio 376
William Frazier of Caroline County to Andrew Willis deed of Lease for a large tract of land with a high rent.

Liber TR-D



Recorded 5 Feb 1793
Folio 285
John Dawson (son of Richard) of Caroline County to Elijah Willis for sum of 21 pounds 19 shillings 4 pence a tract of land in Caroline County on east side of northwest fork of Nanticoke River called "Addition to Miles Swamp" containing 17 acres more or less.


Deposition
Recorded 27 August 1793 - 10 December 1793
Folio 26
Deposition of John Walker, aged 52, saith that he was at Andrew Willis; father of the late Thos. Willis, dec'd, of whom Sina Willis is widow, and he heard Andrew Say he intended 100a of his land for Thomas; 100a for his son Andrew; 7a for his son Ezekiel & the home plantation for his son Elijah, excepting a parcel to be laid off for his son Joseph - that in case of his death without a will that Thomas would convey; to which Thomas agreed & so did. (This abstract donated by Helen Webber)


Deed of Gift
Recorded 31 Jan. 1793
Folio 304
Shadrack Willis of Caroline County a deed of gift -
Unto Son: Ennalls Willis - a lot and house in Federalsburgh
Daughter: Fanny Willis - 1 bed and furniture
Daughter: Ann Willis - 1 bed and furniture
Daughter: Levinia Willis - 1 bed and furniture and a trunk
Daughter: Levice - 1 cow and calf
Daughter: Celia (maybe Lelia) - 1 sow and pigs, plus a lot of household goods
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Deed of Lease
Recorded 20 March 1793
Folio 305
John Nicols of Caroline County and Shadrack Willis a deed of Lease for a tract of land called "Federalsburgh" surveyed by Joshua Willis, Jr. sworn surveyor of Caroline County for yearly rent for 99 years of 30 shillings.

Liber TR-E



Recorded 13 March 1795
Folio 230
Isaac Smith of Caroline County to Elijah Willis for sum of 60 pounds 6 shillings 8 pence a tract of land known as "Levins Folly Enlarged" containing 36 3/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 24 Oct. 1795
Folio 307
Daniel Dawson and Ann his wife and Winefred Willis of Caroline County to James M(c)Quality for sum of 45 pounds sell land they are entitled to by will of Thomas Willis late of Caroline County deceased called "Friendship Regulated"containing 37 1/2 acres more or less.


Recorded 12 March 1795
Folio 488
Miloy(Milbry?) Willis and William Willis and Henreatty his wife and Joshua Willis of Caroline County to James M(c)Quality for sum of 95 pounds sell land they are entitled to by will of Thomas Willis deceased "Friendship Regulated".

Liber TR-F



Recorded 14 July 1797
Folio 116
Philemon Willis of Caroline County to Thomas Foster, Jacob Wright, Benjamin Colliston of Dorchester County and James Andrew, David Sirk, James Sirk and Daniel Chezum of Caroline County trustees for Methodist Episcopal Church for sum of 10 shillings 1/2 acre of ground. On said ground to be raised a chappell called Bethesda, as a place for the worship of God and to be applied to no other purpose.


Recorded 16 Jan. 1798
Folio 257
Deposition of Joshua Willis aged 32 years.


Bond
Recorded 8 May 1798
Folio 282
William Mason and Ann his wife of Caroline County is bound to William Willis for sum of 154 pounds 17 shillings and 6 pence - dated 8 Jan. 1793- land called "Out Let" and "Out Let Enlarged" lying on South East of main road leading from 9 bridges to Choptank bridge containing 88 1/2 acres.



Recorded 26 Feb. 1799
Folio 448
Joshua Willis of Caroline County to Peter Willis for sum of 200 pounds lands which fell to them upon the death of brother Charles called "Bank of Pleasure" and "Addition to Willis's Luck" containing 150 acres more or less.



Recorded 18 May 1799
Folio 479
Peter Willis of Dorchester County to Jesse Connerly of Caroline County for sum of 137 pounds 10 shillings a tract of land in Caroline county on a branch of Hunting Creek called "Painters Range" which was willed to him by Joshua Willis of Dorchester County - mentions Joshua Willis son of Joshua.
Folio 480
Elizabeth wife of Peter gives up dower rights.


Recorded 31 July 1799
Folio 511
Thomas Willis of Caroline County to James M(c)Quality for sum of 38 pounds sells land he is entitled to by will of Thomas Willis deceased called "Friendship Regulated"

Liber TR-G



Recorded 24 Sept. 1800
Folio 239
Philip Clark Esquire of Caroline County and Richard Willis for sum of 35 pounds 8 shillings 1 pence and 1/2 penny all that tract of land known as "Hab Nab at a Venture" containing 25 3/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 24 Sept. 1800
Folio 277
Philip Clark Esq. of Caroline County to Sarah Willis for sum of $75.00 part of a tract of land called "Hab Nab at a Venture" containing 15 acres more or less.


Bill of Sale
Recorded 5 March 1801
Folio 291
Joshua Willis of Caroline County to Philemon Willis of Talbot County for sum of 200 pounds all goods and chattels.



Recorded 4 Oct. 1800
Folio 293
Joshua Willis of Caroline County to Philemon Willis of Talbot County for sum of 2000 dollars a tract of land in Caroline County on a branch of Hunting Creek called "Painters Range" containing 300 acres more or less.

Liber TR-H



Recorded 19 July 1803
Made 8 April 1803
Folio 389
Philemon Willis of Talbot County and Joshua Willis of Caroline County to Peter Willis of Dorchester County for sum of $1000.00 a tract of land in Caroline County know as "Painters Range" containing 225 acres more or less.


Recorded 19 July 1803
Folio 390
James Summers Esquire the high Sherriff of Caroline County to Peter Willis of Dorchester County a writ to make Joshua Willis pay back the 53 pounds 110 shillings or turn over land "Painters Range containing 36 acres. Land turned over.

Liber TR-I



Bill of Sale
Recorded 20 Nov. 1804
Folio 68
Thomas Willis, Carpenter of Caroline County to Margaret Willis for sum of eighty dollars the following: 1 brindle cow & calf, 4 fatted hogs, 2 shoats, 1 sorrell horse, 2 beds & furniture, 2 pine chests, 2 pine tables, 5 flaged(?) chairs, 2 linnen wheals, 1 woolen wheal, 1 loome, 5 barrels corn, 5 starks fodder, 1 chaire, 1 iron pot, 1 dutch oven, 1 skillet, 1 frying pan, 1 two pales(?), 1 looking glass, 6 pewter plates, 1 plow, 1 harrow, 1 gun, 1 mans saddle & bridle, 1 tea kettle 1 pair tongs & shovel.


Recorded 7 Aug. 1804
Folio 90
Joshua Willis (late?) of Caroline County to Peter Willis of Dorchester County for sum of $500.00 part of tracts of land divised unto Joshua and Peter on the death of their brother Charles Willis deceased. Land known as "Bank of Pleasure", part of "Willis's Luck" and "Addition to Willis's Luck" containing 150 acres more or less. Signed by Joshua Willis and Elizabeth his wife.


Recorded 15 Feb. 1806
Folio 266
Lovey Willis, widow of Elijah Willis - bought back various pieces of land given by Elijah's Will to heirs - as listed: Thomas and Rhoda Willis, Isaac and Mary Leverton, Elisha and Sealey Medford all of Dorchester County, & George and Ritty Graham, and Elizabeth Willis of Caroline County.


Recorded 22 March 1806
Folio 267 (or 269?)
Lovey Willis, widow of Elijah Willis deceased of Caroline County to Jacob Wright for sum of $84.94 land Lovey bought of heirs of Elijah called "Levins' Folly Enlarged" containing 14 acres 52 perches more or less.


Recorded 12 April 1806
Folio 291
John Stevens of Talbot County, apothecary, to William Willis of Caroline County for sum of $550.00 a tract of land called "Out Range" in Caroline County lying between 2 forks of Fowling Creek near Henry Dickenson's place containing 147 acres more or less.


Recorded 22 March 1806
Folio 303
William and Charlotty Bonner of Dorchester County to Lovey Willis of Caroline County for sum of $45.00 their part of "Levin's Folly Enlarged" containing 69 3/4 acres, also 32 acres of "Addition to Miles Swamp" and others.


Recorded 30 Sept. 1806
Folio 350
William Willis and Henna his wife of Caroline County to Isaac Frampton for sum of $700, a tract of land called "Out Range" near Henry Dickenson's place, containing 147 acres more or less. Signed by William Willis and Henrietta Willis.


POWER OF ATTORNEY
Recorded 21 April 1807
Made 2 Oct. 1806
Folio 426
State of South Carolina - Marlborough District
I William Beauchamp appoint trust friend Eli Willis, Attorney to recover from James M(c)Quality of Caroline County guardian of Milea Willis daughter of Thomas Willis and Siney his wife deceased whatever sums of money due me for marrying said Milea Willis of the estate of Thomas Willis by his Last Will and Testament.


Recorded 21 April 1807
Folio 429
Eli Willis of Caroline County to John Carter for sum of 60 dollars - 20 acres of land near Collins Cross Roads adjoining lands of Abraham Collins and Isaac Collins due his Mother and Father.


Recorded 26 June 1807
Made 1 Sept. 1803
Folio 468
William R. Stewart of Queen Annes County to Richard Willis for sum of 263 pounds, 5 shillings, and 5 pence 166 1/2 acres of land called "Littleton's Friendship". Stewart died before deed recorded - Court action - then heirs of Stewart honored deed.


Deed of Manumission
Recorded 9 March 1808
Folio 581
Peter Willis for 1 dollar frees his slave Lambert Nicolls age 42.


Recorded 24 Jan. 1809
Folio 686
William Haskins of Caroline County to Peter Willis of Caroline County for sum of $6.00 a tract of land "Painters Range" containing 5 1/2 acres more or less on road from Hunting Creek to Fowling Creek.


Recorded 24 Jan. 1809
Folio 697
Peter Willis of Caroline County to William Haskins of Caroline County for sum of $6.00 a tract of land "Painters Range" containing 5 1/2 acres more or less - this is a different section than mentioned on folio 686.

Liber TR-K



Recorded 17 May 1809
Folio 33
Peter Willis of Caroline County to Anthony Whitely of Caroline County for sum of $77.00 a parcel of land called "Addition to Willis's Luck" Containing 19 1/4 acres more or less.
Folio 34
Elizabeth Willis, wife of Peter gives up dower rights.


Recorded 10 April 1810
Folio 100
Henry Willis, a constable for Great Choptank Hundred, brought a Constables Bond.


Bill of Sale
Recorded 6 Jan. 1811
Folio 249
John Givern of Caroline County to Henry Willis, Jr. of Talbot County for sum of $300.00 - animals, farm supplies and household goods.
Lewis Willis
and William Willis acted as witnesses.


Recorded 9 April 1811
Folio 306
Henry Willis brought Constables Bond.


Recorded 14 April 1812
Folio 538
Henry Willis brought Constables Bond.


Deed of Manumission
Recorded 13 May 1812
Folio 550
William Willis frees his negro woman Leah age 42.


Deed of Manumission
Recorded 13 May 1812
Folio 551
William Willis frees his negro boy named Washington when he reaches age of 25 - only 3 as of Dec. 1811.

Liber TR-L



Recorded 6 Aug. 1814
Folio 233
Charles Willis of Caroline County to Joseph Willis for sum of $32.00 all land willed to Charles by his mother called "Hab Nab at a Venture" containing 15 acres more or less. Ack. before Elijah Satterfield, Wm. Lucas


Recorded 27 Aug. 1814
Folio 241
Mary Rich Willis, wife of Short A. Willis gives up mortgage interests from her father, Thomas Rich which he got from his father, Peter Rich which he got from Susannah Willson and William Rich, a deed of Mortgage to Seth Godwin.


Recorded 17 June 1815
Folio 343
Peggy Willis of Caroline County to William and Charles Willis for sum of $45.00 a parcel of land formerly belonging to Elijah Willis late of Caroline County deceased - where William Willis now lives. Abel Gowty acted as witness.


Recorded 17 June 1815
Folio 344
Anne Willis of Caroline County to William Willis and Charles Willis for sum of $45.00 a tract of land formerly belonging to Elijah Willis where William Willis now lives. Abel Gowty acted as witness.


Recorded 25 March 1815
Folio 377
Samuel Bartlett of City of Baltimore, Jonathan Bartlett, Thomas Bartlett, Mary Bartlett, James McMahan and Sarah McMahan his wife, William McMahan and Elizabeth McMahan his wife, Daniel Bartlett, Jessee Eaton and Margaret Eaton his wife and Joseph Bartlett of Talbot County to Richard Willis of Caroline County for sum of $250.00 two tracts of land called "Wakefield" and "Needles's Cow Pasture" situate in Caroline County on east side of Great Choptank River on north side of Berry's Creek containing 104 3/4 acres more or less and "Alcock's Chance" containing 83 1/4 acres more or less.


Recorded 12 Sept 1816
Folio 566
Richard Willis of Caroline County and/to? Jeremiah Jones and/to? John Taylor for sum of $400.00 several tracts of land called "Wakefield's Needless Cow Pasture" and "Alcocks Chance" in Caroline County on east side of Choptank on north side of Berryes Creek. "Wakefield" contains 101 acres more or less and "Alcocks" contains 8 3/4 acres more or less. Peter Willis was one of the witnesses.
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