Edward Wills--father of 11 children with Sarah Vaughan wife
Father of Edward Wills is unknown--however naming patterns of children during that
time period was: first son named for father's father; second son named for mother's father.
First son of Edward was Thomas Wills; second son was Abner Wills.
One of the family members (Miss Kate Holliday, Athens,Ga--now deceased) said her
grandmother Martha Adeline Wills McElhannon gave her records showing the Wills coat
of arms was Martin Edward Wills of London ( not confirmed).
Sarah Vauaghan's family history has not been confirmed; however the marriage bond of
Edward Wills to Sarah Vaughan is recorded in Richmond Co N.C. where Abner Vaughan
was the bondsman. Abner Vaughan married Theodocia Murphy, daughter of John
Abner lived in Halifax Co Va, sold land in Halifax Co Va.
John Murphy , Halifax Co Va 1787 willbook 2,1783-1792, pg 246-47; inventory and
appraisement of estate 24 July 1787.. July 1805 Court--indenture made by Ann Murphey,
widow of John Murphey along with children of John Murphy and their spouses--
indenture made to Philemon Carter of Halifax Co Va 25 March 1805.
Abner Vaughan migrated southward showing up in Franklin Co Ga where he was
excused as exec. of estate of John Murphy, presumbeably because Abner had already
left Franklin Co Ga , appearing in 1805 land lottery from Oglethorpe Co Ga.and had
gone to Alabama. Abner Vaughan applied for pension for Rev. War service while living
in Ala, showing he was born in 1765. He was most probably a descendent of Hundley
Vaughan of Pittsylvania Co Va> Halifax Co Va.
Names of children of Edward & Sarah were: Nancy (born 1790 or 1793); Mary (Polly)
b1795; Elizabeth (Betsey) b1796 were born in Virginia.
Thomas was born in Jackson Co Ga 1797; Abner (b.1799), Mastin (b1801); Eliza (b?);
Randolph (b1808)' Mellinda Letitia b 1811) and twins Edward Groce and Sophia
Very little is known about the origin of Edward Wills--he was the immigrant ancestor. A
family member (Charity Elizabeth Wills Coker) was quoted as saying the mother of
Edward Wills married "on board ship to a Mr. Murphy"--the year and date of the
immigration, the ship name is unknown. Edward Wills is associated with John Murphy
and his wife Anne in Mecklenburg and Antrim Parish, Halifax Co Va. Confirming the
name of John Murphy is the fact that the youngest son of Edward Wills named a son
"John Murphy" Vaughan Wills. Edward Wills and John Murphy are shown together in
How the immigration was paid for is also not known--whether Edward and John were
paying passengers or indentured. What is known is based on membership applications for
membership in the National Society of DAR, giving Edward's birth as April or ? 27,
1759 or 1758 in London? England.
What year the immigration occurred is suggested that Edward was in America by 1777.
He enlisted in the Revolutionary War 16 Jan. 1777 as pvt., calculated age being 18-19
years old. Edward appears next in Martin Co NC in the 1782 State Records of N.C. as a
single man. (age 21-60) . Edward Wills then appears in Richmond Co N.C. where Abner
Vaughan was bondsman for Edward Wills" marriage to Sarah Vaughan..
Edward Wills rose in rank in Rev. War to rank of Captain (officers were elected or
appointed). Edward was member of 1st later redesignated as 14th Virginia Regiment of
the Continental Line commanded by Col. Charles Lewis payroll shows 6 2/3 dollars per
month and 1 1/3 dollars as subsistence. Company muster roll shows Edward was at
Trenton 16 June 1777--and Carroll's Ferry 24 July 1777, and Valley Forge 2 May 1778;
and White Plains Sept 1778, and Middlebrook Dec 1778.. For his service Capt.Edward
Wills of the lst, 10th, and 14 th Rgt (14th Va Rgt redesignated as 10th Va. Regt )was
award 4000 acres of land in Ohio by bounty land warrants. Edward Wills assigned his
land to John & Matt Hobson of Jackson Co Ga.
Edward Wills and Sarah migrated from NC to South Carolina, and into Wilkes Co Ga
with tax records 1796,1797, 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802.
According to 1803 tax records of Jackson Co Ga,w e find Edeard Wills listed in Jackson
Co Ga. where he purchased 100 acres land Jan. 1804 from Samuel Gardner ( Gardner
also appears in 1782 State Records of North Carolina, vol xxvi with Edward Wills ).
Jackson Co Deedbook D, , pg 224, 100 acres on North Oconee River bounded by
Morgan, Vermillion, Smith, and Miller's land, witnessed by Henry John Stoneham,
Joseph James, B. Harris. Jackson Co Deedbook K, pg 4, Edward Wills sells land.
1801 Clarke Co Ga created from Jackson Co, and Edward Wills land then lay in Clarke
Co. The most important section of Jackson Co cut away to form Clarke included the land
socalled Academy Lands selected for Franklin College, which would later become the
State University ( University of Georgia chartered in 1785).
Deedbook T, pg 68, 1 May 1816 Edward Wills joined Thomas Mitchell and Joseph
Maddox to purchase 865 acres of the 5000 acre tract of Academy Land on the waters of
Sandy Creek, and Edward Wills sreleased to the Univ. for $1.00 all those lots and
parcels of land containing 100 acres ...lot #8 and lot #21.
Thomas Mitchell deeded 8 acres to Edward Wills in 1817; and Joseph Maddox deeded
82 3/4 acres to Sarah Wills.
1820 census Clarke Co shows Edward Wills and Sarah with family: WM under 10=1;
WM 10 to 16=2; WM 16-26 =2 and WM >45=1 (Edward would have been age 62) and
WF <10=3; WF 16-26=2; WF 26 to 45=1 and wife Sarah age 45 and over. Also slaves--
males 0-14=1; 26-48=1; and females 0-14=1; and 26-45=1.
Edward Wills died 1820 in Clarke Co Ga. Graves of Edward and Sarah (died 1833) are
unmarked on the land owned by Edward. LWT probated 3/4/1822, surety being Thomas
Mitchell . Administrator bonds made by wife Sarah, and son Thomas Wills--Clarke Co
Book B, Admin & Guardian Bonds.
Tax Digest 1821 Clarke Co shows property totalling 180 acres, adjoining Maddox and
the Oconee River.
1827 Land Lottery shows Edward Wills' orphans in Espy's district, draw #25, dist 7, sect
4 Coweta Co Ga. (Official Register Land Lottery compiled by Martha Lou Houston).
Clarke Co Deedbook Q, pg 349, 1832 Sarah Wills sold to John A. Cobb 35 acres, being
part of the land sold by Joseph Maddox 1816 to Sarah Wills, land adjoining John A.
Cobb. After death of Sarah Wills the family homeplace was sold to Randolph Wills, one
of the sons 11/20/1839 Deedbook V, Clarke Co, pg 54, 230 acres of , land bordering on
the North Oconee River--land on the North of the North Fork of the Oconee, consisting
of lots 8 & 21 of Academy land deeded by Pres. John Brown, Univ. of Ga; also a tract of
land containing 8 acres deeded by Thomas Mitchell 9/16/1817, also 82 3/4 acres deeded
by Joseph Maddox to Sarah Wills, adjacent to Stephen Thomas, Mrs. Maddox, and Wm.
Deedbook V, Clarke Co pg 54, 27 Jan 1847 Randolph Wills sold to Thomas Reade Roote
Cobb for $600 the homeplace, and the children of Edward and Sarah dispersed back into
Jackson Co after their marriages.