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Margarette Davis

Margarette Davis

Female 1779 - 1863  (84 years)


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  • Name Margarette Davis 
    • 11/13/2010 email contact "john" thru Ancestry.com He is a desendant of James S. Wills. James S. Wills daughter Justine Annette Wills has bible records which may indicate Margarette maiden name was Davis. Also, James S. Wills named his yougest daughter, Margaret Davis Wills, for the grandmother living with them on the 1850 census.It should be noted that John had DNA testing which indicated there were no Indian markers. That would seem to indicate Margarette is the mother of these children, at least James, and the father William (husband of Margarette) also was not creek indian.
    Born 1779  , , Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1880 Census, S H Wills states his mother was born in Pennsylvania
    Gender Female 
    Census 1820  Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1820 Federal Census Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee
    1820 Federal Census Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee
    William Wills
    Census 1830  , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1830 Federal Census, Robertson County, Tennessee
    1830 Federal Census, Robertson County, Tennessee
    William Wills
    Mathew T Wills
    Census 1840 
    Census 1850  , Limestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    04 Oct 1850
     
    • Name: Margaret Wills
      Age: 72
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1778
      Birth Place: Virginia
      Gender: Female
      Home in 1850(City,County,State): Precinct 1, Limestone, Texas
      Household Members: Name Age
      G W Bell 22
      Malchi Denton 28
      Anjaline A Wills 15
      Emily Wills 40
      J A Wills 13
      James S Wills 41
      Margaret Wills 72
      Margaret D Wills 0






    Census 1860  Cotton Gin, Freestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    20 Jul 1860 
    • 1860 United States Federal Census 1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: Margarette Mills
      Age in 1860: 81
      Birth Year: abt 1779
      Birthplace: Pennsylvania
      Home in 1860: Cotton Gin, Freestone, Texas
      Gender: Female
      Post Office: Cotton Gin
      Value of real estate: View image
      Household Members: Name Age
      Jas L Mills 81 (51 not 81) farmer
      Emily Mills 49
      Margarette D Mills 10
      Emily E Mills 4
      R A Watford 22 laborer
      J T Millgact
      J Linstead
      James Linstead
      Margarette Mills 81 (mother of James)


      Note: the name is Wills not Mills
      [2]
    Buried May 1863  Cotton Gin Cemetery, Teague, Freestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • buried in plot J3-020 [3]
     Margarette Wills 1779-1863
    Margarette Wills 1779-1863
    Wife of William, son of Dr. James S. Wills. It is thought her maiden name is Davis.
    Plot: J3-020
    Died 28 May 1863  Teague, Freestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age 84 years 
    Notes 
    • WILL: Named in William Wills will dated 17 Jan 1844, Robertson Co, TN. as his widow and lists the children

      DEATH: Date from Cotton Gin Cemetery, 6 miles North of Teague, Freestone, TX.

      CENSUS: 1820 Census, 1830 Census, 1840 Census of Robertson Co, TN.; 1840 Census, 1850 Census Chariton Co, MO; 1860 Census, Freestone Co, TX.


      11/13/2010 thru Ancestry.com John Reid email: Please note, James S. Wills descendant, John, had DNA testing and it indicated there was no Indian markers. Which means neither William or Margarette Davis Wills were Indian and Betsey Berryhill was not, at least, James S. Wills mother
    Person ID I1948  Our Family
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2013 

    Family Ancestors William Wills,   b. 1775, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1844, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1796 
    Children 
    +1. Mathew T. Wills,   b. Abt 1797, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1839, , , Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
     2. Wills,   b. Abt 1799, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1844, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years)
    +3. George Washington Wills 2x ,   b. 20 Mar 1802, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1861, Teague, Freestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    +4. William A Wills, Jr.,   b. 10 Aug 1804, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1864, Wills Point, Van Zandt, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +5. Dr, James S. Wills,   b. 10 Jun 1809, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1877, Teague, Freestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Family6. Elizabeth Wills,   b. 10 Oct 1811, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1899, Cotton Gin, Freestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     7. Wills,   b. Abt 1815, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. John Burnett Wills, Dr 3x ,   b. 1815, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1892, Gatesville, Coryell, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     9. Wills,   b. Abt 1817, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Finis Phinaes E. Wills,   b. Abt 1820, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1844  (Age ~ 25 years)
    +11. Dr. Saladin Harris Wills 3x ,   b. Abt 1824, , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1881, , Limestone, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years)
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F793  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1820 - Springfield, Robertson, Tennessee, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1830 - , Robertson, Tennessee, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 04 Oct 1850 - 1850 - , Limestone, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 20 Jul 1860 - 1860 - Cotton Gin, Freestone, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - May 1863 - Cotton Gin Cemetery, Teague, Freestone, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 May 1863 - Teague, Freestone, Texas, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), 1850; Census Place: Precinct 1, Limestone, Texas; Roll: M432_912; Page: 357; Image: 290. (Reliability: 2), 15 May 2009.

    2. [S61] Ancestry.Com, Generations Network, Inc, (Ancestry.com.[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.), 1860 United States Federal Census (Reliability: 2), 25 Mar 2012.

    3. [S91] Websites, http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Freestone/cemetery/Cotton%20Gin.htm (Reliability: 3), 31 Oct 2010.
      Cotton Gin Cemetery

      Freestone County, Cemeteries of Texas

      Submitted by Carolyn Rebuck



      Historical Marker:
      Margarette Wills, Her Slaves and her son James S.Wills is credited with the establishment of the Cotton Gin Community in 1848. According to family history Dr. Wills gave the land for the public cemetery with seperate sections for Anglo and African Americans.

      Though it is likely that there are earlier burials, the oldest legible gravestone in the Anglo section is that of Mary Manning, who died in 1854 at 59. The next identifiable death date is that of an infant daughter of J.W. and A. A. Story, buried in 1858.

      Among the Military Veterans interred here is Abraham Roland (ca.1794-1868) who fought in the War of 1812. There are at least 67 Civil War Veterans interred here, as well veterans of other major conflicts.

      Cotton Gin Cemetery Association Historical Dedication on 10 Jun 2000 Cotton Gin is located in the western portion of the Freestone County approximately nine miles west-north-west of Teague, Texas. It marks the exact center of Maria De Cantona League. From the north side of town, take US 84 west for seven miles to FM 1366, turn north (right) and go eight tenths of a mile to FM 1366 Spur. This will take you through the Historical Community of Cotton Gin and by turning east(right) on FM1366 Spur and traveling another seven tenths of a mile you will arrive at the Main Entrance of the Cotton Gin Cemetery established in the mid 1800's.

      The fenced area of the cemetery covers 5.75 acres and measures approximately 713 ft e/w X 325 ft n/s plus a 38 ft X 44 ft off set on the south side that extends to the Black Cemetery. The eight or ten tombstones remaining in this off set area are too broken or too weathered to identify and may have been there before the two cemeteries were established. The Black Cemetery also measures 713 ft. e/w and appears to be 300 + feet wide n/s with their entrance at the west end of the cemetery.

      Descendants of the Wills' family states that the land for both cemeteries was donated by Dr. James S. Wills and it is generally accepted as being true since he bought the Maria De Cantona League from the Richard Sparks' heirs. However an extensive three year search by Mrs. Clara King, and a number of local historians and the deed research analyst of the Oil Company that leased the Cemetery and surrounding areas were unable to find deeds or grants to prove or disprove this claim. The research covered Robertson, Limestone, and Freestone Counties which revealed only two deeds in relation to the Cotton Gin Cemeteries. One from H. F. Simmons a/w Mrs. for 1.0 acre to the White Cemetery, November 20, 1895 recorded in Volume 9, page 225 of the Deed Records of Freestone County, Texas. Freestone County was part of Robertson County up until 1848 and part of Limestone County from late 1848 to 1850. It is most likely, if Dr. Wills' grants were recorded they were destroyed by one of
      several Limestone County Courthouse fires, as their deed records prior to 1873 are non existent.

      The Freestone Wills date back to the 1700's in Robertson County, Tennessee. After the death of her husband George Wills Sr. (1844), Margarette "Mother Wills", along with her slaves and son James S. Wills came to this area in 1845. Other family members, including four other sons, came to Texas in the mid 1840's and settled in Freestone and neighboring counties.

      Dr. James S. Wills established the town of Cotton Gin in 1848, and it and the Cemetery get their name from the horse drawn cotton gin built by Dr. Wills, but was owned and operated by Parson Smith. The historical and once thriving town of Cotton Gin is known to be the oldest town in Freestone County. In addition to its' numerous businesses, a Masonic Lodge and three churches, Cotton Gin had a Post Office from November 1851 to June 1908. Three of the eleven Post Masters are buried at Cotton Gin. They are; Dr. James S. Wills, Thomas C. Ramsey and Joseph H. Sims.

      Early records of the Cotton Gin Cemetery were either lost or non existent and its exact age is uncertain as there are numerous weathered headstones that cannot be read. However, by the earliest readable death date of -- March 1854 on Mary Manning's stone we know that the white cemetery is at least 145 years old. The six early identifiable death dates are those of an infant daughter of the J.W.& A.A. Story (May 20, 1858), Seaborn J. Westbrook (March 20 1860), George Wills Jr. (March 7, 1861), Samuel N. Archibald (August 16,1862), George F. Allison (June 22, 1863), and Mother Wills (May 29, 1863).

      The Cemetery was last inventoried in 2005 by Nancie Sterling and Carolyn Rebuck and it revealed over 1100 marked graves. It is impossible to get an accurate count of unmarked graves but the cemetery records indicate 62 burials that have no identifying marker.

      Since the cemetery is at least 145 years old it is likely that many of the trees are on top of occupied grave sites. The entire cemetery is made up of 'Family Areas', and it is very difficult, if not impossible to determine which are unmarked graves and which are simply plots reserved for additional family members. There does not seem to be an 'old' or 'new' section and you will find headstones erected in 1899 and 1999 side by side. The cemetery is still in use and have a very fine Cemetery Association that meets every year on the second (2nd) Saturday in June to conduct their annual business meeting and have "Dinner on the Ground". The membership consists of 235 member 'families' of which live in 9 different states and the remaining 219 live in 79 different Texas Towns. Members and their immediate family already 'own' plots. This is not a 'closed' Cemetery Association, but due to limited space, non member burials are not encouraged. However, they are not likely to be refused and are charged a fee determined by the Association's Members.

      Around 1930, one of the last surviving Freeston County Civil War Veterans,Taylor Jackson Sims, (Dec 5,1846-Feb 13, 1937) compiled a list of Confederate Soldiers buried in Freestone County. Mr. Sims identified 45 of his fellow soldiers as being buried in Freestone County. This number indicates that the Cotton Gin Cemetery had more Civil War Veterans than any other Freestone County Cemetery. In recent years a number of local historians have identified an additional 22 Confederate Soldier graves in the Cotton Gin Cemetery. As of June 2005, there are a total of 73 CSA veteran markers.

      Veterans of all years are being identified and markers erected where they are missing or damaged stones. Abraham Roland (Abe Rolin) who served as a Private in the War of 1812 and participated in the Battle of New Orleans and served under General Jackson in the Indian Wars in Florida is one of those unmarked graves. Mr. Roland and his wife Nancy Whitley Roland are buried next to their only son, William T. Roland( A Civil War Veteran who enlisted in Capt. Moss' Company and served at Valasco). According to Alma Kin Jones (b. in 1813), the Great Great Granddaughter of Abraham and Nancy Roland, there were stones marking their graves when she was a little girl coming to the cemetery with her Grandmother, Leona Fain Roland Rivers. The 'Old Custom' of keeping all the grass out of the cemeteries resulted in severe damage to the stones as horse and plows were used to clean up. Over the years, these broken stones have disappeared piece by piece. Private efforts are in progress to repair stones whenever possible and to level those that are falling over.

      Among the number of deaths during the 1800(1918) Influeza Epidemic, the single most devastating to Cotton Gin and surrounding communities was that of Dr. Felix J. Traynham. Dr.Traynham, had served these communities for many years and though ill himself, he made one last call to see Mrs. John King (Permelia) another flu patient in the neighboring community of Shanks. After a very brief confinement, Dr. Traynham died on November 5, 1918, and will always be remembered for his kindness and true dedication. Mrs. King's nephew, Traynham Moore, was named after the good doctor.
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      A2-026 WILLS EMILY 02-27-1811 01-29-1888
      A2-027 WILLS J. S. 06-10-1809 08-06-1877 Born Robertson Co. Tenn.
      D2-047 WILLS AUTRIE 09-03-1878 04-15-1941
      D2-048 WILLS WILL E. 01-11-1875 08-19-1958
      D2-064 WILLS OLYN ---------- 02-09-1898
      D2-065 WILLS TILLIE 02-07-1900 12-25-1940
      D2-066 WILLS MAURICE 12-30-1921 03-17-1935 s/o Olyn Wills
      J3-020 WILLS MARGARETTE 1779 05-29-1863
      J3-021 WILLS GEORGE 03-20-1802 03-07-1861
      K1-050 WILLS MARY F. 1847 12-12-1916 w/o Simon Wills
      K1-051 WILLS SIMON W. 04-26-1842 08-17-1920 CSA Pvt Co L12th TX Inf & Co D 10th TX Inf
      K1-052 WILLS MARY 12-18-1886 07-14-1887 d/o Simon &Mary Wills
      K1-093 WILLS MARY ESTELLE 01-13-1893 06-09-1895 d/o GeorgeWills
      K1-094 WILLS LOUISE 05-15-1871 03-16-1957
      K1-095 WILLS GEORGE 01-04-1871 07-03-1962