Willis, James T.
March 12, 2007 09:55PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed.,
1887, Grant Co.

JAMES T. WILLIS was born in Montgomery County, Ky., June 10, 1841, and
is a son of Dr. Samuel and Dulcinea (Black) Willis, natives of Madison
and Boone Counties, respectively. Dr. Samuel Willis was a son of
Samuel Willis, Sr., a native of Culpeper County, Va., who was a
prominent physician for many years at Mount Sterling. Mrs. Dulcinea
was a daughter of Samuel and Nellie (Howard) Black, and is still
living. The Howards are a large and well known family in Madison
County. James T. Willis, the only child of Samuel and Dulcinea, was
reared on a farm, and received his education at the common schools and
at Columbia College, Missouri. In 1861 he entered the Confederate
Army. He was at Montgomery at the time of the organization of the
Confederate Government, and saw Jefferson Davis inaugurated as
president. He served as private in the Second Kentucky Regiment until
the surrender of Fort Donelson, where he was captured, but made his
escape. He then organized a company, was attached to the Fourth
Kentucky Cavalry, Col. Henry Giltner, under command of Gen. Morgan.
He served in that company until the close of the war, May 27, 1865, at
Athens, Ga., when he was paroled. He returned to Grant County, farmed
and traded until 1871, when he was appointed clerk of Grant County
Circuit Court, and elected the following August. He was re-elected
three times without opposition, holding the office until September,
1886. He is now master commissioner of the circuit court. Mr. Willis
is a member of the I.O.O.F. and served as Grant Master of the State;
he is also a member of the A.O.U.W. June 7, 1874, he married Miss
Alice, daughter of Dr. D. V. and Susan (Deane) Violette, of Gallatin
County, Ky. Mrs. Susan Violette was a daughter of William Deane, one
of the oldest settlers of Gallatin County. Mrs. Alice Willis was born
August 6, 1850; she is a member of the Baptist Church. Two children
have blessed this union of James T. Willis and Alice Violette: Samuel
C. and Katie. Capt. J. T. Willis read law with Col. Landrum, and
since his retirement from office is engaged in the practice of law.

Willis Black Howard Deane Violette Landrum
Montgomery-KY Madison-KY Boone-KY Culpeper-VA Gallatin-KY MO

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