We are still on the hunt for the "ancestry" of our ancestor John Wills 1763-1833 who was a Stationer in London in 1788. By the time he was 25, he was widowed and may have had children from a first marriage. He then married Hannah Quentin in 1805 aged 42 and had 6 children. Two of these children later came to Australia and lived in Heathcote,in country Victoria, sisters, Frances Wills, spinster, and Sarah Lewis (nee Wills), widowed with children. Sarah is my GG Grandmother. Interestingly it is family folklore that they were cousins to the Australian Explorer, William John Wills, but we still need the evidence to prove this. However Sarah did travel on the same ship as the explorers father Dr.William Wills on the "Lady Kennaway" in 1853 to Victoria and whilst living in Heathcote, William John Wills came by horseback from his camp site at Mia Mia and visited his female cousins saying goodbye to them before his fateful journey. This story was told to my mother by her grandmother many times.
Our John Wills had a brother Thomas and father, both Stationers/Booksellers in London. We think his fathers name was either John or Thomas Wills.
We are hoping that our Wills line has roots in Devon as this may prove the theory of the relationship to the explorer!
Any suggestions or links would be much appreciated.
Sue Haylock, Melbourne, Australia
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