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Re: Captain John Wills
I agree. It is possible that your Captain Richard Wills, who married in Kingsbridge in 1840, was the brother of Captain John Wills who was born in Kingsbridge in 1826 and who married in Sydney in 1853. If his mother was Ann Jarvis they were definitely brothers. Alternatively, it is quite possible that the fathers of your Richard and my John were brothers (and they were therefore cousins) who lived in the same town,and who shared a family tradition in becoming master mariners. While sailing as an occupation was common in those days, becoming master mariners was not.
My research to date is on the website under John Alexander. Are your Richards shown? Coincidentally, I had a brother named Murray - small world!
Cheers, Ian Wills (the Canberra one)