Willis Wiggins The Elder
(Cir 1785-1827)
Cherry (Charity)
(Cir 1785-After 1840)
Willis W. Wiggins The Younger
(Cir 1814-Cir 1848)


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Christian Harrell

Willis W. Wiggins The Younger

  • Born: Cir 1814, Nansemond Co, VA.
  • Marriage: Christian Harrell circa 1845
  • Died: Cir 1848, Nansemond Co, VA at age 34

bullet  General Notes:

The census records below are possibly the family of Willis W. Wiggins:

The 1840 Federal Census for Nansemond Co., VA [image 51 of 82] records a Willis Wiggins (age 20-30). He is the only person listed in the household. Next door is Cherry Wiggins (age 50-60) also living by herself. There are 3 people in each household including 2 slaves in each household.

The 1830 Federal Census for Nansemond Co., VA [image 17 of 96] records a Cherry Wiggins (age 40-50) with 1 female (15 - 20), 2 males (15 - 20),and 1 male (10 - 15). They have 3 slaves: 1 male (36 - 50) and 2 females (<10).

The 1820 Federal Census for Nansemond Co., VA [image 8 of 23] records a Willis Wiggins (age 26 - 45) with 1 female (26 - 45), 1 female (<10), 1 male (10 - 16),and 2 males (<10). They have 6 slaves: 2 males (<14), 1 male (26 - 45), 1 female (<14), 1 female (14 - 26), and 1 female (26 - 45).

See research notes to clarify ancestry ...

bullet  Research Notes:

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Willis W. Wiggins is named in an 1882 Nansemond Co. Court proceeding as the father of 2 daughters: Cornelia O., wife of B. R. Doughtie and Ann M., wife of Willis Austin. His father is referred to as Willis Wiggins the elder (died 1827) while his son as Willis W. Wiggins the Younger who has siblings: Wiley, William, and Elizabeth. Elizabeth "intermarried" with Humphrey D. Savage. The land is "313 acres more or less" and is first recorded as boundaries in deeds recorded as early as 1826. After the death of his father, Willis the Younger bought the interests in said land from his sister, Elizabeth Savage, duly recorded on July 9, 1838 and from Wiley, duly recorded on April 8, 1839. The interests of the brother William Wiggins, were passed to his siblings on the death of the brother, William, in early 1839, without any other heirs. Wiley had moved to Tennessee and I am sure gladly sold his interests in the Nansemond property to his brother.

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These 1838 documents name Wiley Wiggins and his wife Rebecca in a land record for Fayette Co., South Carolina. Image 36 continues but this time names the location as Fayette, Tennesse. Image 37 is copy of the deed where Willis Wiggins of Nansemond Co., VA purchases the lands held by Wiley and Rebecca Wiggins who are living in Fayette Co., TN. This property was land owned by Wiley's father, Willis Wiggins (the Elder) and Wiley's share had been passed down.

In 1830 in Nansemond Co., VA, Willis Wiggins the younger buys up his siblings inheritance of his father's land ... from his brother, Wiley, who is living in Fayette Co., TN, for $150 as well as his sister, Elizabeth, now the wife of Humphrey D. Savage for the sum of $100 (image 42 of 149).

See general notes for Willis W. Wiggins for 1830 and 1840 census facts.


Willis married Christian Harrell, daughter of John Thomas Harrell and Margaret "Peggy" Savage, circa 1845. (Christian Harrell was born in 1827 in Nansemond Co, VA, died on 19 Jul 1885 in Nansemond Co, VA. and was buried in Liberty Springs Christian Church Cemetery, Nansemond Co., VA.)

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