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Levi WILLIS
Martha ROBARDS
Husband:  Levi WILLIS
Birth:  1800-1810, but closer to 1800, Jessamine Co., KY
Death apparently:  1830-40, Sullivan Co., IN
Father:  Sherod WILLIS
Mother:  Mary Ann HUNTER
Marriage:  19 Jul 1819, Jessamine Co., KY
Wife:  Martha "Patsy" ROBARDS
Birth:  1800-1810, but closer to 1800, Jessamine Co., KY
Death apparently:  1840-50, Sullivan Co., IN
Father said to be:  William ROBARDS 

Martha is almost certainly related to John ROBARDS, the 1710 immigrant from Wales to Virginia, whose widowed daughter-in-law among other ROBARDS settled in Jessamine Co., KY, in the late 1700s, but I have not as yet been able to make the connection.  ROBARDS is a rare surname, and I've little doubt all the ones in Jessamine Co., KY, in the late 1700s and early 1800s were related, but many of these have yet to be "connected." 

Children:
1.  (Daughter A) WILLIS, b. certainly 1815-20, probably 1820
2.  (Daughter B) WILLIS, b. 1820-25
3.  John Robards WILLIS, b. 18 Aug 1824 
4.  (Son A) WILLIS, b. 1825-30
5.  (Son B) WILLIS, b. 1825-30
6.  (Daughter C) WILLIS, b. 1830-35
7.  (Son E) WILLIS, b. 1830-35
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Indiana, Kentucky

Sources:

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):  not found.

1b.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Indiana Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-228):  no remarriage of Martha/Patsy WILLIS found, but the Sullivan County Courthouse was burned in 1853, so no marriage records

2.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1820 (Broderbund CD-314):  not found.  The newlyweds are probably living with his parents or hers.

3.  1830 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #51-52 of 56; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 IN Sullivan Co. pp. 192B/193A Levi Willis 210 010 - 011 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = Son B
= Son A
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = John (b. 1824)
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = Levi 
1 female 5-9 1820-1825 = Daughter B
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = Daughter A
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Martha

4.  Family Quest Archives:  Indiana 1840 Census: St. Joseph, Stark, Sullivan, & Steuben Counties.  Heritage Quest CD M704-94 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 Willis, Martha IN Sullivan Co. p. 50 022 000 - 010 101
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 5-9 1830-1835 = Son D
= Son E
2 males 10-14 1825-1830 = Son B
= Son A
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Daughter C
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Daughter B
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Martha
John was age 15 or 16 in 1840, so we really would expect to find him in the home, though his absence could simply be enumerator error.  On the other hand, a widow with seven children in the 1840s could be in dire straits, so it would not be surprising to find John, her eldes son, living and working outside the home.

5.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Martha not found.  John is married and living in Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN.

6.  Messages in the Willis Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com).

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