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Rufus Murry WILLIS
Agnes Almeda EDWARDS
Husband:  Rufus Murry / Mury / Mory / Murray WILLIS
Birth:  26 Aug 1881, VA
Death:  1920-30
Occupation:  coal miner
Father:  Andrew J. WILLIS, b. Dec 1851, VA
Mother:  Edna Jane BOYD, b. Jan 1858, VA
Marriage:  1907/8
Wife:  Agnes Almeda / Almedia / Alverda EDWARDS
Birth:  16 Mar 1878, Carroll Co., VA
Death:  1945
Other Spouse:  m1. 22 Dec 1892, Carroll Co., VA, William H. HAWKS
Father:  James Currin EDWARDS
Mother:  Sarah Elizabeth EDWARDS
Children born in either Piper's Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA, Lipps Dist., Wise Co., VA:
1.  Glen / Glenn WILLIS, b. 1910/1
2.  Emery WILLIS, b. 1914/5
3.  Gladys R. WILLIS, b. Jul 1917
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Sources (n.b., Patrick Co. is adjacent to Carroll Co.):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Rufus WILLIS (æ 18, b. Aug 1881, VA) is living in Dan River Dist., Patrick Co. VA (p. 40B), with his parents, Andrew J. WILLIS (æ 48, b. Dec 1851, VA) & Edny J. (æ 42, b. Jan 1858, VA), plus siblings.  Almeda HAWKS (æ 23, b. VA) is living in Fancy Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA, with her husband, William H. HAWKS, and three children (q.v.).

3a.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Rufus.

3b.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 19 indexed "Willia"):  Pipers Gap Magisterial District, Carroll Co., VA, Roll T624_1624, p. 105A, SN 8A, SD 5, ED 10, enumerated 29 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
140 143 Carico Andrew J Head M W 70 M2 2     VA VA VA Eng Farmer General Farm Emp     Y Y   O F F 138
    ______ Sarah E Wife F W 56 M2 2 7 5 VA VA NC Eng None         Y Y          
    Edwards Millard M StepGSon M W 11 S       VA VA VA Eng Farm Laborer Home Farm W N 0 Y N N        
    Willis Almedia StepDau F W 32 M2 2 7 6 VA VA VA Eng None         Y Y          
    Hawks Bessie E StepGDau F W 16 S       VA VA VA Eng Laundry(?) working out W N 0 Y Y Y        
    _____ John H StepGSon M W 14 S       VA VA VA Eng Farm Laborer working out W N 0 N N Y        
    _____ Cleo E StepGDau F W 11 S       VA VA VA Eng None         Y N Y        
    _____ Arther W StepGSon M W  9 S       VA VA VA   None             Y        
    _____ Henry L StepGSon M W  4 S       VA VA VA   None                      
    _____ Robert G StepGSon M W 1 6/12 S       VA VA VA   None                      
The HAWKS children are Almeda's from her prior marriage.  Sarah is Almeda's remarried mother.  Millard is son of Jasper EDWARDS.

4.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 92 Almeta? is indexed "Alberta"):  Lipps Dist., Wise Co., VA, Roll T625_1918, p. 9A, SN 9A, SD 9, ED 173, enumerated 7 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
X 166 166 Willis Rufus M Head R M W 37 M   Y Y VA VA VA Y Miner Coal Mine W
      ______ Almeta? Wife   F W 38 M   N N VA VA VA Y none    
      ______ Glen Son   M W  9 S Y     VA VA VA   none    
      ______ Emery Son   M W  5 S N     VA VA VA   none    
      ______ Gladys R Dau   F W 2 10/12 S       VA VA VA   none    
      Carrico Bessie E Dau-in-law   F W 22 M   Y Y VA VA VA Y none    
      Hawks Arthur Stepson   M W 16 S N Y Y VA VA VA Y Motorman Coal Mine W
      _____ Henry S Stepson   M W 14 S N Y Y VA VA VA Y Motorman Coal Mine W
      Carico Richard C Grandson   M W  5 10/12 S       VA VA VA   none    
The enumerator botched the relationships here.  "Almeta" is Bessie's remarried mother, which makes Bessie a stepdaughter of Rufus, not his daughter-in-law, which also makes Richard a step-grandson of Rufus.  Arthur and Henry are Bessie's brothers, so they are, indeed, Rufus's stepsons.

5.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10-11 of 45 indexed "Alvida"):  Lipps Mag. Dist., Wise Co., VA, Roll 2464, pp. 191B-192A, SN 5B-6A, ED 98-14, SD 7, enumerated 3 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤-
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25
104 105 Willis Al??da Head O 53? N F W 44 WD 13 N Y VA VA VA Y None
    ______ Gladys Dau       F W 11 S   Y Y VA VA VA Y None
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104 105 Hawks Bessie Dau     N F W 30 WD 15 N N VA VA VA Y None

6.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  Microfilm Series M1509 (4277 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Roll | Serial No. | Order No: 1991380 | 3006 | 5457
Name: Rufus Murry Willis
Permanent Home Address: Coeburn Wise Va
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 37 | Aug 26 1881
Race: White
U.S. Citizen: Native Born
Present Occupation: Coal Mines
Employer's Name: Va I Cr C C
Place of Employment: Torries Creek Wise Va
Nearest Relative: Name: Almeda Willis
Nearest Relative: Address: Corburn Wise Va
Signature: Rufus Mory Willis
Height (tall, medium, short):  
Build (slender, medium, stout): Medium
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Blue | light
Physically Disabled: No Yes
Date of Registration: Sep 12 - 1978 
Draft Board: Local Board for
Wise County Virginia

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