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Sherod WILLIS
Mary Ann HUNTER
Husband:  Sherod / Sharod WILLIS not Sherwood
Birth:  ca. 1754, Mecklenburg Co., VA
Death:  Mar-Jun 1806, Jessamine Co., KY
Will Signed:  3 Mar 1806, Jessamine Co., KY; Will Proved:  Jun 1806, Jessamine Co., KY
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  R1b-L21
Father:  Mr. WILLIS

Our subject's given name is almost certainly Sherod, not Sherwood.  For one thing, if it were Sherwood, the spelling in his records would be more consistently Sherwood as a name any school child who's read the tale of Robin Hood can spell.  Of the seven primary documents I have (see Sources below), he is Sherod four times, Sharod twice, and Sherwood only once.  Most importantly, he is Sherod in his own will.  SHEROD/SHERROD is a bone fide surname, which obviously must figure somewhere in Sherod's ancestry.  Of the two spellings, SHERROD is more common than SHEROD, but our subject's name appears consistently with a single "r."

Marriage:
Wife:  Mary Ann HUNTER
Birth:  ca. 1758
Other Spouse:  m2. 22 Dec 1807, Jessamine Co., KY, Robert BOATMAN

Some secondary sources give our subject these parents:
Father definitely notMastin HUNTER, b. 1829/30
Mother definitely notMary Ann STANLEY, b. 5 Oct 1832
because this couple was much too young to be her parents.

Children:
born in VA:
  1.  Elisah WILLIS, b. ca. 1770s appears to have died bef. 1782
  2.  Elizabeth WILLIS, b. 1773/4
  3.  Catherine "Katie" WILLIS, b. ca. 1776; m. 11 Sep 1795, Madison [now Jessamine] Co., KY, James LAND
  4.  Nancy WILLIS, b. ca. 1783 
  5.  Saluda Ann WILLIS, b. ca. 1785 
  6.  William WILLIS, b. ca. 1784
  7.  Mary Ann WILLIS, b. ca. 1785; d. 16 Aug 1827, Cass Twp., Sullivan Co., IN; bur. Houck Cemetery
  8.  Eliza WILLIS, b. ca. 1787

born in Jessamine Co., KY:
  9.  Drury WILLIS, b. ca. 1794 
10.  Jane WILLIS, b. ca. 1798; d. 3 Mar 1830, Sullivan Co., IN; bur. Land Cem., Sullivan Co., IN; m. 12 Mar 1817, Jessamine Co., KY, James LAND
11.  Levi WILLIS, b. 1800-1810 

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Timeline
Year Location Event
c1754 VA: Mecklenburg Co. birth of Sherod WILLIS
    birth of Mary Ann HUNTER
1773/4 VA birth of daughter, Elizabeth
c1776   birth of daughter, Catherine
c1770s   birth and death of son, Elisah
1782 Census VA: Mecklenburg Co. Sher'od WILLIS, head-of-household (4 whites)
c1783   birth of daughter, Nancy
c1785   birth of daughter, Saluda
1785 Tax List VA: Pittsylvania Co. Sher'od WILLIS, taxpayer
1786 VA: Pittsylvania Co. Sher'od WILLIS, deed
1787 Tax List VA: Pittsylvania Co. Sher'od WILLIS, taxpayer
c1788 Virginia to Jessamine Co., KY family moves
1789 Tax List VA [now KY]: Madison [now Jessamine] Co. Sharod WILLIS, taxpaper
1790 Tax List VA [now KY]: Madison [now Jessamine] Co. Sher'od WILLIS, taxpayer
1790 Census   the 1790 VA [and thus KY] census was destroyed
1791-92 Tax Lists VA [now KY]: Madison [now Jessamine] Co. Sher'od WILLIS, taxpayer
1792 Kentucky achieves statehood
1795 Tax List KY: Madison [now Jessamine] Co. Sherod WILLIS, taxpayer
1795 KY: Madison [now Jessamine] Co. marriage of daughter, Catherine, to James LAND
1796 KY: Garrard Co. formed from Madison, Lincoln, and Mercer Cos.
1797 KY: Madison [now Jessamine] Co. marriage of daughter, Elizabeth, to Henry REYNOLDS 
1798/9 KY: Jessamine Co. formed from Madison Co.
1797-99 Jessamine Co. to Garrard Co. family moves
1799 Tax List KY: Garrard Co. Sherod WILLIS, taxpayer
1800 Tax List KY: Garrard Co. Sherwood WILLIS, taxpayer
1800 Census   KY census destroyed
1800-1810   birth of son, Levi
1802 KY: Jessamine Co. marriage of daughter, Nancy, to Robert BOATMAN, Jr.
1804 KY: Jessamine Co. marriage of daughter, Saluda, to William JAMERSON
1806   death of Sherod WILLIS
1807 KY: Jessamine Co. marriage of Mary (HUNTER) WILLIS to Robert BOATMAN
1810 Census KY: Jessamine Co.  Robert BOATMAN, head of household
1816 KY: Jessamine Co. marriage of son, Drury, to Polly HUNTER
1817 KY: Jessamine Co. marriage of daughter, Jane, to James LAND
1820 Census  

Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Boatman, Robert Willis, Mary A. 22 Dec 1807 Jessamine Co.

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):
1789 Tax List Willis, Sharod KY Madison

3.  Anon.  1991.  The 1795 Census of Kentucky [as constructed from tax lists].  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL (said to include every extant tax list from the state of Kentucky for the year 1795):
Pg Name County
189 Willis, Edward Madison
190 Willis, Sherod Madison
These are the only WILLIS'es in Madison County.  Edward is almost certainly Sherod's brother.

4.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com):  Several files, but especially one that included these sources.  The submitter does not supply the given name used for each individual record, so in the above timetable I've entered them as "Sher'od."
Event: Will/Probate 23 JUN 1806 Will Bk A pg 160, 227, 397 Jessamine Co, Ky 
Census: 1782 Mecklenburg Co., Va, pg 22 head of family 4 white 
Event: Taxlist BET. 1785 - 1787 Pittsylvania Co., Va 
Event: Taxlist BET. 1789 - 1792 Madison Co., Ky 
Event: Taxlist BET. 1801 - 1805 Jessamine Co., Ky 
Event: Deed 20 MAR 1786 Pittsylvania Co, Va Deed Bk 7, 591 

5.  Kentucky Census Records ("Willis Research Center" online at RootsWeb.com):
17 Apr 1789 Tax List Sharod Willis Madison Co.
1795 [Tax List?] Sherod Willis Madison Co.
6 Aug 1800 Tax List Sherwood Willis Garrard Co.

6.  Email from Roaten E. Hinson, Jr., who conveys this record:
1799 Tax List Sherod Willis Garrard Co., KY

7.  Mrs. William Breckenridge Ardery.  1986.  Kentucky Records: Early Wills and Marriages.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at Genealogy.com):
p. 140 WILLIS, SHEROD.  March 3, 1806.  June 1806.  Wife: Mary Ann.  Daus: Elizabeth, Jane, other children but not named.  Ex: wife, John Ellenbaugh, John Hunter.  Wit: Joseph Hemphill, Joseph Dickerson.

8.  Mrs. Raymond Burch, et al.  1986.  "Jessamine County Will Abstracts."  Pp. 67-76 in W.B. Ardery.  Kentucky Records: Early Wills and Marriages.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (online at Genealogy.com):
p. 67 WILL BOOK A...
p. 68 SHEROD WILLIS Page 160 date of will, March 3, 1806; date of probate, June, 1806 names wife, Maryann and children.

9.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com):  some well documented files online here.

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