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W. J. WILLIS
Susan __?__
Husband:  W. J. WILLIS
Birth:  1819/20, SC
Death apparently:  1870-80, Hampton Co., SC
Occupation:  farmer
Marriage:
Wife:  Susan A? __?__
Birth:  1824/5, SC
Death apparently:  1870-80, Hampton Co., SC
Occupation:  homemaker
Children born in SC, probably in Prince William Pr., Ocotalyo Twp., Beaufort Dist. [now Hampton Co.], SC:
1.  Cornelia WILLIS, b. 1864/5
2.  Ella WILLS, b. 1866/7
3?  Martha WILLIS, b. 1870/1 may be Martha "Mattie" CLIFTON, b. ca. 1872, SC
4?  Louisa WILLIS, b. 1873/4 may be Loula / Lula CLIFTON, b. ca. 1877, SC 
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, South Carolina

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #15 of 16):  Gardners Corner P.O., Prince William Parish, Pocotalyo Twp., Beaufort [now Hampton] Co., SC, Roll M593_1485, p. 238A, PN 15, 148/148, enumerated (nd) 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Willis W J 50 M W Farmer   148.00 South Carolina
______ Susan A? 45 F W Keeping House     "      " 
______ Cornelia  5 F W at Home     "      " 
______ Ella  3 F W at Home     "      "
Listed next to W.G. & A.E. CLIFTON.

5a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find W.J. or Susan.

5b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #32 of 96):  Peeples Twp., Hampton Co., SC, Roll T9-1231, p. 115D, PN 32, SD 2, ED 120, enumerated 10/11 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  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 8 9 11 13 21 22 23 24 25 26
289 306 Clifton Wm G W M 44     / Farmer       SC SC SC
    _______ Susan W F 15 Dau /   Keeping house /     SC SC SC
    _______ Cornelia W F 13 Dau /     / / / SC SC SC
    _______ Ella W F 11 Dau /     / / / SC SC SC
    _______ Martha W F  9 Dau /     /     SC SC SC
    _______ Louisa W F  6 Dau /           SC SC SC
    _______ Wm G W M 18 Son /   Field hand /   / SC SC SC
It appears both W.J. and Susan WILLIS are deceased, and that William G. CLIFTON has adopted their children.  The implication from the ordering of the children may be that only Wm. G. is son of William G. CLIFTON, meaning Martha and Louisa could also be our subject's children.

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