52 Ancestors/52 Weeks #13 ~ Abigail Willis Barrett

Abigail Willis was born in Rowan County, North Carolina in the year 1806.  She was the second of nine children born to  James and Martha Patsy Coats Willis. Her siblings were: John, William, Thomas, James, Alexander, Sarah, Tempy and Martha Rebecca.

When she was about 24 years old she married Jonathan Barrett, a near neighbor, and most likely a childhood friend, as the two families are listed fairly close to each other in three successive censuses.

Shortly after the marriage, Abigail removed with her husband to Davidson County North Carolina.  The two  had eight children in this county before moving to Iredell County, North Carolina.   They were: John Franklin, William H., Isaac A., Cynthia C., James William, Martha A., Sarah A., and Hawkins Alexander.

Her husband and four of her sons enlisted to  fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War.  All came home after, except for her oldest, Isaac, who died in Virginia in May of 1863.
When the war was over, the family moved again, this time to Dyer County Tennessee.

Jonathan and Abigail both passed away there, near the town of Newburg between 1871-1879.  Their places of burial are unknown.

Abigail was my 3 greats grandmother.

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  1. Losing a son in the war. Probably a grief that she kept with her always.

  2. I love all the names in your family! Tempy is my favorite so far. How sad that she lost her son. They would have been quite old when they enlisted, as was her husband!