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Dr. Daniel Wills[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

Male Abt 1633 - 1698  (~ 65 years)


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  • Name Daniel Wills 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born Abt 1633  Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    AFN 8F05-DW 
    Immigration 16 Aug 1677  West Jersey, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Kent, Master Gregory Marloe 
    Occupation West Jersey, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Practitioner in Chemistry 
    Will 25 Mar 1698  Northampton, Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Written 
    Buried 26 May 1698  Friends' Burial Ground, St. James, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 8 Oct 1698  Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Inventory 
    Will 30 Mar 1700  Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will Proved 
    Died prob St. James, Barbados Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Person ID I1805  default
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2012 

    Father Nicholas Wills,   c. 26 Apr 1578, Newnham, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Annyes Browne,   b. Abt 1583, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 31 Dec 1601  Darthmouth, Devon Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F13025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Frampton,   b. Abt 1635, of Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1661, Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 1655  Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
     1. John Wills,   b. Abt 1655, of Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1659, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 4 years)
    +2. James Wills,   b. 20 Feb 1657, Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 5 Nov 1700, Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    +3. Daniel Wills, Jr.,   b. 17 Feb 1659, Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1728, Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +4. John Wills,   b. 9 Sep 1660, Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1746, Northampton Twp, Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2012 
    Family ID F934  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Wagstaffe,   b. Abt 1640, of Banbury, Oxfordshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1691, Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married 13 May 1666  London, Middlesex Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Notes 
    Married:
    • CHILDREN:

      Source: Wilbur H Haines, whaines # mcn.org, PO Box 165, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497, 707-785-3268)
      Lists the following children:

      --Mary Wills b 2 Jun 1667 Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England; d 1670 Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
      --Samuel Wills b 26 Oct 1668 Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England; d 1692 Burlington Co, New Jersey
      --Joseph Wills b 2 Apr 1673 Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England; d 1691 Burling Co, New Jersey
      --Elizabeth Wills b 1675 Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England; d Aft 1761 New Jersey
    Children 
     1. Mary Wills,   b. 2 Jun 1667, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Sep 1670, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     2. Samuel Wills,   b. 26 Oct 1668, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1692, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     3. Mary Wills,   b. 25 Sep 1670, Northampton, Northamptonshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1715, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     4. Joseph Wills,   b. 28 Apr 1673, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1691, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     5. Elizabeth Wills,   b. 20 Apr 1675, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Aug 1677, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +6. Ann Wills,   b. 1 Dec 1677, Burlington, Burlington Co, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Mar 2008 
    Family ID F1009  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Aaron Wills House, Rancocas [1940]
    Aaron Wills House, Rancocas [1940]
    Photo of the Aaron Wills house at Rancocas, Burlington Co, New Jersey. The original structure was built by Dr. Daniel Wills between 1682 and 1700, then rebuilt in 1786. The home was willed to his son, John. John willed the home to his son, Daniel. Daniel willed the home to his sone, Daniel, who in turn willed it to his brother, Aaron. Aaron willed the home to his son, Samuel. Samuel willed the plantation to his son, Daniel. Daniel willed the "farm" to his son, William. After William's death his administrators sold the home by deed to Amos Gibbs. The home was then passed to Samuel L. Walker, to William H. Walker, to Catherine Coumbe, to W. J. Boyd, to Alfred Bauman, to Frank McIlvaine, who was the owner at the time of the 1940 survey. The home was rebuilt in 1786 when Aaron and Rachel Wills owned the plantation, the hearth bearing the initials "AWR." Photo by HABS (Library of Congress), research by Chad G. Nichols

    Documents
    Daniel Wills' Quaker Dealings, 1660 to 1666
    Daniel Wills' Quaker Dealings, 1660 to 1666
    A short history of some of the the Quaker dealings of Daniel Wills in Northampton, England from 1660 to 1666. The extractions are from the work entitled, "A Collection of the Sufferings of the People called Quakers." Prepared and transcribed by Chad G. Nichols
    Letter [6 Jan 1679/80]
    Letter [6 Jan 1679/80]
    Transcribed letter from Daniel Wills to his friends, William & Sarah Biddle, in England. The letter was published in The History of the Colony of Nova-Cesaria, or New Jersey. Transcription by Chad G. Nichols
    1677 Account of Daniel Wills, Sr. [1715]
    1677 Account of Daniel Wills, Sr. [1715]
    An account related by Daniel Wills, Jr. about his father, Daniel Wills, Sr. and their arrival at West Jersey in 1677. The relation was recorded in 1715 and was later copied in the John P. Dornan Collection (FHL). Transcription by Chad G. Nichols

  • Notes 
    • BIRTH & MARRIAGE: Should research Friends records of Northamptonshire:

      "English Friends records, Northamptonshire : births, marriages and burials, 1649-1725," FHL BRITISH 441401 Item 2

      CENSUS OF BARBADOS: Need to research whether Daniel Wills was present in Barbados at the time of the 1679 Census or any of his family members (including his brother's descendants). Research FHL BRITISH 1519514 Item 4, List of Landowners & planters; FHL BRITISH 1564648 Item 2, Licenses to leave the island, Passengers/ships, military force, plantation masters, householders, tenants, etc.

      DEATH/BURIAL: To identify Daniel's death/burial record, should research:

      "Barbados parochial registers, Series A, 1637-1850 (Anglican)" FHL INTL 1157960, Burial index Q-Z 1643-1848; also FHL INTL 1157923, St. Michael's Parish burials 1648-1739; also FHL INTL 1157933, Christ Church burials 1643-1848; also FHL INTL 1157935, St. Philip's Parish burials 1672-1848; also FHL INTL 1157937, St. John's Parish burials 1657-1848; also FHL INTL 1157944, St. James' Parish burials 1693-1825

      "Barbados parochial registers, Series A, 1660-1887 (Other denominations)" FHL INTL 1159603 Item 3, Burial index, A-Z 1660-1886; Could also try FHL VAULT INTL 1159601 Item 2, Burials (Jewish) 1660-1886

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. [online] www.nicholslibrary.org 7783 S 4950 W West Jordan, UT 84081 USA) (Reliability: 3).
      Quaker Dealings 1660 to 1666 - 004798
      1679/80 Letter to the Biddle Family - 004799

    2. [S559] Wills Family Records, 1660-1719, from Quaker Monthly Meeting Records, Rubincam, Milton, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1989 [FHL US/CAN 1320832 Item 39]: Microfilm made of typescript (13 leaves, carbon copy) prepared by Milton Rubincam. Includes Ewer, Stanbury and related families. Daniel Wills (1633-1698), a Quaker, immigrated from England to Burlington County, New Jersey and married Hope Dellefosse in 1682. Descendants and relatives lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. In Miscellaneous genealogical records / Milton Rubincam. Vol. 1, leaves 371-383) (Reliability: 3).
      Joseph Beese: A collection of the sufferings of the people called Quakers Vol I (1744) p 531 "Anna 1660 on 23 of December, at a meeting in the house of William Alton of Middleton, where George Robinson was concerned to preach; a justice of the peace being informed of it. sent for William Alton, Robinson to prevent his Friend's suffering for what himself had done, went with him; the justice ordered Robinson to be set in the stocks and afterward committed him to prison till the next sessions, when the justice tendered the oath to them both, and also to Daniel Wills, who came thither to ovserve the proceedings, and upon refusal committed them to Northampton Goal, where they lay about three quarters of the year.; p 532 Ony July 13, 1662, Daniel Wills was one of 38 taken from a meeting at Northampton, & committed to prison; p 535 1666 On the 19th of the month called July, Daniel Wills, Henry Roe, William Griffin, Michael Gaines, John Gaines, and Jon Parnel, were brought to the sessions at Northampton, to be tried on the Act for Banishment or the third offence: One of them, Henry Roe, was sentneced to be transported to Jamaica for sever year, but upon some doubt arising, the trial of the others was postpon'd but in process of time they were released.
      Ibid. Records of the Records of the ?pperside Monthly Meeting, Bucks: 1672 a list of persons to receive and distribute Friends' books: Daniel Wills, to receive 6 books to be distributed within the county of Northampton; 1676 a list of those compiling returns of the sufferings of the Friends: from Camfield and Daniel Wills, both, of the town of Northampton, to receive returns of Friend's sufferings in the shire of Northampton.
      Ibid. Notes on the great fire at Northampton, England, 1675
      (Research provided by Luann Seamons)

    3. [S685] Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey: Volume I (Reliability: 3).
      [p 239]
      "Council Minute--Thomas Olive and Other Passengers of the Ship 'Kent' Ask for, and Receive Permission to Settle in West Jersey [From 'New York Colonial Documents,' Vol. XII, p. 579]
      Thomas Olive, Daniel Willes, John Penford, Joseph Helmely, Robt. Stacy, and Benjamin Scott, Informing the Governor of their being lately come from England in the good ship the Kent, Gregory Marloe, Master, now riding in the Bay near Sandy Hoeck, intended wtih about two hundred persons to settle in West New-Jersey to the east of Delaware River or Bay, claiming the authority of proprietors and jurisdiction in said parts, for which Produce deed or indentures from his Royall Highnesse to my Lord John Berkley and Sr. George Carteret...."
      (Research by Chad G. Nichols)

    4. [S634] Genealogy.com Forums, The Generations Network, ([online] http://genforum.genealogy.com) (Reliability: 3).
      Our ancestor, Daniel, [brought] his family to West Jersey in the "Kent" in the summer of 1677. He was one of two doctors among this first ship load of 230 Quaker colonist[s]. King Charles II saw them off personally (Hoping to make a profit?). Daniel Wills was one of the London Commissioners who bargained with the Leni Lenape for their land. He claimed 600 acres on the "Rancocas River" and named the township Northampton for his home shire in England. The principle town was Bridlington (now Burlington). He practiced medicine and served in government. He made his will 1st month (March) 25 1698 before sailing to Barbadoes [sic] to set[t]le his brother William's estate. While there he took sick of a virulent disease he was not prepared to cure and died. I am descended from Sarah Wills who married Joshua Lord. Her parents were John Wills and Hope Delefaste/Dellafosse Boy!
      (posted 2 Apr 2000, by Robert Parvin)

    5. [S702] Colonial and Revolutionary Lineage's of America, Vol. 5 (Reliability: 3).
      [pp 58-64, a letter dated 6 Nov 1680 from Daniel Wills to William Biddle, a Quaker friend at Bishops Gate Street, London; As likely a consequence of the letter William and Sarah Biddle arrived in West Jersey in the summer of 1681
      [Research & original transcription by Peggy Newkirk; An electronic copy prepared by Chad G. Nichols and posted at www.eancestry.org]

    6. [S703] John P. Dornan Collection, 1600-1900, Dornan, John Pickens, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970; Microfilm of originals at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 33 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. [FHL US/CAN 849558-9; 851777-84; 851679-701 Item 1]) (Reliability: 3).
      [FHL US/CAN 851699]
      --death of Daniel's first wife, Elizabeth
      --lists all children of Daniel & Elizabeth Wills
      --marriage to Mary Wagstaffe
      --death and burial in Barbados

      [FHL US/CAN 851783]
      --William Matlack as indentured servant to Dr. Wills

      [FHL US/CAN 851701]
      --Dr. Wills as the first doctor to settle in Burlington; lists children of Elizabeth

    7. [S704] New Jersey Friends Monthly Meeting Records Collection, Dornan, John Pickens, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971; Microfilm of originals at Rutgers University Library, New Brunswick, New Jersey; on 6 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. [FHL US/CAN 851701 Item 2, 851702, 854018, 854097 Item 1, 854098-9]) (Reliability: 3).
      [FHL US/CAN 854097]
      --Lists names of Elizabeth Wills' children

    8. [S733] Burlington County Times, (Burlington, New Jersey. [online] www.phillyburbs.com/bct/) (Reliability: 3).
      (Article regarding the modern-day sale of Dr. Daniels Wills plantation property along Rancocas Creek in New Jersey)

      County acquires Rowan property
      By MIKE MATHIS
      Burlington County Times, 23 Aug 2007

      MOUNT HOLLY — The Burlington County Board of Freeholders yesterday approved the purchase of the 88-acre former residence of Westampton industrialist Henry Rowan to incorporate into its open-space program.

      The county will purchase the property, located near the Centerton Bridge in Westampton, for $4.5 million from the National Philanthropic Trust, a Jenkintown, Pa.-based charity which acquired the land in June through a donation from Rowan, said Andrew Hastings, vice president of the trust.

      Rowan is perhaps best known for his $100 million donation to the former Glassboro State College in 1992 to establish an engineering school. The college was renamed Rowan University in his honor.

      The Bridge Street property, known as Rockbridge, includes 1,800 feet of frontage on Rancocas Creek, a 3,400-square-foot house and outbuildings.

      Rowan now lives in an adult community in Pennsylvania.

      "I'm delighted that Burlington County has such an attractive open space program in place to preserve land in an open state for the benefit of the public into the future," Rowan, 83, said in a statement. "I've enjoyed living on the Rancocas property for 40 years, and the county program fit my wishes for the property to a T."

      The property also fits into the board's vision of creating a contiguous greenway of open space along the waterway, Freeholder William Haines Jr. said.

      Because of the residential zoning on the property, appraisers determined that about 100 homes could have been built on the site, officials said.

      "We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to save this gorgeous property on the Rancocas from development and preserve it permanently for open space and public enjoyment for generations to come," Haines said.

      Haines said acquisition of the Rowan property enables the county to extend its growing trail system, protect the environment, and provide access to the creek.

      "Protecting the Rancocas is key in terms of water quality, in terms of protecting wetlands, in terms of providing access to the residents," Haines said "It's a winner all the way down the line."

      Haines said no decision has been made about what to do with the house and outbuildings. He said the county may have a caretaker reside in the house temporarily.

      "Buildings don't get any better when they're not used," Haines said.

      Rowan is founder of Inductotherm, a manufacturer of melting systems for the metals industry. It is based in Westampton, not far from Rowan's former home.

      The Burlington County Boy Scout Council last month rededicated its Westampton headquarters to honor Rowan, who in 1981 donated the land on Rancocas Road near the New Jersey Turnpike and the building that became the Rowan Scout Service Center.
      [Research by Chad G. Nichols]

    9. [S686] Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey: Volume XXII, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 1670-1730 Part I, Nelson, William, ([Original Publishing] Paterson, New Jersey, The Press and Publishing Co., 1901. lxxxix, 662 p.; [available online at BYU] Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2007, http://patriot.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH19&CISOPTR=56811&REC=15) (Reliability: 3).
      [p 513]
      "1698 March 25. Wills, Daniel, of Northampton, Burlington Co., 65 years old; will of. Children--James (who has son John), Daniel, John, Mary Ewer, Ann. Real and personal estate (a negro boy, a book of 'Chirurgery called Ambros Parry,' other books, a watch). Son John sole executor. Witnesses--Christopher Wetherill and Joseph Smith. Proved March 30, 1700. (Lib. 2, p. 9)
      1698 Oct. 8. Inventory of the est. (£125--.-- a High St. lot, 104 feet front; £25.-. 50 acres in town bounds, £200 a plantation on Northampton R., £60 other real estate, £417.12 8-1/2 personal); made by Christopher Wetherill, Sam'l Furnis, Joshua Humphris and Peter Frettwell.
      1700 March 30. Bond of John Wills of Northampton as executor of his father's will. Thomas Brian and Nathaniel Cripps, both of the same place, fellow bondsmen."
      [Research by Chad G. Nichols]

    10. [S705] Unrecorded Wills of New Jersey, New Jersey. Bureau of Archives & History, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968, 2002; Microreproduction of original records at the State Library of Archives and History, Trenton, New Jersey; 6 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. For index see: Index to wills, inventories, etc. in the office of the Secretary of State prior to 1901, vol. 3, p. 1417-1433. vols. 1-2 FHL US/CAN 545494; vols 2 (p 152+) 1689-1722 to vol. 3 1681-1700 FHL US/CAN 2293540; vols. 4-5 FHL US/CAN 545495; vols. 6-8 FHL US/CAN 545496; vols. 9-10 FHL US/CAN 522712; vols. 11-12 FHL US/CAN 522713) (Reliability: 3).
      [FHL US/CAN 545495]
      --Will of Dr. Wills, vol. 4 pp 145-48
      [Research by Chad G. Nichols]

    11. [S916] Personal Research & Library, Ian Wills, Wills, Ian, (Austraila).

    12. [S917] Northamptonshire Non-Parochial Records, London Library (Reliability: 3).
      Marriages, p 2122, bk B
      DA«u»NIEL WILLS m ELIZABETH OLIVE«/u» in 1655
      [Research by Ian Wills, Nov 2011]

    13. [S411] Marriage Certificate or Record (Reliability: 3).
      According to research by Peggy Newkirk the original marriage record of Dr. Daniel Wills and Mary Wagstaffe is held in the manuscript division of the Library of the Society of Friends, London, England (1666, MS Box L.6.). The record was written in Dr. Wills' own handwriting and those in attended signed the original record:

      George Arnold
      William Dalton
      Jane Parker
      Bridget Sharing
      Nathaniell Ball
      Hannah Pottor
      Hanna Work
      Tho. Ollive
      Hannah Thory(?)
      Martha Lucas
      Avil(?) Hopkins
      Hannah Call/Cole
      Elizabeth Page
      E. Cowper (Cooper)
      (?) Harold
      Ccquamato(?) Cole
      John Daniell
      John Johnson
      John Leonard
      Mary Wagstaffe
      James Wagstaffe
      Susannah Jaims
      Mary Edill(?)
      N. Cisoll Stone
      Eliz Walker
      Mary Haines
      Richard Russell
      Ann Sabon

    14. [S703] John P. Dornan Collection, 1600-1900, Dornan, John Pickens, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970; Microfilm of originals at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. 33 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. [FHL US/CAN 849558-9; 851777-84; 851679-701 Item 1]) (Reliability: 3).
      Daniel Wills md Mary Wagstaff of Banbury, Oxfordshire Co 13th da, 3d mo, 1666
      --md. in the presence of Friends on Easton Road in London
      --marriage certificate in the handwriting of Dr. Wills himself