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William Sterling Willis, KY, TN, VA

This is William Sterling Willis (he went by Sterling), born April 1828 or 1829 in Garrard County, Kentucky died between 1900-1903 in either Sullivan County, TN or Scott County, VA (buried in Scott County in an old cemetery).

He was a tenant farmer and a "Circuit Riding Methodist Preacher".

His line is:

William born 1725-1730 in Brunswick County, VA and died before 4/9/1792 Mecklenburg County, VA;

Edward born 1772 in Pennsylvania died May 20, 1818 in Grant, Garrard County, KY and Ellender 'Nelly' Hamm born about 1765 in VA and died Oct 20/1831 in Garrard County, KY;

William T. born about 1811 in Madison County, KY and either Elizabeth Berry or Lucinda (nee unknown)

William Sterling was married to Catherine Hopkins or Hoskins. He was also married to Elizabeth Huffman of Garrard County, KY and had three children with her before going to fight in the Civil War. He was captured on July 20, 1863 near Cheshire Ohio during one of Morgan's Raids into Ohio and spent much of the war in captivity at the dreaded Camp Douglas in Chicago (a prison camp with a higher death toll and more prisoner abuse than Andersonville) and then to Camp Chase (not really any better). He married Catherine Hopkins after being released. She was a pure-blood Creek Indian having been born on the "Trail of Tears" and adopted by a Minister and his wife while still a baby and raised as their child. Sadly, there are no known surviving photos of her.
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Thanks for the interesting story!
May 02, 2012 5:30 pm reply
This is why I joined this site. I love looking at pictures like this and hearing the stories.
Aug 27, 2012 12:02 pm reply
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William Sterling Willis, KY, TN, VA

William Sterling Willis

Mini-biography
Born: ca. 1828 in KY , USA
Died: 1902 (age 74) in USA
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