(1682-Abt 1772)


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1. HALLOCK, Catherine

  • WILLITS, Clement
  • WILLITS, Hannah
  • WILLITS, Jesse
  • WILLITS, Amy
  • WILLITS, John
2. POWELL, Rachel

WILLITS, Thomas 1

  • Born: 16 Mar 1682, Jericho, Queens [Later Nassau] Co., NY
  • Marriage (1): HALLOCK, Catherine on 24 Oct 1706 in Brookhaven, Li, NY
  • Marriage (2): POWELL, Rachel in 1719 in Queens Co. [Now Nassau], NY
  • Died: Abt 1772, Berks Co., PA about age 90

bullet  General Notes:

Appears on the 1752 tax list for Brunswick Township, Berks Co., PA. [http://www.rootsweb.com/~GENHOME/bbruns1.htm]

bullet  Birth Notes:

Or March 11


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

He was religious. Quaker

He had a residence. Born in Queens, then a political entity of Yorkshire, the place where he was born was eventually in Nassau County, created out of Queens. Lived with his second wife at Secatague, later known as Islip, Suffolk County until 1736 when he removed to
Pennsylvania. First living in Olney, now a neighborhood north of Philadephia center city, he moved on to the vicinity of Lebanon and then in 1740 to the valley of Maiden Creek, a tributary of the Schuykill River north of Reading, PA. In 1752 Berks
county was formed out of portions of Lancaster and Philadelphia counties and Indian lands. In 1750, Thomas Willits moved his family even further west, taking up land in the New Purchase (of Indian Land) in the mountains between the Susequehanna
River and the headwaters of the Schuykill River. Indian raids that marked the beginning of the French and Indian War forced him back to Maiden Creek in 1755. For one winter, 1761, he returned to Long Island, returning to Philadelphia, and then
Berks County.


Thomas married Catherine HALLOCK on 24 Oct 1706 in Brookhaven, Li, NY. (Catherine HALLOCK was born in 1684 in Southold, NY and died in 1718.)


Thomas next married Rachel POWELL, daughter of Thomas POWELL and Elizabeth, in 1719 in Queens Co. [Now Nassau], NY.



1 Willett, James Albert, Jr., Willett House Collection (http://users.visi.net/~sew_sew ).

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