Jacob Craven WILLIS / Malinda SELF
Husband: Jacob Craven WILLIS (Ancestor Chart, Descendant Chart)
Born: 17 DEC 1821 in: Rutherford County, NC
Died: 28 SEP 1883 in: Cleveland County, NC
Buried: Kadesh Methodist Church, Cleveland County, NC
Father: Jacob WILLIS
Mother: Lydia BLACK
Wife: Malinda SELF (Ancestor Chart, Descendant Chart)
Born: 19 AUG 1829 in:
Died: 22 FEB 1914 in:
Buried: Kadesh Methodist Church, Cleveland County, NC
Father: Lemuel Saunders SELF
Mother: Rebecca ROOKER
1 Name: Lydia Ann WILLIS
F Born: 11 OCT 1852 in: Cleveland County, NC
Died: 2 NOV 1932 in: Cleveland County, NC
Married: 28 SEP 1873 in: Cleveland County, NC
Spouse: Andrew Stephen WHITE
Jacob C. Willis & Malinda Self
Civil War Records
- The 1850 Census of Lincoln County, NC lists J. C. Willis (age 28, Blacksmith)
as head of household 744 with Melinda Willis (age 20) and Rebecca Willis (age 1).
- The 1860 Census of Cleveland County, NC lists Jacob C. Willis (age 39, Blacksmith)
as head of household 626 with Malinda Willis (age 30), Rebecca Willis (age 11),
Lemuel B Willis (age 9), Lydia A Willis (age 7), Jacob C Willis (age 5),
Teresee Willis (age 4), and Sarah C Willis (age 2).
- The 1870 Census of Cleveland County, NC lists J. C. Willis (age 50, Farmer)
as head of household 111 of Township No. 10 with Malinda (age 41), Rebecca (age 21),
Lemuel (age 19), Craven (age 17), Lydia A. (age 15), Terresa (age 13),
Sarah (age 10), Alice (age 8), Agness (age 6), Elizabeth (age 4), and
J. A. (age 2).
- The 1880 Census of Cleveland County, NC lists J. C. Willis (age 59, Farmer)
as head of household 94 of Township No. 10 with Malinda (wife, age 48), Trissa (daughter, age 24),
Sarah C. (daughter, age 20), Alice J. (daughter, age 19), Agness M. (daughter, age 17),
Elizabeth (daughter, age 14), and Jesse A. (son, age 12).
- The 1900 Census of Cleveland County, NC lists Melinda Willis (age 69, widowed)
as head of household 46 in Township No. 10 with Terresse (daughter, age 44),
Sarah C. (daughter, age 40), and Agness M. (daughter, age 37).
Melinda is listed as the mother of 12 children of which 9 are surviving.
- The 1910 Census of Cleveland County, NC lists Malinda Willis (age 80, widowed)
as head of household 241 in Township No. 10 with Sarah C. (daughter, age 50).
Malinda is listed as the mother of 12 children of which 7 are surviving.
- The 1896 estate papers of Jesse R. Willis2 named nine surviving children of his brother Jacob C. Willis. They
were listed as follows:
Jesse A. Willis, Craven Willis, Lem Willis,
Tris Willis, Sarah Willis, Agnes Willis,
Malinda Wellman, Becky Kennedy, and Ann White.
Malinda Wellman is identified as the wife of M. R. Wellman.
Becky Kennedy is identified as the wife of T. D. Kennedy.
And Ann White is identified as the wife of A. S. White.
- A death certificate for
Malinda Willis exists in the Cleveland County, NC records.
It lists her parents as Lemuel Self and Rebecha Rooker.
- The book Deliver Us from This Cruel War, The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant
Joseph J. Hoyle, 55th North Carolina Infantry edited by Jeffrey M. Girvan (2010)
includes references to J. C. Willis and the family of Malinda Self.
The book presents the letters that Joseph J. Hoyle of Cleveland County, NC wrote to
his wife while he was serving as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War.
His wife was Sarah Self who was apparently the younger sister of Malinda Self.
The book doesn't mention Malinda Self, but provides information on Sarah and her
six brothers who served in the Civil War.
Sarah and these six brothers are among those listed in the household of Lemuel and Rebecca Self
in the Cleveland County, NC census of 1850. Malinda was not listed in her parent's household
in the 1850 census as she was already married and living with J. C. Willis by that time.
The book indicates that Sarah (Self) Hoyle remarried to Able Hallman after
Joseph J. Hoyle died in the Civil War. The 1929
death certificate of Sarah Hallman from
Lincoln County, NC indicates that Sarah's parents were Lemuel S. Self and Rebecca Rooker.
Also, in Joseph J. Hoyle's letter to his wife of July 11, 1864 he asks his wife to "please write
me ... say also if J. C. Willis is exempt again or not". J. C. Willis did not enlist
until late in the Civil War on October 5, 1864 at the age of 42. He may have been
initially exempt from service due to his age and didn't enlist until the Confederate
government raised the age limits late in the war.
- It is interesting to note that both J. C. Willis and his father-in-law Lemuel Self
were listed as Blacksmiths in the 1850 census. Perhaps J. C. Willis learned his
trade from Lemuel Self.
- Jacob C. Willis's middle name was "Craven" based on his name as listed in
the 1828 will of his father, Jacob Willis. An interesting point is that there is a county in
North Carolina named Craven. It is located on the North Carolina coast approximately
300 miles east of Cleveland County where Jacob C. Willis lived. A search of the 1850 census
for Craven County on Ancestry.com shows 86 individuals named Willis. Craven County includes the
town of New Bern which was the colonial capitol of North Carolina.
I haven't seen any evidence to suggest that Jacob C. Willis was related to the Willis
families from Craven County, but it is a possibility that may be worth considering.
Also, a search of the 1850 census shows over 200 individuals in North Carolina with
the surname "Craven".
Almost all of them, including six Jacob Cravens, were located in Randolph County which is
roughly 100 miles east of Cleveland County.
It may also be worth considering if there was a family or other connection to the
Cravens of the Randolph County area.
- [Civil War Compiled Service Record of Jacob C. Willis]. National Archives, Washington D.C., 8 p. (PDF Copy (2.1 Mbytes)).
- [Estate Papers of Jesse R. Willis (1896)]. Cleveland County loose estate papers, file C.R.026.508.57, North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh. 5 p. (Scanned copy of originals made 16 Aug 2006 (only first 5 pages of larger file copied) (2.4 Mbytes)). [ Names nine children of J. C. Willis surviving in 1896. ]
- Hoyle, Joseph J., Edited by Jeffrey M. Girvan. Deliver Us from This Cruel War, The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Joseph J. Hoyle, 55th North Carolina Infantry. McFarland and Company, Inc., Jefferson, N.C., 2010. ISBN: 978-0-7864-4757-2. [ p.7-8: Information on the brothers of Malinda Self who served in the Civil War. p.183: Joseph J. Hoyle's letter to his wife dated 11 July 1864 references J. C. Willis. ]
- Manarin, Louis H., and Weymouth T Jordan. North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster. North Carolina State Dept. of Archives and History, Raleigh, 1963, 15 vols. ISBN 0865260052. [ Vol. 9, p. 550: Lists Jacob C Willis, Private, Co. F, 37th North Carolina Regiment. ]