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Willis Gardner
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Birth: 1822
South Carolina, USA
Death: unknown
Houston County
Texas, USA

Willis and Lucy were the parents of ten children: Bettye, Henry, William, Anna Lisa, Rachel, Dora, Jesse, Aaron, Andrew and Julia.

We find Willis on the 1880 Houston County Census living with his family, he tells the Census taker he was born in 1822 in South Carolina, as were his parents.

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Willis Gardner Self M 58 South Carolina
Lucy Gardner Wife F 39 Tennessee
Henry Gardner Son M 11 Texas
Wm Gardner Son M 9 Texas,
Aaron Gardner Son M 7 Texas,
Ann E Gardner Daughter F 1 Texas,
Bettie Gardner Stepdaughter F 15 Texas
Rachel Gardner Daughter F 3 Texas
Jessie Gardner Daughter F 5 Texas

District: 23 , Sheet Number and Letter: 276B , GS Film Number: 1255312 , Digital Folder Number

Willis Gardner was the only known child of a black man named Scipio. Scipio was a native African, being sold into slavery. The name of Willis' mother is not known. After being set free, Willis came to Texas from South Carolina and settled in Houston County.

Willis was a carpenter working all over the community. Despite many hardships, Willis and Lucy, who were both Christians, lived long and useful lives together.

Desdamona Gardner Fobbs
Houston County History

We find Willis, 79 years old on the 1900 Houston County Census living with his family:
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Willis Gardner Head M 79 South Carolina
Lucy Gardner Wife F 60 Tennessee
Jassie Gardner Son M 25 Texas
Ann L Gardner Daughter F 20 Texas
Andrew Gardner Son M 17 Texas
Julia Gardner Daughter F 15 Texas

Family links: 
  Lucy Houston Gardner (1841 - 1916)*
  Henry Gardner (1860 - 1948)*
  William Gardner (1871 - 1962)*
  Aaron Gardner (1873 - 1936)*
  Jessie Gardner (1875 - 1948)*
  Rachel Ethel Gardner Merritt (1877 - 1963)*
  Julia Gardner Todd (1895 - 1976)*
*Calculated relationship
Campbell Cemetery
Hall's Bluff
Houston County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Carol Hoch
Originally Created by: Petty & Pickens
Record added: Aug 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57929537

- h. murphy wilmore
 Added: May. 19, 2015

- Mairbair57
 Added: Dec. 4, 2014
Loving husband of Lucy
- Carol Hoch
 Added: Oct. 29, 2012
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