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 Rebecca Francis <I>Watt</I> Wills

Rebecca Francis Watt Wills

Fairfield County, South Carolina, USA
Death 27 Jul 1881 (aged 48)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot Section G, Lot 130, Site 5.
Memorial ID 100044772 · View Source
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The Macon Telegraph
Tuesday, August 23, 1881
Macon, Georgia
In Memory of Mrs. Rebecca Francis Wills
The following tribute to a well-known lady will be read with interest:
Three weeks ago a telegram announcing the death of this good lady brought sadness and sorrow to the hearts of a large circle of Georgia friends.

Mrs. Wills was a native of Fairfield District, South Carolina and the daughter of James Watt, an intelligent and well to do planter of that district and a lineal descendant of James Watt, famous for his early experiments upon the power of steam.

In 1859 she was united in marriage with Rev. David Wills, D.D., who was for many years pastor of the Presbyterian churches in Macon and Madison, Georgia and at one time President of Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1875 Dr. Wills was called to the pastoral charge of the West End Presbyterian Church in Washington City. Subsequently he was appointed Chaplain in the United States Army. Mrs. Wills was well educated for her class in society and early in life became a member of the Presbyterian Church.

She was an exemplary, sincere and cheerful Christian. She was a woman of most estimable character, a devoted wife and affectionate mother. The benevolence of her nature was conspicuous in all her acts and she was beloved by all who knew her.

For the last few years of her life, she suffered greatly with bodily affliction, but was over resigned and patient. In her intensest pain, her exclamation often was Thy will be done, Oh Father.

Dr. Wills, in the discharge of his official duties, was called to the Territory of Washington last spring. She was unable to accompany him, but no one apprehended her approaching end so soon, when quite unexpectedly she expired, with great calmness and resignation and a firm faith in a blissful immortality, on the 27th of July last, in Washington City. Her remains repose there in Glenwood Cemetery. She left several children and an affectionate husband and many friends to mourn her loss. This short tribute to her memory is given by one who knew here well and esteemed her most highly.
Liberty Hall, Crawfordville, Georgia
July 11, 1881

Note: A.H.S. is most likely Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy and family friend.

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Rebecca Frances
Wife Of
Rev. David Wills D.D.
Born In Fairfield S.C.
Died In Washington D.C.
July 27th 1881,
In The 51st Year
Of Her Age.
"Whosoever Liveth And Believeth
In Me Shall Never Die."




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