flat top mountain bedford virginiaThe information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills.

There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia.

Mary and Edward were the parents of at least 10 children, John, Robert, Lockey, Sarah, Daniel, Thomas, Frances, Charles, Edward and Samuel.  The 1870 Kanawha County Census, page 144, household 134 has him with eight of his children including John Wills who at the time was listed as being age 17, consistent with John reporting his year of birth as 1853 much later in the 1900 census. Edward’s occupation is listed as “Cooper”.

I found a family tree online that records his year of birth as 1829 at Flat Top Mountain, Bedford County Virginia and lists him as having a sibling who is two years older named Edwin.  Neither of these includes a source but can be used as a clue to perhaps locate documentation for these details.  Through the years when I was actively looking for him (about 10 years ago now) I always thought Edward and Edwin would turn out to be the same person so I am very interested in exploring this new development.