To Eric Meacock's 2011 visit to Leitrim & WILLIS FAMILY AREA          16/12/2011
                         Willis = an english name from Devonshire to Ireland 17century.


Book launch 24-8-2002 at Charters Towers Qld 

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Robert Willis 1808?-1887 & Joanna O'Connor 1816?-1858 (aka Jane Frances) married 6 April 1834 RC Church Roscommon-Kilteevan Roscommon Ireland. Both buried Ballinamore cemetery Eldest son Edward Willis born Aug?. 1834 (Baptised 31-8-1834)

Grave R & J Willisc.1887

Edward Willis and Margaret Grey married.Edward worked at Lough Rynn for Lord Leitrim designing windows in the new stables and also the walled gardens. Margaret was an ex housekeeper for Lord Leitrim. No record of Margaret's death/burial has been found, nor has any record of second marriage to her sister Ann Grey been found.
The Cloone cemetery has headstones on graves for both 'Gray' and 'Colreavy' family members alongside each other. Grey/Gray is the English equivalent of the Irish name Colreavy. On my visit in August 2011 the man who looks after the old church graveyard at Cloone informed me that the Gray's buried in the grave yard at the old church on the Lough Rynn estate would be related to Ann Gray nee Willis. After some searching we found our way to this fine old stone church, not far further along the road to the back entrance to the Lough Rynn estate and three Gray and some Booth gaves were pointed out to me as probable relatives.

Photos taken at Ballinamore, Cloone and Lough Rynn Hotel August 2011. (Cursor over to identify-- Click on thumbnails to see enlarged)

Ballinamore Cloone Lough Rynn Hotel (Castle) Front yard Old Stable windows (Bedrooms) <Lough Rynn sitting room Entrance footmans chair Old Fireplace c.1860 Original painting Old Stable gates Old Stable yard Walled Gardens -espalier fruit trees Water bottom of Gardens Gardens & fountain Formal Garden Lough Rynn Estate Old Church
Here is a link to a Willis story in Taranaki New Zealand

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