Rev. Daniel Hubbard Willis, Sr.
Rev. Daniel Hubbard Willis, Sr. (b. Dec. 28,1817; d. Mar. 27, 1887)
great-great-grandfather. He was the son of Agerton Willis
Story Willis and the grandson of Rev. Joseph Willis and Rachel
He was born on Bayou Boeuf, in Louisiana. He married Anna
May 29, 1820 d. Mar. 24, 1876) on March 15, 1838 in La.
Both are buried
at the Amiable Baptist Church Cemetery near Glenmora, La. Their
were: Daniel Hubbard Willis, Jr. (1839-1900), Eliza Willis Flowers
(1842-1901), Mary Jane Willis (b. circa 1845), David Willis (b.
1846), Martha Willis (b. circa 1847), Matthew Willis (1848-1925),
Willis (1854-1919), Calvin Willis (1855-1911), and Robert Willis
He was the first of Rev. Joseph Willis' many descendants to follow him
the ministry. Daniel was called by W.E. Paxton's in "A History of
Baptist of Louisiana, from the Earliest Times to the Present" (1888)
of the most respected ministers in the Louisiana Association."
established many churches and was blind the last 22-years of his
daughter would read the scriptures and he would preach. He was pastor
Amiable and Spring Hill Baptist Churches for many years.
The Louisiana Association minutes record, in 1856, that: "Elder D.H.
was a missionary in the Western part of the Association at the rate
$400 per year. Although in ill health he 'traveled 1840 miles,
sermons, delivered 44 exhortations, visited 115 families, baptized
restored 2, settled one difficulty, started 3 prayer meetings, and
Sabbath School, preached at 21 different places...'"
He settled on Spring Creek near Long Leaf, La. at a community called
Bridge. His daughter-in-law, Julia Ann Graham Willis, said he was the
man she every knew.