Harrison Jackson Willis b 3 Oct 1813 Hopkins Co, KY d 22 Aug 1904 Greenwood Co, KS m 8 Sep 1836 Mt Carmels, Washington Co, IL Hannah Brown b 12 Feb 1818 Gibson Co, IN d 17 Feb 1889 Greenwood Co, KS children Elmira J. b 16 Mqr 1840 d 15 Jan 1907 m Henry S, Jones James b @ 1842 d bef 1904 Amelia b @ 1848 m Edwin Tucker John d 1910 in automobile accident m Ida _ Ezra Clint Lockwood - adopted @ 1857 The Willis family left Albion, IL, in May 1859, in two covered wagons pulled by oxen and horses. In St. Louis, MO, they joined other wagons for mutual protection and sharing of work. They crossed into KS in July and arrived in Ft Scott on the 4th. Elmira became very ill and they spent several days in Iola while she recovered. They continued westward, water courses became less frequent, shelter was hard to find; still the men wanted to push further west. One day a disordered group was met who told a tale of indians on the warpath resulting in burned and deserted cabins. Family tradition says that Hannah told her husband "I have gone as far as I am going. We will turn back and settle over there. Get into the wagon, children, we are going back. Harrison, if you want to go on, you can take the other wagon." Harrison J. Willis decided to stay with his family and uilt a cabin SW of Eureka, KS, on Fall River. There was a drought in 1860, and the pumpkin and melon seeds Mrs. Willis had brought from IL plus wild prarie chickens helped the family to survive. Harrison filed a homestead claim on Bachelor Creek in 1863. They dug clay out of the ground, built a kiln nearby, and fired clay into red bricks to build the family home. Harrison J. Willis was one of the founders of the Christian Church in Eureka, KS, was appointed a Greenwood Co supervisor in 1862 and elected to the post the following November.