Talk:Willis Green

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It may be that this article suffers from confusion between the Willis Green who was born in the Shenandoah Valley and his son of the same name who was born near Danville. I believe that Willis Green the Congressman is the son of Willis Green the Kentucky pioneer. Following is the information I have on Willis Green, the elder:

Willis Green, who was born and grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, explored beyond the Blue Ridge in what was called the Kentucky territory. After the Revolutionary War, with his two brothers, Henry and William, he located land warrants in Kentucky, the oldest half-brother, John, having inherited most of his father's estate in Virginia under the law of primogeniture. Willis was elected a delegate from Kentucky to the Virginia Legislature in 1783, and he was a member of the conventions that framed the first and second Constitutions of Kentucky. He was Register of the Land Office and Clerk of the Lincoln County Court from 1783 to 1816.

Willis was the son of Duff Green and Ann Willis (who was the daughter of Col. Henry Willis, the founder of Fredericksburg, Virginia). Willis Green married Sarah Reed. Willis and Sarah, of Scotch-Irish descent, were born and reared in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and were married near Danville, Kentucky, in 1783. This is said to have been the first Christian marriage in Kentucky.

Willis had come to Kentucky in a surveying party, and had located for himself a tract of several thousand acres that struck his fancy a mile or two from the Danville settlement. Here he built, between 1797 and 1800, the fine large brick house for years called Waveland. The Willis Greens had an even dozen children, born and raised at Waveland.

Willis Green represented Kentucky County in the Virginia Legislature, and later served also in Kentucky's own Legislature. He held office, too, as clerk of the court of Lincoln County, which then included Danville and what is now Boyle County. History books note that he held other various important trusts and was one of the early valuable men of the Kentucky country. Pops (talk) 09:59, 17 July 2010 (UTC)