William Willis NETTLES

Submitted by Descendant:  Martin Dewayne NETTLES

Willis Nettles was a private in the 6th Regiment Florida Militant Seminole War 1835-36.

He was born about 1810 in Georgia.  In 1832 he married Nancy Ann Lanier, daughter of Hardy Lanier.  They had two sons, Isaac Mills Lanier Nettles born 1833 in Alachua County, Florida, and William Willis Nettles born 16 March 1835 in Alachua County, Florida.  Willis Nettles and Isaac M. Lanier, brother-in-law to Willis were attacked by Indians near Ft. Micanopy February 1836 and Willis Nettles was killed.

Nancy married Nelson R. Hall 25 July 1838 at Newnanville, Alachua County, Florida.  They had two sons, Isaiah Hall born 1841 and Joseph Hall born 1847.  Nancy was living with Moses Aldrich; they are listed on the 1850 Alachua County Census.

By 1860 Nettles and Lanier’s moved to other counties south of Alachua County.  William Willis Nettles married Rebecca Jane Youngblood and they had ten children.

Nancy Lanier Nettles Hall is listed on the 1880 Orange County, Florida Census living with son Isaiah “Boian” Hall.

Rebecca Jane died after June 1880 census and before 1885 Florida State Census.  Isaac Willis Nettles homesteaded on Taylor Creek Road in Christmas, Orange County, Florida where Martin D. Nettles lives at this date, June 2004.

William Willis Nettles was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2002