Joseph Willis's life is a story of triumph over tragedy and victory over adversity!
He was born into slavery. His mother was Cherokee and his father a wealthy English plantation owner.
His family took him to court to deprive him of his inheritance (which would have made him the wealthiest plantation owner in all of Bladen County, North Carolina in 1776).
He fought as a Patriot in the Revolutionary War under the most colorful of all the American generals, Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox.
His first wife died in childbirth, and his second wife died only six years later, leaving him with five small children....