The descendants of Abner Josiah Willis and Etta May Davis Willis hosted their first reunion at the Beverly Fire Department pavilion Aug. 1 with 45 family members attending from Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Abner and Etta Willis came to Glady in 1903 from northwestern Pennsylvania by train with four children. Abner Willis worked in lumber mills in Glady and Bemis.
The family moved from Bemis to Elkins in 1922 when Abner Willis accepted employment as caretaker of the Merritt Wilson Sr. farm on Kerns Hill. Later he worked at the Randolph Planing Mill on Livingston Avenue and the family resided on Taylor Avenue.
Those attending the reunion were Eunice Willis McLaughlin, Lorraine Willis Quebbeman, Larry Quebbeman, Patricia Willis Baker, Jean Willis Bowden, Stewart Bowden, Tom and Sandy McLaughlin, Jeff, Rose and Jordan McLaughlin, Rick McLaughlin, Lisa Brown and Joey Friel, George and Jane Collett, Russ, Sherri, Madison, Haley and Mac Collett, Chris, Sharron, Deighton, Abigail and Sophie Stuart, Harriet Nicley, Barbara, Casey and Sarah Woody, Lance, Carrie, Hunter and Luke Pitts, Charles and Diana Freibert, Jack and Susan Wilfong, David Baker, Mona Sommerville and Kira Arbogast, Gene and Linda Swecker and Charles and Judy Brown.