John Willison 'The Covenanter', born 1626 is the first known Willison in this family tree.
We have records for three of his children; Janet, Bessy, and James - whom we think lived at Auchendaff, Scotland. James died c1700. He had two sons, John and William Willison.
John Willison, grandson of 'The Covenanter', or 'Auchen the Droll' as he was more commonly known was born c1688 earning his nickname because of his humour and gift of repartee.
Stories are told of Auchen and his good friend, the Laird, The Duke of Douglas.
Auchen married Margaret Smart. They had 6 children that we can confirm. His son James (c1715) lived at Andershaw Farm, between the villages of Douglas and Crawfordjohn in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
His son John (1718-1800) married Ann Broadfoot.
Their five children included Robert Willison (1776-1796), an infantryman in the 67th Regiment of Foot (the South Hampshires) who died in the West Indies from Yellow Fever and John Willison (1772-1841) who married Jean Brown in 1804.
John and Jean had nine children...see 1800-1900.