Lyn contacted us in June 2014 from Australia

Her direct descendant, Euphemia Willison born 1831 in Andershaw Farm Douglas, daughter of William Willison (1788 - 1867), who was the 5th child of James Willison (1739 - 1804), son of Auchen the Droll (1688 - 1773) married John Gall in Scotland on 22.01.1853.

John and Euphemia and their four children; James, Janet, Grace and Adam emigrated as early pioneers to New Zealand, taking part in the 1863 Waikato Settlement Scheme,
boarding the Helenslee on the Clyde River, leaving Glasgow on 10.09.1864 and arriving at Queen Street Wharf, Auckland on 22.12.1864.

334 passengers disembarked in Auckland on that day.
As part of this research we have established that William's sister Grizzel was born 16.1.1780 and his eldest brother Thomas was born 16.01.1780.
Raymond Willison lives in Pennylvania USA

He wonders if any of John Willison’s family made it to the colonies in the late 1600’s?

His first family record is for Jeremiah Willison born about 1730 in the colony of Pennsylvania or Virginia. Jeremiah had a brother, Cornelius and possibly two other brothers; John and Joseph. 

Jim Willison, based in Canada has managed to trace his ancestors through online census reports to an Evans Willison (born 1812, or 1818) in Nova Scotia, Canada.   

Tracey Wood born a Willison in Dumfries, Scotland is also interested in her family links to the Willisons. We are hoping to find a link to the Covenanting Willisons for her eventually.   
William Lloyd Willison (Bill) would like to know when some of his family migrated to the United States. 

He has records of his Willison relatives living in Ohio in the mid 1800s. Since Bill contacted us he has found Christopher Willison who lives in Ohio and has discovered that his (Bill's) great grandmother was killed in a riverboat accident on the Ohio River. At the time his great grandparents were divorced and his great grandfather was 'steeling' in Shattick, Oklamhoma.

Roger Willison who currently lives in Derby, UK contacted us in 2014. 
His father and grandfather were both called Robert Willison.
Roger believes the name Gutherie 
appears in his family tree on his father's side and would be interested to hear from anyone who has links to his ancestory. 

Nina Baker is an engineering historian. When researching the life of Dorothee Pullinger Lady Superintendent of the women munitions workers at the WW1 Vickers factory in Barrow-in-Furness she came across Jessie Willison aged 14 yrs who was working at Vickers from 1917.
Jessie was the youngest child of John and Annie Willison born 2nd June 1903 in Barrow-in-Furness. 
Jessie had 3 sisters, Margaret, Jeannie and Selina and 2 brothers, Robert and John. Their father died the year Jessie was born. In the 1911 census they were all living with her grandparents. At the age of 65 the grandfather was still working as a plater in the shipyards. In 1901 the family was living in Govan, Glasgow presumably because her father was also a shipyard worker there.

Denise and Gail from New Zealand have been researching the Willison side of their family and have found a direct link back to  James Willison (1739 – 1804).  

Their great-grand father George William Willison (born 1836 Hobart, Tasmania) came to New Zealand in 1863 from Tasmania via Melbourne, Australia (he signed on as a recruit for the Militia to fight in the Maori Wars and then married a Maori woman in 1871) 

His parents were Thomas Willison (b1781) and Martha Matilda Cumming (m 4/11/1820) who arrived in Hobart on the Westmoreland on 5/5/1821 with their first baby James (b 7.12.1820).

They had a further  11 children; James, Marian/Marion, Elizabeth, Alexander, David, John, Catherine, George and Thomas with Elizabeth & Alexander dying as infants. 

Denise and Gail are heading to the UK in 2021 on a family tree trek. We hope to meet up with them - the direct connection being Thomas’s parents were James Willison (1739 – 1804)  and Marian/Marion McKindlay (1748 – 1823) 

Tulip Breeding Willisons

A couple of years ago we were contacted by Linda Chapman who has been researching Alexander Willison of Whitby and his son William Willison. 

To date Linda has not established where in Scotland Alexander came from but we know he was born in 1775.  

The Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society is now the only Tulip society in Britain and acts as a national society. It is 172 years old and mentions William Willison in its archives.