The Story of Joseph Willis : His Biography
Overview - The son of a white man and Cherokee slave, Joseph Willis, gains his freedom and swims the mighty Mississippi on a mule. From the master storyteller, Randy Willis... a biography about adventure, family, faith and the character of a man that touched generations. Read more...
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The son of a white man and Cherokee slave, Joseph Willis, gains his freedom and swims the mighty Mississippi on a mule. From the master storyteller, Randy Willis... a biography about adventure, family, faith and the character of a man that touched generations. 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. . He crossed the mighty Mississippi River at Natchez at the peril of his own life, riding a mule . He entered hostile Spanish-controlled Louisiana Territory when the dreaded Code Noir (Black Code) was in effect. It forbade any Protestant ministers who came into the territory from preaching. . His life was threatened because of the message he brought to Spanish-controlled Louisiana . His own denomination refused to ordain him because of his race. . Joseph Willis preached the first Gospel sermon by an Evangelical west of the Mississippi River. . After overcoming insurmountable obstacles, he blazed a trail for others for another half-century that changed American history. . His accomplishments are still felt today. www.threewindsblowing.com
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- ISBN-13: 9781512315417
- ISBN-10: 1512315419
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Publish Date: May 2015
- Page Count: 62
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.21 pounds