Yes, John R. WILLIS, b. 1824, was the son of Levi & Martha (ROBARDS) WILLIS.I was wondering what your source was for his middle name being Robards.I have *assumed* the R. stood for Robards, but it would be great to have confirmation from another source that it was, indeed, Robards.
I made the connection from John to his parents based on the names of his children.If you look at the list of his children:
01.Joseph WILLIS, b. 1844 02.Levi "Lee" WILLIS, b. May 1846 03.Catherine "Kate" WILLIS, b. Apr 1848 04.Charles B. WILLIS, b. 23 Nov 1849 05.William Murphy "Will" WILLIS, b. 6 May 1853 06.Martha Jane "Mattie" WILLIS, b. Jan 1854 07.Permelia/Margaret "Maggie" WILLIS, b. 1856-59 08.Homer WILLIS, b. 12 May 1859 09.Sarah C. WILLIS, b. May 1862 10.John Homer WILLIS, b. 27 Jan 1864 11.Eliza WILLIS 12.James WILLIS 13.Josiah WILLIS
you see that the first two males are named Joseph and Levi, while the first two females are Catherine and Martha.These are the names of John and Sarah's parents:Joseph & Catherine (CARRICO) TRIMBLE and Levi & Martha (ROBARDS) WILLIS.It's not the kind of proof one would like, but it's enough proof for me.But this is why, if you have another, independent source for John's middle name, it would greatly support this deduction.
Also, if you see any mistakes in my list of children or can fill in any missing data, it would be most welcome -- in particular Sarah C. WILLIS's middle name.