Hello, Thank you for replying--I haven't checked this email for a while. My father was born in New Bern, North Carolina, also. His name is James Willis and his parents were Ledrew Willis and Emma Gaskins Willis. His father's parents were Alfred Willis and Debbie Laughinghouse Willis. It's very possible we have common relatives since the area is very small. Someone in our family published a book of the Willis family and determined that the Willis's came from England in the 1600's and one branch went to North Carolina and the other branch went to Texas. The one in Texas wrote the book and I have been unable to find him. Anyway, I still have some family around New Bern and Vanceboro. Do any of these names sound familiar? Hope to hear from you soon. Rebecca Willis Clark P.S. please reply to me at email@example.com instead of this address. We don't have an AOL account anymore so I use my other one. Thank you.