The Willis Rawls who appears in the 1800 Census for Kingston Co., SC, which became Horry Co., SC in 1801, is not the same Willis Rawls who went to Hopkins Co., KY as some researchers claim.Willis remained in Horry County where he appears again in the 1810 Census for Horry Co., SC listed as Willis Roles.He next appears in the 1820 Census for Horry Co., SC as Willis Rawls.Living nearby is John Rawls, Jr., the son of John Rawls who was living near Willis in the 1800 census.
The following two references show Willis Rawls may have married Marguerite Garrell, the daughter of James and Mary Garrell.I believe the first record below may be in reference to the estate of James Garrell who died in 1798 and the sellers are his sons and son-in-laws.Marion County borders Horry County and both were once part of Georgetown District.
Marion Co., KYDeed Book A pg. 168 Jul 10, 1800, Samuel Lewis purchased a large estate from Samuel Garrel, Benjamin Garrel, Thomas Garrel, Elizabeth Garrel, John Garrel, Willis Rawls, Harrison Watson, David McQueenWit: Hardy Lewis and Josiah Lewis Rec. Aug 28, 1801
Horry Co., SC Deed Book C1, pg. 61 Sep 16, 1819,Willis Rawls to Thomas Gerrall. $700. One negro boy, Elick, age 18. Signed by Margaritte Rawls. Wit: Samuel Floyd, Minr., Arthur H. Crawford. Aff: Samuel Floyd Sep 24, 1819.Rec'd. Sep 25, 1819.
Any info on the Rawls and Harrell families would be appreciated.