The historical section of this site tells the story of the Wills Family of Port Tobacco and several interrelated families in Southern Maryland. Currently we have material on these families:
The Bowlings of Boarman’s Manor
The Floyds of St. Mary’s and Charles Counties
The Mortons of the Patuxent River Valley
Family history means different things for different people. For some, it is tracing a line back to the earliest known ancestors. For others, it is a discovery of self and relatives — distant ancestors are both your most intimate family and also complete strangers.
What were these people like?
A good family history sketches out the background of the place and time of its characters so the reader can better appreciate the story of these relatives, so that the family history becomes an inter-connected biography. For these reasons, we welcome contributions of oral tradition, photos, maps, and the social history of Southern Maryland.
All the information on this website is based on original sources, except where indicated as tradition. However, to make the site as readable as possible, we have avoided footnotes and tried to minimize citations. If you have questions about the information or need a fuller citation, please contact the editor.
It is our goal to cover these families from the colonial period through the beginning or middle of the 20th century. For reasons of privacy, we do not usually publish later generations.
Contributions of photos, documents, or stories are all welcome!
Credits and copyright: The material on this site is written and copyrighted by J.Wills but is available for private use. These pages are periodically updated and corrected and it is not useful to have outdated versions of this information elsewhere on the web. The usual rules apply: if you use large selections from this site in a publication or another website, please cite WillsFamily.com or the primary source, or contact the editor for permission.