Independent Historian

Ms. Wills was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interest in History began with a Oral History passed to her from her mother. Her research and documentation of her afro/indigenous ancestors go back through Colonial Virginia.  She is a writer and Author of 7 books: Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color (including Revised Edition), Pieces of the Quilt: the Mosaic of An African American Family, Black Minqua: the Life and Times of Henry Green, A Nation of Flaws: Justus in the Homeland, Along the Rappahannock Homeland of the Nanzatico Indian Nation, and Minqua Unami Okehocking & The Down River Nations. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Monacan Indian Nation.

Ms. Wills was a genealogy researcher for for several years. She is a speaker and her first book, Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color is featured on C-Spans book site (September 2005). Her focus is on Free Persons of Color and the North Eastern Woodland Indians (Algounquin, Iroquois, Susquehanna).  She connected to who served in the  Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. She has written numerous articles for Dickinson College and other outlets including Article on the Underground Railroad is included in the curriculum for Homeschooled High Schoolers in Black History 365 (BH365).

William Chester Ruth (1882-1971)

William Chester Ruth was an African American inventor, business owner, and community leader in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Ruth was the son of Samuel and Maria Louisa Pinn-Ruth.  The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment liberated Samuel, a former slave, when it occupied Savannah, Georgia in 1865 while … Read MoreWilliam Chester Ruth (1882-1971)