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WILLYS - WOLVERTON
Smith2 Willys was
born Bath, New York December 13, 1840. David
died January 16, 1897 Canandaigua, New
York, at 56 years of age.[i]
Canandaigua City clerk office record number 1430.
Ontario County Journal, Friday January 22, 1897
- On Saturday morning occurred the death of David S. Willys a well
known businessman and long time resident. He had been in poor physical and
mental health for some time past. He was aged 56 years.
are his widow, one son John N. Willys, two daughters, Misses Emily and
Mary Willys. He was a member of the firm of Willys and Hollis Brick
Manufacturers. He was a prominent GAR man having served during the Rebellion in
the 27th NY Vol Infantry. There was a largely attended the funeral at the family
residence on Pleasant Street.
DIED - WILLYS
At Canandaigua, January 16, 1897, David S. Willys, aged 56
years, 1 month. His
body was interred 1897 Canandaigua, New
York, Woodlawn Cemetery.
East Bloomfield, New York, November 05,
was born East Bloomfield, New
York September 15, 1846. Lydia was
the daughter of Robinson Darius North
and Ora Chatfield
died June 13, 1929 Canandaigua,
New York, at 82 years of age.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES Wednesday June 19, 1929 PAGE 5 COL
Lydia M. Willys, widow of David Willys, and mother of John N.
Willys of New York and Toledo, died suddenly at her home in this city on
Thursday. Her death which was caused by heart trouble, was unexpected.
M. North was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1846, daughter of
Robinson D. and Ora Chatfield North,
who moved to East Bloomfield when she was a baby.
On November 5, 1867 she was married at the Congregational church in East
Bloomfield to David Smith Willys of Canandaigua, and had resided here
since that time. Mr. Willys died on January 16, 1897.
Mrs. Willys was an active member of the Presbyterian church and its auxiliaries, and of the Canandaigua WCTU, and had contributed liberally to their support. Besides the son John N. Willys, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. James Castle Saye of this city, and Mrs. Mary A. Sleght of Rochester, four grandchildren, Jarvis W. Sleght, John N. Sleght, and Mrs. Lawrence O. DeVoll of Rochester, and Mrs. Luis DeAguire of Argentina, the former Miss Virginia Willys, who was presented at court in London just prior to her marriage in that city last month, also a great granddaughter, Marilyn DeVoll.
was born Canandaigua, New York February 1872.
died April 15,
1940 Winter Park, Florida, at 68 years of age.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL April 19, 1940
Mrs. Emily Willys Saye, wife of James C. Saye of this city, died Monday at her home in Winter Park, Florida, after a several weeks illness. The remains are expected to arrive in Canandaigua Saturday.
Saye was born in Canandaigua, daughter of David Smith and Lydia North
Willys, and was educated in the local schools. For some years she conducted
a millinery and art needlework shop. A
devoted member of the Presbyterian Church, she was active in the Sunday School
and its women's organizations until ill health prevented in the past few years.
She spent her summers at Villa M Lee, East Lake Shore, and her winters in
Florida, for several years. She was active in the WCTU and in the Women's
Auxilliary of the YMCA.
her husband, survivors are one sister, Mrs. Mary A. Sleght of Rochester,
two nephews and two nieces, Jarvis W. Sleght and Mrs. Lawrence DeVoil of
Rochester, John N. Sleght of Long Island, and Mrs. Virginia Willys
DeLanda of New York. A brother John North Willys, automobile manufacturer and
former ambassador to Poland died in New York in 1935.
She married James Castle Saye Canandaigua, New York, October 01, 1924.
was born June
July 29, 1949 Rochester, New York, at 70 years of age.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL August 5, 1949 PAGE
At Rochester, July 29, 1949, Mrs. Mary Willys Sleght, 71, native of
interred 1949 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.
Section 10 69.
New York, May 11, 1898.
COUNTY JOURNAL May 13, 1898
SLEGHT - WILLYS
At Canandaigua, May 11, 1898, Francis Jarvis Sleght and Miss Mary
Augusta Willys, both of Canandaigua.
29 years of age Mary
the mother of John North Sleght
New York, January 17, 1909.[ii]
Canandaigua City Clerk office record number 6405.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES January
Mrs. Mary W. Sleght of Rochester spent several days last week with her mother and sister, Mrs. L. M. Willys and Miss Emily Willys in Main Street North.
North3 Willys was
born Canandaigua, New York October 25, 1873.
died August 26, 1935 Riverdale, at 61
years of age.
NEW YORK TIMES Tuesday, August 27, 1935
SERVICES TOMORROW FOR JOHN N. WILLYS
Rites for Automobile Maker and Former Envoy to Poland to be Held at His
funeral service will be held at 2 30 P. M. tomorrow for John North Willys,
automobile manufacturer and former Ambassador to Poland, who died at
1 A. M. yesterday at his home at 4643 Waldo Avenue, Riverdale on Hudson, the
Bronx. The service will take place at his home.
Rev. Dr. Roeliff H. Brooks, rector of St. Thomas Protestant Episcopal
Church, Fifth Avenue and fifty third Street, will conduct the service. Temporary
burial will be in the receiving vault at Kensico Cemetery, Westchester County.
Honorary pallbearers will be J. L. Replogle, A. J. Brosseau, Carl Shippe, Dr.
Herman Baruch, Ward Canaday, D. R. Wilson, H. C. Tillotson, H. J. Leonard, L. A.
Miller, and C. O. Miniger.
Willys died as the result of a cerebral embolism which occurred two weeks
before. He had suffered a heart attack in May, but apparently had completely
recovered. At his bedside when he died was his wife, the former Mrs. Florence
E. Dolan, who became his second wife in July 1934. His daughter, Mrs.
Jonas DeLanda of New York, also survives.
He married twice. He married Isabel VanWie Canandaigua, New York, December 01, 1897.
ONTARIO COUNTY REPOSITORY and MESSENGER
Thursday December 2, 1897 PAGE
5 COL 3
WEDDING IN CHURCH
N. Willys and Miss Isabel Irene
VanWie, of this village, were married in the Presbyterian church at 5 30 PM
yesterday, by Rev. Lawrence, in the presence of a large assemblage.
Miss Durand was maid of honor, Miss Emily Willys, bridesmaid,
Ruth Scott, flower girl, Blanchard N. Baker of Seneca Falls, best
man, Charles Snyder, F. J. Sleght, C. W. Darling, and C. A. VanWie,
bride's dress was of white brocaded silk, with mousseline de soie.
She carried white roses. The
maid of honor wore blue organdie over blue silk, the flower girl was attired in
white. The bride and groom are well and favorably known. The wedding journey
will include NY, Philadelphia and Washington.
died January 16, 1945 New York City, NY.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL Friday January 26, 1945
OBITUARY - WILLYS
services for Mrs. Isobel VanWie Willys, who died at her home in New York
City after a long illness were held from St. Thomas Church, that city, Saturday.
Willys was the first wife of the late John North Willys, of this
city, automobile manufacturer and former ambassador to Poland.
They were married in 1907 and divorced in 1934.
Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Virginia de Landa, wife of Jose
de Landa, of New York.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL May
Canandaigua and Vicinity News
and Mrs. John N. Willys, of Elmira, were guests of Mrs. David S. Willys, Pleasant
Street, over Sunday.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL PAGE
many friends of John N. Willys, the well known bicycle dealer, regretted
to hear on Saturday morning that the firm of Willys and Company had assigned. R.
R. Scott as the assignee. The assignment was rendered necessary by the failure
to make collections. Owing to the depreciation in wheels it is probable the
liabilities will greatly exceed the assets, although no estimates have yet been
made public. This has been a hard year on dealers in bicycles, owing to the
extreme competition and consequent lowering of prices, the credit system of
selling wheels has sent many dealers to the wall.
ONTARIO COUNTY TIMES JOURNAL August 5, 1932
N. Willys, who recently resigned as Ambassadore to Poland, was in this city,
Tuesday, enroute from New York to Toledo, where he will resume charge of the
Willys Overland Company. He was
guest of honor at a family luncheon given by his sister, Mrs. Mary A. Sleght,
of Rochester, at her summer home on the West Lake Shore and entertained the
group at dinner at the Canandaigua, Tuesday evening. Mr. Willys is a
native of Canandaigua.
Ontario County Times Journal, August 30, 1935
- John N. Willys, aged
61 years, native of Canandaigua, and president of the Willys Overland Company,
died at his home at Riverdale, Monday morning after a few days illness following
a heart attack.
Willys was born here, October 25, 1873, the son of David Smith and Lydia
North Willys. His first business venture was a laundry which he started in
Seneca Falls with William Shoemaker when he was 20 years old and Shoemaker was
18. After four years the partners sold the business for $200, each taking half
then opened a small bicycle store here and later established the Elmira Arms
Company which after a period of seven years was doing a gross annual business of
$500,000. His entry into the automobile industry took place in 1907 when he
purchased the Indianapolis plant of the Overland Automobile Company, which
holdings were increased in 1909 when he took over the Pope Toledo plant at
Toledo, moving the Willys Overland plant to that city. He disposed of his
automobile holdings to a syndicate in 1929, consummating a business transaction
in which several million dollars was involved. It was the following year that he
received diplomatic appointment, serving as Ambassador to Poland from 1930to
Mr. Willys was married to Isabel VanWie of Canandaigua, December 1, 1897. Following a divorce from her in Florida in July 1934, he married Mrs. Florence E. Dolan, who survives him. He also leaves one daughter, Mrs. Jose Delanda and two sisters, Mrs. James C. Saye of this city and Mrs. Mary A. Sleght of Rochester. Funeral services were held from the home in Riverdale, Wednesday, and burial was made in Mt. Kisco cemetery.
was born December 28, 1872. Herbert
died February 01, 1937 Cato, New
York, at 64 years of age.
February 5, 1937 PAGE 5
- H. J. Wolven, whose wife
was formerly Miss Mae VanDenbergh of Victor, passed away at his home in
Cato, Monday February 1, 1937. He had been ill only since last Thursday,
suffering from pneumonia. Besides his
widow, he is survived by five children and a grandson. Funeral services were
held at the home in Cato Thursday afternoon.
Wolcott, NY, December 02, 1906.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL PAGE 2
WOLVEN - VANDENBERGH At
Wolcott December 2, 1906, H. J.
Wolven of Wolcott and Miss May VanDenbergh of Victor.
was born February 20, 1884.
Mae was the daughter of Henry Jenner VanDenbergh
and Rosanna Amelia Fenton
died March 09, 1947 in Westbury, Cayuga
County, New York, at 63 years of age.
March 14, 1947
Wolven Blass, a daughter of the late H. J. VanDenbergh of Victor,
died at her home in Westbury, Cayuga County, Sunday, March 9, 1947, after a
brief illness of heart trouble. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star,
and had been matron of the Cato Chapter.
relatives are her husband, George Blass, a daughter, Mrs. Doris Wolven
Harding, of Warren, Pa., four sons, Laverne,
Loyal, LeRoy, and Benjamin Wolven, five grandchildren, six
sisters and a brother, Mrs. Phoebe VanZile, of Florida, Mrs. Hattie
Maltman of East Victor, Mrs. I. B. Estes, Mrs. A. Cuykendall,
and Mrs. Lewis Kesel, of Victor, Mrs. Eugene Erickson and Earl
VanDenbergh of Rochester, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted in her home, the Rev. Richard
Wentz, pastor of the Red Creek Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be
Mary A. Wolverton
was born April 1839. Mary
February 07, 1901 Canandaigua, New York, at 61 years of age.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Friday
February 8, 1901
Obituary - Hickox
Mary A. Wolverton Hickox, wife of James S. Hickox, died at her home
west of the village at three o'clock yesterday morning, aged 61 years.
Mrs. Hickox had been an invalid for 20 years.
leaves besides her husband, two daughters, Mrs. P. T. Hartman, of Lyons,
and Mrs. W. S. Titus, of Rochester, one son, J. Sidney Hickox, of
this town, and three brothers, Jonas, Job, and Peter Wolverton,
all of this town. The funeral will
be held from the home tomorrow afternoon at one o'clock, Rev. J. Q. Adams,
the church of which she is a member for over 30 years, will officiate.
interred 1901 Canandaigua, New York, Woodlawn Cemetery.
was born New Jersey October 1819. Jonas
died July 12, 1906 Canandaigua, New York,
at 86 years of age.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri
September 13, 1906 PAGE 3 COL 6
At Canandaigua, July 12, 1906, Jonas W. Wolverton, aged 87 years.
SAME PAPER PAGE
3 COL 5
JONAS W. WOLVERTON DEAD
Aged farmer passed away early yesterday morning.
W. Wolverton died at his home south of this village at 1 30 yesterday
morning following an illness of over two years, during a part of which time he
had been confined to his bed.
Wolverton was born in New Jersey 87 years ago and for 75 years had been a
resident of this town, occupying a farm on which he died for over 60 years.
About 55 years ago he married Mrs. Patience Spencer, of this town who
died in October 1904.
daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Orgon, of Naples, survives, and one daughter, Mrs.
Elizabeth Wolverton Cribb, first wife of Ira P. Cribb, died many
years ago. Two brothers, Job and Peter Wolverton of this place, also
Wolverton was an honorable and upright citizen. He was a member of the
Methodist church and until McKinley and Roosevelt won his admiration he was
classed among the old time solid Democrats of this town. Burial in Woodlawn.
Bearers will be F. D. Cook, G. A. DeGraff, Chester H. Boyce, and Marvin
morning at his home near the West Lake shore, occurred the death of Jonas W.
Wolverton, one of the oldest and best known farmers of this vicinity, aged
87 years. He had been in ill
health for about two years.
Wolverton was born in New Jersey, but had been a resident of the town of
Canandaigua for about seventy five years. His wife, Mrs. Patience Spencer, to
whom he was married fifty five years ago, is dead as is also one daughter,
Mrs. Emily Cribb.
is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Orgon, of Naples, also by two
brothers, Peter and Job Wolverton, of this place. Mr. Wolverton
was a member of the Methodist church and was always a highly respected member of
On West Lake Shore, July 12, 1906, Jonas W. Wolverton, aged about 87
He married twice. He
was born New York August 1812.
Patience was the daughter of Harris Andrews
and Elizabeth Drake
died September 13, 1904 Canandaigua, New
York, at 92 years of age.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL Fri
September 16, 1904 PAGE 3 COL 5
WOLVERTON - At
Canandaigua, September 13, 1904, Mrs. Patience Andrews Wolverton, aged 92
SAME PAPER PAGE 2
DIED at NINETY TWO
Patience Andrews, wife of Jonas Wolverton, died at her home south of
the village on Tuesday having passed by a month and 4 days her 92nd birthday.
Two years ago Mrs. Wolverton celebrated her 90th birthday and her
activity of body and mind on that occasion was a subject of note.
Mrs. Wolverton was the oldest member of the Methodist
congregation, her relations with the church dating back to 70 years.
survive besides the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Orgon of
Naples, one sister Mrs. Lucinda Thwing of California, and one brother, Heman
Andrews of this town. Rev. Dr. J. Wallace Webb officiated at the
funeral services yesterday afternoon.
ONTARIO COUNTY JOURNAL December 27, 1901
PAGE 3 COL 3
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Wolverton served a sumptuous Christmas dinner to guests from NY, Syracuse, Naples, and a few immediate relatives from Canandaigua. An interesting letter was read from a sister of Mrs. Wolverton, now 82 years old, who lives in Chico, California.
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