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Up near the eastern border of the town of Angelica, Martin G. Willis was born on April 11, 1852. His parents Arunah and Abigail Willis were among the early settlers of that section and were of that body of sturdy pioneers thatentered western New York when it was yet a wilderness to rescue the land for civilization. He lived upon the farm for many years and shortly after attaining his majority, married Harriet Shafter In 1880 and soon thereafter came to the village of Angelica to enter a mercantile business for a short period, only to abandon it and go back to farming on the place where he has lived for thirty years or more and where he died at the age of 75 years, on October 24, after a losing battle with pneumonia of four days duration. Of his father's family consisting of four boys and four girls, Daniel of Cambridge, Maryland, Mrs. Jane Farnum of Canaseraga and Mrs. Anrnette Palmer of Forks, Washington only now remain; the others were Arunah, George, Mrs. Louisa Warner and Mrs. Gehail Abbey. Of the marriage seven children resulted: Ruby, George, Herbert, Bethel, Mitty Martin B. and Glenn. Early in their married life they united with the Methodist Church of Angelica. Mr. Willis was a member of the Angelica Lodge of the I.O. O.F. and of the Angelica Grange. Of his family there remains to mourn his loss, his widow, Herbert of Porto Rico, Bethel of Canaseraga, Mitty of Crittenden, Martin B. of Rochester, and Glenn at the Willard hospital beside nine grand children. The funeral will be held at the Methodist Church today(Thursday) at two o'clock, the Rev. Titus officiating. Music will be furnished by the Methodist Choir The burial service of the I.O.O. F. will be used at the grave. Undertaker Rice has charge.

Died October 24, 1927; buried As The Day Dawns Cemetery, Angelica, NY, Lot 613.

Submitted by Daniel R Willis/Tina M. Dennis- News Clipping, Newspaper Unknown

 

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