The following obituaries were copied from newspaper clippings

in a family Bible owned by William Day, Willis, Wayne Co., Michigan.

Contributed by Mrs. Christine Davenport, Largo, Fla.


Mrs. Mary Thorn

Mrs. Mary Thorn was born in England, in Hartfordshire, June 23,1839 (1829?) and died June 28,1916 at the age 87 yrs 5 mo. Her maiden name was Miss Kipp1ng.  She was married in England to James Thorn, who preceded her to a better land 19 yr. ago last April. She is survived by seven children: William , Jesse, James..& Wlalter, all of Willis, Salina Day, of Ypsi & Mrs. Myrtle Bonner of Holly, Mich. Also 29 grandchildren & 14 great-grandchildren.

47yrs. ago Mr. & Mrs. Thorn came to this country from England and settled in the township of Augusta and have remained there ever since.   She was a member of the M. E. Church of Willis and also a member of Ladies Aid Society.

                The funeral was held at the M. E. Church Saturday, July 1, at 10’oclock a.m.  Rev. Combellack officiating.  J. C. Pullen & Son of Belleville, undertakers, had charge of the funeral and used their funeral car, it being an auto funeral.  Burial was at Udell Cemetery.  The pallbears (sic) were:  Chas. Finney, Reuben Merrill, Jesse Day, John Gotts, David Russell, & Charley Peppiatt.  Mrs. Thorn was beloved by all who knew her.



Alden Davenport

Aug. 26, 1903.  Alden Davenport a respected young resident of York Twp and member of the oldest families in this section, is dead aged 29 years.  He leaves a widow and 3 small children to mourn his loss.  Funeral today at the house in Mooreville.


Rose Thorn Clark

The death of Mrs. Rose Thorn Clark, wife of Casper J. Clark, occurred at the home of her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Thos. Thorn, near Willis Sat., September 17, 1910.

                She died at the early age of 22 yr. & had she lived one day more would have passed away on her 3rd wedding anniversary.

                She was married to Casper Clark, son of Ervin Clark,, September 18, 1907 and on October 13, 1908, their only child, little Violet, came to gladden their already happy home.

                About 4 weeks ago they went to Detroit to make their future home but she was taken sick and came to her father’s home again where she died a week later from gastric poison.  She also had typhoid fever symptoms.  She was conscious until she was dying.

                Her one wish was that she might be spared for her little child.

                She was of cheery disposition and had a kind word for everyone.

                Her happy way and sunny face being taken from us will be greatly missed by us all.

                She is survived by her husband, one child, father, mother, 2 brothers Carl and Joe, 2 grandmothers, many aunts and uncles and scores of cousins and large circle of friends.

                The funeral was held on Monday at her father’s home and at the Child’s Church and she was laid to rest in the Child’s Cemetery.

                The friends that came from out of town were Miss Hattie Day of Massilon, Ohio, Mrs. Rose Morlan of Sturgis, Miss Clara Clark of Adrian, Mr. & Mrs. Ervin Clark and Mrs. Mamie White of Highland.


Mrs. Lena Day

April 3, 1945.  Eaton Mills (near Willis now gone), Mi.  Mrs. Lena (Thorn) Day passed away Tuesday at her home on Rawsonville Rd. at 4:45 p.m.  She suffered a stroke a few months ago and died of pneumonia.

Lena Thorn Day was born the daughter of Mary and James Thorn, in England in 1862, and came to this country at the age of 7.  In 1880, she was united in marriage to William Day.  He passed away in 1927.

                There were 8 children born to this union, seven of whom are living.  One son Mort, died in 1910.  Surviving are 4 sons, Gilbert, Plymouth; George, Paint Creek; Lee & Azra, Eaton Mills; and 3 daughters Mrs. Hattie Swihart, Ypsilanti; Mrs. Ethel Steininger, Detroit; and Maude, at home.  Also surviving are a brother, James Thorn, Paint Creek, and a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Clark, Hally, as well as 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


Mort Day

Mort Day, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Day, passed away at his father’s home, East of Willis, Sat. evening, July 8, 1911.  He has been sick about 4 yr & has been confined to the house a part of the time.  He was a quiet boy well-liked by all who knew him.  He was about 30 yr old.  He leaves a father, mother, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.  Interment was in Udell Cemetery.


Howard Thorn

The entire community was shocked Friday morning to hear that Howard Thorn, the 18 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Thorn, has passed away.  He was overcome by heat Sat., July 15 (or11th), typhoid pneumonia developed, and a stroke of paralysis was the immediate cause of his death.  He was a member of the Friend’s Church, treasurer in the Sunday School and an active member of the Christian Endeavor Society, and will be greatly missed in all the various lines of church work.

The funeral was held Monday a.m. at the Friends Church 10:30 o’clock.  Rev. Howard Moore conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Elbert Portis.


James Thorn

Died: At the residence of his son, Walter Thorn, near Saline, James Thorn aged 70 years.

Mr. Thorn had been a sufferer with heart trouble for the past 6 years, which terminated in his death last Friday.  He came from England 27 years ago last fall.  The greater part of this time, he has lived at this place, but about a year ago he went to live with his son, where he died.  The funeral services were held from the Willis M.E. Church last Monday afternoon.  The remains were laid away in the Udell Cemetery.  He leaves 5 sons and 2 daughters to mourn the loss of a father.  Mr. Thorn was a modest citizen and a good neighbor. Died April 8, 1897.



Miss Dora Thorn of Willis, aged 19 years, who was clerking for Bert Ollett, died Monday at the home of her parents from typhoid fever.  Died Sep. 7, 1911.