Leaves $45,000 to Institutions

Mrs. Matilda Barclay’s Will Disposes of Property Valued at $230,000.

Bequests totaling more than $45,000, in which religious and welfare societies are the beneficiaries, were disposed of in the will of Matilda F. Barclay, who died August 21, 1921, at the age of 79 years. The will, dated February 8, 1918, was filed for probate Tuesday. The real estate set forth was valued at more than $230,000. More than $50,000 in personal property was included.

Bequests of $5,000 each was given to: The First Protestant society, as an endowment fund; the Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian church; the Board of Ministerial Relief of the Presbyterian church; Park college, of Parkville, “for endowment for young men who decided to enter the ministry”; the Y.W.C.A. and the Y.M.C.A.

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Death of Joseph Ayres at Romeo.

Romeo, December 28.—Joseph Ayres, an old and highly respected citizen of this place, died at his home on Hollister street at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, from lung trouble, age 81 years.

Mr. Ayres was born in Dover, Morris Co., N.Y. [sic], November 18, 1812. He grew to manhood in his native state, learned the boot and shoe trade, receiving but a limited education. At the age of 21 he engaged in the boot and shoe business in the city of New York. Six years after he removed to Romeo, Macomb Co., leaving his native state on the 17th of June 1841, and arriving in Romeo July 17 after a month’s travel. In the fall of that year he engaged in the boot and shoe business in Romeo. A few years later he combined harness making with his other business. In 1845 he added a small farm, located near the village, which he managed in connection with his business in the village.

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Some Short Death Notices

A news dispatch last week reported the death of John Bradbury at his home in Wallace. Mr. Bradbury was at one time cashier of the Kendrick State Bank. (Kendrick Gazette, October 3, 1919)

Newton Frakes, who died near Mitchell, Crook county, Oregon, on the 26th of last month, was born and raised in Polk county, where he has many friends. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. (Independence Enterprise, January 24, 1895)

Graveside services and a Masonic ritual will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Zena Cemetery for Jesse S. Gilkey, Dayton, and his son, James, Eugene, whose bodies were found recently in a crashed plane in the Cascades.  Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Simons & Lounsbury Funeral Home at Eugene.  (Salem Statesman Journal, June 10, 1965)

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Pulaski A. Billings

BILLINGS—Suddenly, March 4, at his late residence, 105 Chandler ave., Pulaski Augustus Billings, husband of Lucy R. [sic] and father of Edna A. Billings. Funeral service from residence Friday 2 p.m. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery under the auspices of Detroit Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar.

Source: Detroit Free Press, March 6, 1914.

Sutton Funeral To Be Held Today

Mrs. Joanna B. Sutton, widow of the late Rev. J. Ford Sutton, Presbyterian minister in New York and Philadelphia, died Sunday evening at her home, 4247 Second avenue, after an illness of about two weeks. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the W.R. Hamilton chapel, 3975 Cass avenue.

Mrs. Sutton was born in New York city in the first half of the nineteenth century. She came to Detroit when still a small child and spent her unmarried life and the years of her widowhood here. She was twice married, her first husband being Amos Sutton. Her second husband, Rev. Dr. Sutton, was a brother of her first husband. She was a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city and was widely known in Bay View, Mich., where she spent the summers for many years.

The surviving relatives are Joseph G. Bates, a brother; Mrs. T.A. Billings, Mrs. William Wilkinson, Mrs. Chester Morse, Mrs. Alexander McDonald, Mrs. W.H. Downs, nieces, and Frederick S. Ekliff, nephew, all of Detroit; Mrs. Frederick J.H. Sutton, niece, and Edward Sutton, nephew, of New York city, and Mrs. S.A. Benedict, niece and Walter Sutton, nephew of Philadelphia.

Source: Detroit Free Press, March 26, 1929.

Joseph Ayres

Joseph Ayres was born in Dover, Morris Co., N.Y., [sic] November 18, 1812. He is the second son of William Ayres and Abigail Lewis, natives of New Jersey. Mr. Ayres grew to manhood in his native State. He learned the boot and shoe trade in Orange, Essex Co., N.Y., [sic] receiving but a limited education. At the age of twenty-one, he engaged in the boot and shoe business in the city of New York. Six years after, he removed to Michigan, locating in the valley of Romeo, Macomb County, leaving his native state, New York, [sic] on the 17th of June, 1841, and arriving in Romeo July 17, after a month’s travel. In the fall of 1841 he engaged in the boot and shoe business at Romeo. A few years later, he combined harness-making with his other business. In 1845, he added a small farm, located near the village, which he has managed in connection with his business in the village. He has been prosperous the most of the time, but, owing to a disposition to assist friends, has met with serious losses that have crippled him much. He has always been ready to lend his aid to every movement that was calculated to elevate society in the church and outside of it. He was engaged for a few years, in company with other parties, as an iron manufacturer; conducted a furnace and made castings of all kinds. He was “Free-Soil” in political principles when he came to Michigan, and has been identified with the Republicans since the organization of the party. He has served his generation as Supervisor in the aggregate twenty-five years; has also been Village Assessor and member of the corporation. He was married, in New Jersey, to Elizabeth Thompson, a native of Morris County, who died August 23, 1845, and left two children, both of whom are dead. September 18, 1850, he was again married to Miss Elizabeth H. Sutton, of Sussex County, N.J. They have two children living in Detroit — Joseph S., practicing law, and Augusta, wife of P.A. Billings. In 1856, when the business portion of the village was nearly destroyed by fire, Mr. Ayres suffered the loss of a doubled frame three-story building. The brick structure now occupied by him was erected by Sutton & Ayres in 1867.

Source: History of Macomb County, Michigan. 1882. Chicago: M.A. Leeson & Company.

Edna Billings & Chester Morse

Many friends witnessed the marriage of Miss Edna Ayres Billings to Chester James Morse, Saturday evening, October 16, at the home of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. William L. Barclay, 85 East Perry avenue.  Rev. William Beal Gants performed the ceremony, assisted by Dr. Joseph A. Vance.  To the strains of the wedding march, played by Franklin Pfunder, the bridal party took their places under a canopy of smilax and ferns starred with white flowers in the candle-lighted drawing room.  The bridesmaids, Miss Muriel Morse and Miss Helen Beach, dressed in pink organdie and carrying pink Ophelia roses and ponpons, carried ribbons which formed an aisle from the stairway.  Little Mary Elliott, in white net with a pink sash, carried the ring, and was followed by the maid of honor, Miss Tillla Wilkinson, in a gown of pink satin crepe with a bouquet of pink roses, and the matron of honor, Mrs. Wilbur Elliott, in lavender chrysanthemums.  The bride’s gown was white satin draped with Chantilly lace and she carried a shower bouquet of white roses and lillies [sic].  Mrs. Pulaski A. Billings, mother of the bride, wore her own wedding gown of ashes-of-roses silk draped with black Chantilly lace.  Mrs. Charles F. Morse, mother of the groom, wore black charmeuse and jet.  Among the out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Morse and Miss Muriel Morse and Mr. Everett Bird of Adrian, Mr. Merle Ayers of Cleveland, and Mrs. John Nicholson of Chicago.  Following a motor trip to the northern part of the state, Mr. and Mrs. Morse will be at home after November 1st, at 500 Glynn court.

Source:  Detroit Free Press, October 17, 1920.

Various Walling Wedding Announcements

MARRIED:  In Yam Hill [sic] county, on the 1st inst, by Rev. G.O. Burnett, Mr. Charles Buffum and Miss Lucy Walling.  All of this county.  (Oregon Spectator, February 21, 1850)

WALLING-CLEMMENS — At the home of the bride’s parents, on Dry creek, Idaho, December 31st, 1883, by Rev. L.L. Shearer, Enos Walling and Miss Annie Clemmens. (Idaho Statesman, January 4, 1884)

WALLING-MARLATT — At the residence of Mr. Giles, in the upper Boise Valley, December 31st, 1883, by Acting Governor Ed L. Curtis, Mr. Nelson Walling and Miss Ollie Marlatt, all of Ada County.  (Idaho Statesman, January 4, 1884)

At Dallas, Polk county, Seymour Glandon and Jennie Walling.  (The Oregonian, October 12, 1886)

Yamhill County.  Recent marriages are:  At Silverton, Miss Mary E. Patty and Chas. T. Moore; at Lafayette, Miss Josie Terry, of McMinnville, and G.E. Johnson, of Lafayette; at Amity, Dora Billings and Fred Walling.  (The Oregonian, October 14, 1886)

MORE JUNE WEDDINGS – Licenses to wed were issues yesterday for George J. Rath, aged 26, Oleander Coffman, aged 21; Allen H. Moore, 27, Jessie Taylor, 25; W.H. Severance, 22, Daisy E. Boyce, 18; Oliver O. Walling, 24, Clatsop County, Jennie Engebretsen, 22; Claude M. Johnson, 22, Daisy Thompson, 19.  (The Oregonian, June 18, 1899)