Sarah B Willey

Brief Life History of Sarah B

When Sarah B Willey was born on 1 June 1820, in New York, United States, her father, Abijah Willey, was 26 and her mother, Harriet Clute, was 21. She married John B. Evans on 13 April 1839, in Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. She lived in Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan, United States for about 10 years and Marathon Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States in 1880. She died on 8 March 1885, in Mayfield Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lapeer Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States.

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John B. Evans
Sarah B Willey
Marriage: 13 April 1839
Catherine Evans
about 1842–
Phebe Jane Evans
Mary J Evans
about 1850–
Joanna Evans
about 1854–
Parris Evans
Harriet E Evans
Alice Marian Evans

Sources (14)

  • Sarah Evans in household of John B Evans, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Sarah Willey - Government record: birth: 1821; New York, United States
  • Sarah Willey, "Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995"

World Events (8)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


Michigan is the 26th state.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: from a pet form of the personal name Will , a short form of William . In some instances a variant of Wiley .

Americanized form of Swiss German Willi .

History: Isaac Willey is recorded in Boston, MA, in 1640, and went on to be one of the founders of New London, CT. His descendent Samuel Hopkins Willey (1821–1914) was one of the founders of the College of California at Berkeley in 1860.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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