|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1834|
|Death: ||Oct. 6, 1916|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Rev. Mary Eliza "Jennie" (Fowler) Willing was the daughter of Horatio and Harriet (Ryan) Fowler. She was the granddaughter of Rev. Henry Ryan, who organized the Canadian Wesleyan Methodist Church. She was the sister of Rev. Bishop Charles Henry Fowler who was President of Northwestern University and in 1884 was elected a Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was the wife of Rev. Dr. William C. Willing. They were married October 25, 1853 when Jennie was nineteen years old. They had been married 41 years at the time of his death. He was a minister in the Genesee (now Western New York) Conference and Rock River Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
She was a Public School Teacher, licensed METHODIST EPISCOPAL LOCAL PREACHER, Evangelist, Temperance Reformer (Woman's Christian Temperance Union), Founder of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1st General Organizer of the Woman's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Founder and Principal of the New York Evangelical Settlement House and Training School.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." When the Christian Church cuts down through the gloss and prejudice to the core of the meaning of that utterance we may look for the millenium."
--Jennie Fowler Willing
in Diamond Dust, 1880
Kendall County, Illinois Marriage Register
Marriage Book - A1, Page 50
Name of Groom: Willing, William C.
Name of Bride: Fowler, Eliza Jane
October 25, 1853
Unidentified Newsclipping -
Mrs. Jennie F. Willing, Secretary of the Bureau of Organization of the Woman's Home Missionary Society, will address the following meetings: July 30, Martha's Vineyard; Aug. 1 and 2, Thousand Islands; Aug. 6, Two meetings at Ocean Grove, New Jersey; Aug. 7, Mount Tabor; Aug. 15, Round Lake.
The Christian Advocate
November 9, 1916
The New York Times
October 7, 1916
Original Burial Records of Green-Wood Cemetery
Jennie F. Willing interred October 8, 1916
--Jennie Fowler Willing, Rev. Anna Oliver and Marian Wright Edelman are three of my most admired women of all time! - Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Horatio Fowler (1795 - 1869)
Harriet B Ryan Fowler (1801 - 1873)
William C Willing (1829 - 1894)
Henry R Fowler (1831 - 1884)*
Jennie Fowler Willing (1834 - 1916)
Charles Henry Fowler (1837 - 1908)*
"Jennie Fowler Willing
Jan 22, 1834
Oct 6, 1916"
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: Section 72 - Lot 5928
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Nov 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31619647