Namesake for the City of Anna, Union County, Illinois. USA
11 Dec 1880, Obituaries and Death Notices in the Jonesboro Gazette
Anna Davie, wife of Winstead Davie and daughter of Jonathan W. and Nancy Willard, of Jonesboro, born 1809 in Vermont, died 5 Dec 1880, and was buried in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Anna Willard, born November 28, 1809, in Windsor, Vt. Mrs. Davie's mother, Nancy (Atkins) Willard, was born March, 1777, in Boston County, Mass.. and died January 12, 1874. We clip the following from an obituary notice, published in the Jonesboro Gazette: "Died, Anna Davie, wife of Winstead Davie, at her residence in Jonesboro, Illinois., December 5, 1880. Her parents, Jonathan W. and Nancy Willard, removed from Vermont, West, when she was a mere girl, and lived for awhile in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where her father died. Her mother being left alone with her four children, moved to Jonesboro, then a village of not more than a half dozen houses, where she resided till her death. Mrs. Davie, her only daughter was married to Winstead Davie in 1824. She was the mother of ten children — Daniel F., born October 5, 1827; Emily, born March 6, 1830; Serena, born June 24, 1833; William, born June 12, 1836; Mary A., born October 18, 1838; Nancy A., born April 18, 1844; Thomas, born April, 1841; Amanda and Elizabeth twins, born August 14, 1846; John, born September, 1847. She professed hope in Christ some thirty years ago, but for reasons best known to herself never united with any church, though in sentiment was a Baptist, her mother having belonged to that church for more than half a century. As a lady, she was absolutely without fault, as a mother, kind and indulgent, yet possessing those rare qualities that enabled her to command from her children obedience, reverence, confidence and love. As a wife, she was a helpmate indeed; standing by her companion in adversity as well as in prosperity', ever filling the family circle with light, joy and hope. To know her was to love her, and no citizen of Jonesboro ever had a larger circle of friends."