|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1804|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 1906|
Dorcas Mitchell was born 10-4-1804 in Toronto, Canada. At this time the names of her parents are not known. Her father took part in the War of 1812.
In 1821 at the age of 16. She married John Willoughby.
To this union were born the known children.
Mary L 1845
Dorcas obit says she was the mother of 14 children. Her death certificate says 11. At this time the census and obituaries have confirmed 9. It is possible some may have died as infants.
For 10 years they lived near her parents in Canada. Five of her children were born in Canada. Then they moved to Ohio. After about 4 years they moved to Michigan and settled near Pinckney and then in 1836 they moved to Ingham County. Settling in the wilderness of the Aurelius area. Where she lived for the remaining 70 years of her life.
1850 Census Aurelius Township, Michigan
John Willoughby 55 head of household b.New York
Dorcas Willoughby 44 wife b. Canada
Samuel Willoughby 21 son b. Canada
Candace Willoughby 18 daughter b. Canada
Esther Willoughby 15 daughter b. Canada
Chole Willoughby 13 daughter b. Canada
Elisha Willoughby 12 son b. Ohio
William Willoughby 7 son b. Michigan
Mary L. Willoughby 5 daughter b. Michigan
Nelson Willoughby 4 son b. Michigan
No information for 1860 has been found at this time.
1870 Census Aurelius Township
John Willoughby 83 Head of Household
Dorcas Willoughby 72 Wife
William Willoughby 26 Son
Susan Willoughby 25 Daughter-in-law
Eugene Willoughby 1 Grandson
John Herrick 12 other possible grandchild
Between 1870 and 1880. John died. It is believed at this time it was 1871. He is buried in the North Aurelius Cemetery. This cemetery was also known as Webb Cemetery.
Dorcas did not remarry. She lived with various relatives the remainder of her life.
1880 Census Alaiedon Township
John Herrick Head single 22 b. Canada
Dorcas Willoughby grandmother 68 widowed
Eugene Willoughby cousin 13 b. Michigan
1894 Michigan Census Aurelius
Charles Hall 26 Head of Household
Adelia Willoughby 20 Wife
Dorcas Willoughby 89 Widowed Grandmother
1900 Census Aurelius Township
James Herrick Head b. 8-1859 MI.
Elizabeth Herrick Wife b. 2-1866 Mi
Chola Herrick Child b. 1-1885 MI
Nora Herrick Child b. 9-1888 MI
Clarence Herrick Child b. 3-1892 MI
Frank Herrick Child b. 11-1897 MI
Dorcas Willoughby Grandmother b. 10-1804 English Canada Widowed
On 12-27-1804 at the age of 102 years 2 months 4 days, Dorcas died at the home of her daughter, Candis Willoughby Hair in Delhi Township, Michigan. Cause of death: General Exhaustion and Cardica Failure.
Dorcas is buried in the North Aurelius Cemetery (Webb) beside John who died at the age of 84 approximately 35 years earlier.
John Willoughby (1787 - 1871)*
Margaret Willoughby Hair (1827 - 1915)*
Samuel Willoughby (1830 - 1910)*
Chloea Willoughby Herrick (1837 - 1867)*
Elisha Willoughby (1838 - 1926)*
Mary L. Willoughby Hall (1845 - 1917)*
Emaline Willoughby Holley- Crocker-Ohlinger (1851 - 1931)*
Note: A stone nearly buried was found for Dorcas husband, John. No stone was found for Dorcas.
North Aurelius Cemetery
Created by: Connie West Stewart
Record added: Apr 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89185580