Margaret “Peggy” <I>Willard</I> Daniels

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Margaret “Peggy” Willard Daniels

  • Birth 3 Aug 1814 Paoli, Orange County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 6 Dec 1894 Illinois, USA
  • Burial West York, Crawford County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 33069919

One by one the pioneers of this county are dropping off. This time the Messenger of Death summoned to her reward above Margaret Daniels, known to all as Aunt Peggy Daniels, wife of the late James H. Daniels, of Melrose Township.

Mrs. Daniels was born near Paolo, Orange County, Indiana, August 3, 1814. She was not yet a child of four years when her father, Joseph Willard, with his family, removed to this county. Mr. Willard's family landed in what is now Melrose Township, on the 12th of June, 1818, settling on what is known as the Willard homestead, one half mile west of West York. When the subject's father arrived here, he was the owner of one horse and cart. The surrounding country was a dense forest, infested with wild animals and wilder Indians. Until a log house could be erected, the family lived in a rude wigwam, constructed of poles set up and covered with poplar bark.

The circumstances and surroundings of her early life were such as to fit Aunt Peggy well for the battles of life which she most nobly fought for so many years.

At the age of thirty-three, Margaret Willard was married to James H. Daniels. The fruits of this marriage were two daughters, Mrs. Frank Witters and Mrs. Richard Layton, who still survive.

Mrs. Daniels died December 6, after a short illness. Her remains were interred in the Lindley Cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Jane Guyer of the Friends Church, of which Mrs. Daniels had been a member for a number of years. Although the weather was very bad, a large concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place, thus giving evidence of the high esteem in which he was held by all who knew her and among whom she had spent nearly all of a life of eighty years.

So ends the history of another of our good old pioneer mothers, the fruits of whose toiling and privations we now enjoy. And while we are honoring the dead, let us not forget to sympathize with those whom she has left to mourn her departure.


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  • Created by: Cindy Cornwell McCachern
  • Added: 19 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33069919
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret “Peggy” Willard Daniels (3 Aug 1814–6 Dec 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33069919, citing Lindley Cemetery, West York, Crawford County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Cindy Cornwell McCachern (contributor 46810811) .