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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Obituary Sunday

Obituary from Shelbyville, Ind. Republican:

15 Dec. 1930

Death Enters Fairland Home

Mrs. N. E. Williams, Sixty-One

Ill for Ten Months Succombs At Home

Leaves Husband, Children            
Sufferings of Mrs. Harriett E. Williams, sixty-one years old, wife of N.E. Williams, former trustee of Brandywine township, were ended in death at 8:30 o'clock Sunday morning in their home in Fairland. She never fully recovered from a leg amputtation which she underwent last April in an effort to prolong life.

Mrs. Williams was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Imel Rush. She was born in Sugar Creek township February 8, 1869, and her entire life had been spent in Shelby County.

Her marriage to Mr. Williams took place on March 11, 1888. All of the six children born to them survive. They are Mrs. W. S. Fox, of New Bethel; J. Carl Williams of Fairland; Meredith W. Williams of Edinburg; Edith, Geneva and French Williams all of the home. Three brothers, a half-brother and four sisters also survive: Robert Rush of Logansport; Percy Rush of New Orleans, La.; Alfred Rush of Fairland; Mrs. Ollie Means of Logansport; Mrs. L.C. Means of Dupont; Mrs. B. E. Norvell of Houston, Tex; Mrs. H. Taylor of Marion, Ohio, and James Rush of Frankfort. Mrs. Williams also leaves ten grandchildren.

Devoted to her family and to her friends and active as a member of the Fairland Baptist Church, Mrs. Williams was held in high esteem in her community. She was also a member of the Eastern Star chapter at Fairland, which organization will take part in the funeral.

Burial will be in the family lots in the Fairland cemetery following the funeral service to be held at 10:30 o'clock. Wednesday morning in the Fairland Baptist Church. Rev. Otto Hughes of Columbus, former pastor of the Fairland Church, will deliver the funeral sermon. C.F. Fix & Son are the funeral directors in charge.

Note: Harriett Smith Rush was the daughter of William Smith Rush and Elizabeth Imel Rush. She was my great grandmother and lived in the Fairland area of Shelby County her whole life. Harriett lost her leg to gangrene and never fully recovered from the operation, dying at age 61. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Obituary Sunday


My Great-great Grandfather "Grampa Fred"
Fairland, Shelby County, Indiana

Civil War Veteran Died At Fairland

William Fred Steward, Retired
Farmer, Passed Away Early
This Morning

William Fred Steward, prominently known retired farmer and a veteran of the Civil War, died at 3:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Fairland following an extended illness due to senility. Mr. Steward had been in declining health for several months and during the past few days his condition had been extremely critical.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning from the Fairland M.E. Church with the Rev. M.E. Able and the Rev. William Ryland officiating. Burial will be in the Brandywine Cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards funeral director.

Mr. Steward had spent practically his entire lifetime in Shelby County and had been engaged in farming until he was forced to retire due to the condition of his health. He was born November 6, 1844, being at the time of death 83 years, one month, and 16 days old.

On Oct. 7, 1861, he enlisted in Co. G of the 29th Regiment and served continuously until Dec. 2, 1865. Before his first period expired on Dec. 2, 1863, he re-enlisted, serving the entire period of the war.

He was a member of the Fairland M.E. Church and had always been active in affairs of the church and of his home community.

He leaves a son, James Steward, a daughter Mrs. Carl Parker, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, all of the Fairland community. Friends are asked to please omit flowers.

The Shelbyville Republican
December 22, 1929
(This obituary was written by James M. Steward, the son of William F. Steward)