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Elvira A. Smith

Female 1839 - 1920  (80 years)

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  • Name Elvira A. Smith 
    Born 16 Jul 1839  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 20 Feb 1920  Rice County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Bean Cemetery, Little River, Union Township, Rice County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I8798  Our Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2011 

    Family John Nelson Wood,   b. Abt 1837, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 11 Feb 1858  Menard County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
     1. Lulu Ann Wood,   b. Feb 1878, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1954, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F3938  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/rice/obits.htm

      newspaper obituary: The Monitor?, Little River, Rice Co, KS -

      Elvira A Smith, widow of J N Wood who passed away at Little River nearly25 years ago, was born at Jacksonville, Illinois, July 16, 1839, and wentto her eternal reward Friday, February 20, 1920, at the home of herdaughter, Mrs. J M French, at Hoisington, Kansas, being 80 years, 8months and 4 days of age at the time of her departure. She was marriedto John Nelson Wood in 1857 (11 Feb 1858 Menard Co, IL). To them fourdaughters and two sons were given: Mrs. Kate Sloan of Great Bend, Kansas;Rev Eli T Wood, who passed away in the middle of a fruitful ministry inMissouri a number of years ago; Mrs. Mary Fail of Little River, Kansas; JW Wood of Winfield, Kansas; Mrs. Mattie French of Hoisington, Kansas; andMrs. Lulu Case of Little River, Kansas. Besides these she leaves abrother, E T Smith, and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Tippett, both of Bethany,Missouri; 26 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Her daughters andremaining son were all with her in her last illness. After a few yearsin Menard Co, Illinois, the family moved to Harrison Co, Missouri. Theythen went to Nebraska where they spent six years, when again they went toMissouri, and in 1884 they came to Kansas. After the death of herhusband, Mrs. Wood lived until 1907 in Little River, but has for the mostpart of the time made her home since with her daughter, Mrs. J M French,at Hoisington. Mrs. Wood was converted in early womanhood and unitedwith the Methodist church of which she has been a faithful and devotedmember for more than sixty years. Her chief joys were in her religion,and after these, in the mutual love of her children and their kindly andaffectionate families. She retained her faculties well and was acutelysick but a few days. On Thursday morning last, after a stroke the daybefore, her fondly watching daughter saw a rare beautiful and brightsmile come over her face, and she looked up, and seemed to be seeing someof her "loved and lost awhile" dear ones. She was more than thirty yearsa subscriber to the Central Christian Advocate, in which she took greatdelight. For many years, until her eyesight had failed her somewhat, shefound pleasure in reading the Bible. In her late years she often askedher grandchildren to sing one of the hymns used in her funeral service,"Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus." Hers was just such a simple andtrusting faith as we find expressed in these verses. She leaves a richheritage to her children, of a living faith in Christ, and a fond anddear and unselfish affection for her own, while those outside this circlewho knew her in these fine qualities, are very many indeed. Funeralservices were held in the Methodist church in Little River at 11:30 amSunday morning. The sermon was preached by her pastor of about thirtyyears, the Rev W J Barron, pastor of the Methodist Church at Bushton. Hewas assisted in the services by Rev Albert E Ayers. Her grandsons werepallbearers. Internment in Bean Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1072] Rice Co., KS, Bean Cemetery transcription, Dick Rush, (noted 20 February 2007).

    2. [S434] 1900 Rice Co., KS Census.

    3. [S1072] Rice Co., KS, Bean Cemetery transcription, Dick Rush, (noted 20 February 2007), WOOD, Elvira A. SMITH 7/16/1839 - 2/20/1920, CASE, Guy Edwards 3/3/1901-7/2/1988.

    4. [S2661] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Illinois State Archives, WOOD, JOHN N / SMITH, ELVIRA, 02/11/1858 A/ 185 1187 MENARD.

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