Thursday, November 12, 2009

Obituary: Mary Keziah (Chew) LeMasters (1847-1927)

Source: The Commercial Review, Portland, Indiana, February 22, 1927, page 1.

OCTOGENARIAN DIES THIS MORN NEAR SALAMONIA

MRS. L.W. LEMASTER, 80, EXPIRES AT 4:20 O'CLOCK TUESDAY A.M.

HAD BEEN ILL FOR FOUR WEEKS

Resided on Same Farm Where She Died for Period of Fifty-two Years.

Mrs. Mary K. Lemaster, 80, well-known resident of Jay county, died at 4:20 o'clock this morning at her home one mile west of Salamonia, following an illness of the past four weeks of hardening of the arteries and heart trouble.

The deceased was born in Mount Holly, N.J., February 23, 1847, the daughter of Dr. C.E. and Caroline (Woolston) Chew, being eighty years and nine days of age at the time of her demise.

Besides the husband, Layman W. Lemaster, the following children survive: Beulah, wife of L.L. Rockwell of Fort Recovery, Ohio; L.C. Lemaster, of Salamonia; Mrs. Elsie Atkinson, at home; Dr. O.O. Lemaster, of Sidney, Ohio; Edith, wife of Henry Meinholtz, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mabel, wife of S.W. Phillips, of David City, Neb.; Arthur Lemaster, of Portland, and Dr. V.W. Lemaster, of Sidney, Ohio. Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Donovan Chew, of Petoskey, Mich.; N.D. Chew, of Adrian, Mich.; and Mrs. Sarah Peele, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Five brothers and one sister are deceased. Thirty-five grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren also survive.

The deceased had resided on the same farm where she died for a period of fifty-two years. She was married on October 2, 1865 to L.W. Lemaster, having celebrated her sixty-second wedding anniversary last October.

Funeral services wil be held at the M.E. church at Salamonia, in charge of Rev. W.P. Thorn, and burial will be in the Salamonia cemetery. However, the time of the funeral has not been arranged as yet, pending word from relatives living at some distance.

Source: The Commercial Review, Portland, Indiana, February 23, 1927, page 4.

FUNERAL FOR MRS. LEMASTER FRIDAY 1:30

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary K. Lemaster, 80, wife of Layman W. Lemaster, who died yesterday morning at her home, one mile west of Salamonia, will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the M.E. church at Salamonia, Rev. W.P. Thorn in charge. Interment will be made in the Salamonia cemetery.

Comment: Mary was my paternal 2nd-great grandmother. Her husband's name was Luman Walker LeMasters Jr. Her marriage took place in 1864, not 1865. Her father was Dr. Ezekiel Cooper Chew, so his initials were E.C., not C.E.
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