Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Mathias Jefferson Atkinson (1863-1923)

Portland Commercial-Review, August 25, 1923, page 1


Mathias Jefferson Atkinson, 59, died Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at his home southwest of Salamonia.  Death was the result of heart trouble, from which he has suffered for the past ten years.  He became seriously ill two weeks ago and for eighty hours before his death was unconscious.  An X-ray taken of his heart a short time ago showed it to be three times its natural size.

The deceased was born in Madison township, November 23, 1863, the son of Daniel and Sarah (Long) Atkinson.  He has made his home on the farm where he died all but two years of his life.

Surviving are the widow, Mary Ellen (LeMaster) Atkinson, and two half sisters, Mrs. Charles Jetter and Mrs. John Van Croft, of near Salamonia.  No children survive.

No funeral arrangements have been made.

Mathias Jefferson Atkinson was my paternal great-granduncle, the husband of Mary Elsie (LeMASTER) ATKINSON (1872-1942).  Note the obituary listed her name as "Mary Ellen", the first time I have seen it so named.  The obituary lists no children, but family history states they raised a foster child, Albert Frank ATKINSON (1897-    ).

Sunday’s Obituary – if you have obituaries of family members and ancestors, consider posting them along with other information about that person as part of Sunday’s Obituary. This is an ongoing series developed by Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here.

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