Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clara (Cook) Lambertson (1848-1943) : Sunday's Obituary

Clara Lambertson obit, Elwood Call-Leader, January 23, 1943

Source: Elwood Call-Leader, Elwood, Indiana, January 23, 1943, p. 1


Mrs. Lambertson Stricken At Home Of Daughter

Mrs. Clara Lambertson, 94, formerly of Elwood, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Omer Whisler, west of Atlanta, Saturday morning.  She was the wedow [sic] of Cary Lambertson.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maude Hayes of Mount Vernon, Ill., Mrs. Lola Whisler of Atlanta, at whose home she died, and two sons, Charles Lambertson of Summitville, and Bert Lambertson of Indianapolis.  There are 13 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She and her family came to Elwood when it was known as Quincy.  It was reported that she remembered when Lincoln was president, and that she came from Virginia to Ohio in a covered wagon with hehr [sic] parents.

The body was removed to the Schaffer funeral home in Arcadia and the funeral was held Monday morning at the Dunkard church with burial following in City cemetery here.

Clara (COOK) LAMBERTSON was my maternal 3rd-great grandmother.  Her obituary is one that I recently rediscovered when searching at the Elwood library.  

Some interesting comments were made in the obituary, particularly that her family came from Virginia to Ohio in a covered wagon and that she remembered Lincoln as president.  

Clara would have been around 13 years old when the Civil War began, so yes, she could have remembered Lincoln.  Whether she was born in Ohio or Virginia is disputed, as the census records state she was born in Ohio.  I have not yet located her marriage record, though it was supposedly October 1, 1869 in Butler County, Ohio.  No record has been located in Butler or surrounding counties.  

The family was definitely in Butler County, Ohio in the 1870 census, which remains the earliest documented record I have for Clara.  The town of Elwood, Indiana was originally known as Quincy, and became known as Elwood in 1869.

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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