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Obituaries and
Death Notices

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Anna Elliott
Anna Elliott, 84, died at the home of Mrs. Bryan Dixon, Manchester, Thursday about 6:30 A. M. Services were held Saturday at 2 P. M. at the Buntain & Rhoads funeral home, with burial in the Hillsboro cemetery. Survivors include one brother, Charles Kennedy, of Xenia, and one sister, Belle Lawson, of Otway.
[The News Herald, Jan 17, 1951 - Sub by Linda Blue Dietz]

Francis M. Eubanks
F. M. Eubanks, living near Memphis, died last Thursday (April 2, 1908) after a long illness leaving a wife and ten children. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. A. Washburn and the body was taken to Centerville for internment.
[The News Herald, Hilsboro, OH, Thursday, April 9, 1908 - Sub. by Robert H. Eubanks]

Mary Evans
Evans, Mrs. Mary, Hillsboro O., Dec. 10, ae. 84. She was born in New Jersey in 1774. When young, her parents emigrated to Fayette Co., Pa,, where, when only in her 15th year, she was married to Richard Evans, with whom she lived an eventful and happy life for the unusually long period of 63 years. Soon after their marriage, in 1789 or 1790, they emigrated to Kentucky. This was before the days of our palace steamboats; it was no pleasure trip. Conveyance down the Monongahela and Ohio was the slow and tedious flat boat, which, by keeping in the centre of the stream, they narrowly escaped the murderous rifle of the savages from either bank, so destructive of the life of the emigrant of those days. After living a few years, first in Bourbon Co., and afterwards on Cabin Creek, they determined to seek a new home. In 1799 Hugh Evans and his sons and sons-in-law explored this part of Ohio, and made purchase of a large part of the lower valley of Clear Creek, where, that fall, in the unbroken forest, they erected their cabin for the reception of their wives and children. The next spring they removed their families to their forest homes. The difficulty of that move may be judged from the fact that they had to cut the way through the forest for their wagons from the Ohio River. In this day of luxury and improvement we can little tell the trials of the wife and mother in the cabin of the pioneer. Often, in late years, has Mrs. E. been heard to recount the trials of that first year on Clear Creek, when, to use her own language, "more than fifty Indians to one white man came to her cabin." These often indulged in their savage orgies and mock fights to frighten her, when they found her alone with her helpless children. But no danger, no difficulty, impeded the onward progress of that hardy, determined band of pioneers. The forest gave way to the highly-cultivated farm, the cabin to the mansion ; and Mrs. E. lived to hear the shrill note of the locomotive instead of the war whoop of the savage. Of that band of the first settlers on Clear Creek she was the last; the mother of 15 children, 12 of whom she saw married and settled in life. [Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]


 

 


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