Lorain County, Ohio
Jane M. (Gifford) Deacon.
Mrs. Thomas Deacon is Dead
Was Born in England - Passed away May 2
Jane M. Gifford was born at Wingham, Kent, England, June 22, 1830. Early in life she became a Christian and has ever been a consistent member of Sunday school and church. At the age of fifteen she went to London as companion to a very refined lady, the niece of a retired sea captain, to whom she became very much attached, living with her six years.
In May 1852 she with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and about twenty-five friends, came to America, Royalton being her first home. At the age of twenty-two she married Lorenzo Hopkins, who had a son, Herbert, now a prominent business man of Toledo. Four children were born to them, Francis, Helen, Hulda and Mary. In April 1858, Helen a lovely child of three years, while playing too near a bonfire was so badly burned that death released her after seven hours of intense suffering. A few weeks later the husband was stricken down. All that care and skill could do were of no avail, so the widow and orphans were left to fight the battle of life alone. Parents and sympathizing friends did all they could to comfort them, but sickness and death came, and in early spring little Mary drooped and died. Two years later after weeks of suffering, Francis went to join those gone before.
Desolate and almost heartbroken, the mother had yet one left and she must live for her. There were others, too, all alone, orphan children with none to care for them. Quickly her sensitive nature responded, and for seventeen years her life was given to care for the sick and needy. In her parents home little Hulda was reared, and in later years amply repaid Grandma and Grandpa in return.
On April 10, 1873 she was married to Thomas Deacon, of Elyria. A little son came to gladden the home, but was too frail for this world. April 1877, little May was born. A lovely child and lived but six years.
Sad indeed has been her life, with many sieges of utter prostration. Quietly she passed away May 2, 1900. The funeral was held at her home on Saturday at 2 p.m. Fitting services and her old favorite hymns were rendered, after which she was laid beside little May.
Her husband is very feeble. The only daughter, Mrs. Lewis, three grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. B. S. Pay, and Mrs. F. S. Fuller survive her. [Elyria Republican, Thursday, May 10, 1900 - Submitted by Debra Burgess]
Elyria - Victor Diskuran, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Diskuran of 216 west River street, died last night from diphtheria. No funeral services will be held and burial will be conducted by Welsh funeral directors, Thursday afternoon with interment in St. Mary's cemetery. [The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, O, Mar 24, 1921]
Almira Williams Dunks
Almira Dunks was born in Mendon, Monroe County, N.Y., Dec 16, 1816. She was married to Lyman Dunks Nov. 26, 1833. Moved to Ohio in 1837 and settled in Kirkland in the eastern part of the State. Came to New London about the year 1839, where they have lived ever since. She departed this life Nov. 3, 1889, in her 73d year. An affecionate wife, a loving mother, a true friend and kind neighbor has left us. [New London, Ohio; New London Record, 7 Nov 1889, page 5.]
Mrs. Lyman Dunks died at her home on Rochester Street on Sunday evening from heart trouble. She had been ailing for some time. Mr. Dunks has been in feeble health and the shock has added to his distress. Miss Mary Dunks, who has made her home with her grandparents, took her departure two weeks previous for a visit at her father's in Abeline, Kansas. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the family residence, internment taking place in the Butterfield Cemetery north of the village. [New London Record, 21 Nov 1889, page 5]
Elyria, O., Jan 29 - Lee Durkee, a local hardware man is dead after a short illness. [Lima Daily News, Jan 29, 1906]
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