Sunday’s Obituary – Elvira Bradshaw Wiswell Solomon

Elvira Bradshaw Wiswell Solomon was my 3 gr grandmother through her daughter, Catherine Frances Wiswell Lindsey/Lindsay (Mrs. B. F.).  Ellis Lindsey/Lindsay was my great grandfather.

From the Buckley Chronicle (Buckley, IL) January 4, 1901

Elvira Bradshaw was born near Jacksonville, Ill., Jan 21, 1824.  Her girlhood days were spent upon a farm in Morgan county, Ill.  She was married to E. M. Wiswell April 7, 1839, and continued to live on the farm until 1852, when they moved to Concord, in Morgan county, and lived there until the close of the civil war.  They then removed to New Orleans, where her husband died of yellow fever Oct. 22, 1866.  She, with her family came back to Illinois, where she has since lived.

To them were born eight children, seven daughters and one son.  They are all living and are somewhat scattered.  Mrs. E. J. Thistler, living in Burgin, Ky.; Mrs. Josephine Shank, Washington, D. C.; John Wiswell, Greenwood, Mo.; Mrs. Dr. Austin, Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. F. W. Doolittle, Jacksonville, Ill.; Mrs. Thos. Douglass, Palmyra, Ill.; Mrs. B. F. Lindsey, Onarga, Ill., and Mrs. B. H. Skeels, Thawville, Ill.  In March, 1879, she was married to A. M. Solomon, of Palmyra, Ill., who survives her, but is quite feeble and not able to attend the funeral.

Four years ago she had a paralytic stroke, and for the last year and a half has been entirely helpless.  One year ago last July she was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. H. Skeels in Thawville, Ill., where she peacefully passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 30, 1900.  She was buried from the family residence Jan. 1, 1901.  The remains were interred in the Thawville cemetery.  Three grandsons and three great grandsons acted as pall-bearers.

Besides her children, she leaves twenty-three grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  The two latter are children of C. A. Thrasher, of Thawville.

Deceased had been a member of the Christian church since fifteen years of age.

Those present from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Doolittle, Chatsworth; Mr. A. J. Bradshaw, a brother of the deceased, Blandinsville, Ill.; Mrs. Thos. Douglass, Palmyra, Ill.; Mrs. Ethel Houghton, Gilman; Misses Blanch and Mabel Lindsey, Champaign; Mrs. B. F. Lindsey, Ira, Ellis and Eddie Lindsey, and Mrs. Caroline and D. Parmelee, Onarga; Mrs. L. G. Thrasher and son Frank and Chipman Skeels, Watseka.  Rev. N. W. Atkins officiated and the choir was composed of friends of the family.  The singing was beautiful and appropriate.  Bro. Atkins read the 90th Psalm and made some beautiful and touching remarks upon mother love and the filial devotion children should show their parents.

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