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Brownson, Rachel. (Datisman) 1851-1909


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 8/15/2021 at 11:37:37

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 25 Feb. 1909. Local News column.

Mrs. Freeman Brownson died very suddenly last Sunday night at her home near National, aged 62 years. The funeral was held yesterday.


Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 11 Mar. 1909.

Rachel Datisman was born September 21st, 1851, at Ernsbach, Wurtemberg, Germany, and died March 1st, 1909, at her home at National, Iowa.

She was the older of two daughters of Frederick and Louise Datisman. She was fifteen years old when she, with her sister, came with their mother to America, her father having died in Germany shortly before their coming to this country. They settled at Giard, Iowa, July 19th, 1867. She was educated in the public schools of Ernsbach. After coming to America, though she could not attend school, having to seek employment for the support of her mother and younger sister, yet she mastered the English language and became proficient in reading and writing the same. On September 15th, 1872, she was married to Freeman Brownson and came to live on the farm at National, which has ever since been her home. Eight children were born to them, of which three, with her sister, still survive her. She was a kind, devoted wife and mother, always putting forth every endeavor for the welfare of her family and friends.

The funeral services, simple and beautiful, were held at the home Wednesday, March 3rd, Rev. Cheney, of Monona, officiating. Music was rendered by the Garnavillo choir. From the home to the village cemetery, accompanied by many friends, all that was mortal of a devoted wife and mother was borne, and laid tenderly to rest.


Note: Death Certificate (familysearch.org) names her as Rachel nee Datisman; father Frederick Datisman & mother Louise Buehlmeyer. Buried cemetery at National.

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