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Letitia Ellis Wainwright


Posted By: Mary Welty Hart (email)
Date: 7/16/2006 at 16:27:16

Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa
November 26, 1925


Mrs. Letitia Wainwright, a resident of Winterset since 1864, passed away at her home here on Friday, November 20 at the age of 81. Mrs. Wainwright, whose maiden name was Letitia Ellis, was born in Tennessee and moved with her parents to Decatur county, Iowa in 1858. Here she married Vincent Wainwright who practiced law at Leon until 1864 when they moved to Winterset.

Mr. Wainwright, who passed away in 1890, was not only an able attorney and one of Winterset's foremost citizens but he was a man of outstanding qualities that meant much to the business, social and moral life of this community. In like manner was his wife, who survived him nearly 26 years, identified with the things of life that are lasting and real. Her influence in the church and in the community was a real contribution on the memory of her useful life and christian graces will long be cherished.

Two daughters, Mrs. John A. Guiher and Mrs. W S. Cooper survive the mother.

Burial was at the Winterset Cemetery.

Winterset Madisonian November 26, 1925


In the early forties, William Wallace Ellis and his wife, Lucinda Hunt with their small family started from Tennessee and journeyed to the prairies of Iowa. With them were a party of relatives and friends. They located along the northern line of Missouri and the southern line of Iowa. When Mr. Ellis came to Leon, Decatur county, there were but three log houses in town. Here he took active part in the pioneer life, holding different county offices and finally that of county judge.

Letitia Jane Ellis was the third child of a family of eight and she was the last one to survive. She was very ambitious for an education and took advantage of every opportunity the time and place afforded.

In April, 1860, she was married to Vincent Wainwright. In 1864 they located in Winterset where Mr. Wainwright practiced law until his death in 1890. April fifth 1868 Mr. and Mrs. Wainwright united with the Presbyterian church in Winterset and Mrs. Wainwright has been a faithful member during the past more than fifty-seven years.

Soon after coming to Winterset they purchased the lots that are the site of the present home, building a new house some years later. This hospitable home was the meeting place of old and young for social affairs and church affairs. Mrs. Wainwright had always been deeply interested in missions and was one of the pioneer members of the present Presbyterian society. She was a devoted student of the bible as well as a great reader of all good literature. She will be greatly missed in her home and in her wide circle of friends and in the church.

Funeral services were held at the residence Sabbath afternoon with an address by the pastor, Rev. LeRoy Cooley, D. D. and interment was in Rock City cemetery.

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