[ Return to Index ] [ Read Prev Msg ] [ Read Next Msg ]

Martha Ann (Hillis) Aikin (1897)


Posted By: Kent Transier
Date: 12/18/2007 at 20:46:35

Winterset Reporter
Thursday, September 30, 1897
Page 12

The Reaper of Death

Mrs. Aikens, wife of Joshua Aikens, died Saturday at her home in the southwest part of the city, and the remains were taken to Macksburg for burial Monday. Rev. Lowe of the Church of Christ, to which church the deceased belonged, preached a short discourse at the residence Sunday. Mrs. Aikens died with what is know as Potts disease, or consumption of the bone, after a long, painful illness. She was 54 years old and a widely respected lady. “Peace to her ashes.”

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, October 15, 1897
Page 1, Column 4

Death of Mrs. Aikin

Martha A. Hillis-Aikin was born in Madison, Ind., May 8, 1843. She came with her father to Davis county,Ia., In 1859, was married to Joshua Aikin Jan 32, 1865, and came to this county the same year. She died Sept. 25, 1897, leaving her husband, two brothers and one sister to mourn her loss.

Such is the simple story of a life that for twenty-five years was under the shadow of affliction. For years she was unable to walk, but through all her trouble her patient spirit shown with its own peculiar beauty. Earth affords few examples of such heroic faith and uncomplaining submission to pain and suffering. In the painless upper world, where youth never merges into age, she is regaining the joy she lost by suffering here. She has “fallen like a star, leaving a train of light behind”. – J. M. Lowe

Transcriber's note: Middle name taken from 1885 Iowa State Census.


Madison Obituaries maintained by Linda Griffith Smith.
WebBBS 4.33 Genealogy Modification Package by WebJourneymen

[ Return to Index ] [ Read Prev Msg ] [ Read Next Msg ]