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Reeves, Caroline (Sivyer) 1823-1906


Posted By: Viv Reeves (email)
Date: 8/30/2007 at 22:26:53

From the LeMars Globe-Post, Wednesday, July 4, 1906, Page 1, Column 4:

Death of Mrs. Caroline Reeves

Mrs. Caroline Reeves who has made her home at the home of her son, John Reeves, four miles north of Seney for a great many years, passed away on Saturday morning at ten o'clock, her death having been caused from cancer from which she suffered intensely for a great many years, but bore it all with christian fortitude.

Deceased was born at Kent, England, eighty-three years ago, coming to this county with her husband thirty-seven years ago, locating on a farm near Seney, where she has since made her home. Her husband died about twenty-five years ago. She is survived by four sons and one daughter and all were at her bedside when she passed away. The surviving children are Mrs. John Trigg, of Doon, Arthur Reeves, John Reeves, Robert Reeves and George Reeves all of whom reside near Seney.

The funeral was held on Monday morning at 10:30 at the Methodist church at Seney and was conducted by Rev. Kernen. The church was filled to overflowing by the many friends and neighbors who desired to pay their tribute of respect to her memory.

From the LeMars Sentinel, Friday, July 6, 1906, Page 1, Column 1-2:

Grandma Reeves passed away last Saturday afternoon about 3 o'clock, after a lingering illness. Caroline Sevyer (sic--Sivyer) was born in Sanders (sic--Sandhurst), Kent, England, February 26, 1823, and died at the home of her youngest son, June 30, 1906, being at the time of her death 83 years, 4 months, and 4 days. She was married in England to John Reeves, and spent several years of her early married life there. In 1853, with her husband and family she emigrated to the United States settling first in Kane County, Illinois. In September 1869 they moved west stopping in Plymouth County Iowa. They homesteaded the farm now known as the Engle (sic-Engels) farm. Here they made their home for a number of years. To them were born 9 children, five of whom survive their mother, Mrs. Martha Trigg, the only daughter and four sons, Arthur, Robert, George, and John, all of whom were present at the time of her death. Mr. Reeves died on the homestead in 1881 since which time she has made her home with some of her children. She united with the M. E. Chruch when young and always lived a consistent Christian life and a short time before her death made the statement that, "All was well and she was ready to go." As a pioneer of our country she knew by experience the hardships and struggles of that time but in spite of trials and troubles of her own she was ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed and many a sick bed was eased and comforted by her presence and she leaves twenty-one grand children and twenty-two great grand children and a host of friends to mourn her loss but we do not sorrow as those without hope as our loss is her gain. The funeral services were held in the church Monday, p. m. 2:30, o'clock. The remains were laid to rest by those of her husband in the Seney cemetery. Those that mourn have the sympathy of the entire community.


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