MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 345
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, October 21, 2007
At her home on the Iowa City road, Monday, January 18, 1892, of pneumonia, Mrs. MARY GAMBLE HORTON, aged 75 years, 8 months and 7 days.
The sad news of the death of this estimable woman was a severe shock to her many friends in this city. Saturday she was enjoying her usual health, but was awakened after retiring by a severe pain in her chest. Medical aid was summoned, but was of no avail to save her from the fatal disease, which was immediately pronounced a very acute form of pneumonia, and at 9 o’clock this morning she fell peacefully asleep.
Mary Gamble Cummins was born in Florida, Orange county, New York, May 11, 1816, and there grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage with Dr. James S. Horton, February 19, 1838, at her home in Florida, N.Y. In 1848 Dr. Horton emigrated with his family to Iowa and settled in Muscatine, intending to retire from the practice of medicine. In 1851 he purchased the farm adjoining the city, which had ever since been her home. Dr. Horton died March 23, 1879. Four children were born to them, three of whom survive; Charles C., Edwin W. and Miss Sarah L. Edwin and her only daughter resided with her on the old homestead of her own family but one brother, James Cummins, living near Lancaster, Pa., survives.
In the death of Mrs. Horton another of the noble, patriotic band of women who prayed and labored in behind of the Union soldiers, passes away. During the war she was one of the most energetic and enthusiastic workers for the boys in blue, and her good deeds, were countless. She was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church.
The funeral will take place Wednesday, at 2 o’clock p.m., from the homestead.
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