MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 417
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 10, 2007
DEATH OF AN EARLY SETTLER OF MUSCATINE.
There died in Iowa City, on the 19th of this month, a lady who was well and favorably known among the early settlers of Muscatine. Her name was MARY ANN BLACK, but while living in Muscatine she was known as the widow Quinn, being mother of the Quinn brothers, who were prominent business men of our city in their day. Mrs. Quinn’s home while she lived in Muscatine was the two-story and a half frame dwelling on Second Street nearly opposite Mr. Carskaddan’s. We find the Vinton Eagle the following obituary of Mrs. Black:
DIED-At Iowa City, January 19th, 1895, Mary Ann Black, aged 88 years and 12 days. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in the year 1807; came to America in 1832; resided in Waterloo, Indiana, 11 years; immigrated to Iowa in 1843; located at Muscatine. There she spent about 20 years, the best of her life; removed to Washington remained there the balance of her life except about three years which she spent with her daughter at Iowa City. The deceased’s father was a relative of John Wesley (founder of Methodism) and was a member of the Methodist church for 75 years and a great worker in the church. At the age of 16 she was married to Arthur Quinn. From this union six children were born, of which two only survive, the oldest and the youngest-Mrs. Margaret Mendenhall, of Iowa City, and R.H. Quinn, of Vinton. She was a widow for about twenty years and then married Jonathan Black, of Washington, Iowa, who has already preceded her. The funeral was held at the daughter’s home on Monday, Jan. 21, and the services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Brush. The remains were deposited in the cemetery at Iowa City.
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