MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 473
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, January 7, 2008
DEMISE OF MRS. MAHONEY of WILTON.
Jan 2, 1900 (hand written)
Life’s close came to Mrs. Ellen Mahoney at the home of her son, William, in Wilton township Tuesday morning, when she succumbed to a complication of ailments, though the immediate cause of death was heart failure, which had confined her to the bed for several days.
In the death of this noble woman Wilton township loses one more of her old settlers, her friends lose one whose character was so full of sympathy, kindness and love that they might with safety repose the greatest confidence, while her family lose a devoted mother whose guiding hand and gentle counsel they will ever miss.
Mrs. Ellen Mahoney was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1828, and died January 2, 1900, aged 72 years. She came to America at the age of 21, remaining in New Orleans one year, and then came to Muscatine, Iowa, where she resided for two years, at which place, on April 4, 1851, she was married to Michael Mahoney. Shortly after their marriage they moved to a farm seven miles southwest of Wilton, where they continued to resident till the death of Mr. Mahoney, which occurred on October 16, 1888. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Mahoney has been tenderly cared for by her children. To them were born fifteen children, only five of whom survive, they being James, of Victor, Iowa; Will, Jerry and Mrs. Ed McSwiggin of Wilton, and Sister M. Charitina, of Chicago. She had always been a devoted and consistent Christian and a communicant of the Catholic church.
Her funeral will occur on Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Mary’s church, conducted by Rev. M.P. Kirkpatrick. Interment at St. Mary’s cemetery.
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