MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 487
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, December 4, 2007
Perhaps a few of our eldest pioneer citizens will remember MRS. LUCIE A. MATTOON, the sad news of whose death reached her sister, Mrs. Lucelia S. John, of this city, a few days ago. Mrs. Mattoon was the eldest daughter of General Ansel Humphrey, an early and long-time resident of this city, and was born in Hartford county, Connecticut, in 1817. She grew to womanhood and was educated in the city of Hartford, coming west with her father and his family in 1840, making their home at this place Bright and joyous in disposition, she added life and grace to the social circle of the young town, and soon became acquainted with a married Charles Mattooon, a young lawyer. They returned to Springfield, Mass., to reside, where he died, leaving her with a young daughter, Kate, who grew u and married the Rev. Chas. Humphrey, a Unitarian clergyman. She also died, leaving two young daughters to the care of the father and grandmother, who made it her life work to watch over and guide the steps of the dear children bereft of mother’s love and care.
Tenderly and beautifully she fulfilled the trust imparted to her, staying with the children and the father, at whose home in Boston, Mass, she lately passed away.
One of those daughters, in writing of her grandmother, speaks in loving words of the great peace she felt in her last days, and of the rapture with which she spoke of the prospect of soon seeing her Katie, and said, “I shall tell her about you all.”
So we think of them as together in the better land waiting joyfully for the others to come.
Besides the son-in-law and the granddaughters she leaves a dear little great-granddaughter, also her sister, Mrs. John and a brother, Andrew J. Humphrey, of Waterloo, Iowa.--M.
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