Thursday, May 15, 2008

MARY HURST - Obituary

Hurst, Mrs. Mary

The East Liverpool Tribune


Mrs. Mary Hurst Passes Away at Her Home in Wellsville


Mrs. Mary Hurst, aged 96 years, died yesterday morning (Feb. 13, 1907) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Mills, in Ninth street, Wellsville. With the exception of Alexander Wells she was the oldest resident of Wellsville, and was probably known to more residents of the city personally than any other person.

She had been ill for only one week with an attack of grip, but this in connection wither age was sufficient to cause her summons to the ? resting place.

Mrs. Mary Hurst was born June 24, 1811, in Manchester, Eng. Her maiden name was Mary Atkinson and she was married on August 4, 1833, to William Hurst, at Eckles church, near Manchester in England. She was the mother of five children, two of whom are now surviving. George A. Hurst, of Kan?opolis, Kas., and Mrs. Mary Mills, the wife of Maj. J. B. Mills, of Wellsville, at whose home she died.

The husband of the deceased died about 25 years ago in Wellsville and was buried in Spring Hill cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Hurst came to this country in 1848 and first located at Brownville, Pa. They removed to Salineville in 1851 and in the year following they removed to Wellsville, where they resided to the time of their death.

Mrs. Hurst was a member of the Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, and was a great reader of religious papers and magazines. She also kept herself well posted on the passing events of the day and her memory made her a very excellent conversationalist. She had a son, William, who served four years in the war of the Rebellion. During this war Mrs. Hurst did the best she could in the way of knitting socks and otherwise encouraging the Union soldiers. At one time she purchased the entire stock of an Irish peddler sot that he would have not reason not enlisting in the army.

Her memory, a short time before her death was so pronounced that she related the story of the enthusiam that was displayed in England when the news of the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo was received.

The Rev. Robert Kell, of the St. Stephens Episcopal church, East Liverpool, will have charge of the funeral services over the remains which will be held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Mills, Ninth street, Wellsville, at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon. Interment will be made beside the remains of the husband in Spring Hill cemetery.

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