Newspaper: The Rushville Times Rushville, Illinois newspaper dated May 17, 1894
Mrs. NANCY J. THIXTON died Tuesday evening about 10 o’clock. The funeral will be held at the M.E. Church, South, today, conducted by Rev. BURFORD.
Newspaper: The Rushville Times Rushville, Illinois May 24, 1894 NANCY J.WELLS was born in Indiana, October 27, 1826. She was marriedto HENRY DAVIS, January 26, 1846. Two children were born to them, one of which, ISAAC DAVIS, is still living. Her husband died January 27, 1850. She was married to JOHN THIXTON in October 1852. Five children were born to them, three of which (JOHN, FRANK, and HENRY) survive her. MR. THIXTON died May 24, 1867. She was then left a widow in poverty, with a family of children depending upon her.
She struggled hard against great odds and provided for them till they wereall grown. It then fell to her lot to take five grand-children and start anew in her struggles against poverty and want. Last of all she took a brother’s child, ORPHA WELLS, the little girl who has been her willing helper in age, and who ministered to her so cheerfully and faithfully in her last sufferings. She suffered intensely, and only a day or two before her death she fell and broke her arm. Her sufferings were full and the ! Lord gave her sweet release. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church, south, and was a faithful and devoted member till death, which occurred May 15, 1894. In all her reverses and adversities of life she had a firm faith in God and manifested a spirit of submission worthy of imitation. She rests from her labors.
The funeral was preached from 2 Timothy 4:6-8 at the M.E. Church, South, by the writer, and remains were taken to the Davis cemetery for interment. — G. M. BURFORD