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21 November 2015

Sunday's Obituary - COUCH, Jane A. DUNHAM (1823-1906)

Mrs. Jane A. Couch was born Nov. 26, 1823, at Rome, New York.
She was married to Elisha T. Couch Dec. 24, 1846. Six children were born to this union, four of which are still living. She and her husband came to Seneca in June 1857, where she resided until the time of her death, which took place Friday, April 27, 1906. She was 82 years and 5 months old at the time of her death. Her husband died ten years ago.
She leaves two sisters, three sons, one daughter, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren to mourn her departure.
Many years ago she united with the Methodist church, of which she was a member until death removed her to the church above.
She has been confined to her home for a long time and during those days of loneliness her only comfort was her bible and prayer.
She was a loving and devoted wife, a faithful mother and a true friend. When the cold hand of death was laid upon her, it unlocked for her the portals of eternal life, and now, while her body rests in its bed of earth, her soul relines on the bosom of God. She lived out man's allotted time, three score years and ten, and was living on borrowed time. She could with the poet say
"Life! we've been long together,
Through pleasant and cloudy weather.
'Tis hard to part when friends are dear;
Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear;
Then steal way, give little warning,
Chose thine own time,
Say not good night, but in some brighter clime
Bid me good morning."

Mrs. Jane A. Couch died this morning at 6 o'clock, at her home on Main street. She was over eighty years old and had been ailing for some time. Funeral services will be held at the M.E. church at 2 P.m. Sunday. Deceased leaves to mourn her death three sons, George and Eugene, of Seneca, and Lew, of Marseilles, and one daughter, Carrie.

"Jane A. Couch.," undated clipping, April 1906, from unidentified newspaper; Blackmon Collection Family Papers, clipping in Schuler wedding book; privately held 2013 by Selma Blackmon, [address for private use], Norcross, Georgia.

Mrs. Jane Couch died Friday morning. The funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the M.E. church, Rev. C. Murray officiating. Interment i Mt. Hope cemetery. The deceased leaves four children to mourn her - Louis if Marseilles, Eugene and George of Seneca and - Miss Carrie of Kankakee.

microfilm at LaSalle Genealogy Guild, Ottawa, IL. Possibly the only copy of this newspaper. Not available at the IL State Lincoln Library.

"SENECA," obituary, Ottawa Fair Dealer, 4 May 1906, page 2 column 1.