Joseph Cronin, Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana Newspaper, Sat 08 Mar 1941: Another Blackford County Pioneer Family's History.
Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941, Ancestry.com
FindAGrave Memorial No. 23695490
Buried in Miles Cemetery, Blackford County, Indiana.
Hartford City Telegram
November 27, 1912
LAST OF FAMILY OF 13 SUCCUMBS
MRS. ELIZABETH LEFFLER, 85, CALLED TO FINAL REWARD
Long Resident of Blackford County – Had Hosts of Friends and Relatives
Mrs. Elizabeth LEFFLER, 85, the last of a family of thirteen children, passed away about 6 o’clock Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed WELLS, 806 west Kickapoo street, following an illness of two days.
Although Mrs. LEFFLER had not been in good health for the past two years she was not seriously ill until last Saturday evening. At that time she was found by her daughter, who was returning from a trip uptown, on the floor in an unconscious condition. Her aliment was diagnosed as paralysis of the brain. Since Saturday evening the aged lady had spoken but a few words and was unconscious most of the time.
The funeral services, which will be held from the WELLS home, will be largely attended. Mrs. LEFFLER was widely known throughout the county and is survived by nine grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and numerous other relatives. Rev. M. F. DAWSON, pastor of the United Brethren church, will have charge of the obsequies, and interment will be made in the MILES cemetery, northwest of the city. The services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.
The decedent, whose maiden name was Elizabeth TOWNSEND, was born in Steuben county, New York, May 7, 1827. She came to this county with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Gilbert TOWNSEND, at the age of twelve years and took up her residence north of the city. She was united in marriage to Daniel LEFFLER April 20, 1850 and was preceded to the grave by her husband, who passed to the great beyond March 11, 1885. There are four children surviving as follows: Mrs. Ed WELLS, of the city; Alva C. LEFFLER, of Richland, Wis.; James and George LEFFLER, of Stanley, Wis.; Mrs. J. Fred TOWNSEND, of this city, is a grandchild, while the remaining eight live in Wisconsin.
Charles, John, Gilbert, James S. and Alva TOWNSEND, Mrs. Allen GADBURY and Mrs. Fantly FOY, all deceased, were brothers and sisters of Mrs. LEFFLER who were known here. Several of the family died at advanced ages. Gilbert TOWNSEND was the father of County Superintendent Cifford TOWESEND and Alva TOWNSEND the grandfather of Sheriff Charles TOWNSEND.
Mrs. LEFFLER was formerly a member of the United Brethren church and was also a Universalist. She was a conscientious, christian woman and in her death the community loses a good citizen. She was the last of the older generation of a family whose descendents are among Blackford countyÂ’s most substantial and highly respected citizens.
DECEMBER 4, 1912 HARTFORD CIYT TELEGRAM
Elizabeth LEFFLER, daughter of Gilbert and Mary TOWNSEND was born in Steuben county, New York May 7th 1827, and answered death’s summons Nov. 25, 1912, age 85 years, 6 months and 18 days.
The deceased moved to Indiana from New York in 1839. She was united in marriage to Daniel LEFFLER on April 20, 1850. This union was blessed with four children, three sons, Alvah, James and George; one daughter, Mrs. Edward WELLS, all of whom live to mourn the death of their mother. The deceased was one of thirteen children all of whom have gone to the great beyond before her. Besides her sons and daughter, the deceased’s death is mourned by a number of grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
She lived in Blackford county for 73 years where she has been known as a kind and gentle wife and a sympathetic, loving mother, optimistic and ever ready to make those about her happy.
To you, dear friends, once more the dark clouds have gathered, the boatman has come and removed from your midst a friend and mother to a land of sunshine and happiness. One by one they are dropping over the side of the boat into the realms of eternal bliss, so our loss is their eternal gain.
Once more the signal has been heard in heaven: “Well done loving mother enter into the joys of thy Lord.”
To you bereaved friends, we offer our heart felt sympathy, hoping you will remember the Lord’s words, “She is not dead but sleeping” and after the last tear is shed, after the toils of life are over, you can meet your loved ones once in the sweet beyond to part no more.