When Mary Jane Becker was born on February 2, 1853, in Allen, Ohio, her father, John, was 36 and her mother, Mary, was 29. She married Henry Moonshower on November 4, 1869, in Fulton, Indiana. They had three children in 20 years. She died on December 4, 1927, in Rochester, Indiana, at the age of 74, and was buried there.
Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel Monday, December 5, 1927
Mrs. Mary J. MOONSHOWER, aged 74, widow of Henry MOONSHOWER who died on Agust 16, 1923, died Sunday morning at 6:30 o'clock at the home of her daughter Miss Clara Moonshower, 720 Alagelt Street, South Bend. Death was due to complications incident to old age but the deceased however had only been bedfast a week. Mrs. Moonshower [Mary J. BECKER], who was born in Allen County, Ohio on February 2, 1853, the daughter of John and Mary BECKER, lived for many years on a farm one and half miles east of Athens. Following the death of her husband Mrs. Moonshower moved to South Bend to make her home with her daughter. Survivors are two sons, Lucius [MOONSHOWER] of this city who is the Erie railroad agent at Athens, and Ralph [MOONSHOWER] of Huntington, a daughter, Miss Clara [MOONSHOWER], a sister, Miss Eliza BECKER, of Columbus Grove Ohio, and five grandchildren.
Fulton County, Indiana; Index to Marriage Records 1850 - 1920, Copied from the County Clerk's Records by the Fort; Book: B; Page: 566
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