Mrs. Matilda Adams

Limerick News

Mrs. Adams, one of the "old settlers", Dover Township, (west side), died at her residence, three miles south of Limerick, Saturday morning, at 3 o'clock. She was a devoted Christian and her last days were "calm as a summer's ray." She was about 75. She resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Proutzman. Funeral by Pastor Widney on Sunday, at 1 o'clock, from Psalms XXIII. Burial at Mason Cemetery. Additional particulars hereafter.

(The Bureau County Republican, Princeton, Illinois, Apr. 30, 1874, pg. 1, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)


South of Limerick

Death has taken one of our oldest and best friends, mother Adams. She resided for years where she died and her remains were carried to a cemetery near the timber. She was in her 76th year. She left many children to mourn her loss.

Matilda died at about three o'clock on a Friday morning at her residence. Her funeral was preached by Pastor Widney from Psalms XXIII on Sunday.

Pastor A. H. Widney wrote that Mother Adams was a very acceptable member of the Limerick Church and that he had visited her the day before her death finding her resting confidently with her well-worn Bible laying on the stand near her bed and opened at a place that seemed more than usually worn, Psalms XXIII. He says that some of her children "are following her footsteps in the Christian life, and others, as we hope, are being inclined thereto."

David and Matilda Adams are both buried in Mason Cemetery, Dover, Illinois, an early pioneer cemetery set back in the woods on a narrow winding side road about four miles North West of Dover. Their tall, sandstone tombstones stand beside each other between and beneath two lovely pine trees. The markers read as shown:

Wife of
David Adams
April 25, 1874
Aged 75 years

Mar 31, 1856
Aged 59 Yrs.
3 mos. 19 ds.

(The Bureau County Republican, Princeton, Illinois, May 7, 1874, pg. 1, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)




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