Maria Steinbrook Griswold

Maria Steinbrook was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, August 30, 1814. In childhood her parents and family removed to near Zanesville, Ohio, and later on from there to the then territory of Iowa, where her parents both died. On March 28, 1839 she was united in marriage with John A. Griswold of the state of New York, and the same year the two come to Bureau county, Illinois, and settled upon the farm in Milo township which ever has remained as a homestead to the family name. At that time and for some years afterward there was but one other family in the south part of Bureau county, that of Charles Boyd, for whom the timber there was named and by which it is yet known as Boyd's Grove. The old stage route between Peoria and Dixon passed by the door of the Griswold's, and their home was soon famed as a restful stopping place where plenteous meals were served, Griswold's Tavern. Indians and wild game were plentiful and roamed the praries (sic) and sought the shelter of the near by forests. What a change hath been wrought even during the life history of this one person. Ten children, three sons and seven daughters, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Griswold, six of whom, two sons and four daughters, are yet living. The husband and father passed away June 13, 1877, since when the aged mother has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. R. L. McKean, where loving hands and willing _et have anticipated every wish and assisted the weary one as she gradually sought rest forevermore. For nearly fifty years has the writer known and loved Aunt Maria, as we were early taught to call her, her cheery smile, her welcome in childhood days remained with her to the last. But a few weeks ago we saw her for the last time. And she then was as cheerful as in the long, long ago. Never in our many years of acquaintanceship did we ever hear an unsavory word from her lips about a neighbor or friend nor hear her blameless life brought in question. Wednesday, September 3, she was released from earthly cares and took up the experiences of the righteous in that home where nevermore shall pain, sickness, age nor death enter. The funeral service held on Friday were (sic) largely attended by her friends, showing respect for a long and blameless life. May every reader emulate her example and profit thereby, and all like her be adjudged worthy to enter into a life never ending."

 (Bureau County Republican, unknown date, submitted by Kim Stainbrook Kerr) 




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