June 1922, Petersburg Observer or Democrat
OLDEST OF FIVE GENERATIONS
Mrs. Lydia Baltzell died at her home here last Friday. Funeral Sunday.
Mrs. Lydia Anna Baltzell, a great-great-grandmother, died at her home in this city last Friday, June 2 at the age of almost eighty four years. Her death was the result of infirmity due to old age.
Mrs. Baltzell was born August 21, 1828 at Youngstown Ohio. She was the widow of Benjamin Baltzell, a Civil War veteran, who preceded her in death in 1908. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Emma Feagans of this city and one son, Frank E. Underwood, who lives in Peoria. One son, Edward A. Malby preceded her in death. She is also survived by one brother, William M. Kear of Washington, NC.
In addition to her children, Mrs. Baltzell is survived by eighteen grand-children, twenty four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The great-great- grandchildren are Jane and Maxine, the little daughters of Mrs. Milton Robbins. Mrs. Henry Kern and Joseph Feagans are the only grand-children who live here.
The family is remarkable in that there have been for the past five years five generations represented in this city. They are: Mrs. Baltzell; her daughter, Mrs. Emma Feagans; her grand-daughter, Mrs. Henry Kern; her great-granddaughter, Mrs. Milton Robins; and her great-great-granddaughter, Maxine Robbins. A younger great-great-granddaughter, Jane Robbins is past two years old.
Funeral services were held at the late residence Sunday afternoon, June 4 at 2:30, conducted by the Rev. J. Brainard Brown, pastor of the First Baptist church. The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Transcribed by:John Feagans