ANNA KUMMEL HARDIN
From unknown newspaper, unknown date:
Funeral of Mrs. Anna Kummel Hardin.
Anna Kummel, was born May 15, 1851 at Beardstown. Died at her daughter's home in
Chicago, November 4th, 1920. Age 69 years, 5 months, and 20 days.
It was her sad lot to be an invalid for many years, being a
sufferer from chronic rheumatism. For 15 years she occupied a wheeled chair when
moved from one place to another.
She was married to Newton Hardin, about 50 years ago. To this
union three children were born, all of them were girls, and have been spared to
establish homes of their own. They are Mrs. Hattie Minner, Macomb; Mrs. Pearl
Crooks, and Mrs. Grace Frank, Chicago. There are six grandchildren in these
Many years ago Mrs. Hardin professed faith to Christ and
united with the Christian Church at Sweetwater. Later she transferred her
membership to the Christian Church in Jacksonville. Her life has been consistent
and faithful to the Christ whom she professed to love. On account of prolonged
afflictions she has been shut off from many pleasures and associations; but
through it all she was patient and submissive.
She leaves two nieces and one nephew, together with other
more distant relatives and many friends who mourn her departure.
Funeral services were conducted at the Greenview Christian
Church at 2PM Sunday, the Rev. LD Lasswell officiating assisted by Elder
Interment was made in the Indian Point cemetery.
"At Indian Point Cemetery where Anna Hardin was buried, are also her parents
J.C.F and Jane E. Kummell; her sister and brother-in-law Mary Elizabeth and
William R. Grimsley; and her grandparents William and Margaret Gibbs. Also, a
couple of Gibbs uncles.
The "F" in J.C.F. is Frederick (Frederich). Frederick Kummell can be found in
Arenzville, IL on an 1845 election list of voters supporting moving the
"three-mile territory" from Morgan County to Cass County. He and Jane are in
Arenzville in the 1850 census, with their two oldest daughters.
Frederick and Jane had three daughters: Mary Elizabeth 1845, Margaret 1847, and
your ancestor Anna Sophia 1851. "Elizabeth" and Margaret are in the census.
Margaret's dates can be found on her tombstone in the cemetery east of
Arenzville. Birth and baptism dates can be found for the other two daughters in
the records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Beardstown, translated from
Frederick died in 1854 and Jane moved with her daughters to Sweetwater in Menard
County, Illinois where they appear with her parents in the 1860 census, all
reported with the surname Gibbs. Marriages for both Mary Elizabeth and Anna
Sophia were in Menard County.
I could not find Frederick and Jane prior to their being in Illinois. Censuses
say Frederick was born in Germany, his daughter Mary Elizabeth in the 1880
census narrows it to Baden, a state in Germany. Jane's census records say she
was born in Maryland, but later census records of both adult daughters say
England and their baptisms records suggest she was from Scotland. Census records
for Jane's father William Gibbs say he was born in New York, Pennsylvania and
England. But you could probably learn more tracking the family from New York
through Milan Township, Erie County, Ohio (1840 & 1850 censuses) to Illinois."
-- Tim in Fort Wayne, IN
Submitted by Nancy Kelly