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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 homes.

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 Hungerford.

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 German.

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


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