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MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

NANCY SEWARD THRUSH (nee PENNINGTON)
December 27, 1838 - April 5, 1908

 

 

The Republican
Carthage, Illinois - April 1908
Transcribed and contributed by Cora R. Swift

Fountain Green--Once again, it is our sad duty to pen a few lines in memory of one of our old and respected citizens.

Nancy Pennington was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, 27th December 1838, grew to young womanhood and in 1855 was married to Thomas Seward.  To this union were born two children of whom one survives, Mr. Seldon Seward, of this place.  This happy couple were not destined to go through life together for in 1859 [sic] the young husband was called to the Great Beyond.  She was again married in 1864 to Robert A. Thrush.  To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Lillie Long, who departed this life several years ago.  Although deceased has been in poor health, both mentally and physically for some time, it was not thought by her friends that the end was so near. Tuesday, 01 March, she suffered a stroke of apoplexy but lived until Sunday, 5th April, when she passed away peacefully as if asleep at her home, aged sixty-nine years.  Mrs. Thrush united with the Methodist church in 1873, and has ever tried to live and be a true christian.  In her own home her chair by the fireside is vacant and it's there she will be most sadly missed, but friends and neighbors will miss her pleasant smile and cheerful face also and while we are loathe to give her up, yet we could not wish her back to this world of care and pain.  Besides her son she leaves to mourn her departure, three grand children viz: Grace, Frank and Martha Seward, and a host of other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church, Tuesday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Carr.  Burial in Majorville cemetery.  A choir composed of Messrs. Rings, Stewart, Duffie, Miss Grace Geddes, Mrs. Gertrude Brown, Mrs. Myrtle Barbe, organist, sang some of her favorite songs.

Nancy Pennington was the daughter of Riley and Rhoda Pennington, both of whom were from Kentucky.  As of 1850 the family was living in Oregon Township, Schuyler County, Illinois.

Thomas Seward was born in Illinois about 1837 to Lester and Cassy Seward, from New York and Iowa, respectively.  They, too, were also residing in Oregon Township, Schuyler County, in 1850.

Thomas Seward cannot have died in 1859, as reported in Nancy's obituary, because he and Nancy were counted in the 1860 Federal Census in Linn County, Kansas.

Their children:

i. Seldon T. Seward, born in 1858 (according to his tombstone, the actual date is questionable) in Kansas.  He died April 10, 1934, in Fountain Green Township and was buried at Majorville Cemetery.
 
ii. Unnamed Seward child, did not survive.

Back in Illinois, Nancy married Robert A. Thrush in Schuyler County on December 11, 1864.

Their daughter was:

i. Lillie Calista Thrush, born July 3, 1868, in Spring Creek, McDonough County, Illinois, according to her obituary.  She died May 12, 1892, interment at Majorville Cemetery.

In 1870 the Thrushes were living in Hancock Township, Hancock County, Illinois.  In 1880 they were in Fountain Green Township.

Nancy was reported as a widow in the 1900 census; she was living with her son at that time.
 

1850 Illinois Census, Schuyler County, Oregon Township, page 345A
enumerated September 13, 1850, dwelling #57

Riley Pennington, 41, male, farmer, value of real estate 1500, born KY
Rhoda Pennington, 39, female, born KY, could not read or write
Alexander, 19, male, brooms, born IL, attended school within the year
Ally J, 17, female, born IL, attended school within the year
Josh A, 15, male, farmer, born IL, attended school within the year
Henry, 13, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Nancy, 11, female, born IL, attended school within the year
James R, 19, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Isaac, 6, male, born IL
William M, 2, male, born IL
David N, 11/12, male, born IL

1850 Illinois Census, Schuyler County, Oregon Township, page 342B
enumerated September 11, 1850, dwelling #21

Lester Seward, 42, male, farmer, value of real estate 1200, born NY
Cassy Seward, 32, female, born IA
Thomas, 13, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Mary J, 11, female, born IL, attended school within the year
John, 9, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Garrett, 8, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Hannah, 5, female, born IL, attended school within the year
Stephen, 3, male, born IL
David A, 1, male, born IL

1860 Kansas Census, Linn County, Centerville Township, page 91
enumerated July 25, 1860, dwelling #661

T Seward, 22, male, farmer, value of real estate 250, value of personal estate 125, born KY
Nancy, 22, female, born IL

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 152B
enumerated June 14, 1870, dwelling #25

Thrush, Robert, 30, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 400, value of personal estate 300, born OH, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Nancy, 28, female, white, keeping house, born MO
Seldon, 9, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Lilly, 2, female, white, born IL

 

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 111C
enumerated June 7, 1880, dwelling #63

Thrush, Robert, white, male, 39, married, laborer, born OH, father born OH, mother born MD
Nancy, white, female, 42, wife, married, keeping house, born IL, both parents born KY
Lily, white, female, 11, daughter, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born OH, mother born IL
Seward, Seldon, white, male, 18, stepson, single, farmer, born KS, both parents born IL

1900 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 108B
enumerated June 2, 1900, dwelling #19

Seward, Seldon, head, white, male, Nov 1862, 37, married for 12 years, born KS, father born KY, mother born IL, day labor, months not employed - 4, could read, write and speak English, rented his home

Edna A, wife, white, female, Feb 1862, 37, married for 12 years; mother of 2 children, both living; born IL, father born KY, mother born IN, could read, write and speak English

Frank, son, white, male, Nov 1888, 11, single, born IL, both parents born IL, at school for 9 months, could read, write and speak English

Grace Ella, daughter, white, female, Sept 1893, 6, single, born IL, both parents born IL, at school for 4 months, could read, write and speak English

Thrush, Nancy P, mother, white, female, Dec 1827 [sic], 62, widow; mother of 3 children, 2 living; born IL, both parents born IN, unoccupied, could not read or write, spoke English

 

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