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Carthage Gazette
April 14, 1933
verbatim transcription

Death of Mrs. Ada Wright.

Ada Bathena Parker, the youngest daughter of Charles and Rebecca (Trowel) Parker, was born July 4th, 1862, at the old pioneer homestead three-quarters of a mile south of the Majorville church in Hancock township, Hancock county, Illinois.  She fell asleep at the home of her only child, Frank Wright, in Nauvoo, Ill., at 1:00 o'clock a. m., April 9, 1933, being 70 years, 9 months and 5 days old.

During the latter part of last October, she became ill with heart trouble, for several days following the first attack she was free from pain and discomfort, but since Thanksgiving time she has been very ill, but a very patient sufferer.  Good doctors were consulted and all agreed that all was being done that could be done.  Good care and careful nursing no doubt prolonged this frail and feeble life many weeks.

Ada Parker was united in marriage to Thomas G. Wright, July 2d, 1890.  To this union three children were born.  The oldest, a daughter, died at birth.  The second child, a son, only lived one month and twelve days, and the third, a son, Frank, now living in Nauvoo, with whom she has always lived.

She leaves this son and his wife and their three children, Max, Loyd and Betty Jane, and an only living brother, Lemuel, of the home community, to mourn her departure.  Besides these immediate relatives, there are many nieces and nephews, both here and in Kansas.

Thomas G. Wright, the husband, one of our most successful farmers of his day, died of dropsy of the heart on July 1st, 1896, at 60 years of age.

Mrs. Wright was united with the Majorville church in her early girlhood days.  She worked for and watched its growth with kennest interest all her life, has attended its services in all three of the church buildings erected on or near the present church yard.  She was ever a booster for old Majorville. And as a neighbor, we all knew her as "Aunt Ada," and can truly say that a better neighbor never lived.  All knew her to be honest, upright and faithful to every trust, and as a Christian her life cannot be spoken of too highly.

She will be missed in the community, in the homes of her friends and relatives, in social gatherings, among the aged people and the young and in the church services and Sunday school.  But not to be compared to this is the plaace made vacant in the home, -one that never can be filled.

It is said she never gave a cross word to her family, to her father, mother, brothers or sister. Her parents were both cared for in their old age at her home.  She also made a happy home for a step-son, Tommy, and his sister, Grace, until they were married and in homes of their own.

Charles and Rebecca Parker, the parents of Mrs. Wright, were married in Marion county, Tennessee, in 1840, and came six years later to what afterwards became the birthplace of the subject of this sketch in a covered wagon.  In this pioneer home in Hancock township many of the circuit riders crossing the country on horseback found food and shelter.  We read in the tri-county history that many distinguished persons found a warm welcome in the Charlie parker home.  Peter Cartwright's name being mentioned among many others.  Mr. Parker died at the advanced age of 91 and his wife at 88 years.

Mrs. Wright was one of a family of ten children, one brother died in Tennessee; John N., a volunteer soldier at 18 years of age, responded to his country's call and started for the front, but was taken sick with measles and died at Boliver, Tenn.  His was the first body to be buried in Majorville Cemetery, before any church had yet been erected, services being held at that time in Major Williams' dwelling; Samuel died in California in 1879; Mrs. Anna Chatterton, a sister also died in 1879 of measles, six weeks after her wedding day; a brother, James, of Middle Creek, died in 1926 and is buried at Majorville, as is also the sister.  A brother, Zachariah died in Kansas; a brother, Laban, died in Colorado; the youngest brother, Lemuel, lives very near the old homestead site in his own home, alone.

She was very patient in her trying hours of pain and distress and clung to her son's hand as long as consciousness remained, and as she grew weaker and weaker she mumbled words of endearment to him and his family, who had cared for her so uncomplainingly.  And many, many times as the days come and went throughout her illness, she would thank her grandson, Loyd, who had been her most faithful nurse, both day and night, when he was not in school, for the wonderful care he had given her and for his untiring efforts to keep her comfortable at all times.

Any favor no matter how large or small was always willingly and cheerfully given.

Oh mother, thy voice is hushed,
Thy warm, true heart is still,
And on thy dear and peaceful face
Is resting death's cold chill.
Thy hands are clasped upon they breast,
We have kissed thy lovely brow,
And in our aching hearts we know
We have no mother now.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
And in heaven with joy we'll greet thee,
Where no farewells are said.

Funeral service was conducted at Majorville church at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon by Rev. E. L. Fahnestock of Palmyra, Ill, a former pastor, assisted by our pastor, Rev. Sprecklemeyer and Rev. W. Earl Ballew of Tennessee and Hills Grove charge.  Burial in Majorville Cemetery.

Portrait courtesy of Margaret Westman

See also: Charles and Rebecca (Trowell) Parker (parents)
Thomas G. Wright (husband)
Frank H. Wright (son)
The Carthage Gazette, April 14, 1933

1930 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 103A
enumerated April 14-15, 1930, dwelling #77

Wright, Frank H, head, owner, [no entry for home value], owned a radio,lived on a farm, male, white, 34, married, age at first marriage - 20, could read and write, born IL, father born KY, mother born IL, spoke English, farmer, general farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 72

Helen, wife, female, white, 32, married, age at first marriage - 18, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

Max, son, male, white, 14, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1929, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

Loyd, son, male, white, 13, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1929, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

Bettie Jane, daughter, female, white, 7, single, attended school after Sept. 1, 1929, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

Ada, mother, female, white, 67, widow, age at first marriage - 24, could read and write, born IL, both parents born PA, spoke English

Ford, William, laborer, male, white, 64, single, could read and write, born IL, both parents born KY, spoke English, "poulteryman", general farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no


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