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Mary Elisabeth Sheplor

b. 5 February 1794, d. 3 January 1859

Family Moses Decker b. circa 11 June 1788, d. 4 August 1860
Marriage* 19 November 1810  Muskingum Co., OH, Principal=Moses Decker 
Children  1. Lucinda Decker b. a 1810, d. 17 Nov 1852
  2. Joseph Decker b. c 1812
  3. Dr. Henry Decker b. 23 Dec 1814, d. 8 Jan 1892
  4. Benjamin Decker b. 29 Jan 1815, d. 20 Mar 1875
  5. Eveline Decker b. c 1819, d. c 1859
  6. Eliza Jane Decker b. c 1822, d. 29 Dec 1915
  7. Westfall Decker b. 10 Dec 1822, d. 20 Nov 1880
  8. Sarah A. Decker b. c 1826, d. a 1870
  9. Solomon Decker b. May 1826, d. 2 Sep 1911
  10. Isaac Shepler Decker b. c 1829, d. 4 Jan 1873
  11. Louis Reasoner (Deed) Decker b. 20 Nov 1830, d. 6 Feb 1888
  12. Mary Elizabeth Decker b. c 1833
  13. Moses Decker Jr b. 4 Feb 1835, d. 4 Feb 1853
  14. Thomas J. Decker b. 14 Mar 1837, d. 26 Apr 1921

Note*   (Ed: These notes provided by Dale Decker. See Source Listing for contact information)

Elizabeth died 3 Jan 1859 at the age of 64 years, ten months and twenty six days making her birth date 05 Feb 1794.
She used to keep wild flowers on her fire place mantel when they were available.

Viroqua Expositor--- Died 1/8/1859
In this village, Jan. 3rd, 1859 Mrs Mary Elizabeth Decker, wife of Moses Decker Proprieter of the Village.
Mother Decker had withstood the storms and calms of life for 64 years, 10 months and 26 days but the "angel of Death spread his wings on the blast," and the venerable mother closed her eyes to the busy scenes of life, and gently sank in quiet repose to the chambers of death. She had been a faithful member of the church for 40 years, and her everyday walk and conversation were a proclaiming evidence that in godliness there is great gain. She, with her husband and family, came to the county at a very early day, and settled upon the land where the village of Viroqua now stands. Trained to the encounters of pioneer life, they all, father, mother, sons and daughters, with christian fortitude, pitched their tent in the wilderness, and trusting in Him who has the "uttermost parts of the earth for possession," for protection they faced the perils in the wilds of Wisconsin ---they lived virtuous and Holy lives, and now the Faithful Mother of a large, respectable family lies in the Village church-- yard--Her remains honored by all, and wept for by the bereaved father and his family.
May the consolations of that pure christianity which characterized the christian mother, be the solace of the father, sons and daughters, until they come to the door of descension into the "Valley and shadow of death," whither the mother has just entered.
The funeral address was delivered atr the M. E. Church, by Rev. James A. Cooke, from Psa. XXIII I. It was very appropriate and affecting, and a deep sympathy for the mourners seemed to pervade all hearts.

N.W.T. 1/5/1859 Deaths:
In Viroqua 1/3/1859 Mrs Mary Elizabeth Decker aged 64 years 10 months and 26 days.
Moses Decker consort of the deceased and his family were the first settlers in Viroqua and Mrs Decker ands her daughters were the first white females who resided in town. Peace to the ashes of the resolute pioneer mother, who was among the foremost to make the effort to rescue our beautiful country from the native and the wild beast.

Marriage records found in Zanesville, Ohio indicates her previous name may have been Sheplor. See wedding certificate performed by Benj. Reasoner, JP in 1810. Typed duplicate of the marriage record is spelled Shepler.

Isaac Shepler Decker and Louis Reasoner Decker were given related names. Isaac being the elder of the two. Sheplor on wedding certificate, Isaac's name also spelled Shepler.1 
Name Variation   Mary Elizabeth Reasoner 
Birth* 5 February 1794  Westmoreland Co., PA 
Marriage* 19 November 1810  Muskingum Co., OH, Principal=Moses Decker 
Married Name 19 November 1810  Decker 
Census* 1850  1850 Federal Census, Wisconsin, Crawford County, Bad Ax Township, Series: M432, Roll: 995, Page: 252B, August 23
(enumerated with husband, Moses Decker)
14, 299, 299, Decker, Elisabeth, 57, F, , , , Pennsylvania, , , ,2 
Burial* 1859  M. E. Church Cemetery aka Pioneer Cemetery, Viroqua, Vernon Co., WI, Inscription: Elizabeth
Wife of
Moses Decker
Jan. 3, 1859,
AGE 64 yrs, 11ms,
& 16 dys3
Death* 3 January 1859  Viroqua, Vernon Co., WI 

Last Edited 4 Oct 2015

  1. [S42] Dale Decker Personal Research, Dale Decker.
  2. [S4] 1850 U.S. Federal Census , 1850 U.S. Federal Census.
  3. [S626] Find-A-Grave, online

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