Monday, May 10, 2010

Nancy Ann Atha Fields

After finding the death certificate for my Great Great Great Grandfather Thomas Jefferson Fields we looked for his wife Nancy. She was not at the Health Department, nor at the State Historical Society. We know where she lived and thought we knew where she was buried, but she was an enigma. Then my sister was idly reading old copies of the Richwood Gazette when the name Fields caught her eye; it was an obituary for Nancy Ann Fields. Why we cannot find her death certificate, I do not know. She is buried where we thought, but she has no stone. Finally, we have a clue.

The Richwood Gazette p1 c2

Thursday 3-25-1915


Causes Death Sunday of Mrs. Nancy

Ann Fields, a Pioneer Resident

of Union County.

One of northern Union county's oldest

and most highly respected women,

Mrs. Nancy Ann Fields, died Sunday

morning at 6 o'clock, at her home near

Arbela. She was past, eighty-six years

old and the greater part of her long life

was spent in this community. The

deceased was the widow of the late Jefferson

Fields, a pioneer farmer, who died

fifteen years ago. Since the death of

the husband and father, a daughter,

Mrs. Victoria Moore, resided with the

the aged mother on the home farm.

During the past twenty years Mrs.

Fields was blind, but her health was

reasonably good, for one so old. Death

was due to an attack of acute bronchitis.

She is survived by four children: Mrs.

E. L. Schmelzer, Mrs. Moore, Simeon

Fields and Jonathan Fields. Her maiden

name was Nancy Ann Atha and she

was a native of Ohio.

Funeral services were held from

Grace M. E. Chapel, west of Essex,

Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev.

J. A. Sutton of LaRue, officiating.

The remains were laid to rest in Burnside

cemetery near Arbela.


Wendy said...

How very cool that you found this. I love it when I find info on my ancestors, especially when info on them has been hard to come by.

Ann Marie said...

Bev, I think your geneology posts are my favorite!

There has been a show on TV recently about geneology called "Who Do You Think You Are"? The subjects were famous people & it was truly fascinating stuff. Sarah Jessica Parker had a relative accused of being a witch in Salem. Brooke Shields is related to a King of France. Matthew Broderick had a relative that fought at Gettysburg.

I know a few of my family members have done a little research into my mother's family. I may have to pick up where they left off and see where it takes me.

Thanks for these great posts!