Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, October 8, 1982
Ethel Atwood, age 95, died Tuesday in Greenfield.
Born July 27, 1887, Shelby Co, d/o  William  and  Laura Tucker Sandefur.
Married  Harley Atwood  who died in 1937
Lived in Greenfield area for 35 years.
Member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville.  Former member Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors:  son, John Atwood, Greenfield;  foster daughter, Esta Mae Higgins, Indianapolis;  grandsons  Robert and James Crim, Manilla, and 12 other grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren.
One son, Floyd Crim, preceded.
Burial:  Forest Hill with Rev. John Taylor officiating.
Memorials:  American Cancer Society.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday April 30, 1927
Page 1 column 4
Mrs. America Atwood, 78 Years Old
Died At Home Of Son Near Mt. Auburn
          Mrs. America Atwood, 78 years old, died at the home of her son, Harley Atwood, near Mt. Auburn this morning from complication of diseases after an illness of several years.
          Mrs. Atwood was born in Tennessee the daughter of  David and Jennie Hughes  and came to this county with her parents, when a young girl.  She was married about 58 years ago to  James N. Atwood, who died in 1918.
          She leaves four children, Melvina Atwood, near Mt. Auburn;  Harley, at whose home she died;  Herman, of Hendricks township and  Mrs. Mannie Cowles  of Jackson township.
          Mrs. Atwood was a member of the Methodist church and was a faithful attendant at services as long as her health would permit.
          Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. George Stainbrook officiating.  Burial will be in Brockman cemetery with Morris Sleeth, funeral director in charge.  Please omit flowers.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Donnette Mann

The  Shelby  Democrat
September 13, 1917
Page 2
Final  Call  Came  Early  To-
Day  For  Mrs. Elizabeth  At-
wood,  Of  This  City.
(From Thursday’s Daily)
         Mrs. Elizabeth Atwood, one of Shelby county's oldest residents, answered the final call early today after an illness of several weeks, passing away at 8 o'clock this morning at her residence, 203 west Broadway, which had been her home for several years.  Her death was expected and many of her relatives had been at her bedside for several days.
        Mrs. Atwood celebrated her ninety-first birthday with a big dinner at her home, December 1, 1916, and at that time she was in such good health that she enjoyed very much the dinner that had been prepared in her honor and the attention that was shown her at the time by her children and grandchildren and other relatives who were guests at the dinner.  She was quite active up to the beginning of the illness that terminated in her death.
          Her husband, Daniel J. Atwood, died October 6, 1879.  He was one of the Successful farmers of Hendricks township and left his family in very comfortable circumstances.  His widow was a good business manager and added to their acres as the years went by and at the time of her death was the owner of one of the very good farms in the southern part of Hendricks township.  She was a daughter of the late  Samuel D. and  Elizabeth Sandefur, who had come from Kentucky to Shelby county, and was born in Jackson township, December 21, 1825, being thus almost as old as the county itself.
          Early in life Mrs. Atwood became a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Johnson county and she had always retained her membership in this pioneer church.  She was a good mother and neighbor and had many friends, who will drop a tear over her passing away.
          One brother,  Joseph Wesley Sandefur, of this city, and five of the nine children born of her marriage to Mr. Atwood survive, the children being  Mrs. George Howery, of Hancock county;  Mrs. Fleming Williams, near Franklin;  James S. Atwood, of Jackson townshp;  Mrs. Amanda Facemire, of Los Angeles, Cal., and  Miss Angeline Atwood, who had always made her home with her mother and who came to this city to care for her when she decided to leave the farm.
          Her marriage to Mr. Atwood was solemnized August 26, 1841.  She leaves fourteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  Elder Robert Thompson, of Greenfield, officiating, and burial will be made in the Brockman cemetery, near Jollity, in charge of Hendrickson & Sleeth.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday April 12, 1917
Page 7 column 6
Resident of The Second Mt. Pleasant
Community For Many Years
(From Friday’s Daily)
          Mrs. Mollie Atwood, 64 years old, widow of  Thomas Atwood, the couple being residents of the Second Mt. Pleasant community for many years, died Thursday night at Rensselaer, Indiana, where she had been making her home for three years. She was quite well known in the western part of this county and all over Johnson county.
          Mrs. Atwood was born February 2, 1853.  She had been a member of the Second Mt. Pleasant church and was one of its active members until she removed to Hopewell and her many friends in her old home community will be saddened by the news of her death.
          Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Atwood.  Mrs. John Williams, a daughter, died a few years ago, and the surviving children are  Charles Atwood, Acton;  Mrs. Otis Diabel, of Franklin, and  Miss Mabel Atwood, who was making her home with her mother.
          The body will be brought to the home of the daughter in Franklin for the funeral services Saturday and burial will be made in the Second Mt. Pleasant cemetery.
          Mrs. Atwood’s death was caused by heart disease.  She was a sister of  John Lusk, east of this city, and is survived by two sisters and three other brothers — Mrs. James Patterson  and  Mrs. Joseph Owens,  W. R. Lusk  and  Philander Lusk, of Johnson county, and  Winston Lusk, whose home is in the west.  Mrs. Atwood was the matron of the Johnson county orphan’s home for a few years before going to Rensselaer and she had transferred her membership to the Baptist church at Hopewell, near the orphan’s home.  The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday October 16, 1913
Page 2 column 4
Lifting Sack Of Wheat Proved Fatal
For William Thomas Atwood
(From Thursday’s Daily)
          William Thomas Atwood, sixty-four years and seven months old, died at eight-thirty o’clock Wednesday morning at his home, two miles southwest of Franklin.  His death came as a shock to his many relatives and friends in Shelby and Johnson counties, as few of them knew of his illness.
          Mr. Atwood was at work at his home Monday morning in his usual health.  He was taken ill shortly after lifting a sack full of wheat from a box in which he had to bend over, and declined until his death.
          Deceased was born in Shelby county, south of Bengal in Hendricks township, and was the son of  William P. Atwood.
          For over thirty years he had lived in Johnson county and had devoted his attention to farming.  For several years, with Mrs. Atwood as matron, he had charge of the Johnson county orphan’s home, leaving that place two years ago and moving to the home where he died.
          He is survived by his widow and three children — Charles Atwood,  Mrs. Olga Diebel  and  Miss Mabel Atwood; one brother, John Atwood  of Franklin, and two sisters, Mrs. Malinda Shipp, of Bengal, and  Mrs. Nan Barnum of Franklin.
          Deceased had a large acquaintance and was greatly esteemed by all who knew him.
          The funeral services will be held at his late home Friday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, the services being conducted by Rev. J.B. Ferguson, of Hopewell, and Rev. P.O. Duncan, former pastor at Second Mt. Pleasant.  Burial at Second Mt. Pleasant.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat  
Thursday March 6, 1902
          Rosie M., wife of  William Atwood, died at Bengal, at 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 5th, aged twenty-five years.  Besides her husband she leaves one brother, and one sister.  The funeral will be from the Christian church at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7th. Interment in the Second Mt. Pleasant cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Franklin  Democrat
November 20, 1891
Page 5, col 2
          Mason Atwood, a brother of John Atwood of our city, committed suicide at his residence two miles east of Smiley’s Mill Wednesday afternoon. His wife was at Edinburg at the time and his children were out shucking popcorn and when they returned to the house found him dead, having hung himself to the bed post. The deceased has been in poor health for some time and it is presumed that this was the principal cause of his committing the rash act.
WPA Records from the Shelby County Health Department, Death Record H-20:17
Name:  Samuel M. Atwood
Date:  18 Nov 1891
Location:  Shelby County
Age:  47 Yr       Gender:  m       Race:  w

Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday June 18, 1891
Page 2 column 4
          Wm. L. Atwood  died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Martin Barnum, of Franklin, Indiana, last Friday, June 12   Interred at Mt. Pleasant cemetery last Sunday at 3 o’clock, funeral sermon by Rev. Duncan.  Deceased was in his 78th year and had been in feeble health for some months.  The deceased was a model in all his ways of treatment to his fellowman.  He was a kind husband and father.  He leaves a wife and six children, all of the latter grown and married.  Mr. Atwood was the owner of a good farm, but had done no work for a number of years.  He will be greatly missed by his wife, who is blind, and his children, who loved him very much.  The empty chair left by him cannot be filled and dreary will seem the time as it glides along.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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