Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, August 7, 1959
Rites Here Sunday
For County Native, 85
Mrs. Nancy Frances Billman, 85, R.R.1, Fountaintown, died Thursday, August 6, 1959, Muncie nursing home.
Widow of  George Billman,  prominent Shelby County farmer.
Born in VanBuren Township, Octoer 26, 1873, d/o  William Talley Wicker  and  Sarah Wicker.
Married  George Billman  April 2, 1903; he died February 5, 1952.
Member Fairview Methodist Church.
Survivors:  daughters,  Mrs. Herbert R. Hill,  R.R. Fountaintown, past state regent DAR, and  Mrs. James W. Rice, near Daleville [Delaware County, Indiana]; grandson; sister, Mrs. Frank Miller, Maxwell [Hancock County, Indiana].
Two children preceded in death.
Services:  Sleeth Funeral Home, Rev. Clarence Wilson officiating.
Burial:  Liberty E.U.B. Church cemetery.
Contributed and summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelby  Co  Newspaper
June, 1920
Called Up Higher
          The funeral of  Mrs. Leander Billman, who died Thursday [3 Jun 1920] morning was held from the late home, 622 Shelby Street, Shelbyville, Indiana, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and burial was made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Rev. F. M. Westhafer, of Attica Indiana, assisted by Rev. E. A. Doughtery, of Shelbyville officiated at the funeral services.  Morris H. Sleeth, undertaker in charge.
          Mrs. Billman was born in Marion township, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Thomas, on November 4, 1847.  Her marriage to Mr. Billman was solemnized September 3, 1865, and their life has been one of ideal happiness.  For about seven years after their marriage they lived in Marion township, after which they moved to Addison township and later to Hancock county.  After living there about eleven years they moved back to Marion township in 1906 to Shelbyville, where they have since made their home.
          Four children were born to them, three of who survive with the husband.  They are  Gustus Billman, of Marion township,  Raleigh Billman, of Hendricks township, and  Mrs. Lena Ryerson, of near Morristown.  The deceased also leaves one brother,  George Thomas, of Marion township, and four sisters,  Mrs. Laura House  of Los Angeles, California;  Mrs. Gilbert Hartness, of Shelbyville;  Mrs. Alvin Myers, of Marion township and  Mrs. John Vaught, of Addison township.
Submitted by Anne Ruby
I used the death date listed by Forest Hill Cemetery for Nancy Jane Billman.-pmf

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 13, 1917
Page 1
... an Indianapolis hospital Tuesday, but her condition was such Tuesday morning that it was seen that it would be impossible to remove her from her home.  The best of skill was employed in the effort to ward off the visit of the Death Angel, but all to no avail.
          The realtives were summoned as soon as Mrs. Billman's condition became critical and all of them had reached her bedside before she passed away.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of this city and had been active for many years in various departments of the church, and her death will be felt as a great loss in many circles in this city.
          Mrs. Billman  was a daughter of  Alfred and Matilda Thompson,  to whom eight children were born.  She was born on a farm in Rush county, near Blue Ridge, March 6, 1863, and her marriage to Mr. Billman was solemnized Nov. 3, 1881.
          The surviving relatives are her husband, two daughters,  Misses Ola and  Claire;  a brother,  E. B. Thompson,  of this city, and a sister,  Mrs. A. K. Krewsom,  of Pittsburgh, Pa.
          The funeral services will be held at the residence at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev. A. F. von Tobel officiating, and the burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Note:  My newspaper clipping did not include the first part of this article. Forest Hill records show  Alice C. Billman,  wife of  Joseph W. Billman  died December 12, 1917.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, October 21, 1898
Page 1
          On last Sunday evening we were again called to stand around the little white casket and view the remains of one dear to us.  Little  Claude, son of  George and Nannie Billman, was taken to his last resting place.  Recollections of the past come to us as a dream.  We can see the anxious mother bending over the bed of her dying child.  We see her bathe its aching head and wipe the cold, damp dew of death from its brow.  While the world was hushed in sleep, she smoothed the loved one's path way down to the tomb, and we have the sweet satisfaction that we did all that could be done in this world for his comfort.  Although his life was short and full of suffering, we had become so attached to him that it was heart-breaking to see him taken from us.  Yet we should look to God and say  "Thy will be done"  for we know He doeth all things for the best.  Then why weep?  Can you not see the bright star in the blue dome of heaven, and know that the day is dawning and that the long weary night of lonely hours is past?  Can we not recognize in that lovely form so calm and still in death a bright emblem of that quiet and beautiful day of rest that shall down upon the enraptured gaze of the weary child of God?  We would say to the grief-stricken parents, do not mourn, your child is dead and he cannot come to you, but you can go to him, there is your guide to God and Heaven.  In the midst of the desolation of death, God has caused this bright star of hope to appear above the gloomy horizon of worldly woes:
Little Claude, he has left us
And has gone to Heaven above,
There to dwell with Christ forever
Where all is naught but love.

Though we miss him, yet 'tis better,
For God has willed it so
That he should come up higher,
And leave this world of woe.

He has missed a world of sorrow,
He has gained a world of love.
And you, parents, can come day join him
To enjoy that Heaven above.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyille  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, March 9, 1895
          Michael Billman  died at his home No.68 West Mechanic St., at six p.m. Friday, March 8th, aged eighty-five years.  Funeral services will be held in the M. E. Church at Marion at two p.m. Monday, March 11th, Rev. Z. McNew officiating, assisted by Rev. J. R. T. Lathrop.  The casket will be open at the house from nine a.m. to twelve Monday.  The cortege will leave the house at 12:30 p.m.  Deceased was one of the wealthy men of Shelby county.  He was born in Alsace, France, February 15, 1810 and was of German parentage.  He came to America and located at New Paris, Ohio in 1829.  There he married  Magdalien Eckert, July 25, 1835.  They removed from New Paris to Shelby county, Indiana, and located in Marion township in 1837, and had resided there until a few months ago, when he moved with his daughter, Miss Elizabeth, to this city, Mrs. Billman having died some time previous.  There were nine children born unto them, five of whom are living, and are as follows:  Mrs. Charles H. Leander,  Mrs. Emma Gordon,  Mrs. Edward F. Wells  and  Miss Elizabeth Billman.  Cummins and Edwards have charge of the remains.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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