Shelby County Indiana
The Shelbyville News
Mrs. Nancy Frances Billman, 85, R.R.1, Fountaintown, died Thursday,
August 6, 1959, Muncie nursing home.
August 7, 1959
MRS. BILLMAN DIES AT MUNCIE
Rites Here Sunday
For County Native, 85
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,
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
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.
Called Up Higher
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 Shelbyville Republican
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:
Friday, October 21, 1898
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
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.
Saturday, March 9, 1895
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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