Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, November 10, 1950
Rites for County Native
Will Be Conducted Sunday
          Martin D. French,  73, retired farmer and real estate dealer, died at the W. S. Major Hospital this morning at 8:00 o'clock after an illness of two months.  Mr. French, whose home was at 412 S. Pike St., was a lifelong resident of Shelby county.  He was born in Marietta on February 2, 1877, the son of  Tuins [Tunis] and  Elizabeth (Lemon) French.
          ON  NOVEMBER  8, 1902, he was married to  Oma Kinneck  who survives with one sister,  Mrs. Ida Hall  of Trafalgar.
          Funeral services will be held at the Marietta Methodist Church Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Interment, in charge of the Sleeth Funeral Home, will be in the Miller cemtery[sic].  Friends may call at the funeral home after 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Tuesday, January 26, 1926
Funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth French
Will be Held at Marietta M.
P. Church.
          Funeral services for  Mrs. Elizabeth French,  eight-three years old, who died Sunday night at the Robert Long hospital in Indianapolis, of a complication of diseases arising from a fractured hip, will be conducted at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Marietta M. P. church, with the Rev. J. S. Clawson, pastor of the church officiating.  Burial will be in the Miller cemetery in charge of Morris H. Sleeth, funeral director.
          Mrs. French was widely known here and the announcement of her death was received in Shelby county with deepest regret.  She was taken to the Indianapolis hospital a short time ago, suffering from a fractured hip and the injury caused a complication of diseases which resulted in her death.
          She is survived by five children,  Martin French,  of Indianapolis,  J. M. French,  of Lebanon,  Ivory D. French,  of Sheridan, Ind.,  Ida May French,  of Bloomington and  Miss Dora French,  of Colorado.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Monday, January 25, 1926
Former Resident of Marietta Pass-
ed Away Early Today at In-
dianapolis Hospital.
          Mrs. Tunnis French,  83 years old, former resident of the Marietta community and widely known in the southwest part of the county died early this morning at the Robert Long hospital in Indianapolis.  A complication of ailments from a broken hip brought on by her advanced age caused her death.
          For several years Mrs. French had been making her home with a daughter in Indianapolis but most of her life was spent as a resident of Shelby county.  She was taken to the hospital several days ago following a fall in which she suffered the broken hip.  Her death will be mourned by her many friends in the county.
          The body was prepared for burial today by Morris Sleeth, undertaker and will be brought to his establishment in this city and later taken to Marietta.  The funeral and burial arrangements will be announced Tuesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Republican
September 12, 1918
Was First White Child to Be
Born in Liberty Township,
Shelby County.
Funeral Services Will Be Held on
Sunday Afternoon
at St. Paul.
          Joseph R. French,  93 years old, the first white child born in Liberty township, Shelby county, died Friday morning at 1:20 o'clock, at his home in St. Paul.  His death was caused by diseases incident to old age, with which he had been ill for some time.  Mr. French was the son of  Daniel and  Amy French  and was the last of a family of eight children.  He was born in Liberty township, near the site of old Middletown on August 27, 1825.  He used to relate many interesting stories of the early days of the township and county.  At one time he wrote a history of Liberty township, which was published in the papers of the county.
          Mr. French was a member of the Masonic lodge at St. Paul and held his membership there until that lodge disbanded.  It was stated by members of the family of Mr. French that he never was known to utter an oath.  Since 1856 he had lived at St. Paul.  He was a harness maker and saddler, and later traveled over the state selling monuments.  Mr. French was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
          In 1845 he was married to  Catherine Ziegler,  who died 17 years ago.  He was later married to  Mrs. Carrie Buchanan,  who died May 10, 1911.  Mr. French is survied[sic] by three daughters,  Mrs. D. J. Ballard,  of St. Paul;  Mrs. A. H. Plymate,  of Acton and  Mrs. E. Berbyshire,  of Kissimmee, Florisa; one son,  W. H. French,  of Eldorado, Ark; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the M. E. church in St. Paul Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Hester officiating.  Burial will be made in the St. Paul Hill cemetery, in charge of Stewart and Fix.  No flowers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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