The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday afternoon, April 24, 1916
Page 1
An Old Time Citizen of Shelby County
Passes Away.
          Mrs. Mary Lancaster,  one of Shelby county's old time citizens, is dead at her home, 315 South West street, this city, her death occurring Monday morning at 6:15 o'clock.  Mrs. Lancaster was in poor health for some time, her trouble being merely incidents of old age.  On the 10th of the coming August Mrs. Lancaster would have been eighty years old.  She represented a type of people fast disappearing.  Plain in her every day life, kind and gentle to all, looking upon all persons as her friends, she was happy and content.  This good, motherly woman came to Shelby county with her parents seventy years ago.  they settled in the vicinity of London when the country was a wilderness.  She lived in that part of the county until she was married to  David Lancaster  when they moved to Shelbyville.  For sixty years this place has been her home.  She was the mother of eight children, seven daughters and one son, the son being  Mr. Charles D. Lancaster,  a local boy who made a success of business life in the city of Chicago.  The daughters are all dead.
          Mrs. Lancaster was a Methodist all her life.  When the West Street church was organized she was a charter memer and remained a faithful communicant to the end.  That a good son is the light of a mother was exemplified in this home.  As this only son prospered, he thought of this good mother.  He caused  to be built for her as exceptionally pretty cottage, placing in it every convenience.  He furnished it snugly and in her declining years she wanted for nothing.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.  Interment will be at the London cemetery.  Rev. S. J. Cross, of the West Street church, will officiate.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

16 Sept 1855

Jonathan D. Lancaster Mary Crum Book 6: 579

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