The  Shelbyville  News
Monday March 26, 1956
Brief Illness Fatal to Ex-City Resident
           Mrs. Helen M. (Pickett) Ransdell, 53, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pickett  of 521 North Pike street, died at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis Saturday night following a brief illness of a complication of diseases.
           Mrs. Ransdell, whose home was at 1635 West Michigan street, Indianapolis, was a native of Batesville.  She was the wife of  Arnold J. Ransdell, and surviving with him are the parents and three children,  Mrs. Wanda M. Cord,  of this city and  Mrs. Betty Ann Crouse,  and  Richard Lewis  of Indianapolis.  Also surviving are three sisters and a brother,  Mrs. Earl W. (Mildred) Neu  and  Harold Pickett  of this city and  Mrs. George B. (Gladys) Anders  and  Mrs. Glenn Patton  of Indianapolis.
           Last rites will be held Wednesday at the Jordan Funeral Home, Indianapolis. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in this city.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Indianapolis  Star
Thursday, September 23, 1915
Page 4   Column 3
          SHELBYVILLE -- Mrs. Matilda Ann Ransdell, 81 years old, widow of  James C. Ransdell,  is dead here.  She is survived by four children -- Mrs. Mary C. Johnson, Evansville;  Mrs. Fannie Kennedy, Indianapolis;  Mrs. Anna Robins  and  Samuel Ransdell, Shelbyville.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday September 23, 1915
Page 1 column 4
Aged Woman Passed Away At Home Of Son
Here Early this Morning
(From Wednesday’s Daily)
          Mrs. Matilda Ann Ransdell, 81 years old, widow of  James Theophilus Ransdell, died at the home of her son, Samuel Ransdell, 311 east Franklin street, at 12:15 o’clock this morning.  Her death was caused by kidney trouble and attendant complications and her condition had been critical since last Thursday.
          Deceased was the daughter of  James and  Eliza Reed and was born at Mt. Sterling, Indiana, April 1, 1834.  For many years her home had been in this city.  She was the widow of  Hiram Meek  before becoming the wife of Mr. Ransdell.  Her second marriage took place in 1856.  Two children were born of the first union and eleven the second.  Mr. Ransdell died sixteen years ago and he and his wife are survived by three daughters and a son — Mrs. Mary C. Johnson, Evansville; Mrs. Fannie Kennedy, Indianapolis; Mrs. Anna Robins  and  Samuel Ransdell, of this city.  Mrs. Ransdell is survives by twenty-one grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.  She also leaves a brother, Jefferson Reed, and a sister Mrs. Harriett E. Lemaster, both of Tipton.
          Mrs. Ransdell was a member of the Vine Street M. P. church.
          Mrs. Ransdell was always a faithful attendant at church services and it is said of her that her friends always knew she was ill if they failed to see her in her accustomed place at the church service.
          The funeral service will be held at the Vine street church at two o’clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. S. Stainbrook and the Rev. W. D. Hetrick officiating.  The interment will be made in the family lot in the City cemetery, Stewart & Fix in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Liz

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, July 2, 1909
Page 2, column 1
          A telegram has been received here of the death of  Thomas J. Randall, for many years a resident of this city, but who spent the last few years of his life in Seattle, Washington.  Deceased was seventy years of age and leaves three sons and a widow, who before her marriage was Miss Amanda Hacker, a sister of  Mrs. Caughey Fleming  and  Mrs. Jacob Conrey, both of this city.  He was a brother of  Joseph B. Randall,  John W. Randall,  Mrs. Mary Ellis,  Mrs. Sarah E. Wiles  and  Miss Rebecca Randall.  Heart trouble and a complication of diseases was the cause of his death.
Submitted by Barb Huff  for Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Republican
Tuesday, September 30, 1884
Page 4, column 2
          Mrs. Lydia A. Randall died at 2 o'clock Monday September 29.  The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock today from the family residence, and will be conducted by Rev. S. Tincher and Rev. J. K. Pye.
          Mrs. Randall was born in Gennessee county, New York, on April 5, 1811.  She was married to Abraham Goble in White Pigeon, Michigan, on August 6, 1832.  Together they moved to Shelbyville in the fall of 1854.  Mr. Goble died July 13, 1865, and on January 2, 1868, his widow was married to T. G. Randall.  Mrs. Randall joined the M. E. Church in her girlhood and was ever an active and faithful member, engaging in all the services thereof.  Her life was consistent, and her death was such as follows such a life.  She will be missed much in the community, but more in the church.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby Volunteer
Thursday, January 25, 1883
          James Randall, whose serious illness was mentioned in our last issue, died on Thursday last.  His remains were buried on Saturday in presence of a large concourse of mourning friends and relatives and with the ceremonials of the Odd Fellows, of which society deceased was an honored member.  In te death of Mr. Randall, Shelbyville loses one of her most useful and honored citizens.  Mr. Randall was born in London county, Va., September 13, 1813, and was consequently over sixty-nine years old at the time of his death.  In 1833 he married  Sarah A. Pettit  and removed to Warren county, Ohio, where he engaged in blacksmithing.  He came to this county in 1846, where for many years he carried on his trade in connection with carriage making.  Afterwards he sold dry goods and subsequently about 1863 took up the grocery and produce business which he has followed ever since with increasing prosperity.  He made the firm of  J. M. Randall & Sons famous throughout the country as buyers and shippers of all kinds of produce, and latterly did a business in this county of largely over $100,000 a year.  He was a member of the M. E. church and always highly esteemed as a man of real piety and large benevolence.  As merchant, member of the school board and city council, and in all the walks of life, James M. Randall was a model citizen.  The wife of his youth and a family of grown children survive him.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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