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Martha Maddox Short

Martha Maddox Short, was born in Georgia Nov. 13, 1807, and lived 
in that state about six years, when she came with her parents to 
Illinois in 1813 and settled on a farm near Belleville. She was married to 
Thos. J. Short Feb. 2, 1825, in Clinton County near Carlyle.  This union 
was blessed with eleven children, five boys and six girls, all of whom 
have preceded her to the better world save Alfred, now 76 years old, 
and James W., with whom deceased was living at the time of her death.  
She professed a faith in Christ and joined the M.E. Church in 1827 and 
has ever since lived a devoted Christian life. She was converted at a 
camp meeting at Ridge campground conducted by Rev. Simeon Walker, one of 
the pioneer Methodist preachers. Sister Short was one among the oldest, 
if not the oldest, residents of our county. The writer and her former 
pastor, Rev. J.C. Kinison have often heard her relate stirring incidents 
of the camp meeting conducted by Peter Cartwright and Lorenzo Dow, also 
of the inconveniences of the county in its infancy. She moved with her 
husband to a farm in 1853, near where Uncle Alfred Short now lives.  At 
the time there was no church in this part of the county, services being 
held in private houses.  Her doors were often thrown wide open for the 
worship of God.  She and her companion were instrumental in building 
the old log church, which stood one quarter of a mile south of Zion 

During the civil war, which brought sorrow to so many homes, she placed 
a husband and two sons upon the altar of her country, trusting in God 
for their safety and her prayers were answered by their safe return. 
After 44 years of sojourn together, God in his providence took from her 
the companion of her bosom. Her trouble in this life were great, having 
a husband and nine children precede her to the eternal home of the 
soul, yet, like Job of old, she was enabled to say, "The Lord gave and the 
Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the lord." Not withstanding 
her extreme age she possessed a strong memory, being able to converse 
very intelligently upon matters connected with the early history of the 

Her last thoughts were of her oldest son, asking the favor of God to 
rest upon him, her last words being, "The Lord bless you, Alfred." Her 
daughter-in-law, seeing her lips move, asked her what she wanted. She 
replied, "Oh, my blessed Savior."  To her son, James, she, "I will soon be 
done suffering," then sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, Friday evening, 
Feb. 28, 1902.  The funeral service was held at the residence, conducted 
by Rev. J.H. Davis. Internment at Atkinson cemetery Sunday, March 2, 

Newspaper article found in old family Bible of Curtis 
Gale Short
Date Unknown
Submitted by  Lori Lisenby Leonard 
Relationship: GGG Granddaughter

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