JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES
DEATH OF A CENTENARIAN

Mrs. Delilah F. STEVENSON, perhaps the oldest individual in Jefferson 
County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. C. MADDOX, at 113 South 
Green Street in this city, at twenty-five minutes past three o'clock this 
morning. Mrs. STEVENSON was one of the pioneers and prominent figures of 
Jefferson County, having lived in Mt. Vernon and vicinity for more than 
half century, and had been closely identified with all the religious and 
moral movements of the community. Mrs. STEVENSON was born in Bartee County, 
North Carolina, in 1794 0r 1795, in the absence of the family records some 
uncertainty exists as to the correct date.

In the early years of her girlhood she removed from her native State of 
Princeton, KY., where at the age of twenty-three years, she married 
Matthew J. STEVENSON and soon after removed with her husband to Illinois, 
first settling at Old Frankfort, in Franklin County, in 1818, where 
Mr. STEVENSON worked at his trade as a blacksmith for several years.  
Returning to the South, Mr. and Mrs. STEVENSON located in Tennessee, but 
shortly after came back to Illinois and established themselves at Golconda, 
Pope County, from whence they removed to Mt. Vernon where Mrs. STEVENSON 
has since resided.  Four of Mrs. STEVENSON's children are still living.  
They are John, the oldest, living at Troy Grove, LaSalle County, Ill.; 
Mrs. Eliza MADDOX, of this city; Mrs. A. C. McLAUGHLIN, of Troy Grove; and 
Henry, a prominent farmer of Shiloh Township, this county. Matthew STEVENSON 
died 56 years ago and his widow afterwards married John CRAWFORD, who lived 
but a short time.  After his death his widow reassumed the name of STEVENSON, 
which she has ever since borne.

Mrs. STEVENSON was a devout Christian and had been a member of the M.E. Church 
for a great number of years. Telegrams announcing the death of Mrs. STEVENSON 
have been sent to John and Mrs. McLAUGHLIN, her two children at Troy Grove, and 
they are expected to arrive on the Air Line accommodation tonight to attend the 
funeral, which will be held at the M.E. Church tomorrow morning.  Rev. J. B. 
THOMPSON, of Salem, has been sent for to preach the funeral sermon. The interment 
will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.


Source: Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly)
Date: September 20, 1893
Submitted by Mary Zinzilieta
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