Delilah F. Stevenson
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