Macoupin County Inquirer Aug. 10, 1915
Elizabeth Jane Hodges, was the youngest daughter of Seth T. and Abigail Hodges. She was born, March 22, 1828, on a farm which father settled on in 1815, when he came to this country, lying six miles south or Palmyra on Hodges Creek. Her mother died when she was two years old and her father died when she was eleven. Her father and she were great chums, and she took much pleasure during life, in telling of the times they had together, hunting, fishing and riding horseback. After her father's death, she went to live with Mrs. Lane and made her living by spinning and weaving for those who could afford to hire that work done, in those early days.
She was married in 1850 to John Anderson Simpson. To them were born eight children, four of whom are living: T. J. and Willliam Simpson of Palmyra, Ill.: Mrs. J. C. Maxwell* of Barr; Mrs. P. C. Davenport of Carlinville, whose home she has called her home for the last several years.
It was her privilege to live during an era of much progress and had witnessed the swift evolution from the old and crude, to the present modern methods of farming, housekeeping, transportation etc., and often expressed herself as being so pleased that the women and girls of today were blessed with so many more and better opportunities, than she had enjoyed in her younger days.
Her health began failing her two years ago, when her son J. L. Simpson, died in California and when her oldest daughter, Mrs. Will Ross of Maitland, Mo., died on April 3 1915, the shock was such, that she was confined to her bed and she gradually faded away, until Aug. 3 when God in His divine mercy took her soul up to Him, and her weary worn-out body was at rest. During the last two weeks of her life she realized her term of life was drawing to its close and made all preparations for it, with that same calm attitude of mind, that she possessed all of her life.
Rev. C. C. Brown, conducted a short prayer service over her remains before they were taken to the Chicago and Alton railway.
Submitted by: Marita