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Death of Lucretia Wilson

Lucretia Wilson was born in Grayson Co. Kentucky June 18, 1825, died at her home near Scottville March 6th, 1907 at 6:05 am.

At the age of ten years with her parents, Samuel and Eliza Wilson, she came to this state and settled in Wayne Co, where she resided until her marriage to Wm. Close August 5th, 1841.

To this union fifteen children were born, twelve living to be grown, three dying in infancy. She leaves to mourn her death, three daughters and five sons. Naomi Halbert, Eliza White and Newton Close of Kane, Ill.; Ira and Jasper of Carterville, Mo.; Perry of Orange, Cal.; Alice of Hettick and Willie of Scottville. She also leaves three brothers: Jasper and Marion Wilson of Kentucky and Samuel Wilson of Oklahoma and thirty-one grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Close united with the Baptist church at Kane about fifty years ago and lived up to her faith until her death, bringing her letter with her on moving to Macoupin Co., but on account of sickness neglected to place it in another church. At the time of their marriage they had only their hands to make a living, but by good management they soon had a home of their own in Jersey County, Ill., but sold it in the year 1867 and bought a farm of 233 acres in Bourbon Co. Kansas, but never moved their on account of sickness. They then bought a farm in Macoupin County near Scottville which remained their home until death.

Mr. Close died October 25, 1869, leaving his property to his wife. Soon after her husband's death Mrs. Close was stricken with rheumatism which confined her to her home most of the time. The bible in which she took great pleasure in reading was always near hand and read daily.

She will be greatly missed in her home especially by her little grandson, Roy; who has been with her all his life and always ready and willing to do anything he could. They spent many happy hours together teaching him how to read and spell.

Willie being the youngest son always lived with his mother on the old home place, she always wanted him near, and in her sickness it was beautiful to see him waiting on her, always helping her to bed and never failing to impart a kiss on her brow. Every one was willing to help her at all times but she preferred her youngest son.

She being a great sufferer for so many years she often expressed a desire to go. In her death we loose a kind mother and a good neighbor. The funeral was conducted at her home at 11 am, March 7th, 1907 by Rev. Fitzgerald. The interment was at Land Cemetery.

Submitted by: Rhonda Deatherage

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