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Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Myers
Celebrates 91st Anniversary Friday

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Myers of near Murrayville yesterday observed her 91st birthday anniversary. Mrs. Myers, who makes her home with a daughter, Mrs. Irvin Cain, east of Murrayville is enjoying good health.

Mrs. Myers was born Feb. 24, 1848, near Nashville, Tenn., the eldest of a family of seven children. When one year of age she came with her parents in a covered wagon to Illinois and settled one and one-half miles south of Waverly.

After a few years the parents decided to try Missouri, so in 1855 they hitched to their covered wagon and moved to Macon County, Mo. At the outbreak of war they came back to Illinois. Altho natives of Tennessee they were opposed to slavery.

She has always lived on a farm and says she has plowed corn many a day with a yoke of oxen with their only harness an ox yoke.

One brother, Lee Dennis, of East Beecher Avenue, Jacksonville, and one sister Mrs. Will Samples of Waverly are still living.

Mrs. Myers is the mother of eleven children, six of whom are living. Thirty-six grandchildren and thirty-nine great grandchildren.

Two granddaughters, Mrs. Harry Bridges and Mrs. Everett Brogdon reside in this city.

[Newspaper article from unknown source. From the days mentioned, the paper would have been printed 25 February 1939. Elizabeth Jane Dennis was married in 1865 to Simpson Whitlock (three sons), in 1875 to Charles Wood four daughters), and 7 Oct 1886 to Michael Washburn Myers (four daughters). Elizabeth Jane (Dennis) Whitlock Wood Myers was my great great grandmother.]

Submitted by Robert W. Ridenour