DeKalb County Indiana Obituary


Mary Jane Altenburg Hanes
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells


In the Hamilton News, March 22, 1918 it says, "MARY JANE ALTENBURG Mary Jane Altenburg was born in Geneseo county, NY and died March 14th 1918, aged 82 years, 1 month, 8 days. She was the oldest daughter of Daniel and Sarah Altenburg, pioneer settlers of DeKalb County who settled near Auburn in 1838, coming there by ox team. She was married Sept. 27th, 1857, to Charles Hanes who died Dec. 5, 1894. To this union were born six children - Ella, Harriett, Moses, Josephine, Charles, and Fred - of which to precede her were, Ella, Josephine, and Fred. She leaves behind her, 3 brothers, Cosper, William, and Frank Altenburg, and her dearly beloved sister, Harriett Hanes, widow of George William Hanes; and three children, Hattie E. Aldrich, Moses B., and Charles B. Hanes. Mary Jane Hanes was a devout Christian all her lifetime, being identified with the church her whole life since early childhood, and her greatest pleasure was to be in God's house with her family. In all her sickness and suffering, there was never a complaint, except of the trouble she made to someone else perhaps. She was prepared and ready and waiting, so death had no sting here. One of the last conscious acts was to gather the family round her bedside for prayer, and with her own lips make the prayer, praying all for them. Funeral services were held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Aldrich, where she died, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, conducted by Rev. B. F. Hornaday. Interment in the Butler Cemetery."


In the Butler paper, March 22, 1918 it says, "Mary Jane Altenburg was born Feb. 6, 1836, in Geneseo County, New York. Died March 14, 1918 age 82 years, one month and 8 days. She was the oldest daughter of Daniel and Sarah Altenburg, pioneer settlers of DeKalb County, who settled near Auburn in 1838, coming by ox team. She was married Sept. 27, 1857 to Charles Hanes, who died Dec. 5, 1894. To this union were born six children, Ella, Harriet, Moses, Josephine and Fred. She leaves behind her, three brothers, Cosper, William, and Frank Altenburg and her beloved sister, Harriet Hanes, widow of George William Hanes, and three children, Hattie E. Aldrich, Moses B., and Charles B. Hanes. Mary Jane Hanes was a devout Christian all her lifetime, being identified with the church her whole life since early childhood and her greatest pleasure was to be in God's house, and with her family. In all her sickness and suffering there was never a complaint, except of the trouble she made to someone else perhaps. She was prepared and ready and waiting, so Death had no sting here. One of the most conscious acts was to gather the family near her bedside for prayer and with her own lips made the prayer, praying for them. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. W. Aldrich, where she died, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16, conducted by Rev. B. F. Hornaday. Interment in Butler cemetery."




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