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Jane A. Cornell obituary

submitted by Angeles Oakes

Jane A. Cornell

She was the daughter of Welsey Cornell and Catherine Ochampaugh, both buried in the Charlotteville Cemetery. She is believed to be born in the town of Summit and married John B. VanBuren the younger. In 1856 they relocated to Walworth County, Wisconsin with their son Hiram and others for unknown reasons. Around 1863 they moved to Black Hawk County, Iowa where John B. VanBuren died in 1868. He is buried in the Waterloo Cemetery with 2 young daughters. Left with too many children to care for she farmed out the older children and soon remarried to widower Hugh Skilling who was a carpenter and a Civil War Pensioner. For unknown reasons, they moved to Harper County, Kansas where Hugh died in 1894. She then lived with Hughs daughters in various places until her death 13 September 1917 in Kansas City, Kansas. Her body was taken back to the Harper Cemetery in Harper County, Kansas. Her daughter Lillian VanBuren is also buried there.


Mrs. Skilling Dead
Harper Advocate; Thurs, Sept 20 1917

The remains of Mrs. Jane Skilling was brought from Kansas City, Kansas Saturday and interment was made in the I.O.O.F. cemetery at this place

The body was accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Eva Buckles and her husband, Dr. Joseph Buckles. Mrs. Skilling had reached the ripe old age of 83 years and 7 days. At the time of her death she was a great, great, grandmother and she desired very much to have a photograph made of the five generations. Death came however before this desire could be gratified.

She was born in New York State and afterwards moved to Iowa. She first married Mr. VanBuren and by this union there were five children, Rev. W.E. VanBuren of Tipton, Iowa, J.H. VanBuren, Guymon, OK. Mrs. David Greek, Dodge City, Kan. Mrs. Hattie Mansfield of Canton, Ok and Lillian VanBuren deceased.

Her second marriage was to Hugh Skilling who preceded her to the great beyond twenty years ago. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Theo Fulton of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Joseph Buckles of Kansas City, Kansas. She came to this country in 1876 and lived on a farm 3 miles east of town and in this city until about 12 years ago. She has been living in California until about a year and a half ago when she came back and lived with her daughter Mrs. Buckles at whose home she died.

She was a devout Christian mother sincere in her belief and living the life that she thought her savior pointed out. She was a good neighbor and friend and her many friends here especially the early settlers, will learn with pain of her departure.


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