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Fannie (Wilkin) Pollock

THE MANSFIELD HERALD:  05 February 1885, Vol. 35, No. 12


Submitted by Amy


Mrs. Fannie Pollock died at Mansfield, February 4th., at 1:30 a.m., aged 83 years, 7 months and 14 days.  The funeral will take place from the residence of her son, James R. Pollock, No. 89 West Fourth Street, at 2 o'clock p.m., Friday, February 6th.

A more thorough obituary for Mrs. Pollock appeared in the HERALD on February 19th., 1885 (Vol. 35, No. 14), as follows:

Departed this life of pneumonia, February 4, 1885, Mrs. Fanny (Wilkin) Pollock, wife of Samuel Pollock, deceased.  Mrs. Pollock was the daughter of Nathan Wilkin.  She was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, July 28, 1801, and at her decease was 85 years, 6 months and 7 days old.  The family came to Harrison County, Ohio, in 1812, and settled on a farm five miles from Cadiz, Ohio.  Her mother died when she was 12 years old.  She, at that tender age, kept house for her father, caring for two sisters and two brothers who were younger than she was.  One of these brothers, Rev. Nathan Wilkin, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, died July 15, 1880.  One brother and one sister survive her.  

On February 6, 1818, she was united in marriage to Samuel Pollock.  Her funeral was on the 6th. of February, the 67th. anniversary of her marriage.  In the spring of 1822 they came to Richland County, residing on a farm two miles west of Mansfield.  She knew what it was to toil and labor for a family and giving of her s-anty means, and the labor of her home for the maintenance of the Gospel ministry, besides contributing to the erection of the brick edifice of the U.P. Church on Mulberry Street.  In those days they felt every dime given away for any purpose.  Through snow and rain, cold or heat, she wended her way to her accustomed seat in church, and four Sabbaths before she was called home she was at communion service attending three days in succession.  

October 22, 1867, they came to Mansfield, lived on Marion Avenue, where her husband died September 3, 1876, at the advanced age of 88 years, 7 months and 2 days.  On August 14, 1878, she came to reside with her son J.R. Pollock, on West Fourth Street, where she ended her days on earth, being confined to bed but four days.  She was the mother of 13 children, six sons and 7 daughters, of which number 6 sons and 4 daughters survive her.  She had 43 grandchildren living, 11 dead;  29 great-grandchildren living, 5 dead;  whole number, 88 grandchildren and 1-1 descendants.  

She united with the Presbyterian Church at Cadiz in 1818.  In 1822, she with her husband, united with the Associate Reformed Church.  For 67 years she was a consistent member of the Christian Church, living up to her professions in every day life so faithfully that many would remark, "if all persons would live out their religion as Mrs. Pollock does, we could believe in the Christian religion".  

Friends and neighbors loved her for her warm hearted sympathy.  Her children adored her for her devoted love and unselfish life.  But few persons have been blessed with as tender, sensitive and true hearted a mother.  A few of the first days of her illness her mind wandered some, but for the least six days her intellect was as clear and bright as ever it was.  She realized she was dying, and felt her pulse a few hours before she passed away.  Her dying message to her absent children was:

"Tell them I would like to see them all;  tell them to do their duty, live right lives, it will be better for them in this life and the life to come;  live Christian lives and meet me in heaven.  I am ready to go when the Lord takes me.  I do not want to go any sooner or any later;  I abide his time.  The Lord has promised to forgive our sins, and He never breaks His promises.  The spirits are all around me.  Joy, joy, more joy --."

What a grand mind, what a noble mind.  But we must say farewell, mother, until we meet again, to part no more, in that bright summer land.

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