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Mary Jane (Brooks) Bolt

17 Dec 1845 - 24 Aug 1933

Source:  Burnet Bulletin, August 1933

Mrs. M. J. Bolt died at her home in this place last Thursday , August 24, 1933. Her funeral service was held on the following day at the Burnet Tabernacle, conducted by Rev. T. K. Anderson, Methodist Pastor. Burial was at Odd Fellows Cemetery. The pall bearers were: Frank Atkinson, O. B. Zimmerman, Walter Wallace, Vernon Greer, H. A. Barnett, and Bunk Gibbs.

Mary Jane Brooks was born in Hancock County, Ilinois, December 17th, 1845, making her at the time of her death 87 years, 8 months and 7 days of age. She came to Burnet with her parents in 1852, and was truly one of the pioneers of this section of Texas. On the 12th of December, 1867, she was united in marriage to M. J. Bolt, who preceeded her in death some five years ago. To this union nine children were born, four of whom survive her - Frank and Jeff Bolt of Burnet, Mrs. Horace Fry of Brownwood, and Mrs. W. B. Atkinson of Grosvenor, Texas. She is also survived by one brother, Mr. Sam Brooks of Mason.

Mrs. Bolt professed religion when thirteen years of age and joined the Methodist Church, of which institution she remained a faithful member until death called her. She was a true Christian woman in the fullest meaning of such a statement, and was honored, loved, and respected by all who knew her.

She leaves a family of children who are highly respected in the communities in which they reside, and they are fortunate to have had such parents as Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Bolt.

It required courage, constant vigilance and resourcefulness for people to escape the perils in this section of Texas 75 and 80 years ago. This country at that time was the home of the blood-thirsty Indians and it was no uncommon occurrence for whole families to be massacred by them, not even sparing the women and children. No man or woman could feel a moments security for themselves and little ones. They knew the rising sun might be the last they would witness, but they stood their ground like the heroes they were, and paved the way for the security we now have.

The writer has often wondered just what view these pioneers take of the present day situation. No doubt they will agree that financially conditions are bad, but at the same time nothing to compare with what they were in the early days of this section, and at least life is secure, which was not the case while Mrs. Bolt was passing from childhood into womanhood.

Each and every one of these pioneers should be considered with reverence by people of the present day. Not many of them are now with us and within a few years only the memory of them will be left.

Mrs. Bolt's children and grandchildren should be proud of tbe heroic life that was hers and revere her memory.

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