This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.

Lilly, daughter of Alexander and Barbara Shilling Smith, was born on Feb. 22, 1863, in Defiance county, O.; died Dec. 13, 1897, aged 34 yrs. 9 mos. and 19 das.
At the age of 16 she experienced religion under the labors of Rev. I. Bebee and united with the M. E. church on Jan. 23, 1880, of which she remained a faithful member.
On Nov. 14, 1880, she was united in marriage with John W. Carson, which union was blessed with five children. She leaves to mourn her departure, a devoted husband, five children, three sisters, one brother and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Cranberry Chapel, conducted by Rev. J. W. Dowds, after which the remains were interred in the Swamp cemetery.

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