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.
Mary Irwin, nee Quigler, was born in Venango Co., Penn., Jan. 24, 1832. On Dec. 26, 1850, she was married to Matthew Irwin, to which were born ten children, 6 boys and 4 girls; 8 of whom survive her; her husband, one son and one daughter having preceded her in death.
Her life was a quiet unpretentious one. Shut in by the duties of rearing a large family, and having the constant care of an invalid son, she was unable to mingle with the world at large, but confined her time and energies to her own home and in her sphere –of wife and mother–she labored and loved and sacrificed, as only mothers know how.
After fifteen weeks of suffering patiently born, she died at the home of her daughter, at Shelby, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1898–aged 66 yrs., 6 mos., and 29 days. She leaves eight children, fifteen grand-children, and a large company of neighbors and friends to mourn her departure.
The remains were brought from Shelby to her late home on West Main street, Tuesday, evening. The funeral services were held at the house Thursday morning at 9 o’clock after which the body was laid to rest in the Hanna Cemetery.