Clay County


Alice Marie Adkins was born in Meigs county, Ohio, August 4, 1843, and passed into her heavenly home, October 17, 1929, aged eighty-six years, two months and thirteen days.

Her parents were Isaac and Emily Adkins, and her early life was spent in Pomeroy, Ohio. After receiving her public school education here, she attended the University at Athens, Ohio, and so was well prepared for her chosen work as teacher.

She specialized in primary work, and after six years spent in the school room, married Coleman Duncan Pennybaker. Soon after their marriage they moved to Clay City, which has been their home ever since.

Their union was blest with four children — Kitty, Isaac, Frank and Lucy.

Kitty is greatly endeared to the children in Clay City because for many years a teacher here; Isaac with his family lives in Bridgeport; Frank makes his home in Rosiclare; and Lucy is teaching in Sailor Springs for the sixth consecutive year.

There are also four grandchildren and one great grand child.

Mrs. Pennybaker had been staying in Rosiclare with Kitty and Frank, and passed away while there. Her husband preceded her by seven years in passing to his reward.

Mrs. Pennybaker became a Christian in early life, and united with the Methodist Church in Pomeroy. She was in feeble health for a number of years before passing away, and during these years was a member of our Sunday School Home Department always expressing much pleasure in the Lesson Quarterly which she received regularly.

As she expressed a desire for a cottage prayer meeting one was held in her home which was well attended by Church friends, and was of especial interest. With beaming face she expressed her pleasure in this meeting and told us how much she had always loved the Methodist Church.

The following incident is related by one of her daughters:

After becoming feeble she was very of singing, "God will take care of you."

This song of Christian trust seemed the key-note of her later years. When this daughter had to leave home in September to begin her school, her mother dreading the parting said, "Must you go?" Then realizing the necessity she said, "God will take care of you." She was a devoted mother, and had her reward by the devotion shown by her children, in the long years of her illness.

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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