Clay County


Martha Jane Johnson was born in Indiana, March 16, 1856, and departed this life at Quincy, Illinois, April 20, 1930, age 74 years, 1 month and 4 days.

She was united in marriage to David Lowery Knowles, March 12, 1882. To this union were born three children: Hattie Foreman, of Quincy, Illinois; Henry, of Dixon, Illinois, and Wilson, of Ingraham, Illinois.

She professed faith in Christ early in life and united with the Flora Baptist church, later moving her membership to Union Prairie Baptist church, and when the church was organized at Ingraham she became a charter member, of which she has ever remained a faithful and consecrated member. Serving the church as clerk for a number of years.

There were also three orphan children given a home and mother's care: Laura Anderson, a niece of St. Louis, Missouri; Lyman Moore, of Sumner, Illinois, and Mina Nix, of Olney, Illinois. Her husband preceded her in death December 20, 1922.

She leaves besides the above-mentioned, two brothers, William Johnson, of Casper, Wyoming, and George Johnson, of Colon, Nebraska, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Such is the record of the span of one short earthly life; and yet it does not tell the hopes, the ambitions, the desires that prompted the actions of her heart. She possessed many virtues which distinguished her as a good neighbor, friend, mother and Christian woman.

Firmness of purpose and nobleness of character were written deep in her soul.

Unstinted in love and sacrifice for all who needed help and cheer. It is comforting to know that while the latter portion of her life was filled with affliction, she could look forward with blissful contemplation of that time which was soon to come, when she could lay off the tabernacle pf flesh with its pain, and go to dwell in that mansion not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday by Rev. A. W. Phillips, assisted by Rev. Geo. B. Leathers and Rev. Francis Sparling. Interment in Ingraham cemetery.

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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