Ella E. eldest child of Michael and Sallie Wilkin was born in Wyandotte
Co., Ohio, October 19th, 1856 — Departed this life on Wednesday April, 16,
1930. She having reached the age of 73 years, 5 months and 27 days. When but
a girl of twelve years of age, she emigrated with her parents to Clay City,
Ill., and settled on a farm south east of Clay City and for 61 years she has
not lived very far away from Clay City. The last 32 years of her life was
spent at the homestead where she passed away. She was united in marriage to
E. W. Shoup May 10th, 1874 and to this union one daughter and son were born.
In early life she accepted her lord and became a member of the M. E. church
south, but later transferred her membership to the U. B. church at Harmony,
she has been a loyal supporter of the church. Her husband was taken from her
by death over five years ago. She had been blessed with good health except
the last eight years. Her health declined very rapidly in the last three
It was only a very few days that she was compelled to lie in bed, she leaves to mourn her departure, two children, Mrs. Elmer Staley of Clay City, Ill., and W. E. Shoup of Illiopolis, Ill. Seven grandchildren, ten great grand children, two brothers, Chesney and Jay Wilkin, both near Clay City, besides a host of relatives and friends. Farewell then, mother, sister, grandmother and sister in Christ. We hope to meet in the judgement day.
Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.