Nov. 10, 1858 Whitaker Wilkinson County Mississippi, USA
Oct. 19, 1935 Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana, USA
---------------------------------------------------------- Mrs. Laura Cage Gildart
The death of Mrs. Laura Cage Gildart occurred at the home of her niece, Mrs. D. H. Taylor in Baton Rouge, Saturday night, Oct. 19, at eight o'clock. Her sudden illness from an acute attack of stomach trouble and its fatal outcome was a surprise and shock to her many friends in this section of the state and in East Feliciana parish. Mrs. Gildart would have reached the seventy-seventh milestone of her life in November. She was born near Whitaker Station in this county in the old home, Jessamine Hill, built by her grandfather a little more than a century ago. Her forebears were prominent citizens of this section of Mississippi as well as of Louisiana, her maternal great uncle Gen. Carnot Posey, being the most distinguished of Wilkinson county's sons in the War Between the States. In her early womanhod she married Mr. Thos. Gildart, of Woodville, and they made their home here for some years, then later in Greenville. After her husband's death, she and her two young sons, John and Thomas, returned to this county from Greenville and went to Jessamine Hill to live with her mother, Mrs. Josephine Cage and her brother, Mr. W. C. Cage. Here at this old home she lived quietly the rest of her life except for the few years she spent wth(sic) relatives in Abbeville, La., and here with her niece, Mrs. S. C. Bull. Her sons upon reaching manhood went to Texas and Oklahoma to make their homes and then both died only a few years ago. Hence although she is survived by four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, she was the last of her immediate family, following her beloved brother Mr. W. C. Cage with whom alone she had been occupying the family home for the past six years, to a last resting place in the old cemetery near the residence, just two weeks after he passed away. By a strange and sad coincicence they were similarly stricken so soon one after the other, and were interred on the same day of the week, Sunday, and at the same hour. Rev. F. L. McCue, of Centreville, held a short funeral service at the grave following the arrival of Mrs. Gildart's remains from Baton Rouge. A large number of relatives and friends attended these last sad rites and their beautiful floral offerings bore evidence of the esteem and affection in which she was held. Mrs. Gildart was rarely fortunate in her natural endowments, a bright mind, a cheerful disposition, an animated and attractive personality so she gained many friends for herself wherever she lived and she in turn, was always most appreciative of and loyal to them. She was a woman of versatility of talent and of refinement and culture, her mind in spite of her advanced age, retaining its vigor until the last, and she was rarely fortunate in that she was remarkably youthful in all her faculties, mental and physical, until her sudden fatal seizure. She was a devoted member of the Episcopal church for many years and in every way, a woman of fine character.
Published in The Woodville Republican Saturday, October 26, 1935