|Birth: ||Apr. 11, 1833|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1920|
Aged 87y 8m 7d. Married William Stadden 9 Mar 1853 in Sangamon County, Illinois.
When Mrs. Mary Jane Stadden was called from earth last evening at seven o'clock, at her residence, 1008 South Fourth street, another of the very few remaining links between the social life of early and modern Springfield was severed, and the older circles of Springfield society lost a highly valued member and lovely character.
Mrs. Stadden was a daughter of William and Elisa Rice Harvey. She was born April 11, 1833, at Hagerstown, Md. When she was but two years old, her parents brought her overland to Springfield, making the journey across the country by wagon and carriage, and she remained here until she was called to the better land.
Through her mother, Mrs. Stadden was related to three families, who were prominent in Springfield in the earlier days. Mrs. J. S. Condell, Mrs. John T. Mitchell and Mrs. Maria Swingley, her mother's sisters, were formerly well known in the city and prominent in its social affairs.
Mrs. Stadden's father was an active and progressive business man in this community in 1855, the year of his death. He was sheriff, and served as county collector of taxes before township organization was adopted in Sangamon county. His daughter, Mary Jane, rode all over the county with him and thereby attained the distinction of being the only woman who ever enjoyed that experience.
In 1859 (sic, s/b 1853) Mary Jane Harvey was united in marriage to William Stadden. They lived many happy years together until death claimed the husband and father October 23, 1873. Nine children came to bless their union, of whom but one, George B., president of the Franklin Life Insurance company, survives.
During and after the war, William Stadden was prominent in the active life of the community. At the time of his death he was the first insurance commissioner of the state. Because of his position in the office of the state auditor, he was also secretary of the state board of equalization.
When the Ladies' Soldier's Aid Society was organized, during the civil war, Mrs. Stadden, whose husband had enlisted in the service of his country, became a member of the organization and continued actively interested in it until the lapsed time disrupted it by the constant passing of its members to the other shore. She was also a member of the Women's Relief corps and other charitable societies. She devoted much of her time in the kind of charitable work which helps to smooth the pathway of the needy without attracting public attention.
Mary Jane Stadden was a consistent Christian and a faithful worshipper in the ranks of the Episcopal church. She was a communicant in Christ Church and funeral services will be conducted for her in that church tomorrow afternoon. Although Mrs. Stadden's family was quite large, most of them have preceded her. None now remain in Springfield except her son and his children, Adair and Catherine, Mrs. Herman Cole and several great grandchildren.
IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 12-19-1920
Mary Jane Stadden
Death Date: 18 Dec 1920
Death Place: Springfield, Sangamon, Il
Birth Date: 11 Apr 1833
Birthplace: near Hagerstown, Maryland
Father: William Harvey
Father's Birth Place: unknown
Residence: Springfield, Sangamon, Il
Spouse: William Stadden
Burial Date: 20 Dec 1920
Cemetery: Oak Ridge
~Illinois Death Certificates 1916-1947
Buried in an unmarked grave in the large Stadden/Harvey family plot. Known burials in this plot are: William and Eliza Harvey, who have the large obelisk (shown in the photo) and are parents of Mary Jane Harvey Stadden; and Stadden family members: Charles H., Clara, Della, Edwin, Howard, Infant, William H. and William M. and Mary Jane Harvey Stadden.
William Harvey (1794 - 1855)
Eliza M. Rice Harvey (1804 - 1870)
William M. Stadden (1826 - 1873)
Charles H. Stadden*
William Harvey Stadden (1854 - 1885)*
Richard M Stadden (1857 - 1920)*
George Boyton Stadden (1861 - 1923)*
Clara Mae Stadden (1864 - 1870)*
Edwin L. Stadden (1867 - 1910)*
Howard Stadden (1869 - 1870)*
Della Stadden (1871 - 1879)*
Charles C Harvey (1831 - 1853)*
Mary Jane Harvey Stadden (1833 - 1920)
William R Harvey (1835 - ____)*
Samuel Swingley Harvey (1836 - 1913)*
Maria Louise Harvey Elkin (1839 - 1918)*
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 11, 21; unmarked
Maintained by: BjJ
Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56252109