|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1846|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1931|
Clinton, MO, March 1931 - Prominent Lady Passes - Mrs. Annie A. Edmonston At Rest - Lived In Clinton 60 Years..
After a long period of declining health, Mrs. Annie A. Edmonston, widow of that pioneer Clinton merchant, William C. Edmonston, died at her home on South Main Street, Friday afternoon.
Annie A. Elliston was born near Alton, Kentucky, March 17, 1846. Mrs. Edmonston came of pioneer Virginia and Kentucky stock. Her father, Jeptha D. Elliston emigrated to Kentucky at an early day, and her mother was born in the old fort town of Harodsburg.
In 1857, in company with several neighboring families and their slaves, the Elliston family came to Missouri. They settled in Bates County and bought a large tract of land near the Kansas border. Only a few years were they to enjoy the new home where game was so abundant and the soil so fertile, for in the sad days of border warfare the family was driven as refugees to this county. Here they took up their abode on the Moore farm northwest of Clinton in 1861.
Mrs. Edmonston's mother died on Christmas eve of that year and entrusted her family of young children to the care of a good black woman, who ever proved faithful to the trust.
In August 1871, Annie A. Elliston was married to William C. Edmonston, who was the bookkeeper in the first bank in Clinton, that of Salmon and Stone. Her home was ever after in Clinton, and at her death, she was probably the oldest resident of this city in point of continuous residence.
At the age of fifteen, she united with the Presbyterian Church and when she came to Clinton transferred her membership to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Clinton, which had just been organized. She ever remained strongly faithful to that church, and never changed her allegiance from it.
Her education was begun in the rural schools of her native state, and after she came to Missouri, she attended schools of the same type in Missouri until interrupted by the breaking out of the war.
She was always a great reader, caring little for fiction, but enjoying biography, travels, and stories of achievement. The loss of her promising son, Leslie, at the age of twenty years, and her beloved husband in 1899 seemed almost more than this little woman, who was always frail, could bear and a long period of invalidism followed.
Though frail of body, her mind was strong and active. Behind her gentle smile was a force of character, a strength of purpose, and a sense of justice that never faltered.
Her home was ever open to her friends and her greatest pleasures were the visits of those she loved. She was generous, forgiving, kindly, and the patience with which she endured her many afflictions was the wonder of all who knew her.
She was an expert needlewoman, a fine cook, and her house was always immaculate. She died as she lived, serenely, calmly, and with a faith that was beautiful in its steadfastness. She admonished her loved ones to be good to one another and begged that they would not grieve, for she was weary and longed to rest.
She is survived by two daughters, Miss Mary Edmonston, principal of Washington School, and Miss Kate Edmonston, one of the owners of the Fashion Boot Shop on the west side of the square.
The funeral service was conducted at the family residence Sunday afternoon.
William Clay Edmonston (1839 - 1899)*
Eugene Leslie Edmonston (1872 - 1892)*
Mary Elizabeth Edmonston (1875 - 1961)*
Eva Kate Edmonston (1881 - 1971)*
Created by: Linda Moore
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
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