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Eliza M. Dunklin Chaney
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Birth: Jun. 12, 1829
Washington County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1874
Lafayette County
Missouri, USA

The Weekly Caucasian, July 25, 1874
Lexington, Lafayette County, Mo.

[From Elizabeth Aull Seminary Kaleidoscope]

Died---Thursday, June 25th, '74 at half-past nine p.m., at Lexington, Mo., Mrs. Eliza M. Chaney, after an illness of eight weeks. The deceased was the youngest daughter of the late ex-Governor Daniel Dunklin. She was born in Potosi, Washington, Co., Mo., on the 12th of June, 1829. Her home from 1840 to the time of her marriage, was on the banks of the Mississippi, about twenty-five miles below St. Louis, near where the I.M.R.R. now leaves the river. The site is most beautiful, selected by her father, and handsomely improved after the expiration of her term as governor; it is now the home of her brother. In 1843-4-5, she attended the school of Mr. Eustice, in St. Louis, and a port of the time boarded in the house of the late Dr. Wm. S. Potts. Her recollections of that sainted man were sweet.

For some time she had his photograph hanging in her room. When first confined to her bed it was in such a position that the picture was not visible; she requested that it be placed where she could see it, and while her fever burned, she found pleasure in gazing upon it.

She united with the Presbyterian church in Hillsboro, in 1848, under the preaching of the late Rv. John F. Cowan, for whom the whole family entertained the strongest affection.

She was married to James M. Chaney, May 20th, 1852. She was the mother of seven children, only two of whom survive her. On Saturday, June 17th, after an instructive and comforting discourse by Rev. A.F. Kerr, on the text "To die is gain," preached in the Presbyterian church in Dover, her body was buried in the Dover Cemetery by the side of five babies that had gone before to welcome her.

In religion, of no one could it be more truthfully said that she had "No confidence in the flesh." She fully realized that "In Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything nor un-circumcision;" that no virtue attaches to the mere externals in religion; yet, perhaps, but a limited, number surpassed her in the discharge of her religious duties in private.

During the twenty-two years of her married life, and perhaps for many years before, she never failed, if at all practicable, to retire four times daily to engage in secret prayer.

With the same regularity and constancy, did she attend to the reading of Go's word. Her custom was to read three portions daily, in the Old Testament, in the book of Psalms, and in the New Testament. In this way the Old Testament was read, on an average, once in tem months; the New about three or four, and the Psalms about twelve times a year. This was her constant habit.

During the latter port of her illness, she had periods of partial unconsciousness. On Sabbath preceding her death, her two surviving sisters were summoned by telegraph. One of them, from Kansas City, reached her bedside on Sabbath evening; but for several hours she did not recognize her. We had heart that the Christian, in such a state, while unable to recognize earthly friends, yet seemed aroused to consciousness at the name of Jesus. She was told that her sister, whose name was mentioned, was present, and asked if she knew her; but there was no recognition. Though semi-conscious, yet her answer was incoherent. Several questions were propounded, but the same incoherence existed in her replies. We then asked, 'Do you know Jesus?' After the pause of a moment, as if collecting her thoughts, in measured tones, and with emphasis as if expressing surprise at the question, she repeated, 'Do I know Jesus? Yes, he is my precious, precious Savior; of course I know Jesus;' and then wept tears of gratitude to him for his great love to her.

Her gratitude to those who waited on her during her illness was unbounded. Some of the young ladies connected with the seminary kindly assisted as night watchers. These left for their homes at the close of the session on the tenth of June. She often spoke of them and of their untiring kindness to her. May their last end be like hers: peaceful, calm, rejoicing in the love of a Savior, precious, indeed, beyond the power of utterance or conception.
Family links: 
  Daniel Dunklin (1790 - 1844)
  Emily Haley Dunklin (____ - 1851)
  James M Chaney (1831 - 1909)
  Medora Chaney Wilson (1853 - 1919)*
  Willie Chaney (1858 - 1858)*
  Mary W. Dunklin Cannon (1816 - 1852)*
  Sarah Ann Dunklin Gilbreath (1827 - 1851)*
  Eliza M. Dunklin Chaney (1829 - 1874)
  Henry Dunklin (1834 - 1834)*
*Calculated relationship
Wife of James M.
Daughter of ex-gov. Daniel Dunklin
Dover Cemetery
Lafayette County
Missouri, USA
Created by: k75evad
Record added: Jun 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91180253
Eliza M. <i>Dunklin</i> Chaney
Added by: Diane
Eliza M. <i>Dunklin</i> Chaney
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Husband was Rev James McDonald Chaney Ordained Apr 4 1858 in Independence, MO
- Diane
 Added: Jun. 12, 2013

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