Elizabeth Hancock was born near Corydon, Ind., April 4th, 1844. She was united in marriage to Jacob Brown, December 29th, at about the age of fifteen years. For nearly sixty-three years she was the true and loving wife and companion of her husband who faces life's sunset alone. To this union five children were born, one daughter and four sons. They are Mrs. Lorinda Koons and Hayden Brown, deceased, Charles and A. J. Brown of Coffeyville and Earl Brown of near Edna, Kansas.
In the beginning of the civil war, Mr. Brown left his young wife and entered the service of his country, while Mrs. Brown went to live with her parents. Mr. Brown was taked very sick and was taken to the hospital in Indianapolis where he remained during the winter of 1862-1863, His wife was permitted to act as nurse and cared for him through his long sickness.
After leaving the hospital he received an honorable discharge from service and accompanied by Mrs. Brown went to Seymour, Indiana. In 1870 they moved to Tampico, Ind., where they lived until 1883, when they emigrated to Labette County, Kansas, settling on a farm five and one half mles northwest of Edna. In the year 1901 they left the farm and came to Edna, where they have since lived. Thus for nearly forty years they have been residents of this place and community. For the last 20 years Mrs. Brown was in very poor health and for the last eight years nearly helpless. She was converted at the age of twelve years, and for about sixty-six years she had been a member of the Methodist church. She loved and served the Lord. Her faith in God was an anchor to her soul. In life's battles she trusted her Captain. In much affliction she learned faith's most beautiful lessons and when helpless, weak and suffering prayer was her stronghold and Christ her refuge.
She was a loving wife and a devoted mother, a true friend and neighbor. She passed through the "valley of the shadow" on December 14th, 1922, at the age of seventy-eight years, eight months and ten days.
Her husband, three sons, one brother, W. L. Hancock and other relatives wer at her bedside when she quietly passed the portals of death into that place of rest that remains for God's children.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, three sons, Chas. and A. J. Brown of Coffeyville and Earl Brown of near Edna, two brothers, C. H. Hancock of Tulsa, Okla., W. L. Hancock of Edna, besides other relatives and a host of friends.
The words of Lord Byron are most fitting to her departure:
Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare's past The battle's fought, the race is won, And thou art browned at last.
The funeral took place from the M. E. Church Sunday afternoon December 17th, Rev. V. R. Thomposn, the pastor, preaching the funeral sermon. Interment in the north Edna cemetery.