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Matilda Jane "Jennie" Sturdevant Adams
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1849
Death: Feb. 28, 1914

Mrs. Jennie S. Adams, wife of Col. W.R. Adams, one of the pioneer women of Pawnee county, died at her home in this city Saturday night, Feb. 28th, after an illness of many weeks, the last month of which time she had suffered intensely and her death had been expected at any time.
Mrs. Adams was the fourth woman settler to arrive in the town of Larned. That was in April, 1873. She raised her family amid the pioneer conditions of western Kansas, and met the privations and discouragements of the early years with true Christian fortitude. The last years of her life she was an invalid, but she kept her courage and cheerfulness and faith through it all.
Mrs. J.W. Mayberry of Emporia and Mrs. C.O. Funk of Larned were constantly with their mother during the last weeks of her life, and Frank C. Adams came from California to visit his mother several weeks before her death. Charles N. Sturdevant, brother of the deceased, came from Alva, Okla., to attend the funeral.
The funeral services were held from the residence Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. C.A. Kitch of the Methodist church had charge of the services. Interment was in Larned cemetery.
Matilda Jane Sturdevant, daughter of Charles and Sarah Sturdevant, was born in New Albany, Indiana, February 7th, 1849, her father at that time being pastor of the Presbyterian church of that city. Afterwards he was pastor of the Presbyterian church of Hamilton, Ohio, then later president of the Springfield Female Seminary of Springfield, Ohio, and later president of the McLean Institute of Indianapolis, Indiana, from which place they moved to Independence, Mo., in 1865.
She was married to Wesley R. Adams, formerly of Ross county, Ohio, December 20, 1866, at Independence, Mo. With her husband she moved to Olathe, Kan., in 1869 and to Larned, Kan., in April, 1873.
Nine children were born to this union, two being laid to rest in he Olathe cemetery and three in the cemetery at Larned. Four survive her, Ernest W. of San Diego, Calif., Frank C. of McCloud, Calif.,; Mrs. J.W, Mayberry of Emporia, and Mrs. C.O. Funk of Larned. Eleven grandchildren also survive her and she has one brother, Charles N. Sturdevant of Alva, Okla.
Being reared in a truly Christian home, she early in life found the Savior and united with the Presbyterian church, and was a faithful member thereof until they moved to Olathe, Kan., when she, with her husband, united with the First M.E. church of Olathe, and she was one of the seven original members of the First M.E. church of Larned in 1873, of which she was a consistent member until called to her reward February 28, 1914, at the age of 65 years and 21 days.
She was a dutiful daughter, a faithful, devoted wife, a tender loving mother, and a truly sympathizing friend to all, ever more solicitous for the welfare of others than of self, truly fulfilling the injunction, "In love preferring one another." Fully ready and joyously awaiting the summons, she passed to her rest, and the fragrance of her pure life will ever linger in our memory as an inspiration to noble deeds and better lives.

Larned Chronsocope
Thurs. March 5, 1914
Pg. 4. Col. 3.
KSHS Film L-105 
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  Rosa Adams (____ - 1888)*
  Edna Adams (1880 - 1888)*
  Peter S. Adams (1883 - 1884)*
*Calculated relationship
Larned Cemetery
Pawnee County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Alyce Beggs
Record added: May 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52602925
Matilda Jane Jennie <i>Sturdevant</i> Adams
Added by: Judy Mayfield
Matilda Jane Jennie <i>Sturdevant</i> Adams
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- Alyce Beggs
 Added: May. 19, 2010

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