|Charlotte Hamilton Tannehill|
|Birth: ||Feb. 20, 1840|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 1940|
SHELBY COUNTY HERALD, Shelbyville, Missouri, Wednesday, June 12, 1940
MRS. TANNEHILL DIES AT THE AGE OF 100
Death came to Mrs. Charlotte Tannehill, Shelbyville's oldest citizen, last Wednesday evening as she peacefully ceased breathing after an illness of several weeks which weakened her condition so gradually it was scarcely noticeable until the last.
Celebrating her 100th birthday Feb. 20, Mrs. Tannehill was feted by friends, relatives and the entire Democratic administration through cards, telegrams, letters and gifts. After this momentous occasion, she told a Herald reporter that she was now satisfied since she had attained her ambition to reach the 100 mark, and in less than four months she was dead.
A direct descendant of Lord James Hamilton, who in 1474 married Mary, sister of King James III of Scotland, Mrs. Tannehill was born Charlotte Hamilton Feb. 20, 1840 near Cincinnati, Ohio, moving west of Newark at the age of 12. When she was 17 years old she married W.T. Smith, one of her former schoolmasters, and a few years later at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was killed in action at Centralia.
Left a widow with three children, she suffered another severe tragedy a short time later when all of her children died within a year of spotted fever.
For four years she taught in Shelby and Knox County rural schools and then married George Tannehill in 1868. They moved here where Mr. Tannehill was engaged in the real estate business and he died Aug. 18, 1895.
Mrs. Tannehill has two sons- Orville of Hannibal, and Thomas of Oakland, California. One son, Walter, died two years ago.
Funeral services were held for Shelbyville's beloved centenarian Friday afternoon from the local Methodist Church to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
William T Smith (____ - 1864)
George W. Tannehill (1838 - 1895)
Wilbur W. Smith (1861 - 1865)*
Minnie W. Smith (1864 - 1867)*
Elsie Tannehill (1868 - 1875)*
Lottie Virginia Tannehill (1874 - 1875)*
Shelby Memorial Cemetery
Created by: LVoyles
Record added: Apr 16, 2008
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