|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1821|
|Death: ||Jan., 1916|
Obit is from Tiffany Farnsworth Nash's rootsweb.com page. Her granddaughter Elsie Davis attended this funeral. They arrived by horse drawn sled from bellwood. Anna Maria was living with daughter Mary Jane Davis in Reightstown when she died.
Title: Obituary: Anna M. Farnsworth
Publication: 13 Jan 1916
Text: Notable Career of Aged Antis Woman - Descendants of Fourth Generation Act as Pallbearers at Obsequies of Mrs. Anna M. Farnsworth
A large concourse of relatives, friends and neighbors attended the obsequies of Mrs. Anna Maria Farnsworth, the aged woman who passed away at her home north of Bellwood on Monday mornin g at the Logan Valley Baptist church in Bellwood this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The interment was made in the Antis cemetery. Six decendants of the fourth generation acted as pallbearers.
During her lifetime extending over a period of almost a century, Mrs. Farnsworth witnessed many marvelous changes. Her school days were spent in an old log cabin schoolhouse, where the desks were nailed against the wall. In order to keep warm, the boys would tie a rope around a large log and bring it to the schoolhouse where one end was lighted and the pupils sat on the other end to study. Mrs. Farnsworth was frequently employed by the teacher to make goose quill pens for the pupils. While in school here she taught a married man the alphabet and so great was her skill in spelling that the teacher could not spell her down.
Early in life she went to work on a farm where she took care of a sick woman, the children did the work attending the keeping of eleven cows and cooked for a dozen harvest hands. Later in traveling from her home in Tipton to visit relatives in Hollidaysburg, she passed through what is now Altoona but there was not one house standing within the present limits of the city and the land upon which the Logan House and depot now stand was a swamp and could have been bought for 50 cents an acre.
On Sept 16 1840, she was married to Enoch Farnsworth by John P. Rockerfeller at Birmingham. In those days all bread, pies and cakes were baked in an outside oven made of stone and mud an d the foundation was tow logs. While preparing her wedding dinner some mischievious young men took the logs on which the oven was built and in which the wedding dinner was baking and carried them away. The couple lived together for sixty-one years.
At her death she had in her possession garments which she made by clipping wool from the sheep, washing, coloring, carding, spinning and weaving it, then making it into garments. The thread which she used in sewing the garments was made by herself from flax which she had raised. The last few years of her life were spent in quilting and in doing fancy needlework.
Mrs. Farnsworth is survived by sixty-three great-grandchildren as follows: Reuben, Ernest, Austin, Raymond, Ida, Viola, Lula, Clara, Florence, Earl, Charles, Ella, Andrew, Elizabeth, Saa, John, Rachel, James and Anna Farnsworth; Della, Harry, Clair and Catherine Davis; Maud and Willard Stewart; Ruby, Mary, Elva, Lola, Rosanna, Burns and Lucy Sigis; Esther, Elsie, Clair and Rebecca Davis; Earl, Clyde, Margaret and Martha Hanna; Austin, Ethel and Robert Sneath; Beulah Farnsworth; Earl, Dorothy, Bernice and Carl Brady; Willis, Earl and Grace Sanford; Elbert, Edna and Margaret Toner; Allen and James Bell, and Alma, Charles, Esther, EIva and Lulu Cherry.
The following great-great-grandchildren survive her: Donald, Clair and Thelma Wertz; Joward, Harry and Albert Davis; Fay and Charles Sigle; ___ ___ ___ Norman; Margaret, Howard and Reuben Hostler; Albert, Dorothy and Wilmer Glasgow; Harold Troxell and Louvina McCaully.
Mrs. Farnsworth was born at Elizabeth Furnace in 1821 and was a daughter of John and Mary Turnbaugh and her early life was spent in the Logan valley and in Sinking valley. Later she moved to Clearfield county and returned to Antis township from Utahville in 1893.
At the age of 17 she united with the Baptist church at Birmingham and in her early life was the leader of the chior. At her death she was a member of the Baptist church in Bellwood.
Her children are Henry T. of Virginia, Mary J. Davis of Bellwood, Joseph F. of Canada, Margaret S. Hanna of Allmansville and Eliza S. Sneath of Hamey.
The surviving grandchildren are as follows: Annie Hostler, James, Reuben and John Farnsworth , Addie Cherry and Nancy Dengate, Children of Henry Farnsworth; Annie Burns, Samuel William s and George Davis, children of Mary J. Davis; Willard Brady, Margaret Sanford and Elizabet h Probert children of her deceased daughter. Matilda; Austin, Theodore and Olive Sneath, children of Eliza Sneath; Lena Toner, child of Theodore Farnsworth, deceased; William and Charles Hanna, children of Margaret Hanna, and Theodore, Annie, Monroe, Lizzie, Lydia and Cecil, children of Joseph Farnsworth.
Enoch Farnsworth (1820 - 1903)*
Mary Jane Davis (1841 - 1930)*
Theodore W Farnsworth (1851 - 1901)*
Margaret Farnsworth Hanna (1862 - 1948)*
Elizabeth L Farnsworth Sneath (1864 - 1938)*
Maintained by: Ron Fleck
Originally Created by: Charles Kemp
Record added: Sep 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30136913
You were an amazing woman. I'm sorry I never knew you.|
Added: Sep. 30, 2008