"OLDEST CONTINUOUS RESIDENT OF MONROE
DIES AT AGE OF 89 YEARS.
"Mrs. Elizabeth Betts, who has perhaps lived in
Monroe township longer than any other person,
died at her home a mile northeast of the city last
Saturday about 12 o'clock, the direct cause being
a fall that she sustained at her home on March 21.
She had been gradually going down from infirmities
of old age for some time and the fall caused her to
take to her bed, and the constitution was too weak
to withstand this blow. Mrs Betts' death removes
another of the pioneers of Carroll county and
"She was 89 years old and had lived for 86 years
in Monroe township, within a mile and a half of
where she died, and was known to everybody in
and near Flora,
"Elizabeth Zook was born in Preble county, Ohio,
in 1827. At the age of three years she came with
her parents to Carroll county and entered the land
that comprises the south-eastern part of Flora. They
built a house where the John G Trent home stands.
There were very few white people in Carroll county at
that time, the residents for the most part being
Indians and the land all being wilderness. The
subject of this sketch saw all the improvements
that have come to our county in bringing it up from
its primeval state to its present condition of being
among the most fertile land in the state.
"On March 1, 1855, she was united in marriage to
Abraham Barnard. Five children were born to this
union. Two of these died in childhood and the only
son, Jacob, died a few years ago. There are two
surviving daughters, Mrs Sarah Burge of this city,
and Miss Lucinda Barnard, who had never married and
lived with the mother. The husband died in 1865
and in August 1869 she was again married to David
Maxwell, who died the following January.
"In November 1871, she was married to Nathaniel
Betts, who lived until December, 1876. After his
death she moved to the farm she owned at the time
of her death and for the past 39 years had continued
to live there.
"The funeral was held at the Old Order Dunkard church
of which she had been a member for many years,
Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock by Elder John F Flora,
her pastor, assisted by Rev. Joel Fisher, of Howard
county. Interment was made in the Maple Lawn
Note: Bio from: The Hoosier Democrat, Flora, Indiana: Front page: Saturday 3 June 1916
Maple Lawn Cemetery
Flora (Carroll County)
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Record added: May 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26819279
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She is buried under her first married name of BARNARD, next to her son Jacob.|
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