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Mary Jane Cochrane Acheson
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1843
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 11, 1899
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA

Janesville Woman Killed By Grief
Mrs. David Acheson, Whose Daughter Was Burned to Death, Passes Away
JANESVILLE-- Mrs. David Acheson of the town of Magnolia died suddenly last night from the shock caused by the tragic death of her 13-year-old daughter, who was accidentally burned to death this week.
Milwaukee Journal, January 11, 1899
Hidden Headlines of Wisconsin, by Chad Lewis p.3
Shock Was More Than Her Mother Could Bear, And She Died at Midnight--Wallace Cochrane, Of This City, Her Brother, Sad Calamity In The Town of Magnolia
Constant worrying on the part of Mrs. David Acheson, of the town of Magnolia, over the tragic death of her daughter Bertha, who was burned to death at their Magnolia home, and who was buried yesterday, hastened her death, which took place at midnight last night. Wallace Cochrane, who is a brother of Mrs. Acheson, received the sad news of her sudden demise this morning. Mrs. Acheson has been suffering for some time with heart trouble, and the shock of her daughter's tragic death was more than she could bear. On Friday afternoon of last week, Berha, an imbecile from birth, thirteen years old, was left for a few minutes alone. On the father's return to the room he found the unfortunate child enveloped in flames. Before the fire could be extinguished all her clothes were burned from her body. Dr. Stair was hastily summoned, who when arriving gave the opinion that death was inevitable. The poor sufferer was made as comfortable as possible but died on Sunday afternoon. The funeral took place yesterday from the residence of David Acheson in Magnolia. Although the shock was a terrible one for the mother to bear, it was thought that she would in time be herself again. Yesterday she was taken suddenly ill and died at midnight before those about her fully realized the situation. Deceased leaves a husband, four sons and a daughter. She was a noble woman, loved and esteemed by all and her untimely death will be mourned by the entire community. No definite arrangements have as yet been made for the funeral.

Janesville Daily Gazette January 11, 1899, p. 5
Magnolia, Jan 17, 1899
Mary Jane Cochrane was born March 17, 1843, in Brooklyn, NY, was married to David A. Acheson Oct. 30, 1862. There were six children born to them--William, Robert, Edward, Matilda, of Magnolia, and George of Evansville, and Bertha, the youngest, who died three days before the mother. She was the eldest of a family of eight children, of whom four are still living, Mrs. Dolly Venable and Mr. Wallace Cochrane, of Janesville, James Cochrane of Spring Valley, and Charles Cochrane of Brooklyn, N.Y. She joined the Methodist church when a child. After her marriage joined the Congregational church of which her husband was then a member. The church disbanding they then joined the Methodist church again. Mrs. Acheson attended the funeral of her daughter on the 10th, returning home seemingly in her usual health. At ten in the evening she visited the rooms of the two children at home and finding them all right, retired for the night. At twelve o'clock she arose. Her husband asked her if she was sick. She complained of pain in her shoulder, nothing unusual for her. He bathed her shoulder. She then said she was all right and told him to return to his bed as he was so weary from caring for the poor burned daughter. He refused to go and in ten minutes she was dead. Her husband, son, daughter and sister were with her until death claimed her for his own. All are nearly heartbroken at the terrible calamity that has befallen them. The whole community feel that they have met with a great loss as Mrs. Acheson, although living for her family was an excellent neighbor. Funeral services were held at the Advent church on Thursday, Rev. Mr. Sewell officiating. The house was crowded. The remains were laid in the West Cemetery beside the daughter. In death they were not separated. The afflicted family have the sympathy of all at this time of their greatest sorrow. The family of Mrs. David Acheson wish to express their sincere thanks for the kindness and help rendered them during the sickness and death of their mother and sister.
Janesville Daily Gazette January 17, 1899 p.2

Bio from Lisa Hartlund 
Family links: 
  David Andrew Acheson (1840 - 1924)*
  Robert E. Acheson (1869 - 1938)*
  Edward Daily Acheson (1874 - 1957)*
  Bertha Acheson (1885 - 1899)*
*Calculated relationship
West Magnolia Cemetery
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: 41-90-07
Created by: Jenean Hamilton
Record added: Nov 21, 2009
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Mary Jane <i>Cochrane</i> Acheson
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Mary Jane <i>Cochrane</i> Acheson
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