|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1842|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1933|
w/o Henry L. HITTLE (1839-1884). Susan WAGNER born 2 June 1842 Forks Twp, Northampton Co, PA d/o Abraham WAGNER (1805-1882) & Anna Maria HARTZELL (1812-1849). Married 13 Aug 1865 in Deerfield Twp, Fulton County, IL to Civil War Veteran Henry L. HITTLE s/o George A. Hittle Sr. & Sarah Leinbach. *3 Children: Bessie, George A., & Lester D.
Wagner family moved west 1853 from Northampton Co, PA to the Spoon River Valley, Fulton County, IL original Homestead is in Lee Township, Fulton Co, IL, Section 12. After Susan Married Henry L. Hittle they lived in Prairie City, IL then moved to Walnut Grove, McDonough Co, IL, later she moved to this beautiful little Gingerbread house in the Prairie City, McDonough, IL.
Obituary of Susan HITTLE nee Wagner d: 3 July 1933 Prairie City Newspaper unknown, 8th July 1933. *jls1993c.
DEATHS AND FUNERALS
Mrs. Susan HITTLE.
PRAIRIE CITY, July 8 -- Funeral services for Mrs. Susan Hittle were held at the home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and were largely attended. The services were in charge of Rev. Mr. Sabin, pastor of the Prairie City Presbyterian church, and Rev. Mr. Everitt of the Bushnell Presbyterian church. Two grandnephews, Ernest Bone and Orean Skean, sang two selections. Six nephews C. D. Bone, Vern Skean, Bert Cogad (Cozad), Dee Ridle, Adam Wagner and Harry Hawn, were the casket bearers. Burial was in the Prairie City cemetery.
Susan, daughter of Abraham and Maria Wagner, was born at Easton, Pa., June 2, 1842 and died July 3, at her Prairie City home. She was 91 years, 1 month and 1 day old. When she was eleven years old the Wagner family moved to Illinois and settled on the Griffith place, April 21, 1853.
Amid these early surroundings she grew to womanhood and was married to Henry L. Hittle on August 13, 1865. They settled on a farm at Walnut Grove and 49 years ago Mrs. Hittle moved to Prairie City and had since made this city her home.
Three children were born to them, Mary Elizabeth (familiarly known as Bessie), George and Lester. There are six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
About fifty years ago Mrs. Hittle became a Christian and united with the church at Walnut Grove and later transferred her membership to the Presbyterian church in Prairie City, where she was a constant attendant until hindered by ill health. She was a reader of the Bible and a firm believer in answered prayers.
Her husband proceded her in death in 1884. Of her father's family, but one sister of the seven children, remains, Mrs. Elizabeth Bone, Prairie City, the youngest of the children.
It is a long, long way to Ellisville, Ill., when the journey is from Easton, Pa., even today. In the spring of 1853 the journey was made by train to Pittsburgh, Pa., and then by boat down the Ohio river and up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to Liverpool and then by ox-team to Babylon. That was the manner of the coming of the Wagner family to Illinois some 80 years ago. The home then was a log house. The country new and rolling, prairie everywhere. Near the home was the old Indian battleground, the gathering place for Indian pow wows and dances.
Corn was raised and shelled by hand, mostly by the women and children, and hauled a load at a time to Canton and exchanged for lumber which was used to build the first frame house. Homes were built then in the timber because of the storms of several days' duration would sweep across these Illinois prairies. Those first frame houses had sliding windows from which wild game were shot. Turkeys, ducks, chickens, geese and even deer were plentiful, and easily gotten. Both oxen and horses were used in farming and sheep were raised and the woolcarded and spun and taken to Lewistown and woven into cloth for their Linsey-woolsey dresses.
The Schoolhouse which was used as a church too was built on the top of the hill, near the old battleground. The teacher boarded around, staying a week at a place. The schoolhouse had the seats around the wall. At times of funerals a spring wagon was used as a hearse. Their common needs knit them close together and the log cabins always made room for friend or stranger by moving a table to one side and spreding more bedding on the floor. Such early surroundings and friendships formed the background of the life of Mrs. Susan HITTLE. *Newspaper unknown probably a Prairie City, published 8 July 1933.
Abraham Wagner (1805 - 1882)
Anna Maria Hartzell Wagner (1812 - 1849)
Lester D. Hittle (1877 - 1967)*
Edward D. Wagner (1837 - 1901)*
Sarah A. Wagner Cozad (1839 - 1878)*
Susan Wagner Hittle (1842 - 1933)
Elizabeth Wagner Bone (1847 - 1936)*
Prairie City Cemetery
Plot: Lot 5 Block 4
Created by: Patsy Hittle Gore
Record added: May 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14301482