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Maria Jane Bennett Flater
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1830
Death: May 16, 1906

Mr. Maria J. FLATER was born in Orleans, Orange county, Ind., July 13, 1830; died May 15, 1906. In 1835, her mother being dead, her father brought her on horseback to Greene county to live with her grandparents near Camp Ground. She was then five years of age. She made the trip to Bloomfield in one day. As the day waned when became too tired and sleepy to continue the journey, so she spent the first night in Greene county at the home of Wm WIRE, in Bloomfield. The Wire house stood on the elevation across the street from where Leroy WILKIE now lives. Bloomfield was then in its infancy, the first court house being erected ten years previous. On October 11, 1850 she was married to Nichodemus FLATER, and to this union were born six children. All are respected and well known citizens and live in this county. They are Mrs. Sallie O'HAVER, Fairplay township; Mrs. Mattie HARRAH, Bloomfield; Mrs. Allie HICKS, Washington township; John FLATER, Miss Cora FLATER and Mrs. LULU HEATON, Richland township. The husband and father, Mr. Flater, died February 8, 1880 of paralysis. For more than a year Mrs. Flater had symptoms of dropsy, but through the skill of her physician, Dr. W. R. CRAVENS, the disease was controlled. In February of this year she had a slight attach of apoplexy, which affected the part of the brain that governs speech. She was perfectly conscious after this first attack bur could not at all times express her thoughts accurately. This was a great embarrassment to her. One week before she died she suffered another attack and the third stroke resulted in death. Before the final attack, she suspected the crossing was near, and expressed that she was trusting in God's promises and was trying to be ready when the call came for her. No long as her eye sight was strong enough to read she read the bible daily and retired to a secluded place there to offer up petition to her Lord and Savior. She was baptized in infancy in the Presbyterian church, but on account of not being satisfied with the perfect love she thought a christian should experience before entering into the responsibilities of church relations she did not unite with any church denomination until about sixteen years ago when she expressed faith in God and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church, during the pastorate of Rev,. H. C. COCKRUM. She was also a member of the Woman's Missionary Society. She was never known to turn a stranger away from her door. As a reason for supplying their temporal wants, she often quoted a passage of scripture pertaining to hospitality: "Who Gives Himself with His Alms Feeds Three–Himself, His Hungering Neighbor and Me." The deceased leaves one brother who lives in Oregon, six children and seven grandchildren to mourn their loss. The funeral services were held at her late home at 10 am., May 17, conducted by Rev. A. K. PRICE of the C. P. church. Interment in the Bloomfield cemetery.

Death record found in Greene County, Indiana, Death Record, Book H-6, at page 22, lists: father as John K. BENNETT, born SC; mother as Sallie Berry, born IN

Index to Indiana Marriage Records before 1850 lists John BENNETT and Sally BERRY married on 11 Dec 1827 in Orange Co., Indiana; also lists John BENNETT and Ann BERRY married on 20 Sep 1838 in Greene Co., Indiana
Grandview Cemetery
Greene County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Helen Haldeman Daglas
Originally Created by: Susan (Haldeman) Fowler
Record added: Sep 29, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11850088
Maria Jane <i>Bennett</i> Flater
Added by: Brian Dale Neeley
Maria Jane <i>Bennett</i> Flater
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 Added: Mar. 13, 2008

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