|Birth: ||Mar. 2, 1827|
|Death: ||Nov., 1904|
The Waterloo Daily Courier
Tuesday, November 8, 1904
AGED WOMAN DIES ON TRAIN
Mrs. Hannah Liggett of Alpha, Ill,
Expires at Des Moines
Des Moines, Nov. 8 - The last wish of Mrs. Hannah Liggett of Alpha, Ill., came to a sudden and unexpected end last night near Des Moines. For years she had hoped to visit her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Nibel, of Ames, and pass the few remaining years of her life with her child. In the pathetic attempt to attain her ambition, Mrs. Liggett died on a Rock Island passenger train while riding between Newton and Des Moines.
With her was her daughter, Mrs. Nibel, all the tender care of a daughter was being given the aged woman. Tenderly wrapped in comforts and lying in a traveling basket, she was placed in the baggage car. Into her veins an anaesthetic was injected to deaden the pain of travel. As the old woman slept her sleep of death, the relatives were planning comforts for her in the new home just built in Ames.
Just this side of Newton, Mrs. Nibel spoke to her mother:
"We are nearing Des Moines, mother; we will soon be home."
The mother had already reached home. A touch of her brow found the cold clamminess of death.
When the death of her mother was discovered, Mrs. Nibel telegraphed to Des Moines and an undertaker's wagon met her. The body was removed to L. F. Shank's undertaking rooms. It will be shipped to Ames today, and the funeral will take place from that city sometime soon.
MYSTERY ATTACHED TO DEATH
When Mrs. Liggett was placed on the train at Geneseo, Ill., where she had been in a hospital for three weeks being treated for a fractured hip, she was given an anaesthetic to deaden the pain. The physician declared that she would sleep all the way. Mrs. Liggett fell to sleep shortly after she was placed on the train and never once awoke. It may be that the overdose of the opiate hastened her death.
Mrs. Liggett fell three weeks ago and fractured her hip. Her condition has since been serious and while so afflicted formed the opinion that she wanted to die in the home of her daughter.
Daughter of Micajah and Polly (Patterson) Sprouse. Hannah married William Henry Liggett, and they were the parents of nine: Mary Elizabeth, Margaret A. born 18 May 1853 VA, Isaac A. born 5 Oct 1855 Ill, Malinda Obedience Little, Viola A. born 16 Sep 1860, Rosa, James W. born 1 Feb 1864, Eliza Agnes born 5 May 1868, and Nita May born 9 Mar 1871. (pursuant to a family database)
1880 census of Woodhull, Henry, Illinois (spelled Liggit)
Hannah is buried at Ames Municipal Cemetery next to her daughter Rosa.
William Henry Liggett (1825 - 1875)
Mary Elizabeth Liggett Nibel (1851 - 1914)*
Malinda Obedience Liggett Little (1858 - 1936)*
Rosa Ellen Liggett Nibel (1862 - 1925)*
Ames Municipal Cemetery
Created by: Burt
Record added: May 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19535851