|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1848|
|Death: ||Mar. 26, 1913|
Mrs. Rebecca Jane Murrell, daughter of Joseph and Mary Gautier, was born near Burke's Garden, Tazewell County, Virginia, October 25, 1848, and departed this life in Pocahontas, Va., March 26, 1913, being 64 years, 5 months and one day old.
In early childhood her parents moved to Giles county, where she spent her girlhood and a good portion of her womanhood. Mrs. Murrell was thrice married - first to William S Wilburn in 1866. To this union four children were born - Mrs. William S. Kabrick, of Blacksburg, Mrs. Gaston C. Calloway, of Graham, William O Wilburn, deceased and Lewis, who died in infancy.
The second union was to Henry G Dennis in 1879, and to them were born three children; Mrs. Minnie Geisen, of Pocahontas, James Dennis, of Albany, New York; and George Dennis, deceased.
The third union took place in the year 1895 to James H Murrell, of Tazewell county, who preceded her by several years to the last resting place.
Mrs. Murrell was converted at the age of thirteen at the Old Wabash Camp Ground in Giles county, at which time she united with the M.E. Church, South, and ever remained within its pales, living an exemplary Christian life until she was told it was enough and came higher.
Mrs. Murrell came to Pocahontas in the eighties, and has lived here ever since. No one knew her but to like her, and her death removes not only one of the best, but one of the best known of Pocahontas people.
Her funeral was held at the M.E. church here Friday, March 28th, conducted by her pastor, Rev. C.K. Wingo, assisted by Rev. J.S. Montgomery, of the Presbyterian church; Rev. W. R. Rickman, of the Baptist church, and Rev. W. M. Minter of the Christian church, all of whom paid loving tributes to her worth and Christian character.
Her remains were taken to Giles county for interment by the side of her first husband, accompanied by Rev. Mr. Wingo and members of the family.
The words of Rev. Mr. Wingo's text were so appropriate in her case: "Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace" for her going was peaceful, "as one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams." (Raven News:, Pounding Mill, Virginia, 1 Apr 1913)
Her son William married Eliza Folden; they had at least nine children (twelve according to the census): Sidney Randolph Wilburn, Annie Laura (Wilburn) Harris, Hugh Edward Wilburn, Lillian Inez (Wilburn) Bell Macklin, Frank Bird Wilburn, Susan (Wilburn) Martin, Lewis Dabbs Wilburn, Daniel Andrew Wilburn and Raymond A. Wilburn.
William S. Wilburn (1844 - 1873)
Henry G. Dennis (1820 - 1891)
Sarah Isolena Wilburn Kabrich (1867 - 1925)*
Lewis Bratton Wilburn (1868 - 1868)*
Mary Frances Wilburn Calloway (1872 - 1953)*
Note: Direct Line Ancestry
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Originally Created by: Becky
Record added: Apr 21, 2009
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