|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1816|
|Death: ||Aug. 6, 1909|
Mrs. Mary A. (WELTY) FREELAND, one of Bloomfield's pioneer women, passed away last Friday after an illness of several days.
She was married to the late Dr. Wm FREELAND in 1864, and while they had no children, she was an affectionate and dutiful mother to his nine children, seven of whom are living and are Henry FREELAND, Salem, Oregon, John F. FREELAND, Mrs. R. E. EVELEIGH and Miss Myra FREELAND, of this place; William FREELAND, Baldwin, Kan; Mrs. James East, of Indianapolis, and Ed FREELAND of San Bernandino, Calif. One of the two deceased children was the wife of the late Rev. Thos. FERGUSON.
The out of town persons who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. James EAST, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Frank SINGLETON, Miss Grace BAIN, Walter BAIN, and Ed BAIN of Martinsville.
The funeral was conducted at the home of the deceased by Rev. Wood of the M. E. church, and to him the NEWS is indebted for the following sketch:
Calmly in the early morning after a sojourn of ninety-three years passed away another of God's elect children to join the loved ones and wear a crown immortal and unfading.
Mrs. Mary A. FREELAND was born April 12, 1816 in Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg and the scene of a great battle of the Civil war.
She removed with her parents to Martinsville, Ind., where she resided a number of years.
She was married to Dr. Wm. FREELAND, October 27, 1864, and entered upon her new duties at the Freeland home near Bloomfield, where they resided for eight years,, then removed into town, where she has made her home
The death of her husband, Dr. Freeland occurred in 1876, and her death Aug. 6, 1909—thirty-three years subsequently.
In assuming the delicate and responsible position of step-mother of nine children, she proved herself a most perfect fit and was not only highly esteemed and respected by them but was dearly beloved.
In early life she united with the Lutheran church, but in coming to Indiana there was no society of that church in their community, and she attached herself to the Presbyterian church and continued a faithful and acceptable member till she was removed to the church triumphant.
She was a good woman, a good mother, a good christian, a good neighbor, and has left behind her a lasting impression for good upon the community. Her death has removed another of the landmarks, who may be regarded as among the pioneers of this county, and was intimately associated with the community for forty-five years.
She possessed a strong constitution, and for over ninety years who enjoyed almost perfect health. She belonged to a long life race of people. Her sister died recently at the advanced age of ninety-five years. She has a brother in Kansas ninety years of age. She possessed a strong mind and conversed with much intelligence up to within a few days of her death. She lived long beyond her allotted time, and became very anxious for the time of her departure. So like the ripened grain at the time of harvest she has been gathered into the garner of her Lord.
Funeral services were held at the late residence at five o'clock p.m. Saturday, Aug 7, 1909, conducted by Rev. E. H. WOOD, past of the M. E. Church in the absence of her pastor, Rev. BRASHEAR. The singing was led by a select male quartet and as the sun was sinking at the close of day beneath the western sky her remains were deposited in our beautiful cemetery as a brief and solemn service was pronounced with the impression upon the minds of all that a good woman had been removed from the community.
Maintained by: Helen Haldeman Daglas
Originally Created by: Susan (Haldeman) Fowler
Record added: Sep 25, 2005
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