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Martha Clarkson Steagald Simpson
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1849
Decatur County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1904
Massac County
Illinois, USA

Martha "Mattie" Steagald is the daughter of Henry Alsbury Steagald and Margaret McLeod. She was first married to Henry Clarkson and had two children. One child was a daughter who died in infancy and the other was their son, Clarence Clarkson.

On February 10, 1874, after her husband, Henry Clarkson, had passed on, she married John Peter Simpson in Decatur Co., TN. John was first married to Frances C. Steagall (Martha's cousin) and had two children by her: Elizabeth and Minnie. John and Martha then had seven children together: Mamie, Leonia Margaret, Ebenezer Alsbury, Essie Jane, John Peter, Myrtle Emma and Harry Lewis Simpson.

Her obit reads:
Early on the morning of the 25 of April, 1904 the reaper of death entered the home of J. P. Simpson and called from the circle the wife and mother Mrs. Mattie Simpson.

The subject of our sketch was born in Decaturville, Tenn, Dec. 24, 1849 hence was 54 years 4 months and 1 day old at the time of her death.

She was twice married. In Dec. 1865 she married Henry Clarkson of Decaturville, Tenn. Two children were born to them. One of the children the little girl died in infancy, the other C. C. Clarkson survives her. On Feb 19, 1874, she married the husband who survives her. J. P. Simpson. Seven children were born to this union.

Mamie, who died in infancy, Leonie M, who is the wife of George H. Durst the agent of Illinois Central Railroad (---?---) this place. Ebba A. locomotive fireman on the I. C. R. R., Essie J., wife of Van Morefield, also a fireman, John P. a brakeman, Myrtle E., wife of Wm. Branum a switchman, and Harry L., who is still at home. Mrs. Simpson departed this life with a full assurance for eternal life surrounded by her husband and all her children. A short time before her spirit took its flight from her body she heard the singing of the Angelic choir that was patiently waiting to escort her into a higher and holier life.

Mrs. Simpson realized that her time had come to leave her family and friends but considered the separation not death but a new birth that ushered her into a world of more usefulness and happiness. Her form will be missed not only by her immediate family but by all who knew her, yet we believe her power and influence for good will be stronger and will be used more effectively for the savior whom she loved. Her life was marked with words of kindness, acts of love and deeds of Christ like charity. Truly can we say "She hath done what she could." Her love for her family was the strong mother love she had learned from her Christ. Of all things in this world her family stood paramount. No obsticle was so great but what it was surmounted for her family's sake. Her (--?---) had walked the path of life with her for 30 years was a part of her very existance, the love she lavished upon him was of a nature that mortal tongue cannot describe. Although she was not able to overcome the terrible disease peritimtis, we feel that she is now in a clime where she will never be molested by the ills of flesh. In laying down her earthly tabernacle of clay she left to mourn her loss her husband, seven children, 1 step daughter, two sisters, 1 brother, (--?--)brother and a host of friends.

After all had been done for her that could be done the remains were taken to the hall at Unionville where a short funeral service was conducted by her brother in the church, Joseph Kickasola and then taken to the Dugger Cemetery where the body was consigned to mother earth and her spirit to the Christ whom she had served from girlhood days. May her life be a shining motto to all who knew her.

Asleep in Jesus oh how sweet
The scene of closing day
When holy Angels come to greet,
And bear the soul away.
Oh may the loved ones ne'er forget
Thy dying last request
Be saved in heavens kingdom yet,
And share the holy rest.
The Angels bore our mother home,
In shining garments fair,
And some bright day we hope to come
And jo'n thee over there.
Her seven children with John Peter Simpson:

Mamie Simpson
b. 1875
d. 1875

Leona Margaret Simpson
b. 26 Jan 1877 - Decatur Co., TN
m. 05 Aug 1896 - George Harry Durst - Massac Co., IL
d. c1909 - UNKNOWN

Ebenezer Alsbury Simpson
b. 13 May 1879 - Decatur Co., TN
d. c1940

Essie Jane Simpson*
b. 07 Oct 1880 - Decatur Co., TN
m. 31 Dec 1898 - Van Morefield - Massac Co., IL
d. 31 Dec 1950 - Carbondale, Jackson Co., IL

John Peter Simpson
b. 17 Mar 1882 - TN

Emma Myrtle Simpson
b. 28 Jun 1884 - TN
m. William Branum

Harry Lewis Simpson*
b. 04 Jul 1887 - IL
m. 1909 - Belle Martin - IL
d. 14 Apr 1956 - Laramie Co., WY
Family links: 
  John Peter Simpson (1844 - 1906)
  Essie Jane Simpson Morefield (1880 - 1950)*
  Harry Lewis Simpson (1887 - 1956)*
*Calculated relationship
Dugger Cemetery
Massac County
Illinois, USA
Created by: SR0220
Record added: Nov 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31464630


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