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Nancy Elizabeth Bryant Boston
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Birth: Nov. 22, 1845
Floyd County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 12, 1930
Hancock County
Illinois, USA

Nancy Elizabeth (Bryant) Boston is the daughter of Peter and Lucretia Elizabeth (Wright) Bryant. She moved from Jacksonville Township, Floyd County, Virginia, to Hancock County, Illinois, when she was about 9 years old. There she met and married William Hickman Boston Jr. on November 24, 1867. They farmed land near Bentley in Harmony Township, Hancock County, Illinois, and raised a family of 10 children there, seven of whom lived to adulthood. Nancy joined the Primitive Baptist Church in 1887.

Wednesday, December 17, 1930 (clipping from unidentified source - probably the Carthage Republican-copy of clipping in personal files)
Nancy E. Boston
Mrs. Nancy Boston passed away at her home in this city, Friday, Dec. 12, 1930 at 1:30 a. m., aged 85 years and 20 days, after a long decline in health. Nancy Elizabeth Bryant, daughter of Peter and Nancy Bryant, was born Nov. 22, 1845, in Jacksonville, Floyd county, Virginia.  She came with her parents to Illinois when nine years of age, remaining here all her life, with the exception of one year which was spent in Missouri. She became a member of the Primitive Baptist church in May, 1887, and remained a faithful member through the years, attending every service until failing health compelled her to give up active service. She was married to Wm. H. Boston Nov. 24, 1867, and together they built up their home, living in Carthage for many years.  Mr. Boston enlisted in the army in the 118th Reg. Ill. Inf., serving only one year and being discharged on account of disability.  He crossed the plains in 1864 and was five months crossing.  Mr. Boston departed this life several years ago, and Mrs. Boston kept her home alone, giving comfort and cheer to all who came within its circle, and was cared for in her declining years by her devoted family. To Mr. and Mrs. Boston were born ten children, four of whom have preceded her in death.  Surviving are: Marvin E., Joseph H., Charles T., Ray H., Mrs. Ella Burns and Mrs. Clark Davis, all living in and near this city.  There also survive twenty-nine grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Harbur of near Arbela, Mo., and Mrs. Minnie Kigar, of near Bible Grove, Mo., and many other relatives and friends.  One son, Joseph H. Boston, is ill at his home here and was unable to attend his mother's funeral services. Mr. and Mrs. Boston celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. 24, 1917, quietly at their home in Carthage, Mr. Boston's illness at that time causing them to entertain only a few of their relatives and friends. Mrs. Boston was one of our respected citizens, and came of a fine pioneer family, being a second cousin of Gen. R. Lee.  She lived her life quietly and followed the path of duty with the best of intentions and with quiet industry. This dear mother will be sadly missed by all her children, especially by her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Davis, who has been her mother's constant companion for the past two years.  Her eldest son, Marvin E. Boston, was his mother's devoted nurse in her last illness, which was of some five weeks duration, she calling to him for every attention and passing to her eternal rest in his arms. Funeral services were held in the Christian church, conducted by her pastor, Elder C. E. Webb, of Bentley, assisted by Rev. H. C. Reichel, pastor of the Christian church.  Casket bearers were her six young grandsons.  Many relatives and a multitude of kind friends attended the services.
Mother, dear-----
God took the sunshine from the skies,
And made the lovelight in your eyes;
From honeyed flowers he took the dew
And made your tears, unselfish, true;
Upon a rock your faith he built,
With angels' prayers your breath he filled,
And with his love made yours divine,
But best of all, he made you mine.

Note: To date, we have not been able to verify any connection to the Robert E. Lee family, though this story continues to be told within my family to this day. Nancy's mother's name (as found in census and marriage records) is Lucretia Bryant/Lucinda Bryant/Lucrety Rite. Other than this obituary, it is not found to be Nancy. 
Family links: 
  Peter Bryant (1821 - 1864)
  Lucretia Elizabeth Wright Bryant (1820 - 1878)
  William Hickman Boston (1843 - 1919)*
  Marvin Edward Boston (1868 - 1960)*
  Joseph Hickman Boston (1870 - 1950)*
  Martha Ellen Boston Burns (1872 - 1955)*
  Minnie Frances Boston Edgecomb (1875 - 1918)*
  Charles Thomas Boston (1880 - 1982)*
  Jessie May Boston Davis (1882 - 1964)*
  Ray Harold Boston (1891 - 1985)*
  Nancy Elizabeth Bryant Boston (1845 - 1930)
  James Riley Bryant (1850 - 1896)*
  Martha Ellen Bryant Harbur (1856 - 1934)*
  Sarah A. Bryant Kigar (1858 - ____)*
  John Thomas Bryant (1862 - 1923)*
  Minnie Frances Bryant Kigar (1864 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Moss Ridge Cemetery
Hancock County
Illinois, USA
Plot: 784
Created by: Larry and Jane
Record added: Aug 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15455740
Nancy Elizabeth <i>Bryant</i> Boston
Added by: Larry and Jane
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