Marietta Matilda <I>Wilkins</I> Bones

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Marietta Matilda Wilkins Bones

  • Birth 4 May 1842 Clarion County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 11 Jul 1901 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Plot Section F, Range B, Site 410.
  • Memorial ID 100698434

Age 59 years, 2 months.

She was the daughter of James A. Wilkins and Jane Trumbull Wilkins. Her first marriage to Kendall Parker (died 1887) ended in divorce in 1876. On March 20, 1881 as Marietta Matilda Wilkins, she married Thomas Arthur Bones in the District of Columbia. Her record of death lists her name incorrectly as Maryetta M. Wilkins Bowens, died July 9, 1901 in the District of Columbia, age 59, born Pennsylvania, Married, buried July 11, 1901.

The Evening Star Friday, July 12, 1901
Funeral of Mrs. Bones
Mrs. Marietta M. Bones, who died recently, after a brief illness, at her home, 709 13th Street Northwest, was buried in Glenwood Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. She was one of the prominent women of her time. She was born in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, where her father kept one of the stations on the underground railroad. On her mother’s side she was one of the famous Trumbull family of Connecticut. She was educated at Meadville and the Washington Seminary in Pennsylvania. For nine years she was Vice President of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association of Dakota Territory. She appeared before the Constitutional Convention of her state – South Dakota – of which body her eldest son was a member, in behalf of the suffrage cause.

In the later years of her life she had a change of views upon this question and was brave enough to announce and maintain them, though stating that it cost her the loss of many friends.

She was Secretary of the first Nonpartisan National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Though not a member of an orthodox church nor a subscriber to any creed, she believed, like the late General Sherman, substantially that a good life here would insure a good life there.

The funeral exercises at the house were brief and informal. Nearer, My God, to Thee, was sung and an address was made by Mr. J.L. McCreery. Among the floral tributes was one from the boys of the neighborhood, the playmates of her own boys. Her husband and four sons survive here and her only brother, Turncy [should be Turney] M. Wilkins, resides in this city.

American Women: Fifteen Hundred Biographies With Over 1,400 Portraits, Volume I, edited by Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore, Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, New York, 1897.
Bones, Mrs. Marietta M., woman suffragist and social reformer, born upon a farm in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, 4th May 1842. Her father, James A. Wilkins, was born in Clarion County, where he resided for forty-eight years, when he removed to Iowa and died six months later. Mr. Wilkins was a noted Abolitionist, known to have maintained an underground railroad station. The mother’s (Jane Trumbull) family, the Trumbulls, were originally from Connecticut and were descendants of Jonathan Trumbull, better known by Washington’s pet name, Brother Jonathan. Her education was received in the Huidekooper [should be Huidekoper] Seminary, Meadville, Pennsylvania and in the Washington, Pennsylvania, female seminary. Mrs. Bones was elected Vice-President of the National Woman Suffrage Association for Dakota Territory, in 1881 and was annually re-elected for nine years. She made her debut as a public speaker in an oration at a Fourth of July delectation in Webster, Dakota, in 1882. In September 1883, she addressed Dakota’s State Constitutional Convention on behalf of woman’s enfranchisement. Failing to have her claim for woman’s equality before the law recognized in the State Constitution there framed, she earnestly petitioned both houses of Congress to deny Dakota’s admission to the Union as a State. Then she carried on several lively newspaper controversies against efforts to make the social question of temperance a political question. She is an active temperance worker and was Secretary of the first Non-partisan National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Convention in Chicago, in 1889, for which the local Woman’s Temperance Union in Webster, over which she had presided the previous year, discharged her, returning her dues, paid nearly three months before, with an official notice That the ladies of Webster Union moved and carried that Mrs. Bones’ dues be returned on account of her having joined the secession movement and also on account of her antagonism to our State President. As a pioneer settler in her town, she secured for it a donation of a block of lots for a courthouse and county buildings and through her influence Day County was divided and a part added thereto, in order that the county-seat should be centrally located. So interested was she that their State capital should be situated at the geographical center, that the Board of Trade in the city of Pierre invited her to be the guest of their city. Through her intercession three infirm veterans of the war have been sent, at the expense of her county, to the Soldiers’ Home in Hot Springs, South Dakota. Mrs. Bones was an able assistant of Mrs. Matilda Joslyn Gage in organizing the Woman’s National Liberal Union. She addressed the convention in Washington, D.C. and is one of the Executive Council of that organization. The energy of Mrs. Bones knows no bounds when work is needed and her perfect health helps her willing hand.

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