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 Ellen Rebecca <I>Ullem</I> Doggett

Ellen Rebecca Ullem Doggett

Monroe County, Iowa, USA
Death 1 Nov 1937 (aged 85)
Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Burial Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 125670644 · View Source
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The Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen
Tuesday, November 2, 1937

Well Known Member of Early Pioneer Family Had Lived in Appanoose Since 3 years old
Mrs. Rebecca Ellen Doggett, widow of the well know pioneer resident and farmer of Appanoose County, James R. Doggett died at her home 311 West Franklin st., yesterday afternoon after a long illness.
In the death of Mrs. Doggett the county loses another of those sterling characters who helped to win the land from wild woods and prairie to a well settled community.
The daughter of Phoebe Matilda Cook and John Ullem she was born in Monroe County, Mar. 13, 1852, her people having pioneered from Kentucky where they were extensive land owners and slave holders, to Ohio, and thence to Indiana and on to Van Buren and Monroe county, Iowa. On her mother's side she was of English descent and related to the noted Captain Kidd.
Came When Three
When she was three years of age her parents moved to Douglas township, Appanoose county where they erected what was said to be the first frame house in the county. There she grew to womanhood.
In the winter of 1882 she united with the Antioch Christian Church later transferring her membership to Udell where she continued a faithful member of the community to the end of her days.
April 6th, 1871 she was united in marriage with James R. Doggett and settled down about six miles northeast of Centerville in Section 15 of Douglas Township, near the Doggett homestead which had already become widely known on account of the activity of Silas Doggett, pioneer who had located there after having participated in the gold rush to California.
Thrifty Farmers
The young couple began life together there and save for a brief sojourn in Kansas, resided in that vicinity until their active career as farmers was ended. They started out on a rented piece of ground and with limited means but by working hard and using good judgment were soon able to buy land of their own to which they added until their holdings were 600 acres. A part of this tract known as the North Bluffs, is so picturesque that it was long considered by the authorities as the site of the Centerville State Park.
Some fifteen years ago they retired and moved to Centerville leaving the sons to manage the place. Eight years later Mr. Doggett passed away, since which time she has continued to live in the home. During a part of this time, her house was faithfully looked after by Thomas Ketchum a neighbor boy who had made his home with them for twenty-years. No child of her own could have been more thoughtful and devoted. Four years ago he too was taken since which time she has been tenderly cared for by her daughters.
Seven Children
Seven children were born to her. Of these two preceded her in death namely Mrs. R. E. Brown and Charles E. Doggett. Surviving are James Harley and Leonard U. Doggett of Centerville, Mrs. F. W. Hollingsworth of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mrs. Clyde Atkinson and Mrs. Earl Parker of Centerville. There are also 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
In spite of her many cares with farm and children Mrs. Doggett kept well informed and always had an appropriate remark for every occasion.
She had a remarkable memory and her mind was richly stored with maxims and especially songs which she could sing without any book. Wholly unselfish and generous in her disposition she is remembered with affection by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held at the Central Church of Christ in Centerville Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p. m. conducted by her pastor and the Rev. H. E. Trimble and Dr. Mott Sawyers, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, a long time friend of the family.




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