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Sarah Jane Hutchinson Stevens

Death 29 Sep 1936 (aged 96–97)
Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
Burial Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana, USA
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Greenwood News, 2 October 1936, p. 1

Mrs. Stevens, 96, Oldest Resident, Is Laid To Rest
Often Recalled Hardships of Pioneer and Civil War Days

Mrs. Sarah Jane (Hutchinson) Stevens, ninety-six, believed to be Greenwood's oldest citizen, passed away Tuesday afternoon and funeral services were from the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. H.C. Clippinger officiated and interment was made in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Her death ended an illness which had extended over a period of several years, the last two or three of which she was confined to her bed. Her condition had been serious for several weeks and relatives had been called to her bedside.

Although Mrs. Stevens had been confined to her bed for the past two years, she retained her mental faculties and her interest in present day affairs. Although quite deaf and almost blind, her mind was keen and her memory quite good. She was able to recall vividly happenings of many years ago.

Rounding out almost a century of life, Mrs. Stevens had known hardships of the pioneer, the tragedy of war, and felt the pangs of poverty as only those of her generation could know.

Her parents David and Mary Hutchinson, were pioneer settlers of eastern Indiana, but from time of her marriage to George Stevens in the late fifties, she had been a resident of this community. They resided on a farm east of Greenwood until Mr. Stevens retired from active work forty years ago and since that time a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Paxton has resided with and cared for her.

Leaving Mrs. Stevens and two small children to go off and serve his country, Mr. Stevens enlisted in the Union Army and served four years, and eight months, during the Civil War. During his absence Mrs. Stevens remained on the farm part of the time and the rest lived with her parents, but the pangs of the war were still vivid in her as she recalled the anxiety through which she passed during those long months of waiting for his return.

Mr. and Mrs. Stevens reared a family of ten children, all of whom lived to maturity. Five daughters and three sons, together with twenty-five grandchildren, fifty-two great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, survive. The children are Mrs. Emma Swails of Acton; Mrs. Clara Brann, Mrs. Ida Paxton, Greenwood; Mrs. Pearl VanArsdale, Indianapolis; Mrs. Ella Forsythe, Frankfort; Gus Stevens, Acton, Cary Stevens, California, and Will Stevens of Charleston, South Carolina. A daughter, Mrs. Emma Berry, died at the age of sixty-five, and one son, George passed away when he was thirty-five.

Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Baptist Church and as long as her health would permit, was active in the services of the church.

Greenwood News reported September deaths, Mrs.Sarah J. Stevens, 29 September 1936.

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