Cornelia Jane Oglesby Hillyard

Georgia, USA
Death 20 Dec 1939 (aged 90)
Burial Sanford, Seminole County, Florida, USA
Plot Block 10, Lot 5, Space 1
Memorial ID 30768163 · View Source
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***Dates in article are INCORRECT***

Sanford Herald 20 Dec 1939

Jane Hillyard, Oldest Resident, Died Early Today

Pioneer Had Lived In Seminole County For Over 92 Years

Mrs. Jane Hillyard, 110, Seminole County's oldest resident died at her home at 911 Maple Avenue at 2:40 A. M. today following a lingering illness.

Born in Clay county, Fla. Sept. 21, 1829, Mrs. Hillyard moved to Seminole County at the age of 18 when Fort Mellon, as Sanford was then called, consisted chiefly of a fort, headquarters in forays of U. S. Army against the Indians. She had lived in this county for 92 years and gave to those who knew her many interesting accounts of the pioneer days.

For a number of years, she has been honored as Seminole County's oldest resident at the Pioneer's Night held annually in Lake Mary.

Despite her years, Mrs. Hillyard has been in good health until recent months.

Her husband was killed in action with the confederate Army during the Civil War, it was understood.

Survivors are a son, Ellie Hillyard of Sanford, three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Collins of Sanford, Mrs. M. D. Sinn of Sanford, and Mrs. Eugenia Hazeleaf of Fort Pierce; three brothers, W. E. Oglesby of Lake Monroe, Edward Oglesby of Lake Monroe and Thomas Oglesby of Sanford. Also two grand children and 11 great grand children.

Funeral services will be held at the graveside in the Lake View Cemetery at 10:00 A. M. Thursday, with Dr. E. D. Brownlee, pastor of the Presbyterian Church officiating.

BIRTH year is ESTIMATED from census records.

There are several articles that mention that the family records were burned in a fire that destroyed the family home. While there are many questions as to the ages of both Cornelia Jane and her mother Vina, approximate years can be gathered from various records.

----- Hillyard (Found two names Thomas and Richard)

Thomas Hilliard married Jane Oglesby 15 Dec 1875 Orange County Florida
(Orange County Marriage Records 1869-1934; Index, 1882-1941)

Listed as the Widow of Richard on burial record.

1910 Census she is living with Richard E. Hillyard in Seminole County Florida.

(Ellie is Richard Elmon "Ellie" Hillyard)

Some additional info provided by A. Oglesby



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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cornelia Jane Oglesby Hillyard (21 Sep 1849–20 Dec 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30768163, citing Lakeview Cemetery, Sanford, Seminole County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Sanford Museum (contributor 46928764) .