Nancy D. Connelly was born in Spencer county, Kentucky, Dec. 14, 1840. Died at her home in Bellmore, Feb. 8, 1903, aged 62 years, 1 month and 24 days.
When the subject of this sketch was a little less than 2 years old, her father and family immigrated from Kentucky and settled on a farm in the immediate vicinity of Bellmore. Nancy was married to William P. Swaim Oct. 11, 1859. He left her a widow nearly fourteen years ago, with eight children – 3 sons and 5 daughters, just one-half of them minors in age, but with her forcible energy, amid surrounding embarrassments, she reared them all to mature age. The entire number except David, the oldest son, stayed at her bedside with her two sisters, Mrs. Dooley and Mrs. Lanning, and witnessed her expiring moments as she sweetly fell asleep in death.
In April, 1880, Mrs. Swaim united with the Baptist church at Hollandsburg, for which she ever felt an abiding interest, and always enjoyed meeting with the people of God in public worship, and usually seemed to feel at the close that this was a good service. She was not only a loving mother with sacred devotion to her family for she took great interest in the welfare of all, and a tender sympathy for the poor and the needy. Her last sickness was both lingering and distressing, but she expressed herself as being ready for the summons, with the confident hope that she would be at rest. Besides her eight children, she leaves behind nine grandchildren, four sisters, two invalid brothers. One of the latter she has had in her home for several years, and for whom she and her family have exercised the most tender care.
The funeral services were held on Monday at Hollandsburg in the presence of a concourse of relatives and friends. Rev. S. K. Fuson preached a most appropriate sermon followed by the writer, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Moriah cemetery by the side of her husband to await the morning of eternity
A. H. D.
The Rockville Tribune
February 18, 1903
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