Sarah Ann “Anna” <I>Newcomb</I> Crain

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Sarah Ann “Anna” Newcomb Crain

  • Birth 8 Jan 1865
  • Death 13 Oct 1920
  • Burial Pulaski, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Range A Lot 1
  • Memorial ID 51282402

Anna Newcomb was born in Northeast Township, Adams County, near Augusta, Illinois, Jan. 6, 1865. She was the oldest daughter of Francis Henry Clay Newcomb and Sarah Elizabeth Gordon Newcomb, both of whom were pioneers in western Illinois, the former having come with his parents from Colchester, Vt., in 1831, and the family of the latter came from New York City a few years later to find a home in Illinois.

Her girlhood was spent at the farm home of her parents, where, as the eldest daughter of the family, she early learned to assist in the manifold household duties pertaining, to farm life, and to share and lighten the burdens of a mother whose health was always delicate.

On February 21, 1894, she was united in marriage to William "Morry" Maurice Crain and for several years they resided on a farm in this vicinity. Since 1900 she has resided in Washington D. C. where her husband is employed in the U. S. Dept. of Commerce.

In February 1917, while preparing to return to Augusta to attend the 57th wedding anniversary of her parents, she was notified of the serious illness of her mother and hastened home only to find that the loved one had passed away a few hours before her arrival. The following month her only brother was called to the colors and served with the army in France until midsummer in 1919, during most of which time Mrs. Crain remained with and cared for her aged father.

After spending a year at her home in Washington she, in March 1920, again returned to Augusta to spend a few months with her father, her husband having been assigned to special work in Nebraska and their daughter attending Knox College at Galesburg, IL.

The tragic death of her brother-in-law, Fred Hoyt Crain, at Galesburg, in May, 1920, was a tremendous shock to her and her health, which was already impaired, was seriously affected by the sad event.

On July 9th she suffered a collapse, one of a form of heart trouble from which she had affected more or less since childhood. Her illness for some time was not considered serious and her husband after spending several weeks with her, returned to Nebraska at her urgent request, to complete his work in order that the family might return to their home in Washington at the earliest possible date.

Late in September it became evident that her condition was serious and the husband was summoned, arriving at her bedside October 1. Her health rapidly declined and at 3 o'clock on Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1920 while sleeping, she quietly passed away.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. D. L. Jeffers at the Newcomb home at 2 o'clock p.m. on October 15th. A quartet
composed of Mrs. Marie Miss Edith Winters, George Bottorff and William Bacon sang several beautiful hymns which were the
especial favorites of the deceased. Burial was in Pulaski Cemetery.

Many beautiful floral tributes were received, including one from the Douglas Methodist Episcopal Church of Washington D. C. of which Mrs. Crain had for many years been faithful and useful member. Another was from her husband's Sunday School class of boys to whom her home was always open, her interest and sympathy always active and by whom she was familiarly and affectionately addressed as "Mother."

She was converted under the pastorate of the Rev. J. B. Horney at Augusta and united with the M. E. church at Pulaski, later transferring her membership to Washington She was strongly attached to the church, took great comfort and pleasure in attending its services and was deeply interested in many lines of church work.

The outstanding feature of her life was the spirit of loyalty and devotion to her loved ones which constantly impelled her to forget self and disregard her physical limitations.

She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Helen Newcomb Crain, her aged father, now in his 93rd year, a brother, John E. Newcomb, two sisters, Mrs. Susan Williams and Mrs. Mattie Crain, and a large number of other relatives.

While she was very hopeful of recovery and earnestly desired to live she told her friends that she was not afraid to go if that were God's will. Her life was an inspiration to unselfish service and to the highest standards of righteous living and her memory will be sweet and blessed to those who knew and loved her.

During her long illness she deeply appreciated the love and sympathy shown by her many friends. There was scarcely a day that the sick room was not supplied with a profusion of beautiful flowers, and for these and the many other evidences of kindness and esteem the family desires to express it's grateful appreciation.
October 27, 1920

"Obituary of Mrs. Wm. M. Crain," undated clipping. ca. October 1920, from unidentified newspaper [maybe Augusta Eagle, Augusta, Hancock, Illinois]. Photocopy from a scrapbook at Hancock County Historical Society, Carthage, Illinois.

Family Members


Anna Newcomb His Wife
Jan. 6, 1865 - Oct. 13, 1920





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  • Added: 18 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51282402
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