Harriet Eliza <I>Chamberlain</I> Churchill

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Harriet Eliza Chamberlain Churchill

Brant, Erie County, New York, USA
Death 4 Nov 1897 (aged 64)
Monona, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Burial Monona, Clayton County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 56908008 · View Source
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Daughter of John and Philinda (Smith) Chamberlain. Married Harvey B. Churchill on March 24, 1855 in Green County, Wisconsin.


Monona Leader (Monona, Iowa), November 11, 1897, p. 5, col. 4


In Monona, Iowa, Thursday, Nov. 4th, 1897, MRS. HARRIET E. CHURCHILL, aged 64 years, 1 month and 3 days.

Harriet Eliza Chamberlin was born in the town of Brandt, Erie County, New York, October 1st, 1833. She received a common school education, and at the age of 20 years, in 1854, came to Wisconsin where March 24th, 1855, she was married to Harvey B. Churchill. Two months later the young people came to Iowa, taking up a farm in Jefferson Township, Allamakee County. This trip from Wisconsin to Iowa was by ox team, driving a number of head of cattle, Mrs. Churchill much of the time in charge of the ox team, an incident to which she often referred as one the things our pioneer women did in emigrating to the New Eldorado. Four years later Mr. Churchill purchased a farm in Monona Township, and in March 1859, the family moved to their new possessions. Here they lived and prospered until in March 1892, when they moved to Monona, which has since been their home. Two children were born to them, both of whom passed to the great beyond, in their infancy, in 1857 and in 1859.

Mrs. Churchill was a good woman, a devoted wife, a kind neighbor. She possessed the noblest qualities of womanhood and exercised an influence that was characterized by good deeds. She had seen and experienced the hardships of a pioneer life, the early settlement of the western country, when the rush for western lands and Iowa homes was at its heighth. The lessons of that period of her young womanhood were indelably impressed upon her mind, and she could paint the picture in words that lent a charm to their recital. That which she had experienced was doubtless the experience of thousands of others, yet it was one replete with interesting incidents, attended by sacrifices and hardships, that paved the way to the present advanced state of our civilization and material progress.

The funeral was held on Saturday at the Congregational church, Rev. Klose officiating. There were present with the afflidted husband, his brother, Edward Churchill, of Newton, Iowa; Mrs. Leonard Howe of Owatonna, Minn., Mrs. H.T. Thompson of Huntley, Ill., and Mrs. Henry T. Fry of Chicago, sisters of the deceased. A brother-in-law, Wm. Brown and daughter of Monroe, Wis. were also present, and EE Decker and daughter of Rossville, a cousin were also with the mourning relatives.

The floral tributes were handsome, a rich offering, emblamatic of a pure life. Mrs. Fry and daughter brought with them a handsome supply, and Mrs. John Shelby of Emmettsburg sent a fine collection, besides a large collection from personal friends here in her home, where Mrs. Churchill was highly respected and admired.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 56908008
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harriet Eliza Chamberlain Churchill (1 Oct 1833–4 Nov 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56908008, citing Monona Cemetery, Monona, Clayton County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Scott (contributor 47643415) .