Nancy Ann Shields Wise

Death 27 Mar 1911 (aged 81)
Burial Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 67885713 View Source
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Nancy A. Wise, daughter of Col. James M. Shields was born in Jennings County near Vernon on Sept. 24, 1829, died March 27, 1911, at the home of her grandson, Harry O. Long of this city at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 3 days.

She was buried in Vernon Cemetery by the side of her husband, Henry Wise, who was killed in the Battle of Chickamauga (during the Civil War) leaving her a widow at the age of 30 years.

Most of her long life was spent in this city. At that time, the present site of North Vernon was an unsettled region in the woods. She saw our little city grow from its earliest infancy and in her old age did not want to live outside of the place to which she had become so deeply attached.

She heard the first locomotive puff through the woods on the old Jeffersonville, Madison & Indianapolis Railroad; she heard the first school bell call the children; she heard the first church bell give its invitation to worship.

She was an active member of the Methodist church meeting with the people of that faith when they held their meetings in their homes, then what was known as Wise's hall. Finally they held their meetings at the first church, where Hicks' Foundry is now located, and where those of that faith now worship on Jackson Street.

She was one of six children, none of whom died under the age of 80. She was the mother of three children, only one of whom is living, Martha E. Long of Columbus.

She was a woman of good courage and strong convictions and her long useful life has been crowned with the Master's words, "well done."

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