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 Ellen Goodwin <I>John</I> Adair

Ellen Goodwin John Adair

Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana, USA
Death 20 Apr 1905 (aged 71)
Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana, USA
Burial Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana, USA
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Ellen Goodwin John Adair

Ellen Goodwin John married John G. Adair April 26, 1853. She was the mother of eight children; five of those eight included Anna M. Adair b. 1860 IN, Martha C. 'Mattie' Adair b. 1862 IN, John 'George' Adair b. 1864 IN, Catharine F. Adair b. 1867 IN, and Nellie O. Adair b. 1872 IN.

[Index to Marriage Records Franklin Co. IN 1850-920: "Anna May Adair md James P. West 4-20-1880; John G. Adair md Ellen G. John 4-26-1853; Kate P. Adair md John H. Bishop 4-20-1892; Mollie O. Adair md John W. Duncan 9-17-1890".]

"Death of Mrs. Adair. Mrs. Ellen G. Adair, aged 71 years, died at her home on Main street at 9:25 Thursday evening, April 20th, after an illness of about seven weeks. The deceased was the widow of John G. Adair and has been in failing health for several years. One son and three daughters are left to mourn the loss of mother. The funeral services were held at the house at 1:30 Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. George Cochran. Interment was in the Brookville Cemetery in charge of Undertakers Showalter and Rockafellar. A sketch of her life will be published in the next issue of The Democrat. The following relatives from a distance were present at the funeral: Dr. J. P. D. John and wife and Miss Flora John, of Greencastle, Ind., Dr. O. Beeks and wife and Miss Sadie Keeley, of Oxford, Ohio, William Newkirk, of Connersville, Ind., William H. Jones and wife, of Elwood, Ind. George Halle and James Halle, of Cincinnati, O., Robert and Nellie Colescott, of Fowler, Ind., and Rev. J. W. Duncan and wife, of New Albany, Ind." [Brookville Democrat 4-27-1905.]

"Mrs. Ellen Adair Mrs. Ellen Goodwin Adair died in this city last Thursday at the age of 71 years, after a long illness. She was well known, was born in Brookville and lived here all her life. The funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Geo. Cochran. Interment took place at the Brookville cemetery with the funeral directors of the Franklin Furniture company in charge. An obituary will appear in these columns next week." [Brookville American 4-27-1905.]

"Mrs. Ellen G. Adair. Mrs. Ellen Goodwin Adair was born in Brookville, Indiana, December 27, 1833, and died in this town of her birth April 29, 1905, aged 71 years. Her father, Robert John, of precious memory to the few remaining pioneers of Brookville, died December 14, 1856, and her mother, Martha Wiles John of equally precious memory died January 28, 1891. She came of sturdy Welsh and Irish ancestry, and inherited from both of her parents self-sacrificing spirit, a quick and uncompromising conscience, a loyalty to friends, a charity for enemies, and a sublime devotion to her duty towards God and man. She was the oldest of her mother's children. An older half sister survives her, Mrs. Maria J. Hitt, now of Washington City. She leaves, also, one brother and one sister, John P. D. John and Florence Wiles John, both of Greencastle, Indiana. She was married by Rev. Thomas M. Eddy, April 26, 1853, to John G.. Adair another name of notable memory in Brookville. She was the mother of eight children, three of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are Mrs. James F. West, Martha Cornelia Adair, John George Adair, Mrs. John Bishop, all of Brookville and Mrs. John W. Duncan, of New Albany. One grandson survives her, Frank West of Brookville. In 1804 on the death of her niece, Mrs. Hattie Jones Walker, she undertook the care of her infant boy, William Jones Walker, whom she and her daughter, Martha, have reared with all the tenderness and self-sacrifice of a mother. Among the many stars in both their crowns, none will be brighter than this altar of unselfish love and patient endeavor through the infancy and early boyhood of this motherless child. Mrs. Adair was a woman of rare virtues, and for more than a half century had been a benediction and an inspiration to all who knew her. She was emphatically a home maker, not only for the sake of her family, but for the sake of the church and the community. The doors of her home swung wide open to all her friends and equally wide open to many a stranger for Christ's sake. Her hospitality was genuine and bounded only by her ability to serve others. Her first thought, aside from her supreme duty to God was, ‘What can I do for others?' Her last thought ‘what can I do for myself?' The moral and spiritual atmosphere of her home was pure, sweet and wholesome. She lived for her family and reared her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She was patient in affliction, heroic under persecution, serene under the treachery of false friendship, brave in the fiercest conflicts, intrepid in the face of danger, immovable in her purpose to do right, unswayed either by hate or love, by pity or sympathy, to insult her conscience, which was so quick and tender as to discover the evil, though disguised under the form of good, and to impel her with unquestioned authority to her duty, despite the disapproval of friend or the sneer of enemy. She delighted to please her friends but she delighted more to please God. She took pleasure in a good name but infinitely greater pleasure in a conscience void of offense toward God and man. She was modest and retiring in her church work, shrinking from public duties, but ready at all times to do the work to which she believed God called her. She was deeply interested in the benevolent organizations of the church and particularly the Woman's Foreign Missionary society, of which she was one of the first members when the Brookville branch was organized. She was a faithful attendant at church service whenever she was able to be present, and when she was unable, from bodily suffering, to attend she was their spirit joining inevitably in the worship. She realized from the beginning of her last illness that she would not recover and throughout her sickness gave frequent expressions of resignation to God's will and a readiness to depart. As one of her daughters gave her a drink of water she said ‘Soon I shall drink of the water of Life freely.' ‘The Lord has prepared a place for me.' Here is a little poem of which she was fond: Growing old! Growing old! Do they say it of me? Do they think my fine fancies are faded and fled? That my garden of life, like the winter swept tree, Is frozen or dying or fallen' and dead? Growing old! Growing old! No, we never grow old. If, like little children, we trust in the Word: And reckoning earth's treasures by Heaven's pure gold, We lay our weak hands on the strength of the Lord.' Her children rise up to call her blessed. Her friends say, ‘Behold a woman after God's own heart.' The world which saw her at a distance says, ‘She had a good name in the community.' The church says, ‘She was true to her vows and was a pattern of piety, humility and self-sacrifice.' God has said, ‘She has fought a good fight; she has finished her course, she has kept the faith, henceforth she shall wear a crown of righteousness at my right hand forever.'" [Brookville American 5-4-1905 p. 3.]

Franklin County Public Library District, Brookville, IN Copying Of Inscriptions On Gravestones In Old Brookville Cemetery p. 33 "Adair family lot N: Smith, John Adair Died June 5, 1863 Aged 23 yr 9 mo 19 da Adair, Ella N. Died August 16, 1857 Aged 2 yr 11 mo 14 da Adair, Robbie J. Died July 15, 1858. Aged 1 yr 8 mo Adair, Sallie Infant daughter Died May 24, 1868. W: Adair, John G. Died August 26, 1889 Aged 68 yr 5 mo 20 da Adair, Ellen G. Died April 20, 1905 Aged 71 yr 3 mo 24 da S: Adair, John Died May 1, 1821 Aged 44 years Adair, Sarah Died April 4, 1872 Aged 90 yr 7 mo 23 da. E: Adair, Martha C. Died May 22, 1922 Aged 60 years Adair, J. George Died January 11, 1932 Aged 68 years".

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Individual "Mother"; shared side of marker "At rest John G. Adair Died Aug. 26, 1889 Aged 68 yrs 5 M. & 20 D. Ellen G. Adair Died Apr. 20, 1905 Aged 71 yrs 3 M & 24 D. Adair".

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