Catherine O'Neil Metcalf


Catherine C. O'Neil was born Oct. 4th, 1824, and closed a beautiful life at the home of her son L. H. Metcalf in Blandinsville on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1915. her birthplace was in the state of North Carolina. She came to Illinois with her parents when but four years old. She was married to Joseph A. H. Metcalf Dec. 25, 1845, and of this union 11 children were born. The husband, two sons and three daughters have gone on before. Those remaining are A. J., Cameron, Mo., Geo. W., Charles M., Jerome B., and Lewis H. of Blandinsville, Ill. The daughter is Mrs. Addie Wright of Decatur, Ill. Sister Metcalf became a Christian in a log church at Orchard City, Ia., seventy-five years ago where the city of Burlington is now located. When the church was organized here she became one of the charter members of the Church of Christ at Blandinsville, and has been a faithful and loyal member ever since. The last seven years of her life here has been spent as an invalid. Her patience, cheerfulness and composure testifying how the Christian life is a blessing.

She was the aunt of Ex-Governor Drake of Iowa, her sister being Gov. Drake's mother. She was one of the pioneers of that type which formed the better social life and enriched her community. The care of her during her last years has been gladly borne and has been a blessing to all who ministered to her. Her stay her has been 91 years and 29 days.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday Nov. 4th, the Rev. J. G. Slink assisted by the Rev. a. M. Hale of Abingdon officiating. The interment was in Glade City cemetery.


(Blandinsville Star Gazette Nov. 11, 1915, submitted by Matthew Ferricks)




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