Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An Irreparable Loss: The Obituary of Susan Quesenberry Williamson

Susan Quesenberry was my great-great-great grandmother. She had six children, one of whom was William Woodberry Williamson. Her parents were William Minor Quesenberry (1777-1851) and Elizabeth Ann Bean (1787-1857). Susan was the eighth of ten children.

For my family members keeping track, Susan Quesenberry was Sam Williamson's grandmother.

Below is her obituary as it appeared in the Russellville, Arkansas paper in 1892:

Mrs. Susan Williamson was born in Tennessee, April 23, 1823 and died Jan. 20, 1892. She made a profession of religion in early life and her life was so exemplary and her devotion to Christ so manifest that her influence was a power in maintaining the moral and religious interests of the community in which she lived. She was an active member of the Shiloh congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and took a leading part in the Sunday service. She was the wife of J. L. Williamson to whom she was married Dec. 15, 1847. In her death the family has sustained an irreparable loss, and the church and community has been deprived of the counsel and instruction of a devout christian.

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Sources:

Pope County, Arkansas, Obituaries and Death Notices: February 2, 1887 - December 7, 1893. Page 36. Copied by J. B. Lemley. Date unknown. Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston, TX.

The Clan MacBean in North America. Bernie and Carol Bean. The Clan MacBean Register, 1976. Montgomery County Library, Main Branch, Conroe, TX.

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