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Death of Another Pioneer

Rebecca Paul Farley obituary
New Castle Mercury, 9 March 1876

     On Saturday last at the residence of Isaac Thomas at New Lisbon, Dudley Township, Rebecca Farley widow of the late Judge Joseph Farley formerly of this county. Mrs. Farley was probably about (unreadable) years of age. She was born in the State of Virginia, in that portion that now constitutes the State of West Virginia. She removed with her husband to this State and county more than forty years ago and located in what was then a part of Dudley Township, but was afterwards transferred to Franklin Township. Mother Farley's maiden name was Paul, she being a sister to Daniel Paul and Jesse Paul of this county and to the Rev. Joseph Paul who removed to Oregon many years ago. She was a hard working good woman, rearing a large family amid the privations and toils incident to pioneer life. The Editor of this paper was raised on the adjoining farm to the Farley's who were our nearest neighbors, and he (unreadable) it a duty as well as pleasure to give his humble testimony to the simple, blameless life of cheerful labors endured for others, which was led by the old lady, who has but just passed from earth. Since the death of her husband which occurred in White county this State, about the close of the war, mother Farley has lived with her children and finally breathed her last in the home of her daughter Mrs. Thomas. She joined the Christian church forty-five years ago, probably under the ministry of either John or Elisha Shortridge, though we are by no means positive as to that, but we do distinctly remember that these brothers John Shortridge and Elisha Shortridge -- frequently held religious meetings at Judge Farley's house in the early days of the county. Mother Farley remained a consistent member of the church from the time she first became a member thereof. Her funeral occurred Sunday last the services being conducted by Elder D. H. Gary, of this city and the remains being interred in the Paul Graveyard near New Lisbon."

     Rebecca (Paul) Farley was buried on the Gene Gubbard Farm, Henry County, Indiana. The cemetery stone for Rebecca Farley is a white marble square base marker, which has a short spire. The base is inscribed:

wife of
Joseph Farley
Mar 3, 1876
72 yrs 7 mo 18 ds

The marker is located at the Paul Cemetery, on the Gene Gubbard farm, Henry County, Indiana.

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