19 June 2010

Obituary--Frances Tindall

An obituary of a immigrant woman, this tells a brief story of the hardships women faced in those early days in this state.

From the 18 December 1913 Fremont Times-Indicator.

Frances Tindall

Frances Hoover was born in Strassburg, Germany, January 19, 1838. In 1864 she was married to John Miller. They came to this country in April 1866. To this union five children were born namely: Chas. E., of Fremont, John E., of Boyne City; Sophia Kimbell, of Fremont; Geo. H., of Lincoln township; and Frank, who preceded her nearly three years ago.
After residing about six months near Grand Rapids they came Fremont. On December 15, 1871, her husband was killed in the lumber woods by a falling tree. In 873 she was married to Wm. Tindall and to this union four children were born namely: Wm. F. of Boyne city; Mary and Fannie, both having preceded her, and Mrs Daphine Stratton, of Fremont. On March 13, 1911, occurred the death of her husband. Since that time she lived mostly with her daughter, Mrs. Dadphine Stratton, until December 2, 1913 when she was called to the Great Beyond. Of her it can well be said, "She hath done what she could."

And article from the week before on 11 December 1913.

Mrs. Francis Tindall passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. V. Stratton, Tuesday, Dec 2. The funeral services were held Thursday at the Disciple church. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

I think the last line on the actual obituary sums up the life of so many pioneer women. "She hath done what she could. "

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