Sarah (Shields) Jackson
Submitted by: George Fulton 
Source: Unknown Newspaper
Jan. 14, 1828 – Jan. 11, 1911
Sarah SHIELDS, daughter of Abel and Sarah SHIELDS, was born in Wayne county, Indiana, January 14, 1828, and died January 11th, 1911, being 82 years, 11 months and 28 days. She came with her parents to Illinois in 1838, settling in Abington township. She was married in March 1853 to John JACKSON with whom she went overland to California where Emma and Mary were born. Returning three years later by water they settled in New Boston Township where Abel was born. Later they moved to Millersburg township. Here Hannah, Phoebe, Adda and Charles where born. On Thursday, November 23, 1893, her husband died.
Of the seven children bone to this union there survive Emma, unmarried, and living at home; Abel of Joy; Hannah J. Maffet of Hutchinson, Minnesota; Phoebe A. Kiddoo of Joy; Charles of Joy. Being a pioneer of Mercer county she had a large circle of friends who will miss her for she was a good woman and tried to do her duty. The deceased, during a long and useful life, had enjoyed general good health. She was taken sick during the holidays and was confined to her bed for about six days.
On Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock she peacefully breathed her last. She was tenderly nursed by the family, and the special comfort of Emma, her oldest daughter and lifelong companion, is that she was able to add as she did much to her mother’s comfort in her short sickness.
Among the many mourners brought together by her decease was Samuel Watson, a nephew, to whom, on being invalided from the union ranks in the time of war, she opened her home. On April 17, 1906 from Peniel Presbyterian church she united with
the Presbyterian church, Joy, thus being a charter member, and at the time of her death she was a worthy and honored member thereof.
Funeral service was conducted in the Presbyterian church, Joy, Friday, January 13th, at 11:00 a. m. Rev. George D. Adamson, Ph. D., assisted by Rev. J. B. Howard, Peotone, Ill. and Rev. Alfred Dixon officiated. The Rev. Joseph B. Howard who also had received the deceased into the church preached the sermon. The internment was at Peniel.
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