Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lucinda Ellen Niccum Wilcoxen

Lucinda "Lucy" Ellen Niccum was the daughter of William and Maria (Smith) Niccum. Lucy's father married three times to three sisters. All but one of his children was born to his second marriage, with one son being born in his first marriage. In addition to the older half-brother/half-cousin, Lucy was the middle sister of six girls and two younger brothers. In one of those peculiar coincidental events, Lucy Wilcoxen died exactly one year to the day after her husband's death.

A companion photo to the one posted previously,
also made approximately 1904 in Union Corner,
Danville Township, Illinois
Parker and Lucy Wilcoxen with their
children and grand-children
(photo obtained from Carolyn Wilcoxen)

The Danville Press, May 11, 1918

Died on First Anniversary of the Death of Her Husband, Parker Wilcoxen, Prominent Farmer.
Mrs. Lucy Ellen Wilcoxen, for many years a resident of the Union Corner neighborhood, and widow of the late Parker K. Wilcoxen, a prominent farmer of this county, is dead at her home following a lingering illness from a complication of disease, of which dropsy and paralysis were the most severe.The death of Mrs. Wilcoxen, while not unexpected by her wide circle of friends, came as a distinct shock to all, for she was one of the most beloved women in the neighborhood in which she lived. Mrs. Wilcoxen had been practically an invalid for the last several months. She passed away at 7 o'clock yesterday morning, May 10, 1918.

Mrs. Wilcoxen's demise occurred on the first anniversary of the death of her husband, Parker K. Wilcoxen, who passed away at the family home on rural route No. 6 one year ago yesterday. Her health had been bad prior to the death of the husband, but since then, she had gradually grown weaker and for the last several weeks her death had been almost hourly expected.

Mrs. Wilcoxen was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Niccum, and was born on the Silas Sandusky farm, near Indianola, on December 14, 1844. Her father was a tenant on this farm for many years, and the deceased resided there until her marriage to Parker Wilcoxen, when she removed to a farm near Gessie. Mrs. Wilcoxen is survived by four sons and a daughter. They are Tilman Wilcoxen, of Glen Flora, Tex., Edward Wilcoxen, of Danville; Oscar and John Wilcoxen, who reside at home, and Mrs. Jane Hess, who also resides on the homeplace. Mrs. Phoebe Hines, of Gessie, Indiana, is a sister of the deceased,and Gilbert Niccum, of Kansas, is a brother.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilcoxen will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30o'clock from the United Brethern church at Union Corner, of which the deceasedwas an active and faithful member. The pastor of the church will officiate,and the burial will be in the Niccum Cemetery.


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