Martha J. Fordyce McClellan Obituary


On August 10 Mrs. Martha McClellan was taken to St. Louis where the following day she was taken to the hospital for treatment and underwent a minor operation on August 12th. On August 15 she suffered a slight stroke of paralysis which was followed by another on the 24th, which resulted in her death on Saturday, August 24, 1920.

Martha J. Fordyce, daughter of John and Mary Fordyce, was born in Green County, Pa., December 4, 1845 and died at the hospital in St. Louis on August 28, 1920, aged 74 years.

She was united in marriage to John McClellan on February 25, 1866, five children being born to bless the union, all of whom survive. Her husband preceded her in death on May 3, 1908.

She came to Michigan in April 1866 and with her husband settled on a farm in Coe township where she resided until 1912, when she came to Shepherd, where she has since lived.

There are left to mourn their loss four sons and one daughter: Wm G of Shepherd, Edward S of Washington, Clarence S of Oregon, Lizzie May, now Mrs. Clarence Leonard of St. Louis and James L of Montana; two brothers, Scott and Solomon Fordyce all of Coe township, six grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.

She had been a member of the Christian church for over one-half a century and lived a conscientious christian life, commanding the respect of all who knew her.

The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 11:00 o'clock at the Christian church, Rev. Kimberling officiating. Interment in Salt River Cemetery.

Newspaper Obituary, date and source unknown (Isabella County, MI)

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