Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Elizabeth (Rudy) Everts Greenawalt

Elizabeth Rudy, the second of three children born to Jacob and Esther "Hettie" (Graffius) Rudy, was born 1 March 1814 in Huntingdon Co, Pennsylvania.  Her father, Jacob, had died before March 1830, the date that his father's will was written and named his "deceased son, Jacob".  Her mother, Hettie, then married James Harrison.

Elizabeth married Philip Everts about 1830.  They had four children:  Barbara, John, Nicholas, and George.  Philip died in 1837.  About 1841, Elizabeth had a relationship with Samuel Croyle and a daughter, Margaret, was born on 1 March 1842 in Barree Twp, Huntingdon Co, Pennsylvania.  In the April Session 1843 of the Criminal Court, Samuel Croyle was charged with "Fornication and Bastardy" and the charge was "Accomodated".

About 1845, Elizabeth married John Greenawalt.  They had seven children:  Catherine, Reuben, Hetty, Graffius Miller, Mary E, Arminta Agnes, and Eleanor C Greenawalt.

Elizabeth died 8 November 1894 in Barree Twp, Huntingdon Co, Pennsylvania.  Her obituary was published in the Huntingdon Journal on 16 November 1894.

[Courtesy of Barbara Kelly]

Transcription of obituary:
     Elizabeth Greenawalt, who had attained the ripe age of 81 years, died at her residence in Barree township, on the 8th inst.  For more than forty years this old mother in Israel had been a consistent member of the M.E. church, and when the summons came she was ready.  She was highly respected by all who knew her, and there were but few in that neighborhood who did not know "Grandmother Greenawalt."  Eight children, three sons and five daughters survive her.

As Elizabeth wished, in her will "to be intered in the bury ground of st stevens beside my Last Husband", she was buried in St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Cemetery, McAlveys Fort, Huntingdon Co, Pennsylvania.  Also buried in this cemetery are her "Last Husband" John Greenawalt, children Nicholas Everts, Reuben, Mary E, and Eleanor C Greenawalt, and her mother, Esther (Graffius) Rudy Harrison.

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