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Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1912

Posted By on June 15, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women:


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 15 March 1912:


Member of Old Philadelphia Family Was Noted for Her Charities

Philadelphia, 14 Mach 1912 — Miss Katherine C. Biddle, a member of one of the oldest Philadelphia families and noted for her charities, died early today.  During the Civil War Miss Biddle acted as nurse for soldiers at the Episcopal Hospital here and for the last 50 years had devoted herself to charitable and philanthropic work in the Kensington Mill district of this city.  She built three churches in that section. She was 96 years old and was educated in Lexington, Kentucky, where some years prior to 1848 she made her home.


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 17 July 1912:


Scranton, Pennsylvania, 16 July 1912 — Mrs. Clarinda Bunnel, aged 97, died in Honesdale today.  She was reputed to be the oldest pensioner in the United States.  Her son was killed in the Civil War.


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 24 September 1912:


Mrs. Charlotte Walford, aged 89 years, widow of John Walford, one of the oldest residents of this city, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law, Albert Gorgas, of 109 Cumberland Street, after an illness of about four years.  Mrs. Walford was born in England on 27 September 1823, and with her husband came to this city shortly after the Civil War.  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Albert Gorgas, Mrs. John Yingst, Mrs. Harry Wolfe, and Miss Lizzie Walford, all of this city, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. Harry Nelson Bassler, pastor of the Second Reformed Church, will officiate, and interment will be made in the Harrisburg Cemetery.


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 8 June 1912:

Mrs. Ada Jamison

Mrs. Ada Jamison, aged 82, an inmate of the Home of the Friendless, died Thursday night at that institution after a lingering illness from old age.  Mrs. Jamison was the widow of Captain Jamison, who during the Civil War was an attendant at the White House and a close friend of President Lincoln.  Services were held at the home last evening and this morning the body will be taken to New Oxford, Adams County, by Undertaker Ogelsby, for burial.


From the Harrisburg Patriot, 30 December 1912:


Philadelphia, 29 December 1912 — Mrs. Henry Shippen Huidekoper, wife of General Huidekoper, prominent as a veteran of the Civil War and Federal office holder in this city, died today in a hospital here after a brief illness.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas W. Evans and married General Huidekoper, then a Colonel in 1864.  Her husband, who was formerly an overseer at Harvard University, and two children, Mrs. Munro Smith, of New York, and Wallis Huidekoper, of Montana, survive her.



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