Etc. -- Martha (Kern) (Cunningham) McMichael's 1906 obituary
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A lighted edited page 1 article from the 5 Apr 1906 issue of the Waterford Star newspaper.
Microfilmed source document imperfect; first two paragraphs may not be accurately transcribed.


On Tuesday morning, while day began to dawn, [the spirit of the] oldest resident of Townsend Township and the Village of Waterford, Mrs. William McMichael, in her [95th] year, winged its flight [to the pearly] gates of Heaven.

During the whole of her life, the deceased hardly knew what is was to be ill, and at the time of her death had been confined to bed scarcely two days. The immediate cause of death was congestion of the lungs.

Mrs. McMichael, the ninth and youngest daughter of the late John Kern, one of the pioneer settlers of Long Point, who came to this country from New Jersey, was born in this county in the year 1811, and thus had the distinction of living during the reigns of five British sovereigns.

At an early age she was baptized along with many others during the time of a revival at Forestville, bu the late Elder McDomand [sic], who also united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the same village, the late Mrs. McMichael and her former husband, the late William Cunningham of Boston.

This union was blest by a family of two sons and one daughter, Mr. Wm. Cunningham of Boston, the late Samuel Cunningham of Waterford, and 
Mrs. B. L. Chipman of Ridgetown.

Subsequently, Elder McDomand [sic] solemnized the marriage of the deceased and the late Mr. William McMichael, who predeceased her by about 18 years.

Mr. and Mrs. William McMichael moved to Waterford in the year 1859. This union resulted in a family of four sons -- Oscar, Walter, Romaine A., Albert E., -- and two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Beemer of Townsend and Dora, at home, all of whom survive their mother.

Mrs. McMichael was the sole survivor of her generation in this part of the country, and was on of the few whose parents settled in Norfolk County before the dawn of the 19th century.

She was the grandmother of seventeen and had six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. McMichael's girlhood days were spent in a time when bears carrying off domestic animals, two yokes of oxen hitched to a plow, and girls raking and binding after a cradler were common sights and idleness was an unknown quality.

Whenever anyone for miles was seriously ill, Grandma McMichael was always sent for and never refused to go. Yea, more; whenever the grim monster death entered a sorrowing home Grandma McMichael never refused to  lend her assistance to do any and every thing in her power.

As a church member she was a wonderful worker and a tower of strength to the late Elder Slaght.

Up to within the last few days previous to her death, Mrs. McMichael could knit or sew and even thread her own needle, and it was most surprising to hear her sing snatches of familiar hymns in a tone clear as a bell.

The funeral takes place on Friday at 2 p.m. from her late residence, Main St., to Greenwood cemetery. Rev. F. C. Elliott will conduct the services at the house.

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