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Martha Emily "Emma" Stith

Female 1841 - 1923  (81 years)


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  • Name Martha Emily "Emma" Stith  [1, 2
    Born 10 Jul 1841  Brandenburg, Meade, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Died 3 Mar 1923  Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 7
    Buried 5 Mar 1923  Edgewood Cemetery, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Mother of six children, all living in 1900

      Alternate surname: Stitt

      Mrs. Martha E. Girdner, widow of James M. Girdner, pioneer resident of Livingston county, died at the family home, corner Dickenson and Calhoun Sts., Saturday morning at 7 o'clock of a complication of diseases. February 5 Mrs. Girdner fell, injuring herself. It was believed at that time she suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. Up to that time she had been enjoying good health. Martha E. Stith was born in Meade county, Ky., July 10, 1841. She went to Iowa with an uncle and aunt with whom she made her home. In 1861 they came to Missouri. March 6, 1863 she was married to James M. Girdner, moving to a farm in Jackson township where they resided until 1906 when they moved to town where they remained a few years, going back to the farm, again moving to Chillicothe in 1912 where she had since resided. Mr. Girdner passed away January 7, 1921. Six children, Mrs. Goodlow Grouse, Mrs. J.L. Francis, David Girdner, all of this city; Mrs. G. M. Campbell, Fairview township; Mrs. S.V. Ramsey, Sturgeon, who were all at her bedside with the exception of Mrs. Ramsey, who returned to her home only a day or two ago. She returned to Chillicothe today to attend the funeral. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Early in life Mrs. Girdner united with the Baptist church at Mt. Pleasant, later transferring her membership to the Baptist church in this city. She was one of the pioneer women of Livingston county. She was a woman who devoted her life to her home and her church. At the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Livingston Baptist Association last year, Mrs. Girdner and another woman in the county were the only two charter members of the association in attendance. A daughter, Mrs. Laura Francis, died April 25, 1922. Miss Ruth Francis and Miss Gladys Grouse, granddaughters, will come from Kansas City tonight to attend the funeral. Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the pastor, Rev. Warren P. Clark. Interment in Edgewood.

      1850 US Census, KY, Mead Co., Kentucky District, Martha Stith, age 9, born Kentucky, with parents William & Elizabeth Stith, and siblings

      1860 US Census, MO, Jasper Co., Jasper Twp. There are two Stith families in Jasper-- William & Elizabeth Stith and Edwin & Emerine Stith, but Martha E., age 18, is living with the Edwin Stith family. This would be consistent with her obituary which indicated "She went to Iowa with an uncle and aunt with whom she made her home. In 1861 they came to Missouri" except that is appears that the Edward Stith family was already in Missouri in 1860 and may have been there since 1850 (Lucy Stith, age 10, and four younger siblings were all born in Missouri.) Martha may have served as a mother's helper to Emerine Stith.

      Listed as Martha E. Gudner in Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1962, Missouri Digital Heritage, www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates [5, 8, 9, 10, 11]
    Person ID I20102  Mindrum
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2013 

    Father William Banks Stith,   b. 21 Apr 1812, Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1880, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Hannah Hayden,   b. 21 Apr 1812, Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1842, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Family ID F25843  Group Sheet

    Family James Madison Girdner,   b. 14 Jul 1832, Barbourville, Knox, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1921, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1863  Jackson Township, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 9, 12
    • Officiator, W.W. Walden, J.P.
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Girdner,   b. 28 Jan 1864, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1941, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Josephine Girdner,   b. Jan 1867, Springhill, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1957, Boone, Pueblo, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years)
     3. Nancy Alice Girdner,   b. 30 Aug 1868, near Springhill, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1955, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Emma Catherine Girdner,   b. 11 Oct 1870, Jackson Township, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1964, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     5. Laura Belle Girdner,   b. Sep 1872, near Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1922, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
     6. David Fountain Girdner,   b. 25 Jun 1882, Livingston Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1962, Chillicothe, Livingston, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 7 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F14075  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Girdner, Martha Stith death certificate
    Girdner, Martha Stith death certificate

    Headstones
    Girdner, James M. and Martha E. Stith
    Girdner, James M. and Martha E. Stith

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