Mary Frances Hedgecock

Newspaper unknown, June 1944

Mrs. Hedgecock Dead at 92; Was County Pioneer
Mrs. Mary Frances Hedgecock, ninety-two years old and one of the county's oldest residents, died at her home in Rock Creek precinct Monday afternoon June 12, after a long illness.

Mrs. Hedgecock was the daughter of John and Phoebe Kennedy Ward, pioneer Illinois residents who came to the state from North Carolina in a covered wagon. They settled first in Macoupin county where Mrs. Hedgecock was born, on March 26, 1852. She was married to John H. Hedgecock a veteran of the Civil War, and they lived on a farm at Rock Creek for many years.

They were the parents of two sons, both of whom preceded their mother in death. Mr. Hedgecock was a member of Rock Creek Presbyterian church and for two generations was active in the affairs of the church and community. She was loved by the entire community, and was known to all her friends as 'Aunt Frances'.

Surviving are three grandchildren, Mrs. Ruby Boltz of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Mrs. Eugene Davidson of Springfield and Harold Hedgecock, who lived with his grandmother; four great- grandchildren, Pvt. Thomas W. Hedgecock, serving in England; David Ward Boltaz, S 1 c, Norfolk, Va.; Lloyd T. Boltz, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and Cynthia Davidson of Springfield, and one brother Henry Ward of Macomb.

The remains were removed to Thompson & Harms funeral home and services were held at Rock Creek Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. D. C. Boyd of Petersburg, Mrs. A. J. Stout, Mrs. J. L. Bast, Mrs. Felix Weir, and Miss Anna Katherine Hurie sang, with Mrs. Louis Golden at the organ. Burial was in Rock Creek cemetery, pallbearers being Peter Ebersolt, Cobus Niemeier, Roy Golden, Frank Hurie, Robert Colby, and Ernest M. Primm.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks

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