Mary (Shields) Roberts
Source: Unknown Newspaper
Mary (SHIELDS) ROBERTS, wife of John ROBERTS
b. September 1, 1817 - d. October 26, 1879
October 26, 1879, in New Boston Township, Mrs. MARY ROBERTS, wife of JOHN ROBERTS, passed from earth to the spirit life, in the 63d year of her age.
The subject of this sketch was born in Indiana, Sept. 1, 1817, and when quite young removed with her parents, Abel and Sarah Shields, to Ohio, from whence they emigrated to Mercer county, Illinois, settling in Abington township in 1837.
In January, 1840, she was married to John Roberts, who yet survives her, and by whom her sudden and unexpected departure is felt with a keenness that cannot be expressed by words. She reared a family of seven children, six of whom are yet living, and who most keenly feel they have lost a other, ever loving, kind, and patient.
Two brothers and a sister, who yet survive her, feel indeed they have lost a sister, while a host of young people miss from her home an Aunt Mary or grandma.
Being a pioneer of Mercer county, the news of her sudden death brings a tinge of sadness to many of the old settlers who have known her for many years. Her remains were interred in the cemetery, at New Boston, on the 28th ult., and was followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, who came to pay a last tribute of respect for the departed and to speak a word of sympathy to the afflicted.
The deceased during a long and useful life had enjoyed general good health. For the past week, or tow, she had been afflicted with what was considered nothing more serious than a bad cold. No alarm was felt, and, in fact, she was able to beep and to attend to some of her household duties. About 3 o’clock, Sunday morning, she awoke feeling intense pain, and scarcely had the inmates of the house been aroused when she breather her last.
She was reared in her early home under the influence of the teachings of the Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, and through life her religion has been to do good. For many years she has regarded the event through which she has just passed with no superstitious awe: but that the so-called death is but a natural change in life; that the experience of this earth life was to educate and prepare the freed spirit for a higher existence to continue through the countless ages of eternity.