Eliza Cole Martin Sabin Hays
|Obituary of Eliza Cole Martin Sabin Hays
Source: “The Times Record”, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois, Thursday 15 Mar 1917, part 1, page 6, column 4⁄5
Eliza Cole, fifth child of Fredrick and Catherine Cole, was born in Franklin county, Ohio, February 10, 1838, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Omar Finch, March 11, 1917, aged 79 years, 1 month and 1 day. She was the last one of this family, both her father and mother, three brothers and two sisters having preceded her to the other side. She was united in marriage August 13, 1855, to Jay Martin. To this union were born five children: A. J. Martin of Muscatine; Laura Finch, wife of William Finch, of New Boston; Grant E. (Martin), of Joy; Freddie (Martin), who died at the age of seven years; and Jennie, wife of Omar Finch, of Joy. Jay Martin enlisted in the Civil war in August, 1862, in Co. G, 124th Ill., and served three years and seven months. He was honorably discharged on account of wounds received at Gettysburg. During these years Mrs. Martin endured hardships as only the wife of a soldier can. Left at home with a family to care for, she proved to be both loyal and courageous in doing her duty. Mr. Martin for six years patiently endured the sufferings that came as the result of his wounds received at Gettysburg and on January 4, 1871, at New Boston passed to the great beyond to receive his final reward. On September 18, 1876, Mrs. Martin was united in marriage to Chas. Sabin of New Boston. Mr. Sabin enlisted in Co. G, 127th Ill., and served his county through out the entire war. One child came to bless this union, Charles Henry Sabin. On June 18, 1887, Mr. Sabin was struck by lightning and instantly killed. The son lived to reach the age of 18 years when he was stricken with diphtheria which proved fatal, and on November 18, 1895, he passed away to join his father. Mrs. Sabin, after the death of her husband made her home with her children. On January 28, 1885, she was married to James Hays. They moved directly after they were married to Rock Island county where they made their home until the death of Mr. Hays, which occurred February 4, 1910. Mrs. Hays then came back to Joy where she spent most of her time. Her granddaughter, Nellie Finch, made her home with her. During school vacation for the granddaughter, Mrs. Hays spent her time on the farm with her daughter, Jennie, to whom the care of her mother was always a duty that she never failed to perform. Mrs. Hays was a good neighbor and a true friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Having endured a life of hardships she was ever ready to render what help she could to one in need. Besides her sons and daughters she leaves to mourn her departure 27 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, besides a host of friends.
“The dust we tread shall change
Beneath the summer showers
To golden grain, or mellow fruit,
Or, rainbow, tinted flowers.
And ever near us though unseen
The dear immortal spirits tread
For all the boundless universe is life,
There is no death.”
Pall bearers – six grandsons, Jay Martin, Bart Martin, Oak Finch, Friend Finch, Clovis Finch, and Cole Finch.
Funeral services were held from the home at New Boston, Tues. March 13, 1917, Rev. Leland Curtis officiating. Two duets, “She Knows” and “Face to Face” were sung by Mrs. R. J. Small and Mrs. Fred Steele and Mrs. Steele sang the selection of “Perfect Day.”