Obituary - Hanover Journal - June 1907

Harriet Drane

Harriet Drane was born in Sussex Co., Delaware, Oct. 14, 1829 and died at her home in Hanover Township on June 3rd, 1907, aged 77 years, 6 months and 19 days, after an illness of 11 weeks.

When six years of age she moved with her parents to Portsmouth, Ohio, crossing the Allegheny Mountains in a road wagon. She resided in Portsmouth until on Jan. 28th, 1852, when she was united in marriage to Abraham DeGear, and with her husband moved to Stockton Township, Ill., on June 7th, 1855. In 1868 she moved with her family to Hanover Township where she resided until her death.

Nine children were the result of this union, they were, Susan, Hattie, Louvisa, Jennie, Ella, John, Ida and George.

Four daughters preceded her to the Home on High; they were Mrs. George Nelson, Mrs. Hiram Phelps, Mrs. Jackson Harris and Ida.

Those who are left to mourn her loss are her aged husband, and five children, Mrs. Susan Straitt of Hanover; Mrs. C. K. Harris of Dubuque, Iowa; John DeGear, Bellevue, Iowa; Louvisa and George at home. Mrs. DeGear was a loving wife and mother, a good neighbor and respected and loved by all who knew her, and after her death little Donald Robison showed his feeling by bringing a small rose to the house, asking that it might be laid on the casket as a memento of his sorrow at her demise.

The funeral was held from the family residence at two o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. H. J. Collins preaching the funeral sermon. A large number of relatives, neighbors and friends of the family gathered to pay their last respects to the departed, and many were the floral offerings which decorated the casket. The remains were laid to rest in Lost Mound Cemetery.

The JOURNAL joins the many friends of the family in expressions of sympathy in their sad affliction.