The following is an obituary notice for Nancy Jane (LLEWELLYN) ABRAMS from an unknown printed source, sent to me by a great great granddaughter of Nancy Jane LLEWELLYN and great granddaughter of Laura Frances (ABRAMS) STEWART.
DEATH OF PIONEER WOMAN
Early in the morning, on March 2, death came quietly to Mrs. Nancy Abrams at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sherman Stewart near Sumner.
Mrs. Abrams was born in the Thayer community, near St. Catherine, Linn County, on April 15, 1839.
The history of Chariton county is closely interwoven about the lives of her ancestors.Her father, John Lewellyn, one of the early sheriffs and collectors of Chariton county, was the son of Judge Lewellyn of Howard county.Her mother, Miss Stacy Morse, daughter of Judge J. Morse, one of the early judges of Chariton county and who was familiarly known as Judge "Moss."Mrs Abrams being the fifth child in a family of eight.
Following the death of her father in 1848, her mother became the wife of Thomas Stanley, the original pioneer, who located near the banks of the Grand river.His home the first winter spent in Chariton county was the hollow part of a huge sycamore log.This habitation proved highly convenient, as it was large enough to move about in.His lamp was a sycamore splinter dipped in raccoon oil.Following his marriage, Mr. Stanley moved with his family to Stanley Lake, near the present site of Sumner.Here the subject of our sketch grew to young womanhood and on March 22, 1860, became the wife of Isaac Abrams.Four children were born of this union, Mrs. Laura Stewart, Sumner; Mrs. Victoria Bearden, Brownsville, Texas; Thomas Abrams, McCloud, Okla., and Wm. C. Abrams, deceased.In 1869 her husband died.Being the daughter of pioneers, and possessing the courage and spirit of her forefathers, she kept her family together, maintaining a home until all were grown.Upon the death of the wife of her son Thomas, she went to Oklahoma and assisted in the rearing of his five children.In the summer of 1924, Mrs. Abrams enjoyed a motor trip from Brownsville, Texas to Oklahoma City.She retained all her faculties up to the end.When her daughter came to her bedside the morning of her death, Mrs. Abrams told her there was no need to send for a physician for the end was near.
Besides her three children she is survived by 29 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, one brother, C. J. Llewellyn, Leavenworth, Kansas; one sister, Mrs Fannie Stewart, Mendon; and one half-sister, Mrs. Stacy E. Grubbs, Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Abrams was a cousin of Mrs Elizabeth Eidson of Mendon.