Mary Ann Mehrling Henney obituary
DUNLAP REPORTER, OCTOBER 7, 1904: Died-at her home, six miles west of Dunlap, at 8:30 a.m. on the 24th of September, 1904, Mrs. Mary A. Cooper. Deceased was born in Bloomsberg, PA., on the 26th of January, 1826, and was at the time of death 78 years, 7 months and 28 days old. In 1832 she removed with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mehrling, to Wayne county, Ohio. Here she grew to womanhood, and at the age of 17 experienced religion, and was ever afterward a constant and earnest Christian, being a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at the time of her death. On the 3rd of April, 1851, she was married at Norwich, Ohio, to A.K. Henney. To this union two sons were born, William H. on March 28th, 1852 , and died April 30th, 1903, George E., June 19th, 1855, who now resides on the Willow in Crawford county. In the autumn of 1851 she followed the fortunes of her husband to Western Illinois, at that time, on the frontier. They homesteaded a piece of government land and laid the foundation for future home and happiness. Being endowed with superior intellectual qualities, Mr. Henney was frequently honored with positions of responsibility and trust. In 1873 they again emigrated, locating in Crawford county, Iowa. Nine years later, failing health induced him to seek the mountain air of Montana, and the following year he died in New York City, whither he had gone seeking the best medical skill, but which was of no avail. In 1883 she returned to Dunlap and lived in this locality until the time of her demise. On July 17th, 1895, she was married to Willard Cooper of Willow township, Crawford county, Iowa, About one year ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis from which she never fully recovered. Medical skill was unable to combat the dread destroyer, and although everything possible was done for her relief, it was realized from the first that recovery was impossible, and after great suffering she passed peacefully over the river, surrounded by sorrowing relatives and friends. She is survived by her husband, four brothers, three sisters, one son, six grandsons, five granddaughters, and one great granddaughter, who deeply mourn their loss. The sermon was preached by Rev. R.W. Meeker at the M.E. church in Dunlap, and the interment was made in the Willow Center cemetery near her former home in Crawford county. A sister, Mrs. S.E. Nafe of Rochester, Ind., arrived in time to minister tenderly to her dying wants. Many beautiful floral offerings testified to the love and esteem of her friends.
Mary Ann was my ggggrandmother.
Hot Springs, SD