From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
MRS. NANCY R. ROYAL SEPTEMBER 19, 1902
At the family home in this city on Monday morning, Sept. 15, occurred the death of Mrs. Nancy Royal. Her last sickness dates from last Thanksgiving, when her health and strength began to fail. Nancy R. Randall was born in Gurnsey county, Ohio, September 24, 1831. She came west with her parents when a small girl and located in Grundy county, Illinois. September 14, 1854, she was united in marriage with Joseph Royal at Mazon, Illinois. By this union five children were born, three sons and two daughters, one son having died in infancy. Mr. Royal departed this life March 20, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Royal came to Livingston county and located on a farm near the present site of Cullom in 1857, two years before the stormy New Years day, remembered by many early settlers. Thirty-three years ago they moved to this city, where the family has since resided. At an early age our subject was converted and united with the Christian church, and for more than half a century she enjoyed the comfort and consolation of the Christian religion, which gave her strength and support during the weary days and nights of suffering. She leaves to mourn her loss two sons and two daughters -- Hiram, Idella, Althea and William -- and three brothers --- James, of Elkhart, Ill; Sparks, of Bennett, Neb., and Henry, of northern Iowa. Deceased was a most estimable woman, who when in health was ever ready to lend a helping hand to the sick or unfortunate. Her example in life was well worthy of emulation, and she will be missed, and her memory revered most, by those who knew her best. The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon at the family home, Rev. Charles FitzHenry conducting the services, and the remains were laid to rest in the Chatsworth cemetery.