Re: Charity Ann Hockett Crakaal Gibboney
Unknown newspaper obituary:
"Charity Ann Gibboney, daughter of Joseph and Rachel Hackett (sic), was born in Illinois November 17, 1845 and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annis McDonald, four miles west of Cora on Saturday morning, November 10, 1928.
"It is believed she had been dead several hours, as she lived alone in her home near her daughter. Her death is believed to have resulted from old age. Funeral services were conducted by the Fowitz mortuary of Alva, from the McDonald home. Mrs. Gibboney was a pioneer resident of Woods county for 27 years.
"On September 21, 1869, she was married to James R. Crakaal and shortly thereafter moved with her husband to Republic county, Kaans. To this union were born six children, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. Sarah Wilson (sic)(actually Wixon), Marysville, WASh.; Mrs. Annis McDonald, Alva; Mrs. Alta Reily, Freedom; Alfred A. Crakaal, Seminole; William P. Crakaal, Haskell.
"In 1879 Mr. Crakaal died and three years later she was united in marriage to John Gibboney. Three children were born to them of whom Mrs. Mary Sechrest of Long Beach, Calif., alone survives.
"She also leaves 27 grand children, 24 great grand children and two of the fifth generation. Two sisters and a brother are also yet alive. They are Mrs. Ellen Andrews of Bellville, Kans., Mrs. Lucinda Baldwin, of Rice, Wash,; and Harrison Hackett of Dresden, Kans.
"In January 1900, Mr. Gibboney passed from this life and the following summer the widow brought her family to Oklahoma, settling on a claim near Farry in Woods county.
"Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carl Byrd, of Alva Friends church, of which denomination she had been an adherent since girlhood. Interment was made in the Preston Hill cemetery beside her son, John H. Crakaal, who had preceeded her to the spirit realm.
"Thus passes another pioneer who had helped to subdue the wilderness of two frontiers. During her long and eventful life, she cheerfully endured the hardships and inconveniences of pioneer life. Doubtlessly the sod house and the log cabin were home to her much of her life. She had seen the wide prairies converted into fertile farms, had seen populous cities rise on the once barren plains, had seen schools and churches built on what once was the Indian's hunting ground; and in those tremendous changes she had her noble part.
"Her body grown frail and infirm, the Master called her hence. 'Twas but the emancipation of the real woman from the useless, cumbering clay. Her work on earth well done, the Master beckoned her to come higher. Quietly, silently, like passing through a curtained door, she went away to pursue her destined course in spirit realm.