From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
MRS. BENNETT (HANNAH STOREY) PEARSON
MARCH 14, 1913
Mrs. Hannah Pearson, relict of Bennett Pearson, passed away very suddenly at her home in Chatsworth last Friday (Mar. 7) night, death being caused by heart disease.
Mrs. Pearson was on of the most highly respected women who has ever lived in Chatsworth, and had been a resident of this township for 45 years. In many ways she was a remarkable woman, and no one knew her excellent qualities better or appreciated them more than her children and near friends.
Hannah Storey was born in Donington, Lincolnshire, England, August 10, 1845. when she was 8 years of age her mother, who was a widow, came to America, bringing with her her seven children, two of whom were unable to walk. They landed in New York in December 1853, and from there went to Delaware. The following year they came to Illinois and located at Brimfield where the mother's death occurred. Hannah was united in marriage with Bennett Pearson at Brimfield and in the spring of 1868 they located on the farm west of Chatsworth, which Mrs. Pearson owned at the time of her death. Mr. Pearson preceded her in death October 20, 1888.
Mrs. Pearson was the mother of 14 children, all but one of whom, Alice, (Mrs. S.R. Puffer) survive as follows: Mary, wife of Charles w. Stephens, Logansport, Ind.; Fred, of Fairmont, Neb.; William and Charles, of Wankee, Iowa; Ada, wife of William Felt, Pasadena, Cal.; Nellie, wife of John Piercy, Cora, wife of Alvin Dann, both of Waukee, Iowa; Filmore, Rich Hill, Mo.; Elmer, Edwin, Jesse, Arthur and Ira, of Chatsworth. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Ira Tobie, of Hiawatha, Kan., and three brothers, Turnard Storey, of Edison, Neb., who spent the past two winters with his sister here, Joseph Storey, of Montrose, Mo., and Thomas Storey, of Bloomington. In addition to the above she leaves 30 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and seven stepsons and stepdaughters, there having been 21 children in the Bennett Pearson two families.
Deceased was a member of the Chatsworth Baptist church and was active in the church work. She was possessed of more than usual business and executive ability, as well as the qualities which make the best mother, as was demonstrated in her life's work. She was left with a large family and an encumbered farm when her husband departed this life, but she kept her family together, reared them so that each one is a desirable and respected citizen and a credit to her, and in addition accumulated considerable property in connection with her home duties and business cares she always found time to render assistance where illness or poverty existed, and many are the cases of poverty and distress which have been relieved through her ministrations.
The funeral services were held at the Baptist church on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gunn, and the interment was at Chatsworth cemetery.
The large attendance at the funeral services bore evidence of the high regard in which deceased was held by the people of this community, many being unable to gain admittance to the church. The floral offerings were exquisite and during the services the casket laid in a veritable bank of flowers.