THOMAS MEDBOURN the sons of
Edward Medbourn and Hannah---
Thomas Medbourn Dying - Uncle Tom Medbourn, who has beenconfined to
his house for three months passed into a condition of unconsciousness
Sunday afternoon and his death may be looked for at any hour. Jan 2 - 1908
Thomas Medbourn was born in Northamptonshire, England, Mach 7, 1845, and died in
Culver Jan 1, 1908, aged 62 years, 9 months and 24 days
He cam to the United States with his parents in 1854
In 1866 he was united in marriage with Mary E. Green to this union eight children where
born. Six on them preceded him to the spirit world.
In 1868 he untied with the Methodist Episcopal church at this place, where he has been a
faithful christian through llife.
He leaves a wife and two children - Charles and Myrtle.
Three brother: Edward of Agros Ind.; John and Samuel of Culver and one sister, Elizabeth
Duddleson of South Bend, survive.
Mr. Medbourn was a man of marked intelligence, being well-read and of a legal turn of mind.
He was a faithful husband and father, a kind neighbor and a good citizen.
The funeral was held at the M. E. church and wasl largly attended
Rev. Nicely preached the sermon.
The pallbearers were Daniel and Benjamin Easterday, Oliver Morris, John SOuders, David
Himinger and J. H. Zechiel - 9 Jan 1908
married June 21 1866 Mary Elizabeth Green born Jan. 30 1846 Jennings county Indiana
and , died Feb 1925 the daughter of John Green and Nancy Jane---.
Mrs. Mary Medbourn Passed Away Friday
Funeral Was Sunday
Death was caused by complication of disease following fracture of hip
Mrs. Mary E. Medbourn, age 77, much loved, and pioneer citizen of Culver, passed away to
her great reward last Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of her daygther Mrs.
Cester Zechiel in Indianapolis
Death was due to complications which set in following an accident in which she
fractured her hip just eleven days before her death. Both children were at her
beside when the end came.
Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church last Sunday afternnon at
two o'clock by Rev. V. B. Serviews and the body was placed in the final resting place
in the Culver cemtery by the side of her husband who died in 1908.
In spite of the rainy weather last Sunday, the church was filled with Mrs. Medbourn's
friends who wished to pay her a parting tribute.
Pallbearers were J. H. Meredith, S. C. Shilling, C. L. Wiseman, Ed Hawk, A. A. Keen,
Mrs. Medborn had lived in culver for a great many years. She was a charter member of
the methodist church and a constant worker for the cause of christ.
During the past few years she has been spending the winter months with her daughter
in Indianapolis, and living in her own home on South Main street during the summer
Just eleven days before her death she walked upstairs in the home of her daughter. She
was in the bathroom and then started for her room to rest for a while. While in the
hall her limb gave way and she fell to the floor. The fall caused the rfracture of her hip.
Charles, her son, was called from Culver to her bedside. He remained with her for a few
days and allseemed to be getting along as well as could be expected, so her returned to
Culver. But on Wednesday, received a message that her condition seemed to be worse.
Accordingly he hurried to her side and he and his siter, Mrs. Zechiel, were with her until
the end. Medical science as practiced by two leading pysicians of Indianapolis could do
nothing for her.
Mis Medbourn will be much missed in the community.Her Christain character won for her
many friends who will mourn her departure with the family. A complete obituary is printed
elsewhere in this edition. 25 Feb 1925
MAry ELizabeth Medbourn was born in Jennings County, Indiana, January 30, 1846, and
died in Indianapolis, February 20, 1925, at the ager of 77 years.
The Creator loaned a life unito the world that His taks here might be well done and when
this life had toiled out its fruitful years. He took it back unto him into the great eternity of
DOwn in the driendly hills of SOuthern Indiana, a little girl baby was born in the home of
John Greene and his wife, Nancy Jane. She was the second girl in an ultimate family of
eleven children, - seven girls and four boys. The Greens were an old and mumerous family
in these hills and the little girl grew up among her relatives, and close to natures heart.
At the age of fifteen, at the very close of the Civil War, the girl child, then grown to younf
womanhood, accompanied her father, mother, brothers and sisters to Marshall county, where
all located as farmers on ground near Burr Oak and by good fortune, as neighbors to the
Edward Medbourns, prosperous, Christain Englishmen. The little love spirit, CUpid, then as now,
attended the affairs of the young floks. With special care he fixed his shaft and watched the
young maiden, Mary, and the youn man, Thomas Medbourn, son of Edward. They did not escape
him. As soon as young Thomas made the acquaintance of the newly arrived Mary Green, his
heart was full of love and our younf girl of the southern hills became Mary Medbourn, wif3 of
Thomas Medbourn. And so one June 21, 1866, began a new family whose ties remained bounf
by love and affection until the husband and father died, a fine citizen and beloved parent, on the
first day of January 1908.
The the family were born eight childrennn - DOrcas, WIllie, Etta, Clara, ELizabeth, Jesse, Charles
Only ttwo. however, survived their parets - Chharles E. and Myrtle A. But the constant, tnedter
care and affection of these two made the home beautiful and filled the hearts of the two parents
full of love and gladness.
The same tender heart which nursed the children of the bonded welock, took pity on the lonley
son of a sister. In the year 1901 Lannie and Emma Saygar died suddenly and left a six year old son,
Herman, in a strange land and without a home. Mrs. Medborn took this son, her nephew, into her
home and heart. From then on until her grew to manhood, Herman was a member of the Medbourn
home as much as if he had bee an own son.
For many years, Mary Medbourn has made her home in Culver, where she was a charter member of the
Methodist church and a friend to all as well in need and sorrow as in plenty and joy. COuld it have been
said as much of Kings and QUeens the world would have known less of sorrow.
"I would live in a house by the side of the road And be a friend to man."
Since Mr Medbourn's death, Mrs Medbourn has lived her her daughter and nephew, Herman Sayger. In
recent years, she has spent the cold winter months in Indianapols with her daughter and son-in-law, - Mr.
and Mrs. Chester L Zechiel, and the summer in her own home in Culver.
It was while living with the Zechiels in Indianapolis that in some manner Mrs. Medbourn fell and
fractured her hip. Fast confinement to her bed followed the accident.
But the spirit born to the free hills of the souhland could not bear up under this fast confinement.
From free and unfettered eternity it came, in a freedom loving and tenderhearted body it grew, and
when the body was borken and in agony of pain, back to free an unfettered eternity it went, there to
temain with the God of all.
Besides the son and daughter, Mrs. Medbourn is survived by four grandchildren: DOnan Louise and
Marilyn Maxine, daughters
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Medbourn, of Culver; and Mary Barbara and Marjory Rose daughters of
Mr. and Mrs Chester L. Zechiel of Indianapolis.
And so the little girl child lived her alloted time through youth, maturity and ripened old age - usefu,
beautiful, a fullfillment of the Etrnal pledge of happiness to the hones, diligent, generour soul. -
25 Feb 1925.
There was a family of eight children:
Myrtle A married CHESTER ZECHIEL