Isabelle Jeannette (Wyckoff) Tufts
Isabelle Jeannette Wyckoff was born near Canandaigua, N.Y.,
Sept. 28, 1834 and died Febr. 14, 1926 at the age of 91 years, 4
months and 28 days. She was married at that place Feb. 4, 1857
to Mason J. Tufts. They moved to Elmira, N.Y. in 1862, to
Sunbury, Penn., in 1868, to Bradford, Penn., in 1878 and to
Dawson County, Nebraska in 1883, where they resided the balance
of their lives.
To this union five children were born, of whom Ervin S.,
Vinton C., and Annie E., died in infancy. Two daughters, Mrs.
Dora F. Johnston and Mrs. Minnie F. Parker both of Farnam
Four grandchildren, Mrs. S.D. Ralston of Cozad; Mrs.
Jeannette Parker, Mrs. Margaret (Jno.) Rowland and Miss Louise
Parker of Farnam, with four great granddaughters and one great
grandson survive her.
Mr. Tufts died Nov. 11, 1920 at the age of 87. “Grandma”
Tufts with her family were among the early settlers here and her
home was famed all over this section in early days as a place
where travelers or neighbors were always welcome.
Besides caring for her own family, she raised three other
children and befriended and helped others. She was never so
happy as when she was rendering assistance to some one in need
and while at times she suffered severely from pain, was always
cheerful and good natured.
She was confined to her chair for the past two or three years
but retained her faculties until the last and was interested in
friends, neighbors and the events of the day, up until about ten
days previous to her death. One remarkable fact about her life,
though she lived to advanced age, she was never separated from
any of her family for any length of time.
She was a remarkable woman, loved by all who knew her, who
spent her entire life in serving others, and who has earned the
rest and reward she so richly deserved and undoubtedly will
receive. She was a member of the Episcopal church for many
She died peacefully, without pain, just worn out. A quiet
and fitting end to a long and useful life.
The Echo extends sympathy to the family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Community hall by
the Rev. B.S. Daugherty of Holdrege, and the remains laid to
rest in the Farnam cemetery beside her husband.
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