Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer 1901 Obituary from 2,000 Miles Away

I've been working through my ancestors list using hoping to find articles or obituaries for each of my ancestral families.

I found an obituary for my 2nd great-grandmother, Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer (1832-1901), in The Conneautville [Penn.] Courier newspaper dated 26 December 1901:

The transcription of this article is:

"Mrs. Rebecca Carringer, wife of D.J. Carringer, and sister of Mrs. James Brown, of this place, died at her home in San Diego, California, on the 14th, aged 69 years.  She was a terrible sufferer for many months with cancer.  Mrs. Carringer was a native of Mercer County, but had resided in Colorado and California for many years.  She leaves beside her husband two sons.  Mrs. Brown is now the only survivor of her father's family of ten children."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Mrs. Rebecca Carringer," The Conneautville [Penn.] Courier newspaper, 26 December 1901, page 1, column 3, Rebecca Carringer obituary; ( : accessed 11 July 2018).

There is more information in this very short obituary published over 2,000 miles away from the actual event than there is in the two line death notice published in the San Diego newspapers.  The most valuable information is the cause of death.

Rebecca Spangler was born 2 April 1832 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the 8th child of Daniel and Elizabeth (King) Spangler.  She married David Jackson "D.J." Carringer on 16 October 1851 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  They had three children, but only two sons were living in 1901.  The D.J. and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer family moved their family to Louisa County, Iowa before 1860, and then to Boulder County, Colorado in about 1873, and finally to San Diego, California in about 1898, where their sons had migrated.  

"Mrs. James Brown" is Rebecca's older sister, Helen (Spangler) Brown (1831-1905), who married James Brown (1827-1904) on 28 November 1850 in Mercer County.  They had four children and resided in Conneautville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania during their married lives.

Newspapers often printed obituaries or articles about the relatives of their residents who had moved away.  This is a good example, and a reason to methodically go through each digitized newspaper collection for members of my ancestral families.

Rebecca and D.J. Carringer are buried in La Vista Cemetery in National City, California.  They are my second great-grandparents through their son, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946).  


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