Person:Rebecca Cavender (1)

Rebecca Cavender
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Name Rebecca Cavender
Gender Female
Birth? 1839
Death? 1916

Birth: Mar. 4, 1839 Paris Bourbon County Kentucky, USA Death: Feb. 26, 1916 New Market Taylor County Iowa, USA

Mrs Rebecca Ellen Long, the object of this sketch, descended from an old Southern family, and was born in the City of Paris in the State of Kentucky on the 4th day of March 1839.

Her parents died in her infancy, and being left alone in the world, she went to reside with her brother in St Joseph, Mo., where she attended school and graduated from St Joseph's Academy for women. She continued to reside in St Joseph, Mo., until her marriage to Wm E. Barnum in Oct 1859. She and her husband continued to reside there until 1863 when they removed to Clarinda Iowa, where Mr Barnum enlisted in the Union Army. He was killed at Centralia, Mo., by Anderson's band of guerrillas on the 23rd day of September 1864. He was a brave soldier and faced death with out a tremor and died like a brave soldier.

Three children were born to them, two of whom, Viola and William, died in infancy, Celestia, C. Barnum now Mrs B.F. Farrell resides in Page county, Iowa.

After Mr Barnum's death she continued to reside in Clarinda until her marriage with Jasper Long, which occurred on the 27th day of December 1866 with whom she lived very happily, until his death, which occurred on their farm in East River Page county, on the 11th day of December 1904.

Six children were the fruits of their marriage: Ira D. Long of Clarinda; Carrie O. now Mrs S. Ingram of Siam; Florence A. now Mrs A.R. Snoderly of Greely, Colo.; and Minnie A. now Mrs Harley T. Pace of New Market; and Charles and James, who died in infancy.

Mrs Long continued to reside on the farm for some years, when the dwelling was destroyed by fire, since then she has resided alternately among her children by all of whom she was loved and venerated.

Mrs Long was one of those ladies of the (old school) whom it is always a pleasure to meet and converse, her beauty of mind her strength of character and her sweet disposition greatly endeared her to all who came in contact with her, and through a long life of usefulness there has never been a person who had any word but praise for her. Her kindly sympathetic voice and cheering words made her a joy and adornament to the homes of her children. Her trustful unassuming piety, and her childlike trust in God who doeth all things well, impressed one with the thought that she grew up from the innocence of childhood into mature womanhood like the beautiful rose bud that gradually unfolds into the beautiful full blown rose of the Christian life, giving forth the odor of its sanctiety to the passer by.

About the first of January 1916, Mrs Long suffered a stroke of creeping paralysis, which was not considered serious at that time, but the insideous disease gradually grew worse and worse. Everything that latented physicians could do to allay the progress of the disease was unavailing, she realized that she must soon die. She bore her sufferings with christian fortitude, and when she knew that her sun of life would soon set forever, she called a young minister of long acquaintence to her beside, not to pray but to sing of her trust in Him who died that she might live.

On the 26th day of February A.D. 1916, at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs Harley T. Pace, in New Market, her bedside surrounded by all her living children, she passed away, with a serene smile on her face, aged seventy-six years, eleven months and twenty-six years.

Funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon at 2:00, conducted by Rev R.E. Snodgrass of Savannah, Mo., assisted by Elder Robb. Interment was made at Memory cemetery. NEW MARKET HERALD, New Market, Iowa, Mar 2, 1916

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 Jasper Long (1839 - 1904)

 Charles R. Long (____ - 1878)*
 Celesta Catherine Barnum Farrell (1861 - 1940)*

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Burial: Memory Cemetery Page County Iowa, USA