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Edwards Cemetery ~ Mary Elizabeth Hannum ~ part of the Polk County Pioneer Cemeteries of Oregon
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Hannum, Mary Elizabeth
MAIDEN NAME: Ritner AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 22 Mar 1839 DIED: 27 Mar 1912 BURIED:  (Edwards Cemetery)
BIRTH PLACE:  Missouri
DEATH PLACE: Polk Co, Oregon
Name of father John Ritner
Maiden name of mother Sarah Woodling
1850 MO CENSUS - Mary Ritner, age 10, b. Missouri, is enumerated with John, age 44, occupation millwright, b. Switzerland, and Sarah, age 30, b. Pennsylvania, along with  Missouri, age 8, b. Missouri, and Julia, age 3, b. Missouri.
MARRIAGE - "Lewis L. Hannum & Mary Elizabeth Ritner, m 16 Nov 1857; S.J. Gardner, J.P.; Wit: L. Hath & John Boyd pg 61".
1880 OR CENSUS - M.E. Hannon, age 43, b. Missouri, is enumerated with husband L.L. age 53, occupation farmer, b. Massachusetts, along with J. J. (male), age 21, b. Oregon, S. H. (female), age 18, b. Oregon, J. A. (male), age 14, b. Oregon, A. (female), age 11, b. Oregon, and unnamed infant (female), age 8 months, b. Oregon.
1900 OR CENSUS - Mary E. Hannum, age 63, mother of 7 children 5 of whom are living at the time of the census, b. Nov 1836 in Missouri, is enumerated with Lewis, age 73, occupation farmer, b. Nov 1827 in Massachusetts, along with Julius, age 41, single, occupation farmer, b. Oregon.
DISCREPANCY - Marker gives year of birth as 1841 while obits and dc give 1839; 1900 census gives 1836.
OSBH DC (Polk County 1912) #764 - Mary Elizabeth Hannum, female, housewife, widowed, b. 22 Mar 1839 in Missouri, d. 7 Mar 1912 in Polk Co., Oregon (4 mi W of Pedee) at the age of 73 yrs 5 days, name of father John Ritner (b. Switzerland), maiden name of mother Woodling (b. Pennsylvania), interment Pedee; informant J. Hannum, Airlie.

Mary L. Hannum, of Lewisville, Closes Eventful Life.
Will Jones was in from Lewisville yesterday and informed us of the death of Mrs. Mary L. Hannum at 4 o’clock that morning, at her home 5 miles west of Lewisville, at the ripe old age of 70 years, her demise being caused by general debility incident thereto. Mrs. Hannum was one of our best known pioneer ladies, one loved and respected all over the county for her many virtues, the fond mother of a large family, and one whose demise will be mourned by her many friends of life-long standing. She was a member of the Evangelical church, a consistent Christian lady in every respect and the funeral will occur from the home at 11 o’clock Friday morning, some pastor of that faith from this city officiating. 
Mary L. Ritner was born in Missouri 74 years ago, crossing the plains in the early emigration of 1852, and taking her part to the full in all the vicisitudes incident to pioneer life. Her husband, Lewis L. Hannum, crossed in the same year, and they were united in marriage in 1856. Seven children were born to the union, five of whom survive, J.A. Hannum, Joseph [Julius], Helen Turner, of Texas, Anna and Lena. She also leaves three sisters – Mrs. John Walters [Waters], Mrs. Jos. Edwards, and Mrs. Anna Dunn. Also two half brothers, John and Lewis Ritner.
Polk County Itemizer, Thursday, 28 Mar 1912, 2:4

Remains of Mary Elizabeth Hannum Laid to Rest Friday
Funeral services over the remains of Mary Elizabeth Hannum, who died at her home in the Pedee district on March 27, were held on Friday conducted by Rev C.P. Gates, of Dallas, interment taking place in the Pedee cemetery. 
Deceased was aged 73 years, five days and died of paralysis. Five children, and four sisters and three brothers survive her. She was born in Missouri and came to Oregon in 1852 and settled in the Big Luckiamute valley. A remarkable fact in connection with the deceased is that she lived on the place where she died for 56 years, having removed there four years after coming to Polk county.
Polk County Observer, Tuesday, 2 Apr 1912, 2:1

Mary E.
Wife of
L.L. Hannum
Mar. 22, 1841
Mar. 27, 1912
Saucy Survey & Photographs
OSBH DC (Polk County 1912) #764 
1850 MO CENSUS (Platte Co, Platte City, FA #51)
Polk County Oregon Marriage Records 1849-1879, pg 12
1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Luckimute, ED 107, pg 502C)
1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co., Luckiamute, ED 176, sheet 3B)
PCI 28 Mar 1912, 2:4 
PCO 2 Apr 1912, 2:1

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