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Phoebe Cudney was considered an infant when her father, Ezekiel Cudney, a United Empire Loyalist, died in 1816. Her father was a prosperous farmer who lived in Niagara. Her mother probably died before 1811 and her mother's name still remains unknown. Pheobe's name was often spelled without the "o".
"Granda Grass had no sisters she had three brothers JOE CUDNEY, JIM CUDNEY and DAN CUDNEY
...1932 letter written by MRS. W. E. Thompson
Phoebe met and married John Grass circa 1823 while they were living in the Niagara area. As a marrid couple they eventually moved to Yarmouth Township, Elgin County. They were the parents of eight children, 4 boys and 4 girls.
John Grass died at a young age and in his will left their farm to their 4th son Ezekiel Henry Grass. Phoebeb purchased the farm from Ezekiel for $300 by means of a quit claim deed. Phoebe was granted a mortage against the property for $100 payable to Harriet Blackburn on May 4, 1867 and it was registered May 7 1867. For the same parcel of land, dated December 2, 1868 and registered March 27, 1871 it was indicated that Harriet Blackburn dishcharged a mortgage to Phoebe Grass. On March 27, 1871 and registered March 31, 1871, Phoebe Grass, widow of John Grass was the grantoe by meabs of indenture with Hiram B. Smith, grantee, for the same property for $1700.
The 1871 Canadian Census for Yarmouth Township, Elgin County listed Phoebe as a widow and she was living on the farm with her unmarried son Ezekiel.
"Grandma (Cudney) GRass lived in our home with my mother until she went to the other side to live with her youngest son Ezekiel who was never married.".....1932 letter written by Mrs. W. E. Thompson
"She lived north of Sparta, Ontario with daughter Lucinda Jan Ryckman for a while. Later she kept house for her bachelor son Ezekiel Grass in Michigan until she died. This was Gratiot County.....but she died in Tuscola County, possibly Gagetown. This seems to be more likely than Cheboyan."....letter from HughMcVicar Sept. 3 1983
Phoebe moved to Michigan in 1877. The 1880 Michigan Census for Brookkfield Twp.. Huron County indicated that Phoebe A. Grass was a widow who was keeping house for her son Ezekiel, A farmer.
The Michigan Death Certificate in the County of Huron, Brookfield Twp.......... for Phoebe D. Grass stated that she died on Sept. 2 1888 of old age. She was 88 years, 6months and 23 days at the time of her death. She was interred in Grant Township Cemetery. The owner of her lot was E. H. Grass.
Grant Twp Cemetery is located about three miles north of Gagetown, Michigan on a winding country road. Almost immediately inside the enterance is a grave marker that is inscribed:
Sept 2 '88
Honored, beloved and missed
Here mother lies.
One Sunday morning in church our minister read a poem about Grandma on a winter's day and it made me think of Phoebe and the life she probably led as a farmer's wife.
Milked the cows and fed them hay
Slopped the hogs and saddled the mule
And got the children off to school.
Did the washing Mopped the floors
Washed the windows and did some chores
cooked a dish of home dried fruit
Pressed her husband/s Sunday suit
Swept the parlour, made the bed
Baked a dozen loaves of bread
Split some firewood and lugged it in
Enough to fill the kitchen bin
Cleaned the lamps and put in the oil
Stewed some apples she thought would spoil
Churned the butter baked a cake
Then exclaimed, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!
The calves have got out of the pen
Went out and chased them in again
Gathered the eggs and locked the stable
Back to the house to set the table
Cooked a supper that was delicious
And afterward washed all the dishes
Fed the cat and sprinkled the clothes
Mended a basket of hose
Then opened the organ and began to play
When you come home to the end of a perfect day.
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