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Obituary of Isabelle (Huckeby) de la Hunt (1845-1909)
Posted by: Jesse Stamper (ID *****3053) Date: July 02, 2009 at 09:48:23
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Posted below are two obituaries for Isabelle (Huckeby) de la Hunt (January 4, 1845 - December 7, 1909), wife of Thomas James de la Hunt, Sr. (November 12, 1835 - March 26, 1872) of Perry County, Indiana. They had two children: Charles Mason de la Hunt (February 1869 - July 17, 1869) & Thomas James de la Hunt, Jr. (November 1866 - July 3, 1933).

Not certain from which newspaper the first obituray came from. The second obituary from the Cannelton Enquirer, December 11, 1909 issue. Both obituaries courtesy of Tony Collignon.


Mrs. Isabelle Huckeby de la Hunt an estimable and widely known lady entered the eternal life last Tuesday at 4 A.M. at her home "Virginia Place" in Cannelton, after an illness of only a week duration, at the age of 64 years, 11 months and 3 days. She was born in Rome, Perry county on January 4, 1845 and at the age of four years came to Cannelton with her parents where she had been a continous resident until her death. Her parents Joshua and Rebecca Lang Huckeby were natives of Virginia. She received her early education in the common schools of Cannelton and completed her studies at that place in the Franklin Institute. At the close of the civil war she wedded Major T. J. dela Hunt who proceeded her in death many years ago. This union was blessed with one son, Thomas J. dela Hunt who with Mrs. A. Kinney Hall, a niece deplore her sudden departure. She was a daughter of the American Revolution and was entitled to the distinction of a Colonial Dame, being a descendant of Governor Loudoun of Virginia. She resided at her beloved home "Virginia Place" for 53 years. In earlier days she was postmistress in which capacity she served for many years. She was a kind, loving and affectionate mother, a good Christian and possessed a very lovable disposition. She was a great friend of the sick and those in destitute circumstances. She was an intellectual lady and a delightful entertainer and a consistent member of the St. Luke's church, a member of the chorus and the organist. Her funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the St. Luke's Episcopal church. A large concourse of life-long friends accompanied her remains to Cliff cemetery where they were laid to rest by the side of her husband. Rev. H. B. Stuart Martin conducted the services.


Mrs. Isabelle de la Hunt Succumbs to Pneumonia After Illness of Only Five Days.

       The announcement of the death of Mrs. Isabelle de la Hunt early on Tuesday morning of this week was a shock to the citizens of Cannelton, many of whom had not heard of her illness at all, and those who knew it considered it only a slight indisposition. Death occurred Tuesday morning at 4:30 o'clock at her home, Virginia Place, on Taylor street in this city. On Thursday of last week the deceased was attacked by a slight cold to which not much concern was attached, however the malady grew and on Sunday it was ascertianed that pneumonia had developed. She sank rapidly under the ravages of the disease, and being of frail constitution, she passed away on the date stated being ill less than a week.
       Death came to her as calmly as sweet sleep and she was conscious of her condition to the last moment. Mrs. de la Hunt was born in Rome, Ind., on the 4th day of January, 1845. She was the daughter of Joshua B. and Rebecca Lang Huckeby. When four years old she came with her parents to Cannelton and remained a citizen constantly to the day of her death. For fifty-three years, she resided in the home, Virginia Place, where she died. She was the wife of Major Thomas James de la Hunt who died many years ago and who, during his life in Cannelton, was owner of the Cannelton Enquirer. She is survived by her son, Thomas James de la Hunt.
       Mrs. de la Hunt was in every sense a true Canneltonian; she loved her home city and always maintained a keen interest in matters that pertained to the welfare of Cannelton. She prided herself in its progress, and all matters that had a tendency to the betterment of the city pleased her. It was many times that the Enquirer enjoyed her courtesies by access to the vast library where all the files of the Cannelton press were kept from the earliest days of newspaperdom in Cannelton and where much valuable local information was kept carefuly stored under her personal direction. She was kind and generous and all her good traits were adorned by her personal pleasantly that made all who came in contact with her cherish, love, respect and appreciate her. her home was one in which the sun always shone, and many are the persons who have been helped in life by her having lived so long amongst us.
       Funeral services were held from St. Luke's Episcopal church on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. H. B. Sturat Martin, rector in charge, conducting the services, with burial following in the family lot in Cliff cemetery. The hymns rendered at the services and burial were the same as those rendered at the funeral of the mother of the deceased eighteen years ago. The Grand Army Post attended the funeral in a body as a mark of esteem in which the deceased had always been held by its members. The deceased was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was eligible to membership to the order of Colonial Dames. The following persons acted as pallbearers: Oscar O. Denny, E. F. Cummings, Geo. J. Wilber, James J. Hennen, Dwight Mason, Walter Huthsteiner.

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