Thursday, June 19, 1884
Mrs. Betts died very suddenly at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. C. J. Keith, on June 4 at 11 p. m. She had been unusually well during the day, had been visiting her grand daughter, Mrs. H. A. Brown, and others, and at nine o’clock returned home and in two hours she passed away.
Her maiden name was Nancy B. Comfort. She was born in Orange Co., New York, August 6, 1802, and removed to Beamsville, Canada, in 1812, and was married to Hiram Crawford July 25, 1820. In 1846 they moved to Galesburg, Mich., and from thence to Dowagiae, Mich., in 1851. Mr. Crawford, her husband, died September 2, 1852. After his death she went to Omro, Wis., where she married Rev. Platt Betts, a Baptist minister, on Nov. 8, 1857. Mr. Betts died December 29, 1861, since which time she has lived in Galesburg mostly with her daughter, Mrs. C. L. Keith. She has reared a family of eleven children, nine sons and two daughters. Six of these are now living, one daughter and five sons. all of whom are good, sabstatial citizens. She was the mother of a noble family of children. Could there be a greater evidence or a more fitting testimony of genuine worth than the bringing up of such a family as she has. When we reflect the life of this old lady dying at the age of eighty-two, and think of the suffering and care she has endured for these long years, the life of a true mother, we feel that she deserves the blessings of Heaven and our greatest admiration. -- Enterprise, Galesburg, Mich.
Mrs. Betts was mother of Robert Crawford of our village.
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