Monday, October 7, 2013

Margaret Agnes Wilkeson

  (The following is from a collaboration with my cousin Anne Cassidy)

  Margaret (Maggie) Agnes Wilkeson, my 2nd great-Grandmother,  was born March 6, 1854 in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Margaret was the sixth child born to George Wilkeson and Margaret Keefer. (Subjects of earlier posts)

  Margaret spent the first fifteen years of her life growing up in Warren Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana. She moved with her parents to Earlville, Delaware County, Iowa around 1869. In 1871 the family moved onward to Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa where they finally settled.

  A very pregnant Margaret, seven months, married Aldrich (Jack) Jackson Reynolds on October 14, 1874 in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. Jack was the brother of Margaret's sister's husband. From the marriage would come one son and two daughters. One of the daughters died before the age of three.

  Margret became a widow at the age of forty-four, when her husband was killed in a shooting accident on 11 August 1898 . (See earlier post) After her husband's death, Margaret lived with her daughter, Nellie in 1900. She was living with her son, Charles and his family in 1910.

  Margaret died on January 10, 1912 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska from a heart attack at age 57. While she was preparing to leave on a train to Fort Dodge to visit her son she had a fainting spell and it is understood that she never regained consciousness. She was buried at Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa.

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