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James T. and Elzira Rightsell, Wray
John Sawyer's wife's mother was a sister to Sarah Bush who married Johnson, who died, and she then married her old sweetheart, Thomas Lincoln. A half mile further lived on Isaac Linder, who had four children, Elisha, Daniel, Polly and Isletta. This Isaac Linder had a brother, Daniel Linder, who was the father of Ursher Linder, who rode the circuit with Abraham Lincoln -both at that time were Illinois' great men.
This Paradise holds in history the greatest of the Lincoln history and the committee has prepared a map running through that section which will soon be recognized as Lincoln history. The old Linder home, the schoolmate of Abe's, his friend and a friend of the Lincolns not only here but in Kentucky where they were born. Mrs. Elisha Linder, a daughter of John Sawyer, and a first cousin of Abe Lincoln's step-mother,Sarah Bush Johnson Lincoln, in this house Aunt Sally as we all called her, had been more than a hundred times. The house where Abe Lincoln came and stayed all night and took the plans for his Springfield home - an exact duplicate of it. In this house Ursha Linder and Abe Lincoln ate many meals together and stayed all night.
November 7, 1924 "Mrs Mary Jane Sparks, 79, widow of Epbralm 8parks, passed away in her apartments in the Tubman building at 1:25 o'clock this morning of yellow jaundice. She had been suffering from the malady for several weeks, and her condition became serious on Wednesday.
The funeral will take place from the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, under the auspices of the Woman's Relief Corps, with Rev. Marlon Hull officiating. A vocal solo will be sung by Frank 0. Finfrock, with Miss Nettie Hall at the organ.
Burial will be in Dodge Grove beside the body of the husband, who died in November, 1913.
Mrs. Sparks was born at Little Wabash Point, southwest of Mattoon, on June 1, 1845, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Rightsell. She waa reared in that neighborhood, and on June 11, 1861, was married to Epbralm Sparks. Elder Thomas Threlkeld performed the ceremony in the presence of James T. Cunningham and Sarah Cunningham as witnesses.
Eight children were born of the union, six of whom are living, as follows: G. R. 8parks, F. R. Sparks. W. U Sparks, Mack Sparks, J. H. Sparks and Miss Ruth J. Sparks, all of this city.
Besides the surviving children there are thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and one brother, James T. Rightsell, of Wray, Colo.
Mrs. Sparks lived her long life in and near Mattoon. She was for many years a prominent worker in church and lodge circles. She was a member of the old Cumberland Presbyterian church of Geneva Rebekah lodge, No. 274; of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; of the Woman's Relief Corps and was for twelve years its chaplain."
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