Miami Union

October 24, 1874 

BARBOUR, MRS. ELIZABETH SCOTT MACKEY - At her home in Troy, on the 22nd last. Mrs. Elizabeth Scott Mackey, wife of Thomas Barbour, dec'd., aged 86 years, 11 months and 29 days.  It is again our painful duty to note the departure from our midst of one of our oldest and most worthy pioneer women.  Elizabeth Scott Mackey, with her father, Robert Mackey, came to this county in the Spring of 1804; remaining here a few weeks, she and her father returned to their home near the "Big Spring" between Frankfort and Lexington, Kentucky.  In the Fall of the same year, she with her father, mother, five sisters and three brothers, started from their old Kentucky home and all its endearments to this, then almost unbroken wilderness.  On the evening of their first day's journey they were joined by William Barbee, Sen., and Robert Marshall, crossing the Ohio River at Cincinnati in a flat bottom boat, propelled by a rope and pulleys.  Robert Mackey and family being strict members of the Presbyterian Church, spent their first Sabbath in quiet at a country inn a few miles below Dayton.  Dayton then consisted only of four or five log houses.  On Monday they resumed their journey, and settled on the west bank of the Miami river, near the town of Staunton, where they jointly had entered several hundred acres of land.  In 1812 Elizabeth Scott Mackey was married to Col. Thomas Barbour, and with him settled on a farm near what is now known as Allen's Mill; where she continued to reside with her husband until within the last few years.  In 1804, within a few weeks of her coming to this country, she lost her mother; in 1829 her father, and in 1864, her husband.  Quietly and unobtrusively has she filled all her stations in life--a dutiful daughter, a faithful wife, a kind neighbor and affectionate mother.  She has left us for mansions in her Father's house beyond the skies.                 R.

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