Miami Union

February 1, 1912 

DUNCAN, MRS. SARAH JANE - Kirkwood--Mrs. Sarah Jane Duncan, aged 81 years, seven months and 10 days, wife of Thomas Duncan, died at her home one-half mile south of this village, Saturday evening, January 27.  The deceased had been in feeble health for several months prior to her death but a severe attack of pneumonia hastened her departure.  She was the only daughter of Samuel and Esther Doak, and was born on the farm where she died.  With the exception of three years had resided on the farm all her life.  Therefore she had been a citizen of this vicinity longer than any person now living here.  September 27, 1853, she was united in marriage with Thomas Duncan.  This couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in September 1903, and had traveled together for over 58 years.  This also made them longer married than any couple now living in this locality.  In her infancy her parents had her baptized into membership with the United Presbyterian church where she held her membership until she grew to womanhood and united with the M. E. church where she made her church home until after marriage, then she change her membership from the M. E. church to the Presbyterian church and lived a faithful member until death.  Having had her name on some church book for possibly 80 years is a record that can't be duplicated by any one now living in this community.  The couple was blessed with seven children, two sons and five daughters.  Their first born, a daughter, died in infancy.  The remaining six are all living and were present at their mother's funeral which was held from the residence, 1 p.m. Tuesday.  The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. John Montgomery of the Piqua Presbyterian church.  The song service was rendered by Miss May Parshall, who was connected with the Beiderwolf Evangelistic meetings in Piqua.  Her assistant was Miss Ruth Miles of that city.  Interment was in the Sidney Graceland cemetery.

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