Elizabeth Adeline (Hobson) Wilson is buried in Salem Cemetery
Lot No. 22/21 where she shares a tombstone with her husband,
Francis Wilson. Elizabeth's date of birth, May 17, 1838, was
inscribed on the tombstone, but her date of death, Oct. 5, 1918,
was not. Note that the site of Salem cemetery and church was a
part of the farm Elizabeth's mother, Margaret Hobson, purchased
from John Howard on 15 February 1852. Elizabeth and Francis
acquired land containing the cemetery from her brother, Milburn
Hobson, following Margaret's death and, during the early 1870s,
deeded the cemetery site to the Salem Methodist Episcopal
"Mrs. Francis Wilson
"With deep regret we chronicle the passing away of one of
Lucas County's early pioneer women, Mrs. Francis Wilson, which
occurred at her home in southeast Chariton on Saturday
evening, October 5th, 1918, at the age of 80 years, 3 months
and 18 days, after eight weeks of intense suffering.
She fell and fractured her hip, but death was directly due to
paralysis. Largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev.
Kozer, of the M.E. church of Russell, were held at the Salem church
on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after which the remains were laid
to rest in the Salem cemetery by the side of her husband.
"Elizabeth Adaline Hobson was born on May 17th, 1838, in Monroe
county, Indiana, and with her parents moved to Van Buren County,
Iowa, at the age of nine years. After living there six years they
moved to Lucas county, Iowa, and located on the farm known as the
Scales farm, north of the railroad near the Salem cemetery. On
January 29th, 1859, she was united in marriage to Francis Wilson,
who passed to the Great Beyond on March 7th, 1908.To them five
children were born, three of whom preceded their parents in death.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wilson moved to the Morris farm,
which he purchased, and which was located four miles south of
Chariton and where they resided until 1901, when they moved to this
city, where she has resided until death. Mrs. Wilson united with the
First M.E. church at an early age, and has been a true and faithful
christian all her life.
"She is survived by one son, John M., of Ottumwa, and one daughter,
Mrs. R.E. Clark, of Chariton, who cared for her during her illness
with a loving devotion. Six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren
and one sister, Mrs. John Martin, of Chariton, are also living. Mrs.
Wilson was a grand, good woman, whose highest happiness
was in being helpful to others. She was a devoted wife and mother,
a kind neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew
her and admired her for her many lovable and noble qualities.
"Among those who attended the last sad rites were her son, J.M. Wilson,
and wife and two daughters, Mrs. W.K. Allen and Miss Helen
Wilson, of Ottumwa; Mr. Mel Stump and daughter, Florence, of
Eddyville; W.J. Hobson, of Mt. Pleasant; a grandson, Frank Clark,
of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Wilson, Pryor Wilson and Mrs. G.L.
Lambertson of Ottumwa and Mrs. Cora Nelson of Allerton."
The Chariton Herald Patriot, 10 October 1918