Death of Mrs. E. L. T. Hampton

Mrs. E. L. T. Hampton died at the home of her son, George W. Hampton, in this city at an early hour last Friday morning. She had been ill with pneumonia for a week previous to her death. She was 69 years, five months, and seven days of age. The funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon at the Baptist Church by Rev. McBride, and interment took place in Evergreen cemetery.

The deceased was born in Alabama, and in her infancy removed to Tennessee with her parents. Here she met the Mr. Hampton whom she married. At the breaking out of the Civil War the Hamptons became ardent supporters of the Union cause. They were persecuted for their belief by their neighbors, and later the husband and father was drafted into the Confederate army. He refused to serve the Confederate cause, and succeeded in escaping to the north in 1863, on board a boat which landed the family at Alton. From Alton the family soon moved to Richview and later to Sparta. In 1870 they moved to Ava and later came to Chester. The husband and father died in Cairo just 25 years and one hour previous to the death of his wife.

For a number of years Mrs. Hampton has been residing with her daughter in Cairo, but last fall removed to Chester with the daughter. She was an estimable old lady whose praises are sung by those who made her acquaintance during her short residence in Chester. She leaves three sons and a daughter to mourn her loss. The children were much attached to the mother and her death comes as a sad blow to them, and the sympathy of the community is extended to them.

Source: Chester Tribune, Thursday, Feb. 15, 1900, page 1 column 4.

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