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Sunday, March 11, 2012

SUNDAY Obituary of Finnetta Gannaway Zion died the 12 August 1881 Pleasant Grove, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA

This last weekend I have been busy searching on ancestry and find a grave for relatives. Distant relatives but relatives.  I love to find the tombstones of family members.  It is that last piece of some ones life and when I see a family name on a tombstone I know that is my family.  If I am in the cemetery I will touch the stone and wonder about them.  If I am on line seeing a family stone for the first time I will touch my screen and wonder about this family member. 

Today I am featuring and remembering a family member through marriage.  This is the obituary of Finneta Gannaway who married one of my third great grand uncles Jacob C Zion.  Jacob was her second husband. Jacob is brothers to my third great grandfather McCormick Zion


On the 4th inst occurred the death of Mrs. Nettie Zion, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Shelladay, 4 miles northeast of New London.

Mrs. Zion was just recovering from a severe spell of sickness which had confined her to bed for several weeks,when she was again stricken down, this time with stroke of paralysis. In this, her last illness, she was unable to speak during the entire time, covering a space of more than 4 months, and a great portion of that time could not turn herself in bed.

The funeral took place at the church at Pleasant Grove, yesterday, and the remains laid to rest by the side of her last husband in the cemetery at that place. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Carter, of the C.P. church, of which she was also a member.

She was born in Buckingham county, VA, Aug.27th 1805. Was married to Wm. Williams, Aug. 1823, who died in 1833. Married again in July 1836 to Jacob Zion, who died Sept. 1869.

Her first marriage was blessed with six children, two of whom are yet alive, and three by her second, one of whom survives his mother.

Interesting family history tidbit is that Finnetta's sister Elizabeth " Betty " was married to Jacobs son John D. Zion. So John's sister in law married his father so she was his step mother and his sister in law.  And though only related through marriage interesting tidbit is that Finnetta's and Betty's parents William the 2nd and Sarah " Sally"  were cousins. Not sure if first cousins or later but still cousins which probably was some what common then.
Well that is it for Sunday Obituary sharing. Have a great day, and if you think we may be related please let me know.. Grace


  1. I share your interest in Cemetery Markers, both of family and unknown persons to me. As a Find A Grave Volunteer Photographer, I come across many that seem to speak to me and so they go in my Speaking Stones File. I often go to that file for inspiration for stories I write about ancestors and folks of their time period.

    Isn't it amazing how a 'By Marriage Ancestor' can lead to some really interesting information. This post was sure a good example of that with the 'Sister-in-law to StepMother' relationship.

    I'm visiting your blog from GeneaBloggers Daily Prompts, and I'm so glad I did. I've browsed around your blog and enjoyed your posts, photos and Research Sites. I'm a new follower, and I'd like to invite you to stop by my Blog...CollectInTexas Gal-Tracks of My Texas Ancestors. Today I wrote about my 3XGreat Grandfather and his Political views on Abe Lincoln. I see that you enjoy the Civil War Era, too. Hope to see you soon....Sue

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