Eliza Simpson Schuman

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Mrs. Eliza Schuman, pioneer citizen of this community, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.E. Bowles, in this city Sunday, July 28, at 10 am at the age of 84 years.  She was born October 21, 1861.
Mrs. Schuman was the daughter of Daniel Simpson, who was the son of Samuel Simpson and Lady Jane Kidd of Annemount, Town of Keady, County of Armaugh, the ancestral home of the Kidds in Ireland.  Mrs Schuman’s mother was Mary Ann Lemons, the daughter of Dr. John Lemons of the County of Armaugh, Town of Keady, Ireland.  Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were married in 1841 and came to America by sail vessel, landing in New Orleans in 1841.  From New Orleans they came to Laynesport, Arkansas on Red River in 1844, where he did a merchandising business for a number of years.  He also had a store in Rocky Comfort, Arkansas, during the Civil War, and one on his farm near Indian Territory until his death in 1873.  His wife, Mary Ann Simpson, died in 1900.

Mrs. Schuman was one of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, and until her death was the last survivor.

Mrs. Schuman, nee Eliza Ellen Simpson, was married to Carl Schuman in 1877 at Rocky Comfort, Arkansas and to this union one child was born, Mrs R E Bowles of this city, who survives.  Carl Sanderson of Memphis Tennessee, a grandson, is the only other immediate relative surviving.  Mrs. Schuman was preceded in death by her husband in 1920.

Mrs. Schuman was the oldest pioneer resident of Rocky Comfort with the exception of Mrs. M B Taaffe.  She was a pioneer member of the Episcopal Church and during her early life devoted much time to the work of the church.

The esteem in which Mrs Schuman was held by her many friends and acquaintances was attested to by the beautiful floral offerings, although a request was made that no flowers be sent.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the St. Barnabus Episcopal church in this city, conducted by Father Carson, pastor of the St James Episcopal church of Texarkana.  Interment was in the Dollarhide cemetery under the direction of the Phillips Funeral Home of Ashdown.

Pallbearers were Bob Smith, Sam Seligson, Jimmy Taaffe, S D Matteson, Edward Hawkins and Eugene Ellis.

Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral were Mrs. Lena White, Mrs Sam Sawyer, Mrs. Haizlip, and Miss Willa West of Idabel, Ok; Mrs. CL Dillahunty of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Mr and Mrs Carl Sanderson of Memphis, Tennessee. 

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