Ringgold Record, 1894
Died, on Thursday, August 2, 1894, Mrs. Margaretta J. LAWHEAD, wife of R. J. LAWHEAD of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, aged 63 years, 10 months,
and 16 days. Mrs. LAWHEAD was born in Columbiana county, Ohio [on October 16, 1830, the daughter of David and Isabel ELDER], and
her maiden name was Margaretta ELDER. She spent the early years of her life in the place of her birth. She afterwards moved with
her friends to Hunstville, Logan county, Ohio, and there when 15 years of age united with the Associate Presbyterian church
and to the close of life witnessed a good profession. She was an intelligent christian and could give a good reason for her faith
and hope, but always did so with meekness and fear. At Huntersville, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 1851, she was united in marriage to
Mr. R. J. LAWHEAD. [After their marriage, the couple moved to Warren County, Illinois where they started their family.] She
had ten children, seven sons, and three daughters [their first-born son died in infancy, David, William, Cassius, James,
Charles, Nettie, Robert, Lawrence, Lois, and Maggie.] Three sons died
early in life. All her children, save one who was far away attended her funeral.
Mrs. LAWHEAD was remarkable for her general bearing as a christian lady. her sense of the proprieties of life was keen and
always correct. She had a charm of refinement which was diffused over all things. All approaches to coarseness and crudeness
were foreign to her nature and tastes. Her very presence was standing rebuke to all the ungodly conversation. In 1854, the family
moved to Warent county, illinois and again in 1875 to Van Buren county, Iowa. In 1880, the moved to Ringgold county where she
has since made her home. During the war her husband went into the Union service [Company C of the 83rd Division of the Illinois
Regiment of the Volunteer Infantry, and Mrs. LAWHEAD went to Clarksville, Tennessee,
as a teacher under the direction of the Freedmen's Bureau. In all probability she established the first S. S. [Sunday school]
among the freedmen, and without doubt, the first school in the western department. She was a successful teacher and nother save duty
to her husband and children could draw her away from the work.
Her funeral took place from the U. P. church Saturday Aug. 4 at 2 p.m., service being conducted by her pastor who preached from
1st John 3:2, "But we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall Him as He is." Rev. Dr. THOMPSON assisted.
There was a large attendance, many relatives being present. [Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.]
NOTE: Robert Jackson LAUGHEAD was born in Greene County, Ohio on June 23, 1830, the son of William and Martha (JACKSON)
LAUGHHEAD; the grandson of David and Elizabeth (MITCHELL) LAUGHEAD & Robert and Elizabeth (McCORKLE) JACKSON. After Robert
married his childhood sweetheart Margaretta J. (ELDER) on September 30, 1851, the couple changed their surname from "LAUGHEAD" to "LAWHEAD."
The LAWHEADS were active in the Republican party and the United Presbyterian church. Robert became a deacon of the church. They moved to Welda, Anderson County,
Kansas, in 1891 where Robert died on October 7, 1903. He was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Margaret returned to Mount Ayr, Iowa after his death.
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