One hundred years ago this month, Mary Campbell and Ellison (Elsie) Oliver passed away. Mary died on July 26, 1912, Elsie four days later. Except for their having died the same month, there is little to connect these women.
Mary C. Campbell was born May 20, 1859, the daughter of Duncan Campbell and Nancy Thomson. She spent her whole life in Bovina and most of that on the family farm on New Road. Sometime in the 1890s, Duncan, Nancy and their daughter may have moved into a house in the hamlet, leaving the farm to their son John. After the death of her father in 1898, Mary continued to live with her mother. Mary became ill in late 1909 or early 1910 with what turned out to be cancer. Her mother died in May of that year, with Nancy following her to the grave about 10 weeks later.
After Elizabeth’s death in 1862, her husband remained a widower until 1868 when he married Mary Ann Scott. They had one child, a son James, born in Bovina. By 1880, they were living in Iowa. John died in Norfolk, Virginia in 1889. Mary Ann survived him a bit over a decade, dying in Oneonta in 1900. Both of them are buried in Bovina next to John’s first wife.
[NOTE: Alan Downie, a descendant of John's second marriage, has family information that indicates that John and his family came to the US in 1854, not 1858. We hope to get this clarified some day.]