Priscilla Ellen Farmer and Abram Everett Hornaday
Priscilla Farmer, the oldest child of David and Sibby Ferree
Farmer, was born on April 16, 1850 in Avon,
The couple had six children:
Clark Morton, b. 1872
Omer Clarence, b. 1874
Walter Leroy, b. 1876
Edgar David, b. 1879
Reona Pearl, b. 1882
Loran Isaiah, b. 1885
Abram and Priscilla are found in the following federal census records:
1910 in Brownsburg,
1920 in Brownsburg,
1930 in Brownsburg,
Abram died on March 12, 1927 in Brownsburg,
Obituaries of Abram
From The Brownsburg Record, March 18, 1927
"Life-long Resident Died Here Saturday
Abram "Abe" Hornaday, a life-long resident of this community passed away Saturday after an illness of about (illegible) years duration.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Homer C. Boblitt at the Christian Church, Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, with Revs. Tremaine and Ogden assisting. Burial was at the Greenlawn cemetery. During the services the following obituary was read.
Abram E. Hornaday, son of Isaiah and Elvira Hornaday was born
September 13, 1871 he was married to Ella Farmer and to these good people were born six children---Mort the oldest child departed this life May 29, 1906, the other five are living.
They are Omer of Indianapolis, Roy of Newcastle, Edgar of
Besides his wife and children he leaves twenty grandchildren, one great grand child, two sisters and a host of friends.
He was one of six children, four of whom have passed on to the
great beyond, those remaining are Sarah Barlow of
The deceased was a member of the local Christian Church uniting with the same April 25, 1896 under the pastorate of the Rev. Howe."
"A. E. Hornaday, who had been sick three years, passed away Saturday morning at 4:30. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Christian church. Mr. Hornaday has lived around here for several years. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Elliott Burns of Hadley; four sons, Omer of Indianapolis, Roy of Newcastle, Ed of Seymour, and Dr. L. I. Hornaday of Ladoga, besides his widow."
Obituary of Priscilla
From The Brownsburg Record, March 27, 1931
"Pioneer Mother Dead
Priscilla Ellen Hornaday, widow of the late Abram Hornaday, and one of the beloved pioneer mothers of this community passed on to her reward Sunday, March 22nd.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Prevo at the local M.E. church, Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, followed by burial in Greenlawn cemetery. During the services the following obituary of her life was read:
Priscilla Ellen Hornaday daughter of David and Sibby Farmer,
was born near
September 13 1871, she was married to Abram E. Hornaday, and
to these good people were born six children.
Morton, the eldest child, departed this life May 29 1906.
The other five are living, they are Omer of Brownsburg, Roy of Newcastle,
Edgar of Seymour,
Besides these children she leaves twenty-one grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers, one half sister, one step sister and two sisters-in-law Mrs. James Barlow and Mrs. Alva Hornday and a host of friends.
She was one of eight children, three of whom have passed on to the great beyond and five remaining.
The deceased was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church uniting with the same at the tender age of sixteen."
From The Brownsburg Record, April 3, 1931
Walter L. Hornaday has been appointed administrator of the
estate of Priscilla E. Hornaday.
Bond $580 with James E. Burns and Harold E. Hornaday and Edgar M. Blessing as
Comments from a grandchild
"Priscilla and Abraham lived on a farm southwest of Brownsburg. In the mid 1920's, they moved to a house on the edge of town. The kids lost the farm (the buildings are still standing). Priscilla Ellen, "Ellen", was said to be a good homemaker but not very loving to her grandchildren. Abraham was domineering. She was a Methodist; he was a Christian. Both were Republicans. She died of cancer."
Photo of Abraham and Priscilla