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, Hendricks, Indiana.  She married Abram Hornaday, September 13, 1871 in Hendricks, Indiana.  Abram was the son of Isaiah and Elvira Hoadley Hornaday; he was born January 2, 1849.

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, Lincoln township, Hendricks, Indiana with Elvira, Edgar, and Loran

1920 in Brownsburg, Lincoln township, Hendricks, Indiana with Edgar and his wife

1930 in Brownsburg, Lincoln township, Hendricks, Indiana (Priscilla alone)

Abram died on March 12, 1927 in Brownsburg, Hendricks, Indiana.  Priscilla died on March 22, 1931 in Brownsburg, Hendricks, Indiana.  Both were buried at the Greenlawn Cemetery, Brownsburg, Hendricks, Indiana.

 

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 near Avon, Indiana, January 2, 1849 and passed on to his reward March 12, 1927, being 79 years, 2 months, and 10 days of age at the time of his death.

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 Seymour, Pearl the wife of Elliott Burns of Hadley and Loren of Ladoga.

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 Plainfield and Molly Euliss of Avon.

The deceased was a member of the local Christian Church uniting with the same April 25, 1896 under the pastorate of the Rev. Howe."

 

From The Danville (Ind.) Gazette, March 17, 1927

"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 Avon, Indiana, April 16 1850, and passed on to her reward, March 22, 1931 being 80 years 11 months and 6 days of age at the time of death.

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, Pearl the wife of Elliott Burns of Indianapolis and Loran of Macon, Georgia.

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

"Probate Business

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 sureties. 

 

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

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