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Mahala Arms Helwick Shawen


04 Apr 1849, Sullivan Co., PA; d. 14 Feb 1915, Wellsville, KS; mar. 16 Aug 1866, Washington Co., IA, Charles H. Shawen at the home of her parents Elisha & Sarah Helwick. CHILDREN: Elisha Shawen Fanoah Shawen, Joseph Archibald Shawen, Laura Asenath Shawen, Carroll Grafton Shawen, Arthur Shawen, Frona Victoria Shawen, Freeman Helwick Shawen.



    The community was shocked Sunday to learn of the death of Mrs. Mahala Shawen, who had been ill of some weeks, but whose condition had not been considered critical until Saturday. Death was due to spinal meningitis.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church this afternoon, Thursday, and interment will be at the Wellsville cemetery, beside her husband, who died March 24, 1906.
    Mahala Arms Helwick was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania April 4, 1849, and was aged 65 years, 10 months and 10 days at the time of her death.
    She was baptized in her infancy, and was converted and joined the Methodist church at the age of 12 years. She joined the Methodist church here in 1883, and has been a faithful member.
    She came to Richmond, IA., with her parents and attended school there. She was married to Chas. Shawen, of Pleasant Plains, IS., August 16, 1866.
    To this union seven children were born, two daughters dying in infancy. Five sons survive, Elisha F. of Carleton, Neb., Joseph Archibald of Kansas City, Mo., Carroll Grafton of Pomeroy, Wash., and Arthur and Freeman H. of Wellsville. Four sisters also survive. Hannah Durst, Leah Coates, Caroline Brown and Mary Brown.
    Mrs. Shawen had lived in this vicinity since 1883, with the exception of one year spent near Rantoul, and she had many friends.
    About seven years ago she was severely burned by an explosion of acid at the Fourth of July celebration and had suffered from the effect of the burns. Her death was a peaceful one. Mrs. Ingersoll, an intimate friend sang and prayed during her last moments.
    [The Wellsville Globe, Feb 1915 from Mary Lou Van Dyke.]

Mahala Arms Helwick Shawen
Photo courtesy of Mary Lou Van Dyke.





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