Elizabeth Sowle, daughter of John and Rachael Beck McMahan, was born near
Mansfield, Ohio, March 16, 1834, and departed this life Feb. 28, 1822, age 87
years, 11 months and 12 days.  She is the last of a family of eleven children
to depart this life, and a husband, daughter, grandson and great grandson,
preceded her.  She came with her parents to Fremont township, Steuben Co, IN,
when a small child, her father being the first white settler in Fremont
township.  Here she grew to womanhood, enduring the hardships of making a
home out the of the wilderness.  On July 4th 1859 she was married to Francis
M. Sowle.  To this happy union were born three daughters, Jeanette, deceased,
wife of Wm. Blackman; Julia, now Mrs. John Stallman, and Alice, now Mrs.
James A. Moody, with whom she lived at the time of her death, where she was
tenderly cared for.  With the exception of a few years spent in Wisconsin and
Michigan, most of their lives was spent in Steuben County, Indiana.  She was
a staunch friend in time of sickness and trouble; her neighbors would say
when help was needed, "Send for Aunt Libbie," and she never failed them.  She
loved the birds and the flowers and all of God's creatures.  She recognized
many of the birds by their song.  She reached the heights of love through
service.  She read and believed her Bible and lived a true honorable life,
through its teachings.  She leaves to mourn their loss, two daughters, nine
grandchildren, and four great grand children, beside many nieces and nephews
and other relatives.  

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