17 February 1905
Died, Feb. 9, 1905 at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. James M. McCaig,
Grandmother McComb, aged 85
years, 7 months and 27 days.
Phebe Mosher was born in Jeffer-
son county, New York, on the 12th
day of June, 1819. She was married
on the 8th day of January 1838 to
Albert McComb. Ten years later in
1848, they moved to Illinois which
was then a new country. In 1856
they moved to Iowa. After a resi-
dence of twenty-three years in Iowa
they came to Kansas and located in
Centralia in 1879.
Mrs. McComb was the mother of
ten children, five sons and five
daughters, eight of whom survive
the mother. The following are the
names of her children in the order of
their ages: Mrs. Mary M. Stanley,
living in Iowa; William H. McComb,
residence unknown; Zebulon H. Mc-
Comb, living in Colorado; John F.
McComb, living in California; Mrs.
Elizabeth J. Biggle died in Centralia
20 years ago; Caleb M. McComb liv-
ing in California; Lemuel died when
only two years old; Mrs. Emma E.
Rhodes living in Nebraska; Mrs.
Francis Owens living in Goffs, Kan-
sas and Mrs. Julia McCaig, Centralia.
Since the death of her husband,
Oct. 19, 1892, Mrs. McComb has lived
in the home of her daughter, Mrs.
James McCaig, with the exception
of two years, one of which she lived
with her daughter at Goffs, Kansas
and one with her daughter in Iowa.
Mrs. McComb was a representative
woman of the pioneer days in Illin-
ois, Iowa and Kansas. She endur-
ed many of the hardships and priva-
tious(sic) which fell to the lot of those
early settlers of a new country. To
them we owe a debt of gratitude
for going before and smoothing the
rough path along which our feet
have trodden. “They laboured and
we have entered into their labours.”
Mrs. McComb’s early religious teach-
ings were received among the Quak-
ers. In her later years she was a
member of the Methodist church and
always “adorned the doctrine of her
profession by a Godly walk and a
chaste conversation.” As age and
infirmaties(sic) bore more heavily upon
her, her faith in the future seemed to
grow brighter. She often expressed
herself as “having a desire to depart
and be with Christ which is far bet-
She was patient to the end, al-
ways spoke kindly of those who
waited on her and took care of her.
Death came to her very peacefully.
She quietly folded her hands upon
her breast at evening time and slept
sweetly as a child in his mother’s
arms. Besides 8 children she leaves
42 grandchildren and 25 great-grand-
children to keep her name in remem-
Every care and comfort was given
to grandmother by the members of
the home in which she lived and
died, thus her pathway to the grave
was made more smooth as she near-
ed the Golden City.
The funeral was held from the M.
E. church. Interrment(sic) in the Cen-
P. K. Shoemaker.
Transcribed by Earl Hoffman.