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Mrs. Elizabeth L. (Reynolds) Shortt

Mrs. Elizabeth L. Shortt, now of Eagle Lake, Colorado county Texas, is the daughter of I. Reynolds, who was a Methodist preacher of considerable note. She was born in Ulster county, N. Y., June , 1833, and will be 77 years of age June next, married Jeremiah Shortt in 1850. She was a sister of the late lamented Mrs. Mary Reynolds, who died in Weimar, Thursday, Feb 24th, 1910. Mrs. Shortt is the mother of six children two of whom are dead. The living ones are E. F. Shortt of Weimar, Mrs. R. F. Bell of Fayettville[sic], Ark., Gibson J. Shortt and Mrs. John Thatcher of Eagle Lake.
This grand and christian old lady lived in New York until after the war, moved with her husband to Illinois, thence to Tennessee and to Colorado county in 1880, where her husband engaged in farming near the town of Eagle Lake. Mr. Shortt died in 1891 and was buried in Weimar. Since her husband’s death Mrs. Shortt has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. John Thatcher of Eagle Lake. She is the only surviving child out of eleven children. Mrs. Reynolds,deceased, and Mrs. Shortt had not seen each other for over thirty years before the subject of this sketch came to Texas in 1880. This good lady was a devoted wife, a most loving mother and ever ready to relieve the sufferings and distress of others. She became converted and joined the Baptist church in her early married life and has been a consistent member ever since.
[Note.--The above was not published by request. The Mercury publishes this and will from time to time publish other biographical sketches of our honored old people, for our own pleasure and benefit of our readers.--Ed.]

Weimar Mercury, May 13, 1910, page 1

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