Madisonia Gittings Haymond


Of the Late Mrs. Luther Haymond Takes Place From Late Home Tuesday Afternoon at Four O’Clock.

The Daily Telegram., August 16, 1904

Headstone of Madisonia Gittings Haymond

The funeral of the late Mrs. Madisonia Gittings Haymond, who died at Mountain Lake Park Monday morning at 7.55 o’clock, after an illness with dropsy, took place from the late residence on West Pike street, at the corner of Sixth, Tuesday afternoon at four o’clock.

The remains arrived in the city from Mountain Lake Park on train No. 1, at 12.53 a. m., accompanied by the relatives and were taken to the late home.

Rev. Jas. F. Plummer, rector of Christ Episcopal church, conducted the funeral services, coming from Oakland for that purpose.

The interment was made in the family lot in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.

A large concourse of sorrowing friends and the relatives attended the funeral.



Bird's eye view of Mt. Lake Park Md.


Deceased Was Member of Prominent Family and Ancestry Was Distinguished– Remains To Be Brought Home and Funeral Held at Family Residence.

The Clarksburg Telegram., August 19, 1904

The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Madisonia Gittings Haymond from dropsy at Mt. Lake Park, reached here by wire Monday morning. The deceased went there three weeks ago in failing health, it being hoped that the change of climate would improve her health, but she became no better and at 7.55 o’clock Monday morning death came to relieve her sufferings.

At her bedside, when death came, were her brother, Prof. John Gittings, sisters; Mrs. H. A. G. Fernald, Mrs. Columbia Thorn, niece, Miss Florence Thorn, and a nurse.

The remains, accompanied by the relatives will likely arrive here on No. 3 Tuesday morning and be taken to her late home.

The deceased was the wife of Col. Luther Haymond, the aged and retired banker of this city. She was the daughter of Dr. M. D. and Sophia (Jackson) Gittings, who moved from Maryland in 1829 to Morgantown, this state, and later settled in Harrison county, where the father died in 1887.

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The family resided for a short time in Ohio, but finally returned to Clarksburg and here the mother also died. The children of the Gittings family were John, James, Alice, Ellen, Allen, Mary, Madisonia and Columbia. William and Ellen were by a former marriage of Mr. Gittings. She was a great-grand daughter of Governor Meigs, one of the first governors of Ohio, and also a grand-daughter of Judge John. G. Jackson. Her age was 71 years.

In 1878 she married Col. Haymond, becoming his second wife. But of this union there were no children.

The surviving brothers are Prof. John Gittings, of this city, and James Gittings, in Ohio, and the sisters living are Mrs. Mary Fernald, of West Milford, and Mrs. Columbia Thorn, of this city.

The aged husband also survives, to whom the death of Mrs. Haymond is a severe shock. Being in infirm health he was not able to be at her bedside in her fatal illness.

The deceased was a devout member of Christ Episcopal church and one of its active workers for many years. She was an estimable and beloved lady, and the community is saddened over the announcement of her demise.

Funeral arrangements have not been made as yet and will not be until after the remains arrive home. It is likely the obsequies will be held Wednesday.


The Clarksburg Telegram., August 19, 1904

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The will of the late Mrs. Madisonia Haymond was filed in the county clerk’s office Wednesday afternoon for probate and William H. Lewis qualified as administrator with will annexed, giving bond of $3,000.

The will was drawn June 28, 1904, was in her own hand-writing, but without witnesses, and William H. Lewis and Thomas Haymond made affidavit that it was her handwriting.

It is as follows:

“I, Madisonia Haymond, wife of Luther Haymond, do make this my last will and testament, that is to say: I give and devise and bequeath to my sister Mary G. Fernald, my house and lot on corner of Locust and Peck streets, and to Columbia E. Thorn, my house at Mt. Lake Park, and lot at Terra Alta, and to my neices, Alice Thorn Lewis and Florence Thorn, my two-story house on Locust street, to my brother, John G. Gittings, the money I have in R. T. Lowndes’ Savings Bank, and to my brother, James J. Gittings, three hundred dollars, the balance of my property to be divided between Mary G. Fernald, Columbia E. Thorn, Alice Thorn Lewis and Florence Thorn.

“I want one hundred dollars expended for a stone to mark the grave of my sister, Alice, in Marietta, Ohio.”

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