Mary Elizabeth Davis Hursey

Mrs. Hursey Passes To the Great Beyond

The Sunday Telegram., May 14, 1916, page 3

Hursey Family marker with Mary Elizabeth Davis Hursey

Aged Resident of the City Dies Following Long Illness; Funeral Tuesday Morning.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hursey, aged 85 years, a pioneer resident of the city, passed away at 9:45 o’clock on Saturday night following a long illness of diseases incident of old age.

Mrs. Hursey fell about six weeks ago and her condition had gradually grown weaker since. The funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the residence of her niece, Mrs. J. Ward Russell, with whom she made her home and the burial will be in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.

Mrs. Hursey was a daughter of Rezin and Anna Davis and was born in Clarksburg, Va., now W. Va., September 11, 1830. In 1852 she married William L. Hursey who preceded her to the grave many years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and was a devout Christian woman. 

The deceased woman is survived by a sister, Mrs. Margaret Hursey, and a niece, Mrs. J. Ward Russell.

Stock image of Casket with Flowers


The Daily Telegram., May 15, 1916

Services Will Be Held at Russell Home on Sixth Street.

Funeral services over the body of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hursey, aged 85 years, who died at the home of her niece, Mrs. J. Ward Russell, at 111 sixth street, will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning at the Russell home attended by friends and relatives of the deceased woman. The Rev. Charles B. Mitchell and W. H. Foglesong will be in charge of the services and the burial will be private in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.


The Daily Telegram., July 10, 1916

By the County Court is the Will of Mrs. Mary E. Hursey.

Harrison County Courthouse where the will of Mary Elizabeth Davis Hursey was probated

The will of Mrs. Mary E. Hursey was probated Monday morning by the county court.

Under the provisions of the instrument, all the household furniture, silverware, jewelry and personal effects of the decedent are to be equally divided among Essie Thomas Hursey, now married; Elizabeth Hursey Vance, now Mrs. William A. Vance, and Amelia Hornor Vance, now Mrs. J. Ward Russell. Elizabeth Hursey Vance and Amelia Hornor Vance are each bequeached $1,000 and the residue of the state goes to Essie Thomas Hursey.

The will was executed October 6, 1913. It appoints Amelia Hornor Vance as executor.

The Daily Telegram., July 14, 1916


Stock image of Last Will and Testament

Amelia H. W. Russell has qualified before the court as executor of the estate of Mary E. Hursey, giving bond of $4,200 with the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland as surety, and J. C. McManaway, Benjamin Robinson, B. Frank Hornor, Edward S. Wallis and Albert W. Rapp have been appointed appraisers.

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