The Reporter
Holly Springs, MS

Friday Morning, October 21, 1870

Died, at the residence of her father, Benj R. ROOK, living near Early Grove, Marshall Co, MS, at 6am Sunday October 16, 1870, Mrs. Martha Emily, wife of Wm C. McALEXANDER, age 36 years 1 month and 18 days.  Obituary notice next week.

W. T. LEWIS has removed his Grocery Store to the stand formerly occupied by Turner H. LANE, on the west side of the square.

Tonight at Fenelon Hall, the gentlemen of Holly Springs, will give a Party complimentary to our talented and popular townsman, Jas H. Watson, Esq. and his beautiful and accomplished Kentucky bride.  The occasion will be one of pleasure.

Friday Morning, October 28, 1870

In Memory
  Of Mrs. Martha Emily, wife of W. C. McAlexander, and daughter of Benj. J. Rook who died at her father's residence near Early Grove, Marshall county Miss, Sunday, Oct. 16, 1870 aged 35 years, 1 month, and 18 days.  The deceased was born in Tennessee, and was brought in her infancy to this county in 1836.  She made a profession of religion about 15 years ago, and attached herself to the Missionary Baptist Church, of which she remained a zealous and consistent member.  She was a faithful follower of the Savior.  She left two little girls, her husband, father, mother, brother and sister to mourn her death.  She was a kind and affectionate wife, a dutiful and affectionate mother, an obedient and loving daughter, and a tender sister.  She always extended a helping hand to the needy and suffering.  Though she had been afflicted for upwards of three years -  confined most of the time to her room and bed - yet she bore her afflictions with fortitude and patience.  She died perfectly resigned.  None, except her husband and children realize the extent of their loss.  Yet they should not grieve, for she was taken by the Redeemer, "We know that our Redeemer liveth."

  Whereas letters testamentary upon the estate of William Rook, late of Marshall County, deceased, were granted to the undersigned, by the Chancery Court of said county at its October term 1870.   Now therefore all persons having claims against the estate of the said decedent are hereby notified to present the same and have them registered within the time and upon the terms as by law required, or the same will be forever barred.  R. T. Briggs, Administrator & c. Featherston, Harris, & Watson, attorneys

Friday Morning, November 11, 1870

Office Superinie-Dent of Agencies
Universal Life Insurance Co
for Mississippi
Holly Springs, November 1, 1870
R. T. Briggs, Esq., Administrator on Wm Rook's estate
Dear Sir:-Enclosed I hand you check for $1000 in payment of policy issued to Wm. Rook, insured in the company I have the honor and pleasure of representing.   I tender to his bereaved mother my heartfelt sympathy, and although deprived of her son's counsel and support in her declining years, it is nevertheless gratifying to me, to be instrumental in conveying to her this, his last ken of affection and love.  I am, Very Respry, Yours, Sam'l I. Knight, Supt.

Holly Springs
November 1, 1870
Samuel I. Knight, Esq., Sn. Agencies for Universal Life Ins. Co.
Dear Sir:-You will please accept and convey to the officers of the Universal Life, my thanks for the promptness they have shown in the payment of the thousand dollars insurance on the life of Wm. Rook.  Although Billy, young as he was, just blooming into manhood, scarcely launched upon the sea of life, was suddenly taken from our midst, it was not without leaving through his wisdom and forethought, his last mark of affection for his aged mother.  Wishing you and your noble company abundant success, I am, Yours, Very Respfly, R. J. Briggs, Admr & c.


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