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Mary Langsford (1817–1901)

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon of Mrs. Mary Langsford, who died at an early hour on Thursday. The causes of death were primarily chronic bronchitis, and secondarily senile decay and heart failure. The corpse was interred in the Wesleyan cemetery, and the funeral was attended by a very large number of representative citizens of all classes. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. E. Crosby, B.A. Mrs. Langsford was 84 years of age, being born at St. Mewan in Cornwall, England, on May 10th, 1817. Early in life she removed to St. Neot, where she was married to Mr. Thomas Langsford in 1839, her husband at that time carrying on the business of milling and farming. In 1863 the Langsfords came to New South Wales, and have resided in the Singleton district most of that time. In November, 1869, Mr. Langsford closed an honorable career to join the great majority, and his widow long mourned her great loss. For a short time Mrs. Langsford removed her habitation to Queensland, where her married daughter, Mrs. A. G. Scells, then resided. Mr. Scells, it will be remembered, was employed in the drapery department in the firm of Messrs. James Moore and Co., but left for Queensland on his marriage to commence business for himself in Queensland. Later on she returned to this district, and perhaps her end was hastened by the news that her daughter died only a fortnight ago. The deceased leaves one son, Mr. W. H. Langsford, of Dunolly, 22 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Langsford was a good Christian woman, kindly and affectionate by nature, with qualities which endeared her to one and all, and possessing an influence for good which was always used to further the best purposes. For 60 years she has been a member of the Wesleyan Church, and the presence of so many and such varied classes of people at the funeral yesterday is an additional evidence of the good named borne by the Langsfords in the district.

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10 May, 1817
St Mewan, Cornwall, England


15 August, 1901 (aged 84)
Singleton, New South Wales, Australia

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