We as genealogists are grateful that our ancestors put in the extra money to publish obituaries that list living relatives. An anonymous user transcribed the obituary of Elizabeth Daughenbaugh Carson and posted it on roots web.com back in 2010

“[ILWAYNE] Daugenbaugh/Carson Obituary”

Decatur, IL “Herald” Thursday, September 25, 1919, page 3, column 7

Elizabeth Carson Dies Here Wednesday

Had Been a Resident of Decatur for Eight years; Ill Only Since Monday.

Elizabeth, wife of William Carson, 2083 North Main street, died in the  
family home Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. She had been in failing  
health for many months but acutely ill only since Monday. With her family she 
had been a resident of Decatur for the last eight years.

Elizabeth Daughenbaugh was born in Armstrong county, Pa., Dec. 7, 1852.  
She was married to William Carson in Wayne county, Ill.; 42 years ago. The 
surviving members of the family in addition to her husband are her two 
sons, Joseph W. and Richard E. Carson of Decatur, and one step-daughter, Mrs. 
Ida Tuggle, of Macon. Her surviving brothers and sisters are Martin  
Daughenbaugh of Springfield; William Daughenbaugh of Cisne, and J.E. Daughenbaugh 
of Larned, Kans., her sisters: are Mrs. Margaret Jackson of Little Rock
Ark.; Mrs. Mollie Dingman of Niantic; and Mrs. J.W. Williams of Riverside,  
Cal. Mrs. Carson was a member of the Congregational church. The time of the 
funeral has not been announced but it probably be Friday.

Source: Online Message Board, “[ILWAYNE] Daughenbaugh/Carson Obituary,” 11 Apr 2010, IL-WAYNE-L Archives. Obituary is transcribed by anonymous author (e-mail listed only) and is recorded from The Herald (Decatur, Illinois), Thursday 25 Sep 1919, page 3, column 7. [font stylization added]

This source is extremely significant as a source of proof. It identifies all six living siblings, their current residence, and what maiden name the women took. Mrs J.W. Williams’ real name is Mary Anne Daugenbaugh and she is my 3x great-grandmother.

There are now plenty of leads to follow!

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