Judith Cavanah Allen Rebenack, 1825-1919

We have, when we can, been transcribing early Skidmore obituaries into listings on Find A Grave. (See links on this page.) Sometimes, the Skidmore paper reported deaths from other towns, and we offer this obituary in case Mrs. Rebenack’s descendants are looking for her. From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), March 13, 1919, page 1:

Mrs. Judith Rebenack

Judith Cavanah was born December 19, 1825 in Hopkins county, Kentucky and died at the home of Mrs. Susan Hendrix, in Skidmore, Thursday, March 6, 1919 at the ripe age of 93 years 2 months 13 days.

She was one of a family of ten children all of whom lived until they had reached maturity.

At the age of three years she moved with the family to Monroe county, Illinois and lived there until 1900 when she moved to California where she resided two years when she came to Skidmore where she lived until death claimed her.

When 18 years old she was married to John C. Allen. To them was born five children all of whom have passed away, save one, Mrs. Susan Hendrix, with whom she had lived since coming to Skidmore. Mr. Allen answered the final summons on August 26, 1860.

She later married Jacob Rebenack and three children came to bless this union. These three have been called on and Mr. Rebenack died in 1881.

In 1882 she confessed her faith in the Christ and united with the M. E. church. Until about a year ago when she became too feeble to go she was a faithful attendant at Sunday school and church services.

When the final summons came, she was ready and willing to go.

A funeral service conducted by the Rev. M. Dewitt was held at the M. E. church, South, at 4 o’clock last Friday afternoon, after which the body, accompanied by Mrs. Hendrix, Miss Nancy Melton and Mr. Patnot, a cousin of Mrs. Hendrix, of Brookfield, Mo., was taken to Renault, Illinois, for interment.