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Melissa Warren obituary 2 October 1902
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TitleMelissa Warren obituary 2 October 1902
DescriptionObituary for Melissa Warren, an ex-slave who lived in Galesburg, Illinois in the second half of the 19th century.
Named PersonWarren, Melissa; Alexander, Ralph; Carter, Emma Louise; Alexander, R.W.; Warren, Pryor; Johnson, William;
AuthorGalesburg Weekly Mail
Time Period1900s
PublisherGalesburg Weekly Mail
Date Created (original)October 2, 1902
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2013-02-09

Mrs. Melissa Warren, Old Colored Resi-
dent, Passes Away.

Mrs. Melissa Warren, and old and re
spected colored lady of this city, was
found dead in her bed Thursday morn
ing at the home of William Johnson, on
West Main street, where she had been
employed as a servant.
She has been subject to heart trouble
for several years and the doctor gave
this as the cause of her death.
The remains were taken in charge
by Undertakers Kimber & West and
this morning were taken from their
rooms to the home of her daughter
Mrs. L. C. Carter, 186 West South
Mrs. Warren was one of the oldest
colored residents of Galesburg, Coming
here from the South immediately after
the issuing of the Emancipation pro-
clamation. She was born in Kentucky
in December 15, 1831, and at the time
was a slave owned by a family by the
name of Brisco.
She was married to Ralph Alexander
and to them were born three children
Mrs. L. C. Carter of this city, R. W.
Alexander, St. Louis, and one child
now deceased. Her first husband died
in 1854 in Missouri, and after coming
to Galesburg, she was married to Pry-
or Warren, of Knoxville. This was in
1879. Mr. Warren died in Michigan, in
1884. They had one child, Mrs. Jus-
tina Ford of Denver, Colo.
Mrs. Warren's home has been at 543
West Knox street and she has lived
there ever since she came to Galesburg
She was a charter member of the
Second Baptist church, being one of the
twelve original founders of the Gales-
burg church.
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