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Mrs. Heseltine Ellington

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

Mrs. Heseltine Ellington departed this life Feburary 17, 1907 in Memphis, Tenn., at the home of her grandson, Albert Williams. Mrs. Ellington was born and reared in the state of Georgia, near Macon. She was married to Peter Ellington several years before the Civil War. To this union were born eleven children, of whom Rev. W.S. Ellington, Editorial Secretary of the National Baptist Publishing Board, and pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city, is the fifth child.

Peter Ellington died twenty years ago; thus the care of the home and the education of the children were devolved upon Mrs. Ellington. No sacrifice was too great for her to make that her children might receive a liberal education and make useful men and women of themselves. Of the seven children that survive her, there are ministers of the Gospel, one is a school teacher, and all are Baptist.

The remains of Mrs. Ellington were taken to Gallaway, Tenn., and buried beside her husband, Peter Ellington, in the cemetery of Union Hill Baptist Church, of which she was a member for more than thirty years.

Besides the seven children mentioned above, there are nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren to mourn her loss.

Note: another article about her death also appeared in this issue.

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  1. Rev. W.S. Ellington’s Mother Dies in Memphis « African-American History & Genealogy in Nashville, Tennessee

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