Obituary – Athens Free Press, 13 October 1939
Mrs. Emma Cantrall Answers Final Roll Call
Mrs. Emma Cantrall, widow of the late Henry Cantrall, passed away at her
residence two miles east of Athens at 5:30 a.m. Monday, October 9, 1939, at the
advanced age of 86 years, 1 month, and 3 days.
Mrs. Cantrall was born at Athens September 6, 1853, a member of a family of
eleven children, the daughter of Peter and Mary Ann (Akers) Graham, early
residents of this section, her father coming from New York City in the 1830’s
settled in this community. She lived her entire life of 86 long years in the
community in which she was born.
The family of “Aunt Em” was noted for their longevity. Her father was 93 and
her mother 89 years old at death. Each of the brothers and sisters had
attained the ripe old age of 80 and older before death overtook them.
Her home in her childhood days was the reception place of many of the old
pioneer ministers, which at that time were known as circuit riders. Included
among them was the venerable Peter Cartwright.
Born and reared in a Christian home, she early in life united with the
Christian church in Athens and has since lived an influential consistent Christian
On January 1, 1873, the decedent was united in marriage to Henry Cantrall.
The couple took up their residence on the farm where she resided the remainder
of her life. Mr. Cantrall died October 6, 1906.
She was affectionately known as “Aunt Em” or “Grandma” and was admired for
her kindness to everyone, and her hospitality. She was kind and considerate and
made everyone visiting her feel most welcome.
Her survivors are: two sons, Arthur and Samuel D., both of Athens; five
grandchildren, Mrs. Fay Bray and Mrs. Hazel Estill, Springfield; Mrs. Lois Reinders
and Henry Cantrall, Athens; and Mrs. Jean Wolfe, Harvey; four great
grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Eliza Swingle, Athens.
Two children preceded her in death, a daughter, Mrs. Verna Warner, died in
1926, and a son, Alvin W., died in 1927.
Funeral services were held from the residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. D. J.
Finley officiating. Interment was made in Indian Point Cemetery.
Contributed by Bill Scroggin