Obit: Bancroft, Francis D. (22 Feb 1822 - 21 Sep 1900)
Surnames: BANCROFT BENDER WILDISH THURSTON
----Source: Clark County Republican Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 09/27/1900
Bancroft, Francis D. (22 Feb 1822 - 21 Sep 1900)
Francis D. Bancroft died at the home of his son-in-law, John Wildish, last Friday of typhoid fever, aged 78 years. He was born in New York Feb. 22, 1822, came to Milwaukee in 1836 and two years later went to Menomonie Falls. He was married to Miss Laura Thurston of N.Y., Oct. 2, 1846, who died in 1860. Five children, three of whom survive him, were born to them. Four years later he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Bender to whom four children were born, two now living. During the past year or son he has been an invalid, and with old age weakening his once sturdy frame, the progress of the disease was swift and sure. He was a pleasant man to meet, and during his declining years his time was devoted to doing good and lightening the burden of those around him. His friends were many and the esteem in which he was held by the community was evidenced by the large assemblage of friends who gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed one. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon from the house, Rev. Longenecker officiating. The remains were interred in the Grant Cemetery.
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