Mary Francis Bisher

Female 1863 -


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  • Name Mary Francis Bisher  [1, 2, 3
    Born 28 Mar 1863  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Person ID I2672  Bishir Family | John & Angelina Bishir
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2009 

    Father Joseph Bisher,   b. 27 Jul 1829, Mason, Warren Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1907, Fulton Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Mary Frocoat,   b. 21 Feb 1833, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1920, Rochester, Fulton Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 15 Apr 1852  Adams Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F502  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Cahill 
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F1179  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Rochester Sentinel, 1886

      Wednesday, August 4, 1886

      DIED - Many of our readers are no doubt acquainted with James CAHILL, who last December moved from this city to western Illinois. Mr. Cahill had lived in Rochester for several years and came here from Kewanna, where he married a daughter of Mr. Jos. BISHER.

      The Sentinel is in receipt of a copy of the Decaur (Ill.) Herald of the issue of July 29, in which the particulars of the heartrending affair are given as follows:

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      Yesterday afternoon at about two o“clock came the news of a babe which was burned to death in a burning building near the city limits, and east of the Amman brickyards. A Herald Scribe sought the facts, and immediately repaired to the scene. On the site of the house, on the ground owned by James GADDIS, there was only a heap of ashes, and in the midst of the pile no trace of the burned child could be found. The scribe, thereore, sought the mother, Mrs. James CAHILL, who lay suffering at the home of W. DAUBENSPECK, some distance south. From her at second-hand he obtained the following particulars of the catastrophe to her family:

      ”I was working in the potato patch at some distance from the house, and was so busy that I had not looked toward the house for some time. I heard my boys, aged five and three years, calling to me from the house, and looking toward them I saw that the house was on fire.

      ”My baby, three months old, was in the cab inside, and I ran with all possible speed to the house. The fire seemed greatest in the front room, where the baby was, although there had been no fire in that part for two months. The heat was awful, but I wanted to save my baby, and rushed through the flames. I did not know where the cab was exactly. I was crazed. I heard baby scream once after I was in the house, but I could not see anything for the fire and smoke. I felt my senses leaving me. I was fainting as I rushed out again. The fire was all about me. My dress and hair were ablaze. I managed to reach the spring and lay down beneath it before my senses left me. The pain was awful, but the water quenched the fire, and there I remained until help came. Then I was brought here. I don“t know how the fire could have started. There was very little fire in the cook stove in the kitchen, and none in the room in front.•

      The woman“s injuries are very serious. She is burned all over the face and neck. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are burned off, and half the hair is burned from the head. Both arms are very severely burned to the elbows, and the right forearm is so badly burned that the flesh may drop off in places. Her ears and lips are terribly burned. He lips are white. She is covered with blisters. There appears as yet no reason to believe that she inhaled flame so as to permanently injure her lungs. Dr. HARSHA attended her and administered such relief to the sufferer as was possible to give. She is a woman apparently about 35 years of age. She will recover.

      The burned house was an old log structure of two rooms. It was very dry and burned fiercely. When the flames attracted the attention of the neighbors they ran to the spot, but could do nothing towards extinguishing the fire. The heat was so intense that they could not approach the dwelling.

      It was the property of James GADDIS and was valued at about $300. All the clothing and furniture belonging to James Cahill and wife were burned. Cahill is a day laborer and in needy circumstances.

      The two children who called to their mother were uninjured. They had probably left the house before the fire started. It is conjectured that they were playing with matches and had started the fire without knowing it.

      The coroner was notified last evening but could not find the remains. The calamity has nearly crazed the poor mother. She has undergone such physical suffering that she is unable to say much. She is being cared for by the Daubenspeck family, and, unless something more appears in the case than is now evident, the good nursing and careful treatment she is receiving will lead to her recovery.

      It is a case the sadness of which appeals to the sympathy of all.

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      Mr. & Mrs. Cahill have many friends and relatives here who will be pained to hear of this terrible calamity which has overtaken them, and the heart of every mother will go out in sympathy to the parents, whose darling baby had to meet the most horrible of deaths.

  • Sources 
    1. [S483] Fulton County Indiana Newspaper Excerpts, Fulton County Public Library.

    2. [S482] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003).

    3. [S514] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).