Ella Bishir

Ella Bishir

Female 1874 - 1899  (25 years)

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  • Name Ella Bishir  [1
    Born 10 May 1874  Dodsonville, Dodson Twp., Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Sep 1899  Hillsboro, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I744  Bishir Family
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2013 

    Father Lewis Bishir,   b. 30 Mar 1832, Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1902, Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Loruhama Baker,   b. 28 Apr 1842, New Market, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1894, Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Alternate Marriage Date 12 Jan 1864  [2
    Married 12 Jan 1865  Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Family ID F412  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Otway B. Colburn,   b. Jul 1876, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Jan 1897  Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    BISHIR, Lewis & Loruhama (Baker) and family about 1889
    BISHIR, Lewis & Loruhama (Baker) and family about 1889
    Contributed by Mary Lou Wells Jensen and Julie Monson
    Back row, LtoR: Emma Bishir, Ella Bishir, Mary Anna Bishir, "Aunt Cad" (sister of Lewis acc. to Mary Lou Wells Jensen.)
    Front row, LtoR: Lewis Bishir, Lourahama Baker Bishir, Jacob Bishir
    BISHIR, Ella about 1894
    BISHIR, Ella about 1894
    COLBURN, Ella Bishir
    COLBURN, Ella Bishir
    Contributed by Julie Monson, courtesy of Mary Lou Wells Jensen

  • Notes 
    • The News-Herald
      Hillsboro, Ohio, Thursday, September 14, 1899
      BURNED TO DEATH
      Was Mrs. Otway B. Colburn Monday Morning About Three O'clock. Lamp Exploded and Set Fire to Her Clothing -- Her Father Badly Burned in Extinguishing the Flames.

      Mrs. Ella B. Colburn was terribly burned at the home of her father on Johnson street Monday morning about three o'clock by a lamp exploding, and died after suffering horrible agony about nine o'clock the same morning.

      Mrs. Colburn kept house for her father, Louis Bisher, and the two lived alone. For several days she has been suffering with the toothache and being unable to sleep Monday morning had arisen and dressed. When the lamp, which was a large one and held nearly a quart of oil, exploded, she was heating a cup of water by holding it over the chimney. The blazing oil was thrown all over her and she was a mass of flames in an instant. Her screams aroused her father who was sleeping in another room, and he attempted to extinguish the flames by wrapping a blanket about her. The pain was so terrible, however, that she broke away from him and rushed out in the yard, where she fell in a faint. All her clothing except a strip around the waist, which was held in place by a belt, were burnt off and the body was almost an unrecognizable mass of burnt flesh. She was carried into the house in an unconscious condition and Dr. T. H. Holmes immediately summoned. After six hours of intense suffering she passed away, only regaining consciousness for a few minutes before death, then she asked that they send for her husband, Otway B. Colburn, who deserted her two years ago, that she might bid him goodbye. Mrs. Colburn was a very pleasant and respectable lady, who was liked by her neighbors and friends. She was about 26 years of age and all her life was spent in Hillsboro. In January 1897 she married Otway B. Colburn. No children were born of this union, and they only lived together about six months, when he left her in destitute circumstances. He was in the Spanish-American war for six months, but never paid any attention to his wife, and the only word she received of him was through the papers and answers to her letters by the Captain of his company. After he was mustered out he went to Ripley, where he posed as a single man, and the local authorities received letters of inquiry from the friends of the girl with whom he went there. He returned lately and has since been working at his trade of a machinist. Though he had deserted her for other women, in her last thoughts and while suffering the mest terrible pain, she exemplified a woman's love by asking for the man to whom she had promised to be true, though she knew he had no respects for those vows. Thus passed away a pure, true woman. The funeral services were held from the house Tuesday and the remains interred in the Hillsboro cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [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).

    2. [S861] Correspondence with Karron Miller.

    3. [S405] Pedigree chart from Mary Ann Garman.

    4. [S356] Ohio Marriages 1803-1900, Lewis Bisher & Ruhanna Baker.

    5. [S686] Marriage Records of Highland County, Ohio, McBride, David & Jane, (The Southern Ohio Genealogical Society).

    6. [S679] Highland County Marriages, 1880-1900 by Genevieve Breakfield.