Robeson County, NC

Mrs. Ellen Harrington

Mrs. Ellen Harrington, In Her 100th Year, Dies Near Marietta.

Woman Believed to Be County's Oldest Rode to Robeson County in Covered Wagon When 3.

Throng Attends Funeral Rites

Mrs. Ellen Harrington, believed to be Robeson County's oldest woman, died Saturday at 10 p.m. at the home of her son and daughter in-law, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Harrington, with whom she made her home near Marietta, while in her 100th year.

Funeral services, attended by an immense throng from a wide area were conducted from the Harrington home Sunday at 4 p.m. by Rev. J. E. Blalock, pastor of Olivet Methodist church, Marietta, of which she was a member, assisted by Rev. Paul T. Brift, pastor of Oak Dale Baptist Church, Rev. H. B. Yarborough of Nichols, S.C., and Rev. B. S. Hughes of Lake View, S. C. and burial was made in the family cemetery beneath a mound of lovely foral offerings.

Mrs. Harrington, then Ellen Yates, came to Robeson County in a covered wagon when 3 years old from Mississippi and was reared by her grandfather, Johnsie Floyd, in the Barnesville section. She married C. T. Harrington on November 5, 1856, who served throughout the Civil war in the army while she carried on the farming operations back home. Mr. Harrington was a native of Lee county. He came to Robeson as a clerk in the store of Harrington & McLeod at Holmesville, near Marietta, this establishment being composed of his uncle, Col. John T. Harrington, and Sandy McLeod of Lumberton. Later he settled on the farm, he died 40 years ago.

Over a period of many years relatives of Mrs. Harrington have gathered at the hospitable home on or about her birthday on October 4 for a great picnic dinner celebrating her birthday. She had been able to eat of this feast every year, even the last. Declining health set in some months ago and she had been failing fast since that time.

Surviving are 5 sons-----H. B. of Mullins, S. C., A. W., E. M., C. T. and J. R. Harrington of Marietta. Also surviving are 32 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

While not quite 100 years old, Mrs. Harrington had seen 100 Christmasses.

The Robesonian, Monday Jan 11, 1937

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