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Lovejoy, Julia L.
Frances Conkey Fethers, 1847-1917,   pp. 177-179 PDF (751.5 KB)


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Madison, of which she was always a faithful and enthus-
iastic member. At the time of her death she was one of
the vice-presidents of the Woman's Presbyterian Board
of Missions of the Northwest. She was interested in all
good causes, was an officer in the temperance organiza-
tion of early days in Madison, was also one of the ladies
of the town who established the Woman's Exchange and
was an officer in it.
    Mrs. Sterling passed away on July 11, 1900, having
just passed her 76th birthday. Her happy, cheery dispo-
sition showed itself to the last. She was most patient
and serene during the year and a half of invalidism in-
duced by a stroke of paralysis that preceded her death.
    Almost her last words were: "I am so thankful."
    Written by her daughter, Miss Susan A. Sterling.
............................................................ ....I ..
     FRANCES CONKEY FETHERS, 1847-1917
              Author-Julia L. Lovejoy
.......................................................................
    Frances Ella Conkey was born in Antwerp, New
York, where she lived until the family moved to Canton
in 1865.
    She was descended from Elder Wm. Brewster who
came over in the Mayflower, and was ruling elder in the
church of Plymouth Colony.
    Her revolutionary ancester was Jonas Conkey, who
served as private several months in 1775 and as Sergant
in 1777 when his regiment marched to reinforce General
Gates, commander of the northern army.
    Her father, Jonas S. Conkey was a beloved physician
of Antwerp and Canton. Her mother, Mary Frances
Paige Conkey, was a gentle and cultured woman.
    Mrs. Fethers attended a young ladies' school at Clav-
erack, New York, until she graduated. There she studied
music and later she pursued her musical studies in New
York City.
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