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Margaret Jacobs Eilers
1842–1905
Mrs. Margaret Jacobs Eilers died on last Tuesday evening, at her home south of town. She was one of the early settlers of this county, having lived in this vicinity since 1856, and she experienced the hard labor and sacrifices common to all who made this state their home in the early times. She was born in Hazel (Hesel) in the province of Hannover, in 1842. (b.d. 22 August) and came to America when fourteen years of age. On October 20th, 1859 she was united in marriage to Mr. Gerhard Eilers who now mourns her demise. Four sons survive her: Anton, Henry, William G. of Monticello and Dr. Paul Eilers, a physician at Alburnett, Iowa. They were all present at her death bed. A sister Mrs. Adam Scheer and a brother, John Jacobs of Waterloo were present. Mrs. Eilers was a confirmed member of the German Reformed church when she was 12 years of age, and was a conscientious hard working member until her death. She was a kind and sympathetic woman, and a faithful Christian. When the Monticello congregation of her church was organized in 1875, she was one of the first to be associated with it. The funeral was held in the German Reformed church at 2 o'clock this afternoon.

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Source: Monticello Express, June 15, 1905.
Note: Her parents were Hinrich Jacobs and Gesche Maria Heeren who were fron Hesel and went to church at Reepsholt, Germany; the family information can be found in the Ortssippenbuch for Reepsholt.

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