My great grandmother, Clara Matilda Illick was 19 years old when she married Henry McEwen, son of William and Sarah Rasley McEwen of Richmond, Pennsylvania on December 25, 1878; a Christmas gift they celebrated for the next 64 years! The newly weds made their home with Henry's parents, adding an addition onto the farmhouse that had been the home of Henry's grandparents, Henry and Jane Ayers Rasley.
|Wm. Homer McEwen and his mother, Clara|
She was a devout Methodist, played the piano and like all the ladies of her time, did piece work quilting. I remember the old quilts, well used and showing their wear, that we took to the shore every summer. In her day quilts were made from scrapes to be used until they were no more. And that is just what her family did!
|Clara and Henry on the front porch of the farmhouse with their son Homer and family.|
Clara and Henry were married 64 years when she died on February 20, 1942 at the age of 82. Henry died August 19, 1946 at the age of 90. They are buried in the cemetery at the Richmond Methodist Church in Richmond, Pennsylvania.
Cynthia H. Smith
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