Obituary Has Genealogical Info in 1941


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/3/1941.

Aged Beech Woman Dead

Mrs. Sarah Houchin, wife of F.M. Houchin, died Tuesday at her home at Arnoldsburg, W.Va., at the age of 90.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the family home, in charge of Rev. Harrison Marks.  Interment was in the Houchin cemetery.

She was a daughter of the late Peter and Nahalia Arnold Mace.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Virginia Burkhouse, of Ivydale, Mrs. Lucretia Allen, of Williamstown, and Mrs. May King, of Spencer; three sons, Grover C. and Charles L. Houchin, of Leatherbark, and Lowell C. Houchin, of Parkersburg; 31 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

NOTE:  It has long been argued by genealogical researchers that Mahalia's maiden name was Marks.  This has been based on the existence of a marriage record in Kanawha County.  However, family oral historians have long contended that Mahalia's maiden name was Arnold and that either the minister performing the marriage or the individual recording it had entered the name incorrectly.  This obituary is provided in the hope that it may in same small measure help to resolve the question.  -  Norma Knotts Shaffer

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