Lydia A. Dean, daughter of Hester Carney and Jesse Dean, was born in Delaware, February 7, 1844, and died at her farm house in North Shade (Michigan), February 4, 1929, aged 84 years, 11 months, 27 days.
In 1859 she was united in marriage to John W. Cott, who preceded her to the Lord beyond August 23, 1920.
To this union six children were born, two dying in infancy, one daughter, Ellamarie, who passed away in 1887, and Artie in 192(6?)
Mr. and Mrs. Cott were among the earliest pioneers in this vicinity, coming to Michigan in 186(4?), and locating on the site of the present farm home.
Mr. Cott, crippled as to be entirely incapacitated for work soon after settling here; so Mrs. Cott was given the task of rearing her children, clearing the land to make a house, and care for her sick husband. These she did willingly, faithfully and well.
Mrs. Cott was one of a family of nine children, eight of whom preceded her in death.
She leaves to mourn her loss on son, John H., one daughter, Jennie, and one granddaughter, Mrs. Florence Baker, besides a circle of neighbors and friends.
Funeral was held from the farm home last Thursday afternoon at 1:30
o'clock, Rev. C. W. Satterlee officiating.
Obituary (from John Carter and Karen Mosley 11/97 1/98, no newspaper ID):
John Wesley Cott was born in Delaware May 27, 1837, and departed this life Aug 22, 1920 at the age of 84 years, 2 months and 25 days.
In 1859 he was joined in wedlock to Lydia Dean. To this union was born six children, three of whom have preceded him to the homeland. There are left to mourn his wife, two daughters, Artie and Jennie, and one son, John H, and one granddaughter, Florence all of North Shade.
He came and located on the farm which has since been the tome soon after his marriage.
This community at that time was a wilderness so the family endured all the experiences of pioneer days.
Mr. Cott has been a cripple for 45 years. His last sickness began last March and he was a most patient sufferer. His heart was always filled with love for his Master.
The funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon, August 24, Elder Older officiating and his remains were laid to rest in