Mrs. Adda Neal Chalfant
Mrs. Adda Neal Chalfant 82, was born 10 April 1857 
near Old Frankfort, at Crawfords Prairie, Frankfort 
Township, Franklin County, IL; died at her daughters 
home near Benton 19 Nov. 1939. 

She was the last member except one sister of a family 
of 16 children. Her parents, Moses and Temperance Whitlow 
Neal, were among the pioneer settlers who came to Illinois 
from the original Virginia. 
Her father as pioneer of Franklin County, IL.played an 
important part in its early history. He served as judge of 
the county court and was one of the first Primitive Baptist 
Ministers in the county. He served as chaplain in the Union 
Army during the Civil War. 

Adda spent her childhood and girlhood at Crawfords Prairie. 
On 6 Aug. 1882 she married J.L. Chalfant, Sheller, Illinois. 
There was born to this union seven children, three of whom 
preceded her from this life. After her marriage, she later 
lived north of Sesser on a farm in Jefferson County where her 
husband was extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising. 
Because of her advanced age, they moved to Waltonville, 
Illinois in 1924 where her husband died a year later. About five 
years ago she came to live with her daughter Mrs. House of Benton; 

She is survived by three daughters and one son, Mrs. Matt House near 
Benton, Mrs. Lissa Freeman of Sacramento, Calif; Mrs. Dell Downen of 
Sesser, Illinois; M.M Chalfant of Hayesville, Ohio and one sister Mrs. 
Betty Neal Clem of Denver, Colo. 
Burial will take place at Ward Cemetery in Jefferson County.


Date: Unknown   
Source: Obits and tidbits 1939-1940
By Carla Pulliam   Page 56.
Submitted by: Robert W. Loman

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