from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, August 12, 1898 – page 1, columns 5-6:
Mary Fleece-Proctor was born in the state of Kentucky, November 5th, 1821, and died in Jamestown, Indiana, July 31st, 1898. Aged 76 years, 8 months and 26 days.
She came to Indiana with her father some time in the thirties and settled near North Salem, the country was then new. She was made acquainted with the hardships, toils and privations of pioneer life. She united with the Deciple [sic] church May the 30th, 1839, and lived a faithful devoted Christian life until the day of her death.
She was married to Anthony H. Proctor, June 28th, 1840. As the fruit of this union there were born to them twelve children of which five – three boys and two girls – survive her.
Her long life was one of toil, hardship and anxiety in common with the rest of mankind. She had her share of the responsibilities of this life, but she bore them with much patience. Her last sickness was long and painful for more than a year she was confined to her room suffering greatly at times, but she was entirely resigned to the will of her master and looked to the end as one of blessed triumph through Jesus Christ.
A goodly number of friends and relatives attended her funeral Tuesday afternoon August 2nd, from the Christian church conducted by the writer.