OBITUARY OF MARY MILLETT LANE
Mary Bartlett Millett was the third daughter and fourth child
of Clementina Bartlett and Samuel Millett.1
This obituary was printed in the San Antonio [Texas] Express, October 2, 1916.
This transcript is taken from a clipping in a vertical file marked "Mary Millett Lane"
at the Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin.
Her picture accompanies the newspaper story.
FRIENDS OF MANY YEARS BID FAREWELL TO DAUGHTER OF TEXAS
Many of the old families of San Antonio and Southwest Texas were represented yesterday afternoon at the funeral of Mrs. Mary Millett Lane, widow of the late Judge Ellsberry R. Lane. Mrs. Lane, who was born in Houston, Tex., January 22, 1842,2 passed away peacefully during sleep early Saturday morning at the home of her son, H. C. Lane, Millett, LaSalle County. The burial was from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. William E. Herring, 330 West Summit Avenue.
Chaplain McCord, from Fort Sam Houston, read the Episcopal burial service at the home and at the grave in Anchor Lodge, Masonic Cemetery, where interment was by the side of Judge Lane.3
The active pallbearers were Marshall Hicks, Lane Taylor, W. B. Lupe, S. W. Kearny, J. L. Browne, C. H. Surkamp.
The honorary pallbearers were Thomas H. Franklin, Yale Hicks, S. N. English, Dr. Amos Graves.
Mrs. Lane's grandfather, Josiah Bartlett,4 and her father, Samuel Millett, both fought under General Sam Houston at the battle of San Jacinto. Her husband commanded a company in Riley's Regiment,5 Sibley's Brigade, during the Civil War. Her brothers were among the well-known Southwest Texas cattlemen. Her people had a prominent part in the shaping of the Republic and then, the State of Texas.
Mrs. Lane numbered her friends not only in this city, but throughout the State by the hundreds. This was in evidence yesterday by the many who came to pay their tribute to a noble character, a brave, generous, gracious gentlewoman, by the scores of telegrams of condolence, and by the great wealth of floral tokens of love in which the casket rested.
1. The first child, a daughter, died at fifteen months. The second child, also a daughter, died at two years and three months.
2. This date appears to be incorrect. An entry in the family bible originally belonging to Jesse and Frances Bartlett states that she was born on January 20, 1839. Other sources are consistent with a January 20, 1839 birthdate. Stanley D. Casto and Eva M. Casto, comps. and eds., Settlers of the Millett Community 1881-1981 (n.p.: n.pub., 1981), p. 28 (stating that she was born in 1839; undated notes, "Millett and Lane Family History" folder, box 2.325/F50, Millett (Tex.) Collection, Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin, Tex. (stating that she was born in January 1839).
3. If these graves were ever marked, apparently they are no longer.
4. Her grandfather's name was Jesse Bartlett, not Josiah.
5. Led by James Reily, not Riley.