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Margaret Jane Groscost Wick

Margaret Jane Groscost,  who was born March 14, 1839, on a farm near Hartford Center, Trumbull County, Ohio, was the daughter of John and Margaret Seaburn Groscost, pioneers from Mifflin County, Pa. Eight children were born into the home, four boys and four girls, of whom she was the youngest.

She was married to the Rev. Lewis Wick, August 2, 1870, at Clarksville, Mercer County, Pa., by the Rev. A. H. Domer, of the Erie Conference. Her husband was a member of the One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Returning from the war, he entered Allegheny College, graduating in 1869, and was received on trial in the Erie Conference, and placed in charge of Sharpsville Church, where he met Margaret Groscost. The next appointment was New Wilmington, where the young couple began housekeeping. For thirty-three years she bore the burdens and shared the triumphs of a Methodist itinerant’s fortunes. The husband retired in 1902, on account of physical disability, and the family removed to Darlington, Beaver County.

Three children were born into the home—Daisy, the eldest, who died in infancy and was buried at Slippery Rock; Mary Belle, the wife of the Rev. J. K. Pollock, pastor of Sharpsburg Church. with whom the mother made her home since 1918, and Jennie, wife of the Rev. W. C. Loomis, pastor of First Church, San Bernardino, Cal., and formerly a member of Pittsburgh Conference.Mrs. Wick was
converted in early life, and was a devout, faithful, humble Christian. She died Wednesday morning, January 27, of acute bronchitis, suffering severely but patiently, anxious to depart.

The burial was in the family lot in Grandview cemetery, Beaver Falls, beside the body of her husband. District Superintendent S. W. Corcoran had charge of the funeral services in College Hill Church, and was assisted by Dr. F. S. Neigh, Superintendent of New Castle District, Erie Conference, and by the Revs. J. H. Enlow and T. B. Anderson and by the Rev. S. H. Pollock, of the North East Ohio Conference, a grandson.

A long, busy life has ended, and a faithful soul has triumphantly gone home to God.Written by Rev. J. K. Pollock. Deceased Wives of Preachers, Erie Conference Journal and Yearbook, Ninety-first session, 1926, pages 613-614

Source: History of Mercer County, 1888, page 1712

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