Biography: Mariah Caroline (Shuck) Flint, Her Daughters & Others

From: Reprints of Wm. P. Elmer's History of Dent County Which Appeared in The Salem News August 10, 1950 to May 17, 1956.

Note: Mariah Caroline "Aunt Duck" (Shuck) Flint was daughter of Edward Young Shuck (1803-1870/1880) and Frances Ann White (Est1805-Bef1858). Her husband has also been identified as "L. Columbus Flint".

From Fourth Installment (partial)


   By WILLIAM P. ELMER

Mrs. Flint, deserted by her
husband, C. C. Flint, refused to
relent in her attitude towards
him, but slaved her life away for
her daughters.  She and my
grandmother were the strongest-
minded, most determined women
I ever knew.  My grandmother's
picture shows strong character
lines all over it.  Columbus Flint
disappeared, and while some of
his friends knew him, none knew
he had married and lived in St.
Louis and reared a fine family
there.  When he died, his family
made a reasonable settlement of
his estate with Mrs. Flint.  Mrs.
Flint lived years longer than
grandmother.

From Fifth Installment (partial)


     By WILLIAM P. ELMER

  Hattie Flint was a beautiful
girl and taught school in this
counrt for years.  She married
Monroe Jadwin much against her
mother's wishes.  She never had
any children.  She was good to
her mother.  Nevada married a
much older man with grown
children, John Pettigrew, and has
three daughters who live in Dent
County, Mrs. Fred Dulworth,
Mrs. Martin Solomon and Mrs.
Arch McNeill.  She did not fol-
low her mother in church affairs
but joined the Christian Church.
When she was to be baptized,
Mrs. Flint, in an angry chagrin,
exclaimed, "You will go down
into the water a dry sinner, and
come out a wet one."  She could
not believe salvation outside her
church possible, and the last time
I saw her was at New Hope at
a church, and she got to shouting
and I wondered if she had for-
gotten her staid Presbyterianism
and became a shouting Methodist.
  Nevada wanted to go to the
Christian Church one Sunday
evening and asked me to walk to
church with her as a protection
against drunks.  Mrs. Flint ob-
jected, on church matters, and
more because a heavy rain cloud
was coming over.  She would not
let Nevada go.  "I'll stay home
this time but I'm going next Sun-
day if it rains swords and plough
shares"--the first time I ever
heard that expression.
  Mrs. Flint was nicknamed
"Aunt Duck" from her waddling
walk.  She had a sister named
Maggie Dixon, a tall nice-looking
woman, quiet and reserved and
very religious.  Very sensible in
her talk.  She lived with her
brother, Ed Shuck, most of the
time, and occasionally visited her
sister.  She always wanted to
and did stay at our home at
nights on these visits.  Every
night she would take one of my
little sisters to the garden and
kneel on the ground or snow, and
pray.  It was her nightly custom
at home.  There was a marked
contrast in the bluff, outspoken,
vigorous opinions of Mrs. Flint
and the soft and gentle life of
Aunty "Mag."


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