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".
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.
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."