Clark County Illinois
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Death Notices


Robert Bailiff
Died at his residence January 12, 1877, REV. ROBERT BAILIFF, of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, aged 78 years. The deceased was one of the pioneers of this and Crawford County. He was for 24 years a minister of the gospel.
[January 25, 1877, The Marshall Weekly Messenger. Submitted by Ron Cornwell]

Mrs. Robert Bailiff
MRS. ROBERT BAILIFF, living about five miles from Melrose, on the York Road, committed suicide last Monday by taking a dose of “Rough On Rats”.
[July 14, 1885, The Clark County Herald. (Note: This is the wife of young Robert Bailiff)]

Clara Ellen Francis Baird
Clara Ellen, daughter of John and Icie Francis was born near Martinsville, Illinois August 25, 1883. She departed this life September 14, 1968 at the age of 85 years and 20 days. Her entire life was lived in this community.
She was married July 16, 1905 to Everett Baird also of Martinsville. To this union 7 children, one son and 6 daughters. J. I. Baird, Mrs. Madge Arney, Mrs. Beulah Millis, and Mrs. Letha Zellars of Martinsville, Mrs. Erma Piersall of Clermont, Indiana, Mrs. Kay Woods, West Terre Haute, Indiana, and Mrs. Elaine Clark, Findlay, Ohio.
Clara found much contentment and joy in living. A devoted mother and grandmother, and an understanding sister and she enjoyed a happy association with a wide circle of friends. At an early age she joined the Shiloh Methodist Church and was a faithful member at the time of her passing.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her 7 children, 2 sisters Nona Francis and Mrs. Katherine Downey both of Martinsville, 25 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and many, many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband Everett, on December 8, 1937 and by a granddaughter Jean Millis.

[From the Martinsville Planet, c. 1968 - Submitted by: Janice Louie ]

S. J. Bartlett
MARSHALL, ILL., FEB. 9 - S. J. Bartlett, 46 years old, one of Clark county's most prominent attorneys, died at 10:30 o'clock last night at his home here, of concussion of the brain. Early in the evening Drs. Rose and Mitchell were called to the Bartlett home when Mr. Bartlett was in a serious condition, but despite their efforts to relieve him, he died a few hours later. Mr. Bartlett was born and raised in Marshall and was a member of the law firm of Davison and Bartlett. He is survived by three sons, Lloyd, Sidney and Ralph Bartlett, and one daughter, Alice Bartlett. No arrangements have been made.
[Monday, February 9, 1914 - Terre Haute Star, pg. 3]
Cora Reynolds Benjamin
Terre Haute Tribune, Tuesday, May 13, 1947
MARSHALL, Ill - Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Reynolds Benjamin, 79 years old, who died Monday morning at the home of a niece, Mrs. Almeda Dunkel, will be held at Marrs Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
Burial will be in Highland Lawn cemetery, Terre Haute.
[unknown contributor]

Alton S. Blankenship
From the Marshall Independent Choice - Oct. 18, 1996
Alton S. Blankenship, 89, of Marshall passed away at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 15 in Union Hospital at Terre Haute, IN.
He was a retired farmer and had served as the Anderson Township Road Commissioner for 20 years prior to his retirement. He was born September 11, 1907 at Thompkinsville, KY, the son of Smith Blankenship and Jahiner Farley Blankenship. He married Kathryn Bradford on January 2, 1929 at Chrisman,Il.
Surviving are his wife, Kathryn, a son. Chuck Blankenship of Marshall; a son and daughter-in-law, Sonny and Brenda Blankenship of Martinsville; five daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Lloyd Gamer, Ruby and Ralph Paulsen, Alberta and Robert Siverly, Shirley and Emery Shumaker and Dona and John 0. Sanders all of Marshall; a sister, Eddie Earl Rouse of Indianapolis, IN; 20 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, 2 sisters, 1 granddaughter and 1 great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Pearce Funeral Home with Brother Brian Fuller and Brother Gene Ellis officiating. Burial will be in the Marshal Cemetery.
Visitation will be 7 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Baptist Church.
He was a member of the Marshall Baptist Church.
[Submitted by: Larry Wells]

James W. Bolin
CASEY - James W. Bolin, 75, of Casey died at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 1996, in his residence. He was born March 23, 1921, in Arthur to James Ray Bolin and Alta Lenora Runyon Bolin. His wife, Lois M. Anderson Bolin, died April 9, 1995. Survivors include one daughter, Rosalee Wirey; one brother, Teddy Ray Bolin; one sister, Annabelle Richey; and four grandchildren. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday in Markwell & Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Stauffer officiating. Burial is in Washington Street Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday with Masonic memorial services at 7.
[Submitted by: Donna Mae Moore Rhoads ]

Lois Bolin
CASEY - Lois Mae Bolin, 74, of Casey died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday (April 9, 1995) at her residence. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Markwell & Sons Funeral Home, Casey, with the Rev. Chester Zimmer officiating. Burial will be in Washington Street Cemetery in Casey.
She was born Nov. 26, 1917, at Cleone, the daughter of John A. and Ada F. Carothers Linn Anderson. She married James W. Bolin in 1946; he survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Rosalee) Wirey of Crossville, Tenn.; a brother Oscar Anderson of Kansas; a sister, Eunice Liffick of Paris; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers, a sister and a grandchild. Mrs. Bolin was a homemaker and a member of the Casey First Christian Church.
[Submitted by: Donna Mae Moore Rhoads]
H. Burner
H. Burner who had been confined to his home since early fall, died Thursday forenoon and was buried at the BAILIFF CEMETERY Friday afternoon. Rev. T. C. BAILIFF conducted the funeral services. The [March 22, 1899, Clark County Democrat. Submitted by Ron Cornwell]

Charles William Busch
CHARLES WILLIAM BUSCH, 75, of Clarksville, a farmer, died unexpectedly while hunting in Pike County. He was pronounced dead at 10:45 a.m. Friday (Oct. 23,1981), of apparent natural causes, by the county coroner. He was born Oct. 8, 1906, near Clarksville, a son of William and Fanny Busch. He married Lillie Jane Schambach in Bowling Green, Sept. 16, 1925. Mr. Busch was a lifetime resident of the Clarksville community. Surviving are his wife; a brother, Frank of Annada; and three sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Zumwalt, Mrs. Bertha Swearingen and Miss Stella Mae Busch, all of Clarksville. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Collier Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Ronald McNeil and the Rev. Charles Moore. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection Pike Co IL

Mrs. Myrtle Pine Brockway
My grandmother’s death notice March 4 1935.  Mrs. Myrtle Pine Brockway 40 years old of Dayton OH , formerly of Marshall IL. Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wilford & Nora Pine. Surviving are a daughter Velma and one grandson, four sisters Mrs. Bertha Jelly Dayton OH., Mrs. Albert Bages and Mrs. Fred Morgan all of Marshall and one brother James Pine of Rockville IN. The best I can find is she was buried in Macke Cemetery
Submitted by Lawrence Brockway

Jacob Burkholder was born in Buckingham County, Virginia, July14, 1833; died April 3, 1911, aged 77 years, 8 months and 19 days. But a small boy, he came with his parents to Ohio where he grew to manhood and on the 7th of October 1857, he was united in marriage with Margaret Jane Smith of Martinsburg, Ohio. In the fall of 1864 they, with their little family of two children, came to Illinois and settled in Edgar County. Three years later, they removed to Clark County. His beloved wife preceded him to the better land October 25, 1899. Soon after coming to Clark County, Mr. and Mrs. Burkholder became members of the Missionary Baptist Church in which faith they remained steadfast until the end. He always led an active life; was a successful farmer and stock raiser and died at the home of his daughter in Terre Haute. He leaves five children: Mrs. Sarah Patton of Charleston, Mrs. Della Murphy of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Angeline Hall of Edgar County and George W. and A.R. Burkholder of this county, 18 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren with many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry

Clark County Herald - November 2, 1899
Margaret Jane, wife of Jacob Burkholder, died Oct. 19, 1899, after a brief illness of but a few hours, having been taken ill early in the morning and passing away that evening about five o'clock.
She was born in Knox Co., O., Oct. 6, 1828, was married to Jacob Burkholder of Rockingham Co., Virginia, Oct. 7, 1857.  To them were born five children, three girls and two boys, Sarah Ann Patton, Geo. W. Burkholder, Albert R. Burkholder, Alice D. Wilson and Cora A. Hall, who, together with their father, live to mourn the loss of a kind, loving mother and companion.
Mr. and Mrs. Burkholder lived in Knox county, O., till about '61, when they came to Illinois, and, with the exception of a few years spent in Edgar county, they have since lived in this, Clark, county.  Early in life Mrs. Burkholder accepted the articles of religion of the regular Missionary Baptist church and became a member of that organization at Martinsburg, O.  She was also a charter member of the regular Missionary Baptist church organized at McClure schoolhouse in January, 1872.  Although in her latter days she was not privileged to regularly attend service in the church of her choice, she was a steadfast believer in the faith and a consistent Christian.   To the husband she was ever a true helpmeet, a dear, loving companion and a faithful wife, during the 42 years of their union proving herself true in sickness and in health, adversity and prosperity, bearing with him all his burdens and rejoicing with him in all his successes.
To her children she was an ideal mother, and the tender affection she bore them was ever the same and was often made manifest by much self sacrifice.
Her devotion to her God and her family has proven to her loved ones and friends a fit example which they may safely follow, that they may meet again to clasp glad hands in the home above.
The vacant chair, which brings to the memory of the loved ones the affection and devotion of a faithful wife and loving mother, represents the first breach in the family circle.  God has been very good in so long preserving them a united family, and this their first deep sorrow and affliction proves very hard to bear.  But their loss in surely her gain.  The priceless jewel of the home has been transferred to the home beyond to shine there thru all eternity.  May it be the means of drawing thereto the affections of the bereaved husband and children.
Heaven is no longer a strange far away land, but very near, for it is now the home of mother.
The funeral services were conducted at Livingston M.E. Church by Rev. Spilman, after which the remains were interred in the Livingston cemetery to await the day of the resurrection of the just. 
(The G.W.B. is probably her son George Washington Burkholder)
 Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry


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