Coles County, IL Obituaries

Contribute your family member's obituary by emailing Kim. I prefer to post old obituaries rather than new ones to protect the names of the living. If you do not see a contributor's name, assume it was an obituary I found during my research (however, don't assume I'm related to that person named in the obit - very few of my folks who died in Coles actually had obituaries :-(


Oakland Messenger Oakland IL Newspaper Thursday March 19, 1931

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Mrs. Sherman W. Roberts Answers Call Thursday Evening
Mrs. Sherman Roberts passed away at her home in the Fairview neighborhood Thursday evening March 12, at 8:00 o'clock following a long illness. The writer can add nothing to the obituary written by S. P. Curtis which fully depicts the splendid life this good old mother has lived among us.
John Dollar was born in Perthshire, Scotland July 1, 1807. He followed farming and at the age of 33 years he left his native land on a sailing vessel and was six weeks on the water landing in New York in June 1840, thence by canal and lakes to Chicago and then paid forty dollars for team to bring him to East Oakland township. He was married to Mrs. Sarah Hunt Curtis April 8, 1847 and located on the old Dollar farm in 1849.
Of this family two are living, Mr. Ralph Dollar and Mrs. W. J. Griffith of Shelbyville, Ill and a half-brother, Mr. Charles Curtis of Oakland.
Sarah, the subject of this sketch was born Nov. 1, 1852 on the Dollar farm and attended the district school and three years in the Oakland grade schools when T. S. Whitmore was principal and later attended the high school at Charleston for two years.
In her girlhood she was a devoted daughter, was modest but happy in spirit and lovable as a friend and school mate. She was married to Sherman W. Roberts at her father's home on March 26th, 1874 and after five years they located on the farm where she lived until her passing from the scenes of this life at 8:00 P. M., March 12, 1931, closing a life of seventy-eight years, four months and eleven days. There survives the husband and the following daughters: Mrs. Sarah Hawkins, Mrs. Lillie Hawkins, Mrs. Maud Covalt, Mrs. Grace Redden, Mrs. Josie M. Naphew and one infant daughter preceded their mother to the life beyond. Also seventeen grand-children and ten great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were converted January 30, 1886 in the church at Harmony in a meeting conducted by the Rev. E. B. Randel and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. When this church was built in 1889 under the ministry of the late H. C. Turner they transferred to this church.
She and her family were active in the church until the marriage of her daughters and in late years her broken health prevented her attending services. In her passing the husband has lost a loving, loyal wife and companion; her children, a true and devoted mother; the church, a staunch and unwavering member and for we few of her life-long friends that are left, another golden link in memory's chain has been added that binds us in love and interest and hope to that home eternal, peaceful and painless whither we know she has gone.
To the younger people present it seems perhaps this is all that should be said but I am moved by my feelings and thoughts stirred by the memories of the past by my close associations with the people of this church and community and by the consent of the pastor and the family to ask your indulgence.
When I visited the Roberts home Friday afternoon and witnessed the scenes so recently enacted in my own home when I took the hand of my friend and the grief stricken daughters and when they gave me the early history of Coles County, from which to obtain the dates connected with the life of the pioneer Scottish emigrant, Mr. John Dollar, and I read of other names of the men and women who have gone on, and later in the day I came into this church building with the undertaker and pastor, a moving picture of panoramic scenes and faces passed before me. I remembered out there in this cemetery was the sacred dust of my earliest ancestors that came to this country. My grandfather, Carlos Curtis and my uncle, Nicholas Curtis, neither of whom I have ever seen. Faces appeared in these pews that have long since been hidden by that veil that "so thinly intervenes between that fair city and me."
Young people, great problems are facing you for solution of homes, church and state. Mr. Curtis then read a few verses of the Scottish bard, Robert Burns, they breathe the real Scotch spirit and estimate of human life and character of his time and the time when John Dollar stood on the deck of that sailing vessel and with his family watched the receding shores of his loved land fade away.
He was of the vast host of early emigrants that came to these wild shores and made their homes in these fertile fields and built this wonderful civilization that we of today enjoy. We welcomed the emigrants then. But today how changed the scene. The bars are up, the cry goes out to halt the horde at Ellis Island and carefully count the quota to come in lest the Banions and the Capones and similar types flood our country and destroy our laws and institutions.
Think gravely, young people and wisely, try to determine how much of this is due to the countries from which these people come and how much to the corrupt officials and politicians who exploit these people for their own selfish aim and purposes. Guard well, we beseech you, these principals, these wonderful institutions that these passing fathers have built and dedicated to human progress and to your care.

Funeral services were conducted from the Fairview church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. W. G. Montgomery officiating. The church would not near accommodate the large number of friends who gathered to pay their respects to Mrs. Roberts. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thursday April 2, 1931

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WILLIS J. HUNT DIES SUNDAY - Funeral Tuesday Afternoon at Fairview Church
The death angel visited our city Sunday morning about 4:00 o'clock and called one of Oakland's finest men and citizens, Willis J. Hunt. Mr. Hunt had been ill for some time and the end was not unexpected by his wife who has been constantly at his side and his relatives. Mr. Hunt was born near Oakland and all his life has been spent in this vicinity. It was a life beyond reproach as far as the editor of The Messenger knows and all will tell you that Willis Hunt was fair and square in all his dealings with his fellowmen; that he was a splendid citizen, a kind husband, a good neighbor and a man who held the respect of all who knew him. Men of sterling character like our friend are bound to be missed in any community and their passing is noted with regret. The Messenger joins the community in extending sympathy to the bereaved wife, brother and sisters.
Willis J. Hunt son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hunt was born November 20, 1880 near Oakland Illinois and all his life was spent in this same community. On December 5, 1906 he was united in marriage to Dimple Hogue of Oakland, Illinois. The following years were full of happiness and greater joy was added on August 24, 1917 when a sweet little daughter, Mary Irma, came to bless their home. After four short years this little treasure was called to her heavenly home. Failing health and broken hearts prompted Dimple and Willis to move to Oakland where they resided until Willis' death March 29, 1931.
Willis was a Christian man having been converted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Swinford in December 1916 at a cottage prayer meeting during Brother Cummins revival at Fairview. He was always ready and willing to help his friends when possible especially in sorrow and need.
He will surely be missed by his faithful companion, Dimple, one brother Sherman Hunt, four sisters, Mrs. Tressa Bradford, Mrs. Louvisa Ashmore, Mrs. Delphia Henn; his father, mother, one sister and four brothers having preceded him to the Great Beyond. Besides a host of relatives, Willis will be mourned by scores of friends and neighbors but our loss is Heaven's gain.

Funeral services were conducted from the Fairview church Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. J. L. Goleman officiating, assisted by Rev. Nashley of Paris and Rev. Montague of Kansas, followed by interment in the Fairview cemetery.
Fred McAdams and Harry Morris sang "Sometime We'll Understand" and "Going Down the Valley." Will Lauher sang "Does Jesus Care," accompanied by Mrs. Will Lauher at the piano. Pallbearers were: Shelton Swinford, Ed Willorbuy, William Moody, John Dollar, Louis Honn, Sherman Hawkins. The following ladies had charge of the flowers: Mrs. J. A. Hartley, Miss Fern Hunt, Mrs. Irene Temples, Miss Viola Swinford and Mrs. Fern Cooper.


The Oakland Messenger IL Newspaper Thursday April 9, 1931

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Death Came Friday Morning Following an Illness of Several Weeks
After an illness of several weeks duration B. F. Digby passed away Friday morning at his home on East Main street. The following obituary tells of the life of one who has lived among us for so many years.
Benjamin Franklin Digby the son of William and Mary West Digby was born near Rardin Illinois August 29, 1859 and passed on at his home in Oakland April 3, 1931 closing a life of seventy one years, seven months and four days. He resided in the vicinity of Oakland all his life. He has one sister living Mrs. Mary Thomas of Mattoon Illinois and two sisters America Allen and Clara Digby that preceded him in death.
He was married to Mary Foley October 1, 1882 who with his two daughters Dora Bashore and Nora E. Richardson and one son W. T. Digby survive him. Also three grand and two great-grandchildren. He was a farmer in his early manhood and later served the public as constable and deputy sheriff. He served two terms as school director of the Busbey district school. He was strong in his likes and dislikes and open hearted toward any one needing his help.
He was a charter member of the Red Mens Lodge that was organized in Oakland. He was converted in a meeting conducted by Rev. W. W. McIntosh about thirty-five years ago and afterwards united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church. He could trace his lineage to the sturdy American pioneer who stands as a unique figure in the history of this country and doubtless owed many of his sterling qualities to this heritage due to the fact that Wm. Digby, a brother of his grandfather was the founder of Lafayette, Indiana and named it in honor of the friend of his country.
He was a very energetic, active man. He was noted for his ability as a collector but would loan a man money if he thought he was making an honest effort to pay. In politics he was very aggressive in the interest of his favorite candidate.
He has been a well known figure on the streets of Oakland and will be missed by the citizens old and young that received his kindly greeting. He was a peaceable and kind neighbor and during the past five years he suffered much from the ailment that finally took him away.
So we extend our sympathy to the wife and children of this old time friend and neighbor and commit them to the care of a merciful Father who is to be the final judge of all.

Funeral services were conducted from the family residence on East Main street Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Rev. McKinney of Charleston officiating followed by interment in Oakland cemetery.


The Mattoon Journal - Gazette
Tuesday, February 4, 1908

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Michael P. Cavanaugh Passes Away at Ripe Age - Funeral Services Wednesday Morning

Another veteran of the Civil War was called to his final rest when on Monday evening about 5:45 o'clock, Michael P. Cavanaugh passed away at his home at 601 North Twentieth Street. He was 67 years old.

The funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, conducted by the Rev. Father Higgins, after which the burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Limerick, Ireland. When a youth he came to this country, settling in Mattoon. When the Civil War broke out, he was one of the first to enlist, serving his country all through the rebellion.

There survive the wife, Alice and eight children: John Cavanaugh, Thomas Cavanaugh, William Cavanaugh, James Cavanaugh, Bertha Newland and Mrs. C.H. Cordes, all of Mattoon. Mrs. Alice Price of Terre Haute and Michael Cavanaugh of Springfield.


The Mattoon Journal - Gazette
October 24, 1932 (Monday)

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Toledo, IL, October 24.
Mrs. Elizabeth Spiker Adkins, widow of Henry Adkins, a Civil War veteran, died at 2:30 o'clock on Sunday morning at her home in this city. Death was due to the infirmities of age. She was bedfast only a short time.

The funeral will be held at the home at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning, with Rev. Dickey officiating. Burial will be in the Toledo Cemetery.

Mrs. Adkins was born 90 years ago in Wyandotte county, Ohio but came to Illinois when young, spending most of her life in Toledo and vicinity. She was the mother of nine children.

The children surviving her are: Eli and William Adkins, at home; Mrs. A.N. Kingery and George Adkins of Toledo and Mrs. Viola Allenbaugh of Terre Haute. An only brother, Ed Spiker lives at the Adkins home.


The Mattoon Journal - Gazette
October 24, 1932 (Monday)

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James Cavanaugh died in the state hospital at Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock from chronic myocarditis. He had been failing in health for about two years.

The body was brought from Jacksonville by Undertaker J.B. Phillips and taken to the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newland, 921 Moultrie Avenue.

The funeral will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning, with Rev. Father Crowley of Neoga officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Cavanaugh was born in Mattoon on November 5, 1867 and lived here all of his life, with the exception of about eight years which he spent in Decatur when employed by a gas company. His wife, Mrs. Amy Cavanaugh, died 13 years ago.

He leaves a brother, Jack Cavanaugh, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cordes and Mrs. Charles Newland, all of Mattoon; a brother, Michael Cavanaugh of Decatur, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Price, of Terre Haute.


The Mattoon Journal - Gazette
March 4, 1921 (Friday)

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Funeral Services Held This Afternoon From Christian Church - Burial in Dodge Grove

Mrs. James Cavanaugh passed away at her home, 708 South Seventeenth Street, on Thursday afternoon after a week's illness from uremic poisoning. The funeral was held at the First Christian Church at three o'clock this afternoon, Rev. J.F. McMahan officiating. Burial was at Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Cavanaugh was born Emmeline Shores, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Shores, at Rockford, on February 14, 1850. Her first marriage was in 1866 to Noah Wagner. A son, Richard Wagner of Denver, and a daughter, Mrs. Josephine Berry of Mattoon, survive. Mr. Wagner died in 1880. In 1881, she married Elijah Bolen, who died in 1903. There were no children from this marriage. She married James Cavanaugh on May 17, 1917, and he survives her. There are seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren who also survive her. There are no surviving brothers or sisters.

Mrs. Cavanaugh came to Mattoon ten years ago from Neoga, in and around which she spent the greater part of her life. She was a member of the First Christian Church.


The Mattoon Journal - Gazette
January 20, 1961 (Friday)


Mrs. Mary Catherine Cavanaugh, 96, formerly of Mattoon, died at 10:10 p.m. , Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Walter F. Daugherty, Charleston, with whom she had resided for six years.

Her body is at the Mitchell Jerdan Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mrs. Cavanaugh was born November 6, 1864, near Gays, a daughter of Thomas L. and Louisa Jane Webb Reynolds.

She is survived by three sons, B.F. Tempelton, Decatur, Theodore Britton, El Monte, California and Edward Britton, Toledo, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Acree, Mattoon and Mrs. Daugherty; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Mattoon.


The Oakland Messenger

Thursday March 31, 1932

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Mrs. Alvira Hunt Morris passed away at her home near Kansas, Ill., Wednesday morning at 7:30 after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Morris was the daughter of Mr and Mrs William Hunt, pioneer residents of this vicinity. She was born October 2, 1877 at the Hunt homestead southeast of this city. She was united in marriage August 7, 1901 to Guy Morris and to this union two sons were born, Joe and George, who together with the husband survive. She is also survived by one brother, Sherman Hunt, and three sisters, Mrs Tressa Bradford, Mrs Louvisa Ashmore and Mrs. Delphia Henn, all of this vicinity. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Harmony church at 2 o'clock, followed by burial in the Harmony cemetery.


The Oakland Messenger

Thursday June 8, 1933

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Former Oakland Citizen Passes At Lowry, Missouri
James W Titus aged 94 years passed away at his home in Lowry City, Mo early Saturday morning according to a message received here by his daughter, Mrs. Esta Brown. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in Lowry City with burial in the Lowry City cemetery. The following children survive: Mrs. Esta Brown, Oakland; Lydia, residing in California; Mattie also residing in a Western state; one son, John at home; one sister, Mrs Eliza Daugherty, Charleston. Mr. Titus was married to Caroline Roberts who passed away many years ago. In later years he was united in marriage to Jane Parker who passed away about 3 years ago. There were also several step children and other relatives in this vicinity who survive.
James W Titus was born Feb 22, 1839 in Londown Co., VA, the son of Jerimiah and Susan Goodheart Titus. The family came from Virginia to Muskingum Co., Ohio where they resided until 1860 when they came by team to Coles county, IL in company with Thomas Roberts, locating in East Oakland township becoming a large land owner at the time. He served in
the Civil War and at the close of the war went to Missouri where he has made his home for several years. Mr Titus, living a retired life, made frequent trips back to this city until his health began to fail him. He was a member of the Oakland Masonic lodge in 1866, moving his membership to Lowry City. He was also a member of the Methodist church.


The Oakland Messenger

Thur. May 12, 1932

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Mrs. Belle Huey Passes Away at Charleston
Mrs. Belle Huey, sister of Carlos Swinford of this city, died at her home in Charleston today, Thursday about noon. Mrs. Huey was born south of Oakland, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Swinford. She is survived by two sons, Russell and Loy Huey of Charleston, three brothers,
Carlos Swinford, Oakland; Clarence Swinford, Ohio; Omer Swinford, Charleston; and two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Hite, Charleston; Mrs. Charles White, Casey.


The Oakland Messenger

Thursday, March 10, 1927

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Asenith L. Brown, daughter of William Arch and Rachel Brown was born April 2, 1870 in Putnam county, Indiana. She moved to Illinois when small and most of her life was spent here. She departed this life Friday, March 4, at the age of 56 years, 11 months and 2 days. She was married to James W. Hunt Dec. 21, 1886 and to this union were born 11 children, three of whom with the father preceded her to the great beyond. The surviving children are Faye, Ethel and Lela Knight of Brocton, Raymond and Orval Hunt of Charleston, Inez, Albert and Paul of Oakland.
Twenty-one grandchildren survive. One sister Mrs. Ellen Long, one brother Arch Brown of Tuscola, two half brothers, Tom Brown of Oakland and Albert Brown of Indianapolis and one step-sister Mrs. John Brown of Arthur, two step brothers, Tom and Hen Hite survive.
She was converted 33 years ago and united with the United Brethren church and later joined the Baptist Church at Oak Grove, living a true and faithful Christian life. She was never too busy to read her Bible and have morning prayer; a kind and faithful mother and companion, always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock from Oak Grove church, Rev. J. L. Goleman officiating, followed by interment in Fairview cemetery.

We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness during the illness and after the death of our dear mother and sister, Mrs. Asenith Hayes. The floral offerings were beautiful.------Children, Sisters and Brothers


The Oakland Messenger

Thursday, May 24, 1917

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Mrs Lu Esta Brown, a resident of Charleston, coming here from Oakland in 1905, died at the family home, 224 Fifth street at 10:45 Thursday morning, after an illness dating from early January. Death is attributed to a complication of troubles.
Mrs Lu Esta Miller Brown was born in 1863 and died May 17, 1917 aged 54 years. On November 8, 1882 she was united in marriage to Thomas Brown. Seven children were born to this union and the following survive the mother: Mrs Harry Thatcher, Mrs L. G. Lankford and Charles Brown of Charleston; Mrs Edward Kline of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Miss Sylvia Brown, Chicago and Fountain Brown of Portland, Me., a member of Uncle Sam's army. Two brothers, Charles Miller of Mt Vernon, IL and Skillman Miller of Goble, Ore., and one sister Mrs John Eads of Oakland, also survive her.
Mrs Brown was a member of the First Christian church of Charleston. She became affiliated to this faith when a girl and followed the teachings of her church.
On the arrival of her son, Fountain Brown, from Portland Me., late tonight or early Friday morning, the funeral arrangements will be completed. The burial service however will be held in Oakland's Fairview cemetery.
Later- A brief funeral service in memory of the late Lu Esta Brown will be held at the family home, 224 Fifth Street, at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Following the services the body, escorted by relatives and friends will be taken by motor to the Fairview cemetery where services will be held at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.-- Charleston Courier


Charleston Daily Courier Friday November 25, 1955

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Mrs Josie Jenkins, 73, wife of W.E. Jenkins of Lerna, died about 11.25 a.m. today in the Oakwood Convalescent Home. She had been ill for the past three years and had entered the convalescent home here a year ago. ....The burial will be made in Rest Haven Cemetery west of Charleston. Mrs Jenkins was born May 24 1882 near Toledo, a daughter of James and Eliza (Hill) Cather. On July 17 1898 near Toledo she married Mr Jenkins. They became the parents of 10 children.. A son, James Jenkins, died in 1927.
Beside the husband the following children survive: Mrs A.O. (Dessie) Hall, Tom Jenkins, Mrs Raymond (Sara) Towles, John Jenkins of Charleston, Mrs John (Grace) Poe, Grandin MO, Mrs Howard (Virginia) Shirley, Loxa, Mrs Austin (Dorothy) Nichols, Neoga, Mrs Donald (Doris) Randolph and Charles Jenkins of Lerna. Twenty-two grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren also survive. Mr and Mrs Jenkins had resided at Lerna for the past 25 years.


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Unknown newspaper, unknown date

Mrs Mattie Replogle born in Pleasant Grove Township, Coles County IL July 23 1875, daughter of John and Anneta Walker Smith. In 1896 she was married to W.M. Repogle and they lived in Charleston, Coles Co IL. She had two sons Dale and Orville. The only daughter preceded her in death.


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Unknown newspaper, unknown date, but probably printed c. 1949

William Mathias Replogle, aged 77 years... died at Charleston Hospital... the burial will be in Mt Tabor cemetery. Born on February 6 1872 in Charleston township.. the son of Mat and Virginia Roberts Replogle. .. spending his lifetime in this vicinity, he had followed farming until retiring to make his home with his son, Dale. Surviving are two sons Dale and Orville both of Charleston, four brothers, John, Elmer, Charles and Walter all of or near Charleston and two sisters Mrs John H Gwynn and Mrs Harlan Faris, also near Charleston. there are two grandchildren.


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Unknown newspaper, unknown date, but probably printed c. 1947

Mattoon Jan 29: James A Walker aged 86 years, one of the prominent residents of Lerna, died in the Memorial Hospital..... Mr Walker, son of Mr and Mrs Wils Walker was born south of Lerna August 12 1861. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1893 and later had taken post graduate work at the University of Kansas, from the law departments of both universities. While he was trained in law, he never adopted the profession, but continued farming for a number of years. He was married to Miss Kitty Jeffers in 1897 who, together with a brother, J.W.Walker, both of Lerna, survive.


Charleston Courier, (the handwritten date on top of the obit is August 14, 1955. I don't know if that is the date of publish or the date of death.)

Mrs. Giftie Cox Dies in Nursing Home

Mrs. Giftie Cox, 75, residing at 304 West Van Buren street, died at 10:10 a.m. today in the Wilson-Kaley Nursing Home, where she had been a patient the past four months.....Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the First Evangelical United Brethren church with Reverend L.B. Honderich officiating. The burial will be made in Roselawn cemetery.

Mrs. Cox was born July 31, 1880 in Hutton township, a daughter of Anderson and Aerminia Stewart. She married Liss Cox. He preceded her in death in 1941. Surviving are four sons: Flavious and Azro of Charleston, Russell of Mattoon and Lucien of Indianapolis; four daughters, Mrs. Ralph Day and Mrs. Jack Dailey of Charleston, Mrs. Claude White of Lerna and Mrs. Jack McDivitt of Indianapolis; two sisters Mrs. Christie Shover, Charleston and Mrs. Bell Wood, Mattoon; three brothers, Ezra Stewart of Westfield, Samuel Stewart of Mesick, Mich. and Oscar of California. There are 24 grandchildren and 14 great granchildren. A son died in infancy.


Unknown Newspaper and the handwritten notation on top of the obit is "d. Aug. 28 '47"

Mrs. Martha Cox Called by Death

Mrs. Martha (Mattie) Cox, wife of Earl Cox, died Thursday evening about 11 o'clock in their home in Hutton township. Her death was sudden, due to a heart attack. She had been in poor health for several months.

Mrs. Cox was born March 22, 1890 in Hutton township, a daughter of Thomas and Polly Rennels Flesher. On February 28, 1912, she married Earl Cox, whom she leaves. She also leaves a daughter, Mrs. William (Evelyn) Giffen, of near Charleston, a sister, Mrs. Claude (Lillie) Cox, of Charleston, and a brother, Ivory Flesher, of Orosi, Calif. A daughter, Eda Frances, died in childhood.

The body was removed to the Lewis funeral home...Services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Whetstone church with burial in the Whetstone cemetery. The body will be removed from the Lewis funeral home to the family residence, near Salisbury, Saturday, where friends may call after 1 p.m. Mrs. Cox was a member of the Whetstone church.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on top of the obit is "d. 7-24 '51"

Funeral Thursday

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Harper-Swickard funeral home..for Mrs. Frances Matilda Cox, who died at Charleston hospital at 12:30 yesterday noon. Burial will be in Salisbury cemetery.

Mrs. Cox had been seriously ill at the hospital for the past week. A former resident of the Salisbury area of Hutton township, she had lived with Mrs. Vina Shields the past three years. She was a member of the Salisbury United Brethren church.

Born in Jasper county, Illinois on July 26, 1860, the daughter of Francis and Matildo Shacklee. She married on September 30, 1880 to James R. Cox who died on October 3, 1940. Surviving are four children, F.C. Cox, Benjamin Cox, and Mrs. Matilda Stephen of Charleston and Churchill Cox of Streator. There are 25 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on the obit is "d. Oct. 16, 1946" I don't know if that's the date of publish or the date of death.

Mrs. Josephine Moore, aged 62 years, of 860 Seventh street, died this (Wednesday) morning about 7:45 in the Charleston hospital, where she had been receiving medical treatment since Sunday evening.

She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Maurine) Fields, of Charleston; two sons, Captain Robert M. Moore, of Topeka, Kans., and Donovan A. Moore, of Mattoon and seven grandchildren. Her husband, the late W.M. Moore died about six years ago in a log accident.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock in the chapel of the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home, where the body will remain until the funeral hour. Burial will be made in the Wiley Brick cemetery in Hutton township.

Funeral rites for Mrs. Josephine Moore, of 860 Seventh street, were held in the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home chapel at 11 o'clock Saturday morning. The Reverend Claude Temple, pastor of the First Methodist church of Charleston, presided.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harper sang two songs...Mrs. John Swickard accompanied on the organ. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. E.C. Gibson, Mrs. Audrey Robinson, Mrs. Olive Graham, Mrs. Quay Merritt, Mrs. Gertrude Cox and Miss Anice Lee. The casket bearers were Herman Dallas, Flavis Dallas, E.C. Gibson, S.C. Cox, Harold Anderson and Marion Austin.

The burial was made in the Wiley Brick cemetery in Hutton township with Harper- Swickard, local funeral directors, in charge.

Mrs. Moore died in the Charleston hospital at 7:45 o'clock Wednesday morning. She had been in the hospital since Sunday for treatment. She was aged 62 years.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on top of the obit is "died 8-14-1951"

Former Resident Dies at Greenup

Funeral services for Anthony Cox, 84, former Charleston resident who died in Greenup yesterday morning, will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock in the Harper-Swickard funeral home, 720 Monroe street.

Burial will be in the Wiley Brick cemetery in Hutton township. Mr. Cox died about 11 o'clock yesterday in Greenup where he had been ill for several weeks.

Born on August 27, 1866, Mr. Cox would have been 85 in 12 days. He was the son of Henry and Mary E. Cox.

Never marrying, Mr. Cox left no descendants and was the last in his immediate family. He leaves several nieces and nephews in Charleston. Some of them are Azro Cox, Denzil Cox, Flavious Cox, Mrs. Irma Dailey, Mrs. Elva Day and Mrs. Dorothy Roberts.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on top of the obit is "d. May 7, 1948"

Adam Cox, aged 71 years, died suddenly about noon today (Saturday) in his home at Third and Monroe streets. He had been seriously ill for only 12 hours.

The body was removed to the Lewis Funeral Home at 815 Jackson street to be prepared. The funeral plans are incomplete.

Mr. Cox was born in Hutton township and would have observed the 72nd anniversary of his birth in June. He had resided in this vicinity all of his life and for a number of years was custodian at the Jefferson Junior High school building, until retiring due to his health.

Besides his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Cox, he leaves a son, Denzil Cox of Charleston and Mrs. Norman Harrison of Indianapolis, Ind. and Mrs. Everell Roberts, of Ashmore, daughters.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on top of the obit is "Feb. 14, 1940" I don't know whether that is the date of publish or the date of death.

Mrs. Mary Ellen Cox, known to her many friends as "Aunt Ellen" died suddenly at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening at 403 Monroe street. She had been ill with a heart ailment for the past two weeks, but had not been bedfast at any time.

The body was removed to the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home from where funeral rites will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon with the Reverend B.C. Dutton officiating. Burial will be in the Wiley Brick cemetery in Hutton township. Mrs. Cox will be taken (Thursday) afternoon to the home of a daughter, Mrs. Carroll Cox, north of Charleston to await the hour of service.

Mrs. Cox was born on a farm in Hutton township on December 19, 1864, a daughter of Joshua and Isabella Friel Johns, pioneer residents of Hutton. She was the last surviving member of a family of 14.

Mrs. Cox spent her early life in Hutton. On December 25, 1883 she was united in marriage with Chas. W. Cox. Mr. and Mrs. Cox made their home in Charleston all of their married life, residing for years at 1625 Monroe street. Mr. Cox died in August of 1933.

Surviving are: four children, Alva L. Cox and Mrs. Carroll Cox, both of Charleston, Mrs. Emory Goble of Casey and Opher Cox of Danville; 16 grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on top of the obit is "d. May 20, 1945"

William Cox, 85, dies on Sunday

William Cox, aged 85 years, retired Hutton township farmer, died at the home of his son, Roy Cox, one-half mile west of Diona, at 8:45 o'clock Sunday morning, following an illness of several months.

The funeral services will be held at the Union church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Reverend Curt Williams, a former Charleston pastor, now of Sumner, will officiate. He leaves a son, Roy of Diona, and a daughter, Mrs. Ray Walling, of Bellaire, two grandchildren and a brother, John Cox, of Salisbury. The burial will follow in Union Cemetery, near Union Center.


Unknown Newspaper, unknown date

Linley N. Cox, 58, long time and prominent Hutton township farmer, ill five days of a kidney ailment and a heat stroke, died in his home two miles northwest of Salisbury at 2:20 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon.

The body was removed to the Schouten-Lewis Funeral Home, 815 Jackson street to be prepared for burial. Funeral services had not been discussed at press time.

Mr. Cox leaves his widow, Mrs. Bessie Courtney Cox, a son, Marion, at home, two brothers, Steve Cox and Earl Cox both of Hutton, and two sisters, Mrs. Orvis Jenkins and Mrs. Mary Johns, both of Charleston.


Unknown Newspaper

The handwritten notation on top of the obit is "died Aug. 25, 1941"

Ulysses (Liss) Cox, age 67 years widely known Charleston resident, died in the family home, 304 West Van Buren street, at 6:15 o'clock last evening. The Harper-Swickard Funeral Service was called to prepare the body....Funeral services have not been arranged.

Mr. Cox was born on November 5, 1873 in Coles county and lived here all his life. Mr. Cox leaves his widow, Mrs. Giftie Cox, eight children, Flavious Cox of Charleston, Russell Cox of Mattoon, Mrs. Claude White of Lerna, Mrs. Ralph Day of Charleston, Lucien Cox of Charlotte, North Carolina, Azro Cox of Charleston, Mrs. Jack McDivitt of Chicago, and Miss Irma Cox at home. He also leaves seventeen grandchildren, three brothers, Adam Cox and Anthony Cox of Charleston and Elmer Cox of Ramsey, Ill.


The Oakland Evening Ledger, Friday Evening, June 17, 1898

Contributed by source #5

She Died in Galveston, Texas After a Long and Lingering Illness With Consumption

The Remains are Interred Beside Those of Her Mother In Rosedale Cemetery Friday

All that was mortal of Alice Fay Fewell was laid to rest beside her mother, Friday afternoon at four o'clock in beautiful Rosewood Cemetery. The body of Miss Fewell arrived in the city on the Clover Leaf having been brought from Galveston by two brothers, Charlie and Bert Fewell in order that the remains could be interred among friends.
Miss Alice Fewell died in Galveston Tuesday of consumption, whither she had gone in hopes of relief, but the long and tedious journey no doubt hastened her end for she expired two days after reaching the one place on earth where she sought to gain relief. Of her life in Oakland and in Charleston it is too well known to bear idle repitition at our hands, suffice it to say she was greatly loved and respected by all with whom she came into contact. She taught two acceptable terms of school in the latter city and two in this, but the dreadful disease had made inroads on her health and some time ago she went to Texas where she hoped to gain relief.
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at 2:30 Friday afternoon and was witnessed by an immense crowd of friends of the family. The audience presented a sweet, sad and solem gathering. It was sweet from the tender memories of the deceased that were plainly shown on every hand, and sad because around her bier were clustered her friends and companions and schoolmates in life who exhibited the deepest grief at this parting. Throughout the solem (illegible) of one thought pervaded, that a sister, a companion and schoolmate and a loveable young woman had left this sphere forever.
The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Pipher of Charleston, assisted by Rev. W.W. Wilson of this city. The sermon was as beautiful and as touching as words could make it and the speaker dwelt upon the many virtues of the body in clay before him.
The casket, a handsome one, trimmed in deep white velvet, was literally covered with floral offerings. There were flowers from her friends in Oakland and from her sister teachers in Charleston. They were many and beautiful and were the last offering the living could make for the dead. The designs were many and the selections appropriate.
At the conclusion of the services the cortege wended its way to Rosedale cemetery where they were deposited to await the final call at the last great day. And another little gray mound marks a place where a soul sleeps, loved, admired and respected by all who knew her, and they will cherish her memory forever. The parting at the grave was a sad one, and shows how deeply the affections can twine around a sister and companion. The pallbearers were Messrs. Andy Shaffer, Charlie Newman. Prof. Minter, J.Q. Kinzel, George Ringland and Crawford Cash.
A host of friends, companions in the school and church boarded the train at Charleston and accompanied the remains tothis city. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. M.A. McConnell with whom the deceased made her home, Mrs. W.E. Cunningham, Misses Lola Clark Mae Knight, Agnes Briggs, Mary Reat and Carrie Montgomery, and the Messrs. John Kirkpatrick, Harry Clark, Fred Griffith, Harry Messick and Will Kennedy.

[Contributer's note: "I found this barely holding together in an old trunk. This was my grandfather's sister. We know precious little about the Fewell family and would love to learn more. I do know that Grandfather Charlie left at a very young age to go to work for the railroad in Galveston, and was there for the Great Storm of 1900" Contact if you can help.]


Saturday, July 27, 1850

"The Illinois Globe Newspaper"

FROM THE PLAINS: We regret to learn, by several letters received in this place and vicinity, from our friends and acquantances who are on their "winding way" to California, that considerable sickness exists among them. Among those who have died, is the name of our late fellow-citizen, Dr. Wm. GOODMAN, of Salisbury Precinct. Other deaths from Illinois are recorded, but none that hail from this region.


August 18, 1853

Charleston Courier

B. Bird (colored) was found dead on the highway east of town a day or two ago. He had evidently been shot by some persons unknown. He was on a recollecting tour, presenting bills and securing produce. Bird had a large circle of relatives in this county.


c. January 1914, Unknown Newspaper
Contributed by source #6

Death Follows Brief Illness From Apoplexy

Mrs. Benjamin N. Berry Passes Away At An Advanced Age

Native of Indiana - Decedent Had Celebrated Sixty-Second Anniversary and With Her Husband Was Among The Early Pioneers of Coles County - Death Follows Quickly After an Attack of Apoplexy Saturday Morning

Mrs. Benjamin N Berry, wife of one of the early pioneers in Coles County, died at 9:30 o'clock Saturday evening at the family residence, 1121 Wabash Avenue, following a stroke of apoplexy sustained a few hours earlier. Mrs. Berry was unconscious during the entire period between the attack and her death.
The deceased woman was born in Union County, Indiana and was more than 80 years of age. She was united in marriage with Benjamin N Berry, in Indiana January 14, 1852. The couple had recently observed their sixty-second wedding anniversary.
Mr. & Mrs. Berry came to Illinois soon after their marriage and settled in Coles County, near Lerna. A little later they removed to Mattoon, where they have since resided.
Six children survive their mother: Mrs. Emma C Burnett, Nebraska City, Neb; Mrs. Belle Scott, Mattoon; George L Berry, Indianapolis; Mrs. Lillie Stevens, Chicago; Frank Berry, Mattoon; Mrs. Gertrude Pullen.


c. January 1923, Unknown Newspaper

Contributed by source #6


Mattoon's Oldest Citizen Dies At Daughter's Home

Benjamin N. Berry, known affectionately all over the city as "Uncle Ben," and said to be Coles County's oldest citizen, passed away at 7:20 o'clock Friday evening at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Scott, in Chicago.
"Uncle Ben" had been bedfast for about two weeks, or soon after celebration of the ninety-eighth anniversary of his birth at the Scott home on January 9. Mr. Berry was up and around, mingling with those assembled and it is presumed that the exertion was too great for his weakened physical powers, and he took to his bed. His death had been expected almost hourly for the last week.
The body, accompanied by the relatives, will arrive in this city at 10:30 o'clock tonight. It will be taken from the station to the home of his son Frank Berry, 1710 Wabash Avenue where it will lie until ten o'clock Sunday morning. At this hour it will be removed from the home to the Methodist Episcopal Church, where between the hours of ten and two it may be viewed by friends.
The funeral services are to be held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the church. Rev. R.F. McDaniel, former pastor but now living in Hastings, Neb., will conduct the services, assisted by Rev. C.F. Buker. Burial is to be made in Dodge Grove beside the body of the wife, who passed away on January 24, 1914.
Surviving "Uncle Ben" are six children: Mrs, E.S.Scott, Mrs. G.J. Stevens, Mrs. L.C. Burnett, and Mrs. Gertrude Pullen, all of Chicago; G.L. Berry of Indianapolis and Frank Berry of this city. There are also surviving nineteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Native of Ohio
Mr. Berry was born in Union County, Ohio on January 9 1825, having come within two years of reaching the century mark in life's journey. In the same county, on January 15 1852 he and Mrs. Berry were married. Six weeks after they were married Mr. and Mrs. Berry moved to Indiana, where they remained for three years. [contributor's note: they were born in Union Co Indiana, and lived in Ohio 3 years] From Indiana they came to Illinois in the year of 1855, settling in Pleasant Grove township on a farm near where the village of Lerna now stands. While a resident of Pleasant Grove Mr. Berry, in 1860 and again in 1864, was elected a justice of the peace, the first man to be chosen to this office in that township.
In April 1865, only a few days before the assassination of President Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Berry, with their five children, came to Mattoon, erecting a home at 1121 Wabash Avenue, in which they lived together until Mrs. Berry's death in 1914, and where "Uncle Ben" continued to make his home except at intervals, when he went to Chicago to live with his children. His home, however, was never actually "closed" as he always returned to it, and intended to return to this city when mild weather came again. In this home five more children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Berry, four of whom have passed away.
"Uncle Ben" had often told how he and his family waded through prairie grass to get from the station to the place which later became their home.

Member of City Council
In 1866 Mr. Berry was elected as a member of the city council and was re-elected in 1868. He then retired from that body until 1876, when he again became a member. In 1897 he was elected township collector.
When first coming to Mattoon Mr. Berry went into Drish & Richmond's hardware store as clerk, where he remained for seven years, after which he engaged in the grocery business with Col. Kilner, and later with Col. Richmond. He then opened a coal and wood office, in which business he remained a number of years. After this Mr. Berry again engaged in the grocery business, this time alone in a store room built on his premises.
Mr. Berry was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church since 1846. He was for forty years class leader of the church.


Unknown newspaper, c. February 1995
Contributed by
source #7

MATTOON-- William A. Louthan, 70, of Mattoon died at 5:02 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 12, 1995) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of William and Sarah Ann Sloan Louthan. He married Charlotte Weber in 1967. Also surviving are one son, two daughters, two stepsons, two stepdaughters, one brother. Mr. Louthan was a former projectionist for Kerasotes Theaters in Mattoon, a former employee of Associated Springs and an employee of J. C. Penny. He was a member of the Mattoon American Legion Post and a former volunteer for Civil Defense in Mattoon."


The funeral for William A. Louthan was Wednesday afternoon at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Randall Schiak and the Ref. Grant Bode officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the VFW Post 4325 with Loy Shook and Vic VonBehrens conducting the service.

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