Crawford County, Illinois
Genealogy and History
Obituaries and Death Notices
"We are informed that a woman named Bailey, of the vicinity of Bell Air, died of small-pox last week." [Originally from the Robinson Constitution and quoted in the Jasper County Newton Press on Feb. 17, 1876]
“Grandma” Deborah Canada, 102 years of age and this county’s oldest citizen, died at her home in Hutsonville Monday morning at 12:30 o’clock.1 The aged lady had been in failing health for several years and her infirmities together with injuries received from a fall at her home Friday afternoon, caused death.
Grandma Canada received wide publicity on the advent of her 100th birthday and the two anniversaries that followed. She was the oldest the of the few remaining pioneers in the country and following the death of Uncle Joe Ford of Flat Rock several weeks ago she was the on1y living person 100 years old in Crawford county..
She was born in Terre Haute, the daughter of Thomas Spencer2, a veteran of the War of 1812, who came west from Virginia. When a little girl, her father was rewarded for his services by a grant of land in Clark county and the Spencer family moved to Illinois.
She married William Canada in 1850 and soon after they moved to the river village of Hutsonville where they were to rear their children and live the remainder of their lives. Her husband preceded her in death some thirty years ago.
When 100 years old an Argus reporter visited Grandma Canada and found her an alert little old woman with a vast fund of historical information and with a keen interest in the present day.
The span of her lifetime reached back past the administration of Andrew Jackson, seventh president at the United States. She remembered the talk about Abraham Lincoln, the awkward young boy from Illinois who wee making a name for himself and was prominently mentioned as a candidate for president. When she came to Hutsonville steamboats paddled up and down the Wabash. Deer end wild turkey abounded in the wooded lands hereabout.
In late years she was unable to walk alone and spent most of her hours sitting in a chair in the living room of the very house her husband erected mere then a half century ago. Had it not been for her fall she might have lived for several years.
Coroner John W. Long conducted an inquiry into the death Monday afternoon. Clifford Canada, grandson of the deceased who has lived at the Canada home for several years was the only witness questioned. He said that his aged grandmother fell shortly alter noon Friday after he had assisted her to the bedroom. Dr. Voorheis was called to the home and it was learned her hip was fractured. She failed steadily and died quietly early Monday.
The deceased is survived by three children, Mrs. Cora Lee Gill of Hutsonville, Mrs. Estella Buckner of Shelby, Montana, and Charley Canada at home.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Hutsonville Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. E. P. Nay officiating. Interment [was] made in the Hutsonville cemetery. [date of death: Jan 1 1935 - Submitted by Sandy Cirullo who adds this note: "Her parents were Thomas Spencer b. circa 1794 in KY, and Sarah Preston b. circa 1804".]
Deborah "Grandma" Canada, Crawford County's oldest resident, died today at that age of 102 years, having reached the age on May 10, 1934.
Death resulted from a fractured leg as the result of a fall suffered by the aged lady at her home in Hutsonsville last Friday, according to coroner John W, Long who conducted an inquiry into the death this afternoon.
"Grandma" as she was familiarly known to the residents of Hutsonville with whom she had lived for 82 years of her life had been fairly active up to the time of her injury that resulted in her death. She was born at Terre Haute, Ind. She readily recalled upon her recent birthday the early history of Crawford county said how the women got put into the fields and worked alongside of the men. her childish memory recalled a vivid memory of the Indians that occupied this territory at that time. She was a member of the family of nine children and also the mother of nine children. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Ed Buckner of Shelby, Mont., Mrs. John Gill of Hutsonville and Charles, who made his home with his mother.. Mrs. Canada passed away at 12:30 a. m. this morning.
"Work hard, do anything that is right," was Grandma's advice to those aspiring to be 100 years old. Her two cardinal virtues of which she was very proud were. "I never swear or tell stories."
Seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren survive.
Funeral services will be held at the First Christian church in Hutsonville Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. E. T. Nay in charge, Burial will be made in the old cemetery.
“The Last Roll Call—It counted Wednesday evening of last week at 4:15, for Comrade Wm. Caughey, who was a soldier of two regiments during the late war for the Union—and having two honorable discharges. The deceased was…73 years, 5 months, and 6 days old when he died. He had been falling, unable to do any work for about ten years before his death, and for the past two or three years was unable to be about, his enfeebled condition being the result of hardship and exposure during the army service. Religiously, Mr. Caughey was originally a Presbyterian, belonging to what was known as the ‘Seceders.’ Then when this branch united with another he became a member of the United Presbyterian, and was at one time an elder. Having no church of his choice in Robinson he affiliated with the Christian Church here, and was for some time a teacher in the Sunday School. The funeral took place Friday at 10:00 a.m. from his residence, services being conducted by Elder W. C. Swartz, after which the remains were followed to the cemetery by a number of old comrades and friends, and there laid away to rest.” [Unknown newspaper, December 9, 1897]
Carrie Grace Cobb
Carrie Grace Cobb was born January 14, 1883 near Palestine, the youngest daughter of Allen and Ella Overholser Cobb. Two sisters and one brother having preceded her in death she was the only remaining member of this union.
In 1903 she was united in marriage to Francis Marion Mickey of Palestine vicinity who also preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1939. to this union was born ten children, five daughters and five sons, two of whom have also preceded her in death. One daughter, Clara Olive, who died in infancy and one son, Kenneth Earl who lost his life when struck by a train during a snow storm on March 25, 1947.
Surviving are four daughters, Francis Ireland of Palestine; Mary McNamara of Terre Haute; Alma Garrard of Palestine and Pauline Linton, Terre Haute. Four sons, Ray of Bradley; Roscoe of Terre Haute; Marshall of San Francisco, Calif., and Dean of San Diego, Calif., also surviving are eight grandchildren and five greet grandchildren.
She departed this life on May 6, 1969 at the age of 86 years, three months and 22 days, after having lived her entire life in the Palestine vicinity. [unknown newspaper, c. May 7, 1969]
The funeral of services of Elmer Ford were conducted by Rev. Wm. Tilroe last Wednesday morning at the family residence. The remains were interred in the Jones Cemetery. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 18 Oct 1894]
M.A. Haskett died at his home in Palestine Wednesday last, after a severe afflication of some years duration. He was about 37 years old. He leaves a wife and one child. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 18 Jan 1900]
James Higgins, Sr
Probably the oldest man in [the] county was James Higgins, Sr. Palestine Tp., who died s[ome] weeks ago. He was 84 years [of] age. It is thought that he had -- pile of gold buried, but failed [to] give any account of it before [he] died fearing his heirs would fi[ght] over it. [From the Casey Times and reprinted in the Newton Press (Jasper County, IL) June 11, 1874]
Albert Johnson was born in Crawford county, Ills., December 25, 1861. His boyhood was spent with his father on farm in his native county, where he formed those habits of industry and a character that were ever afterward manifest in his life. Four years ago he came to this city to make his brother Benjamin's house his home. He his kindness and consideration deepens the attachmont of both his brother and his brother's family to him and won him many friends. He was married last June to Miss Keeney, with whom he lived happily until so soon and suddenly they were separated by death. He was engaged as ___man on the __ St. L. road, and on Monday he went to Terre Haute, where he became the ___ [faded] Tuesday ____ [paper faded] of sympathizing friends. As his memory is cherished, may the lesson of his sudden decease lead many to daily live for the better world. [Mattoon Gazette (Mattoon, IL)8 Jan 1886, Fri]
Robinson, Ill -- E.E. Murphy, the oldest continuous merchant in Crawford County, died this morning at 2 o'clock of heart failure. Probably no merchant was better known than he in Southern Illnois. He went home at about 8 o'clock last night, feeling better than he had for some time. [The St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, Mo.), January 10, 1903, Page 10]
The death of Andrew Newlin, a well known citizen of our county, which occurred at his home in Hutsonville township, on Monday, 15th inst. will be a surprise to many who did not know of his illness. Mr. Newlin was born in this county June 25, 1829, being the youngest son of Wm. and Rachel Newlin, both of whom were natives of North Carolina. He was raised on a farm near Hutsonville, and was married April 8, 1852, to mary Holmes, who died a few years ago. To them were born ten children. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois)25 Jan 1900]
Mrs. Jerry Preacher, nee Ethel Green, died at her home in Palestine, Friday morning of cancer. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 18 Jan 1900]
Mrs. Betsy Price, three miles southeast of Oblong was found dead in bed Sunday morning. There was an empty bottle of Laudanum found by the bed, and a note stating that she had taken her own life because she did not want to live any longer. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 18 Oct 1894]
James Thompson, of Duncanville, died at his home Wednesday morning of brain trouble. Interment at Beck with Friday at 11 a.m. [The Sumner Press (Sumner, Illinois) 18 Jan 1900]
Lawrence White, Palestine, dies; rites Sunday......
Lawrence L. White, 75, Palestine, died Friday afternoon at 5:45 at the Mary Sherman Hospital, Sullivan, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Eva; three sons, LeRoy White, Robinson; Mac White and Foy Lee White, both of Palestine; and three daughters, Mrs. Karl (Lorene) Whites, Robinson; Mrs. Oris (Ella Mae) Knoblett; and Mrs. Herbert (Velma) Boyles, Robinson. Also surviving are one brother, Darrell White, Hutsonville; two sisters, Mrs. Bert Thatcher, West York; Mrs. Chauncey Lowe, Annaheim, Calif.; and 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Earl B. Peterson, Plain Dealing, La., in 1967. The daughter-in-law survives him.
Mr. White was former supervisor of Lamotte Township and a long time member of the Grange. Funeral services will be held Sunday, at 3:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Church with Rev. Carl Hall officiating, with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation began at Goodwine funeral home at 4 p.m. today. [Unknown date/newspaper - Contributed by Cindy McCachern]
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