Cumberland County, Illinois
Obituaries



These obituaries are from miscellaneous sources....The Jasper County Newton Press newspaper, the Toledo Democrat, the Charleston (Coles County) Courier, researcher contributions, etc. Use your browser's FIND function to search for names.


Adams, Mrs. Hannah
Mrs. Hannah Adams died 1 September 1872. She was the only daughter of Josiah White of this place. For several years, she had been living with her husband in Camden, South Carolina, which place she left for home a few days ago and hardly lived to reach her parents, dying the day after reaching home. She was buried on Monday. A large concoarse of friends and relatives followed her remains to the grave. (age appears to be 20 years and a few days. Print faded.)
[Cumb. Democ., Friday, 6 September 1872].

Adams, Sarah (Snearley)
Sarah Snearley was born July 15, 1825, near Canton, Ohio.  She was married to Jeremiah Adams Sept. 1, 1844, and to this union ten children were born, four of whom have preceded her to the world beyond.  Four daughters, Mrs. Effie Maxey, Mrs. Alice Finney, Mrs. Olive Gore and Mrs. Mary E. Sample, together with two sons, Oscar and Frank Adams, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of friends are left to mourn their loss.  Her husband departed this life on March 27, 1910.
At an early age she enlisted in the army of the Lord, under the banner of the Methodist Episcopal church and has ever since proved faithful to the cause.
For a number of years she had been an invalid, often suffering great pain, but she was at all times patient and never murmured or complained, but always said that when it was the Lord’s will for her to go she was ready.
In the early hours of a new day when the world was awakening she passed to her reward in the great beyond on Aug. 10, 1914, surrounded by her four daughters and some sorrowing friends, at the ripe old age of  89 years and 26 days.  She is not lost, but gone before.
Foot note:  According to what I found out about her from family trees posted on the web, she died at Hazel Dell, Cumberland County, IL
Unknown what paper the article is from.
From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of  Casey  & Johnson Twp, Clark County.
Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)

Adamson, Henry
VALIEK - Henry M Adamson. 77. of Valier, formerly of Greenup, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 27. 2000) at his residence. The funeral will be held at 13 p.m. Sunday at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup with Pastor Brooke Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Greenup Cemetery with military rites by the Cumberland County Veterans

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He was born Sept. 16,1923, in Greenup, the son of Charles Roy and Lola (Shepherd) Adamson. He married Maria Sophia Stock in 1952; she survives.
Also surviving are one son Michael Adamson of Valier. two daughters, Emily Mickelwait of Fairfax. Va„ and  Dorothea Merit) of Walnut, Iowa: two brothers; Forrest Adamson of Brazil. Ind and Lee Adamson of Greenup: two sisters, Marie Walters and Aileen Cordes. both of Toledo: and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded In death by one son and two brothers. Mr. Adamson was a Master Sergeant in the army for 22 years retiring in 1966. He was a lifetime member of the Greenup VFW Post 4598 and the Greenup American Legion Post 566.
Contributed by James Winnett

Akers, Mary - Aunt Mary Akers is dead. She left friends and home last Monday for the next world. She was 75 years old. Her oldest brother was Ambrose Yocum, the first sheriff of Coles County, who died from exposure in the line of his duty by riding through the bleak prairies of this -- Coles County--for this county (Cumberland) was then a part of Coles.
Her mother, Mary Eve Yocum, died at the age of 84 and her remains rest in the Dry Grove Cemetery. Her only other brother, Thornton Yocum who died in Coles County, all except Aunt Elizabeth Coleman who, though feeble, still survives.
`Her sisters married as follows: Catharine married Rev. Miles H. Hart and lived and died on the old homestead, four miles south of Mattoon; Fanny married Nathan Ellington, for long years clerk of the circuit court of Coles County, and part of the time county clerk as well. Ellington was killed without any fault of his. The other member of the family was Elizabeth C. Cunningham, mother of the editor of this paper. Her remains lie in the old Dry Grove graveyard.
When Aunt Mary was a beautiful sprightly girl living with Uncle Nathan Ellington in Charleston, she married Philip O'Dell, of that place, and the result of the union was one son, Clarence, who now lives in the west. When she married last it was to Joshau Akers who is left to mourn his loneliness.
Joshau and Aunt Mary started in life to make money and succeeded. They never had but one child, Thornton, who lives in Dry Grove and is one of the prosperous farmers of the county. 1894 Greenup Press, Greenup, IL

Albert, Frances W. , 86, of Hidalgo died Saturday (July 10, 2004) in Cumberland Nursing Center, Greenup. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Christ The King Catholic Church, Greenup, with Father Chris Brey and Father Luke Spannagel officiating. Visitation will be 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday in Barkley Funeral Chapel, Greenup. Burial will be in Hayes Cemetery, Hidalgo. Memorials: Higher Ground Quartet Ministries. Frances was born Oct. 2, 1917, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Josephine Kurtecki Wilga. She worked as an accountant for several years in the Rockford area. She married Ernest Thurston in 1938. He preceded her in death in 1978. She married Charles R. Albert in 1981. He preceded her in death in 1988. Surviving are her son, James Thurston of Pecatonica; stepdaughter, Donna (John) Spannagel of Hidalgo; stepgrandchildren, Father Luke Spannagel of Nauvoo; Rebekah (Mark) Volk and daughter, Kate, and Jacob Spannagel, all of Effingham.

Albert, Mrs. Sophia
    Mrs. Sophia Albert was born April 15, 1857 and after an illness of three weeks at her home died October 5, 1933 at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 20 days.
She was the fourth of seven children of Mr. and Mrs. John Shott, who came to America from near Bambery, Germany about 1850, her elder sister, Barbara being born in Germany; her elder brother John at Cincinnati, Ohio and she and her sister Christina at Cincinnati Indiana. When she was just a child, her parents came yet farther west, traveling by wagon to Illinois, settling near Hazel Dell, and later living near Point Pleasant and Rose Hill.As quite a young girl she began earning her own way, living with the Reichard family near Yale for seven years and with the Dodd family near Tuscola two years. For the last fifty-five years she has lived in the Hays community west of Hidalgo.
    On May 30, 1878 she was united in marriage to John Albert, who was a civil War veteran of the 97th Illinois Infantry and preceded her in death September 16, 1912. To this union five children were born; Henry, Mary and Elijah dying as children and William and Charles surviving. Not only to her own children, but to several generations she has been mother: four step-children, Mazy. Eva, John, and Ore; her granddaughter Bertha; a grandson Ray; and a great grandson Edgar; and to many people she was always Aunt Sofe. She leaves to mourn her death two brothers, John M Shott of Newton and Henry Shaft of Rose Hill; one sister Mrs. Jerome (Trace) White of Vandalia; two sons William of Greenup and Charles of Hidalgo, three grandchildren, Bertha, Elmer and Ray, five great grandchildren, one step-daughter, Mrs. Eva may, Twenty-one step-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
    As a young woman, she became a member of the Methodist Church and cherished deeply the fundamental teachings of Christianity
Her long life has been rich with friendships and achievement. It was instinctive for her to believe the best of the people she knew. She enjoyed keenly having people about her. Her home was always bright with hospitality; her generosity boundless, She was ever eager to be doing the work that was to be done, whether it was for herself or for others. She was never one to sit idly with folded hands. One of her sayings was: “If you want a thing done, do it yourself,” and she always attacked the work at hand with zest and was not willing to stop until she had finished what she started. To the people who have known her, she brought low and friendship sympathy and courage, loyalty and faith The memory of her - her personality, her character, and all the countless things she did to make life peasant for those around her will live on and on,
though we can no longer hear her voice or clasp her hand again.
    Funeral services conducted by Rev. J.E. Spencer of Hidalgo were held on Sunday afternoon, October 8th at the Hays Methodist Church with interment in the Hays cemetery nearby. A Hidalgo quartet, accompanied by Mrs. W.E. Moore furnished music.
    Pallbearers were, Elmer and Ray Albert, grandsons, Elijah Albert. Step-grandson; Roy Surber, Step-grandson, Earl Burwell and Harold King, friends and neighbors.


Albin, Dr. G.W.  died at his residence in Neoga Wednesday evening. He was one of the oldest physicians in the county, having practiced medicine in this vicinity for nearly forty years. The funeral services were
held in the Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. G.B. Black, assisted by local ministers.The Knight Templars, Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges were present and took part in the obsequies. Twenty knights from Mattoon were in attendance. The Doctor leaves a widow and three children and a large number of relarives and friends. The remains were interred in the Neoga Cemetery

Aleshire, Mrs. Amanda M. , wife of Benjamin Aleshire died June 28, 1874 in the 54th year of her life. The deceased had been suffering from consumption for several years, and since February last, had been confined to her bed. Mrs. Aleshire leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss, in addition to a large circle of friends and relatives. The deceased was born 1828 in Lawrence County, Ohio, but for many years had been a resident of Cumberland County. Mrs. Aleshire was a lady very much respected by all who knew her, for many years a consistent and worthy member of the M.E. Church.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday July 10th  1874 page 2 column 3)

Allen, Charles J. - was born near Greenup, Sept. 22, 1836 and died suddenly at his home southeast of Greenup July 11, 1905. He was married at Greenup, October 3, 1865 to Rachel Wharton. Nine children: Eva M., Mary S., (Mrs. A.A. Travis), Warren, Nancy Jane (Mrs. James Scott), Laura E. (Mrs. Mike Dillier) Minnie, deceased, Charles, Nora M. (Mrs. h.W. Kelly) and Ollie (Mrs. Otto Wade). Buried at Hazel Dell.
1905 Greenup Press, Greenup. IL.

Allen, Max D., 79, son of Charles and Vera Allen, was born Jan. 10, 1923, at Greenup, Ill. He died Oct. 28, 2002, at his home at Huggins. Mr. Allen retired from Fisher Body Co., a division of General Motors Corp., in Willow Springs, Ill., after 24 years. Mr. Allen lived in Goose Lake, Morris, Ill., until his retirement. He moved to Huggins in 1984. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston, where he was an elder. He was also a member of Union Auto Workers UAW. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to play pool and golf. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna Calhoun; one stepson, Aage Hansen; three broth-ers, one sister and one great-grandson. Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Ellen Stott Allen; three children, Mary Jennings of Chebanse, Ill., Dale Allen of Kankakee, Ill., and Lois Love  of Bonfield, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Violette Baskerville of Wilmington, Ill.; two brothers, Carl of Mattoon, Ill., and Walter of Cowden, Ill.; one sister, Mary Biggs of Lerna, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Services were Oct. 30 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Houston with David Kettner officiating. Burial was in the Number One  Cemetery at Huggins under the direction of Evans Funeral Home of Houston.

Alumbaugh, Grace L., 93, of Casey, homemaker, died at 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at Heartland Manor Nursing Home, Casey. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with burial in Jewett Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Kathleen A. Ault, 78, of Greenup, died at 9:50 a.m. Friday (Jan. 23, 2004) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup. Burial will be in Hazel Dell Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel. She was born Sept. 9, 1925, in Charleston, the daughter of Albert and Florence Duckworth Curl.
She married William "Bud" Ault in 1942; he survives. Also surviving are three sons, Ken Ault and Alan Ault, both of Greenup, and Ted Ault of Hidalgo; two daughters, Sheryl Bowden of  Springfield and Janeen Noyes of Casey; one brother, Dennis Curl of Shelbyville; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren;
and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one son and two grandchildren. Mrs. Ault was a homemaker and had worked at Ettelbrick Shoe Co. in Greenup and Casey. She was a member of the Rose Hill United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


Anderson, James - Mexican War Veteran. View obituary on the Coles County Site

Anderson, Exie Bernice
Mrs. Exie Bernice Anderson 91,101N.W.4th St. Casey, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 15, 2000), at the Heartland Manor in Casey. She was a retired restaurant cook. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Harmony Cemetery, located north of Greenup, with the Rev. Richard Willis officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until departure to the cemetery. Markwell and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement. Mrs Anderson was born Feb.10, 1909, in Diona, the daughter of Grover Douglas and Lillie Mae Fasig Ashby. She married William Elvin Anderson on Feb. 26,1927. in Terre Haute, Ind He died on Oct 14,1995. Survivors include one grandson. Tim Anderson of Casey; one granddaughter, Denise Anderson of  Independence, Mo.;  one great grandson, Eric Anderson of Kohler. Wise.; one great-grand-daughter. Emily Anderson of Casey; and one daughter-in-law Carolyn Anderson of Casey. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Jim Anderson four brothers, and one sister. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Casey.
Contributed by James Winnett


Arnold, George Washington - Funeral held in Jewett Saturday December 19, 1932......The funeral of George Washington Arnold was conducted in his home in this village on Saturday, Rev. Verne Morlage officiating. Burial was in the Jewett Cemetery. He died Wednesday. Mr. Arnold, 86 years, the oldest resident of Jewett was born in Jasper County on June 5, 1846 and on February 8, 1870 married Miss Olive O'Dell. The children are Ivy Arnold of Pontiac, Michigan, George Arnold Jr. of Mattoon, Mrs. Elizabeth Beals of Jewett, Mrs. Rose Andrews, and Lewis Arnold of Argyle. There are 25 grandchildren , and 14 great grandchildren. He belonged to the Church of Christ since the age of 16 years.
Arnold Funeral
Funeral services for George W. Arnold were held in the Christian Church in Jewett Saturday. Burial was in the Jewett Cemetery. Mr. Arnold had been in ill health for the last several weeks. He was 86 years old and leaves his widow and several children. Contributed by Barb Arnold Moksnes [ moxy5@sbcglobal.net]

Arnold, Mrs. George Washington - Jewett Woman Seriously Hurt.....Mrs. George Washington Arnold of Jewett is in serious condition in Memorial Hospital suffering from a skull fracture and severe body bruises sustained shortly after 1 o'clock today when she fell from a car driven by her brother Joseph O'Dell of Arcola. The accident occured on Route 25 between Humbolt and Arcola.
    Mrs. Arnold was accompanying her brother to Arcola for a visit O'Dell told hospital. He attempted to go around a truck, but the truck suddenly turned to the left and to avoid a collision, he left the pavement. The car leaving the pavement unlatched the door against which she was leaning. Little hope is held for the recovery of Mrs. Arnold who is 79 years of age. {Date of article is thought to be Dec. 27, 1932, and she did in fact die of her injuries...}
MRS. ARNOLD DIES FROM HER INJURIES
Born April 13, 1853-December 28,1932
Mrs. George Washington Arnold of Jewett, passed away at 7:15 o'clock Tuesday evening in Memorial Hospital, succumbing to injuries sustained early Tuesday afternoon when she fell out of an automobile driven by her brother, Joseph O'Dell, of Arcola. A door of the car, against which she was leaning suddenly came open and she fell to the pavement.
The accident occurred on Rt 25 between Humboldt and Arcola, when Mr. O'Dell attempted to go around a truck moving in the same direction. She sustained a skull fracture and severe body bruises. The body was taken to the home of a son, George Arnold, 709 N. 21st St and held there until 3 o'clock this afternoon, when it was taken to her own home in Jewett. The funeral will be held in Jewett at 10 o'clock on Friday morning. Burial will be in the Jewett Cemetery. Her husband George Washington Arnold died about two weeks ago. She came to Mattoon after his funeral and visited with her son, George Arnold until Tuesday afternoon, when she left Mattoon with her brother of Arcola. Mrs. Arnols was 79 years of age. Her children are Lewis and a married daughter, Rose Andrews living in Caledonia, Illinois, Ivy Arnold of Michigan, Mrs. Lizzie Beals of Jewett and George Arnold of Mattoon. Mr. O'Dell is an only brother. She had a sister living in Nebraska. [Unknown newspaper, Wednesday, December 28, 1932] Contributed by Barb Arnold Moksnes [ moxy5@sbcglobal.net]

Askew, Harrison
     A gloom of sorrow enshrouded our community, Wednesday, when the sad intellegence reached us that a former citizen of Union Township had passed away at his home in St. Louis and as we delve into the archives of the past and find
that Mr. Askew was a native of Union Township, being born and raised on a farm east of what is know as the Plum Grove School House and on the "Old Askew Homestead".  He was the son of Allen and Melvina Askew, who were well respected citizens of those days and who were one of the pioneer settlers of the community and who did much in clearing the forrests and doing their part in bringinng about the civilization of the community.  The father will be remember
by some of the now living citizens as "Sawmill Allen".
     Mr. Harrison Askew left this community some thirty or forty years ago and has since lived at St. Louis, where he had many sympathizing friends.  In his departure Mrs. Askew has lost a dutiful husband, his children a loving father, his neighbors an ardent friend.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Belle Askew, and four children, namely Earl, Samuel, Mrs. Irene Miles of Vincenes, and  Mrs. Ethel Dorsey of Bloomington and six grand children.  His own brothers and sisters were Nancy, Ann, Louise, Arene, George, John and Stephen. All of whom preceeded him to the Great Beyond, except Nancy, Ann and Stephen who are yet citizens of Union Township and those who are familiar with the genealogy of this family will remember the following as step-brothers and sisters of the Askew family, whose names are quite familiar to many of our citizens at the present time.  Among them are James Berry, William H., Margaret and Adeline Walls.
     The subject of our sketch was born in Union Township, June 18, 1854, being at the time of his departure 76 years, 10 months and 11 days of age.
     He succumbed to a heart attact Wednesday morning, April 29, 1931.   The funeral services were held at two o'clock Thursday, from Schildman's Funeral Home on Madison Avenue.  The interment being at the St. John's
Cemetery.  Reverend Phillips of Granite City Baptist Church had charge of the funeral services.
     The writer wishes to extend our sincere sympathy in this sad hour of bereavement, and hope that you will heal the afliction of Sorrow.
J. A. Decker.
Contributed by James Winnett


Askew, Stephen Alexander
     Stephen Alexander Askew, son of Allen and Rebecca Ellen Askew was born June 14, 1881, and departed this life Saturday October 22, 1932, age 61 years,
4 months and 8 days.
     He was married to Alma McMillan May 2, 1895, and to this union was born one daughter who died in infancy.
     He has been a father to Ruby Walls since her mother passed away when she was but eighteen months old.  He and his good wife have loved and cared for her as an own daughter.  No child could have been more dutiful and loving to parents that she has been for the last nineteen years.
     He, with his wife and Ruby, have lived a happy and contented life in their home near Union Center.   He was affectionate and kind to them, always trying to make home a place of comfort and enjoyment.
     He was a good neighbor, ever ready to help anyone in need, and will be greatly missed by a host of relatives and friends together with many nieces and nephews, who loved uncle Steve very much.
     He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at Greenup.  A firm believer and doer of its principles.  He tried to live as he thought his master would have him.  We feel that our loss was his eternal gain.
     Besides his bereved wife and Ruby, he leaves to mourn his departure, 4 sisters, Mrs. Nancy Cutright, Mrs. Ann Strong, Mrs. Louisa McMillan and Mrs. Margaret Carrell.  Also a brother, Will Walls of Baxter Springs, Kansas.  His father and mother and five brothers and four sisters preceded him to the better world several years ago.  Farewell dear Father, but not forever.
     There will be a glorious dawn, We shall meet to part no more, No  Never on the resurrection morn Tho' the deferent form lies sleeping In the cold and silent tomb Thou shalt have a glorious waking When the blessed Lord makes room.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for the assistance and kindness given us during the illness and after the death of our dear one.
  Mrs. Alma Askew &   Ruby Wall
Contributed by James Winnett

Ault, Mrs. Clone - (Minnie F. Roberts), 92, of Greenup died at 9:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 1983 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham. Funeral Services were scheduled this afternoon at Barkley Funeral Home, Greenup, with burial in Hazel Dell Cemetery.
Mrs. Ault was born in Cumberland County, the daughter of Augustine and Laura Roberts. She married Clone Ault in 1910. He died in 1976. Surviving are a son, William "Bud" of Greenup; daughters, Irene Kingerly of Toledo, Imogene Swick and Helen Park, both of Greenup; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, four brothers and two sisters. (src: June Swick Kessinger, djk@acronet.net)

Bader, Henry - - Another Old Settler Passes Away
Uncle Henry is no more. For years until within the last few months his familiar face has wont to be seen upon the streets of Toledo when he
would come to town after his mail, to sell his grain, and market his produce, but it will be seen no more. The cycle of death has cut him
off and he has gone from earthly action to a home beyond the rolling river. Ever since the death of his first wife which occurred on October 9, 1889, Uncle Henry's health has been falling which terminated in death at 9 o'clock Sunday night.
The deceased moved from Ohio to Illinois in 1847 and was the oldest settler residing in southwest Sumpter Township - a citizen than whom
none more fully had the confidence and respect of his neighbors. His word was as good as his bond. Add to trust, charity and love of
fellowman and you have the cardinal points of his character. By his first marriage were ten children, six of whom are still living as follows: William, Asa, and Fredrick, Mrs. Riley White, Mrs. Kelly Morgan, and Mrs. Jennie Tussing, all residents of this county except the latter who resides in Nebraska. In September last, the deceased was united in marriage with Mrs. Susan Walker, who survives him. The remains were interred at the Salem Cemetery on Monday afternoon, a large concourse of people being present.
Contributed by Sara Hemp <cryssara@merr.com> who states: "I found this while researching my Bader ancestors, also moved from Ohio to Illinois in 1845 and some moving to Nebraska. Looking for a connection to my family." Sara's original source for this info was: "Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly", Volume VI, Number 3, Fall 1974, page 154, submitted by Mrs. Carl Stein, Jr., 4902 53nd Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin , 53140, "Copied from the July 1891 Toledo, (Cumberland County) Illinois, this obituary is for my great grandfather, Henry Bader. The copy from Springfield was was almost unreadable, and I note no name of the paper other than Toledo."

Bailey, Marie Fogleman, 78, of Danville, passed away at 7:20 a.m. Monday (July 4, 2005) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center. She was born on June 1, 1927, in Greenup, Ill., the daughter of Earl and Elsie (Shull) Fogleman. She married William Henderson in 1946 and has two daughters from this union, Susan Foster and Cinda (Jack) Overman, both of Indianapolis. She married Wayne Bailey in 1955 and has one son of this union, Troy (Santos) Bailey of Hanford, Calif.
Marie was blessed with six grandchildren, Fred (Barbara) and Stephen (Tammy) Foster, Sheri (David) LeVine, Christopher (Jennifer) Bailey, Kylie and Taylor Overman; five great-grandchildren; Jonathan and Emily Foster, Khaiah and Soren Foster, and Josh LeVine. Marie is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Linda Cannon of Oakwood, Luanne (Bob) Jarvis of Westville, Ron (Olga) Fogleman of Danville, John (Dotsy) Fogleman of Danville, and Millie (Mike) Wilson of Danville, Kathy, Jimmy, Mary, Debbie, Nancy, Shawn, and Beth Ryan of the Washington, D.C., area, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews, one sister-in-law, Ella Fogleman of Florida, and two special long time friends, Wilma Richardson and Beverly Baughman. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee and Victor Fogleman, three sisters, Avis and Margaret Fogleman, and Clara Ryan, a sister-in-law, Virginia Fogleman, and a great-nephew, Scottie Bell.
Marie devoted her entire life to her family and was greatly loved by all. She will be sadly missed. Marie attended Greenup schools and graduated in the class of 1945 from Greenup High School and was a graduate of the Danville Beauty School in 1961. Marie moved to Danville and began working with General Electric in 1949 and continued to work there through the transition to Valmont, retiring in 1991. She was an avid sports fan and was a diehard Cubs fan. She was passionate about reading and enjoyed volunteering at the Danville Public Library book sales. Marie was a member of the General Electric Retirees. She enjoyed spending time with her extensive family. Celebration of life service for Marie Earlene Fogleman Bailey will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2005 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Rev. Dr. Don Vanzant officiating. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery, Greenup, Ill., with graveside service at 3 p.m. Thursday following the services in Danville. Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at the funeral home. The family requests that memorials be made in the form of contributions to the Danville Public Library, American Heart Association, or an organization of donor’s choice in memory of Marie Bailey.


Baker, Mrs. Mollie
The death of Mrs. C.C. Baker, in Woodbury Township, on February 18th, 1874, at age 23 years 10 months and 23 days of Dropsey.
"Mollie" was born in Morgan County, Indiana, March 21, 1850 and came with her father to Jasper County, Illinois in 1858, where she lived ever since. She was married to C.C. Baker in Effingham September, 1872 by the Rev. Dr. Hawley. Since that time she has lived in Woodbury Township. She was respected by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and a large circle of friends.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday February 19, 1874 page 3 column 4)

Baker, Ruth M.
Ruth M. Baker, 87, of Neoga, Ill., passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County. Born April 4, 1917, in Cumberland County, she was the daughter of Fred W. and Maggie B. (Lugar) Baker. Among her survivors are a sister, Mary Vagel of DeKalb; 10 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and -nephews; and 33 great-great-nieces and -nephews. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home Inc. in Neoga, with the Rev. Robert Clark officiating. Burial will be at Neoga Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bales, Clifford R. (Tip)
Clifford R. "Tip" Bales, 86, of Neoga, passed away at 4:20 a.m., Sunday, April 25, 2004, in the Heartland Christian Village of Neoga, Illinois.
He was born September 16, 1917, in Stewardson, Illinois, the son of Preston and Emma (Ashenbremmer) Beals. Tip served in the United States Navy during World War II, and was a retired Engineer from Local 841 of Terre Haute, Indiana, a member of the American Legion Post # 278 of Neoga and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4325 of Mattoon, International Union of Operating Engineers - Local 841 of Terre Haute, Indiana, and the Eagles Club of Mattoon. He married Dolores Lane on November 22, 1947 in Toledo, Illinois. Mr. Bales leaves his wife, Dolores Bales of Neoga; sons, William Bales and wife Sandra of Fredericksburg, Texas, Steven L. Bales and wife Naomi of Charleston, South Carolina, Dennis G. Bales and wife Debbie of Altamont, and Jerry L. Bales and wife Marilyn of Neoga; brothers, Leo "Jack" Beals and wife Pauline, Ralph Beals and wife Dixie, and Emil "Shorty" Beals and wife Ernalee all of Shelby Co., Illinois; sisters, Mildred Tarrant
of Shelby Co., Frances Kelly and husband Rolla of Shumway, and Rosalee Waller of Petersburg, Illinois; twelve grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mr. Bales was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Kenneth, one infant sister, Geneva, and one granddaughter, Tammy. Memorials may be made to the Heartland Christian Village - Auxiliary Fund, or to donor's choice. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2004, in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery of Neoga, with the Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Military services will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #4325 of Mattoon.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at the Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home in Neoga

Bancroft, Lincoln
LINCOLN BANCROFT FATALLY INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT EFFINGHAM
Lincoln Bancroft, aged 65, of Moweagun, formerly of Greenup was fatally injured Thursday morning about 8 o'clock while driving south on Route 45 South of Effingham 11 miles. He was taken to St. Anthony hospital by Mr. Orlie Storm and

Charles Walker of Mason Ill. who lives close to the scene of the accident. Lincoln was found to be in a very serious condition, and died about 15 minutes after he entered the hospital. The men who took Mr. Bancroft to the hospital told some of the hospital employees that they found Bancroft's car burning and looked inside and saw him upside down on the floor near the front seat. The car left the pavement and hit a concrete abutment which was near by, after which his car caught fire. He apparently was knocked unconscious. Local Physicians found that he had a fractured skull, compound fracture of the right ankle, severe lacerations on the face and also severe bruises on other parts of the body. No burns were found on the body.
Mr. Bancroft was born in Johnstown, Cumberland County June 30, 1877 and lived in Greenup most of the time until 17 years ago when he moved to Taylorville, Ill. He was married in early life to Birdie Cochonour of Vandalia, Ill., and to
this union was born three children; Harold, Glen Edward, and Lucille, birdie preceded him in death.
Mr. Bancroft while living in Greenup served one term as Mayor and later was elected as a Republican Representative to the 43rd senatorial district in 1914 and was re-elected  in 1918,1920,1922 and 1924. During the time he was in office he was very instrumental in securing the construction of State Routes 45 and 138 thru Greenup. Following his retirement from the assembly he settled in Taylorville, and engaged in the real estate business. He was married June 5th 1941 to Mrs. Nell Slatton of Mowernges, where he resides.
(Died July 1942)
Contributed by James Winnett

Barger, Harry
Harry Barger, well known farmer, passed away suddenly Friday living in the Cottonwood neighborhood passed away  suddenly Friday, January 24, at his home, after a brief illness of a few days. Death was due to heart attack.
He was the son of S. J. and Carrie Badger, born in Cumberland county March 4, 1882, and passed away Jan. 24, 1936, at the age of 53 years, 10 months and 20 days.
On November 16, 1904 he was united in marriage to Myrtle S. Croy of Janesville, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle one brother, Ed Barger, one sister Mrs. John Tippott; two half brothers. Virgil and Jess
Barger; and one half sister, Emma Foot. Funeral services were conducted from the Janesville church Sunday morning. with Rev. C. G. Hall, pastor of the Cottonwood church officiating. Interment was made in the Janesville cemetery.
Contributed by James Winnett


Barger, Louisa residing in Toledo, died at her home Monday.  She was 86 years old.
Funeral services were conducted at the Bradbury chapel at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, with  burial in Janesville  cemetery.
Mrs. Barger, as Louisa Tippett, was born in Hartford, O., Jan. 12, 1852, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Tippett. She came to Illinois with her parents In 1863, and spent the greater part of her life in the Bradbury vicinity. After attending
school at Normal and Carbondale, she taught in the schools of Cumberland county for about 16 years before she was married to William F. Barger on Nov. 25, 1885. He died in August, 1919, and she spent the next 15 years with her son,  Henry W. Barger, in Mattoon. Surviving, besides the son, are three brothers, Alonzo Tippett  of near Areola, John Tippett of near Toledo and Clark Tippett of near Bradbury, and two grandchildren, Misses Evelyn and Esther Barger of Mattoon.Mrs. Barger was a member of the Methodist church.
(Charles Edward Boots, died 6 Dec 1944.)
Contributed by James Winnett

Barger, Ross Dies
Ross Barger, 75, passed away at the St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham early Wednesday morning following an attack of paralysis which occurred during the week end. For many years Mr. Barger was associated with Mr. Frank Sherrick in the Hardware business in Greenup. Due to ill health he disposed of his interest of the business to Mr. Sherrick a few years ago. Mr. Barger, a son of George and Elizabeth Newonger  Barger was born in Cottonwood township May 20, 1868.  He spent  his entire life in that vicinity and in Greenup. He leaves his devoted wife and one grandson, Harry Phipps of Ashmore.  Two children of this union preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the family home with Rev. W. E. Catey officiating.  Interment  will be made in the Tippett cemetery in Cottonwood township.
Contributed by James Winnett


Barger, Rose Ann (Brady) Obit.
Rose Brady daughter of John and Mollie Brady was born Dec 7th 1869 passed away October 4th 1948 at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 27 days. She was married to Ed Barger February 13th 1890 at the Lewis Ely  home with Uriah Warrington officiating.
To the union was born one son Lewis to whose home she was recently taken and passed away October 4th in Dunbar West Virginia. she was a consistent Christian and spent most of her life in the Cottonwood neighborhood where her many deeds of kindness will always be remembered. she leaves her husband and son Lewis and daughter-in-law Ida Lee and a host of friends to mourn her departure.
(handwritten obit submitted by Jim Winnett)
Contributed by James Winnett

Barger, Samuel Jacob
Samuel Jacob Barger, son of Madison and Elizabeth Neer Barger, was born November 13, 1837, in Champaign County Ohio, and died December 30,  1921, at his home in Bradbury, Illinois. He was the eldest of nine children, and served three years in the 66th Ohio Infantry during the Civil War. After the war he came to Illinois. He married Caroline Heath, who died March 25, 1883. They had four children: Edwin, Mary, Delia, and Harry. His second marriage was to Mary (Light) Bennett on November 7 1885, and had three children: Jessie, Emma and Virgil. survivors are sisters, Jane Heath and Della Talley; and a brother John Barger of Urbana, Ohio.

Barnes, Leroy "Roy" Jr., age 82 of Jewett, Illinois passed away at 5:52 PM on July 12, 2004, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services will be held at the Bishop Funeral Home in Greenup on Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Jim Maroon officiating. Burial will be in the Jewett Cemetery with full Military Rites to be conducted by the Cumberland County Veterans. Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at the Bishop Funeral Home. In loving memory of Roy memorials may be made to the Jewett Community Church or Donor's Choice. Roy was born August 28, 1921 in McKeen, Illinois a son of Leroy and Nellie V. (Mason) Barnes Sr. He married Helen Sowers May 18, 1941 and she passed away December 19, 1978. He later married Phyllis (Carrell) Yaw April 13, 1983 in Las Vegas. Roy was a U.S. Army Veteran and had served his country during WWII. He worked 50 years for the Ironworkers Local Union #439 and was a member of the Greenup American Legion Post #566, Toledo Masonic Lodge # 834 and a lifetime member of the Greenup VFW Post # 4598. Roy is survived by his loving family; Wife, Phyllis Barnes of Jewett; Daughters, Janet (husband, Roger) Mead of Effingham and Phyllis (husband, Dale) Hawes; Step-Sons, Dennis (wife, Sandy) Yaw of Silver Grove, Ky and Marty (wife, Sherry) Yaw of Greenup; a Sister, Grace Fogle of Toledo; 4 Granddaughters; 1 Great- Granddaughter and 1 Great-Grandson; 2 Step-Granddaughters, 2 Step-Grandsons, 4 Step-Great-Granddaughters and 2 Step-Great-Grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; 3 brothers and a grandson.

Bauguss, Barbara L.  71, of Jewett passed away at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2005, at home with her loving family at her side.The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Funeral Home, Greenup, with the Rev. James Maroon officiating. Burial will be in Greenup Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In loving memory of Barbara, memorials may be made to Jewett Community Church.

Baumgartner, Harriott Cook
Harriott Cook Baumgartner, daughter of John and Barbara Cook was born in Cumberland County, Illinois, on the 22nd day of August 1840 and died  December 23, 1914 aged 74 years, 4 months and day. She was united in marriage to James W. Baumgartner on April 3, 1862. To this union were born five children Ben, John, Hugh, Julia and Elsie. Her husband, John and Hugh have preceded her to the better world.; Aunt Harriett,  as she was commonly known was loved and respected by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed in
the community. She bore her suffering patiently and expressed her willingness and desire to be at rest. She leaves to mourn her departure two sisters, Mrs. Ben McMillan and Mrs. Robert Cutright, one son, two daughters, eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
The remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Herr Cemetery Thursday.
(She was a sister to my Great Grandmother Barbara Cook.)
Contributed by James Winnett

Bean,  Jesse Monroe was born in North Carolina, July 24th, 1826, died Jan 17th, 1911, aged 84 years, 5 months and 13 days. Came to Indiana when quite young, lived there until he grew to manhood.
Was married to Rosa Elder in 1848. to this union was born seven children-- Martha J., Mary E. Alice, James P., Wm. H., Meldona and Belle -- four living and three dead. His first wife died April 1st, 1868.
He was married to Elizabeth Henderson July 5th, 1870. To this union was born two children -- Cora and Edward.
He emigrated to Illinois in 1851 and settled on a farm some five miles west of Toledo. Lived there until a few years ago, when he moved to Toledo, where he resided until the death of his second wife, which occurred November 17th, 1910, after which he broke up housekeeping and at the time of his death was making his home with his daughter, Mrs. A. H. Mock.
He was converted and joined the Christian church in youth and lived a consistent Christian life until death.
He was a family of nine children -- seven brothers and one sister, all of which have preceded him to the better land, except brother Joseph Bean of Janesville, Ill.
He leaves to mourn his death, six children, 27 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren , and a number of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at Salem church, conducted by Eld. J. A. Clemens, of the Christian church assisted by D. K. Stevenson. He was the laid beside the companion of his youth
Submitted by Kate Keller Bourland katekb@consolidated.net TOLEDO DEMOCRAT - January 26, 1911 - pg., 8 col. 4

Bean, Joe R.
Joe R. Bean was born April 8, 1835 in Morgan County, Indiana and died July 3, 1925 in Jamesville, Illinois. He was from a family of ten children, all of whom have preceded him in death. He married Jane Ingram, who died July 27, 1883, and on July 6, 1884, he married Sarah Furry. Pallbearers were grand-nephews: Alburn Rhodes, Robert Rhodes, Omer Rhodes, A.W. Schooley, Jap Schooley and John Schooley Jr.

Bell, James A.
James A. Bell died 27 December 1871, a fellow and A... Master Mason and active member of the Lodge, therefore be it, Resolved, that the death of our late worthy brother, James A. Bell, the lodge has lost one of its earnest, exemplary and esteemed members, and the community a highly honored and valued citizen.
Resolved, That we esteemed our deceased, worthy brother as an earnest, intelligent and upright Mason and worthy citizen and we will emulate his example and virtues. Resolved, that we tender our sincere sympathy to his bereaved family, in this their severe affliction, and trust that He, “who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb,” will be their shield and support in their tribulation.
Resolved, that a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, the brethren wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, that these resolutions be entered upon the records of the Lodge, and a copy presented to the family and a copy to the ‘Cumberland County Democrat’ for publication. A true copy. Pledge signed by W. R. Humphrey, Secy.
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, between 12th and 29th January 18721.

Bensley, C. Arthur
C. Arthur Bensley, 73, of Greenup died at 4 p.m. Sunday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Cole County. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Barkley Funeral Home, Greenup, with burial in Harmony Cemetery, north of Greenup. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. this evening. Mr. Bensley was born in Coles County, the son of Frank and Minnie Bensley. He married Birdie Cutright in 1931. He was a retired farmer, a member of the Union Baptist Church, Greenup Atlanta Lodge 116 I.O.O.F., Greenup Masonic Lodge 125 and Danville Consistory. Surviving are his wife; sons, Frank of Westfield; C.A. Jr. of Lordesburg, N.M.; seven grandchildren.
(C. Arthur Bensley, born 23 Jan 1909, died 7 Feb 1982. Relation to our family and worked with Dad on the State Highway.)
Contributed by James Winnett

Bishop, Mrs. Mary
Mrs. Mary Bishop, was born May 27, 1828, and died February 21, 1905. she was born near Russellville, Indiana, and had two brothers and one sister, Robert, William and Margaret Garret, two of whom are dead, William and Margaret. She married first, Mr. Selby, and they had two children who died in infancy; second time she married Mr. Black who soon died; so she married a third time to William Morris, who also lived but a short time. The fourth marriage was to John Goode, and they separated; fifth she married Martin Bishop but they soon also separated. She was the mother of twenty-five orphan children, and died at the home of David Randolph and family. she was buried in Webster( McCormick Cemetery).

Bohrer, Will  of Cumberland County, died at the residence of his father, Monday, of consumption, aged 30 years and 9 days. His brother Ed, who lives in Crawford county attended the funeral. Newton Press, Jan. 21, 1891

Boggs, Henry Jefferson, Obituary
Henry Jefferson Boggs, son of the late John and Martha Boggs, was born Aug. 17, 1857, in Portsmouth, Ohio, and departed this life Nov. 18, 1940, at his home in Greenup, Illinois.

He was united in marriage to Laura Ellen Burwell, Feb. 8, 1881. To this union was born seven children, four whom survive:  Leroy and Murl of Mattoon, Ill., Mrs. Golda Garrett and Mrs. Edith Smith of Greenup, Ill.  Three children preceding him in Death were Bertha and Redith and Orville who was killed in action on the battlefield of France.  Also surviving are five brothers, Hosea Boggs of Urbana, Ill.   Charles Boggs of Petersburg, Ind., Jesse Boggs of Hidalgo, Ill.,
Amos Boggs of Shobonier, Illinois and John Boggs of Mattoon, Ill. One great-grandchild and a host of relatives and friends.
When a young man he moved to Jasper County and later to Greenup, Ill., where he lived for twenty-eight years.  In his early life he joined the Christian Church at Hidalgo, Ill., and remained a  faithful member until his death.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Greenup, Wednesday afternoon, Rev. W. E. Catey officiating.  The remains were laid to rest in the Greenup Cemetery.
CARD OF THANKS
To our many friends and neighbors, we wish to express our sencere thanks and appreciation for you many acts and words of Sympathy and kindness estended us during the illness and death of our loved one, Henry Boggs. The Family
Contributed by James Winnett

Boots, B.C. Obituary
Bartie Commodore Boots was born in Marion County, Indiana October 15, 1825 and departed this life February 10, 1907, aged 78 years, 3 months and 24 days. He was married to Miss Rebecca Ann Brady march 24, 1848 and to this union were born nine children; Pinkney Alvarian, Louise Jane, Samuel William Washington, Lydia Ann, Hiram Elvy, John William, Nancy Isabel and Francis Marion. Six of these still survive him, two having preceded him to their home beyond the skies. The wife and mother died August 19, 1879. he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Etta Ann Weltzeimer in March 1880 and she still survives to mourn his loss. He was converted in the year 1856 and joined the M.E. Church and lived a member for a number of years. Then he joined the Christian Church of which he remained a member until the Death Angel called him home.Uncle Bob as he was familiarly called was a resident of Greenup Township for the past sixty years, being one of the pioneers who endured the hardships of the early settlers in  the days when forests abounded with deer and turkeys. he being very industrious and economical as the years went by, accumulated wealth in the forest of and was one of the township's most prosperous farmers. He was the last of a family of 12 children, all having crossed the mystic river before him. The wife loses in him a faithful and devoted husband, the children a kind and loving father and the county an honest and upright citizen.
Contributed by James Winnett

Boots, Charles Edward
Charles Edward Boots, son of Elizabeth and Alvarian Boots was born March 24, 1875 in Greenup, Ill. Following the death of his mother he was reared in the home of his grandparents at West Terre Haute, Indiana, where he resided until 1941.

In 1898 he was united in marriage to Anna Smith of West Terre Haute and to this union were born four children: Edwin, Irene, Helen and Vineita.
In 1941 he came to Greenup to make his home with his sister, Mrs. C. S. Pearcy. Soon after he suffered a  stroke and was an invalid until his death on December 6th. He is survived by his wife, Anna, his sister Lillie Pearcy, two daughters, Irene Asher of Gary, Indiana and Vineita Eppley of Sandpoint. Idaho and two grandchildren, a son and a daughter having preceded him in death.
Contributed by James Winnett

Boots, Hiram Elvy
Hiram Elvy Boots, the son of Mr and Mrs. B. C. Boots was born near Greenup. III, June 30, 1869. His death occurred at his residence on North Kentucky Street, Greenup, Ill. on December 14, 1924. His age was 56 years, five months and 14 days. On September 10, 1894 he was united in holy matrimony to Miss Ollie Waldrip, and unto them were born three children, one of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are Dorsey and Helen Boots, both of Greenup, III.
Many years ago he was converted and became a member of the Friends Church at Harmony north of Greenup with which he was affiliated until demise.
He seemed to have premonition of his departure, but declared his readiness. Such indeed is great consolation to the surviving members of his family.
He leaves a devoted wife, son and daughter, and two sisters, Mrs Louise Carrell, and Mrs. Lydia Tidaback with many friends to mourn his departure and for whom he will wait in the beyond. Funeral services were conducted at the Harmony
church Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Geo. M. Myers of Casey and interment was made in the cemetery near by.
Contributed by James Winnett

Bopb, Abram
Abram Bopb, an old resident of the county, died very suddenly on Thursday last. The day before his death, he was able to he out in his field plowing but getting wet, he was taken with a congestive chill and died Thursday. He was a very old man, his venerable locks were white as snow.
Abram Bopb was a man respected by all and leaves a name above approach. He was truly one of the noblest works of God, a just and upright and honest man. Age 76 years and I month. (On the same issue and page ‘There will be a public sale at the late Abram “Bopb's" on the 4th day of June next’.).
[Cumberland Democrat, Friday, 16 May 1873].


Brewer, John
Death of John Brewer, age 17 years, the second son of Hon. Thomas Brewer, of this place. In company with several other young men, a brother among the rest, John went out hunting on Wednesday and while riding along in the Spring Wagon, the gun he was carrying caught in the hind wheel of the wagon and some how discharged, the entire contents of one barrel (which was loaded with sixteen buck shot), entering his breast. The poor boy faintly. ‘Lord, Lord’ and fell over. Mr. Brewer had just buried his wife.
John had just finished one term of school at St. Frances College at Quincy, Illinois and was preparing to return in a few days to complete his course of study. The funeral service will take place at Mr. Brewer's residence at two o’clock today. Rev. McCann will preach the Sermon.
[Cumberland Democrat, Maj. Point, Friday, 16 August 1872]


Lena Brewer
PEORIA — Lena E. Brewer, 98, formerly of 2800 Scenic Drive died at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Sept 30, 1996, at Prairie View Care Center in Lewistown.
Bom Feb. 18, 1898. in Cumberland County to Noah and Amelia Woodburn Letner, she married B.C. Brewer on June 28, 1917, in Toledo, Ill.. He died Nov. 2, 1982, in Peoria One daughter, Wilma Benson four brothers and five sisters also preceded her In death.
Surviving are four sons, Leonard R. and Lester P., both of East Peoria, Floyd A. of Kewanee and Virgil W. of Lewistown; one sister, Helen Smith of Hammond, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grand- children; and five great-great-grandchildren. She had been the oldest member of First Assembly of God Church in Peoria
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cumerford-Endsley- Diggle Funeral Home in Peoria. The Revs. Robert Stewart and Robert Reeise will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to her church
Contributed by Peggy Hughes

Brewer, Levi N.
Levi N. Brewer , son of Thomas and Mary (Hutton) Brewer, was born in Hurricane Precinct (now Union Twp) Cumberland County, Illinois January 28, 1850 and died March 4 1916.. He came to Prairie City (Toledo) in Sep. 1857, and this has been his residence ever since. He was married to Eliza A. VanDyke (daughter of John and Margaret (Hazelwood) VanDyke March 14, 1869. their children were Nellie (mrs. F.J. Heid) of Los Angeles; John of Jewett; Thomas Clinton died Jan. 14, 1893; Golden of San Francisco; Paul of Chicago; Peter of Decatur; Ruth of Decatur; Eliza A. died Feb. 10, 1902; Mollie, (now Mrs. George Sliger); Carrie (now Mrs. Smith Misner of Los Angeles); February 14, 1904 Levi married his 2nd wife Ellen, daughter of William and Caroline (McCann) Misner. All the children except Thomas survive. He has brothers James M. and Judge Walter and sisters Mollie Smith and Lucretia Brewer. He was admitted to the bar in 1876, and practiced law honestly and consciently for 40 years.

Brewer, Mr. William  died on Thursday March 5th 1874, in the 83rd year of his life. The deceased was born in North Carolina and afterwards removed to the state of Tennessee, where he resided for several years, from whence he removed to Wayne County, Indiana, about 35 years ago. In the spring of 1838, Mr. Brewer left Wayne county, and removed with his family to Cumberland County, Illinois. He has lived here up until the time of his death. Mr. Brewer was in many respects, a very remarkable man and was endowed with extraordinary physical strength and a constitution possessing almost the strength of iron, and which seemed to hold out, and do him good service, even up to the very verge of the grave. Upon the very day of his death, the old gentleman was looking ahead to a future crop. Only two hours before his death, he was stepping off his ground to sow timothy seed, and after the ground was laid off, he started after to help complete the job, when the Angel of Death overshadowed him with his wing, and the old pioneer's spirit took its flight to that land where spring eternal reigns, and the flowers of the fields never fade in death,
    When we look around us, we see but few men now living in this county, who can be called the early pioneers of the country. the old pioneers like the old things of the past, are fast passing away, and new ideas and new men are filling their places. And a few years more, and the early lank marks od the county, will have perished, and the old pioneers, the man who braved the Indian, upon  his own hunting ground, and drove the Buffalo and Elk before them, will also have passed away, and be remembered only in the traditions of the times, past and gone.
Mr. William Brewer, was the father of our respected and honored fellow citizen, Hon. Thomas Brewer, and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to endure his departure. He died without a struggle in the presence of James Lee and Samuel Wall.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, March 13, 1874)

Brewers, Mrs. Mary Bloxom Smith, daughter of James and Martha Harvey Bloxom, was born in Parke County, Indiana, May 24, 1838, and died at Toledo, Illinois, September 24, 1923, aged 85 years, 4 months. When eleven years old she came with her family to Illinois. At 23 she married first, Landon Smith, who died in the Civil War. She then married Thomas Brewers at that time State Senator from Cumberland, Shelby and Effingham counties, and a prominent lawyer of the county. They had four children, Infant, Belle, died at one and one half years; Lucretia B, of Toledo; and Walters now circuit Judge living at Paris, Illinois. Thomas died in 1886. Survivors are Lucretia, Walter, wife and two daughters; a sister Mrs. J.J. Pugh of Toledo; a brother Lewis Bloxom of Fullerton, Nebraska


Brower, Brulah Ewart

Beulah L. Ewart-Brower, 92, of Paris, Ill., formerly of Greenup, homemaker, died at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at home.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Barkley Funeral Chapel,Greenup, with visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Greenup Cemetery, Greenup. Memorials may be made to Greenup United Methodist Church.


Bruaster, Lutecia, age 68 years, died Friday night at the residence of her son-in-law, Adam Nichols.
    She was born in Grayson County, Kentucky, in 1804. At the age of 17 years, she married David Bruster and they shortly after, moved to Illinois, settling about four miles from the site that later became Mattoon, Coles County, but afterwards, moved to an area that became Cumberland County. There, in 1853, David Bruster died, respected and beloved by all who knew him.
    For nineteen years, widow Bruster lived amongst and with her children, raising fifteen children, nine of which were boys and six were girls, all of whom survived their parents except one daughter.
    Mrs. Bruster lived in Cumberland County ever since its formation and among the early settlers. She developed many warm and devoted friends who mourn her loss. And although the frosts of nearly three score years and ten hung about her venerable brow, it pains their hearts to see the early pioneer of the county to passing from time to eternity leaving a void in the history..... Two of her sons David and Thomas Bruster, of this County.
(Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday May 3, 1872 page 3 column 2)


Bruster, Mary Elizabeth
Died on Wednesday morning, May 1st, 1873, Mary Elizabeth, infant daughter of W. L. and Sarah E. Bruster. Little “Mollie” was a bright, beautiful little girl of nine months of age, and a few days ago was well, and bid fair to live to be a comfort and blessing to her parents. But disease laid its wasting hand upon her young and delicate soul and the Angel of death entered the happy home and tore the pure young spirit to that happy land where all is peace, and parting and sorrow is not known. Yes, she is gone-gone forever from the sorrows and cares of this world-crossed the mystic river which flows between life and death and is an Angel around the Throne of Him who said ‘suffer little ;children to come unto me for’ of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Like a cloud in the evening twilight, her young life has faded away in its early morn. pure and innocent she has gone as a messenger before and although it seem hard to the bereaved parents, yet they have laid up their treasure where moth and rust cannot enter and where she will ever shine as a bright star set in the brillant casket of heaven, And although Death lies on her like an untimely frost-Upon the sweeter flower of the field.’ yet she is happy and safe in the hands of her Heavenly Father  [Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 3  May I 872. p. 3. c. 21.

Buchanan, John B.
John B. Buchanan, whose death at Neoga of typhoid fever, November 2’d, was briefly noted in last weeks issue. He was born in Jefferson County, Indiana on November 11, 1819. His father was one of the early settlers of that county where he raised a family of fourteen children, of whom only two are now living; Jas. U. Buchanan, a farmer, living near Neoga in Cumberland County and: Jas.(Jos.?) T. Buchanan, a prominent lawyer of Evansville, Indiana.
Mr. John B. Buchanan was married in Indiana to Miss Elizabeth Peters of Switzerland County, Indiana in the fall of 1857, then moved to illinois, settling on a small farm two miles north of Neoga in what was at that time a wild unbroken country. By energy and unceasing industry, he soon provided a comfortable home for his family.
His wife died early in the fail of 1862, leaving eight children, seven living. In the fall of 1863, he re-married to Miss Margaret A. Ewing, sister to James M. and Nathaniel Ewing of Neoga Township. His wife and three small children survive to mourn the loss of a kind husband and indulgent father.
Mr. Buchanan was one of the pioneers of Cumberland County and one of its most highly esteemed and influential citizens. His death, coming as it did; cast a gloom over his neighborhood  that will long be remembered. His active business life was so interwoven with all the industries of the immediate vicinity, that his loss will be felt and regretted as long an any remain who knew him. Mr. BUCHANAN leaves his family in good circumstances, having accumulated since his residence in Illinois by hard labor and patient toil 
[Cumberland Democrat, Majority Point, Friday, 21 November 1873

Burner, Samuel
Mr. Samuel Burner, 47, died at Liberty Hill, Nevada County CA., on November 9th, 1870. He was a native of Virginia.
‘Yesterday morning, an old and respected citizen of Liberty Hill., committed suicide at his residence under the most unaccountable circumstances. He got up in the morning and went to his wood shed to get some kindling to light a fire, leaving his wife, her two children, his step children, in bed. On his not coming in, they went: out to look for him and found him dead in the shed. His throat had been cut with the knife he carried in his pocket.
Burner was a sober, industrious man, in good circumstances and was, in last July, married to a sister of Mr. MASON, formerly of Placer County, who contested Tuttle’s seat in the Legislature of this state. Since their marriage, they have lived happily and no trouble is known to have come upon him. He has resided at ‘You Bet’ and other places in ‘Little York’ for fourteen years past. He has always been a temporal man and at the time of his death, he was the owner of several valuable mines. He has recently been engaged in opening claims at Liberty Hill with the intention of working them. He was an unusually quiet man and his friends say that he would often sit for hours without speaking to any one. The deceased was a native of Virginia and about forty-seven years old.--[Nevada (CA.) Daily Transcript.} Mr. Burner was a brother in-law to the editor of this paper and the husband of Mrs. Virginia B. Kennedy, formerly of Charleston and Shelbyville, Illinois.
[Cumberland Democrat, Friday, November 25th, 1870, p. 3, c.l.]

Butler, Amos Weedon, son of Sylvester and Sidney Titus Butler, was born April 22, 1871, in Cumberland County, Illinois. H. died February 7, 1924, aged 52 years, 9 months and 15 days, March 3, 1897 he was married to Bertha Evalina Starbuck.  They had six children: Ivs Golda,(Mrs. Eldon Carrell), Charles, Violet, Bertha and Levi, who survive. He also left stepmother, Mrs. Josepha Butler of Alicia, Arkansas, a half sister, Mrs Ore Rodgers, of Black Rock, Ark., three half brothers, Elsworth, Wesley, and Paul all of Arkansas.
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