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Jackson County, Illinois

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January 6:  Joseph ROBINSON, an old settler of this county, died Monday morning at 6 o'clock, aged 87 years.  He was a resident of Jackson County more than 40 years, living most of that time in or near Carbondale. He was born in Yorkshire, England, April 17, 1795, and came to American in 1841, moving directly to Jackson County, locating three miles west of Carbondale, where he lived for 25 years.  He moved to Carbondale in 1866, where he made his home until his death.

January 13:  Ten people were killed at 4 o'clock Monday afternoon at the mine operated by JONES and NESBIT, near Coulterville.  An explosion killed Nicholas KOHL, Frank BROWN, Henry FURY, Thomas HANSEN, Henry STARR Sr., Robert DUNLAP, James W. KING, A. H. COMBS, Frank SHANFORD and Henry STARR Jr.  Eight of the men had families.  Only two escaped, Sylvester MASON, who was seriously injured and a boy, William STARR.

January 13:  David PLEASANT gave himself up to authorities last Tuesday, and was charged with the murder of David BULLINER, who was shot from horseback in December 1873.

January 13:  Mrs. Jane A. CHEEK, wife of John CHEEK, Esq., age 49, died in this city on January 6.  They have been residents of this place about six months.

January 13:  Miss Hattie ALLYN, youngest daughter of Dr. Robert ALLYN, age 22, died January 9.

January 20:  A boy born to Hon. J. M. SCURLOCK and wife on Saturday last.

January  20:  Robert GENT died January 5, at Malden, MO.  He had been a resident of Jackson County a long time.

January 20:  Elihu PALMER shot his wife in the neck on 10th Street, St. Louis, MO., on Thursday afternoon and then shot himself in the head.  Both are still living.  Elihu is the son of the Rev. E. J. PALMER, who lived here from 1870 until within the past three years.

January 27:  A woman named BUFF was found dead near Vienna last Tuesday.  She had recently been released from the asylum at Anna.  Her home was in Massac County.

January 27:  Uncle Nathan LEE, one of our oldest colored people, died Tuesday, probably 75 years of age.  He came here about the close of the war.  Some five years ago, one of his legs became poisoned and was twice amputated.  His residence was about a mile from here, where he cultivated a small farm.

February 3:  Sen. LEMMA was in attendance of the funeral of his brother-in-law, Alfred PEASE, who died at his residence in this city on Wednesday, January 31, age 60.  He returned to Springfield last night.

February 3:  A bright little girl made her appearance at the home of John W. BURTON Sunday last week (Marion Press).

February 3:  Mrs. L. A. BUTTONBOTTOM of Iowa, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. T. HUGHES of this place.  She was a resident of Carbondale 18 or 20 years ago.

February 3:  Two of Mound City's pioneers and oldest residents recently died.  John C. STOCKTON, on Saturday last, and Capt. William HAMBLETON on Monday.

February 3:  Dr. George L. OWEN died at his residence at Bainbridge, Williamson County, Friday, January 26.  He was born at Dedham, Mass., December 7, 1813; married Elizabeth HARRISON November 18, 1841.  He settled shortly after his marriage at Bainbridge, where he resided until his death.  He practiced medicine from the time he came to this state.  His wife died February 26, 1880.  They had four children, one is living, Mrs. R. W. HAMILTON.

February 10:  William ROBINSON, age about 40, died Tuesday of pneumonia.  He was crippled with rheumatism for a long time and was an invalid for many years.  He was a Union soldier, having served in the 18th Illinois Cavalry.  He leaves a family in straightened circumstances.  He was the third in the family who has died within a few weeks past.  His brothers Ben and Charley preceded him.

February 10:  Married in Grand Tower, at the residence of Mrs. William WACKER, the home of the bride, on Thursday, February 1, by the Rev. J. G. BUTLER, Ralph S. COATS and Miss Mary J. BINARD.

February 10:  Capt. William L. HAMBLETON of Mound City was born November 15, 1825 in Baltimore, MD, and died in Mound City January 29, 1883.  He moved to Cincinnati with his parents in 1839 and to Mound City in 1860, where he has remained ever since.

February 17:  Near Ava last Tuesday, David HOLIDAY shot two sons of Dr. WALLACE, killing one and shooting the other in the neck and several times in the body.  He had indicted them some time ago for carrying concealed weapons and had threatened to kill HOLIDAY on sight.

February 24:  William LEMMA, infant son of Alfred B. and Alice J. LEMMA, died yesterday.  His funeral was at County Line Churchyard.

February 24:  Mrs. F. A. NUTZE died at the residence of her sister, Mrs. J. H. BARTON, Sunday and was buried in Old Cemetery.  She was born in Coshocton, Ohio, 37 years ago and moved to Carbondale from Kansas City, MO, in July.  She was in bad health with consumption.  She leaves a daughter age 14.

March 3:  Mrs. Melisa FARLEY, residing a short distance north of town, died on February 27.

March 3:  Our sympathies to J. N. BROWN, Esq. of Chester in the loss by death of his bright little boy.

March 3:  James SMITH, an old resident of this section, died at his home seven miles southeast, in Williamson County, a few days ago.

March 3:  Married at the residence of the bride's mother in this city March 1, by the Rev. T. F. HOUTS, Mr. Samuel J. CHAPMAN and Miss Carrie CAMPBELL.

March 3:  Died at the residence of her husband in this city on Wednesday, February 28, Margaret J., wife of W. W. COLVIN, age 31.  She leaves a husband and three children.

March 17:  Morris THOMAS, the Negro shot by Dave CLARE some weeks ago, died from the effects of his wounds Friday of last week.  CLARE was acquitted.

March 24:  Died at her residence on West Main Street in this city on Friday, March 23, Mrs. Priscilla L., wife of C. N. BRAINERD, age 62.  The body will be interred in New Cemetery.

March 24:  Married in this city, March 22, by the Rev. T. W. HENDERSON of St. Louis, W. H. FLEMING to Miss Florence A. T. HAYES.  The bride has been for some time a teacher in the public schools of this state, while the groom is assistant engineer at the government works in St. Louis.

March 24:  Frank, age 6, son of J. T. and Sarah SMITH, died at the residence of his parents last Monday.  The body was deposited in the Rendleman burying ground on Tuesday.

March 24:  Mr. and Mrs. Phillip SPRAGUE of Carterville, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary last Saturday.  There were 42 guests.  Phillip SPRAGUE and Angeline CHAMBERLAIN were married March 17, 1853 in Urbana, Ohio.

March 31:  Married at the residence of the bride's father in Ridge Township, March 25, by the Rev. S. WALKER, Ben T. WILLIAMS and Miss Sarah L. ETHERTON.

March 31:  Mrs. O. N. BRAINERD died March 23.  She was born in New York in 1821.  Her maiden name was Lucy PORTER and she married O. N. BRAINERD at Bush, N.Y., in August 1843.  soon after she removed with her husband to the wilds of Michigan, then to the Far West where they cleared ground and made a home.  Afterwards, they went to Chicago and in 1865 removed to Kentucky and then came to Carbondale about 14 years ago.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.  She leaves a husband and four married children, two sons and two daughters.

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