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Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices


 MA Deaths

MC Deaths 

 Burton Mead

May 3, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Steuben, April 29, Burton Mead.

Alexander Medearis

March 7, 1878

In Whitefield township, March 4, of heart disease, Alexander Medearis, aged about 35 years.

(March 21, 1878) Local Department - A funeral sermon in connection with the death of the late Alexander Medearis, who died in Whitefield, March 4, was preached by Rev. J. L. Scott, at Snareville, Stark county, where his parents reside. Mr. Medearis was a hard-working, industrious man and could illy be spared from his family. He had been ill some months. A wife and several small children suffer a sad bereavement.

Charles W. Meier

February 2, 1933

Charles William Meier was born at Henry on April 13, 1887, to son of William and Lucy Meier. He grew to manhood in this city and was educated in the public schools here. On November 14, 1910, he was united in marriage with Miss Cleo Chance, and to this union were born two children, Curtis and Maurice, both of whom survive. Mr. Meier's father preceded him in death about seven years ago.

Mr. Meier engaged in the hardware business with his brother, Louis, operating for a number of years under the firm name of Meier Bros. With the exception of a year spent in Clovis, New Mexico, shortly after his marriage, his entire life was spent in this community. While in New Mexico he ran a variety store business.

He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Order of Eastern Star, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen, and was for a number of years of member of the Henry and Lacon bands. He had filled offices in several of the lodges and societies to which be belonged, and was a past Worthy Patron of the O. E. S. He was also a member of the grade school board.

Besides his two children and his wife, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. William Meier, one brother, Louis Meier, and one sister, Mrs. Clyde Worley of this city.

(Article before states "Charles Meier, 45, prominent citizen and lifelong resident of Henry, ended his life by hanging hisself in a shed at the rear of the Meier Bros Hardware Store, at about 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon." The article goes on the state that worry over business difficulties and metal strain were the motives. He was buried in the Henry City Cemetery)

Mrs. Catherine Melick

May 31, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Near Lincoln, Neb., March 14, Mrs. Catherine Melick, aged 55 years, wife of Peter Melick, late of this city.

Peter Melick

June 6, 1878

Near Lincoln, Neb., May 21, Peter Melick, aged 65. Was born in Hunterdon county, New Jersey, emigrated in Illinois in 1859 and to Neb. In 1871.

Clara Merdian

May 29, 1879

Died in Henry township, May 22, Clara Merdian, aged 65 years, sister of Joseph Merdian.

Mrs. Clara Merdian an elderly lady of 65, died very sudden Thursday morning of last week. She had been in feeble health for over a year, but the morning of her death was making preparation to ride to church some two miles, in observance of Ascension Thursday, a holy day with the Catholics. Her nephew, John Brown, with whom she lived, went to a neighbor's to secure a passage for her, but when he returned found her a corpse. She was a sister of Joseph Merdian and was once the wife of Joseph Winegartner near Sparland but divorced. The funeral took place from the German church in this city on Friday.

Lonrat Merdian's infant

August 15, 1878

Died in this township, Aug. 12, infant child of Lonrat and Ottillia Merdian, aged three weeks.

John Merner

March 26, 1874

Died in this city, March 22, of lung fever, John Merner, aged 43.

Benjamin K. Merrill

December 16, 1880

At Campbelton, Restigouche county, Province of New Brunswick, Nov. 21, Benjamin K. Merrill, 77, eldest brother of Mrs. J. C. Townsend of this city.

Mrs. Elizabeth Merrill

February 13, 1873

At Avon, Fulton county, Feb. 6, of old age, Mrs. Elizabeth, aged 92 years, wife of the late Nathan Merrill, and mother of Mrs. J. C. Townsend of this city (Henry).

John U. Merrill
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
John U. Merrill, formerly a prominent farmer of Whitefield, died at Burlington, Iowa on Saturday. His sisters, Mrs. J. O. Townsend of this city and Mrs. John N. Clark of Whitefield Corners, were notified by telegram and went by first train to attend the funeral. Mr. Merrill for some years had been a resident of Utah. The cause of his death in not known by the friends here. He was well known here and highly respected. His age was 66 years.

Mrs. Esther A. Merritt

October 23, 1879

At Bloomington, October 18, of inflammation of the bowels, Esther A., aged 59 years, 7 months, wife of Stephen Merritt, formerly of Henry

John Merritt

October 2, 1879

Died at Bloomington, Sept. 21, John Merritt, aged 67 years.

Mr. John Merritt, a former resident of Henry, but for the last 10 years a resident of Bloomington, died in that city, on Sunday, Sept. 21. The funeral took place at the family residence, 727 South Main street, on the 22d ult. Mr. Sherwood S. Merritt, a nephew of the deceased from Henry, being present. The affliction to the family and friends is twofold, by reason of the fact that John Harvey Merritt, a son of the deceased, and a very promising young man died less than a week previous to his father's death; the latter, then very ill, had to be carried into his son's room, in order to take the last look of the dying boy. Mr. Merritt (the father) was born in Carmel, Putnam county, New York, February 13, 1812, moved to Henry 20 years ago, where he commenced the insurance business, which he conducted up to the time of his death. The wife and two daughters, Mrs. George A. Statley of Fairfield, and Miss Jennie Merritt, are all that are left from a large family. They have the sympathy of all in their double bereavement.

Anton Meyer

March 4, 1880

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Hopewell township, Feb. 17, of lung fever, Anton Meyer, 26. Interment in German cemetery in this township.

Hiram Messersmith
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Died March 31, at Wenona, Hiram Messersmith, 76 years, 10 months, 10 days.

Lawrence Perry Miles

April 14, 1881

Near Elk City, Kan., March 27th, of pneumonia, Lawrence Perry, aged 10 months 8 days, son of E. and A. Miles.

Mabel Miles

August 24 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Near Washburn, Woodford county, August 13, Mabel, aged 1 month daughter of E. and A. Miles and granddaughter of Samuel Coleman of Whitefield

Augustus Miller


August 31, 1871

At Lacon Aug. 15, Augustus Miller, brewer, aged 38 years.

George Miller

May 4, 1876

Taken from the Henry Republican

Died in this city, April 29, by being run over by the cars, George, aged 18 years, son of John Miller, locomotive engineer on Peoria Branch C R I & P R R.

Fatal Accident to George Miller.

A sad and fatal accident befell George Miller, a son of John Miller, the locomotive engineer of the accommodation train, on the Peoria branch of the C. R. I. & P. R. R., at this place Saturday night last. Young Miller was the forward brakeman on this train, and after passing on to the switch, and in the act of duty braking the train, he fell while descending from the top of a freight car, between the cars, and was terribly dismembered and mangled. It is said several cars passed over him, before the train was stopped. When picked up both legs had been severed above the ankles, the right hand severed from the arm, a fearful scalp wound was found on the head, and his entire person showed the merciless weight of the iron horse and cars. He was immediately removed to his home near by, but so terribly was the nervous shock and the injuries, that he survived but three hours. Just before he expired he called the family about him, told them how the accident occurred, and admonished them not to give themselves any sorrow or trouble on his part. He was a young man of robust frame, of good character, and an aspirant to control the iron horse like his father before him, who had been an engineer on the Peoria branch for about 20 years in he employ of the C. R. I. & P. co. The funeral took place Monday afternoon from the Christian church, Rev. Mr. Roberts preaching the funeral discourse. Every available seat in the edifice was occupied, and much sympathy was expressed for the stricken family by our citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Miller also fell very grateful to the many friends who assisted them in this terrible hour, and desire us to express their heartfelt thanks for the kindness and service rendered.

Mrs. George Miller


July 4, 1872

Near Varna, June 20, of abdominal tumor, the wife of George Miller.

John Miller

May 29, 1879

Died at the county farm, May 22, of heart disease, John Miller, aged 57; been at the farm about six years, German, from Steuben.

Joseph Miller

January 16, 1873

In Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 22, Joseph Miller, aged 84, father of Adolph Miller of Hopewell township.

Marshall Miller
Marshall County Democrate Friday morning, Nov. 4, 1881 No. 5
Mr. Marshall Miller died on Saturday of typhoid fever. The funeral took place on Sunday. He was a sterling young man, and was well respected. His loss is regretted by all, and the whole community extend their heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved wife.
- Transcribed by 2cemeterysisters

Mrs. Belle Mills


March 24, 1870

At Lacon, March 14, Belle, wife of W. H. Mills, aged 21 years

Daniel Minier

July 10, 1873

In Selby township, Bureau county, July 7, of brain fever, Daniel Minier, aged 72, bother of Mr. R. B. Minier of Whitefield.

Justine Miner

September 10, 1874

In LaPrairie, Sept. 8, Justin Miner, a great sufferer.

Sparland Matters - Justine Miner, a citizen of La Prairie died September 8th. He has been a great sufferer for long years.

Susan Miner

July 15, 1880

At Chicago, July 9 of measles, Susan, 3, daughter of William and Mellissa Miner, and granddaughter of Richard Dikes. Interment in Henry cemetery, July 10.

Mrs. Martha Alice (Kirkman) O'Conor

December 18, 1879

Died at Chicago, Dec. 11, at residence 133 Western Avenue, Martha Alice, 32, wife of Louis H. O'Conor, and eldest daughter of the late John Kirkman, formerly of Henry. Interment at Peoria.

Mrs. Minnick (formerly Mrs. Willis)

June 26, 1879

Taken From the Henry Republican - La Prairie

Another of the old settlers of Marshall county died on the 20th. Mrs. Minnick, mother of Mrs. J. G. Hull and Mrs. Paterson. Mrs. Minnick was married some 40 years ago to a Mr. Willis, who died about 10 years after, leaving two daughters, Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Hull, also one son who now lives in Colorado. She also left an interesting family of sons and daughters with Mr. Minnick. The Minnick family have been long tried acquaintances and friends to Eben Stowell, Isah Nurs, Erastus and Lucas Root, Leonard Kittredge and numerous others. Mrs. Eben Stowell was at the funeral of Mr. Wills 30 years ago, as also at the funeral of Mrs. Minnick. Services were at the Blue Ridge church on Sabbath 10 a.m. The same farewell song was sung at the two graves:

"Dearest friend thou hast left us

O'er thy loss we deeply grieve;

But 'tis God that hath bereft us,

He can all our sorrows heal."

Mrs. Minnick was a member of the M. E. church, a good wife, kind and affectionate mother, and highly esteemed by neighbors and friends.


Edward Mitchell

April 9, 1874

At Joliet, April 4, of quick consumption, Edward Mitchell, aged 40, brother-in-law of Mr. J. D. Woodward of this city.

William John Mitchell

January 7, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

On the steamer between San Francisco and Santa Barbara, Dec. 20, of membranous crop (croup), William John, aged 9 years, eldest son of Mrs. M. E. Mitchell, late of this city.

John Moats

April 26, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Lawn Ridge, April 18, John Moats, aged 91, the oldest man in the township.

Mrs. Catherine Mock

August 7, 1879

In Whitefield, July 31 of cancer, Catherine, aged 52 years, wife of Joseph M. Mock.

Death of Mrs. Mock

Mrs. Catherine Mock, wife of Joseph B. Mock, died at her residence at Whitefield Corners, Thursday afternoon of last week. She had been feeble upwards of two years, and her death was not unexpected. The cause was cancer of the breast. Mrs. Mock, whose maiden name was Taylor, was a native of York county, Pa., born November 24, 1827. She was married July 1, 1847 to J. B. Mock, and for 21 years was a resident of Whitefield township. Three daughters and two sons were the fruits of this union, all nearly grown, being reared by a father's and mother's care, the youngest being 18 years of age. For many years Mrs. Mock had been a beloved and earnest member of the M. E. church, and in her long, painful illness, she bore her suffering with firm confidence and abiding hope in the religion of Jesus Christ. .. Mr. Ezra Calef had general charge of the funeral, while the pall bearers, all old neighbors, consisted of Ira Torry, William Fountain, Elias Herr, Moses Hartley, E. G. Green and Thomas Funson. The interment took palce at the Center church graveyard, two miles distant, and the procession was a very long one.

Norton E. Moffitt

April 5, 1928

Norton E. Moffitt, Past 87, Died At Bradford Home

Funeral Services Held at Henry M. E. Church

Infirmities and general weakness due to a multiciplicity of years terminated in death on Monday, March 26, 1928, when Norton Edgar Moffitt passed to his fathers at the home of his son, Allen Moffitt, near Bradford, at the advanced age of 87 years and 10 months. Mr. Moffitt formerly resided in henry and with his wife, who passed away in this city, occupied a home on Green street. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt were excellent people, kind friends and neighbors and had the love and esteem of a host of acquaintances.

Norton Edgar Moffitt, the subject of our sketch, was born in Chillicothe, Illinois, May 26, 1840, his parents being Hugh and Jane (Laughlin) Moffitt. His childhood was spent in and near Chillicothe, where he received his early education.

In 1860, he with his parents, became residents of Marshall county, moving to the Moffitt farm near Whitefield. He attended school at Lombard, and at the age of 21 entered the Eastman National Business college at Poughkeepsie, New York, from which he graduated May 2, 1865. Eight years of his life were spent in Fort Scott, Kansas, eight years near Kingman, Kansas, and ten years, as mentioned above, being spent in Henry.

On March 28, 1878, Mr. Moffitt was united in marriage with Elizabeth Funston, and to their union four children were born - Allen E. Moffitt of Bradford; Fannie M., wife of J. Finley of Chillicothe; Cora B., wife of Thomas Seelye, of Alama, Texas, and Hugh Moffitt of Henry; there was also twelve grandchildren and many relatives and friends.

The wife and mother passed to the Great Beyond Jan. 19, 1922, since which time the aged husband has made his home among his children. The deceased was the fifth child of a family of eight children, all of whom have preceded him in death with the exception of the youngest sister, Mrs. Jane Graves of Portland Oregan. The deceased brothers and sisters are Mariah Ramsey, John, Allen and Snowden Moffitt, Lydia and Ruth.

Thus closes the final chapter of a nobel manhood, a kind husband and father; and his children will honor his memory. The funeral services were held from the Methodist church last Thursday afternoon, Rev. Ivins Chatten officiating. Rev. and Mrs. Dusenberry had charge of the singing. Interment in Henry Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Tremain, W.R. Brokaw, Simeon Doyle, J.O. Hill, Geo. Pace and Henry Mattison.

Mrs. Ruth Moffitt (nee Harrison)


Thursday, July 27, 1871

In Madison county, Iowa, Mrs. Ruth Moffitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison of this place.

She was born Nov. 18th, 1844, in Peoria county, Ill., where she resided until Oct. 1870, when in company with her now bereaved husband, she removed to her late residence in Iowa. She was married Feb. 21, 1866. She had been an acceptable member of the M. E. Church since 1863, when she made a public profession of religion under the preaching of W. J. Beck, the present pastor of the M. E. church of this place. During her last sickness she expressed anxiety for the prosperity of the church; and how if opportunity should serve, she would like to be at religious meetings again. Her mind was deranged most of the time during her last sickness, which was derangement of the spine, terminated upon the brain. Yet her letters to her parents and friends after going to Iowa, and the manner of her life before, give them the best of assurances that she has gone to rest. She leaves to mourn a husband, two children, her aged parents with brothers and sisters. Her parents arrived at her residence in time to see her before her death. Her funeral (which was attended by a very large concourse of people) was preached by Rev. Mr. Miller, of the Missionary Baptist church, whose words of counsel and comfort were very appropriate indeed.

Patrick Mohahan

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois

August 17, 1882

Died in Whitefield, Aug. 9, by an accident, Patrick, 18 years, 4 months 15 days, son of Terrence and Margaret Mohahan.

Lizzie L. Moles


Feb. 16, 1871

Died in this city, Feb. 8, of typhoid croup, Lizzie L., daughter of William and Margaret J. Moles, aged 3 years and 3 months

Mrs. Margaret Runnells Moles


September 14, 1871

In this city, Sept 8, of consumption, Margaret Runnells, wife of William Moles, aged 36 years.

Robbie Moles

January 29, 1874

At Minneapolis, Minnesotta, Jan. 19, Robbie Moles, aged 12 years, adopted son of John N. Horder, formerly of this city.

Patsey Monaham

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, August 10, 1882 - Whitefield

Patsey Monaham would was seriously injured by his team running away, died last week of lockjaw and was buried Friday. There were three doctors in attendance. Their combined efforts were impossible to save him. The family have the heart-felt sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.

Minnie Monk

October 21, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Wenona, Oct. 6, Minnie, aged 1 year, daughter of Julius T. and Catharine Monk.

George Monroe's child

August 25, 1881 - Varna

Died on the 21st inst., a little child of Mr. and Mrs. George Monroe. It will be taken to Hennepin for burial.

Frank Montonye

Obituary Unknown Source - Courtesy Treasa Kincaid-Bond Brookman

March 1902

"Death has many ways of coming to the sons of men," but he certainly visited the poor family of Frank Montonye in his most sad and cruel fashion. They had bee living in Chillicothe and were preparing to move out to Belle Plain, where the father was to have employment and the family were to occupy the vacant Methodist parsonage. Mr. Montonye came up Monday morning to make some final arrangements about moving and intended going back home at 5 o'clock in the evening. he went out home with his brother-in-law, Arthur Head for dinner and in the afternoon the two came to town together. In health and spirits he seemed his usual cheerful self and there was no sign of his impending doom. At 2 o'clock Mr. Head started home in his wagon and Mr. Montonye rode with him as far as the stock yards, where helped load up a few small boxes for Mr. Head's setting hens to occupy. After a few Cheerful words, a handshake and "good-bye", Mr. Head started on and his brother-in-law was to return to town and wait for his train. Two or three yards away some impulse caused Mr. head to turn and look back. there lay the poor man, prostrate face ward on the ground. Tying his team to the fence Mr. Head ran back and turning the stricken man over, discovered that he was dying. He waved his hands and called to town for help. Alpolph Schumacher and Will Berg hearing him just as the stranger breathed his last. he was brought at once to the Town Hall and Coroner Geenen summoned from Toluca. Upon his arrival a jury was selected and an inquest held. His sudden death was easily attributed to heart failure. His family was notified at once and Tuesday morning, a brother of the deceased and an undertaker from Chillicothe came up and prepared the body for shipment back to his solated home. There waited the wife and three young children, who had been so cruelly bereft of their faithful protector and superior. The was a great shock LaRose and pity and sympathy hold at Chillicothe father "went never returning little pillow was tears of those anguish of those ones.

William Henry Mooberry

April 15 1915

W. H. Mooberry

Wm. Henry Mooberry was born Dec. 14, 1887, and died Sunday morning, April 4, at the Deaconess hospital in Peoria, at the age of 26 years and 21 days. His was a case that baffled all the physicians with whom he came in contact. He had been sick since the first of October, and had been until the care of five doctors but not one of them could understand his case thoroughly. Two weeks ago Monday morning he went to the Deaconess hospital for an operation. He seemed to rally for a couple of days, but soon became worse and all that could be done for him was done, but he passed away Sunday morning. The cause of his death was cancer of the liver. William was quite well known in and around Henry, where he graduated from the Henry high school. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lintner Mooberry, three sisters, Laura Phillips of Morton, Eva and Nina Applen of Allentown, and two brothers, Alva and Elmer Mooberry of Peoria. His funeral was held at the late home of his parents at 829 W. McClure avenue, Peoria. Burial was in Roberts cemetery near Morton, Ill.

Bessie Moodey
The Henry Republican, April 19, 1883
Died March 16 at Henry, Bessie Moodey, 21 years 4 months, reported by Dr. S. O. Hendrick

Emma Frances Moody

May 29, 1873

In this city, May 24, of spinal complaint, Emma Frances, aged 2 years, 3 months and 8 days, daughter of John C. and Rachel S. Moody.

C. Rollin Moodey

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, August 17, 1882

In our death column this week we record the decease of C. Rollin Moodey. He died at Fresno California August 3 of suppuration of the spine of which he had been a great sufferer for some months. Rollin's boyhood days were spent in Henry. Following the schooling incident to boy life, he went into the grocery store of H. W. Mateer, where he took his first lessons in business. He afterwards was a clerk with R. E. Hill's and thence with Kelso and Dilly. Some eighteen months ago he joined his brothers - Joseph and Nathan at Fresno California, hoping to receive benefit from the Pacific climate. He entered a store as salesman, and then securing a traveling salesman's berth at San Francisco, hoping travel would be advantageous. Vain hope, disease preyed upon his vitals with such power that he had to surrender to fate - take to his bed and to yield up his young life at the age of 22. He was buried at Fresno on Friday afternoon, August 4 from the M. E. church. James W. Orre was able to be present at the obsequies. Rollin was a bright young man of good character and industry with every promise of a hopeful future and of the friends here, a large circle will shed a tear over his early demise.

Martha Elizabeth Moodey

Taken From the Henry Republican, March 22, 1883

In this city, March 16, after a protracted illness, Martha Elizabeth, 21 years, 6 months 15 days, youngest daughter of John C. Moodey.

Mrs. Rachel Suzanna (Orr) Moodey

April 29, 1880

Died in this city, April 23 of consumption, Rachel Suzanna Orr, 51, wife of John C. Moodey.

Death of Mrs. Moody

Mrs. J. C. Moodey, who has been lying very low for many days, surrendered this life on Friday morning. She fell asleep as one literally worn-out. She was born at Greencastle, Ohio, but had lived in Henry since 1860. She has raised a family of nine children, who have grown to manhood and womanhood, and all are useful members of society. How much the children owe of the early impressions and the formation of their characters to their mothers. The best eulogy that we can give is that she was faithful to her husband and children, molding their lives by the precepts that fell like the gentle dew, and by example, leading to all that is loving, noble, elevating and best.

The funeral was held at the M. E. church on Sunday afternoon, the sacred edifice being filled with friends and old acquaintances of the deceased. Rev. E. C. Wayman of Prairie City, her former pastor, was called to officiate at the funeral, he being assisted by Rev. C. David, and Rev. J. J. Bunnell. Mrs. Moodey was the sister of Mr. N. W. Orr and niece of Father S. C. Worley. Two brothers from Ohio were also present at the funeral. Mrs. Moodey jointed the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Covington, O., in 1846; after she came to Henry, her church relation was for a time with the Presbyterian church, but latterly with the M. E. church.

Gideon Moon

February 18, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Neighborhood News - Sparland

Died in Sparland, February 11, Gideon Moon, aged 73 years.

Mrs. Mary L. Moon


March 19, 1868

Died at Sparland, March 3, of dropsey, Mrs. Mary L. Moon.

Mrs. Catherine Mooney

November 7, 1878

Died at Wenona, October 19, Catherine, aged 52 years, 9 months, 22 days, wife of John Mooney.

Mrs. Margaret Moore

March 28, 1878

Died in Richland township, March 12, Mrs. Margaret Moore, aged 77 years.

Phillip G. Moore

Taken From the Courier, Henry, IL

December 24, 1858

Died, December 10, at the residence of Lawton Frisbee, of consumption, Phillip G., son of Joseph and Hannah Moore, age 26 years, 8 months, 22 days.

Bell Morgan


March 14, 1872

March 4, of scarlet fever, Bell, daughter of C. P. Morgan

Jacob Morgenstern Jr.

Taken From the Henry Republican

June 8 1882

Died in Hopewell township, June 8th, suddenly, Jacob, Jr., 9, son of Jacob Morgenstern.

That in the midst of life we are in death was forcibly illustrated in the death of young Morgenstern (Morningstar) on Tuesday. His father, Jacob Morgenstarn, living on the Lacon road, half way between this city and the hub in Hopewell, with this 9 years old son, Jacob Jr., went some two miles away for a load of hay. On the way back the boy, without a sign of signal of alarm, grasped the arm of his father, and falling backward was a corpse, in less time than it takes to write it. He was apparently in the best of health when he left home, was of robust frame, and an only son. Coroner Brasfield was promptly notified of the case, but up to the hour of going to press we have not learned the verdict. We suppose the cause of death was heart disease or apoplexy. We are told the dead was a very dutiful son, and the bereavement is heavily felt by the family, who have the sympathy of the community in their loss.

Mrs. Minnie (Baldwin) Moritz

July 1, 1880

At Lacon, June 27 of consumption, Minnie, 19, wife of Gustavus Moritz, of the firm of Moritz and Martin, Sparland

Mrs. Minnie Moritz

Ever and anon death comes into our midst and takes away the most beautiful and loveable of our friends. He selects his harvest, not only from the old and gray headed person already ripened from the grave, but he places his withering hand on the choicest of our young friends taking them away in their spring time of happiness and love. Another one was taken away on last Sunday morning, June 27th. Mrs. Minnie Moritz died at the residence of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stock of Lacon, of consumption. Death had seemed near many times before, but she always rallied. On Monday morning a week before she died, she had her first hemorrhage, bleeding quite freely at that time. Then on Sunday morning she began to bleed again, and in a very few minutes she was dead. She was 19 years old Oct. 24, 1879. She was the daughter of Charles H. Baldwin, deceased and Mrs. Mary Stock. She was married last September to Gustave Moritz of Sparland. Although her wedded life has been short, it has been happy in the care of a devoted husband. Mrs. Mortiz had many friends from her kindliness of character. They weep her loss as one gone before them. God makes all things beautiful, and he reaps not only the grass but the flowers.

Sparland - The beautiful and accomplished young wife of Gus Moritz died at Lacon last Saturday night of consumption. We sympathize with Gus in his bereavement. His married life was brief.

William Hopkins Moritz

February 15, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Sparland, Feb. 11, of small pox, William Hopkins; 5th, of diphtheria croup, a child, 2 years old, of Louis Moritz.

Mrs. Harriet Morris


March 12, 1868

In Lacon, February 25, Harriet, wife of G. W. Morris.

Mrs. Minerva (Emerick) Morrison

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, August 10, 1882

Died in this city, August 6, of consumption and dropsy, Minerva A., 34 years, 4 months, wife of Holmes Morrison and daughter of G. W. Emerick.

August 17, 1882

Minerva, wife of Holmes Morrison and daughter of G. W. Emerick, was born in Marshall Co. West Virginia, April 6th, 1848 and ded at her residence in Henry, Aug. 6th, 1882, aged 34 years and 4 months. She was the last remaining one of a family of six children, all of whim in company with "Mother" have passed out into the unseen on into the spirit world. What may be said of a very few, may be said of her, she was never known to willfully disobey her parents, nor knowingly to disregard their wishes; neither was she ever heard to speak a harsh or unkind word. She was of a very sensitive nature and felt deeply an act of unkindness. She was of a cheerful and sanguine temperament, so that disappointment set lightly upon her. She was also of an affectionate disposition, consequently had hosts of friends but no enemies. Was a loving and beloved daughter, wife and mother. She lived a life of prayer and devotion to God from earliest childhood and although an invalid and sufferer more or less for the last 14 years, yet she has been enabled to bear up under all her suffering with Christian patience and fortitude.

Mrs. Sarah A. Morrison

October 17, 1872

At Chenoa, McClain county, Sept. 22, after a protracted illness, Sarah A., aged 54 years, 3 months, 24 days, wife of John M. Morrison, formerly of this city, a sister of Mrs. Joseph Ray of Saratoga township.

Charles Moss


Friday, December 27, 1901


Died - At his home in Bennington township, December 21, Charles Moss, aged 81 years, 7 months and 15 days. The deceased was born in Frederick county, Maryland, Mary 5, 1820. He was married to Eliza Jane Price April 15, 1848. They came to Illinois in 1855, landing at Lacon, Oct, 14, came to this neighborhood the same year, settling on the farm where he died. He was the father of thirteen children, three died in infancy and one at the age of 21. There survive him eight sons and one daughter, respectively Joseph of Belle Plain, Luther of Nuckles Nebraska, Mrs. MJ. Hauck of Sheridan county, Kansas, Wesley of Clay county, Neb., Ira of San Francisco, Calif., Randolph of Mo., Dawson still at home, Levi of Clay county, Neb., and Columbus Moss of Dekalb, Ill.. Mr. Moss has been a highly respected industrious and prosperous man. He was a man of almost unlimited physical powers and although having had no chance in the youth for education, he was a man of fine natural ability. He was kind and tender-hearted as a child. He called his sons around him just before his death, telling them that they had done all they could: said he "take me out and bury me." He leaves a noble, patient wife and nine children to mourn their loss. Interment took place Monday afternoon, in Belle Plain cemetery.

Mrs. Anne (Burt) Mott

December 5, 1878

Died at Brookland, NY, November 27, at the residence of her son-in-law, Lloyd W. Barry, 1110 Pacific street, Anne Burt, aged 79 years, wife of the late, Gabriel F. Mott and sister of George Burt, Sr. and Mrs. Sara S. Minier of Whitefield.

Florence Mott

January 26, 1882

Died At Chicago, Jan. 21, of typhoid fever, Florence, 8 years, 4 months, daughter of John M. and Florence P. Mott, and cousin of the editor of this paper.

Gabriel F. Mott

April 15, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Southport, Connecticut, April 6, Gabriel F. Mott, aged 77 years, 10 months, brother-in-law of George Burt, Sr. and Mrs. R. B. Minier.

Mortimer Manchester Moulton

October 14, 1869


Died At Lacon, Oct. 5, Mortimer Manchester, infant son of Joseph Moulton, age 15 months.

Mrs. Ida Muir

February 23, 1882

Henry Republican

The funeral of Mrs. Ida Muir, wife of Mr. David Muir, and daughter of Mr. Jas. Wescott, took place on Sunday last, the services being held in the Congregational church, Lacon, and conducted by Rev. W. Tracy, assisted by Rev. Wm McPheeters. The large gathering, the quiet, reverent bearing and the deep feeling which pervaded them was but an expression of the respect and esteem in which she was held by all.

For some time the condition of her health has caused her friends some anxiety, but none antidipated such a sudden close to her life. Her illness was short, severe and from the first alarming. All that love or art could do was done to relieve her suffering and lengthen her life, but to no avail. She passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, leaving a little girl, a devoted husband and a large circle of relatives to mourn her loss. Her life though short, was full and fruitful. It seems but yesterday when she left her position in our school ( in which she had been eminently successful) to establish her home. In June, 1878, she became the wife of David Muir, Esq., and never perhaps did the future look fairer or more full of hope than it did for them. Her home bore evidence everywhere of her industry and skill. Her house was a home. She was an earnest, intelligent and consistent christian, a member of the Union church and one of its truest friends and most earnest supporters.

George Muirhead

August 8, 1878

On Thursday evening of last week we received tiding of the death of George Muirhead of Chicago. He was brought to Lacon his former home and was buried on Friday last by the Odd Fellows of which he was a member. He leaves a wife and two little girls to mourn his departure.

Mrs. Isabella Mulhallen

June 11, 1874

In Evans township, May 22, Mrs. Isabella Mulhallen, aged 78, mother of Robert and James Mulhallen.

Jack Mullalley

June 18, 1874

Died in this city, June 15, of typhoid fever, Jack Mullalley

Patrick Murner

February 27, 1873

In this city, Feb. 13, of cerebra spinal meningitis, Patrick, son of John Murner At Chillicothe

Murphy and Ware

Alton Daily Telegraph (Alton, Illinois)

July 6 1853

Fatal Accident at Lacon

On the 24th ult., we learn from the Gazette, a melancholy accident occurred at Lacon. Two men, named Murphy and Ware, drank from a bottle, supposed to contain liquor, several draughts of Nitric acid, from the effects of which Murphy, after suffering the most horrible torture, died on Sunday morning, and at last accounts, Ware was not expected to survive.

Mrs. Mary Murry

October 22, 1874

In this city, Oct. 18, of protracted sickness, Mrs. Mary Murry, aged 73 years, sister of Patrick Green, the drayman.

Mrs. Mary Murry, a sister of Patrick Green, the drayman died on Sunday. She had been an invalid many years and confined to her couch fully three years. Her death was a mercy. She died at Mrs. Payton's, a daughters. Her age was 73.

Mrs. Mary Mutton

July 17, 1879

AT Kahoka, Mo., July 15, of old age, Mrs. Mary Mutton, aged 70 years, 2 months, 5 days of Whitefield township in this county.

A telegram to her son W. H. Mutton was received here yesterday, conveying the intelligence of the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Mutton of Whitefield township, which took place at Kohoka, Mo. Her daughter, Mrs. T. A. Doran had been with her some weeks, called at a time when her mother was lying very low and was not expected to live. The invalid so far recovered as to be persuaded to accompany the daughter home to Missouri, for which state they started last week Friday, reaching their journey's end the same day with apparently no inconvenience. This was the first time the mother had even scanned the interior of a passenger coach, and her first ride on a railroad. Further, in the 36 years she had resided in Marshall County, she was never 15 miles from home but once, and then was absent but one week in Galva. She survived the journey but four days, going to rest at the great age of 70 years. She survived her husband, Richard Mutton but seven years. They were among the earlier of the old settlers of the west side of the county, locating here in 1843; were industrious, hardworking people, and of their savings amassing quite an estate, which is left to their four surviving children and their families. Mr. and Mrs. Mutton were English people, married across the water, the deceased being a second wife. Mrs. Richard Tremain is the only child of the first wife, and William H. of the deceased, now residing in this county.

Richard Mutton


June 27, 1872

Died in Whitefield, June 22, of infirmity of age, Richard Mutton, aged 77 years.

June 20, 1872 - Father Richard Mutton, one of the old settlers of Whitefield township, passed to the "better shore" on Saturday night, at the veteran age of 77. He came to this country from England in 1845, and had secured by an industry remarkable, considerable of an estate, which he leaves to a second wife and family. Mr. M. had noble traits of character, teaching industry, morality, sobriety, honesty and neighborly kindness by his own daily life. He was buried in the graveyard at the M. E. church in that town at his own request on Tuesday, the funeral being attended by a large concourse of old friends and neighbors.

Martin V. Myars


April 28, 1870

At Lacon, April 8, Martin V. Myars, aged 27 yr's.

David Myers


July 18, 1872

In Roberts township, July 15, David Myers, aged about 80 years.

Mrs. Drusilla Myers

April 13, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Roberts township, March 30, at the residence of Hiram Myers, Drusilla, aged 82, wife of the late David Myers.

April 6, 1876 - Magnolia

Again our vicinity was called upon to mourn the loss of one of its old and reliable friends, Mrs. David Myers. Although not exactly a sojourner in this immediate vicinity, yet she has ever been regarded as such. She came to this country with her husband at an early day, hence one of its oldest citizens. Her health for the past few years has been on the decline, and though carefully watched by kind sons and daughters, her health rapidly failed, and she passed quietly over the "valley" on Thursday, March 30th. The remains were followed to the cemetery in Magnolia, Saturday, April 1st, and deposited in the silent grave beside her beloved husband who had long before passed away.

Mrs. Ella Myers (nee Glenn)

April 16, 1874

In Hopewell township, of quick consumption, Ella, aged 19, wife of Willis Myers, and daughter of S. M. Glenn

Howard Myers

August 28, 1879

Howard Myers, of Wenona, the 18-year old son of F. M. Myers, was found dead on the floor of his bedroom on Tuesday of last week. He had fallen out of bed in a fit to which he was occasionally subject and had fallen with his neck across the round of a chair, which had caused his death by strangulation. His father and mother had started only the night before on an excursion trip up the Mississippi, and when they reached the river they found a telegram here announcing the death of their son.

Mrs. Lydia Myers

February 19, 1880

Died at Lacon, Feb. 6, of typhoid fever, Lydia, 66, wife of Jacob F. Myers

Lacon - Mrs. Myers was well the Sunday before she was buried and attended the funeral of her sister.

Mrs. Mary Myers

August 7, 1873

Died at Lacon, Aug. 1, of nervous debility, Mary, aged 58, wife of John Myers, Esq., and sister of Mrs. Elias Wright of this city.

Mrs. Susan Myers

March 13, 1873

Died in this city, March 8, Mrs. Susan Myers, aged 54 years.

Mrs. Susan Myers, sister of Mrs. Z. Swan, died on Sunday at the Myers House. Her death was sudden. On Wednesday she was engaged in making soap, and while lifting a heavy pot of that article was strained in a manner that caused her to take to her couch which ended in her death on Saturday. Mrs. Myers has a large connection in this county, and has been a resident of the state over 40 years. Mr. David W. Myers, her husband, who has been dead for a number of years, built the Myers House of this city, which she owned at the time of her death, and of which she has been landlady for some years. She had a large circle of friends, who will mourn her sudden departure. Her comfortable estate is left to her son, Mr. Frank Myers, who is now in Augusta, Arkansas, where he was appointed deputy county clerk, and is filling the place with signal ability. The funeral was held at the house on Monday morning, were was congregated a large number of our best citizens, the remains being taken over to Roberts township, were reposes the ashes of her husband, and those of many friends who had gone before.

William Myers


June 8, 1871

In Saratoga township, June 6, at the house of Samuel Divilbiss, of consumption, William Myers, age about 25 years.

Mrs. Myers

February 19, 1880


There being four funerals since the last issue of your paper. Mrs. John Fay was buried on last Saturday, Mrs. Myers on Sunday, Mrs. James Fay on Monday and Henry L. Crane, the first of the week. Three weeks ago we chronicled the death of James Fay, husband of the lady who was buried on Monday.


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