Genealogy Trails
Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices



Suzie Rains

March 31, 1881 - LaRose

Died at the residence of her Grandpa in Belle Plain, Suzie Rains, daughter of J. W. Rains. She was sick for some time.

Jonas Ralston


October 1, 1868

At Wenona, Sept. 18, Jonas Ralston, age 61 years

Mrs. Florence (Bowars) Ramage

April 5, 1928

Mrs. Florence Ramage Dies At Magnolia Home

Another daughter of this city, born in Henry but in the natural trend of events having grown to womanhood, married and made a home elsewhere, has completed her mission here on earth and gone Home to hear ever welcome salutation, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Florence Bowars, daughter of John and Mary Hartenbower Bowars, was born April 25, 1864, at Henry, Illinois and passed to her reward at her home in Magnolia, Sunday at 1:17 a.m., April 1, 1928, being 63 years, 11 months and 6 days old. She was married January 7, 1886, to John Ramage of Magnolia. .... She was a member of the M. E. church and various church societies. During her recent illness she had every care but gradually lost in the valiant fight with death.

At the passing of her father and mother, at an early age she and her sister Carrie were left to the care of her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowars, who resided on the home farm near Lostant, Illinois. From there, at the death of the uncle, they moved to Magnolia, where she has since resided. Her sister Carrie, (Mrs. H. G. Mitchell) passed away January 24, 1925.

Surviving her in addition to her husband, is one son Harry and wife and one granddaughter, Patricia Lou, one nephew, Ivan Mitchell and a host of cousins to mourn her loss.

Evan Isophine Ramp

April 24, 1879

Died in Richland township, April 16, of whooping cough, Evan Isophine, aged 3 months, 8 days, infant child of Charles and Matilda Ramp and grandchild of Mary and William Chambers of Whitefield.

George Ramsey

Taken From the Henry Republican

April 27 1882


Died of consumption on Sunday the 16th inst., Geo. Ramsey

John Robert Ramsey

Newspaper: Metamora Herald

Submitters Name: Jane Foster

Obit: Metamora Herald dated 11-3-1904

Died 10-25-1904

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Clilngman, Mrs. O. E. Clingman, Mrs. Robertson and Miss Agnes attended the funeral of John Ramsey, of LaRose, Friday. There was a large crowd in attendance for Mr. Ramsey had many friends who showed their regard both by their presence and the many beautiful floral offerings. The Modern Woodmen took charge at the grave and buried their brother with the beautiful services of that order.


Obit: Metamora Herald dated 7-5-1900

Died 6-22-1900

Rev. I. A. Cornelissa attended the funeral of John Ramsey, at Washburn, Sunday. Mr. Cornelissa and the deceased were oldtime friends---News

Mrs. Martha A. Ramsey

February 4, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Hopewell township, Dec. 28, after a long illness, Martha A., aged 60 years, widow of Andrew Ramsey.

Nina Bell Ramsey

November 5, 1874

In La Prairie, October 30, Nina Bell, aged 8 years, daughter of George and Sarah Ramsey.

Sparland News - Died in La Prairie, October 30, Nina Bell, daughter of George and Sarah Ramsey, aged 8 years. The loss of the little Nina has cast a cloud of sadness over the hearts and home of the afflicted parents, who have often been called to yield up their precious jewels. Already 4 out of 6, whom God has entrusted to their care, have been summoned to the bright mansion of glory.

Judge Silas Ramsey

December 25, 1873

Died at Chicago, Dec. 18, of organic disease of the heart, at the residence of J. C. Garrigus, Judge Silas Ramsey of Lacon, aged 67 years.

Judge Ramsey No More

Judge Silas Ramsey of Lacon died suddenly at the residence of his nephew, Mr. J. C. Garrigus, No. 787 1/2 West Madison street, Chicago, on Thursday night last. He had been summoned and was serving as a grand juror in the United States district court, and had been at the metropolis nearly a week, when he was suddenly taken ill and died. A coroner's jury examined and case, and returned a verdict of death from organic disease of the heart. On Saturday the remains were conveyed to Lacon, and on Sunday taken to their final resting place in the family burial lot with the usual solemn funeral services. The members of the Marshall county bar met at the court house at Lacon on Saturday, in honor of the death of another of its members, passing appropriate resolutions, amoung which was one to attend the funeral in a body.

(For more information on Silas Ramsey, see Marshall County pioneers)

William Ramsey


August 1, 1872

In Whitefield, July 25, of malignant erysipelas, William Ramsey, aged about 52 years.

William James Ramsey

Contributed by Jane Foster, Transcribed by Nancy Piper

June 1900, Unknown Paper

William James Ramsey was born in Cecil County, Maryland, January 24th 1835. When only ten years of age he came to Marshall county settling near the site of his late home. On January 25, 1860, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Dodds of Lowpoint, Ill. To them was born one son, John Robert, who with the mother and hosts of friends lives to mourn his loss.

Mr. Ramsey was always a busy man; loving his home and confining himself closely to it and his farming interests. In early youth March 20, 1852, he united with the Crow Meadow (now the Presbyterian church of LaRose) in which he was always a faithful, zealous and conscientious member and a willing worker sacrificing much for church work and Sabbath schools and in the Sabbath schools he has been a leader from his boyhood days.

He has refused public office many times but during his life has many times filled the highest offices within the gift of the people of his township. By his death the poor and needy have lost a friend, but by his noble life we see an example of few equals and no superiors.

The illness which resulted in his death was of short duration, he not being confined to his bed until the day of his death, which occurred at 11 o'clock, p.m., Friday, June 22, his age being 65 years, 4 months and 28 days. The funeral services took place at the home, Sunday the 24th, and without a doubt called forth the largest gathering of people that ever met in the neighborhood. Every quarter of that county was represented besides many from Peoria.

Rev. Cornelison of Washington, an old friend of the family had charge of the service, delivering an eloquent sermon and eulogizing in such glowing terms, the righteous life of his lifelong friend. He was assisted also by Rev. Wood, Rev. Fairburn and Rev. Martin. The Presbyterian Quartet had charge of the singing, rendering some of the favorite hymns of the deceased. The floral offerings were very beautiful indeed. Among them we noticed "A Cross and Crown" by the Presbyterian S.S; a blanket of Carnations given by Mr. Ramsey's Peoria friends and a beautiful Pillow by the family. A large company of people followed the remains to the cemetery where the interment took place. The procession being more than half a mile in length.

So lived and died this grand man, that noble character, and pioneer of Marshall County. Yet long will he live in our memory as one who was a friend to the right and one of great worth and sterling honesty. We cannot forget him, but comfort ourselves with the thought that great is his reward in Heaven.

Card of Thanks - We the undersigned wish to tender our heartfelt thanks to our many friends who were so kind and helpful to us in our late bereavement.

Mrs. William Ramsey, John R. Ramsey and Family.

Mrs. Amelia Ranney

July 5, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, June 29, Mrs. Amelia Ranney, aged 67, sister of Mrs. John P. Boice, and mother of Mrs. Joseph H. and Mrs. J. L. Jones. -- Canton papers please copy.

Mrs. Mary (Kenyon) Ransom

April 1, 1880

Died in this city, March 27, of consumption, Mary, 21 years 7 months 2 days, wife of John Ransom and daughter of the late Thomas Kenyon.

Local Items - The funeral of Mrs. Ransom was held at the Episcopal church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. She was a young wife, leaving a babe but a few months old and an inconsolable husband, bereft of a tender mother and wife. A bitter trial are such separations.

Simeon Rathburn

August 6, 1874

Died in Steuben township, Simeon Rathburn, aged 84 years.

Mrs. Frances (Tabor) Raymond

October 6, 1881

Died in this city, October 6, at 7 a.m., of consumption, Frances, 31 years 6 months, 3 days, wife of Frederick A. Raymond, Jr., and daughter of John Tabor of New Mexico. Funeral at the New Jerusalem temple on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. Rev. O. L. Barler will conduct the services.

Frances, wife of Fred A. Raymond died this morning of lingering consumption. She has long been a sufferer and was ready for the transition. Her birth and life was in Henry and she was known and loved by her virtues, gentle disposition, kindness and lovable nature. She was a member of the New Church society here and has led a useful and Christian life. A devoted husband and a little daughter, 6 years old is bereft of a wife and mother. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at the Temple. Services to be held by the pastor, Rev. O. L. Barler.

Lydia Mary Raymond

October 7, 1880

Died in Whitefield, Sept. 29, of lung fever and whooping cough, Lydia Mary, 1 year, 10 months, 23 days, daughter of Frederick A., Jr. and Frances Raymond.

Mrs. Mary Raymond


March 21, 1872

At Shikopee, Scott county, Minnesota, March 17, of congenstion of the brain, Mary, wife of Edwin M. Raymond, formerly of this city.

Nellie Raymond

November 18, 1880

Henry Republican

In Whitefield, November 14 of quick consumption, Nellie, 7 months, infant daughter of Fredrick A. Jr. and Frances Raymond.

Frederick Raymond, who but a few weeks ago, buried a child, has been forced to follow another to its little final resting place beneath a grassy mound at the cemetery near this city. This time it is the youngest, a child of seven months, tiny if life, but just as precious to the hearts of those who gave it being, and who have nursed its precious life up to the present. Deep sorrow envelopes the family by their two fold affliction and earthly separation. Rev. J. S. Glendenning attended the funeral service on Monday and many sympathizing relatives and neighbors were present.

Mrs. Harriet Read

January 5, 1871

Died at Lena, Stephenson county, Dec. 23, of paralysis, Harriet Read, wife of Isaac H. Read, and sister-in-law of Mrs. C. S. Woodward of this city. Aged 62 years.

Dennis Ready

February 5, 1880

At Wenona, Jan. 26, Dennis, 3, son of Henry Ready.

Mrs. Winnifred Real

January 13, 1881

Taken From the Henry Republican (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)

Mrs. Real died last Sunday of old age. She was 84 years of age. She was a mother in Issrael. Her husband Thomas Real died of old age about two months ago. In life, they were together and in death they are not divided. January 6, of old age, Winnifred, 78

Rev. A. M. Reck

December 25, 1873

In Oberpleis, Prussia, Nov. 23, of consumption, Rev. A. M. Reck, formerly pastor of the St. Mary's church of this city 30 years. Rev. A. M. Reck, late pastor of the German Catholic congregation of this city, who returned to Prussia some time since, has died from the effects of consumption at his home. Cut down in the prime of life, he has been removed at at time when he gave promise of usefulness in his profession. He was well liked here, and though unassuming and retiring in manner, he was an assiduous student, and a very zealous pastor. His congregation feel keenly his demise.

Mrs. Elder Reed

July 17, 1879

Mrs. Reed, wife of Elder Reed died on the second day of July after a lingering illness of three years. Rev. Morris preached the funeral discourse to a large audience on the Sabbath, the 6th.

J. Wesley Reed


Feb. 13, 1903

An Old Settler Dead

Wesley Reed, one of the old settlers of Marshall county, died at his hotel in Varna, Tuesday. His house was known "Pap's House" and he was well known to the traveling public. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near LaRose, Thursday. Further particulars in our next issue.

Feb. 20, 1903


J.W. Reed was born in Perry county, Ohio, August 13, 1824, was married to Evaline Holcomb, Aug. 19, 1846. He came to Illinois in 1855, settling at Minonk. They moved to Varna in 1881 where they have since lived. Pap Reed, as he was commonly called, was the father of eleven children, seven of whom are living, four having gone on before. All seven, except two were present at his bedside, Mrs. Whitton was sick and unable to come and Mrs. Wilson is in Oregon. Mr. Reed united with the M.E. church when a boy. His father was a minister in the M.E. church. Father Reed was respected and loved by all who knew him. Their home has always been open to everybody. They have been Pap and Mother to all. Instead of a hotel their house was home to all who came and went.

Mrs. Mary F. (Parsons) Reed

November 27, 1879

At Santa Rosa, California, Nov. 20, of consumption, Mary F., 27, wife of Dr. W. S. Reed, and daughter of Mr. Isaac Parsons of Wenona.

Charles Reeder

Taken From the Henry Republican

March 30, 1882

Neighborhood News - Lacon

Charles Reeder, who will be remembered by many of the young people of Henry, died in New Mexico a short time ago. He was a nephew of Dr. I. H. Reeder, and at one time clerked in John Hutchins's dry goods store.

May Reeder

October 5, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Lacon, Sept. 21, May aged 18 years, daughter of Dr. I. H. and Catherine D. Reeder

Mrs. Martha A. Reese

June 10, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, June 3 of dropsy, Martha A., aged 35 years, wife of L. J. Reese

Mrs. L. J. Reese was buried from the family residence in the north part of town, on Friday afternoon of last week. Rev. B. Edmiston conducted the services. By her death, several small children, one but six weeks old, are left to the charge of her husband, and a sister of Mr. Reese, who has been living in the family some time. The loss of a mother to such a family is terrible. She was a good woman, and she is now at rest.

Mrs. Anna P. Regan (nee Marquis)

December 5, 1872

At Lincoln, Oct. 5, Mrs. Anna P. Regan, aged 30 years, daughter of Rev. John Marquis, of Los Angeles County, Calif., and formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city.

Mrs. Susanna Regnold


January 11, 1872

Died in this city, Dec. 28, of consumption, Susanna, aged 40 years,wife of Joseph Regnold

Betta Reidt

December 23, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died at Wenona, Dec. 11, of diphtheria, Betta, aged 10, daughter of Christian and Theresa Reidt.

Edward Reidt

Henry Republican, October 26 1882

Died Aug. 15, at Wenona, Edward Riedt, 7 months, reported by Dr. W. A. Smtin

Albert Reil's infant son

February 28, 1878

Born unto Mr. and Mrs. Albert Reil, a son, but it died in a few hours and was buried in the Lacon cemetery.March 7, 1878

Paul Reilly

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, November 2, 1882 - Wenona

Paul Reilly, eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. P. Reilly has passed into the great beyond since our last letter.

Nicholas Reinhart

November 6, 1879

Died at Kickapoor, Peoria county, Oct. 28, of gravel, Nicholas Reinhart, 78 years, 10 months, father of Joseph Reinhart of this city.

October 30, 1879


Mr. Joseph Reinhart received a telegram Tuesday of the death of his aged father at Kickapoo, Peoria county, a veteran of about 80 years of age. He left yesterday morning with his family and will be present at the obsequies today. So pass each day to the life beyond those who have rounded a full life.

Markus Reiser 's Infant Son

March 6, 1873

In this city, March 2, infant son of Markus Reiser, aged 1 month, 7 days.

Marcus Reiser

September 29, 1881

Died in this city, September 27, of dyspepsya, Marcus Reiser, 55.

Alva Reynolds
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 31, 1883
Died at Peoria, May 29, of dropsy of the heart, Alva, 8, son of Charles W. and Kate Reynolds and grandson of W. C. Reynolds of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Reynolds are absent today, called to Peoria to attend the funeral of their grandson, a son of C. W. Reynolds, formerly of Henry. The little fellow has been sick for some time. The stricken parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the friends here in their bereavement.

Frank W. Reynolds
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, July 14, 1883
Died at Peoria, May 12, of acute disease of the brain, Frank W., 7 months, 24 days, son of J. Walter and Minerva Reynolds and grandson of A. M. Pool and W. C. Reynolds of this city.
The remains of the little son of J. W. Reynolds was brought to this city yesterday from Peoria and interred in Henry cemetery yesterday afternoon,. The funeral was held at the residence of its grandparent, W. C. Reynolds, Rev. J. S. Glendenning officiating. There is a general sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds in their bereavement.

John Reynolds

December 8, 1881

At Lacon, Dec. 3, of bright's disease, John Reynolds, broher-in-law of Dr. B. Davis of this city.

John Rhinebeck (Reinbeck)'s Child

February 17, 1881 - Whitefield

John Reinbeck and wife were brought to grief last Saturday. Their first and only child aged 4 months became ill with croup, dying in a few minutes.

Sparland - A child of John Rhinebeck, Jr., died at their home in Saratoga last Sunday.

Mrs. Nancy Richardson

January 15, 1874

In Lacon, Jan. 11, of inflammation of the bowels, Nancy, aged 35 years, wife of Cornelius Richardson and niece of Mrs. Ira Torrey of Whitefield.

Ezra Richmond

March 19, 1874

In this city, March 18, after a short illness, Ezra Richmond, aged 65 years. Funeral M. E. church tomorrow, Friday, at 2 p.m.

Judge Samuel L. Richmond

February 20, 1873

At Urbana, Feb. 12, of paralysis, Judge Samuel L. Richmond of Lacon, aged 49 years.

Mrs. Robert Riddle

March 7, 1878

Local Items - LaPrairie

Since our last letter, death with its icy hands has taken three from our midst - the old, the young and the middle aged. First the mother of Mrs. Robert Riddle, who had seen the sun rise and set for almost a century - four score and 11 years. Was called to the other shore. Then Mrs. James Smith, just in the prime of life was called to leave the (?) and responsibilities of wife and mother and go up higher leaving the grief stricken husband and five interesting daughters to mourn her loss. She was buried February 22d at the U. P. cemetery. Before her remains had been carried to their final resting place, B. A. Hill, living but a few rods from Mr. Smith, was called to give up another one of his flock to the fearful ravages of diptheria. Owing to bad roads and the deaths already alluded to, the S. S. convention, pointed for February 22, was adjourned for two weeks.

Charley Riley

March 9, 1876

Died in the city, March 2, of lung fever, Charley, aged 6 months, infant son of John and Mary Amanda Riley.

Samuel Robbins

January 20, 1881

Died at Wenona, Jan. 10, of neuralgia of the heart, Samuel Robbins, 65, a blacksmith and sitizen since 1858.

Alonzo Roberts

February 13, 1873

At Wenona, Feb. 7, of tumor, Alonzo, aged about 40, son of Livingston Roberts. The funeral was attended with the burial rite of Odd Fellowship.

Feb. 6, 1873 - Local Items: Alonzo Roberts, one of the older sons of Mr. Livingston Roberts lies in a critical condition at Wenona from the effects of a tumor on an arm, the removal of which is no way improving his condition, and we fear has imperiled his life. He has a beautiful farm in Ford county and a post office named after him there. There is no hope of recovery. His age is about 40 and has a wife and one child.

Mrs. Catherine Roberts

November 13, 1873

Died in this city, Nov. 7, of consumption, Catherine, aged 39 years, wife of E. W. Roberts.

John W. Roberts

September 12, 1872

In this city, Sept. 8, by teething, John W., aged 6 months and 11 days, son of Edward W. and Catherine Roberts.

Nellie Roberts


January 28, 1869

At Lacon, January 17, of diptheria, Nellie, daughter of Alonzo and E. A. Roberts, aged 7 years.

Joseph Robertson


July 4, 1872

Near Paxton, Ford Co., June 6, of spasms, Joseph Robertson, formerly of Whitefield township, aged 53 years.

Joseph Robertson, for 20 years a resident of Whitefield township, died suddenly in Ford county, June 6. He has been subject to fits for many years, rendering him towards the last feeble, and finally making him another victim. He was born in Pennsylvania; came to Caledonia, Putnam county in 1840, moved into Whitefield in 1845, and only removed to Ford in 1870. He was a Disciple Christian of the radical type, and was a sort of an exhorter in the denomination. He was a good man, and has gone early to his reward. A second wife, and children of both mourn the loss of an affectionate father.

Mrs. Hannah E. Robinson


January 24, 1867

At Wyoming, Stark Co., January 13, at her daughter's residence, of asthmatic consumption, HANNAH E. ROBINSON, ages 73 years, and 9 months. She was the mother of W. D. ROBINSON, of this city.

Jas. A. Robinson

May 29, 1873

In Saratoga township, May 22, by lightning, Jas. A. Robinson, aged 29 years, 2 months, 13 days.

Death by Lightning

A fatal accident happened in the town of Saratoga in this county on Thursday afternoon last about 7 o'clock. Mr. Jas. A. Robinson and family, including Mr. R's mother, occupied the farm half a mile north of the M. E. church, and Mr. Robinson and his mother, as the thunder storm of that day came up, went upon the porch to view the threatening clouds, the vivd lightening and the grandeur of the scene presented that evening. Hardly had the rain commenced pouring when a vivid flash of lightening struck the top of the house and descending struck or shocked in sucha a manner as to kill Mr. Robinson instantly, he falling dead on his face. The mother was leaning with her arm around the post of the veranda, and felt the shock upon the arm and one foot, which paralyzed her to such an extent that the assistance of Mrs. Ro. was required to release her from the post and get her into the house. AFter the storm had passed over, the neighbors were summoned, who examined Mr. Robinson, finding him in no manner marked by the lightening, and no bruises, only one on the forehead, which was the result of his falling on the floor of the porch. He was aman of robust health, and powerful frame, a good neighbor and citizen, and respected by the community. The deceased wore a heavy steel truss, which is supposed to have attracted the electrical current causing his death. His age was 29, and leaves a wife and child. The house was struck on two corners, shattering them somewhat, besides running down a tin spouting, doing to the house, however, but trifling damage.

John Gray Robison

November 11, 1880

Died near Wenona, October 29 of pneumonia, John Gray, 3 months, infant son of George Robison.

Mrs. Margaret W. Robinson

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

May 12, 1866

At Magnolia, April 26 of the dropsy, Margaret W., wife of Thomas Robinson, age 58 years.

Robert Robson

October 16, 1873

In La Prairie, Oct. 1, Robert Robson, aged 83 years.

Dr. George W. Rodeck

June 2, 1881

At Peoria, May 29, of heart disease, Dr. Geo. W. Rodeck, 67, brother of Mrs. W. C. Reynolds, of this city. The deceased was a resident of Springfield.

Bert D. Rodewald

Contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

From an untitled and undated newspaper clipping:

Private Bert D. Rodewald of Toluca, aged 24 years, 6 months and 19 days, died at a hospital in England and his mother, Mrs Frances Rodewald has received the following letter:

Dear Mrs Rodewald - Long before this letter reaches your hands you have received the official information of the death of your son, Pvt. Bert D. Rodewald, at the military hospital No. 21, Paignton. As visitor American Red Cross at the above hospital, I am now venturing to write to try and convey to you the deep sympathy of the society as well as of the residents of Paignton, both American and English, in your irrepairable loss. We feel sure that you would like to hear such details as it is possible to give you of your son's last days. They were spent in one of the most luxurious, well appointed hospitals in England, where he was tenderly cared for by a skillful staff of American surgeons and nurses. Ministered to by an army chaplain and surrounded with every comfort that skill and money could procure. With other Red Cross visitors I was present at his funeral which was a military one and which was conducted with all reverence and solemnity amid touching manifestations of sympathy and respect on the part of all the residents of Paignton. The casket was covered by the stars and stripes and beautiful flowers rested upon it, sent by the Red Cross and other sympathizers. He was bourne to the grave by the New Zealand soldiers and at the close of the service the firing squad fired three volleys and the Last Post was sounded on the bugle. The cemetery in which your son lies is a particularly beautiful one, situated on a hill with a lovely view overlooking the English channel. We hope in a short time to send you a photograph of the grave. In the meantime I enclose one of the flowers taken from one of the wreaths that rested upon the casket. Also a photo of the hospital and a cutting from the Paignton Observer of October 2.

With most sincere sympathy and praying that you may find comfort in your great loss, yours sincerely, Mrs W.P. Frean Conway House, Paignton, Eng.

Mrs. Ellen Rogers

April 5, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

Local Correspondence - Lacon

Mrs. Ellen Rogers died at the residence of her daughter Mrs. George W. Muirhead in this city on Sunday morning last. She was the widow of Doctor Rogers, who died in Lacon a few years ago, and was an aunt of Hon. E. A. Wilcox of Minonk, our late state senator. The cause of her death was a goiter, with which she has been confined to her bed many weeks, during the most of which time she has suffered intensely, but through all of which she has exhibited a remarkable degree of patience.

Mrs. Johanna Rogers

September 26, 1872

Died in this city, Sept. 21, of old age, Mrs. Johanna Rogers, aged 92 years.

Frederick Roll

June 22, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died near Varna by lightening, Frederick Roll, aged about 48 years.

Death by Lightning

Fred. Roll, a German carpenter, who formerly lived in town, was killed by lightning on Thursday last while engaged upon a new house for Andrew Callen, located south of Varna a short distance. We learn the particulars from August Doelzer, who with Mike Shields and two others were at work upon the building. They were all engaged upon the top of the house, when a storm came up. Fred. Roll descended to the first floor and took a position against the studding on the south gable. The others, to get out of the wind that was blowing furiously, descended into the cellar. The lightning struck the house immediately over where Roll stood, descended the stud and striking him on the right side of the head passed down his body, tearing open his pants and boot, and thence into the cellar. Roll fell over insensible, but become conscious and requested to be taken care of. He was laid upon a tool chest, whence he swooned away again and in a few moments was a corpse. His comrades were all struck to the ground by the shock, but were only stunned for the moment. Mr. Roll owned a farm of 80 acres between Mt. Palatine and Lostant, where his family resided. His funeral took place on Saturday, the body being interred in a grave yard in Richland township. Mr. Roll was a quiet, inoffensive man, respected by those who knew him, and was a good mechanic. His age was about 48.

Mary Roll

December 5, 1872

Died in this city, Dec. 4, of whooping cough, Mary, aged 4 months, daughter of Frederick and Victoria Roll.

Charles Rollin

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois

August 17, 1882

Died at Fresno, Cal., Aug. 3d of suppuration of the spine, Charles Rollin, 22 years, 9 months 27 days, son of Mr. J. C. Moodey of this city.

August 21, 1873

In Henry township, Aug. 15, of consumption, Nathaniel M. Rollins, aged 57 years.

Emily Root

September 16, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

In La Prairie, Sept. 9, Emily, aged 17 years, eldest daughter of Amos Root.

Mrs. Root

October 13, 1881 - Sparland

Old Mrs. Root of Blue Ridge was buried on last Saturday.

Child of Silas Root

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 28, 1882 - Sparland

We learn that a child of Silas Root died last Sunday.

Eudalia Rose


April 14, 1870

Also March 31, Eudalia, daughter of S. C. and M. Rose

Truman Rose

November 18, 1880 - Lacon

Death comes in many ways and in solemn and awful character. A gloom was thrown over our whole community last week by the accidental killing of one of our most estimable young men, Truman Rose. He was working at the hotel building, and with his uncle T. H. Rose, was removing some rubbish from the room and street. T. H. Rose was in the third story of the building, and had passed some long scantling from the window to Truman on the ground. He came to the window with a shorter piece of hard wood, and told Truman that he should stand aside because he could not reach; for that one he did so, and not supposing that there was any more coming went to pick this one up. His uncle supposing that he was out of the way threw a block of pine 8x10 and three feet long, which struck him on the head, knocking him senseless. He never was able to speak afterwards, and died in about 13 hours. He leaves a young wife. Truman was much thought of by all of the citizens. He was a hard working, sober, intelligent young man, of sterling integrity, with a pleasant word for all. He attended to his own affairs and left others to attend to theirs. His loss to his own people is terrible, and they have the sympathy of the whole community.

Mrs. Minerva Rosenhaupt


February 15, 1872

At Peru, Feb. 1, Minerva, aged 59 years, wife of Joseph Rosenhaupt, formerly of this city (Henry).

James Ross

December 21, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

In this city, Dec. 18, of pleura pneumonia, James Ross, aged 64 years, 5 months, 13 days.

We chronicle this week the sudden death of Mr. James Ross, which occurred Monday forenoon last, from an illness of only six days. Mr. Ross was born at Bull Run, Va., near the famous battle ground of the rebellion. His earlier days were spent in Alexandria, where his father did business, and later at Baltimore, where for many years he was connected with a wholesale grocery jobbing house. His wife he married from Fulton county in this state 15 years ago, who with two sons, 12 and 14 years of age, now survive the deceased. Mr. Ross came to Henry about 13 years ago, and most of that time, retired from business, with a competence, he has lived a comfortable, affable and quiet life with his family. Mr. Ross was a man of pronounced opinions. His demeanor was reticent, and his acquaintance limited. ......He was raised a Quaker, but his wife avers his religious convictions were strictly orthodox. ........... The funeral took place yesterday at 2 p.m., at the residence, which was largely attended by our citizens. ..... At 4 0'clock this morning, the remains were taken to the depot enroute for Table Grove, Fulton county, where on Friday, the interment takes place. At Table Grove lives John Ross, a brother of the deceased, and also the family friends of Mrs. Ross, and here in a family lot at the cemetery are buried their cherished dead. The deceased was highly respected, and the widow and children have the sympathy of the community.

John Ross

February 10, 1876

Local Correspondence - Lacon

John Ross died at his residence in Lacon January 28, aged 74 years. Mr. Ross has been a citizen of Lacon since 1852.

At Lacon, January 28, John Ross, aged 74 years.

John Ross, who died at Lacon last week, was another of the old settlers of this county. He was born in Cumberland county, Pa., in 1802, and by his wife had 14 children, only four of whom are living. While in Pennsylvania he carried the mail for some years and for 17 years was lock-tender on a canal in that state. He came west in 1852, and located at Grantville, in Steuben township with a brother. The Journal further says, that upon the death of his brother, not long after, he fell heir to considerable of his estate, but the title was disputed by the widow, and rather than have any litigation, he abandoned his rights, and eventually it was sold for taxes, and finally fell into the hands of the Grantville coal company. Mr. Ross next became the overseer of the poor farm holding the situation some time and finally settled in Lacon, where he has lived ever since, respected by all.

L. B. Ross

March 31, 1881

Died at Jacksonville, March 25, of dropsy and neuralgia, L. B. Ross, 68 years, 8 months, a former resident of this city.

Joseph Roth


November 21, 1895

The owner of the Spotted Dutchman place since 1871 died last Friday at the good old age of 74 years, 8 months and 18 days. He was a native of France, born February 24, 1821. Came to Canada when 12 years of age. To Henry in 1871. He married Mary Freece in Buffalo, New York by whom he had 10 children, 4 boys and six girls, all surviving and all married except one Peter. This wife died about three years ago. In the fall of 1893, he married to Mrs. Mary Haws, who survived him with the children, 62 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at St. Mary's Church on Monday morning at 9 o'clock, Rev. P.J. Gerhardy, the pastor officiating,/ and the body was laid to rest in Calvary cemetery. He was an excellent man and respected by all.

Minnie Roth

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois August 31, 1882

Died in this city, Aug. 31, of congestion of the brain, Minnie, 9 months, 24 days, only child of John and Anna Roth. Funeral at Residence, head of Main street, Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Andrew Roth Jr.
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, July 26, 1883
Died in this city, July 20, Andrew, Jr., 1 year 11 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Roth.
Andrew Roth, a wood worker for Duke Bros buried his two year old son on Sunday last. Funeral services were held in the Catholic Church after the morning service. Rev. Father Hout officiating.

Mrs. Eliza Ann (Nock) Rowe

May 7, 1874

In this township, May 5, of lung fever, Mrs. Eliza Ann (Nock) aged 56 years, wife of Sampson Rowe.

Mrs. Eliza Ann Rowe, died of lung fever Tuesday morning, and was buried yesterday afternoon, beside the remains of her first husband, in a select and secluded spot of the Nock farm. She was married to Charles Nock at the age of 13, with whom she lived pleasantly until five years ago, when he died. She afterwards married Sampson Rowe, an old acquaintance, and who continued to occupy and cultivate the Nock farm. She is an old settler, having been in this township about 30 years, and as long a member of the M. E. church. A large concourse of people attended the funeral and she was held in warm esteem by the community. She bore no children. She made a will, which will determine the disposal of her property.

Gracie Rowe
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883
Died in Whitefield, June 5, of diphtheria, Gracie, 8, daughter of Roger E. Rowe
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Rowe of Whitefield, buried this forenoon another of their children. The cause of death was diphtheria. Rev. Mr. Glendenning of this city officiated at the funeral, which was attended by a large number of sympathetic friends and neighbors.

Ida May Rowe

September 30, 1880

Died in Whitefield township, Sept. 23, of spasms, Ida May, 2 years, 2 months, 3 days, daughter of Roger T. and Mary A. Rowe.

Roger T. Rowe buried a little daughter of the age of two years. It had been feeble from birth and was the subject of much care. It was taken down a few weeks ago with malarial fever supplemented by spasms which proved fatal. The funeral was held at the house last Friday, the Rev. J. J. Bunnell, conducting religious exercises. A large number were present to sympathize with the friends in their cherished loss.

Jennie Rowe

November 10, 1881

In Whitefield, Oct. 28, of croup, Jennie, 1 year, 4 months, daughter of Roger Rowe.

John B. Rowe

Henry Republican, Henry, IL July 1, 1915

A War Veteran Gone

John B. Rowe Buried From His Late Home in Lansing, Kas., Sunday

Sunday afternoon a large number of citizens, his war comrades and the members of his family gathered at late home of John Bernard Row at Lansing, Kas. To attend the funeral services preceding his burial in Mt. Muncle cemetery. On every hand the testimony of love and respect for the man who had gone was in evidence. Chaplain Payne, from the Soldier's home, conducted the services and paid a tribute to the deceased which voiced the regard of those who knew Mr. Row.

As a private citizen, as a solder, as a state legislator, as an officer of the state prison, Mr. Rowe had always commanded the esteem and respect of those with whom he associated. He was a good man and worthy citizen. His life had been active and purposeful. His death makes a vacancy in the ranks of those who make the world better.

Mr. Row was born at Henry, Ill., in 1847, and was in his 58th years when death came. About a month ago he was taken from his home to the Soldier's home hospital to be treated for a complication of troubles. Infirmities contracted in the war added to his illness, and he slowly succumbed. He died Friday, May 21. At his bedside were his wife, two daughters and three sons.

With his parents Mr. Rowe came to Missouri. At the age of 16 he enlisted in Co. B 27th Mo. Inf. Because of illness he was discharged in January, 1863. As soon as his health returned he enlisted again in Co. M., 2d Mo. Cav., where he served until September, 1865, being mustered out at Nashville, Tenn. He came to Wilson county, Kansas, in 1872. He married Olivia Loring. He moved to Lansing in 1898 and served as a guard at the prison for 13 years until July, 1911. He was a member of the Kansas legislature in 1888 from Wilson county. He early joined the G.A.R. and was a member of Thomas Brennan Post No. 308, which post officiated at the grave. He is survived by his wife, four sons, tow daughters, and two brothers, Sampson and William of Henry, Ill. The daughters are Mrs. Ella Graham of Lansing and Mrs. Margaret Young of Pittsburg. The sons live in the vicinity of Lansing, with the exception of Charles, whose home is in Colorado.

Sampson Rowe

December 19, 1878

In Henry, Dec. 14, of pneumonia, Sampson Rowe, aged about 62 years.

Sampson Rowe, another of the first settlers of the west side of Marshall county, was gathered to his fathers on Saturday night of last week, and on Monday laid away to rest beside the ashes of his second wife and her first husband, on the place where he died - the Charles Nock farm, tow miles south of this city. Mr. Rowe had been suffering from enlargement of the heart for some years and was feeble, but his sudden death was caused by pneumonia, he being sick but a few days. Mr. Rowe was an Englishman who came to this country when quite a young man. He opened the farm now owned by E. Mohler in Whitefield; here he built a cabin, and at one time had the best peach orchard on the prairie. He was married three times - first to Miss Emiline Thompson, by whom he had several children; the second wife was Mrs. Charles Nock, and the bereaved widow was Mrs. William Thompson. It is said he had the first wagon owned in Whitefield. Mr. Rowe was a good citizen, neighbor, husband, father and friend. He devoted his life to the raising of small fruit, in which he took great pleasure. His children reside in Missouri, where he lived some years. Rev. C. David officiated at the funeral, the house being filled.

William T. Rowe


September 21, 1871

William T. Rowe, son of Sampson Rowe, died at Fredonia Kansas, recently of congestion of the heart. His sister Emeline, with two of her children, have also died recently in Missouri. Mr. R. leaves a wife and two children. His wife's father, Mr. Henry Kirk of Whitefield, has gone to Kansas to look after his affairs, and will probably bring the family back with him. Mr.. Rowe had just fairly got started upon a nice place, and his prospects were flattering. An untiring energy and overwork, is the probable cause of his death. The afflicted family have the sympathy of all the friends in this vicinity.

James Rudden

April 20, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

James Rudden, son of Patrick Rudden, about 15 years old, and living about a mile below Lacon shot himself last Sunday before noon through an eye. His younger brother but a short distance away, hearing the report of the pistle ran up to him just in time to hear him speak his words. He said he was going to shoot at a bird and shot himself. The pistle was a single barrel cartridge concern that was discharged by drawing the hammer and then letting go with the game. The boy worked at the woolen mill was nearly the whole support of his old parents. Coroner Thom held at inquest and the jury brought in a verdict of accidental shooting done by himself.

Samuel Ruff

September 5, 1878

Died at Winfield Kansas, Aug. 23, of billious fever, Samuel Ruff, aged 21 years, 5 months and 25 days, formerly of Whitefield township.

Ralph Rugbee


January 26, 1871

AT Wenona, January 19, at the residence of Nathaniel P. Moore, of typhoid pneumonia, Ralph Rugbee, aged 5 years, son of Dr. Blanchard of Lacon

James Walter Ruggles

December 21, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, Dec. 20, of consumption, James Walter Ruggles, aged 42 years. -- Funeral at the residence of his brother, H. W. Ruggles, at 2 o'clock this afternoon.

Another printer - Walter Ruggles - has laid away "the stick", been gathered into the "chase", and the "composing stone" will soon mark the "galley" where rests the "dead matter" of a disciple of Faust. Consumption, slow, sure and fatal, marks him another victim. He died at his brother's H. W. Ruggles, in this city, late Tuesday night. Walter helped his brother, Robert H. Ruggles, establish the first paper in Henry - the Courier - and at intervals has been a resident of Henry for the past 25 years. He was in the army three years, and during his majority has followed his vocation, and was known by the printers and publishers generally in the state. As a workman he was good; as an itinerant, he could outgeneral a Methodist preacher. His funeral will take place this afternoon at his brother's house, at 2 o'clock.

Mrs. Olive Runnels
Bradford Independent, Bradford IL August 20, 1885
Died on Wednesday, August 14, 1885, Olive, wife of Thomas Runnels of Whitefield. Mrs. Runnells was a sister of E. O. Swift of Wyoming, and also of J. P. and Clark Swift of Whitefield. She was in the 41st year of her age and leaves several children, a husband and a large circle of other relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

Mr. Ruskin

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, November 9, 1882


A colored man named Ruskin, who had been very sick at the American house, died on Wednesday of last week. Funeral services were held on Thursday and his remains conveyed to the Meyers cemetery, where interred.

Clarence Russell


April 29, 1869

Died in this city, April 21, Clarence, son of Eliphalet and M. L. Russell, aged 2 years, 2 months and 6 days.

James Russell

January 15, 1874

We have a sad incident to chronicle this week, the death of one James Russell of Peoria county, the particulars of which are as follows: Out uncle and aunt (Mr. and Mrs. Cyrnus Russell) were paying us a visit last week. Mr. Russell went home within a few days, leaving Mrs. Russell to make a more lengthy visit. When Mr. R. reached home he found his son had just returned from several weeks visit to Wethersfield (near Kewanee) and appeared very well and happy. Taking his gun, he strolled for a hunt, expecting to return soon. As he did not appear at the expected time, search was immediately made, and found him a short distance from home, laying face downward across his gun, gun loaded and cap unexploded, and no marks of violence on his person. Mr. R. at once came to this place to advise his wife of their misfortune, which indeed was very hard for him, and it was a very hard blow to Mrs. R. She was quiet feeble from severe illness for some time past. Mr. R's sister, (Mrs. C. A. Hitchcock) went home with them to attend the funeral, which was held in the M. E. Church (about two miles west of Dunlap station). The sermon was preached by Rev. Chase, Christian minister of Peoria. This was the eldest son of Mr. Rusell's. and is the 14th they have lost of their family. They have three children living, two married and one single. This young man leaves a young wife and little child, and was living on part of his father's farm. He was respected by everyone who knew him, and will be greatly missed by the community.

John Thomas Russell
The Henry Republican, April 26, 1883
Died in this city, April 19, at 2:30 o'clock, John Thomas Russell, 75 years, 5 months 9 days.
John T. Russell, who died on Thursday last, was born in Lowden county, Va., Nov. 10, 1807, removed to Fulton county, Ill., in 1856, and to Henry in 1861, and for a number of years was chief bookkeeper in the land office of Richard Lloyd. He served as township collector for nine consecutive years, having no opposition at the polls after the first year. Mr. Russell was a man of fine sense of honor, and noted for his courtesy and gentlemanly bearing, even up to within a few minutes of his death, greeting his friends with a pleasant smile of recognition. For a long time previous to his death his health was very poor, and at times was a great sufferer, and humanly speaking was indebted for the last few years of his life to the constant and careful nursing of a most devoted, faithful and Christian wife. The funeral was held at the house on Saturday at 11 a.m., Rev. W. J. Minium, pastor of the M. E. church, officiating. There was a large attendance of business men and old friends of the family to pay their last mead of respects. Of the relatives from abroad, Joseph J. Russell of Ipavin and James A. Russell, of Vermont, both of Fulton county, brothers of the deceased were present, as also Mrs. Ross of Peoria.?

Joshua Russell

January 22, 1874

Near Fort Scott, Kan., Jan. 9, at the residence of G. D. McVicker, of pneumonia, Joshua Russell, aged 51, formerly of this city.

Joshua Russell

We received on Thursday last, (too late for our paper) a Fort Scott Monitor, containing the death, on January 9, of Mr. Joshua Russell. The only particulars given were that he died at the residence of Mr. G. D. McVicker, a brother-in-law, of pneumonia, and giving the time of his funeral. As Mr. Vicker lives several miles from Mr. Russell, the presumption is that he was there when he was taken sick, and finally died away from home. Mr. Russell was an old residenter of this vicinity, owning years ago the farm now in possession of E. G. Green in Whitefield. Selling that, he entered the hardware trade in Henry, doing a large business, realizing a wide acquaintance and esteemed for honesty in deal, and manliness of character. He was public spirited, once alderman of our city, and liberal in purse as he was charitable to the poor and needy. In 1871, the firm, consisting of J. Russell, C. Russell and L. N. Hitchcock, moved to Fort Scott, from which subsequently Mr. Russell retired, and went to farming, he having several good farms in the vicinity. At the time of his death he owned the store occupied by Hull & Hulce here, as also the residence he lived in when here. Mr. Russell was also a zealous member of the Christian church, in the faith of which he was reared from infancy. Thus has gone a most excellent citizen, bereaving a large circle of friends and acquaintances. His age was 51 years.

LATER - Since the above was put in type a letter to Mrs. George F. Paskell gives further particulars. Mr. Russell and wife spent New Years at Mr. Henry Ham's at Prescott, Kan., some 20 miles from Fort Scott. Returning on Friday, the 2d, he was taken with a chill on the road, and becoming very sick, they stopped at Mr. G. D. McVicker's, where pneumonia set in, causing death in just a week after being taken down.

Thomas Arthur Russell
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, August 2, 1883
Died May 30, in Richland Township, Thos. Arthur Russell, 10 months, 17 days, reported by Dr. I. H. Reeder.

Ellen Ryan


July 1, 1869

Died in this city, June 28, of chronic inflammation of the stomach, Ellen, daughter of David and Mary Ryan, aged 13 years.

Mrs. John Ryan


July 11, 1872

Local Department

A Mrs. John Ryan was killed near Lacon on the fourth. Mr. R. with his wife and children, attended the celebration at Lacon. On the way homeward, the horses ran away, throwing out Mrs. Ryan, one of the wheels passing over her breaking her back and killing her almost instantly. A coroner's inquest collaborated the above statement.

William Ryan

June 24, 1880 - Sparland News

We learn of the death on last Friday of William Ryan, an aged, respectable, well-to-do farmer who lived near Camp Grove. He was stricken with paralysis and lived but a short time. Funeral last Sunday at Camp Grove.

We learned since Friday the above, the Mr. Ryan was poisoned by mistake taking medicine from a bottle that contained Gibson and whiskey for outward application instead of the medicine he intended to take.


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