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Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices



George Sibolt

September 7, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Local Correspondence - Sparland

Little George Sibolt, about 4 years old and son of our esteemed citizen Fred Sibolt died on last Saturday at 5 o'clock in the morning of diptheria croup. This makes 4 little boys they have buried here. We deeply sympathize with them in their bereavement.

William Sickels

July 5, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Wyoming, June 18, William Sickels of Lawn Ridge this county, aged 55 years.

Local Department

William Sickels, whose family lived at Lawn Ridge, was accidentally killed at a sawmill in Wyoming recently. He was engaged in sawing a log during a storm, when a flash of lightning struck the saw which sent a portion of the slab with great violence against his throat, rupturing the larynx or Adam's apple, as it is called, and literally crushing the windpipe. He died in a few hours, leaving a wife and four children stricken by this calamity. His age was 55. He was a worthy man and his family is highly respected. The body was taken to Lawn Ridge for interment. So we gleam from the Wyoming Post.

Michael Simater


April 7, 1870

At Lacon, March 25 of lung fever, Michael Simater, aged 36 years

Kinsey Simmons
The Henry Republican, Henry IL, June 28, 1883
Died May 9, in Evans Township, Kinsey Simmons, 70, reported by Dr. F. Potts.

Nicholas Simmons


June 8, 1871

Died in this city, June 5, of accidental drowning in the river, Nicholas Simmons, aged 43 years.

Death by Drowning

Monday afternoon, about 2 and a half o'clock, a painful sensation was created about town from intelligence circulated that Nicholas Simmons had fell overboard from the dredge boat and was drowned. As near as we are able to assertain the particulars, it seems that Mr. Simmons had commenced work upon the dredge boat for the first time that morning and while helping move one of the skows, he carelessly got the line the wrong way, the motion of the boat overpowering his whole and pulled him over into the water. He sank immediately and was drowned. After two hours search the body was found. A large number of boats filled with men assisted at the search and a large concourse of anxious citizens assembled on the bank of the river with that of sympathy and curiosity incident to the excitement and consternation of the sad affair. Mr. Simmons was a robust man, a German by birth and a citizen of Henry for the past 16 years. "Nick" was well known and respected, being a peaceful, pleasant man and full of good humor. He married here 14 years ago and was the father of seven children, though only one survives him. His wife feels the loss keenly and the community sympathizes in their bereavement. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at the Catholic church. Most of the friends of the deceased live in Germany.

J. B. Simpson

April 23, 1874

Died at Lacon, April 16, of tape worm, J. B. Simpson.

Mr. J. B. Simpson, proprietor of the Sherman House at Lacon, died last Thursday. He has been ailing for a long time, and recently has discharged several links of tape worm, which reptile is supposed to be the immediate cause of his death. He formerly was proprietor of the quarters known as the Paskell House in this city, and has lived in Putnam and Marshall upwards of 35 years. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was charter member, if we mistake not, of Magnolia nd Lacon lodges. His funeral took place on Saturday, and the body taken to Hennepin for interment.

April 30 - Putnam County News

Joshua Simpson, who died at Lacon last week was 59 years of age. He was an old settler of this vicinity. Funeral was held at the M. E. church, after the remains reached Hennepin. The attendance from citizens and old acquaintances being large.

Minnie Grace Simpson

August 6, 1874

In Wenona, July 23, Minnie Grace, infant daughter of David Simpson

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Sinclair

March 25, 1880

Died in this city, March 22, of rheumatism of the stomach and heart, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Sinclair.

Death of Mrs. E. C. Sinclair

On Monday afternoon Mrs. E. C. Sinclair was called hence. She had been sick about three weeks with rheumatism of the shoulders, stomach and heart, her attack being violent from the first. After nine days, her symptoms were more hopeful, and her periodic agonies less in frequency and severity. But her heart difficulties gave apprehensions, and her physicians assured the anxious friends that if death came it would be sudden. And sudden it was. Monday afternoon at 6 o'clock, with every good symptom, while her attendant, Mrs. John Black, was momentarily absent from the room, a noise was heard, and in runnning in she had fallen against the wall while sitting in her chair, her body bent forward, and in the throes of death, breathing but three or four times, after being discovered.

The deceased was a native of Philadelphia, where she was reared and spent much of her life. She had been married twice, first to a Mr. Bristow, by whom she had one son, and after his death to Mr. John W. Sinclair, by whom she had two children, a son who lived to the age of 18, and a daughter to that of six. A sister, Mrs. Benjamin Tyre, lives at Colmar, Pa. She had four grandchildren named Bristow, James, the eldest, having lived with his grandmother here for several years. She was the owner of two dwelling houses and an acre lot in the corporate limits of this city, and has considerable personal estate.

Mrs. Sinclair was, in some respects, a remarkable woman. She had mental gifts that qualified her for a prominent and useful life, and she has been for many years a useful woman in the social circles of Henry. October, 1874, she connected herself with the Henry society of the New Church, and in all that promoted its growth and usefulness she took a leading part. She was a teacher in the Sunday school, having a class of seven girls and was always there, if not ill. She was also one of the first to organize the red ribbon movement in Henry, and was one of its most active and efficient workers. Her place will be sorely missed in both organizations.

The obsequies took place at the Christian church yesterday at 10 o'clock, Rev. O. L. Barter officiated, assisted by Rev. J. J. Bunnell, who read a portion of scripture, and Rev. Glendenning who made the opening prayer. The edifice was very full, every seat being occupied by old acquaintances who had come to pay the last offices of respect to a valued friend. The remains were interred beside Mr. Sinclair in the new cemetery.

Mrs. Joel Skelton

February 17, 1881 - LaRose

And on the same day (Feb. 11) at Eline Ward's in Bennington, Mrs. Joel Skelton, the mother of our late sheriff. She has been sick for a long time, and has suffered long and patiently, waiting for the change.

Frank Skinkle

January 13, 1881

Died in Chicago, Jan. 10, suddenly of heart disease, Lewis Franklin Skinkle, 32.

Death of Frank Skinkle

The friends and acquaintances of Mr. Frank Skinkle were shocked Tuesday morning when the wires flashed the sad news of his death. His demise was from heart disease and sudden. Mr. Harrison and Hary L. Gregory left yesterday to attend the funeral. The body will be placed in a vault for further disposal probably brought to Henry, interment in the family lot. In the death of Mr. Skinkle the great house of Field, Leiter and Co loses one of their chief clerks.

Later particulars are to the effect that he went home Monday evening and ate his supper, feeling as well as usual. About 8 o'clock he complained of not feeling well, and said he would retire. Soon after going upstairs, his wife heard a groan and called to Frank, supposing that it was from his father, getting no response from Frank, she went upstairs, and found him unconscious, who soon after expired. The physicians say that they could not have saved him had they been present. His body was placed in a vault until his wife determines upon its final resting place.

Philip Slagle's Child

October 19, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Sparland, Oct. 12, a child, 2 years old, of Philip Slagle.

William Mortimer Sleater

February 5, 1874

In this city, February 2 of spinal complaint, William Mortimer Sleater, aged 49 years.

Barney Smith

Henry Republican, September 3, 1874
Mr. Barney Smith died at Chicago on Monday. He formerly resided here and was half brother to Joseph and Samuel Holmes.

Henry Republican, Thursday, September 24th, 1874 p1:
The report current of the death of Mr. Barney Smith is probably untrue. Recent letters from him indicate his living at Pontiac and at work at his trade.
-- Contributed by Steph McGrath

Benjamin Franklin Smith


April 11, 1872

Died in Whitefield, April 6, of consumption, Benjamin Franklin Smith, aged 30 years

Elijah Smith

July 17, 1879

At Chicago, July 15, Elija Smith, aged 70 years, formerly a resident of Henry.

Elijah Smith, we learn from the Chicago papers of yesterday, "has been gathered to his fathers." He died at the residence of his son Charles M. Smith, No. 215 37th street, on Tuesday, the funeral taking place today. Mr. Smith lived in this township from 1857 to 1867, and was owner and occupant of the Lombard place, a mile west of town. He was a brother-in-law of Rev. John Winn, and was an elder of the Presbyterian church of Henry at that time. He was then wealthy, living from the income of a large estate. The shrinkage of property in late years rendered him, like hundreds of others, comparatively a poor man, although his real esate operations since his return to Chicago accredited him as bieng worth, a few years ago $100,000. He was an old settler of Chicago, going there in 1838, when the population of that city was less than 5000. He was a very unassuming gentleman, but of excellent business tact, and respected by all.

Fidail Smith

March 6, 1873

In this city, Feb. 27, of cerebro-spinal meningitis, Fidail, aged 11 years, youngest daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Frances Amanda Smith


September 24, 1868

Died at Lacon, Sept. 9, by a fall downstairs, Frances Amanda, wife of I. T. Smith.

Francis A. Smith

March 1, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Elmwood, Cass county, Nebraska, Feb. 8, of consumption, Francis A. Smith, aged about 58 years. --Francis Smith, who formerly lived in Whitefield died recently in Nebraska. He was an Englishman by birth, a local Baptist preacher and a good man. He had been an invalid for years - consumption numbering him among its victims at the last. He was somewhat of a reader in his time, a good debater and a good writer. His long illness cut him off from as useful a life as it would have been under other and more favorable circumstances.

Frank Howard Smith

June 8, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

In Henry township, June 2 of congestion of the lungs, Frank Howard, age 1 year, 7 months, son of J. H. and A. M. Smith.

Mrs. Hannah Smith

July 2, 1874

At Crystal Lake, McHenry county, June 26, suddenly, Hannah H., wife of Elijah Smith of Chicago, formerly of this city.

Mrs. Hannah Smith, wife of Elijah Smith, a former occupant of the Lumbard property, west of town, and familiarly known to our citizens, died suddenly Friday, near Chicago. She was the sister to Mrs. John Winn, who also passed away suddenly one year ago. She was an estimable lady and her death will be lamented by her friends.

Mrs. Harriet E. Smith

November 21, 1872

At Lacon, Oct. 29, Mrs. Harriet E. Smith, aged 58 years.

Harry Smith

October 21, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Elmwood, Cass Co., Nebraska, Oct. 1, of typhoid fever, Harry, son of Rev. F. A. and Jane Smith, formerly of Whitefield.

Hiram Smith

January 26, 1882


On Monday many were surprised to hear the sad news of the death of Hiram Smith.

Ida May Smith

February 20, 1873

In Whitefield, Feb. 14, of inflammation of the bowels, Ida May, aged 7 months, daughter of Charles and Mary Smith, and grandchild of Mr. John T. Smith

Mrs. James Smith

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.

John Smith

January 16, 1873

In Lee county, Dec. 31, of caiprrhal consumption, John Smith of Geneseo, aged 63 and uncle of Mr. Ephraim W. Smith of this city.

Lorinda Smith

May 29, 1873

In this city, May 25, of cerebro-spinal-meningitis, Lorinda, aged 16 years, daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Smith

Mrs. Maggie Smith

November 16, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 1, of consumption, Mrs. Maggie Smith, aged 33 years, sister of Mrs. C. M. Topping of this city.

Mamie Smith

July 28, 1881

Died in Chicago, July 19, of heart disease, Mamie, 18, daughter of the late William J. Smith, a former resident of this city.

Mamie Smith, daughter of a former resident of Henry, died in Chicago last week, a notice of which will be found in this issue, from our Chicago correspondent. The families of J. P. Hinman, P. R. Brearley and Samuel Parker, were represented in attendance at the sad funeral rites.

Mrs. Margaret H. Smith (nee Dent)


July 18, 1872

In Henry, July 12, of old age, Mrs. Margaret H. Smith, aged 78 years, sister of Enoch Dent of Wenona.

Death of Mrs. M. H. Smith

We record the death of another old settler, Mrs. Margaret H. Smith, sister of Mr. Enoch Dent of Wenona, at the residence of N. B. Whitney, her son-in-law, at the ripe age of 78 years. Mrs. Smith was born in Monongahela county, W. Virginia, a daughter of John Dent, and one of 12 children. She married John Rochester there in April, 1812, the day war was declared with the Indians, and had eight children by him, he dying in 1837. She lived for a time in Missouri, coming to Magnolia, Putnam county in 1838, where she made the acquaintance of Peter Smith, a widower, whom she married. By him she had but one child. The domestic relations of this marriage were uncongenial, and finally Mr. Smith, who had the reputation of not being the best of men, sloped to California, where he has since re-married, and lived unmolested. Mrs. Smith has lived in Marshall county about 20 years with her children, much of the time keeping house with her daughter, Miss Josephine Rochester. She was an energetic, brave woman in her day, endured her share of the privations and trials allotted to human life, survived to a green old age, and passed on to her reward. Her funeral took place on Sunday, in spite of the extreme hot weather, Rev. Ephriam Hoyt conducting the solemn services.

Mrs. Mary Smith

April 1, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in this city, March 22, Mrs. Mary Smith, aged 69 years.

Mrs. Mary Smith, one of the oldest settlers in Whitefield, near the Red school house, died on Wednesday night of last week, at her son's house in this city, Mr. James F. Smith's on Monroe street. She was the mother of Mortimer, James, Charles and John Smith, and Mrs. Annie Lampman, wife of Henry Lampman, living near Strawn, Livingston county. She had been an active member of the M. E. church for near half a century. The funeral took place at the M. E. church in this city Friday forenoon, Rev., P. A. Crist conducting the services, assisted by Rev. S. Wood of the Whitefield church, at which there was a large attendance of friends of the deceased and the family. Rev. Mr. Ferris also occupied a seat in the pulpit. She was buried in the old graveyard north of the seminary.

Minnie Smith


April 9, 1868

Died in this city, April 4, of billious complaint, Minnie, daughter of Benjamin and Louisa Smith, age 10 months and 10 days.

Mrs. Otilla F. Smith (nee Fosbender

July 1, 1915

Taken From the Henry News Republican

Otilla Theresa Fosbender, second child of John and Charlotte Fosbender, was born at Leverne, Prussia, Dec. 31, 1835, and died at her home in Spaland, Ill., June 22, 1915, aged 19 (79) years, 5 months and 21 days.

Her father, a German professor, died at the age of 35, and left the widow with six children. They came to America in 1853, crossing the ocean in a sailing vessel, taking six weeks to make the voyage. They first settled at Cincinnati, OH., and later came to Illinois, locating on a farm on Yankee street; a short time later purchased the farm now owned by James C. Smith.

She was married to Wm. Smith Feb. 18, 1858, and they becan housekeeping on the farm owned by Mr. Smith, wich is opposite the Saratoga church, whre they resided until the spring of 1870, when they moved to the Fosbender farm, which they had purchased from his wife's people. Here they resided until the spring of 1898, when they moved to Sparland. Mr. Smith died Feb. 3, 1907.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith were the parents of eight children, viz., Mrs. Mary Riddell of Sparlang; Mrs. Christinana Marshall of Monmouth; Dr. W. A. Smith of La Prairie; Mrs. Charlotte Duncan of Sparland; Dr. Charles Smith of La Prairie; Mrs. Winnie Root of Speer: James C. (unable to read) ...... Besides her immediate family she leaves to mourn her loss, her oldest sister, Mrs. Christiana Earnest of Americus, Kas., 14 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of friends who will miss her in many ways.

The funeral services were held on Thursday, a short service being at the house at 12:30, conducted by Rev. Tussey of the U. P. churh of La Prairie. At 1 p.m. the cortege left the house and wended its way to the La Prairie church, where a large number of old friends had already assembled. This beloved mother was laid to rest beside her husband in the lot of the church yard where a number of Mr. Smith's relatives are sleeping.

Patrick Smith

December 16, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

Near Camp Grove, Nov. 25, of cancer of the stomach, Patrick Smith, aged 55 years, He leaves a wife and 10 children.

Peter Smith

January 16, 1873

Died in Whitefield, Jan 9, of disease of the brain, Peter Smith, aged 19 years.

Mrs. Roxanna Smith

November 26, 1874

In Adair county, Iowa, Oct. 13, Mrs. Roxanna Smith, aged 74, aunt of A. G. Stiles of this township.

Scott B. Smith
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
Died March (1?) 1883 at Wenona, Scott B. Smith, aged 1 year, 2 months, reported by Dr. F. Potts

Mrs. Theodore Smith

April 8, 1875

Taken From the Henry Republican

The sudden death of Mrs. Theodore Smith, on Saturday, of typhoid pneumonia, was a surprise to the people generally, and many were first apprized of her illness, by the funeral notices that were distributed about the city early on the afternoon. The funeral took place at the New Church society's house of worship and was attended by one of the largest congregations of sympathetic friends that has ever been called together on so sad an occasion. Rev. B. Edmiston preached from that beautiful text: "She is not dead, but sleepeth," giving the Swedenborgain view of the spiritual world, of death, the resurrection, and the reception by the angels of those who have this world, the recognition and welcome of dear friends as they join each other in the other life, etc. .....The remains were encased in a rich rosewood casket, bearing a silver plate, on which was engraved the name, time of birth and time of death of the deceased. The husband and three children are bereft, the oldest child being seven and the youngest six months old. Mr. Smith and the family have the sympathy of the community in this sore trial.

William Smith

July 15, 1937

Late Rites Friday For Wm. Smith, 78

Funeral services for William Smith, 78, will be held Friday afternoon from his late home in Roberts Township. Rev. Keith Loveless of the Magnolia M.E. church will officiate. Surviving are the wife and the following children: Mrs. Bertha Zobrest of Granville; Mrs. Minne Brushwailer of Chillicothe; Mrs. Sarah Hoppis of Muskegon, Mich.; Mrs. Anna Wilkins of Chillicothe; Jacob T. and Elmer T. Smith, both of Magnolia; also step-sons and daughters, who are Mrs. Dorothy Sylvester of Varna, and Mrs. Darlene Doran, Mrs. Margaret E. Reaska, Charles T. Skaggs and Ernest J. Skaggs, all of Magnolia. Burial will be in the Rutland Cemetery. A.C. Lindbloom is the funeral director.

Willie H. Smith

March 1, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Fairfax, Linn county, Iowa, Feb. 12, of marasmus, Willie H., aged 8 months, 16 days, son of George W. and Tillie M. Smith and grandson of Mr. William Fosdick of this city.

Willis Addis Smith

August 20, 1874

Died in this city, August 18, of cholera infantum, Willie Addis, aged 7 months, son of Ephraim W. and Sarah M. Smith.

Clara Augusta Snell

January 26, 1882

AT Winfield, Iowa, Jan. 18, of diphtheria, Clara Augusta, 15 years 6 months, daughter of Wm. Snell formerly of Whitefield Corners and granddaughter of Timothey Atwood of Galva.

Francis Snider

May 8, 1873

At Dawn, Livingston county, Mo., April 14, of spotted fever, Francis, aged 21 years, eldest son of David D. Snider.

Mrs. Lucy Snider

August 21, 1873

Died in Henry township, Aug. 19, of paralysis, Mrs. Lucy Snider, aged 75 years, consort of the late Col. Henry Snider.

Mrs. Rachel E. (Lyon) Snider

May 18, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

Near Dawn, Livingston county, Mo., April 30, Rachel E., wife of David D. Snider, formerly from Henry and sister of Mrs. W. H. Williams of Snachwine.

Local News

We learn in time for this issue the death of Mrs. David Snider, at Dawn, Mo. Mrs. Snider was the daughter of Abijah Lyon, one of the pioneer settlers of Whitefield township and sister of Mrs. W. H. Williams of Snachwine. She had a wide acquaintance here who will drop a tear in precious memory of their dear friend who now has been called to the other life. She was an estimable lady, a good wife and mother, and her death is a sad loss to the large circle of relatives and friends.

Margaret Snyder

Taken From the Henry Republican

September 5, 1878

Died in this city, at the residence of her son-in-law, Solomon Noll, Mrs. Margaret Snyder, aged 77 years, 11 months and 15 days.

Death of Three "Old Settlers"

The ranks of the old settlers are being thinned fast. One by one they are being gathered to their rest. We give below the names of three whom the inexorable reaper has called away. Coming here at the early settlement of the country, their lies were full of trials and privations, but nobly pushing on through them all, they attained to an honored old age, universally respected and esteemed.

We are called upon this week to chronicle the death of an aged resident of Henry, Mrs. Margaret Snyder, which took place at the residence of her son-in-law, Solomon Noll, on Thursday, Aug. 29. Margaret Koop was born in Elizabethtown, Lancaster county, Penn., Sept. 14, 1800. She was married to Abraham Snyder, Sept. 18, 1829, at the place of her birth. This union was blessed with six children, four daughters, Mrs. H. J. Grawburg and Mrs. S. Noll of this city, and Mrs. Andrew Hutchinson of Portland, Maine, yet survive her. In 1850 the family moved west and settled in Henry. A year later Mrs. Snyder was called upon to mourn the untimely death of her husband, who was drowned in Sandy Creek in the winter of 1831 (1851?). Since then she has continued to reside in Henry. For the last 17 years, she has been a member of her son-in-law, Solomon Noll's family. Here, during all these years, she had a most excellent home, where she was cared for with tender and praiseworthy solicitude. For five years previous to her death she was troubles with sickness, so that when death came, he appeared to her with no grim visage, but was welcomed as the harbinger of a dearer and happier life. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, which she adorned with life-long consistency and devotion, having joined that body when 15 years old. The funeral services were performed on Saturday at 2 o'clock p.m. and were conducted by Rev. E. H. Baker assisted by Rev. E. C. Wayman. The address by Rev. Baker, based Is. 3-10, is spoken of as a fitting tribute to the long and eventful life of the deceased.

Percy A. Snyder

April 13, 1876

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Pekin, April 8th, of pneumonia, Percy A., aged 1 year 4 months, youngest son of W. O. and Anna V. Snyder, and grandson of Lewis Snyder of this city.

William Snyder


April 11, 1872

William Snyder of Lacon, died in Kansas recently. His body was brought to Lacon for interment. He had been in Marshall county many years, was a fine druggist, known far and respected much for his excellency of character. His disease was consumption.


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