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Marshall County Illinois
Obituaries and Death Notices



 Louisa Wolbert

October 20, 1881

In Henry township, Oct. 17, of typhoid fever, Louisa, 17 years 11 mos 10 days, daughter of John Wolbert.

Samuel B. Wollard

January 8, 1880

At Sparland, Jan. 1, of cerebral hemorrhage, after an illness of nine days, Samuel B. Wollard, 50.

Samuel B. Wollard

The deceased, S. B. Wollard, was buried at Sparland on Saturday. He was born at Fredericksburg, Va., and at the age of 14, removed with his parents to Muskingum county, Ohio, where he continued to reside until 1872, when he removed to Sparland. He was married to Margaret Henslee of Licking county, Ohio, February 13, 1845, who survives him, as also his three children, William S. Wollard, Esq., of Lacon, Mrs. Edmund Stredder of Ellsworth county, Kansas and Mrs. John Doran of Whitefield. For several years (missing remainder).

George C. Wolverton


April 27, 1871

At Pontiac, April 4, George C. Wolverton, aged 34 years, formerly of Wenona

Martin C. Wolverton


June 4, 1868

Died at Wenona, May 24, of heart disease, Martin C. son of Samuel E. and Sara Ann Wolverton, age 7 years.

Eliza Jane Wood


FROM THE HENRY NEWS REPUBLICAN 3/30/1916 EXERPTS ONLY - Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney

Eliza Jane Wood, born Prince Fredrick, Maryland. 9/22/1829 married Thomas Wood of the same place. At 21...settled north of Chilicothe for 60 years then LaPrairie Center

Mary A. Wood

July 5, 1877

Taken From the Henry Republican

At Lacon, June 29, at the residence of R. C. Mallory, of consumption, Mary A. Wood, aged 38 years, formerly of this city.

Mary J. (Thompson) Wood


FRONT PAGE, Friday, August 8, 1901

Mrs. Mary Wood, who has been suffering from paralysis for over three months, was called home by the messenger of death on Thursday, July 25. Mary J. Thompson was born in Otsego county, N.Y., October 18, 1828. Beside a large number of friends, she leaves two sons to mourn her loss, one who lives in Minnesota, and D.M. Wood of Toluca. Mrs. Wood always made her home with her son, D.M. Wood of this city. During her long illness all that loving hands and medical skill could do to alleviate her suffering was done, but it proved of no avail when the death angel called. Those who knew her during life speak of her as a kind, loving mother, a good Christian and a helpful neighbor. The funeral services were conducted at her late home by Rev. Mr. Thomas of Hoppeston, Ill., a former pastor of the Christian church of Toluca, a friend of the family. After the services the remains, followed by a large number of relatives and friends, were conveyed to Ball cemetery and laid to rest. The funeral service was very impressive, and the song service especially fine. The choir was composed of Mr. and Mrs. L. Sutton of Rutland, Mrs. Spalding, Mrs. Mathis, Mr. Osborn, Mr. J.E, Porterfield of Toluca. Here memory was honored by many and beautiful floral tributes.

Mrs Rachel Wood

Henry News Republican, July 6, 1882

Died in Buckheart township, Fulton county, June 18, of paralysis, Rachel, 73 years 1 month and 2 days, widow of the late Thomas Wood, and mother of Mrs. Deacon Dunlap and Mrs. Henry Hutchinson

Ruhana Wood

November 10, 1881

In Canton, Fulton county, Oct. 23, of typhoid fever, Ruhana, 37, daughter of the late Thomas Wood, and sister of Mrs. Deacon Dunlap and Mrs. Henry Hutchinson.

Samuel Wood

February 27, 1879

Died at Sutton Neb., Feb. 21, of malignant diphtheria, son of Rev. Samuel Wood, aged 2 years, 7 months, 17 days.

Chester Frane Woodward

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

May 12, 1866

At Joliet, May 10, of congestion of the lung, Chester Frane, infant son of Jonus D. and Roxie Ann Woodward of this city, age 8 months. The funeral service will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the M. E. church. Funeral discourse by Rev. A. C. Higgins.

Chester Stores Woodward

October 23, 1873

Died in this city, Oct. 23, of kidney complaint Chester Stores Woodward, aged 69 years. The funeral at the M. E. church on Sunday next at 2 o'clock p. m. Friends of the family are invited. Odd Fellows of neighboring lodges are also requested to be present.

Death of Chester S. Woodward

Died, this morning about three o'clock Mr. Chester S. Woodward, after a painful afflictive illness. Mr. Woodward settled in Henry about 33 years ago, when but two or three houses were built. He has been a useful man, of whose history we will speak at length in our next issue. He was formerly editor and proprietor of the Courier, which on his retirement was changed to the name this paper now bears. So passes from earth one of our best and moxt exemplary of citizens. The funeral obsquies will take place on Sunday next, at the M. E. church at 2 p. m., the remains to be in charge of the Odd Fellows, of which organization he has been a member for about 40 years.

(For more information on Chester S. Woodward see Marshall County Pioneers)


Donated by Susie Martin-Rott <rootboun@tampabay.rr.com>

Susie writes: "Since I was lucky enough to find my Chester S. Woodward on your Marshall Co site, I'm passing along the obituary of his son, Jonas Dodge Woodward, who owned the newspaper in Henry for a time along with his brother in law Mr.Ruggles:"

Obituary from The Daily News, Joliet Illinois

Friday March 13, 1908 Page 10


Odd Fellow for Half Century and Oldest Printer Here

Jonas D. Woodward, known in Joliet for many years, died at his home, 206 Grant avenue, Friday morning at 2:45. He is survived by his wife and four children: Mrs. Cora R. Nicholson and Earnest Woodward, and Mrs. Jessie E. Crissey and Kate E. Buck.

Mr. Woodward was born in Lyons, Wayne county, New York, May 14, 1836 and had almost completed his 72nd year. When he was four years old he came west with his parents who settled in Henry, Ill. where he was educated and learned his trade of printer.

Mr. Woodward was the oldest printer in Joliet. As a printer when the copositor filled a more important function than in these linotype days, it was when he was working on a paper in Galesburg that he helped to set up the copy on Lincoln's famous debate with Stephen A. Douglass. Later while working in Springfield, he met Lincoln and visited at his home before he went to Washington to fill the office of Chief Executive. Not only did he help elect him but Mr. Woodward had the honor of voting at the same booth with Lincoln in 1860.

In 1861, on August 2, Mr. Woodward married Mrs. Roxana Buck in Joliet, and in 1870 came to Joliet and made this place his home until 1880, when the family moved to Jewel City, Kansas, at which place Mr. Woodward managed the Republican, selling out to his partner in 1883 and returning to Joliet a year later.

For fifty years Mr. Woodward has been a prominent member of the Order of Odd Fellows, joining the "lodge" in Henry in 1857. Last June the 50th anniversary of his association with the order was celebrated in Joliet with considerable ceremony and Mr. Woodward was presented with a handsome jewel comemorative of his long and honorable connection with the fraternity. The Odd Fellow's medal, showing a record of 50 years membership for Mr. Woodward is among the treasures which his death has placed in the keeping of others.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house to the Richards street M.E. Church at 2:30, under conduct of the Odd Fellows and the Printer's Union.

Rev. L. G. Landenberger, formerly of Joliet and now of St. Louis, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. J. H. Odgers.

The Daily News, Joliet, Illinois, Monday, March 16, 1908 p. 2 col 4 and col 5


The Richards street Methodist church was crowded yesterday afternoon with friends of the late Jonas Woodward who had gathered to pay their respects to his memory.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. G. Landenbarger of St. Louis, assisted by Rev. J. Hastle Odgers. The service was simple and followed by the regular service of the Odd Fellows at the grave at Oakwood.

The pall bearers representing the Odd Fellows were Thomas Baker, James Love and Wm. H. Berst. Those representing the printers were A.M. Stephenson, George Walton and A.J. Steffey.

Mrs. Harriet Woolf

March 28, 1878

In Wenona, March 13, Harriet, aged 77 years, wife of the late Henry Woolf

Rev. Caleb Worley


May 18, 1871

Died in Covington, Ohio, May 10, of paralysis, Rev. Caleb Worley, aged 78 years. He was a brother to S. C. Worley of this place.

Carrie Edna Worley

September 26, 1878

Died in Whitefield, Sept. 24, a cancer of the bowels, Carrie Edna, aged 4 months and 15 days, daughter of Joshua C. and Sarah J. Worley.

A babe of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Worley was buried yesterday. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. B. Edmiston, at the New Church house of worship, where a large nuber of weeping relatives and sympathizing friends gathered. A comforting sermon was preached from the words, "Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God".

George A. Worley

Taken From the Henry Republican

April 13, 1882

Died At Covington, Ohio, March 26 of consumption, George A. Worley, in the 60th year of his age. Years ago he was a citizen of Henry, but lately of Fall City, Nebraska.

Local Items

Among our death notices this week is that of George A. Worley, son of Elder Caleb Worley, grandson of Elder Nathan Worley, nephew of Mr. S. G. Worley and cousin of Colonel N. W. Orr. He came to Henry about the year 1849 and set up business as a taylor, remaining here until 1856. Lately he has been a citizen of Fall City, Nebraska. He was 59 at the time of his death that occurred at Covington, Ohio of consumption.

Byard Wright

Copied from the Gazette, "Death of Byard Wright," no date [1890].

The death roll of the aged in Wenona and vicinity during the past few weeks had been very large, and every issue of the Gazette has bore news of the visit of the death angel to some home in this community. One by one the old residents of Wenona, most of whom have been identified with the community for years, are laying down the burden of life and passing to their reward. In the works of the inspired writer, "tired of the heat and glamour of the day, they hear with joy the rustling garments of the night," and bid adieu to earth. Changes are constantly taking place and the inevitable law of nature knows no appeal. On this occasion we speak with profound sorrow and regret of the death of Byard Wright, one of the oldest residents of this vicinity and a man widely known and respected. For some years past Mr. Wright has been in poor health, suffering from a difficulty with one of his lungs, but not until a few weeks ago did his condition become such as to warrant apprehension on the part of his relatives and friends. An attack of the grippe weakened him and brought on other complications which were the prime cause of his death, which occurred Monday at 12:45 p.m. [March 10, 1890].

Byard Wright was born in Ross county, [Ohio], Jan. 17, 1830, and at the age of three moved with his parents to Clinton county, Ohio, removing from there to Illinois in 1848. He settled near Magnolia and worked for a time for John VanHorn and others in that vicinity and in the winter of 1851 was united in marriage to Miss Amy Lambourn. One child was born to them, Annie, now Mrs. Albert Jenkins, and the mother gave her life for the babe one short year after marriage. Thanksgiving day in 1854 he was married to Miss Jane Lambourn, a sister to his first wife. This latter marriage took place at Ottawa, and Mr. and Mrs. Wright took up their residence in Marshall county on the farm west of Wenona a few years later. Ten children were born to them, nine of whom still survive. In November 1887 they removed to Bloomington, to give their children the advantages of the schools there, and in July, 1888 came to this city. By untiring industry and a close attention to business

Mr. Wright had become possessed of a comfortable share of this world's goods. Commencing early in his married life he sought to inculcate in the minds of his children the principles of right, and his success is best shown in the grand family he has reared around him. Funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday morning at ten o'clock. Rev. Creighton Springer officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in Cherry Point cemetery. Messrs. L.J. Hodge, Clark Downey, A.H., Statler, Benjamin Judd, Benjamin Turner, and Esq. Judd acted as pallbearers. The children were all present but Alfred, who is located at Los Angeles, California, and could not get here.


Copied from another newspaper obituary, no date [1890].

Another of the real old settlers has been taken. After an illness of several weeks, during considerable of the time in a dazed or unconscious condition, the death summons came to Byard Wright at 12:45 o'clock on Monday last. Byard Wright was born in Ross County, Ohio, in January, 1830. At the age of three years, with his parents, he removed to Clinton county, Ohio, and from there to Marshall county, Illinois, in 1848. For about 42 years Mr. Wright was a resident of this county. In November, 1854, he was married to Miss Jane Lambourn. This Union was blessed with nine children, six sons and three daughters-all of whom, together with the mother, survive the deceased. One daughter by a former marriage, now Mrs. Albert Jenkins, of Varna, also survives the deceased. For many years Mr. Wright was among the very successful Evans township farmers. A few years ago he moved to Bloomington to give his daughters and youngest son, the only children then at home, the advantages of the schools in that city, but later returned to Wenona where he has since made his home. Mr. Wright was a man with many excellent traits of character, and leaves a wife and a large family of grown up children that command the respect of everybody and are an honor to the community. Funeral services were held at the family residence yesterday, at 10 o'clock, and were conducted by Rev. Springer, after which the body was laid away in Cherry Point cemetery.

Charles Wright

January 23, 1873

In Whitefield, Dec. 28, at the residence of Richard Hunt, of spotted fever, Charles, 7 years old, son of Mrs. W. W. Wright of Hennepin.

Infant of Curt Wright

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, December 7, 1882 - Varna

Died in the 19th inst., the little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Curt Wright.

Daniel Wright

The Henry Republican

September 6, 1883 - Wenona

Daniel Wright died last Friday evening and was buried on Sunday. An autopsy was held and it was found that he died of cancer of the stomach. The funeral procession was the largest that has been seen for many years. Mr. Wright was one of the few men that commanded universal respect, and wherever known, all through life, he always had a host of friends.

The Wenona Index

September 13, 1883 - Obituary

Daniel Wright was born near Columbus, OH, May 5, 1823. In the fall of 1844, he moved to Marshall county. He was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Stateler, January 11, 1849. He removed to Ramsey, Ill., where on February 4, 1875; his wife died leaving 3 daughters, Hester, Josephine and Emma. October 18, 1880, he came to Wenona and on November 2, of the same year was married to Mrs. Mary McAdam. He was a good man having made a profession of faith in Christ in early life, he ever strived to be his faithful follower. He united with the M. E. Church, and was highly esteemed by his brethren. He loved his church and loved his Savior, and found him precious in his last sickness and in the dying hour. On the occasion of his funeral, the church was filled to overflowing. Rev. C. Springer, an old friend and pastor, preached and a few remarks were made by the present pastor G. W. Burns. A large number accompanied the remains to the cemetery. May each reader of this sketch say in his heart: "let me died the death of the righteous and let my last end be like his."

Edwin Wright (1860-1952)

Birth: January 1, 1862, Evans Township, Marshall Co. IL

Death: May 20, 1952, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL

Burial: Cherry Point Cemetery, Marshall Co. IL

Parents: Byard Wright and Jane Lambourn

Siblings: Five brothers and four sisters

Marriage: September 2, 1884, Evans Twp., Marshall Co. IL

Spouse: Lucy Evans (Died March 3, 1923)

Children: Bernard E., Garnet, DeWitt,

Edwin Wright was born on a farm west of Wenona. As a child, he attended school during the winter months and helped his father on the farm during the remaining seasons.At the age of 24, he married Lucy Evans on her father's farm in Evan's township. Edwin and Lucy settled on a farm two miles west of Wenona where Edwin began farming for himself . He taught an adult Bible class at Sandy and was also superintendent of the Wenona Methodist Church Sunday School. He also served on the county school board. Edwin Wright, at the age of 92, passed away at his home in Wenona at 4:45 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, May 20, 1952, following a gradual decline in health, being bedfast the previous month. He was laid to rest in the Cherry Point cemetery in Marshalll County on Friday, May 23, 1952.

James Wright

September 5, 1872


At Lacon, Aug. 25, James Wright, aged 70.

Local Department

Mr. James Wright, father of the republican candidate for sheriff of this county, died at his residence in Lacon, Aug. 25 at a venerable age. He was a Presbyterian in faith, a kind father and good citizen. He moved from Ohio to Lacon, seven years ago.

Jane Wright

Taken From the Toluca Star - December 12, 1902

The Old Settler Dying

Jane Wright, one of the oldest settlers of Roberts township was laid to rest in the Varna cemetery last week. The Lacon papers in their obituary notice of her say:

Sara Jane Wright was born in Philadelphia, Nov. 3, 1824, and was with her mother at the ovation given to Gen. Lafayette in 1826, he being the nation's guest at that time. Her parents moved to Madison county, Ohio in 1827, remained there three years and in 1830 they came to Tazewell county, Ill. They lived there for one year when they moved to Roberts township.

Her father, John Myers, was among the first meeting with the hardships common to pioneers in a new country. Her first home was what is known now as the old homestead of John Myers, about 3 miles north of Varna on the Magnolia road. During the following year, 1832, the Black Hawk war took place and they came in for their share of trouble and fear of attack by the murderous redskins. The country being new and thinly settled the few settlers built a stockade and spent the greater part of that year within it. She remained with her parents until Jan. 1, 1846 when she was married to Alexander Wright, going to housekeeping in a little log cabin on the present site of the Wright homestead. Three sons were born of this union, John Blair Wright, of Florida; Daniel Wright of Wenona, but the third son died in infancy.

The young people were industrious and saving and soon a competency was theirs. Nothing pleased her so much as to gather around her friends and neighbors at a spread fit for a king. It was unbounded to anyone who chanced beneath her roof.

Some 45 years ago she remained at the old home. Then Varna began to be quite a town and the farm was given over and the little village made her home up to the day of her death on November 18th, at 11 o'clock p.m., when the suffering body found rest, for disease had robbed life of its sweetness and peace. Through her protracted illness no means was spared to ease he suffering; a competent nurse, Miss Vila Boldman, assisted by Mrs. W. Rogers, were ever present to care for wants and relieve her sufferings.

The funeral was held last Sunday in the M.E. church, by Rev. Dudman. The floral tributes were roses in their frail beauty.........She was laid to rest in a steel vault in the Myers cemetery beside that of her husband, reunited in death.

Mrs. Jane (Lambourn) Wright

Copied from The Wenona Index , obituary written by J.G. Evans, no date [1905].

(Courtesy of Peggy Brock Cacciamatta)

Jane Lambourn was born in Canterbury, County of Kent, England, November 30th, 1830. In the summer of 1850, she, with the family, emigrated to America and Illinois and settled on Sandy, her father, Levi Lambourn, having purchased the farm them known as the Jepaniah Swarts farm. She was the eldest of a family of ten children, only three of whom remain, Frederic Lambourn, of Los Angeles, California; Benjamin Lambourn, of Melvin, Illinois, and Mrs. Eliza White of Sonoma, California.

November 27th, 1854, Thanksgiving day, she was married to Byard Wright. They settled on an unimproved piece of land, a mile southwest of the center of Evans township. Mr. Wright was an excellent farmer and prospered. On this farm ten children were born and all were reared to manhood and womanhood there, except one, Ira, who died in infancy. Frank died about seven years ago [1898]. Mr. Wright died March 10th, 1890. Five sons and three daughters survive, as follows: James M., of Chicago; John and Edwin, of Evans township, Alfred, of Burbank, California; B.W., of Lacon; Mrs. Louisa Rigdon, of Abingdon; Mrs. Susan Hodge and Miss Ida May, of this city.

Mrs. Wright was christened in the church of England, but at the age of 14 she united with the Baptist church. When she came to America, there being no Baptist church in the community, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church on Sandy. She remained through life an attendant and supporter of the Methodist church. She died in peace, April 18th, 1905, aged 74 years, 4 months and 18 days.

When Mrs. Wright came to America and settled on Sandy, she was a healthy, strong and winsome young lady, 20 years of age. She rapidly made friends and was very popular in the community. Her reputation was good and her friendships were constantly extended. She was the mother of ten children, all of whom, save one, grew to maturity. They grew up under the influence of good family government. The manhood and womanhood which developed in the large family of boys and girls is the result of good care, wise management, valuable instruction and authority on the part of kind parents. The mother was authority in the home; that authority, however, was kindly exercised with an eye to the good of the child.

Her religious life was not of the emotional type, but consistent and reliable. In the later years of her life she was unable to get out of her home very often but enjoyed religious conversation with her friends when they called to see her. When we last visited her, some months ago, she was suffering severely and in speaking of her assurance that she was ready to go, she expressed a strong desire to die. She was positive in her faith and knew that she belonged to the Lord. She was a faithful mother and a true Christian woman. Our loss is her infinite gain.


Copied from The Wenona Index, no date [1905].

Whereas, in view of the loss we have sustained by the decease of our friend and associate, Mrs. Jane Wright, and of the still heavier loss sustained by those who were nearest and dearest to her, therefore be it Resolved, that we, the members of the Housekeepers' Club, sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the dispensation with which it has pleased Divine Providence to afflict them and commend them for consolation to Him who orders all things for the best and whose chastisements are meant in mercy. Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon our minutes, a copy be given to the bereaved family and that we request the Index to publish the same.

Mary Hodge, Mary Turner, Lura Howe


Manlif B. Wright

September 16, 1880

Died in Indianapolis, Indiana, September 15, Manlif B. Wright, 41 of Watseka, county judge of Iroquois county, formerly of Marshall county.

The immediate cause of Judge M. B. Wright's death as now stated, was tetanus or lockjaw, caused from taking cold following the operation for hemorrhoids at the Surgical Institute at Indianapolis. His funeral was in charge of the Knights of Honor of which order he was a member, the bar association acting as pall bearers, and was one of the largest ever held in Iroquois county. The Chebanse brass band headed the procession, playing a dirge as it moved from the house to the church and to the graveyard. The solemn strains of the dirge, and flags at half mast surmounted with crape, made it a scene of impressive sadness.

Mrs. Rebecca Wright

Taken From the Henry Republican

March 16, 1882

Died at Lacon, March 5, of old age, Rebecca, 82, widow of James Wright and mother of ex-sheriff Robert A. Wright. The funeral of Mrs. Wright, mother of Mayor R. A. Wright, took place from her residence Tuesday, March 7.

Samuel Hoyt Wright

Taken From the Marshall County Telegraph

May 12, 1866

Died in this city, May 6, of congestion of the brain, Samuel Hoyt Wright, the only son of M. B. Wright of Sparland, age 3 years, 1 month and 16 days.

William W. Wright


February 7, 1867

County Items

William W. Wright, of Sparland, left home on Tuesday the 8th, ult., to work in a coal mine at Lewistown, Fulton county. While engaged at work on the 21st, the roof of the coal bank fell in and he was killed instantly. His body being so badly mangled that his most intimate friends could not have recognised him. Mr. Wright leaves a young wife to mourn his loss.

Henry Wunder

October 25, 1877

In Whitefield, October 23, of an accident Henry Wunder, aged about 60 years.


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