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Illinois Obituaries

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respective counties so check there first.
Listed here are obits that don't have an easily identifiable county.



Illinois Doctors listed in the Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929




Judge A. B. Carpenter
Guthrie, Ok., March 10 – Judge A. B. Carpenter died at Stillwater last night, aged 56 years of blood poisoning. He came to Oklahoma a few years ago. He served as United States circuit judge having been appointed by President Grant from Illinois. He was for years a prominent attorney in northern Illinois, being a colleague of Lincoln, Douglass and other eminent men, and was for a time quite prominent at Washington. He leaves a daughter in Chicago and a divorced wife at Guthrie Center, Ia.
[Dallas Morning News, 11 Mar 1898 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]


John Wilson Drury
New York, March 3 – John Wilson Drury is dead at Rhinebeck, N. Y., aged 86. He was a close personal friend of Stephen A. Douglas and Samuel J. Tilden. In 1840 he moved to Illinois, where he became eminent as a jurist and was elevated to a judgeship. He was one of the original directors of the Chicago and Rock Island railway and for years attorney for the company.
["Dallas Morning News", Mar 4, 1899 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]


Walter Fenwick
November 27 1811
A Duel
On the 2d isn’t., a Duel was fought on an island in the Mississippi, opposite Kaskaskia between
Thomas T. Chittenden, Esq., Attorney General of the Louisianna Territory and Dr. Walter Fenwick, a practicing physician of St. Genevieve. The latter received a mortal wound at the first fire, which he survived three hours, leaving a wife and one child.
[The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA August 15 1810 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


Stanley Griswold
Illinois Territory. Hon. Stanley
Griswold, one of the Judges, formerly of Connecticut.
(Nov 1815, North American Review. Submitted by K. Torp)


Joseph Kemball
St. Louis (Upper Louisiana) July 14 1810
The remains of Joseph Kemball (late a lieut. In the United States army) was found in the big prairie in the Illinois Territory; it is supposed he had been dead five days; the magistrates called a jury, who without hesitation found a verdict, Suicide: his throat was cut from ear to ear, and a knife dyed with blood, which was known to belong to him, laying open near his body, his friends are hereby advertised, that his coat and pocket book are found, with papers that may be of service; - other things are also left here but not of a large amount, all of which can be had by applying to the foreman of the inquest.

Wm. McDonald
Harrisonville, June 9th.
[The Centinel, Gettysburg, PA August 15 1810 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


Mrs. Jessie Palmer Weber
The Illinois Historical Society has been called upon to mourn the passing of its secretary and librarian, Mrs. Jessie Palmer Weber, who died at her home in Springfield, May 31, 1926. Mrs. Weber was a native of Carlinville, Illinois. She was the daughter of one of the most illustrious citizens of the state—General John M. Palmer, who was so justly distinguished in its civil, military and political life. She graduated from Bettie Stuart Institute, at Springfield, in 1880, and, a year later was married to N. W. Weber, who died many years ago. She served as secretary to her father during his term in the United States Senate, 1891-7. In 1898, she was chosen as librarian of the Illinois Historical Library, which position she filled continuously and with great distinction throughout the remainder of her life. Subsequently, she became a trustee, secretary and treasurer of the Illinois State Historical Society, and was editor-in-chief of the Journal of that Society from the beginning of its publication. She served as secretary of the Illinois State Fort Massac Commission, 1904-17; as commissioner and secretary of the Illinois State Centennial Commission, 1913-19, and as secretary of the Lincoln Circuit Marking Association. She was an active member of the American Library Association and of the American Historical Association, and of several of the patriotic societies, including the D. A. R. and the Daughters of 1812. Her work as a compiler and writer, in her special field, has been of such a monumental character as to add new luster to an already honored name in the annals of the commonwealth which she served so long and so faithfully.
Source: "Chronicles of Oklahoma" Vol. 4, No. 3, September, 1926 - Submitted by Linda Craig

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