Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices



Mrs. Catherine Albert (nee Boyer)


April 19, 1883

Died at her residence in Hennepin, April 13, 1883, at 5 o'clock a.m., Mrs. Catherine, wife of Daniel Albert, aged 64 years, 1 month and 21 days.

Catherine Boyer was born February 22, 1819 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and was married to Daniel B. Albert, December 11, 1833. She was the mother of 10 children, 5 boys and 5 girls and seven of that number are yet living. In April 1842, Mr. And Mrs. Albert came to Illinois arriving on the 18th day and have made this county their home ever since.

Deceased has lived a devoted Christian life for a period of about 44 years. She had been a sufferer for more than a year but had been confined to her bed but very little of the time. Some two days previous to her death, she was prostrated with a congestive chill from which she never rallied but sank rapidly until death relieved her. The funeral was preached in the Congregational church at Hennepin, Saturday the 14th at 2 o'clock p.m. by Rev. J. P. Barrett and the remains were taken to Florid and laid away in the cemetery of that place. She leaves an aged husband and seven children who deeply mourn her loss.

Charles Albert

Thursday, July 22, 1869

Died At Florid, July 16, after a few hours illness, Charles, infant son of J.B. and Eliza A. Albert, age 9 months.  

Daniel Albert


February 19, 1891
DANIEL ALBERT of Florid died last Monday morning and was buried Tuesday. He was 79 years old. He was buried in the Florid cemetery beside his wife who died in 1883.  Seven children are living and three preceded their father in death. Since Mrs. Albert's death, Mr. Albert has resided with his son J.B. Albert of Florid, except when he was visiting his other children.

Elida Adelia (Oderkirk) Albert

Henry Republican

November 26, 1931

Miss Cora Allen of Cedar Point, and Mrs. S.G. Erwin of Depue have been at the Albert home for the past few days helping to care for Mrs. E.A. Albert, who has been in critical condition since last Monday when she fell down the cellar. Mrs. Albert passed away Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Florid church and interment was made in the Florid cemetery.

December 3, 1931

Mrs. E.A. Albert Called by Death

Elida Adelia Oderkirk, daughter of Adam and Nancy Oderkirk, was born on February 14, 1850, in the state of New York, and passed away at her home in Florid on November 22, 1931, at 5 a.m. She came to Illinois with her parents when about two years of age, and the family settled at DePue, Ill., where they resided for a number of years. Her parents died when she was still a small child and she was taken into the family of Rev. R.J. Davis, where she grew to womanhood. She was united in marriage to Joseph B. Albert on December 11, 1867, the ceremony taking place at Hennepin. To this union, two children were born, Charles Norman, who died in infancy, and Jessie Estelle, who survives. Mr. Albert passed away six years ago. She leaves to mourn their loss, her daughter, Mrs. Jessie Reichwine of Florid, a granddaughter, Mrs. Marguerite Stam of Mason City, Iowa, and two great-grandchildren, Marshall and Marjorie Stam of Mason City, Iowa, and a brother, Charles Oderkirk of Kansas. It is difficult to pay a fitting tribute to the memory of so noble a woman; her life was gentle, but like the still waters, it was deep. None ever entered her home without feeling the warmth of a genuine hospitality and her life was a blessing and a benefaction to all within the sphere of its influence. Mrs. Albert was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church and for many years was prominent in all activities of the church at Florid. funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Florid Tuesday afternoon. A.H. Levine of Spring Valley, conducted the services. Interment was made in the Florid cemetery. Relatives and friends attended the last rites from Chicago, Utica, LaSalle, Peru, Spring Valley, DePue, Granville, Hennepin, Tonica, Lostant, Cedar Point, Varna and McNabb.

Joseph Boyer Albert

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

February 19, 1925

Old Soldier of Florid Called to Final Rest

The hand of death is rapidly removing from this earthly sphere the pioneers who came to Putnam county at an early day to lay deep and strong the foundations of our institutional life, as Joseph Boyer Albert of Florid was called to his final resting place early Saturday morning after a final sickness of one week.

Joseph Boyer Albert, son of Daniel B. and Clarence Albert, was born July 22, 1836, in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania and died in Florid, on February 14, at the age of 88 years, 6 months and 22 days.

At the age of 6 years, he with his parents, came to Illinois and landed at Hennepin on April 18, 1842. At the age of 26 years, he enlisted in Co.E. 124th Illinois Infantry and served until the end of the Civil War. He received an injury in the early part of the war and was not able for field service after that, but served as a nurse in Adams hospital at Memphis, Tenn., until the close of the war. He was then discharged from the army on May 15, 1865 and after coming from the army he began farming the I.W. Stewart land and after Mr. Stewart's death, he took charge of the nursery business.

On December 1, 1867, he was united in marriage to Eliza Odekirk at Hennepin. Two children were born to this union, Charles Norman, who dies in infancy and Jessie Estella, who is present today. He joined the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1857 and was a faithful member until his death. He was a member of Hennepin Post No. 231 and had held the office of Commander, Adjutant and Chaplain ever since the Post was organized and had assisted with the burial of over 70 comrades.

On June 25, 1821, he suffered a stroke of paralysis of the right side from which he never fully recovered. His final sickness lasted just one week and he entered into rest early in the morning of February 14, 1925. He leaves to mourn his loss his devoted wife, daughter and granddaughter, one sister and one brother, all who were present at that funeral. The sister who resides in California was unable to be present.

Thomas Albert


Cottage Hill - September 4, 1900

W.B. Cassell and O.W. Allen went to Decatur to pay the last tribute to their uncle, Thomas Albert, last Saturday.

William A. Albert


MAY 25, 1882
Joseph B. Albert of Florid returned from Decatur this week where he had attended the funeral of his cousin WILLIAM A. ALBERT. Deceased passed away May 17. He was a veteran of late war, was 41 years of age and born at Florid.

William Augustus Albert


August 16, 1922

William Augustus Albert, son of Daniel and Catherine Albert, was born near Hennepin, IL on November 19, 1854 and died at the home of his brother, J.B. Albert in Florid on July 31, 1922, age 67 years, 8 months and 12 days. He had been ailing for several months but few of his friends knew the end was so near. He was of quiet retiring disposition and had many friends by whom he will be greatly missed. The funeral service was held at the home on Wednesday afternoon, August 2, 1922, conducted by Rev. R. Reeves with internment in the Florid cemetery.

Mrs. Agnes Alleman (nee Deininger)

Taken From the Putnam Record

October 17, 1935

Adam Deininger received word on Monday morning stating that his sister, Mrs. Agnes Alleman had passed away Sunday night at the home of a daughter, who resides in Chicago. Funeral services were held at the M.E. church in Tonica Wednesday at 1:00 PM. Mr. Deininger was in attendance at the last rites.

Curtis Deininger Alleman


September 7, 1904

CURTIS DEININGER ALLEMAN, youngest child of HENRY B. AND AGNES ALLEMAN was born November 21, 1902 and died August 28, 1904 after a brief illness of one week. He leaves besides his parents, 4 sisters and 4 brothers to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon. Interment was Wednesday morning in the Tonica cemetery. Present from abroad were Adam Deininger, Peter Clemens and wife, Mrs. Deininger and Mrs. C.A. Chance of Florid, Henry Alleman Jr. and H.S. Sache, wife and baby of Chicago.

Mrs. Kate Alleman (nee Deininger)


Thursday, August 24, 1922

Mrs. M.J. Alleman Passes Away

Mrs. Kate Alleman, nee Deininger, was born August 13, 1865 in Putnam county, Ill., and departed this life August 14, being at the time of her death 57 years of age. here early life was spent almost entirely in Putnam county. In 1896, she was united in marriage with Martin J. Allemn. To this union were born four children, a daughter, Merle, and sons Benjamin, Norville and John, all of whom are lving and were here at the time of her death, and together with the husband, mourn her loss. Mrs. Alleman was the seventh child of John and Caroline Deininger. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death and three sisters and one brother are left to mourn her loss namely: Mrs. Agnes Allemn, Mrs. Sarah Chance, Mrs. Emma Chance and Adam Deinger. Mrs. Alleman's married life was spent on a farm neaar Cedar Point until 1919, when she, with her family, moved to Urbana, where there were better facilities for the education of her children. In her early life she united with Strawn's church in Putnam county. While living at Cedar Point she helped to organize a Sunday school for the people of Cedar Point before the church was built. She departed after a lingering illness at the home of her sister, Mrs. Agnes Allman of Tonica. Funeral services were conducted in the M.E. Church at Tonica on Wednesday afternoon of last week by Rev. Bliss of Toulon. Interment was made in the Brookside cemetery.

Mattie (Dunbar) Alleman

Front Page, January 29, 1953

Mattie Alleman, 86, passes away

Mrs. Mattie A. Alleman, 86, Granville resident the past 30 years, died at 7:30 AM yesterday, January 28, 1953 at St. Margarette's hospital, Spring Valley, where she was taken by ambulance Sunday afternoon. Although in failing health the past few months, she had remainded alone in her own home until Wednesday of last week, when she went to the home of Mrs. Ida Hoffman on Church street, who cared for her until she was taken to the hospital. Granville's typical little old lady, a beloved familiar figure, making daily trips downtown with her little market basket on her arm, she has been missed these past months, especially at the Record office where she was almost a daily caller for years to purchase a birthday or sympathy card and tarried to visit a little while, while she addressed it. It was always the same procedure, the little market basket with the bright red tomatoes on the side would be set on the window ledge, the card she wanted carried to the desk, she would ask to borrow a pen and on the window ledge she addressed perhaps a thousand greeting cards. On Thursday she was always here to get her Record before it was taken to the post office. It was her wish to remain in her home unitl the end, even when her health became so that she was unable to care for herself, without the assistance of king neighbors who aided her in every way. And this she was able to do until one week before her death. She was born in Hennepin, October 8, 1866, a daughter of Hiram and Anna Dunbar. After her graduation from the Hennepin High School, she taught school several years at Strawn and Kuhl rural schools in Hennepin Township. She was united in marriage to Henry P. Alleman on New Years Day, 1891 in Putnam County and with the exception of several years after their marriage spent in Kansas and Nebraska, they farmed in Hennepin Township, residing south of Florid, most of the time until they moved to Granville, 30 years ago. Mr. Alleman passed away about 14 years ago. Mrs. Alleman was a faithful member of the Evangelical church and attended services regularly while her health permitted. A group of neighbors and friends are contributing to a fund to purchase a memorial for the deceased to be placed in the local church. Surving are her two sisters, Mrs. Charles Bishop and Mrs. William Rowe and one brother Harry Cassell, all of Henry, with several neices and nephews. One sister preceded her in death in 1942.

Mildred Jacqueline Alleman


February 8, 1922

Death of Mildred Alleman

Mildred Jacqueline, the baby daughter of Charles and Rose Alleman was born July 6, 1919 and departed this life January 28, 1922 at the age of 2 years, 6 months and 22 days. Private funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 from the house in charge of Rev. H.R. Kasisky. Internment was in the Brookside cemetery. Mrs. Chance of Kewanee, Mr. and Mrs. Brown of Elgin, Henry Alleman and wife and Amyl Neilson of Chicago were in attendance of the funeral. The bereaved family have the entire sympathy of the community in the loss of their only daughter and a bright and winsome little girl.

Eli Allen

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

Florid, April 14, 1927

Eli Allen, who has been so sick for sometime, died at his home in Cedar Point Tuesday evening, April 5th, and was buried from the Florid church Thursday afternoon. He was 80 years old. He leaves his faithful daughter Cora, and a son Henry of Nebraska, two grandchildren to mourn his loss. Rev. R. H. Barstead, an old-time friend, of Ridgefarm, Ill., preached the funeral sermon. Mrs. H. L. Dysart and Mrs. Sam Pond of Granville sang several songs. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers, gifts of friends. Much sympathy is extended to Miss Cora.

Mrs. Elizabeth Allen (nee Reichwine)

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

July 19, 1928

Mrs. Elizabeth Allen, Florid, Dies; Aged 61

Saturday, July 14th, the spirit of Mrs. Elizabeth Allen of Florid, a valued correspondent for the News Republican a number of years, took its flight after a long and painful illness during all of which time she was lovingly cared for by her husband and daughters. All was done that loving hands could do, but God took her Home and the home here will be empty and lonely indeed since the dear one has departed, but we commend them to the One whose love health all wounds and binds up the broken-hearted.

Elizabeth Ellen Reichwine was born to Isaac and Anna Reichwine near Sheridan, Berks County, Penn., April 13th 1867, being at the time of her death 61 years, 3 months and one day of age. At the age of six years, she came with her parents to Illinois. She was united in marriage to Harvey E. Allen of Florid, Dec. 17th, 1889 at Hennepin. To this union were born three daughters, Mrs. Lela Deininger of Ottawa, Mrs. Blanche Edwards and Mrs. Gladys Donoho of Florid.

Mrs. Allen was at one time a member of the German Evangelical church but later united with the Presbyterian church at Florid and has been a faithful follower of her Heavenly Father up to the time of her death. Her Bible was a constant friend during her illness. Fore her the struggles of life are ended and like one who awakes from a troubled dream she has awakened to see life's endless morning break and finds herself at home with dear ones gone on before.

She leave to mourn their loss her husband and three daughters and two grandchildren:

Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, and were attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends. Rev. R. H. Barstead of Farm Ridge, made the opening prayer. Rev. A. H. Levine delivered the burial service at the grave. At the home, Rev. and Mrs. Barstead sand several appropriate selections in a very impressive way.

The pallbearers were Frank Allen, Clyde Allen and Floyd Allen, Will Mills, Guy Davis and Albert Crews, nephews of H. E. Allen. Interment was in the Florid cemetery. Friends extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Allen and daughters, also to the grandchildren, Berneice Deininger and Dean Donoho.

Mrs. Elizabeth Allen

February 17, 1881
Died in Magnolia township, Feb. 17, of consumption, Elizabeth, about 73, wife of the late Hiram Allen. Funeral, Saturday, 11 o'clock at the house.

Mrs. Emily Allen (nee Durley)


Wednesday, April 10, 1901


Last week, the record stated the Mrs. Emily Allen of Henry, had suffered a stroke of apoplexies, while walking on the street and there was little hope for her recovery. She was taken sick, Friday afternoon, March 29, and lingered in an unconscious state until Wednesday morning April 3, when death ended her suffering. We copy the following from the Henry Republican from April 4. Mrs. Emily Durley Allen, 2nd daughter of Madison Durley and Mary Elizabeth Harrison, was born in Hennepin, August 25, 1845. Suffering the loss of her mother at the age of less than 2 months, she was cared for by her paternal grandmother until the marriage of her father to Mrs. Rose Anna Hale of Louisville, Kentucky, February 10, 1847. Her girlhood was spent in that old home town, where she was an active member of the M.E. Church and Sunday school. Here on March 25, 1869, she was married to WILLIAM ALFRED ALLEN and the new household was started on the old ground. With the exception of a short time spent in Anita, Iowa, her husband being in the business there for a year or two, her life has been spent in Illinois and on the banks of the pictures Illinois River. Though it was not her lot to inherit fortune, yet the riches of a warm heart and a tender loving spirit were her portion, friends always finding welcome at her door from which no needy one was ever turned away. To this family were born two daughters, Mary Margaret and Mildred Floyd. Moving to Henry in the year 1886, or there about, this family circle was unbroken until the loss of her husband and father who was called to his home on October 8, 1896. Four years later, April 3, 1901, this devoted wife and faithful mother, was permitted to enter into rest, her life ebbing away in the early morning of the beautiful day, ambulated of the beautiful morning of the life beyond. The remains were brought to Hennepin Friday morning and at 11:00 Reverend A.K. Tellis, of Henry delivered a very able sermon in the congregational church, after which internment took place in the Riverside cemetery beside the grave of her husband W.A. Allen, who died in 1896.

Harvey Allen

February 26, 1875

Harvey Allen, lately of Peoria, formerly a resident of this place (Hennepin), was buried here last Thursday.

March 4, 1875

The remains of Harvey Allen, late of Peoria, were brought to this city (Henry) last week.  A hearse procured and the body conveyed to Hennepin for interment.

James Allen

Taken From The Putnam Standard
April 13, 1864

The body of Mr. James Allen was attended to its last resting on Friday, April 1st by an immense concourse of citizens. It is probably the largest demonstration of respect we have seen here for years.

James Allen


November 2, 1882
Died in Ford County, while on a visit October 26, 1882, JAMES ALLEN of Cottage Hill, age 72 years. Mr. Allen was a resident of Putnam County since 1846 coming from Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago, Mr. and Mrs. Allen went to Ford County to visit their children. While there, the grim messenger came. His death was quite sudden, coming while sitting in a chair. The remains were deposited in the Florid Cemetery on Saturday, the services being held at the church in Florid, conducted by Reverend J.W. Denning.

James Crawford Allen

November 25, 1886
The Funeral Pageant
James C. Allen
On Sunday morning, as the holy day was dimmly dawning, all that was mortal of James Crawford Allen, yielded unto the demands of the immortal and a bright spirit was called to the other life. He died at 3:00 at the residence of Henry Clemens, near Florid, Putnam County. The deceased was a native of Magnolia Township, born on the Allen farm in the south part of Oxbow. He was the son of Hiram Allen, one of four of the second family by a second mother. His brothers, Hiram and Eli are now residents of Nebraska. Samuel Allen, a half brother lives in Wenona and John Allen is a hotel keeper in Varna. James attended the district school about home until quite a lad and became an intellegent schollar. Later in life he attended the Henry public school and the Henry seminary envincing ernest student qualities, learning rapidly and comprehending the lessons, being one of the first and the brightest of his classes. With the exception of a brief period when he was engaged in the tree business, Mr. Allen has been a resident of Putnam and Marshall Counties. ............For 6 or 8 years he has been the Mineral Springs Correspondant of this paper, writing under the non de plume of “Heathen Chiney”. ...... For the past five or six years, Mr. Allen has been an invalid............The funeral took place at 1:00 on Tuesday at Mr. Clemens and after the religious rites had been performed, the remains were conveyed to the cemetery at Caledonia.


December 2, 1886
James C. Allen, of Oxbow, whose death was mentioned in these columns last week, had been afflicted for a number of years, and as many of our readers may have a curiosity to know what his ailment was we copy form the Henry Republican the following autopsy:
"An autopsy was held Sunday evening on the body of James C. Allen, by Drs. Cowen, of Hennepin, Bickel, of Florid, and Pendleton, of Magnolia. It was found that the deceased had been suffering from pulmonary puthisis. In the right lung was found a cavity about two inches in diameter; the remainder of the lung was dotted all through its substance with tubercular deposits.  In the left lung there were several smaller cavities, two of them being about the size of hen's eggs, and the others of smaller dimensions.  Some of them were empty, others were filled with purulent expectoration. The intestines were also affected with tubercular disease, there being tubercular deposits over nealy the entire surface of the bowels, in some places gragrenous. The other organs were found to be in a comparatively sound condition. The immediate cause of death was a heart-clot, which in some way entered the circulation, and on reaching the heart caused instant death.

John Allen

Thursday, February 23, 1882
John Allen Sr. of Florid, died on Sunday at about 2:00 PM. Tis said that a post mortem will be held by the attending physician and others. -- (3/2/82) At Florid, Feb. 19, from a stomach affection, John H. Allen, 52 years, 10 months, 18 days

Mrs. John Allen


Friday, August 7, 1868
Dug a grave. Mrs. John Allen was buried.

Joseph E. Allen

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

November 3, 1932

Joseph E. Allen Died At Age Of 76 Years

Joseph E., third child of John and Rosanna (Basehor) Allen, was born on a farm about four miles southwest of Florid, Putnam county, Ill., on May 3, 1856. About two months ago he became ill, and despite all that loving hands and faithful nursing could do, he departed this life at the home of his son, Floyd, on October 28, 1932, at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 25 days.

His early childhood was spent in the vicinity of Florid, during which time he endured the hardships of pioneer days. When he was 14 years old his mother passed away, thus depriving him of a mother's love and care. When a young man he became a member of the Presbyterian church at Florid and served as elder for a number of years.

On November 18, 1880, he was united in marriage to Maria A. Blessing of Tiskilwa, Ill. To this union seven children were born, Frank H. of Sparland, Clyde E. of McNabb, Mrs. Pluma Mills of Magnolia, Mrs. Bess Davis of Granville, Floyd of McNabb, Mrs. Mollie Crews, Granville, and Inez who passed away in infancy.

His entire life was spent in Putnam county with the exception of two years in LaSalle county, and nine years in the state of Nebraska. He followed the occupation of farming until advancing years caused him to cease active labors. Deceased was a devoted husband, kind father and an honest, upright citizen.

Besides his children, he is survived by two brothers, Harvey E. Allen of Florid and Charles E. Allen of Hennepin, also one sister, Mrs. Carrie Odekirk of Chicago. Several brothers and sisters have preceded him in death. He also leaves 18 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

On April 5, 1928, Mr. Allen was deprived by death of his faithful companion of nearly half a century. This was a severe blow from which he never fully recovered. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church in Florid on Sunday, October 30, at 2:30 p.m., conducted by the Rev. A. A. Rodgers of Magnolia. He was laid to rest beside his wife in the Florid cemetery.

Julia A. Allen


Thursday, Aug. 7, 1890
Died in Magnolia township, August 2, at the residence of George Hildebrand, Julia A., 10 years, 11 months 4 days, daughter of Eli Allen.

West Oxbow, Aug. 7, 1890
It is with sadness that we chronicle the death of Julia A., daughter of Eli Allen, who yeilded up her life on Saturday, August 2nd, with something like remintant and typhoid fever. She was 10 years, 11 months and 4 days. She died at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Hildebrand. Her own parents could not have taken better care of her than Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrand. She had the best care and a good doctor but God called her home unto his kingdom and all that loving hands could do could not save her. Elder Wm. A. Thompson of Tonica preached a very appropriate funeral sermon at Sunday at 10:00. A few selected pieces were sung. Afterwards a last look was taken and then they sang “Meet me there”. There were between 25 and 30 buggies following her remains to Caledonia cemetery. Thus one more little bud has been transplanted into God’s garden above and we would say to Mr. Allen and also to Mr. and Mrs. Hildebrand to weep not for Julia for she is better off. Gone to her mother and three little sisters in heaven. ..........

Maria Ann (Blessing) Allen

Putnam Record

April 19, 1928

Last Thursday evening H.E. Allen's of Florid received the sad news of the death of Mrs. Joe Allen, who had been sick for a week with double pneumonia, she being a frail person, could not endure it, so she closed her eyes in death Thursday evening, April 5, 1928 at 7 o'clock, her husband and children all present at the time of her passing. She will be greatly missed for she was a good kind wife and mother and neighbor, her age being 70 years, and 6 months. She leaves her heart-broken husband, three sons, Frank of Sparland, Clyde of near McNabb and Floyd at home, also three daughters, Mrs. Will Mills of Clear Creek; Mrs. Guy Davis of Granville and Mrs. Albert Crew of near Henry, also 16 grandchildren, one brother, Rufus Blessing of Chanute, Kansas, who was here at the time of her passing way, one half-brother, Charles Allen of Ottawa and one half-sister, Mrs. Carrie Odekirk of Chicago, besides a host of friends and relatives.

Mrs. Mary Allen (nee Chance)


January 19, 1882

Died in Henry township, Jan. 13, at the residence of Frank Dennis, of rheumatism of the heart, Mrs. Mary Allen of Tonica, 28 years 10 months, daughter of Hugh Chance of Kansas.  Interment at Magnolia.

Mrs. Mary Allen

Taken From the Putnam Record

Florid, February 10, 1915

Mrs. Mary Allen, formerly a resident of this place, but whom for the past few years has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Charles Odekirk passed to her reward last Wednesday. She had suffered for years and often remarked she was ready for the call of the maker. At last the summons came and she has gone to dwell in that home where no pain or sorrow can enter. On account of diphtheria in the Odekirk family and they being under quarantine it was thought best not to hold services in the church. Therefore Undertaken F.I. Peterson of Granville, brought the body directly to the cemetery, where R.K Stetson of Granville and a few friends conducted a short service at the grave.

Mrs.Mary A. Allen (nee Blessing)

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

June 20, 1929

The body of Mrs. J.E. Allen was taken up and buried in a lot which Mr. Allen had selected as one of their own last Thursday. Those present at the exhumation were J.E. Allen, Mrs. Will Mills, Floyd Allen of Magnolia, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Davis of Granville, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen and two children of near Sparland, and Clyde Allen of the Strawn neighborhood.

Mrs. Mary J. Allen (nee Edwards)


Front Page, March 23, 1910


MARY J., daughter of William and Mary EDWARDS was born in Magnolia Township, Putnam County, Illinois, July 17, 1853. She was the youngest of a family of seven children, two of which Mrs. William Cassell and H.H. Edwards of Putnam County now survive. She was married to O.W. ALLEN, February 27, 1873 at the old homestead near which they resided many years, removing from their farm to Henry, Illinois about nine years ago. Their married life has been a continued blessing. And theirs has been the contentment that comes to those that have been divinely plighted. While, their home was never blessed with children, she's accepted into her home, such as needed her care and council and these mourn her departure. She was of a gentle home-loving spirit patient in suffering, thoughtful of others, possessing the traits that make a most desirable companion for her husband and friends. Having been at times a shut-in, she never failed to remember such as were sick or lonely.......Her's was a life of belief in an all wise Father and by reading from her bible, she had marked many passages, precious to her, from which she received daily comfort..............On the evening of March 22, 1910, while cheerfully conversing with her husband and physician, she was stricken with apoplexy, and in two brief hours, her spirit had taken its flight. The funeral of Mrs. O.W. Allen was held at the residence, Friday afternoon, at 2:00, Reverend Bliss of Monica, Illinois assisted by Reverend Vivian of Henry. Relatives present were William Cassell and wife, H.H. Edwards, wife and daughters, Jenny and Helen and son Joseph, Harry Cassell and wife, Miss Ida Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Russ Foster, H.H. Morris of McNabb, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Alleman, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Alleman, George Hetrick and wife of Florid, Mr. and Mrs. William Rowe, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bishop, William Foster and wife, Joe Allen, wife and daughter of Magnolia, Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster of DePue, Illinois, Mrs. Jane Umbarger, G.F. Forney, Mrs. Melvin Forney, Mrs. Mable Worthington, George Arndt of Melvin, Illinois, Ervin Eberly and wife, Mrs. Oscar Frashier and son of Lostant, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Frances Morgan of Putnam, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wiemer of Moline, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Detrick and Mrs. Mary Allen of Canton, Illinois

Mattie Pearl Allen


November 16, 1893
Died at Florid, November 10, of typhoid fever, Mattie Pearl, 14, daughter of Mrs. Mary Allen.

Mrs. Nellie  Chance (nee Allen)

July 29, 1886
Mineral Springs
Mrs. C.A. Chance, who has been so long a sufferer, died on the 22nd, at 10:00 AM.  Funeral services and internment at Florid on Saturday. Mrs. C. leaves six small children, the youngest less than a year old. She was a most estimable woman.


July 29, 1886
Mrs. NELLIE CHANCE departed this life in the 32 year of her age. She leaves a husband and six children to battle the cold charities of the world. She was buried in Florid, Reverend James of Magnolia officiating.

Mrs. Roseanna Allen (nee Cassell)


July 17, 1890
Died near Cottage Hill, July 12, of infirmity of age, Roseanna, 74 years, 3 months, 16 days. Wife of the late James Allen and mother of William Allen of this city.

Oxbow, July 17, 1890
Mrs. Rosa Allen of Cottage Hill, who has been sick so long, died on Saturday morning. Internment on Monday.


Cottage Hill, July 17, 1890
AUNT ROSE ALLEN has crossed the river and her remains were followed by a large concourse of people to her last resting place at Florid yesterday, Reverend Bliss officiating.


Thursday, July 17, 1890
Mrs James Allen The subject of this brief notice was the mother of our fellow townsman William Allen, and sister of County Judge A. Cassell of Florid. Her maiden name was Rossannah Cassell, born in West Hanover, Dauphin county, PA., March 16, 1816, being at her death in the 75th year of her age. She was married to James Allen in her Pennsylvania home in 1834. Two years later her parents and family emigrated to the west and located in Putnam county, and Mr. Allen and wife followed them 10 years later, here they have lived since 1846, on the farm they owned and tilled near Florid. Mrs. Allen lived and died, and for seven years a widow, residing with her son Owen W. Allen. She joined the Wesleyan Methodist connection and manifested in her life, conduct and through out the affairs and duties of her humble sphere of usefulness the graces and principles of the Christian character and life. Five of her eight children survive - William of Henry, Mrs. J. Umbarger and Eliza Forney both of Melvin, Ford county, Cora Eberly of Lostant and O. W. Allen of Florid. The funeral was held at the house, Rev. Bliss of Magnolia officiating on Monday, the interment being in the Florid cemetery.

Sidney Henry Allen

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 20, 1876
Died at Florid, April 5, Sidney Henry Allen, aged 24 years 2 months 18 days.
Magnolia - Died , at Florid, Putnam county, Sidney Henry Allen, aged 24 years, 2 months 18 days. Rev. Thomas Head of this place preached the discourse on Sunday last to a very large congregation, and then not more than half could get in the church. Mr.. Allen was very much respected by all who knew him.

William Allen

Thurday, August 18, 1881
Died at Hennepin of diphtheria, William Allen, 69, a settler of Putnam County since 1839.

Hennepin News
William Allen died on Wednesday, the 10th at 6:00 PM at age 68. He was attended during his short illness and at his burial by his brethren of the Odd Fellow lodge of which he was an old and respected member, being at the time of his death, treasurer of the lodge.  He will be missed in this community.

Local Items
Mr. William Allen, one of the successful farmers and stock growers of Putnam county, died last Tuesday. He had an attack of dysentery some days, followed with throat disorder, something of the nature of diphtheria, which culminated in his death. He was born in Devonshire, England in 1812. His wife was Mary Fairgraves, a native of Edenburg, Scotland. Five children was the fruit of marriage, among those was John Allen, Esq., the attorney. Mr. Allen was a successful farmer and stock raiser. He has for some years been a prominent citizen, supervisor of the town several terms and was also president of the Putnam County Agricultural Society. He was very well known, highly esteemed and lays down life's work at the venerable age of nearly three score years and 10.

William Allen


October 15, 1896
Mortuary Record

William Allen
The funeral of the late William Allen took place on Friday. After a reading of the scripture lesson and a prayer at the home by Reverend McLeish the funeral cortege departed for Hennepin at 9:00 o’clock. Two delegaations of former years joined them enroute. The funeral proper was held at the Congregational Church at Hennepin at 12:00 o’clock, the services being in charge of Reverend J.C. Zellar, pastor of the M.E. Church, whose remarks were comforting and impressive to the bereaved. The attendance of sympathizing friends was also very large and the procession was over a mile in length.

Mr. Allen was a native of Pennsylvania, born May 12, 1840. He accompanied his parents to Illinois in 1846, who located at or near Hennepin. He was married to Emily Durley March 25, 1868, daughter of Madison Durley. Their children Mary M. and Mildred F. are young woman grown who with the wife and a large circle of relatives survive. The deceased had been an active citizen and through his social and business intercourse of many years in both Marshall and Putnam Counties had a wide acquaintance. He was a man of excellent morals, honest, just and respected by the people and his sudden and unexpected death is a severe trial to the worthy family and his friends. he leaves a brother Owen Allen of Florid and Mrs. James Umbarger and Mrs. G.F. Forney of Melvin, Ford County and Mrs. S.L. Eberly of Lostant. All were present at the funeral with their families, also Mrs. Doctor Murdock and two children, a sister of Mrs. Allen. Those who were also present: Lillian Eberly of Lostant and Mrs. Cassell of Chicago, Isaac P. Bush and wife and Soloman Darby and wife accompanied by the family to Hennepin. The pallbearers here were Wm. Duke, Wm. Spangler, I.P. Bush, R. McDonald, Alex Doelzer and Frank Fyffe.

The death of Mr. Allen was sudden. He had gone to work as usual that morning, first at T.F. Clovers where he finished a job, then to W. Schroeder’s. At Mr. Clover’s he took a dose of soda from a box he took from his pocket,saying to Mrs. Clover that he was ill. He also remarked that he was unable to see.  But the severe attack came on a Mr. Schroeder’s where he gave up work and started to go home, falling at the gate and expired. Leonard Hunter happened at the gate as he fell and lifting him up he gasped several times and then all was over. He was taken into Mr. Schroeder’s by Mr. Hunter, E. Camry and  others and later was taken home. The doctor pronounced his case one of apploplexy.

Young Archibald Allen


January 1, 1919

Young Archibald Allen, son of Eli and Rebecca Clemens Allen was born near Magnolia, Putnam County, Illinois, July 7, 1878 Departed this life December 20, 1918 at the home of Harry Erishman of Granville where he was taken sick with influenza which later developed into pneumonia being at the time of death, 40 years, 5 months and 13 days of age. His father, one sister, Cora May Allen and one brother, Henry Hiram Allen, of Hampton, Iowa survive him. His mothr and four sisters have preceded him to the world beyond. In the year 1882, he moved with his parents to Nebraska, where they resided for 6 years. His mother passed away January 8, 1888, leaving a family of little children for the father to care for. Early in the spring of the same year, they returned to Illinois, locating in Florid, where relatives helped to care for the little ones. He was a carpenter by trade and was working at the Granville Township High Sch ool at the time he was taken sick. Brief funeral services were held at Granville on Monday December 23 afterwhich the remains were broght to the Florid cemetery. Reverend R.H. Barstead was the officiating clergyman and the Modern Woodman burial services were conducted by Florid Camp 9292 of which Archie was a member.

James Alexander

Hennepin Herald - May 23, 1899

James Alexander

James Alexander was born in Huntsville, Alabama and died at Hennepin, IL, May 25, 1890, aged about 60 years. He was born and reared in slavery. At the opening of the civil war, he ran away and joined the Union Army. He came north with John Shepherd and settled in Hennepin, where he has since resided. He united in marriage with Miss Mary E. Logan on January 8, 1867. Of this union, 5 children were born, 4 living. He was one of seven brothers, all who remained in the south. The funeral was held at the Congregational church on Friday afternoon with interment in the Riverside cemetery.

Infant of Alva Ames


February 4, 1875

At Snachwine, Jan. 31, of lung fever, infant child of Alva Ames, and grandchild of Isaac Wilson.

Joshua Ammon

(Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney)
From the Henry Republican
DIED at Putnam February 16, Joshua Ammon 68...Joshua Ammons died at Putnam this morning at 3. He was a gallant soldier during the rebellion and was a member of Lookout Mountain Post of this City...soldier's lot in the Henry Cemetary

Evelyn Acuncius

Obituary: Source: Peoria Journal Star; September 20, 1998

GRANVILLE -- Evelyn Acuncius, 76, of Granville died at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 1998, at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley.

Born April 30, 1922, in Peru Township to Henry and Irene Pletsch , she married Walter Acuncius on July 4, 1943, in rural Peru. He died in 1996. One sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving are on son, Wayne of Spring Valley; one daughter, Lynn Acuncius of Granville; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was an industrial nurse for Bassicks, Sunstran and Badge A Minute. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Granville.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Helmer-Shields Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. Tuesday at her church. The Rev. Susan Eckhoff will officiate. Burial will be in Granville Cemetery.

Mabel L. Acuncius
Obituary: Source: Peoria Journal Star; February 19, 1997

HENNEPIN -- Mabel L. Acuncius, 81, of Hennepin died at 6 p.m. Monday, February 17, 1997, at Heritage Manor in Peru.

She was born March 6, 1915, in Granville to Walter and Prudie Scott Acuncius. Surviving are two brothers, Arthur Acuncius of Granville and Wesley Acuncius of Mark; three nieces; and six nephews. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

She worked at a watch factory in Elgin for 41 years. She then moved to Hennepin in 1972 to take care of her sister.

She was a member of Hennepin Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Helmer-Shields Funeral Home in Granville. The Rev. Brian Eble will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Granville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

Mrs. Prudie Scott Acuncius
Obituary from the Putnam County Record Vol 99 No. 5 Thursday, September 22, 1966 Granville, Illinois


Mrs. Prudie Scott Acuncius, 87, died early Tuesday morning, September 20, 1966, in Roanoke Manor nursing home at Roanoke. She had been a resident of the home the past several years.

A daughter of George and Melvina Andrews Scott, Mrs. Acuncius was born in Granville February 26, 1879. She was married July 28, 1904, to Walter D. Acuncius, a local painter and decorator for many years. After his death and when she left the family home here, she resided with her daughter, Mrs. Marion Morine at Hennepin.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ and of the Halcyon society of the local church.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters, Wesley of Mark, Orville, Arthur and Walter, Granville; Mrs. Morine (Nellie) and Miss Mabel of Elgin; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, who died in 1944, she was preceded in death by a son, Harold, and a daughter, Mrs. William (Marie) Zimmerman of Barrington. Two brothers also preceded her in death, Harvey Scott of Sawyer, Michigan and Orville Scott of Granville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Helmer-Shields Funeral Home, with the Rev. John H. Kemp, paster of the United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Granville cemetery.

Visitation was at the funeral home yesterday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Walter D. Acuncius
Obituary: Source Peoria Journal Star November 4, 1996

GRANVILLE -- Walter D. Acuncius, 77, of Granville died at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 2, 1996, at St. margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley.

Born July 28, 1919, in Granville to Walter and Prudie Scott Acuncius, he married Evelyn Plitsch on July 4, 1943, in rural Peru. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Wayne of Spring Valley; one daughter, Lynn M. Acuncius of Granville; two brothers, Arthur of Granville and Wesley of Mark; one sister, Mabel Acuncius of Hennepin; and two grandchildren. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

he was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific. He was a member of American Legion Post 180.

He also was a member of First Lutheran Church in Granville.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Helmer-Shields Funeral HOme and at 10 a.m. Tuesday at his church. The Rev. Susan Eckhoff will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Granville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or to his American Legion Post.


Walter D. Acuncius, Sr., a native of Bunker Hill died Saturday, March 4, 2 p.m. at the hospital in Granville, Illinois.

The deceased was born January 13, 1875, one of six children, to the late Daniel and Martha Acuncius of Bunker Hill, Illinois. He graduated from the rural schools and started his career as a line construction man for the Bell Telephone Company. He moved to Granville in 1901 and was employed by the Granville Telephone Company for some time.

On July 28, 1904 he was united in marriage with Miss Pruella Scott. To this union were born eight children, two of whom preceded him in death.

He went into the decorating and painting business which was his life work for almost thirty-five years. On October of 1938 he fell and sustained a fractured leg and back injury, which was the begging of his retirement. Just a year ago he became very seriously ill, an illness from which he never completely recovered, requiring constant care and attention. On Friday, March 3, 1944 he was taken to the hospital very critically ill and admitted to surgery.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Marie Zimmerman at the age of 19 and a son Harold, at the age of 26. He leaved to mourn his passing, his widow and six children, Mrs. Nelle Kemp and Arthur at home, Miss Mabel of Elgin, Wesley or Mark, Pfc. Walter D., Jr. of Arkansas and Sgt. Orville stations in India. He also leaves four grandchildren of Granville, Illinois and three brothers Frank, Herbert and William of Bunker Hill.

Funeral services were held at 2p.m. Monday at the Dysart funeral Home in Granville, with burial also in that city.

Mrs. Judith Anderson

January 14, 1869
Died at Snachwine, January 10, of consumption, Judith, wife of Adam Anderson, station agent.

Mrs. Mary Anderson (nee Waugh)


2/23/1882 HENNEPIN (Courtesy Kandi Anderson McLaney
Mrs. Mary Anderson died Monday at 11:30 at the house of her mother Mrs. Waugh. Deceased was sister of RR Waugh of Wenona and a number of brothers here ...came from Michigan with children a few months ago  -- (3/2/82) Near Hennepin, Feb. 13, of consumption, Mary, wife of the late Oscar Anderson.

March 2, 1882


Mrs. Mary Anderson who came with her children from Michagan several months ago to reside with her mother here, died Monday the 20th and was buried Wednesday. Her mother, Mrs. Waugh is in very poor health.

Oscar Anderson.


October 7, 1880, Hennepin
A letter of Aaron Waugh, received on Monday announced the death of Oscar Anderson in Michigan on Thursday last. Mr. Anderson was a cooper by trade and for many years a resident of Hennepin.

John Appel.


August 30, 1888
John Appel, who has been sick for several months, died last Sunday and was buried on Monday.

Mrs. Appel

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 16, 1880

At Hennepin, Dec. 11, Grandmother Appel, 91

Hennepin - Grandmother Appel, 91 years, died at the residence of Joseph Etscheid (her son-in-law) on Saturday at 9 pm. She has sons living in the neighborhood and was a native of Germany. She and Mrs. Martin were both buried at the same time, 10 am. On Tuesday from the Catholic church, Rev. Tohlen of Atkinson officiating.

Joseph Ash 

January 8, 1874

Died in Magnolia township, December 29, Joseph Ash, aged about 85, an old settler.

JOSEPH ASH, another pioneer settler, died at good old age in Magnolia township last week. He was father of MRS. EMERY BACON, MRS. LAWRENCE LIPPERT and ISAAC ASH of Chicago. He was a good citizen and widely respected.

Thomas Atwater

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
December 18, 1857

Died in Hennepin, December 9, of scarlet fever, Thomas Atwater, aged 9 years, 8 months and 26 years, the fifth son and last of the Atwater family.


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