Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Charles B. Dagger


Florid, September 25, 1912

This community was saddened last Saturday when the sad news came telling of the death of Charles B. Dagger of Eldorado, Missouri. Mr. Dagger lived about 1 1/2 miles south of here for a number of years and had a large circle of friends who highly respected him for his jovial nature and excellent character. Mrs. Dagger has the sympathy of our many friends in this sad affliction.

Infant son of Charles B. Daggar


December 17, 1896
Death Notices
At Florid, December 15, infant son of Charles B. and Lucy E. Daggar

Mrs. Lucy Dagger Beadle

Taken From the Putnam Record

January 24, 1935

Mrs. William Munis received word last week from Mrs. James Newport of Bogard, Missouri, telling of the death of Mrs. Lucy Dagger Beadle, which occurred at his home in Eldorado, Missouri on December 27, 1934. Mrs. Beadle was formerly a resident of this community, she being the wife of the late Charles Dagger. The Daggers resided on a farm south of Florid, now occupied by Elmer Jeppson and family.

Peter Dagger

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 29, 1872

Died At Florid, Aug. 18, suddenly, Peter Dagger, an old settler.

Albert Daily

March 25, 1935

Taken From the Putnam Record

Death Takes Albert Daily, Hennepin Township Man

Albert Daily, 60, Hennepin township, died at 2 p.m., Friday at his home. Death came following an illness with pneumonia. The son of Moses and Anna Daily, he was born near Florid and resided in that community nearly all his life. He was married to Miss Lillian Beck of Florid.

Surviving are the widow and five children, Ray, Florid; Mrs. Albert Stoens, Mrs. Bernice Roth and Mrs. Loraine Haun, Magnolia; Harold at home, his mother, Mrs. Anna Brasch, Peoria; a brother and sister, Earl and Mrs. May Ely, Peoria. His father and one brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday from the home with services at the Florid cemetery.

Infant Daughter of Albert Daily (Darlene Daily)

Taken from the Putnam Record


The little three week old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Daily of Peoria was buried here last Saturday. A little bud plucked to bloom in heaven.

Son of Mr. Daily

FEBRUARY 22, 1873
The following deaths have occurred since our last issue. The deaths this week as far as we have been informed have been a SON of MR. DAILY of FLORID and MR. SHERINGS DAUGHTER. Both of them have been sick a number of weeks. (This was John Daily, son of Joseph Daily and Elizabeth Albert)

Joseph Daily

Hennepin, April 24, 1874
JOSEPH DAILY, SON -IN-LAW OF DANIEL ALBERT and who started to California some weeks since, was taken sick and died at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Lillie (Beck) Daily

Front Page, August 26, 1965

Passing of Mrs. Lillie Daily

Mrs. Lillie Daily, a former resident of Florid, passed away Wednesday moring, August 18, in the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Walker, at Polo, Illinois. She was born in Hennepin township September 15, 1886. Her parents were Joseph and Rosa Beck. She was united in marriage to Albert Daily in March of 1907 and most of her life was spent in and near the Florid community. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Alberta Stoens of Toluca, Mrs. Bernice Roth of Henry, Mrs. Lorraine Walker of Polo, and Haroll Daily of Florid: and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, one son and an infant daughter. Funeral services were held Saturday aftenoon at the Ries funeral home in Henry. Burial was in the Florid cemetery. Casketbearers were six grandsons.

Michael Daily



The Passing of Michael Daily

MICHAEL DAILY, better know as Blind Mike died at the country farm here Saturday night about 12:00 from infirmities of old age and heart failure. Michael Daily was born in Ireland and came to this country in early life. He would have been 80 year old October. The first we can learn of his presence in this section was in 1853 or 1854 when the Peoria Branch of the Rock Island Road was building and he came as a laborer on that work. About that time his eyes began to fail and in 1865, forty years ago he came to Hennepin. He was totally blind. For several years he managed to support himself but as age crept up on him, he was obliged to ask for assistance and for a number of years was partially supported by the county and he eventually became a total charge. The last 15 years of his life was spent at the Country Farm and he had become to feeble to care for himself and got partial support. Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church on Monday at 10:00 , conducted by the Reverend Father Clark, and internment followed in the Catholic cemetery.

Moses Daily

Taken from the Putnam Record


Moses Daily was born in Pennsylvania, June 10, 1852. Was married to Miss Anna Cassell, January 1, 1878. Died December 4, 1913 at the home of his daughter Mrs. May Ealey. He leaves to morn his loss his wife, 3 sons and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Thomas Martin of Spear, Illinois. Funeral director, F.I. Peterson of Granville, internment in Florid cemetery.

Infant Daughter of Roy Daily



The little INFANT DAUGHTER of Mr. and Mrs. ROY DAILY died at the home of its grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Moses Daily, Thursday November 15. They have the sympathy of the entire community.

Infant Daughter of Roy Daily


Florid, February 20, 1908

The death angel has visited another one of our homes the past week, this time it took a little bud of promise of less than three weeks, a sweet LITTLE GIRL OF MR. AND MRS. ROY DAILY They have the sympathy of the whole community, as this is the second time their home was visited by death within the last eighteen months, each time taking their little babe.

Roy Daily


The people of our village and vicinity were shocked when word was received Thursday morning saying Roy Daily of Peoria had passed away. Brief funeral services were held at the cemetery Saturday evening by Reverend S. D. McCrackin. Howard Dissert of Granville, mortician in charge. Friends extend sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.

Henry Republican

Roy Daily

Roy Daily was born in Decatur, May 28, 1881 and died in Peoria, August 8, 1923. He leaves his devoted wife, two sons, Dewaine and Demont, his mother, one sister and two brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. He was brought to Granville over the C.&A. and then to Florid and was buried just a dusk. A large gathering came to pay their last respects to Roy, as he was well known here. He was a resident of this village last year. He was a devoted husband and a good kind father. He has not been very well for some time past, but able to work until the day he passed away, dying with hemorrhage of the throat. We expend our sympathy.

Mrs. Eva Daniels (nee Patton)

October 7, 1869

Died at Hennepin, Oct 3, at the residence of her father Robert Patton, Mrs. Eva Daniels, of consumption From Putnam County

Mrs. Eva Daniels, eldest daughter of Robert Patton, died Sunday, the third inst., at the residence of her father. Mrs. Daniels has for a long while been an invalid, her disease being consumption. Her husband died about one year ago of the same complaint.

Mrs. Katherine Adla Danley (nee Noe)

Taken From the Putnam Record

December 15, 1898

Died at her home in Hennpin, Ill., December 11, 1898, at 3 o'clock of heart disease, Mrs. Catherine A., wife of D. W. Danley, in the 66th year of her age. Short services were held at the residence at 9:30 Tuesday morning, after which the remains were conveyed to Henry, Ill., where regular services were held in the Presbyterian church at 1:30 p.m. Interment in the Henry cemetery. A more extended obituary will appear next week.

Mrs. D. W. Danley

Katherine Adla Noe was born in Rahway, N. J., July 19, 1833 and departed this life, of heart disease at her home in Hennepin, Ill., December 11, 1898, being 65 years, 4 months and 21 days old. She came to Illinois with her parents when 18 years of age and made her home near Henry. Here she was united to D. W. Danley February 26, 1857, and to them were given four children, one, a daughter having died in infancy. Their married life was spent in Henry until their removal to Hennepin in November 1878, where they have since resided.

Mrs. Danley joined the Presbyterian church in early life and was an earnest member of the Woman's Christian Temperance union, of Hennepin, of which noble organization she had been president for a number of years. Her children were with her except Willis, who is in Australia.

Nephew of Ella Danley


Florid, June 23, 1921

Mrs. Ella Danley was called to Decatur last Friday on account of the death of a nephew. Her sister, an old time friend of ours, has our sympathy as this is the third time she has been called upon to give up a boy and her last one too. Sometime we'll understand.

Eugene Noe Danley


February 9, 1899
Eugene Noe Danley after one week's suffering with an attack of pneumonia, left this life. He had contracted several severe colds this winter, but, having a rugged constitution, paid little attention to them.  A week ago Saturday, he was stricken with bronchial pneumonia, and confined to his bed. Tuesday both lungs became affected and he died Saturday night, February 4, at 10:30 o'clock. Deceased was a son of D. W. Danley and was born in Henry, Ill., January 1, 1860.  He was educated in that city's schools, and came to Hennepin in 1877 with his parents. In the early 80's he spent a year or two on a Colorado sheep ranch; later he worked the same length of time for a St. Louis pump company.  Since then he has lived here.

May 24, 1877, he was united in marriage with Mary Margaret Patton.  Four children, two daughters and two sons were the result of this union, and to whom he was affectionate and indulgent. .....  To mourn his loss, he leaves a widow and four children; an aged father, only lately bereft of his wife by death; a younger brother, now in Australia and a sister, Mrs. Mae, wife of Isaac Boyle of Hennepin Prairie.

The funeral services were held at his late home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock under the auspices of Hennepin Camp No. 3319 M. W. A., Rev. L. F. Zinser, of the Hennepin M. E. church officiating, assisted by Rev. J. C. Zeller, of Magnolia. .... The attendance, though the day was very cold, was exceedingly large.  Delegations of Woodmen were present from Granville, Henry, Putnam and Magnolia camps.  Seventy of his fraternal brothers escorted the remains to their resting place.  The cortege of carriages was ong.  Interment was in Riverside cemetery.  The pall bearers were:  Neighbors Albert Forrester, Knute Peterson, Elmer Clemens, Simon Beck, George Hetrick, Joseph Allen.

Helen (Cassell) Davies

Helen S. Davies, 82 of Route 1, Box 90, Hennepin (Florid) died at 11:00 AM, August 20, 1993 in St. Margarettes Hospital in Spring Valley. Services were at 10:00 AM at the Dysert-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville with the Reverend Bryan Epple officiating. Burial was in the Florid Cemetery, Florid, rural Hennepin. Paul Bearers were David Witlock, Kenneth Witlock, Reice Grotti, Paul Grotti, Mike Grotti, Carl Grotti, Frank Grotti and Bob Davies. Visitation was from 6 to 8 PM in the funeral chapel. Mrs. Davies was born on November 10, 1910 in Rural Hennepin to Benjamin and Sophia Krafft Cassell. She married Ernest A. Davies on February 4, 1934 in Hennepin. He died in 1981. Survivors are one son, Don Davies of Tulsa Oklahoma, two daughters, Mrs. Betty Ivan Witlock of Peru, and Carol Grotti of Ogelsby, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and one brother, Ben Cassell of Florid, rural Hennepin. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Evin Davis

September 3, 1875

Evin Davis, a brother of O.B. Davis of this place (Hennepin) died at his residence at Mt. Palatine last week.

Ivernary Davis

Taken from the Henry News Republican

Thursday, October 17, 1918

Local News Items

Ivernary Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Davis of Magnolia, was born in Nashville,Ind., October 18, 1901 and died in Magnolia township October 15, 1918, lacking but three days of being 17 years old. The cause of the death was pneumonia. The funeral was private and was held Wednesday afternoon at the residence. Interment in Magnolia cemetery, Allen B. Smith, mortician.

Jehu L. Dawson


November 23, 1922

Jehu L. Dawson passed his life at his home in Putnam, November 21, 1922, at 4:15 a.m. at the age of 82 years, 4 months, and 17 days. He was born in West Virginia and in early manhood came to Illinois and settled in Wheatland township, Bureau county. In 1861 he enlisted in the 86th regiment, Illinois volunteers and served his country for four years.

Forty-seven years ago the 10th of this month, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary T. Johnson. To this union was born six children, one daughter died at the age of six; the remaining are Mrs. Harry Finley of Wheatland township, who lives on the old homestead; Mrs. Elton Anderson of Dover, Bureau county; Curtis of Princeton, Ill.; Olive and Darline of Putnam.

Three years ago the 7th of October, Mrs. Dawson was taken by death. he also leaves one brother and two sisters, Abraham Dawson of Putnam, Mrs. Kate Headly of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Rebecca Thurston of Bureau, Illinois and George Freer of Streator, Illinois, who he cared for from childhood.

After being honorably discharged from the army he purchased land in Bureau county where he lived until 10 years ago when he moved to Putnam and where he has since made his home. Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. W. H. Witter, assisted by Rev. Carpenter of Henry. His body will be laid to rest in Putnam cemetery beside his wife and daughter.

Elijah Day


March 4, 1880
At Hennepin, Feb. 21, Elijah Day, 93; lived in Hennepin since 1846.

Mrs. Day

July 5, 1877
At Hennepin, July 1st, Mrs. Day. Hennepin - Mrs. Day, an aged lady, who has been very sick since last January, died Sunday evening.

John Dean

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 18, 1915

On Sunday, Feb. 14, John Dean, Sr., an aged early settler and respected citizen of Putnam county, departed this life at his home at Magnolia. The deceased was born at Farmington, Pa., May 28, 1838. Coming west in early life he on the breaking out of the Civil war enlisted in the 44th Reg. Ill. Vol. Inft., July 25, 1861. For four years and more his life and services were at the call of his country. He was honorably discharged Sept. 25, 1864, having served four years and one month. The following year he was united in marriage. After many years of wedded life his companion dying he later chose another wife and the ceremony which united him to Minnie Balderston was celebrated April 6, 1904. The deceased was a member of the G. A. R. Post No. 348, and also of the I. O. O. F. His living children are Arthur, Frank, Henry, Sadie and Ethel of Magnolia, and India may of McNabb, and Louis of Wenona. The deceased was a man highly respected in the community, loved his family and his memory will ever be revered. The funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, Rev. R. W. Martin of Henry, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment in Magnolia under charge of A. B. Smith, mortician.

February 25, 1915

Obituary of John Dean

He was born near Farmington, Pa., May 28, 1838; was married to Miss Rachel E. Hager, Sept. 16, 1866. To this union were born the following children: John Ellsworth Dean, deceased; William Arthur Dean of Magnolia; Frank Leslie Dean of Magnolia; Lewis Wesley Dean of Wenona; Mrs. India May Forrest of McNabb; Henry Ervin Dean and Mrs. Sarah Jane Hauger of Magnolia. The beloved mother of these children was called to her reward June 18, 1900.

Mr. Dean was married again on April 6, 1904, to Mrs. Minnie Balderston, widow of Oliver Balderston. This wedding took place in Magnolia. To this union was born one child, Ethel Leon Dean, Oct. 6, 1905.

In 1858, when he was 20 years of age, he came from Pennsylvania to a farm near Magnolia. His home was on the farm till 22 years ago when he moved to Magnolia, where he has lived ever since. He was the oldest of a large family of children. The only surviving ones now are Thomas W. Dean of Anaheim California; Calvin L. Dean of Homestead, Pa., and Jasper N. Dean of Homestead, Pa. He joined the army July 25, 1861, Co. C. 44th Reg. Ill. Vol. Inft. Was discharged Sept. 25, 1865. he was promoted to corporal, then to sergeant. Took part in 22 battles. In the battle at Jonesboro, Ga., Sept. 3, 1864, he was wounded by a gunshot in the right arm.

Communications have been received from the following comrades in Mr. Dean's company: John Argubright, Utah; John Allan, Missouri; Joseph Funk, La Salle; J. B. Fleming, Cornell, and F. M. Davis of Dwight. Of the 101 who went out only 11 are now living. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for more than 45 years; was a member of the M. E. church in Magnolia and helped to build the first church in the village. He was strictly honest in all his dealings; perfectly truthful and reliable; was very kind in his home and also to all with whom he had dealings. His pastor called upon him a number of times, and always found him cheerful and happy. He expressed himself as being ready to go. He said that in each one of the 22 battles referred to above that he prayed to God to sustain him. What he went into each battle without a fear of death; was perfectly quiet and composed; felt each time that he was ready to go.

He died at his home in Magnolia, Feb. 14, 1915, after having been confined to the house form 12 weeks. His age, was therefore, 76 years, 8 months and 16 days. In addition to the sons and daughters and brothers above named, he leaved to mourn his loss his beloved wife, her two daughters, Margaret and Jeannette Balderston, and a large circle of friends.

The funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16. Rev. Lackland prepared and read the obituary; Rev. martin gave the address; the G.A.R. gave a short service at the home and also gave a short closing service at the cemetery. The music was furnished by Tracy Skelton and wife, J. J. Dunne and his daughter Marie, with Mrs. Dr. Franklin at the piano. The pall bearers were A. B. Phillips, Noah Caldwell, John Carlson, Robert Wells, Ernest Bulander and J. Bjork.

Adam Deck


March 12, 1875
Died at his residence in Hennepin, March 8, of consumption, Adam Deck, age 58 years, 2 months and 3 days. He leaves a family of 8 children.


March 18, 1875

At Hennepin, March 8, of consumption, Adam Deck, Sr., aged 58 years.

David Deck

Taken From the Putnam Record

December 15, 1898

The people of Hennepin were terribly shocked last Friday evening, December 9, when the word said from mounth to mount that David Deck was dead. Many had seen him driving his team on the street but a few hours before, and could hardly believe (..?..)

Having finished his work and eaten his supper, he lit a pipe and sat down to enjoy a smoke in the meantime conversing in his usual cheerful style with his sister. After finishing smoking he said he would go over and visit his brother, Adam, and arose from his chair to go, but immediately sank to the floor and straightened out on his back, never uttering a word or groan. His sister ran to his side and attempted to revive him, but could not do so. She then ran out and called some of the neighbors, but all efforts at resuscitation proved fruitless - the vital spark had died to return no more. While he had never complained to people outside the family and seemed strong and healthy, yet he had had warning symptoms, and had told his brothers that he feared his earthly career was near the end, but little did they think the summons would be so sudden.

David B. Deck was born September 16, 1848 in Dauphin County, Penn. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1852 where he has since resided. He ran away from school to enlist in the army, February 29, 1864, and was in the Atlanta campaign at Buzzards Roost, Resaca, (?), Hope Church, Kennesaw, Peach Tree (?), the Siege of Atlanta, Utoy Creek, in the pursuit of Hood, the March to the Sea, the Campaign of the Carolinas, and the Battle of Bentonville.

John Deck

Putnam Record
August 24, 1899


John Deck, was born in Dauphin county, Penn., August 14, 1845. He came to Florid, Ill., in 1852, where he remained for one and a half years, after which time he came to Hennepin, where he has since resided, with the exception of a short time in Henry and Peoria.

He began the painters trade in 1858. This has been his occupation ever since. He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Leech February 27, 1896. After an illness of about six weeks he died August 15, 1899, aged 54 years and 1 day.

Bro. Deck united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Hennepin in 1894; has been a regular attendant, and loyal to it ever since. His kindness of heart and readiness to do good were especially noticeable traits.

He bore his sickness patiently and said that the last day of his life was his happiest one because he was about to enter his heavenly home.

The funeral took place Thursday, at the M. E. church at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev. L. F. Zinser conducting the services, after which the remains were laid to rest in Riverside cemetery, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Maria Catherine Deck

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
August 13, 1858

Died on Friday last, August 6th, Miss Maria Catherine Deck, youngest daughter of Adam and Mary Deck of this place, aged 7 years, 9 months and 18 days.

Mrs. (Lehman) Decke
Henry Republican, January 18, 1883
Neighborhood News
Mrs. Decke, sister of John Lehman, died last week and was also buried from the M.E. church.

Louisa (Haws) Defenbaugh

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 28, 1882


Louisa, daughter of Andrew Defenbaugh and wife of Captain William Haws departed this life on Thursday, the 24th inst. after a long and tedious illness. She was buried at Magnolia. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. J. F. Rogers of Lincoln, it being her request before death. Her son William reached her bedside in time for his mother to recognize him. Rueben was not at home at the time of his mother's death.

Ida Deihl

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 8 1882

Miss Ida Deihl, a former resident of Hennepin, died at her home in Abingdon on Saturday, May 20, and was put away to rest on Sunday.  She was a very nice young girl when we knew her, and her family has the sympathy of many friends here.  Her father was at one time the teacher of our schools.

Augustus B. Deininger


Mr. AUGUSTUS B. DEININGER was born April 3, 1855 in Annville, Lebanon Co. PA and died at his home in Florid, Dec. 7, 1908, age 53 years, 8 months and 4 days. He came to Florid in 1878. In 1881 he was joined in marriage to Miss CORA E. CLEMENS, who died March 9, 1890. Three children were born to this union, Lydia, Hattie and Cora. Two of them, Lydia and Cora have preceded their father to the Golden Shore. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Miss Katie A. Hartman and one son Amos was born to them. He is survived by his wife, son Amos, daughter, Mrs. John Beck; also two brothers, Samuel in Pennsylvania and Joseph in Kansas. Mr. Augustus Deininger (or Gus as he was familiarly called) was a hard worker and industrious man. He was a contractor and builder of great ability .........About 3 months ago while working at his trade, he ran a splinter into his finger which resulted in blood poisoning. He had to undergo 2 operations and had 2 fingers amputated............He got well enough to ride out when a complication of the disease set in which terminated his death...........The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon in the Presbyterian church of Florid..........He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Florid............

Caroline Margaret Zimmerman (Deininger)


Front Page, Feb. 17, 1908

CAROLINE MARGARET ZIMMERMAN was born on November 17, 1830 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania and died in Florid on February 17, 1908. She was married to JOHN H. DEININGER of Lebanon County on October 10, 1850. To this union 9 children were born. Sarah Chance, John Deininger, Lizzie Forrestall, Adam Deininger, Kate Alleman, George, Ellen, William and Lincoln. She united with the Lutheran Church at the age of 14, later joining with the M.E. church after moving to Florid. She leaves 1 brother to mourn her death out of a large family of 7 children. Services were held in the Florid Church at 2:00 Monday afternoon. Internment was in the Florid cemetery beside her husband.

John Deininger


Wednesday, April 26, 1916

J.J. Deininger Called.

Relatives in Florid received a message last Saturday informing them of the serious illness of J.J. Deininger at his home in Laclede, Mo. And on Monday the sad news came that he had passed away at 8:30 that morning. The deceased was a former resident of Putnam County and has many friends here who are grieved to learn of his untimely death and extend their sympathy to the sorrowing family and relatives. The deceased leaves a wife, two children, one brother and several sisters to morn his passing. He was passed 50 years of age. A more extended obituary of the deceased will be published next week. (Couldn't find).

John Henry Deininger

February 12, 1902

JOHN HENRY DEININGER was born in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1827. He died on February 7, 1902 at the ripe old age of 75 years and 9 days. he was married to CAROLINE M. ZIMMERMAN of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania in 1850. Eight years after marriage, they came west to Florid, Putnam County, Illinois. To this union 11 children were born of which 7 survive, 2 sons and 5 daughters. The other four - 3 sons and 1 daughter after reaching the age of manhood and womanhood, preceded their father to the better world. 37 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren mourn the loss of their grandfather. In October of 1900, a golden anniversary of married life was celebrated. All the children and nearly all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren being present. The remains were laid to rest in the Florid cemetery, Monday last at 2:00 PM.


February 20, 1902 (Too late for last week.)

After a lingering illness, John Deininger Sr. departed this life last Friday morning. The funeral took place Monday at 2 o'clock PM from the Presbyterian church, Rev. James Bliss of Lostant officiating, Geo. W. Keller of Henry undertaker.

Link Deininger

Hennepin, March 30, 1893
Link Deininger, a promising young man of Florid died last Thursday evening at 6:00 o’clock.
Funeral at Florid, Saturday at 10:00 AM.

Grandmother Delphy

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 20, 1873

Putnam County News - Miscellaneous Items
Grandmother Delphy of Magnolia, died on Saturday last.

Mrs. Amelia A. Cowen (nee Dent)

November 4, 1875

At Hennepin, Nov. 3, of heart and lung disease, Amelia A., aged 36 years, wife of Dr. J. M. Cowen, and daughter of Hon. George Dent.

November 5, 1875

Died at Hennepin at 5:00 on Wednesday AM, November 3, of heart and lung disease, Mrs. Amelia A. , wife of Dr. J.M.Cowen, age 36. She was the daughter of Hon. George Dent and had resided in this county from early childhood.

Mrs. Dorcas Dent

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 24, 1870

Local Department

Mrs. Dorcas Dent, whose death we announced last week, lived to the good old age of 71 years. She was born in Pennsylvania, Sept. 19, 1799. Soon after her birth, her parents moved to Maryland where she remained until 1815, when she moved with her parents to Virginia, and was married to James Dent, Feb. 10, 1820. In the fall of 1834 she moved with her family to Illinois, and settled in Putnam county, where she lived and died. She was the mother of 11 children, seven of whom are still living, among whom is Major B. Dent of Arkansas. She was a kind mother, accomodating neighbor, wna will live long in the affections of her neighbors.

John E. Dent


April 9, 1868

Died At Magnolia, March 20th, John E. Dent, age 85 years.

John E. Dent, one of the oldest citizens of Putnam County and father of Mrs. Z. Swan of this city, died two weeks since at Magnolia at the advanced age of 85. He moved to Putnam county in 1830, was an influential and respected citizen and raised a family who have held many responsible trusts in political life. For the past two or three years, Mr. D. has been in feeble health and his nervous temperament produced derangement of which he was afflicted to the day of his death. All who knew him, admired his striking qualities and he passed away mourned by them all.

Orlando Dent
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Orlando Dent died yesterday, 28th; will be buried Friday, 30th with Masonic rite.

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, April 5, 1883
Death of Orlando Dent
On Wednesday of last week, Orlando Dent, one of Magnolia's best citizens, died from consumption. He had been an invalid for a number of years. He had sought a change of climate for his health and followed every fond hope for relief but all to no purpose. For three or four years he had been obliged to articulate in a low voice. He had been a resident of Magnolia for many years and until within a few months owner of a fine farm in Putnam County. His fine residence in the village is left to the widow and daughter, an only child of about 15 years of age. Also a $5000 policy on his life in the Illinois Masonic Benevolent Association, located at Princeton.
Mr. Dent was a very pleasant gentleman, a kind husband and father. He was esteemed for his genieal disposition, his neighborly spirit and excellent character. For many years he had been connected with the Magnolia lodge No. 103 A. F. & A. M., and was one of its faithful members, being very much attached to the order. Before his death it was his request to be buried by the Masonic fraternity. The funeral was appointed for Friday afternoon, and on notification brethren of the lodges of Wenona, Tonica, Lostant and Henry responded generously. Some 60 took part in the procession and burial rites of Free Masonry. Dr. J. M. Cowen of Hennepin was appointed master of ceremonies and G. W. Keller, marshal; the bible custodian N. Dugan; stewards, A. H. Ruble, T. F. Fairchild. The pall bearers, W. Ham, Jr. and Campbell Shields of Magnolia lodge, Thos. Lloyd and Benj. Judd of Wenona lodge, P. W. Wikoff and T. Frank McCoy of Henry lodge; Rev. Burns of Wenona chaplain. After the arrival of the procession at the house, a fervent prayer was offered by Mr. Burns, when a last look was taken of the deceased. This completed the casket was consigned to the hearse, when the long procession wended its way slowly to the cemetery at the western extremity of the town, where the Masonic burial ceremonies were duly performed at the grave of the revered deceased brother.

John Dinkey


Florid, April 19, 1883

The people of Florid and vicinity were thrown into a state of excitement Friday evening last by the report that John Dinkey, a respected German residing at the O. B. Davis farm about two miles from Florid had taken his own life by shooting himself. Coroner Holsberg was immediately notified and repaired to the scene, summoned a jury and proceeded to legally investigate the sad affair. It appears that Mr. Dinkey had been in a rather moody frame of mind of some time, becoming very much despondent at times during the past winter and the day before committing the rash act, endeavored to persuade the family to go to town. But for some reason they did not go that day.

But on Friday, at Mr. Dinkey's earnest request, they decided to go and endeavored to have him go along, but he stated that he would rather remain at home. The family left the house about 9 o'clock a.m. and it is supposed that they had barely got out of sight when he took a rifle from the house, proceeded to the hay mow in the barn, and coolly took his life. A neighbor heard the report of the guns soon after the folks had left the house, but thought nothing of it and the body was not discovered until the family returned about 4 o'clock in the evening. The surroundings went to show that he had cocked the gun, sat down on the hay and placing the muzzle of the gun against his right side, had fired it by means of a lath with which he pushed against the trigger. The rifle carried a pretty large ball and death seems to have been instantaneous as he lay on his back, as he would naturally fall.

On the return of the family, it was thought a little strange that he did not appear and Mrs. D. remarked that she feared that he had done something bad. But when one of the boys climbed into the mow to throw down some hay for the horses, he saw his father lying there. The thought that he was dead never entered his mind until calling to him, receiving no answer, he went to him and on discovering the gun, fully realized the fact that his father had taken his own life and immediately gave the alarm. After a thorough examination, the coroner's jury made the verdict, in substance that John Dinkey came to his death by a rifle shot fired by his own hand while laboring under a fit of abortion of mind. Deceased had apparently first taken a revolver out of the clock, as it was noticed that it had been disturbed but evidently preferred the rifle. He also left a bit of paper on the table as though he intended to write something but did not do so.

His despondency had been noted for some time as stated above but excited no serious apprehensions or even remarks that now showed that his mind was not right failed to cause any alarm as he was in easy circumstances, with apparently no serious troubles, and the idea that he would take his own life was not thought of. Mr. Dinkey was an honest, sober and industrious man, very quiet in his behavior and consequently had few if any enemies and his rash act can be attributed to no other cause than that of unbalanced or diseased mind. He was about 45 years of age and leaves a grief stricken wife and several children, the eldest a young man almost grown upon whom will now devolve the care of the widow and smaller children.

The Henry Republican, April 19, 1883
John Dinkey committed suicide at Hennepin on Friday last, during the absence of his family. He went to the barn with his shotgun and placing it to his head, fired, blowing his brains all about the floor. He was a man highly thought of and his friends can see no reason for this rash act.

John Dinkey

Taken from the Putnam Record



John Dinkey, born in Mt. Palatine, July 24, 1865, died in Florid, August 27, 1914 at the age of 49 years, 1 month and 3 days. He was married twice, having 2 sons by his first marriage, and one by the second. His second wife, three sons, his mother, and one sister are left to morn their loss. For 2 years or more he was held in the grip of a lingering disease from which he had a happy release on Thursday last. His predominant characteristic was that in spite of his weakness in sickness, up to the last day, he manifested an a persistent and undaunted hope of recovery. Funeral services were held at the church, Sunday afternoon, at 2:00 conducted by Reverend Eastwood. After which the remains were born to the Florid cemetery for internment. Mr. Dinkey, having been a member of the modern Woodsmen for several years, the beautiful burial service of the Modern Woodsmen was conducted at the grave. The casket bearers were Adam Deininger, J.E. Peterson, S.P. Clemens, Samuel Clemens, Simon Beck and Andrew Larson. F.I. Peterson, mortician. We wish to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to the friends who so kindly gave us their sympathy and support during our late bereavement. - Mrs. Kate Dinkey, John and Robert Dinkey, Mrs. Joseph Beck.

Mrs. Loleet Dinkey (nee Swietzer)




Loleet Dinkey, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Swietzer, was born at Hainsburo, Illinois, September 11, 1895 and died November 29, 1918 at the home of her mother at Saybrook at the age of 23 years, 2 months and 18 days. On the 5th of April, 1916, she was united to Robert Dinkey of Florid and lived on a farm one year after which they moved to Florid, and lived until her death. She leaves to mourn her untimely death, her husband, and one child Helen, 16 months old. Her parents, three sisters and one brother, namely Helen, May, Blanch and Rodale. She spent the last few weeks in this world at her mother's home at Saybrook where she passed away. The funeral service was held at the home of her mother at 10:30 Sunday morning , December 1, 1918. Following which, she was laid to rest in the Saybrook cemetery.

John Disosway

April 1, 1875
Neighborhood News - Hennepin
Died In Magnolia, March 27, by accidental shooting, John Disosway, aged 25 years.

April 8, 1875
Magnolia -- Our village lost a highly respected citizen by the death of John Disosway. Our warmest sympathies goes out to the wife ane relatives of the deceased. Mrs. Disosway is lying very ill at her uncle Allen Glenn’s. Her husband had taken her there for a pleasant visit,while he went hunting.

Taken From the Tonica News, Tonica, Illinois
April 10, 1875

Man Killed by the Accidental Discharge of a Gun.

Our New Rutland correspondent sends us the following particulars of the death of Mr. John Disoway, of Magnolia, caused by the accidental discharge of a gun. - LaSalle Press

New Rutland, March 29 - On Saturday last, Mr. Disoway, in company with some friends, was hunting ducks on the Illinois river bottoms, near Hall's landing, and sit down on a log for a few moment's rest, when Mr.. D. dripped his gun, - a double breech-loader, - the hammer came in contact with the log and the gun was discharged, the contents entering his side just above the hip, and ranging obliquely across his body, killing him instantly and mutilating his body horribly.

Mr. Disoway was highly respected and is lamented by a host of friends. He was a good citizen, a kind neighbor and thorough gentleman. He was a noted sportsman, having shot several pigeon matches at Lostant, and was supposed to understand the use of arms thoroughly, being noted for his careful manner of handling the same. His sad death would lead one to think that it was dangerous for any man to have a gun in his possession. - T. T.

Son of Eli Dissinger


Florid, January 19, 1911

Mr. and Mrs. Eli Dissinger of McNabb are mourning the loss of their little 2 year old boy, who died of pneumonia. The funeral was held at the Florid church, conducted by Reverend Thomas Leech of Granville, Burial in the Florid cemetery. The little one leaves his father, mother, a brother and sister, besides his aged grandmother, Mrs. Eliza Dissinger to mourn his early departure.

Mrs. Elizabeth Dissinger


March 15, 1922

Mrs. Elizabeth Viel Dissinger, wife of Frederick Dissinger, was born in Lebanon, Lebanon Co. PA, June 15, 1834. Died at Florid, March 10, 1922 at the home of her grandson William R. Rudy, 87 years, 8 months and 23 days old. Mrs. Dissinger was united in Marriage with Frederick Dissinger in Lebanon, PA, January 24, 1864. To this union were born three children, Caroline E., wife of George E. Rudy, John H. and Eli P. Dissinger. Her husband and two children preceded her to the great beyond. She leaves to mourn her death, one son, Eli P. Dissinger of McNabb, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dissinger with her husband moved to Illinois at an early age, exact time not known. Early in life she joined the German Lutheran Church and has always kept her faith in the Lord, but owing to her great affliction deafness, she hardly ever attended church services but by studying her bible, which she read through a number of times, she aimed to lead a Christian life. ......... Funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church at Florid by Rev.R.A.Reeves of Hennepin assisted by four singers of Hennepin. Internment in the beautiful cemetery at Florid.

Frederick Dissinger


Florid, September 15, 1910

Frederick Dissinger who was only sick a few days with pneumonia died at his home in this village, September 4, 1910, age 75 years and seven months. He lives an aged widow, one son, and five grandchildren to mourn his loss. Three children have all ready preceded him to the other world. Funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 2:00, Reverend Stetson of Granville officiating. Internment in the family lot besides the loved ones gone before.

Ella Divilbiss

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 28, 1873

Died at Snachwine, August 14, Ella, aged 6 months, infant daughter of Henry Divilbiss of Saratoga township.

Sallie Dodd


November 9, 1876

Died at Snachwine, Nov. 6, after a long illness, Sallie, aged 15 years, second daughter of Charles Dodd.
Snachwine - It is with sorrow that we announce the death of Sallie, the second daughter of Charles Dodd, she having died at 2 o'clock on Monday morning, after an illness of many months; although she was confined to her bed only the last two weeks.  I can think of no one of the circle of young people who would have been more sadly missed.  She was a general favorite with every one who knew her.  

Philip Doess


May 31, 1877
In Granville township, Putnam county, May 24, by a fall from a wagon, Philip Doess of Mt. Palatine, aged 32 years.

James Dore

October 18, 1877

At Hennepin, Sunday evening, at 6:00 o'clock, October 14, of congestion of the brain, James Dore, second son of Patrick Dore.

October 25, 1877

The death of James Dore, son of Mr. Patrick Dore, merchant of Hennepin needs more than the simple mention of the sad occurrence. His death was the result of but a week's illness, that of brain fever. Young Dore was about 18, educated and a graduate of Notre Dame, Indiana, and for two years past had principal charge of the books and business of his father's store. He was a young man of good habits, highly respected, and warmly esteemed by all his acquaintances. His death is a terrible blow to his father and family. The funeral was conducted at the Catholic church at Hennepin, Rev. Father Quigly of this city conducting the solemn services. It was one of the largest gatherings of sympathy and condolence witnessed for a long time.

Mrs. Samantha Dougan (nee Hannum)

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
May 4 1899

Some friend sends us a copy of the Great Bend, Kas., Register, of April 22, in which we find recorded the death of Mrs. Samantha Dougan, a former resident of Oxbow prairie, Putnam County. She died at the home of a daughter at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and was buried at Great Bend, Kansas.  Samantha Hannum was born in Ontario county, New York, December 15, 1813; and was a daughter of Asel and Emily Hannum, who settled on Oxbow prairie in 1828, being, it is claimed, the first white settlers in Putnam county. Her brother Austin Hannum was the first white child born in Putnam County.  He was born in 1829.  Deceased was the mother of nine children, six of whom are yet living.

James Dougherty

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 22, 1872

In Snachwine village, Feb. 16, James Dougherty, aged 71; in township, of liver complaint, Solomon Harlan, aged about 70; also Mary, aged 40 years, wife of John O'Brien.

Mrs. Jane Downey (nee Walsch)

Putnam Record
May 18, 1899

J. L. Downey, of Hennepin received word Monday afternoon that his mother, living about six miles west of Putnam had died that morning. Mrs. Downey went up the stairs to bed the evening before to usual health, and bout 2 o'clock Monday morning, her husband and son, who slept downstairs, heard a great noise, which seemed to shake the entire house. The son lighted a lamp and opening the door found his mother lying unconscious.

Mrs. Downey had evidently fallen from the top of stairway. She was fully dressed and it is not known if she had been in bed or had simply laid won with her clothes on, as she did not regain consciousness and died shortly after being found. Hear trouble is attributed as the cause of her death. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the M.E. church in Putnam. Deceased was probably past 70.

Mrs. Francis Downey

Henry Republican, May 18

The family of Francis Downey mourn the sad loss of a dear wife and mother. The summons came suddenly. On last Monday about 2 a.m., she got up during a thunderstorm and descending the stairs was found later at the foot of the stairs, having expired from hart disease. It was a shock to all the friends. Jane Walsch was born near Manor Hamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland, Aug. 31, 1825. Her mother having departed this life, she and a brother and a younger sister were cared for by their grandfather and grandmother until they grew to womanhood and manhood. She was united in marriage to Francis Downey April 14, 1849, and in the following Jan., took passage for America. After arriving in America they located at Troy, New York, for several years, when they concluded they would come farther west and located at South Hampton, Illinois, afterward moving to Henry, Marshall co., where they lived until 1865, when they moved to their present home in Putnam county, 5 ½ miles southwest of Putnam village. To this union were born six boys and four girls, all of whom survive her, her death being the first to break the family circle, at the age of 73 years, 8 months, 14 days, having been married over 50 years.

At the age of 14 years she united with the Episcopal Church in the old country, and later in life, August 19, 1877 she united with the M. E. church at Putnam, Ill. There were remaining at home at the time of her death, the father, and one son. Her sister, Mrs. Thomas Crawford of Dana, Ill., survives her, bout on account of sickness was unable to attend the funeral, but the husband and two sons were present. Her brother, John Walsch, enlisted in the 11th cavalry in 1862 and died of a wound received in Tennessee.

The children had reached maturity and all married but two, and all respected and useful citizens. The sons are Henry, Norville, Durbin, J. Linn, Oliver and Marshall; the daughters, Mrs. J. M. Williams, Mrs. Lizzie Vail, Mrs. J. O. Winship and Mrs. George Wheeler.

The funeral was held at the M. E. church yesterday, Rev. Northrup officiating. His tribute of the deceased was beautifully expressed and impressive. The pallbearers were the six sons. Interment at Putnam cemetery.

Emma Drake


September 21, 1876
In Snachwine township, Sept. 15, of typhoid fever, Emma, aged 13 years, daughter of Jeremiah and Serena Drake.

September 28, 1876
Since writing you yesterday, Justine, eldest daughter of Jeremiah Drake, is gone. Died at 11 o'clock last evening. Another daugher is very low with typhoid. Willie Parker, with the same fever, is not so well to-day.

Mr. Drake

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 21, 1872

Putnam County News - Snachwine.
Old Mr. Drake who lived about two miles north of this place, after a long illness, passed from the earth on Friday morning.

Edward Driefus


Florid, July 16, 1919

Obituary of E.S. Drieffus

E (Edward).S. Driefus was born May 20, 1838 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Was married to Sara Daub in 1864. There were 6 children born to this union. Two survive to mourn their loss, J.H. Driefus of Yampa, Colorado and Mrs. Reuben Alleman of Kansas City. The latter was present at the funeral. Mr. Drieffus was united with the Christian church about 24 years ago. He died at the home of his daughter, July 8 from an injury sustained from a kick by a horse. Funeral services were held at the home in Kansas City after which the body was brought to Florid for internment beside his wife and children, who had preceded him to the home beyond. Brief services were conducted by Reverend R.H. Barstead at the cemetery.

John Droll


May 4, 1876

Local Items - Magnolia
John Droll, living in the Purviance settlement, was killed by lightening one day last week. He leaves a wife and five children.

We learn that during a thunderstorm last Thursday aftenoon, John Droll of Mt. Palatine was struck by lightening and killed instantly. His wife and child were knocked senseless by the same bolt.

Mary Jane Dugan

April 12, 1877

Near Hennepin, April 7, of lung fever, Miss Jennie Dugan.

Magnolia - The most striking news this week is the death of Mary J. Dugan. She has been in delicate health for many years. She was taken worse but a few days ago. For many years she has been afflicted with chronic disease of the heart. In addition to heart disease, she had an abcess of the lower part of the left lung. The severe and last attack, of which she died was pneumonia. At about six o'clock last Sunday evening she passed away to occupy a higher sphere. She will be buried at this place (Magnolia) next Wednesday. We do not know the hour.

Moses Dugan

The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois

August 24, 1882

Died at Calendonia, Putnam county, of heart disease, Moses Dugan, 63.

Moses Dugan an old settler and wealthy bachelor of Magnolia township died suddently Monday of heart disease. He was widely known and very generally esteemed. His casket bought of Mr. J. Kline of this city, costing upward of $200 was one of the finest every brought to this section. It contained silver sidebars and lavish silver mountings.

Oxbow: Moses Dugan an old settler at Oxbow is dead. He milked his cows and seemed well enough on Saturday night and Monday morning he died. He was an old batchelor, aged 63. Heart disease was his illness.

Harry A. W. Dumars
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, March 29 1883
Died near Caledonia, Putnam County, March 25, of diphtheria, Harry A. W., 2 years, 3 months, 21 days, only child of Leroy and Frances Dumars. Interment in Henry cemetery.
Ox Bow
Mr. Dumar's little boy, about two years old, died with diphtheria. The remains were taken to Henry on Monday for burial.

Hiram R. Dunbar

Newspaper: Geneseo Republic Newspaper

Date: November 7th, 1884

Submitters Name: Donald A. Ubben

Obit: On Thursday of Last week the remains of Mr. H.R. Dunbar were brought back from Kansas where he died to his old home in Atkinson and funeral services held in the M. R. Church there after which the body was brought to Geneseo for interment in Oakwood. He left her for Kansas but about two weeks before his death. He was aged 81 years and was a wealthy retired farmer.

"The inscription on Hiram's gravestone, at Oakwood Cemetery; Geneseo Co., IL reads: "One of the first settlers of Hennepin and Putnam and in Henry Co., IL and overland to Cal. in 1850 returning to Henry Co. in
1851 has opened up seventeen farms, has by honesty and industry secured a competence and inheritance that comes from trusting and believing in Christ."

"Born Feb'y. 5, 1804 Lu Paris KY"

Mrs. Jennie Dunbar


Cottage Hill, December 8, 1902

Word came last Wednesday, announcing the death of JENNIE DUNBAR of Atkinson, Illinois. She had been a resident of Putnam County many years ago and no doubt is remembers by the older residents. She was the grandmother of Mrs. H.P. Allman and Mrs. A.C. Foster. At the time of her death, she was about 96 years old

.Mrs. C. M. Duncan

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 6, 1872

Died in Hennepin, May 24, of cancer, the wife of C. M. Duncan, aged 60.

Child of Zach T. Duncan

November 17, 1881 - Hennepin

The 2 year old youngest child of Capt. Zach T. Duncan died on Saturday, 13th after 2 days illness, said to be croup. He was buried on Sunday afternoon. The parents have the sympathy of all the neighbors.

Frank Fosha Duncan

December 1, 1881 - Hennepin

Frank Fosha, aged 4 years and 8 months, son of Zach. T. Duncan, died on Wednesday last of membranous croup, having been sick from Thursday before. It will be remembered that these same parents, buried their 2 year old babe only Tuesday before. This one took sick on Thursday. The funeral of little Frank took place at the M. E. church on Thursday afternoon Thanksgiving Day, Rev. Denning in the pulpit.

C. Dunham


May 11, 1876
C. Dunham, a former resident of this county, died in San Diego California, March 18, aged 47.

Capt. James G. Dunlavy

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 8, 1874

In Hennepin, December 29, of apoplexy, Capt. James G. Dunlavy, aged 58 years. (For More Information See Putnam County Pioneers)

W. G. Dunnell


February 2, 1899
Putnam - Jan. 31
The funeral of W. G. Dunnell, was held at the M. E. church last Friday afternoon.  The remains were brought from his home in Tullahoma, Tenn., by his wife.  He had been in poor health for sometime, the immediate cause of his death being heart failure.  Mr. Dunnell will be remembered by the older residents of the community. In the earlier days of his business career, he was engaged in teh butcher business with John Morgan, Sr., of Henry; later he went into the milling business at Putnam.  He sold out his interests here in 1895 and removed to Tullahoma, where he has since resided.  Deceased was born in Donlis, Summersetshire, Eng., in 1819 and died January 23, 1899.  He leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter to mourn their loss.  The two sons, William and Charles of Scranton, Iowa; the daughter, Mrs. Victoria Hastings, of Tullahoma, Tenn.  Mr. Dunnell was considered an honest man in all business relations and by economy and industry had accumulated quite a large estate. His older son, William was in attendance at the funeral and business will detain him here several days.  Mrs. Dunnell will remain sometime visitng old friends around Putnam and vicintiy.

Mrs. Addie Durley (nee Untank)

November 16, 1876

Died in Hennepin, Nov. 10th, Addie, aged 35 years, wife of P. B. Durley, and daughter of E. Untank.
Hennepin - Mrs. Addie Durley, wife of our postmaster, P. B. Durley, died last Friday, at 2 p.m. She was sick but little over a week.  A consistent member of the M.E. church, and for 16 years teacher of the infant class in the M.E. Sabbath school, her death will sadden many hearts that knew her, and knowing loved her.  Her father, brothers, husband and infant daughter have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.  Funeral services took place at the M.E. church, Sunday at 2 p.m., Rev. Cumming and Rev. Bailey officiating.

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.

Mrs. Elizabeth Durley (nee Winters)


Hennepin, February 28, 1895
At 12:20, in the early morning of February 21, the spirit of our beloved friend, Mrs. Williamson Durley, took its heavenly flight. She went to bed in her usual good health and ten minutes before her death, held quite a conversation with her husband. She had been up and looked around through the rooms for a window that had been rattling. After she had laid down, not to exceed 10 minutes, he heard her making a little noise. He got up and asked her what the trouble was and she answered “I am gone”. He lit the lamp and discovered her with her face lying in the wash bowl which she had on a chair beside her bed. He lifted her head back on the pillow and it was then he discovered the bowl half full of blood and the spirit of his beloved companion of 60 years had fled. Dr McCormick was called and pronounced death caused by the bursting of a blood vessel.

Elizabeth Winters was born in Miami County, Ohio, March 30, 1810, being the 6th of a family of 10 children. Two sisters survive her, Mrs. Nancy Gun of LaSalle older and Mrs. Cynthia Beck of Oakland, California, younger. She came to Illinois on horseback in the fall of 1833. Was married to Williamson Durley in a log cabin at Mt. Palatine, December 2, 1834. To them, nine children were born, five sons and four daughters. Five sons and three daughters, with their aged father survive her. The funeral was held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 1:30. Rev. Wm Excell delivered a very fine address and was assisted by Rev. Fox of Granville. Mrs. Durley was a member of the Congregational church of this city and was very much devoted to her church, her family, and all who were in anyway connected with her. She was 84 years, 10 months and 22 days old.

Louis Durley

June 23, 1881, Hennepin

Louis Durley, 76, an old resident of Hennepin, died on Tuesday, 19 at Sheffield, Bureau county and was brought on Tuesday to Hennepin for burial. He was a cousin to Jeff and Williamson Durley.

Nellie Durley


October 7, 1880
At Lemars, Iowa, Sept. 26, Nellie, 1 year, 4 months, 6 days, only child of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Durley, late of Hennepin.

Williamson Durley


January 17, 1902

Williamson Durley was born in Caldwell county, KY, Jan. 7, 1810; died in Hennepin, Ill., Jan 14, 1901, aged 91 years, and 7 days. He moved with his parents from Kentucky to Sangamon county near Springfield, Ill., in 1819, where he was educated in a log school house with split logs for seats, hewed benches and other furniture to match. In that primitive college he laid the foundation of his knowledge on which he afterward built by the economical use of spare hours in private study.

In August, 1831, he came to Putnam county, Ill., taking part that season in the first year of the Black Hawk war. He and his uncle James Durley opened up a stock of goods under the firm name of J.& W. Durley, and continued for four years. In 1837 he moved on his farm two miles east of Hennepin and in 1811 he entered into the mercantile trade with Andrew Wardlaw, under the firm name of Durley & Wardlaw. He remained on his farm until the autumn of 1880, when he retires and moved to Hennepin.

He served as internal revenue assessor from 1862 to 1865, assistd in filling out the township quota, and was active in organizing the Union League long prior to the Rebellion. He was in full sympathy with the Liberty party and acted with the Free Soil party in 1848 and 1852, and has trained in the Republican ranks since that great party sprang into power.

He was married to Elizabeth Winters of Miami County, Ohio, Dec. 21, 1834, who preceded him to the spirit world six years ago. He was one of the foremost men of Putnam county and was only feeble a few hours before his death. He passed quietly away at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon. Funeral was held from the First Congregational church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. His daughters, Mrs. Hartenbower and Mrs. H.A. Stewart arrived Tuesday morning, accompanied by Hon J.J. Hartenbower of Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Durley leaves one brother, four sons, and three daughters, 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was conducted by Rev. P.M. France, pastor of the First Congregation church, of which Mr. Durley was a devoted member.

Children of Jacob Duvel

APRIL 6, 1882

About 10 days ago, a 1 year old child of Jacob Duvel died and on Monday last another one, aged about 2 ½ years died. Several others of the family have been sick and the undertaker says that another one is dangerously ill. Duvel lives in the first house west of the river. Surely he is having a rough time.

A. P. Dysart

July 5, 1877

At Red Oak, Va., June 15th, A. P. Dysart, aged 69 years, for 35 years a resident of Putnam county.

Mrs. Mary E. Dysart (nee Heywood)


April 13, 1899
Granville - April 10

Again this week it becomes our sad duty to announce the death of one of our members, Mrs. C. W. Dysart, whose illness was mentioned last week, was called home after the mid-day hour Thursday, April 6.  She was surrounded by all the members of her family, with two exceptions, Mrs. Hannah Foley who resides in Indiana, and her son who has spent the winter with his aunt in Iowa.  The had been summoned and also her sister Miss Lucy Heywood, but arrived an hour too late to see their mother and sister before her eyelids closed in death.

The funeral services were held at the Congregational church in Granville, Saturday morning, April 8 at 10:30 o'clock. They were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. A. Evans and Rev. Robert Seaman, of Watseka, Ill. The latter is an intimate friend of the family, having been reared in the same household with Mr. Dysart. Mrs. Dysart's brother, John Heywood, of Iowa, and her five oldest sons, acted as pall bearers, tenderly carrying her to her last resting place in the Granville cemetery.  Loving hands and hearts sent flowers, among them was a large wreath of the Ladies Aid society, of which she has been from the first a willing and useful worker.  The following obituary was written by Rev. Seaman and read at the funeral service: We, indeed, feel the the "community has lost one whose heart was full of charity to all, and the church a faithful and devoted member."

Mary E., daughter of John and Sarah Heywood, was born in Dexter, Me., May 20, 1849, and died at her late residence near Granville, Ill., April 6, 1899, in the fiftieth year of her earthly life. January 20, 1876, she was united in marriage to Cornelius W. Dysart, with whom for more than 29 years she shared in the joys and responsibilities of a happily wedded life, and left the heritage of a genuine Cristian life as an inspiration to the loves ones, who morn her departure..(not copied).... and when the final summons came she entertained no fear for "The Angel of the Covenant had come, and faithful to his promise stood prepared to walk with her through Death's dark vail".  She passed away as sets the morning star, that goes not down behind the darkened sky, but fades away into the glorious light of heaven.  In her departure the church has lost one of its most faithful and devoted member and the community, a friend whose heart was full of charity to all.  But most of all will she be missed within the sacred precincts of home life, where her daily ministrations of love and self-sacrifices contributed to the comfort and happiness of these whom she so dearly loved.  She has entered into full possession of that beautiful rest that remaineth for the people of God.


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