Putnam County, Illinois History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Mrs. Catherine Macomber

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 14, 1872

In Magnolia, Putnam county, Feb. 28, of lung disease, Mrs. Catherine Macomber, aged 65.

Daughter of Mrs. Magee

October 15, 1875

A young lady, a daughter of Mrs. Magee, of Cedar Point, was buried in the Granville cemetery last Sunday.

Mrs. Jacob Clemens (nee Malhorn)

Taken From the Putnam Record

Front Page, June 22, 1933

Mrs. Jacob Clemens dies in Missouri on Monday.

Mrs. John Beck of Florid has received word of the death of Mrs. Jacob Clemens of Norborne, Missouri, on Monday, June 19. No particulars have been received as yet. Mrs. Clemens was Miss Malhorn when she married Mr. Clemens some years ago, later moving to Missouri. She was an aunt of John Beck, Ed Malhorn of Tonica and Mrs. Nanna Clemens of Florid went to the funeral but had not returned when Mrs. Beck phoned the Record.

Bartoli Marchetti
The Dixon Telegraph 11 Oct 1948
Spring Valley, Ill., Oct. 11 (AP) - Bartoli Marchetti, 67-year-old farmer died yesterday of injuries received when he was thrown from his tractor last Monday. Marchetti lived near Florid in Putnam County.

Daniel Markley

November 5, 1868

Died in Hennepin, Oct. 23 of diptheria, Daniel Markley, age 54 years.

Putnam County Items
The death of David Markley, which appears in the obituary column, is felt and deplored by all who knew him in Putnam County. He settled in the state in 1835 and his long residence has given him an extended acquaintance and endeared him to the community. Diphtheria caused his death and though every possible this was done for his relief, he passed away at the age of 54 years. He was an efficient and worthy member of the M. E. Church, a leader in the charities of life, kind and affectionate in disposition, and leaving behind a memory that all of his friends will cherish. His funeral took place at the M. E. Church, on Sunday week and his remains were followed to the grave by a large concourse of mourning friends.

Mrs. Margarette Elizabeth Brumfield (nee Markley)


April 20 1899

Margarette Elizabeth Markley was born August 24 1840, in Louisianna, Mo., and lived there until her marriage to John T. Brumfield, Nov. 9, 1865, when she came to Hennepin to live.  In the fall of 1897, finding her health failing, she returned there hoping to regain it.  During the winter of 1898-9, she had an attack of the grippe, followed by a low fever, and gradually grew weaker until her death, which occurred at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Jonathan Pierce, April 14, at 10:30 pm.  She leaveas two children, Cora and Jesse, and a husband to mourn their loss.  Her body was prepared and shipped to Hennepin, attended by a nephew and her daughter.  She had been a member of the M. E. church for 10 years.

Iva Mareta
SPRING VALLEY--Iva Mareta, 91, of St. Joseph Home in Lacon, formerly of Dalzell and spring Valley, died at 1:30 p.m. Friday, april 26, 1996, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born September 25, 1904, in Dalzell to Stephen and Theresa Lenzi Mareta.

Surviving are two sisters, Della Bassi and Ann Acucnius, both of Mark; and several nieces and nephews. One sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Spring Valley.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley and at 10:30 a.m. Monday at her church. The Rev. Donald Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be two hours before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Granville.

Steve Mareta
Aged Reistent Sucombs to Pneumonia; Funeral On Sunday

Steve Mareta, 73, a resident of Mark for the past 28 years, died at his home Friday morning, February 2, 1934, pneumonia having developed after a long illness.

Stephen Mareta was born in Bologna, Italy, May 8, 1861. On June 16, 1863 he was united in marriage to Theresa Lenzi. To this union were born two girls and one boy. In 1901 he came to America to work in the coal mine at Dalzell, Illinois. His wife followed him here in 1903. Again they were blessed with two girls and one boy, in the meantime having moved to Mark in 1906.

In 1920 he quit work in the coal mine to do a little farming. For the last three years he had also retired from farming. He became ill January 18 and was sent to bed with lobar pneumonia. He was up and around in about five days apparently well except for a cough. He had his meals with the rest of the family. On February 1, about nine in the evening, the doctor was again called and he had developed pleurisy. By six the nest morning lobar pneumonia had again set in. On February 2, 1934 at 8:30 A.M. he was summoned by the Angel of Death, at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 24 days. Father Blanc of Spring Valley administered the last rites of the Catholic church.

He leaves to mourn him his widow, sons Joe of Marseilles and Peter of De Pue, his daughters Iva at home, Mrs. Bassi of Mark, Mrs. Magelli of Mt. Clare and Mrs. Wesley Acuncius of Mark and 13 grandchildren. In Italy he leaves brothers and relatives to mourn his passing.

The funeral was held at 1:30 Sunday afternoon, February 4. He was taken to the Sacred Heart Church of Granville, Father Wenzel having charge of the services. Burial was made in the Granville cemetery. The pall bearers were Serafino Pucci, Z. Gandolfi, Peter Giacherio Sr., Perter Poggioli, John Ariano and Carol Romani.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Battista Lenzi and family of Highwood; Frederick Castelli of Fosterburg; Mrs. Anna Chione and children of Aurora.


We wish to sincerely thank our many friends and neighbors for the many kindnesses and sympathy extended us during our recent sad bereavement, the death of our beloved husband and father, Stephen Mareta. We also extend our sincere thanks for the many floral tributes and the Mass cards. Mrs. Theresa Mareta and Family.

Dolly (Cassell) Martin

Florid, July 18,1940

Word was received at the E.G. Henning home that Mrs. Dolly Martin, youngest sister of Mrs. Henning, had passed away at her home in Oregon on July 2, 1940. Mrs. Martin was formerly Dolly Cassell and was a resident of Putnam County.

Mrs. Margaret Martin

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

December 16, 1880

Died in Hennepin township, Dec. 12, of brain fever, Margaret, 52, wife of James Martin

Hennepin - Margaret Martin, 52 years, died on Sunday at 10 pm of brain fever, having been sick only from Tuesday before. She was the wife of James Martin, living about 5 miles down the road toward Henry. She leaves the husband and three children, who fortunately are all old enough to take care of themselves. She was a native of Ireland, but has lived here about 22 years.

 William Martin


Wednesday, May 10, 1916

William Martin, son of Marcus and Elizabeth Beck Martin was born in Londonderry Township, Dauphin Co. Pa, January 26, 1826 and departed this life for the heavenly mansions, May 4, 1916, being at the time of his death 90 years, 3 months and 18 days of age. He was united in marriage with Susanna Maulfair, April 3, 1850. Three children were born to this union, William who died in infancy, Angeline and Sarah Ann. He leaves to morn his loss two daughters, Mrs. Angeline Shuck and Mrs. Sarah Reginold, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In his early youth, he received a common school education working on a farm during the summer months and attending school during the winter. After leaving school he served a full apprenticeship as a cobbler and for some time worked as a farmer during the summer months and worked as a journeyman-shoemaker during the winter. He then became a canal-boatman, serving in the capacity of a captain for 16 years. When the civil war broke out, he entered the United States army to serve his country in 1862 and was honorably discharged in 1863. He was mustered into service at Camp Curtain, Harrisburg, Pa. being a member of the 173rd Pa. Vol. Inf. Co. C. In 1865, he with his family moved to near Florid, Putnam Co. IL and engaged in farming for a number of years. His wife died on April 18, 1885 and soon thereafter he sold his farm, later buying property in Florid where he has made his home since February 22, 1892. He was a man of jovial disposition, a kind hearted and accommodating. A number of years ago he united with the Presbyterian church and since that time has gradually grown in grace and in further knowledge of his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ in whom he had implicit faith to the end. The funeral took place at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 6, Reverend Eastwood conducting the service in the home and at the church. Hennepin Post G.A.R. of which he was a member conducted the services at the grave.

Maria Theresia Amrehm Matern

Date: March, 1895

Submitted By: Kim Thorp

Maria Theresia Amrehm Matern

Maria Theresia Amrehm Matern was born in Bavaria, Germany, August 21, 1831. In early life she came to America and was united in marriage to Adam Matern, Feb. 13, 1854. Ten children blessed their union, three of whom (two boys and one girl) died in infancy. The remaining five boys, Michael, Joseph, Barnard, William, and Henry, and two girls, Elizabeth and Theresia, are living. Many were the virtues of Mrs. Matern. Extreme kindness and charity were among her especial characteristics, not only to her own family but every one with whom she came in contract. No hungry one was ever turned away empty-handed from her door. She was honored, respected and loved for her home life and influence. To her children she gave most valuable advice and to her husband was a devoted wife and counselor. She has always been a consistent and sincere believer in the Catholic faith, and her complete resignation to the will of God was but the exponent of her noble life. Few there are who approach death as she did, with such perfect assurance and confidence that hers was with the Heavenly Host hereafter. All of her children were by her bed-side during her last illness, but Elizabeth, who had barely returned to her home in Iowa when her mother was taken ill. Barnard also, whose home is in Iowa, came and helped minister to her wants for over two weeks, but was obliged to return home, and these two were unable to be in attendance at the funeral. Her sister, Mrs. Wolf, the only surviving member of her family, assisted in caring for her during her entire illness. Her death occurred Saturday night, March 23, 1895, at 12 0’clock.

The funeral took place the following Tuesday from the Catholic church. After celebrating high mass, the Rev. Father Francis made a few well chosen remarks taking for his theme, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” After this the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at this place. The four sons who were present, assisted by their cousins, Victor and Peter Wolf, acted as pall bearers. Many were the friends of the family who attended the funeral and followed the remains to their last resting place. The heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is expended to the bereaved husband, children and relatives of the deceased.

Caleb Mathis

April 8, 1875

Caleb Mathis, one of the oldest of the settlers about Oxbow prairie was buried on Sunday week. He has been feeble some time. One of his daughters married David Boyle, and another is the wife of Senator Dr. Wilcox of Minonk. Mr. Mathis was a good citizen, and generally respected.

Mrs. Caleb Mathis

October 1, 1874

Caleb Mathis will hold a public sale on Saturday, at this place, one mile northwest of Caledonia. His aged companion was buried at Magnolia recently and now that he is alone, he breaks up keeping house. He too is like a shock of corn fully ripe, almost ready for the kingdom.

Early Maulfair

FRONT PAGE, MAY 10, 1934

Early Maulfair, former local man, died May 7.

Mrs. I.N. Colby and Mrs. Minnie Maulfair attended funeral serviced in Tonica, Wednesday afternoon for their brother, Early Maulfair, 61, who died at his home in Chicago on Monday, May 7, 1934. Mr. Maulfair had been in failing health the past year. Pneamonia developed 6 weeks ago and complications set in resulting in his death. Deceased was born on the old Maulfair farm near Cottage Hill in Putnam County, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Maulfair and farmed near his birthplace before leaving the county. His widow, who was Miss Maude Lambert of Tonica, one son and a grandson survive, besides two sisters, Mrs. Colby and Mrs. Harvey Scott of Monee, and one brother Guy of Rhinelander Wisconsin. A brother and sister died in infancy. Another brother, Dr. C.D. Maulfair, Putnam County veternarian also preceded him in death.

May 17, 1934

Early C. Maulfair

Early C. Maulfair died in Chicago, Tuesday, May 7, 1934 and his funeral was held in Tonica on May 9, an account of which was published in the Record. We have been handed some additonal items in this obituary which should be included in the original write-up.

Early Clarence Maulfair, son of Jacob S. and Mary Adalaine Maulfair was born on a farm near McNabb September 15, 1873. He was married to Laura Maude Lambert, November 8, 1900. To this union one child, a son was born, Seltzer Lambert Maulfair. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, a son, one grandson, Robert James, a brother Guy of Rhinelander Wisconsin, two sisters, Elsie Scott of Monee, and Stella Colby of Granville. Deceased was a member of the M.E. Church of Owatona, Minnesota, the A.F. and A.M. lodge of Magnolia, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Order of the Elks. He has been a resident of Chicago for the past seven years and for the past few months, failed in health.

Jacob Selsor Maulfair

Taken From the Putnam Record

Front Page, January 20, 1915


Jacob Selsor Maulfair, son of John and Elizabeth Maulfair was born May 10, 1834 in Lebanon County, PA and died January 5, 1915 at his home in Granville, Illinois, age 80 years, 7 months and 26 days. In 1856, at the age of 26, he came to Illinois and settled in Putnam County which has practically been his home ever since. He was united in marriage to Mary A. Chance, October 19, 1869. To this union, eight children were born, Selsor, deceased, Early C. of Tonica, Illinois, Lola, deceased, Chauncey of Granville, Illinois, Jacob, deceased, Mrs. Stella Colby, Granville, Illinois, Guy W. of Charming Texas and Elsie who is at home. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife, five children and six grandchildren. Deceased was baptized in the Lutheran church when a young man. He was a man of deep moral convictions and had deep respect for every moral issue. His success was the product of high ideals in the business world. Industry honor and careful management were incorporated in his life and he put his life into his business. His spirit of interest in his home and his friends was as simple and sweet as that of a child. His love of home and friends was sublime in its beauty. Every business transaction was on the basis of honor. He never withheld the hand of charity from a needy man or neighbor. He came to Illinois a young man in poverty of wealth, but with a wealth of determination and ambition to succeed and his business career testifies to the value of his ideals. Mr. and Mrs. Maulfair fought their battles in harmony for 46 years. Friends and a multitude of neighbors and the dear old homestead at which he passed away are the monuments erected by their endeavor. A love sublime and full of hope was the essence of his life. Funeral was held at the home on Thursday, Reverend Bliss of New Jersey, Illinois officiating and internment was made at Magnolia, Illinois.

Taken From the Henry News Republican

January 14, 1915

Jacob Seltzer Maulfair

Jacob Seltzer Maulfair, son of John and Elizabeth Maulfair, was born May 10, 1834 in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, and died at his late home near McNabb, Jan. 5, 1915, being at the time of his death 80 years, 7 months and 25 days old. He came to Illinois when a young man and settled in Putnam county, which has been his home ever since. On Oct. 19, 1869 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Chance. To this union eight children were born. Those surviving are Earlie C. of Tonica, Ill.; Dr. Chauncey Maulfair of Granville, Ill.; Mrs. Stella Colby of Granville, Ill.; and Miss Elsie at home; Dr. Guy Maulfair of Texas. These children, six grandchildren, with the devoted wife and mother mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. .......... Mr. Maulfair was a man of strong moral convictions. He was baptized in the Lutheran church when a young man and held in highest esteem and respect in every Christian work. Mr. Maulfair's success was the product of high ideals in the business. ..... Mr. Maulfair came to Illinois a young man, without financial means, but he came with a wealth of ambition to succeed and his business career testifies to the value of his ideals. ..... The services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Bliss of Toulon, a former much respected friend of the family.

Child of Jacob Maulfair


Thursday, July 15, 1880
Magnolia News -- Jacob Maulfair buried a child here last Saturday, age about 2 years.

Mrs. Mary A. Maulfair (nee Chance)


Thursday, January 20, 1921

Mrs. Jacob Maulfair laid to rest Thursday Jan. 13.

Mrs. Maulfair is the mother of Dr. C.D. Maulfair of Granville and we clip the following from the Granville Echo:

Mary A. Chance was born April 28, 1846 in Putnam county, Illinois, where she spent most of her life. She was united in marriage to Jacob Seltzer Maulfair October 19, 1869. To this union eight children were born. Seltzer, Early, Lola, Chauncy, Jacob, Ruth Stella, Guy and Elsie; Seltzer, Lola and Jacob, being deceased. Januray 5, 1915, her husband died. In the spring of 1916, she, with her daughter, Elsie, Mrs. H.G. Scott, moved to Owatonna, Minn., whre she has resided until she passed away on Tuesday morning, January 11, 1921. Interment in the Magnolia cemetery Thursday.

Selsor Maulfair


Cottage Hill, December 5, 1889
We were called here yesterday to pay the last sad rites to the memory of Selsor Maulfair, who died of consumption, measles having laid the ground work. His age was 19 years. Rev. Bliss officiating at the home 11:00 oclock.


SELSOR MAULFAIR departed this life Friday eve last, at the home of his parents near Cottage Hill. Another victim of that fell disease comsumption. He was a very promising young man, and will be saldly mised by his parents and friends, but the Lord had use for him, and he has gone to his reward. May the Christian’s hope and strength be that of his parents to bare their sad afflictions, is the prayer of the writer.

George M. Maxwell


July 10, 1879


George M, aged 10 months and 13 days, a twin son of Henry and Anna Maxwell, and grandson of Dr. H. M. Stouffer died on Monday after a week's illness. Funeral from the Congregational church at 3:00 pm on Tuesday.

Joseph McCabe

January 25, 1877

Magnolia - The most prominent among the news items the past week is the sudden death of JOSEPH McCABE. Never was the citizens of Magnolia more deeply afflicted by the death of any of its inhabitants, than they are at the present time. Deceased came to Magnolia when a small boy, and was 28 years old at the time of his death. He had no enemies.  Every one who knew him was his warm friends. He was a blacksmith by occupation. He built a shop and commenced business in Wenona last fall. After returning from the centennial, he came to this place Saturday evening, the 13th inst., went to Henry on the 15th. He complained of not feeling well, and about noon the 16th, he commenced getting worse, and died about 12 o’clock that night. Drs. Gaylord & Ramsey was called near night, but could do nothing to relieve him from the grim monster. He had been afflicted for some time, with Addison’s disease, or disease of the supra-renal capsuls, a rare affection, which invariably proves fatal, its average duration being about 15 months from its first appearance. Deceased was buried at LaSalle in the Catholic cemetery. His remains were conveyed in a beautiful hearse, trimmed with six large black plumes, tipped with white and drawn by a pair of black horses. The relatives followed in fine carriages.

A. H. McCaleb

Suicide of Col. McCaleb.
Colonel A. H. McCaleb, known to all the old residenters of this vicinity committed a suicide at Humboldt, Kan., March 24, by the use of chloroform and hanging. Chloroform probably did the fatal work, although he was found upon his knees with his neck resting in the folds of a long towel, whish he had suspended from one of the stair bannisters. Like hundreds of other men, he had become melancholy in mind, caused by bodily ailments, which lead finally to self destruction to get rid of himself and his imaginary load of evil luck.

His public career is a glorious record of usefulness. He was born in Magnolia, Putnam county, and was 38 years old at the time of his death. A brief biography of him is furnished by the editor of the Index, who was a life long personal friend of the deceased. Col. McCaleb was a gallant soldier, and good citizen. He was all through the war, and was wounded 16 times. He was a s brave as he was kind. He was a very larg man, - 6 feet, 2 inches, and weighed about 290 pounds. He first enlisted in the 11th Illinois infantry, as a private, participating in all the hard fighting done by that noble regiment in and about Fort Donaldson and Pittsburgh Landing, until its total roll call for duty footed but 45 men. For his bravery, he was promoted to a lieutenancy, and just before the Vicksburg campaign was again promoted to be first lieutenant. He fought in all the battles, beginning with Fort Gibson and ending with the capture of Vicksburg, July 4th, 1863. He then went on Shermeridian campaign and was afterwards promoted to lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the 6th U. S. colored artillery. He was for a long time in command of the post at Vidalia, opposite Natchez, where he, with his command, successfully resisted two heavy assaults of Walker's Texas Rangers. He was severely wounded in both fights. He was the commander of his regiment and the post of Natches, until the close of the war.

Upon his return he was elected sheriff and county clerk of LaSalle county, both of which positions he filled with credit and honor to himself and friends. A man of noble, generous impulses, his death is universally mourned wherever he is known. His life was insured in the Odd Fellows society for $2000, masonic for $4500, and one or two other policies, and the family will have besides some $2500 in cash. The following incident from the Index shows his bravery and daring while in the army: "At the assult of Fort Donaldson, Col. McCaleb was color bearer of the 11th Illinois. A spent ball struck him squarely in the forehead. Hugh Goheen, postmaster of Lostant, who stood right by his side, says he cried, "For God's sake, boys, save the flag!" He fell, and when he returned to consciousness he was in the rear with the flag in his hands. His first thought was that he had shown the white feather. But no! There never was a braver man. He fell in the front, and the column moved on beyond him. The wound confused him since, he has said, at times, that it seemed as though his brain was on fire. There is no doubt that the wound was the cause of his insanity and death."

Mrs. McCarthy

January 21, 1869

Died at Hennepin, January 14, suddenly of heart disease, Mrs. McCarthy, consort of the late Judge McCarty, aged 74.
Still another gone, one of our good old mothers of Israel, Mrs. Judge McCarthy of heart disease departed on Friday last to her home in heaven. She was known since her residence among us as a good mother of Israel and a faithful unassuming Christian. She died as she lived, entrusting in the merits of her redeemer.

Mrs. J. S. McClung

December 3, 1874

In Granville, Putnam county, Nov. 27, of spinal complaint, Mrs. McClung, aged 65 years, stepmother of J. S. McClung.

Putnam County News - Miscellaneous

Mrs. McClung, stepmother of Mr. J. S. McClung, died on Friday last of spinal complications, and was buried on Saturday at Union Grove church, Rev. Homer McVay of this city, conducting the solemn funeral services. She was a second wife, her only child being William McClung, recently married. She was a very estimable lady, an old and venerable settler of Putnam county, and for many years a devoted exemplary member of the Presbyterian church. The attendance at the funeral was large.

Milton McCollum

April 21, 1881

Died at Magnolia, April 14, of catarrhal pneumonia, Milton McCollum, 17, grandson of Joel Haws.

April 21, 1881 - Magnolia

Last Wednesday, the 13th inst., at 9 1/2 o'clock a.m., Milton McCollum changed this world we hope for a better one. He was 17 years old the 25th of last December. His mother (who was a daughter of Joel M. Hawes) died when he was but three weeks old. His aunt, Mary A. Hubbard, took him, raised him, cared for him, nursed him and schooled him, as if he had been her own son. The fore part of March he took the measles; it settled on his lungs, and he died of what Drs Gaylord and Evans termed catarrhal pneumonia.

Mollie McCool


August 13, 1896
Death Notices
At Florid, August 11, Mollie, infant daughter of Walter and May McCool.

Mrs. Martha McCord

June 30, 1881 - Granville

Last Friday morning after a lingering illness of some weeks, Mrs. Martha McCord, relict of James B. McCord of Granville, Putnam county, died at the residence of Judge W. W. Wright in Toulon. Her disease was consumption. Her age 60 years. A brief service was held at Judge Wright's residence at 5 p.m. Friday, conducted by Rev. J. C. Meyers, when Mr. Sunquist the undertaker, accompanied by Judge Wright conveyed the remains that night to Granville in the hearse, where interment took place Saturday. Two brothers of the deceased live in Granville, J. W. and G. B. Hopkins. Mrs. McCord had been a member of the Judge Wright's family for some years. She was a woman of quiet ostentatious habit, a devout Christian lady and greatly esteemed by all who knew her. - Toulon Herald.

O. C. McCord

Putnam Record
June 29, 1899


Friday evening word was received here of the death of O. C. McCord at his home in Normal. The remains were brought to Granville Saturday and Sunday morning the funeral services were held in the Congregational church in place of the regular morning service.

Deceased was well known and highly respected in Granville, having lived here 43 years. He was born in Greenville, Bond county, Ill., in 1825 and came here at the age of 19. In 1851 he was married to Miss Mary A. Hawthorne, who survives him.

In 1892 he sold his interests in Granville and moved to Normal where he has since resided. He leaves an adopted daughter, Grace, who resides at home. During his last illness, which was of three weeks' duration, he suffered much with stomach trouble. His home paper says he was an excellent neighbor and a man with many friends. He was always an active church worker, being an official in the Congregational church here for many years and at the time of his death was a member of the Presbyterian church of Normal. He was a man of strong convictions and stood for the right in every case. These sentiments are heartily endorsed by his large circle of friends here.

He was the last member of a family of ten children. Those who came from a distance to attend the funeral were: Mrs. McCord and Grace, Nelson Kofoid and wife, Will McKnight and Ed Laughlin of Normal; Mrs. Dunlap, St. Louis; William and Orin McCord, Danville; Mr. and Mrs. Salsbury and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Bullock and Mrs. Bassett, of Tonica. The pall bearers were all nephews of the deceased.

Leander McCormick


September 4, 1879

Died in Hennepin, Aug. 20, Leander McCormick, 53. A resident of Putnam county for 33 years.

Mrs. Sarah McCormick

Taken From the Henry Republican

Magnolia, January 8, 1880
Last Friday night about 11:00 o'clock, Mrs. Sarah McCormick of this village crossed the river of death. She was buried at the cemetery in Magnolia on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Rev. Mr. Rogers, Cumberland Presbyterian, officiating in short exercises at the house and at the grave.

James B. McCord


September 18, 1874
Jas. B. McCord died in Granville on August 23 at the age of 68 years and 8 days. Until 2 years ago, when he had had a severe attack of billious fever, he scarcely knew what sickness was. Last September he was taken down with typhoid fever and never fully recovered from its affects. His suffering for the last six months were very great and until the last days of his life when he seemed comparatively free from intense pain and at last fell asleep.

September 24, 1874

At Granville, Putnam county, Aug. 23, James B. McCord, aged 68 years.

Joseph McCord

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 13, 1873

Putnam County News

Joseph McCord died at a brother's residence in Toulon, on the 5th inst.  The body was taken to Granville for burial

Mrs. Anjenette McCormick

October 26, 1876

At Hennepin, October 13, Anjenette, aged 29 years, wife of George A. McCormick

Richard (Joseph?) McDonald


Hennepin, March 4, 1880
Died at Hennepin, March 1, of hemmorrahage of the lungs, Richard McDonald,60.
The Joseph McDonald, mentioned last week as sick, lingered until Monday morning and died; funeral on Tuesday from the Catholic church.  He was a native of Ireland, a bachelor, and had no relatives in this country.  During his illness he was kindly nursed and cared for in the family of his friend and fellow countryman John Gainor.

Mrs. E. M. McElwain (nee Henshaw)

Putnam Record
October 19, 1899

Tuesday morning last, we received a telephone message from A. P. Child of Granville, announcing the death of Mrs. E. M. McElwain at her home in LaSalle. Her death was very sudden and unexpected, as she was apparently in good health Monday morning where she arose from her bed, and was sitting in her chair coming her hair when the summons came. Mrs. McElwain was a sister to the late Dr. Henshaw, who died at Granville a few years ago. She lived in Hennepin several years along about 1865 to 1870, and many of our readers will remember her. She was nearly 70 years of age and leaves a husband, son and daughter to mourn to loss of a dutiful wife and loving mother. Her remains were brought to Granville Wednesday for interment.

Granville - Oct. 16

Harry Child came home from LaSalle this afternoon bringing the news that his Aunt, Mrs. MeElwain, with whom he was boarding there, died very suddenly this morning of heart failure. She was sitting down combing her hair, when she fell over dead.

John Martin McEleroy
Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), September 01, 1894, Page 2
Obituary: At Anniston, Ala., John Martin McEleroy, state superintendent of education; at Hennepin, Ills., Charles Coleman, Sr., aged 72.

Mrs. Margurite McEnanay (nee Cunningham)

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

Mrs. Margurite McEnany died at her residence in Hennepin, Monday morning, April 25, 1899, at 7:25 o'clock, after an illness of several months.  Margurite Cunningham was born in Cashel county, Triperay, Ireland, in March 1830.  She came to Hennepin in 1850, and was united in marriage with Michael McEnany, March 18, 1852.  To this union, ten children were born, five of whom are living, two daughters, Catharine and Elizabeth and three sons, John, William and Edward.  The services were held at St. Anthony's church on Wednesday morning.........(can't read the remainder)

Robert McGaffin

Henry Republican, Henry Illinois May 4, 1882


Robert McGaffin, who has been living in the family of Mrs. Mary Holmes for the past three years died the 26th inst. He was a native of Ireland and had lived in this country the last forty years and was 96 years old at the time of his death. For many years he has been a member of the M. E. church and a devoted christian. For about a year past he has been pining away when his disease turned to dropsy which carried him off. His son Joseph of Ottawa had him placed in a nice coffin and took him to Ottawa and laid him to rest beside his aged wife.

Everette McGlasson


February 19, 1919

Everette McGlasson dead.

Last Friday evening, Mrs. H.C. Chance of Florid received a message informing her of the death of her father, Everette McGlasson who passed away at Lake City, Iowa after a few days illness with lobular pneumonia, age 47 years, one month and 23 days. The body was brought to Florid Monday evening anthe funeral services were held at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon conducted by Reverend R.H. Barstead. Internment in the Florid cemetery. We hope to have an obituary of the deceased for publication next week.

February 26, 1919

Everette McGlasson was born near Masson, Kentucky, December 29, 1872 and died at Lake City, Iowa on February 14, 1919, death being due to lobular pneumonia, not being sick quite a week. Mr. McGlasson while a young man, came to Illinois, first locating in Hennepin and the greater part of his life has been spent in this vicinity. By occupation he was a farmer and machinist, having run a threshing outfit around here in different seasons. His father and mother have both preceded him to the better world. Mr. McGlasson leaves to mourn his loss, 4 daughters, Mrs. Inez Chance of Florid, Illinois, Mrs. Ethel, Vera McGlasson of Ottawa, Illinois, and Miss Arena of Hennepin, Illinois. Two sisters, Mrs. Inez Mudd of Anderson, Indiana and Mrs. Ida Jackson, Anderson, Indiana, besides a host of friends and neighbors. The body was accompanied from Iowa by Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Chance of Florid, Monday evening. The funeral services were conducted by Reverend Barstead on Tuesday at 2:00 PM. Internment in the Florid cemetery.

Mabel McLaughlin

At Mt. Palatine, Dec. 12, Mabel, daughter of James G. Mclaughlin.

Mrs. Mary McLaughlin (nee Clemens)

Taken From the Putnam Record

September 2, 1937

Native of Florid Dies At Aurora

Mrs. Mary McLaughlin, a native of Hennepin township, and a sister of Mrs. Ora Clemens of Florid, died on Aug. 13, 1937, at her home in Aurora. A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Regenold, she was born 79 years ago. On Jan. 31, 1880, she was united in marriage with John McLaughlin. She was a helpless invalid, but her children, a daughter, Ora, and a son, Robert, were always near and ready to do all that could be done to alleviate her suffering. She was a faithful member of the Methodist church, having united with that organization about 60 years ago.

Besides her children and her sister, she leaves a brother, George Regenold of Chenoa, and many other relatives. Funeral services were held at the Healy Funeral Chapel Aug. 16, conducted by the Rev. Henry Moser. Burial was in the family lot in the Lincoln Highway Cemetery at Aurora.

James McMahon

Thursday, July 9, 1868
The funeral of James McMahon, brother-in-law of W.H.Casson Esq., took place last Wednesday at the M.E. church in Hennepin and was attended by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Mr. M. was an old resident of Putnam County and was at one time the possessor of a considerable fortune and carried on the brewery business, though it didn’t turn out to be a paying investment. He also went to California in the race for gold and was in a measure successful there. On his return home he contracted disease which is the probable cause of his death in the prime of his life. His losses at one time so preyed upon him that he gave way his cups causing domestic discord and divorce and the absence his wife married again. His age was 42 and leaves 2 children. He was a nephew of Joseph and Samuel Holmes and leaves a large circle of relatives to mourn his loss.

Owen McMahon

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune

December 11, 1857

Died at his residence 4 miles south of Hennepin, on the evening of December 7, of consumption, Mr. Owen McMahon. The deceased leaves a wife and number of children to mourn his loss. He emigrated from the state of New Jersey in the year 1836 and has remained in this county since that time. By industry and economy, he has amassed considerable wealth and therefore leaves his family in easy circumstances. He was an inoffensive man, a kind neighbor, a good friend and his word was taken for truth wherever spoken. His neighbors and many friends will miss his kind hospitality and hope his spirit has found a peaceful home in the paradise of glory.

Robert Drysdale McNabb


April 10, 1890

Quaker Lane, April 7 - Another patient sufferer has passed away. Robert McNabb died Wednesday about 5 p.m. He was afflicted a number of years with cancer. He spent several years in California.

Cottage Hill, April 7 - Robert McNabb passed away last Tuesday. That terror all dreads has been eating its way to the death for the past 10 years.

Robert Drysdale McNabb was born in the 20th of December 1851 and died April 2, 1890 at his father's residence, 3 ½ miles west of Mt. Palatine. The cause of his death was cancer, which made its appearance in his right cheek five years ago. A little more than a year ago he came home to die. The process has been lingering and painful but at length it is over. Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church at Mt. Palatine on Friday afternoon by Rev. D. Wellesley Wise of Granville and his body was reverently laid away to await the resurrection in the old Morrison burial ground on the farm of his brother Daniel 1 ½ miles east of Mt. Palatine. His age of 38 years, 3 months and six days.

Perry McWhorter
The Montana Plaindealer (Helena, Mont.), March 16, 1906, Image 2
While crossing Illinois river in a boat from Bureau to Hennepin with the United States mails, Blaine Jenkins, the mail carrier; Perry McWhorter, a grain buyer, both of Hennepin, Ill., and William Bentley, a barber of Chicago, were drowned.

Annie McNabney

Taken From the Henry Republican
November 3, 1870

Died at Granville, October 24, James G. Ross, aged 68 years; also Oct. 25, Annie, aged 18 months, daughter of W. J. McNabney

Charles McNeil


Thursday, April 20, 1899
Died April 13, 1899, Charles, youngest son of John and Mary McNeil of Florid, age 9 months. He was sick but a short time and passed away very unexpectedly to the parents who had become very attached to the little innocent during his short stay with them. And the thought that he has left them to return no more, causes a pain of grief, almost unbearable. Mr. and Mrs. McNeil has the sympathy of the entire community in their hour of sad affliction. The funeral was in charge of the undertaker Treudt of Hennepin, Rev. J.T. Bliss conducting the religious services in the Florid Church afterwhich the remains were laid to rest in the Florid cemetery.

Mrs. Sarah Wallin Mecartta


July 25, 1878
Died At her home, 4 miles south-east of Hennepin after a lingering illness, Mrs. Sarah Mecartta, age 60 years.  Deceased was born in Columbina County, Ohio, about 1818 and was married there to William Wallin. In 1836, they settled in Putnam County where she has lived since. Being left a widow about 10 years ago, she married Elias Mecartta. She was buried in the cemetery nearby. Thus one of our old settlers are passing away.

Mrs. Alfred Mead

May 19, 1881 Hennepin

Mrs. Alfred Mead died Thursday, aged 79 and was put away to rest on Saturday. She has been confined to her bed for over 2 years, more sick in mind than in body. She leaves a husband, a son and a daughter and many friends to mourn her loss. The son is George Mead of this town and the daughter, Mrs. Margaret Nash of Hennepin Prairie.

Nira Mead

Taken From the Henry Republican

Hennepin, January 1, 1880
Nira Mead, aged 8 1/2 years, died on Friday last and was buried on Monday at Union Grove.

January 15, 1880
At Hennepin, Dec. 26, of diphtheria, Nira, 8, second daughter of George and Frances Mead.

Mrs. Isabelle Rice, nee Merritt

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 3, 1876

In Butler County, Kan., January 22 of typhoid fever, Mrs. Isabelle Rice, nee Merritt, aged about 30, sister of Mrs. Joseph Mills and Mrs. H. W. Beck. Interred in the Quaker burial ground in Magnolia township.

February 10, 1876
Magnolia - Too Late for last week

Last Thursday the earthly remains of Mrs. Rice was buried in Clear Creek burying ground. We knew and esteemed here dearly as Belle Merritt, daughter of George Merritt of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. About a year ago she married Mr. Rice of Kansas. They had recently moved into their new house and the future was bright before them.

Herman Meyer

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

February 28, 1929

Florid News

The people of our village and vicinity were shocked last Saturday about noon when word came saying Herman Meyer of Granville had passed away. The Myer family was formerly from Florid, but about 8 years ago moved to Granville. The many friends of Mrs. Meyer and daughters extend their sympathy in this their time of bereavement.

Charles Meyers


February 2, 1910

Charles Meyers of Keokuk, Iowa died at his home in that city last Wednesday night and the remains were brought to Florid last Saturday and laid to rest in the cemetery at that place. Mr. Meyers was a father-in-law of Henry Bastion and ?? who formerly resided ??. The remains were accompanied by William Meyers, a son of the deceased, and three son-in-laws, Henry Bastion, Silas Washburn, and a Mr. Cassell. Mr. Meyers was about 64 years of age at the time of his death.

Elizabeth Evans (nee Michaels)


June 1, 1882

Local Correspondence - Magnolia
Died on the 15th day of May, Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. Michaels and wife of A. H. Evans, age 52 years, 9 months and 7 days. She was born in Champaign Co., Ohio on September 8, 1829; was brought by her parents to Ill., in 1831; at the age of 18 she joined the Protestant Methodist church; she was married to Mr. Evans on the 24th day of April 1853, and died at her home in Magnolia township. She was a faithful, exemplary woman, respected by all who knew her.

Carl Michelson

Florid, November 6, 1912

Carl Michelson Killed.

Last Friday as Mr. Michelson and the men were raising his house, the jack screw slipped letting the house fall on Mr. Michelson. The men who were working with him and some of his neighbors ran to his assistance. Dr. Wilson was called and did all that could be done but nothing could do any good. Mr. Michelson died Saturday, November 2, 1912. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of this place and lived a life consistent with his profession. Mr. Michelson had a host of warm friends whom morn his departure. He had friends because he was a friend. Mrs. Michelson has the heart felt sympathy of her friends here in the vicinity. The funeral services were held at the church Monday afternoon conducted by Reverend Thomas Martin. Internment in the Florid cemetery. Funeral director F.I. Peterson of Granville.

Mrs. D. R. Michner


August 12, 1880
Clear Creek - The friends of D. R. Michner will be pained to know of the death of his wife.

Mrs. Mary Mickelsen (nee Erickson)

Taken From the Henry Republican

January 12, 1933

Mrs. Mary Mickelsen Called by Death

Mrs. Mary Mickelsen was born in Bornholm, Denmark, February 16, 1844, and passed from this life at her home in Florid on Tuesday morning, January 3, 1933, having reached the age of 88 years, 10 months and 18 days.

She was the daughter of Peter and Anna Hanson Ericksen. She came to this country more than 60 years ago and was united in marriage to Karl Mickelsen of LaSalle County. They resided near Florid with the exception of five years spent in Iowa. No children were born to this union.

Mr. Mickelsen preceded her in death, twenty years ago. Since his death, she has made her home in Florid. She leaves to mourn their loss one niece, Mrs. Carrie Hanson and two sisters in Denmark, also many life-long friends and neighbors.

Funeral services took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Florid Presbyterian Church of which the deceased was a member. The Rev. W. C. Heyl of Granville conducted the service. Interment was made in the Florid cemetery.

Mrs. Eudella Runnells (nee Miller)

Putnam Record
August 24, 1899

Mrs. Eudella Miller Runnells of Chicago, was buried in Riverside cemetery, at Hennepin last Saturday afternoon. She died Thursday, August 19, 1899, aged 45 years. Her father, Mr. Miller, was a hotel keeper in Hennepin over 30 years ago, and after his death her mother was married to I. P. Bush, who now resides in Henry and attended the funeral. Deceased was married several years ago to C. R. Runnels and since their marriage they have resided in Chicago.

Mrs. Milling (nee Leech)


Florid, September 26, 1907

Mrs. Milling died at the home of her brother, S.G. Leech, last Friday and will be buried Monday. Mrs. Milling was quite an old lady and very feeble for a number of years. Her husband and two daughters died some years ago.

Mary Elizina Miller


August 14, 1879

Died near Union Grove, Putnam county, July 30, of cholera infantum, Mary Elzina, 8 months 15 days, daughter of Isaac and Mary Miller.

Mrs. Sara Jane Miller (nee Plough)


July 30, 1919

Mrs. George Miller, an aged resident of Hennepin died at her home in Hennepin about 1:00 PM, Friday, July 25, 1919 at the age of 79 years, 8 months and 14 days. Mrs. Miller had been quite feeble the past two or three years and passed away as stated following a stroke of apolexy. We have no obituary of the deceased and were unable to learn where she was born. Her maiden name was Sara Jane Plough and greater part of her life was spent in this county. About 30 years ago she was united in marriage to George Miller and has been a resident of this place since. The funeral was held at her late home on Sunday at 2:00 in the afternoon conducted by Reverend R.H. Barstead, pastor of the Florid church and internment was made in the Florid cemetery.

Amos Preston Mills

Taken From the Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL
April 10, 1890

Quaker Lane, April 7 - A few weeks ago, Amos Mills was one of our most promising youths, but now he is no more. We stand by the river and mourn, yet we know it was the Master's voice that called him home.

Cottage Hill, April 7 - A word comes to us today that Amos, son of Abel Mills passed away yesterday, disease pneumonia in company with grippe.

Amos Preston Mills, son of Abel and Elizabeth Mills was born July 27, 1872 and died April 6, 1890, aged 17 years, 8 months and 9 days. During the early winter he had an attack of La Grippe from which he seemed to recover with the exception of a cough. About two weeks before his death he had an attack of tonsillitis, which later developed into pneumonia and ended in a complication of diseases. All members of the family were present at the time of his death, except two, one brother being in Chicago and another in Dixon, Illinois. Deceased was a birthright member of the Society of Friends.

Anna Mills

February 18, 1869

Near Magnolia, Feb. 9, of typhoid fever, Anna, daughter of Abel Mills

Belle (Smith) Mills

Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 21, 1882

Died in Magnolia, September 5, of consumption, Belle, 27, wife of Joshua Mills, Jr. ,and daughter of Richard Smith of LaSalle County.

Mrs. Elizabeth W. Mills (nee Wilson)

July 8, 1915

Elizabeth W. Mills, wife of Abel Mills and a daughter of Amos and Anna Wilson, was born near St. Clarisville, Belmont County, Ohio, Aug. 11, 1835, and died at her home near McNabb, Ill., June 27, 1915, at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 16 days.

As one of a large family she came to Illinois with her father and mother by steamboat landing at Hennepin in the year 1851. She had resided in Magnolia township in Putnam county for the long term of 64 years. She grew up with the activities of this section of the country where she loved to have her home. In early womanhood after assisting with the care of the family at home and industriously doing her share of the duties of a daughter of an early settler, she engaged in teaching school for limited periods.

In 1866, she was married to Abel Mills and at once assumed the duties not only as wife, but as mother to six children who had been left motherless. To Abel and Elizabeth Mills were born five sons. Four of these are living, who in addition to the three surviving children of the older group and the devoted husband, now constitute the broken circle. The surviving children are: Martha M. Wilson of Peoria; Oliver, Perry and William L. Mills of McNabb; Charles W. Mills of Cambridge, Mass; Clarence C. and Albert T. Mills of Decatur, and Leroy A. Mills of Stockton, Cal. Twenty-three grandchildren and six great grandchildren are left whom she loved and called her own.

Of the brothers and sisters who came with the family on its migration to this state, there are still surviving, Hannah Hoge of Wenona; Rebecca Howard of Chester, Neb.; Morris A. and Amos B. Wilson of Magnolia; Mary W. Smith of McNabb, and Oliver Wilson of Peoria.

The deceased was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, and a member of the Clear Creek monthly meeting of that religious body, in which she has been an elder for many years. A large number of relatives and friends gathered for the funeral services which was held at the home on the morning of the 29th of June. A. R. Taylor, president of Millikin university of Decatur, was present and made appropriate remarks. He was a pupil of the deceased at the old Center school house and among other things he paid a loving tribute to her sterling qualities as he knew her then as a teacher, and since that time in her home and in the community. The body was laid to rest beside that of her son Amos, in the Friends burial grounds near the old Clear Creek meeting house.

Henry Mills


Local Items

Henry Mills, who died on July 4, and his death was briefly alluded to by our Magnolia correspondent, has been a resident of Putnam county since 1836 and for 40 years one of its most conspicuous and useful members being one of those exemplary, industrious, and scrupulous honest upright men for which Putnam has been noted for the past 25 years. He was a Quaker and an honored member of the Society of Friends at Clear Creek. His loss is deeply felt in the community and church and a righteous man has gone to his reward. His age was 62.

Hermon Mills

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 15, 1872

At Magnolia, Putnam county, Jan. 30, of pneumonia, Hermon, aged 18 years, son of Henry Mills.

Son of J. Mills, Jr.


September 23, 1880, Clear Creek
J. Mills, Jr. buried their son who was one month old. He died of spasms of the bowels after a little more than a week's sickness. He was buried at Friend's graveyard

Pusey Mills

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 27 1882

Died at Clear Creek, Putnam county, April 18, of congestive chill followed by apoplexy, Pusey Mills, 58, a resident of the county since 1842.

Mrs. Rachel Lewis (nee Mills)

May 14, 1874

Died at Odell, Livingston county, April 24, Mrs. Rachel Lewis, aged 86, formerly of Putnam county, and sister of the late Joseph Mills.  Was a botanical physician.

Mrs. Roxcy Mills

August 27, 1874

In Magnolia township, August 21, of consumption, Roxcy, aged 23 years, wife of Parker Mills.

Helena Minihan

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
October 2, 1857

Died on Sunday evening, 27th, ultimo, Helena, daughter of Timmon and Martha Minihan, aged 4 years, 8 months and 14 days.

Miss J. P. Mitchell


May 11, 1876
Local Correspondence - Magnolia
Miss J. P. Mitchell died at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning. She has been lying in a critical condition since Friday. Her mother arrived Monday evening. The body was taken Tuesday morning to Fairbury for internment.

Mrs. Anna Swaney Moffitt

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 19, 1872

In Magnolia, Sept. 11, Mrs. Anna Moffitt, aged about 73 years, mother of John Swaney.

Child Monnet

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

Charles Monnet, of Bureau, came over to Hennepin, Monday evening to inform his sister, Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, that the little eight year old son of their brother, Eli, who lives in Marseilles, Ill., had met death by drowning. The little fellow had gone fishing Monday, fell into the canal and was drowned.  Mrs. Fitzpatrick left immediately for Bureau, and from there she and her brother took the cars for Marseilles to attend the funeral.

Birtie Florence Moody


THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1929


Birtie Florence Moody was born in Rockville, Indiana on September 28, 1879, the youngest of 4 children, born to Reverend Daniel and Lucy Moody. Her father and mother and 2 brothers preceded her in death many years ago, leaving only her sister, Mrs. Elmer Cassell, 2 nieces, Mrs. Desmain and Mrs. Lula Wainwright of Peoria, 2 nephews, Harry of Peoria and Walter residing in Florid. She also leaves 1 aunt, Mrs. Mary Hustin and 2 cousins, Harry and Bert Hustin, all of Peoria. She departed this life, May 6, 1929 at 10:10 P.M. after several months of patient suffering. Miss Moody and her sister were separated in early childhood by the death of their parents, she making her home with an aunt in Columbus, Kansas. She graduated from Columbus grade school, Cherokee High School, and from Normal Teacher's College in Pittsburgh, Kansas where she earned her life certificate and a B.S. degree. Miss Moody taught, her first, a summer school, at the age of 16. She taught Columbus schools for 27 years and was principle of her building during the war. She was superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School, of which church she was a devoted member. She was a sacrificing Christian, bearing all wrongs in silence, beloved by all who knew her. Miss Moody came to Florid to make her home with her sister in 1925 and taught 3 years at the Sprinkleburg district, south-east of Florid. She was a devoted teacher and greatly loved by her pupils, many of whom came bringing her cheer in her last hours. She taught the young people's class in the Florid Presbyterian Church during her residence in this community and was always concerned with the welfare of the church. Even after she was confined to her bed of pain, she was ever ready to discuss such matters. Her death though expected came as a shock for the community.

Card of thanks,

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all the kind friends who assisted us during the illness and death of our dear sister and aunt, Miss Florence Moody.

Mrs. Elmer Cassell and family.

Child of George Monroe/Monsor

July 23, 1875

George Monroe of Florid, buried his eldest child, a little boy last Saturday.

July 29, 1875
Also July 22, George Monsor of Florid buried his oldest child.

Child of Dave Moore

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, September 14, 1882

Mineral Springs

Dave Moore buried a little child last Saturday. Did not learn particulars.

Alexander Moore


January 19, 1899

Alexander Moore was born in 1814, in Brown county, O. He removed with his parents to Bond county, Ill., in 1819, and to Putnam county, Ill., in 1832 and died at his home near Granville, Jan. 10, 1899. He was 84 years old in November 1898. He united with the Presbyterian church at the age of 15, and remained a faithful consistent member until his death. He had four brothers and six sisters, all of whom preceeded him, except his brother John, who still lives. Funeral services were held at the house at 10 o'clock Friday morning, condusted by Rev. L. F. Zinser, after which the body was laid away in Union Grove cemetery.

Ida Marion Moore

Taken From the Henry Republican
August 21, 1873

Died in Granville, Putnam county, August 13, of cholera infantum, Ida Marion, aged 4 months, daughter of J. H. and Marion L. Moore

Ira Moore

June 9, 1881

Magnolia - Arthur Moore's son, living with Henry C. Mills, died this morning of diphtheria.

Clear Creek - Ira Moore, son of Arthur Moore, who has been living with H. C. Mills, died last Sunday of diphtheria.

Shepard Moore

Taken From the Henry Republican

February 5, 1880
Near Granville, Jan. 24, Shepard Moore, 83.

Mrs. Alanson Williams Morgan


July 20, 1876
In Snachwine township, July 17, at the residence of John Williams, of cancer, Mrs. Alanson Morgan, aged 84, mother of Mrs. John Williams.

Infant of Dwight Morgan

April 8, 1880
Taken From the Henry Republican

We mourn with Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Morgan of Snachwine, in the loss by death on Tuesday, of their infant child, a bud of promise some eight months old. We did not learn the nature of the disease. The family feel the bereavement sorely, and have the sympathy of the entire community.

Catherine Josephine Morgan

Died in Magnolia township, Dec. 16, of lung fever, Catherine Josephine, aged 1 years, daughter of Edward and Nellie Morgan.

Helen Josephine Morgan

June 2, 1881

Died at Snachwine, May 30 of consumption, Helen Josephine, 41, daughter of the late Thomas and Clara Morgan.

Yesterday Snachwine had its full measure of sorrow, in the burial of one of its loveliest women, Miss Helen Josephine Morgan, who departed this life on Monday at midnight. She was ready for the transition, and when the death angel called for her, a peaceful smile settled on the pallid face, and the soul, attired in an immortal garb, quietly stepped over the river.

Miss Morgan was the second of eight children, born to the late Thomas and Clara Morgan - one of four boys and four girls, and a native of the place which has been her home. She was a student for six years at Henry female seminary, under the charge of Rev. H. G. Pendleton, assisted by Mt. Holyoke (Mass.) trained teachers. She was a graduate of Cottage Home female seminary of Clinton, Oneida county, N. Y., in 1859 and Eastman's commercial college, Chicago, in 1866, receiving diplomas of superior scholarship from both. Added to this she received a musical education and was a skillful and successful pianist. At the former institution, by over study and extra exertion to excel, her health was impaired, from which she never fully recovered, and which probably hastened and at this early stage in life, terminated her life.

She was a lady possessing many accomplishments of head and heart. Amiable in her disposition, all were her friends, and her circle of acquaintances was wide and choice. She loved books and study, and her conversation betokened a mind well stored with useful knowledge. She was also of a religious turn, and at an early age united with the Presbyterian church of Henry, holding a membership for 14 years. Through the influence of Elder Berry of th Christian church, for a long time a boarder in the family, her views of water baptism underwent a change, and withdrawing form the Presbyterians, she for the past six years has been a member of the Church of Christ of Snachwine.

To the sanctuary where she worshiped from Sabbath to Sabbath, there her remains were brought, and the last rites of filial regard and neighborly respect were performed. The community, in token of their high regard for the deceased and sympathy for the bereft, filled the church, and 30 carriages formed the cortege to the cemetery east of the village, where, amid the requiems of singing birds and a profusion of roses, they laid her to rest. A father, three brothers and three sisters had preceded her.

Nellie Morgan


October 16, 1879

Died at Snachwine, October 9, Nellie, 7, daughter of Dwight Morgan

October 16, 1879 - Snachwine

Death of Nellie Morgan
Died October 9, at 11:00 o'clock am, Nellie Leanora, youngest daughter of Dwight and Sara Morgan, aged 7 years, 9 months.

Thomas Morgan

May 7, 1868

At Snachwine, April 30th of consumption, Thomas Morgan, aged 62 years.

Another Old Settler Gone.
The demise of Thomas Morgan, whose death we today announce, brings with it a realizing sense of the swiftness and certainty with which our old settlers – those connecting links between the past and present generations – are passing away. He of whom we write, came from then Tompkins County, New York, to the vicinity, 30 years ago. In the old world, or even in the older portions of our own, 30 years may witness very little change in anything save the people. How different here?

Then there was one house in what is now the city of Henry, while Crow Meadow was unbroken by hedge or house, fence or furrow. Now scarce a foot escapes the polished share of the plowman.  Then high prairie was a stretch of waving green, with no evidence of the presence of man aside from a small settlement on Spoon river. Thus early identified with pioneer life in this vicinity, he was of course called on to do occasionally unpleasant pioneer duty. Those pests of society in all new countries (lovers of horses not their own, and coveters of others goods) had to be dealt with, as a matter of safety to both person and property and Mr. Morgan, by counsel and action, was of great service to the neighborhood.

For 29 years, he had lived where he died, on his farm at Snachwine, where through years of honest farmer's toil, he had secured for himself and family a farmer's easy competence. Early excessive labor and exposure to the unfriendly influences of a new climate, no doubt laid the foundation for his finally conquering disease, consumption. Several times during the last 8 or 10 years he had been at death's door, but rallied again, much to the surprise of his physician and others, each attack only leaving him a more ready prey for the succeeding and final one. Fully embued with the spirit of liberty and justice, he took a lively interest in the political issues of the times; an ardent republican, his influence was not small in Marshall and Putnam counties where he was known to very many of the people. During the war he frequently expressed a desire to live to see the triumph of the Union army, and latterly to see the end of impeachment, with the removal of Johnson. From all these exciting scenes he is released, and his record in these things is a source of gratification to his family and friends.

Sympathy for the family, mingled with respect for the dead, brought together a large concourse of people to his funeral, which occurred at the family residence on Friday last. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Win, who as pastor of the deceased, spoke feelingly of the relationship now ended by death. As the long procession filed away to the graveyard, and while the remains were being deposited in the final resting place, alongside of five of his darling children, the clouds were lowering, and thunder tones of the storm king were heard, reminding us of the "Old farmer's Burial" which we quote as a fitting conclusion:

Twas a gloom-giving day when the old farmer died,
The stout-hearted mourned, the affectionate cried;
All classes and ages the sad rites attend,
For they all lost a neighbor, a man, and a friend.
He has plow'd his last furrow, he has reap'd his last grain,
No morn shall awake him to labor again.

Peter M. Morine

Front Page, October 25, 1956

P.M. Morine dies October 21 at the age of 94

Peter M. Morine, one of Putnam Counties oldest residents, being 94 years and 11 months, died at 4:30 PM Sunday, October 21, 1956 at this home in Hennepin. He had been in failing health several years. He was born in Malamo, Sweden, November 26, 1861 and came to the United States at the age of 19 years to settle in Hennepin Township where he was engaged in farming. He was married January 9, 1892 to Millie Sutcliff at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sutcliff in Hennepin Township. Although they retired from the farm to reside in Hennepin in 1922, Mr.Morine continued active in the management of his farms for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Morine celebrated their golden anniversay with an open house celebration reception in 1942. Mr. Morine was a member of the Hennepin Methodist Church and a member of the Hennepin Oddfellows Lodge for 67 years. He served a number of years on the Hennepin High School Board and was instrumental in organizing the Putnam County State Bank of which he was president several years. He was a charter member of the Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureau. Through the years he took an active part in the Republican activites of the county, working with others to secure the first state highways in Putnam County. Surviving are the widow and four sons, Marion, Lyle, Chester and Alfred, all of Hennepin Township. Also 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a number of neices and nephews, both here and in Sweden. A son Haroll, his parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters and two grandchildren preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at 2:00 yesterday afternoon at the Dysert Chapel with the Reverend E.L. Donnovan, pastor of the Hennepin Methodist Church officiating. ......... Members of the I.O.O. F. Lodge No. 118 of Hennepin conducted gravesite rites at the burial in Riverside Cemetery in Hennepin.

Jacob C. Morrill
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 30, 1847
Died in Magnolia, Putnam County, Illinois on the morning of the 15th inst., after a short illness of Remittent Fever, Dr. Jacob C. Morrill, aged 55 years, formerly from Caledonia county, Vermont. By the death of Dr. Morrill, society has been deprived of one of its most influential members and his family have sustained a irreparable loss.

Mrs. Mary Morrille

August 11, 1881

Died at Santa Barbara, Cal., July 1, Mary Morrille, 86, formerly of Magnolia township, Putnam county, and mother of Mrs. Aurora Gallaher of this city and Mrs. Mary A. Ashley of Santa Barbara.

Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Morris

The Henry Republican, Henry, IL, November 23, 1882

Mineral Springs

After a long and painful illness, Mrs. Henry Morris of Strawn's Church was called from earth away on last Thursday eve. Was buried at Magnolia on last Saturday. Mrs. M. was a long sufferer; a woman highly esteemed and is mourned by a large circle of friends. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Hennepin - The wife of Henry C. Morris, near Strawn's church, died on Thursday last of internal cancer. She was put away to rest in Magnolia cemetery on Saturday. Her entire right breast (2 2/12 lbs) together with all the auxiliary glands of that side were removed on the 29th of February last, and there was no return of the disease in that region of the body. The symptoms during the last three months indicated and post mortem proved the fact of internal cancer.

Hanna Jane Morris

Thursday, September 24, 1885
Died near Florid, Putnam County, Sept. 20, after a long illness, Hanna Jane, 25 years, 6 months and 18 days. Daughter of W.G.P. and Eliza Morris and a cousin of Marshall McElroy of this city.

George Mowbray

At Hennepin, March 25, of consumption, George Mowbery, aged about 63 years.

April 4, 1878
Hennepin - The angel of death has been busy in Hennepin the past few days. George Mowbray departed this life on the 27th of March, at the age of 67. Mr. M. was an Englishman, but had resided in this country 32 years, and was highly respected by all who knew him.

Libbie Mowbray

July 1, 1869
At Hennepin, June 24, Miss Libbie Mowbray, aged 19 years

Willie Mowbray

May 28, 1875
Died at his parents residence in Hennepin, Tuesday evening, May 25 of consumption, Willie Mowbray, age 22 years.

June 3, 1875
Died in Henepin, May 25 of consumption, Willie Mowbray, aged 22 years.

Joseph Mullin


July 20, 1882
Neighborhood News - Hennepin
Joseph Mullin who has been sick since the 4th, died on Friday and was buried on Sunday last.

Son of Harrison Murphy


Florid, March 18, 1881
HARRISON MURPHY BURIED ONE OF HIS TWIN BOYS on Wednesday in the Florid cemetery.

Son of William Murphy


December 27, 1888
We have just heard of the death of the little son on William Murphy, surely the cup of sorrow of Mr. and Mrs. Murphy must be near full as this is the fourth child they have lost.

Mrs. Drusilla Myers

April 13, 1876
Taken From the Henry Republican

Died in Roberts township, March 30, at the residence of Hiram Myers, Drusilla, aged 82, wife of the late David Myers.

April 6, 1876 - Magnolia
Again our vicinity was called upon to mourn the loss of one of its old and reliable friends, Mrs. David Myers. Although not exactly a sojourner in this immediate vicinity, yet she has ever been regarded as such. She came to this country with her husband at an early day, hence one of its oldest citizens. Her health for the past few years has been on the decline, and though carefully watched by kind sons and daughters, her health rapidly failed, and she passed quietly over the “valley” on Thursday, March 30th. The remains were followed to the cemetery in Magnolia, Saturday, April 1st, and deposited in the silent grave beside her beloved husband who had long before passed away.


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