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Wabash County, Illinois Obituaries
MRS. ADAMS IS SUMMONED  March 31, 1944
Funeral Services Will Be Held On Sunday Afternoon
Mrs. Ola Shadle Adams, 722 Chestnut street, died this morning at 9 o'clock.  She was a native of Wabash county, daughter of William and Cassandra Williams Shadle, and was born on Aug. 26, 1868.  She was at death aged 75 years, 7 months and 5 days.  She was married to Ellsworth Adams on Nov. 29, 1893, at Somner, Ill.  Surviving are four children, Ruth Denison, Lawrenceville; Lester G. Adams, Toledo, Ohio; Freda Woods, Mount Carmel, and Orville S. Adams, Evansville, Ind.  There are one sister, Ella Moody, Cartersville, Mo., and ones [my note:  this is an obvious error, but as per Genealogy Trails Policy, we must transcribe material exactly as it is presented in print] brother, William T. Shadle, Houston, Texas.  Ten grandchildren and one great grandchild survive.  Preceding her in death were her husband and two infant sons, Freddie P. and Arthur S.
She was a member of the Christian church.
Mrs. Adams will remain at the family residence until the hour of the service which will be Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the
Christian church, with Rev. Forrest L. Brock officiating.  Interment will be in Rose Hill cemetery.
[Daily Republican Register March 31, 1944]

ELLSWORTH ADAMS February 24 1939
Ellsworth Adams, 622 Chestnut street, died this morning at 11:10 o'clock after sustaining a stroke this morning about 6 o'clock.
Mr. Adams was a son of John and Judith Wood Adams and was born in Wabash county, June 12, 1865, being at the time of his death aged 73 years, 8 months and 12 years.
He was married to Ola Shadle at Sumner, Ill., November 29, 1893, and she survives him.  There are surviving also two sons and two daughters, Lester G. Adams, Toledo, Ohio; Orville S. Adams, Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. R. L. Wood, Mount Carmel, and Mrs. Roy Denison, Lawrenceville.  There is also one brother, Niles Adams, of Mount Carmel.  Two children preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Christian church and was custodian of the First Christian church.
Funeral services will be held from the First Christian Church on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Charles W. Riggs.

FRANK ADAMS  April 7, 1915
Funeral of Frank Adams to be Held at Adams Corner
The funeral of Frank Adams, who died at his home north of the city yesterday, will be held Friday afternoon at the Adams Corner church, conducted by the Rev. W. W. Weedon, pastor of the Mt. Carmel Christian church, assisted by Rev. W. R. Cady, pastor of the Christian church at Allendale.  Music will be furnished by the Allendale quartet.
Frank Adams was a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Adams.  He was born Oct. 1, 1862.  He was married April 27, 1887, to Miss Lilia Cozine.  Two children were born to this union.  He united with the Christian church at Adams Corner Dec. 30, 1886 and for fifteen years was an elder in the Church at Adams Corners.
[April 8, 1915 Mt. Carmel Evening Register]

Here Sunday morning, No one Witnesses the Accident Resulting in Boy's Death
Jake Adams, 17 years of age, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Adams, living on the Bluff near the high school, was killed about 4 o'clock Sunday morning at the electric light plant when he was ground in the pit underneath the great fly wheel.
No one witnessed the accident, and it is supposed that the unfortunate victim had fallen into the pit while asleep.
Fred Adams, night engineer was oiling machinery near the fly wheel when he heard a noise.  Looking he saw that the boy had fallen into the pit and was ground beneath the big wheel.  But a moment before Fred Adams had seen the boy sleeping some distance from the big wheel.  
The engine was stopped and the body taken out.
The lower part of the body was badly crushed.  The spine was possibly broken.  Both legs were mangled.  The base of the skull was fractured.
When rescued [? my note] there was still life in the body, but the boy died less than [an] hour later.  He did not regain consciousness.  The body was taken by Walter & Sons undertaking parlors and prepared for burial.  An inquest was conducted there Sunday morning by Coroner C. E. Gilliatt, of Allendale.
Young Adams was not employed at the light plant.  He had acquired the habit of loafing about the plant a great deal.  Officers of the plant had numerous times sent him away and advised him to keep away for fear that trouble would result from his presence.
He was sent to the Southern Illinois hospital for the insane at Anna several months ago, but escaped and returned home, never having been discharged.  His father worked at the plant Saturday night until 10 o'clock and saw him there shortly before leaving.  He said at the inquest that the boy had agreed to wheel out some ashes for another employee.
The verdict of the coroner was that he came to his death accidentally, trespassing on the Public Utilities premises, that the company was not responsible in any way for his death, and that the deceased was of defective mind.  
The deceased is survived by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.  He was aged 16 years, 9 months and 23 days, having been born January 1903.  
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock, in charge of Clarence Collins; and burial was in the Sand Hill cemetery.

JOHN W. ADAMS  August 12, 1857
On Saturday evening the 1st  inst [?] while the ferry-boat was crossing the river at the Grand Rapids, an oar fell in the water, and John W. Adams of this town who was in the boat at the time, divested himself of his clothes, and sprang in the water to recover the oar.  He had swam but a short distance, when he was discovered to sink, and having risen to the surface of the water a moment afterwards, he sank again immediately, and rose no more.  He was a good swimmer, and it is supposed that he cramped upon plunging into the water.  The ferryman was very drunk at the time, and a little boy who was in the boat furnishes the circumstances connected with the sad casualty.
The body of young Adams was recovered the Tuesday morning following his drowning, and buried in the Odd Fellows Grave Yard in this town.
Three or four years ago young Adams was sent as a cadet to the Military Academy at West Point; and possessing more than ordinary intelligence and mental capacity, he would have had it in his power had he lived to have become a highly useful member of society.  At the time of his death, he was about twenty-one years of age.
[The Mt. Carmel Register]

GEORGE ADAMS - Mar. 27, 1915
On last Friday morning, March 26, as the sun began to throw its rays of life over our fair land, the gates of death swung open and our beloved friend and brother, George Adams passed through and now rests where sickness, sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.
George Adams, son of Francis and Eleanor Adams was born in Brooke county W. Va., Feb. 26, 1833, when but a boy he accompanied his parents to Morgan county, Ohio.  While residing there he attended the public schools thereby receiving a good education.  In 1854 he left Ohio and came to Illinois, locating in Wabash county, becoming one of her sturdy pioneers.  
In Feb. 1858 he was united in marriage to Jane Wood, a most excellent young lady who made him a faithful and loving wife.  Soon after their marriage they located on a farm and began to make for themselves a home which became to them the dearest spot on earth.
To them were born 9 (?) children, of whom seven are living, viz; Mrs. U. L. Courter of Mt. Carmel, Charles F. Adams of Wabash precinct, Mrs. W. E. Courter of Allendale, J. W., Adams of Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Della Wright and Mrs. W. L. Seibert of Mt. Carmel, and Miss Ruth Adams, residing at the old homestead.  Mrs. Eleanor Runyon, the eldest daughter and George the youngest son are dead.  There are 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Nearly 50 years ago George Adams united with the Christian church, under the ministry of Eld. W. F. Black, and continued a faithful member until death.  At the time of his departure he was a member in good standing in the Adams Corners church where he attended ministry of the word, and to which he gave his influence and means.  He was a firm believer in the doctrine of the church and aided in its progress.  He was one of the early school teachers in Wabash county, holding a first grade certificate.  Many of the prominent citizens attended his schools.  He was a carpenter by trade, which he followed for many years, but a large portion of his life was spent as a farmer in which calling he was very successful.
Politically he was an ardent Republican, devoted to the party of his choice.  As a neighbor he was kind and obliging, and the home established by himself and good wife was noted for its hospitality; a place where friends and neighbors delighted to meet, a home where the minister of the gospel was entertained with christian hospitality.  The good old home of the pioneer days is a thing of the past.  Mr. Adams came to the end of his life at the ripe age of 82 years and 1 month.  He rests from his labors and his works will follow him.
[Mt. Carmel Evening Register March 27, 1915]

ANN ARMSTRONG  September 29, 1938
Mrs. Ann Caroline Armstrong, aged 78, died at her home in Bellmont Monday evening.
The daughter of William and Betsy Saunders Griesmer, she was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1860.  She was married to Abner Armstrong at Lancaster, who preceded her in death.  Surviving are four children, Arthur C., Dearborn, Mich.; Hubert E. Marion; William, Bellmont, and Josie, of Bellmont; one sister and one brother.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Bellmont Methodist church, in charge of Rev. Charles W. Riggs.  Burial was made in Lick Prairie cemetery.

ARMSTRONG, ED C. July 1897
The Mt. Carmel library has an index card in the Obituary section of their genealogy department that reads as follows  died  July, 1897 (in California).  See newspaper micro-film for more information.

ALBERT ANTHIS  March 19, 1914
Well Known Resident of Mt. Carmel Passes Away Last Night
Had Been up Town Yesterday-Was Born in This County and Spent Entire Life Here
Death came suddenly Wednesday night about midnight to Albert Anthis at his home on east Tenth street.  Heart failure was the cause of his death.  He had been in poor health for some time past, but his condition was not considered serious.  Wednesday afternoon he was up town and about as usual.  Toward midnight he took suddenly ill and in a few moments had passed away.
Albert Anthis was born in Wabash County near Adams Corners, July 21, 1854 and departed this life at his home 412 East 10th street, about 12:00 o'clock last night, aged 58 years, 7 months and 24 days.  He was married to a Miss Fowler and to this union ______  ________; Sarah Rablett, Vincennes, Ind; Louisa Elsey, Knox county, Ind; Grace Dugan, Lebanon, Ill.; John Anthis, Gideon, Mo; Ellen Neely and Willard Anthis of ths city.  
His last marriage was to Mrs. Arminda Beasley, October 26, 1906, who survives him.  He was converted and united with the Christian church in Mt. Carmel, Ill., Dec. 1907, and was an humble, faithful follower of His Master until death called him.
The funeral will be held from the Chriistian church Friday at 3:30 p. m.  Elder W. W. Weedon will conduct the services.
Note:  Also on an index card at the Mt. Carmel Library Albert Anthis is mentioned, 3-18-194, age 59 Rose Hill (old).

ELMER D. ANTHIS - Funeral 2-10-1929
Body is Laid to Rest in the Coffee Cemetery
Funeral services for Elmer D. Anthis were held from the Keensburg Christian church on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in charge of Rev. Durham, of Bellmont, assisted by Rev. Weaver of Browns.  Music was furnished by Dr. B. Parmenter, Eph Kennard, Grif Kennard, Mrs. Theodore Coleman and Mrs. M. E. Shuttleworth.  Mrs. Mina LeGier was accompanist.  The pall bearers were:  W. E. Storkman, R. E. Friend, William Holland, Conroad Brunner, Perry Rosenbarger, John Willyard, Samuel Garner and Early Leighty.  The flower bearers were Mesdames Samuel Garner, John Willyard, Otis Rogers, George Sperry, Len Manley and Miss Stella Poole.  Burial was in Coffee cemetery.
Burial of Former Police Chief to Be in Coffee Cemetery.
Funeral services for Elmer D. Anthis will be held from the First Christian church in Keensburg on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in charge of Rev. Durham, and burial will be in Coffee cemetery.
Mr. Anthis died on Friday afternoon, February 8; of pneumonia, at his home on West Third street, after an illness of four days.  He was born in Illinois on February 19, 1878 and at death was aged 50 years, 11 months and 17 days.  He was a son of William and Sarah Ollie Sapp Anthis, both of whom are dead.
He was married on June 1, 1898, to Miss Minnie Cochran, who survives him.  Two brothers also survive him.  They are:  Marion T. Anthis of Mount Carmel, and Robert K. Anthis of Keystone, Okla. A son Vern died in February, of 1928.  One brother and one sister are also deceased.  
Mr. Anthis was a member of the Christian  church and of the Modern Woodmen lodge at Keensburg.  He spent his entire lifetime in the county and was formerly chief of police of Mt. Carmel.

Funeral services for little Marshall Lee Anthis were held from the residence at 1007 Parrish street yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of Rev. J. T. Shreve.  Music was furnished by Mrs. Fred Ramsey, Mrs. Jacob Smith and Mrs. John Martin.  In charge of flowers were Mrs. Gus Baker and Mrs. C. A. King.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
[Mt. Carmel Daily Republican Register Dec. 20, 1929]

After a lingering illness of typhoid pneumonia, Mr. William Anthis died at his home in Keensburg, Friday night.  Mr. Anthis was upwards of forty years of age, and leaves a wife and three children, two sons being about of age, the younger child being only four years old.  Mr. A. was an industrious, worthy citizen, and his death is sincerely mourned by the entire community.  All unite is extending sympathy to the stricken family.
Mr. Anthis was a member of Keensberg Camp, Modern Woodman of America, and carried insurance in that order, thus having in life-time made for the support of his family after his death.

ASA ARMSTRONG  January 17, 1955
Funderal is Today
Asa Armstrong, aged 83, resident of Saint Francisville, died Saturday noon at the Memorial Hospital, in Lawrenceville.  He had been a patient there for two weeks and his illness had extended over the past five years.
He was a native of Wabash County where he was born Jan. 8, 18782, a son of John Wood and Elizabetyh Fite Armstrong.  He was a retired custodian of the Saint Francisville schools and was a member of the Christian Church.
Mr. Armstrong was preceded in death by his wife, Lillan Potts Armstrong in 1932 and a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Fox, in 1954.
Survivors include two grandchildren, several brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.  
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Tougaw Funeral Home in Saint Francisville with Rev. Ed Vanwey and Rev. Kenneth Adcock officiating.  Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery.

REBECCA ARMSTRONG  December 3, 1918
Mrs. Rebecca Angeline Armstrong, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Allendale vicinity, died at her home east of Allendale at 11:40 o'clock p.m. Monday, December 3, death being due to paralysis.  She had been ill for nine days.
The deceased, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Wolf Price, was born in Lawrence county, January 14, 1840, and at the date of her death was aged 78 years, 10 months and 19 days.  She was married on March 11, 1855 to Berkley Armstrong, who with two sons proceded her to the grave.  Surviving are her four daughters and one son:  Mrs. Mattie King, Mrs. Bart Stillwell, Miss Ida and Miss Clare, and Thomas J.  She was also survived by three granddaughters, Margaret, Martha and Myrem Stillwell.  
The first few years after her marriage were spent near Friendsville, and the remainder of her life at the home where she died.  She had for 60 years been a resident of Wabash county.

Mrs. Sarah Armstrong, wife of Wickliffe G. Armstrong, died in Allendale at an early hour, this morning.
Mrs. Armstrong, nee Cissel, was a daughter of the late Thomas Cissel, and was born in Wabash county December 4, 1838.  She has one son living, Howard Armstrong, who just returned and three brothers, Ben Cissel, of Lawrence county, and John and Henry Cissel, of Allendale.
The funeral services will be held in Allendale, Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Armstrong was a good Christian woman and was loved by all who knew her.  The many friends of the family sympathize with them in their bereavement.
[Mt. Carmel Evening Register Oct. 19, 1906]

"A Good Man Has Gone to his Reward."
In the death of Thomas Newton Armstrong which occurred at the family residence in Wabash Precinct, Saturday morning, Wabash county loses one of its very best citizens.  Mr. Armstrong was ill but a short time but the nature of the malady was such that from the first no hope was entertained of his recovery.  His age was 69 years, 1 month, and 24 days.  His wife, one son, Edgar Armstrong, and a brother, Moses Armstrong, survive him.  The funeral took place Sunday and was one of the largest ever held in Wabash county.  Services of song and prayer were held at the residence, and at the grave the ceremonies of the Masonic fraternity were conducted by Mt. Carmel Lodge No. 239, assisted by Allendale Lodge No. 752.
Mr. Armstrong was a member of one of the oldest and best known families in Southern Illinois.  The family is of Irish ancestry, coming from Ireland to North Carolina, then to Kentucky and from there to Tennessee.  The family first located in Illinois in 1815 when Illinois was yet a territory and when Wabash was still a part of Gallatin.
No man in the community in which his whole life was passed stood higher in the estimation of his fellow citizens than Thomas Newton Armstrong.  He was not a member of any church, but he was an advocate of morality, temperance and good government.  The great lights of Masonry were the guide of his life.  He was made a Mason in Mt. Carmel lodge but when Allendale lodge was instituted be became a charter member of it.  The large attendance of Masons at his funeral evidenced the brotherly love felt for him by his fellow craftsmen.
Mr. Armstrong had made a success of farming and was well fixed financially, owning at the time of his death, a well stocked farm of some 400 acres of the best land in the county.  Politically he was a Democrat and had voted for every Democratic candidate for President from Franklin Pearce down to William Jennings Bryan.  He was a good husband, a good father, and a good citizen.  Peace to his ashes.
Please note that there is an obvious error in the obituary in "be" instead of "he", but in keeping with Genealogy Trails policy, all material must be transcribed exactly as it appears.
[Daily Republilc Register, July 28, 1898]
This second obituary contained the first Headline and the first two paragraphs seen above.  The second 2 paragraphs of the above obituary are not included in this obituary, but the following two paragraphs are:
Lewis Armstrong, the father of the deceased, was a Kentuckian, and was born in 1799.  His wife was Martha Wood, a daughter of John Wood, one of the earliest settlers of Illinois.  Nine children were the result of this union, of whom Thomas Newton was the fifth.  He was born on the farm where he died, May 29, 1829.  He was raised upon a farm but learned the trade of wagon maker which he followed for some twenty years, afterwards devoting his entire time to farming.  May 10, 1866, he was married to Miss Emily Clark, who died Dec. 5, 1869.  Feb. 27, 1871, he married the wife who survives him, Mrs. Sarah Jane Richards, by whom he had two children one of them being dead.
The Armstrong have always been prominent in local affairs.  Abner Armstrong was the first Sheriff of what was then known as Edwards county.  John Armstrong was a County Judge of Wabash county as was also Thomas J. Armstrong.  Berkley Armstrong was a County Commissioner of Wabash county.  Other members of the family have held offices of various kinds and in every position conducted themselves as honest, efficient public servants.
For more information of the Armstrong Family, see the biography of Thomas Newton Armstrong and Berkely Armstrong in the Biography Section of this web-site.

Instantly Killed at Harrisburg, Sunday Morning.
Another name has been added to Mt. Carmel's long list of worthy young men who have met untimely deaths on the railroad.
William Arnold, better known as "Billy" among his friends, a brakeman on the Big Four, was instantly killed at Harrisburg .  Sunday morning at 9:20 o'clock.  The details of the accident are substantially as follows:  He was with second 68, in charge of Conductor Newton Sloan and Engineer John Coffin.  He stepped between the cars to make a coupling, when his foot slipped on the rail, throwing him between the bumpers, where his young life was crushed out in an instant.  His left arm was broken in two places, and the bumpers caught him on the left half of the body, just over the heart.  Brakeman James Darrow was within 29 feet of him when the accident occurred, and the two were joking, "Billy" remarking in fun "I'll make this coupling and it will be done right."
William Arnold was a son of Jacob Arnold and was born and raised in this city.  He would have been 23 years old had he lived until June 30.  He was with Agent Browning, of the Big Four, about a year, and then worked as a night caller.  He had been braking about eight months.  He was a bright, good and pleasant boy.  Besides his father, he leaves surviving him, two brothers --- Miles, who is railroading in Texas, and Eugene, a brakeman on the Fig Four, whose home is here.  Three sisters, Mrs. George Reeves and Mrs. Frank White, of this city, and Mrs. Daisy Ray, of Lafayette, Ind., also survive him.  He made his home with Mrs. White on West Fifth streeet, where the body was taken on its arrival in this city this morning.
All will extend sympathy to the sorely afflicted relatives, and especially will those who have suffered similar ______ sorrows.
[died 4-23-1903]

CLAY ARNOLD  May 9, 1909
64 yrs old - died May 9, 1909
born in Wabash Co. IL
info from 1877-1915 Wabash deaths list from Wabash Co., Il County Clerk's office
Found on an index card the the Mt. Carmel library

FRED ARNOLD August 1900
Killed, Mound City - August 1900
see microfilm of newspaper for more information.

NORA ARNOLD  January 28, 1940
Funeral Services to be Held from Funeral Home Here.
Nora Arnold, former resident of Wabash county, where she was born on November 26, 1872, daughter of John and Louisa Seiler Arnold, died in the state hospital of January 28 at 4:15 p.m. at the age of 67 years, two months and 2 days.
The body was brought to Mt. Carmel and taken to the Roy D. Short Funeral Home where services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and interment will be made in the Adams Corner cemetery.
Surviving are two brothers, John Arnold and Charlie Arnold, of Adams Corner.
Miss Arnold, after the passing of her father and mother early in her life, made her home at the Will Seiler home until the last few years.

MR. EZRA BAIRD - Death - 1897
Mr. Ezra Baird, an old and highly respected citizen of Patton, died Thursday, October 10.  Mr. Baird was born February 9, 1833, and at the time of his death was 62 years, 8 months a 1 day old.  Mr. Baird bore a good record as a union soldier in the late war.  The funeral took place Saturday, Rev. J. F. Harmon, of the M.E. church, this city, conducting the services.


United in Death


The Montgomery News makes the following mention of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Barton P. Baker at Hillsboro:  

On last Saturday, January 13, Mrs. Lucretia Baker died at her residence in this city, aged 71 years, 4 months and 19 days, and on Monday, January 10 Barton P. Baker, her husband, joined her on the other shore.  His age was 72 years, 3 months and 25 days.  The funeral services of the aged couple were held at the Presbyterian church on Tuesday, January 16, Rev. O. D. McCulloch officiating.


Mrs. Augusta M. Barva, 97, of Mt. Vernon, Ill., died in St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia, Ill., March 8, 1995.  Born at Mt. Carmel, Ill., Sept. 18, 1897, she was a daughter of the late Hubert and Sarah Bowman Cline.  
She was married to William Barva on Oct. 30, 1915 in Randolph County (AR).  Mr. Barva died Feb. 3, 1949.
Three brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mt. Vernon and was once employed as a stitcher at Mt. Vernon Shoe Factory.
Funeral was Saturday, March 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Father Bert Iffert officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, under direction of Hughey Funeral Home of Mt. Vernon.
She is survived by four daughters, Iris May and Pauline Sefried of Mt. Vernon, Josephine Ruble of Maynard (AR) and Donna Abert of Highland, Ill.; a son, William Barva of Alamogorda, N. M.; a brother, Harold Cline of Maynard; 26 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
[Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, March 16, 1995; submitted by Freda Roberts.]


Funeral services were held in the First Christian Church at Allendale on August 2, for Mrs. Mary Keeling, widow of the late M. C. Keeling who was a barber in Allendale for many years.  Her pastor Rev. Homer Cole officiated and two beautiful solos were sung by Mrs. Walser.

Mrs. Keeling was born near Gorden Hills in Posey County, Indiana, Dec. 6, 1870, the daughter of John and Margarita Stoneberger Becker.  She was one of eight children in the family.  She was proceeded in death by her parents and three sisters:  Mattie Beckner, Mrs. Rosa Williams and Mrs. Lou Rosenberg.  She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Alta Seibert of St. Francisville, Rural Route:  Mrs. Sarah Prichard of Allendale and two brothers, Lee and  Clyde Beckner of Princeton, Ind.

Mr. and Mrs. Keeling were united in marriage on 9 Mar 1891.  He passed away on Sept. 11, 1935.

Their family of three daughters and a son survive.  They are Mrs. Neoma Tewalt of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Marie Courter of Allendale, Mrs. Anna Hortin of Mount Carmel, and Glen Keeling of Evansville, Ind.

They also left nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Keeling had lived a long and useful life in her community and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

[Daily Republican Register, Aug. 6, 1954]


At Mount Carmel, April 13 of congested chill, Leonard Beidelman, age 75 years. He was the father of Dr. R. B. Beidelman of this city. The Marshall County Republican, Henry, IL, April 23, 1868 - Submitted by Nancy Piper

Mrs. James Bratton [Malissa]
Passed Away at Home of Son This Morning
Mrs. Malissa Bratton, wife of Jas. Bratton, passed away at the home of her son, Thomas Bratton, this morning at 6:30 o'clock.
The deceased is survived by her husband, one brother, Robert Russell of Harrisburg, three sisters:  Mrs. Rela Reynolds, Mrs. Mary Cahill and Mrs. Many Hudson, all of Perryville, Ky., three daughters:  Mrs. Mary Minnis, Winslow, Ind., Mrs. Stella Tulup, Oakland City, Ind., and Mrs. Nora C. Belcher, of East Mt. Carmel, and two sons, William and Thomas Gabbert.
The funeral services will be held from the Riverside Mission Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock and will be in charge of Rev. Weedon, pastor of the Christian church.  Burial will be made in the Sand Hill Cemetery.

Lewis E. Bratton Taken By Death
Lewis E. Bratton, 223 West Tenth Street, passed away at the Wabash General Hospital July 6 at 9:15 p.m.  He was a retired farmer and was a native of Bellmont area where he was born Sept. 13, 1875, son of Elijah and Bertie [my note - an error? Wife and Mother with the same name - Bertie] Leslie Bratton.  His age 77 years, nine months and 23 days.  He was married to Bertie Ridens.  Surviving are a son, Robert Bratton, Dearborn, Mich., one brother Henry Bratton, Mount Carmel, and one sister, Mrs. A.C. Thrall, Lawrenceville, together with several nieces and nephews.  There are two grandchildren.  One daughter, Mrs. Lucie Brown, proceded him in death.
He was a member of the First Christian Church.
Mr. Bratton was taken to the Cunningham funeral home where friends may call.
Funeral services will be Thursday afternoon at 2 from the Cunningham Funeral home chapel, in charge of Rev. J. E. Moyer.  Burial will be in Highland Memorial cemetery.
[Daily Republic Register, July 7, 1953]

Thomas Jacob Brines, 530 Walnut street, formerly of Bellmont, a retired farmer, died Jan. 12 at 12:10 p.m. after an illness of several months.
A native of Wabash county and a son of Henry and Elizabeth Jane.  Mull Brines, he was born May 4, 1872, and was aged 77 years, eighty months and eight days.  He was married to Hattie Florence Barnett at Bellomont Dec. 14, 1904.  She survives him together with two children,k Orville C. Brines, Warren, Ill., and Nile W. Brines, Keensburg, also four brothers and two sisters, Herbert P. Brines, Mount Carmel; Harry E. Brines, Yakima, Wash., Zeno Brines, , Mount Carmel; Bertha R. Langley, Peoria; Irma Cartee, Bellmont, Grover Brines, Woodford Co., Ill.  There are 6 grandchildren.  Preceding him in death were his parents, two grandchildren; three brothers, Ross, Charles and Raleigh, and one sister, Mary.
He had resided in Mount Carmel the past three years.  He was a member of the Bellmont Methodist church.
Mr. Brines was removed to the Roy D. Short Company Funderal Home where services will be held in the Memorial chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Earl Barton and Rev. Allen Estill officiating.  Burial will be in Highland Memorial cemetery.
[Daily Republican Register Jan. 30, 1950]

VIRGINIA BRINES  Nov. 21, 1901 57 years old
Mrs. Virginia Brines, wife of Morris Brines, died, Thursday, of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of ten days duration.  Interment took place at Hallock cemetery, Saturday.  
[Mount Carmel Regester]

Prominent Lancaster Citizen Succumbed to Ravages of Typhoid-Pneumonia
The many friends of Obed Brines will be surprised and pained to learn of his death which occurred at his ho9me in Lancaster on Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  He had suffered for several weeks from an attack of typhoid-pneumonia, and for several days past, no hope had been entertained for hs recovery.
Mr. Brines was born in this county on April 7, 1848, and spent almost his entire life in this county.  In October 1871 he was married to Nancy Higgins, who with two brothers and one sister survive him.  The sister, Mrs. William Dorney, and one brother Larner Brines live in Richard County and the other brother, George Brines, lives near Lancaster.
The deceased was an industrious, honest man, and enjoyed the confidence of all with whom he came in contact.
The funeral will be held from the Christian church in Lancaqster, on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Burial will be made in Lancaster cemetery.
[Mt. Carmel Evening Register]

Sat. 4-14-1945
ALBERT PAUL BUCHANAN:  Takes Overdose Of Capsules and Death is Result.  Inquest is held in Death of A.P. Buchanan, Verdict Suicidal Intent
A.P. Buchanan died last evening about 6 o'clock and an inquest was conducted last night by Coroner G.C. Pritchett.
The verdict of the coroner's jury was that he came to his death by taking an overdose of nembutal with suicidal intent.  This is a sleeping power and it was in capsulate form.
The jury was composed of Charles L. Miller, foreman, Ernest G. Kamp, Howard C. Sherry, Ben F. Price, C.N. Keepes and A. C. Weaver.
Death occurred at the county jail.  At the inquest it was disclosed by testimony that Mr. Buchanan had had a wreck on the highway just north of town, that the fact was reported to the state highway police, that he got a ride on to Patton, there was apprehended and brought back to Mount Carmel and that on the way he deliberately took a large number of the capsules and later was found dead in jail.
Albert Paul Buchanan, of Allendale, son of James H. and Clara Newkirk Buchanan was born at Allendale June 24, 1890 and was aged 54 years, 9 months and 19 days.  He was married to Ida Thompson August 31, at Bedford, Ind.  Surviving are his companion and five children:  Inez and Velma, at home; Dorothy Fowler, Mount Carmel, Earl, Mount Carmel, and Raymond, in the U.S. service.  There is one brother, Henry Buchanan, of Frisco, Ind.  Mr. Buchanan was removed to the Roy D. Short Company Funeral home where services will be held in the Memorial Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Raymond W. Richardson officiating.  Internment will be in the Allendale Cemetery.

Fell dead in the street at Grayville, Wabash Co., Ill., _________ae._____.    He had been a resident of the county nearly 30 years.
[Source:  Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF IMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON:  JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY, 1859.  Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]

The death of Miss Mabel Edith Clark was not unexpected, her physicians and friends having abandoned hope of her recovery some days ago. She died of typhoid fever at the home of her parents on North Mulberry Street Friday night, August 19, at 11:45 o'clock.

Miss Clark was a daughter of Mr. Edgar Clark and was born in Friendsville precinct, December 7, 1885. Her age was 18 years, 8 months, and 12 days. With her parents, she came to Mount Carmel in 1903. She was a girl of pleasing personality and loving disposition, and was endeared to a large circle of relatives and friends. She was a member of the Christian Church and Sunday school.

The funeral will take place from the Christian Church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, conducted by Elder, Lee Tinsley. Courter Bros. Undertakers will conduct the burial which will be made at Rose Hill.

The sympathy of the entire public goes out to the afflicted parents.

Died Just in the Dawn of Womanhood

August 20 1904 in the Mt. Carmel Evening Register

She was buried August 21, 1904 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

[Kindly submitted by Lesley Richardson, on February 26, 2011, a descendant of many pioneer families in Wabash County, Illinois.  Thank you, Lesley]

ADAM EDGAR CLARK, (no newspaper or date mentioned)

Adam E., son of Hezekiah and Agnes D. Clark, was born on June 12, 1860 and departed this life on June 16, 1929 at the age of 69 years and 4 days.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Mary E. Clark of Mount Carmel, Ill., his two daughters, Blanche E. Weedon of Chicago and Beulah E. Gher of Urbana, Ill., and his sisters, Miss Harriet J. Clark and Mrs. Clara Agnes Jordan, who live in Friendsville, Ill. Seven grandchildren also survive him to hold in tender memory his love toward them.

On September 21, 1884, he was united in marriage to Emma M. Litherland, who preceded him in death on October, 1914. Of this union were born three daughters, Mabel Edith, Blanche E., and Beulah E. Clark. Mabel Edith died at the age of 18 years.

On August 28, 1915, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary E. Newkirk with whom he lived a very devoted and happy life for the remainder of his years.

Early in life he united with the Christian church and remained a faithful member until his death.  Aside from the immediate family, he leaves a host of friends, who will miss him greatly for his cheerful aspect upon life and the thoughtfulness of others.  

ALEX COMPTON    OBITUARY  December 22, 1906

Alex Compton, a Martyr to the Cause of Right

The Compton family is one of the pioneer families of Wabash county, and hails from the State of Virginia.  The first American settlement in Wabash county was made by Levi Compton and Joshua Jordon, brothers-in-law, in Wabash precinct in the year 1802.  The former built what was probably the first burr mill in the county and in 1810 built what was known as Compton fort in section 12, town 1, north range 12, west.  The fort was enclosed with a palisade and contained accomodations sufficient for about one hundred families.  He had the honor of being a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1818, and served in the State Senate from 1818 to 1820.  His son, Joseph Compton, is said to have been the first white child born within the present confines of Wabash county.

Alexander Compton, Sr., the father of Alexander Compton, the subject of this sketch, was a relative of Levi Compton and was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, May 15, 1814.  His wife, Nancy Nesler, was born January 28, 1817, and was a native of Illinois.  Alexander Compton, Sr., came to Illinois at an early day and settled in Coffee precinct, where Alexander Compton was born April 25, 1848.

He stood ever ready to firgive an injury and lend a helping hand to the destitute and unfortunate.  Had he not been so liberal in this respect his private estate would be far greater than it is.

As a sheriff he made an enviable record, and the name of Alex. Compton was a terror to criminals.  He was absolutely fearless and no matter how great the danger he stood ever ready to do his duty.  His reputation in that respect was not confined to his home county alone but extended over the whole of Southern Illinois and the adjoining counties in the State of Indiana.

In his occupation as a farmer he was successful and imbued with a progressive spirit.  His farm near Keensburg is one of the best in Coffee precinct.

Polititically he was a lifelong Democrat, and he advocated those principles from a strong conviction that they were right.  He was a public speaker of mean ability, and while not possessed of a collegiate education, he had careful reading and study and acquired a store of information, which together with his ever ready liberal endowments of common sense made him one of the best informed men along general lines in the county.  He never affiliated with any particular religious denomination, but was a believer in the general doctrines of Christianity, and his influence was ever on the side of right living and the uplifting of the moral tone of the community.  The deceased was a member of the Elks and Knights of Pyth? in Mt. Carmel.

December 26 1914.  Former Resident passes away in Indianapolis.
Elijah Compton, a former resident of Keensburg, late a resident of Indianapolis, died in Indianapolis yesterday, according to word reaching here today.  The body was shipped to . . . . funeral will be held at Keensburg  this afternoon and the morrow.  The deceased was formerly a well known resident of the lower part of the county.  He has a son, Frank Compton, and a daughter, Mrs. Floyd, living in the vicinity of Keensburg.


The Illinois papers contain the announcement that Hon.Charles H. Constable, the eminent jurist and most estimable gentleman, died suddenly on the 9th Inst. at Effingham, whither he had gone to preside at the regular semi-annual term of the Circuit Court.
Judge Constable was born in Hartford county, Maryland, in 1813, and was educated at the University of his native State, where he graduated with high honor. In 1838, he went to Illinois, and located at Mt. Carmel in Wabash county, where he soon became & distinguished member of the Bar. During his residence at that place, he married a daughter of Rev. Thomas B. Hinde, an estimable and accomplished lady, who, with two daughters, survives him.
About twelve years ago, Judge Constable removed to Marshall, Illinois, where he resided until his sudden decease. It will be remembered that General Carrington, during his military reign at Indianapolis, had the Judge arrested by a squad of soldiers, for a righteous decision he had made which conflicted somewhat with the General's arbitrary notion, and that he was held for some time as a "Prisoner of State".
[Daily Ohio Statesman, 26 Oct 1865 - submitted by K. Torp]

JAMES A. CRAVENS   Dec. 28, 1953
James A. Cravens, 8d, died Monday at the Maple Grove Convalescent Home.  He was a former resident of Evansville, In. And had lived in this area for about two years/
Mr. Cravens was born Feb. 18, 1868 in Canelton, Ind.
Survivours include two children, Mrs. Nola Cowger of Decatur and Mrs. Lulu Honor of Wichita, Ks.  The body was taken to the Roy D. Short Company where arrangements are pending.
[Dec. 28, 1953 - Daily Republican Register).

News Notes of General Interest from West Salem.
West Salem, Ill., April 5.-Maria E. Couch, daughter of John A. and Esther Greathouse, was born near Lancaster, in Wabash county, on June 11, 1848, and passed away at her home on South Broadway in West Salem, Sunday evening, March 27, 1927, at the age of 78 years, nine months and eleven days.  On Dec. 24, 1866 she was united in marriage with Bradley S. Couch.  To this union eight children were born, four sons and four daughters, three of whom have preceded in death, namely:  Mrs. Sadie K. Pool, Theresa Couch, and one son, Charles Couch.  The deceased was a member of the Christian church, hav- . . .
[Note:  I apologize, but the rest of this obituary is missing.  I will see if it is possible to get the remaining last piece of information.]

Mrs. Anna Edith Courter, of route one, Allendale, Illinois, wife of Walter J. Courter died at 5 a.m. April 15, 1957 at the Wabash General Hospital at Mount Carmel.  She had been in failing health for several years.
She was a daughter of Henry and Mary-Jane Sandlin Alka and was born near Maud on May 12, 1887.  At her passing she was 69 years, 11 months and 3 days of age.  She was married to Walter J. Courter of near Allendale on Dec. 25, 1915 at the family home near Maud.  He survives her, together with one son, Gerald, at home.  She is also survived by the following brothers and sisters Fred Alka of Maud vicinity, Mrs. Ina Milburn of Keensburg, Edgar E. Alka of Mt. Carmel, Mrs. Esther Watkins of Allendale and John Alka of Maud.  She was preceded in death by two infant daughters, her father and mother and three sisters: Nora Beulah Ray, Minnie Oma Alka and Millie Opal Couchran.
She united with the Maud Christian Church early in life under the ministry of Rev. Swartz.  After her marriage she transferred her membership to the Adams Corners Christian Church.  Later she transferred to the Allendale Christian Church.
She was devoted to her home and family and was a good kind neighbor.  She will be missed by a host of neighbors and friends as all who knew her loved.
[Daily Republic Register, April 20, 1957.  Submitted by Dawn Daddario]

ALLENDALE - Dalbern Courter, 81, died Oct. 17, 1993, at the Lawrenceville Manor in Lawrenceville.  
He was born June 18, 1912, in Wabash County; the son of Frank and Alice (Reiber) Courter.
He married Laura Romance (Shrader) on August 31, 1941, in Wabash County; she preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 1983.
Mr. Courter was a retired farmer and a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Mt. Carmel.
[Daily Republican Register,  October 18, 1993 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

Mrs. Eleanor Courter, wife of Samuel J. Courter, was born April 31, 1826, and departed this life March 21, 1902; aged 75 years and 11 months.  Her maiden name was Banks.  She was born in Lawrence county and moved with her parents to Wabash county while in infancy, and lived in this county all of her life.  She was married to Samuel J. Courter Feb. 19, 1843.  Mr. C. departed this life Nov. 4, 1883.  To them were born 10 children - five boys and five girls.  Three of them preceded her to the grave.  James E. Courter, a member of Company G, 48th Ill, Inft., died at Rome Ga, Aug. 31, 1864, while serving his country in the late civil war.  Mary E. wife of Andrew Milligan, died June 15, 1876.  The children who survive her are Jacob Courter, now Chairman of the County Board; Samuel H., of St. Francisville, William A. of Hennesay, Oklahoma; Geo. B. of Mt. Carmel; Nancy A., wife of Ebenezer S. Preston; Jane E., wife of William O. Ramsey; and Martha E. Courter, single.  The deceased was a member of the General Baptist church for over 53 years and lived a consistent and faithful member until death.
The funeral services was conducted by Rev. Aaron Schrader, after which the remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in the Wabash Cemetery.
[Wabash newspaper unknown at present, 21 Mar. 1902 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

MRS. ELEANOR (BANKS) COURTER  Note:  The name Helen in the Article is an error (per Mt. Carmel Library).
Mrs. Helen Courter, mother of Hon. Jacob Courter, died at her home in Allendale, this morning.  Mrs. Courter whose maiden name was Banks was born in Lawrence county nearly 77 years ago.  She was the mother of ten children, three of whom are dead.  She was a good wife, woman, and had been a member of the Baptist church for over fifty years.  The cause of her death (MY NOTE:  whited out) . . . .will take place in Allendale, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  The members of her family have sincere sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their mother.
A more extended obituary will appear later.
[Mt. Carmel Republic Register 3-21-1902 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

March 1934
Body of Well - Known Woman to Be Laid to Rest In Rose Hill.
Funeral services for Mrs. Flora L. Courter, wife of Judge U. L. Courter, will be held from the First Christian church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Charles W. Riggs, the pastor.
Mrs. Courter's death occurred at the residence at 1131 Mulberry street Tuesday morning at 8:10 o'clock and resulted from apoplexy following a brief illness of a few days.
Mrs. Courter, one of the city's best known women, was a native of the county, a daughter of Geo. and Jane Wood Adams.  She was born on January 9, 1861,  and at the time of her death on March 13, she was aged 73 years, 2 months and 4 days.
She was married to U. L. Courter in 1880.  He survives her.  Surviving also is one son, Guy W. Courter of New Orleans, La., and four sisters, as follows:  Mrs. Myrtie J. Courter, Allendale; Mrs. Della V. Wright, Mrs. Clara G. Seibert and Miss Ruth Adams, all of Mt. Carmel.
She was a remember of the First Christian church and had for many years been a very active and prominent worker in the church.
She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem and Rebekah lodge.  She was also an active worker in the different lodges and had occupied high positions in these orders.
Members of the Order of the Eastern Star will attend the services in a body and have charge at the grave.  The past worthy high priestess of the White Shrine will have charge of the flowers.
Interment will be made in the Rose Hill cemetery.
[Wabash Newspaper, unknown name at this time, 13 Mar 1934 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

ALLENDALE - Gerald Courter, 77, died Feb. 19, 1996, at the Methodist Village in Lawrenceville.
He was born April 23, 1918, in Wabash County; the son of Walter J. and Anna (AKA) Courter.
He married Geneva Courter on July 28, 1972, in Wabash County; she preceded him in death on April 18, 1977.
He is survived by cousins.
Mr. Courter, a general laborer, was a member of the First Christian Church in Allendale.
Services will be held at 10:30 Thursday morning at Ingram Funeral Home with burial in the Allendale Cemetery.
[Daily Republican Register 1996 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

Eathel Leora Courter, formerly of Allendale, died Jan. 2, 1980 at Monticello Nursing home.  
She was born Aug. 25, 1897 in Lawrence County, the daughter of Frank and Alice Reiber Courter.  
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Murrel Mullinam, Mt. Carmel, and Mrs. Thelma Pickering, Allendale; and one brother Dalbern Courter, Allendale.
Miss Courter was a member of the Adam's Corner Evangelical United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two infant brothers.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Roy D. Short Memorial Chapel with burial in Allendale Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
[Daily Republic Register - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

John Wayne Courter, 60, died suddenly Sept. 23, at his home in Austin, Texas.  He was the son of Guy W. Courter and the Late Winona Harvey Courter, former residents of Mt. Carmel.
Mr. Courter was a graduate of the University of Texas and the Mass. Institute of Technology.  He was a retired Division Engineer of the Bureau of Public Roads which served Arkansas, Texas and Maryland.  At the time of his death, he was Administrative Engineer with the Texas Highway Department.
He was a member of Tau Beta Phi, a fellow in the American Society of Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and National Society of Professional Engineers.
He is survived by his widow Virginia West Courter, of Austin, a daughter Mrs. R.N. Pierce of Baton Rouge, La.,; a son, Dr. Robert W. Courter of Laramie, Wyo.; and his father Guy W. Courter of Baton Rouge, La.; and five grandchildren.
[Unknown Newspaper (probably Mt. Carmel paper) submitted by Dawn Daddario]

LAURA R. COURTER - 10-18-83  Laura Romance Courter, 60, of Allendale died at her home Monday evening after an extended illness.
She is survived by husband, Dalbern, and her mother, Genvieve Schrader of Tower Heights in Mt. Carmel.  Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law - Zane and Nancy of Olney and Vaughn and Sandra of Allendale, a granddaughter, Stephenie; three grandsons - Matthew, Andrew and Adam.
She was preceded in death by her father Rush Robert Schrader.
Mrs. Courter was a member of the Cherry Hills Evangelical United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Ingraham Funeral Home in Allendale with Rev. Charles Chadwell officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Burial will be in the Allendale Cemetery.

Marie Courter, Born 10-21-1894, D - 11-23-1959.  
Marie Courter was born in Allendale Oct. 21, 1894.  Her entire life was lived in Allendale except one year in Friendsville.  She died Nov 23, in the Wabash General Hospital after a long illness. She joined the Christian church at the age of 11.
Her parents were M.C. Keeling and Mary Beckner Keeling.  On July 19, 1913, she was married to W. Lester Courter of Allendale.  To this union were four children.  They are Mona M. Jensen, Bettendorf, Iowa, Jeanne Moore, Mount Carmel; Carl L. Courter, Wichita, Kansas, and Esther Lois Jeangerard, Santa Clara, Calif.  There are 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, one brother, Glen Keeling, Evansville, Ind., and one sister, Anna Horton of Mount Carmel.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Nomah Tewalt.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 25, from the Stanley King Memorial Chapel in Allendale.  Rev. Ross Hellyear, pastor of the Allendale Christian church, officiated.  He was assisted by Rev. J.J. Walser and Rev. Allen Estill.  Music was furnished by Mrs. Ross Hellyer accompanied by Mrs. Paul Schafer.  The pall bearers were John Hipsher, Ron Moore, Jack Jensen Jr., Paul Bates, Robert Schafer and Bill Schafer.  Burial was in the Compton cemetery at Allendale.
[Unknown at this Time Wabash County Newspaper - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

Sarah Ellen Courter was the only daughter of William and Urzilla Preston.  
She had two brothers, one sister and one half brother, all who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Courter was born about 2 l/2 miles west of Friendsville on October 18, 1848.  
She came with her parents to the old Preston farm when she about six year's old.
She was educated in the district school of the community.
She was baptized on August 2, 1861 in the Wabash river, probably by Elder William Courter, a cousin of Jacob Courter, her husband, when about 13 years of age, about 67 years ago.
On March 12, 1868, when about 19 years old, she was married to Jacob Courter by Elder William Courter in the home of her Father.  
There were born four children:  Sarah Viola and Reader, both deceased and William Franklin and Walter, both living.
Since the death of her husband, February 19, 1917, she has lived on the old Homestead with her son, Walter.
The illness that terminated her life began about two weeks ago.
Sister Courter lived in this world 80 years, ____ , and ____ days and we believe since her death on January 9, 1929, she has been at home with the Lord.
She leaves her relatives and friends to mourn her departure from them, but to be consoled by her glorious hope of Eternal life in Christ.
Death is now only asleep. [Mt. Carmel Morning Register, Jan. 15, 1929 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]


Death Comes as Relief-Funeral Services will be Held in Allendale

After a lingering illness of tuberculosis, Sarah Viola Courter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Courter, died at the family home in Adams Corner vicinity yesterday morning at 10 o'clock.
The deceased was born in Adams Corner, August 7, 1877, and at the time of her death was aged 34 years, 8 months and 9 days.  Besides her father, she is survived by three brothers, Frank, Walter and Reader.  Besides these there is a host of relatives and friends who mourn the loss.
The funeral services will be held today.  Burial will be made in the cemetery at Allendale.  Rev. O'Neal, assisted by Elder Couch of this city, will have charge.
[Mount Carmel Morning Reg. 5-27-1911 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]  


W. Lester Courter, 74, of Allendale, retired teacher died early Monday at the Wabash General Hospital.
Surviving are three children, Mrs. Robert J. (Jean) Moore, Mt. Carmel, Carl, Wichita, Kansas and Mrs. Ralph (Esther) Geangerard, Saratoga, Calif., 15 grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the King and Ingram Funeral Home in Allendale.
Friends may call after 4 p,m..m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home in Allendale.
Burial will be in Allendale Cemetery.
[Mount Carmel Morning Register, submitted by Dawn Daddario]


By Walter R. Couch

By request of many friends, the following obituary is published at this date.  It is but justice to say that appropriate notices were published in our ??? at the time of Bro. Courter's death at his residence in Wabash County, IL, of pneumonia on the 26th of October, 1885 in the 66th year of age.  Bro. C. was born in this county and brought up by Regular Baptist parents.  Not being satisfied with their religious views, he read and investigated the word of God for himself, and under the preaching of Cornelius Ades, he made the good confession and was baptized and received into the church.  At one time before he had obeyed the Gospel it is related of him that at a public meeting, where many of his youth companions were gathered, he read the scriptures offered prayer and declared his intention to change his course of life.  Almost immediately after his obedience he began eloquently to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.

Destitute of the education afforded by the schools, he gave himself to the study of the Word and became mighty in the scriptures.  In his palmiest days his appeals to the sinner were almost irresistible, and as a consequence during the thirty years of his active ministry he has added more converts to the church in Wabash and Lawrence counties than all other of his co-laborers for that period in those counties.     AND -


He possessed a kind and loving nature.  Was a true and honorable man in all his business relations.  He was a peacemaker and greatly esteemed for his work's sake by all who knew him.  Often without money and without price he went forth to the harvest and an open door was always granted him.  But his voice is hushed in death, and he is gone to reap the reward of his inheritance among the saints in life. [By W.R. Couch, found in the Old Courter Bible dated back to 1820].

[This was taken from an Article by Wilma Madelyn (Boyd) Keepes who possessed the Bible.  The original article by Mrs. Keepes in the Daily Republican- Register, Mt. Carmel, Illinois was on page three, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1968. - submitted by Dawn Daddario].

CAROLINE FOX    January 17, 1924


Mrs. Caroline Fox, 88 years of age, died Wednesday after a week's illness, at noon at the home her daughter, Mrs. Nora Liddle, in Alldendale.  Death was due to complications.  Her maiden name was Caroline Spidell and she a native of Wabash county.

Surviving children are Mrs. S. E. Couch, St. Francisville; Mrs. Nora Liddle, Allendale; Clyde J. Fox, Allendale,; step children, William Fox, St. Francisville and Emma Fox, Allendale.  Two are dead:  Mrs. Ida Armstrong and Miss Fannie Fox.

Funeral services will be held from the house tomorrow at 1 o'clock, in charge of Rev. L. P. Burrocker, and burial will be in a private cemetery at Adams' Corner.

ELMIRA FOX   Died 12-19-1911

Elmira, the daughter of Jacob and Jane Fox, born in the state of Pennsylvania, November 26, 1832.  She died December 10, 1911, making her age 88 years and 14 days.  When she was 12 years of age she came with her parents to this place, where she has since resided.  The deceased was married to John Greathouse in 1866, her husband preceded her to the great beyond in 1892.  She was married to J. B. Litherland, whom she leaves to mourn his loss:  six brothers and two sisters have preceded her to the city of the dead.  She had been a faithful member of the Christian church for more than forty years.  Besides her husband and relatives she leaves many friends to mourn their loss and the community extends its heartfelt sympathy.



Fannie Elizabeth Fox, daughter of Jeremiah and Caroline E. Fox, was born August 28, 1874, and departed this life Jan 1, 1910.  She united with the Christian church at Adams Corners early in life and remained faithful to its teachings.

She leaves to mourn her departure, her mother, Mrs. Caroline E. Fox, four sisters, Emily A. Fox, of Allendale, Sara Jane Couch of St. Francisville, Lenora Liddle of Allendale, and Mary Ida Armstrong of Allendale; and two brothers, Wm. J. Fox of St. Francisville, and Clyde J. Fox of Princeton, Ind., besides a host of othe relatives and friends.

She had been an invalid almost all her life and death came to her as a welcome relief to her suffering.

[Mt. Carmel Evening Reg. January 4, 1910

JACOB FOX      Died 11/8/1857

Died on November 8, 1857 aged 65 years, 2 months and 6 days, died at his residence in this county, a residence of over 20 years in the county.

[Mt. Carmel Register - November 25]


d. Sept. 5, 1862 in Timberville, IL, at residence of his mother age 33 yers.

September 18, 1862

[on microfilm of Mt. Carmel Register  1-16-1860-4018-1867]

WILLIAM FOX     14, July 1928

William Fox, aged 78, of Saint Francesville, died Friday, of heart trouble.  He was the father of Beryl Fox and Mrs. Pearl McFarland of Allendale, and of Clint Fox of St. Francisville and Jose Fox of Washington state.


December 30, 1933


Body Will be Laid to Rest in Rose Hill I.O.O.F. Cemetery

Libbie T. BeDell Decker, daughter of George T. and Eunice Lindsey BeDell was born in Mount Carmel October 30, 1856, and died December 18, 1933, at 5:50 p.m.

She was was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and of the D. A. R.

Funeral services will be held from the residence at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Chas. W. Riggs, and burial will be made in the Rosehill I..O.O.F. cemetery.  D.A.R. members will have charge of the services at the grave.

She was the granddaughter of William Lindsay, who came to Vincennes from Virginia, with William Henry Harrison, governor of the Northwest Territory, and assisted in construction of the Harrison House in Vincennes.

Mrs. Decker's mother, Mrs. Eunice BeDell, was one of the few living original Daughters of the American Revolution at the time of the stone marker on the site of old Fort Sackville in Vincennes where the George Rogers Clark Memorial now stands, and was a guest of honor at the dedication of the marker.  

Her grandfather, Moses BeDell, was one of the pioneers of Wabash county, then Edwards county, settling in the original town of Palmyra.  He built the court house in Centerville and in 1817 was appointed captain of militia by Ninian Edwards, territorial governor.  

ELECTA GARD (Mrs. Green Gard) on Nov. 10, 1924

Mrs. Electa Gard Dies At Home Of Her Son, Near Bone Gap.

Death came on Sunday at about 12 o'clock to Mrs. Electa Gard, widow of the late Green Gard, and for many years a resident of this county residing in Lick Prairie precinct.  Mrs. Gard has made her home for several years in Bone Gap and on Sunday was spending the day visiting at the home of her son, Leon Gard, north of Bone Gap.

She had not been in good health for some time, although death came unexpectedly and was attributed to a paralytic stroke.  She was aged about 80 years.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending word from a son, Verne, who resides in Texas.

A  more extended obituary notice will appear later.

JAMES GARD September 8, 1938

James Gard, son of Justus and Elizabeth Campell Gard, was born July 28, 1864, and departed this life August 30, 1938, at the age of 74 years, 1 month and 2 days.

He was the last survivor of a family of 18 children.  October 11, 1888 he was married to Berdella Jordan.  To this union seven children were born, three of whom preceded him in death, Flossie, who died in infancy, Winnifred, and May Gard Price.

Mr. Gard leaves to mourn his passing, his widow, four sons, Ogle and Earle, of Allendale, Olaf of Vincennes, Ind., and Addis, of Chatsworth, Ill., and sixteen grandchildren, besides a host of relatives and friends.  He united with the Methodist church at Asbury Chapel when a boy, and later moved his membership to the Christian church at Allendale.  He was a grandson of Seth Gard who settled Palmyra in 1815.  Mr. Gard was born, raised in and loved Wabash county, never having lived any other place.

Funeral services were held the First Christian church here on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.  Rev. J. E. Moyer conducted the service, assisted by Rev. E. P. Schaich.

The pall bearers were James Harvey Gard, Harvey Gard, Wendel Gard, Galen Litherland, Ben Price and Bernard Alka.

The flower bearers were Imogene Gard, Audrey Gard, Jewell Gard, Ruth Ellen Gard, Dona Gard, Leota Gard, Evelyn Gard, Helen Gard, Evelyn Leek and Alberta Miller.

Interment was made in the Allendale cemetery.

From the Daily Republican Register September 8, 1938

MRS. LAURA GARD  May 21, 1953

Laura Gard, daughter of Charles and Martha Armstrong Ginther, was born Dec. 28, 1873, near Lancaster, Illinois, and departed this life May 14, 1953, at her home in Lick Prairie, at the age of 77 years, four months and 16 days, having spent her entire life in Wabash county.  She had been in failing health for several years.  The past six months her condition became more critical until the end came.  She was a patient sufferer, never complaining and her earnest prayer was to be ready when the Lord should call her home.

On Feb. 26, 1893, she was united in marriage to Earl Gard and to this union two sons were born.  Raymond A., of Vincennes, Ind., and Harvel F. of Mount Carmel, Ill.  Four grandchildren, Loren Gard of Covington, Ky., Ivan Gard of Charleston, Ill., Mrs. Myrtle Weesner of Vincennes, Ind., Mrs. Inez Rae Smith, of near Lancaster, Ill., also thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, survive.  She leaves besides her children and grandchildren three sisters and two brothers, Isabelle Fischer of Lick Prairie, Adolph Ginther, Jessie Cunningham, and Flora Blakney of West Salem, and Chester Ginther of Staunton, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Besides her husband who preceded her death July 16, 1939, are her father and mother.

In early girlhood she united with United Brethren church at Pleasant Grove to which she remained a faithful member.  Her deepest concern was always for her church and the community in which she lived.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2:30 at the Pleasant Grove E.U.B. church by Rev. Kenneth Handey and Rev. A.B. Haitt, burial in the Lick Prairie cemetery.  Pall bearers were:  Donald Mason, Guy Pixley, Elmer Slater, Virgil Wallace, Forest Wood and Eli Seals.  Those assisting with the flowers were some of Mrs. Gard great-grandchildren and other small children of her church whom she loved so much.  Special music was furnished by Mrs. Lucille Strine and Carol Marx, accompanied by Mrs. Pauline Pixley.

Dearest Mother we shall miss you, But it will not be for long.  We shall miss your faltering foot step and your cherry happy song.

MARY A. (Morgan) Gard

Mary A. Gard was born March 22d 1836 and died July  19, 1913 aged 77 years, 4 months and 21 days.

She was united in marriage with Mr. [Sam?] Morgan December 18th [?] 1856.  To this union were born the [?} five children, Julia Charles, John, Fanny, and Alice all of whom are living except Alice.  

Mary Morgan was the daughter of Justus Gard and Annie Gard.  She leaves besides her children, five sisters and [2?] brothers, Mabel Gard of California, Phoebe [?] of Portland, Oregon, Adaline Gibson of Wayne County, Ill., Margaret Reel, Ellen Hallock, Mary J. Litherland and James Gard of this county.

Funeral service were held at Nye Chapel church, conducted by Rev. J. I. Miller of Friendsville, Ill Pastor of the M. E. church.

We the family, and relations of Mary A Morgan extend our many thanks to her friends and neighbors who so fondly assisted us in our time of need and trouble.

[This does not say what newspaper this came from or the date it was printed.]


Ringgold, GA. - Robert Lee Gard, 77, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at a local hospital.

A native of Illinois, he had lived in the North Georgia area for the past 40 years.  He was a retired employee of Mayfield Dairy Farms where he worked as a supervisor, a member of Scott Memorial Church of God, a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served during World War II, a volunteer for Advent Hospice and Big Brothers of Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ogle and Mattie Belle Gard; four sisters, Martha Sanders, Jewel Smith, Audrey Wease and Imogene Smith; and brother Harvey Gard.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gladys Knust Gard of Ringgold; five children, Mike Gard of Ringgold, Janie Gard of Big Piney Key, Fla., David Gard of Rossville and Danny and Duke Gard, both of Knoxville; one sister, Ruth Ellen Osmon of Allendale, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at noon Thursday in the funeral home chapel.

Internment will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 6-9 p.m. and until funeral time Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home, Wallis-Stewart Chapel, Ringgold.

[Daily Republican Register, December 2004 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

SETH GARD June 27, 1903 (?)

Mr. Seth Gard, a well-known resident of the north part of the county, died near Lancaster, Sunday.  He was a native of Wabash county, and was about sixty years old.  His wife formerly Miss Julia Putman, was a sister of Messrs. S.R. and E.N. Putman, of this city.  Mr. Gard leaves three sons and three daughters-Mssrs. George, Will and Sigel Gard, Mrs. Flora Tilton, Mrs. Sarah Glick and Miss Nellie Gard.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon.

Passed Away at Eighty-Four Years of Age-Lifelong Resident of County.
Washington Gard, who passed away at his home in the Gard's Point vicinity Friday, Jan. 4th was one of the county's oldest residents, being at the time of his death aged 84 years and fifteen.
Mr. Gard was born near Gard's Point Dec. 20, 1833, and had spent his entire life in this county and was one of the county's foremost citizens.
He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Gardner Nov. 12, 1854.  To this union nine children were born, five of whom have passed away.
Besides his aged widow he is survived by four children, three sons and one daughter; the sons:  George Oltice G. Lincoln of the state of Kansas; Glenburn G. of the state of Washington, and Rudolf of the state of California; the daughter, Mrs. Nora Stalions of Gard's Point.  He is also survived by one brother, Green Gard, of Gard's Point, and by several grandchildren.
Mr. Gard had been in failing health for the past few years but was very patient during his severe afflictions.
He was well and favorably known throughout the country and was loved by all who knew him.
Funeral services were held this morning at ten o'clock from the family residence conducted by Rev. Wise of Friendsville, and interment was made in the Gard's Point cemetery.


DIED -- On Wednesday the 12 November, 1834, at his residence, in this county, Mr. ENOCH GREATHOUSE, ESQ. aged about fifty --- Mr. Greathouse, was a valuable man, and a worthy citizen. [Mt. Carmel Sentinel and Wabash Advocate, 19 Nov, 1834 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

DIED -- On Thursday, the 20th Nov., 1834, Mr. JOHN GREATHOUSE, supposed to be from 104 to 115 years of age - father of Mr. E. Greathouse, they were the first two settlers of the town plat of Mt. Carmel.
[Mt. Carmel Sentinel and Wabash Advocate, 19 Nov, 1834 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

LETHA GREATHOUSE, 38, ended today when her body was found in a shallow grave less than 100 yards from her home on the outskirts of this city.
Her body, buried under six inches of earth, was found by Sam Vitale, who noted the woman's foot protruding from the grave while he exercised his dog on a field adjoining the Greathouse home.
Two wash tubs marked the grave.  Police said that they believed that the tubs were used to place over one of the woman's protruding feet.
The 16-year-old son of Mrs. Greathouse, Raleigh Karl, and his step-father, Earl Greathouse, had been conducting a search for the missing woman since the middle of January.
[Unknown Wabash County Newspaper name pending, 3-21-1934 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]
Update:  March 12, 2014:  
Duquoin, Ill., March 23 1934
Perry county authorities today continued to search for a clue to the identify of the slayer of Mrs. Leatha Greathouse, whose body was found in a shallow grave, 100 yards from her home.  Raleigh Karl, son of Mrs. Greathouse by a previous marraige and his stepfather, Earl Greathouse, were questioned by authorities in the hope that they could give information.  The two also testified at a coroner's inquest last night.  The coroner's jury returned an open verdict, after finding that death was due to stab wounds in the neck.  
[Source:  Urbana Daily Courier, 23 March 1934]


Funderal services for Naomi V. Greathouse, 72, of 406 W. 4th St., will be conducted from the Roy D. Short Company Funeral Home, Sat., Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Harvard Warren officiating.

Mrs Greathouse was a lifelong resident of Wabash County.  She was a member of the First Methodist Church at Maud.

Surviving are her husband, Thurman Allen Greathouse, two sons, Palmer, Scottsdale, Ariz., John, Charleston; three daughters, Mrs. Gene Terry, Mt. Carmel, Mrs. Imogene Hilgeman, Coolege, Ariz., Mrs. Myrldean Moomey, Phoex, Ariz. one brother, Leo Ulm, R.R. 4, Mt. Carmel, Two sisters, Mrs. VeDella Schmalhusem, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Mary Adamson, Sanborn, New York; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

DROWNED --- Wednesday noon our citizens were startled by the report that a man had been drowned at the Grand Rapids dam, just above town, and in a short time, quite a number, rigged out with what was needed for hunting the body, started for the scene.  Arriving there they found that the report was only too true and that Mr. Zimmerman had already recovered the body.  The facts as we learn them are that three farmers, living about 4 miles from town - Rufus Greathouse,  Og. Hunt and a young man named Kuster-having finished their harvesting at noon, concluding to go up to the dam and take a bath.  None of the party could swim, and after a good wash they commenced playing in the water and soon all three got out beyond their depth.  Messers Burr Gould and John Harmon were fishing near by, and seeing the condition of they were in rushed to their rescue.  They reached out their fishing poles and pulled in, the two latter but Greathouse sank before he could be reached.  The deceased was 28 years old and leaves a wife who is almost ready to become a mother.  He was a good farmer and a fine man.  [Friday July 3, 1885, Mt. Carmel Republican- submitted by Dawn Daddario]        

GREATHOUSE, Mrs. (Newkirk) Friday Mother of Rufus Greathouse

An Unlucky Family.

The mother of Rufus Greathouse, who drowned last week, was a Newkirk, a daughter of Wm. Newkirk, who was killed in the cyclone, and came to this country about 1853.  A brother and sister of the old lady were drowned in the Muskigun river, in Ohio, while returning from Sunday School.  A brother of William's (Zechariah) while hauling some pumpkins had his son run over and killed and a little later his wife was thrown out of a wagon against a tree and killed, and in 1860 Zechariah was shot on the streets of this city.  A half-brother named Rufus, drowned in Crawfish creek while hunting ducks on the ___.   Rufus Greathouse, several years ago while in town, was kicked by a horse and for some time it was thought he would die.

But one of the family (Hugh) has ever died a natural death - [Mt. Carmel Republican, July 10, 1885 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]


Cleveland Greathouse, 88, West Salem, died Thursday, April 11, 1974, in the Golden Acres Shelter Care Home in West Salem.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Bedridden Bolivar, South Holland, Illinois; three sons, Coring, Chicago, Wain, Detroit, Michigan, and Gilbert, Cincinnati, Ohio; ten grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. from the Chapel of the King and Ingram Funeral Home in West Salem with Brother Homer Logons officiating.

Burial will be in the Marion Cemetery.

Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. today (Friday) at the funeral home. [Unknown Wabash County Newspaper, April 1974 - submitted by Dawn Daddario]

The body of John Greathouse, who died in your city, was buried here, Wednesday, Elders Couch and Freeman conducting the services.
Sam Shields, of Berryville, attended the funeral of John Greathouse, Tuesday.
[Both from Unknown newspaper, probably the Mt. Cakrmel Republican Register.  Copied from the Mt. Carmel Library]

Palmer Greathouse, 54, formerly of Mt Carmel died in Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday, December 2nd.  Funeral services will be held in Scottsdale at the Green Acres Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Tuesday, Dec. 5th.
Mr. Greathouse was born in Wabash County, the son of Therman and Naomi Greathouse and was married to the former Lydia Mayhall.  He was a resident of Mt. Carmel until 1958 at which time he went to Arizona for his health.  He was an employee of Snap-on Tools for a number of years.
Surviving are his wife, Lydia; one son, Thurman Allen and one daughter, Mrs. Angie Carnahan, all of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his father, Thurman Greathouse of Mt. Carmel; one brother John of Charleston, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Bernice Terry of Mt. Carmel, Mrs. Imogene Hilgeman of Coolidge, Ariz. and Mrs. Myraldean Moomey of Phoenix, Ariz.
{Source - Probably Daily Republic Newspaper in Mt. Carmel.  Obituary found at Mt. Carmel Library]

THURMAN A. GREATHOUSE  Nov 19th, 1968?
Thurman A. Greathouse, 80, of 406 W. 9th St., Mt. Carmel died early this morning at the Wabash General Hospital.
He was born in Edwards County, Sept. 2, 1888 the son of David and Olive (Baker) Greathouse.  In 1915 he was married to Naomi Ulm, who proceded him in death.  Also preceding him was a son, Palmer.
Surviving are three daughters:  Mrs. Bernice Terry of Mt. Carmel, Mrs. Imogene Hilgeman of Coolarge, Ariz., and Mrs. Myridean Moomey of Phoenix, Ariz., and one son, John Greathouse, of Mt. Carmel, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held from the Roy D. Short Co. Memorial Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Ryan officiating.  Interment will be in Lick Prairie Cemetery, Friends may call at the funeral home after 6:00 p.m. this evening. - [Mt. Carmel Register? - submitted by Dawn Daddario].



Mary Jane Greathouse Passed Away and the Body Will be Brought Home

A message received Wednesday afternoon about 3 o'clock by William Greathouse of this city contained the news of the death of his mother, Mary Jane Greathouse,  which occurred at the Southern Illinois Hospital for the insane at Anna, some time Wednesday.

Mr. Greathouse left for Anna early this morning, and will bring the body to this county for burial.  If his plans materialize as made, the body will probably arrive here Friday afternoon and will be taken to Friendsville, where the funeral services will be conducted by Eld. W. R. Couch and burial will be made in the Friendsville cemetery.  

[August 6, 1908 From the Mt. Carmel Evening Register]


Dies After Long Illness (1950)

William Irvin Greathouse, retired, farmer of Lick Prairie, passed away on Thursday, October 26, at 8:00 p.m. in the Convalescent Nursing Home.  He had been ill for several months.

He was born in Lick Prairie on November 4, 1863, the son of William and Mary Carter Greathouse and at death was aged 86 years, 11 months and 22 days.  His wife, who was Martha Wood of Fort Branch, preceded him in death.  He leaves two children, Wesley Greathouse, of Michigan, and Mrs. Anna Smith, of Mt. Carmel; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one half-brother, Fred Fisher, of this county.

B.F. GROFF  Oct 3, 1918


B. F. Groff, son of Judge John Groff and Harriet Gard Groff, was born in Wabash county, August 29, 1850, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bascom French, Jr., at Bellmont, Sunday morning, September 29, 1918, at the age of 68 years, 1 month.

On July 21, 1870, he was married to Harriett E. Ingram, with whom he lived happily and contented till her death some three and a half years ago.  Ten children were born to this home, five of whom died in infancy, two, Elmer and Eddie, in early manhood, and three, Benjamin P. Groff, Mrs. Bascom French, Jr. of Bellmont, and Mrs. Fred French, of Omaha, Ill., survive him and were at his bedside at the time of his death.

Mr. Groff leaves also three brothers, four sisters, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild, Darral Joachim, connecting five generations.  He was also foster father to Mrs. Evah Walters, who was a member of his household for a number of her early years and who shared all the attention a natural father could give.  Likewise Miss Irene Shaw, now of Bellmont, came under his protection and tender care at the age of six years and enjoyed the rights and benefits of his home, and like Evah, won a prominent place in his heart and life.

Mr. Groff's health had been failing for the past two years especially, but not till in May last did it dawn upon his family and friends that there were but slight chances for recovery, at which time he was stricken with paralysis while on a visit at Indianapolis.  

JUDGE JOHN GROFF March 9, 1905

Joined the Great Silent Majority Saturday Night

Monday's Evening Register.

In the death of Judge John Groff Wabash county has lost one of its most representative and highly respected citizens.  He died at his home in Bellmont precinct, at 9:15, Saturday night, surrounded by these nearest and dearest to him, after an illness of but eleven days.  The ravages of the disease were so rapid that even his strong constitution could not withstand the inroads.

Judge Groff's age was 78 years, 5 months and 8 days, and of this long period nearly sixty-four years were passed in the neighborhood where he died, and where he had won and retained the confidence and love of his neighbors.

Judge Groff had a marked personality and his tall figure was a familiar one.  He always had the courage of his convictions and were true and loyal to his friends.

The body was brought to Mt. Carmel for burial, the funeral taking place from the Christian church, of which the deceased was a member, at 1:30 this afternoon.  Elder Lee Tinsley preached the sermon.  Burial was made in Rose Hill.

LEWIS E. GROFF Dies in Detroit 1947

Lewis E. Groff, long a prominent farmer of Wabash county, north of Bellmont, for the past several years in Detroit, died January 21 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Leona Sennett in Detroit.

He was the son of John and Harriett Gard Groff and was born in Wabash County June 9, 1867, being aged at death 79 years, 7 months and 12 days.

Surviving are four children:  Raymond Groff, Mount Carmel, Bessie Gray, Indianapolis; Hollin Groff, Walled Lake, Mich.; Leona Sennett, Detroit, Mich.; also by one sister, Mrs. Elmira Cowling, of Mount Carmel.

Preceding Mr. Groff in death were his wife, who was Flora Butterick to whom he was married in Wabash county, three children, three brothers and four sisters,  William A. Groff, Perry Allen Groff, Fred Groff, Elizabeth Davis, Dora Chapman, Margaret Rigg, and Flora Brines.

The body is being brought to Mt. Carmel and will be at the Roy D. Short company funeral home Friday mooring.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at one o'clock in the Memorial chapel.  Interment will be in Bethel cemetery.

MRS. JOHN GROFF  (nee Gard) May 4, 1905

Called a Pioneer Lady of Wabash County

Monday's Evening Register

Mrs. John Groff, wife of the late John Groff, died at her home in Bellmont precinct, this morning.

She had been in bad health since the death of her husband, which occurred a few months ago, but was not considered serious until Sunday when suffered a paralytic stroke which ended in death this morning.

Mrs. Groff, nee, Gard, was born in Bellmont precinct, March 14, 1829.  She was a granddaughter of Seth Gard, who was a member of the Territorial Legislature in 1817 and a member of the First Constitutional Convention that met at Kaskaskia in 1818.

There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Groff eleven children.  Their names in the order of their birth are:  Benjamin F., born August 29, 1850; John Frederick Groff, born January 29, 1853; Mary Elizabeth; Anna Margaret, born Sept. 3, 1856, Frances Elmira, born August 23, 1858; Perry Allen, born Feb 25, 1860; Alfred died in infancy; Harriet Medora, born Feb. 17, 1868, William Albert; born Dec. 23, 1864; Lewis E., born March 9, 1867; Flora Viola, born March 4, 1872.

The strong characteristics of the sturdy German pioneer, which are economy, industry and honesty, were marked in her.

In the neighborhood, and among the people who knew her best, it is said of her that she was a good, kind christian woman, and by her death the community suffers a great loss.

The funeral of Mrs. John Groff will be held at the Christian church, Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.  Rev. Tinsley will preach the sermon.  The grandsons of deceased will act as pallbearers.  Burial at Rose Hill.


Well-Known Citizen of the County Passes Away at the Age of 61.

James H. Hallock departed this life Saturday, Jan. 24, 1925, at 4 o'clock at the Hayden Hospital in Evansville, Ind., where he went for an operation one week ago Sunday.  He was the youngest son of Aaron and Arsenth Hallock.  He was born Dec. 11, 1863, and a death was aged 61 years.  He was born in Wabash county and spent his entire life, except a few years in the West, here.  The deceased was a farmer and a member of a family that had long been prominent in the history of the county.  He united with the M.E. church at Cabbage Corner.  He was kind and generous and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves to mourn his death, three brothers, and three sisters, and a number of relatives and friends.  The brothers and sisters are:  John Hallock, Mount Carmel; Allen Hallock, Harrisburg, Ill., Charles Hallock and Lydia Royer of Centralia, Wash., Belle and Amy Hallock, at home.

Preceding him in death were his father  and mother, four brothers, Isaac, William, Aaron and Harry - and three sisters - Mary Shearer, Martha Newkirk and Katie Rigg.  

One dearly beloved by us is gone; Our loss for him is gain, That heavenly home so bright and fair Knows neither grief or pain.  An upright life, no man he wronged, How well he met the test; And so we say: God's will be done, Though knowest what is best.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from the residence at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. Cisne, officiating, and interment was in Hallock cemetery.


August 21, 1890

Mr. Gervase Hazleton, a former well-known resident of this county, died very suddenly, at Hazleton, Ind., Aug. 10.  He was on his way home from church, and dropped dead upon the street from heart disease.  He had many friends in this city and vicinity, and they will be pained to learn of his death.

[From the Mt. Carmel Register]


Passed Away in the Person of Mary Key Higgins

Among the early pioneers of the county was the Key family, after whom was named Keys' Hill, on the Southern railway, a short distance west of this city.  The family came to Mt. Carmel from Kentucky in 1818.

The last but one of eleven children died a few days ago, and from her obituary in the Olney Advocate we clip the following:

"Mary Kay Higgins was born January 1, 1820, near Mt. Carmel, Wabash County, Ill.  Her father, John Key, was a Kentuckian, and her mother Sarah Runnels Key, was a native of Georgia.  They located near Mt. Carmel in 1818.  To them were born eleven children, of whom three died in early age.  Elizabeth married Thomas Weir; Nancy married Thomas Parker; Thomas H., Martha, married Anson Higgins, Henry, Caroline, wife of William Barton, of near Parkersburg; Emma married Harry Risley, now deceased.  All proceded Mrs. Higgins to their eternal home except Mrs. Barton, who alone survives her.

On October 26, 1848, she was married to John P. Higgins, and with their belongings, all contained in an ox card, wended their way from her father's home to the tract of land which they entered as a homestead, a part of the farm in Madison township, upon which they lived until his death, October 1, 1898.

To them, was born one son, Louis D., who died in April, 1859, at the age of 10 years.  No other children were born to the union, but her life was one of activity and help to others commensurate with the stirring times in which she lived.  Her husband went to California by way of Oregon with an ox team, leaving home April 29, 1859, and returning home by the way of New Mexico December 12, 1860.  Then followed the stirring events of the civil war, and she gave liberally of both her means and talents to the cause, and was president for several terms of the Union League of Loyal Women of America.

She joined the Methodist church at an early age and remained a faithful and useful member of the same until her death on Sunday, August 5, at the ripe old age of 78 years, 8 months and 4 days."

[Source:  The Olney Advocate]

JOHN JACKMAN   2-2-1893


Whereas, tthe Messanger of Death has entered our ranks and our worthy brother, John Jackman has been called from labor to refreshment _______ from the ______ lodge below to the Great Lodge always _______the Allendale Lodge No. 752, A. F. & A. M. desire to express our heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved family.  We greatly feel  ___less.  He was a stalwart member, a faithful attendant and was _____  _______ in __________order.  Let us emmulate his many virtues so that when the gavel shall sound, calling _______ labor before,may we partake refreshments our brother as ________.   As a testimony to our regard in remembrance of our departed _____________ be it

Resolved, that the Lodge room be drappped in mourning for thirty days, and that a copy of this be sent for each of the county papers for publication.

{Howard Albeitz, O.B. Green, F. G. Michner} Com.

[Probably from the Mt. Carmel Register, copied from the Mt. Carmel Library "Jackman, John 2-2-1893]

NANCY JACKMAN  Feb 20, 1913


Mrs. Allen Jackman Dies After a Long Illness

The sad news reaches us this morning of the death of Mrs. Allen Jackman at her home near Orio.  Mrs. Jackman had been ill for some time.  

About a week ago she was thought to be improving but suffered a relapse and her hope was abandoned.  Her death occurred Tuesday afternoon about 2 o'clock.  The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. S. L. Roper, her pastor, this afternoon at two o-clock at the Wabash Presbyterian church.

The deceased was formerly Miss Nancy Askren, and at the time of her death she was thirty years of age.  She leaves at her death, a husband, one son, William; six step-children:  Amy, Mrs. Herman Thompson:  Bert, Everett, Virgil, Herbert and Ruth, seven brothers, three in Indiana, one in Kansas, two in Somner and Joe of this place survive her, also one sister.

Mrs. Jackman was a patient, loyal wife and woman and will be greatly missed in the home and to the community.


Our church and homes have been bereaved in the death of Mrs. Ella Jackman, nee Shepard, who entered into eternal rest on November 16, 1900 the 40th year of year life.  She was converted and united with the Wabash Presbyterian church at the early age of 17, and as she lived she grew to power and usefulness until called to the church triumphant.  She was married to W.A. Jackman in the year of 1882.  Six children came to bless their union, all of whom survive her.  She leaves a host of friends and relationships  who will cherish the memory of her devoted life and friendship.  Funeral Services were conducted at Wabash, Friday afternoon at _____ o'clock by Revs.  _______ and _________.

Note:  Some of the obituaries came from old microfilm, with a black background and are quite difficult to read.  Some words are entirely missing.  Please accept my apologies.

Funeral services for Eli C. Jordan were conducted from the Gilbert Christian Church in Arkansas, September 30, Rev. Roy Wheeler officiating. [the spelling of the word "officiating" is an error.  In Accordance with Genealogy Trails policy we must transcribe exactly as the notice appears in print].  Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews, and interment was in Gilbert Cemetery.
C. Eli Jordan died September 28 at Harrison, Arkansas.  He was married to Myrtle Cusick in Allendale.    Surviving are his wife, Myrtle; three sons, Don of Springfield, Mo., Ray of Wichita, Kan., Paul of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. W. A. Brown of Lamar, Ark., also nine grand children and six great-grandchildren.
Source:  Daily Republican Register October 5, 1965

JOHN JORDAN - March 22, 1915
John Jordan was Well Known Resident of North Part of the County - Funeral at Allendale
John Jordan, of near Allendale, one of the oldest residents of the north part of the county, died at his home Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock, after a short illness.  His death was due to pneumonia and old age.  He was taken ill several days ago with grippe, which developed into pneumonia.  
The deceased was born June 8, 1830, and had he lived until next June would have been 85 years of age.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Fred McCarrell, Mrs. William Walser, and Mrs. Mary Jordan, all of Wabash precinct.  His wife and three children preceded him in death.  
The funeral will be held from the Christian church in Allendale conducted by Rev. Weinniger, and burial will be in the Allendale cemetery.
Mr. Jordan was one of the oldest and best known residents of Wabash precinct.  Practically all his entire life was spent in this county.  He was a veteran of the Civil war, and was widely and favorably known throughout the county.
Source:  Mt. Carmel Evening Register

March 20, 1924
Word was received here, Wednesday of the death of Aunt Martha J. Jordan, an old resident of this precinct, but who went to the Ozark mountains with her son Eli Jordan some two years ago.  Her body will arrive here sometime Friday.  Funeral arrangements will be made later.  Aunt Martha, as she was known, was 84 years old her last birthday.  She was known and loved by every one.  She spent her life in this neighborhood.
- and -
The body of Mrs. Martha Jordan, who died at Gilbert, Ark., arrived in Allendale Friday and was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Gard.  Funeral services were held from the Christian church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial was in Compton cemetery.
The Kingdom Harbinger, published at Gilbert, printed the following obituary:
Martha Jane Wood was born at Linn., Ill., Dec. 27, 1839.  She was married to Edwin J. Jordan October 6, 1864 living at Bridgeport, Ill., a short time later removing to a farm near Allendale, Ill., where they resided together until parted by the death of the husband, June 16, 1899.
To their union were born ten children:  James Allen, Neodetha, Kans.; Enmaretta, deceased in youth; Mrs. Birdella Gard, Allendale, ILL; William Courter Keen, Gilbert, Ark.; Sarah Ehulamite, [I think this is an error and meant to read:  Shulamite], deceased, Francis Emmitt, Gilbert, Ark.; Joseph Henry, Allendale, Ill.; Caleb Eli, Gilbert, Ark.; Mrs. Edith Jane King, Gilbert, Ark.; and Zorah, deceased in childhood.
Three children had been born to Mr. Jordan by a former marriage who were reared by their step-mother as tenderly as her own children.  Of these, Robert Wright and Marcellous are deceased and Mrs. Belle Cusick, Allendale, Ill., remains to mourn the passing of the gentle life to which she owes so much.  
One sister, Mrs. Rachel Ramsey, St. Francisville, Ill.; and three half sisters, Malinda Hershey, Hammond, Ind.; Isabella A. Edmiston, Huntington, Ind.; and Margaret Sharp, Linn.; survive the subject of this sketch.  There are also 28 grandchildren and great grandchildren.  
Sister Jordan was very devout throughout her life.  In her early married life she united with the Christian church and took an active part in worship at Barney's Prairie and "Adams" Corner, near Allendale, Illinois.
Sister Jordan was an ardent supporter of the work of the Incoming Kingdom Missionary Unit since its inception.  She not only gave liberally of her money, but put active faith to the fulfillment of all that the prophets have spoken concerning the kingdom of God.  Upon the establishment of the Gilbert community, she decided to remove from her old home and accordingly, accompanied her son C. Eli and family whom she has made her home for years, to Gilbert.  We have felt the benediction of her spirit in our midst and have been blessed by the testimony of her strong faith in its frail body.  She never missed a meeting that she was able to attend, and young children and parents alike were made stronger in their faith by her example.
"Life!  we've been long together,
Through pleasant and cloudy weather,
Tis hard to part, when friends are dear.
Perhaps twill cost a sigh, a tear;
Then steal away, give little warning
Choose, thine own time;
Say not,  "Good night"
Source:  Mt. Carmel Daily Republican Register, March 24, 1924

JOHN HAMMOND 12-31-1885
George Banks fatally kicks John Hammond at Monroe City
Source:  Western Sun Almanac Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society

ANNIE HAZELTON   February 15, 1900
of a Former Resident of This County
From the Vincennes papers in the REGISTER learns of the terrible death of Mrs. Annie Hazelton, who formerly resided near Linn, in this county.
Monday, February 5, Mrs. Hazelton was standing near an open grate at the residence of Mr. J. M. Adams, near Monroe City, Knox county, Indiana, when her clothing caught fire, and before help could reach her she was totally enveloped by the flames and had received fatal burns.
Mrs. Hazelton's age was about eighty-three years and she was quite feeble in health.  She was the widow of the late Mr. William Hazelton, who in his lifetime was one of the leading and wealthiest farmers of the county.
Their home farm, a very beautiful and valuable one, was situated near Linn, and there the greater portion of the life of Mrs. Hazelton was passed.  She was the mother of Mr. Joseph Hazelton, who removed from this county to Indiana a few years ago.
The Wabash county friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Hazelton will learn with genuine sorrow of the fearful manner in which death came to her.

A.G. KEEN, County Native, Summoned
A.G. Keen, 82 years died at his home in Dorris Heights Monday July 17.  He had been in failing health for a year with death due to complications.
Mr. Keen was a native of Wabash county and left Mount Carmel for Harrisburg in 1913.  He was employed by the New York Central, losing his left arm while working in 1918, afterwards being employed as watchman in the tower at the railway station until his retirement in 1936.  He was a member of the Christian church of Harrisburg.
He is survived by his wife, the former Harriet Ramsey, of Mt. Carmel, whom he married 61 years ago and was the father of Paul and Owen Keen of Mt. Carmel; Cale Keen, Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Vera Orr, Indianapolis; Glen Keen, Paris, Ill., Bill Keen and Mrs. Jose Fowler, Har________, Mrs. Blanch Hess; and Mrs. Ibes Pettit, Highland, Ind;, a sister Mrs. Katie Keen Sanford of Mt. Carmel, a half-brother Harvey W. Morris, Indianapolis, Ind., a half-sister - Mrs. Anne Thomas of California, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchild who also survive.
His father and mother, one son, Kenneth, one sister Nellie and one brother Ira preceded him in death.
The body was received by the Turner funeral home In Harrisburg where the funeral services were  held in the chapel at 2. p.m. Wednesday, July 19, with Rev. E. M. Oakes officiating.  Burial was in Sunset Lawn Cemetery.  
Daily Republic Register July 21 1950
Albert Keen Dies in Harrisburg
Word has been received here of the death of Albert Glenn Keen, who passed away this at his home in Harrisburg.  Mr. Keen was father of P.G. and O.J. Keen of this city, and is widely known in Mt. Carmel.  
July 17, 1950

EZRA BAKER KEEN -  [May 4, 1909]


Pioneer of Wabash County Spent Entire Life Here


He served his constituents Faithfully and Well for One Term

On Tuesday evening, at his late resident just north of Keensburg, occurred  the death of Hon. E. B. Keen, one of the pioneers of Wabash county and one of its oldest and most respected citizens.  Mr. Keen had been in very poor health for some time, and his advanced age rendered his recovery impossible, so that for several days his death has been hourly expected.

Mr. Keen's family were pioneers of three states, originally from New Jersey.  His father Daniel Keen, before Illinois was admitted to the Union as a state, settled in what is now known as Coffee precinct which was then wild and unimproved land.  In 1815 he was married to Mary Compton, the daughter of Levi and Rosanda Compton, who are credited with being the first settlers in this part of the state.  To this union were born five sons and two daughters.  One of these was Ezra Baker Keen, the subject of this sketch, who was born on the old homestead, where he died, on December 1, 1821.  He grew up on the farm and received what in those days was a good education in the subscription schools of the precinct.  His opportunities for acquiring knowledge, however, were very meager and his broad knowledge of men and affairs was largely the result of reading and close observation.

During his early manhood, Mr. Keen employed his time in various ways, teaching school, working on the farm and boating on the river, making many trips to New Orleans on the Mississippi.

On March 6, 1856, he was married to Miss Lucinda Knowles, daughter of Ephraim and Cynthia Knowles, purchased the old homestead and settled down to a life of a farmer, and lived the remainder of his days there.

_________son, three of whom are now living.  These are Editor D.E. Keen, of the Republican, in this city; Marshall G. Keen, of Chicago, and Mrs. Mayme C. Buchholz, of Keensburg.

Politically, Mr. Keen was originally a member of the old Whig Party, casting his first presidential vote for Henry Clay in 1844.  He remained a member of that party until its disbandment and in 1860 cast his vote for Abraham Lincoln, and subsequently was a firm believer in the policies and doctrines of the Republican party, supporting the ticket of his party in every election.

In 1860 he was elected to represent this district in the 32nd General Assembly of the state; and while a member of that body his course was marked throughout by an earnest desire to legislate in the interest of the whole people.

Early in life he became a member of the Christian church, his father having been one of the pioneers in the Restoration movement, helping to establish the church in Wabash county in 1819. [My note:  This would have been Barney's Prairie Church]. His religious zeal was great and no matter how stormy the weather "Uncle Baker," as he was known by nearly all of his neighbors, would make his way to church, where he usually filled some important position until the time when his health would no longer permit, he was a member of the Bible school, and seldom missed a session.

The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Christian church at Keensburg, conducted by Rev. J.E. Moyer, minister of the church with which he was so long affiliated, and burial will be made in the old Coffee cemetery.

The casket will not be opened at the church, and those desiring to take a last look may do so by calling at the family residence any time before the hour for leaving for the church.

From the Mt. Carmel Evening Register May 5, 1909.

MRS. JEMIMA KEEN   Died 26 Jan 1855

On the 26th of January at the residence of Mr. Joseph Lamott, in Lawrence County, Mrs. JEMIMA, consort of Peter Keen, deceased age 86 yers.  Her funeral will be preached the first Sunday of March, in the Presbyterian meeting house of Friendsville.  The deceased was a native of New Jersey, and one of the first pioneers to the west.  She was the first lady married between the Miamis of Ohio, and one of the first settlers of Southern Illinois.  Her life has been an example of piety in the large circle of friends and relatives that clustered around her during life; being deprived of her eye-sight for a period of ten years before her death, she endured the privation with a calm resignation which ever marked her confidence in the God of Heaven, whom she had served for fifty years, being associated with the Christian Church; her last moments were spent in joy and peace; she hailed welcome the messenger of death when it came to summon her to that "rest preprared for the people of God."  She has left to mourn not as those who have no hope, for it is written "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."

She is sleeping, coldly sleeping,

In the graveyard still and lone.

Where the winds above her sweeping,

Make a melancholy moan.

She is passing, upward passing,

Parent, being of our love,

And her spirit form is classing,

with the beautiful above;

There we see her - there we hear her,

Thro' our dreams she'll ever move -

And we're longing to be near her in the beautiful above.

She is going, gently going,

In her angel's robe to stand,

Where the River of Life is flowing

In the far off happy land.

We shall mourn her--we shall miss her

From our broken family band;

But our souls shall dwell there with her

In that far off silent land.

She is singing, sweetly singing,

Far beyond the vale of night -

Where the angel harps are ringing,

And the day is ever bright.

We can love her-we can greet her

From this land of dimmer light,

Till God takes us hence to meet her

Where the day is ever bright.

Lick Prairie, 1855."


John Leek, a pioneer resident of Allendale, who for the past two months has been suffering from the affects of a stroke passed away this afternoon at his home near Adams' Corner at 1:10 o'clock.  Funeral services have not yet been arranged.

Our community was made sad on Thursday at noon by the passing away of "Uncle" John Leek.  He was our oldest resident in the community, being passed 91 years old.  He had been in poor health for a long time.  He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  He was an active member of the Christian church here always attending until health failed him.  Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Gregg of Allendale and Reverend Johnson, here.  Music was furnished by the Allendale choir on Sunday after noon at two o'clock.  There was a very large attendance to pay their last tribute of respect to one who will be greatly missed by all.  Interment was made at the cemetery here.

JOHN A. LEEK Dec. 17, 1947

John A. Leek, Allendale route 1, died at his home Dec. 16, at 4:20 p.m.  He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Leek was a native of Wabash county son of John and Catherine Woods Leek, and was born Jan. 13, 1864.  He was aged 83 years, 11 months and three days.  He was married to Elizabeth Hill at Friendsville, Oct. 7, 1891, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Oct. 7, 1941.  His wife survives him.  There are six surviving children:  Noble Leek, Mt. Carmel; Rhoda Simonds, Roy Leek and Lola Gard, Allendale, John B. Leek, Kansas City, Mo., and Mary Wise, Mount Carmel.  There are also two brothers, Norman Leek of Mount Carmel, and William Oliver Leek, Allendale, also 13 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were three brothers, George, Nelson and Robert, and one sister, Sarah Ramsey.

He was a member of the Christian church at Adams Corner.

Mr. Leek was brought to the Roy D. Short Company Funeral Home where services will be held from the Memorial Chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. John J. Walser officiating.  Interment will be in Adams Corner Cemetery.

HENRY J. LEEK d. Feb. 24, 1898

Kicked by a Horse

Mr. Henry J. Leek, one of the most prominent and substantial farmers of Wabash precinct, was kicked by a horse Friday afternoon.  While he suffered a great deal none thought the injuries were serious.  On Sunday he became worse and in a few hours died.  Mr. Leek was sixty-one years old and had been a member of the church of Christ for thirty six years.  He was born in Wabash precinct and had always lived in this county.  He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. J.T. Litherland, to mourn his loss.  The funeral services were conducted by ...... [I am sorry that the last bit of the obituary is missing.  I will contact the Mt. Carmel Library to see if there is anything else . . . ]

MARGARET LEEK, d. Jan 17, 1895.

Eighty-Fourth Year

Mrs. Margaret Leek _____, Pioneer of Wabash Precinct passes away.

Mrs. Margaret Leek died at her residence in Allendale Thursday in her eighty-fourth year, being eighty-three years and nine months old.  She came to this state with her mother Mrs. Philpott, and settled in Wabash precinct in about 1817.  She was united [?] in marriage to Mr. Robert Leek, and from this union eight children grew to maturity.  John, Henry J, M. Frank, Mrs. Walter Couch, Mrs. G. Litherland, Sarah Ann, and Mr. _____________, deceased.

Mrs. Leek leaves besides her seven children, thirty-five grand-children.  She has been a consistent member of the Christian church nearly sixty years.  

For the past few years she has been an invalid.  The funeral services were conducted from the Christian church.  Saturday, Elder Wyatt, of Bellmont preached the sermon.

[ From the Mt. Carmel Library Obituary Collection, unknown newspaper .  Note:  This obituary came from micro-film, with a black background, which was somewhat difficult to read]

SARAH JANE LEEK  D. 19 Jan 1918

Aged woman dead at Allendale

Sarah Jane Leek dies at age of eighty six - born in this county

Sarah Jane Leek, whose death occurred at her Allendale home, Saturday afternoon, after an illness of several days' duration was one of the county's oldest residents.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leek, one of the pioneer families of the county, and was born on a farm in the vicinity of Adams' Corner, eighty-six years ago in the month of January.

Her entire life had been spent in the vicinity of Adams' Corner and Allendale, to which city she moved with her brother, Marion, several years ago.

Besides the brother, Marion, for whom she kept house, she is survived by two other brothers, John of Adams' Corner, and Frank of Rosebud, Ill.

She was a faithful member of the Christian church since early childhood and lived an earnest consistent Christian life.

Funeral services were held this afternoon from the Allendale Christian church, conducted by Rev. W. W. Weedon, and internment was made in the Allendale cemetery.

[Jan. 21, 1918 Mt. Carmel Evening Register]

Death Comes As Shock to Community
       Doctor Found No Serious
The death of Mrs. Abner Litherland, which occurred Saturday night, comes as a shock to the family and to the entire community.  
Mrs. Litherland had not been ill.  She had complained of not feeling well on Sunday and the doctor had been called, but he was unable to find any serious ailment.  
The family retired at the usual hour and later, possibly at one o'clock this morning, the little grand-daughter who was sleeping with her grand-mother awakened and found her dead.  She had apparently been dead for some time, but had passed away quietly and without a struggle as she slept, for she lay as she had lain upon retiring.  The covering was not disturbed in any way and her face was peaceful and calm, showing that she had passed from sleep Into the sleep that knows no earthly awakening.  
. . . . . (text is unreadable), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Mahon, was born in Wabash county, March 12th, 1854, and passed away, Feb. 4, 1918, aged 63 years, 10 months, and 22 days.
She was united in marriage to Abner Litherland, March 11, 1875, and to this union seven children, six of whom with the father, survive.
The surviving children are:  Logan of this city; Charles of Elizabeth, Colo.; Alonzo of Friendsville; Mrs. Tina Rigg of Bellmont, and Miss Flora and Mrs. Jennie Reed of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
She is also survived by two sisters:  Mrs. Lucreta Woods of Lick Prairie, and Mrs. Phoebe Adams, of Shawnee, Okla., and by two half-sisters, Mrs. Ella Best, of Wayne county; and Mrs. Belle Straw of Route No. 1.
Mrs. Litherland was a member of the local M. E. church and a woman of devout Christian character.  The memory of her life of unselfish devotion will remain a blessed heritage to her children.
Interment will be made in Friendsville cemetery, but as of yet no definite funeral arrangements have been made.  Her children have all been heard from except Charles at Elizabeth, Colo., and they are coming.


06-30-1913 Microfilm


Former Resident of This County Dies in Iowa

Word has been received here of the death in Idaho of Rev. Alexander Litherland.  The body will be shipped here for burial arriving on the 4:19 train Friday afternoon and burial will be at Nye Chapel Saturday.

Rev. Litherland was formerly a resident of this county, having lived in the vicinity of Friendsville.  He left here for Idaho many years ago.  He has a number of relatives throughout the county.

Rev. Litherland was years ago pastor of the Wabash church at Orio.

A message received by Mrs. Nancy Stoltz, the deceased's sister, says death was due to heart failure.  The body, on arrival here will be taken to the home of Jesse Stoltz, 1122 Chestnut Street.

Carrie Litherland May 6, 1909


This morning at 3:30 o'clock, occurred the death of Carrie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Litherland of Adams Corners.  The little girl was aged ten years and been in poor health since she was about two years old, when she drank a preparation for cleaning boilers, which so seriously burned her throat that she experienced great difficulty in breathing.  The trouble gradually grew worse and resulted in her death as above stated.

The body will be taken to Plainsville, in Davis county; Indiana, for burial, leaving Allendale Friday forenoon.  The funeral will be held two o'clock Friday afternoon.

The Litherland family have resided in this county but a few months, having taken charge of the store at Adams Corners in February last.  They have the sympathy of all in their great-bereavement.

[Mt. Carmel Evening Register]

C.F.O Litherland  Obituary

Charles Francis O. Litherland, only son of the Late Joseph and Catherine Litherland was born on the Litherland homestead, Nov. 31, 1866, departed this life, Sept. 27, 1925, making his age 58 years, 10 months, and 24 days.

Some four weeks ago he became ill, taking with a chill, since that time he has been ailing but his condition was not considered serious until the last of the week when on Saturday morning he was taken to Evansville.

Dr. Long pronounced the main trouble Leukemia [this is how the obit reads] which is an over supply of white corpuscles in the blood, a very rare disease but fatal.

At the age of 19 he confessed his faith in Christ and was buried with Him in baptism under the ministry of W. R. Couch at Adams Corner.  

About four years ago he united with the Presbyterian church at Wabash.

He was united in marriage to Lydia C. Leoffler on Nov. 30, 1893 by Rev. Herbert Baldridge.  To this union were born four children, Mrs. Ruth Reed of near Patton, Waldo, living on the old home place and Levi and Agnes at home who with four grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Simon Cozine, Mrs. W. O. Leek and Mrs. Clyde Shepard and a host of friends left to mourn their loss; his father mother and one sister preceded him in death.

He was an ardent Sunday school worker having filled the office of president of County Sunday school work.  At present he was business manager of the financial work of the Sunday school work.  He was a teacher of the men's class of his church.

For some cause, we know not why, That from our loved ones we must part;

The Lord knows best, on his rely, He knows what blessing to impart.

And He prepared for us a place Where pain and sorrow can not come;

Where we may view his glorious face, When weary toiling here are done.

A place where faithful meet once more,

In glad, unbroken bonds of love;

Forever on that blissful shore, Prepared for us, yes, far above.


The pall bearers were, Joe Shepard, Jacob Shepard, Thad Leek, Mack Payne, Noel Andrews, Hugh Canedy.  

Honorary Bearers:  Frank Lindle, Wm, Payne, Olin Mullinax, Mack Shepard, Mark Litherland, Bruce French

Flower bearers:  Mesdames Frank Schrader, Francis Litherland, Wm. Phile, Finley Schrader, Anson Andrews.

[From the Daily Republican Register Sept. 30, 1925]

Elzina (McFarland) Litherland - 85 year's old

Mrs. Elzina McFarland Litherland passed away at her home three and one-half miles northwest of Allendale, Friday morning, after a prolonged illness.

Elizina McFarland Litherland, familiarly known as "Aunt Zine" was born near Elkton, Ky., November 12, 1823.  Her father the original John McFarland, a Virginian by birth was a pioneer of the dark and bloody ground of Kentucky, where in 1814 he married Miss Mary Polly Thompson of Christian county.  After residing in Kentucky for several years the family moved northwest with civilization, and after residing near Cannelton, Ind., for a time, finally took up permanent residence in Wabash precinct, McFarland school district, which bears the name.

On June 26, 1841 she was married to Elisha Litherland, who at the age of 83 preceded her to the other world, more than 4 years ago.  To this union were born twelve children, all of whom are living save the first mentioned, as follows:

Mrs. Wm. Franklin and John McFarland, of St. Francisville; Mrs. John Keyser, Sr., of Allendale; Mrs. Dekalb Kendal, of Danville; Thomas of St. Francisville; Sarah Catherine, of Richards, Mo; James Buchanan of Allendale; Marilla, of Shawneetown; Mrs. Henry Jones, of Allendale; Robert of Allendale, and Etta May of St. Francisville.  

She had living 45 grandchildren 42 great grandchildren, besides scores of other relatives.

She lived continuously on the old home place three and one-half miles northwest of Allendale.  For the past several years she has been cared for by her son, Robert, with whom she made her home.  She had been almost totally blind for several months.  Her life was one of usefulness and goodness and she has gone to her reward.

d. 8/27/09    [Mt. Carmel Evening Register August 28, 1909]

JAMES G. McFARLAND  July 5, 1922

One fatal Fourth of July accident occured in Mount Carmel, when James G. McFarland, 75 years of age, became confused while crossing West Third street, near Walnut, and was struck and knocked down by the car driven by J. H. Meyer of Browns.

The fatal acident occured in late afternoon.  Mr. McFarland, it was shown at the inquest, was crossing the street at an angle.  The Meyer car approached.  It was brought almost to a stop and then started on again after Mr. McFarland had apparently gotten clear.  Then as the car started on again Mr. McFarland became confused and stepped back in front of the car before it could be stopped, although it was going at a speed estimated by many who saw it at much less than ten miles an hour.

Mr. McFarland lived only a short time after being struck.  His head fell striking the pavement.  The blow caused his death.

This morning Coroner H. D. LaRue conducted an inquest.  The jury returned a verdict finding that the deceased came to his death "by an unavoidable accident by a car driven by J. H. Meyer" and concluded, "We therefore do not hold Mr. J. H. Meyer to blame for the accident and death of James G. McFarland."  The verdict was signed by J. Estes Schrodt, foreman, Hiram Frakes, H. C. Peters, J. N. Loudin, Thomas H. Puryear, and H. M. BeDell.  

James G. McFarland, 327 West Ninth street, was born in Kentucky on March 15, 1847, and at the time of his death was aged 75 years, 3 months and 17 days.  Surviving him are seven children, as follows:  Ben McFarland, 327 West Ninth street, city; Claude McFarland, Anderson, Ind..; Ed McFarland, Petersburg, nId.;* Malcolm McFarland, Honolulu; Mrs. Maud Wiseman, St. Louis; Mrs. Lizzie Decker, Oatsville, Ind. and Mrs. Lena Dewease, Petersburg.  Surviving also is one brother, Ben, who lives in Kentucky.  Four children are dead.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning at 9:00 o'clock, from the residence at 327 West Ninth street, in charge of Rev. W.N. Babb.  Immediately following the ceremony the body will be taken to Union, Ind. for burial in the family lot in Zion cemetery.  

*Per Genealogy Trails Policy, even if there are spelling, typo or other errors in the content of a transcription, we must submit it as it appears in print.

From the Daily Republic Register July 5, 1922



"Aunt Jane" McIntosh, Died while Seated in Her Chair a Victim of Paralysis

The people of Allendale were shocked this morning to hear of the death of Mrs. Jane McIntosh, who was found dead in her chair at ten o'clock, her sudden death being due to a stroke of paralsis.  Mrs. McIntosh had not been in good health but the suddenness of her demise is a shock to the entire community, for "Aunt Jane," as she was familiarly known, was dearly loved by the people of Allendale, both young and old, to whom she was always a trustworthy and sympathetic friend.

Mrs. McIntosh was the wife of Dr. A.J. McIntosh, who died on April 11, last.  His death was also sudden and was due to a stroke of paralysis, but he had suffered from several previous strokes and his death was not unexpected.  It is probable that the great sorrow which she was called up to bear hastened the death of Mrs. McIntosh.  The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock, from the Christian church.

[Mt. Carmel Evening Register March 9, 1908]


The dark still voice of death hovered over the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Litherland and called from our midst a devoted christian and a loving neighbor, a kind friend and a highly respected citizen.

Uncle Joe as he was commonly called was admired and loved by both old and young and he was the means of influencing many to be christians.

Uncle Joe was a devoted christian having been truly in the service of the Master full fifty years.  He united with the U.B. church at Nye chapel when quite young and will be greatly missed in the church where he attended regularly and worked faithfully.  He has passed through many trials and tribulations but has conquered and won victory.

Joseph Litherland, son of Wm. and Susan Litherland was born in Perry county, Indiana, November 12, 1845, and departed this life June 19, 1921, aged 75 years 7 months and 7 days.


George Ogle Litherland was born in Friendsville precinct, Wabash county, Illinois, December 26, 1833.  He was married to Sarah Jane Fite March 20, 1856.  To this union were born six children, four boys and two girls:  Mary E. McFarland, Wm. F. Webb D., Joseph T. and Leah L. Leighty, all of Wabash County, Illinois, and Clinton W. of Muskogee, Oklahoma.  He united with the Christian church over 49 years ago, and has been a consistent member ever since.  He was a devoted father to his family and a loyal member of the church.  His wife and oldest son William F., preceded him to the grave.  His health began to fail some three or four years ago.  About one year ago he suffered a slight stroke of paralysis, from which he never fully recovered, and he has had several reoccurrences of the attack, the last one coming just two days before his demise.  
From this he never regained consciousness, and passed away October 1, 1910 - aged 76 years, 9 months and 5 days.  Besides his family he leaves two sisters-Mrs. Mary Prout, of Allendale, ILL., and Mrs. Harriett Couch of Mt. Carmel, ILL. - eighteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his departure.  Funeral services were held at Adam's Corner Christian church, Tuesday, October 4th, conducted by Elder J.E. Moyer.  Interment in Adam's Corner cemetery.
[Oct. 5, 1910 Mt. Carmel Morning Reg.]

Thomas Litherland, son of Elisha and Elzina McFarland Litherland was born in Wabash County on Jun 13, 1853, and departed this life on June 26, 1935, at his home in Lawrence county, aged 82 years and 13 days.
He was united in marriage to Mary Sheridan in February, 1879.  To this union three sons and three daughters were born.  His wife, one son, Alva, and two daughters, Eva and Kate, preceded him in death.  Those left to mourn his loss are one daughter, Mrs. Clyde McClain of Allendale, Ill., two sons, Leslie, of St. Francisville, Illinois, and Lawrence, of Lawrenceville, Ill.
Two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Jones and Mrs. Etta May Land of Allendale, Ill., fourteen grandchildren and a host of relatives.
[there is more to this obituary, on the back of the index card in the Mt. Carmel Library.  Unfortunately, I don't have it, but I believe there is not much more on it - my apologies]

CHARLES LOVELETTE (Uncle Charley) Died May 12, 1893
Charles Lovellette (familiarly called "Uncle Charley,") after a few days of intense suffering passed across the dark river, on the morning of the 12 inst.  His age was not definitely known but he was supposed to have been born in 1808, making him 90 years old.  Uncle Charley had many friends but was not widely known because he never ventured far out of his neighborhood.  He leaves besides his own children a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  The funeral was conducted at the grave in Rochester cemetery.  In digging the grave three other graves were dug into before one was finished for him.  Friends ought to put some mark at the resting place of their relatives, even a sand stone, to avoid such scenes as above.        

of An Aged Lady Formerly of This County.
Tired and weary of life and thinking herself in the way, Mrs. Charlotte Lovellette, of Browns, aged seventy-five years, took her own life, Sunday.  She had been making her home with her grandson, Anniker Lovellette.
She had been in feeble health for several days and according to the evidence given at the coroner's Inquest it was disclosed that she had recently declared to some of her neighbors that she was in the way and that she was going to take her life.
She took a fatal dose early Sunday morning and death relieved her at four in the afternoon.  The verdict was that deceased had come to her death by suicide caused by taking poison.  Just what the poison was cannot be determined since there was none of the drug left nor any receptacle by which it could be discovered, but the coroner is of the opinion that it must have been arsenic.  -  Albion Journal.
The deceased was the widow of the late Henry Lovellette, one of the oldest French settlers of Coffee precinct, and the family formerly lived west of Keensburg.  There are two sons living in this county.  The Wabash friends of the aged lady will regret that despondency drove her to the rash act.

JOHN AUGUST LOVELLETTE  Died January 25, 1950
John August Lovellette, Allendale route one, died at his home at Adams Corner January 24 at 11:15 a.m. at the age of 74 years, four months and 11 days.  He was a native of Keensburg, son of August and Nettie Fisher Lovellette, and was born Sept 13, 1875.  He was married to Dessa LaVinna Spidel August 15, 1900.  She preceded him in death.  Surviving are five children, Martha Maude Waddle, Mount Carmel, Vietta Lucille Keneipp, Allendale, Dorothy Leona Cosby, Luling, Texas, Alberta Faith Payne, Allendale, Anson LeRoy Lovellette, Columbia, Mo.  There are also three sisters, Nettie Keenan, Cincinnaati, O Rose Brown, Mount  Carmel, and Barbara Gardner, Terre Haute, Ind.  Surviving also are nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two sons, Lawrence Otis and Johnny Lovellette, an infant daughter, and four grandchildren.  He was a member of the Adams Corner Christian Church.  He had lived in the community for the past 37 years.  Mr. Lovellette was a retired painter.

Dr. H. R. Lovellette was born at Keensburg, Illinois, September 21, 1869.  His parents were John T. and Sophia Baird Lovellette.
After attending school at Mitchell, Indiana, Dr. Lovellette went to Jefferson Medical School at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his M. D. from the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 1893.  He returned to Keensburg, and practiced medicine there for fifty-six years.  He was also actively engaged in farming during this time.
On May 1, 1900, Dr. Lovellette was married to Stella Schafer.  Seven children were born to this union, four of whom died in infancy.  Dr. Lovellette was preceded in death by his wife who died July 14, 1931, and by two sisters, Julia and Maud L. Strasser and four brothers, August, Hyacinth, Harvey and Stephen.  He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Iris L. Carlton of Mt. Carmel, two sons John T. Lovellette of Mt. Carmel and Champ T. Lovellette of Keensburg and four grandchildren, Mrs. William L. Haeberle, Patricia Carlton, Robert Carlton, all of Mt. Carmel and Stephen J. Lovellette of Keensburg.
Dr. Lovellette was a Charter member of the Elks and a 32nd Degree Mason.
Dr. Lovellette will be at the family home in Keensburg until Thursday morning at eleven o'clock, at which time he will be taken to the Roy D. Short Co., Funeral Home.  
Services will be held in the Memorial Chapel Thursday afternoon at two o'clock Rev. Allen G. Estelle officiating.  Interment will be in the LeGier-Lovellette cemetery near Rochester.
Mt. Carmel Lodge No. 239,  A. F. and A.M. will attend and have part in the service at the cemetery.  
[Daily Republic Register March 1, 1950]

MARY E. M'FARLAND  November 3, 1924
Mary E. McFarland, daughter of George O. and Sarah J. Litherland was born June 26, 1857; departed life November 3, 1924, aged 67 years, 4 months and 7 days.
She was married to George W. McFarland, March 12, 1876.  To this union were born two children, Ogle A. who died at the age of three years, and Mrs. Teletha B. Niblo of Mount Vernon, Indiana.  
She united with the Christian Church at Adams' Corner, August 9, 1877, under the ministry of Rev. George Morrel of Olney, Ill.
She ever lived  a consistent member of the church until her death.  She greatly enjoyed going to church and Sunday school and was a loyal attendant whenever her health and circumstances would permit.  For these last few years she had been confined to her bed a great deal and endured much suffering.
She was untiring in helping to relieve her friends and neighbors in times of sickness and distress and was always devoted to her family.  She leaves to mourn her death her husband, daughter Teletha, three brothers Webb D., and Joseph T. of Allendale, Clinton W. of Port Arthur Texas, and a brother, William F. having preceded her to death several years ago, a sister Mrs. Leah L. Leighty of Mount Carmel, IL., two grand-children Laverne and Mildred Niblo of Mt. Vernon, Ind., a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services conducted by the Rev. James E. Moyer of Mackinaw, Ill.  Burial in the Compton cemetery at Allendale.

Died, Sept. 16, 1878, at her home near Allendale, Rachel Almarine, daughter of Edward and Amanda Courter, and wife of William McFarland, aged 26 years, 10 months and 16 days.
She gave herself to Christ at the age of eighteen.  She was a sweet and amiable woman, a dutiful daughter, and devoted wife and mother.  In the morning of life she has been taken, leaving a husband and four small children.
"There is anquish in the household;
It is desolate and lone.
For a fondly cherished mother
From her little brood has flown;
A gentle form is missing,
A loving heart has ceased to beat;
And the chain of life lies shatted
At the desolater's feet."
Faith in God alone can comfort the bereaved ones.  She is at rest, in God's own presence bless'd.  Weep for the living:  not for the dead.  She is at peace.
M. B. McMilen.

See microfilom of newspaper for more information.  

DR. SAM MUNDY  December 14, 1907
Funeral Party Drove Overland Twenty-five Miles to Reach Boyhood Home.
The Body of the late Dr. Sam Mundy, whose death was announced in Thursday's REGISTER, was buried in Gard's Point cemetery, with Masonic honors, on Thursday afternoon.  The funeral party drove overland from Mt. Erie, Wayne county, a distance of 25 miles reaching the cemetery about 8 o'clock.  A party of Masons from this city, consisting of Messrs. Harry Hanson, Dick Stansfield, Dr. G.N. Stonemetz and W. S. M. Hughes met the party at the cemetery, and performed the ritualistic ceremony of that order.  Several Masons also accompanied the body from Wayne county.
Dr. Mundy was born on December 25, 1825, on the old Mundy homestead, about four miles west of Gards Point church, and spent the early days of his manhood there.  He was married to Miss Fannie Wilcox, of this county, who later died, leaving three children-now Mesdames Ninnie McCollum, Phoebe Crews and Carrie Skelton, all of Wayne County.  He later married Martha Armstrong, of Wayne county, who survives him.
Dr. Mundy was the eighth son of Samuel Mundy the second, whose father was also named Samuel.  He is survived by eight sisters and four brothers.  One of his brothers, now deceased, was the father of Hon M. H. Mundy, of this city.  The aged physician was a well-known character over Wayne county.  He was a humanitarian in the broadest sense of the word, and never turned away one in distress.  All calls for help were responded to by him, and for his services he asked and received but little in the way of compensation.  One who is informed states that doubtless the deceased man's book's would show upwards of $25,000 in accounts  which he made little or no effort to collect.  He had practiced his profession for a period of 57 years, having studied and practiced with Dr. James Strahan, of Lick Prarie.

NATHAN H. NEWKIRK October 2, 1933
Funeral services were conducted for Nathan H. Newkirk at the Presbyterian church in Friendsville at three o'clock Saturday afternoon.  The services were in charge of Doctor Morris, superintendent of the Old Folks' Home at Lawrenceville.
Music was furnished by Mrs. Lemore Liddle, Mrs. Fern Wilkinson and Misses Vivian and Margaret Wilkinson.
The pall bearers were Allen Newkirk, Ross Putnam, Worley King, George Joachim, Mark Putnam and George W. Rose.
The flowers girls were Misses Elva Corrie, Margaret Wilkinson, Neva Groff and Faye Groff.
Internment was made in the Friendsville cemetery.
The obituary:  Nathan H. Newkirk, son of Hugh and Theresa Herr Newkirk, was born in Wabash county, May 28, 1842, and closed a long and useful life September 27, 1933, at the age of 91 years, 3 months and 29 days.
He was the last surviving member of his family, the four following brothers and sisters having preceded him in death:  William Newkirk, Amanda Gilkinson, Clarissa Gilkirson and Jane Joachim, a half-brother Alfred Tanquary, and half-sister, De-(I'm sorry this part of the obituary is missing).
In 1863 he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth King.  To this union were born two children, William Newkirk, of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. Pearl Shepard, Route Three, Mount Carmel.  His wife preceded him in death May 31, 1893.  Later he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Shepard, who also preceded him in death August 21, 1911.
Mr. Newkirk was converted in young manhood and united with the Methodist church at Friendsville and through his long life remained loyal to that faith.  He helped build the Methodist church at Friendsville and was for many years an officer and one of the main supporters of that church.  In later life he was able to attend but little.
"Uncle Nathan" as he was familiarly called by his many friends and neighbors, spent almost his entire life at the old Newkirk home in Friendsville precinct where he was much respected as a kind neighbor.  The sunset of his life was very happily spent in the Methodist Old Folks' Home at Lawrenceville, where every care and kindness was given to make life comfortable and happy.  In his own words, "It was next to Heaven."
He often testified to his readiness to go to be with the Lord and that he was living each day to be ready whenever the call should come.  He was a kind and loving father and grandfather.
Surviving him are his son, William Newkkirk, of Tampa, Fla., his daughter, Mrs. Pearl Shepard, Mount Carmel, one grandson, Eugene Shepard, Mount Carmel and five granddaughters, Mary Newkirk, Tampa Fla., Alius Shepard Gravette, Ark., Dalius Shepard, Keensburg, Ill., Eugenia Shepard, Terre Haute, Ind., and Mrs. Inez Golding, Frankfort Heights, Ill.
[Mt. Carmel Daily Republican Register]

ZACHARIAH NEWKIRK  October 20, 1904
It was a terrible shock to his friends, when the announcement was made that Mr. Zachariah Newkirk was dead.  He was seized with a paralytic stroke about 10:45 o'clock, Thursday night.  Dr. Kingsbury was immediately summoned and responded to the call, but a glance at the patient assured him that his services were unnecessary.  Mr. N. passed away about 11:25, in less than an hour after he was first attacked.  Mr. Newkirk in the past year had had two former attacks, and Dr. Kingsbury feared the third attack.
On Thursday Mr. Newkirk, in company with his brother James, had spent the day fishing at Grand Rapids dam, and returned in excellent spirits, speaking frequently of the enjoyable time on the river.  About ten o'clock he was talking to his wife of how much improved he was and how well he was feeling.  A short time afterward he was stricken and died as above stated.
Mr. Newkirk was a native of Wabash county, and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Zachariah Newkirk, well known citizens of Wabash County.  His Father, a strong Democrat, was murdered on the day of the election in November, 1863, by Hiram Stanton, a Deputy U. S. Marshal, on Main street in this city.
Mr. Newkirk was born, and the great part of his life was passed, in Friendsville precinct, where he was engaged in farming.  A few years ago he removed to Mt. Carmel and conducted a second-hand store, and afterward conducted a novelty store on Fifth street.  For a while he was proprietor of a coal mine in Friendsville precinct.
Mr. Newkirk is survived by his wife, who is a daughter of the late County Commissioner Silas Andrus, and by three daughters.  The surviving members of his father's family are Messrs. Paul and James Newkirk, of this county; Mrs. Albert Sapp, of Seattle, Washington; and Mrs. D. Briner and Mrs. H. C. Hutchinson, of this county.  Mr. N was a member of the Christian church and of Myra Court, Tribe of Ben Hur.
Mr. Newkirk was an honest, upright and worthy citisen and his death will be sincerely mourned.
Brief funeral services will be held at the family resident, on East Tenth street, conducted by Eld. Lee Tinsley, at 11:00 a. m., Saturday.  The body will then be taken to Friendsville, where services and burial will take place at 2:00 o'clock p.m.
[Mt. Carmel Evening Register, October 20, 1904]

Funeral services for Guary Payne were held from Allendale First Christian Church on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Reverend Mason Gregg. Music was furnished by Mrs. S.H. Price, Mrs. Fred Dorney, Lonsdale White, and Claude Cusick with Miss Emma Wright accompanist.

The pall bearers were Sim Coleman, Lewis Stillwell, Clyde McClain, Sharon Price, William Rentshler, Marsh Keeling, Charles Smith.

The flower bearers were Nina Rosenburg, Magnolia DeWeese, Virginia DeWeese, Christian Walser, Helen Kern, Novelia Cusick, Margaret Helen Smith, Francis Taylor, Rhoda Armstrong, Mary Lou Helsen.

The Elks of Mount Carmel had charge of the service at the grave.

Guary M. Payne, son of James and Harriet Payne, was born on March 2, 1873 and departed this life on August 26, 1931 at the age of 58 years, 5 months, and 24 days. He lived his entire life in Allendale.

On December 24, 1894, he was united in marriage to Leah Alice Litherland to which union eight children were born, two of whom in their infancy preceded him to the Great Beyond.

He is survived by his widow, Leah Alice Payne, four sons, Bernard, Kenneth, Randal, and Manson, all of Allendale. Also, one brother John who lives near Allendale, several other relatives and a host of friends.

Mr. Payne was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks and the Modern Woodmen of America.

For many years he had conducted a grocery store and farm implements business in Allendale, where his honest dealings with his fellowmen won for him many friends, who with his family mourn his passing.

Funeral for Guary Payne Held Friday, Rites conducted in Allendale for Well Known Man

August 29 1931 in the Mt. Carmel Evening Register

[Kindly submitted from Lesley Richardson, a descendant of many pioneer families of Wabash County, IL, on 02/26/2011]


Kenneth Payne, 88, of Allendale, died January 30 at Wabash General Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home in Allendale. Burial will be in Allendale Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

He was born January 9, 1898 in Allendale; the son of Guary and Leah Alice (Litherland) Payne.

Surviving are one brother, Manson, of Sarasota, Florida, one sister, Grace Hall of Elgin, Illinois, one niece, Marlene Hall of Elgin.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Randall and Bernard and two sisters, Lois Hallock and infant Beulah Payne.

He was a veteran of World Wars I and II; a member of the Mt. Carmel American Legion and VFW; and was a retired mail clerk.

[Kindly submitted by Lesley Richardson on February 26, 2011.  She is a descendant of many pioneer families of Wabash County, Illinois.  Thank you, Lesley]

LEMON POOLE  Oct. 13, 1895
Mr. Lemon Pool, Sr., died Sunday morning, October 13th, 1895, at the advanced age of nearly four score.  He had been ill only a short time, but with his age it took only a slight illness to call death at the door.  Mr. Pool was born in Friendsville precinct, December 17, 1815, and was, at the time of his death, the oldest living man in Wabash County that was born in the county.
His wife's maiden name was Mary A. Potts, to whom he was married June 20, 1850.  She was a widow at the time of their marriage.  From this union seven children were born, six boys and one girl.  The boys are living and are prospering.  The funeral services were conducted Monday by W. R. Couch and the Rev. Wilkins.  He is now resting in the sleep that knows no awakening.
[From Unknown Newspaper - copied from the Mt. Carmel Library]

Ethan Allen Potts was born in Wabash Precinct, Wabash County on a farm near where he died. He was born May 9, 1843 and died August 2, 1915 at age 72 years, 2 months, and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Jane Barthelemy, December 31, 1869. To this union there were 9 children. Son, William, died in infancy and eight children survive as follows: Ada Boyles, Bertie Gher, Nora Loeffler of Allendale vicinity, Mrs. Amanda Lankford of Evansville, Mrs. Laura Swarns of Lawrenceville, Joseph Potts of Bridgeport, and Edgar and Everett who are at home with their mother. Besides the children he leaves one wife, one sister, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss, but their loss was his gain. He also leaves 32 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He and his wife were united with the Christian Church at this place during the Couch and Freeman meeting some years ago and were baptized in Raccoon Creek near their home and he was always a faithful member, living according to the teaching of the church. Mr. Potts spent his whole life in the neighborhood where he was born. He was a faithful husband and loving father. Funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church, Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. conducted by his pastor, Reverend Cady. He was laid to rest in the Compton Cemetery.

August 9, 1915 in the Mt. Carmel Evening Register

[Kindly submitted on February 26, 2011, by Lesley Richardson, a descendant of several pioneer families of Wabash County, Illinois]

RAMSEY, Charles E.     NATIVE OF WABASH  Died December 1, 1918
Charles E. Ramsey, born in this county, Passes Away at Bridgeport
Charles P. Ramsey, son of Jacob and Lavina Ramsey was born in Wabash county, Ill., June 24, 1878, died Dec. 1, 1918, aged at death 42 years, 5 months, 7 days.  He was married to Bessie Gray, Jan. 15, 1897.  She died Jan. 24, 1911, leaving one son, Gerald.  He was again married to Mattie C. Adkins.  To this union one child was born, Rosetta, who is just two and one-half years old.  Besides two children, he leaves a wife and three step-sons, who loved, respected and obeyed him as boys would an own father; one brother, William, of Kansas, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Large, of Grayville, Ill., besides a host of other relatives and friends.
He was a kind and affectionate husband and father.  Being a lover of music, and talented, too, he most always belonged to some band since he was 14 years old.
He was a member of the Christian church, having become a member when young in life, living a devoted Christian life until death.  At the time of his second marriage he lived in Indiana, where he was ordained deacon of the Christian church.  He had not lived in Bridgeport very long and had not transferred his membership.
[From the Bridgeport Leader]

ROBERT RAMSEY 11-22-1894

An Honorable Upright Citizen Lies Silent to the Grave

The startling news reached this city Sunday evening that Ex-Commissioner Robert Ramsey had died at his home in Lawrence county, that morning.  

No one knew that Mr. Ramsey was ailing and consequently, the news created a tremendous shock to his many friends.  He had been sick but a few days with pneumonia, was better, then took a relapse and grew alarming worse suddenly.  So rapid was the ravages of the disease that his children were unable to get to his bedside before his death occurred.

Allendale, Ill., March 20
George Allen Ramsey, son of Jas. M. and Leah Ramsey, was born in Allendale precinct, Wabash county, March 13, 1859, and departed this life on March 14, 1930, aged 71(?) years and one day.  
He was united in marriage to Sarah Eliza Leek on November, 188_.  To this union were born three children, Mrs. Albert Smith, of Washington, D.C., Buren Wood Ramsey, who resides on the Ramsey homestead near Allendale and Mrs. Guy Schrader of the Bethel vicinity in Lawrence County.
He united with the Christian church of Adams Corner in early manhood and remained a faithful member of that organization until death.
Besides the widow and children he is survived by three grandchildren, Raymond Ramsey Smith, Norma Jean and Irma June Schrader and three sisters, Mrs. Albert Prout, Mrs. Walter J. Scott and Mrs. A.G. Keen, besides a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held from the Adams' Corner Christian church on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, in charge of Rev. Mason Gregg, of Allendale, assisted by Rev. J. E. Moyer of Orio.  Burial was in the Adams' Corner cemetery.  The pall bears were Chas. Boyles, Robert Litherland, Minard Mullinax, Everett Buchanan, Henry Jones and Harvey Deischer.

The Register has just learned of the death of Mrs. Leah Ramsey, at her home in Wabash precinct, Tuesday night.  She was the widow of ex-County Treasurer James B. Ramsey, and was one of the best known ladies in that part of the county.  She is survived by two sons and five daughters.
Mrs. Ramsey was a Litherland before marriage, and was a sister of Messrs. George O. and Joseph Litherland and Mesdames Levi D. Couch and John Prout.
The deceased was a good woman and had a very large circle of friends.
The funeral will be held at Wabash church, Friday morning, at 10 o'clock.
[February 23, 1905 Mt. Carmel Evening Register]

William Roseman Ramsey, son of Robert Ramsey and Rachel Wood Ramsey, was born on a farm near Lancaster, Wabash county, Illinois, July 1866 and died at his home, 652 Aldine Court, Chicago, Ill., January 5, 1929.  He had been in failing health for the past two years and about two months ago had a severe of attack of asthma.  This together with heart trouble and other ailments grew gradually worse till his sufferings were ended by his death.
His education was secured in the schools of Wabash county and Southern Illinois, Normal University, Carbondale, Ill.
For a number of years, he taught in the schools of Wabash county, his last teaching having been done in the Keensburg schools where he served as principal for some time.  In the latter part of his teaching, the vacation periods in the summer, he spent in teaching and directing bands.  While in Keensburg, a band was organized which he taught and directed.  This band developed into one of the best bands of this section at that time.  Other bands in Southern Illinois were taught and directed by him.  His chosen instrument was the cornet.  He was a lover of the best in music.  For several years, he had a great desire to study law and finally decided to make law his profession and at the close of his last school in Keensburg, he went to Chicago and entered the Chicago law school from which he graduated with honors and received a degree, and immediately after his graduation, he opened up and established an office in the loop district, North Clark street, opposite the court house and city hall, Chicago, Illinois.  In his thirty-five years of law practice, he built upon very large and lucrative law business.  His law practice consisted chiefly in representing heirs and litigants in the large estates of Chicago and corporations and other cases in common law, leaving out altogether, criminal cases.  His cases were tried by and decided by the judges in the various courts, county, city, circuit, appellate and supreme.  Law was very fascinating to him.
In the spring of 1907, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Watson of Chicago.  His married life was very happy and their home life was ideal.  Both were of a literary and musical turn of mind and they appreciated the classics in music and literature and art.
For more than thirty years, he was a regular attendant of the Symphony orchestra concerts and grand opera of Chicago.  He was a member of the American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar associations and the Chicago Law Library association.  He was a life member of the Chicago Art Institute, also a life member of the Chicago Historical society.  He had a deep interest in all of these lines.
He is survived by his widow, Anna Watson Ramsey and the following brothers and sisters:  James M. Ramsey and Joseph Eli Ramsey of Mount Carmel, Ill., Linder Ramsey, St. Francisville, Ill., Carry W., Wabash, Florence E. Vandermark and Maude B. Spencer, Champaign, Ill., Minnie E. Gray; Lawrenceville, Ill.; Mary J. Pixley, Dallas, Texas, Essie M. Orr, Bicknell, Ind.  One sister Amanda Isabelle Reiber and the father and mother are dead.
Politically, the deceased was a Democrat, but was liberal in all his views.  
He was a man of strong faith in the Bible and the Christian religion.  For years, he was a regular attendant at Sunday school and church at the Moody Tabernacle, now the Moody Temple, his home being only a block or two distant.
The funeral was held at 11:00 o'clock, Monday morning, January 7, after which the body was taken to its last resting place in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Chicago Ill.   

BELLE REIBER (Ramsey)  June 25, 1896


Death of Mrs. Amanda Isabella Reiber

The announcement of the death of Mrs. Belle Reiber was a shock to all who knew her, the majority of whom were unaware of the critical condition she had been in for four days preceding her death.  She died at the family residence in Allendale, Saturday afternoon at four o'clock, her death being hastened by the pangs of child birth.  

The deceased was the wife of Mr. Andrew Reiber, one of the most estimable citizens of Wabash precinct.  She was a daughter of the late Hon. Robert Ramsey, ex-Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.  She was a sister of County Superintendent J. E. Ramsey, of this city, and Mr. J. M. Ramsey, of Mt. Carmel precinct.

She was married to Mr. Reiber on September 4, 1895, and at the time of her death was 27 years, 8 months and 23 days of age.  She secured her education in the publics schools of this county and a Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and for several years was one of the most successful teachers in the county.  She was a teacher in the Allendale schools the last term.  She took a deep interest in everything pertaining to the teacher's profession and was a regular attendant at all teachers' institutes and meetings held in the county.

Mrs. Reiber was born in Lancaster precinct, and her whole life was passed in this county.  She was a lady of rare attainments, and her sunny disposition made her a general favorite.  Her sudden and entirely unexpected death cast a gloom over the entire community in which she so bright an ornament in social life.  Universal sympathy goes out to the aged mother, the husband and other relatives.

Mrs. Reiber [became a member? - this part is scratched and unreadable] with the Christian church at Lancaster about ten years ago, and with the church at Allendale by letter, last winter.

The funeral was held in Allendale, at three o'clock, Sunday afternoon.  Rev. Walter Couch, assisted by Eld. Brown, conducted the services, and the vast concourse of people present was evidence of the high esteem in which the deceased was held by those who had known her the longest and best.

MRS. AMANDA RIGG  August 5, 1950
Mrs. Amanda R. Rigg, 219 West Seventh street, died at the Maple Grove Annex August 5 at 2 p.m.  She was a native of Lawrence county, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Jackman Fowler, and was born September 3, 1864.  Her age at death was 85 years, 11 month and two days.  She was first married to Edward Bixby and after his passing to George E. Rigg, also deceased.  Surviving is one son, Jay C. Bixby, Vincennes, Ind.; also one brother Otto Fowler, Heber Springs, Ark.  There are seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were a daughter, Rosa E. Bixby, son William Clarence Bixby, and two sisters.
She was a life-long member of the Mount Carmel Methodist church, was a member of the G.I.A. for over 40 years and a member of the W.B.A.  She had resided here for 65 years.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. o'clock from the Roy D. Short Company Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Edwin H. Grant officiating.  Interment was to be in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Mary J. Rigg
Death of One of Bellmont's Best Women
Mrs. Mary J. Rigg died at the family residence in Bellmont, Monday evening at seven o'clock, after years of patient suffering.
Mrs. Rigg was the wife of Mr. John M. Rigg, a retired farmer of Bellmont precinct, and was seventy years old at the time of her death.  She was a native of Wabash county, her maiden named being Ballard.  She was a sister of Mr. Jerry Ballard, one of Bellmont's oldest citizens.  Seven children survive Mrs. Rigg:  Mrs. Ezra Deputy; of Maud, Mrs. A.R. Manley and Mrs. Charles Degan, of this city, Mrs. Harry Peters, of Rantoul, Mrs. P. D. French and Messrs. Wesley and John Rigg, of Belmont.
The deceased was a Methodist until about three years ago, when she united with the Christian church.  She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother and a true friend.
Funeral services were held at Bellmont, conducted by Elder J. H. Stoter, Tuesday afternoon.


At Mt. Carmel, Illinois, May 5, Mrs. Harriet Runion, in her 41st year, formerly of Lanesboro' and daughter of Mr. Daniel E. Barker - [The Sun (Massachusetts), June 03, 1858 - submitted by K. Torp]


Comrade Lewis Runyon is Called After Long Illness

Leakage of Heart Cause of Death -- Funeral Services Will be Held Saturday Afternoon

An illness of nine weeks duration ended in the death of Lewis Runyon, veteran of the Civil War, Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence on North Mulberry Street. Leakage of the heart was the cause of death.

Mr. Runyon was a native of Wabash County having been born on June 15, 1842 and at the time of his death was age 81 years and 27 days.

As a young man he enlisted in the armies of his country and served in Company C, 115th Illinois Volunteer, being with colors for three years.

He was married to Miss Eliza Clark on November 19, 1868. She preceded him to the grave. Surviving are one adopted son, Emil, Mt. Carmel and one daughter, May at home and one brother Charles of Evansville. He was a member of the M.E. church with which he had been affiliated since 1892. All of his life he has spent at Mt. Carmel.

Funeral services will be held at 2:20 o'clock from the residence.

July 13, 1923 in the Mt. Carmel Daily Register

[Kindly submitted by Lesley Richardson on February 26, 2011, a descendant of many Wabash County descendants]

Wife of Comrade Lewis Runyon Passes Away Friday Evening -- Long Illness Ends

Funeral services will be held from the residence on Sunday Afternoon.

Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Runyon, wife of Lewis Runyon of 1203 Mulberry Street, died at the family residence at 9:15 o'clock Friday evening after a long illness, her death being due to complications. The deceased was born in Wabash County on April 23, 1847 and at the time of her death was aged 75 years, 11 months, and 20 days. She was married to Lewis L. Runyon on November 13, 1868 and he with the following near relatives survive -- Daughter Edith May Runyon at home; adopted son, Emil Runyon of this county; sisters, Miss Hattie Clark and Mrs. Clara Jordon both of this county; brother E.A. Clark of Mt. Carmel. She was the daughter of Hezekiah and Agnes D. Corrie Clark.

Mrs. Runyon was a member of the M.E. Church in Bethel. Funeral services will be held from the residence at 1203 Mulberry Street, Sunday 1:20 o'clock in charge of F.O. Wilson and burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Orio.

Obituary for Margaret Elizabeth Clark Runyon

April 14, 1923 in the Transcription of text

[Kindly contributed by Lesley Richardson, a descendant of many pioneers from Wabash County  - February 26, 2011]

Died 2/1947
Services will be conducted Tuesday.
The body of Mrs. Alice Seibert of Mount Carmel whose death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Williams, Gary, Ind., Saturday morning at 1 a.m. was returned to Mt. Carmel and taken to the Roy D. Short company  funeral home where funeral services will be held from the memorial chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. J. Bryant Young officiating.  Interment will be Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Seibert was a native of Bellmont, where she was born on October 6, 1872, daughter of Cedric and Sarah Lane Carter, and was aged 74 years, 4 months and 25 days.  She was the widow of Louis Seibert.  Surviving are five children, Gerald Seibert, Portland, Oregon:  Dewey Seibert, Mattoon, Ill., Clara Williams, Gary, Ind., Helen Johnson, Evansville, James Seibert, Mount Carmel.  There are 24 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Her husband, three sons, Fred, Charles and Sampson and five infant children preceded her in death.
Mrs. Seibert had been in Gary for six months.

Funeral services for Gideon E. Seibert, Cairo, whose death occurred at Phoenix City, Ala. Friday, December 31, will be held from the Roy D. Short Company Memorial Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2, with Pastor Frances Kirchner of the Zion Lutheran church officiating.  Internment will be in Highland Memorial cemetery.
Mr. Seibert, a former resident of Mount Carmel, was a native of Lancaster, son of Reuben and Amanda Marx Seibert.  His age was 67 years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Jessie P. Thompson; two sons, George R. Seibert and Donald R. Seibert, of Cairo, one brother and one sister, A. A. Seibert of Cairo and Mrs. Elmer Doty of West Salem.

Mrs. Catherine Seibert Passes Away at Age of Eighty-three
Mrs. Catherine Ann Seibert, 318 West Ninth street, died this morning at 8:15 o'clock, after an illness of a week.
The deceased, who was a daughter of John and Elizabeth Seibert, was a native of Lancaster, where she was born on March 31, 1842, making her age at death 83 years, 6 months and 18 days.  She was married to Solomon Seibert at Lancaster on July 25, 1860.  Her husband died twenty-five year's ago, and one son preceded her in death.  Surviving are eight sons and daughters as follows:  J. J. Seibert ; Mrs. W. H. Smith; Mrs. Bundy,  Mrs. Charles Youngman; and, Victor E. Seibert, Lancaster, and Mrs. Levitt Smith, West Salem.  There are also thirty-three grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Seibert was a member of the Lutheran church at Lancaster, she having been confirmed at Jordan Creek.  Funeral Services will be held Monday afternoon-at 2 o'clock from Zion Lutheran Church of Mount Carmel, in charge of Rev. J. J. Gent, and burial  will be held in the Lancaster Cemetery.  It is asked that flowers be omitted.


Died of Heart Failure, Wednesday Afternoon

From Thursday's Daily

Mrs. Elizabeth Seibert, wife of Ex-Commissioner Charles J. Seibert died at the family residence Wednesday afternoon.  She had been suffering for the past six weeks with heart trouble and her death was not unexpected.

Elizabeth Ginther was born in Pennsylvania November 19, 1836.  She was married in that state to Chas. Seibert, August 12, 1858, and they came to this county shortly after.  There are eight children:  Mrs. Van Sickle, Hope, N.J.; Cora Seibert, St. Louis; Lyman Seibert, Parsons, Kansas; Jacob, Daniel F, Ida, S. W., and Flora Seibert of this city.

The funeral services will take place at the family residence at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Internment will be at Rose Hill.

Mrs. Seibert was a good, christian woman, a loving mother and a kind neighbor.  Her death will be keenly felt in her church where she took a prominent part.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family in their great loss.

[Mount Carmel Register]

MRS. PEARL SHEPARD    Mrs. Shepard of Bellmont Dies March 10, 1947
Mrs. Pearl Shepard of Bellmont died Monday evening at eight o'clock at the home of her daughters Allus and Dallus Shepard, after an illness of three months.
She was a native of Friendsville, where she was born Oct. 8, 1874, daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth King Newkirk and was aged 72 years, five months and two days.  She was married to Page Shepard, March 21, 1893, at Friendsville.  He preceded her in death as did one daughter, Gladys.  Surviving are five children:  Allus and Dallus of Bellmont; Mrs. Eugenia Zehr, Berne, Ind., Mrs. Iman Golding of Jamestown, Ky; Eugene Shepard of Mount Carmel.  There is also one brother, Will Newkirk, Tampa, Florida.
She was a member of the Church of God.
Mrs. Shepard will be at the home of her daughters in Bellmont until the hour of the service which will be held from the Bellmont Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock.  Rev. D. C. Stafford officiating.  Internment will be in the Wabash cemetery at Orio.  
There is also a separate obituary that is missing just the last few words:
Obituary  1947
Pearl Shepard, daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth King Newkirk, was born near Friendsville October 8, 1874, and departed this life March 10, 1947 at the home of her daughters,  Allus and Dallus Shepard of Bellmont.  She was aged 72 years, five months and two days.
On March 21, 1893, she was married to Eugene Page Shepard.  To this union were born six children:  One son, Eugene Shepard.  To this union were born six following daughters.  Allus and Dallus Shepard, of Bellmont, Mrs. Eugenia Zehr, of Berne, Ind., Mrs. Inez Golding of James, Ky., and Gladys Edith, who died June 25, 1895.  Her husband preceded her in death June 13, 1938.
Besides her children she is survived by one brother, William H. Newkirk of Tampa, Fla., and four grandchildren, Gene and Joice Shepard of Mount Carmel, and Esther and Paul Zehr of Berne, Ind.
She was a member of the Church of God.  She was a most devoted wife and mother.  The memory of her is blessed in the hearts of her children and friends.  So we say "Goodbye, ? little Mother for a short . . .

ALBERT A. SHEPARD   November 13, 1941
Albert A. Shepard, only son of Eugene and Eliza Moorhead Shepard, was born January 3, 1862, near Orio, and at death was aged 79 years, 10 months and 6 days.
He was married to Jemima Leoffler, September 2, 1884, at Orio, Ill., and had spent most of his entire life at the home place where he was born.  One sister, Anna, passed away in her girlhood, and another sister, Mrs. Ella Jackman, passed away in 1900.  He united with the Wabash Presbyterian church March 2, 1889.  To this union were born ten children:  Mrs. Maude Preston of Flat Rock, Ill.:  Mrs. Emma Foss, Mrs. Pauline Crewell and Mrs. Anna Putney, all of St. Francisville, Ill.; Clyde and Jacob Shepard, of Allendale, ILL.;  and Mark Shepard, of Lawrenceville.  One son, Joseph Lester and two daughters, Dorothy and Vernice Hawf, preceded him in death.  There are forty-seven grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren, all of whom are living.  He was a faithful husband and companion, and a kind father, and will be greatly missed by his family and to all who knew him.
[Daily Republican Register November 14, 1941]  Note:  there is a page two missing, which probably gives the funeral and burial details.

ALBERT SHEPARD, of Linn, While Temporarily Insane, Took His Own Life
Died 4-28-1900
The community was unspeakably shocked, Thursday morning, when the announcement was made that Mr. Albert Shepard, one of the most widely known citizens of the county, had committed suicide by hanging, at his home in Linn, that morning.  
For some months past Mr. Shepard had been dealing in real estate, and looking after the landed interests of his brother, M.A. Shepard of Lebanon.  The transactions had not gone his way, and the worry and fear of financial ruin unbalanced him mentally.  His friends had noticed his condition for some days but the idea that it would lead to suicide never entered their minds.
Coroner Inskeep was notified and proceeded to Linn at once and held an inquest.  After hearing all the evidence the jury returned a verdict that Mr. Shepard had taken his
own life while unaccountable for his acts.
Mr. Shepard was regarded as one of the county's best citizens, and bore an excellent reputation.  In the community in which he lived he was justly held in the highest esteem.  He was a man or more than ordinary intelligence and took an active interest in all public affairs.  He was a strong factor in church and educational matters in his neighborhood.  In the war of the rebellion he served his country faithfully as a member of Company G, 115th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
Mr. Shepard was a life-long Republican, and advocated the principles of that party.  For many years he was an earnest member of the Presbyterian church.  He leaves a wife and children to whom all extend sympathy in the great sorrow that has come upon them.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. T. Farris, of this city were held, Friday, and the very large attendance was evidence e of the esteem of the public for the unfortunate dead.
The annexed sketch of the life of Mr. Shepard was read upon this occasion:
Albert Shepard was born September 12, 1842, died May 3, 1900, aged 57 years, 7 months and 21 days.  He served his country in the civil war three years.  He was married to Sarah Greathouse in 1865, and united with . . . .
[Unfortunately, the last of the obituary is missing, but I will attempt to find the next part from the Mt. Carmel Genealogy Library.  Thanks for your patience.]

E. Page Shepard Taken by Death  June 13, 1938
E. Page Shepard of Mount Carmel, Route Three, died this morning at 7:30 a.m. after an illness of several months' duration.  
At the time of his death he was aged 78 years old, 10 months old and 20 days, having been born near Orio, July 23, 1864, the son of Germayne and Elizabeth Thompson Shepard.  He was married to Pearl Newkirk on March 21, 1893.  He is survived by his companion and the following children, Alius Shepard, Route three; Dallas Shepard, Route Three; Mrs. Eugenia Zehr, Berne, Ind.; and Eugene Shepard, Route Three.  He is also survived by one brother, Glen Shepard, Dilley, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Webb, of Valpariso, Ind.; Mrs. Lillie Brown of Valpariso, Ind.; and one grandchild, Esther Zehr.  
A daughter, Gladys Edith, two sisters, Rose Oakes and Ruth Pryor, three brothers,Seth, Hur, and May, preceded him in death.  
He was a member of the Barney's Prairie church.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Wabash church at Orio on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p. m., in charge of Rev. R. O. Lamper.  Internment will be in the Ohio cemetery.
The body will be returned from the Roy D. Short Funeral Home to the residence near Friendsville on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.
Mr. Shepard had been a carpenter and contractor for several years.

ELLEN SHOAFF  December 25, 1921
Mrs. Ross Shoaff Passes Away at the Home of Her Daughter
The body of Mrs. Ellen Shoaff, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Phillip King, near Golden Gate, arrived in Mount Carmel this afternoon, over the Southern.
Mary Ellen Pixley was born Feb. 7, 1844, and died Christmas Day, 1921, at the home of daughter, Mrs. Phillip King, age 77 years, 10 months and 18 days.  She was the youngest of the family of nine children,  her father and mother, William and Laura Pixley were pioneer settlers of Wabash county.
She was united in marriage to Ross Shoaff, Dec. 15, 1874.  Three children were born to this union; Mary Jane, Aug. 27, 1876, Bertha Emily, Oct. 17, 1878, and Elsie May, May 1, 1880.  Mary Jane and Elsie died in infancy.  
She united with the Presbyterian church at Friendsville, February 14, 1865, and remained a member of that church until September 22,  1911; at this date she united with the Christian Church at Barney's Prairie and remained a faithful member until death.
Her husband preceded her to that glory land, he having died June ?, 1919,  at the home of their daughter Mrs. Phillip King near Golden Gate, in Wayne County.


Infection of Finger Leads to Blood Poisoning

Mrs. Mary U. Litherland, residing on Allendale, Route Two, died this morning at one o'clock, after two weeks' illness from blood poisoning resulting from an infected finger.

Mrs. Litherland was born June 12, 1860, and was a daughter of Joshua and Caroline Kimbrell Smith.  At the time of death she was aged 69 years, __ months and 21 days.

Mrs. Litherland was the widow of the late William F. Litherland.  She is survived by the following sons and daughters, Ogle S. Litherland, Mark A. Litherland, Francis M. Litherland, Naoma E. Corrie, and Helen Andrews.  There are also 23 grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Caroline Smith and Mrs. Ella Cozine.  She was preceded in death by her companion 24 years ago.  There are also three children deceased, Bonnie, Harry and Cecil.

Mrs. Litherland was a member of the Christian church at Allendale.  Funeral services will be held from that church on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, in charge of Reverend Gregg of Allendale and burial will be in the Allendale cemetery.

[Mt. Carmel Daily Rep. Reg. Dec. 1929]

Obituary for William Emmett Taylor
William Emmett Taylor of 310 E. 9th Street, Mount Carmel, died Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in the Wabash General Hospital after an illness of several months. He was a retired farmer. He was a native of Wabash County and was born October 2, 1888, son of Jabez E. and Frances E. Litherland Taylor. His age was 67 years, 11 months, and 20 days.

He was married to Margaret E. Leeds who survives him together with one daughter, Frances Elizabeth Turney of Wheaton and two grandchildren, Margaret E. Turney and David E. Turney. His father and mother preceded him in death. He was a member of the Methodist Church and of the Farm Bureau. Funeral -- Wednesday, September 26th 10:00 a.m. at Short Company Memorial Chapel -- Rose Hill Cemetery.

Date: Monday, September 24, 1956 in the Mt. Carmel Evening Register

[Kindly submitted by Lesley Richardson, on February 26, 2011. She is a descendant of many pioneer families of Wabash County, Illinois]

H.H. THOMPSON  February 9, 1963

H.H. Thompson of Orio Passes; Services Tuesday

Herman Havelock Thompson, aged 78, of Lynn, passed away the Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney February 9.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lura Margarette, a son, James Alfred; his parents, two sisters, and one brother.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his widow, Anna Juliett Jackman Thompson; five daughters, Mesdames Sarah Jones and Mary Grundon of Olney; Mrs. Brittie Pierson of St. Francisville; Mrs. Bessie Goldman of Patoka, Indiana, and Mrs. Vera Feldman of West Salem; five sons, Frank of Olney, Dudley of Mount Carmel, Ray of Patton, Bennett of Palm Harbor, Florida, and Joe of Lynn; two brothers, Henry and Herb, 41 grandchildren, and 43 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Orio Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 12.  Friends may call at the Schaub Funeral Home, Olney.  Interment will be in the Orio cemetery.


Leota Mayo Thompson, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., formerly of Allendale, died Feb. 19, 2004, in Tarpon Springs after a brief illness.

She was born in Allendale July 14, 1921, the daughter of James Earl Gard and Lola E. Leek.  She graduated from Allendale High School.  She married Bennett Thompson, May 26, 1940.

She is survived by daughters, Wilma (Billie) Poteat of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Kathy Gibson of Safety Harbor, Fla.; brothers, Ray Gard of Mt. Carmel, Leo Gard of Henderson, Texas and Max Gard of Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Donna Litherland and Irene Gard, brother Dan Gard and infant sons Jerry and Bennie.

Services were held on February 24, in Tarpon Springs.  Her ashes will be interred in Bushnell, Fla., at the National Cemetery near her retirement home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 2070, New Port Richey, FL 34656-2070.

[Daily Republican Register September 2004, submitted by Dawn Daddario]

POLLY THOMPSON  [my note - Mary E. Courter, Wood, Underwood, Thompson]

An Old Citizen Gone

April 1901

Mrs. Polly Thompson, one of Wabash county's oldest citizens, died at her home in Linn, Saturday night.  She would have been eighty-six years old in July, having been born in 1815.  She was the widow of the late Mr. Henry Thompson, who died a few years ago.  She was born in Spencer county, Ind., but the greater portion of her life was passed in this county.  She was a kind old lady, whose friends were legion.  She leaves a very large number of relatives.

The funeral was held Monday, the services being conducted by Rev. Alexander Litherland and Elder Walter R. Couch.  Burial took place at Wabash cemetery.

[My note:  she was the daughter of Jacob Courter and Rachael P. Hammond, and sister of William I. "Elder" Courter.  She is buried in Orio Cemetery with other family members]


John, the 13 year-old son of Mrs. Mary Underwood, died November 16.  He was a bright intelligent boy, and leaves a mother, one brother three sisters and a host of friends to mourn their loss.  Funeral services, conducted by Revs. Shrader and James were held at Wabash, Friday, at 1 p.m.

Matthew Simpson Ulm, son of Capt. William and Naomi Campbell Ulm, was born in Mt. Carmel, Ill., June 2, 1863.  Death came to him in Lick Prairie precinct Feb. 12, 1956, at the age of 67 years, eight months and 10 days.
He was married to Katie Grace Brines on November 2, 1885 but this union was broken by the death of the wife Feb. 6, 1907.
He was married to Jessie Guyot on March 6, 1904.  Death also ended this union in 1910.
On December 9, 1912 he was married to Lucretia Putnam Dukes who survives him.
Children surviving are:  Clyde of Livermore, Calif.; Clark of Detroit, Mich, Leola of Evansville, Ind.; and Raymond Dules of Lick Prairie.
One son, Rual, died in 1918.
______________________ brother, Dan, and a sister, Kincaid and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Ulm spent 63 years of his life in the immediate neighborhood in which he died and for 25 years operated a store at Lick Prairie.
He was a generous supporter of church and community activities, a kind husband and father, a loyal neighbor and a good man.
[From the Mt. Carmel Library which reads "Micro-film 2-22-1936 Sat.]

REV. WM. ULM  Died June 9, 1982 Monday
Rev. William Ulm died at his late residence in Mud (?) prairie, Tuesday May 31, at the advanced age of seventy-eight years.  
His funeral was held, Thursday, and the services were conducted by a detachment of T.S. Bowers Post, No. 125, G. A. R.
The deceased was a native of Ohio, but had resided in Wabash county the greater portion of his long life.  He was a member of the M.E. church, and for many years was a local preacher of that body.  During the war of the rebellion he was comandered a second Lieutenant in the 523(?)  Illinois Infantry Volunteers.  At the battle of Shiloh he received no less than 5 wounds, none of them, however, of a serious nature,  but suffient to retire him from the service.  He had 2 sons in Company I 40th Veteran Volunteers.  William was killed at Missionary Ridge and Neal at Kennesaw Mountain.
Mr. Ulm was an honest, industrious, patriotic citizen, and his death is no less a loss to the community than to his family.  

And His Loss Means Much to This Community
Died Sept. 29, 1909
And the entire City Mourns His Death
After several weeks of continued suffering, Asa Woods was relieved by death from all wordily pain 7:30 o'clock Wednesday evening.  He had made a brave fight for his life, having been on the verge of death the last three weeks, but rallied time and time again until exhausted and could do no more.  The immediate cause of his death was __________ and tubercular complications
Asa was born in Mt. Carmel, March 27, 1874, making his age at the time of his death thirty five.  When but a child his parents moved to Friendsville Precinct near the Monarch school house where his boyhood days were spent.  While yet a youth, he returned to Mt. Carmel where he has resided since.
The writer had known Asa practically all his life and personally knows that he was one of the finest, squarest fellows on earth, a man who had no enemies, and one who could call everyone his friend.  He was always ready to do anything in his power for a friend, and often extended a helping hand to those in need.  Mt. Carmel had no better citizen than Asa Wood  and his death will be sincerely mourned by all who knew him.  
Funeral services will be held from  the Christian Church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Killborn after the body will be laid to rest at Rose Hill.  

ELEANOR WOOD  6-5-1947
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Memorial chapel for Miss Eleanor Wood, 86, of Friendsville, who died Wednesday morning at the Maple Grove Nursing Home.  Rev. J. Bryant Young will officiate and burial will be made in Friendsville cemetery.  
Miss Wood was a native of Wabash county.  She was the daughter of Ira and Rufina Keen Wood.  The deceased is survived by two brothers, W.K. Wood, of Mount Carmel and Clinton Wood, of Cleveland, Miss.
Four sisters, Laura Shoaff, Clarinda Wood, Allie Liddle and Emily Goodart, and two brothers, Abner and Burnett Wood, proceded her in death.
Miss Wood was a member of the Barney Prairie church.

GUY V. WOOD - 24 June 1941 -DRR
Guy Vern Wood whose death occurred Monday morning at 7 o'clock in Welborn-Walker hospital in Evansville as the result of an accidental discharge of a gun Sunday at Allendale, was a native of Wabash County where he was born Oct. 15, 1906, a son of W.K. and Mollie Beesley Wood.  He was at death, age 38 years, 8 months and 8 days.  He was married to Garbet Milburn in Mount Carmel, Dec. 25, 1928.  She, together with his parents, one son, Bobbie and one daughter survive.  There are also one sister, Mrs. Claude J. Cox, Hobbs, New Mexico, and the following brothers:  Daniel F. Wood, Los Angeles, Calif; Burnett Wood, Bellmont, Clyde L. Wood, Joliet, ILL; Kenneth Wood, Lancaster and Albert Wood, Mt. Carmel.  On infant daughter and a sister Lela Wood, preceded in him death.
He was a member of the Barney's Prairie Christian church and of the Masonic lodge at Allendale.  He was a fireman on the G. & B. T. Railway.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 2:30 o'clock from the Allendale Christian church.  In charge of Rev. John J. Walser, assisted by by Rev. James Moyer and Rev E.. P. Schalch.  Burial will be in the Friendsville cemetery.  
Friends wishing to see Mr. Wood  may call at the family residence in Allendale.  The Masonic Lodge of Allendale will attend the services in a body and _____ have part of his services at the grave.

Mrs. Lucinda Wood, widow of the late Alex Wood, died at her late residence on Seventh and Chestnut streets at 2 o'clock this morning.  Her age was 76 years, 1 month and 5 days.  She leaves two sons and two daughters.  One son, Joseph, is in California.  The other son, Louis L., is a resident of Arkansas.  The two daughters are Mrs. Ida Kingsbury, of this city, and Mrs. C. H. Hixon, of Oakland City, Ind.  She was a sister of Mrs. M.L. Tilton, of this city.  
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Christian church.  The casket will not be opened at the church, but friends can view the remains by calling at the house from 9 to 12 a.m. Friday.  Mrs. Wood was an estimable woman and had many friends.
[Mt. Carmel Evening Register Jan. 14, 1904]

MARSHALL WOOD - 6 June 1893
Marshall Wood Sent a Bullet Through His Brain
Inexpressively shocking was the announcement Saturday morning that Mr. Marshall Wood, a well-known and highly respected citizen of the county, had committed suicide.
The unfortunate affair occurred at the late residence of Mr. Wood in Friendsville precinct, though at what hour the fatal shot was fired cannot be known.
The deceased was a man who had many friends, and but few, if any enemies.  His life was gentle, and he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his neighbors.
The funeral, which took place on Sunday, was one of the largest ever held in that part of the county.
Mr. Wood leaves an estate of about $15,000, which we understand, was willed to his sister and niece.

William K. Wood Dies in Vincennes  Died 22, Apr 1957
William Keen Wood, _____, of 711 Market Street died Monday in the hospital in Vincennes. Mr. Wood was born Dec. 23, 1866 in Wabash County, the son of Ira and Rafina Keen Wood. He was married to Mary Susan Besley, who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Barney's Prairie Christian Church. Survivors include five children, Denzil Wood and Albert Wood, both of Mount Carmel; Burnett Wood of Bellmont, Clyde Wood of Detroit and Kenneth Wood of Lancaster, and 12 grandchildren. Two daughters and two sons, Guy and an infant son, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Roy D. Short Company Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Moyer officiating. Burial will be in Friendsville Cemetery.
Daily Republic Register Apr. 23, 1957


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