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Franklin County, Indiana

Indianapolis Sentinel 1882-06-08
Brookville, Indiana  June 9
Yesterday morning Mrs. Templeton, widow of William Templeton, while walking across the floor fell dead. Her husband had died of paralysis two weeks ago. She was aged about sixty-seven years.

Last night, about a quarter before 11, Cyrus Baylor Bentley died from a cancerous degeneracy of the liver, complicated with malarial influences. Mr. Bentley was the youngest member of a Virginia family that settled in Ohio over three-score years ago. He learned his trade as a printer in the Chillicothe Advertiser Office. After this he traveled extensively as a journeyman printer, among other places working in Centerville, Miltou, New Albany, Terre Haute and Indianapolis, in this state. He became a citizen of and proprietor of the Franklin Democrat, of this place in 1852. Since here he served as Postmaster and County Auditor. He was a man of physical formation. He was married to Miss Sarah Hudson, at Centerville, who with one daughter, survives him. He was an Odd Fellow, a member of the Knights of Pythias and of the Presbyterian Church in the sixty sixth year of his age.

Indiana State Journal 1897-07-14
Connersville, Ind. July 11 Samuel J. Shipley died this morning, aged eighty-four years. Mr. Shipley was born in Wilmington, Del. His father served  in the revolutionary war, and was detailed to carry the news of the battle of Brandywine to the Continental Congress, then in session at Philadelphia. His mother was a cousin of Daniel Boone, of Kentucky. In 1819 he came to Brookville, Ind., with his uncle John Test, who was for many years a member of congress from eastern Indiana. At the age of nineteen he entered the United States Naval Academy , then located at Philadelphia. Among his classmates was J.L. Worden, who afterwards commanded the Monitor in her celebrated fight with the Merrimac in Hampton Roads. In 1834 he entered the United States Navy as second lieutenant on board the United States steamer Enterpriser sailing from Norfolk Va. to Rio de Janeiro and various ports of Brazil. From 1840 to 1846 his service was on the United States Steamer Warren, in West Indian waters and Mexican waters during the was with that country. In 1847  he was first lieutenant and sailing master of the United States frigate United States, and did service off St. Helena, at the Cape of Good Hope and as far south as fourteen degrees south latitude. In this voyage one of his messmates was Assistant Surgeon Kane, who afterwards, became illustrious as a northern explorer. Mr. Shipley resigned from the service in 1852 on account of ill health consequent upon an attack of African Coast fever, and located on a farm near Connersville, where he had since lived except during the was of the rebellion, when he re-entered the navy and served as executive officer of the United States frigate Brandywine, in the North Atlantic squadron. During the forties he married Miss Martha Holton, sister of Rev. Calvin Holton, of Maysville Ky. His wife died about 1843, leaving a daughter, Miss Jennie Shipley, who survives her father, and whom the father leaves in good circumstances. Mr. Shipley was the uncle of Mrs. Jere M. Wilson, of Washington, D.C.; of C.E. Merrifield, of Indianapolis, and of L.S. Merrifield of Connersville. The funeral will occur at Connersville on Thursday, July 15, at 3 o'clock.

Brookville Ind. Jan. 12
Charles F. Goodwin died today of apoplexy. He was He was sitting in his chair at his home, when he fell to the floor. when the physician arrived he found Mr. Goodwin dead. His death is a great shock to this community. He was in his regular place at Church this morning and had done nothing watever to attract the attention of his family to anything unusual concerning his health.

Date: 1874-09-09; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel
General Telegrams Suicide in Ripley County Family Trouble the Cause Batesville, Ind, Sept. 8
Mr. William Brokering, an employee in H. Schrader & Co.'s furniture factory, cut his throat last night. The cause is said to have been family troubles.

Fort Wayne News January 15, 1896  Brookville, Ind., Jan 12
Charles F. Goodwin died today of apoplexy. He was sitting in his chair at his home, reading, when he fell to the floor. When the physician arrived he found Mr. Goodwin dead. His death is a great shock to this community.  He was in his regular place at church this morning and had done nothing whatever to attract the attention of his family to anything unusual concerning his health.

Word has been received here of the death of Edward Stanley Luse, 62, a farmer of Franklin County, Ind., Saturday morning, of a complication of diseases, at his home. Mr. Luse is a relative of J. H. Bradlaw, of Hamilton. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:30 from the home.

Hamilton Daily News Jan 23, 1920
Contributed by Linda Dietz

Name of Deceased: Heineman, Nicholas
Obit: NAL 16 Feb 1872 p 4 c 5: Died - Heineman — At Peppertown, Franklin county, on the 3d inst., Nicholas Heineman, of heart disease, aged 79 years.
County Name: Franklin State: IN Newspaper: New Albany Ledger
Submitters Name: Sue P. Carpenter

Died in Franklin County, Indiana, 27th July last of a bilious nervous fever, Dr. Freeman Perry, formerly of Fairhaven in the 63rd year of his age. 
New Bedford Mercury 9/9/1825 
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Lived in One Town Sixty-one Years
Brookville, Ind., Aug. 11 --- Mrs. Clarissa Byram, 87 years old, died Tuesday. She resided in Brookville for sixty-one years. Despite entreaties of her son, Norman S. Byram, of Indianapolis, she persisted in living in her old home, carring for her poultry and old-fashioned garden.
Waterloo Daily Courier Waterloo, Iowa 11 August 1898
(submitted by Diana Heser Morse)

Death of a Recluse.
Brookville special: Tuesday In this city, attended by her sole surviving relative, an aged maiden sister, was buried Phoebe Meeks, who had been a recluse for over fifty years, because of some real or fancied slight affront by her sweetheart. Back in the thirties, one Sunday afternoon four "sets" of lovers were out walking Suddenly one of the girls. Phoebe Meeks, left her sweet heart and returned home, When he "called that night she would not see him, and never saw him again, and from that day she became a confirmed recluse. She never saw a railway train nor the eourt house of Franklin county.
Her young lover. Hadley Johnson, finding all efforts for a reconciliation impossible, married and became a widower. He returned to his boyhood home, but she would not see him. Again he came from his far Western home in Utah, and yet again, the last time in 1897, but she, remained obdurate.  What caused pretty Phoebe Meeks to leave her lover, refuse ever again to see him. and to become a recluse. Is a secret, that was buried with her.
Date: 1900-12-01; Paper: Recorder

Miss Johnstone Dies.
Brookville Ind.  Jan.    10.—Miss Lizzie F. Johnstone, 70 years old, and  prominent in public affairs, died of heart disease. The funeral was held today
Date: 1906-01-10; Paper: Elkhart Truth

Name of Deceased: Samuel Edward Lewis
Obit: Samuel Edward Lewis, son of John A. and Margaret Lewis, was born in Franklin county Indiana, March 25, 1871, moving to Fortville with his parents while still a mere boy. From then on he made his home in this vicinity. Here he grew to manhood, making many acquaintances and surrounding himself with a host of friends. All who knew him admired his character, always honest and trusting with his fellow men, loving and kind to his family, always ready to give a helping hand to any in need. His tender sympathy was always a solace in time of sorrow.As a patriot he answered to the call of his country in 1898 when war with spain was reclared, joining the 158th Indiana volunteer Infantry, being assigned to company D. He served throughout the campaign and after the war was discharged with honors. Returning home he again took up his work in this county. On April 2, 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Laura Draper, to this union was born three sons, Everett, Robert and Ralph Lewis. For many years Mr. Lewis has been a member of the Fortville M.E. Church. His work in the Church was a service to mankind whose betterment he was always interested. In his last sickness he was confined some fifteen weeks at home. Although his suffering at times was great, he was always thoughtful of those around him and not once did he murmur a complaint. His thoughts were for his family and his prayers were answered and the Father who had guided him past fifty-seven mile stones of life called him home at the age of 57 years and 7 months and 13 days.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, three sons, Everett, Robert and Ralph, Three sisters, Mrs. Geo. Greir, of Irvington, Mrs. O.E. cotton of Lawrence and Mrs. Charles Sharrett, of Fortville, and a number of nephews and neices together with a host of friends who will have the cherished memory of this friend as an inspiration to guide them in the pathway of the future which they must follow. A precious one of us has gone, a voice we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled, God in His wisdom, has recalled, The bloom His love has given, and though the body slumbers here, the soul is safe in Heaven.
Submitters Name: Betty Lewis Cannon
Newspaper: The Fortville Tribune Date: November 29, 1928

Name of Deceased: Rebecca Ann McCready
Newspaper: Indiana American
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: 29 September 1865
Rebecca Ann, wife of Samuel McCready Sr., was born in Lancaster Co. Penn., Oct. 3, 1815; was united in marriage to her now sorrowing husband Dec. 10, 1835; removed to Ohio in 1836, since which time her home has been in Franklin County, having resided eleven years in Fairfield and about eleven years in Blooming Grove Township, where she resided at the time of her decease. She embraced the Christian religion and united with the M.E. Church at the age of nineteen. She was a constant attendant upon all the services of the church, and an humble and consistant follower of Jesus. Her "delight was in the law of the Lord". As a wife, she was faithful and kind; as a mother most affectionate; as a neighbor beloved by all who knew her. After a severe and painful illness of twelve days, her ramsomed spirit returned to "God who gave it", and Sabbath morning at 3 o'clock, Sept 17, 1856.

Name of Deceased: Mrs. Margaret Harris
Newspaper: Indiana American
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: 13 October 1865
Mrs Margaret Harris died at Centreville, Ind., on Wednesday of last week, at the age of 94 years. For 77 years she had been a member of the M.E. Church.

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