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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, INDIANA
OBITS


Mrs. Mary Ammerman, of Alamo county (sic) , was found yesterday hanging in her smoke house, having committed suicide.
Daniel Meredith, Esq., a prominent farmer living a few miles south of Greensburg, Decatur county, died Tuesday of pneumonia.
Date: 1881-03-10;  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review

Mrs Jane Britton
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Sunday Star Date: Jan 14, 1901
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Death of Mrs. Jane Britton
    After an illness of many months Mrs. Jane Britton died at her farm home three miles west of the city on the Yountsville Pike on Thursday morning. She was the window of Cornelius Britton who died in 1873. The funeral occurred at the old home at 10 o'clock on Saturday, and interment was at Oak Hill.  Mrs. Britton's maiden name was Jane Miller and she was born in Millersburg, Ky., November 1, 1814. She came with her parents to this county in 1828 and this has always been her home. On February 4th 1836, she was married to Cornelius Britton and the rest of her life was spent on the farm where she closed her eyes for the last time on earthly scenes. Sixty five years is a long time to live in one spot, but that was the length of her residence on the old farm which is one of the best in the county and which she has personally and successfully managed for many years. Eight children were born to her and seven are living: Aaron, William, Abram, George, Nancy, Walter and Frank. The life of Mrs. Britton was an ideal one and she will be missed by many people.

Sarah Bunnell
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review
    Date: Jan 5 1911
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs. Sarah Bunnell widow of the late Squire Bunnell, passed away at her home here Sunday about midnight at the age of 72 years. Death was caused by illness incident to old age. Mrs Bunnell had lived here all her life and before her marriage was a Miss Rusk, being the youngest of a family of five children. She is survived by three children, Jack Bunnell and Mrs. Stella Fruits of this place and Mrs. Mollie Rosenbarger of Indianapolis. Mrs. Bunnell was a member of the United Brethren church north of Waynetown. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Methodist church here. Rev. M. Benson officiating. Burial will be made in the Masonic cemetery.

Mrs. Amanda Bynum
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review Date: Jan 5, 1911
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: PIONEER LADY OF BOONE COUNTY DEAD
    Mrs. Amanda Bynum, Mother Crawfordsville Residents, Passes Away in Frankfort Tuesday. Tuesday morning at 3:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret Martin on South Jackson street, Frankfort, occurred the death of Amanda Bynum, one of the pioneer women of Clinton county. Death due to heart trouble, with which deceased had been afflicted for the past two years. Mrs. Bynum was born in Frankfort, January 31, 1835 and was consequently 76 years old. She was united in marriage Nov. 16, 1859, to William Bynum and to this union seven children were born all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Martin and Mary Cadwell of Frankfort; Mrs Florence Jackson, Mrs Emily Riley and Edward Bynum of Crawfordsville, and Mrs. Rida Watkins and Samuel Bynum of Boone county. One brother H.R. Brookie and one sister Mrs. Catherine Love, both of Boone county, survive. The deceased was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church being a charter member of the Presbyterian church at Sugar Creek. The funeral survives will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at the Sugar Creek church and interment will take place at the Bundy cemetery.

Pleasant Buck
    Obit: Pleasant Buck died at the home of his brother on west Main street, on Wednesday Jan 5, of cancer of the stomach. For a long time he was an awful sufferer. He was unmarried and was by profession a teacher. In 1896 he was the democratic nominee for surveyor. In every respect he was an excellent young man. The funeral occurred at the Christian church at 2 0'clock on Friday and was under the auspices of the Red Men of which the deceased was an active member. The ministers in charge were Revs. Davis and Hammond.
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star Date: Jan 13, 1898
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney

College President Died from Injuries
CRAWFORDSVILLE. Ind., Oct. 23.—
(Associated Press.)—Dr. George Stockton Burroughs, President of the Wabash College from 1892 to 1899 died last night at Clifton Springs, N.Y. The funeral will occur Thursday afternoon at Fairfield. Conn. Some time ago Dr. Burroughs fell and broke one of hla arms and Just as he had recovered from this loss he had the other arm broken by the porter of a railroad train, who was endeavoring to assist him on a train. He also had a cancerous affection of the bone.
Date: 1901-10-24; Paper: Morning Herald

Grace Constancer
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star Date: Jan 1, 1880
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Died on Monday morning, at 5 o'clock, Grace, daughter of Wm. S. and C.C. Constancer, aged two years, 10 months and 17 days. She was a most intense sufferer for about eighteen months. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J.W. Greene, pastor of the M.E. church, conducting the ceremonies, after which she was interred in Oak Hill cemetery.

Died. On the 5th inst, of comsumption, Mrs. Elizabeth T. consort of James Craig of this county, after a protracted illness of about five months, which she born with patience and resignation. Dduring[sic] a last illness she was heard to express her desires to live and her resignation to die. She was a member of the Old School Presbyterian Church, in which she lived until death, and has now gone to rest with Him above who saved her with his dying love. She has left a tender and affectionate husband, one child and a host a friends to mourn their loss.
Crawfordsville Review, Crawfordsville, 18 Jun 1853 - transcribed by J.S.

 
    Willis Crouch
    Newspaper: The Weekly Review Date: Jan 31, 1908
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Willis Crouch died this morning at the home of his sister Mrs. Amanda McMillen, 514 Bluff street. The deceased was about seventy five years old and death was due to a general break down incident to old age. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the home of Mrs. McMillen. Burial at Oak Hill. Mr. Crouch leaves three daughters, Mrs. Martha Nichols of Crawfordville; Mrs. Ellen Potts of Stafford Kas., and Miss Elizabeth Crouch of Greensburg and two sons, Harvey and Calvin Crouch. Two sisters also survive. They are Mrs. McMillen of this city and Mrs. Washington Connard of Darlington.

Death of Major Elston,
From the New Albany Ledger.
We regret to hear of the death, at Crawfordsville, on Thursday morning, of Major Isaac C. Elston aged seventy-four years. Major Elston came to Indiana about the time the State was
admitted into the Union, landing at New Albany, whence he proceeded westward, finally stopping at Terre Haute, where for many years he was engaged in mercantile operations, in
which he was very successful. From Terre Haute he removed to Crawfordsviile, where he resided the remainder of his life. Major Elston was a man of great public
spirit, and was ever foremost in all useful enterprises. He laid out the town of Michigan City, the land on which it stands being owned by him in 1834. The last time we saw him,
was at the Harbor Convention held at that place last year. When railroad enterprises were beginning to find favor in this State, about the year 1847, he interested himself largely in the projected road from Crawfordsville to Lafayette, which, however, was subsequently merged into the|New Albany & Salem Road, Major Elston becoming a director in the latter enterprise, which position he held for a number of years.
Though never an aspirant for public office, Major Elston always took a deep interest in political affairs, being throughout his life a firm and consistent Democrat. In 1860 he was a delegate to the Charleston Convention, and was a most ardent and devoted friend of Judge Douglas. He was also a regular attendant upon all the State Conventions, and took a deep interest in their proceedings.
Major Elston leaves a number of children, among whom are the wives of Senator Henry S. Lane, and Gen. Lew. Wallace. He was a man of large wealth, accumulated through a long series of years of incessant industry and close attention to business. May his ashes rest in peace.
Date: 1867-10-30;  Paper: Cincinnati Daily Gazette

DEATHS
Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville Record, Vol 4 No 39. Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, 27 Feb 1836
Died - same night, (23d), child of Mr. Joseph Ensiminger, about two and a half years old, same disease (measles)

CRAWF0RDSVILLE — Mrs. Caroline Foust, 76 years old, the first white child born in Darlington, is dead from a stroke of apoplexy.
The Indianapolis Star Thursday September 18, 1918

    George Fruits
    George Fruits, aged 114 years, died at Crawfordsville, Indiana, August 6. He served in the latter part of the revolution, and subsequently became a famous scout under General St. Clair, Harmar and Wayne, and was wounded at the battle oft he Maumer, carrying the ball in his leg.  He also served in 1812 under Harrison.  He preserved most of his senses but little impaired, and within the last two years new teeth and new hair began to grow. [New Orleans Republican.(New Orleans, La), September 10, 1876, Page 4]

    George Fruits died near Crawfordsville, Ind. on the 6th ult, in his 114th year, if, as claimed, he was born on the 2d of January, 1763.  The evidence of his longevity, though generally satisfactory, would hardly satisfy Mr. Thoms, of skeptic notoriety.  He was born near Baltimore, of Pennsylvania German parents, did some service near the close of the Revolution, though not regularly enlisted, went to Virginia in 1787, and was afterwards with Daniel Boone in Kentucky.  He served in the Indian war between 1791 and 1796, and in the war of 1812.  He was married at Hamilton, O., in 1806, and had lived in Montgomery Co., Ind., since 1821.  His wife survives him at the age of 89.  Thirteen children were born to them, of whom eleven survive.  -- Gazette.  [Perrysburg Journal., September 01, 1876, (Perrysburg, Wood Co.,Ohio)]

Amanda J. Gill
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Weekly News-Review Date: Jan 1 1904
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs. Amanda J. Gill, the wife of ex-Senator W.B. Gill of Ladoga, died at 5 o'clock Tuesday from pneumonia after a short illness. Mrs. Gill was a lady of superior talents and devoted considerable time to literary pursuits. She was held in the highest esteem by the community at large. An only daughter, Mrs M.M. Bachelder, died several years ago and Mrs. Gill has since given a mother's care to two grand children. The funeral was conducted at Ladoga Wednesday afternoon.

DEATHS
Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville Record, Vol 4 No 39. Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, 27 Feb 1836
Died - on Monday, the 22d, Harriet, infant daughter of James G. Hall, - same disease (measles). They were his only children.
Died - on Sunday night, the 21st inst., Sarah Madaline, daughter of James G. Hall, aged some three years - same disease (measles)

DEATHS
Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville Record, Vol 4 No 39. Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, 27 Feb 1836
Died - on Friday night, the 19th inst., infant of Mr. George Hays, of measles.

Squire S. Heath
    County Name: Montgomery Co.State: IN
    Newspaper: The Sunday StarDate: Jan 14, 1901
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: A Sudden Death
    No death occurring during the winter occasioned more surprise that that of Squire S. Heath, who died on Sunday night at his home on South Washington street. He had been feeling badly for a day or so but had been confined to his bed only thirty six hours when his death came. He had been suffering from a slow fever but would not give up and take the rest that he needed. the immediate cause of his death was peritonitis. He leaves a wife and three young daughters. He cam to this city a few months ago and entered the fruit commission business and was prospering nicely when death came. He was a man of first class business principles
    nd was respected by all who knew him. His funeral was on Tuesday and was conducted by Rev. S.H. Goss of the M..E. church. It was under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias. Interment was at Oak Hill.

W.R. Hodshire County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star Date: 19 March 1872 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Obit: DIED.....In Ladoga, on Tuesday, March 12th, of consumption, W.R. Hodshire, aged about 38 years. His remains were followed to his last resting place by the masons, of which order he was an honored member.

Name of Deceased: Mrs. Mabel Hubble
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Weekly Review Obit: January 3, 1907
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Death Occurs At Hospital
    Mrs. Mable Hubble Never Recovers From Operation
    Following an operation at the Culver Union Hospital Saturday afternoon Mrs. Mabel Hubble, aged 21, of near Ladoga, died at nine o'clock Sunday morning, having never recovered from the effects of operation. She was the wife of Roy Hubble a young farmer, who resides three miles east of Ladoga. Her marriage to Mr. Hubbard occurred a year ago. She was the daughter of Marshall and Racheal Fisher, who reside in the same neighborhood. Besides her parents, she leaves three sisters and four brothers. They are William Fisher, of North Salem, Mrs. Foxworthy of Ladoga, Mrs. Abrams of Indianapolis; Miss Gunney Fisher, and Everett, Charles and Vernon Fisher all of whom live at home. Mrs. Hubble's body was sent to Ladoga Sunday afternoon over the Monon. The funeral will occur at the residence Tuesday with interment at Mount Pleasant cemetery.

    Mrs. F.N. Johnson
    Newspaper: Crawsfordsville Star Date: Jan. 8, 1880
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs. F.N. Johnson wife of the county treasurer, died on Tuesday morning, after an illness of several years of spinal disease. She had been a great sufferer for a long time. She left two children , boys, ten and three years of age. Deceased was a daughter of J.Y. Durham, was born in Boyd county Ky., and was 30 years of age lacking one day. The body was taken to the M.E. cemetery at Waveland for interment, the services being conducted by Elder Vancleave. The county officials attended the funeral in body and acted as pall bearers. Mrs. Johnson was an estimable lady and her death is mourned by a large circle of friends.

Mary Kershow
    County Name: Montgomery Co.
    State: IN
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star
    Date: March 14, 1878
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: ANOTHER SUICIDE...Mary Kershow, a young girl just approaching womanhood, living about half way between Parkersburg and Ladoga, committed suicide on last Sunday with a pistol; shooting herself through the heart. It is reported she committed the act in the bridge over Raccoon Creek.

     Crawfordsville, Ind.  Dec. 15.—Eugene Kostanzer, a furniture dealer, died Sunday. The funeral Monday was largely attended. Several beautiful floral designs were received from Cincinnati and Chicago, where he was well known.
    Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1891   Paper: Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, Indiana)   Page: 1    

 Sallie Largent
    County Name: Montgomery Co.
    State: IN
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star
    Date: March 14, 1878
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs, Sallie Largent, six miles northeast of Crawfordsville, departed this life yesterday, March 13th, at 4 o'clock a.m., of pneumonia; aged about 70 years.

    Crawfordsville, Ind. June 8.—The funeral services of Mrs. Caroline Hanson were held this afternoon., conducted by Rev. S. V. Leech, of the Methodist Church. There was a large attendance and the floral designs were beautiful. The remains were buried at Oak Hill Cemetery by the side of her husband, Gen. M. D. Hanson.
    Date: Wednesday, June 10, 1896   Paper: Indiana State Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana)   Volume: LXXIX   Issue: 24   Page: 5

Name of Deceased: Alexander McClelland Obit: 09 December 1943
Funeral services for Alexander McClelland who died at Shannondale, was here Monday at Shannondale Presbyterian church. Mr. McClelland was born in Carpenterville, August 1, 1867, son of Tillman and Emma White McClelland. He married August 1, 1888 to Mary Calvert in Lebanon, she died in 1905. Survivors are Children, Guy, Mrs. Nora Brown, of Ladoga, Daughter Mrs. Verna McClelland, Shannondale, sister Mrs. Davis Scanlon, Tulsa Oklahoma, another daughter died in 1940. Burial was made in Shannondale cemetery, Montgomery Co. Indiana.
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney

Mrs. James McCoy
    County Name: Montgomery Co.
    State: IN
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star
    Date: 14 March 1878
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs. James McCoy died at the residence of her father, George Hightower, on last Friday morning, after a lengthy illness from consumption. The funeral services took place from the family residence, on Sabbath morning; remarks by Elder Bowles.

Mrs. Newt. Messmore
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review
    Date: Jan 5, 1911
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs. Newt. Messmore died at her home here Monday at 2 o'clock a.m. after having been confined to her home since June with cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Messmore was, before her marriage Miss Mollie Rice and was born in Richland township, this county. She was 61 years of age at the time of her death. Her parents were pioneers of this section. She is survived by her husband and two brothers, Washington and Samuel of near Newtown. She was a member of the Christian church and a charter member of the Pythian Sisters lodge of this city. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Christian church, the Pythian Sisters assisting in the services. Interment will be made in the cemetery north of Newtown.

   Mrs. Will Mitchell
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Sunday Star Date: Jan 14, 1901
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Death at Terre Haute
    Mrs. Will Mitchell died at the hospitad at Terry Haute where she had been for treatment for many months, and her body was brought here for interment on Monday. The funeral was from the home of Mrs Mitchell's mother on west Market street on Wednesday. Mr. Mitchell was at one time a well known tailor in this city and this was the home of himself and family for a long time.

Death of James Morrow Elmdale, July 30, 1885
To the Editor of the Review
Mr. James Morrow died at his home near this place on Thursday evening of last week.  He had been in poor health for several years. During his last severe illness he was continued to his bed three or four months.  His death was not a surprise or unexpected.  Mr. Morrow has been a resident of this county a long time, having lived upon the  farm where he died about 28 years.  During all those years he has lived an honorable, peaceful life among his neighbors.  He became identified with the with the Christian Church many years ago.  As a member, he cast his lot with Center church near here, of which he was an honorable member up to his death.  The community has lost a good citizen, his family a kind benefactor, husband and father.  He will not only be missed by relatives, but by the many friends he had around him, who sympathize with the family in their bereavement.  He leaves a wife and five children, three girls and two boys, to mourn his loss.  The funeral services were conducted by Elder McCoy, on Friday evening at the Christian Church at Pleasant Hill, at which place the remains were interred.
Note from contributor: Although the obit does not mention it, James Morrow as born 15 May 1830 in Coal Creek, Montgomery Co, IN
Newspaper: Crawfordsville Weekly Review Aug. 1, 1885
Submitters Name: Judith Harrison Jouglet

  Mrs. Annie Peffley
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review
    Date: Feb. 1, 1912
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Mrs. Annie Peffley died Sunday morning at their home in east Ladoga. She was a frail little woman and had been ill for many a long day. She was one of nine children and the oldest daughter of John Maugus and wife, born Aug. 20, 1869, in Ronoak county, Virgina. Her parents and four brothers and four sisters are all living. Annie and Wallace Peffley were married Dec. 25, 1889. To them were born three children. The son, Chester, a young man who recently married Buelah Overman and now resides near Columbus and the two little daughter, Ruth and Ruby with the husband are left to mourn their loss. Mrs. Peffley was a valued member of Methodist church. The funeral was held in the M.E. church at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Rev Greenway officiating assisted by a mixed quartette. Interment in Stoner Cemetery.

    Catherine A. Pittman
    Newspaper: The Weekly Review Date: Jan 31, 1908
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Catherine A. Pittman consort of William Pittman departed this life January 28, 1908, at her home in Yountsville, Ind., at the age of 68 years. Her maiden name was Catherine A. Furry. She was born in Highland county, Ohio, and moved with her parents to Tipton county, Ind., in 1860. She had six brothers and two sisters, only two of whom survive, Mrs. Mary E. Taylor of Cicero, Ind., and Henry Furry of Oakland, Cal. She was married November 9, 1865 to William Pittman at Cassville, Howard county, Ind. She was the mother of seven children, four of whom, Oliver, Lizzie, Ruth and Kittie, with the husband remain to mourn her loss. Two died in childhood and Eva, the youngest of the family, died  just eight months ago. Mrs. Pittman joined the M.E. church and was converted in early girlhood in Ohio under the ministrations of that old pioneer Methodist preacher Elder Trumbul and remained a consistent Christian during the rest of her life. She had passed through some of the most bitter experiences and several trials allotted to human beings, having had five brother in the Union army during the rebellion, four dying far from home in the army, and one dying shortly after coming home of disease contracted in the army. Besides she had two brothers in law in the service both dying shortly after their return home. Both her parents preceded her to the better land many years ago. She never made an enemy or turned a human being hungry from her door. No better mother wife or neighbor ever lived. The funeral service was conducted at the Yountsville M.E. church Jan. 31 by the pastor, Rev. O. Tevis-Martin. Interment at Oak Hill, Crawfordsville.

Elijah Powell
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star Date: Jan 22 1880
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Elijah Powell died at his residence in town on Friday 16th inst., at 9 o'clock p.m. of paralysis. The deceased was near 74 years of age and had been a member of the Christian church more than 40 years. Funeral services Sunday, conducted by Rev. Jas. Johnson, of the M.E. church. Burial is the Presbyterian cemetery.

DEATHS
Crawfordsville
Crawfordsville Record, Vol 4 No 39. Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, 27 Feb 1836
Died - on Tuesday night, the 23d, infant of Y.B. Pullen, esq. same disease (measles)

 Joseph B. Ragsdale
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review Date: January 10, 1913
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: FUNERAL OF AGED MAN TO BE AT JAMESTOWN BODY OF J.B. RAGSDALE WILL BE LAID AT REST IN POPLAR GROVE CEMETERY.......Joseph B. Ragsdale, aged 77, died at his home north of this city yesterday morning. Death came as a result of Dropsy. Deceased is survived by the widow, Sarah E. Ragsdale, a son William J. Ragsdale and a daughter, Mrs. A.E. Deatley. This morning at 9;30 short services will be held at the late home after which the body will be taken to Popular Grove church, five miles northeast of Jamestown, where the funeral will be held at 1 o'clock, this afternoon. Rev. J.J. Oliphant will be in charge of both services.

Crawsfordsville, Montgomery Co., Ind. Nov. 23.
H. Rice Canine died here this morning He was born in Shelby county, Kentucky, on Aug.31. 1824. and has resided in this county since he followed farming until 1832 since which time he has been a clerk in several stores up to about four years ago. He died from paralysis, from which he has been suffering for over a year, he married Sarah A. Benefiel in 1845 who survives him, with two children, Mrs. May E. Fullenwider, of Indianapolis, and Miss Edna Canine, of this city. The funeral will be Wednesday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church.
Indiana Journal November 25, 1896

CRAWFORDSVILLE—Jacob L. Rhodes, 71 years old, veteran of the civil war, is dead at his home here.
The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, August 7, 1913

 Mesias Saylor
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review Date: March 20,  1917
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: SHOTGUN USED BY LADOGA MAN TO KILL HIMSELF MONDAY..MESIAS SAYLOR, AGE SEVENTY FIVE COMMITS SUICIDE AFTER BROODING. Ladoga, March 15, Brooding over matters was named the cause of the suicide of Meisias Saylor, seventy five years old, who blew his head off with a shotgun near here this morning. He has been in good health and at times seemed cheerful, but he has been thinking much and was often hard to arouse, when day dreaming. The man was seen by Smith Kyle to go down the road three and one half miles west of Roachdale, with the gun. Later he saw him raise it to his head and then fall over. an effort to get to the man proved futile as Kyle was too far away. Saylor seemed meditating as he walked along the road with the gun. A man spoke to him but he did not answer nor even turn his head seemingly intent upon his thinking. The body was picked up from the road after the shot had been fired, lifeless, and taken to the home of the dead man's daughter. The gun was in the man's hands when he was picked up. Mr. Saylor's wife has been dead for some time. He had four children living. They were unable to account for the man's brooding unless it was over his wife.

 Andrew Shotts
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star Date: March 14, 1878
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE HEAD...Andrew Shotts, of Madison Township, shuffles off the Mortal Coil. The latest victim to the suicidal mania was Andrew Shotts, a prominent farmer, living about two miles southeast of Linden. For some time his spirits have been greatly depressed owing to bad dyspeptic health and he has been known to wish that someone
    "would kill him." On last Saturday morning between 8 and 9 o'clock he took his rifle and went out into the orchard, as he remarked to his family, "to kill a rabbit" Soon afterwards, however, the family were startled by a gun shot, and on going to the orchard, found the unfortunate man dead with a bullet through the center of the forehead.
    Deputy Coroner Wright went up on Saturday and held an inquest, at which several witnesses were examined and a verdict arrived at that the deceased came to his death by a gun shot fired by his own hand. The principal witnesses testified that Mr. Shotts placed the gun between the first and second planks of the fence, about sixty yards from the house, and attached a string to the trigger. Placing his forehead close up to the muzzle he jerked the string with the fatal results already narrated. The front part of his head was badly shattered and also considerably scorched by the powder. The deceased was about 62 years of age, and leaves a large family in comparatively good circumstances. He was universally respected and honored by all who knew him.

John Simpson, who has been a resident of Montgomery county for over fifty years died at Crawfordsville yesterday at the age of eighty-one.
Date: 1881-03-10;  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review

Amos Southard
    Newspaper: The Weekly Review Date: Jan 31, 1908
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Following an illness of four years, Amos Southard died at 8 o'clock this morning at the Central Hospital at Indianapolis. His body will be brought here this evening and will be taken to the undertaking establishment of McClelland & Ash. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Mr. Southard was a former resident of Crawfordsville. he was engaged in the grocery business for a short time and also was a hardware clerk in the store of Zack Mahornery. He leaves a widow, and three children. His wife was formerly Miss Nell Brown, daughter of James Brown. His children are Earl, Lee and Helen Southard, all of whom reside at Battle Creek Mich., where they have been for the past six months.

Montgomery County
    Crawfordsville, Jan. 30. (Special.) Benjamin Snyder died at 11 o'clock today from a stroke of paralysis received yesterday morning. He was eighty-one years of age.
    Crawfordsville, Jan. 23. (Special.) Five persons over ninety-three years of age have died in Montgomery county within the last two months. Mrs. Mary Suiters of Waynetown, aged ninety-six , and Mrs. Elizabeth Stump of Balhinch, aged ninety-seven, have died within the last week. All these persons lived in the county for over sixty years.
    The Indiana State Sentinel Wednesday Morning February 3, 1892 Page 8
    Unknown Submitter

The Aitkin Age (Aitkin, Aitkin, MN), January 2, 1906, page 2 - transcribed by Robin Line
Frank L. Snyder, supreme scribe of the Tribe of Ben Hur, of which fraternal insurance order he was founder, is dead at Crawfordsville, Ind.

Crawfordsville, Ind. Dec. 29
George Snyder, a well-known resident of this city, and probably the oldest editor In Indiana, died last night from a general decline. Mr. Snyder was born in 1812, In Martinsburg, Va. In 1832 he came to Indiana and settled at Covington, where he published a paper for three years. Then he removed to this city and purchased the Record. In 1840 he started the Examiner, which finally became the Review. He owned this paper three different times, and between the several periods of this ownership he published papers at Rockville and Frankfort.
In 1866 he purchased the Journal In this city, and In 1868 sold to McCain & Hendricks. Afterwards he started the Veedersburg Reporter and the Jamestown Tribune. The latter paper he owned until he was too infirm to attend to business, five years ago. During his life he served as postmaster for eight years- 1856-1864-and as justice of the peace for five years. He assisted in the inaugural ceremonies of President Polk. He was too old to enlist in the late war, but he became a hundred-day man in the Morgan raid repellers. He was married on Aug. 31, 1837. to May C. McConnell, daughter of Ezeklel McConnell.of this place, and in 1887 they celebrated their golden wedding. Mrs. Snyder; died three years ago. He leaves five children—John Snyder, Mate Snyder. Mrs. Nat Beatty. Mrs. Maggie Ryker and Mrs. John Clark.
Date: 1899-01-04; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Jeremiah P. Snyder
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review
    Date: Jan 5, 1911
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Jeremiah P. Snyder, aged 79, a well known and highly respected retired farmer of this city, died at 10:30 o'clock Friday night from senility. The shock to Mr. Snyder that resulted recently when his home on West Main street was destroyed by fire, it is believed, was the direct cause for his death. He gradually declined in health since then until death came. Mr. Snyder slept away peacefully in death without pain. He was conscious to the last. "I know you and I can hear you talk, but I can't see you", he said to his daughters, about his bedside, 20 minutes before he passed away. Mr Snyder lived in Montgomery county for three score and 10 years or more. He was born in Ohio and when he was a small boy his parents, David and Rachael {Paullin} Snyder, moved from their home there to this county, settling on a farm northwest of Crawfordsville in the Black Creek neighborhood. There Mr. Snyder grew to manhood upon the farm. He was married 58 years ago to Mary Thurston, of this county. They went to housekeeping on the farm and lived on the farm until 18 years ago when Mr. Snyder was forced to give up active farm work. Since then he resided on West Main street in this city. Nine children, six son and three daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder. The mother and five children are still living. They are Mrs. Jhon A. Gilbert, Mrs. E.R. Holmes and Ira D. Snyder, all of this city; Alphonso Snyder, of Alton Ill., and Mrs Edna Parker of California. The deceased sons are Stephen, Walter, William and Jeremiah. Mr. Snyder was life long Democrat. Years ago he was a candidate for the office of county commissioner but was defeated along with the other candidates on his ticket. He was  faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church for years. Mr. Snyder was a kindly, generous and beloved man, who had friends and acquaintances in all parts of the county. He was esteemed and respected by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held at the home of his son. 702 West Market street, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. T.P. Woodson assisted by Rev. Francis. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.

    Jeremiah P. Snyder, aged 79, a well known and highly respected retired farmer of this city, died at 10:30 o'clock Friday from senility. The shock to Mr. Snyder that resulted recently when his home on West Main street was destroyed by fire, it is believed, was the direct cause for his death. He gradually declined in health since then until death came.
    Mr. Snyder slept away peacefully in death, without pain. He was conscious to the last. "I know you and I can hear you talk but I can't see you," he said to his daughters, about his bedside, 20 minutes before he passed away.
    Mr. Synder lived in Montgomery county three score and 10 years or more. He was born in Ohio and when he was a small boy his parents, David and Rachael (Paullin) Snyder, moved from their home there to this county, settling on a farm northwest of Crawfordsville in the Black Creek neighborhood. There Mr. Snyder grew to manhood upon the farm.
    He was married 58 years ago to Mary Thurston, of this county. They went to house-keeping on the farm and lived on the farm until 18 years ago when Mr. Snyder was forced to give up active work. Since then he resided on West Main street in this city.
    Nine children, six sons and three daughters, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder. The mother and five children are still living. They are Mrs. John A. Gilbert, Mrs. E. R. Holmes and Ira D. Snyder, all of this city; Alphonzo Snyder of Alton, Ill., and Mrs. Edna Parker, of California. The deceased sons are Stephen, Walter, William and
    Jeremiah.
    Mr. Snyder was a life-long Democrat. Years ago he was a candidate for the office of county commissioner but was defeated along with the other candidates on his ticket. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church for years. Mr. Snyder was a kindly, generous and beloved man, who had friends and acquaintances in all
    parts of the county. He was esteemed and respected by all who knew him.
    Funeral services will be held at the home of his son, 702 West Market street, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. T. P. Woodson, assisted by Rev. Francis. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.
    The Crawfordsville Review
    Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1911 pg. 5, col. 2

 Yesterday morning John E. Snyder, of Kansas City, was married to Miss Kittie Lou Allen, at the home of the bride's parents, near New Market. At 11:30 last night the bride was taken suddenly ill, and died almost instantly. Rev. G.P. Fuson, who married the couple, will conduct the funeral services tomorrow.
    Montgomery County Indianapolis Journal, dated 1 June 1889.
Submitted by Teresa Haines Rigney

 Charles C. Widger, 83, of Crawfordsville, Ind., formerly of Cuba, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at St. Clare Medical Center in Crawfordsville.Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Hunt and Son Funeral Home in Crawfordsville, Ind., where visitation will be one hour before. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery North in Crawfordsville.
Note: he was born Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois to Thomas "Tom" E. and Anna E. Zelch Widger.
(Contributed by Sara Hemp)
Peoria Journal Star, February 9, 200?

  Mrs. Emma Belle Willis
    Newspaper: The Weekly Review Date: Jan. 31 1908
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Following an illness of several months of Bright's disease, Mrs. Emma Belle Willis, wife of M.W. Willis of this city, died at 8:40 o'clock this morning at her home in this city. Mrs. Willis was the daughter of James and Jane Stephenson and was born in Union county, Ind., Jan. 26, 1865. She was married to M.W. Willis on March 26, 1901. She leaves besides her husband, a father, two sisters and two brothers. Her sisters are Mrs. Richard Greed and Mrs. John Wolfe and her brothers are Dan and Charles Stephenson. Her mother on brother and two sisters are dead. The funeral will be held at the residence at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. Milton Williams, pastor of Trinity M.E. church. Interment at Oak Hill.

Dr. John Badger Wilson
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: Ladoga, Feb 12 1907
    Dr. J.B. Wilson died this morning at 5 o'clock of hardening of the arteries and softening of the brain. He had been more or less of an invalid for five years, but was not confined to his bed, except at intervals. Yesterday afternoon he became suddenly very much worse. Dr. Wilson was seventy-seven years old January 29 and had practiced medicine in Ladoga for fifty years. For five years he was associated with T.J. Vennard in the drug business, and again for two years with Dr. Drake in the same business. The time of the funeral has not yet been set owing to the very critical condition of his wife, Mrs. Emma Wilson, who is not expected to live more than a few days. He leaves the following children: Henry Wilson of Crawfordsville, Warren Wilson of Indianapolis, Mrs. Gertrude Kirkpatrick of Ubana, Ill., Mrs Harry Ruppe of Middletown O., Harvery Wilson and Mrs. Allie Kelley of Ladoga.

WINGATE, Ind., July 19.—Nancy Wingate, mother of John C Wingate, died of lung trouble at 10 o'clock this morning. She has lived In this township sixty-one years. She was born In Post-Town, Butler county, Ohio, April 29. 1830 She is the last of Christian Coon's family to the third generation except her sons. John and George C Coons, of Elizabeth, N. J. She was the mother of five children and now leaves her son John without father, mother, brother, sister or child. The funeral will be held at Wingate Wednesday at 3 p. m.
Date: 1897-07-21; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Clara (Iles) Winningham
County Name: Montgomery State: IN
Obit: Clara (Iles) Winningham succumbs, funeral at Crawfordsville
Mrs. Clara Winningham, 65, former Brazil and Crawfordsville resident, died today at the home of his sister, Mrs. Daisy Krampe, a mile east of Harmony on US 40.
Mrs. Winningham was the widow of Clay Winningham who died in 1949.  She had been residing with her sister for the past year.  She was the daughter of Hansford and Eva (Weaver) Iles.  Survivors are another sister, Mrs. Louanna Allen of RR 5, Terre Haute, and several nieces and nephews.  The body was taken to Miller and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 pm.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawsfordville.
Submitters Name: Liz Randolph

 Alonzo Wrightsman
    County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN
    Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Review Date: January 10, 1913
    Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
    Obit: ALONZO WRIGHTSMAN FOUND DEAD IN HOME Alonzo Wrightsman aged about 55 years was found dead at his home, 1007 East Wabash avenue, late yesterday afternoon. Coroner C.W. Howard was called and found that the man had died from heart trouble and acute indigestion. The body was found about 6 o'clock by Dick Boyer, a nephew, who has been living with the decedent. Mr. Wrightsman was seen by neighbors about 4 o'clock yesterday and evidently had died alone soon afterward. He was found lying on the floor with his pipe clenched in one hand. Boyer notified the police and the body was removed to the Hunt and Nash undertaking rooms where it was viewed by the coroner. Wrightsman had been employed as a laborer in this city for many years. Mr. Wrightsman had lived here since he was about 16 years old. He was the son of James and Eliza Wrightsman and was born in Boone county. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, one son and three brothers, John, Charles and David and one sister, Abigail. Funeral arrangements had not been made late last night.

    Mrs. Elmira Zuck County Name: Montgomery Co. State: IN Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star Date: 04 March 1880 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Obit: A SUDDEN DEATH A Lady Drops Dead When in Apparent Good Health The most sudden death which THE STAR has been called upon to record for some time was that of Mrs. Elmira Zuck, occurring about 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. She was the wife of Johnathan Zuck, a farmer living on Black Creek, three miles northwest of the city and when death overtook her she was walking across the floor of the room, starting toward the door where her husband was waiting with the wagon for her, preparatory to coming to the city t do a little trading. Mrs. Zuck was seized with an unexpected fainting fit, gasped for her breath and fell to the floor a corpse. The trouble was supposed to have been heart disease. Up to the time of her death, Mrs. Zuck was in her usual good health. Her age was about 42 years. This sudden death is a shock to the whole community.



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