MORGAN COUNTY, INDIANA
OBITS


The Morgan County Gazette February 6, 1853
Died in Mooresville. on Sunday last, Mrs. Elizabeth Worth , wife of David G. Worth.

The Morgan County Gazette April 30, 1853
Death- A young man by the name of GARRETT was drowned at Lion's Mill Dam, on White Lick Creek, in this county, on Sunday last.

The Morgan County Gazette May 7, 1853
The body of Mr. GARRETT who drowned in White Lick, was found.

The Morgan County Gazette May 28, 1853
Mr. GEORGE BEST drowned at the falls on White River, 1 mile west of Martinsville.

The Morgan County Gazette June 4, 1853
Died in Martinsville, Mrs. EMELINE TILLFORD, wife of Dr. S. A. TILLFORD, and the daughter of WM. A MAJOR, deceased.

The Morgan County Gazette July 9, 1853
Died in Clay County, Illinois, Mr. JOSEPH MONICLE, formerly a resident of this county.

August 6, 1853 The Morgan County Gazette
Died in this town, Reese Hastings Sr., aged 55
On Saturday last, Infant son of Wm. P. Hammond

August 13, 1853 The Morgan County Gazette
Died in Jackson Township on the 29th Amos Lake, aged about 20, son of Daniel Lake Esq.
Died in Morgantown, Ernest, infant son of Raney and Mary Lipsey.
Died in the vicinity of Morgantown, on the 6th, Robert, aged 18 and John aged 6, the sons of Peter and Polly Epperson
Died in Jackson Township, on the 7th. Mrs. Jane, consort of Joshua Whitaker and daughter of Peter and Polly Epperson.
Died in Jackson Township, Nancy Ellen, age about 6, daughter of William and Mary Marcum
Died in Morgantown, on the 8th, Mrs. Elizabeth, consort of William H. Boles
Died in Morganstown, on the 10th, John James, infant son of George P. and Mary Epperson
Died on the 9th, Grover, son of Samuel D. and Catherine Ruckle, aged about 10 in Martinsville.

The Morgan County Gazette August 20, 1853
Drowning - Mr. William Gillaspe, age about 30 and the son of James Gillaspe of Johnson County, drowned in the White River, near Gregory's Ferry, on Tuesday last.

The Morgan County Gazette August 27, 1853
Died in Jackson township on the 15th, Clemanda, daughter of Charles and Matilda Whitaker age 14
Died in the same Township on the 15th, Scott, son of Leonard J. and Mary Ann Canatsoy, age about 2
Died in Morgantown on the 15th , Mary, daughter of William H. and Elizabeth Bales, age about 3
Died in Morgantown, on the 17th, Jesse W. F. only son of Dr. J.J. and C.H. Johnson age about 20 months
Died in Jackson Township, on the 17th, Margaret, age about 10 months, daughter of George and Elizabeth Morgan.

The Morgan County Gazette September 3, 1853
Died in Mooresville on the 24th, Mrs. Jane Newey, wife of Robert Newby and the daughter of Samuel Moore
Died in the 24th, Alexander B., son of Alexander Worth, aged about 10
Died about the same time, a child of William Moore
Died on the 19th, Viena, infant daughter of James and Rebecca Jane Pratt.
Died in Morgantown on the 19th, Martha E. age 9 months, daughter of Wm. H. and Elizabeth Boles
Died on the 27th, Sarah L., age about 10, daughter of Francis and Delilah Petty
Died in Morgantown on the 30th, James Epperson Sr. age about 72.

The Morgan County Gazette Oct. 1 1853
Died In this town, on Tuesday last, Miss JANE LEWIS, daughter of CHRISTOPHER LEWIS,  age  about 17

October  15, 1853
Died-At the residence of her father, in Green Township on the 8th, Mrs. DIAHTHA P. HAMILTON.  late wife of Mr. CHAS. C. HAMILTON and the daughter of JAKES PEHAM.

October  15, 1853
Accident-On Saturday last. WILLIAM WEATHERS, the step-son of JOHN BOTHWELL, died from a wagon accident

October 22, 1853
Died-In Mooresville, on the 13th. Mrs. MARY. wife of W.L. CONDUITT and the daughter of SAMUEL MOORE.

November 4, 1853
Died-In this town on Friday the 28th. SCOTT, son of WILLIAM J. SPARKS, age about 4.

January 7, 1854
Died-Near Waverly, on the 27th MARY ELIZABETH, daughter of THOMAS L. PERRY  Esq.  age about 14. This is the second daughter lost within a few months.

THE MORGAN COUNTY GAZETTE June 23, 1855
A young son of WILLIAM HAMMONS, of Monroe Township, drowned Monday last, in a well being dug,.
GEORGE SMITH and two horses were killed by lightning, near Rockingham, as he was returning from church.

June 30, 1855
In a letter to the editor, from L. SKELTON of the Centreton area, he tells of two young couples returning from ohurch, when a storm came up, they rode into the yard of JACKSON RECORD. As the girls stepped on the porch. GEORGE SMITH and C RECORD started to unsaddle the horaes, a lightning bolt hit, killing GEORGE SMITH and two horses. The others were knocked down and stunned. funeral services for GEORGE SMITH were held at Mt. Pleasant Church.

Obituary, dated June 1855. stating that JOE DAVIS had died near Mt. Tabor, in Monroe County. on the 11th.

July  14, 1855
Died-On the 22nd. Elder ANDREW McNABB, age about 60.
On the 28th.  ARCHIBALD PASSMORE, age about 40.

August 4, 1855
Died-On Sunday last, in this town, SUSAN CAROLINE, daughter of ABRAHAM and RACHEL HUNT, age 2 years. 6 months. 2d days.

August 1, 1855
Died-At Hall, on the 5th. THOMAS J. NICHOLAS Jr. son of NATHAN NICHOLAS,  age about 14. On the13th. in Bloomington. LARKIN REYNOLDS Esq.  formerly of  this town, age about 35.

September 16, 1855
Died on Thursday the 5th, WILLIAM GWINN, son of JEFFERSON K. and MARY SCOTT, age 17 months.

September 22. 1855
Died-On Thursday the 13th. at the residence of his son RICHARD in Adams Twp., ROBERT WALTERS,  age 104 of cancer.

September 29, 1855
Died on  the 20th. In this township.  JOEL GARRETT about 30.

October 20. 1855
Died - Mrs.  MARY HARRYMAN, widow of  the  late ROBERT HARRYMAN. on the 16th.age 28.

February 29. 1856
Died-In this town, on the 3rd, ELLA, daughter of E.W.. and E.G. CALLIS, age 3 years. In Adams Township, on the 3rd, THOMAS JOHNSON Sr., age 95.

February 7, 1657
Died  "Mrs. MARGARET STORY, an old and esteemed resident of our town".

February 21 1857
Moses Park and Elmore Hendrickson were killed  instantly by lightning, at. Sharp's Mill, in the edge of Monroe County .
Also A Mr. Grout was  seriously Injured

March 14. 1857
James H. Sloan was killed  In ft fight with JAMES BURNS.   They had been drinking together. William Burns and Blevin
Asher were also arrested and charged with, being accessaries. Also, named in the Story were Peter Early and Adam
Wise, both described as "doggery-keepers." In a change of venue, the case will be be heard in Morgantown before Squire Hilton.

April 18 1857
Died Michael Fry, living near the Morgan-Monroe county line. "fell dead" from the influence of whiskey. He was in the
prime of life, being almost 30.He left a wife and several children.

May 2, 1857
Died- An infant son of WM. B. FESLER, Morgentown, fell into a cistern on Friday Iast week and drowned

May 21, 1857
Died Mr. ISIAH HADLEY,   an old and well known resident of Brown Township died suddenly at his residence near Mooresville, a few days since.

June 4, 1857
Died JOHN WORSHING. A Morgantown doggery man is dead.

August  20. 1857
Died-Captain TOM KENT died on Wednesday last.

September 10, 1857
Died-Mrs. MARY M.A. RAY, consort of JUSTEMAN RAY, age 24. died 2nd of August at Sigourney, Iowa.

September 17, 1857
Died- In a letter from the martinsville Masonic Lodge, the death of  Wiley S tafford was noted.

November 10, 1857
Died WILLIAM TOWNSEND died at his residence, near town, Friday last.

January  10. 1858
From the  DANVILLE ADVERTISER,  a story or three young girls all about 10 years old,  being suffocate by gases from a charcoal burner.  They had taken the burner to their roon when they had got ready to go to bed.  The girls were:  CHRISTIANA FLEECE, daughter of CHARLES FLEECE of North Salem;  NANCY HUNT,  daughter of JOHNSON HUNT, who lived near Salem; and CATHERINE ASHBY of Montgomery County.


The Morgan County Clarion Jan. 17, 1862
Died- James Miles was shot and killed, accidently, by Thomas Miles. He died on Tuesday last.

The Morgan County Gazette Jan. 11, 1868
Died-On the  1st of January, William T. Worthington, in the 51st year of his age. he died at the residence of Mr. Samuel Moore of Mooresville. He had been a merchant, trader and farmer, in and near Mooresville, for more than 25 years.

THE MORGAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN

August 25. 1870
Died- JOHN 0 'CONNER. employed as a watchman in the engine house of ths C & M R.R.. was found dead this morning,near the engine house. It is supposed. he died of apoplexy. He leaves a wife and five children.
Obituary- Bro. W. B. ORNER was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania on the 19th day of April. 1815. He died the 23rd of August. He was a Mason.
Died at his residence in Green Township, August 19th; Benjamin Bryant, aged 68 years. He had been a resident of Morgan County for 36 years and was Deacon in the Christian Church.

September 8, 1870
Died- At his residence   In Harrison Township, on Wednesday September 7th. BARLOW ALRICH atr the  advanced age of 72
Died on Wednesday night last, Mrs. ELIZABETH HOWELL, aged 50 years wife of WILLIAM  HOWELL of Jackson Township.

September 22, 1870
Sad Accident, a daughter of RUEL BEVERLY, who was killed at the State Fair last fall, act with a severe accident last  Saturday near Eminence. She was engaged in feeding a cane mill and while removing the ground stalks, her foot caught
and she was thrown against the mill. Both hands were crushed so badly that amputation became necessary. The left hand and the thumb of her right hand wore taken off on Sunday by Dr.  WILCOX of Greencastle.

Story about the shooting, in Martinsville, of Oliver H. Denning and William T. Warner  by Fielding Carpenter.   Both Denning and Warner died.  Denning's body  was forwarded to Rushville,  where his mother and friends resided.  Warner was carried to the housee of his mother, in this town, where he died on Monday morning at nine O'Clock.    He was 22 years old.

September 22, 1870
Died at the residence of Rev. William C. Smith, of this place On Sunday morning the 21sr, Irvin Street, infant son of John S. and Emma Street Smith, of Kokomo.

October 20, 1870
A young son of Leander Lewis, of Jefferson Township, met with a horrible death last Friday. He was sent to water his fathers mules. it is supposed that he must have had the halter about his body, as the mule was discovered dragging him around, in the barn yard, by the strap. His body was horribly mutilated by being kicked and trampled upon.

October 20, 1870
Died on the 15th, a daughter of henry Peckenbaugh of mahalasville age 10. The cause of death was flux.
Died on the 18th, John Thomas, of this township, aged 21 years cause of death consumption

November 17, 1870
Died Sarah wife of Dr. A.W. Regan, of Mooresville, of consumption on Saturday the 12th.
Died Rosanna, wife of Joseph D, Crawford, of this place, died of consumption on Monday the 5th, in the 23rd year of her life.

December 29, 1870
Died this morning at 8 1/2 o'clock, Miss Anna Callis, sister of Mr. Callis of the Gazette, of consumption

THE MORGAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN

January 26, 1871
Died last Thursday on the 19th of congestive chill, Mrs. Elizabeth Goss, wife of Joe E. Goss of Gosport.

February 2, 1871
Died on last Friday, the 27th, of croup, Joe Reese's little daughter Daisey, aged 4 years.

February 2, 1871
W.H. Eagle, our Postmaster, received a telegram yesterday morning, from his wife, who is visiting at Indianapolis announcing the death of his infant son.

February 2, 1871
Jacob Davis died at the Poor Asylum on the 19th.

February 9, 1871
Died Abigail Taylor who was a citizen of Monroe Township for many years and a member of the Society of Friends, died recently at the advanced age of 80 years.

February 9, 1871
Obit for Jacob Harryman, who died near this place thursday Feb. 3rd, age 73 years.

The Mooresville Enterprise
July 26, 1872
Died-On the 12th. Carrie daughter of John W. and Sallie H. Hadley, of Mooresville, after a short illness of cholera
Infantum.

August 1, 1872
Died on the 27th, Ruben, son of John and Alice Harris, of cholera Infantum, aged 3 years.

August 8, 1872
Died on the 7th, a son of Eli and Laura Plunket, aged 12 years.

August 15, 1872
Died this morning at 1 o'clcok of consumption, William Crayton age 39 years.

August 22. 1872
Died- on the 17th, at her late residence, one mile East of Mooresville, Catherine wife of William Beeson,   aged about 45. Died- On Wednesday August 14th, at home about five miles East of Brooklyn, of consumption, George W. Dent , aged 35 years.

August 29, 1872
Jacob Elmore living five miles west of Monrovia, was killed by his  horse running away and throwing him out of his buggy, at the same time breaking his wife's thigh and badly brusing his child.

August 29, 1872
On Thursday August 22, Mr. Loper's little boy, living west of Monrovia, was killed by lightning while sitting in his barn door.

August 29, 1872
Died on Tuesday August 27th, of typhus fever, Cythiana Mendenhall, aged 21 years.

Died of Bronchitis, John Dickerson, aged 6 years and nine months.

September 12, 1872
Died on Tuesday September 5th, Rebecca A. Mosier, aged about 30 years.

September 19, 1872
Died on the morning of the 16th, Hanah, wife of John Bray, in the 84th year of her age.

Died on Wednesday the 11th, Mary Jane, wife of William Fogleman of diptheria, aged 28 years.

October 3, 1872
Died on Tuesday morning the 1st of typhoid fever, Mary, wife of John Neese of Waverly, aged 26 years.

Died Saturday the 28th, Julia Elma, daughter of J.O. Thompson, aged 4 months and 20 years.

October 24, 1872
Died- Lennetta May, infant daughter of J.F. and Delia Calvert aged 10 months and 4 days.

October 24, 1872
J.W. Hadley received a telegram last Monday morning, informing him of the death of his stepfather, Hugh Nichols, at his home in Danville, Illinois. He was formerly a resident of this county.
The remains of Mr. Hugh Nichols were brought to this place for interment. The funeral took place tuesday.
Died at Danville, illinois on the 27th, of heart disease Hugh Nichols, aged 63 years.

November 7, 1872
Died at Waverly, on the 5th of Lung Fever, Lily, daughter of Coley Robinson.

Died at Mooresville, on the 5th, Eddie, son of Mithchell and Tempy Spoon, aged 2 years.

December 5, 1872
Died, Wednesday the 27th, of membrane croup, Elizabeth Ellen, daughter of J.O. and S.E. Thompson, aged 3 years, four months and twenty-fice days.

December 29, 1872
Died, on the 13th, of consumption, Mrs. Louisa W. Pool, aged 38 years.

January 9, 1873
Died-Mr. Thomas Hornaday, of Monrovia, a few days ago

Died -William Johnson. of Mooresville, died of consumption last Tuesday.

January 30, 1873
R.H. Edmond, Superintendent of the Poor Farm. brought the remains of Zeliden Baker to this place on last Tuesday and proceeded with them to Siloam Cemetery, where they were properly interred. J.L. Jessup and others made appropriate remarks on the occasion.

February 27, 1873
Died on the evening of the 24th, of consumption and after an illness of nearly 4 years, Mrs. E.M. Compton, in the 54th year of her age.

December 18, 1873
Obituary- Mrs. Eliza Moore - On the morning of December 11, the citizens of Mooresville were greatly surprised and deeply pained to learn that Mrs. Eliza, wife of the esteemed founder of our town, Samuel Moore, had passed quickly, though sweetly, over the dark river about ten P.M. the night before. Thus ended a pilgrimage of nearly 71 years. Mrs. M. was a native of Georgetown Pa. her parents emigrated to Cape Girardeau. Mo. After her father died, she then removed,
with her widowed mother to Madison Ind. She remained there until the spring of 1828, when she united in marriage to Samuel Moore, April 15th, The only surviving member of her mother's family is a brother, our old and respected citizen
Mr. J.M. Worthington. Mrs. M. was the mother of five children, two of whom passes away in childhood. This left three daughter, two of these passed away while one remains, Mrs. Margaret Fogleman.

Mrs. Jane GROVES, a pioneer of Morgan county and a native of Virginia by birth in 1810, died this week of blood- poisoning caused by dropsy.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 12 December, 1890 Page 6 Column 5
Martinsville, IN. Apr. 19,1897. Mrs. W.C. Holman, age 50 years, died unexpectedly last night at her home near Morgantown. She leaves several children. She was liked by all who knew her.

Martinsville Ind. Nov 14
Elijah Kimball, a well known farmer of this county, aged seventy seven, died yesterday  morning at his near Exchange, and was buried this morning. The funeral was conducted by the G.A.R. He was a member of the Thirty third Indiana Volunteers. November 16, 1898

George W. Harryman. MARTINSVILLE, Ind, July 24.
George W. Harryman, aged fifty-nine years, died at his home yesterday, four miles south of this city, of a peculiar complaint. While cutting weeds on his farm three weeks ago he was suddentiy taken with violent pains In his knee, and reached the house on hands and knees with great difficulty. He grew gradually worse and something like decomposition set in in the entire limb. He was a soldier in the civil war, and was born and reared in Morgan county.
Date: July 26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State Journal

Dempsey William Neal was the son of Robert and Mary Neal of Morgan County. He was born June 7, 1884, and departed this life July 27, 1926, at the age of 42 years, 1 month and 20 days.
He was united in marriage to Myrtle May Buckner February 1, 1907. To this union were born seven children - Mrs. Louise Hicks, Robert, Meryle, James, Charles, Pauline and Ruth Neal who survive him. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, seven children, son-in-law, one grandson, mother, father, three sisters, four brothers, (one brother dying in infancy and one brother, Henry Neal preceding him in death 15 days before.) He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
( The first obit. says six children, the second one says seven, and his wife's obituary lists eight children)
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April 25, 1927 Martinsville Recorder (Morgan Co., IN)
DEATH OF ROBERT NEAL
Robert Neal, 72 years old, passed away this morning at 9:00 o'clock at his home south of town. Mr. Neal had been in failing health for some time and Sunday afternoon suffered a stroke of paralysis.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Roy Howell, of Bedford, Mrs. Austin McKee, Mrs. Ed Long, of this city, four sons, Robert Neal, of Indianapolis, Frank and Ralph Neal, of Bedford and Sam Neal of this city, one sister, Mrs. Douglas Baker, of this city, and a brother William Neal, of Bloomington.
Funeral announcement will be made Tuesday.
(April 25, 1927 hand written at the bottom of the obit)
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OBITUARY 4-25-1927 Mr. Robert Neal
Robert Neal, son of Demcy and Jennie Neal, was born January 18, 1855, and departed from this life April 25, 1927, at the ripe old age of 72 years, 3 months and ten days. He was born in Morgan County, Indiana, and lived practically all his life in the neighborhood in which he was born.
On September 8, 1874, he was united in marriage with Mary E. Scales. To this union were born ten children, three of them, all sons, preceded him in death; Hana in infancy and Henry and Demcy in July, 1916. Mr. Neal is survived by his wife and four sons, Samuel, of this city, Robert, of Indianapolis, Ralph and Frank of Bedford; three daughters, Mrs. Austin McKee of this city, Mrs. Roy Howell of Bedford, Mrs. Ed long of south of Martinsville; one sister, Mrs. L. F. Baker, of Martinsville, and one brother, W.B. Neal, of Bloomington. There also remains thirty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Neal had been in failing health for the last few years with dropsy and heart trouble and was as well as usual and visited his daughter, Mrs. Austin McKee, last Wednesday. On the following Sunday afternoon he was stricken with paralysis which caused his death Monday morning about nine o'clock. Mr. Neal never united with any church but attended the Baptist church whenever his health would permit. He never wavered from the faith, complained but very little of his condition and always showed his love and trust in his Redeemer. He was a kind and loving husband and father and loved his home and family. He was of a courteous disposition, always ready to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and friends.
He was a strong believer in the efficiency of friendship and will be remembered by those who knew him best as a man who was a true friend. Thus has the sun set upon another life of 72 years sojourning upon the earth. But though he be dead, yet shall he live because of the splendid influences radiation from his useful life while among us. This poem adds beautiful sentiment: (the actual poem was missing)
(April 25, 1927 hand written at the bottom) obituary from Martinsville Recorder (Morgan Co., Indiana)
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DEATH OF ROBERT NEAL
Robert Neal, 72 years old, passed away this morning at 9:00 o'clock at his home south of town. Mr. Neal had been in failing health for some time and Sunday afternoon suffered a stroke of paralysis.
He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Roy Howell, of Bedford, Mrs. Austin McKee, Mrs. Ed Long, of this city, four sons, Robert Neal, of Indianapolis, Frank and Ralph Neal, of Bedford and Sam Neal of this city, and a brother, William Neal, of Bloomington.
The funeral announcement will be made Tuesday.
(25 April 1927 hand written at the bottom)
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Obituary 3-1931 Martinsville Recorder
MRS. MARY NEAL PASSED AWAY
Mrs. Mary E. Neal, of this city, passed away Friday night at the home of her son, Frank Neal, in Bedford. Mrs. Neal was found dead in her bed Saturday morning when members of the family went to her room to awaken her. It is not known what time she died. Mrs. Neal went to Bedford before Christmas to visit with her son and family. She was in good health Friday night when she retired.She was 72 years of age. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Martha McKee, of this city. Mrs. Betty Howell, of Bedford, Mrs. Jane Long, south of this city, and four sons, Frank Neal, of Bedford, Robert Neal, of Indianapolis, Ralph Neal, of South Bend, and Sam Neal, merchant policeman, of this city.Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Cure & Hensley funeral home and were in charge of Rev. E. L. Day.Mrs. Lois Miller and Mrs. C. E. Cohee sang, "In the Garden" and "Somewhere the Sun is Shining" accompanied at the piano by Miss --- rest is missing.
( Hand written date of March 1931)
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LONG ILLNESS PROVES FATAL
Mrs. Susie Neal passed away Thursday afternoon at her home
Mrs. Susie Neal, wife of Samuel Neal, passed away at 1:30 o'clock Thursday at her home, 319 North Main street, after a long illness with organic heart trouble.
Mrs. Neal is survived by her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Martha Lind, south of this city, Mrs. Mary Shireman, of Martinsville, and Julia Ann and Opal, at home; one son Wm. G. Neal, this city; one sister, Mrs. Ben Fishel, and four brothers, Omar, Mike and Chris Northern, of this city, and Howard Northern, of Indianapolis.
The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock in the Christain church. The services will be conducted by Rev. Ray H. Montgomery, of Vincennes, assisted by Rev. E. L. Day. The burial will be in the Nutter cemetery.
Friends may call at the home any time.
Sept. 8, 1932 hand written at the bottom.
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DIES AT HOME OF DAUGHTER
Sam G.. Neal, former merchant policeman, passes away after illness of three weeks
Sam G. Neal, former Martinsville merchant policeman, died at 8:30 Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Malcolm Lind, 490 South Lincoln street, after an illness of three weeks.
He had been ill after becoming too hot while at work on the Ray Haase farm, where he had been residing for the last few years.
Mr. Neal was born in the Jordan community July 5, 1880, the son of Robert and Mary Scales Neal. All his life had been spent in or near Martinsville and he was engaged as a farmer most of the time, but served as merchant policeman in this city for 14 years.
He was married in March of 1907 to Susie A. Northern, she preceding him in death by ten years. A daughter Sylvia also preceded him in death in 1927.
He leaves a son, William Neal, four daughters, Mrs. Martha Lind, Mrs. Mary Lewis, Mrs. Julia Weaver, and Mrs. Opal Leach, all of this city, eight grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Martha McKee and Mrs. Jane Long, of this city, and Mrs. Betty Howell, of Bedford, three brothers, Robert Neal of Indianapolis, Ralph Neal, of Monrovia, and Frank Neal, of Chicago.
Funeral rites will be held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Cure & Hensley funeral home, conducted by Rev. Glenn L. Tudor. Burial will be in the Nutter cemetery. Friends may call at the residence of William Neal, 39 West Walnut, any time after seven o'clock this evening.
(Aug. 19, 1942 hand written on bottom)
Obituary Martinsville Recorder
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Obituary Martinsville Recorder
WILLIAM NEAL dies in hospital
William Neal, age 52, of 960 East Jackson Street, former Martinsville High School basketball player, died at Morgan County Memorial Hospital this morning at 12:45. He had been ill for the past two and a half years.
A native of Martinsville, he was born Jan. 3, 1908, the son of Sam and Susan Northern Neal. He was married to Nellie Herrington.
Mr. Neal had lived in Martinsville all of his life. He was a member of the 1927 championship basketball team and graduated from Martinsville High School in 1927. He belonged to the First Christian Church and had been employed at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis for 23 years.
Survivors beside the wife are two sons, Bruce G. Neal of Martinsville and William S. Neal of R. R. 3; a granddaughter; and four sisters, Mrs John Weaver of R. R. 3; Mrs. Malcom Lind and Mrs. Frank Leach of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs Mary Williams of Indianapolis.
Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Cure and Hensley Chapel conducted by Rev. Fred Sharp. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at the funeral home any time after 7:30 tonight.
(Sep. 26, 1960 hand written at the bottom)
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Obituary - November 7, 1901
Aunt Jennie Neal, living on Little Jordan, south of this city, died at four o'clock Sunday morning of dropsy, with which she had been in a critical condition for several weeks. The funeral services took place at ten o'clock Monday morning.
The deceased was 77 years old and was one of the pioneer settlers of this vicinity. She was known by all in her vicinity of the county and all had a kind word for her. Her willingness and usefulness in sickrooms had taken her into almost every home of her acquaintance and had endeared her to all.
Mrs Doug Baker of this city, and three sons survive her, also.
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April 22. 1858
A young lad, son of the widow BAIL, was drowned in White River.opposite Mitchell'a Pork House. He and an older brother were attempting to cross the river in a canoe.

April  28. 1858
Died- Mr. WILLIAM LEWIS, an old and esteemed citizen of Madison Township, Putnam county, by suicide.

HENRY NEAL DEAD
Henry Neal, 34, years old, died Wednesday afternoon at 2:10 o'clock at his home south of town after a weeks illness. An abscess on the kidney was the cause of his death.
Mr. Neal is survived by his wife, five children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neal, five brothers, Sam Neal, Ralph Neal and Demcy Neal of this city, Robert Neal of Indianapolis and Frank Neal, of Bedford, and three sisters, Mrs. Jane Long and Mrs. Martha McKee, of this city and Mrs. Roy Howell of Bedford.
The funeral services will be held Friday forenoon at ten o'clock at Cure & Hensley's funeral parlors. The burial will be in the Nutter cemetery.
(July 15, 1926 hand written at the bottom)
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Obituary July 15, 1926 Martinsville Recorder
James Henry Neal, the seventh child of Robert and Mary Neal, was born April 28, 1893, departed this life July 14, 1926, age 33 years, two months, 16 days. Henry was born some five miles south of this city and spent his early years around and about here with his parents. He received his schooling at the Long school and worked on a farm until after he had finished his school work, later becoming interested in the plumbing trade, working at this trade for about four years. For the last three years he was engaged in the garage business, having a business of his own on the Dixie road south of town.
On Sept. 13, 1911, he was united in marriage to Mary Barger, of this community. To this union were born five children, Harold Otis, 14 years, Mary Ellen, 11 years, Verna Myrtle, 9 years, Henry Elsworth, age 6 years and Myron Dale, age 4, who with his wife, three sisters, five brothers, father and mother and other relatives and many friends survive to mourn his departure.
(1926 hand written at the bottom.)
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Obituary Martinsville Recorder
MRS. MYRTLE MAE NEAL DIES
Long illness with Tuberculosis proved fatal Wednesday evening
Mrs. Myrtle Mae Neal, age 44 years, died at her home east of this city at the top of Hammons hill Wednesday at 6:30 after a long illness with tuberculosis. She was the daughter of John and Anna Buckner, deceased, and the widow of Dempsey Neal, who died July 27, 1926.
She is survived by eight children, Mrs. Earl Hicks, John Robert, Merle Mae, James William, Charles Edward, Pauline, Ruth Alma, and Jack Dempsey Neal, all of this community; two half-brothers, Jake Thacker, of this city and Earl Thacker, of Bloomington, and five grandchildren.
A brother, John Buckner, her mother, Mrs. Anna Buckner, and a half-sister, Hazel Thacker, were killed on February 25, 1928 when the auto in which they were riding was struck by an interurban car at Centerton.
The body was taken to the home of the son, Robert Neal, at 909 East Morgan street where friends may call until noon Friday.
Funeral services will be held at the Cure & Hensley funeral home Friday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. N. S. Jeffrey. Burial will be in South Park cemetery. (Hand written date of June 20, 1934 on Obit)
Contributed by Marcia A. McKee (mmckee3@visteon.com)

Obituary Martinsville Recorder Dempsey William Neal:
SUDDEN DEATH OF DEMCY NEAL
Succumbed to a heart attack while at work at the Davis Cooperage Co. Plant
Demcy Neal, 42 years old, died suddenly about three o'clock Tuesday afternoon while at work at the Davis Cooperage Co. factory where he had been employed for the past twenty years. Heart trouble was the cause of his death.
Mr. Neal is survived by his wife, six children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Neal, four brothers, Sam and Ralph Neal, of this city, Frank Neal, of Bedford, and Robert Neal of Indianapolis, and three sisters, Mrs. Austin McKee and Mrs. Ed Long, of this city, and Mrs. Roy Mowell, of Bedford.
The funeral services will be held at the home south of town Thursday morning.
(The rest is unreadable, July 28, 1926 is hand written at the bottom)
Contributed by Marcia A. McKee (mmckee3@visteon.com)

OBITUARY Martinsville Recorder
Austin C. McKee, son of Rev. Milton and Elizabeth McKee was born May 30, 1870, and departed this life January 16, 1936, at his home, 1310 East Pike street at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 16 days.
He was born in Decatur county. At the age of 14 years he came to Morgan county, living in Liberty neighborhood.
He was united in marriage Aug. 8, 1891 to Martha E. Neal: to this union were born four children - three sons and one daughter.
Mr. McKee is survived by his wife, three sons, Harry McKee, of Indianapolis, William McKee of Morgantown, Arthur McKee, of this city (one daughter, Nellie McKee Bailey preceded her father in death), two brothers, Charles McKee, of this city, and William McKee, of Van Buren, Indiana, two sisters, Nancy Schoolcraft of this city, and Mrs. Ella Welty of Canon City, Colorado, eleven grand children and one step grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews who will mourn their loss.
Mr McKee had not been well for some time but had been about his work as usual until five weeks before his death when he was taken seriously ill with heart trouble and a complication of diseases. Death came very suddenly while one of his friends was making a call on him.
Austin McKee, commonly known as Aus, moved from the Liberty neighborhood with his family in 1903.
He entered into the contracting and building business. He was associated with Fred Cramer at that time, and later on formed a partnership with Robert Howell, contractor in building, cement work and house moving.
Austin was of a jovial disposition, always meeting his friends in a pleasant way, and was well respected by a large number of friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father.
He always made any one feel welcome in his home and was always interested in all business affairs of this city that would make it a better city to live in.
He was a member of Martinsville Christian church.
Thus has the sun set upon another life sojourning upon this earth.
This poem adds beautiful sentiment.
Just beyond the river Jordan,
Just across its chilly tide.
There's a land of life eternal,
Through its vales sweet waters glide.
There the plants from earth transplanted,
For their coming watch and wait.
In that upper garden growing,
Just within the Golden Gate.
(Second obituary states Austin was a carpenter for 34 years and burial was in South Park Cemetery).
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Obituary Martinsville Recorder
RALPH NEAL, 51, DIES SUNDAY
Ralph C. Neal, 51, who lived northeast of Martinsville on State Road 39, died Sunday night at 9 o'clock after an illness of two years.
The son of Robert and Mary E. Scales Neal, he was born in Morgan County Nov. 28, 1899. He had been a farmer for many years and was unmarried.
Surviving him are three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Martha McKee of 239 Second Street, Mrs. Jane Long of R. R. 3, Mrs. Dot Howell of Bedford, Frank Neal of Lake Valley, and Robert Neal of Mooresville.
Funeral services will be held at Wilhite and Son Chapel Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, with burial in South Park. Friends may call after 7 o'clock this evening at the funeral home.
(Aug. 13, 1951 hand written at the bottom)
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OBITUARY Indianapolis Star; Tuesday, February 12, 1963
ARTHUR L. MCKEE DIES IN HOSPITAL
Arthur L. (Turkey) McKee, 1390 E. Pike St., who had lived in this community throughout his life died at 6:30 Monday evening in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
He had been hospitalized since Feb. 1 after suffering a stroke.
Mr. McKee formerly operated a portable feed grinder before being employed by the City of Martinsville, but had retired. He belonged to the Red Man's Lodge and the Pleasant View Baptist Church.
The son of Austin C. and Marth Neal McKee, he was born Aug. 14, 1896, in Cramertown community southeast of Martinsville. On Feb. 29, 1924, he married Miss Edna Williams.
She survives him as do three sons, Austin McKee of Lawrence, Earl of Whiteland, and Herman of Martinsville, a brother, Harry McKee of Indianapolis. A son Chester, died earlier.
Funeral services will take place at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Wilhite and Son Chapel, with burial to be in Hilldale. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o'clock Wednesday evening.
Contributed by Marcia A. McKee (mmckee3@visteon.com)

Obituary Martinsville Recorder 1984
Note: James Neal was the son of Dempsey William ‘Dee’ and Myrtle Mae [Buckner] Neal.
JAMES NEAL brother of local people, dies
James W. Neal, 68, a native of Martinsville and brother of Charles Edward Neal and Pauline Baker of Martinsville, died Friday night in Blake Memorial Hospital at Bradenton, Fla. He had been ill for some time and formerly made his home in this city. He was a retired carpenter.
Other survivors include his wife Ellen, a son, Jimmy Neal, Alabama, and another sister, Ruth Hand, Kingsford Heights.
No services are scheduled.
(June 1984 hand written at the bottom)
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Obituary Martinsville Recorder OBITUARY
Robert Neal, son of Robert and Mary Scales Neal, was born in the Jordan Community south of Martinsville on September 3, 1895.
He died following a heart attack at his home in Carmel early Christmas morning, after being ill with a cold for several days.
Although he was named Robert after his father, he was called Bobby since earliest childhood. He was one of a family of ten children.
Bobby's boyhood days were happy, normal days; he attended the Long School where his friendly smile and pleasant disposition made him a favorite among his schoolmates. Many of the friendships formed in school days have been of lifetime duration.
Being an active and energetic boy, he began work at an early age on neighboring farms; his interest and capabilities of farm work later led to a position of farm and dairy management in Morgan County which he held for many years. For the past two years he had been manager for Dr. VanAsdall at Carmel. On November 6, 1915, he was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Long, also of Jordan Community.
As a young man he was a member of Company K, Indiana State Militia, being called into Federal Service in June, 1915, to serve on the Mexican Border. He was released from the service several months later because of the serious illness of his wife, who died a few days prior to her 20th birthday, March 22, 1917 leaving an infant son, Lester, 5 months of age.
Although the dream of returning to civilian life and being with his wife and son could not materialize, he was comforted in seeing his son lovingly cared for by his sister-in-law, who later became Mrs. Henry Burns. The small boy was loved as a son by these parents and as a brother by their sons and daughter.
Bobby married Nora Catherine Veal June 3, 1927. Throughout the 30 years of their happy married life he has been a kind and devoted husband, giving solicitous care to his companion who has been in ill health for many years.
Bobby found much pleasure in his association with the American Legion. He greatly enjoyed the Annual reunion of Company K, finding much pleasure in reminiscence of army life with his Veteran friends.
The deceased was a member of the Liberty Christian Church. Surviving relatives are the wife; the son Lester; 3 grandchildren; Mrs. William Kissner, Frances Helen Neal and Richard Neal, all of Indianapolis; a brother Frank of Lowell. Four sisters and four brothers have preceded him in death.
(Jan 18, 1958 hand written at the bottom)
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Steve C. Dawson, 37 dies at residence
Steve C. Dawson 37 610 E. Highland died Friday evening at his residence, November 2, 1985
The son of George Dawson, deceased, and Audrey Ray Dawson, Indianapolis, he was born in Franklin on Nov. 14,1947.
He was married to Joanne Hendrickson Feb. 12, 1966, and she survives.
Other survivors are two sons, Steven M. Dawson, and Gregory J. Dawson, at home; one daughter, Melissa J. Dawson, at home; two brothers, Theodore Dawson, Indianapolis and Sam Dawson, Martinsville, and three sisters, Donna Jo Weaver; Gosport, Marline Terrell, Ellettsvllle, and Katrina Powell, St. Petersburg, Fla, Mr, Dawson lived most of his life in Martinsvllle, and was a member of the First Church Of the Nazarene.
He was employed as a pipe fitter by Gas -Turbine Allison Division of General Motors. 
The Rev. E. J. Steinert will officiate at services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Neal and Summers Chapel. Burial will follow at Nebo Memorial Park.
Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. on Sunday at Neal and Summers.

DAVEE, Donnas Nov. 21 1999
    Donna D. Davee age 31, a resident of 125 Kitchen Road, Mooresville. died at her home around 3.25 Thursday afternoon. According to Deputy Coroner, Norman Whitney, Mrs. Davee died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
    A native of Clinton County, she was born May 8, 1948 to Maurice and Mary I. Hendrickson. Her mother survives in Mooresville, and her father preceded her in death. Also surviving her is her husband Johnnie Davee, a son and daughter, Brian and Melissa Davee both at home; four sisters, Carolyn Vandevender of Frankfort, Jennie Justus of Monrovia, and Julia Brown and Mary Lou rose both of Mooresville, and two brothers Gilbert Hendrickson of Frankfort and Kevin Henderickson of Mooresville. The Rev. Tom Abbott will conduct the funeral Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville and the burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at Greenwood

OBITUARY The Herald-Times July 17, 2000
HERMAN H. MCKEE
Martinsville - Herman H. "Bud" McKee, 74, of Martinsville, died Friday at St. Francis Hospital.
Born July 23, 1925, in Martinsville, he was the son of Arthur L. and Mary E. (Williams) McKee.
He retired in 1988 from Sears in Bloomington where he had worked in the service department for 23 years. He had also worked at Williams Brothers TV in Plainfield, Farmers Hatachery, Kingham Meat Packing Co. and the Reporter, all in Martinsville.
He graduated from Martinsville High School in 1943 and was a member of Zion's Hill Baptist Church. He was a member and former past master of Masonic Lodge F & AM 74; member and past patron of the Martha Chapter O.E.S. 217; and a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, the Morgan County Past Masters Association and Past Matrons and Patrons Association. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II.
Survivors include his second wife, Rosemary (Hilderbrand) Burpo McKee of Martinsville; one son, Lewis Arthur McKee of Nashville; two brothers, Harry Earl McKee of Whiteland and Austin McKee of Lawrence; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou (Overturf) McKee, in 1985, and one half brother, Chester Medsker.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zion's Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. James Weddle and Robert Yount officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. today at Costin Funeral Chapel and from 10 a.m. until services Tuesday at the church. O.E.S. services will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home followed by a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
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MARTINSVILLE, Ind-. April 19.—Mrs. W. C. Holman died unexpectedly last night at her home near Uorgantown, aged fifty years. She leaves several children* She was liked by all who knew her.
Indiana State Journal April 21, 1897

The twin sons: of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Hunt died Friday at their home in Mooresville of spinal meningitis. Their deaths were nine hours apart,
New Albany Public Press February 20, 1895

The remains of Mrs. Henry Bucker which had been in the vault, awaiting the arrival of her son, Guy, were buried Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Mooresville Times March 14, 1913




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