SULLIVAN COUNTY INDIANA
Tuesday, February 22, 1881
Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart Indiana
Leonard Borders, a pioneer of Sullivan county, aged eighty-six,
is dead. He was a soldier of 1812.
Newspaper: Farmersburg News (Weekly paper) April 18, 1920
Submitters Name: Misty Curl
Name of Deceased: Bridwell, John
Obit: NALS 27 Sep 1872 p4 c2: Sudden Death. The Sullivan Democrat says:
The community was shocked on Thursday by the report that Mr. John
Bridwell, a well known citizen, was dying. He was in his usual health
that morning, only that day before having comsummated a bargain for the
purchase of the store of Mrssrs. Price & McKnight, intending again
to re-enter the mercantile business. He was taken sick about 10 o'clock
Thursday morning, and died before midnight. Mr. Bridwell was well known
to many of our citizens, having been engaged in selling goods in this
place for over twenty years.
CRAWFORD, MARTIN BOWMAN
Martin Bowman Crawford on March 16, died after a long illness. He was
born February 20, 1851 in Columbiana county, Ohio. In 1874 he edited the
Booneville Standard, and on March 22 that year he married Miss Fannie K.
Thompson in Sullivan, Ind. After editing the Terre Haute Daily Courier
he came to Garden City in February 1886 where he edited the Daily
Sentinel. In 1887 he became editor of the Hatfield News and also was
appointed postmaster. He leaves his wife and only son Harry. The funeral
was held March 18 at the homestead three miles south of Terry, and
burial on the homestead north of the residence at his request. Services
were conducted by Rev. L. D. Willingham and Rev. Albert Godley. (The
Terry Eye, March 21, 1889)
Sudden Death of a Coal Miner.
Sullivan, Ind., Jan. 27.—James Conner, a coal miner at Star City„
was found dead this .morning In bed. He had been In good health on the
evening: before, and probably died of heart disease. Andrew Alsman was
nearly killed by a premature explosion In a coal mine near here this
evening. He is very dangerously hurt.
Weekly Indiana State Journal January 29, 1896
Date: 1899-03-01; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Died at the residence of her grandfather, John Cordon in
Sullivan County Indiana on the 13th instant. Edelia Ann Elsworth, of
affection of the Iungs in the sixteenth year of her age. Her death has
left a void in the family, but it must be great consolation to her
friends that she gave good evidence that she died in the Lord
M. B. Crawford, age 38, March 16 at his home in Hatfield, from
lung hemorrhage. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Godley of the
Christian Church, with the Tyrian Lodge of this place in charge of the
burial. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Brownsville, Ind. (The
Finney County Democrat, March 23, 1889)
Martin B. Crawford, age 38, on Saturday, March 16 died near Hatfield of
hemorrhage of the lungs. Born February 20, 1851 in Columbiana county,
Ohio, he married Miss Fanny K. Thompson in 1887 at Sullivan, Ind. Was
publisher in Indiana before coming here in 1886, where he was with the
Sentinel, then published the Hatfield News until six weeks ago. Funeral
Monday with Tyrian Lodge and Rev. Albert Godley in charge. Burial near
home on the claim. (The Garden City Sentinel, March 23, 1889)
Martin B. Crawford, editor of the Hatfield News, on March 16, after an
illness of seven weeks which began with a severe hemorrhage of the
lungs. The funeral was from the family residence March 18, largely
attended by the people from the surrounding country. Terry, and Garden
City. The services were conducted by Rev. A. Godley, assisted by Rev.
Willingham of Garden City and hymns were sung by the Hatfield Choir. The
Masonic fraternity of Garden City conducted their ritual at the
interment as the remains were laid to rest on the homestead, in
accordance with the wishes of the deceased. Mr. Crawford had been a
member of the Presbyterian church in Terre Haute, Ind. and was a member
of the Union church here. The Hatfield News, March 30, 1889.
(contributed by Peggy Thompson)
Newspaper: Sullivan Daily Times
Submitters Name: Misty Curl
Narcissus Catharyn Canaday Cummins
Katharyn Canada, daughter of David and Rebecca Canaday, was born April
12, 1842, at Hutsonville, Ill.; departed this life April 3, 1920.
April 25, 1862, she was united in marriage to Robert J Cummins. To
this union was born four children, Emma Rebecca, James David, Charles
Ira and Mary Esther. James David and Mary Esther died in
infancy. Her husband passed away in 1909, Charles Ira in 1913.
Emma R., wife of James Branson, together with four grandsons, D. LeRoy,
William, Robert Max Clarence and Leo Charles Cummins and two
great-grandsons, John Harold and Leo Robert Cummins, survive her.
Forty-eight years ago she with her husband united with Friendship
Baptist church and was still a member at her death.
She with her husband moved to Farmersburg in 1869, and have resided
here, except six months they lived on a farm east of town.
The funeral was held Monday at the M.E. Church, conducted by Rev. George
Fuson. Burial at West Lawn.
**Note - Charles Ira died in 1912, not 1913 as the obituary says.**
Robert J Cummins
Farmersburg, Ind., Sept. 4 - Robert Cummins 67 years of age died at his
home in Farmersburg. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Narcissus Cummins; a
daughter, Mrs. Emma Branson; a son, Charles I Cummins; an adopted
daughter, Mrs. Ethel Salesberry; two brothers, Alex and Charles; and a
large number of other relatives and friends.
In his religious life he was a Baptist, having been a member of
Friendship church for years. He was one of the oldest Past Grands
in the Farmersburg I.O.O.F. lodge, having ben initiated at the time the
lodge was opened. He was also a Charter Member of the Farmersburg
The funeral was preached at Liberty Wednesday afternoon by Rev. George
Fuson. The Odd Fellows had charges of the services and
burial. After a prayer and a few words at the house the cortege
proceeded to the grave preceded by the Order of Odd Fellows marching in
a body. After the funeral was preached the Odd Fellows proceeded
with their burial ceremonies and he was buried in the Friendship
cemetery with all the honors of the order.
Many visiting brothers from other lodges were present and joined in the
The Oregon Argus (Oregon City, OR) – Saturday, October 15, 1859
Death of Gov. Davis
Hon. John W. Davis, at one time Governor of Oregon Territory,
died at his residence in Carlisle, Sullivan county, Indiana, on the 22d
of August last. Gov. Davis occupied a prominent space in the
public history of the nation. He served several terms in Congress,
and in 1845 was chosen Speaker of the House of Representatives. He
was subsequently appointed Commissioner to China, where he remained
about a year. He was elected President of the Baltimore National
Convention, in 1852, which nominated Gen. Pierce for the Presidency, and
in the exciting struggle attending that nomination, came within one vote
in the caucus of the Virginia delegation of being their choice for
President, a vote which decided the nominee for the Convention.
President Pierce appointed him Governor of Oregon Territory, which he
retained but a short time, becoming disgusted with the low arts and
petty trickery of Oregon Democratic politicians. His honest soul
revolted a the contemptible meanness exhibited by men whom he was
obliged to associate with in this country, and throwing up a commission
in disgust which he accepted to favor President Pierce, he sought a
clime where he could enjoy the society of men of honor, instead of being
condemned to associate with blackguards and ruffians.
Gov. Davis had been in precarious and failing health for a long time,
and his decease was not therefore unanticipated by his immediate
friends. He was a man of strict personal and political integrity,
and during a long career retained in an eminent degree the confidence
and respect of his personal and political friends.
The Indiana State Sentinel, after recounting the prominent events of his
life, says: “John W. Davis was a good citizen. He was sincere in
his political conviction, and faithfully maintained them. His long
and varied public career, commencing early in life, and continuing until
failing health and declining years prevented his participation in public
affairs, is the best evidence which can be presented of his worth as a
citizen, and the value of his public services.”
Date: 1899-09-13; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Mrs. Clara Dutton, of Sullivan, as the Result of a Surgical
SULLIVAN, Ind.. Oct. 16.—Mrs. Clara Dutton, wife of George R. Dutton, a
retired banker of this city, died today at the Union Hospital in Terre
Haute as the result of a surgical operation. She was about thirty-five
years old, a member of the Presbyterian Church and prominent in church
and society circles- She was a sister to Dr. Louis K. Stock, of this
Mrs. W. J. DURBIN, of Greenville, fell dead upon receiving news
of the death of the wife of Rev. H.J. BARR, of Mitchell, one of her
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 15 December. 1890
Page 6 Column 5 and 6
Sullivan, IN. Dec.7.1898.
George W. Hanchsett, one of the pioneers of this county, died at
his home in the city today. He was a veteran of the Mexican and Civil
Wars and was 75 yrs old.
Mrs. Belle Hopewell, 72, wife of Ed Hopewell, died at the home of
her son, James Moore, 1408 Fourth Street, early Saturday morning
following a long illness.
The funeral service was held Tuesday morning at the Eighth Street Church
of God with the Rev. Harry Henderson in charge. Burial was in the
Mrs. Hopewell is survived by the husband, two sons, James Moore of
Lawrenceville (IL) and Harry Moore of Denver (CO); two daughters,
Mrs. CM(Mina) Paris of Denver (CO) and Mrs. Melvin (Dessie) Jones of
Bridgeport (IL); one sister, Mrs. Ollie Peters of Sumner (IL) and two
brothers, Elmer Hobbs of Sumner (IL) and Charles Hobbs of Houston.
Her first husband, John Moore and two daughter predeeded her in death.
(Published in the Lawrence County News, April 14, 1949)
Belle Hopewell is buried in the Shaker Prairie Cemetery just north of
the Knox County line in Sullivan County. Her name is mis-spelled
on the stone as Ninnie Belle Hopewell, instead of Minnie Belle
Hopwell. She was my paternal grandmother, and died before my
(Contributed by Brenda Duckworth firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Argus (Caledonia, Houston, MN), December 30, 1893, page 1 - submitted
by Robin Line
A Prominent Sullivan (Ind.) Lawyer Shot Dead on the Street.
SULLIVAN, Ind., Dec. 27.-Lawyer John S. Hultz, of this place,
was shot dead on the street here Sunday morning by a man who wore a wig
and a mask. The wig was found afterward in a pond on a line between the
place where the shots were fried and the home of ex-Sheriff Willis.
Willis is under arrest on suspicion of committing the crime. He claims
to be innocent.
The shooting was done with a shotgun and the charges in both barrels
were emptied into Hultz' back. The lawyer saw the man coming toward him
and turned to retreat. When the first shot was fired Hultz turned into a
stable, and as he did so the second shot brought him down. He died
almost instantly. The assassin ran away and the stock of the gun, the
wig and face mask were thrown in the pond. Ex-Sheriff Willis was
arrested, but protests that he is innocent. Several persons saw the
shooting, but the disguise was so complete that they cannot say who did
Within forty minutes after the shooting sufficient evidence was
collected against Willis that if established will place his neck in
great danger. A small boy saw the assassin in a stairway putting
on the wig. When he added a beard the boy became frightened and took to
his heels. He says positively that the man was "Lem" Willis. A hostler
of the stable who ran to the dying man was told by Hultz that Willis had
killed him. The man who threw the things in the pond was observed and
watched. He went in the direction of the highway. Willis was met in the
highway a few minutes later by a farmer who saw him go to a neighboring
farmhouse. Willis was coming to the city with the son of this farmer.
When he met the constable the murderer wore rubber boots, and it is said
that Willis removed the rubber boots as soon as he reached the house and
put on shoes. The preliminary trial will be held December 28.
Hultz was shot several months ago by the ex-sheriff, who found him in a
compromising position in the Willis residence. Willis had been Hultz'
personal and political friend, and had done more than any one else to
secure the latter's election as prosecuting attorney. When Willis
learned that there was ground for the suspicion that Hultz and Mrs.
Willis were too intimate he set a trap and with his brother caught the
couple together. He fired several times and two bullets entered Hultz's
body. The lawyer escaped to a friend's house, where a physician
dressed what were thought to be fatal wounds. Willis put Mrs. Willis in
a buggy and drove to her father's house, where he left her, Hultz
recovered and Willis brought suit against him for $25,000 damages, not
with hope of recovering anything, but, as was said at the time, to crush
the lawyer or drive him out of town. It had the latter effect, but
recently Hultz returned to Sullivan and announced through the newspapers
that he had come to stay.
DEATH OF WOMAN DUE TO SCHOCK
Miss Mary Jacobs of Carlisle Worried Over Shooting of Nephew.
FATAL QUARREL FOLLOWED CALL TO ATTEND HER
Victim of Sensational Affair Is Still In a Critical Condition.
[By Star Special Services]
CARLISLE, Ind., July 2- Perhaps as a direct result of the sensational
shooting [unintelligible] here yesterday morning, in which Dr. G. W.
Pirtle shot and fatally wounded B. R. Jacobs, Miss Mary Jacobs, about 65
years old, is dead at her home here, after an illness of but a few
hours. After returning from shopping in town Thursday afternoon,
Miss Jacobs evidenced a slight indisposition. It is said that when
she heard that her nephew, B. R. Jacobs, had been fatally shot in the
fight with Dr. Pirtle Friday morning, she was greatly shocked, and grew
worse, dying Friday afternoon. Physicians said death was due
to heart disease.
Miss Jacobs had lived in or near Carlisle during her whole life and was
B. R. Jacobs had called Dr. Pirtle Friday morning to attend Miss Jacobs,
his aunt, but when Dr. Pirtle could not go immediately, Jacobs called
Dr. McConnell. However, before Jacobs and Dr. McConnell could
reach the home of R. Essex, where the sick woman was confined, Dr.
Pirtle had arrived there. Dr. McConnell refused to take the case,
and Jacobs’ anger resulted in the quarrel and the fatal shooting.
Jacobs in (sic) still in a critical condition with little hope of
(Sunday, July 3, 1904 Terre Haute Star pg 3)
JACOBS LINGERS NEAR DEATH
Little Hope For Recovery of Victim of Sensational Shooting In Carlisle
WITNESSES OF THE FIGHT
TELL CONFLICTING STORIES
All Agree, However, That Dr. Pirtle
Did not Shoot Until He Was Assaulted
[By Star Special Services)
CARLISLE, Ind., July 3- B. R. Jacobs, the victim of the sensational
shooting on the street here Friday, still lies at his home in a critical
condition. While the outcome of his injuries cannot now be determined,
his attending physician has little hope of recovery. Dr. G.W.
Pirtle, who shot him, is under $500 bond, pending the result of the
The funeral of Miss Mary Jacobs, aunt of B. R. Jacobs, who died as a
result of the shock from hearing of the shooting was held this
afternoon. Miss Jacobs was an estimable woman and her funeral was
The opinion of witnesses regarding the shooting is varied. Some
say that Dr. Pirtle was down, with Jacobs on him, when the shots were
fired. Others assert that Pirtle was not knocked down until after
the shooting. All the witnesses agree, however, that Pirtle did
not shoot until Jacobs has assaulted him with a club.
(Monday July 4, 1904 Terre Haute Star pg 3)
Submitted by Katherine HaggertyTranscribed by Katherine Haggerty
Benson Jewell Sr
On Jan 19th, at his home, in Turner, Clay county, Benson Jewell Sr.,
died of old age. He was born in Spencer Co., KY November 8, 1810,
and was in his 90th year. He was married to Miss Martha McKinley,
daughter of Captain Wm. McKinley in Spencer County, KY in 1930. Of
this union were born eleven children, six of them boys, all of whom went
into the Union army in the war of 1861-5; three of them perished in the
service and one has died since of disease contracted in the war, and two
are yet living. W. R. of Danville, Ill., and Scott of Sullivan,
Ind. Of the five daughters two survive, Mary A. Payne, Turner,
Ind., and Ellen Boles, Terre Haute. In 1852 Mr. Jewell married to
Mrs. Elizabeth Osborn. there were no children by this marriage. He
was again married to Mrs. Elizabeth Steward, by whome there were five
children, four of whom and the mother survive him.
Benson Jewell came of Revolutionary stock, both his paternal and
maternal grand parents were in the Revolutionary war. He was one
of the most peacable, honorable and kind-hearted of men. His
family remember him with tenderest love, and no one can say he ever was
revengeful or false to them. He went to his eternal rest full of
years and honor.
Newspaper: Terre Haute Express Obit: Thurs, Jan 25, 1900
Submitted by Muriel White
Rev. Winfield S. Jewell
Special to the Tribune
Sullivan Co., IN, April 26
Rev. Winfield S. Jewell Jr, 81 years old, a retired minister and
civil war veteran died here at his home Saturday morning at 4:30
o'clock. He is survived by the widow, one daughter, Mrs. George
Lemmer, of Terre Haute, and a half brother. The funeral will be
held from the residence Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with burial in
Center Ridge cemetery.
Note: This is Winfield S. Jewell Jr., who married Sarah Hale -02
Apr 1866 Vigo Co., IN
Rev. Alexander Knoy, Once a Prominent M E Preacher.
Sullivan, Ind., Feb. 27.—Rev. Alexander Knoy, a superannuated minister
of the Methodist Church, died in this city last night, aged eighty-one.
He was a minister for sixty years and a member of the Indiana Conference
for ten years. Rev. Knoy
went to Kansas when he was prosperous and gained prominence as a pulpit
orator After his retirement misfortune overcame him and he finally came
back to this county and sought refuge in the County Infirmary.Shortly
after his return the M. E. Church of this city ascertained the fact and
provider a home and nurse for him until his deaths He was a prominent
Mason and a charter member of the fraternity organized In this city in
Date: 1899-03-01; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Newspaper: Daily Times Date: Oct 1993
Submitters Name: Friends For Free Genealogy
Rev. Alexander Knoy Once a Prominent M. E. Preacher.
SULLIVAN, Ind,, Feb. 27.—Rev. Alexander Knoy, a superannuated minister
of the Methodist Church, died in this city last night, aged eighty-one.
He was a minister for sixty years and a member of the Indiana Conference
for ten years. Rev. Knoy went to Kansas when he was prosperous and
gained prominence as a pulpit orator. After his retirement misfortune
overcame him and he finally came back to this county and sought refuge
in the County Infirmary. Shortly after his return the M. E. Church of
this city ascertained the fact and provided a home and nurse for him
until his death. He was a prominent Mason and a charter member of the
fraternity organized in this city in 1859.
County: Sullivan State: IN
Newspaper: New Albany Ledger Standard
Submitters Name: spc
obituary is taken from the Carlisle (Indiana) News of February 28, 1907:
(Ferree) Markee was the daughter of Philip Copeland Ferree and
Margaret (Trimble) Ferree. She was born near Paxton, Indiana, at
the home of her grandparents, Joel Ferree and Mary (Leeth) Ferree, who
were pioneer settlers of this township. The Ferrees are of French
Huguenot ancestry, and she bore the name of her
great-great-great-grandmother Madame Mary Ferree, who, with her
children, fled from France after the edict of Nantes, came to America
with William Penn and founded the first Huguenot colony in Pennsylvania
The greater part
of Mrs. Markee’s life was spent in this community. She received
such education as the times afforded, which was meager. At the age
of seven she was motherless, and e’er she was sixteen she was bereft of
stepmother, father and grandparents. As the eldest of the little
flock she bravely took the mother’s place until she was incapacitated by
illness, when the care of the little brothers was assumed by an uncle
and she and her only sister, Sarah Ellen, found homes with maternal
At the age of
twenty she was married to William Linder Pirtle, son of Jacob and Lydia
Pirtle, a young man of sterling qualities. He was a tanner, in
partnership with Isaac Shannon, the home and tanyard occupying a block
on Harrison street. In 1852, she united with the Methodist
church. She and her husband were immersed in Busseron creek, near
Ledgerwood’s Mill, by Rev. J.W. Julian. Her marriage was a happy
one, but the young husband contracted quick consumption from overwork
and exposure, and in August, 1853, she was left a widow with a young
child, Margaret Olly (Mrs. Walstine Rogers), who survives her, the other
daughter, Laura Jane, having died in infancy.
The widow was
married, May 29, 1856, to Isaac Newton Markee, son of James M. and Rhoda
Markee, of Palestine, Illinois. The ceremony was performed at her
home by Squire Van Fossen, and the fiftieth anniversary of the event was
quietly celebrated in Chicago last May. Of this union five
children were born, for of whom survive her: William Allen Markee,
of Chicago; Sarah Ellen (Mrs. Frank Buckley), of Monett,
Missouri; Nora May (Mrs. Frank Alumbaugh), of Carlisle,
Indiana; Maud Winifred (Mrs. George R. Miles), of Chicago.
The second child, a daughter, died in infancy.
health failed, and while the children were yet young she bravely became
the bread-winner of the family and performed both father and mother’s
part in caring for and educating her children. She faithfully
ministered to her invalid husband until his death, September 6,
1883. At this time all her children were married and well launched
in the world, except the youngest, and to better her condition she
decided to leave her native state. The inherited pioneer spirit of
her ancestors asserted itself and she turned her face westward to what
seemed to her the Land of Promise – Antelope Valley, in northwest
Nebraska. A colony under the leadership of Rev. J.A. Scamahorn, of
Sullivan, was organized in 1884. About sixty or seventy-five
families from Sullivan and Carlisle made up the party. Those from
Carlisle were Mrs. Markee and daughter, Maud, Dr. W.A. Lisman, Samuel
and Albert Helms, Jacob Milam, Alonzo, John, Joseph and Oscar Estabrook
and Charles Speake. They went a hundred miles beyond Valentine,
the terminus of the railroad, and settled on government land in the
valley of the Antelope, in what is now Sheridan county, Nebraska.
Mrs. Markee was then past fifty-four years of age and was companioned
only by her young daughter. For thirteen years she lived there,
enduring all the hardships incident to pioneer life. Everything
was in the experimental stage, failure after failure rewarding their
efforts. The severe winter, lack of rainfall and failure of crops
all tended to discourage the little band of settlers. Strong men
faltered, weak ones turned back, but Mrs. Markee bravely plodded on,
firm in her confidence in the final success of the venture.
The years sped
apace; success seemed within their grasp – the years of toil were
bearing fruit – when suddenly the realization came that old age was upon
her. She turned over the management of her affairs to her youngest
daughter and finally yielded to the desires of her elder children to
leave the scene of her struggles and returned to the land of her birth
to spend the evening of her life with her children and
grandchildren. Her industry, her public spirit, her high ideals,
have made a lasting impression on the community which she helped to
found. Her name is a synonym of courage, and there are many
friends there who will mourn the passing of her brave spirit. Her
life here since her return has been very happy. She has divided
her time between her four daughters and has watched the development of
her grandchildren and great grandchildren with satisfaction.
To look back over
seventy-six years of useful life, to realize that no duty has been left
undone, to sleep every night with a clear conscience, to feel that in
all the walks of life she has acquitted herself nobly and well, to see
her children grow up and fill honorable places in the world, to bear
with patience the affliction which came upon her when paralysis robbed
her of her activity, to be tenderly ministered unto during the year of
her helplessness by her devoted children and grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, to enjoy at intervals the relatives and friends who
came with words of cheer, to have a heart full of gratitude and
thankfulness and to preserve an abiding faith in an All Wise Creator –
this has been her portion; this has constituted the glow which pervaded
her sickroom. Her life went out like the passing of a perfect day,
in a glorious sunset.
rise up and call her blessed,” and in all this world of shadows they see
no shadow of a final parting from her. Three of her daughters were
at her bedside when the end came. The simple funeral service was
conducted at her home Wednesday afternoon by Brother and Sister Edwards,
the details having been arranged in accordance with her wishes.
The body was borne to its last resting place in the Carlisle cemetery by
members of her own family.
W.C. Marymee Dead
After a lingering illness of several months, William C. Marymee
died Sunday at 12,30 p.m. The end had been expected momentarily for
several weeks, and the patient showed a remarkable vitality in
combatting the disease for so long a time. He was born in Sullivan
county, Indiana, on February 1, 1846, and was about 69 years of age at
the time of his death. He was married to Miss Harietta Salmons on March
14, 1867, who with eight children survives him. The children are: Mrs.
M.B. Higday of Moscow, Kansas; Mrs. P.C. Cornell of Deerfield, Kansas;
Mrs. M.C. Hayes, Liberal; C.H. Marymee of Knoantz, Colorado and W.A.
Marymee of Liberal. He also has two sisters and two brothers living. Mr
Marymee has been a member of the Baptist church since 22 years old, and
the funeral services were conducted at the church of that denomination
in this city Monday afternoon, Rev. A.W. Ihde, pastor of the church,
performing the last sad rites. His text was taken from Rev. 14.13:
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord. They rest from their labors
and their works do follow them." AFter a few selections from the choir,
the body was taken to the Liberal cemetery and consigned to eternal
rest. Mr. Marymee was a fine old man, a good husband and father, and of
the town's good citizens. The Democrat joins the people of Liberal in
extending sympathy to the family and friends in their bereavement.
The Liberal Democrat, 3 Dec 1915 (Liberal, KS) -
transcribed by J.S.
Obituary of Rev. Mosteller
Was Laid to Rest Last Week Wednesday at Washington Grove.
Silas M. Mostella was born November 24, 1870, in the southern
part of Indiana and in the Cook County hospital, Chicago, he passed to
his heavenly home March 16, 1919. He was the son of A.J. and Mahala
He was ordained to the Christian ministry in the Western Indiana
Christian Conference. He has been preaching God's holy word for more
than twenty-three years. He has served faithfully the people in his
charges in Indiana, Canada, New York, Ohio and Illinois and no man has
just cause for complaint.
To the last he was interested in the work of the church. His last
written message was "May God Bless You All, and Any Who Feel Lonesome."
He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Encampment and was also a
member of the Knights of Pythias.
August 4, 1897, at the home of the bride's mother in Merom,
Indiana, he was united in marriage to Ida M. Hunt by L.J. Aldrich of
Union Christian college. To this union were born Marion Hunt and George
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, two sons, mother,
brothers, sisters and a number of relatives and friends.
The Ashton Gazette, Vol 25, No 5, 27 Mar 1919
Pete Rugh was born in Carlisle, In 1815, and came to this city in
1830. He was a carpenter and contractor until eighteen years ago, when
he was stricken blind. Since then he has been in the Mercantile
business. His wife died about a year ago. Five children survive him:
They are Jacob L. Rugh and Mrs. W.. L. Dunn, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Henry
Snyder, of Kearney, Neb.. and Mrs John A. Horner and Mrs J. H. Wise, of
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 1896 Paper: Indiana State
Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana) Volume: LXXIX
Issue: 3 Page: 5
Date: 1899-10-18; Paper: Indiana State Journal
William Speake died 02 Jan 1877 at Sullivan. Sullivan Co, IN.
Jan. 03, 1877, Wednesday, Sullivan Democrat (obituary)3
Death of Wm. Speake. This gentleman died yesterday, after a brief attack
of pneumonia, at the house of his son George. He was one of the leading
citizens of the county having resided at Carlisle for about fifteen
years, and removing to this place within the past year. He was a former
resident of Floyd county, we believe, where he was honored by the people
with the office of county treasurer. He was a kind hearted man and
possessed in a great degree the confidence and respect of a large circle
of friends and acquaintances. The funeral services will take place today
(Wednesday) at one o'clock p. m. at the M. E. Church.
Jan. 03, 1877, Wednesday, Sullivan Union (obituary)
Mr. Wm. Speake, of Carlisle, who for some time past has been
stopping with his son at this place, is very ill, and at this writing is
hourly expected to die. Later—he is dead. Funeral services at the
Methodist church today (Wednesday) at one o'clock.5
By 1880, their son George had died also, and Mary was found living with
her daughter in law, Virginia (MacKcnzie) Speake, both widows, and the
two sons of George and Virginia. Edward, age 10, and Frederick, age 5.
Mary remained active in her church, and is in a photo of the ladies of
the Carlisle Methodist Church, taken sometime before 1900, which was
printed in the Carlisle, Indiana Sesquicentennial, 1965..
Mary (Lapping) Speake died 05 Apr 1900 at Carlisle, Sullivan Co,
Obituary from the Sullivan Democrat, Thursday April 12, 1900 Mrs. Mary
Speake, one of the oldest residents of the county, died at her home in
Carlisle last Thursday afternoon of pneumonia at the advanced age of 87
years. She had always enjoyed unusually good health until about one week
before her death when she became quite ill with catarrhal pneumonia.
Five of her children survive her, Jas. E. Speake, of Carlisle, John
Speake, Springfield, Mo., Louis E. Speake, Indianapolis, Mrs. Sarah
Terrell, San Antonio, Texas, and Chas. Speake, San Francisco, Cal. The
funeral services were conducted by Rev. Hixon at the Methodist church
Saturday morning at 10 o'clock after which the remains were brought to
this city and laid to rest in Center Ridge cemetery.
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune
Submitted by Muriel White
Squire Otis Smith
Sullivan, Ind., Oct 6, -- (Special) Squire Otis Smith, 56 years
old, died at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at his home. R. R. 3 Sullivan,
IN. He was employed at the Baker Mine and he worked
yesterday. He was a veteran of WW I. Surviving are the
widow, Lorene Pearl; three sons, Malcolm Smith of Terre Haute, Charles
Smith with the Army and Jerry Smith at home; three sisters, Mrs. Kathryn
Truckey of Evansville, Mrs. Flora Harlow of Brazil, and Mrs, Cretia
Harrel of Princeton, and two brothers, Arthur and Roy Smith, both of
Hymera. The body was taken to the Railsback Funeral Home where
services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial will
be in the K of P. Cemetery.
SULLIVAN; Ind.. Jan. 10.-Jesse Shuman died, here late yesterday
evening. Mr. Shuman was one of the early settlers of this county and
came to Sullivan county in 1863 from Ohio.
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 1898 Paper: Indiana State
Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana) Volume: LXXVI
Issue: 2 Page: 5
Date: 1850-08-17; Paper: Wabash Courier
SULLIVAN, Ind Jan. 30.—W. H. Thixtun died at his home in this
city to-day of stomach trouble. He was sixty-two years old and was a
prominent citizen and proprietor of the Arlington House,
THOMPSON, MRS. MARY A.
Mrs. Mary A. Thompson, wife of Dr. J. J. Thompson and mother of Mrs. M.
B. Crawford, died at the family home in Sullivan, Ind., Monday, of
cancer. (The Hatfield News, March 21, 1888) Submitted by Peggy Thompson
Mrs. W.G. Voliva Buried Near Tab
Brief Account of Funeral and also of Her School Days and Marriage.
The funeral services of the late Mrs. W.G. Voliva were held in
the private apartments of the Voliva family, Zion Home, Monday
afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
The public were not admitted to the services, only relatives and
invited guests being present.
From 9.00 until 1.30 the remains lay in state in the library
room, second floor, of the Zion Home, and during this time were viewed
by several hundred people.
The casket was banked on all sides by many elaborate and
beautiful floral designs sent in by the many friends of the deceased.
The interment took place in Shiloh Park, near the old temple
Many of Mrs. Voliva's relatives, including her father and a
sister, did not attend the funeral, said to be due to the fact that they
do not accept and are opposed to Voliva's teachings.
Mrs. Mollie Steele Voliva was born in Palestine, Illinois, in the
year 1870. Her father was Dr. Nathaniel Steele of that place, who is now
a retired physician. After attending the public schools, and
graduating from High School, she became a teacher for two years. She
then entered the Union Christian College, at Merom, Indiana.
In the year 1892 she became the wife of Wilbur Glenn
Voliva, then a youthful minister. After attending the Theological
Seminary together at Stanfordville, New York, Mr. and Mrs. Voliva moved
to Hiram, Ohio, where Mr. Voliva finished his theological course in
After serving as a pastor of a church in Washington, C.H., Ohio,
for two years, Mr. Voliva came with his life to Chicago, where they
united with Zion under Dr. Dowie's ministry. Since that time they have
made their home, first in Chicago, then in Cincinnati, Ohio and then in
Australia, where they lived for four years. Coming to Zion City in 1906,
they have been residents of this city since that date.
Mrs. Voliva is survived by her husband, a daughter (Miss Ruth
aged sixteen years), an aged father (the Dr. Steele mentioned above),
two sisters, one of whom is Mrs. Arthur Voliva, and a brother.
Since September, Mrs. Voliva as[sic] been confined to her room
most of the time, having been attacked with lymphangitis, which later
resulted in acute gastritis.
Mrs. Voliva's personality and quiet and unassuming disposition
won her a large circle of acquaintances and friends who will mourn her
loss as a valued friend and associate.
The Zion City Independent, Vol 5, No 38, 12 Feb 1915
WEIR, MRS. SOPHIA A.
Mrs. Sophia A. Weir, near Pierceville December 13 of heart disease.
Formerly a resident of Indiana, was a sister of Rev. T. C. Smith, known
to readers as president of U. C. College, Merom, Ind. Funeral conducted
by Rev. Albert Godley. (The Garden City Sentinel, December 22, 1888)
Submitted by Peggy Thompson
Myrtle Florence Wible, daughter of Francis C. and
Jennie Wilkey Daniels, was born July 27, 1882 near Merom, Indiana.
When a young girl she united with the Merom Methodist Church.
While she had been in failing health for several years, yet she
passed away suddenly Sunday morning, about six o'clock at her home north
of Fairbanks, Indiana, having reached the age of 64 years, 1 month and
On April 26, 1903, she was united in marriage with Bennett A.
She is survived by the husband and the following children:
Medford Wible, Mrs. Jennie Wright and Mrs. Frances Wright, all of
Sullivan, Indiana; Eugene Wible, Mrs. Dovie Monroe and Bennie Wible,
Jr., all of near Graysville, Indiana; Mrs. Oveline DeBaun of Fairbanks,
Indiana; Maurice Wible of Shelburn, Indiana, and Mrs. Anna K Blocksom of
Terre Haute, Indiana. Of the 17 grandchildren who survive, one grandson,
Bill Wright is now with the US armed forces in Germany. One sister, Mrs.
Kate Eaton of Merom, Indiana, and one brother, Wm. D. Daniels of
Lafayette, Indiana, also survive her passing.
She will be missed because of her cheerful disposition and ready
smile that endeared her to all of us.
Just to know here was to share in the gladness of the sunshine
that she scattered everywhere. And the lasting sweetness of her cannot
ever pass away. But continue through the dawning of a better, brighter
Sullivan Daily Times, Vol 48, No 183, Sullivan, Sullivan County, 12 Sep
Newspaper: The Terre Haute Tribune 10-06-1948 Obituaries
Submitted by Muriel White
Joseph Elza Woods
Shelburn, Ind., Jan 2. - (Special)
Joseph Elza Woods, 78 years old, died Thursday afternoon at the
Mary Sherman Hospital in Sullivan. He is survived by the widow Minnie; a
brother Perry Woods of Lewis; and 3 sisters, Misses Liza and Nora of
Woods and Mrs. Cora Bays, all of Lewis. The body will be taken to
the McHugh Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 o'clock
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune Friday, Jan 2, 1948
Mary Etta (Woods) Harding
Obit: Sullivan Daily Times - Oct 1993
Mary Woods Harding, 82, R1 Shelburn, died at 1:42 am Saturday, October 1
6, 1993, at Mary Sherman Hospital, Sullivan.
She was born December 6, 1911, in Clay County, to David L. and Laura E.
Woods. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Harding, who died in
Survivors include one sister, Ruby McNeeley, Brownsburg.
Funeral services were today at the Fidler-Mattox Farmersburg
Chapel with Elder Tommy Freeman officiating. Burial was in Westlawn
Date: 1899-02-01; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Mrs. James Wright.
SULLIVAN, Ind. Sept 11—Mrs. James Wright, of this city, fell, last
Saturday afternoon, and broke her right arm. She was subject to heart
disease and died yesterday afternoon from the effects of the shock.
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