Sullivan County Indiana



Tuesday, February 22, 1881
Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart Indiana
Page 2
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.

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 I.O.O.F. Camp.
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 exercises.

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.”
Jim Dezotell

Date: 1899-09-13; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Mrs. Clara Dutton, of Sullivan, as the Result of a Surgical Operation
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 city.

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 devoted friends.
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 Oaktown Cemetery.
 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 birth.
(Contributed by Brenda Duckworth

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 the killing.

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.

Miss Mary Jacobs of Carlisle Worried Over Shooting of Nephew.
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 well known.
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 recovery.
(Sunday, July 3, 1904 Terre Haute Star pg 3)

Little Hope For Recovery of Victim of Sensational Shooting In Carlisle

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 injuries.
                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 largely attended.
                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 1859.
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
          The following obituary is taken from the Carlisle (Indiana) News of February 28, 1907:
          Mary Ann (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 in 1708.
          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 relatives.
          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.
          Mr. Markee’s 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.
          “Her children 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 Mosteller.
  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 Andrew.
  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 this city.
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, IN.
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 County
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,

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 site.
  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 Hiram College.
  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

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 12 days.
  On April 26, 1903, she was united in marriage with Bennett A. Wible.
  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 day.
Sullivan Daily Times, Vol 48, No 183, Sullivan, Sullivan County, 12 Sep 1946

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 Saturday afternoon.

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 1989.
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 Cemetery.

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.

DIED at Carlisle, in Sullivan County, Indiana, on the 26th of August 1824, Dr. William C. Whittelsey, age 31 years, and on the first day of September following, his brother, Dr. Charles E. Whittelsey, aged 22 years. Their remains were interred with masonic honors, attended by a large concourse of people, who deeply lament the loss of those intellegent and useful members of community. The following Eulogy delivered at the interment of Wm. C. Whittelsey, by his friend, Dr. L.S. Shuler, is published at the request of Hiram Lodge.

Fellow Citizens, THE death of a member of community, has assembled us together, we have met to pay the last solemn tribute of respect, to the remains of one whose loss will be deeply deplored, and still more deeply felt, by the community in which he lived.

Society, originating in the wants, the weakness, the frailties of human nature, has always been distinguished by sufferings, by sorrows and misfortunes. Amidst those afflictions to which human nature is liable; however numerous, however severe, however rending to the finest, tenderest feelings of man; still, when scanned by the calm unruffled eye of religion, when viewed by the  mind humbly resigned to the mysterious ways of an overruling Providence; ample evidence is furnished, that the most severe dispensations are productive of individual and general benefit. The pride and arrogance; the vain assumption of haughty independence, is ever at war with those ties which bind man to his fellow; which produce bonds of brotherhood which distinguish man. Our entrance into the world, and our departure from it;our safety while here, and our happiness hereafter, depends upon the social union of man, and the firmer and closer the union, the more are the ends of society adorned. The severest afflictions, the greatest private and public misfortunes, are only so many propelling powers, that force men to unite, and tends to cement their union.

When society receives a heavy shock; when with an apparent rude and indiscriminating hand, the props, the stays of community are suddenly swept away, the final result is a stronger union among the remaining members.

When from afar we view the dreadful commotions of civil society, when we behold man destroying his fellow with a brutal and murderous hand; when rumors of famine and pestilence reach us from abroad, we look on with a mixture of wonder and surprise, and thank the Almighty that we are exempt from such sufferings. When the sound that is afar off approaches nearer, when the wave of destruction breaks upon our borders - then we cling closely to each other; then we consult common measures to increase our security, and petition Providence to ward off the impending evils.

But when the destroying angel hovers around us, enters our dwellings & rends from us the idols of our hearts; O then how great are the consolations of society - the happiness resulting from a resignation of the decrees of Deity. It is afflictions that subdues the haughty and rebellious passions, promote the bonds of brotherhood, and increase and strengthen the ligaments of society. Amidst our sorrows and our griefs, our minds are chastened, those fine feelings upon which our happiness depends are cultivated, the field of enjoyment is enlarged, by the contrast of misfortune suffered, of pains felt, of evils encountered.

Vain unthinking man, give you the full measure of your wishes, you would require to be independent of your fellow being. You would dash from you that inexhaustible source of enjoyment, dependency upon our mutual wants. Grant your wishes, and you would the above asking assistance, and would be ignorant of the pleasure of affording it.

Let us then bow to the dispensations of an all wise Providence; when the sudden and heavy shock of misfortune; when the cold unstaying hand of death robs us of all we hold dear, let us exclaim, God they will be done, we submit to decrees, we know they are for our good.

The loss we have sustained by the death of our common friend and brother, Wm. C. Whittelsey, is of no ordinary kind - No matter whether we view him in the period of youth, receiving the common rudiments of education, or storing his mind with knowledge of that profession by which he became so much ditingished[sic]. Whether we view him entering the service of the country in his professional character, receiving, and carrying with him the tribute of respect of all with whom he associated. Or whether we view him as an active member of community, extending the hand of medical relief to the sufferings of diseased humanity;or as the moralist who inculcates the purest principles both by example and precept. Whether we view him as the firm and stead friend, ever ready to assist the unfortunate, or to check by the mild voice of persuasion the wayward courses of error. Whether we view him in his domestic relations, surrounded by those endearing objects, of whom he was the life and soul; the centre from which sprang the rays of happiness, the consolations of hope, and the bright prospects of increasing prosperity. Or whether we view him as a Mason, crowned with the brightest honors of his order, practising the precepts it taught, and giving them weight and strength by his steady example. In all those various relations, we feel that we have met more than an ordinary loss. He has left a space a void of such magnitude that we may dispair of again seeing it completely filled.

His many deeply afflicted mourners may feel their sorrows soothed by contemplating his general character. During his minority as surgeons mate, he entered the service of his country. Such was this character, and such the high respect entertained for his professional talents and assiduity, that after a few months service in the hospital at Philadelphia, and on board the U.States gun boats, he was sent as the acting surgeon, though still in the capacity of surgeons mate, with a cartel, for the exchange of prisoners during the late war to the West Indies. The duties of our deceased friend have always been of the most arduous kind; sent to one of the most sickly climes, with a large number of prisoners of whom he had the sole care, still his labour was constant and unremitting, and such was the care he took of the health of our gallant defenders, that on his return, those whom he had the care of were all fit for duty. Subsequently he was ordered to the Mediteratian, and was on board our gallant ship that first attacked the Algerine corsair. His attendance upon the sick and wounded was marked by that same assiduity and unwearied exertion that has characterized him through life. His character procured him the honorable station of assistance surgeon at the hospital at Washington, under the celebrated doctor Cutbush. Here, as in his previous situations, he discharged his duties to the satisfaction of all who knew him; but our friend, ever cherishing a prediction for the calm quietude of domestic life, and his country again beaming with the rays of peace, he resolved to establish himself in this western country. However high and respectable may have been his former services, it is his character as a member of private community that deserve the warmest encomiums.

To all those who were within the sphere of his active services, the death of our friend, our common brother, will long be a subject of deep and lasting regret. When disease and death, were sweeping through our country, then it was we beheld the active energies of our brother - with a patience unwearied, with a mind that never shrunk from the performance of its duties, you have seen him devoting the morning of his life to the painful duties of his profession. At the sick and suffering bed, his voice was the soothing balm, that assuaged the pains of disease,gave hope and strength to the desponding patient, and infused life and vigor into the melancholy mind.

Such was his reputation, in community and among the members of his profession, that the extent of his usefulness could scarcely be enlarged. His practice as a physician, more than equalled the strength of his constitution. He had attached to himself a numerous circle of friends, who depended upon him as the ministering angel of relief, in the hour of sickness and distress. Many looked up to him as the stay and staff, that would protect them from the ravages of disease, and assist them to the harbor of old age. The aged saw in him the mitigator of their pains -  the youthful the guardian of their lives. But he is gone from before us - in the height of his usefulness he has been swept into the bosom of eternity, & left us to deplore his loss.

However, amiable may have been his general character, and correct his life, and useful his acquirements, they become a mere shadow when compared with his domestic worth; to that excellence, upon which all other excellencies depends.

Here I must pause, language cannot pourtray his character, or words express my feelings - I have seen him surrounded by those fond domestic endearments, that made life to him valuable. I have seen his face light up with pleasure, become irradiated with smiles, when entering the circle of his family - while his body was worn down with fatigue and watchfulness. No disappointments, losses or embarrassments, ever clouded his countenance, when in the midst of his friends. Mild and affiable, soft and persuasive, his voice hushed the remotest sounds of discord. Such was our departed friend - pure in his life, able as a physician, trusty and well qualified as a public servant - all these were merged in his superior character as a husband, a brother, a father and a son.

Words are too cold and abstract, to do justice to his memory. It is only in the tears, the deep distress and despair of his family, and immediate friends, that we can look for a just eulogy of his character, or conceive a full idea of our loss.

To our common county we can say, it has lost one of its brightest ornaments - to his immediate neighbors, you have lost the most useful member of your community - to the masonic order, you have lost your most able and intelligent brother - but to his family, we cannot describe their loss.

Let his memory then be written in our hearts - let the impressions of his worth, be as lasting as his virtues were bright - and let his example stimulate us to the practice of every virtue.

Thus shall he still live with us - thus shall we behold those qualities which caused our love and admiration, increased in a ten fold proportion. In this way will we show respect for his memory, the sincerity of our sorrow, and the truth of our praise.

"Our brother has reached the end of life! How many offerings has he made upon the altar of charity! How honorable has he sustained the cares of life!  How did he make the hearts of all around him happy!" But he has bidden us the last farewel - farewel our brother - we reply, farewel! Go visit the Grand Lodge of brethren - go meet thy God, and may he approve thee! May we be as faithful, may our eyes be closed in peace like thine, and our dying pillow be as easy. Farewell 'til the grand summons - then brother we will rise and meet thee. Farewel.
Western Sun & General Advertiser, Vol 15 No 41 (Vincennes, Knox County, IN) 27 Nov 1824 - transcribed by J.S.


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