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Obituaries and Death Notices

Nicholas Burwell
Death of an Old Citizen
AGED 81 YEARS, 9 MONTHS, 20 DAYS
West Union, O., June 12. - Mr. Nicholas Burwell, one of the few remaining pioneers of Adams County, died at his residence Wednesday afternoon after a brief though not severe illness in his eighty-fifth year. Born near Florence, Italy, he left that sunny clime for America before attaining his majority, and for a time carried on in a shoe shop in the then new city of Washington.  One of his customers was President Jefferson of whom the old gentleman always spoke of in highest terms. Coming farther west with the c?? tide of emigration, he enlisted in a Pennsylvania regiment and served honorably through the war of 1812-15 and at the close settled in this place, where he has since lived. Always a Protestant, he hated Popery and slavery with true Southern intensity, being a lifelong Methodist, and until slavery ceased a ?? anti-slavery man. His record as an honest, temperate, frugal, industrious man is enviable and spotless, as such a man he was known and respected, and his aged wife and relations of four generations have the sympathy of all who knew him. His end was peaceful--that of a good soldier after the battle's won, calmly falling asleep.  
[p. 7, "Cincinnati Commercial Tribune", 13 Jun 1879 - Sub. by David Weise]


Col. A. T. M. Cockerill
Col. A. T. M. Cockerill, son of Col. Joseph R. Cockerill, died at West Union, Ohio, on Monday morning last, of consumption, aged 29 years. He was a good soldier, and by gallantry arose from the rank of First Lieutenant to the command of the 24th Ohio Regiment. His disease was contracted in the service.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 5, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Col. J. R. Cockerill
Colonel J. R. Cockerill, of Adams county, died at his home in West Union, on Saturday last. His disease was dropsy, and his age 57 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 28, 1875 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]


Israel Donaldson
Israel Donaldson, of Adams county, the last surviving member of the Ohio Constitutional convention of 1802, died recently, aged 95 years. ["Defiance Democrat", Mar 3, 1860 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]



Frank Doyle
DIED. -- In Winchester, Adams County, Aug. 18, 1868, of consumption, Frank Doyle, aged 20 years, 11 months and 25 days.
[The Ripley Bee, (Ripley, OH) Wednesday, August 26, 1868 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]


Elizabeth Fulkerson
FULKERSON – Elizabeth departed this life 29 Sept 1877, in the triumph of a living faith. She was born in Adams co, Ohio, 27 Feb 1811; moved to this place with her husband, FB Fulkerson, Apr 1873, and connected herself to our Church by letter … Mother F leaves a husband and daughter. – JN Breeze [
Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 24 Oct. 1877; transcribed by Kim Mohler]


Josephine Jones
BARBERTON, March 31 — Mrs. Josephine Jones, 80, widow of the late William Jones who died in Lima and was a resident of Lima for many years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. L. Warnsley, early Tuesday. She was the mother of J. Roy Jones of 1701 Wendell-av, Lima. Mrs. Jones was a native of Adams-co and was a member of Trinity Methodist church when in Lima. Prayer services will be held at Barberton on Thursday after which the body will be taken to Adams co for final services and burial. ["Lima News", Apr 1, 1942 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]


Z.T. Lewis
Bank Forger Lewis Dead
Z.T. Lewis, the former Urbana banker and noted bond forger, died at West Union, Ohio.  The exact amount of his forgeries was neever known, but they amounted to more than $100,000.  Lewis was convicted and pardoned when it was seen that he could live only a few years on account of lung trouble.
 [Marshall County Independent.(Plymouth, Marshall County, Ind), November 02, 1900]


Campbell Robe
Robe, Campbell, Esq., West Union, O., Nov. 14, ae. 27. At the time of his death he was occupying the position of clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, treasurer of the Agricultural Society, and superintendent of the union school. Community is thus bereft of one of its noblest sons, and society of one of its dearest and most highly esteemed members. Kindness, generosity, and cheerfulness were traits in his character which commanded the admiration of all. [Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]


Thomas J. Shoemaker Dies Tuesday Morning
Thomas J. Shoemaker, 67, passed away at his home, five miles east of Peebles on Tuesday morning about 7:00 o’clock, suffering from heart trouble. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Shoemaker, and the following children, Rev. Floyd Shoemaker and Walter Shoemaker of Springfield, Orba and Roy of the U.S. Armed Forces, Charles of Peebles, Dahl of Cedarville, Clyde of Chicago, Ill., Estel of Sabina, Mrs. Laura Johnson and Mrs. Icy Barney of Peebles, and Mrs. Lulu Crothers of Springfield. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Church of Christ in Christian Union at Peebles, with the Rev. Payne officiating.  Burial in Locust Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Trefz Funeral Home. ["Hillsboro Gazette", October, 1943 - Contributed by Lori Hellmund from family records]


E. E. Stedman
E. E. Stedman, deputy sheriff of this county under John W. Lewis, died of typhoid fever, at his home, in West Union, last Monday, Sept. 4th, after several weeks illness.-- Ports. Times.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 14, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]


Mrs. O.H. Wikoff
Mrs. O.H. Wikoff, wife of the well-known loose leaf tobacco auctioneer, who was on the local market this past season, died at her home in West Union, Ohio, last Friday morning, following an operation for appendicitis, according to information received here by friends recently.
 [The Bourbon News. (Paris, Ky.), April 04, 1919]


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