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Walter W. Ackley
Athens - Walter W. Ackley, 56, coal operator at Athens state hospital, died from injuries received when his automobile was hit by a train.
[The Lima News and Times Democrat, Sep 9, 1921 - Sub by L. Dietz]

George W. Anderson
DIED - at the residence of Samuel Stalder, near Guysville, O., on the 7th. inst. of consumption, Geo. W. Anderson in the 32nd year of his age. Funeral sermon by Rev. Wm. Bay of Coolville. Was buried by the order of Free Masons, of which he was a member.
[The Athens Messenger, Thursday, April 15, 1875]

James D. Ashton
James D. Ashton of Cannan township, well known to many of our citizens, died at this home near Harmony on Sunday about noon of typhoid fever. Mr. Ashton was an industrious man and an exemplary citizen. Only a few months ago he returned from Columbus where he was under the care of a surgeon for treatment of his eyes. He leaves a wife and one child. His funeral took place from Chark's Chapel on Monday and was largely attended by sympathizing friends.

Melina Barker
Melinda, relict of Ross Barker, died at the residence of ther son-in-law, G. W. Cooley, March 16, 1876, at 9:454 P. M. aged 79 years and 5 months.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, Thursday, March 23, 1876]

Gracie Bendure
Died at Salem, O., Oct. 7th, 1882, Gracie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Bendure of cholera infantum, aged 1 year, 1 mo. and 15 days. Deceased was a grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. David Bendure, near Athens.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, October 19, 1882]

Lucinda Blakley
DIED, In Adamsville, Athens Co., Ohio, Sept. 30th, Lucinda, wife of James Blakley; aged 70 years. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 13, 1870 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Imogene Bobo
Athens, O.: Mrs. Imogene Bobo, 28, of nearby Poston, was killed yesterday when her automobile left Route 50-A near Poston and struck a telephone pole. Her husband Edward, 29, and 5 yar-old daughter Julia escaped injury.
[The Newark Advocate, (Newark, Ohio) December 22, 1948]

D. Charles Bolles
A meeting of the First Class Corps of Cadets was held at the Academy on the 29th ult., for the purpose of expressing their feeligns in reference to the death of their classmate, D. Charles Bolles, of Athens, Ohio, who died at his home on the 17th March. William Silvey, Jr., of Chillicothe, Ohio, was called to the chair, and J. G. Parke appointed Secretary. Resolutions of sympathy were adopted, expressing also the high esteem in which the deceased was held by his associates. It was resolved to place a monument over his remains at Athens. Mr. Bolles was a young man of high promise, and possessed the love and esteem of all who knew him.
[Ohio State Journal - Apr. 11, 1849]

Gussie Brawley
DIED - Gussie, youngest son of Edward and Jennie Brawley, died June 23rd, 1876 of cholera infantum, aged one year, ten months and nineteen days. In this affliction Mr. and Mrs. Brawley have the sympathies of a large circle of friends.

Naomi Braxton
Died near Athens, Oct. 13, 1882, Naomi Braxton of dropsey, in the 81st year of her age. Mother Braxton was a member of the Baptist Church for 62 years. Funeral services by Rev. R. C.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, October 19, 1882]

Carlos L. Brown
The announcement of Sunday evening last of the death of our young townsman. Mr. Carlos L. Brown, son of Henry T. Brown, Esq. was the occasion of general and profound sorrow in the community. Possessed in rare degree of the magnetism that draws friends, and of the characteristics, of mind and heart that retain them, there were none among the younger portion of the community who, perhaps, commanded in equal measure the warm esteem and respect of all who were brought into personal social and business relations with him. His funeral from the M.E. Church at 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening was attended by an immense concourse of our citizens as also, in a body, en uniform, by his late military comrades, the Athenian Guards, in which organization he held the position of Sergeant. All present attested by saddened look their grief in the melancholoy loss of one whom it is no empty utterance to say none named out to praise. The feeling discourse pronounced on this sad occasion by Rev. Jas. M. Norse forcibly presented for the imitation of the large number of young persons present the many youthful virtues and sound moral principles of him whos mortal remains were about to be committed to earth. The cortege that moved on foot and in carriages to the new cemetery was the largest that we have ever seen in Athens on a similar occasion. At the the grave the members of the Guard and of the 18th Regimental Band further mournfully typified their regard for their late companion by filing past and dropping each upon his casket a floral tribute. The deceased, we add, was in his 23rd year, and had been sick for about four weeks with the disease (typhoid fever) which resulted fatally.
[The Athens Messenger, July 4, 1878]

Cora May Brown
BROWN - Cora May, daughter of Luther and Mary Brown, died January 13th, 1881 aged 18 years, 2 months and 4 days. She was a member of M. E. Church.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 27, 1881]

James Brown
DIED. In this city, on Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 1875, Mr. James Brown. Mr. B. was born in Athens county, September 23d, 1820. He removed to this city in 1833, and learned his trade with the late Thomas Halliday. He leaves a widow and four children. Funeral at the family residence to-day (Thursday), at 10 o'clock. The Masonic Lodge, which is to conduct the funeral, will meet at their Hall at 9 A. M.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 2, 1875 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Hanson H. Brown
Died, Sabbath day, July 26, 1863, Hanson H. Brown, son of Mrs. P. Currier Brown, aged 10 years, 3 months and 26 days. His death was caused by tetanus, induced by a severe cut, received some two weeks since for a patent mower, whose movements he was watching with boyish curiosity. The cut was just above the heel, and near the ankle, almost entirely severing the heel and lower portion from the rest of the foot. The best surgical attendance was at once procured, and for a times some feeble hopes were entertained of his recovery; but soon all these vanished, and it was evident he could not long survive. He was only a child, fair, manly, intelligent and affectionate - a boy of bright promise. But he has passed away from earth, from its trials, its struggles, its temptations and its sins.
At 5 o'clock P.M. on Monday a large concourse of sympathizing friends attended his funeral. A discourse was preached by the Rev. J.H. Pratt.
[The Athens Messenger, July 30, 1863]

Kate Clarence Buckley
At Nelsonville, Athens county, Ohio, On Monday, July 1st, 1878, of quick consumption, Kate Clarence Buckley, in the 19th year of her age. The deceased was the oldest daughter of Asher and Margaret Buckley, of this place, and was a general favorite among her friends and acquaintances, possessed of a genial and affectionate disposition, she had during the few months of her residence here endeared herself to an unusually large number of acquaintances. Her native wit, vivacity of manner and more than ordinary intelligence making her always a welcome guest at the social circle or by the family fireside. Miss Buckley was an attendant upon both the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches and in assisting these societies at several entertainments her bright genius and extraordinary talents formed a marked feature of the evening's exercises. That "Death loves a shining mark" was truly exemplified in her case. She was buried beside her brother at Coolville, her former home on Tuesday, the 2nd inst., and as the clods of the valley fell upon her coffin, we could but think that she had only gone before and that we too must shortly follow. Surely "this life is but a span."
[The Athens Messenger, July 11, 1878]

Jucia Burge
Died, on the 16th inst., near Chauncey, Mrs. Jucia, wife of Mr. Lemuel Burge, daughter of Mr. Edwin Davis, aged 30 years, 4 months, 12 days. The deceased has been a member of the christian Church for 15 year. She was loved by all. Leaving father, sisters, children, husband and a host of friends to mourn her departure. The church has lost one of its most pious and active members.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, Thursday, March 23, 1876]

Robert Cain
Robert Cain, in Athens county, was instantly killed on the 4th inst., by being caught on the belt of a steam saw mill and carried between the platform and the main fly wheel of the engine.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 18, 1873 - Sub. by: Kathy McDaniel

Joseph Carsey
Died Dec 30th, 1880, near the Decieinoer(?) Coal Works, Joseph Carsey of typhoid pneumonia, in the 23 year of his age. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.C. Harper, at Salem M.E. Church.
[The Athens Messenger, December 30, 1880]

J.W. Cecil
Amesville: The funeral of Mr. J. W. Cecil held at the home on Wednesday afternoon was largely attended. Among those present from out of town were: His daughter, Mrs. Lois Fling, Colorado Springs; Dr. and Mrs. J. Z. Heaton, West Jefferson; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Heston, Wilimore, Ky.; Mr and Mrs. Will Cecil of Lima; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cecil, Little Hocking; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cecil, Belpre; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cecil, Marietta; Miss Lucy Heston, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Croy, Chesterhill; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Berd, McConnelsville; Mrs Lydia Lovell, Crooksville; Mrs. John Coulter, Pennsville; Mr. and Mrs. Charley Baker, Glouster; Mr. Harley Hambel and mother of Glouster; Mr. and Mrs. Don Goddard, Bartlett; Mr. and Mrs. George Fleming, Mr. Fred and Mr. Will Painter of Athens.
[The Athens Messenger, Oct. 2, 1932]

E. Chambers
An Ex. Member of the Regular Army Kills Himself at Athens, Ohio.
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. December 22. - The Mayor and Town Marshal of Athens, Ohio, arrived here today and reported that a man who registered at the Brown House, in that town, last Tuesday, under the name of E. Chambers, had committed suicide by taking chloral. The Ohio officers believed the suicide to have been a Parkersburger. A short time since, Herbert Ryder, a young man who had been First Sergeant in the United States army under General Spilman, of this city, was the Lieutenant in M troop, Seventh cavalry, came here and put up at the Central Hotel. He applied to General Spilman for work and remained here until Friday, when he left for Athens, leaving his trunk at the Central. The suicide was identified as Ryder by a traveling man who had seen him here. The man had erased his name from his watch, burned all of his papers and left nothing at all by which he could be identified by the Athens people, but the keys brought here by the Ohio officers fitted Ryder's trunk and Gen. Spillman has been notified and the remains will be held until he has been heard from. The man's death is enveloped in mystery, as no cause can be conjectured for the rash act.
[Weekly Ohio State Journal, Apr. 11, 1849]

Wellington Clifford
At his residence in Caanan township, Athens Co., July 6th, 1878, of consumption, Wellington Clifford, aged 56 years, 8 months, and 21 days.

Mrs. James Coe
The funeral services of Mrs. James Coe, of Albany, took place at the C. P. Church, on the 18th ult. The Grange, of which order she was a member, conducted the services.

Christine M. Collins-Simonis
Christine M. Collins-Simonis, 49 of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday February 16, 2008 at her residence. She was born November 23, 1958 in Athens County. She is survived by 1 son, James E. Simonis of Glouster; 1 daughter, Ryan N. Simonis of Glouster; her parents, Delbert and Ester Collins Turner of Glouster; 3 brothers, Sam (Teresa) Wooten of Chauncey, David Wooten of Glouster, and Delbert Lonnie Turner of Glouster; 1 sister, Beverly Turner of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 1 brother, James "Jimmy" Wooten; and 1 sister, Kimberly Turner.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday February 21, 2008 at the Morrison Funeral Chapel, Glouster-Bishopville with Rev. King Kelly officiating. Interment will be in the Glouster Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
[Athens Messenger, c. Feb 2008]

Robert E. Constable
Robert E. Constable was born in Chestertown, Kent county, Maryland, A.D. 1809, November 29th. It was there that he passed his infancy and boyhood attending college at home. In July, 1826, he came to Athens to become a student of the Ohio University. While a student he was noticed for his personal attractions and his proficiency in the study and use of the languages. He did not so far pursue his studies as to graduate, but well nigh completed the course as then laid down. On the 5th day of May, 1829, he was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth H. Barker, with whom he has happily lived unto the day of his death.
After Mr. Constable's marriage he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1834 at Jackson, Ohio. He held office in Athens county at different times, being at one time recorder of the county, and at another, prosecuting attorney, which office he resigned for a more lucrative practice. As a lawyer he was marked with success in addressing a jury and was most specially adapted to the conducting of criminal cases.
To those most nearly associated with him, it is sacred to recall his excellence as husband, father, grandfather and friend. We bear him to the grave in the reverence of his age and memory.
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 25, 1883]

Ruth Cranston
Harmony, O., Feb. 12, ae. 90, widow of the late James Cranston. She was born at Scituate, Providence Plantation, in what is now Rhode Island, in 1767. She was the daughter of Gideon and Prudence Austin, formerly Prudence Angel. She was married to James Cranston in February 1786; moved to Athens Co., O., in 1812, and since the death of her husband, which occurred in June, 1833, has resided with her daughter, Mrs. Pruden. [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.]

Polly Crossen
"Aunt" Polly Crossen, of Hibbardsville, died one day last week, after protracted illness of consumption. The deceased was advanced in age and had always been held in the warmest regard and esteem by those who knew her best.
[The Athens Messenger, December 30, 1880]

Maria Cutler
Mrs. Maria Cutler, daughter of Judge Walker, of Athens county, O., and mother of Mrs. dr. J. W. Fulton of this city died at the residence of the latter on Saturday morning last, about half -pat nine o'clock. Deceased was born at Cooperstown, New York, September 14th, 1801, and married in 1819 to Colonel Charles Cutler. She had six children, four daughters and two sons, Three daughters survive the mother to-wit: Mrs. Fulton, Mrs. Mary Sharp, of Kansas City and Ellen Sharp, residing at Sugar Grove, Fairfield county, O. Deceased had been living with there daughter here for several years past. Her death was rather sudden, as she had been up and about the house as usual the day before she died. The funeral service was held at Dr. Fulton's on Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Pratt officiating.
[The Athens Messenger, January 27, 1881]

Joseph Dana
The late Joseph Dana, Esq., who recently died at Athens, Ohio, as stated in Saturday's Gazette, was formerly for many years a distinguished lawyer in Newburyport. He was an ardent politician, of the old silver grey federal stamp, and represented Newburyport in the General Court. He and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Dana were brothers and classmates, graduating at Dartmouth in 1788; both settled in the same town, and were alike remarkable for their classical taste and literary acquirements.
[Salem (Mass.) Gazette - Dec. 11, 1849]

Hannah Davis
DAVIS - Died Jan. 13th, 1881, near Bainbridge, Ross county, O., Miss Hannah Davis of consumption in the 62nd year of her age. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. C. Harper, at Marshfield, this county, Jan. 20th. Miss Davis was formerly of Athens county.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 27, 1881]

Lillian A. Davis
Mrs. Davis was the daughter of Mr. Hiram Armitage and was born near Athens, Ohio, March 23, 1858. Her childhood was spent on the farm; but her parents desiring to giver her the advantage of education, sent her in September, 1875, to the Ohio University. Here she at once took rank among the brightest and most successful students, standing first in most of her classes. At the same time her amiable disposition and pleasant manners won her many warm and devoted friends, some of whom were among those that she desired to have at her side in her dying hours.
On the first of May, 1878, she was married to Mr. Clarence C. Davis. Their union, however, was destined to be a short one, for her husband was marked as the victim of mortal disease. She saw him wasting away under the pitiless form of consumption and with all the intensity of her heart she watched his fading life till it vanished in the darkness of death. Then it seemed as if the light of her own life had gone out. She found no solace for her sorrow, but day and night she grieved over her loss. The effect was soon manifest in the failing of her own health. The same inexorable hand that had carried her husband away was laid upon her. For several months she was confined to her room. She died at her father's house during the night of Tuesday, December 7th, and the services for her funeral were held at the same place on the following Thursday.
Her death has broken the bonds of some warm friendships and has made some hearts desolate. But the memory of her life will itself be a tender consolation.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, December 16, 1880]

Emmett Dickerson
Bone Coal Fall Fatally Hurts Chauncey Man
CHAUNCEY -- A Chauncey resident was injured fatally and a fellow worker hurt in a bone coal fall at Hocking Mine 25, Wednesday afternoon, mine officials reported today.
The death victim was Emmett Dickerson, 48, who died in Sheltering Arms Hospital at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, three hours and five minutes after the accident. He suffered a crushed chest and a broken right leg.
Suffering apparently minor injuries was his buddy, Lester Locke. Locke was taken to his home in Morristown.
Mr. Dickerson was the last of a family of nine children. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Simmers, Chauncey, with whom he made his home, and Mrs. Betty Palmer, Cleveland; also, one son, Jack Dickerson, Norfolk, Va.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Chauncey Methodist Church, by the Rev. Gilbert Courtney. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville.
[Athens Messenger, November 1947 - Submitted by]

Susie Dinsmore
Susie, daughter of Charles (deceased) and Fannie Dinsmore, was born Nov. 8th, 1857, then died of consumption near Coolville, Athens county, Ohio, June 2, 1881. In early life she united with the M.E. Church and professed saving faith in Christ as her Savior. The last few years of her life were years of marked spiritual growth. She faithfully used the means of grace and sought earnestly to live in favor with God. Her well worn bible, with many of her favorite passages marked, envidenced her love for the Divine word. She had an unusually sweet, hopeful spirit, and throught all her months of declining health she very largely maintained this spirit. She went with her aunt, Mrs. Merrick, to the South in hopes of regaining her health. She lived but a month after returning home. With a firm, serene faith she passed peacefully to her home above. Her father and an older sister had passed on before her months ago to give her a welcome to her heavenly rest. May her sorrowing friends meet them all at last. W.H. Gibbons
[The Athens Messenger, July 4, 1878]

John Dudley, Sr.

Died - At Athens, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1896, John Dudley, Sr.
Funeral from the residence of his brother, Joseph Dudley, No. 2411 Challine street, this (Friday) afternoon at 8 o'clock. Friends of the family invited to attend. Interment private.
[The Wheeling (WV) Register - Jan. 31, 1896]

Alston Ellis
ATHENS, O., Nov. 15. - President Alston Ellis, 73, for the past twenty years president of Ohio university, died suddenly from heart trouble at his home here. Dr. Ellis had purchased a home in Wyoming and had intended to retire from active school work next June.
[Salt Lake (UT) Telegram, Nov. 15, 1920]

Naomi Evans
Coolville: Relatives have received word of the death of Mrs. Naomi Bingman Evans, aged 34, at M.E. Hospital, Indianapolis. She was a daughter of S. P. Bingman and a former resident of the Ireland community. Burial Saturday, Oct. 1, at Lakewood, O.
[The Athens Messenger, Oct. 2, 1932]

Sarah S. Fowler

FOWLER - Died at their residence near Plymouth, Washington county, Ohio, on 1st day (Sunday), the 9th of last month, 1881, Sarah S. Fowler, in the 77th year of her age. She endured a protracted and painful illness of about two months with patience and resignation.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 27, 1881]

Harvey G. Frost
Mr. Harvey G. Frost died at his residence in Rome township, May 3rd, 1881.
[The Athens Messenger, July 4, 1878]

Polly Frost
Mrs. Polly Frost died at ther residence near Coolville, Troy township, Feb. 9th, 1881, in her 87th year. She ranks as "one of the first settlers of Athens county", coming here from Massachusetts in 1797. Her father helped to erect the Barrow's grist mill a mile from the mouth of Federal Creek, the first mill of the kind in Athens county. When she came to our county there were but foot-paths between here and Athens, and the entire Hocking valley was covered by a dense forest, inhabited by panthers, bears, wolves and deer. Mrs. Frost was a very estimable woman, a good christian and withal, a devoted patroit. She had eight grandsons and one son in the Union army, the latter was starved to death at Andersonville prison, a victim of rebel barbarity.
[The Athens Messenger, February 17, 1881]

Susan Frost
Mrs. Susan Frost died at her residence, near Frost station, on the 7th inst., aged nearly eighty-two years. Mrs. Frost was born near the mouth of Federal creek, this township, Dec. 27, 1800, and may well be classed as one of our old pioneers. Her husband, the late Herman Frost, Esq., was a soldier of the war of 1812. Her funeral was very largely attended, on Sunday, the 8th inst., as she was a woman who was noted for her consistent Christian character and charitable disposition.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, October 19, 1882]

Lydia Gillett
Lydia Gillett, (nee Matheny) was born August 28th, 1822, died Dec. 30th, 1880. She was married to Orin Gillett, Jan. 11th, 1852, joined the United Brethren Church in February, 1859, was very patient during her long and painful illness, and leaves a husband and one son to mourn her loss. "Soon we'll reach the shining river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease."
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881]

Orin Gillett
Death of Another Good Citizen
Mr. Orin Gillett, a well known farmer of this township, died at this late residence about two miles northwest of Athens, last Sunday after a brief illness of inflamation of the bowels. The deceased was a native of Athens township and was born on the farm on which he died, and on which he lived during his entire life. He was in his 67th year at the time of his death and had ever commanded the warm esteem of all who knew him by his strict probity and correct moral and christian principles. His funeral on Tuesday, the services of which were conducted by Rev. Cyrus Rose, is referred to as one of the largest attended of recent occurrence in this county. By his death our community sustains the loss of one of its best citizens.
[The Athens Messenger, Feb. 1st, 1883]

Thomas R. Green
Thomas R. Green died at Athens, last week, from gangreen, superinduced by trimming too closely a corn on his right foot. His leg was recently amputated, but without avail. He was a resident of Providence, R. I., and died while visiting relatives. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 26, 1874 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]


The infant daughter of Gen. and Mrs. Grosvenor, died at Oakland, Maryland, on Wednesday morning, where they had taken it the day preceding for the benefit of its health. The funeral takes place this morning at 10 o'clock from the family residence.

Charles H. Grosvenor
ATHENS, Ohio. Oct. 30. - General Charles H. Grosvenor, former representative from the Eleventh Ohio district, died at his home early today, aged 84.
[Salt Lake (UTAH) Telegram, Oct. 30, 1917]

Athens, Ohio, Oct. 30. - Gen. Charles Grosvenor died at his home here today, aged 84. He represented Ohio in congress for 20 years, retiring from politics in 1906.
[Anaconda Standard - Montana, Oct. 31, 1917]

Sarah Louise G. Hadley

Louise G. Hadley, 89, died in the Hospice Unit of McKee Medical Center on April 1, 2005.
Sarah Louise Grabill was born April 28, 1915, on a farm hear Hillsboro, Ohio, to Clara Brehm Grabill and Thurber Grabill.
She graduated from Hillsboro High School and attended Wilmington College, Columbus Ohio Business University and Ohio University.
She married Thomas Tynan in Columbus, Ohio on July 2, 1938, and moved to Los Angeles. They were later divorced. She married Harold Mullenix in Columbus, Ohio on June 23, 1946, and moved to Marietta, Ohio. He preceded her in death. She married John Cottrill in Athens, Ohio, Aug. 30, 1978. They were later divorced. She married Walter Hadley in Fort Collins on June 14, 1984. He preceded her in death. She lived in Columbus, Marietta and Athens, Ohio, and Charlottesville, Va., before moving to Fort Collins in 1980.
She was employed by Union Carbide Corporation and Ohio Department of Transportation in Marietta, and The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and Ohio University in Athens, retiring in 1978. She was employed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after moving to Fort Collins.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, AARP, The Aspen Club, Poudre Valley Hospital Volunteer Association, American Heart Association, The Attack Pack, American Cancer Society, Retired Federal Employees, and Ohio Public Employees.
She was a volunteer for Poudre Valley Hospital with more than 5,000 hours, Poudre Fire Authority, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, First Presbyterian Church, SAINT, Visiting Nurses Association, Lincoln Center and Olander Elementary School.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Phillips and husband, Dr. Dennis Phillips, of Fort Collins; two grandsons, Lance Phillips of Fort Collins and Travis Phillips of San Francisco; one great-grandson, Logan Phillips of Fort Collins and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and her son, Charles Richard (Dick) Mullenix. Friends are invited to join in a celebration of life at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Parkwood Estates, 2201 S. Lemay Ave.
[Fort Collins Coloradoan, April 3, 2005]

Job Hall

Rome - Mr. Job Hall, formerly a citizen of our township, and who was a brakeman on the M. & C. R.R., died on the 8th inst., at Chillicothe, from injuries received on the train. He was standing on top of the train, and as it passed under a wagon road bridge, his head struck it mashing in his skull. Eight young men of Chillicothe, accompanied the remains home. Rev. E. Sibley preached an appropriate discourse on the day of the funeral, Sunday 9th inst., at the Utica school house.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 20, 1881]

Bartlett D. Hayes
Mr. Bartlett D. Hayes died about ten o'clock last Thursday night, of genearal paralysis.
[The Athens Messenger, December 30, 1880]

George Dunlevy Hebard
Death of Geo. D. Hebard -- All that was mortal of George Dunlevy Hebard passed away Thursday night of last week. Mr. Hebard had suffered for some time previous to his death from a complication of diseases, his liver being the principal seat of disease.
Mr. Hebard was born in Athens, O., April 20, 1827. He entered the Journal office when a young man as a printer's apprentice and continued here until he had acquired his trade. The relations of the deceased with the Journal have always been of a cordial character. * * * In 1871 he took charge of the Gallipolis Bulletin, left it in 73' and founded the Locomotive, the name of which paper was changed into the present Gallipolis Ledger. Mr. Hebard was a quiet, honest citizen. The columns of his paper were ever open to the exposure of fraud and villainy, and in the interest of morality he wielded a ready pen. A widow, two sons and four daughters mourn his loss. On Sunday afternoon his remains were deposited in the old cemetery by the Masonic faternity, Rev. M. B. Wilson of the Presbyterian Church, conducting the religious services. Requiescat in peace.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 5, 1880 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Capt. Robert Henry
Died in Bern township, Athens county, Ohio, Jan. 5th, 1881, Capt. Robert Henry, in the 84th year of his age.
Mr. Henry was born of Irish parent in Chester county, Pa., on the 14th day of December, 1797, and came with his father's family to Newport, Washington county, in 1801. Five years later he removed to Warren, four miles below Harmar, and in the spring of 1817 came to what is now Bern township. He soon afterwards commenced clearing up his land, teaching school in winter and working on his farm in summer.
He was united in marriage to Miss Lavina Glazier, Nov. 30th, 1826, by Judge George Walker, and at once settled on the farm where he continued to reside until the time of his death, a period of over fifty-four years.
He united with the Presbyterian Church, of Amesville, at the time of its organization in 1832, and has remained an exemplary member of the church up to the time of his death.
He was very affable, courteous and gentlemanly in his intercourse with mankind, and was respected by everybody for his candor, honesty, good sense and social qualities.
During his life he held several local offices of trust and responsibility, but his natural bashfulness and retiring disposition prompted him to refuse places of this kind unless tendered him, under circumstances that left no doubt upon his mind that it was the earnest wish of his friends that he should accept.
In 1826 he was commissioned by Governor Jeremiah Morrow, Captain of the 2nd Light Infantry Company in the first Bridage 3rd Division in the Militia of Ohio, which he held until July, 1830, when he resigned his commission.
He leaves four sons and two daughters and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn his death. His wife died twenty-three years ago.
The cause of his death was very unusual. For a few years he has been afflicted with rheumatism, and for some time previous to his death had been somewhat worse and unable to walk but little. On the night of the 2nd inst. he rested as well as usual until three o'clock in the morning, when his sufferings became intense. Surgical aid being called and an examination made, it was found that his thigh bone was broken, caused by spasmodic contraction of the muscles. He was made as comfortable as possible, but died forty-eight hours afterward.< BR> His funeral sermon was preached by Rev. L.N. Woodruff, from 1st John, 3rd chapter and 2nd verse: "beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is."
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 20, 1881]

Prof. C. B. Hitchcock
Many of his old friends and pupils in Meigs county will be shocked to know of the death, at Coolville, Ohio of Prof. C. B. Hitchcock. Leaving home at 8 A.M. Wednesday Nov 2nd., he went down street, did an errand or two, and then went to the house of Mr. Cole, where he began giving a music lesson. During the progress of the lesson, he suddenly fell to the floor, and although the physician living directly opposite was summoned with all speed, he only gasped two or three times and there was no pulsation of the heart or wrist after he arrived. His death was presumably from congestion of the brain. Prof. Hitchcock came to this country in 1848 since which time, with the exception of five years spent in the west, he has taught music, mostly in Athens, Washington and Meigs counties. He was born in Hawley, Mass. March 16th, 1825. He leaves a wife, whom he married in Vermont and three children. His aged parents, the father aged 84 and his mother more than 70 and their only surviving child, Mrs Martin Hecox of Chester. His pastor, Rev. T. C. Walker conducted the exercises and his much loved Glee Club sang the anthem which he had selected to have sung Thanksgiving Day, which was singulary appropriate. The large concourse of sorrowing friends who were in attendance at his funeral testified to the universal esteem and mourning of the community and many others.
[Sub. By Jim Langan]

Ellen James
Miss Ellen James, aged 30, died at the residence of her father, Mr. Tolbert James, of Nelsonville, on Monday of last week.
[The Athens Messenger, Feb. 1, 1883]

Leonidas Jewett
DEATH OF JUDGE JEWETT -- Judge Leonidas Jewett died at this residence in Columbus, Monday 17 inst., in the 71st year of his age. He had been a life-long resident of Athens county until within the past year, when he removed to Columbus for the purpose of engaging in the practice of his profession with his son, E. B. Jewett, Esq.
Judge Jewitt was the son of Dr. Leonard Jewett, a prominent physician and surgeon, who came from Massachusetts to Athens, which then formed a part of Washington county, in 1802 and was a disquinguished leader among the early citizens of the county, who he served in the State Senate from 1806 to 1811.
Judge Jewett was Auditor of this county from 1839 to 1843 and was again re-elected to the office in 1845, serving one term. On the death of his brother in law, Hon. Calvary Morris, in 1871, he was appointed by Gov. Noyes to fill the vacancy thereby occasioned in the office of Probate Judge of this county, to which position he was subsequently elected for the term of three years. At the expiration of his term, in 1875, he returned to his farm on the Plains, where her remained until his removal to Columbus, in 1880.
Judge Jewett was three times married, his first wife being miss Desteiguer, of Canaan township, this county, his second Miss Robinson, of Marietta, and his third Miss berry, of Urbana, who survives him. He leaves two sons, Maj. L. M. and E. B. Jewett, both practicing attorneys, the eldest of who, Maj. Jewett, served Athens county ably and efficiently as Prosecuting Attorney for four years. Of his brothers Edgar P. alone survives him, Dr. Leonard and Joseph both having died several years ago.
Judge Jewett was prominently connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, taking a deep degree of interest in its welfare, contributing liberally to its support and serving in its councils with marked ability. He was as zealous a Mason as he was a Methodist and filled at different times during his life some of his most distinguished offices. At the time of his death he was a member of Mt. Vernon Commandery Knights Templar, having connected himself with that body on his taking up his residence in Columbus.
The remains were brought to Athens, Wednesday evening, for interment. The funeral services took place this (Thursday) morning at the M. E. Church and were conducted by Rev. Joseph M. Trimble, of Columbus, assisted by Rev. M. V. B. Evans, the resident pastor after which the sorrowing friends and a large concourse of citizens followed all that was mortal of Leonidas Jewett to the beautiful new cemetery which his deceased friend and relative, Judge Morris, was so largely instrumental in securing and adorning as a home for our village dead.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 20, 1881]

Corwin Johnson

Athens - Coroner W. B. Johnson, Tuesday investigated the death of Corwin Johnson, 73, Civil War veteran whose frozen body was found in a creek near Stewart late Monday, after being missing more than 72 hours. Two dogs stood across the body refusing to allow anyone to touch the body. Johnson who had lived alone is supposed to have died from cold last Friday while watering his stock. Albert Whariff, 27, farmer, was accidentally killed by the discharge of his gun while visiting his trap only a short distance from the Johnson home the day before the old man was supposed to have met his fate.
[The Lima News, Jan. 6, 1920 - Submitted by Linda Blue Dietz]

Martha E. Jones
JONES - Jan 9th, 1881, at her late home near Oxford, Trimble township, after a lingering illness of consumption, Mrs. Martha E. wife of Mr. J. W. Jones, in her 42nd year. The deceased, who leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss, was a faithful wife and mother, and commanded the warm esteem of all who knew her.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 27, 1881]

Col. R. W. Jones, editor and proprietor of the Athens Journal, on Saturday, 29th of January, 1881, laid down the burden of life. Strong in body and able in mind, it seemed early for him to depart. He was a native of Belmont county, Ohio, and has lived a busy life, first in this State, then Pennsylvania, then again in Ohio. His experience took a wide and varied range in business and an editor.
His sickness was brief, lasting but about twelve days, although the insidious invasion of disease must have been much longer. His malady, softening of the brain, from the time it defined itself made rapid progress, hence his conscious suffering was but little. His mind seemed darkened nearly out, but occasionally reason, like a flickering light, enthroned itself for a moment, then he knew the members of his family and named them, and often called his daughter Jennie, he loved so well, and who was much occupied with him in his editorial duties.
He follows Charlie, Mollie, Ella and little Olivia, children gone before.
His funeral sermon was preached at the Methodist Church, by Rev. M. V. B. Evans, after which his remains were followed by a large number of his friends and placed to rest in the beautiful Athens "village of the dead."
[The Athens Messenger, February 3, 1881]

John Konkoskia
Canaanville - Mr. John Konkoskia, who, for a short time has been a resident of this place, died on the 16th at his residence after a lingering illness, of consumption. The deceased leaves a wife and two small children.
[The Athens Messenger, February 3, 1881]

Clarence Larrison

Clarence Larrison, an eight year old boy of Nelsonville, was struck on the head by the door of a barn which in some way was allowed to fall on him while being repaired. The child's skull was fractured and death soon resulted from the effects of the injury. [The Athens Messenger, September 20, 1894]

A.J. Loar
Marshfield - Our fellow townsman, Mr. A. J. Loar, died on the 24th inst. of typhoid pneumonia. He was sick, but about eight days. He will be sadly missed by all, especially in the M. E. Church, where he was ever a constant and efficient worker. His bereaved family have the sympathy of all. Funeral services by Rev. Cherrington, pastor of M.E. Church.
[The Athens Messenger, February 3, 1881]

John F. Mahon
Our citizens will not be quite unprepared for the announcement of the death of Mr. John F Mahon, who has for some months past been suffering from a disease of the throat which [--unread--] his existence on Thursday last. Mr Mahon entered the service in the Quartermaster. In the performance of his duties it is believed he contracted the disease fortieth Regiment of which he became which resulted in his death.
Mr. M. was a native of Blairsville, Indiana Co, Pennsylvania, and about thirteen years since established his residence here. For the past year or more he has been filling the place of ----master, giving perfect satisfactin to all who has had the business with him. Modest and retir-- in manners, honorable in business, esti-- in all his relations of husband, father and citizen. Mr. Mahon's character will ever be held in grateful remembrance in this community.
Mr Mahon was thrity-three years of age and leaves a wife and two children
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 2, 1868]

Hiram C. Martin
Hiram C. Martin, a prominent citizen of Athens, died Feb. 22d from typhoid pneumonia.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 2, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel"]

Col. J. C. McDougold
Col. J. C. McDougold, a former member of the 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and from Athens county, Ohio, committed suicide in San Jose, California, Oct. 5th, by shooting himself through the heart. Losses in stock speculations is supposed to be the cause of the rash act.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday,October 28, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Jane McElroy
Miss Jane McElroy, of Albany, this county, a most estimable lady, a sister of Mrs. W. W. Kurtz, of Athens, died on Sunday morning last, following a protracted illness, of heart disease. - The deceased, we are informed, was about fifty years of age. Her funeral took place on Tuesday and was largely attended, a large number of friends of the family being present from Athens. [The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881]

Thomas McGwhigan
Thomas McGwhigan, who sometime since was engaged in the tailoring business at the village of Stewart, suicided at his late home in McConnelsville, Sunday night by the morphine route.
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 11, 1883]

John Mcllyen
John Mcllyen, an aged and esteemed citizen of Decatur, died on the 22nd inst. Interment at the family burial ground of S. V. Ladd. Rev. C. G. Russell officiated.
[The Athens Messenger and Herald, September 27, 1894]

William D. McVey
Died on the 6th of July, 1863, in the Field Hospital of the Eleventh Army Corps William D. McVey, son of J. R. and Rachel McVey, and a member of Company H, 75th Reg't O.V.I., in the 19th year of his age.
The deceased was wounded at the battle near Gettysburg, on the 2nd of July, in the left lung. He lived but four day after he was wounded, during which time his sufferings were severe, until a few minutes before his death, when he passed away as on passing into a sleep. He volunteered about two years ago in a company raised by his brother-in-law, Dr. Earhart, of Albany. When he enlisted, his friends were fearful that he would not endure the hardships of a soldier's life, but he resolved to go, and at least lay down his life for his country. After he had been out about one year, he was offered an honorable discharge, but he would not accept it. His mother knowing that he was in very poor health, wrote to him urging to accept of a discharge. He replied, saying, "Mother I came out to fight for the old flag, and I will not leave the army as long as I can do anything towards putting down this wicked rebellion." As a son and brother he was obedient, kind and affectionate: as a soldier, his officers and companions in arms all bear testimony that he was brave, obedient and true, ever faithful and punctual in the discharge of every duty assigned him. He as acknowledged to be one of the bravest of the brave. He belongs to a truly patriotic family, having two brothers in the same company with him. He has laid down his life cheerfully as a sacrifice on the alter of this country, and is now numbered with those who have spilled their blood for their country, and long will his name be cherished. Though he sleep in a soldier's grave far from home, his friends have the consolation of knowing that he fell battling for the country's right.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, August 27, 1863]

Hannah L. Moore
At her residence near Athens on the morning of the 3rd inst., after an illness of four years. Mrs. Hannah L. Moore, Wife of Mr. John J. Moore, aged 45.
[The Athens Messenger, July 11, 1878]

Martin P. Moore
Died - Moore - Died in Parole Camp, at Annapolis, Md. on Friday July 24th, 1863, Martin P. Moore, in the 27th year of his age. He was a soldier of the First Virginia Calvary; and , after two years of faithful service, died as above, of congestion of the liver. His Chaplain writes, "He was respected and beloved by all who knew him. We all learned to love him, and each one strove to do all in his power for him in his last illness." He was not considered dangerously ill, till a few hours before his death, but suffered intensely during his last hours. His wife and a large circle of friends are left to mourn the priceless sacrifice thus laid on the county's alter.

Fannie Palmer
Mrs. Fannie Palmer, 91, of 1570 E. Main St., Lancaster, died Sunday morning at her home.
The widow of Isaac J. Palmer, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Evan (Betty) Earich, Millfield, O.; four sons, Austin, Lancaster, Lewis, San Antonio, Tex., Clyde, Olmstead Falls, O. and Richard Palmer, of Euclid; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Emma Mendenhall, Springfield; brother, Frank Mates, Springfield; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Maude F. Kaufman in August, 1979.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., in the chapel of the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home; the Rev. Bryan Thomas officiating; burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nelsonville.
Friends may call today, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., at the funeral home.
(Note: Fannie Mates Palmer died August 31, 1980 in Lancaster, Ohio)
[Submitted by]

Isaac Palmer
Isaac Palmer Dies, Aged 69
NELSONVILLE -- Isaac Palmer, 69, a resident of Mill St., Chauncey, died last night at Sheltering Arms Hospital, Athens.
A native of Jackson County, he was a retired coal miner.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Fannie Palmer; six sons, Lewis, Clyde, Floyd, Robert and Richard, all of Cleveland and Austin of Salem, N. Y.; three daughters, Mrs. Betty Earich of Millfield, Mrs. Maude Kaufman and Miss Stella Palmer of Cleveland; a brother, Robert Palmer of Trimble and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Chauncey Church of God by the Rev. Clarence Way. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Nelsonville. Friends may call at the Stout funeral home, Nelsonville, at any time.
[Athens Messenger, July 1952] (Note: Isaac J. Palmer died July 30, 1952)

Joseph Patton
Joseph Patton, 78, of Jackson, died Saturday in O'Bleness Hospital, Athens. He was born September 7, 1911, and Floyd County, Kentucky. Funeral will be 1:00 PM Wednesday in the Mayhew Funeral Home, Jackson. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Coalton. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home.
[Chillicothe Gazette. May 21, 1990. CM - Sub by FoFG]

Maria Perril
Mrs. Maria Perril died at her residence in this place at an early hour on Friday morning after a lingering illness, which she bore throughout with uncomplaining patience and resignation. The very large attendance at her funeral, which took place from the M.E. Church on Sunday afternoon, attested the high esteem in which she was justly held in the community.
[The Athens Messenger, June 27, 1878]

Frank Perry
Nelsonville - Frank Perry, 83, of Nelsonville Route 1, (Floodwood) died Sunday moring at Mount St. Marys Hospital.
Born in Hocking County, he was a son of the late John and Rhoda Perry. He was a retired coal miner and member of the 50 year Miners' Club.
Surviving are his wife, Tillie; three sons, Ralph, Jack and Billy, all of Nelsonville Route 1; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Pickett, Nelsonville Route1; five grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
Services will be conducted Wednesday, 1 p.m. , at the Johnson Funeral Home, by the Rev. William Anderson. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.
[Athens Messenger, May 30 1972 - Sub by Christy Perry Tigner]

Rhoda Perry
Aged Women To Be Buried In Greenlawn
Glouster, Oct 7- Mrs Rhoda Perry, 70 years of age, died Tuesday morning at 10:15 o'clock at the home of a son and daughter in law, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Pery on Greens Run. She was the widow of the late John Perry, who died eight years ago. Mrs. Perry is survived by five children, Thomas of Nelsonville, Frank of Floodwood, LeRoy of Greens Run, Mrs. Madge Peach of Chauncey and Mrs. Ethel Green of Greens Run. Funeral services will be held at the Floodwood chruch, Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock and burial will be made in Greenlawn Cemetery in Nelsonville.
[Athens Messenger, Oct 1931 - Sub by Christy Perry Tigner]

Tillie O. Perry
Tillie O. Perry, 83, of Nelsonville Route 1, died Tuesday evening at Doctors Hospital in Nelsonville, following aan extended illness.
Born in Athens County, she was the daughter of the late Curtis and Margaret Messel Robinette. She was a member of the Reorganized Chruch of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gerald (Helen) Pickett of Nelsonville Route 1; two sons, Jack and Billy Perry, both of Nelsonville Route1; two sisters, Myrtle Mourne of Nelsonville Route 1 and Rena Rogers of Nelsonville Route 2;t wo brothers, Fred Robinette of Nelsonville Route 1 and Charles Ronbinette of Athens Route 3; five grandshildren and eight great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; a son, Ralph; two sisters, Marie Robinette and Ethel Lewis, and two brothers, Curtis and Warren.
Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Johnson-Souers funeral Home with Elders Roger Mackender and John Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Thursday.
[Athens Messenger, Dec 1 1981 - Sub by Christy Perry Tigner]

William Peyton
Negro In Ohio Died Yesterday at the Age of 128 Years - One of the Countrys Oldest Men
Parkersburg, W. Va., Dec. 27 - William Peyton, a negro, 128 yers old and said to have been one of the oldest men in the United States, died yesterday at Little Hocking, Ohio. He began life as a slave and served a Virginia family through six generations.
["The Daily Herald" - Mississippi, Dec. 27 1919]

William Peyton
Former Slave Served Same Family During Six Generations
PARKERSBURG, W. Va. -- William Peyton, a negro, one of the oldest men in the United States, died Friday at Little Hocking, Ohio, near Parkersburg, at the age of 128 years. As a slave and a freedman he served one family through six generations, it is said. Peyton was in full possession of his faculties until within a few weeks of his death.
[The Idaho Daily Statesman - Idaho, Date: Dec. 28, 1919]

Athens, (Ohio) Feb. 6 -- A most Shocking Accident occurred in Ames township in this county, on the night of Saturday the 30th ult.  About 11 o'clock a son of Mr. Daniel Philips, who with others of the family had not retired to rest, heard the noise of an owl among the fowls roosting near the house, and taking his gun, propsed, if the rest would remain quiet within, he would endeavor to get a shot at the marauder.  Having crept to the corner of the house and fixed his aim, as he supposed, upon the bird on the tree, in the immediate range of the building, at the instant of firing, his sister, about 18 years of age, excited by natural curiosity, incautiously put her head out at a window for the purpose of observation, when, dreadful to relate, she received the discharge in her head, just above the ear, which caused instantaneous death, without a struggle or a groan. The event has caused deep distress in the family; the young man especially, though not the slightest blame attaches to his conduct, seems inconsolable, and nearly deprived of reason. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, February 23, 1830; NP, Sub by FoFG]

An infant son, aged -- days, child of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Phillips, died on Friday, after ten days illness of brain fever. [THE ATHENS MESSENGER, July 6, 1876]

Mary Pierce
Mrs. Jonathan Pierce died in Athens, O. on the 17th inst., aged 65 years and 8 months. Mrs. P. was a sister to Lucius Coe, of Jerseyville. Her maiden name was Mary Coe. She was born in Hartford, Conn., in the year 1815. In 1825 she moved with her parents to Greene county, New York, and in 1835 to Athens county. On January 13th, 1848, she was married to Jonathan Pierce, of Jerseyville, O. While in Athens county she was well known as Mary Coe, the school teacher. When 16 years of age she connected herself with the Presbyterian Church in New York, and she was a memer of the same church at McAuthur. She leaves a husband and four children, three brothers and one sister - Mrs. J.H. Harper, of Hartford City, W. Va., to mourn her sudden departure.
[The Athens Messenger, July 4, 1878]

J. H. Putnam

J. H. Putnam, of Athens, one of the pioneer settlers of the county, and brother of Douglas Putnam, of Marietta, was killed by a railroad train, at Athens, on the 12th.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 20, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel ]

Nellie A. Putnam
Nellie A., daughter of David and Lucia J. Putnam, died in Athens at the residence of her grandmother, Mrs. Harriet B. Smith, Jan. 5, 1881. She was born July 20, 1873, and for more than seven years had been a light and a joy in the home of her parents. An only child, beautiful in person, and bright and active in mind, she was the object of peculiar affection. Love, honor, was tempered with judicious discipline, which preserved her from the danger that always surrounds the child who has no brother or sister. She was very innocent; her disposition and manners were gentle; she had been taught to obey in thought as well as act; and though undemonstrative in the expression of it, she showed at times that she had a deeply affectionate nature. She had a singular habit for one so young, to gain control of herself. If, when she was reproved or had to make some sacrifice, she found that she was likely to give way to her feelings, she would turn suddenly away and run from the house. In a little while she would return as bright and happy as though nothing unpleasant had occurred. She early grew fond of books, and was anxious to learn. She exhibited also superior mental capacity. A gentleman who knew her intimately and is well qualified to judge, has expressed the opinion that if she had lived she would have excelled in intellectual attainments. Her sweet face, her robust, elastic form, her cheerful voice, her reserved, but tender love, are to be known no more. For seven years and more they have been unfolding under parental culture and care; but now they are blighted forever. The seven years and more they have been speaking their silent, unconcious prophecies; but, alas! those prophecies have forever failed. No; they have not failed. Already they have begun a higher fulfillment. Her earthly life is ended and her earthly home is desolate. But in our Father's house are many mansions; and there she as begun a more glorious life, and there she has entered a home more sweet, more happy, and more enduring than any home of earth. W.H. Scott. Athens, Jan. 10th, 1881
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881]

Nancy Redman
Mrs. Nancy Redman, popularly known here as Aunty Redman, in her 88th year, died at the residence of her son, C.E. Bell, in Athens, on New Year's evening, after brief illness. She had been a resident of this place about 13 years. Her services during the greater portion of which time being in active demand as a nurse, in which capacity she has served in many of our best known families. Among those present at her funeral was her son, J. Madison Bell, of Toledo, who is widely know in the State as the possessor of rare poetic ability
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 6, 1881]

Joseph Roberts
Rome - Mr. Joseph Roberts, of Kilvert, a pioneer, died recently. He served a short time as a drummer boy in the war of 1812.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 20, 1881]

O. H. P. Scott
Death of Hon. O. H. P. Scott -- Hon. O.H.P. Scott died at Farmington, Iowa, Sunday, Nov. 14, 1880. He was a brother of Mr. Alexander B. Scott, who died in Athens in Jan., 1866, and of Mr. Andrew Scott, who formerly lived in Athens and died at Stewart in Feb. 1879. He was himself well know in Athens at one time and is remembered by our older citizens. He was born in Belpre, O., in the year 1815, soon after the famous battle on Lake Erie, and was named for its hero. Most of his boyhood was spent in McConnelsville. When the improvement of the Muskingum River for slackwater navigation was commenced, he became a contractor and superintended a large part of the work. When this was done, he took the contract for the lower end of the Hocking Canal. That part of the canal lying within the corporate limits of Athens, the lock just west of the depot, and the State dam north of the lock, were built under his superintendence. The strength and solidity of the masonry of the lock was a subject of common remark when the stones were removed and placed in the foundation of the town hall.
In 1842 he was married to Miss Ellen D. Fay, of McConnelsville. About 1854 he removed to Iowa, where he already contracted to build dams and locks in the Des Moines River. He built the stone work of the State Capitol and fulfilled contracts for similar work at St. Joseph, Mo. and other places.
During the civil war he served with distinction as a captian and Major in the Third Iowa Cavalry. In 1877 he was elected a member of the Iowas legislature, a fact whch strongly illustrates his popularity, for he was a Democrat and his county has a large Republican majority.
He died of a tumor in the stomach after suffering for several months.
[The Athens Messenger, Nov. 25, 1880]

Edward Simmers
NELSONVILLE, Aug. 2.--Edward Simmers, 70, died yesterday at his home in Orbiston. Funeral arrangements have not been completed awaiting the arrival of a son from Oklahoma.
[Athens Messenger, August 2, 1928]

Succumbs At Age of 72 in Orbiston: is Unexpected
CHAUNCEY, Aug. 3.--Edward Simmers, 72, father of Clarence Simmers, this city, and Mrs. Logan Lester, Betsy Lane, Kentucky formerly of Chauncey, succumbed at his home in Orbiston. Although he had been in failing health, his death came unexpectedly, being due to a heart attack.
Mr. Simmers had been a resident of Orbiston for many years. Besides his wife he leaves the following children: Mrs. Bernice Keaton, the Plains, Mrs. Effie Lester, Betsy Lane, Kentucky, Clarence Simmers, Chauncey, and John Simmers, with the navy, and John in Oklahoma.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed awaiting the arrival of the son from Oklahoma.
[Athens Messenger August 3, 1928 - Sub by karstroj at who adds: * Note: Edward Simmers was the father of Clarence who served in the WWI, and the grandfather of my uncle Kenneth Simmers born in Athens Co., OH.
Edward Simmers--born February 14, 1852, died August 01, 1928 (76y5m17d), buried Buchtel Cemetery
Eliza Verigan Simmers--born August 10, 1853, died December 11, 1937 (84y4m1d), buried Buchtel Cemetery.
[Edward Simmers married Eliza Verigan, daughter of Francis "Frank" Verigan and his wife Hannah Eppiheimer/Oppenheimer. Eliza Verigan Simmers had 7 children, only 4 surviving in the 1900 census, John, Effie, Bernice, & Clarence. Son John Simmers is mentioned twice in the obituary, he was in the Navy and probably stationed in Oklahoma.]

C.D. Smith
Frost -- Our citizens generally were grieved to learn of the death of C. D. Smith at his home in Athens last week. For many years he was the loading merchant at this place and had many friends here.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER AND HERALD, Athens, Ohio, September 20, 1894]

Mary Smith
DIED - On the 11th of Dec. 1880, at her late residence near Salina, Athens county, of consumption, Mrs. Mary Smith in the 49th year of her age. Her funeral occurred Sunday Dec. 12th, Rev. R. C. Harper conducting the services. [THE ATHENS MESSENGER AND HERALD, Athens, Ohio, December 16, 1880]

May Bell Smith
Died at Sheffield's Coal Works on Friday, January 5th, 1883, of cholera infantum, May Bell, aged 2 years, daughter of Frederick and Ada Smith. Funeral Services by Rev. Robt. C. Harper.
[The Athens Messenger, Jan. 11, 1883]

Anna Kandalik Sofronco
Mrs. George Sofronco Dies at Home in Dover After Long Illness.
CHAUNCEY -- Mrs. George Sofronco, age 66, for many years a resident of Chauncey, died Saturday night at 8 o'clock at the family home here following an illness with diabetes. She had been bedfast the last six weeks.
Rosary will be recited at the residence this evening at 7 o'clock. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Paul's Catholic Church, Athens.
Mrs. Sofronco is survived by her husband and three children, Mrs. Anna Earich, Millfield, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dickerson and George Sofronco, Jr., both of Chauncey.
[Athens Messenger, August 1936]
CHAUNCEY -- Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Kandalik Sofronco, age 66, wife of George Sofronco, Sr., for more than 30 years a resident of Chauncey, were held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from St. Paul's Catholic Church, Athens, conducted by Rev. Fr. Carney. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Mrs. Sofronco is survived by her husband, one son, George, Jr., and two daughters, Mrs. Adolph Earich, Millfield, and Mrs. Emmett Dickerson, Chauncey, and a number of grandchildren. A large number of Chauncey friends attended the funeral.
(NOTE:Anna Kandalik Sofronco died August 15, 1936)

Rev. Robert O. Spencer
Athens, O., Sept. 6, ae. 52. He entered upon his ministerial career at the age of 18, and officiated in the pulpit over 30 years - 10 years beyond the average period allotted this arduous profession. He had the happy faculty of winning and attaching to him whomsoever he chose to be his friend; and but few men have the good fortune to rejoice in the possession of so many devoted to him by strong social ties. He left a family and numerous other relatives - two brothers, Judge O. M. and Hon. Henry E. Spencer - to mourn their loss. One son, Oliver M., who is a talented young man, is principal of the Female Institute at Xenia.
[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.]

Isaac Stanley
Isaac Stanley, a prominent citizen of Albany, Athens county, died last week after a protracted illness.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.)] Thursday, November 11, 1880 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel

Thomas J. Stockman
Sad Railroad Fatality -- A deplorable accident occurred at the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern depot here about seven o'clock last Thursday evening which cost a young man his life. A west-bound extra freight drawn by engine 226, Engineer Waldo Wilson, Fireman
Thomas J. Stockman , in charge of Conductor John McGraw, broke in three sections near the South bridge, below the depot. This was unknown to the crew of the train. As is customary, the engine was stopped at the depot here to replenish its water supply. Fireman Stockman climbed to the top of the tender to turn the crane and adjust the hose preparatory to turning the water into the tank of the locomotive. Suddenly and without warning several of the cars which had become detached came crashing into the front section. Stockman was thrown off onto the track between the tender and first car. Several cars passed over his body. Both legs were horribly mangled, the left one being crushed to pulp almost to the thigh. The unfortunate man was removed to the Smith House and Drs. Alderman and Biddle summoned, but he was beyond the reach of medical aid and died in less than an hour. The remains were prepared for burial and were taken to Chillicothe Friday morning and thence to Richmondale, Ross county, his home, where the interment took place.
Stockman was about twenty-seven year of age, unmarried, and had been in the service of the road since 1892. he had many friends and was very popular among railroad men. He carried $1000 accident insurance in favor of his mother.
[The Athens Messenger, Sept. 13, 1894]

Joseph Stonebraker
Died, in Canaan township, on Thursday, July 16, 1863 Joseph Stonebraker, aged 62 years. His diseases were Dropsey and Asthma. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss.

Mrs. Wm. Streicher
Word was received in Athens last week of the death of Mrs. William Streicher at Ellsworth, Kansas, on Sunday, September 23rd. Mrs Streicher was for several years a resident of Athens before removing to Kansas, and she and her husband will be remembered by many of our citizens as having kept the hotel or boarding house on Court street just across the alley from the Hotel Athens and now known as the Phoenix House. She was the daughter of Austrian parents, her father being a retired officer of the Austrian army. Mrs. Streicher was in her 65th year at the time of her death, which occurred from heart trouble while sitting at the breakfast table. Her funeral was on of the largest ever witnessed in Ellsworth.

Rebecca Thompson

THOMPSON - Died Jan. 21st., 1881, from a severe burn at the Hamley Run Coal Works. Mrs. Rebecca Thompson, in the 60th year of her age. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. C. Harper, at her residence, on the 23rd.
[THE ATHENS MESSENGER, January 27, 1881]

Charles Voorhees
From Telegraphic summary.
Charles Voorhees, living in Athens county, Ohio, died Friday night from a blow from a stone in the hands of James Chambers. Chambers and Voorhees were both well-to-do young men and warm friends. Both fell in love with Miss Lena Woodville, a popular young lady.
["The Sun", Date: Aug. 11, 1890]

Nelson H. Van Voorhis
Hon. Nelson H. Van Voorhis, of Athens, Ohio, died yesterday. He was recently member of Congress, and served several terms in the Legislature as Speaker in the House of Representatives.
[The Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer - Dec. 5, 1882]

Elizabeth Wyne
Elizabeth Wyne, fifteen years old, living at Nelsonville, Ohio, on the line of the Hocking Valley Railroad, attempted to kindle a fire with coal oil on Monday evening. The can exploded, and the unfortunate girl was burned to death.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, July 7, 1870 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]



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