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]

ATHENS, O.-January 29.-The able and highly respected editor and proprietor of the Athens Journal, Col.R.W. Jones, died this afternoon at 3 P.M., with acute softening of the brain, after an illness of some two weeks. He has been since his connection with the Journal, which dates from about 1874, one of the foremost Democratic politicians in this part of the State. His sterling integrity and outspoken manner had gained for him many friends. His management of the Journal has been a success. He was a vigorous writer, seldom stooping to petty affairs. What will be done with the paper is unknown, though some venture the opinion that his daughter, a young lady of rather remarkable intellect and ability, will become the editress. He leaves a wife and two children, both of whom are grown, and a great many friends to mourn his loss.

[Cincinnati Commercial Tribune (Cincinnati, Ohio), Sunday, January 30, 1881; Page: 1]

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