Champaign County, Ohio
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Death Notices

James Alexander
James Alexander, living near Carysville, Champaign county, shot himself through the heart on Saturday last. The facts as related to us are these: Mr. Alexander is a respectable farmer, his grain being ripe he had gathered a number of hands for the purpose of saving as much as he could on that day. It also appears that his wife was not in favor of harvesting-- or in other words, would not provide food for the hands but preferred going to some Celebration--St. Paris, we think. She started and her husband followed her a short distance, pleading that she would return and assist him--he returned to his house went up stairs, prayed, and then shot himself through the heart with a pistol. [Delaware Gazette, July 30, 1858; Sub. by Teresa Haines Rigney]

Dr. John H. Ayers
Urbana, O -- Dr. John H. Ayers, ex-superintendent of the Columbus Insane Asylum, died suddenly at his home here. [Times-Democrat, Nov 1, 1897 - Sub by . Linda Dietz]

Susan Bayles
BAYLES, Susan, wife of J. BAYLES, of Urbanna, Ohio, and eldest daughter of the late Lloyd BUCHANAN, of Baltimore, died in Urbana, Nov. 4, in the 26th year of age. (Nov. 17) [Source: National Intelligencer (Wash. DC), as pub. in the NGSQ, vol 55, No. 1, March 1967, submitted by K. T.]

Lewis Brittin
Lewis Brittin, 56, a farmer living near Mechanicsburg, died Friday afternoon in his home on the Ben Morris farm, following an illness of several months.  His widow, Margaret; two children, Francis and George, at home survive. [The Weekly Marysville Tribune (Marysville, OH) 16 Jul 1936]

Mrs. I.S. Darling
Mrs. I. S. Darling, one of Mechanicsburg’s oldest and most respected citizens, crossed the silent river at six o’clock yesterday morning, after a lingering illness aged about seventy-two years. The funeral will be held at the late home on West Sandusky street , at two o’clock tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, Rev. Leclar of the M.P. church, officiating. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery . (Scrapbook A 1860-1890, Mechanicsburg Public Library, Thursday, Aug. 27, 1896)

James Darnell
Death of a pioneer occurred on Thursday, May 24, 1877, at his residence in Jackson township, after an illness of twenty four hours, Mr. James Darnell, one of the most widely known and highly esteemed citizens of our county.
Mr. Darnell was born to use his own words, in a canebrake, where the town of Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, now stands in 1795, and came to Ohio with his father’s family in 1810 and settled in Jackson township, where he has resided ever since. He claims to have cut the first tree ever cut by a white man in Jackson township. He was one of the solid men of the times, and his familiar face and happy speeches will be sadly missed at our pioneer meetings, where he was a regular attendant. (News from Concord Township, May 31, 1877 - PT - Sub by FoFG)

Dr. Henry Clay Foster
Died Dr. H. C. Foster at North Lewisburg, Ohio, March 25, 1872 from injuries received when thrown from his buggy two weeks previous [quote from old family paper - Sub. by Robert Foster]

Etta Furrow
The many friends of Mrs. Etta Furrow in this vicinity mourn her death in early life. Her grandfather, the late Robt. McFarland, has had grandchildren for more than fifty years, and this is the first death among them of mature age. (News from Concord Township, May 24, 1877 - PT - Sub by FoFG)

Frederick Gump
Thomas Tipton

Men of the Olden Time
We learn from the Urbana Citizen that Frederick Gump, aged 107 years, and Thomas Tipton, aged 111 years, both Revolutionary soldiers, recently died in Champaigne county, this state.  [The Summit County Beacon (Akron, OH) 24 Nov 1841, Tr by KT]

Rev. John Hall
Rev. John Hall, the father of Flemmon Hall, Esq., and one of the pioneer settlers of the county, having come to Ohio from Virginia in 1817 died. Mr. Hall was a useful man for more than half a century, and has now been called to his reward, at the age of fourscore years. His funeral service was preached at Neer chapel on Thursday last, by Rev. Daivd Warnock. (News from Concord Township, May 24, 1877- PT - Sub by FoFG)

William E. Hull
Rev. Hull Dead - The Rev. William Edgar Hull, former rector of the Church of Our Savior at Mechanicsburg died Wednesday in his home in that place.  He was 78 and was one of the older graduates of Wittenburg College.  He is survived by his wife and three children. [The Weekly Marysville Tribune (Marysville, OH) 16 Jul 1936]

Mrs. William Kite
Death has again visited the west end and removed Mrs. Wm. Kite of Millerstown, a very excellent woman, aged about 26 years. (News from Concord Township, July 5, 1877- PT - Sub by FoFG)

John Edwin Logan
John Edwin Logan, 96, longtime resident of Champaign County, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 1997, in Horscheads, N.Y. He lived all his life in Urbana and Urbana Twp. before going to Elmira, NY, about two years ago to live close to his daughter, Ellen L. Martin of Horseheads. He was born Sept 10. 1900 a son of Ethelbert Rohrer and Annettie (Bailey) Logan. He is survived by his daughter Ellen L. Martin, son-in-law. Archer N Martin and four grandchildren. ["The Champaign County Genealogical Society Newsletter", Oct/Nov/Dec 1997, BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Julie Minot VanGinkel Overton
The Ohio Genealogical Society is saddened to report the death of Julie Minot VanGinkel Overton on July 28, 1997. Julie has been prominent in The Ohio Genealogical Society which she led as president from 1984-1988. During that time she accomplished three major projects: revision of the OGS Constitution, development of the OGS Leadership Conference, and rotation of the OGS Annual Convention to locations in various parts of the state. She served on many committees including Chair of the Convention, Nominations and Elections, and Speakers Bureau. In 1982 she was awarded the honor of a Fellow of OGS.
Julie was a founding member of the Greene County Chapter OGS in 1980. She was also a member of The Society of Ohio Archivists, which awarded her their Merit of Achievement Award in September 1996, for her state-wide efforts in promoting archival awareness.
She recently retired from the Greene County Public Library, where she was coordinator of the Local History Room for 16 years. Julie was instrumental in its growth into a resource used by an average of 600 persons per month.
Born in New York to Korstiaan and Janet Griwold VanGinkel, she received a BA from Antioch College in 1962 and a MA in History/Archives from Wright State University in 1979. She is survived by her mother, Janet, her husband, Ralph Overton, whom she married June 17, 1960, children, Leslie, Archie and Holly, two grand-daughters and a grandson (born June 25, 1997) She is survived by many friends and colleagues and will be missed by all those who knew her. ["The Champaign County Genealogical Society Newsletter", Oct/Nov/Dec 1997, BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. Jonathan Owen
Mrs. Jonathan Owen died at her home last Wednesday at ten. (From Scrapbook A 1860-1890, Mechanicsburg Public Library, Thursday, August 27, 1896- PT - Sub by FoFG)

Ralph Lamar Phares
Ralph Lamar Phares 76, of South Vienna, OH, died September 10, 1997 in Community Hospital. Springfield He was bom March 6, 1921, in Springfield OH, the son of Herbert Ralston and Margaretha Jane (Smith) Phares He retired from Navistar after 20 years service and was a retired Fire Chief of South Vienna Fire Department Survivors include his wife whom he married January 6, 1942, Rose Jeannctte (McCulla) Phares, eight children and their spouses, two sisters, two brothers, 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren. ["The Champaign County Genealogical Society Newsletter", Oct/Nov/Dec 1997, BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Ruth Reed
One Killed Another Injured in Accident
London, OH, Jan 7 - Ruth Reed, 19, was dead today and her brother, Ernest Reed, 21, was suffering from injuries which may prove fatal following a crossing crash last night when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by a west-bound Pennsylvania passenger train.  Miss Reed, the daughter of Frank Reed, a farmer living three m iles north of Mechanicsburg, died a few minutes after the accident.  Her brother was taken to Mt. Carmel hospital in Columbus where his condition was reported as critical this morning.  The car was driven directly into the path of the locomotive the driver apparently being unaware of its approach. [News-Journal (Mansfield, OH) 8 Jan 1928]

Mary Elizabeth (Scott) Ripley

Mary Elizabeth Scott leaves her husband William John Ripley and four children, Amelia Ripley b.1828, James Ripley b. 1830, Samuel Ripley b. 1832 and George Washington Eipley b, 1834 my gr-gr-grandfather. (Sub. by Ruby M. Kelley)

Pansy Mae Secrest
Pansy Mae Secrest, 70, of Simmons Road, Frankfort, died of 6:00 AM Sunday, May 20, 1990, at her residence. She was born April 9, 1920 in Urbana, Ohio Elmer and Rosa Statin Evans. On May 10, 1938, she married Earl Secrest, who died July 19, 1965. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Maxine) Newman, Mrs. Mac (Janet) Lambert, Mrs. Bo of (Doris) Phillips, Columbus and Mrs. Juanita Dexter, Logan, Ohio. She was predeceased by one daughter, Hazel Estep; two brothers, Ralph and Carl Evans; and one sister, Helen Patrick. Mrs. Secrest was a retired nursing assistant for the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Chillicothe. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the Fisher–Anderson- Ebright Funeral Home, Frankfort, with Rev.Elza Goodman officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends may call 5 to 9 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. [Chillicothe Gazette. May 21, 1990. Submitted by Carla Mascara.]

Calvin James Ward
Calvin James Ward, 84 of Urbana, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Vancrest of Urbana. He was born October 7, 1926 in Mad River Township, Champaign County, the son of James and Ora (Bishop) Ward. He was a life long resident of Champaign County. Calvin served his country in the United States Army. He retired from United Board & Carton in 1970 with 26 years of service. He assisted with Helping Hand Mission and the Christian Messenger Mission. Calvin enjoyed gardening & planting trees; he truly had a green thumb. He is survived by a step daughter, his brother, his sisters, and numerous nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Evelyn Ward, his sisters, Dorothy Siegenthaler and Norma Nicholas and his brothers, Paul & Roland Ward.  [March 2011, Submitted by Helen L. Smith Hoke]

Isaac Zimmerman
Death is still doing its work in the west end the last victim being that of Mr. Isaac Zimmerman, of the vicinity of Wiant’s mill. Mr. Zimmerman was of German descent, and was born in the vicinity where he died. He was an honest, industrious man and had accumulated considerable property, both real and personal. He was twice married and leaves a family of eight children. [News from Concord Township, June 28, 1877- PT - Sub by FoFG]


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