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Mrs. A. Eaches (nee Amos)

DIED--In Perry township, on the 1st inst., Mrs. A. Eaches, wife of George Eaches, and daughter of Asa Amos.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Thursday, May 5, 1853 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mrs. William C. Eagle (nee Jones)
DIED. Of consumption, in the 35th year of her age, Mrs. William C. Eagle, daughter of Evan Jones, of Raccoon township, Gallia county, Ohio. She had been failing for months, yet bore her sufferings with such uncomplaining fortitude that many of her friends did not until recently, anticipate a fatal result. She experienced religion at the age of 17, and was admitted to the Baptist Church. Since marriage, she with her husband, became members of the F. W. B. Church at Rio Grande, but she has gone to the church triumphant. Her character from childhood was singularly pure and peaceable, winning numerous friends all along the pathway of life. Modest, gentle, affectionate, quiet and unassuming, she sought not or desired the empty bubble of fame, but with unselfish devotion sought the good of others, and in woman's holiest and most sacred sphere, that of wife and mother, her light shone with unwavering lustre, the remembrance of which is very precious to her bereaved friends. She leaves to mourn a kind and ever faithful husband, a little daughter, an aged father, three brothers and one sister. Her race, though brief, was successful, victory won through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and immortality and eternal life secured. Funeral July 1st, at the F. W. B. Church in Rio Grande. I. Z. HANING. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, July 08, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Lossen Earwood
DIED. -- September 8, 1876, Lossen, brother of Seymore, aged 11 years .[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 21, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Seymore Earwood
DIED. --September 7, 1876, Seymore, son of Nathan and Polly Earwood, aged 6 years. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 21, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Dr. Henry S. Eaton

DIED. At Morgan township, Gallia county, on the 28th of August, 1870, Dr. Henry S. Eaton, in the 60th year of his age.
Dr. Eaton was among our most upright and respectable citizens. He was a practicing physician. He resided on a farm. Was a member of the Methodist Church, and was a Mason of high order. His death transpired in this way: On Sunday afternoon he was as well, apparently, as usual, and was walking in his yard when his wife perceiving something the matter with him, ran to his relief, helped him into the house and laid him down, where he died in a few minutes. He leaves a wife and children to mourn his loss. Community the loss of a good citizen; the church the loss of a worthy member, and the Lodge and Chapter a worthy companion and brother. He was buried with Masonic honors.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 1, 1870 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

James Eblin
James Eblin was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, on Lick Creek, October 19th, 1799. In 1803 he moved with his parents to Ohio, where they settled, and made an improvement on what is now known as the old William Fulton farm on Campaign Creek, Addison township, Gallia county, Ohio. At that early day houses and improvements were few and far between. The family remained here some two years--being sick most of the time with chills and fever, they again returned to Virginia, and in 1812 again returned to Gallia County, O., and settled in Morgan township, on what is known as the school lot, now Morgan Centre, where an older brother still resides. His parents were once quite wealthy for that day, but so many moves and misfortunes had now reduced them to almost poverty and want. Young Eblin remained at home helping his father to clear up and otherwise improve his farm and contribute to the support of the family; his clothing being dressed buckskin pants, hunting-shirt, moccasins and coon-skin cap, until his 19th year when he purchased the balance of his father by giving him a colt and fencing ten acres of ground on the farm. Then he left home and went to work on the Charleston Shoals, on Kanawha, at twelve dollars per month, where he worked six months, spending the winter in hunting. Game being then plenty, he realized handsomely from the sale of pelts, furs, venison hams, &c. The next summer he worked on the turnpike road on New River, Va., at a point known as the Dogwood knobs, at $12 per month. His employer finding him to be reliable in all trusted positions, he was soon promoted to positions more honorable and lucrative. After remaining here some time and having accumulated some money, he returned to Morgan township, O., where he bought and sold several small tracts of land at some profit. When in 1833 he purchased of Mr. Stone, of Harmar, O., two fractions - 524 acres--at 25cts. per acre. Out of which by his economy and untiring industry he made his famous stock and produce farm, for which he was offered $12,000, in 1869. In 1850 he was married to Miss Anna Glassburn, with whom he lived to her death, and by whom he had three children, a son and two daughters, Isaac, Mary and Cynthia. Isaac and Cynthia died when small. Mary, an amiable young lady, is the only survivor. In 1863, he was again married to Miss Harriet Boggs, daughter of the late Judge Boggs, of Gallia county, O.; and estimable lady, a kind and affectionate wife, who still survives him, and keenly feels her irreparable loss. February, 1871, he traded his large farm to Col. William Brown for a small, but most desirable farm and homestead in the rich valley of Cheshire, O., where he resided up to his death--April 27th, 1876, in the 77th year of his age. Mr. Eblin was a true friend, when he professed friendship, had a kind heart, and was an honest man--the noblest work of God. He was borne to the tomb by his Masonic brethren, where his remains were deposited with Masonic rises, in order. May the earth rest gently upon him, and may his spirit find great rest. "So mote it be." W. S. Cheshire, O., May 1st, 1876.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 4, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Clara Ecker

DIED. In Green township, on Monday night, Nov. 15th, 1875, Clara, youngest daughter of Mr. John Ecker, in the 6th year of her age.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 18, 1875 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mary Edwards
DIED. --- At the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Mox Harger, in this city, on Saturday, Jan. 9th, 1875, Mrs. Mary Edwards, in the 87th year of her age. The deceased was a nativeof Scotland, and had been a resident of our city for thirty-seven years. She was a kind old lady.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 14, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Clement Erfurth
DIED. At his residence near this city, of cosumption, on Sunday evening, April 19th, Clement Erfurth, aged 38 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 23, 1874 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mary Errett
DIED. In this town, of consumption, on the 17th inst., Mrs. Mary Errett, aged about 55 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 21, 1855 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Gomer Evans
DIED---On Friday, March 29th, 1863, in Centreville, Gallia county, O., Gomer, son of Daniel T. and Susannah Evans, aged 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.
"Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Thursday, April 2, 1863 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mary A. Evans
DIED. EVANS---On the 11th inst., near Gallia Furnace, in this county, Mrs. Mary A. Evans, consort of Mr. W. R. Evans, aged 24 years and 11 months. The deceased was an estimable and worthy woman.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 25, 1873 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Merrill L. Evans

Behind the scenes efforts remain as Evans' legacy
GALLIPOLIS - A force for the advancement of agriculture and business in Gallia County, Merrill L. Evans was not one to do it for himself, friends and associates said about the longtime farmer, construction company founder and local bank board member.
"Give him all of the credit because he was never one to seek it," former Ohio Valley Bank President and Board Chairman James L. Dailey said of Evans, who died Tuesday in Riverside Methodist Hospital at Columbus. He was 75.
"Merrill worked behind the scenes," Dailey said. "He did so much for agriculture in southern Ohio, but he was never one to seek the spotlight."
Richard Stephens, Gallia County's educator for agriculture natural and resources through Ohio State University Extension, echoed those sentiments.
"Merrill had a lot to do with a lot of things," Stephens said. "He was instrumental in creating the C.H. McKenzie Agricultural Center and was always helpful at the fair.
"His heart was in Gallia County and Gallia County agriculture and this is a tough loss for us," he added. "He had a lot of paths he could have taken in life, but he chose to farm and that about says it all."
At the time of his passing, Evans was owner of Evans Cattle Co. and president of Evans Enterprises.
He began his career in local agriculture as a clerk at the Saturday sales of the Gallipolis Stockyards, then joined Evans Packing Co. in 1955. Two years later, he and George Carter cofounded Carter and Evans Construction Co.
He maintained numerous affiliations over the years and was 1999's recipient of the Ohio Cattlemen's Association Award of Excellence. At the 2006 Gallia County Junior Fair livestock sale, Evans was honored by the fair board for his support of the fair and the sale, going back to the early days of both in the 1950s.
Those efforts left an indelible impression on Fred Deel, former 4-H Extension agent for Gallia County, who said Evans was always there to support agricultural youth and 4-H.
"Merrill was a tremendous asset to our community," said Deel, now director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia. "This is a great loss, especially to the agricultural community. He was instrumental in so many things in Gallia County, particularly the McKenzie Center. He as much as anyone was responsible for making that a reality.
"A lot of people never realized what he did," Deel added. "His work and his contacts made the Gallia County Junior Fair livestock sale one of the premier sales of its kind in Ohio."
Active in the startup of local businesses, Evans served on the Holzer Hospital Foundation Board of Directors for 18 years and the Ohio Valley Bank board, following in his father Emerson E. Evans' footsteps, for 23 years.
"He worked very hard for the bank over the years," recalled Dailey, a cousin to Evans. "He'd been one of my friends all my life. He was one of the great guys and Gallia County's going to miss him."
In addition to his wife, Gallia County Local Schools Superintendent Dr. Charla Evans, Evans is survived by a daughter, Jodie Davis; two sons, Alan and Matt Evans; six grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren and a step-great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Terri Moore; two brothers, Dan and Larry Evans; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jay.
Calling hours at the Willis Funeral Home are 5 to 8 p.m. today, with services set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church.
[Gallipolis Daily Tribune (OH) - September 7, 2007]

Vinton Evans
Vinton Evans, son of John and Mary Evans, was born in Gallia county, Ohio, April 24th, 1829. He was the youngest of ten children, all of whom, with the father and mother, have passed away, save John J. Evans, Timothy and Mrs. Markham.
Eight years ago he went to Kansas, and was married to Miss Sarah Lewis. About four years ago his health began to decline, which continued to baffle the best medical skill of the country, yet anxious to remain with his friends a few years longer, in the spring 1873 he visited the wilds of Colorado, hoping by the enjoyment of its rural scenery he might regain his health, but his feeble health led him to return home, which he reached only three weeks before his death. At 9 o'clock A. M., the 25th of November, he bid adieu to earthly friends. His last request to a weeping wife was that he might be brought back and laid by the side of his numerous friends in the family burying ground. Knowing about what time it would take his wife to reach the home of his boyhood, he requested that on Sabbath, Dec. 7th, his funeral should be preached, and then his remains to be given to his brother Masons and Odd Fellows. The day was stormy, yet a vey large congregation assembled at the house of his brother, Timothy, near Centreville. After the funeral services were closed his body was laid away with Masonic honers, to await the final call of the Master in the Great Day of accounts.
He leaves many friends, a weeping wife--away from her native home--with a precious child, Katy, of six summers, to mourn his loss.
Jackson Standard please copy.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 25, 1873 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Thomas Ewing
Another Pioneer has Departed.
At Ewington, Gallia county, Ohio, May 27th, 1874, Thomas Ewing, aged 86 years, 9 months and 27 days.
Thomas Ewing was born in Bath (now Pocahontas) county, Virginia, July 30th, 1788, was married to Miss Austis Killlison 1810, and emigrated to Ohio the same year; settled in Huntington township, Gallia county, remained on the same farm 57 years, and cleared over 100 acres of the same. He was early trained to the use of fire-arms and the huntsman's art, and known far and near as an expert in each. When he came here this was an almost untrodden wilderness--no roads, mills or bridges, no school-house or place of public worship. The savory meat of the deer, the wild turkey and the bear, with meal pounded in a mortar and baked on a board, served as a rough but wholesome fare for the first few years of his married life. His earnest toil and trusty rifle, furnished abundance to meet the wants of himself and family--seven girls and two boys--all of whom arrived at years of maturity.
He served ten years in succession as Township Trustee, and nine years Justice of the Peace. Always voted the Whig ticket until the demise of that party, since which he has been a staunch Republican. Becoming too old to labor for his subsistence, and having lost the partner of his youth, he, some years ago, sold his farm and moved to Ewington, where he died a christian's death and awaits the resurrection of the just.
He was a man of more than ordinary brain, and retained, in a great measure, the vigor of his intellect to the last. Peace to his ashes. A.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 4, 1874 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

William K. Ewing
DIED.--- In Ewington, Sunday, June 11th, 1876, of consumption, William K. Ewing, aged 48 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 22, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

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