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Sarah Ralph
Mrs. Sarah Ralph, wife of Mr. Obadiah Ralph, of Morgan township, died very suddenly on last Saturday. She was a lady, and commanded universal respect. She was about seventy years of age. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 11, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]
DIED. -- In Morgan township, Gallia county, Ohio, February 3d, 1875, Mrs. Sarah Ralph, wife of Obadiah Ralph, in the 71st year of her age. Mrs. Ralph was a true christian woman in faith, spirit and deed. Her's was a gentle and patient, generous and self-forgetful spirit. She and her husband lived together in harmony and peace over fifty-two years, and when she was called away from the labors of earth to the rest of heaven, she left behind her a numerous posterity and a blessed memory. M. R. M.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 11, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Christopher Randall

DIED---In this town on Tuesday last, after a short illness, Christopher Randall, aged about 40 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 04, 1855 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Jane Randall
DIED. -- In Gallipolis township, April 6, 1876, Mrs. Jane Randall, widow of the late Christopher Randall, aged about 68 years. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 13, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

DIED. -- Mrs.
Jane Randall was born in New York City March 5th, 1815, died April 6th, 1876, in Gallipolis, Ohio. She was a widow for several years. When about 17 years of age she began to live a religious life, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. So far as I know, her Christian course has been commendable. Her children feel they have lost a kind and affectionate mother. For many years she has suffered very much, but all was endured with submissive patience. Her end was peaceful, and we trust her home is now in heaven. B. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 27, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Charles Rees
DIED. -In Rodney, 26th ult., Mr. Chas. Rees, in his 82d year. He came to this country in 1830, from Wales--joined the M. E. Church in Centerville, in 1836. In 1858 he became a member of the Free Will Baptist Church. He is in the hands of Him who doeth all things well. H. L. WHITEHEAD.
Mr. Charles Rees, whose death is published elsewhere, was a soldier under Napleon, and was in the battle of Waterloo.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 07, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Ann Reese
DIED. In Raccoon township, May 29th, 1875, of consumption, Mrs. Ann Reese, wife of Mr. David Reese, aged 25 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 17, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Edwin Regnier
DIED---On Sunday morning, about 2 o'clock, Edwin, youngest son of the late Julius Regnier of this place, in the 4th year of his age. "Ere sin could blight or sorrow fade, Death came with friendly care; The opening bud to heaven conveyed, And bade it blossom there." L.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 01, 1855 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Nancy Reily
Mrs. Nancy Reily died in this city, Thursday evening last, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Rachael Hannan, on Third street. It is well authenticated that Mrs. Reily would have been 102 years of age on the 20th of February next. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Wilson Dickey, who is 78 years of age. Messrs. J. M. & Chas. Smith are great-grand-children, and there are great-great-grand children, the offspring of Mr. J. M. Smith. The old lady was of Scotch descent, and showed remarkable viror until she finally succumbed to change of air, water, etc. Her remains were taken to East Liverpool, O., for burial.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 22, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Mr. J. Richards
DIED---On Saturday evening of cholera morbus, after a few hours illness, Mr. J. Richards, watch maker, aged about 55 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 31, 1855 May 31, 1855 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Jacob Rife
Death has been in our midst, and surely Addison township has been severely visited this winter and spring. On the 9th the funeral of Jacob Rife was preached by Rev. Wm. Fulton at the Town-house, to the largest congregation ever at a funeral in the township. Mr. Rife was married, and leaves a wife and two small children. (extracted from Addison Items)
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 20, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Joseph Nelson Rife
DIED. RIFE---On the 29th of Dec., 1875, Joseph Nelson Rife, of consumption, in the twentieth year of his age. Though young and much beloved by all who knew him, he was ready and willing to exchange the sorrows of earth for the joys of Heaven. His sufferings have ended in joy--his weariness in rest, and this sweet consolation calms the sorrow of our aching hearts.
"Oh, how sweet it will be in that beautiful land, So free from all sorrow and pain, With songs on our lips and with harps in our hands--To meet one another again."
Funeral sermon on the 30th, by I. Z. Haning.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 13, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Stephen Rife
DIED. In Morgan Tp., Nov. 10th, 1880, Mr. Stephen Rife, in the 37th year of his age. His disease was consumption with which he lingered many months. He bore his affliction with christian patience. He leaves a wife and two little boys to mourn their loss, but his life and triumphant death is their consolation. W. J. FULTON.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 2, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

James Riggs
Mr. James Riggs, of Clay township, one of our prominent citizens, and a good man, died at his residence on the 15th of July.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, August 4, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

James A. Riggs
Dashed to Death.---The Pilot, published at Irwin, Gunnison county, Colorado, brings us the particulars of the tragic death of James A. Riggs, son of Mr. J. A. Riggs, and grandson of the late James Riggs, of Clay township, this county. In a prospecting tour, the young man was carried by his daring to the very edge of a mountain cliff, with a descent of between six and seven hundred feet, when the rock gave way beneath his feet, and he was precipitated to the bottom, mangled and dead. The body was recovered and buried by kind hands and loving friends. The deceased was a bright, promising youth of nineteen years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, August 5, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Joseph Rightly
DIED. Saturday afternoon, June 5th, 1880, at 2 o'clock, at his residence on Second street, in this city, Mr. Joseph Rightly, of Consumption, aged sixty-one years.
A tie to earth has been rent in twain, But while our hearts are riven, There's one more link in the golden chain, That binds us each to Heaven.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 24, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Mrs. Poly Riley (nee Shoemaker)
Mrs. Poly Riley, an old lady, lived alone in a cabin on the farm of her brother, Wm. Shoemaker, in this township. On Friday morning, 30th ult., her lifeless body was found lying in the door of her miserable home. The circumstances of her death, as we gather them, are truly horrible. It is supposed that she drew her straw tick up in front of the fireplace, on Thursday night, to sleep, and during the night it took fire. In her terror and pain, she rushed from the house, tearing the ground with her burning hands, grasping trees and stumps, and rubbing against the side of the house, all of which was plainly shown by the particles of charred flesh adhering to those objects, and then, finding escape from death impossible, threw herself half way into the house where she was found, with the fire smoldering under her yet. A note for $200 and a small amount of money was found in the back part of the room. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 06, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Leona D. Roach
Leona D. Roach, 74, Bradenton, died Nov. 5, 1996.
She was born Feb. 1, 1922, in Gallia County, Ohio, and came to Bradenton 19 years ago from Beavercreek, Ohio. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Dalene Kronus of Anna Maria; three sisters, Jean Carter of Bradenton, Wanda Bowersock of Logan, Ohio, and Audra Brown of New Lebanon, Ohio; a brother, Ralph Saunders of Logan; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, is in charge.
[Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - November 7, 1996]

Simeon Roach
DIED -- April 12th, 1876, Mr. Simeon Roach, an old and much respected citizen of Gallia county, of dropsy of the heart, in the 73d year of his age. He was born in Burkley county, Va., in 1803, and moved to Ohio in 1828. As he drew near to the swellings of Jordan, he took his friends by the hand, one by one, and bade them meet him in Heaven. This, together with his 53 years of church membership and exemplary christian life, assure his friends of his hereafter to the Church Triumphant on High. H. L. W.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 27, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Ann Robinson
DIED. In Guyan township, Aug. 17th, 1875, Mrs. Ann Robinson, in the 52d year of her age.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 23, 1875 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Joseph A. Robinson
--We were pained to hear last week, Wednesday evening, of the death of Mr. Joseph A. Robinson, son of Jonah Robinson, of this county. The particulars, so far as we have learned them, are that Mr. R. threw himself from the wharf boat at Wellsville into the Ohio and was drowned. Mr. R. was a young man of about twenty-seven years of age, and had married, about a week previous to drowning himself, a young lady of this county and immediately left for Wellsville, where he had arranged to open a public house. A short time previous to his marriage he was thrown from a horse and received some injury on the head, which may have affected his reason and lead to his untimely end.
[Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 23, 1851 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Christena Rodgers
DIED. -- Near Gallipolis, O., May 15th, 1876, Mrs. Christena Rodgers, in the 57th year of her age, of cancer. Her sufferings were quite severe for years, but she knew how to cast her burden on the Lord, who gave her comfort amid deep affliction and glorious triumph in the hour of death. She passed away while her friends were singing the Hymn, "My latest sun is sinking fast, My race is nearly run," &c. H. L. W.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 25, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

John Rodgers
DIED---At his residence in this county, on the 31st ult., after a protracted illness, Mr. John Rodgers, in the 84th year of his age. Mr. R. was a farmer and resided in this county fifty-three years. As a gentleman and an upright man, he was esteemed highly by those who knew him, and he went down to his grave full of honors and of years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 13, 1855 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Thomas S. Rodgers
DIED---In Gallipolis township, on the 5th ult., Thomas S., eldest son of John A. Rodgers, aged nineteen years five months and seventeen days.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 05, 1861 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Nancy Roe
DIED. In Clay township, Gallia county, Ohio, Feb. 28th, 1874. Mrs. Nancy Roe, aged 66 years, 5 months and 9 days, and had been a member of the Baptist Church 35 years; was a kind mother and affectionate wife, and was beloved by all who knew her.
[long poem omitted][Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 2, 1874 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Reuben Rothgeb
DIED---At the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Daniel Mauck, on Thursday morning last, after a lingering illness, Mr. Reuben Rothgeb, aged 39 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 04, 1855 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Samuel Rothgeb
Death of Samuel Rothgeb.
In November last Capt. Samuel Rothgeb, of Addison township, as was almost his annual custom, loaded a flatboat at his landing with his farm products, chiefly potatoes, for the New Orleans market. He was about ready to set sail when Mr. Wm. Kinder, of Clay township, stepped in and bought his load of potatoes. Capt. Rothgeb decided, however, to go along and dispose of some products that his neighbors had put on the boat, and accordingly left during the latter part of November, accompanied among others by his son George. The next important news received from him was a dispatch coming Friday stating that he died in New Orleans of heart disease.
From Mr. S. V. Rothgeb, a cousin who was at New Orleans at the time of his death, we gather these facts. He died on the flat-boat when it was lying at Flat-boat Landing, near Thalia street, about one o'clock Thursday morning. Wm Kinder, James Kinder, Daniel Trichler, his son George, his cousin S. V., and a boy were present. On New Year's Day he had a similar spell, and another one, in which he fell down, about a week before his death. On the night he died the boy who slept with him, being awake, saw the first struggle, caught him and called for Mr. S. V.Rothgeb, but before he reached him he had fallen to the floor. His pulse was then almost gone and he expired immediately. He said all along for a week or two before his death that he didn't feel just right, and had a bad color.
His remains were brought home and on Monday were buried at the homestead with Masonic honors, Siloam Lodge, of Cheshire, of which he was a member, performing the services.
Capt. Rothgeb leaves a good landed estate, the fruits of inheritance, economy and labor. His wife died March, 1864. The two leave five children, Mrs. Andrew Randall and Mrs. W. S. Cavin of this city, Edmund, Nettie and George. He was born on the farm he had lived March 4th, 1825, and was a son of the late John Rothgeb.
Capt. Rothgeb was a man generally known throughout the county. He was the Capt. of Co. E. 141 Regiment O. N. G. He was an honest, truthful man, and charitable to all. The poor were never turned away hungry or unclad from his door. He was a man whose ideas were of his own creation, being a man of a vast amount of original good sense. For a long time he had been a valued correspondent of the Journal from Addison. He was one of the unflinching Republicans of Addison. A good citizen has gone, and we, in common with those related by blood to him, will sadly miss him. To his children may his memory and honor be ever bright. (date of death: January 22, 1880)
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 29, 1880 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Hannah Roush
Mrs. Hannah Roush died at her home in this township (Cheshire) on the 26th ult., aged 88 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, March 2, 1876]

Hannah Roush, late deceased, was born in the Shenandoah Valley, in the year 1788, Jan. 1st. She came to Ohio in the year 1802, and has been a resident of this county ever since. She was a member of the Lutheran Church. The services at her funeral were conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 9, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Eliza Rowley
DIED. On the 5th inst., in Porter, O., of acute Rheumatism, in her 16th year, Miss Eliza Rowley, daughter of Isaac Rowley.
Her amiableness of character and innocent cheerfulness which sat upon her countenance, sparkled in her eye and shone in her manner, evinced parental Christian culture, and drew to her many friends, in whose memories she will ever live.
Let the parents and family be assured of deep sympathy from all their friends in this unexpected providence. H. L. WHITEHEAD.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 17, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Elizabeth Ruffner
DIED.- In Ohio township, July 3d, 1876, Mrs. Elizabeth Ruffner, aged 61 years. The deceased was a consistent member of the M. E. Church. She bore her intense suffering with patience, and died in the hopes of a better life.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, July 27, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Emma S. Russell (nee Smeltzer)
DIED. March 8th, 1876, Emma S. Russell, wife of Randall Russell, and daughter of John and Louisa Smeltzer; aged 21 years and 17 days, of typhoid fever.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 16, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

John Rutherford
DIED. -- In Raccoon township, March 16, 1876, John Rutherford, aged 35 years. The deceased was a soldier in the late war, serving four years in the 8th Ohio Company of Sharp Shooters, under Captain Bartain.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 30, 1876 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Lulu Mae Ruh
Ruh Lulu Mae (Kelly) Ruh, age 97, of Whitehall, died July 8, 2004 at her residence. Born June 18, 1907 in Gallia, Ohio to Emmaline and Charles Kelly. She was a member of Westphal Avenue Baptist Church and retired from Boeing. Preceded in death by her son Charles Jr. and daughter Evelyn Winegardner.
Survived by daughters, Mary (Lloyd) Kitzmiller, Juanita (Charles) Dehner, Josephine (Jim) Minkos, and Linda Ruh; 23 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; 21 great great grandchildren; 2 great great great grandchildren; niece, Dorothy Lewis; sisters-in-law, Tommie and Mabel Ruh; and many other extended family members and dear friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at Westphal Avenue Baptist Church, 780 Westphal Ave. Family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday at SCHOEDINGER EAST CHAPEL, 5360 E. Livingston Ave. Interment Eastlawn Cemetery.
[Columbus Dispatch, The (OH) - July 11, 2004]

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