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Roy H. Abel
Funeral services for Roy H. Abel, Massillon formerly of Cambridge, killed Sunday in an automobile-motorcycle accident near Massillon were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the McCracken Funeral Home by Rev. John F. McLeod, of Old Cambridge Baptist Church. Burial was made in Northwood Cemetery. Mr. Abel was driver of the motorcycle which collided with the automobile involved.
[Jeffersonian Cambridge, 14 Aug 1945, pg. 5 - Sub. by Cheryl J Skinner]

Rebecca Aleshire

Mrs. Rebecca Aleshire, 65, died at her home on West Main Street in nearby Byesville, Tuesday at 12:40 a.m. following a two year illness. Mrs. Aleshire was born in Jackson OH, the daughter of John and Nancy Walker but had lived in Guernsey County for 21 years. She was a member of the Lore City Methodist Church. Surviving are the following children; Miss Hazel Aleshire of the home, Mrs. Freda Miller, Byesville, Mrs. Josephine Schruma Cleveland, Mrs. George Brown Cambridge, John and George of Byesville. Brothers and sisters include; John, Lore City, Mrs. Jasper Miller, Kittchel OH, Mrs. Mary Souden, Nelsonville, and Mrs. George Miller Waterloo, OH. Eight grandchildren also remain. The body was brought to the Scott Funeral Home here. It was returned to the home in Byesville, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Mr. Gilhausen, Barnesville, formerly of Byesville. Burial will be made in Bethlehem cemetery near Robbins.
[The Times Recorder, 27 Sep 1944 - Sub. by Cheryl J Skinner]

Sarah Allie
Died at her home near Byesville, Ohio Jan. 2nd 1900, Sarah Allie, wife of Smith Masters aged 34 years 9 months and 9 days. She united with Mt. Zion church some ten years ago, and was a faithful and constant member, much loved and highly esteemed by all.
She leaves a husband, three little children and many friends to mourn their loss. Sister Masters was a devoted Christian wife, a loving, tender hearted mother and a dear and true friend to all her loved ones. Very solemn and impressive funeral services were held in Mt. Zion church conducted by Rev. C. N. Harford, of Granville, Ohio.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian, Jan 11, 1900]

Elizabeth Anderson
Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson, 76, of North Tenth St., died Tuesday October 24,1944, morning at 8 a.m., at St. Francis Hospital, following a long illness which became serious about four day ago. She was admitted to the hospital on Monday. She was born in Jefferson Twp. Guernsey County, daughter of George and Keziah Spur Lanning. She taught school for several years, teaching for eight years in Virginia and for a time in Cambridge High School, retiring in 1919. She was a widow of the late Finley Anderson, who died in January, 1931, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by one brother, P. L. Lanning, Pittsburgh and two sisters, Miss Jenny Lanning and Mrs. Boyd Neel, both of Kimbolton. The body will be taken from the Scott Funeral Home to the home on Tenth St. Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be held there Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Lester S. Evans, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be made in Northwood Cemetery.
[Times Recorder 25 Oct 1944 - Sub. by Cheryl J Skinner]

John L. Boyd
At 4 o'clock this morning death called John L. Boyd, aged 76, highly respected resident of Adams township, and known throughout Guernsey county. Death was the result of heart trouble of which the victim had suffered for many months. With the exception of three years Mr. Boyd had lived his allotted time on the old homestead, having been born there. He was one of the most substantial farmers in the county record, a Republican and identified as elder for many years in the United Presbyterian church of New Concord. Besides a sorrowing wife, two children, W.R. Boyd, of Linden, Idaho, and Rev. Frank Boyd of Cincinatti, survive, together with one brother, D.K. Boyd of Kenton. Miss Maude Duff, a niece, who has always made her home with the family, survives also, with legions of sorrowing friends. Funeral services will be held from the home Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.T. Caldwell, assisted by Rev. John Spear, with burial at Pleasant Hill cemetery at New Concord. [The Republican Press; August 5, 1909; Sub. by Teresa Haines Rigney]


Francis Braninger
Francis Braninger died at his residence in Birmingham, Guernsey County, Thursday morning, November 7th, 1895, in the 78th year of his life. With the death of "Uncle Frank," as he was familiarly and widely known, Guernsey County loses one of its pioneer citizens, and Birmingham its oldest inhabitant. Born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, his father's family removed to this county, settling on a farm near Birmingham, when he was five years old. At an early age he was apprenticed to James Rosemond, with whom he learned the saddlery and harness trade. After his apprenticeship, for some years he did journey work in several of the principal towns of this state and West Virginia. Tiring of this he returned to Birmingham and at the age of twenty-eight years married Miss Jane P. Snyder. He opened a shop of his own, which he continued successfully for forty years, after which he retired from active business, but for a number of years held an interest in the general mercantile business of Braninger & Severns. His wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters, survive him, and all were present at the funeral except Jacob, whose sickness at his home in the far west prevented his attendance. Two children, Adda and Eli, died in youth; and the sons all settled in farms in the west, Jacob, Rolland and Clayton, near Marysville, Missouri, and Alfonzo, near Waterloo, Iowa. The daughters, Mrs. W.B. Severns and Misses Alice and Emma, reside in Birmingham. Mr. Braninger was a close observer, a man of sound judgement, of frugal habits, a quiet, peaceable citizen.  
[Cambridge Jeffersonian Date: Nov. 1895 - Sub. by Tom Severns]

Calvert (child)
A little child of John Calvert, Cambridge, Guernsey County, was fatally scalded on the llth by pulling a tub of boiling water over on itself.
[Source: The Highland Weekly News, (Hillsborough, Highland County, Ohio), December 20, 1882, Transcribed by Jeanne Hall]

John Brislen
The funeral of the late John Brislen, who died in St. Anthony's hospital, Columbus, was held Saturday at 10 o'clock in the St. Benedict's church, services conducted by Rev. Father McCoffrey. The services were attended by the local lodge of the American Federation of Labor and the G.A.R. post besides a large number of relatives and friends. Burial in Northwood cemetery.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian Jan 18, 1900 - Sub. by Linda Dietz]

Samuel Clark
Samuel Clark, a well known and highly respected citizen of Brush Run, Liberty township, while walking along Wheeling avenue in front of Love & McDonald's grocery store, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., suddenly dropped to the pavement and before anyone could reach him, was dead. Dr. O.A. Frame, who was passing by, was hurriedly called but when he reached the side of Mr. Clark pronounced him dead and the cause as heart disease. The remains were carried into Love & McDonald's store and Coroner Yeo notified.
Mr. Clark was about seventy years of age and leaves a wife and large family to mourn his death. About three weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Clark celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. One of the sons, Marion Clark, lives in this city, and was at once told of the death of his father by telephone. The other members of his family are James, of Coshocton; Joseph, Robert, David, and Mrs. S. Anker, who all live in the west; Campbell Clark, of Knox township. One son, William, is dead. The deceased was born in Ireland but came to this country when a boy with his parents.
Mr. Clark was an uncle of Mrs. Homer Piatt, of Highland avenue, this city. He came to Cambridge this morning for the purpose of visiting his niece and while on his way to her home from the depot, in passing George Erven's house, was suddenly overcome and sank to the pavement. He was picked up by men who were passing by at the time and in a few minutes recovered, refusing the offer made by a citizen to go into his house and rest for a while, saying that he then felt all right. He spent a short time at the home of Mrs. Piatt and then started down street arriving in front of Love & McDonald's store when he was again overcome and fell to the pavement. It was learned from relatives that Mr. Clark had been subject to such spells for the past ten years.
The remains were removed from Love & McDonald's store to the undertaking establishment of H.F. McDonald on East Wheeling avenue and after being prepared for burial were removed to the home of his son, Marion Clark, on North 3rd street.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian April 21, 1904 - Sub. by Cindy Clark]

Jonathan Dickson
Cambridge, Oct 18- Jonathan Dickson, 84, is dead here.
[Plain Dealer, Oct 19, 1918]

Jacob Ferbrache
Jacob Ferbrache, said to be the first white child born in Cambridge township, Guernsey county, died on Wednesday of last week, aged 76 years. Belmont chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 22 May 1884


Mrs. Samuel Garber
Salesville - Mrs. Samuel Garber died and was buried Saturday.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan 3, 1901]

Lewis Gladman

The remains of Lewis Gladman, who was killed in the mines at Pleasant City, on Saturday, were brought to the home of his grandfather, James Voorhees, near Elizabethtown, on Sunday and buried on Monday evening.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan 3, 1901]

Jonah George
Jonah George, one of the oldest citizens of Washington tp., Guernsey county, died last Wednesday, from the effects of a paralytic stroke, aged 83 years.  [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 11 Sept. 1884]


James J. Grimes
Grimes, James J., Cambridge, O., Nov. 26, ae. -. At a meeting of the members of the bar and officers of court, it was resolved, - " That we feel deeply sensible of the loss which the profession and society have sustained in the death of brother Grimes, that we will cherish the memory of the deceased as a member of the bar, as a man and citizen endowed with excellent qualities of mind and possessed of noble traits of character."
[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.]

Gideon M. Hamilton
Gideon M. Hamilton, a former well known citizen of Smith tp., died at his home near Washington, Guernsey county, on the 2d inst., from lung fever, in the 69th year of his age.  [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 26 June 1884.]


Mrs. James Hanna
Mrs. James Hanna, of Middlebourne, Guernsey county, died on Monday of last week. Sue had been suffering from toothache, and with a string pulled out the offending member and bled to death, although three physicians tried all remedies for stopping the blood. [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 22 May 1884]


Rosa Milicent Arnold Hill
The subject of this sketch, Mrs. Rosa Milicent Arnold Hill, was daughter of the late Caleb and Phebe Arnold. She was born at the home south of Spencer's Station, May 7, 1864. Her passing was on the morning of January 5, 1919.
The Arnold family moved to Quaker City a good many years ago. There were five Children in this home. Those now surviving are Mrs. G. C. Dotson, of North Baltimore; and Mrs William Wilcox, of this city.
In early life the deceased taught school and for two years at and near North Balimore taught painting with success. She was also well versed in current events. A few years ago Miss Arnold was married to John W. Hill, of Buffalo, who died a few years later. In later years she had chosen to live to herself in hermit fashion, and disease no doubt fastened itself more easily upon her.
The funeral services were held at 2 o'clock on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. O. Morris. The interment was made in the family lot in Green Lawn Cemetery.
[Date: January 5 1919 - Sub. by Eileen Kozman]

George Hoech
George Hoech, a former tailor and well known citizen of Washington, died in Cambridge in the 31st of May and interred in the Washington cemetery June 2nd. His widow and children and a number of friends and relatives accompanied the remains.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian June 7, 1900 - Sub. by Linda Dietz]

Mrs. Frank W. Hope
Cambridge, Feb. 1 - Mrs. Frank W. Hope, 34, died at the Keenan hospital, this city, following a short illness.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 2, 1917]

Mrs. B. F. Johnson
Cambridge - Funeral of Mrs. B. F. Johnson, was held Jan 5, at 1 o'clock. Burial in Northwood cemetery.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan. 11, 1900 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Rev. S.M. Hutchinson
Rev. S.M. Hutchinson, pastor of the U.P. church, at Washington, Guernsey county, died on Monday of last week, or erysipelas.  A week previous to his death he was in the active discharge of his ministerial duties. [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 23 July 1874]


John H. Johnson
John H. Johnson, 55, farmer, Pleasant City, Guernsey county, died of injuries received when kicked by a horse.  [Fulton County Tribune. (Wauseon, Ohio), 25 April 1919]


Martha Eaton Johnson
Mrs. Martha Eaton Johnson died at her home, 218 Woodworth avenue, Cambridge, Wednesday afternoon Jan. 3, 1900 aged 34 years.
She was born and grew to womanhood in this county and was united in marriage in 1886 with B. F. Johnson and for some years resided in or near Kimbolton and during the past five years have resided in Cambridge where Mr. Johnson works at the carpenter trade.
To them were born four children, Leona, aged 12, Wilbur 9, Carrie 7 and Winfield 6 years.
She united with the M. E. church in youth and in April of 1899, with her husband and daughter, became a member of the Baptist church in Cambridge. She took a special interest in the work of West End chapel and was faithful and influential, especially in the Sunday school and Junior work. Her influence was great and her efforts crowned with success.
She was quite well educated and for some years was engaged in teaching school, in which she was very successful. She will be greatly missed by her friends and associates to whom she endeared herself by her sweet disposition and intelligent conversation. A profound sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and children.
Funeral services in the Chapel Friday at one o'clock afternoon, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. L. B. Moore.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian Jan 11, 1900]

Nancy Lawrence
Mrs. Nancy Lawrence died at the home of her son, Allender Lawrence, in the vicinity of Pine Grove school district on Saturday Dec 22nd 1900, in the 91st year of her age. She was the widow of the late Peter Lawrence; her illness was of only five days.
She is survived by two sons Alex and James of Cambridge. James was telephoned for on Saturday but did not arrive until after her death. Funeral services were held on Sabbath in the U. P. church in Antrim conducted by her pastor Rev. Mr. Alkin.
The funeral of Mrs. E. J. McIlyar on Sunday afternoon was largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. The officiating clergymen were her pastor, Rev. R. B. Pope, and Rev. C. E. Bryer, of the Episcopal church, of which deceased was a member before she emigrated from Guernsey Island. Each made suitable and impressive remarks and the choir sang appropriate funeral hymns. The floral tributes were expressive of the esteem in which the donors held the deceased and were very beautiful. The pallbearers were R. H. Dilley, W. J. Lewis, Walter Evans, E. E. Smith, Robert Ford. and John McCartney. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and daughters.
The funeral of Mrs. W. E. Boden on Friday afternoon was very largely attended by sympathizing friends and neighbors. The spacious residence was filled in all rooms and the evidence of profound grief was manifest. The exercises were brief and simple, consisting of scripture reading by Rev. Dr. Pope, psalms by the choir, prayer by the Rev. Tho D. Edgar, a short and very earnest address by the Rev. Dr. McFarland and the Rev. Thos. C. Pollock. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, assuming every shape that the artistic taste of loving friends could design. Each one represented some interest with which Mrs. Boden or her family were connected. The attendence was one of the largest ever held in a private residence in Cambridge, thus indicating the general esteem in which the deceased was held. Her life was so pure, so earnest so industrious and self sacrificing that all who her, of knew of her, admired her beautiful character. The pallbearers were W. V. Garvin, J. M. McKitrick, W. Craig and T. W. Scott. Interment in Northwood cemetery.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian Jan 3, 1901]

Mary Laskey (1870 - 1941)
A serious illness lasting two weeks caused the death of Mrs. Mary Laskey (71), widow of John Laskey, at the home i nKipling at 3 a.m. Wednesday. A resident of Kiplng the past 25 years, she was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lore City, and the National Slovak Lodge at Kipling.
Three sons, George and Andy of Canton, and John of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Anna Trubisky, Kipling, Mrs. Sue Buch, Canton, and Marian of the home; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Mike and John Kerestes, Caldwell; and one sister, Mrs. Susan Knitts, Czechoslovakia survive.
Brief funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the home in Kipling and additional services will be conducted at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lore City, by Rev. Father Pekalla. Burial will be made in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Byesville. The body was taken to McMillen Funeral Home and will be returned to the home Thursday afternoon.
[unknown newspaper, c. 1941 - Sub. by Laurie (Buch) Russo]

Edna Barnes Lockman
Mrs. Edna Barnes Lockman, 22, died May 8, in Cambridge, Ohio, after only a few hours illness. She was the wife of Pfc. Loren N. Lockman of the U.S. marines, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Lockman, Neillsville, R2. She was formerly a marine, having enlisted in 1943 and received an honorable discharge in November, 1944. On May 19, 1944, she was married in California to Loren Lockman, who is now in service in Okinawa. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon and burial took place in Cambridge.
[Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 17 May 1945 - Sub. by MZ]

Catharine McCormick
Mrs. Catharine McCormick, an  old landmark of Guernsey county, died on Sunday of last week, at Salesville, aged 92 years. [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 10 July 1884]


Alexander McCracken
Pioneer Banker Dies.
Cambridge, O., Feb 7 - Alexander McCracken, 99, pioneer banker of Guernsey county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A.A. Taylor.  He helped build the old National pike. [The Democratic Banner. (Mt. Vernon, Ohio), 10 Feb. 1914]


Charles W. McMillan
FINANCIAL WORRY CAUSE OF ANTRIM MAN'S SUICIDE
Charles W. McMillan, 65, well know farmer of Guernsey County, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, by shooting himself in the head in his home near Kansas Schoolhouse, between Antrim and Middlebourne. Despondency was the cause.
Nerves shattered through worry over financial reverses suffered recently is supposed to have caused him to become temporarily deranged and prompted the act.
Mr. McMillan had some time ago invested money in securities which failed to furnish returns expected. The loss from the investment is said to be nominal and should not have been considered so seriously. Following the investment failure, a large sheep barn on the McMillan Farm was destroyed by fire. Recently it was replaced and Tuesday night the new barn was consumed by flames. A short time before the fire was discovered, Mr. McMillan was seen to enter the barn. Wednesday his mental condition was noticeably distressing and caused deep concern to members of the family. Wednesday afternoon members of the family came to Cambridge to confer with authorities about the condition of Mr. McMillan, but they received word of the tragedy before returning home. During the afternoon Mr. McMillan was in the bedroom in company with his wife. While Mrs. McMillan was engaged with work, he took a 25 calbre rifle and threatened to shoot himself. Before his wife had time to reach his side, Mr. McMillan pressed the weapon against his forehead and pulled the trigger with his right hand. The bullet entered his forehead and came out the back of his head. Death resulted almost immeadiately. Mr. McMillan was a prosperous farmer, a good neighbor, and his tragic death caused deep sorrow to his many friends in the community. His widow and four children, William McMillan of the home; Oscar McMillan, who lives on the home farm; Mrs. Emma Masters, who lives near Lorain; and Mrs. Lizzie Harris of Lorain, survive. Funeral services were conducted at the family home Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Interment was made at Salt Fork Cemetery.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian. Date: 1923 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. George Moore
Mrs. George Moore, of Zanesville, died at Byesville, her former home, Tuesday after a short illness of nervous spinal trouble. Deceased was a daughter of Nathan Smith, formerly of Byesville, but now residing in Zanesville. She leaves a husband and two sons to mourn her death. The remains were brought here last evening and taken to Zanesville for burial.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian June 7, 1900 - Sub. by Linda Dietz]

Joseph Morris
Joseph Morris, aged about 80 years, a prominent coal operator, died Monday at his home in Post Boy. Deceased was well known in this city. The funeral will be conducted at 10 o'clock Wednesday.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan. 18, 1900 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Morris Morton
Morris Morton, ex-Commissioner of Guernsey county, died on Monday, aged 66 years.  He was the father of Prof. W.H. Morton, well known in this vicinity. [Belmont chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 26 June 1884]


John B Mustard

John B Mustard died May 20th, at 11:30 o'clock after a protracted illness of consumption. He was aged about fifty-five years. He was the son of the late John Mustard, a former well known business man of this city. The funeral services were conducted the 31st at 1 o'clock p.m. at the residence, 31 Woodlawn avenue.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian June 7, 1900 - Sub. by Linda Dietz]

Samuel W. Neal
Aged Citizen Dead
Sayre, Okla., March 3 - Samuel W. Neal, a native of Guernsey county, Ohio, died yesterdy at the home of his son, H.A. Neal, in this city. He was in the Union army during the civil war, serving in the 30th Indiana volunteers. He leaves a widow and three sons. [The Guthrie Daily Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), 03 March 1908]


Nancy Norris
Mrs. Sarah Dunn, relict of the late Caldwell Dunn, died on Monday of last week, from dropsy of the chest, aged about 67 years. Nine children, four sons and five daughters, are bereft by her death. She was a much esteemed lady and her death casts a gloom over the community in which she resided. The funeral occurred on Wednesday. Two days later her sister, Mrs. Nancy Norris, of near Washington, Guernsey county, died after a few days' illness from liver trouble, at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Robert Boyd, in Union township, aged 77 years. Both interments at Morristown.  [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 17 May 1888]


Peter Ozier
Peter Ozier, one of the pioneers of Guernsey county, died at Cambridge Tuesday of last week, aged 82 years.  [Belmont chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 15 Oct. 1885]


Edward G. Urban
Cambridge - Funeral services were conducted Tuesday for Edward G. Urban.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan. 11, 1900 - Sub by L. Dietz]

William Secrest
Early on Monday morning, Nov. 3rd, William Secrest, a pioneer of Valley township, Guernsey county, O. departed this life at his home near Hartford, aged 85 years, 8 months, 27 days. He was the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Spaid) Secrest, who came from Virginia and located at this place about 1820. His father-in-law was a Hessian soldier, having been brought to this country by the British during the Revolutionary war to fight in the Continential army. He was taken captive at the battle of Trenton and with a number of his comrades colenized in Virginia. Mr. Secrest's life covered a long span of years, but few are granted so many. Not only many years, but they were fruitful of much good. So now while the days, months, and years are all numbered, the fruit, or much of it, remains to bear more fruit to the lives of others who are blessed by this life.
On September 6, 1854, he was united in marriage with Mary C. Buckley. This proved to be an ideal union and truly blessed of the Lord. They were intrusted with a large family of children and they received and discharged this trust as becometh true Christian parents. There were seven children, two daughters and five sons. They are Noah C., Abraham L., Violet L., married O. F. Hawes of Pleasant City, and died in February, 1909; Otis D. who lived in Newark until his death, October 15, 1904, Emma L., wife of Charles Scott, of near Byesville; George McClelland and James W. The two latter now own and live on the land which formerly composed the Secrest farm. There are also 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The death of the wife and mother occurred on December 12, 1904.
Mr. Secrest has been a lifelong Christian, also an active and influential Christian. Having been baptized in childhood, he united with Harmony Lutheran congregatin in Hartford by confirmation, June 10, 1848, less than six months after its organization. Here he maintained his membership until he was translated to the church triumphant. He lived to see many changes in the personnel of this congregation and without doubt, contributed much toward its religious, moral and physical strength. His connection with the church did not only cover a remarkable life span of years (65) but also active service until the infirmities of later years would no longer permit. Even in his last years, yes, up to the very end, he manifested a keen interest in the work of the church; kept himself informed and expressed great joy and satisfaction in the progress. He was a great help and comfort to every pastor, always doing his part and holding up the hands of the pastor at all times. He set his heart and affections on the work of the Master in the church, never permitting personal peculiarities of pastors to have any hurtful effect on him or his work. His influence was always on the side of right. Who can estimate the value of such a life on the community? All men, especially young men, can see the great value of early dedicating their lives to the Lord, for the span cannot be long if not early begun and certainly cannot begin to do good until it is begun.
Truly this was a blessed life, lived and died in a blessed way. More need not be said for those who did not know him cannot understand and those who did know him find that his life best commends itself.
The funeral services occurred on Wednesday morning. A short service at his home was followed by a service at the church at 10 o'clock. His pastor, Rev. J. Walter Bressler, had charge of the services. Interment in old cemetery, Hartford, beside his wife.
[Unknown newspaper, unknown date - Sub. by Janice Dyer Doran]

William B. Severn
William B. Severn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, February 16, 1844, and his boyhood days were spent in this city.
He came to Birmingham in 1861, having been employed as a clerk for the firm of Craig and Foy, with whom he remained until 1868, when he removed to Westchester, where he established himself in the mercantile business. After a lapse of four years he returned to Birmingham , to become the proprietor of W.B. Severn's General Store in which capacity he was actively engaged until a short time prior to his death, when failing health made it imperative that he withdraw from actual participation in the business which had engrossed his attention for almost half a century.
Mr. Severn united with the M.E. church at Westchester in 1870; later transferring his membership to the Birmingham M.E. church of which organization he remained a member until his death.
He was married on March 27, 1867 to Mary A. Braniger of Birmingham, and to this union the following children were born: Frank R. Severn of Birmingham; Miss Ola Severn of the home; H.A. Severn and J.H. Severn of Colorado, and Mrs. H.A. Whitacre of New York City.
Besides his immediate family Mr. Severn is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Oscar Severn, of Summerton; J.M. Severn and J.F. Severn of Cambridge; Charles Severn of Columbus; Mrs. A.Y. Speck, of Birmingham; Miss Kate Severn, of Cambridge; and Mrs. John Mason, of Indian Camp.
Mr. Severn had been afflicted for some time with a hardening of the arteries. A few days before his death he rapidly grew worse and the family was summoned to his bedside but their tender care was unavailing and on the evening of November 29, 1919, he gently passed from the sleep of life to the sleep of death.
Mr. Severn was one of the most widely known and universally respected men of the community where he had so long resided. His unswerving integrity, unfailing courtesy and genial disposition have won for him the respect and admiration of a wide circle of friends who join the bereaved loved ones to mourn his loss and revere his memory.
Funeral services were Wednesday, December 3rd in the Birmingham M.E. church by Rev. J.C. Wilson of Buffalo, a former pastor and interment was made in the Hopewell cemetery.
[Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian Date: Dec. 1916 - Sub. by Tom Severns]

John Severns
John Severns died at his residence on Gaston Avenue Monday, December 14th, 1891 in the 79th year of his age.
He was born in Preston County, W. Va. in 1812, and when a small boy was taken to raise by his grandfather, William Waller, who was a local preacher of the M.E. church, and had a horse mill known as "Waller's Mill" on the Claysville road. John was apprenticed to learn the hatter trade with Jesse Johnson in Cambridge. After his time was completed he continued in the business, working as a jour or carrying on a shop in Cambridge. He was married to Martha Jane King, daughter of Benjamin King, one of the early settlers of Cambridge, in 1842; she has been dead for a number of years. There is a family of five sons and three daughters, all living. He was for forty eight years a member of the M.E. church, and for many years the sexton. His life was quiet and inoffensive, and one of toil and hard struggle. In his younger years he held some of the minor township offices, and in his politics always Democratic. He filled his days and place well, and rests from his labors.
The funeral services were conducted by Dr. S. Burt and Dr. W.V. Milligan, interment in the Cambridge Cemetery.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian Date: Dec. 1891 - Sub. by Tom Severns]

Julia Sigman
The venerable Julia Sigman, died at her home, two miles west of Cambridge, Thursday, Jan. 11, 1900 at four o'clock, morning, aged 81 years. During the past year she had been failing and suffered with asthma and dropsy, but kept up for the most part and on Wednesday was about all day, retired in the evening as usual, but got up early and sat in her chair, because of the asthmatic trouble, and surrounded by her family, peacefully passed away at four o'clock. She was born in Pennsylvania and united in marriage with Phillip Sigman, and removed to this county and this has since been their home. Her husband was a Union soldier during the war of the Rebellion and died in the service in 1863. The family consisted of eight children three of whom are dead. The living are; Josiah, of Kimbolton; Mary E. Foster, of Cambridge; Anna Finley, James and Thomas at or near the old home. She became a member of the Baptist church in Pennsylvania and soon after her removal to Ohio, united with the Baptist church in Cambridge, April 3, 1852, one year after the church was organized, and has been a very faithful member and sincere Christian ever since. The funeral was conducted in the Baptist church Friday afternoon by Rev. L. B. Moore. Quite a number of friends and acquaintaces of the deceased and resident members of the church attended. Burial in South cemetery.
[Cambridge-Jeffersonian Jan 18, 1900 - Sub. by Linda Dietz]

William Stewart
William Stewart, aged 84 years, a highly respected citizen of Guernsey county, passed away Saturday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at his home at Winerset, following an illness of pneumonia. He was stricken on Monday.
Mr. Stewart recently recovered from a serious illness which left him in a weakened condition. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Winterset M.E. church. Mr. Stewart had lived in the vicinity of Winterset practically all his lifetime and had a wide circle of friends who are grieved by his death. He leaves his widow; two daughters, Mrs. B.A. Souders, of Cambridge, and Mrs. Frank Severns of Birmingham; one sister, Mrs. Robert Tedrick, of Barnesville, and several grandchildren. One son, John Stewart, preceded him in death.
[Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian Date: Feb. 1926 - Sub. by Tom Severns]

Aliss Pearl Trott
Cambridge - Aliss Pearl Trott, aged about 14 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Trott, of Pleasant City, died Sunday, after an illness of pneumonia lasting about two weeks.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan. 11, 1900 - Sub by L. Dietz]

J. Amos Tuttle
Cambridge - The remains of J. Amos Tuttle, who died at the insane asylum in Columbus, Friday night, were brought here Saturday and taken to Antrim for interment.
[Cambridge Jeffersonian, Jan. 11, 1900 - Sub by L. Dietz]

Emerson Von Scio
Emerson D Von Scio was the youngest son of Dennis P. and Martha Von Scio and was born in Oxford, Guernsey Co., November 20, 1866 and passed away in Quaker City, Feb 28, 1934, aged 67 years, 3 months and 8 days.
He came to Quaker City with his father's family in 1884 and was employed in building the Quaker City glass factory. He worked at his trade for 43 years, or unit he retired in 1927. For serveral years he was member of the executive board of the Window Glass Flattener's Union and was one of the most widely known men in that trade.
In recent years he conducted a real estate brokerage business. In 1931 he was elected Mayor of Quaker City and was re-elected in 1933.
On January 14, 1893 he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Marsh of Quaker City, who with their adopted daughter, Mrs. Iris Stubbs, and 3 grandson Jimmie, Ernest and billy Stubbs of Barnesville survive. He is also survived by three brothers: M. W. and Z. E. E. Von Scio of Quaker City and A. M. Von Scio of Utica, OH. He was a member of Quaker City Lodge No. 500 F. and A. M. and Anderson Lodge No. 366 I. O. O. F. in 1931 and 1932 he was president of the Home Coming Association and worked untiringly for its success.
He was a progressive citizen whose influence was always for the improvement and betterment of the community in which he lived. His life was above reproach and commanded the respect and esteem of a wide circle of friends. Funeral Services were held at the home on Saturday afternoon, in charge of Rev. C. L. Wiggins, and interment was made in the Greenlawn Cemetery.
Those from a distance attending the funeral of Emerson Von Scio were: Charles M. Ault of Fairview; Harry Baker, Bert Riggs, Mrs. Miliard Naylor of Cambridge: Mr. and Mrs Leonard Sheffler of Columbus: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Von Scio and daughters Ruth and Margaret, Mrs. Iona Jones, Mrs. Anna Robey of Barnsville.
[Unknown newspaper, Feb 28 1934 - Sub. by Eileen Kozman]

Eliza Walbridge
In Jefferson twp, Guernsey county, June 9, Mrs. Eliza, wife of Dr. Job Walbridge, late of New Hampshire.
(6/19/1817, re-published in "Ohio Source Records" by Ohio Genealogical Society]

William Warnock
Wm. Warnock, one of the oldest citizens of Guernsey county, died last week, aged 96 years.  In his young days he was a great Indian fighter and a hunter.  He was a full cousin of Wm. Warnock, Sr., of Warnock station, who is 84 years old, and a hale, hearty man.  [Belmont Chronicle. (St. Clairsville, Ohio), 21 May 1885]


 


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