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Sigel Cameron
In New Petersburg, on the 30th October, 1864, after a long and painful illness, Sigel, the fifth son of Daniel and Ann Cameron, in the 21 year of his age.
[The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, OH) Thursday, November 10,1864 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]



Lewis Coffman

Lewis Coffman, son of Lewis and Magdaline Coffman, was born the 22d day of December, 1835, at the place now owned by Sanford Moler, in Clay township, Highland county, O., and died at midnight, April 21st., 1908, age 72 years and 5 months. He was brought up on the farm; his boyhood days were spent assisting his father in clearing the ground and doing other farm work. He had but little opportunity for an education. The free school law was not in force at that time and parents had but little opportunity for educating their children. About all the schooling he got was after he was 21 years of age. He attended for two months the first public school built in this district. Nevertheless, under these disadvantages he acquired a fair business education. He was a great reader and always kept thoroughly informed on the live issues of his time. He was brought up like most of the boys in pioneer days. Their first lesson, when large enough to carry an ax, was to cut down trees, pile the brush and burn it, preparing for next year's crop. When they could get a day off their amusements would be (hunting?) ---or fishing. On Sundays when opportunities -------afford, he would attend church -----ing school. In 1855, during a meeting held by David Thompson at Buford, O., he united with the Church of Christ . He was an active worker in the church until 1897, holding at different times the office of clerk, treasurer, deacon and elder. Then certain innovations, which he believed to be unscriptural, and not with apostolic teaching, was introduced into the congregation. His faith was such that he no longer could be an active worker with these innovations. While his faith in his blessed Master grew stronger, and from his testimony from time to time, we knew he was prepared to meet his Master. He was married to Mary Florence on the 23d day of January, 1862. To this union were born one daughter and two sons. Orrissia B. was born March 6, 1863 , and died at Council Bluffs , Iowa , March 20, 1893 , Thomas C. was born August 2, 1864, and Ozro O. December 12, 1869. They bought five acres of land one mile east of Buford from their brother, William, where they commenced housekeeping and farming. They lived there and farmed on his father's farm until the fall of 1865, selling his 5 acres he bought 60 acres one-half mile north and adjoining his father's farm, afterwards he purchased enough of the home farm to make 125 acres, and there he has lived since 1865. Mary Florence, his wife, died June 24, 1898 . He then sold his personal property and went West to visit his sons and brother, John. This was the only time he ever was away for an extended time, his love for his old home was so great that he soon returned to his farm. On September 20, 1899 , he was married to Lizzie Livingood who survives him. He always took an active part in local affairs. Politically he was a staunch Republican, holding various township offices for more than thirty-five years. His interest and love for the welfare of his country was so great that no influence could be brought to have changed his conviction in what he believed to be right. In his last illness, he realized that the end was near and ---Christian faith for the -----------Master.
[(Clipping was torn) The News-Herald, Hillsboro, Ohio - Thursday, May 7, 1908 - Sub. by Corinne K. Palko]


Clara M. Coffman (Moon)
Barry was saddened Tuesday, June 2, 1942 by the death of one of its most beloved matrons, Mrs. Clara M. Coffman, who passed away at her home at the noon hour. Mrs. Coffman had been in failing health for over two years, and confined to her bed for many months, but she bore her suffering patiently and was happiest when her friends and family gathered at her bed side. She was a faithful worker in the Christian Church in Barry, giving much time and thought to its welfare. During World War I, Mrs. Coffman was a leader in the Red Cross activities here and was also very active in the United Charities of Barry. Clara M. Coffman, daughter of Alva and Delilah Sewell Moon, was born April 21, 1863 in Brown Co. near Buford , Ohio . She graduated from Buford schools and taught music in that community. She was also organist in that community. She was also organist in the Methodist Church there. She was married to Thomas C. Coffman at Buford and they became the parents of three children, Roberta Marie, wife of L. C. Strubinger of Jacksonville , Illinois , Gladys Florence, wife of Ewart B. Knight of Knoxville , Tennessee and Clarence Moon Coffman of Barry. Mr. Coffman preceded her in death February 13, 1938 . In 1899 the Coffman family moved to Barry where they have since resided and taken a prominent part in the city’s business and social life. Mrs. Coffman is survived by her three children; five grandchildren, Carol Ann and Linda Sue Coffman, Corinne E. and Keith C. Knight and Clara May Strubinger; sisters Mrs. Martha Matthews of Buford, Ohio and Mrs. A. F. Moberly of Normandy, Missouri and many nieces and nephews. Six brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock from the residence with Rev. Lee Anthony officiating. Interment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.
[Sub. by Corinne K. Palko]


John W. Coffman
John W. Coffman, son of William and Sarah Coffman, and one of a family of six children, was born in Highland County, Ohio on September 17, 1857 and departed this life July 3, 1935, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 16 days. On January 24, 1883 , he was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Archer. To this union was born one daughter, Bessie, who brought sunshine into their home for about eight years. Their married life was filled with the deepest devotion, each being very thoughtful of the other, and for over fifty years they have been almost inseparable. The celebrated their "golden" wedding anniversary January 24, 1933. He accepted Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Buford Church of Christ in February, 1883, under the ministry of Washington Ruble. About 43 years ago he moved his membership to Hillsboro and placed his membership to the Hillsboro Church of Christ and has ever been faithful in attendance, and a true and loyal member. During his long residence in Hillsboro , Mr. Coffman made many friends, 8 years and acquaintances. He served 8 years as a member of the fire department, and was a member, and was also an employee of the Bells Foundry, closing his work there in 1931. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one sister, Mrs. George Dewitt of Buford , Ohio and a number of relatives and friends. Since 1832 he had been in declining health but was able to be up and around most of the time until the last ten days. While every effort was made to prolong his life, his body grew weaker, and he quietly slipped away in response to his Masters call. And while the hearts of loved ones are filled with sorrow, they bravely strive to say, "Thy will be done."
[Hillsboro, Ohio - Sub. by Corinne Paklo]


Thomas C. Coffman

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Thomas C. Coffman, 73, widely known orchardist, died at his home here Sunday morning, Feb. 13 at about 4 a.m. . Mr. Coffman had been ill for almost six months, and ten days ago suffered a stroke which caused his death. For many years Mr. Coffman has managed the Moon orchards in this community, and in this position became well known to horticulturists and fruit buyers in the Illinois and Missouri territory.

Thomas Clarence Coffman, the son of Lewis and Mary (Florence) Coffman was born Aug. 2, 1864 in Buford, Ohio and grew to young manhood at Buford and taught school there for several years. In 1890 he went to Council Bluffs, Iowa to work for his cousin, who operated a buggy factory. December 28, 1802, he was married to Miss Clara M. Moon at Buford. They lived at Council Bluffs for several years and then moved to Joplin, Missouri, where their two daughters, Roberta Marie, wife of Loraine C. Strubinger of Jacksonville, Illinois, and Gladys Florence, wife of E. B. Knight of Columbia, Mo. were born. They then moved to Barry, Illinois where Mr. Coffman has since made his home and where the only son, Clarence, was born. Mr. Coffman spent almost 40 years supervising orchards owned and controlled by the late John C. Moon and himself, during which time he employed and had business dealings with many men, acquiring an enviable record for honesty and fair dealing. Full of energy and always interested in his work, he was active in the management of his orchard interests until he suffered his first attack last summer. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the family home on East Pratt Street, with Rev. Russell T. Booker, pastor of the Christian Church in Pittsfield, Ill. Burial was made in Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Surviving besides his widow, two daughters and son are three grand children, Clara May Strubinger and Keith C. and Corinne E. Knight; one brother, O.O. Coffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two nephews, Harry Lyon of Engle Rock, Iowa and Arthur Lyons of Omaha, Nebraska, sons of a deceased sister, Mrs. Orissa Lyons. Mr. Coffman had been a member of the First Christian Church in Barry for many years. [Barry, Pike Co., Illinois, February 16, 1938 - Sub. by Corinne K. Palko]



Col. Wm. O. Collins
Col. Wm. O. Collins, during the war commander of the 11th O. V. C., died at his residence in Hillsboro, Oct. 26.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 4, 1880 -- Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Harry Crawford
Harry Crawford, 43, resident of Columbus, died at the home of his brother, Kemper Crawford, Hillsboro Rt. 5, last Wednesday at 10:30 P. M. He had been in ailing health for the past two months. He was born May 25, 1907, at Fenceton, W. Va. , son of Atwell and Miriam Reed Crawford. He had operated an exterminating business in Columbus. Survivors include one son, Warren, of Columbus, and one brother, Kemper Crawford.. Services were held Saturday at 2 P. M. at his brother's home on Hillsboro Rt. 5, with Rev. Chris Van Meter officiating. Burial was in Marshall cemetery under the direction of Wylie funeral home of Sinking Spring.
[The News Herald, Jan 4, 1951 - Sub. by Linda Blue Dietz]


John S. Crumley
DIED.---At his residence in Clay county, Indiana, on the 25th day of January, 1862, John S. Crumley, of Typhoid Fever. The deceased was a citizen of Highland county for over thirty years, and was well known by the old citizens of the county. S. [Gazette please copy.]
[The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, OH) Thursday, February 6, 1862 -- Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]



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