Highland County Ohio
On the 20th of February, near New Lexington, in this county, of Spotted Fever, Jesse, son of Elwood and Mary D. Hallowell, aged seven and a half years.
O! weep not thus, fond parents, For Jesse is at rest: Where sighs no more shall gather Around his gentle breast.
He's now with holy angels, In that sweet heavenly land, And with his infant brother, They'll form one little band. Then weep not thus, fond parents, O! dry those tears once more, Your darling is not lost, But only gone before. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, OH) Thursday, March 3, 1864 -- Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]
Departed this life, on the 16th day of February, 1845, Mrs. Matilda Henley, wife of John Henley, of Leesburg, Highland county, Ohio. In announcing the death of Mrs. Henley, it becomes our duty to speak of her affliction- her Christian fortitude under that affliction- of her standing in society- the respect and influence she had among her neighbors, by her kind and benevolent treatment towards them- of the doting fondness of a disconsolate and heart-broken companion, and a father and mother, who must feel as though there was nothing in this world that is worth living for, and of brothers and sisters and friends, who must no doubt feel that they have been bereaved, and had to part with a relation and friend that was an ornament to society and a blessing and a consolation to all of her female friends and acquaintances. But such is the way of the world and the treasures thereof. Mrs. Henley was a Christian in every sense of the word. To her Maker, she paid the most strict and devoted veneration, not only as duty, but with feelings of gratitude and submission. As a companion, she was amiable, consoling and kind, and was possessed of all those qualities that are so well calculated to smooth the troubled sea of man's pilgrimage whilst he sojourns here below. She has left a companion who had looked up on her with the fondest and brightest hopes of their future happiness and prosperity. But now uncertain are all things here below, and yet our prospects fair. She has left behind her a kind and benevolent father, and a fond and doting mother, to lament the early loss of one whom they had every prospect would be permitted to remain with them. But in this their hopes have been disappointed, and now have to mourn the loss of a kind and amiable daughter, and one in whom they had built the brightest prospects of future happiness. She has left behind a large number of brothers and sisters, and a large circle of relatives, who no doubt mourn the loss of one so worthy of their respect and esteem. She has left behind her a number of fon and motherless children, to mourn the loss of that mother, who, of all others, is best calculated to direct and protect the growing, inexperienced and tenderminded. To them the loss is irreparable and heart-rending. As a friend and neighbor, Mrs. Henley was true, warm-hearted and kind, and all those who knew her best, respected her most. She has therefore left a void in her social circle that will rarely be filled by one so worthy. She was confined to a bed of affliction for something like six months, with what is called pulmonary consumption, of which disease she died. [Daily Ohio Statesman, Feb 25, 1845]
George Hersman, 64, retired machinist who had been ill for the past nine years, died at his home near Hoagland's Crossing Wednesday about 4:30 A. M.
Services will be held Friday at 2 P. M. at the Buntain & Rhoads funeral home, with Rev. C. Meyer officiating and burial following in Dunn's Chapel cemetery. Survivors include his wife. Stella; one daughter, Mrs. Maxine Conley, Dayton : one son, Donald Hersman, Hamilton : two sisters, Mrs. E. L, Jones, Forestville, and Mrs. H. L. Finley, Batavia ; one brother. Verd Hersman, of Cincinnati. [The News Herald, Jan 11, 1951 -- Sub. by Linda Blue Dietz]
The remains of George Hetherington, a member of Capt. D. C. Benjamin's company, 39th Ohio regiment, arrived here by Express, on Monday n ight, from Palmyra, Mo. He died of disease in the hospital at that place. He was a son of Mr. Hugh Hetherington, who lives near Fairfax in this county. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, OH) Thursday, February 6, 1862
-- Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]
Samuel W. Hiestand
Samuel W. Hiestand, 80, died Thursday evening in a Columbus hospital. He had been ill for a long time but had been in the hospital only a few days. The body was brought to Hillsboro Saturday and short services, conducted by Rev. Wayne Snider, were held at the grave in the Hillsboro cemetery. Mr. Hiestand was born and reared in Hillsboro . He was a son of the late Capt. and Mrs. Joseph Hiestand, his father being one of the founders of McKeehan Hiestand Grocery Co. While in Hillsboro he owned and operated a livery stable business. He moved to Columbus about 30 years ago. Mr. Hiestand is survived by his wife, Minnie Mackerly Hiestand, one sister, Mrs. Margaret Reed, of Los Angeles, Calif., one brother, William, of Columbus and three nieces and one nephew. [The News Herald, Jan 11, 1951 -- Sub. by L. Dietz]
Mrs. Georgia Hill, 61, died at her farm home near Rainsboro, Friday about noon. She had been in ill health for several months. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 P. M. at the Rainsboro Methodist Church with Rev. C. S. Thompson and Rev. Clyde Ridall in Charge, burial was in the Beaver cemetery under direction of Evans funeral home. Survivors include her husband, Carl; two daughters. Mrs. James Carey, Hillsboro; Mrs. Thurman Minion, Washington C. H.; one son, Forrest Hill, near Rainsboro; one sister, Mrs. Edna Carman, New Petersburg ; one brother, Russell Bashore, of Rainsboro, and six grandchildren. Her husband is a member of the Highland County Board of Education. [The News Herald, Jan 4, 1951 -- Sub. by L. Dietz]
At Petersburg, Highland county, Ohio, on Wednesday evening the 16th ult., Mr. John Hoke, recently of this borough, was stabbed by a knife in the thigh near the body, which occasioned his death in a short time afterwards, in a reencounter with a man of the name of John Davis, who is, at present, confined in the Jail at Hillsborough, in said county. They were both, at the time the stab was inflicted, under the influence of strong drink. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, January 5, 1830; NP,Sub by FoFG]
Gilbert Holmes, Sr.
Our family circle is at last broken. This is the first death among us. We had all been spared to each other so long that it is hard for us to realize today that this scene is for us. We have dreamed of such scenes in our home, but today is not a dream.
Gilbert Homes Sr., began his earthly life in Ocean County, New Jersey, August 24th, 1814. And gently and peacefully, as if falling to sleep, his spirit took its flight December 4th, 1899, at his home in Hillsboro, where he had been living for more than 20 years. His disease was gradual paralysis.
The subject of our sketch spent his boyhood and early manhood in New Jersey, moving to Highland County, Ohio, with his widowed mother and sisters in the year of 1832. After a while his sisters went to be home keepers in homes of their own, and upon the 2d day of June, 1836, Gilbert Holmes was united in marriage with Anna Hussey, of Highland County, Ohio, who now sadly mourns the loss of the companion with whom she has walked and shared life's joys and sorrows for more than 63 years. In this home the husband's mother was well cared for in sickness and in health until death claimed her. In this home were born five daughters, all of whom are present today to share this great grief with their aged mother. Although a few years ago more than a thousand miles separated us, we are now so near that all five of us were privileged at the last to minister to the wants of our dying father. This husband and father was a man of the strictest integrity. No one dared question his honesty, none his truthfulness. He earned his living by the "sweat of his brow." His occupation was that of a farmer. He was that of retiring nature, thinking not of himself more highly than he ought to think. Known well only by a few, and seeking only thus to be known. And it is only by a few that such persons as these are appreciated. But never will it be forgotten by us, the good advice, the exhortations to straight forward lives, to strictest honesty to truthfulness, which we have heard from the lips of the one who now lies before us. And as this obituary was written the question came up, "What would he want me say?" The answer it seemed to me I could almost here, was this. "If you say anything about me at all, tell the truth. Don't make out better than I am." Although a man of pure life and strictest morality, we have learned from his conversation that he was not depending alone on this life beyond the grave. He was a believer in the Gospel plan and loved to read in the New Testament of the works of Jesus. Therefore at this sad hour we sorrow not as those who have no hope. Funeral services at his late residence Wednesday December 6th, conducted by Rev. M. LeSourd. Interment at Quaker Hill cemetery, near Samantha. [The News-Herald., Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, December 14, 1899, Page 6]
Mrs. Lida Holmes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stanley Morrow, in Leesburg, Monday night. Services will be held Friday at 2 P. M. at the Patterson funeral home in Leesburg, under direction of D. M. Evans Company of Hillsboro. with burial following in Pleasant Hill cemetery. Rev. C. A. Arthur and Rev. William Delaney will officiate. Survivors include another daughter, Miss Ocie Holmes, of Leesburg; one son, Leslie Holmes, Leesburg: one sister, Mrs. Cora George, Chillicothe, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was an aunt of George E. Tolle, city. [The News Herald, Jan 17, 1951 -- Sub. by Linda Blue Dietz]
Mrs. Retha Humphrey, 75, wife of John C. Humphrey, died at 3:15 A M Monday at Mt. Logan Hospital in Chillicothe following a lingering illness. She was a resident of 241 East Pleasant Street, city. She was born in Lawrence County on Oct. 31,1886. She was the daughter of Jacob and Lillie (Myers) Massie, She was a member of the Gold Star Mothers, Inc., of Hillsboro , a member of the WSCS of the Methodist Church here and a member of the Mt. Zion Church . Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Imogene Wilkin, of Dayton ; four sons, Marlin of Hillsboro Rt. 6. Ferman and Ivan of Scottsdale, Ariz., and John B. Humphrey, of Dayton. Services were held at the Rhoads Funeral Home here Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Carl Ling officiating and burial following in Hillsboro cemetery. [Hillsboro Press Gazette, Jan 12, 1962 -- Sub. by Linda Blue Dietz]
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