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Death Notices


Samuel H. Callagan
On Saturday morning April 7th Samuel H. Callagan passed away at his farm in Clark County, Missouri. Deceased was a son of the late Benj. Callaghan of the County. He leaves to mourn their loss his beloved wife, one daughter, two grand children, one brother, Levesay Callagan, of this city and Mrs. Martha Hewitt of Indianapolis, Indiania.
He was born February 9th, 1829 in this county near Cross Roads. He was married to Nancy Powers, eldest daughter of the late Hickman Powers, of near Madison Furnace. After this marriage they resided near here until Sept 1855 when they move overland to Clark County, Missouri where they have since resided.
[Jackson Herald, Wednesday, April 11, 1906 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

George Clifford Callahan
Prominent Resident of Wellston is Claimed
George Clifford Callahan, 70, one of Wellston's most prominent residents, business executive and church lay worker, died suddenly at his home there at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Mr. Callahan, executive of the Morrow Manufacturing company at Wellston and former Jackson resident was widely known throughout the county.
Mr. Callahan had worked as usual on Wednesday and fell dead of a sudden heart attack. He had not been previously ill.
Born on a Liberty township farm, he was a son of William and Sarah Gilliand Callahan. He worked at the Chapman Coal company mine and later was manager of the company's store until it closed in 1916, when he became associated with the Jackson Mill and Lumber company, leaving that firm in 1919 to go with the Wellston manuifacturing firm.
In October of 1908 he married Miss Jennie Morrow of Wellston who suravives [sic] and they lived in Jackson until moving their residence to Wellston in 1922.
While maintaining a residence in Jackson, he was an elder in the First Presbyterian church here and continued his church work at the Wellston Presbyterian church, where he was elder, clerk of the session and superintendent of the Sunday School for 13 years. In district church work, he was treasurer of National Missions of the Portsmouth district Presbytery [sic]. Just a few weeks ago he had attended as a delegate at the Ohio Synod of the Presbyterian church at Wooster.
In addition to Mrs. Callahan, he leaves one son, Charles Callahan, an associate professor in the law school at Ohio State university. He also leaves one brother W. G. Callahan of Portsmouth. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Louisa, who died in 1922 at the age of eight; a brother S. O. H. Callahan and a sister Mrs. Robert Rice, both of whom were Jackson residents at the time of their deaths.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the home with the Rev. S. Whilding officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount cemetery here under the direction of Gaskill and King of Wellston.
[Jackson Herald, Friday, July 5, 1946 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

James Callahan
James, the eight months old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Callahan, High Street, died Sunday morning. Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon by Rev. Mitchell. Burial at Fairmount with L. H. Powell, Funeral Director.
[Jackson Standard - Journal, Jackson, Ohio, Wednesday, March 23, 1921 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

James W. Canter
WELLSTON, Ohio—Services for James W. Canter, 88, of Wellston Rt. 3, who died Saturday in Oak Hill Hospital, are to be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rogers Funeral Home.
A native of Jackson County, he was a retired miner.
Preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Iva Belle Canter, he is survived by a foster son, Albert Canter of Wellston Rt. 3; a sister, Mrs. Mary Johnson of Waverly; two brothers, John Canter of Jackson Rt. 2 and Frank Canter of Jackson Rt. 4;
two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rev. Harrv Bininger is to officiate at the services, with interment in Ridgewood Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 tonight.
[Portsmouth Times, Feb 15, 1971, pg 16 - Contributed by: Nancy Downard]

Mary M. Canter
Mary M. Canter, 85, formerly of Carr Street, Jackson, passed away Saturday, Sept 30, 2000, at the Jenkins Memorial Health Center in Wellston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lafayette and Mary Ellen Guthry Hayburn; her husband, John, two children; one brother and one sister. She is survived by the following children: Betty Wyatt, Marie Osborne, Carolyn White, Wesley Canter, all of Jackson; Almeda Morris of Cleveland, Ohio; Nancy Downard and Pearl Canter of Wellston, Ohio; and Mary Clarkson of Greenfield Ohio. She is also survived by one sister, Almeda Rood of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; 42 grandchildren, including one special granddaughter, Brenda Wyatt of Jackson; and 42 great-grandchildren. Friends called on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 at the Mayhew Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11a.m. at Mayhew Funeral Home with the Rev. A.B. Maloy officating. Burial followed in Mt Carmel Cemetery.
[Wellston Telegram, Wellston OH; Oct 2000 - Contributed by: Nancy Downard]

Nancy Canter
Services are Held For Aged Resident
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Nazarene church of Wellston for Mrs. Nancy Carter
(Should read Canter), 71, who died at her home in Main Street,Wednesday. A complications of ailments caused the death of the aged lady. She leaves her husband, Albert Canter and five children.
Burial was made in the Wellston cemetery under the direction of funeral director Clyde Mayhew.
[The Jackson Sun Journal, January 25,1938 - Contributed by: Nancy Downard]

Ray Canter
Ray Canter,60, of Carr Street,Jackson, died Sunday, Dec 18, at Oak Hill Community Medical Center.
He was born in Jackson County on July 31,1934. Mr Canter was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Jackson County Chapter 45.
Survivors include his mother Mary Hayburn Canter of Jackson; his wife Lula Flutz Canter; son Russell Canter ofJackson,two brothers, Pearl Canter of Wellston and Wesley Canter of Jackson; seven sisters; Nancy Downard of Wellston, Betty Wyatt, Nellie Wyatt, Carolyn White, Marie Osborne, Mary Clarkson all of Jackson, and Almeda Canter of Cleveland.
Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Mayhew Funeral Home with Reverend Jack Hughes officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memory Gardens with military graveside sevices conducted by the Disabled American Veterans, Jackson County Chapter 45.
[Jackson Times Journal, Died Dec 1994 - Contributed by: Nancy Downard]

C. F. Cartwright
Services Will be Held In Wellston Sunday Afternoon
Mr. C. F. Cartwright died Tuesday this week in Arcadia, Fla., where he had lived for about twelve years. Previous to going to Florida he lived in Wellston and was a very well known citizen of the community. The body will be brought to Wellston, having Arcadia Thursday and funeral services will be held at the home of his son in that city Sunday at 1:30.
Mr. Cartwright was about 83 years of age and was twice married. His last wife was Martha Heath of Jackson. By his first marriage he leaves two sons and two daughters. Earnest Cartwright of Springfield, Omer Cartwright of Wellston; Mrs. John Brakey, Hamden; Mrs. Austin Arthur, Jackson. By his last marriage two children survive, Mrs. Guy Leon Fort of Ft. Myers, Fla., and C. F. Cartwright, Jr. of Wellston.
[Jackson Herald, Jackson, Ohio, Sunday, August 20, 1927 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Mrs. Happy Cherington (nee Weed)
DIED. Happy Cherington, wife of Dr. James Cherington, and daughter of William and Olive Weed, was born in New York, December 15th, 1807. Mr. Weed with his family came to Gallia county in 1821. In 1831, under the labors of Revs. Elijah Field and Adam Miller, Happy united with the M. E. Church, and professed saving faith in Christ. December 31, 1833, she was married to Dr. James Cherington, and removed to their farm near Centerville, Jackson county, Ohio, and were among the first members that formed the New Zion Class, near their home. She loved to go up to the house of the Lord, but no branch of the church did she love so well as the church of her choice. Her doctrines she greatly loved. Her usages were her delight, and in her fold she desired to work until the Master should release her from labor and take her home to rest. She was an intelligent and devoted christian, but her cup was not free from alloy. Many a bitter drop was there. She had been bereft many years ago of two small children; with confidence she would say "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord."
For forty years, many of the ministers of the Ohio Conference found a resting place at her pleasant home. But her work is finished. It was only a few months before her death that her family and most intimate friends saw any change in her usual good health, but when confined to her room, so rapid was the work of death that more than once, she was found to be unconscious; but when aroused she would speak sweetly for Jesus. She said to her weeping husband and children--Oh! how I love Jesus. To the writer a few months before her death she said--I have an unusual desire for the salvation of my children. Death found her ready and waiting. Near mid-day, August 20th, in her sixty-seventh year, she bid adieu to earth and weeping friends to gaze upon Him that had led her through life's dreary waste. A large audience assembled at her home, and after appropriate services, all that was mortal was laid in the graveyard near where New Zion stood, and where she had worshipped with so many who now sleep sweetly by her side. She leaves a lonely husband and four children to mourn the loss of a kind wife, an affectionate mother. May they all meet her in heaven. M. D. VAUGHN.
[Jackson Standard please copy.]
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.), Thursday, September 3, 1874 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Mary Cherington
CHERINGTON - At Marysville, Union County Ohio, Sunday, September 21st, of heart disease, Mrs. Mary Cherington, aged 74 years. Her remains were brought here and interred at Bethel Church on Tuesday. She was the widow of the late Jefferson Cherington, and leaves nine children, among them being Caleb W. Cherington, Dr. Chas. Cherington and Mrs. Ross S. Watts.
[Jackson Standard, Thursday, October 2, 1884 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Carey Claar
Carey Claar Dies At Home Wednesday Morning
For the second time in about two months death visited the Claar home at Fourmile Wednesday morning and took this time Carey W. Claar. His father, the late William Claar died the latter part of June at the age of 93 years and at the time his son was so ill that he could not attend the burial. He had been ill since May and for a few weeks it was recognized by his family that they had little to build hope for his recovery.
He was 67 years of age and lived all of his life on the farm where he has born and died. Since the death of his mother, his sister, Ella Claar, have lived on the farm with his father and this leaves the sister alone on the old home farm, which has been in the family for almost a century. He was a brother to the well known Claar brothers, W.C. and R.C. clothing dealers on Main street and another brother H.H. Claar lives at Mankato, Minn. A sister Mrs. Jessie Patterson lives in Columbus.
Funeral services were held at the Claar home Friday afternoon conducted by Dr. W. B. Taylor and the burial was in Fairmount in charge of Funeral Director John Thomas.
[Jackson Herald, Saturday, August 16, 1930 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

John Claar
Prominent Farmer and Old Soldier Passes Away
Mr. John Claar, aged 86, for many years a farmer in Franklin township, died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Mercer of Fourmile, following a sickness of several months. Mr. Claar was favorably and long known as a conscientious man. He was an old soldier serving valiantly in the rebellion at the call of his country. His wife preceded him in death, six years ago. To this union were born ten children, all of whom are living.
He enlisted in service for the Civil War, 1864, on Co. I, 172 O.V.I. and was discharged Sept. 3 1864.
Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at the Fourmile church at 10:30 o’clock, Standard time. Interment by undertaker Chas. L. Wood.
[Jackson Herald, Jackson, Ohio, Saturday, February 26, 1916 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Madison Claar
Madison Claar, aged about 80 years, died in Grant Hospital in Columbus, Thursday after having undergone an operation for stone in the bladder. He had been afflicted for many years and had taken treatment from at least 8 physicians. without much benefit. The deceased was one of the best and most favorable known residents of Liberty township and the news of his death caused grief among his many friends.
Undertaker Al Wood was called and went to Columbus Friday to accompany the remains to this city.
[Jackson Herald, Saturday, February 18, 1911 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Ripley C. Claar
Ripley C. Claar, retired Jackson business man, died at Holzer hospital at 1 a.m. Friday from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 87 and had been seriously ill for the past week.
Mr. Claar was a native of Jackson and one of the city's best-known residents. He was the owner and founder of Claar Brother's men's clothing store on Main street.
The store, one of Jackson's oldest was founded in 1891 as Schellenger & Claar Clothing store and in 1897, the late Cranston Claar became associated with the bus iness and the firm assumed it present name. Mr. Ripley Claar retired from active participation in the sotre's operation in 1954.
Prior to entering the clothing business, Mr. Claar taught school for several years and was associated with the Columbus Buggy Co. for two years.
He leaves his wife, Lena Martin Claar, and one sister, Miss Ella Claar of Jackson. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews.
The body is at the Thomas funeral home where friends may call Friday evening. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Allen Huber Sunday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial in Fairmount cemetery.
(The family has requested omission of flowers and suggested contributions to the Heart Fund for those who care to do so.)
[Jackson Herald, Friday, March 4, 1957 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Thomas Cochran
Thomas B. Cochran of Jackson route 4 passed away at Holzer Hospital Sunday at 1205 p.m., following an illness of several months. He was 79.
Born in Indiana, he was a retired farmer and coal dealer. He is survived by his wife, Cora, and the following children; Mrs. Walker Humphreys of Washington, D. D. Thomas W. cochran of Bellefontaine, O; Mrs. Fred Mayer of New Albany, Indiana and Mrs. Larry Lee of Jackson route 4. All of the children were by a former marriage.
Friends may call Monday at the Don Sperry funeral home after which the body will be returned to Indiana for burial.
[Jackson Herald, Tuesday, March 12, 1957 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Mary Elizabeth Davis Canter Colson
Clearly remembered Tippiecanoe and Tyler Two
Had lived during twenty two Presidential Administrations
Wellston, Ohio -- Born soon after the War of 1812, the earthly correct, Mrs Elizabeth Colson was buried Thursday of last week. The funeral services were held at The Free Will Baptists Church in Coalton. Rev R I Farney officiating.
Burial was in the Coalton Cemetery. Elizabeth Colson was 108 years old and was probably the oldest voter in Ohio, at the recent election when she went to the Polls.
She was born in Greenbriar County, Va and her memory went back into distant times when Indians were still hunting on the land and when bears and boars were roaming the forest and hills of the county.
Mrs Colson was twice married, her first husband being Amos Canter and after his death she was married to Jack Colson with whom she lived several years at Coalton. She was the mother of eleven children with whom eight survived, Hannah Morris of Ratcliff, W Canter of Ohio, Mrs John Houston of Oak Hill, Mrs Fannie Abrams, George and Jack Canter of New Lexington.
[Paper Unknown, Jan 1923 - Contributed by: Nancy Downard]

Rufus E. Colvin
The people of Jackson were shocked last Saturday, when they heard that Mr. Rufus E. Colvin had met his death in falling a tree.
It appears that he had contracted with Mr. E. W. Scurlock to cut down a number of trees on the lot of the latter for boards. Saturday morning Colvin and his son were engaged sawing down a tree, and from some cause a limb broke off above and dropped almost straight down. The end struck Mr. Colvin on the heard and he dropped forward. The limb fell in such a way, that the tree fell upon it. Assistance was secured at once and Dr. W. E. Williams was summoned, but the injury to the head was of such a character that death resulted within two hours. The funeral was held Monday, Rev. D. H. Jones officiating. A family consisting of one son and three daughters survive. Mrs. Colvin died about ten years ago. Mr. Colvin was a native of Vinton County and he and Sheriff A. F. Drake were schoolmates together. He married a Jackson County lady, a sister of Mr. Peter Radcliff, was in business in this city for years, held the office of Councilman for several terms and was a citizen without enemies. His children have the sincere sympathy of a host of friends.
[Jackson Standard Journal, Wednesday, March 1, 1899 -
Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Lucille Cooper
Lucille Cooper, age 85, of Route 4 Oak Hill, died February 11 at Holzer Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County December 9, 1903 to Edward Scurlock and Annie (Williams) Scurlock, she was a lifelong member of the Thurman Eastern Star and the Thurman Methodist Church.
She is survived by one son, Edward Cooper, of Oak Hill, Route 4, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Amy Kinsell of Columbus.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kuhner-Lewis Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Durk Elliott officiating and burial in Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
[Jackson Herald, Monday, February 13, 1989 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Cecil E. Costilow
Cecil Costilow, 62, passed away a 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holzer Medical Center of a coronary thrombosis. A resident of Route 4, Jackson, he was born in West Virginia, October 20, 1910. He had spent most of his lifetime in Jackson County and was a mechanic. He was the son of Simon and Victoria McKinney Costilow.
Surviving are his wife, Charlotte; three sons, Earlin Costilow and Rudy Costilow, both of Jackson and Gerald Costilow of Indiana; three daughter, Mrs. Alean Blanton of Columbus, Mrs. Naomi Spires of Jackson and Mrs. Judy Ireland of Indiana, two brothers, Jack Costilow and Bacil Costilow, both of West Virginia; two sisters Mrs. Edith Wright of Arizona and Mrs. Eva Bland of Warren, Ohio
The body will remain at the Sperry Funeral home where friends may call after noon on Friday.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God with Rev. Ralph Wood officiating, followed by burial in the Pattonsville cemetery under the direction of Don Sperry. The body will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.
[Jackson Herald, Friday, August 17, 1973 - Contributed by: Donna Scurlock]

Ronald W. Cottrill, Sr.
Ronald W. Cottrill, Sr., age 73, of Wellston, passed away Friday, May 4, 2007, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson. He was born December 12, 1933 in Hamden, Ohio, the son of the late Herb and Mary Bayes Cottrill. Herb was a graduate of Hamden High School and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a former electrician for the Ohio State University Hospital, and a member of the American Legion Post 371 of Wellston. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his children, Cheryl Stevens-Berry of Westerville, Deborah Howland of Florida, Ronald W. Cottrill, Jr. of Summit Station, Ohio., Marcia McKinley of Columbus and Lawrence E. “Larry” Cottrill of Atlanta Ga.; brother, Ray Cottrill of Columbus; sister, Sharon McDaniel of McArthur; close friend and companion, Sharon George of Wellston; former wife, Kenda Hysell Cottrill, as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Roxane Cottrill and his sister, Kay McManis.
At the request of Mr. Cottrill, his body was cremated. Memorial services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston with Pastor Rob Ervin Officiating. Burial will follow in the Hamden Cemetery with military graveside services by American Legion Post 371 of Wellston.
[The Jackson Times, Sunday, May 6, 2007 - Contributed by: Kenda L. Wyckoff]

Fannie Clendinen
DIED. At Monroe Furnace, Jackson county, June 11, 1876, Fannie, infant daughter of W. S. and Mary Clendinen, aged about two and one half months.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 15, 1876 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]



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