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Obituaries and Death Notices

Fredie Grant Bay
Fredie Grant Bay, son of Capt. Geo. W. Bay, of the str. City of Ironton, died at Proctorville, O., on the 29th ult., aged 18 months. Being an only son, it is a severe affliction to the bereaved parents.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 14, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mrs. Blagg
Mrs. Blagg, of Ironton, aged 82, born in North Carolina, lived principally in Gallia County, O., was buried in Rome Cemetery, 13th. --[Quaker Bottom correspondence Ironton Register.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 23, 1880 -
Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Henry Blake
DIED--On the 28th inst., at Greenupsburg, Ky., Henry Blake, aged about 55 years, well known as the proprietor of Hecla Furnace in this county.---Ironton Register.
[Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, August 14, 1851 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Marion Bruce
Marion Bruce, a young man about 20 years of age, was killed in a drunken melee, in Lawrence county, last week. Thomas Noble stabbed him, and he died in a few hours.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 18, 1873 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Jacob Bumgardner
DIED. --- At his residence, three miles below Hanging Rock, on Tuesday, the 21st inst., of typhoid pneumonia, Mr. Jacob Bumgardner, in the 79th year of his age. Mr. B. had been a member of the Baptist Church for 33 years, and was one of the pioneer settlers of Southern Ohio.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 6, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Adam Cron
DEATH Claimed Adam Cron Wednesday Night
He Was One of the Oldest and Best Known Citizens of Lawrence County And Is survived By A Family of Grown Children
Adam K.Cron one of the oldest and best known residents of Law-rence county died at 7:45 Wednes-day night at his home on Buckeye creek in Mason township The de-ceased was about 94 years of age and he had been a resident of this county ty for more than fifty years. He was born November 3, 1818 in Virginia and came to this county in the early Fifties. He was married to a Miss Brown and a large family of children was born to them. Five sons, Stephen, Riley, John, Robert and A.P. Cron and one daughter, Mrs. Hughes survive the deceased, the aged wife having passed away some years ago. The deceased was a member of the Regular Baptist church and all his life he was a faithful, consistent Christian, living an upright and honorable life. He was widely known throughout the county and many will mourn his death. He had been ill about one year from the effects of a complication of ailments, due to old age and his death was not unexpected. The funeral services over the remains will be held Friday morning at 10 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. Lunsford. The interment will be in Fairview cemetery.
[Ironton Register, March 21, 1912 - Sub. by Sharon Foe]

T. C. Davies
Mr. T. C. Davies, of Ironton, O., a commercial traveler for a Cincinnati Chemical house, died in Eaton yesterday. His brother, having been notified, arrived in Eaton from Ironton, and his body was prepared and sent to his home. He was a member of the Masonic order, was a Knight Templar and a Knight of Pythias. Members of the latter organization accompanied the remains to the train this evening.
[Source: Hamilton Daily Republican (Hamilton, Ohio) Thursday, 2 May 1895; MZ - Tr by FoFG]

Mrs. Olive Dempsey (nee Langley)
DIED. At the residence of her husband, in Ironton, on Monday, Dec. 1st '73, of consumption, Mrs. Olive Dempsey, daughter of Mr. S. T. Langley, of this city.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 4, 1873 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Samuel W. Dempsey
Samuel W. Dempsey died at his residence in Ironton Friday. He was one of the leading iron men of Lawrence county. Age 68--apoplexy the cause.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 22, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

W. S. Forgey
W. S. Forgey, Esq., Prosecuting Attorney of Lawrence County, died at Ironton last week of kidney disease. The Ironton papers are full of kind remembrances of him. He was at the time of his death engaged to be married to Miss Ella Kerr, daughter of the late Capt. W. H. Kerr, of the steamer Buckeye State. We were well acquainted with Mr. Forgey, and cheerfully second the language of the Ironton Register, which says, "He was of a jolly disposition, and had a kind, cheerful word for all." Rev. J. H. Gardner, in his funeral services, said of him, "He had a kindly word and open hand and a pleasant smile for everybody." Mr. Forgey was big hearted and true; we shall miss and never forget him.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 2, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mrs. Thomas Gardner
Mrs. Gardner, wife of Mr. Thomas Gardner, died at her residence in Rome township, Lawrence county, on the 6th, aged 71 years. Mrs. Gardner was one of the oldest residents of Lawrence county. She had been married over 50 years, and the golden wedding was celebrated about a year since
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 21, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Carrie Gustin
Mrs. Carrie Gustin 86, of Rt. 1, Pedro, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at her home.
Mrs. Gustin was born in Lawrence County, daughter of the late William and Nancy Kingery Stephens. She was a member of the Sovereign Grace Missionary Baptist Church. She married James Morgan in 1907 and he died in 1928. She latter married Charles P. Gustin and preceded her in death in 1960/
Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Merrill (Edna) Bowman of Coal Grove, Mrs. Harold (Virgie) Lewis and Mrs. Harry (Phyllis) Parks of South Point, mrs. Hurley (Thelma Fliehman of Deering, Mrs. Charles (Phyllis) Bridges of Pedro, with who she resided, Mrs. Fowler (Vera) Layne of Ironton, Ralph Gustin of Flatwoods, Fred Gusstin of Jerome, Mich.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lorene Dement of Ironton, Flossie Dement of Jackson, Ella Keaton of Columbus; one brother Charles Stephens of Willow Wood.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Phillips Funeral Home with Rev. Gene McKee and Rev. Merlin Teets officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.
[Ironton Tribune, Abt. 07 Jul 1974 - Sub. by Sharon Foe]

Capt. Samuel B. Hampstead
Capt. Samuel B. Hampstead, of Hanging Rock, died on the 12th. He had been an invalid for several years, suffering from pulmonary disease. He was an enterprising citizen, and esteemed by every one who knew him. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 18, 1873 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Mitchel Hepler

Accident --On Tuesday morning last, Mitchel Hepler, a young man residing a short distance above Ironton, had his skull fractured so badly that it is supposed that he cannot recover. Mr. Hepler went out in company with another person for the purpose of hauling saw logs, and being left a few moments by his companion, was found on his return with his head and face shockingly mangled. He had just fallen a small tree, and it is supposed that a limb fell upon him, thereby causing the accident.
P. S. Helpler died to-day about noon. ---Ironton Register, 13th.
[Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 27, 1851 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Mrs. Walter C. Hood (nee Leete)
We learn of the death, at Marietta, of Mrs. Hood, wife of Walter C. Hood, editor of the Marietta Times. Mrs. Hood is sister to Ralph Leete, of Ironton. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, July 28, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Elizabeth Koontz
DIED. -- January 31st, 1875, at the residence of her son, in Rome township, Lawrence county, Ohio, Mrs. Elizabeth Koontz, wife of John L. Koontz, at the advanced age of 98 years and 8 months, formerly a resident of Gallia county. She was a kind and affectionate mother, and was respected and beloved by all who knew her. Through her sickness she often spoke of going home to live with her blessed Savior, and that she was willing and ready at any time.
Her suffering past, in her last retreat,
Unheeded o'er her silent dust of life shall beat.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 18, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Catharine Kouns

Mrs. Catharine Kouns, mother of Mrs. Wm. Campbell and Mrs. Jas. McCoy, died at Burlington, O., last Thursday, aged about 90 years.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 12, 1874 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Grace Levisey
Miss Grace Levisey, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Levisey, died at Lewisburg, Va., last Tuesday evening. Some weeks ago while at home here, she had some symptoms of the malarial fever which was then prevailing in Ironton, and was sent to the mountain regions of Va. to get the pure and healthy air of that locality, but it was all to no purpose. Sickness came on and she grew worse and worse until she died. Her father was at the bedside at the time of her death. Miss Grace was an excellent young lady, highly esteemed by this community, which receives the news with deep sorrow.---[Ironton Register.
Miss Levisey left here eight years ago with her father's family. She was well known and highly admired for her beauty and gentility. Born here in 1857, she spent the most of her life in our city.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 28, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Geo. Lewis
Fatal Accident.---Last Thursday, near Vesuvius furnace, Geo. Lewis, son of Hiram Lewis, was killed by the fall of a vast quanity of clay upon him while engaged at work in an ore drift.--Ironton Reg.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 09, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Ann Maria Overall (nee Hamilton)
The wife of Andrew Overall died on last Saturday morning, of typhoid pneumonia, after a short illness. Her remains were taken to near Gallipolis, for interment.--Ironton Register
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 09, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]
DIED. -- In Ironton, Ohio, Oct. 15th, 1876, Ann Maria, daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Hamilton, and wife of Mr. Andrew J. Overall; aged 37 years. She leaves a husband and four children, two boys and two girls, together with a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. She was a devoted wife, a fond mother, and amiable and useful woman. She joined the Methodist Church and was converted two years before her death, and lived an ever exemplary and blameless life--ever ready to lend a helping hand in time of need and beloved as she will be missed by all who knew her. Husband, be comforted by remembering that your loss is her eternal gain. Children, ever remember the kind advice and christian example of your mother. It is very hard to give her up, but we must learn to submit meekly, ever remembering, that the Lord give, and the Lord has taken away, and Blessed be the name of the Lord. H. H.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 09, 1876 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]

Ruth M. Polley
DIED---In Ironton, Ohio, February 27th 1865, of Hemorage of the lungs, Miss Ruth M. Polley, aged 15 years and 6 months, the daughter of Peras R. Polley.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, March 16, 1865 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Wesley Smith
At Kelley's Mills, in Lawrence county, on the 25th ult., Wesley Smith accidentally shot himself, and died a few hours afterwards.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 06, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

John F. Steele
DIED.--On the 25th inst., at his residence at Pine Grove Furnace, John F. Steele, of the firm of R. Hamilton & Co., aged 28 years.--- Ironton Register.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Thursday, November 7, 1850 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Nancy Stephens
Mrs. Nancy J. Stephens, 90, of Willow Wood, died at 2 a.m. today at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Dement, Willow Wood. She was born Sept. 14, 1866 in Lawrence County, daughter of the late John P, and Jane Murnahan Kingery. Her husband,, William H. Stephens preceded her in death in 1938. All of her life was spent in the Willow Wood community. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Locust Grove Methodist Church.
Surviving are six children: Mrs. Charles Gustin and Mrs. Kelsi Dement, both of Ironton, Mrs. Sherman Cron, of Wilgus, Mrs. George Keaton, of Columbus, Charles Stephens and Mrs. Charles Dement both of Willow Wood, a sister, Mrs. Charles W. Stephens, of Springfield, two brothers, John Kingery, of Ironton and Robert Kingery of Lucasville, O.; 29 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in Locust Grove Methodist Church. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery. The body is at the Phillips Funeral Home where friends may call after 6 tonight.
[Ironton Tribune 07 Nov 1956 - Sub. by Sharon Foe]

Freddie Stone
Freddie, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Stone, died on the 17th, of diphtheria. Freddie was a bright, intelligent boy, universally liked by all who knew him. The sympathies of the neighborhood are with the bereft parents.--
[Symmes correspondence Ironton Register. Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, December 30, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Henry Wessel
Ironton, Ohio, February2--Henry Wessel, aged forty, was found frozen to death, between Pine Grove crossing and Etna Switch. The supposition is that he slipped and fell, and became unconscious and helpless.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, February 12, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

J. F. Wheeler
We received the sad intelligence last Monday of the death of J. F. Wheeler, Esq., of Burlington. Mr. W. was elected Probate Judge for Lawrence county, and had he lived to discharge its duties, there would not have been a more competent or faithful officer of the kind in the State. Mr. W. was a young lawyer of more than ordinary promise, and as a citizen amoung the most valuable.
[Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 23, 1851 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Wyatt C. Wheeler
DIED.--On the 18th inst., at his residence near Burlington, Ohio, of pulmonary consumption, Wyatt C. Wheeler, late editor and publisher of the "Lawrence County Gazette."---Ironton Reg. The deceased was very well known to many of our citizens, having been born and partly bred here. He, in company with Mr. Drouillard, established the Portsmouth Clipper, in 1845, and in the fall of the same year he issued the first number of the "Lawrence County Gazette," the publication of which he was obliged to suspend on account of ill health.---Ports. Inquirer.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, OH.) Thursday, November 7, 1850 -
Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

John Wich
John Wich, an employe at the Lawrence Iron works, Ironton, died of apoplexy while at work Oct. 26.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, November 4, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

James Orville Willard
DIED---On Saturday evening, May 19, at his residence in this town, of typhoid fever, James Orville Willard, in the forty-first year of his age. Mr. Willard has been a resident of this county for seventeen years, and has been one of its most active and successful business men. He was well known as principal proprietor of Buckhorn Furnace, and was one of the founders of the town of Ironton. He has been active in business enterprises of town, and was the principal stock holder and the Cashier in the Iron Bank of Ironton.---Ironton Register.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, May 31, 1855 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel]

Charles Wilmore
Charles Wilmore, son of the ex-policeman W. V. Wilmore, died at his father's home in Whitwell at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon of typhoid fever, ages 15 years. Charlie was a bright and energetic boy who gave promise of an useful life, and his untimely dead is deplored by all who knew him. For two years he was a carrier for the Republican, and performed his duties always to the satisfaction of his employer and the public whom he served. Only a fews weeks ago he gave up the position to take one in the grocery store of John Isaacs in Whitwell, where he soon won the esteem and confidence of his employer. He was fast learning to be useful there when the fatal illness seized him. After two weeks of suffering he passed away. He was an only son and his parents have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
The funeral takes place from the residence in Whitwell at 2 p.m. Tuesday, burial at Woodland.
[unknown newspaper/date - Sub by Mary O'Donnell Passmore]

Henry Wilson
Henry Wilson, Mayor of Ironton, and one of its oldest citizens, died in that city on the 12th of paralysis.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, April 21, 1870 - Sub by Kathy McDaniel]

Amanda Wiseman
DIED --- At her residence, near Waterloo, Lawrence county, Ohio, Mrs. Amanda Wiseman, wife of Allen Wiseman, aged 53 years. She was the mother of fourteen childreen, seven of whom have preceded her to the better land.
[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, January 14, 1875 - Sub. By Kathy McDaniel]


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