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John William Jones

Obituary of John William Jones

died: October 1, 1911

unknown paper, possibly Rushville Times, Schuyler Co., IL, October 5, 1911

Death Came Suddenly; John W. Jones of Peoria Was Found Dead in His Bed on Sunday Morning

John L. Sweeney received a telegram on Sunday announcing the sudden death of his brother-in-law, John W. Jones of Peoria, and he left on the noon train for that city to attend the funeral. Mr. Jones was known to many of the older residents of Rushville, who will be interested in the following sketch of his life from the Peoria Star.

At his residence, 1525 North Madison Avenue, early Sunday morning, John William Jones entered into rest at the ripe old age of seventy-nine years, and by his death Peoria lost a citizen honored and honorable, widely known and generally beloved.

The death was very sudden. The heart, weakened by age and a life whose many activities had been prolonged far beyond the point at which most men relinquish the cares of business life, had at least proved unequal to the strain upon it, and while he slept his spirit slipped into the shadows of the great beyond. When Yesterday morning members of the family to whom he had said his usual cheery good night a few hours before, went to call him they found him dead with a smile on his face so serene and peaceful that even in the midst of their grief they could only give thanks thay death had come to him in such a gentle and tender guise.

John William Jones was born in Greensboro, Green County, Pennsylvania, on September 18, 1832. He came of fine old Scotch-Welsh stock and his ancestors were distinguished in American history. His grandfather, Captain Jones, was a personal friend of General Lafayette, and established the first glass factory in the middle west.

In 1846 the family left Pennsylvania and John William Jones, then a boy of fourteen, accompanied them to Cincinnati.

In 1851 they came to Peoria and settled here. Mr. Jones was of usually energetic and ambitious temperament and at once became prominent in the business world of this of this section. With W. S. Gregg he established one of the largest dry goods stores in this section of the state. The store was of unique character for those being called Oak Hill, and with the historic building in which it was situated, near the intersection of Franklin and Adams Street, which was torn down a few years ago, is well remembered by the older residents of this city.

Later he went to Havana, IL where he also engaged in the dry goods business, and in business until three years ago, when the increasing infirmities forced him to retire. At that time he was persuaded by his family to consult a physician who discovered the weakness of the heart, which eventually caused his death, and ordered him to abstain from any exertion and excitement as far as it was possible to do so. Change of climate being also recommended by his medical adviser, Mr. Jones spent two winters in the far west, finding both benefit and pleasure in the sojourn in Arizona.

His last years, were blessed far beyond the usual lot. He retained his faculties unimpaired to the very last and his interest in life and the times in which he lived, together with his broad sympathies and keen insight, made him a most delightful companion. In February last he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding, the day being brought to the happiest close by a dinner given by their son, Charles S. Jones, in their honor, at which Mr. Jones presided with the keenest zest and enjoyment. On Saturday he was in his usual health and spirits and there was nothing in his appearance or actions to indicate that the end of his long and well lived life was so close at hand.

Mr. Jones was married in February 1861 to Miss Elizabeth Sweeney, of Rushville, the marriage proving an unusually happy one. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Charles S. Jones, the well known broker of this city; Robert S. Jones, a prominent businessman of Minneapolis, and one daughter, Mrs. Boniface, living in Peoria.

The deceased was a life-long member of the Baptist Church, and died as he had lived strong in his faith of his fathers.

Altogether, he was a fine type of American citizen, doing his part in every relation of life bravely and conscientiously, meeting death at last with splendid faith, courage and optimism.

Contributed by Sara Hemp


Clara Imogene Spicer Kennedy

Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA) - January 11, 2007

Clara Imogene Spicer Kennedy

Mt. Morris homemaker

Clara Imogene Spicer Kennedy, 88, of Mt. Morris, died at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2007, in her daughter's Mt. Morris home.

She was born November 3, 1918, in Pursglove, W.Va., a daughter of Lindsey W. and Clara Coss Clifford Spicer.

She was affiliated with Miracle Mission Church in Mt. Morris.

Mrs. Kennedy was a homemaker. She worked for several years for a bakery in Pittsburgh and later worked as a cook's helper in Montgomery County School District for several years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Her husband, David C. Kennedy, whom she married July 24, 1953, survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Monteen and husband Wallace Murphy of Mt. Morris; four grandchildren, Chris and wife Hannah Murphy of Mt. Morris and David and wife Heidi Murphy, Rhonda Underhill and Randall (Jack) and wife Laura Murphy, all of Littleton, Colo.; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family.

Deceased are two sisters, Farrie Spicer Myers and Sylvia; and seven brothers, Harold Clifford, Jay Clifford, Merrill Clifford, Miles Clifford, John Clifford, Benjamin Spicer Burris and Jack Spicer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m., the hour of services, Saturday, January 13, in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., corner of Ellsworth Avenue and Route 19, Mt. Morris. Pastor Milford Watters and the Rev. Fred Tomlinson will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Information is online at www.milliken-throckmortonfh.com.

--Contributed by Michelle Kennedy Byrd


David Dale Kennedy

Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA) - July 13, 2004

West Greene teacher, coach in Hall of Fame

David Dale Kennedy, 93, of Waynesburg, died at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, July 11, 2004, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

He was born May 5, 1911, in Kane, a son of Jasper N. and Della Austin Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesburg.

He was a veteran of the Merchant Marine and U.S. Army, who served during World War II.

Mr. Kennedy was a 1935 graduate of Waynesburg College and worked on his master's degree at West Virginia University over the years while teaching, earning his master's in education in 1968.

He taught at Perry Elementary School and Mt. Morris, Dormont Kelton, Hillsdale and West Greene high schools and was football and track coach at some of the schools.

Mr. Kennedy was a member of several teaching and coaching associations and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992.

He was a member of Waynesburg Elks Lodge 757 and Waynesburg Moose Lodge 461, and was a member and past commander of James Maxon American Legion Post 992 of Mt. Morris.

On June 18, 1952, he married Sara Bradford, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Sandra K. Hathaway of Waynesburg and Susan K. Strosnider of Vienna, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Tracy Hickman, Matt Hathaway, Erin Bolen and John Strosnider II; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Deceased are four sisters, Blanche Sweitzer, Violet Crowe, Goldie Messenger and Meredith Kennedy; and four brothers, Herman, Minor, Ernie and Jim Kennedy.

--Contributed by Michelle Kennedy Byrd


Frank Walls Kennedy

Frank Walls Kennedy, aged 44 years, well known Perry Township farmer, died at his home near Mt. Morris, Thursday morning, April 4, 1940, at 10:30 o'clock, following a five-month illness of complications.

The deceased was born May 16, 1895, in Perry Township, a son of Jonathan A. and Martha J. Lemley Kennedy, deceased. He is survived by his wife, Grace Thralls Kennedy, and three children, Helen Beatrice, Ralph Walls and Harold Kennedy, all at home. One sister is deceased.

Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, April 6, at 2 o'clock from the late home in charge of the Rev. L. W. Loudin, of Heater, W. Va., officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Friends will be received at the home.

Democrat Messenger, April 5, 1940 (Greene County, PA)

KENNEDY - Funeral services for Frank Walls Kennedy, of Perry Township, will be held from his late home Saturday afternoon, April 6, at 2 o'clock, in charge of the Rev. L. W. Loudin, of Heater, W. Va. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Friends will be received at the home.

Democrat Messenger, April 6, 1940 (Greene County, PA)

--Contributed by Michelle Kennedy Byrd


Jonathan Kennedy

Jonathan Kennedy, a farmer residing near Mt. Morris, who had been in his usual health, arose from his bed Saturday morning, January 29, 1916, and was attending to the usual work going over to feed some stock in a field in full view of the house but when he did not return in the usual time his wife stepped out to look for him and saw him lying on the ground. She gave the alarm and ran to him but a life was extinct, apoplexy had done its fatal work. Mr. Kennedy was born January 12, 1856, and was consequently 60 years and 17 days old. A protracted meeting was in progress at the Mt. Morris M. E. church and on the evening immediately preceding his death, he was converted. Mr. Kennedy was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Kennedy, late of Perry township, and was a first cousin of Ex-county Treasurer G. W. Kennedy. He was a good citizen, and an honest, industrious man. He was united in marriage with Miss Martha Lemley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asberry Lemley, deceased. Three children were born to this union, Frank Kennedy, at home, and Mrs. Lydia Price, wife of John Price, who reside on Dunkard Creek near to Core's Mills, and a son who died in infancy. Besides the widow and these children, there remain the following brothers and sisters: David Kennedy, Washington Kennedy, and Mrs. L. C. Callihan, of Mt. Morris; Mr. W. O. Fox, of near Garards Fort; Patrick Kennedy and Miss Mary Kennedy, of Amity, and Spice Kennedy, of Losantsville, Indiana. Rev. Potter, of the Mt. Morris M. E. church, conducted the funeral. Interment in Cedar Grove cemetery at Mt. Morris.

Democrat Messenger, February 4, 1916 (Greene County, PA)

--Contributed by Michelle Kennedy Byrd


Mrs. Martha Kennedy

Suffering a heart attack while milking last Sunday morning, July 29, 1928, Mrs. Martha Lemley Kennedy, aged about 69 years, widow of Johnathan Kennedy and a lifelong resident of the Mt. Morris district, died suddenly at the home of her brother, David Lemley, of Mt. Morris, where she had been visiting. Mrs. Kennedy was apparently in her usual health and had gone out to help with the morning's milking. While engaged in milking a cow she was stricken and died almost instantly. Mrs. Kennedy was a daughter of Asbury and Rachel Headlee Lemley, deceased. Her husband died 12 years ago. Besides one son, Frank Kennedy, of Mt. Morris, and five grandchildren, she leaves the following brothers and sisters: David, John and Lewis Lemley, Mrs. Rhuanna Howard and Mrs. Lyda Stewart, all of the Mt. Morris district. The funeral was held Monday afternoon. Relatives and friends met at the home of David Lemley at 2 o'clock after which the remains were taken to the Mt. Morris Methodist Protestant church, of which she was a member, and further services were conducted there by Rev. C. C. Jarvis and Rev. T. A. McMellon. Interment was in Cedar Grove cemetery.

Democrat Messenger, August 3, 1928 (Greene County, PA)

--Contributed by Michelle Kennedy Byrd


Bazel Lemley

OBITUARY:

Bazel Lemley, age 101 years, and the last of Greene County's Civil War

Veterans, died at 8 o'clock, Thursday, February 18, 1943, just eight days after the observance of his 101st anniversary, at his home in Mt. Morris.

Mr.Lemley was remarkably active until after his 100th anniversary a year ago, but since that time had not enjoyed good health. He was born February 10, 1842 at Marietta, Ohio, a son of Israel and Mazie White Lemley, and had spent practically all his life in Greene County, the family having moved from Ohio to Mt. Morris five weeks after his birth.

He was twice married. His first wife, Eliza Jane Higgens, to whom he was married September 3, 1865, died February 27, 1925. To this union were born three daughters; Mrs. Dora Kerr, of Orlando, Florida; Mrs. Lou Headley, of Toledo, Ohio, and Mrs. Bertie Areford, of Waynesburg. He married for the second time October 7, 1935, to Mary Kennedy Engle, who survives with one stepdaughter, Mary Ellen Dean. There also survive five grandchildren, one step-grandson, and 12 great-grandchildren. One half-brother, W.L. Guthrie, of Washington, also survives.

Mr. Lemley was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, and had been affiliated with the IOOF., since July 1865, being the oldest member of the Waynesburg lodge and believed to have been the oldest Odd Fellow in Pennsylvania if not in the whole United States.

Mr. Lemley enlisted June 30, 1861 at the age of 19, in Company I, Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Reserve Corps and was transferred to Company H, 191st Pennsylvania Infantry, of which he was the last survivor. He was mustered out of the Union Army in Harrisburg on July 5, 1865, after seeing action in 19 engagements which included some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

Mr. Lemley was slightly wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness.

Mr. Lemley was active in the G.A.R., and was chaplain of the state encampment at the time of his death. He attended state and national encampments of the G.A.R. until the last few years of his life, and otherwise traveled extensively, attending among other notable events the World's Fair in New York and the dedication of the "Eternal Light" memorial on the Gettysburg battlefield in 1937 on the 75th anniversary of that battle which marked the turning point in the Civil War and the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. He was a staunch Republican.

Obsequies for Bazel Lemley

Funeral services were held Sunday, February the twenty-first, nineteen hundred and forty-three, at 2 o'clock in the Mt. Morris Methodist Church

OFFICIATING CLERGYMAN Rev. H.V. Leland

Rev. W.C. LONG and Rev. H.E. McNeely

SONG SELECTIONS

"Good Night and Good Morning"

"Home of the Soul"

"How Beautiful Heaven Must Be"

SINGERS

IOOF Quartet

J. E. Mariner Joseph Menham

Albert King Arleigh Varner

MILITARY RITES

James Farrell Post, American Legion

INTERMENT

Cedar Grove Cemetery

PALLBEARERS

World War I veterans of Mt. Morris

Another obituary of Bazel's

PENNSYLVANIA VET ANSWERS LAST CALL

Bazel Lemley, Greene County's last Civil War veteran and it's oldest citizen, died last month at his home in Mount Morris, Pa., at the age of 101 years. He had been ill only a short time.

Mr. Lemley celebrated his 101st birthday just a week before his death.

For almost his entire life he has been a resident of Greene County. He was born at Marietta, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1842. When only 5 weeks of age his parents moved to Greene County, where he spent the remainder of his long life, with the exception of four years, while in the Union Army.

When the Civil War broke out, Bazel Lemley went to the front with the first troops to leave Greene County. He was mustered into the Federal service July 15, 1861, as a member of Co. I, 8th Pa. Reserve Corps, 37th Regt.. He was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness, and on May 15, 1864, he was transferred as a veteran to the 191st Pa. Vol. Inf., in which he served until the close of the war.

He saw action in 19 battles of the war and was mustered out of the service July 5, 1865.

Mr. Lemley had long been a member of the Waynesburg Lodge No. 469, IOOF, and on Feb. 12, 1942, just two days after his 100th birthday, he was honored my that lodge at a meeting which he attended. He was the oldest member of the Odd Fellows in Pennsylvania and perhaps in the United States.

President Roosevelt, Gov. Arthur H. James and Senator James J. Davis sent him congratulatory messages on his 100th birthday.

On Oct. 7, 1935, he married Mary Kennedy Engle, who was his second wife; she survives. Three daughters also survive: Mrs. Dora Kerr, Orlando, Fla.; Mrs. Lou Headley, Toledo, Ohio, and Mrs. Bertie Aremont, Waynesburg, Pa.

--Contributed by Michelle Kennedy Byrd


Mr. Ligget

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) October 19, 1825

Chambersburg, Oct. 11

Another Warning.

We learn that on Wednesday last, a Mr. Ligget, of Waynesburg, a young man of about 18 years of age who was engaged in the study of medicine with Dr. Ligget, of that place, took a fowling piece and went "a gunning" and in crossing a fence it is supposed he incautiously placed the gun over first in which situation the muzzle became near and pointed directly towards his body when distressing to relate, from a cause which we have no heard accounted for the piece was discharged, the whole contents of which was lodged in the body of its possessor, who expired about 24 hours after receiving the wound.

Within a few weeks past we have observed a number of notices of persons having lost their lives by a want of the necessary precaution when handling fire-arms. - Repub.



Isaac Weaver
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, June 8, 1830
Died at his residence in Morgan township, Greene county, Pa. on Saturday the 22d ult. at an advanced age, Isaac Weaver, Esq. formerly a Senator from that district.




Robert Whitehill
Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, September 22, 1829
Died at Waynesburg, Greene county, on the 27th of August, Robert Whitehill, Esq. a resident of that place, and formerly of East Pennsborough, Cumberland county.


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