Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Walworth County, Wisconsin
Obituaries and Death Notices

Robert Hall Baker
1882:  Hon. Robert Hall Baker, in Racine, Oct. 5th, in his forty-fourth year. He was a son of Hon. Charles M. Baker, and born in Geneva, Wis., June 27th, 1839. He received a good education, taking a partial course at Beloit College. In 1856, he engaged in a clerkship in a hardware store, serving two years, and then spent a year in Thomas Falvey's reaper works at Racine; and, in 1860, became connected with the extensive manufacturing establishment of Hon. J. I. Case & Co. In 1863, he purchased an interest in this establishment, which resulted in an ample fortune. In 1867, he was elected school commissioner of Racine; in 1868 and 1871, an alderman; in 1872, and again in 1874, he was chosen a member of the State senate, and mayor of Racine in 1874. He was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant-governor in 1873; and in 1879, he was selected as chairman of the Republican State committee, serving two years. He was an officer in several manufacturing and mining companies in which he was interested; and was a government director in the Union Pacific Railway. He was pre-eminently a man of business capacity, and possessed many excellent qualities of head and heart. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Julia Balcom
Lake Geneva, Wis., Jan. 9. — Mrs. Julia Balcom, who was buried in a plain box here Monday, has a history stranger than fiction. Forty-two years ago Julia Ryan was the accomplished daughter of one of Vermont's richest farmers, Jeremiah Ryan. At this time it was decided that she should accompany an invalid brother to the south, whither he was ordered by the physicians. The brother and sister went to Atlanta, Ga., where the fair Vermonter captured the heart of J. B. Smith, the law partner of the late Alexander H. Stephens, and they were wed. A few years passed and J. B. Smith was gathered to his fathers, leaving Julia a young widow with one son and a good fortune. Another Smith appeared upon the scene — a dashing, stylish man of society, and made her his wife, but did not live with her long. Her little son, O. R. Smith, was then sent to his grandfather in Vermont, where he was educated. Then came years in which she knew not how she lived. At last the war commenced, and her husband, of whom she sometimes heard, became a rebel major and was killed. In attempts to get north she was mistrusted and finally arrested as a spy. She escaped and was piloted by Negroes on foot as far as her strength would carry her, and then, covered up in an ox cart, she was carried to the union lines. Here her mind gave way, and for two months she was a maniac. Recovering, she was taken by a family who were coming north to a place in Michigan, where, by advertising, she found an uncle whom she knew lived somewhere in the state. She remained there until she received a letter from her son, then become Prof. O. R. Smith, and settled here as principal of the Lake Geneva School. Hither she hastened, and has ever since been a resident of this place.
After living here a few years she was married to Hiram Balcom, a mason by trade. Seven years ago last August her son, who was then principal of the public schools at Black River Falls, was accidently shot dead while out hunting. Her husband's health failed, and for a number of years they have lived partly upon charity, and on Saturday last, this life, so full of strange vicissitudes, was ended.  [Source: The Milwaukee Journal, Jan 9, 1884]

R. D. Black
ELKHORN, Nov. 1. – R. D. Black, a prominent and well-known citizen, died, Sunday, of cancer, aged 72 years. He was a pioneer of this county, in 1843, settling in Spring Prairie, where he resided for over twenty years. He then lived at Burlington for three years, afterwards being thirteen years in business at Ripon, when he returned to Elkhorn. His family consisted of his wife, two daughters, two sons, and one brother and sister, J. D. Flack, of Appleton, and Mrs. S. Edgell, of Fond du Lac. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 4 Nov. 1887; transcribed by FoFG]

Deodat Brewster
1881: Deodat Brewster, an early pioneer of Walworth County, died October 28th, in his ninety-third year. He migrated from Vermont, in 1838, settling in the old precinct of Geneva, when it embraced one-fourth of the county. His wife died nine years before him. He was a man of temperate habits, unostentatious, and greatly respected. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Mrs. Sanford Brown
1880 - Mrs. Sanford Brown died in the town of Walworth, Feb. 14th, in her ninetieth year, her husband surviving her in his ninety-first year. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 454; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

John Bungert
Stevens Point, Wis., Jan. 9. – John Bungert was found dead in bed at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Ford. He suffered a stroke of paralysis in October and death was caused by a second stroke. He was 70 years old and formerly lived at Ellis in the town of Sharon. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 10 Jan. 1901; transcribed by FoFG]

N. M. Bunker
ELKHORN, Wis., March 27. – N. M. Bunker, a prominent farmer, and senior member of the firm of Bunker & Smith, at Troy Center, died yesterday, aged 72 years. Mr. Bunker has held many offices of trust, and represented his district in the assembly in 1876. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 29 Mar. 1889; transcribed by FoFG]

Nathan Chappell
1880 - Nathan Chappell died at Lyons, Walworth Co., Jan. 13th, at the great age of ninety-six years. He was a soldier and pensioner of the War of 1812. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 452; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

James Chinnock
DEATHS. --In Troy, Wisconsin, on the 23d of August, 1870, of dysentery, James Chinnock, formerly of this county, aged ?2 years. [Source: Western Reserve Chronicle (Warren, OH) Wednesday, September 21, 1870; Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Jenks Coman
1881 - Jenks Coman died in La Fayette, Walworth County, Aug. 26th, at the age of ninety-two years. He settled in that town in 1844. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 487; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Herbert E. Copeland
1876 - Prof. Herbert E. Copeland died at Indianapolis, Dec. 12th, in his twenty-eighth year. Born at Avon, Michigan, May 7th, 1849, he received at Ypsilanti a classical education. Removing to Wisconsin in the spring of 1868, he entered the Wisconsin State University, and when completing his sophomore year, he went to Cornell University, where he graduated with high honor. He
studied botany under President Chadbourne, and natural history at Penikese under Prof. Agassiz, and became one of the most advanced students in natural history in the country. He was made principal of Ravenswood Academy. Ill., then professor of natural sciences at the Whitewater State Normal School, and subsequently accepted as appointment in the department of natural sciences in the Indianapolis High School. He furnished many contributions on his favorite science to the scientific institutions and periodicals of the country. He was one of the most prominent of the young naturalists of the West. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 490; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Elmer E. Coppins

Elmer E. Coppins, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Coppins, was born at Whitewater, Wis., Sept. 10, 1860, and died at his home in Cresco, Iowa, on Friday morning, May 19, 1911, aged 50 years, 8 months and 9 days. He was for many years a resident of Fort Atkinson, Wis. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Smith of Koshkonong, Wis., March 24 1887, and they immediately moved to Iowa, purchasing a farm in Winneshiek county, residing there until they moved to Cresco about 8 years ago. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife of this place, an aged father and mother, two brothers, Otto and Gavin, and one sister of Ft. Atkinson, and one brother, George, of Whitewater. Funeral services were held at the residence Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bell, and the remains were taken to Ft. Atkinson, Wis., for burial. [Twice-a-week plain dealer. (Cresco, Howard County, Iowa), 23 May 1911]

Henry M. Dake
SORROWFUL--- Henry M. Dake, formerly of this place, later of Clinton Iowa, committed suicide at Chicago a few days ago. Domestic trouble is reported as the main cause. His remains were brought to this place for burial. [Source: Whitewater Register (Wednesday, 2 Aug. 1871) submitted by Carolyn Drews]

Booth B. Davis
1880 - Booth B. Davis died at Elkhorn, February 29th, at the age of seventy years. He was a pioneer of 1837. It is related of him that while hauling flour to Fort Winnebago, in the winter of 1838-39, he lost his way during a terrible storm, and after wandering all day and night he abandoned his load, and fastening himself to the yoke of one pair of his oxen, succeeded in reaching a house alive, but so badly frozen that both feet had to be amputated to save his life. Yet with his characteristic energy, he became one of the solid men of Walworth County. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 456; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Rena Degree
Delavan. Wis., Aug. 15. Miss Rena Degree of Chicago, a guest at Riverdale was drowned in Delavan lake Saturday. The girl was with a party of friends in a sailboat which a gust of wind capsized. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Aug. 1904; transcribed by FoFG]

Martha A. Dodge
Portage, Wis., Feb 25 -- (Special) -- Mrs. Martha A. Dodge, one of the pioneer residents of Columbia county, died at her home in the town of Scott, aged 57 years. She was born in Walworth county in 1845 and came to the town of Scott three years later. She leaves two children, Mrs. M. W. Roberts and Ray Dodge, both of the town of Scott. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (26 Feb. 1903) submitted by Diana Heser Morse]

A. A. Dunnell
ELKHORN, July 9 – A. A. Dunnell, a brother-in-law of Judge Dyer, of Milwaukee, died yesterday, aged 76. He was a native of Onondago county, N.Y., and settled in the town of Lafayette at an early day. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 12 July, 1889; transcribed by FoFG]

S. A. Dwinnell
1879 - Rev. S. A. Dwinnell died at Reedsburg , June 15th, in the sixty-seventh year of his age. Born in Lee, Berkshire Co., Mass., Aug. 9th, 1812, he was educated at Phillips' Academy, at Andover; but his health prevented him for some time from engaging in the work of the Christian ministry. In 1834, he united with the Abolitionists in their crusade against slavery. In 1835, he migrated to Indiana, and three years later to Walworth Co., Wisconsin. In 1850, he settled in Reedsburg, and two years later he was licensed to preach, and ordained a year later. He was a faithful minister,
and very radical in his teachings on temperance, slavery, profanity, and sabbath-breaking. He founded the Congregational church in Reedsburg. He wrote and published much on the early history of Wisconsin, and left in manuscript notes on the pioneers and pioneer settlements of Walworth County, since placed by his widow in the archives of State Historical Society. He was a man of great purity and worth of character. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 437; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Merwyn A. Ellis
Walworth, Wisconsin – Merwyn A. Ellis, 73, of Walworth, Wisconsin died Wednesday August 18, 1993, in New Mexico.  He farmed on Big Foot Prairie since 1945, was a DeKalb Seed Corn dealer for 25 years, and was a member of Walworth County Farm Bureau.  Other memberships were Immanuel United Church of Christ in Walworth, Harvard Moose Lodge, Goldwing Road Riders Association and Mesa Roadrunners.  Born September 25 1919 in Winslow, he was the son of Arthur and Amy (Buss) Ellis.  On December 31, 1941 he married Evelyn Voss in Winslow.  Surviving are his wife, Evelyn of Walworth; five sons, William (Sandra) Ellis, Larry (Maxine) Ellis, and Ronald (Roseann) Ellis, all of Walworth; Donald (Anna) Ellis of Ogden, Utah, and Marvin (Linda) Ellis of Burlington, Wisconsin.  Also two daughters, Mereva (Tom) Sholl of Machesney Park and Sandra Ellis of Walworth; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy (Theron) Ditzler of Pearl city and Corabelle (Clifford) Reuber of Winslow.  Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Walworth, with the Rev. John Helt officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon Township, Walworth, Wisconsin.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Toyton’s Walworth Funeral Home.[Unknown newspaper, c. August 1993; Submitted by Alice Horner]

Mrs. I. Y. Fitzer
Delavan, Wis., April 5. Mrs. I. Y. Fitzer, an early settler of this city, died this morning, aged 82 years. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 6 Apr. 1899; transcribed by FoFG]

John Hare
Elkhorn, Wis., Dec. 29. – John Hare, a prominent merchant, died here last night. He was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1837, and came to Wisconsin in 1852. He had served as a member of the board of supervisors and other official positions. He left a wife, son and daughter.  [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 1 Jan. 1903; transcribed by FoFG]

Mrs. B. S. Haughwout
Elkhorn, Wis., Sept. 22. – Mrs. B. S. Haughwout, aged 56 years, died here on Saturday evening. She leaves a husband and two children. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (25 Sept. 1902) transcribed by FoFG]

Simon Henry

Whitewater, Wis., April 28, 1886
Simon Henry's suicide at the Commercial house in Palmyra, did not surprise those who knew him here in his better days. Soon after the death of his wife, he sold his fine farm five miles east of this place and engaged in several business enterprises in this city. He gradually lost caste, however squandered his money in saloons, and finally worked in the barn of one of the hotels here, growing very despondent at times and frequently hinting that he would make way with himself. He served during the war with the Thirteenth Wisconsin volunteers and was an Odd Fellow in good standing. It is said that he carried an insurance of $11,000 in the above order and in other mutual companies, and that but for this provision by him his three children would be in destitute circumstances.  [Source: "Wisconsin State Journal", 30 Apr 1886 - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Thomas W. Hill
1879 - Hon. Thomas W. Hill died at Geneva Lake, May 26th, in his sixty-sixth year. He settled in Walworth County in 1838; elected to the legislature in 1853, and in 1863, and served as chairman of the board of supervisors, and at the time of his death was county superintendent of the poor. He was long a prominent and useful citizen of the county. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 437; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

James Holden
1880: James Holden, the first settler on Heart Prairie, Walworth County, died in that town, February 22d, in his sixty-seventh year. Born in Middlesex, Vt., August 5, 1813, on arriving at manhood he went to Boston; but, in 1837, he migrated to Wisconsin, first locating a claim at Sugar Creek, in Walworth County. Shortly after, business calling him to Chicago, he was necessarily absent about a month; when returning, he was chagrined to find his claim had been "jumped." He was cheered by Maj. John Davis, who suggested to him a better locality on Heart Prairie, and became the owner of a heifer, a dog and a cat. He subsequently married, and left several children. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Joseph Holden
1880 - Joseph Holden died at Heart Prairie, February 22d, at an advanced age. He was a Walworth County pioneer, having settled there in 1837. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 455; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Nellie (or Nettie) Horan
A Strange Confession
Three years ago the father, mother and one sister of Miss Nellie Horan of Whitewater, Wis., died within a few days of each other, under similar circumstances that created considerable talk, but were not investigated.  Tuesday Dec 3, Miss Annie Horan, another sister, died with symptoms of poisoning.  The strange deaths of her relatives were recalled and, as a result, the stomach of the last victim was sent to a chemist for examination.  Dec. 9, the third sister, Miss Nettie, a school teacher, died of poison.  On her death-bed she confessed that she had murdered her parents and two sisters and that she had also administered fatal doses of poison to another person.  The woman died before she was able to give any reason for her fiendish acts.  Her own death was brought about by fear of exposure through the analysis of her sister's stomach.  [Weekly expositor. (Brockway Centre, Mich.), 18 Dec. 1884]

Enoch Isham
1880 - Enoch Isham died at Delavan, June 21st, in his ninety-third year. He was born in Connecticut, July 26, 1787. He moved from Chenango Co., N. Y., to Walworth Co., in 1846. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 462; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

N.B. Johnson
N.B. Johnson, of Darien, one of the leading farmers and grangers of that town, died at his home in Darien, on New Year's morning, of congestion of the liver. He will be buried with Masonic honors on Monday.  [Source: "Milwaukee Daily Sentinel", January 03, 1876 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Wm. Johnson
1879 - Col. Wm. Johnson died at Heart Prairie, Walworth Co., Sept. 6th, in his eighty-ninth year. He was born in Monmouth Co., N.J., Feb, 17th, 1791. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 442; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Mrs. E. O. Kinsman
Whitewater, Wis., Nov. 27. – The wife of E. O. Kinsman died very suddenly at 12 o’clock today. She leaves a baby 10 days old and a daughter 6 years old. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 27 Nov. 1902; transcribed by FoFG]

Ann Knight
1880 - Mrs. Ann Knight died at Whitewater, July 12th, at the great age of one hundred years. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 462; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Henry Mallory
1880 - Henry Mallory died at Whitewater, March 5th, at the age of eighty years. He was a native of Norwich, Conn., and a pioneer of Wisconsin. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 456; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Levi J. Martin
[from Sumner County, KS]
This community was shocked Monday morning by the sudden death of Levi J. Martin, when it lost a most honorable and useful citizen.
Mr. Martin was one of the first to get to the store of W. H. Pickrell & Co., that morning, as usual with him, helped to sweep out and get the store ready for the business of the day, was cheerful and passed jokes with the other empolyes of the store as was his custom there where all thought so much of him, and appeared to be in his usual good health. He went to the wareroom in the rear of the store for some purpose and was gone only a few moments when he returned with a distressed look upon his face and was holding to counter to support himself while he tried to walk. Otto Brewer (a graveling man who happened to be in the store at that time) noticed that something was wrong asked him if he was sick and he said, "yes," and placed one hand to the back of his head and complained of a very severe pain there. Mr. Brewer and Leon Hollowell went to him very quickly and assisted him to a counter and placed him upon it. He seemed to be suffering intensely and soon after he was laid upon the counter he became very sick at the stomach. When he was relieved somewhat from this nausea he reclined upon the counter again and made the remark, "This is my last sickness; it will not last long." There were his last words. He soon last consciousness and the physicians who were called and got him very shortly after he took sick, could not rouse him from the state of coma. The news spread quickly over town, his wife and children were at the store in a very short time, and many friends came in and assisted in removing him to his home in the west part of town. Everything possible was done for him but he never regained consciousness and passed away at about 11:30, less than three hours after he received the first pangs of pain which he seemed to realize warned him of the nearness of the end.
Funeral services will be held from the Baptist church at 2:30 this afternoon and interment will be made in the Conway Springs Cemetery. His daughter, Mrs. Joe Thew, arrived from Garden City yesterday, his sister, Mrs. C.F. Russell is here from Milan and one brother lives in California and another in Minnesota, along with a sister in Michigan but it is probable that none of them will come.
Mr. Martin was just past 53 years of age. Probably just as good men are living, but there are no better men than Levi Martin was, when plain, honest and circumspect living is recognized as the standard. He was a Christian and lived his religion the utmost. He had not use for shams of any sort, but was true to his principles and so firm in his conduct that all knew exactly where to find him at all times, and with it he was so kind and considerate toward was universally respected.
Everybody liked Levi Martin. "He stood squarely upon is merits as a man in all the relations of life, and he died leaving a worthy example, a fadeless memory, and a name without a blemish."
It is probably that dates and other facts in relation to the life of Mr. Martin will be given later, but this is not time to ask the bereaved ones for them. His wife and four children, Mrs. Joe Thew, Lloyd, Josie and Bert, survive him.  [Source: Unknown newspaper, probably in Sumner County, Kansas, c. 1913 - Submitted by Pam McEachern]
In Memoriam
Levi J. Martin was born at Darlington, Wis. April 18, 1860. He came of a family whose history has been kept for more than three centuries. When the Brown Academy decided to add to its faculty the chair of Theology in 1812, his grandfather Rev. Ora M. Martin, was chosen to fill that place. That school is now the great Brown University of Hartford, Conn. Levi Martin came to Kansas in 1884. Was baptized and united with the church of his fathers in 1885 and none of the Christian people ever blushed for his conduct at any time. He was married to Miss Flora Shortridge at Norwich, Kansas, March 7, 188?, and to this union were born four children. The oldest, Mrs. Joe Thew now lives at Garden City and the others at home. Levi Martin lived that clean, open life that made all love him and those who knew him best loved him most. He was one of the pilliars of the Baptist church and the church will miss his counsel.

Rev. Orra Martin
Died at the residence of Mr. John H. Martin, of Gardiner's Prairie, Walworth Co. Wis. Tuesday morning July 14, 1885, Rev. Orra Martin aged 94 years, 6 months and 19 days.
The Rev. Orra Martin was born in Mansfield, Conn. Jan 25, 1791. His early life was spent upon a farm, and until 21 years of age he had obtained but a very limited education. Early in life he experienced a change of heart and united with the Baptist Church. Feeling that the Lord had called him to the work of the ministry, he acquired, by his own efforts, a fair English education, and made considerable progress in the mastery of the languages. He taught in various parts of Conn. while prosecuting his studies for the ministry.
He was united in marriage to Miss Emelia Phelps, Nov, 15, 1815, by Rev. E. Cushman. To them were born one son, who still survives at the age of 68 years.
Mrs. Emelia Martin died Jan. 8th, 1817. On Sept 10, 1817 he was again married to Miss Polly S. Mitchell. The fruits of this marriage were nine children, five of whom are still living. The deceased held pastorates at Hartford and Bristol, and occupied the pulpit at Litchfield at the same time that Dr. Lyman Beecher filled the Presbyterian pulpit on the other side of the street.
In Feb. 1823 he moved to Ashfield, Mass., preaching in that vicinity for several years.
Elder Martin arrived in Gardiner's Prairie, Wis. June 7th, 1840, stopping the first night at Capt. Chas. Dyer's (father of Dr. Dyer, of Burlington, Wis.) While preparing a home, he lived in the house still standing on the farm of J.R. Williams. While health and strength permitted he continued his ministerial labor, preaching in the surrounding villages, and after age forbade active labor he was often called upon to officiate at the funerals of old settlers, which service was earnestly sought and gratefully received.
Although showing some little peculiarities, he retained his mental faculties remarkably well until the last as well as his physical strength, as was known by his being able to officiate as Chaplain at the Old Settlers' Meeting of Walworth Co., when about 91 years of age, and his son was often asked if he thought his father would live to celebrate his centennial birthday.
For the last year his strength seemed to fail more rapidly, until Monday, July 13th he complained of having spent a restless night. Later in the day he felt much better, walked in the garden, fed his chickens as usual, seeming very happy and cheerful. He retired somewhat earlier than usual, so as to make up lost time, as he said. On calling at his room a little later, he was found to be quietly sleeping. When called, on the morning of the 14th, he was found lying on his side as if in peaceful slumbers, but the vital spark had fled.
Elder Martin belonged to that class of sturdy pioneers who are rapidly passing away. He came to Wisconsin when it was comparatively new and has witnessed the most marvelous developments during a period of 45 years in various fields of human industry, and though withdrawn from the active duties of life of late, Elder Martin watched with deep interest the prosperity of our country, and of educational and religious affairs. Sunday, a week before his death, he drove three miles to attend services and teach his Bible class, of which has had been a devoted leader for many years, in the Burlington Baptist Sabbath School.
Elder Martin was a man of steadfast faith, eminent piety and of the godliness which brings contentment and gain. He was held in high esteem by all his acquaintances, and was always a welcome visitor at their homes.
He will be greatly missed not only by his children and grand-children, but by his neighbors and all friends. We all drink from the cup of sorrow but the cup is sweetened by the thought that Elder Martin came to the grave "like as a shock of corn cometh in his season" and was fully ripe for Heaven. And as Paul said of himself, so say we of the deceased: "He fought a good fight, finished his course, he kept the faith."
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G.H. Hubbard, of Rochester, at the residence of his son, Mr. J.H. Martin, Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock, the text being Rev. 14:13 and his remains were interred in Honey Creek Cemetery. [Source: Unknown Newspaper, July 1885 - Submitted by Pam McEachern]

John H. Martin
Joh H. Martin Dies at Son's Gilroy Home
GILROY (CA) May 10 -- John H. Martin, a native of Bristol, Mass. Died in this city on Thursday night at the home of his son, A. A. Martin, aged 87 years, 11 months and nine days. He had been ill for some time, having suffered from a stroke of paralysis since which he had been gradually failing. He removed to Wisconsin in 1840 with his parents, removing from there to the Willows near San Jose in 1891, where he resided until October 19, 1911, when he came to Gilroy where he has made his home ever since with his son, A.A. Martin. He was a useful citizen during the days of his earlier life and was for six years chairman of the board of supervisors for Darlington, Wis.
Although a member of no church organization, he was ever an earnest advocate of the doctrines of Holy Writ, that teach justice, mercy and forgiveness, and in his daily walk and conversation he endeavored to do unto others as he would have others do unto him. His wife passed away in this city in January, 1912. He leaves four sons, A.A. Martin, Mayor of this city; W.H. Martin of Austin, Minn.; L.J. Martin of Conway Springs, Kan.; B. W. Martin of Denver, Colo., besides two sisters, Mrs. C. F. Russell of Milan, Kans.; Mrs. L.D. Pettit of Greenville, Mich., and brother C.D. Martin of Mayne, Neb.
The funeral was held at the residence of his son, A. A. Martin at 2:30 p.m today. The Rev. A.H Gilbert of the M.E church of this city officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Masonic and Odd Fellows' cemetery
Additional information Submitted May 2011 by Pam McEachern about John H. Martin Family:
John H. Martin died 8 May 1913
John H. Martin married Joanna Woodman 9 Jan 1856, Spring PrairieTwp, Walworth County WI.
Their daughter, Eveline Martin, married Charles Farrington Russell, 31 Dec. 1878 at Spring Prairie WI.
I do not know when John Martin moved to Darlington, WI

John H. Martin, who died at the home of his son, Mayor A. A. Martin, Thursday evening May 8, was born at Bristol, Mass. in 1825, dying at the good old age of 87 years, 11 months, and nine days. He had been in poor health some time, having suffered a stroke of paralysis, since which time he has steadily failed.
When but a boy Mr. Martin journeyed westward with his father's family making a settlement in Wisconsin. Here he grew to manhood, bravely taking his share of the hardships incident to life on the frontier. During his long residence in Wisconsin he held many positions of trust and for six years was chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Darlington, township.
In 1891 he again turned his face westward seeking a milder climate to spend his declining years. He located at the Willows near San Jose where he continued to reside until Oct 19, 1911 when he and his wife came to Gilroy to reside with their son, A. A. Martin. His wife was called to her rest at the ripe age of 84 years. He continued to reside with his son until called to his reward as above stated.
He leaves four sons, A.A. Martin, Mayor of this city; W.H. Martin of Austin, Minn., L.J. Martin of Conway Spring, Kans.; B.W. Martin of Denver, Colo.; besides two daughters Mrs. C.F. Russell of Milan, Kans.; Mrs. L.D. Pettit of Greenville, Mich., and brother, D.D. Martin of Mayne, Neb.
The funeral was held at 2:30 p.m Saturday from the residence of Mayor Martin, Rev. A.B. Gilbert of the M.E. Church officiating and interment was made in the Masonic and Odd Fellows cemetery.
Those present at the funeral from out of town were B.W. Martin of Denver, Col., Misses Addie and Eunice Gray of San Jose, Grant Willis, Hollister and Mrs. Triplett also of Hollister.
John Martin died 8 May 1913
[Unknown Newspaper, c. May 1913 - Submitted by Pam McEachern]

Walter H. Martin
Walter H. Martin, 1205 South Kenwood, died at 8:40 this morning at St. Olaf Hospital after an illness of three weeks with pneumonia. Mr. Martin was born December 25, 1856 in Darlington, Wis.  On March 19, 1883 he was united in marriage to Christianna Bush, who passed away January 13, 1933.  He came to Austin in 1903 and was engaged in farming. He united with the Baptist Church at Darlington, Wis., in 1882 and continued true to his faith until his death. Mr. Martin leaves to mourn his death, his daughter Grace and one brother, A.A. Martin of Gilroy, Calif. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 tomorrow morning at the Jordan Mortuary, after which the body will be taken to Darlington, Wis., for burial in the family lot.  Rev. Leo Sandgren of the Baptist church will officiate. [From Austin Minnesota Newspaper; 15 Oct 1935; Sub. by Pam McEachern]

Robert R. Menzie
1882: Robert R. Menzie, an eminent criminal lawyer, died at Delavan, May 3d, aged seventy-two years. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Charles A. Noyes Sr.
1881: Charles A. Noyes Sr., in Geneva, November 25th, in his seventieth year. He was born in Otsego Co., New York, in 1812. After clerking three years in Buffalo, he arrived at Chicago, May 10, 1836, and proceeded thence, partly by sloop and partly on foot, to Milwaukee, where he first learned from Solomon Juneau of Big Foot (now Geneva) Lake, where he arrived on the 21st of May, in time to assist in raising John Power's loghouse just south of the village of Geneva; and within a year was married to Nancy Warren, going all the way to Milwaukee to procure the services of an official authorized to perform the marriage ceremony. He subsequently settled awhile at Tryon's Corners, in Hebron, Ill., and while there in 1839, he secured a mail line from Chicago, by way of the Corners and Big Foot, to Madison, and was appointed postmaster at this place. This was one of the earliest postal routes in the country. In 1850, he went to California, returning three years thereafter, and, in 1858, he again went to the Golden State, returning in 1872. He was a man of enterprise, genial and social, and honorable and upright in all his dealings and relations with others. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Joseph O'Malley
Death Came Over the Wire.
WHITEWATER. Wis.. Aug. 27.— Joseph O'Malley, a telegraph operator in the Milwaukee railroad office, was killed by a stroke of lightning while ??sting his wires tonight. [Source: St. Paul Daily Globe. (Saint Paul, Minn.), August 28, 1895]

Michael O’Brien
1881: On September 23d, Michael O'Brien, at Darien, at the great age of one hundred and eight years. He was born in County Kerry, Ireland, June 24th, 1773; came to America in 1851; and, after spending two years in Indiana, came to Darien. His wife preceded him to the grave by some twenty years. Of their eleven children, but three survived their father – one eighty-three years of age. These data were obtained from his family by Hon. David Williams. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

1881 - Michael O'Brian died at Darien Sept. 24th, at the reputed great age of one hundred and eight years, and, it was said , he "never had a day's sickness." [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 489; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

R. C. Parson
ELKHORN, Wis., July 28. – Rev. R. C. Parsons, a superannuated member of the Wesleyan conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, once pastor of the Asbury church, and for a time superintendent of Bethel home in Milwaukee, and well-known at Whitewater, Lake Geneva, Manitowoc and several other places where he served the church, died at Lyons, Wis., yesterday. He was 70 years of age. The funeral is to be at Lyons tomorrow. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI) Friday, 29 July, 1887; transcribed by FoFG]

Gen. G.B. Peck
Infelicity - Suicide
Milwaukee, May 5 - Gen. G.B. Peck, whose mother lives in Onondaga county, New York, committed suicide in front of the residence of W.H. Dodge, a well to do farmer, two miles north of Elkhorn, Wis., today.  It seems that Peck married Dodge's daughter a year ago while she was teaching school at Wyoming, NY, against the wishes of the young lady's parents.  A separation was brought about and Peck went to Michigan.  He appeared at Dodge's house today, and after an unsuccessful interview with his wife, took his life in her presence. [Wichita eagle. (Wichita, Kan.), 06 May 1887]

Deacon Thomas Pollock
1882: Deacon Thomas Pollock, a relative of his namesake, the author of the Course of Time, died in Beaver, Iowa, February 3rd, nearly seventy-four years of age. He was born near Glasgow, Scotland. Coming to this country in 1831, he first settled in Massachusetts, removing to Wisconsin, in 1840, locating in La Fayette, Walworth County; in 1871, removing to East Troy, and in 1881 to Iowa, where his children had settled. He was a good man, a peace-maker, and a wise counselor. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

S. Regan
Two Men Drowned - Were Attempting to Change Places in Boat
Racine, Wis., June 26 - Menzo Waite, a well known resident of this city and S. Regan of Elkhorn, Wis., were drowned in Lauderdale lakes last night.  [The evening times. (Grand Forks, N.D.), 26 June 1911]

An old fisherman named Reynolds, who had a winter cabin on Delavan Lake, broke through the ice a few days since and was drowned. His body was recovered.  [Source: "Milwaukee Daily Sentinel", January 03, 1876 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Eveline Martin Russell
Body of Sumner County Pioneer to Milton, Kansas
The body of Mrs. C.F. Russell, pioneer of Sumner County, who died at Winfield Monday night following an operation arrived here last night and is being held in state at the home of J.H. Russell, 1112 North Washington.
Following the marriage of Mrs. Russell, she and her husband moved to Milton from Wisconsin in 1878 where they resided until 190?, when they moved to Wellington.
They remained here until 1911, then moved to Milan where they resided until 1915, going to Wichita for a year and then to Atlanta, where they resided at the time of Mrs. Russell's illness.
The body arrived in Wellington last night and was taken charge of by the local undertaking parlor.
Short prayer services will be held at the home of Mr. J.H. Russell, 1212 N. Washington Thursday morning at 8:45 with Rev. J.E. Coe of this city officiating. The body will leave here at 10:20 over the Santa Fe for Argonia, Kansas, accompanied by her son, Clyde Russell. Final services will be held from the Baptist Church at Milton at 2:00 PM with Rev. A.V. Kirk of Conway Springs officiating. Interment will be made in the Eden cemetery at Milton.
Mrs. Russell is survived by her husband, C.F. Russell of Atlanta; one daughter, Mrs. C.F. Matthews of Wellington; four sons, J.H. Russell of this city; Clyde Russell of Atlanta; Roy Russell of Mi(l)an and C.D. Russell of Wichita. She is also survived by three brothers, two residing in California and one in Minnesota. [The Wellington Daily News, (Sumner Co, KS) Wednesday, 31 Oct 1923 - Submitted by Pam McEachern]

Additional information from researcher Pam McEachern:
Charles Farrington Russell and Eveline Martin were married on 31 Dec 1877 at Spring Prairie, Walworth County, Wisconsin. He passed away 25 Feb. 1934 in Racine Co. WI
Eveline Martin was born 10 August 1858 in Walworth County, Wisconsin to John Henry Martin and Joanna Woodman Martin.
John Henry Russell was born, 5 January 1884 in Milton. 1 June 1910 he married in Wellington, KS to Scottie C. McManis. They lived in Wellington, KS till they passed away.
Roy Russell was born 4 Feb 1881 in Milton. He married Bonnie Zook.
Grace Hazel Russell was born 25 February 1891. In Wellington she married C. F. Matthews. He was called Fred. They lived in Wellington their entire lives.

Albert Salisbury
Whitewater, Wis. May 19 - Albert H. Salisbury, youngest son of President Albert Salisbury of Whitewater normal school, died yesterday afternoon of typhoid fever after an illness of three weeks. Mr. Salisbury was 20 years of age and president of the senior class. Next month, he would have been graduated from the advanced course in the normal school. He was a brilliant student and a leader in debate and oratorical work. [Source: The La Crosse Tribune, Friday 19 May 1905 page 8 ]

Ezekiel B. Smith
1882: Ezekiel B. Smith, a pioneer of Walworth County, died in LaFayette, March 10th, where he settled in June, 1843. He was a man of positive convictions, integrity, hospitality, and public enterprise. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

John A. Smith
1881: Hon. John A. Smith, at Geneva, September 10th, at the age of thirty-nine years. Born in the State of New York in 1842, he came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1855; and after securing a liberal education, he studied law, and volunteered as a private in the war, rising to the rank of a captain at the close of the contest. In 1867 and 1868, he represented his district in the legislature. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

1881 - Hon. John A. Smith died at Geneva Lake, Sept. 8th. He was a prominent lawyer, a member of the assembly in 1868 and 1869, and had filled numerous offices of honor and trust. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 488; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Sewall Smith
1881 - Hon. Sewall Smith died at East Troy, Jan. 23d, in his eightieth year. He was a nativeof Vermont, and settled in East Troy in 1841. He was a member of the first constitutional convention in 1846, and was a public spirited citizen. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 477; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Henry D. Starin
1880 - Henry D. Starin died at Whitewater, May 13th, aged seventy-three years. He had resided there forty years, and was noted for his many eccentricities of character. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 461; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

Joseph Gillis Taylor
1882: Joseph Gillis Taylor, familiarly known as Gen. Taylor, died at Elkhorn, March 31st, in his eighty-seventh year. He was born in Argyle, N. Y., March 19, 1796, and was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving at the battle of Plattsburg, September 11, 1814, and received a pension for his services. He settled in Elkhorn in June, 1857. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]

Hezekiah C. Tilton
Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 434; transcribed by LaDena Livingston
1879 - Rev. Hezekiah C. Tilton died at Janesville, March 26th, in his sixty-first year. He was born in Maine, August 30th, 1818; became a Methodist clergyman in 1841, supplying various pulpits in that state for sixteen years. In 1857, he came to Wisconsin, and was stationed successively in Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Appleton, Whitewater, and Janesville, serving as presiding elder of the Racine district. In 1861, he was made chaplain of the Thirteenth Regiment; but failing health compelled him to resign the following year. In 1864, he represented a district in Walworth County in the legislature, in which body he took an active and prominent part. In 1876, Gov. Ludington appointed him a member of the State Board of Charities and Reform for a term of three years, proving himself very useful in that position. Nominated, in 1875, by the Prohibition party for governor, he declined the honor. He was an able pulpit orator, and highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Wells Warren
Wells Warren, an old and widely known citizen of Geneva, who has resided there for more than thirty years, died suddenly in that place on Friday last, aged 78 years. -  [Source: Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, January 03, 1876 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]
Same paper: "Wells Warren, the first permanent settler in Walworth County, died quite suddenly at Geneva Thursday morning. He was 78 years old."

Adam Welch
Born near Belfast, Ireland, in 1829. Came to Wisconsin in 1855. Died near Sharon, April 24, 1905. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 142; transcribed by FoFG]

Mrs. E. F. Welch
Delavan, Wis., Oct. 11. – Mrs. E. F. Welch, aged 59 years, died suddenly of heart trouble last night. She leaves a husband, a daughter, Mrs. G. W. Benner of Darien; and a son, B. H. Welch of Oakland, Cal. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 12 Oct. 1899; transcribed by FoFG]

Jennie Williams
1880 - Mrs. Jennie Williams, widow of Captain Asad Williams, died at Whitewater, Feb. 11th, in her ninety-ninth year. She was born in Franklin Co., Mass., 1781; and after residing many years in Herkimer and Madison counties, N.Y., removed to Wisconsin in June, 1839, and survived her husband sixteen years. When in her ninety-sixth year, she knit forty pairs of socks. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 454; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

John Williams
Born in Chenango county, N.Y., about 1820. Came to Wisconsin in 1838. Died at Delavan, July 24, 1905. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin (1906) Wisconsin Necrology, page 142; transcribed by FoFG]

James Worm
James Worm, the second oldest resident of Whitewater, Wis., died at the age of 78.  He was a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, and came to Whitewater in 1841, living ever since in the house which he then built. [Evening Times-Republican. (Marshalltown, Iowa), 31 Dec. 1900]

Charles Wright
At his home in Delavan, Wis., on Jan. 9, occurred the death of Charles Wright, aged 76 years. Mr. Wright was a former well known resident of the town of Merton in this county, having come to that township when fourteen years of age, at the time when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Wright, left their home in Castile, N. Y., to try their fortunes in the west.
Charles Wright was married in 1862 to Miss Phoebe Mead of Waldo, Wis., and they came by team and cutter the fifty miles to the Merton farm which was to be their home for thirty years. Brief residences at Waldo and Beaver Dam preceded their removal to Delavan eighteen years ago. Deceased is survived by his wife and two sons, Rev. Peter C. Wright, Norwich, Conn., and Dr. Charles A. Writhe, Delavan. Funeral services and interment were at Delavan. Mr. Wright is kindly remembered by pioneer residents of this county as well as by the younger generation, as a man of forceful character and high principles. [Source: The Waukesha Freeman (Thursday, 23 Jan. 1913) page 6; submitted by Diana Heser Morse]


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