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Obituary of William H. BALLOW, Morgan Co Illinois ©2012 Submitted by: Robert L. Webb

Name of Deceased: BALLOW, William H.
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Died - At his residence near the town of Laclede, Linn Co., Mo., brother William H. BALLOW, on Saturday, Dec. 26, 1874. This aged pilgrim was born in Cumberland Co., Va., Oct. 10, 1783. In the 23d year of his age he came to Kentucky, and married Priscilla MANIRE, March 23, 1806. In 1809 he removed to Williamson Co., Tenn., and in December, 1812, he enlisted in Capt. Robert CAVON‘s company, at Nashville, in Col. Thomas H. BENTON‘s 1st regiment, of Tennessee volunteers, under Gen. Andrew JACKSON, in the Cherokee campaign, at New Orleans, and was honorably discharged on the 21st of April, 1813, and drew a land warrant for his services, and was receiving a pension from the U. S. A. His father, Charles BALLOW, previous to the Revolutionary war, enlisted against the French and Indians, during Governor RANDOL‘s administration, and received a Captain’s commission. Afterwards he enlisted in the Revolutionary war, and received a Major’s commission, under General Washington, and served during the war. He died in Virginia, in 1788. Bro. BALLOW‘s father fought under the crown of Great Britain, and also for our independence; and the son fought in 1812. Thus the father and son can hand down their genealogy for nearly 150 years. Brother BALLOW removed to Morgan Co., Ill., in April 1827, where his wife died the May following, leaving a family of seven children - four sons and three daughters. Oct. 4, 1828, he was married to Susan HODGES, and in 1833 his wife Susan died, leaving him an additional family of two daughters. He removed to Clayton Co., Iowa, in 1847, and was married to Elizabeth HAWKINS, July 27, 1848, and in June 1854, removed to Filmore Co., Minn., and in June, 1857, to Linn Co., Mo. He has two daughters by the wife who survives him.
Brother BALLOW experienced a hope in Christ in the year 1802, but circumstances caused him to delay a public profession of religion until 1838, when he united with the Regular Baptist Church at Wilmington, Greene Co., Ill., and was baptized by Elder Mesheck BROWNING. He has been a very devoted and highly esteemed member of the Old School Baptist Church for thirty-six years. During this time he had the confidence of all his brethren, and had a good report of them who are without. He was sound and steadfast in the faith. His sickness was caused by a fall on the ice, March 1, 1873, which disabled him from walking. He was able to attend to his church meetings most of the time, and to do all the necessary work about the house, up to the time he got hurt.
In the death of Bro. BALLOW the Liberty church has lost one of her best members. He leaves an aged wife, whom the writer baptized sixteen years ago. Also ten children and numerous grandchildren are left to mourn one deeply beloved. We mourn, but not as those who have no hope. His funeral will be attended on the fourth Sunday in January, 1875.
PETER AUSMUS. Brookfield, Mo.

Obituary of Rebecca Jane BARROW (CAMPBELL), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BARROW, Rebecca Jane (CAMPBELL)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: October 20, 1900
Obituary: Gone From Our Home But Not From Our Hearts
Rebecca Jane, daughter of Hugh and Mary CAMPBELL, was born June 6, 1858. She was married to Wm. A. BARROW, Jan. 4, 1875. To this union was happily blest with two daughters, Mrs. Mary V. CONLEE and Miss Clara who, with a loving husband, one brother, Wm. CAMPBELL, besides many relatives and friends are left to mourn her loss but not as those who have no hope. Sister BARROW professed in Christ Dec. 23, 1888, and united with the Christian church at Oak Grove, living a faithful member until her death which occurred at her beautiful home six miles southeast of Waverly, the home she had so loved and where she had enjoyed the happiest hours of her life; but the Angel of Death came into our midst and beckoned with his cold and solemn finger to one who was dear to us all, on Oct. 7, 1900, and she had gone forever from among us.
Mrs. BARROW possessed a singularly affectionate and sunny disposition, and was loved by all who knew her. She endeared herself to her nurse and physician by her uncomplaining resignation to her great suffering, her cheerful hopefulness, and her unflinching bravery in the face of death. In her home she was a true woman, devoted to her husband and his interests, and made for him a home in every sense of the word - a home pleasant and full of comfort where her friends were always welcome. While a happy family circle is broken and there is the vacant chair which never can be filled the happy thought comes to us that our loss is her gain, for she is among the angels where never comes sorrow nor pain. May her dear companion, loving daughter, brother and relatives be enabled by God’s grace to live so when called to meet the destroyer, they may meet him bravely, and realize that they are more than conquerors through Him who loved them and gave Himself for them.
Funeral services were held at 10 o’clock at Rohrer M. E. Chapel, Oct. 3, conducted by Rev. KINDRED, of Eureka, assisted by Rev. BURTON, of the M.E. circuit, the church being filled to its utmost capacity.
A choir consisting of Mrs. SMITH, Misses Beatrice HARNEY, Pearle and Nora FLEMING, Minnie NEECE and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. TURNBULL rendered beautiful and appropriate music, including her favorite “Gathering Home, One by One,” a song of which she often sang snatches in her daily life. After viewing the remains they were carried to the East cemetery and there laid to rest. And now that dear little mound serves to remind us of our precious treasure in heaven.
Farewell, mother, thou hast left us
And thy loss we deeply feel;
But ’tis God who has bereft us –
He can all our sorrows heal.

Obituary of Paul BATEMAN, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BATEMAN, Paul
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary:
September 1, 1922
The community was greatly shocked Tuesday afternoon when word was received of the death of Paul BATEMAN, youngest son of J. T. BATEMAN, northwest of town. Death occurred at Maplewood Sanitarium in Jacksonville at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, being due to inflammation of the stomach and brain. He was stricken suddenly ill Monday night, and removed to Jacksonville Tuesday morning. Several weeks ago he had suffered an attack of the same illness, but had apparently recovered, and seemed to be regaining his former good health.
Paul BATEMAN was born near Waverly July 25, 1902, and was 20 years, 1 month and 4 days of age at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his mother who died May 15, 1916; and is survived by his father, and three brothers, Oliver of Steubenville, O., Fred and Lester, and one sister, Lorayne, all of Waverly.
He attended Waverly Township High School for several years, since which time he has followed the occupation of farming. At an early age he united with the Christian Church and has always lived an upright life. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, but always cheerful, and was a true friend to all who knew him.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the home of J. T. BATEMAN, in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. N. THOMAS. Interment was in Franklin cemetery.

Obituary of Charles Edgar BEERUP, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BEERUP, Charles Edgar
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
May 24, 1917
Obituary: Charles Edgar Beerup passed away Wednesday morning at 2 o’clock at his home 471 South East street, after an illness of five months.
Deceased was born and reared in Franklin, following the occupation of a barber, a trade he learned in the shop of his father. The father, Andrew Beerup, passed away Aug. 9, 1916 and the family removed to Jacksonville, the son taking employment in the shop of Mr. Slater on East Morgan street. Mr. Beerup is survived by his mother, seven sisters and three brothers: Mrs. Roy Hiles and Mrs. Henry VanOnken, Jacksonville, and Mrs. Dean Tucker, Franklin, Mrs. Earl Staats, Detroit, Mich., Lillian Beerup, Alberta, and Earl Beerup, at home are sisters. William Beerup, Fred and George Beerup, are the brothers surviving. One brother and one sister preceded Mr. Beerup in death. The deceased was a young man who stood high in the respect of many friends, and his loss will be mourned on every hand by those who had learned to know him well.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Christian church of Franklin. In charge of the pastor, Rev. James Todd. Jr., assisted by the Rev. W. E. Keenan, pastor of Franklin circuit.

Obituary of Charles L. BEERUP, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BEERUP, Charles L.
Name of Newspaper: Franklin Times
Date of Obituary:
April 1, 1921
Hopelessly ill for several months, during which he suffered intensely at times and sustained a number of light paralytic strokes, C. L. BEERUP sought and found rest Friday evening. His lifeless body was discovered in a well in the barn lot of the family home by members of the family and others who began a search for him when it developed that he was missing.
Their son, Otto, wife and baby, had supper with Mr. and Mrs. BEERUP that evening and later he left, saying he was going up to the barber shop operated by his sons. About 8 o’clock Mrs. Audie BEERUP went to the shop and at once asked her husband where his father was. Thinking he might have stopped in some store, they looked for him but failed to find him. The sons with Deputy Sheriff Oyer WRIGHT, who was here on official business, Trusten STEWART, Frank REAGEL, and others then went to the residence and with two flashlights began searching the premises.
Otto BEERUP found two boards removed from the platform of the stock well and the body was to be seen near the surface, apparently resting on some pipes which had carried water to the barn. The head and shoulders were above the water and they reached down, lifted the body out and carried it to the house.
The gold watch of the deceased was found hanging on a nail in a small corn-crib not far from the well and his cane hung on the fence near-by.
Coroner ROSE was notified and on his arrival empaneled a jury consisting of W. M. REES, foreman, Luther WILEY, clerk, Will C. HART, J. L. HOCKING, Wm. SHEPHERDSON and Otto BEERUP and Oyer WRIGHT, were heard and the jury then returned a verdict as follows:
“We the undersigned jurors, sworn to inquire of the death of C. L. BEERUP, do on oath find that he came to his death by drowning while deranged.”
Charles L. BEERUP, son of John and Nettie BEERUP, was born in Franklin, on Sept. 9, 1858, and departed this life at his home in the village on March 25, 1921, aged 62 years, 6 months and 16 days..
In September 1881, the deceased was united in marriage with Miss Mary E. AUSTIN, of Franklin, who survives him with three sons born of their marriage, Dr. Elmer E. BEERUP, of Decatur, Audie and Otto BEERUP, of Franklin, and five grandchildren, Ruth, Austin, Kathryn, Margaret and Leo BEERUP.
He also leaves one son, Marvin BEERUP, of Macomb, and one sister, Mrs. Anna AUSTIN, of Franklin. Three brothers, John, Douglas, and Andrew, preceded him in death.
In his early manhood Mr. BEERUP learned the barber’s trade and followed this avocation until failing health caused his retirement from active pursuits. For a period of nearly twenty years he was also extensively engaged in the buying of horses and mules for the East St. Louis market and became widely known to farmers in Morgan and adjoining counties as a good judge of horses and a man who could be relied upon to keep his word.
In business he was modestly successful. In the community life he took more than a passive interest in matters pertaining to public welfare, and was outspoken in hi opinions. In the course of his lifetime he erected several of the mercantile buildings which have a place in the village.
He stood firm for his friends and he was devoted to his wife and sons and to their children and found much pleasure in the fact that he had lived to see all his sons reach manhood and undertake its responsibilities prepared to care for themselves and their families. He bore his afflictions cheerfully, and when convinced that there was no hope for his restoration to health turned his face toward the setting sun, a loving and indulgent husband and father to the last.
In Franklin Camp, Modern Woodmen of America, he years ago made provision for his wife and children after his death, and while not a member of any organized church, he was always a believer in the Bible and its teachings.
Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, in charge of Rev. H. A. SHERMAN, and the house was filled with relatives and friends of the family. A solo, “The Lord Knows Why,” was sung by Miss Blanche HARNEY before the funeral party left the residence. Music at the church was supplied by a quartet composed of Misses Dorothea SCOTT and Katherine EADOR, Edward F. and Wilbur SEYMOUR, with Miss Ruth MCLAMAR at the organ. These sang “Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace” and “Face to Face” and Miss Blanche HARNEY sang as a solo “Death Is Only a Dream.”
The flowers were in charge of Mrs. Claud BEERUP, of Alexander, Mrs. Albert ALDERSON, Misses Aliene AUSTIN and Anna WRIGHT. Interment was made in the village cemetery. The bearers were Oyer WRIGHT, M. L. ANDERSON, John VOTSMIER, Chas. OLINGER, Wm. WHALEN and W. M. REES.

Obituary of Preston A. BERRY, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Mary Gorham
Ancestor of Carol Berry Milgard, Contributed by Mary Gorham

Name of Deceased: BERRY, P. A..
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
February 19, 1889
Obituary: An Old Citizen Gone.
A few days since Mr. Thomas P. STACY, of this city, received a letter from his son at Tacoma, saying P. A. BERRY was very ill and yesterday morning came a dispatch that the invalid was no more. Mr. BERRY came to this city an orphan about 45 years since and lived with his uncle, Wm. BLACK. Twice he went to California in search of gold and later was associated with the late David DAVENPORT and others in buying and shipping horses; he was also engaged in other enterprises. His wife was a niece of Major HARRIS, near New Berlin, and a sister of Andrew HARRIS, well known in this city. He had one son, John, a well known business man in Tacoma, with whom he had lived for the past year, one son, James, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary QUINN, both in Chicago.

February 24, 1889
Funeral of P. A. BERRY.
The remains of the late P. A. BERRY are now enroute to this city and are expected to arrive so that the funeral services may be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the residence of M. Wm. CLAMPIT on East State street.
Friends of the family are invited to attend. This is by request of his son to correct an announcement that the funeral would occur at Centenary church today.

February 26, 1889
Funeral of P. A. BERRY. The funeral of the late Preston A. BERRY occurred according to announcement at the residence of Mr. Preston SPATES yesterday afternoon. Services were conducted by Rev. G. R. S. MCELFRESH assisted by Rev. Joel GOODRICK. Music of an appropriate character was furnished by Mrs. Judge WHITLOCK, Mrs. W. D. MATHERS, Dr. M. H. GOODRICK and Mr. Thos. RAPP. The bearers were Mssrs. D. M. SIMMONS, O. D. FITZSIMMONS, Preston SPATES, H. R. JOHNSON, W. H. THOMPSON and W. C. WRIGHT. Mr. George LANDERS was usher and proved himself exeedingly valuable by his kindly services. Burial was in Jacksonville cemetery.

Obituary of Elsie Mae SMITH BIEBER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Linda Schoneberger 

Name of Deceased: BIEBER, Elsie Mae (SMITH)
Name of Newspaper: Courier, Jacksonville IL
Date of Obituary:
January 24, 1978
Elsie BIEBER, 92, dies here Monday
Elsie Mae BIEBER, 92, formerly of 448 W. Walnut St, died Monday morning at Modern Care Convalescent Facility. She was born in Jacksonville August 19, 1885, a daughter of Ed V and Mary Fernandes SMITH. She married William BIEBER in Jacksonville October 11, 1906. He preceded her in death in 1946. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Henry (Frances) BODENSIEK of Jacksonville; a brother, Russell H SMITH of Jacksonville; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Lloyd, in 1975; an infant son; two sisters and four brothers. She was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. She was made an honorary member of the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church of the United States in 1953. She was a member of Royal Neighbors Camp 171 and the VFW Auxiliary Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Cody and Son Memorial Homes with the Rev. Leslie THURSTON and the Rev. C Frank JANSSEN officiating. Burial will be in Jacksonville East Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday; the family will meet friends Tuesday from 7 - 9 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to the Northminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.


Obituary of Mary Emma WHITTIER BIEBER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Linda Schoneberger 

Name of Deceased: BIEBER, Mary Emma (WHITTIER)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville IL paper
Date of Obituary:
death date 8 October 1947
Mrs. Emma BIEBER Dies Thursday in Davenport, Iowa
Mrs. Emma BIEBER, 88 years old, formerly of this city, died Thursday morning at 8:30 o’clock in Davenport, Iowa, where she had made her home for the past 25 years. Word of her death was received here by her daughter, Mrs. Lynn CASSELL, 345 Caldwell Street. Mrs. BIEBER, widow of the late Hermann BIEBER, was born at Lisbon Falls, Maine, on November 25, 1858. Her husband preceded her in death 41 years ago. She also was preceded in death by one son, William BIEBER of Jacksonville. She is survived by four daughters and three sons: Mrs. Carl RUEBLING and Mrs. Charles DEFRATES of Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. Paul BOYER, Rock Island; Mrs. Lynn CASSELL, Jacksonville; Harry and Karl BIEBER, Davenport, and George BIEBER, Claremont, NH. There are 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The remains will be brought to the Williamson Funeral Home here Friday afternoon. The family will meet friends there Friday evening between 7:30 and 9 o’clock Funeral arrangements will be announced later. (Burial was in East Cemetery, Jacksonville)

Obituary of Herman Karl BIEBER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2007 Submitted by: Linda Schoneberger 

Name of Deceased: BIEBER, Herman Karl
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: January 13, 1907
Herman K. BIEBER, a highly respected citizen, died Saturday at his home, 720 North Diamond Street, after an illness of one week at the age of 58 years. The deceased was born in Coberg, Germany, in 1849. For the past seven years he has been employed at Capps’ mill, being foreman of the coat finishing department. He was also a member of the Modern Woodmen of American camp No. 912. Mr. BIEBER is survived by his wife and eight children: George W, of Connecticut; Carl, of Davenport, Iowa; William and Harry of this city; Mrs. Boniger, of Davenport, Iowa; and Misses Etta, Emma and Ruth at home. Funeral announcements will be made later.

Obituary of William BIEBER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Linda Schoneberger 

Name of Deceased: BIEBER, William
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville IL paper
Date of Obituary: May 13, 1946 death 12 May
William BIEBER is Claimed by Death; Funeral Tuesday
William BIEBER, 1013 North Church St, for 44 years machinist and valued employee of J Capps & Sons, died at 10:10 o’clock Sunday morning at the family residence, following an illness of three months duration. He was the son of Herman and Emma BIEBER and was born in Maine (Sabattus), June 23, 1885. He was united in marriage with Elsie Mae Smith in this city October 11, 1906. Three children were born to this union. One son, William Jr., died April 6, 1915. The wife and one son, Lloyd BIEBER, and one daughter, Frances BODENSIEK, survive. He leaves surviving also his mother, Mrs. Emma BIEBER, of Davenport, Iowa and the following brothers and sisters: George BIEBER, Cantookook, NH; Karl and Harry BIEBER of Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. Etta CASSELL of this city; Mrs Ruth BOYER, Rock Island; and Mrs Emma DEFRATES and Mrs Bertha BONIGER both of Davenport, Iowa. He leaves also three grandchildren.

Active in Church Work

Mr. BIEBER was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder for 31 years. He served as superintendent of the Sunday School for 23 years and as clerk of the session for many years. He represented the church on the Board of Governors of Passavant Hospital. During the administration of H. H. VASCONCELLOS as mayor, Mr. BIEBER served as a memer of the park board. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock daylight time at Northminster church, with interment in Jacksonville cemetery. The body will be taken to the church an hour before the service. The body is at the Williamson Funeral Home and will be at the residence after 4 p.m. Monday.

Obituary of Lucinda BIGELOW (FOGG), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Mary Gorham

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Name of Deceased: BIGELOW, Lucinda (FOGG).
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal,
Date of Obituary: August 3, 1905
Obituary: One of Waverly’s oldest residents, Lucinda FOGG BIGELOW, passed away July 25, 1905, at the age of 80 years and 9 months, at the home of her son, Charles E. BIGELOW, Joliet, Ill.
She had been ill for the past nine months, during which time life was to her one continual long suffering. The sole desire of her heart was to die at the home of her only son. In accordance with his mother’s wishes and with the advice of the attending physician he removed her to his home May 22, 1905.
She profited by the change and some hopes of her recovery were entertained. Two weeks ago she suffered a relapse which finally caused her death.
Thus at the breaking of the silver cord she passed from the world of toil and care to the haven of rest which Christ promised to all his followers. Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
The deceased was born October 27, 1824, in Thornton, New Hampshire. Here she spent her early childhood, moving to Bangor, Maine, at the age of 10 years. At her father’s death, six years later, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, making her home with her brother, Jesse.
At an early age she united with the Congregational church, and ever since has kept the faith and firmly believed in the works of Christ.
In 1847, at the age of 23, she was united in marriage to John Russell BIGELOW. Four years later she came to Waverly, Illinois, where she has resided the greater part of her life.
After eleven years of happily wedded life her husband passed away, leaving his young wife to toil and struggle for her two children, Ellen and Charles.
The daughter, Ellen, in budding womanhood, went to meet her father March 19, 1865, at the age of fifteen years.
The mother bore up through all her trials and sufferings and lived to raise her son and see him situated to a happy home.
Having lived in Waverly 54 years, she made many life long friends who, with her son Charles and three grandchildren; of Joliet, Ill., now mourn the loss of one they loved so dearly.
Now, having crossed the crystal river, happiness and rest has come to her tired soul. If we could look beyond we would see a happy reunion, the meeting of husband, wife and daughter.
Where no shadow shall bewilder,
Where life’s vain parade is o’er;
Where the sleep of sin is broken,
And the dreamer dreams no more.
Where the child has found the mother,
Where the mother finds the child;
Where the loved ones all are gathered,
That were scattered on the wild:
We shall meet and we shall rest,
Mid the holy and the blest;
We shall meet on yonder shore,
With the loved ones gone before;
We shall meet and we shall rest,
Mid the holy and the blest.

Obituary of James BISHOP, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
Ancestor of Timothy and Theresa Oloffson

Name of Deceased: BISHOP, James
Name of Newspaper: White Hall Register
Date of Obituary: February 14, 1930
Obituary: James BISHOP aged 62 years, 4 months, and 8 days of White Hall died at Our Saviors Hospital Jacksonville.
Mr. BISHOP was born Oct. 3, 1857 the son of Henry C. and Melissa FANNING BISHOP. On Dec. 25, 1888 Miss Loah E. WRIGHT and he were married.
Besides the widow he is survived by the following children: Lyall; Gordan of Trenton, NJ; and Henry of White Hall. Funeral was held at the M.E. church Thursday, Feb. 13, 1930. Burial was made in the White Hall Cemetery.

Obituary of Peyton BLAND, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BLAND, Peyton
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
February 5, 1918
Death Comes to Peyton BLAND Yesterday Afternoon at His Home
Peyton Bland, one of the prominent farmers of the eastern part of the county died Monday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock.
The end came at his home near Yeoman, about three and a half miles north and east of Franklin after an illness of some duration.. Mr. Bland was rightly considered one of the substantial business men in the community in which he resided and had the respect of all acquaintances. He was a man but 35 years of age, and the family and relatives will have the sincerest sympathy of the community in his untimely demise.
Mr. BLAND was born in Menard county, near Ashland, Illinois, Nov. 5, 1882, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. BLAND, who survive him. He was married April 20, 1904 to Miss Nina DOUGHERTY. The widow and one son, Jewel, aged 10 years survive as do the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Elmer WRIGHT of Scottsville, Mrs. John WYNN of Franklin, John T. BLAND of Franklin, Wesley E. BLAND of Franklin, and Mrs. Otto SPIRES of Franklin.
Deceased was a faithful member of the Christian church with which faith he had been affiliated for a number of years. He was also a member of I. O. O. F., Lodge No. 121.
While no definite hour has been set for the funeral it will be held Wednesday at the Christian church at Franklin.

Obituary of William BLANEY, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BLANEY, William
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary:
Nov. 1900
Obituary: After a lingering illness of several months, with that dreaded disease, consumption, Wm. BLANEY aged 48 years died at his home in St. Louis last Monday evening Nov. 6, and was brought to this city on Wednesday where a short service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Y.M. HODGERSON, after which the body was laid to rest in the Turner cemetery. Mr. BLANEY was a nephew of Mrs. HODGERSON and was well known in this vicinity.

Obituary of Willard BLODGETT, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: from Cemetery Book
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Name of Deceased: BLODGETT, Willard
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: Thursday, Nov. 24, 1881
Obituary: Concord news notes: After five weeks of painful suffering, Willard Blodgett succumbed to the fell destroyer, death, on the 14th. He was about 29 years of age. Typhoid fever was his disease, and his death is mourned by all, and sympathy for the stricken wife is universal. He was buried in the Woodward Cemetery on the 17th. (Another obituary notice says he died on his third wedding anniversary and that the funeral sermon was preached by the same minister who officiated at his wedding. The same obituary says Willard was childless and that he was age 25.)

Obituary of John G. BOND, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BOND, John G.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
August 9, 1907
Disappointed in Love, John BOND Hangs Himself – Leaves Note Giving Cause.
Our neighboring town of Franklin was thrown into a state of unusual excitement last Friday evening when the intelligence was received in the village that John G. BOND, the 26 year old son of George BOND, living 2½ miles east of that place was found hanging by a halter rope in an old log corn crib situated a short distance from the family residence. From information at hand we glean the following particulars:
BOND had been busy during the day working in the field and he was not missed by his parents until the supper hour arrived, when he did not make his appearance. Fear arising that something wrong had happened a search was instituted. It was some time before the old crib was visited, for it was least expected he would be found there.
With lighted lantern the father went to the deserted crib between 7:30 and 8 o’clock and there, to his horror, the lifeless body of his son was found hanging by a rope to one of the beams of the crib. A number of the neighbors were summoned and the body was taken down and carried to the house. From the body it was supposed the deed had been committed about the middle of the afternoon.
A search was made on his person for any message he might have left, and in one of his pockets was found a note in which he stated that he had had high aims in life, but had failed to reach them. He grieved over the condition of the weather that prevented him from getting his work done in time, referring especially to the wheat and oat crops. He provided for the disposition of several things, among them the payment of a few debts, and told his mother not to grieve over his death as he had failed to reach the objects he had worked for in life.
Back of it, however, a love story is interwoven. It seems that young BOND had been in love with a young lady in Franklin, who had rejected his offer of marriage and married another man, with whom she moved to Missouri.
They soon separated, followed by a divorce. Finding this out, young BOND opened a correspondence with the young divorcee, with what result no one knows, but it is thought some new difficulty had come between them, for he had made plans to make a visit to Missouri in the near future.
He was considered one of the promising young men of the Franklin neighborhood; his conduct was always honorable and upright, and he was industrious in nature. He was a member of the Franklin I. O. O. F. lodge, and also a member of the Baptist church. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Mrs. Edward JOHNSON of Franklin, and two brothers, Bert BOND of Virden and Oscar BOND, living in the west.
Owing to the nature of his death an inquest was held by Coroner SPENCER at the family residence last Saturday afternoon, a verdict being rendered in accordance with the testimony given.
The funeral services took place last Monday at 10 a.m., from the Franklin Methodist Church, the Rev. Geo. HART officiating. Interment followed in the Franklin cemetery under the burial service of the Franklin lodge I.O.O.F.

Obituary of Andrew Jackson BRANOM, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BRANOM, Andrew Jackson
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary:
April 1909
Obituary: Andrew Jackson BRANOM, was born in Monroe, Overton county, Tenn., Aug. 13, 1830, and died at his home in Waverly, Ill., May 29, 1909.
August 9, 1847, he was united in marriage to Miss Martha ARNETT, who is still living, but quite feeble in body. To this union were born twelve children; James, Sarah, Martha, Frances, John, Andrew, Mary, Alice, Charles, Newton, Belle and Hattie. Three of the children, Sarah, Frances, and Andrew preceded him to the grave, leaving the mother and nine children to mourn their loss.
Brother and sister BRANOM came to this state in the year 1851, and have lived in or near Waverly ever since. They are well known and highly esteemed citizens.
Soon after coming to this state, he professed religion at the New Hope church and united with the M. E. church at that place. Later, he united with the M. E. church, South, at Appalonia, and from there his membership was transferred to Waverly M.E. church, South, in the year 1884. In his early life he was a regular attendant at church services, but owing to severe bodily afflictions, for many years prior to his death, he attended church only occasionally.
He was a great sufferer for many years, and God alone knows the effects of this on his life. In his last illness, he often talked to the children advising them as to how they should live, and telling them he was ready to go, and only wished how soon the good Lord might see fit to release him from suffering and take him home. Though suffering greatly, he often sang for his own comfort, selections from the old church hymns.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. T. MATHIS, P. E. and R. J. WATTS, P. C., in the M.E. church, South, May 30, a large sympathizing congregation attending, after which the remains were laid to rest in Rogers cemetery to await the resurrection of the just.

Obituary of Martha Marena BRANOM (ARNETT), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BRANOM, Martha Marena (ARNETT)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal-Enterprise
Date of Obituary: September 17, 1909
Obituary: Mrs. Martha Marena BRANOM died at her home in this city Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1909, aged 76 years, 5 months and 28 days. She had been in poor health for two years, and confined to her home since last March with Bright’s disease.
Martha Marena ARNETT was born March 17, 1833, in Overton county, Tennessee. She was married August 9, 1849, to Andrew J. BRANOM, and with him came to Morgan county, Illinois, in 1851. On May 29, 1909, her husband died, and since that time her health has rapidly declined.
She is survived by the following children: J. W. BRANOM, of Franklin; John D., Newton A., Mrs. Geo. ARNETT, Mrs. Wilbur RAWSON and Mrs. Jos. LOWERY, of Waverly; Mrs. J. S. PECKHAM of Jacksonville; Mrs. N. J. REAL, of Chicago, and Chas. H. BRANOM of Medora.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. church South, in this city, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by interment in Rogers cemetery.

Obituary of William P. BRASWELL, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BRASWELL, William P.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
June 16, 1915
Obituary: William P. BRASWELL, who passed away at Our Saviour’s hospital Monday night at 11:30, as mentioned in yesterday’s Journal, was born September 24, 1839 in Tennessee, being the son of Benjamin BRASWELL. The family came to this county about the time of the civil war and settled near Franklin.
He married Miss Margaret Frances BARTON of Franklin, and the family resided in that community for more than forty years. The following children survive: Mrs. Ellsworth BURCH, Waverly; Mrs. Celia SMITH, Franklin; Mrs. Pearl WHITTLER, Modesto; Emmett BRASWELL, Franklin. He also leaves two brothers, John BRASWELL of California, James of Chapin, also a step-daughter, Mrs. Ida NELSON of Granite City. He leaves ten grandchildren. For the past four years Mr. BRASWELL has resided one and one-half miles southeast of Chapin.
The funeral will be conducted form the residence of Emmett BRASWELL, Franklin, at ten o’clock this morning the services being in charge of Rev. E. S. VORBECK with interment in the Franklin cemetery.

Obituary of Quitman BROWN, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BROWN, Quitman
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
Wed., January 17, 1917
Obituary: George BROWN of 996 East College avenue received word Tuesday of the death of his brother Quitman BROWN at his home in Sterling, Colo. Death resulted from heart failure early Tuesday morning.
Deceased was born in this vicinity 67 years ago and this city was his home until thirty years ago when he removed to Colorado. He was a lawyer by profession and studied in the office of the late Judge EPLER.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter. His mother, Mrs. EDWARDS, one brother, George BROWN both of this city and one sister, Mrs. Ella ATKINS of Dayton, Ohio, also survive. Funeral
services will be held and interment made in Sterling.

Born: 21 Jan 1850; Chambersburg, Pike, Illinois
Married: 4 Nov 1876 to Lillie CRANE; Pittsfield, Pike, Illinois
Married: 1888/89 to Josephine
Died: 16 Jan 1917; Sterling, Logan, Colorado
Buried: Riverside Cem.; Sterling, Logan, Colorado

Obituary of Franklin Pierce BROWN, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BROWN, Franklin Pierce
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
Aug. 19, 1902
Obituary: Frank P. BROWN died Monday morning at 5 o’clock at the home of his brother, 996 East College avenue, after an illness of two years.The deceased was a single man and was about 48 years old. He was born in Chambersburg and has only lived in this city about three years, having come here from Peoria at that time.
The funeral will be from the house today at 2 o’clock.

Born: 28 Aug 1852; Chambersburg, Pike, Illinois
Died: 18 Aug 1902; Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois
Buried: 19 Aug 1902; Diamond Grove Cem., Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois

Obituary of George W. BROWN, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BROWN, George W.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
29 November 1924
George BROWN, Carpenter, Ends Life By Hanging Sometime WednesdayNight —
Coroner Holds Inquest
George BROWN, a well known carpenter of this city, ended his ownlife by hanging sometime Wednesday night in a barn in the rear of his residence at 996 East College avenue. The body was found at 9 o’clock Thursday morning. According to testimony introduced at the coroner’sinquest this morning, Mr. Brown was suffering from temporary insanity at the time he committed the act.
His feet were touching the floor when the body was found, but there was a tight loop about his neck and death was probably caused by strangulation. The rope was attached to a rafter several feet over the man’s head.
One of the first persons to arrive at the barn was Albert ATHERTON of Springfield, son-in-law of the decedent, who was called here when Mr. BROWN was missed. Mr. ATHERTON was one of the witnesses at the inquest, and told of his father-in-law’s actions of late, indicating that he was unbalanced.
The body was cut down and removed to the house. Dr. H.C. WOLTMAN was called and examined the remains. He also testified at the inquest.
It was brought out that Mr. BROWN had not been in the best of health recently, and that he appeared to be unbalanced. He had made threats to end his life, it was stated.
The jury found that death was due to hanging with suicidal intent, while the decedent was suffering from mental derangement. The jury was composed of C.S. YOUNG, who becomes coroner of the county nextMonday; W.F. COOK, J.L. TAYMAN, J.N. GREEN, G.L. RIGGS and P.G. STEIN, clerk.
Mr. BROWN was born March 17, 1857 at Chambersburg, Ill. He was united in marriage with Nettie M. HITCHCOCK in Jacksonville when a young man. He followed the occupation of carpenter and did contracting.
The decedent was a member of Centenary M.E. church and a member of Harmony Lodge No. 3, A.F. & A.M., Illini Lodge No. 4, I.O.O.F. and the Court of Honor.
He leaves his wife and three children: Mrs. Arthur SCOTT, Chicago, Mrs. Albert ATHERTON, Springfield, and George Arthur BROWN, Chicago. There is one sister, Mrs. Ella ATKINS of Danville, Ill.
The remains were prepared for burial at the GILLHAM Funeral Home and will be removed to the family residence, 996 East College avenue, where services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. E.L. TOBIE will officiate, and interment will be in Diamond Grove Cemetery.

Born: 17 Mar 1857; Chambersburg, Pike, Illinois
Married: 2 Aug 1879 to Minnie SCHUMAKER; Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois
Married: 16 Mar 1882 to Nettie May HITCHCOCK; Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois
Died: 26 Nov 1924; Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois
Buried: 29 Nov 1924; Diamond Grove Cem., Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois

Obituary of Louisa BROWN, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BROWN, Louisa
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary:
24 Feb 1882
Obituary: The funeral of Miss Louisa BROWN occurred from the residence ofher mother on East College Avenue at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Many friends were present and took part in the services, which were led by Dr. SHORT. The body was taken to Diamond Grove Cemetery and there buried.

Born: 22 Dec 1859; Chambersburg, Pike, Illinois
Died: 22 Feb 1882; Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois
Buried: 23 Feb 1882; Diamond Grove Cem., Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois

Obituary of Mary BROWN (WOODFORD), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BROWN, Mary (WOODFORD)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Enterprise
Date of Obituary:
July 20, 1905
Mary WOODFORD was born in Avon, Conn., October 23, 1813. She died at Waverly, July 15 1905, aged 91 years, 8 months and 22 days. She was married to Dr. I. N. BROWN July 29, 1834. Her husband came west in 1836, and she followed in 1838. He united with the Congregational church of Waverly January 28, and she on August 6, 1838.
From that time until the time of his death Dr. BROWN held the office of deacon, and his wife, a true helpmate in this as in other things, had the responsibility of the communion service. During that same long period she was as well or even better known as a leader of song. From the days of pioneer womanhood until she reached three score years her musical voice led in choir and the mid-week evening service.
Mrs. BROWN was the mother of nine children. Two died in infancy, Frederick A. in 1876, and William Woodford in 1889; five still live. Mrs. F. H. CURTISS of Waverly; Mrs. E. A. TANNER, of Jacksonville; O. H. BROWN, of Denver; Dr. A. C. BROWN, of Chicago; and S. S. BROWN, of Kansas City.
Their home was ever a place of hospitality, open always to the preacher, the teacher and the friend. To attempt to give an adequate sketch of the church life of Mrs. BROWN would be impossible in this brief limits of the hour, but we as a church want to tell a few things in loving remembrance as to her life here with us and for us in this church.
We can hardly realize what a loss we have sustained and what Mrs. BROWN has been to us. She did so much and yet was so modest. She never wanted us to say how much we appreciated her, but no one was more active in Christian work and fervent spirit. She loved the church of God, she loved the place of prayer and was willing to do her part. She was one of the pioneers in church work and had an unflinching energy to overcome all obstacles, which was strikingly displayed in the Ladies Aid work. She was a charter member and has worked in it and for it ever since. This year her work was in our Easter Fair.
She had work done many times just to keep the society going; she gave money and strength alike, and she was slighted if she was not told and allowed to do her part. In late years we sometimes thought we would not ask her, but if she heard of any project on hand, she wrote and asked about it, and wanted to know what she could do.
Most people, wait to be asked, she did not. Many times her energy kept us going, she insisted and we did, because Grandma Brown wanted us to and in this way a good many doubtful days were overcome.
She was one of the first in the Missionary society organized in 1870. She was in her place whenever she could be; she was vice president for years; she gave of her means freely. We think she was one, if not the largest contributor to both home and foreign missions that this church had. When she could not come, the money did.
We all, or many do, remember her voice in prayer and supplication for us all in the midweek meetings. She prayed for us who are left that we might be faithful to do the work that God has given us to do.
And when nearly 90 years old she became a member of the S. S. Home Department. Nothing seemed to small for her to do to help on the church and cause of Christ. Her name never failed to have the collection with it, so long as she was able. We pray that her mantle will fall upon someone who will try to take her place with us in this church life.
Funeral services were conducted at the Congregational church Monday at 4:30 p.m., the pastor, Rev. W. S. BUGBEY, officiating. Interment was made in East cemetery, and the grave was strewn with the most beautiful flowers as tokens from loving friends.

Obituary of George BUHRE, Morgan Co Illinois ©2007 Submitted by: Lois Gillespie

Name of Deceased: BUHRE, George
Name of Newspaper: Daily Illinois Courier
Date of Obituary: 30 Aug 1906
Obituary: BUHRE
Word was received in the city today of the death of George BUHRE, which occurred at his home in Chicago Wednesday. He had been ill about six weeks, and it is presumed that death was caused by heart trouble. Mr. BUHRE was 46 years of age at the time of his death and resided in this city until about fifteen years ago. Since that he has made his home in Chicago. He is survived by his mother and five sisters, Mrs. William MAUIER of Springfield, Mrs. William HAGEL of Miam?? Indian Territory, Mrs. Michael WHITE and Misses Lena and Anna BUHRE of this city, and two brothers, Phillip of Salt Lake City and Frank of Chicago. The remains will be brought here for interment and the funeral will be held from the Church of Our Savior Friday morning.

Obituary of Thomas BURRUS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BURRUS, Thomas
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville paper
Date of Obituary: Sept. 2, 1904 and Wednesday, Sept. 7, 1904
Obituary: Meredosia news. The following paragraphs are a combination of the two obituaries, extracting the most genealogical information possible. “Thomas BURRUS, another of Morgan county’s oldest and most respected pioneers, departed this life last Wednesday morning at 4 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George NAYLOR, in Meredosia, with whom he had made his home many years. Mr. BURRUS was born in Tennessee Aug. 14, 1828, and came to this state with his parents when quite a young boy. He was married to Miss Ellen Jane MASTERSON in Morgan County, Illinois, Sept. 10, 1847, with whom he lived happily for many years. To this union eight children were born, four of whom are living: Mrs. Jane GUTHRIE of Pittsville, Cala., Mrs. George (Mary) NAYLOR of Meredosia, Ill., William David of Emporia, Kan., and John Edward of Bristol, Tenn. Three brothers and one sister also survive him, namely, Charles, of Naples, Joseph, of Mckendree Chapel, Matthew and Mrs. Elizabeth BEAUCHAMP, residing at Greenview. Uncle Tommy was a man of beautiful Christian character, honest in all his dealings with his fellow man. He was converted in early youth, uniting with the Methodist church. The world was made better by his having lived in it. A brief service was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George NAYLOR at 8:30 a.m. and at 11 o’clock more extensive services were held at McKendree Chapel. A large concourse of sorrowing friends followed the remains to the BURRUS Cemetery, where the interment took place.”

Obituary of William BURRUS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: BURRUS, William
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: Feb. 15, 1902
Obituary: “Wm. BURRUS, son of Martin BURRUS and Elizabeth BURRUS, was born in Overton County, Tennessee, April 26,1820, being the eldest of twelve children. In company with his parents he came to Morgan county at the age of 12 and has since resided here. He was married Feb. 17, 1842, to Nancy MASTERSON and to them were born eleven children, seven of whom are living. Thomas J., Benj. J., Wm. M., Alexander, Eliza A., Mary C., and Martha J. The four deceased children are Elizabeth C., John H., James m., and Felix O. Besides his children he is survived by four brothers and a sister, Thomas, Matthew, Charles and Joseph and Elizabeth BEAUCHAMP, wife of Edward BEAUCHAMP, of Menard County. He is also survived by 33 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
The deceased was one of the founders of the Methodist church of which he was at his death, the oldest member. His wife preceded him about five years ago. All his long life he was kind and loving father and a faithful friend. He was an exemplary Christian citizen and his faithful life might profitably be emulated by those who mourn his departure. His influence will rest like a benediction upon all who have known him. The funeral was conducted from the late home Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1902, where a short service was held. Services were continued at McKendree Chapel at 11 o’clock by Rev. W.T. EVANS who preached an affecting sermon. The bearers were six of his grandchildren: Thos. BURRUS, Geo. BURRUS, Edgar BURRUS, James MCLAIN and Albert HARRIMAN.