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Obituary of Sarah GARST (GIBSON), Morgan County Illinois ©2007  Submitted by: Marilyn Trover Galvan

Name of Deceased: GARST, Sarah (GIBSON)
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Obituary: Mrs. Sarah GARST Girard, Sept. 26, 1951 Mrs. Sarah GARST, of Girard, died at 4:30 AM Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles COULTAS, of Virden. Mrs. GARST was 95 years old and had been ill for some time. Mrs. GARST was born Dec. 17, 1855, near Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, the daughter of Cullen and Nancy DAUGHERTY GIBSON. As a young woman, Mrs. GARST moved in a covered wagon to Nebraska. She later moved to Madison, Kansas, and resided there until 1900. She then returned to Illinois. She was a member of the Girard Church of Brethren. Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Florence ANDREW and Mrs. Stella LANTZ of Madison, Kansas; Mrs. Edith KOHL of Omaha, Nebraska; and Mrs. Ethel COULTAS of Virden, Illinois; one son John C. GARST of Madison, Kansas; one sister Mrs. Lizzie STOWE of Springfield, Illinois; two brothers, Henry GIBSON of Girard, Illinois; and Cullen Q. GIBSON of Springfield, Illinois; 9 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Remains are at the BERRY Funeral home in Girard where funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday.

Obituary of James William GIBSON, Morgan County Illinois ©2007  Submitted by: Marilyn Trover Galvan

Name of Deceased: GIBSON, James William
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Obituary: James William GIBSON was born near Franklin, Morgan Co, IL, January 9, 1847; died at the home of his oldest child, Mrs. S. B. MILLER , in Des Moines, Iowa, July 9, 1900, at the ago of 53 years and 6 months. He was the second of a family of fourteen children, all of whom survive him, except two sisters. His early life was spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. GIBSON, in Morgan County, IL. At about the age of 18 he came to Macoupin County, IL, where he has lived since that time. On the 27th day of February, 1868, he was married to Mary M. WRIGHT. To this union seven children have been born, all of whom survive the father except the second child, a daughter who died in infancy. In their early married life both of them united with the German Baptist Church of which they have been faithful members ever since. In the early spring he was effected with pains in the left side of his head, but bore it uncomplainingly until some time in May, when he sought the help of Dr. A. E. PRINCE, in Springfield. He remained in PRINCE‘s sanitarium twelve days, but found only temporary relief. After coming from there he remained at home a little over three weeks. On Monday, June 25, he went to Iowa to try ostoepathic treament. These treatments seemed to relieve him and yet they seemed to hasten the lurking disease. Since Sunday, July 1, he was delirious. On Saturday, July 7, he was seized with spinal meningitis and was unconscious up to the time of his death which occured July 9, 1900. Services were held at the home of Bro. S. B. MILLER, July 10, and 5 o’clock by Bro. R. H. TAYLOR, also at Girard the 11th, by Rev. J. H. BRUBAKER and I. J. HARSHBARGER.

Obituary of Rev. John M. GIBSON, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: GIBSON, Rev. John M.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: January 25, 1890
Obituary: Intelligence reached the city on Friday of the death of Rev. John M. GIBSON at his home near Franklin at an early hour that morning. Pneumonia was the direct cause of his death. Although the beginning was in an attack of influenza which was not at first considered at all dangerous.
Mr. GIBSON was a native of Rutherford County, Tenn., and was born Feb. 3, 1821. He came to Morgan county in 1830 with his father, Jas. GIBSON. He was at an early age married to Mary Davidson, whose parents came to the county in 1831. He was the father of nine children, John M. of Douglas, Kas.; Mrs. John H. VANWINKLE of Franklin; Jas. W., Albert D., Hannah and Mary E. another son Richard and a daughter, Mrs. Eli MANSFIELD live at Franklin.
Mr. GIBSON was ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1875. He has never acted except as a local preacher. He was a man of large heart and thorough consistency. Perhaps no one was more widely known or more popular in the county than he. The announcement of his death will be a blow as well as a surprise to his friends.
It is not known when the funeral will take place, though it is supposed that it will be on Sunday afternoon.

Obituary of Mary GIBSON (DAVIDSON), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: GIBSON, Mary (DAVIDSON)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: Wednesday, February 11, 1920
Pioneer Resident Dies at Home of Daughter in Franklin - Had Resided in this County Practically all Her Life.
Mrs. Mary DAVIDSON GIBSON, a pioneer resident of this county, passed away at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. P. SIX, in Franklin.
Deceased was the daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth SHARPE DAVIDSON, and was born February 19, 1829. Her parents were residents of Alabama and came to Illinois in 1831 settling in Macoupin county.
In 1848 she was united in marriage to Rev. John M. GIBSON and they resided for many years in the vicinity of Nortonville. Mrs. GIBSON was a member of Providence church and during her long life was a faithful follower of the Master and was always active in the affairs of the church.
She was the mother of eight children, three of whom preceded her in death. They were Della, George C. and Elizabeth VANWINKLE. Her husband died in March, 1890.
She also leaves one brother, Albert of McAllister, Okla; one sister, Mrs. Tabitha MCCURLEY, Modesto, and twenty-eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
In the later years of her life, Mrs. GIBSON devoted much time to Scripture reading and the singing of her favorite hymns which were “Asleep in Jesus, It Is Well With My Soul, Meet Me There,” and others.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o’clock from Providence church.

Obituary of Abraham GOODPASTURE, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Cemetery book
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Name of Deceased: GOODPASTURE, Abraham
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: Wednesday, December 5, 1900
Obituary: The death of Abraham GOODPASTURE, at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 29, called another pioneer from a busy life in old Morgan to the realms above, where pain and suffering are unknown. Abraham GOODPASTURE, known over the north end of the county as “Uncle Abe”, was born in Overton County, Tennessee, June 14, 1817, of a family of ten children, only one surviving him, Mrs. L. B. SMITH of this county. He emigrated to this state, with his parents, in the year 1826, located near Concord and lived in that locality ever since. He was married to Miss Elizabeth SMITH Feb. 14, 1844; of this union there were seven children, five living to be grown, four living at this time, viz.: Mrs. Lewis REXROAT, Mrs. Henry REXROAT, Richard P. and J. J. GOODPASTURE, (Mrs. William SMITH, deceased). Having the misfortune to lose his helpmate he was married the second time to Miss Zanner RICHARDSON, July 1, 1857. Of this union five children were born, four living at the present time, Mrs. Howard TURLEY, of Cass County; Mrs. Henry BRANER, Mrs. Walter BEDDINGFIELD, Mrs. J. O. KENNEDY; (Mrs. Albert CLARK, deceased). The mother Mrs. Zanner GOODPASTURE, was called from this life April 7, 1897. (She is buried in nearby Smith Cemetery.) “Uncle Abe”, being industrious and of frugal mind, accumulated a good property and had every convenience on and about his home that goes to make a home comfortable and a fit place to spend his declining years, while his children were settled near him and spared no pains to make his last days as comfortable as circumstances would permit. Having been taught piety in childhood and he embraced religion at the age of 14, joined the Methodist Protestant church, and lived up to the principles of the church during the remainder of his long life, not as a mere member of the church, but as a conscientious, praying, working Christian who gave support to the church in more substantial tokens than words and deeds. A man outspoken and fair, whose word was as good as his bond, jovial at all times but never inclined to joke, always had a quotation of scripture ready for every emergency, a kind, thoughtful husband, a strict but loving father and a good neighbor. Surely such men are scarce and a neighborhood is fortunate indeed to have such people, and unfortunate when such are called to a higher life, as Mr. GOODPASTURE surely has been.
The funeral occurred on Sunday, Dec. 2, at the late residence of the deceased and was conducted by Rev. R. H. GOODPASTURE, a relative of the deceased, who had been instructed by “Uncle Abe” where to select his text, Heb. 9-27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” The minister preached an eloquent and feeling discourse from the text selected by the deceased, dwelling upon the beauty, advantage and necessity of a Christian life if we would be honored in old age and permitted to enter into the joys of that blessed life promised to those who hold out faithful to the end. The singing was in charge of M. O. SMITH, who selected Miss Stella PETEFISH, of Literberry; Mr. And Mrs. Frank NICKLE, Mrs. Richard SMITH, Mr. L. C. SMITH, of Mt. Vernon; Miss Ella RENTSCHLER, Mrs. H. LEONARD, Mrs. R. H. GOODPASTURE, of Concord; Mrs. Ed REXROAT, of Arcadia, organist. They sang the songs that the old father in Israel loved in his lifetime and many eyes were wet when they heard the sacred words of the old hymns swelling from the lips of so many good singers. Interment was made in the old Morris Chapel Cemetery, where Uncle Abe was laid by the side of the companion of his youth. Mr. WILLIAMSON, of Arenzville, conducted everything in the most approved manner, gentle, quiet and unostentatious, winning the good will of the family and all who were interested. The floral offerings were extensive and beautiful.
The bearers were grandsons of the deceased: Bert SMITH, Thomas MURPHY, John TURLEY, S. T. ERIXON, Ed REXROAT and William FULLER.

Obituary of Jane GRAVES (SAUNDERSON), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: GRAVES, Jane (SAUNDERSON)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: April 13, 1906
Obituary: Jane SAUNDERSON was born in Yorkshire, England, January 1, 1832, and died at her home in Waverly after only a few hours’ illness, Thursday morning, April 5, 1906. With her parents she came to this country when less than three years of age, and lived with them at their home near Franklin until her marriage with Jeremiah GRAVES in June, 1852. They lived near Waverly for some years and about forty one years ago they moved into town, which was home until death.
They were the parents of five children, three of whom, William and Grace of this city, and Mrs. C. B. PERKINS, of San Francisco, survive. One son died in early childhood, and a married daughter, Mrs. Edith DIKIS, died in June, 1891. One grandson, her son, Charles DIKIS, survives her.
Mr. GRAVES died in March 1898, and Mrs. GRAVES and Grace have since lived in their home, growing each year closer and closer together in every thought and purpose. Mrs. GRAVES was a deeply religious person, devoted to her church and its every interest; a mother who deeply loved her children and was ready at all times to sacrifice herself for their comfort. She was a kind friend, every ready with help and sympathy in trouble, and a better neighbor never lived. She will be missed by many and in many homes, but the world is certainly better for her having lived in it.

Obituary of Sarah SPIRES GRIMSLEY (BOLEAR), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: GRIMSLEY, Sarah SPIRES (BOLEAR)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: January 31, 1915
Was Injured by a Fall a Month Ago and Has Been in Hospital Since - Funeral Will be Monday.
Mrs. Sarah GRIMSLEY, a well known citizen of Franklin passed away at a local hospital Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.
About a month ago Mrs. GRIMSLEY fell and sustained serious injuries and she has been very ill since.
Her maiden name was Sarah BOLEAR, and she was born in Kentucky 75 years ago. She came to Morgan county 47
years ago and has since resided at Franklin. She was married twice. Her first husband was James SPIRES who died in 1900. Her second marriage was to Fred GRIMSLEY, who survives her. She leaves no children, the next nearest kin aside from her husband being a brother in Kansas City.
The remains were taken to the undertaking parlors of WILLIAMSON and CODY and Monday morning will be conveyed to Franklin over the Burlington.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the Providence church and interment will be made in the Providence cemetery.

Obituary of Mary Caroline GRIMSLEY (FANNING), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: GRIMSLEY, Mary Caroline (FANNING)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: Thursday, July 6, 1911
Obituary: GRIMSLEY. Mrs. Mary Caroline
GRIMSLEY died at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening at her home in Woodson, death being due to paralysis and the infirmities of old age. Her maiden name was FANNING and she was the youngest of twenty-three children, all of whom are deceased. She was born May 5, 1832, in the Durbin neighborhood, near Franklin, and has lived in this county all her life. She was united in marriage to Abraham GRIMSLEY, who has preceded her in death, and to this union were born seven children, all of whom survive: Fred GRIMSLEY of Franklin, Mrs. Harriet WARD of Austin, Colo., Alby GRIMSLEY of Jacksonville, Mrs. Ida PEAK of Colorado, Mrs. Melissa HENSON of Woodson, James GRIMSLEY of Woodson, Mrs. Mary CARMICHAEL of Ada, Okla., and Everett of Pisgah. Mrs. GRIMSLEY was a member of the Christian church at Woodson and a woman held in high esteem by all who knew her. Funeral announcement will be made later.