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Obituary of Lizzie Almira MAYES (VANCIL), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MAYES, Lizzie Almira (VANCIL)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: September 12, 1930
Obituary: Lizzie Almira VANCIL was born June 7, 1861, near Modesto, and died at her home in Hamilton, Ill., September 4, at 9 a.m., at the age of 69 years, 2 months and 27 days.
She was united in marriage to J. W. MAYES, who survives her. To this union were born ten children, three of whom preceded her in death. She leaves five sons and two daughters, namely: Fred of Beardstown, Albert and Elmer of Springfield, Wm. E. of Portland, Ore., and Thurston, at home, Mrs. Thos. LARGE of Springfield and Mrs. Albert PETERSON of Keokuk, Iowa. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Rilda WHITLOCK of Concord, 41 grandchildren and 15 great grand-children.
She was a member of the M. E. church at Lowder for a number of years. She had long been a sufferer with heart trouble, but her last sickness was of only three weeks duration.
Short services were held at the family home in Hamilton at 7:30, a.m., Saturday, September 6, after which the remains were brought to the Turner cemetery, near Waverly, for burial.

Obituary of Maud G. MAYES, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MAYES, Maud G.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: Nov. 1900
Obituary: Maud G. MAYES, daughter of Jno. W. and Lizzie MAYES, was born Nov. 12, 1888 and died at her home six miles east of Waverly Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 a.m., at the age of 14 yrs. 11 months and 28 days. She had been ill for several months with that dreaded disease, consumption, which finally caused her death.
The funeral was held at the home, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. and was conducted by the Rev. AGNEW.
Interment was in the Turner Cemetery, southwest of town.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved it still;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

Obituary of Iven T. MCMAHON, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MCMAHON, Iven T.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: March 1913
Obituary: Iven T. MCMAHON was born in Madison Co., Ill. in the year 1847. Departed this life March 7, 1913 at the age of 65 years, 6 months and 7 days. He was united in marriage to Margaret KING in the year 1874. To this union were born seven children, one dying in infancy. His wife; four daughters, Mrs. Riley EALEY of Hillsboro, Mrs. Monroe CAMP of Virden, Mrs. James WARD of Waverly and Mrs. James NICHOLS of Lowder; two sons John and Ollie MCMAHON both of Waverly; one stepson Martin M. KING of Niantic, and one brother George L. MCMAHON, are left to mourn their loss.
In the year of 1894 he united with the Apple Creek Baptist church near Waverly.
Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James WARD, March 9, 1913, Rev. E. J. CAMPBELL officiating. Interment was in Turner Cemetery.

Obituary of Almyra COLLINS MCMAHON (TURNER), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MCMAHON, Almyra COLLINS (TURNER)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: January 6, 1922
Obituary: Almyra COLLINS TURNER, daughter of John and Ruth TURNER, was born November 8, 1825, near Collinsville, Madison County, Ill., and departed this life December 31, 1921, aged 96 years, 1 month, 23 days.
When five years of age she moved with her parents to Morgan county. Her father entered land 3½ miles southwest of where Waverly now stands and she has since resided near her early home. She was the last survivor of a family of ten children.
The deceased was a member of the “Old Brock church”, later moving her membership to Appalonia.
She was married March 21, 1849 to John D. MCMAHAN, who died January 23, 1893. She was the mother of seven children; John GOODELL, by a former marriage; Isaac, Clement and Eliza Jane, all of whom have preceded her in death; and Andrew, of Liberal, Mo.; Lemuel and George o f Waverly, who survive her. She also leaves 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
“Aunt Myra” as she was known to relatives and friends, led an unusually active life, doing her housework, or superintending it, until her death.
Funeral services were held at her home, Monday, January 2nd, conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. W. ANDREWS. She was laid to rest in Turner cemetery.

Obituary of “Doc” MCCLAIN, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MCCLAIN, “Doc”
Name of Newspaper: The Enterprise
Date of Obituary: June 11, 1903
Obituary: Died at the home of his son-in-law, Lee RECTOR, in this city Thursday morning, at 8:50 “Doc” MCCLAIN, aged 67 years. He had been a resident of this city and vicinity for many years, and was a familiar figure on our streets, and well known throughout the county. He has long bee a sufferer of kidney trouble, and for the past two or three months has been confined to his bed.
The funeral was held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. Wm. HART, of Hartland, and interment in the Turner graveyard, west of town.

Obituary of Hannah A. MEREDITH (JONES), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: MEREDITH, Hannah A. (JONES)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: Tuesday, August 31, 1926
Obituary: Mrs. MEREDITH Dies At Daughter’s Home. Death came to Mrs. Hannah MEREDITH, for eighty years a Morgan County resident, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. ROLSTON in Franklin, early Sunday morning. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Durbin M.E. church, with Rev. T.S. MITCHELL of Franklin in charge. Burial will follow at the Durbin cemetery. Mrs. MEREDITH was raised on the JONES farm northwest of Franklin, from the time of her fourth birthday. She was born May 16, 1842 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse JONES. She was united in marriage to William DUNSTON. Two surviving children from this union are George DUNSTON, of Franklin, and Mrs. Louis HERRING, of Alton. One child died in infancy. Following the death of Mr. DUNSTON, she was married to John MEREDITH. They had four children, Mrs. J.O. ROLSTON of Franklin, Lee MEREDITH, of Springfield, Fred MEREDITH of Springdale, Ark.,and Lon MEREDITH, deceased. Her husband preceded her in death in 1913.

Obituary of Martha B. MINER (TURNER), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MINER, Martha B. (TURNER)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: June 1904
Obituary: Martha B. TURNER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Israel TURNER, was born Aug. 16, 1852 near Waverly, Ill. She was converted about 40 years ago at the old Mud Prairie school house (where the church now stands) under the preaching of Elder W. P. HART. She was married to Hardin W. MINER Dec. 15, 1861. To this union four children were born.
She died at her home in Granite City, Ill., June 4, 1904 and leaves her husband, four children and one grandchild to mourn their loss, besides numerous relatives and friends. She was laid to rest in the Turner cemetery Sunday, June 5, 1904, the Rev. T. C. COFFEY, pastor of the Waverly Baptist church, officiating

Obituary of George Byron MOFFET, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MOFFET, George Byron
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: September 18, 1903
Obituary: George Byron MOFFET, the only child of John B. and Amanda MOFFET, was born near Waverly Feb 8th, 1870. He died of tuberculosis at Waverly, Sept. 5th, 1903. He was married to Miss Clyde BORUFF, of Murrayville, at the Christian parsonage in this city by the Rev. MARTIN, at that time in charge of the above church. His health began to fail some two years ago. He gave up the position he had held at the Star Store for 14 or more years and went to Larned, Kan., making his home with Mr. and Mrs. Vus MOFFET.
For a while the change seemed beneficial, but a few months ago a rapid decline began and he was brought home by his mother, (who had recently joined him.) He lived a little less than three weeks after reaching his native soil. His wife, mother and several relatives and near friends were at his bedside when he died at the BRISTOW home at an early hour on the morning of the 5th.
George was for many years a member of the First M. E. church in this city and for quite a while was secretary of the Sunday school and being an accomplished pianist delighted many an audience with his talent here and elsewhere.
His life to the people of Waverly is an open book. George MOFFET had his faults, who has not? The large assemblage at both the church and the grave was evidence to what degree he had his virtues. His funeral was held at the M. E. church, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 6, conducted by the Rev. T. B. SMITH, after which the cortege took up the line of march to the East Cemetery, lead by some sixty members of Linton Lodge No. 401, K. of P., of which order the deceased was a charter member. He was laid to rest with Pythian honors, Dr. E. K. BLAIR and Rev. T. B. SMITH officiating at the grave. The floral offerings were beautiful and many. The pallbearers were - Walter B. ROGERS, Walter MILLER, Hardin L. TURNER, Oscar A. ROHRER, Alvin C. MOFFET and W. L. ASHBAUGH.
The wife and mother have the sincere condolence of a sympathizing public.

Obituary of Hardin W. MINER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MINER, Hardin W.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: April 1905
Obituary: Hardin W. MINER, born near Waverly, February 4, 1850, died in Madison, Ill., April 2, 1905, aged 55 years and 2 months, was struck by a street car in that city, Sunday morning, while on his way to visit a friend, and received injuries that proved fatal to him. He leaves to mourn his loss one daughter and three sons; Mrs. Della SMITH of Granite City, Benjamin, Samuel and Harry, all being present at the funeral. Services were held at the home of Wm. WHITLOCK, living south of this city, Tuesday, April 4th, Rev. T. H. AGNEW officiating. Interment at the Turner cemetery.
Mr. MINER was converted at Rohrer Chapel some 25 years ago and united with the M. E. church, always striving to live a Christian life. In 1885 he moved to Kansas and was there but a few years when he returned to Waverly, then to Granite City, where he lived until his death, his faithful wife having died some 10 months ago with cancer. Quite a large number of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their final respects.

Obituary of Henry Mills MILLER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MILLER, Henry Mills
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Obituary: Henry M. MILLER was born in Litchfield town, Litchfield county, Connecticut, January 23, 1826. His ancestry was of Welch blood, trained for several years in New England. His Great grandfather was known as Deacon Ebenezer MILLER. His grandfather was the Reverend Jonathan MILLER. This Jonathan MILLER was a Yale graduate in the historical year of 1776 and was a student there when the British landed and besieged the town. Together with the other students young MILLER helped the citizens defend the place against the foreign invaders. At graduation he became pastor of the Congregational church at Burlington Conn. And remained with that church until his death almost 50 years later. Think of the strength of character necessary to remain pastor of one church for 50 years. One of the three sons born in that ministerial home was Ebenezer MILLER, father of Henry M. This Ebenezer, like his father, was an educated man, who being diverted from the study of medicine, took to manufacturing clocks, and later to making cloth. The panic of 1837 forced him to sell out and move West to Waverly, Ill. Before coming west, however, six children came to bless his heart and home. One of those, little Sarah, he buried in the East, the other five coming with him. The oldest daughter, Margaret married Solomon RICHARDS, and died in Conn. In 1857. The next, Sarah, married F. O. BUSHWAY and died at Lincoln, Ill., Abbie P. married Joseph JOHNSON, who died. Helen P. first married George ROSS, and after his death J. E. BARRETT. Both these widowed sisters returned to the Waverly homestead, and were with their brother Henry at his death.
Henry was a lad of 14 when his family came to Ill. The thirst for education which was in his father and grandfather sent Henry at first to Illinois college, and later to Yale law school. Graduating in 1855 he opened a law office in the college town, New Haven. Seven years later he moved to Springfield, Ill. And the war disturbing plans, he came back to Waverly. Here his father was growing old, and died in 1865. This left the widowed mother and daughters without a head. Henry became the family leader, and with the other sacrificed to bind up the new home. Gradually the business of farming and fruit growing displaced the practice of law.
Mr. MILLER married three times. First, Miss Ann M. ROWE, who became the mother of Charles H. R. MILLER, who has long been a business man of Springfield, Mass. His second wife was Miss Cynthia L. HOPKINS. Of this marriage Mr. MILLER’S three later children were born. Ellsworth H. who died three years old. Maggie L. who was married and died some six years ago and Walter E. Nov. 20, 1884, Mr. MILLER married Lizzie M. WALLER, who remains to lament the loss of a husband.
In 1842, in the fall, Henry MILLER was one of a group of six boys who were looking for some fun. They started on horses across the almost trackless prairie twenty miles north to a camp meeting. There they met some powerful preachers, men who gave the character to much of this region in that early day. Four of the six boys, returned to seek admission to the Congregation church of Waverly.
Mr. MILLER’S religious convictions were deeply rooted and of a Calvinistic type. His opinions were formed quickly, held firmly, and always defended with vigor. Of course such a man, with such an education, was much in politics. He was the first mayor of Waverly. He was a pioneer abolitionist, then for twenty years a republican, later the candidate twice of the National Greenback party, and still later worked with the democratic party. Defending each in turn as it appeared to him to be in the right and criticizing as freely when his own party went, as he thought, wrong.
In the midst of abundant labors he was stricken with apoplexy and one week later, July 28, died at his own home, which he had occupied most of the time for over sixty years. He was buried from the residence Tuesday July 28, 1903. His pastor, Rev. W. S. BUGBEY, conducting the services.

Obituary of Edgar MILLER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MILLER, Edgar
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: April 7, 1905
Obituary: Edgar MILLER, dearly beloved son of William and Harriet E. MILLER, was born September 13, 1893, and died at his home April 1, 1905, with pneumonia and heart failure, aged 11 years, 6 months and 18 days. Edgar was always a loving, obedient son, and an affectionate and dutiful brother. He will be sadly missed in his home. He leaves to mourn his loss, a father, mother, three brothers and three sisters.
The services were conducted by the Rev. F. W. SPICER of the M. E. church, of Waverly, and consisted of a short service at the home at 2 p.m., ritualistic services and a sermon at Appalonia church, and the usual observance at the interment, which took place at Rogers’ cemetery. The attendance was very large.

Obituary of John A. MILLER, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MILLER, John A.
Name of Newspaper: Wavelry Journal
Date of Obituary: April 7, 1905
Obituary: John A. MILLER, youngest child of John M. and Sarah J. MILLER, was born Feb. 17, 1869, and died at his home, 3½ miles southwest of Waverly, on Friday evening, March 9, 1906, aged 37 years and 20 days.
John’s illness was of short duration. On last Wednesday he little suspected that day would be his last day of health and pleasure in this world. Upon arising Thursday morning his body was stricken with severe pains. Neighbors and a physician were immediately called, but their efforts to release him from the sufferings were of no avail, and after two days of intense and agonizing pain he died at 1:30 Friday evening. He was a man of sterling qualities and was loved and respected by all who knew him. Although in the prime of his manhood he expressed a desire and willingness to go to “that bright home above.” He leaves to mourn for him two brothers, Edward, of Ferndale, Wash., and William who resides near the late home of the deceased, besides a host of sorrowing friends.
Despite the very inclement weather the church at Appalonia was full at 11 a.m. Monday, of friends who had braved the elements that they might pay a last tribute of respect to a neighbor and dear friend. Not many will pass away leaving a better record. The Knights of Pythias, of which he was a member, took charge of the body, furnishing the pall-bearers, and a large number of the society being present, as were also members of the Mutual Protective League, of which order he was also a member. Rev. F. W. SPICER preached from Romans XIV:7, “None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.” Interment was made in the Rogers cemetery.

Obituary of Sarah J. MILLER (RICE), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: MILLER, Sarah J. (RICE)
Name of Newspaper: Wavelry Journal
Date of Obituary: Oct. 1898
Obituary: Sarah J. RICE, second daughter of W. W. and Martha RICE (both deceased), was born Fe. 5, 1831, and died Sept 30, 1898, at the home of her son, Edward MILLER, at Moorhead, Neb., aged 67 years, 7 months and 25 days. For more than fifty years she had been a child of God, with her name upon the church record. January 6, 1853, at the old homestead, she was married to John M. MILLER, who died in March, 1870, leaving her with five children - four boys and one girl, the latter dying some years later. Mrs. MILLER kept her boys on the farm. By her counsels and advice, her management and economy, her incessant watching and fervent prayers, her boys have all grown to manhood, making honest and respected citizens. She was very quiet but very exemplary in her religious life. One had to know to appreciate her. Those who knew her best loved her most. She had proved herself a dutiful daughter, a kind and loving wife and mother, a tender sister and an obliging neighbor. She leaves four sons, Charles and Edward of Moorhead, Neb., and William and John, of near Appalonia; two sisters, Mrs. T. B. SMEDLEY, of this city; Mrs. J. B. BURCH, of Franklin, and one brother, Mrs. A. C. RICE, of Wisconsin, with other relatives.
When the intelligence of Mrs. MILLER’S death reached this city last Friday there was a universal feeling of sorrow in this city, where she was so well known and beloved. But two weeks before, accompanied by her granddaughter, Miss Sadie MILLER, she had left her home to visit her sons in Nebraska, hoping at the same time to find relief for her declining health, but her illness was of a nature that had not excited any alarm among her relatives and friends, and a telegram announcing her safe arrival at her son’s gave hope that she would return improved in health and benefitted in every respect. The remains reached this city Monday morning by the J. & St. L., accompanied by her sons, Charles and Edward, and taken to the cemetery where, after brief services by the Rev. BLALOCK, of the M.E. Church, South, the remains were consigned to the grave in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends. The sympathy of the JOURNAL and the entire community goes to the sorrow stricken relatives.