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Obituary of Martha PIERCY (DEATHERAGE), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: PIERCY, Martha (DEATHERAGE)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: Jan. 1913
Obituary: Martha DEATHERAGE was born June 3, 1827, near Waverly, Illinois. She was married to William Perry PIERCY August 14, 1851. No children were born to his union but their home was the home of the homeless. Sister PIERCY or better known as “Aunt Patsy” gave her heart to God early in life in her youth, taking the counsel of God’s word as given in Proverbs XII, 1 and united with the M. E. Church, remaining a faithful member until the end.Sister PIERCY departed this life Sunday morning January 25, 1913, the age of 86 years, 7 months and 23 days. While “Aunt Patsy” lived more than the allotted time of three score and ten, yet her life was filled with good deeds, and then she never grew old but only matured and ripened for eternity with God. She leaves to mourn the departure her loving husband, one sister; Lydia F. HARTMAN and one brother, James S. DEATHERAGE, with several other relatives and host of friends.

Obituary of Francis Marion POINTS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: POINTS, Francis Marion
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: April 1912
Obituary: Francis Marion POINTS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. POINTS, was born near Waverly, Ill., June 27, 1909 and died April 21, 1912, aged 2 years, 10 months and 24 days. He leaves to mourn his loss father, mother and one brother, besides a host of relations and friends.The funeral was held at the family residence, three miles south-west of Waverly, Tuesday afternoon, by Rev. G. B. SHERMAN, pastor of the M. E. Church, South. Interment was in Rogers Cemetery.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled

Obituary of Mariah HOLLIDAY PULLIAM (BACHELOR), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: PULLIAM, Mariah HOLLIDAY (BACHELOR)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: Oct 1896
Obituary: Miss Mariah BACHELOR, daughter of Nehemiah and Rachel BACHELOR, was born in Lennox, Harrison county, New York, Oct. 30, 1810. She removed with her father’s family to Illinois and settled in Griggsville, Pike county, in 1836. In 1837 she was united in marriage to Dr. Wm. McK. HOLLIDAY, who for many years was a leading and honored citizen of both Scott and Morgan counties. After her marriage she lived with her husband for three years in Greenfield, Ill.; then they removed to Appalonia, for two years; then to Waverly, where she has since resided, a period of forty-five years. To Dr. and Mrs. HOLLIDAY were born three children, all of whom are still living: Walter C., now living near Winchester; Maria C., wife of M. M. MEACHAM, of this city, and Rachel, wife of R. F. KEPLINGER, living south of this city. In 1859 Dr. HOLLIDAY died, and Mrs. HOLLIDAY was again married, to Dura PULLIAM, in 1867. In 1871 she was again left a widow.The life of this departed mother in Israel spans not only many years, but what is far more important, it was full of devotion and good works. She was converted when only ten years of age at a sunrise prayer meeting on an old camp ground in her native state. She at once united with the Methodist Episcopal church, in whose communion she ever remained, and was a most exemplary and efficient member. She was not a merely nominal christian. She loved her bible, and read it. In her declining years it was her constant companion, and, like the wilderness, it was new and fresh every morning. She loved the church and its services. When strength permitted she was a faithful attendant on all the means of grace, including the prayer and class meetings. She was much interested in the work of christian missions, and was a constant reader of one of the periodicals devoted to this subject. She was a charter member of the Woman’s Missionary society of this place many years ago.This good and useful woman passed to her reward at 10 o’clock a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 1896, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. M. M. MEACHAM. She was not only resigned, but triumphant, in her death. The evening before her departure she spoke in broken and whispered utterances of the goodness of God, and said to those at her bedside, “Praise His name; how good He is. Truly, you can say: “Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord; they cease from their labors and their services do follow them.”Besides her three children there is left to mourn the loss of this truly good and much-beloved woman, two sisters - Mrs. Mary SHEPHERD, of Santa Cruz, Cali., and Mrs. Jane STEPHENSON, of Murphysboro, Ill.Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m., conducted by the Revs. A. H. ALKIRE and J. FOXWORTHY, and the remains taken to Rogers cemetery for interment, where in the presence of a large concourse of people, the remains were laid away to await resurrection day.

Obituary of William Perry PIERCY, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: PIERCY, William Perry
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: July 24, 1914
Obituary: William Perry PIERCY was born March 11, 1828 in Wayne County, Kentucky, and died July 18, 1914 at his home in Waverly, Illinois, aged 86 years, 4 months and 8 days.He was united in marriage to Martha DEATHERAGE August 14, 1851. To this union no children were born but in 1871 they took into their hearts and home Charlot F. DEATHERAGE, now Mrs. Charlot F. GRAY of Jacksonville.During the early part of his life Mr. PIERCY engaged in farming and spent part of his time in Iowa. Then he moved to Jacksonville where he served as deputy sheriff for a number of years. Later he returned to Waverly where he spent the remainder of his life.He was converted in 1898 at the Evans revival and united with M. E. Church South, and remained a faithful member until death. He had been a sufferer for the past few years and was unable to attend church services as often as he wished. Death had no terror for him and he has gone to claim his reward.He is survived by one sister, Mrs. S. F. GATES, also Mrs. Charlot F. GRAY and several nieces and nephews and other relatives.The funeral services were held at the M.E. Church South Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. R. J. WATTS officiated, assisted by Rev. H. M. ELLIS. Interment was in Rogers cemetery, west of town.(Waverly Journal, July 24, 1914)