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Obituary of William Evermont RAY, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: RAY, William Evermont
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Enterprise
Date of Obituary: Thursday, October 15, 1903
Obituary: He was born in Cable Co., Virginia, October 10th 1822; died October 11th, 1903, at the age of 81 years, and one day.
At the age of 15 he accepted Christ as his Savior at a camp meeting conducted at Franklin by Elijah CORRINGTON and Peter CARTWRIGHT. He united with the M.E. church, but withdrew from that church and joined the M. E. church, South of which he was an honored member until he went to receive his reward.
He loved the old forms and customs that were used in worship at the time of his conversion. He was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, but his convictions on matters of religion were clear and decided. His last testimony was that his trust, was placed in the Lord and that all was well. Also, that while he had not lived and done as others, yet he had tried to live an honest, sincere life before his God and fellowmen.
He leaves behind, a wife, Mary C. RAY; two children, Mrs. John JONES and Charles N. RAY; three brothers and two sisters, Benjamin P., Elijah, and Newton, Evaline MCMAHAN, and Sarah RAY, also many true and tried friends.

Obituary of Catherine RAWLINGS, Mrs., Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: RAWLINGS, Catherine, Mrs
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: Sunday, Nov. 2, 1902
Obituary: RAWLINGS - Mrs. Catherine RAWLINGS, aged 77 years 5 months died Friday night at 10:40 at her home five miles southeast of Woodson. The deceased was born in Edinburg in 1825 and was the widow of Henry RAWLINGS, who died about twenty years ago. She came to this county in 1835 and ever since has lived in this state. She is survived by two sons and four daughters. Death was due to pneumonia of which she has suffered two weeks. The funeral will be held at the late residence Sunday at 10:00 o’clock and interment will be in Davis cemetery.

Obituary of Edward RAWLINGS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: RAWLINGS, Edward
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1892
Obituary: CITY AND COUNTY - Edward RAWLINGS, living at Apple Creek, southeast of here, died Tuesday of blood poisoning, after an illness of about ten days. Mr. RAWLINGS was one of the old settlers and was esteemed as a highly respected citizen in the community where he lived. He was uncle of Mrs. Alfred HAYDEN. The funeral will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Obituary of William E. RAWLINGS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: RAWLINGS, William E.
Name of Newspaper: The Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: September 18, 1919
William E. RAWLINGS Passes Away at His Home in Durbin Neighborhood.
William E. RAWLINGS passed away at his home near Durbin Friday evening at 7 o’clock after an illness of about ten days following a stroke of paralysis.
He was born Aug. 12, 1845, in Yorkshire, England, being 74 years and 1 month old at the time of his death. He came to this country at the age of 18 and has since followed the occupation of farming.
He was united in marriage with Miss Eliza FANNING Oct. 20, 1869, and had he lived until the twentieth of next month they would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Mr. RAWLINGS was a man with a high Christian character, having become a member of the Methodist church in England where his father was pastor. After coming to this community he joined the Durbin M. E. church of which he remained a faithful and consistent member until his death.
He is survived by his wife, one son, George W. of Geuda Springs, Kan., and one daughter, Mrs. Thos. OXLEY, of Durbin. Three children, Charles A., Albert and Minnie, preceded him in death. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Geo. RICHARDSON and Mrs. FAUL, of Jacksonville.
Funeral services were conducted from Durbin M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in charge of Rev. Harry WILLARD and were largely attended. Music was supplied by the choir and Mrs. Milford REES sang “Face to Face” as a solo. The many flowers were cared for by Mrs. Nellie MURRAY, of St. Louis, a niece of Mrs. RAWLINGS, Mrs. Ada BARCROFT, of Jacksonville, Mrs. Clyde OXLEY and Miss Rhoda SCOTT.
Interment was made in Providence cemetery. The bearers were Albert RICHARDSON, Lon SAWTELLE, Ottis LEAK, Lawrence, Clyde and Cecil OXLEY.

Obituary of Mary C. RAY (VANNOTE), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: RAY, Mary C. (VANNOTE)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: July 7, 1911
Obituary: Mary C. RAY was born near Franklin in Morgan county, Illinois February 18, 1835, and died at her home in Waverly, June 30, 1911 at the age of 76 years, 4 months, 12 days. She was married in 1856 to W. E. RAY. She was a daughter of Jacob and Eliza VAN NOTE. She leaves to mourn her loss: one sister, Eliza DENNIS of Parsons, Kans.; two step-children, C. N. RAY of South Dakota, and Mrs. Fanny JONES near Waverly; also nephews and nieces and a host of friends.
She was converted quite young and joined the M. E. church of which she remained a member till her death. She was a great reader of the bible, and loved it. She has gone to receive her reward.
Funeral services were held in the First Methodist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Lewis G. ADAMS.
Interment was in East Cemetery. Note: The obituary says “Interment was in East Cemetery - but she is buried at Rogers Cemetery”.

Obituary of James L. REED, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: REED, James L.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
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Obituary: Obituary excerpted: J. L. REED was born in Tennessee and brought to Illinois at the age of one year. He was survived by his wife, Polly A.; the following children: Mrs. James SELF, Mrs. E. D. ROTHWELL, Mrs. COLTON of Lyons, Kan., Mrs. PIKE, George REED, and Mary, Phebe and Minnie; and these brothers and sisters: John of Chicago, Mrs. J. S. SPIRES of Nortonville and Mrs. W. T. SPIRES of Franklin.

Obituary of Polly REED (DOUGHERTY), Morgan County Illinois ©2007 Submitted by: Marilyn Trover Galvan

Name of Deceased: REED, Polly (DOUGHERTY)
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Obituary: Aged Lady Dies At Home Mrs. Polly REED (DOUGHERTY) was born April 26,1834, died at the Brethren Home in Girard, Wednesday, January 12, 1910, aged 75 years, 8 months and 9 days. The remains were taken to the home of J. J. STOWE, where short services will be held at 8:30 Friday morning, conducted by Rev. D. B. GIBSON. The remains will then be taken to Franklin, Illinois, where funeral services will be held in the Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. George HART and interment made in REED Cemetery. The deceased was the wife of James L. REED, to which union eleven children were born, five being dead, six daughters remaining, namely: Mrs. Clara BOLTON, Lyons, Kansas; Mrs. Lizzie PIKE, Oklahoma; Mrs. Maude PIKE, Franklin; Mrs. Ella SELF and Mrs. Stella ROTHWELL of Jacksonville, Illinois; and Phebe at The Home in Girard. (Note: Mary “Polly” Ann was the daughter of John and Mary Ann “Polly” SPIRES DOUGHERTY of Morgan County, IL. She also left behind her sister Nancy Jane DOUGHERTY GIBSON of Girard, IL, and a sister Sarah Ann DOUGHERTY HILL of Morgan Co, IL.)

Obituary of Elizabeth REYNOLDS (TURNER), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: REYNOLDS, Elizabeth (TURNER)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: August 1906
Obituary: Elizabeth TURNER was born near Waverly, Illinois, November 21, 1838, and died at her home 3½ miles southwest of Waverly, August 15, 1906, making hr 67 years, 8 months and 24 days old. She was married to Joel H. REYNOLDS December 2, 1855. To this union were born four children, James A., of Carlinville, Mrs. Mary E. MCMAHAN near Waverly, Joseph, who lived with his mother up to her death and Ida, who died in infancy. There are also seven grand-children who survive her. The deceased was the daughter of Andrew J. and Eliza M. TURNER, and had lived in this community all her life. During the last days of her sickness she professed a hope in Christ and her willingness to meet her Savior. The funeral services were conducted at her home by the Rev. F. M. COARD of Jacksonville. Interment in the Turner cemetery.

Obituary of Joseph REYNOLDS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: REYNOLDS, Joseph
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: July 1915
Obituary: Joseph REYNOLDS was born near Waverly, Illinois, February 20, 1864, and died at the home of Mrs. Martha ADWELL, Saturday night July 10, 1915, at ten o’clock, aged 51 years, 4 months and 18 days. Deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. George MCMAHAN, southwest of Waverly and one brother, James REYNOLDS of Virden.
Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Fred R. JOHNSON, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. The pall bearers were: Charles ADWELL, W. C. FLEMING, Cyrus CURTISS, James LEAK, J. L. MCMAHAN and Robert MCALLISTER. Interment was in Turner cemetery, four miles southwest of Waverly.

Obituary of Joseph ROGERS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: ROGERS, Joseph
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal, Jacksonville, Illinois,
Date of Obituary: August 5, 1894
Obituary: Undertaker F. M. COARD was called to Waverly Saturday to take charge of the remains of Joseph ROGERS, known in that section as “Little Uncle Dad ROGERS”, from the fact of his smallness of stature, only weighing between 60 and 70 pounds before his last illness.
He died Aug. 2d, 1894, aged about 80 years, and was buried in the Rogers cemetery, two miles west of Waverly.
Services were conducted by Rev. Mr. TERINES, assisted by Rev. W. P. HART. He was born in Kentucky and afterward came to this county. While quite a lad he united with the old school Baptist church and remained a member until his death. He was quite a reader of the Bible, having read it through a number of times and by actual count during his life read the New Testament through 560 times. His eye sight became poor and he purchased a testament of larger print and two or three months prior to his last illness he read it through the last 60 times.

Obituary of Carter ROGERS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: ROGERS, Carter
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Enterprise, Waverly, Illinois
Date of Obituary: Friday, July 13, 1906
Carter ROGERS is Drawn Under the Wheels of a Traction Engine and Instantly Killed.
About 4:30 o’clock Wednesday after noon a heavy gloom was again cast over our little city when the sad news reached us that Carter ROGERS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil ROGERS, of this city, had been instantly killed on the farm of J. H. SEVIER, about three and a half miles southwest of town. But little was learned of the real facts until some of those who witnessed this sad sight arrived in town about an hour afterward. Immediately after the accident Swift & Beatty, the undertakers, were notified and at once responded, conveying the body to their undertaking rooms about 6 o’clock. A large crowd of anxious and sympathizing friends awaited the remains and to learn the particulars, as learned, are about as follows: The young man, who was nearly 19 years old, was one of the employees of J. F. BALSEY, working with a threshing machine and, as had been his custom, at times to assist in shoveling coal in to the engine, he was at the time discharging this duty when the accident occurred. On all traction engines there is a device known as a clutch which acts to throw it in and out of gear, and from some unknown cause this clutch worked loose. In doing so the motion of the engine was reversed suddenly, and shot backwards like a flash. So sudden was it that he was unable to step aside and was pinioned to the ground by the huge wheel of the engine and crushed to death in an instant. The cleats on the heavy wheel, first caught his heel and passed full length over his body. Willie BALSEY, the engineer, who was a few feet away, hastily jumped on the engine and reversed it, but too late to save his life.
After the body had been prepared for burial it was removed to his home about 5 o’clock Thursday morning. At 8 o’clock Coroner J. H. SPENCER arrived and at once empaneled a jury who, after hearing the evidence, rendered a verdict in accordance to about the same facts as here stated. The boy’s untimely death comes as a heavy shock to his parents, and more especially to his mother, who is in ill health and they have the sympathy of everybody in their sad bereavement. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday at 6 p.m., after which interment was made in Rogers cemetery. (Noted: This burial was later moved to Waverly East Cemetery)

Obituary of Mrs. Guy ROBERTS (ROGERS), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: ROBERTS, Mrs. Guy (ROGERS)
Name of Newspaper: The Enterprise, Waverly, Illinois
Date of Obituary: August 7, 1902
Obituary: The remains of the widow of Guy ROBERTS of Jacksonville, were brought here on the 4:11 o’clock train on Tuesday, and the funeral sermon was preached by Eld. W. P. HART at the home of Mr. Shep ROGERS, her brother. Quite a crowd of friends and relatives attended. After the services she was taken to Rogers cemetery and buried. Deceased was the daughter of “Uncle” Joe ROGERS, deceased. She was 57 years old, has four children dead and four living, two girls and two boys. She has two brothers and several sisters. She was religious, but a member of no church. She died in peace.

Obituary of W. W. RICE, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: RICE, W. W.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: May 19, 1870
Obituary: The many friends of the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this notice will be pained to learn of his death, which occurred at this residence at this place, on Sunday, the 15th instant. “Squire RICE”, as he was familiarly known, was a native of Kentucky, bu removed to Illinois at an early date, and had been a resident of Morgan county for more than thirty years, during which time he was called to fill many different local offices.
His funeral which took place on Tuesday was largely attended, the large Methodist church being densely crowded by his old friends and neighbors. The sermon was preached by Rev. Newton CLOUD, after which the remains were taken in charge by the Masonic fraternity, and conducted to their final resting place, two miles west of town, followed by perhaps the largest funeral procession ever witnessed in Waverly. Mr. RICE was in his 66th year and leaves a widow, one son and three daughters, with a number of grandchildren to mourn their loss.

Obituary of Joel F. RECTOR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: RECTOR, Joel F.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: Feb. 25, 1899
Obituary: Joel F. RECTOR was born in Wilks county, North Carolina, April 7, 1831, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. M. BUCK, south of town. Feb. 14, 1899, at 9:30 p.m., after a short illness. He moved with his parents, when small, to near Farmington, Mo. He was united in marriage to Nancy M. JONES in 1857, and moved to Ava, Jackson county, Ill., in 1871, and from there to near Waverly, Ill., in the fall of 1879. He was the father of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. His wife died June 27, 1887. He professed saving faith in Christ in 1857 and united with the Colony Baptist church and moved his membership to the Oak Grove church, Jackson county, and from there to the Brick church here, where he remained a faithful member until death. Mr. RECTOR was a kind and loving husband, father and neighbor, and was well thought of by all who knew him. He gave every evidence of preparation for death, in fact, said, “I am ready to go, I am at peace with God.” He was affected with kidney trouble for a number of years, but no one ever heard him complain of his lot, but bore his affliction in silence. He leaves one brother, John RECTOR, of Valley Forge, Mo.; four daughters, Mrs. F. M. BUCK, Mos. Jos. DEATHERAGE, Mrs. Reuben HOOD, and Mrs. Jake SANDS, of this place; one son, Leo RECTOR, now of Missouri; thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, besides a host of friends to mourn his departure.
Funeral services at the Brick church, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., conducted by Elder Geo. HART, of Franklin, who delivered a very able discourse from Job 5:26, “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season,” after which the remains were taken to the Rogers cemetery for interment. The bereaved have the sympathy of the community in their sad hour.

Obituary of Benjamin RICHARDSON, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: RICHARDSON, Benjamin
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: 6 Dec 1890
C. C. JASPER and Benjamin RICHARDSON Hurled into Eternity Without an Instant’s Warning Saturday morning at 6:30 as Thos. CORCORAN was going out to the MORTON pasture, just east of Oak Lawn Retreat,
he noticed a buggy lying by the roadside and soon after heard the neigh of a horse near by and on going to see what was wrong, he was astonished and horrified at finding a horse lying on his back in a small gully and under him the body of Crittenden JASPER and the legs of the horse across the dead body of Benjamin RICHARDSON. At that place a small ravine runs across the road and is spanned by a bridge 12 or 14 feet long. The ravine is dry and the bottom is narrow and not four feet from the top of the bridge. Mr. CORCORAN at once went to Charles DYCHES’ house near by and summoned help. They removed the body of RICHARDSON and W. C. WRIGHT came along soon after and they managed to get the horse up and the body of JASPER out. Both had evidently been
Dead Several Hours
Mr. DYCHE said that at 11:30 the night before he had heard someone drive rapidly over the culvert and then he heard cries for help. He went to the door, but hearing nothing more supposed there was nothing wrong. The two men had been drinking, Jasper especially. About six they went into the saloon formerly owned by John ARISMAN and JASPER, who was then considerably intoxicated, called for whisky, but John WATTAISON, the bartender, told him he had enough already and would give him no more. Young RICHARDSON then appeared sober, but later in the evening took too much, and his sister, who lives at Dr. COLE’S tried to persuade him to stay in town overnight, but failed. After that the two were found by Capt. HOBAN and told to go home and they started. Soon after shouts were heard in the south part of town from men driving rapidly and soon after Pistol Shots Rang Out evidently from the parties referred to as a revolver was found in their possession as well as an empty spirit flask. The bodies were cared for until the coroner arrived, when they were taken to ROTTGER’S and decently cared for.
RICHARDSON’S mother was not aware of what had occurred Saturday morning and was told of the sad event while in STEBBINS’ jewelry store. Her grief was indeed terrible to witness. It was not a usual thing for her son to drink, though JASPER had been known frequently to take too much. No bones were broken in either body as far as could be ascertained. The bridge has several times been pronounced unsafe, as it is too short for the place and even sober men when driving at night have come near having trouble. It is supposed that they were driving rapidly when the left wheel ran off the bridge, throwing both violently out into the gully where the horse fell on top of them and was unable to get up as he was found with his feet in the air. The life had been literally squeezed out of the men.
A jury was summoned, consisting of Messers. Geo. W. CLARK, foreman; Jas. M. MITCHELL, D. C. MCCOY, C. A. BELATTI, M. J. BARROWS, and Bazzil DAVENPORT, who rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
About the Men.
Of the two unfortunates whose debauch ended in such a terrible death, the older, Crittenden C. JASPER, is a farmer who resides in Sulphur Springs precinct. He was forty-five years of age and had been married twice. His second wife and his only child died a short time ago, and since then Jasper has been living upon his father’s farm assisting him in its care. It is said that his first wife is still living. Jasper was a good looking man, about five feet ten inches in height, and of medium weight and build. He wore a reddish sandy moustache, and had brown hair. He has been a familiar figure about the city on Saturday and market days for a number of years.
His companion, Ben HENDERSON, son of Wm. HENDERSON of Franklin precinct, was a handsome young fellow, bright, affable and attractive. His habits have always been regarded excellent. He seldom drank and was in every sense of the word a sensible industrious young man. Friday was HENDERSON’S birthday. He had reached the age of 23. His trip to town was probably to celebrate this important event in his life. But he took the wrong course in observing his natal day, and the celebration cost him dear. Young Henderson had two sisters in Jacksonville, one at Dr. PITNER’S and the other at the Pacific Hotel.
Coming on the heels of the frightful railroad accident of Thursday morning the horrible death of these two men created a great sensation in the city Saturday.
(The above reference to Ben Henderson is an error, obviously, the newspaper made….should be Ben Richardson. Click on Cemetery listing above)

Obituary of Mary Ann RAGAN (SELF), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Kay Self Stevens

Name of Deceased: RAGAN, Mary Ann (SELF)
Name of Newspaper: Virginia Illinois Gazette
Date of Obituary: 18 Sep 1908
Obituary: Mary Ann SELF was born near Lexington, Ky., 9 June, 1821, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. ELLIOTT, Tuesday night. (15th) Funeral services were held last afternoon at the residence, Rev. Ben N. MITCHELL officiating and interment was in Walnut Ridge Cemetery. The pall-bearers were John RAGAN, Warren WATKINS, Frank REDING, John ROBINSON, Wm. ROBINSON. Those from a distance in attendance were: Mrs. A. C. BLACK, Peoria, Ill.; Mrs. Wm. SELF, Mr. & Mrs. G. W. THOMPSON, Chas. BLACK, Mrs. Dr. BAXTER, Mrs. RAGAN, James SELF, Mrs. Maria TAYLOR, Mrs. John HEWITT, Mrs. A. J. WEAKLY, Mrs. W. C. SELF, all of Jacksonville; Mr. & Mrs. C. C. SELF and Mrs. MCALLISTER of Woodson; Mrs. & Mrs. Albert CAMPBELL, from Centerary. The deceased removed to Morgan Co. with her parents ( Ed. Note: Presley and Julianna SCROGGINS SELF ) when about 10 years of age. At the age of 18, she was married to Wm. RAGAN at Jacksonville. To this union, 10 children were born, seven of whom survive. They are Mrs. Wm. ELLIOTT, Mrs. Frank REDING of Virginia; Mrs. Melissa ROBISON of Peoria, Mrs. Kate LACEY of LaSalle, and James, Luther and Chas. all of Peoria. Soon after their marriage, the deceased and her late husband, united with the Church of Christ at Princeton. The deceased remained an earnest Christian throughout her life and was a great source of help to those in need. She spent her declining years with her daughter and won hosts of friends during her residence here by her goodness.