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Obituary of Howard SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Howard
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal-Enterprise
Date of Obituary: Friday, July 31, 1908
Franklin Mourns the Death of an Estimable Young Man From a Peculiar Accident
Howard SEYMOUR, the young man who fell from a tree on his father’s farm near Franklin, last Friday morning, while attempting to fasten a pulley to the limb of a tree, died last Saturday at 9:30 a.m., having never regained consciousness. His death came as a great shock to the entire community and the bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their great loss. The particulars of the accident as reported to us are: The young man, in company with his father, E. F. SEYMOUR, and two others, Henry SHIRLEY and Taylor ANDERSON, was putting up hay on the SEYMOUR farm Friday morning. A pulley failed to work right on the stacking hoist, and Howard ascended the tree to which it was attached by a wire in order to adjust it, and took a chain along to fasten to the tree. He climbed out on a knob and took hold of a branch to steady himself. While working, the branch broke, the knob giving way and he fell headlong to the ground, a distance of about twenty-five feet, striking on the side of his head and right shoulder. His father and the hands ran to his assistance, picked him up and carried him to the house, where medical aid was summoned. In spite of all efforts the young man remained unconscious until the time of his death.
Decedent was born near Franklin June 20th, 1889, where he attended the public schools. He was a general favorite among the young people of Franklin and vicinity. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and was well and favorably known by all with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Edward SEYMOUR, and three brothers, Lora, aged 9 years; Norman, aged 8; Wilbur aged 5; and many other relatives in and near Franklin.
Coroner J. H. SPENCER held an inquest Saturday afternoon at the SEYMOUR residence, and the following verdict was rendered: “That Howard SEYMOUR came to his death by congestion of the lungs and shock to the nervous system, caused by falling from a tree on the farm of his father, two miles southwest of Franklin.”
The funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist Episcopal church in Franklin, conducted by the Rev. A. H. FLAGGE, pastor, followed by interment in the Franklin cemetery.

Obituary of Henry Allen SANDS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SANDS, Henry Allen
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: March 13, 1913
Obituary: Henry Allen SANDS, son of Zachariah and Almyra SANDS, was born near Oswego, Chautauqua County, New York, September 29, 1832. He, with his parents, moved to Racine Wisconsin and lived there until he was nineteen years of age, coming then to Illinois and settling near Waverly.
He was united in marriage to Anna Eliza MCLAIN in 1853. To this union nine children were born, seven of whom survive: W. J. SANDS of Buffalo; John SANDS of Walker, Mo.; Mrs. A. C. HART and Charles SANDS both of Modesto; Mrs. J. M. MILLER of Waverly; Joe SANDS of Springfield; and Mrs. Otto WEEDMAN of DELAND. He united with the Apple Creek Baptist church in 1858 and was an active member.
After the death of his wife in 1887 he made his home with the children, departing from this life at the Springfield hospital, Springfield, Ill., March 13, 1913, at the age of 80 years, 5 months 20 days.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in this city Saturday afternoon, March 15, at 1 o’clock, Rev. P. H. ALDRICH officiating. Interment in Rogers cemetery.

Obituary of Eliza Jane SANDS (RECTOR), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SANDS, Eliza Jane (RECTOR)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: April 27, 1905
Obituary: Eliza Jane RECTOR was born near Farmington, Mo., January 25, 1862, and departed this life April 20, 1905, aged 43 years, 2 months and 26 days. She was converted under the ministry of Rev. A. JONES, and united with the Apple Creek Baptist church about age 21, remaining a consistent member until death.
On October 26, 1883, she was married to W. J. SANDS; to this union were born two children, Albert of Springfield, and Robert W. of this city, both of whom with her husband survive her.
Being afflicted she has been a great sufferer for the past twenty years, but in spite of it all had a bright and sunny disposition with a kind word for everyone.
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. W. SPICER at the M. E. Church, South, Saturday, April 22.
Interment in Rogers Cemetery.

Obituary of Thomas SCHOFIELD, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Susan Valentino 

Name of Deceased: SCHOFIELD, Thomas
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: Saturday, January 23, 1908
ANSWERED TO LAST ROLL CALL Thomas SCHOFIELD, a Veteran of the Civil War and Venerable Citizen. Summoned by Death – Funeral Services Will Take Place Sunday at 2:30 p. m. Thomas SCHOFIELD, who has been in feeble health for some time, passed away at his home, 222 West College Avenue, Friday morning at 8 o’clock aged 90 years. Mr. SCHOFIELD was born in Langshire, England, Aug. 21, 1818, where he learned the trade of hat making. After his marriage to Miss Hattie WILSON, they came to America resided in Philadelphia, where Mr. SCHOFIELD engaged in the business of making hats. Prior to coming to Jacksonville he was engaged in managing a large woolen mill establishment in Greenfield, Ind., and during his residence here for a number of years, conducted a grocery store on West Lafayette Avenue, but on account of il1 health had to give it up. Mr. SCHOFIELD was a veteran of the civil war and on Sept. 19, 1861, enlisted in Company A. 58th Pennsylvania regiment and was discharged from service at Batchelders Creek N.C. March 1. 1863, having been severely injured by a horse. He had received the rank of sergeant. In 1865 Mr. SCHOFIELD lost his wife, and later he married Mrs. Tamor CALDWELL of Amboy, Ill., who died in 1885; for a third wife he married Mrs. Dinah SMITH, who passed away three years ago. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Susan BEATTY of Chicago, and two step-sons, James and Joseph SMITH of Jacksonville; 26 grand children and 14 great grandchildren. He was a member of the Episcopal church and attented while health permitted. He was well known throughout the city and county as a upright citizen. Funeral services will be conducted from Trinity church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. In charge of the rector, Rev. William MITCHELL, and Interment will be made in Jacksonville cemetery.

Obituary of George H. SCOTT, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SCOTT, George H.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: July 1873
Obituary: George H. SCOTT, son of Z. P. and Mary A. SCOTT, was born in Morgan Co., Ill., Aug. 23d 1852. He was married to Georgia A. DEATHERAGE July 24th 1873. Last June he went to Southern California with the hope of regaining his declining health, but in this only to be disappointed - gradually his health failed - with that dread disease consumption, until Jan. 24th he closed his earthly career. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his absence and fatherly care. He made a profession of religion a short time before his death thus giving consolation to his bereaved family and friends. His remains were brought back. His funeral was preached Feb. 5th, 1888, by Rev. T. D. WEEMS, and his remains were followed to the Appalonia cemetery by a large concourse of friends and laid to rest we trust to await the resurrection of the just.

Obituary of George P. SELF, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Kay Self Stevens

Name of Deceased: SELF, George P.
Name of Newspaper: Illinois Daily Courier
Date of Obituary: July 8, 1886
Obituary: “Death of GEO. P. SELF.” a well-known farmer, died at his home near Woodson Wednesday morning of inflammation of the bowels after an illness of four days. Last Friday, he visited Jacksonville to meet gentlemen from Bond county. He saw them on a train, tarrying with them to the last moment and jumping off while the train was in motion. Immediately he complained of a severe internal pain. When he returned home he was taken sick and Dr. Miller, a physician residing in the neighborhood was sent for. On Monday morning, Dr. David PRINCE of Jacksonville was also summoned. The deceased was a farmer of sterling worth, who stood high in the estimation of all who knew him. He was the sixth of twelve children born to James H. and Sarah Ann SELF, and was 37 years old. His wife is a daughter of the late Robert MCALISTER. He leaves her and their four small children in good circumstances. The funeral of the late George P. SELF occurred from the home in Woodson this morning at 9 o’clock and was largely attended by friends and relatives of deceased, including his mother, his brothers, Thomas SELF, of Brock, Neb., James F. SELF and C.C. SELF, his sisters, Mrs. HUCKSTEP and Mrs. Wm. MCALISTER, and Judge H. G. WHITLOCK, Felix D. MCAVOY, P. G. VAUGHN, Henry MAYOR and others from Jacksonville. The services were conducted by the Rev. G. W. MILLER, who is also a physician and attended the deceased in his last illness. Mr. Miller offered prayer, read consoling selections from the Scriptures, and preached a brief and impressive discourse. “Purer Yet and Purer,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” and another hymn were sung by a choir consisting of Mrs. Dr. MILLER, Misses Annie and Mary DEVORE, Miss Fannie TAYLOR, John BALL, Wesley SMITH and Wm. COULTON. The pallbearers were M. MCCORMICK, T. BARROWS, Wm. T. DEVORE, Wm. E. MCALLISTER, D. H. SORRELS and Robert CUNNINGHAM. The remains were buried in the Shephard cemetery. NOTE: The remains were later moved to Diamond Grove Cemetery to the SELF plot.

Obituary of James Frank SELF, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Kay Self Stevens

Name of Deceased: SELF, James Frank
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily
Date of Obituary: 17 April 1903
Obituary: Mortuary Record from Friday’s Daily. [Clipping]
Frank SELF died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Lambert HASTINGS at the end of the South Main st car line this morning at 6:30 o’clock of rheumatic trouble. He was 19 years and two months of age and had been sick for the past three years and a half. During all his illness he was very cheerful and he bore his pain and suffering with much patience and fortitude. His death will be a sad blow, especially to his mother, who was very much devoted to him and who did everything in her power to bring about his recovery. He leaves two brothers, Claude, at home, and Harvey, in the west; also one sister, Mrs. Horace WYATT, of Murrayville. The funeral of the late J. Frank SELF was held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert HASTINGS, south of the city, Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. The services were in charge of Rev. R. F. THRAPP, pastor of the Christian church, assisted by Rev. Dr. MILLER, of Woodson. The pall bearers were Joseph SELF, Walter and Ernest SHOEMAKER, Chauncey CARTER, Homer WINTERS and Frank ROBERTSON. Interment was in the Diamond Grove cemetery.

Obituary of James Harvey SELF, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by: Kay Self Stevens

Name of Deceased: SELF, James Harvey
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Illinois Courier
Date of Obituary: 4 April, 1884
Obituary: At 5 o’clock, yesterday afternoon, Mr. Jas H. SELF died at his home in Woodson, after an illness of some time. His death was the result of pneumonia, but he was also afflicted with kidney trouble. Mrs. SELF was born in Fayette county, Kentucky, April 16, 1814, and would, consequently, have been 70 years old in a few days. In 1831, Mr. SELF came to this county with his parents and has made his home here since that time. In 1839 he was married to Miss Sarah A. ABRAMS, of this county. He has been a farmer, stockraiser and merchant, and has prospered in each business. He has always taken a great interest in public affairs and has been regarded by all who knew him as one of the most reliable and most substantial citizens of his neighborhood. Socially he was a great favorite and there were few people in the neighborhood and we might say county who did not know and like Uncle Harvey as he was usually called. He was the father of twelve children, six of whom survive him and all but one were with his wife, present at his death. The funeral services will take place at the family residence in Woodson tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 10 o’clock.

Obituary of Edward D. SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Edward D.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary:
Obituary: Edward D. SEYMOUR, an old and respected citizen of Morgan county, died yesterday afternoon at 2:15 o’clock at his home five miles southwest of Franklin. He had been in failing health for about five months and had been confined to his bed for the past six weeks.
Mr. SEYMOUR was born Jan. 25, 1834 in the Providence neighborhood and lived there all his life. He was married Jan. 25, 1857, to Anna W. SPIRES, who preceded him in death three years ago. He united with the Providence church in 1856, and has been identified with the Sunday school since 1847. He was a retired farmer and a stockholder in the Jacksonville National Bank.
Deceased is survived by the following children: M. S. SEYMOUR, Mrs. W. D. ALFORD, Mrs. Charles E. CRISWELL, all of Providence neighborhood, Mary M. SEYMOUR, at home, and Mrs. A. J. STICE of Litchfield; four brothers, Robert of Franklin, George and Jarrett of Jacksonville, Henry of Scott county, Kan., and one sister, Mrs. J. M. HUTCHISON of this city. He was preceded in death by two children.
Funeral services were held at Providence church, near his late home, at 11 a.m., Tuesday, and interment was made in the church cemetery. Those from this city who attended were Mr. and Mrs. J. SPIRES, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. AUSTIN and son Edgar, Mr. J. M. HUTCHISON, Elder John A. CONLEE and Mrs. Martha FISHBACK.

Obituary of Nancy SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Nancy
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
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Obituary: Mrs. Nancy SEYMOUR, aged 63 years, died Friday, Feb. 24th, at 12:10 o’clock at her home near Nortonville, after an illness of about a week. She is survived by her husband, Richard SEYMOUR, one son, Louis SEYMOUR, and one daughter, Mrs. Gus HENRY, all living near Nortonville. The funeral was held Saturday at one o’clock p.m., at the Providence church near Franklin. Rev. George HART officiated, and interment was made in the Providence cemetery near the church.

Obituary of Emeline SEYMOUR (MCCURLEY), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Emeline (MCCURLEY)
Name of Newspaper: The Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: May 12, 1921
Obituary: Dies at Daughter’s Home.
Mrs. Jarrett SEYMOUR, a resident of the county for many years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. SPIRES in Jacksonville yesterday morning.
The maiden name of the deceased was Emeline MCCURLEY. She was born in the Youngblood neighborhood July 12, 1842. She is survived by her husband and ten children: Harry W., Leslie H., Leonard V., Mrs. F. M. SPIRES, Miss Julia SEYMOUR, Henry E., Charles E. and Wilbur, all of this county; Mrs. Minnie JOHNSON and Thomas, living in Minnesota. There are also thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Three sisters survive.
Funeral services will be conducted from providence M. E. church tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. Interment will be made in Providence cemetery.

Obituary of Marion Sylvester SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Marion Sylvester
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: March 9, 1917
Death Came at Midnight. Following An Attack of Pneumonia, But a Few Days in Duration - Passed Away on Wedding Anniversary - Was Well Known Citizen.
The death summons came to one of the Franklin community’s best known and most highly respected citizens Thursday at midnight, when M. S. SEYMOUR passed away after an illness of less than a week with pneumonia. It was after a trip to the village last Saturday afternoon that Mr. SEYMOUR was stricken. He grew gradually weaker, but Thursday some improvement was noted and from this fact some hope of recovery was taken.
Marion Sylvester SEYMOUR was born Sept. 25, 1857 and with the exception of nine months spent in Macoupin county, Franklin has always been his home. He was the son of Edward and Anna W. SEYMOUR.
March 8, 1888 the deceased was united in marriage to Miss Katherine SEYMOUR and to them were born seven children, one of whom, Ted L. SEYMOUR, preceded the father in death. The sons are Earl SEYMOUR, Albert M., Ross H., and Robert R. SEYMOUR, all of Franklin and Milton G. SEYMOUR of Colorado. Miss Lila M. SEYMOUR is the only daughter. Mr. SEYMOUR is survived also by his widow and by two sisters, Mrs. Charles CRISWELL and Mrs. William ALFORD.
Thursday was the 34th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. SEYMOUR and it was at the last moments of that day were passing that death came. Mr. SEYMOUR was a member of Providence M. E. church and was prominently identified with church affairs, living at all times the life straightforward and sincere. Mr. SEYMOUR was a trustee of Providence church.
Announcement of the funeral will be made at a later date.

Obituary of Pulliam SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Pulliam
Name of Newspaper: Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: June 11, 1909
Pulliam SEYMOUR Passes Away at Home in the Durbin Neighborhood.
Pulliam SEYMOUR died at his home in the Durbin neighborhood Saturday morning at 3 o’clock, having been seriously ill with cancer of the liver for several weeks, during which he suffered so intensely that the pangs of death were a relief and a mercy.
The deceased was born near here on Sept. 5, 1850, and had always been a resident of the community in which he died. He is survived by his father, Robert SEYMOUR, his wife, who was Miss Mary RAWLINGS, and whom he married Feb. 22, 1870, and eight children, as follows: James R., George W., C. Arthur, Parker, Pearl, Mrs. Sarah FANNING, Mrs. Ethel CROUSE, Mrs. Nellie MORRIS. One son, John, died a year ago. Three sisters also survive him, Mrs. A. D. GIBSON, Mrs. J. H. RAWLINGS and Mrs. T. W. DEERE, and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Providence M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. A. H. FLAGGE, and so large was the gathering of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends that all could not obtain admission to the building and many stood about the door and windows while the services were in progress. At their conclusion the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Prior to his death, Mr. SEYMOUR requested that only home grown flowers be brought as floral tributes to his memory, and of these there was a great profusion, and they were cared for by Mrs. Henry RAWLINGS, Mrs. Nellie BUCKNER and Miss Katie YUNKER.
he bearers were Henry, Arthur and George RAWLINGS, Wm. A. OXLEY, E. B. CLARKE and Wm. CHALLANS.

Obituary of Robert SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Robert
Name of Newspaper: Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: March 23, 1916
Obituary: One of the few remaining pioneer citizens of this precinct passed away Monday when “Uncle Robert” SEYMOUR died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. D. GIBSON, west of town, after an extended period of ill health.
He was born in North Carolina May 20, 1827, and came to Morgan county with his parents, John and Sarah SEYMOUR, at the age of 2 years, and spent practically all his life on the homestead four and one-half miles west of Franklin.
Feb. 22, 1849, he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie BURCH, who died March 7, 1872. Some time later he married Miss Mary Ella WRIGHT who passed away Sept. 9, 1912.
He leaves two brothers, George W. and Jarrett, living in Jacksonville. Three brothers and three sisters, Jackson, Edward and Henry SEYMOUR, Mrs. Agnes AUSTIN, Mrs. John HUTCHINSON and Mrs. Millie WOODMANSEE, preceded him to the grave, as did both wives, two sons and one daughter, James Pulliam and George W. SEYMOUR and Mrs. Serilda RAWLINGS, and two infant children of the first marriage. Three daughters survive, Mrs. J. H. RAWLINGS, Mrs. T. W. DEERE and Mrs. A. D. GIBSON, all living in the Providence neighborhood, also 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. No children were born of his second wife.
Mr. SEYMOUR made a profession of religion at an early age and for 67 years had been a true and loyal member of Providence M. E. church. He was a man of high character, deeply loved by his descendants and respected by all who knew him.
Funeral services were conducted from the Providence church yesterday morning in charge of Rev. F. A. MCCARTY, of Jacksonville, the district superintendent, assisted by the pastor, Rev. W. E. KEENAN.
Granddaughters of the deceased cared for the many beautiful flora tributes including a blanket of similax and carnations given by the children. These were cared for by Mrs. A. L. SPRINKLE, Miss Ola GIBSON, Miss Ida DEERE and Miss Harriet DEERE.
Miss May BOULWARE was at the organ and Miss Gaynelle OLINGER sang “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”. “Jesus Will” was sung by Mrs. M. L. ANDERSON, Norman and Edward F. SEYMOUR and a male quartet composed of Edward F., Lora and Norman SEYMOUR and Rev. KEENAN sang “Asleep in Jesus.”
Interment was in Providence cemetery. The bearers were six grandsons, James R., Parker and George W. SEYMOUR, Robert GIBSON, George DEERE and Bert RAWLINGS.
Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. A. L. SPRINKLE, of Evanston, Robert WOODMANSEE, of Springfield, Mrs. Minnie CURTIS, of Little Indian, Jarret and Geo. W. SEYMOUR, of Jacksonville, Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. SCHOFIELD, of Lynnville, Mrs. Wayne RAWLINGS, of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. CROUSE, of Murrayville.

Obituary of Chester Arthur SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Chester Arthur
Name of Newspaper: Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: December 25, 1913
Obituary: Chester Arthur SEYMOUR, son of the late Pulliam SEYMOUR, who has been afflicted with tuberculosis for several months, died at his home on the W. P. SIX farm Tuesday evening at 10 o’clock, aged 29 years.
He was born in the Durbin neighborhood April 9, 1884, and married Miss Nettie SURRATT, by whom he is survived with two little sons born to their union, Henry P. and Howard. A daughter, Ruth, died last July. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: James R., George W., Parker, Mrs. Jacob MORRIS, Mrs. Ollie FANNING and Mrs. Walter BIRDSELL, all of this community, and Mrs. Elisha CROUSE of Murrayville. One brother, John H. SEYMOUR, is deceased.
Mr. SEYMOUR was a member of the local camp fo Modern Woodmen of America, having a policy of $2,000. He was a farmer by occupation and a young man who did his best under adverse circumstances with a determination and energy which won him the respect and admiration of all. When his health began to fail he made a brave though losing fight, and we trust that in the other world he may receive his just reward.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Providence M. E. Church Saturday at 10 o’clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. John W. KETTLE. Interment will be in Providence cemetery.

Obituary of Mary Ella SEYMOUR (WRIGHT), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Mary Ella (WRIGHT)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: Friday, September 13, 1912
Obituary: Mrs. Robert SEYMOUR, aged 74 years died Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock at her home in the Providence neighborhood, five miles southwest of Franklin, after an illness of two months duration.
Mrs. Mary Ella SEYMOUR was born September 29, 1838, on the old WRIGHT homestead, southeast of Franklin and was the daughter of Thomas and Jane WRIGHT. On Aug. 8, 1872, she was married to Robert SEYMOUR who survives together with two sisters Mrs. Lou SEVIER of this city and Mrs. Sarah ALBRIGHT of St. Joseph, Mo. She was a sister of the late Shelt WRIGHT of Jacksonville. At an early age Mrs. SEYMOUR became a member of the Providence M. E. Church and all during her long and useful life she lived up to the teachings of her church and endeared herself to a host of friends.

Obituary of William SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, William
Name of Newspaper: Journal-Enterprise
Date of Obituary: Friday, June 1, 1906
Obituary: William SEYMOUR, aged 44 years and the eldest son of Geo. W. SEYMOUR died at his home in Jacksonville last Tuesday after a lingering illness. The remains were taken to Providence near Franklin on Wednesday where funeral services were held and interment made in the church cemetery. Deceased was a nephew of Mrs. J. M. HUTCHISON of this city, and the bereaved wife is a niece of A. J. WOODS, also of this city.

Obituary of Hannah SEYMOUR (STORY), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Hannah (STORY)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: January 9, 1917
Obituary: Mrs. Gus SEYMOUR died at her home near Nortonville Monday morning at 5 o’clock after an illness of three years. Cancer was the cause of death.
Hannah STORY was born Dec. 9, 1858, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Porter STORY and has spent her life in the Murrayville and Nortonville communities. She early in life united with the church and as long as health permitted was an active member of Durbin M. E. church. She was married to Mr. SEYMOUR, Feb. 24, 1886.
Surviving Mrs. SEYMOUR are the husband, two sons, Guy T. SEYMOUR and Van SEYMOUR, at home; three brothers, John I. STORY, Roodhouse; Francis W. STORY, Murrayville; Wesley G. STORY, East St. Louis and one sister, Mrs. Philip SPENCER, Roodhouse.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday forenoon at 11 o’clock at Providence M. E. church, in charge of the Rev. W. E. KEENAN. Burial will be made in Providence cemetery.

Obituary of Mrs. Barton SEYMOUR, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Mrs. Barton
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Courier
Date of Obituary: February 21, 1928
Obituary: Mrs. Barton SEYMOUR, age 68 years, 3 months and 9 days, passed away at her home south of Franklin last night at 10:30 o’clock following an illness of several weeks with pneumonia.
She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Edgar SPIRES, and two sons Galen SEYMOUR and William SEYMOUR, all of the Franklin vicinity.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 o’clock Thursday morning at the Providence church in charge of Rev. Willard EVERETT, pastor of the church. Interment will be made in the Providence cemetery.

Obituary of Anna W. SEYMOUR (SPIRES), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SEYMOUR, Anna W. (SPIRES)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: August 23, 1906
Obituary: Mrs. Edward SEYMOUR died Friday evening at 9 o’clock at her home, five miles southwest of Franklin, at the age of 67 years. Mrs. SEYMOUR had not been well for some time, but her condition was not thought to be dangerous until the last few days when she seemed to grow weaker until death ended her sufferings. She is survived by her husband and one son, Sylvester, and four daughters, Mrs. Andrew STICE, of Litchfield, Mrs. W. D. ALFORD of Franklin, Mrs. Chas. CRISWELL of Palmyra, and Miss May, at home. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Charles CONLEE, of Waverly, and two brothers, Harvey SPIRES of Franklin and John R. SPIRES, of Waverly.
The funeral services were conducted from the Providence church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. Fred L. BUCK, of Franklin, and Rev. Chas. BARTON, of Waverly, having the services in charge, and interment was made in the Providence church cemetery. A number of relatives from this city and vicinity attended the funeral.

Obituary of Rinda G. SHOWALTER (GIBSON), Morgan Co Illinois ©2007 Submitted by: Marilyn Trover Galvan

Name of Deceased: SHOWALTER, Rinda G. (GIBSON)
Name of Newspaper: The State Journal
Date of Obituary: Thursday, Jan. 9, 1927
Obituary: Girard, IL Mrs. Rinda GIBSON SHOWALTER died Wednesday at her home in McPherson, Kansas, according to word received in this city. Mrs. SHOWALTER was a former local resident, having been born and reared in this community. She was the daughter of Cullen C. and Nancy DAUGHERTY GIBSON. Born in Morgan County, Illinois, she came with her family to Macoupin County in 1864. They settled in Girard, where she was married to Henry SHOWALTER. They resided here a few years after their marriage, later removing to Kansas. They returned to this city and again returned to Kansas to make their home. She is survived by two sons, Dale and Milton, at home; and the following daughters, Mrs. Ella FREY of this city, who was with her when she died; Mrs. Nora VANIMAN, Champaign, Illinois; Mrs. Nettie GARST, Wichita, Kansas; and Mrs. Minnie BRUBAKER, California. Her husband Henry SHOWALTER, two sons, and one daughter, Mrs. Grace CLEAR, of this city, preceded her in death. Four sisters and three brothers survive: Mrs. John STOWE and Mrs. Sarah GARST of this city; Mrs. James WIRT, Virden; Mrs. Frank GATES, Carlinville; Henry GIBSON, Hot Springs, Arkansas; Cullen Q. GIBSON, Springfield; and George GIBSON, Girard.

Obituary of Kenneth Verne SKEENS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SKEENS, Kenneth Verne
Name of Newspaper: Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: May 30, 1918
The body of Kenneth SKEENS, accompanied by his parents, his brother and sister, reached here at 10:55 Friday morning. The train was met at Waverly by Claude HART, Coy HARRIS, Mitchell HOCKING, Newton CALHOON and Kenneth BREWER, five of the draft men who left Saturday, and on its arrival here they with Grover CALDWELL bore the remains to the family home. The officers at Camp Taylor offered to send a military escort of six men, but this honor the family declined, though sincerely appreciating the courtesy tendered.
Franklin endeavored to render fitting honor to this soldier boy, the first draft man from Morgan county to die with the colors. Geo. SCHAAF and others took charge of the arrangements and at least two thousand people gathered for the impressive funeral service conducted from the M. E. church Sunday afternoon. Every available seat was filled before the time set for the service and hundreds who were unable to get inside stood about the doors and thronged the park. Nearly three hundred automobiles were counted on the streets. All the surrounding towns were well represented; it was by far the largest funeral ever held in Franklin.
Sixty uniformed men of the Jacksonville Home Guards, in command of Lieut. Wesley JAMES, a veteran of the Spanish war, and Lieut. F. E. FARRELL, headed by the Waverly concert band, escorted the remains from the house to the church. The hearse and casket were appropriately draped with national flags.
Three soldiers home on furlough, Geo. L. ELLIOT, Edward CLAYTON and W. F. LONERGAN, together with Wilson SMITH, of Waverly, a Y. M. C. A. secretary serving at Camp Sherman, acted as a guard of honor.
Rev. W. E. KEENAN had charge of the service and by his side sat Father Andrew SMITH, rector of Sacred Heart parish. Rev. KEENAN in his discourse paid high tribute to the men who have gone forth at their country’s call, and to this one who yielded up his life. The music was provided by Misses Grace HILL and Ruth TULPIN, Mrs. Lora SEYMOUR, Edward F. and Norman SEYMOUR and Edgar EADOR, with Mrs. Hersey CRAIN as accompanist.
Rev. KEENAN also read a letter from J. A. ELLIS, chaplain at the base hospital at Camp Taylor, in which he told of his visits to the bedside of the deceased and of assurance given by the dying soldier that he was not afraid to pass through the valley of shadows.
The many floral offerings were cared for by Mrs. O. E. TANDY, Mrs. Mary ELDER, Mrs. Grover CALDWELL, Misses Barbara HART and Grace ARMSTRONG.
The Morgan county exemption board, composed of Dr. Carl BLACK, Miller WEIR and W. D. DOYING, with their adjutant, Hugh GREEN, attended in a body, and a number of veterans of the civil war occupied seats reserved for them.
When the services were over it took almost one hour for the assembly to file by the casket. The band and guards headed the cortege to the cemetery, with the exemption board, the guard of honor, the veterans of the sixties, the minister and priest marching behind them. The active bearers were Chas. RANSDELL, O. E. TANDY, Grover CALDWELL, Leslie CLAYTON, Orien SEYMOUR and Milford REES.
After the casket had been lowered, a squad of the guards fired three volleys over the grave, the company bugler sounded “Taps” and the notes were echoed back by another bugle some distance away. It was an interment that none present will ever forget, and in the solemnity of that moment we had brought home to us with added force that we are at war, grim war, and that war demands its sacrifices.
Kenneth Verne SKEENS, son of W. M. and Clara SKEENS, was born in Franklin, Ill., Feb. 18, 1892, and died at the base hospital of the U. S. military forces at Camp Taylor, Louisville, Ky., May 22, 1918, aged 26 years, 3 months and 4 days.
He was reared in this community, and through his boyhood years manifested a special talent for mechanics which developed until he became known as a skillful expert, and he was frequently called upon to undertake difficult mechanical jobs which had baffled the ordinary worker.
When Morgan county was called upon to send its first contingent of the first draft quota to Camp Taylor, he had the honor of being one of the five men selected to entrain on Sept. 5, 1917, the county draft board choosing him largely on account of his mechanical ability.
At Camp Taylor this ability soon attracted notice and he was placed in charge of a motorcycle unit of the Third Field Hospital of the 309th Sanitary Train, keeping several machines in running order and acting as a courier for the officers.
He went to camp cheerfully and was a tireless and willing worker, always ready to respond to orders. His duties naturally brought him in contact with many officers and men, and he became a favorite among his acquaintances. His major general commanding spoke of him as a man and soldier in words of praise and respect.
About six weeks ago he had an attack of mumps, and had barely recovered when he became troubled with rheumatism which affected his heart action. He was in and out of the hospital at intervals, and on May 19th took ill with double pneumonia which resulted in his death three days later.
He is survived by his parents and one sister, Sylvia, of Franklin, and one brother, Elmer, of Beardstown, all of whom responded to a telegram received and reached his bedside several hours before he passed away. He was then unable to speak, but was conscious and gave every evidence that he knew his loved ones and greatly appreciated their coming.

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Name of Deceased: SLACK, Mary Elizabeth (CLAYTON)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Daily Journal, Jacksonville, Illinois
Date of Obituary: Thursday, November 13, 1913
Obituary: Mrs. Mary E. SLACK, aged 81 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. N. SEYMOUR, 332 East State Street, Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock.
Mrs. SLACK, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. CLAYTON, was born in Franklin on the CLAYTON homestead eighty-one years ago, the room in which she was born being still a part of the homestead. It is a noteworthy fact that during the 100 years that the property was in the possession of Mr. CLAYTON and his children, it has never been deeded or mortgaged, title still being held through the original land patent granted by the federal government. Mrs. SLACK was married to William A. SLACK in Franklin, September 8, 1859, the ceremony being performed by “Uncle” Newton CLOUD. Her husband preceded her in death eight years ago and she was also preceded in death by one son. The surviving children are Mrs. SEYMOUR of this city and Henry SLACK of Franklin.
Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in Franklin Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock in charge of Rev. Peter KITTEL, assisted by Rev. Mr. TEANEY, pastor of the Christian church. Interment will be made in the Franklin cemetery. Friends wishing to view the remains may do so by calling at the residence of Mrs. SEYMOUR on East State Street before 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon.

Obituary of Amelia F. SMITH, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: SMITH, Amelia F.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal, Jacksonville, Illinois
Date of Obituary: Friday, Jan. 4, 1878
Obituary: WOODSON: On Christmas Day the angel of death took from the family circle of Robert SMITH bright little Melie, aged six years, after a painful illness of eight days, of that terrible disease – ulcerated sore throat. Her remains were laid away on the 26th, in the Davis Grave Yard.

Obituary of William A. SMITH, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: SMITH, William A.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal, Jacksonville, Illinois
Date of Obituary: Friday, March 1, 1895
Obituary: “Uncle Billy SMITH Gone”.
W. A. SMITH, known all over the county as “Uncle Billy”, died Wednesday morning at 12:30.
His children, with the exception of the youngest, were present. His death was no surprise to his family and neighbors, as he has been terribly affected for the past six months with bone erysipelas, suffering untold pain, but never complaining.
He passed away quietly, in his right mind, praising God for his many mercies. On Tuesday night he talked with his children and grandchildren, telling them he was soon to go to his final reward, urging them to live a life that would be acceptable to God and finally bring them to the home he was going to. After talking to each one individually, he shook hands with all present, bidding them all farewell, saying: “The gates of hell are closed against me, and the pearly gates stand ajar and I will soon pass through hallelujah.” Uncle Billy was 82 years old; he leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss.
It is sad to lose a parent, but when one saw this old man in his sufferings and the resignation, we think one-half of the pain and grief is forgotten when we remember the life the old man has lived, the preparations he had made and the willingness with which he departed.
The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. M. De L. BOWEN at Grace Chapel. He will be buried in the cemetery on his own farm, directly after the funeral services.)

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Name of Deceased: SNYDER, James A.
Name of Newspaper: Franklin Times
Date of Obituary: October 4, 1923
James A. SNYDER, 30 years old, who was born and reared near Alexander, was shot and killed in East St. Louis Monday afternoon by Harry SOUTHERLAND, aged 22, during an altercation in the doorway of a drug store.
Immediately after the shooting SOUTHERLAND walked to a police station and surrendered. According to his story, as told in the St. Louis Globe Democrat, he had served a notice on SNYDER to move, in behalf of the owner of the property where SNYDER conducted a soft drink parlor.
He alleged that an argument ensued, during which SNYDER reached toward his hip pocket. Fearing he was going to draw a revolver, SOUTHERLAND opened fire at close range. Several bullets struck SNYDER in the right breast, and he died on the way to the hospital.
The proprietor of the drug store told police that the two men entered his place and engaged in a violent quarrel. When they paid no attention to his request that they cease their language, he stepped into a telephone booth and was in the act of calling a police station when the shooting took place.
SNYDER was well known in Franklin, his first wife having been Miss Fay HOCKING, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. L. HOCKING, who died some years since. Later he married again after going to East St. Louis where he has been for several years. He is survived by his second wife and a son Robert by that marriage, and a daughter, Mabel Ruth SNYDER, by the first marriage, who resides with relatives in Jacksonville. He also leaves the following brothers and sisters in this county: George SNYDER, of Woodson, John SNYDER, of Jacksonville, Mrs. W. J. LAWSON, of Alexander, and Misses Anna and Elizabeth SNYDER, in Jacksonville.
Funeral services are being conducted from the M. E. church this afternoon in charge of Rev. W. E. KEENAN, of Bloomington, Interment will be in the village cemetery where his first wife and parents are buried.

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Name of Deceased: SPAULDING, Eunice W.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary:
Friday, March 8, 1895
Obituary: Mrs. John SPAULDING Dead. Mrs. John SPAULDING, whose husband died Tuesday, passed away Wednesday night at 11:30 after suffering some time with pneumonia. Mrs. SPAULDING was born at Royalton, Vt., Nov. 4, 1807, and was married to John SPAULDING in 1833. For some time the couple made their home at Morristown, Vt., where Mr. SPAULDING was doing well at the blacksmith trade, but in 1868 Mr. SPAULDING decided to try his fortune in Illinois. His wife did not hesitate to come with him at once, although life in the west was not play for a woman any more than for a man in those days, and they soon made a home west of the city, which she made pleasant by her watchful care over her loved ones. Mrs. SPAULDING has suffered for some time with rheumatism, but she has always done her own work, was unusually strong and active for one of her years. Both Mrs. SPAULDING and her husband were active church workers and always attended church when her health would permit. She leaves one son, D. F. SPAULDING who lives northwest of the city and four grandchildren, Charles, William, Olive and May.

Obituary of James S. SPIRES, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:

Name of Deceased: SPIRES, James S.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary:
Friday, July 7, 1899
Obituary: Death Record SPIRES. James S. SPIRES of Nortonville, died Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. Death resulted from a carbuncle upon the neck, from which he suffered for several days. He was an old settler of Morgan County, having lied here nearly all his life of 65 years. His wife died last January, but he is survived by three children, Mrs. F. N. BAPTIST, Mrs. Charles NORTON, and F. M. SPRIRES, all of Nortonville. He was an uncle of W. T. SPIRES who is assistant janitor at the court house, and had relatives and friends all over the county. Interment was in Reed Cemetery.)

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Name of Deceased: SPIRES, James W.
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary:
Saturday, July 10, 1897
Obituary: Prostrated by Heat. James W. SPIRES of Nortonville, while working in a hay field was overcome by the heat Thursday about noon. He was carried to his home, and, although a physician was sent for immediately, the patient died within a few hours. The deceased was about 40 years of age and is survived by a wife and five children. The deceased was a cousin of W. T. SPIRES of this city.)

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Name of Deceased: SPIRES, Martha H. (REED)
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary:
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1899
Obituary: Death Record SPIRES. Mrs. James S. SPIRES, who was born at Franklin, died at the family residence at Nortonville Saturday morning. She was a sister of the late James REED who died a short time since and of Mrs. W. T. SPIRES, of Franklin. She leaves a husband a three children, Mrs. Charles NORTON, Mrs. Frank BAPTIST and a son, Francis, living near Nortonville.)

Obituary of Nellie Mae SPIRES (NUNNELLY), Morgan Co Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Dorothy Cox Woodruff

Name of Deceased: SPIRES, Nellie Mae NUNNELLY
Name of Newspaper: Waverly
Date of Obituary:
(Taken from the Waverly, Illinois paper.)
Mrs. Nellie May SPIRES, wife of Albert J. SPIRES, a lifelong resident of Morgan County, passed away Sunday, June 17, at Our Saviour’s Hospital after an illness of two weeks duration following an operation for acute appendicitis.
Nellie M. NUNNELLY was a daughter of Joseph & Margaret NUNNELLY, and was born December 17th, 1876 near Raymond, Illinois. When still a child she removed with her parents to Waverly, and resided here until a few years ago. For some time she was employed as saleslady in the firm of J. HERMAN of Jacksonville.
In August, 1922, she was united in marriage with A. J. SPIRES, who with 1 sister, Mrs. George SAMPLES of Jacksonville, and 2 brothers, Amos and William SPAINHOWER, of this city, survive her. She was preceded in death by her mother in April 1921, and by 1 brother, Oliver, in December 1927.
Her father died July 14, 1927.
For the past seven years she has been associated with her husband in his business. Of a quiet, amiable disposition, she won the respect of all with whom she came in contact. She was an adherent of the Centenary M. E. Church in Jacksonville and was most keenly interested in anything pertaining to the religious life of the community. Her business activities brought her many contacts with the public, and caused her to be widely known. She leaves a large circle of friends who mourn her loss.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, June 19, at the residence in Jacksonville. Rev. Francis E. SMITH, pastor of Centenary M. E. church, officiating, assisted by Rev. John R. Ralph, of Franklin. Burial was in East Cemetery, Waverly.

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Name of Deceased: STICE, Sarah Jane (SMITH)
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Obituary: Mrs. Sarah J. STICE, wife of W. B. STICE, was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, Nov. 3, 1844, and died at her home near Waverly, Dec. 31, 1898. She was married to W. B. STICE Jan. 26, 1859. To this union was born two daughters and seven sons. One son, David Arthur, died in infancy, leaving eight children, with her aged husband, to mourn their loss of a kind mother and loving companion. She professed religion in her youth, and lived faithful to her profession until death. She was loved by all who knew her for her christian spirit and gentle manner of life. The funeral services were conducted by the writer at the residence on Sunday morning, after which we laid her body in the Rogers cemetery to await the resurrection morn. May the blessings of her God fall upon her bereaved family.

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Name of Deceased: SEVIER, Ananias Davison
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Obituary: Ananias Davison SEVIER was born in Overton County, Tennessee, Dec. 20, 1825, and died at his home in Waverly, Ill., May 15, 1908, aged 82 years, 4 months and 26 days. He moved with his parents to this state when quite small. His father died when he was only a boy leaving his wife with a large family of children, poor in this world’s goods, but rich in the enjoyment of her children’s love. Jan. 9, 1844, he was happily united in marriage to Miss Caroline C. GUNNELS of Morgan county. In 1846, when the government called for volunteers for the Mexican War, he was among the first to answer the call and served his country well. The wages he thus earned he sent to his young wife for her support.
In 1857, at a meeting held in Appalonia by Harrison DAVIS, he became converted in his own field nearby. He was so happy when the Lord blessed him that he really felt that every animate object around him took part in his great job. At that time he united with the M. E. church at Appalonia. Never from that time has he ever had any doubt of his home in heaven. What a joyful thought as the poor man toils on his wearied lot. Twelve years later he and his wife joined the M.E. church, South, at Mud Prairie.
November 18, 1885, his wife died, leaving him with nine children. All lived to have families of their own. A second time he married, this wife being Mrs. Amanda L. WEATHERFORD, who, with eight children by his first wife and two sons of the second wife by her former husband are left. The children were: Daniel A., Mrs. Nannie SEVIER SCOTT, Nathan (deceased), William R., Hattie SEVIER MILLER, all of Waverly; Mary SEVIER BURCH of St. Louis, John D. of Jacksonville, Charles D. of California, and Donald E., not at home.
In 1899 Mr. and Mrs. SEVIER moved to Waverly, and later moved their church membership here, where he had been a pillar in the church. From the time of his conversion he has kept a family altar in his home. When his eyesight failed his wife would read for him, or he would sing and them hold prayer.
We head him bade this world adieu,
We saw him on the rolling billow;
His far-off home appeared in view
While yet he pressed a dying pillow.

Obituary of Mary A. SCOTT (AUSTIN), Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: SCOTT, Mary A. (AUSTIN)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: July 1902
Obituary: Mary A. AUSTIN was born March 10, 1828. Died at her home in Waverly July 14, 1902, being 74 years, 4 months and 4 days old. She was united in marriage to Celah SCOTT, in 1848. To this union eleven children blessed their home, ten of them having preceded her to her heavenly home, leaving one heart to bleed alone. She was converted and joined the M. E. church at Appalonia more than fifty years ago. While she was not permitted to attend public worship as some, she never lost sight of her Savior, having died fully trusting in him.
She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, five grandchildren, one brother and many sorrowing friends. But we sorrow not as those who have no hope trusting that she is peacefully at rest.
Funeral at M.E. Church 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Rev. BLACK conducted the service assisted by Rev. AKERS.

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Name of Deceased: STICE, Elzina J. (REYNOLDS)
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: February 4, 1899
Obituary: STICE-At her home in this city, Elzina J. STICE, wife of J. Perry STICE, at the age of 64 yrs. 6 mos. And 10 das.
Elzina J. REYNOLDS was born at Franklin, Morgan county, Ill., July 16, 1834. When she was a child her parents came to Waverly and resided on the farm three miles southwest of the city. She was married to J. Perry STICE Sept. 2, 1852. Eight children were born to this union; five of this number - Mrs. Alfred TURNER, Mrs. Joseph SANDS and Charles STICE, of Springfield, Oscar STICE, of New Berlin, and George STICE, of Waverly - are living. She made a public confession of her faith in Jesus Christ and united with the Apple Creek Baptist church near this city at the age of fifteen years. Mrs. STICE possessed a reverent spirit from childhood and was always warm and active in the Master’s service. While health lasted her place in the church was seldom vacant. Her last years were years of suffering, yet she bravely attended to her duties, and her interest in the Master’s work was unabated. As wife and mother her first care and thought was given to the comfort of her husband and children. Her busy fingers were never idle, and thus she found time for many services for others. Numerous friends mourn her departure and extend to the bereaved ones a sympathy which is heartfelt and lasting.
The funeral service was held in the home - Rev. WHITE of the Baptist church officiating. Her remains were taken to Franklin and laid in the beautiful little cemetery, there to await a glorious resurrection. She is as safe as everlasting power and love can make her. “She is in heaven - that thought is bliss. Without spot before the throne. In heaven! A gleaming star to cheer thy darkened lot, to guide ‘mid fleeting joys to One who changeth not. In heaven! A white robed saint before the throne, whispers - “The prize is won.” In heaven! Oh the bliss to meet in safety on the Celestial shore. Not lost, but gone before.”

Obituary of William Bluford STICE, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: STICE, William Bluford
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: March 5, 1926
Obituary: Former Waverly Resident Dies
William Bluford STICE, for many years a well known farmer of Waverly, died at Springfield hospital about 10:30 Wednesday morning, at the age of about 88 years. Since the death of his wife about 26 years ago, Mr. STICE had lived with his children, having made his home in recent years with his daughter, Mrs. Oliver NEFF, of Springfield. One other daughter, Mrs. W. H. WEATHERFORD, of Jacksonville, and six sons , survive. The sons are W. E., of Waverly; Clinton, of Decatur; Lon and Nelson, of Williston, N.D.; James, of Zurich, Kansas; and Jesse of the state of Washington.
The body was brought to Waverly yesterday afternoon and funeral services will be held at the Beatty undertaking parlors. Interment will be in Rogers cemetery, where Mrs. STICE is buried.

William Bluford STICE was born April 16, 1838, the son of Andrew and Nancy STICE, and died in Springfield March 3, 1926, aged 87 years, 10 months and 17 days. He was married to Sara Jane SMITH, who preceded him in death December 31, 1898. To this union nine children were born, one son, Arthur, having preceded him in death. Those who survive are two daughters, Mrs. Harry NEFF, of Springfield, and Mrs. W. H. WEATHERFORD, of Jacksonville; and six sons: W.E., of Waverly; Clinton, of Decatur; Lon and Nelson of Williston, N.D., James, of Zurich, Kansas; and Jesse, of the state of Washington.
Most of Mr. STICE’S life was spent in this community where he was a farmer, but since the death of his wife he has resided with his children, the past eleven years living with his daughter, Mrs. NEFF, in Springfield.
Funeral services were held at Beatty’s undertaking parlors last Friday morning, in charge of Rev. J. E. CURRY. Music was furnished by Mrs. W. A. BARROW and Mrs. J. H. SHUTT. The pall bearers were relatives of the deceased: G. W. STICE, J. A. STICE, Oscar STICE, James MILLER, Luther DUNCAN and William BECKER. The flowers were cared for by three grandchildren, Mrs. Wm. BECKER, Misses Carrie and Cornelia STICE.
Interment was in Rogers cemetery where Mrs. STICE was buried.
(March 12, 1926 - Waverly Journal)

Obituary of Rollin F. STURGIS, Morgan Co Illinois ©2006 Submitted by:
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Name of Deceased: STURGIS, Rollin F.
Name of Newspaper: Waverly Journal
Date of Obituary: Friday, November 20, 1908
When Confronted With Charge of Forgery Goes Up Stairs and Blows Out His Brains
(From Monday’s State Register)
When confronted by a state warrant charging him with forgery, about 11:00 o’clock yesterday morning, Rollin F. STURGIS, 405 1-2 West Monroe street, pressed a 32-caliber “Bull Dog” revolver to his head and shot his brains out before he could be restrained by his wife. Detectives who served the warrant heard the shot and rushed to the room on the second floor of the house where STURGIS was found lying on the floor in a pool of blood, his brains oozing from the bullet wound in his skull and his right hand still clutching the revolver with which he had shot himself.
The police patrol wagon was called immediately and the man was taken to St. John’s hospital, where he died about 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon. The suicide was tragic in the extreme and the young wife and infant son of the dead man were forced to leave their humble abode and seek the protection of relatives, grief-stricken, disgraced, alone.
Bullet Through Brain.
The bullet entered the man’s head almost at the extreme back of the skull. The muzzle of the revolver had been pressed against the back of the head a little to the right side and when the revolver was discharged the bullet tore through the brain and lodged just behind the left eye ball. The man must have raised the revolver and fired the fatal shot before the very eyes of his wife for she rushed from the room screaming and terrified almost instantly after the report of the revolver was heard. The woman ran screaming down stairs and into the rooms of the lower floor where she was met by Mrs. KESSLER, proprietress of the house, who comforted her as best she could. Mrs. STURGIS was prostrated by the tragedy and could not be interviewed on the subject.
Forged Check Presented.
Detectives Jack GOLDEN and Evan JONES were detailed to arrest STURGIS after Thomas STURGIS of Virden, a brother of the dead man, and whose name Rollin STURGIS had forged to a check on a Waverly, Ill., bank, had refused to intercede in behalf of the accused man. The check calling for $21 made out on the Waverly bank and bearing the forged signature of Thomas STURGIS was presented by Rollin STURGIS to R. S. MERWIN, an employee of the HOFFERKAMP Bros. Hardware Co., (the company being composed of Harry HOFFERKAMP, 214 1-2 North Sixth Street, and Edward C. HOFFERKAMP, 216 1-2 North Sixth street) 621 East Adams street, who cashed it, late last Saturday night. When it was learned that the check was a forgery, Mr. MERWIN swore out a warrant for the arrest of Rollin STURGIS before Justice Early and the summons was turned over to the police with advice to arrest the defendant.
Went After Hat – Shot Self.
When the detectives called to arrest STURGIS, Mrs. Solomon KESSLER, who conducts a rooming house at 405 West Monroe street and with whom Mr. and Mrs.STURGIS had been rooming for about two weeks, admitted them to the house. She informed the officers that Mr. STURGIS roomed on the second floor and she was asked to call him to the door, which she did. When STURGIS appeared at the front door Detective Jack GOLDEN displayed the warrant and informed him that they would have to take him to the police station.
“All right” replied STURGIS, smiling congenially, “I’ll go up and get my hat.”
STURGIS started up the stairs and Detective GOLDEN followed him. When STURGIS was about half way to the second floor he turned around and, seeing that Mr. GOLDEN was following him, he ran up the remaining steps and disappeared inside a room on the second floor. Just as Mr. GOLDEN arrived at the top of the stairway he heard a pistol shot and Mrs. STURGIS ran out into the hall and down the stairs shouting that her husband had shot himself while in the kitchen. GOLDEN rushed into the rooms designated and there he found STURGIS lying on his back, his head in a pool of blood, his brains oozing from the bullet hole in the back of his head and his right hand still grasping the revolver with the fore finger on the trigger.
Died at Hospital
Detective Evan JONES, who had remained at the front entrance of the house, rushed to the second floor and together he and GOLDEN endeavored to raise the dying man from the floor. It was seen that the wound was a mortal one and the police patrol wagon was called. STURGIS, still breathing but unconscious, was taken to St. John’s hospital where he died about 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon.
The check which STURGIS presented to the clerk of the HOFFERKAMP store was thought to have been a forgery soon after it was cashed. Nothing was done in the matter on Saturday night, but early yesterday the case was laid before Sergeant PHILLIPS at the police station. Thomas STURGIS of Virden, whose name was forged to the check, was called by telephone and told of the incident. He stated that he had signed no such check and that he would do nothing in behalf of his brother. He is said to have stated that Rollin STURGIS would have to settle the case as best he could.
It was then that the warrant was given to the officers with orders to arrest STURGIS at once.
Was in Recent Riot.
Rollin STURGIS was formerly employed at the restaurant conducted by Harry T. LOPER, Sr., at 223-225 South Fifth street, where he acted in the capacity of waiter until a few weeks ago. He worked at this café at the time of the recent riots when a frenzied mob demolished the restaurant and all its contents on the night of Friday, August 14, last. He remained in the café with the proprietor until driven out by the entrance of the mob leaders and his left arm was severely cut by falling glass from the large front window of the place. He was one of the principal witnesses in the RAYMER trial following the race war and he had a suit pending in the circuit court wherein he demanded damages from the city for the wound received during the riot mentioned.
Had Wife and Child.
For some time past he has been regularly employed. He has been working by the day in the country, it is said, where he assisted in husking corn. It is known that he has attempted to find employment in local restaurants recently and he stated but a few days ago that he thought he would go out west and endeavor to procure employment. He with his wife, Mattie STURGIS and one year old son, Dale STURGIS, lived in two rooms on the second floor of the house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Solomon KESSLER, 405 West Monroe street. They had lived at this address but two weeks and previous to this time they resided in rooms on West Adams street. STURGIS came here from Taylorville about two years ago.
Why he forged his brother’s name to the check and then caused it to be cashed is not definitely known since he himself said nothing with regard to the case. It seems evident, however, that STURGIS was in need of money and that he intended to take his small family and leave the country before the check could be presented to the bank on which it had been made payable. The fact that he did not get the check cashed until Saturday night after banking hours seems to indicate that the forgery had been planned. Had the check not aroused suspicion of itself it is probable that nothing would have been done in the case until today, when the banks re-open for business. The personal effects of STURGIS and his small family were very meager and he could easily have packed his belongings and left within a few hours.
It is alleged that he procured money by a similar method in Taylorville some time ago, and the prison keeper at the local county jail states that STURGIS was arrested at one time when a gambling house was raided and that he was then imprisoned. By some it is thought that financial adversities and a struggle for the necessaries of life had undermined the man’s health. Whatever the circumstances it would appear as though he was forced by necessity rather than choice. The tragedy which came as a thunderbolt from a clear sky is probably an appropriate sequel to a struggle against poverty, disappointment and discouragements which forced the victim into wrong and then to self-destruction because he was compelled to resort to extreme measures and because he could see no other way.
Wife Prostrated.
The prostrated young wife and the infant son of the deceased were taken to the home of relatives of STURGIS in Auburn soon after the arrest and suicide. The remains of the unfortunate young man were removed to the undertaking parlors of Charles T. Bisch & Son, and prepared for burial. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but it is thought probable that the body will be interred in Waverly, Ill.
Coroner William WOODRUFF will hold an inquest over the remains today.
Rollin F. STURGIS was born in Scottville, Ill., January 28, 1879, and died Nov. 15, 1908, at his home in Springfield, Ill. His youth was spent in and about Waverly. He was married to Mattie GREEN of Taylorville, Ill., Oct. 10, 1906, who with her year old babe survive. He leaves also his mother and six brothers to mourn the untimely and startling death. The remains were brought to Waverly Tuesday morning, the 17th, and interred in East cemetery. Rev. J. O. KIRKPATRICK spoke a few words of comfort at the grave side.

Obituary of Mary Fletcher SUTTON (HAMILTON), Morgan Co Illinois ©2010 Submitted by Kay B. Bebout

Name of Deceased: SUTTON, Mary Fletcher (HAMILTON)
Name of Newspaper
: Jacksonville Daily Journal
Date of Obituary: Thur., Oct. 24, 1907
Obituary: Mary Fletcher SUTTON (HAMILTON)
“The funeral services of Mrs. M. F. SUTTON took place Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence of H. H. KNOLLENBERG, South Main street, in charge of Rev. C.M. BROWN.
Music was furnished by Mrs. George HOLLINGER, Miss Nellie CUNNINGHAM, Phillip READ and A.E. ANGELO.  The flowers were in charge of Mrs. Lutie R. HATCH, Misses Fannie KING, Mamie KNOLLENBERG and Albert KNOLLENBERG.  Interment took place in Diamond Grove cemetery and the bearers were: Deam RAPP, John R. LOAR, William HALL, J.T. OSBORNE, L.W. CHAMBERS and James TERRY.  Among the children at the funeral were Mrs. Abbie CRAIG of Chicago, Mrs. Susie DRESBACH of Mt. Carroll, Mrs. Maggie LAFEVER and Miss Georgia SUTTON of Colorado, and one grand son from Iowa, Charles STOUT.
Mary F. HAMILTON, daughter of John C. and Mary HAMILTON, was born July 19, 1822, in Cynthiana, Ky.  She came to Morgan county in 1843 (should be 1834) and was married February, 1843, to Stephen SUTTON, who departed this life May 17, 1884.  To them were born eight children, six daughters and two sons, all living except one, Mrs. Jennie CASSELL of Chicago, who preceded her eight years ago this month.  Those living are Mrs. Sarah STOUT, Des Moines, Ia.; Mrs. Abbie CRAIG, Chicago, Ill.; Mrs Susie DRESBACH, Mt. Carroll, Ill.; Miss Georgia A. SUTTON, Colorado Springs; Mrs. Maggie LEFEVRE, Ouray, Colorado; John SUTTON, Oklahoma and Henry SUTTON, Colorado.
She passed away Ocotber 17, 1907, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. LEFEVRE, in Ouray, Colorado, after a brief illness, aged 85 years and 2 months.  Two brothers are living, James O. HAMILTON, of Loami, Ill., and George T. HAMILTON of Texas.  She united with the Methodist church at a very early age and upon her marriage, she with her husband, identified themselves with the Central Presbyterian church, in which faith she remained until her death.”

Obituary of Stephen SUTTON, Morgan Co Illinois ©2010 Submitted by Kay B. Bebout

Name of Deceased: SUTTON, Stephen
Name of Newspaper
: Daily Jacksonville Journal
Date of Obituary: May 15, 1884
Obituary: Stephen SUTTON
“Last night at 10:40 o’clock Stephen SUTTON died at his home on south Main street.  He had been sick for about four years off and on, and had not been able to be down town since last fall, except one day that he rode as far as the square on the street car.  He had been confined to his bed only one week and his death was caused by a general breaking up from old age.  He was born at Newark, New Jersey, January 18, 1815, and removed to this city in 1837.  For a number of years he was circuit clerk.  He came here in company with John W. Goltra, who was buried yesterday.  In the early day they came together and settled here and now within a few days of each other they pass away.  Owing to the lateness of the hour last at which he died we will have to defer full particularrs and the hour of the funeral until tomorrow.”