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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

Mrs. Alexander David CACKLEY 

February 27, 1914
Clinton Register

Passed Away Suddenly at the Warner Hospital—
Had Been Patient There Two Weeks.

At 8:55 at the Warner hospital last Friday night occurred the death of Mrs. Louisa CACKLEY, wife of A. D. CACKLEY, of South Jackson avenue.  Death was caused by a stroke of apoplexy.  Two weeks ago Mrs. Cackley suffered an injury to her left thigh while preparing the evening meal at her home.  She was taken to the hospital and was thought to be on the road to recovery.  Deceased was in her 77th year at the time of her death.

Louisa WEAVER was born in Madison county, Ohio, March 27, 1847, being the daughter of George and Hannah WEAVER.  She came with her parents to Illinois when a child, the family locating near Kenney.  On December 22, 1857, she was united in marriage to A. D. Cackley in Clinton.  To this union four children were born, all living: Edward, of Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. Callie FRENCH, of Auburn, Neb.; George, of Omaha, Neb.; and Mrs. Clyde BOYER, of Omaha.  She also leaves five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Deceased was a life-long member of the Christian church, and in her younger days was a worker with that body.  As a neighbor she was loved and respected by all, and always known as a friend in need.

Funeral services were arranged for Monday afternoon, but on account of the storm, and the delay of the son, George, in arriving until Tuesday morning, a postponement was made until Tuesday afternoon at 2:30.  Services were held at the home, Rev. A. W. McDavitt, pastor of the Universalist church, being in charge.  Interment was in Woodlawn.  This was the first death in the family, and all the children were present at the funeral, the daughters having been here at the bedside of the mother for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Charles CACKLEY 

December 21, 1915
Clinton Daily Public

Patient Sufferer Passed Away Monday Night—
Was Born in Ireland in 1852.

Mrs. Charles CACKLEY died at her home 523 East Main street, last evening at 9:30 o'clock.  Mrs. Cackley’s death was due to heart trouble with which she had been a patient sufferer for the past five years.

Catherine GORMAN was the daughter of Thomas and Mary GORMAN and was born in Ireland, May 9, 1852, being 53 years old at the time of her death.  She came to America with her parents when but a small child, and the family settled in Clinton where her father obtained employment on the Illinois Central, and she made her home in this city ever since.  She attended the schools of Clinton and on the 30th of May, 1897, she was married to Charles CACKLEY, who survives.  The couple resided at 523 East Washington street until two years [ago] when they moved to their present home with her sister, Mrs. George KAMMIERE and her husband, on account of her ill health.

She was a member of the St. John’s Catholic church and was a woman that had a large circle of friends.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mary Gorman, her husband and seven sisters and brothers as follows: Mrs. George Kammiere, of Clinton; Mrs. O. O. HENRY, of St. Louis; Miss Jane GORMAN, Mrs. John BRYTHE, Mrs. George MORRIS and Dennis GORMAN, all of Clinton; and Joe GORMAN, of Decatur.

The funeral services will be held at the home of George Kammiere, 523 East Main street, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. S. N. Moore, of St. John’s Catholic church, officiating.  Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Frederick R. CACKLEY 

October 11, 1901
Clinton Register

Clinton Young Man Ends Life's Journey in the Strength of Years—
Lived Here All His Life.

Again has death laid his hand on the strong young man and he is among the departed. Sunday afternoon while nature wore one of the sweetest and most inspiring Autumnal smiles the life light of Fred CACKLEY went out at the home of his mother in this city, after a brief illness of typhoid fever, aged 35 years and 7 days.

Frederick R. Cackley was born in Clinton September 29, 1866, and this had always been his home. He was a son of John G. CACKLEY who died about two years ago. He was of a kind disposition, and always had a large circle of close friends. He had assisted his brother in his business and had been in business as partner with others. For a year or more he had not been in business. He was good to everyone except himself, therefore his life was not a success, as his ability was full enough to make it. No dishonest act is charged to his life. He never mistreated his friends and was kind to all others. He was never married.

Besides his mother three brothers and one sister survive him. They are Mrs. E. B. DRAKE, of Lexington, Ky.; W. T., of Texas; C. C. and B. S. CACKLEY, of Clinton.

Funeral services were held at the residence on East Washington street Tuesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. C. S. BLACK. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.


August 12, 1881
Clinton Register

Sunday morning, Gay, youngest child of J. G. CACKLEY, died of membranous croup after a very short illness. Mr. Cackley is absent in Arkansas and has not yet arrived home. Gay was a bright little boy, six years old, and his death is a severe blow to his parents.


April 26, 1916 - Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Aged Man Succumbs to Injuries Received Last Friday When He Fell from Wagon.

The death of Jacob F. CACKLEY, one of the early and most highly respected citizens of DeWitt county, occurred at his home, 521 South Mulberry street this morning at 5:15 o'clock. His death was due to injuries received last Friday accompanied by old age. Mr. Cackley sustained a broken arm just below the shoulder joint and other injuries to his body Friday morning when he fell from his wagon at the Harrison elevator in the north part of the city. He was taken to his home where he was at once given medical attention, but he did not seem to improve. He continued to grow weaker each day and death came to him gently while sleeping.

Born in 1827.

The birth of Mr. Cackley occurred in Huntersville, Pocahontis county, W. Va., Feb. 17, 1827. He was the son of William and Jane Cackley. He lived in Huntersville, the place of his birth, until he had reached man’s estate. He came to Illinois in 1857 and located at Clinton living with his brother, J. G. CACKLEY, for a short time, but soon went out on the prairie and began to work at farming. He later went to Petersburg, Ill., and engaged in the butcher business there for three years. He returned to DeWitt county in 1861. Here he engaged for a couple of years in the butcher business at Clinton and then moved to Texas township and continued in the same line for a couple of years.

Became a Farmer.

In the meantime he had purchased five acres of land in section five, and here he began to farm, adding as time went on eighty-five acres more, and here he erected a substantial house and other buildings where he had success in farming, fruit growing and gardening.

Mr. Cackley took an interested part in public affairs in the township and had been one of the most efficient highway commissioners for the past three years. In politics he was a member of the Democratic party.

Married Virginia Girl.

The marriage of Mr. Cackley was in Virginia to Miss Rebecca LOWRY, who was born in Virginia and died at the home place a good many years ago. She was the devoted mother of six children, whom, with the exception of one child who died in infancy, survive. They are: Thomas W., who conducts a grocery business in this city; Ella, who is the wife of James R. CHAMBERLAIN, of West Van Buren street; Richard, who conducts a grocery and bakery business in Mason City; Charles, 523 East Main street, this city; and Lulu, wife of Samuel MIDDLETOWN, a merchant of Heyworth.

Mr. Cackley was married twice. His second marriage was to Miss Mary DENNIS, of Clinton, on the 7th day of March, 1883, who has been a faithful wife and devoted mother all these years. No children were born to this union.

Help Develop Virgin Lands.

When Mr. Cackley first came to Texas township, the land was nearly all covered with a growth of timber, but he witnessed this all change and now little can be seen but the beautiful cultivated fields which yields great crops of grain. Mr. Cackley did his share in this development, and has been one of the progressing men in this locality. Much is due his energy and industry in making this county what it is today, some of the richest land in this part of the State of Illinois. Mr. Cackley retired from active farm life five years ago when he sold his farm to Peter Moxnes and move to the home place on South Mulberry street. This farm has since been sold and Mr. Moxnes moved West.

Had Great Grandchildren.

Besides the widow and children, he leaves to mourn his loss one brother, A. D. CACKLEY, who recently returned from Nebraska and other points in the West, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. The grandchildren are Mrs. E. C. LANE, of this city; Ray MIDDLETOWN, of Gibson City; Hugh CACKLEY, of Mason City; Mrs. Minnie DILLOW, of Amboy; and Charles EATON, of Lincoln. The great grandchildren are Walter LANE, of Clinton, Richard Wilson CACKLEY, of Mason City; and William Samuel MIDDLETOWN, of Gibson City.

Mrs. T. W. Shidale, 707 East Woodlawn avenue, who nursed Mr. Cackley during his last illness, will remain with the family until after the funeral.


April 26, 1916 - Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral of J. F. Cackley.

The funeral services of the late Jacob F. CACKLEY, who passed away at his home, 521 South Mulberry street, early Wednesday morning, were held at the family residence this afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. R. V. Callaway of the Christian church officiating. The pallbearers were John Killough, James M. Cline, B. F. Staymates, Dick Bryant, J. T. Sprague and B. C. Sprague. Interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900:
Jacob Frye Cackley    Rebecca Lowery     Marriage Year: 1856    Marriage State: WV

Rebecca (Lowry) Cackley died in 1872.

Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CACKLEY, J. F.    DENNIS, MARY E.     1883-03-07    DE WITT


June 9, 1899
Clinton Public

Was One of the Pioneers of Clinton, Having Been Here Over Forty-Seven Years.

John G. CACKLEY, who had been very ill for the past six months, died at 6 o'clock Wednesday evening, the cause of his death being paralysis. On October last he was stricken with paralysis, and his health from that time failed rapidly. A few weeks ago he was taken to West Baden, Ind., in the hope of improving his condition. The waters, however, failed to give relief and he returned home. He realized that death was near and shaped his extensive business interests accordingly.

Deceased was born near Hunterville, West Va., on the 22d day of June, 1832, and was a son of William and Jennie CACKLEY, the former being one of the best known in the state, he being for 15 years a member of the General Assembly. When deceased was 19 years of age his parents with the entire family, consisting of five sons and three daughters, moved to Illinois and settled on what is now known as the old Weaver homestead, where the father followed the occupation of farming. After a number of years of active life, William CACKLEY move to Clinton and retired, occupying the residence now owned by Lewis CAMPBELL, north of the city. In 1860 the father died, leaving surviving him his wife and the following children: Robert CACKLEY, now residing in Springfield; Miss Ann CACKLEY, of Heyworth; Frey CACKLEY, a farmer living south of Clinton; David CACKLEY, of Clinton; John CACKLEY, deceased; Miss Sallie CACKLEY, of Heyworth; Mrs. Leah HOGSHEAD, now living in Jamestown, O. The mother, Mrs. Jennie Cackley, of this family, died in Clinton in 1880.

About 1860, John G. Cackley was united in marriage to Miss Alcinda CUNDIFF, the ceremony taking place in Farmer City. They took up their residence in Clinton, where deceased was an extensive dealer in livestock. Of his immediate family, deceased leaves surviving him his beloved wife and four children: William CACKLEY, of Dennison, Tex.; Mrs. Minnie B. DRAKE, of Lexington, Ky.; Clayburn CACKLEY, Fred CACKLEY and Birt CACKLEY, of this city. Another child, Gay, died about 14 years ago at the age of five years.

Deceased was actively engaged in business until about a year ago, when his health failed and he retired. He was a prominent member of the I.O.O.F., and had been identified with the local lodge for over 40 years, going through the chairs and occupying the office of Noble Grand. The lodge will have charge of the funeral, which will be held Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. William T. CACKLEY 

November 14, 1890
Clinton Public

Mrs. William T. CACKLEY died of consumption at her home in Dennison, Texas, last Tuesday. She was the wife of William T., son of Mr. J. G. CACKLEY, of this city. Mrs. Cackley was in poor health for nearly two years. During the autumn of 1889 she came to Clinton and spent some time here for the benefit of her health, and while in this city she seemed to improve. She came again last summer and remained here till the last day of September, when she returned to her home. No children were left. Mr. W. T. CACKLEY went to Dennison in 1877, and in the fall of 1883 he was married. Mrs. Cackley was an intelligent and affable lady, and while on her visits to the home of her husband's parents in this city she made many warm friends by her genial and pleasant manners.

CAHILL (child) 

March 27, 1891
Clinton Public

On Wednesday the little five-year-old son of John CAHILL, who lives on Harry Magill's farm, northwest of town, died from croup. The remains were laid to rest at Wapella yesterday.


February 15, 1895
Clinton Public

Sudden Death.

John CAHILL died at his home yesterday morning, after only a few hours sickness. He was in town Tuesday evening, and after buying some groceries started home. When he got near Martin TOOLE's farm, John Cahill became almost rigid with cold, the chill seeming to strike his heart. Mr. Toole saw him and took him into his house, and everything possible was done to try and get the warm blood started in circulation. Mr. Cahill rallied a little and was then anxious to get home, so Mr. Toole sent a boy with him. Mr. Cahill did not improve during the night, and on Wednesday a physician was called to prescribe for him. He continued to grow worse till yesterday morning, when he died.

John Cahill was a thrifty farmer, and by hard work and patient industry had reared a family of six children and saved enough to become the owner of one hundred and forty acres of fine land north-west of this city. He was an Irishman by birth, and when he came from his native country and settled in this county he was without a dollar and began work as a farm hand. He was about fifty-five years old when he died. He had worn himself out by hard work and was preparing to move to town for a year or two of rest. Besides owning his farm, which is free from any incumbrance, Mr. Cahill had quite a good bank account and was out of debt. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning.

Mrs. Charles N. CAIN 

June 23, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Charles N. Cain.

A few weeks ago Mr. Charles N. CAIN and family left Weldon to seek a home in Washington Territory, hoping the change would be beneficial to Mr. Cain, who has been a sufferer from disease for many months. Ben CAIN and his wife and Dr. TAYLOR accompanied them. On the journey there was a man who it was supposed had the measles, to which the Cains were exposed. On the arrival of C. N. Cain’s family at New Yocoma, Mrs. CAIN was taken sick with what was thought to be the measles but which afterward developed into a case of virulent smallpox. On the 9th of June Mrs. Cain died. Her little boy was also sick with varioloid, but he recovered. This was a sad condition for the invalid husband. Mrs. Cain had bought a large stock of goods, which they expected daily, intending to open a millinery store at New Yocoma. Mrs. Cain was a native of Clinton and was the daughter of the late William BELL. She was a woman of rare courage and enterprise and gladly left home and friends in the hope that her husband's life would be prolonged. C. N. Cain and his boy will return to this county at once, they having already left Washington Territory. They will be accompanied home by Ben Cain and his wife.


June 30, 1882
Clinton Public

Died in New Yoconia, Washington Territory, of small pox, June 9th, 1882, Mrs. C. N. CAIN, a daughter of William and Rebecca BELL. She was born in Ohio, November 13th, 1852, and soon after her parents moved to Illinois and located at Clinton, in this county, at which place she grew into womanhood and was known there as Miss Ella BELL. In 1871 she was united in marriage to Mr. C. N. CAIN, son of Charles T. CAIN, of Wilson township. By this union they were blessed with one child, a sprightly son of ten years. Mrs. Cain was energetic and self-sacrificing in her domestic and social relations, ever ready and willing to do what she could to make others happy. Although in delicate health, she was anxious to accompany her husband to the Pacific coast, that his failing health might be improved. Mrs. Cain professed religion in 1865 and united with the M. E. Church and lived a true Christian. That faith, which sustained her during the active duties of a busy life, grew stronger as she neared the dark waters and shadows of death, remarking a few moments before the spirit took its flight, to a weeping husband, son and mother, “that all was well.” No cloud intervened between her and the world of glory. Mrs. Cain will long be remembered for her kindness and Christian virtues, and her death will cast a deep gloom over every community in which she has ever lived. A husband, son, mother and sister and many relatives and friends have been bereft of one whose place can never be filled.

Note: New Yocoma or New Yoconia might be referring to Tacoma or Yakima.

Charles S. CAIN 

April 11, 1890
Clinton Weekly Register

C.S. CAIN, an old resident of this county, died at his son's residence in Wilson township Wednesday, aged 76 years. He had been confined to his bed about 8 months. He came to Illinois in 1864, and located on the farm in Wilson township, which he owned at his death. His wife died almost 20 years ago. He leaves three sons and on daughter, Mrs. Dr. J. H. TYLER, of this city. The burial took place yesterday.

Submitted by Laura Denton


April 11, 1890
Clinton Public

Uncle Charley Cain is Dead.

At the residence of his son Ben, in Wilson township, on last Wednesday, Charles S. CAIN departed this life, aged seventy-five years. For the past three or four years “Uncle” Charley was in feeble health, and in the later months of his life he was unable to give any attention to his business. During the vigorous years of his manhood he was one of the enterprising citizens of Wilson township, and by careful management had accumulated more than a competency for his old age. Mr. Cain was born in New York on the 11th of February, 1815, and in the early years of his life he settled in Perry county, Ohio, where he married. In 1847 he came to this county and bought land in Wilson township. Twenty-one years ago his wife died after which time he substantially abandoned hard work and made his home with his children. As each of his children were ready to begin life for themselves “Uncle” Charley gave them forty acres of good land as a starter, and even after acting with such fatherly generosity he had yet remaining two hundred and fifty-one acres, besides considerable personal property. Every dollar that he made was the result of his own hard work and thriftiness. The first home that he made in Wilson township he kept though his long life and finally died in it. Mr. Cain did much toward helping to develop Wilson township, and when the county came under the township organization law he was the first supervisor elected from that township, and served for the year 1859-60. In 1875 he was again elected to represent his township on the board. He was one of the first justices of the peace elected in his township. He was the father of seven children, three of whom are dead. He leaves three sons, John, Benjamin and Charles, and one daughter, Mrs. J. H. TYLER.


April 18, 1890
Clinton Public

Charles S. CAIN was born in Orange county, New York, February 11th, 1814. His parents moved to Perry county, Ohio, in 1822. He was married to Dorcas DAVIS January 1st, 1839, with whom he lived happily many years till she lay down to sleep—to rest—a few years since. There were born to them seven children, four of whom survive to mourn the loss of so good and kind a father, viz., Mrs. Dr. TYLER, of Clinton; Charles, Benjamin, and John CAIN, all of DeWitt county until recently, when Rev. Charles CAIN was called from his home to the ministry. He with his wife and three children moved to DeWitt county, in October, 1846, where he has since resided. He was a noble and intelligent citizen, one of DeWitt county's best men, beloved by all who knew him, kind to the family, ever watchful for its best interest; generous to a fault; sociable and interesting as a companion; a man of brains, of common sense, a man needed in the development of society. DeWitt county has lost a good citizen, his friends and neighbors a good friend, his family a noble, generous father. His funeral services were conducted by his favorite pastor, under whom he joined the M. E. Church in 1885, James O. KIRKPATRICK. The funeral was conducted in Rucker Chapel, after which a large concourse of friends sorrowfully followed his remains, which were deposited by the side of the wife of his bosom in the Walters cemetery in DeWitt county.

Riley CAIN 

August 25, 1882
Clinton Public

Riley CAIN, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. CAIN, aged 14 years, died Monday morning of inflammation of the bowels. The funeral took place from their home in the western part of the city, yesterday afternoon, Rev. C. M. SHORT officiating.— Champaign County Herald.


February 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Frank CALDWELL, only brother of Conductor Ed. CALDWELL, of this city, died last Saturday in Akron, Ohio, after a brief illness of one week.  He was thirty-one years, ten months and seventeen days old, and leaves a wife and three children.  He was born in Ipava, Illinois, April 1, 1861.  The funeral services were held at Mrs. Richard CRANG’s residence yesterday morning, conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER, and the remains were laid to rest in our beautiful Woodlawn.  Frank Caldwell had for several years been superintending city improvements in some Nebraska cities.  Seven months ago he went to Akron, Ohio, to engage in the same line of business.  His father and mother live in Easton, on the Champaign and Havana division, and they were here to follow their beloved son to the tomb.

Benjamin CALLISON 

October 12, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Veteran of Civil War and a Gold Seeker of ’49 Died at Home in DeWitt.

Benjamin CALLISON, aged 80 years, a veteran of the Civil war and one of the gold seekers of ’49 died at his home in DeWitt, Thursday evening at 6 o'clock, death being due to infirmities of old age.  The funeral will be held from the Methodist church in DeWitt, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. A. L. Honn(?).  Interment will be made in the DeWitt cemetery.

Had Interesting Career.

Benjamin Callison was one of the prosperous farmers of DeWitt county, having resided here practically all of his life with the exception of the years spent in the Civil war and the time in crossing the plains, he having made two of these overland trips one of them being during the gold rush of ’49 when the trip was made in the company of Isaac Wilson, of Clinton, who died a few years ago.

Born in County.

The deceased was born near the town of Dewitt, April 1, 1837, the son of John and Elizabeth CALLISON. He passed his young manhood on the farm and some forty-six years ago was united in marriage to Martha E. NORTH. To this union five children were born, who, with the widow survive. The children are: John, of DeWitt; Mrs. MILED, of Warrenton, Mo.; Mrs. E. F. SEAL, of DeWitt; Robert P., of DeWitt; and Mrs. Mac REED, of Wesley, Ia. The children have all arrived at the family home for the funeral services.


June 7, 1895
Clinton Public

Committed Suicide.

Frank CALLISON, sixteen-year-old son of W. CALLISON, committed suicide by hanging in his father's barn, two miles northwest of DeWitt, on Tuesday night. He was found dead, hanging from a beam in the barn by Ed REED, farm help, five o'clock Wednesday morning. Coroner C. JONES was notified by telegram at 6:20 a.m., and at once went to that place, impaneling the following jury: W. C. PAGE, foreman; Charles ANDREWS; Lewis FULLER; C. D. McCONKEY; Nate ZORTMAN; and John DAWSON, whose verdict was that deceased "came to his death by suicide by hanging himself in his father's barn from causes unknown to the jury." We give a note found in his memorandum book: "Don't grieve over me for you know what the trouble is now and I thought I would get out of your way, so good-bye." No name is signed, nor is the name given of the person for whom it is intended. No cause is known for the fatal deed, though it is conjectured that his love affairs did not run smoothly.

Alexander CAMPBELL 

October 3, 1913
Clinton Register

Was Found Dead by His son at His Home in Texas Township Tuesday Evening—
Inquest Held.

Again death has taken one of the county’s well-known citizens without a moment’s warning.  Wednesday [should be Tuesday, Sept. 30] Alexander CAMPBELL, who lives about three miles southwest of Clinton, was in Clinton and seemed in his usual health.  His friends who met him saw no indication of his not feeling well and he made no complaint.  Early in the evening he returned home, and his son, D. B. CAMPBELL, of Niantic, who came to visit him, took supper with a friend and arrived at his father’s home about 7 o'clock.  He did not find his father in the house and went to the barn lot, expecting to find him milking, but found him dead in the lot.  He notified the neighbors and Coroner H. A. Moore and C. G. Oakman, undertaker, were notified.  They went to the Campbell home at once.  After a jury was chosen and examination of the surroundings made, the body was removed to the house.

The inquest was held and it was learned L. M. Burns, a neighbor, talked with him at 5:30 and no one had seen him after that until his son found him.  There was no evidence of a struggle, and everything indicated that he died almost as soon as he fell.

In his pockets were found $48.05, a receipt for a pair of shoes he had paid for that day and a programme of the Register’s anniversary celebration.

The jury was composed of J. A. Burns, Thos. Spencer, J. W. Woosley, John Cahill, O. Owens, L. M. Burns, and the verdict was that death was caused by a stroke of apoplexy.

Mr. Campbell’s wife, who had been confined to her bed a year or more, died Sept. 17, two weeks before, and most of the time since then Mr. Campbell had been alone, except at night when T. M. Hall had been with him, but was not to be there that night, as his son had come to visit him.

Deceased was born in Virginia, Oct. 15, 1836, and was married to Miss Winifred DAVIS, Sept. 18, 1865.  They came to Illinois about one year later and for a while lived in Texas township.  They then lived near Kenney 12 years before moving to Harp township, where they lived about 20 years.  Seven years ago they moved back to Texas township.

When a young man, he united with the Baptist church and about 15 years ago united with the Christian church, at Lane, and was still a member.  He served in the Confederate army during the Rebellion, three years under Lee and Jackson.

Six children survive: Bernard CAMPBELL, of Niantic; Will CAMPBELL, of DeLand; Irene WRIGHT, of Lane; C. C. CAMPBELL, of Taylorville; James A. CAMPBELL, of Walker, Missouri; and Lucinda Sophronia MILLER, of Niantic.

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thomas Miller.   Burial was in Rose cemetery near Lane.

Note: Alexander died Tuesday, September 30th, so he was not about town on Wednesday, as stated in the obituary.

Mrs. Alexander CAMPBELL 

September 19, 1913
Clinton Register

A Good Woman Taken From Home and Loved Ones at Three Score and Five Years.

Mrs. Alexander CAMPBELL died Wednesday afternoon at the age of 65 years in her home in Texas township, four miles southwest of Clinton. Although she had never enjoyed good health, she was not seriously ill until two months ago. All her children were present except the son William, who was on his way to the home at the time. Her mother, Mrs. Lucinda DILLAVOU, of South Clinton, a woman of 95 years, was also present at the deathbed.

Winifred Sophronia DAVIS, the daughter of Madison and Lucinda DAVIS, was born in Bottetout [Botetourt] county, Virginia, June 20, 1848. She was married to Alexander CAMPBELL September 18, 1865. Her parents came to DeWitt county in January 1870 and settled in Texas township, near the Burns school house. She and her husband followed soon afterwards and settled near the parents. After living there a short time, they moved to near Kenney where they lived 12 years before removing to Harp township, where they lived 20 years. For the past seven years they had lived on the farm where they first settled in Texas township.

Six children survive: Bernard CAMPBELL, of Niantic; Will CAMPBELL, of DeLand; Irene WRIGHT, of Lane; C. C. CAMPBELL, of Taylorville; James A. CAMPBELL, of Walker, Missouri; Lucinda Sophronia MILLER, of Niantic. She also leaves her husband, Alexander Campbell, her mother, Lucinda Dillavou of South Clinton, who is 95 years old, and 23 grandchildren.

Since childhood she has been a member of the Christian church.

Funeral services were held at the new Christian church at Lane at 2 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thomas Miller, assisted by Rev. O. P. Anderson, a former pastor of the church. Interment was in the Rose cemetery, one mile west of Lane.

Mrs. Antrim CAMPBELL 

April 17, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Antrim CAMPBELL, a widow lady whose life has been one of prominence in this State because of the position her husband held in public affairs, dating back to the early days in Illinois, died recently in Springfield. For many years she made her home in the Leland Hotel, and the other day when her will was admitted to probate, the Wiggins family was remembered to the amount of $10,000; and Governor Palmer's wife was on the list for $6000. Mrs. Campbell left an estate valued at $100,000, very little of which she left her relatives.


January 10, 1913
Clinton Register

Died At His Home At New Salem, Illinois, Thursday Night of Last Week.

Thursday night of last week Lewis CAMPBELL received notice of the death of his grandson, Ira N. CAMPBELL, of New Salem, Ill. The death occurred New Year’s night on the home farm of the deceased’s father-in-law in Shelby county, the home being near Oconee. Mr. Campbell superintended Ira I. NIXON’s stock farm near Weldon until it was sold, when he move to a farm near Oconee. Death was due to heart trouble. Remains were brought to Clinton Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Campbell lot in Woodlawn, Rev. Frank Read, of Wapella, held services at the cemetery. Deceased became a member of the M. E. church when a young man and had always been faithful to his chosen denomination.

Deceased was born in Bloomington, Ill., August 25, 1887, and was at the time of his death aged 25 years, 4 months and 7 days. He was united in marriage January 24, 1911, to Miss Jennie Gaskell, of Oconee, Ill., and until his removal to Oconee, on the farm of his father-in-law, last February, he managed the Ira I. Nixon farm near Weldon. Besides the widow and 1-year-old daughter, Philena Helen, he is survived by his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Lewis CAMPBELL, of New Salem, Ill.; a brother Eugene, who is attending Wesleyan college; two sisters, Gracie, of New Salem, and Mrs. Georgia BOTTROFF, of Gretna, Neb.

Mrs. Israel CAMPBELL 

January 20, 1905
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary CAMPBELL died at home in Denver, Col., one week ago last Monday, age 78 years.  She was born in Kentucky Dec. 19, 1826, and her parents moved to Rochester, Ill., where she was married to Israel CAMPBELL, who is a brother of Lewis CAMPBELL, of this city.  They lived in Clinton over twenty years.  They moved to Kansas, where they lived about two years, and moved to Colorado nearly fifteen years ago.  She had been a Christian over sixty years.  She is survived by her husband, who is 80 years old, also by two children, Henry CAMPBELL and Mrs. Nathan WHEELER.


September 30, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of a Soldier of the War of 1812.
And the Oldest Man in DeWitt County.
In his Ninety-fourth Year John N. Campbell Was Mustered Out.

At the advanced age of ninety-three years, five months and fifteen days John N. CAMPBELL, a veteran of the War of 1812, and of the Black Hawk War, was mustered out at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Philip CLARK, on last Sunday night. For one of his years, Father Campbell was blessed with remarkable good health and a clear mind down to a short time before his death. Incidents of his childhood and of his young manhood were as fresh and bright in his memory as though they had transpired within the past few years, and his mind was an historical store-house of the events in the early part of this century. Very few men live to his age with their faculties unclouded, and he always attributed it to the fact that he never used tobacco and in the use of liquor he was so temperate that he was never under its influence.

Father Campbell was born in Union town, Pennsylvania, on the 10th of April, 1794. In 1806 his parents moved to Darrtown, Butler County, Ohio, and he lived there till the year 1824, when he came to Illinois and settled in Sangamon county. In the year 1818 he was united in marriage to Phebe CLARK, and as the result of their union nine children were born, six of whom are still living. After sixty-three years of wedded life Mother Campbell, at the advanced age of ninety years, departed this life in the year 1881.

Father Campbell’s early life was one of adventure and activity. At the age of nineteen years he enlisted in the War of 1812 and served under General HARRISON at Fort Wayne, Fort Defiance and other points on the Maumee River. He was never in a battle, but he had some lively skirmishes with the Indians who were hostile to the United States government. Prisoners of war were unknown, as no American who fell into the hands of the Indians ever came back to tell the story of his capture, and the Indians captured in battle were promptly dispatched to the happy hunting grounds. After returning home from the war he went to work on a farm by the month and saved a little over $200, which he invested in lands in Preble and Darke counties, in Ohio. Land was so cheap in those days that he was able to own two hundred and forty acres. That same land today is worth not less than $25,000, some of it being very valuable. His early life was one of privation. His parents were poor and unable to give him school advantages and he had to begin for himself the battle of life at an age when boys now are learning the rudiments in our public schools. By dint of perseverance he managed to learn to read and write after the labors of the day were done. Before his marriage he made one trip to New Orleans on a trading boat, starting from Cincinnati, and twice after his marriage he made two more successful trips. With the money thus earned he was enabled to come to Illinois in 1824 and locate in Sangamon county. After one of his trips to New Orleans he was compelled to make the homeward journey, over one thousand miles, on foot, carrying back with him the money he had made from the sale of his cargo. This was a hazardous journey in those days, as the country was wild and unsettled and filled with hostile Indians. He made the trip at the rate of forty-five miles a day.

When he left his home in Darrtown, Ohio, in 1824, to come to Illinois Father Campbell loaded all of his effects, with his wife and children, into wagons and made the journey in the primitive fashion of those days. Not content with bringing his own family he also paid the expenses of ten of his poor neighbors. His first investment in Sangamon county land was two hundred and eighty acres, and to this he kept adding as his means would permit till he was the owner of about twelve hundred acres of as fine land as there was in the county. When he moved to Clinton in 1857 he still owned this land, and to each of his children when they married he gave a portion of this land, only reserving enough to keep him and his wife independent during their lives.

In 1832 Father Campbell for a second time enlisted in the service of his country, and therefore he had the proud distinction of having served in two wars—the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War. At the time the Indians were making a treaty for the reservation of Iowa he was in the Fort at Rock Island, standing behind Governor DUNCAN while he was negotiating the treaty with Black Hawk.

The main portion of Father Campbell’s life was spent on a farm, and in the pursuits of agriculture he was successful. He could proudly say that he never defrauded a man out of a dollar and never took advantage of his neighbor's misfortune to enrich himself. His motto in life was to pay as he went, and by following this scrupulously he was never hampered with debt. He never bought anything, no matter how much he desired it, till he had the cash to pay for his purchase. He was generous to his family, and always ready to lend a helping hand to a friend or a neighbor in distress. Six of his children are still living, and all prospering in life. His grandchildren and great grandchildren can be counted by the score. Three of his children were present with him during his last illness to minister to his comfort. For more than fifty years he had been a member of the Methodist Church. Down to his last hour he was in full possession of his mental faculties and recognized the friends who called upon him.

He was buried last Tuesday afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery by the side of his wife. The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. A. T. ORR, who was assisted by the Rev. J. C. RUCKER and the Rev. W. A. HUNTER. As a mark of respect to the veteran of two wars the Grand Army of the Republic and the Sons of Veterans marched as an escort, and over his grave the Sons of Veterans fired the farewell volley that is always accorded to a loyal soldier.

Mrs. John N. CAMPBELL 

February 18, 1881
Clinton Public

Phebe CAMPBELL, consort of the venerable John CAMPBELL, was born at Uniontown Penn., April 13, 1791, and departed this life Feb. 10, 1881, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, nine months and eighteen days.  Her parents, Barzilla and Nancy CLARK, removed to Maryland about the year 1800.  Then emigrated to Butler county, Ohio in 1822.  Mrs. Campbell embraced religion and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, at thirteen years of age, and remained in that relation for seventy-seven years.  She was united in marriage with her surviving husband in 1821.  The family came to Sangamon county, Illinois, about fifty years ago.  She became the mother of nine children—six sons and three daughters.  Five of the sons and all of the daughters are living, useful and respected citizens.  The family has resided in Clinton since 1833.   For the past two years they have lived with their son, Lewis CAMPBELL, near this city, being too infirm to keep house.  In her whole girlhood life she was accustomed to divine services held at her father’s home by Methodist preachers.   Her young heart was won by them to Christ while listening to their words of divine mercy and love.  For years after the death of her parents, circuit preaching was held at her own house, and hundreds of times did she cheerfully minister the hospitalities of her home as reverently to those servants of God as the patriarch Sarah did to visiting angels.  In all her after life, while her religious convictions were deep and strong, it was manifested in quiet meditation and in gentle words and good offices to her family and those who were her acquaintances.   Having served her generation and after a slow, and often painful decline, the wheels of her life at last stood still.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. C. Rucker, who made a short discourse from the text, “These are they which came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” [Rev. 7, 14] She was anchored within the veil.  Her aged companion will, ere long, join her company.


March 5, 1915
Clinton Register

One of DeWitt County’s Best Known Citizens Ends a Busy and Useful Journey in Death.

It was fitting that the closing moments of the life of Lewis CAMPBELL, aged almost ninety years, should come as the shadows of evening were falling and day was emerging into the twilight which precedes the close of day. The ending of his life was like the closing of a beautiful hour just before sunset when all is well, and the golden tints of the horizon welcome the coming of the night.

While Mr. Campbell had been feeble several months, being unable to walk about the streets, he had not been thought serious until a few days before his death when a cold had caused grip, and the physician informed his children that death was hovering over him, and at 5:30 Feb. 26, the end came peacefully.

Lewis Campbell was born near Springfield, Ill., Dec. 17, 1826. He was a son of John N. CAMPBELL, whose father, Enos CAMPBELL, fought under Lafayette during the Revolution. His father moved from Hamilton county, Ohio, to Sangamon county, Ill. in 1823, and in 1857 moved to DeWitt county where he died in September 1886, his wife having preceded him five years. He fought in the War of 1812, and in the Black Hawk War under Gen. William Henry Harrison, and was with Gov. Duncan when Black Hawk made his famous speech.

In 1849 Lewis Campbell joined in the rush to the California gold fields, and with others went overland to that state. Like most others who went there expecting it easy to pick up gold, he was disappointed, and part of his time was given to chopping wood. By the next September he had about $2,300, and decided to return to Clinton, which he did. From 1851 to 1862 he was engaged in the dry goods business in Clinton; part of this time his partner was Philip CLARK, his brother-in-law. He quit the store in 1862, and bought land near Clinton.

His marriage to Miss Philena ARGO was Nov. 11, 1852. She was a daughter of Alexander and Eliza ARGO, and was born in Clermont county, Ohio. To them seven children were born and all are living, except the eldest, William C., who died about two years ago. The others are Mrs. Ira NIXON, Mrs. Geo. FIELD, [and] Mrs. E. J. FLATT, of Clinton; Rev. Lewis CAMPBELL, of Ludlow, Ill.; Mrs. Eliza VAN ALLEN, of Nebraska; and Alexander CAMPBELL, of Minnesota.

He was a member of the M. E. church and did much to assist in religious work. Politically he was a Republican many years, then was with the Greenback party, but for several years had been a Democrat, and was a close friend of Hon. A. E. Stevenson.

He had held township offices, being supervisor 4 years and was highway commissioner several years. He was a candidate for the legislature on the Greenback ticket but failed of election. He was often consulted on political and business matters, and was honorable and upright at all times.

Funeral services were held at the home on West Main street Monday afternoon at 2:30. Three of the favorite songs of deceased were sung by E. I. Day, Mrs. W. A. Golze and Mrs. Harry Bean. The pallbearers were Rev. Lewis Campbell, Alexander Campbell, sons of deceased; Eugene and Lewis Campbell, grandsons; Geo. Hays and E. J. Flatt, sons-in-law. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Lewis CAMPBELL 

October 17, 1913
Clinton Register

Death Follows Stroke of Paralysis Which Occurred A Month Ago—
Mother of Seven Children.

Mrs. Lewis CAMPBELL died at her home on West Main street, Clinton, Monday evening at 7:20. About five weeks ago Mrs. Campbell had a slight stroke of paralysis, and since that time had been confined to her home, although most of the time not considered in a dangerous condition. With the exception of Mrs. VAN ALLEN, who resides at Topeka, Kas., all the children and the husband were present when death came.

Deceased was born at New Richmond, Clermont County, Ohio, in 1835, her parents coming to Illinois in 1844, the family being among the first settlers of Clinton, there being but sixteen residences here at that time. November 11, 1852, she was united in marriage to Lewis CAMPBELL, and to this union seven children were born, all living except Wm. C. CAMPBELL, who died about two years ago. The children surviving are Rev. Lewis CAMPBELL, Mrs. I. I. NIXON, Alexander CAMPBELL and Mrs. E. J. FLATT, of this city; Mrs. George HAYES, of Robertsdale, Ala., and Mrs. Eliza VAN ALLEN of Topeka, Kas.

Deceased united with the M. E. church in early life and had always been a devoted member. Probably no woman in the county was better known or will be more missed than the deceased. Besides the husband and children mentioned, deceased leaves a brother, E. G. ARGO, of this city, eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held from the home at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Rev. E. K. Towle, pastor of the M. E. church, officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Lewis Helms CAMPBELL 

January 24, 1913
Clinton Register


L. H. CAMPBELL, who was brought here from Farmer City, Sunday, and placed in the Warner hospital, died Tuesday morning at 2:15, old age being the chief cause of demise. Mr. Campbell had been in failing health ever since the death of his wife, which occurred last August. Mr. Campbell was born in Virginia in 1830. He moved to Lima, Ohio, with his parents when 15 years old. Two years later he became a resident of Logan county, Illinois. He was married to Julia COMSTOCK in 1868 [1861]. He moved on a 160-acre farm near Farmer City in 1877 and in 1880 moved into Farmer City, where he lived until his death. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Ida Bowman, of Bloomington, and three sons, Henry E., of Annawan, Ill.; and Hiram A. and Albert O., both of Clinton. Funeral services were held at the Farmer City Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment following in Maple Grove cemetery. Mr. Campbell was a soldier in the Civil war and also a member of the Farmer City Christian church.

Note: The name Hiram should be Harvey.

Mrs. Lewis Helms CAMPBELL 

August 9, 1912
Clinton Register


"A man is known by the company he keeps," but a good woman is known by the reverence shown by her children.

Such a one was Mrs. Lewis CAMPBELL, an old resident of Farmer City, who died at her home at 12:05 Tuesday morning after an illness of one week. Ailments accompanying advanced age was the cause of her demise. Deceased had been a resident of Farmer City for the past twenty five years, and was known and loved by all who knew her. The lowest tramp never left her door hungry, and an unkind word was unknown to her. By her husband and children she was idolized.

Deceased leaves her husband and four children surviving. The children are Ex-Sheriff H. A. CAMPBELL of Clinton; Henry, of Annawan; Abner [Albert], of Farmer City; and Mrs. L. R. BOWMAN of Bloomington.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church at Farmer City at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. R. E. Stevenson in charge. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

Note: According to a family tree at, her maiden name was Julia Ann Comstock. Her son's name was Albert, not Abner.
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


January 1, 1897
Clinton Public

Miss Maggie CAMPBELL, niece of Malcolm SWAN of Creek township and Alex SWAN of Barnett township, died in Champaign on Sunday, December 27th, at the age of 20 years, 9 months and 12 days. Maggie was born in Oban, Argyleshire, Scotland. Her father and mother, Angus and Mary CAMPBELL, died some years ago. She came to this country several years ago and resided with different families in Clinton, who all testify to her kind and gentle ways. She died trusting in Jesus, and gave instructions concerning her funeral, which services were held in the Christian church at Lane on Monday, December 28th. A large number of relatives, friends and neighbors attended. Her remains were interred in a grave near her cousin, Maggie SWAN, Rev. D. MacARTHUR officiating.

Mrs. Mary Eliza CAMPBELL 

February 17, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mary Eliza CAMPBELL, a highly respected lady of Atlanta, died Thursday night after a short illness of pneumonia. She leaves a family of eight children. The funeral was held at the Christian church Sunday at 2 p.m.


March 16, 1883
Clinton Public

A telegram was received at Maroa on Tuesday evening, announcing the death of Mr. CAMPBELL in San Jose, California, whither he had gone a short time ago for the benefit of his health. It seems that his death was caused by pneumonia, which disease he contracted after going to California. Everybody in this section knows Tom Campbell, one of the leaders in the early farmers' movement and then a prominent Greenbacker. He once represented DeWitt and Macon counties in the legislature. Tom Campbell was an honest soul in his political beliefs as well as in his dealings with his fellow men. While THE PUBLIC did not admire his views on some questions, yet his straightforward, manly course always commanded the respect of his opponents.


March 15, 1889
Clinton Public

Miss Alice CAMPION died at the home of her brother-in-law, J. M. JEFFREY, in Barnett township, on Wednesday evening [March 13], in the twentieth year of her age. She was sick for seven weeks with pleuro-pneumonia. Miss Campion was born in McLean county.


March 5, 1949
The Clinton Journal & Public


Charles CANFIELD, 87, a former resident of Clinton, died in Jacksonville on Friday.  Graveside services will be held in the Woodlawn cemetery Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.   Mr. Canfield was born January 18, 1862, in New York state and was orphaned at an early age.  He was never married.  He was raised by the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry SIMPSON, who lived southeast of Clinton, where he spent his lifetime.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Theodore CANFIELD, and a sister, Mrs. Emil THEOBALD.

Note: Mrs. Emil Theobald should be Mrs. Emile Thiebault.

Theodore CANFIELD 

April 30, 1915
Clinton Register

Theodore Canfield Died at Bartonville Tuesday Morning—
Leaves One Relative.

Charles CANFIELD was called to Peoria Tuesday morning by a message announcing the dangerous illness of his brother Theodore.  The latter died at 11 a.m., shortly after the arrival of his brother.

Deceased had been an invalid for the past fourteen years following a stroke of apoplexy which left him practically helpless.  He was born in New York fifty-eight years ago, coming with his brother Charles and sister, the late Mrs. Emile THIEBAULT, to Illinois when he was thirteen years old.  The children were brought up at the home of the late Henry SIMPSON, southeast of Clinton.  In early life Theodore CANFIELD went to Arizona where he lived until he was first taken sick.  The attacks of apoplexy increased to such an extent that he was brought here for treatment twelve years ago.  Two years ago he was taken to the hospital at Bartonville.  He was never married and his only surviving blood relative in his brother, Charles.  Miss Laura SIMPSON is a foster sister.

Remains were brought to Clinton and taken to Oakman’s chapel where they were viewed by friends between ten and eleven o'clock Thursday.  Funeral services were held at 2:30 in the afternoon from the Universalist church, Rev. Arthur McDavitt officiating.  Burial in Woodlawn.


December 31, 1874
Clinton Public

SUDDEN DEATH.—In another column in today’s PUBLIC will be found a notice of the death of Mrs. Eli CANTRALL, of Waynesville.  The circumstances attending her death are sad.  Her husband had been ill for some time and Mrs. Cantrall had waited upon him with that care and attention that loving hands can only bestow.  On the night of her death she retired early, as robust in health as she ever had been during her life.  Her husband was recovering from his illness, and she felt unusually happy.  Abut midnight she arose from her bed to administer medicine to her husband and then again laid down to sleep.   In the morning, long after daylight, Mr. Cantrall awoke and called to his wife to awaken her.  Not receiving any answer, he turned around to repeat his call, when he found her lying peacefully asleep in death.  She died some time during the night without a struggle or a word; she passed away so quietly that even her husband, lying beside her in the bed, knew nothing of it till the sad truth dawned upon him some hours afterward.


December 31, 1874
Clinton Public

Mrs. Zurilda CANTRALL was found dead in her bed the morning of December 11th by her husband, who was just recovering from a very severe illness.  She was up at midnight, giving him medicine, and seemed well as usual; but the morning came and upon awakening he found the hands that had so often ministered to him joy, the pulse still, and she who had been a faithful wife for twenty long years, sleeping the sleep that knows not waking.

Mrs. Cantrall was born on Spring Creek in Sangamon County nine miles west of Springfield, September 13th, 1826.  She united with the Spring Creek Presbyterian Church in the sixteenth year of her age; was married March 4, 1847, to Mr. William R. ROBB, who lived only about nine months after they were married.  After his deceased she returned again to her girlhood home in Sangamon County, where she remained till the spring of 1853, when with her parents she removed to DeWitt county, where she was married to Mr. Eli CANTRALL, Dec. 5th, 1854.

A son and two daughters mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent mother; her husband a loving wife; an aged mother an affectionate daughter; brothers and sisters a beloved sister; and the church and world a Christian woman.

Yes while we sigh over the vacant place at the fireside, we feel that we have another treasure where “moth and rust doth not corrupt,” and mourn not as those without hope.

Death’s messenger came without herald or warning.
     And took from her home a mother and wife,
In the quiet still hours, between midnight and morning,
     She was called to renounce what was mortal of life.
“Be ye ready”—ye know not the day nor the hour
     When summons may come to call you away,
It may be while life is in bud or in flower,
     It may be to-morrow, it may be to-day.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CANTRALL, ELI     ROBB, ZURILDA      1854-12-05     DEWITT

Eli Cantrall died May 16, 1876, and the grave site of Eli and Zurilda is in Union Cemetery, Waynesville Township.


May 16, 1872
Clinton Public


John E. CANTRALL died at the residence of his brother in Lincoln, on the 3d of May, at the age of twenty-three years.  His body was brought to this place for burial.   He was an industrious, energetic and promising young man.

When blooming youth is snatched away
     By Death’s resistless hand,
Our hearts the mournful tribute pay
     Which pity must demand.

Note: He was the son of John M. and Joanna (Jones) Cantrall and was buried in Union Cemetery in Waynesville, DeWitt County, Illinois.

Mrs. Joshua C. CANTRALL 

October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Some four weeks ago The Public told of an accident that happened to Mrs. Margaret CANTRALL, who fell from the doorstep of her home in Waynesville and dislocated her hip.  At the time no serious danger was apprehended, but after events provided that she was injured internally.  Mrs. Cantrall was over seventy-one years of age, and the shock was too severe for her to overcome.  One week ago last Sunday morning she quietly passed from earth into heaven.  Mrs. Cantrall was born in Clermont County, Ohio, May 28, 1822.  In 1853 her mother came to Illinois with her family of children, her father having died in Ohio, and settled in Waynesville.  On the 4th of March, 1856, she was united in marriage to Joshua C. CANTRALL.  Forty years ago she united with the Presbyterian Church in Waynesville, and her life was devoted to works of benevolence.


October 20, 1893
Clinton Public

Passed Threescore and Ten Years.

Died at her home in Waynesville, October 1, 1893, Mrs. Margaret M. CANTRALL, aged seventy-one years, four months and seven days.  The deceased was born in Clermont County, Ohio, May 28 1822.  At the age of fourteen years she united with the Bethel Presbyterian Church, under the pastorate of Rev. L. G. Gaines.  In 1843 she went to Missouri with her sister and brother-in-law, Rev. A. H. ROGERS, where she remained one year to cheer his sister.  In October, 1853, she removed with her mother, Mrs. Eleanor LEEPER, her brother Charles, and her sister, now Mrs. L. S. CORNELIUS, to Waynesville.  Soon after she united with the Waynesville Presbyterian Church, in which she remained until her death, nearly forty years.  She was very much devoted to her aged mother and was with her as often as she could be.  March 4, 1856, she was married to Joshua C. CANTRALL.  With him she spent the remainder of her life in works of usefulness in the church, the Sunday-school, the neighborhood, and for the Master whom she loved and served so many years. Having no children of her own she was a good mother to her husband’s two children, training them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, from which they have not departed but are in the church doing work for the Master.  She took in other orphans and was a good mother to them, training them for usefulness in the church and Sunday-school.  Young men who were in her husband's employ she had attend church and Sunday-school and almost every one united with the church and became ornaments in society.  She was ever ready to look after the wants of those in distress.  When she became an invalid and was no longer able to do active work for the church, she rejoiced to see the work prosper in the hands of others, and was always ready to give pecuniary aid to the same; never complaining about too many calls for aid by the church; always patient under affliction.  During her last illness she often said she would not live but a few days at most, and although her disease at times was flattering and we had hope of her speedy recovery she still said she would not recover.  Her prayer was ever, “ Come, Lord Jesus, come and take me home.” She fell and dislocated her hip joint, which was set again, from which she recovered very rapidly until that terrible disease, asthma, set in with her other ailments.  Her nervous system giving way she fell asleep in Jesus.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


November 16, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Levi Cantrall.

Levi CANTRALL, son of John and Rachel CANTRALL, was born May 7, 1814, in Clark county, Ohio, one of thirteen children.  Sept. 15, 1835, he went west with his parents, leaving the farm on which he was born for what was then the “far west.” Oct. 5, the same year, he and his father’s family arrived at the farm which became their home, south of and near Waynesville, Ill.  His father entered a piece of land for him immediately south of and adjoining his own home.   Here, Levi Cantrall, upon his marriage to Miss Elizabeth G. ROBB Oct. 17, 1839, brought his bride and here their children were born: Louisa Jennie, born Oct. 27, 1840, and who died April 15, 1896; John Robb, born Jan. 21, 1842; Nancy A., born April 29, 1844, and who died March 15, 1875.  This was his home continuously, until Nov. 1, 1875, [when] he moved to the village of Waynesville, having there built the home which he has since occupied, except that since the death of his wife, Nov. 28, 1898, he has from time to time made a home with his son at Tuscola, Ill.  He died on the old farm of his father, now occupied by Jas. CANTRALL, a nephew.

In the spring of 1836, Mr. Cantrall’s father attended the meeting of the Presbytery of Sangamon and secured an order to organize a Presbyterian church in Waynesville.  This church was so organized June 25, 1836.  Of this church he was elected an elder, having been such in the home church in Ohio for several years.  Levi Cantrall had united with the Buck Creek Presbyterian church, Champaign county, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1830, in the 17th year of his age.  On the organization of the Waynesville church, he transferred his membership to that and was the last of the charter members.  Elder Joshua Cantrall died Aug. 11, 1840, and Dec. 4, 1841, Levi Cantrall was elected elder in the room of his father.  From 1836 till the spring of 1838, the church worshipped in his father’s house or in the woods nearby.  In 1839, the first building was erected, replaced with a better one in 1854.  This was re-built in 1891.  In the building, furnishing and caring for all three buildings, he had a part and not infrequently a prominent one.  The parsonage was laid out by him.

On the fiftieth anniversary of his election to the eldership, Dec. 4, 1891, he invited his pastor, Rev. Ambrose S. Wright, the session, consisting of his brother, Joshua C. Cantrall, Dr. S. A. Graham, Paul H. Finfrock, J. M. Goodrich, and their wives, and Rev. W. H. Smith, principal of the Waynesville Academy, to dine with him.  In all these years he had not been absent from a single communion, nor was he absent from a communion session but twice, and each time on account of illness.  Nor has he been absent from more than one meeting of the session.  While he has never seen any dancing or card playing, he has seen and participated in many precious revivals of religion.

He wrote up the history of the Presbyterian church, of Waynesville, from its organization to its fiftieth anniversary, June, 1886.  This history is on record in the session book, and continued by him, is in the hands of Rev. Ambrose S. Wright, and will be permanently preserved.  May 5, 1895, at a meeting of the session, he was released from active duties of any kind as an elder, because of his advanced age, except such as he might feel inclined to do.  But he continued actively in the work of the session until July 8, 1900.  He was twice elected a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church, once in 1838, when he was prevented from attending by sickness in the family, and in 1899, when he attended its meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., being present at all the meetings and voting on questions coming before it.  He sent a written report of his services to the fall meeting of the Presbytery.  He was clerk of the session for 34 years and its treasurer.   An elder of the church for 59 years in one church, he was the senior elder in the Presbyterian church in the United States.  He carried his religion into his politics, counting it a duty to vote.  He has voted at every election for 64 years and had he been spared a few days, would have cast a ballot 17 times for a president of the United States.

He died at the home of his nephew, Jas. CANTRALL, Monday, Nov. 5, 1900, aged 86 years and six months, lacking a single day.

The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church of which he was so long a member, Nov. 7, 1900, at 2 o'clock, Rev. A. S. Covert presiding and reading the scriptures, prayer offered by Rev. W. C. Lacy, of the M. E. church, and the sermon by Rev. Ambrose S. Wright, of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, a former pastor, who also conducted the interment service at Union cemetery.  A large number of relatives and friends testified by their presence their respect for their departed friend.

“Uncle Levi” was not a great man but he was a thoroughly good man.  His single- hearted simplicity kept him from a multitude of snares and enabled him to pass unscathed through many difficulties.  He gained self control very early in life, so that he has been an example of cheerfulness and even temper.  This was the work of God’s grace in his heart.  His heart was bound up in the Kingdom of God and its advancement.  He gave largely from his modest income to the church, Academy and every good cause.  Death to him was only “going home. ”  The memory of his long Christian life is a precious legacy to the church and to the community—an inspiration to every girl or boy, man and woman, to a brave, strong, true, helpful, unselfish life.   —Waynesville Record.


December 2, 1898
Clinton Register

Mrs. Elizabeth Cantrell Called to Her Home Above at a Ripe Age.
Was a Good Woman.

Mrs. Elizabeth CANTRALL died at her home in Waynesville Tuesday.  She had lived in this county nearly fifty years and was nearly 83 years old.  She was a sister of E. H. ROBB, of Clinton, and was born Dec. 14, 1815.  She was married to Levi CANTRALL Oct. 17, 1839.  Three children were born to them, two of whom are dead.  One, John R., is living, and is a real estate agent at Tuscola, Ill.  Deceased was a member of the Cantrall families of the county, and was one of the best of women.  Funeral services were held Wednesday.


March 19, 1875
Clinton Public


We have been enjoying a few nice days of fine weather, but today we are getting it all back again.  This is one of the most disagreeable days of the whole winter.  There has been four deaths in our little village and vicinity within the last week.  The first was Mrs. Gamby, wife of W. Gamby, our blacksmith; Miss Nancy A. CANTRALL, daughter of L. CANTRALL, who has been an invalid for several years; an old gentleman, the father of C. Livingston, of our place, died on Monday night, whose death was caused by a fall he got some three weeks ago.  He was about eighty years of age.  The other was a lady who was visiting Mr. Boyce’s family in this place.  Name not known.


December 17, 1886
Clinton Public

Wm. CANTRALL died at the home of his son, W. H. CANTRALL, at about half-past eleven o'clock A.M. Wednesday, December 15, aged eighty-four years. His death was not unexpected, as he has been a great sufferer for some time from spinal disease. His funeral will be held at eleven o'clock Friday, in the Presbyterian Church, and will probably be conducted by Rev. HUNTER, of Clinton. In Mr. Cantrall's death we lose a good citizen, a consistent Christian and a kind neighbor. He leaves a host of relatives and friends here, among which are two brothers, a sister, his son, also Mrs. METZGER, of Clinton.


December 24, 1886
Clinton Public

The Village Bell Tolls the Requiem of Another Old Citizen.
Death of William Cantrall.

William CANTRALL, who had been a resident of this county for more than half a century, died at the residence of his son, Wm. H., in Waynesville, on Wednesday of last week, having lived for nearly three-quarters of a century. What an experience and what a realization of life must a man have who can count the date of his birth back to the early days of the nineteenth century. What great advances have been made in everything that tends to make life pleasanter and better. In our own State, and even in our county, what changes Mr. Cantrall saw— from a dreary prairie, fringed by timber along its water courses, he has seen this great State bloom to be the garden of the world. How few are left of those who with him settled in Waynesville township, or indeed in the county, away back early in the thirties. We find by reference to the county history that the first settler in Waynesville township was Prettyman MARVEL and his wife, who located a short distance from what is now the village in February, 1825, and that it was in the same spring the first land in this county was broken for cultivation, and ten years later came the Cantrall family from Ohio.

William Cantrall was born in Springfield, Ohio, on the 1st of April, 1812. At the age of twenty-two years he was married to Nancy McCLURE on the 27th of November, 1834, and a year later they moved from their native State to the boundless prairies of Illinois. Nearly forty years they lived happily together as man and wife. Mrs. Cantrall died on the 13th of September, 1874. Four children were born to them, two of whom died in infancy.

The survivors are Mrs. William METZGER, wife of the cashier of the DeWitt County National Bank in this city, and William H. CANTRALL, who lives in Waynesville. Mr. Cantrall owned a fine farm near the village of Waynesville, on which he lived a few years and then moved into the town. After the death of his wife he divided his time between his daughter's home in Clinton and his son's home in Waynesville, having a sufficient income from his farm to make him perfectly independent. For a long number of years he held various offices in his township, and for more than seventeen years he was the custodian of the township school fund. Everybody had perfect confidence in his integrity, and it was by his choice that he retired from the office of school treasurer. When a young man he united with the Presbyterian Church in Ohio, and at the organization of the Presbyterian Church in Waynesville, on the 25th of June, 1836, Mr. and Mrs. Cantrall were numbered among the original twenty-five who formed the church, which was the first one of that denomination in this county, of whom only two survive him. For the past three of four years, Mr. Cantrall was in feeble health, and Death to him was a welcome visitor.

The Cantralls were one of the leading families in Waynesville township. Joshua CANTRALL, the father of William and Zebulon CANTRALL, came from Ohio in 1835 and located in Waynesville. Joshua's family consisted of his wife and ten children—Mrs. Jane CENTERS, Mrs. Thirza HUMPHREY, Zebulon, Mrs. Mahala HULL, Mrs. Polly JONES, William, Levi, and Mrs. Nancy ROBB of Heyworth, Joshua and Eli. The history states that the first marriage celebrated in DeWitt county was that of Polly CANTRALL to Wm. JONES, on the 2nd of May, 1839, and the first will probated in the county was that of Joshua Cantrall. Nearly all the members of the family settled in the vicinity of Waynesville, and were important factors in the development of that township. Many of them own the farms on which they first located, and all have been prosperous in life.

The funeral services were held last Friday, and the old gentleman was laid beside the wife of his youth in the village cemetery to await that final resurrection which is the hope of the of the Christian.


September 12, 1861
Central Transcript

DIED.—At his late residence in Logan County, Ills., Sept 3d, 1861, Zebulon CANTRALL, in the 56th year of his age.  He was born in Bourbon county, Ky., Aug. 24, 1805.  In 1811 his parents moved to the state of Ohio, where he was married to Mary McClain, on the 27th day of March, 1828.  He became a resident of Illinois in 1834.  He assisted in the organization of a Presbyterian church in the village of Waynesville, on the 26th of ____ 18__, of which he was a Ruling Elder for last twenty-two years of his life.  He was a wise and judicious counselor, always manifesting a deep concern for the peace and prosperity of all.  As an Associate Judge of the county court, an office which he held for several years, he performed his duties with fidelity and with more than usual acceptance of his fellow citizens.  He was universally esteemed as a man of strictest probity in the public and private stations of life—but more than this he was a noble and devoted Christian.  It is thought that he died of apoplexy—suddenly and unexpectedly he “fell asleep in Jesus”—and his name shall long be remembered by a wide circle of friends.  “Be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”    T. M. N.  Waynesville, Sept. 3, 1861.

Zebulon D. CANTRALL 

May 19, 1897, Wednesday
Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

At 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon occurred the death of Z. D. CANTRALL, an old resident of this county, who formerly lived in Waynesville township, but of late years has been living on South Main street.  Mr. Cantrall was born in Sangamon county on Aug. 28, 1833, and came to DeWitt county the following spring, where he grew to manhood and married.  One of his sons, Dr. T. S. CANTRALL, is now practicing medicine in this city.  Mr. Cantrall had been confined to his home for several months, with diabetes and its various complications, and his death was not a surprise to his family.  The funeral will take place Tuesday.


June 2, 1893
Clinton Public

Ada, the baby daughter of Rev. C. G. CANTRELL and wife, died last Sunday of pneumonia, and was buried in Woodlawn on Tuesday.


November 9, 1906
Clinton Register


A telegram was received here Monday announcing the death of M. T. CANTRELL at his home in Fredonia, Kans.  He was found dead in bed that morning.  He was an uncle of E. E. CANTRELL and a brother-in-law of Mrs. Susan CANTRELL.

Miles Trotter Cantrell was born November 11, 1843, on a farm near Waynesville. He received a common school education and began teaching in 1861 and taught eleven years. He was a soldier in Company E, Sixty-eighth Illinois volunteer infantry, serving most of the time in the army of the Potomac. On December 24, 1863, he was married to Isabelle Achers MARTIN in Atlanta, Ill. Their children are Corwin C., Ingham, Anna Maria, John N., Samuel T., Vida L., Harry G., and James T. Four of the children died young.

Mr. Cantrell left DeWitt county in 1872, moving to Kansas, where he farmed for eight years and then became deputy post-master at Fredonia. He had entire charge of the office for five years, when he was appointed post-master and served until the change of administration.

For eight years Mr. Cantrell was engaged in the hardware and implement business, following this with a creamery and milling business. Later he again served four years as deputy post-master at Fredonia in charge of the office.

Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church and an active worker. He was one of a family of twelve children and a brother of the late Zebulon CANTRELL, of Clinton. Only two of the original family survive. They are Mrs. Alma GRING, of DeWitt, and Mrs. Elizabeth SHIRLEY, of Leroy.


December 28, 1906
Clinton Register


Thos D. CANTRELL died Monday at his home in Fredonia, Kan., aged 66. He was born near Waynesville in 1841 and was married in 1863; in 1876 he moved to Kansas, which had since been his home. He was a relative of W. H. CANTRELL, near Waynesville, and is survived by his wife and four children. He had been a member of the Presbyterian church fifty years.


December 24, 1909
Clinton Register


Dec. 5 Wade E. CANTRELL, of Kenney, was confined to his home with inflammatory rheumatism. Typhoid fever soon resulted and his condition soon became serious. For several days it was realized there was little hope for his recovery, and he passed away Saturday night at 2:25.

Deceased was a son of Wm. and Etta CANTRELL, the latter being a daughter of the late Jas. A. KIRBY, who lives near Kenney, and was born Jan. 10, 1881, and excepting two years, 1895-6, when he was in business in Centralia, Kenney had always been his home, being in business there since 1900. He was a member of the firm Cantrell & Waszko, the latter being in business in Chicago. With a capital of $200 he started a small grocery, and his business had grown until it is said he had the grocery and poultry trade in Kenney.

He was married to Miss Estella SPILLMAN, daughter of H. W. SPILLMAN, on Jan. 16, 1901, who with a daughter, aged three years, survives him, being born on Washington's birthday. He is also survived by a brother, Harry, and a sister, Mrs. Ora LUTTRELL, of Kenney. He was a member of the M. E. church, the Odd Fellows and the M. W. A. lodges. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Tremain. Burial in Pleasant Valley cemetery, west of Kenney.


May 10, 1895
Clinton Public

Miss Katie CAPLES, of Clinton, died on Tuesday, May 7, 1895, of general breaking down of the system. Deceased was born in Springfield, and at the time of her death was eighteen years old. Funeral services were held in St. John's Church Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock, conducted by Father DOOLING. Remains were taken to Springfield Wednesday for burial.


January 17, 1908
Clinton Register


Arthur CAPLINGER, son of Mrs. Anna Caplinger of Clinton, was killed in Chicago by a train Friday evening. He had been in the employ of a farmer near Bronson, Iowa, and went to Chicago with a load of cattle, shipped by the farmer. He arrived at the stock yards and while walking on one of the tracks, near his car, was struck by a freight train, being killed instantly. His body was horribly mangled.

Besides his mother he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lulu GIBSON, and three brothers, Benjamin, George and William, all living in Clinton, except Benjamin, who is a Maroa merchant.

The remains were brought to Clinton Saturday night. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Caplinger in the northwest part of the city, conducted by Rev. J. W. Reynolds. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Jabez CAPPS 

April 3, 1896
Clinton Public

Jabez CAPPS died at Mt. Pulaski on Wednesday. He was born in London, Eng., September 9, 1796.


January 6, 1893
Clinton Register

DIED.—Ada, youngest daughter of C. W. and R. J. CARDIFF on Wednesday Jan. 4, of cerebro-spinal meningitis.  She was buried at the Wilmore graveyard.  Rev. Thrasher preached the funeral sermon.  This is a severe blow to the family who have the sympathy of the whole community.

Charles CARDIFF 

April 1921
Paper Unknown

Funeral Services for Former DeWitt County Man Were Held in Clinton Friday—
Burial in Woodlawn.

Funeral services for the late Charles CARDIFF were held in the Oakman chapel Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. BUNTON of DeWitt. Appropriate music was rendered by a quartet consisting of Messrs. Ira HARROLD, Royal TAYLOR, Irvin CALLISON and Earl TAYLOR, and a solo was sung by Mr. DOOLEY of Leroy. Special services at the grave were conducted by the Masonic order. Interment was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Charles Cardiff was born on a farm near DeWitt, Ill., November 4, 1856. He was a son of William H. and Keturah (HARROLD) CARDIFF. He died at his home at Blanchard, North Dakota, April 3, 1921, aged 65 years and five months.

He was united in marriage to Miss Rosetta J. TAYLOR of DeWitt, December 24, 1879. To this couple twelve children were born, six boys and six girls. He is survived by his wife, nine children and eleven grandchildren. The children surviving are as follows: Mrs. J. E. POLEN of Leroy, Mrs. William PROVIN of Wapella, Mrs. A. V. WILLIAMS of Blanchard, N.D., Opal of the University of North Dakota, Harry, Clarence, Elmer, Roy and Ellis, all of North Dakota. Three children preceded their father in death. They were: Mrs. Nellie SUTTON, Ada and Ernest CARDIFF. The latter died at Camp Custer during the late war. His sons Roy and Elmer were also in the service, the latter overseas.

Mr. Cardiff was converted to the Christian faith at a revival held in Walnut Grove school house near DeWitt while a boy, and he remained in that faith until death.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church at Blanchard, after which the remains, accompanied by Mrs. Cardiff and son Roy, were shipped to Clinton.

The family was further saddened by the death of an only great grandchild, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin WILSON of Bloomington, April 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Submitted by Unknown

John Wesley CARDIFF 

April 15, 1916
Clinton Daily Public


Grant Cardiff, 408 West Webster street, received a copy of the Fairbury Times, of Fairbury, Neb., today containing an account of the death of Mr. Cardiff’s uncle, John Wesley CARDIFF, which occurred at his home in that city Friday morning of last week following an attack of the grip.

The Cardiff family originally came from Cardiff, Whales [Wales]. John Cardiff was one and the last of a family of three boys and one girl. He was born Nov. 22, 1833, in Ohio. His sister, Mrs. Louise TUGGLE, of Clinton, died and was buried here not long ago.

He had been a resident of Fairbury for nearly twenty-nine years. He was an old soldier, being a member of Company B, 11th Iowa regular Voluntary Infantry.

Other surviving relatives in this vicinity are two nephews, Grant CARDIFF, of Clinton, and Olive CARDIFF, of DeWitt, and a niece, Mrs. Isaac ROBINSON, also of DeWitt.

William H. CARDIFF 

January 10, 1896
Clinton Public

Died at his residence in Harp, on Christmas morning, after a long and painful illness, William H. CARDIFF, aged 59 years and six months. The deceased was a native of Marion county, Ohio. Removed to Illinois with his parents when a mere boy, was married to Miss Kittern [Kitura] HARROLD in 1856. From this union four children were born, who all live in this township. The interment took place at DeWitt on the 28th of December, funeral at the M. E. church conducted by Rev. EVERHART, of Clinton, who preached a masterly discourse from the text: "Though he is dead he yet speaketh," after which the Masonic fraternity conducted the sad and impressive burial rites at the cemetery.

He was a man of noble and generous impulses, yet armed in his convictions of the right. Hypocrisy and deception were unknown in his character. Generally taking a deep interest in politics, he was by no means a partisan. He could see a wrong in his own party as quickly as the opposition, and denounced it as readily. He served a number of terms as supervisor of Harp township, was its assessor and collector for twenty years, in each of which he proved his fidelity and never violated a trust reposed upon him. His pocketbook was always open to the poor and destitute and not even a tramp, unless a known imposter, went unfed from his door. For thirty years he had been a bright and exemplary Mason, having been elected ten times Master of Amon lodge, No. 261; his regular attendance and adherence to duty merited the esteem of all his brethren. He never made any profession of religion, yet when the Great Warden commanded him he said he was prepared to go.

Mrs. William H. CARDIFF 

May 20, 1904
Clinton Register


The death of another one of the oldest residents of this county occurred Wednesday, when the spirit of Mrs. Kitura CARDIFF passed from earth at her home in Harp township at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac ROBINSON. She had been a sufferer for many years from gall stones and Friday a severe attack came, lasting until her death. The funeral services took place yesterday from the M. E. church in DeWitt, conducted by Rev. HOWARD, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining that town.

The deceased was 71 years old and was born in Virginia in 1833. She professed religion when about 15 years old and had ever since been faithful to her master's cause. The family moved to this state when she was quite young, settling in this county. She had always been a very active worker in the Christian cause, and her presence will be greatly missed by her co-workers in this work. She was a sister of Capt. J. F. HARROLD, of this city.

Four children survive her, Grant CARDIFF, of this city, Mrs. Isaac Robinson, O. J. and C. W. CARDIFF, of DeWitt.

Mrs. Harry CAREY 

June 1, 1900
Clinton Register

For several weeks Mrs. Geneva CAREY, wife of Harry CAREY, had been unable to be up. During her last few days she suffered much, and death came to her as a relief at 3:30 Tuesday morning.

The maiden name of the deceased was Geneva Elizabeth BARGER. She was born in Sangamon county July 20, 1875, and her mother Mrs. Mary BARGER, came to Clinton nearly twenty years ago. Apr. 20, 1897, she and Harry Carey were married. A daughter was born to them but died when about three months old. The husband and three sisters survive her. Mrs. Frank McLATTIN lives in Lincoln, Miss Mary BARGER, in Maroa, and Miss Allie BARGER, in Clinton. They have lost a loving wife and kind sister, one whose life had been full of hope until her health began to fail.

Funeral services were held at the residence yesterday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. W. E. GOSSOW. Many kind friends presented flowers as emblems of the young, hopeful life that had been ended almost at the beginning. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

John B. CAREY 

November 24, 1899
Clinton Register

An Old And Respected Former Resident of This City Dies in San Jose, California.

John B. CAREY died at his residence in San Jose, California, last Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock while sitting in a rocking chair. Prior to his death he had not been complaining of ill health, and his sudden death was a great shock. He was 74 years old and had been a man of great value to the cities and towns which he had lived in. He was born near Dublin, Ireland, and came to this country when a young man. For a number of years he was a resident of this city, after which he moved to Maroa where he resided until 1878, when he moved to Wichita, Kan., when the great boom was on in that city. He immediately entered into the lumber business which made him an independent fortune. In 1886 he sold his lumber business at various points in Kansas for $400,000 cash. Mr. Carey then moved to Santa Rosa, Cal., where he resided for six months when he moved to San Jose, the same state, where he purchased a fine home which he made his home until his death. However he was in Wichita much of this time and in 1890 was elected mayor of that city for two years by a very large majority.

Six children and wife, besides a number of other relatives and a large number of sympathizing friends are left to mourn his death. The children are: Chas. W., cashier National Bank of Commerce, Wichita, Kan.; Edward, San Jose, Cal.; Joseph B., Chicago, attorney; W. P., vice pres. and general manager of the Carey-Lombard Lumber Co., Chicago; Mrs. M. S. DOWDEN, Wichita, Kan.; Lizzie, youngest child who resided with her parents.

The Carey hotel at Wichita which he owned at the time of his death was erected by him at a cost of $150,000. He also owned numerous fine farms near Wichita. The remains will arrive here Saturday afternoon at 3:15, after which the remains will be taken to the Catholic church where prayer will be held, after which the remains will be taken direct to the Texas cemetery and laid by his first wife and two children. His son, Joseph B., was in Clinton Thursday making arrangements for the funeral.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


December 1, 1899
Clinton Public

Formerly a Clinton Resident.
Funeral of John Carey Held at St. John's Church.

The remains of John B. CAREY, who died at San Jose, Cal., Nov. 19, arrived in Clinton on the Diamond from Chicago, and were taken to St. John's church, where mass was held at 9:30 by Father M. A. DOOLING. Accompanying the remains from Chicago was a special coach load of relatives. The remains were laid to rest in the Texas cemetery, beside his wife and two children.

John B. Carey was born in Dublin, Ireland, on June 21, 1828. When eighteen years of age he came to America with three older brothers and located at Cleveland, O., after residing there for several years he came to Illinois and first took up his residence at Maroa sometime in the ‘50’s. He continued to live in this locality until 1874, when he moved to Wichita, Kans. While here he spent most of his time in Bloomington, Clinton and Maroa, being largely interested in live stock and lumber trading.

In 1860 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah BENNETT, near Clinton, but their union was destined to be a short one, and she died in 1863, leaving three children to the care of the father. Two of the children, John J. and Miss Sarah E., died and were buried beside the mother in Texas cemetery. W. P. CAREY, survives and now lives in Chicago. Deceased in 1866 was again married at El Paso, Ill., to Miss Mary E. MYERS, sister of Samuel MYERS, a prominent farmer now living near Clinton. Those surviving this union are the widow, Charles W. CAREY, Wichita, Kans.; Mrs. M. S. DOWDEN, Wichita, Kans.; J. Edward CAREY, San Jose, Cal.; Joseph G. CAREY, Chicago; and Miss Lizzie CAREY, San Jose, Cal.

Mrs. Samuel CAREY 

July 3, 1891
Clinton Public

There died in Fort Worth, Texas, on last Sunday, Mrs. Harriet CAREY, who came to Clinton away back in 1854 and lived here till she went to Fort Worth to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Mahlon HARROLD. The old lady was sick only about one week, and died at the advanced age of seventy-eight years. She was the mother of fourteen children, eight of whom survive her. Her husband, Samuel CAREY, was a showman by profession, but when he came to Clinton he leased the hotel that stood where the Masonic Temple now stands. A year or two later they leased the Passenger House at Wapella, and in those days it had the reputation of being one of the best eating houses in the State. In the year 1868 Mr. Carey was traveling with a theatrical company in the south, when he took sick on the river near Yellow Bend, Ark., and died. His body was brought to Clinton for burial, and by his side in Woodlawn Cemetery his aged wife was laid to rest last Wednesday.

Mrs. John T. CARLE 

September 23, 1904
Clinton Register


Mrs. S. S. CARLE, who died in Ft. Worth, Tex. Friday, was brought to Clinton for burial, services being held in the Christian church Sunday at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gilliland.  Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray NOBLE.  She was married to John T. CARLE in 1854 and they moved to Illinois in 1858.  Of the four children born to them, Mrs. Norman NELSON of Ft. Worth, with whom she had lived the last years, is the only survivor.  Her husband was circuit clerk of DeWitt county about twenty years ago and died while in office.  She entered the church when 13 years old and had been a member of the Christian church the last 35 years.   She lived in Clinton until the marriage of her daughter about two years ago.   Her age was 71.

Note: Her maiden name was Sabrina Swan Noble.

Joshua CARLE 

July 14, 1882
Clinton Public

Mr. Joshua CARLE, a prominent citizen of DeWitt county, father of Mr. John T. CARLE, circuit clerk, and Cyrus CARLE, of Wapella, died at his residence in Wapella, at two o'clock yesterday morning, after an illness of about eight months. Mr. Carle was born in Richland county, Pa., August 4th, 1800, and consequently was in his eighty-second year at the time of his death. He came to McLean county in 1859, and moved to Dewitt county in 1860.

Note: There is a town named Richland but no Richland County in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Joshua CARLE 

March 6, 1903
Clinton Register


This morning at her home in Wapella, Mrs. Margaret CARLE died after a long illness, aged 94 years and 8 months.  She had been a resident of Wapella many years and was much loved by her friends.  Funeral will be held in the Christian church in Wapella Sunday at 10:30, conducted by Rev. Maginnis, assisted by Rev. Shanklin.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Margaret Alice CARLE 

November 12, 1880
Clinton Public

M. Alice CARLE, daughter of Mr. John T. CARLE, passed from this life to the world beyond, on last Tuesday afternoon, aged 21 years, 5 months and 19 days.  About fifteen months ago she caught a severe cold which settled on her lungs.  Fragile by nature, the disease became the master, and all the efforts of the most skilled physicians were unavailing.  For a few months prior to her death she was confined to the house, and a greater part of the time to her bed.  This kept Mr. Carle at home during the weeks of the late political canvass, when his interests demanded that he should be out among the people of the county.  Allie looked to her father as her greatest hope in this life, and could hardly suffer his absence from her bedside even for half an hour at a time.  She clung to life with all the tenacity of her young heart and hoped against hope that her health might once more be restored.  But death had marked her as his victim, and peacefully she passed away on Tuesday afternoon.  Allie was an accomplished young lady, having received all the benefits of a liberal education.  She was the pride of the household, for she was the eldest daughter.  The sympathies of the community are with Mr. and Mrs. Carle in this sad hour of their lives.

Mary May CARLE 

February 3, 1882
Clinton Register

Another Loved One Gone Before.

Died, at the home of her parents in Clinton, Illinois, on Sunday evening, January 29th, 1882, at eight o'clock, Miss M. May CARLE, aged twenty-one years, one month and eight days.

Deceased was the second daughter of Mr. John T. and Mrs. S. S. CARLE of this city.   She was taken ill last April while teaching school in Farmer City, this county, which culminated in consumption, of which she patiently suffered until death brought relief.  Her elder sister, Allie, obeyed the voice of the Unseen, and has gone before, having passed away November 9th, 1880—only a few short months ago— at nearly the same age.  The two sisters, with Allie Magill, Carrie Weld, Minnie Bishop Ella McHenry, Nettie Persy and Eva Jones composed the graduating class of 1876, of the Clinton high school and carried off the highest honors of the school.  They had but just entered upon the realities of life with bright hopes for the future when the common enemy, death, appears upon the scene and ends all.  But the “ grim monster” has no terrors for the pure and good, and May welcomed him with gladness born of divine love, and peacefully passed away without a struggle, as one falling into sweet refreshing sleep.  “O, let me die the death of the righteous.”

On Tuesday at two o'clock p.m. the funeral services were conducted by Rev. O. B. Thayer at the Presbyterian church, where the house was filled with mourning relatives and sympathizing friends, many being present from other towns.  After a brief but pointed discourse by the minister, the remains were followed to Woodlawn cemetery and there laid to rest.  These parents now sorrow over the graves of three children, only one, a bright young daughter, remaining to console their sorrowing hearts.  They have the warmest sympathy of all their relatives and friends in this sad bereavement.

William Ray CARLE 

August 16, 1912
Clinton Register

W. R. Carle Died Last Friday.
Was Prominent Merchant and Banker For More Than Half a Century.

Hon. W. R. CARLE, known to all the business men of this section, died at his home in Wapella at 4:15 p.m. Friday, August 9, at the age of 82 years. For the past four months he had been confined to his bed, a part of the time unconscious. In the death of Mr. Carle Wapella loses one who for years was a leading citizen both in business and church circles.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 10 a.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland of Normal, following which remains were taken to Wellsburg, West Virginia, where deceased recently had built the finest vault in that state at a cost of $8,000.

There was a large attendance of sympathizing friends at the funeral. His pall bearers were E. M. THORPE, J. M. GREENE, W. C. IVES, James WHERRY, Frank LEMON, John J. ROLOFSON, Joseph W. THORPE and John T. GREENE. A number of people from Clinton and Heyworth were in Attendance and J. M. Greene and Ray ANDERSON and Mesdames Jennie BIRDSELL and Mary STONE accompanied the remains to Wellsburg, Va.

Wm. R. Carle was born in Wellsburg, West Va., March 24, 1832, his parents being John and Rebecca CARLE, nee MILLER, both natives of Pennsylvania. His grandfather was a Hollander and his grandmother was Scotch. The subject of this sketch was eighth in the order of birth in a family of nine children. The elder Carle was a carpenter by trade but having invested his savings in a company factory and store, he lost all when the company failed. Thus young Carle found himself with no start in life except his education and business experience. But the Scotch energy and Dutch staying qualities now developed, and he started for the West, full of hope, tact and talent. Landing in St. Louis, he found cholera raging there and came north to Bloomington. He at once took charge of a public school just outside the city limits. His success as a teacher was shown from the start. He taught three terms at Major’s Grove, and having saved some money, formed a partnership with David S. HORD in the grain business, the firm buying a warehouse just being built. Just as they were ready to occupy it, fire swept all away. They built on the ruins and within thirty days were ready for business. In 1859 Mr. Carle sold his interest to his partner, finding himself barely square with the world—but he had the experience. In April 1859, he formed a partnership with Sabin TAYLOR in the grain business in Clinton, but in July of the same year sold to Emmett KENT, and located in Wapella where for a time he worked for $1.25 per day. At the end of two months his employer, a man named DIXON, proposed a partnership if Carle could raise $100. He secured the amount in Bloomington and re-entered the grain business. His last venture proved successful and laid the foundation for a competency. He continued in the grain business until 1862, when he sold out to E. KENT & Co. of Clinton and bought a stock of general merchandise. In 1865 he quit the dry goods business and again became a grain dealer with E. B. HARROLD. A year later he purchased his partner’s interest and continued grain buying until 1869, when on account of ill health he went to California. After four months, having regained his health, he returned and resumed the general merchandise business.

In the fall of 1870 he was elected to the legislature on the Democratic ticket, serving one term. In 1871 he sold his merchandise business to A. J. LATIMER and again became a grain dealer with James BUTTERWORTH, the latter selling to J. M. Greene, with whom he continued until his death. Mr. Carle assisted in organizing the DeWitt County National bank and was its first president, being succeeded by the late Thornton SNELL. At the time of his death he was president of the Farmers’ and Merchants’ bank at Wapella. He was supervisor from Wapella township several terms and also filled several township offices. In politics deceased was an unswerving democrat. In religion a Disciple, having been a devout member of the Christian church for 56 years, being a member of the Long Point church since 1868 and one of its strongest supporters. Mr. Carle was a man upright and honest in all his dealings, and held the respect of everyone.

In his prime he was a man of commanding appearance, standing 6 feet four inches in his stockings, and was proportionately built. At the time of his death he owned farms in Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, California, as well as property in Havana, Cuba.

Before and after the death of his aunt, Mrs. Joshua CARLE, his cousin, Mrs. W. F. BIRDSELL kept house for him. He leaves Mrs. Mattie ANDERSON, a halfsister of Wellsburg, W. Va., Mrs. W. F. Birdsell and Mrs. Mary Stone, of Wapella; C. J. CARLE of Pittsburg, Pa.; Carle ANDERSON of New York; Ray ANDERSON of Wellsburg, W. Va., nephews; H. J. CARLE, of Chicago, and Charles CARLE of California; Mrs. Norman NELSON of Ft. Worth, Texas, and two other nephews in Virginia.

At the time of his death his wealth was estimated at $350,000.

Note: William R. Carle was married to a lady from Bethany, West Virginia, in 1877, and he was in the process of building her a huge mansion in DeWitt County the same year. In the 1880 census he was living with his uncle in Wapella Township, listed as single, and his wife was never mentioned again. Did she die? Did they divorce? Why was she stricken from the history of his life?

Mrs. Horace CARLISLE 

September 28, 1906
Clinton Register

Came to Clinton to Visit Relatives and Was Taken Sick and Died Sunday—
Funeral Held Tuesday.

Mrs. Horace CARLISLE died Sunday about 11 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. Ed SMITH, in Clinton, aged 32 years. She came to Clinton over a month ago to visit and was taken seriously sick at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. E. BLACKER. Last Saturday Mr. Blacker moved from West South to East Macon street, and Mrs. Carlisle was carried to the home of another sister, Mrs. Ed Smith, two blocks away. She had been in poor health since last January, consumption causing her death.

Deceased's maiden name was Jennie BARR, and she was born in McLean County, near LeRoy, April 6, 1874. She was married to H. G. CARLISLE and they had since lived near LeRoy. Ten children were born to them, seven of whom, Carter, Letha, Verda, Robert, Era, Ellis, Babe and the husband, are living. She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. BARR, of Harp township, and six sisters, Mrs. Blacker, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. N. TAYLOR, of Clinton; Mrs. MILTON, of Parnell; Mrs. EVANS and Miss Helen BARR, of LeRoy.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of Edward Smith, on South Quincy street, conducted by Rev. HEALD, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial in the Willmore cemetery in Harp township.


March 24, 1882
Clinton Public

Drifting into Eternity by Way of Salt Creek.

A few months ago an old man named CARPENTER, aged about sixty years, came to Tunbridge township, claiming to hail from New York. For awhile he worked for Wash NEAL, chopping wood near Kenney, but being weak of body he could not earn enough to pay for his board. A few weeks ago he drifted over toward the Mose PETERS’ neighborhood, and there for awhile worked for Martin SCOTT as a wood-chopper. Here again he was a total failure, and the poor fellow became dispirited. Once or twice he told Scott that he was tired of life, for it had no bright hopes for him. There was no tie that bound him to earth. One day about three weeks ago he was missing from the neighborhood. Augustus SMITH’s boys were herding geese on the banks of Salt Creek, when they saw the body of a man floating down the stream. The boys could see his face and the upper part of his body. He had sandy whiskers and wore a check shirt. The body floated with the current and was only about ten feet from the banks of the creek, but the water being high, and probably the idea of handling a corpse, deterred the little fellows from making an effort to draw the body ashore. They did not even notify anybody of what they had seen till they returned to their home at night, when they told their father. The next day a party of men made a search along the creek, but it was fruitless, as the body was seen no more. Carpenter’s valise was found in the lane near Mose Peters’ house, and this strengthens the idea that it was he who had found rest from his weariness by suicide.


February 1, 1866
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
Buffalo, New York

Death of an Editor.

E. S. CARPENTER, editor of the Pantagraph, published at Bloomington, Ill., died at the Hospital of the Sisters of Charity, in this city, on Wednesday afternoon last. The deceased came to this city on the 15th of the present month, en route for Lyons, Wayne county, for the purpose of visiting a brother lying at the point of death. On the evening of the day of his arrival, he was found by the police wandering about the streets in a disordered state and taken to Station House No. 2, where he gave his name as Robert JONES. On being searched, he was found to have on his person the sum of $55 in greenbacks, a railroad pass over the Central Road and checks for baggage, which had gone on to Lyons. The railroad pass was drawn in favor of E. S. Carpenter, and, in consequence, his name was entered on the record of the Station House as Robert Jones alias E. S. Carpenter. The money, baggage checks and railroad pass can be had by his relatives of Capt. Walsh, and his personal effects of Mr. Edmonds, Superintendent of the Poor. The relatives of the deceased have been notified of the facts.

Hiram CARR 

April 4, 1884
Clinton Public

Hiram CARR, of Farmer City, a section boss on the I., R. & W. railroad, was thrown from a hand car last Saturday and his own car and two others that were following passed over his body. Every rib in his body was broken and the back of his head was split open, causing almost instant death. He was buried in Farmer City last Sunday.

Mike CARR 

February 28, 1913
Clinton Register

Mike Carr Was Tired of Life.
Retired Farmer, Formerly of Weldon, Drinks Carbolic Acid to End His Trouble.

Mike CARR, a retired farmer who lived in Weldon until a few years ago, committed suicide at 4:45 Sunday by taking a quantity of carbolic acid. The death occurred at the home of his son, four miles southeast of Weldon, where deceased had been visiting. The son and his family were away from home at the time of the death of Mr. Carr.

Deceased moved from Weldon to Bloomington several years ago and there he and his wife were divorced but later were reconciled and moved to Iowa. Several months ago another rupture occurred and Mr. Carr returned to Illinois, going to the home of his son, where he ended his life. Mr. Carr owned the farm of 180 acres on which he died.

He was a brother of L. S. CARR, who lived in Weldon until a year or so ago, when he moved to Missouri, where he now resides. He is also survived by the widow, two sons and one daughter, Charles, residing on the home place; Bert, at home with his mother in Iowa; and Jennie, a married daughter residing in Champaign; also by two sisters, Mrs. Philip RANNEBARGER, of Cisco, and Mrs. LONG, residing in Iowa.


February 28, 1896
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton's Oldest Citizens Joins Friends on the Other Shore.

Sunday morning at 2:30 o'clock John CARROLL, one of Clinton's oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at his home on South Monroe street, aged 61 years. For several years he had been afflicted with stomach trouble, and had visited health resorts, but no permanent good came. Last Summer and fall he was at Hot Springs, Ark., and Battle Creek, Mich., but returned home but little improved. During the winter he had been failing and his family realized the end was near.

John Carroll was born in Ireland in 1835, and came to America in 1848. He remained in New York until 1855, where he learned his trade, cabinet making. In 1855 he came to Clinton where he worked at his trade for awhile and then engaged in the furniture business with Reuben SACKETT. This partnership continued until about five years ago when he retired from business on account of failing health. In 1851 he was married to Miss Ann FITZGERALD, who survives him. To them nine children were born, two of whom, Charles and Edward, are dead. Mrs. J. T. SULLIVAN lives in Sioux City, Ia., Jas. lives in Iowa, Mrs. Hugh MAGILL, John and Will live in Clinton.

Funeral services were held in St. John's Church Tuesday at 10:30, deceased having been a member of that church for years. Services were conducted by Rev. M. A. DOOLING…. The pallbearers were Thos. HENNEBERRY, James JORDAN, Wm. HART, John O’DEA and James TIERNEY. The burial was at Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


February 28, 1896
Clinton Public

John Carroll After Months of Suffering Finds Relief in Death.

John CARROLL was one of the best known and respected citizens of Clinton. The announcement of his death, Sunday, at his home in this city, of stomach trouble, was cause of general comment, he having been identified with the business interests of this city for forty years. In 1856 he, full of ambition and energy and armed with the trade of cabinetmaker, commenced the battle of life in this inviting field. Soon Mr. Carroll opened a furniture store on the square and by careful attention to business made a success. In 1859 he was married in Bloomington to Miss Anna FITZGERALD, of this city, and together they lived an ideal life. To them were born nine children, seven of whom survive their father—Mrs. Margaret SULLIVAN, of Sioux City, Ia.; Mes. Annie MAGILL and Mamie JORDAN, of Clinton; Mrs. Nellie ROCKEFELLER, of Hot Springs, Ark.; and James, John and William CARROLL, of this city.

Mr. Carroll was born in county Limerick, Ire., on September 23, 1835, and in 1849 came with his parents to America, locating at Vienna, N.Y. He was several times elected to the office of alderman of this city, his influence being so strong that a nomination was equivalent to an election. By temperate habits, judicious business methods, and industry, he succeeded in laying by a competency for a rainy day, leaving his widow in comfortable circumstances.

The Catholic church never held a larger audience than was present Tuesday to witness the last sad rites over the remains of John Carroll. The pallbearers were John O'DEA, Jas. TIERNEY, James JORDAN, John HART, Dan LEO and Thomas HENNEBERRY. Solemn High mass was sung by the pastor, Rev. Fr. DOOLING, after which a sermon was delivered. The priest said it was never customary to eulogize a departed member in the church, but volumes were said in behalf of the deceased by the presence of so many respected members of this community. He declare the need of living so that when the time comes to die, each may feel that he is worthy of eternal life. Here we may have influence favor us; there the soul is alone with God. Too many depend upon deathbed repentance, hoping God will perform a miracle in their behalf. While the priest did not have a long acquaintance with the deceased, the audience was given assurance that Mr. Carroll had lived a consistent Catholic and died such.

The music rendered by Misses Opal and Nellie BELL and their sister, Mrs. Paphia STEWART, was appropriate and beautiful, the solo especially being a balm of comfort to the aching hearts of afflicted relatives and friends. The remains were taken to Woodlawn cemetery for interment, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

Among those from abroad who attended the funeral were the deceased's sister and brothers, Mrs. P. H. DAY, of Springfield, James CARROLL, of Davenport, Iowa, Michael CARROLL (and daughter), of Minneapolis, Minn., and Miss Bridget CARROLL, of Rochester, N.Y.; Thomas BARTLE, J. M. GREENE, M.C. JORDAN, Peter GARRITY, D. J. MARTIN, D. J. POWERS, Mrs. Timothy GREENE, Farl GARRITY, James REYNOLDS and John HENNEBERRY, of Wapella.

Mrs. John CARROLL 

February 18, 1910
Clinton Register

Mrs. John CARROLL, died at her home in Clinton, Friday, after an illness of four weeks. Julia McGRAW was born in Bloomington, Jan. 29, 1875, attended the schools in that city and resided there until she reached young womanhood. She was married to John CARROLL of this city, May 6, 1897, the couple at once beginning housekeeping in Clinton. Since then she resided in this city continuously. There are six children living Francis, Margaret, Jack, Elmer, Madeline, and Charles, the oldest being 12 years and the youngest being 3. She also is survived by her father, three sisters and three brothers, all of Bloomington. Funeral services were held from the Catholic church conducted by Father DOLLARD. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. John CARSON 

September 1, 1893
Clinton Public

Died, at Eureka, on Sunday evening, August 27th, Mrs. Mary J. CARSON, after a long illness with heart trouble.  The deceased was born in Indiana in 1838, but moved to this State early in life.  She was twice married, first to Elijah SWEARINGEN, whose death occurred March 3, 1880, and about eight years ago she was married to John CARSON, of Eureka, and they have made that their home since then.  She had eight living children, four sons and four daughters.  One daughter and three sons attended the funeral.  She was a faithful member of the Christian Church, and was highly respected by all who knew her.  The remains were brought here Monday evening.  Funeral services were held at the Long Point Christian Church, conducted by Eld. Shanklin.  At the time of her death she was sixty-five years, three months and twenty-eight days old.  She was one of the charter members of the Long Point Christian Church.  It was her request that her remains be laid to rest in the cemetery near the old church.


June 27, 1890
Clinton Public

Miss Grace CARTER, aged twenty-two years on the first day of last January, died in this city last Tuesday. She was born in this city and was the daughter of Stephen K. CARTER, county clerk. She was a graduate from the Clinton high school, and for a number of years had been a popular and efficient teacher in the city public schools. Her death is a sad affliction to her parents, for she was the first born in the family. Mr. and Mrs. Carter have the heartfelt sympathy of the people of Clinton and of DeWitt county in this hour of their great sorrow. Her funeral was very largely attended, and six members of Co. E. Twentieth Illinois Infantry, her father's old company, were the pall bearers.

Hattie CARTER 

June 1, 1894
Clinton Public

Miss Hattie Carter.
The Budding Flower Droops and Dies.

There is always a pang in human hearts when death removes from among us those we loved, those whose eyes brightened with our coming, whose tenderest words of affection and encouragement were for our ears, whose thoughts were for us, and who never wearied in the kindly acts and loving attentions which cost so little and to most of us mean so much and fill our lives with sunshine. But however sad death may be at all times, the pain is deeper when the grim messenger beckons to the young who stand where brook and river meet, with all the vague dreams of innocent, happy youth behind and all the hopes and fears of life and love before. When the old pass away there is some comfort in the thought that their work on earth was done, that their lives were rounded out and complete, and that the calm peaceful rest of the grave gives welcome relief from the warfare of existence. No such reflection can temper the grief that comes when the flower is cut down as it is blossoming into a glorious and beautiful maturity. It is idle, perhaps, to give our sorrow expression at times like this, for Death's hands are never stayed by the heartfelt words of woe which fall from human lips, yet stricken hearts are comforted by uttered sympathy. Today as of old the air is full of farewells to the dying and mournings for the dead. Their memory lingers long after they have gone, like the light of the declining sun in the summer sky, to brighten and bless those who loved them living and whom they living loved.

Hattie, youngest child and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. K. CARTER, was called from earth to heaven last Monday. She was sick about seven days, and from the first hour of her sickness to the last moment she suffered the most intense pain. She was a beautiful child of ten summers, and was the light of the home to parents and brothers. On the morning of Decoration Day her body was laid to rest in Woodlawn.

Joshua CARTER 

March 21, 1862
Central Transcript


     His brave surviving comrades saw
     His smile, when rang their proud hurrah,
     And the red flag was won.

Joshua CARTER is dead!  He died at the hospital in St. Louis, last Thursday, of wounds and exposure incurred at Fort Donelson.  He was watched over and attended by his father, who brought his remains to this place, where they were buried with his fellow soldiers, on Saturday.  Joshua was employed in this office for some time and we, therefore, are deeply grieved by his death.  He was a universal favorite with all and his loss is deeply felt and regretted.  He was doing his duty as a brave soldier when he was struck by a rebel bullet.

He took his life in his hand when he went forth from amongst us to offer it on his country’s altar!  And glad we are that he did not lay it down without reward—

     For to the hero, when his sword
        Has won the battle for the free,
     Death’s voice sounds like a prophet’s word,
     And in its hollow tones are heard
        The thanks of millions yet to be.

He now slumbers peacefully in his lowly grave, and thought it be but an humble resting place beneath the green trees and amid the wild flowers, there we will say:

     Rest thee—there is no prouder grave,
     Even in our own proud clime.

And though we raise not the storied marble above his head, to tell the noble patriotic deeds of him who sleeps below, we will bear them about engraved on our hearts, and recount them at his grave, and—

     When spring, with dewy fingers cold,
     Returns to deck his hallowed mold,
     She there shall dress a sweeter sod
     Than Fancy’s foot has ever trod.

Stephen K. CARTER 

July 12, 1901
Clinton Register

Was Visiting at His Son's in Harp Township When He Dropped Dead.
Was an Old Soldier.

Death is indeed sad when the loved one is [not] permitted to say farewell to those most dear.  Often then the final parting is almost too much for those left behind to bear.  Consolation to the sorrowing ones is found in the final "Good bye. "  In kind remembrance it comes to soothe the heart burdened with deepest sorrow.   But how much more heavily the bereavement must fall when the last farewell is not spoken.  How much more lasting must be the scars of those who mourn when, without a moment’s notice, the life of a dear one is gone forever.

The family of S. K. CARTER are bereaved under circumstances similar to those described above.  Mr. Carter had not been well as usual for several days, but was able to be about his home.  Saturday, with his wife, he drove to the home of his son, Kinsley, in Harp township.  He drove about his farm, and returned to the house.   He was pumping water, when he suddenly fell.  His little grandchild, who was at his side, called to her mother, who hurried from the house, only to find him almost dead, dying without speaking.  A doctor was summoned from Lane, but death resulted sometime before his arrival.  The body was brought to Clinton early Sunday morning.

Stephen K. Carter was born in Smithfield, O., Jan. 7, 1843, and lived 58 years, 5 months and 26 days.  He was the eldest of six children, the parents being William and Ruthana CARTER, the latter surviving, and is a resident of Clinton.  In 1855 the family came to Illinois and settled in Clinton, except deceased, who remained with relatives in Ohio until 1858, when he came to Clinton which had since been his home.   In 1861 he enlisted in Co. E, 20th Ill., and was in several battles.  At the battle of Shiloh he was wounded in the leg; from this he never recovered, though until recently the wound had given him little trouble further than being compelled to use a cane.  The wound was so dangerous that he was discharged from service, not entering the army again.  Recently the wound had troubled him a great deal, and it is thought it caused his death.

After Mr. Carter recovered sufficiently from the wound he attended college two years, and the following year was elected county superintendent of schools.  During the time he held the office he studied law, and was admitted to practice in 1870.  Two years later he was elected state’s attorney.  He also was elected to fill out the unexpired term of Jas. A. WILSON as county treasurer.  Mr. Wilson died about twenty years ago.  In 1886 he was elected county clerk and served one term.  He was also city clerk and city attorney.  Perhaps no man ever held as many offices in the county and no one ever filled them to the better satisfaction of the people.  He was always a faithful servant of the people, and his honesty in public or private life was never questioned.  Though always a Republican, he had hundreds of close friends in other parties, and in his races for office was defeated only once.

Mr. Carter’s marriage occurred in 1867, Miss America MADDEN becoming his companion.  To them five children were born, one daughter and four sons, the former dying about ten years ago.  The sons are: Wilbur M., Stephen K., Ira L., and William J., three of whom live in Clinton.  His mother, his wife, two sisters, Mrs. J. D. ROGERS, of Clinton, and Mrs. Chas. KERNER, of Indianapolis; and a brother, Edward, of Decatur, survive him.

Funeral services were held at the residence on North Center street Tuesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. F. A. CANADY, assisted by Rev. C. S. BLACK.  The attorneys of the county, the G. A. R. and county officers attended in a body.  Members of the company of deceased were pall bearers.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Stephen K. CARTER 

April 24, 1919
Decatur Herald
Decatur, Illinois

Mrs. America Carter and E. R. Mayall, Old Citizens Dead.

CLINTON, April 23—Mrs. America Carter, one of Clinton’s best known residents, died in her home in Clinton Wednesday afternoon after an illness which has lasted for several years.

Recently Mrs. Carter had been critically ill and earlier in the week it became evident that she could not live much longer.  Despite this fact, her death Wednesday afternoon was a distinct shock.

Had Stomach Trouble.

The cause of Mrs. Carter’s death was stomach trouble, an ailment with which she had suffered for many years.  Several months ago Mrs. Carter went to Hot Springs, Ark., for several weeks.  Soon after her arrival there she became suddenly ill and her children were called to her bedside at that place.  When her condition improved that she could stand the trip, she was brought to her home.  Since that time she has been confined to her bed and under the special care of nurses.

Mrs. Carter has been a life–long resident of Clinton.  Her husband, Stephen Carter, died many years ago.  This couple were the parents of a number of children.  The surviving children are W. J. Carter of Fort Dodge, Ia.; Wilbur Carter of Bloomington; and S. K. Carter of Clinton.  There are also a number of grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

Prominent Worker.

Deceased was a prominent member of the Methodist church and attended the services regularly until her health failed.  She was also a member of the W. R. C. and several other organizations of the city.

Funeral services will be conducted from the home, 410 North Center street Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Rev. A. M. Wells, pastor of the Methodist church, will officiate and interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

William F. CARTER 

December 11, 1873
Clinton Public

On the 6th of November William F. CARTER, son of W. E. CARTER, of this city received fatal injuries at Meredosia, Ill., which resulted in his death on the 6th instant.  Young Carter was engaged with his father in building a bridge for the Wabash railroad, at Meredosia, and at the time of the accident was running a pile driver.  He fell from his station on the pile driver to the track while a train of cars was running across the bridge, and his left leg was almost severed from his body, the limb being only held by the sinews and muscles.  An engine was immediately dispatched to Jacksonville for medical aid, and in less than two hours Dr. Prince arrived at Meredosia and amputated the fractured limb.  For the first ten days after the accident the doctor had hopes that the boy’s life would be spared; but on the eleventh day partial lockjaw set in, and then all hope of recovery was abandoned.  The body was brought to this city for interment, and on Tuesday the funeral services took place.  Young Carter’s sad death is a great affliction to his parents and brothers and sisters, and our citizens sympathize with them in their bereavement.

Mrs. Zachariah CARTMELL 

December 29, 1911
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Cartmell.

Mrs. Susan CARTMELL of Barnett township died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William ORENDORF, whom she was visiting near Bloomington. She had been in usual health until Sunday, when she became sick suddenly and grew worse each day.

Deceased was the widow of the late Zachariah CARTMELL and had been a resident of the Elm Grove neighborhood in Barnett township for forty years. She was born in Ohio and came to this county with her husband at an early day, settling on a farm near Waynesville, where she had resided until the death of her husband in 1895, after which she had made her home with her son, John CARTMELL. She was 70 years old.

J. E. LONGBRAKE of 1129 East Main street is a brother of the deceased. Supervisor Frank CARTMELL of Waynesville is also a son. The body was taken to the late home where the funeral services were held and interment was made in the Waynesville cemetery.

Frank CARY 

April 25, 1884
Clinton Public

Frank CARY died at the residence of Mrs. BURNS on Wednesday morning. A few months ago his parents left here for the west, hoping that a change of climate would recruit their son's health, but after trying it for awhile Frank longed to return to Clinton. His mother came with him. Since their return Frank has been confined to his bed. There was no balm in Gilead to restore the consumptive back to health. Up to the last moment he had strong faith in his speedy recovery, and it was not till a few hours before his death that he seemed to realize his condition. Frank was in his 26th year. He was held in high esteem by the young folks who had grown up with him from childhood. He was buried yesterday afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery. His father and the other members of the family are now on the road coming back to Clinton.

John F. CASE 

Funeral Card

John F. CASE—Died Jacksonville, Illinois, December 15, 1901 at 5: 40 p.m., John F. CASE, age 57 years 2 months, 13 days. Funeral: M.E. Church, December 18. Lemon Post No. 211, G.A.R. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


April 14, 1882
Clinton Public

William D. CATTERLIN, who ranked as one among the earliest settlers of Clinton, died on the first of April, and on the following day was buried with military honors in the Mills cemetery, one mile west of town. A squad of the 107th Illinois Infantry, under command of Dick Robbins, took charge of the ceremonies and fired the farewell shots over the grave of their old comrade. The funeral procession was a very large one, and in it were those who had lived in Clinton with the deceased nearly forty years ago. For nearly a year before his death, Mr. Catterlin had been suffering from a disease which finally culminated in the softening of his brain. He was confined to his bed less than two weeks before his death. Nearly forty years ago Mr. Catterlin came from Logan county and settled in Clinton as a blacksmith. For a time he quit the forge and engaged in the mercantile business in which he was reasonably successful. He drifted back again to his blacksmith shop, and when the 107th regiment organized for the war he was one among the first to respond to the call of his country. He was a faithful soldier. When his regiment was discharged he returned to his blacksmith shop and continued in that business till his health failed a few months before his death. In the early days of Clinton Mr. Catterlin was considered the wag of the village, and many a practical joke did he play on citizen and stranger. He was one of the kindest-hearted men and was ever ready and willing to lend a helping had to friend or stranger.

Mrs. Edward J. CAYTON 

December 3, 1909
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Cayton.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth CAYTON, wife of E. J. CAYTON, died at her home in Farmer City Saturday morning after an illness of ten days with congestion of the brain. She was 58 years of age and was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth VANDEVENTER. She was married to Mr. Cayton February 11, 1892. Her husband survives, but there are no children. She also leaves two brothers, C. M. VANDEVENTER, of Farmer City, and H. N. VANDEVENTER, of LeRoy. The funeral was held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the Prairie chapel, conducted by Rev. G. E. Scrimger, pastor of the Farmer City M. E. church.

Note: C. M. Vandeventer should be T. M. Vandeventer, and H. N. Vandeventer should be D. F. Vandeventer.


November 12, 1897
Clinton Public

John CHADD was buried here last Friday. He was a native of Kentucky, but lived many years near Weldon. A few years ago he moved to Nebraska, where he met with reverses by drought and fire. He boarded in Weldon most of the summer, but started for Nebraska a few weeks since. Being in a feeble condition, he was ordered to the hospital in Decatur, where he died. He has two or three sons in Nebraska. Two children, Lee CHADD and Mrs. KOONTZ, were present at the funeral, which was conducted at the M. P. Church by Pastor A. H. WIDNEY. His age was 79 years.


October 7, 1924, Tuesday
Decatur Herald
Decatur, Illinois

James R. Chamberlain, Aged 74, Brooded Over Declining Health.

Clinton, Oct. 6.—James R. CHAMBERLAIN, aged 74, a well known resident of this city, ended his life by shooting himself, about 9 o'clock Sunday night, at his home, 426 West Van Buren street.  Ill health was said to have been the cause of his act.

Mr. Chamberlain seemed as usual yesterday and had spent the evening talking to his wife.  A little before 9 o'clock he got up and went out on the east porch.  Immediately after he walked outside, a shot was heard.  Mrs. Chamberlain rushed outside and found her husband on the sidewalk.  A doctor was immediately called, but Mr. Chamberlain died before he could be moved into the house.

A coroner’s inquest was held in the county court room Monday afternoon.

Mr. Chamberlain was born in Indiana January 7, 1850.  He lived in the place of his birth until 40 years ago, when he came to Illinois, settling in DeWitt county.   He followed the occupation of a farmer until his health failed and he was forced to retire.

He was married twice, his first wife being Jennie BETZ of Indiana.  To this union 13 children were born, six of whom are living.  They are Mrs. Blanche Glenn, of Clinton; Mrs. Rose Jordan, of Monticello; Omer H. Chamberlain, Mrs. Henry Baker, Mrs. Elmer Lucas and Harry Chamberlain, of Clinton.  The wife and mother died 31 years ago.  Two years after her death, on September 15, 1895, he was married to Ella CACKLEY, of Clinton.  Besides his wife and children, he leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Prosser, of Shelbyville.

He was a member of Olive lodge No. 98, I. O. O. F., and Weldon Springs Rebekah lodge No. 26, and also of the Christian church.  He had been an Odd Fellow for 45 years.

The body was removed to Oakman & Co. chapel and prepared for burial.  The funeral services will be conducted from the chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. J. Wayne Staley, pastor of the Christian church.  Burial will be made in the DeWitt cemetery.

William Edgar CHAMBERLAIN 

December 16, 1918, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Well-Known Young Man Dies After Short Illness—
Family Also Ill.

William CHAMBERLAIN, aged 28, a life-long resident and well-known in this community succumbed to a brief illness of influenza and pneumonia at the family home in South Clinton, Sunday evening at 6 o'clock.  It is reported that the two small children of deceased are also ill with the disease and little hopes for their recovery are being entertained.  Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. CHAMBERLAIN of South Clinton and was widely known.

Besides the widow and two children, two brothers, Omer and Harry of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Kenney Smith, of Maroa, survive.  The funeral arrangements will be announced later.  It is reported that a number of persons residing in South Clinton are victims of the influenza and pneumonia scourge.

Mrs. William L. CHAMBERS 

January 13, 1899
Clinton Public

Died, at her home in Highland, O. T., January 4, 1899, Ellen W., wife of William L. CHAMBERS. Ellen W. WOODS was the second child of Sarah Y. WOODS and the late Mason WOODS. She was united in marriage to Wm. L. Chambers, of Clinton, November 20, 1866. To them were born three children, Willie Mason, who preceded his mother to heaven fifteen years ago, Edwin C. and Katherine C. WYATT. Besides these, an aged mother, three sisters and one brother are left to mourn her loss.


April 11, 1884
Clinton Public

A note received from Wellington, Kansas, to-day brings news of the death of Willie CHAMBERS, son of William and Ellen CHAMBERS, which occurred last Saturday. Willie was fifteen years old and was the oldest child of the family.

Mrs. Hiram CHANDLER 

March 24, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. R. M. CHANDLER died in Monticello at the home of her daughter, Mrs. MARTIN, on the 10th day of March, 1899. Her home for many years was four and one half miles south of Weldon. Her husband, Hiram CHANDLER, and daughter Mary died 35 years ago, and were the first persons buried in the Chandler cemetery where she was buried Sunday. She had lived to the age of 80 years, and no one will question the assertion that up to old age she was the strongest woman, mentally and bodily, that ever lived in this part of the country. Her advice was sought in many important matters. She and her husband were active workers among the early Methodists of Nixon township.

Stillman A. CHAPIN 

May 19, 1911
Clinton Register


Sunday morning at 4 o'clock at the home of his son Dr. C. E. Chapin, corner of Clinton and Chestnut streets, Bloomington, occurred the death of Stillman A. CHAPIN, one of the pioneer residents of DeWitt county, and of Central Illinois. He had been ill for the past few months with debilities of age, but his condition had not been considered serious until during the past few days.

Mr. Chapin was born on August 13, 1821, in Madison county, Illinois, and was the son of Hiram and Martha Chapin, pioneer residents of this state. Like most of the boys, Mr. Chapin received nothing more than a common school education, but along the lines of his work his training was not limited and he early acquired the art of farming. Up to the time of marriage he remained at home and gave his father the benefit of his services. He was married to Miss Susan LAFFERTY in 1843. To this union seven children were born, 3 of whom are now living, as follows: Dr. Hiram S., of Holder; Mrs. Mary COTTINGHAM, of Lincoln; and Dr. C. E. CHAPIN, of Bloomington; Dr. Samuel CHAPIN and another son who was killed at Saybrook a few years ago.

It was in 1848 that Mr. Chapin entered a tract of 160 acres of improved land in DeWitt township. This he placed under cultivation and erected a good set of farm buildings, including a handsome residence, where he resided until 1856, when he traded for other land in the immediate vicinity and on this he made his home until 1864. Having sold this, he bought land near the village of DeWitt, where he remained until 1873, when he moved to the town of DeWitt. In connection with his farming, he was also extensively engaged in the stock business, and after locating in DeWitt was interested in the mercantile business.

Mrs. Chapin died May 24, 1909, and since that time Mr. Chapin had made his home with his son, Dr. Chapin of Bloomington.

Politically Mr. Chapin was a Democrat and at different times had filled most of the township offices. He held the office of justice of the peace continuously for a period of thirty years. His first presidential vote was cast for James K. Polk. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Amon lodge of DeWitt. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

The remains were taken to DeWitt for burial and the funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church there Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.

J. R. BOSSERMAN and wife, the latter being a niece of the deceased, attended the funeral. C. S. LAFFERTY, who is now in California, is a nephew of Mr. Chapin.

Burt Edwin CHAPLIN 

December 12, 1902
Paper Unknown

Burt Edwin CHAPLIN, 77, Weldon, died at 6 a.m. Thursday in John Warner Hospital where he had been a patient one day. He was born May 25, 1881, at Chicago, a son of Charles and Ida (GIBBINS) CHAMPLIN, and was married to Edna Pearl GOLDING, May 21, 1920, at Monroe, Mich. She died in 1955. His only surviving relatives are cousins. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trigg Funeral home at Weldon in charge of Rev. Jack CHRISTIAN, pastor of the Weldon Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Lexington Cemetery at Lexington.

Submitted by Unknown


July 22, 1875
Clinton Public

Robert CHAPPELEAR died at the residence of his sister in Sedalia, Mo., on last Sunday.  He had been sick for over a year and tried various climates in hope of relief.  Robert was a Clinton boy, and his death will bring sadness to the hearts of many of his old associates.


May 15, 1896
Clinton Register

Chas. CHAPPEL died Tuesday at his home in DeWitt, aged 73.  His wife and one daughter survive him.  Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock yesterday conducted by Rev. Collins.

Note: Charles and his wife had an adopted son, but no daughter.

Mrs. Charles CHAPPELL 

January 31, 1913
Clinton Register

Mrs. Eliza A. CHAPPELL was born in Ohio Jan. 17, 1832, and died at the home of Mrs. Margaret REED Jan. 27, 1913, being 81 years and 10 days old.  She was married to Charles CHAPPELL in 1852.  They moved to DeWitt county, Ill., the same year, locating on the land now known as the Henry REESER farm.  Removing to Atlanta for a number of years, they returned to the home place, occupying it again for 44 years.  Mr. Chappell died in May 1896 at the age of 80.  Having no children of their own they adopted a six month’s old child named Charlie YORK, who lives in Old Mexico.

Deceased was the daughter of Jesse and Maria HODGES, who were the parents of 5 children all of whom were living until the death of Mrs. Chappell, none being less than 73 years of age.  The living are Levi, 83, Mary, 79, Wm., 76, and Jemima, 73.

Although a sufferer for many years she bore her trials with fortitude, having become a member of the M. E. church while a young girl.  She took delight in doing something for her church and never tired in the work of her Savior and Redeemer.  Of a kindly disposition, she always had a mile and a kind word for everyone and will be greatly missed by all who knew here, especially her aged sister, Mrs. Williams, who lived near her.

She gave directions for her funeral, selecting the choir, the songs to be sung and the minister, Rev. F. M. HARRIS, of Atlanta, who was assisted in the services by Rev. A. L. HONN, of Bloomington.  The choir selected was Mr. and Mrs. D. H. DAY, Mrs. Ella McCORD and Miss Ethel MARBERRY, Mrs. Dr. HOOKER, presiding at the piano.  The M. E. Sunday school gave a large bouquet of carnations; the Ladies’ Aid, bouquet of lilies and roses; Mrs. Mollie CARDIFF, lilies; Mrs. Jemima WILLIAMS, carnations; Mrs. REED and Mrs. D. H. DAY, carnations.


January 31, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Eliza A. CHAPPEL died at her home in DeWitt at 6 o'clock Monday evening, the cause of death being infirmities of age, super induced by a fall which she sustained about two years ago.  Deceased had not been able to walk since the accident.  She was aged 76 years.

Deceased was a sister(?) of the late G. W. CORDER.  She is survived by two sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Jas. DeLAND, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Mrs. Jennie WILLIAMS, of DeWitt; Wm. HODGES, of Los Angeles, Cal.; and Lee HODGES, of Superior, Neb.

Deceased had resided at DeWitt about forty years.  Her husband died about 15 years ago.  Funeral services were held Wednesday.  Interment in DeWitt cemetery.

Note: aka CHAPPELL

Stewart Russell CHELLIS 

September 30, 1881
Clinton Register

The Old Man Dies.

Last Wednesday morning S. R. CHELLIS, an old resident of this city, was found dead in the cellar of his residence. An inquest was held and the evidence of the woman who kept the house for him was that, about eleven o'clock the night before, he got up out of bed and went down cellar. She followed him and found him lying on a pile of potatoes. She tried to get him up stairs, but could not do so. About two o'clock she again went down cellar, when she found him lying at the foot of the cellar stairs in a position that seemed to show that he had attempted to crawl up stairs, but had not the strength. As he was asleep, she covered him up with a quilt and let him lie where he was. In the morning she found he was dead. The physicians announced it as their opinion that he died from congestion caused by weakness and the cold damp air of the cellar. But little is known of the history of the old man. His story, as told to some of our citizens, is that he once owned a fine farm near Erie, Pa., but going security upon a note, his farm was taken from him and he lost nearly all he owned. He came here some fifteen years ago and started a little market garden, from which he made a scanty living. Like many others before him, he sought to drown the memory of his misfortune in alcoholic drink and became a wreck.

Note: His full name was Stewart Russell Chellis.

Granville CHENEY 

March 4, 1875
Clinton Public

Granville CHENEY, who lived in Mr. Jacob SWIGART’s neighborhood, some six or seven miles from Farmer city, was killed the other night by a horse running over him. Mr. Cheney and his wife were walking home on the road. A boy coming up behind them on an unmanageable horse rode over Mr. and Mrs. Cheney, injuring both of them seriously. Mr. C’s injuries finally terminated fatally.


March 4, 1875
Clinton Public

Killed by a horse running over him, G. CHENEY, living some six or seven miles from here, in the neighborhood of Jacob SWIGART. It appears from the report that on one night last week Mr. Cheney and wife were returning home from a meeting, and a young man’s horse behind them became unmanageable, ran away with him and ran over Mr. Cheney and wife, injuring both seriously. Mr. Cheney died soon after from wounds which he received.

Note: aka Chaney

Benjamin L. CHENOWETH 

July 27, 1906
Clinton Register

Aged Clinton Man Dead.
Had Lived in DeWitt County Almost Half a Century—Funeral Was Held Today.

B. L. CHENOWETH died Wednesday afternoon at his home in Clinton. aged 88 years. He had been unable to walk nearly a year and his death was not unexpected. Benjamin L. CHENOWETH was born in Darke County, O. in 1818. For 13 years after he was 21 years old he worked for about ten dollars a month and then farmed. In 1857 he came to this county and bought 160 acres about two miles northwest of Clinton, and at once brought his family here. He was married in 1855 in Perryville, Ind., and of the four children born to them three are living. They are Samuel, of Hebron, Neb.: Lou, who lives on the homestead and Aline who lived with her father. Of the thirteen brothers and sisters only two are living, John of McLean county and Mrs. WHITE of Ohio. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.


July 15, 1887
Clinton Public


The sad intelligence was communicated to his many friends in and about Weldon, that our beloved friend and brother "Cheeney," is no more on earth. "Cheeney" was, until the past year, a component part of our village. He took charge of the post-office when the mail received could all be placed in an empty shoe box. He was the agent of the C. & H. R. R. office from shortly after opening the road until December 1885. He was justice of the peace and notary public for several years. He was the most active mover in the laying out of the Weldon Cemetery, and an officer thereof until his removal. In November, 1882, he united by letter with the Weldon M. P. Church, and became at once an active worker both in the religious and financial labors of the church. The erection of the parsonage and church were due in a great measure to his zeal and enterprise. Where others hesitated, he hastened. No more successful solicitor for church enterprises could be found than he. He was at all times his pastor's cheerful and wise counselor and steady friend. His religious experience was subject to neither ebb nor flow. His profession was in his life and labor rather than in his words. He filled during his connection with the church the offices of trustee, steward, and S. S. superintendent. And it can be said with truthfulness that these were not merely honorary positions with him. He strove to do his whole duty in each of them. He seemed to be able to inspire others with his hopeful spirit. He never paraded the difficulties of the church; but believing himself in possibilities of success, he infused the same spirit into the church and the community.

He became a member of Weldon Lodge No. 746, A. F. & A. M., in 1877, and while often detained from its meetings by official duties, yet he was the true ideal of a good Mason. In 1879 he served as Senior Warden, and in 1880, '82, and '84, he filled the station of Worshipful Master with great satisfaction to the lodge. He never demitted from this lodge, but during his last illness was kindly cared for by the members of Unity Lodge No. 273, at Clear Water, Kansas, as well as by his former brethren here, James R. HESKITT and John C. SYLVESTER, both of whom were with him frequently during his sickness, and the latter accompanied the remains to this place. During his last term of office he was presented with a beautiful and costly lamb skin, in token of their high regard.

Over a year ago his health began to decline, but his indomitable courage and strong will power kept him up. One year ago last April he went to Kansas to seek for a new location. He soon after entered the employ of the St. Louis, Fort Scott and Wichita R. R., first at Towanda and subsequently at Clear Water. His health for a while seemed to improve, but with the advance of the heated term it again gave way, and Sunday morning last, at three o'clock A.M., he bade farewell to the beloved family and entered into the rest prepared for God's people. To say that Bro. Chenoweth was faultless would be to say that he was not human. To say he had no enemies, might not be true, but we can say truthfully, as a man, as a citizen, as a public official, as a friend, as a church member and officer, and as a Christian, his character was molded in the stamp of true nobility.

He had the happy faculty of adapting himself to a variety of objects at the same time, and yet no one of them seemed to suffer by that fact. To a stranger, he might at times seem to be reserved, but to his acquaintances he was open as the sunshine. No question was too trivial to receive a courteous answer; no difficulty of others too unimportant to secure his advice and assistance. Such in part was the portrait of our departed friend. To those who, by his removal, have been bereft of a support and comfort, we tender our heartfelt sympathy and condolence. His virtues and his labors have erected for him a monument more enduring than granite.

Mrs. Zachariah CHICK 

July 27, 1906
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. CHICK.

Mr. and Mrs. T. Z. CHICK attended the funeral of the former's mother in Leroy Sunday. She was 81 years old and her death resulted from a fall several weeks ago. Deceased maiden name was Caroline BOND and she was born in England, Dec. 3, 1825. She was married to Z. CHICK in 1854, and in 1827 [1857] they moved to this state, locating at Ottawa, and to McLean county two years later. Since 1862 they had lived in Leroy. The husband and four children survive her, Thom. Z., of Clinton, John B. and Mrs. Sarah JOHNSON, of Leroy, and Mrs. Carrie HURBER, of Indianapolis. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Note: Zachariah Chick’s first name was found in the 1860 census.

Elijah CISCO 

November 11, 1935
Clinton Daily Public

Killed in Auto-train accident November 11, 1935.

Elijah CISCO, 55, resided on the Lester TEAL farm, near Waynesville.  He was married to Clara BAKER of Waynesville.  She survives, with three daughters, Mrs. James THORPE of Wapella and Doris and Mildred, both at home.   He was a half-brother of George CISCO.  The Green Diamond was in the charge of Engineer T.B. SCOTT of Clinton and Conductor E. CARRUTHERS of Chicago.

Submitted by Lara Braley Johnson

(See news article)

George CISCO 

November 11, 1935
Clinton Daily Public

Killed in Auto-train accident November 11, 1935.

George CISCO was born in Dewitt county January 18, 1871, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira CISCO. he was a farmer all his life and at the time of his death was operating the Mrs. Frank SCOTT farm, near Wapella. He is survived by his wife, the former Alice ELLIS, whom he married in December 1909, and one son, Dallas CISCO, near Wapella. He was a member of the Masons and I.O.O.F. lodge.

Submitted by Lara Braley Johnson

(See news article)


February 23, 1922
Clinton Daily Public

Prominent Retired Farmer of Waynesville Succumbed to Brief Illness.

Ira CISCO, prominent retired farmer of Waynesville, died at his home this morning at 2 o'clock after several weeks illness. Gangrene of one foot and complications was the cause of his demise. Ira Cisco was born in Waynesville township, DeWitt county, January 24, 1845 and was the son of William and Mary (RILEY) CISCO, both natives of Tennessee. Deceased always lived in the place of his birth. He was twice married. He was married to Miss Mary Jane SCOTT in 1865 who died several years after their marriage. His second marriage was to Mary McCOIN who survives. Besides the wife, the deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs. Jesse LANE, George CISCO, Mrs. J.C. TAYLOR, Mrs. B. TROXELL, Mrs. Frank CISCO and Arthur CISCO. He is also survived by twenty-two grandchildren, a few great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. The funeral services will be held at the Rock Creek church near Waynesville Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Elmer STACKHOUSE, pastor, officiating. Burial will be made in Rock Creek cemetery.

Submitted by Lara Braley Johnson

Orville CISCO 

November 11, 1935
Clinton Daily Public

Killed in Auto-train accident November 11, 1935.

Orville CISCO, 33 was a son of George CISCO, by a former marriage, and was engaged as a trucker at Waynesville. He was married to Edith VINSON of Waynesville, who survives, with three children, Maxine, 19; Morris, 14; and George, 10, all at home.

Submitted by Lara Braley Johnson

(See news article)

James B. CLAGG 

May 4, 1888
Clinton Register

James CLAGG, brother to Wm. CLAGG, formerly of this city but now of Omaha, Neb., died at his residence near the Burns School house, in Texas township, last Sunday at the advanced age of 83 years. The funeral took place from the Burns school house last Tuesday, conducted by Revs. MacArthur and Reynolds, attended by a large number of friends and relatives. The deceased was a native of Bedford county, Va., and came to this county about thirty years ago. He became a member of the Primitive Baptist church when he was but 17 years old and lived a devoted Christian, as he died. He leaves an aged wife to mourn his death, she being his second wife. He was the father of six children, of whom no one knows of their whereabouts. In accordance with the wishes of the deceased he was buried in the school yard of the Burns school house.

Note: His full name was James Benjamin Clagg.

Mrs. James B. CLAGG 

February 13, 1914
Clinton Register

See the obituary of Mrs. William R. Dillavou.

William CLAGG 

January 26, 1894
Clinton Public

There came from Ohio to DeWitt County forty years ago William CLAGG, a tanner by trade, who had been engaged in the leather business in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He was born in Rockingham, Virginia, on the first of February, 1807, and when he died in Newton, Iowa, on Thursday of last week, he lacked but a few days of being eighty-seven years old. He moved from Virginia to Ohio when he was but a mere youth, and in the year 1833 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth CAMPBELL, in Logan County, Ohio. In 1854 they came to Clinton, and here he lived till 1886, when his wife died. This broke up his home, and from that time till his death he lived with his children, dying at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. H. COPE, at Newton, Iowa. It was his desire to be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery by the side of his wife, and his remains were brought to this city last Saturday. In the afternoon the funeral services were held in the Baptist Church, and although the day was stormy and the rain poured down almost incessantly, the church was filled with the friends who had known Mr. Clagg in the long ago. Rev. Duncan MacARTHUR preached an interesting sermon, into which he weaved many reminiscences of the Baptist Church in this city when Mr. Clagg was one of its leading members and Eld. MacArthur was its pastor. The Masonic order had charge of the funeral ceremonies and buried their brother with all the solemn rights of the fraternity. For thirty-eight years the deceased had been a member of the lodge in this city, keeping up his connection with it even after moving away from here. Four daughters, two sons and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive him. His two sons, James and William, and his son-in-law, Hon. Michael DONAHUE, and Mrs. VANDERCOOK were the only members of his family that followed him to the tomb.

When Mr. Clagg came to Clinton in 1854, he engaged in the hardware business, and in this he was successful and made money. He might have been wealthy had it not been for his kindness of heart in endorsing notes for his friends. He paid thousands of dollars for security debts. He built the building now owned and occupied by Mr. John KILLOUGH as a hardware store. Along in the seventies he retired from business and turned it over to his sons. William did not remain here long, but soon sold his interest to his brother James. Twenty years ago old Mr. Clagg's name was familiar in Clinton and everybody knew him and respected him for his kindly words and worth as a man. Probably there is not more than one in ten of the Clinton population of today [who] ever knew him. The actors of the past are soon forgotten; new faces come upon the scene and absorb our attention.

Mrs. William CLAGG 

September 3, 1886
Clinton Public

At the advanced age of seventy-seven years, Mrs. Elizabeth CLAGG passed from earth last Saturday evening at the home of her son, Mr. James CLAGG, in Webster City, Iowa. At her request her body was brought to Clinton last Monday, and on Tuesday morning it was consigned to its final resting place in Woodlawn Cemetery by the side of her daughter, Mrs. BLACK. Mrs. Clagg was born in Virginia, and in her younger days she moved with her family to Bellefontaine, Ohio, where fifty-two years ago, she was united in marriage to Mr. William CLAGG. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom survive her. For forty years she was a consistent member of the Baptist Church. Nearly three years ago Mrs. Clagg was injured by a fall, from which she never recovered. She was sitting on a chair and while attempting to rise by the aid of another chair in front of her, one of her grandchildren pulled the front chair from her and the old lady fell and injured her thigh. From that time till her death she was confined to her bed. Notwithstanding her misfortune she was always cheerful. Over two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Clagg sold their property in this city and went to Iowa to live with their children.

CLARK (infant) 

January 20, 1899
Clinton Public

On Thursday, 12th inst., Mr. and Mrs. J. M. CLARK’s babe died in Bloomington of pluro-meningitis.  On Friday it was brought down and laid to rest in the Crum cemetery by the side of his other children.  This is the third child they have lost inside of four years.

CLARK (child) 

August 24, 1894
Clinton Public

Wapella—Mr. J. M. CLARK's little four-year-old boy was taken sick one day last week and died on Wednesday night.


March 15, 1895
Clinton Public

Caroline (WINSLOW) CLARK, grandmother of Dell CROWDEN, a compositor in the Register office, died at Dell's home in this city last Sunday morning, and on Monday her remains were interred at Woodlawn. The aged lady was born in Butternut, Oswego County, NY, November 30, 1813. On the 31st of October, 1839, at Rome, NY., she was united in marriage to Welcome S. CLARK. Six children were born to them, Mrs. E.J. CROWDEN being one of her daughters. The family came to Illinois in 1853, and settled at Freeport, and in 1876 her husband died. Mrs. Clark was a member of the Seventh Day Adventists, having joined that church in 1877, and of which she remained a faithful member. She came to Clinton about five years ago to live with her daughter, Mrs. E.J. Crowden, and for the past two years has been an invalid. At the ripe age of eighty-two years she joined her husband and children in the world beyond. Rev. D. MACARTHUR had charge of the funeral services and made an impressive talk.

Philip CLARK 

February 26, 1897
Clinton Register

Philip Clark, an Octogenarian, Answers the Final Summons.

Philip CLARK is dead; a busy life is ended. For several months he had been confined to his home on West Washington street, the direct cause of his death being a cancer on his hand. It gave him much pain for weeks before he was unable to be on the streets. Old age had enfeebled his step and the cancer soon made it necessary to remain at home. He could be given no permanent relief and in time was unable to be up. For weeks the strong will of the old hero had kept him alive; but at last death was victorious. The surrender was last Friday afternoon, and many were those grieved to learn of the death of the old comrade, who fought in the Black Hawk war, and, it is said, was the last of its survivors in this county.

Philip Clark was born in England Feb. 28, 1828 [should be 1812], and lived 84 years, 11 months and 21 days. When about 12 years old he arrived in this country. After spending sometime in New York and other eastern cities he started for Springfield, Ill., near where his father lived. It was in Sangamon county that when a little over 21 years old he was married to Miss Christianna CAMPBELL, sister of Lewis CAMPBELL of this city. Over 50 years had they walked life's pathway side by side. In prosperity and adversity they were devoted to each other, and now the good wife at 78 years of age, is left alone. To them were born six children, there of whom are living. They are Mrs. Newt SMITH and Mary MILLARD of Kansas, and Mrs. T. F. MARTIN of this city.

In 1849, with hundreds of others, he went to California to hunt gold. As the search was not as profitable as had been anticipated he returned the following year, and moved to Clinton in 1852, which had since been his home. Here he and Lewis Campbell engaged in the general merchandise business for two or three years. At that time Clinton's population was 306. He sold his interest in the store and took a contract grading several miles of the Illinois Central railroad, then being built. Afterward he engaged in handling stock which was his principal business the remainder of his life.

In 1886, when nearly 75 years old, and Rev. Harrison, “the boy preacher” held a revival in Clinton, he united with the Methodist church, and remained faithful to his Master’s cause.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Sunday, conducted by Rev. Kumler. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Philip CLARK 

February 22, 1907
Clinton Register


About A month ago Mrs. Christina CLARK fell on the ice at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fanny MARTIN, in Clinton, and fractured her thigh bone near the hip. Since then she had grown worse, and death came to her Tuesday.

Her maiden name was Christina CAMPBELL and she was born in Butler county, Ohio, June 27, 1819. In 1834 her parents came to Illinois, settling near Springfield, where she was married to Philip CLARK May 19, 1836. In 1850 they came to Clinton, which had been her home 56 years, her husband dying just ten years before her death.

To them nine children were born, three of whom are living, Mrs. Mary MILLARD, Wellington, Kan.; Mrs. SMITH of Hugoton, Kan.; and Mrs. Martin. The former was unable to be present during her mother’s illness or to attend the funeral. Mrs. Lawrence BYERLY of Clinton is her granddaughter. Lewis CAMPBELL of Clinton is her brother. She had long been a faithful member of the Methodist church and had lived the faith she professed. After she realized she could not recover from her injury she often prayed to be allowed to be at rest forever.

Funeral services were held yesterday in the M. E. church at 2:30, conducted by Rev. N. M. Rigg. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Thermuthis CLARK 

March 20, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Thermuthis CLARK, of Rarden, Ohio, came to visit her sister, Mrs. E. T. BEST, who lives southeast of Clinton, about four weeks ago. She was in feeble health, and had been in Cleveland, Ohio, undergoing a course of treatment for consumption. Mrs. Clark died on Wednesday of last week and her remains were interred in Woodlawn Cemetery. She was fifty-eight years old, the widow of a soldier, and leaves six children, all grown. Eld. MacARTHUR officiated at the funeral.

Thomas CLARK 

February 24, 1899
Clinton Public

Sketch of a Deceased Veteran.

Thomas CLARK, who died at Green Valley, Tazewell county this week, was one of the best known men of the community. He was born in Ohio July 30, 1835. He came to Illinois about the year 1860. In 1861 he enlisted in the union army in Company E, 20th Regt., Illinois volunteer infantry. He was severely wounded by a musket ball at the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862, which deprived him from further service in the army. On January 3, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret FULLER, who died March 14, 1875, leaving three children, two boys and one girl. On October 2, 1875, he was again married to Alice L. RUSH, the fruit of their union being eleven children, four boys and seven girls, of whom three girls and four boys are living. He united with the M. E. church in Green Valley.

Mr. Clark was well known to the older citizens of Clinton and members of Co. E, 20th Ill. He resided here several years prior to the war and enlisted here. A peculiar incident is called to mind by his death. At the battle of Shiloh he was shot, the ball entering under the left arm and coming out under the collar bone. His comrades saw him fall and supposed him dead, and for fifteen years after the war closed they still believed him dead. In 1879 the company held a reunion, and during its progress Tom Clark appeared; had read in some paper of the reunion. Mr. Clark remained an invalid after his wound and was very poor. After being wounded Clark was sent to Peoria, where his mother resided. He never returned to the war, and had never received his discharge. His comrades here took up his case, secured his discharge and a handsome pension, dating from the time he was wounded, and amounting to several thousand dollars.


August 8, 1898
Paper Unknown

Jimmy CLARNO died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. CLARNO, in Farmer City, on Monday, August 8, 1898, at 12:00 p.m., aged 8 months, 12 days. Funeral: home of parents, August 9th. Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Samuel W. CLAY 

July 15, 1910
Clinton Register


About four months ago, while assisting with the brickwork in building a smoke stack at the ice plant, just north of the city, S. W. CLAY and Jack Cousins were injured by the falling of a scaffold upon which they were standing.  The latter soon recovered, but the former being much older and more seriously hurt, improved but little.  About two months ago he was taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. P. HAMPTON, in Streator.  For several days it was reported he could not live long and Wednesday morning B. F. WASSON received a telegram announcing his death that morning.

Smuel [Samuel] W. Clay was born in Ohio 66 years ago, and while he was young his parents moved to Illinois, settling in Logan county, the home being in Atlanta most of the time.  He lived there until six years ago when he moved to Clinton.   About a year later his wife and his daughter, Mrs. B. F. WASSON, died, leaving as the only survivors of the family Mrs. Hampton, the grandsons, Earl and Dean Wasson, of Clinton, and two brothers, J. H. CLAY, of Atlanta, and C. W. CLAY, of Pleasant Plains, Ill.

Mr. Clay was of a kindly disposition and always had a good word for everybody.  He seldom worried, taking troubles as they came.  He was never sick a day until the accident at the ice plant.

Mrs. Samuel W. CLAY 

July 14, 1905
Clinton Register

Had Been in Failing Health Over Twelve Years—
Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon.

Mrs. Elizabeth CLAY, wife of S. W. CLAY, died Sunday at 1:30 at her home in the northwest part of the city, aged 62.  She had been in poor health over twelve years and for several months had been confined to her home and most of that time to her bed.

The maiden name of deceased was Elizabeth E. FENNER and she was born in Highland county, O., Apr. 25, 1843.  When she was twelve years old her parents moved to Illinois, locating near Atlanta.  July 3, 1864, she was married to S. W. Clay, and Atlanta was their home until they moved to Clinton about two years ago, where their daughter resides.  She had been a faithful member of the Christian church nearly 40 years.  When in good health she was always a leader in church work, always being willing to do more than her full share.  She is survived by her mother, of Clinton, who is nearly 90 years old, her husband and two daughters, Mrs. W. P. HAMPTON, of Streator, and Mrs. B. F. WASSON, of Clinton.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, at 3 o'clock at the home of B. F. Wasson, conducted by Rev. T. A. Canady, of Carlinville.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


Funeral Card

Ora H. CLEARWATER—Died at his home in this city Friday, April 13, 1900, at 11:30 a.m., Ora H. CLEARWATER, aged 20 years, 9 months, 25 days. Funeral: M.E. Church, April 15. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Robert Charles CLEMONS 

Paper Unknown


(Obituary Extract)
Name: Robert Charles CLEMONS
Age: 33
Born: November 9, 1929, Clinton, IL
Parents: Kendall C. and Alta (Jenkins) CLEMONS
Spouse: Nancy BLISS, m. June 21, 1957
Occupation: Mr. Clemons was an electrician, employed by his father.
Memberships/Affiliations: He was a member of the Seabees, Elks Lodge, Clinton Fire Department and Methodist Church.
Died: June 30, 1962
Cause of Death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound
Funeral: Pullen-Boos Chapel, Rev. J. W. Jones of the Methodist Church officiating
Burial: Memorial Park.
Survivors: Wife, Nancy CLEMONS; daughter, Lori Ann; stepson, Jimmy AGREE;
mother, Mrs. Orville HEFT of Beason; grandmother, Mrs. Jessie CLEMONS of Clinton.

Submitted by Helen Pate Ross

William M. CLIFFORD 

September 30, 1892
Clinton Public

William M. CLIFFORD, whose death was briefly announced in last week's PUBLIC, was born in Edmonson County, Ky., September 7, 1827, and died in Clinton September 21, 1892, at the age of sixty-three years and fourteen days. He moved from Kentucky to Indiana, and on Christmas day, 1854, was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ann PHILLIPS. Seven children were born to them, of whom six are living. The family came to Clinton in 1869 and four years later moved to Weldon. Mr. Clifford was an invalid for a long time, suffering from an ailment for which there is but little relief except in the surgeon's knife, and this rarely effective. He and his wife came back to Clinton about fifteen months ago and have been making their home with their daughter, Mrs. G. W. SIMPSON. One of their sons lives in Des Moines, Iowa, and one in St. Paul, Minn. The boys were formerly in the service of the Illinois Central railroad company. The funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. G. W. Simpson, Rev. W. A. HUNTER officiating, and the remains were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

CLIFTON (infant) 

April 2, 1880
Clinton Public

Died, on last Tuesday, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas CLIFTON.  It was buried at the Texas grave yard.

Mrs. George CLIFTON 

April 17, 1903
Clinton Register

One of the Oldest Residents in the County Passed Away at the Home of Her Daughter.

Mrs. Louvisa CLIFTON (whose maiden name was WEDDLE) was born at Somerset, Pulaski county, Ky., March 20, 1814, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John TUGGLE, near Birkbeck, April 14, 1903, being aged 89 years, 24 days.

She was united in marriage to William Headly PRICE, son of W. H. PRICE, Jan. 16, 1832.  They enjoyed the happy years together until death claimed him in 1866, when he was 55 years of age.  Ten children were born to this union: Mrs. Rachel SHORT, Mrs. Louisa HENSON, Mrs. Dasha Elizabeth HENDRIX, Mrs. Sofrona COOPER, Mrs. Martha Margaret TUGGLE and Mrs. Edna PETTYJOHN, all of whom have preceded her to the better land.  Those who survive her are Isaac, whose whereabouts is unknown, Charley, who resides in Wilson township; John, who resides in Washington and Mrs. Leonne TUGGLE, who was caring for her at the time of her death and with whom she has made her home for the last five years.

After the death of her husband she lived among her children until she was united in marriage to Rev. George CLIFTON, March 1876, with whom she lived until his death, which occurred in Kansas in 1894, after which she returned to this county to spend the remainder of her earth life with her children.  She united with the Baptist church near her home in Kentucky when she was about nineteen years of age, and has lived a consistent Christian life.  In 1865, after moving to Illinois with her family, she united with the Baptist church in Texas township, and in 1897 placed her membership with the Christian church at Clinton, where it still remained at the time of her death.  She has always been cheerful and not afraid to die.  During her last illness she said many times that she was only waiting to be called “over yonder” and would hail the coming day with joy.  She passed away with a smile after saying “There is a crown awaiting the faithful.” She lived to a ripe old age, being one of the oldest citizens in the county, and kept well the things entrusted to her by her Heavenly Father.  She has lived this life well and is prepared to enter into that larger and more beautiful one to which she has been called.  She certainly deserves the crown that is hers and while we shall miss her we know our loss is Heaven’s gain.

Funeral services were held from the M. P. church in Birkbeck, Wednesday, at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. Howard.  Interment in the Willmore cemetery near Birkbeck.

William T. CLIFTON 

May 19, 1897, Wednesday
Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois


Tom CLIFTON died at his home in Kenney Friday night from the rupture of a blood vessel.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, pre 1916:
CLIFTON, WM. T.     05-15-1897      KENNEY     58 YR     DE WITT

Mrs. William T. CLIFTON 

September 26, 1913
Clinton Register

Aged Lady Passed Away at Her Home in Clinton, Aged Seventy-Three Years.

Nearly three weeks ago Mrs. Cloa CLIFTON was taken sick with stomach trouble, and she gradually became worse.  For a few days it was realized recovery was much in doubt, and death came at 1:45 this morning at her home, 518 West South Street.

Deceased was born in Shelby county, Ind., Dec. 20, 1840.  Her parents, Thomas and Elizabeth HILL, came to DeWitt county when she was 11 years old, and settled in Texas township.  In 1861 she was married to W. T. CLIFTON and they lived in that township until 1874 when they moved to Kenney.  Her husband died May 20, 1897.  The family lived on a farm west of Kenney a few years and three years ago Mrs. Clifton bought property in Clinton where she and her son, Henry, had since lived.  While in Texas township she was a member of the Baptist church.  In Kenney she united with the Methodist church and had not transferred her membership to the Clinton church.

The following children survive her: Henry U., of Clinton; George B., Clarkdale, Ia., who had been here a week; I. E., west of Clinton; and Mrs. Clara JOHNSON, of Castle Rock, Ore.   She is also survived by a brother and sister, James, of Rensaleer, Ind., and Mrs. Andrew VAN GUNDY, near Jenkins Switch.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 1 o'clock Sunday, conducted by E. K. Towle.  Burial will be in the Texas cemetery.

Note: Her husband died May 15, 1897, not May 20th.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

James Monroe CLINE 

January 7, 1918
Clinton Daily Public


James M. CLINE, and old and respected resident of this county, passed away at his home Sunday afternoon at 4:15. Mr. Cline suffered a paralytic stroke while at work in his yard at his home on Dec. 31, 1917, from which he never rallied.

James Monroe Cline was born Jan. 30, 1837, north of Monticello, Ill., in what is now Piatt county, but at that time was a part of Macon and which afterward became a part of DeWitt county, and so Mr. Cline lived in three counties without moving out of the same house. His father, Samuel CLINE, with his wife, Sarah, came to Illinois from Ohio a short time before James Monroe’s birth. The elder Mr. Cline lived until his son was 60 years of age and the mother died when her son was 18. He was one of the family of five children all of whom are now gone. One of his sisters, Mrs. James HEATH, the oldest, dying at the age of 84 years last February in Monticello.

James Monroe Cline was married to Elizabeth EDMISTON, of Clinton, Ill., in the old Presbyterian church, the first one of that faith built in this city, by Rev. J. A. Clark, Sept. 18, 1861. Immediately after the marriage they moved to Edgar county, near Paris, the county seat, where they lived for almost three years. Then they returned to DeWitt county and located on the home farm two miles west of Clinton, where they lived till twelve years ago when they moved to the present home, 114 West Jefferson street.

The following children were born to James Monroe and Elizabeth Cline: Mrs. C. C. MORRIS, living west of Clinton; Minnie May, who at the age of 11 months met an accidental death by drowning; Harry C., 308 South Center, of the firm of Cline, Wood & Co., grain dealers; Charles A., at home, manager of the Clinton Gas and Electric Co.; Frank W., living on the home place; Fred I., undertaker at Beardstown; and Jesse M., at home, teacher of Mathematics in the Clinton High School.

There are seven grandchildren, namely Walter W. and Nellie MORRIS, at Chicago; Herbert MORRIS, Clinton; Harrold MORRIS, in the officers training camp at Camp Grant; Louise MORRIS, at home; these are the children of C. C. Morris. Helen Cline, daughter of Harry C., and James Milton CLINE, son of Frank W. There are three great-grandchildren, Weldon Hilt MORRIS, son of Walter Morris, Chicago, and Dorothy Jean and Harrison Donald, children of Herbert Morris. These immediate relatives and the faithful wife survive him. Mr. Cline was the last of his father’s family.

Mr. Cline was characterized by industry, economy and veracity. He was always cheerful and optimistic. He had a kind word of greeting for his friends and neighbors at all times.

As to his politics he was a life long Republican, but not a partisan. He was justly proud of the fact that he had voted for Abraham Lincoln for President of the United States. He took an interest in public affairs and for two terms served as supervisor of Clintonia township. It was one of the disappointments of his life that he could not serve in the army of his country during the Civil war. He tried three times to enlist, but was rejected because he met with an accident when 17 years of age while crossing the Sangamon river in winter on horseback. His horse slipped and an ax which he was carrying cut away the patella of his left knee which left him a cripple for life.

The funeral services will be held at the house, 114 West Jefferson street Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 2:45 p.m., conducted by Rev. R. V. Callaway, pastor of the Christian church. A quartet from the Presbyterian church will sing. Interment in Woodlawn.

Albert D. CLOUD 

July 9, 1914
Paper Unknown
Nemaha, Sac County, Iowa

Death of Albert D. Cloud.

The people of this community were grieved Wednesday morning to hear that A. D. CLOUD had passed away at Swallums hospital at Storm Lake the evening before. The remains were brought to the Cloud home at Nemaha Thursday morning and the funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church Friday afternoon at 3;0 clock, conducted by Rev. J. Irving Brown of Sac City, who was assisted by Rev. E. Robbins. Interment was made in Nemaha cemetery. The pall bearers were M. L. Lewis, John Bell, James Mooney, Wm. Luff, Robert McFique, and Jas. Gibbs.

Mr. Cloud had never fully recovered from the fall he received at Sac City a year ago last March, but the immediate cause of death was a carbuncle. He was in his seventy second year.

He leaves to mourn his departure his faithful wife and six children named: Lizzie, wife of T. C. WAMPLER, and T. M. CLOUD, both of Clinton IL.; Prof. John CLOUD of Canton, Ohio; Clarence CLOUD, a student at Millikin University, in Decatur, IL.; Dr. H. C. CLOUD of Chicago; and Nettie, wife of John HILDRETH, of Poteet, Texas; all being present at the funeral with the exception of Mrs. Hildreth. One son died in Sac City about six years ago. The children have all departed to their homes with exception of Dr. Hiram Cloud and Clarence Cloud, who will stay with their mother until further arrangements are made. Mrs. Cloud and the children have the sympathy of the entire community. Several of the friends and former neighbors from Sac City were present at the funeral.

Note: Albert D. Cloud was the son of Daniel and Myra (MAYALL) CLOUD of DeWitt County IL.

Submitted by Mary Cookson

Albert Warren CLOUD 

March 5, 1959
Paper Unknown
Stark County, Ohio

Dr. A. W. Cloud, 85, Dies;
Was Veteran Osteopath.

(Obituary Extract)
Place of Birth: Clinton, Illinois.
Graduated: Valparaiso University; College of Osteopathy at Des Moines, Iowa.
Occupation: Osteopathic Physician.
Fraternal Organizations: Exalted Ruler of the Canton Lodge of Elks.
Religious Affiliation: Member of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church at Cairo.
Died: Wednesday night [March 4] at Timken Mercy Hospital.
Age: 85
Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhage.
Survivors: Widow, Mrs. Helen CLOUD; a daughter, Mrs. Robert RANDOLPH of Charleston, W. Va.; a brother, John CLOUD of Stillwater, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Nettie HILDRETH of San Antonio, Tex.; three stepchildren, a grandchild, and six step grandchildren. His first wife, Madge (FREEMAN) CLOUD died in 1950.
Funeral: Saturday [March 7], at 1:30 p.m. in the Whitticar Funeral Home with Rev. C. C. Huprich officiating. Cremation will follow.

Submitted by Mary Cookson

Edward D. CLOUD 

January 3, 1908
Clinton Register


Edward D. CLOUD of Sac City, Iowa, died December 29, at 12 o'clock, after a lingering sickness of seven years with paralysis agitans [aka Parkinson's Disease]. Funeral services were held in that city at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 31. He leaves a wife and little daughter to mourn his death. His father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. CLOUD, of Nemaha, Iowa, and two of his five brothers were with him at the hour of death. His sisters, Mrs. T. C. WAMPLER and Mrs. J. R. HILDRETH of this county, arrived in time for the funeral. Mr. Cloud resided in this county until thirteen years ago when he moved with his parents to Sac County, Iowa, where he had since resided. He was forty years of age and had always been a farmer. He was a brother of Prof. J. H. CLOUD of Valparaiso, Indiana, and Dr. A. W. CLOUD, of Canton, Ohio. Many of our readers will remember Ed, as he was familiarly called, and will sympathize with relatives in this their sad bereavement.

Richard J. CLOUGH 

September 28, 1906
Clinton Register

Had lived in and Near That City for Half a Century—
Known to Many in This County.

Richard J. CLOUGH died Sept. 19th at his home in Maroa, aged 75, being sick several months. The Maroa paper gives the following account of his life:

Mr. Clough was born in Ohio, Sept. 28, 1831. When he was quite young his parents came west, locating in Morgan county. In 1856 the family moved to this community and bought land three miles west of Maroa. His father died in 1884 and his mother in 1896. He lived on the old homestead, now owned by M. R. ALLSUP, until January 1, 1898, when he moved to the city.

He was twice married. His first wife was Sarah Ann HAYS, to whom he was married in 1860. She died the following year. His second wife was Miss Louisa C. DAVIS, who with six children survives him. The children are: Mrs. Lelia HILL, of Decatur; Arthur, of Maroa; Mrs. Ethel COLLETT, of Decatur; Mrs. Nellie TOZER, of Maroa; Howard, of Decatur; and Homer Clough of Maroa. He leaves two brothers, William, of Kansas, and B. W., of Maroa, and three sisters, Mrs. GROVES, of Kansas, Mrs. THOMAS, of Nebraska, and Mrs. THAYER, of Farmer City.

In 1851 Mr. Clough joined the Christian church, but when the family moved to Macon county, there being no church of that denomination close, he became a regular attendant of the M. P. church. Politically he was a democrat.

Dennis COADY 

April 19, 1889
Clinton Public

Killed in a railroad accident.

(See news article)


August 31, 1888
Clinton Public

Killed in a railroad accident.

(See news article)

Nora COBB 

September 23, 1887
Clinton Public

Nora COBB, daughter of Lafayette COBB, died at Farmer City on Monday and was buried at Weldon on Tuesday. Her age was 13 years.

Whitefield COBB 

December 27, 1904
Decatur Herald


Whitefield COBB, who has been suffering from cancer of the face for a long time, died at his late home in this place Monday morning at 3 o'clock, aged 62 years.

Note: aka Whitfield

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Charles COFFMAN 

September 8, 1905
Clinton Register


Chas. COFFMAN died Monday afternoon at his home five miles south of Weldon, aged 53 except five days.  He had been sick about a year; an operation was performed Saturday.  He was born in 1852 and had lived near Weldon most of his life.  His wife and four children survive him.  They are Mrs. Wm. OLSON, Frank, William and Etta, at home.

Chas. L. Coffman was born near Staunten, Augusta county, Va., Sept. 9, 1852.  In 1858 he moved with his parents to Illinois, soon after locating in Iowa, where they lived six years, after which they removed to Illinois.

He was married to Miss Sarah MUNCH Oct. 16, 1879, and four children were born to them.  He was one of the leading citizens of the Shiloh neighborhood.

Funeral was held Wednesday at 1:30 at Shiloh church, conducted by Rev. Ringland, of Weldon and Rev. Ella Wiswonger, of Argenta.

Delbert COFFMAN 

December 2, 1887
Clinton Public

Delbert COFFMAN, of Lane, died last Wednesday after a brief illness. On Tuesday night of last week, he attended a meeting of the Knights of Pythias in Weldon, of which lodge he was a member, and that night he was advanced to the third rank. During that night he was taken violently sick with an attack of inflammation of the stomach and bowels. He was in the drug business at lane with Dr. Zorger, and was a popular young man and a thorough student in his profession. The funeral took place at DeWitt yesterday afternoon, the ceremony being conducted by the Knights of Pythias. Delbert was born in DeWitt township, near the Nixon township line, in 1862, and was twenty-five years old at the time of his death. He was the only son of Mr. S. D. COFFMAN, and was a promising young man.

Samuel David COFFMAN 

November 4, 1887
Clinton Public

Samuel David COFFMAN was born in Bremer county, Iowa, Nov. 9, 1854, and died at his home in DeWitt county, Ill., Oct. 30th, 1887, aged 32 years, 11 months and 21 days. He was unmarried, and lived with his aged mother, Mrs. HARDIN, on their farm near the Shiloh Church. He leaves his mother, four brothers, older than himself, and a half-brother, younger, to mourn his death. In business matters he was earnest and industrious, and was well known in the business circles of this and adjoining counties. Some two years ago he became a member of Weldon Lodge, No. 746, A. F. & A. M., and at the time of his death was the Secretary of said Lodge. He had also taken some of the chapter degrees at Clinton. He was also a valued member of Mizpah Chapter No. 77, Q. E. S. In addition to the relations sustained by him to the Masonic fraternity he was for some time an honored member of Mozart Lodge, No. 96, K. of P.

The disease which proved fatal in his case was typhoid fever. Last week, as noted in the Home Circle, he was pronounced convalescent, but was taken with a relapse on Wednesday, from which no human power could raise him. When conscious of the near approach of death he was enabled to trust himself in the hands of the Savior of men, and found the strong grasp of the lion of the tribe of Judah able to raise him to the conscious favor of God. At a late hour on Sunday night the editor of the Circle was called from his bed to hear the sad intelligence that his friend and brother was no more on earth and that his services were requested at the funeral on Monday.

At 12:30 p.m., a very large concourse of friends and neighbors, including the fraternities to which he belonged, assembled at the home where he had so often dispensed his hospitalities, and a brief funeral service was held, after which the remains were escorted to their last resting place in the Weldon Cemetery by one of the largest funeral processions ever formed in Nixon township, numbering eighty-eight carriages. On reaching Weldon, fully as many were on the street as came with the procession. The Masonic services were conducted by T. C. BYLAND, W. M. of Weldon Lodge, and a little before sundown the sorrowful assembly sadly dispersed.


January 1920
Paper Unknown

Mrs. W.N. PULLEN, 604 North Central Street, attended the funeral of her cousin, Mrs. Sally REEDER COGDAL, which was held in Bloomington yesterday afternoon from St. Mathew's Episcopal church. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. James REEDER, her father having been sheriff of McLean County at one time. Mrs. COGDAL resided in Michigan and was home on a visit to her parents when she was taken ill with pneumonia and died. She is survived by her husband and parents.

Submitted by Unknown

Eleanor (FINGER) COLE 

February 22, 2004
Clinton Daily Journal

(Obituary Extract)
Name: Eleanor Waunita COLE
Born: April 21, 1928 in Waynesville
Died: 11:15 p.m. Feb. 18, 2004 at her family residence in Waynesville
Parents: Daniel FINGER and Lorraine HARVEY.
Married: Donald William ROSS March 19, 1949 in Lincoln. (Donald passed away Feb. 2, 1974). She later married August Glen COLE June 30, 1989 in Waynesville. (He passed away Feb. 8, 1997.)
Survivors: One daughter, Terri GALLOWAY of Bloomington; one son, Steven (Sheri) ROSS of Waynesville; three grandchildren, Andrew (Heidi) GALLOWAY of Atlanta, Ga., Amy (Deven) BARNHILL of Plainfield, and Shelley (Andy) JUN of Bloomington; three great-grandchildren, Rylee, Tannys, and Rayna; and one brother, Jerome (Judy) FINGER of Wapella. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Raymond FINGER.
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waynesville United Methodist Church in Waynesville, with Rev. Al SIMSONSON officiating
Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery in Clinton.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


February 14, 1908
Clinton Register


Friday night about 2 o'clock, L. T. COLEMAN, of Clinton, was killed at Mendota.  He was trying to make a coupling when he tripped and fell between the cars, and the wheels passed over him, his body being badly mangled.  Deceased was about 24 years old and unmarried.  His old home was in Kentucky where his father died a few weeks ago.  He had arranged for his mother and sister to come to Clinton to keep house.


February 25, 1887
Clinton Public

Frank N. COLLINS, son-in-law of Mr. R. W. McCLELLAND, died recently at his home in Detroit, Mich. He was the proprietor of a drug store and was doing a good business. Two or three years ago Mr. Collins tried to buy a drug store in this city, but could not get the location he wanted.


June 30, 1899
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of H. Collins.

Henry COLLINS died Friday evening about 6 o'clock of stomach trouble, aged 52 years. He had been ill for about two weeks, but his condition was not considered serious. Henry Collins was born in Kentucky and in his boyhood days was a slave, belonging to Colonel FLOWER. He was a dutiful and well-beloved slave and when quite a young man was given his liberty by his master, who advised him to go North. He located in Farmer City and conducted a barber shop for a number of years. He was united in marriage to Miss Ella BANARD at Champaign and the result of their union was two children—Henry COLLINS, now living in Chicago, and Clyde COLLINS, living with his mother in this city. About 20 years ago Mr. Collins moved to Clinton and had since conducted a barber shop here, with the exception of one year which he spent as janitor of the state house at Springfield. He was a prominent member of the A. M. E. church and held the office of trustee. Funeral services were held at the family residence on North Madison street Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in Woodlawn.

Henry COLLINS, Jr. 

September 8, 1899
Clinton Register


Henry COLLINS, son of Henry Collins, the colored barber, who died a few weeks' ago, died at the home of his mother on North Madison street last Saturday afternoon, aged 24 years. He had been in Chicago several months and was brought home sick some weeks ago. He had spent most of his life in this city. Dropsy was the cause of his death. Funeral services were held 3 o'clock Sunday conducted by Rev. Horney. The interment was in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


February 14, 1896
Clinton Register

Tuesday G. L. Matthews received a telegram announcing the death of Noah COLLINS, his wife’s brother, at Stokesburg, Mo.  As Mrs. Matthews’ father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Peter COLLINS, had died within the last month the sad news came at a time when her heart was filled with sorrow.  She has the sympathy of her friends in her three-fold bereavement.  Noah Collins was a former resident of Harp township.


January 31, 1896
Clinton Public

Peter Collins Dead.

Peter COLLINS, of Clinton, was taken sick with typhoid pneumonia shortly after the funeral of his wife at Fullerton on January 15, 1896. He went to bed at once, and never left it until his death at 3:30 a.m. today. He was born in Madison county, Ohio. Being religiously inclined, he united with the U. B. church when only twelve years old, living a life consistent with his profession. He married Miss Sarah WARNER, in Ohio, in 1852, and locating near Fullerton, in his county. Nine children survive him, nearly all of them being residents of DeWitt county. Funeral services were held at the Fullerton church Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. R. THRASHER and Levi FIELDS officiating.


April 26, 1908
Decatur Review
Macon County, Illinois

Town Clerk Was Over Seventy-Six Years Old.
He was a Charter Member of Post 1, G.A.R.

Farmer I. N. COLTRIN is dead. Death came to the veteran printer soldier newspaper man and town clerk at 5:30 Saturday afternoon at his residence, 705 North Union street. It was caused by kidney trouble with which he had suffered for a long time. He was able to be at his office up to within a few days of his death, and it was not till within the last few days that his condition was regarded as critical. He had been failing rapidly for a year but that was due in a large measure to his advancing age. Saturday afternoon his condition became alarming and his daughter was summoned home from the office. He died a few hours later.


Mr. Coltrin was a veteran of the Sixty-eighth Illinois Infantry. He was born Dec. 16, 1832, and had been a resident of Decatur since 1866. He was elected town clerk several times and nearly always headed the ticket. He was reelected this year and was sworn in a week ago. He had a great many friends and was one of the best known men in the county.

Mr. Coltrin was a charter member of Post 1, G. A. R., organized in Decatur in 1866.


Mr. Coltrin is survived by his wife and three children, Mrs. Ella E. SMITH, of Gallup, N. M.; Miss Ida COLTRIN, of Decatur; and Weldon COLTRIN, of San Jose, Cal.

Mr. and Mrs. Coltrin were married Nov. 4, 1853, at Columbus, Ohio. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Nov. 4, 1903.


“If I were to give a full and complete history of my life and it was printed in small type it would fill a bigger book than my law book on township organization.

Briefly, I was born in Lost Creek township, Vigo county, Ind., near the banks of the pellucid Wabash and with eleven brothers was brought up on a farm, went to school, every winter spent a brief period as a student at Wabash college, learned the printer trade in Terre Haute, published a daily and weekly paper in connection with a cousin when a very young man, went to Kansas in 18_5 and made arrangements to print a paper in that territory.”


“I saw two or three state men tarred and feathered by the Missouri Ruffians but somehow or other the newspaper project failed and I learned the daguerreotype business acquired an outfit and located at Monticello. The pictures at that time were developed with heated mercury but somehow all my pictures would come out black.

After a stay of a week or two at Monticello I picked up my stock and came to this city where I secured work in a printing office with the late James Shouff. I afterward took a situation with the late William J. Usrey in the State Chronicle office.”


“In the summer of 1856 I went to Clinton and established a Republican newspaper which was successfully published for several years. In 1867 I sold out my interests at Clinton and came to Decatur and interested myself in a printing plant and for a short time published the Decatur Daily and Weekly Tribune with indifferent success. Finally I sold out the plant at a small loss and went back to the 'case' with Mr. Usrey in the Gazette office in which place I continued for a year or two. I then took a position with Hamsher & Mosser and continued in the Republican office for twenty-eight years as a printer without the loss of an hour except when contined to my bed with rheumatism. So you see, I know what it is to labor for a livelihood and I sympathize with laboring people everywhere.”


“I am a union man and have been a member of Decatur Typographical union No. 215 ever since it was organized, some twenty years ago. I believe firmly in labor unions and labor organizations of all kinds.

By organization the toilers of this country have improved their condition, lessened their hours of labor and increased their pay. But while I am a strong advocate of unionism I do not take much stock in pestiferous agitation. Sometimes I think the boycott can be overdone. Of one thing I am sure and that is it is not necessary that employees and employers should be bitter personal enemies. They should work in sympathy with one another and all will be well. But to discuss the labor question is another story.”


“I am a Republican and have been ever since the Republican party was organized. In past years I was one of the organizers and was secretary of the first Republican meeting ever held in Decatur. I was chairman of the Republican central committee of DeWItt county, was delegate to the senatorial convention at Shelbyville that nominated Oglesby for the state senate, was also delegate to the state convention when Oglesby was nominated for governor the first time.”


“I was personally and quite well acquainted with Abraham Lincoln and have received letters from him in my capacity as a committeeman.”


Many persons wonder how Mr. Coltrin ever got the name “Farmer,” which is so commonly used. There is a little story in that connection and Farmer tells it himself.

“Well you know,” he said, “I was brought up on a farm and when the Farmers Movement, as it was called in Illinois, was ripe in this section, I joined the Decatur township farmers’ club in company with those other placid agriculturists, Corwin Johns, Sam Jack, Jim Lake, John A. Brown, P. W. Taylor, Fred Smith and many others equally horny handed. We held a meeting one evening in Mr. Johns’ office and I was requested to make a few sensible remarks on the subject of agriculture. I addressed the meeting somewhat forcibly and loud enough to be heard several blocks away. In less than three minutes I had an audience of several hundred people in the street in front of the meeting place and it is hardly necessary to add that it was the last meeting ever held by the Decatur Township Farmers' club but one result of this meeting was that I retained the name of Farmer ever since.”


The position of town clerk is not the first political job that Mr. Coltrin has held. He was city clerk of Terre Haute for one year in 1854 and was the second clerk that the city had. Mr. Coltrin says that it was not a good office as it only paid $200 a year. Terre Haute was then a small place. The position several years afterward was held for several terms by Eugene V. Debs, who has since become famous.

Mr. Coltrin was afterward justice of the peace at Clinton but soon after being elected he resigned. About his office he says, “They brought up some case before me which pestered me for several days and I did not want to decide it, so I just resigned the office, as there was nothing in it anyway.”


“I was also postmaster at Clinton for three years and that was an awful job. It was during the war and there was continually trouble. People came and called for letters from soldiers who were probably dead or stationed at some place where it was impossible to write and then because the letters were not there they would blame it all on the postmaster. They kept me in hot water during the entire war, inquiring for letters which did not come.”


Judge Weldon of the United Stated Court of Claims used to be a very prominent character in politics in this part of the state and had lots of influence.

It was during one of his visits to Decatur in 1860 or about that time, that Farmer Coltrin, who was then in his prime, was made the butt of a joke that wasn’t intended to work that way at all. Weldon and Coltrin were great friends, and in fact when a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Coltrin, they promptly named him Weldon. Mr. Weldon had a date to deliver an address in Decatur and he fixed up a scheme with Farmer Coltrin that was expected to strengthen the arguments greatly. Farmer was to stand down in the audience, and whenever Mr. Weldon in his speech made a certain assertion, Farmer was to say loud enough for the people around him to hear, “It's a damned lie!”


The first time he had occasion to use the expression, it merely had the effect of calling people’s attention to him and they stared in amazement at his audacity. The next time he repeated the denunciation a big fellow in the audience changed his seat and got over near where Farmer sat. The next time he said, “It’s a damned lie” the fellow let go with his right and promptly knocked Farmer down. It took Farmer Coltrin a long time to see the point of the joke. He hadn't counted on the point sticking out just where it did.


A meeting of the town board will be called early this week to appoint a successor to Mr. Coltrin, who was elected town clerk April 7. The appointee will fill the unexpired term.


April 27, 1908
Decatur Review
Macon County, Illinois

It will be Held from the Residence, 705 North Union.

The funeral of I. N. COLTRIN will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, 705 North Union street. The services will be conducted by Rev. S. H. Bowyer, pastor of the First Baptist church, and will be under the auspices of Dunham post 141, G. A. R.

Mr. Coltrin was not only a member of Dunham post but was also a charter member of old post 1, G. A. R. He was also a member of Decatur Typographical union No. 215, and his family is entitled to a death benefit of $75 from that union. Dunham post will attend in a body, as will also the printers. The interment will be at Greenwood.

Mrs. Isaac N. COLTRIN 

February 4, 1909
Decatur Review
Macon County, Illinois

Active Many Years in W. R. C., and Baptist Church.

Mrs. Emma (FEARN) COLTRIN, widow of “Farmer” I. N. COLTRIN, died at her home, 705 North Union street, Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock. Her death was due to paralysis. She had been ill for two or three weeks. She was seventy-one years old.

Among the older residents of the city, especially among the women, Mrs. Coltrin was almost as well known as her husband who died April 25, 1908. As a member of the Woman’s Relief Corps and the W. C. T. U. she has had a prominent and active part in both organizations. She was a member of the First Baptist church in which her effective work had long been felt.


Mrs. Coltrin was born in Nottingham, England, August 27, 1837. She came to this country with her parents when she was two years old. Her parents first settled in Newark, O. She was married to Mr. Coltrin in Columbus, O., Nov. 5, 1853 and for a time lived in Terre Haute, Ind., then the home of Mr. Coltrin. In 1856 they moved to Decatur and lived here since, except for nine years spent in Clinton.

Mrs. Coltrin is survived by three children: Mrs. Ella SMITH, of Gallup, N. M.; Miss Ida COLTRIN, of Decatur; and Weldon COLTRIN, of San Jose, Cal.

The funeral announcement will be made later.


February 5, 1909
Decatur Review
Macon County, Illinois



The funeral of Mrs. Emma COLTRIN will be held from the residence Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. S. H. Bowyer will have charge of the service.

Benjamin L. COLWELL 

March 13, 1903
Clinton Register

A Former Resident of DeWitt County Dies at His Home in Nebraska, Aged 87 years.

The following is from a Wood River (Neb.) paper. The deceased lived in this county many years, and two of his sons, Milton and Oren, live in Clinton.

Grandpa COLWELL on last Friday, after several weeks of suffering and pain from the ravages of disease, passed away, at peace with God and man, and his soul took its flight to the great beyond. On Monday friends were permitted to view the remains at the home from 10 to 1, and at 2 o'clock funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. J. C. Irwin, in the presence of an unusually large number of relatives and friends who came to pay a last sad tribute of respect to the sterling worth and many Christian virtues of the deceased. The floral decorations were very beautiful. Rev. Irwin spoke very feelingly of the many admirable qualities of mind and heart of the deceased and reviewed his life's history in a pleasing manner. The services over at the church, the funeral cortege formed and, despite the very bad condition of the roads, a large number attended the last sad rites at the Wood River cemetery, where all that was mortal of Grandpa Colwell was consigned to Mother Earth.

Benjamin L. Colwell was the oldest person in Wood River and was certainly a man among men, as a brief review of his life will demonstrate. He was born in Darke county, Ohio, in 1815, where he grew to manhood, when he moved to Champaign county, Ohio, where he lived until June 18, 1850, when he moved to DeWitt county, Ill., Jan. 18, 1850 [sic] and resided until 1872, when he moved to Nebraska.

He was married in 1837 to Miss Matilda PLUMMER and of this union ten children were born, seven of whom survive: Milton R. COLWELL and Oren T. COLWELL, of Clinton, Ill.; Mrs. N. T. BRITTIN, Mrs. N. C. BURKERD, Mrs. Chas. BROCKLEHURST, Mrs. Truman TAYLOR and Will COLWELL, together with the aged wife and mother to mourn the loss of kind and affectionate husband and father. Of his children, there are 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. The deceased's marriage with Miss Plummer, 66 years ago, was a most happy one and was much longer and more fruitful than is usually allotted to husband and wife. Early in life the deceased embraced the Christian religion and was ever a faithful worker in his Master's vineyard. When he came to Wood River he was one of the prime movers in building the Presbyterian church of this place, of which he was a faithful and consistent member up to the hour of his death. Mr. Colwell started in life with little or nothing, but by industry, thrift and good judgment he soon had a competence and of this competence he was always liberal in helping the poor and needy and aiding every worthy cause. Of book learning he had little, but nevertheless he was an educated man for he was a deep student and a keen observer of nature and profited greatly thereby.

The life of Mr. Colwell in many respects was one well worthy of emulation. A Christian man, always honorable, liberal, charitable and unassuming; he was a useful citizen wherever he lived, and in his passing away, at the ripe old age of 87, he leaves behind none but who are glad to commend his life and to believe that as his soul took its flight to Him who gave it, the portals of the pearly city opened wide and the greeting was: "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord."

Note: His full name was Benjamin Ludlow Colwell. This article was taken from the Wood River, Nebraska paper, so it was probably a week old. Benjamin died Feb. 27th. His son, Milton, died nine months later and his wife a month and a half after Milton.


December 7, 1926
Decatur Review

Mrs. Ida Colwell Succumbs to Heart Attack.

Mrs. Ida J. COLWELL, widow of Milton R. COLWELL, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. William Petard, 330 West Waggoner street, at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, following an illness of only one hour. Her death was caused by heart failure.

Mrs. Colwell's maiden name was Ida J. SIMPSON. She was born near Dayton, O., Aug. 27, 1846, and was eighty years old last August. She was united in marriage to Milton R. Colwell in 1867. He preceded her in death in November, 1903. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry C. CLINE of Clinton, and Mrs. William PETARD of Decatur. There are two grandchildren. She also leaves two sisters, Miss Lou SIMPSON and Mrs. Jacob ZIEGLER, both of Clinton.


Mrs. Colwell came to Illinois when only three years old, traveling with her parents in a covered wagon. The family settled in DeWitt county. She knew all the hardships of the early settlers. She was a charter member of the Universalist church and the F. D. C. club at Clinton. During the last seven years she has made her home in Decatur. The family was always prominent in DeWitt county and Mrs. Colwell had a great many friends there, as well as in Decatur. Definite arrangements for the funeral have not been completed.


December 9, 1926
Decatur Review

The remains of Mrs. Ida COLWELL, who passed away suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William PETARD in Decatur Tuesday morning, were brought to Clinton and funeral services held from the St. Paul's Universalist church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Services were in charge of Rev. Carl A. POLSON, pastor of the church, and interment made in Woodlawn. Deceased was a former resident of Clinton and mother of Mrs. Harry CLINE, West White street.

Note: Her birth name was Louise Jane Simpson, but it was changed to Ida before she married.


September 12, 1902
Clinton Register


John COLWELL (colored), who was taken to the poor farm last week, died last night.  He had lived here a number of years and was known here as “ Straps.”  He was about 35 years old.  The interment will be in the cemetery on the poor farm this afternoon.  The cause of death was quick consumption.

Milton R. COLWELL 

November 27, 1903
Clinton Register

Was Among the Best Known and Most Honorable Men in DeWitt County.

Today Clinton is in sorrow .... Another of its old soldiers has heard the last roll call, and is at rest, his age being 62 years, 1 month and 1 day.

About two months ago M. R. COLWELL was taken sick with typhoid fever and his recovery was soon thought to he in doubt, but about two weeks ago he began to improve and continued to grow better until the first of this week when he became worse and his recovery seemed hopeless. The end of his earthly pilgrimage came at 4 o'clock this morning, his family and several friends being at his bedside.

Milton R. Colwell was born in Champaign county, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1841, and his father Benjamin L. COLWELL, moved to DeWitt county, Ill., in 1850, and located in Clinton, where he lived a short time, working at his trade, that of a mason and brick maker. He bought a farm two and a half miles northeast of Clinton, where he lived until 1883, when he sold his farm and moved to Wood River, Neb., where he died a few months ago, aged 87 years. Aug. 5, 1862, when 20 years old he enlisted in the 107th Illinois infantry and remained in service until July 1865, returning to this county. He was in the Franklin, Nashville and Atlanta campaigns and was taken prisoner at Clinch Gap, Tenn., Dec. 14, 1863, and sent to Belle Isle where he was a prisoner until Mar. 7, 1864. When released he joined his regiment while it was on the march to Atlanta.

Oct. 24,1867, he was married to Miss Ida SIMPSON, daughter of Henry SIMPSON who lived southeast of Clinton one mile, who survives him. The two children born to them are Mrs. H. C. CLINE, who lives on the Colwell homestead southeast of Clinton, and Miss Adda L., who lived with her parents. His farm of 80 acres he bought in 1870 and 1875, and occupied it until about four years ago when he moved to Clinton and engaged in the furniture business with W. H. McFARLAND and Carl JONES. Two years later Mr. McFarland sold his interest to his partners and the firm name had since been Colwell & Jones. For several months before his sickness began he was in poor health, and a few weeks before he was confined to his bed had decided to retire from business as soon as a partner could be found satisfactory to Mr. Jones.

Mr. Colwell was one of the leading members of the Universalist church, assisting in its organization. He was also a member of Frank Lowry Post, No. 157, G. A. R., and of the Knights of Pythias. Politically he was a Republican, but not a partisan.

In addition to his family, he is survived by his mother, one brother and two sisters at Wood River, Neb., and one brother, O. T. COLWELL, of Clinton, who with a sister, Mrs. BURKERD, were with the family when death came.

The remains can be seen by friends at the residence, corner of South Quincy and West White streets, from 2 to 4 o'clock Saturday. Funeral will be held in the Universalist church at 2 o'clock Sunday, conducted by Rev. C. E. VARNEY, assisted by Rev. Mecca VARNEY. The G. A. R. assisted by the W. R. C., will have charge of the services, and the K. P.'s will act as escort. The pall bearers will be C. K. ZORGER, John KILLOUGH, Thos. EWING, I. N. BAILOR, C. W. WILLIAMSON and C. S. LAFFERTY. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: His full name was Milton Rutan Colwell.

Peter E. COLWELL, Jr. 

April 21, 1899
Clinton Public

A Popular Citizen.
Given a Large Funeral at Mchanicsburg, Ohio.

The following is from the obituary of a former DeWitt county boy published in the Mechanicsburg (O.) Item:

The funeral services of P. E. COLWELL, Jr., at the M. E. church last Friday afternoon was largely attended. The church was packed to its utmost. The casket and railing of the altar were massed with flowers, carried there by loving friends of the deceased. Rev. SPAHR, of this city, and Rev. M. E. KETCHEM, formerly pastor of this church, conducted the funeral, and Prof. S. H. LAYTON read on obituary composed by him. The Masonic and K. of P. lodges, of which deceased was an honored member, held their funeral rites over the remains. Mr. Colwell will be missed by everybody in Mechanicsburg. He was an earnest worker in the church and was always looking after the wants of this family. The family have the loving sympathy of the entire community. There were 43 beautiful floral offerings, some of them being from Cleveland, Dayton, Urbana, Springfield, Marysville, Stubenville, O.; Flint, Mich.; and Clinton, Ill.

Peter Edward Colwell, Jr., was born near Clinton, Illinois, August 20, 1855. He lived 43 years, 7 months and 14 days. He was the seventh in a family of four sons and six daughters born to B. L. [Benjamin Ludlow] and Matilda Colwell. Two sisters have preceded him to “the better world.” His education was largely secured in the city schools of Clinton. He was early fixed with the ambition to do something for himself. This feeling brought him in his 21st year to Mechanicsburg, where he accepted a position with his uncle in the grocery business. On his 23d birthday anniversary, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie GLENDENING. Of his generosity, many have had personal experience. He loved to do good things that they might be done, not that he might be known as having done them. His cordial handshake and his warm heart we shall not forget. Sociable in the extreme, it was his delight to be surrounded by his friends. Hope and faith never deserted him, he believed in God, in man and in the sure growth of the good in the world.

Henry H. CONE 

November 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Henry H. Cone Squeezed Between Two Freight Cars,
And Death Resulted in an Hour.

Between eleven and twelve o'clock last Sunday forenoon, Henry H. CONE was killed in the Illinois Central yards in this city, near the machine shops, while engaged attending to his duty as a switchman.  He stepped in between two cars to take out a coupling pin and miscalculating the slack in the long train of empty cars he did not get out before the two cars came crashing together and pinned his body.  The cars were marked “bad order," which made them more dangerous to handle.  Henry was a large, stout man and, where a thinner man might escape, there was danger to him.  The squeeze between the cars operated upon some internal vital part, for his body was scarcely bruised.  He was held pinned between the cars till the reverse motion from the slack separated the cars when he fell down.  Henry had no idea that he was fatally injured, but when he arose to his feet he told one of the men to go and get a doctor at once.  He walked some little distance when he fell.  Surgeon Wilcox responded at once to the call, but when he saw Henry he was satisfied that nothing could be done, so he gave orders to have him taken to his home.  He died within an hour.

Henry H. Cone was born in Kentucky forty-two years ago on the seventh day of last April.  His father was educated at Oberlin, Ohio, and after he graduated he went to Kentucky as a teacher.  Being a pronounced Abolitionist the father found the surroundings in Kentucky rather unpleasant for a man with some unpopular ideas, so he came to this county and located in Wapella, and entered the service of the Illinois Central company.  As soon as Henry left school he also entered the service of the Illinois Central, and for twenty-three years he served in different capacities, the greater part of the time as a freight train conductor.  For the past few months he had been employed in the yard as a switchman.

Henry Cone was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge in this city and was also a member of the Uniform Rank.  It was while hurrying up his work last Sunday forenoon so that he could get off in the afternoon to attend the funeral of a brother Knight that he met his death.  He was also a member of the order of Modern Woodmen, in which he carried a policy of $2000, which will be a great blessing to Mrs. Cone.  Henry Cone was a genial companion and made sunshine wherever he went.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday afternoon, and was in charge of the Uniform Rank of Knights of Pythias.  From the hour of the death of Henry Cone till he was carried from his home for burial, two uniformed Knights stood guard at the house, day and night.  The division turned out in full uniform and the subordinate lodge of Knights and the Modern Woodmen took part.  Captain Gorman’s band marched at the head of the column.  The services were in the Presbyterian Church, and Knight Rev. W. A. Hunter delivered an oration over the body of the dead Sir Knight.  A large number followed the remains to the grave, where the beautiful ritual services of the Knights and of the Modern Woodmen were read.  Thus closed the life history of Henry H. Cone, a genial, whole-souled man who was every body’s friend.

George W. CONKLIN 

April 11, 1890
Clinton Weekly Register

George W. CONKLIN died Sunday at the home of his son, A.B. CONKLIN, at Connellsville, Pa., aged 71 years, 3 months and 12 days. The remains were brought to this city for interment, arriving Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held at the residence of Capt. J.H. CONKLIN, and interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. George W. Conklin was born near Zanesville, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1818, and came to Illinois in 1863, settling in this county where he lived until about three years ago when he went to live with his only son, A.B. Conklin. For several years before leaving this county he had made his home with J. H. Conklin, being an uncle of the Captain. He had been in usual health till Friday of last week when he had a stroke of apoplexy which resulted in his death. Two of his brothers and two sisters survive him, all of whom except one sister living in Ohio, are his seniors.

Submitted by Laura Denton


April 11, 1890
Clinton Public

Died from Paralysis.

In the fall of 1886 George W. CONKLIN was stricken with paralysis which substantially deprived him of the use of his tongue so that his speech was almost inarticulate. Mr. Conklin did not improve much during the next few months, and in February, 1887, his son, who lives at Connellsville, Penn., came on to this city and took his father home with him. It was strange that during all the time Mr. Conklin retained his bodily vigor although he never fully recovered his speech. At times his memory was so poor that he would not be able to keep the run of a conversation more than a few minutes at a time. He died at Connellsville last Sunday, having been confined to his bed only a day or two. His body was brought to this city and interred in Woodlawn Cemetery last Wednesday.

George W. CONKLIN was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, in the year 1818, and at the time of his death was in his seventy-second year. He was married in Ohio and to him only one child was born, a son who survives him. In 1863 he came to Clinton, and made his home here till 1887, when he went to Pennsylvania to end his days with his son's family. He left sixty acres of land, which is near this city, and the house opposite the Methodist Church that is occupied by Garret VILES as a boarding house.


September 24, 1875
Paper Unknown

Almost A Centenarian.

Mrs. Mary CONKLIN, relict of John CONKLIN, died at the residence of her son, William, on Sunday, the 19th inst., aged 91 years, 3 months and 3 days. Her maiden name was Mary SPENCER, and she was born in Essex County, New Jersey, June 16th, 1784. She moved with her parents to Washington Co., Pennsylvania, in 1790. She was married to John CONKLIN in 1802. In 1810 she and her husband moved to Muskingum county, Ohio, being among the first settlers in that region. They were surrounded by savage Indians and wild beasts, and suffered all the privations of a frontier life. She and her husband lived and kept house together until his death in 1855, being in all a term of 52 years. After her husband's death she broke up house-keeping and has since that time lived with her son William. In 1860 she moved with her son to this county. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom are still living. She was a member of the old Baptist church for about fifty six years.

Submitted by Laura Denton

William CONKLIN 

January 16, 1891
Clinton Register

One of Clinton's Oldest Citizens Quits the Shores of Time.

One by one those who have reached the riper years of life are being called to their rest, but it is seldom one of life's pilgrims is permitted to tarry along the highway till he can see the century post in the distance. Yesterday morning at 4 o'clock, Wm. CONKLIN, one of the best known men in the county, died at the home of his son, Capt. J. H. CONKLIN, from the effects of a paralytic stroke received last Friday, at the advanced age of 81 years, 9 months and 28 days. The funeral will be held from the Presbyterian church at 2 o'clock today conducted by Rev. S. C. EBY, of Peoria, of the New Church. Wm. Conklin was born in Washington county, Pa. When two years old his parents moved to Muskingum county, Ohio, where he lived till the spring of 1860 when he moved to this county where he since has resided. For many years he lived on the farm now owned by Samuel WADE, two miles south-west of Clinton. After becoming too old to attend to the farm he came to this city, and has resided with his son. He was known as a man upright and honorable in all his dealings, and his many friends will be saddened at the news of his death. He was always ready to give assistance to the needy, and his life was such that few men have the pleasure of numbering fewer enemies among their acquaintances than could Mr. Conklin.

Submitted by Laura Denton


January 23, 1891
Clinton Public

On Thursday of last week, William CONKLIN, aged eighty-one years, nine months and twenty-eight days, died at the residence of his son, Captain J. H. CONKLIN, in this city, and on Friday afternoon his remains were laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mr. Conklin was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, on the 17th of March, 1809. When he was but two years old his parents moved to Muskingum county, Ohio, where he was raised on a farm and where he married and all of his children were born. He was the father of twelve children, nine of whom are living—three girls and six boys. Mr. Conklin owned a fine farm of two hundred acres in Muskingum county, which he sold in 1859 that he might come to this county where his brother John was then living. At that time land was not very valuable in Ohio, and he sold the two hundred acres for $5000, although it was as well improved and as good a farm as could be found in that part of the State. When Mr. Conklin came to Clinton in 1860 his brother John owned what was known as the Watty BOWLES farm, and this Mr. Conklin leased and afterwards bought. In 1865 he sold that farm and bought a quarter section two miles west of this city, and he lived there till the death of his wife, when he moved to Clinton and made his home with his son, Captain Conklin. Mr. Samuel WADE now owns eighty acres of that land.

Mr. Conklin’s life was that of thousands of men. He made a good home for his family, was loved and respected by his neighbors, and was classed as a No. 1 citizen. His boys and girls are advancing in years. One son served in the army during the war.

There was a coincidence in the lives of William Conklin and Henry N. TAYLOR. Both were reared in the same neighborhood in Ohio and were well acquainted in their young manhood. Both spent the later years of life in this city. Both were stricken with paralysis on the same day, and both died on Thursday of last week. The sons of both are aldermen in the Second Ward in this city. May the sons emulate the noble qualities of their fathers.

Note: William was married to Bridget McKernan.

Matthew CONNELL 

December 10, 1949
Clinton Journal

(Obituary Extract)
Name: Mathew Connell
Age: 76 years, 11 months & 25 days
Born: December 14, 1872 ; Glasgow, Scotland
Died: December 9, 1949
Parents: Matthew and Mary Connell
Spouse: Mary Catherine (Price) - Married September 13, 1899 in Waynesville, Illinois (DeWitt County)
Children: Son: Ralph Connell
Daughter: Mrs. Imogene (Connell) Harney
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Memberships/Affiliations: Waynesville Christian Church, Wayne Masonic Lodge No. 172 Waynesville and the Consistory at Bloomington.
Funeral: Waynesville Methodist Church
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery at Waynesville

Note: Information taken from a copy of Matthew Connell’s death certificate and obituary from Clinton Journal, Dec. 10, 1949.

Submitted by Larry and Kay Price

Mrs. Matthew CONNELL 

March 1964
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Connell’s Funeral Monday At Waynesville.

(Obituary Extract)
Name: Mary Catherine CONNELL
Age: 90
Born: February 25, 1874
Died: March 21, 1964
Parents: James and Barthena (Williams) Price
Spouse: Matthew Connell married September 13, 1899
Survivors: son Ralph P. Connell of Detroit, Mich., daughter Mrs. Imogene Harney of Clinton, Iowa, one step sister, Mrs. Rose Barnett of Atlanta; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Preceded In Death: Husband Matthew Connell; one sister, one brother, two half brothers and four step sisters.
Memberships/Affiliations: Waynesville Christian Church since childhood and Waynesville Woman’s Club.
Funeral: Waynesville Methodist Church with Rev. Daniel Buck of Atlanta officiating. Quiram Funeral Home of Atlanta, had charge of funeral arrangements.
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery


May 16, 1913
Clinton Register

Despondency, Following Poor Health, Assigned as Cause for the Deed—
Took Carbolic Acid.

James CONNER, a prominent farmer residing in Waynesville township, about four miles northwest of Wapella, was found dead in his barn about four o'clock Monday afternoon.  He had been in poor health and was very despondent for some time.  Mr. Conner was in the village on Monday where it is supposed he purchased the poison.  Friends who talked to him state that he appeared to be in his usual health, was talkative and sociable.  When found, he had taken about one and one-half ounces of carbolic acid and had been dead probably about two hours.

Deceased was one of the leading men in his section of the county, and had served several terms as supervisor from Waynesville township.  He leaves a wife and nine children, besides two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Reynolds, of Wapella, and Mrs. J. Sullivan, of Indianapolis.  Three of the children reside in Oregon, the others living in Wapella and vicinity.

Coroner H. A. Moore went to the scene of the tragedy and summoned a jury.   The verdict was suicide from the effects of carbolic acid, taken by deceased with intent to end his life.

Deceased was a member of the Christian church at Rock Creek.  Funeral services were held from the late home yesterday.  Interment in the Rock Creek cemetery.


May 16, 1913
Clinton Register

The funeral of James CONNER was held at his late home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, conducted by Rev. James Baker.  There was a very large attendance of sympathizing friends and neighbors.  Mr. Conner was respected by all.  He was a man who was ready at all times to assist in caring for the sick in the vicinity and giving aid in other ways.  He was a very kind man to his family.   Interment in the Rock Creek cemetery by the side of a daughter.  The pallbearers were: Thomas Reynolds, L. E. Troxel, Joseph Cunningham, John A. Scott, G. C. Maxwell and Frank Nelson.


March 17, 1882
Clinton Public

John A. CONNER, formerly a resident of this county, died at his home in Oswego, Kansas, on the 8th of March, aged fifty-one years. Mr. Conner was a brother of Mr. Wm. CONNER, of Barnett township, and of Mrs. W. B. HALL, of this city.

Mrs. A. Fletch CONRAD 

July 28, 1905
Clinton Register


Clinton people remember Fletch CONRAD, who lived in or near Clinton several years, but of late years had spent most of his time traveling in a wagon.  He was here awhile last spring and left to avoid living in jail a few months.  Recently his wife [Mary] was found dead in the wagon near Thornton, Ind.  Her husband and the team were gone and a search is being made for him.  John and A. J. COUSINS, of Clinton, are her brothers.

Note: Mary was the daughter of William and Hester Cousins of Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CONRAD, A.     COUSINS, M. E.      04-14-1892     DE WITT


Funeral Card

Durl H. CONRAD—Died at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. M. H. KNIGHT, on Wednesday, March 30, 1898, at 11:10 o'clock, Durl H., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. CONRAD, aged 1 year and 14 days. Funeral: residence of Mrs. Knight, March 31. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

CONVERSE (child) 

May 2, 1872
Clinton Public


On last Sunday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. H. E. CONVERSE were sitting on the back veranda of their house discussing the sad death of Mr. McAboy’s child and wondering why people would be so forgetful as to leave a box of concentrated lye where a child could reach it.  Their little fifteen month’s old baby was toddling about the veranda, enjoying the smiles of its parents and their cherry words.  A four-gallon crock of lye was standing near the veranda supposed to be safely covered over, and while these fond parents were sympathizing with the afflicted McAboys, the little child found its way to the crock and, dipping his head in, drank of the fatal liquid.  The child had no sooner drank of the lye than it became frantic with pain, and its cries drew the attention of Mr. and Mrs. Converse.  Remedies were immediately given, but they were of no avail.  The child’s nose and face was badly scalded and its mouth and throat became raw.  It lived in great agony till eleven o'clock on Monday night, when death put an end to its sufferings.  In less than two weeks two children in this city have been killed by lye, and a third had a narrow escape.

Mrs. Frank H. CONVERSE 

February 13, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

Mr. F. H. CONVERSE’s wife died in this city yesterday morning.  The funeral services will be held this morning (Thursday) at ten o'clock.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CONVERSE, FRANK H.     ROGERS, CATHARIN A.      12-25-1867     DE WITT

James COOK 

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public

The old settlers of DeWitt County will remember James COOK, who came to this county more than fifty years ago and settled on a farm near Waynesville.  On last Sunday he died, aged seventy-nine years.  His aged wife and four daughters and two sons survive him.   Mr. Cook was a man of great energy in his younger days and accumulated considerable property, which in later years he divided among his children, retaining enough to keep himself and wife independent.  He built the first elevator in Waynesville, and for many years carried on the grain business in partnership with his son.  He was an earnest Christian man, a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, for which denomination he gave liberally in his efforts to gain for it a foothold in Waynesville.   In politics he was a Republican.


October 18, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Margaret M. COOLEY, widow of the late J. T. COOLEY, died at her home, four miles west of Kenney, October 8, 1889, at the age of 41 years, 5 months and seventeen days. She was the oldest daughter of W. H. RANDOLPH. She leaves two sons and two daughters to mourn their loss. The funeral took place on the 10th inst. Rev. D. MacARTHUR of Clinton, officiating.

Thomas COOLEY 

November 14, 1879
Clinton Public

Shot to death in a dispute with neighbors.

(See news article)

Catherine R. COOPER 

May 5, 1896
Paper Unknown

Catherine R. COOPER died at home in Farmer City, May 5, 1896, at 11:15 a.m. Aged 55 years, 7 months. Funeral: late residence, May 7th.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. Maria COOPER 

September 18, 1897
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Maria COOPER died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William CLARK, in Farmer city, on Saturday, September 18, 1897, at 5 a.m., aged 81 years 3 months, 27 days. Funeral: late home, September 19th. Burial Arrowsmith Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Thompson F. COOPER 

April 25, 1884
Clinton Public

Thompson F. Cooper, of Kenney, "Shuffled" off This Mortal Coil.

Thompson F. COOPER lived in Kenney with his family when he was at home, but for some months he had been connected with a gambling-room in Springfield. He was raised in Tunbridge township, and not long ago was the owner of a couple of small farms. The life of a tiller of the soil was not to his liking, so he left the farm and moved his family into Kenney. Thompson had a wife and either four or five children. For a number of years he and his wife did not get along pleasantly, for she suspected him of dividing his affections between her and women of easy virtue. Naturally the wife resented this interference of strange women, and she demanded that Thompson should confine his attention to his own family. A couple of weeks ago Mrs. COOPER went to Springfield in search of her liege lord, and one of the results of her visit was an item in the Springfield papers referring to her domestic infelicity.

This state of affairs could not go on forever. Thomps was a high-strung man, and he resented the constant espionage that was exercised over him. For a long time he did not indulge in the use of intoxicants, but latterly he began to drink and often. When he attended bar in this city for the Jackson Bros. he rarely drank anything, and then only a glass of beer now and then. He was somewhat skilled in gambling, and for a long time made that his only business.

On last Friday night he was in a saloon playing billiards with a number of his companions, when all at once he threw down his cue and left the house. The next they heard of him he was found lying alongside the railroad track with his head across the rail. The engineer of the train fortunately saw him in time to stop the train. When found, Cooper was totally unconscious. It is supposed that after leaving the billiard saloon he must have swallowed a large dose of morphine, and by the time he had walked down the track a piece the deadly drug began to have its effect. Evidently he had planned his death skillfully, determining that there should not be any possibility of escape. With this view he laid down by the side of the track and placed his head on the rail, with the expectation that the coming train would speedily finish the work.

The train men recognized Cooper when they first picked him up, so they brought him to Kenney and turned him over to his friends. All this time he was unconscious. Physicians were called, but the drug had too surely done its work. On Saturday morning Dr. GOODBRAKE was sent for, but after he had examined Cooper he knew there were no hopes of his restoration to life. All Saturday Cooper continued unconscious, occasionally in his delirium trying to break away from his watchers and get out of bed, till about seven o'clock in the evening, when he died. When found by the railroad men he had nearly $1000 in money in his pocket and two costly gold watches.

On Sunday Coroner MORROW went down to Kenney and held an inquest. The jury viewed the body, and after the testimony of a few persons rendered a verdict of death caused by the use of poison.


October 16, 1934
Paper Unknown

Josiah R. COPPENBARGER was born to Peter and Mary Polly (RANDOLPH) COPPENBARGER Nov. 17, 1844 near Kinney, IL. He died Oct. 16, 1934, at Mercy Hospital in Arkansas City, Kansas. His age at his death was 89 years, 10 months, and 29 days. Mr. Coppenbarger was married to Elizabeth BENNETT, at Neosho, Missouri Feb. 20, 1872. His wife preceded him in death, having died March 6, 1914. To this union were born six children. They are Mrs. Ella WAGGONER, Ponca City; Charles COPPENBARGER, Arkansas City; Alvin COPPENBARGER, Wichita Falls, Tex.; Mrs. Myrtle PETERS, Ashton, Kansas; Edward COPPENBARGER and Mrs. Laura HUTCHINS both of Geuda Springs. Fifteen grandchildren, six great grand children, and a half brother Brant BARTON, Storm Lake, Iowa also survive him. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild preceded him in death. Mr. Coppenbarger came to Kansas in 1871, and in 1872 he located on a farm near Geuda Springs. This farm he owned at the time of his death. At the time Mr. Coppenbarger came here the country was sparsely settled and for a number of years he endured all the hardships of pioneer life. His six grandsons, Lester PETERS, Maurice PETERS, Vernon COPPENBARGER, Orville COPPENBARGER, Floyd WAGGONER, were pallbearers at the funeral services held Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Grant Funeral home in Arkansas City. The Rev. Otto F. VOLKLAND officiated. Interment was beside Mrs. COPPENBARGER in the Geuda Springs Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


August 18, 1893
Clinton Public

Killed in Oklahoma.

Perry COPPENBARGER, who went from Tunbridge township to Lexington, Oklahoma Territory, less than two years ago, died on Friday of last week [Aug. 11] from an accidental gunshot wound. Perry was riding in his buggy and had a loaded shotgun with him when from some cause the gun fell over and was exploded and he was badly wounded in the leg. It was several hours before a surgeon could be had to dress the wound and the long delay caused blood poisoning. The accident occurred on Tuesday and he died on Friday. His wife is a sister of Thomas N. BYERLY. She is left with a family of four or five children but is well provided for.


June 12, 1903
Decatur Herald


Roy COPPENBARGER the boy who was shot a few days ago, died at 4 o'clock a.m. Monday as a result of an operation performed for blood poison. The funeral services were held from the residence on East Washington street on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. S. C. Black. The child was the eight year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben COPPENBARGER and is one of a family of five children. It will be remembered that the shooting was done by young Millinger because of some sort of disagreement. The latter is arrested at DeWitt and is now in custody. An inquest was held Monday afternoon.

(See news article)

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)
Born: October 18, 1884
Died: 12-26-1978
Parents: Jacob and Margaret (LANE) COPPENBARGER
Married: Nellie Hanson PEVELER
Survivors: wife, two daughters; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren
Funeral: Held in Decatur
Burial: Unknown

Submitted by Unknown


November 24, 1899
Clinton Register


J. H. CORNWELL, formally [sic] of Kenney, but late of Decatur, died Sunday at the latter place and was brought here Tuesday. Funeral was held at the M. E. church. Interment at Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


February 7, 1890
Clinton Public

Leonard COSTELLO, aged nineteen years old, son of Mark Costello, who lives near Cornland, was out coon hunting with William LANHAM on Tuesday of last week. They treed the coon in a decayed elm, and to get the coon they began cutting down the tree. Owing to the rotten condition of the timber, the tree cracked and shivered before the boys had cut into it more than four inches when it fell. In the rebound it struck young Costello, breaking his back and hips. He was taken to his home where he died on the Wednesday night following.


January 13, 1893
Clinton Register

Mrs. J. F. COSTLEY died at her home southwest of here (Weldon) Wednesday.  She leaves a husband and five little daughters and a grown son to mourn her loss.   She was a kind and loving wife and mother.


May 24, 1889
Clinton Public

Levi Thomas COTTINGHAM, of DeWitt, died at the insane hospital in Kankakee last Saturday, and on Tuesday his body was interred in the DeWitt cemetery. Eight years ago Mr. Cottingham was stricken down by the heat of the sun while at work on his farm, from which he never recovered. His mind became affected, and for five years his faithful wife nursed and waited upon him; but three years ago he became so violent that Mrs. COTTINGHAM finally gave consent to have him removed to the hospital at Kankakee for treatment. There was no balm in Gilead and he lingered on with darkened intellect till last Saturday, when death released him. Mr. Cottingham was born in DeWitt township thirty-eight years ago, and was educated at Adrian College, Michigan. He was married to a daughter of ‘Squire S. A. CHAPIN, and his wife and one boy survive him. He leaves his family well provided for, as he was the owner of three hundred acres of good land in DeWitt township. His brother William and his sisters, Mrs. M. T. FLETCHER and Mrs. GRAY came from Kansas to attend the funeral. The Rev. Mr. FOX, of Foosland, a college classmate of Mr. Cottingham’s, conducted the funeral ceremonies.

Archibald COULTER 

January 28, 1875
Clinton Public

Death of Archibald Coulter.

Archibald COULTER, of Coulter’s Mill, Creek township, in this county, was killed on last Thursday evening, January 21, on the railroad track between Danville Junction and Danville station, on the I. B. & W. Railway. Mr. Coulter and his wife were on their return trip from Binghampton, New York, where they had been spending some time visiting friends and relatives. The train stopped at the Junction for the passengers to take supper, and just before it started out, Mr. Coulter was standing in the aisle of the car talking with his wife. Mrs. C. laid her head down for moment’s rest, and when the train got in motion looked up to speak to her husband. Not seeing him, she passed to the rear end of the car, failing to find him. Thinking that he had got off the train before it started and was left behind, she had the conductor telegraph back from the next station to have Mr. Coulter meet her at Urbana. Mrs. COULTER stopped at the latter place, and anxiously awaited the arrival of the express. Mr. Coulter not being on the train, Mrs. C. inquired of the conductor if he knew anything of her husband. Failing to get any information from him, she next had recourse to the telegraph office, where she learned the sad news that her husband had been killed on the trestle-work by a passing train.

The facts as elicited at the coroner’s inquest were as follows: Mr. Coulter was seen by a man, about nine o’clock in the evening, walking on the track toward Danville station. To the inquiry as to where he was going, Mr. Coulter replied that he was going to Champaign. At twelve o’clock the same night a watchman on the road was crossing the trestle-work when he found the deceased lying on the track with one leg cut clean off below the knee and the other leg almost amputated. His left arm was cut off, and one side of his face was completely torn away.

The watchman had started to cross the bridge just as the train was coming, but fearing he would not make the passage in time, waited till it passed. When he reached Mr. Coulter, his body was yet warm, so the probabilities are that it was that train that killed him. The engineer did not see anyone on the track, and the supposition is that Mr. Coulter had attempted to cross the trestle some hours before and probably fell down and was unable to get up.

Mr. John C. COULTER, of Weldon, on receipt of the news on Friday, started for Danville and brought the remains of his father to his late home.

The funeral services were held on Sunday, and the remains were deposited in the family grave yard near Coulter’s Mill.

Mr. A. Coulter removed to this county in February 1866, and bought the mill in Creek township which since then has borne his name. He was at one time an energetic business man and had amassed considerable property. He was widely known and stood high in the estimation of his neighbors. Mr. Coulter was nigh on seventy-two years of age at the time of his death, and was the father of fifteen children, five of whom are now living in this county.

Mrs. Coulter expresses her gratitude to the people of Danville, and especially to Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons, of the Junction House, as well as to the officials of the I. B. & W. R’y company, for their kindness and sympathy in her hour of great affliction.

George W. COUSINS 

December 1, 1899
Clinton Register

George W. COUSINS was born in Clintonia township Sept. 15, 1861, and died Nov. 27, 1899. He leaves two brothers, one half brother and one sister and his father. His mother died Aug. 9, 1894. He was an honest, upright young man and was hard working and industrious. He worked at the tile factory when Frank Davidson had charge of it and the boys who worked there at the time will bear testimony of his worth. After Mr. Davidson gave up the management it went to others, and as he was a good hand he was wanted by them. His work was most satisfactory. After the tile factory ceased to exist, he went to work for James Bell, and two years ago got hurt in a runaway accident and never fully recovered. His health commenced to fail him them and last August he got overheated and had to quit work, as his health was fast failing. He was sick but a short time, and in bed but three days till death came.

Funeral services were held at the residence in South Clinton Tuesday at 11 o'clock conducted by Rev. D. MacArthur. The following were pall bearers: Edward Linderman, James Linderman, Jesse Gash, Lewis Gash, Chas. Gash, Clarence Andrew. Interment in cemetery at south limits of Clinton.

The family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the friends who so kindly assisted them in their sad bereavement.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


December 1, 1899
Clinton Public

George COUSINS died last Monday at the home of his brother in McGraw’s addition, of a complication of diseases, aged about 38 years. He was a son of William COUSINS, a veteran of the civil war, who survives him. He also leaves two brothers and one sister, Jack COUSINS, John COUSINS and Mrs. Mary CONRAD. Funeral services at the home, Tuesday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. D. MacARTHUR. Interment at McGraw cemetery.

Mrs. William COUSINS 

August 10, 1894
Clinton Public

Took Too Large a Dose.

Mrs. William COUSINS died very suddenly this morning at seven o'clock, a short time after she had taken a dose of morphine. Nearly every member of the family was sick, and yesterday Mrs. Cousins was taken down with severe pains. She took two or three small doses of morphine in capsules which gave her relief. Her son wanted to get a doctor but she would not have one. The morphine having given out, she sent up town and got some in bulk, and this morning, feeling the pains again, she took about what she thought was an ordinary dose. In a few minutes she fell into a heavy sleep and died.

Mrs. Cousins was born in Kentucky, and about forty years ago came to this county with her father's family. They bought land on the south side of Salt Creek and were fairly well fixed. Her first marriage was a failure. She then married William COUSINS, by whom she had a number of children. By her first husband she had a boy who has been a faithful son to her. In her life, poor woman, there was not much sunshine. Let us hope that when the summons came this morning angel hands were there to beckon her to the beautiful life beyond. She will be buried tomorrow morning at ten o'clock. Mr. Cousins having been a soldier, the Woman's Relief Corps have taken the arrangements for the funeral in charge. Members of the Grand Army will attend the funeral.

Note: Mrs. Cousins' first name was Hester (from the census), but her maiden name is still unknown.

Stephen COVEY 

January 24, 1902
Clinton Register


One of Farmer City’s oldest citizens died Saturday afternoon, aged 85 years. He was born in New York Sept. 23, 1816, and with his parents came to Illinois in 1835 from Ohio where the family moved in 1817. His home had since been in Farmer City. His wife died 12 years ago. Four sons survive him. They are P. COVEY, of Farmer City; Theodore, of Weldon; C. C., supt. Farmer City schools; and Ulysses, who lives on the home farm near Farmer City. Funeral was held in the M. E. church in Farmer City Monday at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. English.


December 2, 1887
Clinton Public

D.C. COWGILL, who was a member of the Forty-first Illinois Infantry, died at his home in Decatur, on last Wednesday, after two days illness. He was a member of the Decatur police force.

COX (child) 

February 9, 1900
Clinton Register


Johnny COX's 10-month-old child died Sunday and was buried Monday at Long Point.


February 9, 1900
Clinton Register

Vinegar Hill.

A little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. COX died last Sunday and was intered in the Longpoint cemetery Monday.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Elizabeth COX 

September 22, 1899
Clinton Register


Mrs. William COX, of Creek township, who submitted to an operation a few days ago, died yesterday. She was about 60 years old. Funeral will be held tomorrow.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


September 29, 1899
Clinton Register


The funeral services of Elizabeth COX were held Saturday in the Shiloh church at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. D. C. Blunt. Deceased was born in Warrington, Va., July 4, 1842; died at her home near Lane Sept. 21, aged 57 years, two months and 17 days.

She was married to William J. COX Nov. 6, 1859. To them were born eight children, six sons and two daughters; two of the sons preceded the mother to the tomb. The husband and six children remain to mourn their loss. Interment was in the Maroa cemetery.

Sister Cox was a woman of noble christian character. She became a christian at an early age, being but 15, and from that time until death took her home she was faithful in her walk with Christ. All who knew her loved her. And while the home circle is broken and a voice we loved is still, yet some glad day we hope to meet our dear one in the glad beyond where we shall never say good-bye.  —A FRIEND.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Lafayette COX 

January 26, 1900
Clinton Register

Lafayette COX, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. R. SMITH, near Farmer City, was 75 years old.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Lafayette COX 

January 20, 1899
Clinton Public

Death at Farmer City.

Mrs. Melissa COX, mother of Mrs. R. C. SMITH, of Farmer City, died at the latter’s home Friday. She was aged 74 years and leaves an aged husband and ten children to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held Sunday at Blue Ridge, conducted by Rev. J. CHRISTY.


Funeral Card

Melissa G. COX—Died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.C. SMITH, in Farmer City, Friday, Jan. 13, 1899, 12:30 a.m., Mrs. Melissa G. COX, wife of LaFayette COX, aged 74 years, 8 months, 20 days. Funeral: residence on Blue Ridge, January 15. Burial: Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. Nancy COX 

October 6, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. Nancy Cox, for Many Years a Resident of Texas township, Died in Maroa, aged 85 Years.

Aunt Nancy COX, of Maroa, died yesterday at 2:30 p.m. at the home of her son-in-law, Ad. D. WYSONG, aged 85 years. She was born in North Carolina Sept. 20, 1814. She with her husband came to Illinois locating in Texas township about 1845 near the present residence of Henry Strange, where they lived in a rail pen for awhile, afterward building a log house. They then moved to where J. H. Whitehead lives, in Texas township and afterward about one mile south of that location where they lived until about twenty years ago, when they moved to Maroa. There her husband died four years ago. Two or three of their children died while young. The children living are Mrs. Ann HUNTING, of California; William J., of Missouri; Mrs. A. D. WYSONG, of Maroa; Mrs. A. D. CATLIN, of Decatur; Mrs. John SMELZ, of Maroa; and Mrs. STEWART, of Chicago. Funeral services will be held at the residence in Maroa at 10 o'clock tomorrow, conducted by Rev. Robinson of Mt. Pulaski. Interment in Maroa cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William Craig COX 

February 5, 1904
Clinton Register

One of Tunbridge Township's Oldest Citizens is at Rest—
His Age Over Eighty Years.

At 4 o'clock Monday morning W. C. COX died at his home one and a half miles east of Kenney, aged 84 years, 4 months and 16 days, of old age. William Craig Cox was born in Ohio, Sept. 15, 1819. He moved from that state in 1857 to Illinois, settling on the farm that was his home the remainder of his life. He is survived by his wife and the following children, all living in Tunbridge township except William who lives in Nebraska: Mrs. Anna NESBITT, Isaac G., William, John, Mrs. Ella MEADOWS and Miss Mary. All were present when death came except William, who did not arrive till three hours after the funeral. Mr. Cox had labored hard and by good management owned 280 acres of fine land, besides two properties in Kenney. He was honest and upright in all his dealings and had no enemies. He had been a faithful member of the Baptist church sixty years. Funeral services were held Wednesday, conducted by Rev. DOBBS, of Springfield. Burial in Baptist cemetery northeast of Kenney.

Mrs. William Craig COX 

January 11, 1907
Clinton Register


Wednesday night at her home near Kenney, Mrs. Wm. COX died after a brief illness. She was born in Ohio and with her husband, Wm. COX, who died about three years ago, came to Illinois over fifty years ago, locating near Kenney which has since been her home. She is survived by the following children: Isaac G., Wm. H., Mrs. L. MEADOWS, Mary, and J. M., all of Kenney, except Wm. who is in Nebraska. Funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow at the house. Burial in the Baptist cemetery northeast of Kenney.

William J. COX 

August 18, 1907
Decatur Daily Review

Clinton, Ill., Aug. 17—One of the oldest citizens of DeWitt county passed to his rest at the home of his son, William, on Friday last. William COX’s death was due to a complication of complaints. He was seventy-two years of age at the time of his death and was one of the few that were born and lived during their whole life in this county. He has for the last few years lived with his son, William, about four miles south and east from Lanes. The funeral services will be held today at the Shiloh church and the interment at Maroa, Ill. He leaves several children to mourn his death, among them being William, Fred and Matthew, Mrs. Hattie DISBROW, of Weldon, and Mrs. Mollie JOSEPH, of Clinton.

Note: He is mistakenly listed as William M. Cox in the Illinois Statewide Death Index.

Daniel W. CRAIG 

July 31, 1908
Clinton Register

For Many Years Was a Resident of Texas Township Before Moving to Macon County.

Daniel W. CRAIG died at his home in Maroa Sunday evening, being sick only a few days.

Deceased was born in Pittsburg, Pa., Aug. 25, 1821, making his age nearly 87 years.  Mr. Craig moved to Ohio with his parents in 1834.  At the age of fourteen he began learning the carpenter’s trade, serving five years as an apprentice.

At the age of twenty-two he went to Fort Wayne, Ind., a few months later enlisting for the Mexican war under Joe Lane in Company C, Third Indiana Infantry.  The next morning after his arrival he was detailed to the commissary department and became a messenger for General Zachary Taylor.  He served eighteen months and was badly wounded at the battle of Buena Vista.

He was married to Miss Mary CONN and they came to Illinois in 1854, locating on a farm in Creek township where they lived about three years when he bought the farm now owned by Sam CRAIG near Ospur and lived there until 1879 when he moved to Maroa where his wife died a few years ago.

Mr. Craig was always a Democrat and much interested in the success of his party.  In Texas township he was justice of the peace several years, and was so well versed in law that he often acted as attorney in justice’s court.  After moving to Maroa he was elected police magistrate and continued to act as attorney when called upon.  He was a brother of James CRAIG, who died near Rowell about a year ago.

He was the father of eleven children of whom six have died.  Those living are as follows: Samuel [CRAIG] and Mrs. Mary PHARES of Decatur; Miss Estella CRAIG, of Maroa; Elisha [CRAIG], of Chicago; and Dr. W. M. CRAIG, of Kenney, all being present when he died.  He was a member of the Christian church.  Funeral services were held at the home in Maroa Tuesday.  Burial was in Maroa cemetery.

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James CRAIG 

August 16, 1907
Clinton Register

James CRAIG was born in Allegheny City, Penn., Feb. 20, 1826.  While he was yet young the family moved to Northwestern Ohio.  There on the 4th of November 1851 he was united in marriage to Margaret BARNES, and in 1856 they came to DeWitt county and settled not far from Maroa.  About 1880 they moved to the farm north of Hallsville now occupied by John A. Barnett.  A year or two later they bought the Darling farm adjacent to Old Hallsville, improved it and established a good home.

On Easter day, April 6, 1890, the good wife and mother closed her Earthtime pilgrimage and the home was irreparably broken.  Bro. Craig never ceased to mourn the departure of his beloved companion and, notwithstanding the kindness of his children and neighbors, there was at times a loneliness and a longing that he could not conceal.  His deceased wife was an excellent woman and deserved well of her husband, her children and friends.  These two were blessed with seven children, all of whom survive their parents—namely: Elza, residing near Rowell Station; Mary, wife of Cyrus HALL, living south of Kenney; Orlo, of Lincoln, Ill.; Josephine, wife of Abner KEMP, of Kenney; Martin, of Hallsville; Franklin, of Kenney; and Reuel, of Rowell Station.  Besides these, he leaves one brother, Daniel CRAIG, of Maroa.

For seventeen years he made his home with his children, naturally spending the larger portion of the time with Elza, the oldest son.  As the younger married and became heads of families, he spent such time with each as was convenient.  For a year or so before his death his home was with the family of his son, Reuel, and it was here he died Tuesday morning, August 6, in the 82nd year of his age.

He and his wife were honored members of the Old Union Christian church, and were side by side in the service of the Master.  He had long been a sufferer.  He was afflicted many years.   He bore his afflictions with remarkable patience and tried to be of as little trouble as possible.  He recognized every favor and every friendly message.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Hallsville on the Thursday afternoon following the day of his death, and the interment was in the McCliman’s cemetery.  The services were conducted by Elder T. T. Holton of Bloomington, a long-time friend of the family.  The officiating minister read 2nd Cor. 4, 13-18 and 5, 1-8, and after prayer preached a short sermon from the text, Zech. 14, 7, “At evening time it shall be light. ”  The choir of the Hallsville Christian church sang tenderly songs that were dear to the deceased, and comforting to the sorrowing family, to which was added a touching solo by Miss Edna Bowles.

Masonic brethren from Clinton and Kenney were present and took charge of the remains and the burial was according to the solemn and impressive rites of the order.  The pall bearers were Masons from the Kenney lodge.

Mrs. James CRAIG 

April 11, 1890
Clinton Public

Died by Strychnine.

On last Sunday morning the wife of Mr. James CRAIG, who lives east of Old Hallsville, in Barnett township, took a dose of strychnine, and at four o'clock in the afternoon she died from the effects of the fatal dose.  Mrs. CRAIG was fifty-seven years old and the mother of seven children, who are living. For some time she has been in bad health which brought on fits of despondency.  Her physicians, it is said, had warned her family some time before that when she was in those despondent moods that they had better keep a close watch of her actions.  After taking the fatal dose on Sunday morning she told her family what she had done, and a physician was at once summoned.  During the day she was seized with severe convulsions and these attacks continued till her death.  She was buried in the cemetery in Old Hallsville on Monday afternoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Craig were married in Ohio and in 1856 they came to this county and settled on a farm of their own in Texas township.  This they sold some years ago and her last days were spent on rented land.  Her life was one of toil for her husband and children, for it was her pride to make home pleasant for her family.


April 11, 1890
Clinton Register

Mrs. James Craig Ends Life's Troubles With Strychnine.

Another name has been added to the long list of suicides of this county.  The sighs of the relatives of the young man, Charles Graves, who took his life a few weeks ago, had only ceased to be heard, when news came from Hallsville that Mrs. James CRAIG, a worthy and highly esteemed lady, had committed suicide by taking strychnine.  Since she had suffered with la grippe she had at times seemed despondent.  Sunday she assisted getting breakfast and seemed no more despondent than usual.  Soon after breakfast, her husband saw her going toward the timber, and told one of his sons to go and see where she was going.  When overtaken, she refused to return, but at last consented to return.  Before she reached home she fell from the effects of the poison she had taken.  She then told her family she had taken a large dose of strychnine which had been kept about the house to kill rats.  A physician was summoned, but his efforts to save her life were fruitless.  She suffered intensely till about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon when death ended her suffering.  Had the strychnine taken been a smaller quantity death would have resulted in a short time.  As the unfortunate woman gave no reason for taking her life, the cause can only be judged from circumstances.  Since her sickness with the la grippe she has been very despondent, and her mind at times seemed unbalanced.  At such times she was much worried over her inability to accomplish the work she desired to.  On Friday night before her death, her husband was awakened by hearing her weeping.  She told him she did not think she could ever get all her work done, and seemed greatly troubled.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Hallsville Monday afternoon conducted by Elder W. B. Young, of this city.  Interment was at the McClimans cemetery near that place.

The maiden name of the deceased was Margaret BARNES, born in Ashland county, O., August 27, 1833.  In 1852 she was joined in marriage with James CRAIG.  In 1856 she united with the Christian church and had since been one of its most faithful members.  In 1855 the family located in Texas township, and moved from there to a farm half a mile north of Hallsville about ten years ago.  From there they moved to a farm three miles southwest of Hallsville, the present homestead.

Mrs. Margaret Craig was a good Christian lady who had lived for those around her.   All her acquaintances were her friends and her death cast a gloom over the community.  To her family she was a good mother and a dutiful wife.  Her life had been a useful one.  Kind and loving friends can not speak too many words of praise of her.  As a wife, a mother, a Christian and a lady her life was one of nobleness.  Hundreds of friends deeply sympathize with the husband, two daughters and four sons who are bowed in grief for the loss of their best and dearest friend.


August 17, 1900
Clinton Register

Luke Craig Hangs Himself in His Barn Soon After Twelve O'clock Monday Night.

About 12 o'clock Monday night Luke CRAIG, of Maroa, formerly of Clinton, left his house and was seen no more until early next morning when he was hanging in his barn.  His knees touched the floor and one hand was raised above his head as if he had attempted to grasp the rope.  He left nothing to indicate why he took his life.  It is said his domestic relations were not the most pleasant.  He had also had trouble with his son-in-law.  During the day he had been drinking freely, perhaps to nerve himself to the taking of his life.

Deceased was born in this county, being a son of Daniel CRAIG, who lived in Texas township many years, but for several years has lived in Maroa.  Luke was his second son; those surviving are Samuel CRAIG, of this city; Dr. Wm. CRAIG, of Kenney; and Elisha CRAIG, said to be in Indiana.  Deceased had $5,000 life insurance in Mutual companies, $1,000 being in the Farmers' Federation, $2,000 in the Modern Woodmen, and $2,000 in a lodge name of which was not learned.  His age was about 50.  Funeral was held Wednesday.  Burial in Maroa cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CRAIG, LUKE     RASBACH, CATHERINE      03-20-1873     DE WITT


March 14, 1902
Decatur Herald

Jury Returns a Verdict Against Insurance Company—
Thursday in Court.

In the circuit court Thursday the jury in the case of Catherine CRAIG vs. the Mutual Protective League returned a verdict for the plaintiff and fixed the damages at $1600.  The jury was out about an hour.  This case has attracted not a little attention.  There was no dispute about the state of facts.  The contention was the interpretation of existing conditions.  Craig lived near Maroa and one morning was found kneeling on the hay in his barn dead, a strap being fastened about his neck and one end of the strap being fastened to the rafters above.   The verdict of the coroner’s jury was that he had committed suicide and the insurance company refused to pay the demand made for the face of the policy.  There was plenty of evidence to show that Craig had often pretended to commit suicide to frighten his family.  That was one of his favorite diversions.  It was shown, too, that he had one time been overcome by heat and after that time was subject to fainting spells.  The plaintiff advanced the theory that while Craig was “ making believe” suicide, he fainted and that his death was therefore accidental.   The jury accepted that theory and found against the insurance company.

Mrs. Luke CRAIG 

July 6, 1906
Clinton Register


Mrs. Catherine Anne CRAIG, a resident of Maroa for twenty-two years, died at her home there Monday of Bright’s disease from which she has suffered since last January.  In December she went to Arkansas on a visit to her daughter and while there was taken sick, later being removed to her home in Maroa.  Since her return home she has not been able to leave her bed.  She was born in New York Aug. 12, 1853, and moved to Clinton when only 7 years of age.  In about two years her parents moved to a farm east of Maroa, where she lived until her marriage to Luke CRAIG.  Her husband died about six years ago.  She was a prominent member of the Home Circle.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Bert RANKIN, Mrs. Mary DARBY and Miss Lucy CRAIG; a mother, Mrs. J. E. RASBACK, two sisters and one brother.  The funeral was held in the Christian church in Maroa, conducted by the pastor.

William H. CRAIG 

August 31, 1883
Clinton Public

A Wealthy Macon County Farmer Killed Near Kenney.

William H. CRAIG, a wealthy farmer who lived four miles south-east of Kenney, on the Macon county line, went to LUTTRELL’s timber, near Kenney, on last Monday morning [August 27th] to get a load of fence posts. While he was loading his wagon one of the false stannards broke, letting some of the posts fall off the wagon and striking the pile of posts that were piled around a stump in the timber. The pile of posts came toppling down upon Mr. Craig and threw him to the ground under the fore-wheels of the wagon. The horses suddenly started up and the wheels of the wagon passed over Mr. Craig’s body and head, crushing his breast and breaking his jaw. His shoulder and one arm were badly fractured. Mr. Craig’s little boy was with him, but being unable to help his father he ran over to Mr. Luttrell’s house and gave alarm. Levi GADDIS and Mrs. LUTTRELL and another lady went to the rescue, and while Gaddis went to Kenney for a doctor, the ladies lifted Mr. Craig out from under the posts and carried him over under the shade of a tree. When Drs. KIRBY and OWSLY arrived they found that nothing could be done to save the life of Mr. Craig, as his injuries were mainly internal and beyond the reach of medical skill. Mr. Craig lingered in great pain for about five hours, when he died. Mr. Craig was a man in good circumstances, having by industry accumulated a fine farm. He leaves a wife and a family of children. Some four or five weeks ago he was induced to insure his life for $5000, which will be paid to his family.


December 18, 1885
Clinton Public

Mother CRANDALL's funeral sermon will be preached at the Shiloh Church on next Sunday, by Elder J. KRETZINGER. Mrs. Crandall and her husband were among the early settlers of this county, and then moved to Macon county.

Note: This was Anna (Jones) Crandall, wife of Washington G. Crandall. She died December 1, 1885 in Maroa, Macon County, Illinois.

Daniel W. CRANG 

November 9, 1888
Clinton Public

Daniel W. CRANG died at his residence in this city last night, and will be buried tomorrow afternoon. The services will be held in the Presbyterian Church at two o'clock. Mr. Crang was a resident of this city for nearly thirty-two years. Next week THE PUBLIC will give a more extended notice.


November 16, 1888
Clinton Public

Daniel Ward Crang.

Thirty-one years ago last May, Daniel W. CRANG came to this city. He was born in Tavistock, England, on the 29th of December, 1814, and died in this city on the 8th of November, 1888, aged seventy-three years, ten months and nine days. Everybody knew “Uncle Daniel,” as he was familiarly called, and his kindly face will be missed not only in the home that was always made brighter by his presence, but in the daily business of our city. His brother Richard had preceded him to this country, and when Daniel came here he gave him a helping hand. Mr. Crang first tried farming fourteen miles west of Clinton, but his first summer's experience was enough to satisfy him that every man could do better at the business he was familiar with. That summer he raised ten acres of fine-looking cornstalks, but when he went into the field to gather his crop there was nothing but stalks. However, he had a good crop of potatoes, but as everybody else had raised potatoes there was not much sale for them. This cured him of being an Illinois granger, so he came to town in the fall and his brother Richard loaned him money to get three sheep, which he bought from Sylvester HENDRICKS’ father, and these he slaughtered and sold from a dry goods box in front of his brother Richard's store, who occupied a building where Cackley & Sheehe’s saloon is now. In this way he began to build up a trade, and that fall he occupied a small building on Center street, opposite the MAGILL House. He prospered as a butcher and saved some money, but along about the close of the war he thought he would try farming again, and he bought the farm now owned by Baz. SPRAGUE. Two years gave him enough of farming, for at the end of that time he was about $7000 short in his cash account. He sold the farm and came back to Clinton and went to butchering, and at this business he ended his days.

Mr. Crang was the father of nine children, seven of whom are living. Two of his sons served in the army. His wife died in August, 1887, and from that time his health began to fail and he never saw a well day afterward. In all of his business relations he was the soul of honor. He never accumulated much because he expended liberally for the comfort of his large family. He was liberal according to his means in all matters of public interest.

Mrs. Daniel W. CRANG 

August 12, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Daniel W. Crang.

On Wednesday night [Aug. 10], between ten and eleven o'clock, the soul of Mrs. Daniel W. CRANG passed from earth to heaven. She was taken sick last Sunday afternoon with an attack of dysentery, but till Tuesday her symptoms yielded to medical treatment. Tuesday evening she became worse, and from that time till her death she rapidly failed. Mrs. Crang's maiden name was Hannah RUNDLE, and she was an aunt of Mr. W. B. RUNDLE. She was born in Stowford, Devonshire, England, on the 28th of December, 1815. On the 15th of May, 1839, she was united in marriage in her native town to Mr. Daniel W. CRANG, and as the result of their union nine children were born—seven boys and two girls. One of the boys died in England in 1844, and another died in this city in March, 1862. The other members of the family with the exception of one son are living in this county. In the spring of 1857, Mr. Crang and his family emigrated to this country and located in Clinton. Here they have lived for thirty years, honored and respected members of society. In March, 1867, Mrs. Crang united with the Presbyterian Church, and her Christian life has been one of devotion and sacrifice to the welfare of the church and community. She was a good wife and mother, and her influence was felt in the home circle. The funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian Church this morning, at ten o'clock, and will be conducted by the Rev. W. W. FARIS.

Edwin CRANG 

March 7, 1913
Clinton Register

Edward [Edwin] Crang, One of Our Best Known Citizens, Dies After Short Illness.

Edward [Edwin] CRANG died at the Clinton infirmary at 11:30 Tuesday night after an illness of about two weeks, although his case was not considered serious until Thursday of last week, when a physician being called, he was found to be suffering from pneumonia.  He was at once removed to Dr. Gillen’s infirmary and everything possible was done to relieve him, but in spite of an iron constitution, his advanced age, coupled with the terrible disease from which he was suffering, baffled medical skill and medicine.

Deceased was born in England Feb. 19, 1842, being 71 years old at the time of his death.  He came to America with his parents in 1857, locating in DeWitt county where he had lived almost continuously until his death.  The wife of deceased died about ten years ago.  For several years Mr. Crang with his brother William conducted a meat market and later deceased was engaged in the same business after his brother went into other work.

He was well known and liked by all the older and many of the younger residents of the county.  Mr. Crang was a man of jovial disposition, having many friends and few enemies.  He believed in enjoying life—in making money, at which he seldom failed—then keeping it in circulation.

Deceased is survived by three brothers, William and George of Clinton, Charles, southwest of the city, and a sister, Mrs. Maria Johnson, who resides in Arizona.

Mr. Crang was a member of the G. A. R., having served with the 145th Ill. Vol. Inft. during the Civil War.  He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Funeral services were held at the home of George Crang, at 2:30 Thursday afternoon.   Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CRANG, EDWIN     SMITH, MATILDA V.      09-22-1863     DE WITT
CRANG, EDWIN     CASSERLY, SUSAN      11-07-1865     MORGAN

Mrs. Edwin CRANG (1) 

November 12, 1863
Clinton Public

It becomes our painful duty to announce the death of Mrs. Edward [Edwin] CRANG, eldest daughter of our respected townsman, Thompson SMITH.  Her demise occurred Monday night, seven weeks after her marriage.  She was conscious to the last, knew of her approaching dissolution, and was perfectly resigned to the will of her Maker.


November 19, 1863
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, Tuesday Nov. 10, Matilda V., wife of Edwin CRANG and eldest daughter of Thompson SMITH, aged 20 years.  The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Mrs. Edwin CRANG (2) 

March 20, 1903
Clinton Register


Friday Mrs. Susan CRANG died at her home on North Madison street, aged 62 years.  She had been an invalid several months.

Deceased was born in Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 21, 1841, and came to America when 16 years old.  She was a nurse during the Civil War and was married to Edwin CRANG in 1865, at Waverly, Ill., and they lived in Atlanta until 1886, when they moved to Clinton which had since been their home.  No children were born to them.  Her husband survives her, also one sister, Mrs. M. C. Hill, of Clinton, and two brothers, Peter CASSERLY, of Springfield, Ill.; and John CASSERLY, of Colorado.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 10 o'clock in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Canady.  Burial at Woodlawn.

Frederick J. CRANG 

September 16, 1910
Clinton Register

Fred J. Crang Died Tuesday From Injuries Received in Auto Collision Four Weeks Ago.

Fred J. CRANG died Tuesday evening at his home on West Main street, following a four-week illness, caused by injuries received in an automobile accident while returning from Weldon Springs with his family on the morning of August 17, when his machine was struck by an east-bound passenger train on the Champaign-Havana branch of the Illinois Central. Mr. Crang sustained a broken back and the spinal cord was severed, which caused immediate paralysis of the entire lower part of his body, including the stomach, kidneys, and bowels. It was thought from the first that his injuries would result fatally, but everything possible was done in the hope of saving his life. Specialists were summoned from Chicago, Bloomington and Decatur and all pronounced the case hopeless for the reason that they believed the spinal cord broken. Mr. Crang was conscious most of the time following the accident, and there was no time during his illness that he gave up the fight for life, believing that he would eventually recover.

Frederick J. Crang was born in Clinton, January 19, 1864, and was married June 3, 1896, to Miss Alice HORNER. Three children were born to this union, Marie, a daughter who died in infancy, and Curtis and Richard, who both survive him. There are two brothers, Frank E. and Richard R., both of whom reside in Clinton. Three sisters survive him, Mrs. E. OLIVER, Clinton; Mrs. W. B. CALDWELL, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Miss Nora CRANG, of Birmingham, Ala. These sisters were summoned at once following the accident and have remained with him until the time of his death.

Mr. Crang was actively identified with the business interests of Clinton, being at the time of his death cashier of the DeWitt County National Bank and president of the Central Illinois Building, Loan and Homestead Association, having held the latter position since the organization of that association sixteen years ago. As a boy Mr. Crang attended the public school and when yet quite young entered his father's dry goods store where he received an early training in business. In 1886 he engaged in the dry goods business which he conducted until 1906 when he disposed of his interests to take the position of cashier in the bank. He also took an active interest in civic affairs and served six years as alderman, his last term expiring in 1904.

In religious and social affairs Mr. Crang occupied a prominent place, being a member of the Presbyterian church, where he held the office of deacon, a member of Plantagenet lodge and Metzger Co. No. 21 Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Funeral services were held at the home this afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Fulton, pastor of the Presbyterian church. The services were in charge of the Knights of Pythias, and the body was laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery with the ritualistic service of that order.


November 1, 1889
Clinton Public

John CRANG, a former resident of Clinton, died in England on the 11th of October, aged seventy-two years. He was the brother of Richard, Daniel and Henry CRANG. About six years ago he bade farewell to Clinton and returned to his native land. Within a year after his arrival in England he married a second wife, and by her had one boy, now three years old, whom he christened Clinton DeWitt CRANG, in honor of his former home. Mr. Crang owned some business property in Elkhart, Logan county, which was destroyed by fire a few months after he left this country. His estate in Logan county was all disposed of and settled up before his death.

Mrs. John CRANG 

June 1, 1877
Clinton Public

Mrs. John CRANG died at Lincoln on Thursday of last week. The funeral services were held in this city on Saturday, when Mrs. Crang was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. For years she suffered from that incurable malady, cancer, and for some time before her death suffered greatly.

Norine Marie CRANG 

November 6, 1891
Clinton Public

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred CRANG was shrouded with sorrow last Saturday over the death of their first-born, Norine Marie, who at the tender age of three months and eighteen days was called to the unknown world. It was but yesterday, as it were, that the hearts of the young parents were gladdened by the incoming of the little stranger, and what bright hopes were in the future as, in thought, they could see their darling pass from childhood to girlhood, and when old age would come to them she would be their staff upon which to lean. But death has rudely torn the idol of their affections from their hearts and their home, and in sorrow Fred and his wife must bear their bereavement.

Richard R. CRANG 

February 9, 1877
Clinton Public

Death of Richard R. Crang.

Richard R. CRANG, one of the oldest merchants in this city died at his residence last Monday evening. In June, 1870, he was stricken with paralysis, from which he never recovered. After the first shock he was for a time able to attend to business, but about four years ago his mind began to fail, since which time his brother, Mr. Henry CRANG, has taken complete charge of affairs. On last Monday morning he had a second shock of paralysis which resulted in his death the same evening. For the past three or four years he was confined to his house but very little and made almost daily trips to his store. Mr. Crang was fifty-three years of age at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and eight children.

Mr. Crang was a native of England. He came to this country in 1851, and spent some time clerking in a dry goods house in Chicago with the firm with whom Mr. John WIGHTWICK was engaged as bookkeeper and Mr. Emmett KENT as cash boy. He afterward commenced business for himself, but finding it uphill work in Chicago, he determined to strike for the interior of the State. Having some friends in Bloomington he came down to that town on a prospecting tour, which finally led to his locating in Clinton.

In 1854 the MAGILL Bros. were but new beginners, having been in Clinton but about six months prior to Mr. Crang’s first advent. Mr. Crang first opened a dry goods store in this city in the building now occupied by CAIN’s marble shop. Afterward he got up on the square, and about 1860 moved into the building now occupied by the firm. Till stricken with paralysis Mr. Crang was one of the most active business men in this city, and his labor was abundantly rewarded. He took an interest in the growth and prosperity of the city, and helped with his counsel and money to further many of the projects incidental to all growing towns. He was a leading member of the First Baptist Church and was one of the principal contributors in the erection of the church building. For a period of over twenty-three years the dry goods house of R. R. Crang was one of the business features of this county. Till 1872 Mr. Crang gave much of his time to his store, but from that time on he was almost totally unfit for business. About a month before he was stricken with paralysis in 1870 he insured his life for $5000. This policy was kept in force, and now his family will receive the benefit of his wise forethought.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church on Wednesday afternoon. As a token of respect to his memory, all the business houses in the city were closed during the funeral ceremonies, and his remains were followed to Woodlawn Cemetery by a large procession.

Mrs. Richard R. CRANG 

May 25, 1900
Clinton Register

Laid Down Life's Burden Aged Nearly Sixty-five Years—
Funeral Held Monday Afternoon.

Mrs. Theresa CRANG died at her home on East Jefferson street Saturday afternoon about 1:30 o'clock. She had been failing in health several months, but had been confined to her bed less than three weeks.

The maiden name of deceased was Therese E. MOON, and she was born in England Dec. 12, 1835. When 21 years old she came to this country making her home at Lincoln, Ill., where she was married to Richard R. CRANG, of this city, May 4, 1858. To them seven children were born. They are Mrs. Nellie OLIVER, Mrs. W. H. BOOTH, Mrs. E. B. CALDWELL, Miss Nora CRANG, Frank, Fred and Richard CRANG, all living in Clinton. The husband died in 1877. Mrs. Crang had long been a member of the Baptist church and was a devoted Christian. Her heart overflowed with kindness and she was always ready to assist the needy. She was one of the good Christian mothers who are so sadly missed in the home and among friends. Her life had been filled with good deeds, and her children, as well as others, have learned a lesson from her life that will be a help to them through life.

Funeral services were held at the residence Monday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. MacARTHUR. There was an unusually large attendance, and many attested their love and friendship with bouquets of flowers and floral designs, enough to cover the grave where the good mother sleeps. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. William CRANG 

August 9, 1917, Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

Was One of Clinton's Most Respected Elderly Women—
Nearly Fifty Years Married.

Mrs. William CRANG died in her home at 425 West Adams street this morning at 6:40 o'clock after an illness of several years.  During the past six years, Mrs. Crang had suffered several strokes of paralysis, the last having occurred last week.


Luella Francis KIRKER was born in Ohio, July 14, 1842, and came to Illinois when a girl.  She was married to William CRANG in this city Sept. 10, 1867, and had she lived until a month from tomorrow the couple would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary, an event which they had looked forward to for many years.

To this union seven daughters were born.  Two died in infancy and Miss Blanche died seven years ago.  The four other daughters, with the husband survive her death.   They are Mrs. Jessie GRAY, of Chicago; Miss Cora, of this city; Mrs. L. L. NORTH, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Miss Grace, also at home.

Fifty Years a Church Member.

Mrs. Crang was a member of the local Presbyterian church, having joined its membership over fifty years ago.  She was also a member of the McCorkle Club.  During her long life in this city she had made many friends and was one of Clinton’s oldest and most respected citizens.

Funeral Saturday at Home.

The funeral services will be held from the family home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. R. V. Callaway in charge.  Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. John CRAVEN 

July 21, 1893
Clinton Public

Eleanor CRAVEN, daughter of Bordman and Sarah DOCKUM, was born in Madison County, Ohio, on August 11, 1831, and was united in marriage to John CRAVEN in January, 1849.   The union was blessed with nine children, of which four survive here, Sarah, Ella, James R. and Lucy.  Her husband died May 13, 1868.  They emigrated to Illinois in the fall of 1853 and located in DeWitt County where they lived for thirty- nine years.  Mrs. Craven has lived in Clinton for twenty-two years, excepting the past two months, during which time she has been at the St. Joseph Hospital in Bloomington, where, through the advice of her attending physician and many kind friends, her children were persuaded to remove her for treatment, as her disease was somewhat peculiar and could not receive the proper care here.  The children were under the impression that she was slowly recovering until Thursday, July 13, at nine o'clock when her son received a dispatch to come at once.  On reaching the hospital they found her in a state of unconsciousness from which she did not rally, and she passed away at 12:30 A.M. Friday.   The remains were brought to Clinton for burial.  The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon at three o'clock at her daughter's Mrs. I. N. BOLIN.  The services were conducted by the Rev. Father Dooling, as she has been a consistent member of the Catholic Church for several years.

Mrs. Frank CRAWFORD 

August 22, 1890
Clinton Public

Jane ROBERTS, wife of John S. MARVEL, and later of Frank CRAWFORD, was born in Gibson county, Ind., April 19, 1829, and died in Waynesville July 11, 1890, aged 61 years, 2 months and 22 days. When eleven years old her mother and little brother and sister died, and a few years later she was left an orphan by the death of her father. When seventeen years of age, she in company with Uncle Joe WILLIAMS came to Illinois, riding most of the distance of about two hundred miles on horseback. Soon after her arrival she made her home with Uncle Tom MADDOX, who then lived near where the Zion M. E. Church South now stands. On July 25, 1847, or when eighteen years of age, she was united in marriage with John S. Marvel, son of Aunt Rebecca GAMBREL, the nuptials being solemnized at Postville, now a part of Lincoln, Ill. This was found to be a union indeed of two hearts in the blessed bonds of the marriage state. In this union there were four children born to them, Rebecca, Wm. T., Elisha R. and Sarah E., but Elisha dying in 1858 only three of these her children being permitted to witness her sad funeral obsequies.

Mrs. Crawford was quite early brought under religious influences. Sitting at her bedside some weeks before her demise, she said to me, "I was impressed with the beauty and necessity of the Christian religion, and especially by the intensely religious life of Aunt Becca, long before I gave my heart to Christ. " Thus through the godly example of others she was led to seek the Savior in the pardon of her sins. In the spring of 1860, over thirty years ago, she was converted to God under the efficient labors of Rev. NEWELL, then pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Waynesville, and on March 17, 1860, she identified herself with this church, rejoicing in her new found experience. Here God prepared her for the awful stroke that in a few months came so heavily upon her.

On December 10, 1861, following her union with the church, and after fourteen years of wedded life, the companion of her youth, after professing unshaken confidence in the atonement of Christ for human guilt and sin and claiming a personal interest in that atonement, breathed his last farewell to earth and friends. Alone, with three children to care for, she bravely endured the hardships and fought the battles incident to human life. On December 27, 1865, she was joined in marriage with her surviving and greatly bereaved husband, Frank Crawford, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for over twenty-six years.

During her sickness she often thought of heaven and the possible meeting of loved ones gone before. On Sunday morning, June 29, she called her daughter and said: " Call in all the folks, I want to bid them all good-bye while I am in my right mind. " She then bade them all good-bye, kissed each one, and requested them to meet her in heaven. For several weeks she looked forward with eager expectation to her "welcome home." By nature she was energetic, warm-hearted, and thorough in all she undertook. It pleased God to take her out of this world with great pain and weakness, but though all these she “endured as seeing him that is invisible.” In her death the husband has lost a faithful, loving wife, the children an affectionate mother, and the community a kind neighbor. May God bless the husband in his loneliness and support the children with the riches of his grace. The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian Church, where a large concourse of sympathizing friends and neighbors were congregated. The discourse was delivered by the writer from Job 5:26, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Cumberland Cemetery awaiting the resurrection.   —J. E. ARTZ, Pastor


Funeral Card

Mary J. CRAWFORD—Died at her home in this city Sunday, January 9, 1898, at 4:30 a.m., Mary J. CRAWFORD, age 78 years, 3 months, 7 days. Funeral: M. E. Church, Jan. 11. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


December 18, 1891
Clinton Public


Another of the old soldiers of the last war has answered his last roll-call on earth and been transferred to the Grand Army above. James CRAWFORD died in this city last Friday night, and on Sunday he was buried by the Grand Army and the Sons of Veterans. He was sixty-four years old on the fifth of November, and he was a native of the State of Ohio. He leaves a wife and a grown-up family.

James Crawford was a resident of Clinton before and during the war, and when the time came that large bounties were being paid in Ohio for substitutes to enter the army, Ben LILLARD got a number of men together, among them Crawford, and took them to Ohio. Crawford went as a substitute for a man named MITCHELL and was sent to the Twenty-ninth Ohio, taking Mitchell's name. After the war, Crawford came back to his wife and family in this city, and remained here till his death. He was a house mover by avocation and was industrious and attentive to business. A few years ago he was stricken with paralysis, from which he never recovered. His mind and speech were badly affected. S. K. CARTER has been working to secure Crawford a pension, but owing to the difficulties in the way of proving that Crawford was the man who served under the name Mitchell, the pension has not yet been granted. Mr. Carter thinks he has all these points adjusted so that the pension will come.

There was a large turn out at the funeral on Sunday afternoon, the Grand Army and the Sons of Veterans acting as an escort. The services at the grave were performed by Dr. J. A. EDMISTON, Post Commander, and Chaplain ARMSTRONG. When the body was being lowered into the grave, the drum corps rolled the muffled drums. A soldier's funeral is solemn and impressive.

Mrs. James CRAWFORD 

January 24, 1896
Clinton Public

An Aged Mother Dies.

Mrs. Mary CRAWFORD died at her home in Clinton Sunday, at 7 p.m., aged 64 years, 10 months and 14 days. Deceased was born in Logan county, Ohio, March 6, 1831. She came to this county forty years ago. Four years ago, her husband, James CRAWFORD, died. Last August she was confined to bed by sickness. She joined the Presbyterian church last September, all her life, however, being under Christian influences. Three daughters—Mrs. Catherine LANE, Mrs. Ed BOWMAN and Mrs. Daniel RISHER—and one son—William E.— all residents of Clinton, survive her. Also two sisters, one in Ohio and another in Arkansas, and a brother, and sixteen grandchildren survive her. Hers was an exemplary life, shedding sunshine wherever she went. Funeral services were held at the home of the deceased Monday by Rev. Dr. HUNTER, and remains were buried in Woodlawn cemetery.


September 7, 1900
Clinton Register

Peter Crawford of Texas Township Passes Away Monday at the Home of Chas. Luker.

Peter CRAWFORD, son of Bartley CRAWFORD, of Ramsey, died Monday at the home of his nephew, Chas. LUKER, in Texas township, after an illness of several weeks, of consumption. He was 21 years old and was an industrious young man. He was married and the wife and one child, his parents, two sisters and three brothers mourn his death. Funeral services were held at the church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Gilliland. Interment in Hill cemetery one mile south of Clinton.


January 1, 1897
Clinton Public

Mrs. A. M. CREE.

On Tuesday at 10:50 a.m., at her home on West Johnson street, in Lawndale, a suburb of this city, Mrs. Sarah E. CREE passed quietly away, at the age of 23 years, 7 months and 29 days. Deceased had been a sufferer from consumption for about a year, and she was resigned to the will of God and trusted in the love of her Heavenly Father. She had identified herself with the Presbyterian church some years ago and early learned the truths of Christianity, which were exemplified in her relations as wife and daughter. Deceased leaves a husband, A. M. CREE; a father, mother, two brothers and three sisters living in this vicinity; and a brother and sister in Hardin county, Iowa. She was the daughter of J. E. and Mary A. BAILEY, and was born in Kenney on May 23, 1873. Funeral took place at 2 o'clock on Wednesday from her late residence, Rev. W. A. HUNTER officiating. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.


February 28, 1890
Clinton Public

The death of May CREE, the daughter of Jacob and Lydia CREE, in this city, which occurred Tuesday, Feb. 25, brought deep sorrow to many hearts. She was nearly fourteen years of age, and was greatly loved by all who knew her. She united with the M. E. Church during the revival recently held. The funeral service at the M. E. Church was largely attended, and an unusual large number followed her remains to the cemetery. The thoughtfulness of some friends in lining the grave with evergreens, which takes away much of the dismal appearance, is to be highly commended-a custom that should be adopted in the future. Mr. and Mrs. Cree have the sympathies of a loyal circle of friends.


November 21, 1890
Clinton Public

Katie, the four-year-old daughter of Samuel G. and Laura CREVISTON, died last evening, about eight o'clock, of that dread disease diphtheria. Down to Wednesday afternoon the child was in her usual good health, but in the evening she complained of being sick and during the night she was taken very bad. Yesterday forenoon she was in a very critical condition, but along in the afternoon the doctor reported improved symptoms. The parents were rejoicing at the prospective recovery of their child, but, suddenly, in the evening the symptoms became alarming, and about eight o'clock she died, having been sick less than thirty hours. Katie was a bright child, and her sudden death is a terrible blow to her parents.


January 13, 1888
Clinton Public


Jim was a jolly creature, and he always had a cheerful hello for everyone who passed him by. Go where you would on the public square, you would be sure to find Jim strolling around. During the summer months he would loiter under the shade of the trees in the court-house park with the other loafers. Jim was convivial in his nature and he would never refuse an invitation to take a drink. He could not say no. It was comical, while it was pitiable, to see poor Jim weaving around when he was full of whisky or beer, and his cute hello always sounded cuter when he was drunk. During the holidays Jim had a high old time; he was never sober during the business hours in the saloon, and when closing up time came he would stagger off to his bed to sleep off the effects of his debauch. The whisky was too much for Jim. Yesterday morning Harve SMITH found him frozen to death in the ice-house. For two or three days previous he was in drooping spirits. There was no inquest. Poor Jim died a drunkard. His fate should be a sad warning.


December 1, 1899
Clinton Public

Owen CRONIN died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. John SULLIVAN, on West Main street, Saturday, aged 82 years, of kidney trouble. He had resided in Clinton about one year. Remains were taken on the Illinois Central Sunday to Waverly, Iowa, for burial.


June 3, 1875
Clinton Public

It will be sad news to many old Clintonians to learn of the death of Henry CROSLEY, which occurred at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on last Thursday [May 27th].  For nearly twenty years Mr. Crosley was prominently identified with the business interests of this city.  About two years ago he removed with his family to Indianapolis, hoping to better his fortunes in that rapidly growing city.  For three months prior in his death, Mr. Crosley was confined to his home from sickness, and two or three weeks ago his family physician advised him that there was only one hope left—and a doubtful one at that—and that was to go to Hot Springs.  Mr. and Mrs. Crosley went to the Springs, and in a few days after their arrival there Mr. Crosley died.  His body was brought to this city for interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, and on Sunday the last sad rites were performed.  The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, and the remains of Mr. Crosley were followed to their last resting place by a large number of our citizens.

Mr. Crosley came to this city from Cincinnati over twenty-one years ago, and, till the building of the G. C. & S. Railroad, was connected with the grocery trade.  In his business intercourse with the people of this county he made hosts of friends and prospered.  In his social relations he was highly esteemed.  For many years he was a prominent official in the Presbyterian church, and his time and money were freely given to advance the cause of religion and good morals in this community.   At the time of his death Mr. Crosley was in his fifty-sixth year.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and indulgent parent.

William R. CROSLEY 

December 23, 1887
Clinton Public

On last Saturday a telegram was received in this city announcing that William R. CROSLEY had died at his mother's home in Indianapolis, and that the body would arrive here on Monday morning for burial. William R. Crosley was born in Clinton in May, 1854, and at the time of his death, he was in his thirty-fourth year. He lived in this city till 1874, when he moved to Indianapolis. Five years ago he went to Colorado, hoping that that climate would stay the ravages of consumption, a disease which he had inherited. A short time ago his step-mother received word from a friend that William was getting worse, although he tried to make himself believe that he was getting better. She went to Denver and took him back to her home in Indianapolis, where he died last Saturday. The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church in this city last Monday morning, conducted by the Rev. W. A. HUNTER. His body was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery by the side of his father and mother. William was a bright young man and many hearts in Clinton sorrow on account of his death.

Perry J. CROSS 

April 15, 1887
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

Perry J. CROSS, who served his country faithfully and well during the war, died at his home in this city on last Friday, in his forty-second year. For some four or five weeks his life hung in the balance, one day his death being hourly expected and the next day his physician and friends would have renewed hopes of his recovery.

When but eighteen years old he left his home on the farm in Texas township and enlisted in the 107th Illinois Infantry. He enlisted under Capt. MULHOLLAND, who came home on recruiting service, and after the siege of Knoxville he joined the regiment and was assigned to Co. D, commanded by Captain Lee McGraw. When the 107th was mustered out Perry was transferred to another regiment, and served till the close of the war. In 1864 he had a severe attack of camp diarrhea from which he never recovered. The disease became chronic, and for the past twenty-two years he suffered from it, and it finally ended in his death. These are the men the copperhead Chicago Times calls "coffee coolers" and wants to bury them in the same grave with the confederate soldier and cover them with tons of rocks so that they never would be heard of again. These are the men whom President Cleveland could not pension. Perry Cross applied for a pension long years after he left the service. He did not ask for it till his health became so impaired that he could not earn a support for his family. A few months ago he received between $400 and $500, and with it came a notice that his name was stricken from the pension roll. General BLACK, the commissioner of pensions, who is drawing the largest pension of any soldier, would not allow poor Perry Cross the small pittance of $4 a month during the short period of his life.

The funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon, and were under charge of Frank Lowry Post and the Sons of Veterans. The Post and the camp were out in full numbers, and they escorted the body to the M. E. Church, where the Rev. A. T. ORR conducted the services. Then the remains were taken to Woodlawn Cemetery and consigned to a grave in the soldiers' lot. A farewell volley was fired over his grave. There is something pathetic in a soldiers' funeral—the subdued tone of the fife and the muffled drums. It brings back the days of 1861-65 when such scenes were almost an everyday occurrence.

Perry Cross leaves a wife and three children. He had but little of this world's goods to leave his family except the home for them to live in.

Solomon CROSS 

September 24, 1863
DeWitt County Public & Central Transcript

Dead.—Solomon CROSS, a well-known citizen of this county, died on Sunday last. His remains were interred Tuesday.

William H. CROSS 

July 15, 1916 - Saturday
Clinton Daily Public

William H. Cross Was Never Able to Work and Lived by Himself.

William H. CROSS, of Maroa, died at his home in that city Friday morning after a week’s illness.  Mr. Cross had been in ill health for sometime and on Friday, July 7, he went into a sleep from which he never awoke and died just one week later.  Mr. Cross was the son of Solomon CROSS and was born in Creek township about fifty-three years ago.  He never was able physically to work and had lived alone for anumber of years.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Corwin HARRINGTON and one brother, Charles CROSS, both of Maroa.  The funeral arrangements have not been made, but they will probably be held sometime Sunday from the home of his sister, Mrs. Harrington.

Michael CROW 

December 4, 1885
Clinton Public

Michael CROW, one of the oldest section foremen on the Springfield Division of the Illinois Central Railroad, died yesterday afternoon from injuries received two days before. Crow lived at Thawville and was a personal friend of the Gilman saloon- keeper who was murdered last Saturday night. On Tuesday the saloon-keeper was buried and Crow attended the funeral. Returning to his home in the evening, Crow was sitting on the front of a hand car, with his feet hanging downward toward the track. By some accident the car tipped forward a little and Crow's leg was broken. Yesterday morning it had to be amputated, and towards evening he died from the effects of the operation. He leaves a widow and eight children.

George W. CROWDEN 

October 19, 1883
Clinton Public

Geo. W. CROWDEN, for many years an engineer on the Illinois Central road, died at his home in this city this morning. For several months Mr. Crowden was confined to his bed with rheumatism and constantly suffered the most intense pain. He served in an Illinois regiment during the war, and it was while in the service that he contracted his disease. His death was hourly expected for several weeks past, and during that time the men in the employ of the Central company ministered to his wants day and night. The funeral services will be held on Sunday morning, at ten o'clock, and will be conducted by the Freemasons and the Grand Army of the Republic.


October 26, 1883
Clinton Public

Died, in Clinton, DeWitt county, of sciatica, October 18, 1883, George W. CROWDEN, aged 40 years, 11 months, and 28 days. He was born in England, October 21, 1842. At the age of nine years he, with his parents, emigrated to the United States and settled in Westfield, Chatauqua county, New York. At the age of 17 his father moved to Freeport, Stephenson county, Ill., and at the breaking out of the late war he enlisted in Company B, 17th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, served nine months, and was discharged from service at the hospital. He enlisted a second time in the mule packing department, packing over the Cumberland to Rosencrans. After serving five months he turned his train over to another chief on account of rheumatism, contracted by exposure—sleeping in the mud and under the snow without shelter.

November 17, 1863, he was married to Elvira J. CLARK, of Freeport. In 1864 he became an employee of the Illinois Central railroad as fireman. He was always the first man to be laid off and the last for promotion, but finally arrived at the height of his ambition by being appointed an engineer of the same road, where he served faithfully up to the 27th of last December, when he made his last trip. During all this time he has suffered more or less from rheumatism, and for the past two years he could not walk from his engine to this home without the assistance of a cane or crutch. It seems that misfortune followed him through life. He came to Clinton in the spring of 1880.


October 26, 1883
Clinton Public

The late George CROWDEN was buried last Sunday morning in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Masons and the Grand Army of the Republic acting as an escort. The ceremonies at the grave were performed by the Masonic order, the Clinton Glee Club assisting in leading the sing. It was the expressed desire of the deceased that no religious rites be observed at his funeral.


July 7, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of a Child.

At Mendota on Monday occurred the death of little Alma CROWDREN, the 15-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. CROWDEN, formerly of this city. The remains were brought to Clinton, where the funeral was held from the residence of C. N. HAMMOND, conducted by Rev. J. B. HORNEY. Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: Crowdren, Crowden or Crowder? Woodlawn Cemetery lists the name as CROWDER and her age as 18-months.


December 19, 1902
Clinton Public


Maroa man who dies suddenly while in the city on business was well known in Dewitt County. Yesterday morning Col. S. C. CROWELL, went to Decatur to buy goods for the W. R. CARLE grocery in Maroa, which he had been managing sometime. He went into the wholesale house and was warming by a radiator. Soon he was seen leaning on a desk and dead in a few minutes. He had been troubled with heart disease several years, but had been in usual health. He was about 65 years old and the greater part of his life had been spent in Maroa, where none was better known. He was born in Ohio and was in the Civil War. He had two children, Loyal lives in Ohio, and his daughter Mrs. Wm. MARTIN, lives in Clinton. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Peter WYKOFF, Mrs. T.N. LEAVITT and Miss Elizabeth CROWELL, all of Maroa.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916:
CROWELL, SETH C.   12/18/1902   DECATUR    69 YR   M   MACON

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. George N. CROWNOVER 

December 18, 1891
Clinton Public

"In the Midst of Life We Are in Death."

One week ago yesterday Mrs. George N. CROWNOVER not feeling very well went to bed, but she did not feel sick enough to have a doctor called or even to take any medicine. Yesterday afternoon her body was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. The suddenness of her death was a shock to her friends and neighbors. In one short week there was a change from active life to the grave. It is hard to realize it, yet her presence has gone from husband, baby girl and home. The doctors say her death resulted from Bright’s disease. About six months ago she complained of swelling in the limbs, which was thought to be some indication of dropsy, but the symptoms never developed nor became alarming.

Mrs. Crownover was born in East Dubuque, and at her death was in her twenty- fourth year. Her father and mother died when she was not more than three years old, and she was brought up by an uncle and later by an older sister. Four years ago last September she was married to Alderman George N. CROWNOVER, and three years ago last July her baby girl was born. They had built a pleasant home in the First Ward, and it was Mrs. Crownover’s delight to make it bright and homelike for husband and baby.

Mr. Crownover feels grateful to the neighbors for their kindness in ministering to his wife during her brief illness, and also in the sad hours that followed.

Mrs. Adelbert CRUM 

November 16, 1906
Clinton Register


Mrs. Adelbert CRUM died at her home 7 miles east of Wapella Sunday morning of pneumonia. She was the daughter of Wm. MARTIN and wife; was born near Wapella Aug. 18, 1880, was aged 26 years, 7 months and 23 days.

Miss Maggie May Martin was united in marriage to Adelbert CRUM in Wapella Nov. 3, 1896; to this union were born four children, Wiley, Carrie, Harry, and Claude, who with the husband, her parents, four brothers and three sisters mourn the loss of a wife, mother, daughter and sister. Mrs. Crum accepted her Savior in 1897 and lived a Christian to the time of her death, and as her spirit was taking its flight, she said to her loved ones who had gathered around her couch, "Not my will but thine be done." She plead with them to be calm as it was all the sweeter to her and she was gone.

Funeral services were conducted from the Wapella Christian church on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. Roughton officiating, assisted by Rev. G. E. Burton. Interment in Crum cemetery north-east of Wapella.

Frank W. CRUM 

May 12, 1905
Clinton Register

One of the Prominent Young Farmers of Wapella Township Dies After a Month’s Illness.

Death at any age brings grief to the home and sadness to friends, but it is seldom that a whole community is bowed in sorrow when one is called from life to death. Few there are whose lives are such that all their acquaintances are their friends. Such a man was Frank CRUM. He had lived all his years in the same neighborhood and on the same farm, and he was known as few young men are known. He had always been honest, sober and upright, the same each day, and he knew no enemies, and no enemies knew him. He was a friend of all whom he knew and all he knew were his friends. They honored him for his honest manhood and esteemed him for his true friendship and genial ways. That such a man should be called from home, loved ones and friends in the prime of life is unusually sad and touches the tenderest sympathies of those who knew him.

Until January, 1904, Mr. Crum had been in the best of health. At that [time], in a wreck at Jacksonville, Ill., a rib was broken and he suffered other injuries. The same day, while returning home on the Central, the train ran into freight cars at Kenney, but his injury was slight. Soon afterward he had a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism and was dangerously sick. After his recovery, he seemed to be in his usual health until this spring. After a few days of not feeling well, he was confined to his bed April 4 with inflammatory rheumatism and died May 5, about 4 o'clock p.m. Many think the injury received at Jacksonville was the real cause of his death.

Frank W. Crum was born one and a half miles northwest of Wapella, Jan. 25, 1864, and lived 41 years, 3 months and 10 days. His death occurred on the same farm as did his birth. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. J. H. CRUM, and his mother died in 1875. April 14, 1887, he was married to Miss Elizabeth STOREY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. STOREY, of Clinton. To them seven children were born, one dying in infancy. Those who with their mother survive him are Earl, Ray, Fred, Guy, Ivan and Nellie, the former 16 and the latter 2 years old. He is also survived by his father, his step mother, of Clinton; a sister, Mrs. G. C. MAXWELL, of Wapella, and a half-brother and sister, Miss May and Lyle CRUM, of Clinton.

He was always a democrat and had held several township offices, being clerk at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. A. Lucas. The attendance was the largest ever at a funeral in that vicinity. Odd Fellows from Wapella, Heyworth and Clinton had charge of the remains. In the procession to the Crum cemetery, about one mile from the home were nearly 150 buggies and carriages. The number present was estimated as high as one thousand. There were many floral tributes.

Fred CRUM 

October 16, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Fred Crum of Wapella Dies of Influenza After a Week’s Illness.

Private Fred CRUM of Wapella, who for the past ten days has been reported seriously ill with Spanish influenza and pneumonia at Camp Lee, Va., died at 5 o'clock this morning, according to word received here this afternoon by relatives. The wife of Private Crum and a small child are reported seriously ill with the disease at the family home.

Deceased was well known in DeWitt county, was born here and spent his entire childhood in this community. He is the son of Mrs. Elizabeth CRUM of Wapella and a grandson of W. D. STOREY, also of that place. Arrangements have been made to ship the body to this county, where interment will be made. Crum’s death adds another gold star to the county’s service flag.


October 19, 1918
Clinton Daily Public


The remains of the late Fred CRUM, who died of influenza at Camp Lee, Va., arrived here today and were taken to the Oakman chapel. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home in Wapella, and interment will be made in the Crum cemetery.

Hiram CRUM 

March 25, 1881
Clinton Public

Hiram CRUM, an old citizen of Wapella, died on Thursday night of last week from injuries received a few days before.  Mr. Crum was running a horse power attached to a firewood cutting machine, when the belt broke, the end of it striking him a terrific blow on the side of the head, breaking his skull.  Mr. Crum lived for two days after the accident, when he died.  He leaves a widow and eight children.

James H. CRUM 

November 6, 1908
Clinton Register


James H. CRUM died at his home in Clinton, Wednesday evening about 5 o'clock.  He had been in poor health about two years, his trouble being rheumatism.  Part of the time he was not able to be out, and then would be about the streets.  About two weeks ago he was confined to his home, and Wednesday morning was suddenly taken worse.

Deceased was born near Wapella May 3, 1845, and his home had always been in this county.  He grew to manhood in the neighborhood where he was born and was married to Miss Elizabeth DAY.  To them two children were born, Frank, the son, died about three years ago, and the daughter, Mrs. G. C. MAXWELL, lives west of Wapella.

His second marriage was to Mrs. Julia LANGDON, who survives him.  Two children, Miss May and Lyle, both at home, survive him, also Wm. CRUM, of Clinton, and a sister, Mrs. CHAPIN, of Oregon.

He moved from his farm near Wapella to Clinton about six years ago, and this city had since been his home.  He had been a member of the Christian church most of his life, and was a member of the Odd Fellows order.  Politically he had always been a Democrat.

Funeral was held at the home on West Johnson street this morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Swartz.  Burial in Crum cemetery near Wapella.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CRUM, JAMES H.    LANGDON, JULIA A. MRS.     1877-02-22    DEWITT

Mrs. James H. CRUM 

November 4, 1875
Clinton Public

Mrs. James CRUM died last Monday morning, after a protracted illness of several weeks.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CRUM, JAMES    DAY, ELISABETH     1863-06-18    DEWITT

Matthias CRUM 

November 6, 1914
Clinton Register


Matthias CRUM, a former citizen of this city, died in Farmer City last Sunday.  Funeral services were held in the above city at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Arthur W. McDavitt officiating, deceased having been a member of St. Paul’s Universalist church of this city.

Melissa CRUM 

August 28, 1891
Clinton Public

Melissa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. CRUM, of Wapella, died on Friday morning, August 21st, aged 15 years, 9 months and 13 days. She had been sick since last February with that dread disease, consumption, and had been a great sufferer, but bore up bravely and patiently under her affliction. She united with the Christian Church in November, 1886. Funeral services were held in the Wapella Christian Church on last Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. W. H. KERN, of this city. The remains were laid to rest in Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Peter CRUM 

February 4, 1887
Clinton Public

Peter Crum died at his late residence on Saturday morning last. At the time of his death he was in his 85th year. Mr. Crum was one of the early settlers of this county, coming to Long Point something over fifty years ago. He gave liberally of his means to erect Christian Churches at Rock Creek, Long Point and Wapella, in which places he held membership. He also served as Elder in each of the congregations to which he belonged until a few years ago, when he resigned, being unable to attend to his duties on account of sickness. He was beloved and respected by all who knew him. He was a man that always spoke well of everybody. His remains were laid to rest in the Crum cemetery Sunday afternoon.


February 11, 1887
Clinton Register

Peter Crum, of Wapella, Passes Away.

Peter CRUM was born in Butler county Ohio September 1st 1803; he was joined in marriage to Milly JACKSON Oct. 18th 1826, who is left to mourn his loss. He has been a resident of DeWitt county for 51 years; has lived on the farm he first improved, 2 miles north west of Wapella; he was the father of six children, four of whom are living, three boys and one girl. Two of the children reside near the old home place, one in Oregon, one in Missouri; two were present at his death. He united with the Christian church at the age of 20, of which he has been a devout member ever since, having assisted in building churches of his choice at Rock Creek, Long Point and at Wapella.

Peter Crum was an exemplary husband, honest and upright in all his dealings, and a business man who won the respect of all. He departed this life January 29th 1887, aged 83 years 4 months and 28 days.

Mrs. Peter CRUM 

May 4, 1888
Clinton Public

Mrs. Millie Crum departed this life on Tuesday, April 26, was buried at the Crum Cemetery Friday, the 27. Mrs. Crum was born in North Carolina. Moved to Indiana with her parents. There she was married to Peter Crum. They moved to Illinois in 1831 and settled in Long Point. Her husband preceded her to the grave in January, 1887. She left behind three sons and one daughter. At the time of her death she was 71 years old, if our memory serves us right. Thus it is the old landmarks are passing away.

William CRUM 

April 8, 1910
Paper Unknown

William CRUM died at 9 o'clock this morning at his home on West Jefferson Street, aged 74. He had been in failing health several months and had seldom been uptown since the first of the year, the last time being on March 26. Deceased was born in Indiana on Sept. 1, 1835, and his parents moved to this county when he was six months old, locating on a farm two and a half miles northwest of Wapella. He was married to Miss Emily J. BIRD March 20, 1869, and they located on a farm one mile northwest of Wapella where they lived until the fall of 1892 when they bought property in Clinton which they had since occupied. Six children where born to them, three of whom are living, Mrs. E. E. HOYT, and Mrs. W.W. BARRICK of Clinton, and C.F. CRUM of Maroa. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Jane CHAPIN of McMenville, Oregon. One sister and four brothers are dead. Funeral services will be held at the home Sunday at 1:30 conducted by Rev. Albert SCHWARTZ. Burial will be in the Sugar Grove cemetery northeast of Wapella.

Submitted by Kate Beaugrand Cook

Mrs. William CRUM 

February 1923
Paper Unknown

Another Christian Mother Is Called; aged eighty and four years.
Had lived in DeWitt County almost her entire life.
Husband died thirteen years ago.

Mrs. Emily J. CRUM, one of Clinton's oldest citizens, died at her home, 121 West Jefferson street, early Saturday morning. She was sick only a short time; pneumonia developed soon after she had taken cold.

Emily Jane BIRD, daughter of J. T. and Malinda BIRD, was born in Logan county, IL, 4/18/1838 and was 84 years, 9 months and 22 days old when she passed away, most of her life was spent in DeWitt county. March 30, 1859, she was married to Wm. CRUM. Six children were born to them, two of whom are living. They are Mrs. Effie BARRICK of Clinton, and C. F. CRUM, of Maroa. Four daughters are deceased. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Wilmoth LUCAS of Lincoln, and Mrs. Judith HUBBLE of Stroud, OK. The husband died in 1909.

The family moved from near Wapella to Clinton in 1892 and she had since lived here. Her parents and 11 others organized the Long-point Christian church in the shade of a tree near their home. She early in life became a member of that church and remained a faithful and active member, transferring her membership to the Clinton church. She was seldom absent from services and was much interested in missionary work. Funeral services were held in the church Monday at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. R. L. CARTWRIGHT, who paid beautiful tribute to her devoted and Christian life. Burial was in Longpoint cemetery, Wapella twp.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950:
CRUM, EMILY JANE   F/W   UNK    1923-02-10   DE WITT   CLINTON

Submitted by Kate Beaugrand Cook


March 11, 1904
Clinton Register

Father of Mrs. C. S. Lafferty, of Clinton.
Died at His Home at Leroy.

Monday's Pantagraph gives the following account of the life of J. H. L. CRUMBAUGH, who died Sunday in Leroy:

J. H. L. CRUMBAUGH died at his home in Leroy Sunday morning after a long illness. With his demise there passed one of the county's foremost citizens, he being known as a very successful farmer, stock raiser and retired farmer. He was born in Henderson county, Ky., May 1, 1825; he emigrated with his brother to Illinois in 1828, and first located in Sangamon county for two years, then removed to what is now Empire township, McLean county in 1830. He remained with his father and engaged in farming and stock raising until 27 years of age, the last ten years of which he was in partnership with his father in the above business, as well as buying and driving cattle to Chicago. His marriage with Amanda M. BUCK was celebrated Sept. 28, 1851. To this union were born three children, Laura E., wife of William LAFFERTY, of Downs township; Edith, wife of Chas. S. LAFFERTY, Of Clinton; and a son who lives in Empire township. Mr. Crumbaugh has frequently made trips to Chicago with oxen and horses, loading up with grain and provisions and bringing back salt, leather and merchandise. At first a poor lad, but with an ambition he owned nearly two thousand acres of rich McLean county land. Mr. Crumbaugh had eight grandchildren. He was a Democrat in politics and a life-long member of the Universalist church. He was one of the charter members and chief promoters of building the Universalist church at Leroy.

The funeral was held at the family residence in Leroy Tuesday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. W. E. LEAVITT, of Leroy, assisted by Rev. C. E. VARNEY, of Clinton. The funeral was in charge of the Masonic lodge, in which the deceased was a member.

Note: His full name was James Henry Lyon Crumbaugh.


April 7, 1905
Clinton Register

Jas. T. CRUMBAUGH, a relative of Mrs. C. S. LAFFERTY, of Clinton, died Monday in a Bloomington hospital, age 73. Death was caused by being badly burned about a month ago. His home was near LeRoy and he owned about 1200 acres of land, was worth over $200,000 and was vice president of a LeRoy bank. He was a member of the Universalist church of LeRoy.


March 4, 1887
Clinton Public

Margaret CULBERTSON, who has made her home with the family of Mr. John MASON for the past thirty-six years, died yesterday morning. She was about fifty years old. She was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and came to this county with the Mason family. Eighteen years ago she united with the Presbyterian Church in this city. The funeral was held this morning, after which her remains were interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.


August 20, 1931
Decatur Daily Review

Clinton—Mr. and Mrs. D. W. CULLERS, 519 Mulberry, went to Gibson City Wednesday where they attended funeral services for Mr. Cullers' brother, Emory CULLERS, who died at his home in that city Monday. Besides the brother in Clinton, the deceased is survived by his wife and two children, together with his father Frank CULLERS of Gibson City; one brother, Archie CULLERS, Chicago; and three sisters — Mrs. Harry WALTERS, Gibson City; Mrs. JOHNSON, Plymouth, Ind.; and Mrs. REDDING, Fisher, Ill. Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Gibson.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Robert V. CUMMING 

September 11, 1914
Clinton Register

Robert V. Cumming, Father of Dr. M. L. Cumming, of Clinton—
Pioneer Resident.

R. V. CUMMING, for nearly three-quarters of a century a resident of DeWitt county, died at his home in New Jersey at 5:30 Tuesday morning from complications following advanced years.

Deceased was well known and highly respected throughout this county, having spent almost his entire life in Santa Anna township. He was a former prominent business man of Farmer City, having owned and conducted the Commercial hotel there for many years. When he grew too old to attend actively to business he retired and a few years ago moved with his family to New Jersey where he ended his days in peace and quiet.

Robert V. Cumming was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paxton CUMMING and was born at Mt. Pleasant, now Farmer City, December 31, 1838. December 27, 1866, he was married to Miss Jennie ANDERSON, four children being born to them, three of whom survive, a daughter dying in infancy. Those living are Dr. M. L. CUMMING of this city and Bert CUMMING and Anna SMITH, who live with their mother in New Jersey. Until two years ago it had been an annual affair with the deceased and his wife to spend a part of the summer here with their son. Mr. Cumming was a veteran of the Civil War, having been one of the first volunteers from this county, enlisting with Co. I, 106th Reg. Ill. Vol. Inft., in 1862. He was a lifelong member of the M. E. Church, and also for many years affiliated with the Masonic order, the latter having charge of the funeral.

After brief funeral services at the home, the remains were taken to Farmer City, arriving at the latter place over the Big Four at noon yesterday. Funeral services were held at the above city from the M. E. church at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Burial in Maple Grove cemetery south of the city.

Note: The article mistakenly says that Robert was in Co. I of the 106th Regiment during the Civil War but he was in Co. I of the 107th Regiment.


December 26, 1918 - Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

Passes Away Christmas Eve at Home of Mother After Year’s Illness.

Edgar Thornton CUNDIFF, one of the best known men of this city, where he has resided all of his lifetime, passed away at 12:40 o'clock Christmas day morning at the home of his mother, Mrs. Lucy CUNDIFF, 316 South Monroe street.  Mr. Cundiff had been ill for the past year with tuberculosis and his condition was gradually growing worse.  He was 44 years of age.

Edgar Thornton Cundiff was born in Clinton on September 7, 1874.  He secured his education in the local schools and later was employed as a clerk for the I. C. road here and as a watch and jewelry repairer in local jewelry shops.  He is the son of the late W. B. and Mrs. Lucy CUNDIFF.  Besides the mother, one brother, Clifford, now seriously ill with pneumonia, survives.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Oakman chapel.  Rev. A. M. Wells of the Methodist church will officiate and interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.  For the past two summer months deceased had been living in the open air in a camp on Salt Creek in hopes to benefit his health.

John Wells CUNDIFF 

April 26, 1889
Clinton Public

John Wells CUNDIFF died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. DeLAY, in this city, early yesterday morning, aged thirty-seven years, three months and twenty-five days. He was born in DeWitt county on the 30th of January, 1852. Four weeks ago John was taken down sick, and from the first his symptoms were unfavorable. He realized his condition and the thought of a change from this life gave him happiness. In his childhood days John was bright and active, but as the result of sickness his mind became clouded never more to be restored. He was the friend of every body and every body loved poor John and made life as pleasant to him as possible. He was harmless and good natured, and one of the most industrious men in Clinton. He made his own way through life and had a proud, independent spirit. His funeral will take place this afternoon from the residence of Mrs. DeLay.


January 21, 1887
Clinton Public

Miss Mamie CUNDIFF, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. CUNDIFF, died at the residence of her parents in this city last Monday evening, aged seventeen years. Her death resulted from a complication of various diseases, which for months past made her a most acute sufferer. She was an amiable and intelligent young lady, and had she lived would have made a useful and honored member of society. The funeral services occurred Friday afternoon from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. W. A. HUNTER officiating.


March 14, 1884
Clinton Register

Oscar CUNDIFF, son of B. L. CUNDIFF, died on the 8th at his home in Kansas, of consumption.  He had been in failing health for several years, and moved from this place to Kansas last fall, hoping that a change might prove beneficial.  But he grew worse instead of better, until the 8th, when he died.  His remains were brought to Maroa on Wednesday and laid to rest in the cemetery there.  He leaves a wife, father, and two sisters to mourn his death.

Mrs. Thornton CUNDIFF 

January 29, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Eleanor A. CUNDIFF died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. G. CACKLEY, on Sunday evening last, in the seventieth year of her age. She had been confined to her bed for about three weeks, but was thought to be getting better till Sunday morning, when her disease took an unfavorable turn, and that evening she died. She was the wife of Thornton CUNDIFF, who died near Farmer City in the year 1858. Mrs. Cundiff and her husband moved from Hancock county, Ohio, to DeWitt county in 1852. They first settled on a farm near where Mr. George Hartsock now lives, and lived there for a couple of years. Then they came to Clinton and kept the hotel which formerly stood on the corner now occupied by the Masonic Block. In 1856 they left Clinton and bought the farm near Farmer City fair grounds which was lately owned by Campbell and Kyle, where Mr. Cundiff died in 1858. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Cundiff came back to Clinton and made this her future home, living with her children.

Mrs. Cundiff was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom survive her. They are Mrs. J. G. Cackley, Mrs. J. M. NORTH, and William and John CUNDIFF, all of whom live in Clinton; Mrs. Joseph RINIER, of Auburn, Ind.; Mrs. Richard KINGORE, of Pontiac; Mrs. James KIRK, of Eureka. All of her children and their families were present at the funeral with the exception of Mrs. Kirk, who was detained at home by sickness. Mrs. Cundiff was the sister of Mr. I. B. BEATTY and Mrs. James DELAY. Thornton Cundiff has one sister and two brothers still living—Mrs. Elizabeth TWINING, of Bloomington; Mr. Ben L. CUNDIFF, and one brother in Michigan.

Mrs. Cundiff was a devout woman during her life. For fifty-four years she was a member of the M. E. Church, having connected herself with it when she was but sixteen years of age. A large number of old friends united with the family in paying the last tribute of respect to the deceased. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.

William B. CUNDIFF 

August 19, 1898
Clinton Register

William B. Cundiff Ends Life’s Journey After an Illness of Two Months.

Friday afternoon, Aug. 12, at 2 o'clock, Wm. B. CUNDIFF died at his home on South Monroe street, aged 64 years, 9 months and 15 days.  He had been sick about two months, and had gradually grown weaker, and for several days had eaten very little.

William B. Cundiff was born near Findlay, Hancock county, O., Oct. 17, 1835, where he lived until 1851, when he came to Illinois, arriving in this county Oct. 18 of that year.  May 7, 1866, he was married to Miss Lucy A. BALDRICK, in Clinton.  Five children were born to them, three of whom are dead.  Edgar and Clifford are living and made their home with their parents.  They, with their mother and five sisters of Mr. Cundiff, were at his bedside when the final summons came.  The sisters are Mrs. Joseph RAINIER, of Auburn, Ind.; Mrs. Richard KINGORE, Pontiac, Ill.; Mrs. Jas. KIRK, Carbondale, Ill.; Mrs. J. M. NORTH and Mrs. J. G. CACKLEY, of this city.  Mrs. Jerome B. CUNDIFF, Utica, Ill., and George BRODERICK, of Lebanon, Ky., brother and sister of Mrs. Cundiff, and Mrs. Blakesby, daughter of Mrs. Jerome Cundiff, of Utica, and Richard Kingore, of Pontiac, attended the funeral.

Mr. Cundiff was one of the few men who seldom have any enemy.  He lived a quiet life and found no time to try to attend to the business of others without solicitation.   For many years he had been seen daily on the streets of Clinton, and he is missed by his many friends.

Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. James Alvin Clark, the Universalist choir singing.  The many beautiful bouquets of flowers and floral designs presented by friends of the family spoke stronger than words of the esteem in which deceased was held by those who knew him best.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: The brother of Lucy Cundiff was listed as George Broderick, not Baldrick, so Lucy’s maiden name is in question.

William S. CUNDIFF 

April 26, 1860
Central Transcript

Died at his residence, near Clinton, on the 18th day of April, 1860, Wm. S. CUNDIFF, in the fortieth year of his age. Mr. Cundiff was born in Hampshire county, Virginia, and removed with his parents to the State of Ohio, and from there to this State where he has spent the last twenty-four years of his life.

The last illness which terminated his mortal career was complicated, protracted and acutely painful, during which time he exhibited Christian patience and frequently attempted to console his companion and aged mother, who still lingers in extreme old age, and made her home with her son, that with him “all was well” in the future, and that their interest and comfort was all that bound him to earth.   It would be easy to swell this brief notice if your rules would permit, but we forbear and beg only to say that as a husband, Mr. C. was kind and indulgent, as a friend and neighbor, confiding and generous, as a Christian, modest and retiring, as a citizen, filled a place in society which will not easily be supplied. Our loss is His gain.  —W. H.


September 13, 1895
Clinton Public

Frank CUNNINGHAM died in Iowa on Saturday evening. His remains were brought to Wapella and interred in the Christian church cemetery on Tuesday.


April 17, 1903
Clinton Register

One of Wilson Township's Good, Old Fathers Ends His Journey.

John M. CUNNINGHAM was born in Washington county, Penn., Mar. 12, 1828, and after a long life humbly lived but well spent, fell asleep at his home in Wilson Township at 4:30 a.m. April 13, aged 75 years, 1 month and 1 day.

He was the oldest of a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters, born to Wm. and Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM.  Three of this number preceded their brother to the spirit world.  The remaining four are: Franklin and William, both of Heyworth, Mrs. Hannah GOSSARD, of Wisconsin, and Mrs. Jane PETTIBONE, of Missouri.

Dec. 6, 1848, in Pennsylvania, he was married to Miss Elizabeth BUCKTON.  Together they had walked life’s uneven pathway until he was called home, and the bride of his youth is left to experience the loneliness known only to one from whom has been taken the constant and affectionate companion for more than fifty years.  In 1858 they moved from Pennsylvania to McLean county, Ill., and engaged in farming, which he made his life’s occupation.  Three years later he moved to the vicinity in which he died.

To this union were born, as to his father’s family, eight children, four sons and four daughters, three of whom are dead.  The five living ones are: William, who resides at home; Mrs. Adaline SUMMERS, Mrs. Elizabeth HUBBELL, Mrs. Hannah CARR [KARR], all of this county, and Absolom, of Iowa.  All the children, the two brothers and a favorite niece were present when the end came.  There are 25 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.   His frugality and industry enabled him to accumulate much of the goods of the world, most of it consisting of fine farm land in Wilson and Wapella townships.

Under the ministry of Benjamin Franklin Aug. 22, 1862, deceased enlisted under the flag of our Lord and till his death endeavored to live a Christian life.  In 1869 he was made an elder of the congregation at Long Point and occupied the same until called into higher service.  In his death the family loses a father, the wife an affectionate husband, the community a loyal citizen, the church a valiant soldier and all lose a friend.

The waters of death that to the unbeliever are so dark and cold but parted to him and the journey to Canaan land was safely and peacefully made.  In his day he hath wrought and in the evening he, as a ripened sheaf, has been garnered to the Lord.  “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”

Funeral services were held from the Long Point Christian church Wednesday morning, April 15, at 11 o'clock, Rev. Samuel Fisher, of Fisher, Ill., officiating.  Pall-bearers were his neighbors and brethren from his congregation: J. F. Hubbell, Joseph Short, W. T. and John Turner, Chas. Rolofson, Elea Brown.  Floral tributes were modest but appropriate.  A large sheaf from his devoted wife; an elaborate pillow with the word “Father,” from his children; a bouquet of pink and white carnations, his two brothers, Frank and William; a wreath of roses, A. D. Metz and family; bouquet of calla lilies, the Long Point Christian church; bouquet of white rosebuds, from two grandchildren, Rosa and Bertha Karr, of Bloomington.


November 27, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. Elizabeth CUNNINGHAM died at 3:30 this morning at her home in Wilson township, aged 80 years and 7 months.  She is survived by two sons and three daughters, Abner, of Early; William, at home; Mrs. James HUBBELL, Mrs. W. S. KARR and Mrs. Robert SUMMERS, near Wapella.  She died on the farm she and her husband settled on when they came to Illinois many years ago.  Her husband died in 1901.  Funeral will be held Sunday at the Long Point Christian church, conducted by Rev. J. A. Finnell.  Burial in Long Point cemetery.


August 15, 1890
Clinton Public

The funeral services of Mrs. Mary E. CUNNINGHAM, wife of Joseph CUNNINGHAM, occurred from the residence of T. O. BEATTY, in this city, Monday afternoon, August 11. She was born in this city September 14, 1857, and was married February 17, 1875. She was the mother of six children. She united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in Saybrook in the year 1873. Mrs. Cunningham was a woman of a beautiful Christian character. For months she was a great sufferer, but endured all with a perfect Christian resignation. Her end was peaceful and triumphant. Her funeral service was largely attended, and a long procession of friends and citizens followed her remains to the cemetery. There is a wide spread sympathy for the friends, and especially for the children left motherless.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


April 8, 1904
Clinton Register


Miss Myrtle May CUNNINGHAM was born two miles northeast of Waynesville, Ill., Feb. 8, 1886, and died from a short, severe attack of Pleuro-pneumonia Wednesday morning about six o'clock April 6, aged 18 years, 1 month and 28 days.  She was a daughter of Sanson H. and Dessiline CUNNINGHAM.  Her father preceded her to the grave four years [ago].  Besides her mother she leaves three brothers and two sisters to mourn her death.  She was a member of the Christian church at Rock Creek, was a highly intelligent girl and leaves many friends to mourn.  Funeral services were held Thursday.

Mrs. Parker D. CUNNINGHAM 

January 9, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Susan CUNNINGHAM, wife of P. D. CUNNINGHAM, one of the proprietors of the Clinton Creamery, died at her home in this city on last Wednesday evening.  The deceased lady had been confined to her bed for a long time by sickness.  She was a sister of John F. HAMMOND.  At the time of her death she was thirty years and nearly two months old.  Mrs. Cunningham was a devout Christian woman, and in her last illness was cheered by the promise of a life beyond the grave.  She leaves a husband and several children to mourn for the kind and affectionate wife and mother.   The funeral services were held this afternoon in the M. E. Church.


January 16, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Susan M. CUNNINGHAM was born Nov. 12, 1854, in Marion county, Ohio, and died in Clinton, Illinois, of consumption, Jan. 7, 1885.  She had been married to her present bereaved husband ten years the 17th of next February, and leaves behind her four children, the infant child preceding her but a few weeks ago.

The friends present remember the clear conversion of sister Cunningham while a child of only twelve years. It occurred during a revival held in the old Methodist Church in Clinton, under the ministry of Rev. J. C. RUCKER, then the pastor. From the altar she went to her home shouting the praises of god as she passed along the street. It was a happy conversion indeed. All through the years, up to her death, she retained the evidence of her acceptance with God. For a long time she has been greatly afflicted. Indeed at one time her home was a hospital, five being prostrate with sickness at the same time, and she a sufferer in the midst of it all. But amidst it all she possessed her soul in patience.

During her years of health she was fond of singing. At the first visit of her pastor she requested a song. He began to sing,"Fade, fade each earthly joy; Jesus is mine. Break every tender tie; Jesus is mine." when she broke forth in shouts of ecstasy, and over and over again said, "Yes, Jesus is mine," and such an addess to friends as fell from her lips, eloquent with praise of Jesus’s saving power, will not be forgotten by those who heard it.

Her pastor was sent for on Monday night. There seemed to come over her vision a veil that shut out the vision of earth, but heavenly sight came to cheer her. In her vision she saw her child, and while gazing upon it she broke forth in a clear and distinct voice into singing, and sang through three hymns: "Nearer and nearer came the angels," "There's a gentle voice within, calls away, calls away," and "The home of the soul." This was the first time for years that she had been able to sing.

She could not bid adieu to earth until her husband had been converted, and her faith secured that result. She passed away a great sufferer but in great peace of soul Wednesday evening, amidst the attendance of many sympathetic and attentive friends. Truly, she could say with Paul: "For me to live is Christ; to die is gain."

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


August 31, 1900
Clinton Register

Two Farmers Quarrel About Hogs and One is Stabbed Fatally.
Death Results Yesterday Afternoon and the Murderer was Placed in Jail at Clinton Last Night.

DeWitt county is outdoing itself in its record for murders.  Dec. 25, Harry Summers was shot to death by a Kentuckian at Weldon with seemingly little cause.  Aug. 29, one day over eight months, Sanson H. CUNNINGHAM, better known as "Park" Cunningham, was fatally stabbed by a Kentuckian along the public highway, about three miles northeast of Waynesville; and according to the dying statement of Cunningham, there seems little reason for the murder.

Wednesday evening as Cunningham and his son, Leslie, aged 16, were returning home and when near home saw J. R. KEEN, who said Cunningham’s hogs were in his corn and ordered him to get them out.  Cunningham said that he would get them out, and sent his son into the field to look for the hogs while he rode along the fence looking for them.  They could not find the hogs in the field, and as Cunningham was returning home he met Keen again and a quarrel resulted.  Cunningham said Keen struck him with his cane and told him he would whip him.  He got off his horse and Keen cut him across the abdomen with a knife.  The cut was about eight inches long and left the stomach and larger intestines exposed.   Cunningham fell and Keen ran away.  As the boy had gone toward home, there was no one present to witness the trouble.  Cunningham soon got up and went a distance when he was seen by his son.  About that time Wm. Strange, Jos. Edwards, Frank and Jack Vinson came along and a doctor was sent for.  When Dr. Graham arrived it was dark, and a lantern was necessary to make it light enough for an examination.  He pronounced the wound fatal, and Cunningham was carried home, about a quarter of a mile away.  Though it was thought he could not live till morning, he did not die until _ (unreadable) o'clock yesterday.

Yesterday morning Keen went to ’Squire Jeffrey and gave himself up.  His bond was fixed at $5,000 and he went to hunt bondsmen.  Before he found them, his victim died and Sheriff Shue brought him to Clinton last night and placed him in jail where he will remain until the December term of court before his trial can be had.  He came from Kentucky about six years ago, and owns five acres adjoining Cunningham’s farm.  He is 65 years old, and, it is said he and his victim previously had trouble.

Sanson H. Cunningham was born on the farm he owned and had never lived anywhere else.  He was 45 years old and had a wife and five children.  He was a Democrat and one of the most active workers in his township.  Keen is a Democrat so that politics had nothing to do with the trouble as reported at first.

Mrs. Tillie CUPPY 

January 11, 1884
Clinton Public

Mrs. Tillie CUPPY, wife of John CUPPY, died at her home on Wednesday night. She had been an invalid for more than two years, but till recently her husband hoped for her restoration to health. She leaves two little children. Her body was sent to Ohio last night, to her father's home.

Mrs. Jeremiah CURL 

August 4, 1893
Clinton Public

Lucinda Summer CURL was born near Columbus, Ohio, on the sixth of February, 1818.   Died at her residence at Swisher, DeWitt County, Ill., July 31, 1893, aged 75 years, 5 months and 25 days.  She was united in marriage to Jeremiah CURL in Champaign County, Ohio, September 21, 1837.  From this union eight children were born, five of whom preceded her to the better land.  She leaves two sons, T. A. and J. A. Curl, and one daughter, Mrs. Sarah MILLER, together with twelve grand-children and five great grand-children.  In 1854 she with her husband and small family came to Illinois and settled near Waynesville, where they resided for a number of years, moving to Creek township shortly before the great civil war.  When the 107th regiment was organized her husband was among the first to enlist in Co. D, and while he was gone battling for his country she labored incessantly for the support of her family, and daily offered her prayers for the success of the Union and the return of peace.  She embraced religion when but a mere child, and united with the Old Christian (or New Light) Church and for over sixty years was a faithful and consistent Christian.  Her hand was ever ready to help lift up the fallen and weak.  Envy and malice were unknown to her nature.  Descending from the old Puritan stock she naturally had an aversion to pride, frivolity, and sin.  She was a great reader, and was well informed in Church and National history.  Of late years her old Bible was her constant companion, and probably no one in the county was better informed in its grand truths than she was.  In March last she had a stroke of apoplexy from which she recovered but partially.  Some ten days ago she was attacked with dysentery which baffled the skill of the physician.  She sank rapidly until Monday afternoon, when death ended her earthly career.  Her last audible word was “Heaven. ”  The funeral was held at the M. E. Church in DeWitt on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Thrasher, the pastor in charge, after which she was laid to rest in the DeWitt Cemetery beside her husband, who joined the innumerable throng twenty years ago.

Jeremiah A. CURL 

October 9, 1934
Illinois State Journal-Register

Clinton, Oct. 8—J. A. CURL, 76, former Clinton business man died in his home at Decatur at 12:30 o'clock this morning from a paralytic stroke. He had been ill several days. Surviving are his widow, the former Isabelle (SMALLEY) CURL, and three daughters, Miss Livona Frances and Miss Lucy Elnora CURL, at home, and Mrs. Clarence HOIT of Clinton, also a number of near relatives. Funeral services will be conducted from the Presbyterian church in Clinton Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. Owen PRATT of Westminister Presbyterian Church of Decatur, assisted by Rev. R. E. KARBEN, pastor of the Clinton church. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950:
CURL, JERIMAH A.    M/W    UNK      10-08-1934    MACON    DECATUR

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John W. CURL 

November 4, 1892
Clinton Register

Answered His Last Call.

Mr. John CURL, of DeWitt, who died suddenly of heart disease last Saturday morning was a resident of Dewitt county since the year 1855 living most of the time, until the beginning of the late war, in Creek township. At the age of 19 he enlisted in ’62 in Co. F, 2d Illinois light artillery and before the battle of Atlanta was severely wounded and taken prisoner. He was confined in Andersonville 5 months and subsequently removed to Florence thence paroled after a 60 days’ furlough he returned to his battery and served until the close of the war. Privations of war and the horrors of prison life produced the disease which caused his death at the age 48 last Saturday. Mr. Curl was a noble hearted and exemplary citizen, a man who made friends of all who knew him; he was never gloomy nor morose but had a kind and cheerful word for all and delighted in sociability. The funeral was preached by Rev. Thomas Miller, of Lane, at DeWitt last Sunday morning. Frank Lowry post turning out in good numbers and officiating, with Atchinson Post of DeWitt there were 80 old soldiers in line. Curl was a devoted friend, a true faithful and dauntless soldier, a kind husband and father. His bereaved wife and several children will miss his loving care and the community will miss a jovial and good man who made the world better by living in it.

Note: He was listed as John William Curl in the 1860 census.

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Mrs. John W. CURL 

June 10, 1904
Clinton Register


Mrs. John CURL died Tuesday evening at her home in DeWitt, aged 54, being confined to her bed about two weeks, though she had been in poor health several months. Deceased was born in this county in Creek township, being a daughter of Archer* LANE, one of the county’s pioneers. She was married to John CURL when about 25 years old. He died twelve years ago. She is survived by a son and daughter, Lewis and Mrs. Nellie HAMPTON, of Galva, Ill.; also a sister, who lives in Iowa. She was a member of the Presbyterian church at DeWitt. Funeral services were held in the church yesterday at 11 o'clock at DeWitt, sermon being preached by Rev. FORBES, of Lincoln. Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Note: Her maiden name was Delcena Lane and her father’s name was Asher not Archer.

Thomas A. CURL 

December 20, 1907
Clinton Register

Well-Known Farmer, Writer and Former School Teacher Dies Before a Physician Could Arrive.

Saturday when night came on, all was happiness in the home of T. A. CURL, two and a half miles northwest of DeWitt. The father, mother and three children were all there; there was no trace of sorrow, and contentment shone in every face. Though the father had been in poor health, there was no thought that death was then entering the happy home. He had partly disrobed for retiring when he suddenly became unconscious, and in a few minutes his spirit had taken its flight. In the pleasant home grief had displaced happiness and the darkened cloud of sorrow cast its deep gloom over the contented household.

About two years ago Mr. Curl realized he had heart trouble; at that time he had a serious sickness, but since until recently he had been in his usual health. About ten days before his death he had fallen in his yard, but was able to rise without assistance, and asked his son, Claude, to assist him to the house. Saturday morning he seemed better and assisted his son who was preparing to drive to Clinton. In the evening he seemed no worse, so that his sudden taking away was a great shock to his family.

Thomas A. Curl was born in Champaign county, Ohio, August 26, 1848. Seven years later his parents, Mr. Jeremiah and Lucinda CURL, moved to Illinois, locating near Waynesville in DeWitt county, and later moved near Lane; this county has since been his home. He began teaching school in 1869 when 17 years old and taught fifteen years. October 1, 1879, he was married to Miss Lucy E. TYLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel TYLER. To them four children were born, one of whom, Warner, died January 5, 1902, aged about 16. Those who with their mother were so suddenly deprived of a kind husband and father, are Claude T., who is teaching school near the home; Chas. W. and Mary Ann, the latter being the youngest, and is 9 years old. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. John MILLER, of Lane, and a brother, J. A. CURL, of Clinton. His father and one brother, John, served in the Civil war.

Mr. Curl owned 80 acres of good land, and three years ago had built a fine home which he had expected would be a comfort to himself and wife when riper years would come to them. He was kind-hearted and jovial and though his years were less than three score he had gotten more enjoyment out of these years than many who are spared more than four score years. He was overflowing with wit and humor, and he often utilized the overflow by writing articles for publication. The characters in his sketches were sometimes imaginary and sometimes were his neighbors, who always enjoyed the freedom with their names because they knew the spirit of the writer. His writing was always good, and some of his articles would have been creditable to those whose writings have become national. In his writings he was known as "X. B." For several years his articles had been published almost exclusively in the Register, and they would always cause a smile in every home the Register entered.

Not only as a writer did he send out sunshine, but all whom he met felt the warm glow of his genial nature, and often heavy hearts were made lighter by being in his presence. By his death it may be truthfully said a light-house of good cheer has been removed, and friends sadly look toward where its light of sunshine was so often seen.

The last article he wrote for publication was received at the Register office last Saturday, and was to have appeared this week. It will be published at the will of the family. His son stated this was the first of a series of illustrated articles he intended writing.

Funeral services were held in the DeWitt M. E. church Tuesday at 11:30, conducted by the Rev. W. M. Murray, of Lincoln, who spoke feelingly and beautifully of his friend, commending his many good traits of character. The choir sang several songs. The casket was covered with flowers that spoke stronger than words of the esteem of friends. The attendance was one of the largest ever at a funeral in DeWitt. The DeWitt schools were dismissed during the funeral.

The pall bearers were all his old schoolmates. They were Hon. B. F. Staymates, Isaac Nowlin, Samuel Lafferty, J. W. Lemen, I. C. Lafferty, and J. T. McCord. Burial was in the DeWitt cemetery.

Mrs. Harry C. CURTIS 

May 30, 1902
Clinton Register

Mrs. Effie May Curtis Passes Away at Her Home in Decatur, After a Brief Illness.

Death entered the home of Harry C. CURTIS, of Decatur, early Tuesday morning and took from him his young wife.  On May 13 she was taken sick with appendicitis, and three days afterwards she was dangerously ill.  The attending physician, Dr. C. A. McLean, decided an operation was necessary, and it was performed May 22.  For two days afterward it was through she would recover but she became worse and was unconscious Sunday and Monday, and died at 5:20 o’clock Tuesday morning.

Effie SPARKS was born in Clinton February 23, 1878, which was her home until about six months ago.  July 4, 1901, she was married to Harry C. CURTIS, and they moved to Decatur last fall.  Besides her bereaved husband, her father J. H. SPARKS, of Clinton, two sisters and three brothers survive her.  They are: Mrs. Lulu BRAKE and Mrs. Mary EVANS, of Maroa; Charles H., of Decatur; W. B. and A. J. SPARKS, of Clinton.  She was a member of the Christian church, and of the Rebekah lodge, of Clinton.  She was a kind and loving wife, and had many intimate friends who were pained to learn of her untimely taking away.  They deeply sympathize with her relatives in their sad bereavement.

The remains were brought to Clinton Wednesday and taken to the home of W. B. SPARKS, on South Madison street.  Yesterday at 2:30 funeral services were held in the Christian church, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Clayton CUSEY 

May 16, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mabel CUSEY expired at her home three and a half miles east of Heyworth Friday evening at 5 o'clock.  Deceased was born October 10, 1889, in Heyworth.  October 14, 1909, she was united in marriage to Clayton CUSEY, who survives her death, together with a day-old daughter.  Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry MILLER.  She leaves, besides her father and mother, three brothers, Earl, of Lincoln; Clarence, of Davenport, Ia.; and Homer, at home.  The funeral was held Sunday from the M. E. church.

Mrs. John CUSEY 

December 19, 1913
Clinton Register


T. H. CUSEY received the news on Wednesday evening that his mother, Mrs. Hannah CUSEY died at 4 o'clock that afternoon at the home of her daughter in Bloomington.   Mrs. Cusey had been ailing quite awhile.  She would have been 90 years old in a few months.  Much of her life was spent in this city, where she has many friends.  Mr. Cusey went to Bloomington Thursday morning to help arrange for the funeral, which will probably be held on Saturday.  Burial will take place in Shiloh cemetery near Heyworth, where the husband, John Cusey, is buried.     —Farmer City Journal.

Mrs. Ira H. CUSHMAN 

June 9, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Merilda CUSHMAN, formerly a resident of Waynesville, died recently at her home in Parsons, Kansas.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
CUSHMAN, IRA H.     GRAHAM, MARILDA A.      09-26-1862     DE WITT