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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.


August 24, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Henry DAGLEY, after a lingering illness of 18 months with consumption, departed this life at her home three miles southeast of town Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock.  Deceased leaves a husband, two girls aged 15 and 10 years, and a son aged 13 to mourn the death of a loving wife and mother.  Mrs. Dagley was an earnest Christian and too much cannot be said in her praise.   Funeral services conducted by Rev. Haines were held at the house Tuesday, 2 p.m., and the remains interred in the cemetery just west of town.

Freddie M. DAHL 

October 15, 1880
Clinton Public

The angel of death passed over this city this week and took from the arms of fond parents their loved ones.  Frank, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. George ARMSTRONG, died yesterday of lung fever; and today, Freddie M., youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry DAHL, died of pneumonia, after only an illness of two days.

Willoughby DALE 

April 27, 1883
Clinton Public

Mr. and Mrs. James DALE buried their oldest boy, aged three years and two months, yesterday afternoon. Little Willoughby died at Maroa, and his parents brought his remains to Clinton for burial.

Merwin Clay DALEY 

September 1900
Funeral Card

Merwin Clay DALEY infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. DALEY, born August 6, 1899, died September 14, 1900, 9:45 p.m.. Funeral: at late home in Farmer City. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Leroy.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Irvin DANELS 

November 19, 1915, Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Sarah Danels Passes Away at Age of 86, Near Wapella—
Funeral Tomorrow.

Mrs. Sarah DANELS died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cora McCRARY, three miles west of Wapella this morning with a lingering illness of old age and heart trouble.

Mrs. Danels was born in Middletown, Ohio, May 31, 1829. She was the daughter of Joshua and Eliza CANTRELL, who preceded her years ago. She belonged to the pioneer family of Cantrells who emigrated from Ohio in the year of 1832 being here the winter after the deep snow. She was married to Irvin DANELS, Feb. 17, 1848, to whom was born nine children, three dying in infancy. The oldest child, William, died March 18, 1915. The surviving children are Edward DANELS, of Lockwood, Mo.; Mrs. Hannah SWARTZ, of Farmer City; J. P. DANELS, of Clinton; and Mrs. Cora McCrary, of Wapella.

She was a life long member of the Presbyterian church of Waynesville, her grandfather being the founder of the church. During her married life she resided in two places only. The first place being in Barnett township for 46 years, and in Waynesville 18 years. The last three years she has lived among her children. Her husband died May 19, 1898. She leaves to mourn her beside her five children, 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held at the home of William McCrary, west of Wapella, Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, with Rev. Peter McEwen, pastor of the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

William DANELS 

March 26, 1915
Clinton Register

William Danels, Brother of J. P. Danels of Clinton, Passed Away at Fremont, Iowa.

J. P. Danels received a message Friday from Fremont, Iowa, stating that his brother, William DANELS, a former resident of this city, had passed away at three o'clock that morning at his home in Fremont. Deceased had been a sufferer for an extended period and news of his death was not unexpected. The message came too late for relatives here to reach Fremont in time to attend the funeral. S. M. SWARTZ of Farmer City was able to reach the Iowa town before the funeral, going via the Big Four. He is a brother-in-law of the deceased. Burial was in the Fremont cemetery.

William Danels was 66 years old at the time of his death. He was born in Barnett township, being the son of Irwin DANELS and wife, pioneer residents of that part of the county. While yet a young man he went to Iowa where land prices were then much lower and has been very successful. He is survived by the widow and five children, four being at home. His aged mother, Mrs. Sarah DANELS, who had been in Iowa for the past year, was at the bedside when the final summons came. Two brothers and three sisters also survive: J. P. DANELS, of Clinton; Edward DANELS, of Lockwood, Mo.; Mrs. Wm. McCRARY and Miss Ida DANELS, of Wapella; and Mrs. S. M. SWARTZ, of Farmer City.


June 2, 1893
Clinton Public

Mr. Isaac DANISON, a well known citizen of this township, living four miles south-east of here, died last Thursday morning.  He had been sick for a long time and all that loving hands could do, was of no avail.  For fourteen days prior to his death he did not taste any food.  In religion he was a Universalist.   Isaac Wilson Danison was the son of John and Mary DANISON and was born in Allegheny County, Md., July 5, 1812.  He emigrated with his father’s family to Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1813; came to Illinois in October 1865.  He was united in marriage in 1838 to Barbara BOSSERMAN, of Perry County, Ohio.  Six children were born to them, four of whom are not living, Eli, Mary, Michael and Edward.  There are eleven grand-children and three great grand-children.  Mr. and Mrs. Danison celebrated their golden wedding in 1888 surrounded by their children and many friends.  Mr. Danison was a man loved and honored by all who knew him. His aged wife survives him.  Rev. Hunter, of Clinton, delivered the discourse.


June 9, 1893
Clinton Public

More Than Fourscore Years.

Isaac Wilson DANISON, in the eighty-first year of his age, died at his home in Creek township on the 31st of May.  He was born in Allegheny county, Maryland, on the 5th of July, 1812, and when he was but a year old his parents moved to Muskingum County, Ohio, and he lived there until October, 1865, when he came to DeWitt County and settled in Creek township.  He was married to Barbara BOSSERMAN in the year 1838, and six children blessed their home, two of whom preceded their father to the promised land.  He leaves an aged wife, four children, eleven grand-children, and three great grand-children.  For fifty-five years Mr. Danison and his faithful wife had traveled life’s journey hand in hand and five years ago their children and friends celebrated with them the golden anniversary.  Isaac Wilson Danison was a man who was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He was buried at Lane last Friday, the Rev. W. A. Hunter conducting the funeral service.

Mrs. Isaac W. DANISON 

October 11, 1907
Clinton Register


Mrs. Barbara DENISON [DANISON] died Friday eveing at her home two miles south of Lane, aged 93, except two months and five days.  Her maiden name was BOSSENGER [BOSSERMAN] and she was born in Pennsylvania Dec. 29, 1814.  When young her parents moved to Ohio where she was married to Isaac DENISON [DANISON], and they soon moved to Illinois, coming to DeWitt county in 1865, which had since been her home.  Of the four children born to them three are living: they are Mrs. Mary WINEGARDNER, of Oregon; Edward, of Clinton; and Eli, with whom she lived.  Her husband died in 1881.  She had long been a faithful member of the Christian church at Lane, and was always active in church work when able to do so.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 11 o'clock at the home by Rev. J. W. Reynolds.  Burial in Rose cemetery near Lane.

Note: Her last name was DANISON, not Denison; her maiden name was BOSSERMAN, not Bossenger; and her husband died in 1893, not 1881.


July 15, 1887
Clinton Public

James DANISON was born in Perry county, Ohio, October 9, 1834. About 1855 he was married to Amanda LENHARDT, who only lived a few years and left one child, Seymour DANISON. In 1860 he married Louisa WILLIAMS, who with her six children survive the lamented husband and father. In 1861, Mr. Danison came to Illinois and settled in the neighborhood of where Weldon now is, where by industry and economy he acquired considerable property. Within the past five years he lost considerable money by unfortunate investments. This was due to the fact of his public spirit and desire to help others in business. But he was steadily building up again when he was so suddenly removed from the activities of this life. Mr. Danison had conferred upon him the honors of Free Masonry in May, 1867, by Amon Lodge No. 261, DeWitt. At the organization of Weldon Lodge No. 746, he with others were demitted for that organization. He was in attendance on special communication on the evening before his sad taking off, and seemed to enjoy greatly meeting with the fraternity. Suitable resolutions will appear in due time. The Circle extends condolence to those who are bereft by this sudden and mysterious allotment.

Mrs. James DANISON 

July 29, 1910
Clinton Register

Death at Weldon.

Mrs. Louisa DANISON died Wednesday at her home in Weldon at the age of 74 years. The cause of her death was dropsy from which she had been suffering for several years. Mrs. Danison was a native of Ohio and moved to the vicinity of Weldon forty years ago with her husband, James DANISON, who was killed in a runaway about twenty years ago. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Cora FLEMING, Mt. Olive, Ill.; Mrs. Nellie ROBERTS, Decatur; Miss Lottie, at home; Arthur, Blue Earth, Minn.; and Thomas, at home. The funeral will be Sunday afternoon, the services to be conducted by Rev. J. L. McKay of Farmer City.

Note: The last name was misspelled as Dennison in this article.

William DANISON 

September 8, 1893
Clinton Public

William DANISON, son-in-law of Mr. Green B. LEASURE, was brought back to his old home in Weldon this morning for burial. He had been living near Shelbyville on his father-in-law’s farm and left home with a drove of horses which he took down to Tennessee to sell. He took sick with fever and died. We have not learned the particulars. He leaves a wife and one child. William was about twenty-five years old and was born near Weldon. He was the son of James DANISON, who was killed by a runaway team a few years ago when he was driving out of Clinton toward his home in Weldon.


November 17, 1889
Clinton Register


Willie, only child of Ed and Sarah DANISON passed away at 10:20 Thursday morning. Willie was a bright, loving child and besides his grief stricken parents, he leaves a host of friends to mourn his loss. He was "Budded on earth to blossom in heaven."

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 17, 1889
Clinton Register

Willie, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Edward DANISON, of Lane, died yesterday morning at 10:20 of diphtheria, aged 5 years. The remains will be laid to rest today in the Rose cemetery, beside a little brother and sister. Mr. and Mrs. Danison have the earnest sympathy of a wide circle of relatives and friends in this their most painful bereavement.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


September 28, 1855
DeWitt Courier

John DANNER, one of the first settlers of this county, died of palsy, at his residence in Hurly’s Grove, on the 17th inst., in the 69th year of his age.   His disease lasted but a few hours.  Father Danner was almost faultless in all his relations of husband, father, member of the M. E. Church, citizen and neighbor.   He leaves an aged companion, children, grandchildren and numerous friends to mourn an irreparable loss, but exultingly to rejoice in his infinite gain.  His funeral was attended by a large concourse of his neighbors and friends, which manifested profound affection and respect for the deceased.  “Mark the perfect man; behold the upright; the end of that man is peace.”   D. W.


December 15, 1893
Clinton Public


Mrs. Ann DARLING, aged sixty-five, of Morris, Ill., came down here a short time ago to visit her daughter, Mrs. PETERS.  While here she took the grip, was stricken with paralysis, and died on last Friday.  Her remains were shipped to Morris for interment.


March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, February 22, 1885, at her late residence in Waynesville, Ill., Mrs. Amanda Malvina DAVENPORT, wife of Eber DAVENPORT, aged 59 years, 4 months and 28 days.  The remains were kept until after Mr. Davenport’s return from Florida, where he had been spending the winter.  Funeral services were held on last Sabbath in the Presbyterian Church, when the writer preached a sermon, by request of Mr. Davenport, from the following text, viz: John 11; 25 and 26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet he shall live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

Mrs. Davenport was born in Mantua, Portage county, Ohio.  Came to Springfield, Illinois, in 1839.  Professed religion and united with the Second Presbyterian Church in 1848.  Came to Waynesville in 1849, was united in marriage with Eber Davenport, April 22, 1852.  Her husband and an only son mourn her death.  They do not mourn as those without hope.  Mrs. Davenport was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church in Waynesville for many years, and [was] loved and respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.  She was an active, working and benevolent Christian, ever ready for every good work.  She was like one of whom the Savior said, “She hath cast in more than they all.” Last year when the collection for Home missions was taken, one-half of the amount collected came from her hand, and at our last collection for Foreign missions, one third of the amount came from her hand.  On whose shoulders has her mantle fallen? Who is to take her place? She always gave the minister a pleasant, cordial greeting, often lingering to speak at the close of the services in the church.  The writer will not soon forget her last words to him, said in her own peculiar way, as she met him in the aisle of the church after he had preached on the subject of Foreign missions, “Well,” said she, “you got pretty well warmed up today,” said in an approving way.   A good woman has gone to rest, entered into the joy of her Lord.  May God sanctify this bereavement to the spiritual good of the bereaved ones, and to the church of which she was a member.   —N. C. Green.


March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

The funeral of Mrs. E. DAVENPORT took place at the Presbyterian Church, Sunday, March 1st.  It was one of the largest congregations ever assembled there.  The cause of death was pleuro-pneumonia, from which she suffered only five days.  She died Sunday, February 22d, her husband was in Florida at the time of her death, they telegraphed to him, he arrived here Friday afternoon.  Fortunately the weather was so very cold that they could keep the remains until he could come.  Mrs. Davenport has always been a true Christian woman.  She will be missed by all.  It is one of the greatest losses that could have happened to the Presbyterian Church.  The family has the deepest and truest sympathy of everyone.


August 12, 1903, Wednesday
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Davenport.
Other News of the Railroads and Men.

George DAVENPORT, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. DAVENPORT of 529 North Morgan street, was killed under a C. H. & D. engine at Montezuma Tuesday night.  The message informing the parents of his death came to Decatur at 8 o'clock at night and contined no details of the accident.  Mrs. Will WILLIAMS, a daughter, and John HUMPHREY, a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Davenport, left last night for Montezuma to look after the body.

George Davenport was between 19 and 20 years old.  He was in the service of the C. H. & D. railroad as brakeman when he met his death.  He had been railroading but five or six months, his first work being switching in the Decatur yards.  The young man was going east on a local freight known as No. 87, Conductor Diltz and Engineer Thomas Hockery.

According to the story of trainmen who passed through Montezuma that night the local was doing some switching at that place.  The engine was backing up and the young man in attempting to get on the rear end of the tank slipped and fell under the wheels.  The fireman saw the accident and attempted to signal the engineer to stop but the engine did not come to a standstill till the entire machine had passed over the brakeman.

It is stated that both legs were cut off at the thighs.  The local was annulled and a special was made up to take the injured man to the hospital at Indianapolis, but he died a short time after leaving Montezuma.

The body was brought back to Montezuma where the inquest was held.  His body will arrive in Decatur on train __ tomorrow morning and the interment will be in this place.


Friday, December 1, 1899
Clinton Register

George F. DAVENPORT, of this city, better known as "Pony" Davenport, died Sunday at his home in this city, aged nearly 67 years. He was born in DeWitt county in 1833, and had lived here all his life, except while in the army. He was a member of Company D 107th Reg. While in the service he was stricken with paralysis and never fully recovered from its effects. A few years ago he drew about $7,000 back pension, and since then $50 a month.

Funeral services were held at the residence in the northeast part of the city Tuesday conducted by Rev. MacArthur. The remains were taken to the Texas cemetery for burial beside his wife, who died several years ago.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


December 1, 1899
Clinton Public

Old Soldier Passes Away.

Geo. F. DAVENPORT died Sunday at his home in this city, of paralysis, aged about 65 years. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted in Co. D, 107th Ill. Regt. During his service he was attacked with paralysis, and after the war drew a pension of $50 per month. For many years he was partially paralyzed and walked with difficulty. Funeral services were held at the home at 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. MacARTHUR. Interment at Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: George and his wife Julia Ann (Cartmill) Davenport were both buried in Texas Christian Cemetery, not Woodlawn Cemetery.


October 30, 1885
Clinton Public

Death of a Black Hawk and Mexican War Veteran.

Isaiah DAVENPORT, of Creek township, who for over forty years was a resident of DeWitt county, died at his home on last Monday night, aged seventy-two years. Mr. Davenport was born in Kentucky, and while yet a youth he came with his parents and settled in Sangamon county. On the 23d of April, 1832, he enlisted in the Fifth Regiment of Mounted Volunteers, commanded by Captain M. L. COVELL. Ashael GRIDLEY, of Bloomington, was the First Lieutenant. The regiment served a little over a month in the Black Hawk War, and was mustered out of service on the 27th of May. When the Mexican War broke out Isaiah Davenport enlisted in Company E, Fourth Illinois Volunteers, commanded by Captain Daniel NEWCOMB. This company was raised principally in DeWitt county. Mr. Davenport enlisted on the 13th of June, 1846, was commissioned as corporal, and served for over thirteen months, being discharged when the regiment was mustered out on the 29th day of May, 1847. Colonel Edward D. BAKER commanded the regiment. While serving in the Mexican War Mr. Davenport contracted disabilities which clung to him through life. He applied for a pension, but unfortunately for him he put off doing so till all the principal witnesses in his case were dead. Isaiah Davenport was the owner of a fine farm in Creek township, on which he had lived for more than thirty years. He was a man highly respected by his neighbors. In the history of this county we find that his name figures among the list of constables first elected. His funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon.


October 30, 1885
Clinton Register

Another Pioneer Gone.

Isaiah S. DAVENPORT, one of the oldest residents of this county, died at his home in Creek township on the 25th inst., aged 73 years.  His remains were consigned to the rest of the tomb at the cemetery in Texas township on the day following his death, at 2 o'clock, p.m.

Mr. Davenport was born in Kentucky in 1813, coming to this county with his father, William DAVENPORT, nearly 60 years ago, he has resided in this county ever since, excepting the time he was absent as a soldier in the Mexican war.  During his first years in the county he lived with his father west of Clinton, near the Adkisson farm.  He afterward lived in Texas township several years, removing to Creek township about thirty years ago where he has since lived.

He was an honorable and upright man, a good citizen and a leading member of the Baptist church to which he had been united for the greater part of his life.  He had been married twice, his last wife having died some eight years ago, and was buried at the Texas cemetery beside his former one, and now he is at rest in the same Silent City.  He was the father of twenty children, nine of whom are sleeping in the same churchyard with their parents.  Eleven of them are still living, the youngest one of the twenty being fifteen years old, and was present at the burial of his father on last Tuesday.

Thus one by one the pioneers of DeWitt county are being called home, where the trials and troubles of life become as sweet visions of the past.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


September 12, 1890
Clinton Public

Since our last writing the angel of death has visited three families in our vicinity, and today three fresh mounds of earth in Weldon cemetery mark the last resting place of three loved ones whose souls have flown to that mysterious land from whose bourne no traveler has ever returned.

John DAVENPORT, son of Jerry DAVENPORT, died Friday, September 5th, and was buried Saturday, at two o'clock.  We understand that he was nineteen years of age.   He leaves behind a wife, young babe, father, mother and one brother to mourn his death.


June 18, 1897
Kenney Gazette

Gone to his reward.
Mr. Levi Davenport passes peacefully away.
For more than forty years he was a resident of Tunbridge Township and one of her most honored citizens.

Once more the angel of death has invaded our midst, and again has laid his icy fingers upon one who has passed his allotted three score years and ten, a sign of warning to us of our own mortality, and deeper impressing the lesson that “ The last letter of time is the first letter of eternity.”

Levi DAVENPORT was born in Schoharie County, NY, January 15, 1812, died at his residence (???) of Kenney, June 12, 1897. The deceased was the seventh child of Samuel and Mary DAVENPORT, natives of Rhode Island and New York, respectfully. He received his early education at a district school. Levi was but eight years old when his father died, and a year later went to live with a Mr. SIDNEY, with whom he remained seven years, after which he spent four years as an apprentice to a cabinet maker, in Esperance, N.Y. and became proficient at that trade.

In 1845 Mr. Davenport came to DeWitt Col, Ill., and opened up a cabinet shop at Clinton. One year later he was married to Miss Mary F. HUTCHIN. To this union was born Sarah I., now Mrs. Lee GREEN, Kate, now Mrs. James WILLIAMS, Belle, the wife of Joel WILLIAMS, Djalma, now living at Creston, Ia., and Anna, who was married to Dr. CRAIG, but now deceased.

After his marriage, Mr. Davenport settled on a farm in Barnett Township, but after developing it returned to Clinton and resumed his trade. In 1853 he bought the mill at Tunbridge and engaged in the milling and timber business. In 185[?] he bought and settled upon the place where he resided until his death, and from a wild track of land, he succeeded, by his labor and industry; in developing it into one of the most beautiful and valuable estates in the country.

Mr. Davenport was a man of earnest religious views and has been a great influence in raising the moral status of the community where he lived.

In his younger days he attended college at Paris, Ky., to fit himself for the ministry, after which he spent some time traveling through the southern states advancing the cause of the Christian church, then in its infancy.

He was a man of much personal presence, was broad and independent in his views and his judgment was exceptionally clear and could always be relied upon. No opposition or ridicule had any weight against him. He weighed the thoughts carefully in his own mind and then spoke them without fear of opposition.

In politics he was a democrat, but was broad and liberal in his views. His life was one of honest purpose and noble endeavor and one of his greatest delights was to encourage the good and uplift the fallen. To his life and worth we may add the lines of the poet:

His soul is with its maker.
The stars shall fade away, the Sun himself,
Grow dim with age, and nature sinks in years;
But it shall flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the war of elements,
The wreck of matter and the crush of worlds.

Mrs. Levi DAVENPORT, and family wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the people of Kenney and vicinity for the sympathy extended by them during the sickness and death of their beloved husband and father, and for the assistance rendered them in the sad hours of their bereavement.

Submitted by Mike Malerich


June 18, 1897
Clinton Public

Levi DAVENPORT, aged 86 years, died at his home two and one-half miles west of Kenney Saturday evening. He had been a resident of DeWitt county for over 50 years. Funeral was held Monday from his late residence. Interment at Pleasant Valley cemetery.

Besides an aged wife he leaves four children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and a kind and indulgent father: Ms. Belle WILLIAMS, Mrs. Kate WILLIAMS, Mrs. Phenny GREEN and Dajalian DAVENPORT, of Creston, Iowa.

Submitted by Mike Malerich


June 1897
Paper Unknown

Death of Levi Davenport.

Levi DAVENPORT died at his home one mile west of Kenney on Saturday, June 12, 1897, at 10:30 P.M. aged 85 years, 4 months and 27 days. His death being due to old age. The funeral services were held at the house Monday and were conducted by Rev. ROBISON, and were attended by a large number of relatives and sympathizing friends. The remains were laid to rest in Tunbridge cemetery.

The subject of this sketch was born in Schoharie county, N.Y., January 15, 1812, being the seventh child and fourth son of the family. He passed his early life in the state of his nativity and obtained his education at the district school. At the age of 9 years he went to live with a Mr. SIDNEY, and remained with him until he was 16 years old. After that he served a four years apprenticeship at Esperance, N.Y., to learn the trade of a cabinetmaker. Later he did journey work in different places and for a year was employed at Albany, N.Y.

An important and fortunate step in his life occurred when he came to DeWitt county in 1845, and lent his energy to the work of aiding his fellow pioneers in the upbuilding of this community. He opened a shop at Clinton and worked at his trade. His marriage took place September 3, 1846, on which date he led to the altar Miss Mary F. a daughter of Thos. and Sarah (BRELSFORD) HUTCHINS.

He was the father of 5 children, Sarah Isphena, married L. W. GREEN, Catherine H. became the wife of J.C. WILLIAMS, Dyalma married Belle HOWARD, Florence Belle married J. H. WILLIAMS, Mary Anna married Wm. CRAIG. His wife and all his children still survive him. After his marriage he settled on a tract of wild prairie in Barnett township, this county. In 1849 he moved to Clinton. Four years later he bought a mill on Salt creek and engaged in the manufacture of flour and lumber. In 1856 he located on a farm one mile west of Kenney, where he resided until his death.

Mr. Davenport was a very pleasant man to meet, being honest, possessed of a good education and a leading member of the Christian church. Of him no one ever spoke a harmful word, and he was ever ready to lend assistance to those in need. By his careful and honest business methods accumulated and held until his death considerable wealth. Thus one more has ended his life here below and passed to the great beyond.

Submitted by Mike Malerich


February 10, 1899
Clinton Register

Another of the Good Mothers of Tunbridge Township Joins Loved Ones on the Other Shore.

Feb. 2, Mrs. Mary F. DAVENPORT, widow of Levi DAVENPORT, who died in June, 1897, died in Kenney.  She had been confined to her bed several days and her death was not unexpected.

Mary F. HUTCHIN was born in Butler county, O., March 23, 1818.  She was a daughter of Thomas and Sarah HUTCHIN, who came to Illinois in 1839 and located in Tunbridge township.  Mrs. Hutchin died June 16, 1850, and Mr. Hutchin died July 29, 1852.  Mary was their second child.  Sept. 3, 1846, she was married to Levi Davenport.  Five children were born to them, four of whom are living; Mary, who married Dr. CRAIG, of Kenney, dying several years ago.  Those living are Mrs. L.W. GREEN of Kenney; Mrs. Jas. C. WILLIAMS, of Kenney; Djalma DAVENPORT, Creston, Ia.; Mrs. J. H. WILLIAMS, Farmer City.   Excepting four years, 1849 to 1853, when the family lived in Clinton, Mrs. Davenport had lived in Tunbridge township since her parents located there.   She was a Christian lady and was one of the best of women.  She was an aunt of Mrs. F. E. DOWNEY and Mrs. Wm. MONSON, of this city.

Funeral services were held Saturday, conducted by Rev. ROBINSON, of Mt. Pulaski.

Submitted by Mike Malerich


July 31, 1917, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral Will Be Held in Clinton Wednesday Afternoon from Home of Mrs. Harry Lawrence.

The death of Theodore DAVENPORT, father of Mrs. Harry LAWRENCE, or this city, occurred in Kankakee yesterday.  The body was brought to this city last night on the Diamond.

The deceased was born in Clinton April 9, 1860, being at the time of his death aged 57 years, 3 months and 20 days.  He was the son of Thomas and Mary DAVENPORT.  Mr. Davenport was married to Miss Allie CROW in Mound City, Kan., Nov. 16, 1883.

He was a member of Clinton Corps, No. 364, Modern Woodmen of America.  He united with the Methodist [church] and has always been a member of that church.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ira, and Ivory DAVENPORT, and two daughters, Mrs. Herman TRUMMEL, and Mrs. Harry LAWRENCE.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Lawrence, 211 East Julia street.

Thomas DAVENPORT, Sr. 

August 23, 1889
Clinton Public


Thos. DAVENPORT was born in North Carolina, on August 23, 1805. When quite a young man he married Miss Elizabeth FRENCH, of Kentucky, and came north, settling in Sangamon county, near New Springfield, in 1829. He joined the Christian Church and lived a consistent Christian life, having reseived (sic) a license to preach that others might be brought into the fold. He served as a volunteer in the Black Hawk War and was in the battle of Stillman's defeat. He was the father of twelve children, nine of whom are living, of seventy-two grand children (forty of whom are living) and nineteen great-grand children. He was widely known among the old settlers of both Macon and DeWitt counties, and related to several of the old families of this county. His funeral took place in Clinton on Sunday, and was very large. His remains were taken to the old Tunbridge cemetery* near Kenney.

Note: Thomas's grave is NOT in Tunbridge cemetery, but rather in Texas Christian Cemetery in Texas, DeWitt County.

Submitted by Carole Tremaglia


August 23, 1889
Clinton Register

In the Ripe Age at Which Thomas Davenport is Called to His Reward.

Last Friday evening as the mellow zephyrs stole noiselessly through the windows of the residence of "Pony" DAVENPORT in the north part of the city, the occupants of the bed chamber moved to and fro in silence, and their suppressed whispers told too plainly that a weary mortal was slowly, yet [surely], succumbing to the strong hand of death, and that but a few short moments would elapse before the spirit of one of the oldest settlers of DeWitt county would take its flight to the realms of peace. A few more moments of silence, a few more whispers, and all was over. Death, the conqueror of all, had counted another, and Thomas DAVENPORT, Sr., was among the departed ....

Thomas Davenport was born in North Carolina, Aug. 22,1805, and would have been 84 years old Thursday of this week, at which time arrangements had been made to hold a family reunion in this city. When but a few days old, his mother died, and when two weeks old his father started to Kentucky, making the journey on horseback. The child was fed and cared for by the good people where they lodged of nights. When the journey was completed, his father gave him to his grandmother, who kept him until he was 16 years old, when he came to Illinois, in 1820. After two years he returned to Kentucky, where he married Elizabeth FRENCH, returning to this state in 1829, he settled in Sangamon county, near Springfield. Here he joined the Christian church, Uncle Jimmy SCOTT being the minister, and was soon licensed to preach ....

He served as a volunteer in the Black Hawk war, and was in the great battle of Stillman's defeat. He was in Illinois the winter of the deep snow, when the country was full of Indians and the wild beasts inhabited the forests. At that time there were no railroads, no mills, no nothing, but hardships. Corn was pounded in what was called a mortar-all old settlers know what that was. The old grates were used until the corn was too hard to grate, then the mortar was used as a mill to make meal.

Thomas Davenport improved more farms and built more houses than any man of early days. He worked hard to raise his family of nine children, six by [his] first and three by his second wife. He had 72 grand children, 40 of whom are still living; and 23 great grand children, 18 of them surviving him. He never craved wealth, but was satisfied with what he had. One circumstance which he often related, shows how the wheel of fortune sometimes turns. He went fishing and caught a string of nice fish which he brought to Clinton and offered to sell them to C. H. MOORE, who had a short time before come to Clinton. Mr. Moore said he would like to have the fish, but did not have the money to pay for them. He seemed to enjoy telling this and would say he thought Mr. Moore could buy them now ....

Funeral services were held at his late residence in the north part of the city at 9:30 o'clock Sunday morning, conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER. The remains were taken to the cemetery in Texas township for burial .... He lived in Texas township for several years, owning land there.

Note: Thomas was buried in Texas Christian Cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


November 8, 1907
Clinton Register


Thomas J. DAVENPORT committed suicide Tuesday afternoon at his home in Decatur.   Despondency over the death of a favorite son a few years ago is supposed to have unbalanced his mind and led to the rash act.  The unfortunate man took his life by drinking a vial of carbolic acid.  He retired to an inner room of the house where he was unnoticed by the family for some time.  When search was made for him, he was found dead, and the fumes of the carbolic acid soon told the rest of the pitiful tale.  The suicide leaves a wife and five children in moderate circumstances.  He had lived in Decatur about ten years, and had followed various vocations, having accumulated a little property.

Some time ago a son of Mr. Davenport met an accidental death while working on the C. H. & D. Railroad.  Since that time, the father has never seemed just his former self, and his grief preyed on his mind till he was led to self- destruction.

Deceased moved to Decatur from Clinton, and for a while conducted a second-hand store.  He was born in DeWitt county and was about 65 years old.  He was a brother of Theodore DAVENPORT, who moved to Missouri last spring.  He is survived by his wife and five children, all of Decatur.  Funeral services were held in the Texas church yesterday at 1 o'clock.  Burial was in Texas cemetery.


November 6, 1907, Wednesday
The Decatur Review
Decatur, Illinois

Worry Given as the Cause of the Suicide of Thomas Davenport.

Worry over ill health is ascribed as the cause for Thomas DAVENPORT committing suicide between 6 and 7 o'clock Tuesday evening at his home, 549 North Morgan street.


Mr. Davenport, who has been in poor health for some time, went to his bedroom about 6 o'clock.  His wife went in there about 7 o'clock and found him dead.  He had swallowed about half an ounce of carbolic acid.  A physician was summoned at once, but nothing could be done.

Mr. Davenport’s son was killed by a C. H. & D train near Indianapolis about three years ago, and he had never ceased to worry over that accident.  He grew melancholy and at times did not appear to be right in his mind, especially during the past few months.


Mr. Davenport was well known in the city.  He was born in DeWitt county in 1850, but had lived in Decatur for the past fifteen years.  He is survived by his wife and five children, Emanuel and Harry DAVENPORT, Mrs. Mollie HUMPHREY, Rosa CRAWFORD and Mrs. Lillie WILLIAMS, all of Decatur.

Coroner Buxton held an inquest at 1 o'clock.


The jury returned a verdict that Thomas Davenport came to his death by taking half an ounce of carbolic acid while temporarily insane.

The funeral will be held Thursday.  The cortege will leave the residence at 11 in the morning for Texas church, where the services will be held.  The interment will be at Texas cemetery.


November 8, 1907, Friday
The Decatur Review
Decatur, Illinois

The funeral of Thomas DAVENPORT was held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the Texas church in DeWitt county.  The services were conducted by Rev. O. P. Wright, pastor of the First Christian church in Decatur.  There was a large attendance, the church being filled with old friends of Mr. Davenport, who lived for many years in that neighborhood.  There were many beautiful floral tributes.  The interment was at Texas cemetery.

Mrs. Thomas J. DAVENPORT 

January 2, 1919, Thursday
Clinton Daily Public


Mrs. Lounicey DAVENPORT, aged 72 years, widow of the late Thomas DAVENPORT, who died at her home in Peoria Tuesday morning at 2:10 o'clock was brought here on the 10 o'clock train this morning from Lincoln and taken to the Oakman chapel.   She leaves to mourn her loss three daughters, Mrs. Lillie WILLIAMS; Mrs. Bert CRAWFORD, of Peoria; and Mrs. Mollie HUMPHREY, of Decatur; [and] one son, Manuel D., of Peoria.  Mrs. Davenport is an aunt of Mrs. J. M. WILLIAMS, C. W. McKINNEY and Mrs. Harry LAWRENCE, of this city.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Texas Christian church with Rev. A. M. Wells in charge.  Burial was made in Texas cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Eugene DAVIS 

November 21, 1902
Clinton Register

Had Lived in Clinton Nearly Forty Years—
Had Been a Resident of Illinois for Over Half a Century.

Early Saturday morning Eugene DAVIS, one of Clinton’s well known citizens, died at his home on West Jefferson street, aged 69 years, 9 months, 23 days. About six years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and had since been in poor health, but had been able a good part of the time to work at his trade. For a few months this year he had been confined to his home the greater part of the time, but had been confined to his bed only about six weeks, heart trouble being the cause of his death. He suffered much pain but bore it patiently.

Eugene Davis was born in Bethany, Pa., Jan. 22, 1833, where he lived until 1856 when he came to Illinois, locating at Kankakee. Here as in Pennsylvania he followed carpentering. He also studied law, intending to follow that profession, but changed his plans when almost ready to be admitted to practice. For several years previous to 1865 he was foreman of the bridge carpenters on the Illinois Central.

In 1865 he came to Clinton and it had since been his home. June 28, 1865, he was married to Miss Nancy GARDINER, of Farmer City, who survives him. Three daughters were born to them, all of whom live in Clinton. They are Mrs. Geo. McKENNA, and Misses Clara and Louise, who live at home.

Mr. Davis was one of Clinton’s best known citizens and perhaps no man had fewer enemies. He never meddled with the affairs of his neighbors. He owned a good property which he had occupied many years. He was a member of the Universalist church, and of the Masonic lodge, and had the esteem of all who knew him. He was for many years a Republican but for several years had been a Democrat, and had often been spoken of as a candidate for county office, and once his name was presented in convention.

He was a fine singer and for 20 years with J. W. McPHERSON, J. D. ROGERS and R. BUTLER sang during campaigns, and he often sang in church and other services. He was one of the best quartette singers in the city.

Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney, assisted by Rev. S. C. Black, DeWitt lodge of A. F. and A. M. having charge of the remains. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Newspaper photo of Eugene Davis.

George Earl DAVIS 

May 7, 1897
Clinton Register

The funeral of Earl Davis took place from the Christian church Monday at two o'clock, conducted by Elder Pickerill, assisted by Rev. Kumler, of the M. E. church.  Earl was a member of the Christian church and was one of its most useful young members.  He was quiet, inoffensive and had a tendency to look for the bright side of all things.  He will be greatly missed by his young associates at the church.  The funeral was one among those sad occasions that is so often met with in this life.  Hardly an eye in the vast audience refused to shed a tear during the progress of the funeral.  The youthful pall bearers were his schoolmates as follows: Lloyd Howell, Alfred and Fred Blome, Elmer Bowles, Chas. Stivers and Herbert Smith.

George Earl Davis was 15 years, 2 months and 20 days old and was born in Maroa, Ill., Feb. 10, 1882.  His parents spent six years in Kansas and Missouri after which they located in this city.  He was the only son of George and Eusula [Ursula] Davis, who live on East Main street.

(See news article regarding the accident.)

Hippocrates DAVIS 

December 3, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Hippocrates Davis, M. D.

After a brief illness and in the full vigor of young manhood, Dr. Hippocrates DAVIS passed from this life on last Friday, at his home in Beason. Dr. Davis was born in Wapella on the 28th of April, 1857. He was educated in the public school, and during his leisure hours read medicine in his father's office. He then entered the Western Reserve Medical College in Ohio and received a thorough training in his profession, and in February, 1881, graduated. For the past five years he was a successful practitioner and was beginning to make a reputation among older physicians. On the 1st of January, 1883, Dr. Davis was married to Miss Lucella PEDDICORD, daughter of Mr. Samuel PEDDICORD, of Clinton, and as a result of the union two children were born, the last one within a week before the death of the father. Dr. Davis was the son of Dr. T. W. DAVIS of Wapella. On Saturday his remains were brought to Clinton and interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: Contrary to his obituary, he was buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Jessie S. DAVIS 

April 22, 1881
Clinton Public

Harp, April 19th, 1881.

Mrs. Mary L. DAVIS was born in Freeport, Ill., January 8th, 1853.  When she was a little girl her father, E. R. ROSS, of Harp township, came to DeWitt county, and in the course of time settled on the farm where he now lives.  About the year 1868 Mary professed religion during a series of meetings held in Walnut Grove school-house and united with the Protestant Methodist Church.  She was married January 8th, 1879, to Jessie S. DAVIS, of Wilson township.  Being pleasantly and comfortably situated, although not very stout, she enjoyed her new home, and all the more because her companion was kind and indulgent to a wife’s wishes.  But her married life seemed destined to be brief.  A complication of diseases seemed troubling her all winter and finally a severe cold settled on her lungs, and being so weak and reduced she yielded to death’s firm grasp, and on the morning of the 14th of April, 1881, she died.  On Sabbath previous to her death she told her husband and mother she was sure she could not get well, and made all arrangements for her burial.  She desired her mother to be a mother to her baby (a bright little boy of 17 months).  She called her friends one by one and talked to them of the beauties of heaven and urged them to strive to meet her there, for she knew the gate was ajar even then for her.  She called for her baby and kissed him, calling him tender and endearing names and bid her friends present good-by, as calm as if she was going only to return.  She wished for someone to pray and her father-in-law complied with her request.   After a short time she seemed to revive again and expressed her astonishment that her friends should weep, when all was so beautiful, and religion, that made one happy, was so free.   She praised the Lord time after time, and was happy in Jesus—far happier than her strength would allow her to express.  From that evening she could only look from one to another and try to tell them what her countenance plainly told, that she was gladly passing over the river, and o'er 9 o'clock Thursday morning her little Eddie was motherless and her affectionate husband grief-stricken and alone.  Father, mother, brother, sister had one more tie in heaven, and relatives and friends were shocked to hear that Mary was dead.   She leaves one of each of the nearest and dearest ties—a husband, one child, a father, mother, one sister and one brother, together with many relatives and friends to mourn her loss, which will be deeply felt.

A loving wife has drooped and faded,
     One fond mother’s voice has fled;
A daughter’s brow the grave has shaded,
     One dear sister now is dead.

Mary’s gone to heaven before us,
     But she turned and waived her hand,
Pointing to the glories o'er us,
     In that happy spirit land.

Why! O, why! this thought of sadness,
     For our friend is happy now!
She has knelt with heartfelt gladness
     Where the blessed angels bow.

John B. DAVIS 

June 8, 1888
Clinton Register

John DAVIS, of near Waynesville, an extensive farmer about 40 years of age, in company with his two daughters went to Peoria, Wednesday, on business, the result of the trip costing Mr. Davis his life.  It is reported that of late years he has been strongly addicted to drink, and while in Peoria he became intoxicated and refused to return home with his daughters in the evening, and remained in Peoria, his children returning home without him.  As near as can be learned, Davis went to his room in one of the hotels, and as is supposed, while yet intoxicated, he walked to the window and fell out of the third story, his lifeless body being found on the sidewalk, badly crushed, sometime during the night.


August 16, 1895
Clinton Public

Death of Lute Davis.
Killed at St. Louis by 1200 Volts of Electricity.

This community was shocked by the announcement that Lute DAVIS, who left here eight months ago, had been killed while attending to his work as electrician of the Missouri Illuminating Co., at St. Louis, August 9, 1895. He was changing the current at the switchboard and accidentally sent 1200 volts of electricity through his body, killing him instantly. No mark on his body told the story of his fate.

Deceased was thirty-two years old, and for six years—1889-1895—had filled the office of electrician of Clinton Electric Company. His congeniality had gathered about him strong friendships, his death being a sad blow to numerous acquaintances and a young wife. Mrs. DAVIS is now here, the guest of sympathizing relatives and friends.

Mr. Davis was born at Onondaga, N. Y., April 28, 1863, and when a boy moved with his parents to Virden, Ill. He was married here to his bereaved widow, maiden name Mary WARD, in this city, March 8, 1891. Remains were brought to this place Saturday morning, and funeral services were held by Rev. L. B. PICKERILL at the house of F. C. HENDRICKS, Sunday at nine o'clock a.m., and was buried in Woodlawn cemetery, a large concourse of sorrowing friends attending, paying a last tribute to his memory.

Dr. Thomas W. DAVIS 

March 22, 1907
Clinton Register

Another of Wapella’s Oldest Citizens Quits the Shores of Time—
Funeral Held Saturday.

Dr. Thomas W. DAVIS died at his home in Wapella Saturday at 12 o'clock noon, aged 79 years, 4 months and 22 days. He was born in Seneca county, Ohio, October 25, 1827. Until he was 19 years old he worked on a farm, but quit that occupation and became a blacksmith, working at that trade for six years, when he had accumulated a sufficient sum to take a course in medical college. He graduated from Western Reserve College at Cleveland in 1857. For two years he practiced in Nevada, Ohio, and then came to Wapella. He was a member of the DeWitt County Medical Society. He took high rank among members of his profession.

He was married to Mary PATTERSON in Ohio, August 17, 1856. To this union were born two sons and two daughters, but one son and two daughters have preceded him in death. Dr. J. N. Patterson, of Mansfield, Dr. James Potter, of near Denver, Col., and his two sons, Hippocrates and Vesselius, studied under him and graduated with honors. He was first associated with Dr. John Wright. He had a large practice and devoted many years of his life to the alleviation of suffering, calling on rich or poor, the chance of getting his pay being a secondary consideration. About five years ago his health began to fail and he had not been so active in his profession.

In religion he was a Universalist and in politics a Republican. He cast his first vote for John P. Hale. He served on the board of directors of Wapella for a number of years finally refusing re-election. He taught school in Ohio, and was always much interested in school work. He often visited the school in Wapella and gave the pupils good advice on securing an education. He was for 4 years police magistrate. He was a member of DeWitt Lodge, No. 84, A. F. & A. M. of Clinton.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Dr. V. DAVIS, five grandchildren and one brother residing in St. Louis. The funeral was held Monday at 1 p.m. from his late home, conducted by Rev. B. L. Everton, of Decatur, assisted by Rev. G. E. Burton. Interment was in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Mrs. W. O. DAVIS 

January 26, 1900
Clinton Register


Mrs. Eliza B. DAVIS, wife of W. O. DAVIS, editor of the Pantagraph, died Sunday at San Antonio, Tex., aged 53. Sincep last July she had been failing. At that time she was operated upon in a Chicago hospital and since grown steadily weaker. She was taken to Texas but the change was of no benefit. While never very strong physically she enjoyed fairly good health until last summer. She was a daughter of Jesse W. FELL, who once owned most of the ground where Clinton is. Her mother, Hester V. FELL, lives in Normal.

Mrs. William DAVIS 

September 9, 1875
Clinton Public

Mrs. Wm. DAVIS died on last Sunday morning.  She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss.  Consumption was the destroyer.

Dr. William P. DAVIS 

January 1, 1874
Clinton Public

Three deaths in this city this week.  The first was the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Andy HUTCHINS; the next was Mrs. Theodore RASBACH; and the third was Dr. W. P. DAVIS, who was seized with paralysis some eight or ten years ago.

Mrs. William P. DAVIS 

October 3, 1884
Clinton Public

The March to the Tomb.

Mrs. Nancy DAVIS, mother of John G. DAVIS, died at her home in this city on Wednesday afternoon. She was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on the 24th of September, 1815, and at the time of her death she was sixty-nine years and seven days old. Mrs. Davis was seized with a paralytic stroke on the 14th day of last May, by which she lost the use of her left side. From this affliction she never recovered. In early life Mrs. Davis was an adherent of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and although she never united with the church her sympathies and her influence were always in that direction. At an early age she removed with her parents from Ohio to Park county, Indiana, where she lived till the time of her marriage. On the 24th of April, 1836, she was united in marriage to Dr. William P. DAVIS, after which she and her husband made their home in Georgetown, Ind., till November 1363 [1863?], when they came to Clinton. Mrs. Davis was the mother of nine children, four of whom survive her. Five of her children and her husband preceded her to the better land. Dr. Davis died in this city on the 20th of December, 1873. During his life he was a prominent man in politics, having held the position of Register of the Land office at Danville, Ill., from 1840 to 1865.

DAWSON (child) 

July 30, 1880
Clinton Public

Henry DAWSON lost one of his boys last Saturday.  He died from the effects of a scald, having fallen backward into a kettle of boiling water.

Abraham Lincoln DAY 

June 26, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Died in Deerfield, Mo., Saturday—
Moved Away from Clinton Nine Years Ago—
Funeral Tuesday.

A. L. DAY, a former resident of this city, but who for the last nine years made his home in Deerfield, Mo., passed away at his home in that city Saturday afternoon, following an illness of three years with heart asthma.  The body accompanied by his wife and two sons, Ruel and Cecil DAY, arrived in Clinton on the Daylight Special at 2:12 o'clock this afternoon and was taken direct to the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Shuemaker, 314 South Madison street, by C. G. Oakman, where the funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, at 2:30.   Rev. A. P. Aldrich, pastor of the Baptist church, will officiate, and interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John DAY and was born on a farm in Creek township about fifty-seven years ago.  He was married twice.  His first wife was Miss Nebraska BARNETT, who died about twenty years ago.  To this union nine children were born, four of whom preceded their father in death.  His second marriage was to a sister of his first wife, Miss Luella BARNETT, which occurred about seventeen years ago.  To this union one child was born.

The surviving children with the widow are: Edwin DAY, of Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Ura JOHNSON, of Deerfield, Mo.; Ruel DAY, of Deerfield, Mo.; and Earl, Fred and Cecil, at home.

Mr. Day will be well remembered by many of the older residents of the county and has been a subscriber to the Weekly Public for a long period of years.  During his residence in this county, Mr. Day was employed on the Jacob Ziegler farm east of the city.

Mrs. A. L. DAY 

August 3, 1906
Clinton Register

Died In Peoria.

Mrs. A. L. DAY (Sarah E.), who died at her home in Peoria, was nearly 40 years old.  She was born near Wapella and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. FLETCHER, are dead. She was married to W. G. MITCHELL, and several years ago they moved to Lanoke, Ark., where her husband died about four years ago.  Two years ago she was married to A. L. DAY in Clinton and he survives her; also her daughter, Mrs. GOODRUM, of Clinton.  The surviving sisters are Mrs. A. ELLIS and Mrs. KEMP, of Wapella, and Mrs. CALENDER, of Peoria.  Funeral Services were held in Wapella and burial was in Long Point Cemetery near that place.

Note: She was the daughter of Rigdon and Arminda (Turner) Fletcher and her husband’s full name was Abraham Lincoln Day.

Mrs. Edward O. DAY

June 8, 1888
Clinton Register

Charles W. DAY 

October 18, 1908
Decatur Sunday Review

Former Clinton Citizen Succumbs to an Attack of Gangrene.

Clinton, Ill., Oct. 17.—Charles W. DAY, a former resident of this city, died at his home in Kansas City Friday afternoon. He had been very sick with uremic poisoning, which settled in his arm. Gangrene set in and, as his case was becoming desperate, the limb was amputated Thursday morning, He seemed to recover from the operation but was too far gone to survive. The funeral was held in that city this afternoon.

He was a brother of L. F. DAY, the Minneapolis railroad magnate, and was born in this county about fifty-three years ago. He grew to manhood here and married Miss Della LOGAN. He was formerly an engineer on the Illinois Central railroad and continued in the railroad service after moving to the middle west. He was well known locally and has many friends here.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary DeLAND, of Minneapolis, a son, Edwin DAY, and a brother, L. F. Day. He is a nephew of H. T. DAY, John W. DAY and Mrs. G. W. CORDER of this city, and a cousin of Mrs. Isaiah WILSON, also residing here.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Edward O. DAY 

June 8, 1888
Clinton Register

Mrs. E. O. DAY, of DeWitt, died very suddenly at her home in that village last Friday night about 11 o’clock, of heart disease. She had been feeling as well as usual until about 10 o’clock at night when she aroused some of her neighbors, and wished them to go for Dr. Tyler, as she lived alone. When the doctor arrived she had quietly expired, lying on the porch.  She was about 70 years old and was highly esteemed by everyone in DeWitt.  She was the mother of twelve children, of whom only eight are living, seven girls and one son.  She was buried at the DeWitt cemetery Sunday.  Rev. Wallace preached the funeral.

Mrs. Ellis I. DAY 

September 16, 1887
Clinton Public

After only a brief illness of two weeks, Mrs. Nettie L., wife of Ellis I. DAY, died on last Saturday afternoon. It was a terrible stroke on her family, for not one of them dreamed that death was so near. Only twenty-two months ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Ellis I. Day, their marriage occurring on the 19th of November, 1885. They were building a handsome cottage on West Washington street, and Mr. Day and his wife were looking forward to the time in the near future when their home would be ready for themselves and the entertainment of their friends. Man proposes; God disposes. The uncertainty of life makes all our calculations in vain.

Mrs. Day was the daughter of Reuben SACKETT. She was born in Freeport, Ill., August 9, 1858. Her father came to Clinton in the year 1862. For many years, and till her marriage, Mrs. Day was the leading soprano singer in the Methodist Church. Life was pleasant to her for she was surrounded by everything that was worth living for. Her sudden death has brought sadness to many hearts even outside of her family connection. The funeral services will be in the Methodist Church this afternoon, at two o'clock.

Ira DAY 

August 24, 1906
Clinton Register

Ira DAY was shot and killed by James WHITEHEAD.

(See news article)

James DAY 

February 21, 1913
Clinton Register


James DAY died at Denver, Colorado, Saturday morning, following an attack of appendicitis. The attack was so severe that it was decided an immediate operation should be performed. While relatives and friends did not receive much encouragement from the messages sent from the bedside, they did not despair until the one of Friday, which stated physicians had given up hope.

James Day is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. DAY, 109 East Julia street, Clinton. He was born in this city about 38 years ago. For some time he was engaged in the store of Fred J. CRANG, but later was a clerk in the drugstore of his father, which position he held until about five years ago, when he moved to Denver to engage in the manufacture of tile with WATSON Bros., formerly of Clinton.

Deceased was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church, being a member of the church choir and chorister in the Sunday school.  Besides his parents he is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Mabel WATSON; two sisters, Mrs. Fred ROGERS, of El Paso, Texas; Mrs. Robert SMITH, of Clinton, and one brother, Ellis I. DAY, of Clinton.

Mrs. John DAY 

June 2, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Anna DAY departed this life on Sunday night at the home of her son John, west of town.  She had been in poor health for a long time, and death came as a relief to her suffering soul.  She was buried in the Rose cemetery on Monday, at three o'clock Rev. Thrasher officiating.  Anna MILLER was born in Green County, KY., October 22, 1820.  She came to this state in 1824, being an old pioneer.  She was married to John DAY, Sr., in March, 1838.  Eleven children were born to them of which two are dead.  William and Elizabeth.  Those living are D. P., Philip, Jon and A. L. DAY and Mary J. CARR, Flora ROBERTS, Mamie MERRILL, Emma NELSON and Anna Bell ROSE.   She united with the Christian Church in 1838 and has lived a Christian life since.

John E. DAY 

January 17, 1896
Clinton Public


John E. DAY died at his home on East Main street, Clinton, Tuesday, at 6 p.m., of heart trouble, aged 78 years, 9 months and 26 days. Deceased was born in Clermont county, O., and was married to Mary Ann SAMUELS on October 18, 1839, near Indianapolis. Eight children were born to this union, several of whom have died. He moved to DeWitt county in 1850, locating on a farm near Clinton about 1863, since which time he has lived in Clinton. His first wife died in 1855, and he was married to Mrs. Drusella BENNETT in Clinton on May 30, 1860, who died about three years ago. Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock a.m. Thursday at his late home on East Main street. Rev. L. B. PICKERILL will officiate.

Mrs. John E. DAY 

April 14, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Drucilla DAY, wife of Mr. John E. DAY, was buried last Friday afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery.  She was born in Franklin County, Ohio, March 18, 1819, and at the time of her death was seventy-five years old.  She was the mother of five sons and three daughters, four of whom preceded her to the better world.  Mrs. Day was an old resident of Clinton.  She was a kind neighbor, an affectionate wife and mother and a devoted Christian.  She had been an invalid for about eleven years.

John Stillman DAY 

Paper Unknown

John S. Day, Aged Lane Resident Dies.

John S. DAY of Lane passed away at the home of his son, W. R. DAY, four miles south of Lane station Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 10 days. Death was due to the infirmities of old age.  John Stillman Day, son of John and Anna DAY, was born at DeWitt, Ill., February 8, 1850, and died at Lane, Ill., December 18, 1925.  In 1873 he was united in marriage to America H. SHAW and to this union six children were born, two of whom preceded the father in death.  The four children surviving are Stillman of Decatur, William Roy of Lane, Mrs. Charles THORPE of Clinton and John Adison of Fort Smith, Ark.  His wife preceded him in death in 1886.  In 1890 Mr. Day was again united in marriage to Amanda ROBERTS.  She passed away here three years ago.  Mr. Day spent his entire life in DeWitt county as a farmer and retired from active farming several years ago.  Since that time he made his home with his son Roy at Lane.  Funeral arrangements cannot be definitely announced at this time.  The family was waiting last night to hear from John who lives in Arkansas.  It is expected that the funeral will be held at Lane Sunday afternoon and interment to be made in Rose cemetery at that place.  Definite announcements will be made later.

J. W. DAY, Jr. 

November 19, 1897
Clinton Public

Endured Untold Suffering.
J. W. Day, Jr., Dies at His Late Home on Sunday Night at 12 O'clock.
Leaves a Wife and One Child.

J. W. DAY, son of J. W. DAY, Sr., died at his late home on Mulberry street at 12 o'clock Sunday night. Deceased was born in Clinton on September 28th, 1861, and, with the exception of a few years in Texas and Colorado, lived in this city all of his life.

In 1888 he was married to Miss Jennie ROSS, one child, a boy eight years old, being the result of this union. His wife and son Keith survive him; also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Day, his brothers Ellis, James and Bard, and sisters Grace and Gertrude.

Four weeks ago, Mr. Day and a few companions had hunted and fished near Havana for about ten days. A few days after he returned, he complained of excruciating pains in his back, and even morphine failed to relieve him. This was followed by a rigidity of the muscles. This severe affliction continued for 10 days, when unconsciousness came to his relief. These conditions were intermittent for 10 days, when the patient fell into a comatose condition, remaining so until his death. The disease was of three weeks' duration and was diagnosed spinal meningitis, one of the most painful afflictions known to the medical profession, about 72 per cent dying. Those who do survive the racking pains are usually left with a mental weakness or physical deformity.

Mr. Day was a man of industrious habits, seldom being found from his post of duty. He farmed and was fireman on the Illinois Central before becoming identified as clerk with the firm of J. W. Day & Son, where he had been employed for about five years. He was uniformly prompt, courteous and careful. Last year he was appointed Deputy Fish Warden, and by a zeal for true sport, prevented the looting of the streams hereabout, notwithstanding the animosity of the criminally inclined was directed against him. Wherever put, he did his best. With that foresight in the welfare of his family which characterizes the prudent man, he had his life insured for $1,000. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. J. B. HORNEY officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

Marah DAY 

Paper Unknown

Aged maiden Lady Who Had Resided in County Since 1853 Passed Away Yesterday Afternoon.

Miss Marah DAY, a resident of DeWitt county since 1853, died yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the home of her brother, A. J. DAY, where she had made her home since 1865.  Death was due to cancer, with which she had been a sufferer for about three years, having been bedfast during the past six weeks.  Deceased was born in Fulquir county, Virginia, February 19, 1845, and would of been 70 years of age had she lived until February 19 next.  She came to Illinois with her parents, Samuel and Elizabeth DAY, in 1850, and since 1853, when her parents moved to DeWitt county, she has been a resident since that time.  She was the last surviving of seven sisters.  Deceased is survived by three brothers:  Charles DAY of Oklahoma, Thomas DAY of Decatur, and A. J. DAY of Creek township, where she died.  She also leaves several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  The funeral will be some time Wednesday, the hour to be announced later.  Burial will be made in Rose cemetery, one mile west of Lane.

Submitted by Unknown


December 18, 1914
Clinton Register

Miss Marah Day, Living Seven Miles Southeast of the City, Died Monday.

At three o'clock Monday afternoon Miss Marah DAY died at the residence of her brother, A. J. DAY, seven miles southeast of the city, at the age of sixty-nine years.  Death was due to cancer from which deceased had been a sufferer for the past three years, although not confined to her bed until six weeks preceding death.  Miss Day was born in Virginia February 19, 1845.  At the age of five years she was brought by her parents to Illinois and since the age of eight had been a resident of this county.  She was one of seven sisters and was the last surviving.  Deceased is survived by three brothers, Charles, of Oklahoma; Thomas, of Decatur; and A. J., of Creek township.  She also leaves surviving a number of nephews and nieces.

Note: aka Maria

Nellie Rose DAY 

May 18, 1883
Clinton Public

Nellie Rose DAY, daughter of Dennis H. and Elizabeth DAY, was born January 9, 1877, and died May 12, 1883, of scarlet fever. Nellie was a sweet and lovely child and dearly loved by all who knew her. All that medical skill and kindest care could do was unavailing. Death claimed her as His own. Being the only surviving child of the bereaved parents, she will be missed. The funeral services were conducted by the writer of this article May 14, 1883, at 10 a.m., at the residence of E. O. DAY, and the mortal remains were interred in DeWitt Cemetery.  — J. W. LAPHAM, Pastor M. E. Church.

[poem omitted]

Nebraska (BARNETT) DAY 

June 18, 1897
Clinton Public

Mrs. A. L. DAY, who was injured in a runaway Wednesday, June 9th, died Saturday evening at 6 o'clock. Funeral services were held at her late home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. James Alvin Clark.  Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Nebraska Day was born August 29, 1857, in Hopewell, O. She was the daughter of John and Andinet BARNETT.  She was married to A. L. DAY, January 15, 1879, and was the mother of nine children, five of whom survive her.  She also leaves a husband, her father who resides in Albuquerque, N. M., a sister in Wellington, Kan., and two brothers in Sutherland, Ia., to mourn her sad fate. She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind and loving neighbor, and was respected and loved by all, and will be sadly missed.  Mr. Day and family extend their heart felt thanks to those who so kindly assisted them in their bereavement.

Note: Her husband’s name was Abraham Lincoln Day.

Randolph DAY 

Friday, August 25, 1899
Clinton Register

Son of John W. Day Dies After a Brief Illness—
Funeral Held Monday Afternoon.

Randolph DAY, son of John W. DAY, aged 11 years and 1 days, died Saturday afternoon at the home of his parents in the north part of the city. He was taken sick about a week before his death and the skill of the physician was not sufficient to stay the hand of death. He was an exceptionally bright boy and his untimely death was a severe shock to his parents. The cause of death is said to have been peritonitis.  Funeral services were held at the residence Monday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Dr. W. A. Hunter who preached an impressive sermon.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Samuel DAY 

October 16, 1891
Clinton Register

Grandma DAY, widow of Samuel DAY, was buried at the Rose Cemetery Wednesday at 11 o'clock, aged 89 years.

Note: Her first name was Eliza but her maiden name is unknown.

Samuel F. DAY 

March 14, 1862
Central Transcript


The bodies of the DeWitt county volunteers who fell at Fort Donelson were brought home for interment and lay in state, yesterday, and were visited by hundreds of our citizens.  As we write, the mournful music of the muffled drums summons our people to attend their burial and thousands respond.  They will all be buried in one grave, adjoining the residence of G. W. Gideon, Esq.  The names of the fallen heroes are—

Locklin M. ROGERS
Samuel F. DAY
Spencer PAGE

Samuel served in Company C, 41st Regiment Illinois Volunteers.  He was killed at the battle of Fort Donelson and was brought home and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: Samuel was the son of Samuel and Eliza Day. His father died in 1878 and his mother in 1891.  He was listed as Samuel T. Day in the news article.

See news article regarding the funeral.

Samuel P. DAY 

January 4, 1872
Clinton Public

DIED.—Dec. 27th, 1871, of throat affection [infection?], at the residence of Samuel DAY, in Creek township, Samuel P. DAY, son of George W. and Eliza P. L. DAY, aged 9 years, 11 months and 21 days.

Mrs. William DeATLEY 

June 18, 1909
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. De Atley.

Tuesday at Wapella occurred the death of Mrs. Lucy DeAtley, an aged and well known resident of that place, aged 75 years.  She had been ill for several months the result of a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered about nine months ago.  She was born in Aberdeen, Ohio, in 1834, and married to William DeAtley in Kentucky in 1861.  The family came to Illinois in 1896 and located at the present home in Wapella.  Deceased is survived by three sons and three daughters, J. E., B. F., and S. P.; Mrs. Chas. BORDERS, Mrs. Charles RUGLES and Miss Kate, residing at home.   Funeral services were held at the late home Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. C. Robertson.  Remains were taken to Heyworth for interment.

William M. H. DeBOICE 

June 12, 1891
Clinton Public

In the eighty-first year of his age, Wm. M. H. DeBOICE died in this city last Tuesday evening, and on Thursday afternoon his body was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. He was born in Onondago County, New York, in the year 1810, and when a boy moved with his parents to Ohio. He came to Clinton in 1835 and remained here five years and then moved to Iowa, where he lived for thirteen years. He then returned to this county and remained here. He was the father of eight children, four boys and four girls. His two oldest boys died during the war, having enlisted from this county in the Thirty-third Illinois Infantry. He was twice married. His first wife was a sister of Abner and Sabin TAYLOR, and his second wife is the sister of Peter HOGLE.

John A. DeBOLT 

January 2, 1914
Clinton Register


At 12:45 on December 25, 1913, at his home in Parnell, occurred the death of John A. DeBOLT, the immediate cause of death being a stroke of paralysis which he suffered on Tuesday night preceding his death, although he had been ill with a complication of diseases for some time.

Deceased was born in Ohio on May 7, 1843, and lived there until the breaking out of the Civil War, when he joined the army in the regiment and company of the late President McKinley.  At the close of the war he came to Illinois first locating in Bloomington, where he was united in marriage to Miss Amelia KING, to which marriage ten children were born, seven of whom survive as follows: Mrs. Wm. WATTERS, of Leroy; Mrs. Chas. LUNEACK, of Parnell; Wm. DeBOLT, of Breckenridge, Mich.; Mrs. D. J. WALTERS, of Weedman; Ida DeBOLT, of Bardville, Ky.; Mrs. Albert SANDT, of Chicago; and Mrs. Wm. UMBLE, of Farnhamville, Iowa.

Deceased was a member of G. A. R. Post at Farmer City. He was also a member of the M. E. church, from which the funeral was conducted on Saturday afternoon, the interment being in Camp Ground cemetery.


November 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Alfred DEFFENBAUGH died at his home, six miles north of this city, Saturday morning, from a complication of stomach troubles.  The remains were interred at Belleflower Sunday.

Note: Another column lists his name as Andrew Deffenbaugh.

Frederick DEIBERT 

February 10, 1901
Paper Unknown

Frederick DEIBERT died at his home in Farmer City, on Sunday, February 10,1901, at 7:30 a.m., aged 79 years, 11 months, 8 days. Funeral: Christian Church, February 12 th. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


January 20, 1893
Clinton Public

John DELAMERE’s home was sadly afflicted last Sunday morning in the death of his wife. Mrs. DELAMERE gave birth to twins and their lives went out with hers. She leaves six children and her husband to mourn their loss. Mrs. Delamere was in the thirty-eighth year of her age. She was married in Peoria and lived near Weldon the greater part of her married life, the family moving to Clinton only a few months ago. Mr. Delamere is engaged in buying poultry. He desires to express his gratitude to the neighbors who were so kind to him during his days of trouble and sorrow.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

DeLAND (child) 

November 23, 1865
Clinton Public


On Friday last, a little child belonging to Edward DeLAND met with a terrible accident which resulted in death the following day.  Its mother tied it in the high chair, and supposing it perfectly safe, left the room for a few moments.  On returning, she was horrified to find that the little one had crawled under the shawl, with which it was tied, and fallen into or upon a kettle of boiling water, scalding it severely.

James DeLAND 

May 15, 1896
Clinton Register

James DeLand, One of Clinton's Old Citizens, Crosses the Silent River.

One by one the old citizens and former business men of Clinton are laying down life’s burdens for a journey on the other shore.  For many years James DeLAND had been failing in health, and for more than a year it has been realized that he would soon be called from earth.  The call came and was answered Monday, and the aged pilgrim bid farewell to earth and friends at the ripe age of 74 years, 8 months and 10 days, being born in Rutland, Vt., Aug. 31, 1821.  When he was sixteen years old his parents moved to Ohio, where he engaged in farming and teaching school.  In 1843 with Miss Mamie ABBOTT he was joined in marriage.  To them six children were born, two of whom have passed from life.  The four living reside in Clinton.  They are Mrs. Emma MAGILL, Mrs. J. W. DAY, Mrs. W. H. WHEELER and J. F. DeLAND.

In 1850 they moved to Iowa; in 1858 to Missouri; and two years later to this city where the remainder of his life was spent.  He was for many years one of Clinton’s most successful business men, supervisor for several terms, and held other important offices.  In 1872 his companion was taken from him by death.  Four years later he was married to Mrs. DAY, whom he precedes to the world beyond.  For twenty years he had been a member of the M. E. church, and was a member of the Masonic lodge.

Funeral services were held at the residence of J. F. DeLand on South Center street at 2 o'clock Wednesday, conducted by Revs. W. A. Hunter and M. W. Everhart, DeWitt lodge No. 84, A. F. and A. M., conducting the usual ceremonies at the grave.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. James DeLAND 

August 22, 1872, Thursday
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. James DeLand.

Mrs. James DeLAND died this (Friday) morning, at about one o'clock, after a week’s painful suffering, from the effects of an accident which occurred on Thursday evening, August 8.  Mr. and Mrs. DeLand were coming from the country behind a spirited pair of horses, and on driving up to the railroad crossing on Webster street they found the road blockaded by a freight train.  Mr. DeLand then turned his horses, intending to take another street.  Through some cause, the pole slipped through the neck-yoke, beyond the iron catch, which threw the carriage on the horses’ legs.  This frightened the horses and they started off on a frenzied gallop.  Mr. DeLand could not check them, for when the horses would attempt to slacken the carriage would strike them again, frightening them worse than ever.  Mrs. DeLand jumped from the carriage, and in her exit struck her head on one of the wheel tires, making a frightful wound of over five inches in length, tearing the scalp completely open and exposing the bare skull.   Added to this terrible disaster she also broke one of her arms.  Mr. DeLand immediately followed his wife, and he also had his right arm dislocated at the shoulder.  Mrs. DeLand lingered in great agony till this (Friday) morning, when death came to her relief.

The funeral services will take place on Saturday morning, at ten o'clock, at the family residence on North Madison street, to which the friends of the family are invited.
August 29, 1872, Thursday
Clinton Public

Mrs. James DeLAND.

Died, in this city, at twelve o'clock Thursday night, August 22—her 47th birthday—Mrs. Emily DeLAND, wife of James DeLAND.

Mrs. DeLand was a native of Vermont.  In 1841 she was married, and for 31 years had been the companion and the comfort of her husband.  Three times during that period death has entered their family circle, and at each time taken away a beloved child.  Twelve years ago last May, with her husband and family, she came to Clinton, since which she has been known and loved by the people of this city.

To us death seems hard under any circumstances, but often it comes in such an unexpected form as to appear peculiarly trying.  We love to soften its harsh features as much as possible by thinking of our friends passing gently and easily away.  But how seldom is this hope realized.  Far oftener, even in the peaceful and blessed death of our dearest Christian friends, we see so much bodily suffering and so many things which are entirely unexpected that we wonder at God’s dark providences.  Mrs. DeLand’s death was caused by injuries received on the evening of August 15.  While riding with her husband the horses took fright and became unmanageable.  In escaping from the carriage she was fatally injured.  For one week her sufferings were terrible and constant.  These she bore with true Christian patience, and thus left another example of the power of Christ’s grace.  For many years she had been trying to follow the Savior, and for several years past has been a member of the Presbyterian church of this city.  She was of a very quiet and retiring disposition, and her piety was naturally of the same character.  It showed itself most clearly to those who knew her best.  In her family and to her most intimate friends her Christian life was most apparent.  Her injuries and sufferings made it almost impossible for her to say what she seemed earnestly to desire, but she showed clearly and expressed frequently her resignation to God’s will and her trust in him.  From the first she had but little expectation of getting well.  She felt confident that her end was near at hand, and for this she waited without fear.  Her sufferings were great and constant, but they were only bodily.   To the last, her mind was clear and the spirit calm.  Calling her family to her she bade them all a loving farewell with her dying exhortation, "meet me in heaven."  Her funeral was attended at the family residence on Saturday the 24th, by a great company of our citizens, filling the house and the large yard around.   Her afflicted family have the heartfelt sympathy of a large circle of friends who mourn her departure.

Note: Mrs. DeLand’s first obituary was published on August 22nd and says she died the previous Friday.  Her second obituary says that she died at midnight on August 22nd, but then how was her obituary printed before she died?  I think she must have died on the 16th as stated in the first article.

Lota DeLAND 

March 30, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Miss Lota DeLand.

Miss Lota DeLAND, only child of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. DeLAND, died about five o'clock this morning.  She was taken sick about three weeks ago, and two weeks ago a Chicago surgeon, assisted by Dr. DOWNEY, performed an operation for appendicitis, but this did not save her life.  She suffered intense pain during her sickness and for several days there was no hope for her recovery.  She was 14 years and 9 months old and was a bright girl and a great favorite with her school mates.  Funeral services at the residence on South Center street at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by Revs. BLACK and HORNEY.  Interment in Woodlawn.

James DeLAY 

August 24, 1883
Clinton Public

James DELAY, son of Mr. James DELAY of this city, dropped dead near the corner of Sixth and Olive streets, in St. Louis, on last Sunday afternoon [August 19th]. He was walking to his room from the Republican office, when, without a moment's warning, he fell to the sidewalk dead. Everett DELAY, his younger brother, was near the place at the time and was told that a man had suddenly died. Ev went to the police telegraph box to call the patrol wagon, and while giving the alarm a friend came along and told him that the deceased was his brother, James. Mr. Delay had been in excellent health. The cause of his death was heart disease. Mr. Delay was a printer by trade. He came to Clinton when he was but a lad and served an apprenticeship to the printing business in the Central Transcript office when it was under the management of Mr. COLTRIN. Sixteen years ago he left Clinton and went to Cairo, where he clerked for two years in a drug store. Fourteen years ago he went to St. Louis and began working in the Republican office as a compositor, and held his “cases” till his death. He was at the office at work last Sunday, and was on the way to his room when he met his fate. Mr. Delay was a bachelor, and was forty-one years old. He had considerable ability as a writer and was a frequent contributor to the current literature of the day, but would never accept a position on an editorial staff of a paper as he preferred “case” work.

Mrs. James DeLAY 

February 8, 1856, Friday
DeWitt Courier

Died, on the 25th of Jan. last, after a protracted disease of the lungs, Mrs. Ann DELAY, wife of Mr. James DELAY.  The deceased leaves a kind husband and four children, together with a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn her loss.   She was a devoted member of the M. E. Church, and who, during her life, was known only to be loved and esteemed.

Mrs. James DeLAY 

May 24, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Keziah DeLAY, aged sixty-three years, died at her home in this city last Sunday night.  She was the widow of James DeLAY, who preceded her some years ago to the world beyond.  Mrs. DeLay was the mother of two children, a son and a daughter.  Her son Everett is a compositor on the St. Louis Republic, in which office he learned his trade.  Mrs. DeLay was a woman of remarkable Christian character, and in her dying hour, for she retained consciousness down to almost the last minute, she spoke triumphantly of the faith that had sustained her during the storms and sunshine of life.  A large audience attended the funeral services in the M. E. Church on Tuesday afternoon.

Note: Mrs. DeLay’s maiden name was Beatty.

John W. DELAY 

May 16, 1861
Central Transcript

DIED, at the residence of his father, about two o’clock on Thursday morning, May 16th, 1861, John W. DELAY, in the twenty-first year of his age.

Poor John!  He returned from Mississippi last Monday, to his boyhood’s home-—to die!  It is indeed a solemn and gloomy picture to see a generous and talented young man, just crossing the threshold of manhood, cut down and consigned to an early grave.  We have always entertained a more than usual affection and friendship for John—he was at one time connected with us in the publication of this paper and we have always found in him a sincere friend and an efficient associate.   He was an excellent writer—many of his articles would have done credit to much older and far more celebrated persons.  He was in every sense a talented, honorable, confiding, and sincere young man, and was universally esteemed as such in this community.

Last summer he left Clinton, and went to Oxford, Mississippi, where his uncle was postmaster.  Consumption was already preying upon him, and he thought a change of air would be beneficial to his health.  He remained with his uncle as deputy postmaster until the present unnatural war ensued—his uncle, a captain in the rebel army, was ordered to Pensacola with his company—he went and our young friend, sinking under fell and blighting disease, was left—ALONE, languishing and dying—among brutal and pitiless strangers.  He wrote to his father for means to enable him to return home—the letter was two months reaching this place.   A few days after the reception of the letter by his father, he returned home —and died!

The grass may spring—the flowers may bloom, and the drifting snow may clothe the grave of John in a mantle as pure and white as his own guileless soul, yet we shall never forget him—his memory will always be green in our heart.

’Tis a fit time, indeed,—the present—for the departure of so pure a soul to the ethereal realms of bliss beyond the skies—all nature is putting on her best attire—the trees are covered with foliage and the buds are bursting forth into lovely flowers—our dear friend has cast off the earthly chrysalis, and now lives forever in the splendor of light and immortality.  The beautiful prairie-flowers that will blossom upon his grave, and which will nod in unison to the gentle music of the soft summer wind, will be an appropriate type and emblem of his young life.

Then for the living be the tomb,
And for the dead the smile;
Engrave oblivion on the tomb
Of pulseless life and deadly bloom—
Dim is the glare, but bright the gloom
Around the funeral pile.

—I. N. C.

Note: This was the son of James DeLay and Ann Mills.  He was born in Vermilion County, Illinois.


Friday, October 13, 1899
Clinton Register


E. F. DELBRIDGE died this morning at 5 o'clock, at his residence on the Snell farm, just north of the city, of typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of about two weeks, aged about 60 years. He moved onto the Snell farm last February, coming from Piatt county. No definite arrangements have been made regarding the funeral, but it is thought the remains will be taken to Piatt county for burial.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mahlon M. DeLEVIS 

Friday, November 10, 1899
Clinton Register


M. M. DeLEVIS died suddenly at his home in Lincoln, Neb., Nov. 3, aged nearly 80 years. He was a citizen of Clinton many years, being editor of the Clinton Transcript, and afterward conducted a drug store with S. M. Monlux. He moved West about ten years ago. He wrote numerous poems that gave him favorable reputation as a poet. Some of the poems appeared in the REGISTER before and after he left Clinton.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


November 17, 1899
Clinton Public

Tribute to the Memory of M. M. DeLevis by Col. J. J. Kelly.

PUBLIC readers will doubtless be surprised and sad to learn that Mahlon M. DeLEVIS, who for many years was a respected citizen of Clinton, died at his home in this city on Friday morning, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Mr. DeLevis had been enjoying his usual health that morning; he did his chores as usual, and was in the act of removing the screens from his windows when he was suddenly taken ill, and after being assisted into the house by Mrs. DeLevis, and such remedies as were at hand were administered by his wife, he passed away within about one hour before his family physician could come to him. Mr. DeLevis will be remembered as a resident of Clinton and for many years he was the editor of THE PUBLIC. He removed to this city some 10 or 15 years ago, and has been a respected resident here since that time. He had reached the age of 73 years. The funeral services were held in his home by Rev. Dr. HINDMAN, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, of which he was a worthy member. The services were particularly impressive. The music rendered by a select quartet was very appropriate. The floral decorations were very profuse, elegant and beautiful. After the funeral, the remains, accompanied by his brother, James L. MANDELL, were taken to Chicago and interred in Graceland cemetery. During his residence in this city, Mr. DeLevis made many friends. He was a man of the most strict integrity, always willing and ready to say a good word and render a kind service to those in need of sympathy and assistance, and the evidence of respect for his memory was exemplified by the attentions and sympathy so forcibly manifested by the presence of so many who paid their last respects to him on the occasion of his funeral and the kind ministrations to his bereaved wife. The universal sentiment is a good man has passed away.    — Jos. J. Kelly.

Mrs. Joseph DENNIS 

January 3, 1908
Clinton Register


Monday night [Dec. 30, 1907] Mrs. Sarah A. DENNIS died at her home in Clinton of stomach trouble, aged 77, being sick only three days. Deceased was born in Ohio December 31, 1830; when 9 years old her parents came to Illinois where she had since lived; many years the family lived southwest of Clinton about four miles. Several years ago she came to Clinton with her son Fred, who with one sister, Mrs. J. F. CACKLEY, four miles southwest of Clinton, survives her. The father, Joseph DENNIS, and one son died several years ago. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home on East Railroad street, conducted by Rev. Reynolds. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

DENSTON (infant) 

January 27, 1899
Clinton Public

The 10-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. James DENSTON died at Farmer City Saturday. The family live in Indiana, but had been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob DUVAL, since the holidays.

William DESPAIN 

March 7, 1913
Clinton Register


William DESPAIN died at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon at his home six miles northwest of Wapella.  He had been ill of tuberculosis four years.  Deceased was born in Clinton 58 years ago.  Seventeen years ago he was married to Nancy RIDDLE who, with two daughters, survives.  He was a member of the Rock Creek Christian church.  The funeral was held from the Rock Creek church Wednesday at 10 o'clock a.m., conducted by Rev. C. J. Robertson.  Interment in the cemetery at the church.


January 31, 1896
Clinton Public

John DEVENBAUGH died Friday at one o'clock, about seventy-two years old, at his home in Creek township. He had two strokes of paralysis, one in September and another in December. Since then he had been confined to the house until his death. He leaves a wife and seven children, all grown to maturity. Funeral services were held at his late home Sunday at 10 o'clock a.m., Rev. R. THRASHER, of Nixon township, conducted the services. Remains were buried in Rose cemetery near Lanes.


August 31, 1900
Clinton Register

At Three Score And Ten, Mrs. Ruth DEVENBAUGH Died At _? O'clock Monday Night At Her Home Near Lane, aged 70 years.

She was born in Ashland Co., OH., and had lived in this county over thirty-four years. She was married to John DEVENBAUGH, and they came to Illinois in 1856, settling on a farm in Creek Township. Eleven children were born to them, four of whom are dead, David, Rossie, Daniel, and John, the latter dying about five years ago. Those living are James, Ephraim, Mrs. George BROWN, Samuel, Lozene, Mrs. Morris FLAHERTY and Walter. The husband died nearly three years ago. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the residence by Rev. A. FURMAN. Interment was in Rose cemetery. Submitted by Unknown

William C. DEVORE 

February 1899
Funeral Card

W.C. DEVORE—Died at his home in Farmer City 10:17 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 1899, W.C. DEVORE, aged 56 years, 1 month, 9 days.  Funeral: M.E. Church, February 8. Burial: City Cemetery.


February 10, 1899
Clinton Public

Founder of Farmer City Papers Succumbs to the Grip.

William C. DEVORE, died at his home at 10:15 p.m. Monday, of grippe. He had been an invalid for several years, and his constitution could not withstand the destroying power of this disease but a week. The demised citizen was born at Monticello, Ill., December 28, 1848, and leaves a wife and two children. In 1873 Mr. Devore commenced and continued for two years the publication of the Farmer City Herald. In 1879, after conducting a paper at Levington, Ill., he issued the Farmer City Journal, which has since prospered. He, in later years, retired from the activity of business. Mr. Devore’s ability as editor is recorded in the annals of DeWitt county history, and with his death passes away a character not soon to be substituted. The funeral was held at his late home at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Charles DEWEY 

April 21, 1899
Clinton Public

Charles Dewey Expires in a Hospital in Springfield.

Charles DEWEY, who had been confined in St. John's hospital at Springfield for several weeks, died on Saturday. The disease which caused his death was tuberculosis. He had been ill for several months and was taken to the hospital in the hope of saving his life. His sister, Miss Minnie DEWEY, went to Springfield and returned with the remains. The funeral of Charles Dewey was held Sunday afternoon at the residence on South Madison street, Dr. W. A. HUNTER delivering the funeral discourse. A large number of sympathizing friends gathered at the house and followed the remains to their last resting place at Woodlawn. The fire department attended in a body.

William Z. DEWEY 

November 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of W. Z. DEWEY
Expires at His Home After a Short Illness.

The sudden death of William Z. DEWEY on Sunday morning was a shock to those who have known him as a resident of Clinton since the close of the war. A few months ago Mr. Dewey caught a slight cold which aggravated the disease of asthma from which he had never suffered any serious inconvenience. When the Knights Templar held their triennial conclave in Boston in September, Mr. Dewey and his wife attended in company with brother Knights of this city. Afterward he spent several weeks at the old home at Rutland, Vt., in hope a change of climate might relieve him from the attack on his lungs and from the asthma. When he and wife returned to Clinton, he was feeling quite hopeful and cheerful, thinking that all was well with him again. A week or ten days before his death, he began to have trouble breathing and at times was almost choked with the phlegm which gathered on his lungs, and was taking treatment from Dr. WILCOX. On Tuesday of last week, Mr. Dewey, with other K. T.'s of this city, attended the meeting of the Grand Commandery in Chicago, and while on his way there he showed signs of loss of strength from his coughing and suffocation. Dr. Wilcox was with the party, and once or twice between Champaign and Chicago gave him hypodermic injections of morphine to relieve him from suffocation caused by the accumulation of phlegm. Mr. Dewey returned to Clinton on Wednesday night feeling better than he had for a week or more. Saturday he spent most of the day in Dr. Wilcox's office and was there until after nine o'clock that night, when he went home and retired. During the day he asked the doctor what he thought of his condition and was candidly told that the chances for recovery were doubtful unless the lungs could be relieved from the matter that oppressed them. This did not seem to alarm the sick man for he was full of hope and will power. He slept comfortably Saturday night and when Mrs. DEWEY awakened about two o'clock on Sunday morning, he was still sleeping and seemed to be breathing naturally. She did not disturb him and after arranging the fire went back to bed and fell asleep. Between seven and eight o'clock Mrs. Dewey again awoke and asked her husband how he had rested. Not receiving an answer she reached over her hand and found her husband cold in death. It was a terrible shock to the afflicted wife, but a blessed death to the husband, for he passed away without any of the anxiety that would naturally result from a long sickness.

William Zina Dewey was born in Rutland, Vermont, on the 27th of November, 1847, and died in Clinton, on the 27th of October, making him forty-eight years and eleven months old. He was educated in the public schools in Rutland. In 1865, just about thirty years ago, Mr. Dewey came from Vermont to Clinton with James DeLAND, to whom he was distantly related. For a time he worked for Mr. DeLand and for the MAGILL Bros., and in 1872, after the election of W. H. Harrison as circuit clerk, he became a deputy in that office, and from that time on he has been more or less connected about the court house as deputy. Mr. Dewey became expert as an abstractor of land titles, and for the last two years has given his special attention to the making up of a complete set of abstract books. Nearly three years ago he was re-elected for a second term. He was thorough in his clerical work, and was always accommodating and pleasant with everyone with whom he came in contact.

Mr. Dewey was a prominent member of the Masonic order and was active in instituting the commandery of Knights Templar. He was also a prominent member of Plantagenet lodge Knights of Pythias, and was elected Chancellor Commander at the semi-annual election held last July. He will be buried by these orders on Tuesday afternoon, at one o'clock. The Knights Templar will have charge of the ceremonies and the Knights of Pythias will do escort duty. Rev. W. A. HUNTER will conduct the funeral service. Captain GORMAN's band will lead the procession.

The funeral of the late W. Z. Dewey was followed by a large concourse of people, his circle of friends being only limited by his large acquaintance. Gorman's band, owing to its respect to the memory of its friend and patron, attended the funeral, and discoursed pathetic dirges. Among brother Sir Knights from abroad, who attended the funeral, were J. P. FOWLER, Dr. P. H. OYLER and Z. K. WOOD, of Mt. Pulaski; H. C. SMITH and Charles BRAUMILLER, of Kenney.

The funeral was under the auspices of Clinton Commandery, Dr. Hunter delivering an appropriate discourse. The order of the procession was City Council, Gorman's band, Rathbone Sisters, Knights of Pythias, Minister, Knights Templar, hearse, pallbearers, officers, Eastern Star, carriages and citizens.

Mrs. Charles L. DICKERSON 

March 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. Cora A. DICKERSON, wife of Charles L. DICKERSON, chief engineer of the city water works, died at her new home in this city last Monday, aged twenty-eight years, three months and nineteen days. For about a year Mrs. Dickerson suffered from a painful malady, and one that rarely ever lets go after once fastening on the human system. Not more than two weeks ago Mrs. Dickerson moved into a new home on South Center street. She leaves a husband and two children. The funeral services were held on Thursday morning in the Christian Church, after which the remains were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Harvey DICKEY 

December 5, 1890
Clinton Public

Mrs. Rebecca Jane DICKEY, aged sixty-four years, died in Decatur last Wednesday. Last March she had a cancer removed from her breast, and in August the disease again broke out till she had not less than fifty cancers on her body. She formerly lived in Weldon and in Kenney, in this county.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Robert Clive DICKEY 

July 2, 1915
Clinton Register

Was Well Known to the Newspaper Fraternity of Central Illinois.

Saturday morning Wm. H. McKinney, living on South East street, received a message from Mrs. McKinney’s sister, Mrs. R. C. DICKEY, stating that her husband had died the previous evening in the hospital at Los Angeles, Cal., where he had been during the past two months, taking treatment for spinal trouble, which culminated in death.  Mrs. Dickey accompanied by her husband’s only sister, Miss Nellie, left for Clinton Sunday, arriving here with the remains Wednesday.  Although Mr. Dickey’s health had not been good for several years, when he and his wife went to California nearly five years ago, he ws feeling better in every way then for several months previous.  After going to California, friends received letters from “Clive” stating that the California climate did not agree with him, and a year ago he and Mrs. Dickey were preparing to return to Illinois when, failing to close up some real estate business in which they were interested, the return was indefinitely postponed.

Robert Clive DICKEY was the son of Dr. T. C. and Hattie DICKEY and was born at Farmer City, Ill., in 1870.  His mother died when he was a small boy and sometime after his father married Miss Sallie Bell, who lives on West Main street in this city.  When a mere boy, Dickey learned the trade of printing and for nearly twenty years had worked in various newspaper offices previous to going west.  In January, 1900, he became manager of the Clinton Public when that plant was owned by F. E. Pinkerton and held the same position under Pinkerton, Cross & Co., and Pinkerton & Bovard.  Later he purchased the Clinton Times, which for several months he conducted as a weekly when he sold out and entered the employ of Hughes Bros. with the Clinton Register, continuing with this firm until about a month preceding his trip to California.

In July, 1903, he was married to Miss Lena ARGO, daughter of T. J. ARGO.  One child, a boy, was born to the union, but survived less than a year.  After the death of Mr. Argo, the health of Dr. Liggitt, who was also a son-in-law of Mrs. Argo, failed, and he decided to go to California for his health.  Mrs. Argo, son Arthur and Mr. and Mrs. Dickey accompanied them.

Clive Dickey was well known to all the printers of Central Illinois and was a general favorite.   He had been a member of the I. T. U. since completing his apprenticeship and a member of the Knights of Pythias since 1900.  He was also a member of the order of Elks.

Funeral services were held from Oakman’s chapel at ten o'clock yesterday morning conducted by Rev. E. K. Towle, music being by the ladies’ choir of the M. E. church.  The chapel was filled with relatives and friends of one they had known and loved in life.  The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.  Rev. Towle paid a fitting tribute to the life of the deceased.  The pall-bearers were members of the Knights of Pythias.  Burial was in the Argo family lot in Woodlawn.

Thomas C. DICKEY 

August 27, 1880
Clinton Public

Thomas C. DICKEY, the subject of this sketch, was born in Fleming county, Kentucky, January 10th, 1838.  In his early youth he was soundly converted to Christ and united with the M. E. Church, of which he remained a consistent and active member until his death, deeply attached to all its forms and tenets.  Little is known of his youth, but about the time he arrived at manhood he went to the State of Missouri, where he remained until the beginning of the war.  While in Missouri he was presented with a hymn-book, upon the flyleaf of which is found these words: “A premium present to Thomas C. Dickey, as the most successful in answering questions in Bible chronology, by R. T. Kavanaugh, Independence, May 30, 1860,” thus showing his love for and study of God’s word.  Upon the breaking out of the war he returned to his native State and on November 4th, 1861, enlisted in the cause of the Union, in Company G, 16th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry Volunteers, and was, on the 31st day of December, 1863, discharged as Sergeant of that company.  On the same day he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company E, in the same regiment, and on the 9th day of April, 1865, was made Captain of that company, where he served until the war closed.

Soon after the close of the war he, with his widowed mother and family, removed to Clinton, Illinois.  In the year 1869 he came to Farmer City to live, where he remained until 1878, during which time he was known by all as a good citizen, an honest man, and a consistent, fervent Christian, always ready to do his part wherever placed and whenever called upon—an earnest, zealous member of the church of Christ.

About two years ago he removed to Kansas City, Missouri, where he remained until June last, when he returned to this county.  On the 15th day of last June he was married to Miss Sallie BELL, who with his twice-orphaned children, are left weeping on the shore.

At the time of his marriage he was feeling unwell, but supposed it to be some temporary illness.  It proved much more serious than he thought, as he rapidly grew worse, until the morning of the 8th day of August, 1880, when he died in full triumph of a Christian’s faith, and no doubt it was the brightest Sabbath that ever dawned upon the vision of our brother.   Several days before his death he realized that he would not get well, but the near approach of the king of terrors did not alarm him—for him death had no sting.  The last few hours of his life were spent in praising God aloud, and exhorting those around him, who knew not the love of God, to immediately seek the only source of true happiness.  Then, with his mind clear and lucid, he sweetly settled down to that calm and blessed repose.  We are the mourners; he is the victor.  Rest, thou glorious conqueror, thy glorious warfare’s past.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
DICKEY, THOMAS C.     ROGERS, HARIETT C.      1867-11-21     DE WITT
DICKEY, THOMAS C.     BELL, SARAH C.      1880-06-15     DE WITT

Note: Harriet Dickey died February 20, 1878, and Thomas Dickey died August 8, 1880.

Mrs. Thomas C. DICKEY (1) 

February 22, 1878
Clinton Public

Mrs. T. C. DICKEY, of Farmer City, daughter of R. P. ROGERS, died Wednesday evening, after a brief illness. She was thirty-two years old.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
DICKEY, THOMAS C.     ROGERS, HARIETT C.    &ngsp; 11/21/1867     DE WITT

Mrs. Thomas C. DICKEY (2) 

February 9, 1912
Clinton Register


Saturday night at 11 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. Sallie DICKEY at her home on West Main street. Mrs. Dickey had been ill for the past two years, and for some time had been confined to her room.

Mrs. Dickey was born in Blanchard, Hancock county, Ohio, July 13, 1840. She moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry BELL, in the month of February, 1853, to DeWitt county where she spent the greater part of her life teaching school. For sixteen years she was an instructor in the public schools of Clinton, six years in the Farmer City public schools and the remaining thirty years in schools in or near Clinton. She was one of the oldest teachers in the county. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church from her youth till death, uniting with that church in Clinton during the pastorate of Rev. McElfresh. She was also a member of the Clinton McCorkle Club.

Miss Sallie BELL was married to T. C. Dickey June 15, 1880. He died August 8 of the same year. Two sisters survive: Miss Mattie BELL and Mrs. G. W. GEER, both of Clinton. Her oldest sister, Mrs. Phillip Wolfe, and her father and mother, Henry and Rebecca Bell, preceded her to the grave.

Funeral services were held from the home of a sister of deceased, Miss Mattie Bell, Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. G. W. Flagge officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

Thomas Clive DICKEY 

September 24, 1906
Clinton Register


Monday evening, soon after 6 o'clock, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. DICKEY died at their home on East Adams street, aged nearly one year, of bowel trouble.  It had been sick some time.  Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Rigg.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


March 28, 1884
Clinton Public

Azariah DICKINSON, father of Conductor Charles DICKINSON, of the Illinois Central road, died at the residence of his son in this city, on Monday last, of typhoid-pneumonia. The old gentleman had only been sick for a few days. He was in his seventy-fourth year. The remains were taken to Amboy on Tuesday afternoon for interment. Mr. Dickinson feels profoundly grateful to the kind friends who assisted in paying the last sad rites to his aged father.

Jacob W. DILL 

February 14, 1902
Clinton Register

Former Resident of Clinton Died at Clay Center, Kan., On His Return From Colorado.

Last September Jacob W. DILL and wife, of Springfield, went to Colorado Springs, Col., for the former's health, his disease being pronounced consumption. For a while he improved, then grew worse. It became evident he could not long survive and they started home last week. When they reached Clay Center, Kan., he was so much worse that they stopped there where he died Sunday, Feb. 8. The remains were taken to Springfield where funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Dill’s parents, conducted by the pastor of the German Lutheran church. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery.

Deceased was born near Maroa 42 years ago and had lived in Maroa most of his life. He began work in the office of the Maroa NEWS when a boy, and excepting about two years he worked on the REGISTER, a few years ago, had worked on that paper nearly thirty years as compositor, foreman and editor. Several years he was editor and publisher and was later foreman until a year ago when he moved to Springfield where he worked at printing when able, but failing health caused him to give up work several months ago.

In March 1890 he was married to Miss Carrie RITTER, daughter of Jacob RITTER, of Springfield, who survives him. His mother, Mrs. HACKNEY, a sister, Clara, and a brother, William, besides other relatives live near Maroa.

It was our pleasure to know Mr. Dill from his boyhood. He was ever the same, courteous and pleasant; as a friend he was constant and true. In business he was scrupulously honest. Perhaps no one in or near Maroa had as many friends, and no one was more worthy of them.

William DILL 

September 22, 1899
Clinton Register

William Dill Expires While Riding His Bicycle in Texas Township Near Rowell Last Sunday.

William DILL, father of Charles W. DILL, of Clinton, was found dead in the road not far from the residence of Uriah JAMES in Texas township Sunday afternoon. Soon after dinner he went for a ride and an hour or so afterward was found dead, as stated. The coroner's jury decided death was caused by heart trouble. He was about 65 years old and had lived in or near Maroa nearly all his life. Recently he had lived with his son-in-law, Henry WYKOFF, west of Maroa, and was not over two miles from there when found. His other children are; Charles, of Clinton, William and Argo, of Rossville, Ill., and Harry, of Bland, N. M. He was a member of the Christian church at Maroa.  Funeral was held Tuesday at 11, conducted by Rev. Gilliland, of this city.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Luther C. DILLAVOU 

November 1, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Laura J. DILLAVOU, wife of Luther C. DILLAVOU, died October 16, 1889, after a long and painful illness of seven months and three days. She was the daughter of Jeremiah and Sarah DAVENPORT, and was born in Harrison county, Mo., September 20, 1860. Her age was 29 years and 23 days. She leaves a husband, father, mother, two brothers, and four little children, the youngest of which is but ten months old, to mourn her loss. She was converted to the cause of Christ three years ago at Shiloh church, and joined the U. B. Church, and from that time forward lived a devoted Christian life. She was buried in Weldon cemetery October 17, the funeral services being conducted in the M. E. Church by Rev. McCoy.

Mrs. William D. DILLAVOU 

January 24, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. Nancy DILLAVOU, wife of W. D. DILLAVOU, died at her home on South East street, Sunday, January 19, after a short illness of kidney trouble.

Mrs. Dillavou, whose maiden name was Nancy A. LONG, was born in Ohio in 1836, coming to Illinois in 1857, which has since been her home, spending many of her late years in DeWitt county.

She was married to W. D. Dillavou in 1871, and to them were born eight children who, with their father, survive her. They are: Mrs. Be ____ Watt, Ruth and C. B., Of Washburn, Illinois; C. A. of Lodi, Cal.; Rev. C. C., of New London, Iowa; Hattie, of Peoria; and Achilles and Lena, at home. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Hanna, of Galesville, and a brother, Curtis LONG, of Thayer, Ia.

She had long been a member of the Methodist church. The funeral was held Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. I. L. Parvin, of Sterling, Ill., an old friend of the family.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

William R. DILLAVOU 

August 13, 1909
Clinton Register

William R. Dillavou, Almost a Centenarian,
Claimed to Be Oldest Soldier of Rebellion.
Passes Away Sunday Night.

Wm. Dillavou died at his home southwest of the city Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. His native state was New Jersey, having been born in Salem county December 3, 1810.

What changes have come during this life of almost a century; Madison the fourth president was in the second year of his first term; he was two years old when the second war with Great Britain began—the war of 1812. Three years before his birth Fulton sailed up the Hudson and 7 years before the Louisiana Purchase was made and was a lad of 5 when Jackson whipped the British at New Orleans.

He was 52 years of age in 1862 when he enlisted in Company F 107th Illinois Volunteers and served until the close of the civil war. He was possessed of wonderful vitality and could read and write until a short time before his death. His final sickness was but of a few days' duration.

When but eight years of age his parents came west, first settling in Ohio and later in Indiana where the family remained 20 years, where he married his first wife. In 1850 they came to Illinois settling near the town of Mt. Pleasant, now Farmer City, thence in 2 or 3 years to Creek township where the wife died in 1854. In 1858 he was married to Martha Parker who died in 1890. Two years later, Mrs. James Klagg [aka Clagg] became his wife, who survives him. He was the father of 7 children, five of whom are living. They are John T. Dillavou, Kansas; Luther Dillavou, Iowa; Mary Jane Hughes, Seneca, Kansas; Nancy Ann Glenn, Clinton; and Dickson living at home.

"Uncle Billy," as he was known to all, united with the M. E. Church in 1827, being identified with that church until his death, a period of 82 years, much longer than the allotted span of mortal man. His membership at the time of his death was with the Weldon church.

There was no one but earnestly hoped Mr. Dillavou might live to complete his 100 years, since he had so nearly reached it, lacking but one year, 3 months and 25 days of completing the century. His exact age is 98 years, 8 months and five days.

The funeral was held from the M. E. Church in Clinton Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. A. Lucas of Lincoln officiating. The pall bearers were veterans of the civil war: W. O. Rogers, Jno. M. Porter, George Homer, Robert Fields, John Craft and Allen Bess. The G. A. R. and W. R. C. attended in a body and interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. William R. DILLAVOU 

February 13, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. Lucinda Dillavou Died Tuesday Evening—
Had Passed the Age of Ninety-five Years.

Mrs. Lucinda DILLAVOU died at her home southwest of the city at 5:10 Tuesday evening at the age of 95 years.  Her death was due to heart trouble, her last illness only dating since Monday of this week.  On Monday she prepared her dinner, of which she ate heartily, but shortly afterward complained of pains about her heart.  She was unconscious at times on Monday night but revived for a short time on Tuesday.

Deceased was a native of Virginia, having been born in Bedford county in that state.  She was married in 1893 to William DILLAVOU in the Burns school house in Texas township.  The husband died in August 1909.  She was the last but one of a family of eleven children, one brother, Fleming MARKHAM, of Pennsylvania, surviving.  She was the mother of six children and outlived all of them, the last child, Mrs. Sophrano CAMPBELL, dying last September.  She is survived by six grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren, all residing in Illinois.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church in Lane at one o'clock Thursday.  Interment in the Rose Cemetery near Lane.

Note: Lucinda was the second wife of James B. Clagg before she married William R. Dillavou.

James C. DILLON 

December 5, 1890
Clinton Public

James C. DILLON, son of Thomas and Elizabeth DILLON, was born in Jefferson county, Virginia, October 13, 1811, and died in Ford County, Illinois, November 27, 1890, aged 79 years, 1 month and 13 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah BAKER, October 14, 1835. He settled in Madison county, Ohio, where he lived until he moved to this State in 1879. He was the father of seven children, of whom 3 join him in the spirit land. He leaves a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters, to mourn the loss of a husband and father. He joined the M. E. Church in 1875, and tried to live a Christian life. A few days before his death, his wife was talking to him about his "spirit life," and he said he was prepared to go, that all was well. He said he would soon cross the river. He was crippled thirteen years ago, and the last three years he has been blind. During his illness he manifested patience and hope, born of trust in Christ. His words of faith and prayer will ever be remembered by those who entered his chamber of suffering.


September 5, 1913
Clinton Register

Death of Young Mother.

At 12:10 Tuesday morning, at the home of her husband's parents, Oscar DILLOW and wife, near Craig in Texas township, occurred the death of Mrs. Carrie (RUCKER) DILLOW, at the age of 20 years. Tuberculosis, from which she had been suffering for several months, was the cause of death. Deceased was born near Decatur, September 23, 1893. She was married to Willard DILLOW, December 20, 1910. One child was born to this union, Lester Eugene, who with the father, survives. She is also survived by her father, Charles RUCKER, of Hancock, Mo., and a sister, Mrs. Fern MUZZY, of Decatur. Interment was made at North Fork cemetery at Decatur.

Charles A. DILLOW 

February 19, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Charles DILLOW died at the family home on East Washington street last night at 6 o'clock after suffering from injuries received in an accident some three years ago, when he was caught by a falling tree. Charles Addison Dillow was born in Madison county, May 6, 1858. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1866. In July he was united in marriage Miss Harriet DIXON, of DeWitt, now deceased. To that union ten children were born, five of whom survive. Mrs. Dave JOHNSON, Mrs. Daniel DELMAR, of Texas township; Mrs. Chas. HOUCHINS, of Hallsville; and Lawrence, at home. He was married to Miss Dora O'NEIL, of Bloomington, on Dec. 1914. To this union five children were born, of whom four survive. The funeral will be held from the Methodist church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 in charge of Rev. Wells.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
[It should be Charles A. Dillow and Harriet Dickson.]

Mrs. Charles A. DILLOW 

August 15, 1902
Clinton Register

At 7 o'clock last evening at her home, 822 West Elm street, occurred the death of Mrs. C. A. DILLOW, from a complication of diseases. She has not been in the best of health for the past three years, but only since Tuesday of the past week has she been confined to her bed. Miss Harriet DICKSON was born in DeWitt township of the same county, in 1869, and was married to Chas. A. Dillow, at Clinton, in 1885, and moved to Bloomington about three months ago. The following children besides her husband survive her: Mrs. David JOHNSON, Clinton; Myrtle, Maggie, Elsie, Carrie, Lawrence and William. In addition, Mrs. Jackson MELISA [MELIZA?], of Oklahoma; Mrs. H. C. TAYLOR, of DeWitt; and Andrew, Archie and Joseph, of the same place, are the brothers and sisters of the deceased. The funeral will be announced later.    —Pantagraph, Aug. 11.

The Dillow family moved from Clinton to Bloomington a few months ago. Deceased had many friends here who were grieved to learn of her death.

Charles K. DILLOW 

February 26, 1915
Clinton Register

Brought Here For Burial.

The body of Charles K. DILLOW, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. DILLOW, of Decatur, was brought to Clinton Monday and laid to rest in the family lot in Woodlawn. The child was three years old and died at the home of its parents last Saturday after a short illness of pneumonia. This family formerly lived in Clinton, Mr. Dillow being a brother of George DILLOW, who resides southwest of the city.

Note: Possibly the son of Charles A. Dillow, not Charles E.

Mrs. James DILLOW 

March 31, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Body Was Brought Back to Clinton This Afternoon for Burial—
Was Reared Here.

Mrs. James Dillow, of Amboy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James CHAMBERLIN, of West Van Buren street, passed away at her home in Amboy last night at 8:15 o'clock. Mrs. Chamberlin, Mrs. E. C. LANE, a sister, and Mrs. T. W. CACKLEY were called to her bedside by telegram Wednesday night, Mrs. Cackley returning home last night.

The body, accompanied by the mother and sister, arrived in Clinton at 3:35 o'clock over the Illinois Central this afternoon, and was taken to the home of Mrs. Lane, 608 West South street. Definite funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Mrs. Dillow was born and raised in Clinton and was about 42 years of age. She made her home in Clinton all her life with the exception of the last twelve years when they moved to Amboy, where they operated a farm two miles east of that place.

She is survived by her husband, a daughter only 9 days old, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Chamberlin, of Clinton; one sister, Mrs. E. C. Lane, of Clinton; and one brother, Charles EATON, of Lincoln. She was also a niece of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Cackley, of this city.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
DILLOW, JAMES    EATON, MINNIE     1895-12-26    DE WITT

Mrs. James C. DILLOW 

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public

At the beginning of the present century, on the 3d of July, 1806, Sarah BAKER was born in Chillicothe, Ohio.  In 1835 she was married to James C. DILLOW and became the mother of eight children.  The family came to this county in 1879 and settled in DeWitt.  Three of her children and her husband preceded her to the grave, and at the age of eighty-eight years, four months and eleven days she joined them in the world beyond on the 15th of November.  When a girl, she united with the M. E. Church and for seventy years she lived a Christian.


February 28, 1896
Clinton Public

John DILLOW, of Tunbridge township, died Saturday at his home at four o'clock p.m., and was buried Monday at 11 a.m. Mr. Dillow had lived in this county for over forty years, and was a veteran of the late war. He leaves a wife and five children, all grown to maturity and residing in this county.

Lucie Belle DILLOW 

April 14, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of an Infant.

Lucie Belle, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. DILLOW, who has been ill for several weeks, died Thursday. Funeral services were held at the residence this morning, conducted by Rev. M. L. GOFF. Remains were taken to near Farmer City where they were laid to rest in the family graveyard.


March 27, 1914
Clinton Register

Fatal Injury in Yards.
Oscar Dillow, Car Inspector, Fatally Injured by Being Struck By Switch Cars.

As a result of injuries received while working as car inspector in the east yards of the Illinois Central on Tuesday afternoon, Oscar DILLOW died at 9 o'clock Tuesday night.

The fatal injuries were received while Dillow was working in the east yards. He stated, before he became unconscious, that he was watching a freight pulling in on the Gilman line when a short string of cars, pulled by a switch engine, struck him. His right leg was crushed near the knee joint, the left hip was bruised, and there were minor bruises on the left leg. There was a scalp wound, which appeared to have been caused by striking some hard substance when Dillow was struck, but there was no fracture of the bones of the skull.

The injured man was at once placed in a caboose and taken to the depot, where the Oakman ambulance was in waiting. He was taken to the Warner hospital, where Dr. Edmonson amputated the right leg, but the patient was too weak to survive the operation and died as above stated.

Deceased was 23 years of age, and was the son of Charles DILLOW and wife of Decatur. One year ago he was united in marriage to Miss Emily LONG of this city. He leaves surviving, besides his widow, his father and four sisters. The latter are Mrs. Blanche JOHNSON, Mrs. William WILLIS, Mrs. Daniel DELMAR and Mrs. Charles HOUCHIN, all living in or [near] the vicinity of Clinton. He also leaves one brother, Lawrence, at home.

Following death, the body was taken to Oakman's morgue, and Coroner Moore summoned a jury Wednesday morning. After examination of the body, the jury was discharged to meet at 1:00 p.m. in the county court room.

A number of witnesses were examined and according to their evidence Dillow had stepped onto the ties on a switch track where some cars were being backed in, and was knocked down and run over by a couple of cars which were being side-tracked, the one striking him being an oil tank, as near as could be learned.

Dr. G. S. Edmonson, who performed the surgical operation after the accident, stated that death was due to the shock and loss of blood, and the jury, after hearing the evidence, gave a verdict exonerating the railroad company, and according to the evidence of the physician.

The jury was composed of Edward Wade, foreman, S. Grimsley, John Carroll, Bert Finch, R. H. Lawrence and Ed Whiteman.

Funeral services were held from the M. E. church yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. E. K. Towle, officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn.


June 8, 1900
Clinton Register


Monday morning an old soldier, James E. DISBROW, answered the last roll call, and along with throusands of others, “his silent tent is spread on fame’s eternal camping ground.” He had been sick several weeks.

He came here from near Decatur a few years ago and bought a small farm west of Clinton where he lived until last year when he sold his farm and moved to Clinton.  He was about 65 years old and is survived by his wife.  A brother lives in Champaign; he attended the funeral Tuesday.  Services were held at the residence in the northeast part of the city, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black.  Interment was in Woodlawn.


April 28, 1911
Clinton Register

Mrs. W. C. DIVILBLISS died suddenly of heart trouble at her home in Farmer City Friday afternoon about 1 o'clock. She was performing her usual household duties when suddenly stricken with apoplexy and died a few minutes later. Coroner Thomas Milligan was called and he and deputy Edward Milligan went up on the Daylight Special that afternoon. An inquest was held and the verdict of the jury was that death was due to apoplexy of the heart. Mrs. Divilbliss was 44 years of age at the time of death. Only a few witnesses were examined.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

William R. DOAK 

February 21, 1913
Clinton Register

William R. DOAK died suddenly Feb. 10 at his home one mile west and three miles north of Argenta, aged 63 yrs., 10 mos. and 10 days.

His sudden death was a surprise to the family and the entire community, as he had apparently been in fairly good health. An inquest was held by Coroner BRINTLINGER and the verdict was that death was the result of heart trouble.

William Robert Doak was born in Coshocton Co., Ohio, March 30, 1849, where he resided until 22 years old. He came to Illinois, locating in McLean county, where he was married July 3, 1873, to Miss Mary WINKLEPLECK. They lived in McLean county until the fall of 1894 when they moved to the Davis farm seven miles southeast of Clinton. Ten years later he brought the eighty acres where the family has since resided. Mrs. Doak died May 29, 1910.

To them were born eight children, one child died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Estella ROBEN, died about five years ago. The children living are Mrs. Anna SHORT, of Wapella, Robert, Thomas and Clifford, of Maroa, and Jessie and Grace, who resided with their father. Also eleven grandchildren of which eight are living. He is survived by one brother, Adam J. DOAK, and one sister, Sarah E. DOAK, both of whom reside in Coshocton county, O.

Mr. Doak united with the English Lutheran church at the age of 19 and has since lived steadfast and faithful in the creed. Politically he was a democrat. He was a worthy and exemplary citizen.

Short services of prayer and song were held at the residence at 11 o'clock, Feb. 13, and regular services were held in the Methodist church at Maroa at 1 o'clock, Rev. S. N. WAKEFIELD preaching the sermon. Music was furnished by a special choir, composed of Mrs. Ed HENDRIX, Miss Mona WAKEFIELD, Fred WIKOFF, and J. A. BARNETT. The pall bearers were Andrew WILSON, Lawson MASSEY, Clause WESTERMAN, [and] William MARSH. Burial was in Maroa cemetery.


August 7, 1899
Clinton Paper

John DOLAN died at his home in Farmer City, on Monday, August 7, 1899, at 6:00 p.m., aged 80 years, 2 months, 14 days. Funeral: Catholic Church, August 9th. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown


June 3, 1904
Clinton Paper


S. K. Donegan died about 10 o'clock Monday at his home near Hallsville, of lung trouble. He had lived in this state many years. His wife died a few years ago, but five children survive him four of whom live in this county, and Mrs. Foster in Iowa. He was a member of the Christian church. Funeral was held Friday. Burial in McCliman's cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. Mary DORIAN 

June 8, 1901
Clinton Paper

Mary DORIAN, wife of John died at her home in Farmer City, on Saturday, June 8, 1901. at 9:50 a.m., aged 62 years, 24 days. Funeral: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, June 10th. Burial: St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Mrs. W. F. DOTY 

January 30, 1903
Clinton Paper


Tuesday evening about 9 o'clock, Mrs. Martha E. DOTY died at her home near the Christian church, aged nearly 41 years. She had been sick about a month but her recovery did not seem in doubt until four or five days before her death when she was taken worse. Deceased was born in Patoka, Ill. April 29, 1862. In early life she united with the Methodist church and afterwards with the Baptist church in her home city, and her membership was never transferred from that church. She was married to W. F. DOTY, who survives her, as do four of seven children born to them. The oldest daughter died a year ago. The family had lived in Clinton since 1891, coming here from Pana. She was a faithful Christian, and, a kind loving wife and mother. Services were held at the home at 7:30 Thursday morning and the remains taken to Patoka, Ill, on the 8:30 train for burial.

Submitted by Unknown


Paper Unknown

Roy Douglas Died Sunday in His Home.

Roy DOUGLAS, 59 died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in his home northeast of Clinton. He was born in DeWitt county March 13, 1894, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis DOUGLAS, and was married to Erna SMITH in 1916. She died in 1918. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth ROUSEY of Clinton; four grandchildren; two brothers, Charles and Jesse DOUGLAS, and a sister, Mrs. Mable MORFORD, all of Clinton. He was a member of the Hallsville Christian Church. Funeral services will be held in the Pullen & Boos chapel Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in charge of Rev. B. E. JUNKINS. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Don and Marian Walker

James A. DOWELL 

January 29, 1916, Saturday
Clinton Daily Public

Had No Relatives Living—
Long a Resident of Creek Township—
Burial Sunday.

James A. DOWELL, a resident of Creek county [township] since 1856, died at the county farm this morning at 3 o'clock.  Death was due directly to catarrhal pneumonia.

Mr. Dowell was seventy-eight years old.  He had no relatives so far as is known.  His wife died Aug. 1, 1881, and his youngest boy died April 6, 1894, when he was twenty years old.  An older son left home about thirty years ago and has never been heard from.

Looked After by Supervisor.

The old man lived to an old age with nothing to live for.  He had been looked after for many years by Nels Luttrell, supervisor of Creek township.  He became such a care and was unable to take care of himself so that Mr. Luttrell last October took him to the county farm where he received splendid treatment and died peacefully.

Mr. Luttrell said he would take the old man’s body back to Texas township and bury him beside the bodies of his wife and son in Rose cemetery.  Burial will be made at 12 o'clock Sunday.  Rev. Mr. Spainhour will officiate.

Old Bible Has Record.

Mr. Dowell was a wagon maker by trade.  In his later years he did carpenter work.  Among his effects Mr. Luttrell found the family bible this morning which bore on its flyleaf the date, Oct. 2, 1838.  It gave the date of his birth as Nov. 3, 1837; of his wife as Jan. 15, 1840; his oldest son, Lemuel Liberty Howard, Oct. 30, 1862; and his other son, Freedom Howard, Oct. 19, 1873.  His wife died A ug. 1, 1881.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. James A. DOWELL 

October 7, 1881
Clinton Register

Aug. 1st, in Lane, of remittent fever, Zerilda Dawel [Dowell], aged 41 yrs.

Note: She was buried in Rose Cemetery and her last name is spelled Dowel on her tombstone.

Mrs. Rebecca DOWNIN 

November 26, 1863
Clinton Public

DIED.—At Wapella, on the 19th, of Consumption, Mrs. Rebecca DOWNIN, aged 58 years.


February 8, 1884
Clinton Public

Departed this life, January 31, 1884, after a protracted illness, James E. DOWNING, aged 60 years. The deceased for many years suffered from an affection of the throat and finally, at a more recent date, was taken with a painful affliction of the stomach, which finally culminated in death. Early in the summer he repaired to Bloomington for medical treatment but failed to derive any permanent benefit from it. With superhuman endurance he bore up under his bodily sufferings until December when he was finally compelled to seek his bed where with full consciousness of the death-hand that was laid upon his life he awaited the final summons. Mr. Downing was born May 22d, 1823, near Washington, Mason county, Ky. Upon arriving at man's estate, he emigrated to this country. He immediately set about to provide a home, and soon became the possessor of more than 400 acres of land, besides a large amount of personal property. The deceased leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss, who have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

Mrs. James E. DOWNING 

November 24, 1893
Clinton Public


Mrs. James E. DOWNING died on Wednesday night.

Note: aka Elizabeth M. (Best) Downing
James E. Downing and Elizabeth Best were married October 21, 1869, in Mason Co., Kentucky.

Mrs. Charles A. DOWNS 

March 2, 1888
Clinton Register

Mrs. Laura (SAMUELS) DOWNS died at her home in Hallsville, Feb. 27th, aged 19 years and 10 months. The funeral took place from the Christian church, Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Holton, a large concourse of sympathizing friends being present. She was born April 28, 1866 and had lived a devoted Christian since her sixteenth year. She was married to Charles A. DOWNS, Dec. 26, 1886. By her death her husband has lost a devoted wife, her parents a loving daughter and the church a faithful member.


March 9, 1888
Clinton Public

In the Morning of Life.

Mrs. Lora DOWNS, wife of Charles A. DOWNS, of this village, died the 27th of February. She was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth SAMUELS, highly esteemed citizens of Barnett township. Lora had been sick about two weeks, perhaps not quite so long. All hoped up to within a few days of her death that she would recover, but alas! such was not the case. She had the best of care, the best medical skill, but all to no purpose so far as again restoring her to health. She passed away quietly and calmly, surrounded by her bereaved relatives, and a large number of friends. She was just twenty years of age….(page cut off).


August 8, 1884
Clinton Public

Daniel DRAGSTREM, one of the early settlers of DeWitt county, died at his home in Waynesville yesterday morning, having lived to the advanced age of over four-score years. We are not familiar with the history of Mr. Dragstrem, therefore can say but little of him personally. He came to this county before the winter of the "deep snow" and settled in Waynesville, where he spent the active years of his life in the mercantile business. He was a successful business man and acquired a reasonable fortune, the greater part of which he divided among his children when they needed help to begin the battle of life, retaining, however, sufficient to make him independent during his life. In looking over the history of Dewitt county we find that Mr. Dragstrem only figured once in public life, and that was in 1839, when he held the office of assessor. Socially he was a very pleasant gentleman, and so far as the interests of Waynesville were concerned he was ever on the alert. In politics he was an unflinching Democrat and never scratched a ticket, yet he was conservative in his views and tolerant in discussion with his neighbors.

Mrs. Daniel DRAGSTREM 

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public

In the eighty-sixth year of her age, Mrs. Margaret DRAGSTREM passed to the world beyond to meet the husband and children who had preceded her. More than fifty years ago she came to Waynesville with her husband and small children and there she lived and died among friends. Her life was an uneventful one save in the home circle and in the homes where sorrowing and suffering went hand in hand. There she was always the kind angel, ready to give relief and give sympathy to the sorrowing. Mrs. Dragstrem died last Saturday night, and on Monday she was buried by the side of her husband in the old family graveyard in Waynesville. She was the mother of Rolla DRAGSTREM and the grandmother of Mrs. George K. INGHAM.


March 31, 1905
Clinton Register


After failing 3 years from paralysis, R. H. DRAGSTREM departed this life at his residence here at 11 o'clock Tuesday night, Mar. 29.

Rolla H. Dragstrem was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. DRAGSTREM, who came here from the East soon after Waynesville was founded. He was born here March 4, 1841, and has always made this place his home. He received a good general education after which he graduated at Bryant & Stratton's business college in Chicago. He was a traveling salesman a few years for J. F. Humphrey & Son of Bloomington, after which he became a partner in his father’s large general store in Waynesville. After several years his father retired from business but it was still conducted by R. H. till the spring of 1902. For a number of years he was also a member of the firm of Dragstrem & Fults in the lumber business. Altogether, Mr. Dragstrem and his father ran a general store here 64 years.

Sept. 21, 1874, he married Miss Ruth DICK, daughter of Amos DICK, deceased, who was a prominent farmer and land owner, east of Waynesville. Three children were born to them: Ferne, who died in infancy; Eddie W., born Aug. 25, 1875, for a short time in business with his father, and died March 7, 1902; and Rolla H., Jr., who survives to be a great comfort to the widow and mother.

Mr. Dragstrem was a very successful business man and was well to do.

Funeral services will be held at his late residence Friday afternoon at 2. His close friend, Rev. W. C. Lacy, of Green Valley, will preach the funeral sermon. Interment in Evergreen cemetery in the east side of town.

DRAKE (infant) 

September 3, 1886
Clinton Public

When Mrs. Sylvia DRAKE died a few months ago in Lexington, Ky., she left an infant child. Mrs. A. L. WARNER brought the child to Clinton to rear it. The baby had been ailing for some weeks, and at one o'clock last Wednesday morning it died.

Mrs. E. B. DRAKE 

May 21, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Sylvia Beatty Drake.

Three years ago on the 25th of last month, Sylvia J. BEATTY, the only daughter of Mrs. A. L. WARNER, of this city, was united in marriage to Mr. E. B. DRAKE, a prominent young business man of Lexington, Kentucky. The marriage was a romance. Miss Beatty was on a pleasure trip through the South, and made the acquaintance of Mr. Drake while on the road to Chattanooga, Tenn. It was love at first sight. While in Chattanooga visiting the State-house, they met with the Rev. J. H. BUCHANAN and his daughter, old Ohio friends of the editor of THE PUBLIC, and before they left the State-house, Miss Sylvia and her lover were united in marriage by Mr. Buchanan. It was a happy marriage, and for three years the young wife and husband were all in all to each other. But their happiness was destined to be brief. Two weeks ago, Mrs. Drake became the mother of a little daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Warner, had been with her daughter during her sickness. Last Thursday Mrs. Drake's symptoms became alarming, and on Friday she died. It was a sad blow to the young husband and to the mother who had centered the affections of her life on her daughter Sylvia. On Tuesday the remains were brought to Clinton for interment in Woodlawn Cemetery. As a mark of respect to Mrs. Warner, who has long been identified with the business interests of Clinton, all of the stores on the public square were closed during the funeral hour. Mrs. Warner brought home with her the babe. From the Lexington, [Ky.] Daily Press of last Tuesday we copy a part of an obituary notice published in that paper:

Since marriage, their path through life has been strewn with the loveliest of flowers. All nature seemed to cast its most happy smiles upon their little home, but at last the clouds of sorrow and grief have driven away the sunlight. This happy and loving wife has been called to her heavenly home leaving her devoted husband, child and devoted mother to sadly mourn their loss. They, in their sad bereavement, have the heartfelt sympathy and condolence of the public.

Mrs. William DRAKE 

September 27, 1895
Clinton Public

After a lingering illness of about one year, Sarah DRAKE died peacefully at her brother's home, four miles east of Clinton. She was born near Farmer City March 22, 1860. She was married to P. R. DOUGHERTY September 20, 1878, and two daughters were born to them. She was again married November 29, 1886, to Wm. DRAKE. Three children were born to them, one boy only surviving her. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Mr. THRASHER, were held Friday and a large concourse of friends and relatives were present. The remains were laid to rest in the Rose cemetery. Husband and family extend thanks to friends who aided during sickness and death of wife and mother.

Gertrude DREW 

November 3, 1882
Clinton Public

Died, at Weldon, Ill., on the morning of the 30 [th], 1882, Gertrude, the youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. DREW, aged four years, five months and twelve days. Gertrude was the joy of the household. She was a lovely and affectionate child, and gave promise of being a source of great comfort to her parents. Young though she was, she took great delight in showing good will to all around her, and her sweet, though short, services of love will long be remembered by all who knew her. She had all the attention that love could bestow, but she died after an illness of three weeks, of dysentery. Her funeral took place at the M. E. Church, and she lies buried in the Chandler Grave Yard.

Mrs. Charles W. DROMBOLONE 

May 31, 1866
Clinton Public

DIED.—In Mount Pleasant, on Thursday, the 17th of May, at the residence of Wm. McMurry, Harriet L. DROMBOLONE, wife of Dr. Charles W. DROMBOLONE, of DeWitt, and fourth daughter of J. W. McCORD, of that place. She was 29 years of age and leaves three children. Her death was caused by measles, which she took fifteen months ago, while in Iowa, and from which she has suffered almost constantly the whole of that period. She died a most triumphant death. Calling her friends to her bedside, one at a time, she talked to them of Heaven and glory. Among other things she said, "Death is so sweet to me, for Jesus is with me."


December 10, 1909
Clinton Register

Wm. DRYBREAD, of Farmer City, died suddenly Saturday from heart failure. He was on his way from the city to his home when the attack came and died almost immediately. He was eighty-seven years of age, and of a jovial disposition. He had complained of no illness and his death came as a surprise. The funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. F. Ladd. Burial was in Maple Grove cemetery. All the children are home except Mrs. WELCH, who lives in Cody, Wyoming.

Jackson DUBOIS 

June 18, 1880
Clinton Public

Died—Jackson Duboice [should be DuBois] on Wednesday the 16th inst., at 12 o'clock.  His disease was an abscess of the left lung.

Note: He was buried in Texas Christian Cemetery.


February 1, 1901
Clinton Register

Alvin Duckworth Called From Home and Loved Ones After an Illness of Three Weeks.

Sunday evening about 5 o'clock, Alvin DUCKWORTH died at his home on South East street, aged 43 years, 9 months and 6 days. He was taken sick about the first of the year, and erysipelas developed in one of his legs, causing death.

Deceased was born in Posey county, Ind., April 21, 1857 where he leaned to be a carriage painter. Nov. 13, 1883 he was married to Miss Cintha SEIBRECHT. Six children, all living were born to them. There are two daughters and four sons, the eldest being almost grown. In the same year they were married, they came to Clinton which has since been their home. His system was poisoned by inhaling the odor from the chemicals used in his trade, so that death more easily laid hold on him. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, also of the Modern Woodmen, holding a $2,000 policy in the later. He also owned the property in which he lived besides other property. He was peaceable and industrious, a good husband and a good citizen. His mother, aged 80, a brother and sister, live in Indiana. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Gossow, in the Universalist Church. Interment in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Emily Moore

Cornelius DUCY 

January 22, 1904
Clinton Register


D. W. DUCY received a telegram today announcing the death of his son, Corney, at Pueblo, Col., where he went a short time ago for his health.  His death was unexpected as he had been in his usual health.  Yesterday Mr. Ducy received a letter from him.  The telegram gave no particulars.  He was 29 years old and unmarried and until a month ago was in business in Clinton.  Remains will be brought to Clinton.
January 29, 1904
Clinton Register

Death Came When He Was Hundreds of Miles from Home and Among Strangers.

Last week the Register gave brief notice of the death of Cornelius DUCY, who passed away while in Colorado for his health, the remains being brought home for burial.

Cornelius Ducy, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. DUCY, of Clinton, was born in Kenney, Ill., Sept. 12, 1874; died in Pueblo, Colo., Jan. 22, 1904, age 29 years, 3 months, 10 days.   This young man spent the early years of his life with his parents in Kenney with the exception of two years which he spent attending St. Vietuer’s college at Kankakee and Brown’s Business College at Decatur.  Coming to Clinton with his parents in 1896, engaging in business in which he remained until Dec. 1, 1903.  By request of his parents and friends he disposed of his business to seek a milder climate for the benefit of his health, which had been failing the last two years.  He left Clinton Jan. 13, for Gillette, Colo.  By advice of his physician he went to Pueblo three days later, where he died.  His body arrived home Sunday night accompanied by his uncle, John HESLIN, also a number of members of F. O. E., and his uncle, C. DUCY, C. T. CLEARY and D. McCann.   He leaves besides his parents, four sisters, Mrs. F. GALLAGHER, Mrs. C. T. CLEARY, Misses Abby and Eva DUCY; four brothers, Frank, Edward, Harry and Leo DUCY; three brothers having preceded him in death, Dan, John and an infant.

Funeral was held from St. John’s Catholic church, Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.   The pallbearers were J. W. Gallagher, James Bowen, John McGarry, James Mehan, John Mehan, Delbert Thomas, Dan McCann, Ed McCann.  These were assisted by eight members of the F. O. E. as honorary pall bearers.  These being John McCoy, George Morse, C. W. Williamson, Bentley Harris, Henry Bloom, H. E. Zeisser, G. B. Samuels and G. W. Bouillion.  His body was carried from his late home to the church preceded by Father Dooling and his acolytes, walking through open tiles of 50 Eagles.  The latter followed the mourners into the church and occupied the center of the room.

[Long sermon omitted.]

As the remains were carried from the church, the choir sang, “Nearer My God to Thee.”

All places of business owned or controlled by members of the Eagles were closed in honor of their deceased brother.  The floral offerings were many and profuse.  [The list of floral offerings is omitted because of length.]

The remains were taken to Woodlawn and laid to rest in consecrated ground.

Mrs. Cornelius DUCY 

June 10, 1881
Clinton Register

Committed Suicide.

Wapella and vicinity was very much excited last Saturday morning over the news that an insane lady by the name of Mrs. Cornelius DUCY had committed suicide. For the past several years Mrs. Ducy has been subject to periodical spells of insanity, but it was never supposed that she was in any way so deranged as to contemplate taking her own life. Last Saturday morning her daughter left her for a few minutes to take some water to her father in the field, and upon returning found her face downward on the floor, dead, her flesh being burnt to a crisp. It is supposed that she poured coal oil over her clothes and then lit a match to them, thus causing her own death. Coroner ELY, of this city, was summoned, and immediately impaneled a jury, who returned a verdict according to the facts above given. The funeral took place at the Catholic church Sunday afternoon, the body being followed to the grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends.

Bennett C. DUFF 

August 29, 1930
Clinton Journal


Bennett C. DUFF died at his home seven miles west of Clinton, Tuesday [August 26, 1930] evening at 6 o'clock after an illness of five weeks from paralysis. He was the son of Bennett C. and Mary (HURLEY) DUFF and was born in Sangamon county near Springfield, August 28, 1852. He was the last of a family of 10 children. When but 16 years old he came with his parents overland to Dewitt county and with the exception of a few years, had lived here since. He was married on January 1, 1880, to Laura J. (WILLIAMS) ARNOLD, to this union 15 children were born, six dying in infancy, Richard E. DUFF and Newton E. DUFF died in 1918 while the wife and mother died May 10, 1927. The following children survive: Mrs. Ethel PERKINS, Bloomington; Lewis DUFF, Clinton; Mrs. Nellie HUNTER, White Heath; Mrs. Ada SPENCER, Walker, Mo.; William P. DUFF, near Lane; Mrs. Eva LEEVEY, south of Clinton; Leslie DUFF at home. One step-son George A. ARNOLD, of Clinton, also survives, as well as 26 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He was a member of the Christian church, joining this church when but a young man. The body was taken to Reeser's funeral home to be prepared for burial and will be removed to the late home Thursday morning, Funeral services will be conducted from the Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. M. R. HARTLEY pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Contributed by Marge Leevey

Mrs. Bennett C. DUFF 

May 11, 1927
Clinton Journal


Mrs. B. C. DUFF, well known Dewitt county resident, died at her home four and one half miles southwest of Clinton about 3 o'clock Tuesday [May 10, 1927] morning after an extended illness of complications of diseases. Laura Jane WILLIAMS, daughter of the late W. W. WILLIAMS and wife [Sarah DAY] was born in Clinton, February 2,1859. She was twice married. Her first marriage was to Henry ARNOLD and to this union one child was born, George A. ARNOLD. Her second marriage took place January 1, 1884, her second husband being Bennett C. DUFF, J. W. Crowden of Bethany performing the ceremony. To this union fifteen children were born, six dying in Infancy. Richard E. and Newton E. DUFF died during the influenza epidemic in Clinton in 1918. The following children survive: Mrs Ada SPENCER, of Walker Mo.; Mrs. J. E. PERKINS, of St. Louis; Mrs. Nellie HUNTER, near Weldon; Mrs. Eva LEEVEY, of Clinton; William, of Lane; Lewis, of Clinton; and Leslie, at home. She also leaves three half brothers, John WILLIAMS, of Warrensburg; Lewis and Richard SMALLWOOD, of near Clinton. There are 18 grandchildren, two whom she reared, Arabella WILLIAMS, of Harlan, Ky., and Cyril O. WILLIAMS, of Selfridge Field, Michigan. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and was widely known over the county where she was loved and respected. Funeral services will be conducted from the M. E. Church in Clinton Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Thomas H. Tull, pastor. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Contributed by Marge Leevey

Newton Earl DUFF 

November 6, 1918
Clinton Daily Journal

Second Member of Duff Family to Succumb to "Flu" Epidemic.

Newton Earl DUFF, a brother of the late Richard Ernest DUFF, who died October 21, is the second member of the Duff family to succumb to influenza and pneumonia. He died last evening at 5 o'clock at the John Warner Hospital. Duff was called in the draft recently but deferred because of his condition. He resided in Texas township and was well known. Deceased is survived by his parents and the following sisters and brothers: Lewis, east of Clinton; William, near Birkbeck; Leslie, at home; Mrs Ethel Williams, of St. Louis; Mrs. Ada Spencer, of Walker, Mo.; Misses Eva and Nellie, at home, and a half brother George ARNOLD, of Creek township. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Submitted by Marge Leevey

Richard Ernest DUFF 

October 21, 1918
Clinton Daily Journal

Well Known Local Man succumbs Suddenly to Influenza Epidemic.

Richard Ernest DUFF, aged 31, died of influenza this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at his home, 727 East Julia street. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Duff, southwest of Clinton, and was employed here by the Harrison, Ward & Co. He had been ill for the past two weeks. Deceased was born in Lane, April 29, 1888. On November 4, 1909, he was married to Miss Lulu Webb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Webb. Four children were born to this union, but only one Carl Oren survives. Besides the widow and son and his parents, there also survives the following sisters and brothers; Mrs. Ethel Williams, of St. Louis; Mrs Ada Spencer of Walker, Mo.; Misses Eva and Nellie, at home; Lewis Duff east of town; William P., near Birkbeck; Leslie J. and Newton E., at home; a half-brother, George Arnold of Creek township, and many other relatives. His loss will be mourned by many friends. The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

Contributed by Marge Leevey

DUNCAN (child) 

February 2, 1900
Clinton Register


Mr. and Mrs. Frank DUNCAN, of Chicago, formerly of Clinton, lost their child, aged nearly 1 year, by death.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


January 2, 1880
Clinton Public

John DUNCAN, whose father lives on one of the Magill farms in Barnett township, was working with a corn sheller at Hallsville one day last week when his hand was caught in one of the cogs of the machine and was terribly mangled.  The first part of this week the young man was seized with lockjaw, and on New Year’s morning, at one o'clock, he died.

Mrs. John A. DUNCAN 

March 13, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. J. A. Duncan Died at 1:30 Saturday Morning—
Survived By Twelve Children.

A faithful wife and a good mother passed to her eternal rest last Saturday morning at 11:30 when Mrs. Harriet E. DUNCAN, wife of J. A. DUNCAN, died at her home on West Jefferson street, after an illness of about two months. Although deceased had been ill for some time her condition was not considered serious until about two weeks preceding her death.

Harriet E. HAMMOND was born in Caledonia, Marion county, O., on October 18 1849, and came to Illinois with her parents when she was a mere child. The Hammond family settled at Clinton and it was here on October 15, 1869, that she was married to J. A. Duncan. At different times with her family she has lived in Clinton, in Tazewell county, in Champaign county, in Kansas and later in Wapella, where the family lived for twenty-one years before coming to Clinton two years ago. Since coming to Clinton the home has been at 210 West Van Buren Street.

In addition to the husband who survives her she leaves twelve children as follows: Mrs. John S. SHORT, Mrs. Charles HOLLAND, Mrs. Fred WILSON and John H. DUNCAN, all of Wapella; James DUNCAN, of Kenney; H. E. DUNCAN, of Heyworth; Charles DUNCAN, of Owensville, Mo.; Mrs. George LIGHTHALL and Mrs. Fred HUBBELL, both of Clinton; Elizabeth DUNCAN and Minnie DUNCAN, at home; and Robert E. DUNCAN, of Clinton.

Besides the members of her immediate family she leaves two brothers and one sister, as follows: Charles HAMMOND and Mrs. C. P. RICHARDS, of this city, and J. F. HAMMOND, of Cedar Rapids, Ia. In addition to the relatives named, she has twenty-four grandchildren.

Deceased had been a member of the M. E. church since childhood and at the time of her death was a member of the congregation of this city. Previous to her illness she was a regular attendant and was also a member and worker in the Women's Foreign Missionary Society.

Mrs. Duncan was a woman of admirable traits of character and a Christian in every sense of the word. She was the mother of twelve children, all living, and all of whom can testify as to having been brought up under the guiding influence of a praying Christian mother.

Funeral services were held at the late home at 1:30 Monday afternoon, Rev. E. K. Towle, pastor of the M. E. church, officiating. Interment in the family lot in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Ora DUNHAM 

January 9, 1914
Clinton Register

Had Lived in Clinton About One Year—
Taken to Old Home in Indiana for Burial.

Soon after 12 o’clock Wednesday night, Mrs. Ora DORHAM died at her home, 902 East Washington street, aged 19 years, being sick about five weeks, though she had lung trouble several years.  Her maiden name was Katherine GILHEM, and she was born in Perry county, Ind. Nov. 8, 1894, and was married to Ora DUNHAM July 9, 1912, and they moved to Clinton about a year ago.  The husband and one child, aged one year, survive her.  She is also survived by her father, three sisters and two brothers, only one of whom, Mrs. Rose PRICE, lives in Clinton, the others in Indiana.  The remains were taken to Indiana today for burial at the old home.

Note: Her surname was spelled both Dorham and Dunham in this article.

Mrs. William DUNHAM

September 23, 1875
Clinton Public

Mrs. Wm. DUNHAM, daughter of A. P. CUSHMAN, of Waynesville, died this morning at her home in Waynesville, of consumption.  Funeral services tomorrow afternoon, at the Presbyterian Church in Waynesville.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
DUNHAM, WILLIAM W.     CUSHMAN, ROXIE C.      1867-03-07     DEWITT

Mrs. Samuel DUNMIRE

March 25, 1904
Clinton Register

Mrs. Samuel Dunmire, One of Clinton’s Aged Mothers Answers Her Master’s Call— Funeral Tuesday.

Mrs. Samuel DUNMIRE, who had lived in and near Clinton almost half a century, passed away Sunday at her home on West Adams street, aged 81 years, 2 months and 27 days, being sick about five days.

Phoebe WILLIAMS was born Dec. 20, 1822, near Delaware, O.  Nov. 9, 1848, she was married to Geo. W. BELL, and they lived in that state until 1855 when they came to Clinton, where Mr. Bell died Oct. 28, 1863.  She was left to care for the five children, the eldest being about 12 years old.  In 1875 she married Samuel DUNMIRE.  After about three years spent on his farm in Logan county, they moved to near Clinton.  About ten years ago her husband died and she moved to Clinton, which had since been her home.

Of her six children, Mrs. George LUTZ and Nelson are deceased.  Those living are Howland J., Mrs. Caroline GIDEON, Mrs. Flora AUGHINBAUGH and Jay W.  She is also survived by a sister who lives in Iowa.  She united with the Baptist church when young, and later with the M. E. church.  She was a good Christian mother and was loved by all her friends.  Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Canady.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Peter DUNN 

April 20, 1855
DeWitt Courier

Man Killed.

An Irishman by the name of Peter DUNN, a watchman at Salt Creek bridge, was instantly killed on Monday evening last, on the I. C. R. R., by the down northern passenger train.  Coroner Richter held an inquest over the body on Tuesday.   From the evidence it seems that Dunn had sat down on the track and probably had fallen asleep.  The engineer discovered something on the track when within forty or fifty yards of the object, and immediately sounded the whistle to brake, but they were unable to stop the train until they had run over the unfortunate man.  The train was backed up to the bridge and the body put on board and taken to Decatur, where a coffin was procured, and then sent back to this place for a coroner’s inquest.  Both arms were cut off, and his body much bruised.  About $200 in specie was found on his person, which is to be placed in the hands of R. Lewis, of this place, to pay the expenses of the deceased.  The amount remaining will be handed over to his relatives whenever applied for.  It is said he has a brother somewhere near Chicago.


July 16, 1880
Clinton Public

James DUNNIGAN, the little four-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip DUNNIGAN, died last Sunday morning of flux.

Lewis Hermon DURKEE 

August 21, 1885
Clinton Public

Lewis Hermon, youngest son of Lewis K. and Theresa P. DURKEE, died Saturday, August 15th, at 11:10 P.M., aged six months and twenty days.

Mrs. William H. DUSENBERRY 

August 15, 1913
Clinton Register

Mary E. Dusenberry Dies at Advanced Age of 81 Years—
Death Occurred Saturday Evening.

At the home of her son, L. R. DUSENBERRY, in South Clinton at 7 o'clock last Saturday evening occurred the death of Mrs. Mary DUSENBERRY, widow of the late William DUSENBERRY, at the advanced age of 81 years, yellow jaundice being the cause of death.  She had been ill for some time, but only in a dangerous condition for a few days preceding her demise.  Deceased had a large circle of friends, and always had a kind word for all.

Mary Ellen HITCHCOCK was born in Henry county, Ohio, February 10, 1832, where she passed her early life, and was married to William H. Dusenberry in 1847.  Mr. Dusenberry died December 28, 1911, in Armington, Illinois.  February 1867 the family moved to Tazewell county, where they lived with the exception of one year, east of Waynesville.  During the past summer Mrs. Dusenberry had been living with her son’s family.

She leaves four children—Alex DUSENBERRY, of Wapella; Roy L., of South Clinton; George, of Walker, Mo.; and Charles, of Clinton; and one sister in Nebraska.  One daughter, Ida Mae CRAWFORD, died in 1894.  She also leaves 27 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  When a young woman, she joined the Methodist church and later became a member of the Christian church.  She was a member of the W. R. C.

Monday morning the remains were taken to Midland City on the 8:30 train, and from there to Armington, where the funeral was held, conducted by Rev. J. F. Rosborough of this city.  Remains were interred beside those of her late husband at Armington.