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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

Harry MABIE 

August 1929
Paper Unknown

Harry MABIE, prominent farmer for many years, died at his home southeast of town at 11:40 p.m. Sunday. His health had been very poor for a number of years.

Mr. Mabie was born in New York City, March 29th, 1860, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter MABIE. His first marriage was to Miss Elizabeth ARMSTRONG, of Wapella. One daughter was born to this union. February 28, 1894, he was married to Miss Claude FOSTER and they have spent their entire married life on a farm near Waynesville. He was a member of the M.E. church and I.O.O.F. Lodge.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Claude Mabie, the daughter, Mrs. Maude VANDERWALKER, of Ottawa; one sister, Marie MABIE, of New York, and one brother, Pierre MABIE, of Waynesville, and six grandchildren.

The funeral was held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the M.E. church in charge of Rev. R.L. Steed, of San Jose, and Rev. B.D. Mallinson, of Waynesville.

Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. Ethel Blomberg, Mrs. Lottie Dix, M. Connell and Joe Teal with Mrs. B.D. Mallinson at the piano. Pall bearers were Dennis Burns, Carl Hoffman, John Klemm Jr., L.L. Kirby, Otis Marvel and Robert Edwards. Interment was in the Evergreen cemetery.

Note: Harry’s date of death was August 25, 1929.

Rev. Duncan MacARTHUR 

February 15, 1901
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton's Well-Known Citizens a Victim of Carbuncle—
Had Been Sick Several Weeks.

Tuesday morning about 9 o'clock Rev. D. MacARTHUR died at his home on East Main street, aged 69 years. About two months ago he became afflicted with a carbuncle on his neck, and for sometime it was thought he would not recover. He was unconscious four or five days before death ended his suffering.

Duncan MacArthur was born in Scotland Aug. 15, 1831. He came to America when a young man and had been a resident of Clinton many years, coming here to accept the pastorate of the Baptist church. When he retired from active ministerial work, he decided to make Clinton his permanent home. He engaged in the insurance business and for several years had been township clerk. For two or three years his health had been failing and when the affliction came that caused his death his system was not strong enough to prevent fatal results.

Mrs. MacARTHUR, three daughters and two sons, all grown, survive him. One son lives in Chicago, one daughter at Dixon, and the others have remained with their parents.

Funeral services were held yesterday at 2:30 in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. CANADY, the Masonic order having charge of the remains. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Oliver W. MACY 

January 16, 1914
Clinton Register

Had Been Dead About Five Hours—
No One Had Seen Him the Day of His Death.

Oliver W. MACY was found dead in his photograph gallery on Warner Court soon after 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by O. L. Beck, a young man who lives near Latham, Ill. Mr. Beck, another young man and two young ladies came to Clinton on the train from Springfield that arrives here at one o'clock. An hour later they went to the Macy gallery, and Mr. Beck entered first. He saw no one and walked toward the rear of the reception room, thinking someone was in the rear room. When the open door leading to the work room was reached, he saw a man lying on the floor in the room. He at once went to Warner's bank and told what he had seen. John Warner at once telephoned Dr. G. S. Edmonson and they, with M. J. Hallihan of Birkbeck, hurried to the gallery. Dr. Edmonson said he had probably been dead four or five hours.

Coroner Moore was notified and arrived in a few minutes. Until his arrival the body, which was lying on the right side, had not been moved. It was evident he had been retouching a negative and had fallen to the right off the chair, which is higher than an ordinary chair. The legs and arms were stiffened and the flesh on the cheek had become flattened. When the face was seen there was an unnatural look. On the floor was blood that came from the nose or mouth. In the pockets were found a watch, three knives, 55 cents, a return ticket to Bloomington, a few papers and other small articles.

So far as learned, no one had seen Mr. Macy in his gallery that day. His home was in Normal, and he usually returned home at night, sometimes staying in Clinton at the home of his son-in-law, Attorney Grover C. HOFF. He came to Clinton Monday on the 8:32 interurban and had since been here. S. T. Jones, who is in the room below the gallery, heard someone in it during the morning Wednesday, which he thinks was about 9 o'clock or later, but saw no one, but he did not look in the work room. He telephoned Mr. Hoff at noon to learn whether Mr. Macy was in Clinton. As he found the gallery open and no one there he thought someone else had opened it. Mr. Hoff had not seen him that day, but told Mr. Hinckley he was perhaps out for a short time and would soon return. If others went there before Mr. Beck, they had seen no one and left, thinking nothing strange about it.

Coroner Moore held an inquest in the county court room at 3 o'clock, the following being the jury: W. H. Turnipseed, foreman; B. F. Wasson, Melvin Ledden, J. A. Fruit, William Field, G. W. Hughes. The witnesses were O. L. Beck, Grover C. Hoff, M. J. Hallihan and Dr. G. S. Edmonson. The verdict was that death was caused by organic heart disease.

Deceased had been afflicted with heart trouble and stomach trouble and had frequently become unconscious for a time. He bought the gallery in Clinton several years ago and conducted it until about three years ago when his health compelled him to retire from business, his nephew Roy TINKER conducting the gallery until a few months ago, when he left Clinton, and Mr. Macy took charge of it again. He and his son Robert also conducted a gallery in Bloomington.

Deceased was born on a farm near Dayton, Ohio, July 15, 1850, and when four years old moved with his parents to Marshall county, Iowa, and then to Iowa county. He began the photographer's trade when a young man, and this has occupied his time during his life. He was married the first time in 1876, his wife dying in 1883. He was married June 25, 1885, to Miss Lillian WENGERT, who survives him.

Although not a member of any church, he had led a Christian life and was a firm believer in all church work. The family has been in Normal for the past ten years, coming here from Vinton, Iowa.

Besides the widow, he is survived by five daughters: Mrs. Grover HOFF, Clinton; Miss Lucile, of Hooppole, Ill.; and Frayda and Cecil, at home; Mrs. Eva HATHAWAY, Junction City, Kan., the latter being a daughter of his first wife; four sons, Cecil, Roland, William and Robert, the latter being a son of his first wife; sisters: Mrs. Sadie TINKER, Belleplaine, Ia., Mrs. Mary YOCUM, San Jose, Calif., and Mrs. Emaline DORMAN, Boulder, Colo.; and brothers, Ira, of Norfolk, Neb., and Horace of North Dakota.

Funeral services were held at the home in Normal today at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Frank Brown, and the body was taken to Vinton, Iowa, where relatives are buried, for interment.

Note: His wife died in 1950.
From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950:
MACY, LILLIAN WENGERT   F/W   Y-86    0029670   1950-07-11   MCLEAN


August 3, 1906
Clinton Register

Clinton Woman Passed Away After Only a Short Illness—
Lived in Clinton Over Half Century.

Friday morning Mrs. Angeline MADDEN was well as usual, but a short time before dinner became suddenly ill. She lay down and in a few minutes, before a Doctor could arrive, was dead.

Angeline DOWNEY was born in Augusta county, Va., Dec. 20, 1822, and lived 83 years, four months, and 23 days. Her parents moved to Ohio when she was 14 years old and later to Danville, Ill. July 3, 1848 she was married to Dr. Z. H. MADDEN and three years later they moved to Clinton, which had since been her home. Of the seven children born to them, only Mrs. J. W. McPHERSON is living, and it was with the family of her son-in-law she had lived several years, in the same house occupied before Mr. MADDEN's death about 20 years ago. Mrs. MADDEN had been a member of the M. E. Church nearly sixty years.

Funeral services were held at the home Sunday at 3:00 o'clock, conducted by Rev. N. M. RIGG. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: Mrs. J. W. McPherson's maiden name was Laura C. Madden.


February 14, 1879
Clinton Public

Jacob MADDOX took his own life.

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Joseph T. MADDOX 

September 5, 1930
Decatur Evening Herald

(Obituary Extract)
Name: Joseph T. MADDOX
Age: 80
Died: Thursday
Funeral: Saturday at 3 o'clock at 402 West Jefferson street (home); graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery by Rev. Logan Snyder of the Presbyterian Church.
Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery
Survivors: Wife, children; Bess, Maude, and Elmer MADDOX

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

George MADRAY 

August 21, 1903
Clinton Register


Tuesday night at his home in the northeast part of the city George MADRAY, colored, answered the final roll call. He was born near Cincinnati and was 60 years old. He was in Massachusetts when he enlisted for the Civil war, and was captured in a battle where many of his company were killed. He was sentenced to be shot, but escaped to the Union lines. After the war he moved to Carbondale, Ill., then to Springfield, from there to Lincoln and came to Clinton in 1885, and it had since been his home. He was honest and industrious and respected by his friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Canady, assisted by A. Ward, of Decatur. The G. A. R., of which he was a member, had charge of the remains and conducted the usual rites at the grave. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Buried next to him in Woodlawn Cemetery is Matilda Madray, who died January 16, 1921.

Alfred H. MAGILL 

April 15, 1887
Clinton Public

Alfred H. Magill Takes His Own Life.

Clinton has this week added one more to its number of suicides. In the past fourteen years no less than sixteen persons have taken their own lives. Tuesday afternoon the whole community was shocked at the news that Alfred H. MAGILL's lifeless body was found hanging in his barn. Here was a young man who was rich in lands and bank account, endowed with fine intellectual ability, a graduate of a university, respected by everybody, the idol of his mother's home, who had taken his own life. There was no cause for it save that the young man's mind had suddenly lost its balance, and in a fit of mental despondency he took with his own hand the life that if he were in his right mind he would have valiantly battled for.

Nearly three months ago Alfred Magill's mother detected in the manner of her son that there was something affecting his mind. She watched his actions as only a loving mother can, and when the dreadful suspicion became a reality to her she took into her confidence two of her most intimate friends. One of these friends with whom Allie had been in close business relations had his suspicions aroused even before Mrs. Magill had spoken to him of it, and it was decided that a close watch should be kept on Allie's actions in the hope of discovering what form his hallucinations might take shape. The outside world could see no change in Allie, for he attended to his business with the same promptness and exactness that had always characterized his transactions. Indeed after his mother's suspicions were first aroused, Allie became a partner with Mr. AMSDEN in the dry goods house formerly owned by the Magill Bros., and took an active interest in business affairs. Even while all things on the outside seemed to be progressing smoothly, the anxious mother's watchful care could detect a continual change for the worse in her son's mental condition. Finally Mrs. Magill, on the advice of her two trusted friends, decided to take her son to Hot Springs, hoping that a change of scene and a course of treatment might restore his bodily vigor and thus renew his mental powers. Allie had no idea that the trip to the Springs was for his benefit, for he thought that his mother, who had been in poor health, was going on her own account. When they arrived at the Springs, Mrs. Magill quietly consulted an eminent physician of that town, telling him of her fears as to her son's mental condition. The doctor soon made the acquaintance of Allie, and after thoroughly investigating his case, he told Mrs. Magill that her son's mind was really in a worse condition than she really had any idea.

They remained at the Springs nearly five weeks, and when Mrs. Magill saw that there was no change for the better, she decided to return home. They arrived in Clinton by the midnight train last Friday night. It was rumored around town after they left for the Springs that something was evidently wrong with Allie's mind, on account of some things that developed in one or two business matters, but this was attributed to Allie's nervousness and over-anxiety on his mother's account. But when he was around town last Saturday and Monday, greeting his friends and acquaintances with his old-time cheerfulness, all suspicions as to his sanity were quieted and set at rest.

On Monday afternoon he became very restless and nervous in his actions, and he did not want to be alone even for a moment. All Monday night his mother watched him closely, and early on Tuesday morning she urged him to go out to visit one of his farms in the country in the hope that a horseback ride and the bright sunshine might revive his drooping spirits. Taking advantage of his absence, Mrs. Magill consulted Major WARNER as to what was best to be done in Allie's case, and it was decided to try and get his consent to go to a private asylum, and if that failed, to take him before the county judge and a jury and have him adjudged insane, and then send him to an asylum.

While his mother and Major Warner were planning in his interest, Allie was out at the farm on which Frank TAYLOR lives. He seemed to take but little interest in anything he saw, and while Taylor was pumping water for the stock, Allie wandered off alone to an old barn and entered it. While Taylor did not dream that anything was wrong with his young landlord, yet his strange actions made him feel uneasy and he started toward the barn, but before he got there, Allie came out. Allie then came back to town and after putting his horse in Wheeler's livery barn, he came up to his store to meet two gentlemen who had come from the southern part of the state to negotiate for the purchase of the dry goods stock of Amsden & Co., Allie being the company. He talked with the men a while and about noon left them to go home, promising to see them again after dinner to close the trade. When he got to his home he met his cousin Nellie at the door, and he told her he was going upstairs to change his suit of clothes for a lighter one, as the day was warm. This was the last seen of him alive.

While in his room he wrote an exact copy of the note which was found in the barn and left it upon his table. He then quietly left the house and went to the barn, where he hanged himself by a halter strap to a beam over one of the stalls. He evidently went at it with all the deliberation that a sane man would prepare for anything; he took off his coat and his shirt collar and cuffs and laid them carefully aside, and placing in the crack between two boards in the stall a tax receipt on the back of which he had written in a firm, clear hand the words: "No one is to blame for this but myself," to which he signed his name, he slipped the halter around his neck and took the fatal leap that landed his immortal soul in eternity.

His mother became anxious that he did not come to dinner and sent Nellie Magill over to the bank to see Harry and make enquiries about him. Harry telephone to Wheeler barn to know if he had returned from the country, and on being answered in the affirmative this increased their anxiety. Harry MAGILL then searched everywhere around town for the missing Allie. Finally about a quarter past two o'clock some impulse took Harry down to the barn and there the horrid sight was before him of his cousin suspended from the ceiling. In a moment Harry cut down the body in the hope of finding that life was not extinct, but he was too late, for poor Allie was then rigid and cold in death. It was evident from this that he must have committed the fatal act between twelve and one o'clock. In a few minutes nearly everybody that was on the public square was hurrying toward Mrs. Magill's house, as the news spread rapidly of the terrible tragedy that had been enacted.

Who can picture the grief of the stricken mother when the sad news was told her? For the second time within three years and five months she had been called to mourn on account of a suicide in her family. On the 12th of November, 1883, her husband had committed suicide. At almost the same hour of the day, and on the same day of the month, her son took his own life.

Alfred H. Magill was born in Clinton on the 24th day of September, 1859, which made him at the time of his death twenty-seven years, six months and eighteen days old. He was the only child born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel MAGILL. He graduated from the Clinton high school in the class of 1875, and soon after went to Wabash College, at Crawfordsville, Ind., where he took the full collegiate course and graduated as one of the honor men of his class. When he came home he was for a short time engaged with his father in the Magill Bros. store, and from there he went to John Warner & Co.'s banking house, where he remained till after the death of his father. The entire management of the final settlement of the estate of the Magill Bros. was placed in his hands, and he worked faithfully and industriously in closing up the affairs of an extensive business that had been in operation for more than a quarter of a century. He had everything nearly completed for a final settlement with the heirs and a division of the property left by the old firm. In his own right, Allie Magill was worth nearly $100,000, which was mainly invested in lands in this county and in Iowa, and a considerable portion of it was in money and valuable stocks and securities. Part of his Iowa land is unproductive, but is constantly increasing in value. His income from his investments was not less than $5000 a year, a goodly portion of which he spent each year in improving his DeWitt county farms. He was a generous landlord to his tenants, and made every needed improvement to make them comfortable. He was a cultivated gentleman and was kind and pleasant to everybody. No young man in Clinton ever had a brighter prospect, for he had all the wealth necessary to gratify every taste. In his life he was pure and above reproach. The sad death of his father more than three years ago was a blight to his young life, and there is no doubt that but that the memory of it was the final cause of his mind giving away. He reverenced his father and mother.

In 1879, Allie Magill joined the Knights of Pythias, and later he became a member of the Masonic fraternity. In the Knights he was advanced to the highest office in the gift of his lodge, and at his death he was the lodge's representative in the grand lodge. When the uniformed rank was organized in this city, he was one among the first to connect himself with Metzger Division, and in this rank he held office. In the Masonic fraternity his father had been treasurer for more than a quarter of a century, and when his father died, Allie was elected to fill his place. Both orders turned out yesterday afternoon to pay the last sad rites to an honored and worthy member. Metzger Division turned out in full force, in their handsome uniforms, as did the members of the Plantagenet lodge. The Masons also turned out in large numbers, members of lodges in adjoining towns uniting with them. At the grave both orders performed their funeral rites, and all that was mortal of Alfred H. Magill was buried in the grave to await the final resurrection.


April 15, 1887
Clinton Register

A. H. Magill Takes His Life by Hanging.

About 2 o'clock Monday afternoon the news that A. H. MAGILL had hung himself in his mother’s barn was one of the saddest surprises in the history of Clinton. A young man who had lived a pure and noble life, blessed with plenty, finely educated, highly esteemed and admired by all for his honesty and warm social qualities, had deliberately taken his own life; and seemingly as coolly as if he had been going to engage in some work of every-day life. He had taken off his coat, collar and cuffs which he laid by as carefully as if he had been going to lay down for a quiet nap. Then spreading a horse blanket beneath the piece to which he had fastened a halter strap he mounted the manger, fastened the strap about his neck and swung himself into eternity.

For nearly two years he had been engaged in settling up the estate of the late Magill Bros. as administrator which was an extensive and intricate undertaking. To this task he had applied himself so diligently that his mind was unbalanced, and about a month ago this became so apparent that he was induced to go with his mother to Hot Springs where it was hoped he would be much benefited. Last Friday night they returned but there had been no marked improvement; and his relatives and intimate friends were making arrangements to have him go to a private asylum for treatment, but had not yet informed him of this fact. Monday morning he took a ride into the country, returning about 11 o'clock, and was on the streets until about noon. No one remembers seeing him later than this. As fears were had that he would attempt self-destruction, his disappearance from the streets for so long a time, and the fact that he had not been at home during his time, aroused the fears of his cousin, Harry Magill, who not finding him at the store of N. J. Runbeck, where he had his office, he went to the barn where he was horrified to find him as before stated. It is thought the body had been hanging almost two hours. The neck was not broken, death being caused by strangulation. Nothing was left by the unfortunate young man giving any reason for the rash act. On a tax receipt which was found in his vest pocket was written the following sentence: "Nobody is to blame for this but myself. A. H. Magill."

Alfred H. Magill was aged 27 years, 6 months and 18 days, and was unmarried. A few weeks ago he had entered into co-partnership with C. F. Amsden in the dry goods house in which his father, Samuel MAGILL, who committed suicide about three years ago, spent a greater part of his life. He was treasurer of the building and Loan association, and a member of the banking firm of John Warner & Co. His wealth is estimated at near $100,000. His mother and sister, Nellie, are the only ones of the family living. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and was one of its faithful and active workers. There is perhaps not a young man who is so generally known throughout the county as was A. H. Magill, and there is not one of his many friends that did not respect him for his uprightness of character and deeply sympathize with his mother and sister in this their sad bereavement.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of his mother on East Main street. Services were held at the residence conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter, who spoke very beautifully. The burial, which was conducted by the Free Masons and the Knights of Pythias, both lodges of which he was one of the most highly esteemed members, took place at the family burying lot in Woodlawn cemetery. The business houses were closed from two till 4 o'clock and the fellow-businessmen of the unfortunate young man attended the funeral, which was one of the largest and saddest in the city’s history.

Frederick H. MAGILL 

March 20, 1929
The Decatur Herald


Clinton, March 20— Fred H. MAGILL who has been ill for several months in the home of his mother, Mrs. E. L. MAGILL, 104 South East street, died at 7:45 o'clock Monday night.

Mr. Magill was born in Clinton, Feb. 23, 1869, the son of Robert and Louisa MAGILL. He was married to Miss Pet GANDY, March 28, 1888. Mrs. Magill died several years ago. Mr. Magill is survived, in addition to his mother, by a daughter, Mrs. Peter YARBOROUGH (Marguerite Magill), and a sister, Mrs. Nellie (Magill) Pond, all of this city.

Mrs. Frederick H. MAGILL 

May 31, 1907
Clinton Register

Mrs. Fred Magill Found Dead This Morning at Her Home by Her Husband.

Last night about11 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Fred Magill retired for the night. This morning when he awoke she was not in bed with him. He thought she had gone down stairs, but when he went down stairs she was not there. He asked his daughter about her, but she had not seen her. He then went to another bedroom and found her dead with a bottle of chloroform near her. This was soon after 6 o'clock.

Coroner Jones was notified at once and held an inquest. The jury was composed of F. K. Lemon, Foreman; John Warner, F. C. Davidson, Dr. F. H. Blome, Ed Freudenstein, and W. F. Gorman. Among the witnesses were Dr. Myers and Blome, who testified that deceased was afflicted with rheumatism and heart trouble and was subject to severe headache, and that she had been taking treatment. The verdict of the jury was that she had become despondent on account of her ailments and committed suicide.

Pet Gandy was born in Ohio, Oct. 5, 1869, and came to Clinton where he father, Alex Gandy, was in business, when she was about 18 years old. March 28, 1889, she was married to Fred H. Magill, and had since resided in Clinton. Their only child, Marguerite, is 17 years old and lived with her parents.

During her residence in Clinton she made hundreds of friends who were shocked to learn of her sad death. She was pleasant and kind to all. The many friends of the family deeply sympathize with the husband and daughter in their great bereavement.

The time for the funeral has not been decided upon, but it will be Sunday, probably in the afternoon.


June 7, 1907
Clinton Register


The funeral of Mrs. F. H. MAGILL was held Sunday at the home at 3:30, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black, a large number being present. A quartette composed of W. F. GORMAN, H. F. HARRISON, C. W. DANKS and Peter LUNDH sang "Sometime We'll Understand" and other favorite songs of deceased. Miss Mamie TULL played a selection on the piano.

The Rathbone Sisters, of which deceased was an honored member and had served as the highest officer in the Clinton Temple, attended in a body, as did the Clinton band of which Mr. Magill is a member. Numerous floral offerings were evidences of the esteem of friends.

At the cemetery the Rathbone Sisters performed the burial services of the order. The pall bearers were Frank LEMON, G. B. MARVEL, Ed FREUDENSTEIN, J. G. ROYCE, R. CRANG and R. HARTSOCK. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

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March 8, 1901
The Clinton Register

Ex-Mayor Magill Called from Earth.

At the home of his mother on North Madison street Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, the lifelight of Harry MAGILL went out. He had been a sufferer for several months and his death was not unexpected. He was never of robust health, but had not been confined to his bed until last summer. Being in failing health he, in company with Chas. CLINE, went to Colorado, his physician believing he would be benefited there. Soon after arriving at Colorado Springs, he was confined to his bed, and remained in the hospital several weeks. At first it was thought he would never be able to return to Clinton, but he improved and returned the last of October. He was on the streets only a few times after his return. He gradually grew worse.

Henry Alfred Magill was born in Clinton April 20, 1864, and this has been his home. He was the only son of Henry and Fannie MAGILL, his father dying several years ago. His mother and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie AMSDEN of Clinton; and Mrs. J. D. MOORE, of Decatur, survive him. He attended school until 16 years old when he became clerk in the dry goods house of Magill Bros. in which his father was interested. In 1883 he accepted a position in WARNER & Cols. bank, in which his father was also interested. On account of poor health he was compelled to quit office work in 1893, and had since not been actively engaged in any business. In 1890 he was elected mayor of Clinton and was re-elected, three times, serving eight years. The only other office he ever aspired to was member of the legislature for which he was a candidate one year ago, but failed to secure the nomination.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias order at Clinton, of the Elks at Bloomington and an honorary member of the Clinton fire department.

Funeral services were held Monday at the home at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK. The pallbearers were W. B. HICKMAN, W. M. CARTER, C. M. WARNER, C. W. LEMON, J. Q. LEWIS, E. L. FREUDENSTEIN. Interment in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


February 9, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of Henry Magill.

Yesterday afternoon the remains of Henry MAGILL were laid with its kindred dust in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more than thirty years Henry Magill was one of the moving active figures in the business life of this city, and that he was successful the wealth he accumulated is the best proof. In the prime of life, just when he was ready to enjoy the fruits of a life of toil, he was stricken down by that dreadful disease, consumption, from which there is no escape after once it seizes its victim. For nearly three years past Mr. Magill had been an invalid. Change of climate was tried, but without permanent effect. For several months before his death he was confined to his home, and while he felt conscious that the battle of life was nearly ended, yet neither he nor his friends expected that the end would come so suddenly. In fact he was preparing to make another trip to Texas, and was only waiting for the weather to moderate that he might start on his journey. On Monday morning about four o'clock his physician was hastily summoned to his bedside and within a few minutes after Dr. GOODBRAKE reached the house, Mr. Magill said, “Doctor, I believe I am dying.” These were his last words, and from that moment he gradually sank till his eyes were closed in death. He passed away as gently as though falling asleep. On Thursday afternoon the funeral ceremonies were held at his late residence, which were attended by all classes of citizens. Rich and poor alike united in paying the last tribute of respect to one who had been an important factor in the life and prosperity of this city.

Hugh MAGILL, the father of the Magill family, emigrated from the North of Ireland about the year 1816, and settled in Vermont where he began life on a farm. There, a part of the family of seven children were born, four boys and three girls. Henry Magill was born in Middlebury, Vt. In 1841, the Magill family moved to Malone, New York, where the elder Magill became the owner of a large cotton mill and also kept a store stocked with general merchandise. In this store Henry took his first lessons in business, having entered the store as clerk when he was not more than fourteen years of age. William and Samuel, the older brothers, helped their father in the management of the mill. The elder Magill prospered in his business, which had grown to such proportions that he refused an offer of $80,000 cash for his mill property. One day the accumulations of years were swept away by fire, and the elder Magill was left poorer than he was the day he landed in Malone. The mill was insured, but the insurance companies swindled the unfortunate owner out of the money.

In 1851 Mr. Hugh Magill came west and settled in Michigan City, Ind., where he was later followed by his family. He received a contract for grading and tiling the roadbed of the Michigan Central road from Michigan City to Chicago, in which he was joined by his sons. Finishing this work the elder Magill and his son William came to Bloomington in February, 1853, and took a contract for the building of the Chicago and Alton road from Bloomington to Lexington, under the firm name of Emery, Magill & Co., and afterward they built about sixteen miles of the Illinois Central road, from Bloomington to the north of Hudson. The four brothers were partners in the firm. Samuel and Henry managed the large store the firm owned in Bloomington, while William and Robert assisted their father in the railroad contract. In 1854 the family moved to Clinton, bringing with them the stock of goods from the Bloomington store. In 1855 they sold out the store to Mr. EMERY, and then bought out Phares & Shores. This was the first beginning of the firm of Magill & Co., William, Samuel and Henry uniting their fortunes under one head. From that time down to the present the brothers have always been connected together in business. In 1855 the firm of Magill, Denton & Co. had a contract for building a part of the Dubuque and Sioux City road, and in 1858 Mason, Magill, Denton & Co. built a large portion of the Minneapolis and St. Paul road. In all their contracts the firm prospered, and in this way they laid the foundation for the ample fortunes of the Magill Brothers. This ended their railroad contracts for that period.

In 1858 the firm of Magill & Co. began business as dealers in stock in connection with their merchandising. Each of the brothers had his allotted task, and each managed it successfully. William and Robert managed the farms and the purchase of stock, while Samuel and Henry took charge of the business in the city. Every dollar made and every acre of land purchased went into one common fund, and thus by keeping their capital united they were enabled to work more successfully. Henry Magill was blessed with rare tact and judgment, and as a financial manager he had but few superiors. Much of the success of the firm of Magill & Co. his brothers generously attribute to his ability. Down to this time the brothers owned but little land, preferring to use their small capital in enterprises that would make quicker returns, but they fortunately could see that it was but a question of time, and that not in the distant future, when farms in DeWitt county would be valuable. They bought new farms when opportunity offered, and held on faithfully to their purchases. They have seen some of them more than double in value in their hands, and now they own several thousand acres of the finest lands in the county. Their policy was to bring every farm up to the highest state of cultivation and put on it substantial improvements. In 1870 the firm of Magill & Co. graded, tied and ironed the Gilman, Clinton and Springfield railroad from Clinton to Gilman. Henry Magill did much toward securing the benefits of this road to Clinton, and was one among the number who raised the money which secured the location of the machine shops here.

On the death of Robert MAGILL in 1874, his share of the property was withdrawn for the use of his widow and children, and the three remaining brothers organized under the firm name of Magill Bros. This firm has also an equal interest in the banking house of John Warner and Co. It would seem that everything the Magills touched turned to gold. When they came west in 1851 they were poor. In about thirty years they have accumulated great wealth, sufficient to make their families independent for life. To the enterprise of the Magill Bros. Clinton is indebted for a hotel building that is second to none in Central Illinois. They gave liberally to enterprises that would benefit Clinton, and were among the most liberal donors toward building the M. E. Church, although none of their families were connected with that denomination.

A history of Henry Magill would be impossible without connecting it with that of his brothers. Rarely have brothers worked together so harmoniously to build each other up. Henry was the controlling mind in all of their united enterprises, and his judgment was safe and reliable. He had no aspiration for office and could rarely be induced to take part in public affairs. The only office he ever would accept was that of school director, and then only because he was persuaded that he could be of some help in the education of the youth of the city. Henry Magill was honest and upright in all of his dealings. He was a true friend to those in whom he could repose confidence, but he was quick in detecting a fraud. Quiet and simple in his manners of life, he was the same to his neighbors in the days of his prosperity as when he first came to the city. From his youth to the end he was one of Fortune’s favorites. He was a thorough Clinton man, for here he made all he had.

Twenty-four years ago, on the 10th of this month, he was united to Miss Malissa F. BOWREN, of Winchester, Kentucky. As the result of this union three children were born, all of whom with their mother live to mourn the loss of an affectionate father and husband. At the time of his death Henry Magill was fifty years, seven months and sixteen days old. In his death Clinton loses a citizen who lived and worked for its prosperity.

Mrs. Henry MAGILL 

March 27, 1908
Clinton Register

Well-known Clinton Woman Suddenly Called After a Brief Illness; Nearly Seventy Years Old.

Mrs. Fanny MAGILL, one of Clinton's best known women, died about five o'clock Saturday morning at her home on North Monroe street, aged 69. She was taken sick less than a week before and pneumonia soon developed.

Melissa F. BOWREN was born in Clark, Kentucky, November 30, 1838. She lived there until her marriage to Henry MAGILL February 10, 1859. She then came to Clinton, which had since been her home. Her husband died in February, 1883, and she had continued to occupy the homestead. She was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church and was most liberal in her gifts to the church when money was needed.

Her only son was the late Harry MAGILL, mayor of Clinton several years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harriet AMSDEN, who lived with her mother, and Mrs. Gertrude MOORE, of Decatur.

Funeral services were held at the residence Monday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black and Rev. Penhallegon, of Decatur. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Henry Alfred MAGILL 

March 8, 1901
Clinton Register

At the home of his mother on North Madison street Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, as day was dawning, the life-light of Harry MAGILL went out. He had been a sufferer for several months and his death was not unexpected. He was never of robust health, but had not been confined to his bed until last summer. Being in failing health he, in company with Charles Cline, went to Colorado, his physician believing he would be benefited there. Soon after arriving at Colorado Springs, he was confined to his bed, and remained in the hospital several weeks. At first it was thought he would never be able to return to Clinton, but he improved and returned the last of October. He was on the streets only a few times after his return. He gradually grew worse. The best medical skill could do nothing to prevent the progress of the disease.

Henry Alfred Magill was born in Clinton April 20, 1864, and this has been his home. He was the only son of Henry and Fannie MAGILL, his father dying several years ago. His mother and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie AMSDEN, of Clinton, and Mrs. J. D. MOORE, of Decatur, survive him. He attended school until 16 years old when he became clerk in the dry goods house of Magill Bros. in which his father was interested. In 1883 he accepted a position in Warner & Co's. bank, in which his father was also interested. On account of poor health he was compelled to quit office work in 1893, and had since not been actively engaged in any business. In 1890 he was elected mayor of Clinton and was reelected three times, serving eight years. He gave much time to the duties of the office and was much interested in the progress of the city. Perhaps no city official ever gave so much time to the interest of the city.

Politically he was a Republican and always active in the interests of his party. Being one of the most social of men, he had many friends, even in other parties, who were ever ready to give him support. Perhaps no other Republican in the county would spend more time and money for the party than Harry Magill, yet mayor was the only office he ever held. The only other office he ever aspired to was member of the legislature for which he was a candidate one year ago, but failed to secure the nomination. The action of some at that time for whom he had done valiant political work, no doubt caused him much regret. Their ingratitude stung keenly and he seemed to lose his usual interest in politics. There was perhaps no local politician who had a more extensive acquaintance with men of state and national political prominence, and he often did much to secure recognition for friends. While an ardent Republican, he was not so blinded by prejudice that he thought all the good measures and good men were in his party. When it would not conflict with his duty to his party, he would gladly assist those of other political faith to positions. Few, if any, in DeWitt county had as many warm personal and political friends, and perhaps no one was equally as much entitled to them. He may have had faults, but who has not? Yet, whatever were his faults, it was never charged he was ungrateful and unrelenting.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias order at Clinton, of the Elks at Bloomington and an honorary member of the Clinton fire department.

Funeral services were held Monday at the home at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK. Dr. KEPPLER, of Decatur, an intimate friend of deceased, sang a solo, "There is a Land Mine Eye Hath Seen." The city council and fire department attended in honor of the services of deceased. The pall bearers were W. B. HICKMAN, W. M. CARTER, C. M. WARNER, C. W. LEMON, J. Q. LEWIS, E. L. FREUDENSTEIN. Interment in Woodlawn.


October 20, 1864
Clinton Public

DIED.—At Manchester, Iowa, Sunday Oct. 19th, Mr. Hugh MAGILL, aged 64 years. His remains were brought to Clinton and interred in Woodlawn cemetery, the funeral starting from the residence of his son, Samuel MAGILL.

Hugh Samuel MAGILL

September 13, 1907
Clinton Register

Was Born in This County and It Had Always Been His Home—
Once County Treasurer.

Hugh MAGILL died about 9:30 Wednesday morning at his home on North Quincy street. He had been in poor health several years, and two years ago spent the winter at San Antonio, Texas. He returned improved but was never much better. He had been able to be about the streets most of the time, but realized he could never be well again. About two weeks ago he was about the streets but was suddenly taken worse, and he felt that the end was near.

Hugh and Eliza MAGILL, grandparents of deceased, came to the United States from Ireland in 1826 [should be 1816] and settled in Vermont, where Wm., father of the deceased, was born Sept. 8, 1823. His parents moved to New York, then to Michigan in 1851 and to Bloomington, Ill., in 1853, where the father engaged in railroad building, taking contract for building the Chicago & Alton from Bloomington to Lexington, and later the Illinois Central from Bloomington to Hudson, 16 miles. The father was assisted by four sons, Samuel, William, Henry and Robert, who opened a store in Bloomington. They moved to Clinton in 1859, where a store was established, and for many years was the leading store in the county. Three of them conducted the store and William settled on a farm in Harp township, where deceased, Hugh Samuel Magill, was bornNov. 18, 1861. In 1870 his parents moved to a farm one mile east of Clinton where the father died Sept. 19, 1883. On August 30, 1884, he was married to Miss Anna CARROLL. He clerked in Magill Bros. store, and from December 1885 to October 1886 he and his brother William conducted the Metropolitan livery stable, but most of the time was engaged in farming.

Though always much interested in the success of the Republican party, he was never a candidate for office until 1890, when he was elected county treasurer, only one other being elected on his ticket at that time. In his canvas before and after the nomination he proved himself one of the best political workers in the county; no candidate ever made a more thorough and determined canvas for the nomination and election, defeating one of the most substantial farmers in the county. At that time he was personally acquainted with almost every man in the county, and perhaps no one had more friends. For several years poor health prevented him from being as active in politics as in former years, though for two years previous to last fall he was chairman of the county central committee.

He is survived by his wife, his mother, Mrs. Mary MAGILL, and four children, Hugh, Carroll, Norine and Don; also by three sisters and a brother, as follows: Mrs. Jas. BELKNAP, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. J. J. PENTONY; William H., of Manchester, Iowa; and Mrs. Mary I. PHARES, of Clinton.

Robert MAGILL 

January 15, 1874
Clinton Public

Robert MAGILL died at his residence in this city this afternoon. Mr. Magill spent a year in Colorado with the hope that his failing health would be restored, but finally returned without any apparent benefit. Since his return Mr. Magill was confined to his house. His days on earth were numbered, and the dread messenger Death came not unexpected. The deceased was one of the most active business men in the county, and almost up to the very hour in which he started for Colorado he devoted his time unsparingly to work. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Robert MAGILL 

July 7, 1864
Clinton Public

DIED.— In Clinton, June 27th, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Clara, consort of Robt. MAGILL, aged 29 years.

Robert F. MAGILL 

September 22, 1893
Clinton Public

Robert F., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred MAGILL, died Wednesday and was buried Thursday afternoon in Woodlawn cemetery.  Dr. Hunter conducted the funeral services.

Samuel MAGILL 

November 16, 1883
Clinton Public


The Sad Ending of the Life of Samuel Magill.
In a fit of Melancholy He Took a Dose of Strychnine and Died in the Presence of His Family.

Sudden death comes with a terrible blow to the surviving members of the family, even when it results from natural causes, but how much heavier is the affliction when it comes by accident, violence, or by suicide. No one who saw Samuel MAGILL on the streets on Monday morning would dream for a moment that before two o'clock of the same day he would be a corpse and that by his own hand. Thirty-two years ago the Magill Brothers, four in number, came west with their aged father to renew the battle of life. At their old home in Malone, New York, the father had lost the labor of a lifetime in a few hours. He had been engaged in the woolen mill business, and one night a fire swept away his entire property, leaving nothing but the smoke- blackened walls of the building. The property was insured, but through the rascality of the insurance companies the elder Magill was swindled out of the money which would have helped him to resume business. It was in this woolen mill and in the mercantile business which the father owned that the four brothers took their first lessons in the active duties of life. William and Samuel were the two oldest of the boys, and on them their father depended for the management of the woolen mill, while Henry and Robert took charge of the store and attended to that department. The brothers were born and raised on a farm among the hills of Vermont, and the early struggles of their lives had disciplined them for the successful business career they attained in the future. One great secret of the success of the Magill Bros. was their perfect confidence in each other in every undertaking of their lives. In their long and eventful history in this city no one has ever heard one of the brothers find fault with the actions of the other. They fully believed in each other's integrity and judgment in all matters pertaining to business, and because of this brotherly confidence and love they kept their accumulations in one common fund. Each of the brothers had specific duties to perform. William and Robert managed the farms and all the interests in that connection, while Samuel attended to the mercantile business and Henry was the financial head of all. Each one became master of the details of his own special department, while all acted in unity in every undertaking. From the building of a railroad to the management of a farm or a country store the Magill Brothers were perfectly at home.

It was this adaptability to the business of the hour that made them successful. When the Magills, father and sons, came to Clinton in 1854, they had just concluded successful contracts in building parts of the Chicago and Alton railroad, and also sixteen miles of the Illinois Central from Bloomington to Hudson. Prior to this they had built a section of the Michigan Central road, from Michigan City, Ind., to Chicago. Though young in experience in such vast enterprises they were financially successful. Then they began their business career in this city. In 1855, the four brothers, under the firm name of Magill & Co., opened a general store. The same year they were partners in a contract for building a part of the Dubuque and Sioux City railroad in Iowa, in which their brother-in-law, Nick DENTON, was also interested. Completing this work they then took a contract for the building of a portion of the Minneapolis and St. Paul road. In every undertaking the brothers were successful.

Till the death of Robert, the youngest, in 1874, the brothers held all of their property in the partnership. In this way they could collectively control such an amount of capital and united business energy as to give them superior advantages in their various enterprises. With their farming, mercantile and stock business, they were also partners in the banking house of John Warner & Co. On the death of Robert, his share of the estate was drawn out by his widow and heirs, but still William, Samuel and Henry continued as a firm under the name of Magill Bros. During the past ten years their wealth has increased rapidly, their landed interests nearly doubling in value. Prudent and careful in their business habits they carried the same traits into their personal lives. While saving and cautious in their transactions they were liberal in their gifts to any enterprise that would advance the interests of Clinton. To the Magill Bros. the city of Clinton is indebted for the fine hotel which bears their name. They knew when they were building it that it would never pay even a fair rate of interest on the investment, yet a hotel was needed and they shouldered the burden. Whenever there was a call for money for any public purpose, the building of a church or for a celebration, the name of the Magill Bros. could always be found heading the list. Giving did not impoverish them.

On the 5th of February of this year, Henry Magill, then the youngest surviving brother, passed away from the active ____ of this life. For nearly three years before his death Henry had been an invalid. Although for the greater part of the time he was unable to give personal attention to business, yet he could advise and counsel with his brothers so that his retirement was hardly noticeable. His death was a great shock to William and Samuel, and was a cloud to their future lives.

Shortly after Henry's death William's health entirely failed. William was probably the most active one of the family, for on him devolved the care of all the landed interests of the brothers and the management of the stock business. In sunshine and storm he was always on his horse galloping here and there to see that everything was running smoothly. Under him were all the tenants, and it is said that a kinder or more considerate landlord never owned an acre in DeWitt county. To the tenant who tried to do his best William Magill was a friend and helper, but the shirk had to keep out of his way. It can be said of him that he never oppressed a man or a tenant who was even half way inclined to be fair in his business relations. On the 19th of September William Magill, after a long and painful sickness, laid aside his earthly cares and responsibilities and passed to the world beyond.

The death of his two brothers within the short space of seven months was too great a strain upon Samuel Magill. All through the sickness of both Henry and William, Samuel was unwearied in his attentions. Day and night found him by their bedside. Entirely forgetful of his own physical condition, which had not been the best for years past, he gave himself wholly to his afflicted brothers. The death of Henry and the sickness of William devolved upon him greater responsibilities than he was able to bear, and during the past summer it was feared by his family and friends that he could not much longer bear up under the mental pressure. The death of William and the increasing cares incident to the winding up of a partnership business of thirty years standing and the division of an estate worth nearly eight hundred thousand dollars was more than his poor shattered physical system could stand. Anxious to make the best settlement possible for the families of Henry and William, he not only devoted his days to his ledger and day book, but even at night his mind was actively at work. No wonder that his brain reeled under the load. At the earnest solicitation of his wife and son he went with Col. Pash WARNER on a trip to Washington, attending with the Colonel the annual reunion of the Army of the Tennessee, which was held in Cleveland. While away from the presence of his business he seemed to cheer up and show some signs of improvement; but all the benefits were lost on his return home, for he plunged more intently into the affairs of the estate in order to get everything into good shape. Probably some unseen power was driving him on to the completion of his task before his own life would come to an end. In all his business he was methodical, and whenever he placed an important paper away in his desk he would call either his son's or his nephew's attention to it, saying to them that if anything should happen they would know where to find it. Was he then contemplating the end which came last Monday?

For some time past, in fact since the death of his brother William, Samuel Magill has been very despondent and low-spirited. His former cheerfulness had all vanished, and he would pass even his most intimate friends on the street with barely a word or a nod of recognition. This was so different from his old friendly way that it attracted attention. Even at his home he exhibited the same despondent spirit, which alarmed his family. They consulted the family physician about his case, and he recommended that the only medicine for a mind diseased was a change of scene and travel. Mrs. Magill tried to persuade her husband to go with her on a visit to friends, but he was so determined to straighten out the business of the firm that he would not even listen to the suggestion. There was no necessity for this anxiety as the estate is worth in the neighborhood of eight hundred thousand dollars, and all in first-class real estate and other investments. Had Mr. Magill's mind been in its natural condition the business would not have given him more than a passing thought. There is no question whatever but that the death of William, less than two months ago, following so soon after Henry's death, unsettled his mind, for even while on his late trip to Washington he seemed fretful if he was left alone for even a moment. Colonel Warner and Dr. Goodbrake both noticed it, but they thought it only the vagaries of a sick man's fancy. Probably he was even then premeditating the terrible act of last Monday. Usually he was communicative when with his family or friends but since his return from Washington he preserved a remarkable reserve. Every effort was made in his home to cheer him up, his most intimate friends— those who had known him since his advent to Clinton—advised him to banish business from his mind and give himself up to the duty of recuperating his health.

On Monday morning he was about town as usual, but scarcely gave heed to anybody. About half-past eleven o'clock he went to his home. He had an apple and a glass of water sent to him in the sitting room, and then requested to be left alone. It was then that he committed the tragic act. It is supposed that he put the strychnine in the apple in order to make it easier to take and then drank some of the water. The paper which contained the fatal dose he carefully destroyed, for no trace of it was found. A few minutes afterward Mrs. Magill entered the room and was going to remove the glass of water, but he told her to leave it as he might want to take another drink. He then requested to be left alone. Hardly had Mrs. Magill gone out of the room when he called her back. He complained of feeling chilly. Mrs. Magill suggested to him to lie down on the bed, and she assisted him in partly undressing. Complaining still of the cold, more covering was put over him, and then he again requested to be left alone. Mrs. Magill went from the room, hoping that sleep might quiet her husband's nerves. By this time the strychnine had begun its terrible work and he was seized with a slight spasm. In his agony of pain he called for his wife, and when she entered the room she said to him that she could not have him suffer longer in this way, and that as soon as possible they would go from home to see if a change would not help him. Taking his wife by the hand he looked up into her face and said: "Eleanor, if I get over this I will go, but I have taken strychnine!" The heart-stricken wife could not believe the words she had heard, but as Mr. Magill was suddenly taken with severe spasms, help was called for and messengers sent in search of Dr. Goodbrake. Before the arrival of the doctor, Mr. Magill was dead. Inside of half an hour from the time he took the strychnine the tired soul had laid down its burden and was at rest.

The funeral services were held at the family residence on Wednesday afternoon, at two o'clock, the Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Magill had long been an honored and active member, taking charge of the ceremonies. All the business houses in the city were closed from half-past one o'clock till four.

Samuel Magill was born in Middlebury, Vermont, on the 14th of July, 1826. His parents were of Irish birth. The family consisted of four brothers and two sisters, Mrs. CARPENTER and Mrs. DENTON, of Manchester, Iowa, are the only two surviving members of the family. The Magill family were remarkable for their love and affection to each other. In life the four brothers were united in everything from the time they were boys together at the old homestead in Vermont. The death of Henry, William and Samuel, following in almost rapid succession, less than nine months intervening from first to last, illustrates that "United in life, in death they are not divided." Samuel Magill was married in Malone, New York, to Miss Eleanor SEELEY in 1855, and one child, Alfred H. MAGILL, was the result of their union. Allie was born in Clinton and here he has grown to manhood. Mr. Magill was active in advancing the interests of the city, and at times during his long residence here served as a member of the council. He was a member of the Masonic order, and served his lodge in the capacity of treasurer more than twenty consecutive years. Till a few weeks ago, he was manager of one of the largest mercantile houses in the city, and devoted his life to business. When he had arrived at that time when he could sit down and enjoy the fruits of a life of industry and application to business, the mental strain of the past was too much for him to withstand. Samuel Magill was yet in the prime of life, his age being but a little more than fifty-seven years.

Note: Four years after this tragedy Samuel's son, Alfred, also committed suicide.

William MAGILL 

September 21, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of William Magill.

After months of pain and suffering, William MAGILL died on Wednesday morning. His death was not unexpected to his physician and his friends, and it was a wonder to them that he lived so long, considering his condition. Mr. Magill was the oldest member of the Magill family and was a member of the firm of Magill Bros. Since the death of Henry Magill, which was a few months ago, William Magill began to decline in health, and for a greater part of the time he was confined to his home. At the time of Henry Magill’s death, THE PUBLIC gave a history of the brothers, therefore it will be unnecessary to repeat it now, for the history of one is the history of all the members of the family. Of the four boys who began business in Clinton over a quarter of a century ago only one remains. William Magill was sixty years and eleven days old when he died. He leaves a family of two boys and three girls to mourn with their widowed mother over their great loss. The funeral services take place this afternoon at two o'clock.


September 21, 1883
Clinton Register

Death of William Magill.

Died, at his home adjoining this city, on Wednesday morning, September 19th, 1883, at 9 o'clock, William MAGILL, aged sixty years and eleven days.  Deceased was a native of Vermont, born September 8th, 1828, and was the oldest of four brothers and two sisters.  The firm of Magill Bros., so long and favorably known, has been doing business ever since the brothers moved to this county in 1854.  The two sisters are living at Manchester, Iowa, and were here last spring on the joyous occasion of Miss Mame Magill’s marriage; and are now called to Clinton to attend the funeral of an elder brother.  In the year 1883, two of the brothers, and members of the firm, Henry and William, have passed away, only Samuel remaining.  May he have health and strength to speedily and amicably arrange and settle the large business interests of the late firm, so as to enjoy the declining years of life in quiet and rest.  The business of this firm has been banking, merchandising and farming and stock-raising, by which great wealth has been accumulated, the firm owning several valuable farms in this county, in a high state of cultivation.  Samuel had charge of the merchandising until it was sold last spring; Henry, while he lived, looked after the bank interests, and the subject of this sketch, William, took oversight of the farms and live stock and the many complicated interests connected with it, and he would at different times expose himself in this trying climate more than his rather frail constitution could bear.  His life has been one of great activity, and his goodness of heart and honesty of purpose in his intercourse with humanity have made him many warm friends.  He was a good neighbor, a candid man, a true friend.  He leaves a sorrowing companion, two sons and three daughters with their deep grief, to take up life’s duties without his valuable counsel and advice.  How we shall all miss William Magill.

The funeral services will be held at the family residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon, and will be attended by a vast throng of mourning relatives and sympathizing friends, after which the body will be consigned to its last resting place in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. William H. MAGILL 

January 9, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Ollie MAGILL, the wife of Mr. William H. MAGILL, died at the home of her parents in Manchester, Iowa, on the Tuesday before Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. Magill were married in Manchester about four years ago and came to Clinton to live. Till about three or four months before Mrs. Magill left the city, she seemed to be in excellent health, but suddenly she was afflicted with quick consumption, the result of a cold, and from that time till her death she rapidly failed. Last fall, she returned to Manchester in the hope that a change of scene, and in the society of her relatives, she might rally and recover. But death was inevitable. She leaves a young child and a devoted husband to mourn her early death. Mrs. Magill was a lovable woman, and her death has cast a gloom in the hearts of many in Clinton.

Dr. David P. MAHAN 

January 7, 1881
Clinton Public

On Wednesday, December 29, as the old year was passing away, Dr. D. P. MAHAN, for long years an honored resident of this city, departed this life at the ripe age of eighty-four years.  Time had dealt kindly with the old gentleman, and till within a few months of his death he enjoyed a hale and hearty life.  The funeral services were held in the Baptist church, Eld. MacArthur officiating.

Mrs. David P. MAHAN 

January 1, 1904
Clinton Register

Mrs. Harriet MAHAN, mother of Mrs. Robert ORR, of Kenney, died at her home in Marion, Ill., Dec. 13, aged 88.  She was married three times, her third husband being David MAHAN, of Clinton.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MAHAN, DAVID P.     CLARK, HARRIET J. MRS.      10-01-1876     DE WITT

Daniel MALONE 

February 28, 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

Daniel 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.

See news article regarding the funeral.

William MALONE 

April 12, 1916, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

William Malone, Pioneer, Also Dead.

(His obituary was printed with William Todd’s)

William MALONE, pioneer resident of DeWitt county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert HILLIARD, three miles southwest of Clinton this morning at 6 o'clock.  Death was due to old age, deceased being past eighty-six years old.

Mr. Malone was well known having made his home in and around Clinton practically all of his life.  His wife preceded him in death several years ago, and since that time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Hilliard west of town.

He is survived by three children, Mrs. HILLIARD, Thomas and Harve MALONE, all living west of Clinton and a brother, Peter MALONE, living near Hallville.

Funeral Thursday.

The funeral services will be held at the late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.   Burial will be made in the Hill cemetery.


April 12, 1916, Wednesday
Paper Unknown

Death of William Malone
Died at the Home of His Daughter, Mrs. Nettie Hillard, at 6 o'clock Yesterday Morning

The death of William MALONE occurred at the home of his daughter, Nettie HILLARD, two and one-half miles southwest of the city, yesterday morning at 6 o'clock.  Death was due to the infirmities of old age.  Deceased was 86 years of age.  He was born in Monroe County, Kentucky, on February 7, 1830, the son of Baltus and Hannah MALONE.  He came to Illinois with his parents at the time of the Big Snow in 1831, and after a short residence here, the family moved back to Kentucky, when deceased was 16 years of age he return to Illinois and had been a resident of this vicinity since that time.

In 1855, he was married to Louisa Jane MALONE.  To this union, ten children were born, one dying in infancy.  Lewis, Luellen, Lucy, Sarah, James and Amy are deceased.  Those surviving are: Mrs. Nettie HILLIARD, Harve, and Thomas, thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren.  One brother, Peter MALONE, residing in Tunbridge township, also survives.

The funeral will be held from the late home, and two and one half miles southeast of the city, at 2 o'clock, this afternoon.  Interment will be made in the Hill Cemetery south of the city.

Submitted by Unknown

Charles MALTBY 

February 2, 1900
Clinton Register

He Once Lived in Waynesville in This County.—They were Close Friends.

Charles MALTBY, who formerly lived in Waynesville, died at his home in California. He was brought into prominence by his intimate association with Abraham Lincoln, when the two were young men together. Messrs. Maltby and Lincoln were partners in the grocery business at Old Salem, that historic spot in Menard county where Lincoln spent his early manhood days. In 1849 Mr. Maltby removed to California and when Lincoln was elected president, one of his first official acts was to appoint his former partner to an important position in the Indian agencies. From that time until the first Cleveland administration Mr. Maltby was connected in various capacities with the Indian agencies and the internal revenue department in California. Since his removal he had retired from active business pursuits.

Mr. Maltby spent a portion of his time in Santa Barbara and the remainder in San Francisco. His wife died several years ago. He is survived by one son, Charles MALTBY, and by one brother, Harris MALTBY, of Lincoln, formerly a justice of the peace at that place. He was 89 years old.


May 2, 1884
Clinton Public

Shot by Accident.

Mr. John MANLOVE, of Nixon township, received a telegram from Abilene, Texas, on last Monday morning, conveying the sad intelligence that his son Mark had been killed by accident, on last Saturday morning. Mark MANLOVE was a young man well known in Nixon township. On account of ill health he removed to Texas about three years ago and took charge of a large sheep ranch which his father owned near Abilene. Last year he gave up the sheep business and settled on a farm of his own near the same place. The dispatch does not give any particulars of his death further than to state that he was shot by accident. The body left Abilene on Monday evening, in charge of a friend, and is expected to arrive in Weldon to-day. Mark Manlove was a young man of exemplary habits, and the sad news of his untimely death will bring sorrow to many hearts.

Henry MANN 

March 20, 1891
Clinton Public

A Veteran of the Black Hawk War.

Everybody who has lived in Clinton for the past thirty years or more knew Henry MANN. He was a native of Buffalo, New York, and was born on the 22d of November, 1804. He died at his home in this city on last Sunday, March 15th, in the eighty-seventh year of his age. He was married over fifty-two years ago and was the father of thirteen children. His aged wife survives him. He enlisted for the Black Hawk War in Galena, under Major STEVENSON, and served till his company was mustered out. His company was part of the regiment commanded by Abraham LINCOLN, of which Philip CLARK was a member.

Henry Mann was of mixed blood, being part Indian and part negro, and physically was probably one of the strongest men in DeWitt County when he first came here; and indeed in his later years but few men could handle as heavy a load as he was able to lift. In the early days of this county during court week the lawyers and people from the country who attended court used to vie with each other in the evenings, in jumping long distances. Mr. Lincoln could beat any man till Henry Mann came upon the green one afternoon and left Mr. Lincoln so far behind that Uncle Henry was declared to be the champion.

In his younger days Henry Mann was an exhorter, first in the Methodist Church, and later in the Baptist Church, and it is said of him that he was a powerful exhorter. He had a thorough knowledge of the bible and could quote from any chapter in it. In his later years he would surprise people by his aptness in quotation. He was a man of fair education.

Uncle Henry was popular with everybody, and the old man will be much missed at the homes where he was always relied upon to help, especially during house cleaning season.

Mrs. Henry MANN 

January 25, 1895
Clinton Public

Seventy-nine years ago this month Nancy MANN was born in Baron County, Kentucky, and there she spent her girlhood days. She came to Illinois and lived in Springfield, where she was united in marriage to Henry MANN. She was the mother of sixteen children, of whom only three daughters survive. Mrs. Mann was the oldest colored woman in DeWitt County. The first years of her married life were spent in Springfield. Then she moved to Bloomington. In 1863 she came to Clinton, and here the remaining years of her life were spent. She was an energetic woman and had the faculty of accumulating property and holding on to it, so that for the last twenty years she was in independent circumstances, and at her death she left quite a bit of property to be divided among her children. Mrs. Mann was born on the 5th of January, 1816, and died at her home in this city last Sunday morning. The funeral services were held in the Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. MacARTHUR, assisted by Rev. James TAYLOR, and was largely attended by both white and colored citizens. A number of Mrs. Mann's old friends came from Springfield and Bloomington to pay the last rites to her memory.

Lincoln MANN 

June 11, 1886
Clinton Public

Lincoln Mann Ends His Life With a Revolver.

Everybody in and around Clinton knew Linc MANN. He was a colored boy who was born in this city in the fall of 1864. From his youth up he was cursed with an unfortunate appetite for strong drink, and even when he was a lad it was no uncommon thing to see him under its influence. As Linc grew older he grew worse. Occasionally the kindly remonstrances of those who wanted to befriend him would lead him into a better course for a time. Probably no one ever worked harder to effect a reformation in Linc than did Mr. Ellis I. DAY, but the boy's appetite was too strong for him long to yield to the influence of those who wanted to be his friend. Some months ago in one of his unfortunate drinking bouts, Linc took a dose of morphine which nearly proved fatal, and it is said that once or twice before he tried to end his life.

Last Tuesday night Linc determined to make his death certain. In the evening he called upon his grandmother, Mrs. Henry MANN, who had always been kind and affectionate to her wayward grandson, and bade her good-bye. About half past eight o'clock he went out into the back yard of his mother's house (Mrs. Alex JACKSON) and with a revolver fired a ball into his right temple. Probably his hand was unsteady, for the ball glanced upward and did not produce instantaneous death. He lived for about an hour afterward. On Wednesday morning the coroner held an inquest, which resulted in a verdict that the deceased had come to his death by his own hand. Linc was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. Freeman MANSFIELD 

April 30, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Martha MANSFIELD, wife of Freeman MANSFIELD, and daughter of Andrew RICHARDS, of DeLand, died on Saturday, April 24, 1886, at Weldon from puerperal fever. She was aged 30 years, 5 months and 14 days. Seven years ago she professed faith in Christ, and united with the M. P. Church. She had made the request years ago that "If Uncle Archie McCONKEY survived her, he should officiate at her funeral." So, on Sunday, at10 o'clock a.m., the venerable pioneer of the Gospel leaning on his canes, addressed a large and sympathetic audience at the M. E. Church, Weldon, after which her remains were laid to rest by the new-made grave of her child buried two weeks ago. Mrs. Mansfield left no children; only her husband surviving her, together with a large group of relatives and friends. We extend the condolences of the "Circle" to the husband and friends.


August 19, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of a Former Landlord of the Magill House.

John MARIS, who for three years was landlord of the MAGILL House in this city, died at the home of his son-in-law, Ed. P. WEAVER, in Danville, last Sunday morning. His age was fifty-nine years, eight months and ten days, and he leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. WEAVER. Mr. Maris had been in poor health for six months, caused from what some believe to have been stomach trouble, while others thought it was because he could not get food to reach his stomach. It has been five months since he has been able to eat a meal of victuals, and has subsisted all that time on milk and beef tea. He had become very thin in flesh. Last Saturday while at the Tremont House in Danville he was taken with hemorrhage. He was taken home in a carriage, and from that time until death relieved him of his sufferings he had six additional hemorrhages. He was conscious and hopeful to the last. Mr. Maris moved to Danville about a year ago from LaFayette, Ind., to which city he went after he sold the Magill House. He was an old traveling man, having been on the road for eighteen years. It is not long ago that he was in Clinton and at that time he was complaining of poor health.

Mrs. Jacob MARKER 

January 9, 1914
Clinton Register


After retiring for the night, Mrs. Marian L. MARKER, of Heyworth, experienced a hemorrhage Tuesday evening, which caused her death at 10:15 o'clock. She had been in poor health all fall, but of late had improved somewhat. She was born in Pennsylvania June 4, 1837, and had made her home in Heyworth for many years. She was the widow of Jacob MARKER, who was a well known resident of Heyworth for many years. She was a member of the Methodist church and esteemed by all who knew her. Three children survive, Mrs. J. A. VANVALEY, who made her home with Mrs. Marker, and Mrs. J. P. SHELTON, also of Heyworth, and Prof. Geo. MARKER, of Kent, Ohio. One sister, Mrs. M. MARKER, also survives.

Charles MARKLE 

September 13, 1907
Clinton Register


Charles MARKEL [MARKLE] died yesterday at his home three miles southeast of Lane of stomach trouble, after an illness of two months.  He was born in DeWitt county and has lived here most of his life.  He is survived by his wife.  Funeral services at the Methodist church in Lane at 10 o'clock tomorrow.  Burial in Rose cemetery.


September 20, 1907
Clinton Register

Charley MARKLE was born in DeWitt county near Lane, Dec. 25, 1849, and died Sept. 12, 1907, aged 57 yrs., 8 months and 17 days.  He leaves a faithful wife and daughter, Effie, age 20 years; also his mother Mrs. Sarah DENNISS, and one brother, Fred DENNISS, of Clinton; one sister, Mrs. J. F. CACKLEY, near Clinton.  He was a true husband and father and every one who knew him loved him.  One year ago he became a faithful member of the Christian church.


September 20, 1907
Clinton Register


The funeral of Charley MARKLE was held Saturday in the Miller church, conducted by Rev. Lawrence of Danville.

MARSH (child) 

September 23, 1887
Clinton Public

A child of J. T. MARSH, age one year, was buried on Sunday. Rev. J. Lemon, of DeLand, officiated at the funeral.

Mrs. David MARSH 

April 6, 1883
The Clinton Register

Died, in Louisburg, Miami county, Kansas, on the 13th day of March, Mrs. Susan MARSH, wife of David MARSH, and mother of John MARSH, an old and respected citizen of this county, now in Kansas. She was also mother-in-law of John ANDREWS, an old citizen and a man who has been one of the leading men of Rutledge township eve since it was organized and a resident of this county over forty-three years. Mrs. Marsh was in her ninetieth year, was always healthy and continued active up to her last illness, visiting her friends in Kansas and making the trip alone and unassisted. Being a lady of excellent judgment and cheerful disposition, she was always welcome with her many friends whenever she made them a visit. Her loss will be deeply felt by her many friends, but as she had nearly reached her four score years and ten we could not expect to keep her long. —J. W. Nichols.

James MARSH 

March 20, 1891
Clinton Public

James MARSH was born in the month of February, 1849, and departed this life March 11, 1891. He was born and reared in DeWitt county until nine years ago, when he with his father moved to Franklin county, Kansas, where he met death. He was married to Jennie POWERS September 4, 1875. To them four children were born, of which three survive him. He was a member of Amon Lodge, No. 261, of DeWitt.


January 29, 1892
Clinton Public

Away back in the early days of DeWitt County John MARSH came from Ohio and bought a farm in DeWitt Township when land was worth only about the present cost of conveying it when one has to pay for an abstract and then fee a lawyer to find out whether or not the title is good. Under his faithful attendance and hard work the farm became one of the best in the township. There he raised a large family, all of whom have prospered in life. About eighteen years ago his wife died and this made the old gentleman discontented and unhappy. Then he became interested in the new-fangled political parties of those days that were going to turn the world upside down and pay off all the farm mortgages, compel the railroads to haul freight for next to nothing, and make money so plenty that all a man would have to do would be to go out to a tree and shake down a shower of greenbacks as one would a lot of fruit. Uncle John became restless in Illinois, sold out his fine farm for less than one-half its value today, and off to Kansas he went. He did not find his haven of rest there, and often he expressed the wish that he was settled as he once was in DeWitt County and no power on earth would draw him away. But he was too proud to come home. His investments in Kansas were successful and Uncle John was prosperous. He married again and began life anew as it were. He was conscientious and honorable in his political beliefs as he was in a business transaction. He was the soul of loyalty to his friends, and a better neighbor never lived on the prairies of Illinois. Uncle John died in Kansas, and last week his body was brought home to DeWitt for burial beside the wife of his youth and the mother of his children.


January 9, 1899
Clinton Public

Miss Mary MARSHALL died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Adam WALLER, on Monday, January 9, 1899, at 10:00 a.m., aged 41 years, 3 months, 20 days. Funeral: M.E. Church January 11th. Burial: City Cemetery.


December 5, 1890
Clinton Public

Killed by the Cars in This City.

A few minutes after ten o'clock on Tuesday morning a fatal accident occurred at the Central station in this city, which resulted in the death of Frank MARTIN, a young man from Minonk who was a comparative stranger in this city. As the Champaign train was pulling into the station from the north end of the yard young Martin jumped on the platform of the last car before it reached the Springfield crossing. On the Springfield track, west of the station, there were standing a number of coal cars which came up close to the track on the main line. At the moment when the Champaign train was pulling south, the engine on the Springfield track backed up to couple the coal cars onto the train, and the jar drove the coal train against the Champaign train, catching the hind end of the passenger coach and striking Martin, who was standing on the step of the platform with his back to the coal train. Martin was badly bruised on the back between his shoulders, a gash was cut on his head, and his neck was broken. He lived but a few minutes though he was unconscious from the moment he was struck by the coal car. The Champaign coach was damaged on the side and two or three of the windows were broken. The passengers in the coach got a bad scare but were not injured.

Young Martin was picked up at once but he was beyond relief in this world. Coroner JONES was notified and an inquest was held. The jury censured the crew of the freight train for allowing the cars to stand so near the track of the main line.

Martin had no business on the train. He was loitering about the yard to pass away time, and when the Champaign train was moving down to the station he jumped on the step and held on to the railing by his hands, leaning backward.

Frank Martin lived in Minonk, where his father keeps a hardware store. He came down here to visit the family of Mr. RAMSEY, who recently moved to this city from Minonk. Frank was figuring on getting a job on the Central road. He was about twenty years old, and it is said that he was engaged to Mr. Ramsey's daughter, who was the attraction that brought him to Clinton. He was a young man of good address and was well educated. His body was sent to Minonk on the afternoon train. Mr. Ramsey accompanying it.

John Franklin MARTIN 

February 17, 1888
Clinton Public

It was with surprise and sorrow the people heard on last Saturday morning that Frank MARTIN was dead. The news was a surprise, for he had been sick but a few days, and no one dreamed that it would terminate in death. Frank Martin was not a man of robust constitution, and when typhoid-pneumonia took hold of him it made short work. He was a Virginian by birth, and was born on the 6th of September, 1830. At the time of his death he was in his fifty-eighth year. When he was ten years of age his parents moved from Virginia to Missouri, and in St. Louis, on the 5th of January, 1859, he was married to Mrs. Susan C. CAMPBELL, the daughter of Eld. HINDALL and the widow John CAMPBELL, of this city. Immediately after his marriage he moved to Clinton, and here was his home till his death. Frank Martin was engaged in the mercantile business for a number of years, and while he was industrious and careful in the management of his affairs he was not successful. His wife died September 18th, 1863, leaving one son. On the 11th of February, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie MITCHELL, daughter of Peyton MITCHELL, who carried on the merchant tailoring business here till along about 1874, when he moved away. The result of this union was seven children. For the past ten years Frank Martin was employed as clerk in Mr. John KILLOUGH’s hardware store. His salary was not more than sufficient to support his large family, therefore he was unable to lay up anything for the future. Frank was a kind and affectionate father and a good citizen.

Mrs. John Franklin MARTIN 

September 24, 1863
DeWitt County Public & Central Transcript

DIED.—In this town on the 18th, Susan C., wife of John F. MARTIN, and daughter of Rev. William and Nancy HINDALL, in the 31st year of her age. Mrs. Martin was converted to the Christian religion in January 1843, in the 11th year of her age. "But," says her father, "like many of her youth at that age she evinced some want of uniformity in life. But in the year 1850 when her mind had more fully developed, she took higher grounds in the Christian faith, and sought, and obtained, a deeper work of grace and at times for hours seemed to be insensible to surrounding objects, such being the overwhelming sense of the Divine presence and grace."

During her last illness which terminated her short career, and which continued nearly four weeks, she was the subject of great sufferings. At the first stage of this visitation of Divine providence, she expressed herself as being firmly fixed on Christ the Rock of believers, but not in the enjoyment of so much comfort in believing as she desired. But during the last week of her sufferings she enjoyed the fullest manifestations of the power and presence of her Savior, and continued to praise Him with her latest rational breath, for redeeming grace and dying love.

Note: According to her husband's obituary, she was the daughter of John Campbell and the step-daughter of Rev. Hindall.

Mrs. Martha MARTIN 

January 13, 1899
Clinton Public

Funeral of Mrs. Martha Martin.

The remains of Mrs. Martha MARTIN, of Decatur, were brought here last Monday and buried in Woodlawn cemetery. Rev. J. B. HORNEY conducted the burial service. Until a few years ago Mrs. Martin resided in Clinton, but has lately made her home with a daughter in Decatur. She leaves four children, Byron MARTIN, Terra Haute; Wm. MARTIN, of Mt. Pulaski; Mrs. John CLARK, of Newton; and Mrs. E. FREEMONT, of Decatur.


September 22, 1899
Clinton Register

Mary M. MARTIN, aged 9 months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. MARTIN, three miles west of Clinton, died Wednesday. Funeral services today at 1 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. D. MacArthur.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Porter MARTIN 

September 30, 1892
Clinton Public

Porter MARTIN was a brave and gallant soldier during the war, but his end was not what his early life promised. He was a native of DeWitt County and was reared on a farm. When the war came Porter Martin was one among the first to respond to the call of his country, and one day early in 1861 he enlisted in this town in the first company raised, which afterward became the famous Co. E, Twentieth Illinois Infantry. On the march, on the skirmish line, or in the heat of battle Porter Martin was always a brave solider, never shirking duty and always to be found where the bullets flew the thickest. He was ready for fun or duty, according to the exigencies of the hour. It was almost as natural for a soldier to play cards as it was for him to eat his daily rations of sow belly and hardtack, and Porter became quite an expert. He would never play to win the money of his own comrades, but was always ready to accommodate the other boys with a game. During the three years or more he was in the army he sent home more than three thousand dollars to his uncle, John J. McGRAW, to keep for him. Had Porter used this judiciously in buying land after his discharge from the service, he might have been a different man in after life. He married and had four children, but he lived a shiftless life. His money vanished and his life was spent doing odd jobs and drinking. Poor Porter! His was a troublous life.

He was in Clinton on Wednesday of last week and drank too much whisky. That night, between nine and ten o'clock, he fell down a flight of stairs, and when he was picked up it was thought that he was dead. He was unconscious for a time, but finally rallied. He went home next morning to his distressed wife and children, and on Monday he was dead, the result of his fall down the stairs. What an ending to a life that might have been better.

A few of his old comrades that belonged to Co. E went to Lane and acted as pall bearers at the funeral.

Mrs. Samuel MARTIN 

February 20, 1880
Clinton Public


Mrs. Samuel MARTIN died Tuesday afternoon after a long, lingering spell of sickness, at the age of 95 years.

Note: Her tombstone has aged 83y, 5m, 15d.

Thomas F. MARTIN 

July 7, 1905
Clinton Register

Thomas F. Martin, an Old, Respected Citizen and Soldier,
Answers Final Call at Des Moines, Iowa.

The sad news reached this city last Tuesday of the death of Thos. F. MARTIN at Des Moines, Iowa, which occurred there that day.  The news of his death was a great shock to all, as it was not known here that he was dangerously ill.  Mr. Martin was living with his daughter, Mrs. H. R. Meves, where he had gone four months ago.

Mr. Martin left the home of H. R. Meves Monday evening, July 3, at about 7 o'clock, after eating a hearty supper, to hear the lecture at the Chautauqua grounds about eight blocks from the home.  It being Old Soldiers’ day, he was very anxious to hear the lecture.  On the way to the grounds, making a short cut through a vacant lot, he stumbled over a wire that had been stretched across the path and in falling he ruptured a small intestine.

He was taken to the home of H. R. Meves by a kind-hearted farmer, and was suffering intense pain.  Dr. Smith of DesMoines was immediately called, and he recommended that Mr. Martin be sent at once to the Methodist hospital, where an operation was performed which was pronounced by several physicians a success.  Mr. Martin, who was nearly 70 years old, however, was unable to stand the severe shock to his system and died peacefully at 3:30 p.m. July 4.

Before being brought to the hospital, he realized he must die and told his children who were gathered about him he was ready and willing to go.  The operation was the only one chance left him, as both doctors, Smith and Fay, stated during the operation to H. R. Meves that Mr. Martin would have bled to death before morning had the operation not been performed.  Being under the influence of an anesthetic, he naturally was relieved of a great deal of unnecessary suffering.

The deceased was a native of Ohio, he having been born near Chillicothe, Sept. 24, 1837.   His parents moved to this county and located near Wapella, where he grew to manhood.   After being engaged in the mercantile business in Lane, where he was postmaster, he came to this city and in 1881 engaged in the same business in the room now occupied by the post office, but later sold out the business, since which time he had not been engaged in any business, except nursing occasionally.

Mr. Martin was one of those brave boys who enlisted in the army where he served mostly in the commissary department.  He took a great interest in Masonry and was a member of Goodbrake Chapter and the Order of Alabama.

Mr. Martin was married to Miss Katherine McMULLEN at Wapella in 1870, she dying about eight years later.  To this union two children were born: Mrs. H. R. MEVES, Des Moines, Ia.; Mrs. Phoebe BROWN, of this city.  He was again married in 1883, and the wife, Mrs. Fannie MARTIN, survives him and lives in this city.  Three children were born to them and are Mrs. Julia BYERLY, Philip and Ralph, all of this city.

To his children he was a dear and noble father, and they will all sadly miss his beloved and kind presence.

The funeral took place from the residence in the north part of the city this morning at 10 o'clock.  The interment was in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Braxton MARVEL 

June 19, 1908
Clinton Register

Mrs. Braxton MARVEL died Friday night at her home in Waynesville. Sarah E. BARR was the youngest child of Thomas and Elsie BARR and was born on what is known as the Charles Brittin farm, near Waynesville, October 22, 1850. She was married to Braxton Marvel March 18, 1869. Besides her husband she is survived by five children: Mrs. Elsie Dora EVANS, Waynesville; Mrs. Edna Pearl REINMILLER, Atlanta; Edith M., Ethel and Everett T., all of Waynesville; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth SILVERS, Webster City, Iowa; Mrs. Rebecca GARRETT, Giltner, Nebraska; Mrs. Emeline MARVEL, Waynesville; and three brothers, Jackson BARR, Webster City, Iowa; William BARR, Manhattan, Kansas; and F. M. BARR, Atlanta. When a child Mrs. Marvel united with the Mount Zion church in 1861. About 1873 she transferred her membership to Tabor M. E. church, where she remained until the church was disbanded in 1904, when she became a member of the Waynesville M. E. church. Funeral services were held Sunday from the residence. Interment in Evergreen cemetery.

Mrs. Charles MARVEL 

August 18, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Chas. Marvel to be Buried on Friday at 2 p.m.

A telephone message from Waynesville states that the wife of Chas. MARVEL died at her home, about three miles south of Waynesville, on Thursday of consumption, aged 26 years. Funeral services to be held at the late home of deceased on Friday at 2 p.m. Deceased was a twin daughter of W. GAMBREL, and dearly beloved by a large circle of friends. One son, six years old, and a bereaved husband survive her.


Friday, August 18, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. MARVEL, wife of C. W. MARVEL, one of the prominent young farmers of Barnett township, died yesterday of consumption; aged about 27 years. Funeral services will be held at the residence this afternoon.


Friday, August 25, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. Eva MARVEL was buried Friday at Waynesville, funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. E. Artz, of Carrollton, formerly of Waynesville. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. GAMBREL, near Waynesville, and was born July 4, 1871. Sept. 3, 1890, she was married to Chas. W. MARVEL, who, with one child aged 7 years, survives her. She was a faithful christian and admired by all her friends. Previous to two years ago when consumption caused failing health, she had enjoyed good health. Hundreds of friends were grieved to know that such a woman should be taken from loved ones so early in life.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


January 10, 1902
Clinton Register

Miss Eva, daughter of Thos. MARVEL, died Wednesday near Waynesville of pneumonia, aged 16.  Funeral was held today.

Note: She is probably buried in Evergreen Cemetery where her parents are buried.

James K. MARVEL 

October 10, 1890
Clinton Public

The death of Mr. J. K. MARVEL occurred at his home Saturday evening, October 4th. His death was caused by blood poison, which came from the effects of a rat bite. The funeral was held at the M. E. Church Tuesday, October 7th, at 10 o'clock a.m. Rev. H. C. ADAMS, a former pastor of this place, but now of Philo, conducted the services, after which the remains were interred in the Cumberland cemetery. Mr. Prettyman MARVEL, a brother, and Mrs. Mary ALBUN, a daughter of the deceased came from Kansas to attend the funeral. Three daughters and one son reside here. There is one son in Nebraska and one in California, who were unable to be here. The chosen pall bearers were John BAKER, George ROBB, Martin GOODRICH, John HAINES, Walker ATCHISON and J. P. STRANGE.

Mrs. John S. MARVEL 


Mrs. Prettyman MARVEL 


Mrs. Thomas MARVEL 

August 2, 1922, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Well known Waynesville Woman Died today at Age of 62 Years.
Funeral at Waynesville Friday.

Mrs. Thomas MARVEL of Waynesville, one of DeWitt county’s best known and most esteemed women in church affairs, died at the Mennonite hospital in Bloomington this morning at 2:05 o'clock.  The cause of her death was complications resulting from an operation performed at the hospital one week ago.  The remains were removed from the hospital to the Pullen mortuary in Clinton today.

Ella Jane JONES, who was a daughter of Samuel and Parmelia JONES, was born in Waynesville, this county, March 23, 1860, and was therefore 62 years old.  Her father passed away some years ago but she is survived by her mother.

In 1881 she was united in marriage with Thomas MARVEL, also a native of DeWitt county, who survives her.  They resided on a farm in Barnett township for many years, retiring from the farm twelve years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Marvel were the parents of three children, all of whom survive.  They are Dr. J. E. MARVEL, a practicing physician at Waynesville; Mrs. Ethel BLOMBERG, Dalton, Illinois and Miss Opal MARVEL at home.  Besides her husband and children, she is survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Parmelia JONES of Midland City, two brothers and two sisters they are Charles, Warrick and Martha JONES, of Midland City, and Mrs. Louis FRICKE, of Bloomington.

Mrs. Marvel was one of the best known women in her community.  She was prominent in every social and civic movement and could be depended upon to do her share in every good work.  Mrs. Marvel joined the Methodist Episcopal church at the age of 13 years and lived a life faithful to her profession and the precepts of the church.  In the home she was a devoted wife and loving mother and in her friendships she was faithful and true.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist Episcopal church in Waynesville, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial will be made in Evergreen cemetery.

Note: Her husband’s full name was William Thomas Marvel.


July 6, 1906
Clinton Register

One of County's Best Known Men Dies suddenly at His Home in Waynesville— Funeral Held Yesterday.

In the early afternoon of his industrious life; before the fall of shadows noted the threshold of old age; in the midst of a circle of sons and grandchildren, who loved and honored him, the shock of death came to Wiley MARVEL, of Waynesville, July 2. Aside from thinness of flesh he had no serious premonitions of any malady. He was active in business and went about his regular duties until a few hours before his death. He was seized with paralysis of the organs of the throat which soon rendered voice or even swallowing impossible. Paralysis may attack any branch of nerves radiating from the brain centers, but scarcely these organs. He was left practically conscious and doubtless suffered much, but mercifully not long.

Mr. Marvel, belonging to one of the oldest families in Dewitt county and being related to several of the oldest families of Waynesville and vicinity was one of the widely known citizens of the county. In the spheres of farmer, stock raiser, trader and speculator, he was eminently successful, being one of the noble examples of a self-made man in every particular. He was born near Waynesville 67 years ago. When facilities for education were limited and his means were slender, he began the battle of life on the ground of his childhood, never leaving these scenes and only moving household goods twice during the time. Endowed with pluck, energy and good health he fought a most successful battle, dying amid the harvest of his efforts. Surrounded with abundance of the world's goods, his life is a splendid example of what duty, industry and courage brings to the man that practices them.

On August 25, 1864, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth M. WILLIAMS, who like him was born and reared near Waynesville, and who died a member of the Christian church at Waynesville, Sept. 10, 1894.

He was a most public-spirited man, feeling great zeal in all enterprises of the community. Denied the advantages of a good education, he was determined that his and his neighbors' children should have such advantages. He was very largely instrumental in the establishing of the Waynesville academy which has done so much for DeWitt and other counties in providing full courses of instruction. While a firm believer in religion he allowed his large charities and donations to speak more for his sincerity than membership in the church. His affiliations were with the Christian church people from the alter of which his remains were carried to their last rest.

Through the liberality and untiring work of Mr. Marvel and J. P. STRANGE in the work of soliciting, the erection of the Christian church was made possible. From out the portals of this church have gone two young men who have been signally successful in calling men and women to the folds of the church. Rev. S. E. FISHER, of Fisher, Ill., and Rev. J. A. BARNETT, of Pekin, Ill., whose very successful work at Hallsville last winter is well remembered. Thus his influence for good and the saving of souls, like the pebble cast in the ocean, will go on widening and deepening as long as time shall last. The church at Waynesville now has a pastor who will devote his entire time to the work, and the congregation is large and growing, made so largely by Mr. Marvel's aid.

Mr. Marvel was a man of most tenacious convictions. He loved a friend when one was so proven and felt keenly chagrined at any evidence of ingratitude. No neighbor could be more generous and hundreds will remember and miss the favors that sprang from his kindness of heart. He was jovial with his friends and at the same time intensely sincere in his convictions, never swerving an inch from what he thought was right. In politics he was a life-long Democrat and was ever ready with his counsels and aid for the advance of its principles.

Wiley Marvel was the son of Prettyman and Rebecca MARVEL, who settled in Waynesville in 1825 and passed away in early days. Of the original family there are left three sisters and two brothers, of these is Mrs. Nancy TEAL, who was the first white child born in DeWitt county; Mrs. Mary GAMBREL and Mrs. Rebecca LOHRS. The brothers, Geo. and Prettyman, live in Nebraska. Mrs. Marvel died in 1894. The sons and daughters living are Mrs. Ida M., wife of Dr. STARKEY; Mrs. Addie O. SWAN; and Otis C., all of Waynesville; Geo. B., attorney of Clinton; Dr. Luther M. MARVEL, Deland; Mrs. Cora H. BLACK, of Waynesville; Dr. W. J. MARVEL, Chicago; Chas. W., Waynesville; and Mrs. Verne B. STEVENS, Chicago.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Waynesville on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock in charge of the pastor, Rev. J. F. Smith, assisted by Rev. Roush of the Methodist church and Rev. Johnson, of the Presbyterian church. Most appropriately the pastor chose for his text, Luke 7:5, For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue, saying, "Death comes an unbidden guest to every board, and at his spectral bidding some loved one goes forth to his mysterious home.

Faith, hope and time may teach resignation unto hearts made desolate by his coming, but they can never fill the vacancy therein, when the one we loved is gone.

In his death the children have lost a kind father, the church a warm friend and the community one of the most public-spirited citizens."

The pall bearers were J. P. Strange, Sam Martin, Braxton Marvel, George Smith, William Booth, Geo. Trigg, E. L. Huffman, and J. F. Dix. Miss Edith Marvel presided at the organ and Misses Rose Milburn and Mary Smith and Messers. J. E. Bell and Mathew Cornell composed the quartet that furnished the music. A large concourse of those who knew and loved Mr. Marvel in life gathered to pay the last tribute on earth, many being unable to gain admission to the church. The interment was made at the Union cemetery west of Waynesville.

Submitted by Unknown


August 3, 1883
Clinton Public

Died, on the morning of the 27th, Uncle Wiley MARVEL, aged 78 years. The deceased was an old resident of Barnett township, having lived here since 1852. He always lived an exemplary Christian life, having been the mainstay of the Mt. Tabor Church ever since it was built. The funeral sermon preached at Mt. Tabor Church by Rev. Ellis, on Saturday, at 11 o'clock a.m., after which his remains were taken to the Waynesville cemetery and interred there in the presence of many friends.


August 3, 1883
Clinton Public

Wiley MARVEL was born in Green county, Georgia, April 4, 1806, and died at his home in DeWitt county, Illinois, July 27, 1883. At the age of three years his parents emigrated to the (then) Territory of Indiana, and settled in what is now Gibson county. Here he grew to manhood, and at the age of fifteen years was converted to Christ, at Shiloh camp ground, on the old Patoka circuit. He readily made up his mind and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for sixty-two years was a faithful and trustworthy member. He served the church in an official capacity for more than fifty years as trustee, steward and leader. His voice all along these years was heard in the quarterly conference; his counsel was heeded and often sought. He was always ready to serve the church in whatever capacity he was called. He was not only always ready with his presence, counsel and money, dividing his living with the preacher, and giving liberally and cheerfully for building churches and parsonages, and the various benevolences of the church. He was not the man to turn away the suffering and needy at any time. Many a poor man has found a good friend in Bro. Marvel. He removed to DeWitt county, Ills., and settled on the present homestead in March, 1853. In January, 1881, he had a severe attack of lung fever, from which he never fully recovered. For nearly two weeks he has been suffering terribly, at times so intensely that persons would leave the room rather than witness his agonies. But the savior came to his rescue and sustained him to the end. He would not murmur nor complain, but bore it all with marked Christian patience and fortitude, giving glory to God and His holy name.

William J. MARVEL 

March 1956
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)
Name: Dr. William J. Marvel
Age: 78
Born: May 5, 1877, Waynesville, Illinois (DeWitt County).
Died: February 29, 1956
Parents: Wiley and Elizabeth Williams Marvel
Spouse: Gertrude Bowman married on June 20, 1906, Abrams, Wisconsin (Oconto County).
Survivors: His wife Gertrude, Dr. Wiley R. Marvel, Clinton; two grandchildren; a great granddaughter; two brothers, George, Clinton; Charles, Waynesville; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Black, Kenney; Mrs. Verne Stevens, Charlottesville, Va.
Occupation: Physician
Memberships/Affiliations: Dr. Marvel was a grandson of early settlers of DeWitt County.  He began practice in 1906.  He taught operating and surgery at Post Graduate Hospital in Chicago.  He was a member of the surgical staff at Evangelical Hospital, a member of the Medical Advisory Board during World War I, a member of the Chicago Medical Society the American Medical Association, a meritorious member of the Chicago Medical Society and the Illinois Medical Society.  He has been in semi-retirement for several years.
Funeral: The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clinton Methodist Church, with the Rev. Burt McIntosh and the Rev. Walter Theobald officiating.
Burial: Burial will be in Union Cemetery.

William Thomas MARVEL 

January 1928
Paper Unknown

William Thomas MARVEL died at his late residence in Waynesville, Ill., Sunday morning January 8th, at 4:00 o'clock, after an illness of ten days.  He was the second child and the oldest son of John Shrader and Jane (ROBERTS) MARVEL, pioneer residents in Barnett township, and was born November, 1850, in a log cabin, on the old homestead, which his father had entered from the government.

Mr. Marvel was united in marriage April 28, 1881, with Miss Eleanor Jane, oldest daughter of John and Parmelia (MONTGOMERY) JONES.  They took up their residence at the homestead and remained there until 1910 when he retired from active farming and moved to Waynesville.  Here on August 2, 1922, he was bereaved of wife, his children of mother.  Of the four children born to this union, the following survive: Dr. J. E. MARVEL, and Mrs. Ethel F. BLOMBERG, both of Waynesville, and Miss Opal MARVEL, of Chicago.  Eva M., the oldest daughter passed away January 8, 1902.  He likewise leaves behind, one granddaughter, Myrtle Eleanor BLOMBERG, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah E. BARNETT, San Diego, California.

Mr. Marvel was a public-spirited man, taking much interest in all enterprises of the community, and was active in business until his last illness.  He was president of the last board of directors of the Waynesville Academy, and was instrumental in promoting the establishment of the Waynesville Township High School.

He was a firm believer in the Christian religion and gave liberally to the support the church.  He was a kind and indulgent father, and an ardent lover of his home, and possessed a keen intellect, with a taste for good literature.  Most of his leisure hours he spent in reading.  His mind remained clear until the very last, enabling him to appreciate to the full the loving care and devotion given him by his children.  He will be greatly missed in his home and in the circle of friends where he daily moved.

A very unusual coincidence was the fact that the time of the passing of Mr. Marvel and that of his eldest daughter, Eva, came on the same day of the same month and at the same hour.

Funeral services were held from the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon, in charge of Rev. R. L. Steed, with Rev. H. S. Mavity assisting.  Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cross, Mrs. Fred Dix and J. M. Teal, with Mrs. Arthur Swan, accompanist.  The pall bearers were Henry Fisher, C. B. Hess, L. L. Kirby, William Shipley, John Hammitt and Arthur Swan.

Among those attending the funeral from out of town were: Dr. Anna Zorger, and Mrs. Grace Campbell, of Champaign; Mrs. Mary Armstrong, of Peoria; W. G. Hunt, George B. Marvel and J. T. Maddox, of Clinton.

Note: 1928 was handwritten on the obituary newspaper clipping.  He and his wife are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville.

MASON (child) 

January 9, 1885
Clinton Public

Mr. R. G. MASON’s three-year-old boy died last night of diphtheria.  Mr. and Mrs. Mason came from Missouri to spend the holidays with “the old folks at home.”  Their pleasure has been marred by this sad affliction.


March 27, 1885
Clinton Public

Death of John Mason.

For more than twenty-eight years, John MASON was a citizen of Clintonia township, having come to this county from Pennsylvania in the year 1857. In the early part of his life he worked as a farm hand, and out of the small pittance of fifty cents a day, which he earned, he saved about $1800, with which amount he determined to begin life for himself in the then thinly populated State of Illinois. Mr. Mason was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., in the year 1807. In 1844 he was married to Miss Mary J. SMITH, of Wheeling, Va., and in 1857 he came to DeWitt county and bought an eighty-acre farm from Elias HALL. With this as a beginning he labored hard and industriously till he had added another hundred acres to his original purchase. This farm is now one of the most valuable in the county. In addition to this farm, Mr. Mason bought two hundred and seventy acres near Hannibal, Missouri. But few farmers in DeWitt county have been more successful than was John Mason. He was the soul of honor in all of his business transactions and had a horror of the thought of being in debt. He bought nothing for which he could not pay the cash down. Eighteen years ago Mr. Mason united with the Presbyterian Church in this city, and his life was a recommendation of the religion he professed.

Last July Mr. Mason was afflicted with a disease of the eyes, and from that time till his death he failed rapidly. The doctor pronounced his disease to be septicemia. He had lived beyond the threescore and ten years allotted to man, being in his eighty-seventh year when he died. Mr. Mason had been growing weaker and weaker during the past few weeks, and last Sunday he died. He was not confined to his bed, and only two days before he died he was able to go about his farm.

He leaves a wife and two sons. Robert and Wilson MASON are engaged in business in Missouri. The funeral services were held at Mr. Mason’s late residence on Tuesday afternoon, which were conducted by the Rev. W. A. HUNTER, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. From earth to Heaven has gone an old resident, a true friend, a kind neighbor, a humble Christian, a faithful father and a loving husband.

Mrs. John MASON 

July 27, 1900
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Mary Mason.

Monday evening Mrs. Mary J. MASON died at her home about two miles north-east of Clinton, aged 79 years, 10 months and 5 days.  She had been afflicted several years.

She was born in Columbus, O., Sept. 17, 1820, and was married to John MASON at Blairsville, Pa., when 24 years old.  In 1858 they came to this county and had since resided near this city.  She had been a member of the Presbyterian church over half a century.  Her husband died several years ago, and two sons survive her.  They are Robert of Chicago, and Wilson, with whom she lived.

Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black, assisted by Rev. Bolton.  Interment in Woodlawn.


March 10, 1882
Clinton Public

Mrs. Wilson MASON, daughter-in-law of Mr. John MASON, of Clintonia township, died at her home in Iroquois county on last Friday night. During the Christmas holidays Mrs. Mason came to Clinton and while here caught a cold. Hemorrhage of the lungs ensued, and she never had a well day afterward. She was married about three years ago to Wilson Mason.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Oliver Penn MASON 

May 11, 1906
Clinton Register

Oliver Penn MASON died Saturday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. S. F. MERRIFIELD.  He was the only living son of Mr. and Mrs. Truman MASON.  He leaves to mourn his demise his mother and two sisters, Mrs. S. F. Merrifield and Mrs. J. A. HURD.  Deceased was born March 28, 1869, being at the time of his death, 37 years, one month and 7 days old.  He joined the M. E. church in 1895 and has been a consistent member, always attending church services when his health would permit.  He was born in the same house in which he died.  Funeral services were held in Wapella on Monday, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Burton.  Interment in the Long Point cemetery.  The Epworth League and friends gave many beautiful flowers.  The pall bearers were Jas. Watson, Nome Longbrake, Chas. Hurd, Wm. and Fred Thorpe.

We wish to return our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our son and brother.

Mrs. Jane Mason,
Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Merrifield,
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hurd.

Note: Oliver’s sister was mistakenly listed as Mrs. S. T. Merrifield instead of S. F. Merrifield, so it was corrected.

Truman MASON 

May 12, 1905
Clinton Register

Truman MASON was born in Logan county, July 18, 1842, and was nearly 63 years old, and his father later moved to Tazewell county, where he owned 600 acres of land. He went to the war in 1863 and served two years in Co. A, 107th Ill. Reg. Oct. 11, 1866, he was married to Miss Jane E. BEARD. In the fall of 1867, he moved to Wilson township, DeWitt county, and bought 120 acres of land, where he lived until 1869, when he bought property in Wapella and had since lived there. He was not quarrelsome, and it is thought the trouble with Dr. Davis had worried him until his mind was affected, and he resolved to kill Davis and himself. His first vote was for Grant and he had always been a Republican and was a member of the G. A. R. post. He is survived by his wife, who is in poor health, and son, Oliver, who lives at home, and two daughters, Mrs. John HURD and Mrs. Frank MERRIFIELD, both of Wilson township. Funeral will be held in Wapella this afternoon.

See news article.

Mrs. Truman MASON 

February 13, 1914
Clinton Register


Wednesday morning at her home in Wilson township, two and one-half miles east of Wapella, occurred the death of a well-known and highly respected woman, Mrs. Truman MASON, at the age of 69 years.

Deceased, whose maiden name was Eliza Jane BEARD, was born in Ohio on September 1, 1845, and came with her parents to Illinois at the age of 11 years, the family first settling in McLean county. Oct. 11, 1866, she was married to Truman MASON, and the couple settled in Tazewell county where they resided for three years, moving from there to Wilson township and occupying a farm on which Mr. Mason died May 11, 1905.

Mrs. Mason was the mother of five children, one daughter and a son dying in infancy and Oliver P., died a few years ago. Those surviving are Della MERRIFIELD, wife of S. F. Merrifield, residing on the home place; Isadore, wife of J. A. HURD, of Wapella. She is also survived by two sisters, Misses Ida and Christiana BEARD and two brothers, John and William, all of Tonica.

Funeral was held in the Long Point Christian church at 11 o'clock today. Burial in cemetery near the church.

Artist W. MATHEWS 

April 3, 1891
Clinton Public

Green Valley—Our community is in deep mourning at this writing on account of the death of Artist W. MATHEWS, on Sunday evening, March 29, as friends and relatives were watching over the sick bed, and the south wind was singing a mournful requiem through the trees, and of our friend and loved one took his departure to the realms of light and joy. This being our regular preaching day at G. V. Church, as the congregation was singing the song,

   “I have dreamed sweet dreams of a better
home, of a better home than this,
   Where there is no sorrow and no strife,
where all is perfect peace.
   Singing with the angels, there, there,
over there,
   Singing with the angels in that sweet
home so fair,”

this being the song that he sang Saturday before he died, a messenger came announcing the death of our friend. The deceased was a member of the G. V. M. E. Church, of the Epworth League of Green Valley, also First Vice-President of the same. He was also a member of the Y. P. C. E. S. of Hallsville, assistant superintendent of our Sunday-school. Rev. ARTZ conducted the funeral service at the G. V. Church Tuesday morning, March 31st, at 10 o'clock, using for the subject of his discourse, John 13:7, “What I do thou knowest not now but thou shall know hereafter.” The singing was by the Epworth League of the G. V. and Y. P. C. E. S. of Hallsville.


June 29, 1888
Clinton Pubic

Henry MATHEWS, aged seventy years, one of the old residents of Barnett township, died very suddenly last Tuesday morning, about one o'clock. On Monday he attended to the duties of his farm, and when he retired for the night he was in his usual good health. After being in bed a short time he complained of feeling cold, and his wife gave him some simple remedies and put more covering on the bed. Along after midnight he awoke his wife and told her he was going to die, and after talking with her a few minutes he suddenly ceased to breathe. Mrs. MATHEWS went to her nearest neighbors for assistance, but by the time they reached the house her husband was chilling in death. Mr. Mathews was a native of Champaign county, Ohio, and in 1856 he came to this county and bought a farm near Waynesville. A few years later he moved to Barnett township. By hard work and patient industry he became the owner of a large tract of land, part of which he divided among his three sons.

Note: aka Matthews

Mrs. Henry MATHEWS 

October 20, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Eliza Ann MATHEWS, in her seventy-third year, died at the home of her son, five miles west of this city, yesterday morning.  Her remains will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery this forenoon.

Note: aka Matthews


February 8, 1895
Clinton Public

Charles H. MATHEWS’ baby girl Iva, aged fourteen months and three days, died of pneumonia last Tuesday. The funeral service was conducted on Wednesday afternoon by Rev. D. MacARTHUR.

Mrs. William MATHEWS 

January 1, 1904
Clinton Register

She Had Been in Poor Health Several Years.
Funeral in the Methodist Church Saturday.

Mrs. Rebecca MATHEWS, wife of William MATHEWS, died at 1 o'clock yesterday at her home, corner of North Jackson avenue and East Webster street, aged 57 years, 10 months and 8 days. She had been in poor health several years, but was not confined to her bed until last September. About six weeks ago she was very low but began to improve and it was thought she would recover. Two weeks ago she began to grow worse again.

Rebecca DENISON was born in Perry county, O., Feb. 23, 1846. Her parents, Artist and Margaret DENSION, came to Illinois, settling in Barnett township, DeWitt county. She was married to William MATHEWS, January 18, 1871. Three children were born to them, two of whom, Mrs. Ed J. ARMSTRONG, of Barnett township, and Elmer, aged 16, with the husband are living. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Hannah MATHEWS, Mrs. Ann WEITZHIMER, of this county; a half sister, Mrs. Mary BODGE, of Superior, Neb., and a brother, John DENISON, of Clinton; Mike DENISON, a half brother, in California.

The family lived in Barnett township until Sept. 1902, when they moved to Clinton. A new home was completed last fall, but on account of Mrs. Mathews illness, it was never occupied by the family, being sold to John BAKER.

Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church at 2 o'clock tomorrow, conducted by Rev. CANADY. Burial in West Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Ella MATLOCK 

Thursday, December 19, 1929
Farmer City Journal

Mrs. Ella Matlock Dies At Her Home Tuesday.

Death again called one of this communities pioneers and Mrs. Ella MATLOCK left her earthly home to take her place in the Great Beyond. She passed away at her home in LeRoy, which she had occupied only a short time having moved there from the Prairie Chapel neighborhood after her husband's death two months ago. Death came at 4:15 a. m. Tuesday and ended a life at 62 years, 7 months and 16 days.

Mrs. Matlock was born near Swisher May 1, 1867. On August 30, 1883 she married George P. Matlock with whom she lived happily in Prairie Chapel neighborhood until his death on October 7 this year. She has never been well since his death.

She was a member of the Prairie Chapel church and was active in the life of the community. She will be missed greatly by her many friends in this vicinity. She leaves to mourn her loss one son and three daughters, Bert MATLOCK, Mrs. Ben HENDREN of this vicinity and Mrs. Jessie ADREON, of Aurora. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon from the LeRoy M.E. Church. Rev. Blumline of Argenta will have charge assisted by Rev. Mummaw of Prairie Chapel Church. Burial will take place in the Gilmore cemetery near LeRoy.

Submitted by Rich J. Jolley

George P. MATLOCK 

Thursday, October 10, 1929
Farmer City Journal

George P. Matlock Dies Suddenly Monday Morning

The community of Prairie Chapel was shocked Monday morning when it was learned that death had claimed one of its most respected farmers.

George P. MATLOCK was born, on the farm which has always been his home, June 18, 1865. He passed from this life into the Great Beyond about 8 o'clock Monday morning, October 7, 1929, having acquired the age of. 64 years, 2 months and, 20 days. His life ceased on the homestead where it began six miles west of Farmer City.

Mr. Matlock had been in poor health for several months but seemed to feel as well as usual Monday morning. He was out in the barn lot with two friends when he complained of' dizziness. He was helped to the house where he dropped dead. Death was caused by heart trouble.

He was married in 1883 to Mrs. Ella WALKER, who with one son and three daughters survive and mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. The children are: Bert MATLOCK, Mrs. Ora MILTON and Mrs. Ben HENDERSON, all of near LeRoy; and Mrs. Jessie Adreon, of Aurora. Fifteen grandchildren and one great granddaughter also survive. Mr. Matlock also leaves one brother and two sisters, William MATLOCK, of Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. James MARTIN, of Lexington, and Mrs. Levy BECK, of Bloomington.

All of Mr. Matlock's life has been spent in Prairie Chapel community and he has been a part of it in its advancement.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. O. M. Gallion, assisted by the Rev. Ida M. Hottell, at the Prairie Chapel Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial took place in the Gilmore cemetery near LeRoy.

Submitted by Rich J. Jolley


August 24,1900
Paper Unknown

Death Claims Some of the Former Residents of Lexington.

James MATLOCK was born Sept. 4, 1859, in DeWitt county, six miles south of Leroy. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James MATLOCK, and remained at home and worked on his father's farm until he was nineteen years of age; he then went to work on a farm for himself, but from childhood he was afflicted with rheumatism and it grew on him so in 1890 he gave up work and began traveling for his health and sought every relief procurable. He spent 1891 and '92 at Hot Springs, Ark., but failed to receive any benefit and in '94 went to Hunter Springs, Ind., and then spent the following winter in Chicago. Since that time he has been at the home of his sister, Mrs. James MARTIN, south of Lexington, until June 4, 1900, and there everything that loving hands could to allay his suffering was done, and he then went to the Osteopathic Institute at Kirksville, Mo., as a last relief. He was thought to be improving but a change came over him and he passed, away Wednesday, August 15. He was man of upright character and very industrious and honest in his dealings and his nature was one to attract and hold friendship.

He leaves besides an aged mother, three brothers and four sisters, a father and two sisters having passed before.

The funeral was held at his old home South of Leroy last Friday and was conducted by Rev. Clark of the M. E. church. The remains were interred in the Rucker Chapel cemetery.

Submitted by Rich J. Jolley

Mrs. Solomon D. MATTHEWS 

March 28, 1884
Clinton Public

Mrs. Alice M. MATTHEWS, wife of Solomon D. MATTHEWS, Midland City, Ill., departed this life Friday, March 7, 1884. Mrs. M. was born July 19, 1854, being in her 31st year at the time of her death. She was a daughter of James S. and Nancy JONES, who for many years lived on the farm adjoining Midland City, where her mother yet resides. She was a sister of our esteemed postmaster, John M. JONES. She was married to Mr. S. D. Matthews Dec. 8, 1874, and resided in Sangamon county until about eighteen months ago, when they moved to our town. In 1868 she professed religion and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Since that time she has lived a Christian life and was a devoted member of the church at the time of her death. She leaves a husband and five small children to mourn her loss, the youngest child being but one day old. The family, with the mother, brothers and sisters of the deceased, has the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Long at the C. P. Church. The sermon was delivered from the text, "Be ye also ready". The remains were buried at Old Union.

Mrs. Elizabeth MAWHINNEY 

January 10, 1902
Clinton Register

Mrs. Elizabeth MAWHINNEY, an old and highly respected lady died very suddenly last Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grant PHARES. So far as the family knew she was as well as usual that day and on going into another room to call her to dinner, she had expired sitting in her chair. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Friday, Jan. 10, at 11 o'clock, Rev. Calhoun officiating. Interment in Weldon cemetery.


September 8, 1893
Clinton Public

Last Saturday at one o'clock the funeral of Lillie Maude McWHINNEY, nee PHARES, took place at the M. E. Church. She was sick but two days and it was not thought she was so seriously ill. The funeral was very largely attended as the deceased was well known and liked. She was born November 10, 1870, and died September 1, 1893, aged twenty-two years, ten months, and eighteen days. She was married to Samuel McWHINNEY on September 24, 1891. During the previous winter she professed religion and united with the M. E. Church. She was a kind and affectionate wife and an earnest and consistent Christian. Thus the rude destroyer has broken into another home and taken away its joy and happiness.

Note: Her married name was MAWHINNEY, not McWHINNEY.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. William MAWHINNEY 

January 13, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Wm. MAWHINNEY, an old and respected citizen of this county, died at her home in Long Point on Tuesday of cancer of the face which she has had for several years. Aged about 75 years. Interment at the Crum cemetery.

Note: Her husband's obituary is listed under MEWHINNEY.

Mrs. Fred J. MAXWELL 

February 26, 1892
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. F. J. Maxwell

Death invaded the home of our old friend, Captain Fred. J. MAXWELL, in Bloomington, and took from him and his daughter Kathleen a beloved wife and mother. Death came with barely a moment’s warning, for on Wednesday evening Mrs. MAXWELL was stricken down with severe neuralgic pains, and before nine o'clock that night her life went out. Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Richard BUTLER were friends in their girlhood days, and all through life this friendship became closer and dearer. Mrs. Maxwell was one of God’s noblest women, for in every good work she could always find a call to duty. Away back in the beginning of the war she was united in marriage to Fred. Maxwell, who was then a captain in a New York cavalry regiment. Her first days of married life were devoted to work in the hospitals caring for the sick and wounded. And so it has been through all her life; she has been an angel of mercy to suffering ones. The bereaved husband and daughter will have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their affliction. Captain Maxwell is a prominent member of the order of Knights of Pythias, and till a few months ago was colonel of the Fourth Regiment.

Harold E. MAXWELL 

December __, 1926
(Paper Unknown)

Harold E., son of Leander E. and Anna M. MAXWELL, was born near Waynesville, Ill., February 25, 1896, and lived in this vicinity the greater part of his earlier life.   He became a member of the Christian church of Waynesville in 1913.  On Sept. 27, 1915, he was married to Fay BUCK, of Waynesville, and for a few years they made their home in and around Waynesville.  Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell, Harold, age 8 and Howard, age 4.

In 1917 Mr. Maxwell took up the carpenter trade, moving to Ohio, then to Pennsylvania, and later locating at Herrin, Ill., where he was in the employ of the Cardani Construction Co. for the past seven years.  August 19, 1926, he went to Gary Ind., working there at his trade, his family following some weeks later.

December 7th, when returning home from work he was struck by a Michigan Central train, being severely injured.  He was removed to the M. E. Hospital, where he received the best of care, but on Dec. 12 he passed away, having never regained consciousness.

Besides his wife and two sons he leaves to mourn their loss his mother Mrs. Anna Maxwell, of Waynesville; his father, Leander E. Maxwell, of Grand Bay, Ala., and his brother, Orla MAXWELL, also of Grand Bay; many dear relatives, and a host of friends.

He was a member of the B.P.O.E., of Herrin, and the Court of Honor Lodge, at Clinton.   Harold was an honest and industrious young man, beloved by all who knew him.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Christian church in charge of Rev. Mavity.  Three appropriate songs were sung by Mrs. Carl Cross and Mrs. Fred Dix, with Mrs. C. W. Smith at the piano.  The pall bearers were Cecil Lee, Kenneth Yates, Loren Hoffman, Joe Maxwell, Edward Duke and Verven Buck.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were Homer Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Yates, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Duke and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Duke, of Chicago; Verven Buck and Miss Donna Lasheen, of Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. C. M. Teal, of Clinton; Mrs. Elmer Dodgson, of Kenney; Frank Maxwell and Ike Maxwell, of Bloomington; Dick Mawell and son, of Clinton; Mrs. Cove Maxwell, Mrs. Ina Scott and Mrs. M. O. Foster, of Wapella; Wilbur Hoffman and Mr. and Mrs. Loren Hoffman, of Normal; Howard Bozarth, Miss Mabel Harkins, Mrs. J. E. Cobb and daughter, of Herrin, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Wilcoxen, of Urbana, Ill.

Note: Harold E. Maxwell died on December 12, 1926 in Gary, Lake County, Indiana.  He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesvillie, De Witt County, Illinois.


January 9, 1891
Clinton Public

Mr. John MAXWELL, an old citizen of this county, died at his son’s residence on Tuesday and was buried at Rock Creek on Wednesday. Mr. Maxwell was near his eighty-fifth year. He was J. P. for a good many years in Waynesville township and was known and respected by all who knew him. In September, 1838, he settled near Rock Creek, when DeWitt and McLean were one county.


January 16, 1891
Clinton Public

One of the Early Pioneers.

It is proper that the death of John MAXWELL should have more mention than the short notices in our papers about him. Next to Garrison WRIGHT he could tell more, and helped to make more, of the early history of McLean, Tazewell and DeWitt counties than any man now living within the three counties. Our acquaintance with him commenced in September, 1841, but we think he lived in McLean county at the time of the deep snow. Before DeWitt county was formed, in 1838, Macon county extended to the north line of township number twenty north, and McLean county extended south to the south line of township number twenty-one. The dividing line ran about a mile south of Waynesville through the village of Wapella, and on east, leaving Farmer City, then Mt. Pleasant, in McLean county. Waynesville, as we remember, is an older town than Bloomington, and there were many persons who had lived in three counties—Tazewell, McLean and DeWitt—and yet had not changed their residence. Chicago was once in Tazewell county, and history says that there were a few men in an early day who rode on horseback from Chicago to Mackinaw town, the county seat of Tazewell county, to procure their marriage license—a six days’ trip with the best of traveling, but if the streams were high it would occasionally take two, and even three, weeks. In fact, there is extant a few copies of Gazetteer that describes Chicago as “a small village on Lake Michigan in Pike county.”

DeWitt county as first made by the legislature in 1837-38, embraced all the territory enclosed by a line running as follows: Commencing on the range line between ranges one and two west, and on the line between Tazewell and McLean counties, four miles north of the south-west corner of McLean county, and running thence east on the section lines between twelve and thirteen for forty-two miles to the east line of township twenty-one north, range six east; thence south sixteen miles to the south-east corner of township number nineteen north, in range six east; (the county line crossed the Sangamon twice); thence west on the line between townships eighteen and nineteen thirty-six miles to the west line of township nineteen north, range one east of the 3d P. M.; thence north twelve miles to the south line of township twenty-one; thence west six miles to the west line of township twenty-one, in range one west; thence north on the west line of said township four miles to the place of beginning. This was a fair county in size, and embraced besides the towns now in the county, what are now the villages of Atlanta, Mansfield, White Heath, Centerville, Lodge and DeLand. It included almost half of Piatt county. The south line ran within less than two miles of Monticello, with Marion as the county seat, and it was not far from the geographical center of the county.

At the first election John HUGHES, John MAXWELL and James VANDEVENTER were elected county commissioners. Hughes lived south of the Sangamon river; Maxwell on the farm on which he died; and Vandeventer on his farm in the town of Rutledge. All the settlements were then in or near the timber. No one then expected to live to see the big prairies of Illinois settled and improved. In fact, not more than thirty years before that time travelers, supposed to be learned men, were seriously debating the subject whether anything could be raised on the Illinois prairies, and the weight of authority was in the negative. John Maxwell was one of the county commissioners for several years, serving in all, I think, three or four terms, and the old county records will show that he entered his protest against the building of our present court house in 1847. He was an upright and painstaking officer. As a neighbor and friend always kind and obliging. He was one of the kind of men that were plenty fifty years ago, who had made enough for himself and family and did not want to make anymore. He wanted to give somebody else a chance, and had no dislike for them if they were successful. He loved his rifle, and shot deer as long as there was any in the county. But what changes he has seen, even in his own county. It polled in 1840 only 290 votes for Harrison and 316 for Van Buren. Its population was 3247, and the following counties comprised our congressional district: Christian, Clay, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Macon, Moultrie, Montgomery, Piatt, Richland and Shelby—eighteen counties. At the election for congressman HARLAN got 212 and FICKLIN 250—not up to the presidential vote in 1840, and in 1843 it only polled 217 for Clay and 861 for Polk. Only 83,040 acres of the 252,429 in the county was entered before 1839.

If space and time would permit it would be a pleasant task to trace up the county from that time to this, showing its loss of territory, why it was lost, and its great gain in wealth and population up to 1880, when it had a population of over 17,000, and gave Harrison, in 1888, 2041 votes, and Cleveland 1976. All this John Maxwell had seen, and took a part in everything appertaining to the county. He had seen his guns change from the old flintlock to the double-barreled breech-loader and the sixteen-shooter. Had seen the lights in Clinton change from the old iron lard lamp, with its hook to hang it on a nail, and its iron point to stick it in a crevice, to the brilliant electric lights without smoke, smell or matches. He had seen the time when it took fourteen days to go to Chicago with a load of wheat and bring back salt that was sold at $4 per bushel. He lived to see the railroad take wheat to Chicago for five cents a bushel and bring back salt that was sold for $1 per barrel. He had seen land that was bought at sixty cents an acre with a Mexican land warrant sell for $60 per acre. Probably no one person that will ever come after him will see so many and beneficial changes as he has seen. In his last conversation with the writer it turned upon death. He said he was willing to go, only waiting the call, trusting the power whose works and ways he saw all around him.

Mrs. John A. MAXWELL 

April 18, 1913
Clinton Register

Mrs. Julia Maxwell, of Near Wapella, Succumbed to Bright’s Disease.

At the home three miles west of Wapella, at 11 o'clock last Friday night, occurred the death of Mrs. Julia MAXWELL, wife of J. A. MAXWELL, at the age of 69 years.  Bright’s disease, which is always followed by other complications, was the cause of her demise.

Julia TROXELL was born on a farm, one-half mile from the home where her death occurred, June 11, 1844, being the daughter of Samuel and Mary TROXELL.  She had spent her entire life in this county.  April 11, 1867, she was united in marriage to J. A. Maxwell.  Seven children were born to them, all of whom are living, as follows: Frank Maxwell of Bloomington, George C. Maxwell of Wapella, Isaac Maxwell of Randolph, Leander Maxwell of Michigan, Dick Maxwell of LeRoy, Ezra Maxwell of Waynesville and Mrs. Ella Foster of Wapella.  All are living and were present when death came.

In addition to her children, she leaves twenty-one grandchildren and one great grandchild, little Doris SCOTT, the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Maxwell.   Besides her descendants she leaves a brother, Anderson TROXELL, of Krimlen, Okla.; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Reed, of Kansas City, Mo.; and Mrs. Amanda Harrold, of Wapella.  Mrs. Maxwell died on the 46th anniversary of her marriage.

Funeral services were held from the home Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Baker of the Wapella church, deceased having been a member of that denomination since young womanhood.  The six sons acted as pall bearers.  Interment in Rock Creek cemetery.

There was a large attendance, relatives and friends from Bloomington, Clinton and Waynesville being among the number.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MAXWELL, JOHN A.     TROXEL, JULIA      04-11-1867     DE WITT

David MAY 

February 7, 1890
Clinton Public

At the age of fourscore years and three David MAY laid down his life’s burdens on last Tuesday and entered eternal rest. He was born in Ross county, Ohio, in the year 1807. In 1855 he came to Clinton and lived in the city for three years but managed a farm outside of the corporate limits. He bought the farm of one hundred acres in Harp township, on which he lived and died, when he first came to the county, but as it was raw prairie and had no buildings on it he remained in Clinton till he was ready to build a home for his family. His Harp farm cost him $1200, but he lived to see it increase in value till today the same one hundred acres is worth $6000. Mr. May raised a family of nine children, all of whom are living. Three of his sons served in the army during the war, and the fourth wanted to go but his services were needed on the home farm. No better family than the Mays ever had a home in DeWitt county, for which the children can feel grateful to their worthy father and mother. Old Mrs. MAY died about twelve years ago. David May died as he had lived, an earnest, trusting Christian.

Jacob MAY 

September 26, 1913
Clinton Register

Jacob May Had Been a Resident of Dewitt County Nearly Sixty Years.

While on his way to Sunday school last Sunday morning, Jacob MAY, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of Clinton, was stricken with apoplexy and fell to the pavement near the residence of C. H. Matthews on East Main street.   Mr. Matthews hurried to the side of the stricken man and asked if he was ill, when the latter replied that he was “going blind.”  Mr. Matthews helped him to the porch and later called an ambulance, and Mr. May was removed to his home at 609 East Main street.  Physicians were called, but there was no chance for recovery and death came at 3:30 Sunday afternoon.

Deceased was born in Ross county, Ohio, being the son of David and Sarah MAY, and at the time of his death was 73 years of age.  The family came to this county in 1855 and located on the site now occupied by the Warner hospital.  After a residence of three years the family moved to a farm west of Wapella, and later the elder May purchased a farm in Harp township.  David May died in 1890.

Deceased was united in marriage to Lavina WINSLOW in 1867, and the couple resided on the farm until about fifteen years ago, when they moved to Clinton, purchasing the property where his death occurred, and where Mrs. May died in 1904.

Mr. May was a member of Company B, 107th Ill. Vol., and was mustered out as sergeant in June, 1865.  Mr. May had always taken an active part in church and Sunday school work, and for thirty years was superintendent of the Prairie Creek Sunday school.

Jacob May is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Isaiah Davenport, of Vernon, Texas; Susan Betzer, of Seward, Nebraska; Mrs. S. E. Newell, 507 North Quincy street, Clinton; Henry May of the Prairie Center neighborhood.

Funeral services were held from the M. E. church at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, conducted by Rev. E. K. Towle.  Interment was in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Jacob MAY 

May 20, 1904
Clinton Register

Mrs. Jacob May Dies After Eleven Days Sickness With Measles—
Her Death Caused Great Sorrow.

The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Jacob MAY last Sunday night, at her home on East Main street, was learned with sorrow by her numerous friends.  She had been suffering with measles for eleven days, but no fears of a serious nature were anticipated until a few hours before her death.  She leaves a husband, her aged mother, Mrs. J. WINSLOW, of this city, and a brother, Howard WINSLOW, of Dalton, Kan., besides scores of friends to mourn her untimely death.

The deceased was born in Brown county, this state, Feb. 25, 1850.  At the age of twelve she became a member of the Baptist church, since which time she has been earnestly enlisted in the cause of her Savior.  She was married to Jacob MAY in 1867, since which time they lived on a farm near Prairie Center until six years ago when they moved to this city.  Mrs. May was one of the kind, pleasant persons whom all persons are pleased to meet, and her loss is thereby more keenly felt.  Her acts of charity, benevolence and kindness are many.  She was one of the most active and energetic members of the W. R. C., being treasurer of that organization.

The funeral took place from the residence on East Main street Wednesday at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Howard assisted by Rev. Canady.  The funeral was in charge of the W. R. C., the G. A. R. acting as escort.  The interment was in Woodlawn.

MAYALL (infant) 

February 15, 1901
Clinton Register

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Robert MAYALL died Wednesday morning at their residence, 520 East Elizabeth street. The interment was at the Rose cemetery, near Lane, yesterday.

Mabel C. MAYALL 

April 10, 1885
Clinton Public

Mabel C. MAYALL, daughter of John L. and Emma J. MAYALL, died at her parent’s home, April 5, 1885. Mabel was born July 9, 1880, and though she was an invalid all her life, yet she was the subject of the tenderest care and love to her parents and friends. He who doeth all things well, saw it best to remove the tender flower from a home on earth to a home in heaven. Her funeral took place on Tuesday, April 7th, Elder D. MacARTHUR officiating.

Margaret (DAY) MAYALL 

May 14, 1886
Clinton Public

Mr. and Mrs. Uriah DAY, of Creek township, have certainly passed through their share of affliction. Last December their eldest daughter died. In March their only grandchild passed away. On the 30th day of April their second daughter, Mrs. Margaret MAYALL, departed this life in Sedgwick county, Kansas, in the 22d year of her age. The remains were brought back to Maroa and interred in the cemetery at that place, and beside the yet newly made grave of her child. Maggie professed religion in the 11th year of her age and joined the U. B. Church, and lived a consistent member of that society. She was kind, considerate and amiable, and to know her was to love and esteem her. And while a loving daughter, sister, wife and friend is lost to us, heaven has gained by our loss. While we sympathize with the bereaved ones, we humbly submit to the permissive dispensation of Providence. She leaves a husband, father, mother, brother and sister, together with a large circle of friends, to mourn her death. Her funeral was preached last Sabbath by Rev. Crowden, of Bethany, Illinois. —A Friend.

Robert MAYALL 

November 26, 1909
Clinton Register


Robert MAYALL died Monday evening at his home in the northwest part of the city of heart trouble, aged 69. Deceased was born in Indiana Nov. 4, 1840, and came to DeWitt county when a young man and had since lived here, excepting a few years. Most of the time he had lived near Lane or in Clinton. A few weeks ago he moved to this city from east of Lane. His first wife died about 18 years ago, and he was married eleven years ago, his wife and a daughter, aged about 8 years, surviving him. John MAYALL, near Pastime Park, and Erastus MAYALL, of Clinton, are brothers.

Mrs. Harry MAYHEW 

April 25, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Harry MAYHEW, formerly of Weldon, died suddenly in Springfield, the cause being a criminal operation performed the night of April 11 by Dr. John O. SAYLORS, and her husband.  An investigation brought confession from both of the men, and they then begged to not be prosecuted and threatened suicide if they were.

The maiden name of deceased was Opal MILLER, and she was a granddaughter of John D. BROWN, for many years a resident of Weldon.  Her mother, Mrs. J. E. WALKER, and Mrs. Pearl Goodale, a sister, live at Weldon.  She was nearly 27 years old.   Five brothers live in Springfield.

McABOY (child) 

April 25, 1872
Clinton Public

A little two-year-old child of Mr. J. McABOY’s came to its death one day last week from using potash.  The child got hold of the box containing the powerful alkali and ate of its contents.  Within twenty-four hours afterward the child died.  It suffered the most excruciating agonies, the potash eating though its vitals.


April 26, 1895
Clinton Public

A. J. McABOY, in his forty-ninth year, died in the hospital at Bloomington last Tuesday. He was in the hospital taking a course of treatment for piles when he was stricken down with pneumonia, and death speedily followed. His remains were brought to his home in Clinton on Wednesday and yesterday morning he was buried in Woodlawn. The Rev. L. B. PICKERILL preached the funeral sermon, and the Masonic fraternity performed their ceremonies at the grave. Mr. McABOY was born in this county. For the past twenty years or more he has worked for the Illinois Central road. He was married and was the father of five children. At the March term of the circuit court he and his wife were divorced. During the war he served in the Fourth Illinois Artillery, and he was a brave soldier. Jay enlisted early in the war, when he was not more than sixteen years old. The Grand Army Post turned out and followed their old comrade to his grave. Jay was not a member of the Grand Army.

Anna McABOY 

April 1, 1910
Clinton Register

Popular Clinton Young Lady Took Overdose of Strychnine;
Coroner's Verdict that of Suicide.

Miss Anna McABOY, a well known and popular Clinton young lady was found dead in her bed Wednesday morning at the home of her mother, Mrs. J. B. STEVENS. The young lady had complained of illness for several days and was not on duty as operator at the telephone exchange, where she had been employed.

Mrs. Stevens called her daughter several times Wednesday morning, but could get no response, and when her son Ben, who works at night, came home, she asked him to awaken Anna. The brother got no answer by rapping on the door and he entered the room. His efforts to arouse his sister by shaking her availed nothing, but he did not realize the young lady was dead. A physician was summoned and it was discovered that the girl had been dead for some time.

The exact cause of death is not known, but it is supposed it was caused by an overdose of strychnine as the physician stated that the death came while the body was in convulsions. This theory is strengthened by the fact that an eight ounce bottle of strychnine, partly empty, was sitting on the dresser beside the bed. The poison had been in the family home for some time for the use in killing rats, and it was not known that Miss McAboy had been using the poison as a medicine.

While the conditions would indicate suicide, the family knows of no reason that would cause the girl to take her own life. While she was occasionally subject to spells of despondency, she appeared in good spirits on Tuesday evening and entertained a number of young friends during the evening and appeared to be in a jovial mood. No message was found from the dead girl to indicate a cause for taking her life.

A coroner's inquest was held and a verdict rendered that death was suicidal, caused by the taking of strychnine.

The deceased was born October 7, 1889 at Forrest, Illinois. Her father, A. J. McABOY, died in this city in 1895 and her mother later remarried J. B. STEVENS, a merchant tailor in this city. She is survived by her mother and five brothers. Lee, of Pittsburg, Kansas; Oliver, Roy, Ben and Arthur, all of this city. She was the youngest child and was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Submitted by Lauren Roseman

James McABOY 

November 8, 1901
Clinton Register

One of DeWitt County's Oldest Citizens Dies at His Home in Clinton—
Funeral Held Yesterday.

Another of the fully ripened sheaves has been harvested; another aged father has been called to his final rest. James McABOY has joined loved ones gone before after a pilgrimage of 84 years along Life's uneven pathway. Tuesday afternoon at his home in the southwest part of the city, death came to him as the evening sun was nearing the western horizon. Last summer he suffered a stroke of paralysis and a few weeks afterward fell and broke his hip. Since then there had been little hope of his recovery.

James R. McAboy was born in Culpepper county, W. Va., in 1817, and his parents moved to Ohio a few years later. When a young man he came to DeWitt where in 1841 he was married to Miss Sarah MANN, who survives him. Of the nine children born to them, only two, William, of Fresno, Cal., and Mrs. Nina MILLS, of Clinton, are living. A brother, Thomas, lives at Baxter Springs, Kan., and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah GRAMP and Mrs. Mary CAMPFIELD, also survive him. He lived southeast of Clinton until about twelve years ago when he moved to Clinton. He united with the Baptist church many years ago. Politically he was a Democrat. His life had been a busy one and he went to this last rest mourned by a large number of relatives.

Funeral services were held at the home yesterday at 11:30, conducted by Rev. PICKERILL, of DeLand. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Lauren Roseman

Mrs. James McABOY 

February 25, 1910
Clinton Register

Four Score and Four.

Another of the DeWitt county's oldest citizens passed away Wednesday night about 1 o'clock. She had been in failing health several years, but became ill about two months ago and had since been confined to her bed.  About a month ago her son, Wm. McABOY, came from Fresno, Cal., and had since remained with her; his wife also came when it was realized the aged lady would soon pass away.

Deceased was born in Christian county, Ky., Aug. 1, 1825, and came to this county with an aunt when 8 years old.  In 1841 she was married to James McABOY, and they lived near Clinton until about 12 years ago when they moved to Clinton where the husband died over 8 years ago.  Since then she had lived alone most of the time on W. South street.

She is survived by two children, William, and Mrs. Jas. MILLS, of Clinton; by a sister, Mrs. Ermina KISTLER, of Clinton; also 16 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services were held at two o'clock today at the home, conducted by Rev. Albert Schwartz.  Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MCABOY, JAMES     MAN, SARAH     04/08/1841      DE WITT

John McABOY 

October 21, 1910
Clinton Register

Death of Former Clinton Man.

John McABOY, son of Wm. McABOY, who moved to California about 20 years ago, died at his home in Fresno, Cal., Oct. 9. The following is from the Fresno paper:

Deceased was born in Clinton, Ill., Oct. 12. He was brought to Sanger as a boy by his father, twenty years ago. There he assisted his father in the nursery business. A year later the family moved to Fresno, where again he was employed in his father's nursery business. A year ago he and his brother Elmer McAboy started business in a fruit store on Tulare St. He worked hard in this business, and it is thought that he may have weakened his constitution in this way, so that he fell easier a prey to typhoid. His death occurred at the home of his brother-in-law A. K. DICK. He was married Nov. 28, 1901 to Miss Abbie FRENCH of Merced. Two children are left with the widow, a boy aged six years and a girl aged four years. The parents of the deceased reside in this city. He leaves also a brother, Emory McABOY and three sisters, Mrs. E. FITZGERALD, Mrs. Ralph LANGWORTH, and Mrs. A. K. DICK, all of whom live in Fresno. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Maccabees and Foresters.

William Benjamin McABOY 

October 12, 1883
Clinton Public

Died, Oct. 4th, at his residence, near Lane, W. B. McABOY, aged 57 years, 5 months. He died of slow consumption, perhaps superinduced by hard work and incidental exposure. He was a man of the most industrious habits and a kind and idolizing man to his family. He lived in Illinois for nearly 40 years—ever since coming from Ohio, his native State. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his death. His sisters, Mrs. GRAY and Mrs. CAMPFIELD, of Lexington, were with him in his last illness and did all that the tenderest care and attention could do to lighten the stroke of his affliction.

His full name was William Benjamin McAboy. His wife, Sarah Jane (Simpson) McAboy, married her second husband, Tillman Lane, October 5, 1885.
(See her obituary under LANE)

Willie L. McABOY 

May 27, 1881
Clinton Register

Death’s Doings.

Yesterday morning, Willie L. McABOY, eldest son of W. W. McABOY died of lockjaw, aged 16 years, 6 months and 27 days. Some time ago the boy was vaccinated, but the sore instead of healing grew worse and resulted in lockjaw. He was a bright and promising boy, courteous and gentle in his manners, an ambitious and quick student, and an obedient son. His parents have the sympathy of the community in their affliction.


November 28, 1913
Clinton Register


At the county farm on Wednesday occurred the death of Daniel McCLIMANS, death being due to the natural ailments following old age. At the time of his death he had reached the age of eighty-two years. Besides the widow he leaves only distant relatives. Remains were interred in the McClimans cemetery yesterday.

John Luther McCLIMANS 

August 3, 1906
Clinton Register

Clinton Young Man Died in the West Where He Had Gone For His Health.

Monday the news came to Clinton that John McCLIMANS had died at 4:40 that morning in Colorado Springs, where he and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David McCLIMANS, went six weeks ago on account of his failing health. At first the change seemed to benefit him but he soon became worse.

John Luther McClimans was born near Hallsville July 16, 1871, and was a few days over 35 years old. Several years ago he went to Colorado and conducted a drug store in Cripple Creek. He returned to Clinton in 1900, his parents having moved from the farm, here. He took a position in C. W. Williamson's drug store and remained with him until a short time before going to Colorado a few weeks ago. He became a Knight of Pythias member in Colorado and after coming to Clinton became member of the Uniform Rank. Realizing that he could not get well, he requested that the Knights have the charge of his funeral, and that the pall bearers be John B. ROGERS, of Clinton; Dave and Frank BARTLEY; Curtis, David and Joseph BLACK, all his cousins, of Barnett township. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Chas. BOWLES, of Iowa; Mrs. John McKINNEY and Mrs. Arthur BELL, of Hallsville; and a brother, William, of Colorado Springs.

The parents arrived home Wednesday night and the funeral was held in the Christian church in Hallsville yesterday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. E. E. HOLTON, assisted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND. A special train was run from Clinton. Burial was in McCliman's cemetery.

Mrs. Samuel McCLIMANS 

November 16, 1883
Clinton Register


Rachel PIERSON was born in Indiana September 30, 1803.  On the 20th of March, 1823, in the state of Ohio, she became the wife of Samuel McCLIMANS.  In the year 1850 she came with her husband to DeWitt county and settled upon the farm near the present town of Hallsville, where she continued to reside to the time of her death.   Samuel McClimans died August 13, 1855, and from that time during twenty-eight years of widowhood she made her home with her son David, who has, during all these years, been to her a most dutiful son.  On the evening of Lord’s day, October 28, 1883, surrounded by her family and friends, and after a painful illness of fifteen months she bade adieu to the scenes of earth, quit her tenement of clay and gently passed out of human view into the presence of the Lord and the companionship of saints.  Thus closed in peace a long, useful and good life of more than eighty years.  Her more aged sister, Mrs. Polly HAVENS, from whom she had but recently parted, resides with her daughter in St. Louis, awaiting the call of the Master.  Her younger brother, George, survives her and resides at Crawfordsville, Ind.  Of her children, Rhoda died in infancy, and Mary GARDNER, wife of Wm. Gardner, died in the hope of the gospel, in November, 1881.  Her four surviving children, Mrs. Nancy BARTLEY, Margaret BLACK, Sarah HUMPHREY and David McCLIMANS, shared together their grief in a family reunion at the old home and were all permitted to look upon the peaceful face of their beloved dead ere the grave closed over it forever.  On the Tuesday following her death, after brief and impressive religious services, aged and honored friends of the family reverently carried her mortal remains to their last resting place in the beautiful family burying ground.  The noonday autumn sun, as it poured its gentle radiance into the open grave, seemed indeed a sweet suggestion of the sunny gladness of a soul forever at rest in the peaceful presence of the Savior.   The influences of that scene will long linger in the hearts and lives of the many relatives who were present upon that occasion.  Sister McClimans, in her earlier life was a member of the Presbyterian church and continued in that orderly communion until about thirteen years ago, when, being immersed by the beloved and lamented Dudley Downs, she cast in her lot with the disciples of Christ, at Old Union, and continued faithful without blame or reproach to the day of her death.   In all the relations of life she adorned the doctrine of Christ.     T. T. Holton.

Submitted by Bonnie Cook

William McCLIMANS 

February 22, 1889
Clinton Register

Friday at 2 o'clock from the Christian church occurred the funeral of W. McCLIMANS, conducted by elder W. B. Young, of Clinton.  Mr. McClimans was born in 1873 [1813], being 76 years old at the time of his death.  He leaves a wife and seven children and a number of friends to remember his Christian virtues.   They shall rest from their labors, blessed are the dead that died in the name of the Lord.

Mrs. William McCLIMANS 

December 19, 1902
Clinton Register


One of the oldest residents of this county died last Saturday forenoon when Mrs. Amanda McCLIMANS passed away at her home near Hallsville.  The deceased was 74 years old.  Her death was due from injuries received from a fall less than a month ago, which resulted in blood poisoning, causing her death, after much suffering.

Mrs. Amanda McClimans was a member of the Christian church.  She moved to Illinois about 40 years ago with her husband, Wm. McCLIMANS.  The children who survive her are Mrs. Sarah MATHEWS; Daniel L., living near Hallsville; Mrs. Mary MORSE, DeWitt; and William in Colorado.  All of whom were at the bedside of their mother when her spirit passed from earth.  The funeral services were held Tuesday from the Christian church at Hallville, conducted by Rev. H. S. Mavity, at 11 o'clock, the interment being in the McClimans cemetery.

William F. McCLIMANS 

June 26, 1908
Clinton Register


Wm. F. McCLIMANS, son of Mr. and Mrs. David McCLIMANS, of Clinton, died Wednesday night at his home in Colorado Springs.  He was born near Hallsville Feb. 13, 1873, and his home was in this county until six years ago when he went to Colorado for his health.  His parents had been with him several weeks.  He was never married and is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Eva McKINNEY, of Colorado Springs; Mrs. Anna BOWLES, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Mrs. Laura BELL, of Hallsville.  His brother, John, died in Colorado Springs two years ago.  Remains will be brought home for burial.

Joseph S. McCOID 

February 7, 1913
Clinton Register

Joseph S. McCoid, A Resident of This County Since 1865,
Died Wednesday Morning.

At 1:30 Wednesday morning at the Warner hospital occurred the death of J. S. McCOID. Creeping paralysis is given as the cause of death. Mr. McCoid had been ill for the past year but his condition was not considered serious until about ten days ago, when he was removed to the hospital where he could have all necessary care.

Deceased was born in Bellefontaine, O., August 29, 1841. He enlisted with the 13th U. S. Infantry in 1862, and at the close of the war came to Clinton, where he was married to Mrs. Phoebe E. HENSON. For a time he was employed in a hardware store, conducted by Wm. KLEGG, and later in a grocery store owned by a Mr. HUMPHREY. For a quarter of a century he was in the employ of the Illinois Central as water superintendent. After leaving the service of the railroad company he started a plumbing establishment, which is now carried on by his sons, Clarence and George.

Among the surviving relatives are two sisters, Mrs. Eliza IVES, of Ellinwood, Kas.; Mrs. Wilbur OWENS, of Clinton; and a brother, Wm. McCOID, of Clinton; three sons, W. T. , of Decatur; George and Clarence, of Clinton; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle CAINAN, of Bloomington; and Minnie E. ROSIER, of Amboy. Mrs. McCOID died about two years ago.

Funeral services were held from Oakman's chapel at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, Rev. E. K. TOWLE officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

William McCOID 

January 18, 1920
Paper Unknown


William McCOID, very well known resident of Clinton, died suddenly in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ralph CLEMONS, 1001 West Maacon street, Sunday night at 11 p.m. Stomach trouble was the direct cause of his death. He had been subject to this ailment and about a week ago suffered a bad spell. He recovered from that attack, however, but four days ago he suffered another. While he had been quite sick his untimely death last night was a great shock.

Deceased was born in Belfontaine, Ohio, August 8, 1848, being 72 years of age at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Miss Victoria HENSON November 11, 1874, at Clinton, which place they had always lived. Mrs. McCOID died in 1910. Mr. McCOID was the father of six children, one son, Hugh, dying two years ago. The surviving children are: Mrs. Cora LANGRAF, of Debuque, IA; Charles McCOID, of Rock Falls, IL.; Mrs. W.S. LEECH, of Gilman; Joseph McCOID of Canada; and Mrs. Ralph CLEMONS of Clinton. There are two sisters, Mrs. Wilbur OWENS, this city, and Mrs. Maliza IVES, of Kansas, besides a number of grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Mr. McCOID was for over forty years a trusted employee of the Illinois Central Railroad Company. He worked in the car department for thirty or more years when he resigned to take a position as engineer at the water works. He held this position for ten years. He then returned to work at the shops where he worked until Oct. 18, 1919, when he was retired by the company.

No funeral arrangements will be made until the arrival of the children in Clinton tonight or Tuesday.

Note: Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

Alexander McCONKEY 

March 21, 1867
Clinton Public

At his residence in Marion, DeWitt co., Ill., March 2d, 1867, Alexander McCONKEY, in the 68th year of his age.  McConkey was born in Virginia and emigrated to Ohio when quite young, where he married and lived until twelve years ago, at which time he moved to Illinois, and settled in Marion.  He was Post Master during Lincoln’s administration and discharged the duties of the office with great credit.  McConkey had a host of friends who now mourn his loss.  He was a prominent and consistent member of the M. E. Church, and died fully reconciled to the will of God.

Mrs. Alexander McCONKEY 

April 17, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, at the home of her son, Rev. A. McCONKEY, in DeWitt, Ill., Sabbath morning, March 29, 1885, Mrs. Catherine McCONKEY, aged 84 years, 5 months and 26 days.

Sister McConkey, the subject of this memoir, was born in the State of Virginia, October 3, 1801. Her maiden name was Catherine LAFFERTY. Her parents moved to Ohio in an early day and located in Clark county. She professed religion when quite young and united with the Methodist Protestant Church. After her marriage she came with her husband and family to Illinois and located in DeWitt, DeWitt county, in 1854, where she lived for thirty-four years. The last nine years of her life she made her home with her son, Rev. A. McConkey, where when in feeble health and declining years, she was kindly, thoughtfully and tenderly cared for. She was the mother of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, five of whom preceded her to the better world. We might stop with this brief sketch of her life, but it was such as to require more than a passing notice. She was remarkable for her uniform, pious life, constantly exemplified in her domestic life. She made her husband happy, and her children loved her with unusual devotion. Meekness, gentleness and patience she possessed in a pre-eminent degree, while humility and self-forgetfulness were characteristics of hers. The Bible was her daily companion and guide, and she was a constant and diligent student of the word of God; and when, through the infirmities of old age, she was deprived of the privileges of the sanctuary, the joyful and precious promises and inspiring truths of God's word so comforted, instructed and cheered her that she became a gentle, bright, contented, intelligent and happy Christian. She loved her church paper, Methodist Recorder, next to her Bible, and found great pleasure in reading it, and just a few days before her death she read it with unusual pleasure. As long as her health would admit of it, she would manifest her love for the house of God the means of grace, by her attendance upon the services of the sanctuary, and in all the relations of life with a heart full of kindness and love, she exhibited the true spirit of Christ. For over fifty years she was a faithful member of the M. P. Church. She was a true mother in Israel, true to the church of her choice, a steadfast supporter of its principles, and adorned its doctrines by her Godly walk and pious conversation. She loved her own church, her ministers, her members, her means of grace with an almost idolatrous attachment. True to her family and friends, true to humanity and true to all these higher instincts which adorn and ennoble humanity, her name is written not only in the memory and affections of her children and acquaintances, but in the "Book of Life." In the relation of mother, a large family rise up and call her blessed. Truly it may be said of her, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." The death of our dear sister has touched the sensibilities and awakened the sympathies of a large circle of friends and relatives, for she was ever ready to silence the voice of suffering, if in her power to do so. But the places that have known her will know her no more. Her form is gone; her expressive countenance will not be seen again on earth. For a half century and more she witnessed to the truth, and her home was the home of the minister of the gospel. Her life was a practical exemplification of the reality of religion, and her death beautifully testified to the power of a living faith in Christ to give joy, peace and victory in the last hour. For a number of years preceding her death she was "waiting and waiting, till the shadows were a little longer grown," longing to depart, already ripened for heaven, at last when the call came. "Arise ye and depart for this is not your rest." Surrounded by her family and friends, and while consoled by their presence, her spirit took its flight to the far away home of the soul. Her last words were, "Children, I will not be with you long. The Lord has been with me in all the trials and troubles of life, and he is with me now. His promise, `I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,' has been verified to me." It was only resting on the bosom of Him who for over sixty years had been to her a sure refuge and safe hiding place and then sleep.

"Twas an old age, serene and bright,
And lonely as a Lapland night,
That led her to the grave."

Truly of her it can be said she climbed the steps of life to the summit, and descended the western side to the end of life and died a victor. A large concourse of sympathizing friends gathered with the grief-stricken relatives in the M. P. Church in DeWitt, on Monday following her death, at 11 a.m., where the occasion was improved by a sermon by the writer on the Christian's rest in Heaven, after which the remains were taken to the quiet city of the dead and laid beside her husband, who preceded her to the better land eighteen years ago, there to wait the glad spring morning of the resurrection. In the death of our sister, society has lost one of its brightest ornaments, the church one of its most valued members. Divine Providence gives us good women, but when their mission here is ended they must yield to the inexorable law of our being. She is gone, and the living are filled with gloom and desolation. Nature untouched by human soul proclaims the immortal law of providence, that decay follows growth, and that He who takes away never fails to give.

She leaves four sons, three daughters, forty-five grandchildren and twenty-nine great grandchildren to mourn her loss. May they all follow her as she followed Christ, that at last they may all find the rest that remains for the people of God.

Pastor, M. P. Church.

Rev. Archibald McCONKEY 

November 14, 1890
Clinton Public

Death of Rev. Archibald McConkey.

Rev. Archibald McCONKEY, of the village of DeWitt, died yesterday afternoon. Some ten or twelve days ago he took sick and was confined to his bed. From the nature of his disease the attending physicians had no hopes of his recovery from the first hour of his sickness.

Mr. McConkey was a native of Ohio and was in his sixty-eighth year. When he was but twenty-one years old he was licensed to preach to the Methodist Protestant Church, and although he never entered the active work of the ministry yet his whole life has been devoted to preaching. In the year 1851 he came from Ohio and bought a farm in DeWitt township, on which he lived till about ten years ago, when he moved into the village of DeWitt. When a boy he was injured in one of his legs by a fall, which crippled him during life, and of late years he was compelled to use crutches. While living on his farm he had appointments for preaching somewhere nearly every Sunday, giving his services free. He was always in demand for burial occasions, and he probably preached more funeral sermons during the past thirty years than any man in the regular ministry. Nearly all the young people called on “Uncle Archy” to perform the marriage ceremony for them. Mr. McConkey was a very conscientious man and in his dealings with the world he was upright and just. His wife and seven children survive him, his children being all married and making their own way in the world. He owned a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres in DeWitt township and some property in the village.

The funeral will take place in DeWitt tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, and will be conducted by the Masonic fraternity.

Mrs. Archibald McCONKEY 

August 10, 1900
Clinton Register

Rev. WIDNEY officiated at the Mrs. McCONKEY funeral at DeWitt Tuesday afternoon.

Note: Lydia (RUNYON) McConkey died 05 AUG 1900; w/o Rev. Archibald M. McConkey.

Mrs. Clarence A. McCONKEY 

May 17, 1955, Tuesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Mrs. Minnie Ada [PHARES] RHOADES McCONKEY died at 5:45 p.m. Monday at John Warner Hospital.  She was taken to the Herington Funeral Home.  Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Clinton Methodist Church.  The Rev. Kenneth Knox will officiate, and burial will be at Weldon.  She was born July 16, 1873, in Clinton, a daughter of H. C. and Nancy Peddicord PHARES.  She was married to James W. RHOADES Feb. 17, 1897, in Weldon.  He died Feb. 12, 1923.  She was married to Clarence McCONKEY June 21, 1928, in Cerro Gordo.  He died in January 1929.  Six sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.

James S. McCONKEY 

August 26, 1887
Clinton Public

Less than a week ago the word went out that J. S. McCONKEY was unable to be at the store, but not until the middle of last week was he considered to be dangerous. From Wednesday evening he seemed to grow worse and on Saturday morning the news went out to his neighbors that he had passed to the life beyond.

James S. McConkey was born in Clark county, Ohio, April 10th, 1843, and died Aug. 20, 1887, aged 44 years, 4 months and ten days. When a lad of some ten years of age, his family moved to this county and settled near DeWitt, where he grew to manhood. On the 19th of November, 1868, he was united in marriage with Miss Emma McPHERSON. Some seven years ago he entered the mercantile business in Weldon with C. S. LAFFERTY and Chas. CAIN, under the firm name of McConkey & Co. Mr. Cain afterward retired and the firm was known as McConkey & Lafferty. By careful management they established a good trade and their business grew and prospered. His death was the result of a strangulated hernia and his sufferings were intense. But he did not murmur. In the most severe agony he seemed patient and submissive.

Mr. McConkey was for many years a member of the M. P. Church and was one of the charter members of the Weldon church. In the building of the parsonage and church house his mechanical skill and business capacity were of great value. Indeed but for these the work must often have flagged. As treasurer of the building committee of the new church the financial affairs were always kept in good shape. At the county Sunday school convention last fall he was appointed vice president for Nixon township. Last spring he organized a Sunday school at the Champion, which he superintended in person during the summer.

Mr. McConkey will be very much missed both in business and church circles, but nowhere as among his own family group. He was a kind husband and an affectionate father, and his bereft family have the deepest sympathy.



Samuel Lafferty McCONKEY 

April 10, 1885
Clinton Public

It was only last week that we noticed the death of the venerable mother of Rev. A. McCONKEY, of DeWitt. On the day before the old lady's death, Mr. McConkey's son, S. L., familiarly known as "Lat," was taken sick with pneumonia, resulting in congestion of the lungs, and on Sunday evening he passed away at the age of 37 years and about ten months, leaving a wife and five children to mourn his untimely removal. On Tuesday his funeral was conducted at his late residence, near Mr. Wisegarver's. Sermon by pastor Widney, of Weldon, from these words, "The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy."—James IV.,II.

Note: He was married to Martha Matilda HENDERSON

Mrs. Thomas E. McCONKEY 

June 19, 1908
Clinton Register

Saturday at French Lick, Indiana, occurred the sudden death of Mrs. Bell McCONKEY of Farmer City. Mrs. McConkey and husband were visiting this resort for the benefit of her health and word had been received that she was improving a few days before her death, which was caused by kidney trouble. Deceased was aged 38 years and was a daughter of Alfred REESER [aka Reesor]. She is survived by her daughter. Remains were brought to Farmer City where funeral services were held Tuesday.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

William H. McCONKEY 

January 7, 1910
Clinton Register

Death at Farmer City.

William H. McCONKEY, for many years a resident of DeWitt county, died Monday evening at his home in Farmer City. He had been in failing health for a year, and for six or eight weeks his condition had been critical. Deceased was born in Clark county, O., 76 years ago and came to DeWitt county about 1854. He was married to Louisa BROOKS forty-eight years ago. He is survived by seven children: John, Carl and Pearl, of Farmer City; Edgar and Ray, of Clinton; Mrs. Josephine NASH, of Mansfield, and Mrs. J. T. McCORD, of DeWitt. He is also survived by three sisters: Mrs. S. L. ROBBINS, of Pekin; Mrs. Jane WALTON, of Clinton, and Mrs. Susan WALTON, of Farmer City.

Charles W. McCORD 

October 30, 1914
Clinton Register


Charles W. McCORD died suddenly in Decatur at nine o'clock Tuesday evening. He was suddenly stricken with apoplexy at the home of a relative in the above city Monday night, and his condition grew rapidly worse.

Charles W. McCord was born in DeWitt June 23, 1842, and was seventy-two years old. The greater part of his life was spent in Clinton, during most of which he was engaged in real estate dealings. He filled a number of public offices, among them being that of alderman and justice of the peace. By profession he was a civil engineer, which calling he followed during the earlier years of his manhood. Four years ago he was stricken with blindness and like all who become blind in old age he was unable to become acquainted with the streets and residences of the city and was obliged to have someone lead him about or stay at home. All were kind and obliging and there were few pleasant days that he was not among his old friends on the street.

Mr. McCord was quite prominent in Masonic circles. He was a member of DeWitt lodge No. 84, Goodbrake chapter No. 59, Clinton Commandery No. 66, K. T. and the Shrine at Peoria being a 32nd degree Mason.

Deceased was twice married. His first companion being Margaret J. SWISHER, to whom he was united in 1865. To them were born two children, who survive, Mrs. Ida STRUBLE, of Clinton, and Frank McCORD, of Cherokee, Ia.; also six grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. M. J. RIGGS, of Midland, Tex. His wife died at Storm Lake, Ia., in 1896. In October, 1900, he was married to Mrs. Amanda C. TAYLOR. The latter died last January. Since her decease Mr. McCord had made his home with his daughter.

Remains were brought to Clinton Wednesday and taken to the home of Mrs. Struble. Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. Dr. Hall officiating. Services were in charge of DeWitt lodge A. F. and A. M., the escort being Clinton commandery K. T. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Charles W. McCORD 

January 9, 1914
Clinton Register

Was Daughter of Dr. Christopher Goodbrake, Who Died About Twenty Years Ago.

Mrs. Chas. W. McCORD died Sunday morning at the home of her son, M. G. TAYLOR, in the north part of the city, aged 66 years. She had been in poor health and recently had been confined to her bed, but on Saturday she seemed better, but became worse soon after midnight, and it was realized death was near.

Amanda Katherine GOODBRAKE was born in Clinton, August 1, 1847, and was the daughter of the late Dr. Christopher and Charlotte (Gleason) GOODBRAKE. Her mother died in the year 1872, and her father was one of the prominent physicians in Central Illinois during his life time and the early history of Clinton. He served in the army as physician and surgeon and came to Clinton from Ohio in 1847. He was instrumental in the founding of Chapter 59, Royal Arch Masons here and it was named Goodbrake Chapter in his honor.

When 20 years old she was married in 1867 to Homer B. TAYLOR, of Clinton, then at the head of the firm of Taylor, Blackford & Company, Dry Goods and Clothing, situated where the M. Gottlieb Clothing store now stands. When the war broke out the firm dissolved and Mr. Taylor went to the front. Upon his return to Clinton he engaged in the livery business in the barn on East Washington street. While engaged in business, he died October 30, 1872, and Mrs. Taylor conducted the business two years after his death. To the union had been born two children-Frederick Hugh TAYLOR, who died in infancy and Mont Goodbrake TAYLOR, who lives in Clinton. About ten years ago she was married to C. W. McCORD, who survives her. She was a member of the Eastern Star and of the McCorkle Club and the W. R. C. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 at the home, conducted by Rev. E. K. Towle. Burial was in Woodlawn.

James Washington McCORD 

December 4, 1891
Clinton Public

After nearly sixty-two years spent within what is now the limits of DeWitt County, James Washington McCORD answered the summons on the 21st day of November that called him from time to eternity. He had reached the ripe age of eighty-four years, nine months and twenty-six days when he was called hence. He was born in Oreston [Overton] County, Tennessee, on the 25th of January, 1807. On the 29th of October, 1827, in his native Tennessee, he was united in marriage to Miss Julia WHEELER, who was the mother of Mary, wife of Amos WEEDMAN; Lucinda, wife of William McMURRAY; Charlotte, widow of Milton JUDD; and William McCORD, who lives near Farmer City. His first wife died in the year 1852, and on the 5th of December, 1853, he married Mrs. Mary HARROLD, who with her three children survive him. The children are: Amanda, wife of J. J. SUTTON; John T. McCORD; and Cora, wife of Austin G. SHUE. He also leaves twenty grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

"Uncle Wash," as he was familiarly called, came from Tennessee in the year 1830 and settled near Farmer City, long before DeWitt County was organized. The country was wild and unsettled, the nearest towns being Decatur, Springfield and Blooming Grove, where he had to carry his corn to mill to be ground. Chicago was his closest trading point, and to there across the broad prairies he had to haul in two and four-horse wagons the products of his farm to exchange for the few necessaries the pioneers of those days could afford to indulge in. He knew by practical experience what it cost in labor to cultivate the wild prairie soil or to clear the timber land in order to make the rich productive farms of the present day. No one ever heard "Uncle Wash" complain of the lot of the farmers in these later days when "calamity howlers" are almost as thick as blackberries. He rejoiced at the prosperity of the county of which he was one of the original settlers. He was no laggard in the journey of life, and he looked back with pride on the sixty and more years that he had spent within a few miles of where he first settled in the county. He had seen this county in its days of prairie grass and sloughs and helped to bring it to its present high state of cultivation.

About the year 1835 "Uncle Wash" professed religion and united with the M. E. Church. For over fifty-six years he lived a consistent Christian. He was earnest in church work and zealously served the Lord, and the quarterly conference commissioned him as a local preacher. The circuit rider had no more earnest helper in protracted meetings, and at the camp meetings he was a power in exhortation and prayer. His home was the home of the itinerant preachers, and the venerable Peter Cartwright was always a welcome visitor.

In those days "meeting houses" were few and far between, and services were generally conducted in the cabins of the early settlers when the itinerant made an occasional visit. More than one of the early settlers in that neighborhood were converted in "Uncle Wash's" house, and it was he who sang the triumphal song "To Jacob's God" when his neighbors and their children were gathered into the fold.

When the gold fever broke out in 1849 and swept over this country, "Uncle Wash" and a number of his neighbors made the overland trip to California and suffered all the hardships of the journey in those primitive days. He soon became disgusted with his life among the mountains and gulches of California, and at the first opportunity he boarded a vessel bound for South America and in due course of time arrived at New York, and from there he "struck out" for the prairies of Illinois. That was all the experience he wanted, and ever after he was contented and fully satisfied that the soil of DeWitt County was more sure of results than the richest gold mine in California.

"Uncle Wash" was not an office seeker, although his popularity would have brought him to the front at any time in the early history of the county. In looking over the history we find that he served one year as supervisor of Harp township, elected in 1863. When Decatur POOLE was sheriff of the county, "Uncle Wash" served as his deputy. Politically he was an old Andrew Jackson Democrat, and rarely did he swerve at the ballot box unless some very intimate friend or some one of his Republican relatives were candidates on the opposition ticket. He had no bitterness in his heart against his neighbor. He never brooded over misfortune or wept over calamities, but met every vicissitude of fortune or fate with a smile on his face. Whenever he met one of his friends in trouble or who seemed downhearted he would quote Cowper's beautiful lines to him:

"Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
   But trust him for his grace.
Behind a frowning providence,
   He hides a smiling face."

That truly Christian and Masonic virtue, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, was his rule of action. No beggar or tramp went unfed from his door, and in him the widow and orphan always had a benefactor. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity for over forty years, and when in good health rarely missed a stated meeting of the order. And as the lodge to which he was a member performed its last sad rites over his remains the poem of Rob Morris came to our mind:

There's a world where all are equal,
   We are hurrying toward it fast,
We shall meet upon the level there,
   When the gates of death are pass'd.

We shall meet upon the level there,
   But never thence depart;
There's a mansion—tis all ready—
   For each faithful, trusting heart.

There's a mansion and a welcome,
   And a multitude are there,
Who have met upon the level
   And been tried upon the square.


July 20, 1894
Clinton Public


Mary LANE was born in Kentucky, January 31, 1818, [and] died at the home of her son J. T. McCORD, July 5, 1894, after an illness of only half an hour.

She came to DeWitt County, Ill., in 1830 and is therefore a "snow bird." She united in marriage with Jacob HARROLD in 1834. At that time there were but few settlers living here. Among those of her neighborhood who are living are Mr. and Mrs. F. D. ROBBINS, of this place, and Mrs. W. N. BOTKIN, now of Kenney. Mrs. Botkin was then and ever afterward remained one of her nearest friends. Not long since, while in conversation with the writer, in relating some of the happenings of her younger days, Grandma McCord remarked, "I reckon no two women had more enjoyment together than me and Nancy Botkin." Jacob Harrold, her husband, died in 1849. Of this union seven children survive. She was again married December 5, 1863, to J. W. McCORD, who departed this life November 21, 1891. Three children survive this union.

The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the M. E. Church of this place. Rev. H. B. MONTGOMERY of Decatur, preached the funeral sermon, taking for his text Rev. xiv-13, "And I heard a voice from Heaven, saying, blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them." It was a grand subject on a grand subject. While our hearts are filled with sorrow at the loss of one so dear, we know it is infinitely better for her who is in Heaven, free from all earthly doubts and fear and where no pain is ever allowed to enter.

It was intended for the interment to have taken place at the McCord cemetery immediately after the funeral, but on the account of the non-arrival of Mrs. James SUTTON, of Superior, Nebraska, daughter of the deceased, who was detained at Galesburg Saturday, by failing to make train connections, and not arriving in Farmer City until 10 o'clock P.M. Sunday, the burial took place Monday. A vast concourse of people assembled to pay the last sad rites of respect to the remains of the departed. Her relatives were many and her friends numbered thousands.

For over three quarters of a century Grandma McCord has lived on earth. Her life has been replete with acts of kindness and deeds of love and mercy, winning esteem, affection and love from all with whom she associated. Over forty years, nearly half a century ago, she professed the religion of the Lord Jesus and united with the M. E. Church. She lived not only a consistent but a devoted Christian the remainder of her life. She has been called to her reward, and has gone to be with her Redeemer.

The grief-stricken relatives have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the whole community, for they know there is one gone from our midst whose place can not be filled, a vacancy which will remain. —DeWitt Press.

William A. McCORD 

March 7, 1898
Paper Unknown

William A. McCORD died at his home in Farmer City on Monday, March 7, 1898, at 2:00 p.m., aged 52 years, 6 months, 15 days. Funeral: M.E. Church March 9th. Lemon Post GAR No. 210. Burial: Camp Ground Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

William Y. McCORD 

January 23, 1880
Clinton Public

William Y. McCORD, one of the early settlers of this county, died at his home near Farmer City on last Sunday morning. Nearly fifty years ago, when but a lad, he came to this county with his father, who settled on a farm where Fullerton is now located. When but a young man, he married Harriet WEEDMAN, sister of Sheriff WEEDMAN, and bought the farm on which he died. John Henry McCORD was their only child. In August, 1878, Mr. McCord had a severe attack of fever, from which he never fully recovered. Following his sickness he became paralyzed. The best medical skill in the country was consulted, but he received no relief. At the time of his death he was in his sixty-fourth year. During the whole of his life he was a hard worker and was economical in his habits, by which he amassed considerable wealth. He was an active and consistent member of the M. E. Church. The funeral took place last Monday afternoon.

James T. McCOY 

January 13, 1882
Clinton Public

This afternoon James T. McCOY will take his place with the heroes of the late war in the silent circle around the soldiers’ monument in Woodlawn cemetery. Last Friday he was attacked with lung fever, and yesterday afternoon he died.

James T. McCoy was a private in Co. H, Ninety-fourth Illinois Infantry, commanded by Gen. McNULTA, having enlisted in Bloomington at the outbreak of the war before he was twenty years of age. He served his country faithfully and well, having participated in all the hard fought battles in which the gallant Ninety-fourth was engaged. After serving for three years and three months he was discharged from the service, completely broken down in health. He never recovered the vigor of life.

A little more than a year ago he came to this city from Pulaski county, and worked at whatever manual labor his health would enable him to perform. Frail of body his last disease did its work speedily, and at the age of thirty-eight he passed from life to eternal rest. Three or four of his old regimental comrades live in and near this city. Jake Vogel, Garret Viles, Chris Michaels, and another, whose name we could not learn, are the only representatives of the Ninety-fourth in this part of the county.

McCoy was as poor in purse as he was in health, and last night Mr. Vogel circulated a subscription paper among the business men of the square to raise money to give his old comrade a decent burial. The people responded cheerfully. Whatever remains, after paying the funeral expenses, will be given to Mrs. McCOY.

Mrs. William McCRARY 

September 24, 1880
Clinton Public


We are grieved to announce the death of Mrs. Wm. McCRARY, who died last Sunday night.  Her disease is unknown to us.

Felix S. McCUDDY 

June 30, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of Felix S. McCuddy.

In last week’s PUBLIC was an item about the sickness of Felix S. McCUDDY. He had been confined to his bed then for more than a week, but it was hoped that the dangerous stage in his disease was passed. On Sunday morning his attending physician visited him, and at that time the symptoms were so favorable that the Doctor concluded it would not again be necessary for him to make another visit. Sunday was intensely hot before the storm, and Mr. McCuddy, to get the benefit of whatever air was stirring, had his couch moved out into the middle of the floor so that he was directly in the draft between two doors. Suddenly he was seized with a chill, which was thought to be only temporary; but during the night he became much worse, and at an early hour on Monday the doctor was again sent for. He pronounced it a severe case of congestive chills, and from the first had no hopes that the patient would rally. About one o'clock Monday afternoon Mr. McCuddy died. He was buried on Tuesday afternoon in Woodlawn cemetery with Masonic ceremonies. Mr. McCuddy was in his thirty-ninth year, and was a native of this county.


June 30, 1882
Clinton Register

Died, at his residence two miles east of Clinton on Monday, June 26, 1882, Felix S. McCUDDY, aged 38 years and 9 months. He was the youngest son of Isaac McCUDDY and was born in this county and died in the same house in which his father died some years since. Deceased was well known and highly esteemed for his many good qualities; was an honored member of the Masonic fraternity, and his funeral was conducted with Masonic honors, Rev. O. B. Thayer officiating minister, and the body was laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery, this city, on Tuesday. A widow and some step children survive to mourn his loss.

Isaac N. McCUDDY 

October 24, 1861
Central Transcript

Deaths in the Army.

We regret to announce the death of two good and brave young men, who went in the “Normal Regiment” from this place.  Mr. I. N. McCUDDY, an excellent young man, son of Isaac McCUDDY, Esq., died at or near Ironton, Mo., a few days ago.   His disease was typhoid fever.  He was about twenty-two years of age.  His friends have gone for his remains and will probably arrive this evening or tomorrow morning.  It is doubtless a great satisfaction to his friends to know that he received every care and attention it was possible to render.  The other deceased was a young Mr. Peterson, who died of the same disease, and about the same time.  They both died in their country’s service.


December 1, 1899
Clinton Register

Wm. McCULLOUGH died at his home in Selma, California last week. He was a brother of S. O. McCULLOUGH of Tabor, and of Mrs. Henry BOGARDUS of this city. The deceased was a resident of this county for a number of years, living in Barnett township most of the time. He was about 50 years old. He had many friends in this county who will be pained to learn of his death.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


March 27, 1914
Clinton Register

Abner McCumber Died Last Sunday Afternoon—
Veteran of Civil War—
Funeral Tuesday.

Another old soldier answered the roll call last Sunday when Abner McCUMBER breathed his last at his home on South East street at 12:30 p.m.

Thirteen years ago deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he partially recovered, but since that time had not been able to engage in any hard labor. Seven years ago he suffered a second stroke which left him in an enfeebled condition. On Wednesday of last week he suffered the third and fatal stroke while at home.

Deceased was born in Ohio, June 6, 1840, and came with his brother to this county before the war. He enlisted with Co. F, 41st Ill. Vol., at Decatur and served during the remainder of the war. Following the close of the conflict he returned to this county and was employed on the farm of Ben Mitchell southeast of this city. March 30, 1873, he was united in marriage to Henrietta JEWETT, near Weldon. He is survived by the widow and three children, the latter being Mrs. F. W. WHEELER, North Macon street, Ira and Mrs. Fred DuBOIS, the latter two residing at home. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. O. P. HAINES, a Clinton resident.

Funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. E. K. TOWLE, pastor of the M. E. church officiating. Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: His last name was spelled MacCumber in the article, but it should have been McCumber, so I corrected it.


May 28, 1915
Clinton Register

Frank McCumber the Victim.
He Was With Fishing Party Which Had Spent Saturday Night in the Woods.

Another life was suddenly snuffed out Sunday morning when Frank McCUMBER, a young farmer of Creek township, was killed by a passenger train on the South Salt Creek bridge of the Illinois Central at about 8:50.

The man was struck by the south-bound passenger train which leaves Clinton at 8:40 a.m. The train Sunday was pulled by Engineer F. E. MILLER. There is a steep grade just north of the bridge and steam is always shut off at this point. The bridge is protected by inner guard rails, and a newspaper had caught between these and the outer rails, obstructing the enginemen’s view partially and the man was not seen until too near to stop the train until it was too late.

McCumber was lying on the track with his head to the north, about the seventh tie from the south end of the bridge. When the engine struck him the body was severed at the waist, the lower part falling to the ground beneath, the trunk and upper section remaining on the bridge, being almost cut to pieces. The head was cut in two and not recognizable.

Engineer Miller stated that when he first saw the man there was blood on the side of his face, but that it might have been caused by a fall while climbing the embankment or by falling on the bridge. The body was picked up by the train crew, assisted by a couple of fishermen, and placed in a washtub and left in charge of a track walker while the train went on its way.

The railroad officials and county authorities were notified and Coroner MOORE and Roadmaster O'BRIEN went to the spot with a switch engine and car and brought the remains to Clinton, placing them in the Oakman undertaking rooms. The inquest was held at nine o'clock Monday morning with the following as jurors: Delmar BRYANT, J. M. KIRK, John BARR, F. M. SAMUEL, E. H. BEATTY and Dr. C. W. McRAE. The verdict was that death was from cause above stated and no one was held responsible for the accident.

According to the evidence, McCumber was one of six, the others being J. G. McCORD and Oscar VINSON, of Harp township; O. SMITH, E. DUCKWORTH and L. T. JOBE, of Clinton, who went to the woods Saturday about midnight to enjoy themselves. The Clinton men had returned home, and McCumber and the Harp men started for the Interurban track. McCumber became separated from his companions, who had proceeded north about a quarter of a mile where they were picked up by the coroner's special an hour later. These men thought they had not been separated from the victim more than five minutes when the accident occurred. A train had crossed the bridge only half an hour previous, and that there was no obstruction on the track at the time. Many stories were afloat in regard to the victim having been slugged previous to having been struck by the engine but no witness appeared at the inquest to sustain this theory.

That the man had engaged in a fight during the night, and after arriving at the creek was evident, as was told by a witness outside the coroner's court, but this was left for the state's attorney to care for.

State’s Attorney Williams states that he was called to Kenney Monday morning and did not know the hour set for the inquest, and that had he been there he would have endeavored to bring to light some of the doings of the party the previous night, as it was understood that McCumber had suffered from at least one serious blow.

One story told was that deceased had been accused of stealing from one of the party and the latter had struck him a severe blow, but that later the two had settled the matter peaceably. Also, that there had been another fight later in the night.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McCumber of Creek township. He usually worked as a farm hand but had spent considerable time in this city and for sometime had been in the employ of E. R. SHAW. He was 25 years old, and a member of the order of Moose, that lodge having charge of the funeral. Services were held from the home of Mrs. Harry LITSENBERGER, an aunt of the deceased, at three o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. E. K. TOWLE conducting the services. The pall bearers were members of the Moose lodge. Burial in Woodlawn.

Gordon McDEED 

February 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Like a Flash, His Life Went Out.
Gordon McDeed Dropped Dead While On a Hay Stack.

Ten years ago, the mother of Gordon McDEED went out to the well by the door of her farm-house, in Creek township, and while pumping some water into a pitcher for dinner, she dropped dead. She did not have a moment's warning, but, apparently, was as healthy as any reader of today's PUBLIC. Heart disease.

Yesterday morning, while at work with his son, getting hay from a stack for his stock, Gordon McDeed complained of feeling very hot, and he sank down on his knees on the stack and fell over dead.

Gordon McDeed was born in Creek township about fifty years ago on the farm on which he died. In the early history of this county the McDeed family bore a prominent part. Gordon was the only boy of the family who settled down to home and farm life; the others went out into the world. One of them served during the war in the Forty-first Illinois. The father died before the war, and old Mrs. McDeed made her home with Gordon and her daughters. After Gordon married, his mother lived with him, and at her death he bought out the interest of the heirs in the home farm and became its sole owner. It is one of the finest quarter sections in Creek, and Gordon worked on it and brought it up to a high state of cultivation. He married Miss Mattie PARKER, and they raised a family of fine boys and girls. Gordon McDeed was one of the kindest neighbors and friends, and his sudden death will cause many hearts to mourn.


February 19, 1915
Clinton Register

Christ McDermott Found Dead Wednesday—
Preparing to Return to Kenney.

Mrs. Christ McDERMOTT was horrified Wednesday morning by finding her husband cold in death in his cattle yard.  McDermott, who formerly resided on a little farm which he owned three miles north of Kenney and had advertised a sale of his stock and implements to be held on the day he died, preparatory to return to his former place.   He arose about 5:30 and went to the barn to do the morning chores, and failing to return at the usual time, his wife began a search for her husband and found him sitting lifeless on the milk stool where he had prepared to begin the morning milking.   The shock of the gruesome discovery almost prostrated Mrs. McDermott.  Deceased appeared in his usual health when he arose Wednesday morning and had not previously been complaining, which made the suddenness of his end the more shocking to his relatives and friends.

Christ McDermott was born on a farm in Ohio about 45 years ago and until his removal to the farm where he died, spent most of his life in the vicinity of Kenney, Ill.  Until three years ago he had lived a bachelor’s life, when he married a young Lincoln girl after which he removed to the large farm near the latter city.  Recently he had decided to retire from farming on a large scale and return to his own little place in this county.  Death was due to heart trouble.  He is survived by the widow and his aged mother, Mrs. Bridget McDERMOTT, of Iowa.  Mr. McDermott was a devout member of the Roman Catholic church and had a large following of friends both in DeWitt and Logan counties who were grieved to learn of his early and sudden taking away.

Funeral services were held from St. Patrick’s Catholic church, Lincoln, at nine o'clock this morning, Rev. J. F. McGrew in charge.  Interment in Holy Cross cemetery, Lincoln.

Charles C. McDONALD 

November 19, 1897
Clinton Public

C. C. McDonald is Struck in the Head by the Iron Work of a Bridge and Killed

Charles C. McDONALD, fireman, was going south on his usual freight run on the I. C. railroad Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, when he accidentally leaned out of the cab window four miles south of Patoka. The frame work of a bridge struck him in the back of head and jerked him from the engine. Engineer DUNKLE did not miss his fireman until about one and one-half miles south of the bridge. Returning, the body of the unfortunate young man was found on the iron work of the bridge, his skull crushed in and life extinct. Remains were brought to Clinton on the No. 104 on Sunday at 12:15 p.m.

Deceased was born in Farmland, Randolph county, Ind., on September 26, 1870. He was a son of T. M. McDONALD, of Clinton, superintendent of I. C. water system. He moved to Clinton three years ago from Champaign. He had made only two or three trips on this run, having been transferred from the north end. It is said that Guy INMAN, well known here, had been killed at this bridge.

Mr. McDonald was a man of good habits. He leaves his parents and one sister, Mrs. Lulu THORNBURG, of Parker City, Ind. Funeral services were held at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. L. B. PICKERILL, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment in Woodlawn.


December 1, 1882
Clinton Public

John McDONALD, son-in-law of Mr. A. L. BARNETT, died at his home, three miles west of Clinton, this afternoon, at two o'clock. About nine months ago the deceased was afflicted with cancer on the left cheek, which gradually spread till it reached his temple. For a long time he had been confined to his home. Last night some of the arteries in his face broke and he finally bled to death. John McDonald came to this county from Ohio about twenty-one years ago. He was an industrious man and was highly esteemed by his neighbors.

Rebecca J. McDONALD 

October 1898
Funeral Card

Rebecca J. McDONALD died here in Farmer City, Thursday, October 13, 1898, at 4:20 a.m., aged 83 years, 8 months. Funeral: M.E. Church. Burial: City Cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Samuel McDONALD 

March 28, 1861
Central Transcript

Died—In Troy, Madison county, Illinois, after a brief illness, Mrs. Caroline McDONALD, twenty-one years, wife of Samuel McDONALD and daughter of Isaac MONNETT of Mt. Pleasant, DeWitt county, Illinois.  Mrs. McDonald was a member of the Methodist Church and in her life and intercourse with her associates manifested a high tone of character, winning the esteem of the community and of all who became acquainted with her.  But a few months since, Mrs. McDonald came into our midst and her departure was sudden and unexpected.  Just entering upon the active duties of life, and when the prospect of usefulness seemed most fair, she is called suddenly away, and the companion of her youth is left alone.  Unable as we are to fathom the purpose of God, in thus cutting off anticipated hopes, we can only fall back upon the assurance: “He doeth all things well.”

Note: Caroline was the daughter of Isaac and Ruth (Wiggins) Monnett.  She died March 10, 1861, and was buried in the Troy City Cemetery in Madison County, Illinois.

Stella McDONALD 

January 1, 1863
Clinton Public

At Mount Pleasant, on Friday, December 19, little Stella, only child of John and M. E. McDONALD, aged 2 years. Jesus said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

Thomas M. McDONALD 

November 26, 1909
Clinton Register

The death of T. M. McDONALD occurred at a hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Wednesday at 2 o'clock. Deceased was born in Somerset county, O., and was 63 years old. He came to Illinois when 28 years old, and was married to Miss Cordelia WOODCOCK in Washington, Ill. They lived at Forest, Ill., where he was in the employ of the Wabash railroad. They came to Clinton 18 years ago where he was in the employ of the Illinois Central about 13 years, part of the time as water superintendent. Five years ago he moved to Missouri and was with the Missouri Pacific two years. The next three years he had charge of the irrigation of a sugar plant in Porto Rico. His health failed and on his way back last April he was stricken with brain trouble, thought to have been caused by the heat in Porto Rico. Soon after arriving at Rock Island, he was taken to a hospital at Mt. Pleasant where he had since been. Five days ago he was stricken with paralysis.

He is survived by his wife and 3 of the five children born to them, as follows: Mrs. W. W. REISE of Rock Island; Mrs. Sidney WILSON of Cleveland, O.; and Mabel, at home. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Clinton.

The remains arrived here last night accompanied by Mrs. McDonald and Mr. and Mrs. Reise. Funeral was held at 2:30 today in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Schwartz, pastor of the Christian church. Burial was in Woodlawn.


January 1922
Paper Unknown

Nonagenarian Dies in DeLand.

Mrs. Mary A. McFADDEN, aged 98 years, died at her home in DeLand, Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock, following a stroke of paralysis several weeks ago. Her condition had grown gradually worse since the stroke.

Mrs. McFADDEN had been a resident of Piatt County since 1857. Mary Ann MECHLING was born in Armstrong County, PA. Dec. 13, 1823. She was married to Henry S. McFADDEN, in April 1842. In 1857 they moved to Illinois, first locating near Monticello. Later they purchased 320 acres of land near DeLand. Mr. McFADDEN died June 10, 1903. Following his death Mrs. McFADDEN moved to DeLand, where she with her daughter Emma had occupied a modern cottage since.

She is survived by eight children: John M. CLAY of Clay Center, Neb., Mrs. Finny BOYER, Harry S. McFADDEN, and Miss Emma McFADDEN, all of DeLand: Mrs. Sarah BLANCHARD of Los Angeles: Mrs. Louis BEAN of Chicago: Mrs. Juliette FRANCES of Knoxville, and Frank McFADDEN of Marion Neb. All of her children were at the bedside when the end came.

Funeral services will be conducted in the home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon by Rev. Royal W. ENNIS of the Methodist Church Burial will be in the DeLand Cemetery.

Submitted by Unknown

William H. McFARLAND 

March 21, 1902
Clinton Register

Had Been Spending the Winter in the South With Others From Clinton.
Remains Brought to Clinton.

Last week word came to Clinton of the dangerous illness of W. H. McFARLAND at St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had been spending the winter. Sunday about 2 o'clock his former partner in business, Carl JONES, received a telegram announcing his death. His illness began March 5, the ailment being kidney trouble, and almost from the first he was dangerously sick. He submitted to an operation but no relief came from it.

William H. McFarland was born in Fayette County, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1832, and during boyhood was taken with his parents, Jesse and Lavina McFARLAND, to Marshal county, this state, where he grew to manhood on a farm. In early life he became interested in the grocery business at Wenona, Ill. He came to Clinton in 1863, and in partnership with Daniel Wright, under the firm name of McFarland & Wright, opened a general store on the present site of Katz’s clothing store. Three years later Mr. McFarland disposed of his business interests and spent eleven years as a commercial traveler. His next business engagement was the purchase of a drug store which he conducted for one year and at the end of that time a partnership was formed with J. D. Rogers under the firm of McFarland & Rogers in the furniture business. In a short time he purchased Mr. Rogers’ interest, which he conducted alone until he sold an interest to W. W. McIntosh, their store being where Lemon & Harrison’s furniture store is. This firm was dissolved in about two years by Mr. McFarland disposing of his interest to his partner. After disposing of his furniture interests, Mr. McFarland practically lived a retired life for seven years, but being of an active temperament, he tired of that life and in 1898 he again entered the furniture business with Carl Jones and M. R. COLWELL, under the firm name McFarland, Colwell & Jones. They carried on business together until the first of September, 1900, when Mr. McFarland sold his interest to his partners and retired from business again. During the seven years he previously spent in retirement from active labor, he engaged in the fire and life insurance business in a limited way. In connection with Daniel Wright, he built the brick residence adjoining his late home, and later purchased the interest of Mr. Wright, where he made his home for 30 years.

In 1851 he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza WRIGHT, of Marshall county, Ill., and to them were born six children, all of them died when young except Sarah, wife of A. V. LISENBY, who died in November 1885, aged 33 years.

Mr. McFarland had been one of Clinton’s successful and progressive citizens. He had accumulated considerable property, owning four good residence properties in one block, and two business buildings on the public square, one being erected in 1876 and one in 1892.

He had long been an active worker in the Methodist church. He was an honored member of the I.O.O.F. lodge. Until a few years ago he was a Democrat, but became a prohibitionist. He had been an alderman and was always interested in the progress of his city. As an evidence of this, a few days before leaving for Florida last fall, he made a provision in his will for $5,000 to be used for the good of the Clinton public library which is considered a good sum for one of his wealth. And being the first gift that has come to Clinton from one of its citizens, it will stand in the hearts of its citizens as a monument to his memory.

When he and his devoted wife left for the South, he was in better health than usual, and after their arrival there he built a cottage, intending to spend future winters in the South.

The remains arrived here Tuesday night accompanied by Mrs. McFARLAND, her nephew, Mr. WRIGHT, of St. Petersburg, and Miss Ella ZORGER. The body was taken to the home on West South street where the funeral was held yesterday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. I. Villars, of Watterman, formerly pastor of the M. E. church of this city and a close friend of the deceased. Interment in Woodlawn.

The relatives from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. S. T. WILSON, Wenona; S. L. CUNNINGHAM, Chicago; Mrs. Willie MYERS, Peoria; Mrs. Ione BASSETT, Chicago; J. C. CUNNINGHAM, Chicago; and Mrs. A. V. LISENBY, Fresno, Cal.

The pall bearers were: C. K. ZORGER, Jacob MAY, Isaiah SAMUELS, Phil WOLF, R. B. DAY, and John POLLOCK.

Mrs. William H. McFARLAND 

March 20, 1908
Clinton Register

One of Clinton’s Oldest Residents is Called to Final Rest—
Lived in Clinton Forty-Five Years.

Mrs. Eliza McFARLAND, widow of the late W. H. McFARLAND, died Wednesday night about 2 o'clock at her home on West South street, aged 76. She had been in failing health since the death of her husband five years ago. He died at St. Petersburg, Florida, where they were spending the winter. For several weeks she had been almost helpless, and was cared for by her nephew, S. T. WILSON and wife, who had lived in the house with her two or three years.

Eliza WRIGHT was born in Ohio July 6, 1832, and had lived in Illinois since 1845. Six years later she was married to W. H. McFarland; they came to this city twelve years later and it had since been her home.

Of the four children born to them, none are living, all dying young, except Sarah, who was married to A. V. LISENBY and died in October 1885. She had long been a faithful member of the M. E. church.

Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock tomorrow, conducted by Rev. Boyers. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


May 6, 1904
Paper Unknown

Christian Mother At Rest

Another of De Witt County's Old Residents Called Home, Lived in Clinton Half a Century: Last night as the shades of night were falling, the earthly life of a good woman was closed at her home on South Monroe street, Mrs. A. E. McGRAW. She attended the funeral of Mrs. LOWRY, and on returning home was taken suddenly sick and pneumonia soon developed. She was seriously ill from the first and doubt was felt of her recovery.

Amy E. PHARES was born in Madison County, Ohio, July 19, 1840, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel PHARES came to this county in October, 1847, locating near Waynesville. Five years later they moved to Clinton, which had since been her home. August 1, 1858, she was married to Lee S. McGRAW, who died April 2, 1899.

She is survived by four children, D.J. and S. P. McGRAW of Joplin, Missouri; Mrs. Charles JEFFERY of Decatur, and Mrs. Hallie BOWDEN of Clinton. She is also survived by five sisters and four brothers. They are: Mrs. Eliza HALL, of Missouri; Mrs. Eliza PAYNE, Mrs. Margaret PAYNE, of Decatur; Mrs. Mattie LANE, Mrs. Julia WILSON, of Clinton; Mrs. W. H. HARRISON, of Leadville, Colo; William, of Ospur; Henry C., Weldon; Frank M., Clinton, and Samuel C., Monarch.

She had been a faithful member of the Christian church many years, and was always ready to do her part in her master's work. Funeral services in the Christian church, at 2 P.M. Sunday, conducted by Rev. GULLILAND. Burial in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Unknown

Jemima (LANE) McGRAW 

November 30, 1877
Clinton Public

Mrs. John J. McGraw

One by one the living links that bind the present Clinton with the past are being severed, and, with increasing frequency, the old settlers are consigned to their last resting place. Of the few our city numbered among its pioneers none was so true to the traditions and usages of the past as Mrs. John J. McGRAW, who was consigned to her last resting place in the city of the dead on Tuesday afternoon.

For nearly forty years had she resided in this city. She came here when in the prime of life, and she and her husband were among the first settlers. Mrs. McGraw was one of those kindly souls who was ever ready to help in time of need, and in the early days of the settlement of Clinton her time was greatly given to those beneficent offices which can only be fully appreciated in a new country. The deeds of those days have made her name precious, and the tears shed on last Tuesday by her old friends and neighbors, as they stood beside her coffin in the church, were a genuine tribute of affection to her memory. Mrs. McGraw was an earnest Christian, and for thirty-four years had been connected with the M. E. Church in this city, of which she was the oldest member at the time of her death. She was born in Kentucky on the 21st of January, 1807, and lacked but a few weeks of her seventy-first year when she was called from earth to heaven. She was married to Judge McGRAW on the 31st day of January, 1830. For nearly forty-seven years she and her aged partner had walked hand in hand through life. She leaves one son and two daughters to mourn their great loss. Judge McGraw and his children have the sympathy of the whole community in their sorrow.

Note: Her maiden name was Jemima A. Lane. She was the daughter of Tillman and Margaret (Lyons) Lane.

John J. McGRAW 

June 25, 1886
Clinton Public

The Oldest Citizen of Clinton Has Joined the Silent Majority.

John J. McGRAW, the oldest male citizen of Clinton, died at his home in this city last Saturday, in the 80th year of his age. He was confined to his home since the latter part of the month of February. His funeral took place on Monday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity with which order he had long been identified.

Some time before death he made all the necessary arrangements about his funeral. It was his request that the Rev. T.  I. COULTAS, of Decatur, should conduct the services, and also that the string band should assist in the musical part. Often on his way home he would stop at Hull's barber shop in the evening, when the orchestra would be practicing, and listen to their playing; at those times he expressed a wish that at his funeral the orchestra would play. The old Judge was fond of music, and he would listen by the hour to the sweet strains of the orchestra. The Clinton cornet band headed the funeral procession from the house, playing a requiem. By the time the cortege arrived at the church, every pew, except those reserved for the family and the Mason order, was crowded. Old residents from all parts of the county had come to pay the last sad tribute of respect to one who had been a prominent factor in the history of the county even before its organization. As the coffin was borne down the center aisle of the church the orchestra, accompanied by the pipe organ, performed an appropriate dirge. The altar of the church was tastefully decorated with flowers.

The services opened by the reading of the hymn by the pastor of the M. E. Church of Farmer City. The Rev. James RUCKER followed with prayer, and the Rev. W. A. HUNTER read an appropriate selection from the scriptures. Then the Rev. T. I. Coultas delivered an eloquent sermon, taking as his theme, "What is Man?" At the conclusion of the services in the church the funeral procession marched to Woodlawn Cemetery, where the ceremonies were concluded by the Masonic fraternity. Members from the several lodges in the county were present, Farmer City alone being represented by twenty members of the order. It was one of the largest funeral processions that ever entered Woodlawn Cemetery.

For over fifty-six years John J. McGraw had been a resident of DeWitt county; in fact he came here several years before the county was organized. He arrived at what is now the village of Waynesville on the 4th of May, 1830. Six years before that time—October 29, 1824—the first settlers in the present limits of DeWitt county built a log cabin on section 7, in Tunbridge township. They were Zion SHUGART, Edom SHUGART, their mother, Elisha BUTLER and wife, and John COPPENBARGER. The next settlement was in February, 1826, when John BURR and Prettyman MARVEL located in Big Grove, now Waynesville. Judge McGraw farmed in the summer and taught school in the winter. He began his career as a school teacher in Waynesville township in 1833. In 1839, on the organization of the county, he was elected the first county clerk. At that time the young county had a voting population of 609, and a Democratic majority of 23. Although Judge McGraw was an uncompromising Whig, he defeated his Democratic competitor. For eighteen years he held the office; at the end of each term being elected by increased majorities. The same year he was elected county superintendent of public schools, which office he held till 1865, and from 1839 to 1865 he also held the office of master in chancery, receiving his first appointment under Judge TREAT when he presided over this circuit. When J. C. McPHERSON resigned the office of county treasurer in 1840, Judge McGraw also held this office till the expiration of the term. As an office-holder he was a grand success, and the people of DeWitt county would have given the general management of the whole county to the Judge if it had been in their power to do so. When the village of Clinton was organized under special charter in 1867, Judge McGraw was the first police magistrate elected, and this office he resigned in 1871 after he was elected county judge. In the spring of 1881, he resigned the office of county judge, and at the April election of the same year he was elected one of the justices of the peace for Clintonia township, which office he held till the time of his death. Dating from his first election in 1839, Judge McGraw held office for nearly forty-seven years consecutively; and if we were to count the number of years of the several offices he filled they would foot up more by far than the number of years Judge McGraw lived. During President Lincoln's first term, Judge McGraw also held the office of assistant assessor in the internal revenue service, which he held till President Johnson removed him for being an "offensive partisan," and W. H. McFARLAND was appointed as his successor. For a time he was also postmaster of Clinton.

It mattered not what office Judge McGraw was a candidate for, even when the majority in the county was largely Democratic, he never failed of an election. He had the happy faculty of making everybody his friend. He knew every man, woman and child in the county, and his kindly face, pleasant word and hearty shake of the hand made him at home with everybody from the moment of introduction. As a justice of the peace and as county judge he had solemnized more marriage ceremonies than probably any other man in the world during the same period. His great ambition was to reach the number of five hundred marriage ceremonies, but he fell short twenty-two, reaching only 478. During his nearly fifty years of official life he united the grandchildren of the parents he had married away back in the early days. If the parents and descendants of all he had united in matrimony could be brought together, they would form a population equal to that of Clinton in this year of grace 1886. One of his early marriages was that of Landers SLATTEN to Rachel POFF. Slatten was one of those unfortunate fellows who never had a dollar, but he wanted a wife all the same. He made a contract with the Judge that in payment of the marriage fee he would haul him a load of wood. Another was the marriage of David CURTWRIGHT to Melinda FENTON. David had no money, but after he was married he went out and killed a dozen quails, and these he gave the Judge in payment of the fee.

When Judge McGraw fist came to Clinton there were but twelve families living here. Two persons only are now living in Clinton who were here at that time—Mrs. S. K. HARRELL, who was then Miss GRAY, and Mrs. John C. STOKER, who was a Miss BROWN. On the 6th of May, 1839, an election was held to decide the location of the county seat. Clinton and Marion (now DeWitt) were competitors for the prize. The terms of locating the county seat required that the town selected should give two thousand dollars in cash or in real estate for the purpose of erecting the necessary public buildings. After the election, Hugh BOWLES, Henry DISHON and Judge McGraw acted as appraisers for the town in locating the property, and the lots on which stand the court-house and the jail were a part of the consideration.

Judge McGraw saw Clinton build up from nothing to a city of over three thousand population. He felt a pride in Clinton and in DeWitt county, and the people honored him for his worth as a man and his official integrity. He built, in connection with the Hon. C. H. MOORE, the first brick block on the public square, the building now occupied by Fred CRANG & Co. During his lifetime he made a reasonable fortune, the large portion of which he divided among his children. He leaves an estate valued from $12,000 to $15,000, which will be divided as his will directs.

A gentleman who knew Judge McGraw for more than forty-four years has written a tribute to his memory, which will be found in this column, therefore it is not necessary for us to enlarge on his life and character.


June 25, 1886
Clinton Public

Judge John J. McGRAW departed this life at his residence, in Clinton, Illinois, on Saturday, June 19th, 1886, in the 80th year of his age, surrounded by his wife, his children and loving friends. For the last three months he had suffered greatly—more than he was willing to let his friends or his family know—all of which he bore with the courage of a man, and the patience and resignation of a true Christian.

By birth he was a South Carolinian, and with his parents, Charles and Jane McGRAW, removed to the State of Alabama, near Selma, when he was about ten years old. Here, for his time, he acquired a fair English education, and he had charge of a plantation in Louisiana before he arrived at his majority. In 1827, when he was but twenty years old, he left his adopted State and came up to Monroe county, Kentucky, and in January, 1830, he was married to his first wife, Miss Jemima LANE, and the same year started for Illinois and settled at what was then called "Big Grove," in McLean county, where he remained, farming in the summer and teaching school in the winter, until the spring of 1839, when he was elected the first county clerk in DeWitt county, which office he held for eighteen consecutive years—and this in a county that gave, in 1840, 316 Democratic and 293 Whig votes. In fact, in his own right, or as deputy, he held about all the county offices at that time, except those of sheriff and county judge.

From the time of his first election up to the time of his death, he held from one to three offices of trust and responsibility. Out of the fifty-six years that he has lived in the State, we believe the records will show that he has acted as a justice of the peace, police magistrate or county judge for at least forty years. We think that a bad justice of the peace can do more injury in his community than a bad President. He can stir up more strife, give more unjust judgments, and vex and harass a neighborhood more than any man in it; or he can so temper justice with mercy—so handle his collections as to let the poor debtor still remain a friend of his creditor. McGraw always did the latter. No trouble on his official bonds. Money paid to him was always ready for its rightful owner. Not a breath of suspicion was ever breathed against his integrity as a man or his promptness as an officer; and yet he was a man who knew how to look after his own and, had he wished it, could have made a large fortune, but he was satisfied when he had made plenty, much of which he divided among his children years ago, and there is still a handsome sum yet to be divided.

He knew what but few men who can acquire property ever learn—when he had enough he took the world easy. His bright, sunny face and cheerful voice were welcome everywhere. The young and the old each had a warm place in their hearts for him. As an evidence of what the young people thought of him, let us say that during his official life he performed the marriage ceremony for 478 couples. Has any civil or ecclesiastical officer exceeded this in any country?

Our acquaintance with him commenced in August, 1841. Edward JONES, then a leading lawyer at Pekin, gave us a letter to him, which we presented, and after talking a little while about the county, the legal business it then had, its population, etc., etc., we went out to look at the town of Clinton, which then contained not exceeding twelve families. As we left the court-house, now owned, improved and occupied by Mrs. LOWRY, we heard him say to Judge LOWRY, "I like the looks of that young man; if he is a Whig let us encourage him to stop with us." It was then a sorry looking town, but necessity compelled us to stop some place, and that right speedily. After a proper time we again dropped into the clerk's office. The county clerk, circuit clerk, recorder, master in chancery, school commissioner and sheriff, so far as the latter had an office, were all kept in a little room cut off in the east end of the court-house, not exceeding fourteen by twenty-four feet. We told them that we were at the great Whig convention in Springfield in 1840, and if we were not greatly mistaken we saw Judge Lowry there in a canoe, and that his paddling was very natural. That settled the matter, and McGraw and Lowry both gave us the right hand of political fellowship and personal friendship, which we retained ever afterward. A peculiar trait of McGraw's was his desire to help young students; and this was not confined to young lawyers, but extended to young doctors and ministers. But we know more of what he did for lawyers. Many are the young lawyers now dead or moved away to whom he furnished the money to buy the textbooks of their profession—the first books they had—and encouraged them in their efforts, crude and awkward as they might be. Liberal in his politics and not dogmatic in his religion, he had a kind word or helping hand for all who needed either.

Note: There is more to this obituary upon request.

Mrs. John J. McGRAW 

September 28, 1900
Clinton Register

Wife of Judge John J. McGraw, Who Died a Few Years Ago—
Was an Old Settler.

Mary W. HAWORTH was born in Chester county, Penn., Dec. 4, 1823. She departed this life Sep. 21, 1900, at the home of George DAVENPORT, near Birkbeck, aged 76 years, 9 months and 17 days. She was united in marriage to James REED Dec. 28, 1840. To them were born six children, five sons and one daughter: Willis T., of Kansas; Lewis E., of DeWitt; Hiram L., and Francis A., of Idaho; Dora A., of Birkbeck, and Oliver P. Two of them, Hiram L. and Oliver P., preceded her to the better land. She and her husband united with the M. P. church in 1842. She had lived a consistent Christian life, dearly devoted to her church. She has taken her church paper 47 years. She was a loving mother and a kind neighbor, and will be missed by all.

Sister McGraw was married three times; her second husband was Hugh DAVENPORT; her third was Judge John McGRAW. Her stepchildren speak in the highest terms of her as a mother, who was always loving and kind; who set them a noble Christ-like example which speaks now, although she has gone to her reward. The church at Birkbeck, who loves her dearly, will feel her loss though their loss is her eternal gain. The funeral sermon was preached in Birkbeck M. P. church by Dr. Bolton.

Six of Mrs. McGraw’s sons acted as pall bearers at her funeral, Elmer, Ed, Willie, Charles, James and Frank REED. Her remains were laid to rest in the DeWitt cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
DAVENPORT, HUGH L.    REED, MARY MRS.    04/14/1869     DE WITT
MCGRAW, JOHN J.    DAVENPORT, MARY W. MRS.    07/02/1883     DE WITT

Capt. L. S. McGRAW 

April 7, 1899
Clinton Public


Capt. L. S. McGraw Dies in Peace, Believing in the Final Resurrection.

Capt. McGRAW’s life has been an open book to the people of this county. He had nothing to withhold from the searching eyes of a critical public. Ever since the civil war his health has been poor, believed to be caused by diabetes.

He was born near Waynesville on April 5, 1837, being at the time of his death, on Sunday at 8 o'clock p.m., 61 years, 11 months and 28 days old. He moved to Clinton in 1847, his father, John McGRAW, being a noted man among the people of that generation.

After completing the grades in the public schools here, he attended the Ohio Wesleyan. On September 1, 1859, he was married to Miss Amy PHARES, who survives him, by Squire B. F. JONES, and six children were born to this union—Lincoln, who died 38 years ago when 9 months old; John J., of Joplin, Mo.; Samuel P., Lula, Hattie, of DeWitt county; and an infant, deceased. Only one of four children in his parent’s family, Mrs. Ab PHARES, the youngest member of the family and most frail in health, survives him.

When first the drum call awoke the latent patriotic fire among the people in the ‘60’s, he enlisted as a private in the 107th Ill. Inf., and served until 1865, rising to lieutenant and captain by meritorious conduct. Though of quiet demeanor, he was positive as a soldier and easily filled every requirement of his office.

He followed the occupation of a farmer until 1874 and, for five years thereafter, was a grain merchant, the latter part of his life being spent in virtual retirement as landlord, his health being such as to sap his vitality. He was a member of the Christian church, having united with that denomination 32 years ago. Though he never was ostentatious, he had an abiding faith in the reward promised the faithful, and his life always conformed to the rule of action set down by the church. All of his business affairs were attended to, his bereaved wife receiving, during her lifetime, the property he leaves. Knowing that he had but a few hours to live, he made arrangements for his funeral. The grave had lost its sting and he calmly, gladly awaited the dissolution of the soul and body, asking those about him not to weep for he had no fear of death; telling his sister that she alone remained and she too would soon greet all of them in a land where parting is unknown. He said, “It is nothing to die.” He was an illustration of patience, no murmur, no harsh word nor cross look, nothing indicated a wish he did not seem to have had gratified.

Attachments formed during life by the deceased for Rev. Duncan MacARTHUR were dear unto the end, and Capt. McGraw selected him to preach his funeral sermon, assisted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND. He had always said that if Mr. MacArthur survived him, he wanted him to preside at his burial.

The funeral services of Capt. L. S. McGraw were held at the Mc Graw house on Wednesday. The beautiful floral offerings and large gathering of friends bore testimony to the popularity of the deceased. Services were conducted by Revs. D. MacArthur and E. A. Gilliland, and were solemn and impressive. The Masonic lodge took charge of the remains, conducting them to Woodlawn cemetery, where they were laid to rest.

McGUINIS (infant) 

August 25, 1893
Clinton Public

Weldon Home Circle.

W. I. Davenport preached the funeral of a little babe of Mrs. McGUINIS, at Cisco, on Wednesday.

Alonzo D. McHENRY 

October 30, 1914
Clinton Register

A. D. McHenry, Oldest Resident of Clinton, Died Last Sunday.

At 3:50 last Sunday morning another of Clinton’s well known and prominent residents passed away when A. D. McHENRY answered the last roll call from the Secretary above.  Mr. McHenry had been ill for more than a year, ureamic poison accompanied by the debilities of old age ending in his death.  For some time his case was critical and his death was looked for.  Mr. McHenry was one of the city’s former successful business men, having retired to enjoy the fruits of a busy life some twenty years ago.  He was known and respected by all the older citizens as well as most of the younger throughout the county.

Alonzo D. McHenry was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, November 15, 1844, being at the time of his death within one month of his 80th anniversary.  At the age of three years he came with his parents, Alexander and Mary A. McHENRY, to Illinois, the family settling in Peoria county where the boy grew to manhood, obtaining his education in the public schools.  While a young man he learned the trade of wagon and carriage making, following his trade for a number of years, all of which time that class of work was done without the aid of machinery.  In 1857 he came to Clinton and this had since been his home.  For two years he followed the business of manufacturing wagons in partnership with J. C. Stoker, but in the spring of ’59 he became a victim of the California gold fever and made the journey to the new Eldorado, but only remained until the following fall when he returned to Clinton and resumed his trade.  At the breaking out of the Civil War he volunteered and was enrolled as a member of Co. F, 41st Ill. Vol. Inft.  In 1864 he was made orderly sergeant.  In addition to a number of minor engagements he was in the great battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg— losing a leg in the latter battle.

On his return from the war he was elected sheriff of DeWitt county and at the close of his term was appointed deputy.  Later he was again elected sheriff.  He also served one term as mayor and also two years as alderman.   For several years he was a member of the board of education.

In 1870 he became associated with Philip Wolfe in the hardware and implement business, but after six years they gave this up and engaged in land dealing.  Later on they engaged in the furniture and undertaking business again becoming hardware dealers and followed that business until 1884, when Mr. Wolfe disposed of his interest to I. N. Bailor, the firm taking the title of McHenry & Bailor.   In 1892 the senior partner sold his interest to W. W. Newman.  Since that time Mr. McHenry had lived a retired life with the exception of looking after his farm of 317 acres in Harp township.

January 15, 1865, he was married to Miss Melsena MILLER at Pekin and to them five children were born, as follows: Ida, wife of W. E. SPRAGUE, of Clinton; Grace, wife of Daniel D. COLE, of St. Paul, Minn.; Winifred, wife of Dr. S. L. THORPE, of Clinton; Ellen, wife of Jule J. ROYCE; and Arthur M. McHENRY.  Mrs. Cole was unable to attend the funeral on account of an accident having befallen one of her children.  Fraternally the deceased was a member of DeWitt lodge A. F. & A. M., Goodbrake chapter No. 59 R. A. M., Clinton Council No. 74 R. & S. M., and as well as a member of the local order of Elks.  He kept in touch with his old comrades of the war by his membership with the G. A. R.

Funeral services were held from the late home on North Center Street at 10:30 Tuesday morning, in charge of Rev. Fulton, a former pastor of the Presbyterian church and who was a next door neighbor of the deceased.  The Masonic lodge had charge of the ceremony, the Elks acting as escort.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Alonzo D. McHENRY 

April 2, 1880
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. A. D. McHenry.

Many a heart in Clinton was sad last Saturday evening when the announcement was made that Mrs. A. D. McHENRY had just died. For several weeks she had been very sick, but for some days previous to her death her friends entertained hope of her recovery; and for this reason the news of her death was unexpected. Mrs. McHenry was a quiet, unassuming woman, a great lover of her home and of her family. She leaves five children, the oldest being under fifteen years of age. It is a hard blow to her husband, for their home was a pleasant one, and peace and joy reigned supreme in the household. The funeral services were held at the house on last Monday afternoon. As a mark of respect to our honored Mayor, all the business houses were closed during the services. Five of the Aldermen with Captain James NORTH acted as pall bearers. Mayor McHENRY and his motherless children have the sympathy of the entire community in this the saddest bereavement of their lives.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
McHENRY, ALONZO D.     MILLER, MELSEND A.      01/05/1865     TAZEWELL

Mrs. Ellen McHENRY 

January 13, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. McHenry Died at Pekin.

Mrs. Ellen McHENRY, step-mother of A. D. McHENRY of this city, died at Pekin Saturday, aged 84 years. Deceased made her home in Clinton until five years ago, when she went to Pekin and had since made her home there with her daughter, Mrs. SIMMS. Mr. McHENRY and daughter, Ida, attended the funeral at Pekin.

Elton (HUME) McHUGH 

Date Unknown
Paper Unknown


Mrs. Adelbert McHUGH had been a patient in Bloomington Hospital for Past Eleven Weeks Mrs. Adelbert MCHUGH of Heyworth, died Thursday night in the hospital in Bloomington, where she had been the past 11 weeks receiving treatment for a mastoid abcess, which was the cause of her death. Mrs. MCHUGH was 57 years of age and has lived all of her life in the vicinity of Heyworth and Wapella. Her maiden name was Elton HUME, and besides her husband she leaves three sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Charles SWEARINGEN, Mrs. Lon SWISHER, Mrs. Louis WILLIAMS, Chas., George and Thomas HUME, all of who reside in Wapella, Heyworth and Bloomington. Mrs. MCHUGH was a member of the Christian Church and has served a number of years as recorder of the Court of Honor, of which she had been a member for several years.


January 20, 1888
Clinton Public

Death of Hiram McIntosh.

Less than four years ago Hiram McINTOSH left his home in the State of New York to make his home in Clinton. He was born near Saratoga Springs, New York, on the 19th of February, 1824, and lived in that State till May, 1884, when he moved his family to this city. Three months prior to that time his oldest son, William W., came to Clinton and bought out J. R. JONES’ jewelry store, Mr. McIntosh being the senior member of the firm. The greater portion of Mr. McIntosh’s life had been spent on a farm, but about fifteen years ago his health failed and he was obliged to give up in part the hard work attending the life of a farmer. For the past eight years he was an invalid and he had to quit business entirely. His connection with the jewelry business was merely the use of his name and capital for upon his son William devolved the entire management. While he felt daily that his strength was becoming weaker and that the end could not be far off he bore up cheerfully and made every thing about him bright and pleasant. He had a happy disposition and the sunshine in his life brightened his home and made him a genial neighbor and friend. He took great pleasure in his new home, which he bought less than a year ago.

Till early in the month of December he spent a portion of each day in the store pleasantly chatting with the customers, but from that time on he was confined to his home. Last Friday night he departed this life, having been confined to his bed less than three days. He felt that his end was approaching for one week ago last Monday he settled up his earthly affairs by making a will, in which he left everything to his wife, including his one-half interest in the store, so there will be no change in the name of the firm.

Mr. McIntosh was buried last Sunday afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery. Had he lived till the 19th of February he would have reached his sixty-fourth birthday. He leaves a devoted wife, to whom he was married in Clyde, New York, in the year 1858, and two sons, both engaged in business. He was an earnest Christian, and during the few years he lived in Clinton he made many warm friends.


January 12, 1900
Clinton Register


S. McINTYRE, an old soldier, died Tuesday at his home near Solomon, aged about 70 years. Burial at Rucker Chapel cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

James R. McIRVIN 

January 15, 1904
Clinton Register


J. E. Johnson received a letter the first of this week from L. H. McIRVIN, of Havana, Cuba, that told of the death of his father, Jas. R. McIRVIN, in that city, Dec. 27, aged 76.  Mr. Johnson’s father, Eason JOHNSON, who died Dec. 26, and Mr. McIrvin were close friends, and when the latter moved from Clinton, Mr. Johnson had charge of his property here.

James R. McIrvin was born in Ohio, and came to Clinton in January, 1856.  In company with L. H. and I. S. Cope he started the first carriage manufactory in Clinton.  They used six small frame buildings where the Woy & Zorger building is.  With different partners, mostly with his brother, he continued in the business until 25 years ago when he sold to J. Morrison, who began work for him in 1856, and moved to Gainesville, Fla.  He remained in that state until two years ago, when he went to Havana to live with his son.  He is well remembered by many residents of this county, who admired him for his worth as a citizen and his honesty in his dealings.

Mrs. John McKELVEY 

May 18, 1900
Clinton Register


The remains of Mrs. Ann McKELVEY, who died at Decatur Tuesday morning of nervous prostration, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. HUMPHREY, were brought here on the morning train Wednesday for burial.  She was 79 years old and was a resident of this place for a number of years.  The funeral took place Wednesday morning from the M. P. church, conducted by Rev. A. H. Widney, assisted by Rev. F. M. Harry.   Interment in the Weldon cemetery.  It is understood that the remains of the deceased’s husband will be brought here from a cemetery five miles south of Weldon and placed beside her.

William McKENNA 

February 23, 1883
Clinton Public

William McKENNA, who came from Kentucky to this city a year or more ago, died at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. J. S. SHEPHERD, a fireman on the Central road, on last Sunday morning.


January 19, 1912
Clinton Register

Old Resident Dead.

John McKINLEY, one of the oldest and wealthiest residents of Santa Anna township, died Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, heart trouble being assigned as the cause of his demise.  Mr. McKinley was a retired farmer and had been living in Farmer City since retiring from active work.  Besides the widow, he is survived by seven grown-up children.  Mrs. Arthur Powell of Oregon is a daughter of deceased.

Robert McKINLEY 

March 16, 1883
Clinton Public

Died, at his residence, one half mile west of Parnell, Wednesday, March 7th, Mr. Robert McKINLEY, one of DeWitt county’s oldest and most respected citizens, after an illness of over five weeks. Deceased was born in Ross county, Ohio, August 21, 1818, emigrated to Macon county, Illinois, during the fall of 1834, and to this county during the year 1837, remaining in this county until his death, and most of that time on the farm on which he died. He was connected with some of the best families in the county, the wife of Sheriff GARDINER being a sister, also the widow of Mr. C. S. LISENBY, who died in Weldon about a year ago. A brother, Samuel McKINLEY, is an old and respected citizen living near Decatur. Two brothers, James and Joseph, old residents of Farmer City, moved to Florida during the present winter.

Mr. McKinley’s favorite pursuit was caring for sheep, in which pursuit he was very successful, and at the time of his death had a very fine flock of sheep, some of which are said to be among the finest in the country.

He was married to Miss Mary ARBOGAST March 3, 1844, who survives him. He also leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn his loss.

When he found he was going to die he made a will which for fairness was characteristic of his life as a neighbor. He left each of his children a splendid farm besides leaving his wife amply provided for. Being in possession of his mind to the last, he calmly gave all instructions regarding his burial. He never made a profession of Christianity until his last illness, but was always friendly to the cause of Christ and took an active part in erecting our church, furnishing the ground for it, besides paying liberally his money. Since he was taken sick he professed the Christian religion and was baptized, after which he expressed frequently his readiness and willingness to die.

He had all his life been opposed to funeral sermons, but after his conversion he requested our minister, Rev. J. W. LAPHAM, to preach his funeral, saying that it would do him no good but might do his family some good. On Saturday his remains were conveyed to the church, followed by a large concourse of mourning friends, where Rev. Lapham delivered an able funeral sermon, after which his remains were taken to McCord cemetery for interment.

In his death his wife and children have lost a loving husband and father, and society a good citizen and neighbor, for as a husband and father he was always generous, loving and kind, and as a neighbor he was accommodating, sociable and noble. We mourn his departure, but console ourselves with the thought that our loss is his great gain. —J. W. Nichols.

Mrs. William McKINLEY 

February 22, 1872
Clinton Public

DIED.—On the 10th inst., in this city, at the residence of her son-in-law, Thomas GARDINER, Jr., Mrs. Susannah McKINLEY, aged 76 years and 10 months.

Note: Her maiden name was Susannah Hayes.


December 30, 1887
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of John McKinney.

Last Tuesday John McKINNEY had a severe attack of throat disease and tonsillitis, which resulted in his death last evening. He was sixty-three years and ten days old and leaves a widow and five children, four boys and one girl. John McKinney was born in New Concord, Ohio, on the 19th of December, 1824. During the war he was a member of an Ohio regiment. In 1865 he came to Illinois and located on a farm near Bloomington. Fourteen years ago he sold his McLean county land and bought a farm near Hallsville, and on this place he died. He was an excellent neighbor and one of DeWitt county's most progressive farmers. The funeral service will be held at his late home, near Hallsville, at ten o'clock next Sunday morning, and at one o'clock his body will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. James McLEAN 

July 8, 1881
Clinton Public

Mrs. Emma D. McLEAN, wife of Mr. James McLEAN, clerk in J. C. Myers’ drug store, died last Friday afternoon, at two o'clock, of consumption.  Mrs. McLean had been suffering with this terrible disease for several years and for about six months or more before her death had been confined to her bed.  The funeral services were held at the residence of Mrs. O’Donald, the Rev. O. B. Thayer preaching the sermon; after which her remains were placed in Woodlawn Cemetery.  She leaves an affectionate husband and a son, a bright little fellow of some six years, to mourn their loss.  They have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.


July 15, 1881
Clinton Register

Friday, July 1, at 1:15 p.m., Mrs. Emma McLEAN, aged 30 years, 7 months, 10 days, died from consumption. The deceased was the youngest daughter of Judge Daniel ROBBINS, who was well known all over this county. She was born in DeWitt but had lived in this city all her life, and hosts of her friends here will sincerely mourn her death, although it was well known that she could not live, as consumption seems to be hereditary in her family, several of her sisters dying from it, one, Mrs. Laura PIERCE, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, dying exactly two months previous to Mrs. McLean's demise. She was confined to her bed five months before death released her, but bore her lot uncomplainingly. She was buried Saturday afternoon, Rev. O. B. THAYER preaching the funeral discourse, at the residence of Mrs. Jas. O'DONALD, paying a beautiful tribute to the deceased, and doing so in words that did the heart good to hear, and not making the hearts of the sorrowing husband and motherless boy heavy with grief, but rather comforting them in their great loss, and making their trials easier to endure. Mr. McLEAN desires us to return thanks to the numerous friends who so kindly assisted him during his wife's sickness.

Mrs. John R. McLEOD 

May 16, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Christina McLEOD died between 4 and 6 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Belle Baker, in Heyworth.

Christina McINTOSH was born in Gollenfield, Inverness Shire, Scotland, December 24, 1836.  In 1868 she was married to John R. McLEOD.  They came at once to Chatham, Canada.  From there they moved to Argyle, Winnebago county, Illinois.  In 1879, they came to Waynesville, Ill., where she lived till 3 years ago, since which time she has lived with her daughter, Mrs. Belle Baker at Heyworth.

Mrs. McLeod was a devout Christian of sincere convictions.  She very early in life became a member of the Presbyterian church and was a constant reader of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

She fell last winter and hurt herself badly, but she had recovered from the injury and was able to walk about.  She was feeling unusually well Saturday, and was sitting on the veranda.  They called her for breakfast Sunday morning and, getting no answer, went to her room and found her dead.  Some of the family heard her about 4 o'clock, but did not notice anything wrong.  She leaves her daughter, Mrs. Baker, of Heyworth and son, John, of Normal, and three grandchildren, Nina and Lois Bayless and Morris Baker, all at home.  The funeral was held at 2:30 Sunday at the home of Mrs. Baker, in Hayworth, conducted by Rev. S. T. Corey, of the Presbyterian church.  Interment in Heyworth.

Coroner Hare held an inquest, the verdict being that she came to her death by a stroke of apoplexy.

Thomas McMANUS 

July 17, 1891
Clinton Register

Thomas McMANUS, son of John McMANUS, died yesterday at his home in Wilson township, aged 26 years.  Funeral services were held at the Catholic church in Wapella at 11 o'clock today, conducted by Father Dooling.  The burial was in the Catholic cemetery near Wapella.  Deceased was an upright young man and was married about two months ago to a daughter of Henry WAGGONER.


July 24, 1891
Clinton Register


Thomas McMANNIS [McMANUS] died last Thursday of kidney trouble, and was buried at the Catholic cemetery Friday.  Mr. McMannis had only been married two months and had been sick about one month.

William McMILLAN 

December 26, 1890
Clinton Register

Wm. McMILLEN, father of Mrs. P. T. SWEENEY, of this city, died at Magnolia, Ill., Wednesday, aged 72 years and 2 months.  The remains will arrive at Clinton at 4 o'clock today, and the burial will take place at Woodlawn cemetery immediately after the arrival.

Note: His name is spelled McMILLAN in the Woodlawn Cemetery book.

Mrs. William McMILLAN 

June 2, 1882
Clinton Public

Died, in this city, May 21, 1882, Mrs. Margaret McMILLAN, aged 58 years, wife of William McMILLAN.

The deceased was a native of Washington county, Penn., born April 27, 1824, and was the adopted daughter of Thomas PATTERSON, who with his family removed to Illinois in 1836, coming by boat by the way of the Ohio, Mississippi and Illinois rivers, landing at Hennepin, Putnam county, after a tedious voyage of six weeks.

The deceased remained at the home of her adoption, at Magnolia, until 1841, when she was married to William McMILLAN, a native of Brook county, Virginia, who also came to Putnam county, Ill., in 1836, at which place they resided until 1879, when, in order to be near and have the companionship of their daughter, Mrs. Ellen SWEENEY, they removed to Clinton, at which place she died May 21, 1882.  She was the mother of five children, all of whom died when young, except Mrs. Sweeney.

Although the deceased had never been connected with any church, she had always been a strong believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.   She was a very amiable lady, and to know her was to love her.  Her sufferings were long and severe, but were borne with Christian resignation.

Mrs. Fitzhugh McMILLIN 

May 13, 1904
Clinton Register


Saturday night about 11:30 Mrs. Alice McMILLIN, wife of Fitzhugh McMILLEN; died at her home on East Washington street, aged 28, of blood poison. Deceased was born in Kentucky, where she was married Nov. 4, 1895. The family came to Clinton five years ago, and Mr. McMILLEN had been in the employ of the Central. The husband, three children, one two weeks old, survive her. She is also survived by four brothers and four sisters, of whom two live in Clinton, one married, the other Miss ORANGE. She was a member of the Baptist church several years. She had a $1000 policy in the Ben Hur Lodge. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 P.M., conducted by Rev. GULLILAND. Burial in Woodlawn.


March 1, 1901
Clinton Register

John McMillin, Another of the Aged Fathers "At Rest Over There"—
Funeral Tuesday.

John McMILLIN, one of the oldest and best known residents of DeWitt county, died Sunday night at his home in Clinton at the age of over 72 years. His death was due to rheumatism, from which he had been a sufferer for 30 years. He had been confined to the house all winter and for the past two weeks had been paralyzed, but not until a week ago did he take to bed with a severe chill.  He continued to grow worse and the family knew that death was near.

John McMillin was born on a farm in Champaign county, Ohio, November 29, 1828. At the age of ten years deceased was left an orphan and he made his home with different relatives until he reached the age of fifteen years, when he "tackled" the world to fight alone. At Urbana, Ohio, he apprenticed himself to a blacksmith. After he mastered the trade he opened a shop of his own at Logansport, Ohio, and on August 2, 1849, was united in marriage to Miss Clarisa NILES at Urbana,O. In 1856, the McMillin family, which consisted of two children, Ella and Robert, moved to Clinton, Ill., where the father opened a blacksmith shop in partnership with Geo. KNADLER on the lot where Jacob TICK's poultry house now stands. He continued in that business for two years, when he moved to the Knadler farm, northwest of Clinton, and began farming. The next year he purchased a farm in Barnett township.

About 1869, deceased was first stricken with rheumatism, and for a time it was thought he would not recover. He was taken to Hot Springs, where he recovered under treatment, but his health was wrecked. He concluded to give up farming at that time and moved to Clinton, where he conducted a livery barn on East Main street. In the business he suffered a great misfortune, fire destroying the barn and all its contents, involving a loss of many thousand dollars to Mr. McMillin. He rebuilt the barn but only ran it for one year, when he returned to the farm, where he lived until a year ago last November when he retired and moved to Clinton.

Deceased leaves surviving an aged wife and one son, Albert McMILLIN. Two children are dead, Ellen McMILLIN died Aug. 1858, and Mrs. Emma JONES died 1892.

Deceased was a believer in the Universalist faith, but was not a member of the church.  He was honest in his dealing with men and a loving father.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity.  Funeral services were held at the Universalist church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. C. W. E. Gossow.   Remains were laid to rest with Masonic ceremonies at Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Peter McMURRY 

June 1, 1877
Clinton Public

A telegraph dispatch was received from California at Captain MAHAN’s house on Thursday of last week announcing the death of Mrs. Ollie McMURRY, wife of Peter McMURRY, and daughter of Captain Mahan. It is but a few weeks ago that Mr. McMurry and wife left this city full of hope that a change of climate would benefit her health. But that fatal disease, consumption, had too strong a grasp on its victim to even let go its hold for a few short years or months.

Our sympathies are with the husband who is called upon to bear this great affliction in a land of strangers, far from home and friends. It was first thought by Captain Mahan’s family that they would have the body brought back to this city for burial, but they found the risk would be too great at this season of the year.

William C. McMURRY 

January 17, 1908
Clinton Register

One of Farmer City's Best Known and Oldest Citizens Passes Away;
Was Once Sheriff.

Wm. C. McMURRY died at his home in Farmer City Monday afternoon, aged 81 years.   He was stricken with paralysis eight years ago, but his last illness began Christmas day, and his death had been expected several days.  He had lived in Farmer City over fifty years.

William C. McMurry was born Oct. 2, 1826, in Sangamon county.  He was married at Farmer City, then known as Mount Pleasant, April 24, 1850, to Elizabeth J. CUMMINGS.   They were the parents of six children, two of whom died in childhood: Mrs. Ann E. JACKSON, of Farmer City; Mrs. Ida CHENEY, of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Martha A., who is dead, and James M. McMURRY, of Bloomington.  Mrs. McMURRY died October 7, 1860.   September 4, 1862, deceased enlisted in Co. I, 39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, the celebrated Yates Phalanx.  He was taken prisoner at Drury’s Bluff, Va., May 16, 1864, was confined in Libby prison one week, at Andersonville three and a half months, at Charleston two weeks, at Florence, S. C., five months.  He was exchanged and entered the union lines February 26, 1865, and was honorably discharged March 14, 1865.  He was married to Mrs. Lucinda B. CUMMINGS, April 20, 1865, who survives.   To them were born two daughters, Mrs. E. G. COLLIER, residing at Quincy, and Ruth, who died in infancy.  He also has three brothers, M. C. McMURRY and Joseph D. McMURRY, both of Saybrook, and Peter A. McMURRY, of Oakland, California, and one sister, Mrs. T. B. McELHINEY, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Mr. McMurry had been actively identified with the growth of Farmer City since his return from war.  In 1866 he was elected sheriff of DeWitt county, and served honorably and well.  For thirteen years he was postmaster of Farmer City and discharged the duties of that position with the fidelity which has always marked anything which he undertook.  For more than a score of years deceased had been secretary of the Royal Arch Masons of which he was a charter member.  He was supervisor of Santa Anna township for about twelve years.  He was also a member of Mt. Pleasant Lodge No. 224, which was organized in the 50’s and which later was disbanded.  When Farmer City Lodge No. 710 was organized, October 8, 1873, he was on the charter roll and was worshipful master from the date of organization until January 10, 1875.

He was a life-long member of the M. E. church and had been trustee, Sunday school superintendent and class leader for many years.

Elias McNIER 

December 5, 1890
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

Before eight o'clock last Sunday morning Elias McNIER died at his home East ____ street, in this city. He got up and built the fire in the kitchen stove, and not feeling very well he went to bed again till breakfast was ready. While his wife was out in the kitchen preparing breakfast she heard Mr. McNier groaning in the bedroom, and hurrying in she found that he was suffering great pain in the region of the heart. Dr. WILCOX was sent for and some of the neighbors were called in, but before the arrival of the doctor Elias McNier had answered to the roll call in the world beyond.

Elias McNier was born in Ohio forty-three years ago, but came to Illinois with his father’s family when he was but a lad. The family are old residents of this county. During the war he enlisted twice, once for three months in an infantry regiment, and then re-enlisting in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry. Three or four of his brothers were also in the army and served during the war. After the war he married the daughter of Mr. Thos. LUDINGTON, who lives in Weldon, and with the exception of some three or four years that he was in the west he had lived in this county. His health failed him so that he could not follow farming for a living, so a few years ago he moved to Clinton and tried to make a living for his family by teaming. He bought a lot and built a home by borrowing from the DeWitt County Building Association, and was getting along very comfortably. He leaves a wife and six children. The oldest of the children is a young man about twenty-one years old, and the youngest is a baby in its mother’s arms. Mrs. McNier has a helpless family of small children to provide for, and the death of her husband will make her burden a heavy one to bear.

Elias McNier had made application for a pension which is now pending. He was a member of Frank Lowry Post, G. A. R., and upon hearing of his death the committee of the Post made all the arrangements for the funeral. On Tuesday morning the Post escorted the remains to the railway station and placed them on the train for Weldon, where the funeral services were held on the arrival of the train. Post Commander John ELLIS, Chaplain REED, and Mr. Frank CORKINS accompanied the family and the remains to Weldon, where Chaplain Reed conducted the funeral services.

Mrs. Hannah McNIER 

January 9, 1891
Clinton Public

The subject of this memoir, Mrs. Hannah McNIER, was born in Virginia, March 18, 1818, and died at her home in Weldon, Saturday, January 3, 1891, aged 72 years, 9 months and 15 days. She removed to Illinois with her husband in an early day, and has been a resident of DeWitt county for many years, being reckoned among the pioneers and early settlers of this part of the State. She was left a widow about six years ago, her husband who had been a soldier in the late civil rebellion, having passed into the spirit world at that time. Her family are all grown, consisting of four sons and two daughters, another son having been buried at Weldon a few weeks ago. Grandma McNier was a good woman, and of sterling qualities. She united with the U. B. Church many years ago, but on removing to Weldon united with the Methodist Protestant Church of that place, where she remained a consistent and honored member until her death.

The funeral services were held in the M. P. Church on Monday afternoon, January 5, 1891, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Thomas KELLEY, attended by a large concourse of neighbors and sympathizing friends, from whence she was laid away to rest in the Weldon Cemetery, to await the resurrection summons in the last day.

Finley McNULTY 

October 4, 1895
Clinton Public

An Old Photographer Dies.

Any person or thing, whose history in any way crosses that of Abraham LINCOLN, is of general interest to the masses. Finley McNULTY, who will be remembered by some of the older residents of Clinton, came to this county about six months ago, after a residence in Springfield of over thirty years. He was afflicted with cancer in his right hand, and this caused his death at the home of his sister, Mrs. David BELL, in Creek township, on Saturday, Sept. 28, 1895, aged seventy-four years and twenty-seven days. Deceased was born in Westmoreland county, Penn., Sept. 1, 1821, and moved to Ohio in 1832. He came to Illinois in 1863, and opened a photograph gallery in Springfield, having the very enviable distinction of taking the first photograph of Abraham Lincoln. Funeral services were held in Center Chapel by Rev. Mr. HATFIELD, of Decatur, and remains were interred in Texas cemetery.

Jesse B. F. McPHERSON 

April 18, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. George Humes received a message the first of the week announcing the death of her brother, J.[Jesse] B. F. McPHERSON, who was also a brother of the late John W. McPHERSON.  Mr. McPherson died at his home in Buxton, Kansas.  He settled in Kansas in 1854 and resided there the greater part of his life.  In 1861 he was married to Miss Sallie RICHARDS in this city, the couple at once returning to Kansas.  He served one term in the legislature, and for sixteen years was probate judge.


March 21, 1913
Clinton Register

John McPherson Died Monday After Short Illness—
Well-known Clinton Citizen Gone.

John W. McPHERSON died at his home on North George street Monday morning at 10:10, following a short illness. Heart trouble was the cause of death. Sunday he attended the funeral services of Ira Johnson at the Universalist church, where he was a member of the male quartette. When he returned home he appeared in his usual good health. About 8 a.m. Monday he complained of feeling ill and his physician was called, but he continued to grow worse until the end. Mr. McPherson passed his 69th birthday on the 17th of last February.

The deceased was a soldier. He originally enlisted with Co. E, 20th Ill., as a fifer, and went with it to Joliet. Here he was rejected on account of his age and size. He afterwards enlisted with the 41st Ill., serving as fifer major with the 41st until it was united with the 53rd Ill., in 1864. He was First Lieutenant of Co. G, and was mustered out July 22, 1865. Mr. McPherson, although a fifer in the 41st, took every opportunity to get on the firing line. Although the duties of the fifer was to aid the wounded, John McPherson would swap positions and take a gun in preference. He was known as one of the best soldiers in his company, and never missed an opportunity to participate in the thickest of the fighting. He engaged in every battle from the time of his enlistment until he was mustered out of service. His happy disposition assisted his brother veterans during the trying periods of the war.

Mr. McPherson was a Republican from the organization of that party until last year, when he became a Progressive and was as zealous for that party as he had been for the party he had affiliated with so long. Perhaps his greatest service to the Republican party was in being a member of a campaign glee club that sang at all the principal Republican meetings in the county for many years. Other members of the club were Eugene Davis, J. D. Rodgers and Richard Butler. He was always one of the best singers in the county and it was fitting that his last act was singing at the funeral of an old comrade. The Republican party had no one more faithful in the county, and the hope of his friends had always been that he would be elected to a county office. Mr. McPherson had long been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a valued member of its choir.

Following the close of the war he returned to his home and soon after was married to Laura MADDEN. The wife, two daughters, Miss Anna, of Chicago, and Mrs. Fred SLICK, of California, survive him. He is also survived by his step-mother, Mrs. Elizabeth McPHERSON, a half-sister, Mrs. George HUME, one half-brother, Samuel, all of Clinton; one brother, Jesse McPHERSON, of Fredonia, Kansas, and one sister, Barbara ROGERS, of San Bernardino, California.

Mrs. Fred Slick arrived from California this afternoon. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow from the M. E. church, Rev. E. K. Towle officiating, assisted by other pastors of the city.

Mrs. William A. McPHERSON 

February 13, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. Elizabeth McPherson Died at the Home of Her Son, Samuel McPherson, Yesterday.

Another old resident passed away yesterday morning when Mrs. Elizabeth McPHERSON expired at the home of her son, Samuel McPHERSON, just south of the city limits at 12:30 a.m. Death was due to heart trouble. She had been ill for the past three months, but her condition was not considered serious until shortly before her death. Deceased had been a resident of this county for 61 years and during all this time had resided at the home where her death occurred. She is survived by one son, Samuel, at home, and Mrs. George HUME, who also resides just south of the city. Deceased was born in Hartland, Vermont, in 1826, being the daughter of Samuel and Mary HENDRICK. In 1853 she was united in marriage to Rev. Wm. A. McPHERSON, who died several years ago. Deceased was the last of a family of five children.

Mrs. Ezra McVEY 

March 17, 1893
Clinton Public

A Sudden Call to Eternity.

Last Sunday night Mrs. Eliza McVEY fell dead at her home in Normal [McLean County] while eating supper.  She was a very fleshy woman, but generally blessed with good health.  For a few days she had been complaining of not feeling well, but it was not serious enough to prevent her attending to household duties.  Death came unexpected, but it is a happy way to leave this world, free from long sickness and the depression that naturally comes to one who is looking forward to leaving loved ones behind.  Mrs. McVey was sixty-one years old.  Her husband owned a farm in Texas township.  He died in the latter part of the 60s, leaving his wife and three daughters, who continued to make their home on the farm.  The oldest daughter was married to Mr. Joseph STAFFORD, and a year ago she died.  Mrs. McVey sold her farm several years ago and moved to Normal to educate her two daughters.  Luella was living at home with her mother and Florence is teaching school at Pontiac.  The body of Mrs. McVey was brought to Clinton last Tuesday and buried in Woodlawn beside her husband.

Note: Ezra McVey died March 10, 1871. There is no obituary. Belle (McVey) Stafford gave birth to twin boys on May 19, 1892, and died May 26, 1892. There is no obituary. Luella McVey married her deceased sister's husband October 5, 1893. Joseph Stafford and Belle and Luella are buried in Maroa Cemetery, Macon County, Illinois.


March 11, 1904
Clinton Register

Had Been a Resident of DeWitt County Nearly Sixty-Four Years, in Barnett Township.

Adaline HALL was the daughter of Aquilla and Polly (BUCHANAN) HALL and was born in Bourbon county, Ky., Nov. 3, 1829. Her father was the son of Mahlon HALL, who came to Illinois in 1829. The HALL family was of Virginia origin and among the pioneers of Kentucky and Illinois. The other children in this family were as follows: Wm. HALL, Cassandra HALL (mother of Hugh BOWLES), Henry Parker HALL, Thos. D. HALL, and Aquilla P. HALL, of Clinton, now the only surviving member.

The father died in the fall of 1836 while on a business trip to Alabama. The widow and the children came to Illinois in 1840, when Adeline was eleven years of age. They settled on the farm east of Hallsville, where the deceased grew to womanhood and where she has lived so long. She was married April 7, 1847, to James Harvey HILDRETH, who was prominent and well known in those early days. They lived in Logan county not far from the town since built and now known as Chestnut. In this family there were four children: Mary Tabatha, who married Abner JACKSON; Henry C. HILDRETH, Sarah Catherine, who married Wm. WEEDMAN, and John H. HILDRETH, here present, who survives all the rest, and is now residing at Frankfort, Mo.

The deceased continued to live in Logan county till the death of her husband, June 4, 1853, and on March 3, 1868, was married to Harrison MEACHUM. In 1873, they moved to the farm east of Hallsville. They were blessed with eight children: William, now residing on the farm; Cassandra, the wife of C. N. DAVIDSON, of Kenney; Kissiah, wife of A. P. KIRBY, of Covington, Tenn., all of whom survive their mother; Laura, who died at the age of two years; Florence, who also passed away in infancy; George, who died at the age of 21; Dora, who was a year younger, and the youngest the little girl, Lina, who went away to God when but a little more than two years old.

She confessed the Savior in early life and had membership in the Old Union congregation. There are some present who remember seeing her baptized. She placed her membership with this congregation in March, 1889. The time of her pilgrimage was 74 years, 4 months and 3 days.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Charles MEACHUM 

Paper Unknown


(Obituary Extract)
Name: Charles MEACHUM
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired farmer
Born: July 7, 1895
Parents: William and Cora (DAVIDSON) MEACHUM
Spouse: Marea JENKINS
Married: October 1, 1914, Clinton, IL
Memberships/Affiliations: United Methodist Church
Died: Tuesday, December 29, 1970, 8:25 p.m., at John Warner Hospital, Clinton, IL
Funeral: Friday, January 1, 1971, 2 p.m., at Herington-Calvert Funeral Home, Rev. Winston ZASTROW officiating
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery
Survivors: Wife; son, Charles MEACHUM of Champaign, IL; daughter, Mrs. Bessie PEAL of Charleston; sister, Mrs. Gladys MASON of Bloomington; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren

Submitted by Helen Pate Ross


March 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Again death has entered our community and claimed one of our young people, Miss Dora MEACHUM. Her death was not unexpected to her many friends, as that dread disease, consumption, had claimed her as a victim about six months ago. Only two years since her brother George died. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in their bereavement. Dora was twenty-one years old March 1st and died March 16th. Rev. Holten conducted the funeral service at the Christian Church in Hallsville, on Saturday, March 18, at eleven o'clock. The Rebekah’s and Odd Fellows attended in uniform. The Rebekahs had charge of the services at the cemetery. The flowers were beautiful—a broken wheel and a harp.


December 26, 1890
Clinton Register

George MEACHUM died Monday at his home in Barnett Township, of consumption. He was 20 years old and was a son of Harrison MEACHUM.

Note: His name was misspelled as Mechum in the article.

Harrison MEACHUM 

January 8, 1918
Clinton Daily Public


Harrison MEACHUM, an aged resident of this section of the state, died Sunday morning at 7 o'clock in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. DAVIDSON, in Kenney at the age of 78 years. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 12:30 o'clock, Rev. A. W. McDavitt, of Clinton, Officiating.

Note: His name was misspelled Beechum in the article.


Paper Unknown


(Obituary Extract)
Name: Goldie Marea (JENKINS) MEACHUM
Age 82
Born: March 13, 1898, DeWitt Co., IL
Parents: Oscar and Etta (Anderson) JENKINS
Spouse: Charlie MEACHUM (died December 29, 1970)
Married: October 1, 1914, Clinton, IL
Memberships/Affiliations: Foster grandparent at Lincoln State School
Died: Saturday, March 19, 1980, 6:05 a.m., at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Matoon
Funeral: Tuesday, April 1, 1980,  2 p.m., at Herington-Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL, pastor C. Don FERRILL officiating
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery
Survivors: She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, a brother, and a sister.

Submitted by Helen Pate Ross


November 24, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary Mead Died at Her Home in This City This Morning After a Short Illness.

Stricken short in the very prime of life while amidst, and on the threshold of all its joys and its comforts, Mrs. Mary Miller MEAD passed away this morning about 8 o'clock at her late residence on North Monroe street, surrounded with mother, sister, brothers and affectionate husband, who could do nothing to stay the hand of the destroyer. Mrs. Mead's death is a painful shock to the church and civic orders to which she belonged, and to her devoted family friends, who are grief stricken. Mrs. Mead was a sensitive, ambitious and energetic woman, wishing to be useful in every sphere of activity at her command, and beside, was devoted to her home, which she strove in every way to make delightful to those who shared her hospitality. She was a member of the Presbyterian church of this city, being baptized by Dr. Hunter, who twice officiated at her weddings, the first to David BARCLAY, Jr., who died several years since, and to her present husband, F. S. MEAD. She was a member of the Eastern Star order of Masonary, also the Rathbone Sisters and the Court of Honor of this city.

She was unconscious many hours before her death, which resulted from the treacherous disease typhoid-pneumonia which had not confined her to her bed many days before her death. The sad feature of Mrs. Mead's death is that every enjoyment seemed to be coming to her, and a field for utility was opening to her life. There seems a poverty of consolation without the words of the great poet are true, "But rest more sweet and still, than ever nightfall gave our yearning hearts shall fill in the world beyond the grave."

She was aged 31 years. She is the daughter of the late Benjamin MILLER, of Creek township, where she was born July 26, 1868. She has two lovely little girl children by her first husband, Mr. Barclay.

Dr. Hunter, of Ft. Collins, Col., has been asked to preach the funeral, which, in case he can arrive, will occur at the family residence on Sunday; if not the services will be held later.

She carried a life insurance of $2,000 in the Court of Honor lodge in this city.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


December 1, 1899
Clinton Register


The funeral services of Mrs. Fred S. MEAD were held Sunday at 2 o'clock in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Dr. W. A. Hunter, who was called from Ft. Collins, Colo. Though deeply affected by the sad circumstances, he delivered one of the best funeral discourses ever heard in Clinton. The thought and words were such as received strictest attention and often a large part of the audience was moved to tears. The Court of Honor, M. W. A., Rathbone Sisters and Eastern Star attended the services. Deceased was a member of the Court of Honor and the order will promptly pay the $2,000 policy that was in the name of Mr. Mead.

The lodges, relatives and friends presented numerous beautiful floral offerings. The church was crowded, many being compelled to stand. It is not often that such a large audience is seen in Clinton on a similar occasion. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


December 1, 1899
Clinton Public

Prominent Clinton Lady Succumbs to Typhoid Pneumonia.

Mrs. Mary MEAD died Friday morning at 8 o'clock of typhoid pneumonia, after being ill but two weeks. Her condition was not considered serious at first, but the disease became complicated with heart trouble, which probably hastened her death.

Mary MILLER was born on a farm in Creek township on July 26, 1868, and was a daughter of Benjamin and Martha MILLER, who were among the best known and most prosperous citizens of that locality. Her father died about ten years ago, and the mother still resides on the home farm. In 1887, Mary Miller was united in marriage to David BARCLAY, Jr. He was one of the brightest members of the DeWitt county bar and resided in Clinton, but died a few years after his marriage, leaving two bright little daughters, Nellie and Mattie, who now survive the deceased.

A few years ago Mrs. BARCLAY was again united in marriage to Fred S. MEAD, then a trusted employee of the Illinois Central company, but later a merchant in this city. Deceased also leaves surviving two brothers and one sister—Mrs. W. C. WHITE, of this city; Chas Y. MILLER and Benjamin MILLER, residing in Creek township. Deceased was prominent in church and social circles, among them being the Rathbone Sisters, Eastern Star, Court of Honor, in which she carried $2,000 insurance. She was a member of the Presbyterian church, having united with the denomination under Dr. W. A. HUNTER.

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Mead occurred on Sunday afternoon. Several orders of which she was a member attended. The procession left the house on Monroe street in the following order: Court of Honor, M. W. of A., Rathbone Sisters and Eastern Star. When the ranks were opened at the church, the Eastern Star marched through, followed by the mourners and orders into the church. Dr. W. A. Hunter delivered a pathetic and beautiful discourse on some of the certainties and uncertainties of eternity. He urged all to accept the Bible promises and not become skeptical because all of the Word could not be understood. He spoke of the recent deaths in his church and family, expressing a belief in final fellowship in heaven. The mourning family was consoled in the doctor’s tender language. The orphaned children, bereft of father and mother, were extended his sympathy. The floral offerings were elaborate, each order giving a piece representing its emblem. The remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of friends.

Note: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


September 16, 1892
Clinton Public

Sudden Death.

Death entered unexpectedly the home of John MEDLAND last Sunday afternoon [Sept. 11]. Mr. Medland was sitting on a chair reading a newspaper, and a moment before had taken off his spectacles and was holding them in his hand. One of the members of the family asked him a question and not receiving any answer and noticing that he sat very still, went to him and discovered that he was dead. It was a pleasant way to die, free from pain and without the knowledge that man’s last foe was overtaking him. His wife has been an invalid for some months and the sudden shock bore heavily upon her.

John Medland had been a citizen of Clinton for thirty-two years. He had his faults but he also had many redeeming traits of character. No kinder man lived than John Medland. During the war there was no man in Clinton who gave more toward helping the families of soldiers than did John Medland. Their tables were always supplied with meat even if they did not have the money to pay for it, and his team was almost in constant use hauling wood from the country for soldier’s families. The farmers near Clinton donated the wood and John’s team did the hauling. The old soldiers did not forget John Medland’s kindness and they always had a warm place in their hearts for him. We give below a brief sketch of his life which is furnished by one who had known him intimately for nearly forty years.

John Medland was born on a farm at Stoke Dawerd, county of Devon, England, January 4, 1827, where he spent his boyhood days. His parents moved to New Churches, near Launceston, Cornwall, where they remained until 1847, when they moved to the farm named Gatherleigh, in the Parish of Sifton, Devon, till John’s marriage with Miss Priscella Jackman, January 18, 1852. He engaged in business for himself till the spring of 1857, when he with Mr. Daniel CRANG and other relatives came to this country, sailing from Southampton, April 22, and landed in New York after a pleasant voyage of two weeks. He then came to his sister’s, Mrs. DORDGE, who lived on a farm near Janesville, Wisconsin, spending the summer there and in the fall he came to the northern part of Illinois and remained there till the winter of 1860, when he came to Clinton, making this his future home. He was in the butchering business, working for Daniel Crang, and was afterwards a partner with him. In the spring of 1865 he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, W. B. RUNDLE, where Rundle & Sons market now stands, which continued until the winter of 1870, when he sold out to Mr. A. PECK. Since that time he has been engaged in buying and selling of stock &c. He was a man well liked by the business men of his day, and was honorable in all of his transactions with them and had many friends in this county. In the spring of 1862 Daniel Crang and W. B. Rundle returned to the old country for a visit of two months, and on their return Mrs. MEDLAND with her two boys came with them. Two daughters have been born to them since, making four children—W. J. Medland, who is living in Nebraska, John Medland, who is in the employ of the Illinois Central as station agent at Emery, Mrs. Amos SCHELL, and Miss Ella MEDLAND.

Robert MEIN 

June 2, 1893
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

Robert MEIN died at his home, south of this city, Wednesday evening.  Mr. Mein was afflicted with cancer, for which is leg was amputated some time ago, and since which he has suffered much.  He was born in Scotland and has been a resident of this city many years.  The funeral was held Saturday morning.


June 7, 1901
Clinton Register

Adam MELIZA died Tuesday, aged 75.  He had lived in and near Farmer City many years.

Mrs. Adam MELIZA 

March 1913
Paper Unknown

Aged Mother Taken Suddenly—
Mrs. Anna Meliza Succumbs to Heart Trouble.

Tuesday Evening. At 7:30 o'clock Tuesday evening while alone with her daughter, Miss Sara, Mrs. Anna MELIZA became unexpectedly ill and within thirty minutes, soon after the arrival of her other children and a physician, she passed away. Heart trouble, aggravated by grief over the death of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. F. H. MELIZA, is pronounced the cause of death. She has been quite well for one of her advanced age, except for a weak condition of the heart, until the death of the younger Mrs. Meliza on Monday. Grieving over this loss rapidly sapped her vitality, though she was not obliged to take to her bed.

The funeral was held on Thursday at the same time and place as that of the daughter-in-law and Maple Grove cemetery was also the place of burial. Mrs. Meliza was one of the noble, beloved elderly ladies of this community, kindly and gracious with all, a model wife and mother, a splendid neighbor and consistent Christian.

Anna MINNICK, daughter of Michael and Lydia MINNICK, was born in Rockingham County, Va., August 13, 1830, going with her parents to Henry County, Ind., at 2 years of age. In Henry County she was married in 1852 to Adam MELIZA, who also was a native of Rockingham County. Va. They came to Illinois in 1856 and lived first near DeWitt, later south of Farmer City, moving then, in the latter sixties, to a farm near Mansfield, then to one in North Blue Ridge township. In 1892 they located in this city. Mr. Meliza passed away June 4, 1901.

Surviving Mrs. Meliza are the following children: Mrs. W.G. COLLINS of this city, Will MELIZA, who came last fall from Wenatchee, Wash., and was with his mother since then; Frank H. MELIZA of this city and Miss Sara MELIZA, who was her mother's constant companion. There also survive fifteen grandchildren, seven great-grand-children, and the following brother and sisters: Andrew MINNICK and Mrs. Sophia KNUPP of Middletown, Indiana; Mrs. Melinda GIBLER of Oxford, Miss.; and Mrs. Christina MILLER of Savonburg, Kan. Chris WENGENROTH of Monticello is a brother-in-law.

Note: No name nor date of newspaper. Xerox copy of obituary sent by researcher Mary Catherine Cheek, May 1979, from an undated scrapbook of Sophia Knupp, located at the Middletown, Henry County, Indiana, library. Anna Meliza died March 25, 1913 and was buried March 27, 1913.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Broe Vernon MELIZA 

February 1960
Paper Unknown

Broe V. Meliza, 72, Dies Suddenly In Late Home.

Broe V. MELIZA, 72, lifelong resident of this city died suddenly at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday (10 Feb 1960) at his home. Death was due to a heart attack, altho he had been confined to his home with the flu the past 10 days.

He operated a blacksmith and welding business in this city for about 50 years, erecting the "Bilt-Rite" building, where he presently operated his business, in 1928. Born in this city Dec. 4, 1887, he was a son of Frank and Mamie Knight MELIZA. On Oct. 16, 1908, he married Minnie RIGGS, also of this city. She survives, also four sons, Lyle of Peoria, Kenneth of Steger, Raymond of Florissant, Mo. and Gary at home; also four daughters, Mrs. Berenice JONES of Champaign, Mrs. Cleo MEYERS of Kingsport, Tenn., Mrs. Juanita JONES of Madrid, Spain, and Mrs. Margie MORRISSEY of Aurora. Fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive, and two sisters, Mrs. Vida WATTS, of Muncie, Ind., and Mrs. Florence STEBBINS, of Avon Park, Fla., and a brother, Ward of Grand Island, Neb., also his step-mother, Mrs. Pearl MELIZA of Rantoul, and two step-brothers, Victor MELIZA of Gridley, and Francis MELIZA of Rantoul.

He was a member of the local Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Stensel Funeral Home with the Rev. Francis SAMUELSON officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were grandsons namely, James JONES, William HERRIOT, Philip JONES, Ronald MELIZA, Lester BERG, and Thomas NOVELL. Honoary casket bearers were Dr. H. R. HESTER, Ray STRANGE, Ted ELMORE, Charles THARP, W.E. CONNELL and Marshall COLLIER.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Mrs. Frank H. MELIZA 

March 28, 1913
Farmer City Journal

Mrs. Frank H. Meliza—
A Devoted Wife and Mother Is Taken in Middle Life.

Mrs. F. H. MELIZA passed away at her home in the north part of this city Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock. She had been ailing since late last fall, but with heroic fortitude she endured suffering and combated weakness, keeping up and about the house most of the time, and few outside the immediate family knew that she was slipping away into the other world. On Sunday a decided change for the worse took place, but by the following morning she was a little better and it was thought the inevitable was postponed yet awhile; but at the hour mentioned she began to sink rapidly and the end came with a swiftness crushing to her loved ones. The funeral was conducted in the M.E. church on Thursday afternoon by the pastor, Rev. Thos. A. TULL, and the remains were laid to rest in Maple Grove cemetery.

Mary A. KNIGHT, daughter of Arrod and Elnora D. KNIGHT, was born near Farmer City on August 27, 1867, and was therefore in her forty-sixth year at the time of death. She was married to Frank H. MELIZA on November 24, 1886. They resided in Fulton county one year and in Piatt county, near Monticello, eleven years. Locating then in the vicinity east of Farmer City, they resided there until about two years ago, when they bought property and located in this city. To them were born four children; who are: Broe V. MELIZA, Mrs. William WATT, Ward E. MELIZA and Miss Florence H. MELIZA, all of this city. Besides these and the bereaved husband there survive her mother and the following brothers and sister: Will KNIGHT of Fairbanks, Alaska; Fred KNIGHT of Winnebago, Minn; Mrs. Daisy PURDY of Alamosa, Col.; and Phillip R. KNIGHT of Farmer City. Mrs. MELIZA was a devoted wife and mother; her home and family were her chief care and interest, but she was as well an exemplary daughter, excellent neighbor and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Gary Eugene Meliza 

The Champaign Gazette

Gary E. MELIZA, 55, a resident of Farmer City for many years, died at 9:25 a.m. yesterday (Jan. 23, 1991) at DeWitt County Nursing Home, Hallsville. Death was attributed to natural causes. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, the Rev. James R. POE officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 20, 1935, in Normal, the son of Broe V. and Minnie U. (RIGGS) MELIZA. Survivors include three brothers, Lyle H., Peoria; Kenneth F., Oak Forest; and Raymon E., Mission Viejo, Calif; and three sisters, Juanita B. JONES, San Antonio, Texas; Marge MORRISSEY, Aurora; and Cleo I. MEYER, Kingsport, Tenn. His parents and one sister preceded him in death. He was a member of United Methodist Church, Farmer City. Memorials may be made to his church.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

George Meliza 

September 25, 1887
Clinton Register

George MELIZA, son of J. B. MELIZA, a farmer living one mile and a half east of town met with an accident last Sunday, which resulted in his death. While hunting ducks on Salt Creek, his gun was accidentally discharged as he was attempting to pull it toward him through the brush, the ball entering the abdomen near the end of the 12th rib, passing diagonally through his bowels. Dr. Tyler was immediately summoned, but all his surgical skill was of no avail. He lingered in great agony until one a.m., when death came to his relief. The family and friends have the sympathy of the entire community. Such an accident should be a warning to young boys who are in the habit of handling firearms.


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

At his home beyond Salt creek just south of the city on Wednesday at 7 a.m. took place the death of John P. MELIZA, a native son of this community who lived practically all of his sixty years in this vicinity. A week before he suffered a stroke of paralysis and his frail constitution could not long resist the ravages of its cause. The funeral was conducted at the late home on Thursday afternoon by Rev. J.P. COLLIER and burial took place in the Greenleaf cemetery.

Deceased was the son and oldest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew MELIZA, being born in the Greenleaf neighborhood in September, 1859. He was twice married, the last marriage being about twenty years ago to Miss Mary LOWRY, formerly of Kentucky. No children were born to them.

The survivors are the wife and the following brothers and sisters: Cyrenius MELIZA of LaHarpe, Kan., Blake and Wesley MELIZA of Missouri, Arthur of Decatur, Luther of Iowa, Mrs. Dru MARSHALL of Peoria and Mrs. Ira RIGDON of Florida.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg


May 9, 1996
Peoria Journal Star

Lyle H. MELIZA, 86, of 223 W. Ridgemont, died at 3:27 p.m. Monday, May 6, 1996, at Methodist Medical Center. Born Sept. 26, 1909, in Farmer City to Broe V. and Minnie U. (RIGGS) MELIZA, he married Florence S. STEPHAN on Jan. 18, 1932, in Indianapolis. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Ronald S. of Pittsburgh; one daughter, Mrs. Edward (Judith A.) DIXON of Montgomery; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Cleo MEYER of Kingsport, Tenn., Juanita JONES of San Antonio and Margie MORRISSEY of Aurora; and two brothers, Kenneth F. of Oak Forest and Raymon of Mission Viejo, Calif. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

A Caterpillar Inc. employee for 27 years, he retired as the manager of the design and construction division on Sept 30, 1969. Prior to that, he worked for the Civil Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration. In 1967, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Peoria Engineering Council. He was the head engineer of construction of Caterpillar’s World Headquarters. He was instrumental in the building of the new Peoria County Courthouse. He received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1931. He was a member of Forrest Hill United Methodist Church.

Private services will be at Wilton Mortuary. Cremation will be accorded. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to his church.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg


June 1979
Paper Unknown

FARMER CITY—Minnie MELIZA, 88, of 215 W. Market St., died at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Greenbriar Nursing Home, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Stensel's Funeral Home, Farmer City, the Rev. Donald WISE officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

She was born June 23, 1890, at Farmer City, a daughter of Andrew and Mary (CASE) RIGGS. She married Broe V. MELIZA Oct. 16, 1908, at Farmer City. He died Feb. 10, 1960. She is survived by four sons, Lyle, Peoria; Kenneth, Oak Forest; Raymon, Cedarburg, Wis.; Gary, Farmer City; four daughters, Bernice JONES, R.R. 3, Champaign; Cleo MEYER, Kingsport, Tenn.; Juanita JONES, San Diego, Calif.; Marjorie MORRISSEY, Aurora; a sister, Frances LEWIS, Farmer City; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, a sister and two grandchildren.

She was a member of Farmer City United Methodist Church and was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the church.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg


October 4, 1895
Clinton Public

Mellinger Takes Morphine and Ends His Life.

Drinking and gambling are twin sins that inflict quick retribution upon their votaries. Samuel MELLINGER, of Harp township, committed suicide by taking morpine on Sunday morning, driven to the act through sheer disappointment with life, after a season of reported dissipation.

A member of his family found him unconscious in the barn yard and effort was made to revive him, without result. He was taken into the house, when his soul passed to Him who gave it, and the trials of life, which were too heavy for him to bear, were forever passed.

This rash act had been preying upon his mind for some time. We are informed that he told an acquaintance that he contemplated suicide. The empty bottle of poison laid by his side when he was found in the afternoon of Sunday. He leaves an interesting family.

The coroner's jury subpoenaed to inquire into the cause of the death of Samuel Mellingner [spelling changed] was composed of Thomas Byerly, Carl Jones, J. R. North, W. J. Johnson, Robert Spencer and George Morse. Following is taken from the evidence at the inquest:

Mrs. Margaret MELLINGER, wife of deceased, being duly sworn, testified that her husband, Samuel Mellinger, went to Clinton Saturday, 28th ult., came home in the evening; he went to bed as usual; saw nothing wrong with him; heard him groan in the night; he did not get up to breakfast; later he left the house; she went to the pasture to find him, but did not find him until evening; when she was down to the pasture she heard him groaning; she spoke to him, but he was unconscious; he had morphine in the house; it was found in his pocket, with half the contents gone; he had a stick, which he used as a cane; her husband had told her he would settle his trouble when he got to town, Saturday, 28th ult.; he showed her a bottle and said he was going to take the contents.

Wm. MILLER, brother of widow, helped to take Mellinger to the house; deceased talked in a rambling way. Miller was sent for in the night, but Mellinger died before he reached the house; did not know much of his family affairs.

Oscar FLOOD testified that he found the bottle; no bruises were on him except a mark on forehead; always thought he was sound in mind.

Joseph PROVIN testified that he had known Mellinger most all his life; had seen him intoxicated in the last few days; thinks his mind was unbalanced for some time; had heard Mr. Mellinger had trouble with his family; helped dress him; found no marks of violence.

Mrs. Emma MILLER testified that deceased had been in liquor for the last few days.

Dr. I. N. BISHOP, of DeWitt, testified that deceased had no marks of violence; thinks he died of morphine poisoning; thinks his mind was unbalanced.

The verdict of the jury set forth that deceased came to his death by suicide, taking an overdose of morphine or other poison. Mellinger was about forty-five years old and leaves a wife and six children.

Note: Halfway through this article the spelling of the name changed to Mellingner, probably in error, so it was left as originally spelled.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Note from Richard Millinger: I received a letter from a member of the DeWitt County Genealogical Society, Jean Williams, who stated her GGGrandmother was Mary Jane Darsham, Samuel Mellinger's first wife. She stated that Margaret (Miller) Mellinger, Mary Jane Mellinger, and Samuel Mellinger were all buried in Willmore Cemetery. Jean's Grandmother showed her the grave locations which have no markers of any kind.


October 10, 1890
Clinton Public

This morning at nine o'clock, Birdie, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. MEREDITH, died of diphtheritic croup.  She had only been sick for a few days.   Birdie was four years, nine months and two days old. She was a bright, lovable child.  Dr. HYDE was present when she died, and he says that just as she was passing away she looked up into her father’s face, with a heavenly smile on her face, and said, “Good-bye, papa.”  The funeral will be this afternoon, at four o'clock, the services being held in Woodlawn cemetery.


January 3, 1913
Clinton Register


John MERRIFIELD, one of the oldest residents of Farmer City, passed away at an early hour Sunday morning.  He had been sick for three years and for two years had been bedfast, following a stroke of paralysis.  Mr. Merrifield was almost 80 years old, and had resided at Farmer City many years.  He was a soldier in the civil war.  Deceased is survived by his wife and six children.


January 5, 1917, Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Rebecca Merrifield Died at Farmer City Wednesday—
Born in Ohio, 1843.

Farmer City, Jan. 5—The funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca MERRIFIELD, who died in the home of Miss Emma LONGMATE in Farmer City on Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, after a lingering illness, will be held in the late home on Saturday morning by 10:30 o'clock.  Burial will be made in the Farmer City cemetery.

Born in Ohio.

Mrs. Merrifield was born Sept. 13, 1843, in Madison county, O., and as a girl came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John JOHNSTON, to Illinois, locating near Leroy.  Her marriage to John MERRIFIELD took place there and they resided in that vicinity a short time, then spent a few years in Missouri.  Returning to Illinois just before the civil war began, they located near Rucker Chapel, and there resided until twenty-two years ago, when they moved to the vicinity of Farmer City, moving into town about ten years ago.

Mr. Merrifield died four years ago Dec. 29, and after that time Mrs. Merrifield and daughter, Maude, composed the household.

Was a Pioneer.

She was a member of the Methodist church.  Mrs. Merrifield’s early married life was passed almost under pioneer conditions which prevailed at that time and she knew how to spin and weave and do housework with the fewest and simplest utensils and while her husband was in the army she had the responsibility of her three oldest children.

She is survived by the following children: J. H., of Iowa; Frank, and Mrs. G. W. HOOVER, of Wapella; Jacob, Mrs. A. W. HUFFMAN, Mrs. C. P. ARBOGAST and Miss Maude MERRIFIELD, of Farmer City.  Three children died in infancy.


March 12, 1880
Clinton Public

Sickness and death have visited our neighborhood.  Mrs. Malissa MERRIFIELD, wife of Samuel MERRIFIELD, died on the morning of the 28th, of lung fever.  She called her friends around her and bade them a last farewell, and told them she was going home to rest.  She leaves an infant babe behind.  The bereaved family have many warm and sympathizing friends.   The neighbors show their sympathy for the bereaved and afficted family in their sorrow.   Who can portray the depth of their sorrow in consequence of the sad event.  God gives us but one mother.  Her father, Mr. KING, aged 79 years, passed away on the morning of March 3d.  Their remains were borne to the Rucker Chapel cemetery.


June 4, 1886
Clinton Public

Lucy T. MERRILL, daughter of Joseph A. MERRILL, died May 13, 1886, at her home in Nixon township, DeWitt county, Ill., aged 20 years, 8 months and 19 days. Her illness was of about three months duration, but she was sustained during it by the faith and hope inspired by the gospel. Her remains were interred in the Chandler Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted By Rev. R. THRASHER, of the U. B. Church. Mr. Merrill has been called to pass through many severe bereavements, his wife, two daughters and one son having been taken away within the space of perhaps two years, or near that. But this is the lot of all living. Physical death is sad, because we are accustomed to call the visible forms around us our friends, and when the body dies we say, “They are dead.” But not so. Wait a little while, brother. The clouds that are now thick about our way shall lift, bye-and-bye, and the clear bright atmosphere of the day eternal shall envelop us and our loved ones shall be found living.

Samuel Oliver MERRILL 

December 31, 1907
Decatur Review
Decatur, Illinois


At his home a few miles south of Lanes, on Sunday morning occurred the death of Samuel Oliver MERRILL. For several years Mr. Merrill had been a sufferer of cancer of the throat which was the cause of death. He was 56 years old and leaves a wife and two brothers surviving him. He has been a resident of DeWitt county practically all of his life. Funeral services will be held from the Christian church at Lanes and interment at the Rose cemetery.

Note: This article spelled the surname MERRIELL.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


January 3, 1908
Clinton Register


Samuel Oliver MERRILL died at his home, two miles southeast of Lane, Sunday morning at five o'clock at the age of fifty-six years. For two years Mr. MERRILL had been a sufferer from cancer of the throat. Mr. MERRILL has been a resident of Dewitt county for many years, having come here with his parents when a school boy and remaining here ever since. He leaves a wife, and two brothers, D.N. MERRILL, near Lane and John of South Dakota. The funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the Christian church of Lane at 11 o'clock. Burial in Rose cemetery.

Capt. Harvey H. MERRIMAN 

July 19, 1901
Clinton Register

Old Soldier Falls on Battlefield of Life.
Clinton Had Been His Home Over Forty Years—
Always Much Interested in Politics.

Another of the veterans of the rebellion has heard and answered the final roll call. The tent of another who battled for his country and his flag, "is spread on Fame’s eternal camping ground." He fought bravely during the dark days of his country and has gone to a hero’s grave. He is at rest. [poem omitted]

Capt. H. H. MERRIMAN, with many of his comrades, sleeps in Woodlawn cemetery. He was one of the oldest and best known citizens of Clinton and numbered his friends by the hundreds, and it will sadden the hearts of many to know he has passed to his final rest. For two of three years he had been failing and for several weeks his family and close friends had realized his days were few with them. He had been confined to his home three weeks and several days to his bed. Tuesday night, a few minutes after 10 o'clock, rest came— taps sounded—lights out.

Harvey Harrison Merriman was born at Hatly, Canada, Feb. 15, 1831, and died July 16, 1901, having lived 70 years, 5 months and 1 day. In 1843, when he was 12 years old, his father came to Illinois, locating near Chicago. The family soon moved to Bloomington, where the father died in 1846. He then came to Clinton and lived with his uncle, Ira MERRIMAN, who conducted a hotel where the postoffice now is. When gold was discovered in California in 1849, he went to that state, where he remained about three years before returning to Clinton, when he engaged in the boot and shoe business about a year. March 18, 1853, he was married to Miss Mary M. BEEDLE, who, with two children, Mrs. Clara BELL, wife of W. E. BELL, of Peoria, and Lucius H., of this city, survive him. Another daughter, Mrs. Blanche SMITH, wife of Dr. D. W. SMITH, died in 1897 in Colorado, where she had gone for her health, and was brought to Clinton for burial. One sister, Mrs. Mary A. CATTERLIN, of Clinton, also survives him.

Mr. Merriman was always much interested in politics, being a staunch Democrat and ever ready to defend the principles of his party. He was deputy sheriff under Wm. Bolin, who was sheriff from 1852 to 1854. Mr. Merriman was afterward elected sheriff and served from 1856 to 1858. After his return from the war he was deputy county clerk under Jas. Lisenby.

About Sept. 1, 1861, he enlisted in Co. L, 4th Ill. Cav. Vol. The company rendezvoused at Camp Hunter, Ottawa, Ill., under Col. T. Lyle Dickey. The company was composed of men from Clinton and Leroy, and Mr. Longstreet, of Leroy, was made captain, and Mr. Merriman first lieutenant, receiving his commission Oct. 14, 1861. Owing to the poor health of Capt. Longstreet, he resigned after the battle of Shiloh, and Lieut. Merriman was made captain. While his company was stationed at Natchez the three years for which the men enlisted expired. Many did not re-enlist, and the 4th and 12th regiments were consolidated, Capt. Merriman continued in his former position and was afterward made major. He continued in the service until July 4, 1866, when his company was mustered out at New Orleans. He returned to Clinton, and in 1878 took charge of the hotel which he has since conducted, and known as the Merriman House.

Few men would be missed from the streets more than Capt. Merriman. He was honorable and a good citizen. In war he was a good soldier and knew no fear. [poem omitted]

Funeral services were held at the residence yesterday, conducted by Rev. T. A. Canady. The G. A. R. and W. R C. had charge of the remains and conducted services at the grave. Deceased was an honored member of the G. A. R. The pall-bearers were W. O. Rogers, J. H. Hume, Geo. Aughinbaugh, F. M. Phares, John Killough and Mat Cline, all old soldiers.

There were numerous floral offerings, among them two large fans from the G. A. R. and W R. C. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Harvey H. MERRIMAN 

September 15, 1911
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary M. Merriman, One of the Old DeWitt County Residents, Died Saturday Night.

Mrs. L. H. MERRIMAN received a message from her husband at Lakeside, Utah, stating that his mother, Mrs. Mary M. MERRIMAN had died there Saturday at midnight. Deceased had been in poor health following a stroke of paralysis, which she suffered several years ago. About two years ago she went to Utah to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. W. E. BELL. About a month ago she had arranged to return to Clinton, Mrs. Bell to accompany her, but was taken ill and her son went to her bedside. He arrived before the end came.

Mary M. BEEDLE was born in Newtown, Ind., January 22, 1835. She was married to Harry H. MERRIMAN in Clinton March 8, 1853. To this union three children were born, two of whom survive, L. H. MERRIMAN of this city and Mrs. W. E. Bell of Utah. A daughter died several years ago, but one grandson survives, Clarence BELL of Lakeside, Utah. The husband died in Clinton July 16, 1901.

For thirty years the deceased and her husband conducted the Merriman house on North Center street in Clinton, which was closed following the death of Mr. Merriman in 1901, the deceased since that time having made her home with her two children.

The remains arrived here Thursday morning and the funeral was held in the afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. W. H. Fulton. Mrs. W. E. Bell, the daughter, at whose home Mrs. Merriman died, with her brother, L. H. Merriman, accompanied the remains here from Utah.


September 17, 1915
Clinton Register

Was Carrier on Route Three.
Condition Had Been Almost Hopeless for Several Months.
In Clinton All His Life.

L. H. MERRIMAN died about ten o'clock Saturday night. He had been in failing health a year or more, and for several months his friends had little hope for his recovery. About two months ago he went to the springs in Missouri but was not benefited and returned home six weeks ago. Since then his friends lost hope, and his death was not unexpected.

He was the son of the late Capt. H. H. and Mary MERRIMAN and was born in Clinton July 1, 1856, and this city had always been his home.

After attending school he worked in the office of the Clinton Public until a young man when he became clerk in J. G. Gallagher’s grocery where he remained over twenty years. About ten years ago he became carrier on rural route three out of Clinton, and continued till last spring when failing health compelled him to take an indefinite vacation.

He was a member of the M. E. church, of the M. W. A., K. of P., and for many years had been a member of the Clinton band and his part was as bass drummer. He was greatly interested in the Clinton band, and seldom failed to be on time.

His marriage to Miss Guletta HUMPHREY, was on Sept. 27, 1831, who survives him. No children were born to them. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. W. E. BELL, of Mina, Nev.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 at the home, 422 West Washington street, conducted by Rev. Peter McEwen, the Knights of Pythias attending in a body. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.


August 31, 1855
DeWitt Courier


Dr. Elias H. MERRYMAN, formerly of this city and well known as one of the most scientific physicians and surgeons in the Mississippi valley, died and was buried on an island near Costa Rica, in Central America, on the 8th of May last, while engaged in geological explorations instituted by him last fall.  He was sick four days of yellow fever.  Several of the exploring party had been down with the same disease, but were saved by Dr. Merryman’s skill.  For himself there was no physician.  The widow of the lamented deceased and his daughter, Mrs. MURPHY, reside at Atlanta, in this state.  They will unquestionably have the sincere sympathy of our whole community in this severe bereavement.    —Springfield, Ill., Jour.

Note: Elias married Susan Savely on August 14, 1822, in Baltimore, Maryland.  Their daughter’s name was Ellen May and she married Thomas H. Murphy on September 27, 1854, in Sangamon County, Illinois.

William MESSER 

December 11, 1891
Clinton Public

William MESSER died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. David BELL, in Creek township, yesterday afternoon. He was one of the early settlers in DeWitt County, and now at the age of eighty-two years has gone to join the majority beyond the grave. THE PUBLIC is not acquainted with the history of Mr. Messer, and hopes that some of his friends will give some facts connected with his long life in this county.


February 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Lois, little daughter of Charlie MESSIC, was buried at Rock Creek January 29th.

Mrs. Samuel J. METTLIN 

May 24, 1889
Clinton Register

Death of Sarah J. Mettlin.

Mrs. Sarah J. METTLIN died at her home in Kenney Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m., in the 60th year of her age. Her death was caused by cancer of the breast, from which she had been a sufferer several years and which would yield to no medical treatment. The funeral occurred from the house Thursday, at 10 a.m., Dr. Vasburg, D. D., of Decatur, officiating. A large throng came to pay their last respects to the honored dead and accompany the soulless body to the Hutchin’s family graveyard, its last earthly resting place. The relatives and friends from a distance who attended the funeral were Walter HUTCHIN and Alexander METTLIN, of Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace HUTCHIN and daughter, Elfa, and Dr. DOWNEY and wife, of Clinton; and Miss Belle NESBITT, of Springfield.

Mrs. Mettlin’s maiden name was Sarah J. HUTCHIN. She was born in Butler county, O., April 19, 1829. With her father, Thomas HUTCHIN, and family, she emigrated to Illinois in 1839 and settled on Salt creek, where her father is remembered as an extensive farmer. In 1854 she married S. J. METTLIN, who died in Kenney in 1858. She was early untied with the Universalist church of Decatur, Ill., of which she remained a member to her death. She was highly respected by all who knew her. Mrs. Mettlin leaves no children, her immediate family consisted of her youngest sister, Icyphene HUTCHIN, who had made her home with her for several years, and her niece, Sallie A. TURNER, whom she adopted when five years old. Besides a large circle of near relatives and friends, she leaves three sisters, all living in DeWitt county, Mrs. Mary DAVENPORT, Mrs. J. R. Turner and Miss I. C. Huthcin, and three brothers, Wallace HUTCHIN, of Clinton, Ill., Wm. HUTCHIN, of Sundance, Wyoming Ty.; and Chas. HUTCHIN, of Kenney.   — Kenney Gazette.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
METTLIN, SAMUEL J.     HUTCHIN, SARAH J.      1854-04-13     DE WITT

John D. METZ 

December 2, 1904
Clinton Register

Another of the Early Settlers of DeWitt County Died at the Home of His son in Wapella.

John D. METZ, one of the oldest and best known residents of the county, died at the home of his son, A. D. METZ, in Wapella, Monday morning.  He had been sick six months and he and the family had realized he could not recover.

John D. Metz was born on October 16, 1821, at Clarksburg, Va., and his age was 83 years, 1 month and 12 days.  He was the second son of Isaac and Lucy Metz.   At about the age of 12 years he, with his father’s family, moved to Ironton, O., where they burned charcoal for the Hackley Iron Furnace Co. for a man by the name of John D. Robinson.  This trade they followed until 1839, when his father bought a little flat boat and loaded their household goods and came down the Ohio river to Cairo and up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to a landing near Naples and settled in the timber between Perry and Chambersburg, Ill., his father entering government land.

In January, 1843, he was married to Lucinda WILLIAMSON at Chambersburg, by Burr H. Swan, J. P.  To this union were born ten children, six sons and four daughters.  Three sons died in infancy and the eldest daughter, Mrs. Elva A. FOSTER, died in 1884.

From 1840 to 1851 Mr. Metz followed the cooper’s trade with a brother, he working principally on lard kegs, pork barrels and selling them to packers at Alton and taking his pay for them part in money and part in merchandise.  It is said that at one time he and his brother had the only coffee to sell that was in the county.  They traded the merchandise for stave timber.  About 1851 he opened a general store of merchandise in Chambersburg, which he ran for a time.  Later he and his brother, Joseph, formed a co-partnership which continued until the winter of 1854, when they dissolved partnership.  In their business they commanded and had a large trade in their line.  They also bought wheat and shipped to St. Louis in sacks.  In the winter of 1854 he, with a number of other citizens of that place and county, came to Wapella.  In the spring of 1855 he had a building erected on the corner of South Front and Locust streets, where he continued in the general mercantile business until about 1860.  Then he went to farming east of town on land he had purchased a number of years before.  In 1865 he and Daniel Thompson opened a general store of merchandise at his old stand and continued for several years.  He sold his interest to his partner.  Later on he clerked for his son, A. D. Metz, in a general grocery store in Wapella.

On Nov. 15, 1898, Mrs. METZ died.  After that Mr. Metz made his home with his children.  Mr. Metz was one of the oldest and also one of the first settlers of the village of Wapella.  He and his wife never turned a hungry person from their door without giving them a meal.  He united with the Christian church in 1875 and died in that faith.  He leaves five brothers and one sister, Joseph F., David T., George S., Jesse M., Miss Phoebe L., residing near Chambersburg, Ill.; Benj., of Alton; also three sons: Albert D., of Wapella; Joseph W., of Witchita, Kan.; John M., of LaSalle, Ill., and three daughters, Mrs. J. T. WILEY, of Bloomington; Mrs. O. C. IVES, of Wapella; Mrs. Martha A. DAVIS, of Kiowa, Kan.  Mr. Metz often remarked that he was proud of the life he had lived and proud of all his children.  He leaves a large circle of relatives living in Pike county, Illinois, and friends here.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday at 10:30, conducted by Rev. O. M. Eaton.  The burial was in Sugar Grove cemetery beside the wife of deceased.

The floral tributes were a large pillow with “Father” by the family; large wreath of pink tea roses and chrysanthemums, with “Grandfather,” by the grandchildren; sheath of red roses from A. Washburn & Sons, Bloomington, Ill.; sheath of white carnations, J. T. Wiley and family, of Bloomington; bouquet of pink and white carnations, T. J. Argo and family.

The pall bearers were S. C. Able, John Hume, J. M. Greene, J. C. Hull, F. M. Willis, and W. B. Arthington.

Note: The list of people who came from a distance is too long, so it has been omitted.

Mrs. John D. METZ 

November 18, 1898
Clinton Register


One of Wapella's Highly Respected, Aged Mothers Answers the Final Summons at an Advanced Age.

Mrs. Lucinda METZ died Wednesday morning at her home in Wapella, aged 74 years, 5 months and 13 days.  Her son, A. D. METZ, of Wapella, favored the Register with the following brief history of her life:

Lucinda WILLIAMSON was born in Hamilton county, near Cincinnati, O., June 2d, 1824, when a small girl, she with her parents, one sister and two brothers moved to near Green Castle, Ind., where her mother died, and in 1840 the family moved to Illinois.  Near Chambersburg, Jan. 12, 1843, she was married to John D. METZ.  To this union were born ten children, four of them preceded her to the better land.  She leaves to mourn her death one brother in California, a kind husband, three sons, A. D., living in Wapella; J. W., Kiowa, Kan.; J. M., Mendota, Ill.; Mrs. J. T. WILEY, Bloomington; Mrs. O. C. IVES, Wapella; Mrs. Clifton Davis, Kiowa, Kan.  Also a large circle of friends.  She united with the M. E. church at Chambersburg in 1854, where the family resided until August 1855, then moved to Wapella where she resided to the time of her death, being a resident of this county over 43 years.  In 1863 or '64 she united with the Christian church under the preaching of Elder George Owens who was holding a revival in Wapella at that time.  She made the Bible her study through life and could turn to almost any passage of scripture in a moment.   A great deal of the Old and New Testament she had committed to memory.  She led an exemplary and consistent Christian life.  Of late, she said repeatedly she was ready to take her departure for that better world, but was loath to leave dear and loved ones behind.  Rev. E. A. Gilliland conducted the funeral at her late home today and her remains were laid to rest beside her children in the Sugar Grove cemetery to await the great resurrection day.


August 13, 1909
Clinton Register

Harry M. METZGER died in Kankakee Tuesday Afternnon.  He was born in Clinton 41 years ago and had lived here nearly all his life.  His death was caused from the effects of a fall received four years ago.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. R. P. METZGER.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.


January 31, 1867
Clinton Public

DIED.— In this town, January 8th, 1867, of scarlet fever, Minnie, only daughter of William and Nancy Metzger.

William METZGER 

March 15, 1907
Clinton Register

One of Clinton’s Oldest Citizens and Business Man Died After a Long Illness.

Yesterday at 2:30 William METZGER, one of Clinton’s oldest and best known citizens, died at his home in this city, aged 80 years, 5 months and 5 days.  He had been confined to his home about three years; for several weeks he had been growing worse, and realized that he must soon pass away.  He was honorable in all his dealings and had been a useful citizen.   Clinton has lost a good man.

William Metzger was born in Bedford County, Pa., October 9, 1826.  His father, Andrew METZGER, was prominent in his county, was sheriff when he died, aged about 30; his wife died at about the same age, leaving four children, of whom William was the last to pass away.  When 21 years old he came to the West and located at Bloomington, Ill., where he remained only a short time, when he came to this county, locating at Waynesville, where he worked as a journeyman saddler and harness maker, working for J. Jackson and W. P. Hunt, who died in Wapella about four years ago.  In 1849 he bought Mr. Hunt’s business, which he conducted until 1865, when he sold his business and came to Clinton, buying the interest of C. P. Ford in a similar business.  As there was much horse-back riding, he had a good business in Waynesville and had become well acquainted so that his business introduction in Clinton was favorable, and he conducted a successful business until 1890, when he retired from the work he had so long been engaged in.  He had been a director of the National bank since its organization and after selling his business, was cashier of the bank a while.  In 1894 he was elected vice-president of the bank, and held that position several years.

William Metzger was married to Miss Rachel CANTRELL at Waynesville, her father being Wm. CANTRELL, also an early settler of this county.  To them were born two children, Minnie dying aged 8 years and Henry M., who with his mother survive.

Deceased was a charter member of the Knights of Pythias of Clinton, which was organized March 7, 1872, and had always been one of the most regular attendants when he was able to leave his home.  In his honor the uniform rank was named Metzger Company, and the members will attend the funeral in full uniform in honor of their faithful brother, highly esteemed neighbor and true friend.

For twenty nine successive years he was Master of Exchequer and was the only one of the charter members living in Clinton.  He was regarded as the highest type of the exemplification of Pythianism, and is said had no enemy.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 o'clock at the home, conducted by Rev. S. C. Black, Metzger Company having charge of the remains.  Burial in Woodlawn.

MEWHINNEY (child) 

November 1, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. N. S. MEWHINNEY's little girl, aged five years, died on Tuesday of heart disease.



May 17, 1895
Clinton Public

Wednesday morning, Wm. MEWHINNEY, who lived three miles northwest of Wapella and for nearly fifty years was a familiar figure in that vicinity, came to Clinton with a basket of eggs. He was particularly sociable when he started, but the cold, damp air chilled him. When he stepped from the wagon he staggered and fell, Dr. J. C. MYERS declaring that he was stricken with paralysis. For twelve hours he lay unconscious at the Merriman house, and Thursday morning his spirit passed to Him who gave it birth. Deceased was born near Terre Haute, Ind., seventy-four years ago and moved to DeWitt county when life in Central Illinois was an experiment, the conflicting successes and failures deceiving the most sanguine prophet as to the final outcome. He leaves a wife and three children—John, Ennis and Frances. His wife is not expected to live. She is afflicted with a cancer. Funeral services will be held today and remains of Mr. Mewhinney will be interred in Crum cemetery near Wapella.


Mrs. Christopher MICHAELS 

February 23, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Chris MICHAELS died at her home two and a half miles north of Birkbeck at 4 o'clock this morning after an ilness of ten days, aged 62 years.  She leaves a husband, five daughters and two sons to mourn her death.  Funeral services will be held in the Birkbeck church tomorrow at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Bolton.  Interment at Willmore cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. Gustave MICHAELS 

September 29, 1893
Clinton Public


Mrs. Gustave MICHAELS died at her daughter’s house, Mrs. Sam McCULLOUGH, south of here, at 8:20 P.M. Wednesday.  Mrs. Michaels had been an invalid for years, and her death was expected at any time.


October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Elizabeth MICHAELS, aged fifty-nine years, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. S. O. McCULLOUGH, near Waynesville, on the 27th of September.  She belonged to the BARR family who settled in this county at an early day.

Decatur C. MILLARD 

September 4, 1896
Clinton Register

A Former Clintonian Died Suddenly—
Burial at Wellington, Kan.

From a Wellington, Kan., paper we clip the following account of the death of D. C. MILLARD, who was raised in this city and in 1878 went west in company with W. C. CAMPBELL, who returned to Clinton about three years ago. He was a nephew of Philip CLARK, of this city.

"The rock Island passenger train from the north last evening brought back to this city the coffined form of D. C. Millard, who had died at Colorado Springs, Colorado, at noon the day before of an apoplectic stroke. The news of his fatal illness was received by Geo. R. FULTZ in a telegram that arrived about half-past 1 o'clock Tuesday, stating that Mr. Millard was dying with heart failure. A few minutes later another message came bringing the sad news of his death stating, however, that it had been caused by a stroke of apoplexy. Instructions were at once sent to his business partner there to have the remains embalmed and forwarded to his home here for interment.

Mr. Millard went to Colorado Springs early last spring. For sometime he worked in an abstract office, but later took up the study of assaying, in which in the course of three or four months he became proficient enough to go into business for himself. In company with a gentleman named Strain he opened an assay office the week preceding his death. When Mr. Fultz last saw him Friday afternoon before leaving the Springs, he was apparently in excellent health and was much pleased with his prospects for a successful and remunerative business. It is Mr. Fultz’s belief that overwork in the heated and acid laden air of that assay office brought on the stroke that caused his death.

Mr. Millard’s untimely death while in the full vigor of manhood will be sincerely lamented here where so many years of his life were spent. Decatur, or 'Dick' Millard, as everybody called him, was the soul of geniality and kindness and numbered his friends by scores. He has been a resident of Wellington since 1878 and at one time had accumulated quite a comfortable fortune by dealings in real estate, which later he lost through the collapse of the 'boom.' He took an active interest in political affairs and in 1895 was the Republican candidate for register of deeds, but was defeated through a division in the party. Soon after the election, as has been stated, he went to Colorado Springs, his family remaining here. Though his personal estate is not large, it is understood that his family will realize about $3,500 from a life insurance policy he carried. He was thirty-eight years, ten months and fifteen days old at the time of his decease."


August 2, 1907
Clinton Register


Robert MILLARD died at his home in Wellington, Kan., Wednesday, July 31. Deceased was a resident of Clinton many years, moving to Wellington over a quarter of a century ago. While living here he followed the occupation of a plasterer. Burial today, Friday, August 2.

Abraham K. MILLER, Sr. 

November 7, 1905
Decatur Herald

Accounted One of the Wealthiest Men In Central Illinois.

Clinton, Ill., Nov. 6—A. K. MILLER died at 9 o'clock Sunday morning at the home of his son, Thomas, in Lane, Ill., after being in poor health for several years. Mr. Miller was the earliest settler of DeWitt county, being one of the snowbirds. He is accounted one of the largest land owners and the wealthiest man in the county.

He was born in Kentucky in 1822, and came with his parents to Illinois when but 6 years old, and when quite young located near Lane. In 1844 he married Miss Rebecca WELCH, who died about six years ago. Twelve children were born, five who are now living. They are Thomas of Lane; Mrs…[printing error]…all of DeWitt Township, and Mrs. Mary BROWN of Piatt county. Only a few weeks ago a new church was completed in Lane at a cost of about $5000.. it being a gift of Mr. Miller. The date of the dedication of the church is set for the third Sunday in November, but it is now completed and will be used for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, when Mr. Miller's funeral will be held. When he gave the money for the church, Mr. Miller made a condition that it was open for the use of all evangelical churches.

Rev. Patterson of Danville will conduct the funeral services Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock and the remains will be laid to rest in Lisenby cemetery beside those of his wife.

Note: His full name was Abraham Kingery Miller.


November 10, 1905
Clinton Register

A DeWitt County Pioneer Has Joined Loved Ones on the Other Shore.
Had Lived in DeWitt County Three-Fourths of a Century,
and Almost all of That Time in One Township—A Busy and Useful Life.

Abraham K. MILLER, one of DeWitt county's aged and noble philanthropists, died last Sunday morning surrounded by his weeping children, grandchildren and friends. Knowing for the last two months that the forces of the grim monster were closing fast on his fading powers, he met death resignedly, tranquilly and with a Christian fortitude. Up to within one hour of his last breath he spoke freely his desires as to earthly arrangements. He told those around his bed that his peace was made and that he was dying happy. His aged brother, John MILLER, pressed his hand and tearfully assured him that he himself would before long join him. A smile of joy passed over his shriveled lips and whitened face and he attempted to shout; in a few moments all was over.

"As he passed into rest in Heaven
With his loved ones gone before
The hearts are sore that knew him so it ends;
Storm and stress and sunshine then the night;
And yet, because he lived, the eternal light
Of love for those he loved shines through their tears."

The life of Abraham K. Miller affords a grand and impressive lesson to the young of every community. It teaches the results that follow a Christian life; it shows in the last evidence of his friends and neighbors devotion the gratitude a people are always ready to offer a man whose life has been one of integrity and honor. It shows what fortitude, heroism, tireless industry and faith may accomplish. Mr. Miller's life shows how the all-wise Deity mysteriously selects worthy ones in all conditions of life to fulfill his earthly designs and missions.

In 1837 DeWitt county was on the frontier, spare settlements, hardships, the deadly miasms of the swamps and ponds, and grinding want were the phases of human life in the paradise of wealth and comfort we now enjoy. At that time a good old man came in the woods of Salt Creek to preach the gospel; his name was Thomas WELSH. There was no money to pay him; there was no church to shelter his hearers and an unregenerate folk to hear his appeals. He could only preach to a few people at their humble cabin firesides. Selfishness probably whispered and told him to go home or elsewhere and preach where there was a reward as a compensation; but he heard it not; he kept on in his labors until a log church was the product of the hardy settlers who had heard the inspired voice of the poor old back woodsman, who was not unlike John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness. Among the hardy young men who heard the voice of the old preacher and fell before the shafts of conviction was Abraham K. Miller. He was soundly converted and gave his heart and soul to the new life in which for sixty years he has walked and prayed and worked. The old log church, which Abraham K. Miller took the lead in building, finally became too small to hold the people. He married in the midst of these scenes, Miss Rebecca Jane WELSH, who with him knew privations and trials. For six years of their young married life they toiled on, not having the means to buy even a team of horses with which to begin farming life, such as it was in those days. This was near the close of the forties. The old minister died without a hint of the future divinely marked out for his young convert, whose earnest toil was followed by some evidences of prosperity as he began entering some of the cheap lands of Creek township; but giving a good part of his substance to the cause of the struggling congregation. A new church became a necessity and about the beginning of the fifties by Mr. Miller's hard work, and what contributions he could furnish, the foundations of the good old church, known for years as "Uncle Jack Lane's Shed," were laid; revivalists came and a large roll of membership resulted including at the time members from nearly every family in Creek township. Mr. Miller kept on his good work and as a recreation for the hard toil of the week he gave Sunday to the church and the Sunday school. With but three months of a common school education, in which he learned to spell and write, he began the slow study of the Bible, and as soon as he could read tolerably, subscribed for a newspaper, the Missouri Republican, which he continued for many years.

He was a patron of education helping to organize the schools of Creek township that his own and his neighbors children might have what he did not get; namely, a common school education. He became a most successful stock raiser and financier, always giving freely to the Newlight Christian Church and all other religious bodies requiring aid. His fortune grew until the lands and real property of his estates in DeWitt and Piatt counties and in Iowa are, at his death, equal to $200,000. This ample fortune he said a week since he felt that he simply held in trust from his Maker that it might be applied in the best possible way. some of his maxims, uttered in the last weeks of his life are worth remembering.

"I never craved money as property and only used it as it could render my family comfortable and contribute to the Lord's work."

"I have studied to ascertain what was exactly right and just in all instances and then tried faithfully to do that."

"The only regret I have is that I may have lost some opportunity to do good."

The beautiful large church, costing between $4000 and $5000, which Mr. Miller has given to the people of Lane is the last of this series of good acts. It was his design that the splendid church, which will seat a large congregation, should be a grand successor of the two that have passed away and afford an opportunity for the preaching of the gospel by any Christian denomination when the pulpit is not in use by the local organization. He stipulated rightly that the church is the temple of God, and as such, must not be used for shows and secular entertainments, not religious in character. Rev. Thomas Hamlin MILLER, eldest son of the deceased, will have charge of the financial management, and may occasionally occupy the pulpit, which will be supplied by able ministerial talent from the conference. It was earnestly hoped the good old man would be spared to see the dedication of his church gift to the village, the ceremonies of which are to occur on Sunday November 19, one week from the coming Sunday.

Abraham K. Miller was born, one of sixteen children of John and Nancy Miller, in Kentucky in the year 1822, the family removing to Macon county, Illinois, in 1830, and later to what is now Tunbridge township, DeWitt county, where the Miller race began its Illinois history. The family is of German extraction and antedates in this country the Revolution, in which several of them took part.

But five of the original sixteen survive: Matthew MILLER, of Joplin, Mo.; the venerable John MILLER, of Lane; Mrs. J. ZORGER, of Weldon; Mrs. John SHINKLE, of Springfield; and Mrs. Allen HARROLD, of the Indian Territory. Of the children of Abraham Miller there are Thomas, Mrs. Emiline SPAINHOUR, Edward, Elijah P. and Martha R., all of Lane, and Mrs. Wm. BROWN, of Piatt county.

At the time of Mr. Miller's death he had lived 84 years, 9 months and 16 days. He survived his faithful wife six years, they having been married, at her death, 55 years. There [are] in all 18 grand and 22 great grandchildren.

The beautiful and capacious church was filled to standing room on Tuesday as the people sat in the new chairs amid the freshness of the furniture, and heard the eloquent funeral discourse of Rev. Patterson, of Danville, who dwelt impressively on the lessons of his life and the beautiful impressive lessons of his dying moments.

At two o'clock in the afternoon the cortege moved to the old Lisenby cemetery, where the last rites were performed and a chapter full of lessons was closed until the resurrection morn.

Nothing stays of all we cherish;
    Weary eyes will fall asleep;
All things fade and pass and perish,
    Loving hearts must cease to beat.
                B. F. S.

Abraham K. MILLER, Jr. 

January 4, 1884
Clinton Register


A sad accident occurred here December 21.  Mr. Abraham MILLER, son of Abraham MILLER, Sr., shot himself while out hunting.  He was trying to scare a rabbit out of the hedge with the butt end of the gun, when the trigger was so caught that the gun was shot off, the load taking effect just below the first rib on the right side.  He died December 28, and was buried last Sunday at the old steam mill graveyard.  Mr. Miller was a young man of about twenty-two years and had every prospect of a happy life.  He was married only last August, and leaves a widow sixteen years of age to mourn her sad loss.


January 4, 1884
Clinton Register


Accidentally shot with his own gun, Abe, son of Mr. A. K. MILLER, as he was drawing the gun to him through the hedge, a twig caught the hammer pulling it back far enough to explode the gun, tearing off his coat sleeve, entering his right side, near the lower rib.  He lingered until Friday night at eleven o'clock, knowing everything to the last.  He says to his parents, “Let them all come in, I am going to go, it is the dark hour of night here, but everything is bright over yonder.” Bidding all farewell, his spirit passed to the bright world beyond the grave.  He was a member of the United Brethren in Christ.  He leaves a loving wife and many sorrowing friends to mourn his loss.

Mr. and Mrs. Absalom MILLER 

January 2, 1873, Thursday
Clinton Public

United in Life, they are not Separated in Death.

On Christmas day, Absalom MILLER, aged eighty-six years and over six months, died in this city.  Time had dealt gently with him, and till the past few weeks Mr. Miller was in the enjoyment of good health.  Mr. Miller was born in Virginia, from which State he emigrated some twelve years ago, seven years of which he has been a resident of Clinton.  He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and in his younger days had quite an eventful career.  Later in life he was married to a young girl who was born and reared in his native town in Virginia, and together this couple lived in the happiest relations for over fifty years, rearing a family of twelve children, ten of whom are still living.  The old couple were devoted Christians, being members of the Methodist Church from the days of their youth.  Mrs. Miller had often expressed a wish that Death would take her when he called her husband.  Her wish was gratified. A day or two before Mr. Miller’s death, Mrs. Miller was confined to her bed from feebleness, and in three days after his decease she too peacefully passed from earth to heaven.  The funeral services were held in the Methodist Church on last Sunday morning.   It is not often one sees a double funeral of husband and wife, where both die of extreme old age.  United in life, the aged couple were not separated in death.

Absalom MILLER 

September 27, 1912
Clinton Register

Passed Away At 10:30 Monday Morning.
Came Here in the Year of 1859.

Absalom MILLER, one of the old residents of DeWitt county died at his home in the east part of the city at 10:30 Monday morning, after an illness of more than a year, although his condition was not considered dangerous until about six weeks ago.

About one year ago Mr. Miller suffered a stroke of paralysis and about six weeks ago he had another attack.  When the latter attack came he was working in his back yard.  Neighbors found him unconscious and carried him into the house.  His condition gradually grew worse, although at times it was thought he might recover.

Absalom Miller was born in New Hampshire county, Virginia, July 15, 1834, and was the son of Absalom and Nancy (SHERWOOD) MILLER.  He went from Virginia to Highland, Ohio, and on October 5, 1859, was married to Sarah A. BROWN, after which he came to Illinois and settled on rented land in Harp township.  He removed from that township to Creek township in this county where he was the possessor of a 325-acre farm.  Fifteen years ago he retired from farm life and moved to Clinton, purchasing the William Magill residence at the east limits of the city where he had since resided.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller were the parents of thirteen children, nine of whom survive: Linn and Elwood, Mrs. Grant HOWER and Mrs. Charles ARGO, of this city; Mrs. O. M. POLAND, of Chicago; B. B., Fred and Edgar, of near Lane; and Ottie, at home.  Besides the widow and children, there are two brothers and one sister surviving: William, of Kansas City, Kan.; Samuel, of Wichita, Kan.; and Mrs. John Carlisle, of Auburn, Neb.

Deceased was not a member of any church or society, but used the golden rule as his standard of life, which was an exemplary one.  His friends were many, and enemies he did not know.

The funeral was preached by Rev. L. B. Pickerill, of Deland, an old-time friend of the family.  His subject was, “What is Your Life?”   The singing was by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. McPherson [and] J. W. Perryman.   The pallbearers were J. M. and E. R. Shaw, F. C. Davidson, M. Connor, J. Q. Lewis and [sentence not finshed].

Mrs. Absalom MILLER 

November 22, 1912
Clinton Register

Mrs. Sarah Miller, Widow of Absalom Miller, Follows Husband After Short Illness.

Tuesday morning at 8:30, after a brief illness, Mrs. Sarah MILLER died at her home on East Main Street.

Sarah A. BOWEN was born November 30, 1838, in Highland, Highland county, Ohio.  She was united in marriage to Absalom MILLER, October 5, 1859 and to this union were born 13 children, of whom four children and the husband preceded her in death.  The nine surviving sons and daughters being Linley, Elwood, Mrs. Grant HOWER, [and] Mrs. Charles ARGO, of this city; Birch, Fred and Edgar, of Creek township; and Ottie, at home.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller came to Illinois in 1863, locating in Christian county where they remained one year and removed from there to DeWitt county in 1864 where they have since resided.  For the past fifteen years they have made their home just east of this city, and where the death of Mr. Miller occurred September 23, 1912.

Besides the children, Mrs. Miller leaves to mourn her death three sisters, Mrs. John GREEN, of Highland, Ohio; Mrs. R. BUFFINGTON, of Galveston, Ind.; and Mrs. Lizzie McCOY, of Francesville, Indiana.

Deceased was born and reared a Quaker, and remained faithful to her church, and there being no society of that denomination here she never united with any other church.

The funeral will be held at the residence Sunday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. B. Pickerill, of Deland. Burial in Woodlawn.

Time for the funeral was delayed until word was received from Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Argo, who left two weeks ago for a visit at Lexington, Ok., with Mr. Argo’s sister, Mrs. John Graham, and with friends at Brownsville, Tex.  When the news of Mrs. Miller’s death reached Lexington, Mr. and Mrs. Argo were on their way to Brownsville, where they received the news upon their arrival.  They left for home at once.


November 1912
Paper Unknown

Funeral of Mrs. Sarah A. Miller Sunday, November 24, 1912
One of Largest Ever Held in County.

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah A. MILLER was held Sunday afternoon, November 24, 1912, from her late residence, 1500 East Main street, Elder L. B. PICKERILL of the Christian church officiating. A quartette composed of Mrs. Flossie BEAN, Miss RILEY and Messrs. MARSHALL sang “Rock of Ages, “ “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul.” The pall was borne by William SPIDLE, Frank TAYLOR, John Q. LEWIS, Biley THOMPSON, John WARNER and Daniel ?TRINE. Burial took place in Woodlawn by the side of the husband from whom the separation had been so short.

Despite the inclemency of the weather, the attendance was unusually large, many coming for miles to pay a parting tribute to a noble woman and friend, and their presence like the profusion of beautiful blossoms which surrounded the casket, bespoke the esteem in which Mrs. MILLER was held.

Selected passages from the Scriptures, appropriate to the life of this loved mother, were read by the minister, and he very feelingly dwelt upon the rich heritage left to the sons and daughters by her exemplary life and the influence that would never be effaced.

Sarah Ann BROWN, who was the eldest of seven children, was born November 30, 1838, near Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, and was the daughter of Samuel and Grace BROWN. Here she grew to womanhood, and October 5, 1859, was united in marriage to Absalom MILLER and with her husband moved to Newark, Ohio, where they remained about four years.

In March 1863 they came overland to Illinois, locating in Pana, Christian county. (Unreadable sentence) moved to a farm in Creek township and as their efforts were successful, their need of more land followed. They farmed in various townships of the county, and in 1873 decided to possess land of their own and purchased 104 acres in Barnett township, which was later disposed of, they afterwards buying 160 acres in Creek township. Here they resided for twenty-two years, adding to their land from time to time until at present “the old home place” consists of 285 acres of land.

In 1897 Mr. and Mrs. MILLER felt that it was time to leave the responsibility of the farm work to younger heads and hands and take life easier, so purchased the old William MAGILL homestead just east of this city. For fifteen years they enjoyed this home which their united efforts have made possible, and which was broken only when the husband and father passed away September 23, 1912.

The faithful and loving wife who so deeply felt her loss was not left in mourning long, for before two months had gone by a second summons came to the home, and after a brief period of suffering, the spirit of Sarah MILLER returned to the God who gave it.

Religiously, Mrs. MILLER was a Quakeress, having a birthright membership in the Friends church in Highland county, Ohio, and although in sympathy with other churches, she never affiliated with any other denomination. She was faithful as a wife, loving as a mother, kind and sympathetic as a friend, ever ready to respond to any call of need. In trouble or sickness her presence was felt by cheerful and encouraging words.

Mrs. MILLER is survived by nine children: Lindley, Elwood, Burch, Argo and Otie, all of this county and city, and Mrs. Birdie POLAND of Chicago. She also leaves to mourn three sisters, Mrs. Rebecca GREEN of Clintoa, Ohio; Mrs. Phoebe BUFFINGTON, near Logansport; Ind., and Mrs. Lizzie McCOY of Francesville, Ind.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Andrew MILLER 

March 27, 1891
Clinton Register

Andrew MILLER, who lived five miles southeast of town, died Sunday morning [March 22] and was buried in the Weldon cemetery Monday at eleven o'clock.   Mr. Miller had lived on the same farm for 17 years, and his home was known far and near for its hospitality.  He was an exemplary husband and father and the public as well as the family greatly mourn his loss.  Mr. Miller was a member of Weldon Lodge A. F. & A. M., which lodge buried the body with all the honors of Free Masonry.  The deceased was 63 years old and leaves a wife and five children, three of whom are married.

Benjamin MILLER 

March 15, 1889
Clinton Public

Death of Benjamin Miller.

Early Monday morning Mr. Benjamin MILLER, of Creek township, one of DeWitt county’s wealthy and successful stock raisers and farmers, died at his residence, of rheumatism of the heart, complicated with uremia.  Mr. Miller has for years been a sufferer with rheumatism, and has been accustomed to spend his recent winters, or a large portion of two previous to the present, at Hot Springs, Ark.  A week since he took to his bed and gradually succumbed despite medical skill.  Mr. Miller was in every sense a self-made man.

Coming to DeWitt county in his early childhood from near Jacksonville, he started without education or money, accumulating by pluck, industry and economy a large fortune; and, exceptional as it may seem in the case of a rich man, he has never been accused of a dishonest act.

Mr. Miller was twice married and has two families of children. He was 59 years and a few months old at his death. He came to DeWitt county nearly thirty years ago and bought a farm of eighty acres, building a cheap house with two rooms. He paid for this place and improved it, and purchased other land until now his estate will number over 1500 acres, and some of the best lands in the county; and on the site of his former residence stands one of the finest residences in this part of the State. Mr. Miller’s success in wealth making, the result of honest and devoted industry, is a grand example for his sons and other young men of the country to follow.

His death will be keenly felt by Creek township, and is a loss to the business energies of DeWitt county. He leaves a wife and eight children, of whom all are grown but the two youngest, all of whom have the sympathies of the community in their bereavement. The funeral procession of the late Benjamin Miller, who was buried in…..(cut off)


March 15, 1889
Clinton Register

After Life's Fitful Fever, He Rests Well.

Benjamin MILLER, of Creek township died early Monday morning of rheumatism complicated with uremia. Less than a week before, he was in a fair state of health, and surrounded by every comfort and even luxury that human heart could reasonably wish, a cheerful affectionate and industrious wife and family all of whom were in health and prosperity. Living in a fine country residence having few equals in this part of Illinois, as much known for its prominence and beauty as well as for Mr. Miller's kind hospitality to his large circle of friends and acquaintances. But the pale angel who in proverb is said to love a shining mark, removed him unmindful of the heartstrings he would cruelly rend; unmindful of the grief, pain and tears he would inflict; unmindful of the chair he would ever make vacant and the tender, patient voice of father and husband he would ever still in death.

Mr. Miller came to Creek township over twenty-five years since from near Jacksonville, Morgan county, where he was born, and purchased a small farm two miles south of the late S. E. Arnold residence, where he erected a small temporary house in which he lived and where he toiled, and raised his first family of children until the death of his first wife when he was left alone with his children. A year or two elapsed when he married his present wife, a lady of Spencer county, Ky., who survives him with their four children of the second marriage and four of the five of the first marriage. Out of their small farm, by honest devoted toil and economy, a large tract near 1,500 acres and a grand palatial mansion graced with all the comforts have grown.

Mr. Miller's life furnished an impressive example for the young men of today. He was poor, without education or influential friends; but he was honest, industrious and devoted to his calling. He was patient and even tempered, rarely or never showing anger, and made his money by the regular increase and income of farm products and not by speculation. He was hospitable and kind to everyone, paying the same deference to his faithful hired help that he would to a visitor in broadcloth or satin, a quality that will be remembered because not the trait of smaller minds. Popular demonstrations and foolish displays had no charms to lure him from his home and duties, and fortune smiled and rewarded him for his efforts. The great poet has said that the good that men do lives after them. The world is better for Mr. Miller having lived in it. The interment was at Maroa cemetery on Tuesday. The cortege was over a mile in length.

Mrs. Benjamin MILLER 

November 2, 1906
Clinton Register


One of Clinton's Well Known Women Dies After a Short Illness—
Burial in Maroa Cemetery.

Another of the good old mothers heard the final summons and has gone to the Better World. So sudden was that call that she was not allowed to say farewell to her children, only her sister, Mrs. CAPLINGER being with her when the end came.

Mrs. Martha MILLER had been in failing health the last few years with heart trouble and asthma, and since Saturday had not been as well as usual, but no fear had been felt that death was so closely hovering over her home. Soon after noon Wednesday, while sitting in a chair, she suddenly became worse, and seemed to realize she must soon pass away. She asked for her children, none of whom were in Clinton. In a few minutes her spirit had taken its flight.

Miss Martha PULLIAM was born near Taylorsville, Spencer County, Ky., January 26, 1843, and was the oldest of five children. Her father died when she was five years old and her mother nine years later. She came to Illinois in 1865, and at Atlanta, Dec. 28 of that year was married to Benjamin MILLER. They located on a farm in Creek township, where the husband died March 11, 1889. She remained at the old homestead and conducted the 320 acre farm until 1892, when she moved to Clinton. After three years she returned to the farm and remained four years when she again moved to Clinton which had since been her home.

Of the four children born to her, all are living except Mary, who became the wife of David BARCLAY, a Clinton attorney who died about 15 years ago; she then became the wife of Fred MEAD. Her two daughters, Mary and Helen, had lived with their grandmother. The surviving children are Charles Y. and Benjamin S., of Creek township, and Mrs. W. C. WHITE, of Memphis, Tenn. She is also survived by the following, her husband's children by his first marriage: Joseph, of Piatt County; George L. and Stephen A., of Maroa; and Mrs. James PULLIAM, of Creek township. Besides her sister, Mrs. Anna Caplinger, two brothers, Marion, of Kentucky, whom she recently visited, and James, of Maroa, survive her.

She was a faithful member of the Clinton Presbyterian church, being regular in attendance when her health would permit her doing so.

She was always ready to assist in any good work and was indeed a mother to the two granddaughters, who were very young when their mother died.

Blanche MILLER 

May 27, 1887
Clinton Public

Blanche MILLER, aged four years, daughter of Mr. Joseph MILLER, died in this city last Friday, and on Saturday the burial was at Long Point Cemetery.

Edward Arnold MILLER 

Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Edward Arnold MILLER, age 79; retired DeWitt county Farmer
Born: Oct. 12, 1864, near Lane
Died: Died of paralytic stroke, at 8:30 p.m. at his granddaughter’s home near Lane
Married: Married Lillie Belle HOGE March 21, 1891 at Decatur; Lillie died May 15, 1938
Survivors: Survived by one son; eight grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren
Member of the Lane Christian Church, which was built by his father.
Funeral at the Pullen Funeral home in Clinton

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Ephraim MILLER 

November 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Ephraim MILLER, a pioneer resident of Creek township, died at his home near Birkbeck last Saturday, at the age of Sixty-three years. Mr. Miller was born in Ohio. There he married a Miss NAGELY. Three children were born to them. He, with his family, came to this county twenty-five years ago and have lived in Harp township since that time. Two of the children are married, the third, George, residing in Iowa. All were present at the funeral, which was held at the family residence at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Grant MILLER 

May 4, 1894
Clinton Public

Mrs. Grant MILLER, whose home was near Birkbeck, took suddenly ill last Wednesday, and during the night her husband was awakened by hearing a shriek. He sprang out of bed and caught his wife in his arms as she was trying to raise herself in bed, and almost instantly her head fell on his breast and she was dead. She had not been feeling well for some time, but she was able to attend to her household duties and thought she would soon be well again. She leaves two infant children. She was the daughter of Mr. Al HARROLD.


May 11, 1894
Clinton Public

Mary L. (HARROLD) MILLER was born in DeWitt County, Illinois, September 28, 1874; died at her residence in Harp township on May 3d, 1894, aged nineteen years, seven months and five days.

She was the youngest child of Alfred and Eliza HARROLD. She was united in marriage to Ulysses G. MILLER, on January 16, 1891. From this union two children were born, who with her aged parents, two brothers and two sisters, her loving husband and a host of friends, mourn her untimely death. She was sick but a couple of days, her disease being that dread malady "heart failure."

Her remains were taken to Centenary Church on last Friday afternoon, followed by a large and sympathetic procession. Rev. Thos. MILLER preached the funeral sermon after which she was interred in the Willmore Cemetery, there to await the resurrection where friends will be united to never part no more. The young husband and father has the sympathy of the entire community in this hour of his bereavement.

Mrs. Ida Belle MILLER

Published on page 10 of the Decatur (IL) Herald on Saturday, 02 March 1940

Mrs. Ida Belle Miller, Lane, Dies of Pneumonia
Lane (Staff)
Mrs. Ida Belle Miller, 65, of Lane, died in John Warner hospital, Lane, at 3:35 p. m. Friday of pneumonia.
She was born March 17, 1875 in Creek township, Dewitt county. She leaves her husband, Emmett Miller; two children by a previous marriage, Floyd Moody of Bloomington and Pearl Moody of Lane, a brother, John Evans of Capella [sic, should be Wapella], and a sister, Mrs. Alice Morrow of Decatur.
Funeral services will be held in Pullen’s funeral home Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Rose cemetery.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda

Mrs. J. Preston MILLER 

Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Born: 05/26/1886
Died: 1977
Parents: William and Sarah (DOTY) SPENCER
Married: J. Preston MILLER, 12/25/1907, DeWitt County, IL.
Survivors: son Floyd, of Vicksburg, Mich.; daughter Mrs. Edna RITTER of Clinton; two sisters Mrs. Ruth HALL, of Clinton, Mrs. Bessie MILLER, of
Douglas, GA.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild
Funeral: Herington-Calvert Funeral Home, date and place unknown
Burial: unknown


(See news article)


January 23, 1914
Clinton Register


John MILLER, son of John and Nancy MILLER, was born in what is now Barnett township April 15, 1833, and departed this life Jan. 19, 1914, being 80 years, 9 months and 4 days of age.  He was united in marriage to Sarah D. CURL Sept. 25, 1861.  Seven children were born to them as follows: William L. MILLER of DeWitt, Ill.; Geo. W. MILLER, who died in infancy; Ulysses C. MILLER, of Clinton; Effie A. MILLER, of Lane; Myrtle TUGGLE, Clinton; John T. MILLER, who died in infancy; and Jerry A. MILLER, of Niantic, Ill.

Deceased united with the old Christian church near Lane when a young man and had been a faithful member for about 60 years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 o'clock in the Lane church, conducted by Rev. Anderson.  Burial in Rose cemetery.

Note: He was buried in Lisenby Cemetery, not Rose.

Mrs. John MILLER 

May 15, 1914
Clinton Register


Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. MILLER, at Lane, occurred the passing of Mrs. Sarah B. MILLER, at the age of 68 years.  The direct cause of death was heart trouble.  Deceased was a sister of J. A. CURL, of this city.

Mrs. Miller was the widow of the late John MILLER, whose death occurred last January.  There are five surviving children, all living in the vicinity of Clinton.  Mrs. Miller was an earnest Christian and a devout member of the Lane Christian church.  She was well known and highly respected among the people of Lane.

The Curl family, pioneer residents of this county, originally consisted of seven children, and J. A. CURL is the only survivor.  All were born in the state of Ohio with the exception of Mr. Curl.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon from the Lane Christian church.  Interment in the Lane cemetery.

Note: She was buried in Lisenby Cemetery.

Lucinda MILLER 

January 17, 1896
Clinton Public


Miss Lucinda MILLER, who came to this city about twenty-five years ago, died on Sunday at the home of her brother, A. MILLER, in Creek township, aged 71 years, 10 months and 16 days. She died of general debility. For years she had been afflicted with deafness, and almost lost the power of articulation. She learned the trade of a seamstress in her younger days and followed it till the close of her life. Early in life she joined the Methodist church, its discipline prescribing her rule of conduct. Along her path she left many bright memories, the world being better because she lived. Funeral services were held in the First Methodist Episcopal church in Clinton Monday at 1 o'clock p.m., Rev. M. W. EVERHART officiating. Remains were interred in Woodlawn cemetery.


November 11, 1887
Clinton Public

The life of a railroader is one of uncertainty, no matter in what branch of the machinery service he may be engaged. Nearly all of his life, M. R. MILLER was in the employ of railroad companies as a machinist. For four years he was foreman of the machinery department of the Central company in this city, under Master Mechanic McKenna. Some years ago he left Clinton, and for the past year or two he was employed as foreman in a railroad shop at Rome, Georgia. Last Saturday he was out in the yard examining some cars that were overloaded with lumber, and while between two cars, the engine pulled up and he was squeezed to death. He could not have suffered much, for when his body was found a minute or so after the accident, he was dead. On Tuesday evening his body arrived in Clinton, and on Wednesday morning he was laid by the side of his wife who died some four or five years ago, in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Miller was a sister of the late J. M. MORRISON. Mr. Miller was a man who stood well with his employers and the men who worked under him. He leaves one son, Fred Miller, who is an engineer in the employ of the Central company.

Mrs. M. R. MILLER 

January 4, 1884
Clinton Public

The sad news was received in Clinton this morning that Mrs. M. R. MILLER died yesterday afternoon in Danville. She had been there for several months under the care of a physician, but there was no hope for her afflictions. Her body will arrive in Clinton this evening, and tomorrow afternoon her remains will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. The funeral services will be held in the M. E. Church. Mrs. Miller was the wife of a former foreman of the machinery department in the Central shops in this city and a sister of Mr. James M. MORRISON. When she lived here she was an active worker among the ladies in the M. E. Church.

Note: Her maiden name was Jane A. Morrison.


March 8, 1905
Decatur Review


Clinton, Ills, March 7—Miss Nancy MILLER died in Lane on Sunday about 3 o'clock, aged 56 years. Her disease was cancer from which she had been a patient sufferer for twenty years. She also had been blind for 20 years. She was the daughter of A. K. MILLER one of Creek Township's oldest residents. She was a member of the United Brethren Church. Three brothers and two sisters survive. They are T. H., F. T. and Edward; Mrs. Robert SPAINHOUR, south of Lane, [and] Mrs. Mary BROWN, Monticello.

Mrs. William MILLER 

January 30, 1880
Clinton Public


Died, Tuesday, January 27th, 1880, at two o'clock P.M., Mrs. Laura MILLER after an illness of two months.  She called her father—Mr. WEAKLEY—to her bedside and told him she was going to die, also that he had been a kind, good father, but knew the time had come when she must leave him.  She said she was ready to go for she would be on the bright shore over there, and asked him never to forget her.  She then called her husband and mother and repeated the same words to them.  She asked for her little infant boy, and kissed him and asked her husband if he would take good care of the baby, to which he assented.  Then she kissed him and her father and mother and told them where to bury her, and then she raised her eyes and said farewell to all; I am going to heaven.  She then closed her eyes and her spirit returned to the God who gave it.  She leaves a husband and child, a father and mother and many friends to mourn their loss.  She was buried on last Thursday at Pleasant Valley.  Tazewell County papers please copy.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MILLER, WILLIAM     WEAKLEY, LAURA B.      10-10-1878     DE WITT

Mrs. William M. MILLER 

February 15, 1907
Clinton Register


Mrs. W. M. MILLER died at her home in Harp township Wednesday aged about 60. She is survived by her husband and children. Funeral was held at the home at 2 o'clock today, conducted by Rev. T. H. Miller. Burial in Dewitt cemetery.


February 22, 1907
Clinton Register


Mrs. Sarah E. MILLER died at her home in Harp township Feb. 13, aged 64 years, 1 month and 9 days, after an illness of several days.

Sarah Emma GANO was born in Tippecanoe county, Ind., Jan. 4, 1843, and came to Illinois with her parents in 1857. February 13, 1863, she was married to Wm. MILLER in DeWitt county, where her parents lived. To them six children were born, of whom two are dead; those living are: Mrs. Alice ZORTMAN, Mrs. Martha JASPER, both of this county; John and Blanch with their parents.

She was a kind and loving wife and mother. There was no sacrifice too great for her to make for her loved ones. As a neighbor she was always ready to assist those in need. Her neighbors’ children were always glad to meet her, as she was kind to them. No woman would be more missed in her neighborhood. She had been a faithful member of the Christian church many years, and died true to her Savior.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2 o'clock in the DeWitt church, conducted by Rev. T. H. Miller. Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Bently F. MILLS 

May 13, 1881
Clinton Public


Another of the old settlers of DeWitt county was laid away in the tomb yesterday morning. Bently F. MILLS came to this county nearly fifty years ago, and for many years owned the farm now belonging to the county and used as the poor farm. In his younger days he was an energetic, hard-working man, and did his share toward advancing the material interests of Dewitt county. The hard labor of pioneer life told upon his vigorous system, and some years ago he became broken down in health and had to dispose of his farm. Since the death of Dr. PORTER, Mr. Mills made his home with his daughter (Mrs. PORTER) in this city. Some months ago he was attacked with Bright's disease of the kidneys, but gave little attention to his ailment till a few weeks ago when he was stricken down and continued to his bed. The old gentleman suffered a great deal during the past few weeks, till death came to his relief on Tuesday afternoon. He had lived more than the threescore years and ten allotted to man, being seventy-one years, five months and six days old at the time of his death. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery yesterday morning, a large number joining in the last sad rites to an old and honored citizen.

Charles W. MILLS 

July 3, 1862
Clinton Public

Lad Drowned.

On the 27th ult., a son of Mr. John H. MILLS, aged 11 years, while bathing in company with several boys about his own age in [a] pond near Munson's School house, got beyond his depth, and was drowned.  In the pond was an old well about five feet deep, the existence of which the boys were ignorant, and the little fellow, getting into this, his playmates were unable to rescue him.

Note: The name of John Mill’s son was Charles W. MILLS.

Paschal MILLS 

November 19, 1874
Clinton Public

Paschal MILLS, an old resident of this county, died last Tuesday, of pneumonia.  Mr. Mills was sixty-two years of age, and had lived in this county since 1835.  He took sick on the evening after the election, and from that time was confined to his house.  He was an estimable member of society, and enjoyed the love and fellowship of his neighbors.

Mrs. Paschal MILLS 

January 7, 1881
Clinton Public

Mrs. Emily MILLS, mother of P. H. MILLS, died on New Year’s day, aged seventy-five years.  Aunt Emily, as she was familiarly called, came to this county from Kentucky about forty years ago with her husband, the late Paschal MILLS.  She has seen this county grow and prosper, and in this prosperity she and her family were large partakers.  For the last few years she was in failing health.  A year ago she had a severe attack of rheumatism, from which she never fully recovered.  Since the death of her husband, Aunt Emily made her home with her son, and in her dying hours she was surrounded with the attention of her loved ones.  The funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon and a large number of old friends united in paying the final tribute to her worth as a woman and a neighbor.

Paschal Hickman MILLS 

April 13, 1900
Clinton Register

One of DeWitt County's Former Residents Joins the Silent Majority.

Two weeks ago the hundreds of friends of P. H. MILLS were grieved to learn he had returned from his home in Oklahoma to DeWitt county with little hope of recovery. Disease had been for two years gradually taking his vitality, and as he had expressed a desire to be buried in the cemetery near his old home, the family brought him to this county two weeks ago and he was taken to the home of his son-in-law, John SPICER, near Rowell. He stood the trip better than anticipated and it was hoped the presence of old friends would stimulate life's forces and lengthen his days with the ones he loved and was loved by. But in this they were disappointed. Though he seemed cheered up for a time, the grip of death was tightening, and it soon became evident he would soon take the long journey from which none have ever returned. One week ago yesterday he became much worse and his family realized the end was near. In the early part of Sunday night relief came forever and the wearied and pained soul was at rest.

Paschal Hickman Mills was born in DeWitt county March 25, 1839, and lived in the county until 1895, when he moved to Oklahoma, buying a farm near Lexington. He was a son of Paschal and Emily MILLS, who passed away years ago.

Deceased was married to Miss Winifred ARMSTRONG, daughter of Kirby and Miranda ARMSTRONG, October 27, 1859. Six children were born to them, one of whom died in infancy, the others survive their father. They are William A., of Chicago; Mrs. John T. SPICER, near Kenney; Miss Minnie A., of Chicago; Mrs. Charles C. POST, Oklahoma City, Ok.; and Aaron E., of South McAlester, Ind. Ty. His wife and one sister, Mrs. Kate SWEENEY, near Clinton, also survive him.

Most of his life after marriage he lived one mile west of Clinton, where he lived when he removed to Oklahoma. He was one of the most generous of men and no man better enjoyed the company of friends, and few men had more close friends. Politically he was always a Democrat, and never failed to take an active part in the campaigns. Sept. 4, 1886, he was nominated for sheriff and was so popular in Clintonia township, his home, that he ran much ahead of his party vote, but was defeated by his opponent, H. C. HENSON. This was the only time he was ever nominated for office. He was an honored member of the Knights of Pythias and held his membership in the Clinton lodge until called from earth. Plantagenet lodge attended the funeral in a body and conducted the usual ceremony at the grave. Services were held in the Presbyterian church Wednesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. HORNEY. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. William A. MILLS 

March 8, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Artemisia MILLS, aged seventy-four years, nine months and eighteen days, died at her home, west of this city, early on Wednesday morning. She was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, and came with her husband and children to Illinois in October, 1862, and they made their home near Clinton. Their first year in this county was spent on the farm now owned by Mr. R. W. SWEENEY, and then Mr. MILLS bought the farm on which his aged widow died last Wednesday. Mr. W. A. Mills lived less than two years after coming to this county, his death occurring on the 12th of July, 1864. Mrs. Mills, who was the mother of nine children, all but one living, kept the farm and managed it till her boys were able to relieve her of the responsibility. In her Kentucky home she united with the Christian Church, of which she remained a faithful member during life. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery yesterday.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

John T. MINOR 

July 23, 1915
Clinton Register

John Minor Died in Warner Hospital Following Serious Illness of Four Days.

John MINOR died in the Warner hospital Friday evening at 4:25 after a short illness of blood poisoning.  He was taken to the hospital on Tuesday preceding his death, but the disease was so far advanced that there was no hope for his recovery.

John Minor, son of W. G. MINOR and wife, was born near Lebanon, Ky., in 1868, coming to Clinton in 1895.  For many years he was a cab driver at the East Main street livery barn, and also worked a number of years on different farms.  His first venture on his own account was the past year when he conducted the Sweeney farm.  He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. H. A. MOORE, Clinton; Mrs. J. G. DAVIS, Bloomington; and Mrs. Mattie MILLS, Clinton.  One brother resides near the old home in Kentucky.   Deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F., Loyal Americans, Maccabees and of the M. E. church, in all of which he was a consistent and faithful member.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Moore, in charge of the order of Odd Fellows, with funeral oration by Rev. E. K. Towle.  Burial in Woodlawn.

William Perry MINOR 

December 16, 1898
Clinton Register

William Perry MINOR was born Sept. 27, 1866, in Casey county, Ky. Thirteen years ago last spring his father with five of his eleven children moved to Illinois, locating in Clinton. His wife died about fifteen years ago; one daughter preceded her in death two years. William worked at farming until nine years ago. He then went to Texas and worked on the Santa Fe railroad. He then returned to Illinois and learned the barber trade at Towanda. After working a short time on the Illinois Central in the north part of the state, he worked at his trade in Chicago, and then came to Clinton where he worked in a barber shop for a time, and with Frank PHARES bought the shop which he afterward became proprietor of and had successfully conducted. He had attended faithfully to business and had been prosperous. Besides his business he had built a cottage in the northeast part of the city. He was genial and jovial and built up a trade that was perhaps second to no other barber shop in Clinton. He had a kind word for everyone who entered his place of business and to all his friends on the street. His hundreds of friends will miss him as they would few others.

Note: William died December 11, 1898, from internal injuries he received after jumping from a run-away buggy. He was engaged to Miss Lola Anderson and they had planned to be married on New Year's Day. This is an excerpt from a very long obituary. The whole article is available upon request.


December 23, 1898
Clinton Register

Funeral of William Minor.

The esteem in which W. P. MINOR was held was shown by the large number who attended the funeral, the church being filled.  There were numerous floral offerings, among them a triangle from the Knights of Pythias lodge and gates ajar from Arthur D. Wilson, Arthur Barnhart, H. D. Emmett, Wm. Strain, G. W. Thomas, Marian Cook, Mont Ewing [and] B. Steele.   After prayer by Rev. Clark, Rev. Hunter preached an impressive sermon.  The pall bearers were John Fuller, Ed Behring, Wm. Henson, Ed DeBoice, A. Hediger [and] Thos. Beatty.   Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Margaret MINTURN 

March 8, 1895
Clinton Public

Reunion on the Other Shore.

Mrs. Margaret MINTURN died at the home of Will CANTRELL, near Waynesville, on Monday of last week [February 25], in her eighty-sixth year.

She was born in Clark County, Ohio, on the 14th of June, 1810, and on the 9th of February, 1832, she was united in marriage to Smith MINTURN. Early in the fifties Mr. and Mrs. Minturn came from Ohio and lived on a farm near Waynesville that Mr. Minturn bought from Dr. HUNT. About the beginning of the war they sold the farm and moved to Clinton, where after a time Mr. Minturn was elected justice of the peace and township clerk, which offices he held till he died in the year 1877. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Minturn sold their home in Clinton and she moved back to Waynesville to spend her remaining days among the friends of her earlier years. She had no immediate relatives living in this country, but there was a distant kinship existing between her and Will Cantrell's wife. Mrs. Minturn had some money and five shares of stock in the DeWitt County National Bank, and by frugal management she was able to live independently.

In her early life she united with the Presbyterian Church at her home in Ohio, and both Mrs. Minturn and her husband were zealous and active members in that denomination. During their residence in Clinton, Colonel Minturn was one of the ruling elders of the Presbyterian Church and very zealous in religious work. Eighteen years ago the Colonel was transferred beyond the river to await the coming of his partner in life, and last week they were reunited to part no more forever.


August 28, 1891
Clinton Public

Death of Seward Miskelly.

Mr. MISKELLY was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1822. He was therefore sixty-nine years old at the time of his death, which occurred on Tuesday of this week at his residence east of Clinton. He was married November 24th 1844, to his present wife, then Miss Anna E. SIMPSON, who survives him. She being a sister of Mr. Henry SIMPSON, of this township. They moved to DeWitt County in 1854 and settled on the present home farm and have lived there ever since. Beginning in poverty Mr. Miskelly toiled industriously and devoted himself to the business of his farm until years since he was surrounded by all the comforts and conveniences of a fine country home. Two years ago in the month of June, while trimming hedge, he accidentally struck his leg below the knee with the knife he had been using, inflicting a rather ugly, but not at the time serious wound, in appearance, at least. But after a few days, symptoms of blood poisoning developed and for months his life was in danger but he seemed to partially recover. But that wound and the subsequent disease was the cause of his death on Tuesday last.

The funeral was conducted at the old home in Harp township on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Duncan MacARTHUR officiating, and the neighbors who had known the old man so long and so well were at the funeral in numbers. Mr. Miskelly was not a member of any church, but was strictly honest and invariably truthful and a kind, accommodating neighbor. His good wife and one daughter, the only living child, survives him. The latter is the wife of Frank HALL. There were two other children, both dying years ago. Mr. Miskelly being an old settler well known will be missed in the narrowing circle of DeWitt county's pioneers.


August 28, 1891
Clinton Register

Death of Seward Miskelly.

Seward MISKELLY, an old resident of this county, died Tuesday at his home in Harp township, aged 69 years, 7 months, and 7 days. Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock conducted by Rev. D. MacArthur. Interment was at Woodlawn cemetery.

About two years ago, while trimming a hedge with a corn knife, he cut himself on the leg from which he suffered a great deal for a year, and his mind became affected. About a year ago he was adjudged insane, but he remained at home and became well enough to go about his work. But his system had suffered such a strain during his long illness that he never fully recovered and gradually grew weaker until the end came.

Deceased was born in Mt. Vernon county, Ohio, in 1822. In 1844 he was married to Ann E. SIMPSON. In 1854 they moved to Illinois. His wife and one child, Mrs. B. F. HALL, of Harp township, mourn his death. He owned a good farm of 160 acres and was much respected in the community in which he had lived so long.

Note: Seward was born in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Mrs. Seward J. MISKELLY 

January 1916
Paper Unknown

Pioneer Woman Dies at the Age of 91 Years.
Coroner's Verdict Calls It Old Age.

The coroner's jury Saturday morning decided that Mrs. Anna MISKELLY, 91 years of age, and for over sixty years a resident of Dewitt county, had come to her death by old age. The deceased died suddenly Friday night [January 28, 1916] at 11:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna HALL, three miles northeast of Clinton, as noted in The Journal of Saturday. She had apparently been in the best of health for some time past and was up and around the house as usual on Friday. She went to bed about 7 o'clock in the evening, and at 10:30 her daughter stated that she heard someone walking around and upon investigation found her aged mother dressing with the intention of getting up, as she thought it was daybreak. The aged lady was induced to return to her bed, according to her daughter's testimony before the coroner's jury, and peacefully passed away while lying on the bed within a half hour.

A coroner's inquest was necessary, as there was no physician present at the time of the death. Coroner H. A. MOORE empanelled the following jury Saturday morning at 9 o'clock and they returned the verdict as given above after hearing the testimony of the daughter. The jury were as follows: Samuel COBB, Peter D. WILLIAMS, William J. McCUMBER, A. R. STEWART, Drew BARNES and Thomas E. TAYLOR.

Mrs. MISKELLY was born in Maryland on October 27, 1824, and came west with her husband shortly after their marriage, arriving in Illinois in the early fifties. The couple resided on farms in this county all of their life, and made their home on the 160-acre farm where the death occurred for a long term of years. Mr. MISKELLY passed away on the farm twenty-three years ago. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Anna HALL, a brother, S. M. SIMPSON, of Harper, Kan., and sister, Mrs. Martha CRAMER, of Maroa, and six grandchildren, including Harley and Alvin HALL of Clinton.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at 1 o'clock from the family residence. The deceased was known as one of the typical pioneer women of this part of the country. She came here when the country was young and lived to see it develop into its present prosperous into its present prosperous condition and was the owner of a fine quarter section of land at her death.


January 29 1916 - Saturday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Anna Miskelly Passed Away Unexpectedly Last Night Near Clinton.

Mrs. Anna MISKELLY, a pioneer resident of DeWitt county, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna HALL, three miles east of Clinton last night, shortly after 11:30 o'clock.  Mrs. Miskelly has enjoyed the best of health and her death which was unexpected was due to old age.

She retired as usual last evening about 7 o'clock.  About 10 o'clock her daughter, Mrs. Hall, upon hearing a noise in her mother’s room, went to her bed and found her getting up.  She said she thought it was daylight and stated she was going to get up.  She was put back in her bed and thirty minutes later death came.

As she had been in good health and no physician was called in, the coroner was called to comply with the law regarding deaths such as this one.  An inquest was held at the home this morning at 11 o'clock.  The jury was composed of P. D. Williams, J. W. McCumber, Thomas E. Taylor, L. D. Barnes, A. R. Stewart and Samuel Cobb, and they returned the verdict that she came to her death by what they termed old age.  She was ninety-one years old.

Mrs. Miskelly was born in Maryland.  Shortly after her birth her parents moved to Illinois where Mrs. Miskelly has since made her home.  She was the wife of William MISKELLY, who preceded her in death thirty years ago.

The only surviving relative is a daughter, Mrs. Anna Hall, with whom she has made her home since the death of her husband.  No funeral arrangements have been made.

Note: The name Miskelly was misspelled as Mieskelly throughout this article but was corrected.  Annaliza was born in Maryland but moved with her family to Montgomery County, Ohio, in 1833.  That is where she met and married her husband, whose name was Seward J. Miskelly, not William, and he died 25 years ago.  Besides her daughter, she was also survived by her brother, Samuel Merrick SIMPSON, in Nebraska, and her sister, Martha CRAMER, living in Maroa, Illinois.


January 31 1916 - Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Anna Meiskelly

The funeral of Mrs. Anna MEISKELLY, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna HALL, three miles east of Clinton, Friday night, was held from the home of Mrs. Hall, Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Rev. Arthur McDavitt, pastor of St. Paul’s Universalist church was in charge of the services and burial was made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Again, her last name was MISKELLY, not Meiskelly.

MITCHELL (infant) 

March 22, 1889
Clinton Public

A few weeks ago we reported the birth of a pair of twins to Mr. and Mrs. Theo. MITCHELL. Last week we announced the death of one of them, and this week we have to record the death of the other.

Benjamin T. MITCHELL 

December 17, 1909
Clinton Register

Well-Known Retired Farmer Passes Away, Aged Eighty and Six Years—
Others Cross to Other Shore.

Monday night about 2 o'clock B. T. MITCHELL died at the home of A. J. RICHEY on West main street, aged 86. While he had been failing in health, he had been able to go about, and only a few weeks ago, with his wife, visited in Piatt county, near Mansfield. While there, he stepped on a nail and it caused much pain and he returned home. He was soon confined to his bed and gangrene developed. His condition became critical, and it was realized death would soon result, and some of his children from Kansas and Iowa came the first of last week to be with him during his last days.

Benjamin T. Mitchell was born near Lancaster, W. Va., July 7, 1823, and lived 86 years, 5 months and 7 days. The family moved to Ohio two years later, and after less than a year they came to Illinois in 1829, locating in DeWitt county, which had been his home eighty years. He was here during the deep snow, and for many years experienced the hardships of pioneer days when there were no railroads and very few towns. Then all marketing was done at Chicago and Peoria, and all provisions were brought from these, then very small places, with teams.

The family home was two and one-half miles southeast of Clinton where, excepting the last few years, deceased had lived. It was his home in youth and in age it was there he reared his family and it was there he and his wife lived when all their children, except one, who died in 1892, had gone from the old home to homes of their own. It was there most of his happy days were passed and was there he had twice sorrowed for loved companions who had been called from earth; it was there a son was torn from him in 1892 by an accident, and his sorrow bore heavily upon him.

He was first married to Miss Electa BROWN, who died in 1877. To them all his children were born and all are living except Emert, who was killed in 1892 by the caving of a sand bank on the Mitchell farm. In 1899 he was married to Mrs. Cynthia HICKMAN, who died in 1901. He then rented his farm and spent two or three years with his children in the West. In 1904 he was married to Mrs. Palmyra NEWMAN, who survives him. They had made their home at the residence of A. J. Richey.

The children surviving are Augustus W. of Portland, Kansas; Theodore, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; Mrs. J. H. MERRILL, of Leon, Iowa; and Mrs. J. O. CRAFT, of Kansas City, Mo.

Funeral was held at the residence of A. J. Richey Wednesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. M. A. Howard, assisted by Rev. W. H. Fulton. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

From The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

John Payton MITCHELL 

December 24, 1874
Clinton Public

John P. MITCHELL died this morning at his residence in this city.  He was an old resident of this county, and at one time was considered to be the wealthiest.  Years ago he was one of the leading merchants of Clinton.

Note: He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.  His wife was Elizabeth (Gideon) Mitchell.

Mrs. John Payton MITCHELL 

November 20, 1903
Clinton Register

Had Lived in DeWitt County Over Half a Century—
Had Been Sick Several Months.

Mrs. Elizabeth MITCHELL died Tuesday evening about 6 o'clock at her home on South Monroe street, aged 72 years. Elizabeth GIDEON was born in Urbana, O., May 27, 1831, being a daughter of G. W. and Elizabeth GIDEON, who came to this county in 1847. She was married to John P. MITCHELL, who died several years ago. Of the four children born to them, only two, James MITCHELL, of Creek township, and Mrs. John STOCK, of Clinton, survive. One died when young and William died at his home in Lonoke, Ark., two years ago. She had been a member of the M. E. church over fifty years and was faithful to her Master. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the home, conducted by Rev. SHAW, of Bloomington. Interment in Woodlawn. The funeral was delayed until John Stock, who was in the West, could arrive.


March 4, 1904
Clinton Register


One by one the old soldiers are hearing the final roll call. Sunday evening Lewis MITCHELL, one of the colored men who fought in the civil war died in this city, aged nearly 68,having been sick less than a week.

Deceased was a slave in Tennessee before the war, and during the war fought with the army of the North. He had lived in Clinton many years and was honest and industrious. About two years ago his wife died at their home on West White street. Most of the time since then he had lived in Hallsville. He had no children.

Funeral services were held at the A. M. E. church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ward, of Decatur. Deceased was a member of the G. A. R. and a number of the Clinton Post conducted the usual services. Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Missouri MITCHELL 

September 10, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Missouri MITCHELL, wife of Lewis MITCHELL, died at her home in this city on last Monday night, and on Wednesday morning she was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Tennessee and her childhood days were spent in slavery. At the close of the war she came with her mother and sister to Jacksonville, Ill., where in 1867 she was married to Mr. Mitchell and then came to Clinton to live. For more than a year past she was dying of consumption.


November 23, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of Peyton R. Mitchell.

About the middle of last week, Mrs. Frank MARTIN received a telegram from Covington, Kentucky, announcing the dangerous illness of her father, Peyton R. MITCHELL, and that evening Mrs. Martin started for Covington. Three days afterward another dispatch came announcing his death. Peyt Mitchell was well known to the older citizens of Clinton. He came here in 1861 and opened a merchant tailoring establishment and did quite an extensive business for several years, when he left in 1874 and moved to Brookville, Ind., where he was engaged in business till a few months ago. At the time of his death he was living with a married daughter in Covington, Ky. He leaves a wife and two daughters to survive him. Mr. Mitchell was a relative of the Mitchell family of this city.

Mrs. Peyton R. MITCHELL 

February 6, 1903
Clinton Register


Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fannie Martin, on south Center street, Mrs. Fannie MITCHELL died, aged 84 years, after an illness of two weeks with paralysis.  Deceased was born in Winchester, Virginia, in 1818 and was married to Peyton B.[R.] MITCHELL.  In 1864 they moved to this county from Kentucky.  Mrs. Anna Campbell, an aunt, of Cincinnati, arrived before her death.  She was a relative of “Stonewall” Jackson and of Grover Cleveland.  Funeral was held at the home Monday forenoon, conducted by Rev. Canady.  Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Selwyn D. MITCHELL 

August 4, 1882
Clinton Register

Died, on Thursday, August 3, 1882, at her late residence four miles east of Clinton, Mrs. Phoebe MITCHELL, wife of S. D. MITCHELL, aged 26 years, 3 months and 12 days.  The funeral will occur at the residence this afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Note: Her maiden name was Phoebe A. Campbell.


October 17, 1884
Clinton Public


Mrs. Nettie MOFFETT, wife of J. E. MOFFETT, marshal of this city, died very suddenly last Tuesday. While Mrs. Moffett was preparing breakfast for her family on Tuesday morning, she was stricken with heart disease and fell to the floor. Dr. MYERS, who lives a near neighbor to the marshal, was immediately summoned, and when he got to the house Mrs. Moffett was still unconscious and her pulse was low and feeble. Remedies were applied and, under the influence of stimulants, the patient rallied a little, but the effects were only temporary. She lingered till about noon, when death ensued. Mrs. Moffett was only twenty years of age and was married to Mr. Moffett less than two years ago. She was the daughter of Mr. O. A. HOYT. Mrs. Moffett was a very amiable woman, a kind neighbor, and an indulgent and affectionate mother to the children of her husband. No one could tell from her treatment of the children that they were not her own. Her sudden death is a terrible blow to Mr. Moffett and his family.

Abram MOHNY 

January 24, 1902
Clinton Register


Abram MOHNY died at his home near Selma, Cal., Jan. 15, aged 68 years, having been sick about ten days.  He formerly lived in Texas township and was married to Miss Elizabeth SCOTT in 1853.  She was a sister of Mrs. R. H. BENNETT, of Clinton; B. C. STRANGE, of Texas township; and Mrs. H. C. GRIFFIN, west of Clinton.   They moved to Texas in 1867, where they lived until 1878 when they moved to Indian Territory; two years later they moved to California which had since been their home.  Deceased is survived by his wife and four daughters, three being in California; the other is Mrs. STRANGE, near Waynesville.

Martin MOHRLE 

August 18, 1864
Clinton Public & Central Transcript

On the 21st inst., the 3d Division made a charge and took several of the enemy’s works, but it was done at the expense of some very valuable lives, among which I am pained to record the name of Sergeant Martin MOHRLE—our little Flag-bearer.  He died like a true soldier, and carried the flag of his country, even beyond the lines of his regiment, when he was struck by a rebel bullet in the breast, which ended his mortal existence.  He was a brave man and a good soldier.  Peace be to his ashes.

Note: He was a member of Co. E, 20th Illinois Volunteer Infantry.


January 1931
Paper Unknown


Jacob MOLLETT, 85, of Waynesville, died at the country farm in Hallville, Sunday at 6 p.m., from old age.  The deceased had been in poor health for the past few months and had been an inmate of the county farm since last July.   Had he lived until Wednesday he would have been 86 years of age.

Jacob Mollett was born January 24, 1845, in Switzerland, moving to this country when he was eight years of age.  The journey from Switzerland to America required 65 days.  Following his arrival in this country he settled in Highland, Ill., where he lived for ten years, moving from Highland to Bond county.  While he lived in Bond county he was married to Miss Catherine GENTRY, September 15, 1869.  After the marriage they moved to Waynesville, where he had made his home until he was taken to the county farm at Hallville, last July.  The deceased was preceded in death by his wife, who died in March, 1929.  One son, Jesse, of Waynesville, survives the deceased.  He is also survived by several sisters and brothers.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the M.E. church in charge of Rev. J.C. McMahon.  Music was furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Swan with Miss Velma Fisher at the piano.  Pall bearers were James Dagley, John Dagley, A.H. Yeakel, J. D. Warrick, Arthur Strange and Martin Hammitt.  Burial was in the Evergreen cemetery.

NOTE: Jacob’s date of death was January 25, 1931.


March 9, 1894
Clinton Public

A Grand Old Man Has Entered Into Rest.

Isaac MONNETT was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, on the 16th day of November, 1807, and surrendered to the grim destroyer of all things mortal on the 22d day of February, 1894, having reached the mature old age of eighty-six years, three months and six days.

He was one of a family of fourteen children, of whom all are now gone except one brother and one sister. At the early age of fifteen years he professed religion and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, and through all the vicissitudes of life from the day he joined until his death he remained a consistent and enthusiastic supporter of the church of his choice. He was always a willing and liberal contributor to the various funds of the church, and even in his last sickness he sent for one of the stewards and insisted on paying every cent of his quarterage, even though on account of his serious illness it had not been required of him. He was just as particular, too, in the payment of all debts or obligations of any kind, and only a little while previous to his death, realizing that the battle was against him, and the chances were that he might be called at any hour, he had the tax-collector come to his bedside and receive his taxes. He seemed so greatly relieved when that matter was settled to his liking that he remarked, "Now I have met all of my obligations, and I can wait patiently till the change comes."

Next to his religion, his politics was the object of Mr. Monnett's greatest concern. He was a staunch Republican, and had been from the organization of the party, and never missed an opportunity to put in a good word or a telling blow for the party which he regarded as having done such wonderful things for this fair land of ours.

While yet quite a young man, Isaac Monnett "met his fate," as the saying goes, in the person of Miss WIGGINS, to whom he was united in marriage, and with whom he lived happily until her death, which occurred in January, 1887. This union was blessed with four children, but one of whom—Elsie, wife of George FARMER—still survives. They came to Illinois from Crawford county, Ohio, in 1853, and settled on a farm near Farmer City, where by severe toil and the closest economy they succeeded in the course of years in securing a competence, which enabled them to pass the closing years of life in peace and quiet, surrounded by all comforts that wealth can bring. The last few years of his life were spent in Farmer City.

Mrs. Isaac MONNETT 

January 14, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Isaac Monnett.

Ruth Wiggins MONNETT was born in Lexington, Kentucky, May 10, 1808. When seven years old, with her parents, she moved to Ross county, Ohio, where she was united in marriage to Isaac MONNETT, February 5, 1829. In the year 1853 they came to DeWitt county and settled near Mount Pleasant, now Farmer City, where they resided most of the time, until January 9th, when Mrs. Monnett passed to the rest of the faithful in heaven. Mother Monnett embraced religion and united with the M. E. Church when sixteen years old and continued a faithful Christian sixty-two years, then in holy triumph passed to her eternal home, leaving her aged husband and one daughter, with numerous friends, to mourn their loss. Her funeral was preached by Rev. A. T. ORR, of Clinton, to a large concourse of sympathizing friends, in the Methodist Church, of Farmer City.

Bushrod W. MONSON 

October 12, 1900
The Clinton Register

Bushrod W. Monson, Father of Attorney William Monson, Dies of Old Age.

Bushrod W. MONSON, father of Nancy M. HUTCHIN, wife of I. W. HUTCHIN; Mary T. McHENRY, wife of R. P. McHENRY, and William MONSON, died at his home in Clinton on the 8th day of October, 1900, at the age of 89 years, 8 months and eighteen days.

He was born in the state of New York January 23, 1811. When quite young he moved with his parents to Cincinnati, O. Soon after, both his parents died and left him, together with eight other brothers and sisters, without homes and in a strange country. He was apprenticed to a blacksmith and served his apprenticeship and followed the business near London, Madison county, Ohio, for a number of years. He was married in 1837 to Sabra THOMAS, a young widow whose maiden name was Sabra BATES. In 1847 they, together with their children, moved to Illinois and settled on a farm four and one-half miles west of Clinton, where he lived and followed the dual occupation of farmer and blacksmith until 1880, except two years —1858 and 1859—when he resided in Clinton. Since 1880 he has resided in Clinton. His wife died November 26, 1884.

Funeral services were held at the residence on West Washington street Tuesday at 2 o' clock, conducted by the Rev. GOSSOW, assisted by the Rev. McARTHUR. The Masons had charge of the remains. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Bushrod W. MONSON 

November 28, 1884
Clinton Public

Death of an Aged Mother.

Mrs. Sabra MONSON, wife of Bushrod W. MONSON, passed from earth to the better land on Wednesday, November 26, at the advanced age of seventy-nine years, ten months and eight days. For more than three-quarters of a century had she lived in this world to be the joy and comfort of her home and her family, and in the evening of life she was prepared to meet that loving Father who had so kindly cared for her during all those eventful years.

Mrs. Monson was born in Connecticut on the 18th of January, 1805, and when she was but young in years her parents moved to Madison county, Ohio, where she lived till after her marriage with B. W. Monson, which took place in February, 1837. Ten years later, in the fall of 1847, Mr. and Mrs. Monson came to Illinois and settled in DeWitt county. They had born to them four children, three of whom are still living. One son was killed in the spring of 1857 by a stroke of lightning. The surviving children are all married and have families. There are ten grand-children living. Mrs. Monson was the last member of a family of nine children, seven boys and two girls.

The funeral services were held on Thanksgiving afternoon, Eld. MacARTHUR officiating. A large number of friends united in paying the last tribute of respect to the deceased.


August 1, 1902
Clinton Register

Near noon [Saturday] in the home of H. E. MONTGOMERY on East Woodlawn Avenue, their little daughter, Anna Lucile, not two years old was playing about the house happy as it was innocent. Mrs. MONTGOMERY was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner and sent her little boy to see where his little sister was. Soon he ran back, saying she was eating the medicine. The mother hastened to the dining room and found her on the table and all but three of the tablets gone. Mrs. Montgomery did not know there was poison in the tablets and had placed them on the table that she would not forget to take them. Dr. DOWDALL, who prescribed the tablets, was not at his office, and could not be found until about one o'clock. The little girl had been playing as usual. When Dr. Dowdall was told that she had taken several of the tablets, he said it would be impossible to save her life. He at once did all he could for her, but death came about three o'clock. She had taken twenty-two tablets.

The mother was almost prostrated by the death of her child, which was unusually bright and of sweet disposition.

Funeral services were held Monday at ten o'clock at the home, conducted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: For full article, see news item dated Aug. 1 1902.



MOODY (infant) 

February 7, 1913
Clinton Register


The 4-month-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Carl MOODY died Saturday night.  It was sleeping with the parents and it is thought that it smothered.  The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the home with burial in the city cemetery.


Published on page 2 of The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) on Tuesday, 02 June 1925

C. E. Moody Dies
C. E. Moody of Creek township died at his home Monday morning. He had been in failing health for several years, suffering from a complication of diseases. Mr. Moody was born in Mahoning county, Ohio, April 5, 1843, and came to Illinois with his parents when he was 12 years old.
On November 1, 1866, Mr. Moody was united in marriage to Charlotte M. Cross. To this union were born nine children, of whom five survive. They are Mrs. Ida Bowman of Decatur, Everette of Nebraska, Charles of Kenney, Nora Hoff of Clinton. Mrs. Moody died in 1920.
He was married to Miss Ida B. Evans July 7, 1921. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and sons Floyd and Pearl, two brothers J. N. of Gibson City, and James W. of Tuscola. He also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 


Comfort MOODY 

January 29, 1915
Clinton Register

Comfort Moody Died at the Home of His Brother, C. E. Moody, Wednesday Morning.

At 4:40 Wednesday morning at the home of his brother, C. E. Moody, near Lane, occurred the death of Comfort MOODY, formerly a well-known resident of this county.   Ureamic poisoning, from which he had been a sufferer for the past sixteen months, was the cause of death.  For the past few months Mr. Moody had been a great sufferer and was constantly confined to his bed.

Comfort Moody was born in Mahoning county, Ohio, October 9, 1834, being eighty years old at the time of his death.  At the age of twenty-one years, Mr. Moody came with his family to Illinois and a short time after the young man was married to Miss Mary NELSON.  They located on a farm near the groom’s home south of Clinton.  In 1882 he moved with his family to Stewart [Seward] county, Neb., where he lived until 1913, when on account of sickness he returned to this county to spend the remainder of his life with his brother.  Mrs. Moody died ten years ago, and their four children also preceded their father to the other shore.  He is survived by three brothers and one sister: C. E. Moody, of Lane; J. N. Moody, of Gibson City; Jas. R. Moody, of Tuscola; and Mrs. H. P. Watt, of near Lane.

Deceased had been a member of the United Brethren church for many years and at his death held a membership at Lane.  He had many warm friends among the older residents of the county.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock from the home of the brother, Rev. Longenbaugh of Bloomington officiating.  Burial in Rose cemetery.

Arthur MOORE 

November 22, 1901
Clinton Register

Remains Arrived Sunday Morning from Arizona—
Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon at His Late Home.

Last week a brief notice of the death of Arthur MOORE was given. At that time particulars of his death were not known in Clinton, and were not known until the remains arrived on the 2:30 train from Chicago Sunday a.m., accompanied by Mrs. MOORE, Mr. and Mrs. Vesper WARNER, of Cimarron, Kan., and Chas. TOWNSEND. After leaving Cimarron, Mr. and Mrs. Moore went to Mineral Wells in Texas, hoping the water would benefit Mr. Moore, but its effect was contrary to what had been expected. They then left for Redlands, Cal. When near Kingman, in the western part of Arizona, Mr. Moore was taken with [a] violent hemorrhage, and died Nov. 13, on the train. At Kingman the body was prepared for shipment and the long journey homeward was begun.

Arthur Moore was born in Tremont, Tazewell county, Ill., Sept. 28, 1846, and lived 55 years, 1 month and 15 days. Sept. 10, 1873, he was married to Mary C. PIPER, at her home in Macomb, Ill. They had since lived in or near Clinton. For several years he had assisted his father in the management of his farms in this county. He had good education and was elected county surveyor a year ago, but on account of poor health had left the work to J. S. BROWN. Failing health compelled him to seek relief in the West and he was in Arizona last May when his father died and returned to attend the funeral. He had remained at home until a few weeks ago when he left, intending to spend the winter in a warmer climate.

Mr. Moore was one of the best known men in the county, and few men had more friends. He was honorable and did not trouble himself with the business of others. By the death of his father, he was to receive the income from about a million dollars worth of property, but his poor health prevented him from enjoying his wealth, even for a day. By his death this income goes to the five children of Congressman WARNER, who now will receive the income from all the vast estate of C. H. MOORE.

When the remains arrived in Clinton they were taken to the late home of the deceased, the Moore homestead half a mile northeast of Clinton, where the funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. BLACK, assisted by Rev. PIPER, of Charleston, Ill., uncle of the wife of the deceased. The county officers attended the funeral services in a body, as Mr. Moore was a county officer. The pall bearers were R. A. LEMON, Dr. WILCOX, T. W. CACKLEY, T. L. DELLEY, W. B. HICKMAN, I. N. BAILOR, Wm. ARGO, and C. W. WILLIAMSON. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.


August 18, 1905
Clinton Public

Well-Known Farmer Dies at His Home Without Warning—
Had Not Been Sick.

Wednesday Bert MOORE, near DeWitt did not feel very well, but his family felt no alarm.  By evening he felt well enough to eat supper, and a while after he retired left his bed and laid on a lounge where he suddenly died about 9 o'clock.  The coroner’s jury’s verdict was that heart trouble caused his death.

He was a son of John MOORE, who died several years ago, and had lived near DeWitt all his life.  He was nearly 40 years old and was married to Miss Elizabeth ANDREWS, who with three children survive.  He is also survived by four sisters and two brothers.   They are Mrs. Fred WILSON, Mrs. Edna LARRY, Mrs. Eliza LARRY, Mrs. Geo. ANDREWS, Charles and Ollie, all near DeWitt.

Funeral will be held at two o'clock today in the DeWitt church conducted by Rev. Murray.  Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Clifton H. MOORE 

May 3, 1901
Clinton Register

An Aged And Honored Citizen Ends Life's Pilgrimage.
Was the Friend and Associate of Lincoln, Douglas, David Davis
and Leonard Swett.

A majestic oak in the forest of humanity has fallen. Long had it stood, observed and admired by thousands. It did not, like many of trees about it for over half a century, droop, wither and die, ere they had borne the fruits of economy and industry; but grew in strength as it grew in years until it was pointed out as one of phenomenal sturdiness by all from the thoughtless child to the one with bended form and tottering steps. By hundreds, yea thousands, its strength and prominence were envied by those about it. Idle and thoughtless wishes for an exchange of positions were often expressed by the younger and less fortunate in growth. Yet they knew not the folly of their wish. They were asleep to a realization of the fact that but few of the days of the majestic oak, they so much envied, were yet remaining; and that soon its prostrate form would teach again the lesson of death.

As the majestic oak stands in the forests, so has Hon. C. H. MOORE stood for years among his fellowmen; and it may truthfully be said, in Illinois; for he was known throughout the state as a man of unusual ability; a man of great wealth, and a plain unassuming citizen of the county that had been his home sixty years. Yet time and death would not longer spare him. He has fallen.

No abler man ever called Clinton his home, and no man who called Clinton his home has been as liberal in giving. Like all very wealthy men, he was misjudged and censured because he did not unlock the door to his riches and invite his friends and all others to help themselves without regard to conscience. In wealth he had ascended from the Valley of Poverty high upon the mountain side of Wealth, and naturally felt a pride in knowing he had solved the problem of money-making, which is among the ambitions of every young man of ability and force of character.


When Mr. MOORE arrived in Clinton, or what was called Clinton in 1841, he met conditions that were not encouraging. He had less than $250, thirteen law books and about as many other books. The place was the county seat, yet there were only ten or twelve families, the entire population being less than one hundred. There were two or three log houses and about as many frame buildings on the square. In the rear of one of these which stood on the east side of the square near the southeast corner, Mr. Moore opened a law office, the front of the building being used for a residence. Where the court house now stands was a frame 18x40 building used for a court house, church and for other purposes. In it Peter CARTWRIGHT preached. Mr. Moore's first client was Wm. HICKMAN, for whom he won the suit. In those days Waynesville was the principal town in the county and Mt. Pleasant, now Farmer City, was second. Marion, now DeWitt, was first selected as the county seat, but it was soon changed to Clinton.


Mr. MOORE's first land-buying was buying at tax sale the land of non-residents, and as the land was not considered valuable, he got it for little more than the taxes. The first land owned by him was west of the railroad from the ARGO homestead and the first house he built was on the lot where Mrs. A. M. SACKETT lives, a part of the east portion of Mrs. Sackett's residence being part of the house he built. Land then sold for from $1.25 to $5.00 an acre and Mr. Moore wisely invested all his earnings in land. In a few years he owned many hundred acres and continued to buy as he could raise the money. Until 1846 his land purchases were in small tracts. In that year he bought his first farm, 120 acres, opposite his home farm one mile northeast of Clinton, for less than $5 an acre.

Such were the conditions when the young lawyer came to make his home in the city that he saw grow from comparatively nothing to what it is today. None but the pioneers know what it is to grow up with the country. Mr. Moore was the last of those who were voters when he came to Clinton to pass away. Judge McGRAW and others who welcomed him have long since died.

LINCOLN, DOUGLAS, David DAVIS, Leonard SWETT, Henry S. GREEN and other noted men were his associates and he often met them as opposing counsel. Davis was his first partner in land-owning from early days until Davis' death. It is said it was on the advice of Davis that he began to buy land. They owned as much as 30,000 acres in partnership.

Mr. Moore's most liberal gifts were to the churches. To the Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian churches he had given fine organs, and had donated over $3,000 to the Universalist church.


He owned the largest and best private library in the state outside of Chicago. It contains many thousand volumes from the first books published to the most recent. Perhaps, for the number, there never was a finer and better selected library. The selections had all been made by himself, and no worthless books were bought. Nothing gave Mr. Moore greater pleasure than to have friends visit him in his library. He took pride in explaining the books of antiquity and of their rarity and value. One of the parts of the library that he felt great pride in was his bound volumes of newspapers. These comprise the Pantagraph and the New York Tribune from 1860, and the Clinton papers from their first issue. The latter he had intended giving to the county when the new court house was built but as the vaults were too small for space to be given them, this wish of Mr. Moore was never realized. It was known he was puzzled as to what disposition to make of this large collection of books and papers. Mrs. Moore told the writer this gave him more concern than all his other property. Considering that its value is perhaps $100,000, it is not to be wondered that he could not readily decide what should be done with it. He had talked of leaving it to his son, also of leaving it to the city. Many believe the latter was decided upon, but it will not be known until the conditions of his will are made public. If it is bequeathed to the city that had so long been his home, it is probable provision has been made for the erection of a building for it.


Clifton H. Moore was born in Kirtland, O., near Cleveland, Oct. 26, 1817, and was the first born of eight brothers. His father was born in Saratoga county, N.Y., Jan, 31, 1794, and served in the war of the Revolution. He possessed great physical powers and lived almost a century. When 93 years old he walked fourteen miles in half a day. Mr. Moore taught school previous to coming to Pekin, Ill, when 21 years old. He then had only $5 in his pocket. He there read law while acting as deputy county clerk and was admitted to practice at Springfield in July, 1841. A month later he came to Clinton, being the first lawyer to locate here. Four years later, Aug. 14, 1845, he was married to Miss Elizabeth RICHMOND of Tazewell county, with whom he became acquainted while in Pekin. Four children were born to them, only one of whom, Arthur, is living. A daughter, the wife of Congressman WARNER, died about ten years ago. Two died in infancy. His wife died May 30, 1871, and in July, 1873, he was married to Miss Rose ONSTITE [ONSTINE], of North Amherst, O., who survives him. His only direct descendants are his son Arthur and the children of Congressman Warner. They are Clifton H., John, Vesper, Winifred and Frances. All live in Clinton, except Vesper who is in Kansas. The following brothers survive him: M. MOORE, of Farmer City; Blish MOORE, near DeWitt; A. C. MOORE, of Ohio; and H. C. MOORE, of Iowa.

A few years after coming to Clinton he formed a law partnership with the late Henry S. GREENE, which continued several years. After its dissolution, Mr. MOORE had no law partner until his son-in-law, Vespasian Warner, became associated with him. Soon after that time he retired from active practice in the courts, leaving the conducting of cases at the bar to his young and ambitious partner. This partnership began in February 1868, over 33 years ago. In all that time they never had a misunderstanding or an unfriendly word. Since 1894 R. A. LEMON had been associated with them.

When Mr. Moore located in Clinton he was a Whig and in the forming of the Republican party became one of its strongest advocates. Being a personal friend of Lincoln, he attended the National convention in 1860, and did much toward his nomination. There is no doubt that Mr. Moore could have had a good position under Lincoln, but he was averse to political positions, and always advised young men to avoid seeking office. The only office that Mr. Moore ever held was as a member of the constitutional convention in 1870 to "revise, alter and amend the constitution of Illinois."

He was never a member of any church, but it is said the Universalist church belief is nearest his. He was long a member of the Masonic order, and among its most honored members.


Mr. Moore's wealth has been a matter of discussion since his death and various estimates have been made. No one seems able to give near a correct estimate. Congressman Warner says he is sure it is not less than one million and would not be surprised if it is as much as two millions of dollars. He thinks the raise in the value of land the last ten years would not fall far short of adding a million dollars to his wealth. His life tells stronger than words the possibilities for the young man in a new and rich country. And the fact that his life work and the estimation of the wealth he has accumulated were told by him in a letter to an uncle before he left Ohio, while a school teacher, reveals a foresight and resolution for future work that have few equals. This letter was kept by the one to whom it was written until about four years ago when it was returned to the writer, and is said to be among his papers. The REGISTER hopes to be able to publish it at no distant day.

At this time no one seems to know the exact amount of land owned by Mr. Moore, but in 1887 a report given out by him placed the number at ten thousand acres in Illinois and seven thousand acres in Iowa, besides city and personal property. With this estimate it would appear he was worth about one million dollars at that time. Since then land in Illinois has about doubled in value and in Iowa it is worth three-fourths more than then, besides many farms have been added to his estate.

The first tax receipt ever received by Mr. Moore from a collector was for thirteen cents, and is yet among his papers. For several years previous to his death his taxes had been from $11,000 to $13,000, at least half of which was on property in this county. His yearly income is estimated to be from $30,000 to $40,000. At prevailing rentals for land it would have been from $10,000 to $15,000 more.


Most of his land was rented for one-third the crop, and when cash was paid, he never asked over $3.50 per acre, saying no man could afford to pay more than that cash rent on a farm year after year. He was lenient with his renters, and so long as they proved themselves honest and industrious they were never requested to give possession. Many of his renters have occupied the same farms from ten to twenty years. As evidence of how his renters felt toward him, John ELLIS said to a REGISTER representative Tuesday: "I have lost the best friend I had." Mr. Ellis has lived on the same farm three miles east of DeWitt twenty-one years, and though he has 480 acres of as good land as there is in the county, he paid only $1,000 a year, a little over $2 an acre, and the lease has two years to run. No doubt many others feel as does Mr. Ellis.


The life of Mr. MOORE furnishes much room for reflection. The eighty and three years he lived tell a story that it would be well could it be impressed upon the mind of every young man seeking to become prominent and wealthy, the two goals which so many perish in striving to reach. Leaving home at 18 years, starting to make his way in the world, he succeeded beyond any fond dreams that may have disturbed his young mind. As he grew in wealth he grew in ability and legal fame. He took rank with the leading lawyers of his state, and though he gave of the force of his character and the strength of his ability to assist others to positions of remunerative responsibility, he refused to accept similar kindness in return. He had chosen, perhaps in youth, to live free of the bickering and annoyances of public life, and no arguments or prospects of great fame could swerve him from his purpose. He chose to live a quiet and unassuming life with his family and his people. Clinton was his home, and he had two homes in Clinton, his residence and his office. About as much time was spent at one as the other, even up to Wednesday of last week which was his last day at his office. A paralytic stroke three months ago had convinced him his days were fast nearing the end, and he had told Mr. Warner only a few days before his fatal illness that others would soon have to look after his business. And when a severe attack of stomach trouble compelled him to remain in his bed, he knew Death was standing at his chamber door. With palpitating heart and trembling hand the King of Terrors was loath to take the life of one who, though ripe in years and good deeds, might yet add many noble acts to the number that have caused hundreds to speak words of praise for the one whose breath was coming feebly on, and whose eyes looked a final farewell.

Thoughts of the life and lifework of Mr. Moore brings to mind lines from one of the most beautiful poems ever written. They are from Longfellow's "Psalm of Life."

Lives of great men all remind us,
   We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
   Footprints on the sands of time.
Footprints that, perhaps, another.
   Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and ship-wrecked brother,
   Seeing, shall take heart again.


At 2 o'clock yesterday a very large number of friends attended the services at the palatial home in north part of the city. From 9 till 12 in the forenoon time had been given for friends to see the familiar face of the honored citizen, yet so many from farther parts of the county were unable to be present in the forenoon that the opportunity was extended just before and after the services, which were conducted by Rev. C. W. E. GOSSOW, assisted by Revs. E. A. GILLILAND, S. C. BLACK, M. A. DOOLING, and T. A. CANADY. Singing was by a selected choir. The sermon of Rev. Gossow impressed all who heard it. His kind words of the deceased brought tears from many. A large portion of those present could not be seated in the spacious rooms, being compelled to remain on the outside.

The floral offerings were a pillow, bunch calla lilies and sheaf of wheat, Mrs. C. H. MOORE; on the pillow were the words "My Husband." Pink roses, Mr. and Mrs. Vespasian WARNER, Mr. and Mrs. Clifton H. WARNER, John WARNER, Jr.; white roses, Dr. and Mrs. John WARNER, of Clinton, Dr. and Mrs. Harrison METTLER, of Chicago; white roses, Mrs. Fannie MAGILL and Mrs. Hattie AMSDEN; empire wreath, Carl and Frank BRADLEY, of Chicago; Easter Lillies, Mrs. F. B. BRADLEY, Chicago; anchor, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence WELDON, of Washington, D.C.; wreath, Mr. and Mrs. George DAVIS, of Bloomington; large pyramid, North Amherst, O., friends; Easter lilies, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. MILLER; pink roses, Mrs. E. M. MAGILL; white roses, Miss Nellie MAGILL; carnations, Dr. and Mrs. MOORE, of Decatur; red roses, Thomas SNELL; white carnations, Miss Ella JOHONASON; red roses, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. DeLAND; calla lilies and roses, Woman's League Universalist church; yellow roses; R. A. LEMON and family; red roses, Sons of Rest.

As Arthur MOORE had not arrived from Arizona from where he started on Sunday, and a telegram was received that he would arrive at 3:45, the taking of the body to the vault was delayed half an hour. A telegram was sent him before his father's death and he did not know he had died until his arrival in Clinton.

The attorneys of the county, county officers and their deputies attended in a body and preceded the Masons, of which Mr. Moore had long been a member, to the vault.

The family team to which deceased was much attached, drew the hearse, and were driven by Wm. YOUNG, who had been in the employ of Mr. Moore several years, and had been faithful in his service. On either side of the hearse walked the pall bearers, Judge INGHAM, Jacob ZIEGLER, Edwin WELD, Sr., Isaac THURBER, John FULLER, Isaiah WILSON, J. F. MILLER, E. SYLVESTER.

Among those who came to attend the funeral were Hon. A. E. STEVENSON, of Bloomington; Judge Lymon LACEY, of Havana; Judge Thos. TIPTON, Judge Owen REEVES, Hon. J. H. ROWELL, Hon. B. F. FUNK, A. B. FUNK, Geo. P. DAVIS, all of Bloomington; G. W. and L. R. HERRICK, of Farmer City; Dr. A. C. MOORE, of North Amherst, O.; Milan MOORE and daughter, Nettie, of Farmer City; [and] Vesper WARNER, of Kansas.

At the vault the Masonic lodge conducted the impressive ceremonies of the order.

Numerous telegrams were received from those who could not attend the funeral, among them one from Judge J. F. McGEE, of Minneapolis, formerly of Clinton, and a law student under Mr. Moore, said: "He was one of the best and most just men I ever knew, and I knew him as few men did."

One from Hon. E. A. SNIVELY, of Springfield read: "In an acquaintance of 25 years, I learned to love and respect him as one of the truest, noblest men I ever met. He has done much for the development of Illinois and his memory should be kept sacred by the people."

Note: Clifton's first wife died in 1872, not 1871.

Submitted by Bob Halsey and Judy Simpson

Mrs. Clifton H. MOORE 

June 6, 1872
Clinton Public

Mrs. Elizabeth Moore.

DIED.—at her residence near this city, at two o'clock A.M., Thursday, May 30, Mrs. Elizabeth MOORE, wife of the Hon. C. H. MOORE. Mrs. Moore has been long and favorably known by the people of this community, among whom she has lived for many years.

Quiet in manner, benevolent in disposition, true and warm in friendship, she had drawn to her the affection and esteem of the entire circle of her acquaintance. Home was to her the center of attraction. To make her family happy there, and to welcome her friends with cordial greeting, was her delight. To the natural virtue of a warm heart she added the graces of an earnest Christian. For years she has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian church of this city, in which she first made a profession of her faith in Christ. She loved her church. Her heart seemed to be drawn toward every member of it in true affection. When unable to attend with them in the public worship of God’s house, she seemed almost to envy those who had the strength to go. It was to her a great privilege—a privilege whose loss she sorely felt. Last fall she was called to Detroit to see her mother on her dying bed. After watching with her for several weeks until her death, she returned about Christmas in poor health. Since that [time] she has been steadily declining. But hers was one of those cases where death, though approaching gradually and steadily for a long time, at length with a sudden spring, seizes and carries away its victim. For months the apprehensions of her friends had been awakened, but none suspected the end to be so near. All at once came the consciousness—another friend is departing. In health and in sickness her trust was in Christ; and we know that he is a Savior who never forsakes in times of special need.

Her funeral was attended on Friday by a large congregation at the church of which she was a member. The community feels that they have lost a friend; and sincerely do they offer all that friendship can give—the sympathy of saddened hearts. The church has lost a valued member, whose Christian faith and humble life adorned a wealthy home.

Mrs. Henry R. MOORE 

January 8, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Emeline MOORE, wife of H. R. Moore, of Wapella, died at her home on Monday, December 28, after a long sickness of eighteen months, for twelve months of which she was confined to her bed. Mrs. Moore was the youngest daughter of Harrison LANE, and was born thirty-seven years ago on the same farm on which she died. She leaves four children, the oldest being seventeen years old, and the youngest two years. Mr. Moore returns thanks to his friends and neighbors for their kindness during the long sickness of his wife.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MOORE, HENRY R.     JOHNSON, EMALINE MRS.      1874-02-01     DE WITT

George W. MOORE 

June 20, 1902
Clinton Register

Had Lived in Clinton Over Thirty Years—
Funeral Services Held This Afternoon.

George W. MOORE, one of Clinton’s best known citizens, died Thursday, at his home on West Main street.  He had been doing contract grading for the Illinois Central in the south part of the state and came home Sunday.  He had not been well for several days.  A doctor was called and advised him to remain at home.   He was on the streets Monday and the doctor advised him to go to bed, but he felt better Tuesday and was again on the streets, also Tuesday evening.  On his return home he was taken suddenly worse with a chill, and by Wednesday became dangerously sick and died at 1:30 that night.

Deceased was born in Pennsylvania in 1846, and enlisted and went to the war three months before the war was closed.  He came to Clinton about 32 years ago and opened a cooper shop, but of late years had worked at this business but little.  For several years he was street commissioner, retiring from the office three years ago.  He was married three times and his wife and seven children survive him, most of whom live in other states.  He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Knights of the Globe, in which he had a policy for $2,000.

Funeral services in the M. E. church at 2:30 today, conducted by Rev. Canady.  Remains in charge of G. A. R. and W. R. C.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Mrs. George W. MOORE 

May 26, 1882
Clinton Register

Died of consumption, at her residence in this city, on Monday, May 22d, 1882, Mrs. Susan MOORE, aged 33 years and 7 months.  Deceased was the wife of Mr. George MOORE, and the loving mother to his four little children.  She was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and was prepared for her departure.  The funeral services were conducted by Revs. Henning and McArthur on Tuesday at 2 o'clock, at the family residence and were attended by a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends, after which the remains were laid quietly to rest in Woodlawn cemetery.

Icie Reta MOORE 

January 3, 1908
Clinton Register


The little child of Mr. and Mrs. John MOORE, living near the Bell Chapel church, fell backwards into a pail of boiling water, scalding the little one badly, Tuesday.  Medical aid was sent for and did all that could be done.  The accident occurred about 10 a.m. and the little one suffered untold agony till death claimed her at 1 p.m.   Little Icie Moore was 2 years, 1 month and 22 days old and leaves beside her parents one sister.  The little precious flower was only allowed to bud on earth, but her mission in heaven will be greater.  The mother is prostrate over the unfortunate affair, but the family has the sympathy of the entire community.  Funeral services were held from the Bell Chapel church on Thursday, Rev. Wiley Johnson officiating.  Interment in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Isaac MOORE 

October 13, 1882
Clinton Public


Died at the residence of his son, Milan MOORE, in Farmer City, Ill., Mr. Isaac MOORE, aged eighty-nine years.

The funeral services were held at Farmer City by the Rev. Mr. ROBINSON, a minister of the Christian order, and his remains were then brought to Clinton and escorted to the grave in Woodlawn Cemetery by many friends, followed by all his children now living.

Mr. Moore came to live with his children in the spring of 1879, then being a stranger to most of our citizens; but he then showed that he had been a man of fine constitution which had never been injured by any of the excesses now so common, and which shorten the lives of so many. Few men have been permitted to live so long and see so many changes and improvements as he. In fact we think no one generation of men will ever see so many and useful improvements made as the present. From the friction match to the steam engine, dating from the first discovery of Franklin to telegraphy in all its varied ways, electric light, telephoning, geology and chemistry, we may say have all sprung into existence during his day and time.

“Through seas of knowledge we our cause advance,
   Discovering still new worlds of ignorance;
And these discoveries make us all confess,
   That sublunary science is but guess.”

Few men are so willing to go, yet consenting to wait till the appointed hour. He talked about Death as a pleasant friend he was anxious to meet. He was not sick, nor racked with pain, but laid down in death with the ease and quietness of one going to sleep.

“Peace which he loved in life, did lend
   Her hand to bring him to his end;
When age and death called for the score,
   No surfeits were to reckon for.”

(See newspaper article)

Jennie MOORE 

August 10, 1877
Clinton Public

Miss Jennie MOORE, aged twenty-two years, daughter of Mrs. Eliza MOORE, died in this city on Tuesday. Miss Moore fell a victim to consumption less than twelve months ago. Prior to that time she was a healthy young lady. For the six months previous to her death she was confined to the house. Her father died less than a year ago.

John W. MOORE 

February 24, 1882
Clinton Public

Died, at his residence, three miles north of DeWitt, on the 16th day of February, 1882, John W. MOORE. His death was by inflammation of the stomach and bowels.

The deceased was born in DeWitt county, not far from where he died, on the 30th of November, 1838. On his next birthday he would have been 24 [44] years of age. In the prime of life he was called upon to turn away from its busy scenes, and his soul was called upon to go to Him who gave it. Last spring Mr. Moore was made to see and feel his need of a change of heart at a revival meeting held at the Swisher school house; but owing to some weakness he did not make a public confession. Affliction came, and about three weeks before his death he renewed his faith, and on my first visit to him I found him a sorrowful, penitent person, earnestly resolved to devote the remainder of his life in the service of God. More than thirty-six hours before he expired, the Spirit bore witness to his pardon, and joy filled his heart, and praises to god, with exhortations to his friends and relatives, filled a great part of his remaining hours. All through his sickness his intellect was clear, and reason remained undisturbed. He talked with his neighbors, and gave advice to his wife and children regarding temporal affairs, and then, taking each by the hand, he bade them farewell with a promise to meet him in heaven. Then he closed his eyes, and his life went out with the glorious gospel sentiment, “He washed me white as snow,” lingering on his lips. He leaves a wife and eight children, and aged father and three sisters to mourn their loss.

Mrs. John W. MOORE 

November 18, 1898
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Moore.

Aunt Becky MOORE, widow of John MOORE, who died about seventeen years ago, died Friday night at her home two miles north of DeWitt, aged 57 years.  She was not taken sick until Tuesday before her death.  She was the mother of eight children, six of whom are living, and five of them lived with her.  She was well known for her kindness to homeless children and was a truly good woman.  She united with the Methodist church when 15 years old and had since lived the life of a consistent Christian.  Funeral was held Sunday at Swisher, conducted by Rev. Frank Harry.  Interment in Johnson cemetery near Swisher.

Joseph MOORE 

November 21, 1879
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Resident.

On Saturday of last week, a few hours before noon, Mr. Joseph MOORE, an old resident of this city, was attacked with an apoplectic stroke, which terminated fatally on Tuesday morning about one o'clock. When found Saturday, shortly after he had taken ill, his head was lying on the hot stove, his hat having taken fire burning his hair and face. Mr. MOORE was an old citizen of this city, having emigrated here about 1864-5. He was an unmarried man, his sister keeping house for him.


November 21, 1879
Clinton Public

Death of Joseph Moore.
Died of apoplexy, at his residence in Clinton, November 17th,
Joseph MOORE, aged 79 years and 25 days.

Mr. Moore was born in Green county, Ky. He came to Illinois about 1830 and settled on a farm in Menard county, near his father and brothers. There were so many families of the same name and connections living in the neighborhood that for a time it was called the Moore settlement, but as these families grew up they began to scatter, and Mr. Moore, becoming restless after the removal or death of all his brothers, sold his farm and came to Clinton in the spring of 1857, where he resided till his death. Of six brothers who came to Illinois he was the only survivor but one.

His long life was exceedingly quiet and uneventful, yet it was not unworthy of remark, for in all these years he walked "honestly as in the day." If he was ever suspected of a dishonest act or intention it is not known to his most intimate friends. In case of doubt in business transactions he uniformly gave himself the disadvantage of the doubt. The question how a man can live in our times and be thus scrupulous, he solved by patient industry and economy. He had much physical vigor and maintained active habits to the close of his life. He was a warm-hearted and unflinching friend, always ready to put the most favorable construction upon the conduct of any acquaintance who was accused. He was unduly modest and self-distrustful; and this disposition was confirmed in his later years by difficulty of hearing, so that his social intercourse was limited to a very few friends, and he spent much of his time in reading. To those who were intimate with him he was a very genial companion. He greatly enjoyed humor, and would dote for days together upon what Lincoln (with whom he was personally acquainted in early life) called a little joke, telling it in his family with fine appreciation, and often bursting out laughing as he would recall it when alone.

He was never married, but his worth and sincere kindliness so endeared him to his friends that he seemed to have none of the loneliness that aged single men are apt to feel. He devoutly trusted in Jesus for the present and for the future life and grew happier under the weight of increasing years. It is not claimed that he was without flaws but it may be truly said that his character showed best upon closest inspection. Probably he was about the only man in DeWitt county who scrupulously returned to the assessor every dollar he was worth, and as a consequence he paid more taxes in proportion to his means than any man in the county.

Mrs. Margaret MOORE 

January 12, 1883
Clinton Public

Mrs. Margaret MOORE, mother of F. M. MOORE, of Texas township, died at the house of her son a the advanced age of eighty years. She was born in Virginia and there married. In 1846 her husband died, and upon her devolved the rearing of her family. She was a woman of great energy, and had the satisfaction of seeing her children grow to man and womanhood and become useful members of society. In 1856 she came to Illinois and settled in this county with her children. She was a devoted Christian woman, and her last hours were cheered by the hope of that eternal rest from the cares and sorrows that are the common lot of humanity.

Mariam MOORE 

March 2, 1888
Clinton Public

Mariam MOORE died the first of last week of erysipelas, and was interred in the Texas necropolis. Deceased was a sister of F. M. MOORE, and was about 60 years of age.

Milan MOORE 

February 6, 1914
Clinton Register


The funeral services of Milan MOORE were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Farmer City Christian church, with Rev. J. H. Wright of the Mt. Pulaski church in charge.  Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac MOORE and was born in Kirkland, Ohio, June 18, 1829.  In 1850 he moved to Clinton, Ill., and in 1862 was united in marriage to Nancy McPHERSON, a sister of the late J. W. McPHERSON.  They at once moved to Farmer City and in 1872 moved to Gibson City.  In 1880 they returned to Farmer City, which was their home until death.  Mrs. Moore died in 1911.

The son, H. C., and daughter, Nellie, reside at the home in Farmer City, while another son, Rev. Frank L., resides in Stanford.

Olive M. MOORE 

October 28, 1881
Clinton Register

DIED—October 17, 1881, of that dread disease, scarlet fever, Olive M. MOORE, third daughter of Franklin M. and Jane MOORE, aged 17 years, lacking two months.

Her brief illness of one week was filled with intense suffering and then it pleased God to relieve her by taking her from this world of sin. She was sedate beyond her years, and, from a very small child, manifested an interest in divine things. She drew very closely to her the hearts of all who came within the charmed circle of personal influence.

"None knew her but to love her;
None named her but to praise."

In social life she was universally beloved for her warm friendship, her genial humor, her playful fancy, and her ready sympathy in all that affected the welfare of those around her. She had a nice sense of propriety and could entertain a gay circle of young friends with a fund of wit and repartee that seemed almost exhaustless without assuming a tinge of rudeness, or unmindful of the good. She possessed moderate conversational powers with a purity of fact that gave new and graceful drapery even to familiar thoughts. These were gifts which made our darling Ollie welcome in every circle, but, the potent charm that surrounded her with its genial influence possessed another gift to strengthen its perpetual radiance. It was, that underneath all these gifts, she had a heart full of love that was ever welling up and shedding blessings on those around her. The question has been asked, "Who will fill her place?" I answer that her place is filled already. The place that she created in the hearts of those who knew and loved her by her short but amiable walk, is now filled and _____. The "niches" in our hearts where her memory now stands enshrined, were built by her, and she alone can fill them. It is folly to expect that anyone who may follow after her would exactly fill the void in our hearts or the measure of her many virtues and excellencies. The only way we can ever hope to see her like again, will be to keep her memory alive in our hearts. Her actual presence amongst us ever remaining a remembrance of the past.

The subject of this notice leaves a mother, father, five brothers, four sisters, a number of relatives and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. May the afflicted and bereaved friends bow in humble submission to this afflictive dispensation of the All-wise God, remembering that,

"Youth and health and beauty's bloom,
Are blossoms gathered for the tomb."
—L. J. M.

Renah MOORE 

April 7, 1899
Clinton Public

Died of Meningitis.

Miss Renah MOORE, daughter of Chas. MOORE near Swisher, died on Friday of spinal meningitis. Funeral was held Saturday morning at her late home at 11 o'clock. Remains were buried in Johnson cemetery.

Soloman MOORE 

May 4, 1894
Clinton Public

Soloman MOORE, aged ninety-two years, died at the residence of his son-in-law, John RANSOMER, on Wednesday, and yesterday his remains were taken to the Wilson grave yard, in Wilson township, and consigned to the tomb. Rev. W. J. TULL officiated at the funeral. Mr. Moore was an old resident of this county and lived up in Wilson township till a few years ago [when] he came to Clinton to live with his son-in-law.

Rev. W. H. H. MOORE 

September 15, 1899
Clinton Register

Rev. W. H. H. MOORE died at his home in Normal Sunday, aged 85 years. He was the father-in-law of Rev. A. C. BYERLY, of Lincoln.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William M. MOORE 

January 29, 1886
Clinton Public

Another Citizen of DeWitt County Called to Rest.

William M. MOORE died at his residence in this city on Thursday morning, January 28. For some months his health had been bad, but he nor his family apprehended any danger. Mr. Moore was born in Loudon county, Virginia on the 25th of December, 1831, which made him fifty-four years and thirty-three days old at the time of his death. In the spring of 1857 he came to Illinois and on the 9th of May arrived in DeWitt county. He first settled in Creek township, but in 1863 he removed to Texas township and engaged in farming and the stock business with the late Robert Magill. On the 1st of January, 1879, he was elected superintendent of the county poor farm, which position he held for two years. After leaving the poor farm he did not engage in any permanent business. He represented Texas township for two terms in the board of supervisors, and for four years served as deputy sheriff. He was a member of Maroa Lodge, No. 314, I.O.O.F. The funeral services will take place to-morrow afternoon, at two o'clock, from his late residence, and will be conducted by the Odd Fellows. On the second page of to-day's PUBLIC will be found an excellent likeness of Mr. Moore.


February 19, 1892
Clinton Public

A Brakeman Killed.

Walter J. MORAWITZ, a brakeman on the Springfield Division, was killed last Wednesday morning near Roberts station. He was walking on a load of coal when he missed his footing and was thrown from the cars into the ditch. The fall resulted in his death, although he lived till his mother arrived from Springfield. His body was taken to his home in Springfield for burial. He was a bright, active man of twenty-five years and was of good habits. He was a nephew of Mrs. Thomas DONOHUE of this city.

George MORE 

September 30, 1898
Clinton Register

George MORE, an old and respected citizen residing four miles northeast of this place, passed away Tuesday morning, Sept. 27, at 10 o'clock. He was born in Boile [Boyle] county, Ky., Feb. 14, 1820, being 78 years, 8 months and 14 days old at the time of his death. Mr. More was united in marriage to Miss Matilda PORTER in Casey county, Ky., and moved from Kentucky to Sangamon county, Ill., near Springfield, 1865. He with his wife landed on the farm in Wilson township four days before the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, where he has since lived till his Master called him home. To this union one son was born, who died when but nine years old. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife, two brothers, one living in California and one in Kentucky, besides other relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbors. Mr. More was a firm believer in the Methodist church which he united with when quite young. He talked freely to his nurse and told him he did not fear death in any way, as his way was perfectly clear and was ready at any time to "rest in the arms of Jesus." He was a kind neighbor, a loving parent and husband; he bore his affliction very patiently and meekly waited and murmured not. He was a radical Republican; and at times his ticket did not exactly suit him, but he always supported it from top to bottom. Uncle George, as he was known, was a good counsel man in business and never entered hastily into business transactions. He began life a poor man, but by hard labor and the aid of his good wife, he had accumulated several hundred acres of land, mostly all under cultivation. In his dealing with his fellowmen, his motto was, do unto others as he wished to be done by. Some time ago he and Patrick Toohill entered into an agreement that which ever one passed away first the other was to act as pall bearer, which sad duty fell upon Mr. Toohill. He also selected the other pall bearers who were John Hubble, John B. Rolofson, Chas. Hurd, James McCannon, A. Litchenbager. Rev. A. J. Robertson, his pastor, conducted his funeral service at the house Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after which his remains were followed by a long procession to the Sugar Grove cemetery and laid to rest to await the coming of the Lord. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

Note: His wife, Matilda More, died September 8, 1909.

Mrs. Frederick MORFORD 

December 15, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Nancy MORFORD, aged eighty years, died in the village of McLean on last Saturday, and on Monday her remains were brought to Waynesville for interment.  She and her husband came to DeWitt County more than half a century ago and settled near Waynesville.   She leaves four children—Mrs. J. P. BAYLESS, Waynesville; Mrs. Ann ANDREWS, Kansas; Mrs. Geo. W. TAYLOR, Cooksville, Ill.; [James] Emory MORFORD, McLean, Ill.

Note: She and her husband are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, DeWitt County, Illinois.

James Emory MORFORD 

August _, 1930
Paper Unknown

James Emory MORFORD died at his home in Waynesville at 6:30 Wednesday morning following an illness of several months.

James Emory Morford, son of Fred and Nancy MORFORD, was born October 20th, 1851, on a farm 2 1/2 miles north of Waynesville. He was married to Miss Sarah TUDOR in Waynesville February 22nd, 1872, and they went to housekeeping on a farm four miles north of town. Seven children were born to this union, a son, Jesse, and a daughter, Mrs. Ada WRIGHT, preceding him in death.

Mr. Morford kept up active farming until five years ago when he purchased property in the west part of town and retired.

Surviving besides the wife are one daughter, Anna, at home, and four sons, Frank, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Fred, Clarence and Ira, of McLean.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home in charge of Rev. J.C. McMahon. Interment in McLean cemetery.

Note: Hand written on the obituary is the date August 6, 1930.

Finis E. MORGAN 

June 3, 1892
Clinton Register

A Well-Known Clintonian Joins the Silent Majority.

Last Sunday [May 29] at the home of his son-in-law, John H. Hall, Finis E. MORGAN passed from earth, aged 64 years, 7 months and 8 days.  For several years, he has been in poor health and had spent part of the time at the Springs, but obtained no permanent relief.  It was not until about the first of May that he was confined to his bed and for several days before his death realized that the end was near.  Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Monday at four o'clock, Rev. W. A. Hunter preaching in memory of the deceased.

Finis E. Morgan was born in Sangamon county, Ill., October 21, 1827.  July 29, 1852, he was married to Miss Elizabeth DAY.  To them nine children were born, six daughters and three sons, three daughters and one son survive him.  His wife died October 6, 1885.   In 1854, on the first train that ran into Clinton over the Central he came to Clinton, and soon after embarked in the grocery business.  For sixteen years he was constable and during the rebellion served as provost-marshal.  He then served two terms as deputy sheriff, and was after- [ward?] successor to F. H. Bogar in the furniture business about four years, in the building now occupied by Sackett & Lemen.  He was one of the best known men in the county, and was well known in adjoining counties.  Until a few weeks ago, he owned 60 acres of land near the city, which he sold to T. H. Slick.

Samuel MORGAN 

November 24, 1899
Clinton Register


Last Sunday's Chicago papers contained an account of the shooting of Samuel MORGAN at Ft. Cook, Neb., by a corporal, who claimed that Morgan was trying to desert. Mr. Morgan was a brother to Mrs. W. E. CRAWFORD, of this city, and his death was a great shock to her. He enlisted here in September with the 39th Ill. Vol., and went direct with the company to the above place. Mrs. Crawford has received a letter from a soldier who was well acquainted with the facts of the shooting, who states that the shooting was unjustifiable and that the corporal who did the shooting is under a general court martial. Mr. Morgan was buried with all the honors of a soldier. He was only 19 years old, and it was his first time of enlistment. The deceased soldier lived in Clinton last summer and was quite well known here.

The following appeared in this morning's dailies and shows that the killing of Morgan was not justifiable:

Gov. Poyter today formally called the attention of Attorney General Smyth to the killing last Friday in Sarpay county, some miles from Fort Crook, of a deserting soldier named Morgan by a corporal and a private sent to arrest him. The governor says the killing was not justified, and takes issue with the authorities of Sarpay county, who dismissed the case against the slayers on the ground that they are not amenable to the civil law.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Marguerite Marice MORIN 

March 31, 1899
Clinton Public

Dr. and Mrs. J. N. Morin Suffer the Death of Their Daughter.

The tender thread that has held Marguerite Marice MORIN to life for several days broke last Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. The child had spinal meningitis. It was born in Clinton on March 7, 1897. It was 2 years and 21 days old. Funeral services were held at the residence on March 29th, Dr. W. A. HUNTER presiding. Interment in Woodlawn. Rev. J. B. HORNEY officiated at the funeral of the late Marguerite Marice Morin on Wednesday and preached a very touching sermon. The pall-bearers were Edna EMERICK, Gertrude MOFFETT, Minnie BORDNER and Edna QUIGLEY. The floral offerings were profusive.

Note: Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery under the name Margaret Marie MORIN.


January 4, 1895
Clinton Public

Died Three Thousand Miles From Home.

One year ago last September, Effie MORLAN left Clinton for South America, where she expected to go into business with the wife of her cousin, Lew. McIRVIN. They made one or two changes in location till finally they selected Victoria as their home. At that South American seaport, Lew. McIrvin engaged in the business of stevedore and was prospering. Effie and Mrs. McIRVIN were making their business arrangements and everything was bright and promising of success. Last Friday night, after a very brief illness with brain fever, Effie Morlan died, and Saturday the sad news flashed across ocean and land to the sorrowing parents in Clinton. Effie Morlan was born in Clinton twenty-six years ago. She graduated from the Clinton high school and taught part of a year in our city public schools. The most of her school work was done in the country. She was a cultivated young woman, an earnest Christian, and conscientious in the discharge of her life duties. It is a sad blow to her parents, for they were anxiously looking forward to next September when their daughter intended to come home on a visit.

Note: Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery under the name Effie L. MORELAND.


October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

John G. MORLAN died at the home of his son in this city, on last Wednesday, in his eighty-second year.  He was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1812, and came to Clinton in the year 1853.  He was the father of two children, both of whom are living—Mrs. O. L. KIRK and A. J. MORLAN.  He was a wagon maker by trade and in the early days carried on business in this city.  The funeral services will be held this afternoon at half-past two o'clock, at his late home, after which his body will be interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. John G. MORLAN 

November 19, 1886
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Lucretia Morlan.

At the advanced age of seventy-eight years and one month old, Mrs. Lucretia MORLAN died at her home in this city on last Sunday. Four years ago this month she was stricken with paralysis and partially lost the use of her right side. Two years later another shock rendered her perfectly helpless, together with almost total loss of speech, in which condition she remained till Saturday afternoon, November 6, when for a third time she had a paralytic stroke which made her perfectly helpless, she not being able even to swallow anything. From that time she gradually grew weaker till last Sunday, at noon, when she breathed her last. Mrs. Morlan was born in Tolland, Vermont, on the 15th day of October, 1808. In her younger days she was a teacher, which occupation she followed till 1838. During her teaching days she taught not less than one thousand children. In 1835 she left her native State and came to Springfield, Ohio, where in 1838 she was united in marriage to John MORLAN, who survives her. In the fall of 1853, the family came to Clinton, and since then have made this city their home. Mrs. Morlan was a woman of fine education and she had good literary ability.

Note: Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery under the name Lucretia C. MORELAND.

MORLAND (infant) 

August 25, 1899
Clinton Register

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. MORLAND, of this city, was buried in Woodlawn cemetery Saturday.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


July 28, 1899
Clinton Public

Died of Cholera Infantum.

The eight month old child of Mr. and Mrs. Perry MORLAND, which had been ill for several weeks, died Saturday afternoon. Funeral services were held Sunday. Interment at Woodlawn. Services were conducted by Rev. D. MacARTHUR at the home of the child’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. MORLAN.

Note: Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery under the name Ruth K. MORLAN but might be MORELAND.

Charles Marshall MORRIS 

February 15, 1866
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, on the 6th inst., Charles Marshall, infant son of Alexander U. and Fannie MORRIS.


February 17, 1899
Clinton Public

After a Week of Severe Pain, Miss Ella Morris at Rest.

Miss Ella MORRIS, aged 45 years, died Saturday afternoon, after six days of painful suffering. The horrible accident which resulted in her death can best be described by quoting from The Public of last week:

Miss Morris had just swept the floor and was standing with her back to a large wood stove in the sitting room, when she felt an uncommon warmth on her back, but on account of catarrh could not smell her hair singe. The awful fact that her clothes were afire immediately became known, and she ran into an adjoining room, where her father, H. H. MORRIS, was asleep on the lounge. He was awakened as she tried to get a blanket from around him, and he, too, tried to cover her, but she could not wait, and he commenced tearing her burning clothes from her body. Mr. Morris’ hands were horribly burned, the flesh hanging in threads. Mrs. H. H. MORRIS and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Daisy MORRIS, by this time arrived and succeeded in quenching the flames, not however, until the back of one arm, the body and lower limbs of Miss Morris were badly burned.

Physicians were summoned and all that medical science knew was employed to alleviate the severe pain and save her life. She rallied during the first few days, and it was hoped that she would ultimately recover, but toward the last of the week she grew worse, and at times was unconscious. A few moments before her death, she regained consciousness, realized that death was near, and bid the family good-by. Deceased had lived an exemplary Christian life, being an active member of the Christian church of this city.

An aged father and mother and four brothers are left to mourn the loss of a kind sister and affectionate daughter, whose life was devoted to the care and happiness of her aged parents. The surviving brothers are Lawrence MORRIS, residing at home, and Austin, William and Chris, living in Clinton.

H. H. Morris, who was also severely burned in extinguishing the flames, is now confined to bed. He is unable to leave the house, and the funeral services were held at the residence, two and one-half miles east of Clinton, instead of the Christian church, as was first intended, on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment at Woodlawn cemetery.

In compliance with the dying request of deceased, her four brothers and two cousins, Weldon WARD, of this city, and Homer MORRIS, of Kenney, acted as pall bearers.

The funeral of Miss Ella Morris was held Tuesday afternoon at the family residence two miles west of Clinton. A large number of relatives and friends of deceased gathered, and Rev. E. A. GILLILAND delivered a touching funeral discourse. The floral offerings were beautiful. Quite a number accompanied the remains to Woodlawn cemetery, where they were laid to rest.

Henry H. MORRIS 

March 13, 1903
Clinton Register

Had Lived in DeWitt County Nearly Half a Century—
Funeral Services at the Home Next Sunday.

Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock H. H. MORRIS died at his home two and a half miles northwest of Clinton, aged 76 years, 1 month and 13 days, being sick about three weeks.

Henry H. Morris was born in Clark county, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1827, being second of a family of eleven children. He grew to manhood in his native county. In 1854 he came to this county, traveling overland. He located in Tunbridge township, where he farmed one year. He then bought 110 acres in Barnett township, where he lived ten years. He then rented a farm two and a half miles northwest of Clinton which had since been his home, as he afterward bought the farm of 380 acres, which is a fine body of land suited to farming and stock raising, and is well improved.

He was married to Miss Catherine WELDON March 31, 1852, who survives him. Five children were born to them, four sons and one daughter, Ella, who died about two years ago. The sons are Austin and William, of Clinton; Christopher, who lives a mile west of Clinton; and Lawrence, who lives on the homestead. He had been a member of the Christian church many years, and was one of its most honored members, and for several years had been one of the board of trustees. So much was his worth as a church officer valued that he was often elected against his wish. Politically he was a Republican, but never partisan. He was one of those big souled, unassuming men who are always making friends and no enemies. He was one of the best known and highly respected men in the county, and it is seldom that a death is more generally regretted.

Funeral services will be held at the residence Sunday at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. Henry H. MORRIS 

April 1, 1904
Clinton Register

Aged Christian Mother Joins Loved Ones on the Other Shore Where There is Joy Forever.

After several weeks of suffering, Mrs. Catherine MORRIS is at rest in the land where partings are unknown and sorrows never come. Her work is done—her Life book is closed. On its golden pages, rich with the record of good deeds, and made precious by the span of years that mark the life journey of a true Christian mother, are written words that become a legacy with worth untold to those who knew best their truth. There is nothing grander; nothing more sublime than the life of a true Christian mother; and those who knew Mother Morris from youth to the closing days of her earthly pilgrimage, know her as one worthy of any kind words that may be spoken of her. Her youth like a ray of joyous hope; her motherhood pure, true and loving; her declining years like the roseate sunset of a calm and inspiring summer’s day, she was loved by all who knew her gentle ways, and many an eye was dimmed with tears when it was known she had been called from home and loved ones. She had been dangerously sick over a month and for two or three weeks had known little of what took place at her bedside.

The life of the good woman is dated from Nov. 10, 1831, when she was born in Washington county, O., which was her home until 1854. March 31, 1852, she was married to Henry H. MORRIS, and two years later they came to Illinois, driving the whole distance. For one year they lived on a rented farm in Tunbridge township. Then 110 acres were bought in Barnett township, which was their home ten years. Their next home was on the farm where both passed the remainder of their days. The farm was leased ten years, and was then bought by them. She was a faithful member of the Christian church, her first membership being with Old Union church in 1860, and with the Clinton church in 1881. Of her five children, all are living except Martha E., who died about two years ago. Those surviving are William, Austin B., Christopher C. and Lawrence L. She is also survived by a brother, Judge Lawrence WELDON, of Bloomington, and a sister, Mrs. Mary WARD, of Clinton.

Funeral services were held yesterday at the home, three miles west of Clinton, at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Dr. Issacher MORRIS 

June 19, 1885
Clinton Public

Dr. Issacher MORRIS died at his home in Urbana on last Monday, in the sixty-fourth year of his age. The Doctor was a resident of Clinton till about eight years ago and followed the profession of dentistry. He was a skillful man in his profession, but while he lived here was unfortunate in his appetite for strong drink. After he moved to Urbana he reformed his habits and was quite successful in business. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry and was a member of Captain H. H. MERRIMAN's company. He was badly injured at Cairo by being thrown from his horse and ultimately was discharged. He married the widow of Col. Evan RICHARDS, of the Twentieth Illinois Infantry.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MORRIS, ISSACHAR     RICHARDS, URSULA A. MRS.      10-13-1864     DE WITT (second wife)

Mrs. Issacher MORRIS 

August 4, 1864
Clinton Public

In this place, on the 31st ult., Mrs. Emily, wife of Dr. I. MORRIS, in the thirty-second year of her age.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MORRIS, I.     BARNETT, EMILY      01-26-1851     MC LEAN

Mrs. Joseph MORRIS 

March 8, 1889
Clinton Public

At her home in this city, on last Tuesday morning, Mrs. Mary J. MORRIS died at the meridian of life, her age being fifty-one years and twenty-one days.  For two years preceding her death she had been an invalid.  Two years ago she moved with her family to Iowa, and when Mr. George H. BEATTY, her son-in-law, came back to this city to engage in business, Mrs. Morris returned with him.  Mrs. Morris was born in Decatur on the 12th of February, 1838, and was the daughter of Mr. William REDDICK, and a granddaughter of old Colonel Wallace.  She was the mother of three children, two of whom preceded her to the better land.  Her only surviving child is the wife of Mr. George H. Beatty.  We can not close this brief notice more appropriately than in quoting the words of the pastor of the church of which she had been a member from her girlhood days: “Mrs. Morris had long been a member of the church of Christ, and was recognized everywhere as a devoted and faithful disciple of the Lord.  At Old Union, where she was so long a member, her record is among the best.  By nature she was a gracious and gentle lady.  As a Christian she adorned the doctrine of Christ.  She bore her many trials with Christian fortitude and seemed to be at peace with God and man.”

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Katherine MORRIS 

July 11, 1913
Clinton Register

One of Clinton's Noble Young Women Has Joined Loved Ones on the Other Shore.

Often as day is dawning the sun of a noble life is setting, and another victory is recorded for death.  Wednesday morning at 3:30 o'clock the spirit of Miss Katherine MORRIS took its flight to a better world.  Her affliction was such that to hope for her recovery was to expect what could not be.  Twenty months had passed since her mother had been taken from home and loved ones by consumption, and in caring for her she had contracted the disease.  The first alarm over her condition came last winter when she was sick several weeks.  Since then she had been failing slowly.  A few weeks ago her father, William MORRIS, took her to Eldorado Springs, Mo., but they soon returned as the doctors there said they could do nothing for her improvement.  Then he took her to the Open Air Colony, near Ottawa.  After a few days, Mr. Morris was notified that nothing could be done there to better her condition.  It was then that her father gave up the little hope he had for her recovery and he and Mrs. Austin MORRIS brought her home Friday night.  When they arrived at the Colony, she insisted she was improving and objected to returning with them.  She had not then realized that hope was hopeless.  So certain was she that death would not win a victory with her life as a trophy that she would not consent to quitting the Colony until shown the letter that the physician had sent her father.  This was perhaps one of the most trying times in the lives of those who had the sad task to perform.  She read the letter, folded it slowly and said nothing, but in her look there could be seen an expression that was a reflection of the loss of hope that had for the first time come to her mind.  It was a sad scene.  To those at her bedside it was almost a final farewell.

Realizing that it was best, she consented to return home.  With her hope for recovery gone, the victory for death was made more easy, and she failed rapidly.  Sunday afternoon she became much worse and asked to see her pastor, Rev. Rosborough.   Her chief regret in dying was expressed when she said to him: "I am not afraid to die, but I hate to leave father."  Being the only child, she knew how lonely he would be, but he gave her assurance of a happy reunion by saying: " It will not be long till I will be with you, Katie."  Almost three days later her life ended in the house where she was born, Jan. 6, 1891, and excepting a few years the family lived on a farm near Clinton, it had always been her home.

She graduated from the Clinton high school in 1909 and taught school until the failing health of her mother compelled her to give up teaching.  She was devoted to her parents and gave up her life in an effort to add days to the life of her mother.  She was faithful in the service of her Master, having been a member of the Christian church about ten years.  She was a member of the Girls Missionary Circle, and was always ready to assist in any work.  Her life had been such that she could well say: "I am not afraid to die."

Perhaps no death in Clinton has been more generally regretted than is that of Katie Morris.  She had no enemies and her friends admired her for her true womanhood and loved her for the nobleness of her life.  Unassuming, good-natured and devoted to home, she had won the esteem of everyone, and her taking away brought sadness into the homes of all those who knew her.

During the day on Tuesday she made certain requests in regard to arrangements for her funeral and they were complied with.  Special music was furnished by Misses Leila McMann, Maime Stewart, Charles Green and Fred Fleming.  The songs selected were “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Rock of Ages,” and “My Jesus, as Thou Wilt.” The pallbearers were chosen, three from the high school and three from the Christian church: W. O. Blue, Joseph Storey, Charles Greene, Charles Walker, H. D. Harp, and Melvin Ledden.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church at 2:30 this afternoon, Rev. J. F. Rosborough conducting religious services.  The Rebekahs and the high school class of 1909, of which she as a member, each attending in a body.  Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. William MORRIS 

November 17, 1911
Clinton Register


Mrs. Margaret E. MORRIS, wife of William MORRIS, died at her home in Clinton Saturday morning, November 11, at 7 o'clock.  Tuberculosis, from which she had suffered for the past two years, was the cause of death.

About two years ago Mrs. Morris contracted a cold and this, with bronchial trouble, developed into consumption.

Early last summer, accompanied by her daughter Katherine, she went to Colorado, hoping for relief, but her condition did not improve, and she returned to her home in Clinton, realizing that her days were numbered.

Margaret E. WRIGHT, was born in Morgan county, this state, July 9, 1850, and was sixty-one years, four months and two days old at the time of her death.  She was married to William Morris in Champaign on Christmas day 1884.   They immediately took up their residence in Clinton, where they have spent their entire married life with the exception of three years on a farm west of this city.

For 21 years Mrs. Morris was a school teacher in different parts of DeWitt county, at one time teaching a school five miles from town, walking to and from the school every day of the term.

In 1882 she was a candidate for school superintendent on the Democratic ticket, being defeated by only 42 votes.  After she ceased teaching, she continued to take an active interest in school work.

About fifteen years ago Mrs. Morris united with the M. E. church of this city and had continued a devoted member until her death.

The deceased leaves to mourn her, her husband, William Morris, a daughter, Katherine.  There were two children born, one of whom died in infancy.  There are besides a sister, Mrs. Mary J. FORD, of St. Louis, Mo., and a brother, A. B. WRIGHT, of Gilbert Station, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. G. W. Flagge, assisted by Rev. J. F. Rosborough.  Interment in Woodlawn.


October 21, 1887
Clinton Public

Yesterday afternoon James M. MORRISON, who lived four miles northeast of this city, died.  During the haying season the past summer Mr. Morrison was stricken down by sunstroke while he was at work in the field.  He apparently recovered.  About four weeks ago he was prostrated again and his body was partially paralyzed and his mind became affected.  Death came to his relief yesterday.  Mr. Morrison was in his fifty-first year.  Few better men than James M. Morrison ever lived in DeWitt county, and no better neighbor could be found.  The last time we saw him was during the week of the county fair, and he then, to all appearances, seemed to be thoroughly recovered from the effects of the sunstroke.  The funeral services will be at his late residence tomorrow morning, at ten o'clock, conducted by Rev. A. H. WIDNEY.  Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.


October 28, 1887
Clinton Public

James Marquis MORRISON was born in Bellefontaine, Logan county, Ohio, March 11, 1833, and died at his residence four miles northeast of Clinton, October 20, 18887, aged 54 years, 7 months and 9 days. He united with the church at the age of 22 years. He came to Illinois about 25 years ago. For many years he has been a prominent member of the Methodist Protestant Church at Prairie Center, and one of its most hearty supporters and wise counselors. His loss is irreparable, both to his family and the church. He leaves a wife and three children, a married daughter, Mrs. Mark SMITH, and a son and daughter at home. He had but recently finished a commodious farm house and was in a condition to enjoy life, but he has gone to the Father's house and the many mansions. The Home Circle tenders its sincerest sympathies to the bereft family. May the God of all consolation be their stay and comfort while passing under the road. The funeral services were conducted by pastor A. H. WIDNEY, at the late residence of the deceased, on Saturday last, at 10 o'clock A. M., after which the remains were laid to rest in the beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery at Clinton.


December 2, 1915 - Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

John L. Morrison, of Near Kenney, Who Died Last Night Was Pioneer “Snow Bird.”

John L. MORRISON, pioneer resident of DeWitt county, passed away at his home in Tunbridge township Wednesday evening at 6:30 o'clock, following an illness which dated from last Friday. He was taken sick with the grip which later developed into pneumonia. Until that time he had been in his usual good health.

Mr. Morrison was the son of James and Lavina MORRISON, and was born in Adams county, O., Oct. 1, 1829. When he was one year old the parents moved to Illinois and settled near Parnell. The family included the parents and three children, Mary Isabelle, Simeon and John Morrison. When John was about thirteen years of age his mother died.

Paid $1.50 Acre for Land.

The land on which the father and children had [lived] was government land, the father purchasing 300 acres at $1.50 an acre. His farm lay near what is known now as the Jake Swigart farm.

Was One of "Snow Birds."

Having come to Illinois in November, 1830, Mr. Morrison was known as a "snow bird," although he was able to remember little of the deep snow which began falling in 1830 just before the close of the year and which continued through the early part of 1831.

When twenty-two years of age he was married to Angelina BARNGROVER, Judge John J. McGraw, of Clinton, performing the ceremony. His bride was a native of Ohio, but had lived with her parents in Harp township.

With his brother, Simeon, as partner, Mr. Morrison at once began operating a mill on South Fork of Salt Creek near DeWitt. Immediately following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Morrison located on a sixty acre tract near the mill, where they lived for seven years.

Moved to Missouri.

The family then moved to Missouri, driving through in a wagon. They only remained there a short time until they returned to Illinois. Mr. Morrison again took over the mill, formerly operated by his brother, Simeon, and himself, which he conducted for the next two years. In the year 1864 he traded the mill for the property at Pastime Park, where the family has since resided.

First Wife Died in 1880.

Mrs. Morrison died on Sept. 14, 1880, the following children surviving: Mrs. Isabella WALDRON, of Kenney; George MORRISON, Niantic; James S. MORRISON, Bone Cap, Ill.; Ira A., of Boise, Idaho.

Mr. Morrison was married the second time to Sarah DeBOICE [DUBOIS], the ceremony taking place in Kenney on Dec. 28, 1881, who also survives him.

Funeral Tomorrow.

The funeral services will be conducted from the late home near Pastime Park Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Rev. A. W. McDavitt of the Universalist church, officiating. Interment will be made in Tunbridge cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
MORRISON, JOHN     DUBOIS, SARAH E. MRS.      12-28-1881     DE WITT
DUBOIS, JAMES A.     WALLACE, SARAH E.      04-22-1861     MACON


February 1997
Paper Unknown

FARMER CITY—Margie Jean MORRISSEY, 69, Aurora, formerly of Farmer City, died Tuesday morning [Feb. 11, 1997] at her home. Her funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Daleiden Lake Street Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, and at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Church, Aurora, the Rev. Gerald KOBBEMAN officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Aurora. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Memorials may be made [to] Holy Angels Church; Holy Angels School; Marmion Chapel; Mercy Center Hospital Fund; or Fox Valley VNA Hospice.

Survivors include one son, Dennis, Aurora; two sisters, Cleo MEYER, Kingsport, Tenn.; and Jane JONES, San Antonio, Texas; and two brothers, Kenneth MELIZA, Oak Forest; and Raymond (sic) D. (sic) MELIZA, Mission Viejo, Calif. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law, Pat MELIZA, Oak Forest; Betty MELIZA, Mission Viejo; and Florence MELIZA, Peoria; one brother-in-law, John JONES, San Antonio; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Morrissey was born Dec. 26, 1927, in Farmer City. She had resided in Aurora since 1956. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; her son, Kevin; her parents, Broe and Minnie MELIZA; brothers, Lyle and Gary; and sister, Bernice JONES.

She was a member of Holy Angels Church, serving on the parish council and as a bereavement minister. She was a past president of St. Anne’s Society and a member of Unit 16. She was a volunteer teacher’s aide at Holy Angels School for 21 years, a member of the Resurrection Choir, and served as a eucharistic minister at Holy Angels and Mercy Center. She was named Catholic Woman of the Year for Holy Angels in 1994. She was an active member of Mercy Center Auxiliary. She loved the game of golf and was an avid golfer and tennis player.

Submitted by Mary (Meliza) Berg

Mrs. Alice MORROW

Published in unknown newspaper in Decatur, Illinois on Sunday, 22 March 1970

Mrs. Alice Morrow, 92, of 2190 N. Main St., died at 10:45 a.m. Saturday in Wakefield's Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Brintlinger's Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Rose Cemetery near Lane.
Mrs. Morrow was born in DeWitt County. She married Leonard Morrow Sept. 8, 1898 in Dewitt County. He preceded in death in 1930.
Mrs. Morrow leaves sons Virgil and Wayne, both of Decatur; Cecil of Chicago; Kenneth of Wilmington, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. Seven brothers and sisters preceded in death.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda

Andrew J. MORROW 

December 16, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

Suffered Paralytic Stroke Friday—
Was Married Four Times—
Built Many Houses.

Andrew Jackson MORROW died at his home, 500 West Adams street, this morning at 3:10 o'clock following an illness of Brights Disease with which he had suffered for over a year and a paralytic stroke, which came about twenty-four hours before he passed away.

Three weeks ago his wife suffered a stroke of paralysis, who it is thought would die. Instead of Mr. Morrow calling the doctor by telephone, he ran all the way up town, and in hurrying around the Magill House corner, he stumbled and fell, causing a slight concussion of the brain. This injury caused him very severe pains and probably caused the paralytic stroke which hastened his death.

Born in 1834.

Mr. Morrow was born on the 18th day of July, 1834, on a farm what is now the city of Indianapolis, Ind., his parents being Thomas and Nancy (MANN) MORROW. He resided in Indiana until the death of his parents and at the age of eighteen years he came to DeWitt county with his brother, Frank M. MORROW, now deceased. He has made his home in DeWitt county most all his life with the exception of five years which was spent in Terra Haute, Ind. He was the last of a family of six boys, all who, with the exception of one, lived to be over eighty years old.

Married Four Times.

He was married four times. His first marriage occurred in 1856 to Eliza Jane HALL at her home west of Clinton. There were seven children born to this union, two of whom are dead. The living children are Thomas A. MORROW, of Clinton; Mrs. N. M. VANDEVENTER, of Lexington, Ill.; Mrs. L. T. MORROW, of Clinton; Mrs. F. L. DAVIS, of Springfield, Mo. This wife died in 1891.

Third Wife Killed by Auto.

His second marriage occurred four years later in 1895 to Anna HOOVER of Arrowsmith. One child, a daughter, Mrs. Floyd NEISTAND, of Hillsboro, N. D., was born, the mother dying at her birth. Several years later his third marriage occurred, this wife being Leonra [Lenora?] GORDAN, of Noblesville, Ind. She was killed in an automobile accident two years after they were married.

His fourth and present wife was formerly Mary E. HALL, of Clinton, this marriage taking place the 6th of November 1910.

Known as "Uncle Jack."

"Uncle Jack," as he was known to most everyone, both young and old, was a carpenter by trade, which trade he followed until his health failed the last few years. He built some of the most modern homes in Clinton, the last home which he built being that of B. C. Sprague on West Main street. He served as coroner for DeWitt county for a term of three years. He was a kind and loving husband and had a host of friends in and around Clinton who will mourn his loss.

He is survived by his wife and five children and one sister, Mrs. Nancy B. CULVER, of Indianapolis, Ind.

Funeral Monday.

The funeral services will be held from the late home, 500 West Adams street, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Andrew J. MORROW (1) 

December 11, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Elizabeth J. MORROW wife of A. J. MORROW, died in this city on Wednesday morning, in the fifty-ninth year of her age. Her maiden name was Elizabeth Jane HALL, and she was born near Hallsville, May 29, 1833. She was married to A. J. Morrow in 1856, and was the mother of seven children. Two of the children died. Mrs. Morrow has been an invalid for the past year, her physicians giving cancer of the stomach as her disease. She became a member of the Christian Church when she was but sixteen years of age. She will be buried his afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery, the services being conducted by Rev. W. H. KERN in the Christian Church.

Mrs. Andrew J. MORROW (2) 

December 17, 1897
Clinton Public

Mrs. Anna Morrow Died Monday Night From Effects of Child Birth.

Anna MORROW, wife of A. J. MORROW, died Monday night of blood poisoning, resulting from child birth. She leaves a husband and a girl baby less than two weeks old. Anna HOOVER was born in Ellsworth, Ill., 29 years ago. She was married to A. J. Morrow on July 3, 1895, and has lived in Clinton ever since. She was a devoted wife and loving mother. A wide circle of friends unite with the sorrowing husband in mourning her departure. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Interment in Woodlawn.

James L. MORROW 

September 17, 1919 - Wednesday
The Decatur Review
Decatur, Illinois


James L. MORROW, prominent farmer of DeWitt county and for many years the heaviest fruit grower in this vicinity, died Tuesday at his home in Texas township, six miles southeast of this city, from ureamic poisoning, from which he had been a sufferer for some time.  He was born in Leroy Jan. 7, 1840.  He made Leroy his home for many years, but about forty years ago he purchased forty acres of land in Texas township and put the entire forty acres in fruit.  He was twice married, his first wife being Amanda McGOWAN and to this union one child was born, Leonard MORROW, who resides in Texas township on a farm adjoining that of his father’s.  After the death of his wife he was married to Miss Sarah CARLOCK, and one child was born to this union, Lawrence MORROW, who resides at home.  Besides the wife and children he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Carrie GRAVES, of Kansas, and Mrs. Alice HAINES, of Clinton.  Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, in charge of Rev. M. G. Linton, pastor of St. Paul’s Universalist church.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda


September 1919
Paper Unknown

James L. MORROW died at his home east of Ospur Tuesday morning aged nearly 80 years of ureamic poisoning.

Deceased was born in LeRoy, Ill., Jan 7, 1840, the son of Leonard P. and Sarah MORROW.  His father was a saddler by trade and he followed that profession for many years in LeRoy, and later in Bloomington, where he also engaged in the manufacture of brick.  Coming to DeWitt county, he continued in the manufacture of brick and farming.

He was married twice.  His first marriage was in 1862 to Miss Amanda McGOWAN, daughter of Ford McGOWAN, a lieutenant in the Civil war.  Two children were born to them: Leonard, who has assisted his father in the fruit business, and Philip, who died in infancy.  The son, Leonard, was married in 1898 to Ida Alice EVANS, both of whom reside on a farm now adjoining the farm of his father.  The second marriage was to Miss Sarah CARLOCK, daughter of George and Margaret CARLOCK.  Two children were born to this union: Lawrence Marion, unmarried, and who lives at home, and Frank, who died at the age of two years.

After his father’s death, Mr. Morrow planted the farm of forty acres in fruit.   For many years he has been known as the “orchard man,” for his orchard is the finest in Dewitt County.

Besides his wife and children, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Carrie GRAVES, of Kansas, and Mrs. Alice HAINES, of Clinton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. M. G. Linton, pastor of the St. Paul’s Universalist church of Clinton.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda

Mrs. James L. MORROW 

April 14, 1922 - Friday
Paper Unknown

Mrs. James L. MORROW, well-known resident of this county, died yesterday morning at 7:20 o'clock at her home on the Morrow fruit farm, six miles southeast of the city.  She had been in very poor health, suffering with dropsy, for the past year, but had been seriously ill only a week.

The funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the Oakman Undertaking company’s chapel, in this city, and burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Sarah Elizabeth CARLOCK, daughter of George and Margaret (MANN) CARLOCK, was born August 29, 1852, in Creek township, and resided all her life in the Ospur-Craig neighborhood.  Her husband died three years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Len MORROW, residing near the home place, and Lawrence MORROW, at home.  Another son, Frank, died in infancy.  There are also a sister, Miss Eva CARLOCK, a brother, Charles CARLOCK, both of Creek township, and four grandchildren.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda


February 21, 1913
Clinton Register


One week ago today John B. MORROW was taken sick at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ollie SMALLWOOD, 402 South Center street, and died this morning at 6:50, aged 77 years.

Deceased was born in Fayette county, Ind., June 6, 1835. His parents came to Illinois the same year, locating in McLean county. This was his home until 19 years old. Since then he had lived in DeWitt county, thirty years of the time, six miles southeast of Clinton. For sometime himself and wife had been with Mrs. Smallwood.

In 1868 he was married to Miss Ruth A. ACTON. Of the seven children born to them, the following are living: Mrs. Dora REED and Mrs. Ollie SMALLWOOD, of Clinton; George M. MORROW, Lane; Mrs. Rachel STONE, Shelbyville; Mrs. Freda MAYALL, Sedgwick, Kan.; Mrs. Golda MERRELL, Lane; Mrs. Lottie THORPE died eleven years ago. He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Jas. L. MORROW, Texas township; Mrs. Carrie GRAVES, Garnett, Kas.; Mrs. Alice BENNETT, Clinton. There are 15 grand children and one great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held in the Universalist church at 2:30 Sunday, conducted by the pastor. Interment in Woodlawn.


February 21, 1913 - Friday
The Decatur Review
Decatur, Illinois


Clinton, Feb.21–John B. MORROW died at 6:15 Friday morning at his home, 402 South Center street, death resulting from old age.

He was born in Fayette county, Indiana, June 13, 1835, the son of Leonard P. and Sarah (WILLIAMS) MORROW.  He came to Illinois with his parents when he was six months old.  He lived at Leroy and at Bloomington until he was nineteen years of age when he moved to a farm southeast of Clinton, where he resided until last September, when he moved to Clinton.  Since then he has lived on South Center street.

He was married in 1868 to Ruth A. ACTON.  To them seven children were born.   They are Mrs. Dora REED and Mrs. Olla SMALLWOOD, of Clinton; George Marlon MORROW, of Lane; Mrs. Rachel STONE, of Shelbyville; Mrs. Freda MAYALL, of Sedgwick, Kan.; Mrs. Lottie THORPE, deceased; [and] Mrs. Goldie MERRIELL, of Lane.  He also leaves one brother, James L. MORROW, of Clinton; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie GRAVES, of Kansas; and Mrs. Alice BEAS, of Clinton, fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the Universalist church, Rev. A. H. Lain officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda

Leonard MORROW 

January 1930
Paper Unknown

Leonard Morrow Dies At Home Near Clinton.

Leonard MORROW died at his home in Texas township Saturday Night at 9:15 o'clock from cerebral hemorrhage.  He was born March 31, 1863, and was 66 years, 9 months and 25 days old at the time of his death.  He has always been a resident in the vicinity of Texas township and was known throughout central Illinois for his orchard.  He is survived by his wife, Iva Alice MORROW, and four sons, Cecil MORROW, of Chicago, Virgil and Kenneth MORROW, of Decatur, and Leland Wayne MORROW, at home.  He also leaves one half-brother, Lawrence MORROW, in the southern part of the state.  Funeral services will be conducted from Pullen’s chapel this afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. H. B. Wheaton, pastor of the Christian church, officiating.  Burial will be in Rose cemetery at Lane.

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda

Mrs. Leonard MORROW 

March 21, 1970
(Funeral Card)

Name: Mrs. Alice Morrow
Born: July 6, 1877 De Witt County, Illinois
Died: March 21, 1970 Decatur, Illinois
Services held at Brintlinger's Funeral Home
March 23, 1970 1:00 P. M.
Officiant: Rev. Wilson R. Forbush
United Methodist Church
Vocalist: John Fullmer
Organist: Gladys Chodat
Interment: Rose Cemetery, Lane, Illinois

Submitted by Kathy Ikeda

Leonard P. MORROW 

July 29, 1875
Clinton Public

Old Hallsville.

The funeral sermon of Elder MORROW was preached at Old Union last Sunday, by the Rev. Mr. Hollen, of Lincoln.

Isaac MORSE 

July 26, 1907
Clinton Register


Isaac MORSE, an old resident of this city, died yesterday at his home in the west part, after a sickness of about a month. Deceased was born in Union Co., Ohio, March 22, 1819, and was 88 years old. He was married to Miss Lou BAILEY in 1836, and they came to this county twenty years later. Of the ten children born to them eight are living. They are Mrs. A. C. HOSMER, of Red Cloud, Neb.; Mrs. Anna BAHAY and Mrs. Hattie HICKMAN, of Missouri; Mrs. LARASH, Joe and Heber, of Clinton,; and Lewis, of Peoria. Mr. Morse worked at blacksmithing until he was unable for that work. He was a member of the city council one term, and had been a candidate for other offices. Funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Rigg. Burial in Woodlawn.

William Bates MORSE 

April 22, 1904
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton's Aged Fathers Called to His Final Rest—
Nearly Ninety Years Old.

William Bates MORSE, who has been bowed down with the infirmities of old age for three years, passed to his rest at his home on South Quincy street about 4 o'clock Saturday morning April 16. He had been confined to his bed nearly all winter, and was unable to care for himself. With his death another of the pioneer residents of Clinton passed to his eternal reward.

He was born in Pawtucket, R. I., July 19, 1816, aged 87 years, 8 months and 17 days. When 2 years old his parents moved to Union county, O., and remained there until 1849, when they came to Illinois, settling in Coles county. Two years later Mr. Morse came to DeWitt county, which has since been his home, except one year spent in Nebraska. He first located west of Clinton and engaged in the dairy business. Previous to moving to Clinton ten years ago, most of the time since 1851 had been spent near this city. He was a stonemason and helped in the construction of the I.C.R.R. through the city, as he also took the contract or assisted in the construction of some of the best brick buildings of the town. His father, Joseph MORSE, was a Christian minister in Union county, O., and was much beloved. He was the father of twelve children, of whom Mr. Morse was the eleventh; all are dead save his older brother, Isaac MORSE, of this city, who is yet hale and hearty.

Early in the fifties Mr. Morse became a member of the Christian church of this city. In the prime of manhood he served as constable and deputy sheriff and was drill master for soldiers who left this locality for the civil war. He was a staunch Republican and was ever ready to contend for its principles. Being unable to go to the war himself on account of afflictions, he furnished two sons who did active service, one dying with disease and the other from starvation in Andersonville prison.

He enlisted in the Mexican war and gave a willing service for a short time only, as the war soon closed. He was married thrice and was the father of fifteen children, nine of whom, with his wife and brother, survive him. Besides his wife those living are: Mrs. Rumula REYNOLDS, Paris, Cal.; Mrs. Asenath GARTON, Kenney, Ill.; Ray MORSE, DeWitt Co., Ill.; Mrs. Maggie RIDENOUR, Nevada, Mo.; Mrs. Lydia LOWE, Kenney, Ill.; Mrs. Lena ROBB, Lexington, Neb.; Mrs. Una MUNYON, Lake Fork, Ill.; Orvie L. MORSE, Clinton, Ill. There are forty grandchildren and forty-one great-grandchildren living.

Funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. L. B. PICKERILL, of De Land, assisted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Claire Robert MOUSER 

Paper Unknown

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Name: Claire Robert MOUSER
Born: 01/18/1919 in Wapella
Died: 1976
Parents: Clifford and Mabel (ARMSTRONG) MOUSER
Married: Vivian E. LEE, 10/02/1941, Stanford, IL
Survivors: wife; two daughters: Mrs. Linda GRIMM, Rochester, IL; Mrs. Dana McLEAN, of Bloomington; two brothers: Floyd MOUSER, of Clinton, Melvin MOUSER, of Normal; one sister: Mrs. Thelma GREENE, of Oak Park, IL; and three grandchildren.
Funeral: Heyworth United Brethren Church
Burial: East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL


March 7, 1884
Clinton Public

Mrs. MOWHINNEY, wife of Enis MOHWINNEY, died Wednesday morning and was buried at the Crum burying ground, Thursday.


Mrs. John MULLEN 

September 2, 1915, Thursday
Clinton Daily Public

The many friends of Mrs. John MULLEN, of Farmer City, were grieved to know of her death, which occurred yesterday afternoon at one o'clock.

Bridget WOLF was born in Kerry county, Ireland, in 1843 and with her parents, five sisters and two brothers, came to America when she was five years old.  She was married to John MULLEN, Dec. 28, 1868, at Bloomington, and they resided on a farm in West township in McLean county until they moved to Farmer City, eleven years ago.

She is survived by the husband, three sons, Robert, Edd and James; one sister, Miss Julia WOLF, of Iowa; and one brother, Morris WOLF, of Kansas.  For the past twelve years she has been in poor health and two years ago suffered the loss of sight in the right eye, and since that time has been confined to her home, suffering greatly with general breakdown in health four weeks ago.  The one sorrow of her life was the death of an only daughter, Mary, who died at the age of two years and nine months.

She bore her continued illness with patience seldom shown by anyone whose suffering was so intense, and during her last illness was in almost constant prayer, her words being blessing her family.  Mrs. Mullen was a rare Christian character, always quiet and refined in disposition and the loss sustained by the family, the friends and neighborhood will be keenly felt.

The funeral will be held from the Sacred Heart Catholic church, Friday, 10:30 a.m., of which she was a devoted member.  Rev. Fr. Armstrong will say Requiem High Mass.   The burial will be made in Holy Cross cemetery south of the city.

Note: She was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Nicholas MUNCH 

March 31, 1911
Clinton Register

Aged Weldon Resident.

At 1 o'clock Wednesday morning at his home in Weldon, Nicholas MUNCH ended a long and useful life after having reached the age of 87 years.  Senility and a complication of diseases was the cause of his demise.  Deceased was born in France coming to America when young.  He had lived near Weldon since 1865, and was known to all the older residents of the county.  He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Nancy WAGONER, Roanoke, Ark.; Joseph, St. Joseph, Mo.; William, Decatur; Mrs. Emma CHRISMAN, Wilcox, Neb.; Sarah COFFMAN, Frank MUNCH and Mrs. Mattie CROSS, of Weldon.

Mrs. Nicholas MUNCH 

June 24, 1910
Clinton Register

Death at Weldon.

Mrs. Mary MUNCH died at her home in Weldon of cancer, aged 64 years. She was born at Liverpool, England, June 26, 1846. Her first marriage was to James SWAN in 1871 and six children were born to them, four of whom are living. They are James SWAN of Waynesville, Ill.; Mrs. Anna BOLIN, Fenton, Iowa; Mrs. Sarah YATES, Wapella, Ill.; Alex SWAN, Waynesville. She was married to Nicholas MUNCH in 1888, and no children were born to them. She was a member of the United Brethren church. A few years ago they moved from south of Weldon to that town. Funeral was held June 17 in Weldon, conducted by Rev. Thos. Ringland. Burial in Weldon cemetery.

Mrs. Charles C. MUNINGER 

December 3, 1880
Clinton Public


Mrs. Matilda MUNINGER, of this city, departed this life last Tuesday morning, at five o'clock AM.  She has been an invalid for a long time.  About ten minutes before her death she sat up in her bed and called for an apple.  After eating a portion of it, she was laid down, and in five minutes expired.  She leaves a husband, three small children, and many friends to mourn her loss.  Her remains were taken to DeWitt on Wednesday morning for interment.

Note: Her last name was misspelled as MONNIGER in this article, so it was corrected.  She left three children, Hattie, age 8, Gabrielle, age 2, and Lydia, age four months.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Bernard MURPHY 

March 2, 1894
Clinton Public

The Silent Reaper.

On last Tuesday, in the Catholic Cemetery near Wapella, was laid to rest by the side of his wife as honest and as hard-working an Irishman as ever sailed across the seas. Bernard MURPHY was born in the County of Cavan, Ireland, on the 21st of February, 1820, and four days after the anniversary of his seventy-fourth year, his spirit returned to its Maker and Father. When he was thirty years old he and his good wife bade goodbye to old Ireland and came to free America, the home of the oppressed of every land and clime. He came to Illinois and lived in Quincy till after the war, when he moved to the neighborhood of Wapella, where his home has since been. Just six years and a half ago, his loving wife bade farewell to Bernard and the children and they bore her to the graveyard to await the resurrection morn. Four sons and one daughter are left to mourn for a father and mother who loved and cared for them. The daughter is the wife of John PEARL, Jr., and lives in Weldon. The four boys are enterprising farmers and live north of Clinton. Just thirteen days before his death, Mr. Murphy fell and broke one of his thumbs, and his children attribute his death to this cause, for he was a man of robust constitution. There was a large attendance at the funeral on Tuesday, at which Father DOOLING officiated.

Mrs. Bernard MURPHY 

September 9, 1887
Clinton Public

Mrs. Elizabeth MURPHY, wife of Bernard MURPHY, died last Friday night. On Thursday morning, Mrs. Murphy was in Clinton making purchases for her family, and on her return home she complained of feeling sick. By night she became so bad that a doctor was called. On Friday night she departed this life. Mrs. Murphy was fifty-one years, one month and eight days old. She was born in the county of Longford, Ireland, and in 1852 she came to this country. For nearly twenty-five years her family has lived in the neighborhood of Wapella. She was a kind neighbor and an affectionate wife and mother.

Mrs. Hiram MURPHY 

December 24, 1880
Clinton Public

Mrs. Grace MURPHY, wife of Mr. Hiram MURPHY, near this city, was buried here on last Sunday, a very large procession attending her funeral.


January 3, 1862
Central Transcript

DIED.—In the Brigade Hospital, at Paducah, Kentucky, Mr. John P. MURPHY, in the twenty-fifth year of his age.  The subject of this sketch was born in Virginia, October 16th, 1836.  At the age of fourteen he joined the Methodist Church.  About eight years ago he emigrated with his family to Illinois.  Last July he volunteered with his brother, to defend the Constitution and the Union.  He had been ill sometime, but had partially recovered when his brother was also taken with fever.  John took care of him during a part of the time.  He took a relapse and died in five days.  His last expressions were those of the Christian triumphing over death.  His remains were sent home to his parents, where the last tribute of respect was paid to this excellent young man.  His warfare is ended—he rests in peace.   E. B. Yeamans.


November 8, 1973
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Mrs. Almeda MURRAY
Born: 11/07/1871
Died: 11/02/1973
Parents: Amos and Hannah (GILMORE) RUTLEDGE
Married: St. Elmo MURRAY, 09/12/1894, Leroy, IL. (preceded her in death 10/7/1953)
Survivors: three daughters: Mrs. Gladys ARMSTRONG and Mrs. Ada COOLEY, both of Clinton; Mrs. Ruth THOMAS, of Huntington Park, CA: one son: Delmar, of Clinton, eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral: 11/4/1973 Pullen-Boos Funeral Chapel
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Leroy


July 20, 1883
Clinton Public

Dropped Dead in His Corn Field.

John MUSSON, an old farmer living within four miles of this city, dropped dead while at work in his corn field on last Monday morning [July 16th]. Mr. Musson, for ten years or more, had suffered from rheumatism of the heart, which was aggravated by chronic dyspepsia complicated with asthma, but for some weeks past he was in excellent health and feeling quite cheerful that he was free from his old ailments. When he went out to the field on Monday morning he was feeling vigorous for one of his years and physical condition. About eleven o'clock the boys who were working in the field with him noticed that Mr. Musson’s horses were standing still, but the boys, thinking he had stopped his plow and had stooped down to pull out some weeds, paid no attention to it. Coming nearer in his round of the field the boy saw Mr. Musson laying on the ground between the plow handles, just as if he had dropped down from exhaustion. The boy went over and found Mr. Musson dead. He went to the house and gave the alarm, and before long Thomas MUSSON and several of the neighbors were summoned, and the dead body was carried to the house. Coroner MORROW was at once notified, and he went out and held an inquest. The verdict of the jury was that death was the “result of rheumatism of the heart, aggravated by chronic dyspepsia complicated by asthma.”

Mr. Musson was an Englishman by birth. He came to this country about twenty years ago and at first located in the north-east part of this county. A few years later he moved to a farm he bought near this city, and there spent the remainder of his life. He was in comfortable circumstances and the owner of 110 acres of valuable land, which was well stocked with everything necessary for successful farming. Two years ago he visited his native country and remained there till last fall when he returned to his farm here. Less than four weeks before his death Mr. Musson had taken out a policy of insurance on his life in the Northwestern Mutual Insurance company, of Bloomington, but as it is one of the rules of that company that no policy is paid if the insured dies before the expiration of thirty days from the date of its issue, his family will not receive any benefit from this source. Fortunately he leaves a competence for his wife, and his children are able to provide for themselves. Mr. Musson was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon.


December 17, 1886
Clinton Public

Died in Lincoln, Nebraska, December 11, 1886, Ella MYERS, aged ten years, eight months and twelve days. Ella was the only daughter of Henry and Mary MYERS. She was born in DeWitt. Mr. Myers moved to Nebraska a little over a year ago, and when they left, Ella was missed by the old as well as the young of this community, for she was a charming, bright little girl, a special favorite of everyone, possessed of those qualities of heart and mind calculated to endear her to all those with whom she associated. The citizens of the village extend to Mr. and Mrs. Myers their heartfelt sympathies for the loss they have sustained in the death of little Ella. When the telegram came announcing the death of Ella, the feelings of the friends of the family were easily recognized by the sobs heard and the tears that flowed down the cheeks of those intimate with the family. —A FRIEND.

Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec. 14, 1886.

Editor Public,—The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Myers, formerly of DeWitt, will learn with sorrow of the death of their little daughter Ella, who died in this city on Saturday evening, December 11, 1886, of that dread disease typhoid fever. Little Ella was a bright, sweet child of ten years. She was sick just one week and bore her suffering with marked patience for one of such tender years. Ella was loved by all who knew her, and to use the words of a friend, “one of the bright lights of that household has been extinguished.” They have the sympathy of all who know them. —J. J. K.

Inez Minnie MYERS 

April 23, 1880
Clinton Public

Died, in DeWitt, April 16th, 1880, of measles, Inez Minnie MYERS, aged six years, four months, and one day; daughter of Henry and Mary MYERS.  Little Inez was a bright, lovely girl, so kind, amiable and endearing in all her actions that everyone and particularly her schoolmates were very much attached to her.  No one could be in her presence and look into her angelic face without being impressed with the fact that she was no ordinary child.  She was much interested in her studies, and was further advanced than is usual for a child of her years.  She seemed to be too grand and good for this cold world, and was taken to dwell with angels in that fair clime above, while her heart-stricken parents, two brothers and one sister, are left here to mourn their loss.  Let me say to the bereaved parents that God loved your child and took her infant spirit up to his own glorious home.  May you feel that it is well with Inez.  [long poem omitted]


October 30, 1885
Clinton Public

J. T. Myers Fell From the Methodist Church Steeple This Morning.

This morning Myers & Sons, painters and decorators, of Decatur, were at work on their contract of painting the outside of the Methodist Church. J. T. MYERS, the foreman, was climbing up the steeple on the south side of the church in order to put a rope over the top of the spire by which they could suspend the platforms on which to stand while painting the steeple. The steeple is one hundred feet high. Mr. Myers was ascending by the aid of climbers fastened to his feet, and as he was going up he fastened a rope around the steeple to aid him. A number were watching him in his perilous feat. When he reached a height of about eighty-five feet his foot slipped and the poor fellow came whirling down. About sixty-five feet up from the ground, at the opening at the base of the wooden part of the steeple, a platform was built. In his fall Mr. Myers struck the platform and went bounding down to the yard below. He held on to the rope he had fastened around the upper part of the steeple till he struck the platform, and it then slipped from his hands. The rope cut through his hands and wrist to the bone. After striking the platform and in his descent to the ground Mr. Myers' body revolved as it was passing through the air. When he struck the ground his body rebounded like a football to at least four feet. He struck on his side and the concussion caused his death within half an hour. His shrieks as he was falling and the shrieks from the bystanders drew a crowd immediately. Mr. Myers was picked up and carried into the south parlor of the church, where he died. The only words he uttered after his fall was a request to his brother to raise up his head.

J. T. Myers was born in Decatur and was twenty-four years old. He was married last December. He was a fine-looking young fellow, about five feet ten inches in height, and weighed one hundred and seventy-five pounds. He was of cheerful disposition, and all morning before the accident, while he was at work, he was whistling and singing. His brother, who was at work with him, is frantic with grief. The body was sent to Decatur this afternoon. His father is at present in business in Wichita, Kansas, and a telegram was sent to him at once announcing the sad death of his son. Our citizens did all in their power to assist the brother in his preparations for the return of the body to Decatur.

Note: An article in the Decatur newspaper listed his name as J. P. Myer, not J. T. Myers and he went by the name Percy.

Mrs. John MYERS 

June 12, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. John MYERS, an old resident of this county, died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Frank WITHERS, in Creek township, on last Sunday evening. She was sixty-four years old. Mrs. Myers was in her usual good health on Sunday afternoon, and in the evening went out and milked the cow and then returned to the house and told her daughter that she was not feeling well. In fifteen minutes she was a corpse. She died from heart disease.

Servetus Thorpe MYERS 

November 2, 1888
Clinton Public

Another sudden death was that of the infant son of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. MYERS. Last Saturday night the child took sick and Dr. WRIGHT was called to attend it. The treatment gave relief to the child, and when Dr. Myers came home from Champaign county on Saturday evening the little fellow seemed to be as bright as usual. At midnight Mrs. Myers awoke her husband with the startling news that she believed baby was dying, and in a little while afterward the child breathed his last. It was a terrible blow to the fond parents to have their first born stricken down almost without a moment’s warning. The child was one year and eighteen days old, and was named after its grandfather, Servetus Thorp[e] MYERS. The funeral was attended on Monday afternoon by the Rev. C. A. CRANE, and the interment took place in Woodlawn Cemetery.