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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.


August 2, 1901
Clinton Register


Two inmates died at the poor farm last Sunday night within an hour. Mary TAINER, who was sent there from this city about six weeks ago, afflicted with a private disease, for which, it appears, she had not received proper medical treatment at an early stage. The deceased was 19 years old and unmarried.

In less than an hour after Miss Tainer had expired, Isaac LAPIN [aka LAPPIN] died of old age, coupled with diseases with which he had been afflicted for some years. He was 72 years old and had been an inmate of the poor farm for a great many years, he having lived in the northeast part of the county for a great many years prior to his being taken to the poor farm. Mr. Foster tried to inform some relatives and friends of Mr. Lapin's death, but was unable on account of the telephones being out of repair.

The interment of both bodies took place Monday afternoon.

Mrs. John E. TATE 

May 23, 1913
Clinton Register

One of Its Best Women Died Suddenly Last Night—
Made No Complaint of Not Feeling Well.

Wapella is in sorrow today on account of the sudden death of Mrs. J. E. TATE last night.  Yesterday she was about her home as usual, and when she retired about 9 o'clock made no complaint of not feeling well, but even then the hand of death was near.  About 11 o'clock she passed away, apoplexy being the cause of death.

Her maiden name was Jura [Julia?] SUMMERS, and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert SUMMERS.  She was 40 years old and was married to J. E. TATE 20 years ago, and they have since lived in or near Wapella.  To them were born four children, who are living.  They are Lora, aged 18; James H., 16; Lucy, 11; and Leila, 4.   She is also survived by her father, a sister, Mrs. Geo. GREEN, of Wapella; and three brothers, William, near Wapella; Lee, Mattoon, Ill.; and Charles, of Galveston, Texas.  Her mother died two years ago, being sick only a few hours, being taken suddenly with a pain in her head as was the daughter.

Mrs. Tate was one of the best and most popular women in Wapella and her death is one of the saddest there for several years.  She was a faithful member of the Long Point Christian church and was always active in church work.

The time of the funeral was not learned, but it will probably be tomorrow afternoon, conducted by Rev. Baker, pastor of the Wapella Christian church.  Burial will be in Long Point cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
TATE, JOHN E.     SUMMERS, JULIA      12-23-1894     DE WITT

Mrs. Frederick TATMAN 

December 26, 1916, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Cora Tatman's Auto Struck by Georgia Central.

Clinton friends of Mrs. E. DAVIS, of Waynesville, have received word of the death of her daughter, Mrs. Cora TATMAN, in a collision of her automobile with a Georgia Central train a few days ago.  Mrs. Tatman is the wife of Fred TATMAN, of Bloomington, but at the time of the accident she was driving with Mr. and Mrs. W. D. TATMAN.  The latter was almost instantly killed.  Mrs. Tatman’s two children, Helen and Gregg, were also in the automobile and were seriously injured.  All the injured were taken to an Atlanta hospital.  The party were on their way to meet Fred Tatman at Miami, Fla.   The members of the Tatman families are well known in Bloomington, as well as in Clinton and Waynesville.

Note: Cora was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Waynseville.


July 1, 1904
Paper Unknown


Saturday night in Weldon at the home of his mother, Mrs. W. H. TAYLOR, her son Carl died, aged 21. His death was caused by an accident which happened when he was a boy, a wagon wheel passing over his head, causing injury from which he never fully recovered, and often caused him much pain. He is survived by his mother, a sister Nellie, and two brothers; Frank and E. TAYLOR. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery, where his father, Dr. W. H. TAYLOR, is buried.

Charles Clarence "Steve" TAYLOR 

December 12, 1928
Daily Journal & Public


Steve TAYLOR, 215 West Jefferson street, well known local painter and interior decorator, took his own life at about 5:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon in his home. Ill health is believed to be the cause. Mrs. TAYLOR, who had been up town, arrived home about 5:30 o’clock and found her husband lying in the bathroom of their home with a self-inflicted wound in his temple. A .38 caliber revolver was at his side. A physician was called, but Mr. Taylor died practically immediately. He had been in ill health for the past month. He had been complaining of severe pains in his head for the past several weeks, and it is believed that he committed suicide while suffering from one of these attacks. He was seen on the street, well-dressed, by friends at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. He was well known by many local people. He was a faithful member of the Christian church and was a singer in the choir. Mr. Taylor was born and raised in DeWitt, where his mother, Mrs. Ellen TAYLOR , now resides. Two brothers, Fred and Earl live in Bloomington and Frank lives east of Clinton. He was about 47 years of age. Mrs. Taylor was in a prostrate condition last night. Coroner James E. Ely will conduct the inquest tonight. No funeral arrangements have yet been made.

Note: His full name was Charles Clarence Steve Taylor. His father was Thomas Jefferson Taylor of DeWitt Township.

Submitted by John McCall

Edward A. TAYLOR 

February 8, 1895
Clinton Public

In the bloom of young manhood, for he was but thirty-one years old, Edward A. TAYLOR passed from this life at Hot Springs, Arkansas, last Friday morning. Ed was never very robust, and of late years he was almost constantly under the care of a physician. He wrote his mother last week that he was getting better and within a few days he would return home. His mother received that letter last Friday and was rejoicing in her boy's recovery, when within an hour she was handed a telegram announcing his death. As soon as the news was received in Clinton, W. C. CAMPBELL, Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias in this city lodge telegraphed the Chancellor Commander of the lodge in Hot Springs to attend to having the body forwarded home. The body arrived in Clinton by the Diamond Special on Monday morning, and at half past one on Monday afternoon the funeral was held in the M. E. church, conducted by Revs. W. J. TULL and Dr. W. A. HUNTER. Ed was a member of Mozart lodge in Weldon, and some thirty members of that lodge came down to attend the funeral. There was a very large turnout of Knights belonging to the lodge in this city. Captain Gorman's band led the funeral procession and played sad and solemn music from funeral marches. Ed. A. Taylor was born in Clinton in 1864. His twin brother Fred, died some four years ago, and he too, was buried by the Knights of Pythias. They were both sons of Mr. Sabin and Kate TAYLOR. Husband and both sons have gone to the spirit land leaving the mother alone to mourn for her beloved dead. Ed and mother jointly owned $10,000 stock in the Bank of Clinton.

Mrs. George S. TAYLOR 

August 1935
Paper Unknown

Celebrated 98th birthday early in July.

Mary Jane TAYLOR, resident of the Middle West for almost 100 years, died at the age of 98 Friday afternoon in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane BRYANT 940 North Oakland Avenue.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Greenville July 6, 1837, a daughter of John D. and Rebecca WOLFE. She and George S. TAYLOR were married June 17, 1855. He died 23 years ago.

When she was a small girl the family moved in a covered wagon to Montrose, Ia., directly across the Mississippi river from Nauvoo. When the Mormans were driven from Navoo many of them camped on the Wolfe farm, and she remembered Brigham Young visiting the farm and directing the Mormons to continue their journey westward.

Lived Near Clinton:

Later the family lived on the Salt Creek near Clinton. She has resided in Decatur since the death of her husband.

Three years ago Mrs. Taylor celebrated her 95th birthday by taking an airplane ride, so that she could say she had tested every mode of transportation. Mrs. Taylor came to Decatur in a train that ran on wooden rails. She had also attended one of the Abraham Lincoln and Steven Douglas debates.

She was a charter member of the Free Methodist Church and of the Missionary Society of the church.

She leaves two sons and two daughters. Frank and George Taylor, Decatur, Mrs. Nelta Devore, of Pana, and Mrs. Mary J. Bryant, of Decatur. There are 27 grandchildren and 65 gggrandchildren. The body was taken to the Moran & Sons funeral home and later to the residence, where friends may call. The funeral will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday in the Free Methodist Church in Decatur and later in the church in Pana.

Submitted by Mary Vanderheydt

Henry N. TAYLOR 

January 16, 1891
Paper Unknown

Death of Henry N. Taylor.

After nearly four score years of life Henry N. TAYLOR passed into the world beyond at twelve o' clock, noon, yesterday. He was born in Kent County, Delaware, on the 1st of April, 1813, and if he had lived till next April he would have been seventy-eight years old. When he was ten years of age his parents moved to Somerset, Ohio, where he lived about thirty years. Mr. Taylor learned the shoemaker's trade and followed it for nearly twenty-five years. In 1833 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary MILLER, and for fifty-eight years they traveled together the journey of life. Ten children were born to them of whom six survive, four boys and two girls. Four of their boys were soldiers during the war of 1861-65, one of whom was wounded in battle. Fifty-four years ago Mr. Taylor united with the M. E. Church, and for thirty-eight years he was prominently identified with that denomination in this city. He had remarkably good health till about one year ago, and a few months ago he was stricken down with paralysis, from which he never recovered. The funeral services will be held in the M. E. church next Sunday morning, at eleven o' clock, conducted by the Rev. Horace REED, D.D.

Away back in the year 1847, in Somerset, Ohio, Henry N. Taylor and Henry BELL, formed a partnership in the dry goods business, and while there they bought the lot in Clinton on which now stands the Magill House. In 1853 they transferred their business from Ohio to Clinton, and under the firm name of Taylor, Bell & Co. started a general store in a building that stood on a the corner where Henry COLLINS' barber shop now is, and this they occupied till 1854, when they built a large three story frame building on the present site of the Magill House. Here they opened three large stores—dry goods, groceries, and boots and shoes. In the second story they had a merchant tailoring department and offices which they rented out, and the third story was occupied by the Masonic fraternity as a lodge room. One night in the winter of 1857-58 the building was burned down and they succeeded in saving but a small part of their stock. They had not a dollar of insurance on either building or stock, so that the firm was financially crippled. Gathering up what little they had saved of their goods they moved back to the building they first occupied on the Collins corner and attempted to collect what was due them. The firm owned a half section of land in Wilson Township, a quarter section of which is now owned by J. K. DAVIS, and on this they engaged in the stock business.

In 1860 Mr. Taylor sold his interest in the farm to his partners and then opened a dry goods in the room now occupied by the post-office, in partnership with J. J. ANDREWS. John CAIN bought out Andrews interest and store was moved into the room now occupied by John PHARES' billiard hall. This partnership lasted two years when Smith Taylor bought Cain's interest. The new firm lasted till after the war, when Al BLACKFORD joined the firm, and in 1867 they moved into the room now occupied by KATZ & Co. The firm did a large business in dry goods, clothing and merchant tailoring till 1872 when they retired from business.

A few years later Mr. Taylor went into the coal business with his son Fletcher, and continued till a few months ago, when his health failed and Fletcher took the business into his own hand. For nearly thirty-eight years, Mr. Taylor was identified with the business interests of this city. He came here when the population of the town was small, when in fact there was not much of Clinton. He saw the town grow from almost nothing to be a beautiful little city. Through all the storms and sunshine of fifty-eight years he had the counsel and aid of a noble and godly wife who reared her children so that now in her old age they are a blessing and a comfort to her.

Submitted by Mary Vanderheydt

Mrs. Henry N. TAYLOR 

June 19, 1896
Paper Unknown

(Obituary composite)

Grandma Taylor Passes to the World Beyond at the Ripe Age Of Eighty Years.

Friday, June 12, Mrs. Mary E. TAYLOR died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. BLACKFORD, in Chicago, aged 80 years, 7 months, and 6 days. Saturday, the remains were brought to Clinton and taken to the home of her son, W. H. TAYLOR. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

A life of good works comes to an end.

Sunday afternoon friends of the late Mary E. Taylor assembled at the home of W. H. Taylor, on East Main Street to attend the funeral of this good woman, who was esteemed for her acts of charity and Christian life. Rev. Press WOOD, of Springfield, who filled the pulpit of the M.E. church in this city and who served his country during the war, spoke of the deceased in tender and loving words. He gave a brief history of Mrs. Taylor's life as follows:

Mary E. Taylor was born near Zanesville, O., Nov.6, 1815. She lived through four-fifths of the present century. Her maiden name was Mary E. MILLER. In the year of 1833 she was united in marriage to Henry TAYLOR, who died about five years ago. The fruits of this marriage were ten children, four of whom have gone before, and six remain to mourn their loss.

In 1836, Bro. Taylor and his young wife moved to Hancock County, Ohio, then a wilderness and the home of the Indian. In 1838 both husband and wife were converted and joined the M.E. church, of which they were faithful members till called to the general assembly. At the same revival, upwards of forty adults were converted and united with the church. Among them were the names dear and precious here on earth, and doubtless written on the pages of the book of life. Of the number were Henry BELL and wife, Jacob EWING and wife, Henry LITZENBERGER and wife, and others who subsequently became members of the church here, and who were living epistles of the love of mankind when guided by communion with God through the teaching of the holy Bible.

The humble cabin of brother and sister Taylor in the wilds of Ohio was the resting place of the weary itinerant and in it he ever found a welcome and a home.

They came to Clinton in 1853 and united with the then struggling church. Among it's members were many I knew and loved—Uncle Dicky SMITH and wife, William BORDERS, R. P. ROGERS, James DeLAY, L.P. BEATTY, Dr. ADAMS, Bro. M. MURRAY, sister MADDEN and others. All remaining of that noble band are Sister ARGO and Lewis CAMPBELL.

The life of Sister Taylor is her highest eulogy. I knew her in the strength of her noble womanhood, and of everything that I can think that is pure and good noble, I can say of her. But it has been better said by the lips of inspiration.


The funeral was attended by many who wished to attest their sympathy for the family and veneration for the memory of "Grandma Taylor," as she was familiarly known. At the cemetery, Rev. Pres. Wood and Rev. M. W. Everhart officiated.

Mrs. Taylor was the mother of W. H. TAYLOR and F. C. TAYLOR, of Clinton; George S. TAYLOR, of Pana; F. V. TAYLOR of Red Cloud, Neb., and Anna TAYLOR and Nellie BLACKFORD, of Chicago. Fifteen grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren are living. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton.

Submitted by Mary Vanderheydt

Homer B. TAYLOR 

October 31, 1884
Clinton Public

Death of Homer B. Taylor.

Yesterday morning Homer B. TAYLOR was found dead in his bed in his livery stable. Very often when horses were out late at night Homer would stay at the stable to see that they were properly cared for when they came in. Some time during the latter part of the night he complained of a severe pain in the region of the heart, but as he soon fell asleep again the man who occupied an adjoining bed thought nothing serious of it. About eight o'clock one of the men went to call Homer, when he found him cold in death. Dr. WILCOX was called and it was his judgment that Homer had been dead for several hours. The probabilities are that he died at the time he complained of feeling the severe pains. An inquest was held, and the jury returned a verdict that he had died from heart disease.

Homer B. Taylor was in his forty-second year, and for the greater portion of his life he had lived in this city. When a boy he worked at the printing business, and when the war broke out he enlisted in the Forty-first Illinois Infantry and served his country faithfully. After the war he was engaged in the mercantile business with his brothers. A few years ago he went into the livery business and was making money. He was married to the only daughter of Dr. C. GOODBRAKE and leaves his wife and one son living.

The funeral services took place this afternoon from the residence of his father, Mr. Henry TAYLOR. Homer was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and by his old comrades he was buried with military honors. His widow and son and his afflicted parents and relatives have the sympathy of all in their sudden bereavement.

Mrs. Isabelle TAYLOR 

April 1, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Taylor Funeral.

The remains of the late Mrs. Isabelle TAYLOR, of this city, who passed away at Havre, Montana, while on a visit at the home of her daughter there, arrived this morning accompanied by two of her daughters.  The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of William Sylvester, 612 West Jefferson street.  Rev. A. M. Wells will officiate and interment will be made at Woodlawn.   The remains are now at the Oakman Chapel.

Mrs. L. W. TAYLOR 

May 1, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. E. May TAYLOR died at St. Anthony’s hospital, St. Louis, Thursday, April 23, 1908, of blood poisoning resulting from an operation undergone a few days before.

Clinton was Mrs. Taylor’s native city, her father being the late Gilbert E. BROOKS.  After her marriage the family resided for a time in North Dakota, then in Washington and finally located in St. Louis.  She was a member of the Baptist church and the Court of Honor.

Two sons, Fred and Earl, miss a mother’s loving care, and one brother, Gilbert E. BROOKS, of Los Angeles, Cal., and one sister, Mrs. B. B. BATES of Farmer City, mourn a sister dear.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home of her brother, Earl E. BROOKS, conducted by Rev. Boyers, the interment being made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
TAYLOR, L. W.    BROOKS, MAY     1887-12-25    DE WITT


October 19, 1871
Clinton Public

Mrs. Lydia TAYLOR, in her 64th year.  In her death her children have lost a kind and affectionate mother, and the church a quiet and unobtrusive member.  Our loss is her gain.

Nathan TAYLOR 

December 31, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Was 69 Years of Age at Time of Death—
Lived in and Around Clinton 40 Years.

Nathan TAYLOR, an old resident of DeWitt county, passed away Saturday evening at 10 o'clock at the home of his son, Wilbur TAYLOR, in Decatur, cause of death being paralysis.

The deceased was born in Whitely [Whitley] county, Ky., May 25, 1848*, and at the time of his death was 69 years of age. He was the son of Daniel and Mary TAYLOR, and was one of a family of ten children, all preceding him except one sister, Mrs. Jane PRIVITT, who resides in Whitely county, Ky.

Mr. Taylor was married to Symantha LINES at Gillman, Ill., March 22, 1874. To this union six sons were born, three of whom are dead. The living are Charlie H., and Nevada B., both of Clinton, and Wilbur, of Decatur, with whom he made his home. His wife died about five years ago.

He is survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn him a host of friends. He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor. He always had a good word for everyone. He has lived in and around Clinton for the past forty years. The body was brought to Clinton and was taken to Oakman's morgue to await funeral arrangements.

Note: The birth year of 1848 may be incorrect, as Nathan does not appear with the family in the 1850 census, and he was seven years old in the 1860 census.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
FERREE, D. T.    LINES, SEMANTHA     1871-08-16    TAZEWELL


January 2, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Services for Nathan Taylor.

Funeral services for Nathan TAYLOR were held Monday afternoon from the Birkbeck M. P. church, with Rev. C. C. Brewer, officiating. Burial was made in Willmore cemetery.


July 17, 1891
Clinton Public

At his home farm, three miles north of Clinton, Sabin TAYLOR departed this life on Monday, July 13, aged sixty-four years, five months and twenty days. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on the 23d of January, 1891 [should be 1827]. When he was but six years old his parents moved to Ohio and settled in Champaign County, where he resided for seventeen years. In the year 1850 the Taylor family came to Illinois and for five years resided in McLean County, and in 1855 they came to Clinton, and here his father and mother died and were buried and here Sabin Taylor spent the greater part of thirty-five years, and at last died among those who had known him from young manhood down through all the years. He was married in Jacksonville, Ill., on the 15th of May, 1862, to Kate M. FORD. Two children blessed their union, one of whom died September 6th, 1888. Mrs. Taylor and her son Eddie are left to mourn the death of a kind and indulgent husband and father.

On the evening of May 28th Mr. and Mrs. Taylor attended a large party given by Dr. and Mrs. WARNER, and that evening he seemed to be in the full enjoyment of health. The next morning, while attending to his farm chores he was stricken with paralysis, and a week later he had a second stroke, which finally resulted in death. Through the weeks of his sickness he was hopeful and cheerful, and while at times he suffered intense pain from rheumatism yet he never seemed to lose heart.

He was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, and was followed to his grave by his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and by his brothers and sisters, and a large company of men and women, many of whom knew him during his lifetime in Clinton, and others who had become acquainted with him during the journey of life.

The editor of THE PUBLIC has known Sabin Taylor for nearly twenty years. It was in his house that we found a temporary home when first we came to Clinton, and for some time we lived with his excellent family. To really know a man you must live in the same house with him. From this knowledge comes our estimate of the life and character of Sabin Taylor. He was a square man in his dealings with his fellow-men and no one can say aught against his life. He was a man of strong convictions, was true and loyal to his friends, and had not much use for a man he could not take into his friendship. For a number of years he was in business in this city, and by ill health was compelled to retire and give himself up to rest. Later he went to Hoopeston, Ill., and was connected with the early building up of that town. Then he returned to Clinton to live on his farm and spend the remainder of his days in ease and comfort. He was quite a student of the political history of this country, and at the ballot-box he cast his vote for the principles of the Republican party. Every one with whom he had an acquaintance admired him for his independence of character. He leaves his widow with a competence to maintain her during life.

Mr. Taylor was one of the stockholders in the State Bank of Clinton, and as a mark of respect to his memory the bank was closed during the funeral hour.

Thomas Jefferson TAYLOR 

September 7, 1920
Clinton Daily Public


T. J. TAYLOR of DeWitt, father of Steve and Frank TAYLOR, of this city, died at his home in DeWitt last Friday night as a result of a paralytic stroke suffered July 3. He is survived by his wife and four sons, Fred, of Bloomington, Steve and Frank, of Clinton, and Earl at home. The funeral services were held from the C. P. church at DeWitt Monday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Mr. Powers, pastor of the church officiating. Burial was in the DeWitt cemetery.

Submitted by John McCall

Mrs. Thomas Jefferson TAYLOR 

September 17, 1936
Farmer City Journal


After several months of illness, Mrs. Frances Ellen TAYOR died at her home in DeWitt, Saturday, September 12. She was 79 years old.

The funeral services were held Monday at the DeWitt C. P. church with the Rev. J. L. Mitchell in charge. Music was rendered by Mrs. J. G. Dupree, Olive Reed and Mrs. Adda Robinson. Burial was made in the DeWitt cemetery. Casket bearers were: Claude Watt, Chas. Hunt, J. G. Dupree, Monte Groves, James Lafferty and Ed Reed. Mrs. Garnett Gaby, Mrs. Monte Groves, Leta Winslow, Laura Hastings and Goldie Fuller carried the floral offerings.

The deceased was born on the December 22, 1856, at Havana, Illinois, the daughter of Granville and Julia (SMILEY) CHANEY. On July 22, 1879, she married Thomas Jefferson TAYLOR who preceded her in death a number of years ago. The following children also preceded her: William, Clarence, Jesse, Sam, George and Mabel. Fred, of Bloomington; Frank, of Maroa; and Earl, of Zenia, survive, Mrs. Mary DELAVOU, of Jefferson, Ia., a sister, also survives.

Submitted by John McCall

Dr. William H. TAYLOR 

January 3, 1896
Clinton Public

Dr. W. H. Taylor Is Killed Without a Moment's Notice.

J. A. PACE, postmaster, shot Dr. W. H. TAYLOR Saturday, at eight o'clock p.m., in the post office at Weldon.

William H. Taylor was born in Stark county, Ohio, June 15, 1846, to James B. TAYLOR a native of England, and Sarah P. (HALL) TAYLOR, a native of Philadelphia, Pa. William remained with his parents until he was sixteen years old and obtained his primary education in the district schools. At the age of thirteen years he entered the academy at Orland, Ind., and remained in school until the civil war broke out. Although so young, he was fired with patriotic zeal, and in 1863 enlisted in Co. A, 129th Ind. Inft., and participated in many important engagements, among them Resaca, Atlanta, and Franklin, Tenn. He was honorably discharged August 29, 1865, having served his country with all the ardor of youth, and that devotion to country which is a prominent characteristic.

From the battlefields Mr. Taylor returned to his father's home in Newville, Ind., and for one term was engaged as a teacher in DeKalb county. Later he was employed as a clerk in a store in Newville, his leisure moments being devoted to the study of medicine. Preparatory to engaging in active practice, he took two courses of lectures, of six months each, at Ann Arbor, Mich. Returning from college, he located in Pleasant Lake, Ind., whence, after a year's sojourn, he removed to Marshall, Ill., going from there to Chicago, then to DeWitt, and after residing a year in the latter place, he settled at Weldon. His knowledge of therapeutics was quite extensive. In 1883 he graduated from the Keokuk Medical college and attended lectures at the Chicago and Rush Medical colleges, Chicago. Having made Weldon his home for about twenty-five years, he had become well-known throughout the community, and his attainments and skill as a physician were unquestioned. On August 4, 1867, Dr. Taylor and Miss Rocellia D. BEGGS were united in marriage at Newville, Ind. To Dr. Taylor and his estimable wife five children have been born, two of whom died in infancy. The others are Elwin E., Nellie and Carl. Elwin has attended the medical college at Keokuk, Iowa. He also was a student at Normal one year, and for the same length of time attended school at Eureka.

Two years ago he was elected to the legislature of this state, and because of his personal affability and strength of character, at once took a prominent place among the law makers of the body to which he belonged, the University of Illinois owing its princely appropriations to his interest in popular education. He was also supervisor of Nixon township for two years, and served the people faithfully in every trust assigned him. He was a true friend and while he was not exempt from sins, from which, good Lord, deliver us all, he had many noble attributes worthy of commendation and emulation.

(See news articles)

William H. TAYLOR 

November 24, 1905
Clinton Register

One of Clinton's Most Prominent Citizens Called to Final Rest.

Had Always Been a Leader in Church Work, and in That Which Led to the Progress of His City.

Last week mention was made of the serious illness of W. H. TAYLOR, but it was not thought death was so near. He became suddenly and seriously ill Thursday about noon while driving home from town, and Dr. BOGARDUS was called. He realized the dangerous condition of Mr. Taylor and a specialist was summoned from Springfield, but it seemed the physicians had little hope of recovery. The trouble was diagnosed to be inflammation of the heart, which it was thought was the result of bronchial disease. He grew worse and the end came a few minutes before 6 o'clock Saturday evening.

Henry and Mary TAYLOR came to Clinton in 1853, which was then a small town. Mr. Taylor, Geo. BELL and Henry LITZENBARGER bought the ground where the MAGILL House now stands, built a two-story frame building and opened a general store. In 1857 the building and contents were burned. He then engaged in business with A. J. BLACKFORD and they continued in business until the panic of 1873 when they failed, making the second time Mr. Taylor had lost all he had. Soon afterward he opened a coal office on the corner where his grandson, Walter TAYLOR, is now in the same business. His son, F. C. TAYLOR, was associated with him and afterward succeeded to the business which he conducted until a few years ago when he was succeeded by W. H. Taylor & Son. The son now continues the business which has been in the family so many years. Henry Taylor died in 1891, aged 77 years, and his wife in 1898, aged 80.

William H. Taylor, son of Henry and Mary Taylor, was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, June 4, 1836; came to Clinton with his parents, and assisted his father until 1857, when he opened a shoe store in the rear of his father's store. After the building was burned he became a partner of Mr. TOURY in the same business and continued until 1861, when he enlisted in Co. E 41st Ill. Inf., and in 1862 was made second lieutenant, and first lieutenant six months later, and was afterward adjutant. He served three years and one month. After returning from the army he again engaged in business and continued until 1872 when he became a traveling salesman for a wholesale grocery house and had since been in that work and with the same house, being about 23 years.

Mr. Taylor had been successful in accumulating property. His residence property on East Main street is valued at about $8,000. He owned the Magill House property, worth about $50,000; also property on East Washington street worth about as much.

He was married to Miss Lucy MERRILL, daughter of Jas. MERRILL. Three children were born to them of whom only Walter is living, the others dying when young. The wife died in 1873, aged 34. In 1875 he married Miss Jennie RENNICK, who survives him. Three children were born to them. Nellie, who married Dr. C. S. Bogardus, died in 1901, aged 25; William is in the army and is in the Philippines, and Edward is in Clinton. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Geo. S., Pana, Ill.; Fletcher C., Clinton; Frank B., Wichita, Kan.; Mrs. A. J. Blackford and Anna H., Chicago.

Deceased had long been a member of the Methodist Church and was one of the most influential members of the Clinton church. He was a member of Frank Lowrey Post G. A. R., and had been a mason fifty years. He had held the most important offices in the church and in the lodges. He was a Republican and while much interested in politics never sought office. His life had been a busy one and he will be greatly missed in the religious, business and social circles. His many years as traveling salesman had given him a wide acquaintance and perhaps no man in Clinton was better known in Central Illinois. He had been a friend in need to many of his patrons, and his death is regretted by all. Though he was left greatly in debt by his failure in business, he would not take the bankrupt law, as some of his friends advised, but went to work at $30 a month and began paying off his indebtedness, which at that time was about $10,000. The whole amount with interest was paid and yet his estate is valued at over $100,000. He was always cheerful and ready to help the needy. In the construction of the Methodist church building and the support of the church he was a strong support and took great pleasure in the property of the church. A short time before his death, when told the ladies of his church had netted $230 at their bazaar and supper, he complimented the splendid work of the ladies. No one in the church was more interested in its progress.

Funeral services were held in the M. E. church, Monday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. A. LUCAS. The active pall bearers were: G. W. WOY, I. N. BAILOR, Richard SNELL, J. R. BOSSERMAN, J. W. PERRYMAN, and Dr. GLENDINNING. The honorary pall bearers were the remaining members of the board of trustees, Mr. Taylor having been a member: Lewis CAMPBELL, R. H. ROSS, H. G. BEATTY, A. L. WARNER, Philip WOLF, and C. DOUGHERTY. As deceased did not approve of floral offerings, the family requested that none be given. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

William M. TAYLOR 

December 29, 1899
Clinton Public


William TAYLOR died at the home of his son, Samuel TAYLOR, near this place, Tuesday afternoon.  He was upwards of 70 years old, and leaves three sons, Samuel, Thomas and Homer, of DeWitt, and Edward, of Weldon, and a daughter, Mrs. George MILLER, of Lodge.

Henry TEAL 

January 23, 1891
Clinton Public

Henry Teal Drowned.

A dispatch was received last night at Midland City announcing that Henry TEAL had been drowned yesterday in Lake St. Charles, Louisiana. His father and two brothers started immediately for Louisiana and will arrive there tomorrow. Henry Teal was born in Barnett township, north of Midland, and was between thirty-five and forty years old. He married a daughter of E. H. ROBB. About three years ago he moved his family to Fresno county, California. Within the last six months Henry Teal and Prettyman BARR bought a large tract of timber land near Lake St. Charles in Louisiana, and Henry Teal came back from California to manage it. His body will probably be brought home to this county for burial.


January 30, 1891
Clinton Public

Brought Back for Burial.

In last week’s PUBLIC it was stated that a telegram had been received at Midland City informing Mr. William TEAL that his son had been drowned in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the day before. Mr. Teal and two sons started Thursday night for Louisiana, and on Tuesday night they arrived back in Clinton with the remains of the son and brother. The funeral services were held at the home farm near Midland yesterday. Henry TEAL was married to the daughter of Elihu ROBB, and was the father of six children. A few months ago he came back from California and settled near Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he and Pret. BARR owned several hundred acres of timber land. His wife and children came back to this county and will remain here.

William TEAL 

November 5, 1897
Clinton Public

The funeral of Wm. TEAL was held Tuesday afternoon in the Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. William TEAL 

May 9, 1913
Clinton Register

She Had Always Lived in DeWitt County, and in Barnett Township Where She Was Born.

About three weeks ago Mrs. Nancy TEAL fell at the home of Braxton MARVEL, in Waynesville, and fractured her hip.  She had been making her home with her son, Wiley, but went to Mr. Marvel’s to remain a few days, as there was sickness in her son’s family.  She did not become able to return to the home of her son, but gradually grew worse, and for several days it was realized she would not recover.  She passed away about 12 0'clock Wednesday night, both of her sons being present when her spirit took its flight.

Nancy Marvel was the daughter of Prettyman and Rebecca (BARR) MARVEL and was born Nov. 4, 1827, being the first white child born in DeWitt county.  Her parents came to Sangamon county in 1825 and in Feb. 1826, came to DeWitt county, entering 80 acres in Barnett township.

Their first night on the land was spent on the snow where they built a fire and their first house was a shed built of poles.  They then built a cabin about twelve feet square and it had a dirt floor.

She was the fifth in a family of ten children and remained with her parents until her marriage to William TEAL Dec. 12, 1844.  Three children were born to them, John T., Henry M., and Wiley, Henry being the only one that is not living.  John lives in Webster City, Ia., and Wiley lives on the farm where he was born in Barnett township.  Their father died several years ago.  After his death she made her home with her son, Wiley, at the old homestead.  She had been a faithful member of the Methodist church most of her life and was active in church work.  Her life had been one of usefulness and inspiration.  She had no enemies, and her friends always enjoyed being in her company.

Funeral services were held in Waynesville at 2:30 today, conducted by Rev. J. E. Artz, of Mason City, a former pastor of the Waynesville M. E. church.  Burial was in Union cemetery near Waynesville.


March 27, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Eliza A. TENNEY was born December 12th, 1829, near St. Omar, Indiana, and in 1835 removed with her parents, Daniel H. and Margaret DRAGSTREM, to Waynesville, Illinois, where she resided until the time of her death March 20th, 1891. Her father died in 1884. Her mother is still living at Waynesville, and is over 80 years of age.

In 1845 Boynton TENNEY, a native and resident of North Groton, New Hampshire, having finished his study of medicine, and spent one year in a hospital in Boston, came west and located at the old town of Marion, now DeWitt. He remained there but one year, and in 1846 changed his location to Waynesville. Here he soon entered upon a large practice, which he retained until his retirement from it, years later. Owing to failing health soon after locating in Waynesville, he became acquainted with the subject of this sketch, and on May 9th, 1848, was married to Eliza A. DRAGSTREM. Dr. and Mrs. Tenney began life together with but little of this world’s goods, but with two hearts as full of love, energy and enthusiasm as were ever sheltered beneath one roof. They ate their first meal upon a table the Doctor himself found time to make. Everything that had to be done they did themselves, each helping the other. They soon built themselves a home, hauling the lumber by wagon from Pekin, and the Doctor doing much of the carpenter work himself. At that time there was neither railroad nor telegraph line in the county.

Throughout his practice Mrs. Tenney very frequently accompanied the doctor upon his trips, which extended over the western part of this and the eastern part of Logan County, and many of the old settlers yet remember their visits to their homes in times of sickness. Dr. Tenney was a member of the famous prorogued legislature in 1863, and represented his township for eight terms on the board of supervisors, being the only public offices he ever held.

There were three children born to them, one dying in infancy. Charles B. TENNEY, who lives in Waynesville, and Mrs. Allie A. INGHAM, wife of Judge Geo. K. INGHAM of this city.

March 16, 1869, Doctor Tenney died after a long, severe illness. Although at this time Mrs. Tenney had had but little experience in matters of business, yet she decided to take upon herself the management of the interest her husband had left, rather than turn it over to lawyers and agents to manage for her, believing that it was better to have her time and mind fully occupied and employed than to sit down and entrust everything to others. Her after life showed the soundness of her judgment. She soon became one of the most careful, accurate and successful business women in DeWitt county. Her judgment on business propositions was remarkably sound, and scores of men who have sustained business relations toward her from ten to twenty years past unite pronouncing her one of the clearest-headed, most pleasant and satisfactory persons with whom they ever transacted any business. Mrs. Tenney united with the Presbyterian Church at Waynesville in 1857 under the pastorage of Rev. Thomas M. NEWELL, now deceased, and lived a kind, considerate, Christian life. She wisely heeded the divine command, “Set thy house in order for thou shalt die.”

All the necessary details respecting her funeral she arranged with very great and commendable accuracy. Although she suffered long and much, her patience was remarkable and her faith in Christ as her personal Savior unwavering.

An unusually large number of friends and acquaintances met a her late residence in Waynesville last Sunday afternoon for the funeral services, which were conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER, of Clinton, assisted by Rev. A. S. WIGHT, recently called to the pastorate of the Waynesville Presbyterian Church, and Rev. J. E. ARTZ, pastor of the M. E. Church. The feeling of those present was that the body of their friend slept in a bed of roses and her soul looked off on a sea of glory. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord; they rest from their labors and their works do follow them.”


March 4, 1919, Tuesday
Clinton Daily Public

Prominent Resident Passed Away Last Night at Age of 62.

E. J. THIEBAULT, better known as “French” and a well known resident of this community, passed away last evening at 10:30 o'clock on the Warner farm, known as the Charles Carter place.  Deceased was 62 years of age and had resided in this community since a youngster.  Despite his age, he was actively engaged in farming, although since the death of his daughter four years ago he had been despondent and grieved.  His many friends will be shocked to learn of his untimely demise.

E. J. Thiebault came to this community from New York City with a group of children who had lost their parents and he was taken and reared by Eason JOHNSON, father of Joseph E. JOHNSON and Mrs. James KIRK, of Clinton.  His first marriage occurred to Miss Minnie CANFIELD, now deceased, and one daughter, Lena, who died in 1914, was born to this union.  His second wife survives to mourn his loss.

For many years the deceased farmed five miles northwest of Clinton in the Green Valley neighborhood and moved to his present location about three years ago.  A slight cold which developed into complications resulted in his death.

The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Oakman chapel with Rev. A. M. Wells of the Methodist church officiating.  Masonic ritualistic work will be given at the grave in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Emile J. THIEBAULT 

February 20, 1914
Clinton Register

Mrs. Emil Thiebault Expired After Protracted Illness of Typhoid—
Leaves Husband and Daughter.

After an illness of six weeks of typhoid fever, Mrs. Minnie THIEBAULT, wife of Emil THIEBAULT, died at her home in the Dewey neighborhood northwest of Clinton at 3:15 P.M. Wednesday. At times during her sickness there were strong hopes of her recovery, and only a few days preceding her death she was considered past the danger line, but a change came and death shortly followed. Deceased had resided in the neighborhood where she passed her last days for many years, and was well known and highly respected throughout the county. Minnie CANFIELD was born in New York City fifty-five years ago and came to Illinois with her brothers, Charles and Theodore CANFIELD, at the age of 15 years. Besides the brothers mentioned, she leaves to mourn, the husband and one daughter, Lena. Funeral services were held from St. Paul’s Universalist church this afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. A. H. Laing, former pastor, officiating, assisted by Rev. Arthur McDavitt, resident pastor. Interment in Woodlawn.

Note: Her maiden name was Amelia B. Canfield but she went by the name Minnie.


October 30, 1914
Clinton Register

At 10:15 last Sunday night Miss Lena THIEBAULT, a well known and promising young woman, met almost instant death when the auto she was in, together with others, turned over on a narrow grade about a mile north of town.

Just what caused the accident is not known. It is partly attributable to the bad road conditions, the grade at that point having been filled in last summer, and the car was a heavy one, weighing, including the occupants, more than two tons. The driver had turned the car from the beaten track to get a better road, when the wheels sank in the soft mud and the machine turned over, settling upon the body of Miss Thiebault. The car was going at a speed of about ten miles an hour. When the driver, Harry HALL, rose from where he had been thrown he found that the heavy part of the car was lying across the body of the young woman. In answer to his questions as to whether she was hurt she replied, not much. He at once went for assistance but on his return found Miss Thiebault had expired. The other occupants of the car were Emil THIEBAULT, father of the unfortunate young woman, and Miss Hilda BEDFORD, a young woman whose home is in the vicinity of Springfield, and who was a guest at the Thiebault home. Both the latter were pinned under the car, but while Mr. Thiebault was scarcely hurt, Miss Bedford suffered severe injuries, and after being taken from the car was at once removed to the Warner hospital where she could have the best of care and medical attention. The first call was for Dr. EDMONSON and BOGARDUS who shortly arrived. Wm. SKELLY and his hired hand were shortly on the spot, when it was found necessary to use spades to remove the body of the dead girl as well as the living, the car being too heavy to be removed without lifting jacks.

The party consisted of E. J. Thiebault, his daughter Lena, Miss Bedford and Mrs. Emma JOHNSON of this city, with the driver, Harry Hall. The party had made a pleasure trip to Champaign and came home by way of Clinton, leaving Mrs. Johnson at her residence. They then started for the Thiebault home, which is five miles, in Mr. Thiebault’s new car which he had but recently purchased and which was intended for the pleasure of the daughter, his only child. The latter had not enjoyed the best of health since the death of her mother, which occurred last March, and it was hoped that the drives in the car about the country would aid in restoring her former vigor. The death of the daughter is doubly sad for the father, coming with such suddenness and so shortly following the death of his wife. So far as he knows, he has not a single relative now living in America or France, the latter being his native land. He was brought to Clinton an orphan boy and this had always been his home. Following the death of his wife he had decided to quit the farm and move to the city, but his daughter would not hear of the proposition, knowing that he was trying to please her, but as he had made all arrangements to farm the present year she insisted in following out the plan for the present.

Lena Thiebault was born June 17, 1884, at the time of her death being just thirty years of age. She was born in the vicinity of here where she had spent her entire life. Deceased was a member of St. Paul’s Universalist church and of the King’s Daughters of that Sunday school. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. She was of a happy disposition and had many friends in this city where she often visited.

The body of Miss Thiebault was taken to the Oakman undertaking parlors and prepared for burial, remaining there until Wednesday when the funeral was held at the Universalist church at 1:30, Rev. A. W. McDavitt officiating. Burial services at Woodlawn in charge of the Eastern Star.

Two brothers and a sister of Miss Bedford arrived from Springfield Monday to remain until she has passed the danger point.

Coroner Moore held an inquest at the court house Monday afternoon and the jury rendered a verdict of accidental death, no one being blamed for the accident.

Note: Her full name was Marie Lena Thiebault, but she went by Lena.


Clinton paper

Mrs. Carl THOMA, 34 of near DeWitt, died at 5:36 Thursday morning in Brokaw hospital at Bloomington of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. The body was brought to the Reeser funeral home in Clinton.

Iowanna Maude May HENSON, daughter of Henry and Nannie (ARTHUR) HENSON was born at Lane and was married to Carl THOMA at Argenta, May 10, 1920. She is survived by her husband, prominent farmer of Wilson Township, and one daughter Zelda Irene, at home. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Elva MURPHY of Heyworth and three brothers, Percy and William HENSON of Monticello and Otis HENSON of Deland, and the following half brothers and a half sister, Mrs. Linnie RENNEBARGER, Cisco, Frank HENSON, Leroy; Frank ROBERTS, Monticello; and Roy of Charles City Iowa.

She was a member of the Rucker Chapel church and Ladies Aid Society. Funeral services will be held in the Clinton Christian Church Saturday at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. H. B. WHEATON. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Pat Lassonde


May 13, 1887
Clinton Public

A. J. THOMAS, of LeRoy, died at his home two weeks ago today. He was seventy years old, and had become insane. He was formerly a resident of Waynesville, and many years ago was a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Andrew THOMAS 

September 12, 1890
Clinton Public

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

Andrew THOMAS, son of R. T. THOMAS, died Saturday, the 6th of September. He was born in Washington county, Virginia, February 25, 1877. He came to Weldon with his parents in 1884. He was sick only sixteen days with typhoid fever. His funeral took place Sunday, at eleven o’clock, in the M. E. Church.

Mrs. B. H. THOMAS 

February 24, 1899
Clinton Public

Lived a Helpful Life.
Mrs. B. H. Thomas Died Surrounded by Friends.

Mrs. B. H. THOMAS departed this life Wednesday morning at 4 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. I. S. SWEARINGEN, in Long Point. She was born in Massachusetts January 25, 1816, and came to Illinois in 1847, settling in the north part of the state. Her husband went to California in the fifties, during the gold excitement in the West. She was a descendant of the Revolutionary war. Mother Thomas was upright, honest with all and lived to rear her family well and see them all grown to manhood and womanhood. In her religion she practiced the Golden Rule—to do unto others as she wished them to do unto her. She was a citizen of Wapella more than fifteen years and was a kind neighbor, ever willing to help any one in time of need and to care for the sick. At the time of her demise she was 83 years, 27 days old. She leaves to mourn her departure two sisters, one living at Omaha, Neb., the other at Glenco, Ill.; five daughters and three sons—Eugene THOMAS, Mrs. W. T. SUMERS, Mrs. Nettie SIMPKINS, LaCrosse, Wis.; Mrs. I. S. SWEARINGEN, Wapella; Mrs. O. P. WITTER, Rudd, Iowa; Mrs. M. J. TREBIL, Mt. Vernon, S. D.; George N. THOMAS, Clinton; E. L. THOMAS, East St. Louis. A part of her children were present when death came. Her remains were shipped on Wednesday night to LaCrosse, Wis., to be interred in their beautiful cemetery. Her children accompanied the remains.

Dr. Ezekiel THOMAS 

March 9, 1888
Clinton Public

In last week’s PUBLIC we gave a brief announcement of the death of Dr. Ezekiel THOMAS. The doctor was born in Virginia, in the year 1803, but his parents shortly afterward moved to Ohio, where he lived till he was about forty-four years old. In a1847 the doctor came to Illinois and settled in Bloomington, and therefore ranked as one of the early pioneers of that city. He lived in Bloomington till after the close of the war, being engaged in the practice of his profession and in the management of a drug store. He then moved to this county and bought the farm since owned by the late George D. SMALLWOOD, in Creek township, and became interested in contracts to furnish railroad ties to the Illinois Central road. Notwithstanding his advancing years he worked as hard as any man he had in his employ, and it was while engaged in handling heavy timbers that he strained himself so badly that ever after he was afflicted with a nervous palsy. It was about the year 1871 that the doctor moved into Clinton, and he and his aged wife made their home with their son-in-law, Mr. Harry MERRIMAN. After the death of Mrs. THOMAS, Mr. Merriman went to Kenney to engage in business, and the doctor moved there with him. The doctor had lived beyond fourscore years. He was a genial, pleasant gentleman, and his life was devoted to making his fellowmen happy. He had been a member of the Masonic order for over sixty years, and was one of the charter members that organized the Bloomington lodge, and was the last survivor of the number.

Mrs. Ezekiel THOMAS 

December 9, 1881
Clinton Register

Died—On Sunday evening, December 4th, 1881, Mrs. Adeline Safford THOMAS, wife of Dr. E. THOMAS, aged 71 years. The remains were taken to Bloomington, her former home, on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m., the funeral services were held at the residence of her son, J. E. THOMAS, after which the remains were buried in the Bloomington cemetery. The day of her burial was the fiftieth anniversary of her marriage.


December 9, 1881
Clinton Public

Mrs. Adeline (SAFFORD) THOMAS, wife of Dr. E. THOMAS, died at her home in this city on last Sunday night, December 4, aged seventy-one years.  The remains were taken to Bloomington, her former home, on Thursday morning, where the funeral services were held at the residence of her son, Mr. J. E. THOMAS, at half-past ten o'clock in the morning, after which the remains were buried in the Bloomington cemetery.  Fifty years ago yesterday (the day of the funeral) Dr. and Mrs. Thomas were united in marriage in Ohio.  For half a century the old couple have come down through life sharing each other’s burdens and pleasures, and the day that would have marked the golden era of their wedded life, the aged Doctor followed the beloved companion of his youth and of his old age to the silent tomb.

Mrs. Frank S. THOMAS 

March 1933
Paper Unknown

Last Rites For Mrs. F. S. Thomas Held On Sunday.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon, March 5, for Mrs. Frank S. THOMAS from the Stensel Funeral Home. Mrs. Thomas departed from this life at three o’clock p.m. March 3 after an extended illness of heart trouble.

Clara HOOVER, daughter of Elisha and Mary HOOVER, was born on June 28, 1864, in Farmer City. On September 30, 1882, she was united in marriage with Frank S. THOMAS with whom she celebrated her golden wedding anniversary last September. They have always been residents of Farmer City. Mrs. Thomas died at the age of sixty-eight years, eight months and five days at her home in Farmer City. She is survived by her husband; two sons, W. P. THOMAS and Chester THOMAS, both of Farmer City; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Rev. L. C. BROWN conducted the funeral services. Miss Thelma MILES and Mrs. Vaneda MILES gave vocal selections, Mrs. L. C. Brown accompanied at the piano. The floral offerings were carried by Mrs. Ed. MOORE, Miss Gordeline THOMAS, Miss Genevieve SHELL and Miss Lizzie Bell GILL.

Pallbearers were: Oliver THOMAS, Marion THOMAS, Edgar THOMAS, Ed MOORE, Walter HOFFMAN and George HOFFMAN. Interment was made in the City Cemetery.

Submitted by John Laughlin

Mrs. George THOMAS 

January 15, 1874, Thursday
Clinton Public

DIED.—At the residence of her son-in-law, Wm. T. Foster, in Monticello, Ill., on Saturday, January 10, Mrs. Calistia [Celestia] THOMAS, of Clinton, aged __ years. 

Note: Her age is unreadable but she was listed as age 65 in the 1870 census.


April 15, 1904
Clinton Register

Isaac THOMAS died at the poor farm Tuesday, aged 70.  He suffered a stroke of paralysis a short time ago, and he had so far improved that no serious result was anticipated until a day or two before his death.  His home was in Farmer City, and he had been at the county farm about four years.

James N. THOMAS 

August 4, 1893
Clinton Public

Weldon Home Circle.

The town was thrown into a state of consternation last Saturday morning by the announcement that Jim THOMAS had committed suicide.  He was working in the country for Wm. Kelley.  After supper he washed and shaved himself and left the house.  No more was seen of him until the next morning when he was found hanging in an implement shed dead.  The body was cut down and brought home.   The coroner was sent for and an inquest resulted in the verdict of death by his own hands.  The funeral was held from the M. P. Church at 4:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  The following letter was found last Sunday in some of his clothing:

“The only words I have to say is, I am tired of living here, and where I will live next I don’t know.  Aint got nothing to live for.  I might live to be an old man and have lots of fun, but I ain’t going to stand chances.   If I have got any friends I want them to see me.  This is all I ask of anyone.  Don’t want any kind of a preacher to preach a funeral over me.   I've studied over this time and time.  I know two persons who will be sorry I am gone.  So good bye.”   James N. Thomas


August 4, 1893
Clinton Public

Jim Thomas Grew Tired Of Life, So He Went Out and Hanged Himself.
A Woman at the Bottom of It.

James N. THOMAS’s home was in Weldon.  He was a young man and being of an industrious turn he worked at whatever his hand could find to do.  For a time he worked in Clinton for the Illinois Central company, and was well known to many of the railroad men.  Jim had no bad habits, but he was morbidly sensitive, and this is what impelled him to a suicide’s grave.  He was at work for Mr. Wm. Kelley, near Weldon, and last Friday evening he shaved and dressed himself and then went out to an implement shed and hanged himself.  During the night he was missed from his bed, and upon inquiry no one knew what had become of him.  As it was unusual for him to be out at night, search was made and toward morning his dead body was found hanging in the shed.

The coroner was sent for to Clinton and an inquest was held.  No cause was assigned at the inquest, but it leaded out later that there was a woman in it.  Jim Thomas was in love with one of the fair daughters of Nixon township.  There was a dance in Weldon on last Friday night, and against his wishes the girl insisted upon going to the dance with another fellow.  Poor Jim could not stand this and the result was a cold corpse and funeral the next day.  He wrote a letter, which was found in his pocket, and which is in the Weldon Home Circle column.  In it he says: “I am tired of living here, and where I will live next I don’t know.   Ain’t got nothing to live for.”  His heart was despondent over the coquettishness of the girl he loved.  In the closing sentence of his letter he said: “I know two persons who will be sorry I am gone.”  Perhaps the girl he loved is one of them, and she may silently go to his grave and drop a tear to the memory of the man who died for her.

Mrs. John THOMAS 

January 17, 1908
Clinton Register


Johannah WHITE was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, June 12, 1840 and died January 10, 1908, aged 67 years, 5 months and 29 days. She, with her parents, came to America in 1850, settling near Pittsburgh, Pa. From there they moved to Vinton County, Ohio, where she was married to John THOMAS, October 28, 1861. To this union ten children were born. They are Andrew, of Lane; Patrick, Heyworth; George, Birkbeck; Edward, Lane; John, Clinton; Mrs. Ellen TUGGLE, Clinton; Mrs. Hannah ARTHINGTON, Wapella; Mrs. Anna SPAINHOUR, Lane; Mrs. Lizzie TORBERT, Birkbeck; and Miss Mary THOMAS, who resided with the aged mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas with their family came to Illinois in 1876, settling in DeWitt county, where they have since resided.

The funeral services were held Sunday at the residence of her son, John, east of the city, conducted by Father Monahan of Saint Patrick's church, Wapella, of which deceased was a faithful member. Interment was in the Willmore cemetery beside her husband.

Mrs. L. L. THOMAS 

August 25, 1899
Clinton Register

Mrs. L. L. THOMAS, mother of Mrs. J. C. GALLAHER, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. PHILBRICK, in Champaign Monday, aged 77 years. The remains were taken to Cedar Rapids, Ia.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Lincoln THOMAS 

December 14, 1883
Clinton Public

Suicide Near Farmer City.

The suicidal mania seems to prevail in this county. Another has to be added to the list. Lincoln THOMAS, a son of Mr. George THOMAS, who lives about two and one-half miles south of Farmer City, committed suicide yesterday afternoon by hanging himself. Young Thomas was about twenty-one years old and assisted his father in the management of the home farm. After dinner yesterday he went out to the barn and fed the stock, and as he was out for an unusual length of time his father went to see what was keeping him. When the old gentleman entered the barn he was shocked at the sight of his boy suspended from a beam. The alarm was given and help soon arrived. When the body was cut down, Lincoln was dead. No cause can be assigned for the terrible act, as from Lincoln’s mode of life there was no business or other trouble that would lead to suicide. He was a young man who was highly respected. The father is one of the old residents of this county, and both he and his family are esteemed by every one who knows them. The family is related to Sheriff GARDINER.


March 18, 1921
Paper Unknown

Aged Resident Dies at Home of Daughter in Iowa.

The remains of Mrs. Margaret THOMAS, whose death took place at 8:10 p. m. last Friday at the home of a daughter in Dakota City, Iowa, reached this city Monday night and were taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. SAVIDGE, where the funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. SAVIDGE went to Peoria Monday and met the body, which was in the care of Mrs. Nora M. ROGERSON, daughter of the deceased, who had gone to Dakota City from her home in Champaign. Rev. W. R. LESLIE conducted the funeral service, which was attended by many friends. In connection with his discourse he read three favorite hymns of the deceased "Blest Be the Tie", "Rock of Ages" and "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder." The pallbearers were Pam COVEY, A.M. HENDER, A. L. HALL, J. W. KENDALL, A. R. HAMMER and Curt VANCE. Burial took place in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Margaret JOHNSON was born at Overton, TN., April 6, 1832, and had almost reached her 89th birthday anniversary when the call to a better world came. When quite young she came with her parents to Illinois, settling in DeWitt County. She was married to John HURLEY on March 9, 1849, and for nearly forty years thereafter she lived on the same farm a few miles southwest of Farmer City. Eight daughters were born to her, the oldest of whom, Mrs. M. E. MOISTER, preceded her mother not quite two years ago. The surviving daughters are Mrs. R. FREEMAN and Mrs. P. J. KENDALL of Dakota City, Iowa, Mrs. W. S. YOUNG of Marinette, WIS., Mrs. Sam CAMPBELL of Coshocton, Ohio, Mrs. A. J. JOHNSON and Mrs. ROGERSON of Champaign and Mrs. SAVIDGE of this city. Mr. HURLEY died September 8, 1879, and in the course of time the widow married Jones THOMAS, who died about fifteen years ago.

After the loss of her second husband Mrs. Thomas made her home with her daughters, principally with Mrs. Young in this city until Mrs. Young went to Marinette about a year ago, at which time Mrs. Thomas went to the home of Mrs. Kendall in Iowa. Although she was feeble with the debilities of age for several months, her health did not fail seriously until late last fall, but for seven weeks before the summons came she was at a very low stage, the end being expected daily. During those seven weeks her daughter, Mrs. Kendall, was in almost constant attendance at her bedside, doing all that love could find to do for the aged sufferer. Mrs. Freeman became ill a month ago and was prevented helping much in the care of her mother, and both she and Mrs. Kendall were unable to come east with the body. Mrs. Young was also too ill to undertake the journey to the city.

Submitted by Carol Lamberson

Walter THOMAS 

September 26, 1913
Clinton Register


While talking to a friend on the streets of Chicago, Walter THOMAS became suddenly unconscious and would have fallen, but for the assistance of the friend.  He was taken to St. Elizabeth’s hospital where he died Saturday morning at one o'clock.  Mr. Thomas had been in his usual good health and his sudden demise came as a great shock to his friends and family.  His physician diagnosed his ailment as a leaking blood vessel of the brain.

Walter Thomas was born in Milford, Ill., October 23, 1865, and had reached the age of 47 years, 10 months and 28 days.  For many years his home was in Clinton where he was united in marriage with Miss Julia FOLEY, August 8, 1894.  For a number of years he was employed as a locomotive engineer by the Illinois Central, later taking employment with the Big Four at Mt. Carmel, Ill., and at the time of his death was in the service of the Chicago & Western Indiana, with headquarters in Chicago, always proving himself a faithful and trusted employee.

At the time of his death, he was a member of the Catholic church.

Mr. Thomas was always good-natured and genial and had many friends in Clinton who are pained to learn of his being called in the prime of life.   He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, Julia, and daughter, Helen, of Chicago, and son, Paul, of Clinton; also his mother, Mrs. Samantha THOMAS; two sisters, Myrtle CLIFT, of Oklahoma; and Mrs. Mont EWING, of Clinton; and four brothers, George, Will, Earl and Ewing, also of this city.

Funeral services were held at the home of his mother, 314 North Monroe street, Monday at 2:30 o'clock, Father Hearn officiating.  Interment was in Woodlawn.


January 2, 1880
Clinton Public

Died of diphtheria, last Wednesday evening, Andrew, son of Henry THOMPSON, aged 12 years.


October 6, 1911
Clinton Register

Old Resident Dies.

Calvin THOMPSON died at his home three miles east of Lane on Wednesday, October 4, 1911. Deceased was born in Hamilton Co., Ill., April 8, 1828, and came to McLean county in 1841. In 1845 he came to DeWitt county and located on a farm in Creek township, following farming and stock raising.

On March 13, 1855, he was united in marriage to Sarah CLARK. Ten children were born to this couple, five boys and five girls, four of whom are living, as follows: Lewis THOMPSON, Topeka, Kas.; Chillion, Ames, Ia.; R. H., Lane, Ill.; and Lee of the same village. There are also ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Deceased was aged 83 years, five months and 26 days. Funeral services were held at the home today, Rev. Leavenbaugh, of Argenta, conducting the services, interment in the Lisenby cemetery.

Mrs. Calvin THOMPSON 

March 31, 1899
Clinton Public

Died Near Lanes.

Mrs. Calvin THOMPSON died suddenly at her home, two and one-half miles east of Lanes on Tuesday, aged about 60 years. She was an old resident and her death is deeply mourned by a large circle of intimate acquaintances. Funeral services were held from her late home.

Note: aka Sarah (Clark) Thompson

Mrs. Daniel THOMPSON 

January 19, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Harriet V. Thompson Passed Away at Her Home in This City Last Evening.

Mrs. Harriet V. THOMPSON died at her home in Bloomington last evening at 7:30 o'clock, after a severe illness.

Harriet V. COY was born in Monroe county, N.Y., near Clarkson, Nov. 2, 1833. In 1837, with her parents, she came to Illinois and settled at Farmington. In 1852 she moved to Wapella, where she resided for thirty years. She was married to Daniel THOMPSON, and soon after moved to the Black Hills. In 1893 Mr. Thompson died, and the widow came to Bloomington and made her home with her sister, Mrs. J. S. ABBOTT, until the latter's death.

Mrs. Thompson leaves three brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Laura WILLIAMS, of Parsons, Kan.; Evaline BRYANT, of Lenox, Ia.; H. Martin COY, of Portland, Ore.; Hiram M. COY, of Las Vegas, N.M.; and S. E. COY, of Decatur, Ill. Mrs. Bryant and Mrs. S. E. Coy were with her when she died. Deceased was a member of the Methodist church most of her life. She will be buried at Wapella Tuesday afternoon. —Pantagraph, Jan. 15.


January 19, 1900
Clinton Register


The remains of Mrs. Harriet THOMPSON arrived on the 2:20 train Tuesday. Her body was taken direct to the Sugar Grove cemetery and laid beside her first husband, Mr. ORMSBY. Her brother S. E. COY, sister, Mrs. Eva BRYANT, Miss Lulu ABBOT, Mr. and Mrs. W. EASTMAN, I. J. SPAFFORD, Mrs. J. T. WILEY, Mrs. S. ELY, and C. LANCASTER accompanied the remains to Wapella and was joined here by many friends who followed the remains to the last resting place.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


September 2, 1898
Clinton Register

One Of the Men Who Was Hurt at the Water Works Well Dies After a Week of Suffering.

Aug. 22, D. W. THOMPSON and another workman were injured at the water works well by a scaffold breaking when the wall dropped. His dangerous wound was a hole in his skull. He had been well cared for, but death came early Sunday morning [Aug. 28]. He was unconscious two or three days before his death at his home in this city.

David W. Thompson was born in West Virginia Oct. 17, 1858. When about 21 years old he came to this county and lived with his brother B. THOMPSON, near Kenney. In 1882, he was married to Miss Anna BYERLY, of Kenney. Since then he had lived in Clinton. Five children were born to them, two of them daughters. Their names are Lula, Dona, James, Harvey and Robert; all have been living with their parents. The relatives of the deceased, except the brother at Kenney, live in Virginia, therefore were unable to be at the funeral. He was a member of the Christian church and was kind to his family, who are left without his fatherly care.

Funeral services were held at the residence in the southeast part of the city, conducted by Rev. Gilliland. Interment was in the Kirby cemetery west of Kenney.


March 17, 1882
Clinton Public

Drury THOMPSON, an old and prominent farmer of Creek township, died on Wednesday afternoon, after an illness of two weeks.


March 17, 1882
Clinton Register

Mr. Drury THOMPSON another old and prominent citizen of the county, died at his home in Lane on Wednesday, after a short illness with some kind of throat and heart trouble.   The funeral occurs today, with Elder Robison, of Mt. Pulaski, officiating.  We have no further particulars.

Mrs. Fred G. THOMPSON 

November __, 1928
(Paper Unknown)

Mrs. Fred G. THOMPSON, a former resident of Waynesville, passed away at her home in Decatur, 1391 West Wood St., Monday night at 11:30.  Her death was caused by a complication of diseases with which she had been suffering for several years.

Jessie Starkey Thompson, only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. J. STARKEY, was born in Waynesville March 16th, 1876.  She was united in marriage with Fred G. THOMPSON June 29th, 1899.  Two children, Frederic and Herman, were born to this union, both deceased.

She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian church at Decatur and the Order of Eastern Star.  Besides her husband she leaves one brother, W. C. Starkey, of Chicago.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Westminster church in Decatur and the body was brought by motor to the Union cemetery at Waynesville for burial.

Note: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950: Jessie B. Thompson died on November 11, 1928, in Decatur, Macon County.

Mrs. Jeremiah THOMPSON 

August 18, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Nancy THOMPSON, better known as Grandmother Thompson, died at her home two miles east of here, last Saturday, August 12.  She had been lying at death’s door for a long time.  The funeral took place at the residence, Sunday, Rev. W. I. Davenport, of Weldon, officiating.  Nancy LISENBY was born in Washington County, Tennessee, November 14, 1805.  She emigrated to Monroe, Kentucky, and was married to Jeremiah THOMPSON in 1825.  She came to Illinois in 1830 with her husband, and was one of the pioneers of DeWitt County.  She joined the Christian Church in 1838.   Mrs. Thompson was the mother of ten children, six of whom preceded her to the home beyond.  Four are living, and with many relatives and friends mourn her death.


August 18, 1893
Clinton Public

Weldon Home Circle

Last Sunday occurred the largest funeral ever known in this section of the country, that of Aunt Nancy THOMPSON, as she was commonly known.  Nancy A. LISENBY was born in Washington County, Tenn., November 14, 1806.  She was married to Jeremiah THOMPSON December 26th, 1825, in Monroe County, Ky.  In October, 1830, they came to Illinois where they have lived ever since.  Six of the children are still living and four are dead, who with the father who went thirteen years ago, await her on the other shore.  She embraced religion fifty years ago, uniting with the Christian Church, of which she has ever since been a devoted member.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  Mrs. John MARSH, of Weldon, was a daughter.


May 2, 1861
Central Transcript


Thomas THOMPSON, a resident of Creek township, in this county, cut his throat from ear to ear about 3 o'clock last Monday morning, producing almost instant death.  The only cause ____ed for this rash act is that Mr. T. had become subject to fits of mental aberration in consequence of the death of his wife, which occurred but a short time since.   A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.


February 14, 1896
Clinton Public

Died of Heart Trouble.

W. H. THOMPSON, aged 74 years, died near Kenney, February 5th, of heart trouble. Deceased was born in Lee county, Va., and was married to Catherine COPPENBARGER, who survives him, in 1853. Ten children were born to them, seven of whom are living—James P., Catherine, Jacob H., Sarah J., Joseph W., Mary E. and Edom.

Note: The marriage record has Henry L., not W. H., so which record is wrong?
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. Reuben THORNLEY 

October 31, 1883
Clinton Register

Anna WALRIVEN was born in Clermont County, Ohio, June 27th, 1802, was married to Reuben THORNLEY in 1819, and moved to DeWitt County in 1836.  She died October 31, 1883, aged 81 years, 4 months and 4 days.  She has been a member of the Methodist church since 1832, 51 years, and lived on the farm where she died, 47 years.  She was the mother of fourteen children, eight sons and six daughters, eight of whom, three sons and five daughters, are still living.  She has living thirty-three grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren.

Submitted by Bonnie Cook

Edward THORPE 

May 14, 1886
Clinton Public

Edward Thorp Ended His Life By Suicide.

Edward THORP, who would have been twenty-one years old if he had lived till next month, committed suicide last Wednesday morning by hanging himself in the hay-loft in his father's stable. Young Thorp had been sick for several months which made him feel despondent. The feeling was more noticeable lately because he was not able to go into the fields and help with the plowing and planting. On Wednesday morning, at eight o'clock, he was sitting out in the barn fixing the wheels of a buggy, and his sister went out to give him the medicine which he was to take at that hour. She saw that he was very despondent and she tried to rally him, but without effect. He took the medicine but did not say a word; his thoughts were evidently on the deed he committed within the next few hours. Before she left the barn his sister kissed him. The was the last seen of young Thorp alive. At noon when his father came in from the field and not seeing Edward around the house, asked where he was. The daughter said that she supposed he was in the barn, as she left him there at work. The bell was rung, but Edward did not come, so Mr. Thorp went to the barn to look for him. Not finding him in the lower part, he thought his son might have gone up into the hay-mow and fell asleep. Mr. Thorp went up the ladder, and there the terrible sight was before him of his boy suspended from a rafter with a halter strap around his neck. The body was yet warm, so it is probable young Thorp did not commit the fatal act till between eleven and twelve o'clock. Every means was used to restore him to life, but it was too late.

Judging from the position in which the body was found, young Thorp must have climbed up on the rafter, and fastening one end of the strap to the rafter and the other end around his neck he took the fatal leap which launched his soul into eternity.

For some months past young Thorp had been under the care of physicians, and his sickness and enforced idleness made him feel restless. From boyhood he had been accustomed to active work on the farm. This year he was farming on his account, and was therefore more anxious to be in the fields. He was industrious and of excellent habits.

Edward Thorp was the second youngest son of Mr. Joseph THORP. He was born on the farm on which he lived and died. Mr. Joseph Thorp came to this county from England early in the '50s and bought land in the north-west corner of Harp township. He had but little to begin with, but by hard work and a life of economy he has succeeded in amassing not less than $75,000 worth of property. He was determined that his children should have a better start in life than he had. The death of this son will be a sad blow to the old gentleman and his wife.

Note: aka THORPE

Mrs. Elihu THORPE 

October 15, 1924
Decatur Daily Review


The death of Mrs. Elihu THORPE of near Wapella occurred at the John Warner hospital Tuesday, following an illness of one week due to pneumonia. From the first her condition was considered serious and her death not unexpected.

Anna WOODS was born in Guyandotte, Cabel county, W. Va., Oct. 21, 1858, and when but a small child the family came to Clinton and settled here. She attended the local schools and graduated from the high school in 1877, afterwards teaching in the Farmer City school and other grade schools of the county.

On May 31, 1882, she was united in marriage to Elihu THORPE and to them one son, Paul, was born, who with the husband survives.

Mrs. Thorpe was among one of the best known residents of DeWitt county being a member of the local Presbyterian church, the DeWitt Clinton Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution, the Rocking Chair Club and the Fortnightly Reading club. She held the offices of president and secretary in the last two named.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Presbyterian church and burial made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


February 16, 1900
Clinton Register

Two More Take Their Lives, One With a Shotgun, the Other With a Rope.

The same night that [Charles W.] KIMLER took his life Frank THORPE, son of Joseph THORPE, three and one-half miles east of Wapella, in Harp township, committed suicide with a revolver.  He was 31 years old, and his mental condition had caused the family uneasiness for some time.  The day before he took his wife to see her sister, who is sick.  He returned home and was alone.  Nearly noon next day some boys went to take his mail and they found him dead in a chair.  He had seated himself and placed the muzzle of a single-barreled shotgun to his forehead.  With his toes he had pushed the trigger, the charge tearing away the front part of the top of his head.  It was evident he committed suicide during the night.

His closest neighbor heard a shot about 8 o'clock, and it is thought it was the shot he fired.

Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph THORPE, who live in Wapella; besides three sisters and three brothers survive him.  They are Mrs. MCCANNON, Mrs. James WHERRY, Mrs. Wilson STORY; James, George, and Joseph THORPE.  About 15 years ago Ed Thorpe, a brother of the deceased committed suicide by hanging in his father’s barn.  Why he killed himself was always a mystery as there was no evidence of his mind not being right and he had no troubles so far as known.  Frank had been in the asylum once about two years ago.  He was first married to Miss MARTIN, to them two children were born.  Two or three years ago he married Miss GELSTHORPE near Waynesville.

Funeral services were held at the residence at 1 o'clock yesterday, conducted by Rev. Robertson.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery near Clinton.


September 26, 1884
Clinton Public

John THORPE, who came to this county in the year 1856 and settled in Harp township, died at his home on last Sunday, after a painful illness of more than two months. Mr. Thorpe was a native of England, having been born in Lancashire. In 1849 he was married to Miss Betsey BUTTERWORTH. He leaves a wife and seven children, two sons and five daughters. In his youth Mr. Thorpe united with the Methodist Church, and his life was an evidence of the truths of religion. He died in the faith that had sustained him in health and sickness.

Servetus M. THORPE 

January 22, 1904
Clinton Register

DeWitt County Pioneer and Mexican War Veteran Buried Beside His Wife in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Servetus M. THORPE, who died near San Angelo, Tex., Jan. 11, was born at Attica, N. Y., Dec. 17, 1827. He was the eldest of four children, of whom only one, Mrs. Ella M. WOLFE, of California, Mo., survives. A sister, Mrs. J. S. HAND, formerly of Clinton, recently died at her home in Topeka, Kan., and his only brother Dr. A. M. THORPE, a practicing physician of California, Mo., died in 1864. The parents were natives of New York; his father E. M. THORPE, born in 1790, died at Versailles, Ill., in 1852. His mother, Sophronia (OSBORN) THORPE, born in 1805; died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ella M. Wolfe in 1888. The family is of Welsh descent and it is of record that before revolutionary times, four Thorpe brothers came across the great Atlantic to become citizens of the new country, and participated in the great struggle for independence.

S. M. Thorpe passed his early life in New York and while on a visit to relatives in Cleveland evinced a desire, like many boys of his time in the East, to become a sailor; his wish was gratified for he was placed under the charge of a lake captain, a friend of the family, and for a time made regular trips on the lakes. The family soon came west settling at Versailles, Ill., in 1841, where he remained until the opening of hostilities with Mexico, when he was one of the first to respond to his country's call, enlisting at Alton under Col. J. J. HARDIN, in Co. E., 1st Ill., Vol. This regiment was part of General TAYLOR's command and followed his fortunes through Mexico to the end of the war. Their hardest conflict was at Buena Vista, where 4700 Americans under Gen. Taylor defeated five times their number of regular Mexican troops under the famous Gen. Santa Anna.

After the war he became proprietor of a general store in Versailles, and was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. STONE, daughter of one of the pioneers of the county, who shared in his joys and sorrows until her death Aug. 13, 1897.

Having disposed of his store and for a short time living on a farm near Versailles, he purchased what has since been his home farm near Wapella, and brought his family thither in 1858 and became one of the pioneers of DeWitt county. Soon after the close of the Mexican war when the California gold mining excitement was at its height he and others secured wagons and ox teams and prepared for the perilous journey across the continent overland but the sudden illness of his father made it necessary for him to give up the undertaking till a later time; but in the early spring of 1862, he with three others left Wapella in a wagon drawn by four mules, and crossed the plains to the Eldorado of the West. At this time, the Indians had become hostile, and it was found necessary to unite in wagon trains for defense. During this trip the travelers had many brushes with the Indians, and one man was captured by them. It was impossible to rescue him, and it was later learned he was tortured to death in the most approved Indian fashion. The party arrived in California about six months after leaving home and the subject of this sketch, not finding gold mining a suitable occupation, with others established a steamboat line on the Columbia River. He assisted in the management of the business until he sold his interest, returning to Illinois by water crossing the continent over the proposed Nicaragua route, thence by water to New York, and thence by rail home. He carried the proceeds of his sale of steamboat stock with him in gold and when in New York traded for greenbacks at about $2.50 in greenbacks for $1 in gold, having an unlimited confidence in the ability of the government to make good its pledges. This and the following advance in value of paper money served to add materially to the profits of the voyage.

After this time he was identified with DeWitt county, its improvement and its politics, first as a Republican and later as a leader in the Greenback party. He assisted in promulgating the great farmers' movement, which stirred the nation and resulted in the establishment of proper railroad rates, thereby preventing a larger charge for a shorter distance, and reducing the fare to three cents a mile. Following this agitation came reforms in various offices in the state and elsewhere, the Warehouse commission and the Interstate Commerce commission. The last twenty years of his life he spent more or less in Texas, where he had business interests.

He died suddenly of heart failure near San Angelo, Tex., Jan. 11, 1904, being 76 years and 24 days old. The immediate relatives surviving him are one sister, Mrs. Ella M. Wolfe, of California, and four children, E. M. THORPE, of Wapella; Mrs. Ada C. MYERS, of Clinton; Dr. A. M. THORPE, of San Angelo, Tex.; Dr. S. L. THORPE, of Kenney.

The funeral took place at 2:30, Saturday, Jan. 16, in Clinton, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Ada Myers. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

Asa Thrasher Died Thursday in Nursing Home.

Asa Wilson THRASHER, 89 Clinton, died in the McCormick Nursing Home, Maroa, Thursday at 9:20 p.m. He was born November 26, 1863 in DeWitt County, a son of Rev. and Mrs. Rhodam THRASHER. He was twice married. His first wife was Ella CROSS and his second Carrie WEBB. Surviving are two sons, Fred THRASHER, Weldon, and Ross THRASHER, Cantrell, by the first marriage, and two daughters, Mrs. Marie BURNS, Clinton, and Mrs. Edna CASSEL, Decatur, by the second. He also leaves a step-son, Wellby WEBB, Clinton, a sister, Mrs. Kate LONG, Clinton, 19 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. One daughter, one brother, and three sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services will be in the Pullen & Boos chapel at 3 p.m. Sunday in charge of Rev. B. E. JUNKINS. Burial will be in Memorial Park.

Submitted by Don and Marian Walker


January 1914
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Mary Thrasher Dies in Home of Daughter Near Lane as the Result of Old Age.

Mrs. Mary THRASHER died at 10 o’clock Friday evening in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John LONG, near Lane, where she had made her home during the declining years and since the death of her husband. Old age was the cause of the death, she being almost eighty-seven years of age at her death.

Mary TAYLOR was born in Maryland in August, 1827, and when she was a young woman she removed to DeWitt county, Illinois. In 1850 she was married to J. THRASHER whose death occurred several years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Thrasher resided on a farm near Lane for many years but when they became too old for active farming they retired.

To the union were born eight children, three of whom are deceased. She leaves three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Taylor ARTHUR, Mrs. Chester COWELL, and Mrs. John LONG of near Lane; Thomas THRASHER of near Clinton and Asa THRASHER of Weldon Springs.

Mrs. Thrasher was well known throughout Creek township where she had passed the greater part of her life. She was a most highly respected woman and was a good mother to her large family of children as well as an excellent neighbor.

Funeral services will be in Lane Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock and burial in Rose cemetery.

Note: This article says she died on Friday and was buried Sunday. Her death certificate says she died January 5, which was a Monday, and was buried on the 8th, which was a Thursday. Her maiden name was RECKNOR, not TAYLOR, and her husband was Rhodam Thrasher, not J. Thrasher.

Submitted by Don and Marian Walker

Rev. Rhodam THRASHER

February 1905
Paper Unknown


Two weeks ago Rev. Rhodam THRASHER, living four miles east of Clinton, bought property in Lane and was preparing to give up farming and move to town. Saturday he took a load to Lane and was taken ill with a severe pain in the breast. After returning home the pain continued and he could sleep but little during the night, and most of the time could not lie down. About 8:30 he realized he was dangerously ill, and requested that a doctor be sent for, which was done, but death closed his life before the doctor arrived. He was 74 years, 1 month and 10 days old.

Rhodam Thrasher was born in Virginia Jan. 8, 1831, was raised to manhood in that state and later moved to Maryland where he married Miss Mary A. RECKNOR in January, 1850. Two months later they moved to Illinois and settled in Wilson township, DeWitt county. He since lived in Rutledge, Creek and Harp townships. He was converted to the old Swisher school house in 18__, and united with the Christian Union church. He felt that he was called to preach the gospel, and from that time until his death he was a faithful worker in the vineyard of the Lord.

Rev. Thrasher was a kind, loving husband and father, and was never happier than when his children and their families would come home to visit him in his declining years. He was a kind neighbor and kind to all he met. He was always ready to help his fellow man in time of need; he would deprive himself to help one in distress. His every day life was devoted to his God and he was an every day Christian.

He is survived by his wife, five children, three of the children being dead. Those living are Mrs. Millie K. ARTHUR, Mrs. Martha COWELL, Thos. N. and Asa W. THRASHER and Mrs. Viona LONG. Those deceased are John R., Anna L. and Mary C. Two sisters are living, Mrs. Minte(?) Unphone(?), Pontiac, Ill., and Mrs. Ingaty(?) MILLER, Mansfield, Mo. He is survived by nineteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the church in Lane Monday at 1 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Thos. MILLER. There was a large number of floral offerings. Burial in Rose cemetery.

Submitted by Don & Marian Walker


December 10, 1909
Clinton Register

For several months Isaac THURBER had been in failing health, and for some time friends had not considered his condition as serious as it proved to be. He had been about the house until a few days before the end came, and was glad to meet his friends, many of whom called to enjoy a pleasant hour with him. After he was confined to his bed they realized there was little hope of his recovery. Each day made more certain he was soon to leave family and friends forever. Friday it was realized the shadow of death was lowering about his couch, and ere the sunlight of another day had come the spirit took its flight. The hour of passing was [a] few minutes before two o'clock.

Isaac C. Thurber was born May 31, 1838, at Liverpool, England. When he was a year old his parents emigrated to Canada. After a few years there they moved to Ft. Wayne, Ind. When he was seven years old his mother died, and, as there were nine children, and he was one of the oldest he had to begin doing for himself when he was about fifteen years old. He came to Illinois when about 25 years old and made DeWitt county his home. In 1863 he enlisted in Co. C of the 152nd infantry, and served until Sept. 11, 1865, being discharged at Memphis. He was a good soldier and became a corporal several months before the war closed.

He returned to this county from Memphis and three years later, Jan. 27, 1868, was married to Miss Mary C. SWISHER. They soon occupied a house on the land now owned by David SMART, in Texas township, which was their home until about 25 years ago when they moved to the farm of C. H. MOORE, joining the Smart farm where they had since lived. With Mr. Moore he was in partnership in stock raising and managed several hundred acres. Perhaps no one of Mr. Moore's tenants was on more intimate terms with him and none more careful in looking after his interests. Knowing this, it was but natural that Col. WARNER, the executor, continued his lease upon the land, and their business relation had been as pleasant as had that of Mr. Moore and Mr. Thurber.

He was always a Democrat and was always ready to contend for his party's principles. He held township offices several terms and was always a good official. As assessor several years, he was one of the best. Seldom was fault found with his work in office. He had never united with a church, but his preference was the Universalist, which he often attended. He was a Mason, having been a member of the Clinton lodge about forty years.

Perhaps no man had fewer enemies, and perhaps no one would be more missed from the community. He was always ready to assist his neighbors and seemed to enjoy life most when helping others.

Besides his wife he is survived by the following children: Elza, who was born at Ft. Wayne, Ind., where deceased was married to Miss Ellen SCHOONOVER before coming to Illinois. Mrs. Alvin LANE and Mrs. R. F. WHITEHEAD, of Decatur; Mrs. B. YOUNG and Mrs. Lottie REES, of Emery; Robert, Maroa; Mrs. Ruth MILLER, near Lane; and Zetta, of Texas township. Also by two sisters, Mrs. Jane FAIRFIELD, of Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. Lucinda WORK, of Ottawa, Kansas.

Funeral services were held Monday. At one o'clock Masonic services were held at the home half a mile east of Ospur by twenty members of the Clinton lodge. At 2:30 services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Laing, pastor of the Universalist church, the Texas church being crowded with the hundreds of friends. The casket was covered with many floral offerings from relatives and friends. The pall bearers were Masons. Burial in Texas cemetery.

TIBBS (infant) 

December 6, 1895
Decatur Daily Review


Died, Nov. 30, the infant son of J. H. TIBBS, aged 8 days.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William H. TIBBS 

January 24, 1913
Clinton Register


Last Monday A. J. TIBBS received a letter from Ft. Smith, Ark., sttating that his son, W. H. TIBBS, was dangerously ill, and asking him to come at once. Mr. Tibbs did not feel able to make the trip and sent an answer to that effect. Directly following the letter came a telegram announcing that the young man had died at 2:15 p.m. Monday.

Deceased came with his father to Clinton in 1893. Previous to his illness he had resided in Chicago for 16 years. He was the son of A. J. and Sarah TIBBS and was born at Lutesville, Mo., in 1876. In 1897 he was married to Miss Nettie PETTYJOHN, of near Kenney. The couple then went to Chicago, where they resided until 1912, when they went south on account of the failing health of Mr. Tibbs.

Deceased is survived by his widow and a daughter, Gertrude, aged 14 years, a half-sister, Mrs. Edwin L. DAY, of Seattle, Wash., his father and step-mother, Mrs. Frances TIBBS, of Clinton. He also leaves two brothers, John and Aleck, who have not been located in late years.

Note: William was listed as William A. Tibbs in the 1900 census and William F. Tibbs in 1910.


March 8, 1895
Clinton Public

Albert TIMMONS, for many years a citizen of DeWitt County, died at Ottawa, Kansas, on the 19th day of February, 1895, aged 81 years, 2 months, and 9 days.  Mr. Timmons was born in the State of Maryland December 10th, 1813.  He came to Madison County, Ohio, with his parents when he was quite young, and on August 15th, 1839, he was married to Elizabeth BEALE.  He came to Illinois some years after his marriage and settled in McLean County, where he resided one year and then he moved to DeWitt County where he resided until he removed to Nebraska several years ago.  His health failing him, he went to Ottawa, Kansas, to spend the remainder of his days with his daughter, Mrs. Catharine THOMPSON, at whose home he passed away.  Many of our readers knew Mr. Timmons as a quiet orderly citizen, a kind husband and father.  He left only two children surviving him.  Mrs. Catharine Thompson, of Ottawa, Kansas, and Mrs. Henry MYERS, of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Harry V. TIPTON 

March 30, 1888
Clinton Public

Harry V. TIPTON died in Bloomington last evening, of lung trouble.  He was twenty-seven years old, and the oldest son of Judge TIPTON.  The Judge was in Clinton all this week attending court and left for home last evening. He had no idea of immediate danger to his son, but felt hopeful of a change for the better when the weather would get warmer.

Mrs. J. W. TOBIAS 

January 13, 1888
Clinton Register

The Reaper, Death.

Three deaths occurred in and near Kenney last Sunday and Monday.  On Monday, Mrs. J. W. TOBIAS died at her home in Kenney of consumption, aged 37 years.  She was born in Ohio and came to this county with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Wm. COX, of Kenney.  She was a member of the M. E. church, and was one of its most faithful members.  The burial was at the cemetery two miles east of Kenney on Wednesday.  About three weeks ago she was married to J. W. TOBIAS.

Martin L. TODD 

August 16, 1895
Clinton Public

An Old Soldier Gone.

M. L. TODD, father of John J. TODD, died at the Soldiers’ Home in Quincy, Ill., on Monday.  He was a familiar figure on Clinton⁽s streets for years.  Paralysis rendered him helpless several yers ago.   His death was caused by a complication of diseases.

Mrs. Martin L. TODD 

August 23, 1901
Clinton Register

The funeral of Mrs. Ruth TODD was held Saturday at 3 o'clock.  She was 53 years old, being born in Ohio March 11, 1848, and had lived in Illinois since 1852.  She was married to M. L. TODD in 1866.

William TODD 

April 12, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

William Todd, 97, Dies Suddenly at Waynesville—
Drove First Stage Coach—

William TODD, ninety-seven, the oldest man in DeWitt county, died about 7 o'clock this morning at his home in Waynesville.  Death came while he was sitting at the breakfast table.  He had eaten a hearty meal when he was stricken and he became unconscious.  Ten minutes later he was dead.

Pioneers Came In On Cart.

Mr. Todd was born Jan. 4, 1819, in Mountain Egg, Tenn.  He came to DeWitt county, Ill., with his parents when fourteen years old.  They covered the distance in an ox cart drawn by a team of oxen.

Drove First Stage Coach.

Mr. Todd grew up to manhood when DeWitt county was little more than a wilderness and Waynesville just a way station on the stage line.  He had the honor of driving the first stage coach through Waynesville on the old stage line from Bloomington to Springfield.

Wounded in Civil War.

He was one of the first to enlist when the civil war came and he served as a teamster for three years.  He was wounded in the siege of Vicksburg, being hit in the hip.  Always afterwards he walked with the help of a cane.  He was also in Sherman’s march to the sea.

He was married Jan. 10, 1867, to Mrs. Margretta CANADAY, who survives him.   Three children were born who survive.  They are Mrs. Edith EBINGER, of Lincoln; Mrs. May GRAHAM, of Centenenter, O.; and Charles, of Memphis, Tenn.   There are four grandchildren, of whom Mrs. R. M. PUGH, of Clinton, is one, and a step daughter, Mrs. Eugene GELSTHORPE, of Waynesville.

He was a member of Frank Sampson post, of Waynesville.  He was a blacksmith by profession.  Funeral arrangements await the arrival of word from his children.

Joseph TOOHEY 

(See news article)


January 11, 1907
Clinton Register


Mrs. Honora TOOHILL died yesterday at 12 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Winnie PEARL, of 1104 North West street. Her maiden name was Honora GLEASON and she was born in Tipperary county, Ireland, in 1838 and came to this country in 1848. In 1862 she was united in marriage to Patrick TOOHILL, who survives her. To this union nine children were born, five girls and four boys: Mrs. Johanna KILEY; John, dying in infancy; Mrs. Anna POWERS; Mrs. Winnie PEARL; Edward TOOHILL; Mrs. Mary PEARL; James; Martin; and Kate TOOHILL. She also leaves one brother, Michael GLEASON, of this city. Almost all the children live in and around Clinton and Wapella near which the home farm is located. Mrs. Toohill came to this city some years ago. She was a kind and loving mother and always worked for the welfare of her family. — Pantagraph

Mr. and Mrs. Toohill were residents of Wilson township many years, moving to Bloomington about four years ago.

Harvey TOOMBS 

March 8, 1901
Clinton Register

Saturday evening Mar. 2, at 4:30 o'clock, Harvey TOOMBS died at his home in the southwest part of the city, aged 68, of cancer of the throat. He had been confined to his home several weeks. He lived in Clinton many years and was well known throughout the county.

Deceased was born in Erie county, N. Y., Jan. 31, 1833. When he was 10 years old his parents moved to Michigan where the home was for three years before moving to Little Rock, Ill., where he was married to Miss Julia A. WELCH in 1853. To them six children were born, four daughters and two sons, all living. They are: Mrs. S. T. JONES, of Clinton, Jennie, Ella, Dorothea, Harvey and Frank, who lived with their father. Mrs. Toombs died eight years ago. From Little Rock the family moved to Sandwich, Ill., then to Shelby county in 1875, coming to Clinton in 1879, where they had since lived.

For several years Mr. Toombs conducted a store in Clinton, but met with business reverses, and had since been engaged in the insurance business until a few months ago. Politically he was a Democrat, but did not take an active part in politics.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Charles Polk TORBERT 

August 29, 1902
Clinton Register

Had Lived in DeWitt County Half a Century—
His Life Was a Success.

Again has an aged pilgrim fallen by the wayside, and the spirit taken its flight to the Bright Beyond. About 2 o'clock Sunday morning, C. P. TORBERT passed from life to death at his home on East Main street after an illness of four months, the result of a cold, aged 75 years, 4 months and 20 days.

Charles Polk Torbert was born in Georgetown, Essex county, Delaware, the youngest son and fifth child of Peter and Elizabeth TORBERT. At the age of 12 he moved with his parents to Union county, Ohio. On March 28, 1849, he was married to Susanna FENNER. In the fall of 1852 he, with his wife and two children, moved to DeWitt county and located on a farm in Harp township, where he lived for 35 years. His wife died March 22, 1883, to this union having been born 12 children, eight of whom are now living. May 10, 1885, he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth YOUNG, who survives him.

His parents were humble folks of moderate means and he early learned that it took one hundred cents to make a dollar. When a young man he wielded the scythe and cradled in Ohio. His employer one evening asked why he poured water out of his boots, when it was a pint of sweat. He drove carriages for young men who upturned tables at dances and spent their wealth in riotous living. The writer once heard him say that he never wanted his children to work like he had. Mr. Torbert never accumulated by real estate speculations, on the hard-earned dollars of others, nor by the increase in the price of land, because he sold but little; but by carefully taking care of the product of mother earth, the great source of all wealth.

He came to DeWitt county in the fall with a blind horse, a two-year-old colt and a few mutilated household effects. The first winter he and a small German cleared 40 acres of timber land. In politics he was a life-long Whig or Republican. Though in local matters he always voted for the essential man; never aspired to public office. When the war was on he was getting along in years and had a family of eight small children and owed $4,000. He avoided the Western mining fever and paid his share of cash to keep the draft off DeWitt county. His idea of the brotherhood and humanity of man was so great that he helped his neighbors save their crops, regardless of the prejudice and malice existing at that time.

His education was limited. He never wrote or figured except by an original method similar to "aliquots of practice." He was always very active and energetic, and his perception was quick and clear to the last hour. His determination was great and perseverance matchless, and accomplished usually whatever he undertook. His judgment on general business matters was considered exceptionally good and he always made his word as good as his paper. He often gave to worthy objects. While very economical in personal matters, the writer knows of him having loaned hundreds of dollars to men he admired who were never able to return the same. He was a man of few words, not contentious and, with the exception of one or two small matters, never had a lawsuit. His wife died in 1883 and he deeded to his eight living children 1,000 acres of land, which had cost an average of $30 per acre, retaining a portion for his declining years, which at his death amounted to about $25,000. Two years later he married again and for 15 years had resided in Clinton. He always made good use of his time and opportunity and worked hard when his wages were only a few dollars per month.

His wife and eight children survive him. They are William; Lucy J., wife of George SUTTON; Emma, widow of the late George RUDASILL; all of Harp township; Elmira E., wife of A. L. LEMEN; Rhoda, wife of Rev. Calvin TALBOT, of Madison City, Kan.; George G., of Harp township; Effie, wife of F. H. HINCKLEY, of Chicago; Ola, wife of Ora LEMEN, of Pratt, Kan. All were present when death came to their father. He was a member of the Christian church, of Clinton, and was not afraid to meet his Savior.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church Monday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND, assisted by Rev. T. A. CANADY. The pall bearers were Thomas, Charles and Clyde SUTTON, Asa and Ora RUDASILL and William TORBERT, grandsons of deceased. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.


March 23, 1883
Clinton Public

Mrs. C. P. TORBET, of Harp township, died yesterday, after a long and painful illness. She was buried this afternoon in Woodlawn Cemetery.


March 23, 1883
Clinton Public

Susanna Fair FENNER, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah FENNER, was born in Liverpool, Madison county, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1830, and was united in marriage to Charles P. TORBET March 25, 1849, who still survives her. She was the mother of twelve children, eight of whom are still living. She died March 22, 1883, after an illness of eight weeks. She united with the Methodist Protestant Church in 1853 and remained a devoted Christian until her death.

Note: aka Torbet


August 10, 1883
Clinton Public

Mrs. Wm. TORBET, who has been sick with consumption for some time, was buried on Thursday of last week.

Note: aka Torbert

Timothy TRACEY 

September 1, 1905
Clinton Register


Timothy TRACEY, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at his home in Clinton, aged 75.  He had been in poor health about six months, but had not been confined to his bed, and less than half an hour before his death was walking about the house.

Deceased was born in Ireland and came to America about sixty years ago.  He lived in Wapella several years, moving to Clinton when the Illinois Central shops were moved here from that place.  He had worked for that company most of the time for about fifty years.   He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. P. CROWLEY, Mrs. C. CULLY, Mrs. John DUFFEY, Miss Julia, John and Wm., all of Clinton.  He was a faithful member of the Catholic church.

Mrs. Timothy TRACEY 

February 4, 1910
Clinton Register

Three Score and Three.

Mrs. Mary TRACEY died early Sunday morning at her home in the east part of the city, aged 63 years.  Mary DONEGAN was born in Ireland July, 1847, and her parents came to the United States when she was 7 yrs old.  They settled at Wapella, where she lived until about thirty years ago.  In 1862 she was married to Timothy TRACEY, and they moved to Clinton about 15 years later, where she has since lived.  Her husband died five years ago.

She is survived by six of her children, as follows: Mrs. Josephine CULLY, Mrs. Mame DUFFY, Mrs. Margaret CROLLY, Miss Julia, John J. and William, all of Clinton.

Funeral services were held at St. John’s church at 10 o'clock, conducted by Father Dollard.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

George L. TRENT 

November 26, 1929
Paper Unknown

George L. Trent Dies at Hallville Monday.

George L. TRENT, 77 years old, died at his home in Hallville yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He was born in Concord, Ky., January 2, 1852, the son of Woodson and Emily (PURCELL) TRENT. He came to DeWitt county when a small child and settled in the Sugar Grove neighborhood. However, he went west when quite a young man where he spent the remainder of his life until a short time ago when he returned to Hallville to make his home. He is survived by one niece, Mrs. Ida HILL of Fisher, Ill. He was also a brother-in-law of Mrs. Rachel TRENT, who was buried in Wapella two weeks ago. He was never married. The body was taken to Pullen's chapel and will remain there until 11 o'clock Wednesday morning when funeral services will be conducted from the Sugar Grove church. Burial will be in the Sugar Grove cemetery.

John B. TRENT 

July 31, 1908
Paper Unknown

Another Old Soldier Taken.

John B. TRENT, president of the Old Soldiers Association of DeWitt county, died Wednesday afternoon at six o'clock, at his home in Wapella, aged sixty-four. He had been sick about two weeks. Deceased, born in Kentucky in 1844, and his parents came to DeWitt county when he was a boy, and it had since been his home. He was married to Miss Mary HALDEMAN, who with a daughter, Mrs. ANDREWS, of Iowa, survives him. About two years ago he quit the farm he had lived on so long near Wapella and moved to that town. He was a Republican and always active in politics. At the time of his death he was deputy game warden. He was a member of the Wapella G. A. R. post and had been its chief officer. He was a member of the Christian Church. Funeral was held in the Wapella Christian church at 10 o'clock today, conducted by the Rev. J. A. Fianell. The G. A. R. post had charge of the funeral.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
TRENT, JOHN B.    HALDEMAN, RACHEL E.    01/02/1876     DE WITT

Mrs. John B. TRENT 

November 1929
Paper Unknown

Mrs. Rachel TRENT, aged 82 years, lifelong resident of Wapella and vicinity, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Emma PIERCE, of Aledo, Ill., Sunday evening at 6 o'clock after an extended illness of more than a year due to infirmities of old age.

Rachel HALDEMAN, daughter of Jacob and Jane HALDEMAN, was born December 8, 1847, in Ohio, the eldest in a family of five. She came to Illinois with her parents in a covered wagon when very young and the family settled in the Monticello neighborhood. She was married to John TRENT in January 1876, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Buck, where as a young woman she made her home.

Mr. Trent passed away at the family home here on July 27, 1908. Mrs. Trent is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. Ethel ANDREWS, of Crookston, Minn., one brother William HALDEMAN, of Monticello, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Pierce of Aledo, Ill., in whose home she was cared for the past year and where she passed away, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Trent spent most of her life in Long Point and Wapella and was loved and respected as a good and charitable citizen and a kind neighbor. She was a member of the Wapella Christian church and Ladies’ Aid society and was a regular attendant as long as her health permitted. She also was a member of the W.R.C. of Clinton.

Funeral party is motoring from Aledo and the service will be at 2:30 p.m. today in the Christian church at Wapella in charge of Rev. William Icenogle of Windsor, her former pastor. Interment in Long Point cemetery, north of Wapella.

TRIGG (infant) 

August 11, 1899
Clinton Register

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. TRIGG, of DeLand, died a few days ago. Mrs. Trigg is a daughter of Wm. GAMBRELL, of Barnett township.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


February 2, 1900
Clinton Register


Wednesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. GAMBREL, in Barnett township, Mrs. Geo. TRIGG died of consumption. Addie GAMBREL was born in Barnett township about 28 years ago, and was a twin sister of Mrs. Chas. W. MARVEL, who died last fall. She was married to George TRIGG about eight years ago and her husband with three children survive her. Several years they lived near Deland but moved back to Barnett township about a year ago.


December 8, 1876
Clinton Public


Michael TROUTMAN, an old resident of this county, died at his late home in Wilson township last Friday night and on Sunday was buried on the farm he had cultivated for nearly forty years. Mr. Troutman emigrated from Germany to this country in 1831, and after spending a brief time in Ohio came to Illinois and settled in Wilson township. Part of the land he owned he held by government title, having entered it when this county was first located. He was an industrious, hard-working German and by the purchase of land when it was cheap and holding on to it, at the time of his death he was considered reasonably wealthy. He was the owner of four hundred acres of as fine land as is to be found in that fertile section of the county. Mr. Troutman married late in life. He leaves a wife and three children. The youngest child was born less than a year ago, after the old man had passed his seventy-sixth year. Early in life he was a Whig in politics, but later joined the Democratic party. He never took an active part in politics or public affairs, and in local county elections rarely allowed politics to influence his vote.


June 16, 1887
Clinton Public

The funeral of A. E. TROWBRIDGE occurred at his residence, at 2 o'clock, Friday, from which the large and sad concourse of people drove to Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where the remains were interred. Mr. TROWBRIDGE was born in Warren County, Ohio, Sept. 20th, 1828, and died June 16, 1887, and was therefore almost 60 years old. He came to this country when he was a young man, without any money, but by continued hard work and economy he had been able to purchase a good farm and a nice home. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his death, two children being dead. Mr. TROWBRIDGE had been ailing for sometime, but was not thought to be in a critical condition until five o'clock the day before he died, when he was taken suddenly speechless and helpless. He lingered thus until 12:30 o'clock the next day, when he fell asleep in death.

Note: His name was Amos E. TROWBRIDGE, a brother of Jacob TROWBRIDGE and son of Abraham Lacy TROWBRIDGE, all of whom were buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. His wife was Julia Ann ALLSOP.

Submitted by Marlyn Duff


June 25, 1944
Clinton Journal

Mrs. S. Trowbridge Expired Saturday.

Mrs. Seymour TROWBRIDGE, former Clinton resident, died in Toledo, Ohio, Saturday morning. She fell and broke her hip a week ago and was in the hospital at the time of her death. Carrie Elizabeth Trowbridge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard PARKER, was born January 6, 1867, in Felmouth, Kentucky. She was united in marriage to Seymour TROWBRIDGE January 1, 1893, in DeWitt County. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year. Besides her husband she leaves the following survivors: a son, Bernard, Clinton; a daughter, Mrs. Hal HARP, Darien, Conn.; a son, Wilbur, Toledo, Ohio and a son Donald, Tucson, Ariz. She also leaves the following grandchildren: J. B., son of Bernard; Taylor, son of Wilbur; Donald and Harry Lee, sons of Donald. A brother, Rufus PARKER, Kenney, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Lulu CUMMINGS, Gardner, Illinois, and Mrs. Will SHAW, Atlanta, and a half-brother, Lloyd PARKER, Clinton, also survive. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and Rebekah lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Trowbridge left Clinton in 1930 and went to Chicago, later moving to Toledo. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 o'clock at Reeser's Funeral Home, with Rev. Hunter in charge. Burial will be in Memorial Park.


December 27, 1916
Clinton Daily Public

Passed Away at Home in Midland City Saturday at Age of Ninety.

The funeral of Jacob TROWBRIDGE, who was one of the oldest men in DeWitt county, who died in his home in Midland City Saturday night at 12 o'clock, was held in Midland City Tuesday morning. Rev. T. T. Holton of the Christian church in Bloomington officiated.

Mr. Trowbridge's death resulted from a one week’s illness. He had for the past twelve years left his farms, of which he had many, and has lived quietly in Midland City, where his daughter, Mrs. Alice RUCKER, has been with him.

Jacob Trowbridge was born in Warren county, Ohio, July 15, 1826, and was the son of Abram and Rachel TROWBRIDGE. He received his education in Warren county, O., and after leaving school he took up the occupation of farming.

His marriage occurred on the 4th of April, 1852, to Miss Mary GUSTIN. There were three children born to this union: Alice Jane, the wife of Howard L. RUCKER, of Midland City; James Alfred TROWBRIDGE; the third child dying in infancy.

Following the death of his first wife, he married the second time to Mrs. Lydia (STOUT) WALLACE, now deceased, who was the widow of Andy J. WALLACE. To this union four children were born, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving two are Mrs. J. M. DUFF, of Lincoln, and Seymour TROWBRIDGE, of Midland City.

Mr. Trowbridge had been a resident of DeWitt county practically all of his life and could call to memory the early days when the country was in the making. At the time he saw DeWitt county, there was but one railroad through and that was the Illinois Central, which had a station at Clinton, having been in operation but a few years. He was a man who made many friends.


December 7, 1937
Paper Unknown

TROWBRIDGE Rites Thursday.

Funeral services for Miss Mildred TROWBRIDGE, 41, who died in a sanatorium at Ottawa Tuesday noon, were held from the home of her brother, Bernard TROWBRIDGE, 806 North Jackson avenue at 3 p.m. Thursday. Rev. J. R. FORD, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park cemetery. She was born February 12, 1896, the daughter of Seymour and Carrie TROWBRIDGE, near Midland City. Surviving are her parents and one sister, Mrs. Hal HARP, Rye, NY, and three brothers, Donald, Chicago, Wilbur, Toledo, Ohio, and Bernard, Clinton. She was a member of the O. E. S. and White Shrine lodges and the Presbyterian church of Clinton. She had taught in the Trowbridge school, and for several years was a stenographer in the office of Attorney L. W. INGHAM. The body was brought to the Pullen funeral establishment from Ottawa.

Submitted by Marlyn Duff


January 4, 1960
Clinton Journal

S. Trowbridge, Former Resident, Dies in Toledo.

Seymour TROWBRIDGE, 91 Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Clinton, died in his home early Sunday. He was born June 22, 1868 near Midland City, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob TROWBRIDGE, and was married to Carrie PARKER, December 31, 1893. She died in 1944. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lillian HARP of Metuchen, NJ, and three sons, Wilbur, Toledo; J. Bernard, Clinton, and Don, Yucaipa, CA; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. One daughter [Mildred] preceded him in death. He was a member of the Midland City Presbyterian Church and I.O.O.F. lodge. His body will be shipped to Clinton for a service at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pullen-Boos chapel in charge of Dr. Philip COEN. Burial will be in Memorial Park. Visitation will be after 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.

Contributed by Marlyn Duff

Catherine TROXEL 

June 19, 1908
Clinton Register


Miss Catherine TROXEL died Wednesday morning at the home of her brother, Isaac TROXEL, northwest of Wapella, aged 53, of cancer of the stomach.  Deceased was born in DeWitt county, and had lived here all her life.  She is survived by several relatives, among them two brothers, Henry and Isaac.  Funeral was held at the home at 2:30 today.  Burial in the Crum cemetery.


September 20, 1912
Clinton Register


Henry TROXEL, who lives 3 miles northwest of Wapella, died at 5 p.m. Thursday evening of pneumonia.  Mr. Troxel was ill but a few days.  Deceased was the last of the children of David and Elizabeth TROXEL, the latter being among the earliest settlers of DeWitt county.  Mr. Troxel never married, his nearest relatives being two nephews and a niece, L. E. TROXEL, of Heyworth, B. E. TROXEL, of Clinton, and Mrs. Elizabeth C. ANGER, of Wapella.  Funeral services will be held from the home at 11 o'clock Sunday morning.  Burial will be in the Crum cemetery.


October 23, 1908
Clinton Register


Isaac TROXEL died Wednesday night at his home west of Wapella, aged 62, of pneumonia, being sick three weeks.  He had lived in DeWitt county many years and owned a farm.   He is survived by a brother, Henry, with whom had had lived many years.  Funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow at 10 o'clock.  Burial in Crum cemetery.

Lawrence E. TROXEL 

February 13, 1914
Clinton Register

Found Dead in Bed At His Home Thursday Morning—
Drank Carbolic Acid.

L. E. TROXEL, a prominent farmer residing in the Long Point neighborhood, northwest of Wapella, was found dead in his bed yesterday morning by members of his family at an early hour.  Some time during the previous night he had taken a quantity of carbolic acid sufficient to cause death.

Coroner Moore was called and a jury summoned.  Members of the family of the dead man gave testimony, after which the jury rendered a verdict that deceased came to his death from taking poison with suicidal intent.

No reason could be assigned by the family for the deed.  He was not a drinking man, and so far as known at present was not in straitened circumstances.

Lawrence E. Troxel was the son of Levi TROXEL, and was born on a farm northwest of Wapella.   He leaves surviving seven children, six of whom are at home, a daughter living in Iowa.   He is also survived by a sister, Elizabeth ANGER, of Wapella, and a brother, B. E. TROXEL, of Clinton.


March 26, 1897
Clinton Public

A Prominent Man Dead.

Levi TROXEL, aged 55 years, died Sunday evening at his home three and one-half miles west of Wapella, of heart trouble. He had been sick but a short time and his death was a surprise to his many friends. Mr. Troxel was prominent in social and political affairs in Wapella township, where he has resided nearly all his life. He was also well known in Clinton and DeWitt county. He leaves a wife and three children, Lawrence, Bert and Mrs. Lizzie ANGER, of Wapella. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Rev. Ingraham officiating. Interment in Crum cemetery.

Mrs. Levi TROXEL 

February 12, 1909
Clinton Register


Mrs. Katherine [should be Ellen or Elender] TROXEL died suddenly early Tuesday at her home about three miles northwest of Wapella, aged about 70.  She was the widow of Levi TROXEL.  She is survived by two sons, Bert and Lawrence, and a sister [should be daughter], Mrs. ANGER, of Wapella.  At the time of her death Lawrence was in Kansas, and no arrangements for the funeral were made until his return.


February 21, 1902
Clinton Register

David TROXELL, one of the old residents of Harrold's Point, died Sunday morning at his home, aged 79 years. He was stricken with paralysis about eight years ago and never recovered. He leaves an aged wife, a daughter and two sons living at home. Uncle David, as he was favorably known, was born in Grancen [Grayson?] county, Kentucky. He came to Sangamon county with his parents when three years old and at the age of seven came with his parents to Harrold's Point. He died on the farm he had lived on since he was seven years old. Besides his relatives he leaves a large circle of friends. Funeral services were held at his home, conducted by Rev. J. L. Dickson. Burial in Crum cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. David TROXELL 

May 23, 1902
Clinton Register


Mrs. David TROXELL died at her home three miles west of Wapella yesterday at 4 o'clock of stomach trouble, aged 78 years. She had been afflicted for several years. The funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow, conducted by Rev. Dickson, of Wapella. The deceased had lived in this county many years and was a true Christian.


March 9, 1888
Clinton Public

A Black Hawk Warrior Answers the Last Roll Call.

Samuel TROXELL, aged seventy-six years, died at his home in Long Point on Tuesday, February 28.  The Troxell family came from Kentucky to Illinois in the year 1826, and three years later settled in Long Point.   Samuel was born in Kentucky on the 26th of January, 1812, and in 1831 he was married to Mary BEAVIS.  They had seven children, three daughters and four sons.  Two of the boys are dead, and Mrs. TROXELL died in August, 1858.  The Troxells were among the first settlers in Long Point, and much of the land they entered is still held by their descendants.  Samuel Troxell was a soldier in the Black Hawk War; enlisted from this county in the company of which Walter BOWLES was sergeant, and was known among his fellow soldiers as “Whistling Sam,” from his tendency to whistle under any and all circumstances.   He was an upright and honorable citizen and was held in high esteem in the community.

TRUMMEL (child) 

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. L. W. TRUMMEL’s six-year old daughter died yesterday afternoon.   She was sick but a few days.


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Edwin Trummel Funeral Today.

Name: Edwin G. TRUMMEL, 64 of rural Oakley formerly of Maroa
Occupation: Former salesman for the Mallinkropt Pharmaceutical Co. of Decatur, also farmed for several years.
Born: June 23, 1910, near Maroa
Died: at 7:05 a.m. in St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur
Parents: Lewis and Nellie (GROVES) TRUMMEL
Married: Daryle CONNETT June 15, 1935, in Argenta
Survivors: his wife, three sons, three grandchildren, five brothers, two sisters
Funeral held in Oakley with burial in Cerro Gordo Cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Lewis William TRUMMEL

December 20, 1907
Clinton Register


Lewis W. TRUMMELL died Sunday evening at his home in the east part of the city, aged 51, having been sick about a year. He was born in 1856, and his parents came to America in 1862, and he had since lived in this country. He was married to Miss Neva PHARES, daughter of H. C. PHARES, of Weldon, in 1883, who with four children survive him. He is also survived by six brothers, William, Fred, Robert, Julius, [and] Christopher, who live near Weldon, and Maroa, and Otto, of Iowa, all being at the funeral except the latter. He lived on a farm near Maroa when he moved to Clinton a few years ago to work for the Illinois Central. He was a member of the Maroa K.P. lodge. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Clinton M. E. church conducted by Rev. S. L. Boyers.

Note: Neva Phares’ full name was Sierra Nevada Phares and she was the daughter of Henry Clay Phares.

Mrs. Charles TUCKER 

June 13, 1913
Clinton Register

Mary A. Tucker Found Dead at Her Home Saturday Evening—
Leaves Two Sons.

Saturday evening about six o'clock, Mrs. Mary A. TUCKER, one of the best known colored people in the county, was found dead in her bed at her home in the northeast part of the city.

Deceased suffered a paralytic stroke last winter and although she had since been able to be up and about, she was not as spry as in former times and her acquaintances were not surprised when notified of her death.  Mrs. Tucker had lived alone for several years, almost ever since the death of her second husband and had frequently told her neighbors that she would probably be alone when the end came.  When she went away from home she always left a padlock on the door, and said that if she was missed at any time during the day and the door was found locked with the padlock missing, they would know that she was either sick or dead.

Friday night, Mrs. Tucker conversed with a neighbor as late as 9 o'clock and appeared in her usual good health, but no one saw her during the day on Saturday.  The neighbors became alarmed and A. R. Pickering and Bose Reynolds went to the house.  Finding the door locked and the padlock missing, with no evidence of life about the place, they notified Policeman Burr.  The latter forced the door and, on entering, found Mrs. Tucker lying on her bed lifeless.  A physician was summoned but found that life had been extinct several hours.

The body was taken to Oakman’s undertaking rooms and a coroner’s jury decided that deceased came to her death from natural causes.  Her age is estimated at about 75 years, but as she was always secretive on this subject, her exact number of years is not known.

Mary MANN, who was a half-sister of Mrs. Hattie WATTERS, was of Indian and Negro blood and was born in Springfield, Ill.  She was first married to Charles BIRD, and to this union five children were born, two of whom are living, Henry, of Chicago, and Harry, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  After the death of her first husband, she was married to Charles TUCKER, who is also dead.  There are two grandchildren.  Since childhood Mrs. Tucker had been a faithful member of the African M. E. church.

The funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon from the African M. E. church, Elder Johnson of Springfield, assisted by Rev. Archie Ward, of Decatur, conducting the services.  The two sons of the deceased, Harry of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Henry of Chicago, were in attendance.  Mrs. Wm. Runels and daughter and Mrs. Valentine, of Decatur, were also in attendance.  Interment was in Woodlawn.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
BIRD, CHARLES     MANN, MARY ANN      08-21-1862     MC LEAN

Mrs. Eli TUCKER 

May 11, 1926
(Paper Unknown)


Mrs. Bessie TUCKER, 77, of Farmer City, died in her home there Monday morning, May 10. She was born April 27, 1849, in Ireland, and came to this country at the age of 27 years, living for sometime in Evansville, Ind. She married Eli TUCKER, March 9, 1886, at Farmer City and had since lived there. Mr. TUCKER died November 26, 1915. She leaves two daughters, Miss Hope, at home, and Mrs. Marshall COLLIER of Farmer City, and one grandchild. Mrs. TUCKER was a member of the M. E. church, and the Woman's Relief Corps and Iantha Rebekah lodge of Farmer City.


July 1910
Paper Unknown

Lewis TUCKER, who died in the Freebie institute at Lincoln Friday as stated in the register that day was brought to Clinton that evening and taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. John TUCKER on East Washington Street. The burial was in Rose Cemetery Saturday morning near Lane where short services were conducted by Rev. T. H. MILLER. Deceased was born near Lane where his parents lived until a few years ago. He was 28 years old and had been at Lincoln seven years. His mother could not attend the funeral on account of being very sick.

Orville TUCKER 

September 22, 1976
Illinois State Journal/Register

Kenney—Orville TUCKER, 75, of Kenney, died at 9:30 AM Monday at the John Warner Hospital in Clinton. The funeral will be held at 2:30 PM Wednesday at the Kenney Christian Church with burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. He leaves his wife Edith, two sons, Frank of Kenney and Richard of Clinton and seven daughters, Mrs. Martha PENCE of Kenney, Mrs. Mary MILLER of Channanon, Mrs. Virginia CHAMBERLAIN of Loves Park, Mrs. Doris SMITH of Mankato, Minn., and Mrs. Betty CROSS of Decatur.

Note: I know there are 2 daughters not listed in the above, but they are not included in the information I have received.

Submitted by K. B. Cook

Charles H. TUGGLE 

November 7, 1941, Friday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Charles Henry TUGGLE, 73, died at 8:20 a.m. Thursday at his home, following an illness of a week.  Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Reeser funeral home, with the Rev. Arthur W. McDavit, Muncie, Ind., former Clinton Universalist minister, officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.  He was born April 29, 1868, in Harp township, son of William and Louisa (Cardiff) TUGGLE.  He married Miss May WARRICK Sept. 30, 1896, in Monticello.  One son, Ray, is deceased.  Surviving is his wife and one brother, Ira Tuggle, Clinton; and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Thomas, Heyworth.  For 30 years Mr. Tuggle was driver of the Clinton fire truck, retiring several years ago.

Mrs. Charles H. TUGGLE 

December 31, 1961, Sunday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Mrs. May TUGGLE, 86, died at 6:35 a.m. Saturday at John Warner Hospital, where she had been undergoing treatment for the effects of exposure suffered about 10 days ago.  Mrs. Tuggle had been found lying in the snow several blocks from her home after she had wandered away barefoot.  Her feet had been frostbitten.  Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Herington Funeral Home.  The Rev. Walter Theobald will officiate.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Monday.  She was born July 21, 1875, at Lane, daughter of Madison and Nira (Ewing) WARRICK.   She married Charles TUGGLE in 1897 at Clinton.  He preceded her in death.  Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Ernest LIGHTBODY, of Glasford, and Mrs. Clarence HUSER, of Wenona; and two nephews, Francis SHOEMAKER, of Cliniton, and Dee WARRICK, of Decatur.  She was a member of St. Paul Universalist Church, the Order of Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem.

Ira Rufus TUGGLE 

December 13, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Young Man, Aged 25, Passes Away This Morning at 10:30 O'clock.

Rufus TUGGLE, aged about 25 years, died at the home of his parents this morning at 10:30 o'clock after a week’s illness of influenza which developed into Pneumonia.

The deceased had been employed by the Ely Grocery Company for the last two months as a truck driver and was taken ill one week ago. When it appeared that he was very ill he was taken from his home on East Main street to that of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. S. A. TUGGLE, who live southwest of the John Warner hospital. The young man moved to Clinton from near Midland City about a year ago. Besides his parents, the deceased is survived by his wife. Funeral arrangements have not as yet been made.

Note: Ira married Clara Beulah Kistler on April 30, 1912, in DeWitt County, Illinois.

From the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950:
TUGGLE, IRA RUFUS    M/W     1918-12-13    DE WITT    CLINTON


May 24, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Prominent DeWitt County Resident Passes Away Last Night at 9 O'clock at Daughter’s Home.

John TUGGLE, a pioneer and prominent resident of Harp township, where he was born and reared, passed away last night at 9 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F. W. LAMPE, at the age of 80 years. Two years ago the deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis and his condition had been weakened since. His death last night came not unexpected. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the Birkbeck church, the Rev. A. W. McDavitt and Rev. C. C. Brewer officiating. Interment will be made in Willmore cemetery.

The deceased was born in Harp township on October 31, 1840, and was educated in the district schools of that township. At the age of 21 he came to Clinton and engaged in the cooper trade. After his father’s death he returned to his home to take charge of the farm. In 1863 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha Margaret PRICE, of Texas township, and seven children were born to this union. For the past six years he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. F. W. Lampe, near Birkbeck. On April 23, 1897, Mrs. TUGGLE passed away and the following year he was united in marriage to Mrs. CROSS, a sister of his deceased wife. The second Mrs. Tuggle died in August 1910.

Mr. Tuggle was an active member of the F. M. B. A. society and has held several important township offices. While he was not a member of any church, Mr. Tuggle always maintained that to be a Christian was to do religion rather than to profess it. This theory he practiced in his daily endeavors.

He is survived by five children, nine grandchildren, besides three brothers and one sister. The children are: Melvin TUGGLE, county superintendent of highways; Fred C., who conducts a garage in Clinton; William, of Prairie Center neighborhood; and Mrs. Frank Lampe, at whose home the death occurred. The brothers are Solomon TUGGLE, West North street; George, residing three miles east of Clinton; and Allen, of Birkbeck. The sister is Mrs. William O'BRIEN, of Wager, South Dakota.

John Tuggle was a well known character in DeWitt county and connected with its growth for many years. He had many friends who will mourn his loss. Politically Mr. Tuggle was a staunch Democrat and a hard party worker. Until seven years ago he was the owner of 800 acres of fine prairie land in DeWitt county which he recently divided in equal shares among his children when he retired from active life. The funeral arrangements will be announced later.


May 27, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Tuggle Funeral Sunday.

The funeral services for the late John TUGGLE were held from the Birkbeck church at 11 o'clock Sunday morning. Rev. A. W. McDavitt, assisted by Rev. J. W. Brewer, pastor of the Birkbeck church, had charge of the services. The pall-bearers were the nephews of the deceased. Burial was made in the Willmore cemetery.

Mrs. John TUGGLE (1) 

April 30, 1897
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. John Tuggle.

Mrs. Martha TUGGLE died Friday afternoon at her home one mile north of Birkbeck, aged 47 years, 1 month and 20 days. She was born in Casey county, Ky., and came to this county with her parents in 1863. In 1865 she was married to John TUGGLE and they had since lived in Harp township. Seven children, two sons and five daughters were born to them. Her maiden name was Martha PRICE, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William PRICE, lived in Texas township where the former died. Mrs. Price married Rev. Geo. CLIFTON and moved to Kansas. Mrs. Leanna CROSS, of this city, is a sister of the deceased. Funeral services were held at the Birkbeck church Sunday at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L. B. Pickerill.

Mrs. John TUGGLE (2) 

August 12, 1910
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. John Tuggle.

Mrs. John TUGGLE died Sunday at her home one mile north of Birkbeck. She had been in poor health for the past year, but the direct cause of her death was cholera morbus.

Leanna Tuggle was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hedley PRICE and was born May 10, 1844 in Casey county, Kentucky. She came to Texas township, DeWitt county, Illinois, with her parents in 1863. She is the last of a family of ten children who have been summoned to the great beyond.

In 1867 she was united in marriage to J. P. CROSS, who died April 8, 1886, and to this union there were born six children, three of whom died in their infancy. After the death of her husband, she made her home in Clinton until March, 1898, when she was united in marriage to John TUGGLE, of Birkbeck, and removed to the family home where she resided until her death. She was 66 years of age at the time of her demise.

Those left to mourn her loss are her aged husband, her three children: Mrs. Z. V. EARLY, of Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. J. P. OBERSCHLAKE, of Heyworth, Ill.; Mrs. C. E. BORST, of Chicago; and five step children: Will, Melvin and Fred TUGGLE, of Birkbeck, Ill.; Charles TUGGLE, of Midland City, Ill.; and Mrs. F. Lampe, of Lane, Ill., as well as a host of friends and relatives.

She united with the Baptist church when a girl and later removed her membership to the Christian church of Clinton. Funeral services were held in the Birkbeck church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. A. H. Howard. The funeral was one of the largest ever held from that church. The interment took place in the Willmore cemetery one mile south of Birkbeck.

Note: Her first husband died in 1887, not 1886.
Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916:
CROSS, PERRY    1887-04-08     CLINTON    41 YR    DE WITT

Mrs. Solomon TUGGLE 

July 30, 1880
Clinton Public

Mrs. Solomon TUGGLE was buried on last Friday.  Mr. TUGGLE and family have the sympathies of the entire community.

William TUGGLE 

April 24, 1914
Clinton Register

William Tuggle Had Resided in This Vicinity More Than Seventy Years.

The death of Wm. TUGGLE, which occurred at his home on East Washington street at 5 o'clock last Friday evening marks the passing of another old resident of DeWitt county. Deceased was confined to his bed but one week, lumbago and kidney trouble being the prime causes of death. It was his first and last illness during a long and busy life. Friday of last week he wheeled several barrow loads of dirt to cover a cave which had been built in the yard, and that night complained of his back, but throughout his illness he was cheerful and hopeful.

William Tuggle was born in Harp township and spent his life there until nine years ago, when he removed to Clinton, where he had since resided. At the time of his death he had reached the age of 72 years, 2 months and 13 days.

Deceased was the son of Charles and Mary TUGGLE and one of a family of twelve children, there being seven boys and five girls. He was married twice, the first marriage being to Jennie JACKSON, who died one year following. The second marriage was to Eliza CARDIFF in 1862.

To the union was born seven children. Those surviving are: John, Jr., of Prairie Center; Mrs. Patrick THOMAS, of Heyworth; Charles TUGGLE, driver of the fire team in Clinton; and Ira TUGGLE, living north of Birkbeck. He also leaves one sister and four brothers: Mrs. Charlotte O'BRIEN, of North Dakota; John, Solomon and Allen TUGGLE, of near Birkbeck; and George TUGGLE, three miles east of Clinton.

Mr. Tuggle owned a fine farm of 60 acres in Harp township. He also owned city property in Clinton. When a young man he became a member of the Baptist church, but during his latter years he had not affiliated with any society. Funeral services were held from the Universalist church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. McDAvitt. Interment in Woodlawn.

Mrs. William TUGGLE 

January 29, 1915
Clinton Register

Retired as Usual Saturday Night—
Found Dead in Her Bed.

Early Sunday morning Mrs. Louisa TUGGLE was found dead in her bed at the home of her son, J. W. TUGGLE, of Prairie Center neighborhood, where she had been making her home. Inward goiter, with which the deceased had been afflicted for some time, was the cause of her sudden calling, and the coroner’s jury, which was necessarily called, rendered a verdict accordingly.

Saturday night Mrs. Tuggle had retired in her apparent usual good health, and the following morning after her son had risen and as is his custom, arranged the fires and other matters about the house, called his mother and then went out to look after the morning chores about the barn. Some time later he returned to the house and at once noted his mother’s absence. As this was something unusual, he hurried to her room only to find her cold in death. The sudden call of the mother from life to the beyond was a shock to the children, who had last seen her in apparent health and usual cheerful mood.

Louisa CARDIFF was born in Ohio April 1, 1842, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William CARDIFF, who emigrated to this state when the daughter was seven years of age. The family settled on a farm near Birkbeck and a year later Mrs. CARDIFF died, leaving the husband and children to the battles of the pioneer in a strange land. Louisa was married to William Tuggle at the age of twenty years and the couple at once began housekeeping on a farm near the home of her father. Four children, all living, were born to them: J. W. Tuggle, Birkbeck; Mrs. Sarah THOMAS, Heyworth; Charles H. TUGGLE, Clinton; and Ira TUGGLE, Birkbeck. Many years of active life were spent by the couple on the farm until nine years ago when they moved to Clinton and resided in the west part of the city until the death of the husband and father, which occurred last April, when Mrs. Tuggle decided to quit housekeeping and spend the remainder of her days among her children. During her residence in this city, Mrs. Tuggle won many new friends.

Funeral services were held at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Universalist church, Rev. Arthur McDavitt officiating. Burial in Woodlawn.

William E. TUGGLE 

June 12, 1914
Clinton Register


About a week ago Edward TUGGLE of Harp township was taken to the Warner hospital where he died at 12:40 last night, aged 40 years. He had not been feeling well for several days before a doctor was called a day or two before he was taken to the hospital. Spinal trouble is given as the cause of death.

William Edward Tuggle was born in Harp township July 31, 1873, and it had always been his home. He was married to Miss Cora BLAKE in January, 1897, who with three children, the eldest aged 16, survives him. He is also survived by his father, Solomon TUGGLE, and a brother Elmer TUGGLE of Clinton. His mother died when he was young.

Funeral services will be held in the Universalist church in Clinton tomorrow at 2 o'clock, conducted by the pastor. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


June 19, 1914
Clinton Register

That the late W. E. TUGGLE was held in high esteem by his acquaintances was demonstrated Saturday, when a large number of his former neighbors came to the city in a heavy downpour of rain to attend the funeral. The services were held at the Universalist church, Rev. Arthur McDavitt, the pastor, officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn.

Milton TULL 

April 3, 1896
Clinton Public

Milton TULL, a veteran soldier of Farmer City, died at his home on Sunday. Funeral services were held Tuesday.

Mrs. W. J. TULL 

December 17, 1909
Clinton Register

Mrs. W. J. TULL died Tuesday evening at her home in Mattoon, aged 52. She submitted to an operation about five years ago, and never had fully recovered. She had been confined to her home since last summer. She was married to Rev. W. J. TULL about thirty years ago, and is survived by him; also by two daughters, Mrs. J. KAMMERER, of Chicago, and Miss Mayme, at home. Lillian died at Carrollton a few years ago, aged about 19 years. The family lived in Clinton first while Rev. Tull was pastor of the M. E. church three years. They moved to Carrollton when he was pastor of the church there, and then to Litchfield from where they moved back to Clinton several years ago, and it was their home until a year ago when Mr. Tull bought an interest in a marble business in Mattoon and they moved to that city. Funeral was held yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial was in Windson cemetery, ten miles from Mattoon, where the daughter was buried.

Charles H. TURLEY 

July 20, 1906
Clinton Register


Chas. H. TURLEY died at his home in Kenney Monday night, after having been sick five months. Deceased was born in Sangamon county, near Springfield, Ill., April 8, 1860, and was aged 46 years, three months and ten days. He was married to Evaline PERRY January 16, 1884. To them were born ten children, five boys and five girls. Three boys and one girl are dead. He was a brother of Mrs. F. T. DuBOIS, of Hallsville. He had been a member of the Christian church 28 years.

TURNER (infant) 

March 7, 1890
Clinton Public

Once more death has visited us to remind us that we are fast passing away; that the young as well as the middle-aged and aged, must yield to His will. Last Sunday the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. TURNER was called to its long home. On Monday quite a goodly number assembled at the house to sympathize with the bereft father and mother. The remains were taken to Rucker Chapel cemetery for interment.

Mrs. C. C. TURNER 

March 28, 1890
Clinton Public

Mrs. C. C. TURNER died at her home in El Dorado, Kansas, on Saturday, March 15th. She was formerly a resident of this place and was favorably known here. She was a sister of Mrs. Lee HAMILTON, W. M. and V. A. SAMPSON.

Dennis TURNER 

January 27, 1905
Clinton Register

One of Rutledge Township’s Oldest and Best Known Citizens Taken at Three-score and Six Years.

Friday night about 10 o'clock Dennis TURNER died at his home in Rutledge township aged 75 years, 2 months and 20 days, of paralysis.

Dennis Turner was born Sept. 24, 1829, in Windsor county, Vt.  His father Perry TURNER, moved to Champaign county, O., in 1833, to McLean county, Ill., in 1842, and to DeWitt county in 1844, buying 160 acres in Rutledge township.  The father died in 1845, aged 40, and the mother in 1847, aged 48.  The home-stead had since been the home of deceased.  He was the oldest and last of the four children to pass away.  He had added to the homestead until he owned over 500 acres.

In 1851 he was married to Miss Martha RUTLEDGE, who died in 1866, being survived by the husband and five children, Allen A., Chas. J., Mary J., wife of Jackson VANCE, John W., and Martha D., wife of C. W. BISHOP, all now living in Rutledge township.  His second marriage was to Miss Mary TINGLE to them one son, Samuel, was born, who also lives near the old homestead.

He was kindly spoken of as "Uncle Dennis" by many, or respectfully spoken of as "Squire Turner."  He was the adviser of his community.  "Go to Dennis Turner" was the common remark when someone wanted advice.  He was elected justice of the peace in 1862 and held the office forty years, and was urged to hold it longer.  During the time he was "peacemaker" more cases were compromised and pleasantly settled than in other ways that came before him.  He was always prominent in the affairs of his community, public spirited and enterprising.  In manner he was always the same—pleasant and straightforward.  He was a man of integrity and honor; "his word was as good as his bond."  He had the confidence and respect of all.  One who had known him all the time of his residence in this county, said: "I never heard him talk against men.  I never heard a man talk against him."

In political opinion he was a Democrat; in religious conviction a Universalist.  His sixty years residence in the community, living his quiet, plain, unassuming life, raised him high in the esteem of those who knew him.  He was honored and highly respected by all.  As father, husband, friend and citizen he made a splendid record—such a one as few men make.  His acquaintances now pay him the splendid tribute he earned in the years he dwelt with them.

Funeral was held Sunday afternoon in the Universalist church in Leroy, conducted by Rev. Leavitt.  Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery near Leroy.

Edgar L. TURNER 

March 10, 1899
Clinton Public

A Prominent Wapella Citizen Passed Away After a Prolonged Illness.

Edward [should be Edgar] L. TURNER died at 6:30 a.m. Friday at his home in Wapella, after a prolonged illness. About three years ago deceased underwent a surgical operation from which he never fully recovered, but the direct cause of his death was an attack of the grip, with which he had been suffering for the past 10 days.

Deceased was aged about 32 years, and was a son of Wm. Turner, living northeast of Wapella. Ten years ago he was united in marriage to Hattie JEFFREYS, and to them were born two children, Lela and Nola, who, together with the wife, survive him. For a number of years deceased conducted a livery business in Wapella, but for the past three years was not actively engaged in business.

Funeral services were held in Wapella on Sunday morning at 10:30, conducted by Rev. M. F. Ingraham. Remains were in charge of the Modern Woodment, and laid to rest in Sugar Grove cemetery.


March 10, 1899
Clinton Public


Edgar L. TURNER departed this life on March 3d at 6 a.m. His funeral was held at the Christian church on Sunday morning by Elder M. F. Ingraham, his pastor. Interment at Sugar Grove cemetery. He had been an invalid for about three years from a surgical operation which had been performed upon him. About eight days before his death he took to his bed and blood poison set in. Everything was done for him that could be done. He leaves to mourn his demise a wife, two children, Nola and Lela, a father, mother, and four brothers, Charles, at Fairfield, Ill., John, William and Mercer, living here, and a large circle of friends. Mr. Turner had served on the village council two terms, and had been elected to two important township offices in this township. He ran the livery barn here for several years, but had to give it up on account of his failing health. The Modern Woodmen camp, No. 1472, honored him by electing him as their clerk, which office he held when he died. He had a $2,000 policy in that order, payable to his wife. The camp of neighbors were out Sunday and attended the funeral in a body, using their burial service. At the time of his demise he was 34 years, 1 month and 16 days old. He was a member of the Christian church and attended when he could. "Blessed are they that die in the Lord."

Fisher D. TURNER 

November 29, 1895
Clinton Public

Died on the Way Home.

About three weeks ago Wm. TURNER and wife, living two miles and a half of Wapella, were called to Fresno, Cal., by a message stating that their son, F. D. TURNER, was very low with consumption. Mrs. Turner and son, Ed left for California at once, the sick man's father being unable to endure such a long trip. Tuesday he received a message from his wife, stating that their son had died in New Mexico, while he was being brought home. Deceased leaves a wife and two children, who were with him at the time of his death. The sad members of the family of deceased will arrive here Friday with the remains. The family was in a railroad wreck at Shoemaker, New Mexico, and it is believed that the shock hastened his death. It was a collision in which two persons were killed and many wounded.

Note: According to the 1880 census, his first name was Fisher.

Capt. James R. TURNER 

August 25, 1893
Clinton Public

Mustered Out.

Last January Captain James R. TURNER, living in Kenney, was stricken with paralysis and one side of his body lost its life. He lingered on till last Wednesday when the order came for his final muster out. Captain Turner was a native of Pennsylvania and was born October 22, 1822. He was in his seventy-first year.

In 1841 Captain Turner came west to Decatur and there learned the trade of plasterer. In 1846 he enlisted in Company C, Fourth Illinois Infantry, of which company Governor R. J. OGLESBY was First Lieutenant, in which he served through the Mexican War. In 1852 he was united in marriage to Miss Rachel J. HUTCHIN, and in 1852 he gave up town life and moved on to a farm on Salt Creek, and he remained there till 1871, when he moved into Kenney and engaged in general merchandising. In August, 1862, he raised a company of one hundred and thirty men, of which he was elected Captain, and became Company B of the One Hundred and Seventh Illinois. On account of physical disability he resigned in October, 1864, and was mustered out.

Captain Turner was a strong Democrat, and living in a Democratic township he was honored by an election as Supervisor for four successive terms. Twice was he elected chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He will be buried today in the Kenney cemetery. A number of his old company went to Kenney on the morning train to pay the last rites to their old commander. Captain Turner leaves a widow and seven children.

Spencer TURNER 

April 30, 1897
Clinton Register

An Old Resident of Wapella Township Called Home.

Spencer TURNER was born in Clark county, Ohio, May 22, 1816, and came with his parents to Illinois in 1827, settling in Logan county. He was married to Miss Nancy HOBLIT, April 20, 1836, she having emigrated to this state from Green county, O., in 1829. To this union 14 children were born, seven sons and seven daughters, three of the sons dying in infancy, and one son dying Aug. 25, 1872, being about 20 years of age. Of the ten children living, three are sons and seven daughters. In addition to these Mr. Turner had 61 grandchildren, of whom 40 are still living. There are 33 great-grandchildren, making a total of 104 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. David says, "Children are a heritage of the Lord and as arrows in the hand of a mighty man so are the children of the youth."

Mr. Turner united with the Baptist church about the year 1843, ten years later he united with the Christian church at Long Point, and for 44 years has attended the worship either of that congregation or the one at Wapella.

Mr. Turner passed from human existence April 26, 1897, at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 4 days. Funeral services were held in the Christian church at Wapella conducted by Elder Ingraham and Rev. Wass. The interment was in the beautiful Sugar Grove cemetery at Long Point. Peace to his sacred ashes.

Mrs. Spencer TURNER 

June 1, 1900
Clinton Register

Mrs. Nancy (HOBLIT) TURNER, one of the oldest residents of Wapella, died Sunday night with heart disease and dropsy, after ten months' sickness. She was 78 years, 10 months and 6 days old. She was married to Spencer TURNER at New Castle, Logan county, Illinois, April 21, 1836, and then settled in Short Point. In 1854 they moved east of Long Point, about one mile, on the wild prairie land, where he made a farm and lived there until about twelve years ago when they moved into town from the farm. April 26, 1897, her husband died. Mrs. Turner united with the Christian church when a young woman and has lived a consistent Christian life. She bore her affliction with fortitude. She was not able to lie down on the bed for over five months, taking her rest in a rocking chair all the time. She was the mother of fourteen children, five of whom died in youth. She leaves to mourn her demise three sons and six daughters: W. T. TURNER, Edgar F. TURNER and C. D. TURNER, of Beaver, Ia.; Mrs. F. M. WILLIS, Mrs. James McCANNON, Mrs. A. RAMERS, of Champaign county; Mrs. Thomas LIVINGSTON, of Gibson City; Mrs. A. MURPHY, of Kansas; and Mrs. E. F. JONES, of Indianapolis, Ind. Rev. INGRAHAM conducted the funeral services Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church, assisted by Rev. ROBERTSON. Interment was in Sugar Grove cemetery.

William T. TURNER 

March 1, 1912
Clinton Register

Wapella Loses One of Its Best Citizens Who Had the Respect and Esteem of All.

William T. TURNER, one of Wapella's best known and most honorable men, has been suddenly taken from home and loved ones. Perhaps no man in that town was held in higher esteem. He was one of those quiet, upright men, who seldom have an enemy. He was zealous in church work and was prominent in anything that was for the best interests of his home town, and there is general regret that he has been called from among friends.

His sickness was brief. About three weeks ago he slipped and fell on the ice, hurting his right side and shoulder. He had about recovered from it, but the latter part of last week he began to complain of a cold. He was up town on Monday but returning home he took to his bed. A doctor was called and everything was done to relieve his suffering. He was the son of Spencer and Nancy TURNER and was born in McLean county west of Heyworth Dec. 28, 1841. He was married to Miss Mary E. BOLIN in 1864 in Wapella. To this union were born eight children, two dying in infancy and Edward [Edgar] and Fisher passing away a few years ago. Those surviving are John B., William T., Jr., Mercer E., of this county, and Charles O., of Switz City, Ind. The children mourn with the mother, a devoted father and husband. He leaves four sisters, Mrs. Margaret MURPHY, of Kansas; Mrs. E. F. JONES, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Avey [Avery] RAMERT, of Champaign county; and Mrs. F. M. WILLIS, of Wapella, and one brother, E. F. TURNER, of Lincoln; also twenty grandchildren. He united with the Long Point Christian church when a young man and filled the office of deacon and elder for a number of years until he removed from his farm in Wilson township to Wapella about ten years ago and placed his membership with the Christian church in that village, and has held the office of elder. In Wilson he held the job of justice of the peace, collector and assessor. He has served on the village board one term and was serving as president of the village board. He was a retired farmer and one among the best citizens of DeWitt county. The death of Mr. Turner takes from the community a good friend and neighbor and one that will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Wapella Monday at 1:30, conducted by Rev. O. P. Wright of Mechanicsburg, assisted by the pastor Rev. Herrington. Burial was in Long Point cemetery.

Note: His burial is listed in Sugar Grove Cemetery, not Long Point.

Joseph Stephen TWADELL 

May 7, 1915
Clinton Register

Stephen Twadell Had Reached Age of Seventy-Seven Years—
Former School Teacher.

Stephen TWADELL, an aged resident of this place, passed away at 2:45 Wednesday morning, following a week’s illness with pneumonia.  He was 77 years of age and was born and reared in Ohio, coming to this state in 1862.  He taught school for many years in Logan and DeWitt counties, and was teacher in the public school here in 1865-6.  Mr. Twadell has been police magistrate of this village for several years.  He was of a very quiet disposition and was liked by all who knew him.  Funeral services will probably be held Thursday.  Interment will be made in the Evergreen cemetery.


May 1915
Paper Unknown


Waynesville Ill., May 5—Stephen TWADELL, an aged resident of this place, passed away at 2:45 Wednesday morning, after being seriously ill one week with pneumonia.  Mr. Twadell came to this state in 1862, having been born and reared in Ohio.  He was 77 years old last March.  He taught school for many years in Logan and DeWitt counties and from 1865-6 was teacher in the public school here.  For several years he has been police magistrate of this village.  He has no relatives at this place, but is survived by a niece, Mrs. Laura EVANS, of Taylorville, and nephew, Ernest TWADELL of Chicago.  Funeral services will probably be held Thursday.  Internment will be made here.

Note: Stephen was a brother of Samuel and Urbane Twadell.

(Tombstone) contributed by Kathy Evans

Samuel B. TWADELL 

January 10, 1867
Clinton Public

SAMUEL B. TUADELL.—He was left an orphan at seven; was thrown among strangers to be fitted for the duties of life, and early learned to strike out for himself.  And wherever he lived he secured the esteem of his employers and acquaintances.  He came to Illinois in the Autumn of 1861, and after a short residence at Clinton, settled in Waynesville, where, by all who knew him, he was held in great respect for his good principles and manly deportment.  He spent five months in 1863 in the army; but owing to his feeble health, did not continue in the service.  Yet while the gigantic contest rolled on, he was not inactive.  His pen was not idle, and some of its potent articles did much to allay bitter prejudice and partisan strife, and won for him the highest acclaim from those who knew of it.  On returning from the army he took charge of his brother’s family, in 1864.  He was married to Miss [Amy] Letitia DUNHAM, Oct. 17, 1865.  His early literary education was limited to the primary English branches—to which must be added the loving training of a pious mother during the first seven years of his life.  He conducted a school during the winter of 1865 and ’6, though suffering much from hoarseness and the ague.  As the spring of 1866 drew on, his disease seemed to lay deeper hold on his system; and so it gradually advanced, defying all remedial applications, till it ended in his death, Jan. 1, 1867, at 7 a.m.  During his protracted illness he called on the Lord for his mercy, and his cry was heard and graciously answered.  He lived to see the New Year, aged 31 years.  As the enclouded sun of the New Year’s day rose in splendor over the world, his ransomed spirit, at peace with God, and undisturbed by the fear of death, ascended to dwell forever in the world of spirits and just men made perfect.

Note: aka Samuel B. Twaddell

Urbane N. TWADELL 

January 10, 1867
Clinton Public

Urban N. TUADELL.—He was born in Logan Co., Ohio, April 18, 1832.  He lost his father at the age of nine years, and his mother two years later.  He was apprenticed at an early age to learn the trade of shoemaker, which calling he followed till the beginning of the Slave holder’s rebellion, when, with noble zeal and patriotic fervor, he forsook the bench and the shop, and went to the tented field.  He joined the 11th Missouri cavalry, March 4, 1863, in which he continued as veterinary surgeon till his death, in April 21, 1864.   He died suddenly of a congestive chill.  He was married to Miss Elizabeth MALSOM [MORRISON], July 4, 1857, in Lawrence, Kansas, after which he moved into Missouri, where he enlisted in the army.  In the winter of 1863, he obtained a ten days furlough, and visited his family, on Christmas, in Clinton, DeWitt Co., Ill., where they and his younger brothers at that time resided.  On New Year’s day, 1864, he returned to his regiment, leaving his family in the care of his brothers.  The next August they removed to Waynesville.  At that time it consisted of his widow and four children; since then two of the children have died.

Note: aka Urbane Neill Twaddell

His wife’s obituary: Mrs. Elizabeth Ebright

Cicero TWIST 

February 6, 1903
Clinton Register

One of Nixon Township's Oldest Citizens Passes Away at the Home of His Son, Near Weldon.

Cicero TWIST died Saturday at the home of his son, Milo TWIST, two miles west of Weldon, aged 83 years, 1 month and 25 days. Cicero Twist was born in the state of New York Dec. 6, 1819. When about one year old his parents came to Illinois, locating in Sangamon county, where he was married to Miss Sarah BARRICKMAN May 21, 1845. To them six daughters and four sons were born, all of whom are living except two sons. About 50 years ago he moved to this county, locating on a farm near Weldon. It was wild prairie land and he built a log house 12 feet square. He increased his acres until he owned about 450. Jan. 10, 1867, he was married to Sarah ENOS, who was a native of Ohio; she died July 16, 1878. Politically he was a Democrat and did all he could for the success of his party. He held several offices and always looked after the interest of the people as he did after his own interests. Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon, and interment was in the Lisenby cemetery.

From The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
TWIST, CICERO    ENOS, SARAH MRS.    11/03/1867     DE WITT

Mrs. Cicero TWIST 

July 26, 1878
Clinton Public

Died of apoplexy, in Nixon township, DeWitt County, Ill., July 16, 1878, Mrs. TWIST, wife of Cicero TWIST, in her 59th year.

The deceased was born in Zanesville, Ohio, August 10, 1819, and soon after her birth the family moved to Richland County, Ohio, where she grew to womanhood, and in her eighteenth year married James ENOS, with whom she lived until 1862, when he died. Having moved to this county in the fall of 1854, she lived a widow until 1867, when she married Cicero TWIST, who still lingers on the shores of time and deeply mourns the loss of a kind and amiable companion. Mrs. Twist was the mother of eight children, three of whom went to the spirit land in advance of her; the other five still remain to endure the sorrow incident to the loss of an affectionate mother—the best earthly friend any person ever had. Mrs. Twist professed religion and united with the M. E. Church in 1858, and ever after was a devoted and consistent Christian, always ready and willing to contribute a portion of her earthy substance to relieve suffering humanity and sustain preaching of the gospel.

Mrs. Twist was a sister of Dr. TYLER, of DeWitt, with whom she contemplated a visit to the old home in Ohio this fall; but alas how uncertain is life. Mrs. Twist was stricken down suddenly, being in the enjoyment of almost perfect health. Having had an attack of apoplexy some eight years ago, she was expecting another, therefore was ready, kept her heart in order. Be ye also ready for ye know not when the summons will come.

—T. H. J.

Followed by a long poem titled, "Tribute", in memory of Mrs. Sarah Twist, not included here.

Note: Her maiden name was Sarah TYLER. She married James ENOS March 31, 1836. He died in 1862.


April 1913
Paper Unknown

Death Calls Home Young Mother.
Mrs. Fred Twist Dies in New Mexico And Is Brought Home For Burial.

The death angel has spread its wings and a young wife and mother has gone to her great reward. Mrs. Fred TWIST died in Hagerman, N. M., Wednesday, March 26, 1913, after an illness of about a year's duration of tuberculosis. The remains left New Mexico last Friday and arrived in Weldon Monday, March 31, where they were taken to the home of Milo TWIST to await the time of the funeral. The funeral was held at the M. E. church last Tuesday conducted by Rev. P. O. ANDERSON, of Pierson, who also has charge of the church at Lane, where the deceased was a member, assisted by Rev. J. E. EVANS, the local pastor. Interment was made in the Lisenby cemetery between here and Lane. It was the request of the deceased that Rev. Anderson officiate at the funeral. The scripture lesson, read by Rev. Evans, was "Life a Mystery." Rev. Anderson's theme was based on a part of I. Cor. XIII, 12—"for Now We See Through a Glass Darkly, But Then Face to Face."

Effie BOYD was born June 9, 1877, at Stony Bluff, Indiana, and died Wednesday, March 26, 1913 at Hagerman, N. M., where she was taken for the benefit of her health, age 35 years, nine months and 17 days. She was married October 26, 1904, to Fred TWIST. To this union were born four children, Ross, age 7; Chester, 6; Bertie, 4; and Olive, who died April 1, 1912, at the age of three months. The deceased was left motherless at a very young age. She became identified with church work when quite young and united with the Christian Church in Lane three years ago last January. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge at Lane.

Mrs. Twist had been ailing about a year with tuberculosis, but not alarmingly so until the last eight months. In November the family left their home near Lane and went to New Mexico in the hopes of recovering her health but to no avail. The deceased was always attentive to those about her and thought more of the wants and cares of others than she did herself. She leaves a husband and three children, a father in St. Louis, and numerous relatives and friends. The Record joins the latter in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Charles S. TYLER 

September 30,1875
Clinton Public

Dr. J. H. TYLER, of DeWitt, mourns the loss of his only son, a bright little fellow in his seventh year, who died on last Friday.  The grief-stricken parents will receive the sympathies of their friends in this sad affliction.  An extended notice has been prepared for publication, but came to hand too late for this week’s PUBLIC.


October 7,1875
Clinton Public

Died, in Marion, on the 24th of September of peritonitis, Charles S., only son of Dr. J. H. and Harriet TYLER, aged 6 years 5 months and 13 days.

But in the sun they cast no shade,
     No voice is heard, no sign is made,
No step is on the conscious floor;
     Yet love will dream, and faith will trust,
(Since He who knows our need is just,)
     That somehow, somewhere meet we must.

The subject of this sketch, though but young in years, had bound to him, by his gentle, pleasant and amiable disposition, hosts of friends, for none knew but to love him, and remarkably thoughtful for one of his years.  The joy and pride of his parents, his death creates a void in their aching hearts that none but He who tempereth the wind to the shorn lamb can fill, though the subject of death was often mentioned by himself during the past summer, thereby preparing them in a measure for the separation which was so soon to take place.  He was ill but seven days, but his sufferings were very severe.  But a short time before his death he had arranged all the details of his funeral (who knows but with intuitive thoughtfulness).  He wanted to be dressed in his little black suit, with slippers on his feet, and little black kid-gloves on his hands.  Attending a funeral and seeing the coffin placed in a wagon, he turned to his father with, “Pa, I don't want to be hauled in a wagon when I die, but in that pretty thing in the newspapers, with the pretty plumes on it,” describing instead of speaking the word hearse.

Charlie was a constant attendant at the Sabbath school, and the subject of death, the grave, and the resurrection were constant and interesting themes to him, though they sorely puzzled his little brain how “God could take them out of [the] ground.”  He did not seem to fear death, but only going into the ground was the terror with him.

Charlie was very attentive in assisting his mother about her work.  Turning the clothes-ringer one day, while she was washing, he turned to his mother with “Ma, aint I a good boy?”  His mother answering yes, he said, “Well, ma, when I die could you buy another little boy?” then adding, “but it wouldn't be Charlie, would it, ma?”

Who shall say the little angels that were watching over and guarding him were not silently influencing and drawing him toward that brighter, sunnier clime where “our bodies bloom to souls.”  God in his infinite mercy used them to lighten and soften the blow he was about to inflict upon his fond parents.      L. R. T.

Dr. John H. TYLER 

January 31,1908
Clinton Register

DeWitt County’s Oldest Physician Passes Away After An Illness of Several Weeks;
Aged Eighty.

About three months ago Dr. J. H. TYLER became sick at his home in Clinton, and for some time it had been realized he could not recover.  Though he too felt he would soon be taken from home and friends, he did not fear the final summons.  Friday the end came peacefully when the family was at his bedside.

John H. Tyler was born in Mansfield, Ohio, August 24, 1827.  He lived there until grown and then taught school two and half years.  He then began the study of medicine in Perrysville, Ohio.  He first attended medical lectures in Columbus, O.; he first practiced his profession in Perrysville until 1855 when he came to Ill., and located at DeWitt.  In the fall of 1856 he entered Rush Medical College and graduated in February, 1857.  He then returned to DeWitt and resumed the practice of medicine.

In 1874 he was nominated on the Republican ticket for the legislature, the district being composed of DeWitt and Macon counties.  He was elected and served two years.   He then gave his whole time to the practice of medicine.

March 27, 1861, he was married to Miss Harriet CAIN, daughter of Chas. S. CAIN, who moved to DeWitt from Perry county, Ohio.  Three children were born to them, Charles dying in 1876 [1875] age six years.  The two surviving are Dr. Aldora J. TYLER, of Clinton, and Mrs. Earl VANDERSLICE, of Chicago.

In 1888 he sold his DeWitt home and moved to Clinton, where he and his daughter practiced medicine under the firm name of Tyler & Tyler.  The last three of four years he had almost given up practice on account of his age.  Several years ago he built a fine residence half a block south of the square, office rooms being fitted up in the home.  He was a member of the DeWitt medical society, and had served as its president and secretary.   He was also a member of the American Medical Association.  For many years he was an honored member of the Masonic Order, belonging to Goodbrake Chapter R. A. M.  He was a member of the Methodist church and was always active in religious work.

He was always good natured and patient.  During his last sickness of almost three months he was uncomplaining and realized he would soon be called to his final rest.  During his illness he enjoyed the company of his friends and asked that they be allowed to see him.

Funeral services were held Monday at 10:30.  Before the remains were taken to the M. E. church, “Rock of Ages,” a favorite song of deceased, was sung.  At the church “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” and other songs that were favorites of the family were sung, and Rev. S. L. Boyers preached the sermon.  There were many beautiful floral tributes.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. John H. TYLER 

June 10,1910
Clinton Register

Memory of Harriet Tyler Will Be Cherished By A Host of Loving and Admiring Friends.

The pioneers of DeWitt county are fast passing away and within a few years the maker of early local history will exist only in the cherished and grateful memory of loving friends.  Among those who sacrificed comforts and surrendered pleasures that the lives of the rising generation might be made brighter and better was Mrs. Harriet TYLER, whose passing away on Friday June 3, 1910, at her home in Clinton, removed from the community a character whose noble and Christian life glows with a divine luster and leaves a legacy to family and friends of seventy years spent in the useful and noble cause of the betterment of humanity.

Harriet CAIN was born in Perry county, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1839.  When she was seven years old her parents came to Illinois and settled in Wilson township, where she was reared and resided for many years.  She was married at DeWitt to Dr. John H. TYLER March 27, 1861, and they moved to Clinton in 1888, residing for several years on North Center street.   In 1896 they moved to their new residence on South Center and here Dr. Tyler died in 1908.  Three children were born to them.  One son, Charles Samuel, is dead, and two daughters, Dr. Aldora J. TYLER, a leading physician of this county, and Mrs. Alice VANDERSLICE, of Chicago.  There are also three brothers, John W. CAIN, of DeWitt; Charles N., of Springfield; and Benjamin F., of Decatur.

Mrs. Tyler was a member of the Methodist church and during her long and useful life took an active interest in church work.  She was also greatly interested in benevolence and furnished funds for the education of a girl in India for missionary work among the natives.   She was also an active worker in the cause of temperance and for seven years held the office of president of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, which organization attended the funeral in a body.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 10 o'clock Monday morning, conducted by Rev. G. W. Flagge.  Interment in Woodlawn.