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Obituaries were submitted by Judy Simpson unless otherwise noted.

WADE (child) 

January 26, 1900
Clinton Register

The youngest child of S. H. WADE, son of Samuel WADE, of Clinton, died Tuesday at Coffeyville, Kan.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Francis WADE 

August 20, 1915
Clinton Register

Died Suddenly in Normal, Ill.
Had Been Visiting a Week at the Home of His Son-in-Law.
Over Eighty Years Old.

Francis WADE of Texas township, who had been in failing health nearly two years, went to Normal the first of last week to visit his daughter, Mrs. David POTTER.  He became worse and died about five o'clock that evening.  All of the children were present when death came.

Deceased was born in England September 16, 1833, and lived there until 1857, when he went to Canada, living near Kingston until 1882.  In that year he came to DeWitt county and located in Texas township where his brother, the late Samuel WADE, lived.  After a few years he bought land adjoining that of his brother, just north of Salt Creek, on the Bloomington-Decatur road.  Though most of the land was timbered, he began the work of clearing, and in a few years had it in cultivation, and a pleasant home at the foot of the "big hill."

While in Canada he married Miss Margaret BLACKLOCK in the year 1862, who died about sixteen years ago.  For several years he had lived with his son-in-law, Chester IVES, at the old home, and until a few months ago was able to help with the work about the house.  He was the last of a family of fourteen to pass away, a sister, Mrs. Martha HABERFIELD, died in Clinton a few weeks ago.

Of the eight children, the following are living: Mrs. David POTTER, of Normal; Mrs. Wm. OLIVER, of Decatur; Mrs. Frank SURDAM, of Bloomington; Mrs. W. F. DOTY, of Danvers; Robert, of Texas township; and Henry, of Clarion, Iowa.  One daughter died in infancy, and Margaret IVES died four years ago.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 in the Texas church, conducted by Rev. Jas. A. Barnett, of Moline.  Burial in the Texas cemetery.

Mrs. Francis WADE 

May 26, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Francis WADE, who departed this life May 21st, was buried at Texas Church cemetery Tuesday, May 23d.  There was a large attendance.


May 26, 1899
Clinton Public

Mrs. Margaret WADE was born near Pittsburg, Can., May 1, 1838, and died at her home in Texas township May 20, 1899, aged 61 years and 20 days.  Margaret BLACKLOCK was married to Francis WADE March 20, 1826.  Of this union six daughters (one dying in infancy) and two sons were born, who survive her: Mrs. Wm. OLIVER, of Decatur, Ill.; Mrs. David POTTER, Mrs. Robert GORMAN, Robert and Maggie, of this township; Mrs. Frank SURDAM, of Clinton; and Henry, of Orrick, Mo., who was not present.  Early in youthful life she united with the Presbyterian church.  In 1890 she plighted her faith with the Christian church, of this place, and had ever since persistently put her trust in the Lord, for which she will receive a crown of immortal glory and righteousness.  She was a devoted mother and was ever ready and willing to tender her able hand to help the sick and afflicted and her kind deeds yet remain in the memories of those whom she so willingly assisted.  The large concourse of people forming the funeral procession was evidence of the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her.  Sad, indeed, is the loss of such a woman, not only to her immediate family but to the whole community where she was loved and respected.

In the home of the sick and the dying
     When the wail of the loved ones we hear,
How it relieves the heart of the sad ones
     To mingle the sympathizing tear.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland, assisted by Rev. James Barnett, of Hallsville.  Interment in Texas cemetery.

Samuel WADE 

June 11, 1909
Clinton Register

Their United Ages Are Nearly One Hundred and Seventy Years;
Born in Maryland and England.

This week death bore away from friends and loved ones two aged Christian pilgrims.   With the pages of their Life books well filled with the record of good deeds, they were called to rest on the other shore.  Faithfully and well had they done their part in the great work of making the world better, and when the summons came their loved ones consoled themselves with the thought that they had been spared to them far beyond the allotted three score and ten years.


Wednesday afternoon a short time before three o'clock Samuel WADE passed away at this home on East Adams street, aged 86 years, 2 months and 16 days.  Last spring he had a severe sickness of several weeks, but greatly improved, and was considered out of danger.  A few days before his death, he was not as well as he had been, but it was not until on Monday that his condition became alarming.  It was realized the end was nearing, but nothing could be done to prolong life except for a short time.  The cause of his death was given as a mastoid abscess in the head, and his suffering was so great that his friends felt that it was well that he had found rest.

Deceased was born near Bristol, England, March 23, 1823.  In 1852 he married Miss Sarah BURCHER, and they came to this country five years later. They settled in Michigan where they lived two years when Mr. Wade and a brother-in-law drove sheep to Illinois, and they loved Central Illinois so well that they moved to DeWitt county, locating in Texas township, just south of Salt Creek bridge on the Bloomington road.   He followed farming and sheep raising, being very successful.  For many years it was conceded he knew more about sheep raising than any man in the county.

His wife died in 1880.  Sept. 15, 1884, he was married to Mrs. Martha COLES, and for several years they lived on the Conklin farm, southwest of Clinton, which Mr. Wade bought.  For many years he had been a member of the Christian church, and was always ready to do his full share in the vineyard of his Master.  It is seldom that anyone lives so long and made so few enemies.  Everyone knew and respected him.  He became a Mason Nov. 16, 1883, and there were only one or two older members of the order in the county.  DeWitt lodge No. 84 had charge of the services at the church.

About ten years ago he and his wife built a residence in Clinton, which they had since occupied.  Besides his wife he is survived by six children, as follows: Mrs. George BENNISON, Fairfield, Wash.; Mrs. Alonzo BLUE, of Pendleton, Ore.; Samuel, of Coffeyville, Kan.; Mrs. Frank CRANG, Edward and John, of Clinton; also by two brothers, Edward, of Decatur, and Francis, of Texas township, and a sister, Mrs. Martha Haberfield, of Coffeyville, Kansas.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church today at 1:30, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland, of Lincoln, and Rev. Albert Schwartz, of Clinton.  Burial was in Texas cemetery where relatives are buried.

Note: For the second obituary mentioned, see Mrs. John A. SMALLEY.

Mrs. Samuel WADE 

December 10, 1880
Clinton Public

Mr. Samuel WADE’S wife died at their home in Texas township yesterday.  Mrs. WADE had been an invalid for a number of years.

Charles J. WAGNER 

August 1, 1913
Clinton Register

Charles Wagner Dies From the Effects of Burns—
Leaves a Large Family.

Charles WAGNER died at his home on North Center Street Sunday morning at 9:15, after having suffered untold agony for a week from scalds and burns received when he was calking flues in the fire box of his engine when he was running his thrashing outfit at the home of Evan Willis on Monday of last week.  As noted in the Register of last week, the accident was caused by the melting and blowing out of a soft plug while Mr. Wagner was inside the fire box.

Although he was hurried to Clinton immediately following the accident, and every effort made by the physicians to save his life, the burns were so deep that there was practically no hope from the time of the injuries.  Little could be done except to alleviate his suffering, parts of his body being literally cooked to the bone.

C. J. Wagner was born in Wilson township, DeWitt county, in 1865, being the son of Caroline and Henry J. WAGNER, and almost all of his life had been spent in the county in which he was born.  Prior to coming to Clinton 15 years ago he had followed the occupation of farming, but since coming to the city had been following thrashing and corn shelling.

On November 23, 1894, he was united in marriage to Miss Cora LONG, at DeWitt, and to this union five children were born, who, with the widow, survive.  The children are as follows: Mary, Blanche, John, Thomas and Charles, all residing at home.  Deceased is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Anna JONES, Mrs. Margaret QUEALY, and Mrs. Catherine EDWARDS, all of Los Angeles, Cal., and Mrs. D. S. SULLIVAN of this city.   Also four brothers, Henry, of Clinton, and John, Frank and James, of Wapella.

Funeral services were held from St. John’s Catholic church in this city, on Tuesday, at 10 o'clock a.m., Mr. Wagner having been a member of that denomination since childhood.  Rev. Father Hearn officiated, interment being in Woodlawn cemetery.

Coroner Moore held an inquest on Monday morning at 10 o'clock, the following men serving as jurors: Thos. Stewart, Thos. Henneberry, Perry Hughes, Thos. Craft, Samuel Darby and J. T. Coates.

Francis E. WAGNER 

April 1, 1918, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Frank Wagner, Wapella, Mrs. Mary Walton and Mrs. Lucinda Luge Pass Away in Week End.

Three deaths of well known DeWitt county residents were recorded in the past week end.  Early this morning the grim old reaper called to his reward a well known resident of Wapella, Francis E. WAGNER, at 5:25 o'clock, after several days of illness.  The deceased was the son of the late Henry and Caroline WAGNER near Wapella and was born Nov. 26, 1881, being 36 years old at the time of his death.  All his life was spent on the home place near Wapella, with the exception of a few years residence in California where he held a position as a civil engineer.  He is survived by his wife and two children, Miss Bernadine, aged 2, and Francis, Jr., only two weeks old.   Four sisters and three brothers also survive and are: Mrs. Peter Quelay, Mrs. Anna M. Jones and Mrs. John Edwards, all of Los Angeles; Mrs. D. F. Sullivan, of this city; Henry, of Wapella; John, of Heyworth; and James, of Garner, Ia.

Mr. Wagner complained of illness Friday after returning from a visit in Clinton and immediately went to bed.  His condition grew worse and a physician was summoned.   He passed away while in an unconscious condition at 2:55 this morning.  No arrangements, as yet, have been made for the funeral.

The deceased was united in marriage to Ura M. DESPAIN, August 31, 1916.

Mr. Wagner’s death came as a great shock to his family and to his many friends.   He was a devoted member of the St. Patrick church of Wapella, and also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Death was caused by mastoid abscess and meningitis trouble.  Friends of the immediate family were at the bedside at the time of his death.


April 3, 1918, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Funeral services for the late Francis E. WAGNER, who died at his home in Wapella Monday morning were held this morning from the St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Wapella, at 10:30 o'clock.  Burial was in Woodland [Woodlawn] cemetery.   Rev. Father Hayden of Wapella conducted the services.

Note: Francis was buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, not Woodlawn Cemetery.

Henry J. WAGNER 

December 13, 1912, Friday
Clinton Register


Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock at his residence in Normal, to where he moved from near Wapella, occurred the death of Henry J. WAGNER, who for a number of years had been a resident of that city.  Henry J. Wagner was born in Berlin, Germany, January 22, 1836, and in 1854 came to America, residing in New York about a year and a half.  He then came to Illinois, locating at LaSalle and afterwards near Clinton, until he moved to Normal about seven years ago.  He was united in marriage to Miss Caroline BOHM, of Normal, in 1862.  Her death occurred twenty-seven years ago.  To this union were born nine children, as follows: Charles and John, of Clinton; Frank, of Normal; Henry and James, of Wapella; Mrs. F. D. Sullivan, of Clinton; Mrs. Anna Jones, Mrs. Katherine Edwards and Mrs. Margaret Quealy, of Los Angeles, Cal.  Mr. Wagner was married again in 1895 to Miss Bertha KLINE, of Normal, who survives him.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic church and has been a devoted worker all of his life.  Burial was in the Catholic cemetery near Wapella.

Lawrence B. WAGNER 

July 28, 1911
Clinton Register

Lawrence Wagner, While Playing in His Father's Barn is Fatally Injured—
Died Wednesday.

One of the unlooked for accidents occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John WAGNER, four miles east of Clinton, and as a result the home is one of grief and sadness.

On Tuesday, Lawrence, the 11-year-old son, in company with two cousins, was jumping from a crossbeam to the hay in the mow, a distance of only about five feet.  Just back of the beam is an opening where the hay is drawn up to the mow from the floor twenty feet below.  Lawrence had perched on the beam for a leap, when he lost his balance and fell backward to the floor below, his head striking a surrey wheel, fracturing his skull, bruising his shoulder, and also causing internal injuries.  The boy showed his pluck by walking to the house, his first thought being of his mother, who he told not to cry, as he was not much hurt.

Dr. Gillen was called and at once informed the parents that there was no hope for the lad’s recovery, the patient’s heart condition being against an operation.

The boy soon became unconscious, remaining in that condition until 5 o'clock Wednesday evening when his spirit crossed the Great Divide.

He leaves besides his parents a brother and sister, also his aged grandparents.

The family moved to the farm where they reside last March, going there from Bloomington.   Lawrence attended the Excelsior school, where he was a general favorite.  He was also a home boy, his first thought always being of his mother.  He was also a favorite among all of his playmates while residing in Bloomington.  He was a great help to his parents, and had been planning how he would assist his father with his farm work the coming year.

The death of a bright child of the age of Lawrence Wagner leaves a void in the home which can never be filled.

Funeral services were held from St. John’s church, Clinton, at 10 o'clock this morning conducted by Rev. J. W. Cummings.  Altar boys acted as pall-bearers.   Interment in Woodlawn.


August 10, 1900
Clinton Register

A Former Clinton Boy Is Operated Upon for Appendicitis and Dies in Four Days.

Clifford F. WAKEFIELD, of Heyworth, formerly of Clinton, died at Springfield Tuesday where he was in camp with a Bloomington regiment. He submitted to an operation Friday for appendicitis and grew worse from that time. He was a son of James WAKEFIELD, of Bloomington, formerly of Clinton, and was a brother of Alvin WAKEFIELD, of Lincoln, Mrs. Chas. HAMMOND, of Clinton, and Mrs. G. A. CROWDEN, of Mendota. He went to Heyworth about five years ago and was married there. His wife and one child survive him. The remains were brought to Clinton Tuesday afternoon and the funeral held from the residence of C. N. Hammond Wednesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. HORNEY. Interment in Woodlawn.

Judge George W. WAKEFIELD

March 24, 1905
Clinton Register

Former Resident of DeWitt County Died at His Home in Sioux City, Iowa.

Alderman C. W. McCord received a copy of a Sioux City paper containing an account of the death of his cousin, Judge Wakefield, of the district court, at his home in that city, the night of Mar. 10, aged 65. He had been sick two months with cancer of the liver.

Geo. Washington Wakefield was born in this county, near DeWitt, Nov. 22, 1839. His father was a descendant of John Wakefield, who came to Boston from England among the earliest immigrants. The Judge’s great grandfather, Joseph Wakefield, served in the revolutionary army. Of his military record, the Sioux City paper says:

"At the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted in Co. F. Forty-first Illinois infantry, on July 27, 1861, and was mustered in on Aug. 7, 1861, with the rank of corporal. He went through the experience of so many of the soldiers, being sent to the hospital with a severe attack of fever the following October, and was not able to join his regiment till February, 1862. He continued in the service the full term of his enlistment, and was mustered out Aug. 20, 1864, with the rank of first sergeant."

"He endured all the risks and hardships of a soldier in the western army. He was at the battle of Shiloh and siege of Corinth, and was wounded at Jackson, Miss., July 12, 1863. He had participated in the siege of Vicksburg, and had been among those in the advance, who, in small parties of two or three, were sent forward at night with guns and shovels to make an advance line by digging a hole deep enough to shelter themselves, and later, these scattered posts would be connected into a line of entrenchments. He was never boastful in relating his army career, but it was a treat to hear him describe in his quiet way, his experience as a soldier."

Capt. J. F. Harrold, of Clinton, who was a schoolmate of Judge Wakefield at DeWitt and enlisted there at the same time he did, and served in the same company with him, says he was a brave soldier. At the battle of Shiloh he stood on a pile of rails, above all the other soldiers and fired at the skirmishers of the enemy. He fired about a dozen times, other soldiers handing him loaded guns as fast as he fired, until he was wounded in the lower part of the arm near the shoulder. Soon after he was wounded, the fine horse which Dr. John Warner brought home, came near the union lines and was taken charge of. It was the horse of a confederate officer, and Capt. Harrold thinks it was probably the horse of an officer picked off by Wakefield when he fired from the pile of rails. Mr. Harrold never knew of him being wounded at Jackson, Miss. At Jackson, A. D. McHenry, of Clinton, Capt. Harrold’s orderly sergeant, was wounded and he made Wakefield his orderly. Twice he commanded a company, once being on the Red River expedition.

After returning from the army he again entered college at Galesburg, taught school and studied law under Henry S. Greene, of Springfield, formerly of Clinton, being admitted to practice in January, 1868, and in March 1868, went to Sioux City, where he located and had since lived. In 1869 he was elected county auditor and twice re-elected. He then resumed the practice of law. He was then elected county judge in 1884, which he held two years, when the office was abolished. He was then elected district judge and had since held that office, being renominated each time without opposition.

In 1873 he was married to Kate PENDLETON, daughter of his law partner, and she died in 1880. He never married again; a son, a lawyer, and a daughter survive him. He was a Mason and one of the leading men of his party of Iowa. His last visit to this county was last fall when he came to see the old friends of his boyhood.


January 29, 1892
Clinton Public

Born in DeWitt County—Died in California.

Lycurgus WAKEFIELD was born on the Wakefield homestead in DeWitt Township, on the 11th of June, 1853. He died in National City, California, on last Monday, January 26, aged thirty-eight years, seven months and fifteen days. His parents were Orin and Hannah (McCORD) WAKEFIELD. He lived upon the farm where he was born till 1873, when he attended Lombard University, Galesburg, Ill., for one year. From the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal of last Wednesday we copy the following particulars which no doubt were furnished to the Journal by his brother, Judge WAKEFIELD:

In the autumn of 1874 he came to Sioux City, and entered the office of his brother, Geo. W. WAKEFIELD, and commenced the study of law. After a year in the law office he became route agent in the United States mail service, continuing, however, his law studies. He was admitted to the bar in the district court of this county in the fall of 1876. He held the office of route agent until January 1, 1881, when he resigned for the purpose of removing to the then new town of Pierre, S.D., to engage in the practice of his profession. The severity of the winter delayed his departure from Sioux City until April. He opened a law office at Pierre and continued in the practice there until 1889, when on account of ill health he returned to Sioux City, where he lived until last September, when he removed to National City, Cal., hoping in that genial clime to recover his health.

About a month ago it became necessary to have his left leg amputated on account of abscesses which had formed on it as a result of the ulceration of the lower intestines. From the effects of the amputation, being already in a low condition physically, he rallied only a little at first and then sank gradually until his death.

He was married to Mary HOSKINS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. C. HOSKINS, at Sioux City, November 17, 1882. There have been born to this union four children, Orin, Clarissa, Helen and Edith. The wife and children survive him. Last Sunday evening Mr. and Mrs. Hoskins left for National City. It is probable they may not hear of their son-in-law’s death until they reach California.

Melanchon WAKEFIELD 

September 28, 1900
Clinton Register

Melanchon WAKEFIELD, of Cherokee, Ia., died last Saturday night. He was born at DeWitt, Ill., Feb. 27, 1842, and moved to Iowa in 1870. He began the study of law in Bloomfield, this state, in 1869, and was one of the ablest lawyers in Iowa. He was a cousin of C. W. McCORD, of Clinton.


January 15, 1892
Clinton Public

Mrs. Nancy J. WAKEFIELD felt the first symptoms of cancer about one year ago, but the disease was so virulent that her physical condition was so badly impaired that from the start she suffered greatly. She was induced to go to Decatur to a physician who advertised that he could cure cancer and submitted to a surgical operation. The relief was hardly temporary, for the disease kept spreading. Death came to her relief this morning, and the wearied and pain-racked body is at rest. Mrs. Wakefield was born in Indiana in the year 1839, and at her death was fifty-two years, seven months and eight days old. She was married to James WAKEFIELD in the year 1860, and when the war broke out her husband enlisted and left wife and babies to fight for his country. Mrs. Wakefield was a soldier’s wife, and was one of the very few women in this county who knew what it was to have her husband exposed to the horrible realities of war. A majority of the soldiers in this county married since the close of the war. Mrs. Wakefield was the mother of twelve children, five of whom with her husband are left to mourn the death of wife and mother. The funeral services will be held in the M. E. Church on Sunday afternoon, at half-past one o'clock.


May 8, 1885
Clinton Public

Orin WAKEFIELD was born August 27, 1808, at Watertown, N.Y., and he died at his home in DeWitt, Ill., at 25 minutes past nine o’clock, Sunday morning, May 3, 1885, having attained the age of 76 years, 8 months and 6 days. He was one of the sixth generation from Thomas WAKEFIELD, who in 1680* came to Massachusetts from Yorkshire, England. His father, Joseph WAKEFIELD, though born in New Hampshire, was raised in Windsor, Vermont, and in 1800 removed to Watertown, where he married Miss Susan SAWYER. This Sawyer family dates back to Thomas SAWYER, who in 1639 came from Lincolnshire, England, to Lancaster, Mass. The descendants of these two families, Wakefield and Sawyer, are scattered through many of the states of the union. Seven children were born from this marriage of whom Betsey, Elisha, Orin, Zera and Cyrenius have since lived and died in this and McLean counties. Of these, Orin was the pioneer in this state. He came to this county in the spring of 1833, and on May 28th of that year entered a portion of the farm which he owned and occupied at the time of his death. He at once commenced opening this farm which he industriously cultivated and improved for over half a century. In those early days he was a strong active man and counted it nothing to cut and split two hundred oak rails per day.

He was married to Hannah McCORD, who belonged to one of the pioneer families of this county, March 13, 1836. Eight children were born to him by this marriage: Susan, Mary, George W., Melancthon, Bandusia, Hephestion, Philetus and Lycurgus. Susan and Mary died in infancy and Hephestion at the age of 18 years. The other five children survive him, and though widely scattered from the old homestead, they were all present with him at and before the time of his death. George W. is now Judge of the circuit court in Iowa and resides at Sioux City. Melancthon is a lawyer at Cherokee, Iowa, and has there been honored by seven successive terms as mayor. Miss Bandusia was for many years a teacher in the Normal University, at Normal, Ill., but now resides with her brother, George W., at Sioux City. Philetus is a physician and now resides at Pratt, Kan. Lycurgus is a lawyer at Pierre, D. T. His [Orin’s] wife, Hannah WAKEFIELD, died April 13, 1856.

He was again married to Mrs. Susan N. HOWARD, who now survives him, February 18, 1858, from which marriage no children have been born. In his boyhood days Orin Wakefield worked in summer on his father’s farm and in winter attended school. He thereby obtained a good common school education and thereafter taught a few terms of school in the neighborhood. After reaching manhood he obtained for a time employment in Sacketts Harbor, where he displayed and cultivated that literary taste, that love of books, which marked his after life. Here he had access to a library of classic literature with which he occupied his leisure hours. So well did he apply himself that often in after years, in his western home where books were scarce, he would from memory amuse and instruct his children by relating facts of history by telling the wondrous stories of Homer and by reciting choice selections of prose and verse. His life in this county is a part of its history. He held several offices in DeWitt township, though not a seeker after office, and discharged every trust reposed in him with ability and fidelity. In business he was straightforward and fair, and his word was as good as his bond. In the pursuit of his chosen vocation as a farmer, he wrought from his goodly farm and enjoyed a competence. It is believed he made no will, as he thought the law made a just distribution of a man’s estate. He was a Republican in politics and cordially supported good government.

He was very careful in the training and education of his children, to whom he was especially devoted. As husband and father he was always kind, considerate, [and] loving. His attachment for his friends, his relatives and family was pure, true and tender as a mother’s love. He was quiet and unobtrusive in his manner, yet he had the courage to form his own opinions and stand by them regardless of popular favor. He was temperate and walked a free man. Though he was not formally a member of any church, yet he was in belief a Universalist and in life and conduct a Christian gentleman—an exemplar of that “pure religion,” defined by St. James. His heart ever went out in strong sympathy for the poor and oppressed. During many years of his life no man ever called at his door for food or shelter without receiving it. No man ever had a gentler, sweeter, lovelier spirit than he. His life was such that when his summons came to join the innumerable caravan that take their chambers in the silent halls of death, he went sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust. He died sweetly and peacefully, as the dews fall from heaven and as fearlessly as one draws the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.

The funeral services were held Tuesday of this week, at the Fullerton Church, and many friends assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to his memory. The floral tributes borne by the casket were beautiful. The Rev. D. P. BUNN, Universalist minister at Decatur, Ill., delivered the funeral address and paid an eloquent tribute to the virtue of the deceased. At the conclusion of the services the remains were viewed for the last time by his friends, when they were borne to the McCord burying ground where kind hands laid all that was mortal of the good man to rest in the silent grave.

Note: Not sure about the number 8 in 1680, as it is hard to read due to unclear print.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
WAKEFIELD, OWEN     MCCORD, HANNAH      03/30/1836      MACON
WAKEFIELD, ORIN     HOWARD, SUSAN N.      02/18/1858     DE WITT


November 27, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Orrin WAKEFIELD, formerly of DeWitt township, died at the residence of her son Blake HOWARD, at Grand Island, Neb., on Sunday, November 8, in the seventy-eighth year of her age. In 1857 she came from Alexandria, New York, and lived in Wapella with her son till 1858, when she was married to Mr. Wakefield.

Mrs. Philetus WAKEFIELD 

November 11, 1887
Clinton Public

At her home in Pratt, Kansas, the wife of Dr. Philetus WAKEFIELD departed this life, on Friday of last week. Her death was caused by typhoid fever, and her sickness was of seven weeks duration. Her body was brought back to this county, and on Tuesday she was buried in the cemetery at DeWitt. Mrs. WAKEFIELD was born in this county, on the old home farm near DeWitt, nearly thirty-six years ago, and till the time of her marriage with Dr. Wakefield resided there. She leaves three children, two boys and a girl, the girl being the youngest and eight years old. Eli P. WILLIAMS, a banker in McPherson, Kansas, and Mrs. G. W. LEMON, of Brenham, Kansas, were her brother and sister.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


February 28, 1862
Central Transcript


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

Locklin M. ROGERS
Samuel F. DAY
Spencer PAGE

Samuel was killed at the battle of Fort Donelson and was brought home and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

See news article regarding the funeral.


December 11, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Arminda Ann WALDEN, wife of Jesse G. WALDEN, died at her father's home last evening, of consumption. She had been sick for about three months. Her age was twenty-one years and ten days. She leaves an infant child. Mrs. Walden was the daughter of Mr. Jacob HAMAN.

Mrs. James WALDEN 

February 8, 1895
Clinton Public

A Mother in Isarel Called Home.

Mrs. Sallie (WALTERS) WALDEN was born in DeWitt County on the 8th of August, 1829, and died at her home—in almost the same neighborhood in which she was born—last Monday, February 4th, aged Sixty-five years. She was married to James WALDEN September 14, 1848, and began housekeeping on the farm where she died. Seven sons were born to them and all are living—John W., David H., James F., Robert T., Willis E., Oliver M., and Dwight. The six older boys are married and are settled on farms of their own and are engaged in the stock business. Robert is a school teacher, and Dwight is the bachelor of the family. Twenty-eight grand children and one great grand child survive her. Mr. James Walden is nearing his threescore years and ten. His wife was truly a helpmate to him. She was a woman of remarkable energy, and when her children were young and Mr. Walden was an invalid she managed the entire business and made it profitable. Mrs. Walden was an earnest Christian woman, and her home was always open to the entertainment of the Ministers of RUCKER Chapel. She was zealous in good works. Mrs. Walden always took a warm interest in politics and she was an intense Republican. Always during political campaigns she entertained the Republican speakers and the glee club when meetings were held in her neighborhood. Her aged partner will miss her more than all others, for they had spent nearly fifty years together.

Mrs. Jane WALDEN  

June 7, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Jane WALDEN, one of the early settlers of Wilson township, died last Tuesday morning, aged eighty-four years.

WALDIE (infant)  

October 6, 1893
Clinton Public

The infant son of Mr. James WALDIE died last Saturday of cholera infantum and was buried Sunday.

Jennie Belle WALDO 

November 21, 1884
Clinton Public

Tragic Death of Jennie Waldo.

Jennie Belle, daughter of S. P. and M. J. WALDO, was born near Weldon, DeWitt County, Illinois, August 18, 1865, and died November 9, 1884, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Rev. J. D. BOTKIN, of Halstead, Kansas.

Mrs. BOTKIN enjoyed a very pleasant visit with friends in DeWitt and McLean counties and started for her western home on the 20th of October, accompanied by her sister Belle. Miss Waldo at once took high rank in Halstead society, where she spent two of the happiest weeks of her life. On Saturday evening, November 8, her brother-in-law went fifty miles away to attend a church dedication, and Mrs. Botkin and Belle went to Newton, ten miles away, the former to spend Sabbath, and the latter to return to Halstead in the evening with a lady friend. Arriving about eight o'clock the two young ladies walked down Main street in company with a gentleman escort. The town was alive with a Democratic jollification. The firing anvils and blazing rockets frightened a team, which broke loose from the rack and went thundering down the street. They came upon the three young people from behind, knocking them all down. Her companions were uninjured, but Belle received injuries from which she died at eight o'clock Sunday evening. Her sister and brother-in-law were summoned by telegraph, the former arriving four hours after the accident, and the latter one hour before the last struggle.

The good people of Halstead did everything in their power to relieve her sufferings and comfort her grief-stricken friends. In twelve hours after her death the remains, beautifully dressed and encased, and accompanied by the writer and family were on their way to her broken-hearted parents at Colfax, McLean county, Illinois. Large numbers of the citizens met the funeral party at the train. The services were held in the M. E. Church, of which the deceased was a faithful member, having been happily converted last winter. The business houses of the town were closed for several hours in token of the high esteem in which the dear girl was held.

The good people of Halstead manifested their high regard for sister Belle, and their sympathy for her friends by defraying all the expenses incident to her death, including the bills of four physicians, all the burial expenses and our traveling expenses to Illinois and return.   J. D. Botkin

Note: S. P. Waldo settled in DeWitt county in 1852 and moved to McLean county in January, 1879. Most of his residence in DeWitt county was spent near Weldon.


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

Funeral Services for Hiram Waldron Held on Wednesday.

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Hiram WALDRON
Born: June 11, 1859
Parents: C. and Nancy WALDRON
Married: Rebecca GODEN April 17, 1887
Survivors: Four sons, Cecil, Harry, Grover, William; three daughters, Mrs. Charles HUNT, Mrs. Frank DUGAN, Goldie WALDRON; step-mother, Mrs. Fanny WALDRON; two half-sisters, Mrs. Don PIATT and Mrs. Amy GANDY; one half-brother, Arthur; three brothers, Milton, James, Steve; three sisters, Mrs. Harry FRUIT, Mrs. John WEBB, Mrs. Frank COTTRELL; fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral: Baptist church
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion

WALKER (child) 

September 23, 1887
Clinton Public

A child of Albert GEISERMAN and one of Mr. WALKER both died during the past week.


December 28, 1928
Paper Unknown


Emery WALKER, farmer near Lane, died yesterday afternoon following injuries received when his rifle accidentally discharged while he was climbing over a fence on his farm.

Mr. Walker had started out to round up some cattle. Remarking to Mrs. WALKER as he started that he would hunt on the way back, he took his rifle with him. When he did not return at meal time Mrs. Walker became somewhat alarmed and asked Jarvis McCORMICK and Henry WHITE, hands on the farm, to look for him. They discovered him unconscious, tangled in the fence with a bullet wound in his head.

He was carried to the house where he died early in the afternoon. A jury was called by Coroner James E. ELY and it was found that Mr. Walker met his death accidentally. It was believed that the gun, which was leaned against the fence discharged while Mr. Walker was seeking to untangle himself from the fence. Tears in his clothing and the position in which he was found bore testimony of the first fatal hunting accident of the local season. The jury was composed of Fred MILLER, Huntley JAMESON, Andrew WHITEHEAD, William BRENNAN, Vance MATTIX and Edward FUGATE.

Mr. Walker was 47 years of age and a native of Kentucky. He had farmed on the C. H. MOORE farm, where the accident occurred, for the past seven years. He is survived by his wife and seven children. Mrs. Walker was formerly Miss Lucy LONG, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John LONG, 625 North Center street. No funeral arrangements have been made.

Submitted by Don & Marian Walker

Judge James WALKER 

July 24, 1885
Clinton Public


Mr. Charles HANGER this morning received a telegram from Bellefontaine, Ohio, announcing that at ten o'clock last night Judge James WALKER died. The Judge had been sick for several weeks past with typhoid fever. He was attacked with the disease while Mrs. WALKER was in Clinton visiting her mother. On the receipt of a dispatch, she immediately left for home. Judge Walker had a very large acquaintance in this county, especially near Weldon where he owned several farms.


August 7, 1885
Clinton Public


The death of Judge James WALKER, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, which we announced in THE PUBLIC two weeks ago, removed one of the most prominent figures in Ohio politics. The Judge was first stricken down with typhoid fever, but the cause of his death was paralysis of the heart.

He was well known in this county, being the owner of 1280 acres of land, 860 of which is in Nixon township and 420 in Harp. For fully thirty years he had been one of the political Warwicks of the West, never seeking public office himself—though he was many times member of the Ohio Legislature—but always among the foremost in the State conventions of the Republican party. The law firm of Walker & West, his partner being the famous "Blind Orator of Ohio," who nominated Blaine at Chicago in 1884, was one of the oldest in the country.

Judge Walker was born in Washington county, Pa., and when a mere boy went to Ohio. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar when scarcely of age. Removing to Bellefontaine with his school fellow, William H. WEST, they formed the partnership in 1849, which is now dissolved by death. He founded the Bellefontaine Republican and made it one of the influential journals of Ohio. He early became politically and socially allied with Salmon P. CHASE and labored earnestly to secure his nomination for Governor. He was an untiring worker in the antislavery movement, and abolitionist without cant. His labors took practical shape in personal and courageous service on numerous occasions in forwarding fugitive slaves to Canada. For his outspoken advocacy of human liberty he more than once had to defend his life from attack. As a speaker in the cause he was the coadjutor and companion of Gerrit SMITH, Joshua R. GIDDINGS, Wendell PHILLIPS, Horace MANN, and others. His kindness to young men was a matter of notoriety, and his popularity, after the troublesome slavery question was buried, never waned. He was several times Mayor of the city, chosen generally without opposition. He died amid his family, and the grief of his fellow townsmen, among whom he had dwelt for forty years, is universal.

Mrs. James WALKER 

January 15, 1904
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary WALKER died yesterday afternoon at her home northeast of Clinton, aged 78 years, except 14 days.  Her husband was Judge WALKER, who died about five years ago.  They were married in 1849, and they came to this county in 1865.  She is survived by three daughters and two sons.  They are Enoch, of Alabama; Charles, Mrs. John TACKETT, Mrs. P. K. WILSON, and Miss Jennie, of this county.  Mrs. Wm. WELLER died about two years ago.

Solomon WALKER 

January 31, 1913
Clinton Register

Solomon WALKER died Tuesday morning at 10, in Leroy, following an illness of long duration with Bright's disease and heart failure. He was born in Bloomington Grove, being the son of John WALKER, a McLean county pioneer. His parents died when he was quite young and he was reared in the family of Perry BRITON of DeWitt county.

Thomas S. WALL 

December 7, 1883
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of Eld. T. S. Wall.

One week ago to-day Elder T. S. WALL, with his wife and seven children, arrived in Clinton. Elder Wall had recently been called to the pastorate of the Christian Church, and on Friday he moved here from Cessna, in Wayne county, to begin his work. He had leased the Kidder property, on North Monroe street, and was waiting the arrival of his furniture, which was expected that evening or the next morning. After the family had retired for the night, Elder Wall was violently attacked with pain in the region of the heart. It was some time before a physician could be had, owing to the lateness of the hour. When Dr. WRIGHT did arrive at the house, Elder Wall had just died, after a sickness of not more than four or five hours. He had complained during the day of not feeling well, but both he and Mrs. Wall attributed it to his indisposition to the weariness of traveling. It seems that for eighteen years past Eld. Wall was troubled with heart disease, and so fearful was he that death would come upon him suddenly that he never left his family for a night without a feeling of insecurity.

Within twenty hours from the arrival of the family in Clinton the wife and children were bereft of their protector. Here they were in a city where nearly all were strangers to them, for the Elder and his family were unacquainted with even the members of the church he was called to preside over. With but little money to provide for her family the prospect was indeed dark for the afflicted widow. The neighbors did all in their power to help the distressed family, and on Saturday afternoon a subscription was started for their benefit. There was but little time in which to work, as Mrs. Wall decided to return that afternoon to their old home in Greenup, Cumberland county, and take the body of her husband there for burial by the side of his kindred. The friends who circulated the subscription paper raised nearly one hundred dollars, out of which they bought tickets for Mrs. Wall and her children, and paying for the carriage of the corpse. The balance they gave to Mrs. Wall. The members of the church assumed the payment of the funeral expenses. Mrs. Wall can certainly feel that although she was among strangers in Clinton, yet the hearts and pocketbooks of our citizens were opened for her. It was a sad sight to see that funeral procession going to the depot. Within thirty-six hours from the time of their arrival in the city they were returning back to their friends, mourning for the death of a husband and father. The oldest of the seven children was not over fourteen years, while the youngest was a babe in its mother's arms.

Eld. T. S. Wall was but a young man at the time of his death, he not having reached his thirty-sixth year. For the past fifteen years he had been a minister of the Christian Church. From Mr. WAGGONER, who was personally acquainted with the Elder, we learn that he was a man of considerable repute in the councils of the church and was classed among its ablest preachers. He was a writer of considerable ability, and for a time edited a newspaper in the interests of the Christian denomination. The Christian Church in this city hoped much from his pastorate here, and his death will be a loss to them. Eld. Wall was a relative by marriage to Mr. T. N. BYERLY, of this city.

Mrs. Thomas S. WALL 

March 20, 1930, Thursday
Decatur Herald

Mrs. Catherine WALL died at 10:40 o'clock Wednesday night in the home of her son, C. T. WALL, 1340 North Warren street, following an illness of six days.

Catherine BYERLY was born Nov. 24, 1845, in Shelby county, Ind.  She was married to Thomas S. WALL in 1865 in Toledo, Ill.  He preceded her in death 46 years ago.  She had been a resident of Decatur 20 years and a member of the Christian church in Kenney.

She leaves the following children: Mrs. Lulu M. COLLINS, Sioux Falls, S. Dak.; M. P. WALL, Argenta; Mrs. Pearl BYERLY, Decatur; and C. T. WALL, Decatur.  Also she leaves seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Three children preceded her in death.

The body was removed to the Monson funeral home.


March 20, 1930, Thursday
Decatur Herald


WALL, Mrs. Catherine—services will be conducted Saturday morning at 9 o'clock in Monson’s chapel, by Rev. L. A. Crown.  Burial will be in the Union cemetery near Greenup at 2 o'clock.

Col. Andrew & Esther WALLACE 

May 29, 1885
Clinton Public

The Old Pioneers of DeWitt County.
Col. Andrew and Esther Wallace.

About fifty-four years ago Col. Andrew WALLACE and his wife Esther emigrated from Bourbon county, Kentucky, and came to what is now known as Dewitt county and settled in the northwest part of Tunbridge township. The Colonel was a native of Virginia and was born February 2, 1787. Till the time of his death, which occurred in December 1874, the Colonel took rank as the oldest and earliest settler in the county, he having lived here for about forty-six years. In 1790 the Wallace family moved from Virginia to Bourbon county, Ky., where in 1810 the Colonel was married to Esther CAMPBELL, who was born in Kentucky on the 12th of March, 1792. In the war of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States, Colonel Wallace was a soldier, and one of those brave men who fought the battle of the Thames. He was exceedingly fond of martial display, and in his life, after the war, he took a leading part in the general musterings and annual parades of the militia. He was well and familiarly known as Colonel Wallace, having held that rank in the militia service. By profession he was a farmer and became the owner of considerable land in the neighborhood surrounding him. Colonel Wallace was more than an ordinary man. He was possessed of a strong, vigorous mind, united with a large share of strong, hard common sense, and all who came into his presence were to a greater or less extent impressed with that fact. He had a fine, large physique, well formed, and carried himself with a dignified air that well became him. To his intimate friends he was most genial and companionable, of warm and generous impulses, and the very soul of truth and honor. The Wallace home was the general resort of the neighborhood for miles around, and the latch-string of the door was always hung on the outside. At the advanced age of eight-seven years Colonel Wallace passed over to dwell with the silent majority.

His wife, Mrs. Esther Wallace, survived him a little more than ten years, and at the advanced age of ninety-three passed from this life on the 17th of this month to join her aged consort in the better land. Mrs. Wallace was a native of Bourbon county, Kentucky, and was married to Andrew Wallace on the 26th of April, 1810—more than seventy-five years ago. Of this union eleven children were born, seven sons and four daughters. Three of her daughters were at her bedside during her illness administering to her comfort. One of the sons was a soldier in the Mexican war and died in Mexico. One son was a soldier during the last war and died of disease contracted in the service. The other sons died at their homes in Tunbridge township. There is a large number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren, making the fifth generation. Mrs. Wallace died on the farm on which she and her husband first settled when they came to this county in 1831. She united with the M. E. Church in 1838, and lived a consistent and worthy member. At her home the minister of the gospel always found a cordial welcome, and long before churches were known in this county the neighbors used to gather at the Wallace home for religious worship. The celebrated Peter CARTWRIGHT, Elders AKERS, BARGER, JAMES, and many others of the noted itinerants of the early days of Methodism in Illinois, preached in the Wallace home. Abraham LINCOLN, Judge DAVIS, Leonard SWET, and other noted lawyers of those days often partook of her hospitality while traveling the judicial circuit.

Colonel Wallace and his wife lived together for sixty-four years and seven months. They were a noted couple. Their house was a general resort of both old and young, and no couple did more to develop this country sociably, religiously and morally, and to make the wilderness blossom as the rose than did Colonel Wallace and his worthy wife.

May we all ever cherish the memory of the old pioneers who faced dangers and hardships in rescuing this country from the savage and the wild beast, and who paved the way for the development and improvement of the grand state of Illinois. Today we enjoy the blessings of railroads, telegraphs, telephones and thousands of other improvements that the pioneer never dreamed of. During her lifetime Mrs. Wallace saw all of these advances in our civilization. After the death of her husband Mrs. Wallace still continued to occupy the old homestead, and was most tenderly and devotedly cared for by her widowed daughter, Mrs. HICKMAN. She was not afflicted with any particular disease, but naturally wore out with old age. Her mind was vigorous to the last, and her last words to her children and grandchildren were full of comfort and Christian resignation.

The funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 19, at her home, conducted by the Rev. William HOWARD, pastor of the M. E. Church at Mt. Pulaski, who was an old and intimate friend of the family. Mrs. Wallace was laid to rest in the Randolph Cemetery by the side of her husband and children. The pall-bearers were selected from the friends of her early days, and were W. F. BOWLES, W. H. RANDOLPH, Levi DAVENPORT, A. L. BARNETT, James BARNETT and Rev. I. B. GALLAHER.

Note: The original article gave the Colonel’s first name as Alexander, but after checking census and cemetery records, which show his name as Andrew, I took the liberty of making the correction.  His name is also given as Andrew in his daughter’s obituary. (see Reddick).


December 1, 1922, Friday
Decatur Herald

Beason friends have received the announcement of the sudden death of William WALLACE of Hallville on Wednesday night.  Mr. Wallace was well known in Beason.

Mrs. William WALLACE

February 18, 1926
Decatur Herald

Former Resident of Hallville Succumbs in Biloxi, Miss.

Mrs. Mary WALLACE who until two years ago resided in Hallville west of Clinton died in Biloxi, Miss., Saturday night at 11:30 o'clock following an illness of several weeks of pneumonia.  Her brother, J. E. BLACK, West Jefferson street, was at her bedside when death came, having been called to Mississippi because of her critical illness a week ago.

Mary Matilda BLACK, daughter of Robert and Margaret BLACK, was born April 16, 1861, and was married to William WALLACE Feb. 7, 1878.  He preceded his wife in death two years ago.  She leaves three brothers, D. E. BLACK, of Kenney; Curtis BLACK, of Miami, Fla.; and J. E. BLACK, of Clinton.  One sister is dead.  The body will be brought back to DeWitt county for burial.


April 29, 1896
The Daily Review


Irene, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mead WALPOLE, living five and a half miles southeast of town, died last Friday night, aged 18 months. The child had been sick but one day. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Stevenson of Cisco at the M. E. church here Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The remains were laid to rest in the Weldon cemetery.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


January 1, 1932
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Mrs. Lotus WALPOLE Passes Away After Long Suffering.

Name: Lotus Bernice (CARR) WALPOLE
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 1931
Born: March 17, 1902
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Charles CARR, Sr.
Married: Wayne WALPOLE Oct. 23, 1919
Survivors: Grandmother: Mrs. Lavona CARR, her parents, brother: Charles CARR, Jr., sisters: Mrs. Margaret RHOADES of St. Louis, Mo., and Helen CARR, at home.
Funeral: M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, December 31. Rev. S. N. MADDEN officiating, assisted by Rev. L. S. KIDD
Burial: Weldon cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Nicholas WALRATH 

February 8, 1895
Clinton Public

Nicholas WALRATH, a tenant living on Phil WEEDMAN's farm, west of Farmer City, died last Tuesday morning, aged forty-four years. He leaves a wife and a family of small children without any means of support.


February 10, 1899
Clinton Public

Funeral of Mrs. Walsh.

The funeral of Mrs. Wm. Walsh was largely attended at St. John’s church Wednesday. A large collection of beautiful floral offerings attested that deceased was held dear in the hearts of many friends, who sympathize with the bereaved and heart-broken family. Father M. A. DOOLING in his sermon paid a glowing tribute to the deceased, and extended many words of comfort to the surviving relatives. Remains were laid to rest in Woodlawn cemetery.


February 10, 1899
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. W. Welch.
Bride of a Few Days Succumbs After a Brief Illness.

Mrs. William WELCH died at her home in this city on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after an illness of but a few hours, aged 24 years, 9 months and 21 days. Deceased was born on April 15, 1874, and was a daughter of the late Robert BOWLES. She was recently united in marriage and besides her husband leaves three brothers and one sister to mourn her sudden and untimely death. Funeral services were held in St. John's church on Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock, conducted by Father M. A. DOOLING.

Note: This was in the same paper, same date, but the spelling is incorrect.

Note: From Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
WALSH, WILLIAM J.     BOWLES, CORA      01-24-1899     DE WITT

Mrs. Gene WALTERS 

Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Date: Wednesday, March 24
Born: March 15, 1869
Parents: Francis and Elizabeth (McPHERSON) PHARES
Married: Gene WALTERS April 26, 1888
Survivors: Children: Mrs. Maude ROBBINS, Clear Lake, Iowa; May WALTERS, Woodward, Iowa; Mrs. Vernelle SEIDEL, Mason City, Iowa; William M., of Seattle, Wash.; Lloyd, of Annandale, Minn., and Rev. Verdette WALTERS, of Martinez, Calif. Brother: Will M. PHARES, of Muskogee, Okla.
Funeral: Friday at Mason City, Iowa.

Submitted by Debbie Champion


January 24, 1908
Clinton Register


Jesse WALTERS, of Harp township, died in a Chicago hospital Wednesday morning, aged about 60 years.  He had been afflicted with rheumatism over a year, and for several months had been unable to walk.  He was taken to Chicago January 8.  He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter, two children being dead, also his first wife.  His brother, Chas. WALTERS, lives in Harp township.   Funeral was held in Birkbeck church, today.  Burial in Willmore cemetery.


April 7, 1899
Clinton Public

Highly Respected Citizen.

John WALTERS, one of the old settlers of DeWitt county, died at his home near Parnell, Ill., March 31, 1899. He had been sick for several months with some disease that baffled the physician’s (word unreadable). He was a very successful business man and farmer, having attained a considerable competency. He leaves a wife and three children. He served his country in the war of the Rebellion, was an acceptable member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and a member of the Masonic fraternity at Farmer City. He was highly respected by his friends and neighbors as was attested by the large concourse present at his funeral, which occurred Sunday, April 2nd, at the Parnell M. E. church, Revs. J. FORBES and F. M. HARRY officiating, the Masons having charge of the services at the grave. Parnell and vicinity have lost a valuable citizen in Mr. Walters.


April 7, 1899
Clinton Public

Died of Consumption.

John WALTERS, of Parnell, died on Friday of consumption, aged 69 years. He had been complaining for some time. Remains were buried in the Camp Ground cemetery near Farmer City on Sunday morning. He leaves a wife and four children, three sons and one daughter, all grown to maturity. Funeral was in charge of Farmer City Masonic Lodge.


April 1899
Funeral Card

John WALTERS died at home, on Friday, March 31, 1899, at 10:20 a.m., aged 59 years, 1 month, 10 days. Funeral: M. E. Church, Parnell, IL, April 2. Burial: Camp Ground Cemetery.

Mrs. Thurston E. WALTERS 

July 13, 1894
Clinton Public

For some weeks it has been known to the many friends of Mrs. Thurston E. WALTERS, formerly Miss Florence PHARES, daughter of H. C. PHARES, of Weldon, that her health was very poor and that consumption had marked her for its victim, and her mother hastened to her bedside to assist in caring for her. Her father also went to her bedside and remained for some days and brought to her many friends here the sad intelligence that it was a question of only a few days or weeks at most when she must take her departure. This was sad news indeed to her many friends here, for here she had passed her school days, girlhood, and here she was married to the companion of her choice. As a girl she was modest, vivacious, witty, and bright and the life of every social circle in which she entered. Loving and gentle in her disposition, she was acknowledged as a leader.

May 31st, 1883, she was married to T. E. WALTERS, a young railroad man, and as a wife and mother she shone as the bright and particular star around which clustered all the endearments of home life. Her husband's business as a railroad man called him to Texarkana, where she entered into the new and sacred relations of a Christian life and as such her life was one resplendent with Christian graces and triumphs and she exemplified those Christian graces in her daily life until the end came.

A year ago she returned from Laredo, Texas, to her old home, but alas her return was too late. She had developed the seeds of consumption. She removed to their new home at Aurora, Ill., and her friends fondly hoped that the change of air and climate might check the ravages of the dread destroyer, but in vain. She departed this life in Aurora, Ill., July 6th, 1894, aged thirty-two years, five months and seven days. She leaves a kind and loving husband and two children to mourn her loss, also a father, mother, five sisters and two brothers. One sister, Mrs. Sam Mawhinney, having died less than one year ago. The funeral assemblage was one of the largest ever seen here, perhaps nearly one hundred persons being unable to obtain admission to the church. The services were conducted by Rev. R. H. OSBORNE, of the M. E. Church, assisted by the Rev. BOWEN of the M. P. Church, after which she was laid to rest in the Weldon cemetery to await the resurrection. She sleeps peacefully near her old childhood home.


July 13, 1894
Clinton Public

The sad death of Mrs. Florence WALTERS, wife of Thurston WALTERS and daughter of Mr. Clay PHARES, occurred at Aurora, Ill., on Monday last. Her death was due to the dread monster quick consumption. Mr. Walters was brought up near Weldon and so was Florence Phares, whose amiable and kind heart made her lively to all of the wide circle of young people. Eleven years since the young couple pushed westward and located in Laredo, Texas, where they were progressing until a year since, when they decided to return to Illinois where Mr. Walters is now in business. Mrs. Walters caught a deadly cold in the process of moving and its baleful effects have been with her until it developed the malady of her life. An immense turnout of old neighbors and relatives followed the remains to the Weldon cemetery on Tuesday, both M. E. and M. P. ministers officiating.

Mrs. Mary J. WALTON 

April 1, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Frank Wagner, Wapella, Mrs. Mary Walton and Mrs. Lucinda Luge Pass Away in Week End.
Dies at Bartonville.

Mrs. Mary J. WALTON, aged 77, for many years a well known nurse about the city, died yesterday at the state hospital at Bartonville where she had recently gone to rest.  The body was brought to the Oakman chapel yesterday and the funeral arrangements will be made later.  Several children survive, living in various parts of the country.

Samuel WALTON 

April 7, 1882
Clinton Public

Died, of consumption, in Western Iowa, at the residence of his son, William, Samuel WALTON, a citizen of this county, aged 50 years, 4 months and 3 days. Mr. Walton had been afflicted about twenty-five years, the last 12 of which he was unable to attend to much business in consequence of failing health. A few weeks prior to his death, he went to Iowa in hopes of finding some relief, but all in vain. He continued to grow worse until death came to his relief on the morning of the 27th of March, 1882. Mr. Walton was born in Jackson county, Ohio. At the age of seven he moved to Illinois and settled in Vermillion county, where he grew into manhood, and when twenty-two years old came to DeWitt county, since which time has resided in DeWitt and vicinity. He has been married twice, first in 1843 to Mary JOHNSON, second in 1856 to Mary Jane McCONKEY. Has nine living children, three by his first wife and six by his second. Samuel Walton was one of a family of sixteen, all of whom have gone to the spirit land save one sister, whose demise is daily expected, having the same disease of which they all died. He was a man of untiring energy, full of business. For many years was post-master in this place. Was a man not generally known, was attentive to his own business, and did not meddle with the affairs of others. He was a kind father and a devoted husband, and will be greatly missed by a loving wife and affectionate children who are left upon the shores of time to mourn their irreparable loss. He remarked just before his death that he would like to see his wife and little girl, but could not, said, “tell them my last hours were the happiest ones of my life.” His remains were brought here and interred in the DeWitt cemetery.   —A Friend.

Mrs. Samuel WALTON 

April 1, 1918, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Dies at Bartonville.

Mrs. Mary J. WALTON, aged 77, for many years a well-known nurse about the city, died yesterday at the state hospital at Bartonville where she had recently gone to rest.  The body was brought to the Oakman chapel yesterday and the funeral arrangements will be made later.  Several children survive, living in various parts of the country.

Note: Mary Jane married Samuel Walton in 1856.


April 3, 1918, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

The funeral services of the late Mrs. Mary J. WALTON will be held Thursday afternoon from the Methodist church at 2 o'clock.  Rev. A. M. Wells will officiate.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Edna Leone WAMPLER 

September 2, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Well Known and Popular Young Lady Passed Away at Her Parents' Home Sunday Evening.

The news of the death of Miss Edna Leone WAMPLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. WAMPLER, 413 North Jackson street, which occurred Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock, brought sorrow to hundreds of friends of the young lady and of the family. All of Clinton knew that the young lady was making a desperate fight for her life and that the odds were against her, but all were living in hopes that the indomitable courage of Miss Wampler might triumph. Not even the best of medical skill nor Miss Wampler’s will power could triumph and at 6:30 o'clock, surrounded by members of the immediate family, she peacefully passed to her reward.

Edna Leone Wampler was born in Weldon, Illinois, February 7, 1901, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Wampler. December 18, 1902, the family moved to Clinton where they have since resided. The deceased attended the public schools of Clinton and on May 31, 1918, she graduated from the high school.

During January of last year Miss Wampler’s health began to fail and upon the advice of physicians, her parents took her to El Paso, Texas. After five weeks of the Texas climate, physicians decided that it was safe for her to return home, the family arriving in Chicago on Easter Sunday. In Chicago the best medical talent was secured and upon their advice and treatment, hope was held out for her complete recovery.

May 24th Miss Wampler was permitted to return to Clinton but on July 4 she was again taken to Chicago where an operation was performed. For two weeks it was thought that she would not recover but after that she improved and was permitted to again return to her home in Clinton with hopes of complete recovery. After a short time her condition began to grow worse and she continued to fail until her death occurred Sunday evening.

The deceased was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wampler who with two brothers, Captain E. C. Wampler of Camp Mills, New York, and Charles Edwin, at home, survive, a sister, Anna Marshal died in infancy.

The deceased was an active member of the Christian church, singing in the choir and teaching the primary Sunday school class. She was also active in the work of the Christian Endeavor.

The funeral will be held from the Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o$#39;clock, the Rev. Ralph V. Callaway, of Sterling, Ill., former pastor of the local Christian congregation, will have charge of the services assisted by Rev. T. T. Molton of Bloomington and Rev. Cartwright pastor of the local church. Burial will be in Woodlawn.


August 28, 1903
Clinton Register

Father of County School Superintendent, T. C. Wampler, Dies at His Home Near Kenney.

George WAMPLER died at 4:30 Monday afternoon at his home, two miles east of Kenney, aged 64 years, 7 months and 25 days, his disease being pronounced abscess of the pleura. He had been in poor health about two and a half years, but was not confined to his bed until last Friday evening.

Deceased was born in Knox county, Ind., Dec. 29, 1838. When he was young his parents moved to Lawrence county, Ill., where he was married to Rebecca SEITZINGER, in 1861. To them one daughter and four sons were born, of whom only William H. and Thomas C., county superintendent of schools of DeWitt county, are living. Those deceased are Mary A., James L. and Benjamin F., James dying near Kenney a year ago. The wife and mother died Jan. 20, 1875. At her death four children were living and he cared for them with a devotion that was commended by all his friends. Several years previous to the death of James, his home was with him. He then made his home with William. During the Civil war he served in the 65th Illinois and his four brothers also served in that war. Two of them are living, Henry, of Palestine, Ill., and David, of LaCenter, Wash., both of whom visited him a few months ago. He was a member of the G. A. R. at Kenney, and [of] all those of that post, only five attended the funeral. All the other members have died or moved away.

He was an honored citizen and had no enemies. He was always greatly attached to home and was seldom seen elsewhere except on business. The last twenty years he had spent in this county, first three years east of Waynesville and seventeen years near Kenney, where all his neighbors attest of his uprightness. His only regret was that he must die before the children of his deceased son James were old enough to care for themselves.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the residence at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. T. A. CANADY, assisted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND .... Burial was in the Tunbridge cemetery northeast of Kenney.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

William Henry WAMPLER 

May 1, 1927
Paper Unknown

Funeral Rites Today for Waynesville Man.

Waynesville, May 1—(Special)—Funeral rites for William H. WAMPLER will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Christian church, with Rev. H. S. Mavity officiating.  Burial will be in Rock Creek cemetery.

Mr. Wampler dropped dead Saturday noon in the barn lot at his home here, following an extended illness from heart disease.  He retired from the farm four months ago.

Mr. Wampler was born April 24, 1863, and was married Nov. 24, 1884, to Evelyn CISCO.  For 23 years, Mr. and Mrs. Wampler resided on a farm four miles northeast of Waynesville, coming to the town in January, this year.

Surviving Mr. Wampler are the following children; Leslie, Waynesville; Mrs. Harry Johnson, Mrs. Irwin Spilbring, McLean; Calvin, a teacher in the Minonk high school; Mrs. Lucian Chaudoin, Waynesville; and Mrs. Cecil Dagley, Heyworth.   A brother, T. C. Wampler of Clinton, and 14 grandchildren also survive.

Note: Date of death was April 30, 1927.  William H. Wampler was a son of George and Rebecca (Seitzinger) Wampler.

Mrs. A. M. WAND 

March 15, 1895
Clinton Public

A sad death occurred in Farmer City last Monday. A. M. WAND is the proprietor of a store in that town, and for years his health has been so poor that his wife had to take an active part in the management of the business. The Wands moved to Farmer City and were engaged in a general store business in the Young & Gould building which was burned down last September. They lost heavily by the fire, but they got another building and moved into it the remnant of the stock saved and tried it again. In January they got back to the old stand in a new building, and while Mrs. WAND was in Chicago buying goods she caught cold which developed into typhoid fever, and then death. Mrs. Wand was only thirty-two years old. She was a woman of indomitable energy, and on account of her husband's sickly condition the whole burden of business rested on her.


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

THOMAS WANTLAND, Lane, Dies; Was 71 Years of Age.

Thomas WANTLAND of Lane passed away at his home at 11:30 o'clock Thursday morning. Mr. Wantland suffered with complications of diseases. He was 71 years, 9 months and 16 days old. He was born in 1850 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mr. Wantland was married in 1880 to Miss Mollie HAYS, of Lane, and to this union nine children were born, two preceding him in death. Besides his wife he leaves his children: Mrs. U. L. GIBSON, Earl and Ottow WANTLAND, of Clinton, Fred, Albert and Erve of Lane, and Mrs. Jerry CYPHERS, of Deland. Also one Sister, Mrs. Ella NILES of Rochester, Iowa, and 20 grandchildren. No funeral arrangements have been made.

Submitted by Debbie Champion


March 13, 1891
Clinton Public

Elijah H. WANTLING, father of Mrs. Thomas HARP, died at the residence of his daughter last Wednesday evening [March 11], in his eighty-seventh year. He was born in Maryland on the 7th of June, 1804. Thirty-eight years ago he moved from Ohio to this county. He was twice married. This made the second death in the Harp household within four days.

Note: aka WANTLAND

Mrs. Joseph WARD 

March 8, 1907
Clinton Register

Another of Clinton’s Mothers Called to Her Home in the Better Land.

Monday morning when Rae WARD went to awaken his mother he found her dead.  She had not been sick and the evening before had felt as well as usual, except a slight pain in her side, which had troubled her some for two or three days.  She did not retire until nearly ten o'clock, and her son did not see her again until he went to awaken her the next morning.

Mary WELDON was born at Zaneville, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1836.  A few years later her parents moved to Columbus, Ohio, and then to London, Ohio.  Sept. 19, 1866, she was married to Joseph WARD, at Circleville, Ohio.  She continued to live in Ohio until in 1855 when she moved to Illinois, locating at Midland City where she lived 8 years, when she moved to Clinton where some of her sons had secured employment.  Since then Clinton had been her home.  She had been a faithful member of the M. E. church about thirty years, and, as age stole upon her, one of her greatest enjoyments was to join religious services.  Her life was a useful as it was pure and noble and her friends were all who knew her.

Of the five children born to her, two daughters died the year she moved to Clinton.  Her three sons, Weldon, Rae and Bishop live in Clinton.  Her husband is deceased.  She was a sister of the late Judge Lawrence WELDON, of Bloomington, formerly of Clinton, and was the last of that family to pass away, her sister, Mrs. H. H. MORRIS, dying a few years ago.

Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. N. M. Rigg, assisted by Rev. T. A. Canady, of Carlinville.  The remains were taken to London, Ohio, for burial.

Note: She is buried in Somerford Cemetery in Madison County, Ohio.

Dr. John WARNER 

December 22, 1905
Clinton Register

Dr. John Warner Dies at His Home After Brief Illness Yesterday Afternoon.

Was Eighty-Six Years Old; Had Lived in Clinton Sixty-Two Years; and Had Been Engaged in Banking Nearly Forty Years Known Throughout the State.

Dr. John WARNER is at rest. After a busy pilgrimage of four score and six years he answered the final roll call. For several years his health had been failing, but he journeyed on giving little heed to the warning that comes with ripened age. Though several years past the eightieth mile post in the journey from the cradle to the grave he continued in business and attended to most of the affairs pertaining to his large landed estates. He realized the danger to one of his years from overwork, but his courage, like his bravery on the field of battle, would not allow him to shrink from his personal duty. It was not until about a year ago when paralysis deadened and weakened his physical powers, that he was compelled to lessen his attention from business. He recovered sufficiently to go about and seldom was there a day when his familiar form was not seen about his place of business. But little more than twenty-four hours before his death he was at his banking house, and not feeling well he returned home at 2 o'clock. Soon afterward he complained of pains in his breast; his physicians were summoned, and his family was informed of his dangerous condition. He grew worse and a few minutes after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon the end came.

Dr. Warner began life at the bottom of fortune's ladder; by steady and industrious effort he had ascended well up on its coveted rounds. After the invaluable schooling of farm life, he resolved to seek a new field of labor. After a few months as teacher he began the study of medicine and receiving his diploma sought opportunity in the then West. He drifted to DeWitt county, which became his field of action. The outlook was not bright, but his ambition and determination opened the way to success. Hope parted the clouds and sunshine cast its encouraging rays along his pathway. His safe reasoning and keen foresight led him to invest his money in the rich prairie land that was then considered, by many, almost worthless. Its rapid advance in price soon added greatly to his wealth, and in 1867, in company with Henry MAGILL, Lawrence WELDON and J. R. WARNER, under the firm name of John Warner & Co., he engaged in banking, which he had since continued. For seven years previous to enlisting as a soldier he was in the mercantile and real estate business. His wealth grew until he had long been one of the wealthiest men in Central Illinois. Besides the controlling interest in the bank he owned five business buildings and several residences in Clinton, besides the palatial homestead at the south limits of the city. His landed interests are vast. In DeWitt county he owns (number unreadable) acres; he also owned a farm near Olney, Ill., two or three farms in Indiana; a farm near Lincoln, Neb., and about 700 acres in Iowa. There seems no doubt of this estate being more than $1,000,000, which has been the result of his own efforts.

A fitting monument to his enterprise and benevolence is the new hospital, a view of which is given on this page. Last spring he set apart $25,000 for the building and endowed it. The hospital is enclosed, but will not be completed for several weeks. It will be a pride to Clinton and will endear Dr. Warner's memory to every citizen.

John Warner was born in Rockingham county, Va., July 24, 1819, his parents being David and Catherine WARNER, of German descent. They lived on a farm and there in the beautiful valley the first sixteen years of his life were spent. Sept. 3, 1835, they started westward in two wagons. They crossed the Allegheny mountains and reached Wayne county, Indiana, late in the following month, where they spent the winter. In March of the following year they moved to Henry county where the father had purchased a farm. One year later John began teaching school at $25 a month, and at the same time began the study of medicine under a medical firm of Anderson. Oct. 30 of that year he was married to Miss Cynthia A. Gardiner, of the same county, and June 2 of the following year they started westward with no particular place for location in view. Eighteen days later they landed in Mt. Pleasant, now Farmer City. There were only five residences and one hotel in the town. The hotel was kept by John SMITH, and they remained there until he could procure a house, and it was only 12x12 feet. He lived there and practiced medicine two years when he moved to Clinton, which had since been his home.

He continued the practice of medicine until he had spent about twelve years in that work, though he always disliked it, and engaged in another business at the first desirable opportunity. From 1848 until 1852 he was clerk of the circuit court.

When the Civil war began he was among the first in the county to enlist, and raised a company and was made major of the 41st regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was at the surrender of Ft. Henry; in the battles of Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, Davis Bridge, the Hatchie and Corinth. At Shiloh he contracted chronic diarrhea, from which he never fully recovered. On account of this he resigned his position and returned home. In 1865 his wife died. May 28, 1874, he was married to Miss Isabella ROBINSON, of Huron county, O. He served one term in the legislature, from 1864 to 1866. In 1867 he engaged in the banking business, and had since continued in that business, though his health for a few years had prevented his taking an active part in the work, yet he seldom missed being at the bank every day when able to be from home. The bank-room had been his business home nearly forty years, and it was only fitting that he be there only a few hours before the closing of his earthly career.

Dr. Warner is survived by his wife and the following children: Vespasian WARNER, Commissioner of Pensions; Mrs. Harrison METTLER, of Chicago; Mrs. Grant BELL, of Clinton and Florence, of New York City; his grandchildren and the child of Dr. and Mrs. Mettler and the children of Vespasian Warner They are Clifton M., John and Mrs. Guy G. DOWDALL, of Clinton; Vesper M., of Kansas, and Mary Frances, who is attending school in Pennsylvania, but arrived home yesterday. Their father will arrive from Washington tomorrow afternoon.

Dr. Warner was a member of no church but was strongly inclined to the Universalist church, of which his wife is a member. He was a liberal contributor to the building fund of that church and gave it the new pipe organ which cost $2000, making a total cost of over $3000.

The funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. C. E. VARNEY. Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.


December 26, 1905
The Decatur Herald

Services Held at Home in Clinton on Sunday.

Clinton, Ill., Dec. 25.-The funeral of the late Dr. John WARNER was held from his late residence Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. The funeral services were in charge of the Rev. C. A. Varney of the Universalist church. There were 12 pallbearers, six active and six honorary members.

Dr. Warner was a charter member of Clinton Masonic lodge. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. Col. Vespasian Warner of Washington and Mrs. Florence Mace of New York City arrived Saturday.

Mrs. John WARNER 

February 16, 1865
Clinton Public

DIED—In this town, on Wednesday, February 15, 1865, Synthia Ann, consort of Hon. John WARNER. The deceased was born July 3d, 1822, and consequently was between 43 and 44 years of age. For a long time she has been an active, consistent and exemplary member of the Methodist Episcopal church. She died in the triumph of faith—with full assurance of a happy immortality beyond the grave. To the doctor and family we offer our warmest sympathy and condolence.

Note: John Warner married Cynthia Ann Gardner/Gardiner in 1840.


December 24, 1880
Clinton Public

Miss Kate WARNER, who for a number of years has been living with her aunt, Mrs. O'DONALD, in this city, died last Friday night at 10 o'clock, of consumption.   Miss Warner had been gradually giving away to this terrible disease for the past year, and for a few months prior to her death she was unable to leave the house.   She was a young lady, highly esteemed, and her death will be sadly felt among her associates.  Her funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. W. W. Faris at the residence of Mrs. O'Donald, last Sunday night.  She was taken to Bloomington Last Monday morning, accompanied by her relatives, the members of her graduating class, their teacher, and several of her intimate friends.

Mrs. Vespasian WARNER 

June 8, 1894
Clinton Public

Death took a kindly soul from earth this morning, at two o'clock, when it beckoned Mrs. Winifred (MOORE) WARNER to the spot where the shadows thicken. She was as generous in her thoughts as in her words and acts, and will be regretted by the large circle of friends who became attached to her through her many fine qualities and kindly disposition. For three days her life hung upon a thread, and the heart of Clinton was sad while the Death Angel hovered over that home.

For nearly a year Mrs. Warner has been an invalid, and recently she realized the fact that she must pass through a terrible surgical ordeal. With Mrs. BISHOP, and accompanied by her husband and by her family physician, Dr. F. E. DOWNEY, Mrs. Warner went to Chicago last week and consulted Dr. LUDLUM, a celebrated surgeon. It was decided that an operation was necessary. It was life or death, and the scales were so evenly balanced that Dr. Ludlum could offer no word of hope. Fully acquainted with the danger that confronted the brave woman, for the love she bore her husband and children, she resigned herself to the fate that awaited her. On Tuesday morning Dr. Ludlum and a trained nurse arrived from Chicago, and assisted by Drs. Downey, McINTYRE and HYDE, the operation was successfully performed. All the care that loving friends and husband and children could give surrounded the couch of the suffering wife and mother. For a time the clouds of doubt would clear away and there was hope she would pass the death line and be restored to health and bodily vigor, and then darkness would come as the Death Angel seemed very near. Hour after hour the life tide ebbed and flowed. Mrs. Warner was conscious through it all, even to the final hour, and she fully realized her condition. But calmly and patiently she awaited the change that must determine whether it was to be life or death. With the Christian's hope she trustingly looked for strength to that source that never fails, and her Heavenly Father sustained her as the shadows deepened.

At two o'clock this morning, surrounded by sad-hearted husband and children and her father and brother, the loving wife and mother crossed the river of death to meet her first-born and her mother, who had long been waiting for her coming.

Mrs. Winifred Moore was born in Tremont, Tazewell County, Illinois, on the 6th of May, 1849. Her father, the Hon. C. H. MOORE, soon after moved his family to Clinton. She was educated at a ladies' seminary in Painesville, Ohio, and was a woman learned in literature. On the 26th of March, 1868, she was united in marriage to Colonel Vespasian WARNER, and to them were born six children, five of whom survive her. Mrs. Warner's life was a benediction in the home, and her kindly, genial nature drew friends who loved her because of her unselfishness and a desire to make others happy. She was an earnest Christian woman and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Warner was the only daughter of the Hon. C. H. Moore and the sister of Arthur MOORE. The funeral services will be held at the family residence on Sunday afternoon, at four o'clock.


June 15, 1894
Clinton Public

At Mrs. Vespasian WARNER's funeral last Sunday afternoon there was a very large attendance at the house during the services, and at Woodlawn a much larger audience awaited the arrival of the funeral procession. The services at the house were conducted by Dr. HUNTER, assisted by Rev. W. J. TULL. Dr. Hunter departed from the usual funeral sermon, but instead gave a few practical thoughts from the lesson of such a life as that of Mrs. Warner. In going from the home to Woodlawn, Colonel WARNER's old comrades of Co. E Twentieth Illinois acted as a guard of honor, marching at each side of the hearse. The Grand Army Post divided into two platoons, the first platoon marching before the hearse and the second platoon in the rear. Then came the family in carriages, followed by the friends. The old soldiers honored the memory of the dead wife of their comrade.

Charles WARRICK 

January 12, 1916, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Charles Warrick Died Tuesday Morning—
One of County’s Most Respected Citizens.

Charles WARRICK, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of this place passed away at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. E. BELL.  He has been in poor health for several years.

He was the son of Elizabeth and William WARRICK, was born in Fayette county, Penn., in 1827.  He was married to Miss Sarah SCRITCHFIELD [CRITCHFIELD], April 26, 1874.  They lived in Pennsylvania until 1856 when they left their native home and started westward setting near Keokuk, Ia.  Shortly afterward they purchased a farm near Atlanta where they resided until they retired and moved to Waynesville.  Mrs. Warrick passed away in May 1907, since which time Mr. Warrick has made his home with Mrs. Bell.  He was a life long member of the M. E. church and always attended when his health permitted.

They were the parents of nine children, five having died in infancy.  The surviving are Mrs. S. R. HAMMITT, of Logan, Ia.; W. W. Warrick, Atlanta; J. D. Warrick; and Mrs. J. E. BELL, of this place.  He also leaves sixteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the home of J. E. Bell Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of Rev. S. A. McIntosh.  Interment in the Evergreen cemetery.

Mrs. Charles WARRICK 

May 24, 1907
Clinton Register

Mrs. Sarah WARRICK died at her home early Tuesday morning of old age.  Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James CRICHFIELD [CRITCHFIELD] and was born Aug. 30, 1827, in Lafayette county, Pa.  She joined the Methodist church when a child and has since remained a faithful believer in her Savior.   In April 1849 she was unified in marriage to Charles WARRICK and they have passed the last ten years in this village.  To this union four children were born who with the aged husband, are left to mourn their loss.   Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. E. Strevey.  Interment in Evergreen cemetery.

Madison WARRICK 

November 23, 1921, Wednesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Madison Warrick Dies.

Madison WARRICK, a resident of this city for many years and a man well known and universally liked, died at his home 604 East Main street from an illness of complication of diseases.

Mr. Warrick became ill last July and since that time his health has been failing.  Even then, despite his advanced age, when he took to his bed two weeks ago, no apprehension as to his life was felt.  Yesterday he failed to take nourishment and he soon lapsed into unconsciousness and remained in that condition till the end.

Mr. Warrick was born near Dayton, Ohio, March 4, 1846, and came to Illinois when he was but four years old, locating in DeWitt county.

He was adopted when quite young by Mr. and Mrs. Henry SIMPSON.  On November 10, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Pra [Nira] EWING, and four children were born.  They are Ned WARRICK, of Kenney; Mrs. May TUGGLE, 123 N. Quincy street; Mrs. Maude SHUMAKER, 609 East Main Street; and Roy WARRICK, of West Jefferson street.  Besides the wife and children he is survived by one brother, William WARRICK, of this city.  Deceased was a devout communicant of the Universalist church of this city.  The funeral services will be conducted in the late home, 604 East Main street, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.   Rev. A. W. McDavitt of Racine, Wisconsin, former pastor of the local church, will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. M. G. Linton of this city.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.


November 22, 1921, Tuesday
The Decatur Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois


Following an illness of two weeks duration, the death of Madison WARRICK occurred Monday night at 12 o'clock at the family home, 604 East Main street.  Deceased was born March 4, 1846, in Dayton, Ohio, and at the age of four years came to DeWitt county with his parents.  Mr. Warrick resided on a farm near here until 15 years ago, when he moved to Clinton, making his home here since that time.  On Nov. 10, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Ura [Nira] EWING and to their union four children were born, all of whom survive.  They are Mrs. Charles TUGGLE; Mrs. Maud SHUMAKER; William WARRICK, of Clinton; also Ned WARRICK, of Kenney.  One brother, William WARRICK, of Clinton, also survives.   At noon today funeral arrangements had not been made.

Mrs. Madison WARRICK 

July 25, 1932, Monday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

CLINTON.—Mrs. Nira WARRICK, 82, died at her home, 604 East Main street, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday after an illness of several months.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Universalist church here.  The funeral will be held at the residence at 3 p.m. Tuesday in charge of the Rev. A. W. McDavitt.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.  She was born Nov. 21, 1850, at Zanesville, Ohio, a daughter of John and Matilda EWING.  She came to this state in 1857 and to Clinton in 1899.  Her marriage was to Madison W. [M.] Warrick on Nov. 10, 1870.  He preceded her in death.  Surviving are four children: Mrs. Maude SHUMAKER and Mrs. May TUGGLE, both of Clinton; Ned WARRICK and Roy WARRICK, of Chicago.  Mrs. Warrick was the last member of a family of six children.

Note: Her name was misspelled Niva in this article and was corrected.


September 27, 1936, Sunday
Waco, Texas

Three Killed and Five Injured in Auto-Truck Crash.
All These Collision Victims Members of the Same Litchfield, Illinois, Family.

Litchfield, Ill., Sept. 26.—Three Kenney residents were killed and five other members of the same family were seriously injured, two probably fatally, in a collision between an automobile and a truck between Litchfield and Mount Olive.

The dead are Ned WARRICK, 65, burned to death when the automobile caught fire; Shirley Ann WARRICK, 4; and Warren Wesley WARRICK, 11, Mr. Warrick’s grandchildren.

Those injured were Mrs. Ned WARRICK, 60, believed fatally injured; Mrs. Ivan WARRICK, 30, fractured skull and broken leg; Darlene WARRICK, 11, fractured skull; Corrine WARRICK, 10, head injuries, and Ivan WARRICK, 36, driver of the automobile, probably fatally injured.

Glenn C. Huss, Kalamazoo, Mich., driver of the truck, was uninjured.  Huss said the automobile swerved suddenly into the path of his truck.


September 29, 1936, Tuesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Funeral for Three Kenney Victims of Wreck to Be Held.

Kenney.—Funeral services for Ned WARRICK, 64, rural carrier, and his two grandchildren, Warren Wesley, 9, and Shirley Ann, 2, who were killed in an automobile accident Saturday morning at Litchfield, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Methodist church in Kenney with the Rev. W. J. Goreham of Sidell, in charge of the services.  Burial was in Memorial Park, Clinton.  Ivan WARRICK, wife and two daughters and mother, Mrs. Ned WARRICK, are still in critical condition in St. Francis hospital in Litchfield.  Mrs. Fern Lightbody, of Glasford, and Dee Warrick, of Kenney, are at their bedside.


October 8, 1944, Friday
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

Mrs. Sarah Jane WARRICK, 69, died Wednesday after an extended illness.  The body was taken to Reeser’s Funeral home.  She was born Nov. 11, 1874, in Creek township, a daughter of Asher and Matilda (Lisenby) LANE.  She married Ned WARRICK on Feb. 12, 1896, in Clinton.  He was killed in an auto wreck six [eight] years ago.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Fern LIGHTBODY, Glasford; Mrs. Nina HUSER, Amboy; two sons, Ivan and Dee, both of Clinton; 10 grandchildren.  She was a member of the Kenney Methodist church.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Reeser Funeral home.  Capt. William J. Icenogle, army chaplain, will officiate.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. William WARRICK 

March 7, 1919, Friday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Mrs. William Warrick Commits Suicide—

Clinton, March 6.—Mrs. Mary Jane WARRICK, aged 69 and prominent pioneer resident of this city, and wife of William WARRICK, committed suicide early this morning by drowning in a cistern in the rear of their home, one-half mile south of this city.  Her lifeless body was found shortly after 6 o'clock by the husband, William Warrick.  Despondency over family matters, it is said, was the cause of the act.  A letter addressed to the family and found in one of the drawers gave further proof of suicidal intentions.  A complete obituary written up by the dead woman was found by the family.  The deceased was born on January 8, 1850, in Kentucky, the daughter of Thomas and Susan Henry HUTCHINSON, and came with her parents to this community when she was but three years of age.  She was married to Mr. Warrick on December 8, 1869.  For the past fifty years the deceased has been affiliated with the Christian church.  Brooding because of the death of two daughters and other members of her family is believed to have been the cause of her act.  She is survived by her aged husband and the following children: Fred and Thomas, of this city, and Grover and Mrs. H. H. COLLWELL [CALDWELL], of Decatur.  Three sisters, Mrs. W. T. Kitts, of Bellflower; Mrs. C. C. Randolph and Mrs. Thomas Drew, of Decatur, also survive.  A brother, S. D. Hutchinson, resides in this city.  The funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Christian church.  Rev. R. L. Cartwright will officiate and interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Winifred WARRICK 

May 24, 1916, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Only Child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Warrick—
Ill Since Birth.

Winifred, the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred WARRICK, 618 South Mulberry street, died shortly after 11 o'clock at the home last night.  The child had been in poor health since birth and had been seriously ill the past few days.  It was twenty months old the 5th of this month.  The funeral services will be held at the family home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. P. H. Aldrich of the Baptist church officiating.  Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Byron F. WASSON 

February 14, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Never Regained Consciousness Following Stroke of Apoplexy Early Friday Morning.

B. F. WASSON, former president of the National Telephone & Electric Co., and long connected with business interests in DeWitt county, died Sunday night at 10:09 o'clock at his home at the end of North Center street following a stroke of apoplexy Friday morning at 4 o'clock from which he never recovered consciousness.   His vitality, remarkable in so frail an appearing man, sustained his life for seventy-eight hours following the stroke.

Byron Fillmore Wasson was born near Owensville, Gibson county, Ind., June 17, 1855, and died at his home just north of Clinton, DeWitt county, Ill., Feb. 13, 1916, aged sixty years, seven months and twenty-seven days.  He was the first son of John Willis and Caroline WASSON, the latter surviving and residing at Lincoln, Ill.

When the decedent was about one year of age the family moved to a farm near Beason, Logan county, Ill., where they resided for nine years, moving then to DeWitt county where the Wasson homestead was established on a farm near Midland City.  Here he grew to manhood.  He attended the rural schools in this section.  At the age of twenty-one he attended the Union Christian college at Merom, Ind., for one year’s term.  He then returned to his home in Illinois, and after a short time moved to Kansas, where in 1879 he entered the Kansas State Normal college at Emporia.  He graduated from this institution and was awarded a state teachers life certificate.  He followed the profession of pedagogy for many years, teaching in the public schools at Cottonwood Falls, Kans., Midland City, Elkhart and Bluffs, Ill.

Pioneer in Telephony.

While a student at the Kansas State Normal, Mr. Wasson became interested in electrical work, and during his vacation he was on the road installing fire alarms, burglar alarms, wiring houses and buildings.  During this time he put in many acoustic telephones for private parties.  After he severed his connections with the schools at Bluffs, he entered the telephone field as his permanent vocation.  After the construction of several lines about that city he sold his interests and moved to Lincoln, Illinois, where he was manager of the local telephone company.  About twenty years ago Mr. Wasson built the telephone exchange at Farmer City.  Later he organized the Farm and City Telephone Company with exchanges at Farmer City, Mansfield and DeWitt.  The business grew rapidly and some sixteen years ago the exchange at Clinton was purchased by this company and Mr. Wasson moved to this city where he has since made his home.

At the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Mr. Wasson had an unique exhibit for which he received the gold medal.  This exhibit has been loaned to the Purdue University, Purdue, Indiana.

Mr. Wasson was the inventor of the Wasson Wire Reel, which has gained great popularity in the electrical field.

August 24, 1886, the decedent was united in marriage to Lillian Bell CLAY, at Atlanta, Illinois, who preceded him in death August 8, 1906.  To this union were born two sons, both of whom survive.  They are Earl C. WASSON, of Lincoln, Illinois, and S. Deane WASSON, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

September 4, 1907, Mr. Wasson was united in marriage to Vernetta C. CLAY, at Springfield, Illinois, who survives.  To this union one child was born, Harold William WASSON, aged 6, living at home.

Besides his mother, wife and children, the decedent is survived by two grandchildren, Earl Dale WASSON and Harmon LaRue WASSON, both of Lincoln; four brothers, Van R. WASSON and C. L. WASSON, of Decatur, Ill.; W. L. WASSON and Cal WASSON, of Lincoln; and three sisters, Mrs. Charles MARVEL, of Webster City, Iowa; Mrs. John MARVEL, of Midland City; and Mrs. Antis FATLAND, of Lincoln.

While in Bluffs Mr. Wasson united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he has continued to be a faithful member.  He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and the Modern Woodmen of America lodges.  In politics he was affiliated with the Republican party, but took no active part.

Funeral Services.

The funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the First M. E. church, Rev. Dr. J. A. Lucas of Lincoln, Rev. W. D. Fairchild and Rev. Ralph Calloway officiating.  The Odd Fellows will have charge of the services.  Interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: Byron’s second wife, Vernetta, died February 22, 1967, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mrs. Byron F. WASSON 

August 10, 1906
Clinton Register

Was One of the Leading Members of The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Clinton.

Again has death entered a happy home and taken a wife and Christian wife and mother, Mrs. B. W. WASSON, who seemed to live for the good she could do for others.  Though not healthy, she was always ready to give her time and efforts in trying to assist others, especially the unfortunate.  Just before her fatal illness she assisted Mrs. Horn in caring for the ten children from Chicago, and she thoroughly enjoyed the work.  It is seldom a woman is more devoted to bettering the condition of others.  She was happiest when doing that which would make others happy.

For several years she had been in poor health, and often was seriously sick several days, but her final illness began less than a week before her death.  She was not confined to her bed until Saturday, and was dangerously ill almost from the first and it was realized death was near two or three days before the summons came.  Wednesday night about 9 o'clock her spirit took its flight.

Lillie Belle CLAY was born in Logan county Aug. 9, 1865, and died a few hours before her 46th birthday.  She graduated from the Atlanta schools and taught school several years.   In Atlanta Aug. 14, 1880, she was married to B. F. WASSON, who was then principal of the schools of Cottonwood Falls, Kan., where they lived about three years.  They then came to this county and lived in Midland City two years, Mr. Wasson being principal of the schools there, and two years in Elkhart and three years in Buffalo, Mr. Wasson teaching school each year and Mrs. Wasson part of the time.  At Buffalo Mr. Wasson built a telephone line, which he sold, and they moved to Lincoln where he was superintendent of lines that he was instrumental in having built.  About ten years ago they moved to Farmer City, where he was engaged in the same business.  About five years ago his company bought the Clinton telephone system and they moved to this city which had since been their home.

Mrs. Wasson united with the M. E. church in Atlanta when young, and had since been a faithful member, always ready to do her part of the work, and was often present as teacher of a class in Sunday school when her health was poor.  Her work was usually in Sunday school and in Home Missions, and in these her absence will be most regretted.  Next to her church work she was particularly active in the W. C. T. U. in which she was one of the leaders and had held each office in the association of the county, being elected for this year.  She was one of the most active in opening the restroom at the depot and was much interested in the good it has brought.

While the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Wasson had been one of constant work, it had been one of pleasure and by hard work they had accumulated enough property, including a pleasant home, that they were more fully enjoying the fruits of their labor.  Poor health was the only cloud that hung over their home, and they had recently spent several weeks in northern states in the hope of her being benefited, but she realized that she would soon join her mother in death.  For two or three years she felt that she would soon be called from home and loved ones.

Her mother died in Clinton a year and a month ago, and since then, her grandmother, Mrs. FENNER, had been a member of the Wasson home.  She is survived by the father, husband, two children, Earl and Dean, and a sister, Mrs. HAMPTON, of Streator, who were present when the summons came.

Funeral services were held today at 3 o'clock in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. N. M. Rigg.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Fountain G. WASSON 

August 20, 1880
Clinton Public


Mr. F. G. WASSON, living near Midland, of whom mention was made a few weeks ago as lying low with consumption, died on the night of the 16th inst., and was buried in the McClimans Cemetery.  Mr. Wasson was a man that was highly respected by all who knew him.  He professed religion in his early days, and lived a consistent Christian all his life.  When the war broke out he was among the first of Indiana’s sons to volunteer to help put down the rebellion.  He enlisted as a private in Company H, 17th Indiana, commanded by Col. Wilder, and before the war closed he was promoted first lieutenant for gallant conduct on the battlefield.  While in the service of his country he contracted that direful disease which, sooner or later, is sure of its victim.  He came to this country about five years ago, and made his home with Mr. J. W. WASSON, where he died.  The subject of this sketch was born in Gibson county, Indiana, September 4th, 1836, and was in the 44th year of his age.

Note: In the 1880 census he was listed as John W. Wasson’s cousin.


November 2, 1917, Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Nan WATKINS died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah KREPPS, in Farmer City, following a brief illness.  She was 71 years of age.  Deceased was born and reared in Farmer City and most of her life was spent there.  For the past few years she had made her home with her son, Walter, at Mountain Grove, Mo.   She returned from Missouri a short time ago.

Besides her son, she is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Clarence DRYBREAD and Mrs. H. H. WELSH, of Mountain Grove, Mo.; Mrs. O. M. ROSENSCRANS, of Clearwater, Kan.; Henry DRYBREAD, of Lawton, Okla.; Mrs. Sarah KREPPS, Mrs. I. A. MITCHELL, Misses Annis and Jessie DRYBREAD, of Farmer City.  Funeral services will be held from the home of Mrs. Krepps in Farmer City Saturday afternoon.


October 8, 1909
Clinton Register

Clara Watson was killed in a train accident.

(See news article)


October 24, 1890
Clinton Public

Grier, the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Charles WATSON’s household, died last Friday evening, aged twenty months and four days. Grier was a beautiful flaxen-haired boy, and the wound will be long in healing in the hearts of the afflicted father and mother.


January 25, 1901
Clinton Register

After Many Days of Intense Suffering, He is Taken From Those Most Dear to Him.

Today it is a sad duty to inform our readers of the death of H. D. WATSON, one of Clinton's best known citizens. For about a month he had been critically ill from the effects of a large carbuncle on the back of his neck. From the first, the physicians realized the danger of death resulting, yet by every effort known to their science the prolonged life, almost knowing that death would soon triumph over skill. Yesterday it was realized that the end was near, and his family, except Charles, who is in Denver, and Mrs. WINSLOW, of Kansas, gathered at his bedside to await the approach of the victor. At 5:30 yesterday evening the doors of eternity swung noiselessly open and the spirit of H. D. Watson had took its flight to a home beyond the skies.

Hugh D. Watson was born in Seneca county, O., Nov. 27, 1836, and lived 64 years, 1 month and 27 days. He lived in Ohio until 1865 when he came to Illinois and located in Wapella township in this county. Before leaving Ohio he was married to Miss Eveline STEVENS, who survives him. To them six children were born. They are Mrs. Howard WINSLOW, of Dalton, Kan.; Chas S., Dudley D., James G., Mabel and William D., of whom the three latter live in Clinton, and Mabel and William with their parents; James near Wapella on the homestead, Chas. in Denver and Mrs. Winslow in Kansas. In 1888 Mr. Watson gave up farming and moved to Clinton to enjoy a well earned rest from active work, and had since done no more than assist at the store of his sons, until about a year ago he bought a coal and feed business and conducted it a few months when he sold out. He had long been a member of the Presbyterian church, one of its most earnest workers, and an elder several years. Two years ago he built a fine residence in Clinton, and with the income of a fine farm was situated to enjoy life as never before had he been permitted to live. He was a good citizen and his hundreds of friends regret his death.

Funeral services in the Presbyterian church tomorrow at 2:30, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK; assisted by Rev. E. A. GILLILAND and Rev. CANADY. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.


November 18, 1904
Clinton Register

Uncle Jimmie WATSON died very suddenly Tuesday at the home of John Disbrow while on his way to the school house for his grandchildren.  It was his custom to take and bring them from school and having stopped at Mr. Disbrow’s he died in a chair.   He was well known throughout this part having lived here near 40 years.  Besides a host of friends, two children survive him, Joseph, who he made his home with and Mrs. Frank BENNETT.  Funeral was held Thursday at the house at 1 o'clock.   Interment in Rose cemetery.

James G. WATSON 

Funeral Card

J. G. WATSON—Died at Indianapolis, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. GARDINER, on January 9, 1896, at 12:25 p.m., J. G. WATSON, aged 78 years, 7 months, 7 days. Funeral: M.E. Church, Farmer City, January 11. Burial: City Cemetery.


January 14, 1896, Tuesday
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois

James G. WATSON, aged 65 [78] years, an old resident of Farmer City, died in Indianapolis while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Anson GARDNER.  The remains were interred in the cemetery at Farmer City Saturday.

Mrs. John WATSON 

January 15, 1915
Clinton Register


Coroner H. A. Moore was called to Farmer City this morning by a message announcing the sudden death of a prominent woman near that place.  Mr. Moore went to the above city and returned at 2 o'clock this afternoon after conducting the inquest.

Mrs. Lucy WATSON, aged 66 years, one of the best known residents of Santa Anna township, had been in the city shopping yesterday afternoon and had returned to her home in the evening about 5:20.  On her arrival she called to her grandson, Walter WATSON, to come and assist her from the buggy.  He did so when she remarked that she felt as though she were choking.  She was taken into the home and placed on a couch and Drs. McIntyre and Littlejohn were summoned.  The former arrived as quickly as possible buy Mrs. Watson had already breathed her last, expiring 25 minutes after she had first complained of the choking sensation.  Dr. McIntyre gave the opinion that Mrs. Watson came to her death from a leakage of the heart, and the coroner’s jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the physician’s statement and other facts.

Three years ago Mrs. Watson’s daughter was killed in the railroad collision near Parnell, and about the first of the present month she was in a bad auto wreck, not being injured at the time but having severe shocks in both instances.  It is thought by her physicians that the strain on her nerves caused by the accidents brought on the heart trouble.  Deceased leaves a number of children and grandchildren in Farmer City and vicinity besides many other relatives.  She was born in Ohio but the greater part of her life had been passed in Santa Anna township.  Burial will be in Maplewood, but no funeral arrangements have yet been made.

Mrs. John R. WATSON 

February 7, 1913
Clinton Register


Mrs. Hattie WATSON, wife of John R. WATSON, died at her home in Farmer City, aged 36 years, being sick four months. Hattie MERRIFIELD, daughter of John and Rebecca MERRIFIELD, was born in DeWitt county on June 2, 1876, and died on January 30, 1913, aged 36 years, 7 months and 22 days. She was married to John R. Watson on January 2, 1901, and her later life was spent at Farmer City. Her aged father, John Merrifield, died December 29, 1912. Besides her husband and little son, she is survived by her mother and the following brothers and sisters: J. H. MERRIFIELD, of Pontiac; S. F. Merrifield and Mrs. G. W. HOOVER, of Wapella; Mrs. A. W. HUFFMAN, of Mahomet; Jacob MERRIFIELD, of Dewey; and Mrs. C. P. ARBOGAST and Miss Maude, of Farmer City.

Mrs. Mary WATSON 

June 3, 1875
Clinton Public

Grandma WATSON, one of our oldest and most esteemed citizens, died at the residence of her youngest son, J. G. WATSON, on Saturday morning, May 29th.  The funeral services were held Sabbath afternoon, and attended by a very large concourse of our citizens, who all seemed to feel and act as though they were offering a merited tribute to departed worth.  She was in her eighty-sixth year, having been born on the 20th of November, 1789.  She was born in Kentucky three years before it became a State.   She came to Illinois over forty years ago, and has lived the most of the time in or near Farmer City, with the son at whose house she died.  She was loved most by those who knew her best, shedding her genuine Christian influence in the circle Providence had assigned her, without noise, show, or ostentation.  She was married quite young, and lived to see some of the fourth generation of her offspring ten or twelve years old.   She had eight children, fifty-two grandchildren, ninety-three great grandchildren, and twelve great-great grandchildren-making in all, on hundred and sixty-five lineal descendants.  Grandma Watson was a member of the Baptist Church, and a true Christian —a true woman—a true mother—a true friend, and, like the old Spartan mothers, a true patriot.  And she has gone to a true woman’s reward.  God grant the world may still have such firm and solid pillars of society as Grandma Watson, to drive back the tide of fanaticism which threatens to deluge the nation with woman suffrage, free loveism, spiritualism, and all the other isms that tend to sap the foundations of the State and subvert the social system.

Note: In the 1860 census she was listed as Mary Watson, and in 1870 census she was listed as Pelley Watson.  Her maiden name is unknown.

Elijah WATT 

November 22, 1889
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Citizen.

Elijah WATT, who for over fifty-one years had been a resident of DeWitt county, died at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, last Friday [Nov. 15], and his body was brought home and buried in the cemetery at DeWitt last Tuesday. He was a native of Kentucky and when a young man came to Illinois and settled in Sangamon county, where he lived four years. He came to this county fifty-one years ago and bought a farm of two hundred acres in DeWitt township, and this he still owned at the time of his death. He was the father of twelve children, and two of his sons served in the army during the war. His descendants are numerous, only a few of them living now in this county. In his early life Elijah Watt was an active member of the Methodist Church. He was an enthusiastic member of the Masonic order and was one of the original members of Amon lodge in DeWitt. He was a Democrat of the most pronounced type, but some of his sons were not of the same political faith. He lived to the ripe age of eighty-one years and nine days. His wife died three years ago, they having been married about fifty years.

Note: Elijah Watt was married to Mary Ann Day on May 1, 1830.

George R. WATT 

February 1, 1895
Clinton Public

Tired of Life.
An Old Soldier Takes Strychnine.

The startling news came to Clinton yesterday afternoon that George R. WATT had committed suicide at his home in the village of DeWitt. Yesterday at noon, as George was going home to his dinner, someone met him on the road and saw him licking a powder from a piece of white paper. The neighbor thought that George was taking medicine, as the paper looked like that used for putting up prescription powders. George went into the house and sat down at the dinner table, but he was seized with a nervous chill and got up and went into an adjoining room and laid down on the bed. George called his wife to him and then told her the terrible story, that he had taken strychnine and that in a few minutes he would be a dead man. Mrs. WATT could hardly realize that such a thing could be possible, but seeing that her husband was suffering, she called in Drs. BISHOP and TAYLOR. Dr. Taylor asked him what he had done, and George coolly told him that he had taken strychnine and that he did not want him to do anything for him. Dr. Taylor attempted to insert a stomach pump in order to relieve George of the poison, but his efforts were unavailing, as George's throat had begun to contract from the effects of the terrible drug. The doctor then went to his office for some other appliances, but by the time he returned George was in the last throes of death and in a few minutes the last spark of life had fled.

George R. Watt was born in DeWitt township about fifty-two years ago. He was the son of Elijah WATT, one of the early settlers of the county. George was raised on a farm and had received a good country school education. When the war broke out he was one of the first of the young men who stepped into line in the courthouse square when Col. Lemon called for recruits, and he became a member of Co. E, Twentieth Illinois Infantry. He served over four years, having veteranized, and was discharged on the 16th of July, 1865, with the rank of sergeant. No braver man than George R. Watt ever followed the old flag or shouldered a musket. After the war, he came home and got married and went to farming. Then he moved to Kansas and bought a farm of his own and lived there several years. After returning to his old home in DeWitt he bought a country store and was doing well when a fire broke out one night and cleaned him out. George lost heavily and had but small insurance, but he went to work with a will and was fast making up his losses. He served as postmaster of DeWitt during the last half of President Harrison's administration, but was promptly removed when the Democrats came into power. They had no offices for old soldiers. At the last spring election, George was elected a collector for DeWitt township.

A wife and six children mourn the untimely death of a kind husband and father. One of his daughters, Miss Elva, is a teacher in the public schools in Kenney. His oldest son had charge of the store in DeWitt. George was making money, and the outlook for the future of himself and family was bright and pleasant. He carried $2500 life insurance, which is for the benefit of his wife and children. He was a member of the Grand Army and of the Masonic fraternity. The funeral will occur tomorrow morning from his home in DeWitt. The members of Co. E, Twentieth Regiment, will be the pall bearers. The Masons and Grand Army will conduct the funeral services. A number of Grand Army men from Clinton will go up to DeWitt on the train tomorrow morning to follow their old comrade to the tomb.

James WATT 

December 20, 1889
Clinton Register

James WATT, who was sent to the Kankakee asylum several years ago, died there last Friday and was brought to DeWitt for burial. He was a son of the late Elijah WATT.


January 23, 1885
Clinton Public

Mr. John O. WATTERS and wife seem to have had more than their share of affliction during the past twelve months. In that time they have lost three children by death, the last one a bright little fellow of six years, being buried last Saturday. Little Harry first had a severe attack of diphtheria, which finally culminated in paralysis of the throat, from which he suffered the most terrible pain.

Frank WATTS 

May 8, 1885
Clinton Public

Frank WATTS, who formerly lived in Kenney, was killed by lightning while at work plowing in a field near Peoria, last Tuesday. Frank left Kenney some time ago and rented a farm near Peoria. His body was brought back to Kenney yesterday for burial.

Reuben T. WATTS 

November 17, 1893
Clinton Public

In the morning of life, when only twenty-six years of age, Reuben T. WATTS dropped his visor and went out into the unknown world.  He was born in Springfield, Ills., and in 1877 his father moved to Kenney where Reuben spent the first eighteen years of his life at school and at work upon a farm.  Lewis C. WATTS, his brother, was engaged in the grocery business in this city, and in the year 1885 Reuben came here to clerk for him.  Two years ago the brothers went into partnership and continued so till the present.  Reuben was one of the organizers of the Clinton fire department and was elected captain of the hose company.  At the Fosnaugh fire, in the north end of town, that occurred soon after, Reuben got soaking wet and took cold.  This brought on an attack of inflammatory rheumatism, and about a year ago he went to Hot Springs and took a course of baths.  The rheumatism seemed to be cured, but the disease went to his lungs and consumption took hold of him.  Last March he went to Texas and traveled in that country till June, when he came home.  He seemed to his friends to be going down rapidly, but like all consumptives he looked forward to restoration of health just as soon as that slight hacking cough would stop.  Two months ago he went to Oregon where his sister is teaching in a government school, intending to spend the winter there, but he found the atmosphere too damp and he was compelled to return.  He stopped at McCook, Nebraska, and there he found the climate milder and better suited to his breathing.   He was only there two weeks when last Saturday evening, he died.  His death was unexpected to him as he thought he was getting better, and the lady of the house where he was boarding was the only one in the house with him when he died.

Reuben was a member of the order of Knights of Pythias in this city, and at McCook he had made the acquaintance of some of the brethren.  They looked after him from the first, and when he died the officers of the lodge took charge of the remains and telegraphed here to Mr. Lew Watts.  Mr. Watts started for McCook on Saturday night but was delayed in Mendota till Sunday evening.  When he arrived at McCook the committee of Knights met him at the depot and took charge of him.  They told Lew that if he was short of money to pay the expenses incident to the arrangements for burial that the lodge would furnish all that was needed.  What a blessing comes through the fraternity of men in the so-called secret orders.

Mr. Lew Watts arrived in Clinton on Wednesday morning with the remains of his brother.   Their only sister is on her way home from Oregon and may not arrive till this evening.  The funeral will be on Sunday afternoon, at half-past one o'clock, in the M. E. Church.  The Knights of Pythias will have charge of the ceremonies.


November 24, 1893
Clinton Public

There was a large attendance at the M. E. Church last Sunday afternoon, at the funeral of Reuben T. WATTS.  The Knights of Pythias had charge of the funeral and the fire department acted as escort.  Six of the first hose company, organized when Reuben was elected captain, acted as honorary pall bearers.  Captain Gorman’s band headed the funeral procession.’ Rev. W. J. Tull, pastor of the church, made a happy departure from the regulation sermon, and instead briefly spoke of the deceased Knight in his business, social and fraternal relations, and of man’s duty to his fellowman.  Mr. Tull is a member of the order of Knights of Pythias, and he talked to the brotherhood on the necessity of a preparation for the higher and better life.  Added to the solemn strains of the funeral dirge was the tolling of the church and fire department bells as the procession marched from the church to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Sallie WATTS 

August 21, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Sallie WATTS, aged fifty-two years, died at her home in Kenney on last Saturday. She was the mother of Mr. L. C. WATTS, owner of the Union Block grocery in Clinton.

Edward WEAKLY 

November 3, 1899
Clinton Public

There was a very sad death in town [Deland] last Friday night. Edward WEAKLY had typhoid fever for the past three weeks. A few weeks ago he was called to his home in Ohio to attend the funeral of a sister, and returned sick with the same disease of which she died. Last week another sister and brother of his died, and the father and mother are not expected to live.


November 3, 1899
Clinton Register


Edward WEAKLEY, a farm hand who had been working the past year for George. W. TRIGG, died last Friday evening. The Loyal Sons of America, of which he was a member, took good care of him during his sickness. The body was sent to his home near Circleville, O.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


October 22, 1886
Clinton Public

Addie WEAVER, daughter of A. A. and Mary WEAVER, died last Monday at the age of nearly four years. Her remains were interred in the family cemetery Wednesday morning. A rumor was current that her death occurred from diphtheria. This is untrue, as it was the result of membranous croup.

George WEAVER 

September 29, 1899
Clinton Register

George WEAVER died at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Daniel RUNG, in Kenney last night about 7 o'clock of old age. He was 88 years, 9 months and 15 days old. The deceased was well known about Clinton. The funeral services will be held Sunday at the residence of Daniel Rung, after which the remains will be brought here for burial in Woodlawn.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


October 6, 1899
Clinton Register

One of DeWitt County's Oldest Citizens Is Called Home at an Advanced Age.

It is said only one in a thousand reaches the age of ninety years and the subject of this sketch failed to the alloted [sic] one by only a few months When we speak of Lincoln, Longfellow or Whittier we think they have been dead a long while, yet Mr. WEAVER was born the year following the birth of Lincoln, and was allowed to live nearly 35 years after that illustrious man.

He was born December 14, 1810, on a farm in Madison county, O. He resided with his parents until he was united in marriage to Miss Hanna MOSS of Clark county, O. They resided in Clark county 17 years when they moved to Kosciusco county, Ind., where they lived until 1854 when they came overland to Illinois and settled on a farm one mile west of Clinton. Here they resided for five years when they moved to a farm in Texas township three and one-half miles northeast of Kenney, where they resided until two years ago when old age and ill health compelled them to seek rest and they moved to Kenney to reside with their granddaughter, Mrs. Daniel RUNG. Ten children were born to them but five of them died in infancy. The living are Mrs. Louisa CACKLEY, of Clinton; Josephine MITCHEL, residing with her daughter Mrs. RUNG; Thomas C., Baxter Springs, Kan.; Harvey V., Onarga, Ill., and Chas. H., living on the home farm. Mrs. Cackley and Harvey were unable to be present at the funeral.

Mr. Weaver possessed a rugged constitution, never shirking hard work and always ready to share the hardships of life with others. Since the death of his aged companion a little over a year ago his health gradually failed until he fell asleep Friday morning, September 29, to sleep the sleep which knows no waking.

Mr. Weaver was a conscientious christian holding the Universalist belief, but was unable to join that denomination until three years ago when he united with the church in Clinton. Funeral services were held Sunday at 10 o'clock at the residence of Daniel Rung in Kenney, Rev. C. W. Gossow of Clinton conducted the services and preached an eloquent discourse to the virtues of the dead exorting [sic] the living to be more Christ-like. After the services at the house the remains were taken to Clinton where they were laid beside those of his life-long companion who waited his coming in the world beyond.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

Mrs. George WEAVER 

May 27, 1898
Clinton Register

Another of the Aged Christian Mothers Gone to Her Reward in That Better Land.

Mrs. Hannah WEAVER died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daniel RUNG at Kenney Wednesday morning, May 25. Her maiden name was Hannah MOORE and she was born in Clark county, O., in 1815, and was nearly 83 years old. She was united in marriage to George WEAVER Sept. 2, 1834, by 'Squire Lafferty, grandfather of C. S. Lafferty, of this city. About the year 1838 they moved to Indiana, having lost all their earthly possessions and began life anew. They came to Illinois in 1854 and settled near Clinton on what is now known as the Gus Weaver farm. In 1860 they moved on their present home place, near Kenney. By their industry they acquired a competency sufficient to provide against want in their old age. There were born to them ten children, five of whom died in infancy. The five living were present at their mother's funeral, and are as follows: Mrs. David CACKLEY, of Clinton; Mrs. James MITCHELL, of Kenney; Harvey, of Onargo; Charles, of Lincoln; Thomas, of Baxter Springs, Kan. Mrs. Weaver was a kind, motherly woman who was beloved by all. She and her husband had taken much comfort with each other and their family during a happy wedded life of more than sixty years. She was a member of the Universalist church, of this city, and had always practiced the virtue of a Christian character. Her husband, now 88 years of age, survives her and is well preserved for his years.

Funeral services were held yesterday at Kenney at the home of Mrs. Rung, conducted by Rev. James Alvin Clark, pastor of the Univeralist church. The remains were brought to Woodlawn cemetery for burial.

Note: Mrs. Daniel Rung was Hannah's granddaughter, not her daughter, and Hannah's maiden name was Moss, not Moore.

Georgie WEAVER 

July 15, 1887
Clinton Public

Gone From Earth.

   Little Georgie has gone.
"A child as sweet and fair
   As sweet as opening rosebud in the morning air;
'Round his pure urn let darkest cypress wave;
   Earth could not save him from an early grave."

The sudden death of Georgie WEAVER, only child of Mr. and Mrs. C. WEAVER, occurred June 29th in the city of Chicago. Although being afflicted for many months past with a severe throat or windpipe trouble, caused by tumors growing in the windpipe, it was thought he was almost past danger, and most ready to return to his home, near Kenney. He had been in Chicago during the past eight months under the care of the most skilled physicians. To the utmost surprise of all, a telegram was received from his mother, who has so faithfully and untiringly ministered to her darling child, announcing the sad and unexpected death. The immediate cause was the bursting of an abscess on or near the windpipe, producing death by suffocation. Little Georgie, though only six years and two weeks old, was a bright and intelligent child—sedate far beyond his years—and will be a beautiful star in his home above. Mr. and Mrs. Weaver and the bereaved friends have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction. And may they bow in humble submission to this afflictive dispensation of the All-wise God, remembering that:

"Youth and health and beauty's bloom
Are blossoms gathered for the tomb."

Solomon WEAVER 

January 25, 1884
Clinton Public

Nearly eighty-one years ago Solomon WEAVER was born on Sewell Mountain, Virginia. When but a lad he moved to Madison county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and became largely interested in farming and stock-raising. In 1850 Mr. Weaver came to this county and bought the farm, then owned by Aaron NAGELY, a short distance west of this city, where he lived and died. He had a family of ten children, seven of whom are still living. For each of his children Mr. Weaver made liberal provision during his life, and at the time of his death he still retained the ownership of the 642-acre farm which he bought when he first came to the county. Mr. Weaver has been in feeble health for a number of years, but at no time would he give up. During his last illness he kept up till almost the last moment. He died yesterday morning and tomorrow will be laid beside his children and grandchildren in the family graveyard, on the home farm. Solomon Weaver was a man who had the respect of his neighbors during his long and eventful life. He was true to his friends. His word was as good as his bond, and in all of his business relations he was the soul of honor. He leaves to his children the legacy of a good and honorable name.

Note: There is no stone in Weaver Cemetery for Solomon but there is one large unmarked stone, with just the name WEAVER that might be his. His wife and some of his children and grandchildren are buried there.

Solomon C. WEAVER 

August 22, 1913
Clinton Register

Texas Township Farmer Dies at the Warner Hospital,
Being Sick About Two Weeks.

Solomon C. WEAVER, who lived on the farm of Mrs. O. M. POND, in Texas township, died at the hospital Wednesday at 11:30 of diabetic gangrene. His death was the result of trimming a corn on a toe of his left foot. At once the corn became sore, but he gave it no attention. In a few days he was in Clinton on business and decided to consult a doctor, who saw him [and advised him] to go to the hospital for treatment, but it was too late. Gangrene had developed and, as he had diabetes, his condition soon became critical and it was realized he could not recover.

Solomon Christopher Weaver was the youngest of a family of nine children, and the son of Solomon and Libbie (NILES) WEAVER. He was born February 17, 1857, on the home farm one and one half miles northwest of Clinton. The brothers and sisters deceased are A. A. WEAVER, A. J. WEAVER, and two brothers who died in infancy. The sisters deceased are Mrs. Clarilda CONVERSE, Mrs. Elizabeth HUSTON and Mrs. Emma RODE.

Deceased is survived by his wife and seven children: Carrie M. STONE, of DeWitt; Evalena CLARK, Clinton; Lawrence, Frank, Charles, Nellie and Solomon Francis, all at home. Besides the above he is survived also by one brother, Oliver W. WEAVER, residing one mile West of Clinton.

He was married to Miss Rebecca J. FINK, Mar. 15, 1877, and they had since resided in DeWitt county. Until a few years ago they lived on the Weaver homestead northwest of Clinton. Then they bought a farm in Rutledge township, which they occupied two or three years. It was sold and 435 acres bought near Hillsboro, N. D. For two or three years the home of the family had been on the Pond farm.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 2 o'clock today, conducted by Rev. J. F. Rosborough. Burial in Weaver Cemetery near the old homestead.

WEBB (infant) 

March 17, 1893
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

The infant child of Mrs. W. A. WEBB, who was buried here Thursday, died on the day of its mother’s funeral.  This family has seen much suffering and hardship during the year they have resided here.  On Wednesday, a subscription paper was passed among our business men and in a short time about $100 was subscribed for the assistance of Mr. Webb and his little ones.

Note: The mother’s obituary has William H. Webb for the father’s name.

Mrs. Cynthia WEBB 

March 6, 1914
Clinton Register


Mrs. Cynthia WEBB, aged 78, who died Saturday, was buried in Maple Grove cemetery Monday. Rev. A. J. Zeller conducted the services.

Isaac Newton WEBB 

December 9, 1910
Clinton Register

An Old Soldier Dies.

Isaac Newton WEBB died at his home near Clinton Dec. 3, at 7:30 a.m., aged 63 years. He was born near DeWitt, Sept. 21, 1847. In 1870 he was married to Miss Dela SPENCER, who died March 14, 1878. To them, five children were born, two dying in infancy; Mrs. Retta TUGGLE, of Midland City; Mrs. Ada McCLIMANS, near Clinton [and Ira WEBB was left omitted].

Deceased was married to Margaret A. HOWARD, May 1, 1881. To them, 9 children were born, Henry and Frank, near Hallsville; Mrs. Mary ROBEN and Mrs. Jenny BENNETT, near Kenney; Mrs. DUFF, near Maroa; James, Chloe, Oliver and Ivan, at home. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister, Hiram, of St. Clair county, and John, of Clinton, and Mrs. Eliza FLOOD, of Taylorville; he had 23 grandchildren.

In 1863 he enlisted as a recruit in the 41st Ill., Co. F, was transferred to Co. G, 53rd Ill., and was mustered out in 1865. He returned home and engaged in farming, which he followed till a few years ago. He was a Christian, kind husband and father.

The funeral was held at the residence, conducted by Rev. Thos. H. Miller. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.


Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Leo WEBB
Born: 12/13/1909 DeWitt County
Died: 12/26/1978
Parents: Alfred and Mary Jane (WILLIS) WEBB
Married: Domenica T. MILANO 03/16/1946 Highwood, IL
Survivors: Wife; son Barth, daughter Maria, Chicago, IL; three sisters, Mrs. Lola GLENN, rural Clinton; Mrs. Iva THURBER, DeWitt; Mrs. Leona WUNDERLICH, Galesburg, IL.
Funeral: Graveside services
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery

Mrs. William H. WEBB 

March 10, 1893
Clinton Public

Farmer City.

Mary Louise WEBB, wife of William H. WEBB, died in this city Tuesday night, March 7th, age thirty-one years, one month and fourteen days.  Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Thursday, conducted by Rev. Robert Stephens.


May 18, 1900
Clinton Register

The Man Who Hung Patsey Devine Passes Away at His Home in Farmer City.

Amos WEEDMAN, who was sheriff of this county three terms, died April 11, after an illness of several weeks, which followed a failing in health of several months duration.

Amos Weedman was born in Ohio May 12, 1826, and died one day before he was 74 years old. When he was 18 years of age his parents came to this state and located in McLean county and he afterward moved to this county. In 1847, Dec. 16, he was married to Miss Mary J. McCORD. Two children, both living at Farmer City, were born to them. They are Rucker and Smith WEEDMAN. In the fall of 1876 he was called from the farm to serve as sheriff, and was reelected. After moving back to Farmer City for a few years, he was again called to fill that office. He was a Republican, but had proper regard for the opinion of those who did not agree with him in politics. One of his duties while sheriff was to hang Patsy DEVINE, who was charged with the murder of Aaron GOODFELLOW, of Bloomington, the case being brought to this county for trial. The case was tried twice and both times the verdict was against the accused. The hanging was on May 12, 1885, the same day of the month as Mr. Weedman’s birth, and he died one day before the fifteenth anniversary of the hanging.

Funeral services were held at Farmer City Sunday at 2 o'clock in the M. E. church, deceased being a member of that church. He was also an Odd Fellow and a Mason. Interment was in the Farmer City cemetery.

Note: He died May 11, not April 11.


May 1900
Funeral Card

Amos WEEDMAN died at his home in Farmer City, on Friday, May 11, 1900, at 9 a.m., aged 73 years, 11 months, 29 days. Funeral: M. E. Church May 13 - Farmer City Lodge No. 710, A. F. & A. Masons. Burial: Camp Ground Cemetery.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Amos WEEDMAN 

September 10, 1909
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary J. WEEDMAN died at her home in Farmer City Tuesday evening at 4:30 o'clock after an illness of a month from the effects of the grippe.

She was the widow of Amos WEEDMAN, one of the early settlers of DeWitt county who in 1876 was elected sheriff on the Republican ticket and filled the office three consecutive terms and was the executioner of the only man hanged in this county— Patsy Devine. He died about twelve years ago.

Mrs. Weedman was born in Jackson county, Tenn., May 25, 1830. She came to this county in 1834. She was the mother of two children, one of whom, William R., died a few years since. His widow and Mrs. Weedman lived together since. The other, Smith Y., lives on a former home farm of his parents east of this city. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon in the Farmer City M. E. church.


August 11, 1893
Clinton Public

Death of George Weedman.

Last Monday night Death closed its mortgage on the life of one of the early settlers of Santa Anna township.  From the moment we enter life, the Angel of Death takes a mortgage on us, and it is only a question of time when it will be foreclosed.  In infancy, youth, the full vigor of manhood and womanhood, and in old age, we know not the hour when Death shall order the account to be closed.  Away back in 1830 the Weedman family came from Ohio and settled on a farm near Heyworth.  The early Weedmans were of Holland extraction, but they came to America and settled in Pennsylvania long before the revolution.  In 1836 John WEEDMAN, the father of the Weedmans of Farmer City, bought land near that town, and there the children and grandchildren to the second and third generations have made their home.

George WEEDMAN, who died at his home in Farmer City last Monday night, was the oldest of the Weedman brothers.  He was born in Perry County, Ohio, on the 28th of March, 1824, and was in his seventieth year when his life history ended.  He was about twelve years old when his father first settled near Farmer City, therefore he took rank as one of the early pioneers of this county.  Forty-three years ago, when the gold fever broke out in California, George and Amos Weedman and two other brothers, with a number of young friends, started on the overland trip to the land of gold.  Thirteen months to a day from the time he left home was he back again in Farmer City.  The life of a farmer had more attractions for him than the uncertain fortunes of gold miner.  He devoted his attention to farming and stock raising and prospered, owning over four hundred acres of as fine land as the sun shone on and had it stocked with the best breeds of horses, cattle, and other stock.  Five years ago he felt that he had done his share of hard work so he retired from the farm and built a comfortable home in the town for himself and wife.

Mr. Weedman was married April 17, 1845, to Catherine DANNER, who survives him.   Mr. and Mrs. Weedman were the parents of ten children, of whom nine are living, namely: Jacob and E. W., of Denver, Col.; Mrs. Henry Farmer, of Farmer City; Mrs. J. W. Baker and Mrs. W. L. Swiney, both of Ellsworth county, Kas.; Mrs. B. M. Leady, of St. Louis, and Mrs. M. B. Neal, A. L. Weedman and J. S. Weedman, of Farmer City.

The Weedman family take rank as the leaders in all public enterprises in Farmer City and in Santa Anna township.  In Politics they belong to the radical school of Republicanism, and in religion they are just as intense Methodists.  There is no policy methods in the Weedman blood.  Three of the brothers have died within the past few years-John, Dick, and now George.

George Weekman was an earnest friend of the DeWitt County Agricultural Society, and no fair was ever held since its organization that he was not present.  And as a mark of respect to his memory, the officers of the fair association went to Farmer City on Wednesday to attend the funeral.


July 31, 1885
Clinton Publid

Death of John Weedman

The sad news reaches Clinton this morning that Col. John WEEDMAN, of Farmer City, died last night at half-past nine o'clock. Col. Weedman for the past fifteen years has been the leading banker of Farmer City, and he was also largely interested in farming and stock raising. He was a native of Ohio, but came to this county nearly fifty years ago. The Weedman family were among the early settlers in the neighborhood of Farmer City. Owing to the fact of the news coming at the time when THE PUBLIC was going to press, our notice this week is necessarily brief. We will give a more extended account of Col. Weedman next week.


August 7, 1885
Clinton Public

Death of John Weedman.

The funeral of John WEEDMAN, whose death has already been announced in THE PUBLIC, took place from his residence in West Township, McLean county, on Sunday, August 2, at 10 A.M. Religious service was conducted by Rev. W. S. HOOPER and Rev. James SHAW. The attendance was very large and the solemnity of the occasion, in the presence of the grim messenger and his distinguished victim, inspired Mr. Hooper to put forth the best effort of his life in a funeral discourse. The text used was Proverbs xiii, 22: "A good Man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children; and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just." Mr. Shaw pronounced a eulogy on Mr. Weedman that extolled him to the skies, and certainly exhausted all the terms of praise which properly pertain to the sphere of mortal life, if he did not encroach on the attributes of Divinity. The funeral ceremonies were in charge of the Masonic fraternity, and the members of the order left the Weedman mansion in advance of the procession, forming in line of march on foot and conducted the procession from where it entered town through the streets to the M. E. Church. The cortege was headed in the march through the city by the Farmer City cornet band, which moved slowly and solemnly to the music of a dead march and the sound of the muffled drum, while the church bell was tolling. At the church the Masons were seated in their carriages and the procession moved to the Campground Cemetery, two miles south-west of town, where sleep the father, mother, two brothers and other relatives of the deceased. At the grave the solemn and impressive ceremonies of the order were performed, and our honored brother was consigned to rest, while the richly ornamented and beautiful casket was covered with sprigs of evergreen, the emblem that perpetuates his good name and virtues in the hearts of his sorrowing Masonic brothers. While the procession moved from the church there were one hundred and fifty carriages in line, making it over a mile in length. Mr. Weedman's fine buggy horse was draped in mourning and followed next to the hearse in the procession.

To say that this community is in mourning over the death of John Weedman is but a tame expression of the loss which is felt by his family, his relatives and the people with whom he has mingled and associated from the days of his boyhood up, and where the older he grew the more he was loved and honored. The sorrow of the family and nearer relatives is too deep and poignant to be soothed by any words of sympathy or power save that which "doeth all things well."

When a man like John Weedman is stricken down in the strength and prime of his years the whole community feels the shock. Society in its commercial and social relations with the church and all humane and benevolent enterprises, must suffer in all their varied interests from the untimely, and to us erring mortals, mysterious dispensation. Our mortal scope is circumscribed within limits too feeble and finite to ever comprehend the reason why a man like John Weedman, the favored son of fortune, diffusing light and good to the world wherever he moved, should suddenly have his career of usefulness cut off, and the world deprived of such a benefactor. If we attempt to lift the veil and scrutinize the mystery we find no solution within the range of mortal ken, and must rest the case with the all wise and merciful Father who for some purpose to us unknown has called Mr. Weedman from our midst. Mr. Weedman was a favorite among his brothers and sisters and relatives, all of whom deferred to his opinions and advice on important business matters. The favoritism felt by the relatives of Mr. W. largely pervade the entire community, for it is to his public spirit and enterprise that Farmer City is mostly indebted for its standing and commercial importance. Prosperous in all his private enterprises, wealth flowed into his hands through legitimate channels and without any indirection or overreaching of his neighbors. While abundance crowned his efforts, dying a rich banker, his wealth did not, as it often does its possessors, make him a purse proud nabob, or dry up the fountains of his sympathetic nature. In the midst of his own prosperity he delighted to witness the prosperity of his neighbors, using his money as a blessing to mankind and not hoarding it with the selfish grip of the miser.

The Weedmans and their large family connections including the McCORDS, the WAKEFIELDS, the CUMMINGS, the WILSONS and the RUTLEDGES form an important part in the early history of DeWitt and McLean counties. John Weedman’s mother was a Wilson, and he was first cousin to James Wilson the late lamented treasurer of DeWitt county, whom he resembled more than he did his own brothers. Christy Weedman, a sister of John Weedman’s father, married Robert Rutledge in 1822, it being the first marriage ever solemnized between white people in McLean county. John Weedman’s father was among the early settlers of Hurly’s Grove, and after living there for many years, moved to Iowa, where he died and his sons brought his remains back here for interment, and he rests by his first wife in the Campground Cemetery. Isaiah Weedman, brother of the deceased, fell at the battle of Holly Springs, and his brothers brought his remains home and he sleeps in the Campground Cemetery.

John Weedman was the fourth son of John WEEDMAN and Rachael WILSON, and was born in Perry county, Ohio, Feb. 2, 1828. In 1830 his father moved to McLean county, Ill., and settled near Heyworth, and from there he moved to Hurly's Grove in 1836 and improved the farm on which his son George now resides. The subject of this sketch was eight years old when his father moved to this settlement, then a part of McLean county. There were seven stalwart sons of the Weedman family, five of whom sought fortune in the land of golden dreams and went to California in the year 1850. These were Asa, George, Amos, John and Isaiah. The Weedmans were among the early pioneers of this settlement, and the older boys and the father were famous deer hunters, as that game was roaming in great abundance over these prairies and among the brakes of Salt Creek when the Weedmans settled here. Mr. John Weedman was married to Miss Mary A. McDONALD, daughter of Thomas McDONALD, of Mt. Pleasant, now Farmer City, in 1853. The marriage was blessed with four children, two girls and two boys, all of whom and the mother survive the father and husband. The oldest daughter, Miss Josie, a young lady of great accomplishments, was married some five years ago to a Mr. Brodix. At an early day Mr. Weedman secured a tract of land amounting to 950 acres, about half of which was in McLean county and the other half in DeWitt county. The improvement of this magnificent farm on which stands a palatial residence, surrounded with all the beauties of ornament and luxury, has been the life work of its proprietor. On this handsome estate, over whose broad and green pastures herds roamed and ruminated, John Weedman lived and died. About the time the railroads were being built and Mt. Pleasant took the name of Farmer City, John Weedman and his brother-in-law, Wm. Y. McCORD, bought the R. O. Crawford farm of 100 acres and laid it out in town lots. These two gentlemen built a fine steam flouring mill that afterward became the property of William HAYNIE and was burned down a few years since. About the same time John Weedman with Thomas brothers, George and Oscar, established a private bank in Farmer City. The bank continued under the firm name of Thomas Brothers & Weedman till 1876, when the Thomas Brothers withdrew, since which time it has been in the hands of Mr. Weedman, with J. B. LEWIS as cashier.

John Weedman leaves a wealthy estate. Besides his fine farm and bank interest, he owns 50 acres of land in the corporate limits of the city, the Commercial House and a large number of vacant lots and other pieces of real estate in and around this city. Asa Weedman, the oldest of the seven brothers, died at his home near Farmer City nearly twenty years ago, and his remains rest in the Campground Cemetery, so that it seems to be an inherent principle in the Weedman family to cling together in death as they do in life. Four of the seven brothers still survive, Amos, late sheriff of DeWitt county, George, Z. C., and T. S., all well-to-do business men, the latter being the present mayor of this city. There are two sisters who also survive him, the late Mrs. W. Y. McCord, now Mrs. J. C. Rucker, and Mrs. Williams, widow of the late John Williams, of this city. For the grave, Mr. Weedman was dressed in a suit of very fine black cloth, with many floral offerings, handsomely wrought in wreaths and bouquets in and on the casket. The casket was very fine and costly, being of rare wood with massive silver mountings, beautifully and richly carved. We have indulged in no laudations or panegyrics because Mr. Weedman was a man of wealth, nor would we say he was without his foibles for he was human and possessed human nature, and that abiding sense of his own frailty which is the common heritage of all the descendants of Adam filled him with sympathy and good feeling for his race. In conclusion, we say that John Weedman was an upright man before his God, his country and his fellowmen. A model man in the church and all his business relations. In the purer and holier domestic relations of life was where the true man in its noblest phase was shown in the character of John Weedman. Honored friend and brother, we must say adieu, hoping that when life's fleeting hours have passed, we shall all be welcomed with the friendly grip to that lodge above where the solemn notes of the funeral dirge or the tolling bell shall no longer disturb us. Mr. Weedman was nearly 58 years old.

Thomas S. WEEDMAN 

May 17, 1901
Clinton Register

Died at His Home in Missouri Monday—
Remains Brought to His Old Home for Burial.

Thomas S. WEEDMAN was born June 12, 1839, and died May 13, 1901, at his home in Grandin, Mo., aged 62 years, 4 months and 1 day.  He was born one and one-half miles west of Farmer City and was the youngest of the seven sons and three daughters born to John and Rachel (Wilson) WEEDMAN, who became residents of this state in 1830.   After studying in the county, Mr. Weedman attended a business college in Bloomington, after which he made his home on a farm near Farmer City, carrying on his chosen pursuits and also that of raising stock.  In 1869 he entered the grain business, which he followed for twenty years and sent the first load of grain ever shipped from Farmer City.

July 10, 1861, he enlisted in the Second Illinois cavalry, Col. Noble commanding, and became a member of Company F.  In the engagement at Holly Springs, Miss., he, with four others, was taken prisoner, but was later exchanged and rejoined his regiment.

December 5, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. BROWNLEE, to which union three children were born, one dying in infancy.  The survivors are Fred J., of Farmer City, and Fred G., who resided with his parents in Grandin, Mo.

Mr. Weedman served as mayor of Farmer City for two terms.  He was also a member of the city council several terms.

About eight years ago he and his family left Farmer City and moved to Chicago, where he was engaged in the meat business, also was a partner in the firm of Clark, Bowles & Co.  From Chicago they moved to Iowa, thence to Grandin, Mo., where they have resided about five years.  Mr. Weedman’s last sickness dates back about three months.   He was the last one of the large family to go—one brother, Amos WEEDMAN, having died just one year ago, May 11, 1900.  He leaves a widow and two sons and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his death.

Funeral was held in the M. E. church in Farmer City, yesterday, conducted by Rev. English.   The Masons conducted services at the grave.

Note: Fred G. is listed as Ted G. on his tombstone.

Mrs. William M. WEEDMAN 

February 22, 1889
Clinton Register

Sunday morning, the wife of Wm. WEEDMAN died at her home in this city, aged 33 years.  She had been confined to her bed for over a year with consumption, which caused her death.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Tuesday morning, conducted by Rev. Shaw of Bloomington.  The burial was at Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
WEEDMAN, WILLIAM M.     HILDRETH, SARAH E.      11-20-1873     LOGAN

Capt. Zadok C. WEEDMAN 

December 16, 1887
Clinton Public

Capt. Zadok C. WEEDMAN, after an illness of less than two hours, from heart disease, died at his home in Farmer City, December 11, 1887, aged 51 years. He was one of the seven sons of that early and sturdy pioneer, Jno. WEEDMAN, Sr., and was born at Randolph's Grove, McLean county, July, 1836. Trained in the school of limited advantages and inconvenience peculiar to the families of early pioneers, he became, as is almost invariably the result of such discipline, one of the most jolly and open-hearted men. This characteristic gave him, through his associates, the familiar name of "Dick," and by that nick-name he was known to a very large circle of acquaintances in Central Illinois.

Captain Weedman was mustered, September 4, 1862, as First Lieutenant of Co. G, 107th Ill. Inf., and on January 3, 1864, was promoted to Captain of the same company and regiment. He was with his command through its campaigns in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, until October 25, 1864, when he resigned.

There was very much in the character of Captain Weedman to be admired and emulated. He was a true friend to a great many individuals, very often displaying wonderful unselfish devotion. He belonged to that indispensable class of men who have confidence in their own people, are always disposed to stand by them, and never make unfavorable comparisons of their own communities or individuals. Of a community, county, State or nation made up of such men, it can never be truthfully said that in it "a prophet is not without honor save in his own country and among his own house." Being solicitous for the good name of his city, in every effort made by its people to hold public meetings or entertainments, he labored earnestly for success. This was equally true of him when the good name of his county, State, or nation was involved. No one had any need to doubt where he stood on any question of public interest, for his frankness made it impossible for him to dissemble. Other men have died, and will continue to die, whose places in society will be easier filled than the places made vacant by the death of Zadok C. Weedman.

Note: There may be more to this obituary. This page was copied for another article and this just happened to be on it.


December 1887
Paper Unknown

Death of Z. C. Weedman.

When it was announced, last Sunday evening, that good-humored, genial, whole-souled “Dick” WEEDMAN was dead, a thrill of mingled surprise and sorrow passed over the city. For eight or ten years past, Mr. Weedman had been a great sufferer from an affection of the heart, but he had always been so hearty and open in his intercourse with every one that it was difficult to realize that he had all the time been so near death’s door. Mr. Weedman was born July 9, 1836, and, consequently was in his fifty-second year when he died. He was married to Miss Rebecca WOLFE in January, 1864, and lived happily with her almost twenty-four years, and now leaves her and an only son, Lawrence, to mourn his loss. Rev. A. T. ORR, of Clinton, who had been his pastor nineteen years ago, preached the funeral sermon, paying an affecting tribute to his social and religious character at that time. His last words were “Jesus, my all.” His remains were laid gently away to rest at the Camp Ground Cemetery, west of this city, immediately after the conclusion of the services at the church, the ceremony at the grave being conducted by Farmer City Lodge, A. F. and A. M. of which he was an honored member. A detachment of the Sons of Veterans fired the final military salute, in recognition of his services as a soldier of the republic. In the death of Z. C. Weedman, the JOURNAL mourns the loss of a true friend. Just four months ago last Monday, we took editorial charge of this paper. On the following day, while standing at the foot of the stairway for a moment, Mr. Weedman came up and offered his hand, introducing himself and declaring his desire to be considered a friend, and such he always was. But now he is gone. The earthly places that knew him once will know him no more forever. Knowing his great, warm, true heart, as we do, we have an abiding hope that his spirit, free from all earth-taints, is now basking in eternal sun-light in the land beyond the clouds and above the storms. Brother, friend,—farewell.

Submitted by John Laughlin

Mrs. Zadok C. WEEDMAN 

May 7, 1909
Clinton Register


Mrs. R. D. WEEDMAN died at her home in Farmer City Wednesday night of heart trouble, aged 83.  She was born in Clark county, O., Jan. 4, 1836.  Her parents located near Farmer City in 1839, and she lived on the same farm until she moved to town in 1885.  Her husband, Z. C. WEEDMAN, died in 1864.   She is survived by one son, Lawrence, of Farmer City.  She was a member of the M. E. church 75 years.

Note: Rebecca married her husband in 1864 and he died in 1887.
From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
WEEDMAN, ZADDOC C.     WOLFE, REBECCA D.      02-24-1864     DE WITT

Gertrude WEESE 

April 26, 1895
Clinton Public

Gertrude WEESE died at the home of James GLENN, on Wednesday, at the age of twenty years, eight months and nine days. Gertie was totally blind for the last eight years of her life, as the result of sunstroke. The funeral took place yesterday, conducted by Rev. D. MacARTHUR. Interment at Woodlawn.

Aaron WELCH 

October 2, 1891
Clinton Public

When the world contemplates a spectacle that approaches the natural, like the death of a good old man who has been permitted to live and enjoy good health far beyond his allotted threescore and ten, the cruelty and shock of death seem to be lost sight of, and instead we see the beautiful sunrise of life fade softly and beautifully into the night of death.

For the past week the death of Uncle Aaron WELSH [WELCH] has been expected. The burden of years had rendered him a feeble victim of bronchial and other troubles, which did their work at six o'clock yesterday morning. He died at the residence of Mrs. T. K. EDMISTON, his eldest daughter, with whom for many years he made his home. Mr. Welsh was born at Oxford, Shenango County, New York, July 19th, 1799. He was therefore ninety-two years, two months and twelve days old. When he was six years of age his parents emigrated to Delaware County, Ohio. His father being elected sheriff of the county, the family removed to Delaware and Aaron entered the academic school at Worthington, Franklin County, taught by Professor Philander CHASE, afterward Governor of Ohio. Among the classmates of Mr. Welsh, many of them known to fame, was his friend William WALKER, afterward first Governor of Kansas.

In 1824 Mr. Welsh and Miss Clarissa DRAKE were married in the County of Delaware. After four years in that county they removed to Tifflin, Ohio, lived there three years, and from thence to McCutcheonsville, in Wyandott County, where Mr. Welsh carried on business as a merchant [for] six years, and in the meantime was appointed postmaster under the administration of President Andrew Jackson. From that town Mr. Welsh moved to Carey, in the same county, where he built a large warehouse, said to be the first ever built on the Mad River and Lake Erie Railway. He carried on an extensive business there for about five years before moving to the then sparsely settled frontier county of Logan, settling at the present town of Huntsville, where for a number of years he continued the mercantile and farming business.

He was in every sense a pioneer in Logan county, Ohio, and many of our people who came here from that county knew Mr. Welsh there in early days. Being a careful financier and a man of wonderful ambition, in 1853 he heard of the marvelous growth of Illinois, and selling out a part of his business came to Clinton, buying a farm east of town and residing in the city limits. Thus, coming to Clinton nearly forty years since, he was also a pioneer and an old settler of this State.

Mr. Welsh is well and widely known in DeWitt County. His life furnishes a splendid example of typical honesty and unswerving devotion to principle. He belonged to the old school of the Baptist Church, and held firmly to the doctrines of that branch till the last. He belonged to the community in Tunbridge township, near Kenney. He was for many years a Democrat in politics, but became a Whig, and when the war broke out, a Republican, to which party he has since been devotedly attached.

Mr. Welsh was most methodical in his business, and up to the last with a clear intellect attended to his finances and business. His aged wife died many years ago, and of five children born, but two survive, Mrs. T. K. EDMISTON, of this city, and Mrs. Lorilla HOGUE, of Bellefontaine, Ohio, who is expected from Ohio to attend the funeral, which will be conducted from the residence of Mrs. T. K. Edmiston at half-past ten o'clock tomorrow morning. The Rev. W. A. HUNTER will officiate.

Note: His last name was Welch.

Mrs. Aaron WELCH 

July 30, 1880
Clinton Public

DIED.—July 25, 1880, after a brief illness, Mrs. Clarissa WELSH [WELCH], aged eighty-two years.

Clarissa DRAKE was born in Orange county, New York, July 6th, 1798. In her ninth year the family moved to Delavan county, Ohio. In 1820 she was converted and united with the Marlborough Baptist Church. In this communion she remained a steadfast and honored member to the last, a period of sixty years. In 1825 she was united in marriage to Mr. Aaron WELCH, with whom she passed fifty-five peaceful and happy years. Twenty-six years ago they removed to this county. When health permitted, she was conscientiously regular in attendance at church. In the family she was kind and affectionate. She loved her bible, and delighted in meditating upon it, and in talking with her husband of its teachings. Living, she desired that her life might be passed to the praise of Christ, and, dying, she rejoiced in the immediate prospect of meeting Him. Her bereaved husband, her children (Mrs. T. K. EDMISTON, of this place, and Mrs. H. G. HOGE, of Bellefontaine, Ohio) and kinsfolk and friends mourn her departure.

Platt B. WELCH 

January 29, 1904
Clinton Register

One of Clinton's Best Known Citizens Passes Away After a Brief Illness—
Funeral Sunday.

Platt WELCH, the man who though blind was always jovial, has gone to that land where there is no cloudiness of sky, no darkness of vision.  Less than two weeks ago, he was taken ill with pneumonia and passed away early yesterday morning.   It is seldom that a death brings more general regret.

Platt B. Welch was born in Ohio a little over 67 years ago.  In 1845 the family moved to Freeport, this state.  In 1849 he went to Colorado to hunt gold, where he soon afterward lost his eyes while blasting in a mine.  He returned to Illinois and went to an asylum for the blind where he learned to make brooms, which he had since worked at much of the time, selling his brooms on the streets.

He came to this county about 45 years ago, first at Farmer City a few years, and in Clinton since with his sister, Miss Mary WELCH.  He is also survived by a brother, Nathan WELCH, of Farmer City, and a sister, Mrs. Robert BOWLES, of Chicago.  Platt Welch always had a jolly word for his friends and no one will be more missed from the streets of Clinton.  He united with the Baptist church over twenty years ago, and with the Universalist church a few months ago.

Funeral in the Universalist church Sunday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney, assisted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland.  Burial in Woodlawn.

Friends can view the remains of Platt Welch at the residence from 10 to 3 o'clock Saturday.

Mrs. Richard WELCH 

February 15, 1901
Clinton Register

The Summons Comes After An Illness of Nearly Two Months—
Burial Will Be At El Paso.

Mrs. Richard WELCH was taken sick at her home on South Monroe street Dec. 25. After two weeks she was improving so rapidly that she felt there would be no danger in bathing, but she was taken worse soon after and for two weeks there had been little hope of her recovery. During her illness five doctors had been called, one of them a Springfield specialist, and three consultations had been held. Yesterday morning she was able to sit in a chair awhile and seemed no worse than for several days. About 9 o'clock last night she began suffering great pain and died at 3:30 this morning.

Mary McKEE was born in Ireland in 1833 and was 68 years old. She came to his country in 1854 and in 1855 was married to Richard WELCH in Decatur, Ill. A year later they moved on a farm in Woodford county where they lived until about eighteen years ago when they moved to Minonk to enjoy life without hard work, as they had considerable property. Twelve years ago they moved to Clinton and had since made their home here. Three children were born to them, one son having died when 17 years old. The daughters are Mrs. Jas. P. DOOLEY, of Freeport, Ill., and Mrs. Thos. COFFEY, of Wapella.

Funeral at St. John's church Monday morning, solemn high mass at 9 a.m. sharp. Special train will leave for El Paso, where the burial will take place, promptly at 11 o'clock.


April 24, 1885
Clinton Public

Miss Ann WELD, sister of Edwin and William WELD, died at the residence of Mr. George H. BROWN, about two miles south-east of Clinton, on last Monday morning, in the sixty-seventh year of her age. Miss Weld was a native of Roxbury, Mass., and always lived at the old homestead till the winter of 1882, when she came to Clinton to make her home near her sister and brothers. Since last November she was confined to her home by sickness, but through all her suffering she was ever patient and cheerful. Not a murmur of complaint fell from her lips during her long and tedious illness. Death had no terrors for her, and indeed she often expressed her readiness to change from this to the better land. While at her home in the east Miss Weld was an active member of the First Congregational Church, and her daily life gave evidence that she was a devoted Christian. She leaves a sister and three brothers living near Clinton, and a brother and two sisters in Massachusetts. The funeral services were held at the house of her sister, Mrs. Brown, on Thursday afternoon, the Rev. W. A. HUNTER, officiating, and the deceased was followed to Woodlawn Cemetery by a large company of friends and neighbors.

Daniel M. WELD 

July 17, 1891
Clinton Public

Over seventy-seven years ago Daniel M. WELD was born at Jamaica Plains, Mass., and lived on the old homestead farm till December, 1881, when he came west to Illinois to spend the declining years of his life with his brothers and sister, who were old residents in the neighborhood of Clinton. He was rich and a bachelor and had no necessity to exert himself in a contest with the world. Since he came to Clinton he made his home with his sister. For the past six months he has been an invalid, and on Monday evening, July 13, he departed this life, aged seventy-seven years, two months and eleven days. Mr. Weld took no active interest in public affairs since coming to Illinois, beyond voting at the elections. He was a quiet studious gentleman who would rather sit down with his books then mingle in society. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Thursday forenoon.

Edwin WELD, Sr. 

June 19, 1908
Clinton Register

Leading Resident of Texas Township Dies Suddenly After an Illness of Several Months.

Edwin WELD, Sr., living one mile south of Clinton, had been sick several months, most of the time being confined to his bed. For about a month he had been able to sit up, and some of the pleasant days last week was out of the house in his invalid chair. He seemed much better and Saturday the family felt more encouraged. About 12 o'clock that night he took malted milk nourishment, and soon afterward became much worse. A doctor was called but he could do nothing to give relief and death came about 3 o'clock.

Edwin Weld was born in Boston, Massachusetts, December 30, 1825, and lived 82 years, 5 months and 14 days. His father was a farmer and he remained on the farm until he was 18 years old when he engaged in the commission business which he followed three years. He then began contracting, and had charge of the work of filling in 70 acres, which are now a part of Boston. He continued in this work there until 1863, when he came to DeWitt county and bought land in Texas township which became the homestead where he spent the rest of this life.

He brought to Illinois a steam shovel; the Illinois Central main line was being built through this county and he took a contract to cut through some of the Salt Creek hills. He then contracted to fill in at the end of the bridge over the Illinois river in LaSalle county. He quit this kind of work in 1858 and began farming. He added to his landed interests until he owned 490 acres in Texas township, part of which is northeast of Maroa, and about 20 acres just south of Clinton. The homestead has two of the best farm residences in the county, one being occupied by his son.

In September 1855 he was married in LaSalle, Illinois, to Miss Emily HILL, daughter of George HILL, father of R. P. Hill of Clinton. To them one son and seven daughters were born, of whom the following, with their mother, survive: Mrs. Clark ALLIS of Medina, New York; Mrs. J. E. HARTSOCK of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. C. S. BOGARDUS of Clinton; Misses Frances and Nettie at home. Ann died when six years old; Edwin lives near the old home.

Mr. Weld was a member of the Presbyterian church. His first vote was cast for Henry Clay, the Whig candidate, and he had been a Republican since that time. He had held several township offices, among them supervisor, highway commissioner and school treasurer, the latter many years. He was a member of DeWitt lodge No. 84, A. F. and A. M., and Goodbrake Chapter No. 58, R. A. M. He had also taken the Eastern Star degree and was a member of Mystic Chapter No. 131.

Such, in brief, has been the life of a man who sought not, and cared not for the praise of the world. He was unassuming, and was attached to his home from which he was seldom absent, except on business. Perhaps no man ever attended more strictly to the business that was his own, and left the affairs of others to them. His life had been one of usefulness, and he had so lived that seldom, if ever, had he a real enemy. As a neighbor he was accommodating; as a friend he was true; as a man he was honest. His life is worthy of example.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in the home at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Charles Davies of Fairbury. The Masons conducted the usual rites of the order at the grave. The pall bearers were John Killough, Jacob Ziegler, C. W. McCord, J. E. Johnson, E. Sylvester and E. Thiebault. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery.

Henry C. WELD 

March 2, 1883
Clinton Public

Instantaneous Death of Henry C. Weld.

When Henry C. WELD left his home on Monday morning [February 26th] to go into the timber, a short distance from his house, for a load of wood, he had every promise of a long life that a vigorous and strong constitution could give to man. But in less than one hour from that time he was a lifeless corpse. Mr. Weld lived on a small farm less than one mile south-east of the city. He had abundant means to take the world easy, but being a man of active temperament he preferred working around home. Monday morning he went to his timber lot with his hired man to get wood, and after loading the wagon, he started toward his home, leaving the man in the timber. While driving across a slough the wagon wheels slipped, and striking against a frozen knob of earth the wagon overturned, throwing Mr. Weld from the top of the load to the ground. He struck the ground with the right side of his face, and the force with which he fell broke his neck. The wood covered him up, leaving only one foot out. The overturning of the wagon broke the coupling pole, and the horses being released went toward the barn, followed by the dog. Mrs. WELD saw the horses coming up toward the house without the wagon or a driver, and thinking some accident had happened, she began calling for her husband. Cornelius CROWLEY, the hired man, heard her at the distance he was from the house, and he immediately started for the house. Coming to the place where the wagon was, he saw Mr. Weld’s foot protruding from under the wood, and at once he began to throw the wood off. He several times called Mr. Weld by name, but did not receive any response. When he had uncovered him he found that Mr. Weld was dead. Crowley went to the house bearing the sad tidings to Mrs. Weld, who was still watching for her husband. The shrieks of the agonized wife attracted the attention of Mr. ADAMS, their nearest neighbor, who went to the rescue as quickly as possible. With the assistance of Mr. Adams the body was placed in a wagon and borne to the house, and a physician was at once sent for. At first the bereaved wife thought that there might still be life in her husband, but when the doctor arrived he at once dispelled all hope.

Coroner MORROW was notified, and in the afternoon he held an inquest. The jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

On Wednesday afternoon, at two o’clock, the funeral services were held at the house, conducted by the Rev. O. B. THAYER, after which the body was sent by express to Boston, Mass., to be buried in the Weld family burying ground. Mrs. Weld, the bereaved wife, and Mr. Edwin WELD accompanied the body to the east.

Henry C. Weld was born in Jamaica Plains, Mass., on the 24th of November, 1830. He was the youngest of a family of ten children, eight of whom are still living. Three of the brothers and two sisters live near this city, the other members of the family still living in the east. Three years ago last month Henry C. Weld left the old home farm, on which he had lived for fifty years, and came to Clinton to join his brothers and sisters. His coming at first was only an experiment, but the country suited him and he concluded to make his home here. He bought the property known as the old fair ground, and with his taste and experience was making the place one of the finest in this county. Being a man of ample means, there was no necessity of his working, yet he was of that industrious nature that would not permit him to be idle for a moment if anything required attention. There was only himself and wife to provide for, his five children having passed from earth to heaven in their youth. Mr. Weld was a quiet, unobtrusive gentleman, and was slow to make acquaintances. He was quite a student and devoted his leisure hours among his books. Mrs. Weld goes to her old home in Boston and will not return to Clinton.


November 1, 1901
Clinton Register

Died at Her Home in Clinton Early Yesterday Morning—
Funeral Will be Held Saturday.

The death of Mrs. Rachel WELD was a surprise to her family and friends. While she had not been in good health, none thought death was near. For a few days she had been troubled with a cold, and Wednesday night was taken suddenly sick and died about 5 o'clock yesterday morning, aged 65 years, 3 months and 24 days. Funeral services at the home on North Jackson Avenue tomorrow at 2:30, conducted by Rev. S. C. BLACK. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Rachel E. GIDDINGS was born in Mechanicsburg, O., July 7, 1836. When she was twelve years old her parents, Milton and Sarah GIDDINGS, came to Clinton where she was married to John HICKMAN Sept. 22, 1853. Two children were born to them; both are dead. September 12, 1870, she was married William WELD. They lived on a farm one mile south of Clinton many years. About ten years ago they moved to Clinton where Mr. Weld died Mar. 12, 1895. Besides her daughters, Fannie and Mrs. Ella TENNANT, a brother, Milton GIDDINGS, lives in Gainesville, Fla., a former merchant of Clinton. She united with the Presbyterian church many years ago and remained true to her master.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

William WELD 

March 15, 1895
Clinton Public

Clinton is having its share of deaths, several having crossed the borderland with hardly a moment's warning. William WELD, one of our old citizens, was in apparent good health last Saturday morning when he arose from his bed. In a moment, while in his barn, he was stricken with paralysis, and on Tuesday morning he had joined the silent majority. Death is always busy in the winter time, and especially so among the old folks who cannot hold out against the oft changes in the weather. In early years the machinery of the body runs along with scarcely an ache or pain, and then as the hair begins to frost suddenly a cog is slipped, the wheels stop, and life comes to an end. In every home there are vacant chairs, and every human heart holds sacred memories of lips that laughed once and now are faded forever; of eyes that shone with love and tenderness and then grew dim and sightless. Death is the old unchanging fashion.

It came with sadness and suddenness into the home of the Weld family last Tuesday morning when it laid its icy hand on a beloved husband and father. William Weld was in his seventy-fifth year, and while not a strong man physically yet he had taken all the precautions necessary to make his life healthful. Last Saturday morning he went out to his barn to attend to the chores when he was stricken down with apoplexy. On Sunday he had a second stroke, and then his physician could hold out no hope to his family. He died on Tuesday morning.

William Weld was born at Jamaica Plains, Mass., on February 4th, 1821. He was given a good common school education, and at the age of seventeen he went to Boston to learn the copperplate, steel-plate, and lithographic printing. After serving an apprenticeship of five years he was appointed foreman of the lithographic department in the same house, which was then a new line in printing. He held the position of foreman for fifteen years, and then his health failed and he was compelled to leave the printing office. In 1857 he came west and located on a farm about two miles south of Clinton, and there he lived till 1892, when he retired from farming and came to Clinton to enjoy a well-earned leisure during his remaining years. He owned three hundred and eleven acres in his home farm, and he and his family lived on the fat of the land. On September 12, 1870, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Rachel HICKMAN, and three children came to bless their home. The first-born died in infancy, and two daughters with Mrs. Weld survive the husband and father.

Mr. Weld was a man of culture. In politics he was an uncompromising Republican. He was not a seeker after office although the people of his township made him road commissioner and school director. He was a just man in all his dealings, and his heart and his pocket-book always responded to calls for benevolence.

The funeral services were held at his home in this city yesterday afternoon, conducted by Dr. HUNTER, after which the remains of William Weld were laid to rest in Clinton's beautiful city of the dead—Woodlawn.

David D. WELDON 

November 1, 1875
Bloomington Pantagraph


Yesterday, the funeral services of David D. WELDON, son of Hon. Lawrence WELDON, were held at their residence on Grove street. David had been very sick for some time, but up to a recent period the disease (diphtheria) was not considered likely to terminate fatally. Hopes of his recovery were given up on Friday, and at about twelve o'clock that night he breathed his last. It was a terrible blow to the family, as he was the pet of the household, and being a warm-hearted boy he fully returned the love bestowed upon him.

The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Maclean, of Clinton, assisted by Rev. Mr. Taggart, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of this city. The singing was by the choir of the church, and was of a beautiful and touching character. When Mrs. C. S. Tarbox sang, accompanied by the choir, "Come, ye disconsolate," there was hardly a dry eye.

The cortege which followed the remains to their last earthly abode was very large, as "Davie" was a great favorite with both the old and young, and the sorrow of the parent is also felt by a large circle of acquaintances.

Lawrence WELDON 

April 11, 1905 - Tuesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Eminent Member of Court of Claims Died Last Evening in Washington, D. C.

Shock to Community—
Final Hours in His Room—
Tributes From Long-Time Associates.

Judge Lawrence WELDON is dead.  One of the most distinguished citizens of Bloomington is no more.  The man who has gone out of this city to do honor to his own name and to the city of his residence by eminent service for the government, answered the final summons last evening at his temporary home, the Hotel Hamilton, in Washington, D. C.

The news of the death of Judge Weldon will come as a surprise and shock to the community.  It was not till yesterday that his serious illness was known here.

His son, Mr. Lincoln H. WELDON, yesterday received a telegram from Col. Vespasian Warner in Washington, informing him to go to his bedside immediately.  Mr. Weldon telegraphed his sister, Mrs. Hanna, in Peoria, and acquainted her with the facts and she came through this city yesterday about noon on a Big Four train.  She was joined here by her brother and together they started for Washington.

Beginning of Illness.

A special telegram to the Pantagraph last evening said:

“Judge Weldon was in quite fair health until about 10 days ago.  He was seized with a derangement of the liver and bowels.  The attack was not considered at all serious until Friday.  On Saturday the patient was feeling better and his friends hoped and believed that he was on the road to speedy recovery.  Yesterday there was a marked change for the worse.  Symptoms of pneumonia were manifested and Sunday night the case was considered extremely critical.  Yesterday morning a comatose condition began, and Judge Weldon became unconscious at times.

“During the afternoon entire unconsciousness ensued and the attending physician announced that the end was approaching.  Another doctor was summoned in consultation and he too, said that the condition was hopeless.  The end came sooner than expected.  Until the approach of unconsciousness, Judge Weldon continued bright and cheerful.  Very few in Washington knew of the critical illness of Judge Weldon, and his death was a surprise and shock to the great host of his friends at the capital.”

The End Came Peacefully.

Judge Lawrence Weldon died just as the clocks were striking 8.  He had been in a semi-comatose condition since morning.  The end came peacefully.  He simply slipped away.

There were present in the room Col. And Mrs. Warner, two nurses and “Jim” the colored messenger of the court of claims, who was entirely devoted to the judge and had been at his bedside all day.  Mrs. Weldon, worn out by days and nights of watching, had lain down when it was seen that the end was approaching and was not in the room when death came.  Gov. Fifer and Senator Cullom had both called and had just left the house.

Funeral Arrangements.

The body will remain in the Hotel Hamilton until the arrangements for the funeral have been made, occupying the room which had been the judge’s for more than twenty years.

The arrangements will not be made until the arrival tomorrow of Judge Weldon’s children, Mr. Lincoln Weldon, of Bloomington, and Mrs. Claiborne S. Hanna, of Peoria.  Col. And Mrs. Warner have taken charge until the arrival of the children.  Mrs. Weldon is utterly prostrated.

Hon. Mr. Stevenson’s Tribute.

Former Vice President A. E. Stevenson, on being informed by the Pantagraph last evening of the death of Judge Weldon, offered the following tribute to his memory:

“I am deeply grieved to learn of the death of Judge Weldon.  I have never known a better man.  His talents were of the highest order and his integrity such as could know no temptation.  In all the relations of life, he was the model man.  His ability as a lawyer gave him a commanding position at the bar and as an advocate he had few equals.  For more than twenty years he has ably discharged the duties of judge of the court of claims.  The great judicial office he held is second only in importance and dignity to that of judge of the supreme court of the United States.  The court of claims has had no abler or more faithful member.  Judge Weldon, I repeat, was gifted with talents of the highest order.  He could have filled acceptably the highest judicial or executive office known to the country.  I cannot speak of him without the deepest emotion.  I am indebted to him for many courtesies and kindnesses.  He was my friend, and his memory will be cherished to the last.  He was ever the genial, delightful gentleman; ever the charming associate and friend.  In all that constitutes the true gentleman I have never known his superior.  To the young men of high aims in life, his career should be an example and an inspiration.  It is difficult to realize that he is no longer among the living, that his name is now on the list of the honored dead.”

Gov. Fifer’s Tributes.

Judge Weldon was a great favorite in official and social life at Washington and was welcomed everywhere.  His pure and amiable life, his wit, eloquence and good nature had endeared him to all who knew him and in more than twenty years of official life at the capital he made the acquaintance of very many of the most distinguished people of the nation.

Gov. Fifer said last night: “I have known Judge Weldon intimately for more than forty years.  He was one of the younger of the coterie of great men who were the friends and supporters of Abraham Lincoln.  This group included David Davis, Jesse W. Fell, Isaac Funk, William H. Hanna, A. H. Gridley, William W. Orme, Leonard Swett and Ward H. Lamon, of Bloomington, and Milton Hay and many others from Springfield and other cities of our state.  Senator Cullom is also of these and is the greatest living representative of that historic period.  Judge Weldon was one of the very best men I ever knew.  He had a kind heart and was always thoughtful and considerate of the rights of others.  He was a faithful and true friend.

“He was also one of the most companionable of men.  Illinois has produced few, if any, better lawyers than Judge Weldon.  He was a man of profound legal learning and could see as far into a legal question as any lawyer I ever knew.  In eloquence and wit he was practically without a rival in Illinois.  By his own unaided efforts he rose from a humble position and took rank with the greatest of our land.  And I mean no exaggeration when I say this, for I believe he would have measured up intellectually with anyone I ever met.  He has been for many years a great favorite in Washington and his society was sought by men of refinement and learning.  I am grieved beyond measure at his death and I know of no one whose taking off would be more deeply deplored.”

Senator Cullom Grieves.

Senator Cullom was almost prostrated by the death of his old time companion and friend.  “Judge Weldon,” said the senator, “was about six months older than I.  I have known and loved him for a life time.  We were associated in one way and another very closely for a great many years and his death brings me a feeling of the deepest personal sorrow and loss.  In politics, Weldon and I worked side by side in many campaigns, often speaking to the same audience.  He was one of the most lovable and faithful of men, as well as one of the most brilliant and charming.”

From Col. Warner.

Col. Vespasian Warner said: “Outside Judge Weldon’s own family, I don't think there can be any one to whom his death will bring so much sorrow and sense of loss as it does to myself.  In my boyhood, and throughout my manhood, Lawrence Weldon has been a friend, consulor and companion and in all these relations he was loyal and true.  In my boyhood I studied law in his office in Clinton and from his office in Clinton I went when I enlisted.  I was later associated with him in the practice of law in Illinois and it has been my good fortune to be very close to him in Washington during my life in this city.  Next to my own father and my father-in-law, he was the nearest and the dearest friend I had on earth, and no man ever had a truer friend then he who has just left us.”

Where Gen. McNulta Died.

The Hotel Hamilton, in which Judge Weldon died, is the house in which Gen. John McNulta, once Judge Weldon’s law partner, died seven or eight years ago.

His Career in Brief.

Judge Lawrence Weldon was born in Madison county, Ohio, August 15, 1829, and was educated in the common schools in Madison county, London academy and Wittenberg college, although he is not a graduate of the latter.  He was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1854, and studied law under Judge Harrison.  In December of the same year he was married to Miss Mary Jane HOWARD.  Judge Weldon was clerk in the secretary of state’s office in Ohio in 1853 and 1854.  He removed to Clinton, Ill., in 1854, where he practiced law for a number of years and he is believed to be the only lawyer living who traveled the circuit with Abraham Lincoln when Judge David Davis was district judge.  He was a presidential elector in 1860 and voted the Republican electoral ticket when Abraham Lincoln was nominated.  He was appointed district attorney in 1861, serving several years.  He was a member of the legislature in 1861 to 1866 and in 1867 removed to this city, where he practiced law until 1883, when he was appointed by President Arthur judge on the court of claims at Washington, which position he held at the time of his death.  For a time he was in partnership with Judge Benjamin and the firm did a very successful business.

Relations with Lincoln.

In his lecture given at the Chautauqua two years ago, in speaking of Mr. Lincoln and his friendship with him, Judge Weldon said: “Judge Douglas introduced me to Mr. Lincoln.  At that time, I do not know how it is nowadays, every politician had something to drink about his room or where he could easily get to it.  Judge Douglas asked Mr. Lincoln to drink with him, but Mr. Lincoln refused.  Said Douglas, ‘Are you temperance?’ ‘Well,’ said Lincoln, ‘I don't know about that, but I don't drink.’”

Judge Weldon’s reminiscences of Lincoln and Douglas were endless and interesting.  He had known both men intimately, with the informality of the old times, and his fund of anecdotes concerning them was endless.

Judge Weldon was a member of the legislature and was in Springfield when Mr. Lincoln made the memorable address from the rear end of a car upon leaving Springfield for Washington, and heard him say, “I commend you to One who can go with me and can stay with you and everywhere for good.”

He said once in speaking of Lincoln: “Mr. Lincoln was one of the saddest men I ever knew.  He was not a joyful man at all.  In the city of Lincoln one morning, in a room where several of us lawyers had slept together, Mr. Lincoln had arisen early, as he always did, and I heard him recite the poem, ‘O, Why Should the Spirit of Mortal Be Proud?’  He did not know all of it.  I asked him who was the author and he said he did not know.  Mr. Lincoln was one of the broadest men I ever knew.  He has often been accused of lack of dignity, but it is not so.  He was a dignified man and no one ever slapped him on the shoulder or treated him with familiarity.  I never heard him called ‘Old Abe,’ but once.”

Mr. Weldon stood closer to the history of the civil war time than any other man.  He was the intimate friend of Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, without whose names could not be written the history of the United States.

Notes of His Life.

Judge Weldon was one of the early instructors of the law department of the Wesleyan.

Weldon street in this city was named in honor of Judge Weldon.

The family of Judge Weldon consisted of his wife and two children, whose names are given above.

Preparations will be made for the funeral here after the wishes of the family are known.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this obituary.


April 12, 1905, Wednesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Body Will Arrive Tomorrow.
Services Will Be Held at Washington—
The List of Pallbearers—
Talk of His Successor.

The remains of Hon. Lawrence WELDON will arrive in Bloominton on the Alton at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, accompanied by Mrs. WELDON, her son Mr. L. H. WELDON, and Mrs. W. C. HANNA, of Peoria.  The body will be conveyed immediately to the Second Presbyterian church, where funeral services will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. K. Denlinger.  There will be no music.

Following are honorary pall bearers: Judge Francis M. Wright, of Urbana, Ill., former associate of the bench with Mr. Weldon, who will represent the court of claims; Hon. Adlai Stevenson, Hon. James S. Ewing, Jonathan H. Cheney, George W. Funk, George P. Davis, Col. Thomas Snell, Judge Owen T. Reeves, Capt. Jonathan H. Rowell, Judge Reuben M. Benjamin, Samuel W. Waddle, Peter Whitmer, Isaac N. Phillips, William O. Davis, of Bloomington, and Dr. John Warner, Jacob Ziegler and Richard A. Lemon, of Clinton.

Following are the active pall bearers: Richard Snell of Clinton; Edward R. Morgan, Dudley M. Smith, Herman W. Fifer, Robert E. Williams, Edward H. Miner, Henry D. Spencer and John D. Robinson of Bloomington.  The body will place in a vault in the Evergreen cemetery.

Mr. L. H. Weldon and Mrs. Hanna arrived in Washington at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Mrs. Weldon has recovered wonderfully from her nervous exhaustion and has been able to advise with her sorrow-stricken children and the group of old time faithful friends of the family, who have gathered about them.  Brief funeral services will be held at the Hamilton hotel at 9:30 this morning, conducted by Rev. Wallace Radcliffe, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian church, following which the remains will be taken to the Pennsylvania depot.  The journey home will begin at 11:50, the party consisting of Mrs. Weldon, her son and daughter.

There were a great many callers at the Hamilton yesterday afternoon and last night a large number of friends tendering their regrets and sympathy.  The casket is buried under beautiful floral tributes.  Of those, a number will be taken to Bloomington.  It would be impracticable to take them all along, so numerous and elaborate are they.

A number of Washington friends took a last look at the familiar countenance of the dead jurist last evening.  The features are peaceful and entirely natural, as if in the repose of sleep.  Among the floral tributes are those offered by the bar of the District of Columbia, by the judges of the court of claims, by the clerks and officers of the court of claims and by judges of the supreme court of the District of Columbia.

Judge Weldon had served about twenty years on the court of claims, or nearly ten years longer than the average of judges of that court.  He was eligible for retirement on full pay about ten years ago, but always insisted that he felt it to be his duty to give active service in return for his salary so long as he felt able to do so, and until only a few days ago he was one of the hardest and most active workers on the bench.  When he was taken sick about ten days ago he had his work up to date with the exception of a decision upon one point in a case.  He sent for his associate, Judge Peal, of Indiana, and asked him to give the matter his attention.  This Judge Peal did, and the result is that the docket is finished so far as the work assigned to Judge Weldon is concerned.

It is likely that a struggle will ensue for the vacancy created by Judge Weldon’s death.

The two men most prominently mentioned are ex-Gov. George W. Atkinson, of West Virginia, at present United States attorney of the southern district of that state, and ex-Senator McComas, of Maryland.  It is said that the president promised that he would see that the next vacancy would be filled from West Virginia, and that Atkinson is the man who has found favor with the West Virginia senators.  McComas has a great many warm and powerful friends who will make a strong fight for him.  McComas resigned from the bench of the supreme court of the District of Columbia to become senator from Maryland.  He is now practicing law in Baltimore.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this article.


April 14, 1905, Friday
Clinton Register

Dies After Ten Days’ Illness in Washington Where He Was Attending to Official Duties.

Judge Lawrence WELDON, of Bloomington, one of the able men of Illinois, died in Washington, D. C., Monday evening.  He was a member of the court of claims and was in Washington on official business.  Ten days before his death he was taken sick but his condition was not thought to be critical until Monday when his son, L. H. WELDON, of Bloomington, was telegraphed; at noon he and his sister, Mrs. W. C. HANNA, of Peoria, left for Washington, but they arrived after his death, which was caused by liver and bowel trouble.  Col. and Mrs. V. WARNER were present when death came.  He died in the Hamilton hotel in which his former law partner, Gen. John McNulta, died about eight years ago.

Col. Warner said: “Outside Judge Weldon’s own family, I don't think there can be anyone to whom his death will bring so much sorrow and sense of loss as it does to myself.  In my boyhood and throughout my manhood, Lawrence Weldon has been a friend, consular and companion and in all these relations he was loyal and true.  In my boyhood I studied law in his office in Clinton and from his office I went when I enlisted.  I was later associated with him in the practice of law in Illinois and it has been my good fortune to be very close to him in Washington during my life in this city.  Next to my own father and my father-in-law, he was the nearest and dearest friend I had on earth, and no man ever had a truer friend than he who has just left us.”

Judge Lawrence Weldon was born in Madison county, O., Aug. 15, 1829, and was educated in the common schools in Madison county, London academy and Wittenberg college, although he is not a graduate of the latter.  He was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1854, and studied law under Judge Harrison.  In December of the same year he was married to Miss Mary Jane HOWARD.  Judge Weldon was clerk in the secretary of state’s office in Ohio in 1853 and 1854.  He removed to Clinton, Ill., in 1854, where he practiced law for a number of years and he is believed to be the only lawyer living who traveled the circuit with Abraham LINCOLN when Judge David DAVIS was district judge.  He was a presidential elector in 1860 and voted the Republican electoral ticket when Abraham Lincoln was nominated.  He was appointed district attorney in 1861, serving several years.  He was a member of the legislature in 1861 to 1866 and in 1867 moved to Bloomington, where he practiced law until 1883, when he was appointed by President ARTHUR judge on the court of claims at Washington, which position he held at the time of his death.  He was a close friend of Lincoln and Douglas, and had been prominent in the State’s history many years.

The remains, accompanied by Mrs. Weldon and her two children, arrived in Bloomington yesterday at 2:30 and funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Lawrence WELDON 

March 18, 1910
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Weldon.

Mrs. Mary WELDON, widow of the late Judge Lawrence WELDON, died this morning at her home in Bloomington, aged about 75 years.  Mr. and Mrs. Weldon came to Clinton about 1850, and he practiced law here until 1867, when they moved to Bloomington.  She is survived by a daughter in Bloomington and a son, L. H. WELDON, of Bloomington.  Her husband died about eight years ago.


March 19, 1910 - Saturday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Widow of Judge Lawrence Weldon Expires.

Mrs. Mary (HOWARD) WELDON, widow of the late Judge Lawrence WELDON, died yesterday morning at her apartments in the Illinois hotel at 10 o'clock, following an illness of several weeks with the grip and the general debilities of old age.  Not until three weeks ago was she confined to her bed, although her health has not been good for some time.  Her condition several days previous to her death was of an alarming nature and her friends had all but given up hope of her recovery.

In the death of Mrs. Weldon, another of the early residents and highly respected women of Bloomington is removed from the community.  The deceased was of a lovable and sympathetic disposition, caring for others at all times and made friends wherever she went.  She was possessed of a high Christian character and news of her going will cause regret, not only in Bloomington but in this vicinity where she was well known.

Mrs. Weldon was born about 80 years ago in Madison county, Ohio, being the daughter of Amos H. and Rachel HOWARD.  She spent her early girlhood days in that state and was educated at the female seminary at Springfield, O., graduating from that institution in 1851.  On December 24, 1854, she was married to Mr. Lawrence Weldon, at that time a young lawyer, just starting to practice.  Their first residence was taken up at Clinton, Ill., and later they moved to Bloomington in 1867.  Her husband practiced law in this city until the year 1883, when he was appointed by President Arthur as justice on the United States court of claims at Washington, D. C.  Judge Weldon died April 10, 1905.

The deceased was a resident of this city for forty years, with the exception of the time that was spent while living in Washington.  For over forty years the residence of the family on East Grove street was well known.  For several years past Mrs. Weldon has lived with her son, Lincoln H. WELDON, at the Illinois hotel.  Besides her son, there is a daughter, Mrs. W. C. HANNA, of Peoria, and two brothers, Mr. Marion HOWARD, of Mechanicsburg, O., and Mr. Clinton HOWARD, of Pana, Ill.  Mrs. Weldon was a member of the Second Presbyterian church for a long period of years and when younger took a great interest in the affairs of that church.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been announced, but until that announcement is made it is the request of the family that flowers be omitted.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this obituary.


March 22, 1910, Tuesday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois


The funeral services of the late Mrs. Mary (HOWARD)WELDON were held yesterday morning at 11 o'clock from the parlors of the Illinois hotel.  There was a large number of friends of the deceased to pay a fitting tribute to the life of the departed, and Rev. F. W. Hawley, who was in charge, spoke with feeling regarding the deceased and her long connection with the Second Presbyterian church, of which he is the pastor.  The body was interred in the Bloomington cemetery, the pall bearers being Messrs. J. D. Robinson, H. D. Spencer, E. R. Morgan, Spencer Ewing, C. M. Harlan and E. E. Williams.

The following people came up from Clinton to attend the funeral of Mrs. Weldon, Emmett Glenn and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Ziegler, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kent, Judge R. Lemmon, H. A. Gayhagen, Frank Ziegler, George Argo, Thomas Ewing, C. F. Morris, Jacob Tick, Weldon Ward, Mrs. L. R. Ro__ and Hon. William H. Oglevee, William Jackson and son Ora from Midland City.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this article.

Lincoln H. WELDON 

March 30, 1936, Monday
The Pantagraph
Bloomington, Illinois

Was Widely Known in Business and Agricultural Circles.

Lincoln H. WELDON, last surviving member of one of Bloomington’s old and honored families, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday in his apartment at the Illinois hotel.  He had been for nearly four years in a state of invalidism, and of recent months had been unable to leave his room.

The funeral services will be held at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Beck memorial chapel in charge of the Rev. Harold R. Martin of the Second Presbyterian church.  Officers and employees of the Peoples bank will be pallbearers.

Mr. Weldon on March 12 last observed his 79th birthday anniversary.  At that time The Pantagraph sought an interview with him as to his recollections of events in local history, but he modestly declined to talk for publication, manifesting his lifelong aversion to calling public attention to himself.

Friend of Lincoln.

Mr. Weldon was born at Clinton on March 12, 1857, the son of Judge Lawrence WELDON and Mary (HOWARD) WELDON, the latter of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.  His father, Judge Weldon, for many years a member of the United States court of claims in Washington, was one of the group of distinguished lawyers in the early days of Bloomington.

Judge Weldon was a friend of Abraham Lincoln and was associated with the group of lawyers in the old Eighth judicial circuit, others of that coterie being David Davis, Jesse Fell, Leonard Swett, William W. Orme, Ward H. Lamon and Asahel Gridley.  Judge Weldon was appointed by President Lincoln federal district attorney in 1861, and shortly afterward Judge Weldon removed from Clinton to Bloomington.  In 1883 he was appointed judge of the court of claims, where he served until his death in 1905.  Mrs. Weldon, mother of Lincoln H., died in 1910.

School in New York.

Growing to young manhood in close association with his father and the other eminent lawyers of that period, Lincoln Weldon acquired a practical knowledge of the law, and was admitted to the bar, although he never attended a formal law school.  His earlier education was at Illinois State Normal university and Bisbee Military academy in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where he had as companions Edward R. Morgan, Charles Hyde, Tom Moore and other young men from Bloomington at that time.

Returning to Bloomington from his studies, Mr. Weldon first undertook active business life as owner and manager of an abstract office, which he maintained in the basement of the old courthouse for many years, prior to the fire of 1900.  He also carried on operations in real estate in partnership with his lifelong friend, George S. Hanna, now deceased.

Manages Large Farms.

Mr. Weldon was financially interested in many Bloomington institutions, being director and vice president of the Peoples bank, one of the organizers and long time president of the Illinois Hotel company, and owner of several business buildings.  In later years he gave his time almost wholly to care and management of his large farming interests in DeWitt county and in Ohio.  On one of his tracts in DeWitt county is located the summer recreational resort known as Weldon Springs, a favorite retreat for many groups in summer.  Mr. Weldon was generous in affording the facilities of Weldon Springs to the Boy Scouts and other groups organized for the benefit of young people.

Mr. Weldon possessed one of the finest private libraries in Bloomington, and he added to his collection of books up to the last.  History was his hobby and he had an unusual knowledge of national and local events, which his retentive memory enabled him to discuss with friends at any time.  During his father’s service in Washington on the court of claims, Mr. Weldon frequently visited him there, and thus gained a large personal acquaintance with public men of that period, which included many made famous during the Civil War.

Visited Almost Daily.

Although himself denied the attachments of family ties in his later years, Mr. Weldon had a remarkable hold on the friendships of many groups in Bloomington, not only of his old time friends, but of younger persons.  During the four years in which he has been confined virtually all the time to his suite in the Illinois hotel, his rooms were visited almost daily by friends, old or young, rich and poor, who enjoyed contact with his cheery and courageous attitude toward life in spite of his invalidism, his native wit and good humor, and his generous sharing of his philosophic optimism.

Cousins Arrive Here.

The community sense of appreciation of Mr. Weldon’s contribution may be well expressed in the remarks of a friend Sunday on hearing of his death: “I have lost the best friend I ever had.”

Mr. Weldon’s only sister, Mrs. Claiborne HANNA of Peoria, died in 1911.  Two of his surviving relatives, both cousins, arrived Sunday on receipt of the news of his death—Rea WARD, of Colorado Springs, and Miss Nelle WELDON, of Circleville, Ohio.

Note: Thank you to Nancy J. Miller for sending this obituary.

Mrs. Mattie WERNER 

February 27, 1885
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mattie WERNER, wife of Mr. A. M. WERNER, the Decatur agent for the American Express company, died last Saturday of an attack of Bright’s disease. Mr. and Mrs. Werner were former residents of Clinton, and her mother and sister yet reside here. Mrs. Werner was a woman who was beloved by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She was an active worker in the M. E. Church, and in the temperance cause.


June 19, 1908
Clinton Register


Frank W. WESCOTT, a pioneer railroad man and a former engineer on the Illinois Central, but who has been retired for a number of years, expired Monday at St. Francis hospital in Freeport, aged 78. He was born in New York and began railroading in the East. In 1854, he came to the west and entered the service of the Illinois Central at Shippingsport until the completion of the bridge across the Illinois river. He was then promoted to engineer on a construction train engaged in laying track between Clinton and Decatur. When that branch was completed he had the honor of taking the first train over the division, between Wapella and Centralia. In 1855 Mr. Wescott was promoted to the passenger service between Amboy and Clinton, where he remained continuously for thirty-six years. Mr. Wescott was the only living member of the original organization of the Brotherhood of the Footboard, receiving the original work from the organization in Freeport in 1861. The order was afterwards known at the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, in which Mr. Wescott always took an active part. He was never married. Burial was at Amboy.

Alphinus WEST 

October 3, 1917, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Alphinus WEST was born in the state of Kentucky, Dec. 31, 1837.  He came to Illinois with his parents, Thornton and Juliet (Williams) WEST, when a small boy.  [He] departed this life Sunday, Sept. 30, 1917, being 80 years, 8 months and 29 days old at the time of his death.

He was married to Elizabeth YOUNG, Oct. 9, 1865, she dying Feb. 20, 1915.  To this union were born five children, one dying in infancy.  Those surviving are David WEST, of Weldon; Mary THOMAS, of Charter Oak; Willie WEST, of Birkbeck; Emma PROVIN, of Guernsey, Ia.; a nephew, James Young, of Clinton, was raised in their home; a brother, Augustus West; Sister, Mary Shroder; half brothers, Tom Maples, Clinton; Frank Maples, Litchfield; half sister, Elizabeth Dickerson, Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Fanny Williams, Atlanta, Ia.; Nancy Jones, St. Barbara, Cal.; Julia Hayer, Kenney, Ill.

He belonged to the 107[th] Co. G, having enlisted from Clinton, Ill.  He was in the battle of Strawberry Plains and with Gen. Sherman on his march to the sea.  Was a member of Frank Lowry Post at Clinton.

Seventeen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Funeral services conducted at M. P. church at Birkbeck conducted by Rev. Brewer, Burial at Willmore cemetery.

Note: His wife died February 20, 1916, not 1915.

Mrs. Alphinus WEST 

February 21, 1916, Monday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Alphinus West Passed Away Sunday at Home at Lane Station.

Mrs. Alphinus WEST, living several miles east of the city, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary THOMAS, in Lane Sunday noon at 12:15 o'clock, following a long illness.  Death was due to pneumonia and kidney trouble, she having suffered from the latter disease for several years.

Mrs. West’s maiden name was Elizabeth YOUNG.  She was born in the state of New Jersey Jan. 28, 1832.  She was the Daughter of Elizabeth and William YOUNG.  When but a small child she moved with her parents to Ohio where they lived only a short time.  They came from Ohio to DeWitt county where they have since made their home.

She was married to Alphinus WEST on Oct. 9, 1865, and to this union four children were born, whom besides her husband, who is in a feeble state of health, are left to mourn her.  The children are: David WEST, of Weldon; Mrs. Mary THOMAS, of Lane; William WEST, of Birkbeck; and Emma PRIVIN [PROVIN], of Iowa.  She is also survived by one brother and two sisters, William and Mary YOUNG, of Kenney, and Mrs. Fannie DANISON, of Weldon, sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at the church at Birkbeck Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock.  Rev. Mr. Reed will have charge of the services.  Burial will be made in the Willmore cemetery.

Note: the name Alphinus was misspelled Alpinus in this article and corrected.

Mrs. James WEST 

February 14, 1913, Friday
Clinton Register


Mrs. James WEST died at her home in Clinton at 6 o'clock Monday evening after an illness of about seven months.  A complication of diseases followed by peritonitis was the cause of death.   About six weeks ago she was taken to the Warner hospital and after a month’s treatment returned home apparently improved, but soon suffered a relapse.  Deceased is survived by her husband and four daughters.  The family came here from Indiana last August.  Remains were taken to Greensburg, Ind., the former home, for interment on Tuesday.

Note: Her maiden name was Jessie O. RUSSELL.  She was buried in South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana.

Rev. David WETZELL 

February 15, 1895
Clinton Public

Rev. David WETZELL died in San Francisco, Cal., on last Saturday, being the result of a dangerous surgical operation for the new fad called appendicitis.   The deceased was a native of Virginia, but when he was a child his parents moved to this State and settled in Farmer City, where they still make their home.   He was forty years of age.  Rev. Wetzell was a prominent minister in the Christian Church, having entered the ministry when he was a young man.  For a time he was pastor of the church at Maroa, and then went to Portland, Oregon, and later to Woodland, Cal., where he had charge of a large church and was on the top wave of popularity as an eloquent minister.  He leaves a wife and four children.  His remains will be brought to Farmer City for interment.


October 29, 1909
Clinton Register

Miss Alice WHALEN died Tuesday at 11 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. Thos. RYAN.  Death was very sudden, being ill only a half hour; she had been an invalid several years.  Miss Whalen was born in Ireland 66 years ago.  She is survived by one brother, T. WHALEN, of South Dakota, and one sister, Mrs. Thos. Ryan, with whom she lived.  Funeral was held Thursday morning.  Burial in the Catholic cemetery north of Wapella.

Note: She was buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

George WHALEN, Jr. 

June 15, 1917
Clinton Daily Public

Well Known Clinton Man Lay in Ditch Near Heyworth for About 24 Hours—
Funeral Saturday.

George WHALEN, of this city, was found dead about 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon by a train crew of the Illinois Traction system in a ditch at Earl’s siding near Heyworth.  The car had just left Heyworth and had reached a point a hundred yards from the depot, north, when the crew noticed the body of a man lying in a ditch near the tracks.  They stopped the car and made inspection.  The man was dead and had evidently been so for at least twenty-four hours.

Coroner James Hare, of Bloomington, was called and made examination of the body.   The only thing found upon his person was a Traction system ticket for Mackinaw.   Passengers of the car, however, identified the man as being George Whalen, of Clinton.  The body was taken to the undertaking parlors of T. W. Iseninger in Heyworth and last night brought to Clinton by C. G. Oakman.

The body of Mr. Whalen had evidently been lying in the ditch for about twenty-four hours.  As he lay on his side, the lower half of his body was soaked in water.  It was at first thought he had rolled over in the ditch and was drowned, but examination by a doctor proved that death was caused from natural exposure and the coroner’s jury returned a verdict to that effect.

How Mr. Whalen came to his death is uncertain.  One man stated that Whalen was seen by trainmen Wednesday sitting against a trolley pole near the ditch where he was later found.  It was thought he had been drinking.  A pint whiskey bottle was found near the body.  It is believed he became drowsy, fell over and rolled into the ditch which contained only about 2 inches of water.  He probably became helpless and was unable to crawl out of the depression.  He remained there through the night and during the greater part of the day, exposed to the elements and this exposure is believed to have worked his death.

George Whalen was forty-three years, one month and one day of age.  He had made his home in Clinton for about fifteen years, most of the time employed by Jacob Tick, local produce dealer.  He is the father of little Timmie WHALEN who lost both limbs under an Illinois Central passenger engine about a year ago.  The little lad has been provided for during his lifetime by a settlement secured from the Illinois Central and by the interest of many friends in Clinton, who subscribed to a fund instigated by The Public Printing Company shortly after the accident.

Mr. Tick, who employed Whalen for so many years, was greatly shocked by the latter’s death.  “There isn’t a man in DeWitt county who has more friends than George Whalen,” said Mr. Tick.  “He was his own worst enemy.  He never made any enemies.  Everybody liked George.  I always found him honest and he was a splendid business man when he would leave drink alone.”

Eight Children Survive.

Mr. Whalen is survived by his wife and eight children, seven girls and one boy.  The children are: Verneal, Cyrilla, Zita, Clare, Winifred, Mercedes, Connie and Timmie.

The family resides in the old Hyde property at 500 South Madison street.  Mrs. Whalen, the widow, is in a critical condition as a result of the shock.  She is in an expectant condition again, which makes her condition all the more serious.

The funeral will be held from St. John’s Catholic church Saturday morning at 9:30.   Rev. Father S. N. Moore will officiate.  The body will be taken to Wapella for burial.


April 9, 1880
Clinton Public


Dr. H. WHARTON, one of the prominent physicians of Farmer City, died very suddenly last Monday morning.  While prescribing for a patient, in his office, he suddenly fell to the floor and blood began to flow in a stream from his mouth.  A number of physicians were immediately called in, but their efforts were in vain, and in a few minutes they pronounced him dead.  The disease was supposed to be a rupture of a blood vessel into the lungs.  He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges, and was buried last Tuesday morning with the honors of the two orders.


January 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Thomas WHARTON, a farmer living north of Farmer City, was fatally wounded last Tuesday.  He was butchering hogs and killed them with a rifle.  His twelve-year-old boy picked up the loaded rifle when it accidentally went off and the bullet entered Mr. Wharton’s breast.  His wife was so overcome by the sad news that she fell down a flight of stairs in her home and broke one of her legs.

Erva Francis WHEELER 

November 9, 1906
Clinton Register

Erva Francis WHEELER, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. WHEELER, was born Sept. 7, 1905, and died Nov. 3, 1906.  The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all their friends.  Funeral was held in the big church in Lane, conducted by Rev. T. H. Miller and burial in Rose cemetery.  The parents thank all who assisted them during the sickness and burial of their child.

Mrs. James W. WHEELER 

January. 19, 1954
Clinton Daily Journal


Mrs. Fannie Alice WHEELER, 64, Clinton, died at 1 a.m. Sunday in John Warner Hospital.  She was born August 12, 1889 at Buffalo, KY., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greenberry DRUEIN and was married to James W. WHEELER at Buffalo, KY., October 16, 1907.  He survives with two sons, Virgil and David, Clinton, and one daughter Mrs. Ruby WALLS, Clinton; nine grandchildren; one brother, Joseph of Bloomington, IL.; and sister, Celia Miller PRATHER, Paducah, KY.   Preceding her in death were three sisters and three brothers.

She was a member of the Southern Baptist Church. Funeral services will be in the Pullen & Boos chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday in charge of Rev. B. F. Jenkins of the Christian Church.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Submitted by Pat Lassonde


January 9, 1880
Clinton Public


Thomas WHEELER, an aged and respected citizen, for a number of years a resident of this neighborhood, died very suddenly a week ago last Friday in Ford county and was buried in Long Point cemetery.

Alexander WHITAKER 

May 1901
Funeral Card

Alexander WHITAKER died at the home of his son near Argenta, on Monday, May 13, 1901, at 8:30 a.m., aged 88 year, 6 months, 17 days. Funeral: M. P. Church, May 15. Burial; City Cemetery.


July 16, 1880
Clinton Public

Eli WHITE, formerly a resident of Wilson township, died near Wichita, Kansas, on the 3d of July.  His wife died last March in California.  Mr. White left this county early in March to make his home in California.  Within a few days after his arrival in that State his wife died, and then Mr. White returned to Kansas to live with Mrs. CAVIER, his daughter.

Note: Eli was buried in Highland Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Mrs. Eli WHITE 

April 2, 1880
Clinton Public

About the 8th of March, Mr. Eli WHITE and family started for California. They arrived in Marysville, Cal., March 18th.  Mrs. White, an aged lady, and for some years in feeble health, died March 21st.  Riter WHITE and wife started back for this county on the 20th inst.

Note: Riter White was the son of Eli and his wife.

Elizabeth WHITE 

December 1898
Funeral Card

Elizabeth WHITE died at her here in Farmer City, on Saturday, December 3, 1898, aged 69 years, 2 months, 18 days. Funeral: M. E. Church, December 5.


Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

Suffering Ends for Eva Whitehead, Ill Past Several Months

Miss Eva WHITEHEAD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. WHITEHEAD, of near Craig in Texas township, passed away Saturday evening at 7 o’clock in her home after an illness of several months, death coming as a relief to almost unbearable suffering. Miss Whitehead was well known in Clinton, and will be missed in Texas township, where she had lived her entire life and where she was always ready to render neighborly assistance in sickness or trouble. She enjoyed a wide circle of sincere friends whose grief occasioned by her passing is lessened by the knowledge that a long and severe suffering is ended.

She had been in failing health the past several months. In March she submitted to a serious operation, performed in the John Warner hospital in this city, but failed to gain. Soon afterward she was removed to her home at her wish, and there she continued to grow worse suffering intensely, but bearing her suffering with fortitude, until the end came Saturday night.

Eva Whitehead was 41 years of age, being born in Texas township one mile south of the present Whitehead home farm on the hard road just south of Craig, March 16, 1884. She had always resided there, and had attended the Texas school. She was a member of the Texas Christian church and Sunday school.

Besides her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. James H. Whitehead, she leaves the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Myrtle HAINES, Decatur; Louie WHITEHEAD of Texas township; Mrs. Sylvia COOPER of Texas township; Leonard and James WHITEHEAD of Clinton; Misses Opal and Leafy and Harvey WHITEHEAD at home. One brother, Eddie A., died in infancy.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Texas Christian church and interment in the Texas cemetery.

Submitted by Debbie Champion


February 27, 1903
Clinton Register

Young Man Found Dead in the Timber Near Weldon by His Father and Brother.

Monday afternoon David WHITEHEAD, a farmer four miles west of Weldon, and his sons Robert and Harry went to the timber to cut and haul wood. They cut one load and the father and Robert took it to the home. They were gone a short time, but when they returned they found Harry dead near the place where they had left him. His neck was broken but there were no marks to indicate he had received a blow, and he lay several feet from the tree he had been chopping down. It is thought the tree sprung back, striking him on the neck, and he walked a few steps before death resulted. He was 19 years old and was hard-working and honest. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.


Paper Unknown

Mrs. J. D. Whitehead, Dewitt, Dies After Paralytic Stroke.

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Mrs. Julia D. (FIELDS) WHITEHEAD
Date: 1929
Born: 1851
Survivors: Husband, children: Charles, Robert and Andrew WHITEHEAD, Mrs. Clyde GOBLE and Mrs. Maude BOSSERMAN.
Funeral: Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Dewitt Presbyterian church.
Burial: Dewitt Cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion


September 3, 1880, Friday
Clinton Public

The Death Roll.

William WHITEHEAD, of Indiana, a few days ago came to Harp township to visit his son.  He took sick last Sunday with congestive chills, and on Tuesday died.  The old gentleman was seventy-two years old.


May 12, 1911
Clinton Register


C. W. Williamson received a message Thursday announcing the death of an old-time friend and business associate, W. C. WHITEMAN, which occurred at Donovan, Illinois, at 10:30 Wednesday night after a brief illness.

Deceased was one of the best known and highly respected men in the western section of the county and counted his friends by the score. He had been a resident of Waynesville over 50 years, 40 years of which he was engaged in the drug business. In 1873 he formed a partnership with C. W. WILLIAMSON, which continued until 1889 when Mr. Williamson sold his interest and came to Clinton. In the same year he formed a partnership with Dr. S. A. GRAHAM, which continued for six years. About a year ago, Mr. Whiteman decided to give up active business life and, selling his store, he purchased a farm near Donovan, in Montgomery county, where he had since resided with his son-in-law.

He was an active member of the Presbyterian church, and for many years was superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a member of the Odd Fellows in which order he ranked high. Besides the wife, deceased leaves his business associates and a host of friends to mourn the loss of a straightforward honest man.

Several friends from this city, among them Dr. S. A. Graham, C. W. Williamson, G. K. Ingham, Wm. Booth, Fred Ball and Wm. Price, attended the funeral which was held in Waynesville this morning at ten o'clock.

Mrs. WHITEMAN was not able to be present at the last rites of her deceased husband because of her serious illness.

Mrs. Charles WHITICO 

August 23, 1889
Clinton Register

Death of Mrs. Whitico.

Mrs. Mary Ann WHITICO died at her home in the northeast part of the city Monday, at 11:15 o'clock, aged 67 years, three months and 16 days.  Services were held at the residence of Mr. Penney, her son-in-law, Tuesday at 10 o'clock.

Deceased was born in Lincoln county, Kentucky, April 3, 1822.  When 13 years old she united with the Methodist church, and had been a faithful member ever since.  She was married to Charles Whitico, Aug. 29, 1839, and came to Illinois about 39 years ago.  She was the mother of nine children, all being dead except one daughter, Mrs. Julia PENNEY, who is the youngest of the family.  She took care of her mother through all her suffering.


August 23, 1889
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mary Ann WHITTICO died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. A. PENNEY, of this city, Monday, August 19, 1889, aged 67 years. Mrs. Whittico was born in Kentucky, April, 1822, and married to Mr. WHITTICO in 1839. She was the mother of nine children, of whom only Mrs. Penney survives. Mrs. Whittico has been a member of the M. E. Church since 1844. Funeral services were held at the house of her daughter, Tuesday, at ten o’clock, by Rev. W. A. HUNTER.

Note: aka WHITICO


January 24, 1896
Clinton Public

Died of Heart Disease.

Ida WHITSON, aged 26 years, died suddenly at an early hour Saturday at her brother's home, about four miles northeast of Clinton. Coroner JONES went out and held an inquest. The woman had been under the medical care of Dr. HYDE. For some time she had been despondent and low-spirited, especially at the thought of having to return to her home in the southern part of the state, and more than once was heard to say that she would rather die than go home. Dr. Hyde, however, at the inquest this morning, said that the girl had not committed suicide, but that the cause of her death was heart failure. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the doctor's testimony. She lived but a few minutes after the first spasm seized her. The coroner's jury was composed of P. K. WILSON, Robt. JOHNSON, James FOSTER, Peter WILLIAMS, Charles TUGGLE and Harve GRIFFITH. The county furnished the coffin and remains were sent to Jefferson county, Ill., where relatives reside.

Stephen N. WHITSON 

February 8, 1901
Clinton Register

DeWitt County Farmer Died While Visiting His Mother in Southern Illinois.

One of the saddest deaths that we have been called upon to report is that of S. N. WHITSON, one of Harp township's best known farmers. He was in the prime of life and seemingly in the best of health. About three weeks ago he went to Dix, Ill., to visit his mother, Mrs. Geo. ARNETT, and other relatives. Thursday after his arrival he was taken suddenly sick, and his recovery was in doubt from the first, and death resulting Feb. 1 at 4:30 in the afternoon. The physician pronounced his disease grip and pneumonia. His wife and children were at his bedside when death came.

Stephen N. Whitson was born in Jefferson county, near Mt. Vernon, Ill., March 24, 1864. He came to this county over twenty years ago, and on March 4, 1881, was married to Miss Gertrude WOODS, daughter of Mrs. Mary WOODS, of this city, and a sister of Mrs. E. H. PORTER. To them three children were born, who with his wife are left to mourn the loss of a kind father and husband. He was the eighth to die of a family of eleven children, all being buried in the same cemetery near Dix, Ill. A sister and a brother live in Jefferson county, and a sister lives in Nebraska. For several years he lived on P. K. WILSON's farm near Birkbeck, and was a successful farmer. He had many friends who were pained to learn of his death. He was honest and upright in all his dealings and was a good citizen.

Funeral services were held in a church near Dix Sunday at 3 o'clock, interment in Antioc cemetery near the church.

Charles E. WIDING 

May 21, 1886
Clinton Public

A Sad Accident.

Charles Eugene WIDING, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. O. F. WIDING, aged one year, nine months and five days, was drowned on Saturday, May 15, 1886. Mrs. WIDING, with her two children, went on that day to cook dinner for the hands in Mr. SEABORG's shop, Mrs. SEABORG having gone to Clinton. About noon, she missed the little one, and on making search found his lifeless body in the cistern. The funeral services were conducted by pastor A. H. WIDNEY, at the M. P. Church, on Sunday, at three o'clock p.m. A very large and attentive congregation were present. The rostrum was graced with flowering plants, and the coffin with wreaths of white flowers, Mr. and Mrs. Widing have the sympathies of the Home Circle and of all their neighbors. On Tuesday the brother and sister of Mrs. W. came from Chicago, but too late for the funeral.

WIGGS (infant) 

August 4, 1893
Clinton Public

Mrs. Lou WIGGS’ babe died on Sunday night of cholera infantum.


December 1, 1899
Clinton Register

John WIGHTWICK, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Clinton, died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter at Berwyn, near Chicago. About two months ago he went there on a visit, accompanied by his wife and daughter, Miss Elizabeth. He was taken sick and died of heart failure.

John Wightwick was born in Kent, England, about 75 years ago, and came to this country nearly fifty years ago. When he first came to Illinois he was in business in Aurora, and came to Clinton about forty years ago, and this had since been his home. For many years he clerked in the store of his brother-in-law, R. R. CRANG. He was married in his native country, and there are four children living. He was supervisor of Clintonia township one term, being elected in 1878. He was also deputy county treasurer. In 1874 he received considerable inheritance money from England which enabled him to take life easy in his old age.

The family will arrive here today at 3 o'clock with the remains. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, but the time has not been fixed.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd

William H. WIKLE 

August 1929
Paper Unknown

William H. WIKLE, one of Waynesville’s oldest citizens, passed away at his home Thursday at 10:00 a.m., following a paralytic stroke, which occurred about two years ago.

William H. Wikle, son of John and Sarah (RHOADS) WIKLE, was born October 14th, 1847, in Champaign county, Ohio. He was one of a family of eight children and came to Illinois with his parents in February, 1864, and settled on a farm near Waynesville. He spent his entire life since that time in the vicinity of Waynesville and in 1900 moved to the place in town where he lived until his death. He was married to Elizabeth IDDINGS, of Atlanta, January 29, 1887. To this union one daughter, Mrs. Della MASON was born. After the death of Elizabeth Wikle he was married to Miss Cora IDDINGS and to this union three children were born: Mrs. Mildred HARTOCK, Lynn and Donald.

Mr. Wikle was a staunch Republican and cast his first vote for U.S. Grant and took pride in the fact that he had voted for every Republican candidate since with the exception of the last election when his health prevented him from voting. He held for twelve years the office of central committeeman of the Republican party of Waynesville.

The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the home. Interment will be in the Evergreen cemetery.

Note: William’s death date was August 29, 1929.

Lemuel WIKOFF 

December 25, 1914
Clinton Register

Had Lived More Than Four-Score Years, and Over Sixty Years in or Near Maroa.

Lemuel WIKOFF died Friday night at his home in Maroa aged nearly 81 years, having been stricken with paralysis five days before. He was born in Butler county, Ohio, Jan. 15, 1824 [1834].

In 1854 he came to Illinois and settled in Sangamon county, where he resided for three years. He moved to Decatur where he conducted a dairy from 1857 to 1860. In 1863 he moved from Decatur to DeWitt county. In 1865 he moved to a farm three miles southwest of Maroa, where he purchased eighty acres of prairie land. He endured all of the hardships of the early farmer and by frugality continued to buy up rich farm land near that place.

His land holdings aggregate about 1,000 acres of rich farm land, all in Macon county, besides other property. In the 60’s and 70’s he experienced much hard work in draining the swamp land.

Mr. Wikoff was married Nov. 27, 1855 to Miss Sarah A. WIKOFF, a distant relative. She died eight years ago. He is survived by six children. They are: Mrs. Ollie L. LYMAN, Richard B. WIKOFF, J. E. WIKOFF, W. A. WIKOFF and F. O. WIKOFF, all of the vicinity of Maroa, and C. W. WIKOFF, of Decatur. He also leaves seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Maroa Methodist church Monday at 10 o'clock. Burial in the Maroa Cemetery.


December 14, 1906
Clinton Register


George F. WILKINSON, the murderer of Dr. L. S. CHAPINI of Saybrook, is dead. He died at the asylum at Jacksonville where he was taken from here and he died without making any signs of sanity or giving the attendants any reason to believe that he was not what he seemed to be, a man without mind or memory.

Word was received by friends at Farmer City, stating that Mr. Wilkinson had died; this being the first intimation that had been received that he was any worse than he had been for some time. J. B. NOWLIN, of Farmer City, went to Jacksonville to take care of the remains and prepare them for shipment to Canton, S. D., where Wilkinson’s daughter lives.

The attendants who had been in personal charge of Wilkinson for the past four months, as well as those who had watched him during the two years that he had been an inmate of the asylum, say that they have no doubt of the man’s insanity, and that he was not shamming as had been partly believed. The attendants say that they had never heard him utter a sound while in charge of him, with the exception of a groan about ten hours before his death.

Wilkinson was the man who shot down Dr. L. S. Chapin, of Saybrook, without provocation as far as anyone ever knew. The deed was committed in August 1904. Wilkinson, as will be remembered, met Dr. Chapin on the street in front of the Chapin residence and fired at him. Wilkinson then walked down town and gave himself up. He admitted the killing and told a story of his reasons to the sheriff when he was first brought to the jail here. Within a few hours after coming here, he began to show signs of derangement and within a few days he was apparently a mental wreck. He did not seem to recognize anyone and did not speak and never spoke from a time a few hours after his incarceration in the jail here.

Wilkinson was brought into the court room stretched on a cot. He was apparently oblivious of his surroundings and the proceedings finding him insane were completed in circuit court as the man was under indictment and arrest for murder. Those who were present will long remember the sight of the white bearded old man stretched on the cot before the judge, with eyes open but apparently seeing nothing.

After his removal to Jacksonville, Wilkinson grew better physically, so that he walked about, but if he was shamming he kept it up to the last and at no time gave signs of either understanding or being able to speak.

It is a matter of relief on all sides that Wilkinson has passed away. He was an old and feeble man and his trial, had he recovered reason enough to be brought before the court, would have been a painful one. As he had never exhibited any signs of insanity before the murder, it was believed that the confused mental condition would pass away and that he would gradually recover and perhaps could be brought here to answer for his crime.

He went to his death with no sign and the mystery of the murder of Dr. Chapin will remain unsolved.    —Pantagraph

The murdered man was a son of S. A. CHAPIN, formerly of DeWitt and an uncle of H. A. CHAPIN, of Clinton, and was known to many in this county, his boyhood home.


October 21, 1904
Clinton Register

One of DeWitt County’s Oldest Men Joins the Silent Majority—
Was Ninety-Three Years Old.

Until about two years ago Uncle Albert WILLIAMS was one of the youngest old men in the county; and he seemed to be proud of the fact that age had been so slow in bringing to him the infirmities that seldom fail in coming to those who have passed four score years.  Even when he had added more then ten years to four score he was as nimble as most men twenty years younger.  But soon he was made to realize that his years on earth were fast nearing the end.  His health rapidly failed and for a year he had seldom been on the streets.  But it was not until four days before his death, which occurred Monday, that he was unable to be about his home.

Albert G. Williams was born in Virginia, Mar. 24, 1811.  When a young man clerked in a store in Alexandria, Va.  He then taught school about three years.  When 21 years old he was married to Miss Anna MURPHY.  To them three children were born.  His wife died a few years after their marriage.  He came to Illinois about seventy years ago and lived on a farm in Knox county where he lived until 1843, when he moved to this county, locating in Creek township, which was his home until about twenty years ago when he moved to Clinton which had since been his home.  He owned 320 acres of fine land near Lane.  His second marriage was to Mrs. Sarah BOYD, who died in this county.  His third marriage was to Mrs. Phoebe WHEELER, in 1883, who survives him.  He is also survived by three children, born before the death of his first wife.  They are George, of Creek township; Mrs. Anna REED, of Wellington, Kan.; Mrs. Nancy WHITE, of Guthrie, Ok.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home on West Adams street at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. A. Lucas.  Burial in Woodlawn.


November 16, 1883
Clinton Public

Sudden Death Near Parnell.

Charles WILLIAMS was a carpenter who lived in Farmer City. He was engaged in building a house within two miles of Parnell and boarded with the farmer who owned the property. Williams and his partner on the job had about finished the building, having only half a day’s work to complete the odds and ends. On Wednesday night he retired to bed in seeming perfect health. Before daylight yesterday morning his partner, who occupied the bed with him, was awakened by hearing Williams groan as if in great pain. He tried to arouse Williams, but failed. Then he called the man of the house, who was then building the morning fire. Together the two raised up Williams in a sitting posture in the bed, when he gave but one or two gasps and died. Coroner MORROW was dispatched for, but before he arrived at Parnell the friends of Williams had him in a coffin and the hearse waiting to carry the corpse to Farmer City. However, the coroner was satisfied that there was no necessity for an inquest. The doctors think that death was caused by either heart disease or the rupture of a blood vessel in the head. Williams had lived in Farmer City for a number of years, where he was highly esteemed. He leaves a wife.

Ezra Henry WILLIAMS 

March 19, 1909
Clinton Register

Aged Sexton At Rest.

Henry WILLIAMS died Friday night at his home in the north part of the city, aged 73, of heart trouble.  He had been sick sometime but was feeling better than usual on Friday, so that death was unexpected.  He was born in Ohio Jan. 17, 1836, where he lived until he was 30 years old when he came to Clinton which had since been his home.  In 1868 he was married to Miss Mary DURR of Mahomet, Ill.   She died Dec. 5. 1891, being survived by her husband and six children, as follows: Edward, of Clinton; Mrs. Arthur SHARP, of Bloomington; Mrs. W. S. SAVELY, of Enid, Ok., formerly of Clinton; Mrs. STEVENS, of Cleveland, Ohio.  Two children are dead.  May 16, 1893, he was married to Nettie MILLER, who survives him, also a brother in Ohio.  He was a soldier in the Civil war, and was a member of the G. A. R.  When he first came to Clinton he was employed in lighting the old-style street lights, which he continued many years.  He was then employed at street work until about fifteen years ago when he was appointed sexton of Woodlawn cemetery, a position he held until his death.  He was always faithful in performing his duties.  For several years he was assisted by his son Edward.  Funeral was held Sunday at 2 o'clock at the residence, conducted by Rev. Laing.  Burial in Woodlawn cemetery.

Note: He is listed as Ezra Henry Williams in the death index.

Mrs. Ezra Henry WILLIAMS 

December 11, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Mary WILLIAMS, wife of Mr. Henry WILLIAMS, died last Saturday morning, after a brief illness of only two weeks. She was a native of Pennsylvania, and at her death was only forty-five years old. She was the mother of nine children, six of whom are still living. The family came to Clinton about fourteen years ago, and they were poor indeed when they arrived here. Both Mr. and Mrs. Williams were ambitious to have a home of their own, and together they pulled in that direction. By hard work and the closest economy they educated their children and bought a lot and built a new house, which they had paid for. Neither of them spared themselves. Mr. Williams worked in storm and sunshine, never losing a moment’s time, and Mrs. Williams toiled at the washtub day and night. The strain was too much for her. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Henry Williams is an old soldier, having served during the war in the Eighteenth U. S. Infantry, which was raised in Ohio. His old comrades paid the last tribute of respect to the deceased.


July 21, 1966
Clinton Journal & Public

Mrs. Williams Died Today in Hospital.

Mrs. Nellie Mae WILLIAMS, 84, died this morning at 9:50 o'clock in John Warner Hospital.  She had been a resident of Pine Crest Nursing Home.

Mrs. Williams was born September 2, 1881, in Farmer City, the daughter of Franklin and Rose (HADLEY) LINCOLN.  Her first husband was John P. LANE.  She later married Gene WILLIAMS, who is also deceased.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Otis WILLIAMS, Clinton; Mrs. William SANDERS, Lincoln; Mrs. Wilford GAZELLE, Irving, Texas; two sons, Leonard LANE, Mason City; and Franklin LANE, Clinton; a sister, Mrs. Blanche DOVE, Antioch, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  One son preceded her in death.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the Christian Church.

She was taken to the Herington-Calvert Funeral Home.  Arrangements are incomplete.


November 3, 1899
Clinton Register

Rev. John WILLIAMS, brother of L. B. WILLIAMS, of this city, died in Arkansas two weeks ago, aged 40. He was pastor of a Baptist church until his sickness began. He lived in Clinton about 30 years ago.

Submitted by Sheryl Byrd


August 9, 1912
Clinton Register

L. B. Williams, Well Known to Clinton Citizens Died Sunday Morning.

Near the break of day Sunday morning at 3:30, L. B. WILLIAMS, one of the best known residents of Clinton, breathed his last at the home of his step-daughter, Mrs. T. O. BEATTY, at 715 North Monroe street.

For the past three years Mr. Williams had been a sufferer from asthma and heart trouble and, during an attack last March, when he was cared for by Mrs. Beatty, he told her that his time here was short, that the next attack would be the last when no one would again be called upon to care for him. He also spoke of what he wished done in regard to his funeral, telling where and how he wished to be laid away, and named two of his favorite hymns, "Beulah Land," and "Nearer My God To Thee."

Mr. Williams had rooms over Hower's bakery, and was apparently in good health until last Friday evening. On the morning of that day he took a ride with Philip WOLFE in his auto, and on his return remarked that he was feeling fine. Friday evening some of his friends saw him stagger and fall near I. N. BAILER's hardware store, and ran to his assistance. Dr. BABCOCK, Mr. Williams' physician, was just crossing the square and placed him in his auto and took him at once to the home of Mrs. Beatty. His condition did not improve, and about two hours before his death he suffered a stroke of paralysis, and this with his other ailments and advanced age soon terminated his life.

L. B. Williams was born in Marion county, Tennessee, March 4, 1832, and had passed his 80th anniversary. In 1841 he removed with his father to Missouri, and in 1854 was married to Miss Elizabeth C. LIVELY. Five children were born to them, all having preceded their father to the beyond except one daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. BURKHART, of Duluth, Minn. The latter is an invalid and could not attend the funeral. Mrs. Williams died in 1863.

In 1866, Mr. Williams was married to Sarah I. CONKLIN, of Clinton. One daughter, Mrs. Lavina FULLER, is the surviving child of this union.

Mr. Williams followed farming in his younger days, obtaining what education he could, and for a time studied medicine, but the latter calling did not suit his tastes and he returned to the farm. He was living in Missouri during the "border war," and being a staunch unionist cast his vote for Abraham LINCOLN in 1860. His was the only ballot cast for the Emancipator in the county in which he was living, and he left that section shortly after the election. He enlisted with the Missouri Home Guards, serving several months, and when he heard the call for volunteers, enlisted with the 17th Illinois Cavalry. The following sketch of his war experience was dictated by deceased shortly before his last illness.

"We fought twice of Flat Creek and then retreated to Springfield. Enroute, arriving at Elm Springs, we sent to Springfield for help, and Col. SOLOMON, with a regiment, met us at Dug Out Springs just in the nick of time, as we had only three rounds of ammunition each. Col. Solomon formed an ambush and made a stand. He planned for us to make a run through his lines in order to draw the rebels on, which was successfully done, and Solomon cut them all to pieces. That drove them back and we proceeded to Springfield.

On the night of August 10, the rebels came to Wilson Creek and General LYONS marched out to meet them. Fighting began at 6 o'clock in the morning in a pouring rain and continued six hours. For two hours and forty-five minutes our brigade was within 40 to 100 feet of the foe, three lines deep; the first laying down, the second on their knees and the third standing. The cavalry was fighting on the left all this time in a hand-to-hand struggle. Then we ran out of ammunition and were called to the rear to stock up and get water. When we were all ready we were suddenly attacked by 1500 Texas rangers. Col. Solomon, with his cool head, commanded us to hold fire until he fired then take deliberate aim and each bring down a man. We waited till they were right upon us, then the fun began. When it was ended, I never saw so many empty saddles."

One incident in the life of Mr. Williams has not been known, except to a few Clinton friends to whom he told the story within the last few weeks. He was sent as a spy into a rebel camp and was captured. In his pockets were papers that revealed his mission. He was sentenced to be shot the next morning. That night he was locked in a corn crib and a Rebel put on guard.

Mr. Williams resolved when starting on his mission that, if captured, he would not allow the Rebels to shoot him, as he knew they would if they learned of his purpose. Firm in his resolve, he concealed in his boot a deadly drug. This the enemy did not find, and during the night he gave a negro money to buy him a bottle of whiskey to use in taking the drug. While he was preparing the death dose, the guard asked what he had. When told, he requested a drink, which was given him. Soon he asked for more and got it. While he was talking to his prisoner, he fell to the ground unconscious. He lay near the crib, and Mr. Williams reached through a crack and pulled him close enough to get his keys from his pocket; unlocking the door, made his escape and returned to his regiment.

Thus far it was pleasant enough for Mr. Williams, but he later learned something that forever left a sad place in his heart. Two days later the Northern army won a battle and took many prisoners, among them the lieutenant who had sentenced Mr. Williams to be shot, and from him it was learned the guard died from the effects of the drug.

While Mr. Williams realized that if he had not given the guard the drugged whiskey he would have been shot, he did not expect the dose would cause the death of the man who stood between him and escape. Those to whom he told the story say he told it reluctantly and would say little about it, further than to express a feeling of regret that the young man died.

Following the close of the war, Mr. Williams followed farming in this county several years, later going to Gibson City. He returned to Clinton in 1876, being for a time engaged in draying. He followed the latter calling until failing health compelled his retirement from hard work.

Mr. Williams had been a faithful member of the M. E. church for 43 years, was a member of the G. A. R. and was proud of the I. O. O F. badge which he wore as an emblem of 25 years of good standing in that order.

He was a man known and liked by all, and his familiar face will be missed by his many friends and acquaintances on the public square.

Funeral services were held from the home of his step-daughter, Mrs. T. O. Beatty, at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, Rev. S. WAKEFIELD, of Maroa, in charge. The members of I. O. O. F., G. A. R. and W. R. C. attended in a body. Interment in Woodlawn.

The pall bearers were chosen from the members of the I. O. O. F. and the G. A. R., as follows: Wm. BOOTH, John KILLOUGH, Thomas EWING, E. H. BEATTY, Samuel NEWELL and S. L. DUNBAR.

Note: According to the Woodlawn Cemetery book, his full name was Lewis Buck Williams.

Mrs. Lewis B. WILLIAMS 

November 8, 1901
Clinton Register


Mrs. Sarah Williams Submitted to an Operation and Died Four Days Afterward—
Funeral Next Sunday.

Mrs. Sarah L. WILLIAMS, wife of L. B. WILLIAMS, died yesterday morning at her home near the southwest limits of the city, aged 65 years, 3 months and 29 days. She had not been well for about a year and was confined to her bed a month. She was afflicted with [a] tumor, and it became evident death must soon result unless an operation would save her life, and there was little hope that it would. Last Sunday the operation was performed and she died four days afterward.

Sarah Lavina HAMMOND was born in Marion county, Ohio, July 8, 1836. November 27, 1855, she was married to James CONKLIN and they moved to Clinton in 1856 where the husband died July 18 [before 1866].

Three children were born to them, one of whom, Mrs. T. O BEATTY, of Clinton, is living. She was married to L. B. Williams, who survives her, Jan. 21, 1866. One child, Mrs. Lavina FULLER, was born to them. She lived with her parents since the death of her husband a few years ago.

Three sisters, Mrs. C. P. RICHARDS and Mrs. ELY, of Clinton, Mrs. John DUNCAN, of Wapella, and two brothers, John HAMMOND, of Bloomington, and Chas. HAMMOND, of Clinton, also survive her.

Funeral services at the home Sunday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. CANADY. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Louis O. WILLIAMS 

Date Unknown
Paper Unknown

Mrs. L. O. Williams Claimed by Death Wednesday Morning.

(Obituary Extract)

Name: Mrs. May C. (MILLS) WILLIAMS
Born: May 11, 1874, Salina, Kansas
Parents: Jadediah and Minerva (FLACK) MILLS
Married: Louis O. WILLIAMS, March 1, 1903
Survivors: Children: Emerson, aged 22, Grace, aged 17
Funeral: M. E. church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Thomas H. TULL.
Burial: Woodlawn cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Mrs. Moses G. WILLIAMS 

January 22, 1915
Clinton Register


Last Friday at the home of her children, near Lancaster, Mo., occurred the death of Mrs. Catherine WILLIAMS at the age of 90 years.  The remains were taken to Waynesville, her former home, accompanied by the family and other former residents of this county.  Funeral services were held Sunday from the home of her son, L. Williams, Rev. J. S. Tharp of the M. E. church being in charge.  Deceased is remembered by all in the neighborhood of Waynesville, to whom the news of her death was a surprise, no word having been received of her illness.

Note: Her tombstone has a death date of January 14, 1915.


March 10, 1893
Clinton Public

The death of Miss Sallie [Sarah] WILLIAMS, of Creek township, occurred last Friday at the old home farm, where she had for years been keeping house for her brother.  She had taken the mumps and had not suffered enough to stop her household duties, and on Friday morning complained of a smothering sensation, after which she staggered and fell to the floor dead.  Miss Sallie was beloved by all who knew her.  She was religious in her belief, being inclined to church and Sunday-school, in which she took great pleasure.  She was a woman of untiring industry and quiet disposition.  She was the daughter of Mr. A. G. WILLIAMS, of this city.  She was born on October 9th, 1862, and was therefore thirty-one years of age.  The funeral occurred at Weldon on last Sunday and in tribute to the regard in which neighbors and friends held her memory it was largely attended, the Rev. Thos. Miller, of Lane, preaching the funeral discourse.

Note: She was the daughter of Albert G. Williams.

William Lewis WILLIAMS 

September 7, 1906
Clinton Register

Another of DeWitt County's Old Soldiers is Mustered Out of Service at His Home in Clinton.

At his home, 607 West Washington street, Clinton, William Lewis WILLIAMS, one of the early settlers of DeWitt county, departed this life at 3 o'clock a.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, 1906, aged 64 years, 5 months and 12 days.

Mr. Williams was born in Posey county, Ind., March 21, 1842, and was the oldest son of Simon and Sarah B. WILLIAMS. He continued to live in the county of his birth until the age of nine years at which time his parents moved to Logan county, Ill., where they settled on a farm near Atlanta. In 1855 Mr. Williams came with his parents to DeWitt county, and with the exception of six years' residence in Kansas and Missouri, and six years in Chicago, Peoria and Lincoln, has resided in this county ever since.

Mr. Williams served throughout the war of the Rebellion, having enlisted in the 177th Reg. Ill. Inf. in Aug. 1863, with which regiment he was connected until in October, 1863, when he was transferred to Colvin's battery, afterwards Battery K, Illinois Artillery, serving with that battery until the close of the war. He was mustered out as second lieutenant, having been promoted through the various grades from private to that office.

On the 25th of January, 1883, Mr. Williams was married to Mrs. Ida C. SMITH and to this union were born four children, two of whom died in infancy. The other two, Faye and Maurine, together with their mother, survive. Mr. Williams is also survived by his aged mother, who is now in California, and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Elizabeth J. SAMUELS, of Boswell, Ind.; John T. WILLIAMS, of San Francisco, Cal.; Jas. C. WILLIAMS, of Kenney, Ill.; A. J. WILLIAMS and Joel WILLIAMS, of Clinton; S. W. and Chas., of Wentworth, Mo.; and Mrs. J. F. Humphreys, of Redlands, Cal.

The funeral was held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. E. Varney. The services at the grave were under the direction of Frank Lowry post, G. A. R., of which deceased was a member.

Mrs. William Lewis WILLIAMS 

March 1941
Paper Unknown


Mrs. Ida WILLIAMS, 84, a former resident of Clinton, died Wednesday night in her home in Decatur after an illness of two years. Funeral services will be held at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the Moran Funeral chapel, Decatur. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Clinton, the funeral party arriving here about 4:20 p.m. She was born in Breckenridge, Ky., February 16, 1857, and twice married, both husbands preceding her in death. She is survived by two sons, C. Everett SMITH, Lincoln, and Carl SMITH, Springfield, and two daughters, Mrs. Fay BORN, Springfield, and Mrs. Maurine SNOKE, Decatur. She was a member of the Baptist church and Women's Relief Corps.

Note: Ida was the daughter of Urijah and Mary Ann (Beckwith) Shields Hunter. She was the wife of William A. Smith and William Lewis Williams. William and Ida are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois.

Submitted by Edd Marks


November 5, 1874
Clinton Public

In Harp Township, on Wednesday, November 4, of typhoid fever, Elias WILLIAMSON, aged 18 years, 6 months and 27 days.


January 11, 1901
Clinton Register

John Williamson, Aged Three Score and Ten, Dies While Walking Along the Street.

Yesterday about 12:30 o'clock as John WILLIAMSON, of DeWitt, was walking along the street in that town, he suddenly fell to the walk and died in a very short time. He lived with his son-in-law, Wm. BOWEN, one mile north of DeWitt and went to dinner about 11:30. While there, Mr. Bowen's horses got into the road and he and his daughter tried to get them back into the pasture, but failed. Mr. Williamson exerted himself more than usual after the horses, which was no doubt the immediate cause of his death soon afterward. He walked down the railroad to the depot and then started up the street south to his blacksmith shop where he worked. When a short distance from the depot, he fell suddenly and died in a few seconds.

John W. Williamson was born in Ohio and came to this county when about 18 years old and had since lived at Farmer City, Parnell and DeWitt. He was married to Miss CALLISON, who died in 1876. His only child is Mrs. Wm. Bowen. Four sisters survive him. They are Mrs. Lib GANO, Mrs. J. C. KRANICH, Mrs. Minerva GLEN, living at DeWitt and Lane, and Mrs. Margaret McPHETERS, of Piatt county.

Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church in DeWitt tomorrow, conducted by Rev. HARRY. Burial in DeWitt cemetery.

Grace Greenwood WILLING 

November 5, 1874
Clinton Public

In this city, October 29, Grace Greenwood, youngest child of James T. and Jennie L. WILLING.


February 4, 1887
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. J. S. B. Willis

In last week's PUBLIC we briefly mentioned the death of Mrs. WILLIS, which occurred at Baxter Springs, Kansas, on Wednesday of last week. J. S. B. WILLIS and his family are remembered kindly in the neighborhood of Clinton, where they lived for nearly twenty years, and where the Willis boys grew to young manhood. Mrs. Mary Willis was the youngest daughter of Mr. John N. CAMPBELL, and the youngest of a family of nine children. She was born in Sangamon county, near Springfield, on the 22d day of December, 1834. Twenty years later she was united in marriage to J. S. B. Willis, and four years later they come to live in this county. They lived between Clinton and Wapella for nearly twenty years, and then moved back to Sangamon county, where Mr. Willis bought the home farm of the Willis family. About two years ago Mr. Willis sold out his possessions and moved to Baxter Springs, Kansas, for the purpose of getting sufficient land to leave each of his children an inheritance. Mrs. Willis was the mother of seven children, two of whom preceded her to that better land, where she was united with them Wednesday of last week. It is a sad blow to the family and the sympathy of their old friends and neighbors will go out to Mr. Willis in his great heart sorrow.

Benjamin L. WILLMORE 

January 7, 1930, Tuesday
The Lincoln Star
Lincoln, Nebraska

Hebron, Neb., Jan. 7—Benjamin L. WILLMORE died at his home Here Sunday, Jan. 5.  He had been apparently in splendid health until suddenly stricken with paralysis on Jan. 2, after which he never regained consciousness, death coming early Sunday.  Funeral services will be held at the Christian church at Hebron on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Mr. Willmore was born at Clinton, Ill., Nov. 20, 1856, and taught school in his younger days, most of his life being spent on the farm.  He came with his family to Hebron in 1889 and continued his work as a farmer.  While still engaged in that occupation he was elected county judge of Thayer county, filling that office from 1910 to 1917.

Mr. Willmore was a member of the Christian church and affiliated with the Democratic Party, in which he was an active worker.  He participated in all county conventions and most of the state conventions, also attending many of the national conventions.
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(Obituary Extract)

Name: Benjamin Lawrence WILLMORE
Date: 1930
Born: DeWitt County
Parents: Charles and Sarah Jane (WRIGHT) WILLMORE
Married: First - Mollie HANGER; deceased. Second - Mary Mills SPICER; deceased.
Survivors: Children: Fred, Nell, Ben and John WILLMORE of Hebron, Neb. and Bess, of St. Joe, Mo. Son Perey, deceased. Brothers: James, of Valentine, Neb.; Clayburn of Kiowa, Kansas; Tillman and Charles, of Hebron, Neb.; Garrison of Clinton, Ill. Sisters: Emma RING and Phoebe DAVIS of Hebron, Neb.
Funeral: Christian church in Hebron Wednesday at 2 o'clock.
Burial: Hebron.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Mrs. Benjamin L. WILLMORE (1) 

March 19, 1909
Clinton Register

Lived in This County Almost Half a Century,
And in Nebraska For 20 Years.

Mrs. Mary WILLMORE, wife of Lawrence WILLMORE, who moved to near Hebron, Neb., from Creek township, died at her home last week.  Her many friends here will be sorry to learn of her death.  The following is from the Hebron Register:

“Mary E., daughter of Charles and Sarah HANGER, was born in West Liberty, Logan county, Ohio, March 20, 1855.  In 1866 she removed with her parents to Clinton, DeWitt Co., Ill., where she grew to womanhood and was united in marriage with B. L. Willmore in 1880, residing in Illinois until 1889 when she with her family came to Thayer county, Neb.  From this union there were seven children, five boys and two girls, one son dying in infancy.  Those living are Mrs. Alfred BRINEGAR, Miss Bessie, Fred H., Benjamin L., John and James P., all of whom reside at the family residence except Fred H. and Mrs. Brinegar; these two are married and living nearby.   She also leaves, besides the husband, two brothers, of Chicago, and one sister in New York City.  She united with the Church of Christ in 1883 in Lane, Illinois.

“Mrs. Willmore, the deceased, has been long an invalid and in consequence confined most of the time to her home; for this reason she was not personally, widely known in the community, but her afflictions, though constant and often painful and depressing, never wrought against the devotion and helpfulness of her mother nature, and for all the years of her life her family has profited by the kindly influence and wisdom of a mind undimmed by suffering and unassailed by doubt.  The end was sudden and painless as the coming of sleep at nightfall.  Her mortal self was laid away in Rose Hill cemetery March 11, 1909.

“The funeral took place from the residence, seven miles southeast of town at 1:30 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. E. C. Davis of the Christian church.”

Mrs. Benjamin L. WILLMORE (2) 

March 20, 1941, Thursday
Hebron Journal
Hebron, Nebraska

Mary C. MILLS, daughter of Paschal Hickman MILLS and Winifred Armstrong MILLS was born at Clinton, Ill., May 17, 1864 and died at Hebron Nebraska, March 13, 1941.

She grew to womanhood in or near Clinton, where she received her education.  For a time she taught in the public schools in her neighborhood and was married to John T. SPICER, of Clinton, in February, 1889.  Mr. Spicer died in April, 1909.

In May 1913 she was married to B. L. WILLMORE, of Hebron, and has made this her home ever since.  Mr. Willmore died January 6, 1930.

She leaves to mourn her passing one brother, A. E. MILLS of Sioux City, Iowa; one nephew, William H. MILLS, of Los Angeles, Calif.; two nieces, Mrs. A. M. DEAN and Mrs. C. J. SUEPPEL, both of Chicago, Ill.  Her parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held in the Christian church in Hebron on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Livingston.  Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery at Clinton, Ill.  Mrs. Willmore has been an inspiration to all who knew her and she leaves a host of warm friends.

Submitted by Susan Bell


August 19, 1898
Clinton Register

A Former Old Resident of This County Dies at His Home in Nebraska Last Week.

Chas. WILLMORE, for many years a resident of Creek township, died Aug. 11, at his home six miles southeast of Hebron, Neb., aged 68 years and 26 days.  He moved to that state a few years ago and had lived on his farm.  He was well known in this county and his numerous friends will be pained to hear of his death.  His children, except R. G. WILLMORE, of Creek township, live in or near Hebron.  He was always a Democrat and was among the chief counselors of that party while living in this county.


February 9, 1877
Clinton Public

Death of an Old Settler.

James P. WILLMORE, of Harp township, was among the early settlers of DeWitt county. He came here from Virginia in 1844, and settled in Harp when good prairie land could be had for merely paying the government entry. Mr. Willmore bought three hundred acres partly improved, for which he paid five dollars an acre, and on this he spent the last thirty-three years of his life. Coming to this county a poor man, with a young family, he had all the hardships to endure incidental to a new country. He retained the possession of his farm and the increase in value, it now being worth $40 an acre, made his latter years ones of ease and comfort. He was a hale and hearty man for his years and enjoyed remarkable good health till within the past few weeks. He was sick but a short time and on last Friday February 3d, he died, at the ripe age of seventy-four years. His funeral took place on Sunday, and was attended by a large concourse of his friends and neighbors. He was buried in a family cemetery on his own farm.


March 18, 1881
Clinton Public

Mr. Aaron WILSON died in DeWitt county, Ill., March 7, 1881.

The deceased was born in Perry county, Ohio, October 3, 1828.  He was fifty-four years, five months and four days old when he died.

Being a man of industrious and temperate habits, and also possessing great energy, he added his share of labor in developing and improving the neighborhood in which he had secured a good house.  In the relations of life he was consistent.  An affectionate husband, an indulgent father, a kind and obliging neighbor and friend.

Five children preceded him—one of them eleven days—while his wife and two [three] children—a son and two daughters—survive him.  He was confined to his room for about three months during which time he thought and suffered and prayed much.  Two months before he died he professed faith in Christ.  When I visited him he spoke of hope and consolation in Christ, and also of a desire to depart and be with Jesus and loved ones who had passed on before.  A friend who was in his room when he died, said, "His victory over the sting and fear of death was complete."  The funeral was largely attended.


June 26, 1885
Clinton Public


Amos WILSON, of DeWitt township, came to this county in the year 1850, and for thirty-five years lived on the farm on which he first settled when he came here from Ohio. He was born in Maryland in the year 1803, and had reached the ripe age of eighty-two years and ten months. He was a man well-preserved for his years, and he and his aged wife lived alone on the home farm and kept everything in running order. Last Saturday the old gentleman attended the sale of the personal property of his old friend, the late Orin WAKEFIELD, and did not get back home till late in the afternoon. Between six and seven o’clock in the evening he was in the act of pulling off his boots when the chair tilted back with him and he fell over dead. There was no one in the room with him except his wife. When she reached the old gentleman, life was extinct. The doctor, who was afterward summoned, pronounced the cause of his death to be heart disease. Death was quick and sudden. The old veteran was spared the pains and sufferings incidental to wasting disease. What a blessing to be called from time to eternity in such a manner. His sister, the mother of the WEEDMAN family of Farmer City, came to her death in like manner. She was milking a cow when she fell dead from heart disease. Amos Wilson was the last of his father’s family. He was the father of twelve children, nine of whom are still living. He was an upright man and had the respect and confidence of his neighbors. He was buried last Tuesday in the DeWitt cemetery.

Andrew WILSON 

May 17, 1912
Clinton Register


Tuesday evening at 10:30 another old resident of DeWitt county passed away. Death was due to a complication of diseases, the end coming at the home of his son James C. Wilson, of Harp township, seven miles east of Wapella. Although he had been ill for some time his condition was not considered serious until a short time before his death.

Andrew WILSON, who was one of the leading stock-raisers of Harp township, was born in April 1843, on the farm on which he died, and was therefore one of the oldest native residents of the county. Although a grain grower, he sold little of that produce, making it a rule to feed stock, buying the latter to consume the surplus, thus keeping the farm in splendid condition. Mr. Wilson was twice married, the first union being with Miss Mary FIELD, three children being born to this union, the first, a girl, dying in infancy. The two surviving are James C. WILSON of Harp township, with whom deceased made his home, and Thomas R. WILSON of Wilson township. The second marriage was with Miss Clarinda SMITH, who is also deceased. He leaves besides his sons one brother, Asa WILSON, of DeWitt township, the last survivor of a family of twelve children. Funeral services were held from the old homestead at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. Interment in Walter's cemetery.

Mrs. Andrew WILSON 

March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

The death of Mrs. Andrew WILSON, on February 28, has been the occasion of great grief to both friends and relatives. Her illness had been a very protracted one, being more or less severe since last October. Her last hours upon earth were peaceful and quiet, realizing the near presence of death, yet fully resigned. A few minutes before she died she repeated a favorite and well-known verse from her hymnal, inquired the time, and passed off in the triumphs of a living faith. Owing to the pleasantness of the day, the 2nd inst., a large number of friends were in attendance, who followed the remains to the Walters Cemetery, where she was laid to rest. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Thos. W. BATH.

Anna (HARP) & Lloyd WILSON 

January 10, 1896
Clinton Public


About two weeks ago Mrs. Anna WILSON, wife of T. W. WILSON, and their two-year-old boy were taken sick with pneumonia. At 3:30 p.m., January 6, the wife and mother died, and the next morning at 9 o'clock little Lloyd followed. The mother was 31 years, 2 months and 21 days old. Mrs. Wilson was the youngest daughter of the late Thomas HARP and was an estimable woman. She was born and raised in Harp township, east of Clinton. September 19, 1886, she was married to T. Wilber Wilson and became the mother of three boys. The surviving boys are one aged eight and one six years. The youngest was very sick but is recovering. Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. Wilson four miles east of Clinton on Wednesday at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. W. A. HUNTER. A large number of neighbors and friends were in attendance to express their sympathy with the bereaved father and boys. It was sad, but if death has a beautiful phase in it, it was presented there, when a young woman lay in the casket with her child resting on her arm. The large audience was moved to tears. Remains were interred in Woodlawn.


May 24, 1912
Clinton Register

Asa Wilson, a DeWitt County Pioneer Passed Away at 1:30 Saturday Afternoon.

Asa WILSON, pioneer resident of DeWitt county, passed away Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at his home at DeWitt after an illness of two weeks with pneumonia. Mr. Wilson was born in Perry county, Ohio, October 27, 1832 and came to Illinois with his parents in 1835, first locating in DeWitt county in the eastern part. The Wilson family was the first to settle in Wilson township and it is from this family that the name was derived. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas WILSON who spent the remainder of their lives after 1835 in Wilson township and who thru hard toil came into possession of a large tract of the more valuable of DeWitt county land. March 9, 1865, he was married to Miss Lavina JONES and they immediately located on a farm in Wilson township. To this union were born five children, four of whom survive, the other dying in infancy. Those who survive, besides the widow, are: Ira D., residing on the old Wilson homestead; John C. WILSON, of DeWitt; Mrs. Nancy TURK, of Bloomington; and Mrs. Adda MOORE, of Wapella.

Mr. Wilson enlisted in the union army in 1861 and served for three years. He was a member of DeWitt lodge, No. 161, A. F. and A.M. He had been an active man throughout his life time and was a willing worker and financial benefit to the Cumberland Presbyterian church in DeWitt for years. For the last twenty years he had lived a retired life in DeWitt and until his recent sickness had always enjoyed the best of health.

Funeral services were held from the C. P. Church at DeWitt Monday afternoon at 2:30. Interment in DeWitt cemetery.
Paper Unknown

Asa Wilson Dies.
Aged Resident of DeWitt County Passed Away Saturday Afternoon.

DeWitt, May 19.—(Special.)—Asa WILSON, pioneer resident of DeWitt county, passed away Saturday at 1:20 p.m., at his home, here, after an illness of two weeks with pneumonia. Mr. Wilson was born in Perry county, O., October 27, 1832 and came to Illinois with his parents in 1835, first locating in DeWitt county in the eastern part. The Wilson family was the first to settle in Wilson township and it is from this family that the name was derived. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas WILSON and spent the remainder of their lives after 1835 in Wilson township and who thru hard toil came into possession of a large tract of the more valuable of DeWitt county land. March 9, 1865, he was married to Miss Lavina JONES and they immediately located on a farm in Wilson township. To this union were born five children, four of whom survive, the other dying in infancy. Those who survive besides the widow, are: Ira D., residing on the old Wilson homestead; John C. WILSON, of DeWitt; Mrs. Nancy TURK, of Bloomington, and Mrs. Adda MOORE, of Wapella.

Mr. Wilson had been a life-long supporter of the Republican party and cast his first vote for J. C. Fremont. He enlisted in the union army in 1861 and served for three years. He was a member of DeWitt lodge, No. 161, A.F. and A.M. He had been an ac...(cut off).

Submitted by John Laughlin


July 10, 1896
Clinton Register


Early Monday morning news was received in Clinton that Harry L. WILSON, son of Mrs. Elizabeth WILSON, of DeWitt, had committed suicide at his home in Wilson township, fourteen miles northeast of Clinton.  Coroner Jones, States Attorney Fuller, Deputy Treasurer Harry Wilson and Carl Jones at once left for the Wilson home.  Mr. Fuller and Mr. Wilson arrived there first and Mr. Jones soon afterward.  The unfortunate young man was found lying in the barn driveway where he had lain down and sent a bullet into his left breast.  The shot had been fired with his left hand into his left breast and the arm was still in the position it was when the trigger was pulled.  No reason is known for the suicide.  There was no letter or other evidence to explain why the young man decided to end his life.  However, it is reported some claimed they had noticed that lately he had given evidence of his being unbalanced.   Sunday evening between 6 and 7 o'clock he was seen for the last time alive, and it is thought he was not in the house after that time.  He lived with his brother Charles, having a family living with them.  Monday morning shortly before 6 o'clock he was called for by one of the men who thought he was upstairs.  As no answer came he started to the barn, and when about half way there a shot was heard, and he was almost dead when he reached the barn.  No word was spoken by him, and the only reasonable conclusion is that he was despondent which led to the unbalancing of his mind temporarily.  The revolver was a new one and had been bought by him about two weeks before.  One shot was fired and one load remained in the revolver when found.  He was a son of James A. WILSON, who committed suicide about fourteen years ago on the same farm while county treasurer.  He was intelligent and industrious and had many friends, being very popular, being frequently elected to office in his township though a Democrat and the township Republican.  He was not one that would be regarded as tired of life.  His mother and an unmarried sister live in DeWitt, one sister is married, a brother, W. E. WILSON, lives in Harp township.

The funeral took place Tuesday from Rucker Chapel, near the old homestead at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter, assisted by Rev. Pawson, of Wapella.   The remains were borne to the Walters cemetery and laid to rest by the side of his father.

Note: The testimony taken at the Coroner’s inquest has been omitted but is available upon request.

Mrs. Hugh WILSON 

November 12, 1886
Clinton Public

An old and highly respected citizen of Piatt county passed away with the Christian's hope of eternal life, on Tuesday, November 9th, 1886, aged a few days over 59 years. She was born in Pennsylvania, emigrated to Ohio, thence to Illinois, where she was married in 1846 to Mr. PASSWATERS, by whom she had five children, all living and married except one son who died very suddenly eight years ago. Mrs. WILSON was a member of the Christian church most of her life, but a little over a year ago she united with the M. E. Church with her husband.

Her death was produced by cancer of the stomach, a post-mortem examination by Drs. DREW, of Weldon, and DAVIS, of DeLand, revealing the fact that the disease had made terrible headway. She has been a long sufferer from this painful disease. The funeral was attended by a large congregation at the M. E. Church at Weldon, after which she was laid to rest by the side of her little granddaughter, Gracie, who was the first person buried in the Weldon Cemetery. Rev. W. A. BURKS, of DeLand officiated at the funeral.

James A. WILSON 

December 22, 1882
Clinton Public

Death of James A. Wilson.

James A. WILSON was born on the farm on which he ended his life, on the 20th of October, 1839. His father was one of the early settlers of DeWitt county, having located here in 1832. Wilson township was named in honor of the elder Wilson. In his youth James A. Wilson had only the meager advantages of a country school education, his teacher being Harvey BLOUNT. Till five years ago he had spent his life on a farm, to which he added the business of buying cattle and hogs. He was a trader on a large scale, for whatever he undertook he went at it with all his might. Twenty years ago last September he was married to Elizabeth COOK, of Waynesville, he having formed her acquaintance while she was teaching school in the Wilson neighborhood. Till he came to Clinton Mr. Wilson was an active worker in the church and Sunday-school, to both of which causes he contributed liberally in time and money. Indeed in money matters James Wilson was as liberal a man as ever lived in DeWitt county. His purse was always open to help a friend or a stranger in distress. No friend ever called on James Wilson for help in vain. In his native township he was a recognized leader, and for years held the different town offices, from supervisor to school trustee. He was an honored member of the Masons, Odd-Fellows and Knights of Pythias. The good he did in life will live after him. If he had faults, his virtues entirely covered them up in the eyes of the world. Peace to his ashes. The tired soul is beyond the harassing cares of business troubles.

(See news article)


August 15, 1890
Clinton Public

On last Saturday evening, at nine o’clock, Joel S. WILSON was sitting by the window in his home talking with his wife and Mrs. Clint RICHARDS about some old-time reminiscences, when suddenly he ceased talking. He was dead. It was a sad blow to his wife, yet how merciful it was to Mr. Wilson that he should die without pain or a struggle. Some time last March he was attacked with a sever pain in the breast, which finally yielded to medical treatment, when he was afflicted with a bronchial infection, which resisted the power of medicine. Dr. WILCOX, his physician was satisfied that there was no relief for him, but to make sure that he was not mistaken in his diagnosis of the case, the doctor advised Mr. Wilson to go to Chicago about four weeks ago to consult some of the celebrated specialists in bronchial diseases. After spending a few days in Chicago Mr. Wilson returned home with his fate sealed; the Chicago doctors could not help him or even give him promise of temporary relief. During all his sickness Mr. Wilson was not confined to his bed, but was able to walk around the house and yard; and on account of his throat he could not sleep at night in bed but had to recline in a chair. But few in town really knew that he was sick, although it was mentioned now and then that he was confined to his home. He had passed the three score years and ten allotted to man, and at the time of his death he was seventy-two years, four months and six days old. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday afternoon, his remains being followed to the grave by a large number of the older citizens of Clinton and this part of the county.

Joel S. Wilson was born in Bond county, Illinois, on the 3d of April, 1818. In his youth he learned the carpenter’s trade. On the 20th of March, 1854, he came to Clinton and worked at his trade in the building of the Central passenger and freight depots. He worked at his trade only a short time when he engaged in the lumber business where Kent’s yard now is. Mr. William FULLER was also in the lumber business, and after a time the two yards were consolidated and Messrs. Wilson and Fuller were in partnership for nearly three years, when Mr. Wilson sold out, and in 1859 he engaged in the grocery business with Mr. ROUZE as a partner. In 1862 he sold his interest in the grocery business to Mr. Rouze and bought out Jake ZORGER’s bakery, which stood where RUNBECK’s tailoring establishment now is. In 1866 he bought the frame building where Kelly’s bakery now stands, and from that time, with the exception of a brief intermission, carried on the bakery and confectionery business there till 1884, when he sold out and retired. Mr. Wilson was a careful business man, and when he retired he had a competence to provide for himself and family. About three years ago Mr. Wilson bought the Robert MAGILL property on East Main street, and spent his time in beautifying the grounds around his home. In business he was the soul of honor and every body was his friend. His word was as good as his bond. He leaves a wife, one son, and a grandson. His firstborn son died before he came to Clinton.

Mrs. Joel S. WILSON 

December 25, 1891
Clinton Public

Mrs. Louisa Jane WILSON, mother of Henry C. WILSON, died at her home in this city on Wednesday last, aged seventy-two years, six months and twenty-eight days. She was born in White County, Illinois, and in the year 1839 was married to Joel S. WILSON at Hillsboro, Ill. The family came to Clinton thirty-eight years ago. Mrs. Wilson was the mother of several children all of whom, except Henry, died in infancy. Her husband died in August, 1890. She leaves a son and a grandson to mourn the death of their best friend.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


February 17, 1899
Clinton Public

John Wilson, of Waynesville, Found Dead in His Yard Last Saturday.

Deceased Was Continually Watched by the Family, but Escaped Their Vigilance.

News reached the city at an early hour on Saturday that John WILSON, an aged citizen of Waynesville, had been found dead in his yard that morning. He was familiarly known as "Uncle Johnnie," and had resided in Waynesville for 35 years, locating there from Ohio.

For the past three months Mr. Wilson's mind had been failing and he required almost the constant attention of his daughter's family, Mrs. C. P. EVANS, with whom he made his home. Of late he would wander from the house and the family was forced to exercise more than ordinary watchfulness. About 10 o'clock Friday night, when his daughter was ready to retire, she went to his room on the lower floor and fixed his fire. Mr. Wilson was then asleep in his bed. The lady locked all the doors and windows and retired. At 5 o'clock this morning, when the family arose, Mrs. Evans again visited her father's room but was surprised to find him absent. A search was at once instituted and a short time afterward Mr. Evans found the old gentleman lying in the yard under an evergreen tree, frozen to death and covered with snow. He was clad only in a night robe, his bare feet and limbs being exposed to the cold. He had evidently been dead for several hours as there was not sufficient warmth in the body to melt the snow which covered his form.

It is supposed that shortly after the family retired Mr. Wilson arose and escaped by means of an up-stairs window. This window opens upon a small shed, and from there he reached the ground below.

The manner of his death was a shock to Mrs. Evans, who is in poor health and of a nervous disposition. She is now confined to bed under the care of physicians.

Deputy Coroner Emory was called and went to Waynesville to hold an inquest Saturday.


January 23, 1913
Paper Unknown

John E. Wilson Responded to Roll Call Last Thursday Morning.
Born in Indiana and Came to Illinois When a Young Man.
Funeral was Held Friday.

John E. WILSON was born in Hancock Co., Ind., July 13, 1842, and came to Illinois with his parents who located near Olney when he was about 15 years old. He was united in marriage to Melissa BARTLEY, March 17, 1861 at Calhoun, Ill., who passed to her reward Aug. 5, 1911. To them was born four children, one dying in infancy. W. O. and C. E. of this place and one daughter, Mrs. Lizzie LUCAS of Waveland, Ind., survive him, together with ten grand- children, and also one brother. Four months after his marriage he heard his country's call for soldiers and enlisted in Company E, 11th Mo. He was honorably discharged after serving three years for his country.

In 1881 he moved with his family to a farm in Macon Co., Ill., where he lived until 1887 when he moved to a farm a mile and a half northeast of this place. In 1900 he retired from active life and moved to this place where he has since lived.

March 17, 1911, he and his wife joined with their many friends in celebrating their 50th anniversary. Five months later this happy bond of a little more than fifty years was broken by the death of his companion. He was a member of the Masonic and Eastern Star and Modern Woodmen lodges. Bro. Wilson joined the Methodist church when quite young, in his teens, remaining an active member until his death. In relating his christian experience he has often told how his grandmother took him to Sunday school when he was quite a small boy. Except for the three years in his country's service, he was a constant attendant, holding some responsible positions—having been superintendent of two or three, one of which was our school here. He was a staunch temperance worker; his influence in this and other lines of christian work still goes on.

Mr. Wilson departed this life Thursday morning at 4:00 o'clock at the home of his son C. E. WILSON, surrounded by loved ones and many kind friends. He is at rest with the redeemed and bloodwashed eternal in the heavens. He has gone away. No more will he appear in the home and sit with us and talk with us his Brother before the alter and sit with us in counsel; no more will he come in the door and sit with us here and with us worship a loving Savior and Heavenly Father.

He was a man of excellent habit, fine moral character, and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in his accustomed pursuits till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of the workers. He met most of the conditions of life with a joke. He was a practical, matter-of-fact man, but had his own peculiar way of extracting merriment from life as it went along, and he was not disposed to worry about matters that could be bettered in other ways. This cheerful spirit remained with him to the last, and he retained his clearness of intellect up to his closing days. He was invariably a good neighbor and their was no happier family circle in the land than his. When he died full of years, and ready to be gathered to his fathers, the grief that was felt over the close of his long career was widespread and sincere. His best monument will be the good report that he has left behind him in the community in which he has lived for more than twenty-five years. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. M. F. AULT of this place. The Masonic, Eastern Star and Modern Woodmen lodges attending the body. The first named order taking part in the services. Burial was made in the (?) America cemetery.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Mrs. Joseph C. WILSON

August 8, 1913, Friday
Clinton Register

Typhoid Fever Ends Life of Mrs. Joseph Wilson—
Ill Three Weeks.

At 5:30 Sunday morning, at the Warner hospital occurred the death of Mrs. Joseph WILSON, after an illness of three weeks of typhoid fever.  She was taken to the hospital about ten days preceding her death.  Her home was in the Green Valley neighborhood.

Minnie M. SENIFF was born near Wapella on the 19th day of June, 1879, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. SENIFF, both deceased.  She had spent all of life in DeWitt county.

On November 15, 1896, she was united in marriage to Joseph C. WILSON and to this union four children were born, who, with the husband, survive.  She is also survived by one brother, I. F. SENIFF, of Wapella.

She had been a life-long member of the M. E. church, having her membership in the Green Valley church at the time of her death.

The funeral was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Sugar Grove M. E. church, Rev. J. E. Artz of Mason City officiating.  Interment in the Sugar Grove cemetery.


August 2, 1889
Clinton Public

A Peaceful Death.

Miss Mahala WILSON, aged thirty years, died at her home in this city on last Tuesday evening. She was the sister of the late James A. WILSON, former treasurer of this county. For years she had suffered from lingering consumption, but through all her sickness she never gave way to despondency but was always cheerful and genial in the company of her relatives and friends. Hope was ever present with her that time would restore her to perfect health. There was nothing of the invalid in her actions, and till the last moment she would not admit even to herself that the end of life was so near. Mahala Wilson was a beautiful character in life and her thoughts and efforts were ever directed to the benefit of others. On last Tuesday evening, while sitting at the supper table, she asked her sister to remove her chair to another room that she might get the benefit of the cool air, as she was suffering from heat. Her sister moved her chair to the window of the next room and when she was comfortably arranged she looked up and said: “Lou, I can’t see you.” These were the last words she spoke for within a few minutes her immortal spirit passed into eternity. It was a terrible blow to her mother and sister, for while they feared the worst, death came unexpectedly at the moment. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday morning, after which the mourning friends followed the remains of their beloved dead to the Walters Cemetery, in Wilson township, where Mahala Wilson was laid to rest by the side of her kindred who had preceded her to the other world. Mahala Wilson was born and spent her life in this county.

Samuel WILSON 

November 7, 1890
Clinton Public

On the banks of the Ohio, in Lewis county, Kentucky, on Christmas day, 1820, Samuel WILSON, of Wapella, was born. His early life was spent on a farm, and in his boyhood days much of his time was spent in hunting in the mountains of his native State. When he was eighteen years old he and John BROWN, of Wapella township, hired out for a trip down the river to New Orleans on a trading boat, and this was one of the great events of their young lives and one which they never tired of talking about even in their old days. In 1843 Mr. Wilson and Miss Harriet GROVER was united in marriage in Lewis county, Kentucky, and to them nine children were born, and Mrs. Wilson and six children — four sons and two daughters — are left to mourn the death of a loving husband and father. Mr. Brown came to DeWitt county in an early day, and through his influence Mr. Wilson and his family moved from Kentucky to Wapella township in 1873. Mr. Wilson bought a farm near Wapella and he and his sons tilled it for a number of years. Five years ago he left the farm and moved into the village of Wapella, where with his son Ocean he engaged in the grain and stock business, in which they were very successful.

Mr. Wilson was a competent business man and a successful trader, and very rarely did his judgment mislead him. Before his death he turned over the company business to his son Ocean .... To each of his children he gave a farm or its equivalent in money. In business matters he was strictly honorable, and as a neighbor there was no kinder or more generous man in Wapella. Six months ago his health failed, yet through all his pain and suffering he was as gentle as a child. One week ago to-day (October 31) Samuel Wilson departed this life, and on Saturday his old friends and neighbors paid the last tribute of respect to one who had endeared himself to all by his kindly and unselfish life.

Submitted by Bob Halsey

Mrs. Samuel WILSON 

August 9, 1895
Clinton Public

Harriet GROVER was born November 6th, 1821, in Lewis county, Ky., was married to Samuel WILSON in 1842. They moved from Kentucky to Illinois in 1873, and settled east of the village about two miles. She was the mother of nine children—seven boys and two girls—six of whom are living, Mrs. S. R. DUNBAR, Oscar, Rufus, Ocean, Sandy, and Mrs. John RUGGLES, of Wellington, Kansas. All were present at the funeral. After three weeks of illness, she died peacefully on Friday afternoon at 5:15, surrounded by her children and friends. She became a Christian in early life, and united with the Baptist Church, of which she remained a member till the time of her death. She was a quiet but cheerful disposition, a faithful wife and a loving mother. Her age was seventy-three years, nine months and twenty-nine days. Her husband died October 31, 1890. Rev. D. MacARTHUR, of Clinton, conducted the funeral services at the Sugar Grove Methodist Episcopal church, on Sunday morning, at 10:30. The remains were interred by the side of her husband to await the great resurrection day. The funeral procession was one of the largest that has gone out of town for some time.

Samuel WILSON 

August15, 1902
Clinton Register

Samuel WILSON who died suddenly at his home near Waynesville Aug. 6, was 76 years old, being born in the south part of Illinois May 1, 1826. His first wife was Miss Jane GARRETT; two children were born to them, both being dead. His second marriage was to Miss Lucinda CISCO, five children being born to them, all living near Waynesville, except one. They are Mrs. Mary HALSEY, Amboy, Ill.; Mrs. Sallie ABBOTT; William, Samuel and Cecil Wilson. He united with the Christian church twenty years ago and remained a member the remainder of his life. He served in the 41st Illinois regiment in the civil war. Funeral services were held Aug. 7, conducted by Rev. Fisher, of Maroa. Burial was in Rock Creek cemetery.


November 19, 1897
Clinton Public

Dropped Dead in His Field.
Amos Winegardner, an Old Resident of Near Hallsville, Died Suddenly This Afternoon.

A telephone message reached THE PUBLIC at 1:45 p.m. Friday that Amos WINEGARDNER was found dead in his pasture, three miles southwest of Hallsville, that afternoon. He had complained a great deal of heart trouble, and it is believed that this disease can be assigned as the cause of his death. He was 60 years old and leaves a wife and about 10 children. He owned 50 or 60 acres of land near Hallsville and had always been an exemplary citizen, respected by a large acquaintance.

Mr. Winegardner had been digging a well about a quarter of a mile from the house, and while returning home fell. His wife had prepared dinner and sent her daughter Lora to call him. On the way she was met by the dog, which barked and ran toward the field, as if something had happened, and Lora saw at a distance her father lying face downward. She ran back to the house, and Mr. Winegardner's sister went to the field where her brother lay. His body was carried to the house. It is supposed he had been dead about an hour.

The funeral of Amos Winegardner was held at his home near Hallsville at 11 o'clock Sunday morning. The Rev. Mr. MAVITY officiated. Remains were buried in Woodlawn.

Severn WINKLE 

September 18, 1914
Clinton Register

Death Calls Old Resident Who Retired from Active Farm Life a Year Ago.

An old resident of Waynesville township passed away Monday morning at one o'clock when Severn WINKLE answered the final call at his home in Waynesville.

Severn Winkle was one of the oldest residents and best known men in that part of the county, where he had spent almost his entire life. Since his boyhood he had lived in that vicinity and was one of the county’s successful farmers. About one year ago he moved to Waynesville, and until a short time ago he had never suffered from any serious illness. It was hoped by himself and family that he might live many more years in the enjoyment of his well earned competence.

Severn Winkle was born March 25, 1840. July 11, 1862, he was married to Miss Elizabeth HAYES, the fruits of this union being twelve children.

Funeral services were held from the Christian church at Waynesville, of which deceased was a member, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. W. H. Huff, the pastor, officiating. Burial in the Halsey cemetery, east of Waynesville.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
WINKLE, SOVRIN     HAYS, ELIZABETH      07-11-1862     DE WITT


November 22, 1936
Paper Unknown

Alfred WINSLOW, 80, of Clinton died early Saturday morning in the state hospital at Jacksonville. He was taken to the hospital three days ago and enroute suffered a stroke of paralysis which was the cause of his death.

He was born at Dewitt, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah WINSLOW. His parents and his wife are dead. He leaves three children; Orval WINSLOW of Peoria, Mrs. Nola GOERECEN, Bloomington and Mrs. John BEDOE, Austin Texas.

The body was brought to the Reeser Funeral home in Clinton. Graveside services will be held at the McCord cemetery near Dewitt at 19:30 AM Monday. Rev H.B. WHEATON of the Christian Church will be in charge.

Submitted by Charlotte English


Paper Unknown

Passed Away at His Home Southwest of Weldon Wednesday Night at 6:00 O'clock.
Funeral to be held Friday.

Last Friday Bruce WINSLOW, residing about seven miles south west of Weldon, suffered a paralytic stroke and remained in a serious condition up to the time of his death, which occurred Wednesday night at 6:00 o'clock.  While he recognized his family, relatives and friends, he was unable to talk to them and he grew weaker each day until the final summons.  Competent physicians were in almost constant attendance but they gave no hopes of his recovery at any time.

The funeral services will be held from the M. P. church Friday, Dec. 24th, at 1:00 o'clock, p.m., conducted by Rev. Thos. RINGLAND, after which the remains will be interred in the Weldon cemetery.  Weldon Camp No. 1787, Modern Woodman of America, will have charge of the funeral.

J. B. Winslow as born at DeWitt, Ill., Oct. 3, 1861, and died in Macon County, Ill., Dec. 22, being 48 years, 2 months and 19 days of age.  He was united in marriage to Miss Nettie McMAN and as a result of the union one daughter, Mrs. William McCREADY, was born.  She, with two brothers, S. A. WINSLOW, of Weldon, and Al WINSLOW, of Danvers, survive him.  A complete obituary will be published in our next issue.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Charles E. WINSLOW 

February 25, 1875
Clinton Public

Charles E. WINSLOW, an old resident of this city, died on Tuesday afternoon. Some six years ago, while temporarily working at his trade in Missouri, Mr. Winslow was seized with paralysis, which completely disabled one side of his body. His family exhausted every known remedy for his relief, and some of the best physicians in the country were consulted, but all to no avail. Previous to his affliction Mr. Winslow was a man of vigorous frame, and did a great deal of manual labor, but for the past six years he has been as helpless as a child, and this inaction chafed his spirits. On Monday last, the other side of his body became paralyzed, and he remained in an unconscious state till death came to his relief.

Charles L. WINSLOW 

April 10, 1914
Clinton Register


Charles L. WINSLOW was found dead in his bed at Farmer City Thursday morning about 7 o'clock by his daughter, Ruby. He was a well digger by trade. He had not been sick any length of time, merely complaining a little Wednesday night. A doctor was called and he was thought to be resting comfortably. It is not known at what time he died. He leaves four children and his wife. He was a member of the M. E. church and of the Masonic lodge. The funeral was held this afternoon at one o'clock from the M. E. church, Rev. T. H. Tull in charge. Interment in the McCord cemetery at Fullerton.

The verdict of the jury, called by Coroner Moore to inquire as to the cause of the death of Chas. Winslow, who was found dead in his bed yesterday morning, rendered a verdict of death from neuralgia of the heart.

Emmett E. WINSLOW 

June 20, 1884
Clinton Public

Sudden Death of Emmett E. Winslow.

Emmett E. WINSLOW was the second son of Mr. Warren S. WINSLOW, and was about twelve years of age. Last Friday, for some breach of discipline, he was promised a whipping when his father would return home, and to avoid it the boy went off and hid in O. L. KIRK's barn. His sisters found him there and when they were taking him home the boy broke away from them and ran quite a distance. The excitement of running was too much for him and he fell down. When carried home he was unconscious and remained in that condition all night and a part of the next day. His parents sent for Dr. WILCOX, and when he examined the boy he thought he would be all right in a few hours. On Sunday afternoon, while the doctor was standing by his bedside, Emmett gave one or two gasps and then died. The boy's parents and the doctor were anxious to find out if the boy had taken anything to cause his sickness, and during some of his lucid moments the doctor questioned him closely on this point. They thought he might have eaten something that did not agree with him, but the boy declared that he had not touched anything. He complained greatly of pains in the head.

From all the indications attending the death of the boy Dr. Wilcox thinks he must have ruptured some of the small blood vessels in his head, which produced congestion. The boy had not been well for some time, and the doctor thinks that the excitement of running was too much for him in his enfeebled condition of body. His parents noticed that he had acted strangely for a day or two and was very nervous. It is a terrible stroke to the parents, for Emmett was the pet of the household.

George A. WINSLOW 

May 28, 1909
The Farmer City Journal

Well Known Resident Falls a Victim to Pneumonia.

Last Friday night just before the midnight hour, death claimed George A. WINSLOW, who had been critically ill with pneumonia for a week. Mr. Winslow came home the latter part of April from Hot Springs, Ark., where he and Mrs. WINSLOW spent several weeks for the benefit of the latter's health. When they arrived here the weather from a warmer climate and being rendered especially susceptible by the Hot Springs treatment, caught a bad cold within a day or so after reaching home, when he drove the hearse team at the funeral of Mrs. Ad DeBOLT. Failing to shake off this attack, he gradually drifted into pneumonia and the last week of his sickness witnessed a strenuous but losing battle for his life on the part of nurse and physicians.

Deceased was born near the village of DeWitt and was aged 58 years, 1 month and 5 days. He was the son of William and Marry A. WINSLOW, who were prominent residents of the DeWitt neighborhood, the mother dying in 1886 and the father in 1901. Of his three brothers only one, Charles L. WINSLOW, of this city, remains. George continued to live near the place of his birth, worked faithfully, managed carefully and in time accumulated about 400 acres of land. He was married Feb. 13, 1873, to Miss Mary WILLIAMS, daughter of the late Presley and Mary WILLIAMS, and they became the parents of two children, Fred WINSLOW and Mrs. Carl McCONKEY, both of whom live on land belonging to their father.

Mr. and Mrs. Winslow bought property in this city about eight years ago and moved into town, but, though retired, Mr. Winslow led a very active life, being of vigorous frame and industrious disposition. He assisted Stensel Bros. in most of their funeral work, and they are earnest in their testimony that he was most faithful, willing and useful; he looked well to the interest of his farms and the welfare of his children, and no distance was too great or weather too bad for George Winslow to be prevented from visiting a friend in sickness or distress. This community has lost a most valuable member and the loss is fully realized on every hand.

Deceased was a member of DeWitt lodge No. 183, I. O. O. F., of Parnell, the Masonic order, Knights of Pythias, U. R. K. P., Red Men and fire department of Farmer City. In all these connections he was faithful and dependable.

The funeral services were held in the M. E. church Sunday afternoon, the Parnell Odd Fellows having charge and the uniform rank acting as escort. The other local organizations of which deceased was a member provided the pall-bearers. Many handsome floral tributes were given. A large number of friends from the Parnell and DeWitt neighborhoods joined with his fellow citizens in paying the last tribute of respect and the church was more than filled. After the sermon by Rev. C. F. BUKER the remains were laid to rest with the honors of Odd Fellowship in Maple Grove cemetery.

Submitted by Patricia Fryman

Mrs. Mary J. WINSLOW 

June 19, 1908
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary J. WINSLOW, formerly a resident of Clinton, died recently at the home of her son, Howard WINSLOW, at Oxford, Kan., of cancer. Deceased was born in Pike county, Illinois, November 22, 1825. She was twice married, first to Samuel WINSLOW; after his death she was married to his brother, D. B. WINSLOW. She was the mother of Mrs. Jacob MAY, whose death occurred about four years ago. She is survived by one son, one brother and five sisters. Remains were brought to Clinton for burial, and funeral services were held Sunday at the Baptist church.


August 15, 1884
Clinton Public

Mrs. Warren S. WINSLOW died very suddenly last evening. A week ago she had an attack of cholera-morbus, and had so far recovered that she was able to leave her bed. A couple of days ago she was again prostrated with inflammation of the bowels, and this caused her death. Mr. WINSLOW has been out near Larned, Kans., hunting a location, and as he is away from the reach of telegraphic or railroad communication they cannot get him word to come home. The first news from home will be the sad intelligence of the death of his wife.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


July 26, 1907
The Farmer City Journal

A Mother at Rest.
Mrs. Mary M. Winslow Succumbs to Paralysis.

Mary M. McCONKEY was born in Clark county, Ohio, April 9, 1855, and came to Illinois with her parents when but a small child of 4 years. She was stricken with paralysis on Wednesday morning, July 17, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Geo. L. BEATTY, southwest of Farmer City. She never regained consciousness and passed to spirit life Friday evening, July 19.

She was married to Leander WINSLOW on March 16, 1871, and to this union were born seven children, four boys and three girls, only two of whom survive—Mrs. Luella WILLIAMS, of New Canton, Ill., and Edward WINSLOW, of Alton, Ill. The husband passed to the higher life about four years ago.

In addition to the two children mentioned there survive nine grandchildren and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. B. S. BARNES, Farmer City; Mrs. Ida CHAPIN McPHERSON, Kan.; Alec M. McCONKEY, Wellington, Kan.; James W. and Charles McCONKEY, Storm Lake, Iowa; Archie and Tom McCONKEY, DeWitt county, Ill.

At the age of 15 she joined the M. P. church, but of late years was a member of the Free Progressive church of Farmer City. She was loved by all who knew her and we deeply mourn her departure.

The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of her niece, Mrs. BEATTY, and was attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. The remains were brought to the home of Mrs. BARNES that evening and at 6:30 on Monday morning they were taken to her home in Pike county for burial.

A Relative.

Lying peacefully and quiet
In its narrow little home,
Her body is calmly resting,
For its last days work is done;
But life's sun had a glorious setting,
All rosy and golden hued.
As she entered that beautiful city
Her pathway with flowers was strewed.
She was such a loving mother,
And a true and faithful friend,
Ever ready and always willing
A helping hand to lend.
To the one who stood in need of her
In life's weary pilgrim road.
Ever ready to bear their burdens and help lift their heavy load.
We all shall miss her presence
And her dear and loving face;
There be none within the home life
Who can fill her vacant place,
But she's waiting, only waiting,
In her home so bright and fair,
Just to welcome all her loved ones
When they're called to meet her there.

A Friend.

Submitted by Patricia Fryman


March 19, 1886
Clinton Public

Mrs. Meddie M., wife of Orlando R. WINSLOW, formerly of Clinton, died at her home in Marshfield, Mo., on the 9th of March, in the 39th year of her age. Mrs. Winslow was born in Pittsburg, Indiana, and eighteen years ago she was married to Mr. Winslow in this city. Eight years ago the family moved from Clinton to Marshfield. She was a model wife and mother, and was loved and respected for her womanly virtues.

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Stillman WINSLOW 

April 4, 1938
Paper Unknown

Stillman WINSLOW, 80, died in the county farm at Hallsville Saturday at 1 PM after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held in the Weldon M. E, Church Monday at 2 PM in charge of Rev, J.R, KESTERSON, pastor. Burial will be in the Weldon Cemetery.

He was born at Dewitt November 8, 1858, a son of Jerry and Martha (DAY) WINSLOW, and was married to Harriet COX, who preceded him in death. He leaves one brother, Marion WINSLOW, of Dewitt.

Submitted by Charlotte English

Mrs. Stillman WINSLOW 

Paper Unknown

Mrs. S.A. WINSLOW passed away about 11:30 o'clock Monday night after weeks illness with heart trouble and complications.

Hattie [Harriet] COX, daughter of William and Betty COX was born near Maroa November 10, 1863, and spent her girlhood days there. She was united in marriage with S. A. [Stillman] WINSLOW in Clinton in the fall of 1880. After their marriage, they moved to a farm south of Weldon where they resided until about 1900, when they gave up farming, moving to Weldon.

The deceased leaves, beside her husband, three brothers; Fred COX of Decatur, Matthew and William COX both of Clinton.

She was a member of the M. E. church, also a member of the Rebekah and Pythian Sisters lodges of Weldon.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the M E church Rev S N Madden officiating assisted by Rev. L. S. KIDD. The Rebekahs and Pythian Sisters had charge of the services at the grave.

Among those present from a distance were Pete WINSLOW and wife, Frank WINSLOW and wife, and Elmer WINSLOW and wife, all of Dewitt; Roy JOSEPH and wife, Leo JOSEPH and wife, and Fred COX, all of Decatur; Matt COX, Ralph COX and wife, W. L. COX and family, Oliver HALLl and wife, Herschel CLINE, Paul DEETERS and wife, and Mrs. Harry WEST, all of Clinton; and Fred WEIGS and family of Maroa.

Submitted by Charlotte English


Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)


Name: Hattie (COX) WINSLOW
Date: 1934
Born: November 10, 1863, near Maroa
Parents: William and Betty COX
Married: S. A. WINSLOW, fall of 1880
Survivors: Husband; Brothers: Fred COX, Decatur, Matthew and William COX, Clinton.
Funeral: M. E. church on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. S. N. MADDEN officiated with assistance of Rev. L. S. KIDD.
Burial: Weldon Cemetery

Submitted by Debbie Champion

From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:
WINSLOW, STILLMAN     COX, HARRIET R.      10-28-1880     DE WITT

William WINSLOW 

April 20, 1900
Farmer City Journal

At his home one mile west of Fullerton on Tuesday morning, April 17, occurred the death of William WINSLOW, a pioneer resident, aged 73 years, 3 months, 4 days.

Deceased was born in Jefferson Co, New York, Jan. 13, 1827. He was the third of a family of nine children. At the age of 7 years he moved with his parents to Cleveland O., and in 1839 they made the overland journey to DeWitt County, where he resided continuously until the end.

He was married on Dec. 13, 1849, to Mary A. CALLISOM, who died March 5, 1894. To this union four sons were born, two of whom died at an early age. In addition to the surviving, George A. and Charles L., there remain two sisters, two brothers and five grand-children. His last sickness was very short, being of only 5 days duration.

Submitted by Debbie Champion


April 20, 1900
Clinton Register

Wm. WINSLOW died at his home near Dewitt Tuesday, age 80. His sons George and Charles, live near Dewitt. Funeral was held at Fullerton, Wednesday at 2 o'clock.

Submitted by Charlotte English

Mrs. William WINSLOW 

October 30, 1908
The Farmer City Journal

Mrs. William WINSLOW, cousin of Mrs. James OWEN and Miss Mattie GARDINER, died at Detroit, Mich., on Monday. She is survived by her husband and three sons and the following brothers and sisters: James LISENBY of Clinton, John LISENBY of Champaign, Mrs. Minnie GARRIGUS of Decatur and Mrs. Ed SACKETT of Springfield, O. Deceased formerly resided at Weldon.

Submitted by Patricia Fryman


July 25, 1917, Wednesday
Clinton Daily Public

Prominent Business Man and Popular Chautauqua Camper Dies in California.

George F. Wisegarver, former DeWitt county man who died while on his vacation, Tuesday, at Long Beach, California, will probably be buried at Farmer City, his former home.  The day of the funeral is not yet known but it will probably be Saturday or Sunday.  Mr. Wisegarver’s death was due to appendicitis.

Camper at Weldon Springs.

There were few more familiar faces at the Weldon Springs Chautauqua than that of Mr. Wisegarver.  He was an annual camper and none enjoyed it more.  His tent was pitched last year just west of the telephone booth.  He knew everybody who came and he enjoyed especially being with young people.  He possessed a good tenor voice and often when the auditorium was not in use would go there and sing with a bunch of young friends.

Mr. Wisegarver was the first president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, of Decatur.  After serving for two years he retired from active association in January 1916, and since then has given his time to real estate business and his farm interests.  He formerly farmed at Deland but left there to make his home in Decatur about five years ago.  He owned a 320-acre farm in the Shiloh neighborhood and had other farm holdings at the time of his death.  He went to California recently with the expectation of making a long visit there.

Mr. Wisegarver is survived by one son, Orton, eight years old, who lives in Alton, Mrs. C. W. CHAPIN, of Weldon, is a sister and Smith WISEGARVER, of Deland, also well known in this city is a brother.  Other brothers and sisters are Thomas WISEGARVER, of DeLand; Mrs. Dan GILLESPIE, of St. Cloud, Minn.; and Mrs. D. R. MEAD, of Rockford.

Note: His full name was George Franklin Wisegarver, and he was the son of George W. and Mary (Slick) Wisegarver.


November 27, 1903
Clinton Register

George WISEGARVER, one of Farmer City’s oldest citizens, died Sunday aged nearly 82 years.  He is survived by three sons and three daughters.  The sons are Thomas, Frank and Smith; the daughters are Mrs. Carl GILLESPIE, Mrs. Daniel HART and Miss Grace.  Funeral was held Tuesday afternoon.


December 4, 1903, Friday
Bedford Gazette
Bedford, Pennsylvania

George W. WISEGARVER, of Farmer City, Ill., died on November 22, aged 81 years, 10 months and 27 days.  He was a son of Moses WISEGARVER, late of Bedford township, deceased.  Mr. Wisegarver went west about 50 years ago.  His wife and eleven children survive him.  Mrs. Jacob STOUTNOUR, of Bedford, is a sister of the deceased.  Funeral services were held on November 24 and were in charge of Farmer City Lodge No. 710, A. F. and A. Masons.  Interment was made in the Maple Grove cemetery.  Mr. Wisegarver owned a fine farm at Farmer City and dealt extensively in stock.  By thrift and industry he had accumulated a goodly fortune.


December 18, 1903, Friday
Bedford Gazette
Bedford, Pennsylvania

He Was a Native of Bedford County—
Made a Fortune in the West.

The Farmer City, Ill., Journal of November 27 contained the following sketch of the life of a former citizen of Bedford county: “At his home in this city on Sunday forenoon at 11:45 occurred the death of George W. WISEGARVER, aged 80 years, ten months and 27 days.  For several weeks he had been lying at the portal of the other world, suffering during his conscious hours with an incurable stomach ailment.  Most of his children were at his bedside when the end came.  The funeral services were held at the late home Tuesday afternoon, being in the charge of Farmer City Lodge No. 710, A. F. and A. Masons, of which the deceased was an honored member.  Rev. Schuett preached the sermon and Revs. Fox and Gunn assisted in the rites.  The body was taken to Maple Grove cemetery and laid away with the Masonic ceremony.  Mr. Wisegarver was born December 25, 1822, in Bedford county, Pa.  He was the eldest of two children born to Moses and Eva (CRISMAN) WISEGARVER.  He was married in Marion county, Ohio, to Miss Mary SLICK and soon afterward, in the fall of 1858, moved to DeWitt township, DeWitt county, Ill.  To them were born five sons and six daughters, of whom the following, with the aged companion, survive: Eva L. GILLESPIE, of Storm Lake, Ia.; Thomas G., of DeLand; G. Frank, of Tuscola; Minnie A. GILLESPIE, of Harris; Smith, of DeLand; Jeannette MEAD, of Rockford; and Grace CHAPIN, of Chicago.  Emma died in early life, Abbie HURSH in 1888, Byron in childhood and Elvin S. in 1896.  In January, 1901, all their children having left the home nest, Mr. and Mrs. Wisegarver moved to this city and occupied a handsome and commodious residence which they had erected on West Market street.  The home life of deceased was pleasant and happy, he having a congenial and enterprising companion to share his efforts, enjoy his success and sympathize in his sorrows, and who is now left to walk alone toward the sunset of life.  Mr. Wisegarver was a man of unusual thrift and energy and accumulated considerable wealth, being a large land owner and successful in farming and stock raising.  Though his early opportunities for securing an education were very meager, he did not allow this fact to prevent him gaining a large fund of practical and general knowledge and was a conversationalist he was very entertaining.  His parents were Methodists and his home and heart were always open to the minister, but his liberality was not confined to any particular church.  His benevolences through life and the evidences in his last illness gave witness that he confided in his heavenly Father.  Mr. Wisegarver was always a polished gentleman in his demeanor, kindly and considerate of others, careful and upright in his conduct.  He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and a director of the Old First National bank, and in both connections he was highly esteemed by his associates.  Besides the wife and children he leaves a sister, several grandchildren and a host of friends.”

Mrs. George W. WISEGARVER 

August 25, 1905
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary WISEGARVER died at her home in Farmer City, aged 74.  A fit of coughing, which she often had, caused strangulation and she died suddenly.  She was a sister of T. H. SLICK, of Farmer City, and M. D. SLICK, of Clinton.  She was born in Ohio, came to Illinois in 1853 and had lived in Farmer City four years, previously living on a farm near there.  Her husband died two years ago.


February 5, 1863
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, January 30th, 1863, Eve, wife of Moses Wisegarver, Esq., in the 52nd year of her age.

Weep not, dear husband, for your Eve,
     Who rests in Heaven, released from care;
Like her, in Jesus Christ believe,
     And trust; and you may meet her there.

Edward WIST 

October 23, 1885
Clinton Public

A Brakeman Killed.

On Monday afternoon, as the freight train was going east on the Springfield Division, Edward WIST, the forward brakeman, fell from the top of a box car and received such injuries that he died within three hours afterward. The engineer had whistled down brakes as the train was approaching Birkbeck station, and Wist, while stepping from one car to another, fell off. The wheels cut across his left arm from above the wrist to nearly the shoulder, crushing his arm to a jelly and breaking the bones. The train hands did not miss him from his station, and it was only when a woman, who saw him fall off, signaled with her apron, that the train came to a stop. The hands went back and found Wist alongside the track, carried him to Birkbeck, where he was placed in a box car and a dispatch was sent back to Clinton announcing the accident. Word was sent to Superintendent WILKENSON at Springfield, who telephoned orders to Surgeon GOODBRAKE to go out to Birkbeck and attend to the injuries of Wist. The doctor went to Birkbeck on a special engine, and finding Wist in such a condition that nothing could be done for him there he had him brought to Clinton. They took Wist into Haines' hotel at the depot, where the poor fellow died within half an hour. He complained of feeling sore in his body and head. There was a deep gash on his forehead, probably caused by his striking on a spike as he fell from the car. Wist had on a new pair of boots and these, with the slippery condition on the top of the cars on account of the rain, made his footing insecure. He had been on the road for about a year, and was an active man at his work. He leaves a wife and one child and his mother, all living in Springfield, and he was also the only support of his widowed mother.

An inquest was held by Justice McHENRY, and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts. The Central company ordered a casket in this city and had the body sent to Springfield on Tuesday morning, from whence it was taken to Decatur for burial.

Mrs. Martha WITHERS 

March 10, 1882
Clinton Public

Mrs. Martha WITHERS, an old resident of this city, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Thos. LEONARD, in Barnett township, on last Friday night [March 3], after a short illness. Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church in this city on Sunday morning, and her remains were interred in Woodlawn cemetery. During her life Mrs. Withers had been an earnest Christian woman, was a devoted mother, and kind neighbor.

Mr. & Mrs. Isaac F. WOLCOTT 

September 14, 1894
Clinton Public


Isaac F. WOLCOTT, a young farmer living near Chestnut, shot and killed his wife, on Wednesday afternoon, at their home, and then with the same double-barreled shotgun killed himself. Isaac Wolcott was a stepson of Mrs. Slemmer's, a sister of Jacob VOGEL's and Oscar WOODWARD's wives, and this gives the unfortunate occurrence some local interest in this city, as Mrs. Slemmer was a resident of Clinton before her marriage to Isaac's father.

It was a case of man's perfidy to the mother of his children. The couple were united in marriage on the 30th of November, 1883. She was the daughter of Mr. MICHENER, a prominent farmer and grain dealer who lived at Chestnut. Shortly after their marriage, Isaac began a course of licentious conduct and kept it up till she finally left him on the first day of last April when she caught him in her own house in flagrante delicto with one Bertha LANGHERY. This outrageous insult was more than the wife and mother could bear, and she began proceedings for divorce and alimony. Isaac owned 198 acres in Macon County and 412 acres near Chestnut, besides some $2500 worth of personal property. He was worth from $35,000 to $40,000, and all of the property was made by their joint efforts, as Isaac had nothing when they were married. Last Tuesday Mrs. WOLCOTT was in Lincoln arranging with her attorneys for divorce proceedings, and then a consultation was had between the husband and wife. She wanted to get her clothing and some articles of furniture from her late home to which her husband readily consented. On Wednesday Mrs. Wolcott started to her husband's home farm to get the articles, and on the way she was met by Isaac, who accompanied her home. Mrs. Wolcott took the precaution to have an officer with her, fearing personal violence from her husband. Arriving at their home Wolcott wept bitterly when his wife's trunk was packed and ready to be carried out of the house, and he begged her to forgive him and remain. The poor wife was touched with pity but when she remembered all the years of licentious and brutal indignity he had heaped upon her, she declared the time was past or forgiveness. Wolcott then picked up a double-barreled shotgun and fired at her, the charge tearing off one side of her head. Mrs. Wolcott lived about twenty minutes. Wolcott immediately shot himself with the remaining load, tearing off the top of his head.

Three children are left orphans—Oscar E., aged nine years; Ruby, seven years; and Roscoe, aged two years. Two children died in infancy. Isaac Wolcott, when a boy, lived in Clinton and worked in Vogel & Woodard's shoe store a few months as a bookkeeper.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Mrs. John B. WOLFE 

October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

More than Fourscore Years Had She Counted.

Rebecca STOUT was born in Logan County, Ohio, near Bellefontaine, December 8, 1810, and died at her late residence in this city October 9, aged eighty-three years, ten months and one day.  She lived in Logan County, Ohio, to young womanhood, and where she enjoyed the limited privileges of education and religion peculiar to those early days.  She was of a large, vigorous and enterprising family of brothers and sisters, of whom were Colonel Thomas STOUT, of the Mexican War, and Jesse STOUT, who died in this city a few years ago.

She was united in marriage to John B. WOLFE, Sr., December 23, 1828, with whom she enjoyed a happy married life for forty years.  He died April 12, 1868.  They moved to what is now called Mulberry Grove, Ill., in 1838, where they remained until 1845, when they moved to Mont Rose, Iowa.  In 1846 they came to DeWitt County where they purchased a farm near Tunbridge, and lived until 1854, when they moved to Clinton.  Here Brother and Sister Wolfe lived until the good angels came to conduct them to the Paradise of God.

Mother Wolfe, though raised by Quaker parents, was converted in young girlhood and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church nearly sixty-five years ago.  When the family lived near Tunbridge the grove near the old home was often used for religious services in summer time, and their home was always open to the itinerant preacher.  After moving to Clinton, the young people’s class meeting was held Sunday afternoons for years at Father Wolfe’s residence, and much of the time was conducted by Prof. T. N. McCorkle, well known here and in many places in Illinois as an efficient teacher in our pubic schools, and a devoted Christian gentleman.

The subject of this memoir was the mother of nine children, six daughters and three sons, seven of whom are living, viz., Elizabeth HUMPHREY and Philip WOLFE, of this city; Margaret HUMPHREY, of Lincoln; Mary TAYLOR, of Pana, Rev. J. R. WOLFE, of California Conference; Rev. Dr. J. B. WOLFE, Presiding Elder of the Bloomington District; and Kate BROWN, of this city.  Mother Wolfe was a woman of unusual determination on lines of her conviction of duty, and of extraordinary strength of endurance.  She did her whole duty as a helpmeet in the toils and loyalties of life, and no mother could be more interested in and devoted to her children than she was to hers.  There are some things remarkable in her life, not so much her energy, but endurance, her volitional power, but in the midst of these a calmness of demeanor and sweetness of disposition rarely equaled on earth.  In all her toils and trials, hopes and fears, those who have known her for a half century never saw her what we commonly call angry.  She never talked ill of her neighbors, and always had some palliating word for the unfortunate; and to her, her children were as near right as any children could be.

She had lived in Clinton so long and formed so many dear friends, especially with the old ladies, she would not be separated from them.  Her children often endeavored to have her live with them, but she persistently refused, saying, “I love you all, but I must not be separated from the society in which I have lived so long.”  She often spoke in tenderest terms of her old lady friends.  She was sick during her last illness but two weeks.  She attended worship the Sunday of the Conference and heard Bishop Fowler preach, which she enjoyed so much.  The next day she became confined to her home by illness, which seemed fatal from the beginning.  She was reconciled to die; said if the Lord’s will was for her to leave this world she was ready.  She talked to all her children present, Joseph being the absent one.  She marked the 23d Psalm as being specially interesting to her, and selected a hymn to be sung or to be read at her funeral services.

Friday about 5 p.m. she thought she was dying, and shouted, “Hallelujah!  I am going!  Praise the Lord!  O! it is nothing to die.”  Then she fell into a deep sleep from which she had little waking until just before she died, when she lifted her hands and with them closed her eyes and was at rest.

The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. J. Tull, pastor of the church.

Submitted by Mary Vanderheydt

Philip WOLFE 

September 1925
Paper Unknown

Aged Citizen Passed Away.

Philip WOLFE, 94 years of age, prominent citizen of Clinton, passed away at 6:30 o'clock last night in the John Warner hospital, following an operation performed earlier in the day. Mr. Wolfe had been in poor health the past few weeks, and two weeks ago was removed to the hospital for treatment. His condition became such that an operation was necessary, but he was unable to withstand the shock.

For the past several years Mr. Wolfe had resided in the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. F. DeLAND and husband, 320 South Center street. For many years Mr. Wolfe had been a familiar figure about the square and rarely missed a day coming uptown. Until a few weeks ago he had retained his strength and vigor and weather conditions seldom deterred him from his usual visits about the city. His wonderful retention of his faculties had been the subject of remarks by his friends and those with whom he came in contact for many years, for he had remained active mentally as he had retained his strength and activity. He kept in touch with present day affairs and attended his own business matters until the last.

Mr. Wolfe was the man who built the first brick building on the west side of the square, the building now occupied by Aquilla BENNETT as a hardware store, which was built by Mr. Wolfe in 1872. He conducted a hardware and implement store there until 1884, when he disposed of his business to the late I. N. BAILOR, and since that time had lived in semi-retirement, but continued to take care of his business affairs. He had accummulated 240 acres of land and owned city property, which occupied his time.

Born in Ohio, June 14, 1831, Mr. Wolfe came to Illinois with his parents eighty-eight years ago. In 1846 the family came to DeWitt county and settled in the Tunbridge neighborhood. The old mill at Tunbridge, one of the earliest landmarks of the county, was in full operation at that time as a combination lumber and grist mill and was conducted by Jesse STOUT, an uncle of Mr. Wolfe, and known far and wide as one of the earliest and best millers in the state. While employed in this mill in his youth Mr. Wolfe made the walnut boards used in the construction of the Methodist church that was recently torn down, after having been converted into a residence several years ago, on South Madison street. This church was erected in 1851. Mr. Wolfe came to Clinton in 1853 and entered business here. At that time the town was made up of frame shacks, and had little of the appearance of a city. He had much to do with its development and was one of the most active citizens.

His wife was Miss Mary BELL, also of a prominent DeWitt county family. Her death occurred several years ago. In addition to Mrs. DeLAND, he leaves the following daughters, Mrs. HAMILTON of Tennessee and Mrs. Anna HOUSTON of Monticello. He was a member of the Methodist Episcobal church of this city and was one of its most staunch supporters for a period of many years. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday and interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery. Details, including the hour and place from which the services will be conducted will be announced later.

Submitted by Marlyn Duff.

Mrs. Philip WOLFE 

July 4, 1902
Clinton Register


Mrs. Wolf Dies After an Illness of Nearly Three Months—
Had Lived in Clinton Forty-Seven Years.

Mrs. Philip WOLF [aka WOLFE], who had been sick nearly three months, died about 2 o'clock Sunday night at her home on West Jefferson street, aged 66 years and 26 days, of Bright's disease. Her recovery had been past hope for several days and all her children had been called to Clinton.

Mary Ann BELL was born in Hancock, O., June 4, 1836, being the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry BELL, who moved from Ohio to Clinton in 1853, settling in Clinton, where Mr. Bell became a member of the firm of TAYLOR & BELL in dealing in dry goods and groceries. In 1856 fire destroyed the store. He then bought a farm in Wilson township, where the family soon moved to and lived there until 1892, when they again moved to Clinton.

In 1855 Philip Wolf and Mary A. Bell were married, and Clinton had since been their home. Three children were born to them, who with the husband are living. Laura married Rev. E. A. HAMILTON, and Rossville is their home; Annie married Reuben HUSTON, of Monticello; and Belle, who married J. F. DeLAND, and Clinton has been their home. Three sisters also live in Clinton, Mrs. Sarah DICKEY, widow of Thos. DICKEY, who died in 1880; Martha J. BELL, who lives with her; and Mrs. Geo. GEER. She united with the M. E. church when young and had remained true to her Master. She was a kind wife and an affectionate mother.

Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday at 2:30, conducted by Rev. S. H. WHITLOCK, assisted by Rev. CANADY. Interment in Woodlawn.

(See photo)

Rebecca (STOUT) WOLFE 

October 13, 1893
Clinton Public

Obituary of Rebecca (Stout) Wolfe.
More than fourscore years had she counted.

Rebecca Stout was born in Logan County, Ohio, near Bellefontaine, December 10, 1810, and died at her late residence in this city October 9, aged eighty-three years, ten months and one day.

She lived in Logan County, Ohio, to young womanhood, and where she enjoyed the limited privileges and religion peculiar to those early days. She was of a large and vigorous and enterprising family of brothers and sisters, of where Colonel Thomas Stout, of the Mexican war, and Jesse Stout, who died in this city a few years ago.

She was united in marriage to John B. Wolfe, Sr. December 23, 1828, with whom she enjoyed a happy married life for forty years. he died April 12, 1868.They moved to what is now called Mulberry Grove, Illinois. in 1838, where they remained until 1845, when they moved to [Montrose], Iowa. In 1846 they came to De Witt County where they a farm Tunbridge, and lived until 1854, when they moved to Clinton. Her brother and sister Wolfe lived until the good angels came to conduct them to the of God.

Mother Wolfe, though raised by Quaker parents, was converted in young girlhood and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church nearly sixty-five years ago— when the family lived near Tunbridge the grove near the old home was often used for religious services in summer time, and their home was always open to the itinerant preacher. After moving to Clinton, the young peoples class meeting was held Sunday afternoons for years at Father Wolfe's residence, and much of the time was conducted by Prof. T. N. McCorkle, well known here and in many places in Illinois as an efficient teacher in our public schools, and a devoted Christan gentleman.

the subject of this memoir was the mother of nine children, six daughters and three sons, seven of whom are living, viz.,Elizabeth Humphrey and Phillip Wolfe, of this city, Margaret Humphrey, of Lincoln; Mary Jane Wolfe — George S. Taylor, Pana, Rev. J. R. Wolfe of California Conference; Rev. doctor J. B. Wolfe, presiding Elder of the Bloomington District; and Kate Brown of this city.

Mother wolfe was a woman of unusual determination on lines of her conviction of duty, and of extraordinary strength of endurance. She did her whole duty as a helpmeet in the toils loyalties of life, and no mother could be interested in and devoted to her children than she was to hers. there are some things remarkable in her life, not so much her energy, her endurance, her volitional power, but in the mist of these a calmness of demenor and sweetness of disposition rarely equaled on earth. In all her toils and trials, hope and fears, those who have known her for a half century never saw her what we commonly call angry. She never talked ill of her neighbors, and always had some palliating word for the unfortunate; and to her children were as near right as any children could be. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church on Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. J. Tull, pastor of the Church.

Submitted by Mary Vanderheydt

Mrs. Ann J. WOOD 

August 10, 1883
Clinton Public

Death of Mrs. Wood.

On yesterday afternoon Mrs. Ann J. WOOD died at her late residence in this city, at the age of 57 years, 2 months, and 18 days. For the past twenty years Mrs. Wood has been a continual sufferer from heart disease, and about two weeks ago she was taken quite ill with the flux. Her old heart troubles manifested themselves in their utmost severity, and a combination of these two diseases was what produced her death. Mrs. Wood was born in Morgan county, Virginia, June 26, and was married in 1844 to Mr. James E. WOOD, who met his death some years ago in falling off a bridge. In 1863 they removed to where they have since resided. Mrs. Wood was a Christian woman, uniting with the church when she was quite young. She was the mother of twelve children, five of whom survive her. Her funeral will take place this afternoon, at two o’clock, in the Methodist Church.

Mrs. Claus WOOD 

October 2, 1914
Clinton Register


About four o'clock yesterday afternoon in the Warner hospital occurred the death of a young mother, Mrs. Claus WOOD, after two weeks illness of pneumonia. The disease developed following the birth of a child two weeks ago. Convulsions first were manifest, leaving the patient in a condition too weak to combat the lung trouble. The body was removed to the Oakman undertaking rooms and after being prepared for burial was taken to the home of her parents, Elijah WELCH and wife on East Washington street. She was aged eighteen years. She is survived by the babe, her husband and parents, also three brothers, Elmer, Fred and John, all residing in Clinton. Funeral services will be held from the home of the parents at 1118 East Washington street tomorrow afternoon. Burial in Woodlawn.

Note: She was listed as Leona A. Welch in the 1900 census.

Eva Ellen WOOD 

November 19, 1863
Clinton Public

DIED.—In this town, Saturday Nov. 7, Eva Ellen, daughter of Rev. P. and J. K. WOOD. Aged 1 year and 2 days.

John L. WOOD 

November 27, 1916 - Monday
Clinton Daily Public


John L. WOOD, father of Dickerson Wood, 603 East Van Buren street and Mrs. James Brown, 803 East Macon street, died at his home in Poplar, Mont., Saturday.  He had been in ill health for two weeks, but the word of his death was received by Mr. Wood yesterday without previous warning.

Mr. Wood left on the Daylight Special yesterday for Montana.  No word as to the funeral services has been received, but it is presumed the burial will be made in Montana.

Mr. Wood left Illinois last May after spending most of his life in this state, where he came from Virginia in 1860.  He resided in Texas township south of Clinton and was widely known over DeWitt county.

He is survived by his wife and eight children.  They are Alva WOOD and Mrs. E. S. JONES, of Poplar, Mont.; Clarence and David WOOD, Dickerson WOOD, and Mrs. James BROWN, of Clinton; Mrs. George CLIFTON, of Iowa; and Mrs. W. H. THORNLEY, of Oswego, Mont.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary COCHRAN, of Indianapolis.

Mrs. John L. WOOD 

December 1, 1916 - Friday
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. John L. Wood Passed Away at Poplar, Mont., on Thanksgiving Morning.

A telegram was received yesterday by Mrs. Dickerson Wood, 502 West Van Buren street, from her husband stating that his mother, Mrs. John L. WOOD, had died at her home in Poplar, Mont., Thursday morning at 5:30 o'clock.  It was only last Saturday that Mr. Wood was called to Poplar to attend the funeral of his father.

Mrs. Wood had been in failing health for sometime and it was supposed that the shock of her husband’s death hastened her own departure.

Mr. and Mrs. Wood came to Illinois from Virginia, where they were married in 1860.  They lived all their lives near Clinton until last spring when they moved to Montana.  They were the parents of eight children who survive.  They are: Mrs. James BROWN, Dickerson WOOD, of Clinton; Mrs. George CLIFTON, of Packard, Ia.; Mrs. W. H. THORNLEY, of Oswego, Mont.; Mrs. E. F. JONES, David, Clarence and Miss Alva WOOD, at home.

Burial will probably be made in the present home where the husband was buried on Tuesday.


August 30, 1895
Clinton Public

Mrs. Emiline WOODS, wife of Judge Jerry C. WOODS, departed this life August 22, 1895, at her late home in Golden City, Mo., of cancer of the stomach, aged sixty-five years.

Deceased was born in Sussex county, Delaware, in 1830, and in 1835 moved to Ohio. For twenty-four years she had been a resident of near this city, gathering about her a large circle of friends. In 1879, she moved to Golden City, Mo., where she remained until death called her to life's rewards. She was a sister of C. P. TORBERT, of Clinton, and Mrs. Samuel MYERS, of Lane. Only these two out of a family of eight survive. Her afflicted husband and three children also survive her, one child having died in infancy. Early in life she became a member of the Methodist church, and always enthusiastically affiliated with this denomination. Remains were buried at Golden City. C. P. Torbert, of Clinton, had been to see his deceased sister about two weeks ago, and found her prepared to meet her God.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:

Samuel WOODS 

July 1, 1910
Clinton Register

Old Soldier Dead.

Sunday at St. John’s hospital in Springfield occurred the death of Samuel WOODS, formerly a well known resident of this county. The cause of death was cancer of the face, from which he had suffered for several years.

Samuel Woods was born March 14, 1844, in Perry county, O., and at an early age enlisted in the 18th Ohio Volunteers serving until the close of the war of the rebellion.

He was married December 28, 1866, to Miss Mary J. SPRAGUE. To this union were born eight children, of whom five survive: C. A. WOODS, of Hallsville; Mrs. E. H. PORTER, Clinton; Mrs. H. M. HILLS, and Mrs. Edward STUBBS, of Springfield, Ill.; and Mrs. Willard JOHNSON, of Hallsville. Besides the wife he is also survived by two brothers, residing in Ohio.

Remains were brought to Clinton and funeral services were held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. E. H. Porter Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. E. A. Gilliland of Lincoln. Interment in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Samuel WOODS 

December 26, 1918
Clinton Daily Public

Mrs. Mary Jane Woods, Known as Grandma Woods, Dies Christmas Day From Pneumonia.

Mrs. Mary Jane (SPRAGUE) WOODS, known to hundreds in this community as "Grandma" Woods and a pioneer of DeWitt county, passed away on Christmas eve at 7 o'clock at the home of Dr. W. H. McLEAN of Hallsville at the age of 75 years. She had gone to Hallsville to nurse her son, Augustus, ill with influenza near that place, a week ago. While in attendance on her son she contracted the disease and passed away. Without a doubt "Grandma" Woods was one of best known of the older residents of this community. For the past sixteen years she was engaged as housekeeper in the home of B. F. Staymates of this city.

"Grandma" Woods, as she was familiarly known, was a cousin of John, B. C., and Peter SPRAGUE, all of this city and of James and W. J. SPRAGUE of Barnett township. She was born in Marietta, Ohio, on July 26, 1843, and in 1868 was married to Samuel WOODS of Athens, Ohio. The couple, after years of residence at Nelsonville, Ohio, moved to DeWitt county in 1879 and have resided here ever since. Mr. Woods, a civil war veteran and well known and respected here, died four years ago of cancer in a Springfield hospital. For the past sixteen years Mrs. Woods was the housekeeper of the B. F. STAYMATES home at 426 North Maple street and had become to be regarded as a member of that family. She was loved and cherished by the Staymates as a mother. During late years deceased had been in good health and despite her age her only ailment was an occasional attack of heart trouble.

A week ago, because of the illness of her son Augustus, Mrs. Woods decided to go to his bedside at his home eight miles west of Clinton to attend him. He was seriously ill with influenza. Here Mrs. Woods contracted the disease and was removed to the home of Dr. W. H. McLean at Hallsville, where her daughter and her husband are residing. Her death occurred there Tuesday. The son is still in a precarious condition. Mrs. Woods was a member of the DeWitt County Old Settlers association and has regularly attended each and every annual session when possible. She was also a devout member of the Christian church.

The deceased is survived by four daughters and one son. The daughters are Mrs. Della PORTER, of Saluda, S. Car.; Mrs. Grace JOHNSON, of Hallsville, at whose home she passed away; Mrs. Reliance STUBBS, of Springfield, who was at her bedside when death occurred; and Mrs. Gertrude HILLS, of Edinburg, Ill. The son is Augustus, who is ill at his home eight miles west of the city. A daughter and a son died several years ago. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made pending the arrival of the daughter from South Carolina. The death of this well known and lovable woman has left a vacant spot in the heart of the many who knew and were acquainted with her.

Note: Samuel Woods died in 1910, not 1914.

Mrs. Fred O. WOODWARD 

February 14, 1896
Clinton Public

Died of Consumption

Mrs. Mattie WOODWARD, wife of Fred WOODWARD, of Lane, died of consumption at her home at 11 o’clock Tuesday night. She had been sick nearly a year, but confined to bed only about two weeks. A child and husband are left to mourn their loss. Funeral service will be conducted by Rev. L. B. PICKERILL, of this city, at 1 o’clock p.m. Thursday. Interment in Rose Cemetery.


February 14, 1896
Clinton Register

Mrs. F. O. Woodward Called to the Better Land—
A True Christian Life Ended.

After several months of patient and ceaseless suffering, of a catarrhal nature, and finally seating itself in the lungs, Martha A. WOODWARD quietly and peacefully departed this life.  She was born Sept. 22, 1869, in DeWitt county, Ill.  She died Feb. 11th, aged 26 years, 4 months and 19 days.  She was united in marriage to F. O. WOODWARD, August 24th, 1890.  To them were born two children, Esel, aged 4 years, and Olive Bell, 10 months and 4 days.  Her mother died when she was quite young, leaving her at the age of ten months in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob KRANICH of Creek township.  Those who knew her in childhood, knew her to be dutiful, obedient and respectful to those whose care she grew up under.  These excellent childhood qualities cannot be better attested than by Mr. and Mrs. Kranich with whom she lived up to the time of her marriage.  Those associated with her in the Christian church at Lane, knew her usefulness in the choir as an organist for several years, both in the church and Sunday School.  Not only in the church, but wherever the Master’s cause called for her labor, she extended a willing heart and hand.  Later in life the fruits of some of her toil for the Master’s cause came to her own home, in her husband joining her in church relationship.  To him she proved a faithful wife and affectionate mother to her children.  To him she felt composed to leave her little ones, and entrust all to the care of the Heavenly Father, who said, “Cast all your care upon me,”  “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Her trustworthiness in the Master was shown up till the last moment—when she called the family and friends around her and bade them sing some of her favorite hymns, “Shall we meet beyond the river, ” “Meet me there,” “The haven of rest,” and “On the happy golden shore,” only to waft her spirit over there.

Services were held at the Christian church in Lane at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. L. B. Pickerill delivering a very impressive sermon, and high eulogy upon her Christian life and fidelity to the Master’s work.  Interment in Rose cemetery, near Lane.

Mrs. Jesse WOODWARD 

February 28, 1896
Clinton Register

Mrs. Isabel Woodward Is Summoned to Her Final Rest at the Home of Her Son.

Last week D. T. GAY received a telegram from O. J. WOODWARD at Fresno, Cal., announcing the dangerous illness of Grandma WOODWARD…. Sunday night about 8 o'clock Mr. Gay received a telegram announcing her death, and that the body would be brought here for burial. Mr. WOODWARD is on the way to Clinton with the remains, and Mr. Gay left Wednesday evening for Kansas City where he will meet Mr. Woodward, and they expect to arrive here on the Diamond Special tonight.

Isabel B. McPHERSON was born near Knoxville, Tenn., March 1 1812, and would have been 84 years old next Sunday. In 1834 she was married to Jesse WOODWARD in Virginia. To them were born three sons and two daughters, two of whom, one son and one daughter are living. Mrs. D. T. GAY, of this city was an adopted daughter. The family came to Illinois over fifty years ago settling in Logan county. The husband died several years ago, and Mrs. Woodward continued to live in Clinton. At the time of his death they lived in a house where the Register office now is. Mr. Woodward previous to the war built and occupied the house now owned by Richard BUTLER. After O. J. Woodward located in Fresno, Cal., a few years ago, his mother had spent most of her time there. During her residence there she had made the journey to California three times the last time being in 1893 when 81 years old. She united with the Methodist church when 20 years of age, and for 64 years had lived the life of a consistent Christian. Soon after her fatal sickness of one week, she had a stroke of partial paralysis….

Submitted by Bob Halsey


April 25, 1879
Clinton Public

Death of John Woodward.

On Wednesday last, the mortal remains of John WOODWARD were consigned to the grave in Woodlawn Cemetery. For the past five months he had been confined to his home with consumption, only at rare intervals being enabled to attend to the business of his farm. Mr. Woodward was but a young man in years, being only thirty-eight at the time of his death. He was born in Logan county, and at a very early age came to this city to live. Here he was reared and educated, till abut ten years ago he moved on a farm in Texas township. For the past four years he lived in Creek. He was a hard-working, industrious man and was highly esteemed as a friend and neighbor. He was married to Mr. Samuel Phares' daughter and was the father of six children, the eldest of whom is under fourteen years of age. Of late years his thoughts were turned to the unknown future, and just before his death he gave expression to his hopes beyond the grave. This consolation was sweet to his aged mother and beloved wife. "Death's but a path that must be trod, if man would ever pass to God." Mr. Woodward died last Monday afternoon. The funeral services were held in the M. E. Church in this city on Wednesday morning, and were conducted by Dr. Leaton.


August 1931
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Abstract)


Born: December 15, 1868, near Green Castle, Ind.
Married: S. K. WOOLLEN, July 4, 1884
Survivors: Husband. Children: Nellie MAYALL, Maroa; Henry S. WOOLLEN, Wapella; Edgar K. WOOLLEN, Opa JENKINS and Otis S. WOOLLEN all of Clinton. Brothers: J. A. WAGGONER, Clinton; S. G. WAGGONER, Mammoth Springs, Mo.; John WAGGONER, Clinton. Sisters: Mrs. Henry N. WOOLLEN, Lane, and Mrs. William YOUNGER, Bethany.
Funeral: Reeser's funeral home, Tuesday at 2:30 o'clock. O. P. WRIGHT, officiated.
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery
Sunday, August 23, 1931

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Mrs. Otis WOOLLEN 

July 4, 1928
Paper Unknown

(Obituary Extract)

Age: 18.
Born: September 22, 1909, near Wapella.
Parents: William and Elizabeth REYNOLDS.
Died: Thursday, 1:45 p.m., at John Warner Hospital, Clinton, Illinois.
Married: Otis WOOLLEN, December 25, 1926.
Funeral: Christian church in Wapella, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. William ICENOGLE officiating.
Burial: Woodlawn cemetery.

Submitted by Debbie Champion


July 4, 1928
Clinton Daily Journal and Public


Mrs. Otis WOOLLEN, 18, of Wapella, passed away at the John Warner hospital in Clinton Thursday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock from gun shot wounds suffered in an accident on the afternoon of July 4th, at her home three miles east of Wapella.

The accident which resulted in her death occurred shortly after the noon hour Wednesday while Mrs. Woollen was mopping the back porch. For several days a mink had been bothering the young chickens on the Woollen place and Mr. Woollen had put a shot gun on the porch with which he hoped to kill the animal. Afraid to pick up the gun, Mrs. Woollen attempted to mop around it. In doing this, the gun was knocked over and accidentally discharged. The bullet entered her left side, tearing off the left breast, passing through the left side and lodging in her abdomen.

Mr. Woollen who works at the I. C. freight house in Clinton, drove into the garage just after the accident happened, and when he entered the house he found his wife unconscious on the floor. Help was summoned and Mrs. Woollen rushed to the hospital where every effort was made to save her life.

Myrtle REYNOLDS was born near Wapella, September 22, 1909, the daughter of William and Elizabeth REYNOLDS. She was united in marriage to Otis WOOLLEN at Wapella, December 25, 1926. No children were born to the union. She was a member of the Wapella Christian church.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Christian church in Wapella Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with Rev. William ICENOGLE officiating. Interment will be made in Woodlawn cemetery.

Mrs. Mary WOOLLEY 

September 7, 1906
Clinton Register


Mrs. Mary WOOLLEY, formerly of Texas township, died last week at her home in Riverdale, Kan., the funeral being conducted by Rev. J. E. CAIN, who was pastor of the Texas Christian church when deceased resided in that township.

Mrs. Woolley is survived by five children: Tylee, who lives in Iowa; Alfred, Susie, Joseph and Martha, the two latter live in California and were not at the funeral. Her husband, Elihu WOOLLEY, died May 6, 1900. His brother Joseph moved from this county to Iowa about two years ago.

The family moved from Mason county to Texas township about forty years ago, and lived there until about twenty-five years ago, when they moved to Kansas. Deceased was about 75 years old, and had been a faithful member of the Christian church most of her life.


November 1918
Paper Unknown

Stricken With Influenza and Then Pneumonia.

Vernon WORKMAN was taken ill with influenza about two weeks ago, which later developed into pneumonia. The young man made a brave fight and it was thought his recovery was certain, when, on Monday he became worse and passed away at 11:45 a.m. The funeral services were held in the Weldon cemetery Wednesday, November 13, at 2 o’clock, p.m., conducted by Rev. O. W. LOUGH, pastor of the M. P. church.

Vernon O. Workman was born near Maroa, Ill., July 27, 1892, and died in Weldon, Ill., Nov. 11, 1918, being 26 years, 3 months and 14 days of age. On November 27, 1912, he united in marriage with Fannie Opal ADAMS, who with the following children, survive: Charles A., Richard Vernelle, Leo Marian and Virginia Eileen; also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James WORKMAN, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie BEBIE. They will mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband, father, son and brother.

The first ten years of his life was spent near the place of his birth and the balance of his life near Weldon, until after his marriage, when he moved to Weldon to reside. He was of great assistance to his father and took great pride in his work. His was a happy disposition and he had many friends. Mrs. WORKMAN, his wife, who cared for him, contracted the disease and was unable to attend the funeral.

Submitted by Debbie Champion

Mrs. William H. WORLEY

March 20, 1857
Central Transcript

DROWNED.—A Mrs. WORLEY was accidentally drowned in Salt Creek, near Stout’s Mill, on Monday last.  Her husband was on the ice, engaged in cutting away a small boat, when the ice gave way and let him in.  His wife went to his assistance and, falling in, was drowned.  The man was taken out, in a state of insensibility, by some persons nearby hearing the alarm.

Note: I believe this was Mrs. William Harrison Worley, as William had a four-year-old son in the 1860 census and was married to Mrs. Lucy Babb in 1858.

Mrs. Hiram E. WORSTELL 

October 2, 1896
Clinton Register

From the Standard of Plakinton, S. D., we clip the following concerning the life of Mrs. H. E. WORSTELL, who died at Wapella of diphtheria:

She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. GROVES.  Lizzie was born in Shullsburg, Wis., March 2d, 1871.  From there she moved with her parents to the vicinity of Plattville, the same state, and thence to Plankinton in the spring of 1883, where she continued to reside until July 2d, 1896, when she became the wife of Mr. H. E. WORSTELL, and three weeks later went with him to Wapella, Illinois, where death overtook her.

The deceased was for several years a successful teacher in our city schools and was known and loved by a large circle of friends, who will find it hard indeed to become reconciled to her untimely and seemingly cruel death.

She was an earnest Christian, closely identified with the work of the Congregational church of this place; a faithful teacher in the Sabbath school and a prominent Christian Endeavorer, having at one time held the office of state treasurer of the latter society and resigning the office of church clerk at the time of her marriage last July.

Note: Her husband’s full name was Hiram Emerson Worstell.  He remarried and moved to California.

Mrs. Robert WRAY 

January 13, 1905
Clinton Register

Mrs. Mary A. WRAY died Dec. 24 [1904], at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary PRICE at Spokane, Wash., aged 95.  She was born in Indiana county, Pa., her maiden name being WYMER.  When about twenty years of age, she was married to Robert WRAY, of Huntington county, Pa., and lived in that country until 1854, when the family moved to this state, locating on a farm about two miles southeast of Clinton.  Here they lived until 1868, when they moved to Minnesota, settling in Douglas county.  Mr. Wray died about 25 years ago, since which time Mrs. Wray has lived with her children.   Two years ago she went with one of her daughters to Washington.  Mrs. Wray was the mother of seven children, six of whom are living: Mrs. Sarah J. GRADY, Maroa; William, John and George, of Minnesota; and Mrs. Elizabeth HILL and Mrs. Mary PRICE, of Washington.


June 12, 1891
Clinton Public

Miss Emma WRIGHT was the daughter of William WRIGHT, formerly of Wapella, and a niece of Dr. WRIGHT, of this city. She died in Bloomington last Monday after a long and painful illness of five months. She was born in Wapella on the 3d of April, 1861, and her early life was spent in that village. About eleven years ago her father moved from Wapella to Peoria, and later from Peoria to Bloomington. Her remains were taken to Heyworth on Wednesday afternoon for burial by the side of a sister.

Ethel A. WRIGHT 

November 18, 1898
Clinton Register

Ethel A. WRIGHT was born January 23, 1883, and died November 10, 1898.  She died of a complication of diseases.  In getting specimens for her botany class, she accidentally got hold of poison ivy, and before she recovered from the effects of that, she took the diphtheria, and then had an attack of acute heart disease.  She suffered acutely for two days and finally passed to a better world.  Her parents, brothers and sisters take this opportunity of returning their heartfelt thanks to their neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy extended to them in their hours of trouble.   John H. and Eliza E. Wright.


November 28, 1890
Clinton Public

On last Saturday night W. H. WRIGHT’s only daughter, Grace, aged thirteen years, died of diphtheria. This is the second death in his family from this dread disease, the first being his youngest child, a boy. And during all this time Mrs. WRIGHT has also been afflicted with diphtheria. When Grace first took sick she had a premonition that she would not recover, and told her father so, but last Friday morning there was a change for the better and she began to hope that her life would be spared. During all these weeks the family has been isolated, and were it not for the large-heartedness of Mrs. LESTER, who accepted the responsibility of nursing the sick mother and daughter, Mr. Wright must have been left alone to care for his afflicted family.

Mrs. Hamilton L. WRIGHT 

April 14, 1893
Clinton Public

Emma J. WRIGHT, wife of H. L. WRIGHT, died on last Friday afternoon, of typhoid fever, after an illness of three weeks.  She was the second daughter of Mr. William H. GALE, of Birkbeck.  She was born March 20th, 1869, and was twenty-four years and seventeen days old.  She was united in marriage with Mr. H. L. Wright, on the ninth day of last February.  Mrs. Wight had been a member of the M. E. Church for several years.  Funeral services were held at the residence on Main Street on Saturday afternoon, at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. S. H. Whitlock.  The remains were laid to rest in the Wilmore graveyard, in Creek township, where a sister who died last fall had been buried.  Her husband of but two short months and parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

Note: From the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index:


March 6, 1885
Clinton Public

Died, at Bloomington, on February 28, Miss Jane WRIGHT, in the fifty-first year of her age. Miss Wright was a sister of Dr. WRIGHT, of Clinton. She was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, March 1st, 1834. Since coming to Illinois, in 1858, she has lived most of the time in Bloomington. During her life she was quiet and unassuming; strictly honest in all her dealings, and a believer in the Christian religion. She was buried at Heyworth, on last Monday. Funeral services were conducted in the Heyworth Presbyterian Church, by Rev. W. A. HUNTER, of Clinton.


January 10, 1913
Clinton Register

John H. Wright, the West Main St. Gardner, Died Sunday After Short Illness.

At 12:30 Sunday afternoon, at his home on West Main street, Clinton, occurred the death of John H. WRIGHT, the well-known gardener. Mr. Wright had been ill only about two weeks, but his condition was not considered serious until last Friday.

John H. Wright was born in Clonakilty, county of Cork, Ireland, January 3, 1841. He enlisted in the One Hundred Thirteenth Illinois volunteers at Kankakee in 1862 and after serving for three years received his honorable discharge. He was united in marriage to Eliza E. DAVIS at Herscher, Ill., February 23, 1869. To this marriage five children were born, the three daughters being deceased; a son, Pierpont WRIGHT, resides at the West Main street home and William D. WRIGHT resides with his family at 419 West Adams street, this city. Besides the widow, surviving, deceased has a brother, Rev. W. E. WRIGHT, an Episcopalian minister residing at Geneva, Ohio.

Deceased had lived in Clinton many years, and was highly respected by all his neighbors. Mr. Wright was a spiritualist in his religious belief.

Funeral services were held at the home on West Main street Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. No religious services were observed, this being the wish of the deceased. The pallbearers were J. T. and B. C. SPRAGUE, L. N. RICHEY, Henry MUSSON, Amaziah POLLOCK and Martin POLLOCK. Interment in Woodlawn.

Kate & Nellie WRIGHT 

July 7, 1864
Clinton Public

In this town, of whooping cough and inflammation of the lungs, June 16th, Kate D., aged 3 years and 7 months; and July 1st, Nellie B., aged 2 years and 5 days, daughters of Maj. John WRIGHT, Surgeon 107th Illinois Regt., and Elizabeth WRIGHT. The friends and acquaintances of the family deeply sympathize with them in the loss of their cherub babes, and the Major’s former companions in arms tender to him their heart-felt condolence in this severe bereavement, for well do they know the fond yearnings of his brave heart for the loved ones at home, and the shock the intelligence of their death will produce. “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Pierson B. WRIGHT 

December 30, 1910
Clinton Register


Pierson B. WRIGHT died Christmas Day about 9 o'clock at his home in Texas township, aged nearly 84.  He had been in failing health several weeks but for only a few days had his condition been serious.

Deceased was born in Prebele County, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1827.  His parents came to Illinois when he was 10 years old, and first lived where Kenney now is; from there they moved two miles west, and then to the farm about ten miles west of Maroa, on which is timber that has since, been known as "Wright Grove".  This land they sold and moved 4 miles east of Maroa; then bought land in the southern part of Texas township.  This land was bought by deceased and in 1882 he sold it and bought 47 acres near the Texas school house where he had since lived.

He was married to Martha E. DAVIS in 1877 and to them seven children were born, two dying in infancy.  The living are Rev. O. P. WRIGHT of Decatur, who was not able to attend the funeral on account of being sick; Mrs. Jas. McNEELY; George W., Frances and Louis of Texas township.  Mr. Wright, was one of the best known men in Texas township, and he was the last of the early settlers there to pass away.  He did not add to his land, but in his own way, enjoyed life as few do.  He was usually in good humor, and his flashes of wit often put others in good humor.  He was always ready to assist in caring for the sick, and ever seemed pleased when doing so.

Funeral services were held in the Texas church Tuesday, at 10 o'clock conducted by Rev. A FURMAN.  The pallbearers were M. G. CADWALLADAY, J. H. WHITEHEAD, B. F. WILLIAMS, J. A. LANE, A. T. McKINNEY, Harvey PERSINGER.  Burial in the Texas Cemetery.

Mrs. Pierson B. WRIGHT 

February 5, 1916, Saturday
Clinton Daily Public

Body of Mrs. Martha B. Wright Brought Home This Afternoon.

The body of Mrs. Martha B. WRIGHT was brought to Clinton over the Interurban at 4:42 o'clock this afternoon and taken to the home of her son George E. WRIGHT at Ospur.

Mrs. Wright died suddenly in the Peoria State hospital last night and because she had enjoyed fairly good health, death came as a severe shock to the son and daughters.  Mrs. Wright was formerly a resident of Texas township.  She was the wife of the late Pierson B. WRIGHT who died three years ago.  Since his death Mrs. Wright has been in the state hospital in Peoria.

She is survived by five children as follows: Mrs. Mayme McNEELY, Sac City, Ia.; Rev. Oliver WRIGHT, of Mechanicsburg, Ill.; Lewis WRIGHT, near Maroa; and George WRIGHT, the manager of the Shellebarger elevator at Ospur.  No funeral arrangements had been made this morning.

Note: Pierson B. Wright died in 1910, and only four of her five surviving children were listed.

William WRIGHT 

May 17, 1895
Clinton Public

'Squire William Wright.

On Saturday, May 11th, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Mell EDWARDS, on Madison street, William WRIGHT passed quietly away at the age of 71 years, 2 months and 6 days, after a short illness resulting from muscular paralysis.

William Wright was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, March 4, 1824. On December 20, 1848, he was married to Miss Julia JENKINS. In the spring of 1856 he came with his family to Illinois and settled near Wapella, where he engaged in farming until 1865, when he moved to Wapella and entered the mercantile business with Col. T. J. MILHOLLAND, which occupied his attention for several years. In 1878, he was the Democratic candidate for sheriff and was defeated. For seventeen years he was justice of the peace at Wapella and was probably better known throughout the county as 'Squire Wright. In 1880 he moved with his family to Peoria, and later to Bloomington to be near his eldest daughter. He remained in Bloomington till last summer when he moved to Clinton to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. EDWARDS. He was the father of five children: James, Laura, and Emma, who passed away before him; and Mrs. J. M. ELDER, of Bloomington, and Mrs. Mell Edwards. His wife, two daughters, three brothers, Dr. John WRIGHT, San Jose, Cal.; Thomas WRIGHT, Pierre, S. D.; and James WRIGHT, Haskell, Kansas; and two sisters, Miss Sarah WRIGHT and Mrs. Harriet RITTENHOUSE, of Taylorville, are left to mourn their loss.

Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter Monday morning, conducted by Rev. W. J. TULL. The remains were taken on the morning train to Heyworth, where a service was conducted at the grave in Heyworth Cemetery by Rev. Mr. ANDERSON of that city. He was a man of modest nature, and will be remembered more by the example of his life than by his words. As he lived, so will he be remembered. In politics he was a Democrat. His life was one of devotion to his family and kindness to his fellow man, and he died in the faith of the Redeemer he had accepted many years prior to his death.

W. Garrison WRIGHT 

August 8, 1890
Clinton Register

Death of an Octogenarian.

W. G. WRIGHT, who was hurt last week by his horse running away and throwing him out of his buggy, died at 4:30 o'clock p.m., August 8, at his home three miles east of Clinton, from the effects of his injuries. Funeral services were held at his late residence Sunday at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. A. Hunter. The interment was at Woodlawn cemetery.

William Garrison Wright was born in South Carolina, November 10, 1810, and was aged 79 years, 8 months and 28 days at the time of his death. When about six years old his parents moved to Tennessee, where they lived two years before moving to White county, this state. After a short residence there his parents moved to McLean county where he resided about fifteen years before moving to this county. From there he moved to this county where he had since made his home. December 4, 1834, he was married to Miss Leah HARP, sister of Thomas HARP, who lives near the Wright homestead. Eleven children, seven sons and four daughters, were born to them. One son and one daughter died several years ago. All the children except one son, who lives in Colorado, were present at the burial of their father. In 1834, while living in McLean county, he united with the Presbyterian church. He had lived an industrious life and was an upright man, and his unfortunate death was a sad ending of a life that had added almost a decade to the allotted three score and ten years.

Note: William died August 1st, not August 8th, and was buried August 3rd.

Mrs. W. Garrison WRIGHT 

February 24, 1893
Clinton Public

Less than three years ago W. Garrison WRIGHT passed from earth to the world beyond, and one week ago today (February 17) his aged widow joined her husband. Mrs. WRIGHT was a member of the HARP family. She was born July 22, 1817, in Overton County, Tenn., and when she was but eleven years of age she came to this county with her parents. For sixty-four years she lived within two miles of this city. December 4, 1834, she was united in marriage to W. G. Wright, and eleven children were born to them, nine of whom survive their parents.


Paper Unknown

Mrs. Sarah M. Wylie Succumbs Wednesday Night.

At the John Warner hospital Wednesday night at 9:20 o’clock occurred the death of Mrs. Sarah M. WYLIE, aged 84 years, after an illness lasting several weeks. Mrs. Wylie was one of the best known women in DeWitt county, coming to Weldon twenty-nine years ago.

Sarah DUNMIRE, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel DUNMIRE, was born March 25, 1838, at Middletown, Holmes County, Ohio. Her father was an old resident of Clinton. When she was 7 years old, the family, with a large party of Ohioans, emigrated in wagons overland to Illinois, settling first at Sweetwater, and going later to Bee Grove, near Middletown, Logan county. She was converted at the age of 12, and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church, of which she was a member until she went to Farmer City and Weldon to reside, when she united with the Methodist Episcopal church.

January 15, 1857, she was united in marriage to William MONTGOMERY, and ten children were born to this union. Mrs. Ellen PARKHURST, a daughter, died seven years ago at Cherokee, Okla.; Thomas J. MONTGOMERY died October 9, 1872, at Middletown, Ill., and Mrs. Jennie PATCHEN died April 25, 1885, at Carlinville, Ill. The husband died April 21, 1881, at Middletown.

Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Mary TOM, of the Dalles, Oregon; James R. MONTGOMERY, of Middletown; Charles MONTGOMERY, of Moro, Oregon; H. E. and A. H. MONTGOMERY, of Clinton; J. H. MONTGOMERY of San Jose, Cal., and Samuel D. MONTGOMERY, of Portland, Oregon. There are eighteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. H. E. EISIMINGER, a sister, resides in Hutchinson, Kan.

When a girl, she knew Lincoln well, meeting him frequently at Petersburg and Springfield, and was acquainted with a number of other men and women prominent in early Illinois history.

Mrs. Montgomery married R. M. EWING at Petersburg, Ill., in 1885. Mr. Ewing died at Weldon in 1894. She was married in 1908 to James E. WYLIE of Mindon, Neb. Mr. Wylie died in 1917.

Mrs. Wylie had been a patient sufferer for the past year. The immediate cause of her death was paralysis. The funeral was held from the Weldon Methodist Episcopal church Friday morning at 10:45 o’clock, in charge of Rev. O. E. MARTIN of Owanaco, Ill., former pastor of the Weldon Methodist Episcopal church. Interment was made in the Weldon cemetery.

Submitted by Debbie Champion