Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Obituaries

Anderson County Obituaries

We have to record the death of Mr. John Carter, father of Chas. Carter and Mrs. Gill McAlpine. Mr. Carter was born near London. England, in 1818, He was married to Miss Cyntia Coffaa (?) at White Hall. N. Y., in 1847, and moved to Minnesota in 1864. In 1877 he came with his family to Kansas, His wife died several years ago and since then he has made his home with his son and daughter near Wise. Father Carter was a quiet, law abiding citizen and was honored by his neighbors for his sterling integrity and worshipped by his children and grandchildren to whom his memory will long remain fresh. The deceased was buried in the Colony cemetery. In the absence of our minister, Father Merchant conducted the services at the house and Rev. Gamble preached the funeral sermon Sunday. The family has the sincere sympathy of the friends and neighbors. (Iola Register, Apr. 12, 1895)

Mrs. S. H. Dodge, wife of the editor of the Garnett Plaindealer, died on the 5th inst, after a protracted illness. Mrs. Dodge is related by marriage to the family of Rev. Mr. Kline of Iola. (Iola Register, Oct. 3, 1877)

Mr. Alfred Elliot, son of T. Elliott of Colony died at the family home Friday morning May 13, 1892 and was buried at Geneva cemetery Saturday evening May 14th. Quite a number of friends attended the funeral, going up at noon aud also many friends come down from Colony. The family and relatives have our heartfelt sympathy. (Iola Register, May 27, 1892)

Dec. 24 - The death angel has entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fergus and claimed Lew, their youngest son. The light of this young life had been waning for only a few days and on Saturday evening, watched by friends and loved ones, the last flickering ray was extinguished and the spirit was released from its tenement of clay and entered at once on its eternal rest. The funeral sermon was preached Monday morning and the remains laid to rest in the Garnett cemetery. (Iola Register, Dec. 29, 1900)

Again the grim messenger has entered our community and taken one of its choice gems. On Saturday evening, Dec. 19, 1896, little Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fergus, died of membraneous croup after a short illness of scarcely one week. Ruth was four years, nine months, nine days old, She was a kind, loving, patient, and enduring child, and bore the suffering without a murmur of complaint, and every word and look being full of love and affection. She was laid to rest by kind friends in the Garnett cemetery. She leaves a father, mother, two brothers and infant sister to mourn her untimely death. The entire community extend heart felt sympathy in this hour of saddest bereavement. (Iola Register, Jan. 1, 1897)

Died, at Garnett, Kansas, Aug. 10th, 1881, Nellie S. Hempstead, daughter, of W. F. and Alpha Hempstead, aged 9 years and 14 days. Her remains were brought to Iola Wednesday evening and interred in the Iola cemetery. (Iola Register, Aug. 12, 1881)

Charlie B. Lucas was the son of Milton and Samantha Lucas and was born November 4, 1865, near Chillicothe, O., and departed this life October 17, 1915 in Colony, aged 49 years, 11 months and 17 days. He was ten years old when he moved with his parents to Tipton Co., Indiana, and after residing there ten years the family moved to western Kansas and from there they settled near Northcott. At the age of 23 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth May Culler. To this union have been born seven children, Blanche May, now the wife of Jesse V. Compton, of Vinita, Okla.; Howard, who died in infancy, and Charles Wesley, Harry Guy, Jesse Middleton and Mudge, who are at home. Besides his wife and children, he is also survived by a mother, two brothers and two sisters. With the exception of a few years spent in Pontiac, Illinois, he has lived, since his marriage, in the Colony vicinity. Charlie Lucas was considered an honest, industrious, upright citizen, a good neighbor and a trusty friend. He was a devoted husband, a loving and indulgent father and a cheerful companion for the entire family. He was patient and resigned during his long and painful illness and many times expressed himself as ready and willing to answer the call of the Master. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Monday and the body was laid to rest in the Colony Cemetery. (Iola Daily Register, Oct. 19, 1915)

Died at his home 4 miles north of Wise on Sept. 2nd of typhoid fever, Mr Felix Murry. The funeral was preached at Lone Elm church by Rev. John Jones. The remains were interred in Lone Elm cemetery. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of many neighbors and friends. (Iola Register, Sep. 15, 1893)

Ben, a brother of our neighbor L Perkins, died at Garnett Saturday, Dec. 15, and was buried in the Geneva Cemetery. (Iola Register, Dec. 29, 1900)

Hannah E. Ayres, daughter of Anthony and Catharine A. Ayres, was born in Polk County, Mo., August 8, 1838. She was educated at Pleasant Hope Academy and taught school several years. Sept. 19, 1858 she was united in marriage to Rev. Martin V. Robbins. In 1861 they moved to Illinois. In 1875 they came to Kansas. Five sons and a daughter were born to them, the oldest son dying in infancy. The husband and father departed this life May 30, 1890. She was a conscientious Christian woman, uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church at the age of 15 years. She went to her crowning Saturday night, Jan. 20, 1917 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Johnson, in Colony, age 78 years, 5 months and 12 days. She is survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Catharine A. McClure of Topeka; three brothers, Rev. Henry Ayres of Springfield, Mo.; N. B. Ayres of Sapulpa, Okla.; and John R. Ayres of Wheatland, Wyo.; she is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Johnson of Colony and four sons: Rev. Bascom Robbins of Kansas City, Mo.; Rev. Grant A. Robbins of St. Louis, Mo.; and Rev. Kirk W. Robbins of Chicago, Illinois. She was laid to rest on Monday in the Colony Cemetery. (Iola Register, Jan. 24, 1917)

Henry Philip Ruth was born in South Prairie, Henderson County, Illinois, March 17, 1870. In the fall of the same year his parents moved to Kansas and in 1881 came to Colony where he continued to reside until the time of his death, May 9, 1919. He was united in marriage to Mary Knoeppel, Dec. 24, 1901, and together they united with the Presbyterian church in 1902, to which he remained a faithful member until his death. He is survived by his wife, his aged mother, three brothers, a sister and other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church by Rev. Wm. Cady, of Falls City, Neb., a former pastor of the church and a close friend of the family. His address was a well delivered message for the occasion and he paid a fine tribute to the memory of his friend. Six nephews of the deceased served as pall bearers and he was laid to rest in the, Colony cemetery. He will be greatly missed by those nearest and dearest to him but may God be their comfort and shield in their lonely hours. (Iola Register, May 23, 1919)

J. O. Stillwell, father of Judge Leander Stillwell, died in Garnett Sunday night. He was only ill about thirty minutes. He was stopping with his son, L. W. Stillwell, of Garnett. (Colony Free Press, Oct. 2, 1896)

State Senator James H. Whitford of Anderson county, died at Garnett. Senator Whitford was a native of Circleville, Pickaway county, O., having been born there in 1832, and was consequently 64 years of age. He was a practicing physician and had a large lucrative practice in the town and vicinity of Garnett, Anderson county, where he settled in May, '66. He was a gentleman of great affability and much kindness of heart, and was honored and esteemed by the entire community in which he lived. Two years ago he received the republican nomination for state senator from the Twelfth senatoial district composed of the counties of Anderson, Allen and Woodson, and was elected by a handsome majority. (western Kansas World, Sept. 18, 1886)

Anna M. Wise Willey passed from this life at her home in Colony, July 10, 1916, age 75 years, 5 months and 7 days. She was born Feb. 3, 1843 in Gallia county, Ohio. She was married to Ansel Willey Oct. 24th, 1867. Five sons were born to this union, one dying in infancy, and one who grew to manhood now sleeps in the Colony cemetery beside his father who passed away about three years ago. Three sons, Graham of Liberal, and Leslie and Arch of Colony, with their families, survive her. She is also survived by a brother, William Wise, and a sister Mrs. R. V. Brown. She removed with her family to Kansas in 1882 and settled on the homestead north of Colony. She was a woman of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of pioneer days. She united good sense with strong convictions and always labored to raise the standard of citizenship in her community. She united with the Methodist church in her youth, and was a Sunday School teacher for many years and a member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society for over a quarter of a century, as well as serving as president for several years. Very beautiful services were held July 12th at the Methodist church and her mortal remains wee laid to rest beside the husband and son in the Colony cemetery.[also in the same paper: Mrs. Norton Roe of Kincaid, a cousin of Grandma Willey, came Tuesday and remained until after the funeral.] (Iola Daily Register, July 13, 1916)

Word was received yesterday that W. H. Worden, brother of Mrs. E. E. Hamilton of this city, died last Saturday night at Garnett. Mr. Worden had been sick for several months. Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton are now in Garnett to attend the funeral, which will be held today. (Wichita Daily Eagle, Jan 26, 1904)

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