Friday, December 24, 2010

Cooley Obituaries

Pike County, Illinois Genealogy Trails:

"KENNETH COOLEY , 68, of Barry, IL passed away on his farm near Fishhook, IL. He was born in New Salem, IL to Floyd and Maud Bimson Cooley. He married Sharon Sutton on June 9, 1958, in Hernando, Miss."

At this site there are four obituaries for members of the Cooley family of Pike county, Illinois.

There is a link between the Cooley and Henthorn families. Yesterday I added these obituaries to my own genealogy file.

If you are interested in sharing information about the history and genealogy of either of these two families please contact me.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Moon, Cleo Margaret (Hanthorne)

Cleo Margaret (Hanthorne) Moon

Cleo Margaret Moon was born February 19, 1904 in [Eagle City], Dewey County, in the Oklahoma Territory to William Parker and Emmaretta (Richardson) Hanthorne. She died at Lamoni Nursing and Rehab. Center in Lamoni, Iowa on July 25, 2000.

She was the youngest of eight children. Her next older sister, Ruth, and Cleo helped each other go to college. Cleo attended college in Chickasaw, Oklahoma, with an English degree at the Oklahoma College for Women. She received her M.A. degree at the University of Oklahoma. After teaching in her home state for a while she moved to Lamoni, Iowa and became a high school instructor. There she taught high school English, acted as librarian, directed plays, and taught hand sewing.

Cleo arrived in Lamoni by train and spent her first night in the home of Mrs. Lou Blair on 10th street. She later roomed there. For several years Cleo's mother lived with her in what is known as the Gold house in west Lamoni. Cleo's mother said that those years were the happiest in her life. She was active in the Mite Society, a group of women who quilted together one day a week.

Cleo held a B.S. in Library Science from Columbia University in New York City. She became librarian at Graceland College transforming a meager collection of books into a viable academic library. She was instrumental in planning the Fredrick Madison Smith Library building and presided over the human chain that moved thousands of volumes from the second floor of Briggs Hall to the new library. For twenty-three years she held the position of librarian at Graceland. Even after retirement she continued to make frequent walking trips to Graceland and the library where she worked on a part time basis.

During the Christmas season in 1944 Cleo married Willard Charles Moon and left Graceland in the spring of that year. During a period of twelve years she lived an activity-filled life in which, among other things, she involved herself in the business of raising and selling parakeets. When she gave up the parakeet business a short time before returning to Graceland she started selling Frankoma pottery. She was asked several times during those twelve years to return to the college but she said she was not yet ready. She was enjoying herself, and it was not until she felt a need for cultural association that she returned in 1956 as a teacher of Creative Writing and Cataloger for the library.

Cleo and Willard made their home on North Walnut Street across from what is now the elementary school building. Later they moved to an apartment building, created by Willard, and decorated by Cleo, at the corner of Main Street and Walnut. The attractive decor was brought to the attention of the Des Moines Register and was featured in the Sunday newspaper. Her husband bought her a shop adjoining their home where she sold pottery and other gift items, including pottery from student artists at Graceland College.

Cleo became best known as a poet. She was a primary contributor to the body of Graceland poetry. A collection, "The Bell Tower's Eye" was published and many of these same poems were reprinted in the volume, "Threads of Blue and Gold" commermorating Graceland's first 100 years. Her close observation of human experience, her understanding of human emotion, and her sensitivity for language served as a catalyst for her poetic gift. Many of Cleo's inspirational poems have been set to music as hymns of the RLDS Church or as Graceland standards. Several of the finest hymns in "Hymns of the Saints" articulate her profound religious vision and have inspired the hundreds who have sung them. A residence house for Graceland women, Hanthorne House, has been named in her honor. She was named poet laureate of Graceland, and conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Her memorable words, which themselves have become an important part of Graceland's heritage and tradition, have embodied the thoughts of all of those who, through the years, have built on Graceland's hill.

Preceding her in death were her father in 1917; mother in 1941; four sisters; three brothers; and her husband, Willard, on April 12, 1995.

In her last years Cleo made her home at the Lamoni Nursing and Rehab. Center. She is survived by Willard's daughter, Sadi Negaard and husband, Leland, of Independence, Missouri, and their family: Doris Negaard, Kristen Negaard, Kerri Wade and husband, Eric, one great grandchild, Brooke; nephews, Dale Moon and wife, Frances of Lamoni and Donald Conkling of Dorchester, Nebraska; niece Wanda Bain and husband, Harold, of Climax Springs, Missouri; great great niece, Muriel Crownover of Santa Rosa, California; special friends, Clara Morrell and Marie Hawley both of Lamoni; plus many members of the Graceland alumni family who hold her memory and contributions in affectionate regard.
(Source: Written by Sadi (Moon) Negaard - furnished by Muriel Crownover)

Cleo Margaret (Hanthorne) Moon
Born: February 19, 1904, Eagle City, Oklahoma Territory
Died: July 25, 2000, Lamoni, Iowa
Funeral Service: Slade-O'Donnell Funeral Home, Lamoni, Iowa
Date and Time: July 29, 2000, 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Evangelist Les Gardner and High Priest Barbara Higdon
Organist: Richard Clothier
Soloist: Alma Blair, "Help Us Express Your Love, Oh Lord," lyrics by Cleo Moon
Bearers: Hale Collins, Bruce Graybill, Jerry Hampton, Marie Hawley, Robert Johnson, Dale Moon
Honorary Bearers: Christy Christenson, Delmar Goode, Leslie Kohlman
Interment: Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa

Central Church of Christ Cemetery, Wood Co., WV

Central Church of Christ Cemetery, Wood Co., WV

[Note: A blank line means there were one or more graves between entries in this list. Cemetery is probably near Rockport, WV.]

Henthorn, Elizabeth
D-9/12/1877 A-60y9m7d
Henthorn, Phebe
D-8/6/1901 A-81y11m28d
[Elizabeth and Phebe Henthorn were single daughters of Adam and Nancy (Hood) Henthorn and aunts of Lafayette Baldwin.]
Henthorn, Ephriam [sic, Ephraim]
Co E 116th Ohio Inf
[Ephraim H. Henthorn, b. 5 Dec 1839, d. 29 Dec 1886, s/o Joseph and Ruth Ann (Boughner) Henthorn.]
Shutts, George C.
[George Cornelious Shutts, s/o Henry & Sarah Shutts.]
Shutts, Margaret L.
[Nee Margaret Lemley, d/o Robert & Jane (Brock) Lemley and a descendant of George & Eva Catherine (Yoho) Lemley.]
Shutts, John M. s/o G & M
D-2/7/1873 A-14y11m5d
[Son of George C. and Margaret L. Shutts. Born Abt. 2 Mar 1858.]
Shutts, Albert W.
[Albert William Shutts, son of George C. and Margaret L. Shutts. Husband of Salley Emerick.]
Baldwin, Lafayette
[Layfayette Baldwin, s/o Eli and Ann (Henthorn) Baldwin of Monroe Co., OH. Layfayette Baldwin was the nephew of Elizabeth and Phebe Henthorn. He and his wife were living with the aunts at the time of the 1870 census of Wood Co., WV.]
Baldwin, Indiana E. w/o L
D-7/18/1873 A-70y5m21d
[Also listed as, Julianna in the 1870 census of Steele Dist., Wood Co., WV.]
Yoho, Jacob L.
[Born 24 Dec 1842 in Monroe Co., OH, d. 20 Aug 1905 in WV. Son of James and
Isabelle (Mullens) Yoho]
Yoho, Catharine
[Wife of Jacob L. Yoho, Nee Catharine Bowersock, b. 1 Jun 1851 in Caldwell, Noble Co., OH, d. 21 Mar 1914 in Windy, Wirt Co., WV. Daughter of Valentine & Mahala (Carpenter) Bowersock.]
Smith, Harry N. s/o J M & B A
[Son of Joseph Milton Smith & Barbara Anna Yoho (d/o Jacob L. & Catherine (Bowersock) Yoho).]
Carpenter, Rebecca
12/ /1801-3/ /1880
[Mother of Mahala (Carpenter) Bowersock]
Bowersock, Valentine
[Father of Catherine (Bowersock) Yoho.]
Bowersock, Mahala
[Nee Mahala Carpenter, mother of Catherine (Bowersock) Yoho.]
Bowersock, William D. s/o V & M
D-8/28/1882 A-18y9m7d
[Born Abt. 21 Nov 1863. Brother of Catherine (Bowersock) Yoho.]

(Source: Wood County Cemetery Inscriptions, p. 113 - furnished by Dale E. Miller, editorial comments, in brackets [], by Richard E. Henthorn)

Goddard Cemetery

Goddard Cemetery

There are two Goddard Cemeteries in Wetzel county, West Virginia. They are usually confusingly known as Goddard Cemetery. Linda (Goddard) Stout, to reduce confusion, calls one of them the Old Goddard Cemetery and the other the New Goddard Cemetery. The two cemeteries are located in the same area. In fact, Route 89 divides the fields in which the two cemeteries lie.

The Old Goddard Cemetery is located at the upper end of a meadow (now wooded) which was originally part of the old Goddard homestead. The land, is probably owned, as of 2002, by Clyde and Lisa (Kocher) Stillion. Lisa is a granddaughter of Woodrow Garner. She is the daughter of Eldon and Ardith (Garner) Kocher.

The New Goddard Cemetery is located about 1/4 mile out Nicely Ridge on the property of Linda Stout's uncle, Robert "Bob" Allen Goddard.
(Furnished by Linda (Goddard) Stout - Apr 2002)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Henthorn Obituaries

Yesterday I copied four obituaries for members of my Henthorn family from the Internet and posted them to my RootsMagic genealogy file. This morning I posted the links to the source pages on my Delicious account. If you are interested in reading the obituaries sign on to Delicious.
  • Wrex Henthorn, Jr.
  • Lillian Olive (Blixt) Henthorn
  • Shirley Nadine (Henthorn) Ludwig
  • Robert Wayne Henthorn
Wrex Henthorn, Jr. was my cousin and the only one of the four that I ever met face-to-face.

Mr. Dickie

Friday, July 2, 2010

Conger, Benjamin Cortis

Benjamin Cortis Conger

HONORS: Benjamin Cortis Conger, 1840, was an Honor Guard for President Abraham Lincoln as he lay in state at Springfield, Illinois. (Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. I, p. 39a & 41 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

MILITARY: Washington P. Conger enlisted for the Civil War from Center, Illinois on 18 Sep 1864 in Co. H, 146th Illinois Infantry, as did both his brothers, Benjamin Cortis and David H. The latter was killed while in service, 28 Nov 1867 [sic]. Washington was mustered out of service, 8 Jul 1865, at the close of the war. (Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. I, p. 502 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

AKA: According to records of Elmer Cortis Conger, the middle name is not, Cortez. (CFA I, p. 41)

RESIDENCES: As a boy he lived at Wyanet, IL. He moved to Marshalltown, IA. He moved to Nebraska in the mid-1870's. (CFA I, p. 41)

ANNIVERSARY: 59TH ANNIVERSARY - HARBINE COUPLE CELEBRATED HAPPY EVENT LAST SUNDAY - They have resided in Jefferson County for the past Forty-One Years.

Mr. And Mrs. B. C. Conger of Harbin celebrated their fifty-ninth wedding anniversary at their home in that city last Sunday. A large number of relatives and friends were gathered to assist them on this joyful occasion and the day was one long to be remembered by all present.

Mr. Conger was born in Pennsylvania; in 1861, he united in marriage to Miss Altana Hand of Marshalltown, Iowa. To this union seven children were born, four of which are still living., three daughters and one son, they are Mrs. John Sisler and Mrs. Thomas Rand of Fairbury, Mrs. L. Oaks of Beatrice and E. C. Conger of Edgar.

Mr. and Mrs. Conger are old settlers here, coming to Jefferson County 41 years ago from the state of Iowa.

There were eighty guests at the Conger home last Sunday, including the children, their families and relatives, the W. R. C. and the G. A. R. of Plymouth. All present enjoyed a bountiful dinner which was served from 12 to 4, the bride and groom of fifty-nine years and their children were served from on table while their grand children and great grandchildren, occupied another table. They were the recipients of many valuable and useful presents.

Mr. And Mrs. Conger are a very spry old couple at the age of 80 years. The guests departed wishing them many more years of happy wedded life. (Source: GAZETTE-Vol. 49 No. 9, Oct 1920, probably in Harbine or Beatrice, NE - Furnished by Diane (Sisler) Kupar)


Benjamin Cortis Conger was born at Wilkesville, PA. March 17, 1839. He passed away at his home in this city at 4am December 25, 1928. His age was eighty-eight years, ten months and twenty-three days. He was a son of Calvin Conger and Aranda Horton Conger.

While a small boy, he moved with the family to Wyanet, IL., where he grew to manhood. He was married, at Marshalltown, IA., to Miss Altana Hand in 1861. They resided at Wyanet for a few years, then moved to Marshalltown. Some years later, they moved to Jefferson county, Nebraska, where they remained for forty-two years. Most of that time they lived on a farm. The last ten years of that period were spent in Harbine. Ten years ago, they moved to Beatrice and this city has been their home continuously since that time.

He served as a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war, enlisting in 1863 at Wyanet. He had the unusual experience of serving as a guard over the body of Abraham Lincoln when it lay in state at Springfield. He also accompanied the body to its last resting place.

He leaves his aged wife, Mrs. Altana Conger; four children, Mrs. Sarah Sisler of Fairbury, Mrs. Emma Oakes of Beatrice, Mrs. T. C. Rand of Beatrice, and Elmer Conger of Edgar, Nebraska; four brothers and sisters, Mrs. Susan [Moran] and Will Conger of Princeton, IL., Washington Conger of Marshalltown, IA., and Mrs. Mattie Sharp of Waterloo, IA.; nine grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Mr. Conger was a life long member of the United Brethren church. He was a good Christian man. He was a kind and loving husband and father, always thoughtful of the welfare of his wife and children. He was especially patient during his long period of illness.

Mr. Conger was a hard working man. He shared the experiences that were common among the pioneers a half century ago. Many friends living in the communities where he was best known, join sympathetically in the sorrow caused by his death. His last illness covered a period of about seven weeks.

The funeral service was held at the home, Thursday afternoon, December 27. Rev. C. O. Stuckenbruck had charge of the service. He was assisted by Rev. C. W. Olewine. Music was furnished by Mrs. H. Baker and Mrs. M. S. Calvin. Interment was in Evergreen Home cemetery.

"A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled."
(Furnished by Diane (Sisler) Kupar)

Conger, Tacy (Barr)

Tacy (Barr) Conger

BIRTH-DEATH: She died on 25 Dec 1881 at the age of 84 years, 4 months, 14 days according to her obituary. Birth date calculated, Abt. 11 Aug 1797.

CENSUS: Head of household in the 1856 census of Wapello Co., IA.

PENSION-CHILDREN: When Tacy Conger applied for her widow's pension in 1857 she claimed that her children were: Benjamin P., Enoch, John B., Zachariah S., and Samuel M. However, in the 1845 cenus there were 3 other Conger children, relationship not given. They may have been Benjamin's. He was 55 when he married Rebecca Blanchard in 1872.
(Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. II, p. 238 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

AKA: Tacey in her obituary

OBITUARY: Death of Mrs. Conger.
At her home near County Line, Dec. 25th, 1881, of paralysis, occurred the death of Mrs. Tacey Conger, aged eighty-four years, four months, and fourteen days. In the death of the subject of this sketch Jefferson County, [IA] loses another of its pioneers, so many of whom have departed within the past few years.

Mrs. Conger's maiden name was Tacey Barr. She was born in Philadelphia in 1797 and lived there until 1816, when she was married to Zacharia S. Conger, a young man of Morristown, NJ, who had been honorably discharged at Philadelphia after service in the recent War of 1812. Mr. Conger was five years her senior. The young couple married on the 3rd of July, and the following day they turned their faces westward.

They journeyed until they reached Indiana. Here they stopped in what is now Dearborn County, until 1842, when they removed to this state arriving soon after the Indian treaty was made permitting white settlers in this part of the country.

The fall of 1845 brought a sad bereavement to Mrs. Conger in the death of her husband. This event occurring before the land sales, it devolved upon Mrs. Conger to make the purchase of a claim, which she did with the means at her disposal, securing a tract of land in the eastern edge of Wapello County. In the fall of 1860 she met with another breavement in the death of three sons, all occurring within a period of three months.

During the latter years of Mrs. Conger's life she was much afflicted with ill health.

She is survived by two sons, one Benjamin, living here, the other Enoch, living in Oregon.

The funeral occurred December 26th, when her husband's remains were disinterred from the pioneers grave where they had rested for thirty-six years, and the remains of both were interred in the Dunn graveyard, in Des Moines township, where lie their sons and other members of the family.
[Note: It is not clear if Des Moines Twp. is in Wapello Co., or Jefferson Co., IA. REH]
(Source: The Fairfield Tribune, Fairfield, IA, Jan. 12, 1882, page 3, col. 4 - The Conger Family of America, Vol. II, p. 238 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

PROBATE: Tacey's heirs were: Benjamin P., 64; Enoch, 61; and children of her son John B.: Joseph A., 1851, Sarah Graves, 1853, James Marshall, 1854, Louisa, 1858, John Isaac, 1861 and a Sarah Carver. Tacey, 1856, [daughter of John B.] had drowned at the age of 14 on 17 Jul 1870.
(Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. II, p. 238 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

PROBLEM: According to the obituary of Tacy (Barr) Conger she lost 3 sons within three months in the fall of 1860. CFA II, p,. 238 lists them as: Henry, 1841; Francis, 1845; John, 1847. Was Frances (Francis) a son of Zacharia Conger who died in Sep 1845? Who was the father of John Conger?

QUESTION: Where did Tacy Barr die? From the obituary it is not clear whether she died in Jefferson Co., IA where Fairfield lies or in Wapello Co., IA, to the west, where the Ottumwa lies. CFA II, p. 238 lists the death place as, Wapello Co., IA.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Garner, Nancy Jane (Parsons) Kelley

Summary of Nancy Jane PARSONS - 21 Jun 2010

Name: Nancy Jane PARSONS
Sex: Female
Father: Jesse PARSONS (18 Feb 1814 - 16 May 1879)
Mother: Lydia WYKERT (12 Dec 1815 - 18 Feb 1912)

Individual Facts
Birth 9 Jul 1839 Rines Ridge, Marshall Co., VA
Death 30 Mar 1923 (age 83) Proctor, Wetzel Co., WV
Burial abt 4 Apr 1923 Proctor, Wetzel Co., WV, Antioch Cemetery
Chr Proctor, Wetzel Co., WV, Disciples

1. William Alexander KELLEY
Marriage 2 Dec 1858 (age 19) Marshall Co., VA/WV
Junia Vista Constantine KELLEY (12 Oct 1859 - 20 May 1934)
Catherine Matilda KELLEY (22 Dec 1860 - 23 Mar 1935)
Eugene Franklin KELLEY (8 Jun 1863 - 11 May 1949)
Jesse Francis KELLEY (6 Mar 1866 - 6 Mar 1866)
Mary Lydia KELLEY (abt 1868/69 - abt 1898)

2. Henry GARNER
Marriage 8 Dec 1869 (age 30) Wetzel Co., WV
Friend GARNER (20 Nov 1870 - 20 Jul 1894)
David GARNER (abt 1871 - )
Infant GARNER (3 Jun 1874 - )
Peter GARNER (3 Jun 1875 - 29 Mar 1877)
Albert GARNER (30 Apr 1878 - 13 Jun 1962)
Thomas Nelson GARNER (9 Jan 1881 - 2 Oct 1882)
F. S. GARNER (23 Oct 1882 - 23 Oct 1882)

Notes (Individual)
Nancy Jane Parsons

PARENTS: Jesse Parsons and Lydia Wykert

CHRISTENING: Nancy Jane Parsons was baptized at the Disciples of Christ, Whetstone Creek, Proctor, Wetzel Co., WV.

RESIDENCES: Spent her entire life in Marshall and Wetzel counties, VA/WV with the exception of 3 years spent in Iowa.

SPOUSE: Mrs. Nancy Parsons Kelley was the 2nd wife of Henry Garner. She was first married to William Kelley and widowed.

RESIDENCES: After the death of Henry Garner she lived with her son, Albert Garner.

Census: 1910, in Wetzel Co., WV, Proctor Dist., #89-93
Alber (sic) Garner, 31, 9 years, WV WV WV, farmer
Martha, 33, 3/2, WV WV PA
Alta B., 8, WV WV WV; Mildred, 6, WV WV WV
Nancy J., 71w, mother, WV WV WV, farmer
Icy Clark, 16, WV WV WV, housekeeper

Garner, Nancy J. w/f d. Mar 30, 1923 age 83y, 8m 21d d. Proctor Dist. of Pneumonia parents Jesse Parsons and Lulia Wykert (Source: General Index and Register of Deaths, Wetzel County, WV - Extracted by Darlene Bacon)

OBITUARY: Wetzel Co, WV Democrat, New Martinsville, WV. She died at the home of Albert Garner, near Proctor, WV.

RESEARCHER: Marilyn Dodd of Marietta, OH provided information on this family to Claude R. Burton.

OBITUARY: Mrs. Nancy Garner Called to Her Reward
Mrs. Nancy J. Garner departed this life at the home of her son Albert, near Proctor, March 30, 1923, at the age of 84 years. Mrs. Garner was born on Rine's Ridge, in Marshall county, July 9, 1839, and during her entire life, with the exception of three years spent in Iowa, she was a resident of Marshall or Wetzel county.

In 1859 [sic, 2 Dec 1858] she was married to William Kelley,and to this union were born five children: Mrs. T. J. and Mrs. J. P. Cooper of near Proctor; E. F. Kelley of New Dale; and Mrs. Wilford Furbee and Jesse Kelley, the last two of whom preceded her in death.

In 1867 Mr. Kelley died and two years later she was united in marriage to Henry Garner, one of Wetzel county's most progressive citizens. To this union were born four children: Albert Garner, who at the present time is a member of the County Court of Wetzel county, and Friend, Peter and Thomas, the last three of whom have preceded her to the grave.

Besides her son Albert, one step-son, Mr. Wilford Garner of Moundsville, survives.

Mr. Garner died in 1901 and since that time she has resided with her son Albert.

At the time of her death, she could boast of 31 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

At the age of 17 she accepted Christ and was baptised at the mouth of Whetstone Creek by Rev. John Henderson. During all these 67 years she has been true to this great confession and has devoted her life unselfishly to the service of her fellow beings. In speaking of her a friend remarked that she was one of the best women that ever lived, and this estimate of her life and character seems to be held by all who knew her, and was evidenced by the great number who flocked to the home and church to pay their respects to the one whom they had come to regard so highly.

Her death was due to complications following an attack of pneumonia.

The funeral services were held at Antioch Church, Monday afternoon by Rev. J. F. Jamison of Webster Springs and interment was made in Antioch Cemetery by Funeral Director Everett Mason. Active pall bearers representing her own children's families were William Cooper, Milo Cooper, George Cooper, Jesse Kelley, William Kelley, and Samuel Furbee. Honorary pall bearers, representing her step-children's families were Clarence Garner of Moundsville, Elmer Coffield of New Martinsville, Thomas Shirk of Columbus, Ohio, Wilford Parsons of Moundsville, Joseph Parsons of Proctor and Hays Hall of Proctor. (Source: unknown and undated, - furnished to Linda (Goddard) Stout by Bill Kelley of Paden City, WV)

PROBATE: Nancy Jane (Parsons) Kelley Garner, Will Book 6, p. 479, Wetzel Co., WV. "one equal one sixth to Mardotha Shirk daughter of my deceased son Friend Garner..." (Furnished by Linda (Goddard) Stout)

Parsons, Jason

Summary of Jason PARSONS - 21 Jun 2010

Name: Jason PARSONS
Sex: Male
Father: Jehu PARSONS (abt 17 May 1811 - abt 25 Oct 1881)
Mother: Catherine YOHO (18 Aug 1813 - 21 Jul 1876)

Individual Facts
Birth 8 Feb 1846 Wetzel Co., VA
Burial Jan 1937 (age 90) Moundsville, Marshall Co., WV, Greenlawn Cemetery
Death 18 Jan 1937 (age 90) Glen Dale, Marshall Co., WV

1. Sarah Margaret CONNELLY
Marriage 28 Sep 1867 (age 21) Franklin Dist., Marshall Co., WV
Charles C. PARSONS (abt 23 Aug 1868 - 23 Jun 1951)
Cora Belle PARSONS (11 Nov 1869 - 13 Jan 1951)
Ella PARSONS (6 Dec 1871 - 1911)
Louisa Frances (Lou) PARSONS (7 Sep 1873 - 17 May 1942)
Infant PARSONS (25 Nov 1875 - 29 Nov 1875)
Jeahue T. PARSONS (13 Nov 1876 - 1945)
Edison W. PARSONS (11 Apr 1880 - 1943)
Peter F. PARSONS (10 Dec 1881 - 20 Sep 1955)
George Cleveland PARSONS (12 Nov 1884 - 13 Mar 1980)
Vernon L. PARSONS (26 Jul 1886 - 1937)
Jesse J. PARSONS (13 Jan 1889 - 19 Jul 1971)

Notes (Individual)
Jason Parsons

Problem: Was he born in Wetzel Co., WV or as listed by Vernon Anderson, Tyler Co., WV?

RELATIONSHIP: Mary Ann, Sarah Margaret and Sophia Connelly were sisters, the daughters of Eli and Louisa (Bowman) Connelly. They married Israel, Jason and James Parsons, respectively. The name, Connelly, has been changed to Conley, which name is commonly used today. The latter spelling is found in the records of all three mentioned marriages. (Furnished by Claude R. Burton)

MARRIAGE: Jason Parsons and Sarah Margaret Connelly were married on 28 Sep 1867 in Marshall Co., WV. (Source: Marshall Co., WV, Marriage Book A1, p. 71 - furnished by T. Vernon Anderson)

Census: 1870 in Marshall Co., WV, Franklin Dist. #208
Jasons Parsons, 24, VA; Sarah M., 22, VA,
Charles, 3, WV; Cora, Nov 1869, WV
(Furnished by Vernon Anderson)

Census: 1880, in Marshall Co., WV, Franklin Dist. #4
Jason Parsons, 34, JP, WV PA VA; Sarah M., 32, wife, VA MD MD,
Charles, 12, son, WV; Cora, 10, dau, WV; Ella, 8, dau, WV;
Louisa, 6, dau, WV; Jehu, 3, son, WV; Edison, 2/12 Apr, son WV
(Furnished by Vernon Anderson)

RESIDENCES: As of Sep 1919, Glen Dale, WV

Problem: Did he die in Glen Dale, Marshall Co., WV or in Akron, Summit Co., OH?

OBITUARY: The death of Jason Parsons is felt as a personal loss by many people who were not related to him. At the age of 91 years he took an active interest in life and until but a few weeksago was making his usual rounds of visiting children and other friends in this state and Ohio. Keeping friends with old and young always seemed to be more to him that acquiring honors in public life or adding to his worldly goods.

Correct living, industry and intelligence had enabled Mr. Parsons to spend his old age in any manner he chose without being hampered for finances and he lived by mingling among his friends. He never proffered advice but it was often sought. Neither did he push himself forward to hold office, yet for more than thirty years in his active years he was retained in the office of justice of the peace, a community accommodation, and there were but few cases that he could not get the parties to compose their differences without resorting to law.

Probably Mr. Parsons was the last survivor in Marshall county who had been a member of the county court when that body was composed of the justices of the peace.

When agitation for a bridge across the mouth of Fish creek began and the most feasible location for bridges of that day was Graysville, Mr. Parsons was instrumental in having the proper road connections built to that riffle before the matter went further.

Previous to that bridge when Fish creek could not be forded the only way to get to the county seat from below the creek was by steamboat.

Within the last twelve months three lifelong companions have died in that community. They were born in the same year in that neighborhood, George A. Smith, Robert Coffield and Jason Parsons, they spent their lives on farms that joined and died within a few months of each other.

Two years ago George Parsons had a reunion of the Parsons relationship at his farm at Pioneer and Mr. Smith and Mr. Coffield as well as this father Mr. Parsons were present.

Another interesting fact in the life of Jason Parsons was the he and his brother Israel and his cousin James, married three of the Connelly sisters, Sarah M., Mary A. and Sophia, and the three families resided in the same neighborhood. (Source: undated clipping - furnished by Hugh L. Yoho)

Parsons, Israel

Summary of Israel PARSONS - 21 Jun 2010

Name: Israel PARSONS
Sex: Male
Father: Jehu PARSONS (abt 17 May 1811 - abt 25 Oct 1881)
Mother: Catherine YOHO (18 Aug 1813 - 21 Jul 1876)

Individual Facts
Birth 31 Jan 1843 Wetzel Co., VA
Burial Sep 1919 (age 76) Franklin Dist., Marshall Co., WV, Pioneer Cemetery
Death 28 Sep 1919 (age 76) Woodlands, Marshall Co., WV

1. Mary Ann CONNELLY
Marriage 7 Oct 1868 (age 25) Marshall Co., WV
Stella Virginia PARSONS (1866 - 1941)
Infant PARSONS (20 Jan 1870 - )
Henrietta (Retta) PARSONS (20 Jan 1871 - 7 Jul 1941)
Ida L. PARSONS (23 Aug 1876 - 1953)
Joseph Cooper PARSONS (28 Feb 1880 - 14 Mar 1943)

Notes (Individual)
Israel Parsons

BIRTH: NSRAR Genealogical Forms Series II, Vol. 54

PARENTS: Jehu Parsons and Catherine Yoho

Problem: Was the place of birth, Tyler or Wetzel county, WV? Vernon Anderson lists, Tyler Co., WV.

Problem: Was the date of marriage 7 Oct 1868 or as listed by Verna B. Riggs, 4 Oct 1868.

RESIDENCES: Franklin District, Marshall Co. WV. His lands were adjacent to the Old Pioneer School Grounds. The original road, long abandoned, went right up one side of the hill on which the old schoolhouse and cemetery were located and then down the other side of the hill. The cemetery plat and school grounds were taken from farm lands later owned by Israel Parsons. The land on the other side of the old road was owned by James Parsons and probably before him by his father, Joseph. (Furnished by Claude R. Burton)

RELATIONSHIP: Mary Ann, Sarah Margaret and Sophia Connelly were sisters, the daughters of Eli and Louisa (Bowman) Connelly. They married Israel, Jason and James Parsons, respectively. The name, Connelly, has been changed to Conley, which name is commonly used today. The latter spelling is found in the records of all three mentioned marriages. (Furnished by Claude R. Burton)

MARRIAGE: Israel Parsons and Mary Ann Connelly were married on 7 Oct 1868 in Marshall Co., WV (Source: Marshall Co., WV, Marriage Book A2, p. 35 - furnished by T. Vernon Anderson)

Census: 1870, in Marshall Co., WV, Franklin Dist., #207
Isreal Parsons, 27, VA; Mary A., 24, VA,
Stella V., 4, WV
(Furnished by Vernon Anderson)

Census: 1880, in Marshall Co., WV, Franklin Dist., #7
Israel Parsons, 37, VA PA VA; Mary Ann, 34, VA MD MD,
Stella, 14, dau, WV; Henrietta, 9, dau, WV; Ida, 3, dau, WV,
Joseph C., 3/12, Feb, son, WV
(Furnished by Vernon Anderson)

DEATH: Marshall Co., WV Death Bk 1, pg2
According to Finnicum and Briggs: Israel Parsons died at Route 1, Woodland, Marshall Co., WV at the age of 68 years, 4 months, 2 days.

OBITUARY: Israel Parsons of Franklin District, Marshall Co., WV, died at his home near Pioneer on 28 Sep 1919 at the age of 77. He lived within two miles of where he died all of his life. His parents came to this vicinity when there was not a clearing in sight of their home and raised seven children.

One brother, Jason Parsons of Glen Dale, WV, and two sisters, Mrs. Anabel Monroe and Mrs. Retta Smith, survive. He leaves four children, Mrs. Stella McHenry, Mrs. Retta McKimmie, Joseph Parsons and Mrs. Ida Henry, also his widow, Mrs. Mary A. Parsons.

Religious services were conducted at his home by Rev. Linkletter of Moundsville, WV. (Source: Wetzel Demorcrat, New Martinsville, WV, also Tri-County Researcher, p. 1877.)

PROBATE: Marshall Co., WV Will Book 1, pg 168

Problem: If he is buried at the Christian Church Cemetery, what is the location of this cemetery? Or is he buried at the Pioneer Cemetery, Wetzel Co., WV, as listed by Claude R. Burton? Or is this the Pioneer Cemetery in Marshall Co., WV as listed by others?

CEMETERY: Cemetery extraction of Pioneer Cemetery, Marshall Co., WV indicates: Isreal Parsons; 1843; 1919 and Mary A.; w/o Isreal; 1846; 1930

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thompson, David Wadsworth

Summary of David Wadsworth THOMPSON - 10 Jun 2010

Name: David Wadsworth THOMPSON
Sex: Male

Individual Facts
Birth 21 Dec 1856 Fredericksburg, Wayne Co., OH
Death 11 May 1926 (age 69) Atlanta, Montmorency Co., MI
Burial 15 May 1926 Boyne Falls, Charlevoix Co., MI
Chr Elsie, Clinton Co., MI, Christian Church

1. Margaret Ann BAKER
Marriage 1 Oct 1878 (age 21) Middlebourne, Tyler Co., WV
David Farnsworth THOMPSON (6 Jul 1879 - 17 Nov 1955)
Della Mae THOMPSON (2 Aug 1882 - 18 Jul 1961)
C. Bond THOMPSON (2 May 1892 - 14 Oct 1897)
Ulysses S. Grant (Grant) THOMPSON (17 Dec 1893 - 24 Oct 1951)

Notes (Individual)
David Wadsworth Thompson

BIRTH: Fredericksburg, Salt Creek Twp., Wayne Co., OH

AKA: Probably nicknamed, Jim.

OCCUPATION: Timber cruiser

DEATH: Influenza

OBITUARY: David W. Thompson: Dies after long illness, prominent in lumber business

Another of the old timers of this community has gone to his rest; David died at the home of his son Grant in this village last Tuesday evening, after a long illness. The funeral will be held at Boyne Fall[s] either today or tomorrow. At the time we go to press the arrangement had not all been made. Mr. Thompson was taken ill about four years ago, since which time he has suffered a great deal. He was stricken by a stroke of apoplexy last JUly and gradually failed. Last November in the hopes he could be benefited by treatment he was taken to Alpena where he remained until a week ago last Sunday, when he was brought to the home of his son here, where he has gradually failed until death came to relieve him of his suffering.

David W. Thompson was born December 21, 1856 at Fredericksburg, Ohio. When a young man, he moved to West Virginia where he married Margaret Baker in 1878. To this union four children were born, one whom died in early childhood. In 1882 they moved to Boyne Falls and since that time have made northern Michigan their home the greater part of the time. In March 1904 he moved his family to Atlanta where he has since engaged in the lumber business as a timber looker and estimator.

He was baptized in the Christian Church at Elsie, Michigan, and has always been a consistent Christian.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Margaret Thompson, three children, David F. Thompson of Cadillac, Mrs. Della Beam of Alpena, and Grant of Atlanta. Six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Two brothers, E.W. Thompson of Port Huron and Charles Thompson of Detroit, and eight sisters, Mrs. Mary F. Fluhart of Highmore, South Dakota, Mrs. Elsie Green of Ashley, Michigan, Mrs. Herman Kunert of Newberry, Mrs. Frank Stewart of Boyne Falls, Mrs. Lora Burrows of Harbor Springs, Mrs. Ernest Pheleps of Grand Rapids, Mrs. Charles Horn of Chicago, and Mrs. Lewis Ward of Stoney Creek, New York.

Mr. Thompson was well known through[out] Northern Michigan particularly in the timber business. He was always recognized as a very honorable and up right man whom it was a pleasure to know; and in passing it can be recorded that another of the pioneers who helped carve from the wilderness of this country, homes for themselves and their children has gone to his just reward. The community will join with his immediate relatives in mourning his demise, but will feel that the world has been better for his presence.

The funeral will be held at Boyne Falls Saturday morning at 10:30.
(Source: Montmorency County Tribune, Michigan, 13 May 1926 - furnished by Valerie Kramer)

Rine, James Miller

Summary of James Miller RINE - 10 Jun 2010

Name: James Miller RINE
Sex: Male
Father: George RINE (19 Jun 1829 - 12 Apr 1892)
Mother: Elizabeth Jane MILLER (abt 15 Mar 1831 - 31 Mar 1906)

Individual Facts
Birth 4 Oct 1856 Bethel Park, Marshall Co., WV
Burial Mar 1928 (age 71) Bowman Ridge, Marshall Co., WV, Salem Cemetery
Death 21 Mar 1928 (age 71) Marshall Co., WV

Notes (Individual)
James Miller Rine

AKA: Jim Rine

BIRTH: 4 Oct 1856 on Rine's Ridge, Franklin district, according to his obituary.

MARRIAGE: The marriage took place in the apple orchard of James and Sarah Wellman on Blake Ridge.

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Family attended church at Kasooth; James Miller Rine was also a minister, like his father, George Rine. However, he was a minister of the Church of Christ. He was the founder of Salem Church on Bowman Ridge, Marshall Co., WV in 1905. (Source: Rine (Ryan) Family History, p. 116, 121)

OCCUPATION: Teacher; farmer; minister of the Church of Christ; County School Superintendent.

RESIDENCES: farm on Bowman Ridge, near Glen Easton, WV

James Miller Rine, son of George and Elizabeth Miller Rine was born on Games Ridge, Marshall Co., VA, October 4, 1856 and died March 21, 1928, aged 72 years. He was a member of a large pioneer family, mostly German descent. He was married to Mary B. Wellman, Sept. 1, 1878. They went to house-keeping on her father's farm where they lived for several years. Then he moved to Wells, 7 miles from Cameron and near Fish Creek.

He received his education in the public schools of Marshall county. Late in life he attended 4 semesters at West Liberty College. He began teaching at the age of 22. The first school was Mountain Hill, which was quite a distance from where they lived, but he made the trip every day. He continued teaching for over 50 years, with the exception of 4 years he was elected County Supt. of Schools. Also, one fal he contracted typhoid fever and missed teaching that year. He taught several terms of summer school and also finished a term of school at Garrett Station, which is now Woodruff. The teacher, Everett Criswell died before the end of the term.

He was a close student of the Bible and became a Gospel preacher and preached on Lord's Days for many years.

In 1918, when Mr. Scott Powell had the History of Marshall County written, through the influence of Walter R.A. Morris, a very bright energetic young lawyer, they had trouble in getting it published. It had taken sometime to get it written and Mr. Morris had died of influenza; so the matter of getting it published remained a matter of uncertainty, till in the early days of autum 1924 when J.M. Rine took up the matter and decided to fill the place left vacant by Mr. Morris; - and to him and his unbounded energy rests the credit of having it published after 4 years of disappointments to the writer.

He taught the Big Run School and he related at one term, he had 21 Mathews's and there were three Mary Mathews's. In 1904 he removed the family to Bowman Ridge, near Glen Easton, and died on the home place in 1928. (Source: Rine (Ryan) Family History, p. 116) (Written by daughter, Adda Heath and given to Dorothy (Rine) Brown on 1 Aug 1965)

CHILDREN: All of the children, except Otis, were born at Wells, near Big Run Church.

OBITUARY: J.M. Rine Expires at Farm Home - Veteran Teacher and Revered Citizen Closes Career.
James Miller Ryan [sic], one of Marshall county's most widely known and revered citizens, died last evening at 10 o'clock in his farm home on Bowman Ridge, near Glen Easton following an illness and pneumonia.

Death closed a most useful career in the passing of Mr. Rine. He was a life-long resident of Marshall county, and devoted almost a half century to teaching rural schools.

He was a minister in the Church of Christ, and often conducted services in churches of that denomination about the county. At one time Mr. Rine's warm interest in the education of the county's youth was recognized by the voters, and he was elected to the post of county superintendent of schools, serving one term.

Only recently the Marshall County Teachers Institute paid tribute to Mr. Rine as a veteran school teacher, and he was declared to be the only educator in the county holding the distinction of having taught pupils in three generations of some families in the county. His last work as a school teacher was done at Gorby school, Meade district.

Mr. Rine's interest in county affairs extended into the city of Moundsville, and he was a stockholder and director in both the Marshall County Band the the City & County Bank.

Born in Franklin District

James Miller Rine was in his seventy-second year. He was born on Rine's Ridge, Franklin district on October 4, 1856, the son of the late George Rine and Elizabeth Miller Rine. He received his early education in the common schools of that district, but was ever striving for further knowledge, and only a few years ago enrolled at West Liberty state normal school for a summer course.

Mr. Rine is survived by his wife, Mary B. Wellman Rine, three sons, Roscoe, at home, Arthur, of Moundsville, and Otis, who resides on a farm adjoining the homestead farm on Bowman Ridge; five daughters, Mrs. Addie Heath, of Fork Ridge, Mrs. Lucy Conner, Mrs. Charles E. Cunningham, and Mrs. Clem Young, of Moundsville, and Mrs. Austa Holmes, of Cecil Ridge.

The following brothers and sisters also survive: Foster Rine, of Moundsville, Gilmore Rine, of Bowman Ridge, T.W. Rine of Long Beach, Washington, Mrs. Nancy Schaffer of Pittsburgh, Mrs. H.A. Richmond, of Bowman Ridge, Mrs. Phoebe J. Cox, of Moundsville, and Mrs. Alice Marshall of Wheeling Island. (Died in 1928) (Source: Tri-County Researcher, 1987, p. 1291 - furnished by Vernon Anderson)

Rine, Foster Lincoln

Summary of Charles Foster Lincoln RINE - 10 Jun 2010

Name: Charles Foster Lincoln RINE
Sex: Male
Father: George RINE (19 Jun 1829 - 12 Apr 1892)
Mother: Elizabeth Jane MILLER (abt 15 Mar 1831 - 31 Mar 1906)

Individual Facts
Birth 14 Aug 1870 Rosby's Rock, Marshall Co., WV
Death 20 Sep 1934 (age 64) Moundsville, Marshall Co., WV
Burial 23 Sep 1934 Moundsville, Marshall Co., WV, Fairview Cemetery

Notes (Individual)
Charles Foster Lincoln Rine

AKA: Foster Lincoln Rine; Foster Rine; Foster Rine in the 1880 census

MILITARY: Company M, First West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, Spanish-American War; mustered out at Camp Conrad, Georgia on February 4, 1899.

BIOGRAPHY: Foster Rine spent his youth on the farm, attended Marshall County Schools and West Liberty State Normal School; was knowledgeable and progressive in his thinking and widely known, having taught in Marshall County Schools for forty years (rural and city) - thirty-four as elementary teacher, and six as principal. He was a staunch Republican: served four years on the Republican Executive Committee; elected to West Virginia House of Delegates, 1924-25; served on the Agriculture Education, Prohibition, Temperance, and Military Affairs Committees, and was Chairman of the Committee on Federal Relations. (Source: History of Marshall County, WV, 1984, p. 218 - submitted by Foster Lloyd Brown)

OCCUPATION: Teacher in Marshall Co., WV; guard at the state penitentiary for a number of years; during World War I, he guarded at Beech Bottom Power Plant and the Benwood railroad bridge. During vacations and later, after retirement from teaching, he was employed as a guard at the West Virginia Penitentiary.

PUBLIC_SERVICE: Represented Marshall Co., WV in the 1925 and 1926 WV Legislature.

MARRIAGE: 2 Feb 1901 at Franklin Station, Marshall Co., WV

RESIDENCES: As of Mar 1928, Moundsville, WV

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Member of Calvary Methodist Church, Moundsville, WV. The altar candelabra in the church were given by the children of Foster and Kate Rine in their memory.

DEATH: 20 Sep 1934 at 1208 Short Center St., Moundsville, WV

CEMETERY: Foster and Kate Rine are buried at Fairview Methodist Church Cemetery, Route 250, Moundsville, WV.

OBITUARY: Foster L. Rine, Educator and Legislato, Dies Here; Two-Year Illness
Fatal to Popular Citizen; Was War Veteran
Foster Lincoln Rine, 64, died Thursday night at six o'clock at his home on Short Center street. He had been ill for two years.

Mr. Rine was born and spent his entire life in Marshall county. He was instructor in Marshall county schools for forty years, and was a Spanish - American war veteran, being a member of Company M, First W.Va. Volunteers.

Mr. Rine represented Marshall county in the legislature in 1925 and 1926, being elected on the Republican ticket. He also served a number of years as a guard at the state penitentiary.

He was a member of Calvary M.E. church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Katherine Schultz Rine and the following eleven sons and daughters: John Rine, deputy U.S. clerk of Elkins; Mrs. Dorothy Brown, wife of Rev. Durward B. Brown of Gassaway, W.Va.; Lowell, Foster, Jr., Edison, Paul and Reed at home, and Misses Olive, Beulah, Lillian and Marjorie Rine, also at home; one brother, Theodore Rine, of Long Beach, a Washington, D.C. suburb [Note: The phrase, "a Washington, D.C. suburb," is probably an error. Theodore Rine lived at Long Beach in the state of Washington. REH]; and four sisters, Mrs. Nancy Schaffer of California; Mrs. Sarah Richmond, Glen Easton; Mrs. Phoebe Cox, Moundsville and Mrs. Alice Marshall, Wheeling.

The body was removed to the Lutes funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 1208 Center Street, Sunday afternoon at three o'clock. Rev. S.C. Dotson of Calvary M.E. church will be in charge. (Source: undated clipping, with hand notation, "d. Sept. 20, 1934 - found in
"The Rine (Ryan) Family History," p. 159)

Okey, Cornelius

Summary of Cornelius OKEY - 10 Jun 2010

Name: Cornelius OKEY
Sex: Male
Father: Levin OKEY (23 Oct 1760 - 21 Jun 1829)
Mother: Esther HAZARD (abt 29 May 1759 - abt 29 Oct 1828)

Individual Facts
Birth 3 Jan 1783 Lewiston, Sussex Co., DE
Death 23 Sep 1859 (age 76) Woodsfield, Monroe Co., OH
Burial Sep 1895 Michael Lang Farm, Monroe Co., OH, Belt Cemetery

1. Hannah WEIR
Marriage 5 Feb 1805 (age 22) Belmont Co., OH
James Weir OKEY (3 Mar 1806 - 26 Nov 1880)
Levin OKEY (3 Nov 1807 - 31 Jan 1866)
William OKEY (27 Dec 1809 - 17 Nov 1890)
Hester OKEY (31 Dec 1811 - 1884)
Nancy OKEY (7 Sep 1813 - 9 May 1876)
Henry L. OKEY (29 Nov 1815 - 16 Aug 1880)
Sophia OKEY (20 Jan 1818 - 1903)
Sarah (Sally) OKEY (8 Jul 1820 - 16 Feb 1897)
Arthur OKEY (abt 23 Nov 1823 - 1 Dec 1890)
David Hazard OKEY (18 Dec 1824 - 1901)
John Waterman OKEY (3 Jan 1827 - 25 Jul 1885)
Elizabeth Jane OKEY (12 Jan 1829 - 11 Jan 1900)
Cordelia Ann OKEY (29 Apr 1830 - 20 Oct 1906)

Notes (Individual)
Cornelius Okey

CHILDREN: 13 children, 7 sons and 6 daughters.

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Masons for nearly 40 years.

PUBLIC_SERVICE: Cornelius Okey was the first Monroe Co., OH Auditor, the first county Recorder and county Commissioner, ca. 1815. He was elected three times to the State Legislature. (Source: Monroe County Ohio Families, p. 233 - written by Minnie Louise Decker Gadea)

MARRIAGE-CONFLICT: Marriage date of 1 Feb 1805 has been listed. In the obituary of Cornelius Okey the date is listed as, 5 Feb 1805. On page 219, Vol. VII, of Fedorchak she states that Cornelius Okey married Hannah Weir in Belmont Co., OH and that the marriage record can be found there. She didn't list the marriage date.

Census: 1820, in Monroe Co., OH, Centre Twp.
Cornelius Okey
00-10, 1; 10-16, 3; 16-18, O; 18-26, 0; 26-45, 1; 45&up, 0
00-10, 4; 10-16, 0; 16-26, 0; 26-45, 1; 45&up, 0
(Source: The Federal Census Monroe County, Ohio 1820-1830-1840 - Monroe County
Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society)

LEGAL_MATTER: Court of Common Pleas, Monroe Co., OH, June term, 1823. Cornelius Okey was appointed guardian of Jacob Agin, aged 12 years, the 5th of Sept. next (1823), this would give him a birthdae of [5 Sep] 1811, also Rachel Again, aged 11 1st of Sept. 1823, b. [1 Sep] 1812, Naomi Agin, aged 8 yrs. 13 Nov. 1823 (b. [13 Nov] 1815) and David Agin, aged 7 yrs. (b. 1819). All were minor children of Asher Agin, deceased.
[Their mother was, Elizabeth Kidwiler. The children's older sister, Catherine, was married to James Weir Okey, son of Cornelius Okey. REH]
(Source: "Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio," by Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, Vol. VII, p. 151)

Census: 1830, in Monroe Co., OH, Center Twp.
Cornelius Okey
00-05, 1; 05-10, 2; 10-15, 2; 15-20, 1; 20-30, 0; 30-40, 0;
40-50, 1; 50-60, 0; 60-70, 0; 70-80, 0; 80-90, 0; 90-100, 0; 100&up, 0
00-05, 1; 05-10, 1; 10-15, 1; 15-20, 2; 20-30, 0; 30-40, 0;
40-50, 1; 50-60, 0; 60-70, 0; 70-80, 0; 80-90, 0; 90-100, 0; 100&up, 0
(Source: The Federal Census Monroe County, Ohio 1820-1830-1840 - Monroe County
Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society)

Census: 1840, in Monroe Co., OH, Centre Twp.
Cornelius Okey
00-05, 0; 05-10, 0; 10-15, 1; 15-20, 2; 20-30, 1; 30-40, 0;
40-50, 0; 50-60, 1; 60-70, 0; 70-80, 0; 80-90, 0; 90-100, 0; 100&up, 0
00-05, 0; 05-10, 1; 10-15, 1; 15-20, 1; 20-30, 2; 30-40, 0;
40-50, 0; 50-60, 1; 60-70, 0; 70-80, 0; 80-90, 0; 90-100, 0; 100&up, 0
(Source: The Federal Census Monroe County, Ohio 1820-1830-1840 - Monroe County
Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society)

LEGAL_MATTER: Court of Common Pleas, Monroe Co., OH, Journal 3, Sept term, 1841
William Piatt, aged 15 years, next May, son of James Piatt, deceased, made choice of Cornelius Okey as his guardian. Bond set in sum of $100. Cornelius Okey was appointed guardian of Simon Piatt, aged 12, May 1st last, John Piatt, aged 10 years May last, sons of James Piatt, deceased, and Susanna Piatt, aged 5 years April next, dau. of said James Piatt, bonds given in the some of $100 each.
[Note: The parents of the children were James Piatt, Jr. and Catherine Moffett. Grandparents were James Piatt, Sr. and Nancy Colman. James Piatt, Jr. died 18 Mar 1840 in Monroe Co., OH. Catherine Moffett lived until, 25 May 1882. Richard E. Henthorn]
(Source: "Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio," by Catharine Foreaker
Fedorchak, Vol. IX, p. 301)

CENSUS: 1850, in Monroe Co., OH, Centre Twp., 288/288, 7 Aug 1850
Cornelius Okey, 67, m. farmer, 4000, Del.
Hannah, 63, f. PA
Hester, 28, f. OH; Sophia, 24, f. OH; Sarah, 22, f. OH; Jane, 20, f. OH
Cordelia, 18, f. OH
Franklin Morrison, 21, m. laborer, OH
(Furnished by Richard E. Henthorn)

OBITUARY: Died 23 Sep 1859, Woodsfield, Monroe Co., OH.
Col. Cornelius Okey, one of the earliest settlers in this country, died at his residence one half mile north of this place, on Friday morning, Sept. 23, 1859. He was the eldest son of Judge Levin Okey, and was born in Lewiston, Sussex County, Delaware, on the 3rd of January 1783. In the spring of 1800, he removed with his father's family to the mouth of Captina, in Belmont County, in this State, where, on the 5th of February, 1805, he was married to Hannah Wier, whom he survived seven years. The issue of the marriage was thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters, all of whom are still living.

In the Spring of 1815, he removed to the farm on which he resided at the time of his decease. We do not use the word farm as now understood, for then it was an unbroken forest. Here he settled down, cleared out his farm, reared his family, and grew up with the country. At that day the facilities for acquiring an education were extremely limited, but being possessed of a strong native intellect, he to a very considerable extent overcame the disadvantage of the lack of early education; and shortly after the organization of the county, we find him filling important political stations. In 1825, he represented the county in State legislature, and afterwards was re-elected to the same office several times. He also filled the office of Auditor and Recorder and that of Sheriff from 1835 to 1839, and was a Justice of the Peace for many years. All these stations he filled with satisfaction to his constituents, and credit to himself.

The virtues of bravery and hospitality he possessed in common with nearly all the pioneers of the Western country. And although as we have just stated, he was frequently elevated by the free choice of his fellow citizens to posts of honor and importance, yet he was remarkably plain and unassuming in his manners; and however dark the future appeared to others, he was ever hopeful, ever cheerful.

He was buried by the Masons of Monroe Lodge, with all the ceremonies of that ancient order, with which he had been connected nearly forty years. The interment was in a private family burying ground in the orchard planted with his own hands. He was followed to his last resting place by an unusual number of actual descendants. Twelve out of the thirteen were there, the sons with their wives and the daughters with their husbands, and besides he was mourned by a large number of grand children and great grand children.

Col. Okey had the most unyielding faith in the final happiness of all mankind, and no one ever entered more cheerfully on his journey to that "undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns." We had the pleasure of seeing and conversing with him the day prevoius to his death, and we found him gently sinking to rest, as a tired child sinks into sleep on its mother's lap. Thus full of years and of honors, was he gathered to his fathers. "May our last end be like his." Woodsfield September 28th 1859. W.P.R.
(Source: The Spirit of Democracy, issue dated, 4 or 5 October 1859, Vol. XVI, No. 30, published in Woodsfield, OH - shared by John Ogden in the Monroe OGS Navigator, April 2004, p. 37 - typed here by Richard E. Henthorn)

OBITUARY-REFERENCE: Part of the obituary is published in (Source: "Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio," by Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, Vol. VII, p. 219)

Goddard, Nicholas Hitch

Summary of Nicholas Hitch GODDARD - 10 Jun 2010

Name: Nicholas Hitch GODDARD
Sex: Male
Father: John GODDARD (20 Jun 1812 - 20 Dec 1890)
Mother: Amanda Elizabeth YOHO (6 Nov 1823 - 13 Jan 1892)

Individual Facts
Birth 25 Feb 1868 Wetzel Co., WV
Death 5 Jan 1943 (age 74) Moundsville, Marshall Co., WV
Burial Jan 1943 (age 74) Proctor District, Wetzel Co., WV, Goddard Cemetery

Notes (Individual)
Nicholas Hitch Goddard

BIRTH-CONFLICT: 25 Feb 1867 by Vernon Anderson

CHILDREN: 10 children


MARRIAGE: 9 Mar 1890 at Minister's residence, Wetzel Co., WV

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Member of the Palestine church as a young man; later belonged to the Church of Christ in Moundsville, WV.

RESIDENCES: Settled on Whetstone Run, Wetzel Co., VA/WV, where they built a large two-story house. Last 19 years of his life in Moundsville, WV.

Census; 1900, in Wetzel Co., WV, Proctor Dist., 133
Nicholas H. Godard (sic), Feb 1868, 32, 10 years, WV PA WV, farmer
Clara B. FEb 1872, 28, 6/5, WV WV WV
Thurman, Aug 1890, 9, WV WV WV; Roy, Feb 1893, 7, WV WV WV
Nola, Apr 1896, 4, WV WV WV; Nora, Aug 1897, 2, WV WV WV
Dora, May 1900, 1/2, WV WV WV

OBITUARY: Nicholas H. Goddard was born February 25, 1868 and departed this life January 5, 1943, aged 75 years, 10 months and 11 days.

Surviving are the following children: Thurman L. and Roy O., of New Dale, WV; Mrs. Nola Hawkey, Long Beach, California; Mrs. Nora Mason and Mrs. Ola Allen, Detroit, Mich.; Webster E., of Moundsville, WV; Mrs. Bessie Goudy, Warwood, WV; Mrs. Mildred Bitely, Jackson, Michigan; and Woodrow of Detroit, Michigan.

A son Earny J. preceded him in death several years ago at the age of 15 months.

He also leaves 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild and many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Mr. Goddard had lived the latter nineteen years of his life in Moundsville, spending the greater part of his life in Wetzel County. He was a member of the Palestine church when a young man, later uniting with the Church of Christ at Moundsville. He had been in failing health for the past nine years.

Funeral services were held at his home on Annadale avenue, Thursday at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by Brother D.C. Hadwin of the Wheeling Church of Christ. Interment was made in the Goddard cemetery, with E.L. Mason, undertaker, in charge.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."
(Source: Wetzel County, WV Obituaries, Volume IV, 1994, p. 30, published by Wetzel County Genealogical Society - furnished by Darlene Bacon)

OBITUARY-ERROR: There is an error in the obituary of Nicholas Hitch Goddard. The obituary states that he died at the age of 75 years, 10 months, 11 days. If the dates of birth and death listed, 25 Feb 1868 and 5 Jan 1943, are correct he lived to be 74 years, 10 months, 11 days.

Blake, Joseph Boyles

Summary of Joseph Boyles BLAKE - 10 Jun 2010

Name: Joseph Boyles BLAKE
Sex: Male

Individual Facts
Birth 16 Feb 1836 nr Rosbys Rock, Marshall Co., VA
Death 16 Oct 1919 (age 83) Proctor, Wetzel Co., WV
Burial Antioch Cemetery, Proctor Dist, Wetzel Co., WV

1. Lydia GORBY
Marriage 26 Jan 1860 (age 23) Marshall Co., VA1
John William BLAKE (Dec 1860 - 29 Jul 1939)
Joseph F. BLAKE (abt 1863 - 24 Jan 1892)
Susan Elizabeth BLAKE (20 Jan 1865 - bet 1949 and 1960)
Amanda Jane BLAKE (8 Oct 1867 - 14 Dec 1954)
James Walker BLAKE (11 Jul 1869 - 11 Feb 1960)
Nathaniel Bruce BLAKE (11 Aug 1869 - 12 Jun 1944)
Mary Ellen BLAKE (1 May 1874 - 3 Apr 1949)
David Vandover BLAKE (25 Dec 1875 - 14 Apr 1961)
Samuel Vincent BLAKE (abt 1876 - 23 Feb 1947)
Daniel Freeman BLAKE (19 Nov 1879 - 20 Nov 1936)
Rachel Emaline BLAKE (15 Aug 1882 - 19 Mar 1962)
Cora BLAKE (4 Aug 1883 - 16 Jan 1936)
Dora M. BLAKE (4 Aug 1883 - 2 Mar 1965)
Wiley S. BLAKE (14 Jul 1887 - )
Infant BLAKE ( - )

Notes (Individual)
Joseph Boyles Blake

CHILDREN: had 13 children with Lydia Blake and 9 children with Eliza Goddard

Probably the Joseph who was a Pvt in Co B 12th WV Vol Inf, SEP 1862 to 16 JUN 1865.

#320 Marshall Co 1860
Blake, Joseph B (a) 24 VA, Lydia (a) 18 VA

BLAKE, JOSEPH B. - A veteran of the Civil War and one of the oldest citizens of Wetzel county, died at his home in Proctor District on 16 Oct 1919 at the age of 83 years.

He was born 16 Feb 1837 near Rosby's Rock in Marshall Co, (W)VA.

He was united in marriage in Feb 1860 with Lydia Gorby at the age of 24 years. To this union fifteen children were born, eight sons and seven daughters.

Mrs. Blake died in 1887 at the age of 51 years.

Mr. Blake married Eliza Jane Coffield Goddard, widow of Harrison Goddard, on 29 Oct 1887. They had seven sons and one daughter.

Surviving besides his widow, Eliza, are nineteen children, 98 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Blake was a member of the Christian Church, joining at the age of 30 and being baptized by Rev. Anguish.

Joseph B. Blake served three years in the Civil War.

Funeral services were held at the Antioch Christian Church with Rev. Linkletter officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. (1837-1919)

1. Marriage Records, Marshall Co, WV, bk 2 pg 411.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Henthorn Sr., Maurice McKinley

Summary of Maurice Mc_Kinley HENTHORN Sr. - 2 May 2010

Name: Maurice Mc_Kinley HENTHORN Sr.
Sex: Male
Father: Erman Mc_Kinley HENTHORN (11 May 1901 - 11 Apr 1943)
Mother: Georgia Anna BAKER (19 Feb 1901 - )

Individual Facts
Birth 19 Jan 1932 Hannibal, Monroe Co., OH
Death 17 Jul 1991 (age 59) Akron, Summit Co., OH
Burial 19 Jul 1991 Barberton, Summit Co., OH

1. Joan A. BACHMAN
.... Maurice Mc_Kinley HENTHORN Jr. ( - )
.... David A. HENTHORN ( - )

Notes (Individual)
Maurice Mc Kinley Henthorn, Sr.

BIRTH: Maurice McKinley Henthorn, 19 Jan 1932, Ohio Twp., Monroe Co., OH; Father: Erman M.; Mother: Georgia Anna Baker, residents of Hannibal, OH (Source: Monroe County Health Department Birth Records, furnished by Linda Henthorn)


Maurice McKinley (Mike) Henthorn Sr., 59, of Norton, OH died at 7:25 p.m. July 17, 1991 at Akron General

Medical Center, Akron, OH after suffering a previous massive heart attack.

He was born January 19, 1932 in Hannibal, Monroe County, to Erman McKinley and Georgiana (Baker) Henthorn.

He is survived by two sons, Maurice M. (Mike) Henthorn Jr. of Munroe Falls; David A. Henthorn, Akron; three grand children; three sisters, Betty V. Wilson of Newport; Wilma M. Ludolph of Fly; and Thelma J. Danver of Route 3, New Matamoras; one brother, Gerald E. (Runt) Henthorn of Wadsworth; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan A. (Bachman) Henthorn; one brother Melvin W. (Sonny) Henthorn; one sister, Dorothy L. Cochran, and both parents.

Private Memorial services were held July 19 at Canfield-Hickman Funeral Home, Barberton.
(Source: Monroe County Beacon, Woodsfield, OH, Thursday August 1, 1991)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Eikelberry, Mary Angeline (Henthorn)

Born - 10 Feb 1881 Perry Twp., Monroe, OH
Mar. - 15 Feb 1902 Monroe, OH
Died - 29 Mar 1948 Wheeling, Ohio, WV
Bur. - 1 Apr 1948 Sardis, Monroe, OH, West Union Cemetery
Dau of Eli J. HENTHORN Jr. & Phebe Ann PITTMAN

Note - Mary Angeline Henthorn

BIRTH: Mary Angeline Henthorn was born on 10 Feb 1881 in Perry Twp., Monroe Co., OH a daughter of Eli Henthorn and Pheby A. Pittman.
(Source: Monroe County Ohio Birth Records, Book 2 - furnished by Betty Cronin)

BIRTH: Mary Angeline Henthorn, 10 Feb 1881, Perry Twp., Monroe Co., OH;
Father: Eli; Mother: Phebe A. Pittman
(Source: Monroe County Health Department Birth Records, Vol. 1, p. 220, - furnished by Linda Henthorn)

Mary A. Eikelberry Dies in Hospital

Mrs. Mary A. Eikelberry of Route 1, Sardis, [OH] died Monday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m. in the Ohio Valley General Hospital in Wheeling, [WV]. She was born in Monroe county, February 10, 1881, a daughter of Eli and Phoebe Henthorn. She was married to James Eikelberry. She had resided on Sardis Route all her life.

Surviving are the following children: George, Homer and Miss Hazel Eikelberry of the home; Mrs. Grace Jackson and Mrs. Nellie Howell of Sardis Route and Mrs. Clara Mozena of Wheeling, W.Va. A son, Clark, died at the age of three years. One brother, Irvin Henthorn, Sturgeon, Pa. and two sisters, Mrs. Preston Hoskinson and Mrs. M.W. Eikelberry of Sardis Route 1, also survive.

Funeral services will be held at the West Union Church of Christ this Thursday afternoon at two o'clock with Elmer Taylor officiating. Burial will be made in the church cemetery by the Haudenschield funeral home of Antioch.
[Note: The surname was consistently spelled Eikelberry in this obiturary. REH]
(Source: Spirit of Democracy, hand-dated 1 Apr 1948 - furnished by Leona Harrison)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Danford, Isaac Wilson

born April 11, 1856 in Guernsey County Ohio,
died March 04, 1942 in Columbus, Ohio.

He married MARGARET MINVERA STILTS December 31, 1878 in Noble County Ohio,
born August 17, 1857 in Noble Co. Ohio,
died May 28, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio.


Obituary: 12 March 1942 Noble County Leader
Isaac W. Danford, aged eighty-five years, many years ago clerk of courts of Noble county, and later a member of the Wickham & Danford insurance agency at Caldwell, and prominent resident of this place, died last Wednesday in the University hospital at Columbus, following an illness due to his advanced years.

Removing from Caldwell, he resided for a number of years on his farm near Kennonsburg in Wayne township until three years ago when he went to Columbus to reside with his daughters.

Isaac Wilson Danford was born on April 11, 1856, on a farm in Noble county, the son of Eli and Ann (Yoho) Danford. He taught in the public schools of the county and later served as county clerk of courts, residing in Caldwell.

For twenty years he was associated with the state auditor's office in Columbus, where he acted as chief accountant in the excise tax division. Upon retiring from public life, he operated his farm between Quaker City and Kennonsburg until the farm was taken over by the Muskingum Valley Conservancy District. He then returned to Columbus, where he resided at the time of his death. He had been a member of the Masonic order for over fifty years.

Mr. Danford's wife, Margaret Minerva (Stilts) Danford, also a native of this county, preceded him in death three years ago. Four children of this union died in infancy. A son, Erwin I., was killed overseas in the first World war. A daughter Mrs. Amber (Danford) Hammond, died three months ago.

He is survived by two daughters, Miss Barbara, executive secretary of the state department of public welfare, Miss Gretchen, a teacher in Medary School, a grandson, Tom Danford Hammond, all of Columbus, and two sons, Dan and Otis B. of San Diego, California.

The body was brought to the Eberle funeral home in Quaker City, Thursday, and funeral services, conducted by Rev McFarland, were held in the Kennonsburg Methodist church on Friday afternoon, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Burial: Kennonsburg Cemetery Noble Co. Ohio

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Watson, John B.

Born - 23 Dec 1871 Noble Co., OH
Died - Abt 20 Apr 1956 Quaker City, Guernsey Co., OH
Bur. - Abt 22 Apr 1956 Fairview, Guernsey Co., OH, Pisgah Cemetery

Note - John B. Watson

BIRTH-CONFLICT: 23 Dec 1870; 23 Dec 1871 in his obituary.

RELATIONSHIP: Brothers John B. and Reuben Watson apparently married sisters, Jane and Sarah Dement, respectively.

RESIDENCES: As of Aug 1953, Akron, OH

OBITUARY: John B. Watson Called By Death in 84th Year
Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pisgah church, near Fairview, [OH], for John B. Watson, 84, who died suddenly Friday morning [Abt. 20 Apr 1956] at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Carman of Quaker City R.D. 2. Services were conducted by Rev. Robert Zinsmesiter of Quaker City and interment was made at the church cemetery;.

Mr. Watson was born in Noble county Dec. 23, 1871, a son of Yoho and Mary Ann Watson.

The deceased is survived by five sons: Dewey, George and Raymond all of Akron; Fred of Salesville, R.D. and Herman of Quaker City, R.D.; four daughters: Verna of Akron, Mrs. Dessie Gray and Mrs. Mary Carman, Quaker City, R.D., and Mrs. Ada Johnson of Fairview; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Maude Starr of Middlebourne and one brother, Forrest Watson of Cambridge.

His wife, Jane DeMent Watson preceded him in death September 15, 1948.
(Source: Quaker City, Ohio newspaper, Friday, 27 Apr1956 - furnished by Terry Willis, typed by Richard E. Henthorn)

Watson, Raymond Harrison

Raymond Harrison WATSON
Born - 29 Jun 1888 Seneca Twp., Noble Co., OH
Died - 26 Apr 1972 Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH
Bur. - 28 Apr 1972 Quaker City, Guernsey Co., OH, Friends Cemetery

Note - Raymond Harrison Watson

RESIDENCES: As of Mar 1909, living with his widowed mother in Noble Co., OH;
Zanesville, OH

OCCUPATION: school teacher; Ran gas station

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Member of Mt. Ephraim United Methodist Church

OBITUARY: Services Friday at Caldwell for Raymond Watson Funeral services will be held Friday at Murphy Funeral Home, Caldwell, [OH], for Raymond H. Watson, 83, who died Wednesday, April 26 [1972] in Bethesda Hospital, Zanesville, [OH], following an illness.

Formerly of Noble County, he was a retired school teacher and merchant. The son of George and Sarah Mendenhall Watson, he was born June 29, 1888 in Noble County.

Mr. Watson was a member of the Mt. Ephraim United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his widow, Birdie; a son, James Watson of Caldwell; five grandchildren.

A son, Hubert, three brothers and a sister are deceased.

Rev. James L. Mason of Zanesville and Rev. Marshall Peterson will officiate at the funeral and burial will be in Friends Cemetery at Quaker City.
(Source: Quaker City, Ohio newspaper, Friday, 28 Apr 1972 - furnished by Terry Willis, typed by Richard E. Henthorn)

Watson, George Washington

George Washington WATSON
Born - 22 Oct 1850 Noble Co., OH
Died - 9 Mar 1909 Noble Co., OH
Bur. - Mar 1909 Seneca Twp., Noble Co., OH, Coen's Cemetery

Note - George Washington Watson

MARRIAGE: 20 Feb 1873, in Noble Co., OH
(Source: Marriage Book, Vol. 5, p. 196, Noble Co., OH courthouse - furnished by James B. Watson)


PROBATE: Will in Will Book VI, p. 191, Caldwell, OH

George W. Watson, son of David and Charlotte Watson, was born in Seneca township, Noble county, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1850, and died March 9, 1909, aged 58 years, 4 months and 16 days.

He was united in marriage to Sarah I. Mendenhall, Feb. 20, 1873. To this union were born five children, David A. and Clark H. of Senecaville, Howard A., of Kennonsburg, Maggie, wife of Charles H. Bates and Raymond H., who resides with is widowed mother.

He united with the Coen's M.E. church in 1882, under the pastorate of Rev. J.W. Satterthwaite and remained a consistent member of the same till death.

His last suffering was intense but he bore it all with Christian fortitude.

He leaves a wife, four sons, one daughter, nine brothers, one sister and many friends to mourn his departure. By his death the family loses a loving father and husband, the church a consistent member and the community a noble citizen.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ross Sullivan at the Coen's M.E. church. Interment in the cemetery nearby. FRIEND.
(Source: Noble County Leader, Noble Co., OH, 24 Mar 1909 - furnished by Terry Willis, typed by Richard E. Henthorn)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Havens, Sara J. "Sally" (Stretch)

Sarah J. (STRETCH) Havens
Born - 28 Nov 1927 Normal, Mc Lean Co., IL
Mar. - 24 Nov 1951 Normal, Mc Lean Co., IL
Died - 28 Nov 2001 Rochelle, Ogle Co., IL
Bur. - 3 Dec 2001 Bloomington, Mc Lean Co., IL, East Lawn Memorial Gardens
Dau of L. Eugene STRETCH & Mary Louise OLMSTED

Note - Sarah J. Stretch

CEMETERY: East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, IL

DEATH: Died on her birthday.

OBITUARY: Sara J. Havens
BLOOMINGTON [IL] -- Sara J. "Sally" Havens, 74, of Rochelle, [IL] formerly of Normal, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Nov. 28, 2001) at Rochelle Community

Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at United Methodist Church of Rochelle, the Rev. Jon Hutchison officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or to Rochelle Community Hospital.

She was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Normal, a daughter of L. Eugene and Mary Louise Olmsted Stretch. She married John T. Havens on Nov. 24, 1951, in Normal. He survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Nancy Havens, Earlville; a son, Barry (Barbara) Havens, Garland, Texas; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Elizabeth Wroan. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rochelle, PEO Sisterhood, DAR, Flagg Township Historical Society, Rochelle Women's Club and Rochelle Hospital Auxiliary.

She graduated from University High School in Normal in 1945 and attended Illinois State University for two years.

She and her husband had recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.
(Source: Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, McLean, IL. 30 Nov 2001 - Furnished
by Rex King)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jones, Cecelia (Henthorn)

5 - Cecelia HENTHORN
Born - 8 Jun 1856 Monroe, OH
Died - 12 Aug 1920 OH
Bur. - 13 Aug 1920 Cameron, Monroe, OH, New Cameron Cemetery

Note - Cecelia Henthorn

Problem: Was her first name, Cecilia or Ciscela?

AKA: She was probably known as Cely.

Cecelia Jones Dies

Mrs. Cecelia Henthorne Jones was born Jun 8, 1856, and departed this life August 12, 1920, being at the time of her death 64 years, 2 months, and 4 days old.

She was united in marriage with H.J. Jones at Cameron, OHio, January 7, 1881. To this union was born two daughters, Mrs. Earl Ward, of Woodsfield, and Mrs. Grover Boughner, of Cameron, also four sons, Carl, Clifford, Glenn, and Lynn all of Cameron.

She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She will be sadly missed in the community where she was ever ready to minister to the sick and needy.

She was a member of the Church of Christ, having obeyed the Gospel young in life. Funeral services were conducted by J.C. Atkinson, Friday, August 13, after which the body was laid to rest in the new cemetery at Cameron, Ohio.
(Source: undated newspaper clipping - furnished by Ruth Shuck.)

sp- Hamilton J. JONES
Mar. - 7 Jan 1881 Cameron, Monroe, OH

Note - Hamilton J. Jones

MARRIAGE: Item in Spirit of Democracy, 5 Apr 1881. Mar. Jan. 7 by J.M. Boughner, Esq. of Adams Twp. Miss Cely Henthorne to Mr. Hamilton Jones.
(Source: Fedorchak, Vol. XI, page 72)

Marri: Batch #: M514041, Source Call #: 940297
Hamilton Jones and Cely Henthorn, 7 Jan 1881, Monore, OH

6 - Unknown JONES
sp- Earl WARD

6 - Unknown JONES
sp- Grover BOUGHNER

6 - Carl JONES

6 - Clifford JONES

6 - Glenn JONES

6 - Lynn JONES

Friday, April 2, 2010

Henthorn, Benjamin R.

Heart Attack Claims
B.R. "Wink" Henthorn
Feb. 14, 1935

The grim reaper, Death, descended on our little community last
Thursday, and removed one of our best loved and highly respected
fellow townsman, Benjamin R. Henthorn. Perhaps, for the benefit of
his countless friends, we had better call him "Wink," the name known
to partically every man, woman and child in Lewis county. Many there
were who did not know that his real name was Benjamin.

He had not enjoyed the best of health for the past five years, and
some three years ago suffered an attack of flu, which so weakened him,
that although he managed to get back to his accustomed place of
business, he never fully recovered, and his friends had anxiously
watched him from week to week, slowly slipping. The climax was reach
last Friday week, the 8th, when friends think, worrying over the
condition of his good wife, who was confined to her bed with a tumor,
brought on a heart attack just as he arose from his bed that morning,
and he collapsed.

His son, Dr. Arthur Henthorn, arrived after a forced drive from St.
Johns, Mich., and all that medical skill and loyal friends could do,
availed nothing. Apparently just worn out, he pass quietly away
shortly after 4 o'clock Thursday morning.

He was born March 27, 1862, in Ironton, Ohio, the son of Henry and
Caroly Henthorn. He came to Vanceburg in 1887, where he met Miss Emma
Scott, to whom he was united in marriage December 29, 1887. Four
children were born to them, Arthur being the only survivor, two having
died in infancy, and Gus, who was drowned in the Ohio river during the
summer of 1910. now occupied by J.T. Ott, and more than thirty years in the
present Danner Stand in the E.W. Bruce Building, which he occupied
during the fire two years ago. He then set up shop in the old Heller
Meat Shop on Market Street, where he remained until his death.

In 1910 he united with the Christian Church under the ministry of C.A.
Van Winkle, and obeyed his Lord in baptism, and has since been a
faithful member, being on the Board of Deacons for many years.
Fraternally, he was affiliated with the Jr. O.U.A.M., Odd Fellows and
Knights of Phythias.

Wink Henthorn was a good man, and since his conversion, a true
Christian character. His close friends know what a loyal husband and
loving father he was. Ardent and impetuous in his championing of the
principals in which he believed, politically (Abe Lincoln Republican)
or morally, he may have at times confounded his friends of different
views, but none there were to doubt the sincerity of his convictions.
He was just plain "Wink" he stood for what he thought right and you
had to take him or leave him, just as you choose. There was
compromise or hair-splitting with him. He will be sadly missed not
only by his bereaved family and his church, but by the entire
community of which he was undoubtedly a landmark of near half a

The funeral services were held, first at the home, a private service
for the widow who was unable to leave her bed, then at the Christian
Church, his minister, Ira W. Stout, officiating, and the body laid to
rest in Woodlawn cemetery by Plummer Bros., until that great day when
he shall hear the words, "Come ye blessed of my father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Jenkins, Anna (Kyger)

Anna (Kyger) Jenkins

AKA: She was probably known as Annie.

DEATH: Her death certificate reads: Anna Kyger Jenkins, age: 74 years, 10 months, 21 days; place of birth: Vermilion Co., IL; occupation: housekeeping; died: 18th Jan. 1906 at 11:12 a.m. - Georgetown Twp.; buried 20th Jan. 1906 at McKendree Cemetery; cause of death: chronic Nephritis.

OBITUARY: Anna Jenkins Died Friday - Another of oldest Women of Vermilion County passed away

Mrs. Anna Jenkins died at her home three miles south of Grape Creek, Friday. She was 75 years of age.

The deceased was one of the pioneer women of Vermilion County, having been born in Georgetown township. She was known to many, particularly in and about Georgetown and Grape Creek.

She is survived by seven children. Her husband died some years ago.

The funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock on Saturday morning at the McKendree Cemetery.
(Source: Commercial News)

Kiger, James

James Kiger

AKA: According to Nancy Michael, James Kiger was the only family member who spelled his surname, Kiger. His offspring also used this spelling.

Census: 1830, in Monroe Co., OH, Salem Twp.
James Kiger

Census: 1850, in Monroe Co., OH, Salem Twp., 159/159, 9 Sep 1850
James Kiger, 49, m. carpenter, $1000, PA; Lucinda, 39, f. OH
Goldy, 19, f. OH; Thomas, 16, m. clerk, OH; Hannah, 13, f. OH
Leonidas, 10, m. OH

OBITUARY: 8 Jul 1848, Obituary - died at the residence of this brother-in-law, James Kiger, in Clarington, [OH] on the 4th inst., Mr. Riley Cain, in the 22nd year of his age, youngest son of Richard and Hannah Cain who are among the oldest and most estimable of our citizens.
(Source: The Spirit of Democracy, 8 Jul 1848, from Fedorchak, Vol. IV, p. 42)

Jenkins, Verlin Willis

Verlin Willis Jenkins

WESTVILLE (CNS) - Verlin Joe Jenkins, 71, of Westville, [IL], Route 1, a retired miner and mechanic, died at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 4, 1972) at Lake View Memorial Hospital. He was admitted a short time before and death was attributed to natural causes.

Born July 2, 1901, in Georgetown, he was the son of Willis and Lucinda Smith Jenkins. He was married July 14, 1921, to Mary Biggs, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Charles of Pochahontas, Ill., Norman of Westville and Fred of Houston, Tex.; a daughter, Mrs. Phyliss Calin of Danville; a brother Charles of Bismarck; two sisters, Mrs. Lula Watson of Sherwood, Ohio, and Mrs. Maude Black of California; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Urbas Funeral Home. The Rev. Harold Dubre will officiate. Burial will be in McKendree Cemetery near Georgetown. Friends will be received at the funeral home frm 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
(Source: Commercial News, 5 Oct 1972 - furnished by Jo Bolerjack)

Jenkins, Dorwin Chalmers

Dorwin Chalmers Jenkins

GEORGETOWN (CN) - Dorwin Chalmers Jenkins, 58, of 107 Clark, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 15, 1972) at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Born May 9, 1914, in Vermilion County, he was the son of Wilbert and Bessie Jenkins. He was married Aug. 31, 1935 at Rockville, Ind. to Myrtle Williams.

Dorwin was an auto mechanic and was a veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the Gerogetown Sportsman Club and a member of the Dornblaser American Legion Post 203 and Russell Masonic Lodge 154.

Other survivors include his step mother, Mrs. Helen Jenkins of Georgetown; and three sisters, Mrs. Louise York and Mrs. Betty Well, both of Georgetown, and Mrs. Doris Morris of Little Rock, Ark.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Houghton Funeral Home. The Rev. Rex Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Georgetown Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted with masonic services at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
(Source: undated newspaper clipping - furnished by Jo Bolerjack)

Kyger, Sarah Elizabeth (English)

Sarah Elizabeth (English) Kyger

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Sarah was a Methodist.

OBITUARY: Death of Mrs. Sarah Kyger
Aged Leader of W.C.T.U., Church and Community Activities Passes Away
She Was 81 Year Old

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Kyger died at 12:30 yesterday afternoon at her home at 1006 North East street after two months's illness with complications incident to old age. She had been bedfast one month.

Mrs. Kyger was the daughter of Robert and Martha English, who were pioneer settlers of Illinois, coming from Ohio. She was born December 10, 1840 in Pike county, Illinois, and came to Bloomington in 1861, where she made her home and attended the Normal university during the civil war, later teaching school for two years at Georgetown, Ill.

October 31, 1865, she was married in Danville to Tilman D. Kyger, who was a captain in the union army. They were the parents of two sons, Herbert E. Kyger, of 1006 North East street, with whom she made her home, and John T. Kyger, who died twenty-seven years ago. Her husband died February 21, 1876.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Kyger continued for a number of years to make her home in Danville, where she was prominent in church activities and took an active part in the W.C.T.U. work., serving as district treasurer, county president of Vermilion county and local president in Danville.

She moved to Bloomington in 1898, where she united with the Grace M.E. church and became an active worker. She was a public-spirited woman, taking an interest in all affairs for the good of the community. After coming to Bloomington, twenty-three years ago, she became president of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Grace church, serving for eleven years, and was active in community affairs until three months ago.

Besides her son, Mrs. Kyger is survived by a sister, Mrs. Anna Merritt, of East Gove street, and a brother, English, who recently moved to Bloomington from Decatur.

An incident in the life of Mrs. Kyger, which will be of interest to her friends, happened at the time that Dr. Barnes was connected with the Wesleyan university, when the drive was on for $40,000 to be raised for science hall. A voluntary subscription with a few remarks from Mrs. Kyger at a time when the committees in charge were most discouraged was said by Mr. Barnes to be the turning point in the campaign, and the success of the campaign was largely due to her cheerful and encouraging remarks.
(Source: Bloomington, IL paper, Monday Morning, 11 Jul 1921)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Yockey, Belinda C. (Okey)

Belinda C. Okey

AKA: Melinda in the 1860 census of Monroe Co., OH.

OBITUARY: Last week we mentioned briefly the death of Mrs. Belinda C. Yockey, which occurred on Sunday, July 27 [1913]. The funeral was held the following Tuesday. Services were conducted at the M. E. church in this city at 2:30 PM., Dean Chandler of Morningside, an old friend of the family, officiating. He was assisted by Rev. J. E. Brereton, pastor of the First Congregational church of this city. The remains were taken to Hull, Iowa, where they were laid to rest in beautiful Hope Cemetery.

The members of the family who were present were C. W. Yockey of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs Charlotte Grisell of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Ireland of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. J. S. Duncan of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wilkinson and son of Hawarden, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Swafford of Washington, D. C.; and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Losey of this city. One daughter, who lives in Ohio was not able to be present.

Belinda C. Yockey was born in Woodsfield, Ohio, July 8, 1835. There she grew to womanhood. In 1852 she was united in marriage to Charles Yockey at Stafford, that state. Mr. and Mrs. Yockey resided at Stafford until the death of Mr. Yockey, which occurred in 1895. Soon after that Mrs. Yockey came west, subsequently living with her children at Hull, this state. She came to Emmetsburg twelve years ago with her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Losey, remaining with her until the time of her death. Mrs. Yockey was the mother of one son and seven daughters. Six of the daughters were present at their mother's bedside at the time of death.

For six years Mrs. Yockey was a helpless invalid. Only once from the commencement of her protracted and discomforting sickness was she able to leave her room. She fully realized that she could never recover and that even temporary relief could not be given to her; but for hours, days, nights, months, years, she bore with the sublime Christian resignation her severe affliction. She was willing to undergo greater physical and mental distress, should Providence will it. During all those trying years her devoted daughter, Mrs. Losey, cared for her, consoled her, and strove as best she could to make her as comfortable as possible. How she stood so well the severe strain under which she labored was a surprise indeed to her friends and neighbors. There are perhaps few cases in history in which a daughter did more for a loving mother. Now that Mrs. Yockey is gone, what a consolation to the attentive, patient, affectionate daughter to realize that she did so much to lighten her sorrow. If the giving of a cup of cold water to one of Gods little ones, in his name, is not to go unrewarded, what blessings there must be in store for those who spend years in providing for the needs of the helpless.

The sympathy of our many citizens are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Losey and the other relatives in their bereavement. (Source: unknown - furnished by Janet Downing)

Byers, Ulysses S.

Ulysses S. Byers

AKA: Ulysses S. Byers; Emanuel Ulysses Byers

RESIDENCES: As of Feb 1918, Woodsfield, Route 2.

OBITUARY: Ulysses S. Byers
Ulysses S. Byers, aged 74 years, passed away at his home on the Woodsfield - Graysville road about 9:00 o'clock Tuesday morning, April 11, 1939. He had been ill for the last few weeks.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jane A. Christy Byers; one daughter, Mrs. George Crawford, of Columbus, [OH], and two sons, Roy C. Byers of the home who is Deputy Auditor of Monroe Co., and Alonzo A. Byers, principal of the Hannibal Rural High School. Many more distant relatives and scores of friends also survive.

Mr. Byers was a lifelong resident of the Graysville community, a good farmer, fine neighbor and friend. Friendly in disposition and hospitable in his home, he was respected by all who knew him. The bereaved family have universal sympathy in their hour of sorrow.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in charge of Rev. W.A. Weddle. Short services at the home were followed by final rites at Conner Ridge M.E. Church and were largely attended. Beautiful floral tributes attested the sympathy of many friends of the family.
(Source: Obituaries of Monroe Co., Ohio, Volume 2, compiled by Ruth Dougherty Hogue, p. 6)