Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Abildgaard, Mark (NMI)

Mark (NMI) Abildgaard

Notes for Mark (NMI) ABILDGAARD-183

MARRIAGE: Mark Abildgaard was married 2nd, to Olive Bell (Wright) Amos in Dec 1939.

OBITUARY: Dairy Leader, Mark Abildgaard Dies

The man who was long considered Mr. Dairy in Kansas died April 28, at the age of 87. Mark Abildgaard, a 1911 graduate of Kansas State University managed dairy farms and brought high quality breeding cattle to the state before becoming the owner of his own dairy farm.

As a dairyman he was a leader in organizing Wichita Milk Producers Association in 1931. He was its first president and in 1932 became manager, a job he held until retirement in 1955.

As a dairy co-op manager he was described by John Heersche, elderly Kansas dairyman as "priding himself in running an efficient operation on the smallest dollar with the largest return to the dairy farmer."

"Without an attorney and as sole spokesman for dairy farmer interests, Abildgaard handled all testimony at federal order hearings. He was considered honest and fair, and his judgment was respected in all segments of the industry," said Heersche.

"Through Abildgaard's efforts Dairy Council was brought to Wichita, and he supported and aided its function through the years," said Wichita Dairy Council leader Molly Goodwin, now with Dairy Council, Inc.

WMPA became a member of the National Milk Producers Federation because of the influence of Abildgaard.

"He was a great dairy leader," said Lynn Elrod, who replaced Abildgaard as manager of WMPA in 1955. Elrod is now assistant to the general manager of AMPI.

Jim Moore, manager of the Kansas Division of AMPI said, "Kansas dairymen will miss the influence and counsel of this outstanding dairy leader."
(Source: "Dairymen's Digest, June 1977)

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 22 Feb 2011

Paton, James Edward

James Edward Paton

Notes for James Edward PATON-181

MARRIAGE: Marriage Witnesses were Bess Henthorne, Dick Burger, Minnie Henthorne. by Rev. William B. Larnpen? (Furnished by Nancy Fortson)

OBITUARY: J.E. Paton Services Held Monday Afternoon

Funeral services for James Edward Paton, 64, were held this afternoon at 3 at the Swisher Mortuary. The Rev. F.H. Hayward officiated and burial was in Union Cemetery.

He died Saturday (1 Aug 1953 according to telegram sent to Kenneth H. Bruner) at 12:30 p.m. at Newton Nemorial Hospital after a long illness. He underwent surgery November 15 and had failed since. He was last admitted to the hospital nine weeks ago.

Paton was born in Sumner County, Oct. 22, 1888, the son of George and Mary Paton, and had lived in and near Winfield for 31 years. March 1, 1916, in Winfield, he was married to Inez Henthorne. He had been a salesman for a monument company for a number of years.

His affliations included the Presbyterian Church and the Winfield Garden Club, and he had served on the city park board for a number of years. He was an iris enthusiast and his garden at the Paton home, 903 Ann, was a place of interest during the blooming iris season.

He is survived by his wife, Inez, of the home; four brothers, George M. of Long Beach, Calif., and W.H., Jack and Fred Paton, all of Winfield; one sister, Mrs. Henry Fair of Geuda Springs; and an aunt, Mrs. Anna Sommerville of Winfield.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 22 Feb 2011

Abildgaard, Ruth Wentworth (Henthorne)

Ruth Wentworth Henthorne

Notes for Ruth Wentworth HENTHORNE-180

OCCUPATION: Taught 1 year at Silverdale School and 1 year at Bryant in Winfield, KS

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Member of Presbyterian Church at Derby, KS

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of Fern Chapter of Eastern Star; Member of Mulvane Woman's Club; Member of Waco Farm Bureau; Member of Royal Neighbors of America; Active in 4-H Club work

OBITUARY: Funeral Held Sunday for Mrs. Abildgaard Many Pay Respect to Widely Known Woman

Funeral services for Mrs. Mark Abildgaard, who died at her home five miles northwest of Mulvane, [KS] at about 4:30 o'clock last Friday afternoon, May 6 [1932], were held Sunday afternoon at the Mulvane Methodist Church. Mrs. Abildgaard had been in failing health the past few years. She had been a constant sufferer for several months and her death had been expected daily for almost a month.

The funeral services Sunday were conducted by Rev. H.H. Rayborn, pastor of the Derby Presbyterian Church, and assisted by Rev. C.C. Brown, pastor of the M.E. Church here. The church was filled with a large number of friends and relatives from Mulvane, Derby, Waco, Winfield and other communities where Mrs. Abildgaard was so well known.

Music was furnished by a male quartet from the Derby Presbyterian Church composed of Messrs. John and Oscar Yungmeyer, Waguh and James Alley, who sang "Abide with Me," "The City Foursquare," and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," accompanied by Lee Waugh, pianist. Mrs. Owen Nisbit of Winfield sang "That Wonderful Mother of Mine," accompanied by Miss Helen Swinney, at the request of Mrs. Abildgaard's children. [The funeral was held on Mother's Day.]

Services at the funeral were carried out as they had been arranged by Mrs. Abildgaard some time before her passing. Pallbearers were: Ira Abildgaard of Oxford, and Fred Abildgaard, Arthur Abildgaard, L. Henthorne, J.E. Paton and Roy Waters of Winfield. Burial was in Mulvane Cemetery, in charge of Gordon Mortuary.

Ruth Wentworth Henthorne was born March 14, 1893, in Winfield, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Henthorne. She attended public schools there and graduated from Winfield High School with the class of 1910. She taught one year at Silverdale, [KS] and one year at Bryant, Winfield.

On April 28, 1914, she was married to Mark Abildgaard of Winfield. Four children were born to them, three of whom survive: Robert, John and Jean. Other survivors are: her husband, her mother, Mrs. Minnie Henthorne of Winfield; two sisters, Mrs. J.E. Paton of Winfield; Mrs. R.E. Burger of Oklahoma City and Lawrence Henthorne of Winfield.

Mr. and Mrs. Abildgaard came to the Mulvane community 14 years ago this spring, living first south of town, then in the Rockford neighborhood northeast of here, and six years ago moving to the present home between here and Waco. During the years she was here, Mrs. Abilgaard was prominent in church and civic activities, besides attending the many duties of her home. She was at the time of her death a member of the Derby Presbyterian Church, where until prevented by ill health, she was active in the church and its auxiliary organizations. She was an active member in the Fern Chapter of the Eastern Star, Mulvane and Royal Neighbors of America and of the Mulvane Women's Club. For many years she had been in the work of the women's activities of the Sedgwick County Farm Bureau and a leader in the Waco 4-H Club work.
(Source: Mulvane News, clipping)

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 22 Feb 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Henthorne, Bess

Bess Henthorne

Notes for Bess HENTHORNE-179

AKA: Bessie Henthorne by Nancy Forton; Bess Henthorne Burger in her obituary.

RECOLLECTIONS: From June (Bellman) Henthorne's diary:
Nov. 25 1926 "Thanksgiving, and Bess was here from Ponca City, Cody and John from Chicago, and Dick, Bonnie and Bonnie June - The tribe!"

Dec 25 [1926?] "Bess ill in Ponca City. Dick and I went in the afternoon to see her. So sick, bless her, but thinks she's improving."

Jan 1 [1927?] "Dear Bess came up last nite to take treatments of Dr. Strother." Note from Jan 14: "Bess went to Ponca today, much better. I must go to see her soon, so I'll know she's doing well. She's so delicate just now."

Jan 5, 1929 "Returned from four days with Bess in Ponca. Such a lovely visit. Ruth and Charles are going to Houston - then England. Good bye!"

OBITUARY: Mrs. Bess H. Burger Dies Here Thursday
Mrs. Bess Henthorne Burger died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Newton Memorial Hospital after an illness of about a year. She had been a resident of Kansas City until coming to Winfield in September to make her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Swisher-Taylor funeral home with Rev. Harold M. Parker Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. The family requests no flowers, that instead contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Burger was born in Winfield, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Henthorne. She left Winfield 25 years ago and for 22 years had been employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. in Kansas City. She was a member of the Jane Phillips sorority. When in Winfield before, she was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Inez H. Paton; a sister-in-law, Mrs. June Henthorne; 2 nieces, Mrs. Walter Dillion of Winfield and Mrs. Kenneth Fisher of Wichita; 2 nephews, Robert Abildgaard of Wichita and John Abildgaard of Hutchinson.
(Source: Funeral folder, bur. 15 Nov 1958, 2:30 p.m., Union Cemetery, Winfield, KS.)

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Henthorne, Inez Alice

Inez Alice Henthorne

Notes for Inez Alice HENTHORNE-178

AKA: Inez H. Paton in her obituary; Inez Alice Henthorne by Nancy Fortson

BIRTH-CONFLICT: 17 Nov 1885 by Nancy Fortson.

OCCUPATION: Began her career with the Winfield National Bank on 8 Nov 1924. She came to First National Bank when it bought out the Winfield National Bank, 1 Sep 1945. She worked as a bookkeeper for 17 years and as a cashier for about an equal number of years. Retired in 1959 from the First National Bank after 35 years of loyal service. (Furnished by Nancy Fortson)

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of DAR, DUV, BPW, Eastern Star

CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Member of Presbyterian Church

RESIDENCES: Lived in the area of Winfield, KS all her life. 210 W. 10th, Winfield, KS

OBITUARY: Mrs. Inez H. Paton Dies at Hospital

Mrs. Inez H. Paton, 75, died at 8:20 a.m. this morning at Newton Memorial hospital, where she had been a patient since Nov. 17.

Born Nov 17, 1886, in Burden, KS she was the daughter of John and Minnie Henthorne, and lived in the Winfield area all her life. She was married to James E. Paton in 1916. He died Aug. 1, 1953.

Mrs. Paton retired from her duties at the 1st National Bank Oct. 1, 1959, after 35 years. She began her career as a bookkeeper at the Winfield National Bank in 1924, and came to the 1st National Bank when it bought the Winfield National in 1945. She was a bookkeeper for 17 years and a cashier 18 years.

She was a member of 1st Presbyterian church, Order of Eastern Star, DAR, Liberal Arts club, and Rossetti circle.

Survivors include 2 nieces, Mrs. Walter Dillion of Winfield and Mrs. Kenneth Fisher of Wichita; 2 nephews, Robert W. Abildgaard of Wichita and John Abildgaard of Hutchinson; and several cousins, among them Boyd Smith of Winfield and Mrs. Roy Waters of Kansas City, MO.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Swisher-Taylor funeral home.

DEATH: Died on Thanksgiving Day 1961 at Winfield, KS.

CEMETERY: Funeral folder, bur. 25 Nov 1961, 4:00 p.m. Union Cemetery, Winfield, KS.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Plumley, James Lawrence

James Lawrence Plumley, Ph.D.

Notes for James Lawrence PLUMLEY Dr.-176

EDUCATION: James Plumley graduated from the public schools and Central High of Washington, DC. In 1933, he graduated from the University of Maryland. In 1936, he graduated from Sewannee (Tenn.) Episcopal Seminary.

OCCUPATION: He held pastorates in Freeport and Houston, Texas; In 1942, he was serving as Rector of St. Mary's Church in Houston, TX.

MILITARY: He held the rank of Captain in the Texas State Guard.

The Vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Shreveport, Louisiana
Memorial to
James Lawrence Plumley
July 19, 1910 - April 26, 1972

James Lawrence Plumley was born in the City of Washington on July 10, 1910, the son of Walter Preston Plumley and his wife, Nellie Garfield Plumley. He died in Shreveport on April 26, 1972, after a distinguished career covering 35 years as a minister of Christ's Church, the last twenty years as the beloved rector of this Parish.

This expression of the Vestry of St. Mark's Church records our sense of loss upon the death of our minister and friend and, as a part of our archives, will be a permanent memorial of the life, the accomplishments, the character, and the warm personal qualities of this notable man.

Dr. Plumley spent his early life, and received his schooling, in Washington. He attended the University of Maryland, where he was active in athletics and other college activities, from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his theological education at the University of the South, Sewanee, from which he held a Bachelor of Divinity degree. Later, the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1937, and from then to the time of his death was a devoted servant of Christ and His Church, a warm loving and tireless pastor of the people to whom he ministered, and an inspiring preacher of God's Word.

The first part of this ministry was spent in the Diocese of Texas, where he was a missionary priest in St. Paul's, Freeport, and Holy Comforter, Angleton; then he was assistant at Trinity, Houston, and inaugurated an outstandingly successful youth program. He established St. Mark's, Houston, in 1940, and was its first rector, with a membership of 27. When he left it ten years later, to go to Pittsburgh, it had a congregation of 1600.

In Texas he served as dean of the Southwest Convocation, secretary of the executive board, as a member of the Board of Missions and the Standing Committee, and as first chairman of the Episcopal Hospital Board.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was rector of the Church of the Ascension and held various positions in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 1952 he came to Shreveport to become rector of St. Mark's Church where he served with distinction until the time of his death. Dr. Plumley was a member during four terms on Bishop and Council of the Diocese of Louisiana and was also a member of various other boards and committees of the Diocese. At the time of his death he was Dean of the Shreveport Convocation and a member of the Boards of Trustees of the University of the South and of All Saints' Junior College, Vicksburg. He also rendered services to this community as a member of various Shreveport civic and charitable organizations.

Dr. Plumley was an outstanding preacher and pulpit orator, and much labor and thought went into each of his sermons. He had the rare privilege of being heard regularly not only by his own congregation but also, for at least fourteen years each Sunday, by a radio audience of thousands. For about the same number of years he appeared on television with a short (taped) sermon which concluded the day's broadcasting. Most of us know of many people, over a wide area, who have testified to the worth and inspiration of his radio and television sermons. He was also constantly in demand as a guest preacher in other churches, some far removed from Shreveport, and he responded as he was able to such requests. His outstanding qualifications were recognized in 1961 by his selection as one of the ten leading clergymen in the nation by the British-American Preachers Exchange Program.

Larry Plumley's wife was Martha Franklin, of Winchester, Tennessee, to whom he was married in 1937 and who survives him. He is survived also by three children, James Lawrence, Jr., Pam, Mrs. John Barineau, and Marty, Mrs. Ralph Parnell, Jr., and by a brother, Walter, a retired priest of the Church. He was a devoted and attentive husband and father, and we remember him for this with particular admiration.

The Vestry believes that it would be appropriate to record in this memorial our appreciation of Larry Plumley's outstanding qualities, his humanity and his devotion and dedication to Christ and His Church. Spiritual devotion and zeal were made effective in his Parish and in this community by his own human qualities, and his understanding and sympathy with the humanity of others.

He was the rector of St. Mark's Parish during a time of stirring change: First, when the Parish moved to a new location and under his leadership, built and paid for our present beautiful church; and more recently, when differences of opinion in the National Church, the Diocese, and even in the Parish, could have been the occasion for serious divisions which a lesser man might not have averted.

We know that Lawrence Plumley was a worthy successor to the many able, conscientious and devoted priests who have served St. Mark's Church as its rector during its long and honorable history; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Vestry of St. Mark's Church directs this expression of our regard and affection for Lawrence Plumley and this memorial of our convictions as to his worth as a man and as the rector of this Parish, which have been impressed upon us during our long association with him, be inscribed in the minutes of the Vestry; and that a copy be sent to the family of our friend and pastor, whose memory will long inspire us in the affairs of this Parish.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Jordan, Ione Sigourney

Ione Sigourney Jordan

Notes for Ione Sigourney JORDAN-172

Problem: Is the first name Ione or Ona?

HENTHORNE - On Sunday morning, April 10, 1882, at 3 o'clock, of typhoid fever, Ona S., wife of John W. Henthorne, in the 21st year of her age.

Mrs. Henthorne leaves behind her a husband and sweet little babe, together with a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn their irreparable loss. Mrs. Henthorne had lived amidst the people among whom she died for several years and was beloved and highly respected by all who knew her. We have been acquainted with the deceased since her residence here, and can say in truth that she was one of the most amiable, accomplished and intelligent ladies with whom we have ever met. "Tis sad, very sad, to see the heart-stricken husband and friends gather around the bed of a dying wife and friend and imprint the last fond kiss upon her cold, pale cheek. "Tis more and to lie down and die in spring time when the birds are warbling forth their richest notes, and the flowers of April are sending upon zephyr wings their sweetest fragrance. Her remains were followed to their last resting place by an unusually large procession of sympathizing relatives and friends.

The dear little babe is only about three months old and never knew a mother's care, but

Kind friends will check the little one's tears,
And help her brave the storm,
Strong arms will guard her tender years
And shield her from all harm.

Sleep sweetly mother, 'till we meet again
Beyond the other shore;
Sad hearts will all be happy then,
We'll meet to part no more.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Cottingham, George Marion

George Marion Cottingham

Notes for George Marion COTTINGHAM-163

MILITARY: George Cottingham was a veteran of the Civil War.


"He giveth His beloved sleep." Death has again entered our midst and taken from a happy home a loving husband and father. George M. Cottingham was born near Moores Hill, Ind., May 25, 1840, died July 11, 1894.

He lived with his parents until the Civil War, when he enlisted and helped to free his country from bondage.

He was married to Dennie E. Henthorn, Sept. 29, 1870, and to them were born three sons, who with their mother are left to mourn. But the thoughts of a happy home when father was with them, will ever shine as a bright star in their memory.

He joined the M.E. Church in 1874 and lived a consistent Christian life. He was a member of Langwell Post G.A.R., under whose auspices he was buried.

A loving husband and father, a kind neighbor and faithful citizen, whose memory we will every revere until the Angel of Death shall call us to join on the Heavenly Shore.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Henthorn, Alice Birdie

Alice Birdie Henthorn

Notes for Alice Birdie HENTHORN-150

BIOGRAPHY: Alice Henthorn was educated in the public schools of Ripley County, IN and attended old Moores Hill (now Evansville) College for about 2 years.

She taught school in the Ripley County Public Schools and in the Indianapolis Public Schools for many years.

In 1918, she went to Washington, DC where she was employed for many years by the federal government. She worked first for the War Department and later the Treasury Department, until her retirement in 1938.

After leaving Ripley County she lived in Cincinnati, Chicago, Indianapolis and Washington, DC.

She was Matron, U.D. and First W. Matron, Electa Chapter No. 135, O.E.S. Milan, IN. She was Past President, General M. Emmett Urell Auxilliary, United Spanish War Veterans, Washington, DC.

When her husband's health broke circa 1913 she returned to employment, working until the time of her retirement.

OBITUARY: Rites at Milan for Mrs. Bruner
Teacher in Ripley County Schools for 17 Years, Dies Near Washington, DC

Mrs. Alice H. Bruner, teacher in the Ripley county schools for 17 years, died Saturday in Prince Georges county, Md., near Washington, DC. She had been ill for some time and had been in a hospital since March 16.

Born on the Henthorn farm just west of Milan on the Versailles and Milan pike, Mrs. Bruner was the former Alice Belle (Byrd) Henthorn, daughter of James Wilson and Fannie Catherine Henthorn, the youngest of 10 children. Her parents were among the earliest settlers of Ripley county, her father coming from Boone county, Ky., and her mother, the daughter of Peter Williams, coming from Worcester county (near Snow Hill) on the eastern shore of Maryland.

The deceased was educated in the public schools of Ripley county and attended Moores Hill college, after which she began a career of teaching. In 1893 she was united in marriage to Milton Ellsworth Bruner of the Springdale neighborhood, who survives her with two children, Kenneth Henthorn Bruner and Pauline May Bruner (Mrs. A. Robert McCallum Jr.) both of Silver Spring, Md.

Entered Civil Service

Answering the call for trained personnel in 1917, Mrs. Bruner entered the Federal Civil Service in the War Department, working as a section chief in the Quartermaster General's Office. Thereafter she was transferred to the Loans and Currency Division of the United States Treasury where she served until 1938 when she retired on account of physical disability. From that time she resided with her son, Kenneth H. Bruner, president of the East Sligo Valley Citizens Association in Silver Spring, Md.

Active in religious and fraternal work, Mrs. Bruner was a member of Foundry Methodist Church in Washington; a past president of the General M. Emmett Urell chapter, Spanish War Veterans' Auxillary; matron, U.D. and first worthy matron of Electra chapter, No. 135, O.E.S., Milan.

Prayer services were conducted Sunday afternoon by the Rev. Frederick Brown Harris of Foundry church, at the residence of Mrs. McCallum at Silver Spring. The body was then brought to Milan where funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon in the Laws Funeral Home by the Rev. Maurice Eicholz with the final rites of the order of the Eastern Star under the auspices of Electa chapter. Interment was in the Moores Hill Cemetery.
(Source: Versailles Republican, Versailles, Indiana, Thursday, April 3, 1941; The Osgood Journal, Osgood, Indiana, April 3, 1941; The Washington Star, Washington, DC, Monday, March 30-31, 1941; and one other not identified.)

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Henthorn, James William

James William Henthorn

Notes for James William HENTHORN-147

DIVORCE-RESIDENCES: James William Henthorn was divorced in 1903 and resided with his daughter, Maysel, in Shelbyville, IN.

OCCUPATION: He worked as a farmer and railroad section hand.

HEALTH_HISTORY: He suffered a stroke while with the railroad. The stroke resulted in epilepsy.

CHILDREN: He had six children and was very poor.

COMMENT: He was supposed to inherit the family farm.

OBITUARY: James Henthorn Dies

Aged man dies of complications. James Henthorn, widely known resident of Shelbyville, IN, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Kessler, 609 Dunn Ave., at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday night. He had been ill for the past weeks of a complication of diseases. He was 72 years old. Rev. T.E. Adams will officiate at services held at West St. Methodist Church. Burial will be in Moore's Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

He leaves six children: Myrtle Kessler, Maysel Cupp, Esther Thorpe, Don F. Henthorn, Frank Henthorn, and Guy Henthorn.
(Source: Death notice in Shelbyville, IN newspaper, undated)

Problem: Is the Moore's Hill Cemetery in Shelby Co,, IN or Ripley Co., IN? The obituary of James William Henthorn said it is in Shelbyville, which would put it in Shelby Co. IN. Other information about family burials puts the cemetery in Ripley Co., near Milan.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Henthorn, George Washington

George Washington Henthorn

Notes for George Washington HENTHORN-145

BIOGRAPHY: George Washington Henthorn was a bachelor farmer and active in community, political, and Masonic fraternal affairs. At one time he was a RFD carrier.

PROBATE: Will of George W. Henthorn
I, George W. Henthorne of Ripley County and the state of Indiana being of sound mind, and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament:

Item first: It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.

Item second. I give all of my personal property to Alice B. Bruner and Fannie M. Henthorn to be divided between them equally by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.

Item third. I give and bequeath all of my Real Estate that I may own at the time of my decease to Alice B. Bruner and Fannie M. Henthorn to be divided equally between them by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.

Item fourth. I hereby appoint Fannie M. Henthorn to be my Executor.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 1st day of October 1894. s/ George W. Henthorn {seal}

signed, sealed, published and declared by the said George W. Henthorn as for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

s/ Carl E. Wood } witnesses
s/ C.N. Peters

Geo. Henthorn, died at his home west of town [Milan, IN], Saturday May 18, 1912, after an illness of several weeks of organic heart trouble. His parents died years ago leaving the responsibility of keeping up the home to George. This place he filled nobly. He was a loving brother, a kind neighbor, and was loved and respected by all.

He has been a rural route mail carrier for almost 10 years, a position which he creditably filled.

The community has lost one of nature's noblemen. He was a member of the Masonic Order; the I.O.O.F. and the K. of P. and was also a member of the Eastern Star.

He leaves to mourn, seven sisters and one brother and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was at his late home, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. conducted by Rev. D.P. Liston.

The pall bearers were Judge F.M. Thompson, J.P. Day, Everett Shockley, John Warneke, Chas. Powell and Jesse P. Conyers. Burial at Moores Hill under the auspices of the Masonic Order.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Geo. Henthorn were: Joe Stewart and wife, Mrs. Ellsworth Bruner and son and daughter and Mrs. Maggie Dean, of Indianapolis; James Henthorne and Mrs. Myrtle Kestler of Shelbyville, and Mrs. ... Vincent.
(Source: Probably Versailles Republican, 22 May 1912)

George W. Henthorn was born August 24, 1853, on the farm near Milan, where he spent most of his life, and passed away May 12, 1912. He was converted and joined the Zion M.E. Church in 1870, under the ministry of Charles E. Edwards.

He joined the Masonic order at the age of 21 and became a member of the Eastern Star.

In 1880 he became a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also the Daughters of Rebecca; and in 1886 of the Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisters.

He is survived by seven sisters and one brother, a number of relatives and a host of friends.

He was an affectionate brother, of a cheerful disposition, thoughtful of others, one of the world's useful men, highminded, modest, a faithful friend and an esteemed citizen.

We can say with the great poet, "His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'This was a man.'"

Resolution of Respect
Thou art gone our Brother,
Gone beyond this vale of tears,
But in Memory you will linger,
With us through the passing years.

In Memory of Geo. W. Henthorn, who died May the 13th, 1912.

Once again Death hath summoned a Brother Odd Fellow, and the golden gateway to the Eternal City has opened to welcome him to his home. He has completed his work in the ministering of the wants of the afflicted, in shedding light into darkened souls and in bringing joy into the places of misery, and as his reward, has received the plaudit, "Well done," from the Supreme Master.

And Whereas, The all-wise and merciful Father has called our beloved and respected brother home;

And Whereas, He has been a true and faithful Brother, in our Order, therefore be it

Resolved, That Milan Lodge No. 270, I.O.O.F. of Milan, Indiana, in testimony of her loss, tenders to the family of the deceased brother our sincere condolence in this deep affliction, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of our lodge.
Robert H. Borders, Jas. M. Spencer, J.C. Powell, Committee

PROBATE: The will was probated on 29 May 1912 at Versailles, Ripley Co., IN with Charles N. Peters, witness to the signing of the will, testifying the will was valid.

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Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Henthorn, Dennie Elizabeth

Dennie Elizabeth Henthorn

Notes for Dennie Elizabeth HENTHORN-143

OBITUARY: In Memoriam

Dennie E. Henthorn was born Sept. 23, 1849 near Milan, Indiana and departed this life Saturday evening March 15, 1913, at her home near Milan.

She was united in marriage, Sept. 29, 1870, to George M. Cottingham, who preceded her to the great beyond, July 11, 1894.

Three sons were born unto them, Warren of Milan; J. Frank, a missionary in the Philippine Islands; and Ray of Indianapolis, all of whom are left to mourn the loss of a devoted mother.

She was converted and united with the Methodist church at Zion in 1876 during the ministry of the Reverend C.C. Edwards. Her life was one of consistent Christain living and service. For a number of years she has been an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Besides her sons, she leaves two grandchildren, six sisters, one brother and a number of other relatives and friends.

She was of an unusually kind and generous disposition always willing and every ready to assist anyone in need. She is gone from us yet the soft memory of her many virtues and kind acts will linger with us while we are on time's shores, like the beautiful twilight colors in the sky when the bright sun has set.

"Sad, silent and pure be the tears that we shed,
As the night dew that falls on the turf o'er her head,
And the tear that we shed, tho' in silence it roll,
Shall long keep her memory green in the soul."
(Source: Versailles Republican, 2 Apr 1913)

Email: Dick.Henthorn@gmail.com
Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Henthorn, Lavina Jane

Lavina Jane Henthorn

Notes for Lavina Jane HENTHORN-141

OBITUARY: Lavina J. Henthorn was born February 6th, 1845 and died at her home near Milan, February 16, 1914, aged 69 years and 10 days.

She was married to George G. Bratton, December 17, 1863. To this union were born four children, two boys and two girls, who with the father have preceded her to the Spirit world.

She leaves to mourn her departure five sisters and one brother, two brothers and one sister having gone on before.

She united with the M.E. Church at Milan, August 5, 1895 and later transferred her membership to Zion. She lived a faithful and consistent Christian life, attending every service as long as her health would permit. She gave liberally of her means to the support of the church. Through her long and painful sickness which extended over a period of two years she never complained. She spent much time in prayer and was resigned to the will of the Lord. She passed peacefully away, an example of a saintly life.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Noble at Milan under the auspices of the D.E.S.

We desire to thank all our neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our dear sister, Mrs. Lavina Bratton.

(Source: Versailles Republican, 11 Mar 1914)

Problem: Was the date of death 17 Dec 1863 or 17 Dec 1868?

Email: Dick.Henthorn@gmail.com
Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Williams, Fannie Catherine

Fannie Catherine Williams

Notes for Fannie Catherine WILLIAMS-64


Fanny C. Williams was born in Worcester County, MD, Feb. 18, 1827. She, with her parents, moved to near Pierceville, Ripley Co., Indiana, in 1836. She was married to James W. Henthorn, June 29, 1843. To them were born ten children -- seven girls and three boys -- all of whom mourn the loss of their mother. Only three are left on the old homestead. Her husband passed to the spirit world, April 4, 1867.

Two years ago she was attacked with la grippe, from which she never recovered, but was not confined to her bed until last December. Her suffering during the last four months of her life only God knows, as she bore it uncomplainingly. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done, but all to no purpose, and on April 13, 1893, the death angel gave the summons and mother went from us to join father on the other shore.

On the day previous to her death, as her children surrounded her bed, she drew each one down to the bed and kissed him, and said, "Goodbye."

She had been a member of the M.E. Church since her fifteeth year, and a pure Christian home life was characteristic of her.

Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. C.E. Line on Saturday, April 15, after which the remains were laid to rest in the burial grounds on the farm.

Thus within a week a family of five dwindled down to one of three. Two places are vacant, never to be filled. Yet "We sorrow not as those who have no hope," but believe that the time is not far distant when loved ones shall be reunited.

CEMETERY: Fanny Henthorn; 66 yr. 1 mo. 25; Died April 12, 1893
(W. Burr Parsons has not been placed in the family tree, as of Apr 1995. He wrote that this was Grandmother Henthorn, wife to James W.)
(Source: Survey of Henthorn Cemetery, Milan, Ripley Co., IN taken by W. Burr Parsons on 6 Dec 1942)

Email: Dick.Henthorn@gmail.com
Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Coffield, Elmond LeMoyne

Elmond LeMoyne Coffield (1923 - 2011)


RESIDENCES: New Martinsville, WV

Elmond LeMoyne Coffield, M.D., 87, died on February 10, 2011, surrounded by his loving family and in the caring hands of the staff and professionals at Wetzel County Hospital, where he cared for his patients for 48 years.

Dr. Coffield was born on November 19, 1923, on Coffield Ridge in Wetzel County, West Virginia. He was the son of Susan Austie (Yoho) Coffield and Albert Lee Coffield, M.D. and the brother of Olan Terrell Coffield, M.D. He married Colleen Frost (Harris) Coffield of Bannock, Ohio on October 22, 1950.

Dr. Coffield graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University in 1943, a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University Medical School in 1945, and a Medical Doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia in 1947. He did his medical and anesthesia residency at Ohio Valley General Hospital from 1947-1950.

Dr. Coffield joined his brother, Dr. Terrell Coffield, and began practicing family medicine in New Martinsville on July 1, 1950. Dr. Coffield, his brother, and their father Dr. Albert Lee Coffield provided health care to generations of Wetzel County families. It is estimated that Dr. Coffield and his brother delivered over 4,000 babies during the 30 years they offered obstetrical services as a part of their family practice. Dr. Coffield and his brother were health care innovators by adding a medical office pharmacy and the first drive through pharmacy service in conjunction with Harman’s Drug Store. He provided occupational medicine and served as the first plant physician at the New Martinsville Bayer facility (Mobay Chemical) from 1955-1998.

Dr. Coffield was inducted into the United States Army on December 18, 1943, and reported to duty at West Virginia University in the Army Specialized Training Program which trained physicians for military service. He was transferred to the Medical College of Virginia and was discharged on March 23, 1946. During the Korean War, Dr. Coffield served in the United States Army Medical Corp as a First Lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Bragg Army Hospital and Fort Knox Army Hospital from 1951-1953 where he served as an anesthesiologist.

Dr. Coffield is survived by his five children, Jennifer Coffield Tobin (Thomas J. Tobin), Rebecca Coffield Moore (Charles Thomas Moore, Jr.), Melinda Coffield Herrick, Colette Coffield Goddard (Aaron Goddard), and Robert LeMoyne Coffield (Susanne M. Coffield). He loved his twelve grandchildren: Chad Tobin, Dylan Tobin, Spencer Tobin, Thomas Moore, Evan Moore, Whitney Herrick Bacalman, Paul Herrick, Maggie Herrick, Taylor Goddard, Sean Goddard, Daniel Coffield, and Rachel Coffield. He also loved Goldie, his loyal yellow lab. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other Coffield and Harris relatives, neighbors, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Colleen Frost (Harris) Coffield, who died on July 14, 1978.

Dr. Coffield was a member of the First Christian Church and one of the founding members of the Wetzel County Historical Society Museum. As a member of the Court Restaurant “lunch bunch,” Dr. Coffield was a wonderful storyteller and Wetzel County historian.

Visitation will be held at Grisell Funeral Home in New Martinsville on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 6pm to 8pm and Sunday, February 13, 2011, from 12am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. His funeral service will be held Monday, February 14, 2011, at 11am at First Christian Church in New Martinsville, followed by internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

A special thanks to his caregivers and the staff at Journey Hospice. Memorial donations may be made to Wetzel County Hospital, First Christian Church, Journey Hospice, or a charity of your choice.
(Source: New Martinsville, WV newpaper)